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calendar   Thursday - December 03, 2009

I’ll publish anything

Rich K gets inspired by the Muse and cranks out a little Obama poem/tune.


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The Muse Clio, reading a scroll, 435 BC



Except his muse has a bit more modern incarnation ...

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My name’s Barak Obama and I don’t have a clue
So let invite a bunch of folks to tell me what to do
And after that Ill go to town
And let you see I’m just a clown
So smile and wave and don’t be shy
I’m hope and change and I don’t lie
Life is great and green as grass
I’m here to stay so Kiss My Ass!



Not bad for a first effort. So let’s push him for bigger and better. Poems, posts, graphics.


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While I’ve got you here, I want to mention a failed Christmas present. I’ve got Conservative friends and relatives, so it’s always a no brainer to pick up Conservative books for Christmas. Funny thing though, I order them real early and then carefully read them first!

Anyway, I picked up a copy of Michelle Malkin’s Culture of Corruption. Horry Clap. You WANT to read this book. Even if you thought you were on top of the cronyism and all it’s corrupt interconnectivity, it’s bigger than you realized. And uglier. This is a fantastic read, but ... it’s pretty dark. Ann Coulter books make better presents; at least she’s a wise ass half the time and that’s good for a chuckle or two. CoC is serious stuff. And it will scare the shit out of you, upset you, piss you off, and make you afraid for the future of America. Thanks ever so much, 52ers.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2009 at 08:46 PM   
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AVOID CHRISTMAS PUDDING BUT EAT SPROUTS TO HELP PLANET. some do believe that.

I think is was yesterday that Drew posted something and had an example of something really batty possibly with regard to elf and safety of maybe it was climate. I don’t recall exactly.  What I do recall is sending the link to this story.  Sort of like saying yeah well, if you think that’s nuts take a look at this.  I thought it might be a joke at first.  Apparently not.  Christmas pudding, once a year and even then not to everyones taste. yuk. Not mine I tell ya.

Oh yeah. The fact that much of this BS is the result of a study and report by a govt. quango say a lot. I guess they have to be seen to be doing something for the money they take off the taxpayer.

batbatbat

AVOID CHRISTMAS PUDDING BUT EAT SPROUTS TO HELP PLANET

For those who have never enjoyed Christmas pudding, you can now pass on the stogy dish smug in the knowledge you are helping the planet.

By Harry Wallop, Consumer Affairs Editor
Telegraph

Christmas pudding: bad for your waistline, bad for the environment

Christmas puddings are not just bad for your waistline, they are responsible for global warming, according to a report written by a Government quango.

Consumers who want to support British farmers and care about the cutting down on the environmental damage caused by the food chain, should instead think about ice cream and biscuits made with Kentish Cobnuts for their sweet dish at the end of Christmas lunch. Or they should consider a plate of Wensleydale cheese to finish their meal off.

Natural England, funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, has published a booklet called The Nature of England, designed to educate consumers about where their food comes from and how they can support the best British farming practices.

It has been backed by Prue Leith, the cookery writer,
who has suggested various recipes, which do not compromise “our desire to look after our wildlife and landscapes”.

In the foreword, she writes: “Even for those who’ve spent a lifetime working with or writing about food, it’s often hard to know which foods to buy, cook and enjoy that support our values, do least harm to the planet and are within our budgets.”

While the eggs and flour, which form the two key ingredients in Christmas puddings, usually come from Britain, the spices, sultanas, raisins and candied peel and brown sugar will all be imported.

Most Christmas pudding recipes, such as Delia Smith’s “traditional Christmas pudding” also include rum from the Caribbean or stout from Ireland, the zest of lemons and oranges – all of which will be grown or produced abroad and shipped to Britain.

A homemade vanilla ice cream, however, served with hazelnut sables will not only help cut down on the food miles, but also help nourish the British countryside, the booklet recommends.

The report suggests consumers hunt down Kentish cobnuts, a form of home-grown hazelnut. “It’s important to cherish and support food that has a positive relationship with the natural environment – Kentish Cobnuts are a great example to look out for. Occasionally, the endangered hazel dormouse is spotted foraging in cobnut platts.”

PUDDING SOURCE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/03/2009 at 10:00 AM   
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Home-grown terrorism: our values are not optional for minority groups.

I’ve had this for a number of days and finally getting it posted.  I know it’s a bit long but it really is worth your time reading it.


It would be better if we enforced Britain’s cultural values on immigrant communities, rather than allowing them to dictate government policy

By Janet Daley
Editorial
The Telegraph

How do you create a home-grown terrorist? For a while, Britain seemed to hold the copyright on the formula for this. First, you import a huge number of people from places where there are unresolved historical conflicts, with no stipulation that they learn anything about their adopted homeland (not even its language). Then you make no attempt to integrate these groups – which are large enough to constitute self-sustaining communities – into the culture and political traditions of the country that is now their home, nor do you advise the schools to inculcate any sense of pride or pleasure in the new national identity to which they are entitled. Indeed, you do precisely the opposite of this: you positively encourage not only the incomers themselves but their British-born children to maintain a separate, inward-looking ethnic community that stands apart from the mainstream life of the society and whose values may conflict with it.

