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calendar   Monday - July 28, 2008

Midwestern man shoots mower, voids warranty .

A 56-year-old man from Wisconsin has been arrested after shooting his “Lawn-Boy” mower because it would not start.
Last Updated: 3:10PM BST 27 Jul 2008

(hey, how many of us have wanted to do that to our puters?)

Keith Walendowski told police he shot his lawnmower because it was not working Photo: AP “I can do that,” Keith Walendowski told Milwaukee police after his arrest. “It’s my lawn mower and my yard, so I can shoot it if I want.”

Police charged Mr Walendowski with possession of a short-barreled shotgun or rifle and disorderly conduct.

He could face a fine of up to $11,000 and six years and three months in prison, if convicted.

A woman who lives with Mr Walendowski told police he had been drinking, according to the complaint.

Police arrested Mr Walendowski in his basement and recovered a shotgun, shells, a handgun and also a stun gun at the home.

Mr Walendowski said he would tell police “the truth,” according to the complaint.

“I got pissed because my lawn mower wouldn’t start, so I got my shotgun and shot it,” he said.

As for the mower, a local retailer said the gunshot damage could make its repair unlikely.

“Anything not factory recommended would void the warranty,” Dick Wagner of Wagner’s Garden Mart told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/28/2008 at 09:57 AM   
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MOONBAT MONDAY?  lOOKS THAT WAY SO FAR.  HOW’S THIS?  BURGLER FALLS ASLEEP IN VICTIMS HOME.

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Microsoft has it’s patch Tuesdays (which I get on Wednesdays) and apparently BMEWS is having a Moonbat Monday today.
Must be somthing in the air or water.

‘Goldilocks’ burglar found asleep in victim’s home
A family returning from a day out were stunned to find a burglar lying fast asleep in one of their beds.
By Nick Britten
Last Updated: 2:05PM BST 28 Jul 2008

Tommy Gill, 27, was branded “Goldilocks” by police after being found flat out in a child’s bed, surrounded by stolen possessions.

He had broken into the house, belonging to a single mother, her 12-year-old son and 10-year-old daughter, and had collected all the things he intended to steal.

However, having taken 15 Valium tablets, he was too tired to make his getaway and nodded off on the 12-year-old’s bed.

The 33-year-old mother, who asked not to be identified, said: “When we got home I sensed something was not right. My daughter pointed out the light was on and that was a bit strange.

“I sent the kids into the kitchen to get their milk and cookies before bedtime and my daughter noticed glass on the floor. Then I saw the back door was smashed in.

“I rushed the children across the road to my mum’s house and came back a few minutes later with some of the family and then went straight upstairs.

“I didn’t spot him the first time. I looked in my son’s bedroom and saw the X-box on the bed.

“Then I looked to the side of the bed where there was a mattress and saw the head of this figure.

“I couldn’t believe it. I ran down the stairs saying ‘he’s still here, he’s still here’. I couldn’t believe he was still in my house.

“I thought he must have knocked himself out by banging his head on the beams or something like that.

“It was a huge relief when the police arrived a few minutes later - but I think it took them a while to wake him up.”

Gill had ransacked the home in Portsmouth, Hants, and left possessions strewn across the floor after breaking in on July 20.

The 27-year-old picked up a rucksack and stuffed the boy’s new X-box computer and games into it. He also raided the boy’s money box, containing £120 he had saved up for his holiday.

Gill stashed the money down his trousers and headed upstairs where he promptly fell asleep on a mattress.

After he was arrested Gill told police he had taken the Valium tablets and was deeply sorry to the family for what he had done.

He will be sentenced next month at Portsmouth Crown Court, having plead guilty to three counts of burglary.

PC Chris Dinenage, of Hampshire Police, said: “The idiocy of the offender led to his own downfall.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/28/2008 at 09:32 AM   
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ANOTHER REALLY DUMB AND STUPID MOONBAT ALERT. IT’S THE BRIT TURN THIS TIME.

I AM SO PO’d TODAY. I CAN’T BELIEVE THESE FOLKS ARE ACTUALLY THIS FRAKEN STUPID.
THE BRIT POST OFFICE HERE IN WINCHESTER.

WAS A TIME FOLKS, AND I KNOW THIS FROM EXPERIENCE, WHEN THE BRIT POSTAL SERVICE WAS PROBABLY THE BEST IN THE WORLD.
IT WAS AS GOOD AND ACTUALLY IN MANY WAYS BETTER THEN OURS IN THE USA.  TRUST ME, PLEASE.

NOT ANYMORE. 

