Sarah Palin is the only woman who can make Tony Romo WIN a playoff.

calendar   Sunday - December 21, 2008


Every weekend there’s generally a good article on the subject from Christopher Booker, of The Telegraph.
This one is no exception and he always manages to put a twist in the knickers of the left.
They really don’t like him.  Which is just one more reason I enjoy the guy and read his comments every week.
He just HAS to be right if the left says he’s wrong.

Facts melted by ‘global warming’

Something very odd had happened to the daily updated graph on the official Nansen website last weekend, writes Christopher Booker.

Christopher Booker
Last Updated: 12:54PM GMT 21 Dec 2008


Last weekend, that heroically diligent US meteorologist Anthony Watts noticed that something very odd had happened to the daily updated graph on the official Nansen website that shows how much sea-ice there is in the Arctic. Without explanation, as he reported on his Watts Up With That website, half a million square kilometres of ice simply vanished overnight.

This might have brought cheer to all those, such as Al Gore and the BBC, who have been obsessively telling us that the Arctic ice will soon disappear altogether. They were dismayed enough last winter when, after reaching its lowest point in 30 years, the ice bounded back to near “normal”. This winter the freeze has been even faster and greater, making the extent of the ice, according to the other main Arctic website, Crysophere Today, 500,000 sq km greater than this time last year. How better to maintain the chosen narrative than to lose that half-million square kilometres simply by “adjusting” the graph downwards?

The warmists are so locked into their general narrative that the plummeting temperatures and abnormal snowfalls of the past two winters have thrown their army of media groupies into quite a tizzy. The BBC did at least deign last week to notice the worst snowstorm to hit Las Vegas for 30 years, but without mentioning the freak snow and ice storms affecting many other parts of the US, as far south as New Orleans. The BBC was also quick to pick up from Pravda the unusual lack of snow in Moscow, without mentioning Siberia’s record freeze that lowered temperatures to -60C.

Elsewhere in recent days, there have been reports of seven species of penguin being put on the endangered list owing to global warming – although Antarctic sea-ice this year reached easily its highest level since satellite records began in 1979.

Another warmist perennial to get an outing, from Dr Martin Warren of Butterfly Conservation, is the threat to the survival of many of our butterflies. As a longtime student of butterflies, I am keenly aware of various factors leading to the alarming decline in their numbers, but global warming is not one of them. If it were, how did such dwindling species as the Mountain Ringlet and even the Small Tortoiseshell survive the much warmer temperatures 1,000 years ago, before SUVs were invented?

Perhaps the get-out for the beleaguered warmists was provided by Friday’s Today programme, when it reported heavy snowfalls on the Cairngorm ski slopes, only two years after the BBC was excitably reporting fears that ski-ing in Scotland might soon be but a memory. A local spokeswoman helpfully suggested that the thing about “climate change” was that it was always coming up with the unexpected.

So whatever happens, hot or cold, wet or dry, it can all be put down to that pesky old “climate change”. As the rest of us might observe with a wry smile, how very true.



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Pet lovers and welfare organisations are rebelling against “ridiculous” government guidelines.

This really just a silly article and I really doubt that anyone is going to get themselves in any trouble.
It actually should be ignored by me BUT ...

I thought hey wait a minute.  This is even sillier then originally supposed because ya gotta wonder how and what makes these folks come up with and then print this stuff.  And ,,, what is the cost to the taxpayer.  And ,,, haven’t they anything better to do with their time?

I guess not.

I have edited a lot of the story so see the link if you want more.
In a way, this is almost funny enough to be filed under ‘humor.’

The way I see it, ppl who loves their pets will take care of them and those that are mean or just plain careless will continue being that way. But never in pet ownership that I’ve heard about, has a govt. body decided to draw up ‘rules.’

Rebellion over Government’s rules on pets
Pet lovers and welfare organisations are rebelling against “ridiculous” government guidelines which tell them how to look after animals.

By Jasper Copping

The recommendations – including “cat-proofing” windows and balconies to prevent falls, having at least one litter tray per cat, and guaranteeing that dogs wear collars and identity tags in public places – were announced in November.

Now, angry animal experts and pet owners believe that the rules risk criminalising responsible animal lovers.

Dog owners fear that they could be prosecuted for leaving their animals alone in a car for even just a few moments, or for not grooming their pets often enough.

