When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Friday - October 28, 2011

E.R.A. Comes To Royal Family

New Rules For Brit Royals

Centuries of British royal discrimination came to an end Friday after Commonwealth leaders agreed to drop rules that give sons precedence as heir to the throne and bar anyone in line for the crown from marrying a Roman Catholic.

The 16 countries that have Queen Elizabeth as their monarch agreed to the changes put forward by British Prime Minister David Cameron, who had called the rules of succession outdated.

“The idea that a younger son should become monarch instead of an elder daughter simply because he is a man, or that a future monarch can marry someone of any faith except a Catholic, this way of thinking is at odds with the modern countries that we’ve all become,” Cameron told reporters.

The agreement came on the sidelines of a Commonwealth summit presided over by the Queen in the remote west Australian city of Perth.

Current succession rules dating back to 1688 and 1700 were designed to ensure a Protestant monarchy, and bar anyone in line to the throne from marrying a Catholic.

Only a Catholic link is barred. There are no restrictions on marrying members of other religions or atheists.

The rules have their roots in a turbulent period of English history dating back to Henry VIII’s break with Rome in the mid- 16th century. The laws were imposed at a time when Catholics were seen as a threat to the state.

“centuries of discrimination” is what many people would call “tradition”. Still, this is something new. And unfortunately, there was nothing in there about skipping a generation and passing the crown to a grandchild because the heir apparent is a total dweeb.


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Steve Crowder, Still Occupied


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calendar   Thursday - October 27, 2011

Works For Me

Blackbeard’s Cannon Recovered


A one-ton cannon from the wreck of Blackbeard’s pirate ship has been raised from the seabed after nearly 300 years.

The cannon was on board the Queen Anne’s Revenge [located in 1996] which ran aground and sank off the coast of North Carolina in 1718.

Blackbeard, whose real name was thought to be Edward Teach, became one of the world’s most notorious and feared pirates as he roamed seas around the West Indies and the east coast of the American colonies.

The British pirate’s reign of terror only lasted two years before the Royal Navy was sent out to sea to capture him.

He was eventually killed in a battle with Lieutenant Robert Maynard who cut off his head and hung it from the bow of his ship as a warning to other pirates.

Ah, the good old days when things were black and white instead of infinite shades of gray. And pirates got the chop. Period.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/27/2011 at 09:01 AM   
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Monster Ballads

Poking around once again on This one is from the ‘member feed’, ie, you have to be a member to get there. I’d long ago given up on music. Everything seemed to be vulgar ‘hip hop’, ‘cop killer’, rape the whore/slut/sister. No one could sing, so they ‘rapped’. Couldn’t play an instrument so they did a heavy bass drum beat. Anyone can do that. So I’ve just been listening to the classics: Simon & Garfunkel, Mozart, etc, for the last twenty years.

So I was jazzed when somebody on Ricochet posted this video of Josh Ritter. I’ll be looking for him next time I’m at my favorite music store…

The music industry claims they’re losing money due to internet piracy. I claim they’re losing money because they publish trash like ‘rap’, ‘hip hop’, etc. This guy is good! But I have a problem: my favorite music store went out of business for lack of music. (sigh)


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/27/2011 at 09:21 AM   
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Urban liberals: living the lie

1. Occupy This! Thermal imaging shows that most of the hippie tents in the Occupy London be-in are empty at night. The pretend hippie protesters all run home to mommy at night.

90% of tents in the Occupy camp in London are left EMPTY overnight


These are the damning images that prove the anti-capitalist protest that has closed St Paul’s Cathedral is all but deserted at night.

Footage from a thermal imaging camera taken late at night reveals just a fraction of the makeshift camp was occupied. An independent thermal imaging company, commissioned by the Daily Mail, captured these pictures after similar footage from a police helicopter found only one in ten tents were occupied after dark. In these shots, taken late on Monday night, the presence of body heat from humans is represented by yellow and red inside the tents.

The tents that are coloured purple indicate they are colder and thus empty. The buildings behind are also yellow and red because of the higher temperatures inside. The images suggest the vast majority of the demonstrators who gather around the cathedral to denounce capitalism during the day go home or to a hotel to stay warm at night.

