Sarah Palin's presence in the lower 48 means the Arctic ice cap can finally return.

calendar   Thursday - March 28, 2013

A Different Kind Of Boomstick

Oh FutureBoy, Your Gun Is Ready


It’s an SW1 from the German company Steinkamp. It’s a two barreled bullpup with 24” barrels that’s probably too short overall to be sold in the USA. It costs about $5000. It weighs 7 1/2lb. It’s available chambered in 8x57, or custom ordered in any rimmed cartridge you want, up to one or both barrels as 20 gauge shotguns. It came out in 2008, so maybe they can make it in 12 gauge by now. Takes scopes or Aimpoint style sights. They’ll even build you one stocked in wood laminate if you insist. But you still only get 2 shots.

more info here.

company .pdf brochure.

Wonder if they could make one with a built-in laser? Kewlness! Somewhere, Buck Rogers is envious.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/28/2013 at 03:17 PM   
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Hecho En Mexico

Still waiting for my new PC to arrive. It shipped several days ago. I pulled up the tracking link from the email Dell sent me, but the Fed-Ex site doesn’t give me much data. My machine went through Fed’s Fort Worth processing center in about 8 hours, 3 days ago. That’s all it shows. Almost. At the top of the window is a source line. It says that my shipment originated in Juarez. What??? Dude, that’s, like, Mexico!

Yup. No sher, schmitlock. The iconic computer company from Austin Texas doesn’t make computers in Austin Texas any longer. Not for years actually. Turns out that they don’t even make computers in the United States anymore either, having closed assembly plants all over and laid off thousands. And this is old news. Well excuuuuuuse me, I haven’t been paying attention to the details of the computer world for at least half a decade. I know it’s a cut throat industry, one that is constantly evolving, changing, and inventing new ground shaking paradigms almost daily. So I shouldn’t be surprised. And I should have put 01 and 01 together and seen that they add up to 10 when I shopped for the PC online and saw that all their machines have been “packagized”; the old “build it your way” components option list a thing of the distant past. Who am I kidding? Almost all the parts come from Indonesia or China. Things might be designed here, but they’re built there. So why bother to even assemble them here? Silly Drew.

Guess I was fooling myself; I never gave it any thought, but if I had I would have thought ... Dell; American. The story of Dell Computers is a classic American Success tale, a story of how one man made millions - billions, dozens of them - and built a huge company by providing a better product to the marketplace. But the outsourcing seed was always there, even at the very beginning. The very first Dell computers were IBM PCs that were overstocks. They weren’t selling, so college student Michael Dell bought them up for a song and modified them on the cheap. Being IBM made products back in the days when IBM meant something, those early PCs were way overbuilt. Underclocked, so that they’d run cold and last forever. So he replaced the system clock, a 10¢ part, with a faster one. So his rebranded PCs ran 50% faster and cost 2/3 of IBM’s PCs. And he got rich. That’s the legend. Ah, but that was long ago and far away. Like all big business, Dell has long since gone multi-national. But even though they’re retrenching right now, Dell is still the greatest greatest tale ever told in the entire history of capitalism. 60 billion in annual sales. Crivens!

So I’ll have a Hecho PC. Just so long as it’s built with the English version of Windows, and the box not used to smuggle drugs in with. (shocked reaction!! Drew, that’s racist!! [no, it’s actually nationalist. Can we get past this stuck on stupid “racist” crap? Not all stereotypes are race based, and one blanket term does not cover them. Expand your mind, you simple monkey. {das raaaciss!!} Oh shut up.] )


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/28/2013 at 09:35 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 27, 2013

Pot, Meet Kettle

Das Raaaaciss!

A black member of the Alabama legislature uncorked a racist tirade in an email this week to a constituent who urged him not to embrace new gun control laws - copying his incendiary language to every member of the state legislature.

Joseph Mitchell, a Democrat who has represented parts of the city of Mobile since 1994 and ran for re-election unopposed in 2010 and 2006, castigated a voter named Eddie Maxwell, a Jefferson County man whom he correctly presumed was white.

‘Hey man,’ Mitchell wrote. ‘Your folk never used all this sheit [sic] to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed [sic], imported criminal-minded kin folk.’

Wow, and he still has his job? You’ve got to be kidding me.

