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Friday, 20 July 2007

The 12th edition of JPix is Up!

This stunning photo is from Yossi at The Next Step...

Baleboosteh has been gracious enough to do this fortnights JPix 12. It is a day late, seems with my birthday yesterday the onset of senility is faster than I could have imagined. JPix completely skipped my thoughts, which isn't usually the case.

The thing is JPix is now basically running like a well oiled machine, there were a few grumblings last fortnight, when one or two regulars were dropped due to not submitting, but now that people know they have to submit to have a chance to be in JPix the work load is a lot easier.

For those that are willing to give hosting JPix a go, (thanks Rafi G for your offer to host JPix 14 in 4 weeks time) I would still encourage you to go scouting for 'new talent' but in essence, the regulars have been whipped into shape and most of the work is basically already done.

Now knowing this, who is going to host next fortnights JPix13? If you miss out, JPix 15 and Jpix 16 are still available as well. Leave a comment or email Mr Bagel to let me know.[Click read More...]

This particular edition of JPix Photo carnival is reflective of just how much growth JPhotographers are achieving, there really are some beautiful shots. Beautiful content isn't always the essence of what makes up a superb photo, some of the very best photos are of the mundane.

Speaking of Beauty, Baleboosteh has done a marvelous job of JPix 12, and thrown down the challenge, remember there are no hard and fast rules in presenting JPix, its like any creative process, it works best with a sense of freedom and la joie de vivre.


Top al-Qaida in Iraq figure captured

BAGHDAD - The U.S. command said Wednesday the highest-ranking Iraqi in the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq has been arrested, adding that information from him indicates the group's foreign-based leadership wields considerable influence over the Iraqi chapter.

Khaled Abdul-Fattah Dawoud Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, also known as Abu Shahid, was captured in Mosul on July 4, said Brig. Gen. Kevin Bergner, a military spokesman.

"Al-Mashhadani is believed to be the most senior Iraqi in the al-Qaida in Iraq network," Bergner said. He said al-Mashhadani was a close associate of Abu Ayub al-Masri, the Egyptian-born head of al-Qaida in Iraq.

Bergner said al-Mashhadani served as an intermediary between al-Masri and Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri.

"In fact, communication between the senior al-Qaida leadership and al-Masri frequently went through al-Mashhadani," Bergner said.

"Along with al-Masri, al-Mashhadani co-founded a virtual organization in cyberspace called the Islamic State of Iraq in 2006," Bergner said. "The Islamic State of Iraq is the latest efforts by al-Qaida to market itself and its goal of imposing a Taliban-like state on the Iraqi people."

In Web postings, the Islamic State of Iraq has identified its leader as Abu Omar al-Baghdadi, with al-Masri as minister of war. There are no known photos of al-Baghdadi.

Bergner said al-Mashhadani had told interrogators that al-Baghdadi is a "fictional role" created by al-Masri and that an actor is used for audio recordings of speeches posted on the Web.

"In his words, the Islamic State of Iraq is a front organization that masks the foreign influence and leadership within al-Qaida in Iraq in an attempt to put an Iraqi face on the leadership of al-Qaida in Iraq," Bergner said.

He said al-Mashhadani was a leader of the militant Ansar al-Sunnah group before joining al-Qaida in Iraq 2 1/2 years ago. Al-Mashhadani served as the al-Qaida media chief for Baghdad and then was appointed the media chief for the whole country.

Al-Qaida in Iraq was proclaimed in 2004 by Jordanian-born Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, who led a group called Tawhid and Jihad, responsible for the beheading of several foreign hostages, whose final moments were captured on videotapes provided to Arab television stations.

Al-Zarqawi posted Web statements declaring his allegiance to bin Laden and began using the name of al-Qaida in Iraq. Al-Zarqawi was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Diyala province in June 2006 and was replaced by al-Masri.

The degree of control and supervision between bin Laden's clique and the Iraq branch has been the subject of debate, with some private analysts believing the foreign-based leadership plays a minor role in day to day operations.

However, the U.S. military has released captured letters from time to time, suggesting the foreign-based leaders provide at least broad direction.

