The science is settled, and we really really mean it

A team of British climate researchers has issued a study which makes the claim that the evidence for man-made global warming was ‘stronger than ever’.

I don’t know about you, but this time, I’m really, really convinced. Not.

Hopefully, British authorities will post a suicide watch for all of the true believers.

7/7/05 remembered

From The Guardian:

7-7 memorialFour years after 7/7 became shorthand for terror, the bereaved and the survivors of the London bombings gathered in Hyde Park to dedicate a striking memorial to the victims of mainland Britain’s worst terrorist atrocity.

“It has such power,” said Saba Mozakka, 28, whose mother Behnaz, 47, perished in one of four bombs detonated in 50 minutes. “It represents each of these incredibly important individuals who are so missed and so loved by their families. But, it also reflects the collective and the connectivity of what happened on that day – 52 people but four locations. It is absolutely stunning, incredible. And it is right it should be here in Hyde Park. It is right that London should never forget, that the country should never forget.”

The world should never forget.

See also:  The Memorial — photo gallery

Get healthy, or else!

cheese-puffs

I read this rather disturbing article in the Associated Press today, in which it is reported that “Manchester is hoping to fight fat with a reward system that works like a retail loyalty card. But instead of earning credit for opening their wallets, residents will be rewarded for keeping their feet on the treadmill and their fridge stocked with healthy food.”

Now, on the surface, this might seem like a good idea. Heck, I could stand to lose a few myself, and who wouldn’t want to be rewarded simply for doing the right thing? But if you look a little under the surface, this becomes troubling.

First and foremost, I have a problem with the government sticking their nose into my personal life, no matter how benevolent the motive may seem. It’s a short but steep slope from “We’ll reward you for being healthy” to “Get healthy, or else!” Right now, they’re offering the carrot, but who’s to say that once we accept this latest incarnation of Nanny government that the carrot won’t be replaced with a big and expensive stick. For example, what’s to stop the government from offering two tax tables, one for people who meet its definition of “healthy”, and those who don’t. As an overweight man who loves to smoke, I know which table I’d be paying under.

“Ah Ha!”, you say. “Smith, you big fat smoker you, you’re a drain on the health care system! Look at me: I’m a non-smoking vegetarian who runs five miles a day! You and those like you should be like me!”

To which I say: that’s the price you pay to live in a FREE COUNTRY. (Remember that phrase?) You have to put up with my bad habits and I have to put up with yours. Chances are, you are not entirely vice free yourself. And even if you are, I have news for you: unless you get hit by a bus, you too will grow old and become a drain on the health care system. It happens to almost all of us. Your wonderful “healthy lifestyle” won’t save you in the end.

Those who believe in the Nanny government and who wish to control us realize that they cannot do so without uniting people against a common enemy. For Hitler, it was the Jews. For McCarthy it was the Communists. For Nanny government advocates, it is: Bad Health. These people feel they can enact all manner of government intrusion into people’s lives, as long as it is being done in the name of Good Health. Good Health has become our new Golden Idol.

And for some of you who were nonplussed at my recent post about the 2008 election, know this: this is exactly why I have never voted Democrat. It is why I remain profoundly concerned about the Obama presidency. This sort of thing is far, far more likely to occur in the United States under a Democratic government.

Says Timothy Armstrong, coordinator of the World Health Organization’s global strategy on diet, and quoted in the same article, “I haven’t seen any evidence that it works, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try it…as public health officials we really don’t have the luxury of waiting to see what works and what doesn’t. We really do know that, in terms of curbing the obesity epidemic, all of society needs to play a role”.

It takes a village, right Timothy? And naturally, this is being funded by (who else?) the taxpayers.

Just so no one gets the wrong idea here, let me state flat out that I realize that this program is benign and well meant. And yes, I realize it’s happening in England, but our two countries are so closely linked culturally that it’s no stretch to imagine it happening here. Just look at what the Boston Public Health Commission is trying to get away with. People are getting fatter (probably because they’ve stopped smoking). But I become deeply troubled when the government starts using its leverage to try to force me to live a certain way, because I realize how quickly and easily the can change from benevolent cajoling to a direct order. I believe that, deep down, the Nancy Pelosi’s of the world don’t really want to be agreed with, they want to be obeyed. Once people allow themselves to buy into the idea that Nanny government is taking care of them, anything is possible. “Get healthy, or else!”.

