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calendar   Tuesday - August 24, 2010

health and safety in a risk adverse culture … can’t mow the castle lawn due to steep slopes ..

In an article today in the Telegraph is a mind numbing story of complete stupidity for which there is NO link. As usual.  So you will simply have to take this on faith that I am not making it up.

Something tells me however that Richard Littlejohn of The Mail will have this in the next couple of days with a link.  But I can’t wait till then.  Nor can I take the time to copy word for word the entire article.  So, I will give you the simple nut and bolt (there’s only one) and photos and history of a place called Carlisle Castle which is absolutely awesome.  While searching for the story link I discovered news on a BBC site of a decade long dig at the castle site, uncovering some 80,000 Roman artefacts including a human louse, 2,000 yrs old.  Unbelievable, huh?

For centuries and especially after it came under control of The English Heritage folks, there have been grounds keepers.  No surprise there. Right? We’re talking castle here.  And keeping the grounds means mowing lawns. Does it not?  The castle survived wars and sieges and was also one place where Mary Queen of Scots was imprisoned.  It is as you would expect it to be, a major tourist attraction.

The center of countless wars and battles, guarding England’s northern border against Scottish invasion, under siege during the English civil war, the folks who look after this historic place have found something that is … “too dangerous” to do around it’s walls.


Yup … there ya go BMEWS.  HEALTH and SAFETY officials now say mowing the grass on the banks of either side of the moat is “too perilous for workmen due to the steep inclines.” And so cutting the grass has now ceased. 

There isn’t any info on the numbers injured or killed over the last few hundred years while keeping the slopes trimmed.  It occurs to us doesn’t it, that had the Health and Safety Executive been around 900 years ago, this place might never have been built.
Or if it had, there’d have been no slopes and maybe no moat either.

These idiots are killing their country with their risk adverse politically correct everyone is equal left wing socialistic libtard bs.  Their embrace of diversity which they have turned into a religion and their romantic ideal of multi-culture as a cure all and a standard to be enshrined. 
They don’t deport plane hi-jackers on grounds of human rights, they can’t deport a killer to a country of his birth because he no longer speaks that language he’s been here so long, and it would violate his right to have a family.  Meanwhile of course, he’d destroyed another’s family.  The former govt. turned their police into social workers, or they tried anyway, and I have no idea if the rope that tied their hand is now loose.

And oh btw ... I forget.  Someone was hurt there .....  here’s an example of the sort of lunatic bs they’ve brought down on their own heads.

Concern was heightened after an out-of-court settlement earlier this year to a woman who was injured when she fell into the moat at 2am, when the castle was closed. In spite of the closure and warning notices, she won £15,000 compensation and English Heritage also paid her legal fees of £37,250.

Another article on her said she was trespassing.  Well I guess so. At 2 in the morning?  What else?  See, according to my barbaric belief, trespassers at 2am need to be shot dead.  Problem solved, no law suits, no courts, no public expense. 

The ppl responsible for the mess this country is dealing with, have betrayed their history and their ancestors.  They shame the generation that stood firm in ’39 and before that 1914 and before that their entire history.
Shame on them and a pox as well.  They don’t deserve this country.  If things aren’t turned around soon, they will surely deserve what they’ll end up with.

Carlisle Castle’s decade dig is completed

It is thought the Roman army lived in tents at first
An internationally important archaeological dig in Carlisle has unearthed rare articulated armour and a nit comb, with a louse still in it.
The dig, which took place over a decade in front of Carlisle Castle, has uncovered about 80,000 Roman artefacts.
The evidence provides Carlisle with almost 2,000 years of documented history.

Experts say the city is now ranked as one of the most important settlements in the north of England.
Senior executive officer for Oxford Archaeology North, Rachel Newman, said: “The area was very damp 2,000 years ago, and therefore rare evidence survived for how the Romans and their medieval successors lived, in the form of the foundations for their timber buildings, as well as parts of Roman tents and saddles, their shoes, and wooden and leather possessions.

“Many thousands of objects were excavated, including less fragile material, such as pottery, metalwork, both jewellery and everyday utensils, coins, and stone objects.”
“All this evidence provided a wonderful glimpse into how people lived 2,000 years ago, and also in medieval Carlisle, more than 1,000 years later.
“For instance, several nit combs very like the ones we sometimes have to use today were found, one with a human louse in it!

“We could also see from the numbers of bones that the Romans liked beef, and particularly shoulders of meat, that had perhaps been salted or smoked.”
She said the evidence suggested that the Roman army arrived in Carlisle, living in tents to begin with, until the first fort was built.


Carlisle Castle guards the western end of the border between England and Scotland. William II built the first timber castle at Carlisle in 1092, and thirty years later his brother, King Henry I, ordered the building of a castle in stone which included the keep that now remains as the oldest part of the castle.

