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Daniel Zimnikov: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel!

Daniel Zimnikov: Jerusalem is the capital of Israel!

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized President Obama and the Democratic Party for abandoning the position that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

“It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Romney said in a statement this afternoon. “As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally.”

The DNC skirted the issue of Jerusalem’s status by refusing to mention the city. Past Democratic platforms, as the Washington Free Beacon noted, explicitly stated that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.”

Romney blamed Obama, whose administration has repeatedly backed away from the idea that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, for the party platform omission.

“Four years of President Obama’s repeated attempts to create distance between the United States and our cherished ally have led the Democratic Party to remove from their platform an unequivocal acknowledgment of a simple reality,” he said.

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Warren Buffett

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Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌfɨt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.[5] He is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008[6] and is the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011.[7] In 2012, American magazine Time named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world.

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JERUSALEM – A day after Israel’s foreign minister called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to visit Israel, a Muslim Brotherhood official called such a visit impossible.

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Mohamed Morsi

“There is no possibility for Morsi to visit the Zionist entity,” Gamal Heshmat of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party told an Egyptian online news magazine, Ynet reported. 

“President Morsi’s patriotism will not allow him to do so,” Heshmat said, saying that the presidential palace will turn down the invitation,

Avigdor Lieberman issued the invitation Tuesday during a speech at a legal conference. He called for the visit after Morsi said in an interview Monday with Reuters that he would not attempt to overturn the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s military said Wednesday that it would expand its counterattack against terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula that have launched attacks on both the Egyptian military and Israel. The offensive could involve bringing more military hardware into the area in contravention of the peace treaty. Egypt and Israel reportedly have been in regular contact over the redeployments.

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Don’t let the wooden cane and graying hair fool you: This granny was all gangster.

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Doris Smith accused of helping her son-in-law run a drug ring out of her building

Diminutive Doris Smith, 72, confessed Wednesday to helping her son-in-law run a $1 million-a-year Harlem drug ring by using her tony Manhattan co-op as a stash house for PCP, crack and heroin.

The family matriarch — known among her drug pals as “Mama Dot” — was twice caught on wiretaps warning the son-in-law, gang kingpin Lamont (Big Bro) Moultrie, 42, that cops were inside the building at 101 W. 115th St.

“I’ve listened to the wiretaps,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Edward McLaughlin told Smith’s attorney. “Your client was quite involved. She knew what was going on, and tried to deflect the police.”

The short, heavyset grandmother of seven — and great-grandmother of one — pushed up her eyeglasses to wipe away tears while admitting her pivotal role in the lucrative dope-peddling business.

Smith, as co-op board president, held a key to the basement and a vacant third-floor apartment next door to where she lived with her daughter Nicole McNair Moultrie and son-in-law Lamont. The basement of the six-story building was used to store hundreds of heroin-filled packets and dozens of plastic bags loaded with crack.

The heroin was marketed under the brand name “24,” and a stamp with that number was kept downstairs.

The upstairs apartment served as the heart of the PCP trade, with gang underlings dipping spearmint leaves into 5-gallon cans of the liquid drug.

The angel dust-laced leaves were then sold for $10 apiece by dealers at three open-air Harlem drug markets — earning the gang its nickname, the “Kings of Dust.”

Lamont Moultrie and his kid brother Bernard (Little Bro) Moultrie, 39, were charged as the heads of the drug gang and are awaiting trial under the state’s “Drug Kingpin” statute.

They were arrested in January along with 33 other suspects, including Nicole McNair Moultrie, 41. The busts, with police executing 20 search warrants, capped a 15-month investigation.

Smith’s grandson, 11, lived in the apartment with his drug-slinging parents and his grandma, neighbors said.

Doris Smith, in addition to providing access to the building, served as an early-warning system for arriving police, wiretaps indicated. When police entered the building last Jan. 12, the retired Bellevue Hospital nurse immediately dialed her son-in-law’s phone.

“Speaking in a hushed voice, she told Lamont where the police were and how he could leave the building to avoid them,” court papers said.

Smith was arrested in February and held at Rikers Island before entering her guilty pleas to criminal possession of a controlled substance and conspiracy to distribute drugs.