Cat owners have expressed concern that they could face action for having only one litter tray when they own two cats.

Shooters and gamekeepers are worried that they could be prosecuted for not putting collars on their gundogs, which would put the animals at risk of serious injury should they become snared on branches and undergrowth.

Three separate codes of practice – on dogs, cats and horses – have been drawn up to outline how people should meet their responsibilities under the 2006 Animal Welfare Act.

While breaching the codes will not in itself be a crime, Defra has warned that breaches could prove the deciding factor in whether an individual is prosecuted for animal cruelty. Those convicted face fines of up to £20,000 or 12 months in prison.


Thou shalt groom your long-haired cats and dogs once a day

Thou shalt “cat proof” your windows and balconies to prevent your pet falling out

Thou shalt not walk your dog during the hottest part of the day

Thou shalt give each cat its own litter tray – even if your animals prefer to go outside.

Thou shalt use a plastic bag or “pooper scooper” to dispose of any dog faeces on your own property, no matter what the size of your garden, field or even farm.

Thou shalt not feed your dog from the table

Thou shalt not have a vegetarian cat. All cats must eat meat

Thou shalt play with your cat with toys if it refuses to go outdoors to hunt.

Thou shalt not use your hands or feet when playing with your cat as this may encourage aggressive behaviour

Thou shalt change your dog’s toys regularly to avoid it becoming bored



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calendar   Saturday - December 20, 2008


Over run with rabbits and squirrels out here, a rural environment pretty much, and so have been investigating the possibility of getting an air gun.
I am going to assume that buying something like this is still pretty straight forward back home in USA.  Yes? No?

So then, during by research into the subject, which included bugging Lyndon a bit, I have come up with this and am pretty sure my countrymen and women who have interests in firearms, would find this eye opening.

I’m not 100 percent sure that face to face pick up is ALL that wrong.  Are you?  I mean, do you want anyone who wants a gun even of this type, to be able to simply buy it through the mail?

On the other hand, it does look like a lot of hoop jumping and more costly too if you pay extra due to the pick up thing described below.

I know how some of you feel on the subject of gun control.  Doc Jeff gave me the perfect word for touchy subjects.
“Twitchy” So this is a “twitchy subject.” That word somehow seems to carry more weight then, touchy. And gun control is certainly that.
Especially to Americans.

Air weapons are mainly sold from firearms dealerships and outdoor sports shops.

Air rifles with muzzle energies of less than twelve foot pounds (16.3 joules) and air pistols with muzzle energies of less than six foot pounds (8.15 joules) can be bought by any person aged eighteen years or more.

However, if you want an air rifle with a muzzle energy greater than twelve foot pounds, you must first obtain a firearm certificate from your local police firearms licensing department. Air pistols with muzzle energies greater than six foot pounds or air pistols and air rifles which use the self contained gas cartridge system (these used to be manufactured by Brocock as BACS Cartridges and does NOT include the CO2 cartridges used in CO2 rifles and pistols) are prohibited weapons which may only be acquired with the authority of the Secretary of State.

If you are in any doubt, seek advice from your local police firearms licensing department.

New Airgun Law


On the 2nd October 2007 the law as it pertains to airgun sales changed. Airguns can only now be purchased face to face in a licensed premises. This means that any form of “remote” purchase (telephone or on-line ordering) is now illegal.


If you would like to place an order for one of our rifles or pistols but live too far away to visit the shop, this is what to do:

1. Contact your local licensed gun retailer

2. Ask them to take delivery of a package; they will probably require a nominal handling charge

3. Contact us with your order requirements and the delivery details of the retailer concerned

4. As it is still legal for licensed dealers to deliver airguns to one another, we will be able to dispatch your order

Please note, we charge £10.00 to deliver an airgun.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/20/2008 at 10:09 AM   
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Chinese navy to take on Somali pirates.  OH MAN I CAN’T WAIT. I WANT TO SEE THIS!

Hey .... I really look forward to this event.

Sure hope they (Chinese) will be able to avoid all those wimpy do good civil rights groups and not allow them to become an anchor on Chinese efforts.

My guess and hope I’m wrong, is that they will not kill any that try and surrender should it come to that.  Or sink a pirate boat and then save the scum from drowning. 

