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calendar   Monday - December 31, 2012

‘spose I’d better post too

I really wasn’t going to stick anything up today. I can’t really say that I’m feeling under the weather, I just can’t really seem to wake up. Tired. Slept late, was up for a bit, went back for a 3 hour nap. Up again ... blah. Went to start up the oven and get the nice pork roast ready for a nice New Year’s meal ... and the meat was rotten. Damn it all to !@$#. So it’s burgers or leftover spaghetti for us instead. Crivens.

Actually, the whole damn year has been like that. Nice expectations followed by a rotten stinking letdown. I’m glad 2012 is over, though I’m downright nervous about 2013.

And I want to make a huge shout out to Peiper, who has done a yeoman’s job and then some covering this old blog while I had to deal with soul-twisting family matters. And he keeps right on doing it, post after post, day after day. Outstanding. Thank you very very much. And I hope you traded in that killer torch for something more useful.



There were a couple of news stories I really wish I’d blogged about. I just couldn’t work up the effort, even though they were quite irritating. The deal with Lisa Jackson having to resign from being head of the EPA was one of them. Thousands of secret policy emails floating around under secret names and aliases? Holy cow. Illegal much? Not that we don’t already know that the EPA is chock full of madmen, liars, crooks, and enviro-nutjobs. Remember when Al Gore’s former assistant Carol Mosely Brown had control, and some investigation started up, and somehow the moment they subpoenaed the digital records she “accidentally” gave the order for all the computers to be wiped clean? “Oops, didn’t I say ‘not wiped clean’? Oh, silly me!” and nothing happened to her AT ALL. Now we’ve got Jackson, who practiced skulduggery and screwing things up here in NJ with dirty Jon Corzine before moving to the national level. This is just as big a story as Fast ‘n Furious, just as big a commingled mess that leads right to the top, just as impeachable ... and not a damn thing will come of it. She’s under the bus already, and the next person appointed will be just as bad. Meanwhile the EPA continues to be the Green Gestapo arm of the government, passing their own de facto laws that regulate everything, right down to YOU YOURSELF being a source of global warming pollution because you exhale CO2, destroying American business, and running wild with their greenie/commie/statist agenda. Beyond out of control. And not one dickless fuckstick in DC will even raise an eyebrow.

The EPA needs to be disbanded, it’s top 4 tiers of management arrested, and every single rule they’ve put in place since the early Clinton years THROWN OUT. They are an unconstitutional group who has no right to exist. Like the Dept of Energy and the Dept of Education, the EPA needs to be thrown in the dustbin of history and it’s evil web unwound.

Drat, this is almost turning out to be a post, isn’t it?



So Happy New Year everyone. Stay home. Stay safe. Stay off the roads tonight.

And we’ll see you tomorrow. Or the day after. Whenever I can finally wake up.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/31/2012 at 11:07 PM   
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best wishes for the coming year to a great bunch of people. my final post of this year. cheers all.

Another year about to end.  There were trials and tribulations during the year, personal ones, but as this year ends I truly believe I have been one hell of a lucky fellow.

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Yes, I end the year with gripes about inconsiderate neighbors, political correctness, and deep frustration at the world I see now.  On the other hand, I consider myself luckier than I deserve to be, and I am very well lucky in the friends I still have. 

I’m very fortunate that I happened along at a time when Mr. Christian, as he was called, invited me to join BMEWS as a blogger.  Good grief. That was scary and I almost ran for the hills.  But he gave me confidence that I could, and because of that I have met, on line, all of you.  And I am very thankful for that.  Thankful too that I’m not a libtard cos if I were, jeesh. Not one of you would speak to me.  Well, not in kind terms anyway.  You regulars that I have come to know here are pretty special folk.  I enjoy your comments, and some are funny even when you’re angry. 

Many of you are pretty darn good wordsmiths.  I don’t have your ability to use words the way I’d like to, but many of you do.  I appreciate good writing, which I think stems a lot from my association with song writers in Nashville.  Or anywhere else for that matter.  I’ve never been able to work out how or where the words come from.  If I could, I’d be doing it.  So instead I simply jot down here what I’m thinking at any given moment.  Sometimes that ain’t too good cos what I’m think might be nothing more than mushy thinking and I have to go back and edit my thinking. 

Can’t end the year without saying thanks to Vilmar, and the sharing of those photographs.  He says he isn’t a professional and maybe he isn’t.  He just creates photos that darn well are professional. 

A special friendship that must have its own paragraph is the one I enjoy with Drew.
Letters and emails and questions answered, and I will tell you, favors done by someone I never met personally and who had trust in me, whoa.  That isn’t easily come by.  I am not going to get all gooey and stupid here. I hate that kind of thing. But I just want to acknowledge publicly that he is a friend, and I owe him a lot.
So thanks Drew for the past year and the one before and here’s cheers for the one coming. 

I wish I had saved many of the comments made by so many of you for a years end post.  But I didn’t, and there isn’t enough time right now to go into the archives and dig.  I guess I left it too late.  Might be a project for next year though, if I make it that far.  Hey, ya never know. 

