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calendar   Sunday - January 10, 2010

Unexpected Part Two of, It’s a cool idea to have Loony Tunes themes handy while reading. BIZARRE!

Some few weeks ago I posted another one of those really dumb things that the Brits, in their left wing rush to destroy what’s left of this place, have done.
At the time, I said that things keep getting more bizarre and more stupid and I found that my use of the term, “Things just can’t get any stupider then this” no longer had any meaning.  That’s because things do indeed keep getting more bizarre, more politically correct, dumber and stupid without cause or reason.  If Gorbal Warming is their new guiding light, then political correctness is their bible with all it’s (pc) ramifications and rules about insults accidental or intended.

So I will not ask, can things get dumber or more bizarre with regard to this article because they most assuredly can and no doubt they will.  Until then, I offer you this which isn’t the friendliest thing I can think of doing.  It certainly does raise the old RCOB though. Doesn’t it?


Businessman is arrested in front of wife and son ... for ‘anti-gypsy email that he didn’t even write.

By James Millbank
Last updated at 10:04 AM on 10th January 2010

Paul Osmond who made a comment about a gipsy planning application

A wealthy businessman was arrested at home in front of his wife and young son over an email which council officials deemed ‘offensive’ to gipsies – but which he had not even written.

The email, concerning a planning appeal by a gipsy, included the phrase: ‘It’s the ‘do as you likey’ attitude that I am against.’

Council staff believed the email was offensive because ‘likey’ rhymes with the derogatory term ‘pikey’.

The 45-year-old IT boss was held in a police cell for four hours until it was established he had nothing to do with the email, which had been sent by one of his then workers, Paul Osmond.

But police had taken his DNA and later confirmed they would be holding it indefinitely.

The businessman, who has asked not to be named, was also fingerprinted in the police investigation estimated to have cost taxpayers up to £12,000.

He said two uniformed officers came to his house on a Sunday afternoon and said he would be handcuffed if he did not accompany them to the police station.

His computer and other internet equipment were also seized.

The email, from a computer at his company, was sent last August to a website at Rother District Council, in East Sussex, on which the public can comment on planning applications.

It referred to an appeal by gipsy Linda Smith, who wants to keep a mobile home in an area of outstanding beauty overlooking the Battle of Hastings site.

The email also read: ‘Get a job, get planning permission but more to the point get out of the neighbourhood.’

The businessman, a father of two, said last night: ‘I had a sense of total disbelief. My wife and I decided to tell my 11-year-old son I had to go with the police because I had witnessed a road accident.

‘Even though the officers were fairly pleasant to me, I was informed I would be handcuffed if I didn’t go voluntarily. They then confiscated my computer and my wife’s computer and took them to the police station.

‘I was extremely angry. I was relaxing in the comfort of my home on a Sunday afternoon and then I was in a police car under arrest – all for an innocent comment by a colleague.’

He was driven five miles to Hastings police station.

He said: ‘I have never had any criminal record and try my best to teach my children right from wrong. This was a ridiculously heavy-handed police reaction to what they perceived as a racist comment. I am not the least bit racist and neither is Paul Osmond. The gipsy family concerned did not complain.

‘I did nothing wrong yet ended up in a police cell for four hours with my DNA stored on a criminal database.’

The arrest happened on November 15 and followed a three-year battle by a gipsy family to win planning permission for the mobile home on land outside the town of Battle.

The family bought a field from a farmer, put down a concrete base, and installed the mobile home at the end of a short driveway. Rother Council issued an enforcement notice against the building.

The businessman said he also objected to the council over the location of the mobile home, which is near his property.

He said: ‘It seems I have to get planning permission for everything I do right down to dead-heading the daffodils.

‘It seems they can erect this home with impunity. But I made my objections entirely through the proper channels and I have absolutely nothing against anyone in the gipsy community.’

The case finally ended last week when Mr Osmond, who had been arrested and bailed, was told there would be no further police action. The planning case is continuing.

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Mr Osmond, 39, of Icklesham, said: ‘I made it clear to them I am absolutely not racist. I said I was simply registering my objection to this application because it is 200ft from the most important and historical battlefield in the country.

‘I now feel I am not even able to express an opinion for fear of being arrested by the police.

‘One of my closest friends is an Irish traveller and he uses the term ‘pikey’ all the time. This is the ultimate in political correctness going off the scale.’

Sussex Police said they had arrested the businessman over ‘suspicion of committing a racial or religious-aggravated offence’.

After consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, it was decided to take no further action against Mr Osmond.

Chief Inspector Heather Keating said: ‘Sussex Police have a legal duty to promote community cohesion and tackle unlawful discrimination.

‘We are satisfied we acted appropriately in identifying the owner of the computer used and through this, the identity of the writer of the offending line.’

Police said they would hold the innocent men’s DNA indefinitely, which they said was in line with national policy.

