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Sometimes You Ask Why?

Other times you shake your head and hope they’ve reached the end of the genitic pool and don’t breed any longer.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The hunt is on for a turd burglar. Police in San Diego are searching for a gunman who swiped a bag of poop from a woman out walking her dog.

The woman told police that she was out walking her dog, Misty, on Monday night when a man in his 20s ran up behind her and grabbed the bag she was holding.

When the gunman discovered what was in it, he threw it down in disgust, pointed his gun at the 32-year-old woman and demanded money, San Diego police detective Gary Hassen said.

He then aimed his .22-caliber semiautomatic at Misty and pulled the trigger twice but the gun didn’t fire, Hassen said. The robber ran to a waiting small, silver car and fled the scene, police said.

My “sources” tell me the cops have the shit swiper’s house surrounded and will be throwing a flaming sack of pitbull turds on his porch in an effort to entice him out into the open.

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As the rest of the world, the Philippines labors under the thumb of the oil ticks that run OPEC. As a result of the recent spike in the price of crude the Arroyo Government has a plan. A scheme. Ah…, well… something, and press reports claim it will save $2.6 million dollars.

Philippines President Gloria Arroyo has ordered most Philippine government offices to go on a four-day workweek in April and May to conserve energy.

From April 4 to May 31, government employees in the executive branch will work four days of 10 hours each instead of five eight-hour days from Monday to Friday, according to an administrative order signed by Arroyo Wednesday.

She said it was imperative for the government to lead the way in energy conservation, without jeopardizing the delivery of public service, in order to mitigate the impact of the oil price increases on the government’s fiscal position and the country’s U.S. dollar reserves, Business Times online reported.

I’m confused. But wait let me refresh my 2nd grade math skills. Hmmm. 2 plus 2 = 4, 4 plus 8 = 12. OK I’m up to snuff, 4 x 10 = 40, 5 x 8 = 40.

Nope.. still confusing, to me at least. But never let it be said I won’t give Ate Glo (Pres. Arroyo) the benefit of the doubt. She and the “experts” that concocted this plan have most likely considered less energy will be expended because of one less travel day. A fair assessment, wouldn’t you say?

But there is one thing these calculation wizzards didn’t account for (or… maybe they did!). The countries schools begin their summer break this week. And as “luck” would have it the kiddies will be able to partake of summer fun til June. Also this week has seen an enormous increase in advertising for the many resort areas in country. Hmmmm… I wonder!

As they say, “you do the math,” political math that is.

Late Breaking Update: As the local temperature soars near the 90 degree mark, with humidity hovering around 80% the Department of Finance is considering a proposal to tax water consumption as another means of raising revenue.

I’ll let you all decide what this means to those that now enjoy a 3 day weekend for the next two months. Just make sure you figure into your calculations they will avail themselves of the opportunity to travel to the previously noted resort areas. Areas where the potential tax will be paid by the owner, not those participating in the weekend revelry.

In other late breaking news, President Arroyo’s approval rating is at it’s lowest level since first assuming office in 2001. With the exception of the 99% of the population that will be working a 5 day work week during the broiling summer heat I just can’t imagine why. What’s wrong with these ingrates?

Cross posted On the Third Hand

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Aboooout Face!

For you non-military types, about face is defined as a quick reversal of direction. Examples are aplenty, here is just one.

A month ago Syria denied any involvment in a suicide bombing that killed four people in Tel Aviv. The Syrian foreign ministry is reported to have said “Syria has no relation to this operation or any other (operation) and that the (Damascus) office of that group (Islamic Jihad) had been closed”.

Syria has consistently denied that terror camps are present within it’s borders. What a difference a month makes:

A Hamas recruit imprisoned in Israel says he was trained in Syria. Osama Mattar told AP his five weeks of training, which ended in mid-February, went on even as Hamas and Mahmoud Abbas were negotiating the extension of an already existing cease fire. Mattar also said that Syrian intelligence agents knew about — and even visited — the camp located outside Damascus. [Via Backspin ed]

On second thought “about face” isn’t the correct terminology in this case. Two-faced, treacherous bastards may be more appropriate.