I do have a few from more recent days.

Meanwhile BMEWS, I wish you a very Safe and a very Healthy New Year.
If you have those, Happy will follow.

Cheers for a great group of people.  ALL OF YOU.

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I can not remember who or where I got this from.  So my apologies for not naming.

“Political correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional,
illogical minority, and rapidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream
media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible
to pick up a piece of sh*t by the clean end. “

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People who have never had their lives or their families lives or their neighbors lives threatened are not relevant to any discussion of firearms and should not intrude where reality based adults are having conversations.  So STFU because you are in no danger from Americans with guns.  Worry about muslims with guns now that they own your country.
grayjohn

The Law Abiding are the only people who need guns to fend off idiots like Union thugs, gangs, and moonbats in general.  If you don’t see any need for people to own guns, then you are part of the reason people need to own guns.  You are stupid and self centered and oblivious.  That makes you dangerous.

grayjohn

“The response time of the police is about 5 minutes.  The response time of a 45 ACP is 900 feet per second.” or"The police are minutes away when seconds count.”
Dr. Jeff

I did a long winded rant on the subject, and CM came back with better in fewer words. The issue was treason and the left, if memory serves.

“Where we have tried to keep ourselves above the sort of depravity/insanity the other side indulges in, they have been gnawing away at our ankles. And the most impressive statue depends on its ankles to support it. We try to show the light on the hill, they put on a blindfold. We’ve got to tear that blindfold off, even if it means going in to their sphere to get to it.”

http://cmblake6.wordpress.com

FIXING THE FIX
If they don’t fix it, they wont be able to:
Study why the fix caused problems
Hire more people to manage the fix
Hire people to fix the mistakes fixing the fix
Mount a study to plan for a better fix
Hire people to blame those who did the original fix
Train new people for the new tech that develops since then
Move everyone to a new project they can fix
...you know, like everything else they muck up....
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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/31/2012 at 08:17 PM   
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my final eye candy of the old year …. hope u approve bmews

What? 

Doesn’t everyone like chocolate cake?

You thought I would forget?  Ha.

Never heard of this lady but saw photo in a wkend magazine.  Could not resist.

SARAH HADLAND

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JENNA LOUISE COLEMAN

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I understand she’s an actress in a popular TV show.  I don’t care about that. I just think she looks very nice.
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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/31/2012 at 08:05 PM   
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just a thought or two as the year fades

Got to thinking about a few things …..

Does anyone recall the line in “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash, where he sings, “I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die?” Remember the cheers from the inmates at the prison where that was recorded?  Those cheers of approval seem to be the mindset of more than one generation.  That is NOT a good thing.  The Manson family slaughtered not for profit.  They did it for fun. “Just to watch them die.” And Manson didn’t use guns.  He and his sick friends had no guns.  Sadly, none of his victims did either.
And that’s why people want guns for home defense, in spite of the folks who use home gun accidents as one of many argument against gun ownership. 

When I was growing up, there were gun stores doing business with signs in windows and some with a gun shaped sign hanging outside.  You could if you wanted to, buy a gun at almost any pawn shop. And back then there was hardly any profile check. I honestly do not recall a single report of any shootings and certainly not the sort we have today.  Celebrities were hardly ever targets of madmen. Popes could travel in open cars and so could presidents till Kennedy.
It is all very depressing really.

I just happen to think of this, although it’s nothing at all to do with guns. It’s knives. When I was growing up in a far different time, just to give you an idea, when radio was actually worth listening to, most young boys had a small pocket knife. At recess we could often be found playing games whose names I have long forgotten, where flipping the knife onto the ground to land in a specific place within a circle, was thought to be quite fun. There was no time whatever when any of us ever attacked another kid. Not once. No, we weren’t sweet little boy scouts but the culture of the day just did not have the kind of violence as entertainment we see now. I’m talkin’ even before TV folks. Ain’t that amazing? Ah well, that was Htfd, Ct. in the 1940s. Another world. A damn well safer one and with better radio too.

Keep your powder dry. 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/31/2012 at 07:54 PM   
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kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters.

Surely this must be a misprint. A typo. Or just plain false, as we all know Assad’s opposition are staunch freedom loving freedom fighters. Maybe not boy scouts but, they are rebelling against ..... erm, just what is their rebellion all about anyway?  Never mind.  Our glorious western leaders who can’t manage their own affairs (in the bedroom and out) or run a personal budget without skimming off public funds, the honorable gentlemen have told us Assad is the baddie and must go.  They will decide who runs the Syrian state by helping one tribe against another.

Lets take a look a just one portion of that other tribe.

Syria rebels ‘beheaded a Christian and fed him to the dogs’ as fears grow over Islamist atrocities

Christian Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped and beheaded by rebel fighters in northern town of Ras Al-Ayn on the Turkish border
News came as pro-government forces celebrated their victory against rebels near Aleppo Airport

By Nick Fagge

Syrian rebels beheaded a Christian man and fed his body to dogs, according to a nun who says the West is ignoring atrocities committed by Islamic extremists.

