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calendar   Tuesday - February 16, 2010

PAT CONDELL ON THE GEERT WILDERS TRIAL. TRIAL? NO. KANGAROO COURT

I’ll leave it to other to comment. Condell speaks for all of us on this subject.

As many already know, Geert Wilders is on trial in the freedom smashing suck up to muzzies home of the Dutch. RIP Netherlands.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/16/2010 at 03:59 PM   
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Lake Erie Frozen over; First Time in 14 Years. Many won’t notice coz they already know it all

And their heads are buried in the sand.  I could I suppose say heads buried someplace else but then that’d be joining the cruder elements of that sky is falling crowd.

H/T to Tim O for the link.

I’m aware that some folks have another opinion on the subject and heck, they have a right to be misguided.  But when many of us refuse to join their crusade they get downright hostile and in fact, even grossly crude.  Which is ok too because at least it shows we aren’t debating with anyone of equal intelligence.
We must therefore make allowances for these unfortunates and let them prattle on and on.  It helps them to feel good about themselves and lord knows they most likely have nobody else in their lonely lives to feel anything for them.

Following a cold snap in the Northeast, Lake Erie’s surface is virtually frozen over for the first time in about 14 years.

The ice ranges in thickness between paper thin along the northern shore and several inches along the southern shore, where many people are ice skating.

GoErie.com reports that the lake hasn’t completely frozen since the winter of 1995-1996.

Although the ice cover is considered complete, prevailing winds have created some cracks in the ice.

There are also reportedly ice chunks floating off the coast of Dunkirk, N.Y., which is one of the deepest parts of the lake and would naturally be one of the last places to freeze.

Lake Erie, with an average depth of 62 feet, is the most shallow of the five Great Lakes, which is why it is the only one that completely freezes over.

Since lake-effect snow depends on warmer lake temperatures compared to the air, the frozen lake will deter large amounts of snowfall to the lee of the lake.

The current cold snap will keep the lake mostly, if not completely, frozen for at least the rest of the month.

Story by AccuWeather.com’s Gina Cherundolo

SOURCE FOR THE BIG FREEZE WITH CONDOLENCES TO THE NON BELIEVERS


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/16/2010 at 03:26 PM   
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A SUPER SECRET SCARY PLOT PLANNED IN BRUSSELS ?  PART ONE

About two week ago I ran across an article that said the Belgians have this secret plot to rule Britain.  It was very interesting but at the time I had second thoughts about it. True, I have long held that England has moved their capitol to Brussels. But that was more or less dark humor as there was every evidense that the PM of this country was still loging at number Ten Downing Street.  However, I have honestly believed that no matter where they had the capitol, more and more I was reading and hearing things that looked askew.  I began to think that the Brits were losing their soverignty and it turns out that many of them agree with that position.
I still wondered if the idea of a secret plot against Britain wasn’t a bit OTT.  I don’t really think there’s any secret plot.  I think it’s out in the open for anyone to see who isn’t blind. Or blind drunk. OK so bottom line I decided to ignore the article.  BUT .... but then along came another article in yesterday’s paper.  Nothing to do with secrets and plots.  An outright decision made outside Britain with regard to a major pharmacy chain here called BOOTS.
Pharmacists here btw are called Chemists. So then ...  If you think of the biggest pharmacy chain in the USA, keeping in mind that Britain is an island, Boots can rival any of our biggest. We are not talking about a mom and pop operation here.
So this is the headline I saw.

BOOTS KOWTOWS TO BRUSSELS ON MOTHERS WHO BOTTLE FEED.

Huh?  Well, apparently there’s a move on to encourage moms to breast feed their babies. So what’s that have to do with Boots?  They also sell and promote and give loyalty points on milk for new babies. And there’s the catch right there.
Apparently it is against EU law to “promote” bottle feeding. So out goes the promotion and the savings offered to new mothers. BINGO. Score, EU 1, Brit soverignty ZERO.  (again)


Boots denies mothers loyalty points on baby milk - because of ‘politically correct’ pressure to breast feed

By Jenny Hope
Daily Mail

New mothers are being denied valuable money saving offers on infant milk formula because of ‘politically correct’ pressure to breast feed.

Boots says it cannot award loyalty points on milk for newborns because it is against EU law to ‘promote’ bottle feeding.

The store believes giving a bonus on feed for babies of less than six months might be seen as encouraging the practice.

Campaigners claim many mothers want to breast feed but cannot, leaving them no choice but formula.

Clare Byam-Cook, a midwife and breast feeding counsellor, said Boots was ‘between a rock and a hard place’ and condemned political correctness and red tape for making life harder for new mothers.

The Department of Health recommends exclusive breast feeding for the first six months, in line with international guidelines.

Research shows breast milk can protect babies against stomach bugs, chest infections, asthma eczema, and allergies. Under European legislation, Boots and other stores with loyalty schemes can be penalised by trading standards officers for ‘incentives’ to buy formula milk for babies up to six months. Parents can earn points on powdered milk for older infants.

