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calendar   Monday - November 19, 2012

monday’s eye popping eye candy

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I am outta here for the night but ....
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be sure to see more of her below the ............ fold.
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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/19/2012 at 03:59 PM   
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open borders that lead to …..

It occurs to me that in 1939 this country declared war on Germany (lots of folks forget just who declared war on who first) in order to comply with a treaty that guaranteed Polish territorial integrity.  Of course, it only applied to the Germans as things turned out.
Seems like now the invasion is being done by (besides muzzies) eastern euros led by Polish criminals with others right behind them, as once again this country must follow the dictates of European treaty entanglements.

It does not help in any way that thanks to their membership in the European piss ant Union, the borders are a joke about as bad and in fact much worse, then the borders we have with Mexico back in the US. In both cases, a nation’s sovereignty is
very much undermined.

When you read this, keep in mind it’s just London in this instance. Just one major city.

‘Immigrant crimewave’ warning: Foreign nationals were accused of a QUARTER of all crimes in London

By Jack Doyle and Stephen Wright

Foreigners are accused of more than one in four crimes committed in London, an investigation reveals.
Astonishingly, they make up nine out of ten drug suspects and are responsible for more than one in three sex offences.
Nationals of Poland, Romania and Lithuania are most likely of all foreigners to be prosecuted by the police.
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A string of horrendous attacks carried out by Eastern European criminals in recent months has raised concerns over the lack of checks on new arrivals.
Earlier this week a Polish burglar was jailed for at least 34 years for the murder of an elderly couple in their home – just one week after he arrived in the UK.
Ireneusz Bartnowski, 22, stabbed and battered to death grandparents Guiseppe and Caterina Massaro in Wolverhampton.
He lay in wait in their bedroom and attacked them with a knife and a hammer, the court heard. The Metropolitan Police statistics were unearthed by the London section of BBC Politics.
Polish criminals thought British prisons were like being in ‘a spa’, he said, adding they would ‘think twice’ if they thought they would be sent home to serve time.
Last month, Lithuanian Rimvydas Liorancas hanged himself in prison while on remand for the double murder of Carole and Avtar Kolar at their home in Birmingham.
After his death, it emerged Liorancas got into Britain despite a conviction for armed robbery.
Earlier this month, a senior judge demanded to know why a Lithuanian child-rapist, Victor Akulic, was let into Britain, where he went on to beat and rape a woman.
He had been jailed for nine years in his homeland after raping a seven-year-old.
Critics say Britain’s open borders with other EU members make it impossible to control who comes and goes. In many cases, Brussels regulations make it impossible to stop criminals from entering even if we know of their convictions.
EU laws also restrict the Government’s ability to send criminals back home after prison.
More than 11,000 foreign national offenders are behind bars in England and Wales.
A UK Border Agency spokesman said: ‘Any foreign national offender sentenced to more than 12 months in prison is automatically recommended for deportation.’

And just recently;

Ireneusz Melaniuk?  WTF? How the hell do you pronounce that ?

A man who beat and stabbed a man to death in Suffolk while on the run from a Polish prison will spend a minimum of 26 years in jail.
Ireneusz Melaniuk, 28, was given a life sentence at Ipswich Crown Court after pleading guilty to the murder of Bury St Edmunds jeweller Peter Avis, 66.
Mr Avis was killed at his flat above his Collis & Son shop during a botched burglary in January.
Melaniuk also admitted burglary.
At the time of the killing, Melaniuk was wanted in Poland after absconding from a prison term for a robbery offence.
Mr Avis had been stabbed 13 times and beaten with a glass ashtray.
The court heard that Melaniuk was not on a European “watch list” meaning he was able to enter the UK undetected, raising questions over how European countries share information.
Peter Avis was found dead in the flat above his shop in Abbeygate Street
British and Polish authorities must now decide which country he will serve his sentence in.
Prosecutor Peter Gair told the court that Melaniuk and his accomplices carefully planned the raid, knowing that there were valuable items in the shop and that Mr Avis was vulnerable.
Asked why he had the knife used in the attack, he told officers: “I was in the habit of carrying a knife because I used to do this in Poland.”

Adam Butler, mitigating, said that Melaniuk’s parents were both alcoholics and he had turned to a life of crime.