A council spokesman said: ‘As far as we were concerned it was an offensive comment, so we got in touch with the police.’

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I have been here over five years now and have never heard the term, ‘pikey.’ I have no idea what it means.  Lyndon?  Chris E.?

I hate the idea that people also have to “strongly express” the idea that they are NOT RACIST?  Like they must prove something on the mere chance that someone in authority will accuse them of heresy and sentence them to the stake for burning.  The whole idea and workings of PC and use of the ‘R’ word is nothing short of a 21st century inquisition.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/10/2010 at 02:45 PM   
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It would be a cool idea to read this with Loony Tune closing theme in background.

Cos that will help you get a grip while reading this nonsense.
Here I thought I was gonna get to my first coffee this morning, but when I saw the headline, I headed for the computer instead of the kitchen.

Aaaaaaaaaaaagggggggggggghhhhh!

Myleene Klass warned by police after scaring off intruders with knife

Myleene Klass, the broadcaster and model, brandished a knife at youths who broke into her garden – but has been warned by police that she may have acted illegally.

By Roya Nikkhah
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

Miss Klass, a model for Marks & Spencer and a former singer with the pop group Hear’Say, was in her kitchen in the early hours of Friday when she saw two teenagers behaving suspiciously in her garden.

The youths approached the kitchen window, before attempting to break into her garden shed, prompting Miss Klass to wave a kitchen knife to scare them away.

Miss Klass, 31, who was alone in her house in Potters Bar, Herts, with her two-year-old daughter, Ava, called the police. When they arrived at her house they informed her that she should not have used a knife to scare off the youths because carrying an “offensive weapon” – even in her own home – was illegal.

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Jonathan Shalit, Miss Klass’s agent, said that had been “shaken and utterly terrified” by the incident and was stepping up security at the house she shares with her fiancé, Graham Quinn, who was away on business at the time.

He said: “Myleene was aghast when she was told that the law did not allow her to defend herself in her own home. All she did was scream loudly and wave the knife to try and frighten them off.

“She is not looking to be a vigilante, and has the utmost respect for the law, but when the police explained to her that even if you’re at home alone and you have an intruder, you are not allowed to protect yourself, she was bemused.

“Her questions going forward are: what are my rights, and what are you actually allowed to do to defend yourself in your own house?”

The Sunday Telegraph’s Right to Defend Yourself campaign is seeking a change in the law to provide greater rights and immunity from prosecution for householders in dealing with intruders.

Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, said: “This incident just shows why things are still very confused on this issue and why we need a change in the law.”

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police said: “We got a call at 12.45am on Saturday to reports of the owner of the property hearing noises outside their address.

“Officers were in attendance and checked the property.

“There was no one around although they could see footprints in the snow. No property had been taken and there were no intruders. It was treated as a trespass incident.

“Words of advice were given in relation to ensuring suspicious behaviour is reported immediately.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/10/2010 at 09:38 AM   
Filed Under: • CrimeCULTURE IN DECLINEDaily LifeInsanityNanny StateOutrageousSelf-DefenseStoopid-PeopleUK •  
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Not a blogger questionnaire

Tamdhu vs. Famous Grouse vs. Highland Park:

Yikes! Highland Park has a strong smokey, peaty flavor with large quantities of iodine. Gnnnergaaargherargheraergh. Too much for me.
Famous Grouse is very well balanced. A bit of smoke, a bit of peat, a taste of iodine.
Tamdhu is so soft. Like regular Macallen, it’s a beginner’s scotch.

Rinse with spring water, try again.

Tamdhu: soft, easy drinking, subtle. A lovely finish.
Famous Grouse: what is this shit? It’s bitter, thin, nasty.
Highland Park: Crivens, it’s extreme. This is as much peat as I can ever handle.

Rinse with spring water, try again.

Famous Grouse: Mmmm, I can drink this just fine.
Highland Park: still a bit on the sharp side, but I can learn to like it.
Tamdhu: tasting kind of lite. Very easy on the mouth. No real highlights, no real strengths, but not an altogether thin flavor either.

Rinse with spring water, have a little bit to eat, rinse once more, try again.

Highland Park: I could learn to love this stuff. Yes indeed. Rather pricey, but it’s got the kind of body I can admire.
Famous Grouse: Good enough for regular drinking. Nothing special, but nothing wrong with it either. Solid but a bit thin.
Tamdhu: Och, a wee little nip for the ladies. It’s no a challenge, but it’s no great surprise either. Not bad, not dull, but not a taste that grows on you.

Huh? Wazzat? Whaddyamean, you’re not supposed to swallow each taste? Spit it out? Crivens ya daft scunner, that’s a crime!

On the stove: pork rib ends done in Szeged pork rub and Ceaser salad dressing. Slow cooked, damn I wish we were allowed actual barbecue grills in this condo park.

