Posted: 06 Jul 2008 12:00 PM CDT
Too funny and goes to show that some people really need a babysitter and shouldn't be allowed to touch the phone.
In order to show an example of how time is wasted for the police with calls to the police emergency line, police released a transcript of one such call which showed a citizen reporting a UFO, which was actually the moon.
Control: "South Wales Police, what's your emergency?"
That was a portion of the 999 call received by the police in Wales from a South Wales resident and when the police were dispatched to observe the "stationary object" that concerned the resident, they discovered it was the moon, not an unidentified flying object.
The police then called their control room to report their findings and that call went as follows:
Control: "Alpha Zulu 20, this object in the sky, did anyone have a look at it?"
A police spokesperson admits that they can see the comical side of this whole exchange but that the phone call wasted time and could have blocked "a genuine call for vital seconds and put lives at risk."
They cited other calls just as time wasting as the first but one has to wonder about people that can mistake the moon for an unidentified flying object.
Who mistakes the moon for a UFO?
This has been the ridiculous item for the weekend, now back to regularly scheduled programming...
Posted: 06 Jul 2008 10:28 AM CDT
First there was a situation where the Muslim population in a Scottish district were offended by the use of a puppy sitting in a police hat that was used on postcards sent out by the police to advertise their non-emergency phone numbers.
Recently a couple of news stories were reported dealing with dogs, and Muslims being offended at the police using them, saying dogs are unclean. The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) will start using booties for the dogs that enter Muslim homes.
It was later reported that dogs called terrorist sniffer dogs, used at railway stations in the wake of the 2005 London suicide bomb attacks, were being complained about for the same reason, that they were "spiritually unclean".
Since then the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) has been drawing up guidelines, which are due to be published this year, and they will encourage awareness of religious sensitivities.
Originally the guidelines were designed for mosques but are being expanded to include other buildings, such a Muslim homes.
In those guidelines, if Muslims object to the use of the sniffer dogs, then they will only be used in "exceptional" cases and when they are used they will have to wear little booties with rubber soles.
According to Acpo "We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people's homes. It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it."
One leading British Imam, Ibrahim Mogra, disagrees with these new guidelines, saying "Acpo needs to consult better and more widely."
He contends that "In Islamic law the dog is not regarded as impure, only its saliva is. Most Islamic schools of law agree on that. If security measures require to send a dog into a house, then it has to be done." He then concludes by saying, "I know in the Muslim community there is a hang-up against dogs, but this is cultural. Also, we know the British like dogs; we Muslims should do our bit to change our attitudes."
For those unaware, an Imam, is described in the Brittanica Encyclopedia as "the head of the Muslim community; the title is used in the Qurʾān several times to refer to leaders and to Abraham."
Is Mogra correct that Acpo is going overboard and needs to do a little more homework?
Posted: 06 Jul 2008 09:25 AM CDT
Al-Qaeda is driven from Mosul
It has been a long hard fight but the troops on the ground in Iraq, both Iraqi and American are expressing optimism and seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel.
In the Mosul bastion, al-Qaedas remaining force made what is being called "a last stand" and they lost.
A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10.
A senior Iraqi commander, Brigadier General Abdullah Abdul, states, "We've limited their movements with check-points. They are doing small attacks and trying big ones, but they're mostly not succeeding."
The American Commander in the North, Major-General Mark Hertling, confirms this and for the first time shows the incredible optimism from his observations, to say, "I think we're at the irreversible point."
You can read more about what is happening and how from a correspondent with the TimesOnline, on the front lines, in another piece, found here.
The Iraqis and Americans have got Al-Qaeda on the run. How have they come so far, so fast? ON the night of May 9, 87 "target packets" landed on the walnut desk of Abdul, the commander of the Iraqi army's 2nd Division.
Read the rest.... As was promised, the Iraqis stood up and we stood down and they are doing the job they have been trained to do.
