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calendar   Saturday - April 30, 2011

I need better email

Here’s the latest Crowder. A day and a half late. I checked my email a bunch of times today. Nothing. Finally, at 10:30pm I looked again, and there it is. Mailed out yesterday. WTF. I’m getting tired of this. Everybody else on the list has it before I do, and it’s been out on YouTube long enough to garner nearly 900 comments. My mail server sucks.

Anyway, this one is sorta funny, as Steve does a bunch of celebrity impressions. Not that that is going to bring down the price of gas. Jeez Louise, $22 got me less than half a tank today, not even 6 gallons. So glad The Won can take a few billion in stimulus money and give it to Brazil so they can drill, but the US gets shut down a year ago and stays that way. This cloaca squeezing of a present has to go. And he can take his anal fellating jizz bunny news media with him. A couple years ago when gas was less costly than it is now, they couldn’t find anything else to talk about, 24-7, and pointed their self-righteous fingers straight at the White House. Now? Not even crickets chirping. Total. Silence.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/30/2011 at 01:36 AM   
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calendar   Friday - April 29, 2011

Star Trek

I know. I know. I’m always several years behind the times. I don’t watch TV. The last movie we saw in the theaters was the first Narnia movie.

I’m watching ‘Star Trek’, the movie. Supposed to be a ‘prequel’ to TOS (The Original Series). Kirk first meets Spock and all of that.  Back to my observations of the movie. James Tiberius Kirk is doing his best James Dean impersonation in a bar:

After hitting on an attractive black woman, named Uhura, some Star Fleet cadets accost Kirk.

JTK: “Relax cupcake, it was a joke.”

Unknown Star Fleet @ss: “Hey farmboy, maybe you can’t count, but there are four of us and one of you.”

JTK: “So get so more guys and then it’ll be an even fight.”

Jim Kirk proceeds to get his @ss kicked. At least that part is realistic.

So far, this movie must be in some alternate Star Trek universe. None of this is even hinted at in TOS.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/29/2011 at 11:40 PM   
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Go Donald Go

Trump Gives Them Both Barrels In Vegas

Fires Off Mouth, Reloads, Fires Again

“We have weak pathetic leaders.” “Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people.” “It’s just very, very sad.”

Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump unleashed an f-bomb-laced attack on President Obama and Washington politics Thursday night during a speech that likely won’t help him win the family-values vote should he decide to run for president.

At a Las Vegas casino that bears his name, Trump assured a crowd of adoring supporters that he is seriously weighing a presidential run and will make a decision soon.

During a 30-minute stump speech focused mostly on foreign affairs, Trump blasted Obama’s handling of Libya, Iraq, China and Afghanistan, and in one of his many curse-bombs, he lamented the nation’s focus on building schools in war-torn Iraq, while neglecting education in the United States.

“In the meantime we can’t get a f---ing school in Brooklyn,” he said.

He also cursed the spike in gas prices: “We have nobody in Washington that sits back and said, you’re not going to raise that f---ing price.”

Trump even dropped what’s considered the most offensive f-bomb when he promised to use swear words while negotiating with China.

“Listen you mother f---ers, we’re going to tax you 25 percent,” he said.

Trump also sprinkled in a number of insults directed toward the nation’s leaders.

“Our leaders are stupid, they are stupid people,” he said. “It’s just very, very sad.”

The setting was fitting for the casino mogul whose moniker is draped across the gold-tinged Trump International Hotel & Tower just off the Las Vegas Strip. An open bar greeted more than 1,000 people, waiters passed hors d’oeuvres and a Trump impersonator entertained the crowd.

At one point, a woman in the lavish reception at the Treasure Island casino on the Las Vegas Strip yelled out that Trump should run for president.

“I think I am going to make you very happy,” the developer said.

But he later said: “There is a really good chance that I won’t win because of one of these blood-sucking politicians.”







So he’s crass. So he’s a loudmouth blowhard. GOOD! Hit them hard Donald, hit them again and again and again. Give them the rough language of real Americans and all the anger that goes with it. Shoot your mouth off 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, because the press won’t ignore you the way they ignore us. And maybe, just maybe, some of those velvet slipper lace undie wearing crybaby Republicans in DC will realize that they too just might be able to grow a pair and learn how to fight.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2011 at 08:34 PM   
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Huzzah!

