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

calendar   Sunday - May 31, 2015

Manual A/C

Arrgh, the joys of condo ownership.

Looks like the central air is sort of on the fritz again. But this time around, I thought about things, and I think I can fix it myself. Actually, I’ve half fixed it already. Sort of.

The air fan wasn’t turning in the compressor unit outside. No airflow means the expanded coolant didn’t cool off enough, and that means the A/C pretty much stopped working. In the middle of the night of course.  So we had no air for a day, and I put in a call to a HVAC guy who, naturally, didn’t call me back. So what am I supposed to do? It’s hot in here and we need to get to sleep in a few hours.

So I took my handy ViseGrips and unscrewed the top of the unit. And found the fan mounted upside down to the underside of the lid. Huh. Turn the power back on, give the fan blade a spin. Nothing. Bad motor? Turn the lid over, give the blade a spin, and it starts right up. Ah so, dirty bearing on the motor. Ok, I can’t see any oiler points on the motor chassis, but it’s getting dark. So I carefully slide the running motor and lid onto the coils and go inside. The fan keeps working, yay!!, and we have A/C. Enough to get us through the night. I set the thermostat to 50°, just to make sure the unit NEVER tripped off, and then had trouble starting again.

By morning the fan had stopped again, but it was comfortable in here. So I turned the A/C off, and we’re getting by. Other than the actual compressor, which appears to be fine, there are only 3 replaceable parts in an A/C unit - the motor, the start/run capacitor, and the contactor. A contactor is like a tiny solenoid powered gang switch. It’s one of those safety things you want to have inside. The capacitor sort of stores a bucket of extra electricity to dump into the motor when it needs to start up.  They do wear out; as soon as it stops raining I’m going to go take a look and see if this one is going bad.

Bottom line: a brand new motor is about $90-130, a new capacitor is about $45, and a new contactor is around $35. Sure, that adds up to $170-200, but that’s for a full “rebuild”, and is still less than the price of a service call. Odds are good that it’s just the capacitor. You can get all these parts from one of the universal supply companies like Grainger. YouTube has lots of How-To videos, and the internet has tons of pages on how A/C systems work. And of course, be smart with the electricity, because 240 volts can kill you.

And in the meantime I’ve got manual air conditioning, when the system is willing. Which is still better than no air conditioning at all. Lucky us it’s cool and overcast today. So far.


Right. Quite a number of hours later, and we’re back here at the hacienda. The A/C still doesn’t completely start from the thermostat here on the wall, but if I go outside and give the lid of the compressor a shake (to which the fan motor is attached) then the fan comes on. Let’s see how long it runs this time. My guess is a bearing in the motor going bad; obviously the contactor is working, and just as obviously the capacitor is providing just about enough juice to get it started. Tomorrow I’ll examine the motor for some oiling points, but I’m pretty sure it doesn’t have them. So it’s time to hunt down an equivalent to an AO Smith MultiMotor and install it.

So for now we’ve got air. Good, because it’s a very humid evening. Everywhere else just got the short downpour; we only got a few drops. Very clammy out there.


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calendar   Saturday - May 30, 2015

Obama - The View From Egypt

Update 5/31/15

I have to apologize.  The first video I posted is a spoof.  I should have known it was too good to be true and I should have vetted it better.  I also sent it out as part of my newsletter.  One of my readers, Dave K. brought it to my attention.

It’s actually a good video about the relationship between Qatar and the U.S. with some comments on Islamists as well.  Early in the discussion, they note how the U.S. sold out the Shah of Iran.  Thank you Jimmy Carter.

Here’s the original video:

Egyptians are pretty secular by Mid East standards.  They just had a small revolution to get rid of the Islamists who tried to take over their country.  Now, don’t forget Obama helped the Moslem Brotherhood to take over and then tried to keep them in power.  The Egyptians find him an interesting study.  Also interesting is that they don’t seem to hold a grudge, but they don’t cut him a lot of slack.

They don’t think Glowball Worming is the worst crisis facing the world.  Can you believe it? 

I loved this video.  It’s one of the few laughs I’ve had about Obama.

From MEMRI(always worth a read) via Zip-a-Dee at America’s Watchtower (another good blog):


Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 05/30/2015 at 11:56 PM   
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why not ban buses too? make things 2wice as safe for cyclists. and cars. ban them as well

HGV that stands for Heavy Goods Vehicle. Or Lorry as the Brits would say it.

Who else but the eco friendly health obsessed politically correct left, would suggest banning those heavy duty large size trucks from a busy city. Or sure we’d all probably have a slightly easier time but …. this is not about the convenience of the motorist but the safety of people on bikes. You know, those of the dweeb helmets designed by the pc for the pc.  I think those helmets were designed by gays.

Anyway … the acting leader of the Labour Party, Harriet (Harperson) Harman,
has suggested a ban on delivery trucks during the busy rush hours.  Why?  To make things safer for those (few) on bikes.  Okay maybe those few are a lot of ppl but, maybe they need to be more careful.  How about a ban on the bikers?

