Sarah Palin will pry your Klondike bar from your cold dead fingers.

calendar   Saturday - November 19, 2011

barmy EU says you CAN’T claim drinking water stops dehydration.

Of course, it isn’t just religious leaders who are out of touch.
The very height of stupid that ranks right up there with … with …
let me think …..
Never mind. Just read this.

Now barmy EU says you CAN’T claim drinking water stops dehydration

· UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall: ‘I had to read this four or five times before I believed it. This makes the bendy banana law look positively sane’
· Ruling, announced after a conference of 21 EU-appointed scientists, given final approval this week by European Commission President Barroso

Drinking water does not ease dehydration, the European Union has ruled – and anyone who disagrees faces two years in prison.
The decision – after three years of discussions – results from an attempt by two German academics to test EU advertising rules which set down when companies can claim their products reduce the risk of disease.

The academics asked for a ruling on a convoluted statement which, in short, claimed that water could reduce dehydration.
Dehydration is defined as a shortage of water in the body – but the European Food Standards Authority decided the statement could not be allowed.

The ruling, announced after a conference of 21 EU-appointed scientists in Parma and which means that bottled water companies cannot claim their product stops people’s bodies drying out, was given final approval this week by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.

Yesterday, Tory MEP Roger Helmer said: ‘This is stupidity writ large. The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are worrying about the obvious qualities of water. If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project, then this is it.’

Under British law, advertisers who make health claims that breach EU law can be prosecuted and face two years in jail.
The decision was being hailed as the daftest Brussels edict since the EU sent down laws on how bendy bananas should be.
This is stupidity writ large. The euro is burning, the EU is falling apart and yet here they are worrying about the obvious qualities of water. If ever there were an episode which demonstrates the folly of the great European project, then this is it.

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I guess this is what those EU folks do. Look around for things to mess with. Find stuff that ain’t broke and break it so they can fix it. So far, I’m not clear on anything they have actually fixed.

Well, at least one of this country’s largest producers of bottled water has flat out refused to comply with this latest dictate from Brussels. The company says it’s going to ignore the threat of legal action.
Good for that company.  Which is btw, is HIGHLAND SPRING of Perthshire.


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calendar   Friday - November 18, 2011

senior conservatives calls for ‘permanent, universal opt-out’ from European laws

If there is one things Europeans and most especially Germans do not want, it’s for the Brits to have any kind of referendum on any of this.
Cos it isn’t any closely held state secret that if given a clear choice .... I truly believe the majority of Brits would tell the Euros to, ‘Drop Dead.’
Well, not exactly.  Most Brits polite and would put it another way but heck, a rose by any other name .....

Merkel’s plot to scupper OUR referendum with ‘limited’ treaty change… as German colleague claims Britain will scrap the Pound and join the sinking Euro

Finance minister’s astonishing claim comes despite deepening crisis that threatens the existence of the single currency

Cameron and Merkel ignore disagreements over eurozone solution as they describe their ‘strong friendship’

German Chancellor says EU needs ‘limited treaty change’ which won’t trigger a referendum in Britain

PM was in Berlin today to discuss repatriation of EU powers

UK is pressuring Germany to allow euro bank to print more money

Senior Tory calls for ‘permanent, universal opt-out’ from European laws


Germany’s Chancellor today denied the British people the chance for an EU referendum as as she said the eurozone crisis would be resolved without the UK’s involvement.

Angela Merkel called for a ‘limited treaty change’ for further eurozone integration - exactly as spelled out in a leaked German memo which outlines an attempt to prevent a British referendum that could lead to powers being clawed back from Brussels.

Her extraordinary announcement came on the day that finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble predicted that the UK will have to adopt the euro ‘faster than people think’, despite the ongoing crisis in the single currency.

Germany’s attempts to impose EU control on Britain, and the minister’s astonishing outburst, will have increased the tensions between David Cameron and Mrs Merkel as they met in Berlin this morning.

The leaders are have clashed over German plans for a new tax on bank transactions and treaty change to shore up eurozone finances.

But at a press conference this afternoon, the pair ignored their differences and insisted that Britain and Germany will work together in a spirit of ‘strong friendship’.

The leaders steered clear of most areas of disagreement and insisted they had had ‘very good discussions between very good friends’, but could not stop some evidence of discord slipping out.

When asked whether the European Central Bank should start printing money to guarantee eurozone debts, Mr Cameron said officials should ‘do what is necessary’ to defend the euro.

But Mrs Merkel warned that Europe’s resources were not infinite as she insisted: ‘One should not pretend to be more powerful than one really is.’

And when the pair were asked about the arguments over a European financial transactions tax, the German leader admitted they ‘did not make any progress’ on the issue.

In a blow to British hopes of a referendum on repatriating powers from Brussels, she also said that any move towards closer economic union in the eurozone would take place through ‘a limited treaty change, only for the members of the eurozone’.

This would mean that Mr Cameron could avoid fulfilling his pledge to hold a referendum on EU powers the next time Britain is required to sign up to a new treaty, and will outrage Tory backbenchers hoping to claw back sovereignty from Europe.

The Conservatives have long promised a referendum on repatriating powers from the EU, but have not yet delivered one.

Angela Merkel’s comments today make a referendum less likely, as her ‘limited treaty change’ will not have to be approved by countries outside the euro, including the UK.

