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calendar   Monday - January 18, 2010

Boom Boom

New Michael Yon Dispatch: Spitting Cobra



Michael Yon spends a bit of time with an artillery crew at FOB Frontenac in Afghanistan, and posts a whole bunch of nighttime pics of a 155mm battery in action. Bravo!

Quite a while ago I put up a post on the new and expensive Excalibur guided artillery shell and then a detailed update on it half a year later. At the time the shell was accurate to “less than 10 meters at ranges out to 14 miles”, but the upcoming new and improved 1b version would be good for “an accuracy requirement of less than 10 meters out to 24 miles”.

Looks like the 1b shells are in theater and working out just fine, maybe even better than expected.

There is no exaggeration saying that an Excalibur round could destroy a parked car twenty miles away on the first shot.

But it gets even better. The ancient game of battery/counter battery has been taken beyond the next level. Our troops have devices that can spot incoming short range missiles, artillery rounds, and even mortar shells and plot their trajectories back to the source even before the incoming fire has impacted. And not only can they get off a couple of magically accurate shots in response, terrain analysis and historic route analysis have enabled them to shoot back at the places that “shoot and run” enemies are likely to run to. Before they run to them. Plus we’ve got other systems that can reliably knock the incoming shit right out of the air. Outstanding. ( I do not know if such systems are fully deployed yet. I’ve heard some have it, some don’t, and that Israel has an even better system just out )

Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/18/2010 at 02:39 PM   
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The U.S. must not ‘occupy’ Haiti, declares French minister.  wtf? Huh?

Gosh oh gee. Wonder where these folks will eventually be headed.

Get ready America.  Coming soon to a neighborhood near you. Coming soon, whoops.  They’re almost there now.

btw ... Any word over there (USA) of possible takeover of Haiti by the US? You haven’t heard from the French yet have ya?

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The U.S. must not ‘occupy’ Haiti, declares French minister as aid FINALLY trickles through

By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 4:21 PM on 18th January 2010

The UN must step in to ensure the U.S. is not occupying Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake that may have killed 200,000 people, a French minister has said.

French Cooperation Minister Alain Joyandet spoke as the country descended into anarchy. Aid is only just trickling through the ‘bottleneck’ at Haiti’s airport, while angry Haitians desperate for help are striking out at international agencies - and each other.

Some 10,000 U.S. troops are on the way to try to restore order - but their role is being questioned.

‘This is about helping Haiti, not about occupying Haiti,’ Joyandet, in Brussels for an EU meeting on Haiti, said on French radio.

Joyandet has already complained about America’s role in Haiti. Last week U.S. forces turned back a French aid plane carrying a field hospital from the damaged, congested airport in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince, prompting criticism from the French minister.

The plane landed safely the following day.

In another weekend incident, some 250 Americans were flown to New Jersey’s McGuire Air Force Base on three military planes from Haiti.

U.S. forces initially blocked French and Canadians nationals from boarding the planes, but the cordon was lifted after protests from French and Canadian officials.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Saturday the U.S. government had no intention of taking power from Haitian officials.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/18/2010 at 11:40 AM   
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One doc calls for butter ban, and other experts want guys to have lessons in breast feeding.

There’s a doctor here with a foreign looking name I can’t pronounce.  I was going to post his story under a Moonbatbat heading cause I thought it smacked of nanny-ism.
He wants a national ban on butter because of the health issue.  Butter = Heart Attacks he says.  Sure. Maybe so. Provided you’re eating nothing but and gobs of it at that. But his idea is so typical of the times we are in it’s scary. However ..... I found this bit of silliness and thought it more worthy of a post.  What’s next?

Fathers-to-be will get lessons on breastfeeding and supporting partner through childbirth

By Kirsty Walker
Last updated at 2:34 PM on 18th January 2010

Fathers-to-be are to be given lessons on breastfeeding and supporting their partner through childbirth, ministers will announce this week.

A long-awaited families green paper will propose measures to get fathers more involved in their child’s upbringing from before birth and beyond.

These include forcing single mothers to name the biological father on the birth certificate and encouraging hospitals to allow fathers to stay overnight after the birth of a child.

The paper is aimed at seizing the initiative from David Cameron, who has made tackling family breakdown a flagship policy.

The Tory leader has repeatedly called for fathers to be more closely involved with their children and has attacked ‘deadbeat dads’ for abandoning their responsibilities.

