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calendar   Tuesday - December 03, 2013

Bunny Birthday Bucks

So darn many little things run on batteries these days.

And so many of the things you’re perhaps starting to Christmas shop for also run on batteries.

Which means you’ll probably be buying batteries of some kind at some point this holiday season. Maybe lots of them.

And a lot of those batteries are pretty expensive. Because, hey, you want the good ones, not the cheap stuff.

Well, here’s a deal you might like.

If you buy a couple of specially stickered packs of Energizer batteries at Walmart, you can go online and get a $10 gift certificate mailed to you.

I wanted to get fresh AA batteries for one of my digital cameras, and I wanted fresh AA batteries in my big tactical flash light, and January is when we put new batteries in the smoke alarms. So I could use some AAs.

I got two 10 packs of Energizer Max AAs for $6.37. In theory this new battery has a 10 year shelf life as well as delivering maximum power. Whatever ... but a quick trip online to energizer.com/giftcard and a minutes keyboard input is getting me a $10 gift cert sent to me in a few weeks. So effectively those batteries will have a net cost of only $1.37 for 10, or 13.7¢ each. Heck, you can’t get cheap Korean batteries for that.

Merry Christmas. And happy birthday Mr. Bunny.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2013 at 09:20 PM   
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Arbitrage Sux. Or is it just banks?

Not Really “America’s Most Convenient Bank”
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I did what I could to spend all my Bahamian currency in the Bahamas, but as luck would have it, buried deep in my wallet was an extra $21 in island money. Hey, no worries, I’ll just take it down to my local bank and deposit it in my account. After all, they bill themselves as “America’s most convenient bank”, and the Bahamian Dollar has been 1:1 with the US Dollar since “new money” came around in the mid-sixties.

Wrong. Not only could I not deposit it, I had to go see some desk monkey to do an exchange. Still, no worries, right? Friendliest and most convenient bank, yadda yadda. Wrong. I sit down at his desk and tell him I had a small amount of foreign currency left over from my vacation, a whole B$21, and that I’d like to exchange it, knowing that it’s tied directly to our currency.

He pulls up the appropriate program. Click, click, click ... wait. Wait. Wait. Click click. “How much was it?” Twenty one dollars. Click click. Wait. Click. “Ok, I can give you $10.50 for it.” Excuse me, what? “Well, your B$21 is only worth US$15.75, and then there’s a transaction fee of $5.25.” Um, no, the Bahamian dollar is one to one with the US dollar. One of ours is worth one of theirs; one of theirs is worth one of ours. “No, your B$21 is only worth $15.75.”

Like hell. I’ll eat the loss and hang the money on the wall as a souvenir before I’ll knuckle under to that rip-off. Funny how the banks there are only too happy to have my US cash.

Friggin arbitrage.

How about “vacation friendly” banking? Come back with less than $75 in foreign money, and the bank will take it for face value and a $3 fee? How about a percentage fee that caps at $10 for large cash exchanges, and goes to 0 for amounts under $50? My bank wants $17.50 to convert less than $250, and they apply a usurious discount rate. Bastiges.

How about, if US banks aren’t willing to do currency exchange, then setting up a money changer booth in the Inbound side of our major airports? Pay 2% or $2, whichever is greater, and get it done before you clear customs.

Man oh man. Once upon a time, somebody took a whip to these money changers. I can understand why.

Next time, should there ever be a next time, I’ll make sure to spend ever last dinar, E - C dollar, or Franc I have on me. What a rip.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2013 at 08:39 PM   
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Totten On Cuba

Michael J Totten has a new Dispatches up, this one on Havana.  A once magnificent city, run to rack and ruin ... perhaps deliberately.

It’s a worthy read. And there are some good pictures too.

Trust me: you would not want to live there, especially not on a ration card and the government’s twenty dollar maximum salary. Not that additional money would do you much good. Where would you spend it? Not even in the slums of Mexico have I seen such pitiful shops. They are not even shops. They are but darkened caverns on the ground floor which stock a mere handful of items that could be scooped up and placed in one box.

That is the real Havana, and it is soul-crushing. Life there is a brutal scramble for scraps to survive amidst ruins. The city looks like it was hit by an epic catastrophe…and it was. [it’s called communism]

The only hope is escape.

An entire class of people—my class—was murdered, imprisoned, forced into exile, or forced into poverty. Fidel Castro didn’t only destroy Havana’s buildings. He destroyed the lives of the people who live in them.


