29 February 2012

Obama to UAW: ‘Trying to Climb to the Very Top’ Is ‘Greed,’ Not What America’s ‘About’

In his haste to bankrupt and finally destroy America, Obama is showing his true colors and his default primary communist thinking position. In a speech to those who worship him i.e. Unions and their workers, he said that trying to climb to the top was not American and greedy! Yeah, that's about right. Everyone in America is aiming to be the same, average, unsuccessful boring person that Obama wants them to be, waiting for their messiah Obama to decide who gets what government goodies assigned to them. Pity he didn't follow his own advice and stay a community organiser so that he too could be one of those average, boring people waiting for a government handout. Unfortunately for America, it seems that Obama is just a greedy piece of anti-American scum, rising to the top so that he could become President. Oh well, I suppose someone has to do the dirty work of holding power over everyone else. I'm sure he's not enjoying it at all...

President Obama – in a speech to the United Auto Workers union – said that “trying to climb to the very top” was not what America is “about,” saying that it was “greed” and that in reality “we’re all in it together.”

“America’s not just looking out for yourself, it’s not just about greed, it’s not just about trying to climb to the very top and keep everybody else down,” Obama said at the UAW’s annual National Community Action Program Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.
Instead, Obama – who climbed to the very top of American politics just three years ago – said that instead America was about being “all in it together,” and giving people “a hand up.”
“When our assembly lines grind to a halt, we work together, and we get them going again,” he said. “When somebody else falters, we try to give them a hand up, because we know [that] we’re all in it together.”
Obama also attacked critics of his bailout policies who say that saving failed companies does not reflect traditional American values.
“I keep on hearing these same folks talk about values all the time. You want to talk about values? Hard work, that’s a value. Looking out for one another, that’s a value. The idea that we’re all in it together and [that] I’m my brother’s keeper and [my] sister’s keeper, that’s a value,” Obama declared.
Obama criticized what he called the “you-are-on-your-own philosophy” of his opponents, saying they were “anti-worker” and “wrong.”
“You know, this notion that we should have let the auto industry die, that we should pursue anti-worker policies in the hopes that unions like yours will buckle and unravel, that’s part of that same old you-are-on-your-own philosophy that says we should just leave everybody to fend for themselves,” Obama said.
“Not to put too fine a point on it – they’re wrong,” he added.

UK: Freezing winters ahead due to melting Arctic Sea ice

We deniers have all been wondering how long it would take for 'scientists' to blame global warming/climate change for colder weather (and not hotter as per their last try). Well, it took them long enough, but here it is. The new scam 'research' goes like this: global warming is causing Arctic Sea ice to melt dramatically (lies), thereby altering atmospheric circulation patterns which encourages Arctic air to be blown into the Northern hemisphere, thereby more snow will fall and the colder it will be! How's that for dodging reality and scaremongering? Wow, breathless in it's intelligence. What else can they blame 'climate change' on I wonder? They've recently tried to warn us that horses will be smaller due to warming; and that earthquakes, volcanoes and tsunamis are a result of global warming (really??).  I guess we should all collectively believe these upstanding 'researchers' as they stumble from one theory to the next, all so that they can convince us deniers that the earth is warming dangerously and Armageddon is neigh. The more these 'scientists' try to scare us, the more stupid they look. And then they wonder why more and more people are waking up to this scam. Pull the other one. I don't think they've heard of the fable 'Peter and the wolf' because if they had they'd stop now whilst they're ahead.

Britain faces years of freezing winters because global warming is causing Arctic Sea ice to melt, researchers have found.
Climate change means autumn levels of sea ice have dropped by almost 30 percent since 1979 - but this is likely to trigger more frequent cold snaps such as those that brought blizzards to the UK earlier this month.
And Arctic sea ice could be to blame.
Dr Jiping Liu and colleagues studied the extensive retreat of the ice in the summer and its slow recovery focusing on the impacts of this phenomenon on weather in the Northern Hemisphere.
Information about snow cover, sea level pressure, surface air temperature and humidity was used to generate model simulations for the years 1979-2010.
The researchers say dramatic loss of ice may alter atmospheric circulation patterns and weaken the westerly winds that blow across the North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Europe.
This will encourage regular incursions of cold air from the Arctic into Northern continents - increasing heavy snowfall in the UK.
Dr Liu said: "The results of this study add to an increasing body of both observational and modeling evidence that indicates diminishing Arctic sea ice plays a critical role in driving recent cold and snowy winters over large parts of North America, Europe and east Asia."
While the Arctic region has been warming strongly in recent decades there has been abnormally large snowfall in these areas.
Dr Liu, of Georgia Institute if Technology in Atlanta, said: "Here we demonstrate the decrease in autumn Arctic sea ice area is linked to changes in the winter Northern Hemisphere atmospheric circulation.
"This circulation change results in more frequent episodes of blocking patterns that lead to increased cold surges over large parts of northern continents.
"Moreover, the increase in atmospheric water vapor content in the Arctic region during late autumn and winter driven locally by the reduction of sea ice provides enhanced moisture sources, supporting increased heavy snowfall in Europe during early winter and the northeastern and midwestern United States during winter.
"We conclude the recent decline of Arctic sea ice has played a critical role in recent cold and snowy winters."
In November research showed there is less Arctic sea ice now than there has been at any time in the last 1,450 years.

