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calendar   Thursday - December 17, 2009

This could be heresy

One for Lyndon



Grain alcohol? Check.

Malted barley, peat dried? Check.

Aged for years in oak bourbon casks? Check.

Sounds like scotch whisky! And it is, in all but name. It’s english! Crivens!



The English Whisky Company comes to market

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The 1st whisky made in England in over 100 years. Honestly, how could they name the distillery anything other than St. George’s?


ST. GEORGE’S DISTILLERY

The distillery produced its first ‘run’ in November 2006 and it was with much excitement and with an enormous sense of achievement that we filled the first barrel of ‘St. George’s whisky’. We now produce on average 13 casks a week, building up a good stock of delicious English Malt Spirit. Our Spirit has to sit in barrels for 3 years before it can be called ‘whisky’.
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The distillery sits on the banks of the river Thet just off the A11 between East Harling and Roudham on the B1111.

The malt spirit is now developing a rich mustard colour, the flavour and smell are exceptional. The special edition, first release will be ready for Christmas 09, we have now sold out of this special release but you can now order our limited edition peated whisky. Everybody else will have to wait for 2010.


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Yes, they’re very young. The place is still almost brand new. The potstills don’t yet have a bit of patina. But it’s an adventure in capitalism, and founder James Nelstrop and his son Andrew are giving it a go at their distillery just west of Norwich. They’ve taken the novel approach of selling their raw spirit in “chapters”, so you can sample things as they mature. Start out with the grain spirit fresh from the still, either peated or unpeated. Sample again at the 18 month mark, and then again at the 3 year mark, when by law their product can first be called whisky. No doubt they’ll have 5, 8, and 10 year chapters as well, before settling down to release the 12 and 18 year old spirits like everybody else.

Will it be any good in the long run? Who can say, but early reviews are cheering. And they’ve got Iain Henderson, formerly of Laphroaig, working for them as their master distiller. And none of their spirits are chill filtered, so not the slightest bit of flavor gets removed. And every drop of their early chapter releases has sold out.


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You can visit their web site, or take a tour if you’re in the area.

We are distilling again. The air is full of delicious aromas which makes it a perfect time for making a tour of the distillery. We run tours on the hour every hour 7 days a week 10am to 4pm. It is not necessary to book, but we recommend it to avoid disappointment.



It is hardly whisky galore, but English whisky will go on sale next week, the first time in more than 120 years that a distillery south of the border has produced the drink.

The St George’s distillery in Roudham, Norfolk, will be hoping to do for English whisky what wine producers in the home counties have done for sparkling wine, which has proved more than a match for French champagne.

St George’s single malt has already received favourable reviews in its pre-whisky form – the spirits have to mature for three years before being officially designated whisky.
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St George’s, which has cost £2.4m to produce so far, uses barley from East Anglia and water from the Breckland aquifer, through a 160ft borehole in the garden. The company plans to produce between 150,000 and 200,000 bottles a year, holding back about 1,000 barrels for 20-year-old whisky.

The Nelstrops brought Iain Henderson—formerly the distillery manager at Scotland’s famous Laphroaig whisky producer—out of retirement.

As there is nobody to blend whisky with in England, “if we’d have had ordinary whisky coming out, on Day One, we’d have been finished,” Nelstrop said.

Bringing in Henderson appears to have paid off, as both the plain and peated whiskies being produced have earned top reviews.

Expert Jim Murray, in his comprehensive Whisky Bible 2010 book, called the distillery a “fabulous outpost” which is “likely to gain a name for exceptional quality.”

Based on tastings of the maturing malt spirit, the peated and plain were both ranked as “brilliant,” the third highest of 10 categories, above “very good to excellent whiskies definitely worth buying” and just below “superstar whiskies that give us all a reason to live.”

And, of course, some Scotsmen have their wee noses out of kilter over the whole affair ...

“No true Tartan Army member would ever wet their lips with English whisky.”

Personally, I think it’s a no-fail idea. And the second hand casks they use are all from Jim Beam, made from American white oak. Yum!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/17/2009 at 03:02 PM   
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UK CARTOONS …

Cartoonists view of things from here, no comments from me except to say that the last one is a favorite.

take a look.

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Based on what I’m reading, seems there’s a bit less of that now, and that’s among his supporters.
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Now this one wins First Prize.
What’s the west gonna do about this guy? Does it need to do anything? What and when? Specially when.

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Source is:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/cartoon/


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/17/2009 at 12:11 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 16, 2009

Mach 6 flying chisel

X-51a test flight is A-OK



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clicky clicky on the picy



X-51A WaveRider gets first ride aboard B-52

12/11/2009 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio—In a flight test reminiscent of the early days of the historic X-15 program 50 years earlier, the X-51A Waverider was carried aloft for the first time over Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 9 by an Air Force Flight Test Center B-52H Stratofortress.

The “captive carry” test was a key milestone in preparation for the X-51 to light its supersonic combustion ramjet engine and propel the WaverRider at hypersonic speed for about five minutes, before plunging into the Pacific Ocean. That flight test is currently planned in about two months, said Charlie Brink, X-51A program manager with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patt.

“This was a great day for the program,” Brink said. “The early look is we successfully captured all of our test points without any anomalies. I’m really proud of the AFRL, Air Force Flight Test Center, and Boeing/Pratt Whitney Rocketdyne teams’ efforts to move us toward the big event.”

