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calendar   Tuesday - January 31, 2012

Are We There Yet?

Even though the weather has been quite mild here, January has just dragged on forever for me.

It feels like it’s been January all year.


D’oh!!! It has!


So here’s Brit soap actress, undie model, and “sex poppet” Jorgie Porter. Why not?



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/31/2012 at 07:46 PM   
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pc health police shut down hospital burger king

This is I gather, what happens in a socialist nanny state.  What an outrage.
It is not as though Burger King doesn’t sell salads and other items with less calories and fat.  But that aside, there are damn few hospital cafeterias and none in our area, that are worth much.  So personally, I’d welcome mouth satisfying food as served by BK. And it isn’t like I eat there every day or even every month.
Why can’t people choose for themselves without having other people decide for them? 

And talking about sending out the wrong messages.  I have seen a few medical staff who didn’t exactly fit the image of exercise and healthy eating. 
I wonder what sort of brainwashed world this new generation born in 2012, will see in 2037 when I won’t be here to see it for myself.  And perhaps I won’t want to witness it all and so might be lucky.  They’re being born into a world where everything will be proscribed for them.  Things will be forbidden but it won’t matter since they won’t grow up in a world where they’ll have the experience of choice.
Pessimistic I suppose but that’s how I see it.

Hospital facing $4.8m cuts forced to pay $31,395 to shut Burger King on its site

Fast food store which opened in 1997 has been replaced by Costa Coffee

By ROB COOPER

An NHS trust paid £24,000 to shutdown a Burger King restaurant inside a hospital.

The outlet in the entrance area of Croydon University Hospital in Surrey has sold burgers and high fat meals to patients for 14 years.
But it was replaced with a Costa Coffee outlet at hefty cost to the taxpayer in December last year following pressure from health campaigners.
The £24,000 ($31,395) cost is enough to cover the salary of lower grade nurse for a whole year.

They accused the hospital of hypocrisy for taking money from the fast food chain at a time when Britain is undergoing an obesity crisis.
The Burger King was located close to notice boards promoting healthy eating.
Explaining the decision, Croydon Health Service said the ‘world had changed’ since bosses signed the contract with Burger King in 1997 to open the fast food restaurant.
Figures obtained under freedom of information laws reveal the NHS Trust paid £24,000 to Compass UK - the company operating the fast food franchise - to terminate the contract.
The trust said none of the money would go to Burger King itself. 
The hospital has to find £34.7million savings over the next three years and has been forced to axe 200 jobs and close four wards.
Hospital bosses hope to claw back some of the money by opening a new pharmacy in the entrance area.
The decision has been welcomed by Croydon North MP Malcolm Wicks.
The Labour MP said: ‘From the first time I saw the wretched burger joint, I was upset about it.

“The trust said none of the money would go to Burger King itself.”
They make it appear as if money going to BK would be a high crime, and saying that none of the money would go them, makes it look more like an apology.  But we’re not giving money to “those people.”

A Labour MP. Tells ya all you need to know.  Not that many conservatives don’t deserve a swift kick. The left is ever happy to be outraged or offended on behalf of others and will happily do the thinking for others as well.

‘Advertising and selling fast food, which is generally unhealthy, really grates with what a modern hospital is about.
‘I’ve badgered successive chief executives about getting rid of the thing, so I wouldn’t criticise the hospital for finally taking the right decision, though the costs are substantial.’
Folake Segun from patients group Croydon Shadow Health Watch said: ‘Hopefully the trust will take the opportunity to properly consult with the community before bringing in such companies in the future.’
he original contract was signed in 1997 between the hospital’s landlord Heathcrof Properties and Compass UK.
Croydon Health Service chief executive Nick Hulme said the hospital had never had direct control over what businesses operate in the entrance area.
He said: ‘We made a business decision to invest in this change which will give our patients and visitors a better service.’

Wanna bet? Don’t hold your breath for that. It’s what they always chant. It’s a mantra. Better service, we’ll learn from our mistakes, it’s good for the kids who are our only concern, yadda,yadda.  It all translates to, stop thinking for yourself. We know what’s best for you.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/31/2012 at 06:38 PM   
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Picture of the Day

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Prisoners grasp the bars of a hell-hole jail cell — a stark warning of the fate that awaits Somalia’s notorious pirates.