And So They Are Wed

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Worldwide press absolutely giddy as Prince William marries Kate Middleton




Well good for the two of them. Drag out the gilded carriages, polish up the fancy horses, press the colorful antique uniforms, fill the ancient cathedral with flowers and bunting, and set the Fairy Tale Event meter to 11.5: the British are having a full-on Pomp And Circumstance do. And the whole world took a few minutes off to watch and say yup, they still know how to do it right, from the funny hats to the golden bishop. And even the weather cooperated.

The bride was simply radiant in an elegant gown by some really famous expensive designer, with elegant lace on the sleeves, fancy needlework all over, and a modern train that only required two attendants to carry it, and after two weeks of the press playing guess which tiara, it turned out that she wore the priceless antique one utterly crusted in giant precious stones made from expensive metal. And she wore it perfectly, bigod.

No, I’m not being at all sarcastic. I don’t follow weddings, and I haven’t paid any attention to this event at all. But it is inescapable today, and in a way that’s fine with me. We can all use a day off from the insanity and disaster going on in the rest of the world. I don’t follow fashion, so the dress designer and all those details were lost on me. I thought the bride looked wonderful, perhaps a bit too thin, and the couple seemed super happy. Good for them. The Queen was all smiles in her elegant outfit and matching hat in a pleasant shade of golden butter, and all the other princesses looked classy and chic in their modern get-ups and fancy hats. Only one outfit was a bit over the top enough to be questionable, but you can bet it cost at least half your annual income so we’ll call it “avant garde” instead of “fug”. And no protesters or terrorists were able to get any camera time to muck up the event, although I hope they tried, and that the London police dragged them off and beat 7 kinds of hell out of them several streets away where there were no crowds or television cameras, for not showing Willing on the Big Day. Such thing are simply not Done, and the learning of that lesson carries a Price.

Now that all the foreign news correspondents are exhausted, and have run through their entire vocabulary of words that mean “super”, “expensive”, and “perfect” in several languages, even French, the coverage has shifted a little to younger brother Harry, who is throwing an all night party at the palace for 300 of the couple’s closest friends. And for those who make it through that until sunrise tomorrow, there will be a proper English Breakfast featuring massive quantities of bacon and other fried foods. See, even the meal the day after will be done right.

Huzzah!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2011 at 06:10 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 28, 2011

It’s not that kind of code

Back in the long ago days of Once Upon A Time, computer programmers had to deal with systems that had limited computing power and limited working memory area. The languages of those days weren’t object oriented, and data was handled by putting it into some sort of structure. Once in a structure, it could be sorted, moved about, added and deleted, etc. The core part of building any of those structures was the linked list, which was an electronic lifeform (so it seemed sometimes) made out of nodes, where each node was a small encapsulated entity with the ability to point to the next node in the structure. The pointing was done by a little bit of data called a pointer that carried a machine supplied address, and the value of that pointer was the location of the next node. This let the computers put your data wherever it had room to stash them, but you could pull out huge chains of the stuff just by “pulling” on one “string”. Needless to say working with pointers could be a challenge, and the lesser languages did not have automatic housekeeping, which often lead to the dreaded “memory leak”. You did these things right, or the whole system could crash. Things are better these days, because languages like Java allow the programmers to code as if all their data lives in arrays. Arrays are contiguous chunks of memory cut up into data sized pieces called cells, and to get from one cell to the next you simply add or subtract from an index. Put simply, my_array[1] stores info in the chunk of memory right next to my_array[2]. The truth is that Java and the other modern languages store the information wherever the heck they feel like it, but they do all that pointer manipulation behind the scenes so you don’t have to. And they clean up the trash automatically. It makes for much easier and faster programming.

So that’s what a linked list is. A list of links is something entirely different, and Right Wings News has gotten together with Doug Ross and created a new one. Instapundit is one of the original list of links blogs, and now Hawkins and Ross have created Trending Right. It’s purpose is to supply a continually updated list of “happening” links, all of which are of a Conservative bend. But to make it extra special, the stories linked to are the ones that are - right this second - trending on Twitter. [eye roll]

Trending Right shows the most linked conservative stories on Twitter for EACH HOUR. So, if you want to know what’s hot on the Right, RIGHT NOW, then you read Trending Right.

I personally am missing out on the whole Twitter, Facebook, Social Networking experience. I rarely ever even send a text message on my cell phone. I think it’s all crap.

Is Trending Right worth a visit? Sure, if staying on top of the wave is important to you. For the rest of us, the Big Story of the Day or Week will be enough.

