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calendar   Wednesday - March 31, 2010

Ewww, Mega Bugs!



It’s a 30 inch long, 5 pound, underwater pillbug. Ewww!!

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A submarine exploring the ocean’s depths recently returned with an unexpected visitor: a crablike critter that has left many readers startled and horrified.

In a posting to social bookmarking site Reddit, a deep-sea technician detailed the finding, asking the site’s readers to help identify what exactly the bizarre looking creature was.

The post reads, “I work for a Sub-sea Survey Company, recently this beast came up attached to one of our ROVs. It measures a wee bit over 2.5 feet head to tail, and we expect it latched onto the ROV at roughly 8,500 feet depth. Unfortunately, the e-mail that these pictures were attached to came from a contractor, and the ship he was operating from (and therefore location) is unknown, so I can’t tell you what part of the Earth this beast was living.”

The pictures reveal the creature to be a giant isopod, a large crustacean that dwells in deep Atlantic and Pacific waters. This particular creature is a Bathynomus giganteus, a deep-sea scavenger that feeds on dead whales, fish and squid.



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On the other hand, lobsters are quite similar in form and function to this fellow. So maybe lightly boiled, with some warm melted butter, corn on the cob, a couple of blueberry muffins and a cold beer?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2010 at 04:33 PM   
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Mexican Drug Wars: It’s about to spill over into the US

Texas Town on High Alert as Mexican Town Across Border Braces for Cartel Gun Battle



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I have no idea why the situation in Mexico isn’t front page news here 24 hours a day. There is a full scale war going on down there, and it gets ignored by everyone more than 150 miles away from the border. What’s the deal? If Canada was having a civil war, would we ignore that too?

Seems like just about 100 years ago we sent Blackjack Pershing down thataways to deal with a certain Pancho. Maybe it’s time to let history repeat itself. Maybe it’s time to actually secure that border. Or maybe it’s time to either fight the “war on drugs” to a Chinese victory, or just say “never mind” and legalize it all and let all the offenders out of jail.

In the meantime, Mexico is up the old Rio Mierda, and it’s just going to get worse.



Residents of a small Mexican border town under siege by at least one of the country’s most notorious drug cartels are fleeing into a tiny Texas community, which is on high alert and preparing for a surge of illegal immigrants should a street battle break out with another cartel – or if gunmen begin carrying out a threat to start killing the town’s children.

At least 30 residents of El Porvenir, located about four miles from the Texas border town of Fort Hancock, have crossed into the U.S. and asked for political asylum, telling authorities that they fear for their lives. Fort Hancock officials tell FoxNews.com that they consider the situation serious.

“We just got word that the cartel has threatened to kill children in schools across the border unless parents paid $5000 pesos,” said Mike Doyle, chief deputy sheriff of Hudspeth County. And that time might come sooner than later. Schools Superintendent Jose Franco said word has spread that everyone in the Mexican town must stay indoors while members of rival cartels prepare for a shootout.

“I may not be working in school that day. I may be working as a medic,” said Franco, who moonlights as an ambulance paramedic.

Franco also confirmed the ransom demand for students across the border, adding that some of his students had already paid the money to be left alone.

According to Doyle, the cartel posted signs in El Porvenir earlier in the month ordering people in the town of 10,000 “to get out or pay with blood.” He said he wasn’t sure of the deadline that was given. “We have heard anywhere from a week to 40 days,” he said.

Since then, Fort Hancock, population 1700, has been in the grip of fear. The school district has seen a rise in the number of enrolled students as families in Mexico send their children to live with relatives on the other side of the border.

The Fort Hancock high school, one secretary said, is preparing for more pupils and holding conferences with law enforcement on how to face the crisis. Franco says contingency plans are being drawn up in case the entire population of El Porvenir flees. “It is what we fear the most,” he said.

Doyle said his office is on “high alert.” So far there has been no violence on the U.S. side of the border, “but I have had a few Fort Hancock residents killed across the border,” he said.

A former law enforcement officer who lives in Fort Hancock and asked not to be named said the siege of El Porvenir is important because the town straddles one of the oldest, least defended smuggling routes on the Mexican border.