[constituent Maxwell replied to this rant stating that he was not racist and that this kind of response was ... unexpected, to say the least. ]

Mitchell kept the thread going, continuing to copy all his legislative colleagues and insisting that it’s impossible for a black man to be a racist.

‘Historically, violence on Black folk was committed by White folk,’ he insisted. ‘It’s a fact but is it “racist?” It is “racial.“‘

‘A person without the power to exercise a threat cannot be a racist because he or she will be eliminated. A person who can, by merely stepping back on the sidewalk ore [sic] being quiet can support racism and benefit from the ‘first hired,’ affirmative action, preferential treatment fostered by systemic racism and bigotry.’

Mitchell ended his email with the taunting sign-off: ‘Lock and load’

Yeah, you know, a “person without power”, like a 5th term, 17 year veteran member of the state legislature. Another Poor Brutha, being kept down by the bad ole White Man. In cracka lovin’, sister bangin’, 7 fingers, banjo pickin’, mutha fuckin’, Ala-Klana-bama. Totally Raaaciss!

Seems to me that “lock and load” sign-off is some kind of implied threat of violence. A terroristic call for a race war. An expression of rabid hatred, of genocidal anger, against a person of a different skin color. Really, Alabama, is this the kind of person that runs your government? Is this the modern Deep South? Tables turned but now with extra hate?

Funny thing ... I had to go to ENGLAND to find this news story. Pity old Mitchell wasn’t a Republican, or White (yeah, like they have either of those in Alabama, right Bubba-Ray?) because if he was, then this story would be on the top of the hour on every news station in the Western Hemisphere, and at the top of the page on every last newspaper. And the crowds of tens of thousands would be riding the buses down to Mobile to protest and riot. AND YOU KNOW THAT I AM RIGHT. That is exactly what would happen.

Because racism only works in one direction.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2013 at 10:57 PM   
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Nothing to CLAP about

We’re so screwed now ...

CDC: 19.7 Million NEW Cases of VD In USA

110 Million STIs Total

Nation Creating New STIs Faster Than New Jobs or College Grads

According to new data released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 19.7 million new venereal infections in the United States in 2008, bringing the total number of existing sexually transmitted infections (STIs) in the U.S. at that time to 110,197,000.

The 19.7 million new STIs in 2008 vastly outpaced the new jobs and college graduates created in the United States that year or any other year on record, according to government data. The competition was not close.

The STI study referenced by the CDC estimated that 50 percent of the new infections in 2008 occurred among people in the 15-to-24 age bracket. In fact, of the 19,738,800 total new STIs in the United States in 2008, 9,782,650 were among Americans in the 15-to-24 age bracket.

The study focused on estimating the incidences of sexual transmission of particular diseases as opposed to other forms of transmission. For example, it did not include HIV infections that were not sexually transmitted. It also counted the number of infections rather than the number of people infected.

“When calculating the number of prevalent and incident infections, only those infections that were sexually transmitted were counted,” said the CDC fact sheet. “In general, CDC estimated the total number of infections in the calendar year, rather than the number of individuals with infection, since one person can have more than one STI at a given time (e.g., HPV and chlamydia) or more than one episode of a single STI (e.g., repeat chlamydia infection).”

The most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States in 2008 was human papillomavirus (HPV) [genital warts], which caused 14,100,000 estimated infections that year.

After HPV, in order of magnitude, according to the study, new STIs in the U.S. in 2008 included 2,860,000 new Chlamydia infections; 1,090,000 new Trichomoniasis infections; 820,000 new Gonorrhea infections; 776,000 new Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2 (HSV-2) infections; 55,400 new syphilis infections; 41,400 new HIV infections; and 19,000 new Hepatitis B infections.

Trichomoniasis? Crivens, I’d never even heard of that one; had to look it up. Hootchie bugs!

And I’m thinking, hey isn’t it STDs not STIs? No, because this study counted instances. How many times you had the whatever. Which could be lots if you keep getting reinfected somehow. Yeah, somehow.

Damn, people. Use those condoms.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2013 at 03:00 PM   
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history in the news and (we hope) the remains of Alfred the Great could be found. ??

We are Soooooo close, an hour or so.  I think.  But under the present circumstances, so damn far away.  We’d both like to see this exhibit but alas,
well, thank goodness for the net. And newspapers.

Take a look at this.

