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calendar   Tuesday - December 29, 2009

BORDERS? WHAT BORDERS? I DON’T GOT TO RECOGNIZE ANYONES BORDERS. WHERE’S MY WELFARE CHECK?

Finland too?  Who’d have thought?
Checking in at Europe News tonight and I found this.  There may be a small sync problem but no trouble understanding what the guy is saying.

Hey, has it become racist to ask, why are countries traditionally white so willing to bend over so easily? But never mind that. It isn’t just muzzies or darker skinned ppls crowding the natives. Although those folks breed like mad. It’s just the idea that borders seem to mean little anymore.

A french judge has recently allowed this.

An Afghan migrant cannot be sent home from France because his claim for asylum must be considered, the country’s highest court has ruled - despite him admitting his only aim is to reach Britain.

Said Sultan Khail has now been freed and is expected to resume his bid to get to Britain illegally via Calais.

despite him admitting his only aim is to reach Britain to resume his bid to get to Britain illegally via Calais.

While every other ethnic group in the world seems to be making claims for special this and that, whites continue on the road to cultural suicide.

H/T EUROPE NEWS

One of the highest rates of immigrants in Europe is drawing fears from Finns. Some are concerned that immigrants, attracted by Finland’s generous welfare packages and high living standards, will overrun their country.

“We are faithfully repreating every mistake Sweden for example, has made before us.”


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2009 at 02:24 PM   
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Bass Ackwards in Moonbat Land

Berkeley High School May Cut Science Classes




Have to eliminate that racial divide you know. Can’t have the white kids and asian kids excelling at science while the browner kids flunk. Easy solution: get rid of science class!

Berkeley High School is considering a controversial proposal to eliminate science labs and the five science teachers who teach them to free up more resources to help struggling students.

The proposal to put the science-lab cuts on the table was approved recently by Berkeley High’s School Governance Council, a body of teachers, parents, and students who oversee a plan to change the structure of the high school to address Berkeley’s dismal racial achievement gap, where white students are doing far better than the state average while black and Latino students are doing worse.

Paul Gibson, an alternate parent representative on the School Governance Council, said that information presented at council meetings suggests that the science labs were largely classes for white students. He said the decision to consider cutting the labs in order to redirect resources to underperforming students was virtually unanimous.



Ass backwards into the future. Want to really know how to make our country excel? Turn out smarter people from school? Want to know how to do that? Stop molly coddling the little bastards. Teach, and teach hard. And stop every last cent of funding for “slow kids” past the 6th grade. If you can’t figure out how to study or learn by then, too bad. Put in a major exam at the end of 9th grade. If you don’t pass, then it’s off to a 1 year lawn mowing and cardboard box folding classes for you. And that’s all you get. Tough.

To get our best and brightest to be our best and brightest, we need to push them, and we need to start funding education for the advanced pupils. Screw the dumbshits. They aren’t going to be pushing back the frontiers of knowledge. Fuck their little egos; gear school towards the top 15%, and everybody else has to sweat it. Even the regular kids can make use of a regular education, and they’ll get one plus really learn how to strive. Raise the bar, then raise it again. Keep on raising it every few years.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/29/2009 at 01:31 PM   
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IDIOT BRIT GOVT. SUMMONS CHINESE AMBASSADOR OVER CHINA’S LEGAL ACT WASTING DRUG DEALER

I am surprised that the Brits have already forgotten The Opium Wars. Woo-hoo. They “summon” the Chinese ambassador to lodge a complaint.
And of course the scummy rights groups are wetting their diapers.  The govt. here is greatly concerned at what the Chinese did.

Meanwhile ... RIGHT HERE IN ENGLAND ,,,,,

Father shoots dead daughter, 4, and leaves wife fighting for life before turning gun on himself

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:51 PM on 29th December 2009

A father ‘executed’ his four-year-old daughter by shooting her in the head before gunning down the child’s mother and then turning the weapon on himself.

Police officers desperately tried to save the injured child after the shooting this morning but she died in their arms at the scene.

The badly wounded 35-year-old woman, who was also shot in the head, was rushed to hospital where she is now fighting for her life.

Neighbours had called 999 shortly after 10am because they were worried about a domestic dispute.

Officers rushed to the £250,000 house in Aldershot, Hampshire, where they discovered the bloodbath.

Drunkenness, violence and vandalism blight most of Britain, admit officials

By Steve Doughty
Last updated at 1:14 AM on 29th December 2009

Officials running Labour’s campaign against anti-social behaviour believe that most of the country has a major problem.

A Home Office survey found that 73 per cent said drunkenness and rowdiness is a ‘significant problem’ in their area.

More than four out of five believe that teenagers hanging around the streets are also a concern. Seven out of ten cite vandalism and graffiti as a scourge of their district or town.

I’m sorry but there are NO links on these.  I am having continuing problems as there is nothing in the URL window above with an address. It has been happening a lot lately but usually fills in after a short time.  Tonight however, all the window reads is, Google.com.  I can put an address in there, get the page I want, but for some damn reason instead of showing the actual URL, it simply says Google.com.  I’ve never seen that before this week.

The Times

December 29, 2009
Chinese ambassador summoned over execution of Briton Akmal Shaikh

China’s Ambassador in London was summoned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office today to hear Britain’s “strong condemnation” of her country’s execution of Akmal Shaikh.
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Mr Shaikh, a convicted British drug smuggler who is believed to have suffered from bipolar disorder, was killed by lethal injection early today, despite the personal intervention of Gordon Brown in a telephone call to Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier.

The execution was condemned by the Prime Minister and David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, with the Foreign Office minister Ivan Lewis declaring that it made him feel “sick to the stomach”.