Here’s a fast random sample off of their front page ...

Hey, remember when the high price of gas was Bush’s fault? It costs more now, but nobody - not even Nancy Pelosi - is pointing fingers at the White House.

The Founding Fathers ‘Admired Islam?’ The International Movement to ‘Islamize’ Your Knowledge. Like Hell they did. I’m seeing creeping islamization in my daily life, with “allah” and the terms for various arab bits of clothing etc showing up as clues in the local newspaper crossword puzzles. And they can damn well stop that, thank you. Besides, if you can’t make a crossword without the crutch of using words in other languages, you kinda suck.

John Stossel: Government Creates Poverty, Freedom leads to prosperity. No shit, ‘stache. Well done. Now take this here hickory cluebat and go beat that thought into the other ‘stache (Geraldo) until something breaks.

Yee haa! Walmart is back in the gun business! Sure. Everywhere except NY and NJ I bet.

Speaking of Walmart, here’s one from the WTF Files: Man in cow costume steals 26 gallons of milk from Walmart , gives it away for free in parking lot, then skipped away. He was later arrested, and police found the cow costume in his car trunk.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2011 at 07:17 PM   
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eye candy

Her name is BLAKE LIVELY, and I haven’t a clue. I happened to see her photo and thought she looked pretty good.
But when I looked her up I discovered she looked lots better as a blond. With all due respect to what dreams are made of. sigh.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/28/2011 at 05:26 PM   
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Oh Noes!

A tornado warning has been issued for our part of New Jersey. High winds, hail, intense rain, severe thunderstorms. Run away, hide, panic!

The TV stations are going whacko.

I’m not taking this lightly; it’s good that such warning systems exist. In Kansas and Iowa and the other states in Tornado Alley they can save your life. And there has been some awful and unusual weather around the country over the past couple of weeks. Including tornadoes in the most unlikely places.

It’s just that I have some doubts about such things here in New Jersey. And I’ve seen the weather people overreact so many many times before.

But if somehow you stop hearing from me in the middle of a po


update, 40+ minutes later
: ..st.  Ha, a bit of self inflicted irony there. We got some really heavy rain as the system came in, and some really heavy rain a bit later when the system moved out. That’s it. No hail or thunder, no big winds, no twisters. Now it’s just back to our regular heavy rain that we’ve been having nearly the entire month. Oh joy.

The tornado anomaly over the past few days has been very severe. Tornadoes have touched down and caused massive damage in the most unlikely of places. The news this morning said that over 200 people have died from these storms.

So don’t take the warnings lightly. Even if you live in New Jersey or other places where tornadoes almost never happen. “Almost never” can still get you killed. Be alert, be prepared. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2011 at 01:43 PM   
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SOS … more stuck on stupid

You may have noticed that over the last couple of days, I’ve posted less of crime.murder/bludgeon/stabbing and all that, cos I’ve found a few maddeningly stupidly bizarre things to share.  Not that all that other stuff has abated. Not at all. Sadly.

Anyway, we’ve read about the folks who find they are “offended” You’ll recall the head teacher who insists she saw a lynch mob in a poster and took it as a threat to herself.  I think she still has her job.  Says lots about diversity, multiculture and stupidity.

The things that people find time for these days is mind boggling.  I guess they haven’t anything else to worry about except who is being offended somewhere by what and by whom.

A review if you don’t mind. Yesterday I posted the following.

A beach bar singer had been arrested for performing the song Kung Fu Fighting. Simon Ledger stands accused of racially aggravated harassment.
Kung Fu Fighting was a one-hit wonder 37 years ago for Carl Douglas. It sold nine million copies around the world

Under laws passed by the previous govt., the definition of a ‘hate crime’ is: ‘Any incident which is perceived by the victim or any other person as being motivated by prejudice or hate.’

This legislation has previously been used to pursue, among others, two old age pensioners who protested against a gay pride rally, and also led to Northamptonshire Police studying a Basil Brush video after a travelers’ activist complained that an episode broadcast on the children’s channel CBBC caused offense to gypsies.

Somehow itinerant members of the ‘traveling community’ have managed to get themselves defined as an oppressed species.

Those forced to live near illegal campsites might beg to disagree. Which brings us neatly to farmer Tracy St Clair Pearce.
She called police to complain that she was being menaced by a group of gypsies who had set up an illegal site on land near her property. Miss St Clair Pearce, who is suffering from terminal cancer, says a gang of youths threw rocks at her, used abusive language, and threatened to slit her throat and kill her cattle.