So eager are you to show that you accept other cultures whose attitudes and assumptions (on, for example, the treatment of women) are opposed to the official values of your society, that you benevolently overlook what is being taught in their schools even when those schools are being supported by government funding. When your Government is caught in the act of having provided such funding, as happened last week with schools in Slough and Haringey, both of which had a history of links with the Muslim extremist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, the ensuing row is on purely technical points: which school officials held, or were connected to people who held, actual positions in the organisation on what dates? The question of whether schools with an explicitly separatist ethos should qualify as providing acceptable basic education is not even addressed.

So there it is: an instant recipe for estrangement and alienation that can turn (or be turned), in susceptible personalities under the right circumstances, into terrorist fodder. Until recently, as I say, we led the world in this particular specialism: the United States in particular was inclined to believe that the phenomenon of the native (as opposed to foreign) terrorist was a peculiarly British problem, which is why it introduced additional security measures to apply to visa‑waiver UK passport holders.

But the US, having been confident that it was a country that knew what was required for the successful absorption of immigrant groups, has now produced a home-grown terrorist of its own, and the controversy that this event has inspired is not irrelevant to our debate (to the extent that we are permitted to have one) in Britain.

When the Muslim American Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire at Fort Hood, he did not just murder his military colleagues: he killed the American illusion that “it couldn’t happen here”. And he unleashed an argument not just on practical topics such as racial profiling but on the much wider question of how much America’s foreign policy decisions – how it should conduct itself in Iraq and Afghanistan, for example – should be influenced by the feelings of minority groups within the US itself.

This dispute revolves around the personality of Major Hasan: was he just an unbalanced individual for whom Islamic fundamentalism was nothing more than a delusional pretext for a psychotic break? This account has gained favour in Left‑wing American circles for fairly obvious reasons: it allows Islamic fundamentalism to become simply an unwitting accomplice to the act, rather than its actual cause, and the act itself to be seen as a random, unreasoning crime rather than a terrorist attack. No big national problem here: just a nutter whose instability should have been spotted sooner but whose religious-cum-political “motives” can be ignored.

According to commentators on the Right, such as Charles Krauthammer, this thesis is a pernicious attempt to “medicalise” Major Hasan’s crime in the interests of avoiding any implication that there was a meaningful connection between his Islamic religious beliefs and his act. By defining the act as literally meaningless (insane), defenders of the liberal orthodoxy are not taxed by the problem of how to deal with a possibly murderous minority within their own country.

The Left-liberal camp is now in the rather uncomfortable position of holding two contradictory interpretations of Major Hasan’s actions. There is the one that Mr Krauthammer describes: this incident is a one-off act of lunacy, so the fact that Hasan was a Muslim is of no importance (even if he thinks it was – after all, he is insane).

But the other argument made by the Left puts Hasan’s religion at the centre of his action: Muslims, even ones born and bred in the US, are being driven to violence by American foreign policy. It is the perceived American assault on Islamic peoples and countries that is responsible for pushing borderline personalities – who have been made susceptible by their cultural introversion – into extreme associations. So the conclusion is roughly this: the only possible way to avoid radicalising any more vulnerable, borderline psychotics who happen to be Muslims is to change our foreign policy so as not to inflame their hyperactive sensitivities.

Quite apart from the question of whether any ethnic group should be allowed to dictate government policy under the threat of violence, isn’t there a bizarre precedent here? Suppose an element within the animal rights lobby were to engage in a programme of major urban terrorism and threaten to persist until the consumption of meat was banned. Would we seriously entertain the idea that to continue to sell meat was an inexcusable provocation to a dangerous, unstable minority? And can there be any certainty about the causes of such provocation among Muslims? The grievances of Palestinians are the most frequently cited source of global Islamic anger, but most of the Pakistani recruits to Islamic fundamentalism in Britain have closer links with the Kashmiri cause than to any problems in Gaza. Add to this that a good few of those convicted of terrorist acts have been converts (such as Richard Reid, the shoe bomber) who had no inherited ties to any Muslim country.

What a miasma of moral confusion we are succumbing to – all for the sake of avoiding a question that must be asked: how does a liberal society cope with a minority in whose name acts of violence are carried out in its midst? Surely the answer must involve a much more muscular liberalism: a robust belief in the values that permit people of different beliefs to live together peaceably and an unapologetic determination to enforce those values in every quarter of the


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/03/2009 at 09:36 AM   
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Name and shame offenders – but not if it upsets family, says Government

Nobody wants to upset a family of innocents, and they do exist here and there. But this just seems another case of lopsided support for the criminal class.  For example, there’s another story in the paper of three brothers with looooong criminal records who are finally goin go to jail for various offenses.  They are known as The ASBROS.  One of them received three ASBOS (Anti Social Behavior Orders) in one month.  Now wouldn’t you think someone in city hall would see and understand that these things just don’t work. And anyway, it’s not easy shaming these scum, is it?
Sorry for the family that may not be in the wrong when one of the clan goes off the rails.  But there seems to be way too much consideration for the rights of the damned then there are for their victims.

