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calendar   Sunday - March 29, 2009

Whistleblower who exposed school violence is banned from the classroom .

Just another example why so many think this place is close to the drain and going down.

The nutters are indeed in charge of the asylum. 

I don’t know if any of you are teachers but I wouldn’t want that job for any amount of money. It’s got to a point these days where one has to be oh so careful of what is said and how it is said when addressing a “yoot.”

The powers that be said she, “breached the students trust.” What crap that is.  What sort of trust are unruly little savages due?
And I feel sorry for the kids who try in these difficult circumstances.

Here, see what ya think of this and comment please.  The video runs 7 minutes and worth staying with. 


A teacher who secretly filmed shocking scenes of pupil misbehaviour for a TV documentary has been banned from the classroom.


By Graeme Paton
Last Updated: 10:27PM GMT 25 Mar 2009

Alex Dolan was given a 12-month ban after being found guilty of breaching pupils’ trust by the General Teaching Council.

A panel ruled that the supply teacher, who also exposed apparent attempts to trick Ofsted inspectors, abused her position while recording secret footage at four schools in London and Leeds in 2005.

TEACHER who exposed ill-discipline should be thanked not bannedThey rejected her claims that she acted in the public interest.

In a statement, Miss Dolan stood by her decision to make the documentary for Channel 4’s Dispatches programme.

“This is a sad day for investigative journalism,” she said.

“Programmes like Dispatches have an important role to play in drawing to the attention of the public matters of concern whether these are in hospitals, within the police force or in schools. I find it beyond comprehension that the GTC can spend three years investigating me when they should be looking on their own doorstep.

“Instead they have decided to sweep it under the carpet and persecute the whistle-blower.”

Miss Dolan also accused the GTC of failing to face up to and deal with the serious problems that the film uncovered.

Among the revelations were that one school sent badly behaved pupils on a trip during an Ofsted inspection, and that pupils from another class were forced to have 26 different teachers in just six months.

The programme - Undercover Teacher - was aired in July 2005, but the case took more than three years to reach a full GTC hearing.


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URGENT WE GET THESE WILD AND WRECKLESS LAW BREAKERS OFF THE ROADS!

Yeah I know. There are (usually) good reasons for speed limits in place.

But this just tickled the funny bone.  And it wasn’t like he was doing 100.
There’s another photo at the link.
I didn’t know old cars had no speedometers.  Was that just Ford T’s do ya think or didn’t they have em way back then.
Or maybe it was just his car. Whatever ... wish I could own a car like that.  But maybe not as I’m the type that would worry about it ALL the time.
I’d wanna bring it in the house at night.

Hey come to just now think about it. 
Some years ago, like maybe 6 or 7 while in Palm Desert,Ca., Went to this furniture consignment store. There are loads of em in that area.
Anyway, this is honest to gosh true, there was this very old and very beautiful car circa 1920s. Maybe 1927 or 29. So there was this car BUT not just a car and not a replica either, and it was intended to be used INSIDE your house.  You actually sat in the darn thing the same way you’d use a sofa. Watch TV, have a snack whatever. No kidding.  And it was shiny and awesome looking.


Pensioner booked for speeding… in a 1923 Model T Ford that doesn’t even have a speedometer.

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 3:20 PM on 29th March 2009

A pensioner was left baffled after being caught speeding… in his 86-year-old car.

Stunned Dave Stanisfield, 67, was snapped in his beloved two-gear 1923 Model T Ford – a motor so dated it doesn’t even have a speedometer.

Driving home from a vintage car show, a Worcestershire speed camera caught him doing 35mph in a 30mph zone.

He said: ‘I didn’t think it could do 30mph. When it was new it could do 46mph but it’s nearly 90 years old now.

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I couldn’t believe it when I got the letter through the post. I was shocked.’

Mr Stanisfield, a semi-retired mechanic from Coventry, said he was so baffled he went to court in a bid to avoid a £60 fine and three points on his licence.

He said: ‘I couldn’t prove that I wasn’t doing that speed because I didn’t have a speedometer.

‘But I was pretty sure I wasn’t.  I’m an advanced driver and have great respect for the law and road safety.

‘I’m no boy racer or Lewis Hamilton. I’m a 67-year-old man in an 86-year-old car. I don’t go racing about the place.’