Mr Lewis met Ambassador Fu Ying to express the Government’s “deep regret” that Beijing refused to examine appeals for clemency.

“I had a difficult conversation with the Chinese ambassador today,” he said.

“I made clear that the execution of Mr Shaikh was totally unacceptable and that China had failed in its basic human rights responsibilities in this case, in particular that China’s court had not considered the representations made about Mr Shaikh’s mental condition.”

Mr Shaikh’s family said that they were “deeply saddened, stunned and disappointed” by the execution.

Mental health campaigners deplored his killing, with one charity describing it as “medieval rough justice”.

The criticism sparked irritation in China, with the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu telling a press briefing in Beijing: “No one has the right to comment on China’s judicial sovereignty.

“It is the common wish of people around the world to strike against the crime of drug trafficking.

“We express our strong dissatisfaction and opposition to the British Government’s unreasonable criticism of the case. We urge the British to correct their mistake in order to avoid harming China-UK relations.”

The Chinese Embassy in London issued a statement insisting that Shaikh had “no previous medical record” of mental illness and that his rights and interests had been properly respected.

The Supreme Court said that the death sentence was the correct judgment in the case and evidence of mental illness was insufficient. Justifying its decision, the Supreme Court said in a statement: “To use the death penalty for extremely threatening and serious crimes involving drugs is beneficial to instilling fear and preventing drug crimes.”

It said no documents provided by the British Embassy or by other organisations as well as by Mr Shaikh himself could prove that he had a mental disorder. “There is no reason to cast doubt on Akmal Shaikh’s mental status.”

CHINA REPLIES

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Statement of the Chinese Embassy on the Case of Akmal Shaikh

Akmal Shaikh was convicted for serious drug trafficking. The amount of heroin he brought into China was 4030g, enough to cause 26800 deaths, threatening numerous families. According to the Chinese law, 50g of heroin is the threshold for death penalty. It is important that the independence of the Chinese judiciary be respected.

During the legal process, Mr. Shaikh’s rights and interests were properly respected and guaranteed and the concerns of the British side were duly noted and taken into consideration by the Chinese judicial authorities. Out of humanitarian consideration, visas were granted to the two cousins of Mr. Shaikh on Boxing Day, and they were given access to meeting Mr. Shaikh inChina.

As for his possible mental illness which has been much talked about, there apparently has been no previous medical record.

Drug trafficking is a grave crime worldwide. InChina, given the bitter memory of history and the current situations, the public has a particular and strong resentment towards it. In a recent web survey, 99% of the public support the decision of the Court.

InChina the conditions are not there for abolishing the death penalty. But it is applied in a cautious manner and limited number, all such cases are reviewed by the Supreme Court.

The legal structures ofChina and UK may be different, but it should not stand in the way of enhancing our bilateral relations on the basis of mutual respect.

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Akmal Shaikh was convicted and sentenced to death penalty for serious drug trafficking on solid evidence. In fact, 150mg of heroin of high degree of purity would be lethal. The amount of heroin he carried was 4030g, enough to cause 26800 deaths. According to Chinese law, 50g of heroin is the threshold for the application of the death penalty. Even in the UK, he would be punished severely for his crime.

Drug trafficking is a grave crime worldwide. China has the bitter memory of drug problems in history, and is still facing severe situations at this moment, which undermines the social stability. The general public has a deep-seated hatred toward it.

China has acceded to United Nations Conventions against Illicit Drug Trafficking. In order to combat drugs, China faithfully honors its obligations under the conventions and cracks down on drug-related crimes. All cases of drug trafficking are dealt with according to law, regardless of nationality. To apply death penalty to the serious drug trafficking is helpful to preempt and prevent the drug trafficking.

The concerns of the British side have been duly noted and taken into consideration by the Chinese judicial authorities in the legal process, and Mr. Shaikh’s rights and interests under Chinese law are properly respected and guaranteed. UK consular officials visited Mr.Shaikh several times in prison and attended relevant trials.

We fully respect the UK and EU’s decision to abolish the death penalty. However, half of the countries in the world still maintain the death penalty. And in China the conditions are not yet met for abolishing the death penalty. And the majority view in China is against such abolition.

Death penalty is applied in a cautious and strictly limited manner. Reforms were introduced to ensure that all death penalty cases are reviewed and approved by the Supreme People’s Court. Such reforms will continue.

This case has been undergoing for more than two years, it is absurd to link it with the issue of Climate Change.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2009 at 01:18 PM   
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Detroit Air Bombing Blame Bush?

Now, isn’t this just soooo effing special??

Yemeni Ringleaders were released from Gitmo in 2007



Two of the four leaders allegedly behind the al Qaeda plot to blow up a Northwest Airlines passenger jet over Detroit were released by the U.S. from the Guantanamo prison in November, 2007, according to American officials and Department of Defense documents. Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for the Northwest bombing in a Monday statement that vowed more attacks on Americans.

American officials agreed to send the two terrorists from Guantanamo to Saudi Arabia where they entered into an “art therapy rehabilitation program” and were set free, according to U.S. and Saudi officials.

Guantanamo prisoner #333, Muhamad Attik al-Harbi, and prisoner #372, Said Ali Shari, were sent to Saudi Arabia on Nov. 9, 2007, according to the Defense Department log of detainees who were released from American custody. Al-Harbi has since changed his name to Muhamad al-Awfi.

More here.



Stop taking prisoners. Well, stop taking them off to jail. Catch them, suck their brains clean, then shoot them. Next?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/29/2009 at 01:11 PM   
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Sorry not to join the liberal wailing: heroin traffickers deserve to die.

GOOD for China!  Bravo.

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Yes. I do understand that many BMEWS readers are not exactly China boosters. But I am tired of the liberal left and all the hand wringers claiming that EVERYONE who does bad things from running drugs to street thug killings are “suffering” from some sort of mental illness.