On the telly: Gladiator! Best Russell Crowe film evah! He da man. No, Daniel Craig is. No, Mark Harmon., No, Sean Connery. Ok, Sean da man, but the old man these days. Clint Eastwood at 50. Yeah baybay! Steve McQueen! At least he wasn’t a faggy little whiner like James Dean! (see why I love my wife? She likes manly men, not wussy little pretty boys. Especially when they run around with a goat’s ass growing out of their face, wearing a freakin rasta beret. Have you seen Brad Pitt lately? Holy shit.)

Strange things running through my head:

King John
Put up a notice,
“LOST or STOLEN or STRAYED!
JAMES JAMES MORRISON’S MOTHER
SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN MISLAID.
LAST SEEN
WANDERING VAGUELY:
QUITE OF HER OWN ACCORD,
SHE TRIED TO GET DOWN
TO THE END OF THE TOWN -
FORTY SHILLINGS REWARD!”

What, don’t you have random Pooh on occasion? I saw the doctor I work for this afternoon - a very rare thing - and he told me he was very happy with my work and that he knows I don’t overcharge him. When I got home, I told my wife about it. I said “I have been to see the Queen, and she says my hands are purfickly clean!” and she had no idea at all what I was talking about. So I said

They’re changing guard at Buckingham Palace -
Christopher Robin went down with Alice.
“Do you think the King knows all about me?”
“Sure to, dear, but it’s time for tea,”
Says Alice.

and she was all like, you’re strange. She must have had a deprived childhood. Probably thinks ol’ Winnie Ther is a Sears Roebuck product.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/10/2010 at 01:42 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 09, 2010

Plane Crazy

Are the airlines over reacting to situations now, because the Undie-bomber made a mockery of global security efforts? Or are they just putting in their own Zero Tolerance rules a bit late, rather like closing the barn door after the horse has left, and then burning down the barn just to make sure. You be the judge!



Pro:

3 drunken Brits arrested at Heathrow for making bomb threats on Emirates Air flight

Three men have been arrested on a passenger jet after an alleged bomb threat sparked a security scare at Heathrow Airport. Armed officers boarded the Dubai-bound Emirates EK004 flight - which had 331 people inside - on Friday night. Police said the alarm was raised when “a verbal threat was made to staff” as the plane was taxiing for take-off at 9.15pm. Three men, aged 58, 48 and 36, were arrested on suspicion of making a bomb threat.

The trio, thought to be British men who were sitting in economy class, are being held in police custody. Officers carried out a full search of the aircraft and found nothing suspicious.

Sky News crime correspondent Martin Brunt said the men were described as “people who had too much to drink”.

The Metropolitan Police said three people have been arrested. Passenger Cameron McLean said one man was taken off the plane in handcuffs before sniffer dogs were brought in.

“Police just swarmed the guy and rushed him out. I think he was a white male. There was another one but I didn’t see him.”




Con:

Flight aborted after strange note from passenger

Federal authorities filed a criminal complaint Friday against a 56-year-old man whose scrawled note invoking “Gilligan’s Island” led a Hawaiian Airlines pilot to turn around a Maui-bound flight and return Wednesday to Portland, Oregon.

According to the complaint and a 13-page supporting affidavit, Johnson and his girlfriend, Caroll Ann Miller, boarded Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39 on Wednesday morning bound for Kahului, Hawaii, on the island of Maui.

Once aboard, Johnson became upset because he was not allowed to store his bag under his exit-row seat, according to the affidavit, which was written by an FBI agent after interviewing Johnson, Miller and the flight crew.

About 45 minutes into the flight, Johnson gave a comment card in a sealed envelope to a flight attendant, who opened it, read it and gave it to the lead flight attendant, who then gave it to the captain, it said:

“I thought I was going to die, we were so high up,” the card said. “I thought to myself: I hope we don’t crash and burn or worse yet landing in the ocean, living through it, only to be eaten by sharks, or worse yet, end up on some place like Gilligan’s Island, stranded, or worse yet, be eaten by a tribe of headhunters, speaking of headhunters, why do they just eat outsiders, and not the family members? Strange ... and what if the plane ripped apart in mid-flight and we plumited (sic) to earth, landed on Gilligan’s Island and then lived through it, and the only woman there was Mrs. Thurston Howell III? No Mary Anne (my favorite) no Ginger, just Lovey! If it were just her, I think I’d opt for the sharks, maybe the headhunters.”

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The pilot told investigators that, considering Johnson’s earlier behavior regarding his bag, he felt threatened by the card and decided—now about 90 minutes into the flight—to turn the jet around.

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) scrambled two fighter jets to escort the plane back to Portland.




I think it’s time to apply a DrewSolution to the whole situation:

There ya go, problem solved. Now can we knock of the BS already?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/09/2010 at 07:12 PM   
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Now that’s an airline!

