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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Three Reported Missing After Animal Rights Activists Take "War on Leather" to Motorcycle Gang Rally
I'm sure this is apocryphal, but I can hope...
Johnstown, PA: Local and state police scoured the hills outside rural Johnstown, Pennsylvania, after reports of three animal rights activists going missing after attempting to protest the wearing of leather at a large motorcycle gang rally this weekend. Two others, previously reported missing, were discovered by fast food workers "duct taped inside several fast food restaurant dumpsters," according to police officials.

"Something just went wrong," said a still visibly shaken organizer of the protest. "Something just went horribly, horribly, wrong."

The organizer said a group of concerned animal rights activist groups, "growing tired of throwing fake blood and shouting profanities at older women wearing leather or fur coats," decided to protest the annual motorcycle club event "in a hope to show them our outrage at their wanton use of leather in their clothing and motor bike seats." "In fact," said the organizer. "Motorcycle gangs are one of the biggest abusers of wearing leather, and we decided it was high time that we let them know that we disagree with them using it... Ergo, they should stop."

According to witnesses, protesters arrived at the event in a vintage 1960's era Volkswagen van and began to pelt the gang members with balloons filled with red colored water, simulating blood, and shouting "you're murderers" to passers by. This, evidently, is when the brouhaha began.

"They peed on me!!!" charged one activist. "They grabbed me, said I looked like I was French, started calling me 'La Trene', and duct taped me to a tree so they could pee on me all day!"

"I... I was trying to show my outrage at a man with a heavy leather jacket. And, he... he didn't even care. I called him a murderer, and all he said was, 'You can't prove that.' Next thing I know is he forced me to ride on the back of his motorcycle all day, and not left me off, because his girl friend was out of town and I was almost a woman."

Still others claimed they were forced to eat hamburgers and hot dogs under duress. Those who resisted were allegedly held down while several bikers "farted on their heads."

Police officials declined comments on any leads or arrests due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, however, organizers for the motorcycle club rally expressed "surprise" at the allegations.

"That's preposterous," said on high ranking member of the biker organizing committee. "We were having a party, and these people showed up and were very rude to us. They threw things at us, called us names, and tried to ruin the entire event. So, what did we do? We invited them to the party! What could be more friendly than that? You know, just because we are all members of motorcycle clubs does not mean we do not care about inclusiveness. Personally, I think it shows a lack of character for them to be saying such nasty things about us after we bent over backwards to make them feel welcome."

When confronted with the allegations of force feeding the activists meat, using them as ad hoc latrines, leaving them incapacitated in fast food restaurant dumpsters, and 'farting on their heads,' the organizer declined to comment in detail. "That's just our secret handshake," assured the organizer.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 16:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [660 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The Onion? No? Really?
Posted by: Jeager Panda5130 || 01/06/2010 16:28 Comments || Top||

#2  If only this were true. But it brought a huge smile to my face.

thank you for the laughs. Makes me wish I rode a motorcycle :-)
Posted by: Rahm || 01/06/2010 16:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Made the poor babies eat hot dogs? Awwww...
Posted by: BigEd || 01/06/2010 17:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Now that was funny. The Onion gets a HT! I only wish it was real...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/06/2010 17:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Reminds me of that wonderful (and true!) story of the animals rights activist who was eaten by a polar bear.
Posted by: Iblis || 01/06/2010 19:09 Comments || Top||

#6  "I was almost a Woman" > as God + Madonna + Nostradamas + Guam Taotamonas, etal. is my witness, I'm not sure how to interprete this remark.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 20:42 Comments || Top||

#7  According to one of the posters in the thread, it is a spoof. I s'pose I'm glad Darwin isn't quite that efficient.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 21:36 Comments || Top||

#8  OT: Sorta off topic, what happened to the link to The Onion spoof on the "Slut Spill"?
Posted by: Dopey Ominetch3594 || 01/06/2010 22:51 Comments || Top||

#9  Is this it, Dopey Ominetch3594? I googled "The Onion" "Slut Spill" and it was the first hit.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 23:06 Comments || Top||

#10  Yep, that's it. I guess my question was a bit oblique, here, I'll try again. Why was the "Slut Spill" link removed from the 'burg?

TW, thank you for your effort, sincerely, but I had already been to the Onion and found the piece.
Posted by: Dopey Ominetch3594 || 01/06/2010 23:10 Comments || Top||


Michael Yon arrested at Seattle airport
Thank goodness our Homeland Security people are on the job after the EunuchBomber botched attack on Christmas Day. We certainly don't want to have independent war correspondents passing through our airports without revealing their annual income:

Got arrested at the Seattle airport for refusing to say how much money I make. (The uniformed ones say I was not “arrested', but they definitely handcuffed me.) Their videos and audios should show that I was polite, but simply refused questions that had nothing to do with national security. Port authority police eventually came — they were professionals — and rescued me from the border bullies.

