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calendar   Tuesday - September 29, 2009

Dirty Hippie gets his

A little post, link supplied by Blue State Saint ... who might be considering becoming a BMEWS poster. Hey, my door is always open to folks with good writing abilities, or at least good article finding abilities ... hopefully both!



big_us_flag  flag burner pilloried big_us_flag



LOL Local VFW goes all medieval on his ass. LOL



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The young man was given three choices: get turned over to the police, go one-on-one in a fight with a seasoned war veteran, or be duct-taped to a flagpole for six hours with a sign around his neck identifying his alleged crime: flag burning.

It was the third option that would still have the small town buzzing a week after a 21-year-old was hunted down and forced to endure a public humiliation with its roots dating to the Middle Ages. Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1938 were incensed enough to tie up the man last Sunday after they accused him of setting the flag in front of their building on fire.

Post Commander Nick Normile, a Vietnam War veteran, said the man came into the post’s bar Sept. 18 on Poplar Avenue and was eventually turned away for not having a proper ID.

Apparently angered, the young man, who Normile did not want to name, cut the rope of the American flag flying overhead and used a cigarette lighter to set it on fire, Normile and others said.

The man sat pilloried as the village had its fall youth soccer picnic with a long parade of children passing in front of him.

“He’ll never disrespect the flag again, I can tell you that,” Normile said.

Normile said the flag had at one point flown over U.S. troops in Iraq had special significance.

The Rensselaer County Sheriffs office confirmed knowledge of the event, but said they were not involved. State Police in Brunswick were contacted, but a trooper said no record of the event could be found.

The flag will be disposed of at a formal ceremony, Normile said.

Full article is here.




I think it’s grand.


The incident took place in Valley Falls NY, which is way upstate - northeast of Albany and Troy, east of Mechanicville, and really not very far west of Bennington Vermont.

Valley Falls is a small country town, maybe 20 streets, along the shores of Electric Lake. Electric Lake! Love it. Most folks don’t realize it, but little towns like this are what most of NY is like, especially once you get north of the tiny downstate area demarcated by Rt 84 (Orange and Rockland Counties, New York City, and Long Island), and outside the metro areas of the 5 other cities. Little towns where they still understand what being an American is all about, especially the local cops and the local veterans. Crivens, it’s a wonder this jerk still has any teeth; I’m surprised the VFW even gave him the choice of getting in a fight or not. I would have thought that came with the package automatically!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/29/2009 at 01:03 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 28, 2009

How Britain is creating a terror state within, by Melanie Phillips PLEASE LISTEN BMEWS!!!!

H/T EuropeNews

There is nothing for me to say or add.  This came on me as a surprise. I read this lady in the Mail but had no idea till minutes ago that she had an audio out there.  Pay attention to her.  You in America especially will be interested. If you aren’t, then you should be.  What she says so much better then I ever could, I was also telling BMEWS readers some time ago.  But no where near as articulate.


How Britain is creating a terror state within by Melanie Phillips

PART ONE


PART TWO

AUDIO

EUROPENEWS


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/28/2009 at 12:49 PM   
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OK … THAT IS IT. IT’S OVER. I THINK I HAVE FINALLY FOUND THE DUMBEST PC RULING EVER!

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I’m not believin’ this. Or maybe I don’t understand something. Or maybe I’m dumber then I thought I wuz. Words really fail here so ... read it all for yourselves and see if maybe you can explain it. Somehow.  It apparently makes all kinds of sense to the ppl doing it.

MARK OF MADNESS: POLICE REFUSE TO SHOW SUSPECT’S BIRTHMARK IN ID PARADE BECAUSE OF HIS HUMAN RIGHTS.

By Fay Schlesinger
Last updated at 1:41 AM on 28th September 2009

When Tracy Ryan spotted a suspected burglar emerging from the dog sanctuary where she works, she thought she would have little problem pointing him out to police.

After all, he had a large port-wine stain on his face.

But when police set up an identity parade, they refused to take the man’s distinctive birthmark into account - in case it infringed his human rights.

An officer from the Nottinghamshire force explained that the mark was too rare to be included in a profile of the burglar when it was entered into a computer database.

It would leave only a small pool of potential suspects in the electronic ID parade, he said, breaking police rules.

Under laws designed to take into account ‘the rights and freedoms of the public’, witnesses must be shown a minimum of 12 photographs before they are allowed to identify a suspect.

