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The Catmage Chronicles
It's been hundreds of years since the Darkness last surfaced, a grim time when both humans and Catmages lost their lives. But now the Wild Ones work with humans again, and thirteen-year-old Andy Cohen gets the surprise of his life when a talking cat shows up in his front yard. Goldeneyes, a powerful Catmage, needs Andy’s help. In the exciting first installment of this new series, Meryl Yourish takes the reader into a world of magical cats, dark powers, and a boy who finds himself entangled in their war.
You have to stop for a minute and think about exactly how this Obama deal with Iran came about. His administration held secret talks with the Iranians without informing Israel or Saudi Arabia, two of America’s biggest Mideastern allies, both of whom consider Iran a deadly enemy. And rightly so–Iran wants the end of the Saudi monarchy and, well, how many times have I posted about Iran wanting the end of Israel? I’ve lost count. He didn’t ask for input from either ally, and is now clamping down hard on Benjamin Netanyahu for having the nerve to speak publicly about how bad the deal is for Israel. The famously thin-skinned president’s ego notwithstanding, what has this deal with Iran done for anyone but Iran?
The Obama administration is trying to get Congress to ease up on new sanctions. $$ for Iran!
India is exempted from the Iranian sanctions and is looking to expand trade with Iran. $$ for Iran!
European and American businesses are looking to trade with Iran in the coming months. $$ for Iran!
While Western powers have identified a small group of sectors for Iranian sanction relief, a much wider set of European and U.S. companies—from pharmaceutical firms and medical-equipment makers to food companies and traders—also stands to regain lost Iranian trade as soon as relief measures are formally adopted next month.
Western governments singled out Iran’s automotive and aviation sectors for temporary sanction relief, while allowing petrochemical exports and trade in gold and other precious metals. But the fine print of the deal also clears the way for GlaxoSmithKline GSK.LN +0.06% PLC and Sanofi SA, SAN.FR -1.08% for example, to restart selling many of the drugs they had been forced to cut back on because of increasingly stiff financial sanctions. Siemens AG SIE.XE +0.39% , meanwhile, may now also be able to send in more medical devices.
The deal hasn’t improved Iranian threats on Israel in the least. Quite the contrary, the Iranians are emboldened. They have declared victory over the West and says Iran will not dismantle any nuclear sites. And that’s not even the best part. The deal hasn’t yet been finalized, but the Iranians are reaping the profits and we get–promises. No, wait, this is the best part: The Iranians are saying that the U.S. version is incorrect, and they still get to enrich plutonium.
So what’s the end result of all this? Iran is going to pull back its nuclear program, right?
Coming off its deal with the P5+1 powers in which it secured $7 billion in sanctions relief, Iran will build a second nuclear reactor at Bushehr.
“Based on our estimates, the second nuclear power plant will be built in the same province (Bushehr) and I hope that we can use the facilities of this province,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told Fars over the weekend.
Has Obama reacted publicly with outrage to this news? Of course not. Iran is an enemy, not an ally. Why would Obama treat him badly?
Let us not forget, over 80 percent of American Jews voted for Obama. And just look what that got you.
The pebble is rolling down the hill, and it’s not affecting only Jews. The global rise in anti-Semitism is being accompanied by a global rise in fascism–just like last time. Hungary’s Jobbik party is anti-Jew and anti-immigrant–and it’s gaining adherents. All over Europe.
Mark Steyn has written that Europe is finished because it won’t stand up to Islamists, whose birth rate exceeds Europeans. He wrote an entire book on it. I’ve been saying for years that Europe will remeber its bloody history and rise up again in all of its savageness–against the immigrants. The rise of neo-Nazis is proving one of us right.
A Slovak politician, known for wearing a Nazi-style uniform and calling Roma “parasites,” was elected to head one of eight regional governments in the eastern European country.
Marian Kotleba won 56 percent of the vote in the Banska Bytrica region, beating incumbent Vladimir Manka, a member of Prime Minister Robert Fico’s Smer party, according to results posted on the website of the Slovak Statistical Office. Smer party candidates won in six districts, while the opposition SDKU retained the post in Bratislava.
Kotleba, 36, has praised Jozef Tiso, president of the Slovak fascist satellite state during World War II, a regime that sent tens of thousands of Jews to Nazi concentration camps. Originally a high school computer-science teacher, Kotleba has been repeatedly detained by police for supporting fascism and stirring racial hatred. Charges were later dropped.
The Roma make up only seven percent of the Slovak population. Sound familiar?
Meanwhile, the EU has decided to remove the working definition of anti-Semitism, probably because it was working against anti-Semitism.
Earlier this year, the EU’s ”Working Definition of anti-Semitism” was used in Britain in a complaint relating to the BBC coverage of comments about Israel made by a British member of te Parliament, David Ward. The BBC Trust, the public broadcaster’s governing body, first upheld the definition in characterizing Ward’s comments as ‘anti-Semitic’ but later reversed its ruling following the removal of the Definition from FRA’s website.
In a communication to BBC last month, a press officer at the FRA explained that the ‘’Working Definition of anti-Semitism’’ was a ‘’discussion paper’’ which ‘’was never adopted by the EU as a working definition, although it has been on the FRA website until recently when it was removed during a clear out of “non-official” documents.
Jews in France are still being forced to withdraw from public life for safety concerns.
Most French Jewish parents enroll their children in private schools because of anti-Semitism, a leader of France’s Jewish community said.
Anti-Semitism “affects Jewish families very seriously and is the main reason there are so few Jewish children in public schools,” Roger Cukierman, president of the CRIF umbrella group of French Jewish communities, said Tuesday during a symposium on anti-Semitism at the European Parliament. “Most of them go to Jewish or Christian private schools.”
They’re unveiling statues to the mass murderers of Jews in Hungary, and “mainstream” politicians are defending Hitler. Kosher slaughter has been banned in Poland and other European nations, circumcision is under attack, and, well, daily Jewish life keeps getting more and more difficult on the continent that murdered two-thirds of their Jews.
Steyn is wrong. Europe has a vicious, bloody past, and there will be violence there again. They only start with the Jews. We’re the canary in the coalmine. And Europe–psst–the canary is having a tough time breathing right now.
Turns out I never took a picture of the fourth night last year. Hm. Just snapped this a few minutes ago, since we went to a play tonight and I don’t like leaving the menorah burning while I’m gone.
Tig and Meimei are now playing regularly, so much so that I have to wonder if the screeches I hear are real or play screeches. Sometimes, Meimei gets a beat-down from Tig.
It is an utter hoot to see them wrestle. Three and a half pounds vs. nineteen. And Meimei seems to win a lot.
It’s my first paid holiday in about a year and a half. I am doing NOTHING today outside of heading to my friends’ home for dinner.