Mr Stanisfield said that after being faced with the risk of further court costs he pleaded guilty to speeding at Worcestershire Magistrates’ Court last week.

He said: ‘I was travelling into Evesham from Cheltenham on a big wide road. It was a Sunday afternoon and there was no one about.

‘I didn’t see the camera flash because the sun was so bright.

‘In the end it was the wrong thing going to court because I still got three points and ended up paying £138 in fines and court costs.’

Mr Stanisfield said he bought the car ten years ago for £1,000 and spent a further £1,000 and 15 months renovating it.

He said: ‘It’s a lovely car. My mate’s daughter delayed her wedding twice so it
would be ready for the ceremony.’

Mr Stanisfield’s car was snapped by the speed camera on September 21 last year.

SPEEDSTER


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Nazi codebreaker which shortened the Second World War by two years.

I know this isn’t a new story and it’s fair to say everyone by now knows about Bletchley Park.

However, here’s another view with some great photos.  More photos at the link too.

Shame Churchill had originals destroyed but this gives you some idea of computing before BMEWS.


The Wider View: Nazi codebreaker which shortened the Second World War by two years

By Mail On Sunday Reporter
Last updated at 11:36 PM on 28th March 2009

The rows of silver dials and tangle of scarlet wires look more like a telephone exchange.

But this is the inside of the Turing Bombe, the part-electronic, part-mechanical code-breaking machine and forerunner of the modern computer, which cracked 3,000 messages a day sent on Nazi Enigma machines during the Second World War.

There were 210 such bookcase-like Bombes that gave Britain advance warning of Hitler’s plans and shortened the conflict by two years

All were destroyed for security reasons on Churchill’s orders after the war. This is a replica, built by 60 volunteers, which was fired up last Tuesday.

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Code-breakers including former Wrens Ruth Bourne and Jean Valentine, pictured above, returned for a reunion at Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire, where they worked in top secret in blacked-out, cupboard-sized spaces.

The original Bombes, invented by brilliant mathematician Alan Turing, were made using reinforced brown Tufnol plastic moulded from sheets a tenth of an inch thick, a cast-iron framework and 12 miles of intricate wire circuits.

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The machine has taken 14 years to build from scratch into working order

At 61⁄2ft tall and running on no more power than a kettle, the Bombe could unravel 158 trillion possible combinations to unlock a seemingly random series of letters sent by the Nazis to the front lines, which were, in fact, highly complex codes, changing daily. Typewriter-like Enigma machines scrambled the letters using three or four rotor wheels.

This inside view of the Bombe would not usually be visible to the operator. The right-hand wall is a hinged door, the inside of which holds electronic circuits.

The left-hand wall is the mechanical half of the Bombe. The brightly coloured squares are resistors and the loops of red tangled wire are circuits.

Teams of highly skilled mathematicians, cryptologists, inventive thinkers and crossword enthusiasts would receive hundreds of Nazi codes and ‘guess’ the approximate real message or plain text.

This ‘crib’ would be given to the Wrens who would set it on the Bombe’s alphabet wheels.

By checking all the permutations, the crib would help locate the true message within the code. It
took the Bombe about 11 minutes to find a possible message. When it did, a bell would sound and the Wrens passed it on to the code-crackers, using a red scrambler phone. Churchill called them ‘the geese that laid the golden eggs but never cackled’.

The machine was named after an earlier Polish code-breaking machine called a Bomba. Each Bombe had its own title, inscribed on wooden plaques. .

This replica is called Phoenix


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/29/2009 at 02:02 PM   
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Bowling Blogging: Back to 2nd

Our team in the Saturday Night league managed to win our way back to 2nd place in the standings. With just 4 weeks left before the finals rounds, we’re still 5 points down. We really should have taken all 7 points tonight, but we only got 5. Sometimes it just can’t be done: I bowled well but everyone else on my team was having a poor night. And the team we played, the notorious Team 5, is tough to beat. They only have 2 members, so they have 2 vacant positions. Rock solid and dependable, those damn vacants throw the same score every time. Plus the human members on Team 5 aren’t very good, so they get loads of handicap points. Even with one of them out tonight, all the other had to do was roll a ball and at least 50 more pins would magically appear on the scoreboard (14 pins per frame for each vacant, plus 10 for the absent guy, plus 8 for the handicap = 46, plus whatever pins she could knock down). That made it a psychological challenge. Whatever. So the season is winding down, and now I have to find out what to do about the various awards. Our one bowler who managed to roll a 300 game this season changed his mind about getting the upgraded ring award when he found out the prices, so I have to see what I can do about that too, since I’ve already submitted the paperwork.

