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calendar   Sunday - May 31, 2009


This has to be my final post for today, Sunday, May 31 of 2009. 
BIG BEN IS 150 today.

London’s Big Ben ticks over to 150th anniversary

1 hour ago

LONDON (AFP) — Big Ben, arguably the world’s most famous clock which towers over London, marked its 150th anniversary Sunday.

The clock started ticking on May 31 1859 and has continued with only occasional interruptions for maintenance, bad weather and even bird strikes ever since.

The clock, housed in St Stephen’s Tower which adjoins Britain’s House of Commons, is one of the capital’s most popular tourist attractions and boasts some amazing statistics.

Each of the four Gothic clock faces is seven metres wide, with a minute hand over four metres long which travels the equivalent of 190 kilometres per year.

A Latin inscription is carved beneath each one—“Domine salvam fac Reginam nostrum Victoriam primam” which means: “O Lord, save our Queen Victoria the First.” Queen Victoria was on the throne in Britain at the time.

The 96 metre-high tower which houses the clock was built as part of the rebuilding of the Houses of Parliament by architects Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin following a major fire in 1843.

A competition was opened in 1846 to decide who should build the clock, but it took seven years to decide a winner.

Eventually, the winner was named as Edward Dent, who had already made a chronometer for the HMS Beagle, the ship which carried Charles Darwin on a worldwide voyage which led him to the theory of evolution.

The clock cost 2,500 pounds to build and was completed in 1854 but it was not installed until the clock tower was finished five years later.

Even then, there was a last-minute hitch—the original cast-iron minute hands were too heavy and had to be replaced with copper ones.

The famous bell chimes—which are used at the start of many television and radio news bulletins in Britain—did not sound for another six weeks afterwards.

The name Big Ben originally referred to the bell in the clocktower, but has come to be used for the tower and the clock as well.

It is not entirely clear where the name Big Ben comes from—some say refers to Sir Benjamin Hall, an MP at the time, while others claim it was after heavyweight boxer Benjamin Caunt


Whoops ... left this off. You can tell I’m tired.
Catch this link please. Interesting Big Ben stuff.


the clock which Sir Charles Barry designed with the help of Augustus Pugin, after the Palace of Westminster was destroyed by fire in 1834, has an appeal out of all proportion to its measurements.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/31/2009 at 10:47 AM   
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The jury’s still out on if Sonia Sotomayor is the right judge for the job, in editorial page here ..

Following up on editorials and articles re this person by Drew and a tip from Blake, I thought maybe I should post this for the benefit of BMEWS readers as it’s from the editorial page of the Telegraph.

I’m not posting all of it as much has already been posted with regard to her bio.
I hesitated at first but the idea stuck me that maybe some of you would be interested in seeing how this is being reported outside our own country.

I’m not clear on why the author here thinks the jury is still out.  Which jury would that be?
I do believe this is an attempt to please a large and rapidly growing segment of the American population.  A segment that by and large voted for Obama.
I think it’s fair and honest to say our side would do the same, except our side is far less likely to join the social engineering diversity one size WILL fit all mind set.  But then again I do tend to be biased.

Oh wait, I can’t let this go just yet.  There’s one really important thing. Guns, and the control or banishment of them by this judge if she has her way.
I may be judging her in a negative light on just that one issue, and critics will say that’s wrong. 
Well, I am living in a place right now that has a gun ban, of serious sorts, and where only the really bad guys have them.  I’m in a place and at an age where self defense is a personal issue.
I would HATE to see anyone on the court with the means of screwing up the right to arms for law abiding citizens.
I’m witness to what happens to those law abiding folks who are, armless. Don’t much like what I see let me tell ya. It’s very scary!
You must not allow that to happen in the USA!!!!

Profile: From the tough Puerto Rican projects of the Bronx, to the threshold of the Supreme Court, she’s certainly come a long way – but no one is quite sure where she stands, says William Langley.

William Langley
Last Updated: 4:45PM BST 30 May 2009

Soon after the start of his run for the presidency, Barack Obama dropped a big hint about the kind of judges he wanted to see on the bench of the Supreme Court. “We need somebody who’s got the heart, the empathy, to recognise what it’s like to be a young teenage mom,” said the candidate. “The empathy to understand what it’s like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old.” The “old” bit seemed superfluous, given that one of the current judges is 89 and four others are in their 70s, but that’s campaign rhetoric for you.

Of far more interest is what Obama actually meant by “empathy”. The word – a longstanding pop-psychology and self-help manual standby – has been heavily in play since Obama last week proposed Sonia Sotomayor, a New York appeals court judge, as his first Supreme Court pick. Miss Sotomayor, a glossily coiffeured, divorced and childless daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, would, if approved by the Senate, become the first Hispanic woman – and only the third woman ever – to join the ranks of the Supremes. But uncertainty as to whom and what she might choose to do her empathising with swirls around her, and may yet scupper her candidacy.

Many conservatives see her nomination as, at best, a payback for the 67 per cent of the Hispanic vote that Obama took in November’s election, and at worst a sign of the new President’s stealthy, socialistic refashioning of the American state. “Empathy,” wrote Karl Rove, the previous President’s senior policy adviser, in The Wall Street Journal last week, “is the latest code word for liberal activism, for treating the Constitution as malleable clay to be kneaded and moulded in whatever form justices want. It represents an expansive view of the judiciary in which courts create policy that couldn’t pass the legislative branch, or, if it did, would generate a voter backlash.”

