Thursday, January 12, 2017

The Middle East Conflict: Maps Don't Lie

This is my best attempt at recreating a cached website that I found after the creators abandoned it for one reason or another. It's possible they created a better page and this info is found elsewhere with a better design, but the information is sound and I didn't want it lost. So here it is:

Israel: The Most Disputed Piece of Real Estate On Earth
Unlike Islam's Koran, which commands Muslims to force the entire planet to submit to literal control by Islam, the Jewish Torah promises the children of Israel a modest and reasonable allotment of land. Israel  in RED , is a democratic nation 1/19th the size of California, surrounded by 22 hostile Arab/Islamic dictatorships with 640 times her size, 60 times her population and ALL the oil.  How dare Arab propagandists call Israel "expansionist". How dare anyone believe them! How can Israel, which occupies one-sixth of one percent of the lands called Arab, be responsible for the political dissatisfaction of 22 Arab countries? How can the 13 million Jews in the world (almost 5 million fewer than they were in 1939!) be blamed for the problems of the 250 million Arabs, who have brotherly ties to 1.4 billion Muslims worldwide?

Israel  is an oasis of Western Democracy and Judeo/Christian morality in the middle of an otherwise totalitarian Arab/Muslim Middle East. For over 55 years since she became a nation in 1948, Israel has sought peaceful coexistence with neighbors dedicated to her destruction. Thus far only Egypt and Jordan have formalized a peace treaty. In reality, these two peace treaties are questionable.

Only 1/640th the land mass occupied by the 22 Arab States.
Is Israel REALLY "taking over" the Arab Middle East?
Israel is one of the tiniest nations on earth. Only about 8,000 sq. miles, 2½ times the size of Rhode Island and only slightly larger than the Canary Islands!.  It is only 260 miles at its longest, has a 112-mile coastline, 60 miles at its widest, and between 3 and 9 miles at its narrowest!  A very high-powered rifle could launch a projectile right across the country! This is particularly frightening when one considers that 65% of Israel's population is within this 9 mile wide section (Tel Aviv).  Yet Arab propagandists call Israel "expansionist" and the "aggressor" against all Arab peoples.  For those unfamiliar with the Arab interpretation of "aggressor," it means one who dares fight back against Arab aggression!!  So even though Israel may have fought only defensive wars, the mere fact that she resisted total destruction is viewed as an "act of aggression." This is highly illogical and quite frankly, insane. Unfortunately, Israel doesn't have the luxury of picking her enemies!

a. 3 miles wide here
b. Golan Heights
c. Sea of Galilee
d. Jordan River:
Sea of Galilee to Dead Sea

e. 1967 "Green Line": the 1949 armistice lines separating Israel from its heartland of Judea-Samaria when Jordanian forces illegally annexed it. After the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, Israel regained that land... at which time the world began referring to Judea and Samaria as the "West Bank" in order to try to erase any Jewish connection to this historically Jewish land!

f.  9 miles wide here
g. Tel Aviv
h. Jerusalem
i.  Dead Sea
j.  Gaza Strip


The surrounding 22 Arab countries are 640 times larger than tiny Israel yet they expect Israel to turn over all the West Bank, Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and half of Jerusalem... territory they lost after they started the 1967 war!

Need More Proof?  The photo below shows a west-east view of Northern Israel's Hula Valley (a---b). The photo is from atop the Menara Cliffs, just above Kiryat Shmona (a).  In the opposite direction (not shown) is Lebanon. Along the entire top of the photo (light blue area) is Syria with the Golan Heights rising up from the Hula Valley. The distance from Kiryat Shimona  (a)  to base of Golan Heights (b) is only 3 miles! It's no wonder that underground bomb shelters are everywhere!

For those who wish to have Israel relinquish Judea and Samaria ("West Bank") so that the Arabs can form a SECOND Arab "Palestinian" Nation (the first being Jordan), take a close look at the map (below right).  Notice the 2,200 foot high Judean Mountains running North to South 60 miles along the entire length of the West Bank.  A Palestinian sniper (of which there are many) or a rocket launcher would have a bird's eye view of Israel's most densely-populated areas. Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport would also be just a few short miles from the edge of a West Bank Palestinian nation!  Israel's capital city of Jerusalem would be nearly encased within Palestinian territory, jeopardizing its ability to survive an attack.  In effect, Israel would be reduced to a defenseless nation 9 to 25 miles wide at areas separating Israel Proper from enemies on her eastern flank!  Also, if the Gaza Strip and the West Bank were joined to form a continuous "Palestinian" land mass, Israel would be cut in half! (below left)
Look again at the above-left map.  If Arafat (or his successors) and his murderous, Nazi terrorist thugs ever take possession of Judea-Samaria ("West Bank") and Gaza and call it their State, how will these two SEPARATE land areas (West Bank + Gaza) be connected?  Will there be some underground tunnel?  Some overhead bridge?  Or will the Arabs simply demand a land corridor connecting these areas... in the process, cut Israel in half!  This is a prescription for Israel's suicide and the Arabs know it! 
  