The glum grandmother looked sadly out at relatives while walking slowly into court, her hand clutching the old-fashioned cane, before confessing to her crimes.

Smith will be sentenced to five years in prison in October. Her new digs will be a drastic change from her co-op, where three-bedroom apartments with hardwood floors sell for upward of $350,000. Under a city program to help the poor own their apartments, she bought her place in 2004 for just $250. Smith lived in the building for more than 30 years.

Neighbors described Smith as an imperious presence who openly handled her drug business and flaunted her drug money.

“They had Lamborghinis,” one neighbor said. “Mama had to get one, too.”

But another neighbor recalled the longtime resident playing Santa Claus for local children.

“She’d sit on the steps and give the kids presents — dolls, cars, toys,” the neighbor said. “My heart hurts for her.”

via Daniel Zimnikov: Manhattan granny, ‘Moma Dot,’ admits role in $1M drug ring.

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Free Pussy Riot

MOSCOW (AP) — The bodies of two slain women were found in Russia beneath a scrawled message demanding freedom for the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band, officials said Thursday.

While a Russian investigator cautioned that the killer was possibly trying to mislead police by drawing attention to the punk provocateurs, the alleged link between a killer and anti-Putin protesters was immediately seized upon by Russian media and pro-Kremlin publicists.

Some publications ran headlines claiming that Pussy Riot supporters “committed” or “inspired” a double homicide. The coverage was full of the mostly negative terms used by Kremlin-friendly television networks and media in their coverage of the protesters’ trial.

A Moscow court earlier this month sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years in jail for performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow cathedral in February. The trial, widely seen as Kremlin-orchestrated, caused an international furor, with celebrities such as Paul McCartney urging Russian authorities to free the band.

The jailed band members’ attorney said on Twitter that “what happened in Kazan is horrible,” calling the case “either a horrendous provocation or a psychopathic” case.

“I am sorry that some freaks are using Pussy Riot’s band name,” Nikolai Polozov was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying.

Russia’s Investigative Committee said the women, aged 76 and 38, were killed late last week in their apartment in the central city of Kazan with the words “Free Pussy Riot” written on the wall in English, “presumably” with blood.

The substance has not yet been confirmed, it said in the statement.

The agency did not provide the women’s names or reveal details about their occupations or whether they had any connection to the band. The Russian tabloid Lifenews quoted an unnamed investigator as saying their faces and bodies were disfigured by multiple stab wounds.

An investigator in Kazan said the murderer was either psychotic or a drug addict who was trying to cover up the crime by attributing it to the band’s supporters.

The killer “was trying to avoid suspicion” by misleading police, investigator Andrey Sheptitsky said in televised remarks.

That sense of caution was ignored by many Russian media outlets.

Kristina Potupchik, a pro-Putin blogger and former spokeswoman for a militant youth group known for its violent pranks against opposition and Kremlin critics, said in a post that the band’s supporters “will not get away” after the killing. She also compared them to U.S. mass murderer Charles Manson, who also used the blood of his victims to write on the walls of their houses.

The leader of an Orthodox youth group that has accosted and assaulted Pussy Riot supporters claimed that they are capable of committing “any” crime.

“The infernal force that drives them hates God, believers and humankind in general,” Dmitry Tsorionov told Interfax on Thursday. “These people are capable of committing any crime, and nothing but force and law can stop them.”

The country’s dominant Orthodox Church has called the band’s stunt sacrilegious but hundreds of artists, musicians and other intellectuals have signed petitions urging authorities to free them.

Several wooden crosses that stood outside Orthodox churches in Russia and neighboring Ukraine have been toppled by people who have claimed to be the band’s supporters.

The band’s manager and the husband of one of the jailed rockers, however, said the band disapproved of the vandalism.

A poll released Thursday by the state-run VTsIOM polling agency showed that one-third of Russians considered the two-year jail sentence for the band members too harsh, while another 31 per cent found it appropriate. The survey questioned 1,600 people nationwide on Aug. 25-26 and gave a margin of error of 3.4 percentage points.

