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calendar   Monday - January 25, 2010

I wonder

State of the Union address Wednesday eveining at 9pm eastern. Golly, I wonder what our Fearless Reader will have to say?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/25/2010 at 05:46 PM   
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Declared dead and about to be buried …. problem …. deceased isn’t ready yet.

This here being a blog site and all, I thought I’d share my last 48 incredible hours with ya so you could all go OoH-Ahh.

Then I read about this fellow and his very close call with everyone’s fear .... and my Ooh,ah became a YAWN!


Patient declared dead by a doctor is found to be alive by undertaker as he was about to seal the coffin

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 3:12 PM on 25th January 2010

A Polish beekeeper pronounced dead after he suffered a suspected heart attack was about to be sealed up in a coffin when a funeral director miraculously discovered a faint pulse.

Jozef Guzy collapsed as he started work among his beloved hives near the southern city of Katowice.

An ambulance was called and an experienced doctor declared that the 76-year-old had died.

So then I thought about it and wondered. Hey ,, wait a minute.  Is Poland that much different from anywhere else these days?  If someone dies, don’t they do stuff and run tests I have read about?  Maybe not in Poland. ???  So I do have to wonder about this story.  Although I can’ t see the Mail not checking it out. It’s a major paper after all.
So here.  Read the rest and let me know if I should become less skeptical.

Dear Departed?


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/25/2010 at 05:05 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 24, 2010

funny bits

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The countdown begins: 10 days until the final season of Lost begins

The Onion gives them a skewering



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/24/2010 at 05:00 AM   
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nuttin honey

Dammit, the 2010 SHOT show is running, and I wanted to put up a post about all the new cool guns. Alas, from what I’ve seen, there really aren’t any. Sorry. Gunblast.com went to the show, so did Massoud Ayoob, and a bunch of other posters. Plenty of pictures in lots of places online.

So what’s new?

Winchester has a 125th Anniversary model of their 1885 high wall falling block, in .45-70. Priced at nearly $1300, it’s a fancied up version of their standard high wall, but it’s still nowhere near as fancy as the 1885 Browning I bought over a decade ago for way less than half that price. Wow, the Winchester has a bit of “125th Anniversary” scroll engraving. Pass. There are too many “collector” guns on the market.

Marlin is going to expand their “fancy” versions of their lever action rifles. They had great success with their “fancy” model 336 and 1894 models. But honestly, they aren’t that fancy. They get a decent bluing job for a change, and some Ok “fancy” walnut - 30% figure. Which makes them decent looking rifles, instead of the boring ass plain vanilla of the plastic stocked or dead clear walnut models. Nice, but yawn. They ain’t fancy, they’re just how they should have been made in the first place.

Marlin is pushing their .338 Marlin Express lever gun cartridge. Tipped by a soft rubber point, the .338 MX pushes a 200 grain bullet at 2565fps. This makes a nice bear or elk rifle for medium range hunting. It also generates 24.6 ft/lbs of recoil at 14.5fps, which is just over the pain threshold for most shooters. That’s what happens when you put a potent cartridge in a light rifle with a thin tiny stock. The .338 MX cartridge is pretty much a .338 Federal with a .30-30 rim on the case. Medium bullet at medium velocity, which gets the big jobs done out to medium range. Think of it as a practical almost-magnum. Just like the .358 Winchester that came out ... 50 years ago??

Lots of stupid stuff is “all new”; Ruger is making their little LCP in soft recycled plastic Rubbermaid colors. Taurus is doing the same thing, in pink. Appeals to the ladies maybe? Or is it just supposed to look like a toy gun? Magnum Research is making a Buntline Special version of their BFR revolver in .30-30, with a 12” barrel. Oh, just give it up already, and go buy a rifle! Hey, now you can get a special “door breaching” muzzle break for your Tactical shotgun. I’m about ready to overdose on this “tactical” shit. You ain’t GI Joe, so get over your bad self. And 2/3 of all this “tactical” crap is simply roughly made crap with a spray painted black finish. Big whup. You know the trend is being worked to death when Savage comes out with a “tactical” bolt rifle in .17 HMR. Hey, it’s black! Special Ops gun, for shooting tactical squirrels. Somebody, anybody, please give me a break already.