“It is one of the key staging areas for the cartel and has no fences,” he said. “All they do is wait for shift change at the border posts and walk across. There is no obstruction to crossing the border here.”

And that, he said, “was the most likely cause of the violence 860 yards away.”

He said El Porvenir has been contested for some time, and machine gun fire is often heard coming from the town. “The mayor and his son were recently murdered,” he said. “They even have a pickup truck with a .50 caliber machine gun on top.”

A leenk? No, you don nee no steenkin leenk! Google es su amiga.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/31/2010 at 04:16 PM   
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sex offenders on the run have a RIGHT to privacy’, and a fishy lawbreaker gets tagged

Hey look ppl, wules and wegs and laws are in prace for good weasons, sometimes.  People can not be allowed to run willy nilly and do as they please.

The city council had a right to bring this cwinamal to justice. At last, justice seen and done.  Or is that done as seen?  Whatever. Wules are Wules and you can

bet this vewy dangerwus waskely woman will think 2wice before bweaking the wawe again.  We just can not allow anyone who wants to, to

SELL GOLDFISH TO UNDERAGE KIDS.

Kay ... I can see the fine if she was careless and didn’t ID the kid used by the council. Kids buying pets, even goldfish, might not be such a great idea if a parent isn’t around to ok things.  But come on.  Take a look at this woman. Does look to be a threat.  Do you think she’d run away from home cos she illegally sold a goldfish in her pet store?  So why this? 

A freekin electronic tag? A tag for selling a fish?  Oh well. Justice must be done. 


Pet shop owner fined £1,000 and told to wear an electronic tag… for selling a GOLDFISH to a boy aged 14

By Jaya Narain
Last updated at 12:44 PM on 31st March 2010

Her offence was to unwittingly sell a goldfish to a 14-year-old boy taking part in a trading standards ‘sting’.

At most, pet shop owner Joan Higgins, 66, expected a slap on the wrist for breaking new animal welfare laws which ban the sale of pets to under-16s.

Instead, the great-grandmother was taken to court, fined £1,000, placed under curfew - and ordered to wear an electronic tag for two months.

When you go that link above, be sure to scroll down to the box that says A QUESTION OF BALANCE, to see just how screwed up this is.

Meanwhile ... on the civil and human rights front ...

Police refuse to name sex offenders on the run ‘because of their RIGHT to privacy’

By Daily Mail Reporter

Police are refusing to reveal the identities of sex offenders who are on the run - because it would be an invasion of their privacy.

Four registered sex offenders have been on the run for as long as two years after disappearing from their homes in the North-East.

But confusion over whether the wanted criminals should be identified means that just one of them has been made known to the public, sparking fury among victim’s groups.

OFFENDER RIGHTS


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/31/2010 at 02:15 PM   
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Homosexual cruising in a park is merely, “social networking.” Another thing for straights to accept

First of all my thanks to Drew.  I have the hard copy of this story from the Telegraph, but just could not find the darn thing on line.  Use of wrong key words maybe but Drew found the damn thing and so ... H/T to our own at BMEWS.

I think we’re all of us are old enough to understand what the term “cruising” used here means. Not that hetros haven’t been known to use the woods for things other then a pleasant evening stroll in the woods. But I have never heard of straights objecting to something that might challenge the privacy of whoopee in the woods. This must take a prize of some kind but I’m not sure what sort yet.  Oh yeah.  This is the very first time I have ever seen buggery described as

SOCIAL NETWORKING


Open air sex is risk to restaurant plans as gay group claim ‘post dusk social networking’ could be hit

By Wayne Bontoft

Concerns have been raised that plans to open a riverboat restaurant on the River Nene in Northampton could clash with ‘cruisers and cottagers’ who indulge in open air sex in a nearby car park.

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Members of Northampton Borough Council’s panning committee will discuss plans to open the floating restaurant close to Midsummer Meadows, near Bedford Road, next week.

But in a report which will be shown to committee members, council planning officer, Richard Boyt, said both Northamptonshire Police and the Northants Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Alliance (NLGBA) had raised concerns about allowing the restaurant to open in an area which is renowned for people taking part in outdoor sex sessions.

He warned councillors: “Northamptonshire Police have noted the potential clash with ‘cruisers and cottagers’ who frequent nearby areas.”

