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calendar   Wednesday - March 23, 2011

Who’s in charge?Germans pull forces out of NATO, right.both ovem. who’s on first?

What do I say about this turn of events?

Perhaps the question should be ... what do you folks say?  Anyone surprised? Didn’t think so.

If Gaddafi was able to read this, he’d think he was at war with the Keystone Cops. Or The Marx Bros. Maybe both.

Who’s in charge? Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

* Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated

* French propose a new political ‘committee’ to oversee operations

* Germany pulls equipment out of NATO coalition over disagreement over campaign’s direction

* Italians accuse French of backing NATO in exchange for oil contracts

* No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes ‘neutralises’ Libyan military machine

* U.K. ministers say war could last ‘30 years’

* Italy to ‘take back control’ of bases used by allies unless NATO leadership put in charge of the mission

* Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians - calls bombing a ‘crusade’

* Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.

A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.

The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.

Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.

U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.

But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be ‘unwise’ to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the ‘U.N. mandate’.

President Barack Obama, seeking to avoid getting bogged down in a war in another Muslim country, said on Monday Washington would cede control of operations against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces within days, handing the reins over to NATO.

But Germany and European allies remain unwilling to have NATO take on a military operation that theoretically has nothing to do with the defence of Europe.

Today the German defence ministry announced Berlin had pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean.

A ministry spokesman said two frigates and two other ships with a crew of 550 would be reverted to German command.

Some 60 to 70 German troops participating in NATO-operated AWACS surveillance operations in the Mediterranean would also be withdrawn, according to the ministry.

Berlin isn’t participating in the operation to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and abstained on the U.N. resolution authorising it.

In a shock admission, U.K. ministers have admitted the intervention in Libya could last for up to ‘30 years’.

Asked for an estimate, British Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey said: ‘How long is a piece of string? We don’t know how long this is going to go on.

‘We don’t know if this is going to result in a stalemate. We don’t know if his capabilities are going to be degraded quickly. Ask me again in a week.’

In the U.S., Obama has made it clear he wants no part of any leadership role in Libya.

The President has already been criticised for continuing with a tour of Latin America as the military operation over Libya began. And yesterday he insisted again that while Gaddafi must go, the U.S. is not prepared to remove him by force, but merely to enforce the no-fly zone.

Even that hesitant stance, which has already earned him the title of the Great Vacillator, left him criticised for not seeking proper approval from Congress before sending the American military in.

And after reports emerged that Gaddafi’s son had been killed in a kamikaze strike yesterday, fresh questions over what exactly the U.S. intends to achieve in Libya emerged.

With Turkey digging its heels in and the Arab League suspicious, it has been pointed out that Mr Obama has fewer coalition partners in Libya than George Bush did at the start of the Iraq war.

He was criticised by both Republicans and Democrats over his decision to commit the U.S. military before going to Congress.

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Obit .. Liz Taylor

Elizabeth Taylor died today. She was 79. She had been suffering from illness for quite some time.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2011 at 05:06 PM   
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Libya: Whose Side Are We On???

Rebel Oil Company Added To Proscribed Sanctions List

The United States on Tuesday added 14 companies owned by Libya’s National Oil Corporation to its sanctions list, including the Benghazi-headquartered Arabian Gulf Oil Company which has broken away from NOC and allied itself with the rebels fighting the forces of Libyan leader Moammar Qadhafi.

Agoco has been added to the US sanctions list despite the United Nations having recognized the rebels’ National Transitional Council, which late last week established a separate oil authority led by Agoco to oversee activities in areas under rebel control.

Before the current crisis, Agoco’s area of operations accounted for roughly 40% of Libyan output of around 1.6 million b/d. Agoco also operates an oil refinery and oil terminal at Tobruk.

Agoco has been offering Sarir crude directly to European buyers, market sources said earlier this week, although they added that these offers had been declined because of the complicated situation in Libya.

Um, is this Much Ado About Nothing? I’ve heard that the US doesn’t import any oil from Libya, as it’s the wrong kind for our distillation facilities. And to add insult to injury, even when combined with their natural gas production, Libya only manages to pump out about 2 million barrels a day during the best of times, which is enough to fill about ONE supertanker. ONE. Right now their production is at least 60% less than that.