Read it all here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/31/2012 at 03:53 PM   
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Monkey See, Monkey Do

California boy, 10, arrested for scaring woman with toy gun

BURBANK, Calif. – A 10-year-old boy was arrested in California after he pointed a toy gun at a woman who believed it was real, The Burbank Leader reported Monday.

The boy, who was not identified, went to the 67-year-old woman’s Burbank home Sunday and knocked on the door because he believed her grandson had beaten up one of his friends at school, Burbank police Lt. John Dilibert said.

When the woman answered, he reportedly pointed the plastic gun at her and yelled, “You suck,” before running away.

The woman told police she thought the toy weapon was real, the Los Angeles Times reported. Several neighbors also reported that they saw a boy apparently running down the street with a gun.

The boy was arrested on suspicion of brandishing a weapon. After searching his home and speaking with his mother, officers released him to his parents’ custody, Dilibert said.

I’d say this was a case where he was just aping how the adults around him act. Acts of violence are solved with larger acts of violence, and the cycle repeats. Notice that the only men anywhere in this story are the police. Rather telling, yes?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/31/2012 at 11:19 AM   
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My baby niece got married!

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Erika & Phil.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/31/2012 at 09:36 AM   
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calendar   Monday - January 30, 2012

a few photos to glorify the eye candy at 50 and over

Just to change things a little. 

I happen to see someone in the paper who I had never heard of, and they said she’s turned 50.  For those who have and watch TV, I guess you know Marcia Cross.  But I didn’t.
Anyway, I thought just for a change I would find a few ladies who still had ‘it’ and who were past 45.  I ended up with a few who were 50 and over and who I thought still really looked good. Of course there are dozens and more then that, but I arbitrarily settled on the few here.
I’m not interested at all in seeing former beauties on the skids. I want to remember them while they still have the allure (to a degree), that makes em eye candy.
I really, really love this lady.


CAROL VORDERMAN - 52

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MARCIA CROSS - 50
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I think her age shows a fraction in her hand. But darn if she isn’t still beautiful.
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MARIE HELVIN - 60
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I don’t think she’s 60 here unless there’s been a lot of touch up. But she’s pretty so what the heck.

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not quite the end .....  I know what some of you expect and so to keep you happy, not for me you understand, I make this great sacrifice.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/30/2012 at 10:05 PM   
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I need a bigger tarbrush

I need a bigger tarbrush, to paint the whole city of Duluth Minnesota with. Looks to me like they’re all a bunch of self-haters, pushing white guilt down everyone’s throats.






I buy a lot of work clothes and gear from The Duluth Trading Company. Good sturdy stuff at a fair price.

I don’t think I’ll buy from them again.  At least until they clarify their stance on this, and that will require them to walk uphill along the edge of a giant razor blade and not get cut.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/30/2012 at 07:26 PM   
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Churchill might be more then just dismayed

I said what I wanted to in a previous post, so this one will stand alone.

No explaining needed as you will see.

Mr. Randall has it right, as usual.

And btw .... his column appeared to late for him to mention the latest demand, not passed into law as yet, by the European court he mentions here.
The news lately has been focused a bit on kids not being disciplined or held to any standard, because parents have become fearful of being accused of child brutality for mere spanking.  Not talking now about actual child abuse, but where a parent might simply swat a kid’s backside for being naughty. Well, the European court through a spokesman has said that ALL member states (which includes Britain) should immediately make it a crime to spank or use corporal punishment of any sort on any child. Spanking they said, is violence against children and violates children’s human rights.  They are as usual full of s***.


What kind of people have we become?

Churchill would be dismayed by modern Britain’s capitulation to jackboot egalitarians

By Jeff Randall

Between Christmas and New Year, the 70th anniversary of an event, which in no small way helped change the course of history, passed almost unnoticed. On December 26, 1941, less than three weeks after Japan had attacked Pearl Harbor, Winston Churchill addressed both branches of Congress in the United States. The prime minister, who was in Washington to agree military strategy with President Roosevelt, used the invitation from Senators and Representatives to excoriate the Axis powers and pose a simple question: “What kind of people do they think we are?”

This wasn’t Churchill’s finest oratorical effort, but it was clever. As well as denouncing the forces of darkness and the enormity of their aggression, it was an invitation to ordinary Britons, suffering the horrors of war at home, to reflect on the challenge ahead. He was, in effect, asking fellow citizens: “Of what are we made?”