They were cutting down trees on her property for firewood. They were teens who came back with a father in tow and a couple other men, who she said dropped their trousers and made rude comments and mooned her. She also says their cursing was of the very worst, and I’d believe her.

The police responded by accusing her of making threats against the travelers.

Yesterday, I said wrongly that they didn’t get her shotgun. Well, I was mistaken as that’s how I originally read the article. But, armed officers did raid her farmhouse and ordered her to hand over her legally-held shotguns, otherwise they would rip her gun safe off the wall. They have also withdrawn her gun license to prevent her buying another.  She’s had a license for 20 years, but no matter. 

While the above is a serious matter and not one of humor although surely “Stuck on Stupid” should apply, the following is also wedded to stupid and one could say humorous.  BUT … to waste police time on this is seriously outrageous. And I’m sorry to report that the thin skinned wimp is supposed to be a conservative.

The police in Avon and Somerset launched a full-scale manhunt to find the culprit responsible for drawing a Hitler mustache on a poster of a local councilor in the village of Pitcombe.  Tory councilor, Mike Beech, made a formal complaint to the police because he was ‘offended’ by the alteration to his picture.

Four officers visited every one of the 20 houses in the tiny hamlet, knocking on doors in the evening and questioning residents.
Since when did it become a criminal offense to draw a mustache on a poster of a public figure?
The police, who began an inquiry under the Public Order Act, alleging that the poster could cause ‘harassment, alarm or distress’. A spokesman said they were legally obliged to investigate cases of ‘criminal damage’.

Writing on this subject Richard Littlejohn says,

This is a result of the pernicious cult of political correctness which now infects every sinew of our body politic, especially the police. It has institutionalised knee-jerk stupidity in the name of ‘diversity’.

Well, the following howler isn’t about diversity or the stupid things cops must do because an idiot law says they must. And it isn’t as serious as the lady confronted by traveler scum on her property.  But the folks suggesting how you BMEWS pet owners refer to your haired and furry friends and companions, are most definitely members in good standing of the pc ‘stuck on stupid’ brigade.  They earn the Moonbat award because they actually believe this idiocy. Well and truly they do.

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IT’S NOW INSULTING TO CALL AN ANIMAL “YOUR PET”

April 28 2011 at 04:16pm

By FIONA MACRAE

IOL news

London, England - In a statement that gives a whole new meaning to animal rights, leading academics have called for pets to be renamed “companion animals”.

They say that rather than being a term of endearment, “pets” is an insult to the animals concerned, and their owners, who should be known as “human carers”.

The editors of a new journal devoted to animal ethics, including an Oxford University theologian, also want the terms “pests” and “vermin” to be dropped. Wild animals, meanwhile, would be referred to as “free-living or free-ranging”.

Even innocuous phrases such as “sly as a fox” and “drunk as a skunk” are seen as an affront to animals.

The recommendations reflect a feeling in some academic circles that the language we use when thinking or talking about animals affects how we treat them.

The call for a new type of animal language is made in the first issue of the Journal of Animal Ethics, which bills itself as being “devoted to the exploration of progressive thought about animals”.

Although the changes are mainly aimed at those contributing articles to the journal, it is hoped the message will influence how other people view their pets.

In the editorial, Reverend Professor Andrew Linzey, an Oxford theologian who has written or edited 20 books, and US philosopher Professor Priscilla Cohn call for a major rethink of animal terminology.

“Despite its prevalence, ‘pets’ is surely a derogatory term both of the animals concerned and their human carers,” they say. “Again the word ‘owners’, whilst technically correct in law, harks back to a previous age when animals were regarded as just that: property, machines or things to use without moral constraint.

“In addition, we invite authors to use the words ‘free-living’, ‘free-ranging’ or ‘free-roaming’ rather than ‘wild animals’.

“For most, ‘wildness’ is synonymous with uncivilised, unrestrained, barbarous existence. There is an obvious prejudgement here that should be avoided.

“We want to bid farewell to the numerous metaphors and similes by which we put down fellow animals or humans: ‘sly as a fox’, ‘drunk as a skunk’, ‘eat like a pig’… and many others. All of those say much more about humans and their perception, or rather lack of it, than they do about animals.”