The Coalition’s ‘referendum lock’ commits the Government to holding a public vote the next time Britain is supposed to sign up to a new treaty which would hand more power to Brussels.

But if the eurozone countries try to solve the debt crisis by closer economic integration, the UK will have no say - even though this could have a massive impact on Britain.

Although no referendum will be held, there is nothing to stop the Government from trying to repatriate powers by itself, but without a popular mandate it will be taken less seriously by other EU countries



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calendar   Saturday - November 12, 2011

political pygmies running the show in UK, bow as always to EU human rights laws

This is so far beyond moronic I can’t find the words.
Whatever happened to something called logic?  Common sense and survival of self and community?
How can you run a country if you insist on following the letter of a law written in another country by people who were not elected by the voters and taxpayers in your country?  Answer that one please.

I can not believe, in spite of what what I read here, that the UK can’t simply tell the ECOHR that some rules are just plain daft and unworkable. And unreasonable.
For damn certain unreasonable.

Look at this one.  Insane!

Dancing at his own wedding ‘paralysed’ Moroccan who claimed £400,000 in benefits… and can’t be kicked out because of human rights


An illegal immigrant who claimed to be paralysed from the neck down but was filmed dancing at his wedding cheated more than £400,000 in benefits, a court heard yesterday.

But even though Mohamed Bouzalim, 37, has admitted dishonestly entering the country and fraudulently exploiting the welfare system, legal sources said they will face an ‘uphill battle’ to deport him.

There is a strong likelihood the Moroccan will be able to remain in the UK by claiming he has a right to family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, immigration sources said.

When Bouzalim came to Britain in June 2001, he had no papers and claimed to be an Afghan national whose father had been executed by the Taliban, Isleworth Crown Court in west London was told.

Using the name Mohamed Amir Hussini, he successfully claimed asylum before constructing the extraordinary lie that he was paralysed and required 24-hour care, receiving £66,000 a year in benefits.

His total haul of around £400,000 was from Camden Council, the Department for Work and Pensions and the Independent Living Fund, the court heard.

The fraud ended when UK Border Agency staff raided his home in Kilburn, north London, last year.

In it, they found a video of Bouzalim performing energetic dance moves at his own wedding the previous year – miraculously without his wheelchair.

Bouzalim, who has been in custody for 18 months, has pleaded guilty to 11 charges of dishonesty. His brothers Rachid, 35, and Abdallah, 39, and sister Zahra, are all on bail having also admitted fraud charges.

Yesterday, the Moroccan appeared in court sitting in a wheelchair, wearing glasses, a red shirt, grey tracksuit bottoms and black plimsolls. He had wild Afro-style hair and a straggly beard.

Accompanied by two nurses, he appeared to struggle to raise his arm and speak when asked if he was present by the court clerk. However Judge Simon Oliver cast doubt on defence claims he was unwell, referring to a psychiatric report from the medium-secure unit in Southall, west London, where he is being held.

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In the best interests of fairness to all, and just to see how handicapped he is, if he is.  There are inventive ways to find out.
I mean, aside from the photo at the link showing him dancing.

The politicians complying with outside dumb laws that are abused every day here, are political pygmies with no backbone.


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calendar   Monday - September 26, 2011

Sounds Familiar

“debased political debate”

A Must-Read article as the Euro and the EU begin to go belly up

The Great Euro Swindle

Study of the public discourse at the height of the euro debate shows how often pro-euro propagandists isolated their critics by labelling them cranks. Here’s just one example, taken from the Observer columnist Andrew Rawnsley’s column on 31 January 1999: ‘On the pro-euro side, a grand coalition of business, the unions and the substantial, sane, front rank political figures. On the other side, a menagerie of has-beens, never-have-beens and loony tunes.’

This is not to say that the BBC was consciously biased. It was simply that the high-minded attitudes of many BBC reporters and producers meshed only too well with the pressure groups. But this bias went very deep indeed. As Rod Liddle, then editor of the Radio 4’s Today programme, said: ‘The whole ethos of the BBC and all the staff was that Eurosceptics were xenophobes and there was an end to it. The euro would come up at a meeting and everybody would just burst out laughing about the Eurosceptics.’ Liddle recalls one meeting with a very senior figure at the BBC to deal with Eurosceptic complaints of bias. ‘Rod, the thing you have to understand is that these people are mad. They are mad.’

In truth the Eurosceptics were only too sane. Politicians like Margaret Thatcher, John Redwood, David Owen, William Hague and Bill Cash were mocked — often very cruelly — at the time. But they grasped with stunning clarity the problems the euro would bring. They deserve full credit for their courage and foresight today, and our gratitude too.

My goodness, that does have a bit of a familiar ring to it, doesn’t it? A long trusted media source goes utterly biased, and a public debate over a questionable activity turns into a bout of vicious rhetoric from the left. Anyone who was not in favor of the Euro was “a nutter” or a “xenophobic little Englisher”. Um, except that they were right all along, as the present situation has ultimately shown. But the voices against jumping off the bridge were silenced by media bias and ad-hominem attacks.

Now, where have we heard this before? (Drew turns on TV news and sees the same thing happening over every single issue.) Can’t place it myself, but I’m certain I’ve been exposed to it before.

h/t to the Sweasel


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calendar   Tuesday - June 28, 2011

Greece Is The Word

Greek unions start Athens austerity protests

ATHENS (Reuters) - Thousands of demonstrators began gathering in front of the Greek parliament Tuesday at the start of a two-day strike to protest against painful cuts demanded by international lenders as the price for more financial aid.

