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calendar   Tuesday - September 14, 2010

Today in History

Events

81 AD: Domitian succeeds his brother Titus as Emperor of Rome.
1752 AD: The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar–skips eleven days. (Glad the Brits caught up to the rest of the world!)
1814 AD: Francis Scott Key writes ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’.
1847 AD: American General Winfield Scott captures Mexico City. (Wouldn’t you love to wear that t-shirt to school on ‘Cinco de Mayo’?)
1901 AD: President William McKinley succumbs to wounds suffered during an assassination attempt on September 6. Succeeded by Theodore Roosevelt.
1960 AD: OPEC is founded.
1990 AD: Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. become the first father-son duo to hit back-to-back home runs.

Births
1769 AD: Alexander von Humbolt
1849 AD: Ivan Pavlov
1879 AD: Margaret Sanger (who really should have been aborted. grin)
1936 AD: Walter Koenig, (Ensign Chekov)

Deaths
1321 AD: Dante
1851 AD: James Fenimore Cooper
1898 AD: William Seward Burroughs (I only include this because during high school I used my grandmother’s old Burroughs typewriter.)
1901 AD: President McKinley
1996 AD: Juliet Prowse
2009 AD: Patrick Swayze

An interesting thing I’ve noticed when I peruse the ‘Today in History’ info is that the closer you get to today, the more often really dumb things/people are highlighted. Far more actors/actresses and sports figures pop up. The more distant from today you get, the more likely that they actually had some impact on your life, whether you know it or not. Honestly, the Griffey’s ‘accomplishment’ has not only never effected my life, I didn’t even know about it until I read it this morning.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 09/14/2010 at 08:44 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 13, 2010

Ines In The Newz

Oh when the Sainz go marching in ...



¡¡ Acoso Sexual !!



A certain clique of our readers frequents a certain blog where it has only come to light recently who this woman is. Ok, we were all familiar with the picture, but didn’t have a name to use. Now we do. And now ... looks like there’s trouble a-brewing.


When she isn’t too busy with her modeling career,
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or hard at work making yet another swimwear calandar,
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or gracing the cover of magazines,
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Ines Sainz is a sideline sports reporter for TV Azteca in Mexico. They send her down on the field during games to get interviews with the players. In the middle of the game, during breaks, halftime, whenever. And she always seems to get the guys to talk to her. Beats me why. Does she know her sports? I hope so, but I have no idea. I don’t get that channel. This is how she dresses for work:
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Football, soccer, basketball ... it doesn’t matter. No matter how well the players can ignore the WAGS and cheerleaders, when she arrives with the microphone, they talk. It’s said that it takes her 5 hours to prepare for each game: 10 minutes to study the stats, and 4 hours 20 minutes to squeeze into her jeans.

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I mean, come on. The woman has more jiggle than the Jello™ factory during an earthquake. She got hired because of that. She was Miss Spain because of that. She makes a nice living because of that. She’ll use it whenever and wherever on the reporting job to land the story. But proving that there is no line anywhere anymore ...



Mexican sports reporter claiming sexual harassment by Jets

The female sports reporter at the center of a sex harassment claim against the Jets now says she doesn’t feel the locker room treatment she received was out of line.

“In my opinion, I never felt I was attacked, nor that anything rude was happening to me,” Ines Sainz told Spanish-language program DeporTV on Monday.

“I went to the locker room and started to talk about commentary and sports. Another reporter approached me to say he was sorry these things were happening...and that evidently people were making fun of me,” she continued.

Despite the media frenzy that has ensued since Sainz complained of being bombarded by locker-room catcalls as she waited to interview quarterback Mark Sanchez, the reporter now maintains, “In no moment, did I feel offended.”

Sainz, a reporter for Mexico’s TV Azteca and a former Miss Spain, also took to Twitter to appeal to fans and defend herself from criticism.

She denied that her choice of outfits while working the field at the Jets’ New Jersey training facility over the weekend was “inappropriate,” and thanked her fans.



Huh? What what what???

Damn, that’s the downside of the internet and real time news. By the time I get my post together, figure out what point I want to make, and choose from a variety of pictures, the story can reverse itself. And this one did. Granted that it took me a little longer than usual to pick the photos ... the woman has dozens of web shrines dedicated to her derriere. DOZENS. So now that she’s backing off the story, there’s no point in me debating the “she asked for it” viewpoint against the “rules apply to everyone” view against the “yeah, but she’s guilty of sexual harassment just by walking into a room” argument.

