Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Saturday - April 11, 2009

Woman watches live online as burglars break into her home.

I wasn’t certain if I should post this as it’s in the USA and I thought maybe all of you might have seen it by now.

So, for those on both side of the water who haven’t, put your eyes on this.  It’s from Florida.

The video runs 5 minutes, the still photos though I think are better.

Technology when it works. OH, BTW.

Just to give my American countrymen and women a taste of what many Brits are saying about their law enforcement, by all means scroll down at the end of the article and take a look at the comments made by Brits who watched this and read the article.  Gives you some idea of what the people here have to put up with.

Terrified woman watches live online as burglars break into her home

By Richard Luscombe

Last updated at 6:48 PM on 10th April 2009

* Comments (29)

The two burglars wander through the house, munching on cheese from the fridge. They take time choosing their loot, safe in the knowledge that no one is watching. But as it turns out, someone was – from 25 miles away.

The lady of the house, Jeanne Thomas, had spent £200 on a video security system that allowed her to monitor her living room from her office desk via a live internet feed. And at the time the men walked into the room she happened to be sitting right in front of the screen. 

Mrs Thomas, 43, rang police and gave them a running commentary as the men sauntered in and out of the picture with her jewellery, flat-screen TV and other belongings. Within a few minutes, officers had arrived and caught the men in the act.

They later arrested two others for planning the crime, and all four are facing charges of burglary and grand theft. Last night, footage of the raid was released by police in Boynton Beach, Florida. Towards the end of the five-minute sequence the men realise that police have arrived.

‘You could see them on the video freaking out,’ Mrs Thomas said. Four policemen then appear at the front door with their guns drawn. Mrs Thomas bought the system after her home was burgled last year. She had not checked the camera at work for three months until that day. ‘All of a sudden I had a strange feeling something was going on at the house,’ she said. ‘I thought my dogs were maybe doing something they shouldn’t have been doing.’

Watch the webcam video of the burglars here

I have intentionally posted the link to the Daily Mail site for the video, rather then use the embed feature at YT.  Please see the Brit comments.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/11/2009 at 08:40 AM   
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PIRATE UPDATE Somali clan elders try to mediate in pirate stand-off.


Well now who’d a thought this new wrinkle?
Could it be a ruse?  Doesn’t seem like it.

Somali elders were preparing to sail on Saturday to where pirates were holding an American cargo ship captain hostage in an ongoing high-seas hostage crisis.

By Mike Pflanz in Mombasa
Last Updated: 10:19AM BST 11 Apr 2009

The team of men from the pirates’ home town plan to “calm” the gunmen holding Richard Phillips and arrange for his hand-over to US forces, according to a Kenyan maritime official.

“They are just onshore waiting for permission from the US Navy, and then they will go,” said Andrew Mwangura, head of the Seafarers’ Assistance Programme in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa.

“They want to calm the people holding Phillips, then arrange to give him to the Americans on the agreement that the pirates will not be harassed.”

A back-up force of pirates aboard a hijacked German boat had threatened to sail to reinforce their colleagues, perhaps using their 24 foreign hostages as a human shield.

But they were forced to turn back on Saturday, saying they had failed to locate the scene of the hijack, some 400 miles north-east of Mogadishu.

Mr Phillips, 55, has been held in a small lifeboat adrift in the Indian Ocean since a botched attempt to seize his ship, the US-flagged, Danish-owned Maersk Alabama, on Wednesday.

He tried to escape early on Friday by slipping overboard under cover of darkness, but was immediately recaptured when at least one of the four armed men holding him jumped into the sea after him.

He is said to be unharmed. The lifeboat has enough supplies for 34 people for ten days.

The US Navy has sent three warships and a surveillance aircraft to the area to try to force the pirates to capitulate and give up their hostage, but the tense stand-off entered its fourth day on Saturday.

The gang is understood to have demanded a $2 million ransom for the safe release of Mr Phillips , and have threatened to kill him if it is not paid.

Abdi Garad, a pirate commander in the Somali town of Eyl, said on Saturday that there were plans to move Mr Phillips to another, larger ship because “there are not any developments on the standoff with the American officials”.

“I’m afraid this matter is likely to create disaster because it’s taking too long and we are getting information that the Americans are planning rescue tricks like the French commandos did,” he said.

Florent Lemacon, a Frenchman whose yacht was hijacked last week, died on Friday when French commandos mounted a raid to free him with his wife and three-year-old son and another couple.

The other hostages were rescued safely. Two pirates also died and three more were captured during the operation, which was ordered by France’s president, Nicolas Sarkozy.

His office defended the mission, saying that France was determined ‘not to give in to blackmail, and to defeat the pirates’.

But the commando raid illustrates the dangers faced by the Americans as they consider their options for releasing Mr Phillips.

The Pentagon, the White House and other US officials have stressed that they are doing all they can to secure a peaceful, negotiated outcome.

The Maersk Alabama was due to arrive in Mombasa later on Saturday. Its remaining 19 crew members, all Americans, are safely aboard.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/11/2009 at 08:11 AM   
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Somali pirates holding a US captain hostage said using force to rescue him would result in “disaster

Breaking News

Oh good.  So now the press is awarding titles to these .... people?  Commander? The pirate “commander?” Ok the guy in charge I get that but when the press does this is almost elevates these scum to something legitimate.

Kind of like when the police arrest someone for a particularly brutal crime, and continually refer to him as, Mister.
I once heard a newscaster back home refer to Charles Manson as, Mr. Manson. Mister? For that creep?  Jeesh.

Say, why can’t we hire the French to get this done for us?  They’ve already done it three times.
I guess we and the capt. will have to wait and see.

Somali pirates issue hostage warning

34 mins ago

Somali pirates holding a US captain hostage said they planned to move him to another ship and warned that using force to rescue him would result in “disaster”.

“There are not any developments still on the standoff with the American officials,” pirate commander Abdi Garad told AFP by phone from the northern Somali pirate lair of Eyl.

“We are planning to transfer the hostage on to one of the ships our friends are holding around Garacad area so that we can wait,” he added without specifying which ship.

