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calendar   Thursday - July 31, 2008

Allah Is Angry! No bread for you!

Syrian Wheat Crop Halved By Drought


2007 was a bad drought year with a reduced harvest, but 2008 is twice as bad in Syria

Syria resorted to the international wheat market last week for the first time in 15 years to compensate for one of its smallest harvests on record.
A commodities official told newswire al-Reuters the harvest would fall to around two million tonnes this year compared with an earlier estimate of three million tonnes and 4.1 million tonnes last year. It would be even less than the 2.5 million tonnes produced in 1999.

As a result, the government’s cereal division has issued a tender to buy 120,000 tonnes of soft wheat of any origin.
Syria resorted to the international wheat market last week for the first time in 15 years to compensate for one of its smallest harvests on record.  Drought and unstable weather hit Syria’s harvests in the last two years, undermining the country’s role as a food and farm commodities player in the Middle East.

Syria touts food security as a major achievement and the agriculture minister told government newspapers that Syria’s strategic wheat stocks would last until 2010.  But the country’s new import needs underline the economic challenges faced by the Baathist government, which has been under sanctions from Washington since 2004 for supporting anti-US groups in the Middle East.

The sanctions, which were expanded this year, do not ban US agricultural exports to Syria.

They don’t? Why the hell not? Better fix that right now Georgie Boy.

The wheat harvest is in across Syria and the Middle East and the situation looks grim. The most recent Syrian estimates place the harvest at 2 million metric tons - less than half the 4.1 million ton harvest of 2007, and the 2007 harvest was almost 1 million tons below a peak harvest.

The culprit is a devastating drought that has left soil dry and dusty. The early stages of the drought affected the 2007 harvest and it has now intensified and decimated the 2008 Syrian harvest. The strength of the drought increases eastward towards the Iraqi border. Everywhere here precipitation has been less than 50 % of normal. Even weeds are sparse in dry empty fields.

The drought is also affecting pasture lands putting pressure on the Bedouin and their sheep. In Syria both shepherds and farmers face an uncertain future. Irrigation has helped in some cases, but less that 50% of fields are irrigated and irrigation water often disappears in the dry winds. In addition, groundwater and reservoir supplies are under pressure, some reservoirs are now mere puddles compared to their former capacity. Even the mighty Euphrates is not immune to the drought, discharge has decreased and pumps run incessantly drawing water from the river. Syria has promised to aid Iraqi farmers with releases of water, but by the time the flow reaches the border the salt content has doubled.

Syria with its growing and increasingly urbanized population has only months of emergency wheat stores left and for the first time in 15 years is resorting to purchases on the international market - a market that is becoming increasingly expensive.

Similar declining harvests due to drought in Turkey, Lebanon, Iran are driving those countries to purchases on the international market, In Syria and throughout the Middle East, an old enemy, drought, is again challenging an ancient and troubled region.

SYRIA: Wheat Production in 2008/09 Declines Owing to Season-Long Drought

Syria, like its neighbor Iraq, has been experiencing a serious drought during the past 8 months. Drought stress in 2008/09, which was exacerbated by abnormally hot spring temperatures, is expected to cause significant losses to the nation’s winter grain crops. Wheat production is expected to decline 38 percent compared to last year, to the lowest level in the past seventeen years. As the chart at the right illustrates, wheat is the single most important food grain grown in Syria, and this year’s projected shortfall could lead to a significant drawdown in domestic stocks unless the country increases imports or the government raises procurement prices high enough to capture a larger proportion of the domestic crop this year.

Extremely low rainfall conditions have affected much of Syria during the 2008/09 winter grain growing period, with drought conditions increasing in severity as the season progressed. Total rainfall accumulations averaged between 15-30 percent of normal for most of the primary wheat producing areas, with the exception of western coastal regions (minor producing areas) which received more beneficial winter rains. This amounts to an average of about 2 inches or less total rainfall during the 8 months between September 2007 and April 2008 in the major wheat producing provinces.

As in Iraq, there was little to no measurable rainfall this year in the planting period from October-December in the primary wheat producing regions of northeastern Syria (see charts below). The governorates of Al Hasakah, Ar Raqqah, and Aleppo, which together account for 73 percent of total national wheat area and 65 percent of total production, were particularly affected by extremely low rainfall and poor planting conditions.


The maps may look incomplete, but things only grow in the Northern and Eastern parts of Syria anyway

Syria should have a desalination plant about every 100 yards all along the Med. Instead, they spend their money to try and build nukes. Allah is pissed. No food for you.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2008 at 08:40 PM   
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I’m willing to give it a try and see if it works

$2 gas by next month?

The price of retail gasoline would fall by half, to around $2 a gallon, within 30 days of passage of a law to limit speculation in energy markets, four energy analysts told Congress on Monday.

Testifying to a House Energy and Commerce Committee subcommittee, Michael Masters of Masters Capital Management said the price of crude oil would drop closer to its marginal cost of around $65 to $75 a barrel, about half the current $135.

Fadel Gheit of Oppenheimer & Co., Edward Krapels of Energy Security Analysis and Roger Diwan of PFC Energy agreed with Masters’ assessment at the hearing.

Other witnesses say speculators aren’t a major factor in oil prices, however.

Ok, what law, and what kind of limits are we talking about? But I’ll tell ya what: Pass the law, effective TODAY, and put a 100 day timer on it. If the cost of crude doesn’t drop at least 35%, which means your idea is mostly correct, then the law evaporates. Poof. Congress can’t get anything else done, so why not a Hail Mary play like this that would expire just after Election Day? Hey, some of their jobs are up for grabs too, right?

