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29 May 2008

What the Heck is This???

Air Police Confiscate $410,000 on U.S.-Israel Route
( A joint operation by Israeli and American officials has netted $410,000 in cash, checks and gold that 14 air travelers were carrying. It was the first operation of its kind, aimed at stopping the practice of bringing large sums of undocumented money.

American and Israeli custom officials supervised the operation, which took place during the past week.

What is "undocumented money?" If I save my money in cash and buy gold coins over time, then decide to travel with it, it can be confiscated from me...just like that??? Am I being presumed to be guilty of some crime until proven innocent???

Jews take heed. Your civil rights, your person and your property are no longer protected under the Constitution of the United States. (In Israel, we never had such "protections.")

20 May 2008

They've Bought Their Way In

They say they only want to 'bless' Israel and the Jewish people. They say there are no strings attached. They've 'donated' millions of dollars.

One of the most important lessons we learn in life is this: "Nobody gives something for nothing."

'Anti-Missionary Bill Undermines Freedom of Expression'
A legal opinion prepared by the Justice Ministry opposes legislation that would strengthen efforts to combat missionary activities in Israel

It's not enough that they have thoroughly assimilated the Jews living in chu"l. They are determined to assimilate the proud Jews of Eretz Yisrael and make us a little American clone-state!!

Despite what the assimilationists want you to believe, this is very serious business, folks!

The Torah says in Devarim, chapter 13:

7. If your brother, the son of your mother, tempts you in secret or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your embrace, or your friend, who is as your own soul saying, "Let us go and worship other gods, which neither you, nor your forefathers have known."

8. Of the gods of the peoples around you, [whether] near to you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end of the earth;

9. You shall not desire him, and you shall not hearken to him; neither shall you pity him, have mercy upon him, nor shield him.

10. But you shall surely kill him, your hand shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.

11. And you shall stone him with stones so that he dies, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

12. And all Israel shall listen and fear, and they shall no longer do any evil such as this in your midst.

13. If you hear in one of your cities which the Lord, your God, is giving you to dwell therein, saying,

14. "Unfaithful men have gone forth from among you and have led the inhabitants of their city astray, saying, 'Let us go and worship other gods, which you have not known.' "

15. Then you shall inquire, investigate, and ask thoroughly, and, behold, it is true, the matter is certain, that such abomination has been committed in your midst:

16. You shall surely strike down the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroy it with all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword.

17. And you shall collect all its spoil into the midst of its open square, and burn with fire the city and all its spoil, completely, for the Lord, your God; and it shall be a heap of destruction forever, never to be rebuilt.

18. And nothing that is doomed to destruction shall cling to your hand, so that the Lord may return from His fierce wrath, and grant you compassion, and be compassionate with you, and multiply you, as He swore to your forefathers.

19. For you shall hearken to the voice of the Lord your God, to keep all His commandments which I command you this day, to do that which is proper in the eyes of the Lord, your God.
The followers of the false god have a new campaign called "Behold Your God." These are also the words the Erev Rav said to us when they created the Golden Calf. We reject ALL false gods!!


17 May 2008

Faith Defines Meaning

Ashreinu! Too often we forget how fortunate we are to have the Truth of Torah to guide us. Our faith infuses meaning into every aspect of our lives and we are not left to wonder "why?"

Chinese turn to rumour, superstition to explain disasters

HONG KONG (AFP) — ...China's massive earthquake has given way to rumour and superstition. ...Chinese are looking for a cosmic explanation for their misery. ...Fantastic theories for the disaster -- as well as January snowstorms, March riots in Tibet and this month's disastrous cyclone in Myanmar -- have become cyberspace currency....

In the absence of religion, deemed by the Communists as a vestige of China's imperial past, people look to the heavens for omens and invest numbers with meaning,....

Even as the government has sought to capitalise on the predilection for portents by scheduling the opening ceremony of the Olympics for August 8, at 8:08pm, some Internet users have given added significance to the fact that the date for each of this year's disastrous events adds up to eight.

May 12, the day of the quake, adds up to eight (5, for May, + 1 + 2) -- is 88 days before the opening ceremony.

"This is how people deal with disasters like this, by finding meaning and hidden significance in numbers and cycles," said Gerome Barme, professor of Chinese history at Australian National University.

"One of the things the government is trying hard to avoid is normal people believing that the heavenly powers are displeased with what is going on here on earth,"....