CZ is going to sell left handed versions of their 550 rifles. This is actually news. The CZ rifle is a gem. It’s a modern Mauser. And it’s probably the best deal going for a bolt action rifle when you compare the construction quality, fit, finish, and wood figure to any other bolt action rifle out there.

It looks like the “year of the .380” will continue for a while longer. Everybody and his uncle has a micro .380 for sale now, which will keep .380 ammo both rare and expensive. Drat. The other big push is for these combination .45 Colt/.410 shotgun revolvers. Huge cylinders on small frames, short barrels and tiny grips. It appeals to some folks, but it sure makes for a pug ugly pistol. Taurus is pushing the limits by making a really big version that can also shoot the .454 Casull cartridge. Which means it’s a nice strong pistol, really big and heavy.

Oooh, pretty shiny things! Cimarron has a new flavor of their venerable Peacemaker clone out, called the Holy Smoker. Nice bluing, nice color case hardening on the frame, nice wood on the grips with an embedded cross medallion. It’s a “tribute gun” to the one Russell Crowe used in the film “3:10 to Yuma”.

The giant gun distributor Lipsey’s continues to have enough pull in the market to get their own fancied up versions custom made at the factories. Look for highly polished and tuned pistols from Ruger, S&W, etc.

Uberti continues to reap profits from the Cowboy Action market. Now they have another lever gun, a clone of the 1883 Colt Burgess. $1500 gets you one. Nice wood, nice bluing, and it only comes in .45 Colt.

Here’s an idea that might work. Hornady has an ultrasonic case cleaner. Maybe it’s faster than the old vibrating buckets filled with ground corn cobs, but I doubt if it’s faster than the IOSSO liquid case cleaner. Bet it costs a whole poopload more though.

Mossberg has a new pump shotgun out. This one is called the Model 510 Mini Super Bantam. It comes in either 20 gauge or in .410. What it is, is a scaled down receiver with a barely legal 18.5” barrel (with choke tubes) and a plastic stock that has several removable sections so you can adjust the length. It’s a shotgun designed for smaller people like women and children. And in the lesser recoiling 20 gauge, with a short stubby stock, you can bet it’s going to make a superb home defense gun. MSRP is about $365. Thank God they aren’t pushing it as a tactical gun, so you should be able to find one for $275 in another couple of months. It’s about time the gun makers responded to the needs of the other half of the population. Kewl.

Ok, that’s about all I saw out on the net. I didn’t go to the show, hella no, but I spent an hour or so surfing around. I’m sure there is lots more, some of it actually new, some of it actually improved, and some of it actually exciting. But from what I’ve seen, it’s just another same ole same ole. And I guess that’s Ok too.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/24/2010 at 01:08 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 23, 2010

Beck Special is online

h/t to Moonbattery, who is also hosting it.

That very special episode of Glen Beck can be viewed online at the Common Cents Blog. It’s broken down into 5 short sections.

And you can find it out on YouTube as well.

There ya go.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2010 at 10:45 PM   
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WEEKEND WOMEN AMY ADAMS ,,, cheers all

The world is full of beautiful women and I wish I had time to see em all. Can’t of course so I’ll be very happy with the ones my gaze does fall on.

Until last weekend, I had never heard of Amy Adams.  There happened to be a feature on her in one of the weekend magazine supplements and I was drawn to her looks of course.  We were meant to after all.  But what impressed me a lot was the true and honest nature of the lady, as opposed to all bad stuff we often read about.  She just seems a genuine person and a very likable one too.
BTW, I have hardly seen so darn many photos of one actress since I started doing this WW thing.  She’s everywhere on the net. Google her name and there are so many photos it really is hard work trying to pick only a few.  I had thought of using a couple of her pix along with several others but found it next to impossible.  I think another attraction I have for her if I may be honest, is that she reminds me in some ways of two of my favorite women on screen.  Two of my three personal goddesses embodied in this one actress.  RITA HAYWORTH and ANN MARGARET.  (3rd goddess is Awesome Angela Lansbury, when she was in her 20’s for those who don’t know)
In her photos Amy Adams looks taller to me but she’s only 5’4”.  I guess that’s all we need.