The court earlier heard how Kamel Kita, 21, Pawel Pacian, 35, Pawel Borowiecki, 31, and Aleksandra Karpiuk, 27, all played a part in either planning the burglary or helping Melaniuk escape.

They were all jailed at a previous hearing.

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Mitigating? Uh huh.  Maybe someone should whack Mr Butler about the head with a glass ash tray and stab him a number of painful times.  Let him know what it feels like but don’t let him die. Instead make him defend his attacker and see if he will ask to have anything mitigated for his new client.
Any of you folks ever read any of the Judge Dee books? 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/19/2012 at 01:14 PM   
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And Around Again

Oh God I am so sore today. We had the truck yesterday, so we moved most of the big stuff. Most of it. There’s always more, right? Got the sofas moved, got the dressers moved—I have decided that there is a special circle in Hell for the cheap bastard that designed my dresser, using drawer slides that do not let the drawers be removed. Son of a gun. You suck.—got a whole bunch of heavy stuff moved. And there is still more. Crivens.



So, what’s new in the world? Let’s take a quick look ...


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Oh yeah, the more things change the more they stay the same: 

Florida Officials Miss Deadline To Report Recount Results

Wassamatta, isn’t there enough caffeine in their Tang or something?

Election officials missed a deadline Sunday to report results of a two-day recount in GOP Rep. Allen West’s race to remain in Congress, apparently sealing unofficial results giving the win to Democrat Patrick Murphy.

Though St. Lucie County did not meet a noon cutoff to finish processing 37,379 ballots cast early in the District 18 congressional election, it eventually released the results, which showed Murphy actually gaining votes in the recount. Regardless, under Florida law, previously submitted results favoring Murphy will be certified unless an emergency exemption is granted by the state.

“It puts an end to it as far as we’re concerned,” said Eric Johnson, a Murphy adviser. “It puts an end to it as far as the state’s concerned.”

I’m so sick of this nonsense. With all the billions the governments can spend on stupid programs, payoff bailouts for their buddies, grossly overpriced equipment for the military, $16 bran muffins for their breakfast conferences, etc., WHY CAN’T THEY EVER BUY QUALITY VOTING MACHINES FOR THE PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTUALLY FOOTING THE BILL?

Damnation. Lemmee tell ya, the machine we use in our district is awesome. The whole thing folds up into a box on wheels. It’s got a battery backup, one of the ones from the office security light things, in case the power goes out. The voting panel is at least 30” across if it isn’t 3 feet, so all the party lines and the positions and candidate’s names are in big bold 1” high type even I can read without my glasses on. Select your candidate, push the button, and that square lights up. When you’re all done, press the big yellow button to cast your ballot. The machine goes beep, and you’re done.

Sure, we have to sign in, and sign a numbered card which we hand over to the gatekeeper. And I think it would be a snap to rig a paper printer to it, the same one that they use in the grocery store, to print out a barcode copy of your ballot. Concerned whether your vote was cast properly? Take your printout - which has your ballot number on it only, and a barcode nobody can read for your privacy - and run it over an outside scanner station. Bing! And that gizmo, exactly like the price check scanner gizmo at the grocery store, tells you who you voted for. It’s that easy. To add validity to the process, I’d send out postcards to a hundred or so registered voters around the county, inviting them to bring the postcard, their ballot slip, and proper ID down to County, where they can enter their vote number into the computer once the votes are tabulated. Bing! Up comes your vote. It really can be this easy.

And counting the votes? That takes about one or two seconds for the entire county. We already have the process in place: At the end of the day, each zones workers report how many people voted, and that number is equal or greater than the total number of votes recorded by all the voting machines in that zone (district). Because you also have the right to not cast your ballot. Security we’ve already got: you can’t vote unless they find your name in the voter roll books, and someone is watching you sign in and compares your signature to the previous ones. And we could always easily add a check for voter ID at that point. Every district’s totals are displayed, and the county totals them up, and that’s how many votes cast and not cast. The election workers all drive down together, people from both parties plus an observer (and maybe an armed security guard too?), with the disks or chips or tapes or whatever the machines put their numbers on, and that goes into the main computer. And none of it gets lost, stolen, or mislaid. Ever. Mail in ballots are handled the same way, so I’d make sure a solid third of those “prove it” postcards went out to people who mailed in their ballots. Just to make sure.

