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I heard it on the grapevine!

By Mike Cunningham On June 2nd, 2011 at 3:07 pm

If you are doing something you shouldn’t be doing, and your search is on an office computer, your problems are only beginning.

According to court documents, Cheng Yi Liang, a chemist since 1996 at FDA’s Office of New Drug Quality Assessment, exploited his access to the agency’s password protected internal tracking system for new drug applications to learn whether and when certain drug applications would be approved. Together with his son, he used the information to buy and trade drug stocks, reaping more than $2 million.

Trouble is, he had been targeted because of suspicions of ‘Insider trading’, so the Health & Human Services investigators put ‘Hidden’ software on the chemist’s computer which logged every search, every keystroke which was made, and proved that the illegal searches and documentation viewed produced a profit of $379,000.00 in just over a month!

Isn’t Our Libyan Adventure Supposed to Be Over?

By Mahons On June 1st, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Excuse me Mr. President, isn’t our limited  intervention in Libya supposed to be over by now?  I ask because apparently people are being killed in Yemen and Syria and, well we don’t seem to be doing much about that. 

I mean UNICEF is leading the way regarding condemning Syria’s Assad (where a 13 year old was tortured to death by Mr. Assad’s cronies).  If UNICEF is more vocal then the leader of the free world then something is really wrong. 

I mean, is there a plan, or is there simply an unfocused reaction?

Leave Him Hanging Mrs. Weiner

By Mahons On June 1st, 2011 at 9:29 pm

I truly hope that Mad Anthony Weiner’ s wife doesn’t join him for one of those supporting press conferences we see all too often when wives whose husbands have been naughty stand by their man. 

The Congressman can not “say with certitude”  if a picture of a groin sent via Twitter is his.  As statements by a member of Congress regarding a Congressman’s member go, this might be the zaniest I’ve ever heard.   

The Weiners may have a you can  look but not touch agreement, or no agreement at all.  I just hope his wife spares herself the indignity of having to do the good wife walk that so many others found themselves doing over the years. 

As for Weiner, he committed no crime, and may never have broken his vows, but he’s certainly too creepy in both his actions and responses to this lunacy to obtain higher office.    She can forgive him or not, that is her choice.  But I hope she doesn’t subject herself to the circus of supporting him publically.  Let his staff do that.

Safety checks, what safety checks?

By Mike Cunningham On June 1st, 2011 at 11:12 am

Good Practice guide when preparing or planning to Weld Large Oil or Flammable Liquid Tanks:-

 

“A repair like this should be done with the tanks drained and purged with inert gas, purge plan, monitoring, inert gas pressure test/or hydrostatic test for leaks.
Be aware that this form of repair, may require post repair inspection and testing per ASME, API, etc.—if one plays it by the book.”

So if you don’t follow the Rule Book, this is what you are likely to see whilst hanging off the remains of the scaffolding:-

 

That is, of course, if you were using scaffolding!

Loved the ‘in’ comment from blogger All Seeing Eye about the C3 Committee:

The C3 Committee is about to meet (you’d have to be really local to get that – UK readers think COBRA but with plastic chairs).

One workman is said to have life-threatening injuries, eleven others hurt!

 

Who Moved the MSM’s Cheese?

By Patty On June 1st, 2011 at 1:54 am

The MSM has been out of sorts the past few days because Palin has not given them a detailed itinerary of  her One Nation Bus Tour. Below,  Rush Limbaugh describes the “discombobulated media” following Palin around, and political commentator, David Brooks,  who has been complaining that Palin is not a “team player.”

“Just… (laughing) She’s just not doing anything the way she’s supposed to, folks! Not doing anything according to the rules, not doing anything according to the way the ruling class elites say it should be done.  She’s not doing anything right. (interruption) Well, I don’t know what he thinks would tick off the rank and file.  I don’t know whether she’s running or not.  I just find their reaction to her over the top.  They  are totally discombobulated.  They can’t stand it. They can’t stand any of it. They can’t stand the fact that she’s happy, they can’t stand the fact she’s making money, they can’t stand the fact she’s got a bus and she’s got the family on the bus. She’s traveling around, and they can’t stand the fact that she’s not telling anybody where she’s going.

