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calendar   Monday - October 31, 2005

Military Airlift Out-takes

The US Air Force is pretty darned good at airlifting supplies around the world. The flyboys can pick up tons of materiel in one spot and deliver it safely thousands of miles away in matter of hours. With that said, there are occasions when things just don’t go quite as one would have planned. It seems that Murphy’s Law takes off with the USAF occasionally. This video contains some of the damndest funniest bloopers of those drops. The music just makes it even funnier. The very last one is of a poor paratrooper who was in too much of a hurry to get to his ground transportation .... ouch ....


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 11:26 PM   
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Poland: Conservatives Take Over From Communists

Mark another one up for the good guys. The Conservative Party in Poland won a majority in the September 25 elections and took over today from the former government headed by the Communist Party. Now if we can just get France and Germany straightened out ....

Conservatives Take Power in Poland
WARSAW (AP)

A new conservative government with a pro-American stance took over Monday from former communists in Poland—although whether the new team will extend the country’s deployment of 1,500 troops in Iraq remains unclear.

New Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz will lead with a minority in parliament after his Law and Justice party failed to strike a coalition deal with fellow conservatives from Civic Platform.

The two parties won a combined majority and swept the ex-communist government of Prime Minister Marek Belka from power in the Sept. 25 election. But the one-time allies fell out over the division of top posts and their differing economic and social policies. Law and Justice favors more social welfare and Civic Platform wanted to cut spending.

Marcinkiewicz pointed to the presence of nonparty members in the Cabinet, including Foreign Minister Stefan Meller, Finance Minister Teresa Lubinska and Health Minister Zbigniew Religa, in appealing for support for his new team, which faces a vote of confidence in parliament on Nov. 10, as stipulated by the constitution.

“We need a team of outstanding experts, not only those gathered here, to implement the program of mending of the state and of its individual elements,” Marcinkiewicz said after his government was sworn in by President Aleksander Kwasniewski. “We must respond to the hopes of the Poles, that this government will implement the program.”

The new ruling party has taken a strong, pro-American position, as did the previous government. Analysts say Poland is looking increasingly to its relationship with Washington as ties with Russia deteriorate.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 11:09 PM   
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Get Defrock Outta Here

Question: How does one “defrock” a lesbian? Answer: You slap the “frock” out of her.

OK. OK. Enough. See if you can come up with a better one for this amusing story involving a lesbian “priest”. Carefully examine the picture below. The priest is on the left. Her “partner” is on the right. May God have mercy on me for saying it but that “partner” is ONE MORE BUTT-UGLY WOMAN! I know, I know. I’m probably going to go to hell for that but I just couldn’t hold it back ....

imageimageMethodists Defrock Lesbian Minister
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP)

The highest court within the United Methodist Church defrocked a lesbian minister Monday for violating the denomination’s ban on “self-avowed, practicing homosexual” clergy. The nine-member Judicial Council—seven of whom heard the case Thursday in Houston—issued the ruling through its Web site. The denomination’s communications office is based in Nashville.

A church panel decided in December that the Rev. Irene “Beth” Stroud, 35 (pictured at left with her “artner"), by being in a lesbian partnership, engaged in practices that the church has declared incompatible with Christian teachings. The panel’s decision was overturned by the Northeast Jurisdiction Committee on Appeals, but the Judicial Council backed the original ruling.

The Judicial Council ruled Monday that the appeals committee “erred in reversing and setting aside the verdict and penalty from Rev. Stroud’s trial.” Thomas Hall, counsel for the United Methodist Church said the decision provides some relief, but is “not the end of this whole conversation.”

“An issue like this takes so much energy on both sides, and takes the focus off a lot of the great things the church is doing,” Hall said. “This gives us some space so we can hopefully channel our energies into the great things we’re doing.” The UMC is the nation’s third-largest denomination. Stroud, who became an associate pastor at Philadelphia’s First United Methodist Church of Germantown in 1999, has said she never revealed her sexual orientation in documents related to her ordination, but didn’t keep it a secret.