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So here’s the story ... and this time it’s personal!
A week or so ago I sent out an email to some people and Drew will recall, one of those emails went to him.
In my note I said look what’s goin’ on here. Can you believe this?  Or words close to it. What happened was, I went to the post office to mail a few letters as I’ve been doing for the past four years.  As usual, the return address in the upper left hand corner and the person being sent to, in the usual place.
Oh says the postal clerk (pronounced clark here) behind the window, in future you may want to put your return address on the BACK of your envelopes instead to the upper left front. 
When I asked why, I was informed that for some reason the folks at the sorting office were sending mail to the FROM address instead of the address smack in the middle of the fuckin envelope!  Smart huh?  So I told Drew and someone else about that and proceeded to change my errant ways.  This letter just mailed to Drew came back today. It even says From on the return addrss. So, I am taking this envelope to the PO tomorrow and will try again. Tho they may not accept it this way.

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Now here’s the front where this is addressed to Drew.  And by the way, Thorolf, Val, Drew,Lynne, Wardmom and I forget who else, I sent out some snail mail today before I got this letter back. And oh yeah, our post was several hours late today. 

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This is really so far beyond STUPID and Moonbattery I can’t even think of a new term. Can you?  Just how dumb can they get here?


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/28/2008 at 07:41 AM   
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Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable.

There isn’t anything I can say that you won’t.
Except, anyone surprised?


Killing in the name of Islam is acceptable… the view of one third of British Muslim students

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:58 PM on 27th July 2008

Almost a third of British Muslim university students say killing in the name of Islam is justified, a poll found

Nearly one third of Muslim students believe it can be acceptable to kill in the name of religion, according to a survey published yesterday.

It also found that 40 per cent want to see the introduction of Islamic sharia law in Britain, 40 per cent think it wrong for Muslim men and women to mix freely together, and 33 per cent want to see a worldwide Islamic government based on sharia law.

The findings were described by researchers at the Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, which commissioned the poll, as ‘deeply alarming’.

But a prominent Muslim student group called the report ‘weak and unrepresentative’ and said it undermined ‘positive work carried out by Islamic societies’.

The Centre for Social Cohesion, founded last year to study religion and tolerance, has drawn attention to the extremist influence of Islamic societies and study centres at British universities.

The survey was based on a YouGov poll of 1,400 students, 600 of them Muslims, at 12 universities with influential Islamic societies.

These included eight in London, among them the London School of Economics, Imperial College, and the School of Oriental and African Studies, and the
universities of Birmingham, Leeds, Leicester and Manchester.

It found that a large minority of Muslim students express views that are strongly socially conservative or which suggest they are open to extremist thinking.

While 32 per cent justified killing in the name of religion if the religion was under attack, 60 per cent of students active in Islamic societies did so. Four per cent thought killing to promote religion was permissible.

More than half, 54 per cent, wanted an Islamic political party to stand up for Muslims at Westminster.

There was strong criticism of the British Government over Iraq - 66 per cent of Muslim students said they had lost respect for it.

But 30 per cent of Muslim students said their respect for British society had grown because of the negative public reaction to the Iraq war.

Report author Hannah Stuart said: ‘These findings are deeply alarming. Students in higher education are the future leaders of their communities, yet significant numbers of them appear to hold beliefs which contravene liberal, democratic values.

‘These results are deeply embarrassing for those who have said that there is no extremism in British universities.’

Miss Stewart also said that ministers should be wary about treating university Islamic societies as representative because their members appeared to be more extreme than other Muslim students.

The Federation of Student Islamic Societies called the survey mischievous.

Its president Faisal Hanjra said: ‘This is yet another damning attack on the Muslim community by elements within the academic arena whose only purpose seems to be the undermining of sincere efforts by mainstream Muslim organisations to tackle the threat of terror which wider society faces.

‘The report is methodologically weak, it is unrepresentative and above all serves only to undermine the positive work carried out by Islamic societies across the country.’

Concerns over extremism among the 90,000 Muslims studying at British universities have grown alongside the spread of radical groups, including the Hizb ut-Tahrir organisation which Tony Blair said in 2005 should be banned.

Terrorists who have passed through British universities include Kafeel Ahmed, who died after driving a burning vehicle into a Glasgow airport terminal last year, and Jawad Akbar, jailed for life in April 2007 for conspiring to attack shopping malls and nightclubs. He was said to have become involved in militancy while a student at Brunel University.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/28/2008 at 02:23 AM   
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MOONBAT ALERT, HIGH PRIORTY.  FROM CALIFORNIA THIS TIME.  WHERE ELSE?

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Good Morning BMEWS posters and lurkers and those passing thru.

This story was originally found in London’s Telegraph .  Of course, the Telegraph being the Telegraph, I had to go to the source (USA) for this story. Which is why the link takes you to the Herald.

The thing is, I can see Brits reading this and saying, hold on a minute.  And we’re crazy?  Well no. But you might have an awful lot of Californians living here who call themselves Brits. Get confusing. 

While this story is a few days old, it only just appeared here this morning. I think the whole idea is typically California STUPID. But ya know, Ca. isn’t the only place.  These folks are surely delusional. 

