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Was the Strauss-Kahn Rape a Con?

By Mahons On July 1st, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Reports today indicate that the case against French touchy- feelie an IMF head Strauss-Kahn may implode due to credibility issues involving the alleged victim.  Conspiracy nuts and Frogophiles will have a field day if this is the case .

I think the authorities were correct to arrest, and if the charges appear to not be viable then they will be correct to drop them.  Justice requires that the consideration of his case by the system not be based upon the social status of that he held, or that of his accuser.

Stupid is as Stupid does

By Patrick Van Roy On June 30th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Operation Fast and Furious/Gun Walker was started so the Obama Regime could attack the second amendment, and make it harder on Legal American Citizens to own and carry guns. Background HERE.

So now that the s**t has hit the fan people are about to be indicted, a Border Guard is DEAD, and it could unravel the whole Obama Regime what are the democrats going to do? You got it, use the story of the Obama Regime ILLEGALLY SELLING GUNS to investigate if American gun Laws are to lax…lol

Dems to spin Fast & Furious probe into gun-control rally

posted at 1:25 pm on June 30, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

After yesterday’s news of the deal between Senators Pat Leahy and Charles Grassley to get documents and testimony from ATF chief Kenneth Melson on Operation Fast and Furious, it seemed as though Democrats might finally take the scandal of the gunrunning fiasco seriously.  Alas, Elijah Cummings and House Democrats appear uninterested in abuses of government power, incompetence, and potential cover-ups at AFT and the Department of Justice.  In fact, they want to turn the probe into an argument for expanding government control of firearms:

The top Democrat on a House investigative committee is broadening an inquiry into a botched gun-tracing operation, called Operation Fast and Furious, to include a look at American gun laws.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the leading Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, released a report early Thursday titled “Outgunned,” that details how Bureau for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents say gun laws need to be tightened for them to fight organized crime along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Why, yes!  The right response for Congress to a fiasco where the ATF and DoJ refused to stop guns from flowing over the border is to give them more power to stop American citizens from buying guns in the first place!  Certainly, the federal law-enforcement agencies have proven their worth in Operation Fast and Furious and should be given even more opportunities to intervene in the exercise of Second Amendment rights!

That’s the World According To Elijah Cummings, anyway.

 

Yep that’s a box of chocolates….

STAB A BURGLAR?

By David Vance On June 30th, 2011 at 10:34 am

Here’s a bit of good news. Householders who stab burglars will not face criminal charges. Or so says Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary.

He announced that an act of Parliament would be used to “clarify” the existing legal right to use “reasonable force” against intruders.

His remarks come after a householder was arrested on suspicion of murder following the stabbing of a burglar at a house in Salford, Greater Manchester, last week.

David Cameron has promised that the new Justice Bill would “put beyond doubt that home owners and small shopkeepers who use reasonable force to defend themselves or their properties will not be prosecuted”.

Yesterday, Mr Clarke spelt out the sort of action that would be permitted under the new regime. He made clear that it would remain illegal to pursue intruders to attack them or to shoot them as they fled.

Not sure about that last point. If an intruder has entered private property intent on committing a crime, and is shot as they fled, I would have thought that was quite reasonable. The message is STAY OUT of private property. That said, in the particular case concerned, the householder is the victim, not the guilty and should not have been charged by the police.  So the clarification is welcome in that small regard.

THE PARASITE CULTURE?

By David Vance On June 30th, 2011 at 8:43 am

During the Assembly Elections just past, the BBC delighted in haranguing me with out of context quotes from ATW. One of their preferred quotes was references i made to “the parasite public sector”. This was taken as an ace to invalidate any comments I made on the economy.

Now then, let’s leave aside the fact that the BBC itself sponges off the UK to the tune of £3 BILLION  a year (A statistic the BBC doesn’t like to talk about…) and let’s talk instead about all those civil servants who have decided not to serve the UK taxpayer today by going on strike. This is causing considerable inconvenience to parents, to tourists, to business. It will add cost to those working families who have to make extra provision to see that their kids are catered for and has a damaging impact on our economy.

The reason for their strike is to ensure that they can enjoy pension provision that is unaffordable outside the State sector. Why? The State sector is funded entirely by the private sector so why do those employees within it now on strike think they deserve something that those who fund it cannot have?

One of the biggest myths that the Public Sector Unions like to retail to a sedated media is that their members require extra special pension provision because their average salaries are so much less than the private sector. The fact is that the public sector commands a 30% premium over the private sector. Then there are the generous holidays, the job security, and work almost a decade less than the worker ants in the private sector.

Perhaps the word parasite is too strong but one wonders what better term can be employed for a body which exists purely  by draining the resources from another?

LOL… The U.N.