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Well then, this guy has just the thing, the “Foxblocker.”

It’s not that Sam Kimery objects to the views expressed on Fox News. The creator of the “Fox Blocker” contends the channel is not news at all. Kimery figures he’s sold about 100 of the little silver bits of metal that screw into the back of most televisions, allowing people to filter Fox News from their sets, since its August debut.

The Tulsa, Okla., resident also has received thousands of e-mails, both angry and complimentary – as well as a few death threats.

“Apparently the making of terroristic threats against those who don’t share your views is a high art form among a certain core audience,” said Kimery, 45.

Hmmm…, “thousands of Emails” and only 100 have been sold in seven months. Which makes sense considering Fox’s ratings are two to three times it’s nearest competitors. And speaking of “high art forms.” Isn’t the core audience of CNN, ABC, CBS and CNN (that also includes the “Reality based community”) the ones that have been tossing around Hitler=Bush references like frisbees at the beach? Yea I thought so.

As a sidenote, the AP news item includes a photo of his device. Unless I’m mistaken, it’s a simple frequency bypass filter available at any electronics store for a buck or slightly more. His cost to rid yourself of Fox News? $8.95, plus tax and shipping no doubt. A nice tidy profit, even at the low sales figures quoted. A profit that will skyrocket now he has scammed a way to get this nonesense onto the AP Newswire. And get this bit of trash from AP:

Business could pick up since the blocker was alluded to in a recent episode of the ABC drama “Boston Legal.” The show’s original script mentioned Fox News, but ABC had the references removed.

I may be stupid in some subjects (applied physics and particle acceleration comes to mind) but feel assured if this device was in a TV script but the “references removed” before airtime Kimery’s profits won’t go up. Maybe I misread what was meant. Could it mean only the mention of Fox was omitted and the device was then called “XXXblocker.” Not very likely is it.

The reality is AP writer Emily Fredrix got wind of the script change, investigated and found the Foxblocker website, interviewed Mr. Kimery and wrote the story. All with the idea it may stir sales and lower Fox’s TV ratings.

In what can only be classified as pot-kettle-black, Kimery’s commercial website provides a link to Media Matters. An outlet that spends as much time stretching, bending and outright lying then most media sources. Editor & Publisher also carries the AP report but puts a more “fair and balanced” headline on it, “Fox News ‘Blocker’ for Sale; ‘N.Y. Times’ Filter Next?”

And one last note on Mr. Kimery. At the bottom of his page he has a notice and statement about the hate mail he has received.

P.S. All you hate mailers out there (750 or so today) quit sending me “CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NPR and the BBC are left wing liberal hippies…….” without EVIDENCE. If you are going to send it, send it with FACTS. Facts like THESE. Just saying it makes you sound like the stupid, ignorant, uneducated hillbilly you are.

Pretty offensive stuff, Fox viewers are all uneducated hillbillys. Gotta love the far left “all inclusive” crowd. The link he provides as “proof” is from a 1998 study. Make of that what you will.

Cross posted On the Third Hand

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Arab Street Talk

A few notes taken while walking the “Arab Streets.”

Via al-Messa: “America Is Sticking Its Hands Into Boiling Oil.”

Since the events of September 11, 2001, America has conducted fierce campaigns against Muslims under the pretext that Islam is the cause of terrorism. And therefore, she spared no effort in throwing some of its believers into prison, while at the same time holding conferences in various places to show how close our cultures are. She imposes at these conferences ideas and suggestions that contradict our religion. She concentrates in particular on women’s rights and their equality with man, even in regard to inheritances!!

America does not know that Islam honors women and their situation in the loftiest way possible. And it gives them rights and advantages that American and European woman have yet to achieve.