SOURCE FOR A DASTARDLY DEED?

The Daily Mail in an editorial comment weighed in on the subject with this.

NANNY SUPERSTATE

Boots the Chemist’s craven decision to deny mothers loyalty card points when they buy formula milk is a stark illustration of how completely Brussels directives have insinuated themselves into the fabric of everyday life.

Incredibly, it is now against EU law to ‘promote or induce’ the bottle feeding of babies under six months and Boots are terrified the measly discounts their stores offer through the loyalty card system could earn them a hefty fine.

Of course, few would doubt that breast feeding is good for both mother and baby.

But for a variety of reasons both physical and psychological, not all mothers are able to breastfeed.

Many of them may already feel a sense of failure at having to use formula milk, which will only be made worse if they are treated like pariahs when they go out to buy it.

Could there be a more insensitive example of dystopian EU meddling?

Increasingly we are in the grip not just of a nanny state but of a nanny superstate.
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AND THAT FRIENDS BRINGS ME TO THE DASTERDLY SECRET SUPER PLOT PLANNED IN BRUSSELS.


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Posted by peiper   United States  on 02/16/2010 at 02:29 PM   
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A DASTARDLY DEED WHEREIN A SUPER SECRET, SCARY, PLOT PLANNED IN BRUSSELS . PART TWO

I know the history of Belgium okay, but am not well versed on all the rest. I have a friend in Belgium who in the past has explained a few things re. the different peoples there and the squabbles among them.  That aside, I am less then a novice on that country and I hope Turtler is out there reading this and will offer his take on things.  I do believe Britain is losing sovereignty, I am pretty sure both Chris and LyndonB would agree. But a secret plot? Who knows.
I guess anything is possible in our world today.

Ordinarily I would break this up and let you finish reading at the link.  But this just too good and too interesting. 

SOURCE FOR SECRET PLOT


Van Rompuy and the secret Belgian plot to rule Britain

By Paul Belian, Belgian Lawyer And Historian
Last updated at 12:22 PM on 04th January 2010

Perhaps, like many, you think Herman Van Rompuy, who took office as the first EU President on Friday, is a harmless figure of fun. Well, you’re wrong.

Van Rompuy, a former prime minister of Belgium, represents the ‘Belgianisation’ of Europe - a process which began 180 years ago and for which Britain has only itself to blame.

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Photo: Herman Van Pompuy

There is ominous symbolism in a Belgian ruling the EU. During the Second World War, Churchill called the Belgians ‘the most contemptible of all - a nation which vainly hoped to stay out of this war, no matter what they owed to those who had saved them in the last war’.

Yet the Belgian political model has since then stealthily conquered Britain, turning Brussels, not London, into the centre of power from which decisions are imposed on the British people.

Belgium was created by British Prime Minister Lord Palmerston in 1830-31. It is home to six million Flemings, three million Walloons and one million people in bilingual Brussels.

The country came about after French-speaking Walloons broke away from the Netherlands and tried to join France. Palmerston recognised the rebels on condition that they established a new state and remained neutral.

At first, everyone was sceptical about Palmerston’s creation. Even Belgium’s first king, Leopold I, said: ‘Belgium has no nationality and it can never have one. Basically, Belgium has no political reason to exist.’

By the late 19th Century the Belgian political elite had developed an ideology with a striking similarity to modern Europeanism. In 1904, the ideologist Leon Hennebicq wrote: ‘Have we not been called the laboratory of Europe? Indeed, we are a nation under construction… the solution is economic expansion, which can make us stronger by uniting us.’

His words foreshadowed the Europeanism of the Fifties, which aimed for political unification through economic integration.

But before this could be put into practice Germany invaded Belgium in 1914, forcing Britain to intervene in a Franco-German tussle to uphold Belgium’s neutrality. As neither the Flemings nor Walloons loved Belgium, they left Britain to do the fighting. The war left Britain with 700,000 military deaths.

After the war, the Belgian establishment put Hennebicq’s doctrine into practice. Since 1919, economic and social policies have not been decided in parliament, but between the government and so-called ‘social partners’, including the trade unions and the Federation of Belgian Employers.

Soon, the Belgians realised they could apply their ideas to Europe. In the Thirties, Henri De Man, leader of the Belgian Socialist Party, said his country’s ‘corporatist welfare state’ model should be turned into a European or even a global system.

When Hitler overran Europe in 1940, Queen Elisabeth, the widow of Belgium’s King Albert, described it as a ‘work of necessary destruction’.

Meanwhile, De Man saw the Second World War as a unique opportunity to establish a united Europe, asking his followers not to oppose the German victory because: ‘The Socialist Order will thereby be established, as the common good, in the name of a national solidarity that will soon be continental, if not worldwide.’

What was needed, he added, ‘was as much federalism and as little separatism as possible’.

De Man is now forgotten by history. His legacy, however, is very much alive thanks to his deputy, Paul-Henri Spaak, who settled in Britain during the summer of 1940.