When they handcuffed me, I said that no country has ever treated me so badly. Not China. Not Vietnam. Not Afghanistan. Definitely not Singapore or India or Nepal or Germany, not Brunei, not Indonesia, or Malaysia, or Kuwait or Qatar or United Arab Emirates. No county has treated me with the disrespect can that can be expected from our border bullies.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [608 views] Top|| File under:

#1  refusing to say how much money I make

Strange question to ask. Is he sure he wasn't asked how much he was bringing in (to the country) rather than how much he earned? Could be a misunderstanding of the question.
Posted by: Solomon Glulet1502 || 01/06/2010 7:17 Comments || Top||

#2  Yon is a very experienced traveller and a careful observer / reporter. Not likely he made a mistake, especially considering they also asked him for whom he works.
Posted by: lotp || 01/06/2010 7:30 Comments || Top||

#3  The question was not ridiculous: with his travel history he should reasonably be expected to explain how & why he has it and how he pays for it. He should not have to answer specifically (Just "Not nearly enough; I am a self-employed war correspondent, here is a link to my website/work etc.") It is wrong for TSA to act the way they often do, whether to Mr. Yon or the eunuchbomber.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/06/2010 8:17 Comments || Top||

#4  We need to see more of this and I am not kidding. All the stupid rules have yet to pass one security test and only inconvience us. I mean come on which of you is going to surrender an aircraft to a person with nail clippers (even toenail ones)? Mike should have answered "Way more that you do."

Mike I support your refusal, but the simple answer would be "Way more than you do."
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 01/06/2010 8:53 Comments || Top||

#5  My boss who retired a few years ago and his wife were really hasseled recently. She is in the early stages of Alzheimer's and couldn't remember where she was going when asked. Even with her prescriptions and the doctor's notes they still kept them for several hours. These people are in their early 70's. Real threats. TSA is a very bad joke.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 9:08 Comments || Top||

#6  CS, I'm afraid "Way more than you do." would have gotten Mr. Yon a beating as well for "resisting arrest" or some other handy police euphemism.

As far as I can tell the TSA has turned into a bureaucratic police organization not answerable to anyone. Just one more step down the road to a police state.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/06/2010 9:08 Comments || Top||

#7  The TSA has not turned into anything. It has been this since day 1.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/06/2010 9:28 Comments || Top||

#8  Mr. Yon has made a statement that it wasn't the TSA, but the Border Bullies (his term).
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 9:46 Comments || Top||

#9  Asking “uncomfortable” and seemingly irrelevant questions is a common interrogation method for gauging aggression. Often the answer to the question is not as important as the response. Any reasonble figure would be an acceptable answer to that question becuase TSA has no way to verify his income.
Posted by: DepotGuy || 01/06/2010 10:26 Comments || Top||

#10  Every time I see them pull an oldster, child, or family out of line for additional screening, I feel a lttle LESS safe. I also want to scream "OH COME ON!" but I know that I will be put on a No-Fly list with Joan Rivers.
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 01/06/2010 11:28 Comments || Top||

#11  While I clearly understand the technique of unexpected questions used to gauge the subjects response, neither the TSA nor any other agency has unlimited right to my privacy information. A reasonable response, delivered politely, that it really isn't their business, should lead perhaps to additional questions, but shouldn't be accepted as an immediate sign of uncooperative behavior. Somewhere in this I think you will find ego-driven adolescent behavior on the part of TSA, and principled resistence by Mr. Yon.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 01/06/2010 11:47 Comments || Top||

#12  Michael Yon: "There is some confusion about who arrested me. TSA was not involved. The Customs people (CBP) were the actors who handcuffed me."
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 11:47 Comments || Top||

#13  Michael should have answered them in Tagalog.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/06/2010 12:13 Comments || Top||

#14  The Customs People (if that's who put the cuffs on Yon) can ask any question they want & can do pretty much anything they wish to someone who falls into their clutches. This has always been the case, even prior to 9/11. Yon's problem was merely insubordination.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/06/2010 13:01 Comments || Top||

#15  Keeping the nation safe from Joan Rivers aka Joan Rosenberg: The 76-year-old comedienne says she was set to get on a flight [from Costa Rica] to Newark Liberty International Airport -- the last flight out that night -- when she was bumped by a gate agent who found her married and professional names on her boarding pass "fishy."

"At the last minute," Rivers said on CNN's "Larry King Live," "some moron, idiot decided, as we were literally going to the plane and ripping your ticket, that they didn't understand why my passport had two names on it. And I was denied access to the plane." [Dave Letterman quipped] "We got Joan Rivers, and we still can't get Osama Bin Laden!"

Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/06/2010 13:09 Comments || Top||

#16  And keep in mind, DeMint is fighting to keep the TSA from going Union.

I think I remember that that was a big debate when TSA was getting organized.

National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) includes Customs and Border Protection.
Posted by: Sherry || 01/06/2010 15:48 Comments || Top||

#17  Yon is reporting on facebook that gov folks are trashing him on blackfive and other sites over this. He is talking with his legal staff about suing the Fed Gov for LIBEL!
Posted by: 3dc || 01/06/2010 19:54 Comments || Top||

#18  Yon: " People are asking if I plan to file a lawsuit against the Federal Government. The answer has been "no" up until recently, when what appears to be a DHS employee made false statements about me on Blackfive. Now it's getting serious. The Feds should release their tapes of my arrest."

and
Am going to ask my attorney to examine a lawsuit for libel against the Federal government for the post on Blackfive.

Posted by: 3dc || 01/06/2010 19:56 Comments || Top||

#19  Interesting. In the comment thread at Blackfive, there's a poster from Homeland Security (Blackfive backtracked the IP address). He claims -- and this does make sense -- that they have responsibilities to catch drug smugglers and everything else, not just jihadi terrorists, and also that Mr. Yon has a bit of a history when he returns from abroad. Scroll down to the bottom, then clink on the Comment link thingy. I'd send you directly there, but I don't know how to do that yet. Sorry.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 22:09 Comments || Top||

#20  CS, the proper answer to how much money you make is "nunya."

