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calendar   Friday - February 25, 2011

A & R Friday, Part 2

Looks like Peiper had the same idea. Not that there isn’t always room for more.

This is the replacement post. I wasn’t even going to do it. I was going to write about how the Cairo Museum is open again, and how, against all odds, TV personality, martinet, staunch Mubarak supporter, and Egyptian Minister of Antiquities Zahi Hawass still has his job. I had neat pictures of tanks in front of the museum, which is right there on the edge of Tahrir Square in Cairo. Pictures of Hawass inside with Egyptian Special Forces guards, rumors of how the museum was used as a police detention and torture center during the protests, links to the ruckus surrounding the looting that went on there and at other archaeological sites around the country, stories about how the people worked with the army and the police to guard as many of these places as they could, quotes from Hawass’ pro-Mubarak speeches. The little glory hound must have unimaginable pull in that country. It’s amazing. Not only did he survive the falling government, but he managed to scrounge up the money to hire 900 new Egyptian archaeology graduates for half a year, followed by 500 more. But the post wouldn’t gel, so finally I just threw it out. I had this one in reserve. Mostly.

A Mile Down Underground River, Ancient Human Skull Found

Skull is older than the end of the last Ice Age;

Rising sea levels flooded Yucatan caves 12,000+ years ago

Swim for miles in the dark, in a labyrinthine cave underground, and then dive further down a giant shaft to nearly 200 feet below sea level? No thanks. But that’s what it takes to find ancient evidence that people went to Cancun ages before there was anything called Spring Break.


Deep underground, cave diver puts marker next to ancient human skull. National Geographic photo.

“This is the Holy Grail of underwater cave exploration.”

Explorers have discovered what might be the oldest evidence of humans in the Americas. Alex Alvarez, Franco Attolini, and Alberto (Beto) Nava are members of PET (Projecto Espeleológico de Tulum), an organization that specializes in the exploration and survey of underwater caves on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

Alex, Franco and Beto have surveyed tens of thousands of feet of mazelike cave passages in the state of Quintana Roo. The team’s relatively recent explorations of a large pit named Hoyo Negro (Black Hole, in Spanish), deep within a flooded cave, resulted in their breathtaking and once-in-a-lifetime discovery of the remains of an Ice Age mastodon and a human skull at the very bottom of the black abyss.

Hoyo Negro was reached by the PET team after the divers travelled more than 4,000 feet [1,200 meters] through underwater passages using underwater propulsion vehicles, or scooters, which enabled them to cover long distances in the flooded cave system.

Once they reached the pit, they began to survey and document its dimensions. The pit is approximately 200 feet [60 meters] deep and 120 feet [36 meters] in diameter and is located inside the Aktun-Hu cave system in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico.
“The immense size of Hoyo Negro is difficult to comprehend. Once you enter the pit you cannot see the floor below, and all that can be seen in front of you is a black void—an inviting entrance to the abyss, “ recalls Franco.

The team of explorers touched bottom at 197 feet [57 meters], where they made their incredible discovery.

Approximately 12,000 years ago, at the end of the Pleistocene epoch, Earth experienced great climatic changes. The melting of the ice caps caused a dramatic rise in global sea levels, which flooded low lying coastal landscapes and cave systems. Many of the subterranean spaces that once provided people and animals with water and shelter became inundated and lost until the advent of cave diving.


“The findings of Hoyo Negro are a once-in-a-lifetime discovery. The skull looks pre-Maya, which could make it one of the oldest set of human remains in the area. Gaining an understanding of how this human and these animals entered the site will reveal an immense amount of knowledge from that time.
The human found with the megafauna remains in Hoyo Negro could represent the oldest evidence of humans yet discovered in the Americas.

Archaeological and genetic data have long supported a northeast Asia origin for the populations that first settled North and South America. The so-called “First Americans” or Paleoindian peoples likely entered into these new lands sometime between 15,000 and 20,000 years ago.
“During the Late Pleistocene, these caves were dry. The first people to occupy what is now the Caribbean coast of Mexico wandered into these caves, where some ultimately met their demise.

“As the last glacial maximum came to end, the melting of the polar ice caps and continental ice sheets raised sea levels worldwide. The caves of the Yucatan Peninsula filled with water and the First Americans were hidden for millennia—only to be discovered by underwater cave explorers

“It is within these dark reaches that cave explorers are discovering and documenting the oldest human skeletons yet found in the Western Hemisphere,” Rissolo said.

Plenty more info and pics at the Nat Geo source.

And if those eyes looked interesting, the “R” part of this “A & R” post is below the fold:

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eye candy

It’s getting late, I’m behind and need to shut down for the night and so I leave you with,



THE END .... have a good weekend

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93 miles over three hours to hosp. with leaking patient in a lost taxi. couldn’t make this up.

How’s this for a headline?


You will note the hospital is, “investigating” Stories like this always end with, the investigation continues or words to that effect. No doubt true but the sceptic in me always thinks they say that to put us off.  They don’t wanna say what they probable already know so they say they are investigating. 

So here’s what happened.

With an open stomach wound, a taxi had to be hired when a hospital refused to pay for an ambulance to transfer her.  Not possible to make this sort of thing up.

Her name is Wendy Weeding, and she had two surgeries and was losing fluid during the trip to St. Marks Hosp. in London, from Ipswich which is in Suffolk. 93 miles away.

She was wearing a hospital gown and a bandage that was leaking. The trip took more then three hours and the driver also managed to get lost along the way.

Oh yeah. I forgot to add.

“Ipswich hospital is investigating.”



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/25/2011 at 10:46 AM   
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How will America handle the fall of its Middle East empire?