FAST DRAWS ATTENTION TO VIOLENCE

Salinas residents battle gang troubles in their own way

By CLAUDIA MELÉNDEZ SALINAS
Herald Salinas Bureau
Article Last Updated: 07/25/2008 09:35:16 AM PDT

They’ve preached to their congregations against gang violence. They’ve knocked on doors and described to school groups the grief of losing their children to the streets. They’ve lobbied politicians for more money for law enforcement and after-school programs.

And this week they’re fasting for peace. The weeklong, citywide fast started Sunday.

Heeding a call from Salinas Mayor Dennis Donohue, hundreds — perhaps thousands — of Salinas residents are abstaining from food and praying in an effort to cure the city of one of its greatest ills. Many are community activists who have been long involved in the city’s fight against crime.

People are participating in different ways. Josie Camarena is giving up junk food and other snacks that she craves, but that are not healthful to eat. The Rev. Gary Dean Gallegos of Victory Mission is giving up food from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

In the latest effort to contain gang violence in Salinas, the faithful are facing the skepticism of people who don’t believe abstaining from earthly needs will prevent gang members from killing each other on the city’s streets.

But, for the most part, those committed to their weeklong fast remain unmoved.

“I had a lot of negative calls yesterday,” said Deborah Aguilar, a peace activist and advisory member of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s California Gang Reduction, Intervention and Prevention Program. “Some people just want to mock and laugh and see if I’ll defend our leaders, and I

don’t need to do that. That’s the purpose of our fast: to promote peace, to pray. There’s too much negativity already.”

Armed with Bibles, “Fasting for Peace” buttons and an unflinching faith in their intentions, the activists believe theirs is a worthy cause and are encouraging each other in meetings.

Some say they have the power to touch the hearts of hardened criminals, people who would stop at nothing to eliminate a gang rival. Others are praying to keep their children out of harm’s way. Most are gathering strength to continue on their daily struggles without giving up.

“I’ve lived here all my life, and I’ve seen how (the violence) is affecting me personally,” Camarena said. “Even though we’re not involved in gangs, it affects us. If my children are playing in the front of the house, I don’t feel safe.”

With 17 homicides this year in Salinas, the city is on a record-breaking pace. The number is the highest in Salinas since 2004, when there were 20. The worst annual record was 24 slayings in 1994.

The latest homicide occurred July 13, when Maria De la Torre was killed by two police officers who believed she was threatening them with a sharp object.

City officials and community activists are trying every trick in the book to tackle the problem. Police presence doubled in the streets after a rash of shootings, community meetings erupted after a particularly bloody weekend, and the reinvigorated library system distributed library cards to all elementary school students, with the idea that literacy prevents crime.

But the street violence isn’t confined by city boundaries. Ray Torres lost his 20-year-old child to a stabbing in Castroville nearly two years ago, and now he and his wife make school presentations to tell their story.

“I really believe that, with prayer and fasting, the Lord will see how sincere we are, and he’s going to give these guys out there doing violence a second thought about it,” Torres said. “Prayer is very powerful, but you don’t hear people praying until something bad happens to them.”

The idea of a fast was born during a meeting of the Monterey County Pastors Prayer Partners, a religious group that preaches on the streets on Saturday nights, when gang warfare intensifies.

During Thursday’s meeting, the clergy called the fast successful and decided to extend it for another week.

“We can’t just let it die,” The Rev. Frank Gomez of the United Methodist Church told the group. “We can’t just say, ‘We did it,’ and that’s it. There has to be some tangible, and it has to be the bringing of the community together.”

Donohue, who visited the group, agreed to end the first week of fasting at 4 p.m. Sunday in front of the First United Methodist Church on Lincoln Avenue. He told the group he received calls from other communities interested in duplicating the fast. He will pitch the idea of a statewide fast to the California Cities Gang Prevention Network at the group’s meeting in August.

For all the naysayers, there are hundreds of others taking up the cause and fasting to strengthen their peace movement, participants said.

The publicity has shone a light on a problem that usually only gets attention when a shooting takes place.

“Clearly, the idea of fasting struck a chord,” Donohue said.

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Obama ventured forth to bring light to the world.  (yk-yuk-yuk)

Gerard Baker
The Times (London) Online

From The Times July 25, 2008

The anointed one’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land is a miracle in action - and a blessing to all his faithful followersGerard Baker
And it came to pass, in the eighth year of the reign of the evil Bush the Younger (The Ignorant), when the whole land from the Arabian desert to the shores of the Great Lakes had been laid barren, that a Child appeared in the wilderness.

The Child was blessed in looks and intellect. Scion of a simple family, offspring of a miraculous union, grandson of a typical white person and an African peasant. And yea, as he grew, the Child walked in the path of righteousness, with only the occasional detour into the odd weed and a little blow.

