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calendar   Tuesday - July 01, 2008

DAMN STUPID IDIOT WHITE PC FOLKS LICKIN’ MUZZIE BUTT AGAIN! MUZZIES OFFENDED OVER PUPPY!

NO ... IT’S THE DAMN STUPID FUCKIN IDIOT WHITE FOLKS LICKIN MUZZIE ASS AS USUAL AND APOLOGIZING YET AGAIN!
FOR WHAT. WHAT HAS THE MUSLIM SHITS UPSET THIS TIME?
FUCKIN PUPPIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS STUPID LUNATIC CRAP?  THIS PLACE DESERVES TO CRUMBLE IF THIS IS HOW LITTLE THE POWERS THAT BE THINK OF THEIR CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS AND .... AND ..... AW NUTS!

See what happens when you lose control of your own country and culture?  When your borders no longer belong to you. When the PC crowd gains total control.

From The Telegraph, Wed. edition.

Apology over ‘offensive’ puppy police advert after Muslim complaints
By Simon Johnson
Last Updated: 5:03PM BST 01/07/2008

Muslims have complained over a police advert featuring a puppy sitting in an officer’s hat.
A police force has apologised to Islamic leaders for the “offensive” postcard advertising a new non-emergency telephone number, which shows a six-month-old trainee police dog named Rebel.

The German shepherd puppy has proved hugely popular with the public, hundreds of who have logged on to the force’s website to read his online training diary.

But some Muslims in the Dundee area have reportedly been upset by the image because they consider dogs to be “ritually unclean”, while shopkeepers have refused to display the advert.

Tayside Police have admitted they should have consulted their ‘diversity’ officers before issuing the cards, but critics argued their apology was unnecessary.

Richard Cook, director of the Campaign Against Political Correctness in Scotland, said: “Britain is the greatest dog-loving country in the world.

“In our culture, dogs are a man’s best friend. I don’t think Andrex are likely to be dropping the puppy dog from their adverts and for the police to apologise is ludicrous.”

(Andrex is toilet paper.  Features puppies in it’s ads and on the product package. )
Rebel has proved a popular recruit for Tayside Police and is about to venture out onto the streets, having just completed his course of inoculations.

imageHe was given his name after visiting St Ninians Primary School in Dundee where pupils put forward hundreds of ideas of what he should be called.

But some Islamic scholars believe that dogs are impure and therefore ‘haraam’ - or forbidden - except for use in hunting or farming, and that it is not hygienic to keep a dog in the house.

(that is NO excuse for being offended by this ad. Go the fuck back to whatever blighted rat hole, mud hut country you came from. Dogs are generally cleaner then you are. )

They say that the “impurity of dogs is the greatest of animal impurities”, and anyone who touches one must wash the body part that has come into contact with the animal seven times.

Mohammed Asif, a Dundee City councillor who sits on the Tayside Joint Police Board, said the postcards had been raised this week with John Vine, the chief constable.

He said: “My concern was that it is not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards. It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities. The police should have understood.

“Since then the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part and that if they had seen it was going to cause upset they would not have done it.

“People who have shops just will not put up the postcard. But the police have said to me that it was simply an oversight and they did not seek to offend or upset.”

A spokesman for Tayside Police said that Rebel had proved “extremely popular” with children and adults since he joined the force aged six weeks.

He added: “His incredible world-wide popularity - he has attracted record visitor numbers to our website - led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number.

“However, we did not seek advice from the force’s diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused.”

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calendar   Sunday - June 29, 2008

Former soldier, charged for making a citizens arrest:  A MUST READ PEOPLE! JUST UNBELIEVABLE.

I read this story Sunday morning, all of it.  It’s just plain incredible what our world has come to.
Of course, incredible or not, it isn’t surprising.  There really doesn’t seem to be anything that the powers that be are willing to do.
The thugs get younger and stronger and bolder and why shouldn’t they be bold?  What have they to fear?  Apparently, not a thing.
And when even the parents who can help won’t, what does that say for the future?

Read all about it!

By Adam Lusher
Last Updated: 12:11AM BST 29/06/2008

When a former soldier made a citizen’s arrest, he ended up being charged, then intimidated. Now he has lost all faith in justice.

Maria McCourt makes an unlikely gangster’s moll. Many might see her as a suburban grandmother, a data-input clerk happy with a life she describes as: “Very quiet, boring, really – just how I like it.”

Her bespectacled husband, Frank, looks like the former soldier he is, and he is proud to earn his living delivering and fitting oxygen masks for the seriously ill. The McCourts might seem like people who are likely to be on the police’s side. They were, once.

Their nervousness betrays a different story. It shows in Mrs McCourt’s antidepressants, in the pint Mr McCourt needs to steady his nerves before reliving the ordeal that “destroyed us both”.
When Mr McCourt, of Crawley, West Sussex, was confronted by youths hurling stones and threatening his wife, he thought he was within his rights to make a citizen’s arrest. Instead, police arrested the 56-year-old on suspicion of kidnapping. They treated the youths as traumatised witnesses.

