Norwegians didn’t want Barry Soetoro

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Well, we could have guessed:

According to a report from the Agence France Press agency this week President Obama did not win the confidence of a majority of the five member panel before being awarded the Nobel Committee’s Peace Prize late last week. Even though the committee’s secretary told the press on Friday that the committee’s decision had been unanimous, it appears that the members of the committee have a different recollection of how the decision unfolded.

The representatives of the Norwegian Conservative, Progress, and Socialist Left parties all objected to the Obama nomination. The two votes of support on the committee came from the nation’s Labor Party.

The primary concerns of the objecting parties were Obama’s lack of experience on issues related to the objectives of the prize, as well as his “inability to keep his promise.”

It’s a puzzle why a man who clearly acted dishonestly re his birth certificate and who defied a SCOTUS order to respond was not prosecuted for that.  Other interesting things:

Obama, in his run up to his senatorship, debated Alan Keys and there was a dialogue where Keys challenged Obama’s citizenship.  Obama responded: “So what I’m running for illinois senator not the presidency.”

If you google that, it comes up with  the quote in full, top hit, Christian website.  However, it can’t be accessed.  It also appears in the LA times but the video has been taken down.

New Macbook – not bad, not bad

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As my Mac nears the end of its useful life and one or two things are glitching, the release, Tuesday, of the new Macbook with monocoque construction is interesting.

The comments on the article complained of no firewire and only 2GB RAM but I had a look at mine and it has the same.  So for me it would not be an issue either way.  All the other goodies seem to be in there.

Apparently there’s a 15″ version and an optional 4GB RAM, which I’d go for.  The cost is $US999 and over here you’d add 20% or so to the conversion because of our insane laws.

  • 13.3-inch widescreen LED-backlit 1280 x 800 glossy display;
  • 2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo with 3MB shared L2 cache;
  • 1066 MHz front-side bus;
  • 2GB 1066 MHz DDR3 SDRAM, expandable to 4GB;
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M integrated graphics;
  • 250 GB serial ATA hard drive running at 5400 rpm, with Sudden Motion Sensor;
  • a slot-load 8X SuperDrive with double-layer support (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW);
  • Mini DisplayPort for video output (adapters sold separately);
  • built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n wireless networking and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR;
  • Gigabit Ethernet port;
  • built-in iSight video camera;
  • two USB 2.0 ports;
  • one audio line in/out port, supporting optical digital out and analog in/out;
  • glass Multi-Touch trackpad;
  • built-in, 60WHr lithium polymer battery; and
  • 60 Watt MagSafe Power Adapter.

I like my 17″ to work with but it does turn the laptop into a portable computer and it’s a pain to transport, truth be told.  15″ seems the best compromise to me or else go for the Mini.

The graphic above shows happy amateurs with a consumer item and that’s unfortunate because the Macbook Pro does many nice things swiftly and professionally – certainly it covers the MS suite and graphics packages.  The whole point of the Mac is that it operates well for amateurs and superbly for those in the know, e.g. the shortcuts, voice commands and general elegance.

They are so reliable.

I’d been a PC user and had a good package, put in by a professional, with everything that opened and closed.  It was great.  The Mac is different and it is so far above any other operating system in a notebook that it’s not even a contest.  People who say Macs are expensive obviously haven’t used one day in, day out.

That’s when its true value comes through.

Jewish world more split than the other two

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The Muslims are split down Sunni/Shi’ite lines.  The Christians are split down Catholic/Protestant/5th column lines.  The Jews outdo them both in their over-fragmentation.

Thus, when a sizeable slice of western opinion traces the troubles of the world to the Jews, it’s not entirely wrong.  One fragment of Jewry is certainly in on the destruction, e.g. the Rothschilds.

Recently I ran a post on this and Methodius quotes Vivificat!: When Anti-Zionism Turns Into Anti-Semitism:

I start with a statement that many will find counterintuitive and is this: since Zionism is a non-religious political movement belonging to the sphere of politics according to its own founders, to oppose Zionism a priori does not make one a Judaeophobe and anti-Semite of necessity.

Said in other words, in theory, it is possible to be an anti-Zionist without hating Jews as a people or as believers of their particular religion and at the same time, there is no obstacle in principle impeding an otherwise tolerant state to oppose Zionism and to protect the civil liberties of the Jewish people in their midst.

Methodius puts his Orthodox slant on it:

I believe that those who make propaganda for the government of the state of Israel have been twisting the meanings of words.

But that is what all warmongers do. Criticism of the Israeli bombing of Lebanon in 2006 have been described as “antisemitic” (on the grounds that “anti-Zionism is anti semitism”), just as critics of the US bombing of Iraq in 2003 and of Yugoslavia in 1999 have been described as “anti-American”.

The Israel apologists also accuse those who criticise any policy of the government of the state of Israel of denying Israel the right to exist, as if the right to commit mayhem is an essential part of the right to exist.