I think too many cyclists just assume drivers must do all the looking out while they happily peddle away usually holding up traffic.  Ever get stuck behind someone desperately peddling away uphill and not even at the side so a motorist can safely pass?  Sometimes they’re smack damn in the middle and if you beep your horn at them, they become offended and reply with an international gesture. 

Last week a young fellow was peddling his way on a sidewalk and ran into a little three year old girl.  She even got dragged several feet, her blood everywhere, he fell down, got up and biked away. 

Which I suppose is off topic cos the story is about a truck ban.
Take a look.

Harriet Harman: ban lorries in rush hour to save cyclists

Acting Labour leader calls for HGVs to be banned in London at peak times after collision in Camberwell leaves cyclist fighting for her life
By Emily Gosden

Lorries should be banned at rush hour in London to protect cyclists, Harriet Harman, the acting Labour party leader has said.

Ms Harman called for the ban after a female cyclist was left in a critical condition by a collision with a lorry in Camberwell, south London.

“Thoughts with woman cyclist hit by lorry near Camberwell Green,” she wrote on Twitter. “Ban lorries at rush hour. Cycling should be safe”

The cyclist, who is in her thirties, was fighting for her life in hospital. The driver of the lorry involved in the collision, which reportedly belonged to the Co-operative Food, stopped at the scene and there were no arrests.

In a statement, Ms Harman added: “It’s tragic that yet another cyclist - a young woman - has been critically injured in Southwark. My thoughts are with her.

“I want to see London being a safe place for cyclists. That’s why I strongly support Southwark Council’s proposal for a ‘safe cycling hour’ during the morning and evening rush hour, banning HGV’s on the roads at those times. People must be able to cycle to work safely”.

A Labour party spokesman said Ms Harman was speaking in her capacity as constituency MP for Camberwell and that a ban on lorries, which Ms Harman has supported for some time, was not Labour party policy.

Peter Shakespeare, director of communications at the Road Haulage Association, criticised Ms Harman’s position, saying banning trucks would be a “kneejerk reaction”.

“There are already quite strict restrictions on lorry movements at night and to increase those restrictions further could compromise the supply chain that keeps the nation’s capital functioning. Foods, clothes - you name it, it has to travel on the back of a lorry,” he said.

He said a series of measures had already been introduced to improve safety for road users.

“The industry has gone a long way to address some of the issues and one also has to bear in mind that not all accidents with commercial vehicles means trucks, it means buses as well.”



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calendar   Friday - May 29, 2015

just what we always needed. a kosher taliban.

Whodda thought a Jewish cult or sect, I call em a group of 18th century idiots,
would turn themselves in to the Taliban.

You’d think they would have enough sense to keep their head under the parapets, especially with the stupid looking dress they wear. I mean come on, look at this guys hat.  I’d be curious to know exactly where in Jewish scripture, it says the men have to look like damn fools.  And they do.  Just what the fuck we need in today’s world.  Like Jews don’t have enough problems to deal with, along comes a kosher Taliban.
What next?  I suppose at least they aren’t 5th century. But hell, these jerks aren’t even 20th yet.  I understand this edict is the order of a smallish group within the Hasidic sect.  I know they don’t represent anyone but themselves.  However … sorry folks.
I find them embarrassing in the extreme. 

I read this only today in the iNews, which I failed to find on line for this story. So my source became a place I never heard of before after a Google search. It adds a lot more than did the article I read. 

Just to give you some idea besides this issue, here’s something from the comments section which I saw reported on TV years before the Daily Beast article in 2012 that is quoted here.

Consistently in New York state, where Hasidim cluster, the departing party (male or female) who is going “off the derech (path),” loses both custody and visitation with their children, in order not to confuse them by living in households with two different practices. Members of the community will show up to support the spouse remaining in the community and rumors spread about the terrible behavior of the one departing.  Usually, they’re considered unstable, crazy, and if a woman, whorish.  There have been some notorious metal breakdowns and suicides among those who leave, due to the treatment from the community.
Judges in New York are elected and Hasidim are generally monolithic voting blocs, voting as directed by their Rebbes.  Consequently, judges tend to be in the pockets of the Hasidim.
Women can get away without driving in NY Hasidic communities because a. Families usually live within walking distance of the school and b.  NYC has great public transportation.
Lastly, most husbands don’t have to worry about getting into trouble for not getting to work on time because they’re transporting their children because THEY DON’T WORK.

From a 2012 Daily Beast article:

Take the overwhelmingly Hasidic Kiryas Joel, the poorest place in America. As the Times reported last year, “half of [its] residents receive food stamps, and one third receive Medicaid benefits and rely on federal vouchers to help pay their housing costs.” And boy, do they have children: The median household in Kiryas Joel has six people, and the median age is twelve. Many of its men learn Torah full-time instead of working, and the community’s low high-school graduation rate would be even lower if its religious schools had real academic standards. These kids are hardly being “socialized to the world of work.” And it’s not just Kiryas Joel: back in 1996, at the heart of “welfare reform,” a full third of Williamsburg’s Hasidim received public assistance.