Posted: 06 Jul 2008 01:38 AM CDT
Cross posted respectfully from Planck's Constant
In my previous article Barbie Conquers Iran I reported on the poor youth living under Islam wishing that America would bomb them out of their misery. On this glorious 4th of July when we celebrate the declaring of this nation's independence from tyrannical rule, I think it is appropriate to remember that Muslims who live in the non-civilized world are suffering under odious oppressive regimes.
Barbie is hated by those who rule in Islamic nations not only because she represents the Great Satan, but also because she is an independent woman who doesn't need Ken or any man to validate her existence. She buys her own wardrobe and although she has more clothing than any Muslim woman can ever hope to have, she still fails to cover up those parts of her body offensive to Islam.
Of course, Muslims who have always lived in Europe or America do not really understand Islam. They think that Islam as practiced in the West is the true Islam. They point out that they have fun, listen to music, and have infidel friends. And so they think that if America or Europe were ever to fall under Islamic rule that civilized life as they experienced it would continue. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The so-called Westernized Muslim, the average moderate Muslim that you see on the streets of Canada or America is living under a delusion. Female Muslims in our part of the world that go to work or school without a chador or burqa actually believe that if there were more Muslims here, that things would still remain the same. They do not understand that the only reason they aren't treated like cattle is precisely because our government forbids it. If enough Muslims vote for it, our government will rule under Shariah Law. It is beginning to happen in the UK and will happen in every European country that fails to stem the Muslim infestation there.
Of course, we still have the occasional Honor killings even here in North America. But idiot Muslim women assume that those incidents are just an extreme anomaly, that these are rare events. They will learn, as other Muslim women have learned, that under Islam, as practiced in nations with Muslim majorities, disobeying any male member of their family results in a brutal whipping or death. Shariah Law will not permit women the kind of freedom that they now enjoy in civilized countries.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
If one had to pick three essential things for a rational man's existence, would there be any but these three? Pursuit of happiness may seem an odd choice, equated as important as a man's life or liberty. Jefferson may have been inspired in part by the sentiments expressed in Ecclesiastes 8:15 - "So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun."
In my post Eat, Drink and be Merry - 13 Last Words, I wrote:
While other religions may ask man to extinguish all desires and passions in this world (Buddhism) or to submit to misery and squalor in this world in order to attain joy and pleasure in the next (Islam), Judaism instructs us to enjoy the simple gifts that God gives in the present world. Eat, drink and be merry. Enjoy this life, on this Earth, in this time.
Reader Mohamed Shedou, who blogs at Why I am a Muslim disagreed with me:
enjoying eating and drinking in this life is not forbidden is islam:quran 7:32Say, "Who prohibited the nice things GOD has created for His creatures, and the good provisions?" Say, "Such provisions are to be enjoyed in this life by those who believe. Moreover, the good provisions will be exclusively theirs on the Day of Resurrection." We thus explain the revelations for people who know.
I don't know about you, but the Hebrew verse is quite explicit, one can eat, drink and be merry. Who the hell wants to enjoy provisions? And what are provisions anyway. I say, let's go to an expert on Islam and the explicit word 'fun.'
Wiki, Political thought and legacy of Khomeini
Allah did not create man so that he could have fun. The aim of creation was for mankind to be put to the test through hardship and prayer. An Islamic regime must be serious in every field. There are no jokes in Islam. There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam. There can be no fun and joy in whatever is serious. Islam does not allow swimming in the sea and is opposed to radio and television serials.
But, Mohamed may object and say that's only one man's opinion. I say, it's the opinion of a man who set the rules for an entire religion. But let's look at typical Muslims and see if they really have fun: From my article Muslim Cruises and Islamic Travel I answered the question How many Muslim Cruises are available for Muslims? ZERO!
A MUSLIMS-only day at Britain's biggest theme park has been axed after a huge bookings flop [Dhimmi Watch].
I won't bother listing Muslim attacks against other Muslims who listen to music, play soccer, or simply dance. Why bother with the obvious? Sorry Mohamed, your lips say Muslims can have fun, your coreligionists practice otherwise.