I’d like to see the Chinese use em for target practice.  I really don’t want to read that they’ve “captured” any pirates.  NO PRISONERS should rule the day.

For the first time in 600 years, China’s navy is set to sail into action outside its territorial waters.

By David Eimer in Beijing

Deputy Foreign Minister He Yafei told the UN Security Council that China is “seriously considering” sending ships to join the UN’s anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia. His statement came after the Security Council on Tuesday authorised UN member states to act against the pirates on land as well as sea.

Forty ships have been hijacked this year by pirates operating from bases along the Somali coast. On Tuesday, a Chinese fishing vessel was boarded by pirates but escaped being taken after international warships in the area responded to its distress call and forced the pirates to flee. The 17 man crew of a Chinese fishing vessel seized in November are still being held hostage.

Britain, France, Russia and the US have already sent ships to the region, making China the only permanent member of the UN Security Council not to have committed to the anti-piracy mission. China has sent increasing numbers of troops to join UN peacekeeping forces in recent years, but never in frontline combat roles. News of the potential deployment, though, was hailed in China by people who flooded internet chat rooms to express their support.

If the ships sail, it will be the first time the navy has embarked on a combat mission outside Chinese waters since Zheng He, a eunuch who became China’s most famous explorer, led seven missions to the Middle East and Africa in the early 15th Century. China has boosted spending on its navy, long regarded as the weakest arm of the People’s Liberation Army, in recent years. Both the US and Japan have expressed alarm over the size of China’s submarine fleet, and speculation that it plans to build aircraft carriers that would give the navy a global reach.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/20/2008 at 07:24 AM   
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Chinese ship uses Molotov cocktails to fight off Somali pirates.  THERE, THAT’LL MAKE DREW’S DAY.

The crew of a Chinese ship used water cannon, Molotov cocktails and beer bottles to fight off an attack by Somali pirates.

By Our Foreign Staff

The captain of the Zhenhua 4 told how his well-prepared crew held off the pirates - who were armed with rocket-propelled grenades - when the ship was boarded by pirates on Tuesday in the Gulf of Aden.


The ordeal of the multinational crew of 30 men ended with the arrival of military helicopters and a warship despatched by the task force fighting the piracy menace in the region.

“Seven of the nine pirates landed on our ship, all with weapons,” said the captain, Peng Weiyuan, speaking to China Central Television.

“Our crew, who had been well trained and prepared, used water cannon, self-made incendiary bombs [Molotov cocktails or petrol bombs], beer bottles and anything else that could be used to battle with them. Thirty minutes later, the pirates gestured to us for a ceasefire.
“Then the helicopter from the joint fleet came to help us.”


The ship was one of four vessels seized by pirates on Tuesday, the same day the United Nations Security Council took a strong stand against the attacks and authorised countries to pursue the gunmen on to Somali soil.

Rampant piracy off the coast of Somalia this year has earned gunmen millions of dollars in ransoms, forced up the cost of shipping insurance costs and caused international alarm.

The Global Times newspaper, a tabloid run by the Communist Party’s People’s Daily, said on Thursday that two destroyers and a large-sized depot ship would set sail for the region after Christmas to defend Chinese shipping. The first tour of duty would be for three months, it said.

According to Andrew Mwangura of the East African Seafarers Assistance programme, there have been 124 incidents of piracy off Somali this year and some 60 successful hijacks.

Nearly 400 people and 19 ships are being held along the coast, including a Saudi supertanker with two million barrels of oil and a Ukrainian cargo ship carrying 33 tanks.


Nice to start the posting day with a bit of happy news huh?
Hmmm .... I’ll soon put an end to that sort of stuff.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/20/2008 at 07:04 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 19, 2008

White People Cause Global Cooling

Yup, that’s the logic behind this amazing article at Science Daily.

It’s a pretty straightforward deduction too: prior to the invasion of the western hemisphere by evil white folks, the natives were living in perfect harmony with mother earth, that is when they weren’t otherwise occupied with killing and torturing each other. They hunted, they gathered, they had sustainable growth organic farms with no environmental impact and fair trade practices. Then the whites showed up, dosed the whole continent with diseases, and nearly all the natives died. Which means all their peaceful and groovy farms went even more back to nature, and the trees took over. A few zillion more trees sucked all the CO2 out of the air, causing Global Cooling, which led to the Little Ice Age of 1500 to 1750. See? Blame the white folks.

