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View Article  Why? Because the Bible Says So!
In her radio show, Dr Laura Schlesinger said that, as an observant Orthodox Jew, homosexuality is an abomination according to Leviticus 18:22, and cannot be condoned under any   circumstance.  The following response is an open letter to Dr.. Laura, written by a US man, and posted on the Internet. It's funny, as well as informative

Dear Dr. Laura:
  
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and try to share that knowledge with as many people as I can.     When someone tries to defend the homosexual lifestyle, for example, I simply remind them that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination ... End of debate.

I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some other elements of God's Laws and how to follow them.

1. Leviticus 25:44 states that I may possess slaves, both male and female,provided they are purchased from neighboring nations.  A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians.  Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?

2. I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7.  In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?

3. I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of Menstrual uncleanliness - Lev.15: 19-24.  The problem is how do I tell?  I have tried asking, but most women take offense.

4. When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord - Lev.1:9  The problem is my neighbors.  They claim the odor is not pleasing to them.  Should I smite them?

5. I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath.Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.  Am I morally obligated to kill him myself, or should I ask the police to do it?

6. A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination, Lev. 11:10, it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality.  I don't agree.  Can you settle this?  Are there
'degrees' of abomination?

7. Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight.  I have to admit that I wear reading glasses.  Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle-room here?

8. Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27.  How should they die?

9. I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?

10. My uncle has a farm.  He violates Lev.19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field, as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend).  He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot.  Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them? Lev.24:10-16. Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair, like we do with people who sleep with their in-laws? (Lev. 20:14) 

I know you have studied these things extensively and thus enjoy considerable expertise in such matters, so I'm confident you can help.   Thank you again for reminding us that God's word is eternal and unchanging.

Your adoring fan. 

James M. Kauffman,

Ed.D. Professor Emeritus,
Dept. Of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education
University of Virginia

PS 
(It would be a damn shame if we couldn't own a Canadian)

View Article  Where has Your Money Gone?

Where has your money gone?

The latest report written in the 'Daily Telegraph' the money Britain gives in Overseas Aid (as below). The Minister for Overseas Aid was also heard on the BBC World News programme with his report of the Foreign Aid Programme Britain’s donations. It came after the report of the UK Budget. A follow up was the sacking of 2,000 experienced long term servicemen, *One Sgt Major was actually serving on the front line in Afghanistan when he was informed he was going to be sacked. The government state the MOD cannot afford to keep them. Pilots were shelved near the completion of the course they only had two weeks left to finish. Fighter planes are being scrapped, as are essential RN Ships.

The Defence budget has had a 30% reduction cut while British Forces in Afghanistan are in desperate need for safety vehicles and essential equipment the government say they cannot provide because of lack of funds.  The Overseas Aid and the Welfare costs the UK pay out should have been the first reduction in finance, and cut drastically to make sure the money is available towards the safety of our troops which should be paramount. The government should stop the money given to the Imams (have never worked in 19 years and get over 2,000 pounds a month to support the kids he knocks out with three wives), also his other social security dissident parasites who have no intention of ever working, they should be kicked out with the riff raff and millions of other scroungers Blairs 'New Labour mob let in.

They should immediately, bring in National Service to get the millions of UK's bone idle youths of their arses. And get out of the EU that is also robbing the British public blind, while Germany and France reap all the benefits. and live in luxury. The British government should wake up from their own self indulgence and make sure Britain do not donate anymore more funds to the EU and shelf the inane laws and legislation they think up and bring into force from week to week, absolutely ridiculous laws that affect British citizens, thought up by a mob of overpaid pigs in the trough foreigners who now run Britain, which is now known as the "European Nanny Welfare State." 

Also unbelievable the billions of dollars India and Pakistan spend on cricket while Britain subsidise their starving millions living in abject poverty and squalor on their streets. Also note the money Pakistan are spending on Defence. We thought the Australian government were wasting our tax payer’s money. According to the UK list of benefactors the countries involved receive aid from both OZ and the UK. A serious case of double dipping while our own pensioners, hospitals and clinics close, and essential services suffer because both governments say they do not have the funds.   Bloody farcical!!!

It would appear that, it is not only our, dearly beloved "Krudd" that is still giving the tax payers money away.

And I was under the false impression that UK was broke and owes the IMF some £650bn + (unless you know different) how wrong you can be.

 Just in case you missed the figures for the UK Overseas Aid Budget for 2011/2012, here are the details

Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph:-

In £ Millions:-

Ethiopia                                  290

India                                        280

Pakistan                                 267

Bangladesh                            200

Nigeria                                    180

African Regional Bodies      180

Afghanistan                           178

Tanzania                                150

Congo                                     147

Sudan                                     140

Don't Forget Portugal         ???

