Thursday, September 21, 2006

MK Taha Questioned by Police Following Unauthorized Travel to Syria

( MK (National Democratic Assembly) Wasil Taha was questioned by police in connection to his recent unauthorized visit to Syria, a hostile nation that does not maintain diplomatic ties with Israel.

Upon making his way to the police facility, Taha told reporters that Israel is wasting a resource and would do better capitalizing on the connection he and other Arab MKs enjoy with Syria.

American Jewry Protests Global Jihad Outside UN

by Ezra HaLevi

A large number of protestors gathered opposite the United Nations building in New York City Wednesday afternoon to protest Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and demand the release of Israel's captives.

Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, US Ambassador John Bolton, New York State Governor George Pataki, Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel and human rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz, among others, addressed the crowd, which stretched down the streets and avenues surrounding the plaza opposite the United Nations.

Also attending the rally and issue emotional pleas for the release of their captive family members were Carmit Goldwasser, wife of IDF soldier Ehud Goldwasser, and Benny Regev, brother of Eldad Regev – both being held by Hizbullah.

"People are coming from as far away as California," Conference of Presidents Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein told Arutz-7 an hour before the rally began. "The plaza is already filled with Jews, Christians, Blacks, Whites, Hispanics – an unbelievable rainbow of the American people."

Hoenlein doubted that any of the rally's speakers would issue calls for an attack on Iran in order to prevent the Islamic republic from attaining nuclear capability, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad promised the UN it would continue to pursue, Tuesday.

"The purpose of the rally is to show solidarity with Israel and to demand the release of the MIAs," Hoenlein said. "Leaders of the world meeting across the street will have a hard time not hearing our message and Ahmadinejad will know that his threats to wipe out Israel are unacceptable. The US is obligated to let him into the country, but we are obligated to let him know what we think."

More than 140 buses were on their way to the rally, organizers said, adding that many more people were flying in from across the country for the event.

The rally enjoys one of the widest array of organization support in decades. Jewish organizations from Meretz to Americans For a Safe Israel have lent their support and the Council of Torah Sages of the Hareidi-religious Agudah movement have made the decision to support the protest as well, calling upon members of the movement to attend.

In honor of the upcoming Rosh HaShana holiday marking the Jewish new year, hundreds of shofrot, ram's horns, were blown in unison during the protest.

The shofar has traditionally been blown both at times of trouble, to encourage the Jewish people to mend their ways, and during wartime, to rally the troops, demoralize the enemies of Israel and to signal Divine assistance for the Jewish nation.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

news Briefs

( Following a coup led by the military in Bangkok, Army Chief of Staff Sonthi Boonyaratglin appeared on Thai TV to explain his actions.

As a result, Israel Foreign Ministry officials are advising citizens to remain indoors and avoid the streets as much as possible.

( The United Nations has approved sending 360 troops from Malaysia to Lebanon, to join the international stabilization force responsible for enforcing the ceasefire.

Malaysian officials’ report they offered to send 1,000 troops, but to date, the UN has decided on 360.

( During joint southern command and air force operations in Gaza during the night, the air force bombed a building in the Dahaniyeh area of Gaza used to host the entrance to a weapons smuggling tunnel.

Military officials add the operation was launched following accurate intelligence information, first warning the residents of the building to evacuate ahead of the attack.

( IDF soldiers involved in counter-terror operations during the night arrested three terrorists. Arrests were made in Jenin and Hevron.

Suspects in custody include Islamic Jihad terrorists. Soldiers were attacked with an explosive device while operating in Jenin. No injuries were reported.

( Following a meeting between Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, State Prosecutor Eran Shendar and other legal officials, Mazuz has instructed Israel Police investigators to complete all the investigations against the president.

Sources close to the case are signaling that police have amassed sufficient evidence in a number of the investigations to file criminal charges of varying degrees of sexual assault on a number of women by the president.

It now appears that Mr. Katsav will be compelled to step down, with criminal indictments against him appearing increasingly likely.

Monday, September 18, 2006

TIME: U.S. May be Preparing For War Against Iran

( The United States might be preparing for war against Iran, according to the current issue of TIME magazine. It reported that the American Navy recently ordered a submarine and minesweepers to prepare to deploy, and it is likely the intention was to prepare to blockade the Persian Gulf where Iranian oil tankers must pass.

"From the State Department to the White House to the highest reaches of the military command, there is a growing sense that a showdown with Iran--over its suspected quest for nuclear weapons, its threats against Israel and its bid for dominance of the world's richest oil region--may be impossible to avoid.," according to the magazine report.

It noted that American worries over Iran increased dramatically following the Iranian-backed Hizbullah terrorist war against Israel this summer.

Any American attack on Iran would be from the air and not from the ground, TIME said. American strategists estimate that Iran's first reaction would be to attack Israel.


( Lebanese Cabinet ministers have criticized German Chancellor Angela Markel for stating that German troops in the UNIFIL force will help protect Israel. Energy and Water Minister Mohamed Fneish said her statement violates the United Nations Security Council ceasefire resolution. Information Minister Ghazi Aridi stated that UNIFIL does not have a mandate to protect Israel.

Lebanese Cabinet members also have taken issue with the United Nations for wanting to land weapons for UNIFIL at the Beirut airport without previous approval, according to the Lebanon Daily Star. Aridi said the landings are not within the framework of the U.N. resolution.

