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calendar   Thursday - June 25, 2009

Such Class

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Who is running the BK ad agency these days? Hustler magazine??



h/t to Moonbattery, via Popwatch


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2009 at 05:55 PM   
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An end to her suffering

Farrah Fawcett has died. She suffered from cancer for years. She was 62. Sadness.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2009 at 05:34 PM   
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No Evacuation For Drew

The Perils of Living Next to the Highway



Missed it by 1200 yards!


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It’s not often that the Warren Reporter makes the news it reports, but that happened Wednesday night when a box truck carrying 18,085 editions of the paper and a tractor-trailer hauling liquid oxygen collided in Union Township, Hunterdon County, injuring both drivers and shutting down the highway as hazardous materials teams swooped in to clean up the scene.
New Jersey State Police at Perryville are investigating the crash, and at this point are not sure what caused it, according to Capt. Gerald Lewis. The wreck occurred about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at mile marker 14.6 on Interstate 78 West.

The tanker was hauling about 4,000 pounds of liquid oxygen that had to be offloaded onto another truck, Lewis said. Emergency crews remain at the scene, cleaning up the wreckage.

Troopers and Clinton Township police also closed Route 173 and evacuated the Clinton Diner and Clinton truck stop as a precaution. About 20 minutes after these areas were cleared, officials learned the trucks were stuck together, and they sprayed the tanker with water to keep it cool.
Eastbound traffic was backed up from Exit 11 to the Pennsylvania border, and the westbound lanes were closed immediately after the crash, which was near the Rupell Road overpass.



Ok, the Google map isn’t GPS accurate. The accident actually happened a few hundred yards west of there, right behind one of the rows of units here in our condo park. Um, right where I used to live! Lucky me. Lucky us that we have a bit of an embankment between the rest of the homes and the highway. The diner mentioned is right up at the top of the hill here, just off the left side of the map, and the truck stop is half a mile west from there. Rt 173 is in several pieces, because it was there before the highway went in. Heck, it was there before America went in; it’s the old stagecoach road, which in turn was part of the track the Dutch used to move iron ore across the area back in colonial times.

And I wouldn’t have thought that liquid oxygen was much of a hazmat affair, though it could have frozen some stuff, or really aided any fires, if it had broken loose. And spraying water on it isn’t going to cool it down, seeing as the stuff is kept at about -300°F. Although maybe that could form an ice coating and help seal the tanks? Nah, probably not.

I heard the fire engines go out last night around 10:50pm. I had no idea why. Since I’m not commuting anymore, I didn’t even know the highway was closed this morning. Somebody had to send me an email to tell me what was going on in my own backyard. It figures.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2009 at 05:04 PM   
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I hadn’t heard of this either…

I don’t know how many BMEWS readers are also fans of Dr. Laura. I used to listen to her radio show, but the local radio station replaced her some years ago with Neal Boortz. Now, I like Neal, but like most Libertarians, he’s as immoral as a Democrat.

Regardless, this morning Dr. Laura’s Family email update featured this:

Dear Christopher,

We’ve all gotten Internet stories forwarded to us by friends. Many of them turn out to be hoaxes. Dr. Laura got one such story that turned out to be true (although it happened four years ago), and she thought it was so moving that it still has resonance today. Read about the guy who sarcastically complained about an early morning Air Force jet flyby, and got a response that he never anticipated, in today’s blog by Dr. Laura.

Of course I ‘had’ to read about this:

This story is actually four years old, but many people seem to have discovered it only recently, so I did a little investigating, and thought it was worth sharing with you.  Because this has made its way around the Internet, like the game of “Telephone,” new things have been added and some things have changed as it’s been forwarded.  My staff went back to the original story to verify the facts, and that’s the one I’m posting here.

Luke Air Force Base is a little west of Phoenix, and it’s surrounded by residential developments.  People have complained about the noise from the base and its planes.  One day in June, 2005, an individual who lives somewhere near the base wrote the local paper complaining about the group of F-16s that disturbed his day.  Here’s his Letter to the Editor of The Arizona Republic newspaper:

“Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:  Whom do we thank for the morning air show?

Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11AM, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at approximately 500 feet.  Imagine our good fortune!

Do the Tom Cruise-wannabes feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyns’ early-bird special?

Any response would be appreciated.

Tom MacRae”

Mr. MacRae received a response from a commander at Luke Air Force Base which was published in the newspaper the following day, but it’s the response from Lt. Col. Scott Pleus, commander of the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base that caught the attention of everyone.  This letter was also published in The Arizona Republic, four days after Mr. MacRae’s initial complaint:

“Regarding “A wake-up call from Luke’s jets”:

On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m., a perfectly timed four-ship of F-16s from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques.