She said she decided to come out in 2003 because she felt she was being held back in her faith by not sharing the complete truth about her life. A complaint was filed against her last year. “I thought I was prepared for anything, but still the news came as a blow,” Stroud said in a phone interview. “It’s a sad day for me and for my family and for my congregation and, I think, a sad day for the United Methodist Church.”

Stroud will continue as a lay staff member at her congregation, preaching, supervising children’s and youth work and conducting pastoral visits. She told the congregation Sunday that she and her partner are applying to be foster parents. “There’s really no question that the United Methodist Church practices discrimination. That’s been made abundantly clear,” she said.

UMC Judicial Council: http://archives.umc.org/interior_judicial.asp?mid263


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 07:22 PM   
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Let’s Get Ready To Rumble!

Key quote below: “the resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, which is militarily enforceable”. Even the French (in the form of Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy) are actually showing a little intestinal fortitude over this one (see below). Brazil, China and Russia are sleazing out but it looks like the heat is on for Bashir Assad and the Syrian government (which, by the way, has been funneling foreign insurgents into Iraq for over a year now). Besides, I just don’t like Assad’s looks. The guy is a former eye doctor as well as just plain looking like a wanker ....

imageimageU.N. Security Council OKs Syria Resolution
NEW YORK (AP)

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding Syria’s full cooperation with a U.N. investigation into the assassination of Lebanon’s former prime minister and warning of possible “further action” if it doesn’t. The United States, France and Britain pressed for the resolution following last week’s tough report by the U.N. investigating commission, which implicated top Syrian and Lebanese security officials in the Feb. 14 bombing that killed Rafik Hariri and 20 others. The report also accused Syria of not cooperating fully with the inquiry.

The three co-sponsors agreed to drop a direct threat of sanctions against Syria in order to get support from Russia and China, which opposed sanctions while the investigation is still under way. Nonetheless, the resolution was adopted under Chapter VII of the U.N. Charter, which is militarily enforceable. The resolution requires Syria to detain anyone the U.N. investigators consider a suspect and let investigators determine the location and conditions under which the individual would be questioned. It also would freeze assets and impose a travel ban on anyone identified as a suspect by the commission.

Those provisions could pose a problem for Syrian President Bashar Assad, as well as his brother, Maher Assad, and his brother-in-law, Assef Shawkat, the chief of military intelligence. The Syrian leader has refused a request from the chief U.N. investigator to be interviewed. Investigators also want to question his brother and brother-in-law. The U.S. invited foreign ministers of the 15 Security Council nations to attend the meeting to send a strong message to Syria to cooperate with the inquiry, and a dozen ministers showed up, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and ministers from Russia, China, Britain and France.

Rice told the council that Syria had been put on notice by the international community that it must cooperate with the inquiry by German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis. “With our decision today, we show that Syria has isolated itself from the international community—through its false statements, its support for terrorism, its interference in the affairs of its neighbors, and its destabilizing behavior in the Middle East,” Rice said. “Now, the Syrian government must make a strategic decision to fundamentally change its behavior.”

“The Chapter VII resolution that we are passing today is the only way to compel the Syrian government to accept the just demands of the United Nations and to cooperate fully with the Mehlis investigation,” she said. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said the Security Council is “putting the government of Syria on notice that our patience has limits.” “The people of the Lebanon have become all too acquainted with grief,” he said. “We owe them a better future, and this resolution is one way of providing them with that better future.”

France’s Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy stressed that the resolution has one aim: “the truth, the whole truth about Rafik Hariri’s assassination in order that those responsible for it answer for their crime.” By adopting the resolution, he said, the council showed solidarity with Lebanon, support for the Mehlis commission’s work which has been extended until Dec. 15, and demanded “firm and urgent cooperation” from Syria. Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa, who flew to New York to attend the council meeting, listened to minister after minister demand his government’s cooperation. Several noted Damascus’ recent promises to cooperate.