But the reason I’m even writing this post is because of a bowling shirt. Ours is a low budget league. Uniforms are not required. But one team has them. Heck, they have several. I guess they’re rich. Hell, I know they’re rich. They show up in several white Lincoln Continentals, then they bowl us all into the weeds. Hey, good for them. Anyway, tonight they all had on the coolest, most awesome bowling shirts I’ve ever seen. Full custom.

They took this design - which is killer all by itself -


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and had it custom made in red and white. With their names embroidered in silver on the front. With their nicknames embroidered in maroon on the back of the collars. And then some sort of transfer - screen printed I think but I couldn’t tell, but it filled the whole back panel, of “the pose” from Saturday Night Fever on the back in silver -


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only with a bowling ball instead of a disco ball, under two lines of lettering; the first line is their team name (in a league where most of the teams don’t even bother to choose a name), and the second line says “Saturday Night Bowling” in a strikeout kind of way so you can tell “Bowling” was written over “Fever”.

Un be fucking lievably cool. We are hopelessly outclassed. The basic grey shirt is $40. How much more for custom colors, then for all that embroidery and the transfer? My guess is the shirts set them back $120 each. Oh, and they have matching slacks and bowling shoes too. Top of the line shoes, of course.

Sucks to have bucks, don’t it?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/29/2009 at 03:15 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - March 28, 2009

Spanish court considers trying former US officials .

APbat

Have to thank Joe over at Vilmar’s site for this. And am including Joe’s comments at the bottom.
Nobody could have said it better.
H/T Joe


Spanish court considers trying former US officials over Guantanamo torture

Spanish court considers trying former US officials
Sun, 29 Mar 2009 9:27a.m.

A Spanish court has agreed to consider whether to open a criminal case against six former Bush Administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, over allegations they gave legal cover for the use of torture at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, according to a lawyer with detailed knowledge of the case.

The case was brought by human rights lawyers before leading anti-terror judge Baltazar Garzon, who agreed to send it on to prosecutors to decide whether it had merit.

Gonzalo Boye, one of the lawyers who brought the charges, told Spain’s Cadena Ser radio he expected the National Court to take the case forward. He called them “very serious crimes.”

Another lawyer with detailed knowledge of the case told The Associated Press that Garzon’s decision to consider the charges was “a significant first step.”

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Joe has said:

Normally, I would laugh this off as a masturbatory action of a second-rate, half-assed nation’s attempt at relevance on the world stage, but, given the tendencies of the quasi-Marxist wannabe dictator DICKHEAD that 52% of American voters chose to name as president of the United States, who knows?

Still, I would think that, regardless of what TQFU may try, the only way those so named in this “legal action” could ever stand “trial” in a modern-day Spanish Inquisition would be to set foot outside US soil.

That said, I hope Spain gets another terrorist attack for its troubles in pandering to the goat-fellating followers of the death cult known as islam.

And to help expedite that scenario, I propose the CIA take all remaining “detainees” from Gitmo, dump them off a ship onto a few rafts just inside Spanish territorial waters, and, if they are fortunate enough to be picked-up by whatever the Spanish may have that calls itself a navy these days, the Spanish can deal with them.

Stupid fucks.

KICKIN’ AND SCREAMIN’


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/28/2009 at 09:33 PM   
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Left free to attack 71 women, number may reach 100 while another case as high as 200.

I have another reason for posting these crime stories beside the fact of awful blunders by what I now call The Keystone Kops.
I have always had this respect and you might even say a certain amount of awe, for people doing such an impossible job.  Not one I would ever want and if I did I wouldn’t have made the grade. 
Maybe it also stems from having kin (uncles) who were firemen and police.  But that was so long ago. That was in an age when calling a cop a name was NOT the accepted thing and could earn you a sharp clout.  And it would be deserved too.

But that was then and this crap is now.  More paperwork then ever before and criminals with more rights (it always seems) then the victimized public.
And blunders like this but it’s okay because the police said, “whoops, sorry.” Sorry.  Always sorry.  I have read that and heard that so often now that it’s lost all meaning.  It’s just something people are programed to say.  “Sorry.”
Now having said that, it still is not the entire reason for this posting.


