Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Mid-Week Post

Damn you, global warming...

Retaliation for a vicious attack in Jerusalem during which four rabbis were killed in cold blood and seven others were injured:

The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to win “a battle for Jerusalem” after four rabbis and a policeman were killed in a frenzied attack on a synagogue.

The attack during morning prayers in the west Jerusalem neighbourhood of Har Nof was carried out by two Palestinian cousins wielding meat cleavers and a pistol. They were shot dead by police at the synagogue.

Three of the fatally wounded were born in the United States and the fourth was a British-born grandfather. A police man later died of his injuries and at least seven others were wounded.

Mr Netanyahu declared Israel is “in a battle over Jerusalem, our eternal capital” after the bloodshed and vowed to “settle the score with every terrorist and their dispatchers”.

However, he warned that "no-one may take the law into their own hands, even if spirits are riled and blood is boiling".

The Israeli PM also denounced what he described as “shouts of joy” from the dozens who celebrated in the streets of Gaza after the killing spree.

In an act of retaliation, he also ordered the demolition of the homes of the attackers.

Israel handles these things because Israel.

Related: Obama proves what a piece of crap he is:

"At this sensitive moment in Jerusalem, it is all the more important for Israeli and Palestinian leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace," said Obama ...

(Sidebar: how did rabbis ask to be butchered with meat cleavers?)

The US Senate votes against the Keystone Pipeline:

After a day of emotional debate in which Canada’s oil was either praised for contributing to U.S. energy security or disparaged for harming the environment, the United States Senate failed to pass legislation Tuesday evening to allow construction the Keystone XL pipeline from Alberta to Texas.

The bill was one vote short of the 60 needed to force President Barack Obama to take a stand on the Canadian project after six years of regulatory reviews and five environmental studies, all of which concluded there would be no significant impact.
What’s in it for us? The dirtiest oil in the world, so Canadians can make more money?
(Sidebar: Why, Senator Markey, you say that like it's a bad thing. Do you like being in a poor, has-been nation like the US?)

Obama, in his efforts to be a rabid rat trapped in a corner, is going to do his utmost to make his last two years miserable for the American electorate that twice voted him in.

Oh, look:

As early as next week, President Barack Obama is expected to issue an executive order to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, a use of power that would be unprecedented in U.S. history.

Speaking of stupid voters:

People had plenty of time to ask questions about McGuinty, Wynne and Benjamin Levin's (the former, one may remember, is due in court on November 26th relating to charges of producing child pornography) controversial plan to groom children but instead ignored the issue and voted accordingly.

They have the government they voted for, as skin-crawling as it is.

How is losing winning?

Prime Minister Harper's Conservatives won both federal byelections last night, in Whitby-Oshawa near Toronto and in Yellowhead, near Edmonton. ...

Turnout in both ridings was low, as is typical of byelections, with a 31.8 per cent turnout in Whitby-Oshawa and just 16 per cent in Yellowhead. 

 So they all ran out in droves not to vote Liberal, did they?

Saudi Arabia, one of the biggest fund-raisers of terrorism, is afraid that ISIS will incite sectarian violence in its borders:

Tighter security in Saudi Arabia has made it hard for Islamic State to target the government so the militants are instead trying to incite a sectarian conflict via attacks on the Shi'ite Muslim minority, the Saudi Interior Ministry said.

Hhmmm... an embattled Saudi Arabia would leave a nice vacuum to fill for Qatar which funds ISIS.

British Columbia will allow alcohol sales in grocery stores next year:

The B.C. government announced Wednesday that the province's grocery stores will be permitted to sell alcohol beginning April 1, 2015.

Other changes going into effect that day affect government B.C. Liquor Stores, which will be allowed to offer walk-in coolers, to stay open for longer hours and to open Sundays. ...

Under the policy, liquor stores will be able to relocate their operations to grocery stores, or provide a connecting entrance from an adjacent location.

However, grocery products and liquor will be separated in order to prevent illegal sale to minors.

There will be no minimum size requirement for the liquor retail space within the grocery store. Minimum pricing regulations will remain in effect.

Well, that solves the convenience problem.

And now, the Kingdom of Gondar.

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