Only four pirates have been guarding Captain Richard Phillips on the lifeboat, and transferring him to a larger ship could give them better defences as the US military seeks to free him.

Garad’s comments came after French commandos on Friday stormed a yacht held by Somali pirates in an operation that left one French hostage and two gunmen dead.

“I’m afraid this matter is likely to create disaster because it’s taking too long and we are getting information that the Americans are planning rescue tricks like the French commandos did,” Garad said.



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calendar   Friday - April 10, 2009

What’s Your Solution?

I got an email asking what my solution for the illegal alien problem would be. Instead of an email response, I posted it. It may not be perfect, but it will be a start. I’m more than willing to hear your alternate solutions, but they need to be SOLUTIONS. And machine gunning 23 million people is not an acceptable one. So think hard, then argue and suggest. Consider this a big open thread, as long as it’s talking about the illegal alien situation.

From my email:

I have a silly question to ask.  (and you knew I probably would, but I am interested in the answer, since I doubt anyone has bothered to fully think this out enough)

Being that just about everybody realizes we have a serious problem with illegal aliens in this country, what exactly would YOU do with the ones we currently have here?

Well, off the cuff, here it goes:

a) build a special prison for the illegals who are committing crimes. Or at least add some “deport” tag to their file, so that when they have served their time they get kicked out. We transport them back to southern Mexico, not give them a push over the Texas border.

b) the government already knows where every single one of these people is. Please. You know they do. They know what you had for lunch. Put a law into place that any business will be fined $10,000 per person per week for knowingly employing non-citizens who do not have H1-B papers. Put in a multi-point accessable database containing all SSNs of citizens. Heck, this database already exists, but proof it and purge it first. Send every business owner a registered letter with a unique password. Instruct them to put together a list, with SSNs. Enter your employer ID number, which the government already has, and knows whether you are a sole propreitorship or a corporation or whatever. Enter the list. What comes back is the people with bad SSNs. The employer must verify those people’s name, address, etc. Resend the ones who popped up after verification. Those that fail again are flagged, and the INS pays them a visit. At first the fines against the employers will be token; $10,000 for the whole crop of illegals, regardless of how long they’ve been there. After that, it goes per person per diem. You may have to have agents stand outside the factory gates with list in hand, just in case the employers decide to “forget” to mention some folks.

c) Known abusers will be raided on a regular basis. This includes the meat packers, the fruit pickers, and the entire construction industry. And every restaurant, hotel, and hospital in the country. Round them up and deport them. Period.

d) extreme pressure needs to be brought to bear on the SCOTUS to reinterpret the “anchor baby” thing. No citizenship if your parents are here illegally. Period. And no more of this extended family bullshit. Anyone legally here is legally here, but that does not give them the extra right to bring over granny, uncle Pedro, second cousin twice removed Juan, great neice Carlotta, etc. Screw that.

e) examine and establish a reasonable quota of legal immigration. Throw out Teddy Kennedy’s 1963 idiotic act. We want the world’s best, screw the rest. You want to come here, then show us your qualifications, and be disease free. Then we’ll let you join the line. We have quite enough unskilled labor of our own, thanks. Maybe lettuce will have to be picked by prisoners for a couple years, but they will be paid minimum wage.

f) citizenship is checked at hospitals. Treatment is not denied, but INS is called.

Yes, people are going to freak. They will use the “jews going to Auschwitz” meme when my trainloads full of guarded illegals start heading south. Too bad. And with a fascist in the White House, this kind of thing can be done. Fascism/Socialism has an advantage here. So use it. Obama’s Volunteer Corps needs to be turned into INS-Plus.

The media admits that 12-20 million people are in this country illegally. We have a population of 300 million. If I had to bet, I would say the real numbers of illegals number 30 million or more. 10-15% of the entire population. Maybe as high as 25%. Because we overlook the Chinese problem - yet a large number of the people making your General Tso Chicken to go are illegals. We turn our eyes away from the Brazilian / Portuguese problem - yet who do you think is catching the fish you eat? NY and Boston are crawling with illegals from Ireland. Who can tell? They don’t stand out in a crowd of white folks, but they shouldn’t be here either. Every single Rosa vacuuming rugs in a hotel is an illegal. Nearly guaranteed.

As for asylum, that needs to be granted very carefully. Maybe refugees should get a 5 year renewable pass, but if they don’t check in every month, INS hunts them down and they get the boot.

We have to make tough choices. And the people on the illegal end are going to get hurt. Some will die. Some will be sent home to die. That’s unfortunate. But they should not be here in the first place.Once the word is out that the Purge Is On, millions more illegals will leave of their own accord. Let’s not forget that they are invaders, and heads on spikes is the treatment that invaders can expect. So just sending them home is the nice way. Heck, I’ll even give them a backpack full of food, 5 gallons of good water, spare socks and underpants, a sleeping bag, and a little tent.

To the argument that ... maybe we should keep X million? ... I say no. We already did that under Reagan. Let’s not do it again.

To the other argument that ... these poor people are only doing the jobs Americans won’t do ... I say bullshit. Believe me, I know. Because I’m the American cleaning windows and scrubbing toilets to get by. But I’m doing that for a good wage, not for half a peanut.

Gosh Drew, are you going to require regular Americans to prove their citizenship on a regular basis? At restaurants, ballgames, whenever they use a credit card? Maybe so. For 4 - 5 years it might be necessary. Swipe your ATM card, and the cashier gets a picture of you on her little screen. It had better match up. The technology is already there, and you know damn well both the federal and the state government have your picture if you are 18 or over. The only time this record is saved is when things don’t match.

In the long run, this will also purge us of all identity theft, save welfare and health care billions, and reduce crime by a huge amount. So do it. In the short run, just making the announcement that such a plan is going into place will cause millions of illegals to flee the country.

UPDATE: Today I’m wondering if my ideas were too severe. Maybe we should first just ask them to leave? Because I don’t think we’ve tried that one. Let’s start with that, then escalate the pressure one turn of the screw at a time. But turn the screws fully inside of 18 months, not 100 years.