They conclude: “We shall not be able to think clearly unless we discipline ourselves to use less than partial adjectives in our exploration of animals and our moral relations with them.”

But Marie Clair, spokesman for the Plain English Campaign, said: “It is not plain English, it is not necessary and if they want to alienate people further from the world of science, this is the best way to do it.

“I don’t know of any pet that has complained about being called a three-letter word.”

Now I ask you folks. Is that not seriously stupid? And these are supposed to be educated people.
I’d say western culture, or at least the folks here, are in serious trouble. SOS!

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/28/2011 at 01:24 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 27, 2011

Random thoughts…

I notice that the BMEWS coffee mug link has moved up in the Bworld. Did I have anything to do with that?

About 45 minutes ago I had the most interesting encounter at the local UDF (United Dairy Farmers). Had run out of Mountain Dew and UDF was running a 3/$4 offer. I don’t drink coffee. Mountain Dew provides my caffeine fix.

Anyway, this burly black guy gets out of his car, walks over and shakes my hand. “I like your bumper sticker.”

I’m nervous, no black person has ever done anything except threaten me… “Which one?” I ask

Well, I hope you all can see the bumper sticker in question.

So we enter the UDF. It’s packed. I get my Mountain Dew, he gets whatever, and we are still talking while in the line. He’s ranting about Obama’s socialist policies, ObamaCare, illegal immigration… etc.

I did find out, in the conversation, that he’s an ex-Marine. Used to be stationed in San Diego. I spent four years with San Diego as my home port. We knew a lot of the same places to hang out.

As I said, a first for me. A black guy likes my anti-Obama bumper stickers.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/27/2011 at 08:18 PM   
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open season on open borders … coming soon to your country

Some of the regulars at this site may recall a few days ago, I was on a rant of sorts with regard to the overcrowding of an Italian island with refugees.
Those folks have played havoc of course with the natives of the island who they may well outnumber.
Well BMEWS, here’s an update. Seems the French (Bravo) want to take another look at that agreement they signed about open borders some years ago.
They and the Italians are having an argument. Italy wants France to help more. France says NEIN! Oh wait.  Wrong language but you get the idea.

You folks get upset in the USA over the way our borders there are seemingly unattended and libs banging away to allow more in etc. Hey, take a good look at Europe and view America’s future. It might not be in this situation with regard to war refugees on the border and overwhelming an island, but this is how things are here and the same sort of folks that believe in open arms and borders exist in plenty in the USA. Just saying, keep your eyes and ears open.
This is becoming a mess. I’m not sure if I’m right to blame the Conservative (Lite) PM, David (call me Dave) Cameron. But he it was got on his high moral horse after years and years of fun with Gadiffi, and decided he needed to support the “civilians” who are at odds with the govt. there. In a neat bit of some kind of 1984 the enemy is our friend now and our friend is our enemy, it’s decided and all apparently agree, that everyone with a gun who opposes Gadiffi is an innocent civilian, and everyone taking sides with Tripoli are not.  It hasn’t occurred to some that there may actually be ppl there who do support him, who are not being held to some kind of ransom or being forced to fight for him. It’s a damn tribal thing as well, it’s a civil war that some thought would be “Over by Christmas, over there.”

Oh by the by people.  The UN is now making noise about Syria and complaining about ... come on ... one word.  “CIVILIANS” in harm’s way and DEMANDING the govt there stop what they are doing. 

So then, there’s this rush of refugees mostly of the wrong sort that Italy can not handle and the French do not want.  Oh Dear, oh dear what to do?
Why I know .... there’ll always be an England.

Take a look at what’s in store.


The Eurostar migrants: North African refugees mass at the Paris gateway to Britain as Sarkozy and Berlusconi row about open borders

By PETER ALLEN

· Immigrants who have fled Tunisia say Britain is their ‘only hope’
· Franco-Italian immigration problems comes amid international business tensions and discord over Libya
· Agreement reached to revise Treaty to account for ‘exceptional’ circumstances

Desperate immigrants fleeing the chaos in North Africa are massing around the Eurostar terminal in Paris – prompting fears that they will head for Britain.
Most are refugees from the recent revolution in Tunisia and the continuing conflict in Libya who have arrived in Europe via Italy.
Up to 1,000 North Africans have set up temporary home in squares surrounding the Gare du Nord, from which fast trains reach the UK in less than two hours.

Almost all are complaining about harassment from the French authorities. They say their hopes of finding accommodation and jobs in France are next to nil.

