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Too funny to ignore.  Turkish man divorces wife over £15 charge for sex

I got to thinking, maybe it isn’t funny. So you decide.

A Turkish man is divorcing his wife for charging him £15 a time for sex.

Published: 2:56PM BST 15 Sep 2009

Suleyman Pekoz, 82, was told he had to pay wife, Amina, 56, or she would sleep in a separate bed.

The couple, from Ankara, appeared in court yesterday where even the judge struggled to keep a straight face as he questioned retired Suleyman.

“I want to ask you one more time,” said the judge. “Are you telling me your wife asks for 40 lira every time you want to have sex?”

Suleyman, who has five children from his first wife, explained that Amina would not sleep with him unless he could give her the money upfront.

The couple, who have been married for five years, are now divorcing on the grounds of her unreasonable behaviour.

Telegraph.co.uk


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/15/2009 at 09:30 AM   
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AS IF THIS ISLAND DOESN’T HAVE ENOUGH PROBLEMS OF IT’S OWN MAKING ….. NOW THIS?

Honestly folks I’m not certain if this sort of thing is exactly right or of great interest to an American blog site. On the other hand, why not show you how stupid people in power can get over here?
It might make some of you feel better about our own dear country, the USA, and hope things do not go down the same road.
I am talking about national sovereignty. Again.

There was a headline in yesterday’s Telegraph on the front page. I ignored it till today coz there is yet another dipsy doodle moonbat decision made OUTSIDE this country, and hoped that England will follow. Or maybe demand that England will follow.

First ... Under a headline that read EUROPE TO PUSH FOR MORE ASYLUM SEEKERS IN BRITAIN .....
It got me to wondering if they might be secretly doing the same re. the USA. Hey, ya never know. But for now the story is centered here.
The on line headline differs from the hard copy but the story is the same.  And stay here with me cause this isn’t all there is that the masters in the EU want from this island.

EU to appoint human rights commissioner
A powerful new European commissioner for human rights who is expected to push for new protection for asylum seekers and workers is set to be appointed later this year.
By Robert Winnett, Deputy Political Editor
14 Sep 2009

The new commissioner for fundamental rights and social rights is expected to put pressure on Britain to accept more asylum seekers from across Europe. Several Mediterranean countries claim they are being put under undue strain from the increasing numbers of migrants arriving from Africa on their shores.
Pressure groups also warn that the commissioner is likely to push for an end to Britain’s opt-out from the working-time directive which limits the maximum working week to 48 hours.

The establishment of the powerful new role is a centrepiece of the re-election campaign of Jose Manuel Barroso as president of the European Commission. It will put human rights on the same footing as trade, competition and agriculture within the Commission.
Mr Barroso, who is expected to be re-elected on Wednesday, pledged to increase the human rights role of the EU to win the backing of liberal and socialist parties across Europe.

Europe’s previous involvement in the rights of asylum seekers and workers has proved controversial in Britain. It is blamed for controversial legal decisions which have protected the rights of foreign criminals. Business leaders also complain that laws from Brussels have stifled enterprise by imposing unnecessary red tape on employers.

The appointment of the new commissioner is also likely to add pressure on the Conservatives to fundamentally renegotiate Britain’s relationship with Europe if David Cameron is elected Prime Minister. A poll for today’s Daily Telegraph has found that a majority of Britons want a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty – even if the new constitution has already been introduced.

MORE EU MOONBATS

WAIT A MINUTE.  WAIT A MINUTE.  YOU AIN’T SEEN NOTHIN’ YET!

Small businesses may suffer from “severe staff shortages” after a landmark ruling allowed workers to claim back holiday time lost to illness.

By Richard Edwards
Published: 1:42PM BST 15 Sep 2009

Lawyers have warned that the European Court of Justice judgement would be open to abuse by dishonest workers who wanted to extend their holiday entitlement.

Under the terms of the ruling, disclosed in The Daily Telegraph, employees could claim they had a cold or flu while on leave — taking the day off sick rather than counting it against their annual leave entitlement.

Roger Helmer MEP, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, said: “This ruling will create a legal minefield for businesses, particularly small businesses, who have to plan all leave extremely carefully.
“During the summer holidays, this ruling could leave small businesses vulnerable to severe staff shortages.”

Meanwhile employment lawyers said that some firms may choose to reduce holiday allowance for staff as a result of the ruling.
Edward Wanambwa, partner at law firm CM Murray, said: “Many employers will feel frustrated that the ECJ has increased, further, employees rights in this area, particularly at a time when many employers are counting their pennies.

“Some employers may even consider reducing additional contractual holiday entitlements for new employees as a way of offsetting costs associated with annual leave.”
The court ruling made clear that if a “worker does not wish to take annual leave during a period of sick leave, annual leave must be granted to him for a different period”.

It came as a result of a case in Spain, but will be binding on the UK as it is a signatory to the European Working Time Directive.
Katja Hall, the director of human resources policy at the CBI, said: “Many firms already take a common sense and sympathetic approach. But allowing employees to reclassify their holiday as sick leave opens the door to abuse.”

Under the terms of the judgment, employees would even be allowed to carry over any annual leave ruined by illness into the next holiday year.