Australia: Lefty TV hosts in hot water over comments on soldier

He's a mountain of a man. At 202cm, SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is one of two soldiers to be awarded the Victoria Cross by the Queen for bravery. In June 2010, Corporal Roberts-Smith single-handedly neutralised two enemy machinegun positions and exposed himself to fire to protect his mates. Last Sunday, Channel 7 aired his story and he got to explain what happened that day. During that programme it was revealed that his wife had undergone IVF and that he had twin baby girls. This man is a hero and Australia is proud of him. However, yesterday, TV program The Circle decided it was great to mock him for not being able to sire kids the normal way, saying that he's probably a dud in bed (dud root per Aussie slang). They also mocked his poolside picture saying that he's going to dive to the bottom of the pool to see if his brains are down there. This is what Lefties revel at - mocking people who they think are backward twats. In this case it was easy to pick on this hero seeing as he's in the army and fighting in Afghanistan - the pet-hate of the Left. Well, most of Australia has decided that this is unAustralian and are hitting the airwaves with their comments. You can always count on the Left to bring some class into our lives.....not. Hope this show gets yanked.

Ben Roberts Smith
Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith

HE'S one of the nation's greatest war heroes, receiving a Victoria Cross for single-handedly storming a Taliban bunker manned with machine-gunners.

They host a lightweight morning gossip show.

Now the hosts of The Circle are under heavy fire after airing a photo of a shirtless Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith and calling him brainless.

Among the giggling troupe was veteran journalist George Negus, who laid the astounding sledge that Cpl Roberts-Smith "he could be a dud root".

Just a day earlier, Cpl Roberts-Smith had appeared on Sunday Night for a candid interview about how he and his wife had used IVF treatment to conceive their twin daughters.

Those daughters were just five months old when Cpl Roberts-Smith stood up to draw machine-gun fire towards himself near the village of Tizak in Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

That allowed his commander to lob a grenade in the Taliban bunker.

Cpl Roberts-Smith then stormed the bunker alone and killed the two Taliban members inside. His actions allowed the troops to move through and clear the village of Taliban soldiers.

It also saw him become only the second person to be awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia, after it was established in 1991.

"I'm sure he's a really good guy, nothing about poor old Ben," Negus said yesterday on The Circle where he was guest co-hosting at the time of the comment.

"But that sort of bloke, and what if they're not up to it in the sack?"

Former Channel [V] host Yumi Stynes chimed in on the picture of Cpl Roberts-Smith poolside with: "He's going to dive down to the bottom of the pool to see if his brain is there."

This morning and back on the air Stynes revealed she was getting married, leading some online commenters to suggest it was a stunt to distract from a growing backlash over yesterday's comments.

Yesterday The Circle made an apology on its Facebook page: "Gotta love live T.V.!," the apology read.

"What started out as an innocent admiration of one of Australia’s heroes today unfortunately ended up changing direction.

"I hope you all know us well enough by now to know that we would never set out to upset anyone.
"Your feedback is very important to us and we appreciate your input on a daily basis.

"So sorry if we offended any of you today."

Meeting with the Queen

28 February 2012

USA: Affirmative Disaster

Da Blacks are not happy! Researchers at Duke have found that Affirmative Action via admission of more Blacks into Duke university are unsuccessful. Black students are switching from science and economic majors to the softer social sciences and humanities because they are easier to pass and less work is involved. This falsely gives the perception that Affirmative Action is working. This research deserves widespread attention by universities and policy makers, instead a number of Black students, alumni and professors are protesting the research and asking if Duke is a hostile environment for Black students! Why, yes, yes it is, so take your below average SAT scores and go find an all Black university which caters for your level of intelligence. The USA does not need anymore people with social science and humanities - there are enough liberal loony know-it-all's already. The USA needs intelligent people to study maths and science and these below average Affirmative Action Blacks just suck up the university places in place of the more competent Whites and Asians all because of their skin color. It's time this type of social engineering is exposed and Blacks admit that they are getting free pass after free pass based on the color of their skin and White guilt. Affirmative Action needs to be returned to the Socialist cupboard where it belongs, along with political correctness and equality goobly-gook. We are NOT all the same and the sooner we stop pandering to the Blacks the quicker we can get on with improving lives.

A growing body of empirical evidence is undermining the claim that racial preferences in college benefit their recipients. Students who are admitted to schools for which they are inadequately prepared in fact learn less than they would in a student body that matches their own academic level. As an ongoing controversy at Duke University demonstrates, however, such pesky details may have no effect on the longevity of the preference regime. 

Duke admits black students with SAT scores on average over one standard deviation below those of whites and Asians (blacks’ combined math and verbal SATs are 1275; whites’ are 1416, and Asians’, 1457). Not surprisingly, blacks’ grades in their first semester are significantly lower than those of other ethnic groups, but by senior year, the difference between black and white students’ grades has shrunk almost 50 percent. This convergence in GPA might seem to validate preferential admissions by suggesting that Duke identifies minority students with untapped academic potential who will narrow the gap with their white and Asian peers over their college careers. 