As in "nunya goddam business."
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/06/2010 23:32 Comments || Top||


If poverty is the root cause of lawlessness, why did crime rates fall when joblessness increased?
The recession crime free fall continues a trend of declining national crime rates that began in the 1990s, during a very different economy. The causes of that long-term drop are hotly disputed, but an increase in the number of people incarcerated had a large effect on crime in the last decade and continues to affect crime rates today, however much anti-incarceration activists deny it. The number of state and federal prisoners grew fivefold between 1977 and 2008, from 300,000 to 1.6 million.

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The spread of data-driven policing has also contributed to the 2000s' crime drop. At the start of the recession, the two police chiefs who confidently announced that their cities' crime rates would remain recession-proof were Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton and New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. As New York Police Commissioner in the mid-1990s, Mr. Bratton pioneered the intensive use of crime data to determine policing strategies and to hold precinct commanders accountable--a process known as Compstat. Commissioner Kelly has continued Mr. Bratton's revolutionary policies, leading to New York's stunning 16-year 77% crime drop. The two police leaders were true to their word. In 2009, the city of L.A. saw a 17% drop in homicides, an 8% drop in property crimes, and a 10% drop in violent crimes. In New York, homicides fell 19%, to their lowest level since reliable records were first kept in 1963.

The Compstat mentality is the opposite of root causes excuse-making; it holds that policing can and must control crime for the sake of urban economic viability. More and more police chiefs have adopted the Compstat philosophy of crime-fighting and the information-based policing techniques that it spawned. Their success in lowering crime shows that the government can control antisocial behavior and provide public safety through enforcing the rule of law. Moreover, the state has the moral right and obligation to do so, regardless of economic conditions or income inequality.

The recession could still affect crime rates if cities cut their police forces and states start releasing prisoners early. Both forms of cost-saving would be self-defeating. Public safety is the precondition for thriving urban life. In 1990s New York, crime did not drop because the economy improved; rather, the city's economy revived because crime was cut in half. Keeping crime rates low now is the best guarantee that cities across the country will be able to exploit the inevitable economic recovery when it comes.
Posted by: Fred || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [498 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Why? Global climate change.
Posted by: Bobby || 01/06/2010 6:05 Comments || Top||

#2  George Bush.
Posted by: Excalibur || 01/06/2010 6:35 Comments || Top||

#3  Public safety is the precondition for thriving urban life civilization.

Regardless of what the teachers unions lobby about their importance, without security there can be no 'thriving'.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2010 8:10 Comments || Top||

#4  There has also been a increase in gun ownership and easier access to gun carry permits.
Posted by: BrerRabbit || 01/06/2010 9:10 Comments || Top||

#5  The thugs all learned how to be "white collar" criminals. What was the trend line for those thieves, con-men and politicians (but I repeat myself) and there robbery of the treasury and taxpayers?
Posted by: AlanC || 01/06/2010 9:11 Comments || Top||

#6 
Three-Strikes.
Posted by: flash91 || 01/06/2010 12:29 Comments || Top||

#7  I think Y'all are overlooking the TYPE of folks suddenly unemployed, they were successful wage earners, not career thugs.
NOT the criminal type.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 12:36 Comments || Top||

#8  I believe gradual decline (arrest/death) of the crack head population, it was disgusting for many years now I rarely see them in my area
Posted by: Phith Dingle6292 || 01/06/2010 17:38 Comments || Top||

#9  The career criminals are all in Congress?
Posted by: Skunky Glins**** || 01/06/2010 22:58 Comments || Top||

#10  To some extent I think the number of illegal immigrants dropped. That probably isn't a very noticeable chunk of the crime rate in most areas but it has to be a factor.

Another factor might be joblessness (and increased workload on those with jobs) mean extra cash for recreational drugs is spent elsewhere or saved. I would think this would change the price somewhat, which might have repercussions elsewhere.

Lastly, if everyone is broke, including the banks, who do you steal from?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/06/2010 23:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Skunky - ya' got that right!
Posted by: Barbara Skolaut || 01/06/2010 23:39 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Man, 89, accused of Holocaust museum shooting dies
The 89-year-old man accused of a deadly shooting at Washington's Holocaust museum died Wednesday in a prison hospital. At Butner federal prison in North Carolina, spokeswoman Denise Simmons announced that James von Brunn died shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday. Von Brunn's lawyer, A.J. Kramer, called the death "a sad end to a tragic situation," but declined further comment.
A sad end? Not to me.
The elderly suspect had been awaiting trial for the killing of security guard Stephen T. Johns at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on June 10. Von Brunn had been wounded by return fire but survived.
Officials at the prison hospital had previously said chronic medical problems had complicated a psychiatric evaluation for the suspect, a white supremacist who prior to the shooting had written racist and anti-Semitic screeds on the Internet.

Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 16:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [342 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Welcome to Hell, psycho-killer.
Posted by: Scooter McGruder || 01/06/2010 20:53 Comments || Top||

#2  The sadness, Deacon, lies in his no-doubt peaceful and relatively painless demise. By all rights he should have kicked feet from the end of a couple yards of hemp.
Posted by: Mitch H. || 01/06/2010 21:21 Comments || Top||


He was nuked twice, and lived to tell the tale
Tsutomu Yamaguchi, the only person officially recognized as a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings at the end of World War II, has died at age 93.

Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip for his shipbuilding company on Aug. 6, 1945, when a U.S. B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on the city. He suffered serious burns to his upper body and spent the night in the city.

