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calendar   Tuesday - June 30, 2015

Not a good day here

No, nothing happened. Just ... bleh.

Forget about facing the music. I don’t want to even admit that the stereo exists.

On one positive note, Vice President Joe Biden is really, truly, seriously considering putting his  hair plugs  hat into the ring and trying out for the DNC candidacy. You go “Sheriff” Joe; we need the laughs.

The newest indication that the vice president could jump into the race comes from a Wall Street Journal report, which cites friends and advisers who say Biden, 72, received encouragement to do so from sons Beau and Hunter. Beau Biden died last month after a long battle with brain cancer.

Hillary Clinton, who served as secretary of state during President Obama’s first term and worked closely with Biden, is the overwhelming frontrunner to become her party’s standard-bearer, but many Democratic insiders say Biden could present a formidable challenge should her campaign falter.




On a negative note, that camping story? WTF? Michigan police take away the children from the parents because they were camping? On their own property?? For 9 days? Horry Clap. And the only reason the parents got the kids back is because the wife could play the Injun Card? Seriously? Double Horry Clap - did you even know there was and Injun Card??? I didn’t!!

A Michigan family which had dreams of camping during the summer in the great outdoors was horrified when state officials seized their six children simply because they were temporarily living in tents, Off The Grid News has learned.

The nightmare experience for Christopher and Antonia Hernandez began May 19 when Otsego County Sheriff deputies and a CPS official took their children, and ended June 10 when their children were returned after the parents won a court ruling based on the fact the mother and children are eligible for enrollment in the Tlingit Native American tribe. The federal Indian Child Welfare Act makes it more difficult for state officials to separate Native American families. Michigan has a similar state law.

If the family had not had the Tlingit link, the case still would be ongoing, with the children still in foster care.

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Man, where was CPS when we were kids? We survived for weeks at a time in the deep dark Adirondacks. Living out of a Coleman cooler and in a giant green and yellow Sears tent. Making sooty, gooey carb things to eat at every meal with Bisquick. And sometimes there were bears.  And bugs. And rain. And outhouses. Oh God, always there were outhouses.



So it’s still Loony Land out there, whether I write about it or not. And don’t even get me started on the financial situation in Greece. Because that’s going to rise up and bite us all on the arse in 90 days. Maybe sooner.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/30/2015 at 08:18 PM   
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calendar   Monday - June 29, 2015

Like A Sore Thumb

This ought to be easy ...

FRANKLIN TWP. — A manhunt is in progress in the area of Walmart Plaza near Clinton (New Jersey).

According to unconfirmed emergency radio broadcasts, two men attempted some kind of crime at the ShopRite. They fled into the woods near the Cracker Barrel.

Police have apprehended one of the men, but the other, described as a 30-year-old, 5-foot-9 African-American man in a blue shirt, is still being sought.

A State Police helicopter is searching from the air and the Readington police are bringing their dog so they can retrace the steps of the fugitives and see if they dropped anything.

Police are trying to control access to the area, which includes closing the Landsdown Trail, which leads from that area into Clinton.

There might be another black guy or two in town, maybe in uniform coming off shift from the Edna Mahan women’s correctional institute across the street from Walmart. Maybe not; most of the guards there are women.

... this is right around the corner from our place, hardly more than half a mile away. The Landsdown Trail is a local wooded jogging path that once upon a time was the railroad siding up into downtown Clinton.

These two blew it. They never got as far as the end of the parking lot, where the exit road is only yards from the entrance ramp for the highway. Hah, maybe they turned right instead of left and and went down to the dead end by the river, which, coincidentally, is where the Landsdown Trail cuts across.

OTOH, the westbound entrance for the highway is ... hardly more than yards away from where I’m typing right now. And I’m on my way out to go pick up dinner. Think maybe I’ll take my pocket alligator.


UPDATE: Looks like he got away

http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2015/06/police_search_area_of_franklin_shoprite_for_fraud.html

Why such a huge turnout by all the King’s horses and all the King’s men? I mean, come on, we had MRAPS and helicopters and the K-9 dogs and stuff. Well, the last time the cops had a situation there, it turned out pretty badly ...