So on this day we celebrate the founding of a nation in which we are not only allowed to have fun, but it is declared that we have the fundamental right to so.
Today, I will pursue my happiness with a picnic with my family. We will eat, we will drink, and we will be merry.
A note from Radarsite: "There are no jokes in Islam." Just one look at that deadly face of the good Ayatollah tells the whole story. "There is no humor in Islam. There is no fun in Islam." No swimming, no kite-flying, no dancing, no music -- there is no fun in Islam.
What, then, is there in Islam?
First of all, there's that unlimited capacity to take offense. Then, of course there's that apparently permanent state of being enraged. Add to this, that infamous reputation for infinite intolerance and hatred, those eternal inter-generational bequests of self-inflicted victimhood, the seething resentments, and the endless plottings of revenge. And we must not forget to mention that inate distrust and contempt of all women, all unbelievers, all apostates, and all of the Others. And we must also remember the stonings, the beheadings, the female genital mutilations, the honor killings, the terrorist attacks, the suicide-bombers, and those ceaseless and senseless rocket attacks against their neighbor's kindergartens in Sderot.
Ah, yes, there is certainly no fun in Islam.
What, then, is there in Islam?
Look closely at this picture, a suicide bomber's last will and testament:
Posted: 05 Jul 2008 04:20 PM CDT
For an unpopular president, Bush sure can still bring in the dollars in fundraising.
They sneak him in, they take no pictures with him and yet he has brought more money in for Republican National Committee than has been raised by the entire Democratic National Committee.
The numbers for this year alone:
He has already clocked 31 political events this year, raising nearly $70 million for GOP candidates and the national and state parties, according to the Republican National Committee. The tally puts the president on track to meet or exceed the amount he raised before the midterm elections in 2006, according to GOP officials.
A man who was a senior adviser to Gore, Michael Feldman, shows what a fine line Bush has to walk with his popularity rating being so low when he says, "His strongest contribution will be going to high-dollar fundraisers and raising as much money for the campaign and the RNC as he can, and staying as far removed as possible from the McCain campaign in the process."
Recently the news came out that the Republican National Committee has 13 times the amount of money in the bank as the Democratic National Committee does and has has outraised the DNC by 5 times in the same timeframe.
Based on the numbers so far, the Republican Party appears poised to act as the financial equalizer in the fall campaign. The RNC disclosed that it ended May with $53.5 million in the bank, compared to $3.9 million for the Democratic National Committee, which is headed by Howard Dean.
Other recent reports have shown that John McCain's fundraising has been on the rise making May his highest contribution month to date with $21.5 million while Barack Obama saw his lowest fundraising month in May bringing in $22 million.
Despite Barack Obama's phenomenal grassroots personal fundraising ability, the DNC has not come close to matching that type of enthusiasm, and the RNC, with considerable help from President George Bush, has managed to level the monetary playing field between Obama and McCain.
The fact Bush's fund raising capabilities, while being limited because of his overall popularity being at the lowest point, has still brought in more monies than the entire Democratic National Committee, just goes to show that despite his problems, his overall fundraising capabilities are a force to be reckoned with still.
The president is not done yet either, as his chief political adviser, Barry Jackson, makes clear when he states that Bush spent the better part of last year laying the groundwork to help whoever the candidate for the GOP would end up being, and Jackson says that Bush will continue to do so for the"candidates from the top of the ticket on down."
Posted: 05 Jul 2008 03:31 PM CDT
YouTube video URL for video above, found here)
The Vets for Freedom is a 20,000-member, nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and they will be launching a million dollar plus TV campaign geared to showing the general public the progress and successes being seen in Iraq.
The Vets for Freedom has always said they will stand with anyone, Democrat or Republican and stands with the troops and their mission to victory.
Now they will be launching this campaign called "Four Months, For Victory" with see ads airing in key swing states like, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Here are excerpts of the advisory Vets for Freedom will be sending the media:
These ads will overwhelmingly end up helping John McCain at a time when Barack Obama just tried to hedge his bets about Iraq timelines for withdrawing our troops, which created a firestorm throughout the liberal blogosphere which forced him to call a second press conference the same day and deny that he was "refining" his Iraq withdrawal plans.