The nun said taxi driver Andrei Arbashe, 38, was kidnapped after his brother was heard complaining that fighters against the ruling regime behaved like bandits.

She said his headless corpse was found by the side of the road, surrounded by hungry dogs. He had recently married and was soon to be a father.

Sister Agnes-Mariam de la Croix said: ‘His only crime was his brother criticised the rebels, accused them of acting like bandits, which is what they are.’

There have been a growing number of accounts of atrocities carried out by rogue elements of the Syrian Free Army, which opposes dictator Bashar al-Assad and is recognised by Britain and the West as the legitimate leadership.

Sister Agnes-Miriam, mother superior of the Monastery of St James the Mutilated, has condemned Britain and the west for supporting the rebels despite growing evidence of human rights abuses. Murder, kidnapping, rape and robbery are becoming commonplace, she says.

‘The free and democratic world is supporting extremists,’ Sister Agnes-Miriam said from her sanctuary in Lebanon. ‘They want to impose Sharia Law and create an Islamic state in Syria.’

The 60-year-old Carmelite nun claims the west has turned a blind eye to growing evidence of a ‘fifth column’ of fanatics within the rag-tag ranks that make up the Free Syrian Army that they back to oust Assad.

One of the most effective fighting forces is the Jabat Al-Nusra, which has an ideology similar to Al Qaeda.

‘The uprising has been hijacked by Islamist mercenaries who are more interested in fighting a holy war than in changing the government,’ she said.

‘It has turned into a sectarian conflict. One in which Christians are paying a high price.’

The rebel attacked the northern town of Ras Al-Ayn, on the Turkish border, last month. The fighters entered the Christian quarter, ordering civilians to leave and taking their homes.

‘More than 200 families were driven out in the night,’ Sister Agnes-Miriam says. ‘People are afraid. Everywhere the deaths squads stop civilians, abduct them and ask for ransom, sometimes they kill them.’

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Come on now.  Are you seriously gonna take the word of a Christian speaking against freedom fighters?
Christians mostly support Assad because under his govt., they had a certain amount of freedom and security they do not enjoy now. So of course they’ll say awful things about those brave freedom fellows tearing apart their country.  Anyway, who cares?  You know, many of those Christians are quite friendly with the Jews.  Hmmm.  Can’t trust those Christians.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/31/2012 at 10:15 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 30, 2012

meet the guy who says “confiscate” those guns.

First of all, before my post, I want to thank all of you for the very kind words with regard to the news of our friend yesterday.  As you said, time will heal and the good memories will always be there.

Now onward and you will LOVE this.

As all of you are aware I am certain, a big mouth on CNN who happens to be a Brit, is very angry with Americans and the gun culture and especially angry with the NRA and ALL of you who own assault weapons.  Now then to be fair you should agree that he has a right to opinions of whatever nature. My problem is that as a foreigner, he hasn’t any right to lobby to change what we have.  He hasn’t a right to a platform no matter how many Americans agree with his position.
Mr. Morgan says if he had his way, ALL assault type weapons would be “confiscated.” His word. Confiscated.  Seems to me last time Brits tried that in the old days of colonies, they had a fight on their hands. 

Piers Morgan also writes for papers here and has a weekly magazine column.  This appeared in today’s Mail, and covers a couple of pages in the center.
I’m posting it here because I don’t know if this gets published in the USA also. 

Oh ... there’s a section here that is actually funny. Yeah really.  He knows a few things about guns because some of his kin were in the army. Hey-hey. Is that a qualifier er what? 

Deport me? If America won’t change its crazy gun laws… I may deport myself says PIERS MORGAN

By Piers Morgan

I have fired guns only once in my life, on a stag party to the Czech capital Prague a few years ago when part of the itinerary included a trip to an indoor shooting range. For three hours, our group were let loose on everything from Magnum 45 handguns and Glock pistols, to high-powered ‘sniper’ rifles and pump-action shotguns.

It was controlled, legal, safe and undeniably exciting. But it also showed me, quite demonstrably, that guns are killing machines.

The Sandy Hook massacre brought back such horribly vivid memories for me of Dunblane, the worst mass shooting in Britain in my lifetime.

I was editor of the Daily Mirror on that day back in 1996 and will never forget the appalling TV footage of those poor Scottish mothers sprinting to the small primary school, many already howling with anguish at the thought of what might have happened to their five-year-old children.

It was a slaughter so senseless, so unspeakable, that it reduced even hard-bitten news reporters, including me, to tears.

And as I watched the parents at Sandy Hook racing to try to find their children, I saw the same images, the same terror, that engulfed Dunblane. And I felt the same tears welling up.

Then, 16 five-year-old children were slain in their classroom. Now, 20 six- and seven-year-olds. Beautiful young lives snuffed out before they had a chance to fulfil any of their potential. It made me so gut-wrenchingly angry.