The Supreme Court’s job is to interpret the Constitution. This isn’t as dull as it sounds, and can occasionally throw up cases like the claim of Anna Nicole Smith, the voluptuous blonde ex-lapdancer and TV reality star, to inherit her 89-year-old billionaire husband’s fortune. For most of the court’s 218-year history the bench has been occupied by worthy, middle-aged, white, male constitutional lawyers of little or no obvious political leanings. It was only during the second half of the 20th century that the White House began to realise that a president’s right to nominate judges could be a powerful extension of policy.

As Rove suggests, an ideologically supportive Supreme Court is a convenient way of “laundering” legislation into the system. The court deals with around 100 cases a year, nearly all of which have a bearing on the nation’s political character, and some of which shape it. The problem is that partisan appointments have a history of backfiring. Eisenhower rued his nomination of the celebrated Chief Justice Earl Warren as “the biggest damned mistake I ever made”, after Warren – sent in as a conservative – returned a series of ultra-liberal judgements. Something similar happened with David Souter, appointed by George Bush Sr. It is his retirement, after a controversial 19-year tenure, that has opened the door for Miss Sotomayor.

Appointments are for life: the justices can only be replaced as a result of death, retirement or impeachment. So Miss Sotomayor, at 54, is likely to remain in office long after Obama has gone and, just as few people know who she is, still fewer can predict with any certainty what she might do. Consequently the liberal lobby is displaying signs of nervousness comparable to those that afflict the conservative camp.

Judge Sotomayer has a surprisingly limited track record on hot-button social issues such as abortion, gay rights, gun control, affirmative action, immigration and the death penalty. The kinds of things, in other words, that those cheering her appointment are likely to be most consumed by. Her largely uncontroversial years in the appeals court have provided few clues as to how she might proceed on the big constitutional questions.

This could be because the judge is extremely clever – or, as her detractors see it, because she is nowhere near clever enough. In a detailed examination of her career, Jeffrey Rosen, the legal affairs editor of The New Republic, raised doubts about “her temperament, her judicial craftsmanship, and most of all, her ability to provide an intellectual counterweight to the conservative justices”. One former New York court official is quoted by Rosen as saying: “She’s not that smart, and a kind of a bully.”

This seems harsh. No one claims she’s the next Oliver Wendell Holmes, but Miss Sotomayor’s life story is a qualification in itself.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/31/2009 at 09:58 AM   
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Was it a problem with the engine or the wings that delayed a BA flight? No it was a ‘vital’ missing

I’m having a hard time deciding if this is funny or maybe not. You decide.

Can a case be made for the reason given by the airline? Or ,, should this have been given a moonbat award?

By Caroline Grant
Last updated at 3:17 AM on 30th May 2009

After being told their plane was missing a ‘vital’ part, passengers were only too happy to wait until a replacement could be found.

Was it the engine, the holidaymakers wondered, or perhaps a problem with the wings?

But their concern soon turned to anger after it emerged the ‘essential’ component was an ashtray missing from one of the toilet doors.

Despite the fact smoking has been banned on all British Airways flights for more than a decade, bosses insisted the Boeing 747 could not take off until it had been replaced.

As the minutes ticked by, and the ashtray could not be found, the captain eventually ordered ground crew to ‘go and rob one’ from another plane - or take off a whole door if necessary.

After 25 minutes on the ground, an ashtray was eventually found and the plane set off from Heathrow to Mexico City.

A spokesman for BA insisted last night that the flight had had to be delayed because all planes in Europe are required by law to have ashtrays.

‘It is a legal requirement, under air navigation orders, to have ashtrays because while smoking is not permitted on flights, if someone were to light a cigarette on board there must be somewhere to safely extinguish it,’ he added.

‘We apologise to customers for the inconvenience but their safety is always our overriding priority.’

However, the Civil Aviation Authority, which regulates the UK aviation industry, said: ‘The air navigation orders are a bit like the highway code.

‘There’s only a small section about smoking and one of the rules is that it’s banned.

‘There’s nothing in there at all about ashtrays.’



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/31/2009 at 07:08 AM   
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Convicted paedophile gets £30,000 in legal aid to sue police for ‘wrongful arrest’

This kind of thing is really maddening. Does this guy really have a case to make?

Convicted back in 1980, serves times and later on rapes some old lady. Now then, if after the first offense the authorities had cut off the offending appendage and fixed him so that he’d have to piss thru a tube, there would have been no rape in ‘89. 

This sort of crap is really too depressing. Not to mention senseless, illogical and just plain stupid. 

By Chris Brooke
Last updated at 2:49 PM on 29th May 2009

Convicted paedophile Robin Frampton is suing North Yorkshire Police for malicious prosecution

A convicted paedophile has launched a taxpayer-funded legal action against police who arrested him because they feared a woman was in danger.

Robin Frampton, 53, was staying with a woman he met through a television dating service after lying to her about who he was and keeping secret his sordid past, a court heard.

Police arrested him after discovering the paedophile and rapist had not signed on the sex offenders’ register and gave false details about where he was staying, in a town 250 miles from his home.

He was charged and spent 110 days on remand before the case was dropped shortly before his scheduled trial on a legal technicality.

Frampton was given Legal Aid to sue the North Yorkshire Police Chief Constable and yesterday his claim for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution was heard by a judge at Leeds County Court.

The case has already cost the taxpayer more than £30,000 and that figure is expected to rise.

Frampton, who also used the name Robert Williams, was categorised as a ‘high risk’ offender.

He was on the sex offenders’ register for life and had to regularly sign in at a local police station to comply with the terms.

The pervert, whose previous convictions included the rape of a 71-year-old woman and a sex attack on a young schoolgirl, was living in Fareham, Hampshire, with his wife.

The court heard he lied to his wife by telling her he was visiting a male friend, but drove to Selby in North Yorkshire instead, to stay with Lisa Stirling, a woman he met through a dating channel.

Frampton said he hoped a ‘relationship’ might develop that would enable him to start a new life with her.