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Posted by peiper   United States  on 09/15/2009 at 08:28 AM   
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IT’S RAP AND ROLL TIME FOR THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND … Yawn. Moonbats think this will save em.

Several days ago I was gonna post something in the nature of one of life’s annoyances. Nothing too serious really but bothersome. It was so minor I have forgotten now what it was.
But along came Drew and blew my little nothing out of the water with the story of his travails over the major move he and his wife were faced with.  So I didn’t share whatever the now non momentous event was.

Yesterday we had a flat tire.  Woo-hoo. big event.
Meanwhile we learn that Drew is busy with a hundred window house to take care of. So okay ... never mind about the flat tire. But I would have liked to learn a bit more about Mrs. Rich Lady and her fab. bottom. Ah well.  Drew’s secret. Phots Drew, Photos!

Anyway, how’s this for disaster ?
The Church of England in its infinate wisdom is making plans to hold services in RAP, in an effort to attract that group back to the fold.  Say what? That group was NEVER in to begin with.

This may be an interesting experiment for sure.  The rocket scientists in the church will in time issue a statement informing all and sundry how successful their little effort had been yadda,yadda.
They’ll issue that statement because they won’t have the balls to openly say they had it wrong from the start and that many have dropped out of attending services where Rap is the hymnal medium. That’s just me talking and yes, I could have it all wrong.  Don’t think so, but could.
Stay Tuned on this one.

MEANWHILE .....

Listen up, rappin’ crew, come on in and take a pew… church tries to appeal to the young
By Steve Doughty
Last updated at 7:46 AM on 15th September 2009

In the beginning, the elders gathered and set up a mighty cry: How are we to get young people into church? And, lo, they decreed: Let there be rap.
In a move which risks ridicule, the Church of England has turned to street culture in the hope of attracting new blood.
A radio advert will appeal to the lapsed faithful to ‘stop, turn around, walk back’ to church on Sunday.
The spoken message, voiced by a series of actors, is described by the Church as ‘a rap-style poem’.
The ad is the latest in a 15-year campaign by the C of E to use advertising to boost church attendances and attract the attention of those, in particular the young, who have no interest in Christianity.
Past efforts have met with mixed success. One mid-1990s slogan that declared Christmas to be a ‘bad hair day’ won universal mockery.
The C of E’s usual Sunday attendance figures dropped below the one million figure at the turn of the millennium and have fallen at the most recent count to 871,000.
The new advert, produced by a Christian agency based in Bradford, aims to assure its young target audience that they do not need to dress up to go to church.
In defiance of the idea of Sunday best, the 40-second routine, which is not set to a drum beat, suggests that congregations where people make an effort to look smart could lack sincerity.
The grammar also does little credit to the C of E’s efforts in the thousands of secondary and primary schools it helps run.

RAPPIN’ CREW?

My wild off the wall guess is that the C of E is desperate and this lasted bit of moonbat thinking will only accomplish what their detractors have been saying out loud for a long time.  Which is ... they haven’t got a clue and are pointless.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/15/2009 at 07:42 AM   
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US forces kill al-Qaeda mastermind in Somalia. GOOD! Scratch one Rat Bastard

I sure do hope he saw it coming and hurt like hell before the end. Only sorry our side couldn’t have found the rat sooner. But you know the saying, better late .............

I am ALWAYS PROUD of our guys and Brits as well, when they carry off something like this.  OK, often times mistakes are made but these are OUR folks and I’ll never join the ‘crucify’ when things go wrong crowd.  That’s death and life.  And it is WAR damn it. Just a different kind and fought a different way.  Pitty the poor Brits who turned on one of theirs over the torture thing, just for being aware of what Americans “might” have been doing.  Hope no civilian law suits result over this violation of the rat-bastard’s uman rights.

American special forces killed a key suspect linked to the 2002 bombing of an Israeli-owned hotel on Kenya’s coast, reports said.

At least two helicopters strafed the car said to be carrying Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan and then landed to collect his body and that of another man in the car who died.

There were reports that two wounded men were also picked up by the helicopter teams.

All were linked to the hardline al-Shabaab movement, which is said to have links to al-Qaeda and which now controls most of southern Somalia.

Forces from the Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command were involved in Monday’s raid in Barawe district, 150 miles south of Mogadishu, two US military sources anonymously told The Associated Press.

One source told Reuters that Nabhan’s body had been taken into police custody, but US officials in Washington refused to comment on “any alleged operation in Somalia”.

But if it is confirmed that US troops were in the helicopters, it would be the first time American boots have been on Somali soil since the infamous “Black Hawk Down” debacle of 1993.

Saleh Ali Saleh Nabhan, 28, has featured on the FBI’s most wanted list since he was linked to a truck bombing of an Israeli hotel on Kenya’s coast in 2002. Ten Kenyans and three Israelis died.

Nabhan is also believed to have been involved in the failed attempt to use a rocket-propelled grenade to down a holiday jet as it took off from Kenya’s Mombasa airport carrying mostly Israeli tourists later the same day.

The authorities in Kenya also regard him as a suspect in two attacks on US embassies in the region in 1998.

