The 5 Most Exotic Restaurant Venues in the World

My personal favorites from Bloomberg’s Top 10 Amazing Restaurants in Unexpected Places:

5: Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Rangali Island, Maldives – Situated more than 16 feet below sea level in the Indian Ocean, this glass-enclosed spot cost about $ 5 million USD to construct. Patrons can scope 180-degree views of coral reefs and a wide variety of fish, as well as manta rays, sharks, and other aquatic inhabitants

4: The Dining Pod, Koh Kood, Thailand – Once you’re seated inside a giant open-air bamboo capsule with a table and cushioned seats, you’ll be raised up into the rainforest trees and have your food delivered by a zipline-riding waiter. (The ocean views are pretty impressive, too.)

3: The Rock, Zanzibar, Africa – What began as a fisherman’s post off the coast of Michanvi Pingwe beach has become the location of one of Zanzibar’s most iconic seafood restaurants. During low tide, guests can walk from shore, but during high tide, the eatery provides boat service.

2: Aescher, Wasserauen, Switzerland – The Alpine altitude won’t be the only thing taking your breath away at this cliffside chalet; the cable car ride up is just as amazing/terrifying. But even if you’re wary of heights, the mountain views will be worth braving the trek.

1: Grotta Palazzese, Puglia, Italy – Tucked inside a limestone cavern, this summer-only spot (open May through October) has hosted elegant dinners since the 18th century, when Italian nobility held banquets in the space.

View the entire list here.

Hat tip: BadBlue News.

Doug Ross @ Journal

CITIZENS OF THE WORLD: Mexican Military Held Border Patrol at Gunpoint Inside U.S. Borders

Reason #4,804 that the United States deserves a real president. Judicial Watch reports:

In the latest Mexican military incursion into the United States, two heavily armed camouflaged soldiers from Mexico actually crossed 50 yards inside Arizona and held American Border Patrol agents at gunpoint in a tense confrontation.

Armed with assault-style weapons, the Mexican soldiers retreated back south after a 35-minute standoff as if nothing ever happened and the Obama administration just let it slide. The unbelievable foray was made public by a mainstream newspaper that obtained government documents with alarming details of the January 26 incident. Specifically, the paper cites the Border Patrol Foreign Military Incursion report and a separate letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, an Obama appointee who was recently sworn in.

The Mexican soldiers were spotted by a Border Patrol agent entering the U.S. about 2.5 miles west of Sasabe Arizona shortly before 9 a.m. A second federal agent positively identified the two individuals in tan, digital camouflage uniforms, on foot traveling westbound, on the United States side of the International Boundary Fence Line, according to the report obtained by the newspaper. The Mexicans misidentified themselves to U.S. Border agents and claimed to be pursuing drug smugglers, the government documents say.

Kerlikowske admits that the intruders were “confirmed members of the Mexican military” but he asserts that U.S. border officials determined that no further action was necessary involving the matter. Like a loyal Obama lapdog Kerlikowske claims military incursions from Mexico are infrequent though he was apparently forced to admit that there were 23 incidents in the Tucson and Yuma sectors of Arizona since 2010, including three this fiscal year alone.

The latest incursion was one of the most serious in recent years, according to U.S. officials that apparently didn’t want their name printed in the newspaper. The same officials, clearly insiders privy to information that’s not made public, seem to indicate that Mexican soldiers aren’t chasing drug smugglers but rather protecting cartels as they transport their cargo into the United States through the treacherous desert.

Let me repeat: members of the Mexican military weren’t pursuing drug- or human-smugglers. They were protecting drug cartels inside the United States of America.

November is coming.