Amy Adams

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That’s all folks .....

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Wait a minute, wait a minute, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

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See More Below The Fold

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 01/23/2010 at 11:58 AM   
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In Cold Blood

Eles mataram pessoas a sangue-frio.



h/t to Townhall.com




Maybe you caught the Glen Beck show, maybe you didn’t. But if you did, and it seemed a bit rushed, quite overly parsed, you were right. His 1 hour show ought to have run 4 hours. Or if you visited Glen’s web page entry about Friday’s show, and you wondered a bit about this guy Edvins Snore, then this is for you.

This is the link to Snore’s film, The Soviet Story: Click Here. It’s a 90 minute film, and it will require you to install the Veoh video viewer, available at that link. It takes a few minutes, it’s free, and it’s clean. You may also have to install the proper codec, located over here.

Then you can watch the film. If you don’t understand spoken German and Russian, and if you can’t read Portuguese, you’ll have a bit of trouble; the film is about 80% dubbed in English. So you’ll miss significant parts, though the pictures tell the story. Besides, if you have even a passing familiarity with Spanish or Italian you can get the gist of the sub-titles.

Marxism, Leninism, Socialism, Eugenics are all slices from the same progressivist pie. Rebuild society through class warfare to make a better world for the elites. And at the very core, class warfare doesn’t mean “striving” or “converting” or “changing people’s minds through reason and debate”. It means killing them. In their millions. This film makes that point, and then things get really ugly.
(hey did you see the news? Now Obama wants to turn people against those rotten banks! Tax them! Hate them! Elitist moneybags, ruining our economy! Fire Bernanke! Probably all joooooos!!)

This is a horrific film. It is uncovered history, in the raw. It’s the story, or a story, about how things really were under both flavors of european socialism in the 20th century: International Socialism (Soviet communism) and National Socialism (Nazi Germany). The differences are very, very slight. Both were blood drenched nightmare worlds, criminal enterprises from their very beginnings. Both ideologies were highly congruent, very closely related. Snores has made a film that shows that the relationship was deeper than any of us ever realized; that the death camps began in the USSR, that the NKVD trained the Gestapo, that the Soviets supplied the Nazi war machine with massive quantities of material and food while their own people starved. And when the war was over, it was the Nazis who were the hated war criminals, while the Soviets were the heroes. Even though both had committed the same atrocities. Even though the camps were simply moved to Siberia and continued to function for decades after the war. Even though Stalin ... well, I don’t want to give too much away. All we were ever taught in school was that the two nations had a “non-aggression pact” that lasted until Operation Barbarosa, when they became enemies. All the rest was just swept under the rug, and forgotten. But the truth has been found.

In Russia today, there is a resurgence of nazism. According to Snore, in Europe, all of Europe, today there is still the socialist idea that the lesser people need to be eliminated so that the progressives can progress. There will be no call for justice against the dark horrors of Soviet brutality. Not only are such things not even war crimes in Britain, by law!, but Europe is held hostage to Russian oil and gas. And as Snore says, they really aren’t against the basic idea very much anyway.

When inferior nations are being killed, it cannot be seen as a crime, because it makes way for the more advanced nations to build a better life.

This is nothing new. It goes from Margaret Sanger, to George Bernard Shaw wishing for a “humane poison gas” to nicely murder the undesirables, to the Turkish starvation pogrom in Armenia, to the millions killed by Lenin in the Ukraine, and then to the millions of internal “enemies” killed in the CCCP by him and then millions more by Stalin, to the millions killed by Hitler, to the further millions killed by the Soviet after 1945, through Bill Ayers and his matter of fact awareness of a need for “re-education” camps that would eliminate 25 million Americans, right up to the islamofascists today with their genocide in Darfur and their desire to eliminate first Israel, then the rest of the Western world. All groups who have decided that it is their right to decide what the better form of humanity is, (the answer is ALWAYS “people just like us") and all of them utterly willing to kill millions (of lesser beings “just like you") to achieve that goal. a sangue-frio. In cold blood. And it never works, but they keep right on trying, generation after generation.

