Monday, 31 May 2010
Anchises Holds the Babe Aeneas
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by Mark Anthony Signorelli (June 2010)


Some unreflective prescience seems to gleam
In your new eyes, and guess the oracle,
That your days will be hard. Still I rejoice – more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2010 5:34 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Of Mammon, Methane and Mosque
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by John M. Joyce (June 2010)


The county town of B____shire is an ancient settlement deep in the heart of rural England. In its medieval alleyways, Georgian streets and Victorian squares the customs and festivals of the shire are honoured year in and year out. No festival is more cherished for its oddity, more loved for its difference, than the show held in early autumn in the vastly spacious Agricultural Hall that occupies the centre of the magnificent nineteenth century Aboulia Place in the upper town. This particular show is unique to B____shire – it is the Royal B____shire Agricultural Association’s annual Vogelferret show. more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 5:27 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Julian of Norwich - An English Mystic
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by Esmerelda Weatherwax (originally appeared in March, 2006)
 

I went to Norwich, county town of Norfolk in February where I paid a visit to St Julian’s church where the mediaeval theologian, mystic and writer Dame Julian lived.
 
Not much is known for certain of the life of this remarkable woman, who was the first woman to write a book in English. What is certain is that in May 1373, when she was 30 and a half years old, she suffered an illness of such severity that she was expected to die. As her priest lifted the cross above her bed her pain left her and she received her “shewings”, visions of Christ’s passion overlaid with other images and the nature of Christ's love. more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 5:04 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Dignity or Sati? Death as a Lifestyle Choice
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by Mary Jackson (June 2010)

"If you, my beloved, have died...all the leaves will fall on my breast...it will rain on my soul night and day...the snow will burn my heart...I shall walk with cold and fire and death and snow...my feet will want to march to where you sleep...but I shall go on living..."
(From “The Dead Woman” by Pablo Neruda)
 
A fine sentiment, but what a struggle. How tempting – and how romantic - to join your beloved in easeful death. And you can’t get more easeful than a Swiss clinic. more >>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:53 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
The Pagan Country Gentleman
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by Geoffrey Clarfield (June 2010)



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henever I think of Dr. Paul Karger my left arm hurts. This is the place where he gave me my vaccinations and inoculations, each year in June, at the end of the school year and a week before that transhumant trek from the city of Toronto to my extended family’s wooden summer houses called the “cottage,” on the shores of Lake Simcoe. more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:46 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Islamic Suicide Terrorism & The Stockholm Syndrome Writ Large
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 by Jerry Gordon (June 2010)


The Banality of Suicide Terrorism: 
The Naked Truth About the Psychology of Islamic Suicide Bombing
By Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin
Potomac Books, Inc.
Washington, DC 


Why do Muslims venerate as suicide terrorists as martyrs? What drives them to commit suicide and simultaneously murder of dozens if not hundreds of others, including fellow Muslims? What is there inside the family structure and cultural dynamics defined by Islamic Sharia and the Qu’ranic Canon that have created this phenomenon? The Banality of Suicide Terrorism by Nancy Hartevelt Kobrin attempts to explain this phenomenon. more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:40 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
A Perversion of Ethics
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American Association of Pediatricians (AAP), Sharia Law, and Abandonment of Medical Ethics in Context
by DL Adams (June 2010)

Author's Note
: On May 27th, four days before the June NER publication date, AAP rescinded their new policy of supporting "female genital cutting." (AAP Press Release is available here.)
 AAP's press release includes these two important statements:
  • "The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has retired its 2010 policy statement on female genital cutting (FGC)."
  • "'The AAP does not endorse the practice of offering a 'clitoral nick.' This minimal pinprick is forbidden under federal law and the AAP does not recommend it to its members.'" 
This press release represents a total abandonment of the recent FGM policy that has caused so much consternation around the world.
 