Hat tip: BadBlue News

Doug Ross @ Journal

Larwyn’s Linx: The Shape of a Post-American World

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Nation

The Shape of a Post-American World: Daniel Greenfield
Demands Grow for Trey Gowdy to be Next Speaker of the House: Capitalism
State AG Strikes Back Against the Fourth Branch Empire: Camp o’ the Saints

Ukrainian Lesson: Fools and Their Guns Are Soon Parted: Moonbattery
The Indomitable Spirit of An Armed Citizenry: Christian Mercenary
Enemies in DHS-FEMA exercise: “Free Americans against Socialist Tyranny”: SOL

Ted Cruz talks to Mark Levin about IMF victory, neutered Democrats, 2014: Scoop
Astro-turfed Support for Common Core in Georgia: PJM
My First Trip to the Pot Shop: Michelle Malkin

Iowa Democrat’s Brazen Contempt for Iowans at Fundraiser: Tammy Bruce
Anti-Gun Democrat Arrested for Trafficking Guns: GWP
Christie will either veto magazine bill or kiss Presidential run goodbye: Bob Owens

Economy

AFL-CIO president: Citizenship for illegals will create American jobs: DC
The Real Inflation Fear – US Food Prices Are Up 19% In 2014: ZH
Los Angeles In ‘Crisis’ — 10 Steps To Fix It: Larry Elder

Obama Administration: Free Cell Phones and Bus Fare to Convicts: GWP
Obama Family Flights to/in Africa, Hawaii Cost Taxpayers $ 15.8M: CNS
Millions Wasted on Obamacare Ads, Young Aren’t Buying: Tammy Bruce

Scandal Central

Harry Reid gave Donors “holiday gifts”: Politisite
FreedomWorks Releases “ObamaCare Autopsy” Report : FW
“News photos showed Yee, a Democrat… in the backseat of a patrol car”: Patterico

Woman Arrested For Late Payment of $ 5 Dog License: Reason
Man Arrested for Drinking Iced Tea Urged to Take a “Deal” from Prosecutors: Daily Sheeple
Man brutally beaten by NYPD for sleeping on a couch in a synagogue: PSUSA

Climate & Energy

17 News Companies Support FOIA Lawsuit Against Michael Mann: MRC
“Climate Change” Will Make UK Dryer. And Wetter. And Hot. And Cold: Cove
Washington mudslide warned about 15 years ago by geologists: Daily Mail

Media

#FL09: Grayson attacks Mark Levin’s ‘gullible’ audience: David Freddoso
MSNBC, CNN in Race to the Bottom: Jon Gabriel
Poll: Obama’s disapproval rating hits a new high: WaPo

Screw You. Mickey Kaus!: Ann Coulter
Poll: Majority of Americans Now Think U.S. “Weaker” Under Obama: WZ
Over 600 People Walk By Two Lost Girls: Can You Blame Them?: PJM

World

Obama’s FutureWar Battle Plan: Ace
Kerry Spokeswoman: Israel Discriminating Against Muslims: Daniel Greenfield
Why ‘Moderate Islam’ is an Oxymoron: VDH’s Private Papers

Navy Losing Sailors Over Relentless Focus On Political Correctness, Not “War Fighting”: RWN
Austria: Muslims Outnumber Catholics in Vienna Schools: Gatestone
Games World Leaders Play:Thermonuclear War. The Goal is – WTF!: MOTUS

Sci-Tech (courtesy BadBlue Tech News)

U.S. Navy Explores Beaming Solar Power From Space: SingularityHub
Oculus fallout proves nobody understands what Kickstarter truly does: Fund hope: PC World
Maker Movement and 3D Printing: Industry Stats: WebStrategist

Cornucopia

Let them eat s***: Golden Geese News
New Vocabulary Word: Woodsterman
Documenting Sodom: No Praying…: Act Well Your Part

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QOTD: “The civilized world faces economic, demographic and military crises that it has a limited time frame in which to meet and resolve. If it fails to do that, the civilization in which we have grown up and which we have known all our lives will die and a long interregnum of darkness will follow in its wake.” —Daniel Greenfield

Doug Ross @ Journal

Netanyahu warns future Iranian vessels could conceal nuclear weapons “which they could ship to any port in the world.”

netanyahu-iranmissiles2(Washington, D.C.) — Revealing dozens of missiles and rockets and 400,000 rounds of ammunition hidden on an Iranian ship bound for Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday warned that “just as they [Iran] concealed these weapons in containers on this ship, they could tomorrow conceal in other containers the ultimate weapon, nuclear weapons, which they could ship to any port in the world.”