Not at all sure how this one will be received. Darned good points made I believe. But see for yourself.

Says lots about foreign policy of which I wish we didn’t need any. Just a huge wall to keep out liberals and immigrants.

By Peter Oborne
Daily Telegraph’s chief political commentator

Empires can collapse in the course of a generation. At the end of the 16th century, the Spanish looked dominant. Twenty-five years later, they were on their knees, over-extended, bankrupt, and incapable of coping with the emergent maritime powers of Britain and Holland. The British empire reached its fullest extent in 1930. Twenty years later, it was all over.

Today, it is reasonable to ask whether the United States, seemingly invincible a decade ago, will follow the same trajectory. America has suffered two convulsive blows in the last three years. The first was the financial crisis of 2008, whose consequences are yet to be properly felt. Although the immediate cause was the debacle in the mortgage market, the underlying problem was chronic imbalance in the economy.

For a number of years, America has been incapable of funding its domestic programmes and overseas commitments without resorting to massive help from China, its global rival. China has a pressing motive to assist: it needs to sustain US demand in order to provide a market for its exports and thus avert an economic crisis of its own. This situation is the contemporary equivalent of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), the doctrine which prevented nuclear war breaking out between America and Russia.

Unlike MAD, this pact is unsustainable. But Barack Obama has not sought to address the problem. Instead, he responded to the crisis with the same failed policies that caused the trouble in the first place: easy credit and yet more debt. It is certain that America will, in due course, be forced into a massive adjustment both to its living standards at home and its commitments abroad.

This matters because, following the second convulsive blow, America’s global interests are under threat on a scale never before seen. Since 1956, when Secretary of State John Foster Dulles pulled the plug on Britain and France over Suez, the Arab world has been a US domain. At first, there were promises that it would tolerate independence and self-determination. But this did not last long; America chose to govern through brutal and corrupt dictators, supplied with arms, military training and advice from Washington.

The momentous importance of the last few weeks is that this profitable, though morally bankrupt, arrangement appears to be coming to an end. One of the choicest ironies of the bloody and macabre death throes of the regime in Libya is that Colonel Gaddafi would have been wiser to have stayed out of the US sphere of influence. When he joined forces with George Bush and Tony Blair five years ago, the ageing dictator was leaping on to a bandwagon that was about to grind to a halt.

In Washington, President Obama has not been stressing this aspect of affairs. Instead, after hesitation, he has presented the recent uprisings as democratic and even pro-American, indeed a triumph for the latest methods of Western communication such as Twitter and Facebook. Many sympathetic commentators have therefore claimed that the Arab revolutions bear comparison with the 1989 uprising of the peoples of Eastern Europe against Soviet tyranny.

I would guess that the analogy is apt. Just as 1989 saw the collapse of the Russian empire in Eastern Europe, so it now looks as if 2011 will mark the removal of many of America’s client regimes in the Arab world. It is highly unlikely, however, that events will thereafter take the tidy path the White House would prefer.

Far from being inspired by Twitter, a great many of Arab people who have driven the sensational events of recent weeks are illiterate. They have been impelled into action by mass poverty and unemployment, allied to a sense of disgust at vast divergences of wealth and grotesque corruption. It is too early to chart the future course of events with confidence, but it seems unlikely that these liberated peoples will look to Washington and New York as their political or economic model.



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apparently one your “human rights” is to not pay your rent if we follow the european court

Well how’s this for some nerve. And the woman is only 23 but .... I guess she’s entitled.

You’ll recall a story last week about squatters. This is only different because she isn’t a foreigner. BUT ... ah. There’s always a BUT. Isn’t there?
The foreigner in these cases is a court sitting outside this country.  The Conservatives here are trying to undo things but (again) it is gonna be an uphill struggle.

Once you compromise on your sovereignty for any reason whatever, it’s all downhill from there.  Thank heaven and Misters Smith & Wesson and Colt that when it’s Americas turn, we’ll have more then words to fire back at those who will try and compromise our sovereignty. And if you don’t believe it’s in the process now, then you’ve been asleep for awhile. Wake Up! 

I borrowed this cartoon from Vilmar’s site cos it sure fit our story here.


Woman on benefits owing £3,500 rent can’t be evicted: New European human rights ruling could lead to thousands of tenants refusing to pay
By James Slack

Evicting a woman from her council home for failing to pay rent would breach her human rights, judges ruled yesterday.
Town Hall chiefs wanted to evict Rebecca Powell, who receives thousands of pounds in benefits, after she ran up more than £3,500 in arrears on the accommodation she was given because she was homeless.

But the Supreme Court said that – under the controversial European Convention on Human Rights – this would be a breach of the right to ‘respect for a person’s home’.

Council leaders and the Government had fought the case and fear it may now be harder to evict thousands of council tenants who fall into arrears.
Legal experts said there was an increasing ‘trend’ for tenants – including ‘neighbours from hell’ – to use human rights law to thwart eviction.

Passing yesterday’s judgment, Lord Hope made it clear the ruling had its origins in Strasbourg. He said the ‘time had come to accept and apply the jurisprudence of the European court’.

The ruling brought fresh demands for reform of Labour’s Human Rights Act, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law, and of the unelected Strasbourg court.

It comes in the wake of cases saying that prisoners must be entitled to vote and that paedophiles can apply to be taken off the Sex Offender Register.
Last night Tory MP Philip Davies said: ‘It seems to me that the courts always find in favour of the human rights of people who are doing something wrong. We have got to change that balance, it is getting completely out of hand.