President Nicolas Sarkozy has pledged to do all he can to get rid of the migrants. Some 25,000 North Africans have arrived in Italy by sea since the start of ‘the Arab Spring’ and many then moved on to France.

We were treated as heroes during our Jasmine Revolution but now we are unwanted. People are already offering us passages to England.’ Mr Trikki was speaking from a makeshift camp on the Jemmapes quay in Paris, where charity workers were dishing out soup to some 400 migrants.
Another camp, at Porte de Villette, has Tunisian flags at the entrance. The 300 residents complain daily about the lack of food and threats from the police.
Khalid, a 27-year-old Tunisian, said: ‘We know that the English supported the Jasmine Revolution, and that they are also fighting for freedom in Libya by bombing Gaddafi.

If a country is prepared to fight for us, then they will be prepared to welcome us as brothers.

We must be allowed to travel to countries like England.’


ANALYSIS: Quelle surprise! France discovers the need for stricter border controls

For a quarter of a century, France – one of the architects of the 1985 Schengen agreement – has been the main cheerleader for Europe throwing its borders wide open, writes James Slack.
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So there is a distinct irony that – now it is causing him a headache – President Sarkozy is leading demands for Schengen to be reformed.

In other words, the open movement permitted by Schengen is only a good thing for Europe when it is a good thing for France. Quelle surprise!

Schengen creates a single external border for Europe. People inside the boundary, which excludes Britain and Ireland, can move around freely, with security checks kept to a minimum.

France’s change of position over the wisdom of this policy is a response to the crisis in North Africa.

Since the beginning of February, the Italian island of Lampedusa has been overwhelmed by the arrival of more than 25,000 migrants. The majority of them are Tunisian.

Italy’s response was to grant a six-month visa for the Tunisian refugees who arrived before April 4. However, the temporary passport entitles its holders to free movement in the entire territory of Schengen.

Many of the Tunisians speak French, and would naturally wish to travel to France – prompting Mr Sarkozy and his colleagues to cry foul.

First, France decided to stop Italian trains carrying Tunisian migrants from entering its soil. Then, in a statement which must have brought a wicked smile to every British home secretary of recent years, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, an ally of Mr Sarkozy, uttered the following: ‘It’s easy for Italy to be generous with other people’s territory.’

Which, of course, was precisely the view taken by France over the Sangatte refugee camp. For years, France was happy for illegal immigrants to mass by the Calais ferry ports and Eurostar terminals which lead to England – safe in the knowledge they would soon be somebody else’s problem.

During his time as French interior minister, Mr Sarkozy agreed to close the 2002 version of Sangatte only if the UK agreed to take in 1,200 refugees living there.
While it is tempting to laugh at the hypocrisy of Mr Sarkozy suddenly discovering the need for stricter border controls, that would be unwise.

For there are already signs Mr Sarkozy’s tactic for dealing with the Tunisian problem will be a tried and tested one: allow the migrants to mass near Calais, and try to sneak into Britain. The Home Office – as is usual when dealing with France – must be on its guard.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/27/2011 at 11:37 AM   
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photography and awesome technology.

Wow!  Now this really blows me away although no doubt some of you have either seen it already, or are very much aware of the technology. (Drew?)

I’d love to be able to to take a photo and make it like the one with the fellow and newspaper. I’m impressed so don’t burst my bubble. I like bubbles.

Take a look, and there are more at the link of course. Just click the photo below.


Have you ever seen a photo move? Artists develop amazing cinemagraphs that take ‘stills’ to the next level

By DANIEL BATES
Last updated at 10:11 AM on 27th April 2011

It is, in their own words, ‘something more than a photo but less than a video’.

Two artists have created a new way to to record your special moments - pictures with movement.

The ‘cinemagraphs’ look like still photos but actually feature a subtle area of movement designed to grab your eye and keep you looking. The effect is slightly eerie - but utterly captivating.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/27/2011 at 09:47 AM   
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chop,chop. chinee boy no like racist song.  where?  in the ear of the beholder.

You can’t possibly question my sanity when I run clean off the rails over the issues of race, multi-kulture and diversity.
A load of crap that is sinking this once great country. The damn pc that runs amok, the weird left wing solutions that are embedded and cause more problems for more ppl then they solve. And still, for reasons maybe someone can clearly explain, the Brits put up with it.

These folks have questions too.