I cut out the snarky part of my comment on Peiper’s post about the old Bugatti. I was grousing that the author left out the verb “could” in the “reach 100mph” line, and went on a bit about falling standards. Then I found out that the news page he linked to was from India. So I cut them a bit of slack and snipped out the snark. That being said, here’s another article from the same paper that makes me wonder if the airline mentioned shouldn’t be renamed “Enzyte Airways”.

Back when I was at AT&T in their highly diverse work environment, we had to deal with this kind of thing all the time. Us white boys took to calling it EAS, a TLA - a Three Letter Acronym; at AT&T everything had one, except for the company name. AT&T had not meant Atlantic Telephone & Telegraph for many years, it was just the name of the company - a TLA that stood for English Assassination Squad.


Finnair’s business class passengers grew last month



New Delhi, Jan 9 : Nordic carrier Finnair Saturday said its business class passengers grew 16 percent in December last year, despite a scheduled reduction in flights.

“Business class passenger numbers fell in 2009 by a couple of percent, but grew in December by 16 percent, despite scheduled traffic capacity cuts,” Finnair’s senior vice president Christer Haglund said in a statement.

Yes, that’s BMEWS, going for the easy laugh by making fun of foreigners who aren’t perfectly adept at English. Hey, we have to set the bar somewhere, and right down in the mud seems pretty good for a start!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/09/2010 at 06:38 PM   
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IMMIGRANTS RIOT IN ITALY …..  apologies from authorities expected.

Here we go again. De blacks doin what day always do when day got nottin to do. Riot. Cause vandalism. Burn cars.
Doesn’t matter what country they’re in it seems.  Any one will do.  Jus ax dem. This time it’s Italy.

Now then, I don’t hold with whoever took some pot shots at black immigrant workers. You can’t tell in random shooting if the target is some hard working law abiding guy or a left wing trouble maker. It wasn’t right. Period.  As for beatings, the article doesn’t go into real detail there. Justified by self defense or otherwise? A gang thing?  An argument that ended in a fight?

Just what kind of point are they making or justice seeking when they attack (as they ALWAYS do) generally defenseless people who have had absolutely nothing to do with whatever happened.  Reminds me in part of the nights I worked in LA with an auto re-possessor.  One of the many places we went to was the Watts area of LA.  If we were seen taking away a car that hadn’t seen a payment in over 6 months, and it sometimes took that long to track down and find some people so figure payments were in arrears for longer, it ALWAYS turned out that we were anti-black racists.  It’s really how they think.  Or at least the ones we had to deal with did.

However, these animals are using what happened as an excuse like they always do in any country they’re in. It’s just something in their genes, and the Italian govt. should be spanked for allowing so many in and allowing so many to stay.

Their presence in any number and especially in a small country, undermines good order and harmony. But, well, I guess it’s the white man’s burden.
And things will NEVER change cos silly, guilty beat me I’m sorry for slavery whites will go on appeasing and making excuses and allowances, from now to eternity.
It’s in their genes too.  Jeesh.  What a team they are.

Immigrant riot in Italy leaves 37 injured after series of beatings by white youths
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 4:30 PM on 09th January 2010

Violence broke out in southern Italy yesterday as hundreds of migrant workers, most of them Africans, went on a rampage in retaliation to two of their number being shot and three more beaten with iron bars by white youths.

Authorities reporting at least 37 were wounded in the ensuing clashes, including 18 police officers and five migrants, as the violence reached its second day in the coastal town of Rosarno in Calabria.

The riots in the region were sparked off when when two migrants were wounded by pellet fire two days ago, starting the cycle of violence, said a top police official, Renato Cortese, in the regional capital.

The simmering racial tension was then exacerbated when two more migrants were shot in the same location, an unoccupied factory which serves as sleeping quarters for African workers in the hamlet of Laureana di Borrello 6 miles from Rosarno.

In retaliation, the immigrant farm labourers went on a rampage and fought pitched battles with the police.
Police reinforcements were being sent in the next hours, likely during the night, with the exact number still being decided, the Interior Ministry said.

Friday, angry migrants, mostly from African nations, some armed with metal bars or wooden sticks, scuffled with police and residents in the streets of Rosarno.
Other residents were holed up in their homes, state radio reported, and schools and shops were shuttered.

Cortese said of the situation in Rosarno: ‘I’d say you could step out and buy some bread only because you have to eat, but if I had to choose I wouldn’t go out for an evening stroll.’

Police said late Friday evening that at least 37 people had been injured, including the five migrants, 14 residents and 18 police officers.
A young mother with a bruise under an eye and a bandage on the side of her head, told state TV a group of migrants started smashing her car.

The woman said that, fearful for the safety of her small children, she managed to drive about two meters before her attackers pushed her car into a wall.

