In my opinion the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s were among the best years ever for rock and pop music.

There was Elvis – and many who emulated his style: the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and many, many others.

Cliff Richard

One such person who emulated Elvis was Cliff Richard. He was born Harry Rodger Webb in Lucknow, India, in 1940 – merely days apart from sharing the same birthdate as John Lennon. He was a huge hit in the UK, Europe, Australia, Israel and South Africa.

In the US, he is possibly known for his duet with the late Phil Everly:

“She Means Nothing to Me”

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I was a huge fan of his back in my teens. I still have every vinyl disc of his that I could afford to buy. I still listen to his music.

I even met him at the Australian Open many years ago as he is a huge fan of tennis. He was the perfect gentleman!

He never married. It was almost as if his song “Bachelor Boy”, from his movie “Summer Holiday”, was prophetic.

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Like his contemporaries, Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, Cliff was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, no doubt for his contribution to music, culture, charity and the British economy.

Right now Cliff’s “Wonderful Life” (a movie he made years ago, and sang the title song, but it was released under a different name also), has all gone horribly wrong.

Last year, September 2014, his home was raided by the police and filmed by the BBC for all to see. A telecast of a home raid!

Why did they do this?

“They had received a report of a sex attack on a teenage boy at a Christian rally in Sheffield almost three decades ago.

Now the pop star, who has denied the allegations, is determined to sell his Sunningdale apartment at the earliest opportunity. ‘He is putting the place on the market because he feels it has been violated by the search,’ said the friend. ‘He says he feels it’s akin to having your home ransacked by burglars.”

Investigations are ongoing as it now ‘seems’ there are three alleged victims.

It’s true. His privacy was violated.

He may even sue the BBC and the police: “No British citizen should have to watch their home being raided by the police live on television.” I hope he does.

Sir Cliff denies these 30 year-old allegations. Innocent until proven guilty is supposed to be the way things work in a democracy. He is still being hounded, and the issue is not resolved. Sir Cliff has been in limbo all this time and it is taking its toll. According to Express (UK): “Sir Cliff, 74, has endured eight months of a highly controversial police inquiry which was launched when detectives raided his Berkshire home while he was abroad.”

Please note: It is not my intention to praise or to condemn him and/or his lifestyle.

I was not motivated to write this because I am a fan of his either.

Eight months of this would surely drive any one insane, wear them down and make them distrust the justice system.

But wait: there is an even worse sex scandal going on in the UK and it has been going on for a long time.

I speak of the scandal of Rotherham.

“The data revealed a politically uncomfortable truth: the chief perpetrators of the abuse were men from the British Pakistani community.” That means part of the Muslim community. Child exploitation at its very worst. 1400 victims, maybe even more. Not three.

Rotherham is but the tip of the iceberg as far as Muslim gangs setting up young girls for gang-raping and sex slavery.

People who follow the world of Islamic atrocities are aware of this and have been for a very long time. It is truly astonishing that our own police forces and social services cannot even protect any citizen and this we see clearly in many countries in the West from Sweden to Australia! To list them all would almost take up a whole book!

So the point is this: we have the police hounding a highly admired and respected citizen of Great Britain over alleged abuse which occurred 30 years ago, and yet the scandals of Muslim gangs around the West, raping and abusing our citizens gets what exactly? Relatively zero punishment and zero publicity!!!

The way Sir Cliff is being treated is a scandal in itself. The injustice of it sickens me.

Oh, I forgot something!

Sir Cliff Richard is a white male, probably a 1%–er, and a Christian!!

Now it all makes sense!

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WCS15: Students Blame John Boehner for Deflategate

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This video promotes the Western Conservative Summit, which will be held at the Colorado Convention Center June 26-28, and the Youth Week, for students age 16-20, which will be held during the week prior to the conference.

Background for our readers outside the US:

Deflategate” is an American football controversy in which quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are accused of using footballs that were underinflated by NFL standards.

John Boehner is a member of the Republican Party and is currently Speaker of the House of Representatives. While he has been a disappointment as Speaker of the House on account of his weak leadership and his frequent capitulation to the Democrats, Boehner has no connection with the NFL.

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From: Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2015 3:29 PM

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Greek Orthodox priest in Boise, Idaho weeps again for Kosovo!