Capt. Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a.m., on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend.

Based on the letter writer’s recount of the flyby, and because of the jet noise, I’m sure you didn’t hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son’s flag on behalf of the president of the United States and all those veterans and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured.

A four-ship flyby is a display of respect the Air Force pays to those who gave their lives in defense of freedom.  We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, ‘Whom do we thank for the morning air show?’

The 56th Fighter Wing will call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques, and thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Lt. Col. Scott Pleus
Luke Air Force Base”

The postscript to all of this is that Mr. MacRae, to his credit, wrote an apology that was published in The Arizona Republic on July 9:

“Regarding ‘Flyby honoring fallen comrade’

I read with increasing embarrassment and humility the response to my unfortunate letter to The Republic concerning an Air Force flyby.

I had no idea of the significance of the flyby, and would never have insulted such a fine and respectful display had I known.

I have received many calls from the fine airmen who are serving or have served at Luke, and I have attempted to explain my side and apologized for any discomfort my letter has caused.

This was simply an uninformed citizen complaining about noise.

I have been made aware in both written and verbal communications of the four-ship flyby, and my heart goes out to each and every lost serviceman and woman in this war in which we are engaged.

I have been called un-American by an unknown caller and I feel that I must address that.  I served in the U.S. Navy and am a Vietnam veteran.  I love my country and respect the jobs that the service organizations are doing.

Please accept my heartfelt apologies.

Tom MacRae”

Why do I bother posting this? Because it may explain some previously inexplicable similar flybys I’ve witnessed. I live not far from Wright-Patterson AFB. I’ve never complained, though. By the time specified, I’d have been at work for well over an hour. If I ever do complain about such things, I pray to God that I’ll have the decency, courage, and humility of Tom MacRae to apologize for my self-centeredness.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 06/25/2009 at 03:02 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 24, 2009

Sympathy For The Devil

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Iran’s intelligence minister, Hossein Mohseni Ejei, said an unspecified number of people with British passports have been detained in recent days. He did not elaborate, but singled out Britain for meddling in Iran’s affairs.

State media have said that at least 17 people have been killed in postelection unrest, including 10 protesters shot during the largest demonstration on Saturday.

Mousavi’s supporters flooded the streets of Tehran and other cities after the presidential vote, massing by the hundreds of thousands in protests larger than any since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Security forces initially stood by and permitted the demonstrations.

Amateur footage of a 27-year-old woman bleeding to death from a gunshot on a Tehran street unleashed outrage at home and abroad.

Despite the heavy security, a few Iranians apparently dared to venture onto the streets to pay tribute to that victim, who has been identified as Neda Agha Soltan.



I fully expect the protesters in Iran to be put down, and that Mousavi will soon disappear forever. “President Drew” knows what to do here, and so does Ollie North. Obama? As if.



Not that it will bother me at all if Mousavi gets the full set of Ginsu knives in the back. He’s a terrorist, just as much or even more than Amadummerjihad. So if Iran goes up in flames and has a big bloody revolution over this election? Fine by me. Send them some gasoline and some matches. Sure, sure, sympathy for the people under the mullah’s thumbs, rigged election, tinpot dictators, yadda yadda. But they’re still our enemies. The whole damn bunch of them. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/24/2009 at 07:55 PM   
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Conviction of traveller family reduces crime rate in a county to 20-year low.

I’d be willing to bet that even those BMEWSers who see and do understand the problem of these vermin, even you must have thought I might have been a tad over the top in my reaction and comments regarding “Travellers” and the threats they pose.

Nope. If anything I haven’t been strong enough or rude enough or mean and hateful enough in my language.

So here.  Take a look.  And you know damn well and good when the scum are released they will be back at it again.  It’s what these folks do. It’s their profession.  They are trained from an early age.

The answer is not blowin’ in the wind.
The answer is Genocide! Period!


Conviction of traveller family reduces crime rate in a county to 20-year low

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 4:22 PM on 24th June 2009

The jailing of a notorious criminal family has reduced crime rates in a county to a 20-year low.

Members of the Johnson traveller family were an ‘organised and ruthless’ gang which committed more than 100 offences, from cash machine raids to stealing metal.

They were finally caught after carrying out an audacious string of burglaries on country homes which netted them an estimated £80million.

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Five members of the family were jailed for nearly 50 years at Reading Crown Court following a month-long trial last year.

Since their arrest, Gloucestershire Police said the county’s crime rates have plummeted to levels last seen in the 1980s.