Don`t Forget Spain             ???

On top of this there is a suggestion of a £100 M for Zimbabwe.

You will be aware that statements had been made to exempt India from the Aid Budget, but that country still appears in the listings.

The previous 4 years for Pakistan Education was £250M, the next 4 years could be £650M.You may also be aware that Pakistan is currently negotiating with China for a £1Billion purchase of submarines, and a £1Billion purchase of Fighter Planes.   All make sense?  

 If you had the misfortune to listen to the Minister for Overseas Aid on the radio a few weeks ago, you may remember that the oration was noticeable for his level of conceit and arrogance, not what is needed to get his message accepted by the British Public.

 In “The Big Society” the giving of Overseas Aid could be devolved from Government and left to people to subscribe to Charities.  If the Government has “hidden agendas” concerning National Security, or Anti-terrorism, then in their much vaunted “transparency” they should make those facts known.

View Article  ROYAL NAVY AND ARMY REDUNDANCIES
ROYAL NAVY AND ARMY REDUNDANCIES

The Army and the Royal Navy today released the details of their redundancy programme to their personnel. The specific trades and branches of each service which are affected by the first tranche of the redundancy programme, along with the numbers being sought from each area have been announced.

 

In October, following the SDSR the MOD announced that it would be reducing the number of military personnel by 17,000 across all three services; 7,000 from the Army, 5,000 from the Royal Navy and 5,000 from the RAF. While some of these reductions will be achieved through a decrease in recruiting and not replacing those who leave, there will still need to be around 11,000 redundancies. Each service will run a number of redundancy tranches over the next four years with reductions planned to be fully achieved by April 2015.

 

Although this is a compulsory programme, volunteers will be sought.

The Army has identified 150 redundancy fields by looking at where the Army is in surplus now and where it will still be in surplus in 2015. For this first tranche, there will be approximately 1,000 redundancies, half of which are expected to be volunteers. About 25% of those being made redundant in this tranche will be officers, but no one with less than 8 years experience will be made redundant.

The first tranche of redundancies for the Royal Navy will result in a total of around 1600 redundancies from across a variety of the Naval Service’s specialisations and branches, and will include ratings and officers up to the rank of Captain. Those selected will be Officers from the Engineering, Medical, Warfare and Logistics Branches as well as Junior Ratings and Senior Ratings from a variety of Branches.

View Article  UKNDA A NATIONWIDE APPEAL
UKNDA NATIONWIDE APPEAL

This is a most urgent WARNING to our politicians, the media, and all the people of our country that

WE ARE STANDING INTO DANGER


View Article  Aussie School Answering Machine


View Article  Illegal Migrants Can Return To UK Sooner
 Illegal Migrants Can Return To UK Sooner
The move is designed to persuade illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers to leave of their own volition without the need for costly forced removals and more than halves the current five-year ban period.

However, the ban on those who delay their return could be increased to 10 years, the Home Office said.

Immigration minister Damian Green said: "It is much better value for the taxpayer if we can get people who have no right to be here to leave this country voluntarily.

"So overall it's good news all round.

"It means they're in this country for a shorter period of time, which is good for confidence in the immigration system, and it saves money, so that's why we're reducing the number of years for which they are subsequently banned for having been here illegally in the first place.

"They still suffer, but the length of time for which they're not allowed back will be reduced if they're willing to go voluntarily in the first place."

The shake-up will also mean millionaire business men and women with £10m or more to invest will be offered a fast-track to a British passport.

They will be able to settle in the UK after two years, instead of the current five, and will be able to get a passport after five years instead of the current six, the Home Office said.

Those investing £5m will be able to settle after just three years.

Last year, fewer than 300 investors and entrepreneurs came to the UK.

Mr Green said: "We want those who have the most to offer to come and settle here.

"Entrepreneurs and investors can play a major part in our economic recovery and I want to do everything I can to ensure that Britain remains an attractive destination for them.

"Last year we issued far too few visas to those who wish to set up a business or invest in the UK - I intend to change that."

He added: "Anyone applying for a UK visa will have to meet our strict immigration rules and their immigration history will be taken into account."

View Article  Customer survey report for "McDonnell Douglas"

This was allegedly posted very briefly on the McDonnell Douglas website, by an employee there who obviously has a sense of humour. The company,

of course, does not have a sense of humour and made the web department take it down immediately.


Thank you for purchasing a McDonnell Douglas military aircraft.
  In order to protect your new investment; please take a few moments to fill out the warranty registration card below. Answering the survey questions is not required, but the information will help us to develop new products that best meet your needs and desires.