The Dec. 9 captive carry test launched around 3 p.m. Pacific time and was conducted entirely in the airspace over Edwards Air Force Base while various systems and telemetry were checked out. Flight duration was 1.4 hours.

“After takeoff we climbed to 50,000 feet and verified B-52 aircraft performance, handling qualities with the X-51A attached to the B-52, control room displays and software integration with the X-51A,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Millman, B-52 project pilot.  “The B-52 handled great and the flight preceded as planned.”

The next B-52 /X-51 flight test mission is expected in mid-January, and will be a “full dress rehearsal,” for its first hypersonic test flight, now planned for mid-February, Brink said. The dress rehearsal flight will depart Edwards and head out over the Pacific to Point Mugu Naval Air Warfare Center Sea Range. Both airborne and multiple ground test assets will monitor all X-51A systems, but the X-51 will not be released from the B-52 and its engine will not ignite.

Then, in February, the Air Force Flight Test Center’s B-52 will carry the unmanned X-51A to approximately 50,000 feet over the Pacific Ocean then release it. A solid rocket booster from an Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) will then ignite and accelerate the X-51 to about Mach 4.5. Then the booster will be jettisoned and the X-51A’s SJY61 supersonic combustion ramjet propulsion system will ignite and operate for about 300 seconds, propelling the cruiser to more than six times the speed of sound or Mach 6.



Pretty damn cool. Somehow I thought that these guys had the whole ramjet/scramjet thing figured out back in the 60s. Guess I was wrong. Apparently the scramject is a whole different beastie than the ramjet, though they are quite similar. Both have no moving parts, and make lots of thrust on very little fuel, but only work at supersonic velocities. And here I thought that the not-so-secret Aurora stealth spy plane with it’s pulse-contrail engine had this squared away nearly 2 decades ago. Guess I was wrong.

I am not sure what the plan is for a functional scramjet. Will it be a missile? Will it be a NASA launch vehicle? Who can tell. Anyway, I was going to make this big detailed post, but I’ve been at the Tamdhu tonight, so fuck it.

Here’s a bunch of links so you can look stuff up to your hearts content.

http://science.howstuffworks.com/hypersonic-plane.htm

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NASA built this SOB and it flies at Mach 10. Same idea. Makes this test flight look kinda lame, don’t it?

This is the X-51a Waverider. Your government dollars at work, courtesy of Pratt & Whitney. Outstanding!
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http://www.parabolicarc.com/2009/08/10/scramjet-engine-installed-x51a-waverider-vehicle/

The press release. Glad to know it can hang off the wing of a B-52. Big deal. Fire it off already, let’s see it go!
http://www.afmc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123181749

Wiki stuff
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_X-51

“Beads on a string” contrails - could be from a PDE engine, for all you Aurora conspiracy fans!
http://www.afmc.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/091209-F-6680C-040.jpg

Awesome pic, including painter’s tape. Why the tape? I guess it keeps the air intake closed.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/e5/X-51A_Waverider_on_B-52_2009.jpg

NASA explains how jet engines work. With a super Java applet you can screw around with.
http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/K-12/airplane/rampart.html

Ramjet vs. Scramjet: shades of difference, minus a couple of parts
http://www.aviation-history.com/engines/ramjet.htm

The BUFF takes off with the X-51a mounted. Damn, that old girl is showing her age. Look at the wrinkles!
http://www.afmc.af.mil/shared/media/photodb/photos/091209-F-6680C-040.jpg

WTF. Here’s some info on Tamdhu. For scotch drinkers who don’t like the overly peaty flavor of Talisker and Oban, it’s a nice experience.
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http://www.whisky-distilleries.info/Tamdhu_EN.shtml

Yes, they put this stuff in Famous Grouse too. Best damn blended scotch ever!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/16/2009 at 09:39 PM   
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A Dangerous Whatsit

Go Directly To Jail



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It’s OK to own one of these things in the USA or in Canada. But for a regular citizen to actually use one in the US is a big time felony. Canada doesn’t care. I blacked out the product / company name on the device.

Yes, it’s plastic. That is a HUGE clue. WhatsIt Difficulty rating on a scale of 1 to 10: 5 for BMEWS readers, 10 for head in the sand leftists and those subject to oppressive Nanny-States. Which is another clue.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/16/2009 at 12:09 PM   
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Who will go in to bat for crime’s victims?  A question from a liberal?  Yup. Wonder of wonde

You may recall a story I posted yesterday, with some anger as usual, about a homeowner sent to jail after braining a gremlin who with others, broke into his home, tied up the family, threatened to kill them and then proceeded to rob them.  Homeowner chases gang, he and brother catch one and wack him with a cricket bat.  Idiot judge says he went beyond self defense once he chased the bad guys away. 

So I was reading The Times today which has the reputation of being liberal altho more and more some of their correspondents seems to be taking a somewhat conservative approach to things.  I am referring to the Times of London.  Not N.Y.
Well, what to my wandering eyes should appear, but an editorial comment from a liberal which reads as, well, reasonable.  Good gosh. Reasonable? From a liberal?  Could be.  You decide.  Although I do not agree that it may be “just” to jail anyone who beats up a burglar.  But the public sure does feel betrayed.