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Michael Jackson

Daniel Zimnikov: NOT a Fan

Michael Joseph Jackson[1] (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009) was an American recording artist, entertainer, and businessman. Often referred to as the King of Pop, or by his initials MJ,[2] Jackson is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records. His contributions to music, dance, and fashion, along with a much-publicized personal life, made him a global figure in popular culture for over four decades. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.

 Michael Jackson Quote:

Why can’t you share your bed? The most loving thing to do is to share your bed with someone. It’s very charming. It’s very sweet. It’s what the whole world should do.
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HAIFA, Israel — An Israeli court rejected on Tuesday accusations that Israel was at fault over the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was crushed by an army bulldozer during a 2003 pro-Palestinian demonstration in Gaza.

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Rachel Corrie

Corrie’s family had accused Israel of intentionally and unlawfully killing their 23-year-old daughter, launching a civil case in the northern Israeli city of Haifa after a military investigation had cleared the army of wrongdoing.

In a ruling read out to the court, judge Oded Gershon called Corrie’s death a “regrettable accident,” but said the state was not responsible because the incident had occurred during what he termed a war-time situation.

At the time of her death, during a Palestinian uprising, Corrie was protesting against Israel’s demolition of Palestinian homes in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.

“I reject the suit,” the judge said. “There is no justification to demand the state pay any damages.”

He added that the soldiers had done their utmost to keep people away from the site. “She (Corrie) did not distance herself from the area, as any thinking person would have done.”

Corrie’s death made her a symbol of the uprising, and while her family battled through the courts to establish who was responsible for her killing, her story was dramatized on stage in a dozen countries and told in the book “Let Me Stand Alone.”

“I am hurt,” Corrie’s mother, Cindy, told reporters after the verdict was read.

Corrie’s mother Cindy told a news conference after the court’s decision that the bulldozer personnel had the “ability” and also an “obligation” to have seen that her daughter was in its path.

She said she hoped the lawsuit would help change Israel’s policies regarding the demolition of Palestinian houses.

Cindy Corrie said that previously a senior Israeli soldier had said there were “no civilians in war.”

“Rachel was in Gaza because there were and are civilians there, those who have rights and deserve protection,” she added. “Rachel’s right to life and dignity were violated by the actions of the Israeli military.”

She said her daughter was a “rich thinker and a beautiful person” from “Olympia, Washington, USA,” her voice breaking as she spoke.

The family’s attorney, Hussein Abu Hussein, said that the court’s decision was so close to the Israeli government’s position that the state’s lawyers could have written it themselves, according to The Jerusalem Post.

The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper reported that Corrie was with a group of international activists acting as human shields against the demolition of Palestinian houses.

“She was standing on top of a pile of earth,” fellow activist and eyewitness Richard Purssell, from Brighton, U.K., said at the time, according to the Guardian. “The driver cannot have failed to see her. As the blade pushed the pile, the earth rose up. Rachel slid down the pile. It looks as if her foot got caught. The driver didn’t slow down; he just ran over her. Then he reversed the bulldozer back over her again.”

Few Israelis showed much sympathy for Corrie’s death, which took place at the height of the uprising in which thousands of Palestinians were killed and hundreds of Israelis died in suicide bombings.

Corrie was from Olympia, Washington, and was a volunteer with the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement.

Senior U.S. officials criticized the original military investigation into the case, saying it had been neither thorough nor credible. But the judge said the inquiry had been appropriate and pinned no blame on the army.

Daniel Zimnikov:  I am 100% agreed with court decision. G-d bless Israel!

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A woman charged with helping a murder suspect escape to New Jersey is being held in York County Prison in Pennsylvania, above.

LANCASTER, Pa.. — Police have charged a woman they say helped a central Pennsylvania man flee to Cape May County after he killed his girlfriend and her mother earlier this summer.

Amber Faye Foultz was charged Tuesday with hindering apprehension and other counts for allegedly helping 23-year-old Gary Gerlach flee to Wildwood following the killings of Makenzie Hess and her mother, Mona Hess, on June 15.

Gerlach was arrested two days after the bodies of mother and daughter were found in their Leola home. Investigators say Makenzie Hess was strangled and her mother beaten with a hammer.

The Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era reports Foultz, 22, is in York County Prison on unrelated charges and will be transferred to Lancaster County for arraignment.

Court records don’t list an attorney for Foultz.