With Greece teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, parliament is due to vote this week on a package of spending cuts, tax increases and privatizations agreed as part of a massive bailout aimed at averting the euro zone’s first default.

Following weeks of protests and rolling strikes, ADEDY, the public sector union representing half a million civil servants and GSEE, which represents 2 million private sector workers, are stepping up pressure on deputies before the votes.

Transport and public services were hit, schools were shut and many shops and businesses were closed, while the streets of central Athens were virtually deserted.

“We expect a dynamic and massive participation in the strike and the march to the center of Athens. We will have 48 hours of working people, unemployed, young people in the streets,” ADEDY’s leader Spyros Papaspyros told Reuters.

Deep in deficit and unable to borrow on financial markets, Greece depends on international support to keep going. A default would spread contagion around the 17-nation single currency area and cause a deep shock to the global economy.


“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”
- Margaret Thatcher

Prime Minister George Papandreou appealed to lawmakers late Monday to back the austerity measures in two votes on Wednesday and Thursday, which he said represented the final chance for Greece to get back on its feet.

Although the socialists have a majority, with 155 deputies in the 300-seat house, some MPs have warned they may vote against the austerity plan.

The austerity plan has caused deep anger among Greeks disillusioned with years of political corruption and inefficiency and now bitterly resentful of the conditions imposed by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.
In a sign the discontent has spread well beyond the union movement and far left, the Greek Confederation of Commerce (ESEE), a trade association of retailers, also rejected measures its leader Vassilis Korkidis denounced as “predatory.”

It urged shopkeepers to raise Greek national flags at their stores and announced an Internet campaign to convince cabinet members and MPs to renege on the austerity plan.

Greece is stuck in its worst recession since the 1970s, with a youth unemployment rate of more than 40 percent and public finances shattered by a debt equivalent to some 150 percent of gross domestic product.

Gosh, maybe if they could actually start producing something the world wanted to buy they wouldn’t be in such dire straits. Maybe if they started selling dinner plates instead of smashing them, you know? And maybe if the entire country wasn’t one vast collection of sinecures, no work jobs, price supports, useless government departments, and people on the dole they’d have some way out of this mess.

But even when the reality hits the spoiled little infants in Greece will not accept it. No, let’s protest. Let’s riot. Let’s set things on fire and kill people again to prove to the government that we won’t take any cuts in the handouts purchased with borrowed money lying down. Let someone else pay the bill, 20 years down the line. Problem is, there is no someone else. And the bill is due today.

This is what happens when generations live high on the hog off of future earnings and the bill comes due. You can’t run an economy like a ponzi scheme. Is anyone in DC listening? Hello? Oh, sorry, they’re not. They’re too busy playing golf and eating fried fat in Africa.

How about - purely as a lesson and a warning to others - the EU kicks Greece to the curb? Let their creditors seize whatever assets they can. Toss the country out of the EU, which they never should have been allowed to join in the first place. Nations can’t file for Chapter 11. The Repo Man comes along and collects territory instead of the sofa and TV. Maybe they should sell the Athenians to the Persians once and for all, because there are no 300 to save an ungrateful Greece this time around. No wait, that would put even more terrorists in Europe. Crap. Ok then, turn Greece into the debtor’s prison of Europe. For 5 generations they’ll be doing all the scutwork, until “Greek” is synonymous with “maid” “pool boy” and “factory plod”. The only problem with that is that there won’t be any more Greeks after the 3rd generation. In which case they’ll cease to exist, and Europe can just seize the land and the buildings and use the whole country as a holiday time share. No tipping the maids and the pool boys!

Harsh? Utterly. But if Greece gets a pass, what will Spain and Portugal do? Nothing.


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calendar   Monday - June 20, 2011

like arguments over state’s rights. If I recall, that led to civil war…

Oy Vey ....

Things indeed look black at black rock.  I’m not making lite of things. Oh alright. Light. I’m not making light of it. And actually it is serious. Maybe. I believe it might be.

This is a story of conflict and it has to do with the UK and the EU.

Now then, there seems to be a serious dispute between a couple of folks one of them being a non entity who is Baroness Catherine Ashton. She was at one time a very mediocre bureaucrat who nobody ever heard of. She made no enemies because nobody had ever heard of her. She was also pretty inoffensive as she hardly ever said anything and kept pretty quiet. A brand new position opened up in the EU.  FOREIGN MINISTER.  The EU hadn’t any before. So they went looking for someone to fill the position. Well, all the other names put forward Europe wide, had problems. For example, the French didn’t approve of the German name put forward, the Germans for their part did not approve of the Italian, the Italians didn’t care for the French nominee etc. You get the picture.  So, last one standing who offended no one cos no one knew who she was, a woman who speaks NO foreign language and isn’t interested in learning one, AND does not answer phones on weekends and leaves her office early on Fridays. In other words, a typical bureaucrat. AND ... while everyone is cutting budgets (or say they are) she has increased her budget to expand her office. Well, apparently she has won a major victory against her own country.  Have I mentioned that she’s a Labourite? No?
Ah well ... she is one of those.  She is also: High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy of the EU.

The other is a man named William Hague, who just happens to be England’s Foreign Secretary.  The equiv. of the job Mrs Clinton holds for the USA. See the conflict?