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund
+Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, President
2618 West Bannock Street
Boise, Idaho 83702

Beloved in our Lord,

May our Gracious God always bless you!

I am weeping for Kosovo!

The situation in Kosovo is still deplorable especially what I am hearing is that there are many families going without food, and they are blessed to have one meal a day. This also goes for the six soup kitchens, as those who volunteer are now telling me they can only feed children at schools once a day, and that they early morning meals has been cancelled. Sometimes the food does not arrive for the day because the volunteers don’t have enough of food. What would we do if we couldn’t go to McDonalds for breakfast or have a decent breakfast with our family?

There are families and monasteries who are having a hard time to pay for their electric bills (since the cost has risen)! What shall we tell these families now go get some candles?

From my last trip to Kosovo I was visiting a convent monastery and the Abbess of the convent told me “I am sorry Father this is all the food we can provide for you today”. I told her I wasn’t hungry. I then visited another convent monastery and they provided me with tomatoes and some fruit.

There are still many families who live in shipping containers!

Now you know why I am weeping!

There are families who can hardly attend church services because they can’t afford the gas to take their families to Church! And or their church was destroyed, many families are praying in their homes.

What a blessing we have to be able to go to Church we can walk in and pray as well as prepare for Holy Communion. What about those in Kosovo? What Church! More than 156 churches and monasteries have been destroyed and not less than ten have been repaired. It will take decades to repair these churches and monasteries.

Keep in mind there are still many families living in homes without water!

I plan to return to Kosovo either in October or November 2015 and maybe earlier since there are so many needs in the region. I just cannot stop weeping!

Then again there are only two hospitals open for Serbians in Kosovo/Metohija.

One such hospital was recently built, but there is hardly any hospital equipment in this hospital. The other open hospital in the region does not have enough medicine and basic needs to assist patients. I plan to visit these hospitals when I go to the region. Keep in mind Serbians can’t attend the other open hospitals in the region as they will be turned away –since they are Serbians.

Many women with child have to go outside the border of Kosovo to even have their babies. Those who might have been very ill must go to Belgrade for further treatment. The trip from Kosovo to Belgrade for those who have serious medical problems takes more than six hours and many who take this trip don’t arrive in time.

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Gun control advocate Leland Yee arrested for trafficking illegal guns and shoulder-fired missiles

Gun control is like trying to reduce drunk driving by making it tougher for sober people to own cars

 

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Yahoo! has the story (brief excerpt below):

Cats and their humans develop a secret language of meows. Cats don’t really meow to communicate with other cats, Bradshaw said, which in itself is a pretty surprising little cat-fact. But in his observations of feral cats, he said, “you get a meow about once every hundred hours. They’re very silent.” And yet domesticated cats, as you know if you’ve got one, will often meow their little heads off, all day (and sometimes night!) long. “People think of it as an absolutely classic cat behavior … but it’s something they’ve learned to do to get our attention,” Bradshaw said. “It’s really something they’ve adopted as a way of communicating with humans.”

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What/Why is “Church”?

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A brief, weekly catechetical program, based on the Byzantine liturgical calendar, hosted by Dr. Sr. Vassa Larin, liturgiologist of the University of Vienna in Austria. This episode is on the Sunday preceding Pentecost, of the 318 Fathers of the 1st Ecumenical Council.

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It is not Islamophobia to tell the truth about Islam, or to mock it’s prophet. We must not let the jihadists stop free speech. Join the CounterJihad.

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Ted Cruz made a campaign stop in Beaumont, TX on Tuesday, May 19. He was asked repeatedly by Kevin Steele from KMBT-TV about the issue of gay marriage, to which Cruz responds by turning the tables.

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The President touts the Islamic Society of Boston as a model for his Countering Violent Extremism program. Then why are there at least 12 jihadis associated with it?

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May 14, 2015 – Syria’s director of antiquities has called for international help to save the ancient city of Palmyra before ISIL terrorists ruin it.

The terrorist group has advanced to the gates of the historical city, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the militants have already wreaked in the Iraqi cities of Nimrud and Hatra. Officials have warned that they can safeguard artifacts, but architecture is under threat. Meanwhile, the Takfiris also executed at least 26 civilians after overrunning their villages near Palmyra. According to the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, ISIL Takfiri group has killed more than 2100 people in Syria in the past ten months. The London-based observatory believes the figure is higher, as it does not include hundreds of people who are still missing, as well as those unaccounted for in ISIL jails.

