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calendar   Wednesday - July 02, 2008

SOME ANGRY BRIT POLITICS IN THE HOUSE.  (doesn’t matter if you don’t know what’s going on)

I’m always fascinated by this stuff.  There’s as much acting here as there is back home in senate and congress, except these folks sound better and they’re usually better actors.  And as a rule, they don’t pussy-foot around things unless they’re referring to each other as “my honorable friend,” when they’re talking about someone they can’t stand the sight of.

http://tinyurl.com/5mc93f


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/02/2008 at 02:10 PM   
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busy day

Not much time for posting today, but here are a couple quick things

Have a nice day, and avoid the moonbats whenever possible. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/02/2008 at 12:39 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 01, 2008

Summer Bowling League, week 7

Woo hoo!! 7-0

I don’t think I posted on it, but we went 7-0 last week too. Tonight’s win was a bit more important though. We played one of the teams that was ranked above us. Before bowling tonight we were in 5th place, out of 8 teams, but only 4 points seperated us from the 1st place team. 5 places, 4 points. That’s how a 90% handicap league works out; it keeps things tight.

Tonight was a squeaker though. We got the first game by only 6 points, mainly because their anchor bowler was wiped out. His wife and baby were there, and the little guy was fussing up a storm. He’s teething, so daddy hasn’t had much sleep lately. So he was threw a 124, way below his 194 average. After the first game he took the two of them home, so he was absent for game 2. Which gave them 60 more pins anyway. But we rolled well, and took that one by 24. The last game was just too close. It was back and forth for the first 8 frames, but then we managed an extra mark in the 9th. That left us 34 down going into the 10th and final frame. That’s a fair amount of pressure. But they didn’t step up, and we did, and by the time their last 4th guy was finished and our 3rd guy had finished, we were down by just a single pin. So it was really sweet for our 4th guy. X-oh oh and we came out 19 ahead.

Oh, and we won the beer frame too. Second week in a row, and we only missed it by a pin the week before that. Free beer? Some things are worth fighting for!

This big win tonight should pull us up in the standings quite a bit, but we found out that at least 2 of the other teams ahead of us also did well tonight. So we’ll have to try for another 7-0 night next week.

Hey, the good news is I’m finally getting the hang of a decent hook shot. Which means my fingertips are burning, but that’s a small price to pay.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2008 at 09:36 PM   
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DAMN STUPID IDIOT WHITE PC FOLKS LICKIN’ MUZZIE BUTT AGAIN! MUZZIES OFFENDED OVER PUPPY!

NO ... IT’S THE DAMN STUPID FUCKIN IDIOT WHITE FOLKS LICKIN MUZZIE ASS AS USUAL AND APOLOGIZING YET AGAIN!
FOR WHAT. WHAT HAS THE MUSLIM SHITS UPSET THIS TIME?
FUCKIN PUPPIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS STUPID LUNATIC CRAP?  THIS PLACE DESERVES TO CRUMBLE IF THIS IS HOW LITTLE THE POWERS THAT BE THINK OF THEIR CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS AND .... AND ..... AW NUTS!

See what happens when you lose control of your own country and culture?  When your borders no longer belong to you. When the PC crowd gains total control.

From The Telegraph, Wed. edition.

Apology over ‘offensive’ puppy police advert after Muslim complaints
By Simon Johnson
Last Updated: 5:03PM BST 01/07/2008

Muslims have complained over a police advert featuring a puppy sitting in an officer’s hat.
A police force has apologised to Islamic leaders for the “offensive” postcard advertising a new non-emergency telephone number, which shows a six-month-old trainee police dog named Rebel.

The German shepherd puppy has proved hugely popular with the public, hundreds of who have logged on to the force’s website to read his online training diary.

But some Muslims in the Dundee area have reportedly been upset by the image because they consider dogs to be “ritually unclean”, while shopkeepers have refused to display the advert.

Tayside Police have admitted they should have consulted their ‘diversity’ officers before issuing the cards, but critics argued their apology was unnecessary.

Richard Cook, director of the Campaign Against Political Correctness in Scotland, said: “Britain is the greatest dog-loving country in the world.

“In our culture, dogs are a man’s best friend. I don’t think Andrex are likely to be dropping the puppy dog from their adverts and for the police to apologise is ludicrous.”

(Andrex is toilet paper.  Features puppies in it’s ads and on the product package. )
Rebel has proved a popular recruit for Tayside Police and is about to venture out onto the streets, having just completed his course of inoculations.

imageHe was given his name after visiting St Ninians Primary School in Dundee where pupils put forward hundreds of ideas of what he should be called.