And there is this.

The Israel-based leader of the sect, Yissachar Dov Rokeach, caused another upset last year when he reminded his women followers that they must shave their heads in accordance with its religious requirements, that any food prepared by a woman without a shaved head is not kosher and that they must not wear noisy shoes. If these requirements are taught in the sect’s schools, it will be interesting to see how the Ofsted Inspectors reconcile this with preparing the students “for life in modern Britain”.

London: Hasidic Jewish Sect Bars Women Driving

Rabbis of the Hasidic Jewish sect Belz in part of north London have instructed women that they must not drive as this breaches the “the traditional rules of modesty in our camp”.


A letter sent to the community warns that children driven to school by their mothers will be turned away.

The letter, which was signed by Belz educational leaders and endorsed by rabbis, also said women could be banned from their schools if their mothers drove them from August onwards.

It cited increasing numbers of “mothers of pupils who have started to drive” which it said had led to “great resentment among parents of pupils of our institutions”.

Stamford Hill’s residents are predominately Hasidic Jewish and only New York is believed to have a larger community of Hasidic Jews outside of Israel.

Many of London’s Jewish community are descendants of those fleeing progroms and state repression from the 19th century onwards. Arriving poor, they followed other groups of refugees in establishing communities around the docks in East London.

Like the Hugenots (French Protestants) they followed, many prospered and moved to more pleasant parts of London, especially to the north west in areas like Golders Green and Stamford Hill. The trend continues with many less religious Jews moving further to the outer suburbs and Essex, to the east of London. For the more observant, the area of NW London provided a place where the community could cohere.

Several eruvs have been set up to enable more activities, like pushing wheelchairs, to occur outside the home on the Sabbath. A number of Jewish schools, both private and part publicly funded serve the community. 

Stamford Hill is, well, hilly. It is built on part of the escarpment of the Thames’ river valley and as such is quite steep. For mothers with large families, the use of a car eases the burden of taking children to school, especially if the children’s ages mean they go to several different schools or nurseries (kindergarten) or to separate boys’ and girls’ schools. The rabbis’ order has therefore proved controversial:

Dina Brawer, UK Ambassador of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance, said that “the instinct behind such a draconian ban is one of power and control, of men over women. In this sense it is no different from the driving ban on women in Saudi Arabia. That it masquerades as a halachic imperative is shameful and disturbing.”

While many Chasidic women do not drive, this is thought to be the first formal declaration against the practice in the UK.

One local woman said that the policy “disables women. The more kids they have, the more they need to drive.” But she believed that some women would take no notice of the policy. “They say one thing, they do another,” she said.

The Belz, who originated in Ukraine in the early 18th century, are one of the most prominent Hasidic sects and re-established their headquarters in Israel after the war. When its leader’s grandson celebrated his wedding in Israel two years ago, some 25,000 guests attended.

It is not the first time the Jewish community in Stamford Hill has caused controversy. In September last year posters put up by a Jewish group for a religious parade warning women to only walk on one side of the road were removed by Hackney council after they were deemed “unacceptable”

This is a very, very, very long article with lots of background info if interested at the link.
I would recommend the comments section where there are some interesting comments.



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police not allowed to give chase if vermin removes helmet. doesn’t get much dumber or pc

This is not exactly an unknown or even a new story, although it appears to be presented that way.

Back in 2010 there was a case where thousands of high performance bikes were stolen, the crooks got away in broad daylight while the cops had to watch.

Updated today is the issue of a no chase rule if vermin are not wearing helmets, because they may get hurt or killed if they fall off at speed.
Except for the politically correct keystone kops, nobody really cares if a thief dies. 

This is simply the latest in a series of stupid lunatic decisions made in this multi cultured diverse madhouse.

Criminals are taking off their helmets because police can no longer chase them because of the significant danger posed to the rider’s health according to new Metropolitan Police rules.

The photo below is one of the 15 year old who died and it resulted in this stupid rule.


Police tried to pull over Reece Robinson-Webber after receiving a call in Streatham, South London in 2008.

The 15-year-old refused to stop and tried to escape on his moped

Officers gave chase and the youngster mounted the kerb, lost control and crashed his bike.

Chasing police tried to offer CPR, but Mr Robinson-Webber was too badly injured

An IPCC investigation cleared officers of any wrongdoing, but found fault with the Met’s policy with dealing with motorcycle pursuits

Mister?  They had to refer to the shit as, Mister?  Same in the USA and you know that.  It just shows ya what white culture has become, and who is really in charge of thought and speech.

Take a good look at the animal.  It says he was 15 years old. Oh … da poor baby.
Does he look 15 here or 30?  They get bigger faster I guess. Oh my, that might be
raaaac-ist.  Whatever ... the world was made better off on that day by minus one walking pond scum.

