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AN UNHEEDED WARNING.  HOW MANY MORE.  HERE’S SOME FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

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UNHEEDED WARNING

Spare a thought, if you have any left this morning, for Alhaji Umaru Mutallab, the former chairman of the First Bank of Nigeria, and the father of the man who tried to blow up an aircraft over Detroit.

Repeatedly, he tried to warn the US authorities that his son might be involved in something dodgy. Repeatedly, they ignored him. And I think we all know why. I bet his first approach was by e-mail. “Dear SURNAME,” he may have written, following the apparent custom of his countrymen. “I am MR MUTALLAB, the former CHAIRMAN of the FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA and I write to inform you that . . .” Click. Straight into the CIA spam bin.

Pity that modern Cassandra, the Nigerian banker who actually has something important to say. Maybe there are hundreds of them. Screaming into cyberspace via Hotmail. Forever ignored.

Hugo Rifkind
The Times, London.
Jan. 1, 2010


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/02/2010 at 12:01 PM   
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DARN IF IT ISN’T ALL THE FAULT OF DREW AND TOM HORN … MY PLANS ASKEW …

ASKEW is right cos I had planned on something else to start with. Can’t do that right now.

I was always a fan of Steve McQueen going way back to the TV series in 1958.  There was always something believable about him.

Drew’s take on Tom Horn is right on the money and I honestly don’t think I’ve read a better movie review.  No kidding.

I have a ton of stuff to do and more or less planned out my posts for today.  We have been finding more things packed away left by the wife’s late mother. Because it’s difficult for her to do, she says she feels like she’s starting the new year by getting rid of her mom, I’ve been going through and seperating stuff like 50 years worth of diaries.  And due to the mania for seperating cardboard and recycle from hard plastics, well.  You can imagine how I spent a great deal of yesterday, and there’s more of other things today.  My inclination is to simply toss everything in a pile but ... can not do.  There are addresses there and phone numbers AND, the powers that be WILL check what you toss away.  Stiff fines and aggro I don’t need.  So ...  I had stuff lined up and came to BMEWS to start and got hit with Tom Horn. 

There is not a single thing I could possibly add to that review.  Drew missed his calling. But hell, it’s not too late should he tire of windows.

Westerns in the past and most especially the silents were sooooo corny I can’t believe how ppl took to em.  Movies in general were cornball. Not all of them, there were a few standouts.  Anyway ...  I got to thinking about the beginnings of the western ....

http://www.silentmovies.com/edison/gtrscenes/gtr.htm, and of course you can Google The Great Train Robbery and see clips.  What an innocent age.

Then I recalled a name from the past, William S. Hart.  He was a major star in that period. Just think, here was a guy born in the final year of the war of northern aggression.  okok. The Civil War.  (most uncivil) Anyway, you could say he was the Steve McQueen of his time. Not in acting ability to be sure. But in popularity.  I remember my mother speaking of him.  Then there was real cowboy named Tom Mix.

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So I just thought I would post this very old stuff so we can see where we all came from.  Movie wise.

I will leave you with this. And to think, I actually got paid for playing it.  That was the life let me tell ya.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/02/2010 at 11:12 AM   
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Film School

I just finished watching Tom Horn, Steve McQueen’s 1980 eulogy to westerns, and perhaps to himself. He died from mesothelioma just a short time after the film was completed. At first, this seemed to be a confused film, especially with the dream sequences/flashbacks Tom Horn has while in jail. They were totally unexpected. But I quickly adapted. McQueen’s Tom Horn is a rough man mostly by necessity, a man past his time, a survivor of the “raggedy-assed Old West” who finds himself a fish out of water in the duplicitous early 20th century, but still tries to do what he knows best, which is hunting down the bad guys and outgunning them. But he embodies The Cowboy Code to the letter without even trying. I doubt if Horn has 200 words of dialog in the whole film, not even speaking up in his own defense at his rigged murder trial, stoically knowing that the verdict is going to be whatever those in power want it to be. And in homage to that same Code, this little gem of a film is a distillate; it’s everything a cowboy movie should be, boiled down to the leather hard essentials, but with a realistic worldview that eclipses the standard moral tale. Which may be the ultimate moral tale anyway: do your best, but things are going to happen anyway. Linda Evans puts in an appearance as the school marm romance interest, looking nice but more than a bit weathered; another layer of realism on the old genre. And what would any western be without Slim Pickens? He’s in there as the Sherrif, not aww-shucks-ing it up for once, just a decent man trying to do a decent job but out of his depth in the new world order. It’s a shame Gabby Hays wasn’t still alive to find a niche roll in here too, but frankly it would have been little more than a cameo. There is no comic relief in this one. McQueen was always best as the anti-hero, and those types are best showcased against a dark backdrop.