By Patrick Van Roy On June 29th, 2011 at 10:19 pm

North Korea to Head U.N. Conference on Disarmament

3:26 PM, Jun 29, 2011 • By ANNE BAYEFSKY

On Tuesday, the United Nations again made itself an international laughing stock – except perhaps to the American taxpayers who continue to foot 22 percent of the bill – by appointing North Korea chair of the U.N. Conference on Disarmament. That would be the same North Korea that, according to an article this week by Senator John Kerry, head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has “twice tested nuclear weapons…is developing missiles to carry them…has built facilities capable of producing highly enriched uranium for more nuclear weapons” and has defied a U.N. arms embargo by exporting weapons and sensitive technologies to rogue regimes.

full story

You Hate Me, You Really Hate Me – Sarah Palin’s Oscar Preview

By Mahons On June 29th, 2011 at 7:36 pm

I’m not sure that I would want to travel to Iowa for a movie premier (if you film it they will come), but I suppose the popcorn would be fresh.  Sarah Palin went there for the premier of her irony-free titled film “The Undefeated”.  She expressed confusion as to why various people from Hollywood would hate her.  I share her dismay.  After all, she quit her day job and set out to become  a reality television star.     Where is the sympathy of her fellow actors?

As the Cover up unravels

By Patrick Van Roy On June 29th, 2011 at 10:52 am

Operation Fast and Furious has taken it’s first ATF Retaliatory Firing as the Justice Department does everything it can think of to obstruct justice….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qzSt5Ic9jQ

Mr. President what did you know, and when did you know it?

Raised On The Promises – Michele Bachman’s Collision With The Truth

By Mahons On June 29th, 2011 at 2:37 am

Michele Bachman’s falsehoods, wild mistakes, reckless accusations and adversion to the truth are the source of her political ascent.  The people she appeals to are not troubled by these failures.  They are troubled by her failings being pointed out.  They are predisposed to distrust the media, and therefore if journalists question her, then they are picking on her.  

Michele has railed against government intervention and benefits, including medicare payments.  Yet her husband’s clinic took in over 100k in Medicare funds, and the family farm she is a partner in took in over 100k in government handouts.  Oops!  Not giant handouts, but a tad on the hypocritical side. 

 I do think it was unfair when the media noted that she boasted about John Wayne connections to Waterloo, Iowa  (it was John Wayne Gacy – A clown costume-wearing serial killer) .  I don’t think she intended to invoke Gacy.  I don’t see why we have to bother with side-issue mistakes, all politicians make them.  Why not concentrate on her barnyard crazy claim that God wants her to do this?  Can’t we give a big “are you shitting me?” shout out to that claim.  The Almighty wants Bachman to be President? Is God that cruel?

Who knew there wa a Republican Female Officeholder out there who could make Palin look (almost) Presidential? 

Tom  Petty as asked her not to use his song “American Girl” at her events.  I agree.  I think “Don’t Come Around Here No More” is a better fit.

A GPS For The Home

By Mahons On June 28th, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Many Americans now have a GPS in their car.  It allows them to avoid maritial discord on family trips, having to pull into gas stations to ask for directions, and folding and unfolding cumbersome Rand-McNally Maps while driving on the Interstate. 

I have a fairly good sense of direction, so I don’t need one for my car.  My quests are more modest in nature.  I’d like to patent a GPS for home use.  That way I could find my keys, my eyeglasses, a matching pair of clean socks, the remote control and the other Holy Grails of the daily living of middle-aged man.   I usually take the tried and true tactic of abandoning my search for a particular item after twenty minutes, and start looking for something else – at which point I find the first item.  I truly find myself more at a loss among the familar confines of my home than in some remote corner of the Earth.

I think I am not alone in this need.  Some sort of bar code scanned in for all my pertinent items so I could be on my couch, press the on switch and issue a command “Find Keys”, and then be guided through the rooms of my house (get up, turn left, walk five feet, turn right, keys are here).    I think a soothing recorded voice (Kathleen Turner for men, Barry White for women) would make it very marketable.   Course the problem is I would misplace the damned GPS itself.

THE UNI-HOLE.

By David Vance On June 27th, 2011 at 8:27 am

Now here is a storyline that seems just so radical. Academics would like to see even more £££ directed their way. What a shocker!

“The executive must do the right thing and ensure a £40 million black hole facing the higher education sector is filled, university chiefs have warned. University of Ulster vice-chancellor Professor Richard Barnett will use his address at the first summer graduation ceremony of the year to highlight what he believes will be potentially catastrophic consequences of further funding cuts. His counterpart at Queen’s, Sir Peter Gregson, stressed the importance of releasing more money to the sector as academics from his university prepared to visit Stormont to showcase the world class research currently being undertaken.”

Two comments here.

1. This is an easy request to resolve. Just cut 40% from North-South bodies annual expenditure and the matter is sorted.

2. Both our Universities need to demonstrate much more transparently how they can provide better VALUE to students. Instead of dragging out some degrees, instead of providing some utterly pointless degrees, instead of not driving their own cost base down, they just hold their hands out and shrill more. I would agree to bridging the funding cap but ONLY in exchange for radical internal reform based on academic excellence.