I have four children. And I still remember the blind terror I felt when I lost my son Stanley, then aged two, for half an hour at a cricket match on a field surrounded by a small running creek. I was sure he’d drowned. But I was lucky: he finally emerged from where he’d been hiding – big, cheeky grin intact.

Every parent has a similar story. To even try to conceive of how you would feel if your child was shot multiple times in the head by a Rambo madman at school is just impossible. I honestly don’t know how you would ever carry on with life.

But my anger turned to blind rage when I saw the reaction to this hideous massacre in America.

Sales of the specific weapon used, an AR-15 military-style assault rifle, rocketed at gun stores all over America in the days following the Sandy Hook shooting.

And the country’s biggest gun supplier, Brownells, said it sold more high-capacity bullet magazines in three days than it normally did in three-and-a-half years.

What is behind this apparently insane behaviour? The answer is, mainly, fear.

The well-organised, richly funded, vociferous pro-gun lobby were straight out, on my CNN show and many other media outlets, declaring that the only way those schoolchildren would have survived is if their teachers had been armed. It’s been their answer to every mass shooting.

After the shootings at a cinema in Aurora, Colorado, in July – where 70 people were hit, the worst victim-count in such an incident in US history, and 12 people died – sales of guns in the state rose by a staggering 41 per cent in the following month as people bought into the theory that if everyone in the theatre had been armed too, they’d have stopped the shooter. Can you imagine the scene as 200 people pulled out guns and started blazing away in a dark theatre?

The gun-lobby logic dictates that the only way to defend against gun criminals is for everyone else to have a gun, too. Teachers, nurses, clergymen, shop assistants, cinema usherettes – everyone must be armed.

To me, this is a warped, twisted logic that bears no statistical analysis and makes no sense. Do you fight drug addiction with more cocaine? Alcoholism with more Jack Daniel’s? Of course not.

But woe betide anyone who dares suggest this. In the days following Sandy Hook, I interviewed a number of gun-rights representatives and grew increasingly furious as they trotted out these hackneyed old disingenuous lines.

Finally, I erupted at one of them, a man with the unfortunate name of Larry Pratt, who runs the Gun Owners of America lobbying group.

‘You,’ I eventually declared, ‘are an unbelievably stupid man.’

And that was the catalyst for the full wrath of the gun lobby to crash down on my British head.

A petition was created on an official White House website demanding my deportation for ‘attacking the 2nd Amendment of the Constitution’. This, of course, is the one that alludes to an American’s ‘right to bear arms’.

The concerted effort to get me thrown out of the country – which has so far gathered more than 90,000 signatures – struck me as rather ironic, given that by expressing my opinion I was merely exercising my rights, as a legal US resident, under the 1st Amendment, which protects free speech.

But no matter.

It’s no exaggeration to say that America’s unique fondness for guns pretty much got cemented by hatred of us Brits and the War of Independence. But the main reason the more fervent gun-rights activists give is a fear of their own US federal government using its army to impinge on their freedom. The problem is that America’s historical love of guns means the country is now awash with them – and with gun death.

The bare statistics say it all. There are 311 million people in the United States and an estimated 300 million guns in circulation. (Between four million and seven million new firearms are manufactured in the US every year.)

Take out children from the population figure, and that’s comfortably more than one gun per person.

Each year, on average, 100,000 Americans are shot with a gun. Of these, over 31,000 are fatalities, 11,000 of them murders and 18,000 suicides. More than a million people have been killed with guns in America since 1968 when Dr Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy were assassinated.

The US firearm murder rate is 19.5 times higher than the 22 next most populous, high-income countries in the world. And a staggering 80 per cent of firearm deaths in the combined 23 countries occur in America.

My campaign against America’s gun laws didn’t begin two weeks ago when Adam Lanza committed his carnage. It began a week before I went on air for CNN, in January 2011. A US Congresswoman called Gabby Giffords was shot in the head by another deranged young man at an outdoor event in Tucson, Arizona, and miraculously survived. Six others, including a nine-year-old girl, were murdered.

Okay ... so he was sticking his unwanted nose in our business even before we knew he was. 
Interesting he doesn’t mention any stats on guns that were used to defend the home and person.  Or maybe he wasn’t interested in looking that up.

(Six of America’s 12 worst-ever mass shootings have occurred since 2007, when I first came to America to work as a judge on America’s Got Talent.) And I’ve been shocked at how America’s politicians have been cowed into a woeful, shameful virtual silence by the gun lobbyists and the all-powerful National Rifle Association in particular.

The NRA targets pro-gun-control politicians on every rung of the political system and spends a fortune ensuring they either don’t get elected or get unelected. It’s been a concerted, ruthless and highly successful campaign. And to those, like me, who stand up to them, they sneer: ‘You don’t know anything about guns. Keep quiet.’

alright, here comedy with our newest comic.
Heeeeeeerrs Pierce.