The combination of ethnic strife and organized crime has sparked violence before among migrant communities in southern Italy. In 2008, migrants rioted in the Naples area after six Ghanians were murdered in a gangland-style shooting blamed on the local Camorra crime syndicate.

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Now here in dis photo we see de aggressive, bullyin, white honky bitch her be pickin on dis lawbidn thick lipped buck but he be givin her a piece ob what he hab for a mind. He be tellin her bout him cibil rights ya bet coz he know all about dat dere stuff.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/09/2010 at 06:11 PM   
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Bugatti car that spent 70 years under water could fetch 80,000 pounds at auction!

WOW!  nothin’ to say .... glad they brought er up tho.

London, Jan 9 :

A rare Bugatti
that lay at the bottom of a lake for 73 years is set to fetch over 80,000 pounds at auction—the price of a brand new luxury motor.

The legendary car was dumped in the water in 1936 by a frustrated Swiss official because the owner had abandoned it without paying the import tax.

The value of the car was less than the money owed and the customs officer was compelled to destroy it.

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Thus, he drove it over the Italian border to nearby Lake Maggiore — and pushed it into the deep waters.

The story became part of folklore in the nearby town of Ascona as locals debated whether the car actually existed.

After 30 years, the truth emerged after a keen diver rediscovered the Bugatti lying on its side 160 feet down at the bottom of the lake.

Since then, members of the local diving club regularly visited it and last year decided to raise it and sell it for a local charity.

Surprisingly, there was still air in the tyres and traces of the original Bugatti blue paint on the bodywork.

It is believed that 20 per cent of the vehicle is salvageable and collectors and museums are likely to be keen to buy it.

“We’’ve offered a few things in our time in the motoring department, but nothing like this,” the Sun quoted James Knight, of auctioneers Bonhams, as saying.

“Sometimes we get cars that have been hidden in barns for years, but never have we had one that’’s spent 70 years at the bottom of a lake,” he added.

The proceeds from the car’s sell will be donated to the Damiano Tamagni Foundation.

The Type 22 Bugatti, built in 1925, had four cylinders, a 1.5 litre engine and reach almost 100mph.

It was a touring two-seater with no roof and was very lightweight.

The sale is on January 23 at the Bonhams Retromobile sale in France.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/09/2010 at 05:49 PM   
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weekend crap

Oy vey.  Not only does “It Never Ends”, it only gets worse. It doesn’t ever even slow down.



Man oh man, where is that damn Reset Button?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/09/2010 at 04:26 PM   
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Why don’t you people recognize a warm trend when you see and feel one? If Al Bore says warm, well.

I won’t post the entire article here. No need and I’m sure wherever you are reading this, you’re having bad weather of your own.

Having said that ... I find something a dear friend in MS. sent me of some interest.  And a comment from Sid here at BMEWS. Thing just kinda came together.

This was the headline that greeted us first thing this morning when I took the papers off the chair on our front porch.

Blizzards will sweep Britain this weekend with biting gale-force winds bringing the coldest temperatures of the winter after council were forced to cut grit use by a quarter because of a national shortage.

By Matthew Moore

Motorists were warned to take extra care as local authorities abandoned efforts to salt thousands of roads and motorway hard shoulders as part of a series of salt rationing measures.

Many roads used by commuters will no longer be gritted, as reserves are held back for keeping major food and fuel transport routes clear and ensuring that hospitals can stay open.

THE REST IS HERE but that isn’t the interesting part.


THIS IS:

The cold is clamping down yet again.  I hope people in the south are all being extremely cautious, as that is where they are not used to it. This is nothing more than God laughing at the Anthropogenic global Warming believers.

Posted by Siddhartha Vicious on BMEWS, United States

It’s almost as tho Sid had already seen this.

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And this is the note she sent me along with her photos. 

Al Gore’s global warming tactics must have worked!  He’s freezing us to death.  This was our snow in December 2009, poor banana tree.  We are scheduled to get more tonight and 100% tomorrow with temps dipping to 12 degrees.  Not MY South Mississippi!!!!!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/09/2010 at 03:43 PM   
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THE LATEST FROM NASHVILLE FUNNY MAN, RAY STEVENS.

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H/T to Jim Miller, who emailed me this Ray Stevens video.
I think BMEWS can handle this. 

What a coincidence that he should send Ray Stevens. 
Little by little we are trying to clear out those things that just take up space in the house that are no longer needed.  We hope we will be able to put the house on the market this summer, providing we have one of those.

Some of the things the wife is finding turned out to be old photos of family going back to the late 1890s.  She found photos of her mother age only 14, and her late brother as well.
So how an album of ours got into that box is a mystery.  But I’m glad she found this particular photo of Ray Stevens with my old car, in Nashville.