He then returned to his hometown of Nagasaki, about 300 kilometers (190 miles) to the southwest, which suffered a second U.S. atomic bomb attack three days later....
IIRC, according to John Toland in Rising Sun, Mr. Yamaguchi had just gotten home and was excitedly describing the Hiroshima bomb to his wife when, KABLOOEY!

Rest in peace sir, and may no others ever have to share your experience.
Posted by: Mike || 01/06/2010 11:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [329 views] Top|| File under:

#1  They called him, "Mr. Rucky".
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 12:28 Comments || Top||

#2  Not to mention all the Japanese & Americans who survived WWII because they weren't killed in the invasion of the Home Islands, canceled because of the nukes.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/06/2010 13:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Bombed with nuclear weapons twice and he lives to be 93.

And yet, there are hundreds of people who are absolutely certain that their little teeny tiny cellphone is creating enough energy to generate brain cancer.
Posted by: frank martin || 01/06/2010 13:19 Comments || Top||

#4  "Get that guy outta here!"
Posted by: mojo || 01/06/2010 14:51 Comments || Top||

#5  I read this book when I was in High School: Nine who survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki. I have a special interest in the book - and the Nagasaki bombing. My Japanese penpal was born August 9th, 1945. I lost track of her years ago (too many Air Force transfers).
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/06/2010 18:14 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Lion Cheetah Tiger Woods hiding in New York Knick bigwig's waterfront mansion
Everyone's asking: where's Woods?

They could make a new "Where's Waldo"-style kids' book out of this scandal, the way Tiger Woods has been hiding out!

On Wednesday, Us Weekly reported that the still-married golfer is staying with billionaire Jim Dolan, the CEO of Cablevision and owner of Madison Square Garden and the New York Knicks.

NEW PHOTO: Tiger's mistress in Maxim, plus more photos of Woods' women.

Dolan reached out to Woods and offered to hide him out at his $13.5 million waterfront estate on New York's Long Island a week after his sex scandal broke, the magazine said.

"Tiger's been seeing a shrink who goes to Dolan's house," a source told Us.

TIGER TICKER: Keep track of the Woods sex scandal with our handy Tiger Ticker!

But Dolan says it's not so.

"It is categorically false and preposterous on its face," a rep for Dolan said in a statement.

But Us is sticking with its story, saying Dolan has also put his fleet of jets at the golfer's disposal.

What, Woods' handful of private planes wasn't enough?
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/06/2010 14:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [457 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Where are the women at?", he said indignantly. "Do you know who I am? I demand service!"
Posted by: BigEd || 01/06/2010 17:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Meguesses the good news for L'TIGRE + his TV Deals [pro-Family] is that he's NOT WARREN BEATTY, etal + young enuff for his career to revive> THE BAD NEWS IS THAT HIV-AIDS + STDS WON'T CARE???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 20:46 Comments || Top||

#3  You raise good points, JosephM.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 23:08 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Epic Snow for Britain
great images at the source
COMMUTERS on the roads and rails suffered travel chaos this morning as the country woke to snow more than a foot deep -- in the iciest winter for A CENTURY

The army was called in last night after 1,000 vehicles were stranded in a ten mile jam on the A3 at Waterlooville, Hampshire.

Many of those stuck were evacuated to rescue centres while others remained in their motors overnight.
despite being at 51N, the average max in January is about 45F and the annual average snowfall is less than a foot (lower in the city)

Posted by: lord garth || 01/06/2010 08:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Already saw attempts to blame it on AGW. Can't recall from anytime in history when cognitive dissonance was so unhinged and pathological.
Posted by: twobyfour || 01/06/2010 12:20 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't recall from anytime in history when cognitive dissonance was so unhinged and pathological. The witch-burning mania comes to mind.
Posted by: Anguper Hupomosing9418 || 01/06/2010 13:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Papa Bravo, my sister-in-law, flew to the UK today. She has been stuck in the plane on the Tarmac at Heathrow for 4 hours. All domestic flights have been canceled.
Posted by: GolfBravoUSMC || 01/06/2010 15:07 Comments || Top||

#4  It's great , I'm loving it .. Big snow hasn't happened this time of year for a looong time .. Snowed in with family , sledging and all the joys associated with it . A proper treat .. Sloe gin now kids asleep ..

Perfik
Posted by: True Tommy || 01/06/2010 17:34 Comments || Top||

#5  "Snow" in UK is appropriate,

To wit,

CHINESE MILITARY FORUM > [Strategist Robert Nightingale]ENGLAND SHOULD BE SEPARATED FROM SCOTLAND. Various Banks of Escosse are too costly for Britain to keep supporting or bailing out. Nightingale believes 80% of British = English voters per se will vote in favor of devol wid Scotland, as well as VOTE "NO" TO CONCEPT OF "EU" [weak Britain/England] IFF THEY HAD TRULY BEEN ALLOWED TO VOTE ON SAME???
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 21:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Snowed in with family , sledging and all the joys associated with it .

As long as the pantry is well stocked and the house is warm, being snowed in brings the gift of homely pleasures... for the first week. After that it can begin to pall. I do hope y'all don't reach that point, True Tommy.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 23:03 Comments || Top||


Global Warming Threatens Peruvian Andes
The mountains are melting?
Posted by: Don Vito Anginegum8261 || 01/06/2010 07:20 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [504 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Just 10 years ago, Oklahoma had a mountain range bigger than the Alps, but Man Made Global Warming melted it, according to Michael Mann's "Horsey Puck" theory.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 8:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Unfortunately, they threw away the records, so nobody can prove otherwise.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 8:20 Comments || Top||

#3  Yes, with extreme heat cunningly disguised as extreme cold. I sure this extreme cold will hasten the melting of glaciers.
Posted by: Don Vito Anginegum8261 || 01/06/2010 8:28 Comments || Top||

#4  I read just yesterday or the day before that the people who live in the high Andes were on the verge of extinction because of the extreme cold. Which is it? Cold or Warming?
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 9:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Decon, according to the article, it is cold because the earth is warming.