Under Labour, the number of unmarried couples living together has shot up by two thirds and the number of single parent families has risen by 8 per cent.

But Labour now wants to counter criticism that it has been too focused on mothers’ rights by putting fatherhood at the centre of its social policy.

As well as being offered more access to ante-natal lessons from midwives and health visitors, every new father will be given a ‘New Dad’s Guide’ that will include an explanation of breastfeeding and tips on supporting their partner.

It follows research that shows mothers are twice as likely to continue breastfeeding if their partners have had a one-hour lesson before the birth about its benefits.

And studies reveal that fathers involved at birth are far more likely to stay involved in the first three years, and on through childhood and adolescence.

Around 45,000 children are registered in Britain every year without the name of their father.

From next year fathers who refuse to be named on the birth certificate or mothers who do not record the father’s name will be liable for a £200 fine.

Don’t get me wrong now.  I believe it’s good to help your wife or partner through that experience, provided they want you there.
But heck.  Breastfeeding lessons for guys?
Is that what’s been missing from fatherhood for the last thousand years?

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/18/2010 at 11:11 AM   
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Isn’t meant as eye candy although I guess it could be. But the reason for posting this is, GAWK!

Chances are you folks might not be looking for things like this and I wasn’t either.  Until I saw the price of the dress.

£26,000.00 for a crystal gown she can not possibly sit down in.  This stuff is all hand sown, has to be a team effort, and I’ll leave it to you to work out the conversion in American dollars.  Bet too it won’t be worn more then once or maybe 2wice at the most.  You can’t label it as Moonbat either since the lady can well afford it.  So how how she spends her money is her business. Or maybe it’s company money. No matter. I’m just amazed that anyone can spend that much on a gown to be worn one time.  Look for this to show up on eBay I betcha. And btw, how is it that ladies have so many shoes and almost all more expensive then the shoes we guys wear.  There’s hardly anything to em but they cost the earth it seems.  Are there $30,000 suits for men?  Just wondered.

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Danielle Lloyd lives the WAG dream as she dazzles in £26,000 bridal-style gown at her engagement party

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

It was just an engagement party, but Danielle Lloyd arrived at the celebration last night looking more like a glamorous bride.

Wearing a £26,000 floor-sweeping, crystal-encrusted gown, the glamour model smiled as she and footballer fiance Jamie O’Hara greeted guests at the Mayfair Hotel in London.

Having longed to be a WAG for some time, perhaps the 25-year-old was keen to practise the bridal look after Jamie proposed in Paris last month.

Imagine how much the wedding dress might cost.

The same lady leaving the party that night. Wow. Amazing what a £26,000 gown and makeup can do. 

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/18/2010 at 09:47 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - January 17, 2010

Weekend Videos

This brings back some memories. Some of them aren’t that long ago either!

I know, Meat Loaf can go bad over time. Here’s some more recent Meat Loaf. Only a couple of years old!

Now, a little America:

Below the fold, due to very suggestive content, Clarence Carter is Strokin’ and “sassifying” his woman.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/17/2010 at 07:43 PM   
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Dirty Pool

Move the Goalposts? Why bother. Change the stadium instead!



h/t to Vilmar


Health Bill Can Pass Senate With 51 Votes

Even if Democrats lose the Jan. 19 special election to pick a new Massachusetts senator, Congress may still pass a health-care overhaul by using a process called reconciliation, a top House Democrat said.

That procedure requires 51 votes rather than the 60 needed to prevent Republicans from blocking votes on President Barack Obama’s top legislative priorities. That supermajority is at risk as the Massachusetts race has tightened.

“Even before Massachusetts and that race was on the radar screen, we prepared for the process of using reconciliation,” said Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

“Getting health-care reform passed is important,” Van Hollen said in an interview on Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt,” airing this weekend. “Reconciliation is an option.”

Using reconciliation would likely force Democrats to scale back their health-care plans. The procedure is designed to make deficit-cutting easier by reducing the number of votes needed to pass unpopular tax increases and spending cuts. Lawmakers can’t include policy changes that the parliamentarian deems have only an “incidental” connection to budget-cutting, and senators would need 60 votes to override those rulings.

According to Wikipedia, reconciliation has been around since 1973. What is it?