These are selected from a database of people who have passed through custody in Nottinghamshire, in the hope that the burglar is already known to police.

Because only a handful of people on a database had a birthmark or port-wine stain, the characteristic gave fewer than 12 results.
The characteristic was subsequently removed and the search was broadened.

This forced Mrs Ryan, 39, to examine the faces of 93 suspects, none of which she recognised.

It was on August 25 that £300 in charity donations was stolen from the Crossing Cottage Greyhound Sanctuary in Sutton on Trent, Nottinghamshire.

Mrs Ryan noted that, apart from his birthmark, the suspected culprit was tall and wore a white tracksuit. She also took his car registration number.

Police have subsequently made an arrest and Mrs Ryan is due to attend a second identification parade which will include the suspect, who is on bail.

He will be pictured alongside 11 people of a similar appearance. But if he has a birthmark, it will still be kept secret.

The suspected thief and the other participants will be made to cover one side of their face.

Mrs Ryan said: ‘Surely an unusual characteristic like a big birthmark should help a police investigation?

‘If there were just four or five people on the database with such marks, all the better.

‘I understand police have to follow procedures, but to me the

rules are flawed and amount to a pretty lame excuse.’

Her boss John Morton, who manages the home for 30 former racing dogs as part of the Retired Greyhound Trust, said: ‘The police are saying they can’t infringe human rights. But what about our human rights?

‘We are law-abiding people who have been victims of crime, and the police have a responsibility to maximise their chances of solving that crime. If this is the law, it has to be changed.’

Joanne Hall, of Nottinghamshire Police, said the force had to abide by the rules of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.

She said: ‘The witness had to be shown not less than 12 photographs at a time. PACE sets out to strike the right balance between the powers of the police and the rights and freedoms of the public.’

***Police use two principal variations of the identity parade technique - picture viewing and Viper.

The first, when no suspect has been identified or arrested, involves creating a profile of the suspect based on the witness’s observations, such as height, build and hair colour.

At least 12 potential suspects are then selected from a database of those previously in custody.

Viper is used when police have a suspect in mind or have made an arrest. The suspect is recorded on video and shown to the witness alongside 11 other innocent people who bear a resemblance to him.

If the original suspect has a rare facial feature, such as a birth mark or tattoo, matching ID parade participants can prove impossible to find.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/28/2009 at 06:58 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - September 26, 2009

Banned Moms Part 2: Same Deal In Michigan

A West Michigan woman says the state is threatening her with fines and possibly jail time for babysitting her neighbors’ children.

Lisa Snyder of Middleville says her neighborhood school bus stop is right in front of her home. It arrives after her neighbors need to be at work, so she watches three of their children for 15-40 minutes until the bus comes.

The Department of Human Services received a complaint that Snyder was operating an illegal child care home. DHS contacted Snyder and told her to get licensed, stop watching her neighbors’ kids, or face the consequences.

“It’s ridiculous.” says Snyder. “We are friends helping friends!” She added that she accepts no money for babysitting.

Mindy Rose, who leaves her 5-year-old with Snyder, agrees. “She’s a friend… I trust her.”

State Representative Brian Calley is drafting legislation that would exempt people who agree to care for non-dependent children from daycare rules as long as they’re not engaged in a business.

“We have babysitting police running around this state violating people, threatening to put them in jail or fine them $1,000 for helping their neighbor (that) is truly outrageous” says Rep. Calley.

Hey, what happened? I thought Hillary told us that the whole village should be raising your children. You know, helping out, pitching in. But it turns out to be illegal, at least in Middleville Michigan. Because unorganized, non-government run Community Volunteering is “operating an illegal business”.

Hmm, it’s this kind of thing that makes me wonder if ... just perhaps ... we have too many laws and too many people “working” for the government.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 10:19 PM   
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Risky Decision

Hitch Your Wagon To A [falling] Star!



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New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine betting it all to side with Obama. Maybe not a good idea: NJ is the first state where more Obama voters who disapprove of the job he is doing outnumber the McCain voters who disapprove of the job Obama is doing.

Oops?

Meanwhile, Gov. Corzine is pretty much letting Team Obama run his campaign for him:

Every TV ad that Mr. Corzine puts on the air is being screened by the president’s team. The governor’s aides are giving daily briefings to the White House. Mr. Obama’s pollsters have taken over for Mr. Corzine’s polling team, and White House operatives are on the ground for everything from internal strategy sessions to obscure pep rallies with Latino supporters.