When he was twelve years old, they found him in the temple in the City of Chicago, arguing the finer points of community organisation with the Prophet Jeremiah and the Elders. And the Elders were astonished at what they heard and said among themselves: “Verily, who is this Child that he opens our hearts and minds to the audacity of hope?”

In the great Battles of Caucus and Primary he smote the conniving Hillary, wife of the deposed King Bill the Priapic and their barbarian hordes of Working Class Whites.

And so it was, in the fullness of time, before the harvest month of the appointed year, the Child ventured forth - for the first time - to bring the light unto all the world.

He travelled fleet of foot and light of camel, with a small retinue that consisted only of his loyal disciples from the tribe of the Media. He ventured first to the land of the Hindu Kush, where the

Taleban had harboured the viper of al-Qaeda in their bosom, raining terror on all the world.

And the Child spake and the tribes of Nato immediately loosed the Caveats that had previously bound them. And in the great battle that ensued the forces of the light were triumphant. For as long as the Child stood with his arms raised aloft, the enemy suffered great blows and the threat of terror was no more.

From there he went forth to Mesopotamia where he was received by the great ruler al-Maliki, and al-Maliki spake unto him and blessed his Sixteen Month Troop Withdrawal Plan even as the imperial warrior Petraeus tried to destroy it.

And lo, in Mesopotamia, a miracle occurred. Even though the Great Surge of Armour that the evil Bush had ordered had been a terrible mistake, a waste of vital military resources and doomed to end in disaster, the Child’s very presence suddenly brought forth a great victory for the forces of the light.

And the Persians, who saw all this and were greatly fearful, longed to speak with the Child and saw that the Child was the bringer of peace. At the mention of his name they quickly laid aside their intrigues and beat their uranium swords into civil nuclear energy ploughshares.

From there the Child went up to the city of Jerusalem, and entered through the gate seated on an ass. The crowds of network anchors who had followed him from afar cheered “Hosanna” and waved great palm fronds and strewed them at his feet.

In Jerusalem and in surrounding Palestine, the Child spake to the Hebrews and the Arabs, as the Scripture had foretold. And in an instant, the lion lay down with the lamb, and the Israelites and Ishmaelites ended their long enmity and lived for ever after in peace.

As word spread throughout the land about the Child’s wondrous works, peoples from all over flocked to hear him; Hittites and Abbasids; Obamacons and McCainiacs; Cameroonians and Blairites.

And they told of strange and wondrous things that greeted the news of the Child’s journey. Around the world, global temperatures began to decline, and the ocean levels fell and the great warming was over.

The Great Prophet Algore of Nobel and Oscar, who many had believed was the anointed one, smiled and told his followers that the Child was the one generations had been waiting for.

And there were other wonderful signs. In the city of the Street at the Wall, spreads on interbank interest rates dropped like manna from Heaven and rates on credit default swaps fell to the ground as dead birds from the almond tree, and the people who had lived in foreclosure were able to borrow again.

Black gold gushed from the ground at prices well below $140 per barrel. In hospitals across the land the sick were cured even though they were uninsured. And all because the Child had pronounced it.

And this is the testimony of one who speaks the truth and bears witness to the truth so that you might believe. And he knows it is the truth for he saw it all on CNN and the BBC and in the pages of The New York Times.

Then the Child ventured forth from Israel and Palestine and stepped onto the shores of the Old Continent. In the land of Queen Angela of Merkel, vast multitudes gathered to hear his voice, and he preac
hed to them at length.

But when he had finished speaking his disciples told him the crowd was hungry, for they had had nothing to eat all the hours they had waited for him.

And so the Child told his disciples to fetch some food but all they had was five loaves and a couple of frankfurters. So he took the bread and the frankfurters and blessed them and told his disciples to feed the multitudes. And when all had eaten their fill, the scraps filled twelve baskets.

Thence he travelled west to Mount Sarkozy. Even the beauteous Princess Carla of the tribe of the Bruni was struck by awe and she was great in love with the Child, but he was tempted not.

On the Seventh Day he walked across the Channel of the Angles to the ancient land of the hooligans. There he was welcomed with open arms by the once great prophet Blair and his successor, Gordon the Leper, and his successor, David the Golden One.

And suddenly, with the men appeared the archangel Gabriel and the whole host of the heavenly choir, ranks of cherubim and seraphim, all praising God and singing: “Yes, We Can.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/26/2008 at 04:30 PM   
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Global warming – the great conspiracy - and - Obama’s moment in Berlin

Global warming – the great conspiracy

Did you see the fuss this week when Channel 4 was rebuked for a programme that dared to suggest global warming might not be man-made?

It was as if it had said that Nelson Mandela was a paedophile. Eco-bores carpeted over acres of newsprint banging on about how it ignores “the science”. (At school we called it science.

