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calendar   Sunday - February 24, 2013

Please Be Patient

I was one of millions who got the email from Larry Potterfield this morning. Larry is CEO of MidwayUSA.com, a gigantic online ammunition, gun parts, and sporting goods retailer. They’re like the Amazon of bullets. Huge.

“I’ve been in this business 35 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. We’re monitoring politics and policy on a daily basis, and doing our best to process every order as fast as we can. But we’re swamped, so please be patient. Demand for some of our products is sky high, so we’ve had to limit purchase quantities and cancel backorders. We have not raised our prices except where necessary because we do not believe in taking advantage of the situation.”

Or words to that effect. Larry seems like a decent guy, and he runs his company on a square deal and a handshake kind of way. I’ve never ever had a problem with Midway, and the few times I’ve needed to return something it’s always been an easy process. Lots of gun companies are like that, even the big ones. You’re almost like family, and that’s nice.

So I bop over to MidwayUSA.com to see just how bad things are. I pull up Ammunition, Pistol, Center Fire and go with the default sort by Popularity. Of the top 96 products - and there are hundreds more of coure - “Coming Soon” and “Out of stock, no backorder” seem to be the most popular. Ha, I jest, a tiny bit. No jest: of the top 103 types of pistol ammo, he had one in stock. ONE.

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Liberty Halo-Point Civil Defense ammunition is a high velocity, extremely accurate load designed for self-defense. The 50 Grain Lead-Free Fragmenting Hollow Point bullet travels at 2000 feet per second, resulting in 12 inches of ballistic gel penetration and a permanent wound cavity greater than 5 inches in diameter. This light bullet, high velocity round yields 16% less felt recoil and has an effective range of 25 meters. This ammunition is new production, non-corrosive, and requires no weapons modifications.

Recall what I said the other day about frangible ammo? And what I said a week or so before that about bullets pushed past their limits? Here it is, um, ahem, in the flesh. Great for personal defense. Terrible for hunting. And you can only have 10 of these 2/5 sized boxes worth, even at $1.20 a shot, so if you’re just arriving for the Apocalypse, you’re a bit SOL.

Of the top 192 types of pistol ammo, he had 4 kinds in stock. This Halo stuff in 9mm and .40S&W, some Hornady rubber pointed Leverevolution stuff in .45 Colt, and some Prvi 7.62x38R FMJ mil-surp stuff. And that was it, running the whole gamut from .25ACP to .45 Colt and beyond. Page after page of empty. Ok, he’s got some oddball stuff, like .30 Luger, .38S&W and .30 Mauser, and a few boxes of thundergun stuff from Buffalo Bore, but the shelves are empty of anything even close to normal power loads in a common caliber. I went through the top 500 products, and that was all that there was. Then the page crashed, because the servers there are overwhelmed.

The rifle ammo situation isn’t much different, and I don’t know the situation with shotgun shells. Didn’t get a chance to look.

Hope you stocked up on ammo this past summer.



There are gun control bills blooming in nearly every statehouse in the country, plus all the garbage in DC. Gun owners are pushing back, contacting their representatives left and right. We are marching and protesting. We don’t want any of it. None. And if push comes to shove, we won’t be having any of it. We will not accept any law that turns currently law-abiding citizens, freely exercising their God-given right, into criminals with the stroke of a pen. We will resist. We’ve gone along to get along for far too long, and that’s enough. No more. Not ever. Never again.

Molon Labe.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/24/2013 at 09:30 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - February 23, 2013

A Nice Clear Message

I met a girl who sang the Blues,
and I asked her for some happy news
She just smiled and sent this link my way


Best Picture Of The Week

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One Man Bucket*, aka Achmed bin Stinkin, shifts shit against the flow





Egypt Floods Gaza Tunnels To Quell Arms Smuggling

Floods them with raw sewage

Essam Haddad, national security adviser to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, has told Reuters that Egypt recently flooded a number of tunnels between Gaza and Egypt in order to cut the flow of arms in and out of the coastal enclave. “We don’t want to see these tunnels used for illegal ways of smuggling either people or weapons that can really harm Egyptian security,” Haddad said in the interview. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has condemned the closure of the tunnels.