‘What about the human rights of the landlord to get their rent, what about the human rights of the taxpayer?’
Miss Powell, now 23, was given a home in Cranford, West London, by Hounslow Council in April 2007. By June the following year Miss Powell, who lives with her partner and four children, owed the council more than £3,500.

She was entitled to around £15,000 a year in housing benefit which could have covered the payments, but had not applied for it properly.
Eviction proceedings began but were halted when Miss Powell appealed under the Human Rights Act. At one stage the council moved the family out in order to renovate the home at taxpayers’ expense, then moved them back in.

Yesterday, Lord Hope and Lord Phillips ruled that the council had not considered whether it was ‘proportionate’ to evict Miss Powell and ordered that the eviction be quashed.

Hounslow Council, anticipating defeat, has offered her ‘suitable alternative accommodation’ and she has never been without a home.
Judges will have to consider the ruling when looking at similar cases involving people who would otherwise be homeless.
Miss Powell has agreed to clear her arrears of £3,536.39 at £5 per week, or sooner if she can.



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million dollar castle becoming faulty towers. some interesting photos and story

I suppose with all the news from around the revolutionary world, this is very tame and lo key. But I find this kind of thing fascinating.

I first learned about Castle Drogo, built about 80 years ago and taking 15 years to complete, from The National Trust.  The newspapers here give away CDs and DVDs on a regular basis, and about 3 or 4 yrs ago we got a set of Natl. Trust DVDs of castles and mansions etc. Breathtaking photography. I’m now kinda sorry I didn’t save them. There were several in the set and I gave em away after viewing. That was short sighted of me I see that now.
Drogo was frankly my least favorite as I thought it resembled a prison more then a castle in the traditional sense.

I think you’ll find this of interest too and the photos with the article are quite good. I won’t post any photos here but will give you the National Trust link with page after page of pix, many tho are dupes.

DREW TAKE NOTE:  900 windows and 13,000 panes of glass.

Take a look.

Built by a clergyman’s son to boost his social standing, Britain’s newest castle is crumbling - like its founder’s dream


From a distance, it does not look like a real castle, but a Hollywood imitation. Standing on a granite outcrop on the edge of Dartmoor, the stonework seems so perfect that you suspect that it might be made out of polystyrene, and could be lifted up by a class of seven-year-olds.

It is only when you travel down its imposing drive that you realise Castle Drogo is the real thing, consisting of thousands of blocks of granite that would keep out the most determined army of barbarians.

However, of all the hundreds of castles ever built in Britain, this is one that has never had to endure an attack or a siege. For it was completed only eight decades ago. Built by Julius Drewe, a wealthy young retail magnate, Castle Drogo can truly be regarded as Britain’s last castle.

Although it never suffered the ravages of warfare, Castle Drogo, despite its youth, now faces a far more deadly enemy — the weather. As any reader of The Hound Of The Baskervilles knows, the conditions on Dartmoor are legendarily tough, and at the moment Drogo is fighting a losing battle.

Its huge roof is leaking, so too are its 900 windows with their 13,000 panes of glass, and the pointing between the enormous slabs of granite is letting in water. Far from being an impregnable castle, it is fast becoming a huge sponge.

The castle’s owner, the National Trust, has launched a campaign to raise the estimated £11 million needed to make the roof watertight, stop all the windows leaking, and replace nearly 40 miles of pointing.

Some of the cost will be met by the Trust itself, but the public is also being asked to donate £1.5 million to save Drogo. For the castle is not just of architectural importance: a very British story of class, ambition and tragedy also played out within its walls.

The story begins in 1910, when Julius Drewe approached the renowned architect Edwin Lutyens and told him that he had £60,000 to spend on a new castle and a garden. Privately, Lutyens was ambivalent about the plan and preferred that Drewe ignored the castle idea in favour of a ‘delicious lovely house with plenty of good rooms’.

However, the monumental size of the budget — today worth £30 million to £40 million — was enough to persuade Lutyens to accept the commission.

Ambitious Drewe wanted a castle rather than a ‘lovely house’ in order to put his family on the map, both topographically and socially.

Drewe came from a well-to-do but unspectacular background — his father was a cleric and a Cambridge lecturer — and joined his uncle’s tea-importing company at 17. Just five years later, in 1878, he branched out on his own with a shop in Liverpool, which mushroomed into the phenomenally successful Home and Colonial Stores, one of the UK’s largest retail chains.

Rich enough to retire by the age of 33, Drewe spent his days fishing and enjoying the company of his wife and five children.

There was only one problem. Although he had more money than most members of the gentry, he was not considered one of them — and so began a campaign to gain entry to this exclusive club.

Now, a desire to move up the social ladder is endemic to many Englishmen, but few have the resources to fund their dreams. He hired a genealogist, who somehow managed to find a link between Drewe and the very upmarket Drewes of Elizabethan Devon, one of whom had been Sergeant at Law to the Queen, and another knighted by Charles I.

This link was undoubtedly false — Drewe’s real name was ‘Drew’, and he only added a final ‘e’ when he was told about the possibility of a connection with the Devon family.

Drewe may have gained vast wealth and an extra letter in his surname, but what he really needed was a ‘family seat’ and, once again, the helpful genealogist suggested links both with a ‘Dru’ or a ‘Drogo’ who had fought with William the Conqueror, and a Drogo of Teignton, after whom the Devon village of Drewsteignton was named.


OK, Please use this National Trust link. Before viewing all the other shots, scroll down a short way to Page 3.
You will see a snapshot of Drogo from the air. Click on it.  This is the Dartmoor Blog.  I don’t think it’s really a blog as we know it but no matter.  Be sure and see the spectacular aerial photo of this place. It will enlarge and fill your screen and you can scroll, depending I guess on your pc software.
Worth the sight and time.