Assad on Saturday ordered that a judicial committee be formed to investigate Hariri’s assassination. A presidential decree said the committee will cooperate with the U.N. probe and Lebanese judicial authorities. Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, whose country has large Lebanese and Syrian communities, made clear that any further action against Syria would require Security Council approval. “Brazil will not favor hasty decisions that may lead to an undesirable escalation of the situation or further endanger the stability of the region,” he said.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said the resolution was useful because it showed the council’s determination to discover the truth behind Hariri’s assassination. “The final text of the resolution, of course, is not ideal,” he said. Russia said last week it opposed sanctions against Syria, its longtime ally. Late Sunday, Lavrov criticized what he described as attempts to turn the Security Council into an investigative body, in comments broadcast by Russia’s Channel One television. Although the final text dropped the threat of sanctions, it said if Syria doesn’t cooperate “the council, if necessary, could consider further action.” That could, ultimately, include sanctions.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 06:53 PM   
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Football Fatwa

According to the UK Guardian, a Fatwah has been issued regarding how MOOS-lims should enjoy the sport of football. Feel free to add your own “rules” to this blatant bulls**t ....

1. International terminology that heretics use, such as “foul,” “penalty”, “corner,” “goal”, “out” and others, should be abandoned and not said. Whoever says them should be punished and ejected from the game.

2. Do not call “foul” and stop the game if someone falls and sprains a hand or foot or the ball touches his hand, and do not give a yellow or red card to whoever was responsible for the injury or tackle. Instead, it should be adjudicated according to Sharia rulings concerning broken bones and injuries.

3. Do not follow the heretics, the Jews, the Christians and especially evil America regarding the number of players. Do not play with 11 people. Add to this number or decrease it.

4. Play in your regular clothes or your pyjamas or something like that, but not coloured shorts and numbered T-shirts, because shorts and T-shirts are not Muslim clothing. Rather, they are heretical and western clothing, so beware of imitating their fashion.

5. If you have fulfilled these conditions and intend to play soccer, play to strengthen the body in order better to struggle in the way of God on high and to prepare the body for when it is called to jihad. Soccer is not for passing time or the thrill of so-called victory.

6. Do not play in two halves. Rather, play in one half or three halves in order to completely differentiate yourselves from the heretics, the corrupted and the disobedient.

7. If neither of you beats the other, or “wins”, as it is called, and neither puts the leather between the posts, do not add extra time or penalties. Instead leave the field, because winning with extra time and penalty kicks is the pinnacle of imitating heretics and international rules.

8. Young crowds should not gather to watch when you play because if you are there for the sake of sports and strengthening your bodies as you claimed, why would people watch you? You should make them join your physical fitness and jihad preparation, or you should say: “Go proselytise and seek out morally reprehensible acts in the markets and the press and leave us to our physical fitness.”

9. You should spit in the face of whoever puts the ball between the posts or uprights and then runs in order to get his friends to follow him and hug him like players in America or France do, and you should punish him, for what is the relationship between celebrating, hugging and kissing and the sports that you are practising?

10. You should use two posts instead of three pieces of wood or steel that you erect in order to put the ball between them, meaning that you should remove the crossbar in order not to imitate the heretics and in order to be entirely distinct from the soccer system’s despotic international rules.

11. Do not do what is called “substitution,” that is, taking the place of someone who has fallen, because this is a practice of the heretics in America and elsewhere.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 02:26 PM   
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SCOTUS Wars, Part III

imageimageBush to Nominate Alito to Supreme Court
WASHINGTON (AP)

President Bush will nominate Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court, rebounding from a stinging rebuke over his first choice by tapping a conservative federal judge to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, a moderate. Bush plans to announce the nomination at 8 a.m. EST, two senior Republican officials said Monday.

The White House hopes the choice mends a rift in the Republican Party caused by his failed nomination of Harriet Miers, and puts his troubled presidency on a path to political recovery. But Democrats already put the White House on notice that a conservative judge such as Alito would create problems.