I shit you not. The logical twists the writer tied his story in to make it link up with global warming pretty much rendered the whole thing a sham.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2010 10:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Remember that MMGW has *no* negative case, so everything proves MMGW. Hotter, colder, edible panties, Britney Shpears, reruns of The Love Boat, all prove that MMGW is real.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 13:17 Comments || Top||

#7  Uh, uh, XMAS TOON "RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER's" evil nemesis-later-friend the ICE WIZARD hates their new AL-KHALID TANKS???

Gut nuthin.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 21:36 Comments || Top||

#8  Edible panties, Anonymoose? Dear me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 01/06/2010 23:09 Comments || Top||

#9  ION NEWS KERALA [India]> TOP INDIAN FARM SCIENTIST SWAMINATHAN: INDIA ON VERGE OF DISASTER IN FARM FRONT. FUTURE OF INDIA, WORLD BELONGS TO THOSE WID GRAINS, NOT GUNS [Productive Mass Agriculture, NOT Nukes = Mil Power].

IOW, GLOBAL WARMING OR GLOBAL COOLING [ice age?], "FOOD" WILL BE THE BASE FOR FUTURE GEOPOLITICAL POWER = ECONOMICS, EVEN MORE IMPORTANT THAN ENERGY.

* SAME > MCD: GIVE 340,000 SLUM-DWELLERS LAND ONWERSHIP RIGHTS.
Posted by: JosephMendiola || 01/06/2010 23:20 Comments || Top||


Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuela may shut metal output to save power-paper
Venezuela may be forced to close its aluminum, steel and bauxite operations in the south-east of the nation due to a drought and electricity shortfall, a minister was quoted as saying on Monday.

"If we have to close the basic industries in Guayana, because the Guri (reservoir) is drying up, well we have to close them," Electricity Minister Angel Rodriguez said in an interview with financial daily El Mundo.

"We have to avoid the reservoir drying up completely."

The Guri, one of the world's largest hydroelectric dams, close to the Orinoco river, supplies about two-thirds of the South American oil-producing nation's electricity, but is at dangerously low levels, officials say.

President Hugo Chavez's government has imposed electricity rationing across the nation, from Caracas shopping-malls to the state-owned heavy industries in Guayana state that consume around a quarter of the nation's power output.

But after drastic cuts already at aluminum smelters Venalum and Alcasa, plus steel mill Sidor, the industries may need to be shut altogether to ease strain on the system, Rodriguez told the newspaper.

"In other countries, they have closed industries. So if we, because of the emergency situation, have to close industries, ministries, and change working hours, we will have to. And the Guayana basic industries form part of this."

The minister gave no timetable for taking a decision on closing the basic industries.

The Chavez government blames an unprecedented drought, and soaring demand during five years of economic growth from 2004-2008, for the strain on the power-grid.

But critics say negligence and lack of investment during Chavez's nearly 11 years in power are to blame.

Sidor, which was nationalized from Argentina-based Ternium (TX.N) in 2008, said last week it was installing five generators to compensate for power-rationing affecting its production. It has not quantified the impact on output, which was forecast at 3.61 million tonnes of liquid steel for 2009.
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#1  Any word on that really spiffy new D'Anconia Copper mine?
Posted by: AzCat || 01/06/2010 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Mmmm, socialism. Is there anything is can't *bleep* up?
Posted by: SteveS || 01/06/2010 3:01 Comments || Top||

#3  five years of economic growth from 2004-2008
Ha! In their friggin' dreams maybe. Another beautiful country run into the ground by leftist a##holes.
Posted by: Spot || 01/06/2010 8:12 Comments || Top||

#4  Is it time to eat the seed-grain?
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/06/2010 11:22 Comments || Top||

#5  five years of economic growth from 2004-2008
Posted by: ed || 01/06/2010 14:56 Comments || Top||

#6  During China's Great Leap Forward, citizens were "urged" to turn in their metal tools/utensils to be melted down so that the People's Republic would meet its metal smelting quota or goal.

Real reason was to disarm the public.
Posted by: regular joe || 01/06/2010 15:28 Comments || Top||

#7  Shoes for Industry!
Posted by: SteveS || 01/06/2010 22:48 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
China To Execute 10 Iranians For Drug Smuggling
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Remember the Sea Shepard using the Green Laser on Japan Whalers - Well they rammed it!
Posted by: 3dc || 01/06/2010 10:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [328 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Ya don't tug on Superman's cape
Ya don't piss spit into the wind
Ya don't pull the mask of that ole Lone Ranger
And ya mess around with Slim whalers
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 01/06/2010 11:05 Comments || Top||

#2  That boat was really cool. Too bad the Green peace nutjubs dont understand the larger, less manouverable, ship has the right of way. Guess whoever paid for that boat just learned they lost a lot of cash....
Posted by: 49 Pan || 01/06/2010 11:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Next time let them float a few few days before rescuing them.

I don't like whaling but this self-appointed, holier than thou terrorists get zero credit.
Posted by: AlanC || 01/06/2010 11:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Green peace nutjubs dont understand the larger, less manouverable, ship has the right of way

Merely a legal nicety of maritime law. That and the laws of like, physics and stuff. Both of which pale in comparison to the moral purity of engaging in pointless and annoying acts of Self-Righteous Theater.
Posted by: SteveS || 01/06/2010 12:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Follow-up: the Ady Gil was abandoned at sea, and is expected to sink.