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calendar   Thursday - February 24, 2011

a proud frenchman speaks his mind honestly. a proud frenchman faces day in court on charges


OK ... I know.  My source for this one is the N.Y. Times. Dare I say this on BMEWS?  T’was a link in an interesting story that held my attention. But that link turned out to be the Times.  Which guys, does not make this article all bad. Although I think some of you with quicker tempers then mine will think the Frenchman being written about might be anti American. No. I don’t see it that way. A proud French national? Yup. Over proud? Well, aren’t we sometime?
But that is not the issue here.
The subject is free speech in the form of someone speaking about taboo subjects like - - gasp. Minorities in a less then positive light. So like Wilders in Holland, this fellow is being taken to court on a suit brought by a civil rights group. So ... no matter that he believes his country may have too many Americanisms, and in fact it’s me saying what I think he believes, the fact is that the guy is being railroaded.  And if you read it ALL, you will find as I did, or I think I did, it’s a matter of semantics as well. 

Here. Take a look and let me know how you read this guy.
Oh yeah ... make note of the last paragraph or two here. Are his critics splitting fine hairs?

“When you describe reality, you’re treated as a criminal.”


HE is perhaps France’s best-known professional provocateur, as much adored by the xenophobes of the far-right as he is reviled by immigrants, women and gays. But Éric Zemmour might also be misunderstood by his allies and enemies alike, a sort of hopeless intellectual whose nuance is lost in the sensationalist jumble of the media world he inhabits.

A slight man with a quick tongue and a fearsome intellect, Mr. Zemmour, 52, has made a career of speaking on the edge in a culture where the ideal of social harmony often takes precedence over freedom of speech. He can be heard daily on French radio, read weekly in the news media and seen all over television; he is routinely accused of racism, sexism, homophobia, fear-mongering and narcissism, or some combination thereof.

“I’m reviving the ‘French polemic’ in a world that’s on the one hand Americanized, and on the other, that people want to see sterilized by antiracism, by political correctness,” Mr. Zemmour said over coffee at the back of a dark Paris cafe. “That it is to say, where you’re not allowed to say anything bad about minorities.”

In comments that his critics have parsed and denounced and parsed again, he has spoken of a “white race” and a “black race,” decried what he sees as the feminization of society and called homosexuality a social disorder. Last month, though, his pronouncements for the first time brought him before a court, on charges of defamation and “provocation to racial discrimination.”In a televised debate last March he argued that blacks and Arabs were the targets of illegal racial profiling by the French police “because the majority of traffickers are black and Arab; that’s how it is, it’s a fact.” The same day, on another channel, he suggested that French employers “have the right” to deny employment to blacks or Arabs.

The comments surely do not rank among his most incendiary, and, however uncomfortable, the first point might well be true. Even the rights groups that brought the case acknowledge that France’s poor, immigrant populations account for a disproportionate amount of crime, if not a clear “majority,” in a country that does not keep official racial statistics.

MUCH to Mr. Zemmour’s delight, his three-day trial in January drew droves of supporters, including several prominent politicians, along with hordes of critics and a crush of reporters and photographers. His comments had already fueled months of controversy and hand-wringing; he was nearly fired from his post as an editorial writer at Le Figaro Magazine, and Canal+, the television station that broadcast his statement on traffickers, received a warning from the French audiovisual authority.

The intense reaction to Mr. Zemmour’s case — and more broadly, to Mr. Zemmour himself — seems a measure of the tensions in France around race, Islam and integration. And it speaks to the difficulty of discussing those issues in a nation that is committed constitutionally to treat every person simply as a “citizen,” with no acknowledgment of ethnicity, color or religion.

“When you describe reality,” Mr. Zemmour said at his trial, “you’re treated as a criminal.”
His critics say it is less a question of pronouncing realities than how they are pronounced.

“If he had said that there is an ‘overrepresentation of the immigrant population,’ there wouldn’t have been a trial,” said Alain Jakubowicz, a lawyer who heads one of the rights groups that brought suit. “There are the words that are said, and the words that are received, the words that are understood by listeners.”



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My Apologies

Sorry folks. I completely missed the Lara Logan story. I can’t read every blog every day, and I can’t live in front of the TV news. I vaguely recall that her name was mentioned on Fox News as one of the group of media people who had been roughed up, mentioned as a bit of a sidebar comment, along with Anderson Cooper’s bloody nose, to their own Greg Palkot being beaten by the mob and then roughed up by the police, in a follow-on piece 2 weeks after that happened.

Today I learned of this for the first time and I am both stunned and disgusted. Disgusted by Egypt, and just as disgusted by the media. By CBS, who hid the story for 4 days in the first place:

On Friday, Feb. 11, the day Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, CBS chief foreign correspondent Lara Logan was covering the jubilation in Tahrir Square for a “60 Minutes” story when she and her team and their security were surrounded by a dangerous element amidst the celebration. It was a mob of more than 200 people whipped into frenzy.