Lets take this jerk who happily has breathed his last in China.  Right away the call went out.  Spare the poor man.  He has a history of mental illness.
Oh fuckin yeah?  He managed to father several kids and was traveling under his own power.  If he was so ill that he could not be responsible for his actions, what the hell was he doing flying everywhere on his own?  I’m tired of excuses, excuses.  I am also VERY tired of the moralizing and the criticism of states with the death penalty by OUTSIDERS.

Then we heard that Britain wanted the poor guy spared cos not only was he a mental case but .... He was we are told, a Brit.
Oh fuckin yeah?  Well he was living in Poland or have I been misinformed?

Leo McKinstry is 100% correct.  The west can not point fingers at China or anyone else while our own house is buried in filth.  Ok, he didn’t say exactly that. What he said is:

My regret is not over tough action by Beijing, but the fact that we in this country do not possess the moral clarity or strength of purpose to deal ruthlessly with drug peddlers and other enemies of our society.

It is the height of hypocrisy for the Labour government, the human rights brigade and celebrity loudmouths to lecture China when Britain’s own strategy has failed so disastrously.

He said a hell of lot more and was correct in all particulars.  Normally on a long editorial, I only post part of them and leave the link for anyone who wants the entire thing.  But today, here is the whole editorial.  It’s worth reading every single word.  Even if you don’t like everything he says, everything he says is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth!

But FIRST .........

Naturally enough here is what the weak minded screwball who is the Brit PM said.

Gordon Brown leads furious outcry as China executes British drugs mule by lethal injection

Gordon Brown condemns execution in ‘strongest terms’

Oh woo hoo Mr Brown.  You stupid shit.  Who are you to tell China what to do?  What?  There aren’t any serious problems here in your own falling apart country?  And it gets worse.  I know it isn’t scientific but a Daily Mail poll so far shows 59% of their readership agree with their bassackwards PM.
Shows ya the mindset that has taken hold here.  Ten years of Liebour (as Lyndon calls it). That’s a generation steeped in the liberal left wing fold.

But not all.

Sorry not to join the liberal wailing: heroin traffickers deserve to die

By Leo Mckinstry
Last updated at 2:03 PM on 29th December 2009

This morning, barring an unlikely last-minute reprieve, convicted drug smuggler Akmal Shaikh was executed by firing squad, having been found guilty of trying to bring 4kg of heroin into China.

His case has prompted outrage in this country from politicians and from the trendy metropolitan elite, for whom drug use is a fashionable habit rather than serious criminal offence.

Yet for all this orchestrated wailing, is it not possible that China is right to put Shaikh to death?

Indeed, I would argue that Britain’s enfeebled, self-destructive approach to narcotics has been graphically highlighted by China’s ruthlessness in tackling drug pushers.

In contrast to New Labour’s policy of appeasement and surrender, the Chinese Government acts vigorously to defend its people from the misery caused by the drugs trade.

My regret is not over tough action by Beijing, but the fact that we in this country do not possess the moral clarity or strength of purpose to deal ruthlessly with drug peddlers and other enemies of our society.

A bankrupt with a chequered financial history, a tangled personal life, and an obsession with easy money, Shaikh was arrested with heroin worth a cool £250,000 in his suitcase.

As the Chinese police point out, this is a big enough amount to have killed 27,000 people.

In China, the death penalty can be invoked against anyone carrying more than 50g of drugs - and that is one obvious reason why China, proportionally, has nothing like the drugs problem that we have in Britain.

Serious dealers and abusers know they could be looking down the barrel of a gun if they are caught.

It is the height of hypocrisy for the Labour government, the human rights brigade and celebrity loudmouths to lecture China when Britain’s own strategy has failed so disastrously.

A country that reveres such junkies as Kate Moss has no right to lecture China on its drugs policy, argues Leo McKinstry

Thanks to the climate of institutionalised leniency, our society is awash with drugs, bringing widespread crime, violence and family breakdown in their wake.

Dealers and users conduct their business knowing they have absolutely nothing to fear from our courts. Far from condemning cannabis and cocaine, our achingly liberal youth culture glamorises their possession.

Vacuous supermodel Kate Moss was caught using cocaine by undercover reporters, most of the fashion world rallied behind her with a sense of moral indignation, protecting her lucrative contracts and behaving as though she were a victim.

In showbusiness circles there was speculation for a long time that cocaine was not Kate’s only drug of choice - that she had also smoked heroin and crack cocaine.

Nor has Moss’s former boyfriend, musician Pete Doherty, ever received a meaningful sentence, despite repeated convictions for misuse and other criminal behaviour.

In 2007, for instance, he was spared jail over a string of offences and was even allowed by Judge Jane McIvor, who claimed to be a fan of his music, to delay a court hearing.

Similarly, drug-addled singers Amy Winehouse and George Michael have been lionised by the music establishment.

British officialdom now adopts a simpering indulgence towards drug abuse. Politicians line up to boast how much cannabis they smoked in their youth and downgrade the criminal classification of substances.

Instead of locking up offenders, the Government wastes a fortune of taxpayers’ money on non-judgmental propaganda like the useless television adverts from the £2.2million Frank campaign.

Public funds are lavished on rehabilitation schemes, all of which have failed to prevent a dramatic rise in abuse.

Unlike China with its firing squads, the only ‘shooting galleries’ we have in Britain are state-run needle exchanges for junkies.

Outrageously, self-inflicted drug addiction is now regarded by the welfare state as a disability, entitling claimants to generous payouts of at least £110 a week. In effect, the Government requires taxpayers to subsidise criminal drug habits. It’s estimated no fewer than 267,000 serious drug users live on social security.