Netanyahu urged world leaders to “awaken from their slumber” and realize just how dangerous the mullahs of Iran and how committed they are to acquiring nuclear weapons, despite the deceptive smiles of President Hassan Rouhani.

Here is the Prime Minister’s statement to the media:

“There are those who would prefer that we do not hold this news conference here today. They feel uncomfortable that we show what is really happening inside Iran. They prefer that we continue to nurture the illusion that Iran has changed direction. They’re not prepared to recognize that Iran, a brutal regime, has not abandoned its deep involvement in terrorism, its systematic efforts to undermine peace and security throughout the Middle East, and its ambition to destroy the State of Israel.

The weapons on this ship  were destined for terrorists in Gaza who are committed to Israel’s destruction. The goal was to have these weapons rain down on the heads of Israel’s citizens. The ship was organized by Iran, dispatched by Iran, financed by Iran. The missiles were loaded by Iran in Iran.

As usual Iran denies these facts. In fact, its foreign minister calls these facts ‘failed lies.’ But it’s Iran who’s lying. Our intelligence services exposed the ship’s wayward route and Iran’s efforts to disguise it; they exposed the ship’s deadly cargo, and its intended destination.

I appreciate the close cooperation of the intelligence services of the United States that have verified all these facts. The forged bill of lading that was presented to you here proves how Iran tries to disguise the loading of the weapons contained in this ship, the loading of the weapon containers on its own soil.

The ship’s crew testified how they loaded the containers which contained the weapons unknown to them in the main port of Iran, Bandar Abbas. In other words, Iran sent these missiles to terrorists, and Iran is brazenly lying.

So Iran hasn’t changed. Iran’s true ruler is not the smiling Rouhani – he’s nothing more than a PR man. The real ruler of Iran is the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who is aptly called the Supreme Leader.

What is new? Are not Iran’s deeds or its lies but the desire of many in the international community to bury their heads in the sand? They conveniently ignore Iran’s continued criminal aggression in the mass killings in Syria; in supporting the terrorist organizations in Lebanon, in Gaza; in subversion throughout the Middle East; in dispatching terrorists to five continents; in the execution of hundreds of innocent people inside Iran every year. Above all, they deceive themselves into believing that Iran has given up its goal of developing nuclear weapons.

This determination to ignore the truth, that was exposed once again with the capture of the ship, is first of all hypocritical. I said a moment ago that at most I heard a few faint condemnations of Iran from the international community after we intercepted this murderous shipment. We even saw representatives of the world powers shaking hands and smiling with the heads of Iran’s regime, at the same time we were unloading these missiles here in Eilat.

And by contrast, if we build some apartment or some balcony in a neighborhood of Jerusalem, we hear a chorus of vociferous international condemnations against the State of Israel.

This is not only farcical, it’s dangerous. Because the willingness to ignore Iran’s real fallacies is highly irresponsible. Just as Iran hid its deadly missiles in the belly of this ship, Iran is hiding its actions and its intentions and many of its key installations for developing nuclear weapons.

Does anyone truly believe that Iran has given up its plans to develop nuclear weapons or long-range ballistic missiles that are capable of carrying nuclear warheads to Europe and the United States?

The missiles that we uncovered today were intended to strike at the citizens of Israel. The intercontinental ballistic missiles that Iran is developing are intended to strike at the citizens of the West. Come to think of it, Iran might not need ICBMs. Just as they concealed these weapons in containers on this ship, they could tomorrow conceal in other containers the ultimate weapon, nuclear weapons, which they could ship to any port in the world.

So my message today is simple: those engaged in self-deception must awaken from their slumber.”

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