Well, today it was found that the government had accidentally published a classified briefing in which it was said that the Baroness was not experienced enough to become the Eu’s Foreign Minister.  That briefing was in 2009.  Too late now boys. She’s in like Flynn and she ain’t goin’ nowhere but up that golden money tree.

Ok, please pay attention cos this does tend to get a mite involved, and I may need you to explain it to me.  But I’m workin’ on it.
Take a look. 

Baroness Ashton defeats William Hague in EU’s UN battle

Baroness Ashton has inflicted a major defeat on William Hague in his battle to stop the EU usurping British foreign policy after increasing her rights to speak for Europe as a whole at the UN

By Bruno Waterfield, Brussels

The latest “reverse” came despite the government’s creation last year of a top-level war room within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to stop a new EU diplomatic service winning the right to speak for Britain on international bodies.

Lady Ashton and her EU foreign service have overridden British protests to increase its representation and speaking rights at the UN from its New York general assembly to 61 other bodies, including a politically sensitive human rights council.

Lawyers in Brussels and New York have interpreted a move to give the EU special status in the UN’s general assembly (UNGA) last month as also applying to 35 committees, five councils or panels, seven commissions and 14 working groups.

The development is embarrassing for Mr Hague, the foreign secretary, because he promised the MPs last year that EU influence would be “strictly limited” to the UN general assembly and “does not imply agreement to seek additional rights in any other forum”.
Bill Cash, the chairman of the House Commons European scrutiny committee, which holds the government to account on EU matters, said the move was “quite clearly a humiliation”.

“Extending the EU’s status to all these other UN bodies is in flagrant breach of the assurances made to us,” he said. “It is a very severe reverse and has profound implications for the Foreign Office.”
David Lidington, the Europe minister, insisted that the latest UN development would not threaten British foreign policy.

“It is a simple technical change,” he said. “The resolution does not change the status of the EU in the UN or elsewhere in the international system. And it does not challenge the UK’s sovereignty, ability to act independently, or our seat on the UN Security Council. It is on this basis that we support it.”
A May 3 UN resolution gave the EU “the right to speak in a timely manner, the right of reply, the right to circulate documents, the right to make proposals and submit amendments, the right to raise points of order and more seats” for Lady Ashton and her officials.

Since then, Lady Ashton has addressed the UN general assembly as the single voice of European foreign policy and EU officials have already taken up seats and participated on two committees, including a body that oversees international peacekeeping operations.
British officials are fighting a rearguard action to keep the EU out of a powerful UN council for the protection of human rights but according to Brussels diplomats and officials the battle is lost.
“It is 26 EU member states versus one,” said a European diplomat. “This is what the Lisbon Treaty meant. Mr Hague might not like it but that’s the way it is.”

Secret instructions were sent by Mr Hague to all overseas posts last July, when the UN general assembly was tabled, to warn British diplomats to be on their guard against a new EU foreign service.

The Daily Telegraph understands that the classified “egram” instructed all overseas officials to be “vigilant” against “competence creep” by the EU, which has 136 delegations and missions across the world including key embassies in Washington, New York, Beijing and Moscow.

It expresses frustration that the Lisbon Treaty entered into force without any written agreements spelling out the “competences” for the EU foreign service and that the lack of rules has allowed Brussels officials to grab power at the expense of national governments.

All overseas British officials are placed on a standing alert to ensure that the EU does not use routine, existing meetings, such as UN structures, to extend its power and that European diplomats do not try to seek extra representation at the expense of national governments.

To monitor developments the Foreign Office has set up a special structure of senior officials and committees to report back directly to Mr Hague on developments.


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calendar   Tuesday - June 07, 2011

wake up america.

I am aware that every country of any consequence will spend monies promoting themselves to other countries.  Nothing sinister about that. Heck, we do it and have been for a very long time.
But there is I think, a difference between that, and the following article.  I make no claim to rocket science friends.  I’m no more well read then most and no less so. But I have been somewhat concerned over much time, about influence from foreign quarters and especially from the EU.  If you’ve been here long, you’ve already seen what I’ve had to say and what my concerns are.  And ok, I admit it cos I can’t hide it. I’ve become somewhat paranoid on the subject of America becoming more left, more socialist and closer to European thinking. And if you believe there isn’t much to worry about, then you are asleep.

You might find the comments online after the article of some interest.  Seems there are a number of Brits who are concerned as well.  Many of them have fears of becoming so integrated within the Eu that they will lose their country entirely.  They are right to worry and the clock is ticking.
For us as well.

More than £3million has been funnelled to American universities to promote the benefits of European integration

In US dollars the figure below would be $32,912,986 at the current rate of exchange.

How EU spends £20m a year promoting left-wing causes in the U.S.


Brussels is pouring nearly £20million a year from its human rights budget on lecturing the Americans on left-wing causes.

The EU Human Rights Fund is intended to help promote Western values in the developing world. But a shock report has found at least £17million of cash – around £2million from British taxpayers’ – has been ploughed into promoting the pet causes of Eurocrats in the U.S.
It is being spent on promoting abolition of the death penalty, discussion of climate change, green energy, and the International Criminal Court – all controversial subjects in the U.S.

The study by the Heritage Foundation, a centre-right Washington think-tank, found a further £4million has been ploughed into pro-EU propaganda in the U.S., including funds for advertising and publicity material.

