All Down to Numbers

Desperate after three bad months of sales at Kentucky Fried Chicken, the famous Colonel called up the Pope and asks him for a favor.

“What can I do for you?” Said the Pope.

The Colonel said, “Holy father, I need you to change the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken’. If you do that, I swear I will donate $10 Million Dollars to the Vatican.”

The Pope replied, “I am very sorry. That is the Lord’s prayer and it isn’t something I can just change the words for.” So the Colonel, disappointed, hung up.

After another month of bad sales, the Colonel panicked, and called again. “Listen your Excellency. I really need your help. I’ll donate $50 million dollars if you change the words of the daily prayer from ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken.’” 

And the Pope responded, “It is very tempting, Colonel Sanders. The church could do a lot of good with that much money. It would help us to support many charities. But, again, I must decline. It is the Lord’s prayer, and I can’t change the words.” So the Colonel gave up again.

After two more months of terrible sales, the Colonel got desperate. “This is my final offer, your Excellency. If you change the words of the daily prayer from, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’ to ‘Give us this day our daily chicken’ I will donate $100 million to the Vatican.”

The Pope replied, “Let me get back to you.” 

So the next day, the Pope called together all of his bishops and said, “I have some good news and I have some bad news. The good news is that KFC is going to donate $100 million to the Vatican.”

The bishops rejoiced at the news.

Then one asked about the bad news.

The Pope replied:

“The bad news is that we lost the Wonder Bread account.”

The False Promise of Iraqi-Israeli Peace

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: No one should be misled by the revelation that several Iraqi delegations visited Israel in 2018 into optimism about Iraqi-Israeli relations. Peace with Iraq remains very far away. Iraq is simply the next in line of Israel’s Arab neighbors who express interest in warming relations with the Jewish state when they are in distress, but have little to no intention of making peace a reality.

On January 6, the Israeli Foreign Ministry released an Arabic-language statement revealing that a number of delegations from Iraq had visited Israel in 2018, including influential Sunni and Shiite figures. The Foreign Ministry did not name names, but the news made waves in Iraq after it was leaked to the press that some visitors were sitting members of parliament. Many Iraqi lawmakers, including the Speaker of Parliament, demanded that an investigative committee be established and that officials who had come into contact with the “Zionist entity” be punished to the full extent of the law. Every political and public figure in the country was outspoken about their opposition to the normalization of ties with Israel – everyone, that is, except for one former lawmaker. But we’ll get to him later.

Most Israelis would like to be at peace with their neighbors, but decades of experience have cast doubts on the concessions required for what turns out to be a false peace. The 40-years-long peace with Egypt is very cold, and peace ties with Jordan are at a rough spot following Amman’s refusal to renew part of the 1994 peace treaty that allows Israel to lease two small areas of land – Naharaim in the northern Jordan Valley and Ghamr in the south.

via The False Promise of Iraqi-Israeli Peace

Twitter Gives Islamist Anti-Semites a Pass but Suspended MB Critic

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In Twitter’s world, calling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization can get you suspended, but those defending Palestinian terrorist attacks and comparing American Jewish kids who join the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) to ISIS foreign fighters rarely face consequences.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey admitted last summer that his employees have a left-leaning bias, and this is evident both in how Twitter’s rules on hate are written and enforced. It should either tailor and enforce them equally or not have them at all.

Twitter suspended a Canadian Coptic Christian woman who goes by “Laura” and tweets under the handle @womaninmedicine in September for calling the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. Egypt’s Coptic Christians were terrorized by gangs linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the Egyptian military’s 2013 ouster of President Mohamed Morsi. Several countries, including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Saudi Arabia classify the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.

via Twitter Gives Islamist Anti-Semites a Pass but Suspended MB Critic

The Menace of Waves of Infectious Diseases

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Waves of infectious diseases struck Israel and other countries in 2018, causing considerable concern. Broadly speaking, infectious diseases have the potential to regain much of their power as a factor limiting the size and expansion of human populations.

Waves of infectious diseases struck Israel in 2018, as well as other countries around the globe. A host of causes contributed to those waves, which spanned a broad range of diseases without a common denominator.

Infectious diseases are a major factor regulating the mortality rates of species. The vectors that affect the spread of such diseases include pharmacological, epidemiological, ecological, genetic, and demographic elements. Pharmacology is a man-made arena through which infectious diseases are tackled. It represents, in essence, a war between mankind and pathogens, whereby vaccines, anti-sera, antibiotics, and, to a limited extent, antiviral preparations are employed.

That war is constantly being fought. Pathogens change genetically as they evolve and can develop tolerances towards pharmacological weapons used to attack them. Antibiotics do not work against viruses, and anti-viral preparations can be very difficult to develop. Vaccines remain the cardinal protective tool.

via The Menace of Waves of Infectious Diseases

Iraqi novelist assassinated after criticizing Iran’s Islamic revolution

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The well-known Iraqi novelist Ala Mashzoub was gunned down “by a group of armed men” after recently publishing an article which criticized “the Islamic republic revolution in Iran, which is being celebrated now on its 40th anniversary.”

The assassination sparked anger. Activists wrote that “we continue to write about everything that disturbs the sacred ignorance.”

Yet the West is protecting the “sacred ignorance” (supported by Sharia) by not standing firmly for its own principle of free speech. Meanwhile, in Islamic states, people are getting murdered for “crimes” such as like apostasy and blasphemy, and offense against Islam and its revered leaders.

via Iraqi novelist assassinated after criticizing Iran’s Islamic revolution