They put Mr McCourt in a cell and charged him with assault. They let him live for months with the threat of a jail sentence until – after the intervention of a local MP – the Crown Prosecution Service decided that taking Mr McCourt to trial was “not in the public interest”.

Sitting in a front room full of family photographs and his wife’s ceramic ornaments, Mr McCourt has his freedom but, he says, “a little bit of me has been destroyed forever – the bit that believed in British justice, that thought I would get help when I needed it, instead of being betrayed.”

And as Mr McCourt tells his story, it does indeed seem hard not to fear what it might reveal about modern British justice.

To his neighbours, he is a hero. They had been preparing placards and planned to demonstrate outside the crown court during his trial. The police, they say, were of little use against antisocial behaviour.

Mr McCourt claims that the police were also of little use when, a fortnight after his preliminary court appearance, dog excrement was smeared on his van. “When I phoned, they said ‘We’ll give you a crime number’. That was it.”

When the intimidation continued, with a night-time call from men challenging him to a fight, the police did at least visit. Three-and-a-half hours after the men had left.

Mrs McCourt, 59, is politely incredulous at suggestions that the police might defend them. “They are extremely nice to your face,” she says. “Then they look around and think, ‘Who’s the easiest one to charge?’ We call it back-to-front Britain: the hard-working, honest people are sent to the back. The yobs go to the front of the queue.”

The McCourts’ questioning of British justice began on Sunday, February 17, with the thump of something hitting their window as they ate their evening meal. Mr McCourt emerged to see two 10-year-olds throwing stones at cars and houses.

“I asked them what they were doing. They called me an effing B, an effing C. One of them started kicking me in the legs. Maria told me to leave it, so I just said to them, ‘If you do this again, you are going to be in serious trouble.’ ”

He pauses only to note that, in another age, if his son, Marc, now 36, had behaved similarly as a child, “I would have taken him straight to the neighbours to apologise”.

Instead, Maria phoned him the next day at 3pm. “She could barely talk for crying. When I got home, she told me she had gone to walk the dogs [Tommy, Wesley and Bubbles, the couple’s small papillons].

“The two kids from the night before had come up behind her with about six others. They were prodding the dogs with sticks and saying they were going to kill them. The dogs were terrified. So was Maria.”

Mr McCourt shepherded his wife into his car as the youths hurled abuse from the end of the street, and drove her to her afternoon work shift. “They were still there when I returned, throwing whatever they could get their hands on. They put me through two hours of hell.”

He tried to find a beat bobby. There wasn’t one. “I didn’t ring 999,” he says, “because I didn’t think it was a big enough incident. I didn’t want to upset the emergency services.”

Instead, he tried phoning the antisocial behaviour “hotline” number he found in a council leaflet. “It just rang for 45 minutes. No answer, no hold music, no Greensleeves.”

(yeah, some hotline. The number is 101 and is almost useless.  What they do is take your name and addrss and the nature of your call and they log it.  That’s IT!  Then if you have to call again for the very same problem from the very same source, there’s a record of the complaint on file.  As Drew is fond of saying, Woo-Hoo. That’ll scare the little bastards, huh?)

At about 6.45pm, Mr McCourt made his fateful decision. Exploiting a lull, he slipped out of his house and round the corner. “The two 10 year-olds were beating a waste bin with sticks. I got one of them by the front of his shirt. I didn’t hurt him. I just told him, ‘You are under citizen’s arrest’.”

He marched the swearing youngster back to his house. “I told him: ‘I am not going to harm you, but I want to contact your family and the police.’ He said he was asthmatic and asked for an aspirin. Of course I fetched a tablet.”

The boy’s friend summoned a relative, who phoned the police. There was just time for the young detainee’s mother to arrive. “I offered to explain, but she was swearing as badly as her son, so I let him go. He walked to his mother calling me an effing C.” Then two police officers arrived.

“You know what?” says Mr McCourt. “I even thanked them for coming.” The officers spoke to him, then the boys. “They said, ‘There’s been a serious allegation. We must investigate. We are arresting you for kidnapping.’ I thought they were joking.” They took him to Crawley police station to be bailed, then drove him home to a wife who was “in floods of tears”.

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calendar   Saturday - June 28, 2008

Heinz mayonnaise advert with two men kissing (freekin GAK)

Just what the hell were these ppl thinking?
And the photo published in all the papers are disgusting.  GAK, indeed.  Story is from The Daily Mail

Heinz mayonnaise advert with two men kissing set to become most complained of the year
By Paul Revoir Last updated at 8:52 AM on 24th June 2008

A mayonnaise advert showing two men kissing has been withdrawn after it led to more than 200 complaints.

Heinz confirmed last night that it had withdrawn the television commercial for its Deli Mayo following ‘consumer feedback’.

The ad was launched a week ago yesterday and had been due to run for five weeks.

Heinz said it was no longer aired after last Friday.

Nigel Dickie, of Heinz UK, said: ‘It is our policy to listen to consumers. We recognise that some consumers raised concerns over the content of the ad and this prompted our decision to withdraw it.