Ratz.

But I got the idea for the post after watching Fox News’ Megan Kelly cover the story, sitting in front of the TV camera in her 5” stiletto heels, in her short skirt up to here and her big hair out to there and I said “pot, meet kettle. Kettle, pot”. Although to be fair Megan does try to be a serious news reader. She just happens to be drop dead gorgeous. We’ll just ignore that part, right?

The story made the front page of the paper edition of the New York Daily News, the New York Post, and I think even the cover of the NY Times. Who’d a thunk that a giant photo of a pretty girl with her boobs showing would sell newspapers?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/13/2010 at 02:13 PM   
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trailor trash killer, hi-jinks by quango punks and treason rewarded with success .. todays news

I tell ya guys, the damn world is barking MAD and getting worse.
And don’t tell me it’s only here in the UK, which is screwy enough.

Some nut case in Ky. didn’t like the way his wife made the eggs and so killed her and four others.

NUTCASE TRAILOR TRASH KILLS FIVE

Speaking of barking mad.  Some criminals here (UK) have been given shopping money. Oh yeah. It’s most likely a right I guess.  The 21 worst offenders in a London borough are being given free membership to a gym, travel cards and money to go clothes shopping at the expense naturally, of the taxpayers.  It’s reported that 16 of the 21 are drug addicts, shoplifters, muggers, burglars and car thieves.

From the UK there is:


Mother obsessed with computer game let her children live in squalor and left her dogs to starve to death

The 33-year-old woman played the Small World game almost non-stop on the internet for months while her children were reduced to eating cold baked beans straight from the tin with their fingers.

Her home became filthy, with rubbish strewn over the floor and the bodies of her two dogs, a German shepherd and a lurcher, left for two months in the dining room it was revealed.

MOMMY DEAREST

Health and safety police taken an axe to apple trees… in case fruit proves to be dangerous

By Daily Mail Reporter
retired shop worker, 80, said that several of her neighbours in the street in
Scarborough, North Yorkshire, were also shocked by the decision, adding: ‘Those trees made the street look beautiful. They were there for 35 years – if they were dangerous then why did they leave them there all that time?

NO ROOM FOR JOHNNY APPLESEED

Liberty - Equality - DIVERSITY and Multiculture.  The white man’s additional burden

Taxpayers fund council ‘adventures in Sindia and Lesbianandgayland’ as part of sessions on equality and diversity

By Chris Hastings
Council bosses are being asked to imagine they are English economic migrants in the fictitious region of Sindia, or go on an ‘adventure in Lesbian-andgayland’ as part of publicly-funded training sessions on equality and diversity.
More than 30 managers from Brighton and Hove City Council have been on the two-day ‘Leading on Diversity’ course in the past year – at a cost of several thousand pounds.
In the session entitled Adventures in Sindia, the English Exodus, staff are ......

GIVE ME LIBERTY OR TAXPAYER CASH

Meanwhile, since the taxpayer still has some money left to burn …..
You could not make it up. Or perhaps you could given the times we live in.

Five star hotels, $1,000 meals and a $500 taxi ride from Brussels to Paris provided for executives at ..

THE ANTI- POVERTY QUANGO.

High life of third world poverty quango bosses: Officials ‘lived it up in luxury hotels at taxpayers’ expense’
By Jason Groves
13th September 2010

Officials at an anti-poverty quango are ‘ living it up’ in luxury hotels at taxpayers’ expense, devastating documents reveal.
Executives at the Commonwealth Development Corporation also dined in London’s finest restaurants, according to Freedom of Information replies seen by the Daily Mail.

HOW MUCH IS FIRST CLASS IN THAT PLANE PLEASE?

And this is only a taste from ONE newspaper.  It’s discouraging.
We read about kids killing their parents, parents killing their kids, kids knifing other kids and then getting out of jail after spending less time then originally called for.  That must send a powerful message. Yeah.  Hey bro, easy. You too can get away wid killin’ you be da right minority de jour. What the hell am I saying?  It isn’t just any particular minority anymore.  Hang on, there is one and we all know which one. But I wasn’t referring to religious groups.
Anyone can just about beat any rap when there is hardly any serious retribution.  Oh yeah, I forgot.  There’s this myth that authorities seem to be enamoured of.  Namely that you can “shame” miscreants or hardened criminals into changing their ways.  Bull!  Was a time in western culture when folks tried to hide some of their more base activities because once upon a time people did feel shamed.  No more though. 
When something as stupidly gross as the Osmond family and Lady Ga Ga become icons of a generation, when pop stars lecture heads of state, hells bells.  You gotta know the world has tilted on its axis.  But what really, really convinces me that not only is the world a mad and crazy place, not only misguided with the west a failing culture ….  but one can commit treason and be rewarded with financial success and a reasonably happy life thereafter.  No Penalty … pass jail go directly to the money pot …..  NEVER FORGET and NEVER FORGIVE this TRAITOR!