These ads are also coming at a time when recent polls are showing that Obama is not only losing more support from Clinton supporters but has lost numbers with all registered Democrats in comparison with polls done by the same organizations a month earlier.
His recent decision to go against his far left based in regards to FISA, his changing position on second amendment, death penalty for child rapist and most recently his words on abortion...etc, his sharp turn to the right to appeal to moderates and Independents seems to have angered his progressive base and lessened that highly touted enthusiasm that his supporters once had.
On a side note it looks like another problem facing Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is that they are showing that they have a hard time budgeting their own convention finances...which makes one wonder how on earth they expect the general public to trust them with the whole economy.
Some of the Democratic missteps started almost immediately after planning for the event began. The Democratic National Convention Committee decided not to take cheap office space and and instead rented top-quality offices in downtown Denver at $100,000 a month, only to need less than half the space, which it then filled with rental furniture at $50,000 a month. And in a costly misstep, the Denver host committee, early on, told corporate donors that their contributions were not tax-deductible, rather than to encourage donations by saying that the tax-exempt application was pending and expected to be approved.
The article goes on to point out that the Democrats are behind in their fundraising leaving them "about $11 million short of the $40.6 million needed to stage the event — even before cost overruns were taken into consideration."
The Vets for Freedom $1 million campaign will be very big help to McCain, since he was the one that initially pushed for the surge, well before Bush ever implemented it, and the successful nature of that surge brought to the forefront on television screens across America will show a stark contrast between John McCain and Barack with Obama being the one that wants to quit while our troops are winning, simply to appease his far left base.
Remember, Obama has stated, on his website that he wants an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.... he does this without having sat down to be briefed by General Pteraeus, refusing to meet with veterans that wish to discuss this with him and not having been to Iraq in over 2 years to see the progress for himself.
[Update] The Caucus has a little more on these ads:
Love the "Change you can believe in line". HEH
Posted: 05 Jul 2008 02:08 PM CDT
The Minutemen are an anti-illegal immigration group with chapters across the United States. There stated goal on their website is:
In what the Minutemen call a total victory, a California judge grants them a preliminary injunction to have a sign replaced that the California Department of Transportation reassigned to another location.
To see the borders and coastal boundaries of the United States secured against the unlawful and unauthorized entry of all individuals, contraband, and foreign military. We will employ all means of civil protest, demonstration, and political lobbying to accomplish this goal.
As of now, they show the border watch total as, 30,671 Illegal Aliens Sighted; 326 Rescues; 13,710 Intruder Apprehensions from 26 Countries Confirmed by Border Patrol.
Video at YouTube here and below of news account.
The trouble started in November when the Minutemen applied and was granted an Adopt-A-Highway permit at the Border Patrol's San Clemente checkpoint from the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).
Once granted a sign went up for the Minutemen and they were allowed a litter cleanup permit for that stretch of road.
The founder of the San Diego Minutemen, Jeff Schwilk, received a letter from Caltrans, welcoming them to the Adopt-A-Highway program and they received training and conducted their first cleanup of the stretch of road in January without a hitch.
When the Minutemen sign went up, the trouble began.
Enrique Morones who is a Mexican-American immediately declared that he would see to it the signs came down, saying there was "no way we were going to let these hate groups promote themselves on our freeways."
He registered complaints with the Governors office, Caltrans, the California Latino Caucus and Latino legislators, demanding that the sign be removed and claiming it was a "huge security and safety risk to allow these signs and members of the SDMM to 'work' alongside our roads.".
In January, after the Minutemen had conducted their first cleanup of the road, Schwilk received another letter.
Subsequently, Schwilk received a letter from Caltrans District Director Pedro Orso-Delgado stating, "The location of your existing AAH permit has raised questions regarding public safety due to the proximity of your assigned highway segment to a U.S. Border Patrol facility that is co-located with the CHP San Clemente Inspection facility."