‘The advertisement, part of a short-run campaign, was intended to be humorous and we apologise to anyone who felt offended.’

The advertising watchdog has yet to confirm if it will investigate the Heinz commercial, one of the most complained about commercials this year.

Viewers said it was ‘offensive’, ‘inappropriate’ and ‘unsuitable to be seen by children’, while some parents were angry that they had been forced to explain same-sex relationships to their youngsters who asked them about the ad.

The commercial shows a family scene with a young boy and girl getting ready to go to school.

They refer to a man making sandwiches in the kitchen as ‘mum’.

He is dressed like a delicatessen worker and has a New York accent.

Their father enters the kitchen, grabs a sandwich and says to the man: ‘See you tonight, love’.

The ‘mum’ then shouts back ‘Hey, ain’t you forgetting something’, before the two men kiss.

‘Mum’ then tells him: ‘Love you. Straight home from work sweetcheeks.’

It finishes with the slogan: ‘Heinz Deli Mayo – Mayo with a New York Deli flavour.’
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calendar   Wednesday - June 25, 2008

A schoolboy aged 12 has been identified after sending beheading videos to his classmates

This future killer, and make no mistake, he will, arrived in Britain as an asylum seeker in July 2005, and at the age of eight allegedly assisted a nine-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in the forced rape of his sister.
Sweet kid huh?

I suppose the state will care for the evil little bastard for who knows how long, declare him fixed, after which he’ll do his thing. And he’ll be bigger and stronger and healthier no doubt.

Why not save society the head and heartache by wasting his worthless butt now.  Oh nooooooo, can’t do that.  First, EU won’t approve and besides, it might violate his human rights.

What about the the rights of the average citizen to be protected from scum like this?  Huh?  Average citizens have rights too? When did they get those? duh!

Blond, white schoolboy is al-Qa’eda extremist, say police
By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent
Last Updated: 5:20PM BST 25/06/2008

A schoolboy aged 12 has been identified as an al-Qaeda inspired extremist after sending beheading videos to his classmates, police have disclosed.
Anti-terrorism chiefs have said the example revealed how violent extremism is spreading “like a virus infecting young minds”.

The blonde, white schoolboy from West Yorkshire is among 120 people being dealt with by police in a new anti-terrorism scheme targeting al-Qa’eda inspired youths.

He has been identified only by the initials BC and was reported by his school after he was found circulating video clips of terrorists beheading Westerners.

Sir Norman Bettison, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire, said: “That was bad enough, but he also has an unnatural interest in guns and weapons.

“He spoke openly of his wish to be a sniper and spoke of his curiosity of what it would be like to kill someone.”

Sir Norman described him as an “angelic looking boy” whose police mugshot showed a fair-haired child so short that his head was barely in the frame of the camera.

“He is at risk of being a violent young man and a threat to society,” the chief constable said.

(No, he isn’t at any risk at all.  It’s all the rest of us that will be at risk from this evil,vile pointless shit. Why is he still breathing?)

“He is not a Muslim. He is not driven by ideology – he is too young to spell the word.

“But he is being influenced and intoxicated by the imagery and appeal of Jihadist and other internet violence.”

Sir Norman, speaking at a conference of police chiefs in Liverpool, said that the internet helped to peddle the “virus”.

He added: “We know that there is a latent sense of grievance in the minds of many young people which, in the right conditions, can lead to the desire for violent expression.

“What happens if they learn how to build and deploy an explosive device that will cause mass casualties? Or if core al-Qa’eda can get their hands on these people to act as mules for a more sophisticated attack?”

The police chief urged every parent – particularly Muslims – to address the issue of extremism with their children.

“The al-Qa’eda brand of violent extremism continues to spread like a virus infecting young minds,” he said.

“Every young Muslim will be introduced to ideas around al-Qa’eda and a ‘global struggle’. I don’t see how you can avoid it in 2008.”

The 12-year-old boy arrived in Britain as an asylum seeker in July 2005, and at the age of eight allegedly assisted a nine-year-old and a 12-year-old boy in the forced rape of his sister, although he was never prosecuted, police revealed.

He is now being handled under a scheme known as the Channel Project, which has been running for the past nine months.

The number of suspects uncovered so far – 124 - was “higher than expected”, Sir Norman added.

They have been referred to the police and other agencies by schools, community leaders, mosques and others.

“We are trying to intervene early. We are trying to snuff out violent extremism,” said Sir Norman.

Sir Norman said none of the referrals had been prosecuted because officers were attempting to avoid using anti-terror laws against anyone identified by the scheme.

“Throwing the book at them in terms of the Prevention of Terrorism Act would be complete overkill,” the chief constable said.

(Overkill? Overkill?  Considering what’s he’s already done re. rape of his sister, there’s no such thing as overkill. Not in his case. He needs to be dead ASAP)
“We are not talking about criminal actions. We are talking about vulnerable kids.”