“There is a lot of conflicting information coming from the area,” a Western diplomat familiar with Somalia said in Nairobi, capital of neighbouring Kenya.

“But it does seem that at least two choppers, were involved in an incident earlier today.” The US has in recent years carried out a series of missile raids aimed at killing senior members of al-Shabaab.

In May last year, US warplanes killed the then-leader of al-Shabaab and al-Qaeda’s top man in the country, Afghan-trained Aden Hashi Ayro, in an attack on the central town of Dusamareb.

Under Ayro, al Shabaab had adopted Iraq-style tactics, including assassinations, roadside bombs and suicide bombings.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/15/2009 at 06:26 AM   
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calendar   Monday - September 14, 2009

working working working

I started the 100-window house job today. I’ll be there all week. Worked my tail off all day long, and didn’t clean a single window.

Which was good, as they’re having the pavers in the driveway replaced, and extending the driveway so it’s a full double entrance extended semi-circle design. So the landscapers were hard at it with the bulldozer, backhoe, and skid loader, kicking up lots of dust.

No, today I took down screens. And then washed them. Dirty icky things. I don’t like screens. But they are dirt magnets. Give them a good dry brushing, then hose them down, then use your porcupine scrubber on both sides with a strong detergent solution, then rinse well. And they look good as new.

And the pool guys were there closing up the pool for the season. Beats me what they do, but they managed to be very noisy about it. The third crew of guys putting in the pipes so that the tennis court can have it’s own water fountain were way on the other side of the property, so they were no bother to me. Tennis court, in ground pool with 2 story cabana, 150 yard long semi-circular driveway done in new pavers because the old ones didn’t quite match the brick color of the house ... yeah, poverty sucks, don’t it? I’m lovin’ it; these are the people who can afford to hire me!

But jeeez, I spent all day doing screens!! Soggy!

Mrs. Rich Lady is adorable. Yum. And such a sweetie. If she’s 35 then I’m Michelle Obama. I think she ought to be renamed Perky Applebottom. Back to work Drew, focus!

Yeah, and my feet hurt. But I’m almost dry now ... and crap, I think I got a bit sunburned today. Better remember the hat for tomorrow.


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Boeing, Boeing, Gone

Boeing Dumps the Union




I really don’t think unions are necessary anymore. I am especially annoyed that teachers, cops, firemen, and government employees are all unionized. Sorry, you guys all work for the people, at our pleasure and for what we’re willing to pay. No unions for you.

Unions had their place, once upon a time. But with all the safety rules today, and OSHA, and all that government regulation, protecting the workers physically is no longer necessary. And with Equal Opportunity, and how any woman or minority has a very easy path to checking out if their company is doing Equal Pay for Equal Work for those Equally Qualified, unions are no longer necessary to protect the earning potential of the workers.

I am especially against national unions. I belonged to the UFCW for 13 years. I was a shop steward. I went to the contract meetings. I did everything I could for the union. And the one and only time I needed their help, they let me down. I was a superb retail employee, and got nothing for it, other than the same 25¢ per hour every 6 months just like everybody else. So screw them all. Big unions are corrupt, period. If you have any skills at all, then a union holds you back. And now it looks like Boeing might have figured that out.

h/t to Michelle Malkin, where all the interesting news stories wind up.


Boeing Co. employees vote to disband union

Boeing Co. workers in North Charleston voted overwhelmingly to disband their union in a move that could give the region an edge in landing an aircraft plant the company is looking to build.

Of the 267 ballots cast, 199 were in favor of decertifying the election that made them members of the International Association of Machinists. The company was pleased; the union was disappointed.

The local plant makes rear fuselage sections for Boeing’s 787, a new fast-selling lightweight jet that has been delayed by snags with suppliers and an eight-week strike last year by the IAM.

Boeing has said it would consider North Charleston and its manufacturing hub outside Seattle, among other sites, for a new 787 assembly plant. A decision is expected by the end of the year.



One down, 500 to go. Boeing’s manufacturing employees are highly skilled labor. “Joonion? We doan need no steenkin joonion!” Adios.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/14/2009 at 06:09 PM   
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Ok, so I punted

I have removed that little green football from the blogroll.

Two members have asked me to, and I admit, the blogroll is a bit out of date.

I haven’t visited LGF since the blowup they had with Gates of Vienna. But I went over there yesterday ... and I swear Michael Moore is running the site these days. For. Get. It. You. Leftist. Asshole.

Buh bye!

I did a little housekeeping. Come on, I still had The Other Side of Kim and Captain’s Quarters as active blogs. And I trimmed out a couple others that I never visit.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/14/2009 at 05:44 PM   
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IT’S WRONG TO TEACH LITTLE KIDS PATRIOTISM … So say a number of teachers …makes ya wonder.

A few days ago an article appeared in the Telegraph that I have since lost.  However, I found an older version from 2008 that appeared in the Time and so present part of it here. I can make no sense out of continual apologies for the past and the left wing view that being a patriot is somehow a wrong thing to be.
Now of course the kiddies are getting the benefits (or might that be brainwashing?) from the liberal left.

