Wednesday, August 28, 2013

MOCKING BIRD HILL - Slim Whitman

Northern Mockingbird PhotoNorthern Mockingbird singing
                             Slim Whitman biography

This Is Why Quebec Must Remove Religion from the Public Sphere. The Huffington Post

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They will be there, Allah's soldiers. They will visit us, the Islamic fanatics. We, the lost ones of the West, need their blessing. Upon invitation from the Collectif Indépendence, sponsored by the charitable organization HCI (Human Concern International), they will come from Europe to save us from hell. They want to cleanse us of our sacrileges. They want to show us the right path, we the perverts, the debauched, the libertines, the egotists, the impious, the miscreants. They will preach on September 7th and 8th at the Palais des congrès in Montreal. They will preach the revealed Word, denouncing the Crusades and blaming our women. And they will do so in two languages, Arabic and French. Yes, they'll use the language of l'Homme rapaillé to try and reach the lost children of Quebec. They will offer us the recipe for a ticket to paradise. So run out to hear what they have to say, my Quebecois brothers and sisters. Reserve your seats early, because there's sure to be a crowd at the Palais des congrès. It will be full of the gullible and the fanatical. There will be the curious and the bearded, students, the unemployed, the crazy, and the lonely.
Run! The young Nader Abou Anas and Farid Mounir are waiting anxiously for you. They will tell you some beautiful fables that will make you laugh and cry. Ah, those young kids will be charming. Beards combed in Afghan style, chechias welded to their heads, they will admonish you, O free women of Quebec, to wear the veil. They will speak to you under the watchful eye of their elder, Mohamed Patel, a sharia scholar. You will be seduced by the white, flowing beard of this shiek, this member of the Fatwa Council of the Centre Islamique de la Réunion. He will tell you how to eat halal. He will speak to you about the virtuous family, of putting your finances in the service of God, and will show you the treasures of Islamic science. He will introduce brother Mohamed François, an odd convert from Indre-et-Loire, who will explain how to fear Allah and how to impose the burka on the women of the Belle Province.
So run out and reserve your tickets. You won't regret it, my friends. You will contribute to the Islamification of the world and you will earn hassanats (money in the hereafter). Each ticket sold means $20 more for the Ummah's (the Muslim community's) coffers. And you won't be disappointed: Your sins will be washed away and your soul purified.
At Montreal's Palais des congrès, our devout preachers will ask you to obey, O free women of Quebec. They will forbid you to go out and party and to drink a beer on a cafe terrace. They will tell you that life down here is fleeting and that real life is elsewhere, in the hereafter.
Put away your jewelry, your perfume, your makeup containers, your pants, and your mini-skirts. Cover your bodies from head to toe, obey your spouses, and cry out that Allah is great.
As for you, free men of Quebec, our pious preachers will ask you not to dance, not to sing, not to play the guitar or the piano. They will convince you that music is the work of the devil. They will tell you that it corrupts the heart and the mind.
So forget about Céline Dion and Félix Leclerc, break your pens, burn your libraries, destroy your theatres, snuff out your lanterns and let the fanatics of Allah glorify death and the last judgment.
Run to the Palais des congrès, O free women and men of Quebec. Our venerable sheiks will sell you on backworlds where there will be virgins and rivers of wine.
But as for me, who saw this type of enlightened preaching in the stadiums and streets of Algeria in the early 1990s, which led to over 200,000 deaths and infinite suffering, how could I keep silent?
Today, I want to stand with all my strength against the laxity of the Canadian authorities; I totally embrace the Charter of Quebec Values.
We must get rid of religion in the political sphere.
Islamism is like couch grass: It feeds on cultures. Read here.

At Risk: Planet’s Most Extraordinary Bat Colony

Millions of bats emerge from the mouth of Bracken Cave, a mere 20 minutes north of downtown San Antonio. Photo courtesy of EdwardsAquifer.net.
Millions of bats emerge from the mouth of Bracken Cave, a mere 20 minutes north of downtown San Antonio. Photo courtesy of EdwardsAquifer.net.

By Bill Hurley:  From March through October, the Bracken Cave is home to a nursery colony of nearly 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats – the largest colony and concentration of mammals on Earth. Right here on the far northeastern edge of San Antonio.                                                         The emerging bats darken the sky at sunset as they swarm out of the cave’s mouth to feed on insects, and then again when they return at sunrise. In the course of a single night swarming the skies of South Texas they consume more than 100 tons of crop-damaging insects. And they significantly reduce the number of mosquitos in the region...Continue reading...

