Saturday, September 29, 2012

Binocular Snapshot for 09/29/2012

LastDayWatchers here is some INFO ON TAP

Netanyahu Dumbs It Down

"One naturally wonders what was going through the mind of the Israeli prime minister, or of his staff or speechwriters, when deciding to include in his address to the United Nations General Assembly

Such an obvious invitation for satire and ridicule. And on a deadly serious topic, which Mr. Netanyahu more than anyone has repeatedly proclaimed we ought to view in deadly serious terms.

Was it something Wile E. Coyote had used against Road Runner, or did it—and more evidence leans in this direction—come from Boris and Natasha on the old Rocky and Bullwinkle show?"

Some memorable props used by speakers at the UN

"On Iraq war path, Powell shows vial of 'anthrax'


In a speech he would regret, U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell on Feb. 5, 2003, unleashed an 80-minute avalanche of allegations that built the case for war against Iraq.

Before a hushed Security Council chamber, Powell played intercepted conversations, showed reconnaissance photos of Iraqi sites, and brought out a replica vial of "anthrax."


Bolivia's Morales chews a coca leaf

Bolivian President Evo Morales produced a coca leaf during a March 2009 meeting of the U.N. Committee on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna and proceeded to chew it.

"This is a coca leaf. This is not cocaine," said Morales, a former coca farmer, as he argued for its legalization.

He told delegates he'd chewed coca intensely for 10 years when he was a farmer and it hadn't diminished his health or abilities. "If I was incapable, I would not be president,

Yasser Arafat brings his gun to the U.N.

When Yasser Arafat spoke at the United Nations General Assembly in 1974, Israel was incensed. But for the Palestinian Liberation Organization leader it represented recognition for their struggle for a Palestinian state.


To emphasize his revolutionary credentials, Arafat appeared wearing his gun belt and holster, reluctantly removing his pistol before mounting the rostrum. "Today, I have come bearing an olive branch and a freedom-fighter's gun. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand."

He told the world body"


Trial starts for Pope's butler who 'stole and leaked' papal letters to expose 'evil and corruption' in Roman Catholic church


"Nuzzi published some of the contents of the leaked documents in his book 'His Holiness: The secret papers of Pope Benedict XVI,' which was published to great fanfare in May.


The most damaging letter reproduced in the book was written by the former No. 2 Vatican administrator to the Pope, in which he begged not to be transferred as punishment for exposing alleged corruption in the awarding of Vatican contracts. The prelate, Monsignor Carlo Maria Vigano, is now the Vatican's U.S. ambassador."