More than £3million has been funnelled to American universities to promote the benefits of European integration and a further £3million to think-tanks who want to study EU affairs.

The European Commission’s own accounts show millions have also been paid to unnamed individual opinion formers in the U.S.

The report’s British author Sally McNamara said: ‘It is impossible to justify EU human rights budgets being spent in one of the world’s freest nations.’
Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: ‘The U.S. was founded by North Americans fed up with Europeans interfering in its internal affairs.

‘The U.S. as a country has done more to bring liberty and human rights to the world than anyone in Europe. They don’t need any lessons from Brussels.’
Stephen Booth, research director of the Open Europe think tank said: ‘The EU has absolutely no mandate to wade in to politically sensitive debates in the U.S.’



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calendar   Monday - May 23, 2011

Politics can be a stressful business

Don’t ya sometimes wish that our guys would just open up and let us know how they really,really feel?

Parliamentary gagging order Ukrainian style: Speaker grabs his deputy in death grip during debate row

Last updated at 2:19 PM on 23rd May 2011

Vice speaker of the Ukrainian parliament Adam Martynyuk was recorded on camera as he grabbed a colleague by the throat and slammed him into the ground with a ‘death grip’ wrestling move.

Martynyuk had been presiding over a legislative session in a chamber of the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev on Wednesday when tempers flared.

The usually dull proceedings were disrupted when Martynyuk’s deputy Oleg Lyashko asked to make a speech but was refused. He then reportedly called Martynyuk a ‘Pharisee’.

Martynyuk leapt to his feet and lunged at his deputy.

In what appears to be an expert self-defence move, the speaker pinched the deputy’s throat in a ‘death grip’ while jamming two fingers into his temple.

He then overpowers the man who is thrown to the ground after toppling over a wooden stand.

But still visibly irritated, Lyashko gets up from the floor and the pair square up and push each other.

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calendar   Monday - May 16, 2011

I never thought I’d be defending Sharia and Iran

Well here is a first.

Me .... jdp ... Peiper ... I’m upset that Iran is caving in to foreign influence. Me? Defend Iran and Sharia Law?

YES ...  And here’s why. First, if amnasty is against something I have to be for it, selectively. If liberal weepy eyed bed wetting hand wringers are upset, I have to be in favor of whatever it is they’re hearts are bleeding about.

Take a look at this story .... I’m tempted to write the Iranian Embassy and tell em to stay the course and ignore the critics. But I doubt they’d pay any attention.

Fury at Iran’s ‘eye-for-an-eye’ acid punishment as sentence is branded ‘cruel and inhumane’


A punishment in which an Iranian man was to be blinded by having acid dropped into his eyes has been postponed after international condemnation.
Majid Movahedi was convicted and sentenced for pouring a bucket of acid over Ameneh Bahrami after she rejected his marriage proposals.
The attack left her blind and severely disfigured.

The court-ordered retribution was due to have been carried out yesterday in Tehran.

But it is understood the authorities in the Iranian capital decided to postpone the punishment, which is allowed under Sharia law if the victim requests it, because of national and international disquiet including concerns raised by the British Government.

Yesterday Ms Bahrami told Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news service: ‘I was very happy that this was going to end today.
‘And yes, I was going to carry out the punishment myself, but I was afraid that I would get acid on my hands, so a doctor was going to do it. It’s been six years that I’ve been waiting. The verdict is completely legal.’

On November 3, 2004, Movahedi poured a bucket of acid on Ms Bahrami’s head as she was leaving work, after she had rejected his marriage proposal several times.
Two weeks after the attack Movahedi surrendered himself to the police.
He admitted attacking Ms Bahrami and his punishment was ordered by a court in 2008.

Among those unhappy about the prospect of Ms Bahrami exacting such a brutal revenge on her attacker was Amnesty International.
The organisation called for a stay of the sentence, which it described as ‘cruel and inhuman . . . amounting to torture’.
‘The Iranian authorities have a responsibility under international law to ensure it does not go ahead,’ it added.

Ms Bahrami, who was 24 when she met Movahedi in 2002, now lives in Spain where she has been undergoing medical treatment. She is blind in both eyes and still has serious injuries to her face and body.


WTF is wrong with people? Why is this the freekin business of the Brit govt., who can’t even protect their own god damn citizens here at home?
And as for amnasty ... well. I believe you all know what I think and what I’d dearly love to see happen.

Quite frankly ... I do not believe that how a govt. handles their internal problems is anyones business outside the country involved. So long as their problem doesn’t inflict harm or is a threat to the security of others, it is not the business of others to stick their nose where it does not belong.
I can’t be pissed off at foreigners and amnasty when they insist we close Guantanamo, and at the same time approve we do the same to others.
The miserable shit in this story deserves the worst and his punishment should go ahead as planned.  I’m disappointed in Iran, and never thought I’d be writing anything on their behalf. Not that they asked.  But I feel sorry for the woman here, and that’s my focus.


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calendar   Sunday - May 08, 2011

flying the flag of the eu …….. or maybe not

H/T Robert Forsyth, Daily Mail


How absurd can the EU bureaucracy be? They have decided to hold Europe Week starting tomorrow. Monday.

The powers that be in Brussels want all British govt. departments to fly the EU flag on Europe Day tomorrow.