The massive manhunt which followed an attempted credit card fraud by two men at the ShopRite in Franklin Township Monday afternoon calls to mind a similar manhunt in the same area 15 years ago which ended in the police shooting a man.

What began as a routine motor-vehicle stop around 3:45 a.m. Aug. 18, 2000 led to the death of one man, the arrest of four others and a narrow escape for a police officer. Cory Kubinak, then a Clinton patrolman, stopped a car containing five men from Allentown, Pa. on Route 513 (Pittstown Road) near Walmart Plaza. That’s where the ShopRite is.

When the driver, Andre O. Warren, 22, was unable to produce any type of identification, Kubinak asked him to step from the vehicle. As the officer spoke with Warren, a passenger got out of the vehicle and fired “a number” of shots at the patrolman, officials said at the time.

The possibility that one of the men involved in this week’s incident had a gun added urgency to the situation and may have been the reason for the large police response.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2015 at 10:46 PM   
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TV in the background

I’m trying to catch up on my emails here ... wife is watching some 80s movie. I look over once a while ... the film features the whole crew of them, the entire brat pack of young Hollywood back in that day. And the music sounds so familiar. Yet I have no idea what she’s watching. Some sort of coming-of-age/relationship comedy-drama thing, but weren’t they all in 1983? Remember Thirty Something? So I ask.

“Are you kidding? You never saw St. Elmo’s Fire?”
Nope. I guess not. Don’t ask me how.

I took dates to all those other arse-twisting epochs of discomfort, aka the Molly Ringwald Film Festival, and they’ve all been on cable an infinite number of times since. And while I don’t think she was actually in this one, everyone else is, so the pucker factor is right up there. I know this is very unfair of me to say, but 80s flicks have a special creepy place in my memory. I never wanted to see any of them; they were things to be endured while dating, and then going to the inevitable gak-bar in your pretentious post-disco urbanite 80s outfits that were this close to being Halloween creations, to discus how deep and meaningful they were. Ah, the things young men will put up with, trying to get in tight with girls. Frankly, I think I would have been better off with an entirely different set of girls, but at 24, who knows from whatever?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/29/2015 at 01:30 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - June 28, 2015

terror on tunisia beach and hotel resorts:  a personal update

Not many had comments to make on the post which isn’t a surprise. I guess the story has been and still is being covered wall to wall even in the US as it is all over Europe. 

Well, the reason for this post now is because I know someone who was supposed to be there last week but for a school prom.

Someone who has been doing work on this old house the past year, told me he and wife were taking a week off. His work keeps him going pretty much non stop, I’ve see him working when he could hardly walk straight due to injury, for which he is due for surgery in ... DEC.  Yeah. That far away.
And it isn’t the fault of the NHS.  His choice because this is pretty much a very busy time, and Dec. is very slow to non existent work wise. 
Anyway ,,, wife on him about a short break which they haven’t had in some time so ....

I received this mail yesterday.  Has to do with schedule to complete a project started last year.
But mostly is about .....

A POSSIBLE CLOSE CALL

Hi J.

I will look at dates but it will probably be around mid August.

Yes it would be nice to enjoy the holiday however we cannot go now as they shot 37 people on the beach by the hotel we were going to next weekend,we would have been there this week but my sons prom night was on Thursday so we put it back a week

I’m desperately trying to book something else but after all evening yesterday and most of the day its beginning to look like our first holiday in four years is doomed,there is nothing agreeable or at the same cost… as Tunisia isn’t expensive. My wife is about to implode if i cant find anything...wish me luck!!!!!


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/28/2015 at 09:49 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - June 27, 2015

Enter The Big Guy From NJ

Chris Christie to announce presidential bid early this coming week ...


If the trips to New Hampshire and leaked announcement invitations weren’t big enough clues, Chris Christie is in for 2016.

Like several other campaigns this cycle, Christie’s team went for a digital-first approach ahead of any formal announcement: The New Jersey governor launched a campaign website on Saturday, just three days before he’s expected to announce his White House bid from the gym of his high school alma mater in Livingston, N.J.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2015 at 04:58 PM   
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How She Fit In There?