But despite being an almost entirely part time protest, the activists last week forced St Paul’s to shut for the first time since the Blitz, and the cathedral appears unlikely to reopen for months.


Early each day to the steps of Saint Paul’s

The communist protesters come.

“The money world sucks” is their chant and their tone,

Though at evenings they’re all warm at home.

2. Dress like a groovy hippie chick, for just several thousand dollars per outfit!!

Occupy that style!
Forget Zuccotti Park. For hippie haute looks, Woodstock is where it’s at.


A series of fashion photographs at the New York Post of trendy hippie rags. The outfit pictured here, not the most expensive one in the bunch, retails for almost $2200.

I’m not sure if I own $2200 worth of clothing in my entire closet.

Pretend hippies, pretend protest “occupiers”, pretend complaining about the very system that gives them the wherewithal to be able to dress the part or to waste the time protesting. How ironic that everything about them is false, right up to their anointed savior in the White House.


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calendar   Wednesday - October 26, 2011

A Good Question

So I was poking around on and came across this post: What is ‘Conservatism?”

A very decent question. Especially when proposed by a self-proclaimed ‘squishy RINO’.

Anyway, open it up for discussion on BMEWS. Take a look at the Ricochet post, read the comments, and let me know what your opinion is. I’m going to base my next Toastmasters speech on this question. If I use your opinion, I’ll certainly cite the source…(and there was much raucous laughter!)


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Obrigado São Paulo

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Brazilian model Karina Flores.

See More Below The Fold


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Rural Trailer Trash and Urban Ugliness: Two Tales Of Abuse

Four children were removed from what authorities described as a filthy Nebraska trailer home where a 3-year-old boy and his 5-year-old brother were kept in a wire dog kennel, police said Tuesday.

North Platte officers went to the home late Monday after receiving a call from someone asking that police check on the welfare of the children living there, police Lt. Rich Hoaglund said. When officers went inside, they were met with the stench of urine and found trash and animal feces throughout the home, Hoaglund said.

An officer soon found two boys, ages 3 and 5, in a 30-by-42-inch wire dog kennel.

“They had a small child’s mattress in there, and that’s where both kids were sleeping,” Hoaglund said. “The gate on that door was wired shut.”

The children’s mother, 22-year-old Ashly Clark, told officers she put her boys in the kennel at night to keep them from climbing out of the trailer through a window, Hoaglund said.

A couple — 25-year-old Bryson Eyten and 24-year-old Samantha Eyten — also lived in the trailer with their 8-year-old and 8-month-old children. Hoaglund said those children were not kept in the kennel. Hoaglund said that while the children were living in filthy conditions, there was no evidence to suggest they had been physically abused or were malnourished.

Clark, the Eytens and 20-year-old Lacy Beyer, who police said also lived in the trailer, were arrested Monday night and charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree false imprisonment, two counts of felony child abuse and misdemeanor child abuse, based on the condition of the house. The children have been placed with state authorities.

Four young adults and four children living in a shit filled double wide, plus pets, with 2 of the kids locked into a dog cage to keep them from escaping. Pretty sick, or just really poor folk who are really bad at parenting and housekeeping being practical? I say psycho.


Meanwhile, back in Philadelphia, the Horror House investigation continues and more information comes to light about alleged ringleader Linda Weston, as her lawyers start trying to play the non copos mentos “she be crazy” card. Crazy like a fox, I’d say. Investigation has also turned up a suspicious death a couple of years ago at another house in Philly Weston was living at, and another one at a previous home in Virginia. Oh, and while the news services help the lawyers play the crazy game, court research shows that she only served 4 years for starving a man to death, the minimum sentence for the third-degree murder she was convicted of.

We obtained court documents obtained exclusively from the criminal courts of Philadelphia and they spell out the startling details of Linda Weston’s 1983 conviction in the starvation death of Bernardo Ramos.
The documents include a mix of handwritten and typed notes. One chilling sentence in the case review reads, “ The evidence clearly demonstrated that [Weston] was mentally able to supervise a household. She also appeared to be the ringleader of this conspiracy.”