But some Islamic scholars believe that dogs are impure and therefore ‘haraam’ - or forbidden - except for use in hunting or farming, and that it is not hygienic to keep a dog in the house.

(that is NO excuse for being offended by this ad. Go the fuck back to whatever blighted rat hole, mud hut country you came from. Dogs are generally cleaner then you are. )

They say that the “impurity of dogs is the greatest of animal impurities”, and anyone who touches one must wash the body part that has come into contact with the animal seven times.

Mohammed Asif, a Dundee City councillor who sits on the Tayside Joint Police Board, said the postcards had been raised this week with John Vine, the chief constable.

He said: “My concern was that it is not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards. It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities. The police should have understood.

“Since then the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part and that if they had seen it was going to cause upset they would not have done it.

“People who have shops just will not put up the postcard. But the police have said to me that it was simply an oversight and they did not seek to offend or upset.”

A spokesman for Tayside Police said that Rebel had proved “extremely popular” with children and adults since he joined the force aged six weeks.

He added: “His incredible world-wide popularity - he has attracted record visitor numbers to our website - led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number.

“However, we did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.”

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2008 at 01:54 PM   
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Super Fantastic, but expensive

"Ladies, are you eager to wear those stunning but complex eyeshadow styles the models have in all the fashion magazines, but you don’t have the time or the skill to apply them? And you can’t afford a personal make-up assistant? Well then, this product is just for you.”

Gosh, I love new inventions, whether they pan out or not. Here’s one that could really be a winner if the price came down a bit…



New product: Press-On Eyeshadow!



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It’s such a great idea that two companies came out with it simultaneously, one in the US, one in Australia. I’ll give the land down under props for a better name; what ColorOn in the US calls Instant Eye Shadow (boring but accurate), Majic Beauty in Oz names Eye Majic (ooh, sexy). Either way, what you get is a bit of bandage material with the eye shadow already attached. Then you just stick it on your eyelid, give it a press - or a wiggle if you want to be inventive - and pull it off. Ta da! Your eyes look hot, and you’ve just saved ... how much time? Plus they have lots of patterns, including leopard spots for you nascent cougars, and even camouflage for you redneck gals!

Sure guys, we’re going to smirk at this one. But the next time you’re cooling your heels in the car, waiting, and waiting, and waiting ... because she said she’d be ready in “just a second” ... you just might be tempted to give these links a visit.

The US product costs $3 a go, the Aussie one $2 a go. I wonder if the next generation product will also include the mascara?

This post brought to you by the ever watchful, ever surfing Rancino, who found the reference over at Springwise. How he got there I haven’t a clue, but thanks!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2008 at 12:10 PM   
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A most excellent comment

Following the Insta-lanche over to Protein Wisdom, I found this comment near the top of the pile on Jeff’s post about the Oh So Patriotic Obama speech that we all ignored for the bullshit that it is.
I’ve never actually posted on a comment before, but the fine lady, fellow Scorpio, non-bleeding heart, and possible tech geek (cool!!!) who runs Dicentra’s Garden wrote a real winner, and I mean that in the bestest possible way:

# 22

Comment by dicentra on 6/30 @ 3:24 pm #

Patriotism. Crap, I guess I’ll have to drag out my thoughts on What Patriotism Is. And Ain’t.

Because there are various strains of patriotism, and we’re probably not all talking about the same thing when we use the word. To wit:

Nostalgic Patriotism — This is the type of patriotism that arises from your emotional connection to your homeland. It is not related to political philosophy or system of government; it’s just the natural attachment to Home. It’s the kind of patriotism displayed by the immigrant to the U.S., who loves the U.S. and all, but who hangs a flag from the home country in the living room as a reminder of those they left behind.

Home Team Patriotism — This type of patriotism is similar to a sports fan’s boosterism for the home team. It’s most often displayed at the Olympics, where you wear team colors and wave the team flag and scream your lungs out. Then when your team wins, you are also covered in glory.

This type of patriotism, in its ugliest form, takes on the jingoistic “my country, right or wrong” attitude represented by Frank Burns on M*A*S*H. It is revulsion for this charactature of Patriotism that causes people like Barack Obama to remove his flag lapel pin, calling it “false patriotism.”

Silly lefty: waving the flag and saying Go Team is not the same as jingoism; you’re just blinded by your disdain for Those People who DO wave the flag, and do it enthusiastically.