I don’t know where the pompous definite article came from.) I remain convinced that global warming is nothing to do with me driving a gas guzzler, or cows breaking wind. It does, though, give the eco-bores a fabulous opportunity to undermine capitalism – what really motivates them.

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Obama’s Kinnock moment in Berlin

On my visits to America this year for their elections I have been impressed by the rhetorical skills of Barack Obama only slightly less than I have been impressed by his ability to talk complete flannel in his handsomely crafted speeches.

His whistlestop tour of the Middle East and Europe has only reinforced my view that he is nothing more than a charismatic charlatan who would be gravely out of his depth if elected leader of the free world.

His speech in Berlin on Thursday was atrocious in its cynicism – he didn’t even offer a German translation for his audience – and mindless in its content. America loves its rock stars and film stars, and now seems to want to have one for a head of state.

It is rather a shame that we might have to endure the consequences, too. In its posturing and complacency, Berlin could be to Mr Obama what the Sheffield rally of 1992 was to Neil Kinnock.

Alright I need to explain the referrence to a pol most if not all Americans won’t know. There’s a longer really fascinating story about he and his wife but for now
here’s what Mr. Heffer is talking about re. Neil Kinnock.  Who btw belonged to Blairs Labour Party.
After Mrs. Thatcher was deposed, Kinnock gave a rousing rah,rah speech at a rally and the crowds fell in love. He was gonna be the next Prime Minister and the
Labour Party was a shoe in.  John Major didn’t stand a chance he said, Major was referred to as The Grey Man.  So you get the picture.  Major won anyway and the Conservatives were in power.  So much for glorious sounding speeches.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/26/2008 at 07:20 AM   
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Health and safety killjoys tell war veterans they are too old to hoist the Union Flag over town hall

oh man ya just gotta weep for what was once Great Britain.  these H and S folks are gonna finish what uncontrolled immigration and pol. correctness have started.
ok sure. many of these guys are pretty old. but there are guys older then me that are in better shape. and why can’t the idividual himself decide if he can handle it?  I guess it also part of the fear of being sued that could also have something to do with this.  Whatever, this Health and Safety thing has become a curse.

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:38 AM on 26th July 2008

imageUp in arms: Veterans John Ireland (right) and Keith Hutchins in front of the town hall

In their younger days, they risked death and injury to fight for their country against the Nazis and other enemies.

But, now, war veterans who want to fly the Union Flag proudly above their town hall are being defeated by a barrage of health and safety rules.

Royal British Legion members had scented victory after fighting for months to hoist the flag permanently in Calne, Wiltshire.

The council suggested handing over the operation to the veterans - but then landed them with a 50-point list of rules banning anyone with a wide range of health conditions from going on the roof.

All the branch’s 84 members are over 60 and suffer from a variety of ailments which would stop them going up a ladder to raise the flag.

The council report rules out anyone taking prescription medicines or with a history of heart problems, asthma, stroke, high or low blood pressure, epilepsy, fear of heights, depression, poor sight, mobility problems or diabetes.

Councillor John Ireland, 61, who is also branch chairman and served in the Army for 27 years, said: ‘We have fought bravely and many of us risked our lives in a world war.

‘We are perfectly capable of going up a ladder a few feet to put a flag up on a roof.

‘All the council is trying to do is find excuses to stop flying the flag.

‘They have been very sneaky. What they gave in one hand, they took away in the other, knowing full well none of us is fit enough to match those rules.’

The report adds that anyone raising the flag would have to undergo training courses in ‘working at height’ and ‘manual handling’.
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They would also have to be kitted out in safety footwear and weatherproof clothing.

The 25ft flagpole is on a section of flat roof accessed via a ladder through a skylight.

But the veterans cannot ask younger non-members to help as they have to be covered by the RBL’s £10million insurance policy.


The 26ft flagpole is on a 30ft roof - but the war veterans insist it is no challenge
The dispute began last November when the 19-member council rejected Mr Ireland’s proposal to fly the Union Flag permanently.

Opponents cited the £80 annual cost and said the flag would lose significance if flown every day.

But legion members claim the council is being politically-correct as it fears being labelled racist.

Mr Ireland believed the veterans had won when the council agreed to consider handing over the control and cost of the flagpole.

But days later, town hall clerk Linda Roberts produced the lengthy rules for councillors to consider before voting on the idea.

She suggests a ‘less risky option’, such as flying the flag from the side of the council building or from another building in the town.

Branch treasurer Margaret Russell added: ‘The health and safety rules are just the latest hurdle the council has put in our way. It is our flag and we should be proud of it.’

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/26/2008 at 06:38 AM   
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LADY FINED $600.00 FOR USING THE WRONG COLOR TRASH BAG.  JOKE?  NO. NOT AT ALL.

The fine was revoked but ......