While this is a positive development that I applaud, it does not negate the need to understand why the AAP altered their long-standing opposition to FGM/FGC in the first place. The AAP policy was a failure for numerous reasons and the storm of confusion and condemnation that descended upon them was well deserved. more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:35 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Diversity and Affirmative Action Everywhere but The Supreme Court
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by Norman Berdichevsky (June 2010)


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or more than a generation now, one of the most powerful weapons used by the Liberal-Left in American politics is to justify differential treatment of citizens, referred to by the euphemism of “affirmative action.” The overriding consideration used to expound on the need for such differential treatment in hiring for jobs in teaching, government, and large sectors of the private sector has been the acquisition of DIVERSITY. more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:30 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Who are the Strong Horses in the Middle East?
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by Jerry Gordon and Mike Bates (June 2010)
 

Earlier this year author Lee Smith published,
The Strong Horse: Power, Politics and the Clash of Arab Civilizations (Random House). The book has since become a legend in Washington foreign policy circles confounded by how to make sense of the Middle East. Included are the Israel–Palestinian conflict, confronting a Nuclear Iran about to dawn, imminent US leave taking from Iraq and the intractable War in Afghanistan. 1330 AM WEBY, “Your Turn” Host Mike Bates and co-Host Senior Editor Jerry Gordon convened a Middle East Round Table discussion on Smith’s book and these issues with panelists, Lee Smith, Jonathan Schanzer and Daniel Diker. more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:24 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Two Peas in a Pod: Tiger & Obama
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by Norman Berdichevsky (May 2010)


The two most imposing figures in American professional sports and politics over the past few years have many characteristics in common, so much so, they could be called two peas in a pod. Each capitalized on good looks, youth, a multi-racial heritage, undeniable talent, record breaking ability in their careers, and a manufactured IMAGE that has succeeded in duping millions of Americans into believing that they were worthy individuals who deserved unlimited trust and affection. Each has been revealed as scheming, fraudulent, and narcissistic, totally hypocritical in adopting a feigned religiosity and ready to abandon all pretence at high ideals in order to pursue an agenda that would assure their place in history and the record books.   more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:20 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Disillusioned Central Europe Tilts to the Far-Right
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by Thomas Ország-Land (June 2010)


The savage recession still blighting the economic landscape of Central Europe has stirred up troubling nightmares of the Holocaust, dominating landmark elections in Austria and neighbouring Hungary, the principal political trend-setters of this region. more>>>

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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:15 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Linda Nochlin and The Imaginary Orient
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by Ibn Warraq (June 2010)


In the guest book at the Dahesh Museum which used to be on Madison Avenue, in Upper Manhattan,  [1] there is an entry by a tourist, possibly German, who enthuses about the Orientalist paintings in the collection, saying how much she admired and enjoyed them. Then, almost as an afterthought, as though she has only just remembered to put on her ideological spectacles, she adds words to the effect that, "of course, they were Orientalist works, hence imperialist and reprehensible." Apparently, she felt guilty for having enjoyed and appreciated Orientalist art. How many other ordinary lovers of paintings, sculpture, drawings, watercolors and engravings have had their natural inclination to enjoy works of Orientalist art damaged, or even destroyed by the influence of Edward Said and his followers? How many people have had their enjoyment of Jane Austen spoiled by Said's insidious claim that Austen was condoning slavery? more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:10 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
The Concept of Normalizing: Neither Labeling nor Enabling
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by Thomas J. Scheff (June 2010)
 
 Abstract: In modern societies we often make judgments of certain kinds of behavior that are virtually automatic: delusions show that one is crazy, wrong answers show that one is ignorant, etc. The theory of labeling/normalization suggests caution in making these judgments because of the effect they are likely to have on the social relationship, feelings of rejection and embarrassment. There is a social-emotional component in all human contact that can be managed independently of the content. Equal care is needed to avoid both labeling and enabling. Two extended and three brief concrete examples of normalizing are discussed. The social-emotional component seems to be critical in most relationships, both in psychotherapy and education, as suggested by the examples. more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:07 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
On the Sarcophagi
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by Mark Anthony Signorelli (June 2010)


In Florence there is a chapel, and in that chapel stand two grand sarcophagi fashioned by Michelangelo. They are placed on opposite walls. Each bears a notable figure atop its structure. more>>>
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Posted on 05/31/2010 4:02 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Experience and Reality
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by Rebecca Bynum (June 2010)
 
 
Previously. I have argued that contrary to the assumption of most contemporary philosophers, it is entirely possible that mind exists as a reality in and of itself and this independent reality is perceived and utilized by the material brain as are other aspects of reality. more>>>

 

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Posted on 05/31/2010 3:55 PM by NER
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Prat
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Foreign Secretary William Hague is at best numb and vague and at worst anti-Semitic. (Anti-Israel is the same as anti-Semitic, and there's an end of it.) From the BBC, which has reported the incident with all the bias you would expect:

Foreign Secretary William Hague has said he "deplores the loss of life" caused during the Israeli navy's interception of a flotilla of aid.