The article avoids pointing out that the same logic would imply that the earlier rise in native farming would have led to the same climactic warming period that gave Europe the Vikings. It also fails to point out that the same logic implies that the population explosion of white folks after 1750 and their habit of setting everything on fire led to the next two hundred years of warmer normal temperatures.

But that’s Science Daily. Just the facts. No hype, no political bias. It’s like Pravda, only with lab coats and test tubes.

New World Post-pandemic Reforestation Helped Start Little Ice Age, Say Scientists

ScienceDaily (Dec. 19, 2008) — The power of viruses is well documented in human history. Swarms of little viral Davids have repeatedly laid low the great Goliaths of human civilization, most famously in the devastating pandemics that swept the New World during European conquest and settlement.

In recent years, there has been growing evidence for the hypothesis that the effect of the pandemics in the Americas wasn’t confined to killing indigenous peoples. Global climate appears to have been altered as well.

Stanford University researchers have conducted a comprehensive analysis of data detailing the amount of charcoal contained in soils and lake sediments at the sites of both pre-Columbian population centers in the Americas and in sparsely populated surrounding regions. They concluded that reforestation of agricultural lands—abandoned as the population collapsed—pulled so much carbon out of the atmosphere that it helped trigger a period of global cooling, at its most intense from approximately 1500 to 1750, known as the Little Ice Age.

Just to be on the safe side, they hedge their bets a little bit:

Nevle and Bird don’t attribute all of the cooling during the Little Ice Age to reforestation in the Americas.

“There are other causes at play,” Nevle said. “But reforestation is certainly a first-order contributor.”

I give up. Here is some hair porn. Hell, have two.

UPDATE: More of the same, only from the other side of the looking glass. It might be agriculture that is causing global warming all by itself, and right now that could be a good thing!

[ten thousand years ago,] the introduction of large-scale rice agriculture in Asia, coupled with extensive deforestation in Europe began to alter world climate by pumping significant amounts of greenhouse gases — methane from terraced rice paddies and carbon dioxide from burning forests — into the atmosphere. In turn, a warmer atmosphere heated the oceans making them much less efficient storehouses of carbon dioxide and reinforcing global warming.

not only is this a good thing, it may be the only thing keeping the planet from entering a new ice age, that it’s trying hard to do!

“We’re at a very favorable state right now for increased glaciation,” says Kutzbach. “Nature is favoring it at this time in orbital cycles, and if humans weren’t in the picture it would probably be happening today.”

So do your part to fight the Ice Giants. Burn something nice today.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2008 at 02:38 PM   
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This Comes As No Surprise

Franken Takes Lead in Minnesota Recount for the First Time

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Democrat Al Franken edged ahead of Republican incumbent Norm Coleman on Friday for the first time in Minnesota’s long-running U.S. Senate recount.

Franken opened up a slight lead on the fourth day of a state Canvassing Board meeting to decide the fate of hundreds of disputed ballots.

The change was notable because Coleman led Franken in election night returns and also held a 188-vote lead before the board took up challenged ballots. But its significance was limited, with the possibility the lead could change again before the long recount ends.

The board had several hundred remaining challenges to resolve, with a goal of doing so by Friday. Both Coleman and Franken are also waiting to see how much they gain from some 5,000 challenges that they withdrew, and the board won’t allocate those until Monday.

The outcome of the recount also depends on an estimated 1,600 absentee ballots that were improperly rejected. The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that those ballots must be counted, and set a Dec. 31 deadline for counties to work with the candidates to identify and count them.

It took six weeks of non-stop cheating to get to this inevitable point. For a roundup of the whole mess, see Ann Coulter’s latest column, “One Plus One Equals 20 Extra Votes For Franken”.

It is absolutely unacceptable that such crap still goes on. This is the 21st century. Any town, county, or state that can’t get it’s votes tallied and finalized in 72 hours should have their election nullified. Any polling station worker that allows a single unregistered voter to vote should be subject to heavy fines. Any ballots that get “lost”, “delayed”, or amazingly “found later in the back of my car” are burned on the spot. No mercy, no chads, no “trying to determine voter intent”. Do it right, exactly right, or the whole thing gets tossed. Tough shit.

