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calendar   Saturday - October 31, 2009

Doing It Doggy Style




Busy day. I had a whole house window job, a regular sized home with 28 windows. It was unseasonably warm here today, but it was raining most of the day. So it was an inside cleaning job, aided by the Marvin windows they have that unhook easily from the frames and fold inwards. Nice. It’s actually faster to do double hung windows the regular way, outside first then the inside, but at least I stayed dry this way. It just takes a bit longer.

They were referred to me by the Cat Ladies, the two biddies down the road that I do odd jobs for. Thank goodness this client didn’t have a dozen cats and 5 stinky litter boxes like they do. No, she has dogs instead. Lots of dogs. Wall to wall dogs. She’s got an old, nearly blind Springer Spaniel, and half a dozen Welsh Corgis. She used to show them, and has a den full of ribbons and trophies. Oh, and they have one little rescue kitten who right now lives in a carrier. Poor kitteh. Probably psychologically damaged already.

I love dogs. Dogs are great. But while the spaniel is old, and slow, and rheumy, and sleeps a lot, the corgis are high energy animals. She kept 5 of them in a little room so they be out of my way, and the one running around was fairly mellow and quite friendly. Actually all the dogs were nice. But 7 dogs is a pack, and they act that way. So whenever I moved from room to room, put something down or did anything that made a small noise, they started barking. And when one starts the others chime in, and nobody wants to be the first to stop barking.

Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof. Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof. Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof.  Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof. Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof. Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof. Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! Woof. Bark bark bark bark bark bark bark bark! meow?

Pembroke Welsh Corgi


All day long. Yeesh. My clothes smell doggy. I think I’ll take a shower too.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/31/2009 at 11:49 PM   
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WEEKEND WOMAN ….. not to mention real Eye Candy …

Well, I don’t know about you folks but when I was very young and exposed to grand opera (as opposed to The Grand Ole Opry), the stars of the day looked nothing like this Welsh babe.  There are so many GREAT photos of Katherine Jenkins, it’s hard to know where to stop picking for this post.
While I confess I do not want to hear her sing because after a youth of almost enforced listening to people sing in un-natural voices, I rejected most of this musical form.  Not all of it. Just most of it.  Always made me think when hearing them, that they had serious tummy aches.  I’d hear them and then presto, my stomach would start to hurt.  Hmm. Might that fall under ‘child abuse’ today?  My mother loved opera and listened to it a lot, and of course every weekend there was the MET on the radio.  Mom loved Caruso but my high priest was Benny Goodman.  My church disciples were Bix, Artie Shaw, Harry James and a list too long for here.  So anyway .... Here’s my choice for this weekend’s ...
WEEKEND WOMAN:

KATHERINE JENKINS

Occupation, Mezzo-soprano
Years active 1998 – present
Labels
Universal
Warner Music

An award-winning British classical crossover mezzo-soprano.[1] [2] Her first album Premiere made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano to date[3] and she later became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year.[4] She also stands as the first female artist to win two consecutive Classical BRIT Awards.
Jenkins has released five classical crossover number one studio albums to date selling 4,000,000 copies. Her sixth album, Sacred Arias, was released on 20 October 2008. Her albums feature arias, popular songs, hymns and classical crossover music and she has performed in a large number of concerts around the United Kingdom and other countries, including the United States and Australia.




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In another far away time even before radio, during the Edwardian age, the Brit music hall flourished like a bright flame and there were many stars of that period, all but forgotten today, who would certainly pass for eye candy even by our standards as to that term.

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 10/31/2009 at 01:18 PM   
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It’s Burkh-ingham Palace: if one mad muslim and his group of loopy loony tunes had their way.

Interesting and glad to see some muslims are openly against this nut case.  Or is he? A nut case? At the rate white Brits are caving in to everything PC, he may one day have his dream become reality.  Probably not in my lifetime but who knows.

What even more interesting is the lack (so far) of total outrage from the left who organized the phony outrage at the appearance of the BNP head on radio a week ago.  Good grief, you’d have thought the sky was falling and all because Nick Griffin was invited on to a major TV interview program.

It’s Burkh-ingham Palace: Hate preacher calls for the Queen to wear full Muslim dress

By Sam Greenhill
Last updated at 12:03 PM on 31st October 2009

The Queen forced to wear a burkha and Buckingham Palace turned into a mosque - that was the vision of Britain under Sharia law proposed by a Muslim firebrand yesterday.

Preacher of hate Anjem Choudary even showed mocked-up photographs of the palace sporting a golden dome and Nelson’s Column as a minaret.

He was speaking ahead of a central London demonstration that was planned for today. However the event was today cancelled amid fears it would have descended into violence.

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A poster from Muslim group Al-Muhajiroun showing how they would change Buckingham Palace into a mosque
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Scotland Yard said it would now be contacting organisers of a wave of counter-protests in central London and Leeds, West Yorkshire, to inform them of the decision.

Choudary, leader of the radical Islamic sect Al Muhajiroun, said organisers Islam4UK had been forced to cancel the planned march from the House of Commons to Trafalgar Square because of security concerns.

But he added a meeting of supporters of sharia law would still take place at an undisclosed location later today.

The Islamic Society of Britain, which was planning to join other organisations in staging a ‘dignified, non-violent’ counter-demonstration at Piccadilly Circus, said it would not now take place.

A spokesman said: ‘There’s no protest so we won’t be holding a counter-demonstration. It’s a great success that pressure from all sections of the community, including Muslims, has resulted in the Muhajiroun and the hot-heads rethinking their position. They realised very few people would turn up to support them and they would attract only very negative publicity. Old-fashioned pressure has worked.’

The Islamic Society of Britain said of Choudary and Al Muhajiroun, : ‘99.999 per cent of Muslims despise these people.’