He admitted he lied to her by claiming to be a single petrol tanker driver. ‘I told her loads of lies, I didn’t tell her I was a sex offender,’ he said.

On Saturday 15 July 2006, shortly after arriving in Yorkshire, he made a ‘courtesy’ visit to the local police station to tell them he was in the area, but handed an out-of-date document that indicated he was no longer required to sign on the sex offenders’ register.

He also gave ‘false’ details for where he was staying and who he was with.

Police became suspicious when Frampton was spotted in his car and a check on the vehicle showed it was listed under a different name.

They contacted Hampshire police who discovered from his wife he had not been home since the previous Thursday.

Under the terms of the register Frampton was obliged to sign in at a police station within three days after moving to a new area, the court heard.

Police traced his car to Miss Stirling’s address and he was arrested in his boxer shorts at 9 am on Sunday 16 July.

Detective Constable Eric Davies said he ordered the arrest because he believed the three-day period had elapsed and he feared the woman he was with could be in ‘danger.’ DC Davies was also concerned Frampton did not have ‘medication’, which the complainant denied had been prescribed to control his sexual urges.

Frampton was charged with giving false details and failing to comply with the terms of the sexual offenders register.

If the legal requirement to sign the register is not met, a sex offender can be prosecuted and sent back to jail.

However, the case was later dropped because Frampton was technically still within the time limit for registering at a police station when arrested.

Frampton has a shocking history of offending. In 1980 he was jailed for two years at Dorchester Crown court for threatening girls aged nine and 10 with a knife and attempting to rape one of them. In 1989 he was given an eight-year sentence for forcing his way into a 71-year-old woman’s home and raping her.

In 1999 a one-year sentence at Southampton Crown Court for a shocking knifepoint indecent assault on a prostitute was later increased to three years by the Court of Appeal. This longer sentence meant he had to sign on the sex offenders register for life rather than just five years.

Frampton’s lawyer Rodney Ferm told the judge: ‘All of us have rights, including the right not to be wrongfully arrested. We also have rights, provided by European legislation, for our private life not to be interfered with.’

He said his client was arrested despite ‘no offence of any kind’ being committed.

The judge will make a written judgement at a later date.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/31/2009 at 06:49 AM   
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DEAD Lithuanian rapist granted £20,000 in legal aid for breach of ‘human rights’.


There is no use in always asking can things get any dumber because the answer will always be yes. Always!

I read things like this so often I’m no longer surprised but can’t help being outraged every time.  I don’t understand how things are allowed to even come close to making it a story worth printing.  But here you are.

This is RCOB reading folks.  I sincerely hope the shit who continued with this outrage, the rapist’s daughter, suffers the same fate at the hands of someone just like dear old dad. 
Oh boo-hoo, the bastards civil rights and right to privacy were violated. The cops put him in handcuff and so he was “humiliated.” Boo-Hoo.
I read stuff like this and all I can see is red.

Scandal of DEAD Lithuanian rapist granted £20,000 in legal aid for breach of ‘human rights’

Last updated at 1:33 AM on 30th May 2009

A foreign rapist has cost the taxpayer £20,000 in legal aid after claiming his human rights were breached by people seeing him in handcuffs.

Astonishingly, his court battle was allowed to continue even after he died in May last year.

Vaclovas Faizovas, an immigrant from Lithuania, claimed he felt ‘degraded, embarrassed and humiliated’ when doctors and other patients saw him sitting in handcuffs as he waited to undergo chemotherapy sessions on the NHS.

At the time, the 51-year-old alcoholic was serving three and half years in prison for a serious sexual assault on a 22-year-old woman.

His daughter Inga - who was able to draw on funds from the Legal Service Commission and the Ministry of Justice - continued to fight the case after his death, although last week it was dismissed on appeal.

Yesterday the decision was called ‘a grotesque affront to common sense’.

Mark Wallace, campaign director for the Taxpayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It is ridiculous that this crazy case was ever allowed to start, never mind to continue after the appellant’s death.

‘This vile man never considered the human rights of his victim, so it is crazy that taxpayers will have to foot the bill for his own human rights case.’

Faizovas was jailed for sexually assaulting a woman whom he met while walking in Chadwell Heath, Essex in July 2005.

Snaresbrook Crown Court heard that he encouraged the woman to drink vodka with him and attacked her when she passed out.

He was jailed for 42 months in October 2006. While in prison, Faizovas underwent a course of 17 chemotherapy session for his pancreatic cancer at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds.

The prison authorities assessed Faizovas as being ‘medium risk’, meaning he could not be trusted in open conditions.

He was also ruled to be ‘prone to violence’, with the potential to do harm.

Prison authorities also carried out a detailed risk assessment of West Suffolk Hospital, and concluded that there were ‘several escape routes’ available to a prisoner.

Accordingly, during each of his visits to hospital Faizovas was handcuffed to a prison officer. On arrival at the hospital, the handcuffs were replaced by a longer, secure chain.

In his High Court case against the Ministry of Justice, Faizovas said that on each visit he spent around 30 minutes in a public waiting room before going in to be treated.

Everyone there was able to see he was chained, which he found ‘very embarrassing and humiliating’.

Faizovas claimed this breached articles three and eight of the Human Rights Act - the right to life free of degrading treatment and the right to privacy.

When he died in May last year - two months after he was released from prison - the controversial case was continued by his daughter Inga Faizovaite.

The entire cost of both bringing and defending the failed action was born by the UK taxpayer.

A legal source close to the appeal team estimated the costs of bringing the case as ?20,000. The ?20,000 cost of paying the Ministry of Justice’s lawyers was also picked up by the taxpayer.