The papers show why Weston served only four years in a third-degree murder conviction for killing Ramos, who was the boyfriend of her sister, Venus Weston. The records show in 1981 she locked Ramos in a closet for about two months. She fed him only four times and let him out on six or seven occasions.
When Ramos died, she wheeled him in a baby carriage to an abandoned house and dumped him.
The files show Weston likely spent two years locked up in a local jail and two more in state prison. On January 15th, 1987 , after serving just four years (her minimum sentence), Weston was paroled. The parole board ordered mandatory intensive supervision and out patient therapy for Linda Weston.
Weston was ordered to take psychotropic meds--drugs for mental illness--and stay out of trouble.

High-ranking sources are now confirming that investigators working on a special task force in this trail of terror are now looking into the death of a Philadelphia woman several years ago to determine if she died under any suspicious circumstances.

The incident several years ago happened in the Lawncrest section of Philadelphia where a woman was reportedly found dead in the basement of a home Weston shared with another suspect in this case.

The news service Reuters has obtained court records from the 1980s [the starvation murder trial] that show doctors believe current Philadelphia House of Horrors suspect Linda Weston was schizophrenic. In court testimony then, Dr. Gino Grosso diagnosed Weston says Reuters, based on a report issued by Judge John Geisz.

“The doctor had performed a psychiatric evaluation on Linda Weston and his report described the defendant as being a mentally retarded young adult suffering from intrinsic brain disease, mainly epilepsy,” Geisz wrote in 1986. “Dr. Grosso also diagnosed the defendant as a schizophrenic.”

The suspected ringleader of an alleged Social Security fraud scheme in which police say mentally disabled people were held captive in a basement may not completely understand the seriousness of the charges against her, her lawyer said Monday.
George S. Yacoubian Jr., a lawyer who represents Weston, said after the hearing that he has met with the woman and plans to do a more comprehensive interview to evaluate her mental state.

He declined to comment on if she had a history of mental issues, but said a competency examination would be a good idea.

“I don’t know if she understands what the allegations are,” Yacoubian said outside court.

Oh gag me. Watch, the po’ white trash in Nebraska will get the book thrown at them, while this not-white twisted murdering psychopath felon in Philly will get 6 months in the rubber room and a bottle of sunshine pills.

Oh, in case you were wondering about 3rd degree murder, WiseGeek explains:

Third degree murder is a legal concept that helps distinguish crimes involving the death of a victim by the intent or circumstances of the suspect. Depending on the court, third degree murder may be synonymous with second degree murder or with the charge of manslaughter. In regions that have third degree laws, the definition typically includes murder that occurred while the perpetrator had the intention of harming, though not killing, the victim, or when the perpetrator was intentionally acting with willful disregard for the victim’s life.

Many courts determine sentencing guidelines for crimes based on the severity of the damage caused and the intent of the perpetrator. By dividing a crime by degrees of severity, a court can narrow sentencing guidelines for judges and juries. First degree crimes are typically those that result in the stiffest punishments if proved; in some countries with the death penalty, first degree murder can result in execution.

First degree murder usually constitutes a premeditated murder, or one that involved particular brutality. Second and third degree murder as well as manslaughter cover gray areas of intent and action, leading to considerable confusion over definition. Many courts do not feature a third degree murder statute, preferring to divide homicidal crimes between second degree actions and manslaughter. The United States is one of the few countries that has a third degree murder statute, and even then only in a few states such as Pennsylvania and California.

In Pennsylvania, third degree murder is defined as any murder not covered by the limits of first and second degree crimes. This category often serves as a catch-all for murder crimes that do not adhere specifically to the guidelines for higher crimes, but do contain elements of malice or recklessness. In most regions that feature third degree laws, the definition includes either crimes that were intended to cause harm but not death, or crimes where willful recklessness resulted in death.


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Mid-Morning Cuteness

A rare white wombat has been nursed back to health, in Ceduna, Australia, after being found alone and unwell a month earlier, according to local media.
The southern hairy-nosed wombat was found close to death, dehydrated and exhausted, by shearers working on a remote property.