Police had worked avoid a clash between moderate Muslim groups and far-right mobs who have organised rival demonstrations.

Choudary,a cleric and self-styled judge of the Sharia court of the UK, claimed: ‘The amount of threats we have received has been phenomenal. Bomb threats, death threats, we have received hundreds of them from people saying they are going to come and confront us.’

He said: ‘We hope to eradicate man-made law from Britain and the world. We call upon Gordon Brown to implement Sharia law and we call upon the Queen to give up playing God. There is only one supreme being. When Sharia law is implemented, maybe in 10 or 15 years’ time, she would be expected like all women in Britain to be covered from head to toe, only revealing her face and hands.’

If Her Majesty refused, he said she would be ‘punished’ according to Sharia law.

Choudary’s sidekick Abu Rumaysahl added: ‘Buckingham Palace would become a mosque and play a central role in society.’

At a press conference yesterday to outline their vision, Choudary brought in fellow hate cleric Omar Bakri to preach by speaker phone from his exile in Lebanon.

Bakri, banned from Britain four years ago, launched an astonishing diatribe lasting half an hour in which he called for jihad, saying: ‘We do not want ourselves to be judged by a man-made law. The struggle for Islam is a struggle worth dying for. Islam must be defended by the sword.’

Choudary and his extremist group want a legal system in which adulterers and homosexuals would be stoned to death and thieves have their hands chopped off.

He said: ‘Thieves would have various warnings first, and only in cases where he has stolen more than £20 of non-perishable goods from a private house would his hand be chopped off.

‘We are being realistic, we know it could take time to implement, but it is a fact that in Britain Muslims are predicted to outnumber practising Christians, in terms of going to places of worship, by 2015.’

Choudary, who was not wearing a Remembrance Day poppy, said he did not support the sacrifices of British soldiers. He said: ‘We are not allowed to feel sorry for those wars fought for land which served no purpose. Only wars in defence of Allah or your family or property are just wars.’

But moderate Muslim groups accused Choudary of running scared of engaging with them. Tehmina Kazi, director of British Muslims for Secular Democracy, said: ‘It sounds like pure cowardice. He is afraid of engaging with ordinary patriotic British Muslims who have a sense of tolerance and fair play.

‘We stand up for mainstream Muslims who see no conflict between their religion and being British. Anjem Choudary tries to be as provocative as possible, and everything he says undermines community cohesion and is a slap in the face to every patriotic British person.’

Although Choudary refused to say so, penalties under Sharia law for not wearing a burqa include a woman being repeatedly lashed with a stick or a cable.

Tory MP Patrick Mercer branded Choudary’s plans ‘extremely distasteful’ and added: ‘If anyone thinks those views are a step forward they are seriously deluded. They are repellent and repulsive.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/31/2009 at 12:56 PM   
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THE STATE OF THE LAW AND THE WORLD ….. NOT SO GOOD!

Drew’s very disturbing post yesterday with regard to the gang rape and ppl taking pictures, shows just how far the left has carried us as a culture.
With hand wringing libs, the aclu and every other ‘rights’ group that scream “RACE” whenever a favored minority is injured or arrested, nothing surprises us anymore.  We’re all disgusted, of that there is no doubt.  But surprised?  Not likely.

This past week two 10 year old boys were arrested for the rape of an eight year old girl.  Outraged? Sure. Surprised? Nope.  And worst of it is those boys will learn nothing and receive NO retribution.  You can bet they’ll do it again at some point in the future.

Yet another man with a record of crime and who was supposed to have been watched, somehow managed to entice a young and very foolish girl of 17 to meet him. They met of course on the net. He killed her.  He should have been in jail long ago and never released.  His victim would still be foolish but perhaps alive.  And how often have you heard that line?  But they say the prisons here are crowded to overfilling, many have been let loose but the authorities say they don’t represent a danger to the public.  HA!  How often have we heard that in the past?

This past week the story about a man killing his cheating wife came to light.  And this is one of two cases like it.
Married 21 years, he had problems (don’t they all?) and after putting up with him for a long time, his wife said she wanted a divorce and that she no longer loved him.  Meanwhile, he somehow found a note or email that she sent to another man who she claimed she was in love with.
So, using more then one knife he repeatedly stabbed her, something like thirty times, in front of the kids.

The courts here accept the “driven to it by adultery excuse) and so there is no murder charge.  It’s manslaughter and he’ll be out in three years.
He also claimed (as has the other guy in another case) diminished responsibility.  Bullshit!  The bastard knew exactly what he was doing 30 times.
Adultery is not a reason to take away another person’s future.  Any court that accepts that is mad.  But the age we live in makes all sorts of excuses for bad behavior.  And not just capital crimes.  And here’s another example and while not a capital crime, the reaction of the criminal’s friends and apologists is yet another sign of these sorry assed times.  There is hardly any reason at all for the gremlins to be fearful unless it’s fear of an armed citizenry.  And that would not have been an option in the gang rape case of a 15 year old girl in California.

Premier League star jailed for punching girl in face ‘will find another club when he is released’

By Sam Greenhill

Disgraced millionaire footballer Marlon King will be signed by another club when his jail sentence is finished, his agent insisted today.

The player was sacked by Wigan yesterday after being jailed for 18 months for groping a woman and then smashing her in the face after she rejected him.

But today his agent Tony Finnigan said that prison would change King for the better and that he would have good career prospects on release.

Oh right. This fugitive from a jungle where he belongs, is gonna change and be Mr. Nice Guy.  He claims a case of mistaken identity in spite of the fact that dozens of folks on the scene saw and identified him including, A MEMBER OF HIS OWN FREEKIN TEAM!
Let’s take a quick peek at Mr. Nice Guy’s past to see where he’s come from.

If you have any trouble reading this here, see the link below the story.