Police intending to get tough on criminals by “naming and shaming” them on websites have been told details may not be published if it upsets the offender’s family or breaches their human rights.

By Tom Whitehead, Home Affairs Editor
03 Dec 2009

Information on local offenders and their convictions will also only be online for a month and may not carry photographs after officers were told to consider any “"unjustifiably adverse effect” on the criminal.

First time offenders may escape be identified as could those who are undergoing drug or alcohol rehabilitation as part of their sentence.

In other cases, individuals may not be named at all while the public will simply be told that “someone” was brought to justice while in other situations the details will be handed out in leaflets locally rather than on a website.

The warnings come in fresh guidance from the Ministry of Justice and make a mockery of promises to name and shame criminals locally as part of the Government’s Justice Seen, Justice Done campaign.

Just last month the measure was strongly promoted by Alan Johnson, the Home Secretary, and Louise Casey, the Government’s anti-social behaviour tsar, and a number of websites, including ones from Dorset and Merseyside police forces, were heralded as shining examples.

The MoJ guidance, aimed at local authorities and police, stressed that the presumption should be to routinely publish details, such as an offender’s their name, age, where they are from and their offence, after they have been convicted in court.

But the document then listed a series of caveats where that publication may be limited or not appropriate.

Officers will need a specific reason to publish photographs, it said.

Data protection and human rights laws mean there are also restrictions on what is published, how it is made public and for how long.

Police and town halls should take into account the impact of publishing on the offenders’ family, the guidance said.

Officials should also consider whether it is “proportionate” to make the verdicts and sentences public and whether publishing personal details could have an “unjustifiably adverse effect” on the criminal.

It should only be online for a month because it is not supposed to be “an ongoing record”, the document, Publishing Sentencing Outcomes, said.

They can consider saying just that “someone” has been convicted of a crime without revealing the specific details of who, if that is enough to reassure the public.

With minor crimes they can say only the number committed and how many were dealt with and not publish any more details.

Fears about the long term “adverse consequences” of publication on criminals mean the data might be limited to people who live near where the crime is committed.

And instead of putting it on the web, forces can hand out leaflets or make information available at public meetings.

“Online publicity needs to be justified, and will not usually be appropriate for minor offences/sentences or for first time offenders,” the document states.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/03/2009 at 08:55 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 02, 2009

More Twilight

Since Christopher put up the post below, I figured I’d share a bit about Twilight that I saw at The Oatmeal the other day.

http://theoatmeal.com/story/twilight

It’s a well thought out analysis and explanation ...

So what about men that like Twilight?
If you’re male and you like Twilight, you’re gay. I don’t mean that in the derogatory sense, I mean it in the “you want to put your testicles against another man’s testicles while gripping handfuls of chesthair” kind of way.

Read it and enjoy. Then explore the whole site, which is lots of fun, from Marvelous Man Boobs to 5 Reasons To Punch a Dolphin.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/02/2009 at 09:51 PM   
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More vampires and werewolves?

I don’t do this very often. But today, after I got back from taking mom (and her wheelchair and oxygen tank) Christmas shopping I decided to relax and find out what’s playing at the movies. Since I don’t watch TV I’m usually very uninformed about what’s new at the theaters, so I started surfing the movie trailer websites.

I came across New Moon which is apparently the second in a series that started out with vampires. New Moon introduces shapeshifters, ie: werewolves. It was released November 20th.

Sarah Palin makes a cameo appearance. I just may have to see this one. grin


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/02/2009 at 05:36 PM   
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Copenhagen summit is last chance to save the planet.

Drew beat me to the topic ... had a heck of a freaky storm and shut down and pulled the plugs for a couple hours.  lightening/massive thunder kind of unusual this time of year.
Oh dear,oh dear ...  The sky really is falling ...  uh huh. yawn.

Anyway ... this headline is interesting.  Be curious to see what happens if the this summit falls apart.

The Copenhagen summit is the world’s last chance to save the planet from “catastrophic” global warming, according to a major study led by Lord Stern of Brentford, the country’s leading authority on climate change.
By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent

Without an international agreement to limit global warming, temperatures are likely to rise by 9F (5C) by the end of the century - triggering mass migration, warfare and world hunger, according to the report.

But Lord Stern, who produced the report together with the London School of Economics and other leading academics, said it was still possible for the world to keep the temperature rise below 3.6F (2C) - but only if world leaders agree to cut global emissions at next week’s UN Climate Summit in Copenhagen.

However the world must be prepared to spend more money on tackling climate change through both public finance and a new raft of “carbon taxes”.
Lord Stern described the summit as the “most important gathering since the second world war, given what is at stake”.

His comments come as the Prince of Wales confirmed he would attend the summit to urge world leaders to take action against climate change. The outspoken campaigner on environmental issues it expected to put particular emphasis on the need to stop deforestation.