Red here was in my Inbox. Don’t ask me how she fit.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2015 at 04:47 PM   
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pussy training

$25 and an hour’s work, and I installed a cat fence around the patio railing. It’s PVC coated steel mesh, much heavier than chicken wire, with a 2” X 3” mesh. A bunch of zip ties hold it on to the railing’s uprights. It came out really nice and the dark green mesh is actually hard to see behind the black painted railing. And it took about 1 second to train the cats to go around the long way. So maybe I can save some of my plants down there. Alas, the cosmos are done. Flattened. Hammered. Broken off at the ground.

Today’s project will be replacing the shut-off valve to the outside faucet. Then maybe I can “train” those cats to stay about 20 feet away. Nah, that won’t happen. She loves the kittehs too much, and adores them when they’re up on the patio doing kitteh stuff. Squeee! Whatever. Just don’t dive bomb my plants anymore, m’kay?

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All your patios is belong to us!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/27/2015 at 02:45 PM   
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mrs o. and daughters in london last week

I know it may appear that I’m doing a Littlejohn marathon.
What’s happened is, there are a number of articles on various subjects of interest that I have not been able to post lately. Mainly cos I haven’t been on line a lot, and so things pile up.  Sometimes I have so much that I end up having to discard much to make room for newer things. 

Although the event is over a week old, actually a bit more, the story is worth sharing.

I knew Mrs. O.was in London with daughters enjoying their jaunt on the taxpayer.
They were visiting other countries as well of course, all in the name of…??
huh. I really don’t know.  Oh right.  Female emancipation.  Good subject, and of course the kids have to come too or miss seeing other cities in Europe. Or what remains of it.  So I knew she was here cos it was in the papers, but I didn’t really follow the speeches or the events because I had no interest.
Until I read Littlejohn. 
He sure has made the point, and what a pointless visit by Mrs. Obama to this school.
Funny, being female, wonder why she didn’t make the same connection and arrive at the same conclusion as our commentator here.

LITTLEJOHN: Did Michelle Obama not see the irony in delivering a speech on female emancipation to a school full of girls in headscarves in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets? (And is this the face Britain wants to show the world?)

· Michelle Obama paid visit to the Mulberry School for Girls, Tower Hamlets

· More than 90% of pupils are Muslim from mainly Bangladeshi background

· And majority have no option but to wear headscarves and long robes

· But still it was chosen as the site for the First Lady’s speech on equality

By Richard Littlejohn for the Daily Mail

Of all the schools in all the towns in all the world, why did Michelle Obama visit a girls’ school in the Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets this week?
She says it was her own choice to make a speech on education at the Mulberry School for Girls. But was it?

I doubt the First Lady had ever heard of the school before this trip, and probably couldn’t point to Tower Hamlets on a map. My guess is that the venue was chosen deliberately by the Department for Education to showcase our new, rigorously enforced State religion: ‘Celebrating Diversity’.

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Actually, if that was what they intended, they couldn’t have chosen a worse example. The Mulberry School is probably one of the least diverse schools in Britain. And that includes Eton.
More than 90 per cent of the pupils are Muslim, from a predominantly Bangladeshi background. That make-up pretty much reflects the demography of the surrounding area.

Tower Hamlets, in East London, isn’t so much multicultural, it’s virtually a monoculture. The local council, under its recently deposed Muslim mayor, Lutfur Rahman, has been a by-word for Third World-style corruption and vote-rigging.

There are more burkas on the streets of Limehouse than there are in Lahore. So it wasn’t surprising to see the vast majority of the girls photographed with Mrs Obama wearing the now familiar headscarfs and long robes insisted upon by the more devout adherents of Islam.

Did the First Lady not appreciate the contradictions inherent in delivering a speech on female emancipation and education in front of an audience which could have been transported direct from Saudi Arabia?

Before the usual, excitable suspects start bouncing up and down, hurling their predictable knee-jerk smears of ‘racism’ and ‘Islamophobia’, let me emphasise that this isn’t a criticism of the girls themselves or the Mulberry School, which is rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted.

The pupils have no option other than to wear the restrictive clothes imposed upon them by their parents and their religious leaders.

It was bizarre, to say the least, to watch the wife of the President of the United States preaching equality to a single-sex audience dressed from head to toe in what most of us would consider to be a symbol of separatism, female oppression and a rejection of Western democratic values.