I got the DVD from my friend Doc, who either loves the film because he owns the same kind of rifle, or bought the same kind of rifle because he loves the film. No matter. The big 1876 Winchester in .45-60 is just as huge in real life as it is in Horn’s hands. Big Medicine, and in Horn’s hands it drops rustlers and their horses with aplomb. And scares the daylights out of the townsfolk. Heck, all the guns shown and talked about are right for the period, from the black powder arms to the top-break S&W/H&R to the big old Colt Walker to the Krags the National Guard carries to the never seen “German automatic” that one of the lawmen alludes to having [ie a broomhandle Mauser]. Blew my mind, remembering that Once Upon A Time Hollywood knew how to do that right. They even need reloading after 5 or 6 shots, and the pistoleros can’t hit for shit past 35 yards. A miracle.

I haven’t seen a real western in ages. No, that latter day bang-bang crap like “The Quick and the Dead” doesn’t count. In today’s era of zillion dollar CGI and PC subtexts, watching this one was a step back in time to a simple score, a simple and natural mise-en-scene, and a small cast telling a simple story that turned out to have a deep and complex message.

This film pretty much bombed in theaters, since westerns were tired out back then, but it’s worth renting. You get to see McQueen at his effortless best, filling out a role and not trying to be Steve McQueen for once. But you know the man is dying. You can see it in his face and the way he moves. But just like Horn, he soldiers on because it’s all that he knows how to do, accepting the future without quite knowing what’s going on or how he got there. You might have to rent a few John Ford and a couple Clint Eastwood westerns ahead of time to refresh yourself with the genre, so that you’ll recognize the 90 minutes of art that this one is.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/02/2010 at 03:52 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 01, 2010

semi-elitism

Sorta wondering if there is a bit of lefty elitism in the VRWC blogosphere. Or is it just a poor excuse?


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I always thought we spotted these things. Now I find out CBullit, CMBlake6, myself, and many others are actually driving the damn things!





Erick Erickson at RED STATE cottons to the Executive Order story and what it means ... after dismissing all of us as black helicopter loonies for several days. Gee, thanks.

For about a week I have been getting emails about Barack Obama surrendering American sovereignty to Interpol, the international criminal police force under the UN’s jurisdiction, but I honestly couldn’t believe even Obama would do that.

The people emailing me were, frankly, mostly of the black helicopter crowd variety so I dismissed it is as overhyped.

Then RedState regulars like Kenny Soloman and Veronica Estrada started taking it seriously. I had to pay attention.

Finally, I got an email with several links from a friend saying I needed to say something about this. He wanted to make sure it was on my radar screen.

This is an extremely serious issue.



And another serious issue is his malignant “serious journalist” ego. Excuse me, Mr. Popular Blog Dude, but if you get a couple thousand emails all on the same subject, don’t you think it’s worth a little look-see? No, not for him. Only when the Important People start to blog about it does it become important. And obviously, an essay on the subject at National Review didn’t have the necessary gravitas to trip Erickson’s Seriousimeter. Not even a column at Malkin’s did the trick, and she’s actually a paid professional journalist. Is that her I see in the copilot’s seat with CBullit up there?

Am I being too persnickety? Almost everyone came a week late to the story or longer, but then it went viral, and in 48 hours was everywhere. So it looks like RED STATE not only has to hide from those damn darkened aerial eggbeaters, he also avoids reading anyone else’s blog to see what’s going on. Don’t want to catch the tinfoil hat disease you know. Thank goodness he still has the MSM to get his news from.  It’s where all the elitists, professionals and cool kids get their news.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/01/2010 at 08:32 PM   
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CHINESE DEMOLITION CREW GETS IT WRONG.  (suicides at 6)

I seriously thought I was gone for the night. Shows how much I know.  I need to get back to a book. Hey ,, I finally got my copy of Heinlein from Amazon.
Can’t put it down. Thnx guys. 

OK so .... you have GOT to go here to see this. The video is also here but there isn’t any way to bed it here as it’s the Chinese YouTube. YouKu.com.
Take a look at this.

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The demolition guys got it wrong. 
See all the photos and the video here.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/01/2010 at 06:31 PM   
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Ha!

Fruit of the Boom



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I love that we so quickly turn to mocking these clowns. Screw PC; this behavior should be encouraged. Terrorized? Oh hella no; you’re just new material for us to laugh at.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/01/2010 at 05:33 PM   
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Last posting for tonight and want to end with something nice on this first day of 2010. So ….

I received a very interesting link to a Canadian article, sent to me by Rich K here at BMEWS. Interesting piece about our (USA) economy. Well written too.
BUT ... since I have to leave for the night I thought I’d keeps things upbeat.  But tomorrow’s another day and gloves are off.
A wish for a good New Year to all of us, but more importantly, a HEALTHY one.  Need that to enjoy the year.
Cheers ..