In February the San Diego Minutemen, with the help of their attorney, former North County Assemblyman Howard Kaloogian, initiated a lawsuit against Caltrans on the basis of free speech, with Kaloogian saying, "I think that they have made a bad decision, which violated our clients' equal rights."
In the meantime, four months after the suit was filed in court, Caltrans suspended the Adopt-A-Highway program, putting permit applications on hold while they reviewed the guidelines for the program.
Schwilk commented at that time, saying, "They are discriminating against a group of American citizens because they don't like our political message of 'Secure the borders.' "
Preliminary Injunction To Restore The Sign.
While the lawsuit was still pending, in May, the San Diego Minutemen organization filed for a preliminary injunction to have the Minutemen signs reposted until a judgment in the lawsuit was made.
On Friday, June 27, 2008, Judge William Q. Hayes, granted the Minutemen their preliminary injunction against Caltran saying that there was not enough evidence supplied by Caltrans to support their claim that the signs posed a safety risk, with Kaloogian later calling those claims "bogus".
Will Kempton, the Director of Caltrans issued a prepared statement saying that Caltrans was considering it options, including appealing the decision and also stating, "It's regrettable the court did not agree with our concerns for the safety implications. We are reviewing the judge's decision and determining next steps."
The judge gave Caltrans 30 days to restore the sign.
I will end this with a question that writer, Logan Jenkins, asks in an article he writes for SignOn San Diego.com, "How many taxpayer dollars will be blown as Caltrans, an agency commissioned to build and maintain roads, struggles to determine who, and who is not, good enough to pick up trash on the shoulders of the highway?"
Posted: 05 Jul 2008 01:50 PM CDT
I think just about anybody who is informed understands the far-reaching ramifications of the recent ruling by SCOTUS that any of the terrorists currently being coddled in Gitmo are to be tried in American civilian courts. Doesn't take a mental giant to be more than a little peeved to hear that now these people who wish America (and the rest of us) harm are going to be given civilian lawyers and full access to the same rights and priviledges as US citizens. Yes, it is insane, I know. You will also have heard all the outrage throughout the blogosphere.
Poison Pen (here) adds their 2 cents. Because I think they say what a lot of us are thinking, and it is a must read, I am copying the whole thing for you. Read on:
The Supreme Court has decided to give MY American rights and due processes to Foreign Terrorists.
You're fired. You are relieved of your duties Supreme Court Justices.
Your votes to allow TERRORISTS American RIGHTS and Processes; SLAPS every Member of this Nations ARMED FORCES in the face. The military members that PROTECT our Freedoms and solidify our constitutional rights, the very soldiers that have fought, bled, and DIED for our Freedoms; you have just STABBED in the back by allowing the TERRORISTS to trample all over what they fight to uphold. YOUR FIRED!
Attorneys in the United States are waiting with baited breath to represent Foreign Terrorists and help them absolve their crimes against the people of Iraq, coalition forces, and American Soldiers with American Laws and Rights.
Your licenses to practice law should be revoked. You can give those Gitmo detainee's your personal address and contact information if you feel they are so "innocent."
"A Few Good Men"- "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it." - Jack Nicholson
Gitmo detainee's are there because soldiers had more than enough compelling evidence upon detaining them, turning them over to higher ranking officials, and sending them through an assortment of military processes to deem it VITAL that they be sent to Guantanamo verses secondary or lesser detention facilities. This is not an eenie-meenie-miney-mo-pick-a-terrorist-by-the-toe hap hazard random choosing of placements.
Gitmo is for leaders of terrorist's cells and groups. The playing card types that the military had hundreds of actual names for. Gitmo detainees are organizers, leaders, high contacts and at the top of the tiers. Gitmo is like our Federal Penitentiary.
Abu Ghraib is for second rung terrorists, the lesser offenders. There is still enough compelling evidence and terrorism attacks on the people of Iraq and American soldiers to warrant detention. Abu Ghraib is similar to our state prisons.