The day the sky fell in on Sin City: Exhibition captures the moment entire families were burnt alive in Pompeii… but it also reveals how utterly depraved the Romans were

Relics from ancient Pompeii are going on display at the British Museum
The exhibition features 450 pieces, some never seen outside Italy
It will feature at the museum from Thursday until September 29

By David Leafe

The ‘parental guidance’ sign is small, discreet and in the unlikeliest of venues — not the foyer of a cinema, or a shop selling CDs by foul-mouthed rappers, but in the august splendour of the British Museum.

It’s next to a marble statue of a couple making love. Awkward enough to explain to young visitors, you might think.

But that’s only the half of it.

Closer inspection of this artwork reveals a human-like male in sexual congress with what is indisputably a nanny goat.



Well .... a bit closer to home and only 15 minutes by bus at the end of our street on the number 7 bus (stagecoach) into town, a bit of serious history closer to home.  King Alfred’s possible remains. Some call him England’s first king although he was not. But he was a major figure in the history of this place.


Alfred is the only English monarch to be known as ‘the Great’ and was the first to consider himself King of the Anglo-Saxons.

Although he is often portrayed as a great warrior in statues around Winchester and Wantage, he was not physically strong and is believed to have suffered poor health for most of his life.

One of the legends surrounding the king was that, while fleeing from Danish aggressors, he hid in the home of a woman who did not recognise him.

She asked him to look over her cakes that were baking in the oven but, troubled by his kingdom’s problems, he absent-mindedly allowed them to burn.

Alfred was born in 849 and died on October 26, 899. He had been King of Wessex from 871 until his death. It is not known how he died.

He was originally buried temporarily in the Old Minster in Winchester, then moved to the New Minster.

In 1110 Alfred’s body was transferred to Hyde Abbey. Soon after the dissolution of the abbey in 1539, during the reign of Henry VIII, the church was demolished, but the graves were left intact.

The royal graves and many others were rediscovered by chance in 1788 when a prison was being constructed on the site. No confirmed remains of Alfred have subsequently been found.

This statue of the great king stands at the bottom of our high street in Winchester.


Have we now found Alfred the Great? Archaeologists exhume unmarked grave in what could be one of the most significant finds ever

Removed from St Bartholomew’s Church in Winchester, on church orders
Archaeologists carried out the exhumation of the unmarked grave
Removal to undisclosed location came amid fears they would be stolen

By Tamara Cohen

t couldbe the year for discovering notorious monarchs.

Just weeks after remains found under a car park were confirmed as Richard III, archaeologists now believe they may just have stumbled on Alfred the Great.

Amid great secrecy, a team exhumed an unmarked grave at a more fitting location for a Royal burial - a churchyard in Winchester named in ancient documents as his burial place.

After a delicate 10-hour operation on Monday, human skeletal remains were unearthed in the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s in the Hyde area of the city, and taken for storage at an undisclosed location.

Unearthing Alfred the Great, the Anglo-Saxon king who fought off the Vikings and established the foundations of our law codes and justice system, would be one of the most significant finds ever.

Historians agree that the king, who died in the year 899 after a distinguished 28-year reign, had a great impact on Britain today, safeguarding the English language and Christian religion.

But archaelogists admit discovering him would be a very long shot, as unlike Richard III who remained under the same car park for five hundred years, Alfred’s bones were moved at least twice.

Earlier this year, Katie Tucker, an archaeologist from the University of Winchester leading the search admitted it would be difficult to prove any remains are his - but hoped her team could prove the age of the bones.

She said: ‘If the bones are from around the 10th century then that is proof they are Alfred and his family, because Hyde Abbey was not built until the 12th Century, and there is no reason for any other bones from the 10th Century to be there.’

It is not known how Alfred the Great died, but he was buried in the Old Minster, the Anglo-Saxon cathedral in Winchester.

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Gun Quote Of The Day

Sometimes you cruise the ‘net and just find the most outstanding remarks ...

Participating in a gun buy back because you believe that the criminals have too many guns is like having yourself castrated because you believe that the neighbors have too many kids.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/27/2013 at 12:07 PM   
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Gun Lust

Return Of The Beast


Whoever owns Winchester these days is doing a good thing. A brave and bold thing. They are making a number of the old classic Winchester rifles, models long gone. And they are making them right, with good wood, proper polishing, machined steel, and the kind of quality bluing that has been nearly unavailable on most rifles built in my lifetime. That costs money, but it’s worth it.