It was taken outside the offices of Warner Bros. Records, and his office was right across the street on Music Row.  Every time I drove into Nashville, the Warner Bros. office was my very first stop. I was very big on everything Warner in those days and they had a terrific line up of country acts.  I picked up the latest news and mostly records for the station I worked for in Paducah. There were times I got product even before release.  In one case, an act signed to the label was also a close friend and he gave me a tape (reel to reel from the studio) of his next release.  In other words, it hadn’t even got to the plant for pressing at that point. Those were really the days and I can’t say I don’t miss em. Music Row was almost a real community then. Actually, in very many ways, it was. And I loved it.

My car had Warner cartoon characters painted all over it and was a sight to see. Elmer Fudd with his shotgun on one side facing aft and on the other, Bugs Bunny running away. And of course the Warner logo on the back and sides as well. It was painted free for me, by one of my radio listeners.  When people who don’t know me too well ask me where I was born, I usually tell em, Paducah, Ky.  In a way, I was.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/09/2010 at 02:17 PM   
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WEEKEND WOMEN

OK, once again Drew led me someplace nice and I managed to lose the link.  He did something with Russian women this week past and I thought I’d use one from the site. Now I can’t recall which site I used (I had another as well) for one of them.  But no matter.  I think the important thing is that they are pretty and nice to look at.  And we really should look while we can because those looks won’t last and neither will we.

So ... first, off to Russia.  I love the eyes and the look but didn’t get her name.  So I call her Russian Eyes.
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VALENTINA ZELYAENA

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NATALIE CLEIN

Born in Poole,Dorset.
Made her concerto debut at The Proms in August 1997, performing the Haydn Cello Concerto in C major. The Proms is a series of concerts that last four weeks in the summer. Some nights the concerts are beamed to some of the large parks in major cities, where ppl can sit in the park and watch the concert on huge screens. 

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VIVE LA CATHERINE!


CATHERINE DENEUVE

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Always LOVED Catherine Deneuve and not just her looks.  Just something about her. 

BUT ...  Many years before there was Catherine, there was another French beauty I first saw in a James Cagney movie called “What Price Glory.” 1952.

It wasn’t that I hadn’t discovered girls yet.  But no movie star of the day or girl friend of the moment could compete with this charmer.  I never ever forgot her either.  An interesting side note about this actress btw.

Born 1925 in Paris. Her mother was one of the scientists who contributed to the invention of Pyrex, a glassware that enabled food to be cooked directly in the glass in an oven.  She decided to become an actress while studying law at the Sorbonne.  The Sorbonne ppl. In an age before dumbing down. So this lady had to have smarts along with talent which only enhances her looks for me.  Next to my first grade teacher, my next real crush.

CORINNE CALVET (1925 - 2001)

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And those are my Weekend Women for now.

SAYONARA

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 01/09/2010 at 11:20 AM   
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No Nukes, just drywall

Cold Freezes Florida, Power Plant Saves Manatees




APOLLO BEACH, Florida — More than 200 manatees are wintering in a balmy canal outside a power plant, the latest exotic Florida animals seeking refuge from the state’s frigid temperatures.

Giant eagle rays and spinner sharks joined them in the 70-degree Fahrenheit waters Thursday as onlookers watched them frolic.

“This is a spa for them,” said Wendy Anastasiou, an environmental specialist for the Tampa Electric Company.

With temperatures well below normal, some less resourceful animals needed help from humans to survive.

Animals that live in the water weren’t the only ones affected. Iguanas fell out of trees in South Florida because the cold-blooded reptiles become immobilized and lose their grip when the temperature falls into the 40s or below.

Things are less dire for the manatees, which are not in immediate danger. On Thursday, the gentle giants at the Big Bend Power Plant in Apollo Beach — some weighing 3,000 pounds — floated slowly to the water’s surface to sip air. Every so often, one would surface on its belly, making the crowd on a viewing platform ooh and ahhh.

Anastasiou said it’s typical for the giant, vegetarian mammals to seek warmer water in the winter when the temperature of Tampa Bay dips below 68 degrees. Even when it is chilly, the sea cows swim out to the Gulf of Mexico to graze on grass during the day. During cold spells, the animals congregate in massive numbers, which is impressive for the humans who flock to the viewing centers to gawk.


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save teh manatees - burn some coal!



I looked up Big Bend power plant, and DAMN. It’s a plain old coal fired generating plant. I was really hoping that it would be a nuke plant. Which would explain the warmer water nearby. Cooling tower outflow and all that. And that would have been the all-time bitch slap against the greenies: precious endangered manatees saved by nuclear energy. What an awesome coupe that would have been. But alas, it is not to be.

However, it looks like the Big Bend plant is doing a pretty great job at reducing pollution, being as Clean Coal as they can:

Big Bend Power Station meets strict environmental regulations through the use of flue gas desulfurization systems or “scrubbers,” which remove sulfur dioxide produced when coal is burned.