Two other cases highlighted by the senior policeman were Muslim youths, known only as NH and YH, who were both 15 when they were reported by their communities because they were showing extremist and racist tendencies.

New figures revealed that 36 people were convicted of terror-related offences last year and 31 have been convicted already this year, with several trials ongoing. Around 140 are on remand awaiting trial.

Bob Quick, the head of Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The threat has not lessened in any way to that we have seen in the past four summers.”

We know that there is a latent sense of grievance in the minds of many young people which, in the right conditions, can lead to the desire for violent expression
Sir Norman Bettison, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/25/2008 at 12:08 PM   
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High Court rejects bid to block EU treaty.  (This Sceptered Isle)

I know I’m always banging on about how I think England is losing it’s sovereignty.  Well, that’s because I believe it is.
It won’t all finish in my lifetime cause I’m fairly old now.  It’ll take a bit more time to happen but I think unless things reverse, it will eventually happen.

And the same can be said for the USA, where no matter where you look, it sure looks like the left is in control.  NOT a good thing for any of us.

Their strength (the left) is in how easily ppl have accepted political correctness.  Politicians apologize at the slightest hint that someone in their party has been critical of a member of a minority. Gasp!  Good example this week is London’s mayor,Boris Johnson.  Showing a loss of that which would make him manly, he quickly distanced himself from a perfectly innocent aide who said nothing.  But of course the professional victims come out of their holes with dripping fangs etc. and like any politician Boris abandoned one of his people.  The USA isn’t any different.  Look what happened to Trent Lott a few yrs ago.
Over what?  Nothing.  And he crawled and he apologized and wept. Didn’t he?  And he also said nothing.

I guess that’s how it starts. And everybody accepts what we can’t change and so things continue while we diversify, make nice to foreign countries less civilized and who wouldn’t exist but for the UK and USA.  And genuflect at the alter of multi-cultism.  No, that isn’t spelled wrong.  That’s how I see it.
I suppose this is as good a place as any to quote Drew.  “Gak.”

LONDON (Reuters) - The High Court rejected a lawsuit on Wednesday that sought to halt the country’s approval of an EU reform treaty.

Businessman Stuart Wheeler had brought the case to try to force the government to block the ratification of the Lisbon treaty, which seeks to streamline decision-making in the 27-member bloc.

“We have found nothing in the claimant’s case to cast doubt on the lawfulness of ratifying the Lisbon treaty without a referendum,” the judge, Lord Justice Stephen Richards, said in his ruling. He also refused Wheeler leave to appeal, saying: “We are satisfied an appeal has no prospect of success.”

Wheeler immediately said his lawyers would take the case further and apply to the Court of Appeal for permission to challenge the verdict.

The Lisbon treaty is already in jeopardy because it was rejected this month by Irish voters in a referendum and must be adopted by all 27 EU members to take force.

The treaty replaces an EU constitution that was rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005. This time around, Ireland has been the only country to allow its voters a say in a referendum.

The British government had promised a referendum on the EU constitution before it was scuppered, but says it did not need one on the Lisbon treaty, and parliament has now approved it for ratification.

The government says it stands by the principle that the treaty cannot come into force without Irish consent, but other EU members are still entitled to proceed with ratification.

The High Court judge called on the government last Friday to delay the formal ratification of the until he had ruled on the legal challenge.

(Reporting by Peter Graff and Kate Kelland, editing by Keith Weir)

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calendar   Monday - June 23, 2008

Britain’s oldest and prettiest council house

Well now, it’s cute okay but I don’t know about prettiest. On the other hand wait a minute.  They are saying council house huh?  And those are generally houses that fall into the subsidized catagory.  So maybe in this case it’s accurate. 
Whatever, the hard copy photo which I don’t have anymore, shows how nice and how much room there is inside.  Of course, it’s up to date in there.
But I can’t imagine living in it even if it were free.  Read on and find out why.

So, for a change here’s somethin’ different to look at and read.

Britian’s prettiest council house goes on the market for £75 a week
By Rupert Neate
Last Updated: 11:47PM BST 20/06/2008

However, the new occupiers of the Dutch Cottage, a 17th century octagonal thatch in Essex, will have to show parties of school children around their home once a week.

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The listed cottage, which was built in 1621 by Dutch settlers who helped to drain the nearby marsh land, is one of only a handful of the tiny quaint buildings left - and the only one owned by the council.

Despite looking like a doll’s house, the 20ft cottage in Raleigh, Essex, has all mod cons including a fully fitted kitchen and shower room.

Tamara Burton, a spokeswoman for Rochford Council, said: “Although this is a private property is opened to the public so we are looking for a tenant who is not phased by having a class of children looking around.

“The weekly rent is £75 because the tenant will be bound by a tenancy agreement to conduct tours.

“The person we are looking for will act as a steward for the cottage and will have a knowledge of its history to pass on to other people

“We believe its the oldest and most unusual council house in Britain,” she said. “We have already had quite a lot of interest.”

Ann and Derek Jolly who lived in the house for 20 years decided to move on after difficulty climbing the steep ladder to the bedroom in the roof of the cottage.