Oh, and around here, gas is currently $3.70. So I want to see $2.40 or lower by November 3, and I’ll believe you. Hey, I’ll VOTE FOR THE FOLKS WHO SPONSOR THE BILL AND VOTE FOR IT. But if you plan fails, then you don’t get my vote because it proves you are a desperate knucklehead.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2008 at 04:26 PM   
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Another Inconvenient Fact

You’ll certainly hear this story a few hundred billion times* in the next couple of days:


Exxon Mobil Corp said on Thursday soaring oil prices pushed its second-quarter earnings up 14%, again breaking its own record for the highest-ever profit by a U.S. company.

Here’s what you won’t hear. Anywhere in the MSM:

However, what might be most interesting about Exxon’s 2008 2Q earnings report was its effective tax rate of 49%, up from a rate of 44% in the 2Q of 2007.

That’s right: ExxonMobil paid taxes of almost 50% on its $11.7 billion earnings.

I bet that took a big bite out of the money available for dividends to the tens of millions of stockholders!  Go read the rest at The New Editor.

* I’m wondering, since “billions and billions” is a quantity known as a Sagan, should a “hundred billion” be called a Mugabe?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2008 at 04:10 PM   
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Ok, Now I’ve Heard Everything

Climate Change Hurts Blacks More

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House Majority Whip Clyburn says

African-Americans ‘disproportionately impacted’

Climate change is no longer just an environmental issue. It’s now an issue of race, according to global warming activists and policy makers.
“It is critical our community be an integral and active part of the debate because African-Americans are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change economically, socially and through our health and well-being,” House Majority Whip James Clyburn, D-S.C., said July 29.

The launch came on the heels of a separate report by the Environmental Justice and Climate Change Initiative (EJCC), which claims African-Americans are more vulnerable to the effects of climate change. EJCC describes itself as a “climate justice” advocacy group.
Though far less responsible for climate change, African-Americans are significantly more vulnerable to its effects than non-Hispanic whites,” the report says. “Health, housing, economic well-being, culture, and social stability are harmed from such manifestations of climate change as storms, floods, and climate variability.

Horry Clap, the sun is shining, therefore blacks are victims and it’s whiteys fault. And this is from one of the top elected officials in Washington DC. And if we were having Global Cooling they’d be victims because they are more suited to warmer climates. We can’t win folks. Anything. Everything. No matter what ... blacks are victimized by it.

“African-Americans are also more vulnerable to higher energy bills, unemployment, recessions caused by global energy price shocks, and a greater economic burden from military operations designed to protect the flow of oil to the U.S,” it (the report) says.

Right, because, don’t you know, all the white folks is secret millionaires. Because we get funding on the down-low from the zionists who actually run the world. There are no white people without jobs, on welfare, or doing low paying work. Nope, we all are wealthy trust fund babies. And what’s with this “and a greater economic burden from military operations” claptrap? Is he still trying to flog the worn out bullshit leftover from Vietnam that the black man is unjustly overrepresented in the military ... that wars are fought just to get rid of extra black men? That dog didn’t hunt in 1968, and it sure as hell won’t fly today in an all volunteer military. So just what are these “military operations” you’re talking about here, horseface?

The commission Clyburn helped launch claims Hurricane Katrina’s impact on New Orleans was a preview of how global warming will affect African-Americans.
“[W]hile individual storms cannot be linked specifically to climate change, scientists warn that warmer waters may foster-more intense storms,” the background paper on the commission’s efforts, authored by Michel Gelobter, Carla Peterman and Azebuilke Akaba said. “The flooding of New Orleans still highlights the vulnerability of the African-American community to types of extreme weather events expected with global climate change.”

Oh don’t get me started on that one again. I guess this statement means that we can expect looting every time it snows? Or maybe if Tuscon Arizona elects a black mayor he’ll stand outside the front door of the CopperTone factory and cry to the federal government to get some damn sunblock over here right now because the sun is shining? This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard all week. But wait, there’s more!

But the goals of environmental and race activists don’t include allowing investors to earn the benefits of putting their money into proposed solutions.  J. Andrew Hoerner, director of the sustainable economics program at Redefining Progress and a co-author of the EJCC report, told the Business & Media Institute that solutions to climate change should be designed in a way so investors don’t reap all the benefits.

The report suggested implementing a “fee, tax or allowance auction on polluters,” which was meant to “eliminate the financial burden on low-income and moderate-income households.This would pay for efforts to reduce global warming. Hoerner said that although it would cause product costs to increase, under his policy, the revenue from the “fee, tax, or allowance auction payment” would be redistributed to consumers to offset the higher costs.

Just as I thought. Another Socialist Robin Hood scheme. Take your money and give it to others. Empty the wallet of industry and give it away to the Pore ‘N Starvintm. Funny how the race baiters, the enviro-whackjobs, and the Dems all play from the same handbook. Well, sure, that’s because those three groups are often the same people, but still. Take your money: it’s the only thing they know, and they’ll use anything as an excuse to do it again.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2008 at 03:30 PM   
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How much you want to bet?

This is a horrible story, just breaking in the news. Murder and beheading on a Greyhound bus in western-central Canada.

Man beheaded on bus in Canada


I guessed wrong. So, are we seeing beheading as a trend now, or is this just the work of some random madman?

TORONTO — Police on Friday identified the man who witnesses say stabbed and beheaded a passenger aboard a Greyhound bus traveling across the Canadian Prairies.

Sgt. Brian Edmonds said that 40-year-old Vince Weiguang Li, of Edmonton, Alberta, has been charged with second degree murder. Li is due to appear in court Friday.

The Canadian Press reported that the victim’s friends identified him as Tim McLean, a 22-year-old carnival worker. Authorities have not released his name and Edmonds would not confirm his identity. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.