Miers bowed out last Thursday after three weeks of bruising criticism from members of Bush’s own party who argued that the Texas lawyer and loyal Bush confidant had thin credentials on constitutional law and no proven record as a judicial conservative.

The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to preview Bush’s remarks, said Alito was virtually certain to get the nod from the moment Miers backed out. The 55-year-old jurist was Bush’s favorite choice of the judges in the last set of deliberations but he settled instead on someone outside what he calls the “judicial monastery,” the officials said.

Bush believes that Alito has not only the right experience and conservative ideology for the job, but he also has a temperament suited to building consensus on the court. A former prosecutor, Alito has experience off the bench that factored into Bush’s thinking, the officials said.

While Alito is expected to win praise from Bush’s allies on the right, Democrats have served notice that his nomination would spark a partisan brawl. Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, said Sunday that Alito’s nomination would “create a lot of problems.”

Unlike Miers, who has never been a judge, Alito, a 55-year-old jurist from New Jersey, has been a strong conservative voice on the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals since former President George H.W. Bush seated him there in 1990.

So consistently conservative, Alito has been dubbed “Scalito” or “Scalia-lite” by some lawyers because his judicial philosophy invites comparisons to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. But while Scalia is outspoken and is known to badger lawyers, Alito is polite, reserved and even-tempered.

Biography (from Wikipedia and US News): Samuel A. Alito Jr. (born April 2, 1950) is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His ideological likeness to United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia has earned him the nickname “Scalito.”

Alito was born in Trenton, New Jersey. He graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in 1972, and went to Yale Law School, where he earned a J.D. in 1975. From 1981 to 1985 he was assistant to Solicitor General Rex E. Lee, and was deputy assistant to the Attorney General Edwin Meese from 1985 to 1987. After a brief stint as U.S. Attorney for the district of New Jersey, he was nominated by George H. W. Bush in 1990 to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. His chambers are in Newark, New Jersey.

Former U.S. attorney; some liberals have dubbed him “Scalito” or “Scalia lite” for his similarly conservative views and pointedly written rulings. Women’s rights groups point to a Pennsylvania law he voted to uphold requiring women to tell their husbands before having an abortion. The Supreme Court struck down the law in 1992.

Alito wrote the opinion for ACLU v. Schundler (1999), holding that a holiday display on city property did not violate the Establishment Clause because it included secular symbols, such as a large plastic Santa Claus, in addition to religious symbols.

A dissenting opinion in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, 947 F.2d 682 (3d Cir. 1991), arguing that a Pennsylvania law that required women seeking abortions to inform their husbands should have been upheld. As Judge Alito reasoned, “[t]he Pennsylvania legislature could have rationally believed that some married women are initially inclined to obtain an abortion without their husbands’ knowledge because of perceived problems--such as economic constraints, future plans, or the husbands’ previously expressed opposition--that may be obviated by discussion prior to the abortion.” Chief Justice Rehnquist’s dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 [corrected] decision striking down the spousal notification provision of the law quoted Judge Alito’s dissent and expressed support for Judge Alito’s reasoning.

Alito’s conservative stripes are equally evident in criminal law. Lawrence Lustberg, a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer who has known Alito since 1981 and tried cases before him on the Third Circuit, describes him as “an activist conservatist judge” who is tough on crime and narrowly construes prisoners’ and criminals’ rights. “He’s very prosecutorial from the bench. He has looked to be creative in his conservatism, which is, I think, as much a Rehnquist as a Scalia trait,” Lustberg says.

Off the bench, friends and colleagues describe Alito as quiet and self-effacing with a wry sense of humor. He is a voracious reader with a particular love for biographies and history. With his wife, Martha, he has a son in college and a daughter in high school. “He’s mild mannered and generous and family oriented,” Lustberg says. “I don’t agree with him on many issues, but I have the utmost respect for him. No one can question his intelligence or integrity.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 11:43 AM   
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Airhead America

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- If You Don’t Understand This Cartoon, Michelle Malkin Has The Story


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2005 at 11:31 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - October 30, 2005

Trick Or Treat, Misha!