We also need to attack some of the root issues. The idea that everyone in America should go to college and then get a job in an office has to be put aside. Many people are not college material. Many jobs exist that don’t require college, but can pay very well. We have to reject the idea that hard physical labor has no dignity. We need to stop sending jobs oversees just to save a few dollars. We need to stop buying cut-rate crap from China because it costs a couple pennies less. Be American, Buy American, Hire American. Even in this current recession there would be ZERO unemployment if out of work citizens did the jobs that illegals now do. But no, they wouldn’t be making the big bucks being a fry cook. And they’d have to learn some new skills ... because very little of what we think of as “unskilled labor” is actually unskilled. Granted, some of those skills are minimal, like knowing that you should cut the lettuce off at the ground, and not in the middle of the head.

We need to rethink the Great Welfare Society idea so that the working poor can still get some help, and wind up living far better than those who just collect a check. Taper off benefits as your income goes up. In my state, even somebody earning $35,000 a year could still use some help, but not a whole lot. $150/month in food stamps or something.

We’ve already gold plated the education system with tax money. It has not worked. What comes out the other end is generations of under achievers who think they deserve to walk into $45/hr jobs and get a big pat on the back every 90 minutes just for showing up.

We need to rebuild the work ethic, and we need to rebuild nationalism. And we need more secure borders. Unfortunately, I think we also need a decade or two of the British game of “rat them out” to purge our country, along with an active government that takes their ratting duties seriously. Task Force Terrier, or something like that.

Cut the business tax rate to zero. Nada. Capital Gains are just another kind of income. No more death tax. I’m all for giving Flat Tax a 10 year try. We need to encourage people to work, and we need to encourage people to succeed. So stop taxing the shit out of those who have made a successful effort. Stop hating on the rich, because almost anybody can become rich in America.

I would also suggest that we foment a revolution in Mexico. Topple their corrupt government and microscopic ruling class that owns everything. Then, if we absolutely have to have outsourced production, we can build all sorts of factories and depend on them. Why go to China for everything when Mexico is right there? Right now the answer is that we can depend on the chi-coms more than we can on the Mexicans. That’s a really sad state of affairs. Mexico needs to grow up; they have to get past the 500 year old Spaniard Problem. 70 years ago they stole nationalized the US owned oil infrastructure. Did you know that that theft is still a national holiday? That’s the wrong environment for doing business. The same thing goes for our island neighbors to the south. Without the Castros Cuba could be a huge producer. This isn’t exploitation, but opportunity. But there has to be a government there that we can depend on, or else nobody in their right mind is going to front them the necessary capital investment. We already have the technology to make most production fairly “green”. So we wouldn’t be raping the islands of our Caribbean neighbors by bringing jobs to them. Let’s get past that. But those island nations have to have the work ethic, and they have to have a stable mature government. Right now many of them have neither.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2009 at 10:22 PM   
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VIVE LA FRANCE!!!  French hostages freed off Somalia BY FRENCH TROOPS!

Have no idea why, when warned ahead of time, these ppl went ahead and sailed into dangerous waters.

French troops risked their lives of course.  It’s their job.

Bottom line however is that at least this one time, the good guys won a round. And two nigger golli-gremlins* are graveyard dead!

This story comes from BBC Radio News

One French hostage has died and four others have been freed in a rescue operation by French troops on a yacht off Somalia, French officials say.

Two pirates were killed in the operation and three were captured, the French presidency said.

Officials said the rescue was launched when talks with the pirates broke down and threats became “more specific”.

Two French couples had been seized with a child, who was among those freed from the yacht, Tanit, seized last week.

News of the operation came after a US captain made an unsuccessful overnight bid to escape from another seized vessel off Somalia.

Captain Richard Phillips managed to jump overboard off the lifeboat on which he was being held by pirates, US media reported.

But his attempt to reach a nearby US military ship was thwarted before it could come to his aid.

US troops in the area are continuing to monitor Mr Phillips’s situation. He was captured after a struggle on his ship, Maersk Alabama.

Reports said the French rescue operation was not thought to be in the vicinity of the US fleet and the Maersk Alabama.

In another development on Friday, pirates released a Norwegian cargo ship, the Bow Asir, and its crew, the vessel’s owners said. The Bow Asir had been held since 26 March.

French Defence Minister Herve Morin said the hostage who died was Florent Lemacon, the owner of the Tanit and father of the boy on board.

“During the operation, a hostage, Florent Lemacon, unfortunately met his death,” he said.

“The other four, including the child, are safe and well. The president of the republic and the government offer all their condolences to the family of Florent Lemacon and to his friends and share in their distress.”

It is unclear whether Mr Lemacon was killed by his captors, or by a stray French bullet.

Mr Morin also praised the French soldiers for their efforts to free him.

The operation to free those on board the Tanit - the third time French troops have freed hostages from pirates - began late on Thursday, five days after the yacht was seized, the office of President Nicolas Sarkozy said.

We have got rid of the television and everything that seemed superfluous to concentrate on what is essential
Florent Lemacon describing his family’s journey

Negotiations with the pirates had begun earlier this week, the president’s spokesman said.

But when talks broke down troops immobilised the vessel before moving in for an operation that lasted six minutes, the BBC’s Emma Jane Kirby reports from Paris.

“With the threats becoming more and more specific, the pirates refusing the offers made to them and the [yacht] heading towards the coast, an operation to free the hostages was decided upon,” the president’s spokesman said.

Mr Morin said his country had shown determination to oppose piracy.

“France has shown its determination not to give in to blackmail, [to] prosecute the criminal acts and liberate the hostages every time that a ship under a French flag is captured,” he said.

Earlier in the week, Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had left open the possibility that troops could launch an effort to free the French hostages, telling reporters French officials knew the location of the Tanit.

However, it also emerged that the families on board the yacht, which was reported to be heading down to Zanzibar, off the coast of Tanzania, were urged not to travel through the Gulf of Aden.

A spokesman for the French foreign ministry said Florent Lemacon and his wife Chloe were “repeatedly warned” not to travel through the area.