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Jim Malcolm & Darren Maclean - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

[photo]http://cn2.wnet.org/wliw/21pressroom/files/2010/11/Darren_Maclean.jpg                                                                                                                                                                         1. [link]  2. The Proclaimers, 500 Miles

Sri Lankan police apologize for dog wedding

Sri Lanka Dogs Wedding
In this Monday, Aug.26, 2013 photograph, Sri Lankan policemen walk with sniffer dogs as they hold a wedding ceremony of nine pairs of police dogs in Kandy, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka police have apologized for holding a wedding ceremony for sniffer dogs after the country's culture minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation. The dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional weddings in the ceremony Monday, part of a breeding program. They were later driven away in a decorated police jeep for their "honeymoons."
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Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/08/27/2789090/sri-lankan-police-apologize-for.html#storylink=cpy
— Associated Press
— Sri Lankan police apologized Tuesday for holding a group wedding for dogs trained to detect explosives and drugs after the country's culture minister condemned the event and demanded an investigation.
Nine pairs of police sniffer dogs dressed in shawls, hats and socks were placed on a decorated platform like those used in traditional Buddhist weddings in the ceremony Monday in the central town of Kandy.
Their marriages were registered by an official in the presence of a crowd of veterinary surgeons, medical doctors, top police officers and the public.
Local television showed the dog couples later being driven away in a decorated police jeep for their "honeymoons."...Continue reading...

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/08/27/2789090/sri-lankan-police-apologize-for.html#storylink=cpy

Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. official

[photo]Black columns of smoke rise from heavy shelling in the Jobar neighborhood, east of Damascus, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013. Syria reached an agreement with the United Nations on Sunday to allow a U.N. team of experts to visit the site of alleged chemical weapons attacks last week outside Damascus, state media said. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)By Shaun Waterman
Testimony from victims strongly suggests it was the rebels, not the Syrian government, that used Sarin nerve gas during a recent incident in the revolution-wracked nation, a senior U.N. diplomat said Monday.
Carla del Ponte, a member of the U.N. Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, told Swiss TV there were “strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof,” that rebels seeking to oust Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad had used the nerve agent...Continue reading...

Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth"; latest news from Syria [link]

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Ruth's Photo Blog - Sit for a spell and enjoy nature.

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Egyptian Christians, Muslims March against Obama

The Christian Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt                                                              by Mark Martin:
Hundreds of Egyptian protestors, many of them Coptic Christians, rallied in front of the White House Thursday, outraged over President Barack Obama's support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
"Don't support terrorists!" protestor Hale Salem said. "Don't support terrorists! Please, Mr. Obama I voted for you -- don't support terrorists."
"He's asking us as Egyptians to leave the terrorists in Egypt alone? To kill us, to kill our people? It's not gonna happen," another protestor declared.
Muslims were also present, voicing their opposition against the Brotherhood.
"I'm a Muslim," demonstrator Mina Khalifa said. "It's not a Christian thing. It's an Egyptian thing."
Another Muslim protestor, Suzanne Elnahal, said, "They are terrorists; they have done so many problems in Egypt."...Continue reading...
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Katy Perry "Roar"

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News on Syria continually updated from thousands of sources around the net.

An Israel Air Force F-15 taking off. Photo by Daniel Bar-On [photo]

Israel Air Force F-15.Syria News

News on Syria continually updated from thousands of sources around the net...http://www.topix.com/world/syria

Russia Issues “All-Out War” Alert Over Syria

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Sorcha Faal, and as reported to her Western Subscribers:
A grim report issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on the just concluded Arctic Council meeting between Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his American counterpart US Secretary of State John Kerry is warning today that President Putin has ordered Russian military forces to “immediately move” from Local War to Regional War operational status and to be “fully prepared” to expand to Large-Scale War should either the US or EU enter into the Syria Civil War...Read report here...

Russia suggests Syria ‘chemical attack’ was ‘planned provocation’ by rebels. RT News

Published time: August 21, 2013 15:44
Edited time: August 22, 2013 10:55

A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows a man taking the body of a child wrapped in shrouds from a line of victims which Syrian rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. (AFP Photo / Daya Al-Deen)
A handout image released by the Syrian opposition's Shaam News Network shows a man taking the body of a child wrapped in shrouds from a line of victims which Syrian rebels claim were killed in a toxic gas attack by pro-government forces in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus on August 21, 2013. (AFP Photo / Daya Al-Deen)
"Reports by “biased regional media” about alleged chemical weapons use near Damascus might be “a provocation planned in advance,” says Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Aleksandr Lukashevich.
“It draws attention to the fact that biased regional media have immediately, as if on command, begun an aggressive information attack, laying all the responsibility on the government,” Lukashevich said in a statement on Wednesday. 
The Russian Foreign Ministry, citing its sources, said that a homemade rocket carrying unidentified chemical substances had been launched from an area controlled by the opposition..." Continue reading, more disturbing pictures...
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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Saskatchewan RCMP top cop retires; first female aboriginal CO to take over