Sorry for the late post, I figured I'm gonna do something while it's still today

1176 - The Battle of Myriokephalon is fought.
1394 - King Charles VI of France orders all Jews expelled from France.
1462 - The Battle of Świecino (or Battle of Żarnowiec) is fought during Thirteen Years' War.
1577 - Peace of Bergerac signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.
1630 - The city of Boston, Massachusetts, is founded.
1776 - The Presidio of San Francisco is founded in New Spain.
1778 - Treaty of Fort Pitt signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware).
1787 - The United States Constitution is signed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1809 - Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War. The territory to become Finland is ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.
1859 - Joshua A. Norton declares himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.
1862 - American Civil War: George McClellan halts the northward drive of Robert E. Lee's Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the single bloodiest day of the war, and in American history. Over 23,000 Casualties in under twelve hours of combat marks this as a day as a prime example supreme savagery and brutality in warfare.
1894 - Battle of Yalu River, the largest naval engagement of the First Sino-Japanese War.
1900 - Philippine-American War: Filipinos under Juan Cailles defeat Americans under Colonel Benjamin F. Cheatham at Mabitac.
1908 - The Wright Flyer flown by Orville Wright, with Lieutenant Thomas Selfridge as passenger, crashes; killing Selfridge. He becomes the first airplane fatality.
1914 - Andrew Fisher becomes Prime Minister of Australia for the third time.
1916 - World War I: Manfred von Richthofen ("The Red Baron"), a flying ace of the German Luftstreitkräfte, won his first aerial combat near Cambrai, France.
1920 - National Football League is organized in Canton, Ohio, United States.
1924 - The Border Defence Corps was established in the Second Polish Republic for the defence of the eastern border against armed Soviet raids and local bandits.
1928 - The Okeechobee Hurricane strikes southeastern Florida, killing upwards of 2,500 people. It is the third deadliest natural disaster in US history, behind the Galveston Hurricane of 1900 and the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.
1939 - The Soviet Union joined Nazi Germany's invasion of Poland during the Polish Defensive War of 1939.
1943 - Russian city of Bryansk liberated from Nazis.
1944 - Allied Airborne troops parachute into Holland as the "Market" half of Operation Market Garden.
1947 - James V. Forrestal was sworn in as the first Secretary of Defense of United States.
1948 - Lehi (also know as the Stern gang) assassinates Count Folke Bernadotte, who was appointed by the UN to mediate between the Arabs and Jews.
1949 - The Canadian steamship SS Noronic burns in Toronto Harbor with the loss of over 118 lives.
1951 - Robert A. Lovett was sworn in as the 4th Secretary of Defense of United States.
1956 - Television was first broadcast in Australia.
1961 - The Minnesota Vikings play their first NFL game, defeating the Chicago Bears 37-13, with Fran Tarkenton throwing 4 touchdowns and running for 1 touchdown.
1967 - Jim Morrison and The Doors defy CBS censors on The Ed Sullivan Show. Morrison sang the lyrics, "Girl, we couldn't get much higher" from the song, Light My Fire when asked not to.
1970 - Fighting breaks out along the Syrio-Jordanian border between Jordanian troops and the fedayeen.
1972 - The first episode of M*A*S*H premieres on CBS.
1976 - The first Space Shuttle, Enterprise, was unveiled by NASA. In keeping with its namesake, the cast of Star Trek came to see Enterprise's unveiling.
1978 - The Camp David Accords were signed by Israel and Egypt.
1983 - Vanessa Williams becomes the first black Miss America.
1984 - Brian Mulroney is sworn in as Prime Minister of Canada.
1984 - Baseball: Reggie Jackson becomes the 13th member of the 500 home run club with a home run at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California.
1988 - Opening ceremony of the Games of the XXIV Olympiad in Seoul, South Korea.
1988 - Reliever Jeff Reardon of the Minnesota Twins picks up his 40th save of the season by pitching the ninth inning of a 3-1 win over the Chicago White Sox, becoming the first pitcher to save 40 games in both the American League and the National League. Reardon had previously saved 41 games while pitching with the Montreal Expos in 1985.
1991 - North Korea, South Korea, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the Marshall Islands and Micronesia join the United Nations.
1991 - The first version of the Linux kernel (0.01) is released to the Internet.
2001 - The Late Show with David Letterman is the first TV talk show to return to the airwaves six days after terrorists attack the United States in New York City and Washington D.C.
2001 - The Dow Jones Industrial Average opens for the first time after the September 11 attacks. The stocks plummet throughout the trading session and posts its biggest point drop in its history closing down 684.81 points to 8920.70.
2004 - Tamil is declared first classical language in India.
2006 - The WB Television Network goes off-the-air after eleven and a half years. The CW Television Network launches the following day.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Today, in Israeli news

A motorist was lightly injured in a rock-throwing attack near Hirbat a-Dir in the Bethlehem district a short time ago.

Two Nes Tziona residents in their 50s sustained light injuries when their light plane crashed near Merkaz Sapir in the Aravah. Police report the accident is under investigation. Civil Air Administration authorities have been notified.

Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja expressed support for the now-forming PA (Palestinian Authority) coalition government between Hamas and Fatah.
The senior Finnish official stated that the establishment of such a government “creates a new reality and we must capitalize on the opportunity.”
Finland holds the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU).

Labor Party leader Defense Minister Amir Peretz met on Friday with party ministers to discuss Labor’s future in the coalition.
This week, the cabinet voted in favor of the 2007 state budget. All the Labor ministers raised their hands in favor of the budget with the exception of Peretz, who opted to abstain.
Following the move, Peretz came under fire from his colleagues, who disapproved of his actions.

47 victims of the war in Lebanon remain hospitalized, officials reported on Thursday night. Among the wounded are 2 victims listed in serious condition, 13 moderate and 12 light.
Victims are recuperating in a number of hospitals, including Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Sheba Medical Center and Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah and Nahariya Hospital.

Todat, in Israeli news

A motorist was lightly injured in a rock-throwing attack near Hirbat a-Dir in the Bethlehem district a short time ago.