“Let us not allow mistrust, pessimism and lack of ambition to take us stumbling into profound dangers. Instead let us have real vision and leadership in both developed and developing countries which seize the opportunities offered by Copenhagen, for us, our children and future generations,” he said.

The former World Bank economist’s report on climate change in 2006 - known as The Stern Report - is regarded as the single most influential political document on climate change in Britain.
However, Lord Stern admitted that even he had underestimated the risk of global warming in the past.

His new report, compiled with the London School of Economics, University of Leeds and Economic and Social Research Council, has calculated the cuts the world will need to make in greenhouse gases to stand a good chance of keeping temperature rises within a safe limit.

Previously Lord Stern had said the world must keep levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere below 550 parts per million of carbon dioxide. However, following scientific evidence that the world is losing its ability to absorb carbon dioxide in the soils and oceans, he said this will now have to be kept below 500ppm.

This will mean halving the amount of carbon dioxide the world is currently pumping into the atmosphere through factories, transport and other emissions.

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Yeah well ....  Charles Moore of the Telegraph is worth listening to and reading. 

Nigel Lawson on climate change: ‘Saving’ the planet will be the real disaster
Charles Moore reviews ‘An Appeal to Reason’ by Nigel Lawson.

By Charles Moore

This book appeared last year, but I am reviewing it now because I have noticed that its arguments are beginning to catch fire. It is a well-known feature of British culture that we usually come to the right view about something in the end, but only after we have indulged the wrong view for too long. This helps to explain why Nigel Lawson had such difficulty in getting this book published. But as the Copenhagen summit on climate approaches, people are at last beginning to question whether it can really be true that we have only – as Gordon Brown has said – a few days in which to “save the planet”. “Nations will vanish and millions lose their homes to rising seas,” shouted a headline in a serious paper yesterday, carefully on time for Copenhagen. But we are wearying of being terrified by what are essentially speculations.

Lord Lawson is highly unusual in being an intellectual who has also held political office at the highest level (he was Mrs Thatcher’s chancellor). He can therefore master, dissect and expound argument without forgetting how ideas and ideals can be grotesquely distorted by politics. He was also a good journalist, so he can explain things in clear English.

This admirably short book is simple. It goes through the claims made by the principal promoters of action against global warming, and subjects them to analysis. Lawson is careful to choose mainstream bodies or sources – the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction and Research, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Stern report, Al Gore – rather than the lunatics who pullulate at the fringe. But he succeeds in showing that even these apparently respectable institutions and individuals pullulate quite dottily enough.

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I particularly like the ending paragraph ..........

Stern, Gore, the IPCC etc speak as if human beings will not do the one thing most characteristic of civilisation – adapt. There is no disaster facing us which we cannot mitigate by changing our behaviour over time. The real disaster will be if we cede to politicians what the author calls the “licence to intrude” in everything we do by pretending to “save” a planet which no one has proved will be lost.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/02/2009 at 01:18 PM   
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Feeding Frenzy?

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Meanwhile, back in England:

The scientific consensus that mankind has caused climate change was rocked yesterday as a leading academic called it a “load of hot air underpinned by fraud”.

Professor Ian Plimer condemned the climate change lobby as “climate comrades” keeping the “gravy train” going.

In a controversial talk just days before the start of a climate summit attended by world leaders in Copenhagen, Prof Plimer said Governments were treating the public like “fools” and using climate change to increase taxes.

He said carbon dioxide has had no impact on temperature and that recent warming was part of the natural cycle of climate stretching over ­billions of years.




And here I thought it was the Conservatives who were so quick to eat their own.

huge h/t to WattsUpWithThat




UPDATE: Don’t forget who the real eco-terrorist is: YOU!!

WHEN the UN Climate Change Conference opens in Copenhagen next month, all eyes will be on the delegates’ efforts to broker a deal that will prevent catastrophic global warming. Yet amid all the talk of caps, targets and trading, it is easy to forget who is ultimately responsible for the mess we find ourselves in

Clicky Linky to read about the 5 eco-crimes you commit each day, you fiend! The guy is totally cereal serious, but the article is LOL LOL

h/t to Stoaty for this one



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/02/2009 at 11:26 AM   
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DAMN GOOD EXAMPLE OF CRIME FIGHTING FROM TANZANIA.

First of all, we have this from here in the UK this week.
These ppl are not really serious about crime fighting.  Their interest is in reaching targets and playing social engineer.  Not that the average cop approves of it.

Police will be ordered to cut overtime by £70million

By James Slack
Daily Mail
Dec. 2,09

Ministers want to slash police overtime payments by £70million and ban beat officers from driving top-of-the-range cars.

Scores of jobs are also likely to be axed as the Home Office seeks to cut £75million from back office budgets, according to a leaked draft of a policing white paper.

Officers will be told they must slash the amount of overtime they work. The report estimates this will save £70million.