Mr Bagel: Hopefully
Abu Shahid will be singing better than a pop princess and the leadership of Al Qaida in Iraq will be severely disrupted.

Yahoo News: US: Top al-Qaida in Iraq figure captured


Thursday, 19 July 2007

Happy Birthday Mr Bagel!

Seems the one that is supposed to love me couldn't help but have a giggle at what the ravages of time have done to poor old Mr Bagel.

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The good thing is, this year I seemed to have got almost as many presents as the years old I am, which means every year from now on will be even better...
Will it not?


Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Australian Visa laws 'unfair' to muslims

Heightened Visa Checks are causing accusations of profiling.

Mark Dunn, July 18, 2007 12:00am

NEW laws that demand Arabs seeking visa entry into Australia provide the names of their parents and grandfather hint at racial and religious profiling, according to a leading Islamic group.

"It would be pretty naive to think there is no religious profiling going on (with visa applicants), even if it's not officially recognised," said the Islamic Council of Victoria's spokesman, Waleed Aly.

Australian security agencies had asked for the new regulations that require extra personal information from Arabic visa applicants to include the names of their parents and grandfather.

Other visa applicants, including those from China and Russia, are also being required to provide additional information about the spelling of names and ancestral names before being granted entry to Australia.

The Federal Government has insisted there is no racial or religious profiling in Australia's immigration programs.

Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews' spokeswoman said the changes would help in the proper identification of applicants and their character.

"The question that has been included in the new form (about Arabic grandfathers) is designed to enable more accurate and higher-quality identification of visa applicants," she said.

But Mr Aly said his own experiences had shown him racial and religious characteristics were focused on by border officials.

Mr Aly said despite random searches being conducted at Australian airports, he had become used to always being stopped and questioned, and that many Australian Muslims knew that they would come under special attention, especially at airports.

"They disproportionately focus on people who are Muslim or who appear to be Muslim," he said.

All visa applicants aged 16 and older wanting to visit Australia must fill out a character assessment form, which identifies their siblings and parents.

But regulations brought in this year require Arabic, Chinese and Russian visa applicants to provide extra detail.

For Russian citizens they must include their patronymic or ancestral name, and Chinese applicants must provide their name in commercial code numbers, which relates to Chinese characters, and in English.

Bagelblogger: What a joke. The simple fact is in addressing the serious problem of Terrorism you need to rationalise your resources. The cold hard truth is its far more likely for a potential terrorist to be Muslim than any other religion. To ignore such statistics is simply foolhardy to say the least. Denial of this is 'PC' madness.

If Muslims resent the extra attention that this brings to their travel plans and lives then there really is a simple solution. Ensure that within their sub culture it becomes unacceptable to be a terrorist and kill innocent people.
When there is a major shift in attitudes within the Muslim community then the probability of a Terrorist being Muslim will be diminished and hence the limited resources government agencies do have will be directed in more appropriate demographic groups.

Don't complain to the government, complain within your own culture which promotes and advances acceptable notions towards terrorist acts.

With the penchant for actively voicing concerns within the Muslim community at perceived injustices, a valid question arises; when was the last mass Muslim protest against Islamic terrorism rather than the usual orchestrated self serving protest at infringed rights?

Herald Sun: Visa laws 'unfair' to muslims

Picture Credit: ABC


Howard Jacobson - The irrationality of the British boycotts of Israel

A short and punchy video showing British intellectual and author Howard Jacobson giving a speech about the recent boycotts by British Unions of Israel. Wonderfully explained and with perfect irony.

The Independent: published July 14th: Those who boycott Israeli universities are doing intellectual violence - to themselves

Hattip to Beaman from Beaman's World


Howard Jacobson: Those who boycott Israeli universities are doing intellectual violence - to themselves

"No longer to listen is no longer to engage in the dialogue of thought. It disqualifies you as a scholar"

Published: 14 July 2007

I have a confession to make. I stepped off the straight and narrow last week. I addressed a political rally. Not a rally in the George Galloway sense, where you stand on a box in the middle of Trafalgar Square, proclaim: "I glorify the Hizbollah resistance movement, and I glorify the leader of Hizbollah, Sheikh Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah," and then when someone reminds you that that same Hassan Nasrallah has said he looks forward to the day when all the world's Jews are congregated in Israel so that he can annihilate the lot, and wonders (the someone, not Nasrallah) whether that doesn't make you a raving anti-Semite by association, you say you can't stop to discuss it because you've got a Big Brother's Big Mouth to present.