Two Nes Tziona residents in their 50s sustained light injuries when their light plane crashed near Merkaz Sapir in the Aravah. Police report the accident is under investigation. Civil Air Administration authorities have been notified.

Finnish Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomioja expressed support for the now-forming PA (Palestinian Authority) coalition government between Hamas and Fatah.
The senior Finnish official stated that the establishment of such a government “creates a new reality and we must capitalize on the opportunity.”
Finland holds the rotating presidency of the European Union (EU).

Labor Party leader Defense Minister Amir Peretz met on Friday with party ministers to discuss Labor’s future in the coalition.
This week, the cabinet voted in favor of the 2007 state budget. All the Labor ministers raised their hands in favor of the budget with the exception of Peretz, who opted to abstain.
Following the move, Peretz came under fire from his colleagues, who disapproved of his actions.

47 victims of the war in Lebanon remain hospitalized, officials reported on Thursday night. Among the wounded are 2 victims listed in serious condition, 13 moderate and 12 light.
Victims are recuperating in a number of hospitals, including Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Sheba Medical Center and Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah and Nahariya Hospital.

Not quite my normal fair, but I found this and wanted to share it

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Second Lebanon War IDF Commander Udi Adam Resigns

by Yechiel Spira and Ezra HaLevi

Two top IDF generals are resigning. Northern District Commander Udi Adam handed in his resignation Wednesday and Central District Commander Yair Naveh sent his Monday.

Maj.-Gen. Adam is quoted telling his close colleagues that “my conscience in clear,” regarding the war in Lebanon, and his decision is prompted by strained relations with the military’s senior command, including Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz.

During the war, Halutz announced that he had total confidence in Adam and his professional abilities, but nevertheless, decided to appoint Deputy Chief of Staff Moshe Kaplinsky to ‘oversee’ operations in the Northern Command - specifically IDF troops operating in Lebanon.

At the time, all analysts were in agreement, that the move, while not unprecedented, was a ‘slap in the face’ to the senior commander, who has been in the IDF some 30 years. Adam told reporters during the war that while he “has a lot to say, much to get off his chest,” circumstances did not permit that he comment on the events.

Adam recently told associates that he welcomes any inquiry into the war, confident that “the truth will come out,” adding the public will learn what really occurred. Adam seems to welcome an inquiry, stating the deficiencies will be seen by all and the true events will be known.

Strained relations were reported on day one of the war, 12 July, when Adam refused Halutz’s directive to remove Galilee Forces Chief Brigadier-General Gal Hirsch, threatening to quit if Hirsch was dismissed from his post. The situation between the two only deteriorated since.

Some speculate that Adam was being set up by the Chief of Staff and Defense Minister Amir Peretz to take the blame for the confusing orders and equivocation at the war's beginning.

During recent weeks, Adam has held intimate talks with his closest allies, expressing his most inner feelings and thoughts. He has also been making a point to distance himself from the media and it remains to be seen exactly how much the senior commander plans to reveal to the press in the future, as a civilian.

Yair Naveh to Resign
Adam's resignation comes just two days after a letter was delivered to the Chief of Staff regarding the resignation of Cental District Commander Yair Naveh. Rumors have circulated as to the reason’s for Naveh’s resignation, but until now no official explanation has been offered.

During his career as IDF commander of the central region, Naveh oversaw the destruction of four communities in Samaria, as part of Ariel Sharon’s Disengagement Plan.

Naveh, an outwardly religious kippa-wearing Jew, also commanded troops at the hilltop community of Amona, during which hundreds of protestors, including minors, were hospitalized. In addition, the administrative detention orders handed out in Judea and Samaria, jailing Jewish activists without trial, have all been issued by Naveh.

Analysts predict that following his retirement at the year's end, Naveh will have something to say regarding the war in Lebanon, disappointed that the General Staff reportedly failed to consult with him during the war.

An Interesting Statistic

Consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq
theatre of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths.

That gives a firearms death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The firearms death rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000 for
the same period.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in the
U.S.Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the
nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: The U.S. should immediately pull out of Washington.

Today(From wikipedia)