On Thursday, Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to Mr. Obama, promoted Mr. Corzine in meetings with Democratic women in the morning and black ministers in the afternoon.

In addition, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and a parade of cabinet secretaries are coming to the state to try to boost Mr. Corzine’s dismal poll numbers.

The state is one of only two nationwide holding governor’s contests this year. And Mr. Obama’s aides acknowledge that a loss in this deep-blue state would be interpreted as a rebuke of Mr. Obama, affecting his ability to pass major legislation and the public’s perceptions of his party’s power.

The attention has brought an added intensity to what is already an expensive, high-stakes and almost relentlessly negative battle between Mr. Corzine and his Republican challenger, Christopher J. Christie, a former United States attorney.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 10:06 PM   
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Jihad, Raus!

Pakistan discovers ‘village’ of white German al-Qaeda insurgents



It figures.


The village, in Taliban-controlled Waziristan, is run by the notorious al-Qaeda-affiliated Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which plots raids on Nato forces in Afghanistan.

A recruitment video presents life in the village as a desirable lifestyle choice with schools, hospitals, pharmacies and day care centres, all at a safe distance from the front.

In the video, the presenter, “Abu Adam”, the public face of the group in Germany, points his finger and asks: “Doesn’t it appeal to you? We warmly invite you to join us!”

According to German foreign ministry officials a growing number of German families, many of North African descent, have taken up the offer and travelled to Waziristan where supporters say converts make up some of the insurgents’ most dedicated fighters.

The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which has a foothold in several German cities, has capitalised on growing concern over the rising profile of German forces in Afghanistan. Their role has become increasingly controversial in Germany in recent weeks after dozens of civilians were killed in an air strike ordered by German officers.

Last night a foreign ministry spokesman told The Daily Telegraph they were now negotiating with Pakistani authorities for the release of six Germans, including “Adrian M”, a white Muslim convert, his Eritrean wife and their four year old daughter, who were arrested as they were making their way to the “German village”. They are particularly concerned about the welfare of the child.

They are being held in custody in Peshawar after their arrest in May shortly when they crossed the border from Iran. They are understood to have left Germany in March this year.

The spokesman said negotiations were “under way” with Pakistani authorities “concerning a group of German citizens” and that it had been aware that the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan had been recruiting in Germany “since the beginning of the year”.

Their recruitment drive has been led by “Abu Adam”, a 24-year-old German believed to be of Turkish or North African descent who was raised with his, and fellow Jihadi, Abu Ibrahim, in the smart Bonn suburb of Kessenich.

Adam, whose real name is Mounir Chouka, received weapons training from the German army as part of his national service, and later spent three years training at the Federal Office of Statistics where colleagues described him as a “nice boy”.

He left in 2007, telling colleagues he was joining a trading firm in Saudi Arabia, but is believed to have joined a terrorist training camp in Yemen.

In another recruitment video released earlier this year he urged supporters to: “Die the death of honour.”

Khalid Khawaja, a former Pakistan intelligence officer, who describes himself as a friend of Osama bin Laden, said he was aware of a German contingent and that there were a number of Swedish converts too who had arrived in Pakistan “for Jihad”.

“The Europeans are there [in Waziristan]. The most dedicated people there are from Europe. They will do anything for Islam. They are not there because their father’s are Muslim, but by choice,” he said.




Marvelous. If it’s just a small village, let’s give it a good bombing. Can we send the French to do that job? I’m sure they wouldn’t mind a bit.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 09:58 PM   
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Cox, no Forkum

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John Cox’s Art Page is right here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 09:52 PM   
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one from her side

Three women are at a bar after work.

Sipping her drink, the single girl leered and said, “Last Friday at the end of the work day I went to my boyfriend’s office wearing a leather coat. When all the other people had left, I slipped out of it and all I had on was a leather bodice, black stockings and stiletto heels. He was so aroused that we made passionate love on his desk right then and there!”

The engaged woman giggled and said, “That’s pretty much my story! When my fiance got home last Friday, he found me waiting for him in a black mask, leather bodice, black hose and stiletto pumps. He was so turned on that we not only had sex all night, he wants to move up our wedding date!”