In the crush of the mob, she was separated from her crew. She was surrounded and suffered a brutal and sustained sexual assault and beating before being saved by a group of women and an estimated 20 Egyptian soldiers. She reconnected with the CBS team, returned to her hotel and returned to the United States on the first flight the next morning. She is currently in the hospital recovering.

and by the rest of the media for sticking to the “Egyptian peasants are all freedom fighters who want equality and democracy” meme that the press beast has decided will be the Official View on that whole uprising. The fact that this woman was brutally beaten and gang raped by a crowd of 200 Egyptian celebrants doesn’t fit that picture, so it gets ignored. Nearly 2 weeks after the event and there is still no definitive word on whether her attack lasted 20 minutes or 3 hours. I am not implying that the time scale in any way lessens the overall severity, it’s just that I’m making the point that no one is asking. She had a film crew with her. And some security people. Hasn’t anyone spoken to them? Are they all dead? Have they all committed suicide in shame for their total failure as men in allowing this to occur? They ought to. And why isn’t Fox News chewing CBS a new one every hour for that networks cowardly decision to blur out the faces of the men in the crowd mere seconds before her assault? And ignoring how the crowd chanted “Jew! Jew! Jew!” and anti-American calls while this ostensibly Christian South African reported was molested?

Other blogs have been all over this horror, and a goodly number of the lesser seen (by me I guess) media outlets.

The media’s treatment of Logan’s victimization specifically and its treatment of the widescale mob violence against foreign reporters in Cairo generally tells us a great deal about the nature of today’s media discourse.
According to a 1999 report from the World Health Organization, 97 percent of Egyptian women and girls have undergone the barbaric practice of genital mutilation. A 2005 report by the Cairo-based Association for Legal Rights of Women submitted to the UN explained that Egyptian women are constitutionally deprived of their basic rights, including their rights to control their bodies and property. Males who murder their female relatives are often unpunished.
THE STORY of the media at Tahrir Square exposes those rules for all to see. The bravery of the journalists on the scene, the media’s determination to ignore Islamic misogyny, and their expulsion of Rosen from polite society all tell us that what drives the international media is not a quest for truth. It is a quest to advance the ideology of identity politics. (see the JPost link above)

Is it fair for me to condemn all of Egypt for this rape? No. Is it fair of me to condemn all of Islam for this? Yes. After all, it’s what they do. It’s what they are. And if nothing else, amidst all the cheering and/or worrying about the revolutions sweeping across the southern Mediterranean, remember that Islam is the driving force, the cornerstone, the commonality that they all share. And here is your reminder, as if you needed one, of the true face of that “religion”:

Umdat al-Salikwa ‘Uddat an-Nasik. [” Reliance of the Traveler and Tools of the Worshiper"](thanks WZ:

Except it doesn’t happen in Madison. It happens in Egypt. It happened in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, in the riots that led to Suharto’s fall — as Sharon Lapkin recounts, human-rights groups interviewed more than 100 women who had been captured and gang raped, including many Chinese women, who were told this was their fate as non-Muslims. It happens in Muslim countries and in the Muslim enclaves of Europe and Australia, perpetrated by Islamic supremacists acting on a sense of entitlement derived from their scriptures, fueled by the rage of their jihad, and enabled by the deafening silence of the media.

(Excerpts from a 2007 interview by Front Page Magazine with Bill Warner, reprinted in light of this atrocity. The interview is about the official Muslim position on slavery and rape. Bottom line: it’s encouraged, as long as it’s against the infidel.)

FP: This institution of Islamic sexual slavery isn’t just a reality of the past is it?

Warner: Everything that has been said up to now is not only history; it is Sunna (the example of the perfect pattern of action and morality found in Mohammed). So today we don’t have a beautiful blonde Christian girl on the block in Mecca, but we have continuous and ongoing rapes by Muslims in kafir cities. This goes on everywhere that Islam goes because it is Sunna.

This is a continuous 1400-year history of jihad. In every detailed history that comes from the original documents from history, rape is a constant. You have to look in the original documents, since our historians refuse to report it in so-called history books.

Rape is Sunna. Rape is not a sin. Rape is permitted and encouraged by Mohammed and the Koran. Islam is the only political system in the world that includes rules for rape and war. Rape is jihad. How good can it get? A Muslim gets to rape a kafir girl and get heaven credits. All jihad is a ticket to Paradise.

The most disgusting aspect of the Islamic rape of kafirs is not the rapes, but the kafir response. Kafirs become dhimmis by ignoring the rapes. I challenge you to find one, even one, mention of Islamic rape in the history books.

Islamic rape is more taboo than the N-word in the media. At least the N-word is acknowledged to exist. Even unicorns exist in media fantasy. But Islamic rape is forbidden to even exist as a fantasy.

And to reach a fevered rant: our so-called “feminist” scholars are absolutely intellectually and morally bankrupt hypocrites. They are traitors to our culture and a shame and a disgrace. They remain silent in the face of heinous crimes against women. They are arch-dhimmis when they refuse to speak of the Sunna, history and current rapes of our daughters, mothers, and sisters.

And our tax dollars support their evil in our public universities.

The chief mark of dhimmitude today is ignorance of the Koran, the Sira and the Hadith. The ignorance of kafir intellectuals about Islam is profound.

They don’t know about how jihad killed the 120,000,000 Africans, the 60,000,000 Christians, the 80,000,000 Hindus or the 10,000,000 Buddhists. Our intellectuals do not know about the Tears of Jihad (detailed in all of our books). That is a lot of death and ignorance—270,000,000 dead. Our intellectuals don’t know, don’t care and don’t bother. They deny.

They do not understand that Islam is a civilization based upon the ideal of dualism. Islamic ethics and politics have one set of rules for Muslims and another for kafirs. Our civilization is based upon the ideal of unitary ethics, the Golden Rule. We do not have two sets of laws and ethics, like Islam. Our intellectuals cannot explain what dualism has meant in the past or what it will mean for our future—civilizational annihilation.

Our intellectuals and the media have only one view of Islam—a glorious civilization. They have created the “terrorist”, a bogus term based upon ignorance. And the “terrorist” is not even a “real” Muslim, but an extremist fundamentalist. All of these terms are based upon a profound ignorance of Islamic political doctrine.