Discussing similar concerns raised by the NLGBA, he added: “The NLGBA states that a commercial activity will harm the openness, the semi-natural character of the meadows, and the freedom of the area.

“Further they state that if the ‘post dusk social networking’ is displaced elsewhere this may be an area of concern.”

Despite the concerns of the two groups, the planning official said their worries should not prevent the restaurant from opening and added that he believed it would actually improve the Midsummer Meadows area.

He said: “The objections regarding commercial activity in an open area and the displacement of current activities from the NLGBA are understood and noted.

“But they do not outweigh the importance and benefit of the improvements to public safety which introducing activity to this public open space will bring.”

If the development is allowed, the floating restaurant would have three decks, be about 75ft long and 20ft tall.

The council’s planning committee will make a final decision on the scheme next week, but Mr Boyt said he thought the scheme should be allowed.

He said: “The proposed restaurant will enhance the River Nene with a leisure destination that’s in keeping with its surroundings and poses little or no threat to the vitality and viability of the town centre.”

Plans for the floating restaurant were last considered in 2007, when it was suggested up to 60 people at a time could eat and drink onboard the boat. But the 2007 scheme was withdrawn to give the developers more time to consider their plans.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/31/2010 at 08:50 AM   
Filed Under: • CULTURE IN DECLINEGay Gay Gay!UK •  
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calendar   Tuesday - March 30, 2010

IF THEY’RE THE MOST HATED FAMILY IN THE USA, THEN WHY ARE THEY ALL STILL BREATHING?

Far as I’m concerned, this filthy,vile verminous slimeball with the big mouth has shouted FIRE in a crowded theater.  I don’t understand a law that says what this miserable bastard turd and his family do, are merely practicing free speech and expression. NO THEY ARE NOT!  They all know god-damn well what they are doing.  Intentionally causing more grief and more stress to a family already hurting beyond measure.  I’d even go so far as to say I don’t believe they are really Christians nor do I think they actually believe what they are doing has religious reason behind it.  Religion is their shield. No more then that.  But never mind.  The burning question is, when oh damn when is some stand up patriot or group of patriots, gonna silence this nest of vipers once and for all?  When?  Why is it taking so damn long? Wouldn’t you just love to ram a shotgun into this open mouth?  image

(I don’t know what the rate of exchange is but roughly you can figure just under $22,000 USA )

Father of US Marine killed in Iraq is ordered to pay £11,000 to protesters who held up ‘Thank God for dead soldiers’ sign at son’s funeral

By Paul Thompson
Last updated at 6:27 PM on 30th March 2010

The father of a U.S. Marine killed in Iraq has been ordered to pay £11,000 to anti-gay protesters who picketed his son’s funeral.

Albert Snyder had launched legal action against the religious group led by preacher Fred Phelps after they disrupted the service and held up signs reading ‘God Hates F**s’ and ‘Thank God for dead soldiers’.

The funeral of Marine Lance Corporal Snyder, 20, who died in Iraq in March 2006, was one of many picketed by the group.

Mr Synder was so outraged by the disruption that he filed a lawsuit against Phelps in an attempt to bankrupt him.

He said he wanted no other family to suffer the indignity of having a funeral ruined by their antics.

Phelps and members of the Kansas based Wesboro Baptist Church are known as the ‘most hated family in America’ for their extreme beliefs.

They regularly demonstrate at military funerals, carrying inflammatory signs to draw attention to their anti-gay message.

The religious group protest at the funerals of soldiers, regardless of the sexuality of the deceased military personnel, and use the events to bring publicity to their campaign.

MORE ON THE TURD FAMILY


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/30/2010 at 07:12 PM   
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immigrant rapist dumps victim …. judge says sorry but he can’t be deported. he’s getting married.

Just another one of those things I could not make up.

Jeez ... it’s this sort of thing that makes the blood boil.  It’s this sort of thing that Littlejohn at the Mail has written a book about. It’s lunacy.
How damn far should some vermin’s rights extend?  Rope + Tree = justice done.

Surely this could not happen in the states. Not this.  It only happens here in PC World, and I don’t mean the magazine by that name.


The whole story is here at the link.  Unbelievable and outrageous and stupid. 

JUSTICE?