“It is difficult to understand why these warnings were not heeded,” spokesman Eric Chevallier said.

The couple had refurbished the Tanit, a 12.5m (41ft) boat, and given up jobs in a bid to escape consumer society and navigate a route along the African coast to Zanzibar.

Speaking to French newspaper Ouest France, Mr Lemacon said they wanted to change their priorities in life.

“We don’t want our child to receive the sort of education that the government is concocting for us. We have got rid of the television and everything that seemed superfluous to concentrate on what is essential,” he said.

Yeah well, that government and it’s troops have just saved your bacon. Be thankful!image

[* Drew editorial: It is a shame that one of the French captives is dead. But I think it is more important that the message of retribution be sent. One of our commentors called this the Russian Attitude - They’re already dead, so get revenge. I support that, mostly. I accept that there is a balance point. Use negotiations if you feel that will work. But once you have paid the ransom and got your people back, then you go in and burn down the village and sink all the pirates. When negotiations don’t work, you move immediately to utterly overwhelming force. And then you go and burn down their village. And the village next door. The lesson will not be learned until the repercussions exceed the benefits, and since these pirates have nothing to lose those repercussions are going to have to be severe, continuous, and overwhelming.

And we that post will continue to use the BMEWS stylebook ... which right now contains one item, specified in the other pirate post today. Capice? ]


Posted by peiper   United States  on 04/10/2009 at 03:06 PM   
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Eh Canada!

Crowder’s latest ...

... love the fwenchie at the end! LOL


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/10/2009 at 01:21 PM   
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BARRY BOWS TO HIS BETTERS?  That’s my caption. What’s yours?

I’m pretty sure the president of the United States ain’t supposed to do this.

I saw the story and photo in the Telegraph.  BUT .. the Telegraph being who they are, which means totally fucked up, don’t have the article online.
Nor is there a Google link to the article I read. So I hunted for the story and found the photo which is clear. He did bow.
The paper here quoted The Washington Times but I can’t get that either as the Times doesn’t have it now. Or at least not when I went there a minute ago.
ANYWAY ... just to show you (as if BMEWS readers did not already know) white house spoksman said, Obama did not actually bow. Right. The photo we see here is a figment of our imagination.

Saudi King Greeting Spurs Obama ‘Power Bow’ Craze

by Scott Ott for ScrappleFace


When the most powerful man in the world bent at the waist, and lowered his gaze to greet a Muslim monarch at the G-20 summit in London this week, he could not have known how the gesture would catch on back home. But that’s just what’s happened.

The so-called ‘Obama Power Bow’ has become a new craze embraced by the rich and famous, as they continue to emulate everything about their chic new American president.
Saudi Arabian King Abdullah received the traditional expression of fealty and servitude from the U.S. commander in chief with evident glee, smiling broadly — his grin superseded only by that of French President Nicolas Sarkozy who looked on with apparent admiration and a touch of envy.

Now, from the offices of Wall Street to the corridors of power in Washington DC, executives, senators and corporate leaders have taken to kowtowing to their subordinates as an expression of ultimate power.

“When you approach a man and lower your head like that,” said one unnamed CEO, “and you expose your unprotected neck, it’s like you’ve got swagger on steroids. If the guy had a sword, he could chop your head off and you’re saying, ‘I’m not afraid of you’.”

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president was not actually bowing, but “merely assumed the position before the Arab king in an effort to see if he could find common ground.”



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American cargo ship captain, Richard Phillips, has attempted to escaped from Somali pirates.

Aw Nuts!
I guess the nigger Somali-Golli* was a better swimmer.

Cargo ship captain attempts to escape pirate captors

American cargo ship captain, Richard Phillips, has attempted to escaped from Somali pirates holding him hostage in a lifeboat by jumping overboard under cover of darkness.

By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi
Last Updated: 4:21PM BST 10 Apr 2009

He made his break for freedom before dawn with an attempt to swim to a nearby US Navy destroyer but was immediately recaptured when at least one of the pirates jumped into the sea and chased him.
He is reportedly unharmed, according to an unnamed US official who spoke to CNN.

Mr Phillips has been held hostage since late on Wednesday, when pirates failed in their attempt to hijack his ship, the US-flagged Maersk Alabama, 400 miles north-east of Mogadishu.
They bundled him into a lifeboat, cut loose from the 17,500-ton cargo ship and have been drifting since. The US Navy destroyer, the USS Bainbridge, arrived at the scene on Thursday morning, but failed to force an end to the stand-off.

Several other US warships were said to be heading towards the scene, but the pirates vowed on Friday that they would “fight back” if there were attacked.
At the same time, pirate gangs holding other vessels hijacked earlier were reportedly also converging on the Indian Ocean flashpoint 400 miles north of Mogadishu.

“We are not afraid of the Americans,” one of the pirates told Reuters by satellite telephone on behalf of the gang holding the captain.
“We will defend ourselves if attacked.” A pirate commander onshore in the Somali pirate town of Eyl said that preparations were being made by other pirates to set sail to help their beleaguered friends.

“We are planning to reinforce our colleagues who told us that a navy ship was closing in on them and I hope the matter will soon be solved,” said Abdi Garad. “We are making final preparations and will try our best to save our friends.”

Mohamed Samaw, a resident of Eyl who claims to have a “share” in a British-owned ship hijacked on Monday, said that four foreign ships previously captured by pirates are heading toward the lifeboat. There are a total of 54 hostages on two of the ships.

“The pirates have summoned assistance – skiffs and mother ships are heading towards the area from the coast,” said a Nairobi-based diplomat. “We knew they were gathering yesterday.”
The pirates who boarded the Maersk Alabama on Wednesday before being repelled by its crew are believed to be armed only with automatic weapons.