While we’re at it, what was she doing there in the first place?

This stunt was just another self-serving gimmick, right up there with Michelle’s flippant, doomed-to-failure hashtag internet campaign to free the 200 girls kidnapped in Nigeria by the Islamist barbarians, Boko Haram.

Perhaps Mrs Obama should have taken her message not to the Mulberry School but to the male elders at the nearest mosque. That’s if they’d let her in.

If ‘celebrating diversity’ was the point of this visit, the DfE could have found dozens of other, more suitable schools. There are 270 different nationalities living in London and most playgrounds look like a United Colors of Benetton advert. So why choose one where the pupils are all wearing identical, ultra-religious uniforms?

Is this really the image of Britain we wish to project around the globe?

Imagine you were an American looking at this picture in, say, Oklahoma, and trying to work out which, of all the schools in all the towns in all the world your First Lady had just walked into? You might conclude she was in Pakistan, or somewhere in the Middle East.
Now try to gauge your reaction when you discovered that Michelle Obama was actually in London.
London, England? Get outta here. Hey, Wilma! Will ya take a look at this…

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/27/2015 at 10:22 AM   
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Speaking of Invasion….

Peiper, I spotted this in the Daily Mail and thought of you.

It seems even your pc zombified authorities have finally figured out there are problems coming in from some countries.  In this case, it’s Romania.  I’ll say one thing, those guys have big brass ones.

You’ll find a link to the full story at the bottom.

Here’s the full story from the Daily Mail:
Romanian gangs mount bonnets of cars at 50mph and form human chains to steal from lorries in audacious raids across UK


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Posted by Dr. Jeff   United States  on 06/27/2015 at 07:37 AM   
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calendar   Friday - June 26, 2015

they’re coming and the UK will be worse off. as usual.

I don’t normally do it this way but ....

I thought one little example from the following Littlejohn commentary was worth it.
This little one minute clip should be multiplied times a thousand, because that’s how bad things are.
And some of these miserable vermin are now arming themselves, if reports are to be believed.  And they should be. Look who the authorities must deal with. Savages hardly out of their trees and caves.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/26/2015 at 06:30 PM   
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ASYLUM

Another very good article from Littlejohn of the Mail.

Some years ago a plane was hi-jacked by some Afghans, who asked for and got asylum.
There hasn’t been as far as I’m aware, any updates on what they are now doing. I guess they are among the many who have melted into the population.

Fifteen years ago, after a hijacked Afghan airliner was diverted to Stansted, I invented a spoof game show called Asylum! It’s been doing the rounds on the internet ever since. Here are the edited highlights:

By Richard Littlejohn

Good morning and welcome to a brand new edition of ASYLUM!

We’ve already given away hundreds of millions of pounds and thousands of dream homes, courtesy of the British taxpayer.

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It’s the fastest-growing game on the planet. Anyone can play, provided they don’t already hold a valid British passport. You only need one word of English:

ASYLUM!

The competition is open to everyone buying a ticket or stowing away on one of our partner airlines, ferry companies or Eurostar. No application ever refused, reasonable or unreasonable. All you have to do is destroy your papers and remember the magic password:

ASYLUM!

Only this week 140 members of the Taliban family from Afghanistan were flown Goat Class from Kabul to our international gateway at Stansted. They join tens of thousands of other lucky winners already in Britain.
Our most popular destinations include the world-famous Toddington Services Area in historic Bedfordshire . . .
If you still don’t understand the rules, there’s no need to phone a friend or ask the audience, just apply for legal aid.
Hundreds of lawyers, social workers and counsellors are waiting to help. It won’t cost you a penny. So play today. It could change your life for ever.
Iraqi terrorists, Afghan dissidents, Albanian gangsters, Kosovan drug-smugglers, Tamil Tigers, bogus Bosnians, Rwandan mass murderers, Somali guerillas.

COME ON DOWN!

Get along to the airport. Get along to the lorry park. Get along to the ferry terminal. Don’t stop in Germany or France. Go straight to Britain.
You are guaranteed to be one of tens of thousands of lucky winners in the softest game on Earth. Roll up, roll up my friends, for the game that never ends. Everyone’s a winner, when they play:

ASYLUM!