Trader is fined £300 by council for using black bin bags instead of grey
Story from:  The Daily Mail, England

Nicole Rosbrook was fined for using the wrong coloured bin bags
Customers shopping for clothes at the Charli boutique watched in amazement when two uniformed men marched in and threatened staff with criminal prosecution.

Their crime? Putting out rubbish in the wrong-coloured bin bags.

Council officers announced that the shop in Muswell Hill, North London, would be fined £300 after using black bags because they had run out of the grey version issued by the local authority.

The designer store had been waiting since July 1 for a delivery of new bags, but by the 17th staff decided they would have to put their rotting rubbish out in four standard black bags - a decision which cost them £75 per bag.

Owner Sangita Ibrahim, 47, said: ‘The shop was really busy and they came in here like the Gestapo.

‘Staff were told they would face criminal prosecution and receive a criminal record for the bags. I felt like I was going to be frogmarched away.’

Colleague Nicole Rosbrook said: ‘The two men actually went through the bags, leaving them open and rubbish strewn over the pavement.’

Manager Dora Panagi, 41, added: ‘Muswell Hill has a real pest problem and we had food in the bags in the stock room.

‘We had been waiting two weeks for these grey bags to be delivered so we could put it out.

‘It started to smell terrible so we put it in four black bags and put two of the grey council bags on top so that they would know it was our rubbish and take it.

‘When I came in the next day there was rubbish all over the pavement and I thought that foxes had got to it.

‘Then in walked these two guys looking like policemen with all the badges and the way they dealt with it was horrific.

One said there had been a criminal offence and I didn’t know what he was talking about. My knees were shaking.

She said that when customers tried to intervene they were brushed aside by the officials.

‘Funnily enough the next morning after that happened the bags were finally delivered.’

A Haringey Council spokesman said: ‘We are working very hard with residents to stop people abusing the trade waste collection by using it for their rubbish.

Trade waste is left out in specific bags to ensure we provide paying traders with an efficient service.

The rubbish was clearly not in the correct bags and looked like the many fly-tipping bags our traders find dumped in their waste.

‘Consequently the notice was lawfully issued by our fly-tipping patrol who followed proper procedures.

‘Having investigated the situation with our contractors who collect trade waste and supply the trade waste bags, we will be contacting the shop to arrange cancelling the enforcement notice in this case.’

Council staff at a rubbish tip are to wear head cameras so they can record bad behaviour by members of the public.
Poole Council in Dorset said the move was designed to protect its staff at the Nuffield Household Waste and Recycling Centre after recent cases of abuse and aggression.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/26/2008 at 06:05 AM   
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calendar   Friday - July 25, 2008

wiped out

Well, I thought I had that house repair project finished today. I got all the new wood in, all primed and painted, reset the gutters so that they drain a little faster, relaid the vinyl siding on the whole side of the porch roof ... and only had to kill 6 hornets today. Then it was “Oh. My wife got these lamps, one for the porch, and two for the posts along the sidewalk. Can you do that? Oy. Not that I’m tired from going up and down the ladder 106 times today ( I counted ). Why sure I can! But I ran out of time since Friday evening is when I do some of that office cleaning stuff. So it’s back to bee-ville tomorrow. Just for the morning I hope. Naturally the lamp bases are too small to fit on the post caps, so I have to carve them down. Maybe I should stop off at WalMart and pick up a cheap belt sander. That will do the job in a couple minutes.

I am dog tired. Worse. Cat tired, if there is such a thing. Time to take a couple aspirin and hit the hay.

Oh, if you haven’t seen this neat satire on the Obamessiah, bop over to the UK Times Online and have a read. Pretty good. Sorry Peiper (jdpeiper???), I bet you were going to post on it.

Too tired to blog about, but these are interesting:


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/25/2008 at 08:54 PM   
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Grandmother arrested on race charges after telling rowdy Asian students to ‘go home’.

CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS?  THAT’S ALL IT TAKES HERE.

FOR GOSH SAKE ENGLAND.  WAKE THE HELL UP. THERE’S STILL TIME. 

DAILY MAIL

July 25, 2008

After being woken for the third time in one night by a group of drunken and noisy students, Jo Calvert-Mindell was at her wits’ end.

The former policewoman got dressed, went outside and shouted at them: ‘Why can’t you go back to where you come from and make some noise there? I bet your families and neighbours wouldn’t put up with it.

‘You don’t care about us and do just as you like. What gives you the right to frighten my elderly neighbours, cause damage and keep us awake at night?’

She also reported the incident to police, who came and dispersed the eight students.

The 51-year-old grandmother was astonished when four months later she was arrested and accused of being a racist. It turned out that two Asians in the group had complained to the police.

In April, Miss Calvert-Mindell, who has never been in trouble with the police before, was charged with using racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour under section 5 of the Public Order Act.