At least nine people were reportedly killed after commandos stormed a ship destined for the Gaza Strip.

Israel says its soldiers were shot at and attacked; activists say Israeli troops came on board shooting.

Mr Hague called for limits on aid for Gaza to be lifted and said access to any Britons involved was being sought.

One UK national has been injured and consular access has been granted to them, Mr Hague told the BBC.

The exact number of UK nationals on board the vessel is not yet known, but reports are coming in to the BBC that at least five Britons may be on the ship.

More fool them. If you lie down with dogs, you wake up with fleas. As for aid to Gaza, let the Ummah provide - it will leave less money over for dawah. And perhaps the Gazans should limit the size of their families, as Western taxpayers must do when forced to stump up the cost of supporting the "Poor Palestinians" in the idleness and reproductive recklessness to which they have become accustomed. And about those "starving" children - they're pretty chubby. Starved, perhaps, of the latest mobile phone or computer game, inshallah they may get up off their fat backsides and work.

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Posted on 05/31/2010 2:06 PM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Videos of "Peace Activists" Attacking Israeli Soldiers
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Read more at Ron Mossad's blog.

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Posted on 05/31/2010 12:18 PM by Rebecca Bynum
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Was the Gaza Flotilla Confrontation a Fiasco?
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When we posted on the looming confrontation between the several ships in the Gaza International Humanitarian Flotilla, we expressed the opinion that Israel was in deadly earnest about stopping it from reaching the Gaza coast. Now, we have reports on how deadly it was with more than 15 killed and  dozens wounded among the several hundred passengers composed of ‘activists’, journalists, diplomats and at least one Nobel Laureate from Ireland aboard.
But what is missing in the world press accounts is the truth about who and what the organizers were all about sending an message of defiance backed by Hamas and leftist allies.
Note that among the Flotilla organizers was Huwaida Arraf,  the co-founder of the International Solidarity Movement. She is a Palestinian Christian born in Detroit and the wife of Adam Shapiro, also a co-founder of the ISM. Shapiro is a Jewish leftist fellow traveler of the Palestinian cause who has said,  "Palestinian resistance must take on a variety of characteristics, both violent and non-violent.”
Andrew Bostom had alerted us to the annihilationist creed shouted by the Islamists on board the Flotilla cited by Israeli deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon. See this Palestinian Media Watch account:
   
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon criticized the 'Freedom Flotilla' headed for Gaza on Sunday, saying the anti-Semitic chants voiced by the activists on board earlier in the day showed the "real motivation" for the campaign, which he termed an "armada of hate."

In the morning, participants on the flotilla were recorded shouting "Khaybar Khaybar ya yahud, Jaish Muhammad saya'ud", which means 'Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Mohammed is returning.'

This cry relates to an event in the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, in modern-day Saudi Arabia.

The casualties occurred when armed activists confronted Israeli Naval commandos when they repelled from helicopters to board Flotilla vessels. Note these contrasting comments supplied by The Israel Project  from Israeli journalists with the boarding party, BBC interviews with Israeli government and Free Gaza Movement spokespersons:

At least seven Israeli soldiers were injured, two are in critical condition reportedly when protestors opened fire on them after stealing their weapons.
[3] "Live fire was used against our forces. They initiated the violence, that's 100% clear," said Israeli Government Spokesman Mark Regev in an interview with the BBC.[4] Israeli soldiers were attacked by extremists with live ammunition, axes, metal rods and blunt instruments while trying to take control of six ships en route to Gaza. Audrey Bomse, a spokesperson for the Free Gaza movement, said in an interview with the BBC “I cannot say for sure if there were weapons on the ship.”[5]

Watch this
video of activists attacking Israeli Naval commandos in the boarding party. 

Contrast this Jerusalem Post article on the violent confrontation by Israeli Naval commandos with the Flotilla with the MSNBC news wire services account.  The latter appears heavily biased and excludes information on the extremist Islamic Turkish and leftist international sponsors.  Also note in comparison how generous Israel has been in delivery of critical humanitarian aid and that smuggling from Egypt has kept Gaza well stocked.  The cement and other cargos on board the flotilla ships are considered contraband by the Israelis if they are not tied to specific reconstruction projects.  Clearly, many of the 'activists' on board the Flotilla were prepared to resist boarding by Israeli naval commandos. The vessels were commandeered and directed into the Israeli port of Ashdod to unload cargoes, screen and treat wounded passengers.
 