Now where did I put those Cheesey Puffs?

–Smith

“taking up a glowing cinder with the tongs and lighting with it the long cherry-wood pipe which was wont to replace his clay when he was in a disputatious rather than a meditative mood”–Dr. John H. Watson

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Daily pill halts Alzheimer’s in its tracks

“This is an unprecedented result in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease,” said Prof Claude Wilschik, leader of a British research team. The results of the Phase 2 trials carried out by a team from the University of Aberdeen (UK) suggests that the new medication known as “rember” stops Alzheimer’s by as much as 81%. The findings are being hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the batle against Alzeimer’s in over a century.

Patients with the brain disorder had no significant decline in their mental function over a 19-month period.

‘We appear to be bringing the worst affected parts of the brain functionally back to life,’ said Dr Claude Wischik, who led the research.

It is the first time medication has been developed to target the ‘tangles’ in the brain that destroy nerve cells, leading to deteriorating memory.

The drug helps to disrupt this process, preventing the formation of new tangles and loosening those already created.

Last night the findings were hailed as the biggest breakthrough in the battle against Alzheimer’s since 1907.

Eventually the drug could be used to stop the disease in its early stages before symptoms have even appeared, it is hoped.

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Hope and Change in the culture wars

The would-be First Lady of the 2004 election cycle was often the target of criticism for her off-the-cuff remarks on the campaign trail, and for her support of left wing advocacy groups. So much so, in fact, that The H.J. Heinz Co. sent out 50 letters to news organizations to “squash rumors circulating on the Internet and radio talk shows that it is involved with Mr. Kerry’s campaign.” [link]

In 2004, she changed her name from Teresa Heinz to Teresa Heinz Kerry during the campaign. After Kerry’s defeat, she changed her name back to Teresa Heinz, and has quietly faded back into affluent obscurity

The video below is currently being aired overseas. Is this agenda-driven advocacy or is it just clever marketing?

That it is not being run in the U.S. suggests the former. Of course, in this election cycle, I can’t imagine the DNC would knowingly allow the carefully manicured image of their candidate to be pulled into the culture wars with such a provocative commercial sponsored, at least indirectly, by the spouse of their former standard-bearer.

Despite the recent ruling by the California Supreme Court, and the resulting flood of homosexual marriages, the Religious Right has been largely silent in this election cycle. I suspect the Dems would just as soon leave a sleeping giant alone.

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Autoerotica

57 year old Ed Smith loves cars. Literally.

In fact, he admits to having sex with over 1000.

from Telegraph UK

“I just loved cute cars right from the beginning, but over the years it got stronger once I got into my teenage years and was my first having sexual urges.

“When I turned 13 and the famous Corvette Stingray came about, that car was pure sex and just an incredible machine. I wanted it.

“I didn’t fully understand it myself except that I know I’m not hurting anyone and I do not intend to.”

He added: “There are moments way out in the middle of nowhere when I see a little car parked and I swear it needs loving.

“There have been certain cars that attracted me and I would wait until night time, creep up to them and just hug and kiss them.

“As far as women go, they never really interested me much. And I’m not gay.”

Mr Smith is now part of a global community of more than 500 “car lovers” brought together by internet forums.

This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread: A Free Speech Zone.

Comments, trackbacks, questions, linkage, and sexy car pictures, are welcome.

WFFOT: Bringing you the Math Question Of The Day…. “If it’s zero degrees outside today and it’s supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?”

More car stuff: Gary Numan, “Cars”

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Good for your heart

from the Daily Mail

A bullied office worker has been awarded £5,000 after her boss raised his right buttock from his chair and broke wind in her direction.

Humiliated mother-of-three Theresa Bailey, 43, was the only woman on a sales team where “laddish” behaviour made her life a misery, and continued despite complains to senior managers.

Flatulence is now considered bullying? Dang… 8th grade boys around the world are now bullies. Who’d a thunk it?

I wonder if this also applies to the hand-under-the armpit fake flatulence?

Not to mention the effect all this flatulence has on global warming.

I might understand this if Ms. Bailey were a single woman.  But, c’mon.  How many women who have been married more than 2 or 3 days, are surprised about the sheer volume of flatulence coming from their husband?  Humiliated, even!  Give me a break.  It’s a true sign of a happy marriage when the wife feels comfortable enough to break wind at home in the presence of her spouse.  Now that’s women’s liberation that I can understand.