Miss Faizovaite, who continues to live in Britain, said yesterday: ‘Everyone should get treatment no matter what they’ve done.

‘I wanted to make sure something was done differently in the future.’

The Legal Services Commission, which hands out legal aid, pointed out that it cannot ban people from getting funding because their cause is unpopular.

A spokesman said: ‘All applicants for legal aid must meet strict financial and legal merits eligibility tests before they are able to access legal aid. Cases must have a good chance of success, raise issues which have a significant wider public interest, be overwhelmingly important to the client, or have significant human rights issues.’



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/31/2009 at 04:06 AM   
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Don’t know who the model is, don’t care.

From a Brit magazine advertising American Cotton.

I think what I like about this is (IMO) the fact that she looks desirable without looking sleazy. Neither the pose or the setting seem like they are trying to be sexy but still are.  Now that’s how I see it and of course you’ll have your own thoughts. 

Something else that caught my attention.
Do any of you remember Julia Duffy?  For a short while she was hot some years ago. Was on the Bob Newhart show as the ditzy blond.  Heck of a good actress and a natural at comedy. She was super in NBCs short lived, Wizards and Warriors.
Well, this model reminds me of Duffy.  Isn’t that funny?  She doesn’t look like Julia Duffy at all. But there’s something.
Anyway ... I like this cuz it’s also subtle.
Hope BMEWS approves.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/31/2009 at 03:33 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 30, 2009

Signs of the Apocalypse

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions.
Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling!
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes…
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave!
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!
Mayor: I get the point!


I Agree With Ted “Screw ‘Em” Rall

Ted Rall: It’s increasingly evident that Obama should resign

MIAMI — We expected broken promises. But the gap between the soaring expectations that accompanied Barack Obama’s inauguration and his wretched performance is the broadest such chasm in recent historical memory. This guy makes Bill Clinton look like a paragon of integrity and follow-through.

From health care to torture to the economy to war, Obama has reneged on pledges real and implied. So timid and so owned is he that he trembles in fear of offending, of all things, the government of Turkey. Obama has officially reneged on his campaign promise to acknowledge the Armenian genocide. When a president doesn’t have the nerve to annoy the Turks, why does he bother to show up for work in the morning?

Obama is useless. Worse than that, he’s dangerous. Which is why, if he has any patriotism left after the thousands of meetings he has sat through with corporate contributors, blood-sucking lobbyists and corrupt politicians, he ought to step down now — before he drags us further into the abyss.

I refer here to Obama’s plan for “preventive detentions.” If a cop or other government official thinks you might want to commit a crime someday, you could be held in “prolonged detention.” Reports in U.S. state-controlled media imply that Obama’s shocking new policy would only apply to Islamic terrorists (or, in this case, wannabe Islamic terrorists, and also kinda-sorta-maybe-thinking-about-terrorism dudes). As if that made it OK.

In practice, Obama wants to let government goons snatch you, me and anyone else they deem annoying off the street.

Preventive detention is the classic defining characteristic of a military dictatorship. Because dictatorial regimes rely on fear rather than consensus, their priority is self-preservation rather than improving their people’s lives. They worry obsessively over the one thing they can’t control, what George Orwell called “thoughtcrime” — contempt for rulers that might someday translate to direct action.

Of course Old Stinky goes on to get most of it wrong, calling that one captured Somali pirate a child whom we have no right to try [ True! We should have just shot him with the others! ] and how the poor widdle tewworists in Gitmo should all be set free. Ted is still an asshole. But on this one point I tend to agree with him.

Signs and portents folks, signs and portents.

PS - one commentor there put it in a nutshell, albeit a very bitter one: Leave Obama Alone. Because if he goes, we get Biden. If Biden goes we get Pelosi. If Pelosi goes we get Byrd. If Byrd goes we get Clinton. Damn. There isn’t a good pick until we get all the way down to Assistant Dog Catcher. Shit.

and a big hat tip goes to reader JK. Nice job sir!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2009 at 08:43 PM   
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Oh This Really Hurts

Even Russia seems to think the USA is now a failed Marxist State under Obammunism.

It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people.

True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial testing grounds was conducted upon our Holy Russia and a bloody test it was. But we Russians would not just roll over and give up our freedoms and our souls, no matter how much money Wall Street poured into the fists of the Marxists.

Those lessons were taken and used to properly prepare the American populace for the surrender of their freedoms and souls, to the whims of their elites and betters.

First, the population was dumbed down through a politicized and substandard education system based on pop culture, rather then the classics. Americans know more about their favorite TV dramas then the drama in DC that directly affects their lives. They care more for their “right” to choke down a McDonalds burger or a BurgerKing burger than for their constitutional rights. Then they turn around and lecture us about our rights and about our “democracy”. Pride blind the foolish.

Then their faith in God was destroyed, until their churches, all tens of thousands of different “branches and denominations” were for the most part little more then Sunday circuses and their televangelists and top protestant mega preachers were more then happy to sell out their souls and flocks to be on the “winning” side of one pseudo Marxist politician or another. Their flocks may complain, but when explained that they would be on the “winning” side, their flocks were ever so quick to reject Christ in hopes for earthly power. Even our Holy Orthodox churches are scandalously liberalized in America.

The final collapse has come with the election of Barack Obama. His speed in the past three months has been truly impressive. His spending and money printing has been a record setting, not just in America’s short history but in the world. If this keeps up for more then another year, and there is no sign that it will not, America at best will resemble the Wiemar Republic and at worst Zimbabwe.

Go and read the rest. Man, it really hurts when even PRAVDA gets it right.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2009 at 02:20 PM   
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The Producer Reducer

Phil Specter Gets 19 To Life

For murdering actress Lana Clarkson in his own foyer


Lana Clarkson

Music producer Phil Spector was sentenced Friday to the maximum sentence of 19 years to life for the murder six years ago of actress Lana Clarkson.