Now three Duke researchers have demonstrated that such catching-up is illusory. Blacks improve their GPAs because they switch disproportionately out of more demanding science and economics majors into the humanities and soft social sciences, which grade much more liberally and require less work. If black students stayed in the sciences at the same rate as whites, there would be no convergence in GPAs. And even after their exodus from the sciences, blacks don’t improve their class standing in their four years of college. 
This study, by economics professor Peter Arcidiacono, sociology professor Ken Spenner, and economics graduate student Esteban Aucejo, has major implications for the nationwide effort to increase the number of minority scientists. The federal government alone has spent billions of dollars of taxpayers’ money trying to boost minority participation in science; racial preferences play a key role in almost all college science initiatives. The Arcidiacono paper suggests that admitting aspiring minority scientists to schools where they are less prepared than their peers is counterproductive.
The most surprising finding of the study is that, of incoming students who reported a major, more than 76 percent of black male freshmen at Duke intended to major in the hard sciences or economics, higher even than the percentage of white male freshmen who anticipated such majors. But more than half of those would-be black science majors switched track in the course of their studies, while less than 8 percent of white males did, so that by senior year, only 35 percent of black males graduated with a science or economics degree, while more than 63 percent of white males did. Had those minority students who gave up their science aspirations taken Introductory Chemistry among students with similar levels of academic preparation, they would more likely have continued with their original course of study, as the unmatched record of historically black colleges in graduating science majors suggests. Instead, finding themselves in classrooms pitched at a more advanced level of math or science than they have yet mastered, preference recipients may conclude that they are not cut out for quantitative fields—or, equally likely, that the classroom “climate” is racist—whereas the problem may just be that they have not yet laid the foundations for more advanced work. 
Attrition from a hard science major was wholly accounted for in the paper’s statistical models by a freshman’s level of academic qualifications; race was irrelevant. While science majors had SATs that were 50 points higher than students in the humanities in general, students who had started out in science and then switched had SATs that were 70 points lower than those of science majors. Any student in a class that assumes knowledge of advanced calculus is likely to drop out if he has not yet mastered basic calculus.
The Duke paper, whose methodology is watertight, deserves widespread attention among educators and policymakers. An amicus brief seeking Supreme Court review of racial preferences at the University of Texas (in a case called Fisher v. Texas) has brought the paper to the Court’s attention. Predictably, however, a number of black students, alumni, and professors have portrayed the research as a personal assault. Members of Duke’s Black Student Alliance held a silent vigil outside the school’s Martin Luther King Day celebration in protest of the paper and handed out fliers titled “Duke: A Hostile Environment for Its Black Students?” In an email to the state NAACP, the BSA called the paper “hurtful and alienating” and accused its authors of lacking “a genuine concern for proactively furthering the well-being of the black community.” 
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George Osborne: UK has run out of money

The British Chancellor has admitted that the UK is broke and he's despondent that he can't find any way to stimulate the economy. This is the same man who raised welfare payments by 5% and has INCREASED foreign aid and EU payments during the recession. They're also intent on killing their economy with Green energy and building windmill farms. So, in between paying increased taxes, paying more for utilities for Greeny projects, and giving money away to tax cheats, welfare moochers and the EU, bailing out Greece and the other PIIGS countries and increasing foreign aid, this clown is wondering what he could do to stimulate his economy? Gee, no, I just don't know what he could do to stop the spending and lower taxes, thereby stimulating his economy. Thank goodness this brilliant man is in charge of the tanking UK economy - anyone else would surely not succeed.

Britain and other leading economies are not ready to fund another eurozone bailout, UK Chancellor George Osborne said on Sunday.
Mr Osborne - the brilliant Chancellor in charge of looking after the UK economy
In a stark warning ahead of next month’s Budget, the Chancellor said there was little the Coalition could do to stimulate the economy.

Mr Osborne made it clear that due to the parlous state of the public finances the best hope for economic growth was to encourage businesses to flourish and hire more workers.
“The British Government has run out of money because all the money was spent in the good years,” the Chancellor said. “The money and the investment and the jobs need to come from the private sector.”
Mr Osborne’s bleak assessment echoes that of Liam Byrne, the former chief secretary to the Treasury, who bluntly joked that Labour had left Britain broke when he exited the Government in 2010.
He left David Laws, his successor, a one-line note saying: “Dear Chief Secretary, I’m afraid to tell you there’s no money left”.
Mr Osborne is under severe pressure to boost growth, amid signs the economy is slipping back into a recession.
The Institute of Fiscal Studies has urged him to consider emergency tax cuts in the Budget to reduce the risk of a prolonged economic slump.
But the Chancellor yesterday said he would stand firm on his effort to balance the books by refusing to borrow money. “Any tax cut would have to be paid for,” Mr Osborne told Sky News. “In other words there would have to be a tax rise somewhere else or a spending reduction.
“In other words what we are not going to do in this Budget is borrow more money to either increase spending or cut taxes.”
The strongest suggestion of help for squeezed family budgets came from the Chancellor’s claim that he was “very seriously and carefully” considering plans to help lower earners by raising the personal allowance for income tax, a proposal that has been championed by Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister.
But he implied there would be no more help for motorists struggling with record petrol prices this spring. “I have taken action already this year to avoid increases in fuel duty which were planned by the last Labour government,” he said.
The Chancellor’s tough words were echoed by Liberal Democrat Jeremy Browne, the foreign minister, who warned that Britain faced “accelerated decline” without measures to tackle its debt and increase competitiveness.
In an article published today in The Daily Telegraph, he writes that Britain’s market share in the world used to be “dominant” but was now “in freefall” compared with the soaring economies of Asia and South America. “This situation has been becoming more acute for years,” he adds. “It is now staring us in the face. So we need to take action.”
Mr Browne writes that reform of pensions, welfare and defence is essential to stop the departments “collapsing under the weight of their own debt”. “Just because the spending was sometimes on worthy causes does not in itself mean it was affordable,” he says.
“Doing nothing when your prospects are at risk of declining is not the safe option. More of the same may be superficially more popular in the short-term but that does not make it right.”
Amid warnings that Britain urgently needed to adopt a more pro-business outlook, senior Conservatives have urged the Government to get rid of the 50 pence top rate of tax.
Figures from the Treasury last week suggested the policy was not raising the expected amount of revenue and was threatening to drive leading business people and entrepreneurs away from Britain. Dr Liam Fox, the former Conservative Defence Secretary, yesterday argued for the top tax rate to be scrapped, but added that cutting taxes on employment was even more important.
“I would have thought the priority was getting the costs of employers down and therefore I would rather have seen any reductions in taxation on employers’ taxation rather than personal taxation,” he told the BBC’s Sunday Politics show.
Any efforts to scrap the rate this parliament would face severe opposition from within the Coalition.
Simon Hughes, Liberal Democrat deputy leader, said yesterday that keeping the current 50p rate was “the right thing to do”. He told the BBC: “I represent people in a pretty solid working-class community. What they’re concerned about is what happens to ordinary people out of work and where they get jobs.”
Last night, Labour argued Mr Osborne needed to take a more proactive stance on boosting growth by increasing public spending.
Chris Leslie MP, the shadow Treasury minister, said it was wrong of the Chancellor to argue that Britain was broke and to rely on business alone to create economic growth.
“George Osborne can’t complacently wash his hands and claim the lack of jobs and growth in the economy is nothing to do with him,” he said.
“He needs to realise that government has a vital role to play in creating an environment where the private sector can grow and create jobs.”
Harriet Harman, Labour’s deputy leader, urged Mr Osborne to cut VAT.
Meanwhile, the Chancellor made it clear he was resisting pressure to hand over up to another £17.5billion in taxpayers’ money to help bail out struggling European Union countries.
He said Europe had not “shown the colour of its money” by taking measures to help itself tackle its debt problems.
Until that happens, Britain will not give any extra funds to the International Monetary Fund.
The Chancellor was speaking as finance ministers from the world’s 20 most powerful economies met in Mexico.
Mr Osborne said: “While at this G20 conference there are a lot of things to discuss; I don’t think you’re going to see any extra resources committed (to the IMF) here because eurozone countries have not committed additional resources themselves, and I think that quid pro quo will be clearly established here in Mexico City.”