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Or is this only being seen here and not the USA?  No, probably alive and doing well in the states I imagine.
There just doesn’t seem to be a price for treason anymore.  RCOB!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/13/2010 at 10:54 AM   
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/13/2010 at 09:37 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 12, 2010

Product Recommendation

Lotil Cream



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Concrete plays merry havoc with your skin. You think you have dry skin now? Try working with concrete all day. It’s heavily alkaline stuff, and will leach every last bit of oil from your skin. Every. Last. Bit. Plus it’s abrasive as all get out. By the end of tiling last night, our hands were absolutely numb. So dried out we couldn’t feel a thing. I had concrete stuck to me almost everywhere.

So we slathered on the Lotil. It isn’t your typical pretty hand lotion. It isn’t your typical “heavy duty” greasy goop like Bag Balm. Lotil smells a bit medicinal. Heck, it smells like old people, and I don’t mean the flowers and talcum powder grandma scent. But you put it on heavy, rub it around until it looks like you’re wearing gloves, then go to sleep. In the morning you have skin again. And the mild aroma is gone. Of course, you then have to wash and wash your hands to get the excess off. So what?

It’s great in the winter too, if you’re subject to chapped hands and cracked skin. Or rough elbows and heels. I’ve tried all the regular lotions and potions, from the standard ones available in the grocery store to the Olde Timey remedies like Bag Balm and Wonder Oil, and my wife has an entire basket of those Burt’s Bees products. But when you really need a product that works, and works right now, Lotil is the stuff to reach for. A 4 oz jar will last most people a couple of years.

Not recommended for diaper rash or that kind of chafing. It will fix it, but it stings a little bit for a minute or two if you use it in very sensitive locations.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/12/2010 at 12:13 PM   
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A Time To Dry

We spent nearly the entire day yesterday laying tile. The actual work only took about 3 hours, but the debate took up half the day. Which wall is the straight one? Which way do we lay the tiles?

I did my Mr. Math thing, and made up a spreadsheet in Excel that found the exact center point of the room, and calculated the exact number of tiles, with their grout spacing, and how much each edge tile would have to be trimmed so that everything would fit perfectly. I even put in a 1/4” offset next to the tub for caulking, and to leave a little room in case the tub ever needed to come out.

Well, like the best laid plans of mice and men, the pre-laid plans of tile oft go astray as well. Because the materials lied to us. Our ‘6” tiles’ were only 5 25/32” on a side. We bought a bag full of those little rubber X spacers, labeled as ‘ 1/8” / 3mm ‘ which is also a lie. They measure 3mm, 0.1215”, not 1/8”, 0.125”. And they turned out to be a real pain in the ass to use, squishing flat under pressure, popping out of the grooves, falling over etc. So I rebuilt the whole spreadsheet, then said to hell with it and just laid out the tiles on the floor. And purchased 2 bags of the magnificent crosshair spacers, which measure the actual 1/8” space we’re looking for. I don’t know who invented these things, but I hope he retires a millionaire. He deserves it. They are wonderful.

My mistake. We spent the next couple of hours fidgeting with them, seeing how they lined up this way and that, using the square and the level and drawing lines on the concrete ... and finally laying them out on an axis that was within 1/4” of the first line I’d drawn that was parallel with the edge of the tub. Is everybody happy now? Good, let’s get to work.