In May, she appeared at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court in Kent, where she denied the charge.

The case hung over her until the Crown Prosecution Service decided to drop it last week, admitting there was little chance of conviction. Now she is filing a complaint about the way the police treated her.

Yesterday, Miss Calvert-Mindell, a Liberal Democrat councillor and community volunteer, said: ‘The last thing I am is a racist.

‘I have a totally inclusive attitude to different races and cultures - I don’t care if you are black, white, green or a Martian.

‘Their colour had nothing to do with it - it was their behaviour.

‘I think there is something very wrong in our society when a resident can’t go out and try and prevent crime and disorder and encourage the defendants to go back home and that they can then play the race card to completely absolve themselves of responsibility for that behaviour.

‘The authorities today are so sensitive to being criticised for being racist that any claims of racism just raises their antennae, instead of using common sense.’

The incident that led to her court appearance happened in the early hours of November 8 last year on the Hales Place estate in Canterbury.

Miss Calvert-Mindell, who has a daughter and three grandchildren, was woken three times by students from the nearby University of Kent, who were shouting drunkenly and kicking bins.

Fed up after months of sleeplessness caused by noisy students she put her clothes on and went down to tell them to be quiet.

She said that when she shouted at the students ‘all I meant was that they would not do that at their family homes wherever they had come from in England.’

But one of the students said she was being racist. Two Asians in the group later complained to police.

Assistant district crown prosecutor Carol Chastney said: ‘Following a review we decided to discontinue the proceedings against the defendant as there was no longer sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction.’

Kent Police refused to apologise. Superintendent Chris Hogben said: ‘An allegation was made that was fully investigated. A case was presented to the CPS and the decision was made to prosecute.

‘If Miss Calvert-Mindell would like to discuss our response and the conduct of officers I would urge her to contact me direct.’

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/25/2008 at 03:23 PM   
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You must be nicer to Muslims, Britain is told by UN human rights chiefs.  (Screw the UN)

Just freeken once I wish the Brits would tell the UN to eF off.  I’m just itchin’ to use another word here.  There are not too many things in the world I hate.
I mean actually HATE as in RCOB.  Lets see, what do I really hate.  The MIL, yeah.  And the UN.  Really dislike those bastards.

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 8:34 AM on 25th July 2008

Britain was told yesterday by a United Nations committee to take firm action to combat ‘negative public attitudes’ towards Muslims.

( Hey ... easily done.  Brits pretty easy to get along with.  All the muzzies have to do for their part, is not act in ways that give Brits cause to have those feelings. Now isn’t that logical? )

The nine-member human rights committee also criticised some of the UK’s antiterror measures.

The body, which is composed of legal experts, said it was concerned ‘ negative public attitudes towards Muslim members of society’ continued to develop in Britain.

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The Government ‘should take energetic measures to eliminate this phenomenon and ensure that authors of such acts of discrimination on the basis of religion are adequately deterred and sanctioned’.

The committee expressed concern over the Government’s plans to extend pre-trial detention of terrorist suspects from 28 to 42 days. Suspects should be brought to court ‘within a reasonable period of time, or released’.

Those suspected of being involved in terrorism and subject to control orders and curfews limiting their movements should be ‘promptly charged with a criminal offence’ and their lawyers given access to the evidence against them, it added.

The committee also called on the Irish Republic to open up its largely Roman Catholic primary school system to secular-education. It said Dublin ‘should take measures to help women avoid unwanted pregnancies so that they do not have to resort to illegal or unsafe abortions’.

The committee made its comments in response to reports from the UK and Ireland on how they were carrying out their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The committee has members from Britain, Ireland, Australia, Benin, Colombia, Ecuador, Egypt, Mauritius and Sweden. They are expected to be independent of their governments.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/25/2008 at 02:54 PM   
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Knife thug aged TEN slashed woman after she refused to give him a cigarette .

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:41 AM on 25th July 2008

A knife thug aged 10 slashed a woman after she refused to give him a cigarette, it was revealed this morning.

The youngster and a friend confronted the woman in her 50s outside a train station yesterday afternoon.

They tried to grab the lit cigarette from her mouth and when she resisted, the boy slashed her across the arm with a blade.

Passers-by rushed to the woman’s side as she bled heavily from the wound, which police believe was inflicted with a craft knife or razor.

Police were called to the scene, near Selhurst train station in south-east London, but the two boys had fled.

The woman, who has not been named but is believed to be in her fifties, was taken to hospital for treatment.

A police source told reporters: ‘The two kids apparently approached the woman and asked her for a cigarette.

‘But when she said no one of them slashed her across the arm.

‘It is understood they used either a Stanley knife or a sharp razor blade.

‘The cut didn’t go right to the bone, but it was still a pretty deep cut and the woman was left in deep shock.’

A police spokesman added: ‘The victim received a cut to her arm after two boys attempted to steal a cigarette out of her mouth.