From The Telegraph

* Sorry to edit your work Peiper, but niggers are a distinctly American phenomena I feel. They achieve that status by a mostly deliberate choice, choosing to be lawless and unemployable and uneducated when they are surrounded by opportunity and assistance. These guys in Somalia are lawless and uneducated, but I don’t think that they have ever had much of any other choice. And they certainly never had any government money coming their way. So it’s a bit of nuance, although I do agree that these pirates are very very close to the nigger line. [ so close that I’m willing to be swayed by a decent argument ] So let’s use golliwog or Somali-golli or similar if a pejorative descriptor is called for.


Posted by peiper   United States  on 04/10/2009 at 11:43 AM   
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Grabbed the morning paper today and was greeted by:


The complete headline running across the top of the page says,


The article states that the muslim vermin were only days away from an attack in a Suicide Spectacular.
But here, you can read it for yourself.

Latest News
Al-Qaeda ‘Easter terror plot’: more police searches
Terror raids in Earle Road, Liverpool: Al-Qaeda ‘Easter terror plot’: further addresses searched

Police investigating an alleged al-Qaeda plot to carry out an “Easter spectacular” of co-ordinated suicide bomb attacks on shopping centres in Manchester are continuing to search a number of addresses in Liverpool.

Al-Qaeda terror plot: searches continue over alleged plan to bomb Easter shoppers

By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:37PM BST 10 Apr 2009

Eleven Pakistani nationals and one UK-born Briton were still being questioned at various locations in the UK in connection with the alleged plot.

The men, ten of whom hold student visas, can be detained for up to 28 days.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said: “Twelve suspects remain in custody in various locations across the country.

“A further address on Highgate Street, Liverpool, is also being searched, bringing the total number of addresses being searched to ten.”

The police statement came as Downing Street revealed that Gordon Brown, the Prime Minister, had spoken with the President of Pakistan about the threat from terrorism.

A Downing Street spokesman said: “The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke by telephone last night.

“They agreed that the UK and Pakistan share a serious threat from terrorism and violent extremism, and committed to work together to address this common challenge.”

Mr Brown said: “We know that there are links between terrorists in Britain and terrorists in Pakistan. That is an important issue for us to follow through and that’s why I will be talking to President Zardari about what Pakistan can do to help us in the future.”

Sources told The Daily Telegraph that the arrests of 12 men in the north west of England on Wednesday were linked to a suspected plan to launch a devastating attack this weekend.

Some of the suspects were watched by MI5 agents as they filmed themselves outside the Trafford Centre on the edge of Manchester, the Arndale Centre in the city centre, and the nearby St Ann’s Square.

Police were forced to round up the alleged plotters after they were overheard discussing dates, understood to include the Easter bank holiday, one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year.

“It could have been the next few days and they were talking about 10 days at the outside,” one source said. “We had to act.” Police are now engaged in a search for an alleged bomb factory, where explosives might have been assembled.

If such a plot was carried out, it would almost certainly have been Britain’s worst terrorist attack, with the potential to cause more deaths than the suicide attacks of July 7, 2005, when 52 people were murdered.

A plan to arrest the suspects in a series of co-ordinated raids yesterday morning had to be hastily brought forward to Wednesday afternoon after the country’s most senior anti-terrorism officer, Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick, of the Metropolitan Police, was photographed going into Downing Street carrying a briefing paper with top secret details of Operation Pathway in full view.

Mr Quick resigned after he was told by the Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, that he had lost her confidence and that of MI5.

As a result of his blunder, hundreds of police officers had to be scrambled to arrest the suspects, who were being monitored round the clock.

I need to explain this bit of Max Sennett, Keystone Cops “cock up” as the Brits might say.
Mr. Quick went to Downing Street and as he exited the car, he was photographed as people are who pay a call or are on official business. Nothing odd about that, except THIS ONE TIME.  The commish was carrying TOP SECRET papers that had to do with this case, loose.  That is, they were not concealed as in a brief case or a folder.  Just a bunch of papers with the very most secret right on top.
Now then, the camera caught that top secret page with names and MI5 plans etc.  While the plans weren’t published once seen as what they were, the police had to act sooner then they might have due to fear of exposure to the terrorists of those plans.  Which I think might be one reason why they are still looking for the bomb factory itself.
A photo of the commissioner with the papers was published but the sensitive parts were blurred out.
FINALLY ..... to end this tale with a groan from the Brit taxpayer.  The commissioner has resigned, as what else could he do? However,
starting at once his pension starts and it’s over $100,000 a year.  Well, I suppose he is entitled to a pension as he was working for the agency for a long time and at retirement one does get “pensioned off.” But that was a heck of a careless thing for a man in his position to do.

Now back to our regularly sched. program. 

Former police chiefs pointed out that rounding up suspected suicide bombers in public places in Liverpool, Manchester and Clitheroe, Lancs, had put other people at risk and could also have compromised the operation.

All but one of the men arrested were Pakistani nationals who came to Britain on student visas. This suggested a possible new tactic by al-Qaeda, which had previously used British-based extremists who travelled to Pakistan for trainin

The issue of student visas represents a potential security nightmare for the police and MI5. There are 330,000 foreign students in Britain and around 10,000 such visas are issued every year to Pakistanis alone.

Phil Woolas, the Immigration Minister, has described the student visa system as “the major loophole in Britain’s border controls”.

Several of the suspects who were being questioned last night, were from the al-Qaeda heartlands in Pakistan’s border area with Afghanistan.

Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester, said police had been forced to act to protect the public. Asked about al-Qaeda involvement, he added: “We know what is the nature of the threat to this country and where it comes from.”

But he sought to reassure shoppers, and added: “I would like to say I would have no hesitation, or any of my family, in using any of those locations that have been mentioned.”

The security services suspect that several of the men arrested were trained at religious schools in Pakistan and sent to launch suicide attacks on the West.

They were suspected to have chosen Easter as the most significant Christian holiday for an attack.

Police believe the suspects may have smuggled bomb-making equipment into the country and were ready to launch their attacks.

Sources said police had arrested the man they suspected was the ring-leader, Abid Naseer, 22, at an address in Galsworthy Avenue in Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

He is said to be from the tribal areas of Pakistan where the Taliban and al-Qaeda have established their base.