One of the purchases made for this project is a mixing rod you can hook up to a drill. They had two models at the hardware store. One was this thin little plastic coated rod with a spiral thingy on the end, and the other was a tool built to Drew Spec. Made from 3/8” hexagonal stainless steel with 4 rectangular loops on the business end, it’s 3 pounds and 24” of Git ‘Er Done. It only cost $1 more than the spiral one, so you know which mixer I bought.  What they didn’t tell you, and what I will, is that mixing up 50 pounds of Laticrete thin-set concrete in a 5 gallon bucket with that mixing tool is enough to absolutely smoke a cheapo 3/8” electric drill. Oh, and that, as usual, Laticrete mixes need a bit more water than the bag says they do. So while my wife opened all the doors and windows, and got up on a chair to turn off the smoke alarm, I mixed up the tile setting concrete and blew the smoke out of the drill. Hey, it didn’t actually catch on fire, and today it still works. So no damage done I guess. Next time, I’m getting a 1/2HP 1/2” or 3/4” drill to use with it. If there ever is a next time. But with the addition of an extra pint of water the batch mixed up velvet smooth in just a minute or two, and we got a good 6 hours working time out of it. Naturally, we ran out of mix about 12 tiles short of finishing the job. So we had to make up a tiny batch from the extra bag of mix we thought we might be able to return to the store. At which point I found out that this paddle mixer is strong enough to break a little 2 gallon bucket. Oops. Ain’t that how it always goes?


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And so to work. And work. And work. Concrete is hard on your knees. We worked in shifts, each of us tiling until our knees got sore, then taking a break. My breaks were my chance to use the tile saw our neighbor lent us. She’s great. And it too was a godsend. Forget those stupid nippers, or that bothersome scratch ‘n snap tile cutter. Get a tile saw. Borrow one. Rent one. Buy an inexpensive one like hers. But get the saw. It’s the only way to go. Plus it makes really HUGE noises when you cut the tiles. Awesome. Sounds like somebody chainsawing a donkey. Scares the neighbors. Kewl! I was even able to use it to cut the curve in the tiles that fit around the toilet flange by making a series of close parallel cuts up to a line I’d drawn. Turn the tile and saw from the other direction, and then snapped right off. Neat.


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The saw has a little 4” diamond edged blade. You fill the inside with water, and then it sprays muddy water at you whenever you cut a tile. I recommend wearing a rubber apron and some googles.

And we kept right on working. And those spacers really showed their inherent worth. They keep the grout grooves perfectly lined up. Turn one over and it’s little plastic feet are perfect for getting the extra concrete out of the groove. Use the footed side along the edges of the row of tiles you’re laying, and put the crosshairs in the intersections. If the disk isn’t laying flat to all 4 tiles it means some of the tiles aren’t level. So make an adjustment. It turns out that my mass is wonderful for making tile adjustments. If I balance myself on my fingertips over the “uphill” side of a tile, it quickly becomes the downhill side if I’m not careful. My wife is less than half my weight, so she found my special ability very useful. Which meant that my breaks between tiling sessions weren’t really breaks, but a matter of standing by waiting to be called on the squish down another tile. Ah, togetherness.


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And finally it was done. The whole floor is level, every tile is lined up just so, no edges stick up anywhere, all the grooves have plenty of room for grout, and the whole floor is within 1/8” of perfectly square to the tub. Good enough.


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While we wait for the glop to dry we will go out and do stuff for the day, making sure to stop off at the hardware store for yet another purchase. My wife was really sold on the colored grout, but it turns out that the stuff is a sanded grout mix. You really don’t want sanded grout when using a narrow groove like we are. So we’ll take it back and get some unsanded grout mix. Probably in plain old white, which is what I wanted to do originally. Hey, what’s one more trip to the hardware store at this point?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/12/2010 at 10:46 AM   
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Random Sunday Goodies

First, BMEWS is BANNED by the US Military.

Yessir. My friend, currently in Afghanistan, says that BMEWS is blocked. As is my personal website. I’ve asked him to check if Macker is blocked also. Macker is already banned in India. He might want to add banned by the US military to that. Drew? Want to add that to BMEWS?

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Seems one of my dreams might come true. Last year I wrote of wishing former UN ambassador John Bolton would run for President. He’s thinking about it:

Comes up about two minutes into the video…

H/T: The American Spectator

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Thoughts on Islam:

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And finally, posted below the fold due so as not to offend ‘fruits’

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 09/12/2010 at 10:28 AM   
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eye candy … poor carla.  another book to be published “telling all.”

Happened on this photo in paper yesterday ... I thought it was so striking I decided to post it here.