Local people who have committed a one time or lesser degree act of terrorism under circumstances such as coercion by cell groups or rogue acts and most often because an organized terrorist group threatens their entire family with brutal death if the head of household does not perform according to their will, they are detained locally—but usually released after a short period of time and information is gathered.
What most Americans fail to understand, and the Media HIDES is that in THIS war, terrorists are not defined by a uniform, or an assembly of soldiers or particular front designator.
Farmer Joe down the road with 7 sheep, 2 goats and a field of palms owns at least one AK-47 rifle. It is STANDARD of the lifestyle and environment. His neighbor who fixes machines and sells vegetables at the market from his garden also owns an AK-47.
A village over-with friends, cousins, brothers, and assortment of cohorts; all have civilian "day jobs" and all own AK-47's. Within each of these homes, one person keeps detonation cord; one person keeps remote equipment, another keeps cell phones, another chemicals, and still another parts and pieces of bomb casings hidden.
At night these civilians gather together and bring the bits and parts to plant IED's along military traveled roads. Or they make vests to blow themselves up in crowded markets, or perhaps rig an old car so it becomes a super driven explosive through a convoy or checkpoint barrier killing as many as possible.
Then they quietly scurry back home to civilian life again. They don't wear signs, patches, or insignia that screams "Al-Qaeda Iraq" or "Mahdi Army Militia" on them. They hide in crowds with rifles under their clothing, take their shots, drop their weapons and blend back in with the crowd.
The media spins words like "insurgency, militia, cells, groups, etc; to invoke or provide the American armchair warrior with an ideal that there is a "type" of enemy combative being fought.
THERE IS NOT. This is URBAN-GORILLA CITIES-TOWNS-VILLAGES filled with average people and no way of knowing for certain who is a combative or not. The moment of clarity comes in split seconds. The moment is when that "local" is pointing a weapon at a soldier, or walking into a crowded market with explosives wearing civilian clothing.
Our soldiers have less than 3 seconds to save lives. This includes the local civilians around them, soldiers in their squads, and themselves. 3 s-e-c-o-n-d-s. Hold your breath.
Military intelligence, local villagers, and Imams who are tired of their children dying, their homes being destroyed and their family members being beheaded in front of them turn in information on these terrorists. Military personnel then have to WATCH to verify that the information given is valid, always knowing that it is dangerous and could cost them their lives.
If our soldiers get into a battle with one or one hundred of these terrorists they do not have time to yell "STOP! I have to take some incriminating photos and oh by the way, will you the terrorists, please sign this form declaring your guilt in planting the IED that just blew up the humvee in front of us, and while you do that, lets all turn our backs and go pick up those shell casings we spent while shooting back under enemy fire." (evidence and all)
Yet this is what the CIVILIAN ATTORNEYS who represent the terrorists want to use to FREE them.
"A Few Good Men"- "I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, then questions the manner in which I provide it." - Jack Nicholson
Has anyone in America stopped to think where the Gitmo terrorists will go after the Supreme Court Judge's gavel declares innocence?
THEY WILL WALK STRAIGHT-OUT-OF-THE-COURTHOUSE-ONTO-AMERICAN-SOIL. If by some measure they are secured and deported back to Iraq, they will RESUME terrorist activities. THEY WILL. These are HIGH Tier Terrorists. Well organized, high RUNG of the ladder members. It does not require surveys and a special commissions group to determine whether or not it will happen. COMMON sense dictates here.
These terrorists have NO RIGHTS to MY AMERICAN rights.
CLOSE GITMO, Mr. President.
Send the terrorists to Iraq to the fortified prison Saddam stayed at, or Abu Ghraib where they can await trial on their soil, with their laws, their guards, and their oil funding paying for their comforts and detention.
Let the justice system that served Saddam, serve them.
Right now Mr. President, you have less than 5 months to complete one more solid task to insure security for OUR Nation.
CLOSE GITMO, Mr. President.
Cross-posted by Brat in all sorts of places!
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