509 BC - The temple of Jupiter on Rome's Capitoline Hill is dedicated on the ides of September.
122 - The building of Hadrian's Wall begins.
533 - General Belisarius of the Byzantine Empire defeats Gelimer and the Vandals at the Battle of Ad Decimium, near Carthage, North Africa.
604 - Pope Sabinian is consecrated.
1440 - Gilles de Rais is taken into custody upon an accusation brought against him by the Bishop of Nantes.
1503 - Michelangelo begins work on his David.
1609 - Henry Hudson reaches the river that will later be named after him - the Hudson River.
1743 - Great Britain, Austria and Savoy-Sardinia sign the Treaty of Worms (1743).
1759 - Battle of the Plains of Abraham: British defeat French near Quebec City in the Seven Years' War, known in the United States as the French and Indian War
1788 - The United States Constitutional Convention sets the date for the country's first presidential election, and New York City becomes the temporary capital of the U.S.
1791 - King Louis XVI of France accepts the new constitution
1813 - The British fail to capture Baltimore, Maryland. Turning point in the War of 1812.
1847 - Mexican-American War: Six teenage military cadets known as Niños Héroes die defending Chapultepec Castle in the Battle of Chapultepec. American General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City in the Mexican-American War.
1862 - Union soldiers find Robert E. Lee's battle plans in a field outside Frederick, Maryland. It is the prelude to the Battle of Antietam.
1882 - The important Battle of Tall al Kabir is fought in the Anglo-Egyptian War.
1898 - Hannibal Williston Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film
1899 - Henry Bliss is the first person in the United States to be killed in an automobile accident.
1900 - Filipino resistance fighters defeat a larger American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa, during the Philippine-American War.
1906 - First fixed-wing aircraft flight in Europe
1914 - During World War I, South African troops open hostilities in German south-west Africa (Namibia) with an assault on the Ramansdrift police station.
1922 - The temperature (in the shade) at Al 'Aziziyah, Libya reaches a world record 136.4 °F (58 °C).
1923 - Military coup in Spain - Miguel Primo de Rivera takes over, setting up a dictatorship.
1935 - Rockslide near Whirlpool Rapids Bridge ends the Great Gorge and International Railway.
1939 - Canada enters World War II.
1940 - German bombs damage Buckingham Palace.
1940 - Italy invades Egypt.
1943 - Chiang Kai-shek elected president of the Republic of China.
1948 - Margaret Chase Smith is elected senator, and becomes the first woman to serve in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
1953 - Nikita Khrushchev appointed secretary-general of the Soviet Union.
1956 - The dike around the Dutch polder East Flevoland is closed.
1965 - Baseball: Willie Mays becomes the fifth member of the 500 home run club with a home run at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas.
1968 - Albania leaves the Warsaw Pact.
1971 - State police and National Guardsmen storm New York's Attica Prison to end a prison revolt. 42 people die in the assault.
1979 - South Africa grants independence to the "homeland" of Venda (not recognized outside South Africa).
1985 - Nintendo releases its smash-hit Super Mario Bros.
1987 - Goiânia accident: A radioactive object is stolen from an abandoned hospital in Goiânia, Brazil, contaminating many people in the following weeks and leading some to die from radiation poisoning.
1988 - Hurricane Gilbert is the strongest recorded hurricane in the Western Hemisphere (based on barometric pressure).
1989 - Largest anti-Apartheid march in South Africa, led by Desmond Tutu.
1993 - Public unveiling of the Oslo Accords, an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement initiated by Norway.
1994 - Ulysses probe passes the Sun's south pole.
1996 - Tupac Shakur dies six days after being shot in Las Vegas.
1999 - Bomb explodes in Moscow, Russia. At least 119 people are killed.
2001 - Civilian aircraft traffic in the U.S., which had been grounded following the September 11, 2001 attacks, is allowed to resume.
2001 - World Wrestling Entertainment's SmackDown!, broadcasting live from Houston, Texas, becomes the first major sports event to take place following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

Monday, September 11, 2006 a bunch of the most brilliant stupid people I have ever heard of

I was randomly googling when I came across this classic piece of brilliance: 150,000 American Men and Women, stuck in Iraq, in British pants


Fitting, I thought

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late
With long arrears to make good,
When the English began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy-willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the English began to hate.

Their voices were even and low,
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show,
When the English began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd,
It was not taught by the State.
No man spoke it aloud,
When the English began to hate.

It was not suddenly bred,
It will not swiftly abate,
Through the chill years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the English began to hate.

What's At Stake

It is hard to believe, let alone understand, but five years after September 11, there are still too many people who just don't get it.

Israel and the West are under assault. Our values, our beliefs, our entire way of life are at stake. Everything we hold dear – faith, family, country – must be defended.

These aren't just some melodramatic words or a bit of empty posturing – they are cold, hard facts. And as difficult as they may be for many of us to accept, accept them we must, because the alternative is extinction.

Today, and for many days to come, I'm afraid, you'll see plenty of opinion pieces and newspaper articles pointing the finger of blame not at the bad guys who perpetrate the violence, but at those who seek to defend themselves and the rest of us from harm.

I suppose I could write more, but I feel it wouldn't be appropriate to say any more than,

To all you people in the twin towers? Victims of terrorism and murder,

Rest in Peace.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Today in history