At least 100 families raking in enough housing benefits to fund a £1MILLION mortgage each

Britain's government is apparently conservative and has a conservative Prime Minister. Could have fooled me. Immigration is still sky high, and now the welfare scams are being revealed - things that the Tories promised to fix during their election campaign. The UK is truly sick. They will hound and vilify children as young as 3 for racism and Islamphobia, but will pay millions in welfare payments to people who will never contribute anything to the country. And this from a broke government of a broke country. Socialist utopia! It seems that Maggie Thatcher's words 'socialism is great until you run out of other people's money' will be ringing true for years to come - especially as the housing benefit costs the UK tax payers £22 BILLION a year . Pity no one listened to her back when she was being painted as an extreme right wing nut. In any case, any potential asylum seekers should make their way to the UK and leave Australia alone. The UK offers so much more.....

Hat tip: Mark

Mr Abdi Nur, 42, and his wife Sayruq Nur, 40, sought asylum in Britain in 1999 from Somalia
Asylum seeker Abdi Nur - in pajamas whilst tax payers work

At least 100 families receiving housing benefit are living in luxury homes on handouts that could fund £1m mortgages, figures have revealed.

More than 30 of those families are being given a staggering £1,500 a week to live 'swanky' lifestyles - more than three times the national average wage.

Of the 100 families, 60 have their rent paid by the state to the value of £5,000 a month, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.

At a time when millions of people are struggling to get on the housing ladder, the handouts would easily cover the monthly payments on a £1m mortgage.

The handouts are allowing families to live in upmarket parts of London such as Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster alongside wealthy neighbours such as Roman Abramovich and George Michael.

The figures have been criticised by campaigners and raised concerns that the Government's plan to cap housing benefit is not being enforced.

Ministers announced last year that housing benefit, which currently costs the taxpayer £22billion every year, should be capped at £400 per week.

However, the latest figures from the DWP show there are close to 5,000 families still claiming more than the £400 cap. Although almost four out of every five people on housing benefit pick up less than £100 each week.

Public opinion has been riled by the cases of immigrants and asylum seekers who have been allowed to live in lavish flats at the expense of taxpayers.

In 2010 it emerged that a family of Somalian asylum seekers were getting £1.2m a year to live in Kensington, West London - a short walk from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's new home in Kensington Palace.

Abdi Nur, 42, an unemployed bus conductor, his wife Sayruq, 40, and their seven children moved to the three-storey home in the fashionable area of the capital after complaining that their previous home had been in a 'poor' part of the city.

In another case last year, a Somalian family moved from a house in Coventry to a £2m property in West Hampstead, north London.

Saeed Khaliiff was given £2,000 a week for the home despite having no links to the area, which has been home to George Michael, Sienna Miller, Jude Law and Helena Bonham Carter.

The extravagant lifestyle is one that the majority of hard-working families can only dream of.

The figures will raise calls for the Government's benefit reforms to be bulldozed through the Commons - despite pleading from Liberal Democrats. 

The data, made public under the Freedom of Information Act, show the areas of the UK that pay out the most in housing benefit are Birmingham (£469million per year), Glasgow (£337m), Brent (£306m), Westminster (£281m), Hackney (£267m), Newham (£264m), Enfield (£258m), Haringey (£254m), Liverpool (£254m) and Manchester (248m).

Emma Boon of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: 'This is further evidence that it is right to cap benefits. It is unfair to ask taxpayers to pay for swanky central London homes for others when they can't afford to live in those postcodes themselves.

'Many middle or low income families have to decide if they can afford to house their family in town, or if they have to move out to somewhere more affordable. It is not unreasonable to ask those on benefits to make the same choice.'