Haddad noted Egypt’s concern that heavy arms, some of which are from Libya as well as Gaza, are being seen throughout Egypt, and in particular in the Sinai. “[W]e would not like to see arms smuggled through these tunnels either in or out, because we are now seeing in Sinai and we have captured actually across Egypt heavy arms that could be used in a very dangerous way,” the Morsi adviser said. He added: “[W]hen you see there are anti-aircraft missiles inside Egypt and anti-tank weapons inside Egypt ... you will question who is doing this and why.”

According to the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), “hundreds” of high quality weaponry, including long-range rockets and advanced antitank and antiaircraft missiles, from Libya and Sudan ended up in Gaza through the Sinai in 2012.

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The Hamas rulers of Gaza and local smugglers on Tuesday accused Egypt of flooding cross-border tunnels with sewage water in order to halt a thriving smuggling trade that has propped up the local economy for the past five years.

Flooding the dozens of tunnels that run along the short Gaza-Egypt border was a rare act of tension between the Hamas government and their ideological parent, the Muslim Brotherhood, which now dominates Egypt’s government.

The Egyptian effort appears to be aimed at closing down the illegal routes to better control what is going in. It follows an Egyptian-brokered deal that eased Israeli restrictions on building material going into Gaza.
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the tunnels are also easy conduits for weapons and militants to pass in and out of Gaza and the nearby lawless Sinai desert peninsula. From Sinai, militants have launched attacks against Egyptian and Israeli forces.

Smugglers said Egyptian military forces were digging water wells and pumping wastewater toward the smuggling area for the past two days.

One smuggler said he had to halt operations and rush his workers out after his tunnel filled with sewage. He declined to be named, fearing he would be identified by Egyptian forces. An Associated Press photographer at the scene saw at least 15 tunnels also flooded with wastewater.

Still, more than one hundred tunnels were operational, smugglers said.

Now there’s some foreign aid I could get behind. Can we send them a few hundred tankers full? Please?

See More Below The Fold

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/23/2013 at 09:09 PM   
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Philly Undercover

Drew files a post for Peiper, who is also a bit under the weather today ...

Daniel Pipes: The Burqa Crisis

Another good essay from Pipes, pointing out that a pisslamic portable body bag is the ultimate PC disguise for criminals. Used for at least 14 crimes in the past 6 years in Philadelphia. Used by countless terrorists to move weapons around in eastern nations, increasingly used here and in Europe because white folks are too damn PC to say “take off the mask before entering our business, or you’ll be shot.” which is the only proper response.

If you put on a ski mask and go in a bank, you are begging for serious trouble. If you pull up your hoodie and do the pimp stroll around a good neighborhood in the wee hours of the morning, you’re begging to get Martinized in one hour or less. And no, I don’t mean that in the old dry cleaning way. Pull down the Sombrero, pull up the bandana, and you are assumed to be El Bandito. And we start shooting. Simply put, hiding your face in the West is an act of aggression; it’s a precursor step to criminal activity. And people rightly react to it with violence. Or at least a Code Red level of heightened awareness. “Religious” garb serves the same purpose, but Political Correctness would have us overlook our natural and proper reactions all the time ... to criminal’s advantage. WRONG.

Philadelphia, the city where I live, has quietly and unassumedly become the capital of the Western world as regards female Islamic garb as an accessory to crime.
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By my count, the Philadelphia region has witnessed 14 robberies (or attempted robberies) of financial institutions in the past six years in which the thieves relied on an Islamic full-body cover. They took place in January 2007, June 2007, May 2008, November 2009, October 2010 (two), February 2011, June 2011, December 2011, January 2012, March 2012 (two), and April 2012 (two). The most violent attack took place on May 3, 2008, when Police Sergeant Stephen Liczbinski was killed with an AK-47 in a shoot-out following a successful robbery using burqas; the police then killed one of the criminals.

As the Middle East Forum’s David J. Rusin points out in his detailed survey of Philadelphia burqa crimes, Muslim garb holds two great advantages over other forms of disguise: First, many full-body covered women walk the streets without criminal intent, thereby inadvertently providing cover for thieves; the more full-body coverings around, the more likely that these will facilitate criminal activity. Second, the very strangeness and aloofness of these garments affords their wearers, including criminals, an extraordinary degree of protection.

To their credit, some banks no longer allow head coverings. For example, a PNC Bank office in Philadelphia boasts a front-door sign stating: “The safety of our employees and customers is our foremost concern. We request that you remove any hats, caps, sunglasses or hoods while inside this financial institution.” Such policies should reduce burqa bank robberies.