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We keep being told that the current ‘refugee’ crisis is a direct result of our involvement in the American-led invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and Britain’s meddling in foreign civil wars, such as the bombing of Libya.
But I wrote Asylum! in February 2000, a full 18 months before 9/11. In the U.S., George W. Bush wasn’t even the official Republican candidate, let alone President. The Afghan and Iraq wars weren’t so much as a twinkle on the Pentagon’s radar. Back then, Tony Blair was too busy bombing the Balkans.

The Sangatte departure lounge opened as long ago as 1999, to accommodate immigrants trying to enter Britain illegally. There were riots at the camp in 2001 and 2002, before it was closed.
So please don’t try to kid us that the mayhem at Calais is a new phenomenon. This all dates back to what Peter Mandelson called Labour’s deliberate decision to ‘scour the world’ for migrants, so they could ‘rub the Right’s noses in diversity’.
Once the Blair government made it plain that everyone was welcome, however they entered this country — and thanks to the newly-adopted Yuman Rites Act would never be sent home — it’s hardly surprising the world beat a path to our door.
Who can forget the sight of the then Home Secretary, Jolly Jack Straw, scuttling down to Dover to welcome in person a lorry load of immigrants from Sangatte, like an obsequious package holiday rep? He should have worn a red coat and a pair of white strides.
This madness was compounded by our membership of the EU, which meant that anyone who managed to set foot in Europe could make straight for the French coast bound for England.
Our island location and our opt-out from the Schengen open-borders treaty was never going to protect us. When our politicians were so keen to expand the EU to embrace former Communist countries in Eastern Europe, did they envisage that, say, Hungary, would become the first port of call for London-bound immigrants from Africa and the Middle East?
Of course they didn’t. No one ever thinks anything through. Plenty of British politicians, including Winston Churchill wannabe Boris Johnson, are lobbying for Turkey to be admitted to the EU.
That would be Turkey, gateway to Islamic State. And, as we all know, gates swing both ways.
Already, known Islamist terrorists, hell-bent on attacking infidel targets in Europe, are stowing away among the migrants being picked up in the Mediterranean and deposited in Italy.
At least 90 per cent of these ‘asylum seekers’ are young, able-bodied men in their late teens/early 20s, wearing the latest designer sportswear. If they were genuinely in fear of their lives and fleeing real persecution, wouldn’t they have brought their female relatives with them?
But no, it’s women and children last when it comes to crossing the Med. We’re not talking the dance band on the Titanic here.
Of course, it’s ‘racist’ to point any of this out. Which is why broadcasters and Left-wing journalists seize on any unfortunate woman with a child they manage to find among the overwhelmingly male multitude.
European ‘leaders’ met yesterday to agree a common response to the crisis. Fat hope of that. France’s idea of a ‘solution’ is shovelling all the migrants massed at Calais across the Channel.
And forget about international law, which demands that refugees apply for asylum in the first ‘safe’ country they arrive in. Europe’s open borders have made a nonsense of that requirement.
Typically, Britain’s response has been pathetic. Fining lorry drivers and sending a few more sniffer dogs isn’t going to work.
Looking back on my Asylum! spoof, I notice that I mentioned the ‘world-famous Toddington Service Area, in Bedfordshire’.
Toddington is still one of the most popular drop-off points today. A local farmer this week revealed that he spends as much time rounding up illegal immigrants as tending his turnips.
You couldn’t make it up.

Fifteen years ago, Asylum! was the world’s fastest-growing game show. Fifteen years from now it’ll be the longest-running.

And those Afghan hijackers are still here, just as I predicted.

Roll up, roll up my friends, for the game that never ends . . .

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/26/2015 at 05:59 PM   
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terror on tunisia beach and hotel resorts

Is this making any news in US yet?

Pretty bad stuff.  37 reported dead, another 36 injured.

In France there was an attack against an American owned factory as I understand it. One person was beheaded and the head hung on a fence.

Meanwhile .... somewhere else and forgive me if I forgot which country, cos I heard only a brief report on the radio last night, but it’s in the west and it figures because.  A school head somewhere has asked students to respect the muslim students during ramadumb, by not eating in front of muzzies or doing too much of the normal things so as not to tempt or upset muzzie sensibilities.
I guess that’s one way to confront the bastards. Roll over and make nice.  May they’ll remember the kindness and kill us quicker.