Well, I do know a bit about guns, actually. My brother’s a lieutenant colonel in the British Army and has served tours of duty in Northern Ireland, the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. My sister married a colonel who trained Princes William and Harry at Sandhurst. My uncle was a major in the Green Howards.


I had an uncle who was a green sailor once. Yeah, he got pie-eyed and rather sickly on some bad hooch.  I don’t know but I’d bet he and some buddies made it themselves.  My uncle wasn’t a major though.  Hmmm.  Maybe uncle was only puce colored. I know he told us he was ill for a bit. I’ve no idea if that counts for anything but as we see here, Mr. Morgan is certainly well qualified to speak on guns and stuff, what with all those military folk he knows.
I don’t know who trained my uncle.  Another was in the air force in WW2 but that doesn’t count. Another uncle and a cousin were in the army.  The cousin was in the K-9 corps and got to keep the dog. Never forgot him. Jackie.  That was the dog. But I can’t speak on that subject cos Jackie never said a word about his experiences. He did get a medal though.

Obama should follow up by launching a Government buy-back for all existing assault weapons in circulation (as worked successfully in Los Angeles last week).

I would go further, confiscating the rest and enforcing tough prison sentences on those who still insist on keeping one.

Either you ban these assault weapons completely, and really mean it, or you don’t.

He should also significantly increase federal funding for mental health treatment for all Americans who need it. It’s the lethal cocktail of mental instability and ready gun availability that is the key component in almost every American mass shooting.

Nor do I think Hollywood or makers of violent video games should avoid any responsibility – their graphic images can surely only twist an already twisted mind.

I will not stop in my own efforts to keep the gun-control debate firmly in people’s minds, however much abuse I’m subjected to.

The ‘more guns, less crime’ argument is utter nonsense. Britain, after Dunblane, introduced some of the toughest gun laws in Europe, and we average just 35 gun murders a year.

Japan, which has the toughest gun control in the world, had just TWO in 2006 and averages fewer than 20 a year. In Australia, they’ve not had a mass shooting since stringent new laws were brought in after 35 people were murdered in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting in Tasmania in 1996. Fewer guns equals less gun murder. This is not a ‘pinko liberal’ hypothesis. It’s a simple fact.

In conclusion, I can spare those Americans who want me deported a lot of effort by saying this: If you don’t change your gun laws to at least try to stop this relentless tidal wave of murderous carnage, then you don’t have to worry about deporting me.

Although I love the country as a second home and one that has treated me incredibly well, I would, as a concerned parent first – and latterly, of a one-year-old daughter who may attend an American elementary school like Sandy Hook in three years’ time – seriously consider deporting myself.

MORGAN in the Mail


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/30/2012 at 03:11 PM   
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near empty pockets but govt. answer is always take more and then give away some

I have no personal idea if this boring ass actually believe this crap, or if he is merely sucking up to the left and trying to gain votes.
Whatever.

How can this jerk lecture his country as the Prime Schmuck Minister with regard to spending and belt tightening, and still find the damn money to toss into a sinkhole, never to be seen again.
You wanna help the poor of the world?  Fine Dave.  Send them your salary every year.  Foreign aid is nothing more than forcing a population to dig into their pockets to send their money to people they do not know and perhaps care nothing for.  And all so that a govt. can feel good about itself while spending other ppl’s money.  The NHS is operating on the fumes from an empty petrol tank, there are genuine poor right here, homes for the aged have closed in some areas, benefits are awarded to the undeserving and failed amnesty hopefuls, thugs rule the streets, programs are being short changed in the name of austerity, but you somehow have managed to find pirate treasure so it’s all just found money.  Is that it?


Cameron: UK has a ‘moral obligation’ to help world’s poor

David Cameron has defended Britain’s £11bn foreign aid bill saying the UK Government has a “moral obligation” to help to the world’s poorest people.

NO, it does not and you sir are full of political bull shit. Up to your ears and the rest is all toilet paper. It has NO obligation moral or otherwise.
If folks feel strongly on the subject, let those who give a shit spend their own money and donate till it hurts and then donate more again. But please do lets stop all this talk about morals cos it isn’t that. It’s politics and it’s phony and most can see through it all.

The Prime Minister acknowledged that the Coalition’s commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on overseas aid was not a popular policy. Development spending will rise next year from £8.7 billion to £11.3 billion as a result of the promise.

But he insisted that the British people were “incredibly generous” and appealed to the nation’s “heart” to help alleviate poverty in the developing world.

“It can sometimes be a difficult argument because we are having tough times at home and we are having to make difficult decisions,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“But Britain is an incredibly generous country. The British people are incredibly generous.”

There is “an argument of the heart” and of the “head” in favour of continuing to supply aid to the developing world.

More bullshit.  More smoke and mirrors.  If the people are generous in the way the PM puts things, it is because THEY HAVE NO FUCKIN CHOICE!
Pretty damn easy to be generous when the money is taken from your pocket like it or no, approve it or not.

“The argument of the heart is even when things are difficult at home we should fulfil our moral obligations to the poorest of the world. There are still more than a billion people living on a dollar a day,” Mr Cameron said.