Mrs Jolly, 71, said: “We loved it because we felt very close to Rayleigh’s history. It was a privilege to have something beautiful to look at.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2008 at 08:57 AM   
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The Google Earth gatecrashers , kids will be kids

I guess one way to stop this before it goes too far, would be to toss a radio or some electric appliance into the pool after the little shits go in, and claim it was an accident.  Betcha others might think 2wice before pulling this stunt.
btw ,,, It isn’t merely the invasion and use of a pool.  Generally these “youths” utterly destroy the properties they invade.

The Google Earth gatecrashers who take uninvited dips in home-owners’ swimming pools
By Luke Salkeld
Daily Mail

Would-be revellers are using satellite images on the internet to find houses with swimming pools - and then turning up uninvited for an impromptu dip.

The craze involves using the Google Earth programme, which provides high-quality aerial photos of Britain and other countries.

Once a target is chosen, the organisers use social networking sites such as Facebook and Bebo to arrange to meet, say police.

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Officers said that residents have woken up to find youngsters ‘dipping’ in their back gardens, or have come home from work to a swimming pool full of beer cans.

One group has already boasted on the internet that it held an event earlier this week.

Sixteen people are said to have gatecrashed two pools near Bournemouth.

The rules of ‘dipping’ often include wearing fancy dress and participants are urged to ‘bring a bike’ to escape if discovered.

There are fears that the craze could spread across the UK as the weather improves and pool owners leave their homes unattended while on holiday.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said yesterday: ‘We are advising owners of swimming pools to be on their guard.

‘We would also warn prospective swimmers that using someone else’s pool is trespassing and therefore illegal.’

The group responsible for organising Monday’s ‘dipping’ session listed a specific meeting place, a midnight to 3am duration and mobile telephone numbers for the organisers.

Although there were only 16 confirmed participants at the ‘event’, invitations were sent to more than 500 users on Facebook.

Comments left by admirers of the group suggested that the craze could be spreading.

One message reads: ‘You crazy lot and your crazy antiks (sic). Don’t think I can make it but maybe I can do it on my own in London.’

Social networking sites such as MySpace have previously caused trouble for families after private parties advertised online have been gatecrashed by hordes of unruly teenagers.

A £4million mansion in Marbella last month became the latest home to be invaded by uninvited guests, when they gatecrashed a girl’s 16th birthday party.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2008 at 08:42 AM   
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History will say that we underestimated George W Bush

I haven’t a clue if that’s correct and won’t be around to find out. But this fellow believes it to be so.
He’s a noted historian and writer, so maybe he has something valid here.  I hope so.  Some do argue with him however, as you may note from the comments that follow his remarks in the link below.

By Andrew Roberts
Last Updated: 11:01pm BST 21/06/2008

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As he leaves the White House at the end of his second term, the President has a poll rating of only 23 per cent, and is widely disliked and even despised. His foreign policy has been judged a failure, especially in view of the long, painful, costly war that he declared, which is still not over.

History may place President Bush in a far better
light than he currently enjoys


He doesn’t get on with his own party’s presidential candidate, who is clearly distancing himself, and had lost many of his closest friends and staff to scandals and forced resignations. The New Republic, a hugely influential political magazine, writes that his historical reputation will be as bad as that of President Harding, the disastrous president of the Great Depression.

I am writing, of course, about Harry S Truman, generally regarded today as one of the greatest of all the 43 presidents, and the man who set the United States on the course that ended decades later in the defeat of Communism.

If the West wins the modern counterpart of that struggle, the War Against Terror, historians will look back in amazement at the present unpopularity of George W Bush, and marvel at it quite as much as we now marvel at the 67 per cent disapproval rates for Truman throughout 1952.

Presidents are seldom remembered for more than one or two things; the rest slip away into a haze of historical amnesia. With Kennedy it was the Bay of Pigs and his own assassination, with Johnson the Great Society and Vietnam, with Nixon it was opening up China and the Watergate scandal, and so on.

advertisementGeorge W Bush will be remembered for his responses to 9/11 in Afghanistan and Iraq, but since neither of those conflicts has yet ended in victory or defeat, it is far too early categorically to assume - as left-wingers, anti-war campaigners and almost all media commentators already do - that his historical reputation will be permanently down in the doldrums next to poor old Warren Harding’s.

I suspect that historians of the future will instead see Bush’s decision to insist upon a “surge” of reinforcements being sent into Iraq, combined with a complete change of anti-insurgency tactics as configured by General Petraeus, as the moment when the conflict was turned around there, in the West’s favour.

No one - least of all Bush himself - denies that mistakes were made in the early days after the (unexpectedly early) fall of Baghdad, and historians will quite rightly examine them. But once the decades have put the stirring events of those years into their proper historical context, four great facts will emerge that will place Bush in a far better light than he currently enjoys.

The overthrow and execution of a foul tyrant, Saddam Hussein; the liberation of the Afghan people from the Taliban; the smashing of the terrorist networks of al-Qa’eda in that country and elsewhere and, finally, the protection of the American people from any further atrocities on US soil since 9/11, is a legacy of which to be proud.