Seven decades later, one wonders how the great man would view the kind of people the British have become. What has happened to the freedoms and independence for which he urged us to fight? It’s hard to imagine our wartime chieftain being anything other than dismayed by the erosion of sovereignty, capitulation to the “equalities industry” and enslavement by debt. We have lost control of domestic borders, ceded legal primacy to Europe and allowed the Storm Troopers of political correctness to stamp their corrosive version of right and wrong on British law.

For evidence of our self-inflicted abasement, look no further than this month’s ruling from Europe’s Court of Human Rights that Abu Qatada, a radical Islamist preacher, regarded as one of al-Qaeda’s main inspirational leaders in Europe, cannot be deported from Britain to his native Jordan because his trial there might have contained evidence obtained by torture.

According to a recent government report, some 3,775 former foreign prisoners, who were in line for deportation by the UK Border Agency, have been released from custody and are living here, most thanks to Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the right to a family and private life. A Nigerian rapist was due to be sent home after losing a series of appeals in British courts over his jailing for an attack on a 13-year-old girl. But Strasbourg’s worthies insisted that they must protect the culprit’s “social ties” with Britain, which had blossomed while he defied expulsion.

Are we really powerless to resist this nonsense? It would seem so.
One reason is the complicity of Britain’s home-grown human-rights obsessives and jackboot egalitarians who, in the words of sociologist Peter Saunders, professor emeritus at the University of Sussex, “seek nothing less than hegemony for their moral values and beliefs”. This requires the unconditional surrender of adversaries and the criminalisation of those who dare to oppose. It’s a war of attrition through relentless assaults on popular consciousness by masters of subversion.

Their goal, according to Prof Saunders, is “eroding the ideals of independent thought, self-reliance and personal responsibility and replacing them with the language of thought-crime, group rights and equal outcomes”. This is modern Britain, where a foreign-born paedophile cannot be put on a plane back to Pakistan but traditional Christians are arrested for disobliging comments on homosexuality — a triumph of intolerance over faith.

After 13 years of the Brown Terror, ( ref. to the former left wing Labour govt ruled for 13 miserable years , italics peiper ) during which reckless state borrowing and out-of-control consumer debt masked economic and social failure, the Coalition is trying to reverse a pernicious tide of grievance culture and something-for-nothing expectations. George Osborne claims: “We are reducing welfare entitlements, imposing new conditionality on benefits and capping overall awards.”

That, at least, is the aim, but an insurgency of human-rights lawyers, grandstanding bishops and professional do-gooders is defending every ditch. Only this month, a Romanian living in the UK, who claims to make a living selling the Big Issue, but qualifies for more than £25,500 a year in benefits, was told by a court that she was not receiving enough. Despite objections from the local council, she was awarded an additional annual housing allowance of £2,600. Chancellor, please take note.

Do not conclude, however, that the immigrants are to blame for this mess. Who among us faced with a choice between penury in a Bucharest rat-hole and £500 a week in handouts plus a subsidised home would not be on the train to London? The only surprise is that so few are already here.
What’s more, the influx of foreign workers is forcing us to confront a problem which those seeking to blame high levels of unemployment entirely on public-spending cuts would rather ignore. Why does London have the highest rate of youth joblessness in the country when so many services in the capital are underpinned by newcomers?

Last week,Pret a Manger, which pays above minimum wage, admitted to the London Evening Standard that only 19 per cent of its payroll is British (in London the figure is far lower). Are we really saying that our education system is so poor and work ethic so diminished that Britain can no longer produce staff suitable for a sandwich shop? That is the conclusion of many business folk to whom I put this question, though they prefer sanitised phrases such as a “deficit of lifestyle skills” instead of the less euphemistic “welfare addiction”.

Given that 70 per cent of Britain’s state-educated pupils do not even take GCSE history, never mind pass it, one can bet confidently that the majority of young people trying to enter a difficult jobs market will never encounter the Churchill question: what kind of people do others think we are?

RANDALL


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/30/2012 at 07:03 PM   
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Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state.

A word first about the photo used here.