Rapist who dumped victim on rubbish tip escapes deportation after judge says he ‘has right to stay and marry in UK’

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:48 PM on 30th March 2010

A convicted rapist facing deportation has won a High Court battle to be allowed to stay in Britain so he can get married.

Alphonse Semo, a refugee from the Democratic Republic of Congo, threw his victim on a rubbish tip when he ‘had finished with her’.

But last night he won the right to remain in the UK for his wedding, just hours before he was due to board a plane back to Africa.

A judge said it was difficult to have any sympathy for Semo, who was jailed for eight years, but he must be allowed to stay.

Mr Justice Collins said the Home Office had at first agreed to let the 53-year-old, from Deptford, south east London, get married to his long-term partner, a German national.

Then the wedding was effectively cancelled by a subsequent decision ‘by the same Home Office - no doubt by a different department’, he said.

The judge added that he was ‘very reluctant’ to intervene but said the Home Office could not be allowed to play ‘hot and cold’.

The judge said: ‘With considerable reluctance, I have to say he must be allowed to marry.

‘That means there will be a prohibition against removing him.’

The judge said the Home Secretary would have to reconsider later, after the marriage, whether to make a fresh attempt to deport Semo.

That would engage issues of EU law as his bride-to-be, Bunsana Kalonji, is a refugee from the Congo who became a German national. The pair have a long-established relationship.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/30/2010 at 06:25 PM   
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Coastguard opens fire on Somali pirates to save hostages.

I can’t even begin to pronounce Seychelles.  Whoever they are, pretty good job. 

Coastguard opens fire on Somali pirates to save hostages

A Seychelles coastguard vessel opened fire on Somali pirates holding six of its nationals and 21 Iranians during a rare high-seas military intervention in the Indian Ocean.

The six Seychellois fishermen were safe, said Joel Morgan, the island nation’s minister for transport and environment in charge of antipiracy, while the Iranians and the pirates were in the process of being rescued.

He explained that six Seychellois fishermen were captured by Somali pirates southeast of the archipelago’s main island Mahe over the weekend and transferred to an Iranian dhow that was earlier captured with its crew of 21.

The coastguard vessel reached the pirates as they were 255 nautical miles northwest of Mahe, heading towards Somalia.

Mr Morgan said the pirates ignored the coastguards’ audio calls to release their hostages and did not alter their course when warning shots were fired.

“We took the decision to open fire on the engine compartment, 10,000 12.7mm rounds were fired ... and we continued our harassment operation until we achieved what we wanted, which was to set fire to the engine,” he said.

Mr Morgan said all on board had to jump off the boat but nobody was wounded.

“We rescued the six Seychellois, the 21 Iranians are being rescued and the Somalis will be rescued too,” he said.

Over the past year, ransom-hunting Somali pirates have drifted away from the heavily patrolled Gulf of Aden to launch their attacks further out at sea.

The Seychelles, whose economy relies heavily on tuna-fishing and tourism, has had several ships hijacked since 2008 and has since taken tough action to combat the scourge piracy, with robust international backing.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/30/2010 at 06:08 PM   
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Stressed? Relieve it the Sicilian way

Just in case you are having a rough day, here is a seven step stress management technique used traditionally in Sicily. It really works!

1. Picture yourself lying on your belly on a warm rock that hangs out over a crystal clear stream.

2. Picture yourself with both your hands dangling in the cool running water.

3. Birds are sweetly singing in the cool mountain air.

4. No one knows your secret place.

5. You are in total seclusion from that hectic place called the world.

6. The soothing sound of a gentle water fall fills the air with a cascade of serenity.

7. The water is so crystal clear that you can easily make out the face of Nancy Pelosi, the person you are holding under water.

There! See? It really does work. You’re smiling already. Feel free to forward this if you know others who might benefit from this technique.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 03/30/2010 at 06:33 PM   
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Give Us Our DaneGeld!

Health Care Sellouts Demand Their Bribe Money Last Minute Earmarks

Elected legislators street corner whores in DC demand their slice from pimp-daddy-O




The 11 House Democrats led by Rep. Bart Stupak who dropped their opposition to health care reform mere hours before the final vote have requested $3.4 billion in earmarks—and one watchdog group wants to know whether the money represents business as usual, or a political payoff.