While of course every individual death is a tragedy to the bereaved families, these great achievements have been won at a cost in human life a fraction the size of any past world-historical struggle of this magnitude.

The number of American troops killed and wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan is equivalent to the losses they endured - for a nation only a little over half the size in the mid-Forties - capturing a single island from the Japanese in the Pacific War.

British losses of 103 killed over seven years in Afghanistan bears comparison to a quiet weekend on the Western Front in the Great War, or the numbers the Army loses in traffic accidents in peacetime. History can lend a wider overall perspective to what are nonetheless, of course, immeasurably sad events.

History will also shine an unforgiving light on those ludicrous conspiracy theories that claim that the Iraq War was fought for any other reason than to implement the 14 UN resolutions that Saddam that had been flouting for 13 years.

The CIA and MI6 believed, like almost every other intelligence agency in the world, that Saddam had WMD, and the “Harmony” documents seized and translated since the fall of his regime make it abundantly clear that he was also supporting almost every anti-Western terrorist organisation imaginable.

Historians will appreciate how any War Against Terror that allowed Saddam to remain in place would have been an absurd travesty.

When the rise of al-Qa’eda is considered by historians like Philip Bobbitt and William Shawcross, it will be President Clinton’s repeated refusal to act effectively in the 1990s, rather than President Bush’s tough response after 9/11, that will be held up as culpable.


Judging by the rise in the value of the Iraqi dinar, the huge drop in the number of Iraqi deaths in the insurgency, the number of provinces now cleansed of al-Qa’eda, and the level of arms confiscations by the Iraqi Army in Sadr City, the new American “clear and hold” tactics have succeeded far better than the cynics ever thought possible even 12 months ago.

Give Iraq five, ten or twenty years, and Bush’s decision to undertake the surge - courageously taken in the face of all bien pensant and “expert” opinion on both sides of the Atlantic - will rank alongside some of Harry Truman’s great decisions of 1945-53.

If that happens, the time will come when George W Bush will be able to say what Lord Salisbury called the four cruellest yet sweetest words in the English language: “I told you so.”

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2008 at 08:24 AM   
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Aide resigns over ‘racist’ comment.  Here we GD go again!  Here’s the face of EVIL!

Jesus, Here we go again and me pissed off very first thing in the morning. I haven’t even had time for my coffee or Xanax yet.
It’s just turned 7:15am and here I am bitching. Again.  But honest folks. I read stuff like this in our morning paper and my blood pressure goes up.
Oh, that reminds me.  Have to take the meds.

This really is another one of those damn stupid moves by someone who said NOTHING that should cause his resignation. NOTHING!
But he did and then the mayor (of London) has to state that his now former aide isn’t a racist.  Why, damn it?

OK, here’s the evil white guy.  Lets get it over with.  Anyone bring the rope?

Boris Johnson aide resigns over ‘racist’ comment By Laura Clout
Last Updated: 6:54AM BST 23/06/2008

A key mayoral aide of Boris Johnson has resigned after appearing to suggest that Caribbean people should go home ‘if they don’t like it’ in Britain.

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When it was put to him in an interview for a website that Mr Johnson’s victory would trigger a mass exodus of Caribbean migrants, deputy chief of staff James McGrath said: “Well, let them go.”

(Tha-Tha-Tha, That’s All Folks.  cue the looney tunes jingle.  That’s it.  That’s the evil RACIST quote. “Let em go.”)

Mr Johnson, who has previously faced criticism over allegedly racist remarks, said he accepted Mr McGrath’s resignation with regret, but added that the comments had been ‘taken out of context’.

The remarks came after Mr McGrath was asked about a critical comment piece during an interview with Marc Wadsworth, a so-called citizen
journalist.

Here’s a link if you want to read the rest, but the nuts and bolts are up there:^

http://tinyurl.com/5scntb

Yeah, there’s more. But I figured if you really had a deep and burning desire to read the rest of this, you’d click the link.


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/23/2008 at 01:10 AM   
Filed Under: • MiscellaneousOutrageousRacism and race relationsStoopid-PeopleUK •  
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calendar   Sunday - June 22, 2008

WILD OUT OF CONTROL BRIT COLLEGE GIRLS MUST BE CONTAINED.  more silly pc stuff

I don’t know if many folks miss this sort of thing by a Sunday posting.  It’s stupidly funny tho.
I don’t know what normal male would be “offended” by the attention of young women.  This really is over the top.

College girls banned from whistling at builders
By Rupert Neate

A further education college is having to protect builders from wolf-whistling girls, in a reversal of traditional gender stereotypes.

(right. those big burly guys on construction sites really wanna be protected from those lascivious, drooling and manipulative hungry oversexed young women. Hear em all cry?  Mommy,mommy. Save me!  Oh thank you NANNY.  Those beastie ladies scared us.)