Whether “free” or under the heel of some twisted tyrant, they’re still a bunch of misogynistic sick bastards. Islam is the forever enemy.


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football for the kiddies banned as too dangerous. future olympic spongeball champs now in training.

So here I am again with nothing to say because .... I can’t find the right words.  There’s quite a few I can think of but it would only reinforce the fact that my vocabulary is less then sufficient. I do tend to turn the air blue with frustration.

When I was a kid, I once broke my forearm at school. And btw ... it was set by a vet as we had no GP nearby. We were in farm country in the hills and the vet was at the bottom around the corner in a manor of speaking.  My mom didn’t sue either. In those far off days, I doubt anyone would have thought of it.

Ppl who read BMEWS on a regular basis and have for awhile, know that I’ve often posted stories about the ridiculous Health and Safety rules and regs here.
Haven’t presented one to you in awhile. Hasn’t been much.  Thought maybe the new govt. had done away with elf ‘n’ safety dept.
Guess not.
Take a look.

‘Elf and safety brigade slaps ban on footballs in the PLAYGROUND… because they’re too dangerous


For decades, the nation’s playgrounds have echoed with the thud of a firmly-struck football.

But children living in the streets where England football star Steven Gerrard grew up are being denied that innocent, wholesome pleasure - and it’s all in the name of health and safety.

Pupils at a primary school in Huyton, near Liverpool, have been banned from bringing modern synthetic or leather footballs into the playground and told to use balls made of sponge instead.

Teachers say the heavy balls are unsuitable for an enclosed space where young children may be playing, saying it risks injury.

However amid fears over Britain’s childhood obesity epidemic, as well as worries over where our next generation of sporting champions is going to come from, critics last night slammed the edict as an absurd over-reaction.

The rule was spelt out in this month’s newsletter sent out by Malvern Primary School in Huyton, a deprived area with Britain’s second worst obesity record.

The district has nevertheless long been regarded as a hotbed of footballing talent, having produced the likes of Liverpool captain Gerrard in addition to former Everton hero Peter Reid - now manager of Plymouth Argyle - and notorious Newcastle United player Joey Barton.

It informed parents: ‘Please can we request that only sponge balls are brought into school. This is to ensure the safety of all our pupils when on the playground.’

But Tam Fry, chairman of obesity prevention charity the Child Growth Foundation, said: ‘Children must be exposed to risk, otherwise how can they be expected to learn?

‘It may think it is protecting the children, but they could just as easily fall over playing with a sponge ball.

‘Policies like this mean our children are in danger of becoming cocooned cotton buds.’

Critics say it is just the latest obstacle created by political correctness to stand in the way of the exercise and life skills children can gain from taking part in sport.

Last summer a primary school in Devon banned playground football altogether, saying pupils were copying the cheating and fouling displayed at the World Cup.

Shortly afterwards, brothers Henry and Alex Worthington, 12 and 11, were threatened with antisocial behaviour orders by three police officers while having a kickabout in the cul-de-sac where they live in Timperley, Greater Manchester.

Mr Fry added: ‘We do have a litigation culture, but you can’t tell me Steven Gerrard did not play football in the playground - I bet he even fell over a few times.’

And Adrian Voce, director of Play England, which advises schools on safe, fun pastimes, pointed out that last year’s review on health and safety by Lord Young recommended a common sense approach to managing risk in children’s play-times.

‘Research tells us that children need to play adventurously and test themselves, yet many children don’t get the opportunity to do so in our risk-adverse society,’ he said.

‘Children must be allowed to encounter some risks for themselves as a natural part of their play and growing up.’

Knowsley, Huyton’s local district, has among the country’s worst GCSE results, and in 2004 was ranked behind only Hull in a league table of Britain’s fattest towns.

Malvern Primary School yesterday insisted the football crackdown was not new, saying the reminder had been issued after a parent complained that a child was nearly hurt.

It pointed out that its cramped playground was shared by pupils of all ages but stressed it was supportive of sport and backed the importance of physical exercise.

In a statement it added: ‘Malvern Primary School treats the health and safety of its pupils as a top priority and has for a long time had a policy of protecting children by recommending sponge balls in the playground before school starts and during breaks, especially as the playground accommodates children from the age of four to 11.’


I was tempted to put the moonbats on this article till the thought struck me. What if they’re doing this to avoid any future lawsuits?  What if some little kid broke his arm on the playground or anywhere on school property?
OK so .... future sponge ball champs?


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mothers and daughters.  mom’s the eye candy though. not these days maybe but she once was.

I wasn’t thinking Eye Candy when I came across this.  I didn’t know who she was, I have never seen her in a movie which is no surprise since I stopped going years ago. Never heard of her, but apparently she’s employed and known to some and so I guess it’s also a generational thing.


I did hunt for more but most of the photos I found did this lady no favors at all. This color shot is the best one I could find. I admit I got tired of looking and quit after awhile.  ah huh. Just watch this space. Drew will find something only he and heaven will share the source, and it’ll be gangbusters.

Now then ... I wasn’t going to pursue the subject until I discovered who her mommy is. Ah now. Talk about generational. I’m a year older then mommy which put mom at 72. Yikes.  My heartthrob, 72?  The woman who made me dream about her. 72? 

Here’s another shot of the daughter. In this one she sort of resembles mom. I hope she has her mother’s talent cos I hate to say it but she doesn’t have her mother’s looks. And after all, her mom was a former Bond girl. Hard act to follow.

Her name is Rachael Stirling.


Here’s mommy at a fairly young age and I think you’ll recognize her.