The majority of citizens in this country want the rope back.  Fat chance of that with the left in charge of everything.

It may be just to jail a man who beats up a burglar, but don’t be surprised if the public feel betrayed

Antonia Senior

Three masked men break into your home. They tie up your family and threaten to kill you and your children. They force you to crawl from room to room, as they rob you and ransack your house. You escape and find yourself in possession of a cricket bat. What would you do?

Munir Hussain, a businessman from High Wycombe, chased the burglars down the street with his brother, Tokeer. They caught the intruders and beat them. One, Walid Salem, was hit by a cricket bat with such ferocity that it broke in three pieces, and he was left with brain damage.

Justice was meted out. Then the law intervened. Hussain and his brother were sentenced to 30 and 39 months respectively for grievous bodily harm with intent. Salem escaped jail with a two-year supervision order. Salem, a career criminal, left hospital after two weeks, and was subsequently arrested for an alleged credit card fraud.

The law decided that it is one thing to strike when you are being struck; it is quite another to chase your attacker down the street and beat him senseless. Morally, as well as legally, the distinction looks clear. Hussein’s family were no longer in danger, and neither was he, when the cricket bat came down on Salem’s head. Justice must be measured by the thump of a gavel, not by the thwack of willow on skull.

So why, then, if law and morality agree, does this case cause such consternation?

A man we can identify with — a businessman, with a family life and no history of violence — is confronted by the criminals who stalk our middle-class nightmares. We all wonder what our reaction would be. We all know there are depths of our own soul we have never plumbed, and we are terrified and curious in equal measures.

We are attacked, and the first response is an extreme physiological reaction to our environment that cannot be faked. Charles Darwin, in describing the symptoms of fear, talks of the crouching, defensive- aggressive posture of the terrorised. Fear shakes us out of complacency; readies us for the fight. After the fear, sometimes, comes rage.

There is the absolute fear and incandescent rage of the victim, which can spill over into violence. But we all suffer from a low-level fear and a simmering rage that we are reminded of by this case. We are scared of career criminals like Salem; he is a modern bogeyman. The unfairness of his lenient sentence feeds our rage, as does the failure of the police to catch his accomplices.

But what do we do with this fear and rage? The first option is to think through the morality of vigilantism and conclude that, if a society has any aspirations to civility, the demands of the law must outweigh the desire for revenge. The second option is to think, screw the morality — Salem deserved it and Hussain is a hero.

The second option is the eye-for-eye, tit-for-tat logic that appeals to the supporters of capital punishment. It’s the old “How would you feel if your child was killed?” argument in favour of state-sponsored execution. It puts personal, individual instincts ahead of a sober, impersonal reflection on the State’s powers.

Public opinion is firmly in favour of capital punishment; a referendum would bring back the noose tomorrow. I would expect a similar public response to Hussain’s imprisonment. Put it to the public vote, just after X Factor or I’m a Celebrity . . . Get Me Out of Here! and Hussain would be free, while Salem would be subjected to a series of bushtucker-trial equivalents.

“Dial 03 now,” shouts the cheery presenter, “and watch this career criminal be hit for six! Dial 04, and watch him eat a kangaroo’s anus, to win four stars’ worth of public forgiveness.” The court of public opinion would act very differently to Reading Crown Court.

There is an increasing dissonance between the views of the majority and those of the minority who frame and police the laws. On crime and on immigration the gulf is at its widest. Many in the majority would be justified in believing themselves to be citizens, not of a democracy, but of a liberal oligarchy.

A small band of the liberal elite makes the laws, disputes them in court, writes about them in papers and chatters about them on the box. It makes me both relieved and squeamish — relieved that my nice, liberal view of the world prevails, and squeamish that its execution is so inherently illiberal and anti- democratic. It’s a “we know better” political philosophy whose only defence is a plaintive cry, “But we do!” What’s the logical, intellectual justification for our stranglehold on this democracy? There is none that I can think of; I’m just glad to be on the inside, looking out.

But those who disagree with us are, much to the bafflement of many liberals, not stupid. They recognise the gulf, and feel unrepresented, There is a belief that the criminal justice system and the police are not interested in the victims of crime.

This environment makes vigilantism more likely, not less.

If you work on the automatic assumption that the men who threatened your family will escape justice, how tempting to reach for the cricket bat. What would you do?

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/16/2009 at 11:42 AM   
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Meanwhile, criminal justice (?) in the UK means sending thugs on taxpayer boat trips and holidays.

Yeah ... folks can see how well the softly,softly approach works on criminal punks. 

There isn’t much to add here as the article says enough about “rehabilitation.”

These kind of thugs should be deported to Guatemala, where apparently those folks understand how justice is suppose to work.


‘Canal Boy’ sent on three-month boat trip to help rehabilitate him is locked up for five years for burglaries

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 2:00 PM on 16th December 2009

A infamous robber dubbed ‘Canal Boy’ when he was just 13 years old after he was taken on a three-month narrowboat holiday to stop him committing crimes, has fallen foul of the law again.

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The 1997 cruise caused a national furore, but clearly failed to rehabilitate Clinton Bowen - for he is now starting a five-year jail term after targeting elderly people for a series of burglaries.

Bowen, 28, was on parole from an earlier jail term when he committed 22 burglaries between March and July this year to fuel his drug addiction, Gloucester crown court was told.