And one of these “back from the dead” guns is the original niche rifle, the Model 71. The last of the best, the Model 71 was a modernized and downsized version of the older Model 1886, a gigantic lever action that could handle the biggest of the old black powder Express cartridges. Buffalo killing behemoths like the .50-110 and the .50-120. Cartridges that wouldn’t look too out of place in a Bofors gun.


the .348 compared to a .30-30

at .610”, the .348 uses the fattest cartridge head of any civilian cartridge ever made

The Model 71 was only chambered in one cartridge, the unique .348 Winchester. It’s the only smokeless 34 caliber rifle cartridge ever made. And it’s a short range cannon. There is nothing in the woods that the .348 can not hunt with authority. It’s a bear cartridge for the biggest bruins. It’s an elk cartridge for the most whacking great Wapiti that ever walked. Deer? Oh please. The softest loads in the .348 are more than sufficient. Soft cast lead wrapped in lubricated paper patches will do just fine, meandering down range at a meager 1700fps if you want. It’s a woods gun, like the .45-70, but the big 71 can handle a “standard short” 2.8” cartridge, whereas a Marlin 336 can only deal with the “medium length” .45-70’s 2.55” overall length (OAL). And the .348’s smaller caliber means a somewhat better BC, BC being “ballistic coefficient”, the poor concept of aerodynamic ranking that the shooting world is stuck with. So the .348 generally shoots a bit flatter, which makes 250 yard shots a bit easier on the hunter. Aim and shoot; you don’t have to figure bullet drop or wind drift quite so much. And even at those ranges, the .348 Winchester still packs far more punch than a smaller, more modern (but still effective) mid-power cartridge ... oh, say, like the JJ’s Brit (trademark asserted) that I covered the other day. The .348 Winchester is at the lower edge of what real high powered rifles are all about.

And now Winchester is selling them again. Ammo is expensive, so make your own. That’s pretty much a given, when commercial ammo is north of $80/box, if you can even find any at the big mail order stores. It’s another given that you will never find .348 ammo at any shooting store south of Alaska. It’s that rare. But in Alaska, .348s are still in demand. In that big land, full of big critters, some with big teeth and claws, a big gun like this makes big sense.

MSRP for the plain rifle is $1459, and the deluxe version with prettier wood and fancier checkering is $1659, so there isn’t really any reason to buy the plain version if you can afford a rifle in this price range. Real world price is probably several hundred bucks less. Yes, that sounds quite expensive, but original rifles, made from 1935-1957 and well used since then, sell for more than this, sometimes double that amount or more. So this one is sort of a bargain. Mostly.

Joe at has two nice posts on the new Model 71, one on the gun itself , and another on load development for this 3000 lb/ft class thumper.

The Model 71, as compared to my other hunting compadre the Marlin Model 1895 Guide Gun, has a higher comb and more shallow drop at the heel. The game plan, as it was when the Model 71 first went into production, was to provide good support while moving the stock away from the shooter’s face under recoil. Remember, the 348 WCF is a pretty hefty cartridge. The Marlin mostly is content to beat the shooter profusely about the head and ears, which most of us come to enjoy after a time.


I’ve missed these rifles. They connect me to the events and experiences of my life, something good firearms should accomplish. There is a place for rifles with synthetic stocks and modern autoloaders, however, I have a preference for wood and steel and some sign of presence of skilled craftsmanship. I also like early and earlier cartridges because I don’t think anything introduced in the past fifty years has advanced ballistic performance.

I couldn’t agree more Joe. grin

Jim Taylor over at has more on the .348 Winchester.

And there’s a very nice article on the old thundergun over at Practically Shooting too (use the page’s search for “.348” if it doesn’t come up as the lead post).

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Hard Fought Loss

We went 2-5 against Frank’s team on Greed League last night. They took us by more than 100 the first game, we won the second game by about 30, and then battle was joined for real in the third game. We haven’t won a single game against his team in more than 2 years. They’re good. Oh, they’re better than good. They’re great ... and they’re experts at “management”. But not in game 3 last night.