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In a criminal career that ran parallel to his sporting one, the 29-year-old was given a succession of fines and community service orders - but only once was he actually jailed.

Yesterday he lost both his liberty and his job as a soccer player after a Southwark Crown Court jury found him guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and sexual assault by touching.

Within minutes of the verdict, he was sacked by his club Wigan Athletic.

Chairman Dave Whelan, who said he learned details of the trial only days ago, said: ‘He is absolutely sacked.

‘We will not tolerate football players who get sent to jail for 18 months.’

But the £40,000-a-week star will still earn earn another £228,000 from behind bars during a 40-day notice period.

King is now a convicted sex attacker who must sign the Sex Offenders Register.

That means that if the Jamaican international ever returned to football in Britain he would have to notify police of any intention to travel abroad for matches.

King had been on a boozy night out with friends in December last year to celebrate news that his wife was expecting their third child and to mark scoring a winning goal for Hull City, where he was on loan.

Just two days earlier he had been banned from driving for eight weeks after speeding at 106mph on a 60mph road.

Onlookers said he appeared to be drunk or on drugs as he tried to force his attentions on girls in the Soho Revue Bar in London’s West End.

When a 20-year- old student objected to him touching her bottom, King sneered: ‘Don’t you know who I am? I’m a millionaire.

‘You’re not even in my league.’

Minutes later, after the slightly-built woman tried to stop him touching her hair, he swung his fist and knocked her to the ground, breaking her nose.

The blow was so hard that two of her friends were knocked to the floor with her.

Yesterday, after the jury brought in 10-2 guilty verdicts, Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith told King to pay his victim £3,125 compensation and £1,600 prosecution costs.

The player showed no reaction as he was convicted but sat open-mouthed as the judge told him: ‘You have shown not a hint of shame for your disgraceful and arrogant behaviour’.


As King’s victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, sat holding the hand of an aunt, the judge continued: ‘You broke her nose, and that can still be seen, and you cut her lip.

‘You are 29, you are just over six feet and you are a professional footballer.

‘She is a comparatively slight woman, just over five feet tall.’

As the sentence was delivered , several of King’s supporters stormed from court, swearing at the judge.

One screamed: ‘This is a clear case of institutional racism.

‘You should not be up there… Up the National Front. Heil Hitler.’

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And of course it isn’t the 6ft. bully boy buck who is guilty of anything. It’s all those white folks and a racist judge.  No mention of the jury here altho how two of them didn’t see what ten others did may speak volumes as well.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/31/2009 at 11:36 AM   
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Rigged In Advance

NJ Dems put in motion plans to pad the vote

As Christie (R) leads Corzine (D) by 3+ points in Governor’s Race




Same old same old from the utterly corrupt Garden State. If we ever had strong voter ID here, Democrats would never win a race.


Democrats Ask New Jersey Secretary of State to Ignore Mismatched Signatures on Absentee-Ballot Requests

The state received about 150,000 absentee-ballot applications this year.

On about 2,300 of those applications so far, the signature on the request form does not match the signature on the voter’s registration forms with the state.

In a development that is depressingly predictable, the New Jersey Democratic party is asking the state to provide provisional ballots for all these voters. Those ballots could, presumably, be used to overcome any narrow lead by Republican Chris Christie over Democrat Jon Corzine on Election Day.

A mass distribution of provisional ballots, at the request of a political party, would represent a significant change from established law. Currently, when a county clerk rejects an absentee-ballot request, the clerk tries to contact the voter — through mail, by phone, and in some cases, by attempting to contact the voter in person. And a person who has spoken to some of New Jersey’s county clerks says they’re granting wide latitude on signature styles; for them to reject a ballot request because of the signature, it has to be dramatically different from the one on file.

Paul P. Josephson, a lawyer representing the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells, asking her to “instruct County Clerks not to deny (vote by mail) applications on the basis of signature comparison alone.”

Funny thing though - signature matching is the ONLY means of validation used in this state.

Suspicious minds see the letter as an attempt to create a pool of emergency votes to be used if Christie holds a small lead on Election Night. The Secretary of State has not yet responded to the Democrats’ request.




So Christie will have to win by 10% or more to even be seen to come out ahead. We don’t need no ACORN. Hell, New Jersey could give them lessons.


Heck, if things get really close, I can guarantee several boxes of ballots will turn up, late, that are amazingly atypically weighted in the Dems favor.

Screw all of it. It’s too late for this election - funny how the only time anybody ever voices a concern about voter fraud is just a couple of days ahead of the voting, yet the same allegations are made year after year after year and nothing is ever done - but in my opinion, the entire state voter registration database should be wiped clean the day after elections. And then everyone has to reregister. In person. With proof of citizenship, proof of residence, and several photo IDs. At least 90 days in advance. No provisional ballots at all. Rebuild the entire system from the ground up. With major penalties for people caught voting illegally. And no absentee voting AT ALL. In person, period. Can’t make it? That’s a damn shame. Too bad. Next?

You want trust in government? Start with clean elections. Then stop the patronage. Then start showing some fiscal accountability. Then some fiscal responsibility. Yeah, I’m dreaming. But until all of those things happen, and continue to happen for several years, then both sides of the aisle are lying crooks in my book.

h/t to Wing Nut


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/31/2009 at 01:24 AM   
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calendar   Friday - October 30, 2009

Guess These Scumbags Are Citizens

I’m nearly amazed that I haven’t seen a scathing post at Michelle Malkin’s blog on the Richmond CA High School gang rape. This is one of the foulest stories I’ve ever run across, outside of torture/genocide and mutilation murders. As far as I’m concerned, take everybody who was at that dance back to the gymnasium, lock the doors, and set fire to the place. Auto da fe the whole damn school, the entire student body, and all the teachers, administrators, and security people who were there that night.