Kirk Reid: serial sex predator left free to attack 71 woman after catalogue of blunders

Serial sex attacker

Kirk Reid preyed on at least 71 women in a prolonged campaign of terror after police blunders meant he remained a free man years after being named a suspect.

By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent and Caroline Gammell
Last Updated: 9:25AM GMT 27 Mar 2009

Reid roamed the streets of south London late at night for 12 years, hunting down and pouncing on single women as they made their way home.
Scotland Yard was forced into making a rare apology for its failings as the case was passed to the Independent Police Complaints Commission - the second of its kind to be referred in two weeks.

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Detectives had Reid’s DNA profile on file from 2001 and were soon given the make and registration of his car, linked to an assault.
But despite being alerted to the 44-year-old football referee three times, officers failed to piece the clues together for four years - meaning that dozens of women were attacked because of their inaction.

One long-serving Met police officer said: “These are impermissible failings. There is a lot of soul searching as we ask ourselves why and how this could have happened.”

In January 2008, the case files were finally passed to a Scotland Yard murder detective, who solved in three days the investigation that had faltered for eight years in the hands of a local rape unit in south London.

Police now fear Reid, a chef and referee in local Wandsworth leagues for children, women and men, could have attacked hundreds of women who have yet to come forward.
He now faces a lengthy prison sentence after being found guilty at Kingston Crown Court of
sexually attacking 25 women since 1995, two of whom he raped.

Timeline of missed opportunities
Here is a timeline of the missed opportunities to catch serial sex attacker Kirk Reid.

Aug 2000 - Sept 2002: Police are put on alert over a serial sex attacker after linking 26 assaults on women in the borough of Wandsworth, south west London.
Nov 2002: DNA recovered from two of the attacks is linked to give a profile of the suspect.

Dec 2002: Kirk Reid is stopped by a police officer after following a woman in the street. He is let go and not formally questioned. The police officer records that no crime was committed but submits an intelligence report on Reid.

Jan 2004: A member of the public gave police Reid’s car and licence plate details after claiming to have witnessed a sex attack in central London but the report was not followed up.

Feb 2004: Reid was stopped in the same car tooting at a woman. He became an official suspect in the sex attacks but no further action was taken to interview him or take a DNA swab.
2004-2008: Reid attacks at least 20 further women, taking the total amount to more than 70.

OH WE’RE NOT DONE YET ...CHECK THIS OUT.
Another Keystone Cops Case and more blunders.

btw, Black Cab here is a taxi.  Used to be (might still. ?) the very top in cab service and the men who drove them took tests and in fact there were special courses.  Especially those driving in London.  A driver had to prove he really knew the city.  Wasn’t simply a matter in years past of just “getting a license.” I don’t know about now.  And the cabs themselves are really kind of special.  Not just an ordinary car with a meter. Very roomy and comfortable. And VERY clean.

Scotland Yard’s failure to catch serial sex attacker Kirk Reid until four years after he was identified as a suspect is one of a number of bungled investigations by police.

By Caroline Gammell
Last Updated: 7:03AM GMT 27 Mar 2009

Just two weeks ago, it emerged that police had arrested and released black cab rapist John Worboys seven months before he was finally caught in February 2008. He was arrested in July 2007 after he had driven a 19-year-old student back to Greenwich University and attacked her.
Even though the police had a statement from the victim and CCTV footage placing Worboys at the scene, officers decided not to proceed with the case.

He went on to attack at least another seven women and it is feared he could have targeted as many as 40 women during that period. In total he is believed to have attacked more tham 200 women.
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Like Reid, the Worboys case was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission to see what lessons could be learned.
Earlier this month, 22-year-old Karl Bishop was sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of the Harry Potter actor Rob Knox.

It transpired that unemployed Bishop had a history of violent conduct stretching back to primary school and was known by police as a “habitual knife carrier”.
He served two years of a four-year sentence for slashing two men across the face with a knife and murdered Rob nine months after his release.

Two months before the killing, Knox was named as the suspect in a burglary and a knifepoint robbery but never arrested. The investigation was still “live” when he killed Rob.

The dead boy’s father Colin Knox said: “They admit they made a mistake.”
Last December, the police were forced to apologise to Colin Stagg after they finally convicted the right man for the murder of Rachel Nickell who was killed in 1992 on Wimbledon Common.