Any school kid knows that the “#2 pencil rules” for standard exams are absolute. The rules for voters, adults, should be just as stringent. It says fill in the circle. That means a line, an X, a check mark ... are not allowed. Changing your mind is allowed, but you have to turn in your ballot, which gets shredded right in front of you, then you get a new one. Extraneous marks of any kind invalidate the whole ballot card. Period. Maybe a voter education campaign that uses coloring books could help, as it’s the same basic idea: pick one area, and stay between the lines. Maybe you set up a worker - a retired grade school teacher thirsting for vengence - in a special booth with a tall screen in it so she can’t see your face but you can see her hands, and she checks your ballot over before it’s allowed to be submitted. And if you screw it up it gets a Big Red X across it and you have to go to the Principal’s office. Something like that. The situation in Minnesota is total bullshit. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2008 at 01:40 PM   
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A Good Idea Grows in Brussels

Belgian government offers resignation

BRUSSELS, Belgium – Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme offered the resignation of his entire government Friday over the handling of the Fortis bank bailout.

The offer came after his justice minister, Jo Vandeurzen, resigned following allegations by Belgium’s highest court that the government had tried last week to influence a court case on the bailout and sale of the troubled bank.

Belgian King Albert II was to decide late Friday whether to refuse or accept the resignation.

The separation of powers is a cornerstone of Belgian parliamentary democracy and the alleged attempts by the government to influence the course of judicial process have infuriated partners in a coalition government that was already shaky.

“Shocking. This does not belong in the rule of law,” said Bart Somers, the chairman of the ruling Dutch-Speaking Liberal party. “A cornerstone of democracy has been put in danger.”

The allegations also raised huge questions about the government’s handling of the financial meltdown.

How about that? Their government got caught with their hand in the cookie jar, so they’ve offered to quit. All of them. Amazing. I hope this sets a precedent worldwide.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2008 at 01:24 PM   
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Here we go again

It never ends. It never will. How about the whole world puts up a big wall around the area and just lets them fight it out to the death? Whoever wins, fine. But if the winner exports so much as a bullet’s worth of violence to other areas in the next hundred years, then we burn the whole area down, send in the bulldozers, then salt the earth.

Hamas declares Gaza truce with Israel is at an end

Hamas formally announced the end of its unwritten, often-breached truce with Israel on Friday as Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip fired two more rockets into southern Israel.

The Israeli military said troops guarding Israeli farmers in fields adjoining Gaza also came under sniper fire from across the border. There were no injuries reported in any of the incidents.

In a statement posted on its Web site, the Islamic militant group terrorist organization Hamas said Israel had breached agreements by imposing a painful economic blockade on Gaza, staging military strikes into the densely populated coastal strip and continuing to hunt down Hamas operatives in the West Bank.

You can’t make a rabid dog into a pet.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2008 at 01:18 PM   
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LowJack Jesus

A sad commentary on our times ...

GPS and hidden cameras watching over Baby Jesus

When Baby Jesus disappeared last year from a Nativity scene on the lawn of the Wellington, Fla., community center, village officials didn’t follow a star to locate him.

A GPS device mounted inside the life-size ceramic figurine led sheriff’s deputies to a nearby apartment, where it was found face down on the carpet. An 18-year-old woman was arrested in the theft.

Giving up on old-fashioned padlocks and trust, a number of churches, synagogues, governments and ordinary citizens are turning to technology to protect holiday displays from pranks or prejudice.

About 70 churches and synagogues eager to avoid the December police blotter jumped at a security company’s offer of free use of GPS systems and hidden cameras this month to guard their mangers and menorahs.

Others, like the Herrera family of North Richland Hills, Texas, took matters into their own hands. Upset after their teeter-totter was stolen, the family trained surveillance cameras on their yard and was surprised when footage showed a teenage girl stealing a baby Jesus worth almost $500. Police have obtained the tape.

“They took the family Jesus,” said Gloria Herrera, 48, a Catholic. “How can anybody do that?”

For two consecutive years, thieves made off with the baby Jesus figurine in Wellington, a well-off village of 60,000 in Palm Beach County, Fla. The ceramic original, donated by a local merchant, was made in Italy and worth about $1,800, said John Bonde, Wellington’s director of operations.