...the Year of the Rat on the Chinese lunar calendar, was destined to be one of tumult and disaster.
"This is a year of earth and water, it means the earth is unstable and water is very powerful," he said.

The snowstorms -- which crippled huge swathes of the country from January 25, which also totals eight -- were the first natural disaster of 2008 and involved water, he said. "The earth was unstable, and then the quake comes."

16 May 2008

a "catastrophe from heaven"

Is anybody out there listening???

Sydney Morning Herald
Flurry of inaction in place where heaven fell

John Garnaut
May 16, 2008

FROM a distance, Beichuan looks like a town of Lego bricks that some child has kicked over in rage. The remaining buildings stand at strange angles and all sense of proportion is distorted by the huge mountains that wedge it in on every side.

But after walking and stumbling down a few hundred metres of landslide, where the road used to be, the reality in close-up is unspeakable.

There are no roads or clear spaces any more, only mangled mess. At first I carefully watch my footfall, because there is no clear or stable ground.

I soon learn to watch for bodies. Some are well dressed and beautiful. Most faces are still recognisable, but they may not remain that way long enough for relatives to claim them.

Others are twisted in cars and crushed like insects under rocks. Headless, disembowelled, grotesquely broken.

At a village on the way a peasant had said this had not been a natural disaster but a "catastrophe from heaven".

I understand that now. Heaven itself has collapsed.

Villagers had mostly been lucky because they were out working the fields on Monday afternoon when the earthquake struck. But city dwellers were at school, at work and in their homes.

In Beichuan, formerly a tightly packed town of well over 20,000 people, anyone agile enough to escape from their collapsing buildings would then have watched whole mountains rumbling down towards them.

Where I am, at least, the tumbling rivers of dirt had stopped at the edge of town. But boulders as big as houses had powered over the main skirting road, crushing cars flat and smashing into the outside row of what might have been shops and apartment blocks.

A volunteer rescuer is shouting into a gap between two car-sized boulders. "You have to Live! Live for your children."

Another volunteer stands at the doorway of a gutted apartment block, which looks dangerously unstable. He gestures behind and says at least 10 people are alive in there. He says the rescuers had told him they were too difficult to reach.

Further on is a lady squatting on top of a concrete pile that used to be a school. Her anguished voice is hoarse from shouting a name: "An Deming, An Deming!"

Relatives pick hopelessly at the mayhem around her and peer through gaps in the concrete for signs of life.

Until now I have been comforted by the public's huge goodwill and the Government's prompt response. But the relief effort seemed to have choked at the place it matters most.

Where are those 130,000 soldiers now? Why are they still squashed into trucks on the clear road above, while volunteers and relatives are mostly barred from doing the work themselves?

#There is a flurry next to me. Someone has heard a voice from the upper stories of a small block of flats. They cry out and a woman answers with a strong voice and a Sichuan accent I can't understand.

I come across a group of soldiers. They say they will come to help the woman but right now they are too busy working out what to do with the school.

By now I have walked and climbed perhaps 200 metres into this living graveyard and it goes on for perhaps three kilometres more. It would take hours to go that far. I have seen enough and turn around.

The volunteer who had been shouting at the two boulders has gone. Underneath those boulders is a protruding leg. From the other side, where the man was shouting, I can make out the body attached to the leg. The torso is hanging upside down, arms dangling into a dark chasm.

I tell the man that if he's brave enough to live the rescue teams will surely come for him. "Thank you," he says. "I feel like I am dead already."

A female arm is also sticking out from this rock, wearing a pretty red bracelet. I wonder if it is his wife and if he knows she's dead.

Perhaps it was cruel of the volunteer to urge him to live for his child, who is no doubt buried here somewhere.

But cruelty has no meaning here.

It is getting dark. It would take a crane to lift those rocks. I scramble back towards the edge of town.

Every 10 minutes or so a team of orange-suited rescuers carries out a stretcher. They are invariably exhausted and pause at the foot of the goat track that has been carved over the landslide that used to be the road. A handkerchief protects the face of a survivor from the sun. A fresh tear trickles out to show she is alive.

I hear from someone's two-way radio that five children have just been rescued. One of them arrives on a stretcher and is lifted into the arms of an orange uniformed man to be cradled up the mountain.

One of his colleagues, Luan Dongmo, says they are carrying more than 10 survivors every hour.

Finally, on the road above there are some more serious signs of action. Lines of soldiers are jogging in the right direction. Huge diggers are carving out an emergency camp and others are moving towards the crushed city.