The DWP says the new rules which have been put in place mean that those families currently getting more than £400-per-week will be gradually taken out of the system and moved into cheaper accommodation.

A spokesman added: 'These figures underline exactly why our Housing Benefit reforms are so necessary'.

Sweden braces for family immigration boom

And still Sweden is intent on cultural suicide. Sweden, in all their absent wisdom, are now allowing relatives of immigrants to obtain permanent residency, even though these people don't have valid ID documents. In a country of 10 million Swedes, can you imagine what will happen to the social fabric when you allow 50 000 predominantly Somalis into the country per year? Do the Swedes honestly believe that adding 50 000 illiterate, low-skilled war mongers to their welfare bill is not going to have any effect on the country? Fuel, meet fire.  No wonder a record number of Swedes left the country last year. I think they've seen the writing on the Swedistan wall. Stupid is as stupid does. On the other hand, who cares? They actively campaigned against South Africa during Apartheid and now the chickens are coming home to roost. Enjoy!

The number of people seeking permanent residency in Sweden as relatives of immigrants already in the country will increase with 45 percent to 59,500 in 2012, a number comparable to 41,000 last year according to the latest predictions from Swedish Migration Board. 

The main reason behind the expected increase is a recent verdict in the Migration Court of Appeal (Migrations√∂verdomstolen) which is set to make it easier to seek a residence permit for people from countries where it is difficult to produce valid identification documents. 

The larger part of the rise in applications is expected to come from Somalia

Two years ago, two precendential verdicts from the court had demanded tighter controls on ID papers for those seeking residency permits on the grounds of having relatives in Sweden. 

This hit Somali applicants the hardest as there are no official authorities in Somalia to issue the kind of identification papers which could be recognized by Swedish authorities. 

But in January this year, the court loosened regulations. The verdict means that if someone can confirm consanguinity through DNA-testing, there is no need to affirm the applicants' identity in any other way. 

The Migration Board is therefore expecting a surge in applications from Somalia. 

“Legally the verdict will increase the chances of close family members to be reunited,” said Jonas Lindgren of the agency to TT. 

According to the Migration Board, there was already a large backlog of applicants who had been turned down when the court had asked for national ID papers. The rise is expected to come from Somali applicants.

“We have started to look at that group but the verdict will probably affect applicants from Afghanistan as well,” said Lindgren. 

However, Lindgren is confident that the agency can cope with the rise in applications, with some help from the government. 

“There is already long waiting times and there are many open cases that we are working on completing. We have therefore turned to the government and said that we are counting on needing an extra 100 million kronor ($15 million),” said Lindgren. 


UK: Fireman Sam creator under fire for 'racist' remark at airport

I, along with 600 other people, attended the Mark Steyn talk in Melbourne last night. It was a great speech about how our freedom of speak has been slowly eroded by the thought police. As he pointed out, it all starts at the fringes of society - who they perceive as being loony and who they think don't have a right to say what they're saying; you know, like the Neo-Nazis and other 'extremists' or 'mad men'. Once they've done that, then they start moving inward, into so-called normal society. This is where we find ourselves today. I have posted countless examples over the last few weeks - one about a 7-year old at school who asked a boy if his skin was brown because he came from Africa (his mom had to sign a form acknowledging her son was racist); and another about a 4-year old girl at school who drew a picture of a man pointing a gun (her father was detained as he was thought to be dangerous). Today we hear that a man who commented when a Muslim women wearing a hijab passed easily through security. He asked what would happen were he to cover his face with a scarf? Oh my goodness, the airport went into a frenzy, accused him of racism, detained him for an hour and called in the police. All because the airport has decided that people are not allowed to say anything negative about Muslims and they have the right to detain them for racism. England is becoming a bit of a joke I'm afraid. As Mark Steyn pointed out, our grandfathers lived in a freer world and we are being mind-controlled more and more so that we become a collective bunch of dumbo nimbots too scared to voice an opinion, all in the name of democracy. Well, it's time to stand up to this type of thing now before we are prevented from even speaking in public, and then later, in our own homes.


THE creator of the popular children's character Fireman Sam was outraged after being accused of racism and detained after making a joke at a London Airport.

David Jones, 67, commented on the ease with which a woman with her face covered by a hijab had walked through security controls, the Daily Mail reports. 

"If I was wearing this scarf over my face, I wonder what would happen,'' he said to an official as he went to pass through an X-ray scanner at Gatwick Airport.

To his surprise he was met on the other side of the barrier by officials who detained him for an hour in an attempt to force him to apologise for making an offensive remark.

Police were also called.
Mr Jones, now a pensioner, said he felt like his rights as an individual had been violated.

"What I underwent amounts to intimidation, unlawful arrest and detention,'' he said.

"I was humiliated and denigrated in full public view.''

Mr Jones said that when he had made his original remark, the guard had appeared to agree with him, saying: "I know what you mean, but we have our rules and you aren't allowed to say that.''

Mr Jones said a female security guard told him she was Muslim and was deeply distressed by his comment.

"I again stated that I had not made a racist remark but purely an observation that we were in a maximum security situation being searched thoroughly while a woman with her face covered walked through,'' he said.

"I made no reference to race or religion. I did not swear or raise my voice.''

The matter was only resolved when Mr Jones agreed his remarks could have been regarded as offensive.

Mr Jones continues to write books and cartoons along with his charitable work in his retirement.

A Gatwick Airport spokesman said its security team are looking at what happened.

"The matter was dealt with and the passenger made  his journey,'' the spokesman said.