Uh, how on earth is this only second degree murder? The whacko got on the bus with a giant knife intending to kill someone. And then he did. He may have chosen the victim at random, but I’d say he had “malice aforethought”. I don’t like all these degrees of criminality. The guy killed someone on purpose, not by accident, and not in self defense. That’s murder. No degree.

Now let’s see if Li was an illegal alien.

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. — Shocked passengers aboard a Greyhound bus in Manitoba said the attack was incomprehensible.

One moment, the quiet man near the back of the bus was minding his own business.

The man, believed to be in his 30s, hadn’t talked to anyone around him, and seemed to pay no attention to the younger fellow sitting next to him, who was listening to music on headphones.

The next moment, witnesses said, the older man stood up, still quiet, and repeatedly stabbed then beheaded his seat-mate with a large hunting knife.

“We heard this blood-curdling scream and turned around, and the guy was standing up, stabbing this guy repeatedly, like 40 or 50 times,” Garnet Caton said Thursday from a hotel in Brandon, Man., where he and other passengers had been taken to rest.

“There was no rage or anything. He was like a robot, stabbing the guy.”

Caton said the bus stopped and everyone scrambled to get out while the attacker started methodically carving up the victim’s body, not paying attention to anyone else.

Caton and the driver shut the bus door from the outside while they waited for police to arrive.

“We put our bodies up against the door, waiting for him to come out ... and he went back and brought the head to the front and pretty much displayed it ... and dropped it on the ground in front of us,” Caton said.

“All very calmly. He was wearing sunglasses. It was no big deal to him.”

Fellow passenger Cody Olmstead from Kentville, N.S., also recalled the chilling scene.

“The guy came to the front of the door with buddy’s head in his hands, decapitated. He dropped the head and went back and started cutting the body back up,” Olmstead told Brandon radio station CKLQ.
One man was taken into custody after Mounties surrounded the vehicle.

PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - A portion of the Trans-Canada Highway remained closed Thursday morning as police continued to investigate an incident aboard a Greyhound bus.

Yellow tape surrounded the empty bus and RCMP officers remained on the scene, but they were saying little about what occurred on board the vehicle late Wednesday night.

Traffic was being rerouted onto a sideroad.

Several published reports earlier said a stabbing had occurred on the bus, with one unconfirmed report that someone had been decapitated.

The bus was carrying about 37 passengers and the driver to Winnipeg from Edmonton.

Police shut off a section of the east-bound Trans-Canada Highway, about 15 kilometres west of Portage la Prairie, ordering everyone away from the scene and rerouting traffic.

Day decries bus stabbing as one-of-a-kind in Canadian history

LEVIS, Que. — Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day is expressing shock at what he calls a “horrific” bus stabbing that he’s calling one-of-a-kind in Canadian history.  Day was reacting to what witnesses say was a savage knife attack on a Greyhound bus in Manitoba that resulted in a person being killed and later beheaded.  Day, in Levis, Que., for a summer planning session of Conservative MPs, says the full weight of the law must be brought to bear on the perpetrator. But he says such an incident is, thankfully, extremely rare - in fact he’s calling it “probably one-of-a-kind in Canadian history.”

Day says he wouldn’t even entertain the notion of registering knives as dangerous weapons, noting that millions of kitchen knives alone are likely sold each year.

The incident happened late Wednesday west of Portage la Prairie, Manitoba, but a standoff between the attacker and police lasted into early Thursday.

The bus was traveling along the Trans-Canada Highway from Edmonton, Alberta, to Winnipeg, Manitoba, and was about 45 minutes from its destination when the attack occurred, said Greyhound spokeswoman Abby Wambaugh in Dallas, Texas.

Witnesses told Canadian TV that the attacker was wielding a butcher-type knife. They said the trucker who stopped provided wrenches and crowbars to several of the men, who were able to keep the suspect on the bus until police came. After the standoff, police took the man into custody.
“There was a blood-curdling scream. I was just reading my book, and all of a sudden I heard it,” said Garnet Caton, who was sitting in front of the two men. “It was like something between a dog howling and a baby crying, I guess you could say. I don’t think it will leave me for a while.”

Witness interview video here.

The names and/or pictures of the victim and the murderer have not been released yet as far as I can tell. But for identity of the murdering, beheading scumbag who did this, up in Canada about 150 miles northwest of Grand Forks North Dakota ... you know what my question is, and you have already reached the same conclusion I have.  Let’s see if we’re wrong for once.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2008 at 01:02 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 30, 2008

Another bad week of summer bowling

Week 9?: 0-7 again. Not Happy.

I’ve come to the conclusion that a 90% handicap is just too much. While it is quite easy for beginning bowlers who have an average of around 90 to roll a 150 game, it is almost impossible for better bowlers to roll 60 pins over average. And for really good bowlers it is impossible; you can only get 300 points for a perfect game. We are most of the way through the short summer season, and 3 of the 4 top positions are held by teams of beginners. That isn’t right. Last night we bowled a team of young ladies, all of them barely 21. They showed up drunk and continued drinking. The 90% handicap gave them 231 points. That’s like having an extra team member, and a really good one to boot. We simply could not overcome that huge an advantage. All they had to do was roll their balls down the middle of the lane, while we had to bowl our very best just to try to survive. They had fun, we had frustration. We lost the first game by 12. We lost the second game by 2. Then either we fell off or they did a bit better, and we lost the last game by 56. This means we’re pretty much out of the running for the top slots at this point.