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Vladimir Putin

To paraphrase the comedian Mel Brooks: it’s good to be the President of Russia.

According to a report released today by a pair of Russian opposition leaders, President Vladimir Putin enjoys the use of 20 official villas and residences around the country, a billion-dollar fleet of government jets, and a mini-armada of state-owned luxury yachts.

The authors, former deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov and opposition activist Leonid Martynyuk, say these perks allows Putin to live like a “Gulf King” or an oligarch, all while ordinary Russians struggle to make ends meet. They claim the budget for the Office of Presidential Affairs is over $2.7 billion, which they say is about the same as the budget for the entire city of Nizhny Novgorod, which is home to 3.3 million people.

Most of the assets listed in the report are owned by the state, not Putin, but they dwarf his relatively modest official salary of about $120,000.

At that salary, the opposition leaders point out, Putin would have to refrain from eating, drinking, or doing anything for about six years just to pay for his luxury watch collection, which is said to be worth about $700,000.

The report says the number of palaces, villas, and residences available to President Putin has doubled since he took office in 2000, including several that were built on Putin’s orders. Others are old palaces that belonged to Russian czars. Some are appointed with pools, tennis courts, helipads, bowling allies, and movie theaters.

When Putin has to fly anywhere, he has his choice of 43 airplanes. The report says a toilet on one of them cost $75,000. He also has 15 helicopters at his disposal.

Putin also has use of four luxury yachts, including one that the report claims is among the world’s top 100 mega-yachts. The 187-foot boat reportedly boasts mahogany finishes, a Jacuzzi, and is alone worth $50 million. Another of Putin’s yachts, valued at $37 million, was acquired in 2011 and has its own wine cellar and a spa complete with a waterfall.

Putin’s spokesman Dimitry Peskov told the Russian newspaper Kommersant that he hadn’t read the report, but said the government resources available to President Putin are no state secret.

“Information on the residences and transportation of the president is absolutely open,” he said.

Nemtsov was quoted as telling the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets that no publishing house would agree to publish the report, which he said was a sign of the “level of fear there is of the authorities.”

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Scott Hamilton

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Scott Scovell Hamilton (born August 28, 1958) is an American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships (1981–1984), four consecutive World Championships (1981–1984) and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. His “signature move” was a backflip, a feat that few other figure skaters could perform. Even though it generally earned him no extra points, he would make sure to include it in his routine in order to please his fans.

Scott Hamilton Quote:

The only disability in life is a bad attitude.

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ritual circumcision

JERUSALEM, Israel — A crucial tenet of Judaism, as described in the Bible, is under attack in Germany, with a rabbi facing a criminal lawsuit for following the biblical mandate to perform a brit milah (ritual circumcision).

Germany’s chief prosecutor charged Rabbi David Goldberg with committing bodily harm, the German Jewish newspaper Judische Allgemeine, reported Tuesday.

According to media reports, a German doctor, supported by 600 signatories, filed the suit following a ruling last May by a Cologne district court judge making infant circumcision illegal.

The Jerusalem-born mohel — a man who performs the procedure according to Jewish tradition — serves as chief rabbi of the 400-member Jewish community in Hof Saale, Bavaria.

Since 1977, Rabbi Goldberg has circumcised more than 3,000 Jewish infants, the Israeli daily Haaretz reported.

In Judaism, ritual circumcision has been practiced for millenia. Based on G-d’s commandment to Abraham described in Genesis 17:1-13, it initiates the newborn into the faith of his forefathers.

The procedure takes place when a male child is eight days old, the day when the infant’s potassium level, which helps blood to clot, peaks, medical researchers later discovered.

Jerusalem Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger traveled to Germany earlier this week to investigate the situation, telling Israel Radio Wednesday that German politicians intend to resolve the issue.

At a press conference Tuesday in Berlin, Metzger told reporters Jews have been observing brit milah for four millennia.

“Whoever insists we change this ritual is asking us to change our religion,” he said, warning Germany not to behave “like a communist state.”