Someone has written a book causing some great amount of angst, to be published in the next week or two.  It makes the old claim that Carla Bruni, Italian wife of the President of France, is in fact a female Don Juan.  Well, I guess she was in her younger days but so the heck what. Who really cares?  Well, apparently a large number of very conservative Frenchmen and women do, and she isn’t too popular with them.  Of course, even minus the Don Juan thing she might not be their cup of tea.  Or perhaps that should read glass of wine.  That’s due to her left leaning politics.  So, while I don’t like that about her including her singing because she can’t, I love everything else about her.  The way she carries herself, her style, her great looks and the way she speaks.  Even if she says something I declare dumb, I like the way she says it.

Ah ... my old age crush.  Hey come on. What else is left?

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I think I have seen somewhat better pictures of her. But the eyes grabbed me. And held on.

I wish she would gain a little more weight though. Not a lot, just a bit more.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/12/2010 at 03:02 AM   
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A HAUNTED HOUSE …. should you believe in such things.  Some swear they’ve seen the nuns.  ???

I really know perfectly sober ppl here who, while they make no claim to having ever seen a ghost, have had they claim, very creepy feelings in a few very ancient houses.  There are some manor houses or castles open to the public, and not the darkened dead of night Hollywood movie version of the same.  They were speaking of an odd feeling in broad daylight.  I kinda think that there are places that can give a person that feeling. But not because there are any ghost about. Has more I think to architecture and how a place is decorated inside.  For example, the interiors of Victorian houses with all their clutter and dark wood. And their habit of keeping a photograph of the dearly departed in their coffin, on display in a frame on the mantleplace.  Yeah. I’d say there might be some ghostly feelings in that environment.  Anyway, it’s fun to speculate and I didn’t want to wait till Halloween to share this.

To the day he died, my wife’s uncle, an RAF vet and no pushover, claimed that before the war when he and a crew were doing work in some old place I have now forgotten, he said none of them would work there after dark. These were not the girlie/men we talk about today. These fellas were hardened by years of labor, pubs and fights and whatever else that generation endured in tougher times then ours. And he said the place was haunted, he always believed that one place had ghosts and that they were malignant.  When he told the story of the experiences of the place, it could raise the hairs on your neck.

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Something strange in the neighbourhood ... and it’s up for sale: But would you buy Britain’s ‘most-haunted’ manor house?

By Arthur Martin

It’s those hidden extras that separate Wymering Manor from the rest of the property market.
After all, how many homes can boast a ghostly choir of nuns who scuttle across the hall, and a host of unseen hands which reach out to touch those passing by?
The manor, said to be one of Britain’s most haunted houses, is up for auction this month and is expected to fetch around £375,000. Prospective buyers should be aware that they will need to spend at least £150,000 to restore it to its former glory. Nerves of steel would also be an advantage.

The eerie Grade II* listed building in Portsmouth is featured in the 1086 Domesday Book and was once home to Edward the Confessor. Its current structure dates back to the 16th century when it was used as a vicarage and monastery.

The building still has two ‘priest holes’ where Catholics hid to escape persecution. Investigators of the paranormal claim to have sensed the presence of between 20 to 30 spirits in the home, including those of children laughing and whispering.

The building has gained a reputation among ghost hunters for high levels of paranormal activity, including sudden drops in temperature and strange apparitions. A former resident, David Scanlan, found the living and the dead got along fine.

He said the spirits ‘seem to be quite nice and quite friendly and it’s almost like we get on with them and they tolerate us’.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/12/2010 at 02:10 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - September 11, 2010

the new and favored religions of multiculturism and diversity will eat the west if not confronted

H/T Gates of Vienna

Gates of Vienna

Multiculturalism is in some ways almost more totalitarian than Communism. We just didn’t realize this at first. In Norway, Khalid Salimi, a Pakistani “anti-racist,” complained about the fact that too many white natives peacefully enjoyed music at a festival together in their own country. This wasn’t “diverse” enough.
Soon whites will literally be banned from congregating in separate groups. I no longer consider this a joke.

BMEWS readers may recall the post from a few days ago, regarding a German banker who wrote a book.  He decried the islamification of his country, he also said that Jews shared the same genes in the same way people anywhere do.  Well you’ll recall the sky fell on him and Jewish “activists” were “offended” as were muslims and of course Turks. He was critical of immigration naturally.  Well, he is no longer on the board of the bank.  I heard about it on the radio early today. 

If you go to the link go Gate of Vienna and read the whole thing by Fjordman, there is one thing I take serious issue with and believe to be totally false although I am willing to say (I hope) it’s just a bad mistake or something in translation. In an otherwise excellent bit of reporting, he says this.