There might be a little good news though. I’m picking up a new ball, and I’m trying to get one for the Mrs. as well. I’ve been using an Ebonite Total NV, but it’s just too long a ball for the lane conditions. I simply can not throw the ball slow enough with enough hand on it to get it to hook properly. Maybe if I could stand out in the parking lot and throw it from there it would be far enough. So I think that the new Ebonite NVD might do the trick. It’s advertised as being a shorter ball ... but is it short enough? In theory it’s for heavier oil too, which we rarely face in regular leagues. Is a medium-heavy oil ball the wrong way to go? I need to figure this out quickly, because the alley gives a 40% discount during the summer, and that’s over soon. But if I act now I can get this ball from them, drilled and ready to roll, for the same price as a raw ball from the online stores.Whatever I pick up will have more thumb pitch though, because getting my damn thumb out has been my big issue. It’s very hard for me to do. Maybe a Twisted Fury might be a better choice? Any ideas about weights? I went to 16lb balls in hope that it would slow me down some, but I can put a lot more hand on a 15, with ease.

My wife has been using a Brunswick MVP Nemesis for the past few years. We picked that one because she uses a 12 pound ball, and it was one of the very few that actually has a core in that weight. Most balls under 13 pounds are just a coverstock. The Nemesis is too short for her, and often rolls out at the mid-lane. Polished up it goes longer, but with a very slight arc. I want her to find something better. Something that can go longer but still break hard. Something with a modern coverstock, some kind of core (weight block) and as low an RG as possible. So far the only thing I’ve been able to locate is the Brunswick Avalanche Solid, which has an RG of 2.636. That’s actually a low RG for a 12 pound ball, though it seems outrageously high to those of us who throw 15 or 16 pounders. Getting the specs for 14 - 16 pound balls is easy, but getting the specs for the same balls in the lighter weights is like pulling hen’s teeth. Any suggestions?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2008 at 12:32 PM   
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

“Extreme Makeover” home goes to Foreclosure

Major greed, lack of gratitude, or just plain old stupidity? You decide. I’m leaning towards greed myself. These people went and shot the proverbial Gift Horse right between the eyes.

Things couldn’t look better three years ago for Milton and Patricia Harper of Lake City, who giddily accepted the keys to a small castle, plus enough money to pay taxes on it for 25 years. It was a product of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Now, the Clayton County house is a two-story, turreted example of how things can go wrong. It’s in foreclosure.

The Harpers used the house at 5489 Ahyoka Drive as collateral for a $450,000 loan, Clayton County mortgage records show. imageRecords at the law firm handling foreclosures for the lender, JPMorgan Chase Bank, say it is in foreclosure. The four-bedroom house with decorative rock walls and a three-car garage is scheduled for auction on the Clayton County Courthouse steps Aug. 5. The Harpers, who declined interview requests when reporters knocked on their door Friday, told WSB-TV they got the loan for a construction business that failed.

Failure seemed an impossibility in February 2005, when ABC TV viewers got a look at the stunning home constructed in a subdivision three miles east of I-75. Painted dark olive and covered with specialty shingles, the home’s domed door opened into a structure that featured four fireplaces, a solarium, music room and a porte-cochere that connected to Milton Harper’s new office. The yard was a study in landscape art, with young magnolias, fieldstone and a Leyland cypress hugging one corner. A black metal fence ringed it.

It had taken shape in six intense days in January 2005, when Atlanta-based Beazer Homes USA and “Extreme Makeover” demolished the Harpers’ old home, plagued by a faulty septic system. Professionals and volunteers came together to erect the largest home that the “Extreme” team had ever built.

Materials and labor were donated, but the home would have cost about $450,000 to construct. When they were done, the home dwarfed all the ranch and split-level structures in neighboring lots.

That was not all. Beazer Homes’ employees and company partners raised a quarter-million dollars in contributions for the family. The sum included scholarships for the three Harper children and a home maintenance fund.

The Harpers, whom ABC chose from among 15,000 “Extreme Makeover” applicants, spent the week in Disneyland while 1,800 people swarmed about the site. The family returned to a new home, plus contributions worth about $200,000.

Horry Clap. These people went from skid row to Boardwalk and it didn’t cost them a cent. A brand new 5500 sq ft house with every possible luxury option. Plus they got the taxes paid for 25 years. Plus they got education funds for their kids. Plus they got a fifth of a million dollars in the bank. For free. Talk about hitting life’s lottery! And they just pissed it away.

The news left Lake City Mayor Willie Oswalt wondering what went wrong. He recalled a chilly January day when he and a handful of others wrestled an aged beam into place in the home’s living room. The Harpers’ future seemed just as solid, he said.

“It’s aggravating,” said Oswalt. “It just makes you mad. You do that much work, and they just squander it.”


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2008 at 12:03 PM   
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Another Daily EWW

Pregnant Prostitutes To Face Charges

Two women were charged with prostitution in Camden County on Thursday after they were arrested in a sting operation at a Lake Ozark hotel last week.  Two other women were also arrested, and three of the women are pregnant. Alexandra Wells and Allysia Waldrop were both charged on Thursday. Waldrop is pregnant, but is not known if Wells is also.  The undercover bust went down at a Lake Ozark area hotel after the sheriff’s department received several reports that pregnant women were advertising prostitution on an internet advertising site. One of the women arrested was eight months pregnant, another six months pregnant, and another was three months pregnant. They ranged in age from 18 to 22 years old.

Is this just an Ozark thing, or is this a common perversion? Women becoming prostitutes because they are pregnant? There’s a market for that? I admit I live under a rock. I may have seen a prostitute once on the sidewalks of the meat cutting district in NYC. It’s an alien world to me. But come on. This is just sick.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2008 at 11:41 AM   
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Dustmen refuse to empty ‘too-full’ bin - despite it overflowing because they were on strike.

Quite right too.  We’re union men and we’ll get paid regardless and the public can just go to hell.

All is normal here in the nanny state.  All together now folks.  S o m a - S o m a -

By James Tozer

Last updated at 12:05 PM on 30th July 2008

Overflow: Steve Walton has had no rubbish collection for almost three weeks
As the dustmen were striking on collection day, it was no surprise that by the next week Stephen Walton’s wheelie bin was full to bursting.