I have no idea if it was shown in the USA anywhere.  My guess is, if had been seen or much used, Drew and Vilmar might have been on it.
As it happens, it was in the papers here and naturally, I could not resist using it. 
At first, I was going to use it on its own.  But there were two very intense columns this week.  One by Janet Daley of the The Telegraph, which is posted here.
There’s another I’ll get to.

I hope any Americans seeing this column and one that will follow in another post shortly, will share same with others.
Read and find out why.  I have been ranting on for some time about America becoming Europa, I just wasn’t very eloquent in presenting the case.

For certain I haven’t any qualifications professionally or by way of education or career, to spout off on some of the political things I have. And not too many at that come to think about it.  But I do read what people say, and I do listen to the radio here which can be quite an eye opener for an American. Or should that be ear opener? No matter.  I do pay attention because what I hear and what I read in the papers is clear and is also somewhat frightening.  I have said in the past that one of the things that have saved the USA so far, is our geographical size and the numbers of our population.  But Britain is an island, so over-running this culture and twisting things to satisfy the left is quite a bit easier then it is in the states.  But still, having said that, you’d be blind indeed and perhaps deaf as well if you didn’t believe that America could in time, go the same way. Not because I say so but because I read and hear and know for FACT that there are actually foreign groups at work inside the United States, doing their legal best to transform America to fit their left wing view and fulfill their leftist dream of a united world. Run by them of course. 

If what I say bothers anyone, just ignore it all and go back to sleep.

Barack Obama is trying to make the US a more socialist state

The ideas the President outlined in the State of the Union are based on the very model that is causing the EU to implode.

What was it everybody used to say about the United States? Look at what’s happening over there and you will see our future. Whatever Americans are doing now, we will be catching up with them in another 10 years or so. In popular culture or political rhetoric, America led the fashion and we tagged along behind.
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Well, so much for that. Barack Obama is now putting the United States squarely a decade behind Britain. Listening to the President’s State of the Union message last week was like a surreal visit to our own recent past: there were, almost word for word, all those interminable Gordon Brown Budgets that preached “fairness” while listing endless new ways in which central government would intervene in every form of economic activity.

Later, in a television interview, Mr Obama described his programme of using higher taxes on the wealthy to bankroll new government spending as “a recipe for a fair, sound approach to deficit reduction and rebuilding this country”. To which we who come from the future can only shout, “No‑o-o, go back! Don’t come down this road!”

As we try desperately to extricate ourselves from the consequences of that philosophy, which sounds so eminently reasonable (“giving everybody a fair share”, the President called it), we could tell America a thing or two – if it would only listen. Human beings are so much more complicated than this childlike conception of fairness assumes. When government takes away an ever larger proportion of the wealth which entrepreneurial activity creates and attempts to distribute it “fairly” (that is to say, evenly) throughout society in the form of welfare programmes and public spending projects, the effects are much, much more complex and perverse than a simple financial equation would suggest.

It is probably obvious that the people from whom the wealth is taken will become less willing to incur the risks that entrepreneurial investment involves – and so will produce less wealth, and thus less tax revenue. But more surprising, perhaps, are the damaging changes that take place in the beneficiaries of this “fairness” and the permanent effect this has on the balance of power between government and the people.

There is, it turns out, a huge difference between being provided with a livelihood and feeling that you have earned it. The assumption that all the wealth that individuals create belongs, by moral right, to the state, to spend on benefits or phoney job creation schemes (sorry, public infrastructure projects), is proving phenomenally difficult to expunge in Britain, so ineradicably has it embedded itself in the public consciousness.

In the US, it has had only odd historical moments of favour (Roosevelt’s New Deal, Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society”), which have been beaten back consistently by the dynamism of a country that sees its existential purpose as being to foster and promote individual achievement and self-belief. It is bizarre that Obama should be regarded (or should regard himself) as a kind-of European who is trying to bring a sophisticated kind-of socialism to American economic life, complete with government-run health care and “fair” (high) taxes on the wealthy. If his European credentials were up to date, he would know that this was precisely the social model that is causing the EU to implode, and whose hopeless contradictions the best economic minds on the Continent are attempting, unsuccessfully, to resolve.