Brenda Butterworth-Carr will head up the RCMP in Saskatchewan. Brenda Butterworth-Carr will head up the RCMP in Saskatchewan. (Handout) [photo]
 By The Canadian Press:
REGINA - Saskatchewan's top Mountie is leaving the job.
Assistant Commissioner Russ Mirasty is retiring at the end of the month.
Mirasty became the first First Nations person to lead an RCMP division when he took the post in December 2010.
He will be replaced by Chief Superintendent Brenda Butterworth-Carr, who becomes the first female aboriginal commanding officer.
Butterworth-Carr joined the RCMP in 1987 as a native special constable.
She has served in Yukon, British Columbia and Saskatchewan in many key positions including as the First Nations policing co-ordinator. thestarphoenix.com

Steve Martin and Kermit the Frog in "Dueling Banjos"

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NASA | From the Cockpit: The Best of IceBridge Arctic '13

Posted by Ghost of a flea : "The views from the cockpit of NASA's P-3B aircraft on an Operation IceBridge campaign are truly stunning. The mission doesn't travel to both ends of the Earth for the scenery of course -- the airborne mission is there to collect radar, laser altimetry, and other data on the changing ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice of the Arctic and Antarctic. But for those of us who aren't polar pilots, here's a selection of some of the best footage from the forward and nadir cameras mounted to the aircraft taken during IceBridge's spring deployment over Greenland and the Arctic Ocean..." http://ghostofaflea.com/

Octopus Houdini escapes boat via tiny hole.

By Michael Graham Richard
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Like fitting a camel through the eye of a needle

Nature Blows My Mind is our series about fauna, flora, and natural phenomena that make us go "Oh, wow! Really? Awesome!" and such. This edition features the Octopus equivalent of Harry Houdini, famous for his daring escape acts (see the photo below). I would have expected octopuses to be very flexible, but but this is more like fitting a camel through the eye of a needle. Impressive that all its internal organs are this maleable...Read here. The video was shot by Chance Miller near the Chiswell Islands in Alaska.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Luca Parmitano Describes Almost Drowning In Space

Luca smiling ESA...As I move back along my route towards the airlock, I become more and more certain that the water is increasing. I feel it covering the sponge on my earphones and I wonder whether I’ll lose audio contact. The water has also almost completely covered the front of my visor, sticking to it and obscuring my vision. I realise that to get over one of the antennae on my route I will have to move my body into a vertical position, also in order for my safety cable to rewind normally. At that moment, as I turn ‘upside-down’, two things happen: the Sun sets, and my ability to see – already compromised by the water – completely vanishes, making my eyes useless; but worse than that, the water covers my nose – a really awful sensation that I make worse by my vain attempts to move the water by shaking my head. By now, the upper part of the helmet is full of water and I can’t even be sure that the next time I breathe I will fill my lungs with air and not liquid. To make matters worse, I realise that I can’t even understand which direction I should head in to get back to the airlock. I can’t see more than a few centimetres in front of me, not even enough to make out the handles we use to move around the Station...Read complete story here...

Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson Blasts Abortion Culture: ‘What in the World Happened to Us?’

phil-robertson-duck-dynasty-abortion.jpgBy Matt Vespa: In a video featuring Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson, the TV star - in what appears to be a religious sermon - declares his pro-life stance on the issue of abortion.  When discussing the ethics of, and that there's even a debate on, the issue, he asks, "What in the world happened to us?"
"Listen, from the time you started inside your mother's womb, Thomas Jefferson had it right, you have the God-given right to life for crying out loud. You're this long (pointing to his finger). You're a week old inside your mother. They suck you out of there when you're about like that (point to finger again). You wouldn't be here tonight!...Read here... [photo]
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‘Charter of Quebec Values’ aims to restrict religious symbols

[image]QMI AgencyBurkaby The Canadian Press:
MONTREAL – Quebec has launched its next debate on minority accommodation — and this one could make the erstwhile soccer-turban ban look like a leisurely stroll on the pitch.
The government is preparing to introduce long-awaited legislation that would restrict religious symbols in numerous places.
A media report Tuesday with leaked details of the Parti Quebecois government’s “Charter of Quebec Values” says the proposed policy will prohibit public employees from donning Sikh, Jewish and Muslim headwear in the workplace.
It appears the PQ hopes to cash in at the ballot box by championing a position on secularism that polls have suggested has considerable support in the province.
The fiery debate that erupted over a recent ban on wearing turbans on Quebec soccer fields offered a sneak-peek of the what could be in the political pipeline for the national assembly’s fall session.
The turban ban was lifted by the Quebec Soccer Federation due to external pressure — but not before it made headlines around the world. Inside Quebec, Premier Pauline Marois rushed to the defence of the soccer federation and accused its detractors of Quebec-bashing.
Tuesday’s newspaper report says the PQ government is set to prevent employees in public institutions like schools and hospitals from wearing religious symbols such as turbans, niqabs, kippas, hijabs and highly visible crucifixes...Continue reading...

Country's Greatest Love Stories: Waylon Jennings & Jessi Colter

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