“There are also good arguments of the head,” he said. “This year we have helped vaccinate 13 million children against killer diseases … we have distributed 12 million anti malarial bed nets.” Details help the public “visualise” that taxpayers’ money is going to “save lives”.

Aid also helps prevent countries collapsing, causing Britain “problems of mass migration, pandemics and climate change”, he said.

Climate change? How’d that get snuck in there?  Mass migration?  To where?  Here?  Ever think about defending your shoreline with guns if necessary and screw what the EU might think about it? Right. We didn’t think so.  So you have you say, saved 13 million children. Yeah?  For what? So they can add to the over-breeding of whatever country they are in, thus insuring a starving population?  Malarial bed nets. Good play there Dave. How much do you suppose the natives made selling them off?
Charitable giving by govts. is nothing more than an industry devoted to making politicians feel warm and fuzzy and worthwhile.  Screw the poor in other countries.  The job of govts is to insure the peace and safety and well being of it’s own citizens. First!  Once you have solved ALL your domestic problems and the problems of the poor at home, then you may mount your white charger and play benevolent knight.
But only with the money of people who care and who are willing to volunteer to have their pockets picked.

Mass migration..... Don’t let them in....
Pandemics............Don’t let them in
Climate change.....SCAM

Here’s the part that will .... OF COURSE .....  Include the USA. 

The Prime Minister said Britain would use its presidency of the G8, which begins on January 1, to call on the richest countries to launch “a major campaign on the issue of hunger, and making sure there aren’t people going hungry every night”.

“There are far too many children in our world growing up stunted, who aren’t having proper brain development and we are going to see a big campaign on that.”

New global development goals will also be discussed in talks at the UN next year. Mr Cameron said one key area would be tackling political corruption in developing countries and whether citizens have access to justice.

Right Mr. Prime Jerk.  Sure thing. Lets insure that corruption is ended. Just like here as in that MP who stole thousands and was allowed to get away with it AND, paid almost nothing back. And that’s only one. This one. Remember?

A judge admitted today that Margaret Moran, the former Labour MP, may be perceived to have “got away” with fiddling her expenses by avoiding a criminal conviction and jail. 

Moran, who was judged too ill to be jailed for her parliamentary expenses fraud, was last month found guilty of fraudulently claiming £53,000 from the tax payer.

She escaped a criminal record after a judge ruled that she was “not fit mentally to defend herself”, having heard that she was suffering from severe depression.

Uh huh. I’d be depressed too were I caught after stealing $85,645. 

And then there’s “justice.” Like this?

Despite the police having “good evidence” from a member of staff at Bradley & Brown in Bridge Road, who claims she saw the alleged incident, the CPS will not be pursuing the case against the suspect because she has already been jailed for similar offences.

Oh that’s okay then. Justice served. Want more examples?  Just go into BMEWS archives.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/30/2012 at 10:00 AM   
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Two To Go

1.
Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid were driving through Kansas when a giant tornado blew the car to the Land of Oz.

Nancy said, “I’m going to ask the Wizard for a heart.”
Harry said, “I’m going to ask the Wizard for a brain.”
Bill said, “Where’s Dorothy?”



2.
With the big bad Fiscal Cliff looming, how is it that suddenly, after ... 12 years is it? ... suddenly, the possible expiration of the evil Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich
is going to put such a heavy burden on the middle class? Surely, it couldn’t be that those horrible tax cuts were actually across the board the whole time, could it?
Because, golly gosh, after 4 or 7 million repetitions by the “fair and balanced” MSM, I was convinced that the name of the Act really was “Bush Tax Cuts For The Rich”.
For 12 solid years, that’s all I’ve ever heard them called. So now they’re expiring. And it’s going to raise everyone’s taxes! Damn, that Bush was one sneaky fargin bastage!

(and yet the 1040 still has the AMT, which overrules those cuts, and has never been adjusted downwards, so who’s really zoomin who here?)


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/30/2012 at 04:49 AM   
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Natural Camouflage

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I knew they were hiding somewhere.

I’d change that scarf though. A bit too kaffiyeh if you ask me.

graphic stolen from Theo’s. Of course.

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/30/2012 at 12:11 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 29, 2012

Hey, I’m Helping

Having lived in an upstairs condo for over a decade, it’s a bit of a thrill finally being in a downstairs unit and having a bit of yard we can almost call our own.

It’s been snowing all day. We’ve got about 4” of heavy white stuff by now, and it’s still falling.

The wife is outside. She decided she’d shovel the walk, now that that fun was over she’s building a snowman. It’s a small one, and it’s fallen over a few times already.

I’m staying inside where it’s warm, working out the proper proportions for a Knob Creek Manhattan. Ah, yes, just 1/2oz of Noilly Pratt sweet vermouth, not a full oz. And perhaps 2 cherries? Let’s try and see. Yes, that works.

“Honey, put some snow around the base. Give him some feet so he can’t roll over on you.”