In contrast to China, our criminal justice system no longer treats offending seriously. Criminals walk free, community punishments are meaningless, jail sentences, even for murder, are derisory.

Ordinary citizens are constantly bullied through a plethora of bureaucratic regulations, yet violence, burglary, theft and drug abuse carry no consequences.

One key factor behind modern Britain’s reluctance to uphold the law is the belief that criminals are really victims of society, motivated only by social disadvantage or mental health problems and that they need support not punishment.

We can see this clearly in the case of Akmal Shaikh. Campaigners on his behalf claim he was suffering from mental illness at the time of his visit to China and so should be let off.

Such excuse-making is absurd. His record of infidelity, sexual harassment and dubious business conduct suggest he was amoral, selfish, and irresponsible.

He was once fined £10,000 for hounding a woman he had recruited as his secretary, while it is telling that his former first wife refused to join the campaign for a reprieve.

The hysteria over Shaikh’s death penalty echoes the preposterous outcry in 2002 over another British man who was executed by a foreign government.

A career thug, drug addict and alcoholic, Tracy Housel was put to death by the U.S. state of Georgia for raping and killing a woman, Jeanne Drew, whose body was so badly battered she could be identified only by dental records.

Once again, there were the interventions by the Labour Government. Once again, there were the claims of mental illness, with Housel said to be suffering from brain damage and hypoglycaemia, though this hardly explained his record of extreme violence.

Once again there was the tenuous nature of the defendant’s links with Britain, which hardly justified the energy the Government spent on his case. Housel, born in Bermuda, had never actually set foot in this country.

Similarly Shaikh, born in Pakistan, spent much of his adult life in the U.S. and Poland before going on his criminal odyssey to China. Neither of these men could demonstrate any real commitment or connection to Britain.

The British government, with its prattle about human rights, likes to think a refusal to use capital punishment is a badge of a civilised society. The truth is the willingness to execute dangerous criminals is a sign of compassion. It means a government is determined to protect the vulnerable and maintain morality.

It is no coincidence Britain was at its most peaceful and crime-free in the Forties and Fifties, when we still had the death penalty.

‘The gentleness of English civilisation is its most marked characteristic,’ wrote George Orwell during the war, a remark that seems laughable now, though we think of ourselves morally superior.

Between 1950 and 1957, the number of murders in Britain never rose above 180. The annual average in recent years is over 900.

Overall crime has also shot up since we abolished capital punishment. Since the Fifties, the number of recorded crimes has increased more than tenfold, up from 438,000 in 1955 to 4.8 million in 2008.

This is because the removal of the death penalty has had a downward ratchet effect.

Since murderers could no longer be hanged, sentences for all other crimes had to be lowered commensurately. The result is the near-anarchy we see today, where serial offenders continually escape custody and rates of violent crime soar.

There is nothing barbaric about the death penalty. The real barbarism lies in refusing to punish criminals.

The drug-fuelled, crime-ridden, welfare-dependent, fear-filled inner city housing estate in modern Britain is far more savage than any place of execution in China for a trafficker of human misery.

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PS BMEWS.  With regard to my rants on govts. sticking their unwanted noses in the business of other countries. Will shortly share something from my American Embassy newsletter.  You will recall no doubt since I’m always on about it, my concerns about the EU putting in their 2 cents worth about internal American affairs.  Well, the bastards have.  In a case back home where some slime ball is to be erased soon, the eu had decided that it somehow is also their business too.

Hey ... to ALL of the left wing socialist hand wringing fat cats who are sitting members of the eu governing body and all other libtard Eu MPs.


FUCK YOU!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2009 at 09:29 AM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/29/2009 at 07:52 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 28, 2009

British security services are now hunting for possible accomplices .

UPDATE on the ni...whoops.  The “suspect”


Hunt for terror cell behind Christmas Day suicide attack as Home Secretary reveals jet bomber ‘did not act alone’

By Vanessa Allen and David Williams
Last updated at 3:31 PM on 28th December 2009

Home Secretary Alan Johnson today declared he did not believe the Christmas Day airline bomber was acting alone.

British security services are now hunting for possible accomplices of Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab as they probe his links in the UK.

Mr Johnson said: ‘We don’t know yet whether it was a single-handed plot or (there were) other people behind it - I suspect it’s the latter rather than the former.’

The minister also confirmed this morning that Abdulmutallab had been put on a UK watch list after he was refused a student visa following an application to study at a bogus college.

He suggested the U.S. authorities should have been warned about the British ban, which was issued last May, saying he ‘doubted’ there had been any ‘hiccup’ in procedures.

‘If you are on our watch list then you do not come into this country. You can come through this country if you are in transit to another country but you cannot come into this country,’ Mr Johnson said.

The revelation will increase incredulity that the 23-year-old, who was also on a U.S. watch list, was not stopped before he boarded the Amsterdam-Detroit flight on Christmas Day.

Al Qaeda had also warned of a terror attack four days before the incident, posting a video online from Yemen saying: ‘We are carrying a bomb to hit the enemies of God.’

There’s more at the link. A lot is a rehash of course.  Most likely you’ve already seen the diagrams etc.

There is a blurb in the paper that also says people in the last hour of flight will NOT be allowed to have a newspaper or a book. ???
Can anyone explain the logic of that?  It isn’t explained in the paper.  A book? A newspaper?  Sure do not understand that.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/28/2009 at 11:09 AM   
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Detroit terror attack: Academic liberalism is a danger to life, says The Telegraph. ( But? )

The news occupying us today as it did yesterday, is all about the miserable excuse for something human that tried to blow up a plane over Detroit.