“In most countries,” I said, “no one has to live in a slum. It’s difficult to get out, but it’s possible to get out. Here people get twenty dollars a month and a ration card and that’s it. They’re forced by law to be poor. Exile is the only way out.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/03/2013 at 05:56 PM   
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calendar   Monday - December 02, 2013

vermin at play ….. if there were any justice in the world, they’d be lynched.

I guess I’m not supposed to use the dreaded ‘N’ word but ….

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Calling these vile sub humans anything but nigger just does not convey what it is they are.  Thugs?  Sure thing. Vermin? Yeah that too.

But in addition to those things, they made a decision all on their own to also become,
miserable F****** niggers.

OK so …

What is it that this particular jungle bunny finds so funny.  He could be smiling so that people will see him and not bump into him.  Could be. But we know better. Don’t we?

Give them another thousand years to develop and what ya see here is what you will still have.  Except maybe there won’t be as many white folks left to blame their failures on. 


Woman filmed being knocked unconscious on a bus after gang of men pour drink on her and pull her hair

· Victim, 22, was at the back of the bus when she was approached by gang (of niggers)

· Man poured drink over her and pulled her hair

· She was pushed and kicked before falling backwards, hitting her head

· Police release sickening CCTV footage to track down laughing thugs

By Lucy Crossley

This is the moment a group of laughing thugs attacked a young woman, knocking her unconscious, and poured drink over her during a sickening attack on board a night bus.
The 22-year-old victim was sitting with a friend on the back seat of the bus when a group of young men boarded and moved to where she was sitting.
After criticising her dress, one of the gang poured a can of drink over the woman’s head and pulled her hair as the bus travelled towards Clapham in south London.

read more and see darkies at play


Notice the paper doesn’t mention the race of the victim. But she appears to be white.  Is this a race hate crime then? 

In the good olde days these lice could have been lynched. See?  There really was something good about the good old days.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/02/2013 at 04:35 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 01, 2013

DIY: redder is bedder

A do it yourself solution to the dearth of redheads. Not that there’s the slightest thing wrong with the original model. It’s just better sometimes with a bit more heat. Like scrambled eggs. With Shriracha sauce. Better, but it’s not for everyone.




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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2013 at 06:48 PM   
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Sunday Grunge

This was a bit of a surprise for me the first time I heard it, but I’ve grown to really like it. Dig deep in your memory, find your inner rebellious teenager and wake him up. Rock on.

Puddle of Mudd, a grunge band - or is it post-grunge, it’s so hard for us old farts to keep up with the genre explosion - doing one of their signature tunes. NSFW. Seriously, use the ear buds or wait until your parents aren’t home to crank this one on the stereo.



Met a girl, thought she was grand
Fell in love found out first hand
Went well for a week or two
Then it all came unglued

In a trap, tripped, I can’t grip
never thought I’d be the one who would slip
then I started to realize
I was livin’ one big lie

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2013 at 06:29 PM   
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a father’s duty is to supervise his young daughter as she picks her first pocket

The usual scum but this is from Bulgaria. Cut from the very same cloth as the Romas.  In other words .... Gypos. Low life , sub species able to walk upright and often mistaken for humans.

Thanks to this country’s membership in the EU .... coming soon to a neighborhood near .... ?  Wherever they want to.  It’s their right ya know.

Filthy thieving bastards.

I don’t understand why the paper insists on treating the story with that headline, thus implying it’s recent and never covered before.  People have known about these sub humans for a hundred years and more.  The Germans certainly knew about them, which is why they quite rightly tried to delete them all.  Pity they missed the mark. 

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OK first of all, skip the video unless you were born with lots of patience. The quality is poor and damn near impossible to understand what’s being said.
But the text and the still photos may be of interest.  Video runs 4minutes but I gave up after close to 2. Anyway, I don’t need to see a video I saw 30 yrs ago on 60 minutes. But at that time is was Romanians. Romas. All the same as I said.

We have friends here in our village who travel a lot and have encountered these miserable scum all over Europe in every major city and often at bus and rail stations and city cntrs.  You can hardly avoid them.  No surprise of course.  Look folks, if the libtards in charge aren’t able to deal properly with islamic terrorists and can’t even deport them without great cost and years in court, don’t look for defense against these scum cos authorities think they have human rights.
Yeah, the right to infest the planet come to that.