1.

[_] Mr.
[_] Mrs.
[_] Ms.
[_] Miss
[_] Lt.
[_] Gen.
[_] Comrade
[_] Classified
[_] Other

First Name: .....................................................
Initial: ........
Last Name......................................................
Password: .............................. (max. 8 char)
Code Name:.......................................................
Latitude-Longitude-Altitude: ........... ............

2. Which model of aircraft did you purchase?
[_] F-14 Tomcat
[_] F-15 Eagle
[_] F-16 Falcon
[_] F-117A Stealth
[_] Classified

3. Date of purchase (Year/Month/Day): ........ /....... /......

4. Serial Number: ................................................

5. Please indicate where this product was purchased:
[_] Received as gift / aid package
[_] Catalogue / showroom
[_] Independent arms broker
[_] Mail order
[_] Discount store
[_] Government surplus
[_] Classified

6. Please indicate how you became aware of the McDonnell Douglas
product you have just purchased:
[_] Heard loud noise, looked up
[_] Store display
[_] Espionage
[_] Recommended by friend / relative / ally
[_] Political lobbying by manufacturer
[_] Was attacked by one

7. Please indicate the three (3) factors that most influenced your
decision
to purchase this McDonnell Douglas product:
[_] Style / appearance
[_] Speed / manoeuvrability
[_] Price / value
[_] Comfort / convenience
[_] Kickback / bribe
[_] Recommended by salesperson
[_] McDonnell Douglas reputation
[_] Advanced Weapons Systems
[_] Backroom politics
[_] Negative experience opposing one in combat

8. Please indicate the location(s) where this product will be used:
[_] North America
[_] Iraq
[_] Iraq
[_] Aircraft carrier
[_] Iraq
[_] Europe
[_] Iraq
[_] Middle East (not Iraq)
[_] Panama
[_] Africa
[_] Iraq
[_] Asia / Far East
[_] Iraq
[_] Misc. Third World countries
[_] Iraq
[_] Classified
[_] Iraq

9. Please indicate the products that you currently own or intend to
purchase in the near future:
[_] Colour TV
[_] VCR
[_] ICBM
[_] Killer Satellite
[_] CD Player
[_] Air-to-Air Missiles
[_] Space Shuttle
[_] Home Computer
[_] Nuclear Weapon

10. How would you describe yourself or your organisation? (Indicate
all that apply:)
[_] Communist / Socialist
[_] Terrorist
[_] Crazed
[_] Nice Person
[_] Democratic
[_] Dictatorship
[_] Corrupt
[_] Primitive / Tribal

11. How did you pay for your McDonnell Douglas product?
[_] Deficit spending
[_] Cash
[_] Suitcases of cocaine
[_] Oil revenues
[_] Personal check
[_] Credit card
[_] Ransom money
[_] Traveller's check

12. Your occupation:
[_] Homemaker
[_] Sales / marketing
[_] Revolutionary
[_] Clerical
[_] Mercenary
[_] Tyrant
[_] Middle management
[_] Eccentric billionaire
[_] Defence Minister / General
[_] Retired
[_] Work At Post Office

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this questionnaire. Your answers will be used in market studies that will help McDonnell Douglas serve you better in the future - as well as allowing you to receive mailings and special offers from other companies, governments, extremist groups and mysterious consortia. As a bonus for responding to this survey, you will be registered to win a brand new F-117A in our War Not Peace Sweepstakes!

View Article  I like Liberals


View Article  New fleet for the Navy
New fleet for the Navy

Details have been released regarding Britain 's introduction of the next generation of fighting ships: The Royal Navy is proud of the cutting edge capability of the new fleet of Type 45 destroyers. Having initially named the first two ships of this class HMS Daring and HMS Dauntless, the HM Ships naming committee have, after intensive counselling, renamed them HMS Cautious and HMS Prudence. The final four ships are to be named HMS Empathy, HMS Nervous, HMS Timorous and HMS Apologist.

Costing £750 million, they have been designed to meet the needs of the 21st century; in addition to state of the art technology, weaponry, and guidance systems, the ships will comply with the very latest employment, equality, health & safety and human rights legislation.

They will be able to remain at sea for several months and positively bristle with facilities. For instance, the new user-friendly crow's nest comes equipped with wheelchair access. Live ammunition has been replaced with paintballs to reduce the risk of anyone getting hurt and to cut down on the number of compensation claims. Stress counselors and lawyers will be on duty 24hrs a day, and each ship will have its own onboard industrial tribunal.