We bowled our socks off, and they really had to respond. And the result was the best high scoring bowling match I’ve been involved in in a long time. The lead changed back and forth with every bowler, nearly every frame. It was that close. Us. Them. Ahead. Behind. Ahead. Behind. And there were some major scores being rolled ... 224, 268, 243, 238, 257, ... and at the end, their anchor guy Matt, had to, had to roll a perfect 300 game to win it for them. 12 strikes in a row. If he’d gone 10 in a row and then a spare, we would have won and thus split the night 3-4. But he came through and they got the victory. The last bowler, in the last frame. It was that close. So no shame on us at all. I was 5 under average that game. Oh well. Even if I’d gone 20 over it wouldn’t have mattered; XXX in the 10th on a double from the 8th and 9th is worth 60 pins, and they won by 46. But Matt throws the big hook, going way out to the very edge and coming back hard; be just a hair off that kind of throw and it can dump into the gutter in the blink of an eye. So kudos to him. Outstanding. Not that a 300 gets you any kind of accolades in that 10 team league. They happen all the time, nearly one or two a week. Hard core bowling.

But dayum, what a nail-biter of a game. That’s the best.



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It’s Upsetting that this is even news

Watching the always snuggly Robin Meade on the morning news over coffee this morning. Always my favorite way to get my eyes open.

One of her lead news stories is “Will Amanda Knox face extradition?” with the follow-on “State Department refuses to comment”.

Are you effin’ kidding me?

Not in my America. Not now, not ever. The Italians convicted her, sent her off to rot in jail, and then FOUR YEARS later came up with some new evidence and overturned that conviction. She was set free and got the heck out of Italy just as fast as she could. Damn straight! Now the Italians have decided to re-try her? Well, that’s just plain screwed up. And I really don’t care if they “annulled” the first conviction or not; she was tried, she was convicted. Done. And then her conviction was thrown out. Done. You took you shot, then took it back. That’s all you get.

But ... in this day and age ... Constitution trampled left and right, ignored whenever convenient, end runs done on the legislature left and right, memories of Elian Gonzales, the whole peak of the Executive Branch chock full of Commies and Islamists, and the most wobbly Supreme Court in my entire lifetime ... maybe this question is a crapshoot.

It shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be a news story. There shouldn’t even be the question. Not in the mind of a single American. Not a one. Little kids in second grade ought to know better.

One of the most basic, most fundamental concepts that this nation was built on was NO DOUBLE INDEMNITY* NO DOUBLE JEOPARDY. Ever. And to even entertain the suggestion, even for TV ratings, is antithetic to the point of nausea. It speaks volumes to just how low, how un-American, this country has become.

We call it the Fifth Amendment:

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

And no matter what kind of extradition treaty the USA may have with Italy, a person’s individual rights MUST trump those. I really don’t care if there is some minor precedent against it. Italy let her, that “terrible satanic murderess” out of jail and dropped the charges. I don’t shiv a git if that isn’t a 100% Official acquittal or just an overturning of her conviction, it tastes like acquittal, so a big va fangool to you Italy.

* I came back a couple hours later when I had this niggling thought. Yup, double jeopardy. Being tried twice for the same offense. Double Indemnity was a movie starring Fred MacMurray. It’s also a clause in some life insurance policies. Hey, first cup of coffee and all. But you knew what I meant!


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Imam on “Human Rights Commission” plots to block Pam Geller’s talk on sharia.

Habeeb U. Ahmed, who is a vice president of the Islamic Center of Long Island.  More disturbingly, Ahmed is a member of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission.

And he is the central figure it’s reported here, to get a ban on Pam Geller speaking about the threat of Sharia Law, in a Jewish synagogue.

Hey ... we can’t have those F***** Joos speaking out in a synagogue. Can we?  Jeesh.  Now I’ve seen almost all there is to see.  A muzzie scumbag as part of a group of appeasing, like minded over accommodating sheep like idiots, deciding who should speak in a synagogue.  Or perhaps a different Jew who is more in line with the other side.  That I’m sure would be acceptable to this group.

I am going to digress to one moment here.
I’m looking at a double page spread with most of one side taken up in LARGE letters that says.

A mega mosque in a suburb that was 90% white 30 years ago and the polite apartheid dividing Britain.

Nail it to your fridge and see where your city is in the next 30 years. And btw ... the series is written by a liberal (David Goodhart, Daily Mail) who has said, whoops. I think we may have got it wrong.  Just thought I would drop that in here.