I have a feeling that the intent, from the get go, was for the owner of that trimaran to sell it to the insurance company. It originally cost $2.5M, and was built in New Zealand.

During its effort to circumnavigate the globe, it not only collided with a fishing boat, to the loss of life of three fishermen, off Guatemala, but also developed a structural crack in its hull. Lots of other mechanical problems as well. It is likely a lemon.

Hopefully the Japanese will inform that insurance companies underwriters that the insurance should not cover the loss, because it was engaged in reckless acts with obvious intent to damage or destroy the defective vessel.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 12:58 Comments || Top||

#6  Helpful of the BBC not to mention the laser attack from the SS boat.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2010 13:03 Comments || Top||

#7  As I see it , they were trying one of their previously successful tactics, getting in front and making the Whaler turn away, they've been hit before trying this with their larger ship Rainbow Warrior, maybe they'll try it again, and sink the Warrior too.
Good riddance.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 13:09 Comments || Top||

#8  "whoever paid for that boat just learned they lost a lot of cash...."

Maybe not. They will probably make more money with that "loss" than they will lose.

Greenpeace aside, whaling should not happen in the 21st century.
Posted by: European Conservative || 01/06/2010 17:08 Comments || Top||

#9  There was that episode where Cap'n Munch claimed he was shot by a Japanese sailor..wasn't harmed, apparently his bullet-proof windbreaker reduced the damage from the projectile to nothing more than a paintball-sized wound to his shoulder.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/06/2010 17:56 Comments || Top||


Whale protest boat 'cut in half' (rammed and sunk by Japanese whalers)
Heart-warming pictures at link: the eco-pirate about to be run down and then video of the Japanese sailors pulling the soaked and terrified eco-terrorists aboard their own vessel.
The crew of the New Zealand trimaran harassing Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean had to be rescued after their boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese ship, anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society says.
How unfortunate.
The confrontation is thought to have happened early today in the area of Commonwealth Bay off the Adelie Coast of Antarctica.

The former Earthrace boat - now known as the Ady Gil - was captained by Aucklander Pete Bethune and had four other New Zealanders and a Dutchman crewing it.

Mr Bethune said before his departure he would not follow previous Sea Shepherd tactics and try to ram Japanese whalers.

Sea Shepherd leader Paul Watson told theage.com.au the Ady Gill had been cut in half by the Japanese whaler acting as a security vessel for the Japanese fleet.

The $1.5 million high-tech vessel's remains were sinking, but its six-man crew had been rescued and was uninjured, Mr Watson told The Age. He said it was idling in waters near Commonwealth Bay when it was suddenly approached and rammed by the Japanese ship Shonan Maru.

Earlier in the day the fleet was contacted for the first time by the Ady Gil and Sea Shepherd's third vessel, the Bob Barker.

Mr Watson, aboard the society's bigger, but slower ship Steve Irwin, said he was still 500 nautical miles from the scene.

"This seriously escalates the whole situation," he said of the collision.
No, Captain Kidstuff, you and your media pirates escalated it when you started attacking lawful commerce on the high seas.
The Institute of Cetacean Research, which has previously fronted for the whalers, claimed the Ady Gil's crew were launching projectiles at a ship in the fleet, the Nisshin Maru, and attempted to entangle its propellers with rope.
Unlike Sea Shepherd's numerous media and high-society supporters, the ICR is fronting for a legal activity.
"The research-base vessel Nisshin Maru, currently engaged in the Japanese whale research programme in the Antarctic ... was subject to attack today for about two hours by the New Zealand-registered watercraft Ady Gil," the institute said.

"In a manner similar to their 23 December attack on the Shonan Maru No. 2, at about (7am NZDT) the Ady Gil came to collision distance directly in front of the Nisshin Maru bow repeatedly deploying and towing a rope from its stern with the intent to entangle the Japanese vessel's rudder and propeller."

It said the crew of the New Zealand boat were also shining a green laser light and launching stinkbombs that smelled of rancid butter.

The Nisshin Maru started its water cannons "and proceeded to prevent the Ady Gil coming closer".

The institute claimed the activists' actions were "nothing but felonious behaviour" and potentially threatened the safety of Japanese sailors.

"In addition, their repeated deploying and abandonment of ropes designed to entangle the propeller of our navigating vessels ultimately ends up litter spoiling the Antarctic marine environment."
Now that the pirates are in Japanese hands they need to be taken to Japan and tossed in jail.

More comments here
Many nautical types had serious doubts that Sea Shepherd could operate a vessel like this (a former Earthrace boat) and expressed surprise that it did not sink before the Japanese got a crack at it.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 01/06/2010 10:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [524 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Too bad they didn't drown.
Posted by: DarthVader || 01/06/2010 10:45 Comments || Top||

#2  We could offer the whaling team a job protecting shipping in the Gulf of Aden
Posted by: Oscar || 01/06/2010 10:54 Comments || Top||

#3  In early 1985 the Rainbow Warrior had never looked better. It had a fresh coat of paint, a new radio and radar, and a complete engine overhaul. The crew remarked on how well the ship sailed.

The ship was in Auckland, New Zealand, preparing to visit Moruroa Atoll for a major campaign against French nuclear testing. But the voyage was not to be.


