There's an excellent restaurant specializing in pork products located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, a mostly Hasidic neighborhood. It is called "Traif" (Yiddish for something non-kosher) and here's a picture to prove it.
The Israeli military said it carried out a series of airstrikes Tuesday across the Gaza Strip in response to renewed rocket fire.
(photo taken of children in bus at Rafah Crossing from Gaza into Egypt)
As a mother sheep cared for her flock with a love deep and true
So Evelyn did her mission, she was known as Evelyn the Ewe.
Evelyn sauntered into the Market carrying her list of goods
And she began shopping one row at a time moving as fast as she could.
The Shores of Tripoli - 1805
These people do not change. Note the similar behavior on the part of Muslim terrorists in Nigeria, Syria and Iraq. They demand ransoms, they rob banks, they sell antiquities, they enslave victims and they are not reluctant to execute those who oppose them. Because the agenda of the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant specifically includes attacking the United States, and since at least one American has been executed by them because of the support we are giving their opponents in Iraq, we really have no alternative but to go in and wipe them out. Depending on more moderate Muslim governments to do this will not work. Our dependence on the inept Iraqi government and its disloyal military forces was what permitted this threat to our country to reach its present dimensions. Similarly, Saudi leadership is more interested in banning bibles, banning alcohol, keeping women "in their place," going to the bank and vacationing on the Riviera than going after their Sunni brethren, so at crunch time, count them out.
Right now, we have the power to do this without a large number of casualties. If we wait, that might not be the case. This solution is in line with the words of William Shakespeare, as quoted in this blog's previous posting, where it is suggested that we might: “take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing, end them.”
As offensive as the idea of an all-encompassing Islamic "caliphate" is, the border-less nature of Arab populations in the Middle East might make that a more logical basis for a nation-state than straight lines drawn in the sand.
Some Arabs strongly feel this way and really do not accept what was done to the Middle East after the First World War, and refuse to accept the legitimacy of the British Mandate in Palestine, the French Mandate in Syria, the establishment of Syria, Lebanon and Jordan as nations as well as the United Nations partition of Palestine in 1947. Unfortunately, the worldwide aims of a militant and theocratic caliphate make such an arrangement unacceptable to the rest of the world, so trusteeships might be a better approach, once Western civilization restores peace to the Middle East. (They cannot do it themselves.)
Certainly, independence and democracy don't seem to work in the Arab Middle East. But if ever (?) separate democratic Arab nations are to survive there, two steps must be taken: (1) an acceptance of the need to recognize and cooperate with the State of Israel and (2) a strengthening of the Arab League into an overall economic union, similar to the European Economic Community. We are very far from that point.
Has anyone considered the possibility that the cause of such shrinking might be something more than that and perhaps is a result of the warm and humid South Florida climate? If that can be shown, it is conceivable that folks other than older people also might be susceptible to height-loss here!!
Perhaps this was the reason why six-foot eight LeBron James chose to forsake the Miami Heat, where he could have played for the remainder of his basketball career, and return to chilly Cleveland where possible non-age-related height-loss due to Florida's climate might not be a factor. Who knows?
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