The alleged members of the cell had signed up for a range of student courses, while two were employed as security guards at a new Homebase store in Clitheroe, Lancs.

Among the locations raided on Wednesday afternoon was the Cyber Net Café in Cheetham Hill, where it is thought the men communicated using emails.

Security sources suspect they received their instructions from al-Qaeda commanders in Pakistan.

The leader of the Pakistan Taliban is Baitullah Mehsud, who last week claimed responsibility for an attack on a police compound in Lahore and promised to attack the West. At least one of the arrested men is from Mehsud’s heartland of South Waziristan, sources in Pakistan said.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/10/2009 at 08:49 AM   
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Al-Qaeda is changing its tactics to avoid detection of its agents. The enemy within.

I’m posting with little comment as there isn’t much I can say.  Just be aware people.  The Atlantic isn’t any more a barrier then the Pacific was on Dec. 7,1941.
And it certainly wasn’t a barrier on 9/11.

There was to have been a SUICIDE SPECTACULAR this Easter week.  This one was foiled. But the rats are out there. Waiting.
That’s the subject of my next post.  Stay Tuned.

Al-Qaeda is changing its tactics to avoid detection of its agents. Security forces must adapt quickly to find them.

By Con Coughlin
Last Updated: 11:00AM BST 10 Apr 2009

Within Britain’s counter-terrorism community they are known as the “clean skins”: highly trained, professional killers whose blameless backgrounds provide not the slightest clue as to their true, evil intent.

The phenomenon was first identified during the bloody 30-year campaign the IRA waged against the British Isles. At the start of the Troubles, British intelligence and security officials quickly established a profile of the main IRA suspects, enabling them to dent severely the organisation’s operational effectiveness. To counter this, IRA commanders sought recruits who did not fit the classic image – no known involvement in Republican politics, no criminal record and preferably no Irish family ties.

Now it appears that the “clean skins” may be back, this time in Islamist form. That is the logical conclusion to be drawn from the latest operation in which anti-terror police detained 12 men in a series of raids conducted in Manchester, Liverpool and Clitheroe, Lancs.
Most of the headlines have inevitably focused on the resignation of Bob Quick, the country’s leading anti-terrorism policeman, who risked jeopardising the entire operation by exposing its details in advance.

But it is the raids themselves, targeted at 11 Pakistani-born nationals who had entered Britain on student visas (and one British national), which suggest that al-Qaeda might now be attempting to effect a radical transformation in its tactics.

We should remember that September 11, 2001 changed the face of modern terrorism. Britain’s security and intelligence establishment found itself on a sharp learning curve as it struggled to master the new threat that had suddenly appeared.

It was only through painstaking investigation of the subsequent plots in this country that a clearer picture emerged of the modus operandi of al-Qaeda’s British-based terror cells. Up to now, nearly all of the major plots – both those that have succeeded and those that have been thwarted by the diligence of our security forces – have involved British passport holders of Pakistani descent, or “Brit-Paks” as they are known within the intelligence-gathering community.
The architects of the July 7 bombings in London in 2005 were Brit-Paks, as were many of those involved in the failed suicide bombings two weeks later. Those jailed for planning terror attacks in British shopping centres and airports fitted a similar profile.

As a consequence – and despite protests from leaders of the British Muslim community, who have insisted that Britain’s two million Muslims pose no threat to national security – police and security officials have concentrated their efforts on infiltrating and monitoring known radical elements, particularly mosques, where inflammatory preachers such as Abu Qatada delivered sermons in favour of waging jihad against the West.

Much effort was expended on tracking the movements of the estimated 400,000 Brit-Paks who travel regularly between Britain and Pakistan, while MI6 worked closely with Pakistan’s intelligence service, ISI, to spot potential terror leads.
Then, at the end of last year, the Government revealed that, at any given time, British security forces were contending with at least 20 active terror plots, mainly involving groups of Brit-Paks who have been radicalised and trained at Saudi-funded madrassas in Pakistan, and have then managed to return undetected to Britain. Despite their success in establishing a useful profile of likely jihadists, security officials are trained to keep an open mind as to possible changes in the pattern.

“Terror groups have an advantage over us because they have no restrictions they have to work to,” says a senior security official. “They will do whatever they can to ensure their attacks are a success.”

For this reason, security officials need to be aware of what they refer to as “the diversification of the threat”, where terror groups adapt their tactics to escape detection. Thus, even though radicalised Brit-Paks form the basis of the Government’s normal terrorist profile, officials are well aware of discrepancies where white British males and Muslim converts of other ethnicities have cropped up.

The Government’s recent report on counter-terrorism, Contest Two, suggested that al-Qaeda-related groups were trying to adapt their tactics to counter the British security forces’ increased awareness of traditional operations. Commanders of British forces fighting in Afghanistan have uncovered evidence that British Muslims have been sending electronic components for use in the Taliban’s roadside bombs; there have even been reports of them being involved in attacks on British patrols.

Contest Two also warned that British hotels and public buildings faced the threat of Mumbai-style attacks by terrorists with automatic weapons.
Government officials have estimated the current threat against the UK to be at “the severe end of severe”. This is one step short of critical, which is when the Government judges a major attack to be imminent, as it did with one alleged plot in the summer of 2006.

Senior police and security officers suspect those arrested this week were planning a number of suicide bombings in a major city centre over the Easter weekend. If true, this would confirm that a cell of Pakistan-born nationals has infiltrated the UK, a development that would add a disturbing dimension to the Government’s counter-terrorism effort.

Every year, an average of 10,000 Pakistani nationals travel to Britain on student visas. Every applicant undergoes close scrutiny, including fingerprint checks against a range of immigration, terrorism and crime watch lists. If al-Qaeda has managed to avoid detection and infiltrate a “clean skin” cell into the UK, this system is clearly ineffective.