Richmond High is one of the lowest performing schools in California. Overall just 30.5% of all the students are proficient in English, only 20.4% are proficient at math, 71% of the students are on the free meals program and almost everyone there is classified as economically disadvantaged. Ethnically, 76% of the students are Hispanic, 13% are African American, about 1% are Asian, and 1% are White.

So far the arrested include Cody Ray Smith, 15, Ari Abdallah Morales, 16, and Marcelles James Peter, 17, Manuel Ortega, 19, Salvador Rodriguez, 21. Police are saying that as many as 10 or more took part in the 2 1/2 hour long crime, while more than two dozen stood around watching and applauding. Word spread back into the gym where the dance was, and people came out to watch. And nobody did a damn thing to stop it, and nobody called 911 or the cops. But they did all take pictures on their cell phones. Souvenirs they were all proud to have?

But I guess these students aren’t illegal aliens. Otherwise Malkin would be having a tizzy about that. But I’ll cut her some slack; nobody in California is probably even allowed to ask the citizenship question. Even though the juveniles are being charged as adults, and when convicted will get life in jail, it’s damn hard to find booking pictures of them.

A friend of the victim, a white girl who identifies herself and the victim as “majorities” who are minorities in that school, and ostracized because of it. She says that security guards did not check IDs that night, and that they saw what was going on - or at least the crowd of young men - and did nothing. Same goes for the Assistant Principal.

I looked outside of the gym and I saw 12 to 15 guys, sitting there, with no IDs,” Baker said at the hearing. “The officers—not only did they not check the IDs of those students or men sitting outside of of our campus, but the security officers who are employed here did no ... checking either. The assistant principal looked outside and actually saw those men, and did nothing about it.”

Baker took the podium with her younger sister, Barbie, a freshman at the school, who had spent a chunk of Saturday evening with the rape victim.

“This story has disrupted the school’s morale greatly, including my own. I am friends with the girl,” Baker said. “When I started here, I felt extremely unsafe and so did she, due to the lack of police officers and security officers.”

Baker later described the 15-year-old girl as a churchgoer who struggled to fit in at Richmond High. [watch the videos at this link]





Sounds like a Hate Crime to me. Get Back At Whitey Time.

And dozens stood there and applauded. [which is an actual crime in California.]

I don’t buy the “mob mentality” bullshit, unless you are going to punish them all as a mob. Which means every single one of them gets the maximum possible sentence. No, that’s not good enough. Mobs don’t have individual rights or civil rights, so they should be exempt from California’s lenient laws. Put them all to death at the same time. Burn the shit heap school down on top of their sick little heads. And then sterilize their parents.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/30/2009 at 06:16 PM   
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Obama loses even at NPR

Fox News 69%
White House 29%





Survey tries to see which side people are on. People respond more than 3 to 1 in favor of the news network. And this is a poll on NPR, where all the cool metro-liberals hang out.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2009/10/in_white_house_vs_fox_news_war.html

Why not stop in, vote for your fav, and add to the nearly 1000 comments?



I wish Fox was better. I wish they did more reporting and less talking heads yap fests. I wish they would expand their circle of stories instead of repeating the same 10 things all day long. After all, they’re on 24 hours a day. It’s not like they don’t have time. If they could do coverage like ITN World News, even for just 30 minutes 4 times a day, it would be great.

And while they do seem to be the only network questioning what goes on in DC, in general they are still days behind the internet. And please, give away Geraldo. Gak.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/30/2009 at 05:49 PM   
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Get Your Honey Now

image US Honey Crop Worst EVER

Bad weather, bee mites, and CCD to blame for 2009 yield that’s barely 75% of yields in the past



Bee-leave me, this bad news really stings.


Twenty four years ago, before Varroa mites came to live here and before honey production was a major industry in several countries as an export market, the U.S. was producing something like 220 milion pounds a year, with hardly any honey imports at all. Of course back then, even a minor producing state like Ohio had 9,000 beekeepers. Last year, the U. S. produced only 160 million pounds, and Ohio had about 3,200 beekeepers. You can see the problem.

Last year the U.S. produced, by our estimate, about 61 pounds of honey for each of the 2.564 million colonies we figured were honey producers for a total of 156.4 million pounds of honey. USDA measured 161.1 million pounds. We’ve been that close since we started. I like our numbers better, but why quibble over a 3% difference.

So, this year our predictions are that 2.223 million colonies (down from last year because of colony losses to colony collapse disorder and last year’s poor honey crop) will produce 53.7 pounds of honey each, for a total of 119.37 million pounds of U. S. produced honey ... this is, friends, the worst honey crop ever. EVER!



The US consumes about 375 million pounds of honey each year, far more than we can produce. So honey is imported from Canada, Argentina, Brazil, and China. But the first 3 countries have had bad harvests this year too. And - gosh, I know this will come as a surprise, since nothing like it has ever happened before!! - honey imported from China is often tainted with pesticides and chemicals. And right now almost all the Chinese honey goes to Europe.

So the price of honey is going to skyrocket. So buy yours now, because there might not be any available at any price in the months to come.

The only good news is that more and more people are taking up beekeeping as a hobby, so there is more honey available at the very local, very small scale level.

Honeybees are responsible for about 75% of the crop germination pollination [thanks for the proofread Rich] in America. Without bees there won’t be a whole lot of food. The Varroa mite problem is being mitigated, but it hasn’t been eliminated.  Foulbrood is well controlled, and there are solutions for the bee fungus Nosema Apis. But now beekeepers have another wrinkle in the mix, this CCD issue. CCD stands for Colony Collapse Disorder, a bee malady where the worker bees seem to just die off. Or fly off, without swarming and forming a new hive. Very un-bee-like behavior. Agricultural Science is working overtime trying to understand this malady; whether it’s tied to the bee virus IAPV or caused by any number of environmental factors. It may even be caused by the price of almonds!