Notwithstanding these observations, Israel has been painted as a pariah state by the international press.  This is a PR "victory" for Hamas and the Palestinians and raises the ire between Turkey with its Islamist government and Israel. There are with the usual adverse comments about Israeli actions from the EU and UN contingents.   In the aftermath of this clash Israeli PM Netanyahu  announced  from Canada  that he has cancelled his meeting tomorrow in Washington with President Obama and is returning to Israel.  This clash at sea with the Flotilla will be used as one more prod by the Obama White House to expedite the proximity talks with the the PA Fatah leadership who have rejected serious discussions with Israel in favor of dealing directly with the US.  PA President Abbas arrives in Washington for a White House visit on June 9th during which he will  doubtless  talk about Israeli ‘intransigence’ and alleged  ‘inhumanity’. Meanwhile, Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Mashall in Gaza City and Damascus will claim bragging rights for victory in this orchestrated PR campaign directed at painting Israel at the ‘oppressor’ and the annihilationist Hamas as the ‘victim’.
 
This episode was a no win situation for Israel. It maximized the victimhood 'message' of Hamas and the Palestinians.  But Israel has to do what is necessary to protect itself in such matters.  Of interest will be the disposition of an Israeli Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi (National Democratic Assembly) on board the Flotilla. She could possibly lose her Parliamentary immunity and be subject to charges of treason.
By all measures this deadly outcome of the confrontation at sea between Israel Naval forces and the Flotilla was a staged and well timed provocation by Hamas and its leftist allies.
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Posted on 05/31/2010 10:43 AM by Jerry Gordon
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Thrice correct
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Here's a new way of arguing, thanks to the Prophet, PBUH. Just say it three times and it's right. Don't believe me? Just say it three times and it's right. Just say it three times and it's right. (That's three times altogether, counting the first.):

Abu Hatim al-Muzani reports that the Messenger of Allah S.A.W said: "When someone whose character and morals are agreeable to you approaches you for marriage give your daughter to him in marriage. If you do not then there will be tribulation and immense corruption in the earth." They said: "O Messenger of Allah, even if he has some deficiency?" He said: "When someone comes whose character and morals are agreeable to you and approaches you for marriage, give your daughter to him in marriage." He said this three times.

But what if she doesn't want to marry him? What do you suppose the Messanger of Allah (S.A.W.) thinks about that? Clue: One More Time.

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Posted on 05/31/2010 8:32 AM by Mary Jackson
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Monday, 31 May 2010
Pro-Palestinian Activists Attack Israel Sailors, Israel Acccused of "War Crimes"
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This incident won't be good for Israel and was undoubtedly planned with that in mind. NYTimes:

JERUSALEM — The Israeli Navy raided a flotilla carrying thousands of tons of supplies for Gaza in international waters on Monday morning, killing at least 10 people, according to the Israeli military and activists traveling with the flotilla. Some Israeli media reports put the death toll higher.

The incident drew widespread international condemnation, with Israeli envoys summoned to explain their country’s actions in several European countries. The criticism offered a propaganda coup to Israel’s foes, particularly the Hamas group that holds sway in Gaza, and damaged its ties to Turkey, one of its most important Muslim partners and the unofficial sponsor of the Gaza-bound convoy.

The killings also coincided with preparations for a planned visit to Washington on Tuesday by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The Israeli Defense Forces said more than 10 people were killed when naval personnel boarding the six ships in the aid convoy met with “live fire and light weaponry including knives and clubs.” The naval forces then “employed riot dispersal means, including live fire,” the military said in a statement.

“That is a lie,” said Greta Berlin, a leader of the pro-Palestinian Free Gaza Movement, speaking by telephone from Cyprus. She said it was inconceivable that the civilian passengers on board would have been “waiting up to fire on the Israeli military, with all its might.”

“We never thought there would be any violence,” she said.

At least four Israeli soldiers were injured in the operation, some from gunfire, according to the military.

A military statement said two activists were later found with pistols they had taken from Israeli commandos. The activists, the military said, had apparently opened fire “as evident by the empty pistol magazines.”

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“What we have seen this morning is a war crime,” said Saeb Erakat, the chief Palestinian negotiator...

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Posted on 05/31/2010 6:28 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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