Slumped, stone-faced and wearing a dark suit and bright red tie, he sat silently throughout his sentencing by Judge Larry Paul Fidler.

Spector’s lawyer gave a $17,000 check to Donna Clarkson, the victim’s mother, to pay for her funeral expenses—part of the court-ordered sentence.


Phil Specter, Obama fan and murderer

Clarkson, 40, was found dead—slumped in a chair in the foyer of Spector’s Alhambra, California, mansion with a gunshot wound through the roof of her mouth—in February 2003.

Spector’s trial, which began in October, ended last month when jurors deliberated for 30 hours and then announced a guilty verdict on the second-degree murder charge. Fidler had ruled jurors also could consider the lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter.

Spector’s first murder trial in 2007 ended in a mistrial as jurors said they couldn’t reach a verdict after 15 days of deliberations. Jurors then were deadlocked 10-2 in favor of conviction.

Fidler declined to allow Spector to remain free on bail pending sentencing, citing Spector’s years-long “pattern of violence” involving firearms.

“This was not an isolated incident,” Fidler said, noting Spector’s two firearms-related convictions from the 1970s. “The taking of an innocent human life, it doesn’t get any more serious than that.”


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2009 at 02:02 PM   
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To The Barricades! To The Keyboards!

A guest post by CMBlake, who wanted to pass on a message from the GOA. That’s the Gun Owners of America organization, who are less flexible than the NRA.

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408

Friday, May 29, 2009

Obama Picks Anti-gun Judge for the Supreme Court

Unless you’ve taken a very long Memorial Day vacation, you’ve no doubt heard the big news.

President Obama has picked an anti-gun radical to replace Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court.

Obama’s pick is Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who is currently on the U.S.  Court of Appeals for the Second District.  There she has racked up an anti-Second Amendment record and has displayed contempt for the rule of law under the Constitution.

The Heller decision put the Supreme Court in support of the Constitutional protection of the individual right to keep and bear arms. Sotomayor, a politically correct lover of centralized government power (as long as she is part of the power elite), immediately went into counter-attack mode against the Heller decision.

Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel earlier this year which ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.  As she and her cohorts claimed, the Supreme Court has not yet incorporated the states under the Second Amendment.  Until then, she believes, the Second only applies to the District of Columbia.

This is pure judicial arrogance—something Sotomayor relishes (as long as she is one of the ruling judges).  In fact, protection of the right to keep and bear arms was a major objective for enactment of the Fourteenth Amendment, as recently freed slaves were being disarmed and terrorized in their neighborhoods.

But Sotomayor disdains this important right of individuals, as indicated by an earlier opinion from 2004.  In United States v. Sanchez-Villar, she stated that “the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.”

Sotomayor has held very anti-gun views, even as far back as the 1970s. Fox Cable News reported yesterday that in her senior thesis at Princeton University, she wrote that America has a “deadly obsession” with guns and that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to firearms ownership.

Sotomayor’s Second Amendment views go hand in hand with her politically correct views on the law and the role of judges.

In a speech given at Duke University in 2005, she made it abundantly clear that judges are involved in making policy.  Realizing that this did not sound very judicial (even though most judges act on this basis), Sotomayor tried to laugh off her brazen admission: “I know this is on tape and I should never say that, [audience laughing], because we don’t make law—I know.  Um, okay. I know, I’m not promoting it, I’m not advocating it.” The audience continued to laugh.  They got the joke.

But Sotomayor’s joke will be on us and our liberties if she gets confirmed to the Supreme Court.  And that is why we need to start contacting our Senators early and often, urging them to vote against
this dangerous nomination.

ACTION:  Please contact your two Senators and urge them to oppose the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.  You can go to the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at to send your Senators the pre-written e-mail message below.

Dear Senator:

If you cherish the Second Amendment and agree that it protects an individual right to keep and bear arms—as stated by the recent Heller decision—then you must vote against Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

This choice for the Supreme Court is totally unacceptable!  Consider a partial rendering of her anti-gun record:

* Sotomayor ruled in United States v. Sanchez-Villar (2004) that “the right to possess a gun is clearly not a fundamental right.”

* Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel earlier this year which ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states.  This makes her more liberal than the Ninth Circuit, which stated in April that the Second Amendment does apply to the states.

* Sotomayor has held very anti-gun views, even as far back as the 1970s. Fox Cable News reported on May 28 that in her senior thesis at Princeton University, she wrote that America has a “deadly obsession” with guns and that the Second Amendment does not guarantee an individual right to firearms ownership.

I will consider a vote in favor of Sotomayor as the most anti-gun vote a Senator could cast.  To send an anti-gun liberal judge to the Supreme Court for the rest of her life is to establish “legislation without representation.” After all, she says that the courts are where policy is made, and once she’s there, we’ll never be able to vote her out.

Again, please vote against this dangerous nomination.


[ PS, she is also an arrogant, out of the closet racist. That remark about Latinas being able to render wiser judgments than white men should disqualify her right there. ]

You realize that a full-on showdown is now coming on 2A, right? It HAS to, because:

The 2nd Circuit ruled that 2A is NOT incorporated

The 9th Circuit ruled that 2A IS incorporated

The Supreme Court CAN NOT allow two different judgments to stand. They MUST address the issue and give ONE opinion.

Since Sotomayor was part of the 2nd Circuit panel that made said ruling, by every honorable judicial concept she HAS to recuse herself if she is part of SCOTUS when the case comes up.