The keep and castle walls were eventually completed by the Scottish king, David I, who took control of northern England during the troubled reign of King Stephen (1135-54). By 1157 the castle was back in English hands, but its location at the border between two frequently warring nations meant it would be battled over for many more centuries. The last time the castle came under siege was in 1745 when the Jacobite forces of Prince Charles Edward Stewart (Bonnie Prince Charlie) successfully captured the castle, only to be forced to surrender the following month.

The oldest surviving buildings, other than the keep, are the inner and outer gatehouses, both built in the 1160’s and substantially altered in the late 14th century. Most of the other medieval buildings have been lost under the 19th century barracks and other army buildings that line the inner and outer bailey. The castle remains the headquarters of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment and it houses the Regimental Museum. For lots of photos of this place.


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On August 24, A.D. 79, the Roman city of Pompeii was buried by the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius. The pumice and thick volcanic ash that ended the lives of so many also encased the city in a virtual time capsule for the next 17 centuries. The city remained largely lost and forgotten until rediscovered by archaeologists in the early 1700s, resulting in Pompeii today being one of the most complete and intact archaeological sites in the world.

There is so much info and so many photos available on the net I hardly know where to begin.  So I begin here and if you’re interested I know you can do further research on the subject.  I have long been interested in Pompeii and the history.  One of these days health permitting, I want to visit the site.

We are not that far away actually.  After all, it isn’t like having to fly from the USA or Australia. Is it?  Damn, age and health are so freekin limiting at times.
I never had a hankering to see the Alps or climb Everest much less view the thing.  But I’d like to visit the Tower of London and hell, I haven’t done that yet either. Ain’t that a shame on me?  But my number one place I think is Pompeii.  I wanna see this place.  Till I do, thank heaven and the geeks who have made the internet possible.

The unexpected catastrophe

It is certain that when the eruption of Vesuvius started on the morning of 24 August, AD 79, it caught the local population utterly unprepared. Although at the same time, as we now know in retrospect, all the tell-tale signs were there to warn them.

It is mainly thanks to the vivid eye-witness account of the younger Pliny (a Roman administrator and poet, whose many vivid letters have been preserved), that we have some understanding of what happened. And it is through him that we can gain insight into the reactions and feelings of the people caught up in the drama of this natural catastrophe.


Pliny’s account leaves no doubt that everyone was caught unprepared. His uncle, known as Pliny the Elder, was stationed in command of the imperial naval base at Misenum, on the north-west extremity of the Bay of Naples. He was not only the senior military officer in the district, but possibly the most well informed living Roman on matters of natural science. His 37-volume Natural History is the longest work on science in Latin that has survived from antiquity.

But for all his science and his seniority, his nephew tells us that the elder Pliny was relaxing, after a bath and lunch, when Vesuvius started to erupt. And the sighting of a column of smoke ‘like an umbrella pine’ on the far side of the Bay triggered a response more of curiosity than of alarm in him. He and his companions were evidently not anticipating such an event.


The same account reveals, however, that the signs were there. Pliny’s casual reference to earth tremors ‘which were not particularly alarming because they are frequent in Campania’ reveals the Roman’s comprehensive ignorance of the link between seismic activity (earth tremors) and volcanic activity.

The volcanologists of today constantly monitor any changes in levels of seismic activity from the observatory on Vesuvius, because they know that the same increase of activity in the deep reservoir of magma (molten or partially molten rock beneath the Earth’s surface) causes both earth tremors and volcanic eruptions. Through measuring seismic activity, these scientists expect to predict an approaching eruption months in advance.


There is so much more I could have added to this post. But my problem would be, where to end it with a subject like this.  I’d be tempted to post every photo I find and every word written.  And heck ... you can do that on your own depending on your own passions. So I’ll leave ya with this morsel.


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Fatal Spitfire Crash In Norway


Swedish aviator Bertil Gerhardt, 68, tried to land at the Tynset airport. Witnesses say he came in a bit hot, the plane veered off the side of the runway and the landing gear got caught in some crops growing there, causing the aircraft to flip.

The airshow scheduled for this Sunday has been canceled.

Gerhardt was a very experienced pilot.

A Biltema company pilot for over 30 years with more than 31000 flying hours under his belt, the Swede Bertil Gerhardt is the top historic aircraft display pilot of his country. At Tampere-Pirkkala he will showcase the looks, sounds and moves of the P-51 Mustang fighter. He started his Swedish Air Force career in 1963 and has flown the Saab J29 Tunnan - the “Flying Barrel” - and the double-delta wing Mach 2+ Saab J 35 Draken frontline fighter/interceptor, but he´s just as much at home at the controls of a glider soaring in the silent skies. While the Swedish Air Force had some structural problems with the J29, he was introduced to the Sk16, the Swedish AT-6 Harvard-like piston powered trainer. This experience came in useful much later while he was transitioning to the Cavalier Mustang and the two Spitfires the Biltema company acquired for their collection.