Naturally enough, ALL the newspapers here have been running the story the past two days.  Complete with the basics of how bombs are made.  Sure, they leave out exactly how to put one together.  What I’m saying of course is that “in the public interest” they are still damn well graphic in the presentation.  I don’t believe it serves any purpose except to instruct these sub humans on ways to improve their performance.

All the papers are running editorials on the subject.  Of course they are.  But it just seems to me that even this paper whose editorial I post here, appears to my minds eye as backing off just a little with their use of words. You’ll see what I mean in a moment as you read below.

Telegraph View: Over the past decade, institutes of higher education in London have consistently provided sanctuary for Islamist students who parrot the hate-filled rhetoric of al-Qaeda and its allies.

28 Dec 2009

Many of our readers will spend today squashed into airport queues slowed to a snail’s pace by extra security measures. It will be a teeth-grindingly boring ordeal. But it will not be terrifying, unlike the experience of looking up from your in-flight movie to see flames bursting out of the leg of a passenger who is trying to murder you. On Christmas Day, Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab very nearly managed to blow up a transatlantic airliner over Detroit. The authorities at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport allowed Abdul Mutallab to carry his syringe, liquid and powder on board. Suddenly, all that fuss about a thimbleful of perfume does not seem over the top.

For passengers wondering why, yet again, the journey from check-in to departure lounge is a taste of hell on earth, the answer is straightforward. Religious terrorists are plotting to inflict on us a permanent state of earthly hell: airliners dropping from the skies, dirty bombs in shopping malls and cities, all leading to an Islamic caliphate whose totalitarian writ would run from Mecca to Milton Keynes. Was it coincidence that the attack took place on December 25? Of course not: this was an attempt to destroy the peaceful feast day of a Christian religion that the bomber despises.

The British public is not so stupid as to think that most Muslims approve of Islamist terrorism: of course they do not.

Oh yeah? Prove it!  Not that the public is stupid. But that “most” muslims do not approve.  The way the paper puts it here, anyone who suspects most if not all muzzies are stupid. Fine. Just fine. So I’m stupid.  The fact remains that until PROMPTED after things happened here, there weren’t many (the odd one or two) muslims in the streets or making public statements condemning terror tactics.  There was instead overwhelming silence.  There was never any ground swell of opinion from that group of mostly very unwelcome permanent residents.  There was instead a comment here and there about how unfortunate and that they did not approve of terror and killing innocents BUT .... well, we should understand what motivates these unfortunate young people to take up terrorism.  They may be wrong but the west drove them to it.  If “most” do not approve, then they turn a blind eye to it.
Meanwhile, the terrorists have accomplished another thing with this recent attempt.  Air travel is becoming increasingly stressful and time consuming.
The news here also is that on future flight, NO ONE will be allowed to use the bathroom in the final hour of flight.  While I understand the reasoning, I have to ask.  What do folks with bladder problems do?  Or anyone for that matter with a genuine need?  Suffer I guess.  This is what these dark age mindless bastards have brought on us. 
Btw .... how come the passengers on that flight didn’t break any bones or beat the hell out of him?

Moreover, although Muslims in opinion polls frequently express a preference for living in an Islamic state,

Then WTF are the shits doing here?  Why don’t they go live in an islamic state?  BENEFITS, anyone?

only a small percentage share the jihadist fanaticism that inspired the airline bomber. Yet the awkward fact remains: of that percentage, a worrying number have lived in Britain and especially London. Some have studied at our universities: Abdul Mutallab graduated in mechanical engineering from University College London in 2008.

Over the past decade, institutes of higher education in London have consistently provided sanctuary for Islamist students who parrot the hate-filled rhetoric of al-Qaeda and its allies. Again and again, speakers have been invited and rooms provided so that, in the name of free speech, vulnerable students can be indoctrinated. Some of those students may now be sitting in caves in Waziristan or cafés in the Yemen devising methods of killing Westerners. Perhaps they picked up their expertise in a British university laboratory. We may never know until it is too late.

What we do know is that our security forces have consulted vice-chancellors in order to impress upon them the urgency of the threat. Unfortunately, that is easier said than done. Liberal British academics, along with their friends in the media and public sector, have a habit of diverting any discussion of terrorism away from Islamism towards the evils of Anglo-American foreign policy. By doing so they are less likely to offend students from developing countries whose delicate sensibilities seem to matter more than security. Perhaps some of those academics are stuck in airport queues today. If so, we must hope that it finally dawns on them that, irrespective of the complex causes of terrorism, their politically correct indulgence of Islamic radicals is making life more dangerous for all of us.

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calendar   Saturday - December 26, 2009

Tomorrow’s News Today

UPDATE: Over the horizon WIN for Alfa Romeo!

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Hi Tech for sure - note Alfa’s hydraulic canting keel visible below the water. It can swing 45° to either side!

Heck, even the paint remover on this giant surfboard uses nano technology


UPDATE 10pm: SUPERMAXI Alfa Romeo has crossed the line first in the 2009 Rolex Sydney-Hobart classic.

Neville Crichton’s 100-footer took line honours in a time of 2 days, 9 hours, 2 minutes and 10sec, crossing the line just after 10pm with its nearest rival, four-times champion Wild Oats XI, 14 nautical miles astern.

It is the first time the New Zealand supermaxi has sailed against Wild Oats XI in the Sydney to Hobart since running second to the Bob Oatley 100-footer in 2005.

The UK supermaxi ICAP Leopard’s gamble of staying East to catch a freshening breeze this afternoon failed. The breeze stayed closer to shore where Alfa and Oats picked up the faster ride.

Alfa Romeo led the race for line honours since the opening night.

Looks like they found the right winds at the right time. 14 nautical miles ahead of the competition means you could climb to the top of “twice born">Alfa’s 42.2 meter tall carbon fiber mast and still not be able to see the #2 boat ICAP Leopard (currently 16 nm behind!)