Posted here as well is opinion of an editorial writer in The Daily Mail, who see it differently.  I think I can say for certain that if kids are in fact getting this sort of (non) education in early school days, it isn’t any wonder that the country is in the shape it’s in. 


‘Don’t teach children patriotism’

Nicola Woolcock
The Times (from Feb. 2008)

Patriotism should be avoided in school lessons because British history is “morally ambiguous”, a leading educational body recommends.

History and citizenship lessons should stick to the bare facts rather than encouraging loyalty to Britain when covering subjects such as the Second World War or the British Empire, the Institute of Education researchers said. Teachers should not instill pride in what they consider great moments of British history, as more shameful episodes could be downplayed or excluded.

The slave trade, imperialism and 20th century wars should be taught as controversial issues while students are deciding how they feel about their country, the report says.

Three quarters of teachers felt obliged to tell students about the danger of patriotism. The survey suggested neither pupils nor teachers wanted patriotism endorsed by schools.

Historians said last night, however, that it was impossible to teach the subject without patriotism or a recognition that British values were rooted in the past.

The report criticises the current drive to use citizenship lessons as a way of promoting pride in being British and developing a sense of belonging. It said: “To love what is corrupt is itself corrupting, not least because it inclines us to ignore, forget, forgive or excuse the corruption. And there’s the rub for patriotism.

The historian Tristram Hunt said of the institute’s report: “I think it’s a very immature approach to the topic. The point is not whether history was right or wrong from a 21st Century liberal-left perspective. It’s about teaching students to understand the mindset and context of our forebears.

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If children are taught that patriotism is wrong, Britain’s very identity is at stake
By MELANIE PHILLIPS
14th September 2009

A survey found three-quarters of teachers believed it was their duty to warn pupils about the danger of patriotism (posed by models)
One of the most startling aspects of our society at present is the way things that were once considered to be virtues have now become the object of intense disapproval, and vice versa.

A recent survey of teachers by London University’s Institute of Education found that some three-quarters of them believed it was their duty to warn their pupils about the dangers of patriotism.
Once upon a time, loving your country enough that you were prepared to die for it was held to be the highest virtue.
Indeed, without patriotism there would be no one serving in the Armed Forces.

For the past 1,000 years, it has given the people of these islands the strength and courage to repel invaders and defeat the enemies of liberty.
Is it not extraordinary that such affection for your country should now be considered so objectionable that children should be told it is positively dangerous?
One teacher said that praising patriotism excluded non-British pupils.

‘Patriotism about being British divides groups along racial lines, when we aim to bring pupils to an understanding of what makes us the same.’
But on the contrary, patriotism is what binds us together through a shared sense of belonging and a desire to defend what we all have in common.
What this teacher seemed to be saying was that children from immigrant backgrounds can’t have that shared sense of belonging because they are not really British. Is that not itself a racist attitude?
And if such children really are merely foreign visitors, it is even more extraordinary that teachers should tailor the education of children who are British to suit the few who are not.

But then, some of these teachers seemed unwilling to acknowledge the concept of citizenship at all, spouting idiotic nonsense instead about promoting ‘universal brotherhood’ or the need to ‘identify as humans’.
With no awareness of any irony (they probably don’t understand what that means either) some said promoting patriotism was a form of ‘brainwashing’.
So what, pray, is promoting ‘universal brotherhood’? Planet earth to teachers: make contact, please!

As the researchers who conducted this survey point out, much of history and politics is incomprehensible without understanding the power of patriotic sentiment.
Accordingly, they say, schools should ensure that pupils not only understand what patriotism is, but are also ‘equipped to make reasoned judgments about the place it should occupy in their own emotional lives’.

Surely that’s the point. Teachers should not set out to put across one point of view, which replaces education with propaganda. Instead, they should be giving pupils both knowledge and the ability to think about it and learn from it so they can arrive at their own conclusions.
But on the grounds that love for your country is wrong, many teachers have long stopped passing on to children the knowledge they need if they are to admire and identify with Britain. Somehow this has got mixed up with racism, xenophobia and the BNP.

Thousands of pupils are being allowed to drop history at the age of 13.

Professor Derek Matthews, an economics lecturer at Cardiff University, was so concerned at his students’ lack of historical knowledge that he set them four simple questions.
He discovered that only one in six knew that the Duke of Wellington led the British Army in the battle of Waterloo; only one in ten could name a single 19th-century British prime minister; some of his students had never heard of the Reformation; and one thought Martin Luther was an American civil rights leader.
Yet these students were probably in the top 15 per cent of their age group for educational success.
Despite - or perhaps, because of - this collapse of knowledge in the schools, there is a tremendous appetite for history among the general public.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/14/2009 at 11:52 AM   
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Extraordinary 19th century photographs of explorer’s travels unearthed.

Booted very late in the day, flat tire, yadda,yadda.

So I booted and immediately saw this.  WOW!  This guy was some kind of patient and some kind of artist and talk about travel.
Sad to think that as hard as travel was in those days (how often could they bathe and how did they keep track of all the stuff they dragged along.) In his case the job would have been easier as an officer and all but as I started to say, sad that hard as things were, travel to those places today is not only harder to do but maybe more dangerous. If not more so then just as.