A female police officer had posed as a sexual deviant who tried to get Mr Stagg to confess in a “honey-trap”, which he failed to do.
The case against him was later thrown out by the judge who condemned police tactics.

It emerged that Miss Nickell’s life might have been spared had police tracked down the real killer, paranoid schizophrenic Robert Napper, several years earlier.

In 1989, Napper’s mother phoned police to tell them her son had confessed to raping a woman on Plumstead Common, but police never spoke to him or took a blood sample.

He was questioned over a number of suspected rapes shortly after Miss Nickell’s murder but again did not provide a blood sample which could have solved the crime.

Police are to investigate MI5 over torture allegations

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/28/2009 at 07:45 PM   
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not what most of us would call motherhood.

It’s 8pm where I am at the moment and I have booted quite late today.
There is so much going on it’s hard to know exactly where to start.

Today being Saturday the papers (like Sundays) are large and bulky and filled with all sorts of stuff and I have gone through three papers which believe me is time consuming.  Ah but there is heartwarming public interest blurbs.
For example Madonna, in order to increase her limo-liberal credibility and profile, is flying off to some place called Malawi to bring home yet another black child to adopt.  I guess the first one needs company in the form of another like being.

It’s kind of her to give a loving and caring environment to these children.  What a pity she has to go to all the trouble of flying off to jungle land because as we know, THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY NO CHILDREN HERE IN THE UK OR IN USA who need adopting and a caring home. NONE.
The Mail’s Amanda Platell has this to say about that.


No merciful mum

Fresh from ditching her toyboy lover (not to mention her husband), Madonna flies into Malawi this weekend to adopt four-year old orphan Mercy James. Mercy? If only.

On past evidence, the poor child will be cared for largely by strangers, with no father figure in her life and a part-time ‘mother’ who treats adoption as though it were a shopping trip to be fitted into her busy schedule.
What Madonna wants, Madonna gets.

But it’s not what most of us would call motherhood.


PLATELL


AND FROM THE TIMES, THIS CARTOON.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/28/2009 at 06:48 PM   
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calendar   Friday - March 27, 2009

SACKED

This post is an update to Peiper’s The unspoken truth about our language. post from the other day. It’s the sad, but obvious PC conclusion.



Sri Lankan postmaster who refused to serve non-English speakers is sacked



A postmaster who refused to serve his customers unless they spoke English was sacked today. Sri Lankan-born Deva Kumarasiri, 40, told his customers that it was imperative they spoke English so he could understand them and stop queues building up. After he went public with his demand, he was forced to leave his post office at Sneinton Boulevard in Nottingham and move to another in the city. But when Mr Kumarasiri went into work today he was told by the agency that employed him that he had been replaced.

The father-of-two said: ‘I am out of work so it’s very hard because if I don’t get something in the next couple of weeks I will be facing ruin. But I spoke to a friend and he said to let him buy me a post office and I can run it. He is a dear friend.’ Mr Kumarasiri added: ‘I feel definitely let down because it was the five per cent of the ethnic minorities who made this fuss. They don’t want integration and they are the ones that made me leave the Sneinton post office. The other 95 per cent are suffering because of that. It makes my blood boil but at the same time it gives me more courage to go ahead with this now. I am not going to stop. At the moment what we have is a situation where they have got rid of me from that area and I have the full backing of the whole country.’

Mr Kumarasiri moved to Britain 18 years ago and says everyone should embrace British culture.

A petition was circulated among Muslim residents calling for him to go after it emerged he would only serve English speakers. Aurangzeb Kahn, chairman of the local Mosque, said last week: ‘There has been concern that people can be denied Post Office services because they can’t speak English. There is a strong feeling among some local people that this is wrong.