Polar isn’t the only white wombat around; there is another one named Stuart Little being cared for at a shelter in Cardinia. They are very rare though.


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Stuart Little

There are 3 species of wombat and all of them live in Australia and Tasmania. Wombats are a dog sized marsupial, growing to about a meter in length and about 50-75lb. They have slightly opposable thumbs on their front feet and get by by digging and burrowing in the ground. Wombats have a very slow metabolism and usually take up to 2 weeks to digest a meal of grass, bark, and roots. They are fairly plentiful and usually nocturnal so they are not often seen. You may not shit a brick if you see a wombat, but he will. Wombats are famous for excreting very dense cubical feces. The Southern Hairy-nosed Wombat is the smallest of the three species, and lives only in the southernmost part of central South Australia. Wombats have a couple of evolutionary adaptations. As marsupials, the females have pouches, but those are on backwards. This keeps the dirt out when they do all that burrowing. Wombats are also a bit physically imbalanced, having extra heavy bones and cartilage in the back, which, along with a stumpy little tail, protects them from predators when they’re nosing into a hole in the ground. Perhaps for this reason wombats also always exit a burrow hind end first. Wombats are pretty mellow, but are strong enough to lay a hurtin’ on people, and have been known to bite and attack when threatened.

October 22 is Wombat Day in Australia.


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calendar   Tuesday - October 25, 2011

The Usual Lefty BS

Florida: Judge Blocks Drug Test Law For Welfare Recipients

Funny, drug testing is OK for people seeking employment. Why is it not OK for people seeking government help instead of employment?


A federal judge temporarily blocked Florida’s new law that requires welfare applicants to pass a drug test before receiving benefits on Monday, saying it may violate the Constitution’s ban on unreasonable searches and seizures.

Judge Mary Scriven ruled in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a 35-year-old Navy veteran and single father who sought the benefits while finishing his college degree, but refused to take the test. The judge said there was a good chance plaintiff Luis Lebron would succeed in his challenge to the law based on the Fourth Amendment, which protects individuals from being unfairly searched.

Personally, I’m against drug testing as a hurdle to getting employment, so I guess I should be against it for getting a handout. I am in favor of it in the workplace when there is actual cause. Not sure where I fall for the random on the job tests (probably against) or for it’s use in scholastic athletics (against) or for it’s non-use in professional athletics (for). But it has been a de facto aspect of getting a job for at least 18 years now.

The drug test can reveal a host of private medical facts about the individual, Scriven wrote, adding that she found it “troubling” that the drug tests are not kept confidential like medical records. The results can also be shared with law enforcement officers and a drug abuse hotline.

“This potential interception of positive drug tests by law enforcement implicates a `far more substantial’ invasion of privacy than in ordinary civil drug testing cases,” said Scriven, who was appointed by President George W. Bush.

The judge also said Florida didn’t show that the drug testing program meets criteria for exceptions to the Fourth Amendment.

The injunction will stay in place until the judge can hold a full hearing on the matter. She didn’t say when that hearing will be scheduled.

More than two-dozen states have also proposed drug-testing recipients of welfare or other government assistance, but Florida was the first state to enact such a law in more than a decade. Should any of those states pass a law and face a court challenge, Scriven’s ultimate ruling would likely serve as a legal precedent.

Ok Florida, don’t be a hoser. Figure out how the corporations get away with it, and follow the same process. Maybe they don’t get the detailed results back from the testing companies, just a Yes or No answer. If that’s the case, then re-write your bill and have just that part - the answer - accessible to police when they have a warrant. Or don’t even bother. It’s not like the police have nothing else to do; busting junkies and pot heads is so far down their list that it comes in lower than investigating bicycle theft.

Earlier this year, Scott also ordered drug testing of new state workers and spot checks of existing state employees under him. But testing was suspended after the American Civil Liberties Union also challenged that policy in a separate lawsuit.

Nearly 1,600 applicants have refused to take the test since testing began in mid-July, but they aren’t required to say why. Thirty-two applicants failed the test and more than 7,000 have passed, according to the Department of Children and Families. The majority of positives were for marijuana.