The crew will be 50/50 men and women, and balanced in accordance with the latest Home Office directives on race, gender, sexuality and disability. Sailors will only have to work a maximum of 37hrs per week in line with Brussels Health & Safety rules even in wartime! All bunks will be double occupancy, and the destroyers will all come equipped with a maternity ward and crèche, situated on the same deck as the Gay Disco.

Tobacco will be banned throughout the ship, but cannabis will be allowed in the wardroom and messes. The Royal Navy is eager to shed its traditional reputation for "Rum, Sodomy and the lash"; out goes the occasional rum ration which is to be replaced by Perrier water, although sodomy remains: this has now been extended to include all ratings under 18. The lash will still be available but only by request. Condoms can be obtained from the Bosun in a variety of flavours, except Capstan Full Strength.

Saluting officers has been abolished because it is elitist, and is to be replaced by the more informal "Hello Sailor". All notices on boards will be printed in 37 different languages and Braille. Crew members will no longer be required to ask permission to grow beards or moustaches - this applies equally to the women.

The MOD is working on a new "Non specific" flag based on the controversial British Airways "Ethnic" tailfin design, because the white ensign is considered to be offensive to minorities.

The newly-renamed HMS Cautious is due to be re-commissioned soon in a ceremony conducted by Captain Hook from the Finsbury Park Mosque who will break a petrol bomb over the hull. She will gently slide into the water to the tune of "In the Navy" by the Village People played by the Royal Marines. Sea Trials are expected to take place, when she sets out on her maiden mission. She will be escorting boat loads of illegal immigrants across the channel to ports on the south coast.

The Prime Minister said that "While the ships reflected the very latest of modern thinking they were also capable of being up-graded to comply with any new legislation.

His final words were " Britain never, never waives the rules!"

View Article  SENIOR RAIL CARDS

SENIOR RAIL CARDS


A member sent this in.  I have not been able to confirm it, but he is an excellent source:

 

To those of you that have - and use? - a Senior Rail Card, thought you might like to know, when it comes to renewing for a further twelve months discount, instead of purchasing the card from your local Train Station, through the Internet or over the phone [I've used all three methods in the past] at a cost of £26.00, try going through your local council.
 
I contacted my local council yesterday [Cheshire West & Chester] and was told I can purchase the same 'Senior Rail Card' through my local council office for £18.00 a saving of eight pounds over the above, I renewed mine this morning!

View Article  YOUR MP`s CONTACT LIST
YOUR MP`s CONTACT LIST


View Article  Wear Your Poppy With Pride - Online Petition
Wear Your Poppy With Pride - Online Petition

There is a young lady, only 18 years old who was on the TV wanting 100,000 signatures to support her campaign against employers who would not allow her to wear her poppy on poppy day at work.

We all know this country has gone daft but this is to much. On this day when a Muslim was fined £50 for burning our poppies and shouting death to our British soldiers, our boys and girls, our fellow countrymen and women, enough is enough.

I hope you vote and (click onto the link below) and also exhaust the 500 words allowed for your opinion. Please circulate this email to as many as you can, so it makes them at 10, Downing Street sit up, wake up and take notice and bloody do some thing useful for a change.



View Article  THE MOD (Procurement in the Ministry of Defence) UK
THE MOD (Ministry of Defence) UK

Why isn't the MOD answerable to Anybody

Procurement


Purchasing goods are far inflated prices £50 for a bag of screws
(online £2)

Buying a whole Print Run of a book previously passed as OK for Publication
(£150,000) for 25,000 copies
because 50 words of Text were not appropriate because of Safety to our Troops
(Why pass it in the first place)

People with names are responsible for wasting money, but they
NEVER COME TO PUBLIC VIEW
THEY NEVER GET PUBLICLY SHOWN TO APOLOGIZE
NEVER GET PUBLICLY QUESTIONED
OR
BE FIRED FROM THEIR "CUSHY" PUBLIC PAID JOBS

YET CUT-BACKS IN OUR MILITARY ARE BEING SAVAGELY MADE

WHO IS ANSWERABLE IN THE MOD???????

View Article  Brits to The Rescue
HMS Cumberland

Only the Brits could send a Royal Navy ship named after a pork sausage to rescue British citizens from a Muslim country!
God speed HMS Cumberland

View Article  ANTHONY MALONE on "HUNGER STRIKE"

ANTHONY MALONE
on

"HUNGER STRIKE"



View Article  British Services get a bum deal re PENSIONS

British Services get a bum deal re PENSIONS

Sergeant Matthew Telford of the Grenadier Guards was promoted to that rank in June 2009. In November of that same year, Sergeant Telford was one of 5 British soldiers killed when a rogue Afghan policeman opened fire on them. His wife and family will only receive a Corporal's pension since he only held his rank of Sergeant for less than a year. However, he was killed on operations by the enemy whilst wearing three stripes of a Sergeant on active service.