I’m telling you. I’ve told you before. It’s my personal bugbear. The absolute basis of re-establishing trust in government is re-establishing trust in the voting process. (destroyed by Al Gore in 2000) Clean it up, clear out the deadwood, and put some serious God fearing immediate penalties in place for people who screw with the system, with penalties escalating from voter to polling station worker to county official to state officials. And I’m talking prison time and fines in the tens of thousands for the top dogs if the counts are off by as much as a single vote. Because it’s inexcusable given the state of technology and the bottomless sea of money that the governments have to spend. And it really is that easy.

Voter ID with photo. No registration within 60 days of the election. The whole nation has to re-register every 7 years. Make it a federal offense for ANY news outlet to report any polling numbers while ANY voting is still going on in the nation (which would kill the hallowed Election Night fillibuster, too bad). All mail in ballots must be postmarked a minimum of 2 weeks before the election. Every county keeps its rolls up to date, and employs at least one full time person who does nothing else except keep the rolls pure and accurate. Easy to use, stupid-proof voting machines like ours (Diebold makes ours). PUBLIC tabulation of the electronic vote totals, with optional barcode printouts for those who want them. Random folks invited to come down to county to check that the system is working properly. And free and easy public access to a vote checking terminal, one at each polling place that is NOT connected to anything and just reads the paper slip, and another at county that IS connected and pulls your vote up out of the computer ... maybe even your vote from years ago once the system has been in place for a bit. It really is that easy. And we could do it nationwide for the price of a few Obama Green Scam Initiatives, or for the price of a new boat for the Navy or a couple dozen grossly overpriced toys for the Air Force.

And we’d never have to read a bullshit story like this one about the screwballs in Florida again. Or hear about ballots being found days later in the back of somebody’s car. Or have to wonder if there were “irregularities” in some city in some state where 287% of the registered voters turned in votes. Or how somehow Romney beat absolutely interstellar odds and didn’t get one single vote - NOT ONE - in 57 counties in Illinois or whatever that was. Because that’s impossible, and is in itself proof that the voting was rigged. Or that the process was total bullshit, which is essentially the same thing.

Ok, screed over. Time for a quick shower and it’s back to packing and hauling for us. Oh fun. Oh my back.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/19/2012 at 09:51 AM   
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HOSP. STAFF TOO BUST TO BOTHER, NEW MOM DIES. IS THIS BUSINESS AS USUAL?

What a sad story here. Complicated? No. But I can’t make up my mind if it’s the fault of the National Health in place, or simply the fault of the few idiots involved.
Either way, it should not have happened.

More and more we read of screw ups that happen and lives lost.  Worse still, here on this side of the Atlantic, there have been numerous cases of the hiring of foreign doctors as fill ins due to a shortage of some kind, who have poor language skills and have caused much havoc and even death.
It is scary.  It gets much worse from there and I bet the same sad story in the USA as well.  What I am referring to is the care of the aged. Old age homes or as they are called here, care homes. Either way, not too pretty from what I read in the papers almost every day. Abuse and mistreatment and poor quality care.
I do understand that the papers won’t sell anything if the headline reads, everything is really well and ALL old age people in care homes are deliriously happy.
Still though, even reading one article out of the many I see like this one, or like the photos of care workers caught on security cameras abusing helpless old folks is frightening and very disturbing.  And trust me, when you get to a certain age and have no family to fall back on, you are alone in the world, and can not help but think of what your future might be.  So anyway as I read this I also can not help but wonder, if the NHS can fail in this manner, how’s it gonna work in a country the size of the USA with our population?  Is this what Obama’s health care reforms will look like once in force, if they ever get that far?

On a personal level, my wife is still suffering from the effects of Shingles and severe back pain from a fall.  It’s been six months since her doctor wrote to the pain management clinic and we haven’t heard a word from them. OK, they’re busy and booked solid. We accept that. It happens.  But it would be nice, it really would, if the freekin clinic could find the courtesy to respond to her doctor’s letter. Which they have not done. Or write us as we were told they would, to let us know where in the waiting line the wife is. But no.  Communication isn’t their strong suit here. Meanwhile, due to the vast amount of pills the wife is consuming, I’m having to grit my teeth and ignore the odd time here and there when she drives me up the fuckin wall.  Like projects that have to be suddenly started at the end of the day or in the middle of something else that might be happening.  Not her fault at all, so I endure. Must be worse for her of course.

