Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A dog story

This story is all in fun. (Mostly)

I live in North Carolina. The newspapers around our neighborhood are replete with stories that announce the latest shoe polish colour coming in at the Super ***mart, the price of pig snouts, or how many leaves the 'bacca plants have gotten up to. OK, maybe not that bad but it is ridiculously poor, (and biased). So when I heard this story on the radio I ran to the birdcage to see if I had missed something. Apparently they missed it too.

When a dog bites a man, it is not newsworthy.

When a man bites a dog, it is also not newsworthy, (this is a rural area after all)

But when a 3 legged dog shoots his owner, THAT is news worthy!

I don't know how the dog lost it's leg, but I suspect the shooting was revenge, so this popped into my mind, "I shot him 'cause he shot my paw", but I won't go there.

I know that some will not believe me so here is the story...


Friday, January 21, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

What is not worth a Canadian Dollar?

The US dollar, it has been losing it's value against the Canadian dollar since last August. Chart.


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Bhutan police raid homes to stub out smoking habit

Coming to a nation near you. Government unchecked.

THIMPU, Bhutan (Reuters Life!) – Bhutan police can raid homes of smokers in a search for contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honor a promise to become the world's first smoke-free nation.

Buddhist Bhutan, where smoking is considered bad for one's karma, banned the sale of tobacco in 2005, but with a thriving tobacco smuggling operation from neighboring India, the ban failed to make much of an impact.

But legislation passed in the new year, granting police powers to enter homes, is set to stub out the habit, threatening five years in jail for shopkeepers selling tobacco and smokers who fail to provide customs receipts for imported cigarettes.

Smoking in private is not illegal in the Himalayan kingdom, but as the sale of cigarettes is banned, smokers are restricted to 200 cigarettes or 150 grams of other tobacco products a month that can be legally imported. And they must provide a customs receipt when challenged by police.

The Bhutan Narcotic Control Agency has started raids, with officials allowed to enter homes if someone is seen smoking or if officials have reason to believe there is illegal tobacco there.

There has been widespread grumbling about the new rule.

"When it comes to the penalties in the tobacco control act, it is, in every sense of the word, draconian," the country's largest selling newspaper, Kuensel, said in an editorial.

The Tobacco Act was passed in a joint sitting of parliament, with opposition from only four of the 65 voting members.

"It's a new year. And I have a new year's wish: that the first person to be caught and jailed under the Tobacco Control Act is a member of parliament," opposition leader Tshering Tobgay wrote on his popular blog.

Illegal cigarette sales - previously a major source of income for small shops - have almost stopped as shopkeepers say it will be difficult to hide tobacco from the sniffer dog.

"The sniffer dog is being trained at the moment. The dog will be able to sniff out tobacco products," said Major Phub Gyaltshen of the Royal Bhutan Police.

Bhutan's prime minister said the law cannot be called draconian and it was passed in the "collective wisdom" of the members of parliament.

"It is cancerous, both in the literal and the metaphoric sense, cancerous to society and to individual and in many ways it is no different from psychotropic drugs, for which the penalty in certain countries is death," Prime Minister Jigmi Y. Thinley said.


I am a non-smoker.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Veterans laid to rest.

I remember when I first enlisted in the Marine Corps; Upon arriving at an airport in my uniform I was often spit upon and abused as a "baby killer", "murderer", "facist" and the like. Why? Hate. Unfortunately, the legacy which existed then continues in a small way. Here is a list of veterans who were abandoned, forgotton, homeless... Who most likely died alone, in any event their bodies were never claimed, until they were buried with dignity. Thanks to U.S. Rep. Tim Bishop, D-Southampton, and Rep. Steve Israel, D–Huntington, for their tributes to these warriors.

Anderson Alston – U.S. Army Master Sergeant Anderson Alston was a combat veteran in WWII. He joined the US Army in August 1943 and was honorably discharged on March 1946.

Rafael Arroya – Private First Class Rafael Arroya joined the US Army in August 1959 and was honorably discharged in July 1971.

Barry Carl Brooks – Veteran Barry Carl Brooks joined the US Air Force in August 1957 and was honorably discharged in 1969. His rank is unknown.

John Cronin – Sr. Airman John Cronin joined the US Air Force in August 1955 and was honorably discharged in May 1958.

Donald Degault – Private Donald DeGault was a sharpshooter in the US Army. He joined the US Army in April 1963 and was honorably discharged in December 1965.

Nichols Ernest – Private Nichols Ernest joined the US Army in August 1953 and was honorably discharged in August 1956.

Clifford Henry – Petty Officer Second Class Clifford Henry was a Medical Field Service Technician in the US Navy, as well as a Small Arms Marksman.