Those who read this blog feel it is pro-Israeli or as Pisces said “Israeli blogspace”.  That’s actually wrong – it is small “c” conservative libertarian blogspace and other issues fit in around that.  Methodius is not wrong in condemning the OTT aggression of Israel but as usual with detractors, he only gives half the picture.

He doesn’t show the continued atrocity of the Arab nations, incessantly trying to wipe a sovereign nation off the map and not being particular how they do it.  He never mentions the human shields in Gaza and I read no word about rockets.  The only people who mention rockets are the Israelis and non-Israelis who see the iniquity of the daily rocket barrages, utterly uncondemned by the UN.

When one says the Jews did this or that, the question is, “Which Jews?”  Haaretz are running an article called A Special Place in Hell:  Dovish Jews – Excommunicate Them.  Here’s a sampler:

The opening shot was fired this month by the former chairman of the Governing Board of the World Jewish Congress, Isi Liebler, who declared it “our obligation to confront the enemy within – renegade Jews – including Israelis who stand at the vanguard of global efforts to demonize and delegitimize the Jewish state.”

“Such odious Jews can be traced back to apostates during the Middle Ages who fabricated blood libels and vile distortions of Jewish religious practice for Christian anti-Semites to incite hatred which culminated in massacres,” Liebler wrote in the Jerusalem Post. “It was in response to these renegades that the herem [excommunication] was introduced.”

That’s heavy stuff and there’s more:

Among these counterparts, it develops, is J Street, the new dovish lobbying organization which describes itself as pro-Israel and pro-peace. Writing ahead of J Street’s first annual national conference, which begins on Sunday in Washington, Liebler argued that although J Street and other U.S. Jewish groups critical of Israel may describe themselves as Zionist, “their prime objective is to pressure the U.S. government to use ‘tough love’ against Israel – a euphemism for demanding that the Jewish state make further unilateral concessions to neighbors pledged to its annihilation.”

That’s not unlike those Tories at the conference describing UKIP and LPUK as “loonies”, whereas they’re all thereabouts in terms of free market, small government stances plus getting out of Europe.  It’s a most divisive position to take.

Even among the Israeli hawks, is a divide – those of them, the obscenely rich underground Churchill referred to who will sell Israel down the drain when the time is ripe – the anti Jewish Jews who feature so much in the Protocols, in the Council of 300 and so on … as against the hawks who see their nation facing annihilation and are not willing to compromise for that reason.

Then there is the Kabbalist and the Khassidic Jew after that.  Then there is the average Israeli citizen, with no great religious fervour but looking after family and job, just as we are over here.  And all these competing fragments of Jewry, including the relativistic, equivalent American diaspora who “think PC” and want everyone to love one another, they’re the ones the Haaretz article was railing against, the same PC leftists I rail against – these all have a different vision of Zion and of Israel.

IMHO, those who genuinely love their land of Israel and are as hawkish about it as I’d be about preserving my own nation’s heritage and sovereignty, logically would get my support, just as an Iranian patriot would have my support for wanting to see his own heritage preserved and his own nation great.  Stands to reason.

Turning  to our politics again, Andrew Allison is a Tory but I’ve seen him giving hell to the Tory leadership on various issues.  That’s what one does when one wants the best for one’s party and one’s nation.  Criticism is not disloyalty and thus the type of Israeli hawk who condemns criticism out of hand is out of order.

On the other hand, he has a point in that people, especially some American Jewish lobbies like J Street are so relativistic that they are playing into the hands of the genuine enemies of Israel and of Jewry in general.  Beware any sort of Obamaesque equivalence in supposedly pro-Jewish movements, especially those which appear to be particularly well funded.

And so it goes on and on, this argument.

Slavering chops

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Understatement of the week:

There is widespread scepticism in London about the new financial rules, which some British critics see as a Franco-German attempt to undermine Europe’s financial capital.

The new laws will give more say to European institutions. A risk board, for example, which would be staffed by the European Central Bank and based in Frankfurt, is likely to have wide-ranging powers.

It’s hardly Gordo’s concern for his fellow Brits but fear of the City and loss of the gravy train for the government.  Interesting though that Labour stood up to the EU monster on this one.

As for David Cameron, there is this uncertainty whether he is actually Blair in Dave’s clothing and will sell us out completely once the Tories are elected or whether, as many Tories feel, he is actually a closet euro-sceptic of the first water but can’t afford to put Brussels offside at this point or more importantly – Them, the ones who actually run Europe.

It may be that he’ll do just enough to sneak into government and then let loose as a new sort of Thatcher, earning the undying adoration of millions and setting the Tories up for a long spell in power, virtually disintegrating Labour.

Pernickety quiz

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What is:

1. the dot over an “i”

2. the white of an egg

3. the curved shape of the water surface in a glass

4. the physics of the apparent bending of a stick in water

5. the only food which never spoils

… called?

Answers

tittle, albumin, meniscus, refraction, honey