However, conservative ministers who can’t do much about the powers of the EU because of the coalition, are revelling in a small act of rebellion by refusing to do so.

There will be no blue flag fluttering over Downing Street, the Home Office and a slew of other govt. departments. Not even the Foreign Office, a dept. that usually won’t say boo to Brussels.

There is one dept. that will be hoisting the flag and that is the Department for Communities and Local Govt.  They administer an EU program so they must fly the EU flag or risk a fine. And here’s where things really get Stuck on Stupid.

They MUST take a photo of the flag flying outside their building then send it to the Brussels bureaucrat who monitors compliance with the event.

I couldn’t dream this up.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/08/2011 at 11:16 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 12, 2011

just what europe needs right now. more muz. refugees/immigrants

No big surprise that the refugees from Tunisia are flooding Italy, and very soon now other places in Europe. And especially worrying, the UK.
And apparently Germany is very worried and is tightening border controls.
Italy looks to be opening the flood gates to a refugee tsunami, and the Germans are not best pleased.

Some politicians (German) are understandably concerned while a Catholic spokesman for the church stupidly can not see the difference between the refugees at the end of WW2, and this latest flood of humanity (?) that will eventually turn Europe into another ‘dark continent.’ And possibly a muslim one at that.

Berlusconi really surprises me with his liberal attitude on the subject.  Saying that however, I do understand the Italian problem.  The island the darkies are over running, now total more of them (think in terms of an ant swarm) then actual natives (Italian) who live there. And the natives have demanded immediate action be taken to relieve the problem.

If the govt. empties the island quickly, they leave space for even more unsuitable sub-species invasion. 

H/T Deutsche Welle and Europe News

Germany tells Italy to ‘solve its own problems’ in Tunisian refugee row

Boatloads of migrants continue to arrive on Lampedusa


German officials have raised the possibility of reinstating border controls after Italy said it would provide thousands of Tunisian refugees with temporary travel visas allowing them to enter many European countries.

Germany sharply rebuked Italy over the weekend over its decision to grant thousands of Tunisian economic migrants temporary travel visas, allowing them to leave Italy for other European countries in the border-free Schengen Area.

Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich told the Monday edition of newspaper Welt that Italy had to “regulate its own problems” and not force them on other countries.

Together with Cyprus and Malta, which have also been inundated by the recent wave of North African migrants fleeing instability in the region, Italy wants to activate a clause in EU law dating back to 2001 that would see the refugee burden shared among the EU member states.

As it stands, refugees must remain in the European country of their arrival while their claims for asylum are being processed. Some 25,000 North African refugees have landed on the Italian island of Lampedusa, located between Sicily and Tunisia, since the start of this year.

But Friedrich argued against using the clause, which he said was originally created to accommodate the influx of migrants in the wake of conflict in the former Yugoslavia.

Border control threat

Hans-Peter Friedrich wants Italy to accommodate the thousands of refugees
Meanwhile, the interior minister of the southern German state of Bavaria, Joachim Herrmann, has said border controls on the German-Austrian border could be reinstated in a last-ditch effort to prevent the migrants from entering Germany.

In an interview with newspaper Welt am Sonntag, Herrmann called on Italy to get its house in order without resorting to issuing temporary visas.

“We will not accept that the Italian government simply declares that the Tunisian migrants are tourists and uses this to push them into other countries,” he said.

Herrmann conceded that the move would impact relations between Italy and Germany, and called for a common EU stance on economic migration.

“They must be sent back to their homelands,” Herrmann added.

Boris Rhein, Herrmann’s counterpart in the neighboring state of Hesse, told Welt that if Italy went ahead with issuing the temporary visas, “it would be necessary to consider whether the [visa-free travel] Schengen Area should be temporarily abolished in Germany.”

Germany admonished

Berlusconi wants EU countries to help with the refugee burden
As German politicians criticized Rome over its refugee policy, a top official with the Catholic Church has slammed Germany’s refusal to take in some of the thousands of Tunisian migrants currently in Italy.

“I’m astonished by the position of closure adopted by my country,” German-born Cardinal Walter Kasper said in an interview with Turin-based daily La Stampa on Sunday.

“I grew up in a Germany destroyed by the [Second World] War, but which still knew how to welcome masses of displaced persons and to give a home to entire populations who were fleeing from misery and despair,” the 78-year-old Kasper said.

Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi commented this week when visiting Lampedusa that the refugee crisis was akin to a “human tsunami” and called on the EU for assistance.

“Either Europe is something real and concrete, or it is nothing,” Berlusconi said. “If the latter is the case, it would be better if we all went out own ways and each determined our own politics and allowed selfishness to follow.”



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/12/2011 at 10:40 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 23, 2011

Who’s in charge?Germans pull forces out of NATO, right.both ovem. who’s on first?

What do I say about this turn of events?

Perhaps the question should be ... what do you folks say?  Anyone surprised? Didn’t think so.

If Gaddafi was able to read this, he’d think he was at war with the Keystone Cops. Or The Marx Bros. Maybe both.