This is a European film. The Western hemisphere plays only a very small part in it. So it’s up to you to see any similarities, and then draw your own conclusions.

Watching this might just give you nightmares. Do it anyway.

Oh, and I found it really ironic that several of the ads that pester you at the top of the screen during the first part of the film ( just keep clicking the X when they show up; eventually the thing gives up ) were for russian merchandise and clothing. I followed the link to one, the russianlegacy website. And found pro-soviet and Che shirts for sale. Cuz, like, it’s just fashion man. Chill out. It never meant anything, and like, Stalin and Che are totally cool. 

I think I need to punch a hippie. Or a progressive democrat. And then I might have to watch this film again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/23/2010 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 22, 2010

Today, A Very Special Episode

5pm ET: Glen Beck on Mao, Stalin, Hitler and the roots of socialism



Revolutionary Holocaust airs Friday, January 22 at 5p ET on the Fox News Channel…

A groundbreaking hour long special where Glenn Beck takes us back in time to examine the roots of socialism and communism and the evil that followed. We all know about the horrors of the holocaust where the pure evil Hitler inspired claimed the lives of millions of innocent people. But most do not know about the millions upon millions of lives lost in a different genocide of the Ukrainian people under the Stalin regime. This special also takes a look behind the iconic fashion symbol of Che Guevara showing that the myth doesn’t tell the story of the man who was a blood thirsty killer.

This isn’t your typical Glen Beck show. He’s worked with 9 experts on genocide and totalitarianism to put this show together. Details on those folks at his web page.

If I can figure out how to program the DVR now that we no longer have analog cable, I’ll tape it for my wife to watch later.

http://glenbeck.com/


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Millena wants you to watch Glen Beck today



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2010 at 07:45 PM   
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Dogging the Dawg

cheatin’ Obama Advisor ... gets his




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Billboards put up in 3 cities proclaim their affair



Looks like time to squeeze another one under that old bus. YaVaughnie Wilkins was mistress to Oracle president and White House Economic Recovery Adviser Charles Phillips, and got DUMPED after their 8 1/2 year affair. He went back to his wife and son, and left this missy at the curb with the rest of the trash. So she got even. She spent a quarter million dollars putting up billboards that proclaimed her eternal devotion ... and just also happened to let everyone in the world know they’d had a thing going on. Trying to get her man back from the grasping clutches of his own wife? Woman scorned and all that? Or just out to embarrass the living #&^% out of the guy? Who can tell, but when this woman drops the dime, she goes all the way.


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned—and then there’s this lady.

A fuming mistress catapulted retribution into a new orbit by plastering the country with billboards that show her nuzzling a married New York business honcho and adviser to President Obama, sources said.

The spurned squeeze, YaVaughnie Wilkins, went nuclear after she learned that Charles E. Phillips—president of tech conglomerate Oracle and a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board reconciled with his wife despite his lengthy affair with Wilkins.

The very public humiliation campaign may have cost Wilkins upward of $250,000, at an estimated $50,000 a pop.

Court records show that Phillips’ wife, Karen, filed for divorce in February 2008, but no action has been taken on the filing since that year. The couple recently made up, a source said.

After the billboards surfaced, Phillips fessed up to his longtime affair through a spokesman on Thursday.

“I had an 8-and-a-half-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins. The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended, and we both wish each other well,” he said.

The billboards also feature a URL of the Web site http://www.charlesphillipsandyavaughniewilkins.com, which features photos of Phillips’ and Wilkins’ lengthy relationship.

In an Oracle newsletter from 2006, Phillips was described as an ex-marine and “family man” who has a wife and 10-year-old son, Chas, the New York Times reported.



Another top Obama guy caught with his pants down. What a dawg. Wilkins had earlier paid to have a professional “love shrine” website made. It was supposed to be a gift to him, but after she got dumped it’s little more than an ammunition depot filled with pictures and mementos of their long term affair ... which started barely a year after his wife gave birth to their son. That site has been crashing it’s server with hits.

