David Ignatius reports “For the past few months, I’ve been hearing private warnings about another threat to commercial planes — namely, the spread of shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles from Libya after the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi’s regime. A State Department official said in February that Gaddafi had acquired 20,000 of these weapons, and that only 5,000 of them had been secured through a $40 million U.S. program to buy up loose missiles.
Here’s the scary part: Two former CIA counterterrorism officers told me last week that technicians recently refurbished 800 of these man-portable air-defense systems (known as MANPADS) — some for an African More >
The story of if and why she may have lied about being held hostage and tried to be forced into an abortion is completely unclear but the thing that is clear is that the police must find her before her family does and murders her. She is pregnant and it is out of wedlock and she is Arab. A Negev-area social activist said that the girl was in great danger and must be found. “If her family gets to her, they won’t let her live.”
A family member as much as agreed with that.
She’s run away from a women’s shelter where she More >
There are both domestic and international political advantages to bringing in the 28 Kadima MKs for Bibi.
On the domestic scene, Bibi has essentially neutered Shas. He would have done so if elections had gone on as planned but not as effectively and might well still have needed Shas (thus being subject to their arm twisting) to form the coalition. Now, if Shas decides to pull out of the coalition over issues such as the Tal Law (which gives the ultra religious a free pass out of serving in the military), Bibi can respond “Big woo.”
The addition of Kadima now More >
I don’t see the advantage here. “Why are we giving Kadima a lifeline after it was bleeding to death?” one minister asked. Why indeed.
Mofaz has proven, repeatedly, to be a snake in the grass. He worked constantly to undermine Livni when she was head of Kadima and his machinations to take the helm of the party finally paid off for him, personally, but dropped the number of ministers the party would garner from the current 28 all the way down to about 10 if elections were held currently with him at the helm.
The Likud would clean up if elections More >
Either Biden has Alzheimers or something else is seriously wrong and I’m going to resist the temptation to make fun of him.
In an interview on Meet the Press, the Vice President of the U.S. referred to Mitt Romney as “President Romney” and referred to Obama, the current President, as “President Clinton.”
These are not the sort of mistakes even a major Romney supporter would make. I don’t wish Biden ill, I just want him and the current President out of office. I hope someone sees to it that he gets some medical attention because that is not just a gaffe, folks.More >
I do a lot of “only in Israel” kinds of posts. In this case, I’m still trying to wrap my mind around how to classify this. I was politely accosted on the street today by a pair of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Not just in Israel. IN BNEI BRAK.
They were modestly attired, as in Bnei Brak modestly attired. They addressed me in Hebrew and started their spiel. They shoved a little pamphlet into my hand. I got it, but I couldn’t quite wrap my head around it. I was impolitely looking back and forth between the pamphlet and them with a dumbfounded More >
Socialist Francois Hollande swept to victory in France’s presidential election on Sunday in a swing to the left at the heart of Europe that could start a pushback against German-led austerity.
Jubilant left-wingers celebrated outside Socialist Party headquarters and in Paris’ Bastille square, where revelers danced in 1981 when Francois Mitterrand became France’s only other Socialist president.
Even before the results were declared, cheering crowds gathered at Socialist headquarters to acclaim the party’s first presidential victory since Mitterrand’s re-election in 1988. Many waved red flags and some carried roses, the party emblem.
Our elections are coming up in September and we’ll certainly end up with a few more, if not 4 more, years with Bibi Netanyahu as our Prime Minister. This is pretty remarkable.
Bibi has already broken more than a bit of a record. It was last in the 80’s that we’ve had a Prime Minister serve out a full four-year election term. With our coalition system, the uneasy bedmates generally don’t take too long to decide to change beds or burn the bed they are sharing, leading us to early national elections. Until Bibi’s current term, we’ve had elections and switched More >
This is so awesome. And hey, these folks have 18 cats and now a squirrel. Check out how the baby squirrel has learned to purr just like the kittens.
Moo Bossy Cow sez watch this and just go ‘wow’ and ‘you’ve got to be kidding? This is for real!” Open post for the coolest and cutest animal video ever (with great soundtrack). The cat and owl that are best friends and play together — seriously cute and accurately described as the perfect friendship. Enjoy (I sure did!):