Reconciliation is a legislative process of the United States Senate intended to allow a contentious budget bill to be considered without being subject to filibuster. Because reconciliation limits debate and amendment, the process empowers the majority party.

Now, isn’t this the interesting bit ...

Congress used reconciliation to enact President Bill Clinton’s 1993 (fiscal year 1994) budget.  Clinton wanted to use reconciliation to pass his 1993 health care plan, but Senator Robert Byrd (D-WVa) insisted that the health care plan was out of bounds for a process that is theoretically about budgets. However, on August 25, 2009, Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), one of the members of the Senate Finance Committee’s “Gang of Six” bipartisan group to work on a health insurance reform bill in the Senate, said that reconciliation is an acceptable option, and that he can support it.

Until 1996, reconciliation was limited to deficit reduction, but in 1996 the Senate’s Republican majority adopted a precedent to apply reconciliation to any legislation affecting the budget, even legislation that would increase the deficit.

The resolution process was used to get GW Bush’s tax cut plan passed.

Oh, and who is this Gang Of Six again?

The so-called “gang of six” consists of Democratic Sens. Max Baucus (Mont.), Jeff Bingaman (N.M.) and Kent Conrad (N.D.); and GOP Sens. Charles Grassley (Iowa), Mike Enzi (Wyo.) and Olympia Snowe (Maine). Combined, the lawmakers represent about 8.4 million people** — roughly the population of New York City — or 2.75 percent of the nation’s population. Yet the bill they’re crafting will likely influence every warm body in the country.

Which means there are actually 3 Dems, 2 RINOS, and a maybe R on the damn thing. BINO? Bipartisan in name only?

And just who or what is this “parliamentarian”? It turns out to be one guy. ONE GUY. Named Alan Frumin, an unelected person who has had the job since 2001, and if he ALONE decides that the policy changes in the bill are NOT “incidental” then they can all be included. Or he can cut the massive bill to shreds and just let through the pieces that he wants. ONE GUY to decide the future of 1/6 of the American economy for the foreseeable future. How’s that for absolute power?


All of this isn’t really news. It’s been out there, flying under the radar, since August or even earlier. It’s just another bit of crap brought up at the last second just to keep the masses wound up. But it sure shows the snake-breaking corkscrew processes that go on in DC that few of us know about or pay attention to. And that crap is just too damn slick in my opinion.

So, come the revolution, here’s one more item for the laundry list of things that need a-fixin’. Pick a number, any number, to be the required percentage of the Senate vote for a bill to pass. 51%, 60%, or better yet 67%. And every single bill brought to vote - after having proved it’s constitutionality of course, will be held to that standard. Every. Single. Bill. No bill will be allowed to be retracted once it comes up for a vote, and if it doesn’t achieve the necessary votes, it can not be brought up for another vote for 18 months. No reconciliation nonsense, and no extraordinary power vested in one unelected “parliamentarian” position. Period. Cut the shenanigans. No moving the goalposts, no changing the playing field at the last minute. No almost holy secret decision maker in the back room somewhere. One set of rules for everything, out in the open, no exceptions. I’m sick of the little bullshit games from both sides of the aisle.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/17/2010 at 01:48 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 16, 2010

One If By Land

Nothing to see here, move along. No media bias whatsoever. It’s just advertising revenue.



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Ok, I may be being unfair to the Boston Herald. I do not know this paper or which way it leans. But an SEIU attack ad in their headline banner? Oh come on already.


Here’s another one, their article on an attack ad the Dems put out. (RE: comments from another post. See how easy it is to play with their names?)

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Shipping giant UPS isn’t amused by a Democratic Party campaign pamphlet attacking Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown that plays off the company’s slogan “What can Brown do for you?”

Atlanta-based United Parcel Service, known for its ubiquitous brown trucks, demanded yesterday that the Massachusetts Democratic Party, which is listed as paying for the pamphlet, stop distributing it.

The mailer asks “What can Brown do to you?” It shows Scott Brown dressed up as a UPS driver and says, “He can reward corporations that ship your job overseas just like George W. Bush.”

Comments at that article promise to rub the Dem’s noses in the Brown stuff. Most telling one so far, put in by the bloggers at Clean Sweep Beacon Hill

The state’s AG, the person responsible for trademark and brand protection steals the brand of UPS to mock her opponent. Priceless. She really doesn’t want to win this Tuesday.
Did she steal UPS’s trademarked property? Absolutely! She never got permission, never asked! Doesn’t get any better than this...