What what what? The ACLU got the testing suspended for government workers? Where the hell were they in 1992 for the rest of us, the bastiges???  And of course most of the positives were for pot. The test - at least the urine test - is pretty flawed because all the really hard stuff flushes out of your system within a couple days. Only reefer leaves a trace that sticks around for months. That’s why they should use the hair test like so many employers do. That one can spot your drug usage going back months. And it would make finding the welfare druggies real easy too. They’d be the people walking around completely hairless, with shaved heads, waxed bodies, and no eyebrows.

Looks like another one of Bush’s compassionate conservatives is either a closet liberal or a strict constitutionalist. I’d like to believe she’s a constitutionalist, but what I’d really like to see is Florida writing a law that can pass muster. Or a federal level decision throwing out all drug testing as an employment/benefits condition. Isn’t there something in that old document about being under duress?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/25/2011 at 08:37 AM   
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That’s About How I See It Too


Hope n’ Change daily cartoons and commentary.


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calendar   Monday - October 24, 2011

Fun With Your Browser

O2C: Objects To See

Ok, I’ve got all the concrete out at this point. I snuck a bit into this dumpster and that one, but I’ve still got several hundred pounds of it out back to dispose of. I’ll get to it.

Meanwhile, I took a break to let some of the dust settle, and did a little more of my “continuing education” on truss design. Hey, it’s all online. The ‘net is more than just boobs and sports scores. While poking about to see if a Pratt truss was stronger than a Warren truss (ceteris paribus: yup), I came across this:


Oooh, pretty. It’s the Spruce Peak base lodge at the Stowe Mountain ski resort in Stowe Vermont. It’s an octagonal building that’s completely open on the inside, 80 feet in diameter. The roof is about 30 feet high, not counting the cupola. And it’s all open underneath; the roof is supported by wooden trusses. Warren trusses (equilateral triangles) make up the 8 major rafters, while the upper part of the building is supported by Pratt trusses (right triangles, though the 30-60-90 ones are strongest). There are some neat pictures of it at the truss builder’s homepage, here, plus a bunch of acrobat files that show the detailed design. The 8 truss rafters all come together on a central free hanging column. Splaying is kept in check by a “bent” foot extension of the trusses that extends the column up into the cupola. An 80 foot span from only a 30 foot peak is pretty darn good for wood. Most ancient cathedrals in Europe would have a 60 foot tall roof for that, perhaps even more. So it’s pretty cool. And pretty strong; the roof has to be able to handle a very heavy snow load.

But what was even more cool was that that page has a link to the O2C add-in. This is a little gizmo you can add to your browser that let’s you view and manipulate 3-D graphics files. It was pretty easy to install, and even easier to get Firefox to recognize; just tell Firefox to use Firefox the first time you want to view one of the files, like this:


That passes for file association, and it works fine after that. And work fine it does, though in a limited way. You can zoom in and out (+/-) and you can rotate the image (mouse or cursor keys) around the X and Z axis, but you can’t pan up, down or to the side. What they decide is the center point is what you’re stuck with. Still, it’s pretty neat:



I have no idea how common .o2c files are, but now that I have the add-in up and running, I’ll be on the lookout for more.


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Gee What A Surprise

Libya: Transitional Leader Calls for Sharia Law

Gosh, who saw that coming?

The transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil called on Libyans to show “patience, honesty and tolerance” and eschew hatred as they embark on rebuilding the country at the end of an 8-month civil war.

Abdul-Jalil set out a vision for the post-Qaddafi future with an Islamist tint, saying that Islamic Sharia law would be the “basic source” of legislation in the country and that existing laws that contradict the teachings of Islam would be nullified.

In a gesture that showed his own piety, he urged Libyans not to express their joy by firing in the air, but rather to chant “Allahu Akbar,” or God is Great. He then stepped aside and knelt to offer a brief prayer of thanks.

“After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise,” Obama said in a statement.

Yes indeed. The promise of going from one form of slavery immediately into another form of slavery. And just how much of a “basic source” do you really think Sharia will be, if the very first thing that the interim government does is get rid of every single law that is non-Sharia? As in “basic” equals “total”.