Click on this pic for a bigger version of a detail rich cartoon that takes a humorous look at CCD research. Right down to a cat on a hot tin roof and “2 all bee patties, special sauce”. Love it!

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other links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diseases_of_the_honey_bee
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colony_collapse_disorder
http://www.betterbee.com/
http://blueskybeesupply.com


I had fun following the links on this one, and learned a bunch. Did you know that beehives can die in the winter if the bees can’t get out once in a while to fly around and poo? Did you know that bees are sold by the pound? Try that at your local Agway deli. Or that the core of a commercial hive is called a “nuc”? Or that honeybees, when encountering an object like a wall or a window, will always fly to the right to try and get around it? Or that beekeepers have a host of special tools, including a thin flexible crowbar called a hivetool, and an electric knife called an uncapping knife? Or that you can get bee games for your PC? (the trial version is a free-bee) It’s all bee-mewsing to me!

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beekeeper’s electric uncapping knife has no moving parts


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/30/2009 at 02:52 PM   
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Religion of Nut Jobs

Good news:

Muslim Arizona Man Arrested After Allegedly Running Down ‘Westernized’ Daughter

Police in a Phoenix suburb say they have arrested a father suspected of hitting his daughter with his car because she was becoming “too Westernized” and was not living according to their traditional Iraqi values.

Police in Peoria are releasing few details, but say 48-year-old Faleh Almaleki is in custody. Police aren’t saying where Almaleki was arrested or where he’s being held.

Police say Faleh Almaleki was upset that his daughter had become too “Westernized” when he aimed his car at his daughter Oct. 20 in a Peoria parking lot.




Bad news:

Staten Island NY woman tries to kill her husband
because he wasn’t muslim enough

A devout Muslim woman from Pakistan who wed a fellow countryman who did not share her faith tried to stab him to death as he slept in their Staten Island home because she claimed he forced her to drink alcohol, eat pork and dress provocatively, officials said today.

Rabia Sarwar, 37, climbed onto her husband Sheikh Naseem’s chest around 3 a.m. yesterday and repeatedly slashed at his neck as he slept, officials said, screaming, “It’s time for you to die!”

Naseem, a 41-year-old high school math teacher who goes by the name Eddie, said he woke up with the knife to his neck and as he wrestled with his wife – whom he wed five months ago in an arranged marriage — for the weapon.

He begged her to consider his two children from a previous marriage.

“She just screamed, ‘They are going to be orphans now!’” he said. “She kept on coming after me with the knife and I grabbed it and broke it into two pieces and ran out of the room.”

Naseem – who was born in Pakistan, but is half Norwegian and is a Unitarian – said he moved to the US more than 20 years ago and quickly adapted to American culture, taking to drinking casually and developing a taste for barbecued ribs.

He even twice married outside his culture.

But since both marriages failed, he decided to try marrying within his culture, and wed Sarwar five months ago through nuptials arranged by relatives in New Jersey. Although Sarwar has lived in the US for more than a decade, Naseem said “she had never been exposed to American culture.”

Naseem said he would immediately file for divorce but did not think she should be in jail.

“I think she’s a lunatic and she should be in a mental hospital,” he said. “I want the best for her in her life. I hope she gets herself corrected.”

Sorry you had to go through this, Eddie. But in a way it’s your own fault. You “decided to marry within your culture” ... but you made a big mistake: you are NOT part of that culture. You are an American now. A barbecue-eatin, typical Cristian-lite believin’, beer drinkin’, football watchin’, sexy woman appreciatin’ American. Heck, I bet he even owns a pickup truck. “You close the gate when you assimilate”. There is no going back.

Isn’t it really irritating that his wife has lived here for more than 10 years and has had NO EXPOSURE to American culture? That means she has been kept as a virtual prisoner in her parent’s home. No TV, no radio, no non-Pakistani friends. A slave to her culture. In this country. Eff that!  And screw this arranged marriage crap too. That’s more “old country” garbage; leave it behind.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/30/2009 at 02:25 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - October 29, 2009

You Are Not Alone

People send me emails. Sometimes it’s for stories I could post, sometimes it’s jokes or great graphics. Sometimes it’s in Korean, so I have no idea what the email is about. And sometimes it’s someone reaching out. I guess that’s one of the interesting parts of the internet and of blogging; I’m here but not here, personal but not a personal part of your life. And I’m cool with that. It feels a little odd at first, but there are advantages.

So anyway, some of our BMEWS readers have problems. Life issues. And they need a place to vent, or to hide out, or to admit things that would otherwise be tough to admit face to face. And I’m cool with that too. It’s a big tent, and the door is always open. “Keep talking to each other” said Allen, and that’s what we do.



Drew, I did something stupid over the weekend.  The ramifications aren’t pretty.  Frightening, actually.  My wife is pissed, and not too happy about the situation herself.  One of the “fruits” of this is that I finally admitted that I’m an alcoholic, and actually went to my first AA meeting within an hour of determining that.  I need a lot of prayers so said ramifications aren’t the most severe possible.


While I am not an alcoholic personally, I probably could be one. I have an addictive personality. I just don’t like to drink all that much, and I’ve never felt the need to. But I never would have even known about the Friends of Bill W if other BMEWS readers who are alcoholics hadn’t written to me and clued me in.

There are no easy answers. There are no quick solutions. It’s a long painful road to recovery, and like Glen Beck - himself an alcoholic - says, it’s one step at a time, every day. Sometimes every hour. And you will fall down every once in a while, but the important thing is to realize you’re down, and to get back up again and take that first step once more.



This is the link to AA:  http://www.aa.org/?Media=PlayFlash
AA is also in the phone book. Always. Every phone book.