I am more than a bit skittish on this. I know what is RIGHT, and it’s the 9th’s opinion. Yet they’ve been shown to be wrong so many times before.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2009 at 12:40 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsGuns and Gun ControlJudges-Courts-Lawyers •  
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Shirk Gets The Shaft

US Citizen Gets Anti-Terrorist Visit From FBI

Because he wrote a letter to Senator Whitehouse (D-RI)

No wonder Obama has dropped the voter intimidation charges against the New Black Panthers. His government is using the same tactics. Agree!! Obey!! You shall not question Teh One!! Or any Democrat, or else we’ll get you, your Chrysler dealership, and your little dog too!! Mwaahahahahahahaaa!!!111!

Dear Senator,

I am fairly certain you are going to merely send me a canned response that I am not your constituent, and you therefore could care less how I feel. However, I am part of a movement that will put you back where you belong. The mandate from the 2008 election did not include the Democrats turning our nation into a Socialist Democracy.

We will not stand for it. We will vote you out starting in 2010, but in the event you go to far,, starting with the New Hampshire Resolution we will take the power of the federal government away from the federal government.

The stimulus bill was a travesty beyond description. I see you democrats saying in public that the people are in favor of these policies, but I can tell you that everyone I know is arming themselves, installing sophisticated alarms, trip wires, buying gold, investing outside the United States, and taking every measure possible to protect ourselves from a government gone crazy. We could very well wind up in anarchy, particularly while you in Congress site idly by, spending money we do not have, while ignoring everything else going on in the world. Even the border with Mexico is going unnoticed, while three drug cartels take control of the Mexican government, including the military hardware we provided them. You democrats are very dangerous right now. I hope to God we can survive until 2010 when we take back the House. I realize it may take a little longer to throw you out of the Senate, but we will in large numbers. Now we realize that democrats stand for Socialism.

Steve Shirk

This is “threatening the government” according to Senator Whitehouse.

Dear Senator:

You are a disgrace. Please commit seppuku.



Mr. Shirk, a blogger, wrote several letters to the government, and was paid a visit by the FBI. Because they were told to do so. The good news is that the agent was all “right on bro, keep on keepin on.” The bad news is that Senator Whitehouse (D - Rhode Island) has not yet been tarred and feathered [metaphorically of course], and drummed out of office for his tyrannical behavior.

Beginning in earnest in September of 2008 I began a campaign of letter writing to elected United States Representatives, Senators, and the White House under both President Bush and now President Obama. The tone of my correspondence has been that of a citizen who is fed up with the government for spending money we do not have, at a time when we are experiencing economic deflation, and taking control of private business, where I believe it is in violation of the constitutional rights of business owners, shareholders, and frankly every citizen of this country.


Yesterday, as a result of one of my letters, I was paid a visit by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the FBI. One Senator, Sheldon Whitehouse [ D- RI ] , reported to the FBI that he felt I was endangering the government and should be investigated as a suspected terrorist. This after every single one my letters was sent through the official website of the government, and contained all of my personally identifying information and was specifically stated as advising each U. S. Senator that I was offering political opinion about pending legislation, or governmental policy.

Apparently, as this left leaning Congress assaults our rights on a daily basis, they are now resorting to reporting dissenters to their policies to the FBI, under the guise of terrorist threats.

Original entry here, actual letters in comment #4

A blog post on the outrage, and a bit of info about Senator Whitehouse, here

This is an outrage. An act of jack booted thuggery unseen in this nation in more than 200 years. How dare he? How DARE he? I call for Senator Whitehouse’s (DEMOCRAT - Rhode Island) immediate suspension and ouster, with no pay, no benefits, and no retirement plans. And then we’ll see about criminal charges ... because if “being a fascist scumbag” isn’t illegal, it damn well ought to be.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2009 at 11:43 AM   
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Not For Me

If any of my readers are plumbers, bless ‘em. This is not a career path I want to take.

Oh sure, I can solder. I can sweat pipe; it’s kind of fun. For the regular sized copper water pipes, you slap on a big blob of flux, push the coupler onto the end of the pipe, and hit the joint with a torch. When you hear the flux start to sizzle, you put the solder up against the join, and it goes right in. Let things cool for a minute, then clean up and cool down the joint with a damp rag. That’s the fun part.

Doing PVC pipe is a blast too. The glue and primer is rather stinky, but the pipes are easy to work with. And I’ve installed a couple of sinks, toilets, valves, faucets, etc, so I can handle that stuff. These are the clean jobs a plumber has to do, and they’re OK. Honest labor with a fair amount of know-how, and some regular problem solving to keep your mind alive. Neat. Cool. Fun.

Shit is the un-fun part. The dark side of the job. I got a call yesterday from the doctor’s office I clean on the weekends ... “Can you pick up a gallon of drain opener? This lab sink is really backed up.” Remember the other month when I had that “find the smell” job in the middle of the night? Same office. Same smell. It’s the lab sink. A 4” drain under a 50 gallon iron basin, God only knows what gets put in there, and I don’t think they’ve ever had a plumber in to clean it. Ever.

So I got down there, and pried the strainer off the sink drain. Solid black goo. Solid. And stank. Beyond belief! Knock your socks off, eye watering, nose hair toasting hell. Eff this, I’m getting a pipe snake. So I went down the street to the Home Depot ... and they had a $9 snake you could use by hand, a $25 snake that hooks up to your drill, a $150 gizmo that has it’s own drill motor attached, a $175 contraption that looked like a bigger version of the self-powered $150 gizmo, and a $425 unit for guys who want to be Mr. Roto-Rooter™. I picked up the $25 drill snake and got to work.