However, the father of four was taken aback when council staff returned to work - and wouldn’t collect his rubbish because the bin was too full.

The two- day walkout by refuse staff had prevented a collection planned for July 17.

So last Thursday, Mr Walton was looking forward to getting rid of the rubbish accumulating outside his home in Mirfield, Kirklees, West Yorkshire.

But when the binmen came round, they left his bin untouched - the only one in his street.

He called Kirklees Council to find out why, and was told that as the lid would not close, binmen were under orders not to empty it.

‘It’s ridiculous,’ the 37-year- old accountant said. ‘I completely admit that my bin lid wouldn’t shut properly, but that is purely because of the strike.’

Yesterday, three weeks’ worth of refuse was still piling up near his home. ‘It’s a mountain of rubbish - it’s probably 21/2ft clear of the rim now - and with all the hot weather we’re probably going to end up with rats,’ said Mr Walton, who lives with his wife Jane, also 37, and their children, Charlotte, 11, Laura, nine, Amy, seven, and 18-month- old Zachary.

‘There are a lot of us so we probably produce more waste than the average home, but that is not why the bin was overfilled.

‘It’s a total farce that the council workers can go on strike and then blame you for having too much rubbish. If they did what they are paid to do, then we wouldn’t be in this situation.’

Mr Walton, who pays £1,600 a year council tax, hopes the rubbish will be removed when the binmen return tomorrow for the usual weekly collection.

But Councillor Kath Pinnock, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on the council, fears things will get worse before they got better.

‘I’d bet anything that there will be more people expecting to have their bins collected this week for the first time in a month only to be told theirs are too full as well,’ she said.

‘The council should have organised additional collections - it’s been a complete disaster.’

Many parts of the Kirklees area have fortnightly collections, and there alone, 20,000 homes could face going a month without a bin collection.

The council, like many authorities, does not empty wheelie bins if they are too full for the lid to close.

Officials say that the machinery at the back of dustcarts can become blocked if bins swing open while being unloaded.

But the Conservative-controlled council said it had agreed a deal with the striking workers’ unions to clear the backlog.

Under the arrangement, the bins were left until the next scheduled collection and there was the option that bags of rubbish left next to bins could be picked up during an extra collection at the weekend.

Although this would largely apply to householders with fortnightly collections, if Mr Walton had requested that extra rubbish bags be removed, it is thought he may have been able to take advantage of the extra collection.

However, Mr Walton said he had not been told of the policy. He would have placed extra rubbish in separate bags if he had known this, he added.

A council spokesman said: ‘The joint trade unions would not give any concessions for catching up missed wheeled bins due to strike action, hence we have not responded to any such requests.’

The Daily Mail’s Great Bin Revolt campaign has highlighted widespread public anger at the growing number of councils introducing fortnightly collections, ostensibly to increase recycling.

In April, Gareth Corkhill, 26, from Whitehaven, West Cumbria, was given a criminal record after the lid of his jam-packed wheelie bin was left 4in ajar.


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Moonbat Pelosi, Plantetary Savior

“I’m trying to save the planet!”

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The Democrat leadership once again shows their priorities: you can go screw; caribou, sea lions, and lobsters are more important.

Congressional Republicans are stepping up attacks on Democrats who are blocking votes on oil drilling legislation, homing in on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was quoted saying that she wants “to save the planet.”

Pelosi, in an interview published Tuesday in, defended her efforts to stall spending bills, saying as speaker she decides which bills will make it to the House floor.

“I’m trying to save the planet. ... I will not have this debate trivialized by their excuse for their failed policy,” Pelosi said. “When you win the election, you win the majority, and what is the power of the speaker? To set the agenda, the power of recognition, and I am not giving the gavel away to anyone.”

Nancy is in charge, thank you. She has the power! But that also means she has the responsibility ... and this bunch hasn’t accomplished a damn thing in 2 solid years. And since Nancy is in charge and setting the agenda and deciding what gets recognized, therefore she is completely to blame. It’s a good thing we don’t have Sharia Law, because the right response is that of the Red Queen.

Ahead of a Republican press conference Tuesday focusing on stalled energy priorities, House Minority Leader John Boehner responded ...

“She’s got time to go out and promote her new book tour and her new book, but she doesn’t have time to schedule a vote on the floor of the House and let the American people have their will expressed?”

Boehner blamed Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama for preventing relief.

“For 25 years, Democrats have blocked more American-made oil and gas. That’s why we’re in the predicament we’re in,” said Boehner, R-Ohio. Voters want Congress “to vote on more American made oil and gas. We want to do that. She, Harry Reid, Barack Obama are standing in the way.”

House and Senate Democrats are using their control of Congress to avoid voting on opening up the Outer Continental Shelf and the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil exploration, which they say is unnecessary because oil companies already have leases to millions of acres of federal land.

While this is slightly “truthy”, just because the oil companies have leases doesn’t actually mean they are permitted to put a drill bit into the ground. Nor does the existence of a lease mean that oil or gas has been located. On the other hand, we know where lots of oil and gas are, right offshore. Just ask the Chinese, who are busy drilling for it right off the coast of Florida.

“American families and businesses are struggling with skyrocketing gas prices at the pump, but President Bush and his Republican allies in Congress continue to stand in the way of real relief,” Pelosi said in the statement. “Instead, the Bush-Cheney policy, an energy plan crafted by two oilmen in the White House, revolves around the best interests of Big Oil – from protecting tax breaks to expanding domestic oil and gas drilling.”