He must be refering to the Islamic “right” of Muslim women to be the victim of an “Honor Killing,” a practice that idiots like this writer have exported to Berlin. A city that has recorded six of these “advantages” in the last four months! Truth be told, it appears as though there is a “trade deficit” in these murderous acts.

LONDON (AFP) – Known cases of murder and rape committed to protect a family’s honour are on the rise across Europe, forcing police to explore the reasons behind such crimes and how to stop them, officials said.

At a two-day conference in London, British police spearheaded a campaign to fight so-called honour-based violence, typically committed against women to protect a family’s reputation.

And another Muslim right exposed. The right for it’s female population to be viewed as less important than a family’s “reputation.”

The “writer” goes on to complain at the sight of women leading men in Friday prayer.

As part of its policy of violating our religious doctrines, America and her media machine have been encouraging a new phenomenon: A woman leading men in Friday Prayer!!

America surprised us and challenged Muslim feelings by finding a woman in New York [Amina Wadud] to lead men in Friday Prayer. The woman tried to find a mosque that would permit this new innovation, but all of the mosques closed their doors to her. Initially, the churches did the same, but one of the cathedrals permitted a group of women and men to pray with them on a Friday, in an ironic scene that caused laughter and raised anger and disgust. It was literally a farcical scene!! [note: In all the online references of this event I found no such description, not surprising. – ed]

And yesterday America surprised us again, when another foolish woman, Asra Nomani, said she would lead Muslims in Friday Prayer in Boston. And after that, in San Francisco, and then Washington, and then several other states!!

And that my friends, is the best example of “self fisking” seen in months. On the one hand he claims Muslim superiority in giving females basic human rights, then goes on to belittle those women that avail themselves of the American style of femine rights.

Check the links to their names and the Boston link for background on these two brave women. They are both Islamic scholars and authors, hardly people pulled from the crowd by the American “media machine” as a publicity stunt. Also here is an excellent PBS Frontline interview with Amina Wadud.

Cross posted On the Third Hand

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Paaar-tay!

KTM is throwing a party over at UNHQ, a pity party!

KofiI Annan, the United Nations secretary-general, is said to be struggling with depression and considering his future. Colleagues have reported concerns about Annan ahead of an official report this week that will examine his son Kojo’s connection to the controversial Iraqi oil for food scheme.

Depending on the findings of the report, by a team led by the former US Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker, Annan may have to choose between the secretary-generalship and loyalty to his son.
[…]
One close observer at the UN said Annan’s moods were like a “sine curve” and that he appeared near the bottom of the trough.

My prediction?

Say goodby Kojo, maybe you can enroll in one of those Big Brother programs. Is there a “adopt a thief” program?

UPDATE: Roger L. Simon has advance news on Paul Volcker’s Independent Inquiry Committee and appears as if KTM has had his hand in the cookie jar.

H/T AlphaPatriot, who also notes this Kofi rumor.

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Man the Crack Torpedos!

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)

Authorities have discovered a submarine-like vessel still under construction by drug traffickers who planned to use it to smuggle cocaine, the head of Colombia’s secret police said.

Eduardo Fernandez said the fiberglass submarine was nearly complete when police found it near the Pacific Ocean, in Tumaco, 370 miles southwest of Bogota.

“The ingenuity of drug traffickers is amazing,” Fernandez told The Associated Press on Friday.

Up your nose, up periscope. I guess they could be called synonymous now

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Philippines seeks solution to problems faced by its workers

Kuwait City: A Filipino lawmaker is in town to look into the situation of Filipino workers in the country and to hold talks with members of the Kuwaiti legislature and other government officials on issues concerning labor. Congressman Bienvenido M. Abante, Jr of the 6th District of Manila, who arrived on a flight early Wednesday morning from Manila, met with Ambassador Bayani V. Mangibin and officials of the Philippine Embassy in a brief conference arranged for the media and officers of an association of local recruitment agencies, at the embassy in the afternoon. In the conference, the Filipino legislator discussed the purpose of his visit which was to apprise everyone of a resolution he filed in Congress aimed at looking into the problems and working conditions of Overseas Filipino Workers or OFW’s, in their respective workplaces.