They can’t stand the fact she didn’t call the Republican Party in New Hampshire. They can’t stand the fact that she’s not a team player.  Of course, when she was on the team, where were they?  They were doing everything they could… (interruption) They weren’t stabbing her in the back, Snerdley. They were stabbing her in the front trying to get rid of her.  They weren’t stabbing her in the back…”

 

(Photo from Rush LImbaugh website)

 

Axis of Surreal

By Mahons On May 31st, 2011 at 9:48 pm

According to Donald Trump’s Lawyer (cue grain of salt) Sarah Palin’s Bus Tour will include a stop in New York City so that the Palins can have dinner with Donald and his wife.   I’m not sure how Mr. Trump qualifies as a historic landmark that will serve to remind people of our precious freedoms and whatnot.  The home of the knave doesn’t seem on message for Palin’s regular folks tour, which one might fairly assumed was not going to involve dining with rich loud mouths.  It begs the question, was Charlie Sheen unavailable? 

We have many historic landmarks in New York – Federal Hall, the Statute of Liberty, Fraunces Tavern,  and of course Gray’s Papaya.   Could she not choose one of these sites for simplistic tweeting?   Donald Trump?  Really? 

Of course they are both quitters.  She quit office before her term was over and he quit the presidential race before it started.  Maybe they have that in common (besides a pathological aversion to the truth and knee-slapping hilarity in ignoring their own past). 

Anyway, let us have the circus continue.  We may not get good government, but at least we’ll be entertained.

Someone is Sending a Message

By Patrick Van Roy On May 31st, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Now whether that message is being sent for blackmail/extortion, a religous reason, or we just pissed off a Swedish clock maker, we will eventually find out. The thing is if you haven’t heard 3 Alarm Clocks in 3 different Ikea Stores were wired with explosives and detonated.

Apparently no one was hurt by design. The devices even though they were alarm clocks were set off remotely, all at the same time in 3 different countries. Now that shows two things that should be very disconcerting to eveyone, 1) How ridiculacy vulnerable we are, and 2) How well organized and brazen someone is.

Alarm Clocks Blow up at Ikea Stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands

By AFP

BRUSSELS – Small explosives concealed in alarm clocks detonated at Ikea furniture stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands, Belgian authorities said Tuesday.

The explosions in stores in the Belgian city of Ghent, Lille in northern France and Eindhoven in The Netherlands caused no damage or injuries.

“The information we have is that the explosions happened the same way in all locations, with booby-trapped alarm clocks that had been hidden exploding,” according to An Schoonjans, spokeswoman for Ghent prosecutors.

In Ghent, an employee and a security agent complained of earaches after two small explosions, which detonated almost simultaneously before the store closed Monday evening.

Two booby-trapped alarm clocks were detonated by remote control, Schoonjans said.

THE WHINGERS FRINGE MEETS

By David Vance On May 31st, 2011 at 9:12 am

Peter Robinson, Carwyn Jones, Martin McGuinness and Alex Salmond

The Celtic whingers fringe meets today.

The First and Deputy First Ministers will meet their Scottish and Welsh counterparts in Edinburgh on Tuesday. The trilateral meeting at Bute House will be hosted by Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond and Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Peter Robinson and Martin McGuinness will attend along with the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones. The talks will focus on areas where there is a “shared agenda” between the three regions.

I think there is a shared agenda between the three “regions” and it can be summarised as follows;

1. It’s about squeezing as much cash out of England as possible. Think Oliver Twist eternally asking for “more”.

2. It’s about ensuring that England takes the brunt of the austerity cuts. Nationalism does not “do” financial responsibility.

3. It’s about dissolving the Union. Scotland wants out, NI seeks to be part of a Federalised Ireland and who knows what the Welsh want?

Perhaps the bluff of these whinging Nationalists of all hues could be called if the Barnett Formula for dispersal of English wealth to the fringes was suspended and they were made to stand on their own economic feet? WHY should English taxpayers fund freebies for Celtic Nationalism?

Memorial Day in America 2011

By Patty On May 30th, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Update: “Democracy is not freedom. Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to eat for lunch. Freedom comes from the recognition of certain rights which may not be taken, not even by a 99% vote.”

To the men and women in uniform who fought and died defending freedom, you are not forgotten.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HzmmQ74LzjU

Well I never!

By Mike Cunningham On May 30th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

It may seem a little surprising, but I for one am all in favour of Bradford’s Muslims (and all the other ghettos as well) marrying their first cousins, brothers, sisters, and for all I know or care, any other close relation.

I mean, as the old saying goes, ‘There is nothing wrong with a little incest, as long as you keep it within the family’.

The fact that a good couple of decades of familial intermarrying will of course produce even more psychiatrically-unstable inbred morons than there are now is all to our advantage, as they will eventually become sterile as Darwin foretold, and then we shall be rid of this cancer within our cities without having to undergo the old ethnic cleansing routine, as they will of course have done it to themselves.