Meanwhile, his Supreme Haughtiness Hisself is coming up to Boston on Sunday to stump for the flailing Croakster. Takers of the opinion poll at the BH are going 2/3 that this is a move of desperation.

President Obama is steaming into the Bay State on a high-stakes mission to rescue Democrat Martha Coakley’s stranded Senate bid from a GOP wave that could sink his landmark health-care reform bill as well.

“It’s white-knuckle time,” said Democratic operative Phil Johnston. “This is an election we have to win. It’s key to everything the Obama administration wants to do. The stakes are high.”
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The pressure is now on Obama - facing the lowest ratings of his presidency - to set Coakley on a winning course after his Sunday visit. A victory by Brown would endanger the health-care initiative in the Senate.
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A presidential visit during the ongoing devastation in Haiti coupled with the bruising health-care battle on Capitol Hill means Coakley must be in severe danger, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics.

“I think (the White House) would have preferred that he not make the trip unless he had to, but now he knows he has to,” said Sabato. “They were hoping she would pull out of the tailspin, but the tailspin continues, which means he has to ride to the rescue.”

The trip poses a significant political risk for Obama after he stumped for Gov. Jon Corzine in New Jersey and for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds in Virginia. Both Democrats lost.




How do Tea Partyer’s like their tea? Hot and Brown of course! (see? the “clever” wording possibilities are infinite. And you simply can’t avoid using the Lexington quote)

Tea Party members brew Scott Brown boost

Massachusetts is becoming ground zero for the national Tea Party movement as emboldened activists flock from Rhode Island, Connecticut and New York in hopes of helping Scott Brown’s meteoric campaign close the deal in the race for U.S. Senate.

“If Brown wins this election, it will be the shot heard around the world,” said Rhode Island Tea Party President Colleen Conley. “This will be a clear indictment of the Obama presidency and the Democratic Congress overreaching.”

Activists from several states are volunteering to rally, donate and make phone calls.

Rhode Island Tea Party members will spend their weekend in the Bay State campaigning for Brown

Tea Party members from Montana, Texas and Georgia have been flooding The Greater Boston Tea Party and the Plymouth Rock Tea Party with calls, representatives told the Herald. Activists also are emptying their wallets, with the Sacramento, Calif.-based Tea Party Express having spent contributions on ad buys for Brown, said spokesman Levi Russell.

Connecticut state coordinator Tanya Bachand said, “Anything we can do to stop the health-care bill in Washington is what we’re really aimed at.”

Michigan’s Jeffrey McQueen, founder of USRevolution2.com, which produces a modified American flag [shown below] that’s become a symbol of the Tea Party movement, said a Brown win “would send earthquake tremors through the Democratic Party.”

Outstanding. It’s the People’s seat, and The People are speaking up. And maybe Massachusetts, home of revolution, is waking up. Stay tuned. The election is Tuesday.

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US made and very cool. 3x5, $20 Go buy some!




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/16/2010 at 11:40 AM   
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WEEKEND WOMAN……. SOPHIE DAHL

Her name is SOPHIE DAHL, she comes from a very theatrical family whose names would be familiar to Brits.
However, also related is an American name from the past, actress Patricia Neal.

Her late granddad is the creator of Willy Wonka and the author or countless children’s books. He was an illustrator as well and didn’t pass away a poor man.  Quite a talented poet and I’m not much on that stuff, but he is a hoot with something called revolting poems based on fairytales.  The man had a sense of humor.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7de5nV1aQoU It’s Little Red Riding Hood, but not as you’ve ever heard it.
For those who may be interested:  LOTS OF DAHL INFO HERE

It’s been awhile since I posted the really older photos and I plan on getting back to that when I can.  Been pressed for time here lately.

Here’s some background on this lady.  I can’t please every single person I know, so I just have to post the heartthrobs I like and hope you do too.

(Born Sophie Holloway, 15 September 1977 in London) is an English author and model. She is the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal. Her paternal grandfather was actor Stanley Holloway.

Sophie Dahl

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SIANORA FOR NOW.

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Artist: Caroline Young. 