He stole family heirlooms and left elderly victims frightened and anxious after a string of raids on homes, the court heard.

In the late Nineties Bowen was one of a number of young offenders who appeared to be rewarded for their crimes by being taken on holiday at public expense or given excessive pocket money in a bid to steer them away from crime.

‘Safari Boy’ Mark Hook, who was taken to Africa and Egypt for 88 days, and ‘Pocket Money Boy’ Casey Bowen, who was given £60 a week by social services, have both also been jailed this year for their latest crimes.

Clinton Bowen spent three months cruising on a canal boat at public expense to try to break his pattern of offending in Cheltenham.

He spent the time with the organisation ‘Care Afloat’ on the canals of Liverpool.

Bowen, admitted three charges of house burglary and asked for 19 others to be taken into consideration.

Derek Ryder prosecuting, told Judge William Hart that on March 2 at 6.30 pm he broke into the home of two 80-year-old men in Cheltenham while they were eating a meal.

Once a thug, always a thug: Casey Bowen is led away in handcuffs in 1996 (left) and yet again in September after robbing a shop at knifepoint

‘They had no idea they were being burgled, but a neighbour saw the defendant coming from their house and suspected something was wrong,’ said Mr Ryder.

‘They found a number of items had been taken out of their home into the garden and parts of the house were in disarray.

‘A number of watches were taken, one of which was well over 100 years old, and had belonged to the father of one of the occupants.’

He said the next offence occurred when a woman of 79, who lives alone, returned to her home and found a kitchen window had been smashed.

‘The house had been searched and belongings scattered around,’ he said.  ‘A pocket watch, a long service medal belonging to the lady’s father, a diamond pin and other jewellery were taken.

‘The third offence on the indictment was discovered on July 3 when a 58-year-old woman returned to her home in Tewkesbury to find the house disordered and items worth £2,395 missing. These included bracelets, a ruby ring and two emerald rings.’

In a victim statement, he said the 79-year-old woman told police she did not have the money to repair the damage to her home or to replace the items which had been stolen.

And the 58-year-old woman, who lives alone, said she had been unable to sleep since the burglary and felt jumpy every time she heard a noise.

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(Punk in his younger days. Always smiling. And why not? He doesn’t live in Guatemala. Unfortunately)

CORRECTION -

Sorry for the goof up BMEWS.  That smiling idiot you see here is not the younger version as I said originally.
The shit is the brother of the guy above.  Runs in the family I guess.  He was given thousands of dollars and a foreign trip in the hope he would pay for the things he was stealing.  Apparently didn’t work as he was at it immediately upon his return here and has been in and out of jail (like his brother) ever since.

That’s how crime is dealt with here in the people’s socialist hand wringing paradise.
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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/16/2009 at 10:01 AM   
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ROBBER STRIPPED, BEATEN AND SET ALIGHT.  AND THAT’S A GOOD THING.

Betcha the slag won’t try it again.  Too bad the cops got in the way of that righteous group of honest citizens tho.  One less gremlin could only have been a positive. Oh well. Maybe next time. 


FEMALE ARMED ROBBER STRIPPED, BEATEN AND SET ALIGHT BY ANGRY LYNCH MOB

By Mail Foreign Service
16th December 2009

Stripped naked to the waist, she begs for mercy as she is savagely beaten by a lynch mob in the middle of the street.

Alejandra Maria Torres was part of an armed gang that tried to rob bus passengers in Guatemala City.

But as she tried to escape the passengers stripped and beat her before dousing her in petrol and setting her alight.

Police put out the flames and arrested her. Her three companions escaped.

Lynchings are common in Guatemala. In the last year, mobs have attacked more than 250 people, leaving at least 40 of them dead.

Criminals are a frequent target but officials are sometimes attacked, including a judge who issued a rape verdict thought by the public to be too lenient.

The practice stems from the civil war of 1960 to 1996 when civil defence patrols carried out many of the murders in the state-sponsored genocide of Left-wing rebels, many of them peasants.

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she doesn’t look too badly beaten up here. must have been a caring mob.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/16/2009 at 09:35 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 15, 2009

I understand the reasoning which isn’t bad.  Parents face ban on smoking in front of children.

Tricky subject here.  On the one hand, nobody wants a govt. sticking their nose into the private home. But, coming from a background and an age when smoking was the norm and smokers weren’t made to feel like outcasts, I have to say my early habit that lasted 21 years and ended in a tumor might have been avoided had things been a lot different back then.  Maybe if my mom weren’t a smoker. Or aunts and uncles and family gatherings where most adults happily lit up.

Maybe I wouldn’t have lost a brother to lung cancer.  Those thoughts do trot through my mind.  There have been a number of times over the years when something came up and my immediate thought has been, I have to share this with Dave. And suddenly realize I can’t.  Or, wish I could share this. He’d get a kick out of it.  Smoking was grown up, it was portrayed as somewhat glamorous and who didn’t want to be that.

So I understand the govt. watch dogs trying to step in and halt the process.  Sometimes education isn’t enough or it’s ignored altogether.  So I understand.
But at the same time, it makes me nervous.  It is intrusive.  Catch 22 for someone like me who has always believed that The End Justifies The Means.
Yeah well, now I have to stop and think about that.  Maybe it should be the end sometimes justifies the means.