My little snow angel. Guess I’d better see if there’s any hot cocoa I can start up for when she comes in.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/29/2012 at 09:57 PM   
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Consumer of Leftovers

It’s probably a bit late for this post; most of you have eaten up whatever leftovers you had from Christmas already. But I thought I’d pass this one along, now that I’ve tested it for several days in a row. It’s good eating, and it’s a versatile recipe that goes from soup to stew as you wish. The basic recipe is the one for lentil soup in Joy of Cooking, but the base of that recipe is the heart of just about any vegetable based soup out there. I just amped it up a bit. Ok, a lot. We had a rather large amount of leftover ham, and this was one way to get rid of most of it. This recipe starts out as lentil soup, but winds up a a really hearty ham stew. A never ending, seemingly bottomless pot of stew

Day 1

4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
5 stalks of celery, sliced
2 large onions, chopped
4 medium cloves of garlic, minced

2 1/2 cups of dried lentils ( 1lb bag), rinsed off and set aside to soak in hot water for a few minutes

Put a good splash of olive oil in the bottom of a soup pot that can hold at least 10 quarts. Heat the oil on medium and add the onions. Stir them around for 2 minutes then add the carrots, celery, and garlic. Keep stirring until the veg start to soften but not brown. Call it about 8 minutes. Sprinkle 1 1/2 tsp dried thyme in and give it a stir. Drain off the lentils and pour stir in. Add a bay leaf if you want. Now pour in a quart of low sodium chicken broth and a quart of water. Stir. Raise the heat until the soup starts to boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover, and let it cook 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, gather up 3 medium potatoes or 2 large ones. Peel them and dice them. Get out the leftover ham and carve off a big thick slice. About a pound. Dice it.

After the basic soup has been simmering for half an hour, add the potatoes. Let them cook for 10 minutes, then add the ham. If things look too thick, add a half cup or so of water. Cook things up for another 15 minutes until the lentils are soft. Give the soup a dozen or so big grinds of rough ground black pepper, stir that in, fish out the bay leaf and serve it. This makes a tasty full-flavor, full-bodied soup. The smoky ham adds a nice depth to the flavor, and there is sufficient amounts of veg floating around so that you know you’re having soup instead of some slightly enhanced broth. Even though we soaked our ham in water for more than a day to get most of the salt out, and even though I specified low-sodium chicken broth, there is no need to add any salt at all to this soup. If you stop right there you’ve got a nice soup for about 10 people. It’s just the 2 of us here, so we did that, ate some, had some more, and still had plenty left. Put what’s left in the fridge.

Day 2
Take the leftover soup out of the fridge and run it through a blender or a food processor to puree it. Heat it up again and serve it. A little steamed broccolli on the side, maybe a bit of cheese and some crackers. It’s still good, and the puree blends in the carrots, which some people would rather leave in her bowl. Eat your fill, then put what’s left in the fridge.

Day 3
Damn, we still have loads of ham left. And look at that wonderful shank bone ... can’t wait to make some awesome split pea soup, but first we have to finish off this massive pot of soup.
Carve off two thick slices of ham this time, and discard any excess fat and leathery pieces of skin. Roughly dice the meat. Call it another pound, or a generous double handful. Whatever. Add the ham to the puree and heat it up again. Finely dice another stalk of celery into the pot. It is now officially stew. Serve in large bowls with some fresh French or Italian bread on the side and something to drink. Eat your fill and put what’s left in the fridge.

Day 4
Crivens, this is never going to end, is it? Good thing it tastes so damn good. Take the ham stew out of the fridge, dice up another 2 potatoes, and add them to the pot along with 1 cup of low sodium broth. See if you can whittle another handful or two of ham bits off the bone. In they go. Heat it up and let it simmer half an hour. Serve in big bowls and convince each other that, yes, you really do have room for a second bowl. Eat. Eat. Eat it up already!! Put what’s left back in the fridge.

Day 5
Invite the neighbors over for some wonderful homemade ham stew! Open up some red wine ahead of time, and make up a big shaker full of Manhattans. Do that thing with the rosemary, roasted garlic, and Camembert cheese I wrote about last week as an appetizer, then after refilling everyone’s glasses serve up the stew in great big latte bowls with the rest of the bread on the side. Have some more wine! Hey, have some more stew, we’ve got plenty!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/29/2012 at 08:49 PM   
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a friend passes

Have been notified today of the passing of a very close and dear friend of many years.

A friend of the wife and I, the lady who passed away was a kind and gentle soul, someone who never found it in herself to say no to a friend.

She could at times be somewhat ditzy but that isn’t meant in a disrespectful way.  She was rather cute with it, kinda reminded me of Goldie Hawn as Private Benjamin. She was not an old woman, she was in her 60s. Didn’t look it.  Not young but gosh, I’m 75, so you see where I feel, we feel, pretty bad at her passing.

She had a type of lung cancer that occurs in, as her husband told us, “women of that age.”
She was never a smoker, and neither was her doctor husband.