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This is the World Famous Friday Open Thread: A free-flatulence speech zone.
Comments, questions, linkage, and track backs are welcome.

WFFOT: A fart is a terrible thing to waste.

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Crash and Burn

London Mayor, “Red Ken” Livingstone, was upended in yesterday’s re-election attempt, completing a nightmare day for Gordon Brown’s Labour Party.

Boris Johnson is the new Mayor of London, his rivals conceded tonight.

The Tory MP scored a stunning election victory to end Ken Livingstone’s eight-year reign and round off a disastrous 24 hours for the Labour Party.

After a nailbiting count, Mr Johnson was so far ahead on first-preference votes he could not be caught by Mr Livingstone, even after second preferences were taken into account.

Labour officials conceded privately that the Conservative was too far ahead. At 5pm, Mr Livingstone’s campaign chief Tessa Jowell said: “The reports I’m getting suggest Boris Johnson is ahead. link

It was a stunning election day in Britain, as Labour stumbled to its worst showing in 40 years.

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Red Ken to get the boot?

Voters in London will go to the polls today, and Hizzoner Red Ken Livingstone appears to be on his way out.

Cool.

from Yahoo News:

LONDON (AFP) – London mayor Ken Livingstone went head-to-head with his maverick rival Boris Johnson Thursday, amid predictions the Conservative challenger could just win, if only by a blond hair’s breadth.

The “Ken versus Boris” contest, coming to a climax after gripping the capital for months, is by far the most high-profile poll clash in a day of local elections across England and Wales.

Livingstone was long assumed to be cruising to re-election. But Johnson surprised many by taking an opinion poll lead earlier this year, and the Labour Party candidate has only got back on terms in recent weeks.

An election-day poll by the London Evening Standard put Johnson six points ahead, but the newspaper said the result was too close to call.

To bring peace to the Afghans, talk to the Taleban

Adam Holloway says that Britain’s strategy in Afghanistan is misconceived. Nato’s military presence should be reduced and the battle for hearts and minds fought more imaginatively

They do not like the F-word in Whitehall, but failure stares us in the face in southern Afghanistan. For three years we have deluded ourselves that we can defeat the insurgency in the Pashtun tribal belt through our much talked-about plan for a ‘comprehensive approach’ — security, governance and development. But in Helmand province and across the Pashtun lands, violence is greatly increased, governance is distinctly patchy and development is barely noticeable.

The government tells us that we are there to stop it becoming a failed state in which our enemies can regroup. Around 50,000 Western soldiers would drive away the Taleban, al-Qa’eda and their friends. But there are other failed states in the world, other areas where extremists are organising against us. Apart from the experience of 11 September 2001, Afghanistan is no more special than the tribal areas of Pakistan or several other places. Surely we can keep tabs on al-Qa’eda without the deployment of tens of thousands of troops, hundreds of lives and billions of dollars? It is not a case of either this, or nothing.

From Michael Yon … “The United Kingdom is a critical partner in the Afghan war. Mr.Holloway’s controversial article deserves serious consideration and discussion. Furthermore, this Member of Parliament is willing to open a direct line to citizen-voices from the United States, and so with his permission, Mr. Holloway’s email address: hollowaya@parliament.uk

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London, we have a problem

Qods day parade in London

h/t gateway pundit

The Ring Thing

By now nothing that goes on in public schools should surprise me. We live in a through-the-looking-glass world where students are suspended for smoking cigarettes, but can get free condoms from the school nurse, where prayer is not allowed but t-shirts glorifying rap music and its odious messages are commonly worn, and where students graduate knowing how to TM while barely being able to read and speak articulately.

So why should it surprise me that an English school has forbidden a fifteen year old Christian girl from wearing a small silver ring that symbolizes her commitment to chastity until marriage? If you want the details, see this article here, although a Google search of Lydia Playfoot turns up quite a bit of material. Suffice to say, she has been told by the school to remove the ring or face expulsion.

I have two BIG problems with this.

First, this same school allows Muslim girls to wear their head scarves, and Sikh girls to wear the silver bracelets of their faiths. This I have no problem with. Freedom to express one’s religion is a basic human right. But hey, guys, point of order here: don’t Christians have the same rights as Muslims and Sikhs?