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 01/16/2010 at 10:09 AM   
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A NEW “TOUCHY-FEELY” TRAINING GUIDE FOR BATTLING BRIT RECRUITS?  oh dear oh dear

‘If you are telling soldiers what to do at every stage, a typical command style, what happens when that individual giving the orders isn’t there? You can get paralysis. We don’t want soldiers to be robots.

Gee, I’m not even a Brit and I think I resent that.  I’m sure the new guys are pretty fearsome in their own way, I don’t think the Army here is gonna become a bunch of wusses, BUT ... Robots?
The Brit soldier has NEVER shown himself to be any less brave or any more robotic then anyone else. And as for robots, that’s crap.  Their wartime achievements and in fact even where all they managed to achieve was less then victory, are still awe inspiring. Robots hell. Where do these new age jerks get that from? I know too many ex-Brit servicemen who are pretty tough hombres, and there isn’t anything robotic about em.
Those kids fighting and dying or coming back maimed from Afghanistan are hardly robots.  I read the reports here of the heroism exhibited by these young people in combat over there.  At my younger best I could never be as good or as tough as the things I’m reading about them. 

I would not argue against the case however that there may well be some in authority who overstep the bounds of good training and behavior. We’ve all of met those sorts.  The bullies in any army are a disgrace to the uniform and their service. I’m not blind to that.

Anyway, I have long admired the guts and bravery of the Armed forces here.  Although I have to confess I’m a little nervous about what’s become of the Navy, especially after that fiasco with Iran a couple of years ago.


‘Would you mind standing to attention?’ Sergeant majors told to adopt touchy-feely approach

By Ian Drury
Saturday Mail

Eyes bulging with fury, cheeks purple and moustache bristling, the sergeant major draws himself to his full height and yells: ‘You ‘orrible little man!’

This is the memory for generations of cowering recruits who have incurred the displeasure of the dreaded tyrant.

To the dismay of traditional disciplinarians, however, such scenes are being consigned to history.

Commanders have decided that, in a changing society, a gentler approach is required.

Young soldiers, they say, should be coaxed, reasoned with, and allowed to think for themselves.

Rather than simply shouting and screaming orders, military instructors are encouraged to ‘be progressive’ and discuss tasks with recruits.

All this will doubtless be welcome to the modern-day soldiers spared the kind of tongue-lashing memorably dished out by Windsor Davies, pictured, who played the fearsome Sergeant Major Tudor Williams in the 1970s TV comedy It Ain’t Half Hot Mum.

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No more shouting: Touchy-feely military instructors are now replacing fearsome types such as Sergeant Major Tudor Williams

But veterans raised concerns that the new touchy-feely approach could lead to a lack of discipline.

Ex-recruiting sergeant Fred Burden, vice-chairman of the National Malaya and Borneo Veterans’ Association UK, said: ‘The Army is getting too soft on recruits.

‘The British Army has been the finest in the world for years, so what is the point of changing now? If you don’t shout orders at recruits there’s a risk they won’t concentrate.’

The overhaul came after a series of investigations revealed unacceptable levels of bullying in the Armed Forces.

The measures are being put in place at the Army Recruiting and Training Division’s Staff Leadership School (ASLS) in Pirbright, Surrey. Around 4,500 officers have been trained about the need to be able to motivate, encourage and enthuse trainees’.

Lieutenant Colonel Matt Fensom, Commanding Officer at the ASLS, said there were ‘limitations’ to traditional training techniques.

He said: ‘If you are telling soldiers what to do at every stage, a typical command style, what happens when that individual giving the orders isn’t there? You can get paralysis. We don’t want soldiers to be robots.

‘We need them to think for themselves. This is about getting the best out of recruits.’

The Army has also commissioned research into psychological techniques to identify personality traits that could hold back soldiers, such as lack of confidence, fear of failure or stress.

Staff Sergeant Paul Campling, 37, from the Royal Tank Regiment, said the style of training marked a significant change for the Army.

But he added that recruits could still be bawled out if they got an instruction wrong.

‘There is still a time and a place for a one-way debrief or barked orders but people are happier now because the communication is better.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/16/2010 at 08:53 AM   
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Senior member of extreme Islamist group is teaching at a London school

I really do wonder when and where this kind of thing will end. The only thing I am certain of is, it will not be in my lifetime.
So then, I wish the future generations much Good Luck. You are going to need all of that you can get.

And what a GAK producing couple (photo) barf.