So no, not that kind of rally. More a meeting of concerned people in a not very big room. And no fanatics spewing hate.

But it was still an event more political than I am used to, or, to be honest, believe that as a novelist I should take part in. I am squeamish about any sort of activism or affiliation. If you're a novelist you're not essentially anyone in the activist, affiliative sense. Your characters speak through you which is not the same as speaking for you. Strictly speaking you don't, as a novelist, have anything to say. Discourse ain't your discourse.

On this occasion, though - a meeting called to oppose the proposed academic boycott of Israel - I felt I had to depart from the principles of my profession because academics in this country had departed from theirs. You don't silence other voices if you're a scholar, that's where I stand. You don't, if you're a thinker and a teacher, remove from the unending conversation of the mind those of whom you happen, rightly or wrongly, to disapprove.

I won't rehearse the arguments here. I had my say some weeks ago in this newspaper. In response to what I wrote, a boycotter popped up on some blog explaining that I'd got it wrong. Those in favour of excommunication weren't removing Israeli voices in the sense of gagging or silencing them, they were simply refusing to listen to them. A distinction that was lost on me at first, but with time grew clearer and more shocking. For "not listening" is, if anything, more philosophically brutal than silencing or gagging. Brutal, in especial, to the person not doing the listening. That act of intellectual violence which, if you are a boycotter, you are presently preparing against the Israeli academy, is in fact an act of violence against yourself.

To say you intend knowingly and purposefully and on principle "not to listen" is to say you are waging a sort of war on your own faculties, because listening, if you are a reasoning person, is chief among the tools you reason with.

Most of what Socrates did was listen. No longer to listen is no longer to engage in the dialogue of thought. Which disqualifies you as a scholar and a teacher, for what sort of example to his pupils is a teacher who covers truth's ears and buries it under stone. A university that will not listen does far more intellectual damage to itself than to the university it has stopped listening to.

It seemed worth saying this at the meeting. Not that I was the only one who said it. What impressed me, as a political agitation virgin, was how lucid and calmly rational everyone was apart from the pro-boycott pickets outside - though why you would want to picket people who are gathering to disagree with what you said at your gathering I am at a loss to understand. Which I suppose shows how politically naive I am.

The other thing that seemed worth saying related to that now classic formulation - "It is not anti-Semitic to be critical of Israel." I wasn't concerned to make the no less classical rebuttal - "Of course being critical of Israel doesn't necessarily mark you out as an anti-Semite, but it doesn't necessarily mark you out as not one either." Enough already with who is or who isn't. What I wanted to address was something different - how the glamour word "anti-Semite" has transfixed both parties to this semantic tussle, when the real issue is what we mean by "critical".

Reader, only think about it: was ever a tiny word sent on such a mighty errand, or to put it another way, was ever such a massive job of demolition done by so delicate an instrument. Critical - as though those who accuse Israel of every known crime against humanity, of being more Nazi than the Nazis, more fascist than the fascists, more apartheid than apartheid South Africa, are simply exercising measured argument and fine discrimination.

I know a bit about being critical. It's my job. Being "critical" is when you say that such-and-such a book works here but doesn't work there, good plot, bad characterisation, enjoyed some parts, hated others. What being critical is not, is saying this is the most evil and odious book ever written, worse than all other evil and odious books, should never have been published in the first place, was in fact published in flagrant defiance of international law, must be banned, and in the meantime should not under any circumstances be read. For that we need another word than critical.

So try replacing it with whatever that word or words might be and have a look at how the statement bears up now. "It is not anti-Semitic to defame or curse or stigmatise or revile or execrate or anathematise or with malice aforethought misrepresent Israel." You might think that veers a touch too far in the opposite direction, but you take my point. Put back the inordinacy of reprehension hidden behind the pretend even-handedness of fair-seeming little "critical" and you see why those who oppose the boycott and other such traducements smell a rat.