And another country full of the uneducated and the unwashed gets thrown under the goat cart. I’d like to say “gets thrown under the bus” but a bus is 1,200 years too advanced for them. So we’ll have yet another nation that is watering the seeds of the Caliphate. It’s going to happen in Tunisia to the west, and it’s happening to the east in this very Egypt. Hell, they can’t even wait for elections there, and are busy killing Christians and burning churches left and right. Honesty, tolerance, and eschewing hatred. Riiiiight.

(AP) TUNIS, Tunisia — As the land that launched the Arab Spring heads into historic elections next week, all eyes are on the long-repressed Islamists — and whether a big victory for them will irrevocably change this North African nation and inspire similar conservative movements around the region.

Many fear that despite vows to uphold democracy, Tunisia’s Islamist Ennahda Party is bent on imposing a theocracy that would roll back hard-won secularism and women’s rights. Others see an opportunity to bring a moderate form of political Islam into the Arab world — one styled after the successful ruling party in thriving Turkey.

The Ennahda Party was brutally crushed by overthrown dictator Ben Ali in the 1990s, a policy tacitly approved by Western powers wary of militant Islam. Now, in the Oct. 23 election, it is set to become the largest party in the assembly that will write the nation’s new constitution — largely because it is the best-organized force in the country.

Unlike many Islamist groups in the region, Ennahda has explicitly pledged to champion democratic values and women’s rights, but its secular critics warn the party has a secret agenda to impose hardline Islam.

These fears have been inflamed by the appearance of new ultraconservative groups known as Salafists that have attacked movie theaters and TV stations for showing material they say denigrates Islam.

The pro-democracy Egyptian revolution is heading towards producing results contrary to the expectation of those who spearheaded it.

The Islamist parties now stand a good chance to win an absolute majority in the parliamentary elections in November, and also contest successfully the presidential election. This outcome would be alarming for secularist pro-democracy elements and many regional and international actors, Israel and the US in particular, but it would need to be embraced as part and parcel of process of Egypt’s democratisation journey.

According to an Aljazeera public opinion survey, released on July 7, 2011, nearly 50 per cent of those polled indicated first preference for the Muslim Brotherhood, represented by the Freedom and Justice Party. Another 27 per cent expressed support for the Salafist cluster or what is now called Nour Party. Although there are some ideological and operational differences between the two parties, both are nonetheless Islamist, advocating political Islam as the framework for Egypt’s transformation.

With Libya going over, Egypt pretty much gone, Sudan, Eritrea, and Somalia already gone, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Oman solidly islamic and their leaders under intense pressure ... that’s an area far larger than the lower 48 of the USA. Add in Iran, soon to be Iraq, and of course the madhouses of Syria, “Palestine”, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, et al ... it’s a mess. Do you really think Algeria will remain aloof? Morocco? These countries may not instantly give up their identity to be part of a new empire, but if they all go (or remain) Sharia, there isn’t a whole lot of difference. Their populations are already nearly 100% muslim. All they need is one little spark to ignite the fires of jihad. The sand lands will become a giant green stain on the world. Again. Hell, they already are, but I’m talking about their being a cohesive one. Glenn Beck was right.

Arab Spring my ass. Obama, what have you done?

The only silver lining I can see in this cloud is that the izzies hate each other even more than they hate everyone else, so they won’t go quietly into that good night. They’ll go screaming and bleeding, and the west will just sit and watch.

Oh, and extra credit to you if you got my “this very Egypt” reference; you’ve found another of my favorite authors.


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calendar   Sunday - October 23, 2011

Vacation Or Not, The Story Continues

Not sure when Peiper is getting back from his travels, but it’s been 6 weeks now. I think that’s a standard vacation for the Brits, but he’s retired so who knows? But just in case ... his last post before leaving was on the pending eviction of the gypsies from Dale Farm in the UK, an area that they had taken over years ago.