The married woman put her glass down and said, “I did a lot of planning. I made arrangements for the kids to stay over at Grandma’s. I took a long scented-oil bath and then put on my best perfume. I slipped into a tight leather bodice, a black garter belt, black stockings and six-inch stilettos. I finished it off with a black mask. When my husband got home from work, he grabbed a beer and the remote, sat down and yelled, ‘Hey, Catwoman, what’s for dinner?’”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 09:39 PM   
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Piracy News And Numbers

Somali Pirates Pushed off Ship, Captain Killed

(September 26, 2009) Somali pirates attempted to hijack a ship Thursday night in the Mogadishu port but were eventually scared away by a rescue effort. The Syrian captain on the Panama-flagged ship was killed in the incident.  The African Union forces and Somali police responded after receiving a distress call from the ship. Barigye Ba-hoku, the spokesman for African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia, known as AMISOM, says

“We deterred them, we were able to stop them from taking the ship. I’m not aware if they took any other valuables, but what is a fact is that the ship was saved, it was rescued, and it was delivered to the harbor, and it is still there,” he said.

But the captain was killed after reportedly refusing to turn the ship back out to sea.

“The gunman injured the captain of the ship, and he later succumbed to his wounds and died. And another crew member was also injured; he’s undergoing treatment,” said Ba-hoku.




Turkish commandos capture 7 pirates off Somalia

(September 26, 2009)Turkey’s military says navy commandos aboard a frigate have captured seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden off Somalia’s coast.

The military says the commandos aboard the TCG Gediz raided the skiff early Saturday following a request to block it before it could attack two ships bearing the flag of Panama.

A statement on the military’s Web site says a navy helicopter aboard the frigate also took part in the operation.

The Turkish frigate is in the area as part of a NATO force patrolling the seas.




South Korean destroyer rescues 5 Yemeni fishermen after repelling pirates

(September 20, 2009) South Korea’s military says one of its destroyers has repelled pirates pursuing cargo ships off the coast of Yemen and rescued five Yemeni fishermen.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff say the destroyer dispatched a helicopter Saturday after learning that pirates were chasing the three cargo ships off Yemen’s southern coast.

They said in a statement Sunday that the destroyer later arrived at the scene, inspected the two pirate ships and rescued five Yemeni fishermen held by them. It said no fighting or injuries occurred.




Piracy doubles in first six months of 2009

Piracy attacks around the world more than doubled to 240 from 114 during the first six months of the year compared with the same period in 2008, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s Piracy Reporting Centre (IMB) said today (July 15, 2009).

“As in the last quarterly report, the rise in overall numbers is due almost entirely to increased Somali pirate activity off the Gulf of Aden and east coast of Somalia, with 86 and 44 incidents reported respectively,” the report said.

The year’s second quarter saw 136 reports of piracy compared with 104 in the first three months of 2009, an increase of almost a third.

A total of 78 vessels were boarded worldwide, 75 vessels fired upon and 31 vessels hijacked with some 561 crew taken hostage, 19 injured, seven kidnapped, six killed and eight missing. The attackers were heavily armed with guns and knives in the majority of incidents. “Violence against crew members continues to increase,” the report concluded.

Nevertheless, the presence of navies in the Gulf of Aden from several countries have made it difficult for pirates to hijack vessels and has led them to seek new areas of operation such as the southern Red Sea and the east coast of Oman, where Somali pirates are believed to be responsible for a spate of recent attacks.

The report said that attacks off the eastern coast of Somalia had decreased in recent months after peaking in March and April, with no attacks reported in June. But the Piracy Reporting Centre attributed the decline to heavy weather associated with the monsoons that are expected to continue into August. The centre said vigilance should nevertheless remain high during this period.

Nigeria continues to be a high risk area, with 13 incidents reported in the second quarter to the IMB and at least 24 other attacks which have not been directly reported.

“The majority of attacks are against vessels supporting the oil industry,” remarked IMB Director Pottengal Mukundan.




1Q - 3Q Total Piracy figures for 2009 surpass those for all of 2008

(September 23, 2009) The number of piratical incidents reported so far in 2009 has surpassed the total number reported in 2008, according to the ICC International Maritime Bureau (IMB).

The total number of attacks reported to the IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre (PRC), to date this year, is 294. Of these, 34 resulted in successful hijackings of vessels. A total of 559 hostages have been taken in these hijackings.