So last year, officials took a GPS unit normally used to track the application of mosquito spray and implanted it in the latest replacement figurine. After that one disappeared, sheriff’s deputies quickly tracked it down.

So far in 2008, Baby Jesus has appeared in several police reports. At First United Methodist Church in Kittanning, Pa., a baby Jesus was stolen and replaced with a pumpkin. In Eureka Springs, Ark., someone who absconded with a plastic baby Jesus from a public display last week also took the concrete block and chain that was supposed to act as a deterrent.

Previously, stolen Jesus figurines have also been defaced with profanity or Satanic symbols.

The incidents raise a question: Is stealing Baby Jesus harmless juvenile fun, or anti-Christian?
Stephen Nissenbaum, a retired history professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and author of “The Battle for Christmas,” views the thefts as neither innocent vandalism nor religious hate crimes.

“What it means is that it’s OK to go around violating even pretty important norms, as long as real human harm isn’t being done,” he said. “It’s not exactly devaluing Christianity, but it is sort of a ritualized challenge to it. It could be Christian kids doing it — and on Jan. 2 they become good Christians again.”

“sort of a ritualized challenge”? Only if ever other aspect of your morality has failed. First you have to start with an utter lack of respect for anything and anyone. Then you go through totally ineffective parents who never say NO to their selfish brats. Then a stop off that mentions that we live in a society that imparts no limits to behavior. And is totally egocentric. Then maybe you get down to a ritualized challenge, like football fans trying to steal the other team’s mascot.  It’s NOT Ok to go around violating important norms. I think this situation has much deeper significance than that.

I can’t begin to imagine the beatings that would have come from someone doing this when I was a kid. They’d never end. The perp’s family would have to move, right away and far away.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2008 at 12:56 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 18, 2008

Just because SCOTUS threw it out doesn’t mean it’s settled


click me
click me

click on the map to take part in the poll

I know, this is getting boring. But when some silly little poll in some corner of forsaken old AOL can draw nearly 100,000 hits, it makes me think. And I think this means an awful lot of people would like to see some proof of Obama’s citizenship, and hear from a couple Official Types Who Aren’t Part Of The Democrat Machine that everything is Ok. Then we can get on to the important things, like figuring out just how deep in bed this lying commie bastard is with the rest of the crooks who run Illinois.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/18/2008 at 08:50 PM   
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congratulatory Ad for the new President

Shamelessley stolen from Treacher.

The Washington Post is graciously allowing us to pay $10 each for classified ads congratulating BHO on his inauguration. And they must be congratulatory. No bringing up Wright or Ayers or Rezko or Blago or Alinsky or any other topic that might furrow the brow of the Messiah.

So, okay, fine. Here’s my ad:

Gratefully, everyone told Bush, “Enough.” New times! Change! Obama makes me incredibly elated!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/18/2008 at 04:02 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 17, 2008

Can we now? Can we now? Can we? Huh, huh, can we now?

UN approves international “hot pursuit” against Somali pirates

Come on George, you’ve got 4 weeks. Git ‘er done, then go back to Texas. You’ve got nothing to lose, and it will make Obaca look like a wimp in comparison! Our Navy is already there. The Coast Guard is already there. Everyone’s Navy is already there, at least a ship or two. The whole damn Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa is already there, just up the continent a tiny bit. Thousands of soldiers, all trained up to fight terrorism. Somalia said weeks ago you could do anything you wanted to any pirates you found. Anywhere. And now you have the approval the of the UN. That’s almost as good as getting free carbon credits from Al Gore. So move it, use it, or lose it.

The United Nations Security Council has unanimously approved a US resolution allowing countries to pursue Somali pirates on land as well as at sea. It is an extension of the powers countries already have to enter Somali waters to chase pirates. China said it was seriously considering sending naval ships to the region, but will first need permission from the transitional Somali government.

The move came as several vessels were seized by Somali pirates off Yemen. On Wednesday morning pirates were reportedly foiled after attempting to attack a Chinese-owned ship in the Gulf of Aden - a day after three other vessels were seized. The Chinese crew held off the pirates long enough for back-up to arrive, AFP news agency reported.

“Military helicopters came and they managed to chase the pirates away,” Noel Choong, of the International Maritime Bureau, told AFP.

The BBC’s Peter Greste in Nairobi says the latest attacks appear to be a calculated jab at UN attempts to clamp down on piracy. He says they bring to 42 the number of successful hijackings in the area this year.