Hey, speaking of communication as I was.  I mentioned that was not one of the things they do well here. Here’s an example that happened only today.

Needed a locksmith and so last Saturday I called a place the wife’s mom used years ago. There was an old receipt here from the last time they were here which was 2005.  So I called Sat. and was told they could get here at 1pm on Monday. Today.  No problem I said. We’ll be here.  So 1:05pm rolls around and I’m thinking hey, late is okay but shouldn’t they at least call. But no. At 1:31pm there was nobody here and no call either.  So I called and cancelled the order and they didn’t seem to care at all.  Called another locksmith and they were out here in an hour.  It’s happened to us in Calif. too so I’m not picking on the Brits here. But it has happened more often here in the years we’ve been living in this house, than in 20 yrs in TN,KY and Calif.


Mother died after birth as staff were ‘too busy’ to carry out tests

A mother died hours after giving birth to twins because medical staff were “too busy” to check her potassium levels, which were dangerously high, an inquest heard.

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Sarah Dunlop, 35, of Northampton, suffered a fatal heart attack after her boys were delivered at Northampton General Hospital in June last year.

Hours after giving birth by caesarean section, she suffered kidney failure before going into cardiac arrest.

An inquest heard that the heart attack was caused by high levels of potassium in her blood, which medical staff failed to act upon.

Her potassium levels had risen throughout her pregnancy but on the day of her labour, doctors misread test results.

When they eventually sent her for heart tests, there were delays as two scanners failed and another had a flat battery.

Staff also missed symptoms of pre-eclampsia even though Mrs Dunlop had suffered from the condition during a previous pregnancy, the inquest was told.

It was also claimed that she was given a dangerous combination of painkillers that should never be given to pregnant women.

Hours after the birth of her twin sons, Mrs Dunlop’s kidneys failed and she began haemorrhaging. Minutes later she went into cardiac arrest, and despite efforts to resuscitate her, she died.

Thomas Osborne, the coroner, said her death could have been avoided if her high potassium levels had been detected earlier. Recording a narrative verdict, he said: “There was a failure on the part of clinical staff to recognise the serious nature of her condition that resulted in the failure to take the necessary steps to treat her condition.

“She continued to deteriorate and suffered a cardiac arrest and despite attempts at resuscitation, she died at 10.34pm.”

The twins were delivered at 12.40pm on July 11 last year, and Mrs Dunlop was moved to the observation area of the labour ward. The inquest, in Northampton, heard that her urine was not tested and her blood tests were not analysed properly after she was transferred from the labour unit. By the time she started haemorrhaging nothing could be done for her.

Dr Rina Panchal told the inquest that she notified senior colleagues of the abnormal levels of potassium but the labour ward was “extremely busy” that day.

It meant there was a delay in ordering an electrocardiogram (ECG) heart scan. Joanne Romecin, senior midwife, also repeatedly expressed her concerns and eventually carried out the scans but two scanners failed and one had a flat battery.

When a scan was finally completed the printout results — which the inquest heard could have saved Mrs Dunlop’s life — could not be read and it had to be repeated.

Owen Cooper, the consultant who led an initial investigation into the death, said: “There were failings. I’m not going to defend it. We let this woman down.”

Following the inquest, Dr Sonia Swart, medical director at the hospital, said: “We offer our deepest sympathies to Sarah’s family and we are very sorry for the failings in the care that were identified in our own investigation.”

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/19/2012 at 09:25 AM   
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RIP Reis Leming. first non-Briton to win the George Medal for bravery in peacetime.

A brave man who had done his country proud.

Reis Leming (An American hero. RIP)

Reis Leming, who has died one day short of his 82nd birthday, was a 22-year-old American airman and became the hero of the hour when, despite being unable to swim, he braved storm waves and freezing temperatures to rescue 27 people during the devastating east coast floods of 1953; nine days later he became the first non-Briton to win the George Medal for bravery in peacetime.