Because, you know, I’m going to go take my shovel and dig an oil well out front here in the parking lot. Let’s blame big business for the gas price crisis, and make special taxes to gouge the oil companies because prices are high, and at the same time prevent them from harvesting new sources of the resources ... and then blame them even more when the lack of supply causes the demand to skyrocket. These people are morons. You can’t revoke the Law of Supply and Demand Nancy. And since every other nation on earth with a bit of coastline is out there drilling already as fast as they can, your “save the planet” is a bunch of crap. All it means is “screw the Americans”. That’s not an attitude I want represented in Washington.

Boehner suggested Obama is among Democrats who he says are influenced by a “radical group of environmentalists” pushing higher gas prices.

“If you listen to Barack Obama during the primaries, you know, he didn’t think $5 gas was all that bad. He was just upset it got there so quickly. And what you’ve got, you’ve got a bunch of radical environmentalists who think that we ought to have higher gasoline prices so Americans will drive less,” Boehner said.

Americans are already driving less. But there is a lower limit. Public transportation just isn’t a complete solution for the rural and suburban areas. Carpooling really only works for shift workers who all live in the same neighborhood. And while Detroit is turning to smaller more efficient vehicles again, an awful lot of people can’t afford to go out and buy a new one right now. So most of us have already done about as much as we can; the lower limit has nearly been reached.

With four legislative weeks left before the November elections, after which Congress is likely to punt big issues until the next administration takes office, little time is left to find a means to reduce oil costs, which is blamed for driving up inflation and slowing down the economy.

“They’re trying to run out the clock,” Boehner said.

No kidding. I’ve got a better idea: let’s run them out of office. Both parties, but especially the Dems.

bat3 crazy nancy bat3

Do Nothing Nancy: her new direction is Straight Down

PS - note how Nancy makes a fist in the above picture. Isn’t that an obscene gesture in Latin America?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2008 at 10:55 AM   
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gang kicked man unconscious while a girl rifled through his pockets.  (Am not posting the video)

The link below will have the stills and the video.  I did not watch the video and only looked at a couple of the still photos.

The awful thing is that this is not an isolated occurrence. 

Plan on a visit to Britain anytime soon?  COME ARMED!  Better yet.  Stay Home!

Caught on CCTV: The moment a drunken gang kicked man unconscious while a girl rifled through his pockets

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 10:32 AM on 30th July 2008

Sickening images released by police lay bare a horrific attack by a teenage gang who kicked a man unconscious on the ground as a woman rifled through his pockets for money.

The graphic images of the town centre attack show the group kicking and punching the 27-year-old repeatedly before Gemma Stafford, 18, is seen stealing cash and cigarettes.

CCTV captured the drunken gang laying into their victim. One of the assailants is filmed delivering a horrific running kick to his head as he lay motionless.

WARNING: This footage contains graphic violence

Stafford, the initial ringleader of the unprovoked assault in Rochdale town centre, was sentenced to 18 months in jail yesterday. The four other gang members were jailed for a total of 13 years and six months last month.

Bolton Crown Court heard the man was targeted as he walked through the town in the early hours of March 15 this year.

Ringleader: Gemma Stafford, 18
Gemma Stafford led the gang as she walked over and shook her hands in an aggressive manner. The group then surrounded him and two of the offenders punched him in the head.

He soon fell to the ground after being repeatedly punched and kicked by the five offenders and was knocked unconscious.

Stuart Shaw, 20, continued to kick him while Stafford rifled through his pockets and stole money and cigarettes, even turning him over to make sure she had checked everywhere.

Just for good measure, Shaw then took one last running kick at the victim’s head before they ran off, leaving him for dead.

When police arrived Stafford claimed she was an innocent bystander who was concerned about the victim. Shaw said he could not remember what had happened because he had drank so much.

The victim was taken to hospital but luckily only suffered minor injuries.

Stafford, of Hilltop Drive, Kirkholt, was sentenced to 18 months after pleading guilty to violent disorder and robbery. She received nine months for each offence to run consecutively.

A police officer said after the case: ‘The scenes on the CCTV are absolutely disgraceful. This girl thought she would juist help herself to this guy’s belongings as her mates gave him a good kicking.

‘He could have been dead or dying yet she could not give too hoots about him. His money and cigarettes wee more important. There’s just no such thing as the fairer sex these days.’

Last month, Shaw, of Bridge Street, Heywood, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court to four years after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent and violent disorder.

Andrew Harbourne, 19, of Clever Street, Burnley was sentenced to four years after pleading guilty to violent disorder and robbery.

Joshua McErlean, 19, of Bury Road, Rochdale was jailed for four years after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery and violent disorder.

A 17-year-old boy was sentenced to 18 months youth detention after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent, robbery and violent disorder.

There’s a bit more of the story at the link with photos.  I am not going to post the video or the still shots here.  I just can’t bring myself to go that far.
I don’t feel like a censor nor would I want that kind of responsibility.  But this shit (pardon me) is beyond the pale.
The punishment hahahaha, punishment?  Isn’t that at all.  These pieces of absolute worthless filth should get the very same treatment and more, that they dealt out to the victim here.


Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/30/2008 at 10:46 AM   
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That Didn’t Last Even 10 Days

Mugabe can’t even afford the zeroes

Zimbabwe devalues currency 10,000,000,000 to 1

Zimbabwe will drop 10 zeros from its hyper-inflated currency — turning 10 billion dollars into one — the country’s reserve bank said Wednesday. President Robert Mugabe threatened a state of emergency if businesses profiteer from the country’s economic and political unraveling.

Threatening a state of emergency? Gosh, what do you call the current state of affairs there?

Shop shelves are empty and there are chronic shortages of everything including medication, food, fuel, power and water. Eighty percent of the work force is unemployed and many who do have jobs don’t earn enough to pay for bus fare.