Metzger suggested establishing a school there, where men would receive medical training from doctors and religious training from rabbis before being certified by the German or Israeli rabbinate. The 10 mohels practicing in Germany were all trained in Israel.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said parliament intended to pass legislation allowing Jews and Muslims to perform “ritual circumcision.” Islam does not follow the biblical mandate to perform the procedure eight day after the child’s birth but when the young man is 13 years old.

Several German hospitals have reportedly suspended the procedure, which Jewish families often performed in homes, synagogues or other private facilities. 

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Taisiya Osipova

MOSCOW — A Russian opposition activist was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison in a review of her drug-related case _twice as long as prosecutors had requested in a ruling that drew immediate opposition outrage.

Taisiya Osipova and her supporters have maintained that police planted four grams of heroin in her home in 2010 in revenge for her refusal to testify against her husband, Sergei Fomchenkov, also a senior figure in The Other Russia opposition movement. A witness for the defense testified at the trial that he saw a police officer put the drugs in Osipova’s apartment.

Osipova had originally been sentenced to 10 years, but a higher court ordered a review of her case.

Tuesday’s unexpectedly harsh verdict comes two weeks after three members of punk provocateur band Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for a surprise anti-Vladimir Putin performance in Moscow’s main cathedral. The decision sparked criticism in Russia and abroad as disproportionate.

It’s also being viewed as an ominous sign ahead of the trial of 11 people who were arrested on suspicion of taking part in clashes with the police at a protest rally in May this year.

Eduard Limonov, the leader of The Other Russia party, told Interfax on Tuesday that “this verdict is not only a political one, it’s also terrifying revenge.”

Fomchenkov reported the verdict on his Twitter account. The court in Smolensk was not available to confirm the verdict.

Prosecutors had asked for four years in prison for Osipova.

Osipova, 28, has been in jail since her arrest in 2010 and was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison in December 2011. A higher court in February overturned that decision, ordering the review of her case, while Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview that the sentence was too harsh.

Left-wing opposition leader Sergei Udaltsov described the verdict in his Twitter as “a triumph of lawlessness and cynicism.”

Osipova was one of the most prominent names on a list of people activists described as political prisoners submitted to then-President Medvedev in February.

Mikhail Fedotov, head of the presidential council on human rights, in an interview with the Interfax news agency on Tuesday described the verdict as a “legal mistake.”

Like her husband Osipova is a member of The Other Russia, although he hasn’t been active since her daughter was born in 2006.

Opposition activists have staged regular protests against Osipova’s prosecution, arguing that charges against Osipova were aimed to pressure her for information on her husband, Limonov’s right hand man, who was trying to get the movement officially registered as a political party at the time of her arrest.

Osipova’s supporters also said that witnesses confirmed police discovering drugs at Osipova’s place were members of pro-Kremlin youth groups.

Police searched Fomchenkov’s Moscow apartment shortly before Osipova’s arrest in connection with “an economic case,” details of which were never communicated to the Other Russian functionary.

Osipova’s lawyers on Tuesday pledged to appeal the ruling. The Other Russia activists are planning one-man pickets across Moscow on Saturday to protest the verdict

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Gov. Chris Christie addresses members of the California delegation at their St. Petersburg hotel this morning.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Gov. Chris Christie’s top political adviser this morning denied a report in the New York Post saying the governor was cool to a vice presidential nod because he thought Mitt Romney was likely to lose.

“From my perspective, the story is inaccurate,” Bill Palatucci, Christie’s closest adviser, said.

A front-page story in the New York Post today said Christie refused to resign as governor to run as Mitt Romney’s vice presidential candidate because he assumed President Obama would probably win.

Palatucci called it “crazy” to suggest that Christie feared Romney would lose.

“He’s going everywhere for the guy, and I read the polls, and it’s extremely tight,” he said.

Palatucci declined to comment on whether Christie refused to step down as governor to join the Romney ticket, saying those questions are better directed at the Romney campaign.

On Fox News “Fox and Friends,” a spokesman for the Romney campaign said he had just gotten off the phone with Christie, who denied the story.

// Senior Strategist Russ Schriefer said Christie “said it’s totally not true.”

“He used a little bit stronger language than that,” Schriefer said. “He was, let’s put it this way, blunt about his denial.”

Christie would have had to step down, the Post wrote, because of laws attempting to curb pay-to-play. The laws would have limited what companies could have contributed to the Romney campaign if Christie was on the ticket, because the companies do business with New Jersey.