When we saw her last year, she wasn’t looking well, and I recall my wife being concerned.  But Barb being who she was, never let on that she was dying even then.  She admitted to being somewhat ill and passed it off to us as something I can’t remember, and put her weight loss down to that. And she was naturally thin to begin with. But she was dying as we spoke, and dying while we had a wonderful lunch at Mario’s Italian, and that is all very hard to take in.

Over the last few months, we hadn’t heard anything which wasn’t too unusual as we didn’t write every day.  But notes between the wife and Barb via snail and email were pretty much on a regular basis.  We received no card from her this year, and that was very unusual indeed.

She was diagnosed in 2010, and so even in that year we hadn’t a clue and she said not a word.

Barbara was very religious, very conservative and a Tea party lady.  I’d be willing to bet that she never hurt a soul in her lifetime.  She just wasn’t like that.  And so you’ll forgive the thought I hope, when I express my questioning of whatever god it was she prayed to.  Cos she went far too early and in far too much pain and left behind a family who loved her.  And so did her friends who miss her already.

It’s going to be very hard going back home and knowing we’ll never see her again.  Her home was less than a mile down the road from us.  In fact, it was my wife and I who got them interested in the area near us.

Rest in Peace dear friend. 


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2012 at 05:57 PM   
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a once sovereign state under a foreign court

This article from yesterday’s paper just begs for posting.

Just another good example of lost sovereignty to the now wanna be super state of the EU.
And who rules it all?

The left.  Some are fighting a holding action, and UKIP for sure isn’t blind.  But the game may be over.  Take a look at this outrage.

Murderers and drug dealer to get IVF in prison and you’ll be paying! Criminals using European Human Rights laws to start families at taxpayers’ expense.

· Ministers may be powerless to stop demands for treatment because of a ruling by European Court of Human Rights

· Turning down demands could lead to court action costing tens of thousands
· Names and identity of the prisoners are protected but four are murderers and one a drug dealer

By Jack Doyle

Four murderers and a drug dealer are in line for taxpayer-funded fertility treatment so that they can father a child from behind bars.

The killers are demanding to be allowed to take part in IVF treatment despite serving life sentences.

Ministers may be powerless to refuse because of a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights concerning the right to a private and family life.

Turning down the prisoners’ demands could lead to court action and compensation claims running into tens of thousands of pounds.

The cases will provoke outrage at the rights afforded to individuals who have committed shocking crimes, and spur demands for action against the power of European human rights judges, who are also demanding an end to the ban on prisoners voting.

It has been revealed that a prisoner had been given access to artificial insemination treatment on the NHS at a cost of around £2,000.

Since then, 13 applications have been made by inmates in England and Wales. Eight have been rejected but five remain in ministers’ in-trays.
The names and details of the inmates are protected by privacy laws, but three were convicted of murder, one of murder and aggravated burglary and the fifth of possession of a Class A drug with intent to supply.

Last night Justice Secretary Chris Grayling, who has said he wants to ‘curtail’ the powers of the Strasbourg court, said: ‘There can be no clearer example of why we need changes to the human rights framework.

‘The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has extended its remit into areas which have little to do with real human rights issues and I intend to bring forward proposals about how we change that.’


Andrew Percy, Tory MP for Brigg and Goole, said: ‘When you commit a crime such as murder you should lose your rights and liberties.’

The doors were opened to a flood of new applications by a 2007 Strasbourg ruling in the case of a convicted killer, Kirk Dickson.

Dickson and a friend kicked to death a 41-year-old man in 1995 and he was sentenced to a minimum of 15 years.

He met his wife Lorraine through a prison pen pal scheme while she was serving 12 months for a £20,000 benefit fraud. 

They married in 2000 after her release but while he was still behind bars.

In 2001 David Blunkett rejected the couple’s application to authorise her access to sperm donation from him for IVF treatment.

With at least £20,000 in legal aid, they took the case to the High Court and the Court of Appeal but were rejected at every turn.
In 2007 the case went to Strasbourg, when Dickson was 35 and his wife 49.

Ministers fought the case, arguing that losing the opportunity to have children was an inevitable result of being jailed.
But the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights ruled that the Dicksons’ rights had been breached and handed them £18,000 in damages.  (that works out to $29,000.00)

SOURCE

Does it get any crazier than this?  Sure it will. This is Europe. And this England is no longer a truly sovereign state.  They say it is but be assured, these folks are quite delusional.  The left has seen to that and has been at work here for a very long time.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2012 at 02:00 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 28, 2012

end of week eye candy

The first time in 18 years that an American beauty has won the Miss Universe title.

Means not too much to me cos I don’t follow contests but you might say I follow pretty women.  Well, in a manner of speaking anyway.

So then, quite by accident I found this lady in the pages of the Mail. Of all places.  It appears that the Mail also follows pretty ladies.

So here are a few shots of the very pretty .......

OLIVIA CULPO and if you wanna see more, Google her name.

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enjoy your week end, make it a safe one.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/28/2012 at 07:22 PM   
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