Ideological Patriotism — This type of patriotism might be unique to the United States, because it denotes loyalty to the Enlightenment ideals that are enshrined in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence. The ideologically patriotic are loyal to those ideas no matter where they are found: on this piece of dirt, on dirt where they speak another language, dirt on the moon, if necessary.

This type of patriotism is what leads many if not most people to sign up for military service: to preserve the ideology that brought this nation into being and has kept it free and prosperous. Those who would replace the Enlightenment principles with others are considered to be unpatriotic on these grounds.

This type of patriotism is not incompatible with the previous two.

Idealistic Patriotism — This type of patriotism denotes loyalty to How Things Could Be, If Only We Got The Right People In Charge. It is not a desire to destroy the country but to pull it forward, just as the Founders pulled us forward from Monarchy.

However, this type of patriotism does not necessarily denote loyalty to the Enlightenment principles that are enshrined in our founding documents and in fact often insists on leaving those principles behind, thus to honor the promise of A Better America.

(Especially an America that isn’t the planet’s big mean bully. I mean, crap, it’s embarrassing to be in the most powerful country when Everybody Knows that Powerful = Oppressive = Evil. If we’d just keep our stupid troops and industry and ideology to ourselves, Our Betters in Europe would discard the disdain they’ve held for us since 1620. Really. That would be good.)

This type of patriotism is almost always incompatible with Ideological Patriotism, and although it is not incompatible with the first two, may who adhere to this last type of patriotism do not care for what they see as “flag-waving jingoism.”

So if you want to accuse someone of being unpatriotic, you could at least specify which patriotic they’re not.

I leave it to my erudite readers to deconstruct the fluffy clouds that Idealistic Patriotism rests upon. And Ms. Dicentra was being sarcastic in between the parentheses, just so you know. But I think she has hit the nail on the head perfectly. I’ve never thought to categorize different kinds of patriotism before. I never even stopped to think that there might be different categories, or that some of them might be mutually exclusive. But she is absolutely correct. And if your patriotism is mostly of the Idealistic kind, I posit that you are no real patriot. At all. That means you Obama.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2008 at 10:21 AM   
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Here They Go Again …

Own a gun? You’ll probably kill yourself




CNN runs the wire story that plays with statistics to imply that gun owners are inherently self-destructive. Completely ignoring statistics from other countries that show that suicidal people will find a way too off themselves no matter what, even if they don’t have access to firearms. Typical obfuscation from the left.

More than half firearm deaths are suicides


The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on gun ownership last week focused on citizens’ ability to defend themselves from intruders in their homes. But research shows that surprisingly often, gun owners use the weapons on themselves.

Suicides accounted for 55 percent of the nation’s nearly 31,000 firearm deaths in 2005, the most recent year for which statistics are available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

There was nothing unique about that year—gun-related suicides have outnumbered firearm homicides and accidents for 20 of the last 25 years. In 2005, homicides accounted for 40 percent of gun deaths. Accidents accounted for 3 percent. The remaining 2 percent included legal killings, such as when police do the shooting, and cases that involve undetermined intent.
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The high court’s majority opinion made no mention of suicide. But in a dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer used the word 14 times in voicing concern about the impact of striking down the handgun ban.

“If a resident has a handgun in the home that he can use for self-defense, then he has a handgun in the home that he can use to commit suicide or engage in acts of domestic violence,” Breyer wrote.

Oh, just STFU already. You lost Heller, now get over it. 17,000 people killed themselves with a gun. 15,000 people found some other way. Meanwhile, 90,000,000 people who own guns didn’t kill themselves, nor did 210,000,000 other people who don’t own guns.

“Other methods are not as lethal,” said Jon Vernick, co-director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research in Baltimore.

Golly gee whiz, do you think that’s why suicidal people choose to use a gun in the first place? Idiot.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2008 at 09:28 AM   
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I’m tired of the timid

Not only is this election season never ending, it’s boring as hell. We had a solid year and a half of campaigning, maybe even more, before a single caucus was held or the first primary vote was cast. The primaries went on forever, nearly half a year. And we still have the conventions ... and it’s still 5 solid months until the election. GAK.