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On the night of January 31 1953 hurricane- force winds, combined with a high tide, took sea levels many feet above their predicted levels. Waves were reported as high as 4.9m (16ft). Along the east coast of England 307 people died and around 24,000 homes were lost or damaged.

Among the many towns affected was the Norfolk resort of Hunstanton, where waves broke through the sea defences, crashing into wooden bungalows and flooding the South Beach area of the town in seawater that, in places, was 10ft deep.

Many of those trapped were families of American servicemen, living off-base in South Beach Road. By the following day 31 residents had lost their lives, including 16 Americans.

“I was around the US Air Force Sculthorpe base when they told us there had been a disaster and asked for volunteers,” Leming recalled in an interview. “I had no idea what it was, but I came down with my squadron to the shore at Hunstanton. With several other airmen I tried to launch an aluminium rescue boat [but] the waves were so high we could not get out and the propellers got fouled in the debris.

“We were floundering in the icy water and feeling exhausted, so we went back to the canteen. I dried out and put on a rubber exposure suit. I heard people screaming and saw flashlights… and I knew someone had to go.”

Leming got a six-man rubber raft, pumped it up and went down to the seafront. It was pitch dark: “The water was up to my neck and I had to hold the raft with my upraised arms and guide it along ahead of me. I went down the length of the street, picking up people who came off rooftops and out of windows. I made three trips in all. As I went I looked into each house, hollering and whistling to see if anyone was there. At one house I loaded seven children and six women on to the raft.”

He admitted later that he had been afraid for his own life: “It was cold, bitterly cold. And there came a time when I realised that I, too, was probably not going to survive. Everything was out of control. And I wondered at times, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’”

Exhausted, and with his exposure suit ripped and filled with icy water, at the end of his third trip Leming collapsed into the sea with severe hypothermia and had to be rescued himself and taken to the American hospital at Sculthorpe. For years afterwards he had nightmares about the first remark he heard when he awoke — “cut off his legs!” — discovering only later that they were the words of a nurse wanting to remove his rubber suit so that he could be massaged back to life.

He was awarded the United States’ Soldier’s Medal for bravery, and in April 1953 he was presented with the George Medal by the British Ambassador to the United States.

Reis Leming was born on November 6 1930 at Toppenish, Washington State, and did his military service in the US Air Force as an Airman 2nd Class, serving as an aerial gunner with the 67th Air Rescue Squadron based at the USAF base at Sculthorpe.

After his heroism in the floods the following year, Leming returned home to the United States. But the people of Hunstanton never forgot him and when he announced his engagement to his childhood sweetheart, Mary Joan Ramsey, the town insisted on hosting the wedding. The ceremony, held in June 1953 in Hunstanton’s small Roman Catholic church, was attended by the mayor, government officials and many of those Leming had saved, while a large good-natured crowd milled around outside. The town gave the newly-weds a set of Doulton china, while local ladies pooled their rations to bake a huge three-tiered wedding cake.

Returning to America, Leming eventually settled in Oregon, where he became a businessman. But he continued to keep in touch with his British friends. In 1956 he was invited to launch Mayflower II, a replica of the Pilgrim ship, that was built at Brixham in Devon. He returned to Hunstanton on several occasions. In 1993 he attended a memorial service marking the 40th anniversary of the floods, when he was invited to Sandringham to meet the Queen and Queen Mother. He returned in 2003 to mark the 50th anniversary of the disaster.

Leming had been looking forward to returning to Hunstanton earlier this month for a parade to mark the 60th anniversary of the US Air Force’s 67th Air Rescue Squadron, at which a footpath “Reis Leming Way” was named in his honour. But he died on November 5 after falling and breaking his hip.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/19/2012 at 08:55 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - November 18, 2012

Another Big Moving Day

Yes, this moving half a mile uphill is taking forever, ain’t it? That’s what happens when a) you do it all yourself, with the help of family [some who are infirm or aged], and b) when you let all sorts of fix up projects get in the way.  But today we have a pickup truck available from sunrise, so by 10am we should be done with breakfast etc and be ready to move furniture. We got several big pieces moved yesterday, rugs, and more of the infinite number of boxes of stuff. Things I haven’t seen in years are appearing, getting packed up in plastic bins, and getting shuttled up the hill.