The Sunlight Foundation says it plans to track the earmark requests, which were put in one day after health care reform cleared Congress, to see whether they’re approved and whether it appears lawmakers are being rewarded for their vote.

“We know that in Congress one of the ways that leadership tries to influence members is through earmarks,” said Bill Allison, editorial director at the nonpartisan organization. “So this seemed to us something good to follow.”

Stupak and the 10 other Democrats were critical to the success of the health care bill. They were holding out over concerns about funding for abortion coverage but announced the president had assuaged their worries—with an executive order restricting abortion funding—the morning of the big vote.

Stupak’s office said there’s absolutely no link between the earmarks and the health care bill’s passage.

Yeah, and Stupak’s office has a side job doing press releases for the South Korean Navy too.

Here are the earmark amounts requested by the 11 House Democrats in the 2011 bill:

Rep. Jerry Costello of Illinois.: $1,418.7 million ($256.4 million in 2010)

Rep. Solomon Ortiz of Texas: $618 million ($726.1 million in 2010)

[Rep. Bart] Stupak of Michigan: $578.9 million

Rep. Steve Driehaus of Ohio: $332.2 million

Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Ohio: $294 million ($305.7 million in 2010)

Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania: $236.8 million ($54 million in 2010)

Rep. James Oberstar of Minnesota.: $207 million ($226 million in 2010)

Rep. Brad Ellsworth of Indiana.: $115.4 million ($82.3 million in 2010)

Rep. Charles Wilson of Ohio: $84 million ($62.3 million in 2010)

Rep. Paul Kanjorski of Pennsylvania.: $67.1 million

Rep. Joseph Donnelly of Indiana: $19.8 million ($11.65 million in 2010)

Nothing to see here, move along. A 550% increase in goodies for the guy from Obama’s home state? PURE COINCIDENCE.

Guess these folks all had superior negotiating skills, that’s all. This is NOT legalized bribery of any kind. Huh? What? Oh, you must excuse me. My leg is ringing. I’d better go answer it.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2010 at 04:49 PM   
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Today’s Version Of Events

Antique Mine Sunk South Korean Ship



Pull the other one, it’s go bells on



I guess this lie d’jour is CYA in case video of the sunken ship leaks out, and the whole world sees that the side of South Korea’s corvette is blown IN, and not OUT, as would be the case with the “internal explosion” story from the other day.

Let’s face the truth: North Korea torpedoed the ship, sinking it and killing about 50 of the crew. And if they didn’t do it, then China did. Most likely culprit would be a submarine. All because the South Korean ship was too close to some imaginary line in the ocean.

But South Korea isn’t quite ready for an actual war with the Norks, so they’re backing down and creating cover stories left and right. No doubt with some major arm twisting coming from Washington DC.

So here is today’s lie. DO NOT attempt any research into military history that could prove that that bit of salt water was never mined. Never mind! Accept Today’s Truth and move on like a good world citizen.



Korean War mine ‘sunk’ South Korean navy ship

A mine dating back to the 1950-53 Korean War might have been responsible for the sinking of a South Korean naval patrol ship last weekend, according to the country’s defence minister.

His explanation came as hopes of finding 46 missing South Korean alive faded further after navy divers finally reached the upturned hull of the sunken ship but reported no signs of life within.

The 1,200-tonne corvett Cheonan sank on Friday night in the Yellow Sea along a disputed sea border with North Korea, sparking fears that Pyongyang had attacked the ship and temporarily sending shares lower in New York.

However, Kim Tae-Young, the defence minister, told a South Korean parliamentary committee that initial reports of a North Korean torpedo attack appeared unfounded, citing accounts from rescued sailors who had been operating the ship’s radar at the time of the explosion.

“It is possible that a North Korean sea mine could have drifted into our area,” he said, pointing out that North Korea had deployed some 3,000 Soviet mines in the Yellow Sea and the Sea of Japan during the war.

“Though many mines were removed, it must have been impossible to retrieve them all,” he added.

One mine was found in 1959 and another in 1984, the minister said, although an extensive South Korean search in 2008 did not trace any, however it was impossible to rule out that a mine could have come adrift from its mooring.