Every picture tells a story. Here’s the story on this one ....

This is the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy neighborhood. The house on the left is the home of BMEWS where the annual Halloween Party is in progress. The house on the right is the home of The Rottweiller Empire. Inside that house Emperor Darth Misha I sits, pondering when he should nuke Mecca (not whether ... when!). Outside on the lawn prowl the Loyal Citizens of The Empire with bared fangs.

Suddenly, a stoopid MOOS-lim terrorist appears in a cat costume, thinking he will crash the BMEWS party and get his 72 raisins after he blows up a hairball. The stoopid MOOS-lim unknowingly went to the wrong house. Stoopid, stoo-pid MOOS-lim! What happens next is not a sight for civilized people to behold. Close your eyes, kiddies! The fur is about to fly ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2005 at 06:49 PM   
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Guess Who?

Guess who was behind the recent bombings in a crowded marketplace in New Delhi, India that killed 59 people and wounded hundreds of others? Take a guess from the list below and then read the article to see if you guessed correctly ....

    A. The CIA

    B. Mossad

    C. MI-6

    D. Muslim Terrorists From Pakistan

imageimageGroup Said to Be Behind India Blasts
NEW DELHI (AP)

A caller claimed Sunday that a little-known Islamic group in the Kashmir insurgency was behind terror bombings that killed at least 59 people at two crowded markets the day before in India’s capital. Police said earlier that 61 people died in the Saturday night explosions, but lowered the figure Sunday, saying some deaths had been counted twice.

Investigators were questioning numerous people after raids on dozens of small hotels across New Delhi. Authorities said they had gathered “lots of information” about the attacks, but declined to comment on the claim of responsibility. With security tightened in New Delhi and across many states in India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held an emergency Cabinet meeting Sunday evening to discuss the attacks.

“We have lots of information but it is not proper to disclose it yet,” Patil told journalists after the meeting. “Our people are making good progress. The investigation is going well.” A man saying he represented the militant group Islamic Inquilab Mahaz (Front for Islamic Uprising) made the claim in a call to the Kashmir News Service in India’s portion of Kashmir, a Himalayan region also claimed by Pakistan where Muslim separatists have waged a 16-year-old insurgency.

The smaller group is tied to the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba, the most feared militant group in Kashmir, police said. U.S. officials have linked the group to al-Qaida. The caller, who identified himself as Ahmed Yaar Ghaznavi, said the attack “was meant as a rebuff to the claims of Indian security groups” that militant fighters had been wiped out by military crackdowns and the mammoth earthquake that hit Oct. 8.

Home Minister Shivraj Patil refused to comment on the claim. But a leading anti-terrorism expert said earlier that the timing and nature of the bombings appeared to indicate the work of Lashkar-e-Tayyaba. “It looks like Lashkar. They are the most active group here,” said Vikram Sood, the former head of the Research and Analysis Wing, India’s external intelligence agency.

A police spokesman said during the day that 22 people had been detained in the hotel raids, but declined to give further details, citing the sensitive nature of the investigation. Police officials later insisted no one was detained, but said people were being questioned. The first explosion hit at 5:45 p.m. in New Delhi’s main Paharganj market, killing 16 people and leaving bloodstained streets and mangled stalls of wood and twisted metal.

Within minutes, an explosion at the Sarojini Nagar market killed 43 people and a bomb meant for a bus in the Govindpuri neighborhood injured nine. Police said the three blasts wounded 188 people in all, several seriously.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2005 at 06:22 PM   
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Science News

According to Green Car Congress, Honda has introduced a hydrogen powered concept car that gets 350 miles on a tank of hydrogen. Plus, you can fill up the tank with Honda’s new HES (Home Energy Station) power system at home. Did we mention that the HES also provides electricity for your home? Honda has two versions of the HES system, one that runs on natural gas and another that is solar powered. Here is the car and below is the way the HES power system works. What do you think? Can we tell the Arabs to go pound sand now?