None of this, to rehearse another tired though necessary qualification, is to support the Israeli occupation. Something else that impressed me at the meeting - how universally what needed to be condemned was condemned. An unequivocal no to the ban didn't mean an unequivocal yes to Israel.

This was not a room of people blind in love with Zionism. Which made me wish that some who write vituperatively to me whenever I use the word Israel had been there.

You don't have to be a Zionist to oppose the boycott. You don't even have to be pro-Israel. You can weigh an argument on its merits. There is such a thing as disinterestedness, even at a political rally. I speak as a veteran.

Make sure you see the video of Howard_Jacobson on Mr Bagel: Howard Jacobson - The irrationality of the British boycotts of Israel

The Independent: published July 14th: Those who boycott Israeli universities are doing intellectual violence - to themselves


Why is the Israeli government releasing any Palestinian Prisoners?

Rehavam Zeevi, Israeli Tourism Minister, was shot by four
gunmen in the Jersusalem Hyatt hotel in October 2001

Israel 'to free leader of terror group that killed minister'

Israeli Cabinet ministers today approved a list of 256 Palestinian prisoners slated to be released this week in a gesture of support for Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian President, said to include the No 2 in the radical PFLP group.

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine - a militant PLO faction listed as a terrorist organisation by the United States and European Union - claimed responsibility in 2001 for the assassination of Rehavam Zeevi, the right-wing Israeli Tourism Minister.

The names of the prisoners to be released have not been announced, but Palestinian sources said that they would include Abdelrahim Malluh, deputy leader of the PFLP. "“President Abbas has told the Malluh family that he will be freed,” Khalida Jarar, a PFLP official, told AFP.

David Baker, an official in the office of Ehud Olmert, the Israeli Prime Minister, said that a ministerial committee approved the release by seven votes to two. The list is to be published later today, giving Israelis 48 hours to file legal challenges before the prisoners, including six women, are released on Friday.

According to Mr Baker's statement, "there is no blood on their hands" - meaning that none has been directly involved in attacks on Israelis.

But Mr Malluh's inclusion on the list, giving his senior rank in the PFLP, is likely to prove controversial. Zeevi was shot by four gunmen in the Jersusalem Hyatt hotel in October 2001 in a what was said to be a reprisal for the assassination two months earlier of Abu Ali Mustafa, the PFLP leader.

Malluh was arrested in 2002 and sentenced in 2004 to nine years by an Israeli military tribunal for belonging to a terrorist organisation. The PFLP leader Ahmed Saadat remains in Israeli custody, although he has not been tried.

Israel pledged to release the prisoners as a "goodwill gesture" to Mr Abbas to help shore up his authority after Hamas gunmen routed the forces of his Fatah movement as they took over the Gaza strip last month. Eighty-five per cent of those to be released are Fatah members; none is from Hamas.

But the Palestinian minister for prisoner affairs, Ashraf al-Ajrami, said that the release of 250 out of more than 10,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails was not enough.
"Israel insists on releasing those who have limited sentences," Mr al-Ajrami said. "We want a release of prisoners who received long sentences."

Mr Bagel: I can't believe what I'm seeing? Why, why would you realease prisoners? To reward what? Name one thing the Palestinains have done that justifies a gesture such as this?

Why are we making a gesture of support for Mahmoud Abbas, what has he done?
Why does Israel insist on making first 'gestures', why does Israel insist on weakening its negotiating position? I can't understand why we allow the government to do this?

It has never lead to anything positive for the Jewish state.

There should be absolutely no prisoner releases until Gilad Shalit is released. To even consider releasing any prisoners simply compromises the position Israel starts from in trying to get Gilad Shalit's release.

Why does the Israeli government never learn?

I'm flabbergasted at the ineptness of this Government.

Times online: Israel 'to free leader of terror group that killed minister'


Tuesday, 17 July 2007

Farfour the Martyr Mouse gets stung by Hamas's new Kiddies Character:
Introducing Nahoul the Bee

Just when you thought that Hamas might have reacted in a positive way to the adverse reaction the world had to the cute adorable Jew hating Farfour the Killer Mouse, yet again comes more Hamas sponsored jihadist rhetoric and hatred; forget some pathetic Mickey Mouse wanna be, this time its a character with a sting built in.