70 - Titus, General of Rome, sacks Jerusalem. See also: Destruction of Jerusalem.
1331 - Stefan Dusan declares himself king of Serbia
1380 - Battle of Kulikovo - Russian forces defeat a mixed army of Tatars and Mongols, stopping their advance.
1514 - Battle of Orsha - In one of the biggest battles of the century, Belarussians and Poles defeat the Russian army.
1565 - Pedro Menéndez de Avilés settles St. Augustine, Florida.
1565 - The Knights of Malta lift the Turkish siege of Malta (the Siege of Malta started on May 18).
1636 - A vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony establishes the first college in what would become the United States, today known as Harvard University.
1664 - The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam was surrendered to the British who renamed it New York in 1669.
1755 - French and Indian War: Battle of Lake George
1796 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Bassano - French forces defeat Austrian troops at Bassano.
1810 - The Tonquin sets sail from New York Harbor with 33 employees of John Jacob Astor's newly created Pacific Fur Company on board. After a six-month journey around the tip of South America, the ship arrived at the mouth of the Columbia River and Astor's men established fur-trading town of Astoria, Oregon.
1831 - William IV was crowned King of Great Britain.
1863 - American Civil War: Second Battle of Sabine Pass - On the Texas-Louisiana border at the mouth of the Sabine River, a small Confederate force thwarts a Union invasion of Texas.
1888 - In England the first six Football League matches ever are played.
1900 - Galveston Hurricane of 1900: a powerful hurricane hits Galveston, Texas killing about 8,000 people.
1921 - 16-year-old Margaret Gorman won the Atlantic City Pageant's Golden Mermaid trophy; pageant officials later dubbed her the first Miss America.
1923 - Honda Point Disaster: Nine US Navy destroyers run aground off the California coast. Seven are lost.
1926 - Germany was admitted to the League of Nations.
1930 - 3M begins marketing Scotch transparent tape.
1934 - Off the New Jersey coast, a fire aboard the passenger liner SS Morro Castle kills 135 people.
1935 - US Senator from Louisiana, Huey Long, nicknamed "Kingfish", is fatally shot in the Louisiana capitol building.
1941 - World War II: Siege of Leningrad begins. German forces begin a siege against the Soviet Union's second-largest city, Leningrad. Stalin orders the Volga Deutsche deported to Siberia.
1943 - World War II: The O.B.S. (German General Headquarters for the Mediterranean zone) in Frascati was bombing by USAAF.
1943 - World War II: United States General Dwight D. Eisenhower publicly announces the Allied armistice with Italy.
1943 - World War II: Julius Fucik is executed by Nazis.
1944 - World War II: London is hit by a V2 rocket for the first time.
1944 - World War II: Menton is liberated from Germany.
1945 - Cold War: United States troops arrive to partition the southern part of Korea in response to Soviet troops occupying the northern part of the peninsula a month earlier.
1951 - Treaty of San Francisco: In San Francisco, California, 48 nations sign a peace treaty with Japan in formal recognition of the end of the Pacific War.
1954 - The Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO) is established.
1960 - In Huntsville, Alabama, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower formally dedicates the Marshall Space Flight Center (NASA had already activated the facility on July 1).
1962 - Newly independent, Algeria, by referendum, adopts a Constitution.
1966 - "The Man Trap", the first episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek airs.
1971 - In Washington, DC, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is inaugurated, with the opening feature being the premiere of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
1974 - Watergate Scandal: US President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard Nixon for any crimes Nixon may have committed while in office.
1974 - Evel Knievel's attempt to jump the Snake River Canyon at Twin Falls, Idaho, fails after a parachute prematurely deploys on his "sky cycle."
1975 - Gays in the military: US Air Force Tech Sergeant Leonard Matlovich, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War, appears in his Air Force uniform on the cover of Time magazine with the headline (printed in all uppercase) "I Am A Homosexual." He is later given a general discharge.
1991 - Republic of Macedonia becomes independent.
1994 - A Boeing 737 operating USAir Flight 427 carrying 132 people on board, crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport. There are no survivors.
1998 - At Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, Mark McGwire breaks Roger Maris' 1961 record of 61 home runs hit in a single season.
1999 - US Attorney General Janet Reno names former US Senator John Danforth to head an independent investigation of the 1993 fire at the Branch Davidian church near Waco, Texas in response to revelations in the film Waco: The Rules of Engagement contradicting the official government account.
2000 - The Republic of Albania officially joins the World Trade Organization, as Albania.
2001 - Durban, South Africa hosts the World Conference against Racism.
The mother of IDF hostage Ehud Goldwasser told reporters Thursday after meeting with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that “From now on, [I] will be less moderate than I used to be towards the government. I will not slander and I will not criticize, but I will act by using any means and any way, in front of anyone... I’m giving the prime minister some credit because he is handling the entire nation and not only my personal incident, but he should not forget that this incident is a symbol of what happened in this country if the boys were not returned home. What happened to my son is a symbol of the failures that occurred in the past,”

The families of Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev, the IDF soldiers being held captive by Hizbullah, met with the prime minister to discuss their sons’ situation. The news that Israel had agreed to lift the air and sea blockade against Lebanon hit both families very hard and they expressed their anger to the prime minister that the agreement had been made despite earlier declarations that the return of the soldiers was a prerequisite of negotiations.

A large fire originating in an area housing old tires near the Port of Beirut spread in the area, hitting a United Nations storage facility used by UN troops in the area.

Firefighters were summoned but they were unable to control the blaze for some time. As a result, much of the supplies intended for area residents were destroyed. No injuries were reported.

IDF soldiers involved in counter-terror operations throughout Judea and Samaria during the night arrested 9 suspects: Arrests were made in Jenin, Ramallah, Jericho and the Bethlehem region. Suspects in custody include terrorists from Islamic Jihad, Hamas, Fatah Tanzim and Al-Aksa Martyrs’ Brigade's Rashid Zakarana who was shot in the chest during an exchange of gunfire with IDF troops.

IDF Soldiers were subjected to shooting attacks in Ramallah and Shechem and to a bomb attack In Kalkilya. No injuries were reported.

Galilee region police working with GSS (General Security Service/ Shin Bet) agents raided an office of the Friends of the Prisoner organization, located in Majd al-Krum.

Authorities explain the organization works in tandem with Hamas, using its charitable status to funnel monies to the terror organization, primarily to terrorists imprisoned in Israel.

Police explain the organization has been declared illegal, prompting the raid.

Members of the Knesset Labor faction will convene on Friday to discuss the 2007 state budget.

Party officials have aired many objections to the budget, warning Finance Minister Avraham Hirschson that Labor will not vote in favor of a budget that cuts funds for senior citizens and other monthly payments. Party leader Defense Minister Amir Peretz has also stated there will be no tolerance regarding any attempt to reduce the monthly minimum wage.

In a semi-related incident Knesset House Committee Chairwoman Ruchama Avraham (Kadima) is checking if Israeli law demands that President Moshe Katsav suspend himself from office for the duration of the police investigation against him: The president has been questioned by police on four occasions, and wil face a fifth round of interrogation next week on the charges brought by three former employees.

Oh- and as a matter of total disinterest; this is my 400th post

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Today. . .