Take a look BMEWS.

by, Sean O’Neill,
Crime and Security Editor

The Times

A senior figure in Hizb ut-Tahrir, a hardline Islamist group that the Government keeps “under continuous review” and the Conservatives want to ban, is teaching and preaching at a top university.

The Times has learnt that Reza Pankhurst, who was imprisoned in Egypt for membership of the group, is a teacher at the London School of Economics and regularly preaches to students at Friday prayers.

The group is supposedly barred from organising and speaking on campuses under the National Union of Students’ policy of “no platform” for racist or fascist views. The presence of one of its prominent members as a university teacher raises new concerns about Islamist radicalisation on campus.

A new review of campus extremism began last month after it was discovered that the alleged Detroit airline bomber, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, was a former president of the Islamic Society at University College London.

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The Times understands that at least two London university lecturers are either supporters or members of Hizb ut-Tahrir.

Mr Pankhurst is a postgraduate student in the LSE’s government department and teaches classes for the course “States, Nations and Empires”.

On Fridays he is one of the regular speakers at prayers organised by the students’ union Islamic Society in the college gym.

A society member told The Times: “He preaches every other week and is constantly bringing the subject around to politics, talking about Afghanistan and the need to establish the Caliphate [Islamic state].

“Only last week he was talking about the Detroit bomber and saying the guy was not radicalised in London and it was all to do with foreign policy.

“Last year he recommended we should attend a conference which I later discovered was organised by Hizb ut-Tahrir, but he never mentions the party by name.”

In 2002 Mr Pankhurst was one of three British Hizb ut-Tahrir members arrested in Egypt for attempting to promote the movement. They were held for four years and tortured before being released in 2006.

He remained active in the movement after his return and, according to well-informed sources, is still a senior figure. Last month a meeting at Queen Mary College, London, at which Mr Pankhurst and Jamal Harwood, another member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, were due to speak, was cancelled after student protests about the speakers’ views.

The Times made repeated attempts to contact the group and Mr Pankhurst yesterday but without success.

The group states on its website that its “political aim is the re-establishment of the Islamic Caliphate as an independent state”. It says that it rejects forcing change “by means of violence and terror”.

Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Germany for anti-semitic activity but, despite Tony Blair announcing plans to proscribe it in 2005, it remains legal in Britain.

In a speech last month Chris Grayling, the Shadow Home Secretary, said that the Conservative Party would ban the group if elected to Government. Mr Grayling said: “Within the UK it takes extreme care about how it words its propaganda ... But anyone who doubts its true character should take a look at the website for its sister organisation in Bangladesh, which talks about evil American plans to subjugate Muslims and about mobilising armed forces to eliminate the Jewish entity. We cannot allow such views free rein in our society.”

The LSE confirmed that Mr Pankhurst was a research student and a graduate teaching assistant.

A spokesman said: “No concerns about his conduct have been raised with the school and we are not aware that he is a member of any proscribed organisation or has broken any laws or LSE regulations.”

The students’ union said that Mr Pankhurst was a member of its Islamic Society. Aled Dilwyn Fisher, general secretary of the union, said: “As far as we are aware, Mr Pankhurst is not currently a member of an illegal extremist group.”

A spokesman for the anti-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, said: “Hizb ut-Tahrir, an organisation which has a long track record of promoting intolerance, has not abandoned its efforts to infiltrate British universities in order to spread its destructive, confrontational message.

“Its infiltration of internationally renowned universities such as the LSE make a mockery of universities’ claims to be tackling extremism on campus.”

A Home Office spokesman said “Hizb ut-Tahrir is kept under continuous review. As and when new material comes to light it is considered and the organisation reassessed as part of that process.”

source, the times

Can it be said that things like this are any better back home? (USA)


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/16/2010 at 06:34 AM   
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I let the darndest things annoy me. Thing is, I find it impossible to tolerate the warmists.

OUR LIFESTYLES ARE KILLING PEOPLE IN AFRICA AND ASIA

So says this ridiculous idiot devotee of the new church of green.

He says the inconvenient truth is that our lifestyles are indeed killing other people.
Yeah? Well maybe they’re overpopulated anyway and frankly you flake, I don’t give a damn!

I won’t copy his entire letter, too damn much there and sorry there isn’t a link to it. It’s a letter to the editor and those folks printed this utter balderdash.