Counter data: the previous link says we DO import oil from Libya. About 44,000 barrels worth per day. Which equates to 8 tankers full per YEAR, or 19 hours worth. The US consumes 10 tankers full per DAY (20 million bbls).

According to EIA January through November [2010] estimates, the United States imported an average of 71,000bbl/d from Libya in 2010 (of which, 44,000 bbl/d was crude)

So, while this sanction is kind of a stupid thing to do, the net impact on our market is going to be ((Jack_Shit * Diddly_Squat) ÷ Galactic_Infinity). Think of it as nothing more than another clear indicator of US foreign policy. Hey, maybe the US is actually against BOTH SIDES in Libya!! That ought to make us even more popular!!!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2011 at 04:39 PM   
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Gee, thanks for the penny

UK to cut motorist tax by 1 penny per liter

While jacking production tax SIXTY PERCENT

Wouldn’t want those evil oil companies to make more profit than they deserve while prices are high you know old bean.

The UK government Wednesday said it would increase taxation on oil and gas production to 32% from 20% from midnight Wednesday to raise an extra $2 billion while the oil price remains high.

In its 2011 budget, the government said it would only cut the rate if the oil price falls below around $75/barrel.

“When oil prices are high, as now, UK oil and gas production is more profitable so it is fair that companies should contribute more,” it said. “The supplementary charge on oil and gas production will therefore increase to 32% from midnight tonight.”

The government said that in future years, if the oil price falls below a set trigger price of around $75/b on a “sustained basis”, it would reduce the supplementary charge back toward 20% “on a staged and affordable basis” while prices remain low.

The government said it would use the $2 billion to ease the tax burden on motorists by cutting fuel duty and delaying future planned increases.

It also said it would cut fuel duty by 1 penny per liter from 1800 GMT Wednesday “in recognition of high current oil prices.”


So, raise your hand if you think this will lower prices at the BP pumps in London. Raise your hand high, so teacher can see you clearly and then come around and give you a smack with the cluebat.

This is socialism in action: the government decides to “tax the rich” and it’s the little folks who end up paying the price. Gee, thanks for cutting us a whole 1p break. 50p savings on a whole tank, while the tax hit raises the price £5.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/23/2011 at 04:30 PM   
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obit …. harry houdini’s last assistant. dorothy young, 103. rip

Saw this late tonight and knew I had to post.
It’s a bit of show biz history passing. 

An interesting tie to New Jersey too.

DOROTHY YOUNG, age 103. (RIP)

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During her year with the “World-Famous Self-Liberator”, she played the role of the scantily-clad “Radio Girl of 1950”, a 1920s impression of what radio would be like several decades later.

In the autumn of 1925, in what turned out to be his last American tour (he died a year later), Houdini would start his act with a large mock wireless set which he opened front, back and top, exposing the internal mechanism to show that there was nothing there before closing it again. A voice would then announce: “Miss Dorothy Young doing the Charleston” — which was her cue to pop one foot out of the radio followed by the other one.

“I kicked my feet together and jumped up and did a curtsy,” she recalled. “And then Houdini would take me by the waist and lift me down, and I would go into a Charleston.”

Houdini’s finale was his famous Chinese Water Torture Cell, which he had performed in England to great acclaim. Clad in bathing trunks, his feet padlocked into mahogany stocks, he would be lowered upside-down into a glass-fronted tank filled with water. A curtain would then be drawn across the tank. Although Dorothy Young knew how he escaped, she never revealed his secret.

After Houdini’s death in 1926 she and Gilbert Kiamie, the playboy son of a silk lingerie magnate, came to international prominence as a dance act called Dorothy and Gilbert featuring their own Latin dance, the “rumbalero”. The couple subsequently married. Occasionally working as a model (her legs were once passed off as those of Gloria Swanson), Dorothy Young also danced in many early films, including the Fred Astaire musical comedy Flying Down to Rio (1933). Later she published a novel inspired by her career, Dancing on a Dime, which was filmed by Paramount Studios in 1940.