Who’s in charge? Germans pull forces out of NATO as Libyan coalition falls apart

* Tensions with Britain as Gates rebukes UK government over suggestion Gaddafi could be assassinated

* French propose a new political ‘committee’ to oversee operations

* Germany pulls equipment out of NATO coalition over disagreement over campaign’s direction

* Italians accuse French of backing NATO in exchange for oil contracts

* No-fly zone called into question after first wave of strikes ‘neutralises’ Libyan military machine

* U.K. ministers say war could last ‘30 years’

* Italy to ‘take back control’ of bases used by allies unless NATO leadership put in charge of the mission

* Russians tell U.S. to stop bombing in order to protect civilians - calls bombing a ‘crusade’

* Deep divisions between allied forces currently bombing Libya worsened today as the German military announced it was pulling forces out of NATO over continued disagreement on who will lead the campaign.

A German military spokesman said it was recalling two frigates and AWACS surveillance plane crews from the Mediterranean, after fears they would be drawn into the conflict if NATO takes over control from the U.S.

The infighting comes as a heated meeting of NATO ambassadors yesterday failed to resolve whether the 28-nation alliance should run the operation to enforce a U.N.-mandated no-fly zone, diplomats said.

Yesterday a war of words erupted between the U.S. and Britain after the U.K. government claimed Muammar Gaddafi is a legitimate target for assassination.

U.K. government officials said killing the Libyan leader would be legal if it prevented civilian deaths as laid out in a U.N. resolution.

But U.S. defence secretary Robert Gates hit back at the suggestion, saying it would be ‘unwise’ to target the Libyan leader adding cryptically that the bombing campaign should stick to the ‘U.N. mandate’.

President Barack Obama, seeking to avoid getting bogged down in a war in another Muslim country, said on Monday Washington would cede control of operations against Muammar Gaddafi’s forces within days, handing the reins over to NATO.

But Germany and European allies remain unwilling to have NATO take on a military operation that theoretically has nothing to do with the defence of Europe.

Today the German defence ministry announced Berlin had pulled out of any military operations in the Mediterranean.

A ministry spokesman said two frigates and two other ships with a crew of 550 would be reverted to German command.

Some 60 to 70 German troops participating in NATO-operated AWACS surveillance operations in the Mediterranean would also be withdrawn, according to the ministry.

Berlin isn’t participating in the operation to impose a no-fly zone in Libya and abstained on the U.N. resolution authorising it.

In a shock admission, U.K. ministers have admitted the intervention in Libya could last for up to ‘30 years’.

Asked for an estimate, British Armed Forces Minister Nick Harvey said: ‘How long is a piece of string? We don’t know how long this is going to go on.

‘We don’t know if this is going to result in a stalemate. We don’t know if his capabilities are going to be degraded quickly. Ask me again in a week.’

In the U.S., Obama has made it clear he wants no part of any leadership role in Libya.

The President has already been criticised for continuing with a tour of Latin America as the military operation over Libya began. And yesterday he insisted again that while Gaddafi must go, the U.S. is not prepared to remove him by force, but merely to enforce the no-fly zone.

Even that hesitant stance, which has already earned him the title of the Great Vacillator, left him criticised for not seeking proper approval from Congress before sending the American military in.

And after reports emerged that Gaddafi’s son had been killed in a kamikaze strike yesterday, fresh questions over what exactly the U.S. intends to achieve in Libya emerged.

With Turkey digging its heels in and the Arab League suspicious, it has been pointed out that Mr Obama has fewer coalition partners in Libya than George Bush did at the start of the Iraq war.

He was criticised by both Republicans and Democrats over his decision to commit the U.S. military before going to Congress.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/23/2011 at 06:22 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 16, 2011

the eu is already in america. and i told you long ago it was coming

How long have I been ranting and fussing and swearing about the freekin EU and possible left wing BS from outside the USA?  Like we don’t have enough inside already.

I’m not an overly brilliant person. Hell, I’m barely smart. This ain’t rocket science we’re talkin’ folks.  It’s simply that being so much closer to things and reading and seeing the way things fall, well hell. You’d have to be asleep or blind to miss it. And I’m not blind and I have insomnia so I’m awake. Well, most of the time anyway.

So there I was looking for some information on the subject, and as usual having a hard time, when I found this maddening thing and it pisses me off.
We do not need this very unattractive, chinless wonder of the left, lecturing the USA on “rights” or for that matter, on anything else.


What?  She hasn’t enough to do with her cushy un-elected job at the hated EU?
Actually, she probably doesn’t.  But they make jobs for ppl and they in turn make pots of cash and get cars and drivers and are treated like potentates from another age.
That’s fine as long as they keep their God damned jobs worth, do-goodisms and egos on the side of the pond farthest from the United States.  But no … they don’t really have enough to do over here, so the fuck heads have to get involved in MY country.
And that does piss me off to a very great degree. How much pissed off? Let me put it this way.  If I were home and armed and met one of these pissants, I might be in jail but one of those shits would be graveyard dead! Their death rattle would be music to my ears. Like a symphony in fact.  That’s a lot of hate, but it isn’t misdirected or false because damn it, I have worried about these pin heads peddling their influence and their left wing doctrines in USA and am always banging on about “SOVEREIGNTY.”

Aren’t there any patriots left anywhere that will tell these bastards to fuck off or die?
Can’t we find a way to make it so dangerous for them that they will just shut the hell up and stay the hell out of our internal affairs?  There is one way ya know.  Get their families. That’d work.  Extreme?  Why?  Nothing in defense of our country is extreme these days. It isn’t just militant islam that’s our enemy. It’s these twerps as well. In their own way, they are just as much a threat as muslims.