But as banks become harder targets, Islamic garb presents a more general danger to soft targets. For example, in the Philadelphia area, assailants donned Islamic garb to rob a real estate office in 2008 and commit murder at a barber shop in 2012.


Pipes takes this all quite seriously, and I have to agree with him. But it would be ... naughty fun ... if one of these burqa’d bad asses robbed a mortgage broker and then made their getaway on a big white horse. Because then I could write

“Loan arranger asks: who was that masked imam?”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/23/2013 at 02:08 PM   
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A Disgusting Lie

Another anti-gun screed, grossly playing on the death of a child to push a statist totalitarian agenda. But this one is different, in that it contains an absolutely bald-faced lie:

Understand, this is not the politicization of death, nor is it an attempt to use a tragedy to push a “liberal” or “progressive” agenda.

This is an attempt to push, to promote, to make real, a basic agenda that is inherent to all of us.

Preserving Life

Simply, Guns are antithetical to this agenda. Their most basic function is to end life--to kill their target.

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Evil green/black assault gun thingy with 3 redundant sighting systems plus a tactical flashlight

I’m having a hard time facing the endless onslaught of emotion driven fatuous essays like this one. It’s not that they are changing my opinion. It’s not as if I can’t debate them or counter every point they make, line by line. I can. I’m just tired of it. There is no “national conversation”. There is only the endless harangue. It’s a never ending beating, and I’m tired of it. The arguments of the disarm-everyone-but-the-government crowd are just asinine. Their methods are sickening and false: they scream for compassion and for caring, but treat their opponents with vile contempt. And the worst part of it all is that they can never see past the damn object to blame the actual user. And that is the ultimate wrong.

But for Charlotte, there will be no stuffed animals, no pink clothes, no birthday cake, no candles to blow out, no 7th Birthday.

Because she’s dead.

On December 14, 2012, Charlotte was sitting in class, in a place of security, of learning, a place which symbolized for a six-year-old girl, the excitement and hope of today, and the potential and promise of tomorrow.

And then security turned into danger, hope into panic--life into death. Charlotte was shot and killed by a Bushmaster XM-15 Assault Rifle, by a round which travels at more than 3,000 feet per second.

Because the gun did the killing you know. Not the madman who pulled the trigger. It was those evil bullets, going at MORETHANTHREETHOUSANDFEETPERSECOND!!!!!!!!!!  Ignoring, of course, that 3000fps isn’t anything like any sort of spectacular or exceptional velocity for a rifle bullet. Fairly typical. But it’s another BIG SCARY NUMBER to throw out for the lobotomized no-information “voter”.

And on and on the article goes ... not being AT ALL political you know ... and yet hammers home the Obama BS line “xyz DESERVES A VOTE”. No it doesn’t. Not at all. What it deserves is a quick flush down the toilet at 2am in quiet embarrassment.

More simplistic emotional diaper wetting from the infantile pro-tyranny crowd. I am just sick and tired of the whole damn thing. No, I don’t want to give in to just shut them up. I want to secede. I want to be part of a civil war, an ethnic cleansing, against them. I want to wipe this kind of insanity out within the borders of my nation. And I truly believe that nearly half the country is so bereft of reason, so incapable of coherent thought, so willfully blind, and so obedient to their Marxist overlords that their grasp of reality is so small and so slight that they may just as well be clinically adjudicated.

Read the whole thing if you have the stomach for it. In the typical very short attention span the simpleminded are noted for, it’s not a very long essay. 5 minutes reading, maybe 8.

Charlotte Bacon should be celebrating her 7th Birthday today

Funny, the author didn’t say a word about that young rapper who was murdered in Vegas the other day while driving his high end sports car. Seems a bunch of thugs opened fire on him with machine guns fired from their Land Rover, then drove away. Rapper’s Maserati crashed into a taxi, killing several people in a massive fireball. Hey, why not call for making machine guns illegal? Oh wait, they already are. And how much impact did that 80 year old law have on that assassination? Not one damn jot. I’m sure about 30 other laws were broken as part of this shooting too. Hmmm; with all those laws, how could this have ever happened??


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/23/2013 at 01:10 PM   
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Improving

I am getting well. Not there fully yet, still feeling rather wrung-out. Not much energy.