He would go on to produce the Spaak Report which laid the foundation of the Treaty of Rome in 1957. It recommended the creation of a European Common Market, which would later become the European Union, as a step towards political unification and ‘an ever closer union of the peoples of Europe’. From the beginning, what these peoples might think was deemed unimportant.

Today’s EU is a shotgun marriage for the peoples of Europe. When the Danes voted against the Maastricht Treaty, and the Irish against Nice and Lisbon, they had to vote again. When the French and Dutch rejected the EU Constitution, their verdict was discarded.

Britain’s Government simply denied its people a say on the Lisbon Treaty, so Westminster is now legally obliged to ‘contribute actively to the good functioning of the Union’ - i.e. to further the interests of the EU, rather than those of its own people.

Make no mistake, the EU is an empire with global ambitions. In his acceptance speech, President Van Rompuy extolled ‘global governance’.

Legions of bureaucrats will rule the British from Brussels, the Belgian capital. Being proud of your Britishness will be criminalised, just as Brussels has always punished Flemings who put Flanders first.

Last November, Van Rompuy, although a Fleming himself, confessed in an interview: ‘I am a European because the European idea is an antidote for Flemish nationalism, an antivenin [an antitoxin against a snake’s venom] against the Flemish Movement.’

Two weeks later, he became the EU President. Van Rompuy is no harmless creature. He symbolises the conquest of Britain by Belgium, the monster created by Palmerston.

• Dr Paul Belien is the Flemish author of A Throne In Brussels: Britain, The Saxe-Coburgs And The Belgianisation Of Europe, published by Imprint Academic, Exeter.


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Posted by peiper   United States  on 02/16/2010 at 02:08 PM   
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MOM TELLS SON, STOP STEALLING CARS OR YOU’LL DIE. SON IGNORES AND BECOMES CRISPY CRITTER.

You ever get the feeling that kids and especially us guys, need to pay more attention to what mom says?

This jerk and his pals should have listened to mom.  But all is okay as the world is now minus four gremlins.

Of course the gremlins were turned into crispy critters when their stolen car crashed on, Killinghall Road.  Damn. Hows that for irony?

I might file this under humor.  Think about it. One of the moms knew for weeks her offspring was a thief, she didn’t turn him in and now he’s well done. lol.

‘Stop stealing cars or you’ll get killed’: Mother’s stark warning to joyrider hours before he died in fireball crash with three friends

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 4:10 PM on 16th February 2010

Four young men who were killed when the stolen car they were driving crashed into a takeaway and exploded had been warned by their parents to stop joyriding, an inquest heard today.

James McClusky, 21, Craig James, 17, Robert Lynn, 16, and Thomas Tilleard, 15, all from Bradford, West Yorkshire, died when the stolen Subaru Impreza crashed while being chased by police in the early hours of December 11, 2008.

Officers used fire extinguishers in a vain attempt to save those engulfed in the blaze - caused when a gas main cracked in the chip shop in Killinghall Road in the Laisterdyke area of Bradford.

The building collapsed in the aftermath of the crash at around 4.35am.

Family statements read out at the inquest at Bradford Magistrates’ Court revealed the young men had a history of car theft.

Linda Tilleard, mother of Thomas, said the last time she saw her son was hours before the tragedy.

The ONLY tragedy here is the damage to the building. See link.

When he came to her house to get something to eat, she said: ‘Craig and Robert had acted as lookouts while Thomas ate because the police had been looking for him in relation to a previous car theft.’

In a witness statement read out in court, she said she had warned Craig about the dangers of joyriding.

She said: ‘I spoke to Craig. He told me they had stolen a Subaru motor car.

‘I replied to him, saying: “Keep out of the cars, you will get yourselves killed.” I had been telling them all that for weeks.’

LINK FOR PHOTOS AND REST OF HAPPY NEWS


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/16/2010 at 11:40 AM   
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Wife of trans-Atlantic airlines bomb plotter ‘wanted him to become a martyr’

Hard to tell with face covering but chances are no normal Brit male would have wanted her anyway.
Chances are she probably doesn’t bathe which I understand is how these vermin like their women. They find them in crowds by the scent. lol.

They are vermin but you would never know it judging by the way the hand wringers on the left defend them. And the bru-ha-ha going on at this very moment with regard to the evil MI5 and American torturers at GITMO is so overwhelming that it obscures everything else going on with these verminous bastards. They’ve managed to turn the ones being attacked by them into the bad guys.

Says here she lost a baby. GOOD. One less future bomber/breeder.
Too bad there isn’t a way to sterilize them all. Or better yet, just rid the earth of their shadows.  Think of them as rats that need exterminating instead of anything human.  They aren’t human and shouldn’t be treated or dealt with as such.  Their goal is easy to understand because they’ve made no secret of it.
It won’t happen of course, but the west should long ago have stopped trying to use civil rights or human rights in relation to these scum.  They only use the system here to further their own ends, which also means the end of the systems in place here in the west.  You would necessarily have to track down and put an end to the fifth column in the the UK and USA.  That isn’t going to happen either and the enemy knows it.  Which is why they may eventually win this limp wristed so called “war on terror.” This may all seem very uncivilized but then, the enemy we face is exactly that, and they will not be beaten with us fighting by
The Marquess of Queensberry rules.  Look at these faces.  Do they really appear human?  Close maybe but no cigar.