Figures show there were 44,136 recorded crimes in Gloucestershire in 2008/09 compared to 45,685 in 2007/08 - representing a three per cent drop.

This followed a significant drop from 2006/07, when 52,388 crimes were recorded.

Chief Constable Dr Timothy Brain said the conviction of the Johnsons had disrupted a major crime network in the county.

‘What that operation showed is that no-one is untouchable.’

Richard ‘Chad’ Johnson, 33, and Daniel O’Loughlin, 32, were both jailed for 11 years; Michael Nicholls, 29, was given 10 years; Albi Johnson, 25, was jailed for nine years; and 54-year-old Ricky Johnson was given eight years at Reading Crown Court.

The Johnsons would stake out country mansions and stately homes, sometimes for weeks, pinpointing the best means of entry and escape.

Wearing balaclavas to cover their faces, the men would then strike - scouring rooms and escaping in stolen cars leaving little or no trace.

Their targets included the 17th-Century Wiltshire mansion of property tycoon Harry Hyams, where they stole property worth millions in a raid described later as the UK’s biggest ever private house burglary.

Antiques, furniture, porcelain and clocks were stolen worth at least £23m and possibly three times that figure. A third of the valuables were later discovered in a hidden underground bunker.

Mr Hyams, who is 155th on the Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated fortune of £320 million, was not at home when the raid took place.

Other victims included Formula One motor racing advertising tycoon Paddy McNally, an old flame of the Duchess of York, and Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire Sir Philip Wroughton.

The five burglars broke in through the swimming pool entrance at the rear of Mr McNally’s Swindon home.

The kitchen window was smashed and silverware, high-class furniture including a satin wood inlaid cutlery box, were taken.

They then used a bronze urn to smash down the drawing room door and stole highvalue antiques including furniture, silverware and clocks. In all they took £1m worth of property.

Those behind the raids were part of the Johnson family - an organised criminal gang who detectives say have plagued the country for 20 years.

They were all found guilty of conspiracy to commit burglary between April 8, 2005 and October 13, 2006 after a month-long trial at Reading Crown Court.

They were sentenced in January but the case can now be reported following the conclusion of other cases against the family.

Ricky Johnson is the father of Chad and Albi, while O’Loughlin is his nephew. Nicholls was the partner of his daughter, Faye. They were based at a static caravan park in Evesham, Worcestershire.

Ricky has also been jailed for defrauding old people through a bogus building company.

Six years ago, Chad married Tania Campbell, a 71-year-old heiress who suffers from schizophrenia. After the wedding, he sold her flat, emptied her bank accounts, stole her £250,000 inheritance and left her with debts of more than £60,000.

Last year he was given a threeand-a-half-year sentence for fraud. The family’s notoriety was cemented when a BBC film crew shot a documentary called Summer With The Johnsons, broadcast in 2005.

During the programme, Chad said: ‘I have committed a few burglaries and pinched a few handbags, but you grow out of it.’ Ricky admitted he had done ‘an awful lot of robbing’ but claimed he had never burgled country homes and denied any part in a raid carried out by the Johnsons on Waddesdon Manor, home of the Rothschild family.

But the 54-year-old, who has 22 previous convictions for 57 offences dating back to 1965, added: ‘If I feel I have got to rob a stately home, I will do so. I feel I have got the f***ing right to rob the lords out there. I feel I have got the right to rob the lords, sirs and the ladies.’

In one of the raids on Stanton Harcourt Manor, in Witney, Oxfordshire, Ricky’s other son Albi leapt from a first-floor window to escape when challenged, breaking both legs in the process but still managing to escape capture.

In October 2005, the police forces of Gloucestershire, Thames Valley, Warwickshire and West Mercia joined forces to crack down on the Johnsons.

Wiltshire police joined the task force after the gang raided Mr Hyams’ home Ramsbury Manor in February 2006 and stole property worth more than £23million in their biggest and most brazen operation.

The following month, an anonymous tip-off led police to an ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ - a bunker in the Warwickshire countryside where the Johnsons stored some of their loot.

In all, detectives investigated 116 offences of country house burglaries, cash dispenser and metal thefts which happened between January 2005 and August 2006.

Yeah ... 50 years. Not each individually. 10 years for ea. of the five.

See other photos HERE.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/24/2009 at 04:10 PM   
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Hedge fund managers betting Twitter will give them an edge in rapid trading.