You recognized her I know. If you didn’t ....  here’s ...


And of course the TV show ... The Avengers.  Honor Blackman was the first Emma Peel but Rigg was the best and the sexiest.

Just thought I’d share.




Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/24/2011 at 02:11 PM   
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Arab turmoil could mean an orgy of bloodletting and rocketing oil prices.

It’s almost 6:30pm here and on the 6 o-clock news there was an interesting theory from the Colonel in Libya. No, I’m not kidding.

Gaddaifi suspects that the ring leader behind all the trouble in Libya is ..........

OSAMA Yeah. That Osama. OBL!

As you’d expect, Libya is almost wall to wall and especially as there are so many Brits trying to get out of there.
Very embarrassing for the govt. here. They got a flight yesterday to go and bring back a bunch of their citizens BUT .... the plane left 10 hours late due to tech problems.  Couldn’t get the dam,n thing in the air. Oh boy. What next?

Then there are all the accusations of the former govt. cozying up to Gaddaifi and selling him weapons etc. Which really is hypocritical. I have zero love or tolerance for the govt. I think helped to wreck this country. But come on.  It isn’t like the cons here raised any kind fuss and fury over the years I’ve been here. They have known for years.  There isn’t any way they could not have known. So to now take the moral high ground is pretty raunchy.
Ppl here have known as we have in the USA, that the colonel is a creepy killer and a terrorist of the first rank.  And we came to an accommodation as well.
OK so ....  There was an interesting column in The Mail this morning.  I won’t post much here, and it’s long. But it is worth the reading and some may not agree. He is one of those who holds the belief that the war against Iraq was wrong. But his column isn’t all about that.
The headline in the paper is different from that of the one on line. Here’s what I saw. It made me read the whole thing which isn’t easy because they cram an awful lot into a page in very small print. 
I can’t say I agree with him on all points. That doesn’t make this any less interesting.
I’ve edited for space.



Last updated at 8:38 AM on 24th February 2011

Even by the repressive standards of Middle Eastern autocrats, Colonel Gaddafi has long cut a brutally capricious figure.

But while nobody who remembers the murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher or the appalling slaughter at Lockerbie will mourn Gaddafi’s downfall, this year’s tumultuous events in North Africa could mark a shocking and seismic shift in the balance of power.

We are at a hinge moment in world history. As the Arab revolutions have shown, the old certainties are cracking apart.

And despite the naive predictions of a new liberal order, the future might well prove a very dangerous place indeed — with potentially devastating economic repercussions for millions of British families.

Indeed, in all the excitement at the fall of the Arab autocracies, it is hard to miss the whiff of Western hubris.

Like the arrogant neo-conservatives who thought it would be child’s play to export democracy to Iraq, many of the idealists exulting in the giddy triumphs of street politics believe history is on their side.

Sadly, history has a habit of kicking idealists in the teeth. The revolutions in the Arab world are far from over.

And when events have played themselves out, there is a good chance the results will be very different from the utopian fantasies of the armchair pundits.

But what the idealists often forget is that not all uprisings, like the peaceful transition in the former Czechoslovakia, come cloaked in velvet.

All too often, as in Mexico in 1910 or Russia in 1917, violence begets violence.

And eventually, as the French politician Pierre Vergniaud — who ended up on the guillotine — famously put it, the revolution devours its own children.



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Lines in the sand of nomenclature

When Tunisia had it’s turnover some weeks ago, the nation-wide protest movement was quickly relabeled as the “Jasmine Revolution”.

Egyptian protesters managed to oust their leader, force a new cabinet to be installed, and wound up with the army in charge for now but promising all sorts of reforms and elections. Somehow this was never a “revolution” even though it effectively toppled the government.

The situation in Libya looks more and more like an actual civil war every day. It looks like a classic old-school South/Central American revolution, other than the niggling absence of one new tinpot dictator appearing to replace the one about to be pushed out of the catbird seat.

News items:

Libyan Protesters Vow to ‘Liberate’ Tripoli as Army Unleashes Attack

BENGHAZI, Libya—A Libyan army unit loyal to Muammar al-Qaddafi attacked anti-government protesters holed up in a mosque in a key city west of the capital Thursday, blasting a minaret with anti-aircraft missiles and automatic weapons, a witness said.

Protesters who had been camped inside and outside the mosque suffered heavy casualties in the attack on Zawiya, 30 miles west of Tripoli, the witness said, but he couldn’t provide an exact toll.

Pro-Qaddafi forces have fought back fiercely as the longtime leader has seen his control whittled away, with Zawiya and other major Libyan cities and towns closer to the capital falling to the rebellion against his rule. In the east, now all but broken away, the opposition vowed to “liberate” Tripoli, where the Libyan leader is holed up with a force of militiamen roaming the streets and tanks guarding the outskirts.

Report: Libyan capital deserted; opposition seizes major city

Benghazi, Libya (CNN)—The Libyan capital was a ghost town Thursday morning, witnesses said, as anti-government protesters declared victory elsewhere after reportedly seizing control of the country’s third-largest city.

Misrata—also spelled as Misurata—is now in the hands of the opposition, who have driven out the mercenaries, according to witnesses and multiple media reports. Witnesses and multiple reports also said that the town of Az Zintan was under opposition control. The opposition also controls Libya’s second-largest city, Benghazi, where crowds cheered as international journalists drove through the city. The only shooting that could be heard was celebratory gunfire.

U.S. Fears Tripoli May Deploy Gas As Chaos Mounts

WASHINGTON—The government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi hasn’t destroyed significant stockpiles of mustard gas and other chemical-weapons agents, raising fears in Washington about what could happen to them—and whether they may be used—as Libya slides further into chaos.