A vendetta against the “wealthy” is one of Obama’s favourite themes, and it strikes a peculiarly familiar note. Back here, Nick Clegg is arguing (rightly) that a tax cut for the lower paid should be accelerated on both moral and economic grounds – because people are struggling, and because allowing them to keep and spend more of their earnings would stimulate growth. But he wants to balance this with a wealth tax or some such penalty on “the rich”. Both Obama and Clegg, by an extraordinary coincidence, used the same semantic trick to try to prove the injustice of their present tax systems. In his State of the Union address, the President slipped subliminally from the fact that his likely presidential opponent Mitt Romney paid tax at a lower rate (because his income came from profits and dividends which were taxed as capital gains) than his secretary (who would have paid income tax), to the claim that Mr Romney paid less tax than his secretary.

Mr Clegg made exactly the same charge against a putative hedge fund manager who “paid less tax” than his cleaner, neatly obscuring the fact that it was the rate of tax that was lower, not the amount which was paid. Needless to say, both Mr Romney and the imagined hedge-fund manager pay vastly more tax than their respective secretaries and cleaners. (The top 1 per cent of earners pay nearly a third of all federal taxes in the US.)

So what does this kind of verbal trick tell us about the honesty – or the desperation – of this argument? At the very least, it is crass populism designed to provoke a particularly counterproductive form of class resentment. What is needed here and in the US are tax cuts for the many, not the few, to adapt Mr Brown, and less demonising of the sorts of people who are able to invest and create the real wealth that will be our only chance for economic salvation.

Obama is clearly living the Left-liberal dream, which still survives in small pockets of American life. He wants to import the democratic socialism that Europe embraced after the war, which was, for European cultural reasons, imbued with aristocratic paternalism and Marxist notions of bourgeois guilt. But neither of these things are part of the American historical experience. The Left-wing intellectuals, including Obama himself, who adopt this language are talking dangerously uninformed rubbish: if democratic socialism was ever a solution to Europe’s problems (and the present crisis is making that seem less and less likely), it is certainly not an answer to any question that Americans are likely to ask.

The United States is a country that was invented to allow people to be free of domination or persecution by the state. Its constitution and political institutions are specifically designed to prevent the federal government from oppressing the rights, or undermining the sense of responsibility, of the individual citizen. If it ceases to stand by that principle, then it will suffer a catastrophic loss of purpose and identity – as well as making a quite remarkably stupid and unnecessary mistake.

JANET DALEY

Janet Daley is American-born, but has lived in Britain since 1965. She was educated at the University of California at Berkeley (BA in Philosophy), and Birkbeck College, London (post-graduate).
She spent twenty years in academic life, teaching philosophy at the Open University, the external department of London University and the Royal College of Art. She wrote art and literary criticism from the late 1960s to early 80s, and left teaching to become a freelance journalist in 1987, writing for The Times, Sunday Times, Independent, Sunday Telegraph and Spectator.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/30/2012 at 06:01 PM   
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Washing machine woes…

Ever notice how bad things come in threes?

In just the last week…

1.) My wife’s new Jeep breaks down…again. If she had consulted me before the purchase I’d have advised against buying a Chrysler product. Especially when it had to go to the shop BEFORE she even took delivery. I only found out about her purchase because I got the insurance bill before she took delivery. Then she accused me of ‘opening her mail.’ I had to point out that the insurance bill was indeed addressed to me.

2.) She wakes me up from a nap. Seems the stove caught fire! Her words. In fact, all that happened was a ‘popping’ sound and the smell of burnt insulation. Third time this has happened in the last twenty years. Just needed a new terminal block for that burner. The other three burners worked fine. Fixed now. I bought four new terminal blocks, which means I still have three back-ups. I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just replace that burner? It does heat unevenly…

3.) Next day she calls me down to the basement. The washing machine isn’t spin-drying. I turned it on and, yeah, it sounded like one of the cats coughing up a hairball. I spent two days taking that thing apart. I was hoping it was something simple and cheap…like a broken coupler (the part that connects the motor to the transmission–$10+shipping for a replacement.). No such luck. Took it apart, and the coupler was fine. Had to do a few more checks and turns out the transmission was going bad. This was not good. I was not going to spend $200 for a new transmission for a twenty-year-old washing machine. Instead, I spent $450 (+tax and delivery) on a new washing machine. Which just got delivered about 8:30 this morning.

Good thing I socked a lot of money into my savings account before I became unemployed!