I sure hope this collection is bought by a museum because if it isn’t, it’ll stay hidden once again not to be seen in my lifetime.

History buffs will love this. 


Extraordinary 19th century photographs of explorer’s travels unearthed - and he painted the colours himself

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 3:42 PM on 14th September 2009

A stunning collection of photographs taken by a 19th century globetrotter has caused a stir - because he meticulously painted the colours in himself.

The amazing images shed new light on the world as it was more than 100 years ago, with vivid images of snake charmers, ships on the Suez Canal and fighting Sikhs, among others.

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Henry Harrison, a Royal Navy Paymaster General, took the black and white pictures on his voyages around the globe and, because he was a talented artist, was able to painstakingly colour them in..

Stunning imagery: One of Henry Harrison’s photographs shows prisoners in China waiting to be executed. He painstakingly hand-painted the colours himself.
Harrison travelled the globe with his trusty camera and even recorded the grisly early stages of the Boxer Rebellion in China in the late 1890s.

Other locations depicted include the pyramids at Giza, India, Venice, Pompeii, Tonga and the West Indies.
One of the never before seen slides is labelled: “An English party ascending the Great Pyramid.” There are pictures of snake charmers, huge cannon being unloaded, ships along the Suez Canal and images of HMS Victory and the Royal Yacht “Victoria and Albert”.

He clearly spent time in the Holy Land and there are colour pictures of the Tomb of David, Garden of Gethsemane, the Wailing Wall, Nazareth and Jericho.
Sudanese warriors, Egyptian crocodile catchers, Indian mahouts, fighting Sikhs, Bengali lancers and even a Whirling Dervish - described as a Howling Dervish - are all recorded.

The dozens of slides have been in his family ever since but are now being sold along with his paints he used and the instructions on how to colour in the pictures.
Harrison was a noted marine artist and typical of his time because he was a keen naturalist and collected specimens of birds and butterflies during his voyages.

His life spanned the Victorian age and this collection shows the world in colour at the height of the British Empire.
Relative Moiya Harrison, who is now selling them, said: ‘Henry Harrison was my late husband’s grandfather who was Paymaster General in the Royal Navy.
He was a keen photographer and artist and these slides are what he took during the late 19th century.  ‘He also coloured in the slides and recently I found his paints and instructions on how to do it - and that is now in the sale.

‘He was a very talented artist and the colours on the slides would be accurate.
‘He went on seven year tours and covered much of the globe taking pictures, painting pictures and collecting specimens.

‘I’ve kept the family pictures and the specimens he collected, but those for sale include the ones of the Boxer Rebellion which are a bit gruesome.
‘None of these has been in the public domain before.

‘He must have been a very interesting man and his life spanned the Victorian age.” The slides of the failed Boxer Rebellion are dated 1895, which was in the very early stages of the murderous uprising by Chinese opposed to foreigners and Christians.

Historians both here and in China will be keen to study the images of the uprising.
The Righteous Fists of Harmony - nicknamed Boxers - were fanatical fighters of the Qing Dynasty who murdered missionaries and Chinese Christians.
Harrison captured images of the rebellion and the names he gave to the slides highlight the nature of the uprising.
They include: ‘executioners for minor punishments’, ‘prisoner to be tortured’, ‘prisoner chained to wall in street’, ‘prisoner in cage’, ‘prisoners decapitated.’
They are thought to be punishments meted out to the Boxers who were caught, rather than the victims of the Boxers themselves.

Deborah Doyle, from Duke’s auction house in Dorchester, Dorset, said the slides could make up to £1,000.
She said: “These slides are very poignant, and are an important part of our world history.
‘Harrison certainly captured historic moments whilst serving with the Royal Navy, some of which could not have been easy to take.

‘Also included with this collection are slides from around the world, including some of Tonga, West Indies, Egypt and the Holy Land.
‘Most of the slides have been coloured in by Harrison who was a marine artist, his paint box will also be included .

‘This unique collection is sure to create a lot of interest from world historians.” Harrison died in 1907 aged 66 and is buried at St Marks’ Church in Gosport, Hants.
The sale takes place at Dukes of Dorchester on October 1.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 09/14/2009 at 10:50 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - September 13, 2009

Healthcare Bill is Unconstitutional

Funny thing ... if I was a legislator, the absolute first thing I’d check about a bill, any bill, was whether is was constitutional. That seems to be the LAST thing anybody checks anymore, leaving that up to the Supreme Court, years later, only when somebody makes a case and gets it to bubble all the way to the top. Pretty fishy behavior IMO.



Sorry, NOT Allowed



A retired lawyer reads the ENTIRE health care bill ... and finds it unconstitutional in so many ways, so many times. Why are you not surprised?


The first thing to go will be the masterfully crafted balance of power between the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the U.S. Government. The Congress will be transferring to the Obama Administration authority in a number of different areas over the lives of the American people and the businesses they own. The irony is that the Congress doesn’t have any authority to legislate in most of those areas to begin with. I defy anyone to read the text of the U.S. Constitution and find any authority granted to the members of Congress to regulate health care.