Officials at West Kent College in Tonbridge, Kent, sent an email to all pupils warning that the behaviour was “totally unacceptable”, and saying any students caught harassing contractors would face disciplinary action.

The email was sent after a demolition team started work on a £94 million, three-year building project at the campus.

The email read: “It has come to the attention of the college that some female students have been making comments to, or whistling at, the builders both whilst on site and as they walk around the campus.

“Although we are sure no offence is meant, this constitutes harassment and is wholly unacceptable.

“We have asked the contractors’ representative to pass on all instances of harassment to the college and we will take appropriate action which may include disciplinary action.”

A spokeswoman for the contractors, Galliford Try, said: “We have no registered complaints on this issue. However we do not condone inappropriate behaviour from any parties on our sites.”

Meanwhile new laws could see wolf-whistling builders placed on the sex offenders register. The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill will create a new offence of “communicating indecently”, punishable by up to 10 years in jail.

The legislation is intended to punish sexual harassment by text, emails and letters, but ministers also aim to include sexually explicit comments to strangers. It is expected that the law would only apply to persistent offenders.

At the moment, workmen who repeatedly make obscene comments to passers-by can be convicted of a breach of the peace.

http://tinyurl.com/66xrfm

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/22/2008 at 07:11 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - June 19, 2008

one of the world’s most wanted terrorists is to be freed. (Or, how to fight a war on terror)

Took awhile but finally able to post.
Have no idea why USA caved on this sob, unless we couldn’t or wouldn’t promise no death penalty.  ??  Don’t know.

Abu Qatada: Terror chief next to be released on bail
By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent

A man who was once called one of the world’s most wanted terrorists is to be freed under similar bail conditions which led to the release of al-Qa’eda preacher Abu Qatada.

The man, referred to only as “U” in court papers, cannot be named under the terms of a court order but will be released as soon as his bail conditions have been agreed, the Daily Telegraph has learned.

He was implicated in separate plots to blow up Los Angeles airport and the Christmas market in Strasbourg and is said to have “direct links to Osama bin Laden and other senior al-Qa’eda figures.”

The Home Office claims he was a “leading organiser and facilitator of terrorist activity.”

U has had his bail agreed “in principle” along with another man, cleared of an alleged terrorist plot to use the poison ricin.

The other man, known only as “Y” in court papers, also cannot be named.

His fingerprints were allegedly found on a photocopy of a poison recipe along with those of police killer Kamel Bourgass and on a plastic bag containing an imitation handgun found at Finsbury Park mosque.

They are the last of the 14 men detained under the Special Immigration Appeals Commission to be released.

Qatada, described as a “truly dangerous individual” with close connections to al-Qa’eda was released under a 22 hour curfew on Tuesday. His security is likely to cost £500,000 a year.

A Foreign office note sent to U’s native Algeria in 2006 said: “Senior position in Mujahedin training camp in Afghanistan. Direct links to UBL (Usama Bin Laden) and other senior AQ (Al Qaeda) figures. Involved in supporting terrorists including those involved in the planned attack on the Strasbourg Christmas Market in 2000, and an earlier plan to attack Los Angeles Airport.

“US sought his extradition but withdrew request August 2005 …

The Special Immigration and Appeals Commission (SIAC) said last year there were “credible grounds for believing each of these assertions.”

U was implicated in the Los Angeles Airport plot by Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested on 14 December 1999 crossing the Canadian border with a van laden with explosives which he said were destined for Los Angeles Airport.

U, who is 45, arrived in Britain from France in 1994 and claimed asylum. He left for Afghanistan in 1996, returning three years later,

Y, who is 38, arrived in Britain via Spain and France in 2000 and claimed asylum.

The Government maintains he has received terrorist training in Afghanistan and was the British leader of an Algerian terror group called DHDS.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/19/2008 at 11:55 AM   
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Abu Qatada launches legal bid to ban pictures of him.  (UPDATE! UPDATE!)

Same creep but new story .

Abu Qatada launches legal bid to ban pictures of him enjoying his freedom - because it ‘violates his privacy’

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 11:28 AM on 19th June 2008

Abu Qatada

Court bid: Abu Qatada claims pictures of him violate his ‘right to privacy’

Abu Qatada is to launch a legal-aid funded court bid to prevent the public seeing pictures of him enjoying his freedom.

The man known as Osama bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe has instructed lawyers to seek a court order keeping new pictures of him secret.

The move came within hours of him being freed from prison after he won his fight against deportation from Britain.

Qatada, of Acton, will claim that any picture of him violates his ‘right to privacy’ under the Human Rights Act - the same act he used to gain his freedom.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/19/2008 at 11:07 AM   
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Terrorise the non-believers, orders ‘Bin Laden’s right-hand man

This is NOT the posting I had planned to start the day with but I found it and the headline at The Daily Mail.
Much of it may be a rehash of yesterdays posting so I merely left the link below.

Much frustration on my part because, the damned Daily Telegraph is about as screwed up as a submarine with a screen door when it comes to finding stories in their online version.  Even when you have the name of the reporter.  Their archives (Telegraph) are next to useless unless you’re really checked out well with their use.  I mean, someone like Drew will make me look silly and find it in one second.