Police are likely to be furious about the loss of such a huge chunk of overtime. On average, they are paid £400million each year. Over the past decade, average payouts have spiralled from £1,500 per officer to nearly £3,000.

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The Home Office wants to save money amid complaints some forces have been lavishing too much money on ‘fancy’ vehicles.

They will also be told they must all purchase the same equipment, regardless of which force they are from, and drive the same standard ‘beat car’.

This is designed to save money amid complaints some forces have been lavishing too much money on ‘fancy’ vehicles.

The review will also propose that police be given powers to charge suspects for minor crimes - a power they were stripped of in the early years of the current Government.

COST CUTTING COPS

NOW THEN, IF IT’S CRIME YOU’RE DEDICATED TO CURBING IF NOT STOPPING ...  TANZANIA HAS IT RIGHT. AT LEAST IN THIS CASE THEY DO.

PAY ATTENTION WORLD.  THIS IS HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE. 

And please note ... the scum had not gotten around to actually carrying out their plan. Why? Cause the cops killed the bastards before they could.


Police shoot dead Tanzanian gunmen planning to rob luxury safari tourists
Five men who planned to rob a luxury Tanzanian tourist lodge where Roman Abramovich recently stayed have been shot dead by police
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By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi
The Telegraph
Dec 2, 09

It was the latest in a series of incidents pointing to a rise in violent crime along the Tanzania-Kenya border, a region famed for its game parks which draw tens of thousands of British tourists each year.

Police laid an ambush for armed robbers close to the Gurmeti Reserve, west of the Serengeti National Park, after a tip-off, said Deus Kato, regional police commander for Tanzania’s Mara Region, on Tuesday.

The men’s intended targets were a series of £650-a-night luxury lodges and tented camps popular with wealthy visitors and celebrities.

Roman Abramovich, owner of Chelsea Football Club, stayed there after his trip to Tanzania in September to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Mr Kato called the incident “very rare”. But it comes soon after at least one recent confirmed armed robbery on British tourists staying in a tented camp in the Masai Mara Game Reserve in neighbouring Kenya.

The two conservation areas are part of one ecosystem bisected by the border between the countries. An estimated 60,000 British tourists safari in the Masai Mara in Kenya each year, and 50,000 visit Tanzania.

None of the tourists was seriously injured in the Kenyan attack, when armed men ransacked four tents and robbed four British tourists and an Australian family including two teenage boys. But at least £6,500 worth of money, valuables and camera equipment was stolen.

There have been anecdotal reports of several other armed robberies on both sides of the border, but details are difficult to confirm because most people linked to the tourist trade do not want to deter visitors.

A factor is likely to be the region’s prolonged drought, which is improving since recent rains, said James Sindiyo, Chief Warden in the Masai Mara reserve.

“People are desperate, some of them have robbed traders on the road to the reserve, and maybe they think they will try the tourists,” he said.

“But in fact there have been only two or three incidents this year. It is still one of the safest places to visit.”

Jake Grieves-Cook, chairman of the Kenya Tourist Board, said that the numbers of such robberies was “going down”.

“Everyone who works in the industry here has among their number one priorities the safety of all of our visitors,” he said, adding that security had been “beefed up” and rapid response procedures tightened following the Masai Mara incident in October.

The Foreign Office advises Britons travelling to Kenya to stay in tourist camps with “good perimeter security”.

In Tanzania, the FCO reports a series of attacks against tourists in the northern town of Arusha, jumping-off point for most visits to the Serengeti, but says the country is generally safe.

KUDOS, TANZANIA. WELL DONE.

MEANWHILE ,,, BACK AT THE RANCH IN CIVILIZATION ,,,


POLICE APOLOGISE OVER HANDLING OF WOMAN’S RAPE COMPLAINT, AND MAKE PAYOUT.

By Ella Pickover, Press Association

A police force paid out £3,500 in compensation to a woman after she complained about the way a rape was investigated.

The 38-year-old woman launched legal proceedings against Cambridgeshire Police after she claimed they failed to investigate her attack properly.

A force spokeswoman said a letter of apology was sent to the woman and compensation was paid to her in an out-of-court settlement.

She said one officer was disciplined for failing “to investigate a matter expeditiously”.

She said another was given words of warning after it was found that record-keeping was “wanting”.

The spokeswoman said: “Cambridgeshire Constabulary made no admission of liability in this case.

“However, a letter of apology was issued which apologised for any distress or anxiety caused and we can confirm that £3,500 was paid in an out-of-court settlement.

“The civil claim followed from a complaint that had been made by the claimant over an allegation of sexual assault.

“The record-keeping of one officer was found to be wanting and another officer was found to have failed to investigate a matter expeditiously. The first officer received words of advice and the second a superintendent’s written warning.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/02/2009 at 09:23 AM   
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Does this need any text to go with it?  Didn’t think so either. Comments always welcome.

This Garland fellow is very talented, his illustrations often are right on target. Except for those many times he annoys me and where I don’t agree.
Then he somehow becomes less brilliant.  Anyway ... this should be shared on it’s own and so I am.