He says,

It is in African countries like Kenya and Asian countries like Bangladesh, that people are dying prematurely as a direct result of of climate change from greenhouse gas emissions of the people in developed counties.

The damn fool goes on:
Reductions in the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from the lifestyles and consumption patterns are the cause and that,

It is now widely understood that that the sooner cuts in emissions are made, the lower the costs of moving to a low carbon society are likely to prove to be.

The stupid idiot then gives this address:
http://www.winacc.org.uk and he btw is the chairman of The Winchester Action on Climate Change.

He says of our recent severe snow storm and cold snap that “global warming does not abolish winter. “ Maybe not but it sure was colder this year then last and last year was NOT warm either.
He wants us all to reduce our “carbon footprints” sooner, not later.  Screw him.  I want HIM to CONSERVE so there will be MORE for ME.

He also doesn’t think that Hampshire (our county) residents are doing the right thing fast enough.

Inconvenient truth is, they should not be doing anything at all.

OK so I read his damn letter and the more I thought about it the more frustrated I got because he assumes he has the word from on high and with evangelistic zeal he expects everyone to fall into line.  In spite of the recent comments by other scientists that say the issue is NOT closed.

So I wrote this.


GORE’S GREEN LACKEYS

This little island and people like Mr. Robert Hutchison of WinCAA , believe they are going to save the planet as they rush to bend the knee to their new religion, The Holy Church of Climate Change and Global Warming.
The silly extremes they go to as they genuflect before pope bore and the new faith and what they achieve, amount to no more then a flea on an elephant’s ass, though they would have us believe otherwise.

It is delusional to think that the vast majority of people throughout Europe and the UK, all buy into every edict demanded by the grasping self congratulatory powers that be .  Many of those who feel that not everything is exactly right and do their bit i.e. recycling etc, do not buy into the doomsday scenario as preached by the new church and Robert H.

A full year before the EU dictated that all member states must stop manufacture and sales of those old nice bright 100watt light bulbs, millions of people started buying and hoarding them.  Even that most politically correct and green loving state, Germany, led Europe in the rush to collect the old and more favored light bulb in spite of the opposition of Gore’s Green Lackeys in that country.  Clearly, a majority of the people prefer the older type but majorities do not matter much in the new age of the green and pc world dictatorship.

Meanwhile back in happy slap, binge drunk England, a newspaper called The Daily Mail, which is a conservative paper, started a silly campaign to ban plastic shopping bags.  One village has already happily announced to the world that they are, “Plastic Bag Free,” Mein Fuehrer, to the applause of The Mail who proudly announce victory in our time, over plastic.  Ignoring of course that these bags are 100% degradable.
However, it is very important to show the few fanatical faithful who dominate the majority, their religious devotion to the new church.

Following in the path of the paper, and in an effort to increase their profit margins, many a business is making a public display of their conversion to the new faith.

Back at the ranch however, manufacturers continue to package their products in impossibly difficult to open non-degradable multiple plastic.
But hey, who’s looking at that? 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/16/2010 at 05:56 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 15, 2010

Captain Obvious Is A Little Slow Today

Oh sure, you figured this one out last week, or even earlier. I know. Sometimes I’m a bit slow.



If Brown wins the special election in MA and gets the vacant Senate seat, Obamacare is pretty much derailed.  Which could explain why Fearless Reader is heading up there this Sunday to stump for Croakley. I’m hoping Boston will be another Olympic Moment for him. And Brown’s election could very well be the harbinger of a huge Republican backlash in 2010 and 2012.

So if Brown wins, seeing as “Massachusettes” is home to Concord and Lexington, and that the ramifications could lame-duck Obama in the first half of his first term, will this be called the

“Scott heard ’round the world”?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/15/2010 at 03:39 PM   
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One For Peiper

I can’t resist.

Here’s a fun pic that brings together his computer problems, his local weather, and his recent observations of nature. LOL LOL

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/15/2010 at 03:01 PM   
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Must Watch Online TV

h/t to just about everybody. Geex. This house of cards is collapsing so fast I can’t keep up with it.

Here is the whole fiasco, in 5 short video bits. Those folks familiar with the topic can skip right to #4 or #5.

http://www.kusi.com/weather/colemanscorner/81583352.html

The whole AGW thing is a scam, and NASA ought to can this Hansen fellow. Then the fraud charges can begin.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/15/2010 at 01:05 PM   
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