If we can move both sofas, my dresser, the speakers, the Canadel, and the entertainment cabinet that’s out in the garage today, then I’ll consider it a big success. But I have to do the rest of my cleaning, and they called yesterday and asked that I do the windows. That means I have to get there in the daytime when it’s above freezing, so I won’t be able to work here past 2:30.

So let’s get a move on Drew. Because you’re the one providing most of the muscle here.

Forward! [just felt like tossing some Obama sarcasm out there. G_d I am so pissed off at the selfish stupidity of the American public AND the corruption at the voter registration/ballot counting places.]

Holy cheese and rice ... I saw last week’s People magazine, that had a Last Minute recap of the candidates. Under Big Supporters, Obama had Honey Boo-Boo. And under favorite music, he had Springsteen’s We Take Care of our Own. How telling is that? And the DMFSPOS public elected him again anyway.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/18/2012 at 09:06 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - November 17, 2012

honor among an honorless tribe

Ran across a brief and sad story and as CenTex mentioned some days ago, same crap, different day.  Passing on anyway because I caught the story via Clive James and although the story is same old, same old, there was a comment made by the vermin James was referring to, that kind of stopped me in my tracks.  Hope you don’t mind the tired old expression.

There was an investigative program on TV in which a young muslim woman named Banaz Mahmod said that her family would soon kill her.
Well, nobody listened I guess or if anyone did there wasn’t anyone to stop her murder.

Quoting James, “Not enough of the world took heed and so down she went. A victim of honor killing.” What moved me James said, “was the clear worth of her personality. We need her and what we have got instead are the men of her family.”
He continues, “How can we arrange it so that women like her get into the country while men like them are kept out.”

I guess we all know the answer. They can’t be kept out. Or so it seems anyway.

The report James says, explained that “the men of Banaz’s family hold traditional cultural beliefs.”
Yeah well, one of those stone age beliefs is that if you think a young woman in your family has dishonoured you, based on the twisted codes of what passes for honor in their twisted and mad world, then it quite naturally follows that you must kill her.
So what exactly did Banaz Mohmod do to dishonor this honorless family?

She ran away from an abusive and arranged marriage. 

At the start of this post I said there was something that really stopped me cold.
And here it comes.  Yeah I know, you’re thinking she’s dead so what more to say?
Trust me here. 

When faced with the accusation that he raped her for two years at a stretch, he didn’t even bother to deny the charge.  This guy is a real charmer.
What he said was;

“I do force her to have sex, but only when she says no.”

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Please keep in mind folks, these are the people (I use the term ppl loosely) we must not abuse or offend.
That’d be islamophobic.

And oh yes, Amnesty Intl.  has no comment. They’re busy getting ready for Tuesday’s strike.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/17/2012 at 02:47 PM   
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THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR FREE SPEECH, BUT ONLY IF UR CHRISTIAN

Just to show you, as if you need proof, what a weird world we live in.
Four or five words on a personal blog and the man is demoted and gets a reduction in salary.
Hey, you wanna voice Christian thoughts in public?  Then be prepared for the consequences.  Free thought and speech?  Sure thing.  But not if you just happen to belong to a politically incorrect religion.  Or one that doesn’t have race and minority privilege. 

Take a look at this.

Vindicated - but ruined: In a historic victory, a Christian demoted at work after writing on Facebook that he opposed gay marriage in church tells how his battle has come at a terrible price

By Andrew Pierce.

Adrian Smith was disturbed to read a report that gay marriages may be permitted in church.
So he went onto his Facebook page and posted four words summarising his own position.


‘An equality too far,’ he wrote.

But those four words, even though they were seen by only a few dozen friends and work colleagues, triggered a major battle over freedom of speech which finally ended yesterday.
Mr Smith, a tireless charity supporter who works for Trafford Housing Trust, had become a victim of the increasingly aggressive war against so-called hate crimes.

After a work colleague complained that his comment was offensive (despite having not seen the post), Mr Smith, a family man and lifelong Labour voter, was disciplined, had his job downgraded and his salary cut by £14,000. But yesterday, after a bitter and protracted court fight to overturn the decision, the married father-of-two won a landmark victory.

His triumph comes in the wake of a series of recent claims by Christians that they have been discriminated against for expressing their beliefs.
In Mr Smith’s case, his employers claimed he broke their code of conduct by expressing religious or political views which might upset co-workers.