They have their 12 Steps and their 12 Traditions. I’m not sure if it’s right for me to publish them here. But they’re good ones.

Admitting you have the problem is only the start. But it’s a good start. Go to a meeting. Talk to people. Find a sponsor. Get help. You are not alone.


I’m going to see if I can allow for open comments for a week or so, so that folks can comment here without having to log in.
UPDATE - that’s a can of worms I’d rather not open. Instead, I have created a user and given him a password. If you want to use it for this post, you may do so.

user: Bill W
pw: guessed


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/29/2009 at 11:49 PM   
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FBI Busts Jihadis

Detroit Radical Pisslam Jihadi Leader Killed

At Least 7 Others Arrested



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Dead wannabe: Lugman Ameen Abdullah, aka Christopher Thomas



Three people were still on the loose Thursday after the FBI raid and deadly shooting of a radical Islam leader whose goal authorities say was to take down the U.S. government.

Luqman Ameen Abdullah, 53, was killed in a shootout with federal agents in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn as they tried to arrest him on a number of charges including conspiracy to sell stolen goods and the illegal possession and sale of firearms.

Abdullah repeatedly told followers that the U.S. government was their enemy and they should be willing to fight the FBI, even if it meant death, according to the criminal complaint against him.

“You cannot have a nonviolent revolution,” Luqman Ameen Abdullah said, according to a 2008 conversation secretly recorded by a confidential FBI source.

Abdullah was killed Wednesday at a warehouse in Dearborn, where agents were attempting to arrest him. FBI spokeswoman Sandra Berchtold said Abdullah refused to surrender, fired a weapon and was killed by gunfire from agents.

Neither Abdullah nor his co-defendants were charged with terrorism. But he was “advocating and encouraging his followers to commit violent acts against the United States,” FBI agent Gary Leone wrote in an affidavit filed with the complaint.

The FBI said Abdullah, also known as Christopher Thomas, was an imam, or prayer leader, of a radical group named Ummah whose primary mission is to establish an Islamic state within the U.S.

Abdullah told followers that it was their “duty to oppose the FBI and the government and it does not matter if they die” and to “simply shoot a cop in the head” if they wanted the officer’s bulletproof vest, Leon wrote.

The affidavit also said bombs, guns and even the recipe for TNT were among Abdullah’s regular topics with his allies. Group members and former members said they were “willing to do anything Abdullah instructs and/or preaches, even including criminal conduct and acts of violence,” the FBI agent wrote.

He and his followers were American born, mostly African-American converts to Islam.

And of course, CAIR sees this guy and his group as little innocent angels who help out the community. Nothing to see here, move along.

But that description doesn’t match what Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter, said he knew of Abdullah.

“He would open up the mosque to homeless people. He used to run a soup kitchen and feed indigent people,” Walid said. “I knew nothing of him that was related to any nefarious or criminal behavior.”

Right. Meanwhile, back to reality ...

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Still on the loose: Mujahid Carswell, Muahammad Alsahli, Yassir Ali Khan

Federal authorities in Detroit say they still are searching for three men charged with criminal activities as part of a radical U.S. Sunni Islam group, and one is considered armed and dangerous.



The raid took place after the feds released a 43 page indictment against them. Charges of theft, weapons possession, child abuse ... but no charges of terrorism. Funny that.

A federal indictment unsealed Wednesday in Detroit provides unprecedented detail into a world where, authorities say, a group of radical Sunni Muslims were urged to take over the U.S. government and establish Islamic law.

The complaint says that the imam or leader of the group, Luqman Ameen Abdullah, repeatedly used rhetoric that urged Muslims to seize power with violence and establish a society where Muslims would rule over non-Muslims.

“America must fall,” Abdullah said, according to the complaint. At another point, he “told followers that they need to be with the Taliban, Hizballah, and with Sheikh Bin Laden.”

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In a two-year undercover investigation, federal agents reported that Abdullah’s followers were repeatedly told that criminal actions were OK if they were for the good of Islam.

Abdullah said that the Quran, the holy book for Muslims, “justified stealing, robbing and other illegal acts, as long as they profit Islam.”

Authorities said that Abdullah had had a criminal past and run-ins with the law, including a 1981 conviction for felonious assault and carrying a concealed weapon.



Later on, after the raid, non-arrested mosque members needed to vent their rage at the “injustice” done to them ...

Several men congregated on the porch [of the “mosque” that was raided] Wednesday night and subsequently attacked a photographer from The Detroit News who was taking pictures from across the street. Ricardo Thomas had his camera equipment smashed and had a bloody lip from the attack.

Several pushed him, one threw a punch at him and his camera equipment valued at $10,000 was smashed.

Thomas was kicked while on the ground and suffered a cut lip. Police were called and Thomas drove himself to a hospital for treatment. He said “there was no reason” for the men to attack him.

“It’s a public street,” Thomas said. “I am a journalist doing my job, just like all the other journalists doing their jobs.”

Thomas was able to recover images of his attackers from the camera’s memory card.

Jonathan Wolman, editor and publisher of the News, said Thomas was on assignment at the mosque with one of the newspaper’s reporters and was making an eyewitness account of an important story.



Sadly, local comments say that an FBI dog was killed in the raid. That’s a shame.


Almost all the membership of this group, like the membership of other groups just like it, are comprised of felons. They convert while in jail. Most of them are blacks from the urban ghettos. Their national group is even run from within jail, by cop killer H. Rap Brown.  H Rap Brown was a 60s radical, member of SNCC and Black Panthers, with ties to SDS (hey, Bill Ayers’ old pals!), and friend of former SNCC leader and future Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry.  Put one and one together ... I can almost guarantee this bunch of jihadi jerkoffs is tied to the hydra of ACORN in some way.