Fourteen foreign ships and their crew of over 200 are still being held, our correspondent adds.

Tuesday’s UN resolution was the fourth approved by the Security Council since June to combat piracy off Somalia’s coast. It gives authority for one year for countries to use “all necessary measures” by land or air to stop anyone using Somali territory to plan, help or carry out acts of piracy and armed robbery at sea. The US-drafted resolution was co-sponsored by Belgium, France, Greece, Liberia and South Korea. Indonesia, which also suffers from piracy, was among critics of the plan as it feared the precedent it could set for chasing pirates on land. But in the end it voted in favour.

And about the only “humanitarian gesture” you’d need to make would be to use nice smooth nylon rope. They’re pirates. Get it? Pirates. Kill them all, by the thousands, in the most flamboyantly heinous ways you can imagine, and the whole world will just stand by and cheer. Nobody cares. Better than that; the whole world wants them dead! Pirates. No prisoners. No trials. Pirate, rope, yardarm; some disassembly required. This is what cannons and Marines were invented for. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/17/2008 at 09:58 PM   
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Good eats, maybe

Ok, the rib roast is out of the oven, and it looks like it came out just fine. We haven’t had a roast beef in so long. It’s just the two of us, and to make a good roast beef you need a nice big one. At least 6 pounds, 8-10 is even better. So we found this 4 pound prime rib in the grocery store ... and said WTH.

I gave it a nice rub with made from

1/4 cup Penzey’s addictive Turkish seasoning, dampened with 1 Tbs water
2 Tbs olive oil
a few shakes of pizza peppers

because a) Turkish seasoning is awesome, and b) we like things a bit spicy here

Okay, into the roasting pan, 10 minutes at 450 F, reduce heat to 250, come back in a couple hours. When I checked it, the internal temperature was 140 F, so that’s done enough. Looks great, smells heavenly. And there are drippings in the bottom of the roasting pan. And that means only one thing. Yorkshire Pudding!!

Ok, I know the English take a lot of grief for their cooking. I guess it just isn’t fancy enough for the rest of the world. Too bad. Properly made Yorkshire Pudding is a delight. And it’s dead easy to mix up.

1 cup sifted flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup milk
1 tsp salt only if you haven’t rubbed the roast with a seasoning with salt in it. I did, so no extra salt is really needed.

1/4 - 1/3 cup pan drippings, set aside

Heat the oven back up to 450 F. Mix the milk into the eggs, mix the salt into the flour, then pour the liquid into the dry and have at it with the mixer. Wipe a bit of butter around the inside of a glass baking dish and put it in the oven. Return to mixing the batter. When the baking dish has had a couple minutes to warm up, pour in the pan drippings. They will sizzle! Now pour in all the batter, and put it all back in the oven. Give it 15 minutes at 450 F, then reduce the heat to 350 F and give it 10-20 minutes more. It will puff up enormously and start to brown. Pull it out when you think it’s brown enough ... with luck it will look about like this:


The moment this comes out of the oven it starts to fall. That’s OK. When it’s cooled a bit cut it into nice sized slices and serve.

And that’s all there is to it. This is an old recipe, and a simple one. And about 10,000 variations exist on it. I even asked my wife’s sister’s husband’s mother, who is an ACTUAL English Persontm about the recipes, and [horrors!] not only does she make hers in fairy cake tins (muffin pans for us gauche Yanks), she doesn’t put in any drippings. And I gather she cooks them stone hard. I’ve gone to English restaurants (this is not an oxymoron! Visit the Ship Inn in Milford NJ, right around the corner from those idiot neo-Nazis I posted about earlier) and been served YP done the same way. It’s terrible. You get a giant crispy popover filled with air. Tasteless.  So don’t overcook it!

My mother’s YP always came out soft and chewy, with a consistency somewhere between jello and bread. It was truly beef-cake, and is slightly greasy when cold but just as tasty. She might have put in twice the amount of drippings?

Gotta go turn down the oven. It’s time. Mmmm, I can’t hardly wait.

PS - the zeitgeist of your seasonings will be magnified about twenty fold in the pan drippings. So be warned. Which means “Drew, you probably shouldn’t have put ANY pizza peppers in at all!” LOL


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