‘It is understood a knife was used in the assault. The suspects are described as black and aged between 10 and 11 years old.’

( oh surely to goodness not. young darkies and razors and knives. nah. hard to believe.)

Danny Foley, landlord of the nearby Selhurst Arms, said of the attack: ‘I’m not surprised. We get a lot of crime down here.

‘But when you consider the age of the suspects, it really is quite appalling and disgusting.

“The parents have a lot to answer for too - what on earth are two 10-year-olds doing wandering around by themselves with a knife?’

(Well guess damn it.  Duh.  They do it cause they can, there aren’t any penalties and .. t’is in their genes.)
Jason Grant, district manager for Thornton Heath and Selhurst added: ‘It is very concerning to think of kids as young as this brazenly approaching a woman in broad daylight and using a knife on her over a cigarette.

‘It seems kids who commit crimes are getting younger and younger these days.

‘The area surrounding the station is very isolated, which is a problem.’

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/25/2008 at 02:26 PM   
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4-inch key fob gun used to shoot clubber ‘in row over girls’.

So, the lovely Mr. Henry (see his ugly face on the link) points this tiny gun at some other misfit and BANG. He fires the thing.
The other bleeds because he’s been hit and has a boo-boo and goes to a hosp. to have a bullet removed from his shoulder.
You folks clear on that?

BUT ... the jury .... oh hell.  That’s why I posted this. You read it. Dumb as a box of rox. Just like ours.

Pictured: The terrifying 4-inch key fob gun used to shoot clubber ‘in row over girls’

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:32 PM on 25th July 2008

At first glance it looks like any other keyring used for automatically unlocking car doors.

But this innocent-looking key fob hides a deadly purpose.

Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand it is actually a double-barrelled gun capable of wounding and even killing a man.

The terrifying new escalation of Britain’s gun culture was revealed in a landmark court case in which a clubber who shot a man with the weapon was jailed for nine years.
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Marcus Henry, 27, fired the double barrelled weapon - which is small enough to fit in the palm of the hand- after being accused of showing ‘disrespect’ in a bar.

Victim Yaw Darko Kwakye, 24, was hit from just three yards and needed surgery to remove a single bullet from his shoulder.

Marcus Henry was jailed today for shooting a man with the key fob gun
Detectives from the City of London Police are now using the unusual weapon for training purposes - but believe there are at least 100 in circulation.

The gun was originally made in Bulgaria as a lifejacket flare gun but criminals have adapted them to fire .25 calibre bullets.

DS Dave Carter said: ‘They are very dangerous weapons, arguably more dangerous than your average handgun because to the casual glance they look like something different.’

Henry denied he was the gunman but was convicted of possessing a firearm with intent to endanger life, possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful wounding.

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A jury acquitted him of both attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

(see I don’t understand that. he fired the damn gun right? he used gun control to hit his target. so how could they acquit him on the wounding charge?)

Judge Christopher Moss QC told Henry it was lucky his victim had not been killed.

He added: ‘To this day you continue to deny your guilt in this matter.

‘These offences must attract severe prison sentences. Not only did you have the firearm in your possession, it had ammunition loaded into it and you in fact wounded another by firing it at him.’

The Old Bailey heard how Henry and his friend had clashed with the victim’s group inside the Departure Lounge in Crutched Friars Street in the City of London.

Henry was seen chatting to Mr Darko Kwakye’s girlfriend Christine Bennett shortly before the club closed at 4am on December 16 last year.

Prosecutor Mark Heywood told jurors: “There appears to have been a confrontation between the two of them with Darko Kwakye saying ‘you can’t go for other people’s girls. That’s disrespectful’.”

Punches were thrown by Mr Darko Kwakye before the two groups separated.

But Henry waited outside by his friend’s Lexus for the victim and his friends to leave the club and the pair squared up once more.

Mr Heywood said: “Henry was seen to have his hand near his waistband on a number of occasions and was heard to say ‘look how many of you there are, there’s only two of us.

‘He then brought his hand out and in to a straight arm firing position and then aimed in the direction of Mr Darko Kwakye and the others.

‘There was a lot of movement and between two and four sounds like shots.’ The victim’s group at first scattered but then returned to attack the car as Henry and his friend sped away.

‘Mr Darko Kwakye had in fact been hit in the right shoulder, but he didn’t realise it,’ said Mr Heywood.

‘He went down the street and got in to a car with two others. He realised as he was travelling away there was blood on his shirt and a bullet hole. He was in pain and realised what had happened.’ Miss Bennett took the victim to Newham General Hospital where the bullet was removed, the wound was treated and he was released.

Mr Heywood told the jury: ‘In these days of heightened security, particularly in our capital city, if someone wants to carry a weapon it must be concealed

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 07/25/2008 at 01:59 PM   
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