It appeared in the morning Telegraph today.

I am not 100% certain this is sharp on everyone else’s monitor.  The blue nato flag on the left behind barbed wire is a bit blurry on mine. So I hope you folks can see it better.  Says it all, huh?

The lead headline in the morning paper says:  TALIBAN FACE KNOCK-OUT BLOW

Does anyone believe that? I’d like to but the evidence of centuries seems to say that there really are ppl in this world who prefer living in squalor and ignorance. And they will kill to keeps things that way.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/02/2009 at 05:47 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 01, 2009

You Betcha



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Alaskan Traffic Jam




Look, you can see Sarah Palin’s house from here!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2009 at 05:07 PM   
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CJ moves to Berkeley

A certain Charles, he of the small moldy ovoid sports bladder blog, has formally put on the tinfoil headgear.



Why I Parted Ways With The Right

1. Support for fascists, both in America (see: Pat Buchanan, Robert Stacy McCain, etc.) and in Europe (see: Vlaams Belang, BNP, SIOE, Pat Buchanan, etc.)

2. Support for bigotry, hatred, and white supremacism (see: Pat Buchanan, Ann Coulter, Robert Stacy McCain, Lew Rockwell, etc.)

3. Support for throwing women back into the Dark Ages, and general religious fanaticism (see: Operation Rescue, anti-abortion groups, James Dobson, Pat Robertson, Tony Perkins, the entire religious right, etc.)

4. Support for anti-science bad craziness (see: creationism, climate change denialism, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, James Inhofe, etc.)

5. Support for homophobic bigotry (see: Sarah Palin, Dobson, the entire religious right, etc.)

6. Support for anti-government lunacy (see: tea parties, militias, Fox News, Glenn Beck, etc.)

7. Support for conspiracy theories and hate speech (see: Alex Jones, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Birthers, creationists, climate deniers, etc.)

8. A right-wing blogosphere that is almost universally dominated by raging hate speech (see: Hot Air, Free Republic, Ace of Spades, etc.)

9. Anti-Islamic bigotry that goes far beyond simply criticizing radical Islam, into support for fascism, violence, and genocide (see: Pamela Geller, Robert Spencer, etc.)

10. Hatred for President Obama that goes far beyond simply criticizing his policies, into racism, hate speech, and bizarre conspiracy theories (see: witch doctor pictures, tea parties, Birthers, Michelle Malkin, Fox News, World Net Daily, Newsmax, and every other right wing source)

And much, much more. The American right wing has gone off the rails, into the bushes, and off the cliff.

For the record, BMEWS’ take on all these points - my take, since it’s my blog, and most of my posters will agree with most of this, but might differ in small degree on some points -

a) Is in favor of freedom and personal liberty everywhere. That doesn’t mean anarchy, it means responsible citizenship. Plow the snow, keep the libraries open, and keep the barbarians at the gate. Other than that, government should sod off.

b) I have a very low tolerance for bigotry and unwarranted hatred and white supremacism. Having strong opinions based on repeated life experiences and awareness garnered from news is not bigotry. Hatred of certain groups is warranted if they have earned it through their actions. Support of people who have made great contributions to western civilization, from pharoah on down throughout history, is not supremacism. Neither is defense of those people when their accomplishments are thrown by the wayside simply because of their skin color, gender, or life status. Those horrible old DWEMs created the civilization and culture we are presently in, and ours beats the heck out of anything any other part of the globe has come up ever. I have zero racial guilt. I also have zero racial pride. Because I don’t identify with any race, other than in the losest terms. Heck, I’m not even an ethnic, so my reaction to your ethnic pride varies from bemused and confused to outright resentment. If it’s such a damned big deal to you to be Lithuanian, go the heck back to Lithuania and be happy. You live here, then the very first thing you do when getting off the boat is to toss the tattered coat of the old country under the bus. A fresh start is what America is supposed to be all about. Find your pride in your new home. That applies to skin color too. There should be no such thing as racial quotas, racial preferences, or even racial check boxes on government forms. All of us equal together.

c) I am all in favor of “Bright Ages” women. Intelligent, educated, worldly, empowered and emancipated females can make life worth living. But let’s not pretend that the typical female can do every job the typical male can do, especially when brute strength is necessary. And there are things that men can’t handle that women excel at, and not just the childbearing thing. We’re built differently and that can’t be denied. Cherish those differences and we’ll all get along better.

d) I am not a literal creationist. While I embrace Christianity to a comfortable extent, it’s very difficult to even select what to take literally and what to take figuratively in the bible, and there are something like 25 different versions of that book floating around in English. Change the language, change the meaning somewhere. Change the wording, change the meaning somewhere. It can’t be helped. Did God create the world in 6 days and then rest on the 7th? You betcha - IF you can show me what a day is to God. 6 of his days could easily be 4.3 billion of my years. Prove me wrong. What is time to a mountain, a tree, or a mayfly - all things that exist within Time? That being said, it’s OK by me if that literalism is your worldview and you’re happy with it. My worldview allows for both Galileo and Darwin; good science unravels the mystery a single thread at a time, and usually shows us that even deeper mysteries lie underneath. The Plan is bigger than anything we will ever be able to figure out.