This is just another aspect of Afro-Centrism , marxist Black Theology ("God Damn America!"), and the rest of it. They are all tied together with many slender threads and many of the same people in common at the core. That’s a very broad statement, and a damning one, but I believe it is also a true one. There is a well hidden big picture out there, and it’s very ugly indeed. And even our wondrous Lightworker with all his efforts at wealth redistribution won’t quell the hate one little bit. He’ll just make sure they have more money to spend.

Excellent news rant video here.



Meanwhile, the other mosque members, those not arrested or shot, have vowed revenge on the evil cops. Even though it was the FBI that conducted the raid, not the police.

Detroit police are on heightened alert after followers and family members of a slain mosque leader threatened to retaliate against officers, officials said today.

Officers in the 10th Precinct, which is housed at 12000 Livernois, are taking “extra precaution,” said police spokesman John Roach. He declined to elaborate, saying that divulging any tactical deployment efforts could compromise officers’ safety.

Roach said federal investigators informed police about the threats, which allegedly were made by followers and at least one family member of Luqman Ameen Abdullah, who was gunned down during a shootout with federal agents Wednesday.



Dang. Be a bunch of thugs, ratchet up the hate, conspire to violently overthrow the government, commit crimes to further your goals, then get mad when it all falls down on you, so vent your frustration on the press and da man. Why don’t they burn down their own homes and trash their own neighborhoods instead? That’s the usual course of “protest”, isn’t it? If these groups had 5 brain cells to rub together they’d be a major danger to society.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/29/2009 at 03:53 PM   
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THERE REALLY ARE SOME PPL WHO NEED TO BE LYNCHED.  BUT FIRST ….

Break bones and make the these bastards scream for death. 

Doesn’t it just get to ya.  Filthy queer sons a bitches campaign for rights and then do exactly what folks accused of being “homophobic” say they do.

I am not saying ALL queers are like this.  We read plenty about straights who abuse children and it makes me crazy and see red every time.

But these motherF*%*^!s were attacking babies at 3 months!!!!!  Why are these shits still alive?  Why can’t creeps like this be turned over to a mob that would rip them apart?  What’s wrong with that where there is NO question of guilt? 

Rennie circulated photographs of his abuse of a baby boy, which began when the child was three-months-old and continued for four years. He allowed Strachan to join him in the assault and offered the friend’s child to other paedophiles.

An electric screwdriver in the kneecaps to start things off.  And let one watch the other so he can see what’s coming his way.
I don’t understand how any living thing can sink this fuckin low but they do not deserve to be treated as humans.  Even the dumbest animal is a higher life form.  But I suppose (correctly no doubt) they will have lawyers telling the court all about their own abused childhood.  BTW ... any lawyer defending these scum should get the same treatment I suggest for the baby rapers.

Ringleaders of one of Britain’s biggest paedophile networks jailed
The two ringleaders of one of Britain’s biggest paedophile networks, who filmed themselves abusing the children of innocent friends, have been jailed for life.


By Auslan Cramb, Scottish Correspondent
Published: 2:58PM GMT 29 Oct 2009

James Rennie, 38, a gay rights campaigner, and Neil Strachan, 41, a convicted sex offender, assaulted children while babysitting for their parents and distributed the footage on the internet.

The families of their victims said their lives had been devastated by the betrayal of their trust and the “sick” abuse of their children.

Strachan, who attempted to rape an 18-month-old boy and assaulted a six-year-old, was sentenced to a minimum of 16 years, while Rennie, who sexually assaulted a three-month-old boy, will serve at least 13 years.

The pair, both from Edinburgh, held down respectable jobs but led sordid double lives and were said to be at the heart of a “spider’s web of apparently respectable men” who abused children.

The High Court in Edinburgh was told that Rennie, who has spoken in the Scottish Parliament, was “polluted by deviant compulsion” while Strachan, who is HIV-positive, was “sadistic and aggressive”.

Rennie was the chief executive of LGBT Youth Scotland, which offers advice to young people on sexual issues, and Strachan, a paint engineer, was the secretary of Celtic East Boys Club.

Rennie circulated photographs of his abuse of a baby boy, which began when the child was three-months-old and continued for four years. He allowed Strachan to join him in the assault and offered the friend’s child to other paedophiles.

The pair were also found guilty during a trial that ended in May of conspiring to gain access to children in order to abuse them.

Strachan, a convicted sex offender, sparked Operation Algebra, which broke up the abuse network, after he left a single indecent image of an 11-year-old boy on a computer he sent for repair.

Six other men, including a bank worker, a civil servant and an IT worker, have already been sentenced for their involvement in child abuse and child pornography and given sentences ranging from two to 17 years.

The operation uncovered 125,000 indecent images of children, as well as 200 more suspects around the world, including 70 in the UK, many of whom have been charged.

SOURCE AND PHOTOS

I even have a problem with the newspaper that printed this.  Why do they INSIST on telling the world just how the scum were discovered? What purpose does that serve?  Except to warn off other child abusers who’ll read this, see the mistake and be careful not to make the same one.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/29/2009 at 03:02 PM   
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LOCATION --- LOCATION --- LOCATION.  First rule of real estate. Right? Take a look.

Nothing for me to say and honestly I can’t think of anything to say. Except, well. Ah .... It’s interesting and I guess they won’t have to put up with trick or treaters once a year.

Buyer finally found for ‘exceptional fisherman’s cottage in nature reserve’...

By Nick Mcdermott
Last updated at 8:47 AM on 29th October 2009

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It is certainly a property that makes heads turn - generally in the direction of the towering nuclear power stations just yards from the front door.

But the ‘exceptional detached fisherman’s cottage’, which hit the headlines last month after estate agents failed to mention in their sales pitch the sprawling site next door, has finally found a buyer.