26 February 2012

Zimbabwe spends more on trips than education

Zimbabwe's government last year spent $45million on travel abroad and only $14.8million on schools. Actually, I'm surprised they spent that much on schools, seeing as the Mugabe government is broke (but they can find the money to get on planes and go on shopping and medical trips). Not that the 'opposition' is any better. The MDC, led by Morgan Tsvangirai, are just as guilty. They can make all the noises they like about Mugabe but come payday they will turn out just like their previous boss, or like the ANC in South Africa. African Blacks can't rule. They are a tribal people and Zimbabwe - and eventually South Africa - will return to a tribal subsistence existence as per their cultural make-up. That is why western democracy will never work in Africa under Black governments. Under White governments both countries were relatively successful and both thrived. We see today the result of this Black tribal leadership as both countries go from their glory days to African hellholes. The Black tribal instinct is also why communism thrives under their rule. However, my real beef here is that Western countries pumped $24 million aid into Zimbabwean schools. Why? It's time that the West stops interfering and stops propping dictatorships up with money. It only prolongs the inevitable and causes more damage to the country in the meantime. This is how Mugabe funds his lifestyle - with Western dollars whilst his people starve. Better to leave well alone and let them implode and the sooner the better. Only then will Zimbabwe have a chance again - maybe.

Zimbabwe's coalition government spent three times more on foreign junkets for top government officials in 2011 than on schooling, Education Minister David Coltart said on Friday.

According to the minister, Zimbabwe in 2011 spent $14.8m on its 3 000 schools, excluding salaries.

President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, along with their officials, racked up $45m in travel expenses abroad, Coltart told dpa.

"It's shameful," Coltart said. "The infrastructure in our schools is in crisis. We are undermining the education of an entire generation."

Coltart is a member of Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change party, which has been in an uneasy coalition with Mugabe's Zanu-PF party since 2009.

Finance Minister Tendai Biti, also from the MDC, had revealed previously that Mugabe's trips - with delegations of up to 80 people - cost the country $20.6m last year. He says he is powerless to contain the president's travel.

Government officials are also accused by Zimbabwean watchdogs of going abroad for shopping sprees at taxpayers' expense. The 88-year-old president, believed to be recovering from cancer, frequently travels to the Far East for medical treatments.

After independence in 1980, Zimbabwe, led by Mugabe - who was a school teacher before becoming a liberation fighter - built up its education system to be one of the best in Africa.

But the country is only now starting to recover from an economic collapse in 2008 - when inflation hit 500 billion percent. The national currency crashed and government services ground to a halt. Schools were shut down for much of the year.

Economists say Mugabe's policies of the last 15 years, including the seizures without compensation of white-owned farms, caused the tailspin.

Last year, Western governments pumped $24m of aid into Zimbabwe's schools, including a programme to provide 523 million textbooks for pupils.


25 February 2012

Michelle Obama's pitch: Share the wealth

Recently, Michelle Obama took her two daughters on vacation to Aspen. It was something like her 16th or 17th vacation since her husband took Office 3 years ago. Me, I've taken one vacation in the last 2.5 years. But, I'm a tax payer so I don't get to go on many vacations. I digress. You would think that with the American economy in the state it's in, the Obama's would hold off on rubbing their holidays in America's face. Whilst Michelle vacations, her husband is hard at work - hard at work raising campaign funds from his 1% friends for his smear re-election campaign later in the year. Yes, make no mistake, this is a hard working couple America has in the White House. Not content on splashing her latest holiday all over the news, the First Lady decided to preach to the little people when she got back home - or rather to those who could afford to listen to her to the tune of $300 - $10 000 a ticket. She apparently wants the rich to spread their wealth around. Hypocrisy much Michelle? She wonders just how the heck well-off families can feel good when others are struggling? To Socialists like the Obama's, their definitions of well-off people is anyone who can afford to pay for their lifestyle themselves. Those 'struggling' are people who mooch off the welfare teat and expect more and more free everything. Well, seeing as I'm one of those who fund their own lifestyle - so by their definition, well-off - how do I feel? Well, I feel really good when I sleep in the bed I paid for, eat the food I paid for, switch on the electricity I pay for, drive the car I pay for, live in the house I pay for etc. I really don't think of those 'struggling' seeing as I don't have the time to worry about them. I have my own worries, you know, like working to pay my own bills, working to pay my taxes used to fund the 'struggling', and raising kids. I really don't have time to look at what my neighbour has and covet it - like all the good little Socialists do out there. This really needs to stop. This continuous class warfare and wealth envy may work for Obama at the next campaign to get the brain-dead votes, but it's getting a tad tiring for those who work and don't feel particularly well-off. The only time I will respect what Socialists preach is when I see them giving their own wealth away to those 'struggling' - without a camera there to capture the action. According to Michelle, America is strongest when 'we are all better off'. Really? And just when will that be Mrs Obama? When we are all equally poor perhaps? Yeah, thanks, that makes real sense. Your husband has my vote........not.

Mrs Obama showing the struggling people how to vacation on the well-off's dime

First lady Michelle Obama has joined her husband's bandwagon to hit the rich and spread the wealth, questioning how well-off families can feel good if others are struggling.