Video shows ‘Golden Hands’, a renowned pickpocketing expert
The 77-year-old has schooled hundreds of children in the art of theft
She says many of her pupils are on their way to Britain

By Ian Gallagher

A black Mercedes slows to a halt and the driver hurries to open the door for his celebrated passenger.

The tip of a walking stick appears first, then, as it finds the pavement, lean fingers decorated with jewelled rings can be seen gripping its handle.

After a few moments the stick is followed by its owner – a matriarchal old lady wrapped against the winter chill in a thick blue cardigan.

She pulls herself upright as children greet her with cries of delight and a young man obligingly takes her arm.

In this quiet residential district on the fringes of the Bulgarian city of Stara Zagora, 77-year-old Donka Panova is everyone’s favourite Roma grandmother and much revered.

But don’t be fooled by her congenial smile and, above all, don’t get too close . . . she is also Bulgaria’s grande dame of pickpocketing and proud of her sobriquet, Golden Hands.

Down the years Golden Hands has schooled hundreds of children, including her 30 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, in the intricacies of her criminal art – and many of her graduates are now planning to travel to Britain in the New Year when restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian migrants are lifted.

Sitting in a cafe, her grandson Gospodin Panov, 26, emits a low whistle as he contemplates the rich pickings. ‘All those people in London packed on Underground trains with their arms in the air. It will be too easy!’

Gospodin has experience of England already. ‘I was in Portsmouth a few years ago and made £3,000 in one week pickpocketing,’ he says. His grandmother interjects: ‘I started in 1950, in the Communist era, when things were not so easy.


‘These days, I envy the way our young people can travel all over Europe to make money.

But in my day I was the best. I was The Pickpocket.’

Even today, she still likes to keep her hand in, so to speak. ‘Only if I am at the market, though, and an opportunity presents itself.’

Not that she needs the money – her light fingers have made her wealthy. ‘I own five houses and don’t want for anything but it becomes a kind of addiction,’ she says.

Meanwhile, faced with growing concern over how many migrants from Bulgaria and Romania will come to Britain, David Cameron is determined not to make it too easy for them.

Last week he outlined a crackdown on benefits tourism, and Germany and France followed suit in what was seen as an open revolt over the EU’s policy of free movement.

Would the Kardarashi thieves ply their trade in Britain while working or claiming benefits at the same time? ‘Of course, that is the attraction,’ admits Gospodin.

There’s lots more at the link but ....... Here’s a quote from a father of a little girl learning the trade. This tells you everything you really need know about these lice, these vermin who belong in camps waiting extermination.


‘Although she is taught mainly by her mother, when she goes out to pick her first pocket for real, I will be the one to accompany her.

‘It is a father’s job’

- Zlatko Nicolov

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2013 at 05:35 PM   
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Only 99% absent

I am still here. Still busy.

I did manage to finish off the T-day leftovers in only 2 days. So good for me for judging the right size giant doggy bag to take home from the event.

Had an extra day’s visit with family, which is good as I only get to see those folks a few days out of the year and I really wish I could see them far more often than that. None of us are getting any younger you know.

So, I’m doing my weekend work, and come Monday I’m going to start looking for something full time. Any thing. The windows business is done, and what I make on weekends just isn’t going to make ends meet.

I’ll try to pay more attention to the news and so forth. We’ve been doing “immersion viewing” a couple of TV shows this past week, having discovered Homeland and now churned our way through nearly 2 full seasons of it in a handful of days.  I’m really not sure if that show is actually hawkish, or if it has the same underlying leftist views that every other show on TV (CSI and NCIS in particular) about our military and the great Global War On Terror.

Well ... knock me over with a feather. It’s the end of the world as we know it. This week’s Time magazine has a cover story in favor of massively increasing hunting in the USA. Eyeroll, swoon, thud. Dammit, nobody caught me when I fainted and now I’ve bonked me noggin! You read that right. Time magazine. Not just in favor of hunting, but VASTLY increasing the amount of hunting. Because (well, duh!!) we’re being overrun by critters, right here in suburbia. Plus they eat our pets, could eat our children, and many of them carry bugs and diseases. And nothing else seems to work, so let’s shoot them. Horry Clap. This is Time saying this? Wow.

Oh, and here’s my last vacation picture. You did know that if there was a bridge to be found on Long Island, Bahamas, I’d find it, right? Let’s just say that things are a lot more laid back out in the out islands than in other places. A bit more Darwinian and a lot less idiot proof. So drive carefully.