As with the figures of 2008, the lion’s share of hijackings have taken place off the coast of Somalia, either in the Gulf of Aden or off the country’s east coast in the Indian Ocean. Ninety-seven of the 294 attacks have taken place in the Gulf of Aden, whilst a further 47 have taken place off the rest of the coast of Somalia. In addition, four attacks have taken place off the coast of Oman, although they can also be attributed to suspected Somali pirates. Somali pirates accounted for 32 hijackings with 532 crew taken hostage. Four crew were killed.

Somali pirates are currently holding four ships and 82 crew off the east coast of Somalia.

Over half the worldwide attacks are attributed to Somalia pirates according to IMB PRC figures 2009




Obviously these attacks are pretty much continuous. There’s one nearly every single day. And it looks like 2009 will see about a 35% increase in the total number of attacks compared to 2008, and 2008 was bad enough. But right this, right now, only 4 ships and 82 crewmen are being held captive.  That’s got to be the smallest numbers in a long time. Sounds like a perfect time to go in and blast the pirates to Kingdom Come, burn the place to the ground, and salt the earth. Take over their bases and they’ll have no place to land. (All your base are belong to us!)

Oh, if only our Dear Leader had a pair.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 09:07 PM   
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Miscellaneous

First, let me start off with a joke one of the guys at work told me as we were clocking off for the day:

Al Gore, Bill Clinton and Barrack Obama go to heaven.

God addresses Al first.. “Al, what do you believe in?”

Al replies: “Well, I believe that I won that election, but that it was your will that I did not serve. And I’ve come to understand that now.”

God thinks for a second and says: “Very good. Come and sit at my left.”

God then addresses Bill . “ Bill , what do you believe in?”

Bill replies: “I believe in forgiveness. I know I have sinned, and hope I will be forgiven. I’ve never held a grudge against my fellow man, and I hope no grudges are held against me.”

God thinks for a second and says: “You are forgiven, my son. Come and sit at my right.’’

Then God addresses Barack. “Barack, what do you believe in?”

He replies: “I believe you’re in my chair.”

H/T: Sodahead

Well, that’s where I found it after Jeff told it at work.

NEXT

The war against… toilet paper:

There is a battle for America’s behinds.

It is a fight over toilet paper: the kind that is blanket-fluffy and getting fluffier so fast that manufacturers are running out of synonyms for “soft” (Quilted Northern Ultra Plush is the first big brand to go three-ply and three-adjective).

It’s a menace, environmental groups say — and a dark-comedy example of American excess.

The reason, they say, is that plush U.S. toilet paper is usually made by chopping down and grinding up trees that were decades or even a century old. They want Americans, like Europeans, to wipe with tissue made from recycled paper goods.

It has been slow going. Big toilet-paper makers say that they’ve taken steps to become more Earth-friendly but that their customers still want the soft stuff, so they’re still selling it.

This summer, two of the best-known combatants in this fight signed a surprising truce, with a big tissue maker promising to do better. But the larger battle goes on — the ultimate test of how green Americans will be when nobody’s watching.

“At what price softness?” said Tim Spring, chief executive of Marcal Manufacturing, a New Jersey paper maker that is trying to persuade customers to try 100 percent recycled paper. “Should I contribute to clear-cutting and deforestation because the big [marketing] machine has told me that softness is important?”

He added: “You’re not giving up the world here.”

Toilet paper is far from being the biggest threat to the world’s forests: together with facial tissue, it accounts for 5 percent of the U.S. forest-products industry, according to industry figures. Paper and cardboard packaging makes up 26 percent of the industry, although more than half is made from recycled products. Newspapers account for 3 percent.

But environmentalists say 5 percent is still too much.

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Doesn’t look recycled. Just looks used…

H/T: Belowthebeltway

Egads! I’ve got so much stuff to post!

Guess the rest will have to wait…


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 10:03 PM   
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MOMS ARE NOW BANNED FROM LOOKING AFTER EACH OTHERS KIDDIES.

Thing is, where there is thought to be a reward, mommies can’t look after each others children. It’s the law.
It’s to protect kids.  It’s also insane and I’d bet just another way for the state to raise money which reminds me ...

There’s gonna be a new Broadband tax of £6 (almost $12) on every home with a phone line, even if no computer in the house.
It’s to raise more money to provide Broadband service in remote areas that have none.

ALSO ... The miserable bastard powers that be in Liebour want to institute another charge to help local town councils. Major grocery chains have free parking right?  Uh huh. But the BPTB (bastard powers that be) are going to add on as much as £600 to the stores tax bill .....
FOR EVERY PARKING SPACE IN THEIR LOT.