To about 300 supporters wealthy enough to pay $300-$10,000 to attend the mid-day event, the first lady said, "If a family in this country is struggling, we cannot be satisfied with our own families' good fortune."
She also rapped the rich, as has her husband. "Who do we want to be?" Obama asked. "Will we be a country where success is limited to the few at the top? This country is strongest when we are all better off."
Fundraising in Cincinnati, Ohio as her husband raised cash in Florida, she also said that the change President Obama offered in 2008 "does not come easy." And she added, "change is slow, but we will get there," according to a pool report of the event.
Below is the full report:
First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a vigorous defense of her husband’s administration to about 300 supporters at a fundraising at a downtown Cincinnati hotel Thursday afternoon, saying President Obama’s work “is not done.”
“If any family in this country is struggling, we can not be satisfied with our own families’ good fortune," said the First Lady, who spoke before an audience at the Westin Hotel who had paid anywhere from $250 to $10,000 for the mid-day event.
Mrs. Obama spoke for nearly half an hour to the people in the ballroom. Before that, she appeared at a private reception with big donors where attendees had an opportunity to have their picture taken with the First Lady.
Mr. Obama, dressed in a sleeveless black dress, was introduced by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, who called her “a woman of poise, a woman of elegance, a woman of grace, and, I would say, a woman of intelligence.”
Her speech was largely devoted to reciting the accomplishments of the Obama administration and telling the crowd that her husband – raised by a single parent, with the help of his grandmother – understands the problems of struggling families “because he has lived them.”
“Who do we want to be?,’’ Mrs. Obama asked. “Will we be a country where success is limited to a few at the top? This country is strongest when we are all better off.”
Her husband came to office three years ago, she said, to bring about change; and said change “does not come easy.”
“Change is slow, but we will get there,’’ Mrs. Obama said. “We are fighting for our sons and our daughters, our grandchildren, and what kind of future they will have.”
She praised the passage of health care reform legislation that she said has already “saved millions of seniors in this country an average of $600 a year for prescription drugs.”
“Now, there are some folks talking about repealing that reform,’’ Mrs. Obama said. “Are we going to let that happen?  Are we going to allow children to be denied health care coverage who have cancer or other serious diseases? We can’t do that.”
She also praised President Obama for getting rid of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy toward gays in the military.
“Never again will our young people have to lie about who they are,’’ Mrs. Obama said.
She exhorted the supporters in the crowd to go to work for the re-election campaign.
“Will be let everything we worked for just slip away?,’’ she asked.
It was Mrs. Obama’s first visit to Cincinnati since Sept. 2008, when her husband was running for president. Then, she spoke at a National Baptist Convention at the Duke Energy Center.

Navy Seeking More Minority SEALs

Quick, hide the kids - the racist SEALS are coming! TIME has highlighted that the latest cover of  NEWSWEEK shows only White SEALs. According to TIME, the SEALs are campaigning to become more diverse because, you know, to have only White SEALs today is just unacceptable. So, what is this deep White racism all about? Is it because the SEALs are discriminating against anyone without a White skin and that they only want Whites to be covered in glory? Well, actually the answer is simple. Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Arab Americans and Pacific Islanders - who the Navy is now targeting for their new diverse strategy - can't SWIM. So, what do you think is going to happen when the Navy are forced to diversify all in the name of that great utopian we-are-the-same BS? SEAL trainees currently have to undergo a two-hour water session that is designed to weed the weaklings out - this is the part of the entrance exam that the non-Whites struggle with. It is an incredible shame that the SEALs are reduced to pandering to races who can't pass their training, just for the sake of being 'inclusive'. When are people just going to accept that if you can't achieve the standard then TOUGH LUCK. I don't know about you, but I would rather have the best keeping me safe than a group of people chosen because of their race and not their ability. This is beyond the pale and that America is full of this ideological racist crap is an insult to every American who died fighting for their country - and who died to make that country great. In the meantime, I'll remain proud of the WHITE SEALs and all they've achieved.

The offending cover showing only White SEALs

In nature, most seals are black, with relatively few white ones. The Navy’s SEALs have exactly the opposite problem – they’re overwhelmingly white, with hardly any blacks. So they’re trying to do something about it.
It’s a fundamental challenge in a democracy with an all-volunteer force: recruits may be drawn from all segments of society, but elite military units – and none is more elite these days than the SEALs, following their dispatch of Osama bin Laden last May – tend to draw from small pools of talent. For the SEALs, that includes athletic young men who are smart and good in the water. For whatever reason, that has led to an overwhelmingly white SEAL force.
Say the SEALs:
Gaps exist in minority representation in both officer and enlisted ranks for Special Warfare operators. Diverse officers represent only ten percent of the officer pool (for example, African Americans represent less than 2% of SEAL officers). Diverse enlisted SEALs account for less than twenty percent of the total SEAL enlisted population. Naval Special Warfare is committed to fielding a force that represents the demographics of the nation it serves. This contract initiative seeks effective strategies to introduce high potential candidates from diverse backgrounds to the opportunities available in Naval Special Warfare.
The SEALs are considering hiring help to attract thousands of “minority males in the 16–24 year-old target age range” to become SEALs. “This contract will create a mechanism to enhance Naval Special Warfare’s ability to conduct outreach, raise awareness, mentor, and increase self-selection to a career as a SEAL within minority communities,” a recently-posted draft contract solicitation says.
The Navy isn’t seeking only black SEALs: “Challenges for minority recruitment also exist in the Hispanic, Asian Pacific Islander (API), Native American, and Arab American populations among others,” the announcement notes. “Given shifting demographics, these gaps in representation need to be corrected to ensure continued access. There are sustainment, societal, educational, and operational drawbacks to failing to correct this disparity.”
Ain’t that the truth. U.S. special operators have long acknowledged they face challenges mixing in with foreign populations because they look so American. The SEALs acknowledge as much: “Traditional SEAL Team demographics will not support some of the emerging mission elements that will be required,” it says.
Two pictures highlight the challenge:
On the cover of the latest issue of Newsweek are 10 SEALs. All of them appear to be Caucasian. That’s the reality.
But when you go to the SEALs’ recruiting website, there are only two SEALs. Both of them appear to be African-American. That’s the desire.