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Abdulla Ahmed Ali (left), Assad Sarwar and Tanvir Hussain (c) photo PA

The wife of the leader of a plot to blow up trans-Atlantic airliners kept a diary in which she pledged support for his cause and hoped that he became a martyr, a court has heard.

By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent

16 Feb 2010

Cossor Ali wrote about making herself slimmer for his return from Pakistan and added that she was becoming “more and more attached to the cause for which you are striving.”
She added: “I hope and pray Allah grants your wish and gives you the highest level of shahada” – a word which is said to refer to martyrdom.

In another entry she said: “I hope that when you attain shahada, I will have at least one small child and will be pregnant with another or at least be pregnant with a healthy baby at the least inshallah [god willing.]”

Mrs Ali, who married her husband in July 2003, gave birth to their first child prematurely nine months later but the baby had died shortly afterwards.

By the time her husband, Abdulla Ahmed Ali, was arrested in August 2006, they had an eight month old baby boy.

Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told Inner London Crown Court: “It is the prosecution case that she knew her husband intended to commit an act of terrorism that involved his own death.”

She is accused of failing to disclose information that she knew or believed might have been of material assistance in preventing the commission of an act of terrorism between March 2004 and August 2006.

Ali and two other men were convicted in September last year of conspiracy to murder by detonating improvised explosive devices on board passenger aircraft.

The devices were to be disguised in soft drinks bottles and Mrs Ali admitted in a statement to police that her husband had brought bags of a soft drink powder back from Pakistan with him but she thought that he was developing a drink to sell with his friends.
The court heard that Mrs Ali, 28, was born in Britain. 

Here’s a photo of the great beauty by their standards.  In reality, she a verminous slag.
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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/16/2010 at 10:29 AM   
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Bring Out Your Dead

Climate Change, RIP





Can we put paid to this nonsense for once and for all now, and just get people to shut up and stop wasting our money? Come on. When even the deans of the deal tell you that it’s bogus, it’s time to put Al Gore on his little iceberg and push him out to sea as polar bear bait.


PHIL JONES 1860-1880 period, 1910-1940 period, 1975-1998 period, 1975-2009 period are all statistically identical.

C - Do you agree that from January 2002 to the present there has been statistically significant global cooling?

No. This period is even shorter than 1995-2009. The trend this time is negative (-0.12C per decade), but this trend is not statistically significant.

the warming rates for all 4 periods are similar and not statistically significantly different from each other.

( 0.12C is barely 1/6 of the 0.7C that the IPCC was claiming. Much ado and much tax wastage about nothing!)

PHIL JONES: 1995-2009 warming trend only marginally significant. 2002-2009 cooling trend (of equal temperature change!) not even marginal.

B - Do you agree that from 1995 to the present there has been no statistically-significant global warming

Yes, but only just. I also calculated the trend for the period 1995 to 2009. This trend (0.12C per decade) is positive, but not significant at the 95% significance level. The positive trend is quite close to the significance level. Achieving statistical significance in scientific terms is much more likely for longer periods, and much less likely for shorter periods.

C - Do you agree that from January 2002 to the present there has been statistically significant global cooling?

No. This period is even shorter than 1995-2009. The trend this time is negative (-0.12C per decade), but this trend is not statistically significant.



Phil Jones LOST the data and admits to keeping crappy records.

Professor Jones told the BBC yesterday there was truth in the observations of colleagues that he lacked organisational skills, that his office was swamped with piles of paper and that his record keeping is ‘not as good as it should be’.


Phil Jones: Medieval Warming Period may have been warmer than it is now.

Professor Jones also conceded the possibility that the world was warmer in medieval times than now – suggesting global warming may not be a man-made phenomenon.

And he said that for the past 15 years there has been no ‘statistically significant’ warming.

Watts Up was right: local heat islands have corrupted the data gathering stations. What once was a country field is now an asphalt parking lot, and no adjustments were made.

The doubts of Christy and a number of other researchers focus on the thousands of weather stations around the world, which have been used to collect temperature data over the past 150 years.

These stations, they believe, have been seriously compromised by factors such as urbanisation, changes in land use and, in many cases, being moved from site to site.

Christy has published research papers looking at these effects in three different regions: east Africa, and the American states of California and Alabama.

“The story is the same for each one,” he said. “The popular data sets show a lot of warming but the apparent temperature rise was actually caused by local factors affecting the weather stations, such as land development.”

“We concluded, with overwhelming statistical significance, that the IPCC’s climate data are contaminated with surface effects from industrialisation and data quality problems. These add up to a large warming bias,” he said.

Such warnings are supported by a study of US weather stations co-written by Anthony Watts, an American meteorologist and climate change sceptic.