And perhaps more importantly, does anyone really think it’s such a hot idea to punish a teenager when she’s actually trying to do the right thing? Anyone who has ever been the parent of a teenager knows what a demoralizing experience this can be. There are just so many ways teens can screw up their lives: drugs, alcohol, sex, violence, gangs. No matter how hard you try to steer them away from these, many just blithely embrace some or all of these self destructive behaviors while regarding their parents as hopelessly out of touch simpletons. Any parent who can shepherd their teen to adulthood while keeping them in one piece has done something to be proud of.

Nowadays this process is harder than ever because there are just so many other influences on teens that parents must now compete with. Peer pressure used to mean the kids at school. Now, thanks to the Internet, it means kids all over the world. Kids are being urged by way too many people to make really, really bad decisions.

So in a world where teenagers kill just because they want to “see what it feels like”, it is refreshing to hear about a girl like Lydia Playfoot, who is actually doing the right thing and encouraging others to do the same. But instead of getting the praise she deserves, all she’s getting is a whole lot of undeserved aggravation. It is a sad indictment of our culture when a teenage girl is turned into a pariah for NOT having sex. The scarlet letter A used to stand for “adulteress”. I guess now it stands for “abstinence”.

In our increasingly secular world, there are many who find her extroverted brand of Christian faith cloying, but that is more of a reflection of our society than it is on her. I find it rather ironic that while the western world is predominantly Christian, Christianity itself is becoming ever more marginalized. Devout Christians are often looked down upon by the intelligentsia as rubes and simpletons. And yet in Muslim, Jewish, and other cultures, religious faith is still viewed as a virtue.

But one does not need to embrace orthodox Christianity to recognize the value of her message, or to be disturbed by the school administration’s attempts to squash that message, which should be regarded as a breath of fresh air. What parent in the world wouldn’t sell their soul just to hear their teen say, “Mom, Dad, I’ve been thinking about it, and I’ve decided not to have sex until I’m married. Is that OK?” In a world where so many influences are telling her to do otherwise, Lydia Playfoot is doing the right thing. Ring or no ring.

–Smith

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Great moments in socialized medicine

“I could be dead by then.”

Proponents of Hillary-Care, or fans of the propagandist movie “Sicko” would do well to study the actual day to day operation of socialized medicine before trying to impose it upon the United States.

This is the story of Olive Beal: a retired London piano teacher and former activist in the Suffragette Movement, who was told that she must wait eighteen months before she can receive a new hearing aid. At age 108, with failing eyesight and confined to a wheelchair, Mrs. Beal’s 5 year old analog hearing aid no longer functions effectively for her.

Her family said they had been shocked to be told there was an 18-month waiting list by the Eastern and Coastal Kent Primary Care Trust. A digital hearing aid costs about £1,000 on the open market.

Maria Scott, 52, her granddaughter, said: “After having a hearing test on Wednesday they said, ‘yes, she does need a digital hearing aid, but there is an 18-month waiting list’.

“I would have thought they would take her age into account as she probably has not got 18 months to wait.

“Olive has worked hard from the age of 16 to her late 60s and paid taxes. She has been healthy all her life and lived with her daughter until 15 years ago – she has never sponged off the state. I thought a 108-year-old deserved to be treated better than this.”

SOURCE

I still think the best line I heard about the idyllic Cuban healthcare system praised in Moore’s movie was along the lines of………..

“The best health care in Cuba is found at Gitmo. “

UK Flooding

uk_flood629x420.gifThe summer floods have left thousands of people without access to water in their homes.

In Gloucester, where householders have seen their taps run dry, residents described how they are coping.

The irony of the situation is not lost on the people of Gloucester.

Their city is overwhelmed with water, but there is not enough to drink.

Rising floods closed down the local treatment works, and now every home in the city has been told it will lose its fresh water supply.

More from the Beeb: Flooding–At a Glance.

Hey Vimto! Hope you’re weathering the storm.

Nothing honorable here

Here is a news story from our friends over at Ummah News Links.

Thirty minutes after reading it, and I’m still shaken. I had to look up what being garrotted means.

Horrific details have been revealed of the last hours of the young Kurdish woman murdered by her family for falling in love with the wrong man.

Banaz Mahmod, 20, was brutally raped and stamped on during a two-hour ordeal before being garotted.

One of her killers was 30-year-old Mohamad Hama, who had been recruited by mahmodandari.jpgBanaz’s father Mahmod Mahmod, 52, and his brother Ari, 51.