Read this and tell me if the M****rF****rs are not interfering in our affairs. 

fewer and fewer Americans take Europe seriously.

Well Americans better wake the fuck up and take those shit-heads VERY seriously.

American sovereignty can not be taken for granted.  Unless what you want for the USA, is what folks have here.  If that’s the case, then simply paste “What? Me worry?” stickers on your forehead and EU commissars will be most thrilled to oblige. Sure thing. Go ahead. Kiss sovereignty goodbye and you too can become peons of Europe.  Meanwhile BMEWS readers in America, this is how it starts.
This is just the beginning. A toe in you might say.  Stay Tuned. There will be more. Count on it.

Unelected EU apparatchik Baroness Ashton lectures America on ‘human rights’
By Nile Gardiner World

A couple of weeks back I wrote a post revealing that the EU has been giving millions of euros to anti-death penalty groups in the United States. As The Wall Street Journal subsequently commented in an editorial on my Telegraph piece:
European countries may need bailing out, but you’ll be pleased to know that the European Union has enough money to promote human rights and democracy—in America. Don’t laugh.

American states are free to decide their own penal codes, which vary widely and change as facts and public values evolve. Europe won’t allow such a debate at home but feels the moral afflatus to tax its own citizens to promote one side of the argument in America. Europe can’t find the money to pay for its fair share of NATO but it can spare a dime to hector its main defense benefactor on criminal law. This is why fewer and fewer Americans take Europe seriously.
One of those US groups that receives EU funding is the Illinois branch of the Death Penalty Information Center, which was given €193,443 in 2009 for a grant “changing the course of the death penalty debate” (hat tip: Sally McNamara). Illinois abolished the death penalty last week, making it one of 16 states in America that ban the practice, in contrast to 34 states that retain it. Needless to say, the EU’s foreign policy chief Baroness Ashton immediately used the occasion to lecture the United States on “the progressive development of human rights”, declaring in a March 11 statement:
The European Union congratulates the Governor and the Illinois State Legislature on this historic decision, making Illinois the 16th state in the United States to end the death penalty.

The European Union strongly hopes that this decision will encourage other US States to follow suit in joining the growing national and worldwide movement towards the abolition of the use of capital punishment.

The European Union considers that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights. The European Union reaffirms its objective of working towards the universal abolition of the death penalty.

It should of course come as no surprise that the European Union, which has zero respect for the sovereignty of its own member states, seeks to meddle in the affairs of a great democracy such as the United States. Baroness Ashton clearly has a greater interest in hectoring the American people than she does in condemning the brutal rule of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

The EU chief’s condescending statement is a reflection of a warped world view in Brussels that treats the United States as though it were a third world tyranny in need of enlightened guidance from Europe. After all, the EU’s Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights, which gave nearly a million dollars to the American Bar Association for its anti-death penalty campaign, is dedicated to “enhancing respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in countries and regions where they are most at risk.”

One of many glaring differences between the European Union and the United States is that US officials are accountable to the American people, whose laws are drafted by elected representatives in line with a Constitution that actually protects individual liberty rather than usurps it. The EU’s sneering at America’s stance on the death penalty is merely the latest reflection of Brussels’ contempt for democracy, national sovereignty, and political accountability.

If unelected apparatchiks such as Baroness Ashton really care about human rights perhaps they should spend a bit more time examining the lack of political freedom that exists within the European Union itself.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 03/16/2011 at 10:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - March 10, 2011

Law in Austria: Guilty for Questioning Islam.  This is now the way of our world. Sucks!

I am beginning to think I need to learn how to write articulate and literate editorials, because there’s so much I’d like to say about this story and can not find the correct words.

All I can come up with is ....

Shame on Austria!

OK, it isn’t Mark Steyn but it is articulate enough. I suppose. This is what Europe has come to. Austria for certain.

H/T Europe News and Hudson New York

Law in Austria: Guilty for Questioning Islam

By A. Millar

The European “elite” has increasingly asserted that any questioning of Islam is criminal. A few weeks ago Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff was fined 480 Euros for the “denigration of religious teachings of a legally recognized religion in Austria.” In a three-part seminar Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff had referred to Islam’s prophet Mohammed’s marriage to Aisha. According to generally-accepted Islamic textual tradition, Aisha was six at the time of the marriage, which was consummated when she was nine. Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff asked rhetorically “if this does not constitute pedophilia, what does?”

Defending the doctrines, beliefs, and figures of various “legally recognized” religions is liable to have unanticipated consequences. As Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff observes, “the judge didn’t deny that Mohammed had sex with a nine year old. It is actually now proven in court that Mohammed had sex with a nine year-old.” However, she says, “it’s just that I am not allowed to say that he was a pedophile.” Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff is not allowed to, because, in the words of the judge, as she passed sentence, “pedophilia is a sexual preference which solely or mainly is directed towards children. Nevertheless, it does not apply to Mohammad. He was still married to Aisha when she was 18.”

The fine – representing a sentence of 120 days – is deceptively low. It was reduced to the minimum allowed to take into account that Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff has no income. It is usually waived for first time offenders, however, the presiding judge claimed Mrs. Sabaditsch-Wolff was a “repeat offender” because she had, in her judgment, referred to Mohammed being a pedophile more than once. (...)

If this happens, a court in Austria will have set a precedent for the EU, and perhaps eventually even for the US: Question Islam, and you will be hauled into court, tried, and convicted.



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