I don’t think I have ever posted anything from the financial pages before.
I know I should keep up with things but to tell you the truth, I just don’t read the financial pages too often. In fact, hardly ever.
Wasn’t always thus. I used to faithfully read the IBD, my first port of call in finance and stocks etc. It was always a pretty good source too.
And of course the WSJ.  As time went on and after we moved here though, I seemed to lose interest and there has been so many other things to occupy my time, I just ignore it now. 
However, my wife reads the financial pages here every day, and she brought this story to my attention.

I deemed it interesting enough to share and hope you find it so too.  I don’t wanna bore anyone.  Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly where the line is when I choose a story to share.  Kinda like pot luck and hope for the best.

Anyway ... whodda thought that the CIA would be in Venture Capital?


Hedge fund managers are turning to Twitter in an attempt to steal a march on their rivals.

By Richard Tyler, Enterprise Editor
Finance page, The telegraph

Traders are using software developed by US-based technology StreamBase to monitor “tweets” for price sensitive information.

The software plugs into Algorithm-based automated trading platforms that have been used by traders for years. But rather than searching Reuters or Bloomberg the software now scans Twitter.com.

Streambase – whose client base includes Royal Bank of Canada and London-based hedge fund BlueCrest Capital Management – was commissioned to develop the software by several “unnamed” clients.

The software allows traders to take into account “event-based” information published on Twitter in their automated equity, bond and foreign exchange trading.

The company, whose investors include Inqtel, Central Intelligence Agency’s venture capital arm, claims it could give traders an edge when deciding whether to trade on breaking news, like terrorist attacks and natural disasters, rather than waiting for the information to be filtered through providers like Reuters Thomson or Bloomberg.

Nasir Zubairi, a former product manager for algorithmic trading and foreign exchange e-commerce at Royal Bank of Scotland, said the City would be looking at websites like Twitter.com as a useful market information “broadcast tool”.

“Markets tend to buy on rumour and sell on facts,” he said.

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Not just markets either.  Anyone speculating and or investing should be buying on rumor and selling on facts.
Learned that at Wade Cooke’s knee. In a manner of speaking.

Oh hey, speaking of books, (well I am now) if you have any interest in the markets, even just a little bit, grab hold of a book if still in print called,
The Wall Street Money Machine.  True, its outta date by now but even so the information in that book is still very good.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/24/2009 at 03:08 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 23, 2009

Bizzy Bee Again

Working. Hey, now I’m Molly the Maid as well. I get to clean the Cat Ladies’ house tomorrow. Oh joy! Still, I feel I owe them for a lot of referenced jobs, so I’ll do them a favor when I can.

Bowling again tonight. Maybe we can win one for a change. We’ve lost all 7 for the past 2 weeks. Boo, hiss. But at least my average is going back down.

I got the last set of hammer shims built and installed on my little Ruger SP101. I did my wife’s gun last week. On a revolver, the hammer sits in a milled groove in the back of the pistol, and rides on a steel pin. Obviously the groove is wider than the hammer is thick, but often they are too wide. If the hammer can “float” around in the groove then you won’t get a repeatable trigger pull, since the hammer will be at at different lateral point on the sear each time you fire the gun. So you install some shims, and that keeps the hammer from moving side to side.

On both the SP101s the overall gap is about 0.021-0.022”. Give each side 0.001” for clearance, and this means you need a 0.010” shim for each side. You can either punch them out of the steel feeler gauges themselves, which is very difficult, or find some other way. It turns out that aluminum roofing flashing is 0.093” thick, so I made a pair from some of that. Aluminum is much softer than hardened steel, so it was a breeze to punch out and drill. 10 seconds on the whetstone cleaned up and burrs, and they went right in. And the trigger pull was instantly better. Hugely better!

I made a pair the hard way, hammering the crap out of some steel feeler gauges. Then I fought the little bastards to a standstill, trying to drill a #6 hole in a 0.5” diameter disk. Not much to hang on to there. But I got it done finally, and it works great. Then I had one of those “D’oh, I could’a had a V-8” moments: feeler gauges come in a pack, all mounted to a hingepin. The hingepin hole is nice and smooth, and it’s barely .01” too big in diameter. So I took the gauges off their pin, snipped off the end with the factory hole, smoothed the cut edge, and tried that. Worked great.

So now I have a 4th pair of shims, just in case the aluminum ones ever wear out.

My (older and much more expensive, but otherwise very similar) Ruger GP-100 has a hammer/frame gap of only 0.06”. Nice. Not worth putting shims in there; they’d only be 0.002” thick.



Ok, it’s raining again. Back to “normal”. We’ve had our 3 hours of sunlight for the day. And it hardly rained yesterday, only for maybe an hour. The guys on TV were joking about that strange bright yellow thing in the sky - the sun. It has rained almost every day for the entire month of June, and the forecast is for another 4 days of rain.

