We all become a little concerned as we begin to approach the half-way point in our lives. The truth is that it’s a reality everyone must experience, so we might as well look at it with a good sense of humor!
• Mid-life is when you go to the doctor and you realize you are now so old, you have to pay someone to look at you naked.
• The good news about mid-life is that the glass is still half-full – of course, the bad news is that it won’t be long before your teeth are floating in it…
• Mid-life is when you start to repeat yourself, and your chins follow suit.
• Mid-life is when you want to grab every firm young lovely in a tube top and scream: “Listen, honey, even the Roman Empire fell, and those things will too!”
You become more reflective in mid-life. You start pondering the “big” questions – What is life? Why am I here? How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it’s no longer a healthy choice?
• Mid-life brings the wisdom that life throws you curves… and that you’re now sitting on your biggest ones.
• Mid-life has hit you when you stand naked in front of a mirror and can see your rear end without turning around.
• Mid-life women no longer have upper arms, they have wingspans… They are no longer women in sleeveless shirts, they are flying squirrels in drag.
The Archbishop of Tangiers, in Morocco, Santiago Agrelo Martinez, is outraged at the way the E.U. is treating migrants. He claims that setting up camps in Africa where these migrants are to be processed would be tantamount to creating “concentration camps for people who have no rights.”
The Archbishop’s language is disconcerting. “Concentration camps” — we think immediately of the Nazis or the Soviets — were places that people were violently herded into, lived in subhuman conditions, and were shot if they tried to escape. In the camps themselves, they were beaten, starved, tortured, and murdered en masse.
The camps the European Union is planning to set up in Africa will be places where migrants will be examined as to their claims to asylum. If the claim is upheld, they will be assigned to a country in Europe that will take them in. If their claim is denied, they will be sent home. There of course will be no starving, beating, or killing. At any time, anyone in these camps can request that he, or she, be sent home. While in the camps, the E.U. will see to it that they receive perfectly adequate food, are given medical attention when necessary, and clothing suitable to the season and the climate. None of this, of course, occurs in real concentration camps. They are there not to be punished or harmed, but simply placed there so that their application may be properly weighed. They want to be in those processing centers, are glad to be there, for they recognize it as a step on the path — so they devoutly hope — to being admitted to Europe.
via Archbishop Agrelo: “Migrant Camps Are Concentration Camps” (Part One)
The term “intersectionality” was coined by an African-American academic, Kimberlé Crenshaw, in 1989 to denote the circumstance of being the target of more than one bias. Crenshaw saw herself as the potential victim of both anti-black racism and misogyny, thereby living at the intersection of the two bigotries. In recent years, the term has gained prominence on many of the nation’s campuses to signify something else: the supposed shared, “intersecting,” predicaments of racial and ethnic groups — as well as women and sexual minorities — victimized by white male racism and its history of imperialism, colonialism, exploitation and slavery.
While one can fully acknowledge the depredations of European imperialism and its exploitation of non-European populations, one can also debate the extent of its current impact on non-European populations, women and sexual minorities. Except that one cannot debate it: In much of Western, including American, academia today, such debate is not permitted.
Similarly censored from today’s campuses is discussion of another, in various respects competing, intersectionality: That of the shared, intersecting, predicaments of today’s victims of Islamist aggression, including terrorism. Those victims are mainly people of color — black Africans, Arabs, Kurds, Pakistanis, Afghans and east Asians — but also many whites. They are mainly Muslims, but also include Christians, Jews, Yazidis, Druze and people professing no religion.
via The Other Intersectionality: Victims of Islamism
· Non-Muslim donors gave CAIR more just under $3 million in 2017 in the wake of President Trump’s travel ban.
· CAIR collected more from non-Muslim foundations in 2017 than in any other year.
· Non-Muslim foundations view CAIR as a civil rights organization instead of a front for Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood.
· CAIR’s donors are indifferent to its documented ties to Hamas.
· CAIR’s largest non-Muslim donors, such as The Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) and the California Wellness Foundation, stand by CAIR San Francisco Bay Area Executive Director Zahra Billoo despite her anti-Semitic statements and support for Palestinian terrorism.
via Foundations Indifferent to CAIR Leaders’ Anti-Semitic & Pro-Terrorist Rhetoric