But then suddenly during noon mess.... Kaboom! Kaboom! Smiling Greenpeace 'volunteer' Chris Cabon aka Frederique Bonlieu downs her coffee, grabs her beret, bottle of Beaujolais, a baquette, and unasses the sinking vessel.
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 10:59 Comments || Top||

#4  If you play "chicken" with large steel objects while driving around in a small fiberglass object, you must be prepared for the prospect of losing.
Posted by: Mike || 01/06/2010 11:08 Comments || Top||

#5  It said the crew of the New Zealand boat were also shining a green laser light and launching stinkbombs that smelled of rancid butter.

So they're not only pirates but also war criminals.

Why aren't these people at least being investigated by authorities in among other countries New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US, all signatories of the Laser Weapons Protocol?

Where's the ICC?
Posted by: Captain Unish7062 || 01/06/2010 11:09 Comments || Top||

#6  In the video on the BBC website, you can see the protest boat going from idle to FULL ahead just before the Japanese ship hits it. They claim they were trying to back up, but if you watch the stern, it's accelerating obviously into the path of the ship, not backing away.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 01/06/2010 11:13 Comments || Top||

#7  A 40k high tech ocean racing boat could not get out of the way of a 12 kt fishing boat?

Lets be real. There is no way the slow boat can ram the fast one unless the fast one was deliberately crossing the bow at such a rate that the slow boat could not avoid the collision. It would be like a sail boat trying to ram a jet ski.

IOW the enviro-thuns are lying.
Posted by: Jeager Panda5130 || 01/06/2010 11:26 Comments || Top||

#8  Isnt' the general rule that the lesser-manuverable vessel always have the right-of-way?

The money shot:

"In addition, their repeated deploying and abandonment of ropes designed to entangle the propeller of our navigating vessels ultimately ends up litter spoiling the Antarctic marine environment."
Posted by: CrazyFool || 01/06/2010 11:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Ever watch that show? The pirates do not seem to be career or natural sailors.

There was an episode where the show's hook was them deploying one of their propeller entanglers. They don't seem to realize that perhaps knowing this technique, the Japanese may have fitted protection from these devices to the underside of their hull so it would make sense to me that the pirates were attempting to deploy closer as strategy and just lacked the experience to perform the maneuver, "Its a racing boat, it should accelerate like a race car." The video didn't play for me, so if I'm wrong according to video evidence I apologize - just making a possible conclusion based on the high seas clownary showcased by their own propaganda.

- My wife was letting me watch her shows one night and this one was on, after watching them ram willy nilly through a ice field in hopeless persuit of a Japanese vessel, with their boarding craft and crew lost, I said to my wife, "Hell, I think this flatlander Kansan right here could skipper better than this, and I sure as hell wouldn't have crew lost in killer sea conditions."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 01/06/2010 12:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Contrary to much eco-wackie and pop-culture dogma, whales are stupid.
High energy technology, in the form of power vessels and harpoon guns, was not introduced into whaling until late in the 19th century. Before that, whales held a massive physical and tactical advantage over the puny harpoon tossers. If the whales had truly been intelligent, sentient beings, they could easily have exterminated every human marauder who put to sea looking for them. Such a course would have been both logical and moral, the first and most necessary signs of true intelligence.

Instead, even Stone Age humans had little trouble hunting the whales and putting them to good use.
Posted by: Atomic Conspiracy || 01/06/2010 12:22 Comments || Top||

#11  Construction: Carbon fibre foam sandwich with Kevlar armour.

Crunches nicely.
No, I have NO respect for the speedboat's Pirate crew, they asked for it, then they got it, Japanese eat whales, would you think the pirates "Noble" if they went into supermarkets and splashed turpentine on all the meat in the coolers?
Hell NO.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 12:58 Comments || Top||

#12  This boat is a turkey and they are trying to sell it to the insurance company. Mechanically, structurally, it is a mess that was bought by eco-suckers for $2.5M, which the owner will get if the insurance company pays off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ady_Gil

Look at the history of this Edsel. No maritime underwriter in his right mind would touch it.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 13:05 Comments || Top||

#13  So - lemme get this straight - a 45-knot speedboat was chased down, rammed and sunk by a whaler capable of 12 knots max?

That's a hell of a trick.
Posted by: mojo || 01/06/2010 14:53 Comments || Top||

#14  Mojo - damn clever those Japanese.
Posted by: GORT || 01/06/2010 15:49 Comments || Top||

#15  I still don't understand why those people want to go to all that trouble to shave the whales.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 01/06/2010 16:00 Comments || Top||

#16  I have watched whale wars once and I swear that they are engaging in piracy on the high seas. I am not a lawyer but at times there are clearly endangering the Japanese vessels and at the very least interfering with LEGAL commerce. After only 5 minutes I was rooting for the Japanese to ram the eviro-wacko boat. At one point they were explaining how they were getting in position to cut the line on a whale carcass, how does that not amount to piracy?
Posted by: Cyber Sarge || 01/06/2010 17:09 Comments || Top||

#17  I just pointed out a Australian news site that the Japanese eat whales for religious reasons. They are traditionally classified as fish and therefore OK for non-meat eating Buddhists.

Clearly a few Japanese suicide bombers are required in order for (some of) us to take Japanese religious beliefs seriously.
Posted by: phil_b || 01/06/2010 19:57 Comments || Top||

#18  Thing is, whale populations in many areas have rebounded to nearly pre commercial hunting numbers. Hunting of the larger, older individuals can make for a healthier population of the rest.

Whales have no predators once they are adults. If left on their own, they will expand their population to the limits of the food supply and then their health suffers from malnutrition.