The UnTruth you must ignore here is that the South Korean Navy is unable to locate the North Korean Navy’s submarines, even with one of their anti-submarine ships like the Cheonan. To not ignore this would be to imply either that the crew was not doing their job, or that the ship’s detection equipment is not good enough. Both would be Questioning The State, an activity that is so forbidden that it is not possible to even think of it.

Instead you must believe with all your heart that an old mine, still active after 57 years, did the deed. No one is at fault. The mine had escaped detection for all that time even though this is some of the most heavily patrolled water in the world, under constant sonar scrutiny, and that several intense and specialized searches had failed to find it. Even though the last mine was found 26 years ago, others may still be out there waiting to serendipitously rust through their chains and come bobbing to the surface just as a South Korean Navy vessel comes by while accidentally sailing too close to the border. This is the Truth, there is no other Truth than this Truth.

Until tomorrow.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2010 at 04:07 PM   
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Putting BMEWS on a diet, categorically

The Forum is gone. All iterations of it ... Bark!, Freedom Forum, etc. All gone. It hadn’t been used in a long time, there was nothing great there, and we can use the space. Adios.

I am doing a little category management as well. We have way too many categories, but none of them are empty. The plan is to roll several categories together, but it isn’t that easy. For example, I dumped the QUEER category (poor taste, that) so now we have just Gay, Gay, Gay! That’s enough. Any story that’s primarily about homosexuals will fit in there.

We have several categories for Islam. RoPMA, Sharia Law, Muslims, Middle East. Roll ‘em up. “Everything’s Coming Up Islam!” as a new category name, or we’ll just choose one of the existing categories. We even have several categories for cars, and several for awards (moonbat or otherwise). Should Middle East stay, and absorb Paleswine, Israel, Iran, and Iraq? Maybe, maybe not. But Colleges-Professors could certainly merge with Education.

The problem is that it’s a lot of work, because as far as I can tell, to avoid overloading the Miscellaneous category, we have to go in and edit each and every post in any category that we want to get rid of, change the category name to the new one, then update the post. And we’ve got 15,000 posts here. Yikes. If we just go and snip a category, all the posts in it get dumped in the Miscellaneous category. And that’s kinda stupid, but there is no widget that says “Ooh, killing a category are you? What category would you like all the posts in there refiled under?”. So it’s going to take some time.

Admin volunteers wanted!

I’m starting with the EU. Euro-Peons, EU Super State, and EU Pin Heads will all go under the new category EU Follies. The various PC categories need to merge into one, including the Diversity BS group.

In the meantime, let’s STOP ADDING NEW CATEGORIES until we get this thinned out and under control.

And yes, we now have a Chess category. And a Books category. And that’s fine. But we need to get rid of the “Baskin Robbins Syndrome”, because many of those “57 flavors” are all still Ice Cream.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2010 at 03:17 PM   
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A dirty joke

I’m a fan of ‘Sir’ Terry Pratchett. Here is ‘Sir’ Terry Pratchett telling an off-color joke:

(Drew, peiper, I really need to know how to add categories. Now ‘Fine Literature’ comes to mind.)


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 03/30/2010 at 01:21 PM   
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Do You Miss Me Yet?

In a word, yes.

I disagreed with GWB on several issues; Prescription drugs, Immigration ‘reform’, signing McCain-Feingold…

But he did serve, even if it was in the Reserves. Good enough!

One thing I will never do again: I will NEVER vote for a male Presidential candidate who has not done military service. Not that I voted for Obama, but in ‘92 I did vote for Clinton. Why? Because George H. W. Bush said ‘Read my lips...” and promptly raised taxes.

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Also, never will I vote for a candidate who comes from a dysfunctional ‘family’. First Clinton, now Obama. The country has enough problems with government-run dysfunctional families. We can’t survive electing the resulting human debris to office.

Go GWB. Reservist perhaps. But being qualified to fly an Air Force fighter means you have brains.

Something Obama has yet to demonstrate.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 03/30/2010 at 10:55 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 29, 2010

Obama’s Army

Hey, remember how candidate Obama used to rattle on about his civilian army, trained and equipped better than the real army? Went over like a lead balloon, and we haven’t heard a peep since.