This legislation also provides for access by the appointees of the Obama administration of all of your personal healthcare information, your personal financial information, and the information of your employer, physician, and hospital. All of this is a direct violation of the specific provisions of the 4th Amendment to the Constitution protecting against unreasonable searches and seizures. You can also forget about the right to privacy. That will have been legislated into oblivion regardless of what the 3rd and 4th Amendments may provide.

If you decide not to have healthcare insurance or if you have private insurance that is not deemed “acceptable” to the “Health Choices Administrator” appointed by Obama there will be a tax imposed on you. It is called a “tax” instead of a fine because of the intent to avoid application of the due process clause of the 5th Amendment. However, that doesn’t work because since there is nothing in the law that allows you to contest or appeal the imposition of the tax, it is definitely depriving someone of property without the “due process of law.

So, there are three of those pesky amendments that the far left hate so much out the original ten in the Bill of Rights that are effectively nullified by this law. It doesn’t stop there though




Go read the rest of the post over here. It’s part of a continuing series at this fellows blog, Michael Connely dot com.




Thank you Carole.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/13/2009 at 06:14 PM   
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The snooper’s handbook: Guide that will ensure no home improvement escapes the Council Tax

I can’t believe we’ve allowed this to happen. Why does it cost more to police, empty bins etc from a large house with en suites, conservatory etc, Gordon already gets his cut from stamp duty and eventually from death duty. We need an uprising against local and central government. Thereis no reason to work hard- earn more pay more tax, spend more pay more tax via vat, spend it on your house pay more tax. I’m no francophile but they wouldn’t stand for it.

- john, manchester, 13/9/2009

If the Councils could spend there time improving the services that we pay for instead of this snooping around on people might be a better idea.They keep telling us they have no money for this no money for that and cutting services , then they pay these people to snoop on us. I think its about time we the people who pay their salaries tell them what we want our money spent on.

- jacqui weems, southampton, 13/9/2009

Those are just two of some 121 comments made on the website of the Sunday Mail.  What are they banging on about?

‘Families face being taxed for their sash windows and en suite bathrooms. There is nothing that Gordon Brown won’t tax. These inspectors have alarming powers to enter people’s homes – and there is clear evidence that they now intend to exercise them.’


The snooper’s handbook: Guide that will ensure no home improvement escapes the Council Tax inspectors

By Glen Owen
Last updated at 2:58 AM on 13th September 2009

If you have just proudly added an en suite bathroom to your house or laid a tiled floor in your conservatory, then beware.

As part of secret plans for a council tax hike on the middle classes, inspectors have been armed with a new ‘snoopers handbook’ to ensure that no home improvement – however discreet – escapes their scrutiny.

THE BIG BROTHER MANUAL trains valuation experts how to follow up leads from ‘informants’ by undertaking ‘detective work’, including photographing properties, plundering estate agents’ details and room-by-room inspections.
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The handbook informs inspectors how to find homeowners who have so-called ‘value significant’ features

In July, The Mail on Sunday revealed that the Valuation Office Agency is compiling a database that will give all 23million homes in England one of 100 ‘dwelling house codes’, which are expected to form the basis of a council tax revaluation if Labour wins the next Election.

Middle-income families are likely to bear the brunt of any tax increases as the Government struggles to fill the black hole on its balance sheet caused by the recession.

The handbook, complete with audio commentary, sets out how inspectors can catch homeowners who have so-called ‘value significant’ features.

One exercise reads: ‘Your office has been informed the roofspace has been converted into a fourth bedroom. Your task is to establish whether existing details [for the house] require amendment.’

Another states that ‘information has been obtained’ about a house that has been ‘extended to include another living room and two new bedrooms with en suites. It also emerges that the house has a partial view of the mountains’.
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Within the guide, inspectors are urged to ‘use to detective work’ to spot value-adding features on a home

The trainee inspectors then have to change their valuation to place the home in a higher bracket.

A further exercise trains inspectors to look out for ‘a garage large enough for two cars and a drive large enough for three’, a ‘hardwood conservatory with single glazing and tiled floor’, a ‘full sea view’ and recent modernisation.

The language in the manual will strike homeowners who have carried out improvements as positively Orwellian.

Alongside pictures of homes and their value-adding features – including in some cases a Sherlock Holmes-style magnifying glass on the pictures for inspecting building features – inspectors are urged to ‘use detective work’.

They are told: ‘The guide is effectively a glossary of the different types of dwellings within the country. You could even say that it’s a kind of illustrated social history.’ They are even wished ‘good luck’ on their missions.

Last night, Conservative Local Government spokeswoman Caroline Spelman said: ‘Labour Ministers have been caught red-handed training a cadre of State snoopers for a council tax revaluation.

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Barking Moonbats.  Speaking of which … Is this Moonbat er what? Fined for NOT having trash?

Well now if ya read this story it sure seems that way. Or as Christopher of BMEWS has stated when referring to another subject,
over here (UK) one has to prove they are innocent even before a charge is leveled.  Not an exact quote but close enough for this poor fellow.
And all in the name of planet saving mind you, which is as we all know, the new religion.