But Mr Justice Briggs, in London’s High Court, yesterday ruled that the housing trust did not have a right to demote Mr Smith as his Facebook postings did not amount to misconduct.

He said the comment about gays marrying in church was not — viewed objectively — judgmental, disrespectful or liable to cause upset or offence, and was expressed in moderate language.
As for the content, it was a widely held view frequently heard on radio and television, or read in the newspapers.

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The thing that actually surprises me most is that our victim here has been, the article states, a life long supporter of the Labour Party. Which as most of you might know, is left. Some are very left.  I have not seen any conservative call for the public hanging, in a manner of speaking, for people who reject religion.  But it seems to be the case that the left willingly plays the race and offence card whenever possible.  One whack job took offence at a few words and look at the cost to this man.  The nutter who complained would surely NOT have been a conservative.
Maybe Mr. Smith should start looking at another political party to support tho lord knows, most of them are bananas in one way or another.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/17/2012 at 08:11 AM   
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and speaking of strikes

This came as a complete surprise. Who would have guessed that these interfering bastards were members of a union?
Too damn bad they can’t go the way of Hostess.
I’m still trying to work out how it is that nobody from our side has made any hits on these foreign inspired 5th columnists in the USA.
The union they belong to is I believe the largest in this country.
These ass-wipes operate all over the world, even in trouble spots I think once the shooting is over. I could be mistaken on that last part. But what disappoints a lot is that I never hear of any of them getting shot.  As in deleted. And nobody ever sends them anything that goes boom when opened.  Charmed life while sticking their red noses into the lives of others.
Oh well. One can still hope.

Quite a bit of infighting over the last several months with accusations of poor performance flying back and forth.
Too bad they won’t self destruct.


AMNESTY INTL. STAFF TO GO ON STRIKE

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Staff at Amnesty International’s secretariat in Clerkenwell, London, will go out on strike today over changes to its redundancy policy.

The Unite union, which represents Amnesty staff, said the organisation’s management gave no warning of the withdrawal of its redundancy policy, which came just a few hours before details emerged of a restructure that the union said could make dozens of employees redundant.

Today’s strike follows two separate 24-hour walk-outs at Amnesty International UK’s offices in Shoreditch, London, over cost savings and job cuts.

Speaking about today’s strike, Unite said employees faced a highly uncertain future in the wake of the policy change and that about 300 of the secretariat’s 500 staff based at its Clerkenwell headquarters would walk out.

“While many appreciate cuts to staffing are inevitable, Amnesty management must stick to agreements they have signed and publicly stated they will honour in order to dispel the pervasive mistrust that has taken hold in the organisation,” said Alan Scott, regional officer at Unite.

Amnesty International’s restructure will see its global headquarters in London dissolved and replaced with 10 regional hubs around the world.

Unite said that 97 per cent of members who returned their postal ballot voted ‘yes’ to strike action but Amnesty said in a statement that only a third of staff actually voted to walk out.

Amnesty said the restructure was essential in order to move its work closer to the areas of the world where human rights violations occur.

“We very much regret that staff have taken the decision to take industrial action, while fully respecting their right to do so,” a spokesman for Amnesty International said.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 11/17/2012 at 06:01 AM   
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calendar   Friday - November 16, 2012

Crushed By The Unions

Twinkie The Kid Gets The Pink Slip

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Hostess to Liquidate, Lay Off 18,500 After Crushing Union Fight

Failing to persuade striking employees to return to work, Hostess Brands disclosed plans on Friday to liquidate its assets and lay off most of its 18,500 workers, bringing the 82-year-old maker of Wonder Bread and Twinkies to the end of its line.

The painful decision to wind down the Irving, Texas.-based private company follows a nationwide strike that Hostess said severely constrained its operations.

Hostess said delivery of its products, which include Ding Dongs and CupCakes, will continue and its retail stores will keep their lights on for several days to sell already-baked products.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” Hostess CEO Gregory Rayburn said in a statement.

As a result of the liquidation, Hostess said it will “move promptly” to lay off “most” of its 18,500 employees and focus on “selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

The company will now be forced to close its 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the U.S.