So I guess that even in England English isn’t the official language, and that the Royal Mail will provide interpreters and post all their signs in at least a dozen different tongues. Idiots.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2009 at 06:20 PM   
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Parity

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AIG political contributions over $30,000, 1989-2009:

Dodd, Chris (D-Conn) $281,038
Bush, George W (R-Texas) $200,560
Schumer, Charles E (D-NY) $111,875
Obama, Barack (D-Ill) $110,332
McCain, John (R-Ariz) $99,249
Baucus, Max (D-Mont) $90,000
Kerry, John (D-Mass) $85,000
Johnson, Nancy L (R-Conn) $75,400
Sununu, John E (R-NH) $69,049
Clinton, Hillary (D-NY) $61,515
Lieberman, Joe (I-Conn) $57,900
Rangel, Charles B (D-NY) $53,582
Giuliani, Rudolph W (R-NY) $50,250
Lazio, Rick A (R-NY) $48,600
Ensign, John (R-Nev) $44,569
Bayh, Evan (D-Ind) $43,700
Larson, John B (D-Conn) $43,000
Biden, Joseph R Jr (D-Del) $41,350
Baker, Richard (R-La) $41,032
Torricelli, Robert G (D-NJ) $39,000
D’Amato, Alfonse M (R-NY) $38,750
Carper, Tom (D-Del) $37,213
Bush, George (R-Texas) $34,000
Roth, William V Jr (R-Del) $33,400
Lowey, Nita M (D-NY) $31,800
Smith, Bob (R-NH) $31,750
Shelby, Richard C (R-Ala) $31,250
Reed, Jack (D-RI) $30,600

Yes, it’s a fairly even split between D & R. Of course it is. AIG is in business to be in business. Some of the amounts are pretty steep though, considering how long (or short!) a time some of the recipients have been in elected federal office. Ahem. In all these particular contributions total more than $9 million, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. AIG also sent major money through it’s subsidiaries and other PACS, to the tune of $9.7 million just last year alone. Lots more info can be found at Open Secrets, or by a few minutes with Google.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2009 at 04:13 PM   
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The 545 - Pass It On

BMEWS will take part in the occasional blog swarm, if it’s important enough. I think this is. It’s a good reminder, so pass it on. It was written by Charley Reese, a newspaper man who has been in the business his entire long life. Full text of the article can be found here, and it’s worth reading. The article was written many years ago [and I’m pretty sure it’s had a little helpful updating since], but some things never change. CMBlake6 sent it to me, so now you can send it to others. Spread the word.



The 300?

No.

The 545



545 PEOPLE

By Charlie Reese


Politicians are the only people in the world who create problems and then campaign against them.

Have you ever wondered, if both the Democrats and the Republicans are against deficits, WHY do we have deficits?

Have you ever wondered, if all the politicians are against inflation and high taxes, WHY do we have inflation and high taxes?

You and I don’t propose a federal budget. The president does.

You and I don’t have the Constitutional authority to vote on appropriations. The House of Representatives does.

You and I don’t write the tax code, Congress does.

You and I don’t set fiscal policy, Congress does.

You and I don’t control monetary policy, the Federal Reserve Bank does.

One hundred senators, 435 congressmen, one president, and nine Supreme Court justices 545 human beings out of the 300 million are directly, legally, morally, and individually responsible for the domestic problems that plague this country.

I excluded the members of the Federal Reserve Board because that problem was created by the Congress. In 1913, Congress delegated its Constitutional duty to provide a sound currency to a federally chartered, but private, central bank.

I excluded all the special interests and lobbyists for a sound reason. They have no legal authority. They have no ability to coerce a senator, a congressman, or a president to do one cotton-pickingthing. I don’t care if they offer a politician $1 million dollars in cash.

The politician has the power to accept or reject it. No matter what the lobbyist promises, it is the legislator’s responsibility to determine how he votes.

Those 545 human beings spend much of their energy convincing you that what they did is not their fault. They cooperate in this common con regardless of party.

What separates a politician from a normal human being is an excessive amount of gall. No normal human being would have the gall of a Speaker, who stood up and criticized the President for creating deficits. The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept it.

The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the House of Representatives for originating and approving appropriations and taxes. Who is the speaker of the House? Nancy Pelosi. She is the leader of the majority party.

She and fellow House members, not the president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it over his veto if they agree to.

It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 300 million can not replace 545 people who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility. I can’t think of a single domestic problem that is not traceable directly to those 545 people. When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise the power of the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.

If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair.

If the budget is in the red, it’s because they want it in the red .

If the Army & Marines are in IRAQ , it’s because they want them in IRAQ

If they do not receive social security but are on an elite retirement plan not available to the people, it’s because they want it that way.

There are no insoluble government problems.

Do not let these 545 people shift the blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists, whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to regulate and from whom they can take this power. Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exists disembodied mystical forces like “the economy,” “inflation,” or “politics” that prevent them from doing what they take an oath to do.