The scrubber for Big Bend Unit Four began operation in 1984, and since 1995, has simultaneously scrubbed Unit Three as well. The scrubber for Big Bend Units One and Two began operation at the end of 1999. The scrubber system complies with standards set by the U.S. Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990, and removes 95 percent of sulfur dioxide from all four units.

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By using a variety of proven technologies, Tampa Electric will continue to significantly reduce nitrogen oxides, particulate matter and sulfur dioxide emissions from Big Bend Power Station. Planned actions include:

* Combustion modifications to all four units and evaluation of the effects of each modification on nitrogen oxides emissions. By the end of 2010, nitrogen oxides emissions from Big Bend Power Station will be reduced by approximately 80 percent from 1998 emission levels through the installation of a Selective Catalytic Reduction system on each unit.
* Optimizing electrostatic precipitators to minimize emissions of particulate matter from the stacks was completed in 2004, resulting in a reduction of approximately *71 percent when compared to 1998 levels.
* Further reduction of sulfur dioxide emissions by investing more than $23 million in scrubber upgrades, resulting in a reduction of over 88 percent from 1998 levels.

But the neatest part is that the process of capturing the pollutants actually creates gypsum. So what once went up the chimney as smoke is now a salable by-product. Neat! Granted, gypsum isn’t worth very much, but anything is better than nothing. And it’s nice to see what level of pollution these evil coal plants actually generate. Doesn’t sound like they need shutting down, bankrupting, or another 50 years of anit-pollution research. It seems to me they’re doing a pretty darn good job already.

Recyclable byproducts

During the scrubbing process, coal combustion gases are sprayed with a mixture of water and limestone. Sulfur oxides react with the spray to form gypsum. Tampa Electric recycles virtually all of its gypsum.

Gypsum is used locally in wallboard (drywall) for construction, in cement and concrete for construction and in agriculture as a soil nutrient or fertilizer

Fly ash, a fine particulate material that results from the combustion of coal and is collected in the electrostatic precipitators in all four Big Bend Units, is used in the cement and concrete industries.

Slag, which is collected at the bottom of the furnace, is a hard, glass-like material with many reuses, including in cement. Its hard quality makes it valuable to use as a high-velocity blast material to clean ships, storage tanks and other large metal surfaces.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/09/2010 at 04:04 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 08, 2010

FRANCE WILL BAN THE BURKA.  An insult to fashion is an insult to France.  Vive la France!

French draft bill to fine burqa-wearing women

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PARIS — Muslim women who wear the full Islamic veil in France will face a possible 750-euro (1,000-dollar) fine, according to a draft bill unveiled Thursday by the leader of the parliamentary majority.

THE STYLISH AND WELL DRESSED MUSLIM LADY OF 2010 is wearing the traditional black sheet but giving a nod to design, displays some gold pattern on her up to date dress for a casual look.  This also doubles in these hectic times as formal wear or maternity wear. A real fashion plate is our lady.

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Jean-Francois Cope, who heads the governing UMP party in the National Assembly, told Le Figaro newspaper’s weekly magazine that men who force their wives to wear the burqa or niqab could face an even heavier fine.

“The law will address an issue of security,” Cope said in an interview with the magazine.

“The proposed measure would prohibit the covering of the face in public places and on the streets, with the exception of special cultural events or carnivals.”

The draft legislation will be presented in the next two weeks and should come up for debate in parliament after the March regional elections, he said.

The majority leader, who is also openly campaigning to succeed President Nicolas Sarkozy as the right-wing candidate for the presidency in 2017, said the burqa must be banned to defend women’s rights.

“We can measure the modernity of a society by the way it treats and respects women,” he said.

France’s political establishment is divided on whether to ban the burqa, with the opposition Socialists this week saying that it opposed a law even though Muslim women must be discouraged from wearing the full veil.

The burqa debate has heated up ahead of the release at the end of the month of a much-awaited report by a parliamentary panel that has conducted six months of hearings on the issue.

Many politicians from the left and right have cautioned that a draconian law banning the head-to-toe veil would be difficult to enforce and probably face a challenge in the European rights court.

Sarkozy himself has said that the burqa is not welcome in France but has not stated publicly whether legislation should be enacted.

Critics argue that a specific law enacted to ban the full veil would be tantamount to using a sledgehammer to swat a fly. Only 1,900 women wear the full veil in France, according to the interior ministry.

In the interview, Cope argued that a law would act as a deterrent by sending a “clear message” that France will not allow women to fully cover themselves.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/08/2010 at 04:35 PM   
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Christianity’s survival may depend on something as prosaic as immigration control

This is how the entire line is supposed to read. But you get the idea. And the article it comes from is quite interesting. You don’t have to be religious to appreciate this. Take a look.

Christianity’s survival as a mass movement may depend on something as prosaic as immigration control

The church fights back against Islamification

Lord Carey’s brave call to limit immigration is a timely defence of Christian values.