Bertil Gerhardt, RIP

The aircraft is likely repairable. It is a Spitfire Mk XVIIIe, one of the later ones built during the war. This one never fought in the skies of Europe, since VE Day was May 8, 1945.

SM845 was built at Chattis Hill in 1945 and delivered to 39 MU (Maintenance Unit) on May 30, 1945. It was used operationally in India, first with the RAF, then the Indian Air Force.

She was one of eight Spitfires recovered from India by Duxford-based Ormonde and Wensley Haydon-Baillie in 1977. It passed through several owners before being returned to the air by Historic Flying Ltd. in 1998.

SM845 has been sold to the Swedish company Biltema in 2009 and was based in Ängelholm in southern Sweden.

Built Southampton with Griffon 66 engine, it is believed to have been the 2nd Mk.XVIII delivered to the RAF, arrived at 39 MU May 25, 1945, then 76 MU December 13, 1945, followed by “Sampenn” January 19, 1946, with Air Command South East Asia in India from February 28, 1946.  Sold as instructional airframe on December 31, 1947, to the Indian Air Force serving as HS687.  SM845 was one of 8 recovered from India in 1977-78 by members of the Haydon-Baille Aircraft and Naval Collection which netted a total of 8 Spitfires, five MK.XVIII’s, one MK.VIII and two FR.XIV’s. 

When [restoration is] complete the Griffon-powered Spitfire will be the sole flying example of a XVIII in Europe.


SM845 in better days

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/24/2010 at 07:43 AM   
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Horry Clap

And I thought traffic was bad in NJ!

10 day old traffic jam in China could last another 3 weeks

10 days? This sounds impossible, but gridlock in northern China has shut down the highway and snarled traffic for 60 miles or more. Guess they should have used some of the money from that great economic expansion of theirs to develop a little bit of infrastructure. Or done a better job of that 5 year planning the commies are so famous for.

BEIJING – A massive traffic jam in north China that stretches for dozens of miles and hit its 10-day mark on Tuesday stems from road construction in Beijing that won’t be finished until the middle of next month, an official said.

Bumper-to-bumper gridlock spanning for 60 miles (100 kilometers) with cars moving little more than a half-mile (one kilometer) a day at one point has improved since this weekend, said Zhang Minghai, director of Zhangjiakou city’s Traffic Management Bureau general office.

But he said he wasn’t sure when the situation along the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway would return to normal.

The traffic jam started Aug. 14 on a stretch of the Beijing-Zhangjiakou highway. That section has frequently been congested, especially after large coalfields were discovered in Inner Mongolia, Zhang said. Traffic volume has increased 40 percent every year.

Drivers stranded in the gridlock in the Inner Mongolia region and Hebei province, headed toward Beijing, passed the time sleeping, walking around, or playing cards and chess. Local villagers were doing brisk business selling instant noodles, boxed lunches and snacks, weaving between the parked trucks on bicycles.

The highway construction in Beijing that is restricting inbound traffic flow and causing the jam “will not be finished until Sept. 17,” he said.

Pretty much only one improved highway heads south from Russia into Mongolia and then down to China across it’s northern province of Inner Mongolia. Once in China that highway splits, with one leg heading south towards Ulangab and another heading south east towards Zhangjakou, where the Ulangab leg meets up with it. From there, only one improved highway heads into Beijing. Beijing is about 300 road miles from the Mongolian border.


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Dark Tuesday

Rough Day Coming For The Stock Markets?


I don’t want to be the one predicting another Black Monday but this certainly isn’t good news

UPDATE: And the housing news is pretty grim. And unexpected of course.

Sales of U.S. previously owned homes plunged 27 percent in July, twice as much as forecast, evidence foreclosures and limited job growth are depressing the market.

“This is a devastating reading on the U.S. housing market,” said Derek Holt, an economist at Scotia Capital Inc. in Toronto. “There’s such an inventory overhang, it shows there will be pressure on prices” in the months ahead.

Sales last month fell in all four U.S. regions, today’s report showed. Foreclosures accounted for 22 percent of total purchases in July, while short sales made up another 10 percent, the NAR said.

So nearly A FULL THIRD of the transactions are bank driven (ie distressed properties). In other words, actual people are only buying 2/3 as many homes as the numbers indicate ... doesn’t this imply that the actual sales decrease is more like 40%?

Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, estimates that it will take 20 years to recoup the $6 trillion of housing wealth that has been lost since 2005. After adjusting for inflation, values will never catch up.

“People shouldn’t look at a home as a way to make money because it won’t,” Mr. Baker said.

If the long term is grim, the short term is grimmer. Housing experts are bracing themselves for Tuesday, when the sales figures for July will be released. The data is expected to show a drop of as much as 20 percent from last year.

So I guess a decrease of 27 percent is thus grimmest? And how is the market reacting?