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2005 at 09:03 AM   
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Robo-Warrior

I’d say the future has arrived ... at least the 21st Century version. Radiance Technologies (HQ in Huntsville, Alabama) says this is only a detection system. Sure. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink) Mount a few of these babies, aimed in all directions on a tall building, connect a few M-60’s to them, flip the switch to “Auto” and it’s Miller Time for the troops! Come back in a few hours and scrape up the raghead bodies. It works for me ...

imageimageWeaponWatch
(RADIANCE TECHNOLOGIES)
Detecting and Responding to Enemy Weapon Fire at the Speed of Light

WeaponWatch combines infrared sensor fidelity, technologies and super high-speed data analysis to enable warfighters to instantaneously detect, locate/target and classify firings of small, medium, and large caliber weapons.

Warfighters and security personnel are under increasing risk from sniper fire and drive-by shootings. These terrorist acts succeed largely because of the difficulty in detecting and locating the enemy fire. Forces engaged with Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) are employing this system today to provide exacting targeting information in both urban and open terrain.

In only 6 milliseconds, WeaponWatch can detect a firing weapon from 1000 meters and accurately target its position to within ~1.5 meters. Furthermore, WeaponWatch instantaneously transmits the time, geolocation and weather of these firings over any tactical network to alert responders within the vicinity so they have real-time, actionable intelligence to most effectively respond.

Beyond rapidly detecting and accurately locating hostile weapon firings, WeaponWatch provides the capability to slew a telescopic day/night camera to positively identify and/or record the incident for responders to make the correct choice of action at the instance of occurrence. These detections can be displayed on existing command and control displays including digital maps on PDAs to effectively inform the responders of the exact location of the threat.

Furthermore, WeaponWatch has successfully coupled with a variety of Remote Weapon Systems that instantaneously and precisely slew to the point of the weapon firings. The speed and accuracy of these combined systems enables the responder to return accurate fire within 2-4 seconds of the initial threat firing.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2005 at 08:25 AM   
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Paris Is Burning

Three nights ago in Paris, three teenagers were accidently killed when they jumped into an electrical substation while fleeing from police. There have been three nights of bloody riots, burning buildings and outright civil war in FrogLand since then. See if you can guess what group of people the rioters all belong to. The answer is in the last paragraph below ....

imageimageFires Of ‘Civil War’ Erupt In Paris
PARIS (MAIL & GUARDIAN)

Hundreds of French youths fought with police and set cars ablaze in a northern Paris suburb early on Saturday morning in a second successive night of rioting. The disorder was triggered last week when two teenagers were electrocuted and killed in a local substation while fleeing from police. French authorities insist they were running away from officers investigating a break-in, but people in Clichy-sous-Bois claim that the dead youths had committed no crime.

On Saturday afternoon, a silent march was held to the town hall in the centre of the suburb. Many protesters wore T-shirts bearing the message “Dead for nothing”. “We respect the republic,” said Siako Karne, the brother of one of the dead men. “The republic has to respect us.”

Firefighters extinguished more than 30 burning cars and dozens of dustbins pushed into makeshift barricades on Friday night and Saturday morning as running battles in the streets of the north-eastern suburb pitted more than 200 riot police against scores of hooded youths. At least one shot was fired at the police, 19 people were detained and 15 officers and one journalist injured, an official spokesperson said.

An officer from police trade union Action Police CFTC called for help from the army to support police officers. “There’s a civil war under way in Clichy-sous-Bois at the moment,” Michel Thooris, from Action Police CFTC, said. “My colleagues neither have the equipment nor the practical or theoretical training for street fighting.”

Clichy-sous-Bois is home to 28 300 people, a large number of whom are recent immigrants from North or Central Africa. Most live in rundown, low-rise public housing estates. Unemployment rates are among the highest in France and many locals see the police as “the enemy”.

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- More On The Story From The Turkish Press Here


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2005 at 07:57 AM   
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Sunday Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2005 at 07:40 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - October 29, 2005

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/29/2005 at 09:50 PM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.

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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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