Latest bad data in the mix: Dutch sea level rise exaggerated due to bad original measurements.

OSLO (Reuters) - The U.N. panel of climate experts overstated how much of the Netherlands is below sea level, according to a preliminary report on Saturday, admitting yet another flaw after a row last month over Himalayan glacier melt.

Oh puh-leez. It looks like the only idea that is settled is that scientists are a bunch of disorganized dingbats. Bad data collecting, “mere typos” in a glacier report that caused world altering reaction, data hiding, lying to officials and refusing to release data, bogus algorithms to produce fake graphs, messing about with history, and running about crying “the sky is falling!!” over the tiniest, barely significant and short termed temperature anomalies ... it’s over. The death spiral is in it’s last revolution, and all the chunks are falling down the drain. Buh bye.

So can we move on now to our next groundless fear? We’re all gonna be smashed by a rogue asteroid! Quick, let’s spends tra-zillions on Space Rock Defense!!

Yes, the world will inexorably move on from global warming to new crises, both real and imaginary. But before it does, the world should give credit where credit is due: to the global warming skeptics.

For the past 20 years, the skeptics have consistently, courageously — and most importantly, correctly — pointed out the fatal flaws in the hysterical hypothesis of man-made global warming. In the course of their efforts, they have been mocked, threatened (sometimes physically), abused, derided, cursed, characterized as loons, and likened to Holocaust deniers. One green writer for the prominent online publication Grist magazine even suggested Nuremberg-style war crimes trials for the denialists.

All this for the crime of being factually, though not politically, correct.

And I’m not referring to those skeptics-come-lately who, in the wake of Climategate, finally get it. I’m talking about those lone voices, especially during the Bush years. Few in number, they kept the flame of skepticism burning until the cavalry arrived in the form of Climategate, glaciergate, rainforestgate, and now Phil Jones’ anti-climactic climatic admission.

Had the skeptics not succeeded in preventing the U.S. from signing on to the Kyoto Protocol and to President Obama’s cap-and-trade crusade, we would all have been in for a world of hurt as misanthropic socialists — hiding behind their shields of “the environment” and “the children” — destroyed our liberties and ran our economy (further) into the ground.

Hug a skeptic. They saved your bacon.

And it don’t get better than bacon!!


Minor update: looks like we can’t even trust the IPCC with hurricane data. What a non-surprise: just because you have more data gathering points doesn’t mean that there are more storms. It just means you’re gathering more data, and finding storms in areas where you weren’t looking before.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/16/2010 at 08:17 AM   
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calendar   Monday - February 15, 2010

The Not So Great White Hunter

Must Mash Mus Musculus



UPDATE:

So I go and get some traps, and they’re really cheap. 4 for $1.96, so I bought a dozen. Take the traps and the peanut butter down there and set up shop. I had all the traps out, baited, and set, and lined up all nice. And then the entire staff there turned into diaper wetting liberal crybabies. “No, you can’t do that!” “Oh, that’s so cruel! I’m gonna call PETA!” “I’m not touching that!” “Eeew, there’s gonna be splat all over!”

I can’t believe it. Grown men. They ran and told Doctor on me. What a bunch of titty babies. Ok, call me sexist, but I can accept if the women there want no part of it. And I can also slightly accept that they wanted some kind of invisible solution. Like those $40 traps that keep the dead mouse inside, so you don’t seem them. Wish they’d told me that. But men being too squeamish for this? When all you have to do is get out the broom and the dustpan and sweep them into the trash can? Horry clap. Such a bunch of dandies.

So it turns out that no one there is going to check the traps or --eeeewww-- pick one up and dispose of a dead mouse. Not even with exam gloves on. So I have to go down there each morning. Hey, extra money for me.

I think I’ll hunt up one of those DIY Wanted Dead or Alive posters, and a picture of old Mickey. Too bad I don’t have a rubber stamp, so I could keep a dead mouse tally. If I get 5 that makes me an ace, right? LOL


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I get a phone call from the receptionist at the doctor’s office I work for.

“We have mice!! Eww Ick!! Come get rid of them!”

Mice? Are you sure it isn’t just one?

“No, we caught one in a bag last week and let him go, and now we’re seeing droppings all over the place. They were all around the coffee pot this morning. Do something!!”

Well, do you want me to use a bag as well, or would a less humane method be acceptable?

“I don’t care. Just get them out of here. We can’t have mice running around and pooping on everything the patients might be coming into contact with.”

Oh boy! I’ve got visions of caffeine crazed mice zooming around the office at 100mph. This is gonna be fun. Mouser. It’s just one more hat for me to wear.

Mus Musculus, the “little thief”, the common house mouse. If you have a crack in your foundation big enough to stick your finger in, you probably have some living in your home. And where there is one mouse, there are two. And where there are two, there are soon 50, since the little horrors can start breeding at 29 days old. Breed like rats? Hell no. Mice out breed rats 3 to 1.