Dorothy Young was born on May 3 1907 at Otisville, New York, the daughter of a Methodist minister. While studying at Beaver College, Pennsylvania, she saw Anna Pavlova perform and determined to become a ballet dancer.

While visiting New York with her parents aged 17 she saw an advertisement in the stage paper Variety for a vaudeville dancer to join a Broadway show, followed by a tour of the United States. When she arrived for the audition, she sat at the back, too shy to step forward.

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But she was spotted by Houdini and his manager, who asked her to dance the Charleston; she signed a year’s contract and was sworn to secrecy about the mysteries of Houdini’s act. She then had to persuade her parents that joining the great illusionist was a suitable career move.

Houdini’s wife, Bess, fitted her for a silk stage costume. In the show the two women performed a stately minuet before the great man made his entrance and introduced the “Radio Girl”. In another illusion, The Slave Girl, Houdini would tie Dorothy Young from throat to ankles to a pole, before causing a curtain to fall to the floor. She would then emerge in a beautiful butterfly costume en pointe and dance a ballet number. When Houdini first introduced the “Radio Girl” illusion at Hartford, Connecticut, in September 1925, Dorothy Young remembered meeting the Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, who patted her approvingly on the head. The show transferred to Broadway before touring several major cities.

During the Second World War, having trained as an engineer and in personnel management, Dorothy Young was assigned to a factory making shock absorbers for the US military.

After Gilbert Kiamie became her second husband and inherited a fortune, Dorothy Young was a generous benefactor to Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, endowing it with a $13 million arts centre.

She had a son with her first husband, Robert Perkins, who died 13 years after their marriage. Gilbert Kiamie died in 1992.

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Telegraph Obits


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Today’s Stupid News


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Pretty (Deadly) In Pink

Beauty Queen Offs Violent Intruder With Her Own Pink Gun



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Armed Beauty Queen Fatally Shoots Intruder in Florida Home Invasion

When a burly ex-convict forced his way into a posh Florida home last week, he had no idea what awaited him—a 25-year-old beauty queen with a pink .38-caliber handgun.

Meghan Brown, a former Florida pageant queen, shot and killed 42-year-old Albert Franklin Hill during a home invasion March 12 at the 2,732-square-foot house she shares with her fiance in Tierra Verde, Fla.

Hill barged into the home at around 3 a.m. after Brown responded to a knock at the front door, according to a police report. He allegedly grabbed the 110-pound Brown around her nose and mouth and dragged her to an upstairs bedroom. The woman’s fiance, Robert Planthaber, said in an interview that he was quickly awakened by the altercation and ran to Brown’s side.

“I attacked him and took a severe beating to the head,” Planthaber told FoxNews.com. “But I got him off of her long enough for her to scramble to the room where she keeps her pink .38 special.”

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The Browns after their ordeal of March 12. Check out his bruises.

TIERRA VERDE—A couple involved in a deadly home invasion on Saturday say they were fighting for their lives. Robert Planthaber and Meghan Brown said they were asleep when someone knocked on their door about 3 a.m. Brown thought it might be a friend, so she answered the door.

“Basically, all I had to do was unlatch the lock and the knob was already turned and that’s when the door was pushed open,” she said, “I turned to run and he grabbed me from behind. He had his hand over my mouth and he’s dragging me up the stairs.”

Planthaber heard what was happening and confronted the man, who has been identified as Albert Hill. A struggle began and Brown ran into the bedroom and grabbed a gun. She returned and shot Hill.

Planthaber said, “We’re glad this guy is off the streets and if it didn’t happen this way, we’d probably both be dead.”

The English press goes a bit more towards the Wild West details, which don’t seem to be in any other news article:

The fight between the two men broke the dining room table and chairs but, as they tussled, Miss Brown produced her pink gun from her bedside table. ‘I had my gun drawn, focused in on him - as he moved, my gun moved. I waited for my shot and when I saw an opening, I fired,’ she told the newspaper. Miss Brown said she was ‘glad’ it had been her, because not everybody else would have been as prepared as she was.

‘The way I see it is, the guy was a really bad guy and if it wasn’t my bullets, it probably would have been the police officer’s bullets,’ she said.