Take off your helmet and police won’t chase you: Scotland Yard reveals it lets motorbike crooks get away because they might die if they fall off

· Moped criminals are using the loophole in a bid to escape being caught
· The Met has been ordered to stop the chase if the moped rider is in danger
· Now criminals remove their helmets forcing officers to break the contact
· Criminals now regularly use mopeds while committing crime in London

Police have been accused of going ‘soft’ on criminals after it emerged suspects on motorbikes are using a new dodge to escape officers.

The rules were changed following the death of Reece Leon Robinson-Webber

The cunning crooks have discovered police will not give chase if they remove their crash helmets while fleeing a scene of crime.

Dozens have been speeding off from robberies with police powerless to pursue them.

Scotland Yard say it has a ‘moral duty’ to protect the lives of offenders, as well as those of the public.

Officers ‘rarely chase’ helmetless riders because of the prospect they might die if they fall, the Yard has admitted.

But store owners in London who have been victims of motorbike and moped gangs were furious after details of the police strategy were disclosed by the BBC.

Dominic Durante, owner of a London boutique robbed several times in the past year, criticised the policy.

Mr Durante, who runs Designer Exchange in Knightsbridge, said: ‘I find it incredible that they can literally drive off, take their helmets off and the chase has to stop. I don’t really understand it.

‘I think we have got to try and stop criminals and stop giving them any chance of taking what is not theirs.’

Another store owner who has suffered from two-wheeled robbers claimed police had ‘gone soft’ on crime.

The man, who did not wish to be named, said : ‘Police should be leaving no stone unturned in catching criminals - including giving chase after a robbery.

‘This country is becoming far too much of a “Nanny State” in which police have gone soft on the offenders they are meant to be targeting.

‘In any case, it is a criminal offence to ride without a crash helmet.’

The Yard revealed to the BBC this week that some suspects take off their helmets when riding away from officers in pursuit.
But Detective Superintendent Raffaele D’Orsi strongly defended the police strategy.

He said: ‘We have a moral duty and actually a mandate as police officers to protect the public. That includes offenders who are trying to escape from us.



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calendar   Thursday - May 28, 2015

Sunny Day


See More Below The Fold


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me too me too me too

Another bright moment in Loserville

Ex NY Governor George Pataki announces bid for GOP Presidential nomination.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki, announcing Thursday that he’ll seek the Republican nomination for president in 2016, told Fox News that he would authorize American “boots on the ground” to go after Islamic State targets in Iraq.

The former Republican governor weighed in on a debate that has divided the party. Pataki insisted he does not want to see a “trillion-dollar, decade-long war,” but said the U.S. cannot allow ISIS to have “recruiting” and “training” centers.

“If necessary, we will send in American boots on the ground to destroy those training centers, destroy those planning centers and then get out,” he said. The U.S. has more than 3,000 troops in Iraq to train and equip Iraqi forces, but they are not technically in a combat role.

Pataki, meanwhile, pledged to run on a “reform agenda” as he joins a crowded field seeking the GOP nomination in 2016.

“My whole life has prepared me for this moment,” Pataki told Fox News. “I am running.”

I give this one a shorter lifespan than Fred Thompson’s BS attempt that other time around. Pataki? Total nebbish. Boots on the ground? Gosh, a get tough, get rough Warrior Candidate? Don’t you believe it.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/28/2015 at 10:11 AM   
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Media Sugar Coating TNB By Pro Jock

For anyone else in the country, this would be called “beating the shit out of your ex, again” and the perp would be tied and fried. But no ... this is a sports star.

NFL lineman Ray McDonald arrested for allegedly violating restraining order

NFL lineman Ray McDonald was arrested Wednesday for the second time in three days after allegedly violating a restraining order, authorities in northern California said.

The Santa Clara Police Department told KTVU that the former San Francisco 49er was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local restaurant after violating the order by being at a local residence.

The order was issued after McDonald’s prior arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident on Monday, in which the 6-foot-3, 290-pound football player allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his former fiancee and their infant. McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, but was free on bail. The Chicago Bears released him hours after that arrest.

On Tuesday, authorities released audio of the 911 call. On the recording, a caller alleged that that McDonald was drunk prior to his arrest. A woman who identified herself as the mother of McDonald’s former fiancee said her daughter had asked her to call police.

The 49ers released McDonald in December, citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.”

That move came just a month after Santa Clara County prosecutors declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence investigation stemming from an arrest on Aug. 31 while celebrating his 30th birthday at his home. Prosecutors cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancee, in explaining their decision.

In March, McDonald filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman who had accused him of rape.

Football is such a goldmine of statistics. I wonder if anyone can tell me what percentage of NFL players have an arrest record, or an arrest record of more than X crimes, or more than Y convictions? Just being hypothetical here, but it sure does seem to be no more than Thug Ball these days.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/28/2015 at 10:03 AM   
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No More Mistreatment

Baltimore Residents Living In Fear Of Murderous Baltimore Residents

Evil Racist Police Department, Tired Of Being Mobbed And Abused, On Extended Donut Break

Highly Restrictive Maryland Gun Control Laws Not Working At All

Baltimore Residents Fearful Amid Rash Of Homicides

BALTIMORE (AP) — Antoinette Perrine has barricaded her front door since her brother was killed three weeks ago on a basketball court near her home in the Harlem Park neighborhood of West Baltimore.