Those 545 people, and they alone, are responsible.

They, and they alone, have the power.

They, and they alone, should be held accountable by the people who are their bosses.

Provided the voters have the gumption to manage their own employees.

We should vote all of them out of office and clean up their mess!



Charlie Reese is a former columnist of the Orlando Sentinel Newspaper.

What you do with this article now that you have read it ... is up to you.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2009 at 04:02 PM   
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Latest Crowder video

Ok ... good concept ... good tune ... trim it down about 45 seconds.

And just where is Joe Biden these days? Are we going to have to start playing that damn game again?

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2009 at 01:43 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 26, 2009

the UN Human Rights Council is simply a mouthpiece for the Organization of the Islamic Conference.

A headline on a site that features a roundup of European news caught my eye.
Actually one word stood out and grabbed my attention. That word was Eurabian.

So naturally I had to read the whole thing and I think you should too.  Not that you don’t already know this stuff.  But the way it’s presented and the facts lined up as they are make for some very interesting reading. Maybe pretty scary as well because Baron Bodissey, Gates of Vienna, seems to have covered all the bases and there isn’t anything to guess about.  Of course he isn’t the only one writing about islam and the the threat to the West.  But he strikes me as being right up there among the most articulate trying to raise the alarm.  A modern day Paul Revere.
The question is, is anyone with decision making powers listening?  I kind of doubt it and have come to the disagreeable conclusion that both the UK and Europe are Doomed.
Their “diversity” and their “multi-culturism” will not save them. In fact, it hastens their demise.

Maybe a bit off topic but .... how the hell do diplomats and lessor beings pronounce these wacky names?  I mean, if one needs to communicate, how daydodat?  Ihsanoglu?

What is Eurabian Culture?

Gates of Vienna 20 March 2009
By Baron Bodissey

I’ve written so many times in this space about the OIC (the Organization of the Islamic Conference) that it sometimes feels like I do nothing but fisk Secretary General Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu.

The latest output from Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu shows the shape of things to come, and does not bode well for the future of Europe.

In other words: in order to honor its own stated principles of Multiculturalism, Europe must allow the establishment of sharia law in its Muslim enclaves.

It will have no other choice.

Watch for the worldwide version of all this to pop up at the UN in the near future. Europe is just the test market.

Wherever the minarets and the halal food appear, the genital mutilation and honor killings will also be found.

Islam is of a piece. You can’t have the headscarf and the muezzin without all the abominations as well.

Islam has no claim to any universality except in the sense that it has a knife at the throat of the universe.

This is just a taste of all he has to say.  Please fall by the gates and read all the rest. It’s a long read but a very fast one.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/26/2009 at 10:00 PM   
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And this moonbat is a city official? How do I embed Twilight Zone theme with the story?

dada-da-da, dada,da-da

Drew has posted on some damn serious topics tonight and so I feel a bit self conscious with this lightweight offering from my very back yard.

Yeah, Moonbattery and I guess I could find something else without much effort the world being in the state it’s in.
Truth ta tell, I just can’t pass this up.  It’s too silly to wait.

I don’t know if this guy is elected or appointed er what.  But I think there’s something besides milk in his Corn Flakes.

He claims he has seen an alien on the High Street here in Winchester.  The high street is the main street and laid out (as was the town) by Romans so this is an awfully old place.  Shame the politicians are bent on ruining the place.  Hey wait, that’s off topic.

So then just imagine the theme from the Twilight Zone is running in the background.
I think I see Rod Serling up ahead.


Strange case of the councillor and the friendly alien wearing ballet shoes. . .

12:00pm Wednesday 25th March 2009

By Andrew Napier »
Hampshire Chronicle

THERE was no space ship or typical little green men.
Just a pretty blonde, dressed strikingly in a white ballet outfit, whose penguin-like walk made her stand out from the crowd.
Yet she is no average Hampshire girl – but the vision that has left one city councillor believing he met an alien.

Winchester councillor Adrian Hicks claims to have experienced a genuine close encounter with extra-terrestrial life during a stroll down the city’s busy High Street on a Saturday afternoon.
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He said: “I was near The Works bookshop when I saw this strange woman, a humanoid walking with a penguin-like gait. She had very large prominent eyes and was twirling her hands in a circular motion.