Other online papers also note how well off the couple are. They live in a 2780 square foot Spanish style house in Pinellas County with at least 3 giant TVs in the living room. She wears a $60,000 diamond engagement ring and they routinely pay for delivery pizza with $100 bills. He’s 42, she’s 25. The guy is an arborist - a tree surgeon; a cross between a landscaper and a lumberjack - and makes this kind of money? Damn, I’m in the wrong business.

The burglar had a rap sheet as long as your arm and had spent half his life behind bars for numerous violent offenses.

Here’s the link to the original story.

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calendar   Tuesday - March 22, 2011

newspaper here writes like the raf is flying against the luftwaffe,, and other bombasts

Ok, I agree the world would be better minus Gaddafi.
But I’m having a bit of a problem with the reportage and over hyped rah-rah school boy stuff in, of all papers, The Telegraph. I expect it of other but gosh and golly.

There’s a huge photo on the front page of the paper showing a Typhoon Eurofighter.
It’s a great photo close up as it takes to the air like a large bird of prey.  It has all sorts of stuff hanging below, rockets and fuel tanks and the latest war game toys and as it leaves the ground there’s a billowing cloud of grey black exhaust spewing out it’s backside as it flies off into the wild blue yonder to do battle with, Who?  Certainly not the Luftwaffe.

The paper informs us that:

Capable of flying at twice the speed of sound at 65,000ft, the Typhoon is designed as a specialist in mid-air “dogfights”.
Equipped with long-range and short-range missiles for use in air-to-air combat, its role will not be to bomb targets on the ground.

And the headline tells us that this “plane is used in combat for the first time.”

Mozzle Tov! So, where’s the combat?  I mean come on people. They aren’t up against anyone with any kind of air power, what planes they do have are out of date, there hasn’t been and is unlikely to be any engagement so …. why the bombast as tho the coalition of the confused, as some are calling it, act as though they are up against a first rate power?
It’s damned embarrassing.

We are further informed that the jets took off from a field in Italy. Right. Must mention this.

There’s seems to be a bit of confusion over just how the UN mission is being understood by some.  Italy threatened to close it’s airspace if the thrust is to target Gaddafi, which it doesn’t believe the mandate calls for. Then once Italian fur was smoothed and combed, two members of the Arab League which is less of a league then the word implies, were critical of the attack on Gadaffi’s compound AND, the UAE is not sending planes or war making means. Their role will be “confined to humanitarian assistance.”

Yeah, those folks are right behind us okay.

In an editorial comment the Telegraph says that RAF pilots are in “harm’s way over the skies of Libya.” Oh?  So, who’s shooting at them?  So far the only plane down we’re informed of is a US plane, and it had a mechanical malfunction we are told.
Pilots are safe, thankfully.

In another headline we are told:

Libya: Targeting Gaddafi ‘risks alienating Arab nations’
Military attacks targeting Colonel Gaddafi risk alienating Arab nations and splitting the international coalition on Libya, ministers have been warned.

TARGETING GADDAFI

A former Brit Ambassador to the United States, writing in the Daily Mail advises, “we must leave the Arabs to sort out Libya.” I’ll drink to that but doubt very much they would try.  They could. They have a larger and better trained air force. Their planes are up to date for the most part and more then a match for anything Gaddafi’s force could put in the air. The Saudis have 349 combat aircraft.


Britain could soon be dangerously exposed. We must leave the Arabs to sort out Libya

By CHRISTOPHER MEYER

Only four days into the UN coalition’s attack on Gaddafi’s murderous armed forces — and already it appears to be standing on the cusp of either success or disaster. It calls for the most rigorous clarity in defining Britain’s role and objectives.
Without this, our country will find itself dangerously exposed at a time when we simply cannot afford an open-ended military commitment. But it is not obvious that all our ministers understand this.
There are two dangers that especially affect us. The first is what is known in the trade as mission-creep — that we get sucked into doing things militarily that were not originally intended.
The second is that we find ourselves, with the French, holding the Libyan baby, while the U.S. under Obama slips into the background.
Let us be absolutely clear: the UN coalition’s operations are governed by UN Security Council Resolution 1973. This authorises a no-fly zone and ‘all necessary measures’ to protect the civilian population of Benghazi and other Libyan towns.
It does not authorise regime-change or the targeting of Gaddafi himself, as Chief of the Defence Staff Sir David Richards pointed out last night. Yet on Sunday the Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, appeared to suggest that Gaddafi was a legitimate target, while yesterday the Foreign Secretary was notably woolly on the subject.
It is by and large not a good idea to get involved in other people’s civil wars,