But I did feel well enough to go to Cheap League Thursday, and I pretty much beat the other team single handed. Handedly. Whatever.  The other couple that is the rest of our team didn’t show up and my wife had to work late so she’ll post-bowl tomorrow. That left me on our side. Two absentees on the team we played, and one of those had pre-bowled, but poorly. And one of the guys who did show up had left his bowling gear at work, so he had to rent shoes (eewww) and use an alley ball so his scores were pretty bad. And I rolled a 588 series. So to win all seven points, “Mrs. 458” will have to score only 113 points per game or less (69 points to win game 3), which is well within her ability even if she’s throwing poorly. Yay me. Yay team. Too bad we’ve fallen to 9th place out of 12 teams, but we can fight our way up in the remaining 15 weeks. Or not; it’s fun league so I’m trying my best not to care.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/23/2013 at 12:11 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 21, 2013

Our Continuing Adventures Across the 8th Dimension

To really loosely paraphrase Buckaroo Banzai, “No matter where you go, SciFi got there first.”

Vilmar posted on the latest crop of government drones - small as bees, and with the power to kill - and I realized that this was a song and dance I’d heard many years before.

Herman?
Yes Mr. Peabody?
Set the Wayback machine for 1953. We’re looking for Robert Scheckley and his short story Watchbirds.

Thousands of watchbirds, trying to stop countless millions of murders—a hopeless task. But the watchbirds didn’t hope. Without consciousness, they experienced no sense of accomplishment, no fear of failure. Patiently they went about their jobs, obeying each stimulus as it came.

They couldn’t be everywhere at the same time, but it wasn’t necessary to be. People learned quickly what the watchbirds didn’t like and refrained from doing it. It just wasn’t safe. With their high speed and superfast senses, the watchbirds got around quickly.

And now they meant business. In their original directives there had been a provision made for killing a murderer, if all other means failed.

Why spare a murderer?

But Mr. Peabody! All the smart BMEWS readers know that Scheckley borrowed the name from a weekly comic of the era that was used to teach children how to behave!
Of course Herman. And they’ve read about watchbirds here before too.  The great illustrator Munro Leaf ran the comic for decades.

Aww Mr. Peabody, don’t be such a drone!
Don’t make me have to swoop down there and kill you Herman.
Yes Mr. Peabody.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/21/2013 at 05:13 PM   
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utopia update

A quick update to lighten your day. Yeah, right.

There’s a bit more news today I could not resist sharing, with regard to this woman on benefits and her house.

You’ll recall this lady.

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The 11 children of an unemployed mother who has provoked outrage after it was revealed a taxpayer-funded £400,000 council home is being specially built for her family. Chloe, 13, Beth, 8, Angel, 16, Daisy, 5, Toby, 19, Page, 11, Emily, 10, Sophie, 21, Ruby, 7, Jay, 14, and Tilly, 3 –

The jobless mother, of Churchdown, Gloucestershire, has paid for her partner Jake Martin, 57, to have flying lessons.

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AND …..

A Tewkesbury Borough Council spokesman wouldn’t speak on Miss Frost’s case, but said: ‘Housing benefit is a statutory entitlement which we have a legal obligation to pay to those that qualify.’

AND ….

It’s been revealed that the family own a horse, despite Ms Frost claiming benefits for her 11 children.
Yesterday 16-year-old Angel defended her mother saying that it is she who pays for the upkeep of the £200-a-month horse named Annie, but failed to explain where she gets the money.
Miss Frost said that she does not want two of the children’s three fathers to make a contribution to her finances and would ‘love’ to support her brood herself but does not need to because ‘there is help out there’.
A worker at the paddock claimed Miss Frost had recently arranged to buy two more horses but the deal fell through at the last minute.

She is understood to pay £65 a month in paddock fees and had negotiated a deal last month where she could stable a total of three horses for £175.
The worker said Miss Frost bought Annie ‘about eight months ago’, adding: ‘Horses are expensive. I know, I’ve had them all my life.
‘Annie has breathing difficulties, so the vet has to come out quite often. They must spend at least £200 a month on her.
‘They were going to buy two more horses recently, but that deal fell through. It’s sickening to think that she can afford what most people would consider a luxury at the expense of the British taxpayer.’

sorce


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/21/2013 at 03:19 PM   
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A Must-Watch Video

“Virtual President” Bill Whittle trashes, utterly trashes, government efforts to “curb gun violence”.