Both were found guilty of murder last month.

The shocking details of the killing came to light when Hama was secretly recorded talking to a friend in prison.

He admitted “slapping” and “f***ing” Banaz, who was subjected to degrading sex acts.

Hama and his friend were heard laughing as he described how she was killed in her family home in Mitcham, South London, with Ari Mahmod “supervising”.

The murderers – two other suspects have fled to Iraq – had been told Banaz would be on her own.

Hama is recorded as saying: “Ari (the uncle) said there is no one there. There was someone there, Biza (her sister). The bastard lied to us.”

He said of the murder: “I swear to God it took him more than two hours. Her soul and her life would not leave.”

Banaz was garotted for five minutes, said Hama, but it took another half an hour for her to die.

Hama said: “The wire was thick and the soul would not just leave like that.

“We could not remove it. All in all it took five minutes (to strangle) her.

“I was kicking and stamping on her neck to get the soul out. I saw her stark naked, without wearing pants or underwear.”

Banaz’s body was packed into a suitcase and buried in a garden in Birmingham, where it was found three months later.

The trial of the two brothers heard that Banaz was killed because she had walked out of an unhappy arranged marriage – which she was forced into at just 17 – and fallen in love with Iranian Kurd Rahmat Suleimani, 28.

The pair had been secretly seeing each other, but her family were furious when they found out because Mr Suleimani was not “immediate family” or a strict Muslim.

Terrified, Banaz wrote to police naming people she said were planning to kill her.

Hama was on the list, the court heard. Two other men named by Banaz have fled the country.

Transcripts of the prison recording were read out at a pre- sentence hearing for Hama, of South Norwood, South London, who pleaded guilty to murdering Banaz at an earlier hearing.

Judge Brian Barker, the Common Serjeant of London, sat to assess the extent of Hama’s involvement.

He and the Mahmod brothers are due to be sentenced tomorrow.

Victor Temple QC, prosecuting, told the court that Hama, who sat impassively in the dock, took a “leading part” in raping and killing Banaz in January last year then dumping her body.

He was said to have been recorded expressing concern because his fingerprints and DNA were on her body.

He was also concerned that a leaking pipe at the house where she was buried was sending water through the suitcase, possibly uncovering it.

During another taped conversation, Hama joked about Banaz’s hair and elbow sticking out of the suitcase and how a police patrol drove past while he was helping to drag it to a car.

He said: “The road was crowded. The police came past. People were passing by – and we were dragging the bag.

“I almost ran away. Mr Ari (was dragging it) and we were around by each side of him.

“You know what it was, sticking out, her elbow, her hair was falling out so much. That was a stupid thing, a silly thing.”

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Our friends the Brits

Here’s a short video for your open thread vewing.

New developments in the UK bombing plot

Authorities in Bangalore, India have released new information on the two brothers arrested in last week’s failed terror attacks in London and Glasgow:

Indian police said on Sunday they had seized CDs containing “radical materials” from the homes of two suspects held in connection with the failed British car bombings.”They were found in the houses of Kafeel Ahmed and his brother, Sabeel, and we believe these CDs contain material on Islamic military movements in various nations,” said a top police officer in the southern city of Bangalore.

“These are radical stuff,” he told AFP as sources added the data contained on at least two seized CDs related to the conflicts in Chechnya and Iraq.

The two brothers are among three Indians arrested in Britain for the failed car bombings in London and Glasgow.

They hail from the middle-class district of Jayanagar in Bangalore, India’s software capital.

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45 Muslim doctor ‘cyber-terrorists’ planned US terror.

A group of 45 Muslim doctors threatened to use car bombs and rocket grenades in terrorist attacks in the United States during discussions on an extremist internet chat site.

Cyber-terrorists: Tariq Daour, Younis Tsouli and Waseem Mughal

Police found details of the discussions on a site run by one of a three-strong “cyber-terrorist” gang.

They were discovered at the home of Younis Tsouli, 23, Woolwich Crown Court in south-east London heard.

One message read: “We are 45 doctors and we are determined to undertake jihad and take the battle inside America.

“The first target which will be penetrated by nine brothers is the naval base which gives shelter to the ship Kennedy.” This is thought to have been a reference to the USS John F Kennedy, which is often at Mayport Naval Base in Jacksonville, Florida.