I like mice. I think they’re cute. Field mice are lovely little fellows, brown on top and white underneath. I had 2 mice as pets when I was a small boy. Crossbred lab mice. We used to make mazes for them to run in, and timed them and kept the results in a log book. Hey, I had scientists as parents, what did you expect me to do? One of them lived almost 2 years, which is impressive as most mice in the wild average about 7 months.

But the wild ones are pests when they get into your home. Or your office. The mice themselves don’t do very much damage unless you’ve got an army of them inside the walls, but they poop constantly. Like 70-100 times a day, little black grains of “rice” everywhere. And if they have fleas, well, those could carry plague, right? So the mice have to go. It’s time for Mickey to die.

So I look online to see if there’s anything new in mousetraps. I don’t like the sticky kind. I think they are cruel. Catch ‘em and kill ‘em. Make it quick and sure. Good old Victor is still in business, the original mousetrap, still made from a couple bits of bailing wire stapled to a little piece of scrapwood lathe. But now they have an “easy set” version. Why? What for? The old metal tongue trap was perfectly simple to set. I could do it when I was 5. Oh, is it too sensitive? Duh, it’s a trap, they’re suppose to act that way! But you can still find them around, along with the new easy set model. And now there are aesthetic models too, where you don’t have to see the mouse. Silent models where you won’t hear him getting whacked. Electronic traps, for only $100. Holds 10 mice at once! Yeah, just what I want. 9 dead mice mouldering in a trap while I wait for the 10th one to overcome the stench and go for that bit of cheese. Nope, if I can’t take my .22 and a flashlight, I’ll set plain old Victor traps. 75¢ each when you buy a boxful.

And now there is a new contender. TomKat brand traps. I dunno. So ... this is the 21st century, I’m sure there are online reviews. There are, and every one says that the Victor is still the best thing going.

So tomorrow I’ll go by a dozen traps and head down there with a jar of peanut butter. Cheese is so 1890. Soap works too. Mice used to eat the Castile soap in the basement when I was a kid. Little pieces of apple or banana work as bait, but they don’t last. Nothing beats good old peanut butter. I prefer chunky, but I don’t think the mice really care. So I’ll set 10 around the lab, another one in the bathroom by the floor drain, and one or two up in the ceiling. I’ll check the doodies to make sure they’re small. If they are big, like 1/2” long and a bit thicker, that means rats. And rats are a whole different level of pest. For which I’ll charge a lot more money.

I’ll draw the lab guys a map, and tell them to check the trapline every day, or when they hear a snap. It’s a quick few bucks for me, but I think of it more as fun.

I’ll get them one of those big plastic boxes with the snap lid to keep all their snacks and stuff in too. And I’ll even check to make sure the mice aren’t actually living inside their cereal boxes. Which mice love to do. They might be inquisitive, but making a nest in the middle of their food supply is their idea of heaven.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2010 at 09:41 PM   
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Death by PC

Stuck On Stupid, Still





Troops: Strict war rules slow Afghan offensive

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Some American and Afghan troops say they’re fighting the latest offensive in Afghanistan with a handicap — strict rules that routinely force them to hold their fire.

Although details of the new guidelines are classified to keep insurgents from reading them, U.S. troops say the Taliban are keenly aware of the restrictions.

“I understand the reason behind it, but it’s so hard to fight a war like this,” said Lance Cpl. Travis Anderson, 20, of Altoona, Iowa. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us,” he said, adding that his platoon had repeatedly seen men drop their guns into ditches and walk away to blend in with civilians.

If a man emerges from a Taliban hideout after shooting erupts, U.S. troops say they cannot fire at him if he is not seen carrying a weapon — or if they did not personally watch him drop one.

What this means, some contend, is that a militant can fire at them, then set aside his weapon and walk freely out of a compound, possibly toward a weapons cache in another location. It was unclear how often this has happened. In another example, Marines pinned down by a barrage of insurgent bullets say they can’t count on quick air support because it takes time to positively identify shooters.

“This is difficult,” Lance Cpl. Michael Andrejczuk, 20, of Knoxville, Tenn., said Monday. “We are trained like when we see something, we obliterate it. But here, we have to see them and when we do, they don’t have guns.”

You can’t win hearts and minds from a populace that has neither. Big waste of time, and it puts our guys in danger. Bad move.

In the microsecond that troops have to make decisions in a firefight, the top brass now wants them to stop and consider this entire list:

• Even if someone has shot in my general direction, am I still in danger?

• Will I make more enemies than I’ll kill by destroying property, or harming innocent civilians?

• What are my other options to resolve this without escalating the violence?

“The aim of the operation is not to kill militants,” he said. “The aim is to protect civilians and bring in development.”

BULL. SHIT. The aim of this ROE is to lose the war and to get our troops killed. And whoever put those rules in place should be fed dick first into a giant pencil sharpener. If the natives learn that hiding terrorists in their midst is going to get their whole village blown to shreds, they’ll stop doing it.