So there’s no coming together on the issue among the folks in govt.? I think I’m asking if the left hand knows what the right is doing. You might want to read all he has to say at the link HERE

And amid all this our old and new adversary Mr. Putin says …

UN decision was like a medieval call to crusade

RUSSIAN Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said a United Nations resolution authorizing military action in Libya resembled “medieval calls for crusades” after Western forces launched a second wave of airstrikes.

PUTIN

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calendar   Monday - March 21, 2011

Here We Go Again

US Army ‘kill team’ in Afghanistan posed for photos of murdered civilians
Commanders brace for backlash of anti-US sentiment that could be more damaging than after the Abu Ghraib scandal


Gosh, do you think they gave their victims funny names and kept a stick figure tally of their kills with chalk? Bragged about their exploits in the newspaper as if killing people was just a game of conkers? Oh wait, that’s normal. This one is over the line. And it is ... by about 3 small steps from behavior the earlier post I’m referring to.

This is going to cause a major stink, and it can’t be blamed on Bush. Cry foul, and call it BS? Uh huh, when Der Speigel claims to have more than 4000 pictures? 12 soldiers from the 5th Stryker Brigade amassed more than 4000 pictures? And videos???


Commanders in Afghanistan are bracing themselves for possible riots and public fury triggered by the publication of “trophy" photographs of US soldiers posing with the dead bodies of defenceless Afghan civilians they killed.

Senior officials at Nato’s International Security Assistance Force in Kabul have compared the pictures published by the German news weekly Der Spiegel to the images of US soldiers abusing prisoners in Abu Ghraib in Iraq which sparked waves of anti-US protests around the world.

They fear that the pictures could be even more damaging as they show the aftermath of the deliberate murders of Afghan civilians by a rogue US Stryker tank unit that operated in the southern province of Kandahar last year.

Some of the activities of the self-styled “kill team” are already public, with 12 men currently on trial in Seattle for their role in the killing of three civilians.

Five of the soldiers are on trial for pre-meditated murder, after they staged killings to make it look like they were defending themselves from Taliban attacks.

Other charges include the mutilation of corpses, the possession of images of human casualties and drug abuse.

All of the soldiers have denied the charges. They face the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.

The case has already created shock around the world, particularly with the revelations that the men cut “trophies” from the bodies of the people they killed.

An investigation by Der Spiegel has unearthed approximately 4,000 photos and videos taken by the men.

And while trying to sweep the story under the rug, the Army is busy apologizing for those pictures left and right? God almighty. Is this what happens when our troops are given an impossible ROE and left off in the armpit of the universe and forgotten about for a decade? Or maybe this happens because they have no respect for their Commander in Chief?

I don’t understand it. I do understand, never myself having been in one, that war is a god-awful horror, and a terrible mess. It’s Bizzaro World with extra blood. And things go on there that seem normal to those involved, but that are beyond the understanding of those on the outside. But somewhere, somehow, there has to be a line.

Despite an overall decline in civilian casualties caused by NATO forces, those episodes have tarnished the coalition campaign and put Mr. Karzai in the awkward position of having to explain why the country’s allies are killing unarmed children and women.

Three photographs, published in the German magazine Der Spiegel, show members of the self-designated “Kill Team” comprised of United States Army soldiers who are accused of making a sport of killing innocent Afghans as they show off one of their victims in a kind of trophy photo; another photograph shows two Afghan civilians who appear to be dead.

NATO, under the leadership of the US Army, has been preparing for possible publication of the photos for close to 100 days. In dozens of high-level talks with their Afghan partners, military leaders have sought to pursue the same strategy used by the US diplomatic corps in the case of the sensitive diplomatic cables released late last year by WikiLeaks. They warned those most directly affected and made preparations for the photos’ appearance in the public sphere. This “strategic communication” was aimed at preventing a major public backlash.