She already has iron bars outside her windows and added metal slabs on the inside to deflect the gunfire.

“I’m afraid to go outside,” said Perrine, 47. “It’s so bad, people are afraid to let their kids outside. People wake up with shots through their windows. Police used to sit on every corner, on the top of the block. These days? They’re nowhere.”

Perrine’s brother is one of 36 people killed in Baltimore so far this month, already the highest homicide count for May since 1999. But while homicides are spiking, arrests have plunged more than 50 percent compared to last year.

The drop in arrests followed the death of Freddie Gray from injuries he suffered in police custody. Gray’s death sparked protests against the police and some rioting, and led to the indictment of six officers.

Now West Baltimore residents worry they’ve been abandoned by the officers they once accused of harassing them. In recent weeks, some neighborhoods have become like the Wild West without a lawman around, residents said.

“Before it was over-policing. Now there’s no police,” said Donnail “Dreads” Lee, 34, who lives in the Gilmor Homes, the public housing complex where Gray, 25, was arrested.

“I haven’t seen the police since the riots,” Lee said. “People feel as though they can do things and get away with it. I see people walking with guns almost every single day, because they know the police aren’t pulling them up like they used to.”

Hey, there’s your true freedom. You’re on your own now. Good luck with that. Oh, and the rent checks and EBT funds stop next week. [sigh] If only. [/sigh]

Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said last week his officers “are not holding back” from policing tough neighborhoods, but they are encountering dangerous hostility in the Western District.

“Our officers tell me that when officers pull up, they have 30 to 50 people surrounding them at any time,” Batts said.

At a City Council meeting Wednesday, Batts said officers have expressed concern they could be arrested for making mistakes.

“What is happening, there is a lot of levels of confusion in the police organization. There are people who have pain, there are people who are hurt, there are people who are frustrated, there are people who are angry,” Batts said. “There are people, and they’ve said this to me, `If I get out of my car and make a stop for a reasonable suspicion that leads to probable cause but I make a mistake on it, will I be arrested?’ They pull up to a scene and another officer has done something that they don’t know, it may be illegal, will they be arrested for it? Those are things they are asking.”

Yup, that’s about the size of it. Mob rule, and the mob wants no authority around other than itself. Looks to me like their mayor has left the entire city as “room for destruction”. After all, “it’s only property”.

Protesters said Gray’s death is emblematic of a pattern of police violence and brutality against impoverished African-Americans in Baltimore. In October, Batts and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake invited the U.S. Justice Department to participate in a collaborative review of the police department’s policies. The fallout from Gray’s death prompted the mayor to ask U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch for a full-fledged probe into whether the department employs discriminatory policing, excessive force and unconstitutional searches and arrests.

Oh shut the fuck up already you lying sack of dog shit. Your poor little iconic victim was beat down for being disruptive by the black officer driving the van all the hell over town and the other black officer who drove over to assist him. So while the police might be involved in it, this is really nothing more than one of the endless instances of black on black violence, and your own behavior and debased culture has shown that #niggers_don’t_care_when_niggers_kill_niggers.

So go on, have the black Attorney General and the black Mayor and the black Council investigate the black Police Chief and the 47% black police department that patrols the >67% black population in your city run by blacks for generations. And don’t go crying for Mo Money Mo Money, because you already got a bigger pot of gold from the black pResident’s Stimulus than every leprechaun in Ireland could hide under an infinite number of rainbows. And that’s in addition to all the other gibs from state and federal funding coming in from every damn plan under the sun here in BRA. There ain’t a damn thing stopping the whole zoo full of you animals from acting like moral, responsible, reasonable, intelligent, compassionate humans. Or better yet, actually becoming that way. The only thing holding you down is your own crab bucket “culture” that you insist on maintaining.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/28/2015 at 09:28 AM   
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the eu courts and brit sovereignty

Many months ago, or was it late last year, I was getting ready to either update my old Dell desk top or replace it with new. Kept trying to weight pros and cons and dithered a lot, in the end did nothing as things here overwhelmed me. Wife’s health, which ain’t good hate to say, my own which is nothing to brag about, but overriding all of that are home improvements. Things moved room to room, clean ups after workers leave. Not that they were sloppy.  But you know, you always find debris of one sort or another nobody else can see.  Then more ppl coming in to measure for other things.

We’re trying to do a couple of rooms but can not do all at once.  Some things involve slipcovers for some old furniture, which doesn’t look like that should be some kind of ordeal. And it wasn’t. Exactly. It’s that every little thing takes so damn much time.

And oh yeah, carpets, too which we haven’t even picked out yet and lights that need changing. I don’t mean bulbs. Fixtures.  One project will be done and finished on June 17.  We want to get one room completed before Xmas.  You’d think we had plenty of time.  It’s just a hassle getting the right folks together and also the money. We can only get so much into our account here before we run into legal problems and so things will move slower but we think (hope) better. 