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BIKE SHOP OWNER IS FINED BY COUNCIL ... FOR NOT PRODUCING ANY RUBBISH
By Andrew Levy
Daily Mail

With its emphasis on re-using old materials or selling them as scrap, Mark Howard’s bicycle shop is a model of environmental efficiency.

So you might have imagined that his local council would be grateful to him for enhancing the area’s green credentials.

But instead the father of four has been hit with a £180 fine - because officers refuse to believe he doesn’t create any commercial waste.
Green effort: Mark Howard, pictured outside his bicycle store, has labelled Southend Council’s move to fine him as ‘totally stupid’

Green effort: Mark Howard, pictured outside his bicycle store, has labelled Southend Council’s move to fine him as ‘totally stupid’

If the charge is not paid within ten days it will rise to £300, and ultimately Mr Howard could be hauled before a court.

Mr Howard stores surplus materials such as cardboard boxes and old pedals away for re-use, while bent steel or aluminium frames that can’t be salvaged are sold for scrap.

* Council to give families dept. store vouchers… for putting their rubbish in the right bins
* Now town halls want to fine you £500 if you put out wheelie bin on the wrong day

The dispute centres around a certificate issued by council waste contractors Cory when businesses pay them £80 to supply 50 commercial waste bags, which can be collected when full. Five weeks ago Mr Howard, 50, who runs Sutton Road Cycles in Southend, received a letter from Southend Council asking how he disposed of waste.

When he rang up to explain, no one believed that he did not use the service and he was told that someone would visit his premises.

‘An officer came round a week later but he didn’t look round or ask any questions,’ he said. ‘He just handed me another letter which said I must pay a fixed penalty.

‘They didn’t give me a chance to show them what I do - which is better than the council contractor’s service because their waste goes to landfill.’

Mr Howard, who is married to Karen, 46, says he can prove what he does with his waste by showing council officials his paperwork.

But he added: ‘Despite repeated calls I was fobbed off all the time. I have tried to get an interview with the director of the department but nothing has happened. This is totally stupid. The council must have money to burn because they want this case to go to court.

‘I’m not some environmental fruitcake trying to save the world. I’m just an ordinary person using my brain to avoid waste. But they don’t seem to care.’

Southend Council yesterday defended its actions. Simon Crowther, group manager for waste, said: ‘Mr Howard is required under the Environmental (Duty of Care) Regulations 1991 to produce evidence as to how he legally and lawfully disposes of commercial waste under his control.

‘Mr Howard has been issued with a fixed-penalty fine due to the fact he failed to provide this evidence.’

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Now then do I understand correctly that Mr. Howard couldn’t provide evidence because .... there wasn’t any evidence to begin with?
Catch 22?


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THE CHECK’S IN THE MAIL.  NO IS ISN’T.  IT’S IN THE GUTTER AS POSTAL STRIKE WORSENS.

I had not intended to run another strike story first thing in the morning but here we are. 
America take note. Please!
This may be a boring story for you but there surely is a lesson here.  And it’s very well expressed by Lyndon so TAKE HEED AMERICA.

Once they get their foot in the door the commies are very difficult to get out. You end up with “Conservatives” like you have in England, who are too scared to impose real conservative values because so many of the population are sucking at the government tit.

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Your post is in the gutter: Strike-hit Post Office managers sort mail on the pavement

By Christopher Leake
Last updated at 8:07 AM on 13th September 2009

Sacks of letters and parcels have been left lying in the gutter after Royal Mail chiefs secretly drafted in managers in a desperate attempt to clear a huge backlog of mail caused by postal strikes.

In a scene that evokes memories of the ‘winter of discontent’ 30 years ago – when Left-wing strikers brought the nation to a virtual standstill – a public service is yet again being reduced to chaos by militants determined to disrupt everyday life.

This was Worple Road, Wimbledon, South-West London, yesterday as volunteer postal managers – among thousands across the country – were forced to offload mail into the road because the Royal Mail delivery office 100 yards away had been shut down after a walkout by postal staff.

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Working next to suburban flats and offices, the managers, wearing orange reflective vests, removed mail on to the pavement from the vans and 6ft-high steel sorting trolleys before delivering it to local addresses.

The scene was captured on a mobile phone camera by Brian Narborough, of nearby Raynes Park.

The 60-year-old retired golf club steward said last night: ‘As I drove past, I could hardly believe what I was seeing. These postal people were throwing the mailbags over their shoulders and into the street from the vans. It’s not what you expect in the middle of a suburban street at a weekend.

‘It’s hardly secure, either. I thought the idea of the mail was that it was delivered to you safely. No wonder it’s late arriving.

‘It really took me by surprise to see all that post in the street. It certainly explains why I’ve been waiting so long for my post when it’s strewn all over the place like that at 11 in the morning.

The postal service around here has been terrible for a couple of weeks now. We had no post at all some days last week. It is just awful that it has come to this.’

The Wimbledon delivery office in Cranbrook Road was one of 14 Royal Mail depots around Britain yesterday where managers were being used as strike-busters.
Staff sort the piles of mail in the street for delivery

There are more than 14,000 delivery and sorting offices throughout the country, delivering over 75million letters and parcels a day.