The story comes the day before Christie will deliver a high-profile speech touting Romney

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Louis XVI

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Louis XVI (23 August 1754 – 21 January 1793) was a Bourbon monarch who ruled as King of France and Navarre until 1791, and then as King of the French from 1791 to 1792, before being executed in 1793

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It is legal because I wish it.

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Visitors to a village that recreates life in ancient Galilee are updating their Facebook pages and tweeting by means of routers attached to pack animals.

Visitors to one historical park in northern Israel are now free to surf the Web — as long as they sit on their asses.

Donkeys — widely mentioned in the Bible as popular modes of transportation — are being used in a 21st century way at Kfar Kedem park by carrying Wi-Fi routers around their necks. The site’s name translates to Village of Yore.

“Our village has 30 donkeys, and we’ve equipped the first five with wireless routers that are attached to the donkey’s body,” the park’s founder, Menachem Goldberg, told the Israel Hayom newsletter. “In the future we’ll consider equipping all of the donkeys with the necessary apparatuses as necessary.”


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American tourist Ella uses an iPad while riding a Wi-Fi-outfitted donkey lead by her brother Aaron.

Goldberg said Wednesday that tourists to the site, which invites them to dress in traditional clothes and experience ancient Galilee life, enjoy sharing their experiences online.

“You take some pictures, you want to change your picture on Facebook — you can do it,” Goldberg said.

Visitor Peter Scherr accessed the Internet while touring the Galilee hills to do some donkey fact-finding with his family.


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Visitors riding donkeys through the Old Testament landscape can now also surf the web while being transported across the land of the Bible.

“It has been used as a working animal for 5,000 years,” said the New York native, reading from a Wikipedia page on his iPad. “There are more than 40 million donkeys in the world. That’s a lot of donkeys!”

These animal hotspots are apparently less controversial than human ones in the United States.

In March, homeless people were used as 4G wireless stations during the South by Southwest arts and tech festival in Austin, Texas.


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American tourist Peter Scherr uses a an iPad to send a photograph using a Wi-Fi router placed on a donkey Kfar Kedem.

For their efforts, mobile users could donate money to them at a suggested rate of $2 per 15 minutes, ABC News reported.

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The 911 call from Chevonne Thomas was rambling and incoherent, but authorities said she made one thing clear: Her 2-year-old son had been stabbed, and “I did it.”

What police found at her Camden rowhouse early Wednesday was even more horrifying. Thomas had decapitated her son and placed his head in the freezer.

The 33-year-old mother later fatally stabbed herself after hanging up on emergency dispatchers, a violent end to a troubled life.

Thomas only recently regained custody of son Zahree after allegedly leaving the boy unattended in a car in 2010, telling police she had smoked marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic drug PCP and blacked out in a nearby park.

In a statement, the state’s child welfare agency, the Division of Children and Families, said it would conduct an internal review of information pertaining to the case — including its role with the family.

“At this time we can confirm that DCF did have an open case and was working with all family members to support the mother and her child, who had recently been reunified consistent with the court’s order of April 3, 2012,” the statement said. “… Zahree had previously been residing with relatives while his mother sought court-ordered treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.”

Thomas was charged with child endangerment in the 2010 car incident, but the case was dropped because of a problem with a witness, said Jason Laughlin, spokesman for the Camden County prosecutor’s office.

The gruesome events began unfolding Tuesday night. Neighbor Melanie Troutman reported seeing Thomas and her boyfriend sitting on the steps of their home, a familiar sight. But Troutman said that on this night, Thomas was topless and “clearly upset.” Another neighbor, Tayari Horcey, who lives a few doors from Thomas on Kaighns Avenue, insisted the woman was clothed.

About two hours later, Thomas called 911. During the call, she first accused her boyfriend of stabbing Zahree, but then quickly recanted.

“You know what, I did it, I’m lying, I’m lying, I’m lying, I did it,” she said, according to a recording of the rambling, often incoherent call released last evening.

“I did it, I did it, I did it,” she repeated later.

Asked if she takes medicine, Thomas said she used to take the antidepressant Prozac.