1251 BC - A solar eclipse on this date might mark the birth of legendary Heracles at Thebes, Greece.
70 - A Roman army under General Titus occupies and plunders Jerusalem.
1191 - Third Crusade: Battle of Arsuf - Richard I of England defeats Saladin at Arsuf.
1539 - Guru Angad Dev ji becomes the second Guru of the Sikh.
1776 - World's first submarine attack: the American submersible craft Turtle attempts to attach a time bomb to the hull of British Admiral Richard Howe's flagship Eagle in New York Harbor.
1812 - Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Borodino - Napoleon defeats the Russian army of Alexander I near the village of Borodino.
1818 - Carl III of Sweden-Norway is crowned king of Norway, in Trondheim.
1821 - The Republic of Gran Colombia (a federation covering much of presentday Venezuela, Colombia, Panama, and Ecuador) was established, with Simón Bolívar as the founding President and Francisco de Paula Santander as vice president.
1822 - Brazil declares its independence from Portugal.
1860 - Steamship Lady Elgin sinks on Lake Michigan, with the loss of around 400 lives.
1864 - American Civil War: Atlanta, Georgia, is evacuated on orders of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.
1876 - In Northfield, Minnesota, Jesse James and the James-Younger Gang attempt to rob the town's bank but are surrounded by an angry mob and are nearly killed.
1901 - The Boxer Rebellion in China officially ends with the signing of the Boxer Protocol.
1906 - Alberto Santos-Dumont flies his 14-bis aircraft at Bagatelle, France for the 1st time successfully.
1907 - Cunard Line's RMS Lusitania sets sail on her maiden voyage from Liverpool, England to New York City.
1909 - Eugene Lefebvre(1878-1909), while test piloting a new French-built Wright biplane, crashes at Juvisy France when his controls jam. Lefebvre dies, becoming the first 'pilot' in the world to lose his life in a powered-heavier-than-air-craft.
1911 - French poet Guillaume Apollinaire is arrested and put in jail on suspicion of stealing the Mona Lisa from the Louvre museum.
1915 - Former cartoonist Johnny Gruelle is given a patent for his Raggedy Ann doll.
1927 - The University of Minas Gerais is founded in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, by Governor Antônio Carlos.
1927 - The first fully electronic television system is achieved by Philo Taylor Farnsworth.
1936 - The last surviving member of the thylacine species, Benjamin, dies alone in her cage at the Hobart Zoo in Tasmania.
1940 - World War II: The Blitz - Nazi Germany begins to rain bombs on London. This will be the first of 57 consecutive nights of bombing.
1940 - Treaty of Craiova: Romania loses Southern Dobrudja to Bulgaria.
1943 - A fire at the Gulf Hotel in Houston, Texas, kills 55 people.
1950 - Coal mine collapses in New Cumnock, Scotland - 13 miners dead. 116 rescued.
1953 - Nikita Khrushchev becomes head of the Soviet Central Committee.
1965 - Vietnam War: In a follow-up to August's Operation Starlight, United States Marines and South Vietnamese forces initiate Operation Pirahna on the Batangan Peninsula.
1969 - Monty Python's Flying Circus records first episode.
1970 - Fighting between Arabic guerillas and government forces in Amman, Jordan.
1977 - The Torrijos-Carter Treaties between Panama and the United States on the status of the Panama Canal are signed. The US agrees to transfer control of the canal to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
1978 - While walking across Waterloo Bridge in London, Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov is assassinated by Bulgarian secret police agent Francesco Giullino by means of a ricin pellet fired from in a specially-designed umbrella.
1986 - Desmond Tutu becomes the first black to lead the Anglican Church in South Africa.
1988 - Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan in space, returns aboard the Soviet spacecraft Soyuz TM-5 after 9 days on the Mir space station
1999 - A major earthquake close to Athens, Greece, results to the collapse of few buildings in the area. About 150 people are killed.
2004 - The Serbian government backs a decision by Minister of Education and Sport Ljiljana Čolić to require the teaching of both creationism and evolution in schools.
2005 - Apple Computer introduced the iPod nano, a revolutionary full-featured iPod that holds 1,000 songs yet is thinner than a standard #2 pencil and less than half the size of competitive players.
2005 - First presidential election was held in Egypt

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

IDF Quits 5 Villages in Southern Lebanon

by Hana Levi Julian

IDF troops quit five villages in southern Lebanon on Tuesday, according to a statement by the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).

Israeli soldiers left the villages of Beit Lif, al-Kawza, Dibel, Ein Ibeil and Mhaibeb. All are located near the town of Bint Jbeil, a Hizbullah terrorist stronghold in southeast Lebanon where 15 IDF soldiers were killed and 60 were injured in some of the bloodiest fighting of the war.

“The UNIFIL Ghanaian Battalion established seven new checkpoints and carried out intensive patrolling in the area, confirming that IDF were no longer present there,” said the statement.

An IDF spokesman also confirmed the move and added that more withdrawals were planned for the near future.

Some 250 Lebanese army regulars arrived to beef up the UNIFIL troops shortly after the IDF quit the area, according to the Lebanese National News Agency. Lebanese soldiers also moved into Ainata and Aitaroun, two other villages in the area where heavy fighting took place.

It is not clear how many Israeli forces remain in southern Lebanon. UNIFIL spokesman Alexander Ivanko also would not say how much Lebanese territory remains under Israeli control.

Today(From wikipedia)

Today Japan's Princess Kiko has given birth to the first male heir born into the Japanese Imperial Family for more than 40 years. The as-yet-unnamed child is 3rd in line for the Chrysanthemum Throne.