No nation is required to arrange the terms of her own suicide.  Any peace-making must be at the negotiating table and not upon an autopsy table!  If Israel were to turn over land of this magnitude, they would be signing their own death certificates.  The Arabs of Judea-Samaria will just have to find some other place to pitch their tents... preferably in East Palestine (a.k.a. Jordan) or in any of the other 21 Arab Nations that surround Israel!

Tiny Tiny Tiny tiny

 Israel would fit INSIDE nearly every U.S. state!  In fact, tiny Israel would fit into the United States (Alaska & Hawaii included) 768 times! Israel could fit into Florida SEVEN times! 

The United States is a country surrounded by two vast oceans and two friendly countries, Canada and Mexico. Yet the United States Government has the nerve to tell Israel what it must, and must not do, for her own survival or in the name of some phony "Road Map" for Middle East Peace! Keep in mind that the United States has still not placed its U.S. Embassy in Israel's 3,000 year old capitol city of Jerusalem so as not to "offend" the Arab worlds' collective sensitivities!  Well, I say it's about time for the United States government to show some backbone. It is our calling as a nation, to protect the nation of Israel. If we fail, we will effectively be furthering our own destruction.

How Does Israel's Size Compare To Other Countries? Click Here!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Deep Pot Chili

A really hearty chili is a must for cold winter days. It can be served up on it's own, with frito chips (my kids love that), or over potatoes. It's a gluten free option that's easy to make and warms the bones after working (or playing) all day in the snow. Let's dig in!

Hearty and Delicious

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2 pounds ground sirloin or chuck
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 14 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tablespoons chile powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • Two 28-ounce cans diced Italian tomatoes
  • 3 cups chicken, beef stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1 19-oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 19-oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo sauce, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • Pinch of cinnamon 
  • 3 large jalapeƱo chiles, seeded and minced (this is only if you want more heat)
  • Coarsely chopped cilantro, for serving
  • Sour cream, for serving 
  • any shredded cheese desired, for serving
  • frito corn chips if desired, for serving


Instructions

  1. Heat the olive oil in a enameled cast-iron casserole. Add half the ground beef in large chunks and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until brown on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Stir and cook until most of the pink is gone, about 3 minutes; keep the meat in large chunks. Transfer to a plate and repeat with the remaining meat.

  2.  Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the casserole. Add the onion, garlic (and jalapenos if wanting more heat) and cook over moderately low heat, stirring often, until softened, about 6 minutes. Add the chili powder and smoked paprika and cook over low heat, stirring often, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until the paste is glossy and starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and their juices, the chicken stock and the cooked beef and any accumulated juices. Bring to a simmer over moderately high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.

  3. Add the kidney and white beans, chipotles, oregano and simmer for 30 minutes longer. Season with salt, pepper and a large pinch of cinnamon. Remove from the heat and let stand for at least 20 minutes. Reheat before serving.

  4. Serve the chili in bowls, topped with a generous sprinkling of cilantro (and cheese if desired). Pass the sour cream at the table (and throw in some corn chips if feeling frisky!).

Make Ahead

The chili can be refrigerated for up to 4 days and frozen for up to 2 months

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Paleo 90 Second Mug Bread

Delicious toasted with butter and jam!
Here is a wonderful substitute for when you're craving a sandwich, or toast with your egg or simply toast and jam, without breaking any Paleo rules. This is grain free and if you substitute the butter for coconut oil, it is dairy free as well.

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup (35 g) almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon (2 g) baking powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon (1 g) salt
  • 1 egg, whisked
  • 2 and ½ tablespoons (37 ml) ghee (or butter if you tolerate it, coconut oil, or olive oil), melted
Instructions
  1. Grease a mug.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients with a fork.
  3. Pour mixture into mug.
  4. Microwave for 90 seconds on high.
  5. Cool for a few minutes.
  6. Pop out of mug gently and slice.
I have doubled this recipe and found that you double all the ingredients except the egg. Then after the initial 90 seconds, microwave an additional 30 seconds, checking after each interval for doneness.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

Paleo Banana Bread In A Mug

Cute little rounds of banana goodness that's good for you too!
Are you craving bread? Are you craving banana bread? Are you on a paleo or gluten free/grain free diet? Well, I have just the thing for you! It's quick, easy and you won't have to hunt for ingredients or break any diet rules. Let's get into it!

Ingredients:
  • 1/3C almond flour
  • 1 Tbs coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbs egg whites (or 1 egg)
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil melted
  • 1 whole over-ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 pkg of Stevia 
 Instructions: 

Grease a coffee mug w/coconut oil. Mix and mash together all ingredients w/fork in a bowl. Pour mixture into mug. Microwave 3 min on high. Check it. Cook in 30 second intervals until mostly set. Cover w/plate and turn upside down leaving hot mug over the bread. Cool for 5-10 min then slice and enjoy with a hot cup of bullet coffee!
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