“I didn’t take it today, but I should have,” she said.

Police later found Zahree’s body on the first floor of his mother’s home, then discovered his head in the freezer. A medical examiner found a chest stab wound and marks on the child’s arms, said Laughlin, the prosecutor’s spokesman.

Thomas stabbed herself in the neck with a kitchen knife shortly after hanging up on dispatchers, Laughlin said.

Distraught family members who arrived at the scene late Wednesday morning expressed shock and declined comment.

Some neighbors described strange behavior by Thomas, who had just moved to the neighborhood from elsewhere in the city. Others saw no evidence of problems.

“Because had we known something was up, I’m quite sure all the neighbors on this block would have talked to her,” Horcey said. “But, you know, people hold stuff in. You don’t know what’s going on.”

Speaking outside the rented apartment Wednesday evening, Thomas’ landlord described her as good-natured.

“She was a really nice woman for the short amount of time that she lived there,” said the landlord, who did not want to be identified publicly. “She was never late with her rent and just a short time ago my wife was there and my kid played with them.”

A teen who lives a few doors down said Thomas moved into the neighborhood about two months ago.

“She used to sit on the step with her son,” the young man recalled. “She really didn’t speak. She just kept to herself. We’d see her out there, smoking cigarettes, but we didn’t really know her.”

Meanwhile, Camden officials took the unusual step of offering “community support counseling” for the entire city.

Counseling took place Wednesday, and continues today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Bethel Deliverance Church on Kaighns Avenue.

Clergy, the mayor’s staff members and city police will be on hand to help and counsel residents.

“My deepest sympathy goes out to the young child, family members and friends,” Mayor Dana L. Redd said in a statement. “As the investigation into the circumstances that led to this tragic incident moves forward, we need to remember that all life matters … In the city of Camden, we are all family and we will be here to help through the healing process.

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Russiadenounced foreign criticism of the trial of punk band Pussy Riot as politically motivated on Wednesday and said there were “elements of a clash of civilizations” in Western condemnation.

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Three members of the band were sentenced to two years’ jail last week for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” when they performed a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral, calling on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladimir Putin.

Western governments have said the sentences handed down to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were disproportionate. Rights groups and musicians have called for their release.

Critics of Putin, who returned to the presidency for a third term on May 7 after a four-year spell as prime minister, say the Pussy Riot case illustrated his lack of tolerance of dissent.

“The case … has served only as an occasion for the latest wave of rushed, biased and politically charged evaluations,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said in a statement.

“It seems that what is important to certain human rights structures and media outlets is not so much the fate of these young women as the opportunity to create yet another scandal on anti-Russian grounds,” Lukashevich said.

He said the West must respect Russia’s need to protect the “millions of Orthodox Christian believers and people of other faiths adhering to traditional concepts of morality” that he said had been offended by the protest.

“This situation, without a doubt, has elements of a clash of civilizations,” the statement said.

“Many in the post-modern West forget about Europe’s Christian roots and also do not want to respect the feelings of the followers of other faiths, thinking that religion limits democracy,” Lukashevich said.

He said that international human rights conventions had established that “freedom of expression is not absolute” and stipulate that restrictions are needed to protect the security of nations and the well-being of their citizens.

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Ray Bradbury

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Ray Douglas Bradbury (August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American fantasy, science fiction, horror and mystery fiction writer. Best known for his dystopian novel Fahrenheit 451 (1953) and for the science fiction and horror stories gathered together as The Martian Chronicles (1950) and The Illustrated Man (1951), Bradbury was one of the most celebrated 20th-century American writers. Many of Bradbury’s works have been adapted into television shows or films.

Ray Bradbury quote:
Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.

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One would think that the FBI would have enough on its plate, what with keeping an eye on both international terror groups plotting attacks and crazy homegrown terrorists who decide to shoot up movie theaters and college campuses.

But no – apparently, the U.S. intelligence had enough time on its hands to delve into the important national security threat posed by drunken congressmen and their staffers frolicking in the Sea of Galilee late at night after a “long, hot day” of meetings and briefings in Israel and the Palestinian Authority on a trip that took place a year ago.