I’m tired of our spineless government wasting our blood and treasure to fight the most minimal possible conflict. Fuck that. Blow the living shit out of everything and anything until there are no more enemies. Then come home. If this is how this “necessary war” is to be fought, tuck in your ties and bring our guys home. The 5000 years it will take to achieve any semblance of victory this way is not worth the price we will be forced to pay. Somebody has sold our side out. And that somebody is probably also a radical leftist.

So it’s no surprise at all what’s happening. The surge there has been brought to it’s knees, and our troops can’t have confidence that the enemy isn’t running around behind them.

MARJAH, Afghanistan – Taliban fighters stepped up counterattacks Monday against Marines and Afghan soldiers in the militant stronghold of Marjah, slowing the allied advance to a crawl despite Afghan government claims that the insurgents are broken and on the run.

Taliban fighters appeared to be slipping under cover of darkness into compounds already deemed free of weapons and explosives, then opening fire on the Marines from behind U.S. lines.

Troops complained that strict rules to protect civilians made it difficult to use enough firepower to stop the attacks.

“I understand the reason behind it, but it’s so hard to fight a war like this,” said Lance Corp. Travis Anderson, 20, from Altoona, Iowa. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us,” he said, adding that his platoon had repeatedly seen men dropping their guns into ditches before walking away to melt among civilians.

The absolutely worst approach to asymmetrical warfare is to treat each non-uniformed individual as a civilian until they are within your sight with a weapon and actively shooting in your direction. No. Anyone and everyone is assumed your enemy until they have proven otherwise multiple time. And don’t really trust them then. Bribe the locals with food and blankets to rat out the Talis. Draw a line in the sand, so to speak, and let the locals know that the area on this side is under our protection. And that severe consequences will attend anyone who is, or shelters, a Tali fighter. Doing anything other is just setting yourself up for failure.

Afghanistan is another shit hole like Somalia. The world would not give one small fart if the entire population disappeared tomorrow. You can not civilize or modernize the people living in either area. At best you can buy them off temporarily. So stop wasting lives, time, and money on this futile effort.  Fight to win with no holds barred, or go the hell home.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/15/2010 at 03:10 PM   
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BRIT TAXPAYERS TAKE ANOTHER BODY BLOW TO THE PURSE. (Caution Lyndon/Chris. DO NOT LOOK)


Single mother-of-six finds £2m mansion on the net… and then gets YOU to pay £7,000 a month rent

By Emily Andrews and Stephen Wright
Feb. 15

A single mother-of-six is getting more than £80,000 a year from the taxpayer to live in a £2million mansion in an exclusive London suburb.

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Essma Marjam, 34, is given almost £7,000 a month in housing benefits to pay the rent on the five-bedroom villa just yards from Sir Paul McCartney’s house and Lord’s cricket ground.

She also receives an estimated £15,000 a year in other payouts, such as child benefit, to help look after her children, aged from five months to 14.

The four-storey house in Maida Vale has five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a double living room, large fitted kitchen-diner with French doors on to the landscaped garden and a state-of-the art buzzer entry system.

Astonishingly, it is understood Miss Marjam found the house on the internet through a private letting agency, rather than waiting for Westminster council to give her a vacant property on their books.

She then applied to the council for the £1,600-a-week benefit - the maximum amount the council allows.

Miss Marjam said: ‘I moved here at the beginning of the month as I’m entitled to a five-bedroom house.

‘I was in a three-bedroom council house but I needed a bigger place once my new baby came along. So the council agreed to pay the £1,600 a week to a private landlord as they didn’t have any houses big enough.

‘I’m separated from my husband. He’s a solicitor in Derby, but I don’t know if he’s working at the moment. He doesn’t pay anything towards the kids. Things are quite difficult between us.

‘The house is lovely and very big, but I don’t have enough furniture to fill it.’

OH DEAR,OH DEAR. NOT ENOUGH FURNITURE?  HUH?  DON’T YOU FOLKS SIT ON FLOORS?  WHATEVER.  NO WORRY DEAR.  THE ENGLISH TAXPAYER WILL FILL YOUR NEW HOME WITH ALL THE FURNITURE YOU NEED.  JUST ASK.  DEMAND.  AND BE SURE TO SAY IT’S YOUR HUMAN AND CIVIL RIGHT.  (oh yeah. hint. if anyone questions your request demand, simply tell em they are being racists. that’ll shut em up)

GO HERE FOR THE REST

Taxpayers are also picking up the £6,400-a-month bill to house Nasra Warsame, her seven children and her elderly mother in central London, with Westminster council also providing Mrs Warsame’s husband and their eighth child with a two-bedroom flat nearby.

In total, 16 families are living in million-pound-plus London properties funded by the Local Housing Allowance.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/15/2010 at 11:29 AM   
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fireman saves doggy from icy lake.  fireman called on the carpet for violation of elf ‘n’ safety

Here they go again. Health and Safety .... Fireman safes doggy from icy death.  Bad fireman. Naughty says efl ‘n’ safety.