A black government car is held up on the road by a survivor who is holding a sit-down protest, demanding an immediate lift to the more stable ground at Mianyang. The car happens to be carrying a suited man who his colleagues say is leading the rescue effort.

The rescue leader says he understands my concerns that the rescue is not happening fast enough. The problem, he says, is that there are simply so many soldiers and volunteers here to help that it is impossible for any of them to move. He says "the key" is to create some space for a rescue camp - work that has evidently just begun.

On the way in my taxi had been stopped at a roadblock 15 kilometres away. I had slipped through with a handful of journalists on special instructions from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

I had walked and then ridden in on the back of a motorcycle past hundreds of troop carriers, buses, cranes, supply trucks and cars that were double parked and blocking all but one lane of the road.

It was clear that the extraordinary resources thrown at this disaster had reached a bottleneck. What they needed were managers who had been trained to deal with disasters on a scale that China had not experienced in 30 years.

Yesterday morning an aftershock jolted me out of bed. I heard the usual scramble of voices and footsteps heading to safety outside. I knew I should have put on my shoes to join them. But it was hard to think of anything other than what that shock must have felt like to a man hanging upside down in Beichuan.

13 May 2008

"Adding Insult to Injury"

HASHEM is pouring judgment upon the world and it seems to have been ratcheted up a notch.

7.9 magnitude earthquake Monday, 12 May 2008
"The official Xinhua News Agency said the death toll exceeded 12,000 in Sichuan province alone, and 18,645 were still buried in debris in the city of Mianyang, near the epicenter of Monday's massive, 7.9-magnitude quake.

The Sichuan Daily newspaper reported on its Web site that more than 26,000 people were injured in Mianyang."

"Rain was impeding efforts and a group of paratroopers called off a rescue mission to the epicenter due to heavy storms, Xinhua reported."

MYANMAR: Cyclone Nargis Saturday, 3 May 2008
Up tp 60,000 dead and missing from Cyclone that raked Myanmar coastline

"A boat carrying Red Cross aid supplies to survivors of Myanmar's cyclone sank Sunday in the disaster zone after hitting a submerged tree trunk, ...."

CHILE: Eruption of Chaitén Volcano since Friday, 2 May 2008

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes near the volcano

"President on Saturday warned that towns surrounding Chaitén Volcano... might become permanently unlivable."

US: EF4 Tornado Saturday, 10 May 2008

Nearly half of the 21 people killed by a tornado that smashed parts of Oklahoma and Missouri over the weekend died in cars,...

"Southwest Misourians should brace for another round of potentially severe weather this afternoon and evening. Weather conditions will be similar to those on Saturday that produced a single massive tornado that was on the ground for 74 miles - 29 miles in Oklahoma and 45 miles in Southwest Missouri. It killed at least 22 people - 15 in Missouri and six in Oklahoma and one in Georgia."

US: Mid-Atlantic Storm Monday, 12 May 2008

"Tens of thousands of electricity customers in several states lost power as up to 5 inches of rain fell Sunday and Monday and wind gusts in some places reached hurricane strength. ...Monday morning's high tide sent waves crashing through low-lying areas, forcing the evacuation of more than 200 residents from coastal communities in central Delaware."

"[It] fanned the flames of a deadly New Jersey fire and wrecked a brand-new research vessel off the Delaware coast, killing a crew member."

12 May 2008

Lousy Courts, Lousy Police, Lousy Government

If those in authority will not look after the safety and interests of the citizenry, the citizenry will simply have to rise up en masse and look after themselves!! The residents of Pisgat Ze'ev need to go into the streets and rally behind these Giborim Yisrael.

Jewish Teens Wanted to ‘Put an End’ to Arab Harassment

( A group of 11 Jewish teens accused of badly beating two Arab teens had planned for days to “put an end to the Arabs wandering around Pisgat Ze’ev and the mall,” prosecutors said Monday. The group had assembled after cell phone text message circulated calling to “Put an end to the Arabs who wander around... whistling at girls, cursing at and threatening little kids.”

Anyone who wanted to “finally show them not to wander around in our area” was called to meet at a local hamburger stand at 10 p.m. The group met at the planned time and moved to the local mall, where the Jews attacked two Arab teens, who required medical care as a result. The Jewish teens were indicted on Monday for causing serious bodily harm with racist motives and planning to commit a crime.