I think we will be replacing our front door also but that’s for next year’s project. I think. Hmmmm. Not certain.  Well back to computer thing, I think I’d prefer a laptop at the end of the day.  I don’t need this space using desktop and all it’s wires.
I’m not a gamer and no time for that anyway with all the other things I have to attend to on a daily basis. 
Do they make business laptops as well as desktops? 

OK so anyway I sit here and read all about it and hear all about how …. this country harbours people who are chipping away from the inside and one day there just won’t be an England anymore. 

There has been an election here, and some things I understand cos LyndonB kindly and quickly answered my questions. 

The conservative ( I spell it with a small ‘c’) party won, so we can kiss that lousy
coalition between them and the Lib/Dems (liberal democrats) bye, bye, and hope and pray for those who really think that will do any good, that with the cons in charge maybe just maybe things will get better.  Most especially the war with Europe. OK, I mean the EU.

The Prime Minster and others have insisted that Britain must ditch the Human Rights act in favor of a British Bill of Rights.  The human rights I refer to are set in stone laws issued by the court in Strasbourg, France.  This will get confusing .

is the capital city of the Alsace region in northeastern France. It’s the seat of the European Parliament.  But wait …. there’s this other place and it’s called,

Brussels is Belgium’s capital and home to the headquarters of the European Union.

And every year all the high and mighty go at huge expense along with all the followers and all aids and personal assistants, they all travel from Brussels to Strasbourg and then back again.  I don’t know why they do it that way, I have heard complaints but never thought to ask Lyndon why they do it that way.

So then … The human rights issue overrides (as I understand it) the rules and current laws here in the UK.  I am not certain to what extent but it is a big issue and it is a very serious one indeed.

Prior to this past election and all during the campaign, Cameron said he was going to introduce a bill to do away with the human rights act as written by the left wing lovvies and replace it with British Bill of Rights. 

For too many years now, foreign criminals and home grown ones as well, and illegal immigrants included, have used the EU’s rights law as a shield and have been very successful. 

Well folks, NOT this year and maybe not next and most likely not in my lifetime either.  Today’s papers report that while the PM has gotten one of his promises thru, we’ll just have to wait on a Brit bill of rights to replace EU court version of what “rights” mean.

The human rights charter as seen through the eyes and manoeuvres of Strasbourg, are still in place and live on. Not the best thing for England of course but hey … why would anyone care about that?

This is just a short bit I took from one paper to give you some idea. 

From the Daily Mail:

Cameron buys off the Tory rebels on Human Rights but says public should be ‘in no doubt’ of commitment to ripping up the Act

From iNews

The difficulty is not so much drawing up a new Bill of Rights but working out how this interacts with Britain’s obligations under the Convention of Human Rights and through it the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
The previous Tory policy had suggested that the new law would “break the formal link” between the UK and the ECHR. But that is almost certainly impossible without withdrawing from the Convention completely – something a large number of Tories don’t want and would badly damage Britain’s standing in the world.
And btw …. the libs want to give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote on any possible future referendum on Britain staying in or getting out of the European Union.
The long promised referendum is now promised for 2017, although there are voices crying out for it to be held sooner.  Libtards want to remain in the EU and they have lots of cons on their side with this issue.

Oliver Wright, iNews


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greece invaded by boat migrants as the EU demands britain take in thousands FU-EU

This is not how it’s supposed to be done.

Spent more than an hour going through this post and had my comments etc when .... I hit the wrong button and deleted everything.

Main story saved in Word thankfully.  But ... forgot to click quick save on bmews page.

I read Drews post and the time in early morning he was up.  I was up at the same time. Heck, if we were in the same time zone, I couldda called for a chat. So I’m asleep at the keyboard or I’d have clicked on the bmews quick save, and saved myself over an hour in time.

Anyway .....

Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti has called plans to axe the Human Rights Act the ‘gravest threat to freedom in Britain since the Second World War’.

Gosh. And she speaks such good English too. But at heart?  Why would anyone listen to someone with a name like hers and Cumberbatch?

Sherlock star Cumberbatch said: ‘It’s not for politicians to pick and choose when they [human rights] apply … Repealing it will mean less protection against state abuse or neglect, and weaken the rights of every single one of us – and the vulnerable most of all.’

He’s full of it and as stupid sounding as his name.
And as for that has been Redgrave, further left than Trotsky.
Anti American and all the way left.

Left-wing luvvies were lining up last night to oppose plans to scrap the Human Rights Act – as the full scale of how the reviled law is being used by dangerous convicts to avoid deportation was revealed.
Damning statistics showed the number of foreign offenders – including killers, rapists and paedophiles – on Britain’s streets has spiralled to a record high.
David Cameron will use today’s Queen’s Speech to put forward plans to scrap the Act, introduced by Labour.
That last part … keep in mind it was written yesterday. He didn’t far as I can see, “put forward” any plan.


From the left

The stars lining up to save the hated Human Rights Act have ‘lent their voices’ to the stories of ordinary people, according to the charity behind the campaign.