House Resolution No. 670 according to Congressman Abante, Jr, would direct the Congressional Committee on Labor to conduct an investigation into the plight of OFW’s in particular, those employed as household helpers in aid of legislation on: the hiring and deployment of workers, working conditions and problems. Abante acknowledged that the government is aware of the problem but somehow left it neglected. “It is high time something is done to alleviate the plight of our long suffering workers especially the women,” says the Congressman who said he has a vested interest in these matters since his tenure as Commissioner of the Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor during the term of then President Fidel V. Ramos.

Hey stupid – the plight of Filipino OFW’s is a world-wide problem – (see Ireland, see Canada) and it will never, I repeat for the mentally challenged, never be solved by disscussions held with the countries that host them. They have everything to gain and nothing to lose by underpaying and abusing the OFW’s in their employ. And if Iraq is any indication – 6.000 remain despite government pleas to have them leave – the Filipino’s desire to hold a reasonable job far out weighs any Arroyo bloviating on the subject.

Note to Pres. Arroyo – It’s just short of a year after your election and promises to create 10 million jobs in country. The unemployment rate has gone UP not down. And there still are 9-10 million Filipino overseas workers. Do you see a correlation there? Spelled out that means, clean your own house first before you complain about someone else’s dirt!

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All the reports on the Texas oil refinery explosion have said the cause was unknown or there was a strong possibility it was an accident. Most reports also quote FBI sources as saying there is no evidence of foul play.

al-Reuters is reporting two Islamist groups are claiming responsibility.

Two Islamist groups have said they caused Wednesday’s explosion at a Texas oil refinery which killed 15 people but the U.S. FBI said there was no evidence of “any criminal or terrorist activity”.

An unknown group, calling itself al Qaeda Organisation for Holy War in the United States of America, said it would issue a detailed statement and video of the attack later. The statement was posted on the Internet on Thursday.

Another group, Army of the Levant, also posted an Internet statement on Thursday claiming responsibility for the blast at the BP plant in Texas City, Texas.

It was not immediately possible to verify the authenticity of the statements.

FBI spokesman Al Tribble in Houston, Texas, said on Thursday there was no evidence of foul play at the BP refinery, the third largest in the United States.

“There’s been no evidence of any criminal or terrorist activity,” he told Reuters. The FBI sent agents to the plant on Wednesday, but Tribble said to his knowledge, none were there on Thursday.

BP said on Thursday it could not pinpoint the cause of the explosion, but ruled out a terrorist attack on the complex. It was the third fatal accident at the plant in the last year.

Interesting. And this may be an opportunity to invoke the 48 hour rule before commenting. By Sunday this may be nothing, or a very big something dependant on what comes out of the Middle East. One thing is for sure the FBI will revisit the two previous accidents at the plant.

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As the Philippines starts it’s annual celebration of Holy Week the population propagandists have taken the opportunity to spread a little “fertilizer” around the countryside. Human Life International (HLI), a pro-life group, have been holding a series of forums in country. Brian Clowes, research director of HLI, has used the opportunity to be critical of the Philippines efforts at population control. Not surprisingly, it’s all an evil plot cooked up by the United States. The evidence he cites is, to say the least, suspect:

He said the “Ligtas Buntis” program and the pending House Bill 3773, or the Responsible Parenthood and Population Management Act of 2005, can trace their roots back to the US National Security Memorandum 200 (NSM 200) issued by Henry Kissinger in early 1970, only declassified in the early 1990s, which stated that the “depopulation” of Third World countries should be the highest US foreign policy.

“What the document says is that the US needs a widespread access to lesser developed countries which could be jeopardized by a large population,” he said during the debunking the overpopulation myth forum at San Pedro Hospital yesterday.