“You are in violation of your oath of office for even introducing such legislation, much less for passing it.”

My hero.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/21/2013 at 01:54 PM   
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“the dumbness people in the nation”

FL Woman Wounded When Bullets

“Cook Off” In Her Oven

Que Groucho Marx - ”How he got in my pajamas How they got in the oven, I’ll never know!”

A woman cooking herself a snack has been wounded after the bullets her roommate left inside the oven exploded and sprayed her with shrapnel.

Aalaya Walker, 18, preheated the oven of her apartment in Tampa, Florida, on Monday to make herself waffles - not knowing that Javarski ‘JJ’ Sandy, 25, had stashed his pistol magazine with four live rounds in the appliance.

Ms Walker was hit in the chest and the leg by shrapnel from at least one round. Mr Sandy, who legally owns a .45-caliber Glock 21 semiautomatic pistol, told police he took the magazine out of his gun and put it in the oven. He put the gun itself in a drawer, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

He never explained to officers why he put the clip with four live rounds in the oven. Police determined that Mr Sandy, who works at WalMart, had committed no crime. He was not charged.

Ms Walker said she picked brass shell casing fragments out of her skin as she rode the bus to the hospital [where she met with the police].


Unreal. Only a paper as naive as the UK Mail would believe this jive story. Can’t a brotha shoot a bitch without having to make up some dumb-ass story for the cracka po-po??

They sought out Sandy, who was at his apartment in the 200 block of 24th St. N.

Sandy, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, confirmed Walker’s story.

He told authorities there were four rounds in the magazine. He showed the melted magazine to officers, though he’d already thrown away the other bullets.

Best comment at The Mail: “Florida is a beautiful state but has the dumbness people in the nation.”

LOL ROFLMAO LOL

Mythbusters episode 85 -
Bullets can explode with lethal force if they are stored inside a hot oven.
busted

The Mythbusters placed a .22 caliber, .44 caliber, and .50 caliber bullet inside an oven. All of the bullets exploded once the oven was hot enough, but none of them were able to penetrate the oven. Without a gun barrel to contain and direct the propellant gases, the bullets did not develop enough speed to pierce the glass or steel portions of the oven. The shell casings actually caused more damage than the bullets.

A gun can fire a bullet with lethal force if stored inside a hot oven.
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The Mythbusters placed a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside a hot oven pointing towards the oven door. Once the temperature was high enough, the gun automatically discharged and sent the bullet out of the oven, which could potentially kill anybody who happened to be standing in front of the oven.

Bullets thrown into an open fire can explode with lethal force.
busted

The Mythbusters dropped a box of bullets with varying calibers directly into an open fire. While many of the bullets immediately discharged,, it appeared that none of the bullets could be lethal. Like the oven test, most of the damage was being dealt by the shell casings, which could not travel fast enough to be lethal.

Must have been one heck of a magical coincidence, her opening the oven door at the precise instant those rounds cooked off. And so very considerate of her boyfriend, cleaning up the mess and throwing out the other bullets, as she rode the bus to the hospital. What a Valentine he is!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/21/2013 at 01:23 PM   
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britain dodges newest attack by unter menschlichen Spezies

Interesting don’t ya think, that even those who might not approve of the would be bombers, did NOT come forward in any way.
But of course, there are actually “moderates” among them.  We just don’t hear from many and in any case the police sure don’t.  That we know of anyway.

That raises a thought.  What if there are those who are informing but are very quiet about it. They’d have to be, wouldn’t they?

In this case, it looks like we have dodged a bullet as much due to the bumbling of the untermenschen filth, as to good police work.

Take a look.  And btw, the article at the link is a long and informative one with lots of photos.

I HATE the use of the word British applied to these scum.  They are NOT Brits!  Why oh why can’t the police simply shoot dead these bastards as soon as they are caught?  Once all info is extracted from them if needed.  They are food and space wasters. Wasters of resources with no honest claim to humanity or the right to be treated as though they are human.  They are grubby sub menschlichen Dreck!