There needs to be a cull of the oldest members of the herd of the population is to remain healthy.
Posted by: crosspatch || 01/06/2010 22:11 Comments || Top||

#19  Does anyone have a non-YouTube link to the video? YouTube has dumped it.
Posted by: Old Patriot || 01/06/2010 23:09 Comments || Top||


Economy
Iceland Refuses To Gouge Taxpayers To Bail Out Banks; UK anger
The Icelandic president, Olafur Ragnar Grimmson has refused to sign into law a bill designed to reimburse money lost by savers when the Icesave bank collapsed. Mr Grimmson called for a referendum on the bill to be held.

The country's parliament approved the plans to repay 3.8bn euros (£3.4bn) to savers in the UK and the Netherlands in December.

The money would have gone to the British and Dutch governments, who partially compensated savers when the Icesave online bank failed. More than 320,000 savers lost out when the bank collapsed in 2008.
The UK threatens to freeze Iceland out of the EU in response to this perceived abrogation of an agreement whereby the UK stretched to keep Iceland solvent when they needed it badly.
Posted by: Anonymoose || 01/06/2010 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [321 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I don't know, Moose. That's not a bug; it's a feature.
Posted by: Eric Jablow || 01/06/2010 0:23 Comments || Top||

#2  Was there such an agreement? I didn't follow this closely at the time but did the British and Dutch give money to "savers" without Iceland asking for that aid? And did they then expect Iceland to reimburse them?
Posted by: tipover || 01/06/2010 2:42 Comments || Top||

#3  If the UK had a referendum we'd not bail out foreign banks either.

This isn't wholly unpopular in the UK people (as opposed to the Government/MSM complex).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 01/06/2010 5:45 Comments || Top||

#4  Tipover, I'm not sure of the exact paperwork involved. However, the UK government lent money to the Iceland banks with the Icelandic government's involvement. The intent was, in part, to keep UK banks solvent since there were massive business contracts between them ... Iceland as a country nearly declared bankruptcy.
Posted by: lotp || 01/06/2010 7:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Look up how much TARP money went overseas to repay banks and institutions for unsecured gambling in derivatives in the American market. The ruling elite didn't want the taxpayers here to know what was really going on either.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 01/06/2010 8:07 Comments || Top||

#6  Abu Dabai bailed out Dubai, would Norway do the same for its old colony?
Posted by: 746 || 01/06/2010 10:47 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Police rescue child, detain kidnappers in ransom case
[Ma'an] Palestinian police rescued a 15-year-old boy from a locked cargo container where he was being held by kidnappers on Tuesday afternoon, the media office said.

The youth, from Yatta, was found confined in Hebron and his abductors were detained in a successful rescue operation, police said.

An investigation began when a Yatta resident reported his son missing. Police said initial investigations revealed the men were preparing to ransom the boy for cash.

Police said local tips lead them to the culprits, and the director of Hebron police thanked citizens for their cooperation in the affair.
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Science & Technology
Drill near here, Drill NOW....Cramped on Land, Big Oil Bets at Sea - WSJ
Posted by: Besoeker || 01/06/2010 08:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [318 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Seldom do I read an oil-related article that I don't find significantly flawed. This is a rare one.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/06/2010 10:24 Comments || Top||

#2  It seems odd, but I think the USA has handled their oil resources extremely ell, buy other countries oil cheaply, then when they run out, sell them ours at very high prices.
On the surface it looks bad for us, in the long run we profit greatly.
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 13:19 Comments || Top||

#3  Grrr, spell check doesn't get them all
WELL
Posted by: Redneck Jim || 01/06/2010 13:21 Comments || Top||

#4  My dear, departed friend used to call "drill here, drill now" the "drain America first" strategy.
Posted by: Perfesser || 01/06/2010 16:18 Comments || Top||

#5 
#2 It seems odd, but I think the USA has handled their oil resources extremely ell, buy other countries oil cheaply, then when they run out, sell them ours at very high prices.
On the surface it looks bad for us, in the long run we profit greatly.


You keep repeating this as if the foreigners are selling their stuff at 15 dollars a barrel instead of 150.00 (which it peaked at last year).

If this idea is so good why is the US economy in the toilet?

When we're all living under overpasses are you going to be sitting there with your laptop or your ipod looking for a wireless router so you can post this bullshit again?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/06/2010 17:35 Comments || Top||

#6  If this idea is so good why is the US economy in the toilet?

It sure isn't in the toilet because of the price of oil. More like the burden of taxation, too many entitlements, too many restraints on trade and labor, i.e. regulation, a lousy public education system, pooling of interest accounting are plenty of reasons for why our economy is in the tank. The price of oil is just a reflection of the decline of the dollar, which has fallen 90% in value since we went off the gold standard in order to pay for all the profligate government largesse.
Posted by: Nimble Spemble || 01/06/2010 18:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Nimble Spemble, importing 65+% of the oil used in this nation, prima facie, hasn't been good for the economy.
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 01/06/2010 19:04 Comments || Top||

#8  Yeah, Snowy, but importing virtually every other value-added product hasn't been good for the economy either. All we seem to be exporting is Wall Street fraud.
Posted by: Glenmore || 01/06/2010 20:43 Comments || Top||

#9  Buying into Redneck Jim's argument I think it's time to drill. Oil prices are up, and actual replacements are on the horizon (nuke power and hybrid and/or electric cars). A real President would do both. I know California could sure use some of that oil money right now.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 01/06/2010 20:46 Comments || Top||



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