Why do the rational citizens of Britain put up with the garbage? - Mike, Oklahoma, USA, 27/4/2011 4:09

Because we’re not the real men and women of the 30’s and 40’s. We’re all wo-men, scared to put our comfortable lives on the line as they are doing in the Middle East. Whatever you and I think of them, at least they have passion. “Let someone else do it” is our motto, while we comment angrily from our comfortable chairs. Then off we go to make tea, take the kids to school and carry on our lives as if nothing had happened. On to the next story to comment on....
- Mr Brown, Staines

So the band were arrested for what amounts to celebrating multiculturalism and diversity, I better remember to keep my headphones on while playing blues numbers on my guitar just in-case somebody thinks I am promoting slavery or something.
- leew, lancashire,

Yeah, I have another problem but this time from an unexpected quarter. Totally unexpected.  See what pc brings ya? “Everybody wants to get into the act.”


Pub singer arrested for racism after Chinese passers-by hear him perform Kung Fu Fighting

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 8:59 AM on 27th April 2011

A pub singer has been arrested on suspicion of racism for singing the classic chart hit Kung Fu Fighting.

The song, performed by Simon Ledger, 34, is said to have offended two Chinese people as they walked past the bar where he was singing.

The entertainer regularly performs the 1974 number one hit, originally by disco star Carl Douglas, at the Driftwood Beach Bar in Sandown, on the Isle of Wight.

But after one of the passers-by reported his routine on Sunday afternoon, Mr Ledger was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated harassment.

‘We were performing Kung Fu Fighting, as we do during all our sets,’ he said. ‘People of all races were loving it.  Chinese people have never been offended by it before.

‘But this lad walking past with his mum started swearing at us and making obscene hand gestures before taking a picture on his mobile phone.

‘We hadn’t even seen them when we started the song. He must have phoned the police.’

Officers later called Mr Ledger while he was eating in a Chinese restaurant to arrange a meeting. The singer assumed it was a prank – but he was later arrested and is still under investigation.

‘They seemed pretty amazed but said the law is the law and it was their duty,’ he is reported to have said. ‘It’s political correctness gone potty. There are plenty of Welsh people at our shows – does it mean I can’t play any Tom Jones?’

Bar owner Sean Ware said: ‘The song is in no way racist and nor is Simon. There is no way he would abuse anyone. He didn’t start the song just because Chinese people were walking past. He had already started playing it.’

Mr Ledger, who was later bailed, wrote on Facebook: ‘If the lad who phoned the police is reading this, what is wrong with you?’

A Hampshire police spokesman last night said a 32-year-old man of Chinese origin had claimed he was subjected to racial abuse.

He added: ‘If a victim believes that an alleged crime is racially aggravated, the police will treat it seriously. Investigations into this incident are continuing.’

The spokesman said a 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of causing harassment, alarm or distress under section 4a of the Public Order Act 1986.

The man was not taken to the police station at the time, but was released on bail. He will visit Newport police station today where he will be interviewed.

source. the daily mail

Some of you reading this will I’m sure, be old enough to remember dialect comedians. Greats like the late Myron Cohen come to mind. You don’t hear them much anymore, do ya? Plenty of foul language of course (said as tho he doesn’t use it as well). Routines about body functions. Oh that’s funny.
Thing is, in today’s totally screwed up world, everything will offend everybody and everyone gets to call a cop. Where is it gonna end? When will this crap end?
One doesn’t hear many Polish jokes anymore. Not that they were necessarily fair. But they were funny and one could always change the nationality to fit the company.  Brits tell jokes about the Scots and they of course have English put downs also. Don’t hear much of that either. Ppl afraid of being arrested or worse. Being sued.

Well, I guess now songs too make the racist list. What next? Or maybe I shouldn’t ask.

chop-chop. gotta get to the next story chop,chop.
There’s my racist Chinese joke for the day. chop,chop. Now sue me. (now where the hell did I leave my freekin pigtail?)


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/27/2011 at 07:47 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 26, 2011

$7 Gas

3 Inch Lizard Could Shut Down Texas Oil Business

How’s that for jobs “saved or created”? Out of control EPA wants to put the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard on the Federal Endangered Species List, and you know what that will mean.

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If the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard is declared an endangered species, it could devastate oil and gas production in the Permian Basin for at least two years. Critics believe this proposal is an entirely politically motivated move to hurt the energy industry in America.