Henry Hightower – Private Henry Hightower joined the US Army in March 1943 and was honorably discharged in September 1943.

Frederick Hunter – Private Frederick Hunter joined the US Army in January 1968 and was honorably discharged in January 1971.

Theodore Jackson – Private Theodore Jackson joined the US Army in March 1975 and was honorably discharged in October 1979.

Miguel Lugo – Private First Class Miguel Lugo joined the US Army in January 1954 and served with the Artillery. PFC Lugo was honorably discharged in January 1956.

Myron Sanford Mabry – Veteran Myron Sanford Madry joined the US Navy in May 1960 and was honorably discharged in July 1971. His rank is unknown.

Thomas Miller – Corporal Thomas Miller joined the US Army in May 1951 and was honorably discharged in May 1954.

Michael Nardi – Private Michael Nardi joined the US Marine Corps in September 1964 and was honorably discharged in October 1967.

Charles Nicholson – Private Charles Nicholson joined the US Marine Corps in December 1963 and was honorably discharged in July 1964.

John Palazzo – Seaman Apprentice John Palazzo joined the US Navy in January 1965 and was honorably discharged in January 1967.

Robert Prioleau – Spec. 4 Robert Prioleau joined the US Army in November 1958 and was honorably discharged in February 1962.

James Rose – Veteran James Rose served in the US Army and was honorably discharged. His rank is unknown.

Robert Thompson – Veteran Robert Thompson joined the US Air Force in January 1952 and was honorably discharged in January 1956. His rank is unknown.

Steven Wrighton – Private Steven Wrighton joined the US Army in June 1970 and was honorably discharged in October 1970.

In a moving ceremony Saturday morning at Calverton National Cemetery, 20 veterans – most homeless when they died and all unclaimed by family or loved ones – were laid to rest with full military honors.

The bodies of each were carried in separate hearses that had assembled at 8:30 a.m. in Fresh Meadow, Queens, to begin a procession to Calverton. On the last leg of the journey – Rte. 25 – they passed beneath a series of arches flying American flags, formed by bucket trucks from area fire departments, from the William Floyd Parkway to the entrance to the cemetery.

Once at Calverton, each casket was removed from a hearse one at a time by a Marine honor guard and carried into a tent that had been erected for the occasion. The 20 were from Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens, their bodies stored in morgues, some from as far back as 2006, unclaimed and alone.

“We’re here for one overriding reason, and that is the belief that no veteran should pass abandoned and alone,” said John Caldarelli of the Missing in America Project, who served as master of ceremonies.

“Today, in a brief moment of time, we will be their family, we will be their loved ones,” he said.

We can never afford to abandon our veterans.


Dupnik has it wrong.

Acording to Yahoo commentary...

Pima County Sheriff Said what Was on the Minds of Many

When Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik declared how "unbalanced people... respond to vitriol that comes out of certain mouths," this elected official finally took a stand against those who use violent rhetoric. Dupnik was referring to a possible motive for the shooting in Tucson, Ariz., which claimed the lives of six people and wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

I am glad this Sheriff is not the sheriff in this county. This is without a doubt the most irresponsible thing a peace officer could say.

This fellow loughner was reputed to be mentally unstable. Fox news reported that the pistol he used was legally purchased, which means to me that the pistol was registered. In this state (North Carolina) it is the sheriff who signs off on registered weapons. Was Sheriff Dupnik remiss in his duties as sheriff and grant a license for this pistol? What kind of back ground check was done? Does Loughner have a police record? Was the sheriff aware of this fellow?

When a liberal uses the words toxic rhetoric it is an attack on free speech. It is an attack on the constitution. The first amendment is all about speech which is offensive. It is only vitriol when a conservative says something a leftest doesn't agree with. I seem to remember that the left published a book about assassinating president Bush. I remember a movie which portrayed President Bush being assassinated. Where was the concern over vitriol then?

Sheriff Dupnik should for the good of his county resign.

I remember more, but I am already being watched...

Jacobins and Girondins.
God Save the King.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Disturbing video shows attacks on disabled victims

As in abortion the most helpless are the most abused. I am sickened by this story.

Thomas Watkins, Associated Press – Fri Jan 7, 2:02 am ET

LOS ANGELES – Graphic video footage obtained by the sheriff's department shows several men sexually assaulting at least 10 profoundly disabled women, some of them in diapers, officials said Thursday.

The assaults came to light when an unknown man dumped a bundle of 11 DVDs at the Los Angeles County sheriff's station in March. Attached to the videos was a note saying he had pulled them from a computer hard drive that another man had asked him to clean.

Some of the assaults were carried out in what appeared to be a residential care facility and one of the suspects seemed himself to be disabled.