I got the condo association guys to look at our gutters. They don’t seem to be working at all. Clogged? Shouldn’t be as they’re brand new. So the guy goes up there and finds the gutter filled with water. And so was the one on the next unit over. WTF? It turns out that Joe Jenius who installed the downspouts mated the angled spout to the vertical one by cutting a hole and inserting the angled downspout into the vertical downspout ... all the way to the back of the vertical downspout. He “forgot” to mark and trim the angled piece. So both spouts were blocked off. D’ur! So, did I fix them? No. Not allowed. So, did Condo Workman Guy fix them? No, because they’re under warranty. He had to call the gutter company for them to come and do it. Next week maybe. After all the rain is gone probably.
Guess the gutter company never realized you can buy 45 degree connectors at the hardware store.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/23/2009 at 07:57 PM   
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SHEDDING A BIT MORE LIGHT ON THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914.

I’ve always had an interest in this subject, sad tho it is. 
The story of course isn’t new but the diary is and I think so is the cartoon.  Wish they’d publish all on line but I guess I’m happy with whatever they do give me here.

Anyone who is likewise interested in this period, I can’t recommend strongly enough a book published about five years ago, Paris, 1919 by Margaret McMillan.
Granddaughter of a former PM and a highly respected educator.  And one hell of a fine writer she is. 

And of course, The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman


Let’s call a truce: The diary extracts and cartoons that shed new light on the amazing events in No Man’s Land 95 years ago

By Daily Mail Reporter

It was one of the few tender moments of the Great War - the incredible coming together of British and German troops in the Christmas truce of 1914.

Troops famously put down their arms and handshakes replaced bullets on the shell ravaged battle ground of No Man’s land.

Now an extraordinary account of the remarkable exchange has been made public for the first time in the form of never before seen diary extracts and cartoons from a former army captain and officer.
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Captain Robert Hamilton, of the 1st battalion Royal Warwickshire regiment, was present that morning when British Tommies rose warily out of their trenches and trudged over to meet the enemy, and his account of events has been presented by former history teacher Andrew Hamilton.

The tender moments have been immortalised forever as a moment of compassion amidst the senseless slaughter of the First World War, as British and German troops ate together, swapped gifts, buried the dead from both sides and even played football.

But not so widely known is the role Captain Hamilton played in paving the way for the truce on freezing Yuletide morning near the Belgian hamlet of St Yvon.

Writing in the small leather bound journal he kept with him, he recalls clamouring above the trench into the mud of No-Man’s Land and meeting a German officer halfway.

After the initial uneasiness, the pair shook hands, which signalled the start of hundreds of other battle-weary troops on both sides to leave their dug-in positions and join them.

In his original diary, dated December 25, 1914, Captain Hamilton writes: ‘A DAY UNIQUE IN THE WORLD’S HISTORY.

‘I met this officer and we arranged a local armistice for 48 hours - as far as I can gather this effort of our extended itself throughout the whole time, as far as we could hear.

‘A merry merry Christmas and a most extraordinary one but I doubled the sentries after midnight.’

On Boxing day he writes: ‘The truce continues; we talk with the Germans at half way - our guns opened fire on the German trenches, but not a rifle shot was fired all day.

‘I am told the general and staff are furious - but powerless to stop it.’

Accompanying Captain Hamilton was Bruce Bairnsfather, a celebrated cartoonist who captured the brief armistice in a series of illustrations.

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The pair had known each other from days spent in their home town of Stratford-on-Avon in Warwickshire.

Andrew, 55, and historian Alan Reed, have collated more than 100 photographs, cartoons, maps and sketches to retell Captain Hamilton’s story and his involvement in the famous truce.

Captain Hamilton writes: ‘Xmas Day - I went out and found a Saxon officer of the 134th Saxon Corps, who was fully armed.

‘I pointed to his revolver and pouch. He smiled and said, seeing I was unarmed, “Alright now”.

‘We shook hands and said what we could in double dutch, arranged a local armistice for 48 hours and returned to our trenches. This was the signal for our respective soldiers to come out.

‘As far as I can make out, this effort of ours extended itself on either side for some considerable distance.

‘The soldiers on both sides met in their hundreds and exchanged greetings and gifts. We buried many Germans and they did the same to ours.’

Bairnsfather, officer in charge of the Battalion’s machine-gun section, painted an equally vivid picture of the truce in sketch form.

In one picture he depicted British soldiers exchanging buttons with their German counterparts.

In another sketch, a British tommy is seen poking his head above the trench that Christmas morning and surveying a deathly quiet battlefield, marked only with a bombed out barn and smouldering shell holes.