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Far from being put off by the prospect of living in the shadow of one of Europe’s largest nuclear power stations, an unnamed local has stumped up almost the complete asking price of £247,000 and plans to move in with his family.

Described by estate agents as a ‘property not to be missed’, they rather absent-mindedly omitted to inform prospective buyers the three-bedroom home was a stone’s throw from the looming presence of the Dungeness A and B power plants.

Despite their close proximity, they even managed to leave the concrete and steel eyesores out of the lovely panoramic shots of the area surrounding the cottage.

Unsurprisingly, many prospective buyers were shocked to arrive at the headland in Kent and see that the home is just 100 yards from the perimeter fence.

Alex Robertson, 32, was horrified he turned up to view the cottage.

He said: ‘It was unbelievable. The photos make out it is an isolated cottage with nothing surrounding it at all, but that could not be further from the truth.

‘These power stations are literally at your front door. There is no escaping them, they are gargantuan.’

But it seems that one prospective buyer has not been deterred.

After the advertisement was removed from its website, a spokeswoman for Geering & Colyer estate agents, of New Romney, said that the cottage had been snapped up.

He added: ‘It is under offer. It is close to the asking price. It is a local buyer who plans to live in the property with their family.’

Dungeness A power station was decommissioned in 2006 and is to be turned into an intermediate waste store in 2014. Dungeness B, an advanced cooled reactor, still operates and there are plans to build a third plant, Dungeness C, nearby.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 10/29/2009 at 02:29 PM   
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WWI soldier’s hidden diary reveals amazing trench truces

You folks MUST see the link for this amazing story.
I always seem to be surprised when things like this suddenly turn up, because I think most if not all the vets from that time are gone, and after all, how much else can there be left.  Well, lots more I guess.

His sister recently passed away aged 99.  His diaries and letters were stored away all these many years. Gosh.

When we read about what these guys (on both sides) saw and did and put up with, on the one hand I can imagine how deadly and how sickening it must have been.  But there’s a huge difference between me thinking I can imagine it, and living through what they lived through.
And how sad that he survived the war only to die at a very young age of TB.  Which was a scourge in those days.  Death is so damn unfair.

What a total bummer.  I’ll never be convinced that a million other guys lived and died in those god forsaken trenches, so that England could become what it is today.  It’s sad beyond belief to the point of tears.  It seems like everything two generations bled for has been flushed out to sea.

Anyway ....

Come on over, Fritz! WWI soldier’s hidden diary reveals amazing trench truces soldiers would call to yell names at each other

By Cher Thornhill
Last updated at 10:01 AM on 29th October 2009

With shells screaming overhead and German snipers only 75 yards away, just staying alive was a remarkable achievement.

Yet huddled in the mud-filled trenches, Sapper John T French found the time to compile a remarkable diary.

Its pencil-written pages, in immaculate copperplate, give an astonishing insight into life on the front line between 1915 and 1917.

It details how the opposing trenches were sometimes so close that the two sides would call a temporary truce to exchange friendly insults across No Man’s Land.

In one ‘rather curious’ incident, a British soldier stood above the parapet to shout: ‘Come on over, Fritz’ in a comedy German accent. One of the enemy then called back - in a perfect English accent - ‘No blooming fear’.

Both sides then put their heads above the trench for half an hour to ‘laugh and shout’ at each other before ‘heads went down and the war went on the same as usual’.

The three volumes were discovered among the possessions of Mr French’s sister Emily following her recent death at the age of 99.

They describe the horror of the trenches, such as removing ‘piles of men’ killed in action and ‘shifting and ducking’ bullets which scream ‘like ten thousand devils on the loose’.

But Mr French, a tin miner from Redruth in Cornwall, also writes about the enticing smell of frying bacon, the relief of a good ‘sing song’, and discovering watercress growing in a stream which ‘went all right with bread and cheese’.

Mr French was eventually promoted to second lieutenant. Although he was wounded in action, he survived the war, but developed TB and died in 1929 aged 37.

He married a young pianist named Eve during a spell in the U.S., but they are believed not to have had any children.

The diaries are now on display at the Redruth Old Cornwall Society Museum.
John French’s Diary

Mr French, one of 11 children, was born in 1892.

He was sent to France in 1915 as a member of the 254th Tunnelling Company of the Royal Engineers.

His diaries describe some of the bloodiest battles of the Great War. He spends his days and nights ‘up to my knees in water’ digging trenches just 75 yards away from Germans who throw a hail of bombs and grenades which ‘go hizzing’ around his head.
John French’s World War I diary

The men were forced to work in whispers as their tunnels weave between those of the Germans and they flee when chemical weapons descend like ‘thick yellow fog’.

Award: John French, was awarded the Military Cross for Conspicuous Bravery

Enemy snipers, including one particular ‘smart and hot’ shooter, regularly kill his comrades.

Mr French describes the ‘awful mess’ of limbs sticking out of the ground and times when he is called to dig out men who have been trapped in mud and collapsed trenches.

Three days after the ‘come on over, Fritz’ incident, he writes: ‘Up in orders today that any German looking over the parapet is to be shot and any man found talking to them is to be placed under arrest.

‘This is the result of the affair a few mornings ago.’ Mr French served at Ypres in 1917 - where one battle saw half a million men die - and he talks of the regular ‘big pushes’ and how ‘there won’t be many of us left at this rate’.

His entry for August 16, 1917, reads: ‘Had a rather narrow escape. Shell hit me full in the left side, ripped through my tunic but was stopped by my thick leather belt.

Escaped with nothing worse than a bruise.’ Yesterday his niece Wendy Dawe, of Illogan, near Redruth, said his journals make her ‘immensely proud’.

She added: ‘It is in diaries such as this, made by men trying to do their bit, that we see how brave they were and what it was like trying to fight and survive.’

DIARY AND PHOTOS HERE


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