Detectives have spent the last several months trying to pull clues from the grainy videos. After the footage was enhanced, they were able to capture the images of four men who carried out assaults, though there could be as many as 10 suspects total.

"It shocked the conscience," said Detective Ron Anderson of the special victims unit, which reviewed the DVDs. "These people are truly defenseless."

The footage was not released to the public but authorities described what they had seen. In one video, an obese man in a wheelchair is seen pushing himself into a small bedroom while wearing a diaper. His back is covered in scars and he appears to be a paraplegic resident of a care facility.

The man pulls himself onto a woman's bed, removes both his own and her diaper, then assaults her, authorities said.

"He then hoisted himself onto the floor, scooted across the floor, out of the doorway and disappeared from the camera's view," Anderson said.

In another video, a man leads another suspect into a room then leaves him alone to assault a woman. The victims appear to be both mentally and physically disabled and none gives any sort of consent. Some of the assaults occur on beds and one takes place on a collection of bean bags on the floor.

"After one horrendous assault, one of the victims was picked up and thrown back into a wheelchair," Sgt. Dan Scott said.

Detectives hope that by going public with the case, someone will recognize a suspect or a location where an assault took place. They also want to speak to the man who gave them the videos and stressed that he could remain anonymous.

"He is not in any trouble, we are just seeking more information from him," Scott said.

The videos were mainly captured by security cameras in the victims' room, though some recordings are from hand held cameras.

One suspect was wearing a baseball cap with "LA" on it and another has an orange T-shirt that is printed with the year 2008. Authorities think the videos were made locally in the last three years but could have come from anywhere in the country.

Detectives are working with TV show "America's Most Wanted," which is planning a segment on the case, Anderson said.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

House to open with reading of Constitution

It will no doubt be a revelation to many on the Jacobin side of this house.

The 112th Congress will start with a reading of the Constitution for the first time in history.

ArticleComment WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. House Republican leaders, fulfilling a pledge to make the chamber Constitution-focused, open Thursday's session by reading the document.

Historians say the exercise will be the first time the Constitution has been read in chamber although it has been inserted as part of the congressional record.

The man responsible, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., told Fox News the reading goes beyond a simple ninth-grade civics lesson.

"This is a very symbolic showing to the American people," Goodlatte said, "and it's a powerful message to members of Congress. We are a nation of laws, not of men."

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio will kick off the exercise by reading the Constitution's preamble, Fox said. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., is schedule to read Article 1, Section 1, followed by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reading Article 1, Section 2.*

Goodlatte estimated it will take about 90 minutes to read the Constitution and all of its amendments. He said representatives will use one copy of the document that will be passed among members during the reading.

Republicans have changed House rules to require proposed legislation to cite the section of the Constitution giving Congress the authority to enact the measure.

Read more: here...


* Poetic justice.

Article 1 - The Legislative Branch
Section 2 - The House

The House of Representatives shall be composed of Members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature.

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

(Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.) (The previous sentence in parentheses was modified by the 14th Amendment, section 2.) The actual Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct. The Number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at Least one Representative; and until such enumeration shall be made, the State of New Hampshire shall be entitled to chuse three, Massachusetts eight, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations one, Connecticut five, New York six, New Jersey four, Pennsylvania eight, Delaware one, Maryland six, Virginia ten, North Carolina five, South Carolina five and Georgia three.

When vacancies happen in the Representation from any State, the Executive Authority thereof shall issue Writs of Election to fill such Vacancies.

The House of Representatives shall chuse their Speaker and other Officers; and shall have the sole Power of Impeachment.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Son of Iran shah kills himself in U.S.

BOSTON (Reuters) – Prince Alireza Pahlavi, younger son of the late Shah of Iran, committed suicide on Tuesday in Boston, according to his brother.

"It is with immense grief that we would like to inform our compatriots of the passing away of Prince Alireza Pahlavi," Reza Pahlavi, the Shah's older son, said on his website,

Pahlavi, 44, took his life early on Tuesday at his Boston home "plunging his family and friends into great sorrow," the note said.

It said he struggled for years to overcome depression over the fate of Iran and the loss of his father and sister.

Boston police were investigating a suspected suicide that occurred shortly after 2 a.m. local time. Boston media reported that Pahlavi shot himself in his apartment in the city's South End neighborhood.

The Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown by the Iranian Revolution in 1979 and died in Egypt a year later. His daughter Leila died in a London hotel room in 2001 of a drug overdose.

Born in Tehran in 1966, Alireza Pahlavi attended schools in Iran before traveling in 1979 to the United States, where he obtained degrees at Princeton and Columbia universities.

Pahlavi had attended Harvard University in pursuit of a PhD in Ancient Iranian studies. A Harvard spokesman said Pahlavi was not currently a student.
Original article, here.

May God have mercy...