Nahoul the Bee with a squeaky voice, pleads for all good little Palestinian boys and Girls to go and blow up a few more Jews.

After poor Farfour's untimely demise, he died in the last episode - beaten to death in the series by a beastly Israeli trying to steal/ buy Farfour's land, one point, Farfour called the Israeli a "terrorist".

Memri the TV monitor project provides us with a translation:
To see the video and translation click

If the video doesnt load click here:
Nahoul the Bee Replaces Farfour
- The Hamas Mickey Mouse:
Vows to Continue His Path of Martyrdom and Jihad

Nahoul the Bee Replaces Farfour - Hamas Mickey Mouse - and Vows to Continue on His Path of Martyrdom and Jihad

Following are excerpts from a Hamas TV children's show, featuring Nahoul the Bee, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on July 13, 2007:

Saraa, child host: Who are you, and where did you come from?

Nahoul the Bee: I am Nahoul.

Saraa: Nahoul who?

Nahoul: I'm Nahoul, Farfour's cousin.

Saraa: What do you want?

Nahoul: I want to continue the path of my cousin Farfour.

Saraa: How do you want to do this?

Nahoul: I want to be in every episode with you on the Pioneers of Tomorrow show, just like Farfour. I want to continue in the path of Farfour - the path of Islam, of heroism, of martyrdom, and of the mujahideen. Me and my friends will follow in the footsteps of Farfour. We will take revenge upon the enemies of Allah, the killer of the prophets and of the innocent children, until we liberate Al-Aqsa from their impurity. We place our trust in Allah.

Saraa: Welcome, Nahoul...

The depths Hamas will resort to indoctrinating Palestinian children to hate their Jewish neighbours is mind boggling. The indoctrination and encouragement of children to seek shahada is revealing of a very disturbed society. Theres a long history of brainwashing Palestinian children for genocidal terrorism.

Any sincerity the Palestinians feign for a legitimate desire for peace must surely be contrasted starkly with the motivations and encouragement Hamas provides towards tthe next generation of terrorist.

One remembers a lesson from youth, Actions always speak louder than words.


JBlog Central nominated as one of the 30 most influential religion blogs

JBlog central has been listed as one of the top 30 most influential religous blogs with Times on Line.

Libby Purves's Faith Central has listed JBlog Central as being in the top thrity most influencial relious blogs. Now I wouldn't normally describe JBlog Central as a 'Religous Blog' per se, but theres no doubting its impact and influence within the JBlogosphere.

You might love it or hate it, but there's one thing you can't do and thats ignore it.

Its at the top of my regular visits, and in my opinion the hotline to what's happening in the Jblogosphere.

Libby Purvees mentions the top 30 list is an evolving list and some could question a few of the choices on the list.

There seems to be a healthy collection of Christian and Muslim blogs with a sprinkling of Jewish blogs to boot.

Of the notable entires are:
Jew School listed at number 3, the Jewish Christian blog 'The God Blog' at number 12, The Unsealed Room at number 15, Velveteen Rabbi at number 18, and JBlog Central at 29.

Bagelblogger managed to get a mention within the JBlog Central listing but missed out on a hyper link. We will be reviewing our subscription to Times on line forthwith. [being free will not impede us...]

29. JBlog Central
From the Bagel Blogger to Jewtastic a comprehensive compilation of Jewish blogs.
Representative quote: "I would never suggest that we should all cater to the most conservative voice in the way we live our lives. I think that diversity is what Judaism needs."


Buchenwald Marks 70th Anniversary

WEIMAR, Germany (AP) - Holocaust survivors on Sunday marked the 70th anniversary of the Buchenwald concentration camp's founding by honoring more than 38,000 victims whose identities had previously been unknown.

Buchenwald researchers spent the past decade scouring archives from the United States to Israel and across Germany in an attempt to identify tens of thousands of the estimated 56,000 prisoners who lost their lives at Buchenwald between 1937 and 1945, but had been known only by their camp-assigned numbers.