I suppose by now you are all aware of the caged drownings. Be-headings weren’t making the front page anymore so the scum have upped the terror ante.

Kalashnikov raised, Tunisian terrorist’s last moments revealed as he roams the streets looking for more victims after slaughtering 37 tourists in hotel massacre before police shoot him dead

Gunmen have carried out a terrorist attack at holiday destination of Sousse

Militants, thought to be from ISIS, exchanged gunfire with security services

English boy, 16, survived after seeing his parents and grandmother killed

Another Brit left fighting for his life after being shot four times in stomach

By Thomas Burrows and John Hall and Gerard Couzens for MailOnline

The final moments of a machine gun-wielding terrorist who caused havoc on a beach in Tunisia today have been captured on camera.

AK47 in hand, the man prowls the streets of Sousse - the popular resort town where he killed at least 37 and injured another 36 having opened fire on a beach packed with holiday makers.

A 16-year-old British boy reportedly saw his parents and grandmother slaughtered by the gunman and possible accomplices who opened fire on innocent sunbathers on a beach in Tunisia.

The boy is being treated for his injuries in hospital, according to a report by a Tunisian radio station.

Staff at the Clinic Les Oliviers in Sousse where many of the injured have been taken said they were treating 13 British nationals.

The massacre took place at about the same time as the bombing of a Shi’ite mosque in Kuwait, where 25 worshippers were killed, and another attack on a United States-owned factory in France in which a man was beheaded.

The violence comes just days after ISIS urged its fanatic followers to ‘make Ramadan a month of calamities’ and rise up against the ‘non-believers’.

Another Briton, Matthew James, 30, from Cardiff, is fighting for his life after being shot four times in the stomach, his father-in law William Wilson told MailOnline.

Olivia Leathley, a chef from Manchester, said she spoke to Mr James’s fiance, Saera Wilson, who said there was blood everywhere and told how she saw her husband’s eyes roll to the back of his head.

Mrs James was then pulled off the beach by hotel staff and later accompanied her husband to hospital.

Miss Leathley said she and her boyfriend, Mike Jones, did not go to the beach as planned as she was charging her phone so she could read a new audio book.

Having investigated the sound of gunshots at her hotel, she and her boyfriend went downstairs.

She told MailOnline: ‘We then heard a shot from inside the hotel. Somebody just shouted ‘run!’ so we sprinted off in all directions.

‘The machine gun fire was so close, it sounded like it was right behind us… I was then on the phone to my dad, Glenn, screaming at the top of my lungs and telling him “I love you, I love you”.

‘My dad was saying ‘I love you’ and shouting prayers down the phone, begging ‘Lord, protect them’.

‘We eventually found an office building and hid in a room. As soon as I got somewhere safe, I threw up.’

Other victims who died included an Irish woman, Tunisians, Germans and Belgians.

PHOTOS AND STORY CONTINUE HERE, Daily Mail source


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/26/2015 at 05:23 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 25, 2015

Welcome To Wonderland

SCOTUS Rolls Over, Plays Dead For Her Master

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies underpinning President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, rejecting a major challenge to the landmark law in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The justices said in a 6-3 ruling that the subsidies that 8.7 million people currently receive to make insurance affordable do not depend on where they live, as opponents contended.

The outcome was the second major victory for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of his most significant domestic achievement. And it came the same day the court gave him an unexpected victory by preserving a key tool the administration uses to fight housing bias.

Obama greeted news of the decision by declaring the health care law “is here to stay.” He said the law is no longer about politics, but the benefits millions of people are receiving.

Declining to concede, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio said Republicans, who have voted more than 50 times to undo the law, will “continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centered solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families.”

At the court, Chief Justice John Roberts again voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. Roberts also was the key vote to uphold it in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy, a dissenter in 2012, was part of the majority on Thursday.

Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts declared in the majority opinion.

Limiting the subsidies only to individuals in states with their own exchanges could well push insurance markets in the other states “into a death spiral,” Roberts wrote.