Most ethical government evah, indeed.


Phillips who lives with his wife and their son, Chas, in an Upper West Side brownstone, said, “Oh, man,” after The Post knocked on his door yesterday.

“I’m sorry,” he said before closing the door.

Karen Phillips’ divorce lawyer didn’t return calls. Wilkins did not return calls or respond to an e-mail. Oracle also didn’t return calls.

Gee, I wonder why?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2010 at 05:57 PM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/22/2010 at 05:22 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 21, 2010

Muslim police in ‘hatred’ warning: Anti-terror tactics ‘promote Islamophobia’, say officers.

Couldn’t let this one pass and just have to comment on it as well.  Can’t wait to hear what the White Christian Police Officers Association has to say on the subject.  Oh wait a minute. Never mind.  Those folks don’t have one of those as it might appear to be, well you know. Anti something and racist. 


Muslim Police Say Anti-Terror Strategy Has It Wrong

By Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail

Muslim police officers have warned that the Government’s anti-terrorism strategy is an ‘affront to British values’ and encourages Islamophobia.

No Sirs.  What causes that big word is the attitude and the actions of the many followers of that highly political faith.

The National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP) told MPs that far-Right organisations were a greater threat to national security than Islam.

Well, since there’s only one nationally well known “far right” party here I must assume they are talking about the BNP.  The British National Party.  So far though, I haven’t noticed anyone from the BNP flying planes into buildings in the name of Jesus.  And I haven’t noticed any Christians calling for a return to the inquisition for non believers.  That seems to be the forte of a goodly number of your own co-religionists.
Sure, I could be mistaken but it does seem to me that almost every time someone coverts to islam, they seem all fired up to blow something up.  And all in the name of ?  I’d say the word but don’t want to be taken for someone who is islamphobic.

The hatred towards Muslims has grown to a level that defies all logic and is an affront to British values.  ‘The climate is such that Muslims are subject to daily abuse in a manner that would be ridiculed by Britain, were this to occur anywhere else.


Oh come on. As practised by muslim hate preachers I’d say the public at large was being very logical and maybe too tolerant.  Try and sell that to the victims of the tube bombings a few yrs ago.

But Muslim officers believe the Government is wrong to blame Islam as the main ‘driver’ of terrorist activity. Muslim officers may be reluctant to take part in ‘hearts and minds’ anti-terrorist campaigns in the future.

Ah. Got it at last.  The main driver of TERRORISM just has to be .... drum roll ....  The Damn Jews. Who else? It’s a Jewish/Western plot to discredit, you know. I can’t say it though.
I don’t see the non-Christain public, muslims excepted, planting bombs in the subways or on buses or trying to blow planes out of the sky.  Once again, your people have the market cornered on that commodity.

Most of Europe and the UK were doing well enough before the great influx of radical muslims were forced on them.  Things do not look as though things will improve much.

HERE FOR THE WHOLE STORY


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/21/2010 at 04:23 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 20, 2010

Here’s Fred on Everything. Topic today, Affirmative Action

I read this guy a lot. In fact, I get his newsletter. He is one heck of a good writer and even at the odd time I question something he says, he says it so damn well I keep reading. 

He has it right on this subject and I know that from some very personal experience. 

I just guess the problem is no less back in the states then it is here.  Wimps in position of authority seem to rule because other wimps just follow along out of fear or maybe not wanting to get themselves involved.  And they are everywhere.  I suppose in the world we inhabit these days, I understand it even as I dislike the idea.

Toward a Gilded Peasantry

Fred Reed

On the website of WLOX 13, “The Station for Southern Mississippi,” I find the story of Gabe Stabler, eight years old. Because he came home crying from the first grade every day, his parents put a tape recorder in his back pack to see what really went on in class. From the tape we learn much about his teacher, a Ms. Williams, and about affirmative action, and about the United States today:

Gabe: “I don’t know what to do on this.”

Ms. Williams: “Well, you’d better find out. It’s not hard. Nobody else didn’t have to ask no questions bout it. You know what to do, you just want somebody to just sit there and pet you about it, but I ain’t gonna do it. You know how to go in that lunch room and tear that food up every day. Ain’t nothing hard bout that sheet.”