How about booze?  Now there’s a topic for ya.  Kids see their parents drinking and some kids even see their parent a bit on the tight side, if the papers are to be believed.  Just where should the line be drawn to help ppl and especially a younger generation?  What other bad habits can a govt. find within a family?

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A ban on parents smoking in front of their children is being considered by the Government.

By Andrew Porter, Political Editor

Stopping parents lighting up at home, or in cars, if they are with their children will form part of an aggressive new anti-smoking campaign to be launched by ministers this week.

The Government will also announce it plans to go ahead with a ban on all advertising on tobacco packaging. That measure would mean in future cigarettes could only be purchased under the counter in packets. They would be marked only with government health warnings.

At the heart of the drive is a new commitment to halve the number of adults who smoke by 2020. The current Department of Health target, which they claim to be on target to meet, is to reduce smoking prevalence to one in five people by next year.

To reduce that to one in 10 a series of measures designed to stop young people taking up the habit will be unveiled.

Central to it will be an aggressive marketing campaign that aims to persuade parents to stop smoking in front of impressionable young children.

Other measures will include:

- a commitment to continued real-terms increases in tobacco duty to keep the price of cigarettes rising;

- more stringent implementation of guidelines on smoking in films and television programmes;

- new controls on the marketing of tobacco accessories;

- further investment in accessible and effective NHS “stop smoking” services; and

- imposing a total ban on smoking and the sale of cigarettes within the London 2012 Olympic site.

A similar ban on parents smoking is in place in several American states and cities. Other US authorities have made smoke-free cars and homes a condition of allowing people to foster children.

In Britain, calls to ban parents smoking in cars have been led by Professor Terence Stephenson, President of the Royal College of Paediatric Health.

He said recently: “Why on earth would you light up in your car whilst your children are sitting quite happily in the back? On the assumption that you wouldn’t pass the packet round and invite the kids to light up, why make them breathe tobacco smoke at all?

“You can’t inflict this on your colleagues at work any more. Why should we treat our children’s health as a lower priority than our employees?”

Labour will be accused by some of introducing more “nanny state” rules.

Prof Stephenson added: “If you act to make people safer, you get accused of introducing the nanny state. If you let people make their own decisions, you get accused of neglect.

“It’s extremely sensible, common sense - but is seen by some as too draconian and the trickling of nanny state rules again.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/15/2009 at 01:40 PM   
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Border Security

MacBook Not Bulletproof




Lily Sussman is an American abroad. And a blogger. I gather she lives, works, and goes to school in Cairo. Taking some time off to do the tourist thing, she visited Israel. And I guess that the border security guards didn’t like that she brought her laptop computer with her. So they shot it. Three times.


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Police shoot U.S. student’s laptop upon entry to Israel

Israel Border Police officers shot at an American student’s laptop as she entered Israel via Taba, Egypt, two weeks ago.

Lily Sussman, 21, wrote on her blog that border police subjected her to two hours of questioning and searches prior to shooting her Apple Macbook three times.

“They had pressed every sock and scarf with a security device, ripped open soap and had me strip extra layers. They asked me tons of questions?where are you going?” Sussman wrote, describing the experience.

“Who do you know? Do you have a boyfriend? Is he Arab, Egyptian, Palestinian? Why do you live in Egypt? Why not Israel? What do you know about the ‘conflict’ here? What do you think? They quizzed me on Judaism, which I know nothing about,” she continued.

Sussman said that she then heard an announcement on the loudspeaker. “It was something along the lines of, ‘Do not to be alarmed by gunshots because the Israeli security needs to blow up suspicious passenger luggage,’? she wrote on her blog.

Moments later a man came to her and introduced himself as the manager on duty. “I’m sorry but we had to blow up your laptop,” Sussman said he told her.

“The security officers did not ask about my laptop prior to shooting it,” Sussman told Daily News Egypt. “They used the word ‘blew up’ when they told me they destroyed my laptop. I don’t know why they shot it.”

from her blog ...

Moments later a man came outside and introduced himself as the manager on duty. And then, “I’m sorry but we had to blow up your laptop. “

What….all my client case notes and testimony, writing, pictures, music and applications. Years of work. NO!!!! What?? Are you insane?? What were you thinking? THAT’S ALL MY WORK!?

After much yelling, crying and frantic phone dialing (don’t be alarmed if I called you repeatedly this morning), he took me outside to see the wreckage. It turned out it hadn’t been quite blown up, but rather shot through with three bullets. We were able to extract the hard drive, seemingly unscaved. Thank goodness…

Security had never asked for my password. Was it my peeling Arabic stickers on the keyboard? Or something else during the questioning which set them off?

Most unusual. I gather the border cops also blow up clothing sometimes too.

Better make sure you answer those questions properly, or else!

The good news is that a) the guards missed the hard drive, and b) Israel is going to buy her a new computer. If she fills out the proper forms in a timely manner.




Damn. Can you imagine this going on here? “Sorry, those peaches are overripe.” BaBOOM! “Art? You call this art?” BaBOOM! “No, sorry, we only let Run DMC music out of the country. You can’t bring any in!” baBOOM!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/15/2009 at 01:29 PM   
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MOTHER OF EIGHT LIVING IN A £2.6m MANSION, more living OFF the taxpayer …

Any of you folks have a house like this? Oh right.  Not if you’re working and or supporting yourself and family.