“She seemed friendly and totally at ease with us. She wasn’t scared, she was smiling, and seemed to be enjoying herself among us. She walked very slowly up the High Street. I remember she was very interested in the clock over Lloyds Bank. She was taking it all in.
“She was human enough to get away with it. Everybody’s heads were turning.”

Cllr Hicks, an orthopaedic technician in the A&E department at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital for some 35 years, said he saw the creature at about 1.30pm on a Saturday in late January or early February 2004.

For five years he remained silent about his experience because he did not want it to jeopardise his chances of election to the city council.
Now, two years after securing a place for the Liberal Democrats covering the St John and All Saints ward of Highcliffe, St Giles Hill, Bar End and Winnall, he says he is willing to risk ridicule as he tells of the encounter for the first time.

Urging others who witnessed the spectacle to come forward, including a woman whom he is certain took pictures, he added: “This was definitely a close encounter of the first kind.

“I was very confused and shocked. I was going to say ‘excuse me, you’re not from around here?’ but I thought it best to leave her alone.
“I think we have established contact, because I have seen this ‘being’ in the High Street. Other people will have seen her. I would like them to come forward.”

Cllr Hicks, of Granville Place, Wharf Hill, said he thinks the sighting of the alien is linked to the appearances of lights in the sky over St Catherine’s Hill. He said several other residents in Winchester have regularly seen the lights, at about 10,000 feet.
In August 2004 he saw five vertical lines rising over Chilcomb military ranges before scattering away.

Mr Hicks has a theory that the extra-terrestrial is linked to covert US and British military at Chilcomb and the pyramid at Intech which may be some kind of signpost.

He said: “Clearly there are UFOs flying around and I’m keen to set up a UFO watch group for Winchester.”
Have you had an alien encounter, or did you see the ballet shoe-wearing woman in Winchester? Call our reporters on 01962 833 145 or e-mail newsdesk@dailyecho.co.uk

The drawing is an artists rendition of what Mr. Hicks thinks he saw.  I only mention that because I don’t want any of you to think it’s an actual photograph in case you’ve had a drinky or three.

Alas there was no way to embed the video here but catch this link for Mr.Hicks explaining what he saw.
MR. HICKS


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/26/2009 at 06:19 PM   
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Salt The Earth

After killing all the people and burning down all the buildings. This little limp dick hand wringing pussy bullshit is never going to do a thing. Want to put a stop to piracy world-wide? Then you need to do more than just put the fear of God into these people. You need to hammer them flat in biblical proportions, so that the other pirates elsewhere around the world hear the thump. First you squash Somalia. Then you flatten a dozen or so islands in Indonesia that are pirate havens. Then you lighten up and just sink every local boat off the coast of West Africa. And we’ll never hear of large scale piracy again, at least for another 300 years. Anything less is bullshit. And that’s all that’s going on now.



Pirates, as usual




Somali pirates hijack 2 tankers in 24 hours

Pirates armed with machine guns pursued and captured a Norwegian chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia on Thursday, the owners said, less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area.

The U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, confirmed both hijackings and said they happened in the same area but separate from the gulf, one of the world’s busiest — and now most treacherous — sea lanes.

Yadda yadda, so on and so forth. The usual chunky ass drippings from the usual talking heads. Nothing changes.

Taking out the pirate bastions might cost the lives of a few dozen crewmen from these captured ships. That’s a tragedy, but that’s the cost of war. And it is war: piracy is the basic act of terrorism. And it might not cost that many of those lives if you did things smart. How about some reverse piracy? How about seizing ever single Somali thing that floats and has an engine on it, and holding them for ransom? But the Somalis don’t have any money. That’s the idea! Snag all the ships and tow them away. Capture all the sailors and put them in the cooler. Use one of those leftover ocean liners as a floating prison. We’ve got several just sitting around. (Who cares if they’re in less than pristine condition? We’re talking about using one for prisoners we don’t give a rat’s ass about. )Ta da, no more pirates! Sure, sure, we’ll do a prison exchange. Here’s your guys back; we’ll take the hijacked sailors. Your boats? No, we don’t want to exchange your pirate boats for the stolen merchant vessels. Do what you want with them, they’re all insured anyway.

No boats + no sailors = no pirates. It’s that easy. And THEN we shoot all the people, burn down all the villages, and salt the earth. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/26/2009 at 05:30 PM   
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