Royal Mail bosses insist that more than 90 per cent of mail is being delivered. But a series of one-day strikes by 20,000 members of the Communication Workers Union – aimed at causing maximum disruption with minimal loss of pay – have brought chaos to the postal system in the past fortnight.

This will hugely embarrass Gordon Brown, who on Tuesday will tell the TUC conference in Liverpool that Government and leadership are about making choices ‘in the best interests of the country’. He will also admit that Britain’s road towards recovery is ‘still fragile and not automatic’.

The union claims that its series of rolling walkouts has paralysed parts of the network, causing a backlog of 20million items in London, with some families not receiving their post for ten days.

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20 stone, that’s about 280 pounds.

See all the rest (photos and story) HERE

Once they get their foot in the door the commies are very difficult to get out.


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calendar   Saturday - September 12, 2009

9/12 March on DC

9/12 Tea Party: TWO MILLION March on DC



“I’m mad as hell, and I’m not gonna take it anymore!”




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“minuscule fringe” my ass!



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UPDATE: Yes, it was 2 million!
I did not realize that the tea party was also on the National Mall, as well as Pennsylvania Avenue. National Park Service estimates that the Mall can hold about 1 million people comfortably spaced, and the grounds in front of the Capital another quarter million. (the picture shown at the NPS link is upside down. North is down in that pic) Densely packed, the Mall will hold 1.5 million; the numbers for the Capital grounds will rise also. Now add in the 300,000 folks over on Pennsylvania Avenue, and you’re at 2 million. Those two zones are only a couple of blocks apart, so the crowd spillover from both were probably connected on the side streets. How many more folks would that add to the mix? It just might be that (pun intended) 2 million was a Conservative estimate!

Michelle Malkin has more, of course.


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Whaddya mean, Obama’s not home? He’s in Minnesota? But we told him we were coming today!



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Funny ... Fox News is calling the crowd size “tens of thousands” both on their web site and online. So is ABC news online. But on TV, ABC reporters are saying the crowd is TWO MILLION strong. Look at the picture ... that’s a lot more than “tens of thousands”. Tens of tens, maybe tens of tens of tens.


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Screen capture from NBC news. See that round rotunda thing on the brown roof in the foreground? That’s the Ronald Reagan building, more than a full mile from the Capitol Building at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue. The tower is on the Old Post Office Pavilion, 250 yards down the road. And Pennsylvania Avenue is at least 8 lanes wide, plus the sidewalks. That’s about 120 feet wide overall. And it’s solid people. This isn’t tens of thousands. It’s millions.

The camera is on the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, above Freedom plaza, just one block east from the Treasury Building, and two blocks east of the White House. It’s likely that the crowd stretches right up to the White House gates.

From Michelle Malkin’s:

12:34pm Eastern: Police estimate 1.2 million in attendance. ABC News reporting crowd at 2 million. Teeny, tiny fringe, huh?

Tens of thousands of protesters fed up with government spending marched to the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, showing their disdain for the president’s health care plan with slogans such as “Obamacare makes me sick” and “I’m not your ATM.”

The line of protesters clogged several blocks near capitol, according to the D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. Demonstrators chanted “enough, enough” and “We the People.” Others yelled “You lie, you lie!” and “Pelosi has to go,” referring to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Throngs of people waved U.S. flags and held signs reading “Go Green Recycle Congress” and “I’m Not Your ATM.” Men wore colonial costumes as they listened to speakers who warned of “judgment day” — Election Day 2010.

Terri Hall, 45, of Starke, Fla., said she felt compelled to become political for the first time this year because she was upset by government spending.

“Our government has lost sight of the powers they were granted,” she said. She added that the deficit spending was out of control, and said she thought it was putting the country at risk.

Conservative activists from around the country are gathering in Washington on Saturday, hoping to continue their momentum in shaping the national debate on everything from health care to White House staffing.

The demonstrators, who plan to march up Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol, are drawing their passion not from Bush-era fights over terrorism or gay marriage, but rather from Reagan-era debates over big government programs. The event comes on the heels of antitax events, dubbed tea parties, in April, and a series of congressional town-hall meetings nationwide last month that elicited angry criticism of health-care proposals favored by President Barack Obama and his Democratic allies.

“I can’t figure out to save me what [Mr. Obama and the Democrats] are trying to accomplish, unless they want socialism,” 73-year-old Joseph Wright, a retired paper-mill worker, told The Wall Street Journal. Wright rode from Tallahassee, Fla., to Washington this week on one of the many chartered buses bringing in demonstrators from states as far-flung as Massachusetts and Arkansas.

Saturday’s rally comes just a few months after Mr. Obama’s victory seemed to have left the conservative movement in disarray. But in recent weeks, critics of the administration’s programs and spending have succeeded in putting Mr. Obama on the defensive, threatening his health-care drive, prompting parents to boycott a routine presidential speech to schoolchildren and forcing the resignation of a White House adviser with a left-leaning past.



Way to go America. And let your representatives know that this is just the tip of the iceberg. This is merely the 0.67% of the population who was riled up enough to go, and was able to get there. For every protester, 50 more stayed home.

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