Archivists at the camp, perched on a hillside overlooking the eastern city of Weimer, were able to identify 38,049 victims and enter their names into a memorial book.

"The Nazis tried to reduce humans to numbers, to rob them of their identity," said Jens Goebel, culture minister for the state of Thuringia, upon handing copies of the book to representatives of survivor groups. "That should not be the last word."

About 8,000 Soviet prisoners of war, as well as some 9,000 who died in death marches as the Nazis tried to evacuate the camp late in World War II, remain unknown.

Most of the early inmates at Buchenwald were political prisoners. But following Kristallnacht - Night of the Broken Glass - in 1938, some 10,000 Jews were sent to the camp. Over the course of World War II, criminals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Roman and German military deserters were also interned at the main camp and its many sub and labor camps.

Guardian: Buchenwald Marks 70th Anniversary


Monday, 16 July 2007

The Temple Mount destruction continues:
Proof: July 2007 Video and Photos

I recently read an article on Yid with Lid about the recent destruction occurring on the Temple Mount. [JPost : Temple Mount Travesty]

I decided to chase down any Video or photos that were possibly available. I've come across this series of photos and video.

The destruction that has occurred is quite distressing. The total contempt that is shown for archaeological artifacts is appalling. With such wanton disregard and disrespect shown why is it we sit by idly whilst this occurs?

As is so eloquently expressed in Psalm 137, 5-7

"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither, let my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy." (Psalm 137, 5-7).
Should we not think our tongues are already cleaved?

Why the silence?

Why do we ignore such travesties yet endure hysteria and hyperbole from Palestinians when sensitive excavations with full archaeological surveys are carried out by Israeli authorities?

Where is the respect here? Why is this obvious resource for Historical knowledge desecrated with such alarming cultural insensitivities?

We know the answer, but we act like our arms are withered.

Following is a video of the CPDATM member visit at the new trench that was dug in the Temple Mount upper platform near the Dome of the Rock – the site of the Temple. We were not allowed to pick up any archaeological artifacts from the soil, while in the same time the Waqf's tractor was maneuvering the earth. In the video I. Caspi (the committee chair) is asking the police chief officer of the Temple Mount what should we do if we find an ancient seal in the soil. At the distance archaeologist E. Mazar is seen examining the soil and a policemen is sent over to her in order to guard that she will not touch anything.

The trench. The trench at it's southern edge reach the depth of 2-3 feet. The bedrock at that location is about 2-4 feet below the level of the current platform.

Architectural remains at the northern section of the trench that are located beneath the current platform foundation.

More Architectural remains at a different strata level.

The trench after it was refilled.

Many pottery shards were seen in the soil that came out of the trench.

More Pottery shards easily discernible.

Archaeological artifacts including shards of pottery, tiles and glass vessels, have been lost forever. The strata has been disrupted, and clues to their exact origin and era never to be retrieved. Whilst we stand by and allow this desecration.

A floor tile from the Second Temple period made of bitumen. No fragments were able to be retrieved. When the Israeli authorities dig, everything is planned, cultural sensitivities are observed, cultural heritage values respected, why do we allow un surveyed excavations on the most holy of holiest sites? Why do we sit by and allow this to continually happen?

An fragment of an ancient glass vessel.

A fragment of a wall tile made of black marble with white veins.

The spare soil that wasn't used to cover back the trench was dumped in the improvised dump yard at the eastern section of the Temple Mount.

Ask yourself, would we treat such cultural sensitive archaeological remains in such a fashion? Ask yourself why is it the Wakf so readily dismissive to bar any kind of thorough archaeological surveys before such destructive digs?

Credits for Photos:
Monday 9/7/07 (Taken by Gideon Charlap)
Wednesday 11/7/07 (taken by Zachi Zweig)

For further resources try:
The Temple Mount Archaelogical Destruction: http://www.har-habayt.org/
JPost: The Temple Mount Travesty

CPDATM – The Committee for the Prevention of the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount. Aims


Introducing the all new:
Mrs Bagel Blog

Ok, this is quite Zany, if you want a good laugh check out the new Mrs Bagel blog which of course is located at http://mrsbagel.blogspot.com/ which you can also access via the top menu.