The 12 men are also facing further charges of desecration of corpses, illegal possession of photos of corpses, drug abuse and acts of bodily injury against comrades.

Oh just fucking marvelous. The published pictures are here. They’re a bit grizzly, but you’ve seen worse. Certainly you’ve seen far, far worse from the other side. Daniel Pearl’s beheading, the bridge at Fallujah, any splodey-dope car swarm, etc. But go and look, and then explain picture #3 to me. Yeah, #1 and #2 are a bit odd, and you can’t tell the “innocent civilians” from the enemy because they don’t wear uniforms. I mean, it’s sick enough to take happy trophy pictures with corpses like you snap a pick of a great bass you caught up at the lake. But explain picture #3. Now, what about the 3997 other pictures you aren’t seeing? You think they’re all Happy Little Sally on the swings in the park? Guess again. They’re depraved war porn of the basest kind. For shits and giggles. No? Prove me wrong.

Yes, war is an awful thing. And war without end or purpose or public support or even public awareness or respected leaders or even an attempt at victory and a set of rules forced down your throat designed to get you killed is even more awful. Mind breaking, soul destroying. And that’s Afghanistan, more than TEN YEARS in. And sometimes some people can’t handle it. But a whole squad going rogue, and living in their own Apocalypse Now world, without even the guidance of a Colonel Kurtz? Not even a Lieutenant Calley? And they took FOUR THOUSAND pictures and videos? Great. I can feel the black eye forming even way the hell over here in New Jersey. Babies on spikes and my special private collection of ears. Holy shit. Old men’s arms used to keep the campfire going. Pregnant native women hanging from wires as wind chimes. Get out your umbrellas, because the excrement is about to impact the oscillator once again. I think a dozen uniformed idiots have just shown the world that the US military is made of actual Nazi sadists. Thanks so much. It’s going to take one hell of a chocolate bars, soccer balls, and school building “hearts and minds” PR campaign to counter this one. Fuck. Fuck! Fuck fuck fuck fuck fuck.


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Tusk, Tusk

A Mammoth Discovery In Texas



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Texas Boys Discover ‘Fossil Gold Mine’

SHERMAN, Texas – For Andrew Carroll and Thomas Smith, two North Texas sixth-graders, the adventure began when they found a bone while exploring a creek southeast of Sherman.

“We all got excited because I knew it was too big to be a cow bone, so we knew it was a dinosaur bone,” Andrew said of himself and his Pottsboro Middle School classmate.

What it was, once the Dallas Paleontological Society investigated: the bone was a pelvis of a Columbian mammoth, one of the two largest species of mammoth.

“This area is a fossil gold mine,” society member Ed Swiatovy of Sherman told the Herald Democrat of Sherman and Denison for a story in Sunday editions. “At one time, it was under an inland sea. When it came to the end of the dinosaurs, when mammals took over, this area was grass plains and woodlands—everything that mammals like. This area has always been conducive to marine or mammal life forms.”

Society volunteers have excavated the area found by the boys, dinging a shoulder bone, fragments of two leg bones, a lower jaw with teeth and the back of a skull, Swiatovy said. All of the bones have been sent to the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas for study and carbon dating.

A team of archaeologists from Southern Methodist University in Dallas surveyed the site for any signs of prehistoric human life but found none, he said.

I thought for a few minutes that I’d have some kind of illegal alien angle to play with on this story, since it’s a Columbian mammoth. But I have no idea where the name Columbia came from. Wiki says the critter lived only as far south as Central America, and that the ones around Nashville were a bit behind the times with the extinction notification, and managed to stay alive up to only 7800 years ago.

The Columbian mammoth was one of the largest of the mammoth species and also one of the largest elephants to have ever lived, measuring 4 metres (13 ft) tall and weighing up to 10 metric tons (11 short tons). It was 10.7 feet (3.3 m) long at the shoulder, and had a head that accounted for 12 to 25 percent of its body weight.[2] It had impressive, spiralled tusks which typically extended to 6.5 feet (2.0 m). A pair of Columbian Mammoth tusks discovered in central Texas was the largest ever found for any member of the elephant family: 16 feet (4.9 m) long.