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/30/2012 at 03:29 PM   
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And Now, The Show Trials Begin

What a load of nonsense and projectionist hypocrisy. Politics at its dirtiest, an episode of smoke and mirrors staged to create deniability that “there side does it too!!!!!!!”

Indiana Sec. State On Trial For Voter Fraud

Indiana’s top elections official is himself facing allegations of voter fraud.

Secretary of State Charlie White, a Republican, is in the unusual position of being the person entrusted to protect the integrity of the ballot box, while at the same time fighting seven felony charges involving allegations he registered to vote at his ex-wife’s house and served as a local councilman when he actually lived outside the district.

Notice how even Fox News, which leans further to the left every single day, plays the name-that-party game. The guy is GOP, so they tell us that almost instantly. Had he been a Donkey, it would not have been mentioned.

White has claimed he spent four nights a week living at the home of his ex-wife, Nicole Mills, because his then-fiancee, and now wife, Michelle Quigley White, did not want them to live together until they were married. Mills’ house was inside the Fishers Town Council district that White represented at the time, but he had purchased a condo outside of his district lines to live with his second wife.

White was indicted in March, accused of fraud, perjury, theft, voting in the wrong precinct, submitting a false voter registration change of address and casting a “false, fictitious or fraudulent ballot.”

“Charlie White registered to vote at a place he didn’t live. That was in contravention of the law,” said Karen Celestino-Horseman, a lawyer for the Indiana State Democratic Party, which brought the allegations against White at the Indiana Recount Commission. “It was not his residence.”

“Under Indiana law, when you register to vote you have to have the intent to make that your residence ... but he had already bought a condo,” she told Fox News, saying the condo where he really intended to live with his new wife was not in the council district.

“By not registering outside the district, he was able to stay on the Fisher Town Council and receive $1,000 a month. If he had gone in and changed his registration officially, the Democratic members would have been notified that he had moved out of the district.”

For White, it has been a dizzying journey that, at times, has seemed to leave his job hanging by the proverbial thread. But he has steadfastly maintained his innocence.

Oh, so they busted him for stuffing the ballot boxes, filling out thousands of fictitious voter registration forms, and getting the graveyard to vote twice in the last election? No.
They busted him for buying a new home in the wrong neighborhood and not living there more than half the time. Because, you know, no one else on earth owns more than one residence, vacation home, or income property. The charge is that he committed something like “future fraud” because it was his INTENT to live at the new place full time at some point in the future, therefore he was gaming the system NOW.

What a load of cobblers.

And where is the stalwart GOP in his state? What support is he getting from his party brothers and sisters? Friggin’ Zilch, of course. “Stand By Your Man” is a tune no Republican knows the words to.

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, a Republican, has called on White to resign, something White says he will not do. White has told reporters he has the support of the people, and that his case was known to voters at the time he was overwhelmingly elected.

Whatever happens, the case has already damaged the credibility of the election system, Democratic lawyer Celestino-Horseman said. “Having violated something as basic as the voter registration system does not build confidence in voters, regarding our electoral process.”

Oh boo hoo, the credibility has been damaged because of this. Oh noes!!!!11! GFY ya damn hippie fascist. You’re just as full of it as your masters at the DNC.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/30/2012 at 01:03 PM   
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Pity, No Rope In Canada

Canadian Jury: Whole Damn Family Guilty Of Honor Killing Murders

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A jury on Sunday found three members of an Afghan family guilty of killing three teenage sisters and another woman in what the judge described as “cold-blooded, shameful murders” resulting from a “twisted concept of honor,” ending a case that shocked and riveted Canadians.

Prosecutors said the defendants allegedly killed the three teenage sisters because they dishonored the family by defying its disciplinarian rules on dress, dating, socializing and using the Internet.

The jury took 15 hours to find Mohammad Shafia, 58; his wife Tooba Yahya, 42; and their son Hamed, 21, each guilty of four counts of first-degree murder. First-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years.

After the verdict was read, the three defendants again declared their innocence in the killings of sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar 17, and Geeti, 13, as well as Rona Amir Mohammad, 52, Shafia’s childless first wife in a polygamous marriage.

Their bodies were found June 30, 2009, in a car submerged in a canal in Kingston, Ontario, where the family had stopped for the night on their way home to Montreal from Niagara Falls, Ontario.

The prosecution alleged it was a case of premeditated murder, staged to look like an accident after it was carried out. Prosecutors said the defendants drowned their victims elsewhere on the site, placed their bodies in the car and pushed it into the canal.