Catching the breeze has been a real problem for this race. Only a small handful of the boats were smart enough and lucky enough to find the wind. The top 6 boats, including UK’s RAN (currently about 60 nm back in 4th place) found the wind. The next group is nearly 100 nm astern, well ahead of the remaining boats in the fleet. They’re all pretty much becalmed out in the Bass Straight between Australia and Tasmania, sitting around playing cards because the wind has ceased to blow! At this point many of them are having to ration food and water; the race should have taken only 3 days at most, and after 2 and a half days they’re barely even halfway. If this continues much longer there will be a whole lot of DNFs and the boats will have to be towed home. How embarrassing!

The tiny and old Polaris of Belmont trails the pack 420 nm from the finish line, 80 nm behind the back of the rest of the pack, and has not even left the coast of Australia to enter the Bass Straight yet. That’s barely more than halfway. But to be fair, it isn’t really a racing yacht, it’s more of a cruising one.



Alfa Romeo Opens Big Lead in Down Under Boat Race




Hey, we can’t all be snowbound, right? Biggest sailboat race of the year is underway right now, the 727 mile (1170km) Bluewater Classic race from Sydney Australia to Hobart Tasmania.

Ok, I’m not a yachting guy, but these are some high tech sailboats. And big ones too, the leaders being in the 30m - 100 foot - size bracket. Each one is crewed by a dozen or two sailors, and this race has 100 of them going as fast as they can out in the open ocean down the east coast of the Land Down Under. Well, as fast as they can when there is any wind. When there isn’t ... not so fast then. But there’s lots of tactics involved, and it’s the middle of summer for them, and it’s not another bloody soccer game.


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Alfa Romeo holds onto the lead at Sydney Head



supermaxi Alfa Romeo has opened up a five nautical mile lead in the Sydney to Hobart yacht race.

Alfa is locked a two-way tussle for the lead, with six nautical miles separating Neville Crichton’s Kiwi yacht from UK supermaxi ICAP Leopard, owned and skippered by Mike Slade, and four-times line honours winner, Wild Oats XI, skippered by Mark Richards (NSW) now 10 miles back and being challenged by maxi-chaser Ichi Ban (NSW).

The leading yachts had slowed to as little as three knots earlier this morning, little more than drifting for the 100-footers.

Alfa Romeo is sailing the rhumbline route (most direct course to Hobart) and of the three, ICAP Leopard has chosen to sail furthest east of the rhumbline as they move south.

The winning yacht is not expected in Hobart until lunch time on Tuesday, making it one of the slowest races of the past 10 years.

I gather there are two classes of boat in this race; the regular ones, and the shorter ones (about 70 feet long or even quite a bit less) that go in the handicap class.

The overall race for handicap honours was taken over by Sydney boat Shortwave, the yacht owned by the late Andrew Short, who was killed in the Flinders Islet race down the NSW Coast in October. It is being skippered by his brother Matt and crewed mostly by members of the Short family.

Tactics and crew work will decide the race, and Alfa’s crack international outfit, consisting of America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race veterans, could give it the edge.

“We’ve had a few years without America’s Cup sailing, which has given us the cream of the crop,” Crichton said. “They all want to be on a winning boat.”

Crichton’s skipper Mark Richards said tactics would be the key.

“It’s going to be a tricky race, nowhere near as windy as everyone thought, which is going to be a good thing for the fleet,” Richards said.

“It’s going to be testing times for all the big boats. A very tactical race, a real mindbender.”

Another supermaxi, Investec Loyal, racing as a Tasmanian entry, struck trouble early when the boat’s giant headsail ripped, and a crewman had to be sent up the forestay to retrieve it.

Loyal lost valuable ground and was seventh on the water last night, just behind fellow-supermaxi Lahana, with smaller yachts RAN (fourth) and Ichi Ban (fifth) the meat in a supermaxi sandwich.

RAN, of Britain, had an early lead in the battle for the overall handicap title.



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British handicap entry RAN seems to leap from seas while reaching across the wind



The RAN is currently in 4th place, well ahead of the main part of the pack but nearly 40 nautical miles behind the leader Alfa Romeo. Defending champion Wild Oats XI is in 2nd 16 miles back, and Ichi Ban in 3rd.

Lots of links, plenty of pics, even a real-time yacht tracking web page, with speeds and stuff. A list of favorites, and a bit of background.

The Rolex sponsored race began at 1pm local December 26th. From what I can tell, most of the boats are built from carbon fiber and Nomex, and so are the sails. There is at least one old wood boat in the mix though. Was, perhaps. There have been a number of them pulled out due to damage. This is racing, and they’re going at it hammer and tongs, even if they’re only moving at 7mph sometimes.

Ok, who wants to make the first wisecrack about racing a supermaxi? Let’s just say it’s not the first choice of names we’d pick here in America.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2009 at 11:21 PM   
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Will this be called a Local Contingency

Al Qaeda Operative Tries To Bomb US Airliner

Bomb Fizzles, Alert Passenger “subdues” him

Flight Lands Safely In Detroit



Looks like TSA gets a big lump of coal in it’s stocking this year. Multiple screenings and they didn’t spot the bomb?


Federal officials and police are interviewing a Nigerian man, who allegedly tried to “explode” a powdery substance aboard a Northwest flight from Amsterdam to Detroit, injuring himself and two other passengers, law enforcement officials said.

The man said he was directed by al Qaeda to explode a small device in flight, over U.S. soil, ABC News has learned. Authorities have no corroboration of that information, and the credibility of the suspect’s statements are being questioned, officials said.

Oh shut the eff up. He admits it. He’s a terrorist. Just take him out back and shoot him already.