Please sign the petition below to support a change in the rules that deny a hero’s widow the pension she deserves.

 


 

Please forward onto any sympathetic contacts that you may have in your address book


"Serving those who Serve and have Served"


This is yet further evidence that shows that even today the Services get a bum deal from the civil servants who have their retirement nicely feathered, I refer of course to that body of persons who work for the Ministry of Defence and the Treasury, not forgetting the Ministers who listen to their words.

 

Best Regards 

Jim Filby

AFPG Ltd. Director - Membership Secretary
View Article  The only Royal Marine EVER to win Distinguished Flying Medal

The only Royal Marine EVER to win Distinguished Flying Medal

No other Royal Marine will ever win the medal again as it has now been withdrawn

The only Royal Marine decorated with the coveted Distinguished Flying Medal following the end of his astonishing 38-year career.

Lt Cdr William O'Brien - known as Uncle Bill and one of the finest military men of his generation - flew missions in Afghanistan last year aged 54, the oldest pilot there.

Prior to that his military service involved six tours of Northern Ireland, the Falklands - where he won his rare DFM for valour and courage - and then Iraq in the 1990s.


Lt Cdr William O'Brien on the day of his retirement from the Royal Marines in 1999
Lt Cdr William O'Brien - known as Uncle Bill and one of the finest military men of his generation - flew missions in Afghanistan last year aged 54, the oldest pilot there
Lt Cdr William O'Brien, seen with an impressive array of medals on his retirement day from the Royal Marines in 1999 (top), flew missions in Afghanistan last year aged 54, the oldest pilot there

No other Royal Marine will ever win the DFM because it is no longer awarded


O'Brien in the pilot's seat of a helicopter at U.S. Army base Fort Rucker in Dale County, Alabama
O'Brien in the pilot's seat of a helicopter at U.S. Army base Fort Rucker
in Dale County, Alabama

O'Brien, who was also a major in the army air corps and marines and a Lieutenant Commander in the Royal Navy, joined the Royal Marines in 1972.

He was awarded the King's Badgeman badge as the best all round marine of his troop, No. 29 King's Squad.

Following four tours to Northern Ireland his career literally took off when he qualified as an air gunner.

He then gained his wings in 1981 and won the Bob Bowles Trophy for being the best student.


O'Brien delivering ammunition to British troops on the settlement of Goose Green in Lafonia on East Falkland in 1982
The heroic pilot delivering ammunition to British troops on the settlement of Goose Green in Lafonia on East Falkland in 1982. O'Brien won his rare Distinguished Flying Medal for valour and courage in the Falklands War

Following two more tours of Belfast he headed to the Falklands and won his DFM.

The London Gazette on October 8, 1982 recorded: 'During the attack on Darwin and Goose Green Sergeant O'Brien piloted a Gazelle helicopter.

For two days his helicopter conducted supply and casualty evacuation operations, often under enemy fire.

He also took part in 17 night flying sorties to evacuate wounded personnel and resupply vital ammunition.

At times these sorties necessitated flying forward to company lines in the heat of battle and in appalling weather.

The conspicuous gallantry and cool professionalism displayed on all these occasions was superb and Sergeant O'Brien made an outstanding contribution.' 

O'Brien receiving his Green Beret in 1972. He started as a Royal Marine commando in the 70s before learning to fly helicopters in the Army Air Corp
O'Brien receiving his Green Beret in 1972. He started as a Royal Marine commando in the 70s before learning to fly helicopters in the Army Air Corp

He said afterwards: 'We flew a number of sorties mostly at night in an armed Gazelle, not that we ever used the rockets in anger.

'I am not sure how effective they would have been if we had - they had a fairly basic aiming system just a chinagraph cross on the aircraft windscreen.

'It was the early days of night vision devices.

'They were fairly rudimentary and we taught ourselves how to use them on the way down.' 

After the Falklands, O'Brien qualified on the Lynx helicopter and in 1984 passed as a flying instructor, once again winning the best student award.

He then served in Turkey and Iraq in Operation Haven then became a flying instructor in the US.

In 2008 he was commissioned into the Royal Navy Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and volunteered for Afghanistan.

He said at the time: 'I was given an opportunity to deploy and felt obliged to take it, simply because I am still training Apache pilots and I need to see what they are expected to do when they come out of training school.' 

Asked about the differences between flying in Afghanistan and the Falklands, Lt Cdr O'Brien said: 'The intensity is more than I was expecting and is more than I recollect from the other place.

'It is full on all the time. I fly an Apache so I don't feel terribly threatened, although the flying environment is quite hard work sometimes.'