In early morning trading, the Dow Jones industrial average fell 101.72, or 1 percent, to 10,072.69. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index fell 12.50, or 1.2 percent, to 1,054.86, while Nasdaq composite index fell 29.65, or 1.4 percent, to 1,782.68

That was the drop attached to the Nikkei index news. Currently hovering around 10,090, expect the housing news to have a late afternoon impact. Summer of Recovery? Gone. Never happened. And every last part of it was completely unexpected by the liars in DC and their ass sucking minions in the MSM. The very same assclowns who created the housing crisis in the first place, and are still in power.

With home sales plunging to their lowest level in 15 years, economists warn that a double-dip in housing prices is just around the corner, threatening to further slow the overall recovery.

Existing home sales sank 27.2% in July, twice as much as analysts expected, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 3.83 million units. Much of that drop is attributed to the end of the $8,000 homebuyer tax credit. That credit brought buyers out in droves, as they tried to sign home contracts before the April 30 deadline. Now, two months later, sales are 34% below April’s tax incentive-induced peak.

“Home sales were eye-wateringly weak in July,” said economist Paul Dales of Capital Economics. “It is becoming abundantly clear that the housing market is undermining the already faltering wider economic recovery. With an increasingly inevitable double-dip in housing prices yet to come, thing could get a lot worse.”


Obama does not want you to look at this graph

But look on the bright side. If you live in some urban ghetto or otherwise strongly Democratic area, Obama done be payin yo mortgage fo ya! Peggy Joseph was right after all!

To help bring stability to the market, the Obama administration will offer $1 billion in zero-interest loans to help homeowners who’ve lost income avoid foreclosure as part of $3 billion in additional aid targeting economically distressed areas.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development plans to make loans of as much as $50,000 for borrowers “in hard hit local areas” to make mortgage, tax and insurance payments for as long as two years, according to an Aug. 11 statement

Go find a list of those areas, then see how few of them are Red States. Betcha the number is just about zero.


Japan’s Nikkei index led world markets lower Tuesday as the yen’s rise to a fresh 15-year high against the dollar and a nine-year best against the euro hit the share prices of the country’s high-value exporters.

The retreat in Europe came after many of Asia’s markets closed lower. Japan’s Nikkei index led the declines, closing down 121.55 points, or 1.3 percent, at 8,995.14 — slipping under the 9,000 level for the first time since May 2009.

The worry is that the rising yen will make Japanese exports less competitive in the international marketplace and limit already paltry economic growth. Figures last week showed that Japan grew by a tepid 0.1 percent quarterly rate in the second quarter, allowing China to overtake the country in terms of economic output for the first time ever.

With Japan’s economy under pressure and the U.S. recovery losing momentum, investors are getting increasingly worried that the global economic recovery has run its course — the yen is widely considered one of the safest assets to hold and therefore advances when investor appetite for risk declines.

With little economic news around the world and trading activity still light — the average daily volumes in August on the Standard & Poor’s 500 index in the U.S. is the lowest since 1999 — stock markets could well remain choppy.

The key focus later Tuesday will be U.S. existing home sales data for July and investors will be interested to see if the headline figure falls again following the big drop recorded in June.

We follow the real estate market closely, and have seen housing prices continue their free fall even though mortgages rates are very low. Those rates don’t really matter if a) the banks aren’t giving mortgages regardless, or b) nobody is applying for them. There is a very nice condo around the corner that has been rotting on the market for a long time now. It came on the market at $215,000, and has dropped bit by bit over the months and is now going for $150,000. The only units here that have closed are in the $120-140 bracket, which is nearly 20% less than they sold for last year. So I am expecting that the July housing figures to be just as ugly as the June ones, and IIRC they were at an 18 year low. Ouch.

The main point of interest this week will be Friday’s latest speech on the state of the U.S. economic recovery from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke. His speech will come in the aftermath of the latest estimate for second quarter U.S. economic growth — a number of economists think that the 2.4 percent annualized growth previously estimated will be reduced, possibly to as little as 1.5 percent.

Uncertainty about the U.S. economy in particular also weighed on oil prices. Benchmark crude for October delivery was down 79 cents at $72.31 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Our local retail gas prices are down 5¢ / gallon this week, and those were down 3¢ from the week before that.

This week the MSM seems to have finally noticed that when those evil Bush Tax Cuts For Only The Rich expire at the end of the year, we’re ALL going to get hammered. Again.

How’s that hope & change working out for you, 52ers?

Worries about the U.S. economy are set to dominate when Wall Street opens later — Dow futures were down 73 points, or 0.7 percent, at 10,084 while the broader S&P 500 futures fell 9.5 points, or 0.9 percent, to 1,056.10.

So it’s a sure thing guarantee that the DJI will drop below 10,000 today. The only question is, how far? 9800? 9500? 9000? Hang onto your assets, today is going to be a bumpy ride.


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calendar   Monday - August 23, 2010

Let No Crisis Go To Waste, Part 71,230

Salmonella Outbreak? FDA: Solution Is More Government!