“It is a very different proposition if we have Pakistani citizens plotting terror attacks against Britain, as opposed to British citizens,” says a senior intelligence official. “We will be entering a whole new ball game.”
To start with, it will mean working even more closely with Pakistani intelligence, which has a chequered history of co-operating with its British counterpart.
Rashid Rauf, the British-born Islamist who is thought to be the mastermind of the latest alleged plot, managed to escape from Pakistani custody while his guards stopped for lunch at McDonald’s, prompting speculation that he may have been an ISI agent all along.
And if British security officials are to prevent further terror attacks they will need full access to detainees held in foreign jails who might have important information, irrespective of the conditions in which they are being held.

Following the allegations made last month by former Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohammed that he had been tortured with the complicity of MI5 officers, the Government is under pressure to limit British security officials’ access to suspects held in countries like Pakistan, where torture is routine.
But to do so might seriously jeopardise attempts to combat the terror threat. No one in the intelligence and security services wants to torture suspects: but they do want access to the intelligence that will prevent further bloodshed on the streets of Britain.


Rashid Rauf, the British-born Islamist thought to be the mastermind of the latest alleged plot Photo: AP


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calendar   Thursday - April 09, 2009

Retro, but not retro enough

Peiper and I must be having some kind of trans-Atlantic synergy. He puts up a post on old planes and cars, just as I’m finishing off an eye candy post on the new Chevrolet Camaro. Buy one now, just in case GM goes out of business halfway through the model year. You’ll probably never see vehicles made like this again.

Semi Retro Camaro Ready For Sale

I remember going to the dealership with my folks when I was a little kid. Another one of our VW Beetles had given up the ghost and it was time for a new car. When we visited the Chevy agency down in Park Ridge NJ, I gravitated to the 1967 Camaro RS like iron filings to a magnet. As a 7 year old, the only practical aspects I could see was that the car was not very large, it had a much roomier back seat than the VW, and it had an actual trunk in the back, where the trunk belonged, unlike the Beetle’s oddball front storage area that was hidden back behind the spare tire and under the bendy, comma shaped hood. “What’s a 350 Daddy?” But I was in love with the look. I might have been in 2nd grade, but I knew automotive art when I saw it.


1967 Camaro

Alas, it was not to be. In an era when gas cost 18¢ per gallon, and maybe 22¢ for 105 octane premium, my father was obsessed with fuel efficiency. So what we wound up with was a robin’s egg blue VW Fastback. With it’s ultra-potent 1600cc carbureted engine that made perhaps 62hp. But hey, that was Raw Power compared to the Beetle.

1967 VW Fastback

This was actually an amazing car. It had a trunk in the front, a huge trunk in the rear, it sat 4 people in comfort with reasonable leg room, it handled well, and could cruise the highways at 75mph, which the smaller engined VWs were hard pressed to do. Plus the back windows were made of flexible glass that could be opened by bending them outwards with a little chrome lever. There was room enough inside for 2 adults, 2 growing boys, a 20lb dog with flatulence, a Coleman cooler, and a picnic basket. And even packed to the gills with camping stuff, including a huge cartop carrier holding a 110lb tent, with an 18 foot Grumman canoe on top of that, it could still drive from downstate NY to the coast of Maine and only need to stop for gas once. And it did that year after year after year. VW, and my dad, were 40 years ahead of their time with this car; just compare the look of the thing to the Passat that VW sells today. They don’t quite look like clones, but you can certainly see the family resemblance. Just add another set of doors and push the Porsche 911 style front fenders down into the body panels.

But I digress. I was just doing a bit of rationalizing to placate a childhood disappointment. I thought it utterly sucked that we bought yet another Volkswagen. Everyone was driving cars 9 feet wide and 30 feet long. What the hell were we doing driving this Matchbox™? [Heck, in those pre-PC days, complete strangers would actually question your patriotism to your face for driving an import.]

So Chevy continued to make the lovely Camaro for many years. The first body style only lasted until 1970, but it was always a razor sharp design.


1969 Camaro SS 396

Then Chevy came out with the new design, which was fat and bloated by comparison. I won’t post pics. That shape lasted about a decade, until we got the 80s Wedge version in 1982. Somewhere around 1993 a 4th generation appeared, but to me it looked like a slightly melted 80s Wedge. And at some point in the 90s sales faltered, and by 2002 Camaros were no more. Chevy made billions of these cars in the 80s and 90s it seemed. If you were a young guy, you drove a Camaro. Pretty much Period. Although some guys had Mustangs. But the pointy little things were everywhere, until the market was beyond saturated. And now most of them have rotted away, and most of us have forgotten what a trampy-chick-car the V6 Camaros of that era were. So now, since everything old is new again, Chevy is bringing the old car back to life, by kind of going back to their roots and giving us a 21st century futuristic take on the original 1960s look. But with all the modern goodies, including a place to plug in your iPod. Oh, and more horsepower than could be had back then, plus it corners, stops, rides nice, runs without problems, and even gets decent gas mileage. All of which makes for an amazing car ... but to me it looks like a plastic pretender. Maybe they should go back to enamel paint and chrome edge strips? The new Camaro just doesn’t seem retro enough. And even the V6 version has plenty of get-up-and-go, whether you’re a trampy chick or not.

imageimage takes a look and a test drive, and comes away with a rather positive impression.

Memories are a funny thing. They color life’s past, tending to make the good better or the bad even worse. Memories certainly affect what we believe regarding cars, too. Those of us who grew up with pony and muscle cars likely recall their explosive thrust and intoxicating exhaust note. These reminiscences cloud the truths of weak brakes, wallowing suspensions, and recirculating-ball steering gears better suited to trucks than performance cars.

The new Camaro makes peace with our memories. The newest member of the pony car clan is what we hoped the old cars were, but weren’t.

As for pony power? No worries. Chevy has you covered with either the spirited V6 with it’s 304hp or the fire breathing V8s - your choice of either 400hp or 426hp, depending on whether you choose the automatic or manual transmission [the baddest engine comes with the manual, just like it did back in the 60s]

Drivers who know what a third pedal is will vastly prefer the V-6/ six-speed manual combo. It begs to be driven like a Nissan 370Z or an Infiniti G37 Coupe. The V-6 revs willingly to its 6400 rpm horsepower peak and doesn’t redline until seven grand. The lightweight engine helps the car feel smaller than it is. The shift linkage moves directly through its gates with throws that are short enough. The linkage isn’t perfect because it lacks that mechanical magic some gearboxes possess, but it works well enough. According to Chevy, the V-6/manual Camaro will bump into its electronic speed limiter at 155 mph.