The “conservative” President Sarkozy has said publicly that native Frenchmen have to mix with immigrants. It is thus mandatory in France to import Africans and breed with them. 

That is NOT TRUE!  I have no idea where he got that from.

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Thilo Sarrazin vs. the Ruling Multicultural Oligarchs

Gates of Vienna 9 September 2010
By Fjordman
It is true, as some observers point out, that many people make stupid choices and more or less freely vote for parties that insult them and take away their freedom and dignity. This is a very real problem and exposes some of the flaws of mass democracy. I don’t question that. The issue is whether there is also something else at work in the modern West in addition to this, and my answer to that is “yes”.

As Bat Ye’or has demonstrated in her pioneer work Eurabia and I have confirmed in my own book Defeating Eurabia, the leaders of the European Union have been promoting Third World mass immigration, including Muslim immigration, as a long-term policy for decades. Similar policies are no doubt at work in North America.
The harassment of the popular immigration critic Thilo Sarrazin in Germany and the hostile international reactions to the referendum against Islamic minarets in Switzerland clearly demonstrate that we are also dealing with a self-appointed transnational elite in power throughout the Western world who are consciously and deliberately trying to dismantle Western nation states using international law combined with massive propaganda campaigns, “anti-racist” brainwashing of people of European origins and above all mass immigration.
In his essay The Tea Party vs. the Intellectuals, Lee Harris describes how the USA’s intellectual elite has become radically out of touch with the sensibility of a large chunk of their nation’s population. He notes the “mounting dissatisfaction at living in a society in which a small group has increasingly solidified its monopoly over the manufacture and distribution of opinion, deciding which ideas and policies should be looked upon favorably and which political candidates will be sympathetically reported.”

This has to be my final post for this evening ....  takes meds, retire.
Stay Tuned


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/11/2010 at 01:56 PM   
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did America miss the lesson learned by Britain in ‘05?

I’m very much at loose ends today.  Couldn’t be here yesterday, and thought I had some things for today. I suddenly realized what day this is. I woke up not knowing.  Till I picked the papers from the front porch chair and saw the date.  9/11 wasn’t featured on the covers of any and little inside. Just as well in a way because I find it impossible to view the photos of that day.  It’s burned into my memory forever, I can see it all with eyes open. No need to look at the photos.
I don’t guess there’s any reason for them here to give over the front page every year on this date. Which leads me to ...

Should I post anything at all?  Of course I should although it won’t be much as I have to shut down in a while. Anyway, since the damn terrorists have managed to screw up our air travel which wasn’t a holiday to begin with, no reason not to continue here almost as usual.  By almost I mean I don’t feel very funny today and haven’t anything funny I want to share. There just isn’t anything to laugh at today.

Since I came to BMEWS quite late, not even sure of the year, ( 07? - 8?) I had never read Skipper’s Dead Zone before. It was new to me. I think I found the site the same year he passed away.  So my thanks to Drew and OCM who I understand found it.

So then, staying with this subject, that is, terrorism ... this came up today.

Have Americans ignored or never learned the lesson of Britain and home grown terrorists since the bombings by muslims in July of 05?  If memory of past and recent comments and rants made here at BMEWS serve me well, which I think echos the thinking of many conservative and right wing blogs, not too damn many of us took that melting pot thing quite as far as the left does.  Or says it does anyway.  I certainly can’t speak for all of you, so speaking just for myself, I view that potty thing with a most jaundiced eye.  And most especially where muzzies are concerned. And btw, they aren’t the only ones who’ve not integrated themselves with their host country country.

So here. See what you think.  Does this guy have something here?

9/11 anniversary: US authorities slow to act over homegrown terrorists

American authorities were slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown terrorists and are “stumbling blindly” in trying to address the problem, according to a new report.

Alex Spillius in Washington

It said that for too long the United States trusted that despite the war on terror and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, its melting pot of nationalities and religions would protect it from the sort of with domestic terror seen in Britain.

Compiled by the former heads of the September 11 Commission, which published the official findings into the 2001 al-Qaeda attacks on the US, the report said America should have learned from Britain’s experience.

It said that prior to the 2005 London Underground attacks by Britons of Pakistani descent, it had been believed that Muslims in Britain were better integrated, educated and wealthier than their counterparts elsewhere.

A similar complacency in the US meant that the authorities believed that Somali-American youths travelling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to fight for al-Shabaab, the al-Qaeda-linked group were an isolated case.