H/T Creeping Sharia


Imam on “Human Rights Commission” plots to block Pam Geller’s talk on sharia at Long Island synagogue

Posted on March 25, 2013 by creeping

Pamela Geller has been speaking out for years about the dangers of the political ideology which drives Muslim societies and cultures and especially Islamic countries, known as Sharia, or Sharia law. The message she delivers and the style in which she does it inspires fierce loyalty and also fierce hatred, with large numbers in each group.

Geller, of course, is the creator, publisher and editor of the popular blog Atlas Shrugs, and is the executive director of American Freedom Defense Initiative and Stop Islamization of America.  She is also the author of several books, the latest one, “Freedom or Submission: On the Dangers of Islamic Extremism & American Complacency.”

There is currently a desperate battle being fought on Long Island by an imam – who is also a human rights commissioner of Nassau County – and members of an interfaith group to bar Geller from speaking at a local shul. The group, which includes several local religious leaders, refer to Geller as the equivalent of a Nazi or “an anti-Semite who claimed that Jews were trying to impose kosher laws on the nation.”

The men’s club of the Great Neck Synagogue invited Geller to speak at the shul, which she will do on April 14, at 10:00 a.m.  Her topic is “The Imposition of Sharia in America.” Geller will be introduced at the talk by Greg Buckley, whose son, Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley, Jr., was one of three U.S. Marines killed in a “Green on Blue” insider attack on a military base in the Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Aug 10.

According to Geller’s website, “The Marine Corps presented Geller with the flag flown on September 11, 2011, over Camp Leatherneck, ‘amid the battlefields of Afghanistan during decisive operations against enemy forces in Helmand Province.’”

Despite clear support from U.S. marines, the Long Island interfaith group is nonetheless convinced that Geller should be barred from speaking.

The individuals who organized the wave of protest calls to the synagogue include Tom Goodhue, who is the executive director of the Long Island Council of Churches, Robert Nuxoll, a representative of the Interfaith Alliance of Long Island and a member of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Shelter Rock as well as Claire DeRouche, also a member of UUCSR.  Both Goodhue and Nuxoll compared Geller to Nazis in their efforts to convince the rabbi of the shul to prevent Geller from speaking.

The central figure in the effort to get the rabbi at the Great Neck Synagogue to bar Geller at the gate is Habeeb U. Ahmed, who is a vice president of the Islamic Center of Long Island.  More disturbingly, Ahmed is a member of the Nassau County Human Rights Commission.

The Jewish Press asked Ahmed on Friday morning why he, as a member of the Human Rights Commission, feels it is appropriate to try to bar someone from speaking.

“Geller goes after Sharia law and it is like asking an anti-Semite to come into a mosque.” When pressed on whether he plans to attend the talk or just wants to bar Geller from speaking, Ahmed responded: “free speech is not absolute, and Geller’s speech is like yelling fire in a crowded theater – that is not protected.”

Geller, not surprisingly, disagreed. She told The Jewish Press,

What I do is not comparable to yelling fire in a theater – that is the practice of claiming that there is a problem when there is not one.  What I am doing is yelling fire when there is a fire.  Ahmed is trying to convince people that there is no threat from jihadists and Islamic supremacists, which is like telling people in a burning theater that there is no fire, and they should stay in their seats and watch the show.

Ironically, Geller just gave a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference last week, the focus of which was that Americans are losing the right to free speech because too many are afraid to criticize radical Islam, Sharia and jihadism.

However, the rabbi of Great Neck Synagogue, Rabbi Dale Polakoff issued the following statement, which he says is the final word on the matter:

Great Neck Synagogue rejects the categorizing of any religious majority based on the actions of a minority. It does though believe that it is appropriate, and within the tenants of free speech, to speak about the actions of such a minority and to evaluate their impact on the perception of the majority of their co-religionists, and on the community in general. It is within such a framework that the Men’s Club has invited Pamela Geller to speak. She will be joined by Greg Buckley, Sr. father of Marine Corporal Gregory Buckley Jr, who was murdered by Jihadists.

The rabbi also told The Jewish Press that he spoke with a representative of the Anti-Defamation League who said, ‘while we disagree with what Geller says, we have no plans to boycott her talk.’



She also tells us exactly who and what the opposition are.


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calendar   Tuesday - March 26, 2013

Wilde For Burberry

Eye Candy, Almost Literally


Every week I see the above poster in the shop window, sigh, and wonder “Who is that Burberry Girl?” OMG, she’s perfect.