Michael Smith has the story:

Here’s Boris Johnson, London’s Lord Mayor and a thinker writing in The Telegraph.

We must save Palmyra or the maniacs will raze civilisation

A learned culture that gave us diversity, beauty, learning and heritage is under threat from Isil

The other day, I was trying to persuade a political friend of the urgency of doing something to save Palmyra. To be fair to him he understood the horror of what could happen in the next few days. My friend had never been to the ancient city, so I tried to evoke the glory of the colonnades, the temples, the sculptures.

I explained the sense of wonder that fills the visitor as you watch the dawn break on these vast fields of rosy old masonry, the amazement at coming far into the deserts of Arabia and finding structures that derive so plainly from ancient Greece and Rome. I think I got across my almost-physical sickness at the idea of surrendering this urban masterpiece to the monsters of Isil.

I told him of my terror of the sledgehammers and the dynamite of these moronic iconoclasts, and I think he understood where I was coming from.

Gently, however, he posed the obvious question: why Palmyra? Why now? After all, we in the West have collectively decided to do very little to help hundreds of thousands of Syrian human beings. How can I justify an intervention on behalf of inanimate objects? There is, frankly, no easy rejoinder. The saving of human life should always come first. Nor is Isil unique in performing acts of awful cultural destruction: think of Dresden.

No nation is entirely guiltless of such crimes. Yet I want to convince you today that there would be something peculiarly catastrophic about the loss of Palmyra; and it is not just the superb quality of the remains – one of the truly breathtaking sites of the ancient world, fully deserving its UN world heritage status. I believe there is something more at stake in Palmyra – and that is the very idea of our Western civilisation and what we stand for.

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By Miranda Devine

REMEMBER “Bring Back Our Girls”?

The unctuous twitter campaign sparked by the kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists in Nigeria, last April, became a feminist cause celebre when Michelle Obama tweeted a sad selfie with the hashtag #bringbackourgirls.

Well, no thanks to Michelle and her Hollywood pals, “Our Girls” are back, after a year of living hell, many having endured continual gang rape by their captors.

“They turned me into a sex machine” Asabe Aliyu, told Nigeria’s The Daily Times. “They took turns to sleep with me. Now, I am pregnant and I cannot identify the father.”

Inevitably, almost half of the 534 girls and women rescued by Nigerian government forces in recent weeks are “visibly pregnant”.

But now, these young Christians are being traumatised all over again by a Western feminist establishment which wants them to abort their unborn children.

Instead of agitating against the unfair stigma often applied to the children of rape, or pushing for the US government to help Nigeria fight Boko Haram, Western activists are using their considerable influence to push for abortions for victims of Islamist sexual violence.

“As Boko Haram Kidnapping Victims Are Rescued, Many of Them Are Pregnant. Why Isn’t Anyone Talking About Their Right to Abortion?” ran the headline in Cosmopolitan magazine last week.

“It should be a no-brainer for international donors like the U.S. government, like [the United Nations Population Fund], to be going into Nigeria and helping these girls access safe abortions, for the ones who want and choose that,” Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity, told the magazine.

Abortion is illegal in Nigeria, so activists want the US government to capitalize on the Boko Haram menace by pressuring the Nigerian government to change its laws and offer rape victims what is euphemistically called “a full range of reproductive health care services”.

The sick suggestion is that Nigeria has already been told by the Obama administration that it must change its laws on contentious social issues, including abortion, before it gets any help to fight Boko Haram.

“The United States actually said it would help Nigeria with Boko Haram only if we modify our laws concerning homosexuality, family planning, and birth control, “ Nigerian Catholic Bishop Emmanuel Badejo recently told the Catholic news network Aleteia.org.

If it is true that abortion activists are hampering Nigeria’s ability to fight the Islamist threat, then they are helping create even more rape victims, which probably serves their purpose of promoting abortion in one of the last holdouts, Africa’s most Christian country.

Thus the pregnant Boko Haram victims are trapped at the intersection of two extreme ideologies: Islamist fanaticism and post-Christian feminism.

They were targeted by Islamist militants because they were Christian, and now they are being targeted by Western abortion activists for the same reason.

Abortion won’t help these young women, who face stigma either way, because they live in communities where killing the unborn is regarded as a sin.