It isn’t time for Weekend Women this being Friday. But I happen to see this Welsh beauty. Jeez I thought. Another blond Welsh singer.
Of course, I’d never heard of her much less her vocal ability.  Doesn’t matter anyway since musically I’m in another generation. Besides, since this is all about looks right here right now, well.  Nothing else to say.

Her name is CHARLOTTE CHURCH
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She sang the soaring soprano vocals on the A Beautiful Mind (2001) soundtrack.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/01/2010 at 04:29 PM   
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America’s armed militia on the rise , says article in the Telegraph.

Here’s how one story on America is being reported here on this first day of the new year, 2010.

I suppose it could be true and would not surprise me if it is.  My hope of course is that they won’t be too much more extreme then I am in which case we (USA) would be in serious doo-doo.

Hell lets face it, while many of us believe and I do, that extremism in defence of my country is a virtue, too much of it can also wreck a country. Look what the left has done to us so far, as an example.

America’s armed militia on the rise

Extremist “patriot” groups and other armed militias have undergone a dramatic resurgence in America, their numbers more than doubling in the past year amid growing Right-wing fears over expanding federal power and gun control.
By Tom Leonard in New York
Published: 4:35PM GMT 31 Dec 2009

Such groups – a mix of libertarians, gun rights advocates and survivalists – appeared to be in terminal decline before the election of Barack Obama, according to monitoring bodies.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre, which tracks extremist organisations, says it has so far counted more than 300 patriot groups this year, at least double last year’s total of 150. The real total will be much higher as many groups do not go out of their way to publicise their existence.

See now right here at the start is where I see red.  EVERY time I see SPLC, my immediate feeling honest and true is, I wish I had a way to eliminate every single member and ALL who contribute monies to that miserable trouble making left wing group of lawyers and running dog followers. All of em with NO exceptions.  I hate em that much.  Well let the bastards count and I hope the numbers mount.  But it might be nice if for once we got groups that didn’t see little green men and claim they hear the voice of god or the devil or Elvis.  We do seem to be plagued on the right with folks like that.

A similar wave of anti-government groups, some of whose members dress in camouflage gear and conduct military training at weekends, sprung up during the Clinton administration.

However, SPLC researchers said there was a new race factor reflecting President Obama’s ethnicity and immigration fears.

The groups themselves reject accusations of racism but agree that many members are deeply worried about gun control, are angered by the federal economic rescue packages, and are dismayed by government interference in areas such as health care. They voice frustration at what they perceive as America’s international decline.

Tensions are running high and some fear major bloodshed springing from a minor event. A law enforcement official told the SPLC that “all that’s lacking is a spark”.

One of the new patriot groups is called Oath Keepers. Its members, like those in other groups, look for guidance from America’s Founding Fathers.

Formed last spring, Oath Keepers’ members – limited to current or former servicemen and police – swear to obey the US constitution rather than politicians.

Stewart Rhodes, the founder, told The Daily Telegraph that the situation was a “potential powder keg”.

He said: “The one thing that would probably lead [groups] to armed resistance is if the government did try to confiscate weapons, but that was what finally led to fighting in the American Revolution”.

Mike Vanderboegh, a former militia leader and founder of a vociferous gun rights group called the Three Percenters, pointed to a huge increase in sales of ammunition, many of it to new gun owners.

“This is far larger than Obama. It speaks to an existential fear of societal collapse,” he said.

He said group members were looking for “practical self-defence”, whether from “predatory government or street-level crime”.

If the government carried out “another Waco” – the 1993 storming of a cult’s Texas ranch, in which 76 occupants died – “you’d see a reaction bloody beyond belief”, he added.

Heidi Beirich, a co-author of the SPLC’s militia research, said the groups were characterised by “a lot of conspiracy mongering, gun nuttery and fear of a new world order that they think is controlling the US”.

Conservatives have accused the SPLC and other monitoring groups of exaggerating the threat posed by such groups, although a Department of Homeland Security report in April voiced fears about rising extremism.

Mr Rhodes said his group’s internet forum had 11,000 members. Its 10-point oath includes pledges not to disarm fellow Americans or force citizens into “any form of detention camps”.

Mr Rhodes said: “I don’t want to take it for granted that the destruction of the republic can’t happen here.” He said he had also attacked encroaching federal power under the Bush administration, adding: “They’re refusing to acknowledge the fundamental American libertarian streak that says, ‘We don’t care who’s in power, we don’t like the expansion of executive power.’”

