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POLICE Log: Anorak’s look at crime in the news…
A blind journalist was given a month’s suspended jail sentence and fined 500 euros (750 dollars) by a French court Friday for driving while drunk and without a license.
Phillip Northmore, 25, was told by club door operatives in Plymouth that his jeans were not smart enough. He needed something less baggy, less tight, something with a crisply ironed stripe down the front.
He needed Anroak’s Comfi-Slax jeans (in British Racing Green or Harris Tweed-effect).
But with none around he felt forced to find some suitable legwear. He spotted his mannequin, pushed him into bushes and then ordered him to take off his trousers.
OBAMA campaign lays an egg:
Miley Cyrus is celebrating her 16th birthday party at Disney World. Says she:
“I only turn 16 once, so it’s going to be an awesome party with my favorite rides, hanging out with friends, fireworks and more,” she said in a statement. “I’ll even get to sing a couple songs.”
You’re not fooling anyone, Miley. We all the last place you want to be is under the scrutable eyes of the Disney empire that owns your ass. You’re just playing this happy facade because they threatened to pee in your cereal.
They own your birthday…
More US gossip: –
Bosnian police have impounded a pigeon after discovering prisoners used it to smuggle drugs into one of the country’s highest security jails, an official said Thursday. “
VOTE Obama and equate Iraq with Georgia: Really:
Democrat Barack Obama scolded Russia again on Wednesday for invading another country’s sovereign territory while adding a new twist: the United States, he said, should set a better example on that front, too…
THE Mail’s Benedict Brogan reports on Gordon’ BRown’s press confernce with Hamid Karzai:
“…the visit had a routine flavour for Gordon Brown, livened up only by Hamid Karzai, who was evidently bemused by the way British broadcasters all asked questions about the PM’s troubles without even a mention of Afghanistan or the British effort there. “Cabinet ministers plotting is nothing new. We have that in Afghanistan too. But not my foreign minister.”
WANT to know why you can’t profile a Muslim terrorist?
They may not be kids. They may not be Pakistani, they might not even be brown or black. The 72 virgins theory is a no-go, and neither is the ‘deprived neighbourhood’ idea. In other words, there are no easy answers. The other point about this report should be obvious: profiling doesn’t work, and could be counter-productive.
It can be. But what picture of a Muslim terrorist do you hold in your mind’s eye, and what is that image based upon?
In the meantime, the lack of simple answers inevitably makes simpletons turn around and say: ‘well, the unifying factor among all these terrorists is that they’re Muslim, so undoubtedly the problem must be Islam itself‘. There’s various problems with this theory too.
For a start, as the MI5 reports points out and as has been said before, these people don’t actually know much about their professed religion. So when some Muslim groups say ‘we need more Islamic education, not less, to tackle extremism’, they may have a point.
But they kill in the name of Islam.
Secondly, if Islam was the unifying factor, then these terrorists would spend less time killing other Muslims. But most attacks by Al-Qaeda and their anger is directed at other ‘moderate’ Muslims, who they see as heretical or standing in the way of their power grab.
They kill lesser Muslims.
Thirdly, religion is no indicator of suicidal terrorism since the Sri Lankan Tamils (Hindus) have the biggest numbers of dead people in a conflict under their belt. Similarly, some of the suicidal terrorists against Israel’s occupation of Lebanon were Christian and even atheists.
Indeed. It’s just that only Muslims have committed acts of terror in the War On Terror…
INJECTIONS prevents disease:
“Measles cases in the U.S. are at the highest level in more than a decade, with nearly half of those involving children whose parents rejected vaccination.”
CANADIAN Governments wants more Canadians to get invovled in porn:
The Canada Family Action Coalition wants the Conservatives to quash last week’s decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to grant a licence to adult film network Northern Peaks.
The licence granted to Alberta-based Real Productions requires the new channel broadcast 50% Canadian content. That means Canadian young people will be enlisted to work on and in some cases appear in porn films, says Charles McVety, president of CFAC.