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· Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, wanted ‘rival for 9/11’
· Ringleaders spent years travelling to Pakistan for ‘terror training’
· Al-Qaeda backed group made videos to play after they blew themselves up
· The terror cell raised funds by posing as bogus charity workers
· Plotted ‘spectacular campaign’ from dirty Birmingham headquarters
· Bugs planted in their safe house and car recorded their deadly plot
· Police then found explosives in Midlands when plan was at advanced stage
By Martin Robinson

Three British Muslims have been found guilty of planning a terrorist attack to rival 9/11 or the 7/7 Tube bombings by packing eight rucksacks with explosives to cause mass casualties in the UK.
Irfan Naseer, 31, Irfan Khalid, 27, and Ashik Ali, 27, all from Birmingham, were today convicted of plotting the ‘spectacular campaign’ designed to claim as many lives as the 2005 London Underground bombs that killed 52 innocent people.
Inspired by hate preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, the trio were ‘central figures’ in an al-Qaeda backed extremist plot to set off bombs and other deadly weapons in crowded shopping centres and railway stations across Britain.
But the three, who called themselves the Four Lions after the black comedy film, only failed because of their own bungling.
The group had set up a sophisticated fraud by pretending to be Muslim Aid charity street collectors, duping legitimate supporters and at least one mosque into giving them thousands of pounds.
However, they then lost £9,000 by making catastrophic investments, tried to secure huge loans to compensate and then failed to destroy evidence of their plotting that police then found in their Midlands safe house.
Judge Justice Henriques said: ‘You were seeking to recruit a team of suicide bombers to carry out a spectacular bombing campaign, one which would create an anniversary along the lines of 7/7 or 9/11’.
The bomb plotters had the means, the will and the know-how to carry out mass murder in the biggest terror attack on the British mainland ‘in a generation’, detectives said.
Six other men have already admitted or been found guilty of being part of the terror cell, it can also be revealed today.

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CONSPIRACY : WHY DID NO ONE IN PLOTTERS’ COMMUNITY TIP OFF POLICE?

Nobody in the bomb plotters’ own community tipped the police off with their concerns, despite finding out they were sending young men to terror training camps in Pakistan.
At no point during the 18-month investigation by the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit did anyone in Birmingham’s Muslim community inform on the behaviour of Irfan Naseer, Irfan Khalid (together right) and Ashik Ali, raising questions over the health of relations between officers and community leaders.
This was despite the fact the families of four other young men recruited from Sparkhill all intervened to bring them back home the moment they found out the real reasons for them travelling to Pakistan.
Detective Inspector Adam Gough, senior investigating officer, said the extended families of the four men had ‘become aware’ of why they went to Pakistan but, in any case, ‘did not tell us’.

Ishaaq Hussain, Shahid Khan, Khobaib Hussain and Naweed Ali were told to tell loved ones they were studying at madrassas if asked.
Police and security services were aware the four were travelling but decided against stopping them to preserve the surveillance operation (below) and because evidence-gathering was in the early stages.
According to detectives, none of the men received any terror training as they left the camps after a day.
Mr Gough said: ‘We know pressure was applied to them to come back.
‘Shahid Khan virtually ran home. Three of the four came back almost immediately, while the fourth stayed with his family in Pakistan.
‘We know that they did reach a training camp.
‘But it is a success story in that the families did bring those people back and it shows the vast majority of the community abhor terrorism in the same way we do.’
Community engagement - under what the police call the Prevent programme - is supposed to form a cornerstone of the UK counter-terrorism policing strategy.
Prevent aims to respond ‘to the ideological challenge of terrorism’ by ‘developing partnerships’ with communities, thereby preventing people being ‘drawn into terrorism’.

Assistant Chief Constable Marcus Beale, who is responsible for counter-terrorism at West Midlands Police, said: ‘The families were trying to do their best to get them back and stop them getting into trouble, rather than get in touch with us.
‘I agree it would have been really good if more could have been shared with us, and we could have dealt with it in a different way.
‘In terms of community engagement, would I like them to come forward more? Yes, I would.
‘Do I think they (the Muslim community) were being disruptive - no, I do not.’
Mr Beale also said he believed the two local charitable organisations on whose behalf the three men had masqueraded to raise money “were duped, rather than being complicit’.
He added: ‘We want to help make sure they (the charities) are not quite so easily duped in the future.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/21/2013 at 12:20 PM   
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Another Scam Played On Uncle Sucka

Prisoners Across America Collecting Unemployment Benefits

Raking In $4.9 Billion Per Year Or More



They’re behind bars, but you’re still paying their “salaries.”

State and federal officials say inmates across the country continue to collect millions each year in fraudulent unemployment benefits—often the result of oversight—with the most recent case in Pennsylvania, where more than 1,000 people collected benefits while behind bars.