O'Brien flying a helicopter on pre-deployment training at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona, U.S., before a mission in Afghanistan
O'Brien flying a helicopter on pre-deployment training at Gila Bend Air Force Auxiliary Field in Arizona, U.S., before a mission in Afghanistan

Now, the married family man who lives in Somerset, is considering a new career and is putting his six medals, photographs and mementoes up for auction.

'Major O'Brien had an astonishing career with the marines, army and navy and was flying in operations at the age of 54.

'In the Falklands he was there to save lives and more recently in Afghanistan he's been more offensive.

'He came top of the class in pretty much everything he did and of course won his DFM during the Falklands war.

'He has a wife and children and just wants to embark on a new career. He is a lovely, down-to-earth man who has mentioned writing a book about his career.' 

This is the impressive medal set resulting from one of Britain's most glittering military careers

The DFM was introduced in 1918 as the other ranks' equivalent to the DFC, which was awarded to commissioned and warrant officers.

It ceased to exist after 1993


View Article  The President's visit to the troops didn't go so well
View Article  MPs Block Military Covenant

MPs Block Military Covenant


Friday, February 18, 2011

Labour rounded on the government after ministers blocked a proposal to enshrine the "military covenant" into law.

The Royal British Legion had led calls for David Cameron to keep a promise he made in June to codify the covenant, the bond between a nation and its armed forces, into a legal document. But the coalition government has decided that the covenant can be covered in an annual report to parliament, and does not need to be put onto the statute books.

 

Labour tried to get ministers to change their minds, and used an opposition day debate on the armed forces bill to demand a U-turn. This was defeated by 86 votes.

Jim Murphy, the shadow defence secretary, said: "This has been a bad week for our armed forces. Soldiers have been sacked by email, RAF trainees sacked by media leak and now the government has broken its promise to enshrine the covenant in law.

"Ten months in and they have lost the courage of their convictions. The charities and families who wanted a legally defined covenant and will be deeply disappointed. We will judge this government on actions not words and we will continue to campaign for a legally enshrined military covenant."

During the debate the defence secretary, Liam Fox, told MPs that the government would improve and develop the covenant. But he added: "It cannot be a wish list separated form the economic reality in which we find ourselves."

He said the covenant could not "ignore the financial predicament" and went on to criticise the economic legacy Labour left the coalition – and its treatment of the military during its 13 years in power. Fox added: "Their response to equipping our forces was often too little too late, their spending priorities were wrong and there was too much waste and inadequate budgetary control."

Last week the Royal British Legion said the government had backtracked on its promise over the covenant, and accused it of significantly watering down its proposals.

Chris Simpkins, the charity's director, told the Guardian: "I don't doubt them when they say they care about the armed forces. The challenge for them is to demonstrate it. Their proposals for the military covenant feel like a U-turn."

View Article  WMD Lies That Triggered Iraq War




The defector who convinced the White House that Iraq had a secret biological weapons programme has admitted for the first time that he lied about his story, then watched in shock as it was used to justify the war.Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, codenamed Curveball by German and American intelligence officials who dealt with his claims, has told the Guardian that he fabricated tales of mobile bioweapons trucks and clandestine factories in an attempt to bring down the Saddam Hussein regime, from which he had fled in 1995.

"Maybe I was right, maybe I was not right," he said. "They gave me this chance. I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that and we are proud that we were the reason to give Iraq the margin of democracy.

"The admission comes just after the eighth anniversary of Colin Powell's speech to the United Nations in which the then-US secretary of state relied heavily on lies that Janabi had told the German secret service, the BND. It also follows the release of former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld's memoirs, in which he admitted Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction programme.

The careers of both men were seriously damaged by their use of Janabi's claims, which he now says could have been – and were – discredited well before Powell's landmark speech to the UN on 5 February 2003.The former CIA chief in Europe Tyler Drumheller describes Janabi's admission as "fascinating", and said the emergence of the truth "makes me feel better". "I think there are still a number of people who still thought there was something in that.

Even now," said Drumheller.In the only other at length interview Janabi has given he denied all knowledge of his supposed role in helping the US build a case for invading Saddam's Iraq.In a series of meetings with the Guardian in Germany where he has been granted asylum, he said he had told a German official, who he identified as Dr Paul, about mobile bioweapons trucks throughout 2000.

He said the BND had identified him as a Baghdad-trained chemical engineer and approached him shortly after 13 March of that year, looking for inside information about Saddam's Iraq."I had a problem with the Saddam regime," he said. "I wanted to get rid of him and now I had this chance."He portrays the BND as gullible and so eager to tease details from him that they gave him a Perry's Chemical Engineering Handbook to help communicate.

