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In another (now locked) thread I had made the comment

that, at the turn of the century Jerusalem had more Jews than Muslims, to which the ever-genteel poster responded with a sophisticated argument - "Bullshit".

In the interests of accuracy on this point, here are some interesting population figures for Jerusalem. It's a little hard to read since he column formatting got somewhat shifted when I did a cut and paste. Nonetheless the accuracy of my original statement is clearly evident:

Jews as absolute or relative majority

Year Jews Muslims Christians Total Original Source As quoted in
1882 9,000 7,000 5,000 21,000 Wilson Kark and Oren-Nordheim, 2001
1885 15,000 6,000 14,000 35,000 Goldmann Kark and Oren-Nordheim, 2001
1893 >50% ? ? ~40,000 Albert Shaw, Writer Shaw, 1894
1896 28,112 8,560 8,748 45,420 Calendar of Palestine for the year 5656 Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1905 13,300 11,000 8,100 32,400 1905 Ottoman census (only Ottoman citizens) U.O.Schmelz
1922 33,971 13,413 14,669 62,578 Census of Palestine (British) Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1931 51,200 19,900 19,300 90,053 Census of Palestine (British) Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1944 97,000 30,600 29,400 157,000 ? Harrel and Stendel, 1974
1967 195,700 54,963 12,646 263,307 Harrel, 1974


Not that we need any more Republican clowns cluttering

up the airways but one thing has me amazed - where is Newt Gingrich? It seems that, in the past the man who is 'what stupid people think intelligent people sound like' was all over the place, 24/7. Now, not a word (at least that I'm aware of) from old 'Let's shut the gumbint down' Newtie. Does somebody have something on him? Inquiring mind want to know...

If Newt Gingrich is what the ignorant Rethug base thinks

an intelligent person sounds like, Trump is what the base thinks an ignorant know-nothing blowhard sounds like. And that's why they love him. "'Cuz he's jest like ME!!!".

At least one Neo-Confederate here in the Tampa Bay

area has found a solution to the Confederate Battle Flag controversy - (s)he has just put up a spanking brand-new 'Stars and Bars' - the original Confederate States Flag instead. I guess (s)he thinks that's making progress.

Maduro accuses Spanish Congress of being behind "manuevers against his country"

Source: Univision

Maduro accuses Spanish Parliament of being behind "manuevers" against Venezuela (Spanish - no translation).

Read more: http://www.abc.es/espana/20150415/abci-maduro-rajoy-racista-201504150301.html

More "They're all out to get me" paranoia from Dim Successor. Pretty soon the list of countries responsible for the economic downturn in Venezuela will read like the roster of members of the United Nations.

UNIVISION is reporting that elements of Venezuelan National Guard have just taken Caracas Mayor


Univision reporting with film clips of Caracas Mayor Ledesma being taken out of his office by soldiers of the Venezuelan National Guard. Reporting that this is being done without Judicial Order. No charges have been made public. More as this develops.

Read more: Link to source

Thanks for another heart

Thank you for the heart I received from you yesterday. It was a complete surprise. Once again I don't know that it was deserved but it was truly appreciated. Thank you!

Once again, a sincere THANK YOU to all of you who

were so kind to give me a heart. I'm not at all sure it's deserved but it is nonetheless most sincerely appreciated. THANKS!

To the person who gave me a heart -

I'm not sure it was deserved but thank you most sincerely for your kind thought!

How dumb is Rick Perry?

In the spirit of the Season and operating on the premise that being a candidate for President of the U.S. is not an I.Q. test, I'd like to ask our gentle readers to opine on Mr. Goodhair's intellectual qualifications with a short poll. Feel free to add other possibilities.

Question: How dumb IS Rick Perry?
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