SEAL trainees - horror, they're all WHITE
The basic building block of the SEAL force is the one in four young men who completes Basic Underwater Demolition /SEAL training (BUD/S). The SEAL community has spent a lot of time figuring out a way to predict who can succeed as a SEAL. Research shows that succeeding in the BUD/S course is the key indicator of an "HPC" -- High Potential Candidate. "However, there remains an unfulfilled requirement to find significant numbers of minority HPCs and to arrange the necessary encounters and mentoring with NSW representatives that will lead to self-selection of more of these candidates," the contract solicitation notes. "The intent of this Statement of Work is to facilitate solution to this requirement gap through targeted awareness and mentoring efforts aimed at the minority high potential candidates for Naval Special Warfare."
So the SEALs want a contractor who will work through "athletic, peer group, academic and administrative entities" to inform minority youth about SEAL opportunities.
Suggested places for the SEAL hunt include:
-- Outreach to male athletes and fraternity members at junior colleges, colleges, and universities with high percentages of minority student enrollment.
-- Sponsorship of conferences and events, and engagements recognition of student leadership awards, and outreach to educators in the African American community.
-- Sponsorships and engagement with athletes and coaches of predominantly African American collegiate swim teams.
-- Sponsorships and engagement with football players and coaches in predominantly African American high schools and colleges.
-- Inner-city schools initiative providing mentoring to high school students in a "help those help themselves" program; focused on giving back to America, becoming better citizens, developing skills to become responsible and respectful adults, and developing community leaders.
-- Campus-based student initiatives to market NSW career opportunities to minority junior college, college, and university students.
-- A strategy to deliver NSW presence through outreach to coaches and influencers, awareness among the participants, mental toughness presentations to select audiences, and appropriate fitness events on a not-to-interfere basis at annual athletic competitions.
-- Civilian version of the Physical Screening Test (PST), the required qualification test for SEAL training, conducted at universities, colleges, junior colleges, and high schools with high percentages of minority student enrollment.
The SEALs are seeking a contractor to generate SEAL-related contacts with at least "a thousand (1000) minority males aged 16-24 per metropolitan region" over a 12-month period. At least 100 of those are expected to reach out to the Navy and say they are interested in becoming SEALs or a Special Warfare Combatant-craft Crewmen, who get the SEALs where they need to go, usually via small boats. The contractor is expected to mentor 15 "high potential minority candidates" per region.
The draft solicitation also spells out the richest fishing grounds for SEALs of specific ethnic backgrounds, and encourages bidders to craft marketing campaigns to target them by region. "Regional campaigns will be conducted in metropolitan areas considered centers of diversity for African Americans (AA), Hispanics (H), Arab Americans (AR), and Asian Pacific Islanders (API) and that are of particular interest to the NSW RD [Naval Special Warfare Recruiting Directorate]," the draft solicitation says. "The bidder's solicitation will include an engagement plan and fixed pricing for each region."
It won't be one-size-fits-all. "What may be appropriate messaging for the Southern California water polo and surfer kid," the SEALs explain, "may not resonate with the inner city guy in Baltimore."

SEALs completing the Drown Proofing Test
The SEALs’ proposed hunting map: Western Region:
San Diego Metropolitan to promote awareness to Hispanic, African American, Arab American, Middle Eastern, and Asian-Pacific Islander high potential candidates.
Los Angeles Metropolitan to promote awareness to Hispanic, African American, Arab American, Asian-Pacific Islander, and African and Middle Eastern immigrant high potential candidates. Mid-Atlantic Region:
Norfolk / Tidewater Virginia Metropolitan to promote awareness to African American and Hispanic high potential candidates.
Baltimore / Washington DC Corridor to promote awareness to African American, Hispanic, Arab American, and Asian-Pacific Islander high potential candidates. Northeastern Region:
New York City / Newark NJ Metropolitan to promote awareness to African American, Hispanic, Arab American, Asian-Pacific Islander, and African and Middle Eastern immigrant high potential candidates. Southeastern Region:
Miami Metropolitan to promote awareness to African American and Hispanic high potential candidates. Midwestern Region:
Detroit Metropolitan to promote awareness to African American, Hispanic, and Arab American, and Middle Eastern high potential candidates. Southwestern Region:
Houston Metropolitan to promote awareness to African American, Hispanic, and Asian-Pacific Islander high potential candidates.
The contractor is expected, once a SEAL candidate is identified, to guide him toward SEALdom:
The Contractor will be required to develop and sustain an appropriate level of mentorship for HPCs identified during the specific events and regional campaigns conducted under this contract…Since the waterborne feature of SEAL training is often the most formidable obstacle for many prospective candidates, especially among minorities with little swimming experience, the swim training program is usually the most challenging of the mentoring components and the largest.
Apparently, such training will be no piece of cake: it will involve two-hour water sessions designed to “aggressively and safely enhance each participant’s swimming techniques prior to entry into the BUD/S training pipeline.”
The contractor will not be responsible for getting such young men into the military, but only to prepare them for that option. “If and when an HPC may be ready to `sign-up’ they will be instructed to contact the NSW RD directly for guidance to recruiters in their respective regions,” the solicitation says. “The Contractor is not responsible for these individual decisions and in no way will apply undue pressure to get an individual to `sign-up’.”
The campaign also calls on “marketing and outreach with a heavy balance of leveraging press pressure (versus buying radio and TV advertising).” Just think of this post as Battleland’s contribution to the fight.