The V-8 Attitude
Be warned, torque is an addictive drug, so use with caution. Under its influence you’ll be drawn to deserted cul de sacs to perform ruckus doughnuts that produce so much tire smoke that squirrels will be smoked out from surrounding trees. We know. It happened to us, and we were plenty thankful for the 6.2-liter V-8’s soft rev limiter. The engine is so powerful that once the tires break loose, the tach swings toward the red faster than you can say, “We need to leave now.”
Full-on accelerations runs recall fond memories of Camaros past when big-block power rocketed the primitive cars forward. While the sounds may be similar, the LS3 roars mightily but comes across more refined than anything you could have driven back in the day.

This sounds like a great car. So if you can afford to buy a car just for the fun of it, this sounds like a great choice. Just keep a 1967 VW Fastback out in the barn for when it snows or rains, or when you need to be practical and fuel efficient.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/09/2009 at 01:13 PM   
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does anyone else remember what a great ride those OLDSmobiles were?


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/09/2009 at 12:37 PM   
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China has executed two Muslim separatists who were convicted of attacking a police station


The only problem I have is with, lethal injection.  Far too tame for what they did.

China has executed two Muslim separatists who were convicted of attacking a police station in the country’s restive northwest in the run up to the opening of last summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing.

By Peter Foster in Beijing
Last Updated: 12:45PM BST 09 Apr 2009

The attack in the Silk Road city of Kashgar in the far northwestern province of Xinjiang left 17 dead, including many policemen, and prompted a major security crackdown with armoured cars being deployed outside Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium.

Abdurahman Azat, 34, and Kurbanjan Hemit, 29, were both members of China’s Uighur minority, a Turkic ethnic group which the Chinese government has said it considers a “major threat” to stability.

The two men rammed into a large group of police while they were out on a morning training run on Aug 4 2008, before following up with explosives, a home-made gun and knives, state-run media reported at the time.

According to an official report, the attack was part of a plan to “sabotage the Beijing Olympic Games”, although Kashgar is some 2,500 miles from Beijing and no attacks were carried out in the capital.

The news of the executions, which are carried out in China by lethal injection or a bullet to the head, was read out in front of 4,000 officials and Kashgar residents in a local stadium.

The Uighur minority accounts for almost half of Xinjiang’s population of 20 million. Many resent control from Beijing which this year will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the entry of the People’s Liberation Army into the province.

Already the Chinese government has warned it fears further terrorist attacks in the run up to the anniversary in October.

A spokesman for the Europe-based World Uyghur Congress, said the two men had not received fair treatment, alleging that Hemit had been badly beaten while in custody and was unable to walk during his trial.

“There was no chance for their families to see them, and no lawyer at all,” said Dilxat Raxit, adding that the bodies of the executed men had not been returned to their families.



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US warship arrives at site of pirate kidnap .

Is anyone impressed yet?

What point is there in 96 surface to air, Tomahawk and anti sub missiles here?

It’s doubtful any will be used while that capt. is being held by that gang.  And if released they still won’t be used.

A US Navy destroyer has arrived in the area off the Somali coast where pirates are holding the captain of cargo ship hostage.

By Mike Pflanz in Nairobi
Last Updated: 3:34PM BST 09 Apr 2009

The USS Bainbridge, a guided missile destroyer carrying two Seahawk helicopters, arrived before dawn after steaming at full speed through the night towards the Maersk Alabama, 400 miles north-east of Mogadishu.

Other warships from an international naval antipiracy force were also believed to be heading for the area.

A spokesman for the ship’s operators, US-based Maersk Line, refused to comment on what action the US Navy might take to free his firm’s captain.

The USS Bainbridge is one of the US Navy’s most modern destroyers, with 96 surface-to-air, Tomahawk and anti-submarine missiles.

Mr Phillips was apparently taken hostage in a prisoner exchange which went wrong.


UPDATE: The FBI has now joined the party. What??

NAIROBI, Kenya – FBI hostage negotiators joined U.S. Navy efforts Thursday to free an American cargo ship captain held captive on a lifeboat by Somali pirates. A U.S. destroyer and a spy plane kept close watch in the high-seas standoff near the Horn of Africa.

Ok, maybe this is a good idea. Maybe. Assuming that the negotiators can speak Somali. But is there any real point in this? We’ve got 4 pirates in a rowboat (Ok, a motor launch, a 28 foot lifeboat) and 1 hostage. With a billion dollar destroyer on the scene. Hundreds of miles out at sea, and the pirate mother ship is long gone. Plus that little boat is out of gas.

Earlier Thursday, the USS Bainbridge had arrived near the Maersk Alabama and the lifeboat with the pirates, Speers said, adding that the lifeboat holding the pirates and the captain was out of fuel.

“The boat is dead in the water,” he told AP Radio. “It’s floating near the Alabama. It’s my understanding that it’s floating freely.”

The U.S. Navy has sent up P-3 Orion surveillance aircraft and has video of the scene.

So they’ve got spotter planes in the game as well. Why not send in a Trident submarine too? I’d say all you need is half a dozen sharpshooters. Or a frogman with a very quiet drill to sneak up and put a hole in the hull of the rowboat. Or some adhesive primacord, remotely detonated. Cut the boat in half. Is there any real need to be spending millions of dollars worth of resources on this? Yes, it’s highly important to save the hostage. How about “Give us the Skipper back and we’ll give you food, water, and enough gas to get your boat to shore. Otherwise we’ll kill you all right now?” Or “Surrender right now, and we’ll let you live out your lives in a nice quiet jail, with lots of food to eat, and even TV.” These 4 pirates - Moe, Larry, Curly, and Shemp - have no aces up their sleeves. They have no cards to play. Hell, they don’t even have sleeves. End it.


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
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