Luvvies including Benedict Cumberbatch, Vanessa Redgrave, and Four Weddings and a Funeral actor Simon Callow appear in a series of short films for Liberty.

The charity says they will help to highlight those who have ‘held the powerful to account using human rights laws’.
Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti said: ‘These films tell just a few of the stories of our Human Rights Act, giving a voice to some of the most vulnerable people in our country.’

She said that ‘soldiers, journalists, victims of rape, domestic violence and slavery had all found justice’ due to the legislation brought in under Tony Blair.

‘Government plans to scrap the Act play populist games with hard-won freedoms and undermine the United Kingdom at home and abroad,’ she added.

Game of Thrones star Indira Varma, who is also taking part, said: ‘Our Human Rights Act protects every one of us – young or old, wealthy and poor, civilian or soldier.

‘It is a cause for pride and celebration, not a pawn in a dangerous political game. It is ours and no one is taking it from us without a fight.’
One of the films will highlight the case of Jenny Paton, who was spied on by Poole Borough Council using anti-terror laws to check whether she lived in a school catchment area. With the help of Liberty, Mrs Paton used the Human Rights Act to take the council to an Investigatory Powers Tribunal where it was found to have had acted illegally.

10 cases that show they’re so wrong

The Human Rights Act has been used to justify many controversial rulings. IAN DRURY highlights ten of the most extraordinary:

Asylum seeker William Danga was jailed for ten years for raping a 16-year-old girl. The 40-year-old Congolese asylum seeker, who raped and molested two young girls while fighting deportation after his release, and is now serving a 15-year sentence, used the fact he has two children to stay in Britain.

Somali rapist Mustafa Abdullahi was jailed for ten years after holding a knife to a pregnant woman’s throat as he attacked her. He was ordered to be deported but immigration judges refused saying it would breach his family rights. He does not have a wife or children in Britain but his mother and other family members lived here.

KILLER: Iraqi Aso Mohammed Ibrahim left 12-year-old Amy Houston to die ‘like a dog’ under the wheels of his car after knocking her down in 2003 while banned from driving. Twice refused asylum, he was never removed by the Home Office and, after the killing, was allowed to stay in the UK after serving a mere four months in jail because he had fathered two children here, which judges ruled gave him a right to a ‘family life’.

WAR CRIMES SUSPECT: Serb Milan Sarcevic was accused of involvement in the 1991 Vukovar massacre of up to 300 men and women. The wounded Croat victims were beaten, executed and buried in a mass grave. A judge ruled evidence of his involvement was ‘not conclusive’ and did not warrant breaching his ‘strong family life’. The 62-year-old lives on a council estate in south-east London.

Why this guy is listed I’ve no idea. Does being a “suspect” make a person guilty? And if the evidence wasn’t “conclusive” then why is he here?

SEX OFFENDER: For years Mohammed Kendeh escaped removal to Sierra Leone despite convictions for robbery, burglary, arson and assaults on 11 women. An immigration judge ruled in 2007 that as Kendeh, 24, came to Britain aged six, and had almost no family in West Africa, he had effectively become ‘one of us’.

A Libyan convicted of 78 offences escaped deportation last month on the grounds he is an alcoholic. The 53-year-old man, who is protected by an anonymity order, successfully argued he would be tortured and imprisoned by the authorities in his homeland because drinking alcohol is illegal. He is now free to continue his drink-fuelled offending spree in Britain.

RAPIST: Akindoyin Akinshipe escaped deportation in September 2011 after judges said he had a right to a ‘private life’ in the UK. He was due to be sent to Nigeria after losing a series of appeals in Britain over his jailing for an attack on a girl of 13 when he was 15. But Strasbourg overruled, despite him not having a long-term partner or children in the UK.

FANATIC: In 1996, Strasbourg ruled over Karamjit Chahal, a separatist who was wanted for sedition in India. He argued that, even if somebody posed a grave threat to national security, they could not be sent back to a country where they might be ill treated. Since then, thousands of convicts and fanatics have been able to stay on these grounds.

A Bangladeshi woman jailed for five years for stabbing her baby daughter with a kitchen knife in East London in 2009 won the right to stay in Britain so she could rebuild her relationship with the child.

Wayne Bishop, 33, from Clifton, Nottinghamshire, was let out of prison in May 2011 after just one month of an eight-month sentence so he could look after his five children on the grounds their rights were more important than those of his victims.

Now that’s just 10 as published in the paper yesterday.  There are further examples in today’s paper.

Ministers reject criticism that they are doing away with human rights. A source said: ‘The cause of human rights has been undermined in the last few years because of the Human Rights Act and some of the absurd judgments coming out of it … We want to restore credibility and ensure that human rights are no longer open to abuse.’

A British Bill of Rights would allow the UK to ignore verdicts by Euro judges and give our Supreme Court the final say, as well as making it easier to throw out foreigners convicted of the most serious crimes.