I finally got around to doing a bit of a search. She’s actress/model Gabriella Wilde. I’ve only ever seen one thing she’s acted in, a Dr. Who episode where she was one of five or so gorgeous vampire fish girls. In Venice. In 1589. She’s also done/doing a couple of flop re-make films, and a bit of silly with the previous Dr. Who guy.  We all have to start somewhere. But, wow, what a stunner.


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UK Nanny State Takes The Prize

UK School: No More Pointy Food

Oi, you! Put down that slice of pizza and step away from the table. Up against the wall! Spread ‘em!

OK, they’re not actually (YET) charging children with Food Crime, using Assault Pizza to commit Hate Food and Food Violence, but the Canvey Island school system in UK has now banned pointy flapjacks.

Because a pointy flapjack can be dangerous. And someone could put an eye out.

I kid you not.  Even more amazing is that some Brits, even those at ‘Elf & Safety, find this ban to be just a bit too much. Mind blowing, isn’t that? Health & Safety has actual limits, and finds some things - anything, even - to be too restrictive? I’m agog.

A school’s decision to ban triangular flapjacks after a pupil was hurt has been labelled “half-baked” by the Health and Safety Executive.

It follows an incident at Castle View School in Canvey Island, Essex, when a boy was hit in the face by a flapjack.

Catering staff at the school have been told only to serve square or rectangular flapjacks.

The school said the “isolated accident” had led to a review of “the texture and shape of the flapjacks” provided.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Executive said: “We often come across half-baked decisions taken in the name of health and safety, but this one takes the biscuit.

“The real issue isn’t what shape the flapjacks are, but the fact that pupils are throwing them at each other - and that’s a matter of discipline, and has got nothing to do with health and safety as we know it.

Granted, what they call a flapjack is something completely different that what we call a flapjack. Where ours are light and fluffy yet filling tasty pancakes, theirs are sticky leaden wedges made from raw oats, bird seed, and syrup. Maybe with some dessicated old fruit thrown in, then baked into weapons-grade firmness in the oven. You probably could put an eye out. Certainly they’d do a number on your fillings.

h/t to Stoaty


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/26/2013 at 09:29 AM   
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calendar   Monday - March 25, 2013

An Unexpected Pleasure

We rented The Hobbit tonight on streaming video. We can watch the 3 hour film as many times as we want over the next 48 hours. So I might watch it again tomorrow. We’ll see.

I had heard many things about this film, and not many of them good. Oh, it’s too long. And it’s too detailed. And the dwarves are wrong! And director Peter Jackson goes off on these stupid tangents in a vain effort to tie this fun little proto-tale to the heavy duty Lord of the Rings trilogy! Oh, and the 48 frames per second filming makes everything look totally fake!!!

Don’t believe everything you hear. Or read. Actually, don’t believe any of it.

I couldn’t tell you about he 48 frames per second stuff. We saw it as streaming media on our HDTV. And it was absolutely razor sharp. Only one or two short scenes look particularly CGI-ish; the rest looks believable. Ok, acceptably believable. It’s far better than the medium detail level on your favorite PC game’s graphics, and what animation there is flows like liquid.

But as for the rest of it ...

Look, I don’t have a clue who writes those reviews, but they are not real Tolkien people. Not really. Oh, maybe they read The Hobbit. Once. Maybe twice, with a decade or three between reads. Maybe they dated a girl in college who liked pointy ears. Or hairy toes. But that’s it.

I’ve been chewing on The Hobbit since I was about 12. I think I’ve read it ... oh, maybe 30 times? 40? Not sure; I never bothered to count. Hobbit, LOTR, The Silmarillion, Farmer Giles, etc. But not too much of his son’s stuff, because the son is not the father. But whenever I’ve been bored, and want a nice bit to read for a few minutes or so ... out comes Bilbo taunting the spiders in Mirkwood. Or the battle before the Hornburg. And often, once I’ve read my favorite bit, I’ll finish the book from that point, or reread the whole thing. So I’ve long since lost count. So, please, consider me almost an expert. Almost. Because the real experts, the REAL true believers ... never leave Middle Earth. And that puts them over the horizon, into the West. Sorry, that’s too far for me. That’s why I said almost.