Ontario Superior Court Judge Robert Maranger said the evidence clearly supported the conviction.

“It is difficult to conceive of a more heinous, more despicable, more honorless crime,” Maranger said. “The apparent reason behind these cold-blooded, shameful murders was that the four completely innocent victims offended your completely twisted concept of honor ... that has absolutely no place in any civilized society.”

The prosecution painted a picture of a household controlled by a domineering Shafia, with Hamed keeping his sisters in line and doling out discipline when his father was away on frequent business trips to Dubai.

The months leading up to the deaths were not happy ones in the Shafia household, according to evidence presented at trial. Zainab, the oldest daughter, was forbidden to attend school for a year because she had a young Pakistani-Canadian boyfriend, and she fled to a shelter, terrified of her father, the court was told.

The prosecution said her parents found condoms in Sahar’s room as well as photos of her wearing short skirts and hugging her Christian boyfriend, a relationship she had kept secret. Geeti was becoming almost impossible to control: skipping school, failing classes, being sent home for wearing revealing clothes and stealing, while declaring to authority figures that she wanted to be placed in foster care, according to the prosecution.

Shafia’s first wife wrote in a diary that her husband beat her and “made life a torture,” while his second wife called her a servant.

The prosecution presented wire taps and mobile phone records from the Shafia family in court to support their honor killing allegation. The wiretaps, which capture Shafia spewing vitriol about his dead daughters, calling them treacherous and whores and invoking the devil to defecate on their graves, were a focal point of the trial.

“There can be no betrayal, no treachery, no violation more than this,” Shafia said on one recording. “Even if they hoist me up onto the gallows ... nothing is more dear to me than my honor.”

Hold on, wait a second ... Ontario Child Protective Services had the house wired, and were collecting evidence that these girls were in a dangerous, abusive situation, and did nothing to stop it??? What the flickity flock, eh? It never ceases to amaze me when I hear yet another story about government child welfare folks who step in when they shouldn’t, and don’t when they should have. Bass-ackwards, all the time. Given those recorded rants, how could they NOT act? These girls should be alive today; I’d say the social services people share partly in the blame. If they suspend kids from school for making finger guns and saying “kapow kapow” at recess, then these folks should also serve time in jail.

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Meanwhile, at CNN, the same story is tilted to focus on the tale that the convicted are planning to appeal. Hmm, that kind of shows you where their sympathies lie, doesn’t it? Dhimmi corksnockers. Oooh, scare quotes too, just to emphasize that CNN feels that this is a miscarriage of justice?

Family plans to appeal convictions in ‘honor murders’

Kingston, Ontario (CNN)—Three members of an Afghan immigrant family, who were found guilty of murder in what the judge called “a completely twisted concept of honor,” intend to appeal their convictions.

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In taking the stand, Shafia swore to tell the truth on the Quran and he again invoked the holy book to say Islam does not condone killing people to preserve a family’s honor.

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Shafia and his lawyers tried to explain that his shocking words are traditional expressions in Dari that should not be translated literally. But the jury also heard from an expert witness on honor murders—a term CNN is using in the interest of clarity rather than the more common “honor killings” because the latter phrase does not properly describe the alleged crime.

The cultural battle lines are drawn, and CNN is not on our side. Like you didn’t already know that.


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In My Inbox

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/30/2012 at 12:41 PM   
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D’oh, a Deer

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Sunday night, driving down to my cleaning work in Flemington, on the hill just outside of the downtown area, I saw a rather magnificent buck. I’ve seen the old boy before, he lives in the area. A couple of farms are at the top of the hill, and then a home or two with a large yard, and then you head down the steep hill to the Flemington Mews apartment village where all the illegals live ... and there were the deer. Old Mr. Buck pushing his 3 or 4 does across the street. This time he stopped right in the middle of the road and waited for his ladies to cross. And I counted his tines ... 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. On each side. Son of a gun, a 10 pointer, right here in suburbia. And then they were off into the darkness. My guess he’s a 5 year old, as his belly is nearly as tall as the backs of his does.

Nice life for deer, here in suburbia. As long as they learn to stay away from traffic, they can live a pretty good life.

Son of a gun, though, a 10 pointer! Holy cow.

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