Andrew was inspired to share his grandfather’s extraordinary experiences after his daughter took the diary with her on a school trip to the battlefields of France and Belgium.

He explained: ‘That’s how myself and Alan met. He was leading my daughter, Alice, on a school trip around the trenches and she gave him the diary to look at.

‘We found we both shared a deep interest in the First World War and agreed to research my grandfather’s experiences.

‘For me it was a fascinating following my grandfather’s campaign footsteps and pinpointing the exact spot where he met a German Officer, two miles from the Belgian hamlet St Yvon on Christmas Day.’

During a trip to Belgium they visited villages the troops would have passed through - uncovering pictures and postcards from the time.

When his grandfather returned home to England in 1915, he typed up his diary which had been filled in using crayon and pencil.

Andrew said: ‘The diary was amazing in itself - not just for the information about the Christmas truce - but because it gives a great insight into life on the frontline.

‘It was really quite moving to find the Truce’s exact location and it was humbling to think that he had been involved in an event that has really captured the imagination of four generations and doubtless more in the future.

‘My grandfather obviously wanted to reach a wider audience with his diary account of his six months in France and Belgium and that’s why he took the time and trouble to type it up on his return to England.

‘For whatever reason his account never made it past the family so I’m pleased to have brought his experiences to a far wider audience than he could ever have imagined.

‘Robert was in no doubt about the importance of the event as he headlined his entry for Christmas Day in his original diary - ‘A Day Unique in the World’s History’.

‘His description highlights the courage and determination of the soldiers who took part in trench warfare and the incredible hardship and dangers they encountered.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2009 at 11:19 AM   
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Sarko has it right. Now if France will only listen to him.

"it’s a sign of subservience’ for women”
Never mind that although it might be true. It just does NOT fit in with western culture. Why should the west ALWAYS have to accommodate?

Whatever, good for Sarko. 
Now we wait and see if he can carry France with him to a logical conclusion on the issue.  He is right of course.
If these people vermin want to live that way fine.  Let it be in the turd world culture they came from. They aren’t wanted here and they wouldn’t be missed if they all left.
And they can take the damn travellers and gypsies with them too.


Sarkozy: Burkha is not welcome in France, ‘it’s a sign of subservience’ for women

By Peter Allen
Last updated at 9:19 AM on 23rd June 2009

President Sarkozy has risked the wrath of Muslims by backing demands for the burkha to be banned.

He declared that the full-body religious gown is a sign of the ‘debasement’ of women.

‘In our country, we cannot accept that women be prisoners behind a screen, cut off from all social life, deprived of all identity,’ he said to extended applause in Versailles, at a joint session of France’s two houses of parliament.

‘The burkha is not a religious sign, it’s a sign of subservience, a sign of debasement. It will not be welcome on the territory of the French Republic.’

The president was supporting a weekend call by dozens of French politicians for a parliamentary commission to study whether the burkha, which is growing in popularity in France, should be banned.

He laid out his support for a ban even before the panel has been approved - braving critics who fear the issue could stigmatise Muslims in France.

Remarkably, his comments came only hours before he was to host a state dinner with Sheik Hamad Bin Jassem Al Thani of Qatar.

Many women in the Gulf state wear Islamic head coverings in public - whether while shopping or driving cars.

France enacted a law in 2004 banning the Islamic headscarf and other conspicuous religious symbols from public schools, sparking fierce debate at home and abroad. France has Western Europe’s largest Muslim population, an estimated 5million.

Last year, the country’s highest court refused to grant French citizenship to a Moroccan woman who wears a burkha, on the grounds that her Muslim practices were incompatible with French gender equality and secularism laws.

Sarkozy’s comments put him at odds with President Barack Obama who, in a speech in Cairo this month, said that the U.S. prized freedom of religion and declared: ‘We are not going to tell people what to wear.’

The French leader told Mr Obama in Normandy on June 6 that French principles of equality meant people should not display religious affiliation in state institutions.

He added: ‘It is not a problem that young girls may choose to wear a veil or a headscarf as long as they have actually chosen to do so, as opposed to this being imposed upon them, be it by their families or by their environment.’

If Sarkozy succeeds France will become the first and only country to ban the wearing of the burkha. It is already banned in schools.

In Holland, controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who was banned from entering Britain, tried to introduce a ban, calling the head-dress ‘a medieval symbol, a symbol against women’.

But despite Parliament voting in favour, the government was challenged in the courts and it is yet to become law - a sign of the opposition Sarkozy could expect.

The issue is highly divisive even within the French government.