One third of Zimbabweans have become economic and political refugees. Another third is dependent on foreign food aid. But Mugabe barred non-governmental organizations from handing out food last month, claiming they were supporting the opposition.

Yes, much better to let the entire population starve to death than to allow your political opponents any succor. My guess is that about 95% of the populace now counts as the opposition.

On Wednesday, central bank governor Gideon Gono announced he was dropping 10 zeros from the currency, effective Friday. That comes a week after he introduced a 100 billion-dollar note which was not enough to buy a loaf of bread.

Mugabe went on television immediately after Gono’s announcement to warn against illegal money dealings and profiteering.

“Entrepreneurs across the board: Don’t drive us further,” he warned. “If you drive us even more we will impose emergency measures.”

That’s right, it’s the evil businessmen, the capitalists, who are causing the rampant inflation. That’s so obvious: if nobody bought or sold anything, then the money wouldn’t devalue and there wouldn’t be any inflation!

Gono said new money would be launched Friday with 500-dollar bills. He also said he was reintroducing coins, which have been obsolete for years. Gono said the high rate of inflation was hampering the country’s computer systems. Inflation is officially running at 2.2 million percent in Zimbabwe but independent economists say it’s closer to 12.5 million percent. Computers, electronic calculators and automated teller machines at Zimbabwe’s banks cannot handle basic transactions in billions and trillions of dollars.

It is to laugh! Their worthless cash has so many zeroes on it that it’s causing bit overflow on the computers. Wait, they have computers? How the heck can they afford them? At this point I figured they’d be adding everything up with an abacus, or with piles of rocks!

And now, the obligatory victim card:

Mugabe has blamed profiteering and sanctions by the United States and the European Union for Zimbabwe’s economic collapse. Critics have blamed mismanagement by Mugabe’s government and a land reform program that has slashed Zimbabwe’s agricultural output.  Both Mugabe and Gono are targeted by the sanctions, which impose travel bans and asset freezes on more than 170 people, companies and farms.

“The country is under illegal sanctions. These are intended to achieve regime change,” Mugabe charged. “We must strengthen our will and resistance so we can go through this time of difficulty.”

Strengthen it all you want you thieving marxist cannibal. You and your whole outhouse of a country are going down the tubes. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Pity you just couldn’t survive without the white people in charge. Oh well.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/30/2008 at 10:30 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 29, 2008

Oh joy

Less than 3 miles from where I grew up!

Gosh, the old neighborhood sure must have changed! Strip clubs! Robberies! Hispanics!! Where the hell did any of them come from??

Gunmen rob all-nude Nanuet club

guess they didn’t get much, huh? nyuk nyuk nyuk!!

Two armed men forced their way into an all-nude strip club yesterday morning, tied up employees and stole about $10,000 and jewelry, Clarkstown police said yesterday.

The masked men waited outside Stiletto’s Gentlemen’s Cabaret on Route 59 after the club closed between 3 and 3:30 a.m., police said.When one of the club’s employees went outside to smoke, the two men pointed guns at him and forcibly entered the building at 180 E. Route 59, near the Kohl’s strip mall, police said.

The men, pointing their handguns, forced three men and the female bartender to get down on the floor and told them they were looking for money, police said. They tied up two of the men and the woman. They forced the manager to open the safe, police said.

The men took the cash and the manager’s Rolex watch and chain, police said.

“This appears to have been planned out,” Detective Lt. Charles Delo said. “We believe whoever was responsible has done this type of robbery before.”

After the two robbers left the business, one Stiletto’s employee managed to get free from the binding and called police at 3:40 a.m.

“It took them a bit of time to get loose,” Delo said.

Investigators didn’t know whether the robbers drove off or, if they did, what type of car they used.

One robber was described as Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall and 200 pounds, wearing dark clothing, black boots, a ski mask and brown gloves. He held a silver handgun, police said.

The second gunman was described as Hispanic, 25 to 35 years old, about 200 pounds and wearing a dark, fleece, hooded sweatshirt and carrying a black automatic handgun, police said.

Detectives were checking for possible surveillance videos from Stiletto and nearby businesses.

Back in the day my brother used to work right across the street. So how did I find out about this? I read it on a blog, written by a guy who lives in Vermont. Ain’t the internet just wonderful?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/29/2008 at 03:59 PM   
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Barack Obama, a man mainlining Preparation ‘H’

For my American friends who may not know. Dave Cameron is the leader of the opposition (conservative) party. The Tories.  Now as LyndonB would tell ya were he here, the Cons ain’t exactly what most of us at BMEWS think of when we use the term.  In fact, more then a few Brits themselves are wondering just what a con is anymore.

Anyway, this made up interview is funny.  The articulate and well mannered Obama, and the rap talking white guy, Dave Cameron. The only thing I don’t get exactly is the term, BAZ.  ?  I haven’t seen that term before today.

When Call Me Dave met Call Me BazLast updated at 9:55 PM on 28th July 2008

by Littlejohn in The Daily Mail

Gordon Brown looked about as uncomfortable as a man mainlining Preparation H during his meeting with Barack Obama. But when the Messiah met Call Me Dave it was a marriage made in heaven.

Both the young pretenders are consummate actors. Obama was on a mission to prove to Europeans that he’s One Of Them. CMD seemed desperate to prove he could get down with the folks in the hood.

Sympathising over Barack’s busy schedule (or should that be ‘sked-yule’?), Dave appeared to switch effortlessly into American. A stray microphone picked him up saying: ‘These guys just chalk your diary up.’

Doesn’t sound very Old Etonian to me. Both men were obviously anxious to ingratiate themselves.

Dave was hoping some of the Messiah’s hip stardust would rub off on him, while Obama was striving to graft a little old school European sophistication on to his street smarts - as this full transcript of the conversation shows.