FDA commissioner says agency needs more authority

Food and Drug Administration chief Margaret Hamburg, beset with an egg-and-salmonella food safety challenge, said Monday the agency must move from a reactive to [a] preventive enforcement strategy.

Giving a series of network interviews in the wake of some 1,300 salmonella cases from tainted eggs, Hamburg said the FDA is taking the issue “very, very seriously.” At the same time, she said Congress should pass pending legislation that would provide her agency with greater enforcement power, including new authority over imported food.

“We need better abilities and authorities to put in place these preventive controls and hold companies accountable,” Hamburg said as she discussed the salmonella poisoning outbreak and the recall of roughly a half-billion eggs from two Iowa egg distributors.

Two Iowa farms linked to the disease outbreak — Wright County Egg and Hillandale Farms — share suppliers of chickens and feed as well as ties to an Iowa business with a history of violating state and federal law.
The egg industry has consolidated over recent years, placing fewer, larger businesses in control over much of the nation’s egg supply to consumers.

Ok, on the one hand ... hey Turd World - are you listening? HALF A BILLION EGGS. TWO FARMS. TWO weeks production. Ha, I fart in your general direction. USA! USA! USA!

On the other hand though ... come on. Maybe there is a need for some more egg inspectors. Or at least egg inspectors who speak English, are citizens, and who have had some useful training. And perhaps EggWorld has become a bit too much like a monopoly these days.

But Hamburg (oh, the gleeful irony of that name in that job) is using this as a power play. More authority over more food! And more imports! Give it a rest Margie baby.


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fair is fair and so lets see more of her … and Chanel made a mistake …

I think she’s a beauty and I guess so does Chanel.  But maybe they only think the top part of her is beautiful.
Well, I think ALL of her is beautiful and I guess I should add, that’s my opinion.  Yours may differ.

What was Chanel afraid of?  I think they should have shown all of her. Since they didn’t, I will. So there.

Chanel casts plus-size Crystal Renn for new ad… but famous curves are kept under wraps as image is cut off at the shoulders

By Tamara Abraham
Last updated at 2:14 PM on 23rd August 2010

Not since Sophie Dahl has a plus-size model been so successful.


Crystal Renn, who measures up as a relatively curvy U.S. size 10 (UK 14), was unveiled as the star of Jean Paul Gaultier’s latest campaign last month.

But that was only an indication of her success to come, as the 24-year-old has hit the fashion big-time, appearing in a brand new ad for Chanel.

‘Working with Chanel has been my dream forever,’ she told the Fashionista blog yesterday.

‘As long as I’ve been working as a model I’ve been thinking about Chanel and working towards Chanel and this campaign is the proudest moment of my life.’
Catwalk moment: Renn modelling the Chanel resort collection in St Tropez in May

Catwalk moment: Renn modelling the Chanel resort collection in St Tropez in May

The news is all the more remarkable because the label’s designer Karl Largerfeld has outspoken views on plus-size models, telling a German magazine last year that no-one wants to see curvy women.

‘You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly,’ he said.



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when life for murder means 14 years … the criminal system at work

ok guys , here’s the plan.

We cut the guys throat and toss him in some lane somewhere.  Oh wait, hang on.  We also need to make certain he’s dead, so lets stab him 37 times. Right. That should do it. Then after our trial where we’re given life for murder, we get to spend £5G of taxpayer money for plastic surgery.  Later on, we get to go on shopping trips outside prison and meet with pals and have a gay old time.
AND … in 14 years we’re FREE.  Free. Free at last. 

Hey ... is this a wonderful system if ur a killer ,er what?

Road rage murderer Tracie Andrews ‘let out of jail for eight-hour shopping spree’

By Daily Mail Reporter
August 23, 2010

Day trip: Tracie Andrews, pictured in 1997, has been let out of prison for a shopping trip


One of Britain’s most notorious female murderers has been let out of prison for a shopping spree, it has been revealed.

Tracie Andrews, who is serving a life sentence after stabbing boyfriend Lee Harvey to death and claiming he was the victim of a road rage attack, enjoyed a leisurely eight-hour day out, stopping for lunch and buying clothes.

The day trips come ahead of Andrews’ planned release next year and have angered Mr Harvey’s mother Maureen.

Wearing sunglasses and carrying a designer handbag, Andrews caught the bus to York on Saturday after being released from Askham Grange open prison, the Sun reported.

Once in town she met up with a friend for coffee before strolling through the shops to pick up some DVDs, clothes, sportswear and beauty products.

The friends stopped for lunch at a local Nando’s restaurant before continuing to peruse the stores.

Andrews appeared to be enjoying herself and was seen frequently chatting on her mobile.

She is being allowed on days out to prepare for her full release next year after serving 15 years of a life sentence for murdering her boyfriend.

Maureen Harvey, 62, told The Sun: ‘To be honest, it’s very upsetting and traumatic.’

A prison source said: ‘Tracie is one of Britain’s most notorious killers and people will be alarmed to know that she’s out on shopping trips.