But what really drags on me is the pussy footing around. The tentativeness. The aversion to making a bold or strong statement for or against anything, and especially the same aversion to making even the most minuscule criticism of anyone else. And we see, nearly every day, another talking head getting “thrown under the bus”, usually for stating the simple truth, in a less than gleamingly polished manner. I’m not just talking about the freaks, haters, and other losers associated with the Obama campaign. They actually need throwing under a bus. Metaphorically. Or hiding in a closet. No, I’m also talking about the more normal talking heads who have been cut off because they spoke out on their own. Geraldine Ferrarro is one example. How many more have their been?

The latest victim of this “let’s play nice” nonsense looks to be Wesley Clark. Now Wes, in my opinion, is a few bricks shy of a load. He reminds me a bit of Ron Paul, only without the intellect and energy. Unless he has some other sterling qualities I’ve missed, the first word that comes to mind to describe him would be “surly”. So Wes comes out and says that John McCain’s military service - which seems to consist of getting shot down and spending years being tortured in prison camp - doesn’t qualify him to be president. Well, that’s debatable. Mostly. It does show that he is at least smart enough to learn to fly a fighter plane, which is an insanely complex thing. And his service shows some strong patriotic fervor, because I’m certain that McCain wasn’t drafted. And he did get to be a strike leader at least once, so when the opportunity for leadership appeared, he stepped up. And the word is that he resisted his torturers for an amazingly long time, which shows he can be one tough SOB when necessary. And I’d call all those good presidential qualities.

But the moment Clark made his snippy little remark, the great Obamessiah leaped to distance himself. And that’s my gripe. No one even loosely associated with this guy is allowed to have an opinion it seems. Obama has no respect for viewpoints other than his own; that’s my only take-away. Toe the line exactly and keep your mouth shut. Or else. Gosh, that’s freedom. Gosh, I can’t wait until that kind of Change is running the country.

Clark Attack On McCain Upstages Obama Speech

The fallout from retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark’s Sunday comment that “riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down” is not “a qualification to be president,” dominated campaign coverage yesterday. In today’s coverage, Clark is widely seen as having hurt Sen. Barack Obama by seeming to belittle Sen. John McCain’s well known record of service in the Navy and his experience as a POW. Moreover, the controversy distracted media attention from Obama’s speech on patriotism.

Last night’s network news broadcasts portrayed the controversy as a PR disaster for the Obama campaign. On NBC Nightly News, for example, NBC News political director Chuck Todd said Obama had hoped that his speech yesterday on patriotism would get as much coverage as his March speech on race relations, but the Clark episode overshadowed the long-planned event. Said Todd, “What Wesley Clark did yesterday, whether he meant to or not, whether he was trying to audition to be the number two to show how he can be an attack dog, it ended up stepping on this speech and really causing some political pain for Obama today. Now this speech on patriotism looks like a response rather than him trying to put to rest this idea of whether he’s patriotic enough, whether he’s American enough.”

... and of course now comes the bus-toss ...

a spokesman for Sen. Obama said Obama “honors and respects Senator McCain’s service, and of course, he rejects yesterday’s statement by General Clark.”

Of course Obama wants to ignore McCain’s military service. Because BO has none of his own. Because BO hates America, just like his wife does. Because the idiotic statement of a nut-job like Clark upstages his pathetic attempt to bullshit the public. Again.

So what does Mr. Excitement do for a response? Does he lambast Clark? Does he point out that Clark, a retired general, got there by pushing papers for decades? That the one time they let him in the field he nearly started World War III over a couple of Russian trucks at an airport? That Clark’s military service was mostly worthless? Hell no.

John McCain on Monday said he is proud of his military service and said recent critical comments by Barack Obama supporter Wes Clark were “unnecessary,” as Obama repudiated political attacks on military service and criticized a MoveOn.org newspaper ad that riled lawmakers last year.

“That kind of thing is unnecessary. I am proud of my record of service, and I have plenty of friends and leaders who will attest to that,” McCain said

BORING !! And McCain’s response makes me believe the guy is living on Xanax. “Fire in the belly”? Like hell. He doesn’t even have matches in his house, much less any in his pockets. DULL. But I’m getting sidetracked. It’s like I’m falling asleep even writing about this. Oh, that’s because I am. Where was I? ... ah yes ...

Let’s take the clamps off folks. Let’s unchock the wheels and get this thing rolling. This campaign is boring. Unbelievably boring. Duller than dishwater. I’ve turned off the debates to go watch the grass grow, just for the comparative thrill of it. I think we should give the PC Police a half year holiday and allow the mud to slide. Turn up the thermostat on the furnace of rhetoric. Get some excitement going in this damn thing before we all nod off permanently.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2008 at 08:07 AM   
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