Justice Antonin Scalia, in a dissent he summarized from the bench, strongly disagreed. “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare,” he said, using an acronym for the Supreme Court and suggesting his colleagues’ ownership by virtue of their twice stepping in to save the law from what he considered worthy challenges.

His comment drew a smile from Roberts, his seatmate and the object of Scala’s ire.

Scalia said that Roberts’ 2012 decision that upheld the law and his opinion on Thursday “will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

Boy howdy, nothing like taking a quote out of context. Changes everything, nyet? How about the whole Roberts quote this time?

“Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “If at all possible, we must interpret the Act in a way that is consistent with the former, and avoids the latter.”

Roberts continued, “In this instance, the context and structure of the Act compel us to depart from what would otherwise be the most natural reading of the pertinent statutory phrase.

In other words, the law means what I say it means, NOT WHAT IS ACTUALLY WRITTEN.  Um, gosh, does that sound a wee bit familiar??
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In a dissent he summarized from the bench, Justice Antonin Scalia said, “We should start calling this law SCOTUScare.” Using the acronym for the Supreme Court, Scalia said his colleagues have twice stepped in to save the law from what Scalia considered worthy challenges.

“The Court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘Exchange established by the State’ it means ‘Exchange established by the State or the Federal Government.’ That is of course quite absurd, and the Court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so,” Scalia wrote.

Scalia added, “Words no longer have meaning if an Exchange that is not established by a State is ‘established by the State.’ It is hard to come up with a clearer way to limit tax credits to state Exchanges than to use the words ‘established by the State.’ And it is hard to come up with a reason to include the words ‘by the State’ other than the purpose of limiting credits to state Exchanges.”

Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas joined the dissent, as they did in 2012.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton commented on Twitter following the ruling.

“Yes! SCOTUS affirms what we know is true in our hearts & under the law: Health insurance should be affordable & available to all,” she tweeted.

So there you have it. The law is what we say it is, without regard to how it was written, because we so fervently believe it to be true. Feelings trump every kind of fact, every aspect of reality, including the written word of law. From the very top on down.

Welcome to Wonderland.

PS - and you’re not allowed to think about how this kind of squishy thinking can now be applied to any other annoying law, like the Constitution. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/25/2015 at 05:20 PM   
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one day europa will be known as the 2nd dark continent

The mayor of Calais is fuming angry and blames the Brits ... like they invited the filthy sub- human shits to Europe to begin with.  The mayor says the Brits should move the immigration facilities to Dover. Oh right. We can see that ok. Not.

Meanwhile, the French are building a new and “more humane” detention center on their side, after razing and clearing old migrant camp of boxes and tents.  That’s sure to discourage any more muzzies and ground apes to come.

The Brits aren’t exactly saying get stuffed to the French, but have made their feelings known. Still , nothing will change unless authorities call in army with shoot to kill orders, and rewards for highest monthly score. 

You folks back home may have seen this on the news there. I wouldn’t know. But even if you have, you have no idea how bad things have become.

There are daily reports of the migrant scum armed with pipes and knives and threatening drivers.  So far no reports of injury but ... these shits are definitely trying to get here.

The French have closed off one border thus driving more of the world’s cancer toward this end, right across the channel.

Take a look, still doesn’t say it all.

Sorry I haven’t got the video.  Some weird things happening to this damn old puter. At least, I think the problem is my old Dell.
Anyway .... I can’t embed.

There’s one video there shot from the air.

Queuing at Calais: the British hauliers on frontline against illegal immigrants
The Telegraph rides through the French port of Calais with a British truck driver who faces daily assaults on his vehicle and fears for his life

there’s lots more here, the Telegraph

David Needham knows first hand the struggle French police and border officials face in preventing illegal immigrants from crossing the Channel into Britain.

The experienced British lorry driver runs the gauntlet of desperate gangs daily as he passes through Calais on his route between Kent and Belgium.

An estimated 2,300 people live in squalid camps near the French port just waiting for the opportunity to sneak onto a vehicle such as his.

Mr Needham is one of a growing number of British road hauliers who will not stop in Calais, even to refuel his vehicle, nevermind to rest overnight.

“We all used to park on the seafront and never have any trouble, now you wouldn’t dare to stop in Calais,” he told The Telegraph.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 06/25/2015 at 03:51 PM   
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