I hafta wonder if things would really be all that different under a conservative govt.

Chris? Lyndon? Whatcha think?

SINGLE MOTHER OF EIGHT LIVING IN A £2.6m MANSION - SO MUCH FOR LABOUR’S BENEFIT CRACKDOWN.

By Emily Andrews
Daily Mail
Dec.2009

A year after the Government vowed to crack down on housing benefits, a single mother of eight is still living in a £2.6million mansion funded by taxpayers.

Francesca Walker receives more than £90,000 a year in housing allowance to meet the rent on the five-bedroom villa, plus other payouts of £15,000.

A defiant Miss Walker, 34, insists that she and her children aged from six to 16 are completely justified in living there as the council could not find them a big enough home.

And, bizarrely, she claims that ‘living in this house is holding me back’.
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Francesca Walker with Mohammed, daughter Rashida and son Moustapha in her £2.6million mansion

Miss Walker, whose near neighbours include David Cameron, Elle Macpherson and Hugh Grant, said: ‘I’ve started my own business making organic soaps and bath products but any money I make I have to pay straight back to the council so there’s no incentive for me to work hard to grow my business.

‘Lovely though the house is, I’d prefer to live in a cheaper one. But I had to move from my old flat as gangs kicked my door down and harassed my children.’

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The four-storey villa in Notting Hill, West London, which costs taxpayers £7,600 a month, has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a double living room, study and roof terrace.

‘This house is lovely and spacious, and with three bathrooms we don’t have to queue in the mornings,’ added Miss Walker.

‘If it seems like I’ve landed on my feet, I have. But I can’t afford to buy a house myself and I can’t work because I have eight children to look after.

‘Where would people rather my family was - out on the street?’

Miss Walker was given the house last September on a three-year lease because a rule introduced in April 2008 forces local authorities to place tenants in private properties if suitable council homes are unavailable.

This was intended to promote fairness but has caused, in some cases, huge cost to the taxpayer.

Last month, it was revealed that a Somali family of nine are living in a £1.8million central London house costing £1,600 a week.

And a family of eight Afghan immigrants have been housed for the last 14 months in a £ 1.2million house in Ealing, West London, at a cost so far of £168,000.

While then Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell said he would crack down on the failing system last year, little seems to have been done although a Government source said yesterday that a crackdown on high rates of housing allowance would be announced this week.

Miss Walker said: ‘It’s great living here, obviously, but it’s ridiculous that the Government have housed me here as it’s a complete waste of money.

‘The benefits system in this country is a joke’ ‘There are a lot of people who defraud the system and abuse it - it’s not difficult to take advantage of it.’

Miss Walker, a Muslim convert, was brought up by her Jamaican-born mother after they were abandoned by her father, a musician.

She was taken into care at 14 when her mother had a nervous breakdown.  She said: ‘I lived in three foster homes and moved school five times. By 17, I was living in a children’s home with some disreputable characters.

‘I was afraid of being abused and becoming a junkie. I began to explore Islam.’

She converted to the religion and had five children with her first husband before divorcing five years later.

She had three more children from a second marriage, which also lasted five years.

Miss Walker insisted: ‘I’m the product of a failed society. My family failed me, the council failed me and I failed myself. I should not have married and got pregnant at 17.

‘On the other hand, I’ve never been in trouble with the law, my kids are healthy and well-looked-after, we’re moderate Muslims, not extremists, and I’m taking a psychology degree with the Open University so I can be a support worker for families who are socially excluded.’

The property owner Mr Armstrong, who lived there with his wife and three children before moving to a nearby borough, declined to comment.

Kensington and Chelsea Council originally said it had to house Miss Walker in the borough as her children were all at local schools, but now she has removed them all for home education.

Despite this the council claims there is still nothing it can do and it is just ‘following Government rules’.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/15/2009 at 01:21 PM   
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The UK under a Labour govt. Dedicated forever to anything stupid and when found, look for more.

Another tiring day as now we’ve had some electrical work done.  Something called RCD which is, Residual Current Device.  Has to do with preventing electric shock.  Ours apparently was not working, or at least not fully. Another box had to be installed up to code. Or near it for this old place. It’s just too long a story but it’s fixed now.  Guaranteed.  Stay Tuned.

So then, while the electric was off for two hours while holes drilled and and new wire installed and HEAT of course OFF ... I still managed to read some of the papers today and came across a continuing STUPID libtard thing I thought was settled back in 2005.  In fact, I’m certain I have the story saved somewhere on my computer. I saw the damn thing only a few months ago on one of my flash drives. But no matter. 

In todays Mail and reading Richard Littlejohn I see he has brought up the asinine story for the ridicule it deserves.
Here’s what I’m banging on about. It’s the same thing I had but a different source. BBC News. 2005. And dumb as a box of rox but what else can you expect from the left?

Some of you will remember this lunacy because I posted it long ago. Good grief. Have I been doing this stuff that long?

The original headline from another source read,

TOO MANY MIDDLE AGED, MIDDLE CLASS WHITE FOLKS USING NATIONAL PARKS.

Hey ... that is exactly how the left in power think.