He still has the book in his small, rented flat in Karlsruhe, south-west Germany."They were asking me about pumps for filtration, how to make detergent after the reaction," he said. "Any engineer who studied in this field can explain or answer any question they asked."Janabi claimed he was first exposed as a liar as early as mid-2000, when the BND travelled to a Gulf city, believed to be Dubai, to speak with his former boss at the Military Industries Commission in Iraq, Dr Bassil Latif.

The Guardian has learned separately that British intelligence officials were at that meeting, investigating a claim made by Janabi that Latif's son, who was studying in Britain, was procuring weapons for Saddam.That claim was proven false, and Latif strongly denied Janabi's claim of mobile bioweapons trucks and another allegation that 12 people had died during an accident at a secret bioweapons facility in south-east Baghdad.

The German officials returned to confront him with Latif's version. "He says, 'There are no trucks,' and I say, 'OK, when [Latif says] there no trucks then [there are none],'" Janabi recalled.He said the BND did not contact him again until the end of May 2002. But he said it soon became clear that he was still being taken seriously.

He claimed the officials gave him an incentive to speak by implying that his then pregnant Moroccan-born wife may not be able to travel from Spain to join him in Germany if he did not co-operate with them. "He says, you work with us or your wife and child go to Morocco."The meetings continued throughout 2002 and it became apparent to Janabi that a case for war was being constructed. He said he was not asked again about the bioweapons trucks until a month before Powell's speech.

After the speech, Janabi said he called his handler at the BND and accused the secret service of breaking an agreement that they would not share anything he had told them with another country. He said he was told not to speak and placed in confinement for around 90 days.

With the US now leaving Iraq, Janabi said he was comfortable with what he did, despite the chaos of the past eight years and the civilian death toll in Iraq, which stands at more than 100,000."I tell you something when I hear anybody – not just in Iraq but in any war – [is] killed, I am very sad. But give me another solution. Can you give me another solution?"Believe me, there was no other way to bring about freedom to Iraq. There were no other possibilities."
View Article  38 Warrant Officers in the British Army "Fired by Email"
38 Warrant Officers in the British Army "Fired by Email"

Both the Ministry of Defence and the Army have apologised for "causing distress" after 38 soldiers - including one serving in Afghanistan - were sacked by email.

The warrant officers who were dismissed by email were told it was because the Army also needed to make savings.

The message to the men read: "I write to notify you that with regret, I must issue you with 12 months' Notice of Termination.

"As I'm sure you are aware the Army has to make significant cutbacks and we... are expected to play our part in reductions."

The 38 warrant officers - the highest non-commissioned rank - all have at least 20 years' service and continue in the Army on a rolling contract.

However, The Sun claimed one of the veteran soldiers received the bad news while on the front line in Afghanistan.

An Army spokesperson said: "We apologise for the distress that this will have caused.

British troops in Afghanistan
All the men have at least 20 years' service with the British Army

"Commanding officers have now spoken to the soldiers concerned to ensure that they receive all necessary advice and support."

The MoD has been quick to point out this was not a mistake on the part of civil servants or ministers - but a mistake in terms of sequencing made by the Army.

Army sources said the individual responsible for the gaffe would be spoken to by the chain of command about the need to be sensitive in these matters.

When their contracts are up in a year's time, the servicemen will get their full re-settlement package and thousands of pounds towards future training.

Despite this, shadow defence secretary Jim Murphy said getting fired in such a way was unforgivable.

"To be sacked by email is a shameful and callous way to be treated.

FOXNWOLF COMMENTS;

This is typical of the governments attitude towards our armed forces. Apart from the offending email re "38 Warrant Officers in the British Army Fired by Email". How about;

"Who sent the email"


"Who gave permission for that signal to be sent"

I hope that the person who pressed the "ENTER" button that sent the message winging thru to the unsuspecting 38 W.O.`s also gets notified that they are going to loose their job.


Who ever it is SHOULD BE FIRED....... whether its a Civil Servant or Government Minister they should be out of the door, nothing more and nothing less.

SOMEBODY SHOULD BE NAILED FOR THIS

View Article  Bumpy landing for eBay seller of Harrier jet
Bumpy landing for eBay seller of Harrier jet


It was a case of fifth time unlucky for the British seller of a restored Harrier jump jet aircraft, when eBay ‘bombed’ his listing, saying that it contravened their policies on sales of military equipment.


It was a case of fifth time unlucky for the British seller of a restored Harrier jump jet aircraft, when eBay ‘bombed’ his listing, saying that it contravened their policies on sales of military equipment.