Well, now Fox News is reporting that a thing similar to that exists in the health care bill that just got signed into law. A giant civilian medical corp, “trained along military lines”, under his orders to go where he wants when he wants and to do what he tells them to.

Emergency preparation? Or did he just co-opt the National Guard as well?

“Funny”, muses useful idiot Shepard Smith, “nobody has mentioned this at all yet. Not a word of debate on it, not a mention of it from any member of the House or the Senate.”

“That’s because nobody read the damn bill!” shoots back retired judge Andrew Napolitano, “2700 pages of legislation; there could be ANYTHING in there, and nobody would know it!”

Almost nobody, judge. It’s out at FREEP, but only from 4 days ago:

SEC. 430. ESTABLISHING A READY RESERVE CORPS.

Section 203 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C. 204) is amended to read as follows:

SEC. 203. COMMISSIONED CORPS AND READY RESERVE CORPS.

(a) ESTABLISHMENT.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—There shall be in the Service a commissioned Regular Corps and a Ready Reserve Corps for service in time of national emergency.

(2) REQUIREMENT.—All commissioned officers shall be citizens of the United States and shall be appointed without regard to the civil-service laws and compensated without regard to the Classification Act of 1923, as amended.

(3) APPOINTMENT.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall be appointed by the President and commissioned officers of the Regular Corps shall be appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

(4) ACTIVE DUTY.—Commissioned officers of the Ready Reserve Corps shall at all times be subject to call to active duty by the Surgeon General, including active duty for the purpose of training.

(5) WARRANT OFFICERS.—Warrant officers may be appointed to the Service for the purpose of providing support to the health and delivery systems maintained by the Service and any warrant officer appointed to the Service shall be considered for purposes of this Act and title 37, United States Code, to be a commissioned officer within the Commissioned Corps of the Service.

(b) ASSIMILATING RESERVE CORP OFFICERS INTO THE REGULAR CORPS.—Effective on the date of enactment of the Affordable Health Choices Act, all individuals classified as officers in the Reserve Corps under this section (as such section existed on the day before the date of enactment of such Act) and serving on active duty shall be deemed to be commissioned officers of the Regular Corps.

(c) PURPOSE AND USE OF READY RESERVE.—

(1) PURPOSE.—The purpose of the Ready Reserve Corps is to fulfill the need to have additional Commissioned Corps personnel available on short notice (similar to the uniformed service’s reserve program) to assist regular Commissioned Corps personnel to meet both routine public health and emergency response missions.

(2) USES.—The Ready Reserve Corps shall—

(A) participate in routine training to meet the general and specific needs of the Commissioned Corps;

(B) be available and ready for involuntary calls to active duty during national emergencies and public health crises, similar to the uniformed service reserve personnel;

(C) be available for backfilling critical positions left vacant during deployment of active duty Commissioned Corps members, as well as for deployment to respond to public health emergencies, both foreign and domestic; and

(D) be available for service assignment in isolated, hardship, and medically underserved communities (as defined in section 399SS) to improve access to health services.

(d) FUNDING.—For the purpose of carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the Commissioned Corps under this section, there are authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to the Office of the Surgeon General for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014. Funds appropriated under this subsection shall be used for recruitment and training of Commissioned Corps Officers.

So what this does is create the Health Police. It greatly expands the USPHS, which already exists, and is a uniformed, 6,000 member strong cadre of doctors and nurses. That’s right, UNIFORMED. With ranks, just like the Navy. Just like the braches of the military. And just like the military, Obama just created their Reserves with this bill. Which he can call up at any time. For health purposes only, right? You better hope so, because they just got a whole lot bigger. And pray that two of the ailments they aren’t tasked with curing is rebellion or dissent.


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So, if this is nothing new, that the USPHS has been around for over 200 years, and the Reserve Corps itself has been around for more than 60, then why is this on the news this afternoon? Why is it even news? Could it be that Fox just follows the internet, and doesn’t bother to read things through? A made-up “news” story? Or is there a lot more to it than that?  “The way the passage is written is very vague”, says judge Napolitano, “it could mean anything.” Yeah, well does it actually mean nothing?

Advice to “journalists”: read the damn bill yourselves as well. Then do a little bit of investigation. Then see if your story is actually news. Or is it merely “olds”?


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