Whaddisit with these doctors? Weren’t they paid enough? They need longer hours to keep their minds focused!

The Leftards are knocked sideways by these stories. All their theories fail to explain the evidence.

Keep the Anglosphere safe!

Radical Islam And “The God That Failed!”


(By Metallica.)
With the twenty-four hour news channels busy broadcasting every bit of news they can find or fabricate, concerning the terrorist’s attacks in the U.K., we all have many different perspectives concerning the attempts, and the larger story that too many still fail to comprehend. That being, there are those that follow Islam and it’s teachings that are willing to murder, and are not interested in getting along with society at large.
It’s the mufsidun of the global hirabah, that are the problem for everyone, including those muslims who don’t support or sympathize with them. Just as in the above video, their God has failed, and they are bent on destroying everything. It’s easy to blow up a crowded market, an airplane, children playing soccer, revelers leaving a night club, or passengers in an airport terminal. It’s easy to kill someone, to destroy entire nations and their societies, to knock down buildings, sever oil pipelines, and knock out electrical grids. The mufsidun are destroyers, not builders, and they never will be. They should be hunted down and destroyed themselves.
What really takes a lot of effort and work, is to build something that will stand for generations, like a nation, a society, a city, or a family. To build something of value, that will be appreciated by all that come after the builder has passed on, is the greatest gift of all.
The mufsidun have nothing to offer us.
Any that believe in life for the living and unborn, should oppose the mufsidun. Any that want to make the world a better place, or just their little part of the world, should oppose them. Until every person on earth, that doesn’t want to destroy what mankind has been able to accomplish in our relatively short period of time on this planet, is united in ridding the world of this infestation of destroyers, we will continue with a slow bleed.
An excellent article from a former mufsidun supporter is here.

When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the ‘Blair’s bombs’ line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.

Those are the opening sentences to his article.
Then there is this excellent piece by Ayaan Ali Hirsi, where she confronts how too many in the muslim world express outrage over the simplest acts.
Long Live The Queen.

Imagine if a crowd of Englishmen marched in London carrying effigies of Muhammad, peace be upon him, stacks of the Koran, miniatures of the ka’ba in Mecca and Saudi flags. Imagine if they then built a bonfire and hurled the items one at a time into that fire screaming “Long live the queen!” each time the flames shot up.

There will always be differences between people, even if they are of the same family or religion. Disputes between once friendly neighbors knows no national boundary. There will always be human conflict, that’s why we have Armies…and Lawyers.
Fighting for a better world, and not for it’s destruction, should be the goal of every feeling and thinking person.
From what I’ve seen and learned, the mufsidun are, as the following video says, Down In A Hole.

Tiger Tiger – potential terrror target.

Good morning America.

So another day another bomb plot. I have included Islam in the categories of this story though I don’t have any evidence as such, just the usual suspects….. The British radio is giving out very few details. Central London is gridlocked. A major attack has been averted. Thank the Lord.

Find the news on the front of Nukes blog or on page 33 of the NYT!

Police defused a “potentially viable explosive device” in a car in Central London in the early hours of this morning, after what appeared to be an attempted terrorist attack against a nightclub in the heart of the capital.

The silver Mercedes was discovered in the Haymarket area, after police were contacted at 2am with concerns about a suspicious car.

Witnesses said that the vehicle contained two gas canisters and nails were on the floor of the boot. They added that the car had been driven into a series of bins outside a nightclub in the area called Tiger Tiger.

The driver of the car was then seen to have jumped out of the car and run away. It is believed that a nightclub bouncer then went to investigate the empty car, and called police after believing it was suspicious. A massive manhunt for the driver of the vehicle is under way.

Update: Double decker bus on Park Lane being investigated; possible bomb.

Correction, it is not the bus, but another car that is involved.  Authorities are saying that both incidents are linked.

Tony’s gone!!!!

So it’s farewell then Tony. What did you do for the British Isles – or did you in fact do anything? Charles Moore in the Telegraph has a few interesting, and for me, accurate remarks.

 

When Margaret Thatcher was forced out in November 1990, almost everyone could have given an account – favourable or unfavourable – of what she had done. “She’s put the Great back in Britain,” said some. “She’s destroyed the social fabric,” said others.