So, everything the normal film reviewers tell you is exactly right. And completely wrong. Because it doesn’t matter at all.

Yes, the dwarves are all wrong. No, these are not the dwarves you’d want anywhere near Snow White. Not one of them is Happy, nor Dopey, nor Sleepy. If anything ... they’re nearly really tall Nac Mac Feegle who aren’t blue. But that’s as Pratchett as they get; these are not Pratchett’s dwarves either. Not by 100 miles. So put your Disney dwarvish preconceptions in the urinal where they belong. And open your mind and your eyes. These dwarves fight. And kill. And lust. And hate. And eat. And belch. Plus they can sing and do the dishes too.

Peter Jackson spends a fair amount of this film showing the scenes that were only lightly alluded to in The Hobbit. Scenes which do indeed tie it tightly to the War of the Ring books which are to follow. Ok, he changes the order of some things. and adds a necessary fill scene once in a while to tie two bits together. But he puts in the back story, the one that is only loosely alluded to in the book. Bless him.

Jackson has made a film for the True Believers. And if you aren’t a True Believer, you simply won’t understand. If you are one, know that there isn’t a frame here that does not belong ... although the play/battle of the stone giants makes as little sense in the film as it did in the book. If ever there was a stub, a written idea that dead ended, there it is. But Jackson put it in anyway. It does get the dwarves onto the Front Porch, right?

From the Council of the Wise to the rise of the Necormancer and the return of the Witch King of Angmar - yes, in LOTR the leader of the Nazgul - to a nice 10 minute segue featuring the nearly comical Radagast The Brown, it’s all here.  Almost all. Damn, damn, damn, and four times damned, Jackson has once again cut Tom Bombadil right out of the story. WTF Petey, wtf?

Tom Bombadil is a merry fellow,
Bright blue his jacket is, and his boots are yellow.
None has ever caught him yet, for Tom, he is the master:
His songs are stronger songs, and his feet are faster.

Maybe Jackson can’t compete with that. Or perhaps Jackson is Bombadil, of a kind, spinning song and story by the fire on a damp winter’s day.

I don’t understand why, but I think I can forgive him, because so much of everything else is here. Yes, the goblins are somewhat comic foes; that’s how there were written. Orcs might be smaller, but they’re much more evil. And the riddle game with Gollum ... oh, well done. He changed things quite a bit, but kept to the essence perfectly. Ok, Jackson changed the bit with the vest buttons at the back door, no big deal, but the whole heart of the mountain scene was very well done. Actually, he changed things all over the place, which makes it quite interesting to watch ... for a true believer who can spot them.

And, unlike the LOTR films, this time not all the songs and poetry has been cut out. And some of it fares quite well. Some of it gets a bit modified too. What can you do?

It’s said that two more films will follow this one, until the tale of the Battle of Five Armies is told and “there” has become “back again”. And the opening chapter in the War of the Ring is out there visually. I can’t wait. And Jackson can not bring in enough detail to confuse or bore me. If JRR wrote it, I know it. So bring it, because it all belongs together. Even if the regular film reviewers can’t get their minds around it. It doesn’t matter; this isn’t for them. Gollum, gollum.

Jackson child spotting: 1. I swear the kids get trained in the womb to make that face.
Peter Jackson spotting: 0, although he may have been one of the chubby goblins on the bridge. Not 100% sure, so call it 0.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/25/2013 at 09:16 PM   
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No, Not the Other Guy

Jerusalem, Israel --- March 24, 2013 … Russian media sources have confirmed that Syria President Bashar Assad was shot by an Iranian bodyguard Saturday night.

“The lone assassination pumped several bullets at point blank range into Assad,” said the source. “Assad was rushed to Al-Shami Hospital in Damascus in critical condition. He died on the operating table from heart failure resulting from massive blood loss.”

An Israeli security analyst believes the report to be accurate.

“We can expect to see a photo of a dead Assad within 48 hours. There are many phone cameras in the pockets of those guarding his body. One of those photos would be worth almost a million dollars to the one getting that photo out to the Western media.”

Let’s give it to Thursday. If there is an announcement, there is an announcement. If we continue NOT seeing or hearing from him, then maybe we know. Maybe. Possibly. 

But yeah, if he’s rat bait at this point, with his face in 4 places, some Hassan is going to snap a pic, fly to London, and make a fortune.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/25/2013 at 03:17 PM   
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