The junior minister for human rights, Rama Yade, said she was open to a ban if it is aimed at protecting women forced to wear the burkha.

But Immigration Minister Eric Besson said a ban would only ‘create tensions’. 

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2009 at 10:42 AM   
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Client suffered an abnormality of mind which impaired his responsibility.  So a todler dies.

Of course the shit denies it.  But the bastard is guilty as sin and should suffer the very same punishment he dished out.

Oh, his tender age doesn’t allow his being IDed.

And yet again as with my last post, this article is not unique.  In fact, violent crime here is out of control and the bad guys know it is. They and their lawyers use the system, such as it is, against the very system that should be looking after the law abiding.

I’ll never be convinced that it is way past time to bring in vigilante justice and especially in cases like this one.
How can anyone bring themselves to do what was done to this innocent baby?  And I do not buy that old saw about diminished responsibility. BS to that.
Any lawyer who would try and defend this monster should be beaten or stabbed to death in whatever manner was used by his/her client, just so they could experience what the victim felt at the hands of that client.


Teenage babysitter ‘inflicted 68 injuries and beat toddler to death’

A 15-year-old babysitter beat a toddler he had been left to look after to death, a court heard.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have inflicted 68 injuries and a bite mark on two-year-old Demi Mahon on July 17 last year.

She had injuries all over her body, including to her head and face, and may have been repeatedly punched, Manchester Crown Court heard.
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The child’s mother, Ann Marie McDonald, sobbed as she gave evidence before jurors.

Ms McDonald told the jury of six men and six women that she left her daughter with the defendant at a house in Eccles, Salford, for around 90 minutes while she popped out to pick up her child benefit and buy a birthday card.

She said that when she returned he was standing outside the house with another man.

Ms McDonald said the defendant told her: “I picked her up - I might have hurt her - and she fell in the park.”

She said she rushed into the house and found her daughter in bed with the bedclothes partially covering her face.

Ms McDonald said: “Her face was bruised. I tried to pick her up and her head flopped back. She couldn’t breathe properly.

“I screamed ‘Why haven’t you rung an ambulance?’ He said ‘I never done nothing, I’ve not done nothing’.”

Ms McDonald, who is known as Sindy, sobbed as she pointed to the defendant and said: “He did that to my daughter”, before leaving the court in tears.

Howard Bentham QC, prosecuting, said: “When her small body was examined by Dr Naomi Carter, pathologist, Dr Carter found 68 sites of injury on that small body.

“We say every one of those injuries were caused by this young man. They were all over her body but many of them were to her head and face and Dr Carter drew the conclusion that young Demi had probably been punched repeatedly in the face.”

Mr Bentham said Demi’s mother described her daughter’s face as bruised and soggy.

He said the defendant lied about what he had done and claimed Demi banged her head against a radiator and also against an ashtray.

Mr Bentham told the jury that the defence will argue that their client suffered an abnormality of mind which impaired his responsibility.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2009 at 09:39 AM   
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After yrs. of abuse and the threat of rape of his 7 yr old, dad hits a punk. Dad arrested.

Just another day in the life of law abiding England.

Anger management?  What kinda BS is that? Of course the poor bastard is angry. Who wouldn’t be?
I’m PO’d on his behalf and all I had to do was read this, not live it.

I think if a group of ppl in the neighborhood outnumbered a group of street punks and then killed them, would it be possible for the authorities to ID which ones did what? And even if they could, would they be able to jail an entire neighborhood?  Better yet, clear the punk bodies off the street and fix it so they’d never be found. If that’d be possible.  Just stabs in the dark on my part but merely seeking the answer to the problem that bedevils society.
There is nothing at all that is unique about this article. 

Father convicted of assault after suffering years of abuse from youths who threatened to rape his daughter, 7

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 9:24 AM on 23rd June 2009

A father who stood up to youths after a two-year campaign of abuse has been convicted of assault after reaching the ‘end of his tether’.

David Magson told a court he was forced to endure months of abuse and vandalism from a gang - including a threat to rape his seven-year-old daughter.

The father-of-two marched outside his Leicester home with a rounders bat to have it out with youths who had ‘tormented’ him and his neighbours for years.

But he found himself in the dock on an assault charge after striking one of them with the bat and pushing him over.

The bus driver was handed an 18-month community order at Leicester Crown Court and told to attend an anger management course after he admitted causing actual bodily harm and being in possession of an offensive weapon.

Today he said youths from a local hostel had been responsible for the trouble - but the authorities had failed to deal with them.

He and his neighbours had repeatedly complained to the police, the hostel and the city council about their behaviour, but nothing was done, he said.