In Canada, everyone can hear you scream…
As has been noted previously, the TUC wants a new bank holiday – “a ‘Community Day’ bank holiday in late October to celebrate and encourage volunteering and community activity“.
The latest broken arrow in its quiver is this:
“In sectors likely to benefit from a new bank holiday, consumer spending has grown from 31 per cent of household income in 1971 to 39 per cent in 2005. A new bank holiday will therefore help to continue this spending boom, says the TUC report“.
Right. So there actually won’t be very much by way of ‘celebrating and encouraging volunteering and community activity‘ (whatever that is supposed to mean) but rather that everyone will be expected to go shopping, for a change.
Who’s working in the shops, then?
THE New York Times reports:
Two elderly Chinese women have been sentenced to a year of “re-education through labor” after they repeatedly sought a permit to demonstrate in one of the official Olympic protest areas, according to family members and human rights advocates.
The women, Wu Dianyuan, 79, and Wang Xiuying, 77, had made five visits to the police this month in an effort to get permission to protest what they contended was inadequate compensation for the demolition of their homes in Beijing.
During their final visit on Monday, public security officials informed them that they had been given administrative sentences for “disturbing the public order,” according to Li Xuehui, Ms. Wu’s son.
Mr. Li said his mother and Ms. Wang, who used to be neighbors before their homes were demolished to make way for a redevelopment project, were allowed to return home but were told they could be sent to a detention center at any moment. “Can you imagine two old ladies in their 70s being re-educated through labor?” he asked. He said Ms. Wang was nearly blind.
Age does not come into it. It’s the punishment that sticks in the craw…
A Fond du Lac County woman is accused of using a large number of tomatoes to hit her husband in the face as the two fought.
Cash bail of $5,000 is set for 48-year-old Katherine Kranz. She was charged yesterday with first-degree reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and misdemeanor battery, all with domestic abuse enhancers.
OBAMs fan is sleeping. McCain is sleeping. No sleep til Washington…
DOGGING on an Ayia Napa beach:
It’s got lots of seaweed and quite a few rocks, but for canines and their masters on Cyprus a little bay outside Ayia Napa is a dream come true.
Designated this week as the island’s – and indeed the Mediterranean’s – first official dog beach, the off-leash paradise puts pay to a ban on dogs enjoying Cypriot seashores. “It’s a place primarily for dogs, not people, and we hope they have a nice time there,” Ayia Napa’s mayor, Antonis Tsokkos, said.
Boppre broke all the rules of house arrest when he went for a late-night drive in his pickup truck last month.
Many pensioners in the Bulgarian village of Gorno Osenovo, who go to bed with the sunset and wake up at sunrise, have never heard of carbon dioxide. They don’t get electricity either.
But a new plan by Brussels to make European Union energy companies pay for the carbon dioxide they emit from 2013 threatens to lift energy costs to the point where building grids to remote places like Gorno Osenovo would be impossible.
Poor people victims of rich know alls…
AMERICANS are in a state over Russia invading Georgia:
HOW many brother’s does Barack Obama have?
The Italian edition of Vanity Fair said that it had found George Hussein Onyango Obama living in a hut in a ramshackle town of Huruma on the outskirts of Nairobi.
Mr Obama, 26, the youngest of the presidential candidate’s half-brothers, spoke for the first time about his life, which could not be more different than that of the Democratic contender.
“No-one knows who I am,” he told the magazine, before claiming: “I live here on less than a dollar a month.”
According to Italy’s Vanity Fair his two metre by three metre shack is decorated with football posters of the Italian football giants AC Milan and Inter, as well as a calendar showing exotic beaches of the world.
TO the BNP Rally, where the SWP is recruiting:
At the demonstration against the fascist BNP’s “Red, White, and Blue” festival in Codnor, Derbyshire, on 16 August, the SWP was circulating a contact sheet.