Instead they should be praised for being mothers to children who have done nothing wrong. You can’t blame a baby for the crimes of its father.

Pressure from Western NGOs to abort their children only adds to the anguish of these women, and may destroy their one chance for happiness.

The example of the brutal Rwanda genocide 21 years ago shows that, for many rape survivors, their child was the only thing that made life worth living, according to a paper in The Journal of Social and Political Psychology.

How Motherhood Triumphs Over Trauma Among Mothers With Children From Genocidal Rape in Rwanda” by Odeth Kantengwa, is a heartwarming affirmation of the best of human nature.

“Social stigma related to rape and children born of rape created challenges,” writes Kantengwa, a researcher from the Research and Documentation Center on Genocide in Kigali.

“However, despite these and other difficulties, motherhood played a positive role for many women, often providing a reason to live again after the genocide.”

Kantenwaga found “these female survivors have come to view their children as gifts, rather than burdens.”

Motherhood helped them reestablish happiness and trust and find “meaning in a life caring for and being sustained by others”.

The way NGOs could help survivors of genocidal rape is not by encouraging them to have abortions, but by helping to reduce the social stigma in their communities, and by providing practical help such as job training for the mothers and school fees for the children.

Kantenwaga suggests that professional counseling can also help women create positive “perceptions of their future babies”.

No one pretends that the journey ahead for the Boko Haram girls is easy. They have already been traumatised beyond belief.

But it is a false promise that abortion is the solution to their pain, when, in fact, motherhood offers them a reason to live.

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Srdja Trifkovic interview with RT International

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Foreign Affairs Editor of the Chronicles magazine Srdja Trifkovic talks with RT about massive protests in Macedonia.

Macedonia unrest: ‘Warning to Skopje against new Turkish pipeline’

Srdja Trifkovic on RT TV

The Republic of Macedonia has become important to the U.S. policymakers in recent months, as it could be the only way for Russia’s proposed Turkish Stream pipeline to reach Central Europe. Washington does not want that to happen, as Srdja Trifkovic told RT.

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RT: Some thirty ethnic Albanians have been charged with “terrorism” after a shootout in the northern Macedonian town of Kumanovo over the weekend which left eight policemen and 14 Albanians dead. What are the main reasons for the current unrest in the Balkans?

Srdja Trifkovic: It is rather tricky, because the Albanians do not react the way they acted, or “reacted,” over the past three days without encouragement from the outside. We’ve seen this 14 years ago, in 2001, when the Albanian insurgents were caught in the village of Aračinovo, and there were some American fighters with them.

Macedonia, or rather the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, has become very important to the United States recently because of Bulgaria’s refusal to accept the South Stream [gas pipeline] project. In the end the Bulgarians, under EU pressure, had to say “no.” And now, if the Russian pipeline goes across Turkey to the Greek-Turkish border, the only way it can reach central Europe from there would be across Macedonia, and then along the old path as originally suggested: through Serbia and Hungary into Austria, Slovenia, and Italy – and this is something the Americans don’t want. I believe that what we’ve seen in recent days is a warning to the government in Skopje not to even think about hosting the new Turkish pipeline, the replacement for South Stream. This is the political background to what is going on…

RT: The Macedonian authorities called the perpetrators “terrorists,” but there are many who disagree and say they’re fighting for independence. How bad could the situation get?

ST: There is no limit with the rebelling Albanians. We should bear in mind that the Skopje authorities, after the Albanian rebellion in 2001, effectively turned the country into a bi-national condominium. The Albanian party is a permanent member of the ruling coalition. One really has to wonder what else they could possibly want. This is primarily instigated from Kosovo, not from Albania, and it is in Kosovo that you have former KLA fighters [Kosovo Liberation Army] with lots of experience in staging ambushes and terrorist attacks. After all, they openly propagate the notion of a Greater Albania that will include not only Kosovo, but also Western Macedonia, and parts of the Epirus [region] in Greece, and southern Montenegro.

The limit for the escalation would be the announcement by the Skopje government that there will be no Russian pipeline going across the Macedonian territory from Greece into Serbia. Of course that will not be in the form of a public announcement, but [Nikola] Gruevski, the Macedonian Prime Minister, has been too hesitant to state point-blank that this project will not play.

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Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman

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