Earlier this week they got the old heave-ho. The police were equipped with riot gear and ready for a big showdown. I don’t think that happened. There was some burning, some protesting, and the usual crap, but in the end the armed government forces and their heavy machinery won out over a bunch of wankers and their pasty little RVs and caravans.

So on with the never ending story ...


Flaming barricades: I love how rioters and other low life always set their own neighborhoods on fire first!


“The English are coming; they are in order of battle and ready to fight.”
“Strike boldly, they will take to flight!”

Joan d’Arc d’Gyppo tries to rally the resistance with cross and a giant cuppa


surely this wall will hold back the plod


um, maybe not


cleaning up the mess afterwards

The travellers of Dale Farm and their supporters had vowed they would ‘fight to the death’ to defend the illegal camp site from the bailiffs. But in the event, none made the ultimate sacrifice. Hundreds of riot police armed with Tasers stormed the site at dawn yesterday, swiftly gaining control despite facing a hail of bricks and being threatened with spades as two caravans were set on fire. Sporadic resistance continued for most of the day, but by last night the Battle of Basildon was all but won after 27 arrests.

The raid to clear the site began at dawn and demonstrators quickly retaliated by throwing a hail of missiles and buckets of urine at the officials entering the area. This resulted in two people then being shot with Taser guns by police officers. But progress in evicting the travellers was slow as police officers had to first deal with the hundreds of protesters who had descended on the site to fight the residents’ cause.

Electricity was cut soon after the operation began and moments later a caravan was set alight, sending flames and thick black smoke into the air. After a 90-minute stand-off, the police made another push into the site at 9.25am and scaled the scaffolding put up at the entrance to the camp. Throughout the afternoon officers and bailiffs worked to remove seven protesters who had secured themselves to the scaffolding tower with ropes. By then nearly all of the traveller families had left Dale Farm and were watching proceedings from a neighbouring legal site.

A warning klaxon was sounded three times to notify travellers then bulldozers were used to smash down fences. Police hacked through shabby fences to get into the site. At another barricade, a strong line of officers ignored a rambling traveller and pushed forward. Anarchists were chained by their necks to ruined vehicles filled with concrete.

Just 24 hours earlier, following years of negotiations that cost the taxpayer £18million, the travellers lost their bid to keep the homes that had been built illegally on green belt land.

Residents in neighbouring counties have been preparing themselves for an influx of the evicted travellers. Park wardens have started digging trenches around open land to ensure that caravans cannot be driven onto the grass. Supermarkets have also stepped up security to prevent the travellers from using their carparks and road junctions are being monitored. Farmers in the area surrounding Dale Farm have placed hay bales and farming equipment at the entrances to their land to prevent residents getting in following the eviction, local residents said.

One said: ‘They have begun to do this in the last couple of weeks. It looks like it is to stop evicted residents getting on to the farms.’

Tony Ball, leader of Basildon Council, said: ‘We now believe that those who want to leave peacefully have already done so and those who are left have made it clear that they have no intention of co-operating with the council.

‘Resistance and violence as some are now suggesting will be in nobody’s interest - especially not the travellers or their families. We now must get on with the difficult job of clearing Dale Farm in as safe and dignified a manner as possible - and that is what we will now do.

Mr Ball thanked the police and congratulated them on the professional way they had carried out the operation. He said: ‘When I became a councillor, it was never in my mind and never did I want to preside over an operation where we saw riot police on the streets of Basildon.But I am absolutely clear that after 10 years of negotiation to try and find a peaceful solution to this that actually what we’re doing is the right thing.”

Many more pictures at the above link, and dozens more stories covering the event in the UK papers. So it’s a positive note for Peiper to come home to, though I really have no idea when he’ll be back. And I’m keeping my fingers crossed that these thieving scum haven’t co-opted his home in his absence. After all, it only took the Basildon council TEN YEARS to do the right thing that they should have done on DAY ONE. You don’t negotiate with criminals. You take them down, then you take them away.

Where have the Travellers gone now? Right next door mostly to a legal site. So go figure. I was hoping they’d get tossed all the way back to Ireland or something. No such luck. But for now, we’re seeing their ends at Dale Farm at any rate.


push on, you blighters


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