The document (attached) described itself as a “petition”, though it had spaces only for names, not signatures, and the text directly above the name/ address/ details blanks was “Join UAF”. Then at the bottom it said “return to Love Music Hate Racism”, but identified itself as “initiated by Socialist Worker”.
Whatever. It was a political statement to identify and attract people to the SWP. The statement was about denouncing the BNP, and the real strangeness of the document was in the statement’s politics, not its odd labelling.
“The BNP”, it exclaimed, “deny the holocaust”. The author evidently thought that some readers might not know what “the Holocaust” was. So she or he defined it: “the holocaust, where thousands of LGBT people, trade unionists, and disabled people were slaughtered”.
End of definition. Jews too? No mention of that.
It cannot actually be that the SWP wants to appeal to people who may consider it all right that Hitler killed six million Jews, but think it too much that he also killed LGBT people, etc.
Or that the SWP itself considers that the killing of Jews was not an important, or not an objectionable, part of the Holocaust.
The SWP forgets to remember of remembers to forget?
THE DWP has polled the nation on ‘intergenerational ties‘. Reasons for being friendly with one’s neighbours:
1. To keep an eye on my house when I’m away 72%
5. To borrow things when I run out 29%
7. To feed my pets when I’m away 23%
RUSSIA is leaving Georgia. When. Seychas:
Reuters entitles the news item “Russia starts Georgia pullout” but this is a little misleading. Russia is not starting anything of the kind; she is merely promising to do so.
Russian troops will pull back from Georgia’s heartland by the end of this week, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, but NATO said it was freezing contacts with Moscow until all Russian forces were out of the country.
This reminds one of the very popular Russian word, which has flummoxed many a Western businessman: сейчас (seychas). Its direct meaning is this minute (or this hour if you wish to be pedantic) but, in actual fact, it conveys a sense of urgency that is just inferior to the Spanish mañana. Yes, yes, yes, we’re going, we’re going.
A poll of nearly 2,000 Britons by YouGov/PHI found that 70 per cent of respondents incorrectly said it was true that the US had done a worse job than the European Union in reducing carbon emissions since 2000. More than 50 per cent presumed that polygamy was legal in the US, when it is illegal in all 50 states. . . .
The survey showed that a majority agreed with the false statement that since the Second World War the US had more often sided with non-Muslims when they had come into conflict with Muslims. In fact in 11 out of 12 major conflicts between Muslims and non-Muslims, Muslims and secular forces, or Arabs and non-Arabs, the US has sided with the former group. Those conflicts included Turkey and Greece, Bosnia and Yugoslavia, and and Kosovo and Yugoslavia.
Asked if it was true that “from 1973 to 1990 the United States sold Saddam Hussein more than a quarter of his weapons,” 80 per cent of British respondents said yes. However the US sold just 0.46 per cent of Saddam’s arsenal to him, compared to Russia’s 57 per cent, France’s 13 per cent and China’s 12 per cent.
David Cameron wants us to understand Americans better…
Via Andrew Bolt.
ISLAM in the media. Johann Hari explains:
There is now a pincer movement trying to silence critical discussion of Islam. To one side, fanatics threaten to kill you; to the other, critics call you “Islamophobic”. But consistent atheism is not racism. On the contrary: it treats all people as mature adults who can cope with rational questions. When we pulp books out of fear of fundamentalism, we are decapitating the most precious freedom we have.
POLICE- police thyselves:
West Midlands Police suffered the most expensive spate of thefts in England and Wales losing £130,000 worth of equipment.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “West Midlands Police is eager to learn any lessons it can to improve security around police premises and property.”
Greater Manchester Police had £50,000 worth of property stolen including a Samurai sword and four tyres.
“While any theft is unacceptable most of the items stolen are of a reasonably low value, with the exception of one incidence where a £30,000 car was stolen,” said a spokesman,
The police – who polices the police?