At the time, investigators however found that their inquiries into domestic radicalisation quickly spread to the other cities.

The report warned such those recruits could return home to plot terror and said an American citizen could carry out a suicide bombing on US soil.

In 2009, the US suffered its first serious domestic terror incident when 13 army personnel were shot dead on a base in Fort Hood, Texas. The Muslim army psychiatrist charged in the case wrote about suicide operations in emails.

A naturalized American from Pakistan with suspected links to al-Qaeda has been charged with trying to blow up his truck in New York’s Times Square in May.

“Our long-held belief that homegrown terrorism couldn’t happen here has thus created a situation where we are today stumbling blindly through the legal, operational and organisational minefield of countering terrorist radicalisation and recruitment occurring in the United States,” said the report by the Bipartisan Policy Centre’s National Security Preparedness Group.

For the first time the White House this year added combating homegrown terrorism to its national security strategy, while the FBI liaised with Somali communities in an effort to counter radicalisation.

The report pointed to the lack of a government agency specifically charged with identifying radicalisation or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of US citizens and residents.

HOME GROWN TERROR


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calendar   Friday - September 10, 2010

Nobody Will Hear You Tommy

Political Fables in today’s Town Hall


Thomas Sowell points out the obvious truths about how the economy became such a mess.

This will get no attention whatsoever in the media.




In case you don’t have it all memorized by now, Sowell points things out in today’s Town Hall online magazine, debunking a number of media myths and shooting a few sacred cows.

The party line that we are likely to be hearing from now until the November elections is that Obama “inherited” the big federal budget deficits and that he has to “clean up the mess” left in the economy by the Republicans. This may convince those who want to be convinced, but it will not stand up under scrutiny.

No President of the United States can create either a budget deficit or a budget surplus. All spending bills originate in the House of Representatives and all taxes are voted into law by Congress.

Democrats controlled both houses of Congress before Barack Obama became president. The deficit he inherited was created by the Congressional Democrats, including Senator Barack Obama, who did absolutely nothing to oppose the runaway spending. He was one of the biggest of the big spenders.

The last time the federal government had a budget surplus, Bill Clinton was president, so it was called “the Clinton surplus.” But Republicans controlled the House of Representatives, where all spending bills originate, for the first time in 40 years. It was also the first budget surplus in more than a quarter of a century.

The only direct power that any president has that can affect deficits and surpluses is the power to veto spending bills. President Bush did not veto enough spending bills but Senator Obama and his fellow Democrats in control of Congress were the ones who passed the spending bills.

He also reminds us that it was Bawney Fwank and Chris Dodd behind the subprime mortgage fiasco. With the full support of the Witch’s Chorus.

Most of those who pushed the lowering of mortgage lending standards were Democrats-- notably Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Christopher Dodd, though too many Republicans went along.

At the heart of these policies were Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, who bought huge amounts of risky mortgages, passing the risk on from the banks that lent the money (and made the profits) to the taxpayers who were not even aware that they would end up paying in the end.

When President Bush said in 2004 that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be reined in, 76 members of the House of Representatives issued a statement to the contrary. These included Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Charles Rangel.

A fair amount of Republicans were part of this too, either supporting it wholeheartedly or by their silence.

Remember these names in NOvember.

If we are going to talk about “the policies that created this mess in the first place,” let’s at least get the facts straight and the names right.

The current policies of the Obama administration are a continuation of the same reckless policies that brought on the current economic problems-- all in the name of “change.” Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are still sacred cows in Washington, even though they have already required the biggest bailouts of all.

Why? Because they allow politicians to direct vast sums of money where it will do politicians the most good, either personally or in terms of buying votes in the next election.

Throw the bums out. All of them.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/10/2010 at 10:36 AM   
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US Marines Rescue Hijacked Freighter

9 Somali Pirates Captured, None Killed

Crew disabled engines, locked themselves in safe room, denying pirates use of the ship




U.S. Marine commandos stormed a pirate-held cargo ship off the Somalia coast Thursday, reclaiming control and taking nine prisoners without firing a shot in the first such boarding raid by the international anti-piracy flotilla, U.S. Navy officials said.

The mission — using small craft to reach the deck of German-owned vessel as the crew huddled in a safe room below — ranks among the most dramatic high seas confrontations with pirates by the task force created to protect shipping lanes off lawless Somalia.