‘Crime victims will be disgusted to see such leniency.’

Mr Harvey, 25, bled to death in a country lane in December 1996.

Andrews concocted a story that he had been murdered by a wild-eyed maniac, but it was she who cut her fiance’s throat and stabbed him 37 times.

The murderer, 40 - who has had a string of lesbian affairs behind bars and now calls herself Tia Carter - was back in the headlines last year when it was revealed that she underwent a £5,000 plastic surgery operation at the taxpayers’ expense.

She was admitted to Royal Surrey Hospital in Guildford for four days to undergo surgery to realign her jaw.

She was jailed for life, with a recommendation that she should serve at least 14 years.



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OK .. two stories same subject but not exactly the same.  No more traveller stories this week unless really big. 

I won’t hold my breath as the word of a politician is after all, just that.  A word.  Maybe I’m not being fair.  I suppose there may be hope after all. But why has it taken all this damn time?  That’s a dumb question. Sorry.  The loony,libtard,Labour Left wankers were in charge.  Lets hope the cons keep their word and follow through.

The story appeared yesterday but I wasn’t able to post it as there wasn’t a link.  And even Drew couldn’t find one.  Same thing today, a small article in the Telegraph, essentially the same story but yards shorter and no link that I can find.  It almost makes me believe in conspiracies.
The longer better article appeared yesterday in the Mail on Sunday.  One of the scary differences however is, in one place they say “ministers are considering” and we all know what “considering” means.  The other says “Ministers to end land grabs by travellers over bank holidays.”

The Telegraph story today just says “Bank holiday gypsy ban.” Perhaps after all this time there could be some relief of some kind.  I will not look for miracles.

Under existing laws, police can only make an arrest if a Traveller is seen breaking through a gate. If the new law gets passed, officers will be able to take action after 24 hours. LOL. Why a Duck?  The Marx Bros.  24 hours?  What’s wrong with 10 or 15? Or one?  Jeesh. Maybe I missed something.

Also according to one of the pieces, it says birth deaths are very high among this group, 20 times higher, and life expectancy is shorter by ten years then the average Brit.
Well, at least there’s something to cheer about.


GIPSIES and Travellers are to be banned from taking advantage of bank holiday weekends to establish settlements on rural land, under new laws to be unveiled by ministers.

Councils will be given the power to stop new settlements and the right to remove
caravans.  Local authorities will also be told to ensure that enforcement officials are available at the weekend.  Laws to prohibit trespass on public land may also be introduced.  (May be? What’s with that? There should be NO “may be” about it) italics mine

Gypsies have been secretly buying land and laying tarmac before moving in caravans without planning permission during long bank holiday weekends.  They then seek retrospective planning permission, a process which can take up to 18 months during which time councils may be powerless to act.

It’s a legal loophole that Travellers’ rights groups openly encourage.

Under current rules, gipsies cannot be evicted from land if planning permission has been requested, meaning travellers can move in and begin to lay down concrete on green spaces on weekends and bank holidays, and then avoid expulsion by submitting a planning application before council officials can be sent to the site to shut it down.

In addition, the Conservatives will say that they will stop gipsies using human rights laws by scrapping the Human Rights Act and replacing it with a “British Bill of Rights”.
However, Dominic Grieve, the shadow justice spokesman, recently admitted that the Conservatives may not be in a position to repeal the Act in their first term in office.

Ministers pledge crackdown on the illegal traveller sites

By Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, May 2010

Gipsies and travellers are to lose the right to flout planning laws, ministers pledge.

Years of special treatment have fuelled tensions and undermined good neighbourliness, they said..

The decision reverses five years of increasing favouritism as Labour ministers pressed for travellers’ human rights to take precedence.

Guidelines to planning inspectors said travellers should be able to set up sites on protected land and in the green belt because of their minority status.

They said rules that apply to everyone else should be bent on human rights grounds as many travellers suffer an ‘aversion to bricks and mortar’.


“rules that apply to everyone else should be bent on human rights grounds.”

The Socialist lunatic left in action.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/23/2010 at 09:36 AM   
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droppin da bahm 2

Ok, I’ll play. Let’s all build a Giggle-JDAM to raise the hit ratio for these links. That means that they all float up higher on the Google search results, and on any other search engine as well.

So, what are they? A couple hundred articles and videos that are negative about various Democrat candidates. Assuming some undecided voter makes a small internet effort to find out about the people running in her district, she’ll enter the name in Giggle, and with any luck, these links will float up. Personally, I doubt if more than 1% of people who use Giggle for light research ever go past the 2nd page of results, so this might need to be a pretty big effort.

The thing is, this sorta has to be sub-rosa. Go ahead and copy the link list below the fold here, and post it 3 times. Check your post settings and back-date 2 of the copies. But don’t use the B-word. Or the G-word. That’s why when I wrote “Giggle-JDAM” I replaced “oog” with “igg”, “-bo” with “JD”, and “mb” with “AM”. Because we all know that a JDAM is one of those explosive devices dropped from airplanes.