It is much harder to sum up Tony Blair in terms of what he has actually done, for good or ill. He inherited a successful, but over-regulated and overtaxed economy. That is what he leaves behind. He inherited educational failure. No change there, either. He inherited a health service struggling half-heartedly with reform. That is still the case.

In 1997, there was economic inequality, too much crime, anxiety about immigration, a battle about “multi-culturalism”, and indecision about Europe. Ten years later, snap. Even the famed peace process in Northern Ireland flowed naturally from the earlier work of John Major.

Oddly enough, it is only in the field of the constitution, in which Tony Blair never expressed much interest, that huge changes have taken place. The relationship between the judges, government and Parliament is now dangerously in flux. The United Kingdom, thanks to Europe from above and devolution from below, is starting to unpick.

True – he did the right thing on Iraq and I will always thank him for that. But at what expense to his homeland in neglecting other things needful?

Poetic Justice

More from Britain: UK Mirror

hamzahook.jpgAbu Hamza has refused any more treatment from his prison nurse after finding out the man is gay.

The nurse, nickname Queenie, has been helping to wash and dress the convicted terrorist for more than two years.

A prison source told the Mirror the full-time staffer is openly gay and has a camp voice.

Officers at Belmarsh jail are said to be surprised Hamza, 48, has not noticed before.

Linkfest Haven, the Blogger's OasisNow the cleric is claiming it is against his religion and human rights to be treated by a homosexual. The source said Hamza’s solicitor wrote to the governor demanding his client is given a new regular nurse….
The source said: “The nurse is upset about it. He has spent the last couple of years doing everything for Hamza, even wiping his bottom.” …

Egyptian-born Hamza, serving seven years for inciting murder and racial hatred, requires care because he is limited by his hook hands.

There is a kind of poetic justice in this situation for Hamza. It reminds me of an old Buddy Hackett joke. “Any time I start to feel sorry for myself, I think about about the Siamese twin, whose brother is gay, they share the same azzhole, and the boyfriend is coming over.” Heh.

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Here come the Brits!

Global warming is such a threat to security that military planners must build it into their calculations, the head of the armed forces said on Monday.

Jock Stirrup, chief of the defence staff, said risks that climate change could cause weakened states to disintegrate and produce major humanitarian disasters or exploitation by armed groups had to become a feature of military planning.

But he said first analyses showed planners would not have to switch their geographical focus, because the areas most vulnerable to climate change are those where security risks are already high.

“Just glance at a map of the areas most likely to be affected and you are struck at once by the fact that they are exactly those parts of the world where we see fragility, instability and weak governance today.

“It seems to me rather like pouring petrol onto a burning fire,” Stirrup told the Chatham House think-tank in London.

So that’s O.K. then….and with Tony Blair the world’s Middle East envoy we are all safe and can sleep soundly.

America, the Brits have world covered, disarm and take a peace dividend! Long live the Empire!

So Long, Tony

Tony Blair. You’ve been a great friend. We will miss your eloquence, your steadiness, and your accent. And, since this is your final full week as PM, I would be remiss if I didn’t include what we will miss most about Tony Blair.

We will miss your Rock-N-Roll.

Here is Tony B. doing The Clash: Should I stay or should I go.

So Long, Tony. We do wish you well.

See also: Fred Thompson’s remarks to the Policy Exchange in London

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To the Pak ministry: STFU

As a follow up to the story of the knighthood of Salmon Rushdie, SkyNews is reporting some very predictable reactions from the hyper-sentitive islamics in Pakistan and Iran.

pakattack.jpgIn Multan, a mob of about 100 “students” have burned effigies of of both the Queen and Rushdie, and carried various banners and signs while chanting “Kill Him! Kill Him!”

Pak lawmakers have passed a resolution to withdraw the “Happy Birthday” greetings to the Queen.

But, one Pak pol has crossed over the line by saying that the proper response to Rushdie’s knighthood would be suicide bombing attacks, although it is clear that he was not volunteering himself for that particular duty.

“If someone exploded a bomb on his body he would be right to do so unless the British government apologises and withdraws the ‘sir’ title.”

babewatch.jpgThis is blackmail. I haven’t heard what the Brit reaction is yet, but in no way should they back down from this serious threat.

The extortioner, Religious Affairs Minister Mohammed Ijaz ul Haq needs to heed these words: It’s not about you, or your religion. So, do everybody a favor and just STFU.

more from AP, Daily Mail, BBC

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