Such goings-on were also important enough, once leaked, to be thoroughly covered by the web site Politico, which broke the shocking story of the swim and the investigation:

The FBI probed a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee that involved drinking, numerous GOP freshmen lawmakers, top leadership staff — and one nude member of Congress, according to more than a dozen sources, including eyewitnesses.

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Rep. Kevin Yoder

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During a fact-finding congressional trip to the Holy Land last summer, Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) took off his clothes and jumped into the sea, joining a number of members, their families and GOP staff during a night out in Israel, the sources told POLITICO. Other participants, including the daughter of another congressman, swam fully clothed, while some lawmakers partially disrobed. More than 20 people took part in the late-night dip in the sea, according to sources who were participants in the trip.

More than a dozen sources! You’d think they were talking about Watergate, not water antics. Inevitably, the story was picked up by every media outlet known to man, because, as Anthony Weiner well knows, no editor can resist a headline that contains the words ‘naked’ and ‘congressman.”

The juiciness of the story explains the media overkill once the transgression was uncovered (pun intended.) But why the FBI? It’s difficult to imagine what could possibly be criminal or dangerous or even unethical about such behavior. There’s the possibility of indecent exposure, maybe, but it sounds like it was pitch dark, and only one participant was totally naked. Abuse of American taxpayer dollars? I might accept that explanation if the behavior took place on a government-funded trip. But, as the Politico article explained, the trip by the delegation of Republican legislators and aides was funded and run by the “American Israel Educational Foundation, a group related to AIPAC.”

In such a case, one would think that it was AIPAC that should be upset and investigated the incident, not the U.S. government. But presumably, the pro-Israel donors who pony up for such a trip would likely be more pleased than outraged that U.S. lawmakers and aides felt relaxed and happy enough in northern Israel to indulge in a drunken dip in the Kinneret. Kicking back and feeling good is the stuff memories are made up that would presumably make them feel warm and fuzzy about Israel, and all the more likely to support her once they get back to DC. Making sure their visitors have fun is probably part of the AIEF program, although after this incident, they probably will try to make sure they don’t have quite too much fun.

Personally, I find it hard to work up a substantial head of angry steam towards the swimming junketeers, either as an American or as an Israeli (I’m both.) I even feel a little sympathy. If I spent several days dealing with Israeli and Palestinian politicians trying to wrap my head around the problems of the region, I’d probably enjoy a few drinks and a cleansing swim afterwards, too.

Though it’s hard to understand how the exploits could be interpreted as criminal, the exposure of their behavior is obviously problematic for the politicians involved as far as their constituents are concerned. I suppose it’s the naked part that’s really scandalous, especially for Christians who consider the Kinneret – that’s what we locals call the Sea of Galilee – to be filled with holy water trod upon by Jesus. And these are Republicans, to whom the evangelical Christian constituency is important.

As a result, the skinny-dipping congressman, Kevin Yoder of Kansas, has apologized. After he was caught by Politico with his pants down, he issued a statement to the publication:

“A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit. It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”

Yoder’s apology is my favorite part of the story because it’s so American. An Israeli politician would never do such a thing. Our fearless leaders in the Middle East, even in the face of clear evidence and multiple witnesses, will continually deny their transgressions. Corruption, sexual harassment, even rape – no matter how severe the crime, they are always the wronged innocents being set up by their political enemies. Since our parliamentary political system makes them accountable to the smoke-filled back rooms and rank-and-file of their parties and not to the voters, public apologies by politicians are few and far between. Most Israeli politicians even go to prison still protesting their innocence.

In that context, hearing a politician from the U.S. take responsibility and apologize for such a minor transgression as skinnydipping feels to Israeli ears as the water of the Kinneret must have felt on Yoder’s skin. Very refreshing.

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Daniel Zimnikov via NY1

Police are searching for a man they say sexually assaulted a woman in Manhattan.

sexually assaulted a woman

They say the man entered a massage parlor on Washington Place in the West Village Friday morning.

Investigators say he kept hitting a 41-year-old woman until she became unconscious.

They say the man then sexually assaulted her and stole items from the business.

The woman was taken to the hospital in stable condition.

Police describe the man as between the ages of 20 and 25. They say he is about six feet tall with a medium build.

Anyone with information on the case should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit


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