The first voice is Dave’s…

Yo, Barack, my man. How’s it hanging? Gimme five.

Enchanted to meet you, Mr Cameron.

Not so formal, bro. Call me Dave.

That’s awfully kind.

Where’s you bin at, Bazza?

I’ve just been visiting with President Sarkozy, in France.

What’s you wanna be rapping with that cheese-eating surrender monkey for?

I’m hoping to build bridges with Europe.

Stick wiz CMD, Baz. I’ll take you to the bridge. You can’t trust the French.

President Sarkozy does have some interesting ideas. And a most attractive wife.

Carla Bruni, man, damn she’s one hot piece-a ass, you know what I’m sayin’?

Indeed I do, er, Dave.

Dy-no-mite, dude. Not like that Hillary Clinton. Man, you whooped her booty good.

I found Mrs Clinton a formidable opponent, I must admit.

Yo bitch Michelle is one sweet slice o’cherry pie, too, you don’t mind me saying.

Not at all. I am very fortunate to have such a clever and good-looking wife. She is a tremendous asset.

Cool with that, Baz. And my ho Sam ain’t too shabby, you dig? Maybe you and Michelle wanna come hang at my crib sometime - West-side.

That would be most agreeable. I hear you have a windmill on your roof.

Damn right, I do, bro. We all gotta do our bit for the en-vi-ro-ment, save all them polar bears, cut our dependence on Ay-rab oil.

I was told you take a great interest in climate change and green matters.

Even got me a picture with a husky. And my ride’s green, too.

Have you got a Toyota Pious?

Better than that, bro. I got me a bysickle, which I rides to work every day. At least, I did until it was stolen outside Tesco.

I’m sorry to hear that.

It’s cool, Baz. My homies put out the word on the street and the skank who stole it gave it back up. Teach him to mess with the Notting Hill Massive.

Aren’t you going to introduce me to your associates, Dave?

Sure thing, dude. Meet my posse. This here’s my main man Georgie- O and the skell in the baseball cap is Willie H. Show some respect to the senator, guys.

I’m delighted to make your acquaintance. I wonder if we could talk about your policies.

Policies, Baz? Who needs policies when you’re up against a loser like Gordon Brown? You’ve met the dude, he’s dead meat.

He did seem a little buttoned-up. Has he always bitten his fingernails?

Bitten, man? We’re talking five course, all-you-can-eat buffet here.

He obviously has some serious psychological issues. How did he ever win an election?

Never did, bro. Just parked his ass in the chair when Tony Blair left. Brown had the chance to hold an election, but bottled it.


Sorry, Baz. He decided not to because he thought he might lose.

He can do that?

You’re damn right he can, bro.

But his party must have voted for him?


You mean he didn’t have to face a primary, or a general election before becoming Prime Minister?

That’s right.

Sounds like Communism to me. We’d never put up with it in America. I mean, I haven’t got any policies, either, but I’ve still got to stand for election in November. And I’ve just been through a gruelling year of primaries. What the hell’s gone wrong with democracy in this crazy country?

Labour’s been trying to abolish it, dude. Our real government’s in Europe these days. Brown handed over the last of Britain’s sovereignty to Brussels without bothering to hold a referendum.

Hang on, let me get this right. England’s all run from Europe now, so it doesn’t really matter who becomes Prime Minister, because he won’t have any real power?

I guess when you put it like that, dude . . .

So why the hell am I wasting my time talking to you, Mr Cameron?

I told you, Baz, call me Dave.

No thanks, Mr Cameron. And enough of the ‘Baz’ already. You can call me ‘Mister President’.

Any colour you like, as long as it’s not black


Absurd: Detective Inspector Chris Pretty has been accused of racism
The first person I heard describe a BMW as ‘Black Man’s Wheels’ was a black man.

It’s an expression which has been in common parlance on the street for donkey’s years.

Now a senior policeman has been reprimanded for using it and had his pay cut as a result.
Superintendent Chris Pretty has been demoted one rank to chief inspector. Two officers complained that when he opened a leaving present containing a toy BMW at a party to mark his last day as head of training, he quipped: ‘Oh, Black Man’s Wheels.’

It was a harmless joke. But instead of telling the complainants to grow up, West Midlands Police took it seriously.

Bini Brown, from the African Caribbean Self Help Organisation in Birmingham, said: ‘These particular comments made by a high-ranking police officer merely add fuel to the myth that BMWs are driven only by black criminals.’

No, they don’t. It’s simply a humorous acknowledgment of the enthusiasm some young black men have for blinged-up Beamers.

Mr Pretty is no racist. He’s done much for the region’s black community as a former head of the ‘black-on-black’ crime taskforce and solved several murders.

A police spokesman said: ‘He has been dealt with in an appropriate manner.’

Actually, he’s been dealt with in an absurd, heavy-handed, vindictive, utterly inappropriate manner.

No wonder so many dedicated police officers are walking away from the job. Mind how you go.


Resident of Club Gitmo

Some news sources still mistakenly describe the last ‘British’ inmate at Guantanamo Bay as a ‘British citizen’. He’s nothing of the sort.

Binyam Mohammed came here from Ethiopia as an asylum seeker in 1994 but was never granted citizenship.

He worked for a while as a janitor and then went to Pakistan ‘to resolve some personal issues’. (At least he didn’t claim to be on a computer course.)

That’s where he was picked up on terrorism charges and transferred to Club Gitmo.

His lawyer is applying to the High Court to force the Foreign Office to secure his release. Technically, he’s not even a British ‘resident’.

He’s an Ethiopian citizen who happened to live here once and was resident in Pakistan when he was arrested. Now he’s resident at Guantanamo Bay.

He’s not our problem and we don’t want him back.


Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/29/2008 at 03:14 PM   
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