Dis-fucking-gusting. Horry Clap. No, not the mess in the drain. That was bad enough, and it took me 90 minutes to clean the line. The disgusting part was using the tool. You have to feed the snake in by hand, and move it back and forth by hand. And you need another hand to hold the cover/clutch unit still. And another hand to work the drill trigger to spin the snake. And the spinning snake tears up the fingers of the rubber gloves you’re wearing. And when the clog is dense, it takes 2 hands to move the snake around. So that’s about 4 hands, maybe 5, and I only have 2. And when you’re spinning the snake in the drain, and you back it off a bit so you can get a nice reaming action going, a couple feet of the shit covered snake comes out of your end of the drain. While the snake is spinning around. So, naturally, centripetal acceleration takes place ... and shit goes flying. Everywhere.

But to be fair, this wasn’t real shit. No, that would have been an improvement. This was the black lagoon fetid putrescent evil proto-lifeform sticky tarry uber-stank glop from hell kind of shit that only forms inside pipes that have had commercial chemicals and leftover sandwiches flushed down them for 30 years.

“Always wear gloves while using the Wonder-Spin drill snake” it says in the one paragraph of instructions. Yeah, wear gloves. Underneath your full body Haz-Mat suit, face shield, and gas mask. And now figure out a way to flush some of that ooze off of the snake before you feed it back into the casing, because you don’t want that stanky, ooze dripping tool going in your car trunk. Or even back into your garage. Hell, you don’t even want to touch it.

At the end, I got the drain clean. And I packed up the tool and threw it away. The snake was nearly broken, severely kinked in several places, and gross beyond imagination. The snake itself is a 1/4” diameter coil spring about 25’ long. And every single coil was hairy with the foulness and the entire thing was dripping. I bet there was a gallon of watery ick inside the spring coils. There’s really no way to clean it on the job site. You can’t run it under the faucet, because you’ve got the P-trap open. Besides, the snake is steel, which will scratch the sink enamel.

The better tool would be the $175 self contained power snake, which has an excellent reputation. [ and every review is the same: “First I tried a drill snake, and it sucked. I should have bought this the first time.” ] But I’d re-engineer that tool a bit, so that it had 2 garden hose couplings on the case, so that I could hook up a hose and clean most of the yuk off. Then maybe fill the case with motor oil or something to prevent rust. I dunno. But I gather this one is the proper tool to have if you have to do this awful task more than once in your lifetime.

But I got the drain clean, and I’ll charge them enough to cover my labor and expenses, and it still will come out to a lot less than calling in the professional drain guys. And I will cross off Plumber from my list of Careers I Might Want To Do.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/30/2009 at 09:42 AM   
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calendar   Friday - May 29, 2009

Barack Obama’s great uncle criticises him over Buchenwald visit. Ya mean it’s all about politics?

I guess by the time I’ve seen things you at home may already have. However, we do get lurks from other parts so hope folks find of some interest.
Now lets not be too hard on him for the visit because all of you know THEY ALL (any politician, any party) have to make an obligatory visit.
You know how it goes. When in Europe be sure to visit ....
I’m not trying to be mean hearted but rather just a bit tired of the must stop visits simply because they are just that. “Musts.” They must visit. They must be seen to be “moved.” They then must say a few words, blah,blah to show their humanity and that they are not anti anything, blah,blah and must show that they feel someone else’s pain, blah,blah. You get the picture.

Barack Obama faced unprecedented public criticism from a member of his own family when his great uncle said he was only visiting a concentration camp next week for ‘political reasons’.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
Last Updated: 7:29PM BST 29 May 2009

Charles Payne, 84, was among the American infantrymen who liberated Ohrdruf, a subdivision of the Buchenwald camp, in April 1945.

Mr Obama will next week attend a memorial ceremony at the former camp with Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, before heading to Normandy to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Asked if his great nephew was following in his footsteps, which the White House has suggested as a reason for the trip, Mr Payne told the German magazine Der Spiegel: “I don’t buy that. This is a trip that he chose, not because of me I’m sure, but for political reasons.”

Denting the normally smooth-running presidential public relations machine, he added: “Perhaps his visit also has something to do with improving his standing with Angela Merkel. She gave him a hard time during his campaign and also afterwards.”

Exposing the haste with which political biographies can be formed, Mr Payne expressed surprise at how his great-nephew had used his wartime experiences on the campaign trail. As a candidate, Mr Obama used the wartime service of his white mother’s parents and family to allay concerns about his heritage.

“I was quite surprised when the whole thing came up and Barack talked about my war experiences in Nazi Germany. We had never talked about that before,” he said, adding that he enjoyed a “warm and friendly relationship” with his great nephew, though he was not part of his inner circle.

The first time they discussed his participation in the war was when Mr Obama wrongly said during the campaign that Mr Payne had “liberated” Auschwitz. Opponents swiftly pointed out that had been done by the Red Army.

“He couldn’t have gotten it from me since we had never talked about this particular episode in the war,” he said. “My sister and her husband were both great storytellers and sometimes made up the details to go along with it. They told him about my deployment with the 89th Infantry Division and apparently they mixed up a few details.”

Mr Obama soon called Mr Payne to check the details of his war experience, he said. “He wanted to know where this camp was that I had helped liberate. I told him that it was Ohrdruf and that it was a subcamp of the Buchenwald concentration camp. I described a little bit of what I had seen,” he said.

Raised in Kansas, Mr Payne was the brother of Mr Obama’s late grandmother Madelyn Dunham, and joined the army as soon as he had finished school. He was among the first US soldiers to discover the horrors of the Holocaust first hand.

He appeared at the 2008 Democratic national convention, when Mr Obama was formally nominated as the party’s candidate, and attended the inauguration in January. He has not however been invited on the trip to Europe, but “if he invites me on Air Force One, I’ll be there”, he said.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/29/2009 at 02:03 PM   
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MPs’ expenses: We need to make MPs’ lives more taxing.  Yeah. Like ours. In the real world.