What I was looking for but can’t find, is an article by Duncan Gardham and is titled.
“World’s most wanted terrorist to be freed on bail within days.”
I just can’t get the damn link, if there is one, to open.  Doesn’t matter what browser I use.  They are not even referring to this guy by name but are calling him “U” in court papers.  So, if anyone can find the story, which I couldn’t even find on line at the Mail, good luck.

Terrorise the non-believers, orders ‘Bin Laden’s right-hand man in Europe‘ after he is freed on bail

By Stephen Wright
Last updated at 8:22 AM on 19th June 2008

Abu Qatada will be required to wear an electronic tag

Suspected Al Qaeda leader Abu Qatada is celebrating his release from prison with the release of a book in which he urges Muslims to commit terrorist attacks in the West.

In the 71-page tract, published in English translation on the internet, he repeatedly claims that fighting jihad, holy war, is obligatory for all Muslims and urges them to ‘terrorise’ non-believers.

Security sources say his clear incitement to violence makes a mockery of the decision to set him free.

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A judge ruled there were no grounds to keep him in jail, but the Special Immigration Appeals Commission imposed unprecedented conditions on his release, including a stipulation that he observe a 22-hour curfew and wear an electronic tag.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/19/2008 at 08:01 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - June 18, 2008

Union official is branded a racist in row over ‘wise monkeys’ leaflet

Well here we damn go again with the ism crap.  Racism. Of course. The great bug-a-boo of the late 20th and 21st centuries.

Here’s a case where another idiot, or a group of idiots who obviously have zero education and quite possibly have never been acquainted with the Three Wise Monkeys, has decided to become “offended” by them. 

Read all about it.

http://tinyurl.com/66vgzv

Union official is branded a racist in row over ‘wise monkeys’ leaflet

By Andrew Levy
Last updated at 9:55 PM on 17th June 2008

It is an ancient proverb that seemed to sum up Onay Kasab’s modern grievance perfectly.

So he used ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ in the leaflet he circulated about union bosses ignoring members’ concerns.

He even included a sketch of the three wise monkeys which commonly illustrate the phrase.

Unfortunately, those he targeted read the message a little differently - and accused him of a racist slur against a black member of their standing orders committee. Mr Kasab, secretary of Greenwich Unison, in Greater London, is now under investigation and facing expulsion from the public sector union Unison, along with three other members of local branches.

Onay Kasab of Greenwich Unison is threatened with expulsion over his involvement with an alleged racist leaflet

The 40-year-old activist, from Bexley, South East London, said: ‘It’s upsetting that I am accused of racism by my own union.

‘We felt it was an apt image to illustrate our point that the committee were refusing to listen to members’ concerns over issues such as the funding of the Labour Party, the election of full-time officialand control over strike action.

‘But in the conference hall, the Unison president denounced it as racist and when we went to respond the microphone was switched off. We have been gagged and subjected to a witchhunt.

‘I am Turkish-Cypriot and have faced racism, so to be accused of being something I despise is terrible.’

The leaflet was circulated at last year’s June conference in Brighton.

Mr Kasab’s co-accused are Glenn Kelly, secretary of Bromley Unison, Suzanne Muna, secretary of the Housing Corporation Unison branch and Brian Debus, chairman of Hackney Unison.

All four, who are members of the Socialist Party, are awaiting a disciplinary hearing after the end of this year’s conference, which is being held in Bournemouth this week.

The group are now considering legal action, such as an employment tribunal, over their treatment.

A fifth person, Matthew Waterfall, who does not belong to the Socialist Party, was investigated but not charged.

Mr Kasab said: ‘The fact they cleared Mr Waterfall shows that this is motivated by the New Labour supporters in Unison against the Socialist Party.’

He added that thousands of members have signed a petition against their treatment.

The Socialist Party said the reaction was ‘crazy’.

A spokesman said: ‘The leaflet was about the fact that the standing orders committee ruled out something like a third of all resolutions on various grounds.

‘The proverb has no racial connotations and was used by the “No” campaign in the Irish referendum on the Lisbon Treaty. It is about being ignorant of the facts.’

Unison, which represents more than a million public sector workers, yesterday refused to discuss the case in detail.

A spokesman claimed the charges against the members had been ‘ misrepresented’.

She added: ‘There has been an investigation according to union rules and that’s completed. We are in the process of going through the rest of the disciplinary process.

‘We will not go into details of what allegations have been made until the process is completed.’

A BRIEF HISTORY OF A PROVERB
The phrase ‘see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil’ probably came to Japan from Buddhist legend in India and China in the 8th century.
The three wise monkeys are thought to have been used in Japan because of the similarity in Japanese of the negative suffix ‘zaru’ to ‘saru’, meaning monkey.

The proverb acts as a reminder not to be nosy or gossipy but is also used today to refer to someone who turns a blind eye to the immorality of an act in which they are involved.


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 06/18/2008 at 01:42 PM   
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