As further “evidence” he says HB 3773 is not a Filipino bill because “reproductive health is mentioned 55 times and family planning 17 times, where are the Filipino values? Here, God was not mentioned at all.” I won’t waste time with this last statement except to say here, here and here are examples of God’s “terrestrial representitives” as they go about their business and the effect it has had on Philippine society.

Back to the 30 year old Memorandum 200 for a moment. Can anything be more absurd than dredging up this historical document as evidence for anything? The US has elected 7 presidents and 8 vice presidents since 1970, starting with Richard Nixon in 1969. Due to world events US foreign policy has had countless priorities in the last three decades yet Mr. Clowes wants the Filipino people to believe those set forth 35 years ago are still in effect – sadly, due to the pervasive nature of the Catholic Church here and some anti-US sentiment many will. It’s also obvious Clowes has chosen to ignore, or doesn’t understand his own propaganda, (Or worse, knows and believes his audience is so stupid they will believe it). The fact is, if this memo was “declassified in the early 1990s” as he states, and I have no reason to believe otherwise, it serves as proof the document is no longer in effect.

Until recently Ligaya Acosta has been the regional program manager for the governments Ligtas Buntis program. She has taken a leave of absense from that job in protest of the program. She joined the [HLI] group in touring the country to educate the public about Ligtas Buntis and HB 3773. She is an even more skillful propagandist than Mr. Clowes:

The timing of the Ligtas Buntis, she said, is also suspect because the program was only relayed to them on the third week of January but was implemented immediately on February1.

“It was meant to catch the Church off-guard,” she said. (Earth to moonbats, this program was announced last October – ed)

She said the Philippines, with its 84 million population, is not as overpopulated as what the government wants the public to believe. “We have only 255 people per square kilometer, that’s much lesser than Singapore with 7,223 people per square kilometer,” she said. She added that Hong Kong has more than 5,000 per square kilometer, Thailand has 625 per square kilometer and the density of South Korea is 433 people per square kilometer.

There’s that word again, “Church,” and they are “off-guard” now. That’s an ugly proposition, and also irrelavant to the subject at hand. What is relevant is her incredulous method of determining population density. How can anyone with a lick of common sense use Hong Kong and Singapore as examples? They both share a relatively small area and exceptionally high urbanization with little open spaces. In short, they are the best examples of a “concrete jungle.”

The Philippines, by most measurements, is rated in the top 25 of all Southwest and East Asian countires in population density, (The Vatican, BTW is listed at #6 of the world’s cities with over 2000 people per square kilometer. Can you say pass the condoms please? end of snarky comment – ed).

The Philippine land mass is approximately 300,00sq kilometers. Much of that is uninhabitable. Not in the “desert sense,” but in accessability and availiability of infrastructure. It is the 21st century, yet in 2001 the Congress of the Philippines enacted and President Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9136 (pdf file). Part of that law under Section 1. DECLARATION OF POLICY, sub-para a reads: “To ensure and accelerate the total electrification of the country.” Four years later it’s still an ongoing project.

Add to that roads, access to clean water and education, and various other services the government should provide to it’s citizens and can’t because population is growing faster than the above named moonbats are willing to admit, or believe. Considering the religious origins of Human Life International and it’s many adherents, I offer this, which should be easily recognizable:

“…And Attai begat Nathan, and Nathan begat Zabad, And Zabad begat Ephlal, and Ephlal begat Obed, And Obed begat Jehu, and Jehu begat Azariah, And Azariah begat Helez, and Helez begat Eleasah, And Eleasah begat Sisamai, and Sisamai begat Shallum, And Shallum begat Jakamiah, and Jakamiah begat Elishama…” – The Bible, Chronicles

Who begat fanatics, moonbats and propagandists who will propagate any lie, misrepresentation, or perversion of the truth.

Cross posted On the Third Hand

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