The suspect was identified as Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, who according to federal documents is an engineering student at University College of London. He was flying from Nigeria to the United States for a religious seminar, according to his entry visa, which was issued June 16, 2008 and was good until June 12, 2010.

“The subject is claiming to have extremist affiliation and that the device was acquired in Yemen along with instructions as to when it should be used,” a federal situational awareness bulletin stated.

The man was “subdued immediately,” Elliott said. Northwest is a wholly owned subsidiary of Delta.

“There was one guy, who sat on the other side, the right side of the wing because this was on the left side of the wing, and he jumped over the other people and he took care of it,” said passenger Peter Smith.

America, Fuck Yeah!™ Give this guy a medal and a lifetime pass from taxes!

The suspect told authorities that he had explosive powder taped to his leg and used a syringe of chemicals to mix with the powder that was to cause explosion. This is of concern because it is a method of mixing that is consistent with terror techniques.

Northwest Airlines flight 253—operated on a Delta airplane—landed safely in Detroit at 11:53 a.m. The man, who flew from Nigeria to Amsterdam and then Detroit, was taken into custody at the Detroit airport and was interviewed by authorities there. He was then taken to an area hospital to be treated for burns.

“The White House is calling this an attempted terrorist attack,” [Senator Susan] Collins {R, Maine] added. “It raises some serious questions, such as how was this person able to bring an explosive substance aboard a commercial airliner? And what is the Transportation Security Administration doing to address this type of threat?”






UPDATE: UK lends a hand

U.K. police are searching a number of locations in connection with an alleged attempt to blow up a jet carrying 278 people as it landed in Detroit, while authorities meet with a Nigerian banker that may be the father of the suspect.

Multiple law enforcement officials identified the suspect in Friday’s attempted attack as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. He was described as Nigerian and is believed to be an engineering student at University College London, the London Times reports.

U.S. authorities claim he has links to Al Qaeda and are working with London Metropolitan police to search addresses with possible connections to the suspected terror attack.

One law enforcement official, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said Mutallab’s name had surfaced earlier on at least one U.S. intelligence database, but he was not on a watch list or a no-fly list.

Abdulmutallab’s alleged U.K. links have also led to heightened security at airports and on all flights to the U.S. from Britain, the London Times reports.




A hero identified

Passenger Jasper Schuringa told CNN that with the aid of the cabin crew, he helped subdue and isolate Abdulmutallab.

Schuringa said he heard a big bang that sounded like a firecracker going off. He told CNN that he was the one who was able to subdue Abdulmutallab. CNN was not able to independently confirm Schuringa’s account.

Schuringa said someone started yelling: “Fire! Fire!”

Then there was smoke. That’s when Schuringa said he knew something was terribly wrong.

When he noticed that Abdulmutallab was not moving, he grew suspect. He jumped over the passenger next to him and lunged over Abdulmutallab’s seat.

Schuringa said he saw that Abdulmutallab had his pants open and he was holding a burning object between his legs.

“I pulled the object from him and tried to extinguish the fire with my hands and threw it away,” Schuringa said.

He said he managed to pull an object tucked between Abdulmutallab’s legs.

“Water! Water,” Schuringa screamed. He heard fire extinguishers as he pulled Abdulmutallab out of his seat and dragged him to the front of the plane.

Schuringa said Abdulmutallab seemed dazed. “He was staring into nothing.”

Schuringa said he stripped off Abdulmutallab’s clothes to make sure he did not have other explosives on his body. A crew member helped handcuff him.

He said other passengers applauded as he walked back to his own seat.

“My hands are pretty burned. I am fine,” he said. “I am shaken up. I am happy to be here.”


UPDATED UPDATE:
Jasper Schuringa is a Nederlander, a video director from Amsterdam. So I guess I have to say “Nederlands, neuken ja!” and sorta hide because I don’t know any Dutch whatsoever and had to look that up, only to find that the ubiquitous universal English monosyllabic dirty emphatic doesn’t actually exist in Dutch. Frot!

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2009 at 11:00 AM   
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it’s worth 2000 words, right?

Made it home safely, tired, gorged, and a bit of a headache this morning. The weather turned to rain last night, making for an exciting drive home. Still pouring; almost all the snow is gone. Our White Christmas is over.



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Yes, this is an actual new Cox & Forkum comic. A very rare thing these days!
It was done a couple days before the vote




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Stolen from Theo’s of course

On a similar note, “green” traffic lights are a total FAIL come winter, and wind up costing more in maintenance than they save in electricity! Way to go greenies.




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2009 at 10:46 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 25, 2009

A SERIOUS WORK OF ART THAT IS MADE FOR THIS DAY ….

First of all ... here’s a link for more photos on this and the whole story which I won’t post here.  I didn’t even know I was booting today. Be interesting to note how many ppl fall by BMEWS today.  Much bigger pix at link.

ROOM AT THE INN

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Hope Santa kind to all ... must get dressed and off to Christmas dinner with village friends.

Cheers to all who pass through today.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/25/2009 at 05:48 AM   
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Merry Christmas

A smorgasbord of Christmas music dedicated to all of the BMEWSed.

Mormon Tabernacle Choir at First Presidency Christmas Devotional 2008

Bing Crosby

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer — The Irish Rovers

For those who enjoy a good barber-shop quartet:

I’ll end this with a special dedication to peiper. I feel your pain, peiper.

Merry Christmas to all, and you’re on your own.

UPDATE

Grumpy Old Fart posted this one in the comments. I thought it was Toto-ly awesome.

Yeah, you better not…in a Pear Tree.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/25/2009 at 01:47 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 24, 2009

AND ANOTHER MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM ME … CHEERS FROM THE MOTHER COUNTRY

These days I seem to spend more time reading newspapers then I do novels.  Which is really a shame cos I get far less pleasure from the daily news then I do from the world of make believe.