The listing of the Northern spotted owl as a threatened species has killed logging and created ghost towns in the Northwest – and the owls are still in decline after 20 years of protection. The ESA protection of the delta smelt as a threatened species created unemployment of more than 40 percent in the San Joaquin Valley – until the votes of two congressmen for Obama’s health care bill turned the water back on – temporarily.  (Suddenly the fish weren’t so important.) Unfortunately for the owls and smelt, they’re not getting the needed population boost, but the unemployment figures of the loggers and farm laborers has increased significantly.

The Obama administration wants us to believe that they will really focus on jobs and the economy. The announcements and “pro-business” staff members are just window dressing. While no one is looking, they’re continuing the job-killing policies. On December 14, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard “faces immediate and significant threats due to oil and gas activities and herbicide treatments.” As a result, they propose it be listed as “endangered”—under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)—which starts the clock for a 60-day public comment period. Hoping no one would notice, the proposal was announced during the throes of the holiday season. We, the public, need to take notice.

If the lizard receives the ESA listing, oil and gas development will be virtually stopped for those that have not yet signed the CCA and no new exploration will be allowed—which means even higher prices at the pump. As we’ve seen with the closing of the Alaska pipeline, the less supply we have, the higher the price. If the economy’s really important, wouldn’t Washington want to keep prices low for the consumer and to help recovery? An ESA listing will also block potential wind farms and solar installations. The news release states that “Habitat loss and fragmentation” is due to the “creation of roads and pads, pipelines and transmission lines.” Transmission lines are needed to get the renewable energy from “out there” where the land is to “in here” where the people are.

The endangered species we should all be concerned about is “the job.” The economy of this entire portion of the country is dependent on ranching/farming and the extractive industries. Take them away and you take jobs away. The region will become the victim of policy-induced poverty.

SANTA FE - U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-2nd District, says he sees a threat in the desert, a tiny reptile that can destroy jobs if the federal government lists it as an endangered species.

Critics of Pearce, a Republican who is weighing whether to run for the U.S. Senate next year, counter that he is trying to whip up a furor against environmental laws to advance himself politically.

In the middle of this debate is the dunes sagebrush lizard. A dusty brown, this lizard grows to no more than 3 inches and is so rare - limited to stretches of southeastern New Mexico and west Texas - that most humans will never see one. The dunes sagebrush lizard lives in dunes covered by shinnery oak. Its habitat is shrinking, and the U.S. government has listed it as a candidate for “endangered” status since 2001.

The state of New Mexico already lists the dunes sagebrush lizard as an endangered species, making it illegal to kill or harm the animal. But state protections are slim compared to those a federal designation would provide. Under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. government could restrict oil drilling, grazing and use of off-road vehicles to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard.

Its range covers Chaves, Eddy, Lea and Roosevelt counties. Most of that habitat is federally owned, controlled by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. In addition, the lizard lives in four counties of west Texas.

Pearce, focusing on the reptile this week in town meetings throughout the 2nd Congressional District, said people would be put in peril if the federal government classifies the dunes sagebrush lizard as “endangered.”

“Most of the oil and gas jobs in southeast New Mexico are at risk,” he said. “In the ‘70s, they listed the spotted owl as endangered and it killed the entire timber industry.”

MIDLAND (Texas)- The sagebrush lizard has ended up on the radar of many oil companies locally, that’s because it may end up halting production.

The Permian Basin Petroleum Association will be having a public rally on Tuesday in protest of the dunes sagebrush lizard being added to the endangered species list.

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Congressman Michael Conaway will be speaking alongside Ben Sheppard, President of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association, about the hindrance this will force on the area.

The rally is scheduled at 5 pm Tuesday at the Midland Center.  On Wednesday, the official hearings will be held by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at 6:30 pm at the Midland Center.

Public comment is welcome.

I’m sure a few hundred thousand emails to the EPA and to US Fish & Wildlife Service couldn’t hurt. Be polite, but be firm. People, jobs, and country first. Insignificant little animals last. Let them adapt, or perish.  If West Texas oil production comes to a screeching halt, or if the drilling companies have to apply for, pay for, and then include the expense of dealing with the EPA’s CCA regs, that is going to drive the price of American crude right off the charts. Which is exactly what Ocommie and his gang o’ thugocrats want.


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I’m not sure why, but somehow she makes me think of Michelle Trachtenburg. Yeah, like that’s a bad thing.





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