Following this Miltonian eructation, we have:

Ms. Williams: “No, do your work. She ain’t goin to be sittin up in here wanting somebody to help her every time she, cause she don’t wanna apply herself to her work. You know how to go in that cafeteria and enjoy that lunch and breakfast every morning.”

Then, waxing ever more lyrical, even Ciceronian,

Ms. Williams: “Where this go?”

Child: “I colored that yesterday.”

Ms. Williams: “It shouldn’t of got changed at all, that ain’t nothing to be proud of.”

Ms. Williams clearly is barely literate, and should be in the first grade instead of teaching it. Gabe speaks better English than she does. In a country not sliding into degradation, a restraining order would keep her from coming within a hundred yards of a school.

Why do we permit this sort of thing? Ms. Williams is black. The story carefully doesn’t say so, but it doesn’t have to. Only the black uneducated speak as she does.

The proper response from parents would be fury. The discovery that this creature is attempting to turn their children into the equivalent of farm animals ought to result in the lynching of the school board of Mississippi. A civilized people with backbone will not allow their their offspring to be made into gurbling iPodded peasants. But we are not such a civilization.

Why is it happening? “Affirmative action.” Since Ms. Williams does not speak the language of the country, the only possible reason for hiring her is that she is black. She is not just slightly unqualified, allowing an expectation that she might catch up—this being the founding fantasy of “affirmative action”—but absolutely unqualified.

The pattern repeats endlessly. Today I have read that the Chicago police contemplate eliminating their entrance examination on the grounds that not enough blacks pass it. Firemen of my acquaintance tell of women too weak to handle a hose, of female paramedics who can’t carry a stretcher. While I was on the police beat at the Washington Times, I encountered a tiny policewoman who never had to drive the paddy wagon because her feet didn’t reach the pedals.

On intercity buses there once were signs, and probably still are, saying, “Seating is without regard to race, creed, color, sex, or national origin.” Today everything seems to be with regard to nothing else. Anything, everything, must be done to keep the affirmative-action classes happy.

This rush to degradation is not new. In 1981 in Harper’s I wrote, in a piece on race in education, “The bald, statistically verifiable truth is that the teachers’ colleges, probably on ideological grounds, have produced an incredible proportion of incompetent black teachers. Evidence of this appears periodically, as, for example, in the results of a competency test given to applicants for teaching positions in Pinellas County, Florida (which includes St. Petersburg and Clearwater), cited in Time, June 16, 1980. To pass this grueling examination, an applicant had to be able to read at the tenth-grade level and do arithmetic at the eighth-grade level. Though they all held B.A.’s, 25 percent of the whites and 79 percent of the blacks failed. Similar statistics exist for other places.”

If you think it desirable to have black teachers, as I do believe it desirable, then get those who are fit to do the job. Plenty of blacks speak English. If you can’t find enough, then do without. The same applies to women who can’t carry stretchers. Fat chance, though.

What price do we pay for this total abnegation of responsibility, civilizational self-respect, reason? One price is a quiet contempt for blacks, and hostility toward them. Competent blacks are no problem, but “If he doan be eatin dis sangwidge…” doesn’t cut it. Women make perfectly good paramedics, but what is anyone, fellow crewman or patient, supposed to think when she can’t lift the stretcher? (Answer: Scorn, anger.) What does a patient think on seeing a black doctor come his way? “Oh god….” The doctor may have gotten through medical school on ability but, given affirmative action, you figure he probably didn’t. Blacks know this of course, and resent it. Knowing that they are despised, they say the hell with it, and content themselves with just getting by. This is useful?

The suspicion of affirmative action pervades American life. After Katrina, a friend in federal employ visited FEMA. It was, he said, very heavily black, on which fact he blamed the disastrous performance of the agency in New Orleans. Was he right? I don’t know. In the absence of affirmative action, the question would not be asked.

Thus the defining principle of American politics arises: If you don’t think in racial terms, if you look only to ability, you are a racist. Count me in.