The Tories (Conservatives) say they will not allow that if they win the next election and will fight it now. We’ll see. But what matters at the moment is the trend of thinking among this socialist govt. God they get me seeing red so often it seems to be the only color I recognize anymore. If that passes, you know who’ll end up paying the freight.
Meanwhile, back to the mommies and another brilliant bowel movement by this government.  Sheesh.

Children’s Minister Vernon Coaker said: ‘The legislation is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all children. But we need to be sure it does not penalise hard-working families. My department is discussing with Ofsted the interpretation of the word “reward".

Mothers are banned from looking after each other’s children

By Sarah Harris
Last updated at 3:28 PM on 26th September 2009

Two working mothers have been banned from looking after each other’s toddlers because they are not registered childminders.

The close friends’ private arrangement had let them both return to part-time jobs at the same company.

However, a whistleblower reported them to the education watchdog Ofsted and it found their informal deal broke the law.

This was because little-known rules say friends cannot gain a ‘reward’ by looking after a child for more than two hours outside the child’s home without agreeing to a number of checks including one from the Criminal Records Bureau.

Although the mothers never paid each other, their job-sharing deal was judged to be a ‘reward’. Campaigners fear thousands of working families could be innocently breaking the rules by relying on close friends for informal childcare.

A Downing Street petition in protest at the treatment of the two mothers has already received 1,600 signatures.

Educational campaigner Dr Richard House labelled the case as ‘absolutely scandalous’.

He said: ‘There is no conceivable rationale behind it. It’s like making the assumption that all parents are paedophiles and they have to prove that they aren’t. As soon as we create a society like that then family life ceases. Parents have to have the confidence to make their own choices about their own children. This is absolutely extraordinary.’

The women, who have not been identified, had given birth at similar times. When their daughters passed their first birthday, they decided to return to work part-time at the same firm.

The colleagues agreed to look after each other’s children as part of the job share. They are said to be ‘very good friends’ and the girls were so close they had grown up ‘like sisters’.

However, it is understood that someone believed they were acting illegally as childminders and reported them to Ofsted.

The women have now put their girls into official childcare ‘meaning they can’t work as they wished due to the elevated costs’, friends say.

Ofsted regulations state that where a person cares for at least one child for ‘reward’ in their own house for more than two hours in any one day they must be registered with them as childminders.

Reward is interpreted as ‘the supply of services or goods’ or ‘reciprocal arrangements, not just money changing hands.

The rules particularly affect close friends because relatives, such as grandparents, do not have to register with Ofsted. Nor do nannies as they provide childcare in a parent’s house.

Some 1,654 people have signed the No10 petition, calling for a change of the meaning of ‘reward’ to ‘money and gifts’ in the Childcare Act to allow reciprocal deals.

A circular with the petition says: ‘Caring for a child for reward is classed as childminding and requires the carer to be registered with Ofsted. In this case, Ofsted say that the reward is free childcare when the mothers themselves go to work!’

It adds: ‘In an age when the Government want women to return to work, why is it made so difficult for people?’

An Ofsted spokesman confirmed it had been called in after a complaint.

Children’s Minister Vernon Coaker said: ‘The legislation is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all children. But we need to be sure it does not penalise hard-working families. My department is discussing with Ofsted the interpretation of the word “reward”.’

A whistle blower reported them. How many times have I heard that.  I’m all for crime reporting but come on.  This country seem loaded with folks who report all sorts of off the wall stuff. Busy bodies.
Gee ... and I’m gonna be stuck here for awhile. Could be as much as two years. And that’s assuming I can get the wife back into the USA. Meanwhile of course, I grow older.  ok ... cut me a tiny bit of slack while I feel sorry for myself.  kay, I’m over it now and anyway the weather isn’t bad these days. Hey, maybe we can both sneak into the US as illegals. Ooops. Can’t do that. Never get away with it. We’re white.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/26/2009 at 04:00 PM   
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Chatnoir is ruined for me

Several weeks back Peiper posted a link to this little game called Chatnoir, though to myself I called it Stop that Kitteh!. It’s a fun little game, and when I’m tired I can usually Stop That Kitteh 3 times out of 5. Good enough.

Then I started thinking a little bit, and I realized that the game is a little flawed. There is a universal solution. You can ALWAYS box the kitteh in. Click the first dot on the outer edge directly in line with where you think the kitteh will go.