Lake walkers too ‘middle-class’ Free, guided treks through Cumbrian beauty spots are facing the axe because they are not attracting people from all walks of life, it is being claimed.
BBC News, Tuesday, 4 January, 2005

The Lake District National Park says its programme, run by more than 100 rangers, currently attracts “middle-aged, middle-class white people”.

Managers want to spend the money they save on attracting ethnic minorities, disabled people and more children.

But the move has angered many volunteer rangers who give up their time to help.

Among activities facing the axe are walks, a magazine, informative talks and slide shows.
‘Middle-aged people’

The national park’s authority said it wanted to meet government targets to attract minorities, inner city children and disabled people.

More than 30,000 people take part in events every year, including 4,500 walks.

A spokesman for the authority, said: “Our research shows that the majority who do use the walks are white, middle-class, middle-aged people.

“The government is encouraging national parks to appeal to young people, to ethnic minorities and to people with disabilities.

“It is saying we ought to focus our activities on these kind of groups.”

But voluntary ranger Derek Lyon hit out at the plans.

He said: “What are they going to do, bus in these people, or open an office in Manchester?

“Why do we at least not stick with a programme that we have prepared and which we can run at no additional expense?”

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/cumbria/4144717.stm

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Well apparently the stupid idiots in power haven’t given up on their all inclusive, multi cultural, diversity bullshit, cause here’s Littlejohn on the subject today.


Never mind racist sheep, beware of werewolves

Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail
Dec. 15, 2009

The Government is recruiting a new standing army of Guardianistas to encourage members of ethnic minorities to explore the countryside.

Plans for 200 ‘community champions’ have just been unveiled. They have been instructed to increase the number of people from minority backgrounds using National Parks.
National Park Dartmoor

Beautiful: The Government have decided to champion the Dartmoor and other National Parks with ethnic minorities who ‘fear racist abuse’

Ministers claim that only one per cent of blacks and Asians walk Dartmoor and Exmoor because of lack of transport and fear of racial abuse.

Surely lack of transport affects everyone, not just minorities. And where does fear of racial abuse on Dartmoor come from - sheep?

One of the first ‘community champions’ in the West Country, Zainab Abubakar, said ‘Islamophobia’ was discouraging Muslims from walking the moors.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more fatuous statement made by anyone all year.

You’re more likely to bump into a werewolf on Exmoor than a member of the BNP.

A new university study has concluded that the full moon is capable of bringing out the inner werewolf in us all.

Judging by Zainab Abubakar, werewolves aren’t the only ones howling at the moon.

LITTLEJOHN

Maybe Mr. Akbarsnackbar should change his name to conform to something that looks English. That would be a good start.  Jerk!

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/15/2009 at 12:17 PM   
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A very easy WhatsIt

Strange Gizmo




The internet is a big place, with some strange corners. I found this thing for sale in one of them. It’s brand new, and you can order as many of them as you want. But what on earth do you do with it?


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It certainly is whimsical.

On a WhatsIt Difficulty Scale of 1-10, this one rates a 0. Maybe a 1. But hey, it’s Fwench! And it’s quite large too. The removable bowl is nearly 5” across and the whole thing weighs 33 pounds. Which might explain why it costs $1560 plus shipping. Mon dieu!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/15/2009 at 09:35 AM   
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calendar   Monday - December 14, 2009

businessman who attacked armed thug for taking his family hostage is jailed.

This will more then likely be my only post for today.  Wish it were otherwise.

This HAD to be posted today.  Sure, I understand that “excessive force” was used but the idea of jail for this guy makes me see red. Yeah. RCOB again.

I suppose the fact that the homeowner is very wealthy will now be hit with a law suit. If he is, he should plan very carefully, even if it takes a couple years.
Then take out the lawyer who represents his accuser, and take out the suing family too.  But first, he should send his own family away and then go where there isn’t any extradition with the UK.  If he can still hold on to his money, he should be ok almost anywhere.

This article had been edited for space and I have not included photos.  See the link below for both.


Millionaire businessman who attacked armed thug for taking his family hostage is jailed… but the intruder walks free

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:09 PM on 14th December 2009

A millionaire businessman who fought off knife-wielding thugs who threatened to kill his family was jailed for 30 months today - while his attackers remain free to walk the streets.

Munir Hussain, his wife and their three children stumbled on three intruders, wearing balaclavas, in their home when they returned from their mosque during Ramadan.

The family were ordered to lie on the floor of the living room with their hands behind their backs.

As four of them were tied up, Mr Hussain’s teenage son escaped through a window.
Munir Hussain

Two of the raiders fled when they realised the youngster had gone.

Mr Hussain then threw a coffee table at the third man, 56-year-old Walid Salem, hitting him in the face.

He then enlisted his brother Tokeer in chasing the offenders down, bringing one of them to the ground in a nearby garden in the street in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

What followed was described in Reading Crown Court as self-defence that went too far, leaving intruder Salem with a permanent brain injury after he was struck with a cricket bat so hard that it broke into three pieces.

Judge Reddihough noted Mr Hussain’s ‘courage’ but said he had carried out a ‘dreadful, violent attack’ on the intruder as he lay defenceless.

Salem was the only intruder caught after the incident on September 3, 2008, but his injuries meant he was not fit to plead after being charged with false imprisonment.