Theres a new mast thats been especially done for the Wonderful Mrs Bagel and I'm sure you'll get a chuckle.

Regards to All Mr Bagel


The Money or the Box!
50, 000 reasons to visit Haveil Havalim

Its not often your given the choice of:
50,000 in cold hard cash* or to go to Haveil Havalim.
[click read more...]

Seems my friend Yid with Lid has come up with a mathematical formula that has lead him to believe its the 50,000 Haveil Havalim edition, now I would have thought it was the 125th Edition, but given the choice of 50,000 Rials from Mahmoud (Worth $5.40 and falling) or the pleasure to visit Yid with Lids amazing Haveil Havalim, well its a no brainer.

So Here it is Yid with Lids 50,000th Edition of Havil Havalim
which was formerly the 125th Edition of Haveil Havalim until Mahmoud Ahmadinejad got a wiff of it and inflated its value.

Oh and if your wondering about the 50,000 Rial bill that Mahmoud recently issued, it shows an atomic nucleus over a map of Iran.

Tehran, Iran, Mar. 12 – In yet another snub to the United Nations Security Council which has imposed economic sanctions on Iran over its refusal to suspend uranium enrichment, the Islamic Republic on Monday introduced a new banknote carrying the atomic symbol.

The new 50,000 rial note displays a map of Iran with a giant atom and orbiting electrons on it. On its back, the note features a portrait of the founder of the Islamic Republic Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

The new note is worth the equivalent of about $5.40 - more than twice the amount of Iran’s previous highest denomination.

Officials announced that six million copies of the notes were circulated through the state banks.

Now if Mahmoud could have only pinpointed on the 50,000 rial note, the sites involved in processing nuclear fuel as well, then we could have saved a lot more than 50,000 Rials worth of time.

*Oh my offer is a sincere offer, if you genuinely would prefer 50,000 rials to visiting the 50,000th edition of Haveil Havalim, then there's one condition only. Visit Iran, tell Mahmoud to grow a brain, and I'll will send you the 50,000 rials.

Till then Mr Bagel

More about the 50,000 rial note

[pinglink to hh125]


Sunday, 15 July 2007

12th Imam to arrive via a UFO
Break out the tin foil hats

The gossip from Iranian bloggers, is a Iranian Cleric was heard on a state-run radio station talking about the twelfth Imam, who is supposed to rise/return and make every thing honkey dory for Shia Muslims. He has reportedly mentioned,

“It is not like Imam will use his sword to defeat the enemies.

Have you not heard about the occasional news about the UFOs which are spotted in the sky? We know nothing about the passengers of those objects. Maybe, Imam will use UFOs to attack his enemies. Because, when the time comes, he will call you guys and will tell you, ‘You! Go and become the governor of London, You! Go and become the governor of Chicago. You! Go and become the governor of Berlin. You have to be ready for the time, when he calls on you to become the governor of Paris’”.
thanks to Akiva for the Kipper tip and Kamangir


Mahmoud really is Nuts!
Iranians arrest 14 squirrels for spying

Islamic Republic's intelligence agents allege rodents were carrying advanced Western spy gear

Iranian intelligence operatives recently detained over a dozen squirrels found within the nation's borders, claiming the rodents were serving as spies for Western powers determined to undermine the Islamic Republic.

"In recent weeks, intelligence operatives have arrested 14 squirrels within Iran's borders," state-sponsored news agency IRNA reported. "The squirrels were carrying spy gear of foreign agencies, and were stopped before they could act, thanks to the alertness of our intelligence services."

Iranian police commander Esmaeil Ahmadi-Moqadam confirmed the report, saying that a number of squirrels had been caught bearing foreign spy gear within Iran's borders.

"I heard of this but I have no specific knowledge on the subject," he said. He refused to give further details.

Recently, Iran has increased its efforts in combating espionage by the West. The use of rodents has not been documented in the past.

Mr Bagel: err Mahmoud they're in the really big padded room over there...[End]

Ynet: Iranians arrest 14 squirrels for spying