I feel very strongly about this subject.  Why shouldn’t I?  I pay taxes here in the UK.
But Drew’s most recent post with regard to the self appointed armed guards at a polling station really sent a shiver through me.  That those guys could so casually show up where they did in their silly uniforms without a care in the world or a thought about how inappropriate their being where they were, is a signpost of exactly where we’ve arrived at in the USA today.  Furthermore, those guys I am sure don’t think they have done anything wrong. They most likely believe there might be something wrong with us for believing they were out of line and off limits.

Which brings me to my own post which I suppose by comparison is very much a nothing to an American reading this. After all, you’ve got your own worries over there and Drew has sure put a chilling BMEWS spotlight on things.  But since this is where I live (for now) and pay tax (for ... ?) I have to shine a light on things here, as I’ve been doing for so long.

I’ve been banging on about and posting stories of the various MPs who have been playing in the taxpayers sand box.
Not all they have done is illegal, please understand that. But it is mind boggling in it’s complexity and dishonesty. Dishonest?  How about plain unethical?
No, it’s both. I may have it wrong but anything unethical IS dishonest.  Is that not right?

This editorial appeared in the morning paper and the writer has put it so well and so plain I almost think nothing else need be written on the subject.
Take a look. This is interesting, even if you aren’t here in the UK.

Accountant Brian Friedman explains why parliamentary expenses are a law unto themselves.

Brian Friedman
Last Updated: 3:27PM BST 29 May 2009

Here’s something to send shivers down the spines of a few MPs. Under normal expenses rules, if a company pays for a capital asset, then it remains the property of the employer. Put simply, all those plasma TVs and duck houses and elephant lamps ought to belong to us, not to our MPs: when they get kicked out, deselected or retire, they should hand them back to the new intake.

As a senior partner, recently retired, at one of the Big Four accountancy firms, I like to think I know a thing or two about expenses and tax. But clearly, I don’t know as much as I thought. In the case of Hazel Blears, I believed that, despite her kind offer to pay capital gains tax on the sale of her second home, the tax system didn’t work like that. The taxman doesn’t accept voluntary donations: if you try to pay tax where none is due, he will simply return your cheque. Either the minister submitted an incorrect tax return, in which case she should be liable for interest, and probably penalties, or the whole thing is a charade.

Then there are the other MPs who have offered to pay money back. If I robbed a bank, but handed over the loot when the police came knocking, they wouldn’t just say thank you and walk away. If an employee fiddles his expenses, he will be dismissed, and quite likely prosecuted.

Why do our MPs think repaying the money is sufficient compensation? And why do they then think they can hang on until the next election and claim their generous resettlement allowance?

From a tax perspective, any expenses incorrectly claimed and subsequently repaid represent a beneficial loan. If the total is over £5,000, the MPs should be subject to tax on the notional interest arising – so the taxman should be charging interest and penalties on all those incorrect tax returns.

When you or I send in our returns, we make a declaration that our return is “correct and complete”. We are warned that if we give false information, or conceal any part of our income or chargeable gains, we may be liable to penalties or prosecution.

In practice, what often happens when the taxman realises we have submitted an incorrect return is that HM Revenue & Customs gives us one last chance to come clean: our accountant must write a full report of anything else we would now like to declare, and we must sign a “Certificate of Full Disclosure”. If HMRC then finds anything else untoward it gets angry – so angry that it will usually prosecute. If MPs had to review their returns and sign such a certificate, it would certainly focus their minds. If they could not or would not sign, why should we trust them with our votes?

Then there is something else that has had tax professionals spluttering over their morning coffee – the fact that Alistair Darling, and many of his ministerial colleagues, used their office allowances to pay for preparing their tax returns.

The idea that tax doesn’t have to be taxing as long as you’re an MP is galling on so many levels. First, it is an inappropriate use of their office allowance. Second, there are no grounds in tax legislation for these sums to be treated as tax-free. If there are any MPs who have been reimbursed for the cost of employing accountants through their allowances, and have not declared the amount they received as a benefit in kind – as Darling and others say they have – they will have submitted an incorrect tax return, and should be investigated by the Revenue.

Finally, the only reason that tax is this complex is because successive Chancellors have made it so: if even Mr Darling can’t submit a tax return without specialist help, then perhaps now is the time for a radical simplification of our incoherent and archaic system.

You may be getting the sense by now that there is one law for them, and another for us. In fact, that’s truer than you realise. Members of Parliament have created a special section of the tax code – Section 292 – which effectively ensures they receive less scrutiny than the rest of us, by exempting their overnight expenses from consideration.

We are still just scratching the surface of the way MPs have abused their allowances – any expenses investigator knows that mileage allowances tend to involve some pretty murky goings-on, and resettlement allowances, winding-down allowances and, above all, MPs’ pensions seem to have been equally generous.

But while there are a host of ways to improve things in the medium term – the abolition of Section 292; receipts for all expenses; the establishment of serviced apartments for MPs near Westminster; the abolition of a second-home allowance; and no recruitment of relatives – the most important thing is to stop the rot.

First, MPs who fiddle their expenses should be fired, just as they would be if they worked for corporations. Second, all MPs should submit their tax returns to the fees office for scrutiny prior to submission, and should sign an annual declaration that their tax affairs are in order. Finally, all expenses claims should be suspended with immediate effect until a Certificate of Full Disclosure is submitted to the fees office. That is the simplest way of getting immediate results, and separating the rotten eggs from the rest.

Brian Friedman is a retired senior tax partner with Ernst & Young. He runs the Forum for Expatriate Management (



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/29/2009 at 10:48 AM   
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