So it isn’t my favorite breed. I’m still glad he saved the pooch. This health and safety thing has gotten way outta hand.

batbatbat

Maybe I should give a moonbat to the Mail. bat
The headline they printed says “LAKE” but elsewhere it says “POND.” Wish they would make up my mind here. There is a difference. 

Fireman facing disciplinary action after he ‘breached health and safety rules’ while saving dog from frozen lake

By Mike Larkin

A fireman who saved a pet dog from a frozen pond is now facing disciplinary action for allegedly breaching healthy and safety rules.

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Rescue mission: Stevie Logan, third on right, leads his fire crew to help save a dog which had fallen into a pond after running off on to the ice

The 42-year-old jumped into a nearby canoe and paddled out to the distressed animal, encouraging it to swim towards a ladder other firemen had laid across the ice.

After the successful rescue, Mr Logan was hailed a hero by Matt’s owner.

His bosses however have ordered an investigation into his conduct, saying that Mr Logan - who is commander at Kilmarnock Fire Station - broke force guidelines by putting himself unnecessarily at risk when he paddled out to the stranded pet.

Last night, Sheila Johnstone said the decision by Stathclyde Fire and Rescue chiefs to investigate the incident in which her dog was rescued beggared belief.

Miss Johnstone, 78, of Kilmarnock, said: ‘I have never heard such nonsense in all my life.

‘He went out to rescue my dog and I take my hat off to him.

‘Matt is fine now, but he wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the firemen saving his life and I am very grateful.

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Kudos Mr. Logan. An elderly lady had her companion saved.  What harm was done? 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/15/2010 at 10:29 AM   
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Muslims attempt to disrupt, terrorize, prevent free speech at UCI

H/T Jim Miller via Al Rowley

I don’t know how many of you have seen this.
Even if you have problems and criticism with regard to Israel, even then this should piss you off as an American. The scum in this crowd are totally uncivilized and ignorant.  No debate for these fools.  Shut down open debate and free speech in America but reserve it for muzzies.

I am NOT chicken little BMEWS.  But I seriously do fear for what was my country.  I am seeing too much crap here to give me a lot of hope for America when I see shit like this in my own country.  And then one of the crowd objects to being made to leave and shouts she’s an American citizen. Sickening and frightening.

BTW ... the video quality isn’t always the best but in this case, it doesn’t need to be.

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren spoke at UCI.  The audience numbered over 500.  Among them were 75-100 Muslims, obviously either members of UCI’s Muslim Student Association or agitators brought in by them.  Watch this video to see what transpired.

If you think radical Islam is not a threat here, think again. The Muslim Student Union at UCI has been permitted to create an atmosphere of anti-Israeli hatred, sponsor events to raise funds for Hamas, and has scheduled a “Hate Week” in May.

UCI President Drake has refused to do anything to suppress such behavior, maintaining that an attitude of free speech must prevail.  I have attended such events at UCI and seen first hand how Muslims attempt to disrupt, terrorize, prevent free speech, and physically harass bystanders who object to their conduct.

In my opinion Dr. Drake needs to go.  The MSU needs to be barred from campus, and students of any persuasion who engage in such conduct need to be arrested and suspended.  If our universities are not teaching rational and respectful discussion and resolution of disagreements, they should be de-funded. 

Muslim Student Associations exist on 600-700 U.S. colleges and universities.  They are now being formed in High Schools.  We have them in six of our Orange Country high schools.  These MSAs were formed by the Muslim Brotherhood for the specific purpose of recruiting students and radicalizing them to serve, upon graduation, in other Islamic front organizations of the Muslim Brotherhood and carry out their plans for the conquest of America from within, their formally stated intention.

And...the O.C. Register, while it did report the event, did not even identify the disrupters as Muslims!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/15/2010 at 09:13 AM   
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Hayek Verses Keynes Rap Anthem

Just for the record, I’m with Hayek.

H/T Sean Hackbarth

People are beginning to realize that the apparatus of government is costly. But what they do not know is that the burden falls inevitably on them.
– Frederic Bastiat


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/15/2010 at 06:31 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 14, 2010

Sunday Potpourri

First, Ray Stevens tells us about a squirrel revival?

On a personal note: At work yesterday one of the clerks (female) kept reminding us to ‘get something for our sweethearts’. Guess she was thinking about Valentine’s Day. I got a huge laugh from everyone, male and female, when I asked the obvious question: ‘Sweetheart? What about my wife?’

Mitt Romney had to do a speech basically apologizing for being a Mormon. Would someone tell me why Sen. Harry Reid doesn’t have to do the same? He’s a Mormon also. And he violates the Church’s requirements for adult, ordained, elders. They are NOT allowed to ‘bear false witness’. Harry Reid lies every time he pontificates as Senate Majority Leader. I call on President Thomas Monson, current Prophet of the LDS church, to discipline Harry Reid, either by disfellowship, or excommunication. Otherwise, I assume that Harry Reid speaks for the LDS Church.

This is really dumb. I’m constantly shocked when I do a YouTube search for bands I grew up listening to. I keep forgetting that they age too.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/14/2010 at 07:36 AM   
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