John Hawkins at is behind this. He sent out a nice email with all the links, and a big FAQ. If you didn’t get one, just copy paste all the links and post them several times.

Besides, how often do you get to be a time traveler? I put this post up right now, on September 1 and August 23 and today. 

See More Below The Fold


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/23/2010 at 09:29 AM   
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traveller update as villager fires shotgun into the air … arrested and gun confiscated by police

Wrote about the village that had an overflow last week of so called Christian Travellers.  They were there legally if you recall, but the number took everyone by surprise.  Well, amid complaints of some stolen property and misbehavior, the sky didn’t fall as far as we know so far. However ...  it’s getting so it’s harder and harder to trust even the media you think are straightforward, when they can’t seem to agree on the same headline in the same paper.

This story is a good example.

Right before me propped up near my pc is a headline below the fold, not super big at all btw, and it reads as follows.


So we read the brief description and then went to page 4, to be greeted by this headline.


OK, which is it?  If he merely fired in the air, then he wasn’t actually firing AT them. 
Yeah I know.  The paper has to grab our attention.  They did.  Although in truth any story these days that mentions Travellers or Gypsies no matter how they spell it, and they tend to spell it more then one way here, it’s going to get our attention.

So here’s the edited story and as always the full one is at the link below.

Villager held for firing warning shot at gipsies

A villager has been arrested after firing a warning shot over the heads of gipsy children intruding on his land next to the site of a “religious festival”.
Mr Bayfield was arrested and questioned on suspicion of a firearms offence before being released on bail. Police said his shotgun licence had been revoked and a firearm taken.

By Andy Bloxham Paul Stokes and John Bingham

Neighbours said that Christopher Bayfield had been plagued by break-ins and trespassing in the grounds of his home in the village of Swavesey, Cambs, in the days leading up to the incident on Thursday.

The village was described as in virtual lockdown after more than 1,000 travellers descended in 200 caravans on a 30-acre field next to Mr Bayfield’s family home for what was billed as an evangelical Christian festival.

Mr Bayfield, 40, lives with his father, Leslie, 85, a retired businessman, and mother, Josephine, 71.
The family’s five-bedroom house, which is surrounded by its own orchard, outbuildings and walled garden, is believed to be worth in the region of £1 million.
Neighbours said that Mr Bayfield, who lives in a section of the large house known to the family as “Chris’s Quarters”, is the main carer for his father, who is seriously ill.

John Smart, 78, one of Mr Bayfield’s neighbours, said: “There had been pilfering all week and when Christopher heard something in the shed he thought enough was enough.”
John Boyd, senior pastor at the Light and Life festival, said: “It’s a terrible thing to do to a little boy collecting ladybirds at the bottom of a garden.” He added: “Thankfully this is a Christian family and the matter did not escalate as it could have.”



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/23/2010 at 04:04 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - August 22, 2010

Sunday Night Laughs

Iran unveils ‘ambassador of death’ bomber

But unmanned aircraft has ‘message of peace,’ President Ahmadinejad says


even with the accesory mustache, this still ain’t no John Bolton

Stop laughing! That’s just the title. It gets better!

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday inaugurated the country’s first domestically built long-range unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an “ambassador of death” to Iran’s enemies.

Speaking to a group of officials, Ahmadinejad said, “The jet, as well as being an ambassador of death for the enemies of humanity, has a main message of peace and friendship.”

The goal of the aircraft is to “keep the enemy paralyzed in its bases,” he said, adding that the jet is for deterrence and defensive purposes.

Yes, paralyzed with laughter. Serious, pants-pooping giggle fits.

The 4-meter-long unmanned plane, dubbed the Karrar, or striker, in Farsi, was inaugurated on the national day for the country’s defense industry in a ceremony aired live on state TV.

No details were provided on the craft’s capabilities.

In a speech at the unveiling ceremony, Ahmadinejad said Iran should seek the ability to make pre-emptive strikes against a perceived threat, although he said it would never strike first.

“If there is an ignorant person or an egoist or a tyrant who just wanted to make an aggression, then our Defense Ministry should reach a point where it could cut off the hand of the aggressor before it decided to make an aggression,” he said.

“We should reach a point when Iran would serve as a defense umbrella for all freedom-loving nations in the face of world aggressors. We don’t want to attack anywhere — Iran will never decide to attack anywhere — but our revolution cannot sit idle in the face of tyranny. We can’t remain indifferent.”

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today unveiled a long-range bomber drone he described as an ‘ambassador of death’ to Tehran’s enemies.

State television footage showed the president applauding as a blue cloth covering the drone - known as Karar or ‘assailant’ in Persian - was removed to reveal the aircraft marked ‘bomber jet’.

Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad today unveiled a long-range bomber drone he described as an ‘ambassador of death’ to Tehran’s enemies.