By Damian Thompson
08 Jan 2010

We have had to wait decades for this moment, but it has finally happened. A leading British clergyman has said something sensible about immigration.

Lord Carey of Clifton, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, this week signed a declaration by the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration calling for an urgent tightening of borders to stop the British population reaching 70 million by 2029. He also gave an interview yesterday in which he called for a tougher Church. “We Christians are very often so soft that we allow other people to walk over us, and we are not as tough in what we want, in expressing our beliefs, because we do not want to upset other people,” he said.

Tougher church … people walking all over us … controls on immigration: it really is not all that difficult to join the dots. Later in the interview, Lord Carey almost joined them for us, suggesting that there might be a “points system” based on respect for Britain’s Christian heritage.

Some of Lord Carey’s critics will accuse him of blowing a dog whistle to racists. That is nonsense. Lord Carey is a veteran anti-racist: he enjoys the sort of following among African evangelicals that Bill Clinton did among black Americans. But if Lord Carey were accused of whistling to Christians worried by the prospect of millions of dogmatic Muslims in Britain, then he would find it difficult to rebut the charge. Politicised Islam is at the forefront of his mind: he knows that Britain’s evangelical Christians are fed up with being told to develop ever closer ties with their Muslim neighbours.

These evangelicals see Muslim communities that are increasingly hard to distinguish from ghettos; whose young men are sympathetic towards Islamist insurgents; and whose elders enforce a Sharia law that bullies young British Muslim women at home and persecutes Christians abroad. (Nothing, not even the issue of homosexuality, has done more to damage the authority of Dr Rowan Williams in the conservative provinces of the Anglican Communion than his idiotic equivocation on British Sharia.)

Britain’s black and Asian Christian leaders will support Lord Carey in this controversy; many of them have seen Islamism at work in their home countries. Only one Church of England bishop has resigned his see in protest at Church leaders’ feebleness in the face of Islamism, and he is an immigrant: Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, the former Bishop of Rochester. In contrast, the rest of the hierarchy, together with all the Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales, still adhere to the old orthodoxy that immigration is by definition a glorious blessing because it “enriches” our culture.

In Europe, however, many Catholic bishops never really subscribed to that orthodoxy in the first place, and now they are talking openly about the coming “Islamification” of Europe. Yesterday, just as Lord Carey was issuing his own warning, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, the Archbishop of Prague, marked his retirement with a melodramatic prophecy. “Unless the Christians wake up, life may be Islamised and Christianity will not have the strength to imprint its character on the life of people, not to say society,” he said.

The Cardinal is right, but only up to a point. The Islamification of parts of Europe is indeed under way. As Christopher Caldwell says in his book Reflections on the Revolution in Europe, Muslims “vie for dominance” in Rotterdam, Strasbourg, Marseilles, suburbs of Paris and Berlin, Bradford, Leicester, the periphery of Manchester and east London.

Where Cardinal Vlk displays naivety is in his proposed remedy: he is optimistic that the Church can persuade the West to reject the empty secularism that has created a Europe-wide vacuum filled by people of another faith.

The message that “secularism” is the real enemy of Christianity is parroted by liberal bishops everywhere. Although they may be horrified by Cardinal Vlk’s talk of Islamification, they share his belief that the essential division in the world is between “people of faith” and rootless materialists. Pope John Paul II also subscribed to that world-view. But Pope Benedict XVI, significantly, does not. Benedict wants to convince secular-minded people that, in an odd way, they are already part of the Christian flock, because many of their ideals are rooted in the ethics of Christianity.

In other words, the Church’s respect for the dignity of the human person is broadly shared by those secular intellectuals committed to a free society. The Pope recognises this, which is why he has spent so much time talking to them; so does Bishop Nazir-Ali, whose friends include atheist thinkers whose respect for the West’s Christian heritage is far greater than that of Muslim community leaders or their multiculturalist allies.

In the long term, the future of Western civilisation can be secured only by an alliance between Christians and secularists against the totalitarian ideology of Islamism. That is a strange prospect; and even more uncomfortable is the realisation that Christianity’s survival as a mass movement may depend on something as prosaic as immigration control. But that is surely what Lord Carey is hinting at, and it is brave of him to do so.

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Now the big question is , will anyone listen?  This island’s immigration is a mess and worse, as LyndonB has commented on more then once. And he is someone in a very good position to know the truth of it.
The bleeding heart hand wringers on the left even find reasons not to deport those who are illegal if their home country is, they will claim, a danger to them. They didn’t even deport airplane hijackers a couple of years ago. 

As a bystander here looking on, it does seem that like the USA, it’s the Christian community who bend over backwards and the Christian community who make allowances for others and the Christian community who MUST do all the understanding and finally, the Christian community must never be seen to offend anyone.  EVER!
It has to be a frustrating experience being a devout Christian these days.


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