Pennsylvania officials said this week the fraud occurred in county prisons because they failed to implement a system of cross-checking the Social Security numbers of benefit applicants, like they did with inmates in their state and federal prisons.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said his administration is correcting the problem. But the 1,162 inmates had already collected about $334 every week for more than four months, costing taxpayers roughly $7 million.

The state labor department said detecting the fraud is more difficult now that benefit checks—once intercepted in inmates’ mail—have largely been replaced with direct deposits to bank accounts. And the biweekly phone calls to renew benefits can be made by a friend or relative at home.

More difficult? Really? Here’s the SSN from Prisoner #1234. Has he been sent any checks since 1/1/10 when he got here? Yes/No. Here’s the SSN from Prisoner #1235. Has he been sent any checks since 1/2/10 when he got here? Oh yeah, that’s real friggin hard. Even without a script or a macro, a database operator ought to be able to key in 2,000 of these queries a week. And a script ought to give you back 50,000 answers in about 3 seconds. It’s not a matter of snooping through their mail. It’s a matter of looking at your own records.

Overall unemployment fraud is now at 2.85 percent, according to the Labor Department. The agency doesn’t have a specific number for fraud payments but said overall improper payments cost taxpayers $4.9 billion from July 2011 through June 2012, the agency’s most recent reporting period.

The problem is hardly isolated to Pennsylvania. The states with the highest fraud rate over that period were Arizona at 9.21 percent; Mississippi at 9.05 percent; Louisiana at 8.29 percent; South Dakota at 5.95 percent; and Pennsylvania and New Mexico tied at 5.22 percent. The total amount of improper payments was roughly $890 million.

Wait. Stop. Don’t. Run the numbers, and see the CYA BS in the above paragraph. IF an unemployment check is $334, and IF the $4.9 billion is not a BS lowball number (I guarantee you it is, that the real number is double or triple), and IF we are talking a 1 years period ... then this shows that more than 282,000 inmates are improperly receiving unemployment checks. Now if the 6 states listed have the fraud numbers reported, it means ... that they have a whole lot of prisoners in jail. And that’s about all you can do with that, right now.

In Arizona, officials purportedly found 475 inmates collected roughly $1.1 million in 2010 and 2012. To detect the fraud, the state’s Department of Economic Security used the same Social Security cross-referencing that Pennsylvania was using in state and federal prisons since 1997.

Arizona, leading the nation with the highest inmate fraud ... comes up with 475 inmates duping the state out of $1.1 million over a 2 year period. Aye caramba Jefe! That’s a whacking great $22.27 per week per prisoner. What, did they all illegally sign up for milk and newspaper delivery? Puh LEEZ. Arizona is playing CYA like nobody’s bidniz. Even the cheap-ass Sunset State has to pay more than that for unemployment.

Whatever. There’s a damn long way to go before the handout system has clean hands. Prisons are just one tiny part of it. The entire system is chock full of scammers, liars, multiple dippers, dead people still drawing checks years after they’ve died ... you name it. All because the government is FILLED with make-work jobs and button pushers, and no accountability.

I bet that if you trimmed off the fraud and the waste and got the military to buy common items for regular wholesale prices you could cut $300 billion PER YEAR in spending. And if you then went through and started cutting redundant jobs and departments ... well that’s a daydream for another day. That somebody is FINALLY doing something about this one tiny little scam is all the ray of hope you’re allowed to have for today. The stuff is rare, so we’ve got to ration it.
UPDATE: more, via Vilmar’s.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/21/2013 at 09:53 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 20, 2013

The One Thing Worse Than A Union

Is a French Union.

“Keep Your So-Called Workers,” U.S. Boss Tells France

Tire firm will NOT be relocating to Fwance

The CEO of a U.S. tire maker has delivered a crushing summary of how some outsiders view France’s work ethic in a letter saying he would have to be stupid to take over a factory whose staff only put in three hours work a day.

Titan International’s (TWI) Maurice Taylor, nicknamed “The Grizz” for his negotiating style, told the left-wing French industry minister in a letter published by media on Wednesday that he had no interest in rescuing a plant set for closure.

“The French workforce gets paid high wages but works only three hours. They get one hour for breaks and lunch, talk for three and work for three,” Taylor wrote on Feb. 8 in the letter in English to the minister, Arnaud Montebourg.

