Thought for the day

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." -- Mark Twain
"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, 'Atlas Shrugged', 1957

"How much longer will their snivelling cowardice stop them setting free the 

"Two million prisoners of Gaza and giving the Palestinians their lands back?

"Decent people have been weeping for Gaza for 15 years, and it hasn’t done the slightest bit of good. Ten years ago I wrote a piece about the situation in Gaza, harking back to a report I did five years earlier, in 2007, after returning from a visit there.

"It’s still relevant today because nothing has changed to lift the blockade and relieve the misery. Indeed, things have got even worse. How those brave people continue to face and overcome the non-stop cruelty of their Israeli occupier and tormentor is astonishing. Every so often the Israelis “mow the lawn”, by which they mean embark on a murder spree to keep the numbers down in this packed-like-sardines enclave with no exit...

"See how it was back then and compare it to now. That’s the measure of the international community’s  commitment to international law and the moral standards enshrined in the UN Charter, and the concern of our comfy church leaders who, apparently, don’t give a rat’s arse about the Holy Land – the wellspring of their faith – being stolen from under their noses...>>