Jonathan White, a former police officer and academic who advises both the FBI and government on terrorism, said he was less worried by the threat from the organised patriot groups than from “lone wolf” individuals who would tend to dismiss militias as “a joke”.

Richard Poplawski, a Pittsburgh man who shot dead three police officers in April, complained to friends that the government was infringing gun rights.

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Great excuse to shoot cops huh?  That guy isn’t an kind of patriot. He’s just a rotten cold blooded killer.  Wasting policemen does not advance any patriot cause.
It’s guys like that who should have their gun rights infringed. Trouble is, one never knows ahead of time. Not till it’s too late. 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/01/2010 at 02:57 PM   
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SOMETIMES CRIME REALLY DOESN’T PAY AND CAN BE FUNNY.

I had promised myself that no matter what the story today, my first post of the new year was NOT gonna be about the usual crime thing. There’s going to be more then enough in the year ahead, as there is every year.  So no blood and mayhem to start happy to say.  However, there are the goofy things crime related that just can not be resisted.

On page three of the Telegraph this morning, the wife pointed out an article that got her giggling.  The Telegraph as usual doesn’t have a link to the story.
And btw, I tried looking it up in Darwin Awards and couldn’t find it although I know it’s there.  So I went to the papers link for “Science Dept” which they do list, but still no link to this.  Typical Telegraph.  So, you’ll just have to take my word for it, I didn’t make this up.


TWO BELLGIAN BANK ROBBERS HAVE BEEN GIVEN THE DARWIN AWARD AFTER KILLING THEMSELVES WHILE TRYING TO BLAST THROUGH A CASH MACHINE.

Richard Alleyne
Science Correspondent
The Telegraph

The pair used so much dynamite that they destroyed the entire bank building - and themselves with it.

Well I thought that was pretty funny and soon found myself on this site.

Man o’ Law
Posting the sane and insane news about the law and what otherwise strikes my fancy.

Where I discovered ...

Big Macs, spoons and prison break-ins! It’s the top 10 stupid criminals
By Chris Wilson

Two stories caught our eye today, both involving criminals who are clearly one sandwich short of a picnic.

First, this tale of gun-toting robbers who held up a McDonald’s in Stockholm only to get away with just four Big Macs.

Then there was the Welsh burglar who wasn’t flattered by the mug shot police circulated of him following a break-in that he sent an ‘improved’ pic to them and they duly tracked him down.

These two incidents bring to mind a raft of other ‘stupid criminal’ stories, here are some of the best.

1. Earlier this month Andrew Burwitz from Appleton, Wisconsin was charged with reckless endangerment and endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm after attempting a drive-by shooting at the home of his ex-girlfriend’s family. Only he forgot to wind down the window of his car first. The idiot.

A break-in suspect was arrested after falling through the ceiling of a London sandwich shop. The robber, who must have been really hungry, was found by police after the alarm went off and was charged with two counts of breaking and entering as he fell through the roof of a neighbouring shop too.

Talking of falling through roofs, this character manages to do it twice too, in rather spectacular fashion.

Embedding was blocked on the You Tube connection but if you click on it there is a link to You Tube to watch the video.

Do watch it its hilarious!

Enjoy!

MORE FROM MAN O’ LAW HERE

You can see the video at the Man o’ Law site ...


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/01/2010 at 01:57 PM   
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Happy New Year!!!

I kid you not.

The headline is… wait for it…

Why Men Fake Orgasms

Now, I just got off the phone with my Mom. I told her about this article. We both agree:

What do you mean ‘Why’?

The question is HOW?!

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(smiley for Rich)

And, of course, since I remember weird stuff, Steve Martin covered the subject of faking it…

For those who’ve seen the movie, yeah, the ‘call me your poodle sl*t’ scene is on YouTube. 


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/01/2010 at 06:43 AM   
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Mr. President, Bring Our Troops Home

After a 3 month bombing campaign that supported the muslim fighters in Albania, President Clinton sent thousands of US troops to the former Yugoslavia. Remember Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania, Kosovo? The Serbs and the Croats? Heck, remember the Winter Olympics in Sarajevo years before that?

The first US troops were sent over there June 12, 1999. 35,000 at one point I recall. Thousands are still serving there, in Camp Bondsteel, in Kosovo. Not really doing anything, but keeping the locals from killing each other counts for something I guess. Helping out where they can, I’m sure. Last I heard we had 7,000 troops there.

“They’ll be home by Christmas” Clinton promised us. In 1999.



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Mr. President, it’s time. 10 and 1/2 years is long enough. Bring them home.



Happy New Year!





h/t to Vilmar, who posted about an “ethnic Albanian” who just killed a bunch of folks, then himself, in Finland. Part of the great islamic diaspora no doubt.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/01/2010 at 04:42 AM   
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