“I told this to the French union workers to their faces. They told me that’s the French way!” Taylor added in the letter, which was posted by business daily Les Echos on its website and which the ministry confirmed was genuine.

“Titan is going to buy a Chinese tire company or an Indian one, pay less than one euro per hour wage and ship all the tires France needs,” he said. “You can keep the so-called workers.”

Socialist President Francois Hollande might take some comfort in Taylor’s view of his own country’s business policies: “The U.S. government is not much better than the French,” he said, referring to a dispute over Chinese exports.

Yeah, but, we’re not talking about governments Fwanz-wah. We’re talking about businesses. Factories. You know, real jobs making real stuff and paying real taxes.

Taylor’s comments are the latest blow to France’s image after verbal attacks last year by Montebourg on firms seeking to shut ailing industrial sites prompted international mockery.

Combined with concerned over plans for a 75% “millionaires tax”, Montebourg’s antics drove London Mayor Boris Johnson to remark to an international business audience that it seemed France was being run by left-wing revolutionaries.

Montebourg has also lashed out at cheap imports of manufactured goods from low-wage countries like China and last year told the boss of Indian steelmaker ArcelorMittal he was unwelcome in a spat over a shuttered plant in France.

Despite having per-head productivity levels that rank among the best in Europe, economists blame France’s rigid hiring and firing laws for a long industrial decline that has dented exports. Many also fault the country’s 35-hour work week.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co.’s (GT) Amiens Nord plant employs 1,250 workers, who have been battling demands that they work more shifts or accept layoffs. The government said in January that the site faced imminent closure.

Talks with Titan over a possible purchase of the plant’s farm tire section fell through last September after a failure to reach a deal with the CGT union on voluntary redundancies.

… Wall Street analysts have dubbed Taylor “The Grizz” for his tough negotiating style.
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“Sir, your letter states that you want Titan to start a discussion. How stupid do you think we are?” he wrote. “Titan is the one with the money and the talent to produce tires. What does the crazy union have? It has the French government.”

Ouch. That’ll leave a mark.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/20/2013 at 08:44 PM   
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by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea

I really get excited seeing things like this.  That’s followed by some slight depression cos I can’t live there.  Truth is guys, even if I had the means, when one reaches a certain age, things are just less possible unless you have the means. And even then, well, things don’t always work out.  But still, I love seeing this kind of thing.  This fellow had vision I’d say. 

Shed with a view: Ramshackle hut bought for a pittance is transformed into stunning South Coast retreat which brings in rent of £100,000 a year

Adam Wooler lived in timber shack while studying at university
But has now turned it into an idyllic holiday chalet with stunning views
The chalet is said to be worth £250,000, and is rented out all year round

By James Rush

A man who bought a windswept, ramshackle shed for £6,500 has transformed it into a stunning cliff-top retreat that earns £100,000 a year in rent.

Adam Wooler lived in the decrepit timber shack after buying it for the small sum while he studied at a nearby university.

But 25 years later, after getting married and forging a successful career, he has now demolished the crumbling bachelor pad and replaced it with an idyllic holiday chalet that boasts stunning coastal views.

See the link for lots more. 

SOME SPECTACULAR PIX

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/20/2013 at 02:36 PM   
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Almost 3 million

the page view counter with the Flags of All Nations way down at the bottom of the page is just about to roll over onto 3 million. Which is the number of people who have stopped by since March 2009 when I put it in.

No, we don’t see 5 million hits an hour. Or even 1 million hits a year. And readership is down, due I’m sure to a) Social Media, and b) my posting less about politics. But 3 million visits in under 4 years is pretty good in my opinion.

Now if I could just get past the Bloggy Blues.

Peiper writes: “Things always seem bleakest when you’re sick. So don’t quit.” And he’s right ... but ...

No, not planning on packing it in. Just wish there was a special Fun Stuff & Good News Channel I could tap into so that every damn post wasn’t a) effin Democrats turning the US into a Turd World Marxist Tyranny, b) fuckin Muslims running amok, c) Dear old Blighty committing fiscal and cultural suicide as fast and as hard as they possibly can.

Even the stories on Science Daily are months out of date half the time.

I am feeling a good bit better. But I think I’ll spend most of today in bed trying to stay warm. And get past this chunky cough. Yum. Awfully cold and windy out ... really wishing it was May 17th already.


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