Bad science, driven by political agenda, falsified data, and feelings ... is still bad science. You lose. Buh bye. And take your silly hypotheses with you please ... and yes, I’ve studied enough science to understand the difference between theory and hypothesis. When a proper scientist uses the word “theory” she does NOT mean “I have this flighty idea I’m working on”. Conversely, people who dismiss generations of supportive research with “it’s only a theory” ought to receive a cluebat upside the head. Understand the difference between scientific use and layman’s use and stop being a dumbass.

e) I don’t care what your sexual preference is, as long as it’s legal. Or at least private and not a danger to others. Leave children, animals and the unwilling out of it or else you’re a sicko. But it offends me when you use your preference to get preferential treatment, special laws, and the right to make lewd public displays. Take it inside and draw the curtains, just like the rest of us do. And don’t you dare play the homophobic card when I object to your bad public behavior or silly demands. Debate is not phobia, and that’s a very juvenile argument. Likewise, equal rights are not the same as equal outcome. Grow up, wise up, shut up.

f) I am fully supportive of “anti-government lunacy” right up to armed rebellion and civil war if the government itself has become an inmate in the asylum. And day after day, year after year, I see government getting more and more intrusive and out of control. Stop the madness before it’s too late. Cut government down to size at all levels. We are free people; we neither need nor want it. And pretty soon we won’t take it, and that’s going to be an ugliness we’ll all suffer from.

g) There is no such thing as hate speech. There is no such thing as a hate crime. To have either you first have to have a protected class, a sacrosanct group who gets special rights. Eff that, this is America. Equal laws for everyone, special treatment for none. If you don’t like my opinions then argue me out of them with facts and logic. If you can’t do that, then maybe it’s you who should change your tune.

h) It’s no longer a conspiracy theory when the movers and shakers come right out and admit it. It’s overt policy at that point. And if that policy is against our national history, then I’ll fight you tooth and nail. Especially if you can only argue your case using elitism and feelings. FAIL.

i) Islam is the enemy of the West. Always has been, still is. They tell us so themselves nearly every day. Let’s not hide behind the “radical” label either. Proper islamic behavior, straight out of their religious tenets, is what we’re seeing. It’s the peaceful moderate ones who are actually nearly apostate in their faith. And that last sentence was difficult to write, because I don’t consider any belief system that teaches inequality, violence, and intolerance to be a proper religion. It is neither reason nor excuse, ever. Stay in your little sandbox and live the way you want, and if - given a real choice - others choose to stay and live with you, then fine. But don’t export it to my country, and don’t pull that BS “phobia” card-ism when I call out your efforts to change my world.




There. I hope that clears the air a little here. Not that it needed much clearing. Did I miss anything? Ah, yes, abortion. On that subject I AM a radical. And here is my personal radical opinion: as a man, I will never need to have an abortion. So it’s none of my damn business, and my viewpoints don’t mean shit. Nor do yours if you weren’t born with a vajayjay. Should it ever come to a national vote, I’ll be at the forefront of the movement to disenfranchise every guy out there on this one. Let women decide what they should do or not do with their own bodies. In the meantime, this is one “issue” that I have just about zero interest in blogging about and I wish people would just shut up about. Was Roe a bad decision? Yes, but it was also most likely a necessary one. Is it ever going to be overturned? Who knows. But if it is, then the decisions will go back to the states and public referendum. Where you will see the majority of people vote for it every time in every state, even if you let the issue get on the ballot every year. This I guarantee you, absolutely. So have your personal beliefs, but tear out this political plank. It doesn’t support anybody.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2009 at 12:44 PM   
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Practical Tactical



We had a blast at league last night, and wound up winning all 7. This makes 4 weeks in a row that we’ve taken all the points, and should lock in solidly into 4th place for a while.

We’re about a third of the way through the season, and the team points earned are starting to clump. It’s always that way on any good sized league; you get the top 3 to 5 teams that are way out ahead, then a gap, then the upper middle clump, another points gap, the lower middle clump, another gap, then the 3 or 4 teams at the bottom.

We really are a standout team in this league. Quite a few teams are really serious. They all bowl in deadly earnest, hardly speak to the other team, get all stressed out when the oil conditions are difficult, etc. Not us. We’re out there clapping and shouting, cheering the other team on, doing the Happy Pony dance when we get strikes. We have fun. Our opponents have fun when they play us. Too bad leagues doesn’t have the Miss Congeniality award, because we’d win that one hands down. But we also bowl as best as we can, if we need to.

Last night we didn’t need to. We played a not-so-serious team, and they’re mostly beginners. We gave them 57 pins for a handicap, but they were having an off night. So we let ourselves have an off night too, but while our “off” was stable, theirs just got worse over time. No, we weren’t sandbagging it, we just weren’t as focused as we perhaps could have been. We won the first game by 12 pins, then we won the second one by 60 pins. Then our opponents just threw in the towel, and we won the last game by something like 130. All while bowling a little under average.