The crew managed to kill the engines before taking refuge in an panic room-style chamber, leaving the ship adrift and the pirates so frustrated they started damaging equipment after hijacking the vessel Wednesday, Navy officials and the ship’s operator say.

Lt. John Fage, a spokesman at the U.S. Fifth Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, described the pre-dawn raid as an “air and sea” assault that included Cobra attack helicopters for surveillance and coordination.

Marine Corps officers involved in the raid told reporters in a conference call that the attack involved “overwhelming force” and the element of surprise. Marines were able to separate the pirates and confront them singly or in small groups, while helicopters bore down.

The armed pirates gave up quickly when faced with large numbers of Marines carrying heavier weaponry.

Getting to the crew barricaded behind three walls in a safe room proved to be a quite a challenge, however, and the Marines had to drill through steel walls to reach the suspicious sailors.

Capt. Alexander Martin said the crew was finally persuaded that they were being rescued when a Marine ripped the American flag patch from his uniform and stuffed it through a hole the rescuers had bored in the final steel door.
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Fage said there were no injuries reported among the Marines or 11-member crew of the Magellan Star. The pirates were armed with AK-47 assault rifles, but “there were no shots fired” on either side, Fage said.

A Turkish frigate on antipiracy patrols, TCG Gokceada, first responded to a distress call from the ship, which flies the flag of Antigua and Barbuda. Fage said the crew — which include Polish, Russian, Ukrainian and Filipino seamen — was able to maintain contact with maritime officials from their safe room using a satellite phone.

The crew also shut down the engines as the pirates approached, leaving the ship to drift at sea, said Juergen Salamon, the ship’s operator based in Dortmund, Germany.

“The pirates had entered a ship that they couldn’t steer and there was no crew,” he said.

The pirates then hit an emergency button that connected them directly with the ship operators in Germany.

“They asked us where the crew is,” he said. “We told them, ‘They’re on leave.”’

There was no demands for ransom, he said.

The ship was travelling from Bilbao, Spain, to Singapore with a cargo of anchor chains, Salamon said. It is now en route to Dubai for repairs.

“The pirates were angry and vandalised the ship badly,” he said.

The TCG Gokceada (F 494) is the former USS Mahlon S. Tisdale (FFG-27), an Oliver Hazard Perry class guided missile frigate 453 feet long. Launched in 1981, Tisdale was sold to Turkey in 1999.

The Marines were operating from the USS Dubuque (LPD-8), a 569 foot long amphibious assault vessel of such useful design that it isn’t even called a ship. It’s a dock. It holds several extra large hovercraft assault vehicles, a whole bunch of Strikers, Humvees, trucks, and a huge pile of angry Marines. 840 of them. Several helicopters and Osprey aircraft are carried on deck. USS Dubuque has been in service since 1967.

USS Princeton (CG-59), a guided missile cruiser 113 feet longer and 8 years younger than the TCG Gokceada was also on hand.



Now if only our navy would take a tip from the Russian navy, and return these poor pirates to their mother ship. As it sinks. And burns. With lawyers charging what they do, in the long run this saves money.


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calendar   Thursday - September 09, 2010

Thanks Guy

A big thanks to Old Cat Man for finding this post. I don’t know how he did it, though using the search widget on the right sidebar and searching on “contest” will bring up the links. I’d forgotten all about it.



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So here is a memory within a memory; here is the Skipper, Allan Kelly, and the 9/11 essay contest he and Vilmar ran back in 2004.

We try to keep everything here, but unfortunately some of the graphics have been lost.



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The contest


Allan’s original essay


All the essays submitted with the winning essays .



I swear my head will explode If I hear one single word on TV Saturday about that stinking victory mosque the rat bastards want to build in New York. No mosque, no mas. No dhimmi, no jizya, no bowing down. No sharia anywhere. Enemies forever, no quarter asked or given. Invade their countries, kill their leaders, and force the population to convert to Christianity at the point of a sword. Then erase every trace of islam that ever was. Erase the written language of arabic. Destroy every single aspect of any culture that draws it’s justification from that evil book, and use that book for it’s proper purposes: lighting fires and wiping asses. All toilets will face Mecca, and no “squatters” will be installed anywhere in any white nation. This is not severe. This is not draconian. This is not keeping hate alive, which our enemies have done for over 800 - 1000 years now.  This is only giving back what they have done for centuries to us when they can, and what they’ve announced for decades now that they intend to do again. The battlefields change, the methods change, the venues differ. But the fight continues, because it’s all they have.


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