1522 - The Victoria, one of the surviving ships of Ferdinand Magellan's expedition, returns to Sanlúcar de Barrameda in Spain, becoming the first ship to circumnavigate the world.
1620 - The Pilgrims sail from Plymouth, England, on the Mayflower to settle in North America.
1628 - Puritans settle Salem, which will later become part of Massachusetts Bay Colony.
1757 - Birth of Marquis de Lafayette, French soldier and statesman who would take leading roles in the American and French revolutions
1861 - American Civil War: Forces under Union General Ulysses S. Grant bloodlessly capture Paducah, Kentucky, which gives the Union control of the mouth of the Tennessee River.
1863 - American Civil War: Confederates evacuate Battery Wagner and Morris Island in South Carolina.
1870 - Louisa Ann Swain of Laramie, Wyoming becomes the first woman in the United States to cast a vote legally after 1807.
1885 - Eastern Rumelia declares its union with Bulgaria. The Unification of Bulgaria is accomplished.
1901 - Anarchist Leon Czolgosz shoots and fatally wounds US President William McKinley at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York.
1915 - The prototype tank is tested for the British Army for the first time.
1930 - Fascist, nationalist and conservative groups overthrow democratic government in Argentina.
1937 - Spanish Civil War: The start of the Battle of El Mazuco.
1939 - World War II: The Battle of Barking Creek.
1939 - World War II: South Africa declares war on Germany.
1940 - King Carol II of Romania abdicates and is succeeded by his son Michael
1941 - Holocaust: The requirement to wear the Star of David with the word Jew inscribed, is extended to all Jews over the age of 6 in German-occupied areas.
1944 - World War II: The city of Ypres, Belgium is liberated by allied forces.
1949 - Allied military authorities relinquish control of former Nazi Germany assets back to German control.
1955 - Istanbul Pogrom: Istanbul's Greek minority is the target of a government-sponsored pogrom.
1965 - War of 1965: India attacks Pakistan and announces that its forces will capture Lahore in an hour.
1966 - In Cape Town, South Africa, the architect of Apartheid, Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd, is stabbed to death during a parliamentary meeting.
1968 - Swaziland becomes independent.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix plays what turns out to be his last ever performance, at the badly controlled and rained out Love and Peace Festival, on the Isle Of Fehmarn, Germany.
1970 - Four passenger jets bound from Europe to New York are simultaneously hijacked by Palestinian terrorist members of PFLP. Two are taken to Dawson's Field in Jordan.
1976 - Cold War: Soviet air force pilot Lt. Viktor Belenko lands a MiG-25 jet fighter at Hakodate on the island of Hokkaido in Japan and requests political asylum in the United States.
1983 - The Soviet Union admits to shooting down Korean Air Flight KAL-007, stating that the pilots did not know it was a civilian aircraft when it violated Soviet airspace.
1986 - In Istanbul, two Arab terrorists from Abu Nidal's terror organization kill 22 and wound six inside the Neve Shalom synagogue during Shabbat services.
1991 - The Soviet Union recognizes the independence of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
1991 - The name Saint Petersburg is restored to Russia's second largest city, which had been renamed Leningrad in 1924.
1995 - With the jury absent, Los Angeles police detective Mark Fuhrman invokes his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in the murder trial of O. J. Simpson.
1997 - The funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, at Westminster Abbey draws large crowds.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Gunman fires on Jordan tourists

A gunman has opened fire on a group of foreign tourists in the Jordanian capital Amman, killing a British man.

The shooting happened at the Roman amphitheatre, a popular attraction.

Five other tourists were injured - two British women as well as tourists from New Zealand, the Netherlands and Australia. The gunman was arrested.

Militants have carried out a series of attacks in Jordan. Sixty people were killed in three suicide bomb attacks on hotels in November 2005.

The BBC's Jon Leyne in Amman says this attack right in the busiest part of the city centre is yet more evidence that Jordan is not immune to the turbulence sweeping the Middle East.

'Individual act'

Interior Minister Eid al-Fayez said the gunman was now being questioned.

"We as a government and people... regret the incident and hope it is a one-off which will not affect our tourism or security situation," Mr Fayez said.

A government spokesman Nasser Judeh said it appeared the attack was an "individual act" and that the gunmen had "no links with domestic or foreign" terrorist groups, the Associated Press reported.

The man has been named as Nabil Ahmed Issa Jaourah, 38, who officials say comes from a village just outside Zarqa, a centre for Islamic militants, from where the killed al-Qaida in Iraq leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, hailed.

'Bleeding all over'

The attack took place at 1230 local time (0930 GMT).

Eyewitnesses said the attacker, said to be a Jordanian, approached the tourists shouting "God is great" in Arabic before firing at least 12 shots at the small group of tourists.

When his ammunition ran out, the gunman fled into the crowds before being arrested, eyewitnesses said.

Briton Karen Sparke, who survived the attack, told the BBC that when she heard the gunfire she initially thought a firecracker had been let off.

She then turned around and saw a man pointing a gun at the group.

"I don't remember much about it," she said. "Just that I was shot and as I looked my other friends were on the floor laying down, and then I went up the steps a bit further and stood round the corner and then realised that I was bleeding all over."

As well as the tourists, a member of the local tourist police was injured.


UK Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said she was "extremely saddened" by news of the attack.

"My sympathies are with the victims and their families. Acts of violence such as this are as senseless as they are callous," she said.

The BBC's Jon Leyne says local people joined in the struggle to overpower the gunman.

The area surrounding the Roman amphitheatre has been sealed off and anti-terrorist police are patrolling the site.

British tourists visiting Jordan are warned by the UK Foreign Office of a "high threat of terrorism", with Westerners being a particular target.

Jordan's tourist trade has been badly hit by reaction to the conflict in Lebanon, although tour operators say it remains popular with more adventurous travellers.

The amphitheatre, cut into a steep hill in the centre of Amman, is the Jordanian capital's top tourist attraction.

Monday, September 04, 2006


Today is Labar Day, Labour Day in Canada.