Tory MP Peter Bone said: ‘If people come to this country and do something so bad they get put in prison, then they should be deported as soon as they finish their sentence … Too many foreign criminals are making bogus and spurious use of family ties to get out of being deported by citing human rights laws.

‘We should get the proper balance back where the rights of the public to be protected override those of the criminal.’ Peter Cuthbertson, of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank, said: ‘These figures illustrate perfectly why the Government is right to begin long overdue reform of our human rights laws.

‘Every year more and more of the most contemptible foreign thugs are abusing badly drafted legal principles to win the right to stay in Britain.’

And on the subject of immigrants and refugees etc.
I have over the last few months shared the sorry news about Italy being flooded and overwhelmed with boat life forms. Some may even be human.
Well, now it’s the turn of Greece, as thousands are reported to be landing on those folks. Be interesting to see what the govt. there, which is left wing, does about it.



Britain is under pressure from the EU to accept thousands of asylum seekers who have been forced from their homes by war and persecution.
Brussels has urged the Government to take some of the 20,000 people from Africa and the Middle East who the United Nations say urgently need international protection. These refugees are currently based outside Europe.
Under the one-off ‘resettlement plan’, the UK has been asked to house 2,309 asylum seekers – more than a tenth of the total. However, as the two-year scheme is voluntary, Britain is set to opt out – declining to have migration levels determined by Brussels.
Meanwhile, the EU has also asked nations to take in 40,000 migrants from Syria and Eritrea who have made the treacherous trip across the Mediterranean.


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Adult Soda

Gosh do I love tonic water. That bitter taste of quinine that just about turns your teeth inside out. Outstanding. Sure, those foamy sugary sodas might be fine once in a while, and the ones that are really acidic will cleanse away that bleh feeling in your mouth, but for actual drinking satisfaction I’ll take tonic water.
Even without the gin. Even without the added lemon and lime juice. Or the bottle of bitter lemon. Or the Jamaican-style hot ginger beer. All of which mix in to make for an even more efficacious beverage that cuts right through the fuzz.

What, you didn’t expect philosophy at 3 o’clock in the morning , did you? I got up to “balance fluid levels”, and sat down here almost by accident.

Bowling blogging? If I must. We won 5 tonight against ourselves. Itty bitty summer league - 7 teams. Well, 6 1/2 actually, as Frank’s team has 2 vacancies. Lots of new bowlers this time around, which is fine. We’re a social team again, with D’s new guy G joining us for his first bowling experience ever. So he has something like a 78 average. O. M. G. ... OMFG.  I’m really getting the itch to teach this guy here, but I don’t think that’s my job. Let her do it.  oooh, but I want to compete! And a noob who develops can be a great secret weapon.

Ah, we finally got some rain. I don’t think it’s rained here in 3 weeks. Late afternoon downpour followed by a couple hours of steady wet. Probably gave us 2”. Which is not bad. Oh, I feel so sorry for those poor folks in Texas with the flooding an all. I don’t know what we’d do if we got that kind of flooding here. 


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calendar   Wednesday - May 27, 2015

growing by the hour

Time for a break. I got 2 dozen cosmos seedlings planted in some nice fresh soil. Let’s see how they go. Only a couple have just started to bloom, so I’m hoping for a color mix. OTOH, if they’re all white flowers, I’m OK with that too.

But it’s lunchtime. And it’s hot out there in the sun. Suddenly, it’s summer. Woo hoo!!!


I’m such a sucker for annuals. I want color, and I want it now!  Perennials are the better deal, but I don’t want to wait until September to get my bulbs.

On the other hand ...


... wow. My mom has a batch of these. Gorgeous. And every flower is unique on every plant every year. Worth waiting for indeed.


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digging in again

We’re working on a 75 sq ft extension to our side garden here. Same layout as the rest of it; heavy stone block borders and a deep bed of sifted and enhanced top soil. Which means a lot of digging, and a lot of John Henry work with the hammer and the breaker bar to bust up the rock hard subsoil. And then screening out the bigger rocks, old roots, chunks of brick and other construction trash from way back when. It’s a lot of work, but in the end we should have a garden bed good for at least 20 years.

This lower bed is going to get the taller perennials. I have to do some more research into deer resistant plants; so far the answer comes up “butterfly bushes and daffodils”, both of which are nice, but I’d like a bit more variety than that. I think (I hope, I dream) that once Spring kicks in and things actually start greening, the deer go back to eating grass and leaves and leave the gardens alone. I could be full of hot air on that, but they didn’t touch my garden last year at all, and it was a bit late going in. This year my tulips got eaten, because they were the only thing green around.

Righto. So I’m a little sore today after digging and sifting 4 of those big plastic storage bins worth of soil. And there’s easily 3 times that much more to do. So I’m going to go at it a bit at a time, and try not to injure myself like I did last year.

Meanwhile, the animals continue to Darwin themselves in Baltimore and Chicago, shooting 85 and killing 21. Thank goodness the evil police had little to do with any of that. Whatever. Do whatever you want. Just stay in your zoo enclosures, because that shizz don’t fly in my crib, yo.


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