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Then, if he moves in that direction, start clicking every other dot along that border. If the cat goes another way, then click a dot in the middle of the border that the cat is heading towards, then continue clicking every other dot.


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As long as you keep a step or two ahead of Mr. Kitteh, you can box him in entirely. You might have to cut the corners a little from time to time.


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But after a couple dozen clicks you will have the job done. Every time.


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At this point you can either click Reset and try for a different mix, or continue on and make mazes for him to run in.

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Eventually you will fill up every single dot, trapping the kitteh wherever you want.

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Ha ha, I’ve got you now Kitteh!!


Maybe somebody will write Chat_noir_redux, The Revenge of Mr. Kitteh. Perhaps with exploding dots or something.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/26/2009 at 02:32 PM   
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WEEKEND GLAMOUR, WEEKEND WOMEN

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Yeah I know.  It’s a painting of the fabulous Lillian Gish, a silent screen star who also launched a studio.  She lived to be 100.
She’s still Eye Candy to me.

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Clara Bow was the original ‘IT’ Girl and even if you can’t tell here, she really did have it on screen. Silent tho it was.

Here’s another shot of a very early American movie sex symbol. Actually, her sexiness wasn’t at all blatant so much as it was suggested. In fact, it was as much due to a certain amount of innocence.  imageClara Bow

One final Clara coz she was so pretty.

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This isn’t exactly eye candy as we think of the term. I mean, nothin’ sexy about it but something pleasing in the way JEAN HARLOW is posed for this.  I think this shot would work well in black and white.
Gosh, she was only 26 when she died. 
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Notice the beauty mark is gone in this black and white shot of Harlow. I have seen photos of her with that mark in different places on her face.
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FINALLY.  In more modern time the very sultry Brigitte Bardot.

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And looking just as good in B & W.  Wish I could post em side by side but never got the hang of it. But Brigitte in any order is EYE CANDY.

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Some of you will not believe me but I swear it is true.  I have seen a few nudes of Bardot, and pretty as she is, she looks way better with cloths on.
imho.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/26/2009 at 02:32 PM   
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calendar   Friday - September 25, 2009

Good Eats

I found a link to this recipe on somebody’s blog today. Sorry, I forgot which one. (Rodger the Real King of France’s Blog Curmudgeonly & Skeptical) I made it tonight, and it’s fantastic.


Porkchops with Mushroom Bourbon Cream Sauce



http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/porkchops_with_mushroom_bourbon_cream_sauce/


This is my take on a double dose of the recipe, with slight modifications. There is no bacon involved.

Get out a really big frying pan. Slice up several packages of fresh, cleaned, white button mushrooms, about 2 pounds worth.  Get a pile of nice pork chops, and rub a light amount of pork rub into them. Then dredge them in flour and put them back in the fridge.

Chop up half an really large yellow onion, and saute it in butter and olive oil until it starts to brown.
Now mince a couple cloves of garlic and toss them in the pan. When they start to brown, throw in all the mushrooms. Stir things up, and cook until the mushrooms reduce and start to brown too. You might want to cover the pan for about 2 minutes to get the mushrooms steaming and releasing their juices. Then uncover them. It’s no big deal if they don’t brown either.

Now add a big splash or three of dry white wine. If you’re out of that, try Noilly Prat dry vermouth. Cook it all down again.

Now add a can of chicken broth, and most of a coffee mug full of bourbon. Call it almost a cup. Cook it all down again.

Now add half that amount of heavy cream. Reduce the heat, and let simmer for about 10 minutes until it starts to thicken. Transfer the mushroom sauce to a sauce pan. Clean out the frying pan, dry it, put in a goodly splash of oil or Crisco, and reheat.



Now get the chops out, and whip up an egg in a bowl for dipping. Dip the chops and firmly coat them with breadcrumbs. I used Panko crumbs. Fry the chops for a few minutes on each side until nicely browned. I used chops that were a thumb’s width thick, so I finished them off on baking racks in the oven at 325 for 45 minutes. They came out crispy but moist and tender inside.

Gently reheat the sauce, and add a small handful of chopped basil. I added another shot of bourbon at this point.

Serve the chops with a generous dollop of the sauce on top.

Holy smokes is this good. It takes about an hour to make, and it’s worth it. It should work on just about anything. I put some on some roast potatoes and it was great there too. If any is left over tomorrow morning I’ll add some to an omlet.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/25/2009 at 11:50 PM   
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