Today in 1894 - In New York City, 12,000 tailors strike against sweatshop working conditions.
Today in 1923 - In Lakehurst, New Jersey, the first U.S. airship, the USS Shenandoah, takes to the sky for the first time.
Today in 1940 - World War II: The USS Greer becomes the first United States ship fired upon by a German submarine in the war, even though the United States is a neutral power. Tension heightens between the two nations as a result.
Today in 1944 - World War II: The British 11th Armoured Division liberate the Belgian city of Antwerp.
Today in 1945 - World War II: Japanese forces surrender on Wake Island after hearing word of their nation's surrender.
Today in 1948 - Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands abdicates for health reasons.
Today in 1967 - Vietnam War: Operation Swift begins: U.S. Marines launch a search-and-destroy mission in Quang Nam and Quang Tin Provinces. The ensuing four-day battle in Que Son Valley kills 114 Americans and 376 North Vietnamese.
Today in 1971 - A Boeing 727 carrying Alaska Airlines Flight 1866 crashes into the side of a mountain near Juneau, Alaska, killing all 111 people on board.
Today in 1972 - Mark Spitz wins his seventh swimming gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, becoming the first Olympian to win seven gold medals. Spitz swam in only seven events and set world records in each one.
Today in 1972 - Israeli Athletes taken hostage by Palestinian Black September (group) at 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich massacre.
Today in 2001, Hank The Angry Drunken Dwarf died(If you don't know, look it up).
Today, Steve Irwin died, killed by a stingwray off the coast of Australia.

Why I am proud to be a Jew

Sorry about the lapse, as always, things are hectic here.

From my mailbox:

Why I am proud to be a Jew

With war raging in the Middle East, with global terror reaching new
heights, with global anti-Semitism on the rise, I thought it
might be a good time to reflect on why I'm proud, more than ever, to
be a Jew.

I'm proud to be a Jew because Jews don't kidnap.

I'm proud to be a Jew because Jewish education does not
consist of teaching martyrdom and hatred.

I'm proud to be a Jew because my religious leaders and
religious services
don't whip me into a frenzy to kill others.

I'm proud to be a Jew because in the middle of a war, Jews
still demonstrate
and protest to protect the rights of the Arab-Israeli minority to voice
their opposition to the war.

I'm proud to be a Jew because even when Israel is wrongly and falsely
accused of killing innocent civilians, Jewish leaders
apologize immediately for any loss of life - instead of celebrating
these deaths
by passing out candy and shooting celebratory gunshots into the air.

When the world accuses Israel of massacre in Jenin - when the world
accuses Israel of bombing civilians on a Gaza beach - when the
world accuses Israel of shooting a child cowering against a wall -
when the
world accuses Israel of bombing a Lebanese apartment
building killing 56 civilians - when all of these accusations turn out
to be totally false - to be
vicious anti -Semitic lies - and when all along I knew in
my heart that these stories justcould not be true - and I'm later
proven to be right - then I'm
proud to be a Jew.

I'm proud to be a Jew because the Israeli Army is so, so good, that when
it takes more than four weeks to wipe out a sophisticated enemy who has
prepared six years for this war, the world criticizes the IDF
for not getting the
job done quickly.

I'm proud to be a Jew when my army, the Israeli army, drops
leaflets and makes calls to Lebanese citizens
on their cell phones to warn them to evacuate before
bombing begins.

I'm proud to be a Jew when the democracies of the world talk
about fighting
the war on terror, but only Israel is left alone to bear the burden of
eradicating Hezbollah, the proxy army of Iran and Syria.

I'm proud to be a Jew when entire Israeli towns in the north-Nahariya,
Kiryat Shimona, Safed, are reduced to ghost towns due to the
constant shelling, and yet not one looter has appeared to empty out
the property of others.

When Israel must defend its very right to exist, when it must
fight a well
armed enemy representing the Islamic fascists, as President Bush has
called them, when Israel must conduct this war on terror with
its hands tied
behind its back so as not to take an innocent life lest the
media have something true to report,
that it must fight this war of survival under the cloud of
"disproportionality", as if thousands of Katusha rockets falling on
citizenry is somehow "proportionate"- when Israel
simultaneously pushes back these threats both in the North and in
the South under the added pressure of a biased media,
then I'm proud to be a Jew.

I'm proud to be a Jew when the Edinburgh Scottish film festival tells an
Israeli director to stay home although his film is being
screened and the
director says "No, I'm coming."

I'm proud to be a Jew because Mel Gibson is not a Jew.

I'm proud to be a Jew when the UN's Human Rights Commission consists of
countries like Syria, Libya and Iran and Israel is not asked to join.

I'm proud to be a Jew when magician David Blaine announces his trip to
Israel next week to entertain the children living in bomb
shelters and tells
the press he's doing it to encourage other performers to stand
up for Israel
and its right to defend itself.

I'm proud to be a Jew when a Russian/Israeli businessman single-handedly
creates not one but two tent cities on the beach to house
Israelis fleeing the
North and provides shelter, bedding, food and drink, showers
and bathrooms - all done
without red tape in a matter of 24 hours - to house over 6,000
Israeli's, one of whom described it as a "poor man's Club Med."

I am proud to be a Jew when Israelis on the left and on the right
support the government's decision to fight - when 97% of the
country is united in its own defense -
when Israeli's from Jerusalem give shelter to families
from Haifa - when food from the Negev is donated to feed soldiers at
the front -
when the IDF deploys soldiers on special assignments to
deliver diapers to shelters and to entertain and calm the frightened

I'm proud to be a Jew when the three weeks preceding Tisha B'Av reminds
us of the terrible things we have endured as a people and as a
nation - and
yet immediately thereafter, Hashem offers us consolation, redemption and
hope - plus the promise that we shall defeat our enemies, that
we shall endure, that Am Yisrael Chai.

And I am proud to be a Jew because when we proclaim that God is on our
side, we have the book to prove it.