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Hmmph. Ok, this mammoth lived in Mexico, it’s smaller than the other mammoth, and the reconstruction depicts it as being relatively hairless. So can I work the Chihuahua angle then? “Yes, drop the chalupa!”

He also seems to have had a bit of an identity crisis, or else he was using false ID (ha! I can so work the illegal alien angle!) because Mammuthus Columbi was also known as Mammuthus Jeffersoni, i.e., the Jefferson mammoth.


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And now for something not at all completely different. This is Isla Fisher. I know she’s been here before, but she’s just so darn cute I couldn’t resist.

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Do We Get A Choice?

Send Him Keith Olberman and Chris Matthews Quick!!

Gadaffi Using Journalist As Human Shields





An attack on the compound of Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi on Sunday had to be curtailed because of journalists nearby, Fox News has learned.

British sources confirmed that seven Storm Shadow missiles were ready to be fired from a British aircraft, but the strikes had to be curtailed due to crews from CNN, Reuters and other organizations nearby. Officials from Libya’s Ministry of Information brought those journalists to the area to show them damage from the initial attack and to effectively use them as human shields.

The curtailment of this mission led to a great deal of consternation by coalition commanders, sources told Fox News, but they opted to call off the mission to avoid civilian casualties.

During a Pentagon briefing on Monday, coalition commanders said the huge compound was targeted due to its air defense systems on the perimeter and a military command and control center. It was not targeted to kill Qaddafi, commanders said.

Meanwhile, U.S. military officials said on Monday that Qatar is sending six planes to Libya to participate in support missions, becoming the third Arab nation to send aircraft to the African nation. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) also announced on Monday that its role in Libya is “strictly confined” to the delivery of humanitarian assistance in Libya.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/21/2011 at 01:41 PM   
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law and disorder and a swift kick below the belt brings an ASBO.

So the guy faces surgery and she gets an ASBO? WTF.

What I don’t understand is why he got no help subduing the slag, and once he had her on the ground, why didn’t he slam her face into the floor enough times to disfigure her forever. If he needs surgery, why shouldn’t she? 

I’m serious ppl. I really don’t understand why he didn’t rearrange her face.

Caught on CCTV: The eye-watering moment frenzied woman kicks hotel manager in the groin

By Daily Mail Reporter

This is the toe-curling moment a hotel manager received an excruciating kick to the groin while carrying out a citizen’s arrest.

Shocking CCTV footage shows Phil Burke fending off an attack by a woman in a Manchester hotel.

Gemma Ryan, 23, flew into a rage when she was stopped by suspicious staff from walking up to a room as she could only give the partial name of the guest she was visiting.

Ryan, of Mossley Road, Ashton under Lyne, later admitted common assault.

Last week, Ryan was given a two-year anti-social behaviour order that prevents her from entering the Britannia Hotel and the Ramada Hotel in Manchester city centre.

Now police have released CCTV footage of the drama showing the painful confrontation.

Mr Burke, a leading member of Manchester’s Pub and Club Network, said: ‘I was on the third floor and I heard her being abusive to the staff. I came down and spoke to her and she punched me in the chest, although this was not captured by the CCTV. She ran at me, hitting and punching me. She kicked at colleagues.

‘It frightened me. Not only was I being physically and verbally attacked, other people who were coming into the hotel were also targeted.’

Mr Burke, a 41-year-old married father, said that he had undergone two CT scans and was awaiting surgery to his groin after the incident.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/21/2011 at 12:38 PM   
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Pat Condell on an evil, scrounging islamic dirtbag, protesting America.

As if we don’t know.

It would be nuts to allow this grubby bastard into America BUT .... maybe if he is allowed, as Condell says, you folks at home can get an up close and better look at the creep. And maybe some American with a gun will take the grizzly bearded bastard out and improve the world.

Brits have been putting up with the scrounger for a very long time.  I haven’t a clue why.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/21/2011 at 10:58 AM   
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Figures

First Monday of Spring. Tra Lee, Tra La, woo-hoo. Naturally, it’s snowing.

Crivens!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/21/2011 at 10:56 AM   
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