This is what OUGHT to happen all the time. Getting screwed by the union? Take your money and run. Shut the doors, go start a new company somewhere else. Fuck ‘em. Who is John Galt? Hostess knows.



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Killed by unions. It’s no Wonder any more.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/16/2012 at 09:48 AM   
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Another Day’s Effort

Man am I going to need a chiropractic adjustment when this is all over. Family coming down to visit today and bringing a truck. So I can maybe move a few more pieces of furniture, but mostly stuff. It takes a million trips, I swear. Guess I’d better get another coat of paint on the coat closet before they arrive.

We won 5-2 in Cheap League last night. That keeps us in first place for another week. I went 138 over average last week, so I got the strike ball this week and I made it. Prize was $15, so that paid for bowling. Or for some gas; now that the hurricane crisis is over, the rapacious bastidges who run the gas stations have lowered their prices back to where they were before the storm. Rat finks jacked the price up 28¢ per gallon.

Ok, so here’s a very pretty girl who is not a redhead. It happens. You know the drill: clicky.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/16/2012 at 09:34 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - November 15, 2012

New Members

I finally got my blog email back up and running, so I took the opportunity to register our two latest members.

Joining the BMEWS family is

TimboToo

and

Shortyd044

ShortyD is from Texas. TimboT is from ... somewhere I suppose. The internet is like that; one big cloud of electrons.

So say howdy do and let’s hope these two share their opinions about everything. Keep ‘em talking - that’s what Allan built this thing for, so that’s what we do.

ShortyD ... isn’t that some kind of orange juice? Oh wait, my bad, that’s SunnyD! LOL


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/15/2012 at 02:08 PM   
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Face Time



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/15/2012 at 01:49 PM   
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38 days and counting

Drew takes a 10 minute break to try and get at least one post up per day. Running myself ragged here. I haven’t even had breakfast yet but I’ve already put down carpet in one closet, swapped in a fancy showerhead, put a coat of paint in another closet, and decided how I’m going to modify one of the built in bookcases so that it has a power outlet and a cable TV outlet in the base and one off the front corner, mostly out of sight. Just in case someone wants to change my mind about where to put the stereo and TV later on. I’ll be gol-durned if I’m going to unmount these 7 foot tall chunks of oak from the wall ever again.  But I am making progress. Got a mess of stuff done yesterday, including getting the stove hood vent pipe opened up to the outside (idiot vinyl siding guys put up siding right over the hole, duh) and redrilled the front door deadbolt to fit the newer, larger diameter lockset. And I got the WiFi up and running, although I still haven’t figured out how to get Outlook Express functional again. Ok, on to a bit of blogging.



On the Brink of War

Armageddon, Megiddo, here we come.

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Israel moved closer to an all-out ground war with Hamas Thursday, as Israeli planes, tanks and gunboats pounded suspected militant positions in Gaza in retaliation for another day of Hamas rocket attacks that left at least three Israelis dead.

Tel Aviv residents say they heard an explosion following an air-raid alert across the city, raising fears of a Gaza rocket strike on Israel’s commercial capital.

Israeli authorities were trying to determine where the rocket may have landed on Thursday. Eli Bean, the head of Israel’s rescue service, says no injuries have been reported.

Israeli military spokesman Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai says nothing landed on the ground, raising the possibility it fell in the sea.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told reporters on Thursday that Israel could no longer stand repeated attacks on its southern towns. He said that Israel has “made it clear” it won’t tolerate continued rocket fire on its civilians.

Earlier, Netanyahu had declared, “If there is a need, the military is prepared to expand the operation. We will continue to do everything to protect our citizens.”

Egypt’s Islamist president has ordered his prime minister to lead a senior delegation to Gaza in a show of support for the coastal strip’s Hamas rulers in the face of Israel’s offensive.

State television said Thursday that, on orders from President Mohammed Morsi, Hesham Kandil will go to Gaza Friday. It said the delegation will also try and meet the “urgent needs” of Gaza residents.

Earlier on Thursday, Morsi vowed to work to stop Israel’s campaign against Hamas, calling the Jewish state’s actions there “unacceptable.”

So glad that our Muslim-In-Chief helped oust that benevolent evil despot in Egypt so that he could be replaced by a bunch of terrorist jihad jackwads. Way to go Ibn Barak, way to go.


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