One way I have found to escape for a fraction of time, is YT.  You Tube. YT videos and audio.  The Jazz age and then Rogers and Astaire and the Swinging Years of the big bands.  Clips on YT of TV when, IMHO, there was something worth watching.  Once upon a time in the USA when “pushing the envelope” wasn’t the only reason to put on a show.  And some of the very best comedy was being produced here in England. Of course it’s all a matter of taste and opinion.

Some American copies of Brit shows failed miserably.  For example, our version of the Cleese classic, Fawlty Towers lasted one episode. It was that bad.

I’ll bet nobody even remembers it. Of course it wasn’t worth the effort it might take to remember.  It starred Bea Arthur who I could never stand anyway.  She reminded me of one of those loud mouthed left wing liberals I can’t tolerate.  I don’t even know for a fact that in real life she was a loud mouthed, left wing libtard.  (?) On the other hand, another Brit rip off that was popular, was Red Foxx in Sanford and Son.  But I always thought of it as a one joke show. 

So back to the news of the day where a lot (not all) of the real world exists.

Some poor bastard was killed it’s reported, after taking part in a snow ball fight. Jeesh.  That’s all it takes these days I guess.
In the real world we live in, we never know for certain unless some sawbones tells us, how much time we have left with friends and family.  I put friends first cos the wife aside, I no longer have family.  There are some I miss naturally, but only at Christmas.  No, I don’t get that either. 

This guy woke up one morning angry.  Why angry?  At who?  Even he doesn’t know. He just did and so decided to go out and kill someone. Anyone. Didn’t matter who. And so he saw a lady walking her dog and he killed her. In broad daylight.  Just like that. He went home and changed into unblooded clothes, then called the police to turn himself in. I couldn’t help but wonder what Christmas plans the poor victims may have had.  No one who may have loved them knew how little time they had left with them.

As I mentioned at the start, I’ve been reading a lot. I’ve been reading that the family get together at Christmas is a myth. Like Santa Clause and the Tooth Fairy.  According to a couple of unhappy, lonely columnists – the family gathering is made up of mostly quarrelsome cliques.  We buy presents we don’t like for ppl we can’t abide.  Except at Christmas.  Apparently it is the “LAW” that gifts must be exchanged.  Then, the one on the receiving end must pretend to to be thrilled with the gift while thinking of who they can pass it on to.  I think there’s some truth in that last remark.

We have a dear friend who is elderly and kind and very well meaning.  She is also mostly housebound.  Every Christmas (and B.days) she manages to find various gifts, none of which we use, need and usually don’t want. Some items may take up room we can not spare.  My wife accepts whatever’s given with thanks and will not say anything because in this case, with the giver is all alone in the world, and because she gets pleasure from the giving which is almost the only pleasure she has anymore.
She does not want to hurt the feelings of an old friend.  Neither do I for that matter.  But sometimes I can’t help the thought that says just once, I wish we could say dear ‘E’ – we can’t use it.  We don’t know where to put it.  Or, thank you for the wonderful spinach from your own garden but:  Spinach like all good things in the world of food come from Tesco. They come pre washed in plastic wrap. Tomatoes do not come out of the ground. A popular misconception.  NO.  They come from Tesco washed and packaged in neat rows or Tesco would not sell them. LOL.

Sadly, this lady who is a former teacher and a wonderful person please understand, buys stuff.  She gets these gift catalogs from everywhere – signs up to everything the Readers Digest sends her, and so always has a houseful of “gifts.” Generally just junk items but she honestly doesn’t know that.  So she’s pretty much alone, even at Christmas except for a few of us that go over to pay a visit and spend an hour.  At which time she will press unwanted gifts on her visitors.  Hmm. Wonder if that’s why she has so few.  That is an unkind thought.  Didn’t mean it to be.

I don’t know what you consider to be your best Christmases when you look behind.  When I recall mine, and I do every year, I recall the Camel Cigarettes billboard on Time Sq. in NY, blowing smoke rings.  Must have been the years 1946 to 1952.

There were live shows on the Great White Way, and they weren’t peep in those innocent years.  There were the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall(wow).  Benny Goodman live on stage at the Paramount. The Automat and Boston Crème Pie, The Edison Hotel and block after block after block of theaters.

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I saw Oklahoma with the original cast although to be honest, I was a bit too young to appreciate it at the time.  I remember being a little bored with the slow songs.  We went to NY every Christmas holiday. One thing I do not remember at all, was any acrimonious family gathering, as written about today.

I always favored the Italian/Catholic side of the family and most especially at Christmas.  That’s because the non Jewish side had Christmas trees.  An aside here to set a record straight.  There are many Jewish families that do indeed have Christmas trees.  But back then, ours didn’t.  So I enjoyed an Italian Christmas and the gifts under the tree, and helping to decorate the tree.  And the food.  Hey gang.  We had people from the olde country who really did know a thing or two or three about Italian cooking. 
Well anyway, I do not recall any Christmas that was a trial.  I can not of course speak for the adults. 

These days my Christmas day is a quiet one.  Every Christmas since coming here we have had dinner on the day with friends of long standing.  They are a couple whose own kids are grown and gone.  So it’s a wonderful and traditional English Christmas dinner tomorrow, put together by an absolute first class, grade ‘A’ super cook.  It’s the only day of the entire year that Joann will put on a spread like this.  The usual up early and cooking the bird etc. 

So tomorrow remains a special if different sort of Christmas day from the ones I remember when very young. I confess, I do miss em.
I wish I could spend just one more Christmas in 1946 again.  It could be possible but only in the Twilight Zone. 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT.


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