Tripoli also maintains control of aging Scud B missiles, U.S. officials said, as well as 1,000 metric tons of uranium yellowcake and vast amounts of conventional weapons that Col. Gadhafi has channeled in the past to militants operating in countries like Sudan and Chad.

Fleeing Egyptians Tell of Qaddafi’s `Bloodbath’ Across Libya

It’s a massacre in there,” said Mohamed Yehia after he crossed into Egypt at the northwestern town of Salloum, speaking of the deadly crackdown by Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. “He is crazy. The world must know what he’s doing to his people.”

Yehia, 23, is one of thousands of Egyptians working in Libya who gathered their belongings and left the oil-rich country yesterday after Qaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, this week accused foreigners, including Tunisians and Egyptians, of inciting the ongoing revolt.
Many of those arriving said they had seen mercenaries from Africa and elsewhere, some dark-skinned and some fair, some speaking French. They had been deployed to attack anti- government protesters in Libyan cities, including the capital, Tripoli, and Benghazi, which has seen some of the worst violence since the uprising began last week, the eyewitnesses said.

Anti-aircraft missiles? Concerns over WMD? Mercenaries? Tanks? Cities “falling” and being “seized”? Bloodbath? That certainly sounds like a whole lot more than just a protest movement. It sounds like full scale civil war. I think it’s time to change labels and start calling this one a revolution. If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck ... and doesn’t have a portable indoor duck bin ...


Maybe the world needs to coin a new phrase that defines a popular uprising with no obvious leaders that is designed to change the existing government by any means possible. Right now the only term we have for something like that is ... Tea Party. [ Drew lets that one sink in for a few moments ]

The Libyan situation is different though. Isn’t it? Their mass protests were met with violence, so they returned violence in spades. So it seems. And the Tea Party people don’t really want to change the system as much as they want to purify it and return it to it’s original more limited form. Aside from removing Gaddafi, I don’t know what the “protest movement” in Libya wants in terms of government. But it certainly seems to be an actual revolution.

And now it looks like Algeria is next on the list. The whole of North Africa is going up in flames. You’d think the West would be cheering them on to throw off their chains of oppression. But we’re not, because we don’t know where they are going. Do the Libyans themselves even know? 


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calendar   Wednesday - February 23, 2011

On a Lighter Note

200 miles an hour


Cobra vs. Ferrari

Bill Cosby discusses the difference, and deals with a gift of a Super Snake Cobra from Carroll Shelby. The clip is from 1997, when the twin to Cosby’s car sold for $5.5 million.  Best punchline is at 5:02 for those who can remember the presidential race of 1968.

And yes, he really owned one. For a very short time. 800 horsepower, 1800 pounds. Probably a solid motor mount and solid lifters, which would explain all that shaking. Well, that plus the adrenaline overload.



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Not This Airplane, Not Today

I wonder what the Libyan Air Force oath of allegiance is? Do they swear to protect their constitution or their citizens against all enemies foreign or domestic? Or do they merely swear fealty to old Daffy Gaddafi? Regardless of the words on paper, it sounds like these two pilots answered to a higher calling. Assuming these two survive the revolution, I’d say they’ll be up for a real courageous restraint award. And someone will have to run the new air force, right?

Libyan Pilots Crash Bomber To Avoid Bombing Their Own People

Thousands of Libyans celebrated the liberation of the eastern city of Benghazi from the rule of Muammar Gaddafi, who was reported to have sent a plane to bomb them on Wednesday as he clung to power.

The crew bailed out of the aircraft after it took off from the capital Tripoli. It then crash-landed south-west of Benghazi, Libya’s Quryna newspaper cited a military source as saying, averting a fresh tragedy in almost a week of bloodshed.

Tripoli, along with western Libya, is still under Gaddafi’s control and people there said they were too afraid of pro-government militia to go out after Gaddafi threatened violence against protesters in a speech on Tuesday night.

As many as 1,000 people have been killed in since the revolt began around a week ago, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said as world leaders scrambled to evacuate their citizens and disagreed on how to end the turmoil.

A Libyan air force plane crashed near the eastern city of Benghazi after its crew bailed out because they refused to carry out orders to bomb the city, Libya’s Quryna newspaper cited a military source as saying.

Quryna’s online version quoted the source, a colonel at an air base near Benghazi, as saying captain Attia Abdel Salem al Abdali and his number two Ali Omar Gaddafi bailed out of the Russian-made Sukhoi-22 plane and parachuted to earth.

The aircraft, which took off from Tripoli, came down near the city of Ajdabiya, 160 km (100 miles) south-west of Benghazi, the newspaper said.
Benghazi-based Quryna is Libya’s most reliable media outlet. It was owned by a media group linked to Gaddafi’s son Saif al-Islam but since Tripoli lost control over Benghazi it has begun to report openly on events in the city and further afield.


Libyan Air Force SU-22, known as the Fitter-F to NATO

The SU-22 was a mid-70s design Soviet ground attack fighter bomber that started life as the SU-17. Production ended in 1978. The SU-22 was the export version. It could go as fast as Mach 2 but had limited range due to it’s heavy payload capacity. This early swing wing aircraft could carry up to 4000 kg of ordnance on 10 external hardpoints. Most nations that flew this plane have now retired it and turned the old aircraft into ornaments at city parks. Libya is believed to have about 40 39 of these aircraft.
Peru recently retired it’s fleet of 11 SU-22s; the only combat they ever saw was when they “accidentally” attacked a US C-130 transport back in 1992.

... and on a similar note, vis-a-vis the violence in Libya:

See More Below The Fold


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