Mr Magson said: ‘Personally I think it’s wrong that people can run amok and do what they want and terrorise people. It’s about time the police were given the authority to deal with these people.

‘Due to drugs and alcohol, they are not thought to be responsible for their actions.

‘People such as me and you, if we go out and confront them, because we are sensible, decent and hard-working people we have to take responsibility for our actions.’

He added: ‘I’ve had eggs thrown at my windows. On the night in question it was the third time my car had been vandalised. They’ve tried to mug me twice.

‘One day I got a smack in the face on my way to work. On another occasion, when I went to complain, I was urinated on from an upstairs window.’

The 39-year-old said he had suffered threats, verbal abuse and had items, including excrement, thrown at his flat.

On March 21, as he was watching television at home with his young children James,11, and Katie, seven, a neighbour rang to tell him his car was being vandalised.

Mr Magson went outside, armed with the bat, to complain to hostel staff.

He was confronted and goaded by a number of youths and Mr Magson struck out. His victim suffered a minor head injury when he was pushed.

Police officers arrived and the resident told them he was a member of a community group who were fed up with the incessant problems. But he was arrested and later charged.

Sentencing him, Judge Ian Collis said: ‘I’m sure you were at the end of your tether. I accept you were under extreme provocation.’

Mr Magson said the situation in his street has improved since his brush with the law.

Police patrols have been stepped up and a change of management has seen the behaviour of the hostel’s residents improve, he said.

But he added: ‘It’s a pity it involved me being prosecuted, before anything was done about the problem.’

Mr Magson could soon find himself in court again, however, as a victim of violent crime.

Five days after his arrest, he was left nearly blind in one eye when he was attacked with a pint glass in Leicester city centre.

His defence lawyer Rebecca Herbert, told the court: ‘He cannot say the youths who glassed him had anything to do with the hostel, but he has his suspicions.’

A couple of reader comments:

This gives exactly the right sort of message to the yobs involved.

- Raymond Baker, Salisbury, U.K., 22/6/2009 17:52

England is now the pits, And any young family would be well advised to emigrate to a more civilised country.

- ROD, Cheshunt-England, 22/6/2009 17:50


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2009 at 09:05 AM   
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No photos on the cake please and, what is your sexual orientation?

Not certain this early how much I’ll be able to post today but ran across these sign of the dumb times in the letters column of the paper this morning.

In more normal times if there ever was such an animal, I might have questioned these. Or else they might never have been written which is more likely.

But on seeing these I knew I had to post them. 

With regard to the photo/cake. I might have to add it to yesterdays Moonbat of the year award as it surely is a tie between the two. 
With each passing day I swear this place seems to be more moronic.  I can only hope I live long enuff to return to the USA, even if it would be for no more then just to die.


Incorrect answer?

SIR – My 16-year-old son has just returned from an interview for a summer job in a hotel.

He wasn’t asked about his ability to do the job, about punctuality, reliability, manners or anything which might contribute to his being an effective and pleasant team member.

However he was surprised to be asked to state his sexual orientation. His reply was “normal”. Politically incorrect?

Lady Portal
Basingstoke, Hampshire


Cake compliance

SIR – Last week my wife visited the Asda in Wolstanton to order a birthday cake for her father, who will be 90 on June 29. We wanted to have a photograph placed on the cake, showing him at the age of 14 – 76 years ago.

Because it appeared to have been professionally taken, the store would not accept the order on the grounds that it could possibly infringe copyright, unless we could produce the photographer’s death certificate, proving that copyright had lapsed.

Neil Buchan
Clayton, Staffordshire

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2009 at 08:26 AM   
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calendar   Monday - June 22, 2009

Bloody Druids

a Quantum Mess at Solstice




Earth loving pagans sacrifice Environmental Responsibility at Stonehenge. It figures.

Stonehenge left littered with rubbish after 36,500 revellers descend on ancient site for summer solstice

Stonehenge was littered with rubbish this morning after record numbers of people descended on the site for the summer solstice.

Around 36,500 people enjoyed the carnival atmosphere at the ancient stone circle on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire - but pagan worshippers were left disappointed after fellow revellers left the site strewn with rubbish.

Druid Jim Saunders, 33, from Reading, is a member of the Aes Dana Grove order.

‘It is nice to see a lot of people here because there is no better place to learn about our culture and history.

‘But it is upsetting to see so much litter, and some people can be disrespectful.’

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Earth Firsters treated Mother Gaea like a garbage bag



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Is Solstice a great way to jump start a modeling career, or what?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/22/2009 at 03:58 PM   
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