This leads to another question, seldom asked and never answered: how much does affirmative action really cost the country? If you hire someone to do a job who can’t do it very well, it doesn’t get done very well. This doesn’t strike me as a profound thought, but it seems to elude many people. In the case of Ms. Williams, the damage is great and clear. It isn’t always so stark. When you regularly pass over the first 135 people, all white, on a test for promotion to sergeant in a police department, so as to get to the blacks and Latinos, what kind of police department do you get? If you hire reasonably good female engineers because they are female, instead of very good males, the consequences are less obvious, but there.

And when it becomes a firing offense to notice, the result is a permanent, irremediable drop in the quality of the work force. I don’t suppose it really matters though. The only serious economic competitors the US faces are, oh, Japan, Korea, China, India, Taiwan, Brazil, and the European Union. Piece of cake.

FRED REED


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/20/2010 at 10:32 PM   
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UPDATE: Arrested for beating up a burglar, homeowner wins appeal as common sense wins

Wins for this one time anyway.  The country at large was outraged when he and his brother were convicted.  So this is happy news.
Score one for the good guys for a change. Now if only a habit could be made of this.

UPDATE

Judge frees millionaire jailed for attacking knife-wielding burglar saying he was ‘a peaceful man who feared for his family’

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 6:28 PM on 20th January 2010

A millionaire businessman jailed for attacking a career criminal who kidnapped his family and held them at knife-point has walked free from prison today.

Munir Hussain’s 30-month sentence was reduced to a ‘merciful’ term of two years suspended by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, and two other judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

Munir was met by his son Awais as he was released from Bullingdon Prison in Oxfordshire.

Lord Judge said the ‘plain, simple reality’ was that Munir was a peaceful man who was acting as a response to the ‘dreadful and terrifying ordeal’ while fearing for the lives of his wife and daughter.

Munir’s brother Tokeer Hussain, 35, had his 39-month jail term reduced to two years.

The brothers, described as family men at the heart of the local community, were sentenced after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

Neither man was present in court for the ruling.

The decision to free Munir was made by Lord Judge, Mrs Justice Swift and Mr Justice Sweeney. Lord Judge said the case was one of ‘true exceptionality’.

A sentence of two years was in itself ‘merciful’, but he added: ‘We have come to the conclusion that we have ample justification for ordering that it should be suspended.’

Lord Judge added: ‘The plain, simple reality is that Munir Hussain was acting under the continuing influence of extreme provocation.

‘Involvement in this serious violence can only be understood as a response to the dreadful and terrifying ordeal and the emotional anguish which he had undergone.’

He was a peaceful man who acted ‘totally out of character, in hot blood… and without detached reasoning’, Lord Judge said.

‘He feared for their lives and the honour of his wife and daughter.’

Referring to the attack on Salem, Lord Judge said: ‘In the overwhelming majority of cases where public violence by a gang produces injury as serious as this, very long prison sentences are required.’

Cases of ‘mob violence’ caused great public concern, he said, but this was ‘not an ordinary or normal case or one that falls within the overwhelming majority of cases, not least because of the character of the two appellants’.

Munir was a hard-working family man, who makes a ‘positive contribution to the general community’.

The judge said: ‘It is rare to see men of the quality of the two appellants in court for offences of serious violence.’

Reducing Tokeer’s sentence, but not suspending it, Lord Judge said: ‘He himself was not the victim of any crime.

‘He will not have to live with the consequences of the crime.’

Millionaire Munir was jailed in December last year for attacking a burglar who held his family hostage at knifepoint while masked robbers threatened to kill them.

His case provoked a public outcry when he and Tokeer - who live near each other in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire - were jailed for injuring career criminal Walid Salem, while the convicted burglar walked free.

Munir and his wife and children returned from their local mosque during Ramadan to find three intruders wearing balaclavas in their home.

He feared for their lives as their hands were tied behind their backs and they were forced to crawl from room to room.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/20/2010 at 09:46 PM   
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Holland … a place where your observations about a particular religion lands you in court.

Personally, I think Wilders is a hero.  His mistake, if you want to call it that, was to be openly critical of the ROP.
This is the man who for a time was denied entry to Britain because of his outspoken views.  Everyone and including the Dutch apparently, tip toe around muzzies and their religion like they’re walking on eggshells.  I guess they are. But there is a solution to this insidious problem. 