State television footage showed the president applauding as a blue cloth covering the drone - known as Karar or ‘assailant’ in Persian - was removed to reveal the aircraft marked ‘bomber jet’
The drone was built to ‘carry and fire four stealth cruise missiles… and, depending on the mission, it can carry two bombs of 250lbs each or a precision missile of 500lbs,’ state television reported.

The broadcast also showed the aircraft in flight and Iranian Defence Minister Ahmad Vahidi said the drone has a range of 620 miles.

State TV later showed video footage of the plane taking off from a launching pad and reported that the craft traveled at speeds of 560 miles per hour.

Oh lordy. Where to begin? First off, they’re lying their little camel dented asses off. This thing is 4 meters - 13 feet - long. The only 4 stealth cruise missiles it could carry would each be smaller than an 81mm mortar shell. Nothing more potent than a Hellfire. With luck, and a big rocket booster, it could carry a 250lb bomb, and lumber along for a couple hundred miles. Maybe. 500lb missile? No chance, unless you consider 40 miles “long range”. Second, you’d better give it an extra big booster and no payload at all to get it 620 miles downrange. 560mph is possible, but that’s pretty much no faster than an airliner travels. In other words, it’s a sitting duck.

But what really makes this announcement funny ... is the Northrop Grumman BQM-74F.


Northrop Grumman has been building this little gem for several years now, since 2002. They don’t call it a “bomber jet”, or any kind of ambassador at all. And yet ... the BQM-74F is pretty much the same size, merely half a meter longer. And it has pretty much the same range, 920 km proven vs Iran’s claim of 1000km for theirs. And ours is about 20% faster too. Turn the ambassador over, and it even looks similar. And you know what the BQM-74F is built for? It’s built as a training aid, used to teach our guys to shoot things down. It’s a target drone. This is the device that our pilots and our missile defense teams practice on to learn their skills.

Granted, the BQM-74F is probably much more sophisticated than this pisslamic knockoff. What the hell, our tax money at work. This target drone can cruise along at 40,000ft, or confidently fly along below ceiling height - and I don’t mean cloud ceiling, I mean your living room ceiling. It can fly 7 feet off the ground. At 700mph. And 8 Gs.

A new airframe with swept wings and tails coupled with an upgrade to the thrust of the BQM-74 engine from 240 to 300 pounds pushes the speed to 0.92M at sea level and increases maneuverability to eight-g instantaneous (five-g sustained). Aggressive all-axis weave maneuvers down to 7 feet provide threat representative ingress maneuvers.

And this is the easy target we use for training and confidence building. A “toy” that outperforms their latest weapon by a huge margin.

So watch the media wet it’s little panties over this big bad super killer attack bomber jet missile gun assault weapon. It’s a pretty good joke.

PS - a Hellfire missile is 5 1/2 feet long and weighs just over 100 pounds. It has about a 5 mile range, and can take out a tank. It would also mess up your wood framed house pretty good too, but as heavy ordinance goes, it’s a popgun. It wasn’t designed as a stealth weapon, but such a short thing doesn’t make much of a radar signature. Thermal signature but good, but not much on radar. Mount 2 under each wing, and launch your ‘ambassador’ with a tremendous rocket booster that can carry it 20 miles or more. Much bigger than the little thing shown in the photo. So the idea isn’t impossible, but the performance claims are highly doubtful, and the payload accurately delivered is pretty minimal. More BS from the greasy little tyrant.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/22/2010 at 09:11 PM   
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Sunday, August 22, 2010; Do you know where your President is?

There’s been a big stink about whether or not Barack Hussein ‘Hoover’ Obama is a Christian or a Muslim.

It is Sunday, 8/22/2010. Do you know what church your ‘Christian’ president is attending today?


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 08/22/2010 at 03:00 PM   
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I don’t suppose anyone but me cares a lot but .... 
This lovely and brave young girl has set sail. She left secretly yesterday from Gibraltar .... I wish her well.  I’d have never thought of doing that when I was that age or 20 or any other age.  I’m sure there will be ships on the lookout and there must be a support flotilla. Something.  Still.  Gutsy kid and I hope she makes it in great shape.

MIDDELBURG, Netherlands – The new cushions, sunshade and bright red sail are in place. And now 14-year-old Laura Dekker has the go-ahead she needs.
A Dutch court ruled Tuesday the girl who was born on a yacht in the South Pacific is ready to embark on her dream of becoming the youngest person to sail solo around the world – meaning she could set sail in two weeks in a ketch named Guppy.
“I was so happy I almost jumped into the water,” the teen gushed, after hearing the court’s decision.

The above was a blurb in another paper in the Netherlands a month ago.

All I have here is the caption to her photo and I can’t get into the Times where the pix was run. Doesn’t matter.  Those interested will search, this is the bare bones.  Not much more to add to it unless we get into navigation and maps etc.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 08/22/2010 at 01:10 PM   
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