Salem, who has a string of 50 past convictions, was given a two-year supervision order at a court hearing in September this year.


The brothers, described as family men at the heart of the local community, were found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a trial earlier this year.

The prosecution alleged two other men took part in the so-called ‘revenge attack’ with them.
The Hussain family home in High Wycombe

Munir Hussain was given a 30-month sentence, because Judge John Reddihough decided he had been subjected to more provocation than his brother, Tokeer, who was jailed for 39 months.

Judge Reddihough said Munir Hussain’s family had been subject to a ‘serious and wicked offence’ and praised the bravery of his teenage son who escaped to raise the alarm.

The judge told them: ‘It may be that some members of the public, or media commentators, will assert that the man Salem deserved what happened to him at the hands of you and the two others involved, and that you should not have been prosecuted and need not be punished.

‘However, if persons were permitted to take the law into their own hands and inflict their own instant and violent punishment on an apprehended offender rather than letting justice take its course, then the rule of law and our system of criminal justice hand holding , which are the hallmarks of a civilised society, would collapse.’

What the fuck is this ass wipe talking about?  It collapsed a very long time ago.  Where has he been all this time?  In some fuckin ivory tower or on another planet?  And what’s this total and absolute nonsense about justice taking its course? Huh?  As in, dragging out for years and then the gremlin gets another ASBO?  WTF ... What the hell does 50, five fuckin oh, FIFTY convictions say about justice taking its course?  Where’s the justice when some creep is still free after 25 convictions?  Well, if the gremlin is really brain dead then maybe there won’t be a 51st conviction. At least this one criminal career is at an end. And it wasn’t the “System” that brought it there.  NO.  It was one outraged home owner.  Kudos and Bravo and Well Done!

Sentencing the brothers, whose mother had died just before the incident, the judge added: ‘This case is a tragedy for you and your families.

‘Sadly, I have no doubt that my public duty requires me to impose immediate prison sentences of some length upon you.

‘This is in order to reflect the serious consequences of your violent acts and intent and to make it absolutely clear that, whatever the circumstances, persons cannot take the law into their own hands, or carry out revenge attacks upon a person who has offended them.’

The brothers, who live near each other in High Wycombe, did not react as they were sentenced, but members of their family watching from the public gallery tearfully shook their heads.

Michael Wolkind, defending, argued that his client was the ‘real victim’ in the case.

Mr Wolkind said the case had similarities to that of farmer Tony Martin, who shot a teenage intruder, noting there was public support in both cases.

He told the court: ‘The public surely do not want Munir Hussain to receive imprisonment. I don’t seek a medal, I seek justice for him.’

Munir Hussain, usually a controlled man, had simply acted in the heat of the moment in ‘extreme circumstances of stress’, he added.

The prosecution said the Hussains were not being convicted for apprehending Salem, but for the ‘excessive force’ they used on him.

Hilary Neville, prosecuting, said: ‘What started as reasonable self defence by Munir Hussain then turned into excessive force by virtue of a sustained attack by Munir, Tokeer and at least two others.’

The court heard sentencing would have an impact on the local economy, with 10 members of staff losing their jobs at Soundsorba, the company run by Munir Hussain, who employs his brother as a technical director.

The firm, which produces sound-absorbing material, has an annual turnover of £2.5m.

Munir Hussain feels he let down his wife Shaheen Begum and sons Awais, 21, Samad, 15, and 18-year-old daughter Arooj, by failing to defend them against Salem and his gang.

His wife had suffered a stroke prior to the incident, and had since had a mini stroke.

SOURCE AND PHOTOS HERE

ps: have water and all working BUT.  electrician coming tomorrow late morning to change some kind of box that should have tripped and didn’t, when my hand got a tiny tingle in the water last week.  something to do with something Drew and others mentioned. I think.  rdf? rfd? I forgot. Stay Tuned


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/14/2009 at 11:43 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 13, 2009

A death in the family

We suffered a death in the family this week. Let me just quote from my journal:

12/11/2009

Kali died this evening.

When I came home she was laying on the couch with Linda. She’d hardly moved all day, but she was still alive. I petted her and she tried to raise her head. She even started to purr. That was about 4:45 PM.

I came down at 6:30 because I heard the opening song of the movie. Linda was watching Phantom of the Opera and I thought to join her. As I descended the stairs, she cut the movie off. When I got to the living room she was petting Kali with tears streaming down her face… Kali was gone.

Kali Kitty
Spring, 1992—Dec 11, 2009.

She was an old kitty. Back in ‘92 I’d picked her out from a litter one of my mail customers had. Linda had wanted a black cat, being then in her ‘witchy’ phase (where I come from, we pronounce it with a ‘b’). I picked the only black cat, which was also the runt. Said I’d take her home once she was weaned.

A few weeks later, I surprised Linda with a black kitty. From then on, ‘Kali’, as Linda named her, was Linda’s cat. To be honest, I was distressed at her choice of a name. She picked it out of one of my mythology books, but neglected to read about the mythological Kali. But Kali would seek out Linda’s lap if we were watching TV, follow her around in the garden, and, at least for the first few years, jump up on the bed so as to attack our feet under the covers.

I guess I shouldn’t have been surprised at Linda’s reaction to my going out to get a shovel: “Get away! I’ll take care of her!” she said.

And she did. 


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