This is a VERY long article found at European News, and so I’ve cut it and the whole thing is at the link below.

The Wilders trial: Torquemada would be proud

International Free Press Society
By Arthur Legger

Any one who still claims that the trial against Geert Wilders MP, leader of the Party for Freedom (9 seats in Parliament and 27 in the polls), which starts on the 20th of January, is not a political process: get a grip.

Accused by the Dutch ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ exactly a year ago for insulting Islam, comparing the Koran to Mein Kampf and delivering hate speeches, the coming trial against Wilders suddenly got a Kafkaesque and potentially murderous twist. Finally, seven days before his first day in Court, all fangs were out and faces off.


“It is irrelevant whether Wilder’s witnesses might prove Wilders’ observations to be correct”, the ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ stated, “what’s relevant is that his observations are illegal”.

(So it’s come to that has it?  The freedom loving Dutch govt. can now prosecute (and persecute) a person for their “observations.")

Unexpected and breaching court procedures the detailed indictment of 21 pages, which Wilders received on the 4th of December and sums up in verbatim all of his Islam and Koran critique in interviews and Fitna, was amended with new accusations of racism against muslims and Moroccans. On top of this, Paul Vellerman, the public prosecutor of the Amsterdam Court decided that the Wilders trial had to be regarded as “an ordinary trial open for public and with a normal procedure, which doesn’t deserve the Department of Justice’s highly secured bunker. His is a normal case and we’ll treat it as such”.

It’s sad to note that Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh, and Volkert van der Gaag, the assassin of Pim Fortuyn, were tried in this specially designed bunker, but that Wilders has to rely on his personal bodyguards and full metal jacket to ward of terrorists. No safe room for him, which recently secured Kurt Westergaard and his granddaughter, but for months on end the vulnerability of a sitting duck.

The demonized Fortuyn

To a connoisseur of the classic art of Dutch political murder, revived in 2002 with the assassination of the deliberatedly unprotected and demonized Pim Fortuyn, this twist of fate comes, however, as no surprise. The ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ had to do something. Presented with much aplomb in January, already on the 10th of March it turned out that the case against Wilders had one crucial weak spot: it might not hold in Court.

For in a comparable case the Dutch High Court acquitted a Dutchman of his earlier conviction of ‘Group-insult’ of Muslims. He had been sentenced to jail for hanging a poster in front of his window that stated: “Stop the cancerous growth named Islam”. The High Court ruled that “if one insults a religion, one doesn’t automatically insult its believers”.

Gerard Spong, one of the lawyers who lodged complaints against Wilders, was quick to stress, however, that the case against an MP was far more complex than a poster: “Wilders is certainly not off the hook”. But to most professors in Law the High Court ruling proved that Wilders would win with his hands down. Ybo Buruma, a highly influential professor in Criminal Law at Nijmegen University concluded on the 11th of January 2010 that “the prosecution of Geert Wilders is a very nice exercise, but is utterly pointless for it will not lead to a conviction”.

Traditionally with such a High Court ruling and severe scholarly critique the ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ wouldn’t fail to reconsider and dismiss charges. But already a year ago the Wall Street Journal had immediately grasped that “Muslim-immigration [was] eroding traditional Dutch liberties”, forcing Dutch Law into a radically new course of censorship. Observing that Wilders’ critique of Islam outraged muslims around the globe, the Journal chided: “If freedom of speech means anything, it means the freedom of controversial speech. Consensus views need no protection”.

The Wall Street Journal must have been either clairvoyant or hysterically well informed: Paul Vellerman, Amsterdam’s Court public prosecutor, and Birgit van Roessel, the Court’s second public prosecutor, who’re both heading the trial against Wilders, also both are working for the National Expertise Centre Discrimination. This Centre is the leading organization of the ‘Openbaar Ministerie’ to track down “crimes of expression and speech”. The Centre was responsible for lodging complaints against cartoonist Gregorius Nekschot.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/20/2010 at 09:17 PM   
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