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Right-o. Now to go and get my Sunday jobs done, and try and get more things done around here. I’m still not even fully unpacked yet. And I’ve been home a week. Egad.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/01/2013 at 04:23 PM   
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A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers

Over some years there has been a lot of publicity with regard to the abuse of children, and the lack of attention by social services.
Oddly, at the very same time, there has been much publicity over social services acting like police and forcibly removing babies from homes where, while no direct proof shown, the fear was that it might be possible that the child ‘might’ be in future danger.

After the very brutal death of Baby P (Google that sad story), critics of the social service were out in numbers calling for arrests and sanctions and sackings, in fact the head of the service was sacked.  So anyway, especially after the case of Baby P and a couple of others, it has seemed as if the service has gone over the top in reaction to the critics and the non stop stories in the media both press and electronic.

Which brings us to this story.

I’ve never heard of this happening before, which does not mean it hasn’t happened. If it did I wasn’t aware of it.  But I do find it pretty shocking that it could be done as it has here in this article.
I almost always have the feeling something is being left out on stories like this one.  Perhaps the service believed that something might happen to the mother if she gave birth naturally.  But it really seems a stretch to take away a baby and give it away even before they know if the mother’s mental condition is temporary or there’s something else afoot. Wow. 

I have posted the entire article here.  The article comes from The Sunday Telegraph. There are lots of things that may get my goat and see the old RCOB, but not much shocks me anymore. But this sure does.  The judge says there could be a risk of relapse, but doesn’t say how great that risk is. I suppose with the home and child’s environment to think about, any risk is seen as too great.  So why is it that so many felons are out walking the streets after short prison terms but the environment the law abiding live in isn’t given more consideration? 

Being a female is no bed of roses.


Child taken from womb by social services

Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from her womb by caesarean section.

By Colin Freeman

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by social workers.

Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.

The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have made a full recovery.

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”.

They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.

Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.

“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.

“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”

The case, reported by Christopher Booker in his column in The Sunday Telegraph, raises fresh questions about the extent of social workers’ powers.

It will be raised in Parliament this week by John Hemming, a Liberal Democrat MP. He chairs the Public Family Law Reform Coordinating Campaign, which wants reform and greater openness in court proceedings involving family matters.

He said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme.

“It involves the Court of Protection authorising a caesarean section without the person concerned being made aware of what was proposed. I worry about the way these decisions about a person’s mental capacity are being taken without any apparent concern as to the effect on the individual being affected.”

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is an Italian national who come to Britain in July last year to attend a training course with an airline at Stansted Airport in Essex.

She suffered a panic attack, which her relations believe was due to her failure to take regular medication for an existing bipolar condition.

She called the police, who became concerned for her well-being and took her to a hospital, which she then realised was a psychiatric facility.

She has told her lawyers that when she said she wanted to return to her hotel, she was restrained and sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Meanwhile, Essex social services obtained a High Court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”, according to legal documents seen by this newspaper.

The woman, who says she was kept in the dark about the proceedings, says that after five weeks in the ward she was forcibly sedated. When she woke up she was told that the child had been delivered by C-section and taken into care.

In February, the mother, who had gone back to Italy, returned to Britain to request the return of her daughter at a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court.

Her lawyers say that she had since resumed taking her medication, and that the judge formed a favourable opinion of her. But he ruled that the child should be placed for adoption because of the risk that she might suffer a relapse.

The cause has also been raised before a judge in the High Court in Rome, which has questioned why British care proceedings had been applied to the child of an Italian citizen “habitually resident” in Italy. The Italian judge accepted, though, that the British courts had jurisdiction over the woman, who was deemed to have had no “capacity” to instruct lawyers.

Lawyers for the woman are demanding to know why Essex social services appear not have contacted next of kin in Italy to consult them on the case.

They are also upset that social workers insisted on placing the child in care in Britain, when there had been an offer from a family friend in America to look after her.

An expert on social care proceedings, who asked not to be named because she was not fully acquainted with the details of the case, described it as “highly unusual”.

She said the council would first have to find “that she was basically unfit to make any decision herself” and then shown there was an acute risk to the mother if a natural birth was attempted.

An Essex county council spokesman said the local authority would not comment on ongoing cases involving vulnerable people and children.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 12/01/2013 at 11:46 AM   
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