Negative Tactical bowling is the greatest when it works for you. You win all the points yet your averages go down, so we have a better advantage against next week’s challengers. I guess we could have actually tried to shave points and thrown some gutter balls and 2 pointers, but we aren’t that good. That’s real sandbagging. It’s easy to spot ... watch the team bowl solid marks the first 4 or 5 frames, then suddenly start throwing crap as long as they stay ahead, then pull off solid strikes in the 10th if necessary. There’s also the “rotation” style, where the ‘bagging team has their worst bowlers do the best they can while their stars have a totally disastrous night ... and they still win by just a bit.

That’s not us. No, we had a poor night and the other team had a worse night. So we just convinced ourselves afterwards that we did it on purpose to keep our averages down. We’re subtle that way. Nobody would ever guess that we have a strategy, what with Ann out on the approaches doing cartwheels and Tami talking the ladies on the other team to do the YMCA dance, while Mike and I tell naughty jokes and crack wise. And we’re sober the whole time!

I can’t wait ‘till Pam puts up our latest standing sheets at bowl.com. We’re league 2435.

Freakin Anthony threw an 867 last night. He’s the star bowler of the league. Of the entire alley. Of the whole county. I think he was born on lane 17, and he’s lived and worked his whole life in that place. 299, 289, 279. Boy is just too damn good.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2009 at 09:31 AM   
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Muslims who have settled in Switzerland should not confuse culture with creed

While the mostly white liberal, left wing loony tunes and a few muslims are bitching about the loss of freedom of religion by those evil Swiss,
there are a couple of muslim voices that sound another call and have another opinion on the subject.

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The Swiss vote does not infringe Muslim religious rights
Minarets are not an essential part of Islam
Taj Hargey
From The Times December 1, 2009

Switzerland’s referendum vote to ban minarets is needlessly xenophobic but it does not infringe the religious liberty of Swiss Muslims. Minarets remain emblematic of mosques in the Muslim heartlands but there is no theological reason why houses of worship in the West have to incorporate such towers.

Their original purpose was to relay the prayer call with the unamplified voice. Today this is done by modern technology, so minarets are not integral to contemporary mosque design. European mosques should stop mindlessly mimicking Eastern design and create prayer halls that blend into the landscape.

Muslims who have settled in Switzerland (and elsewhere in Europe) should not confuse culture with creed. To become integrated into their surroundings, they must relinquish the cultural baggage of their ancestral homelands. They should practice a Swiss Islam that is rooted in the society in which they live.

Although the Swiss have been convinced by right-wing zealots that minarets are a problem, local Muslims should not embrace a victim mentality. They must confront the toxic radicalisation of their faith that is imported from overseas.

The Wahhabi denomination (and its kindred sects), which has unlimited petrodollars and exclusive jurisdiction over Islam’s holiest mosques, engenders rampant misogyny, anti-democratic obscurantism and an archaic legal code, which includes an un-Koranic prohibition on non-Muslim religious buildings in Islamic lands. Switzerland now joins Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan in banning the buildings of non-dominant faiths.

When European Muslims unthinkingly endorse this warped theology by desiring medieval Sharia, defending honour killings, stoning to death, forced marriages, Muslim exceptionalism and a separatist society, they only invoke fear and exacerbate anti-Muslim sentiment. When Europe’s Muslims extol such un-Koranic doctrines as the niqab (face veil), they exclude themselves from the mainstream.

Only when Muslim immigrants and converts in Europe reject the twisted ideology of a fundamentalist male clergy will the chief causes of anti-Muslim prejudice in Europe recede. Meanwhile, despite the Islamophobic minaret ban, the religious rights of Swiss Muslims remain intact. They do, however, have a rare opportunity to cut the link with the dominant theology of the East and to restore Islam’s pristine beliefs.

Dr Taj Hargey is the chairman of the Muslim Educational Centre of Oxford and the imam of the Summertown Islamic Congregation in Oxford

TIMES

Sad to say however, that there is far more of this:

Muslim protesters pelt Tory peer Baroness Warsi with eggs during walkabout in Luton
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 8:00 AM on 01st December 2009
The country’s most powerful Muslim woman was pelted with eggs by a group of young Islamists yesterday.
Baroness Warsi, the Conservative shadow minister for community cohesion and social action, was visiting Luton with one of her party’s election candidates.
But during a visit to the Bury Park area, she was confronted by protesters who shouted her down before throwing several eggs, one of which hit her and another landed on a supporter.

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With egg yolk running through her hair, the Baroness attempted to reason with the members of outlawed extremist group Al-Muhajiroun - only to be harangued.
The young men of Al-Muhajiroun, which in March this year took part in protests against soldiers from 2nd Battalion the Royal Anglian Regiment during a homecoming parade, accused her of not being a proper Muslim and supporting the deaths of civilians in Afghanistan.

SOURCE: http://www.dailymail.co.uk


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