This was despite the seller, Chris Wilson, having sold four of the decommissioned planes on the auction website previously.

But Mr Wilson might have known that his latest offering would cause problems, when he missed out on selling it for £69,999, after the buyer was revealed as a seven-year-old boy, who had accidentally hit the ‘Buy it Now’ button while checking his dad’s eBay account.

Resultant press coverage kick-started proceedings when the jump jet – a major symbol of the British campaign to recapture the Falklands from Argentina in the 1980s – was re-listed for auction.

Its price soon shot up to £94,000, with 80 bidders showing an interest, and more than 140,000 others clicking through to view the plane. But eBay then shot down the sale for being against their guidelines, even though all the plane’s weapons and major components – even its engines – have been stripped.

EBay’s policy specifically forbids sales of “articles or services specifically designed, developed, configured, adapted or modified for a military application and (with) significant military or intelligence applicability.”

So not only were many potential buyers disappointed, an international shipping specialist also missed out on the assignment of a lifetime.
View Article  Secret filming reveals the 'shocking' duck cruelty at Waitrose Supplier
Secret filming reveals the 'shocking' duck cruelty at Waitrose Supplier





Foxnwolf comments;

Waitrose

Needless to say after seeing the footage in the media of the treatment of Ducks by your suppliers my family and friends are aghast that this has happened.

We have all decided that no further shopping will be made at any Waitrose store by any of us. If this is happening at one location how are we or you supposed to be 100% sure that this is not happening in others. Unless you have standards officers located 24/7 on these premises to make sure that this is not happening I dont see how you can police or prevent situations like this happening now and in the future.

We used to use local family butchers for all our meat product purchases, we will now go back to using them instead of Waitrose.

Waitrose was the last place where we would have expected this sort of treatment to be carried out. I hope that the farmer concerned and the culprits are taken to the courts and dealt with in the harshest way possible to be a warning to other suppliers of any form of Livestock.

Apart from the abuse of these ducks the other item is the dead and injured ducks laying around the enclosure apart from the health hazard this is also inhumane.

For your consideration; Your (Waitrose) comments would be welcome.......


View Article  Colonel Allen West Answers a Marine's Question
Colonel Allen West Answers a Marine's Question

Only two blacks were newly elected to congress this cycle, and both areRepublican. Col West is from southern Florida, a bastion of the DemocraticParty.  He won in a walk.

It is worth the viewing.  This new Congressman was an extremely popularcommander in Iraq .  He was forced to retire because during an intense combat action a few of his men were captured.  At the same time his menhad captured one of the guys who were with the Iraqis who captured hismen.

Knowing that time was crucial and his interrogators were not gettinganywhere with the prisoner COL West took matters into his own hands.  Heburst into the room and demanded thru an interpreter that the prisonertell him where his men were being taken.  The prisoner refused so COL Westtook out his pistol and placed it into the prisoner's crotch and fired. Then the COL told the prisoner that the next shot would not miss.  So the
prisoner said he would show where the American service members were beingtaken.  The Americans were rescued.  Some one filed a report on incorrecthandling of prisoners.  COL West was forced to retire.  COL West was justelected in November 2010 to Congress from Florida .  During the electionshe was part of a panel on how to handle or how to relate to Muslims.  You will see his answer here.

Here is one of the new congressmen from Florida explaining very
definitively in just over a minute the truth about Islam




President Obama this week once again called Islam "a great religion" which has been "distorted" by a small number of "extremists" to justify committing acts of violence against the West.

But the Qur'an (or Koran) itself, the holy book of Islam, contains over 100 verses calling for violence against Christians and Jews. To give just one example, Sura 9:5 says, "Slay the idolaters wherever you find them."

During a panel discussion sponsored by the Hudson Institute last January, retired Army Lt. Colonel Allen West, who did combat duty in Iraq, responded to a Marine who asked the question, how do you answer people who say that terrorists are following a "warped" version of Islam?

The panel consisted of a number of former military personnel, who fumbled around trying to answer the question. Col. West finally stepped forward answered the question directly and truthfully. Listen to the words of a former military man who understands the nature of the enemy we face.

Notice again Col. West's straightforward assessment: "This is not a perversion. They are doing exactly what this book (i.e., the Qur'an) says."

Col. West, by the way, was elected last week to Congress, to represent Florida's 22nd congressional district. He will be the first African-American Republican congressman to represent Florida since 1870.

If you would like to add your signature to our "thank you" letter to Col. West for speaking frankly about the nature of the enemy we face, you can do so here. Don't forget to give a special "thank you" on this Veteran's Day to every member of the military you encounter.

Say Thanks....... Click Here



View Article  Leader of the English Defence League aka (Tool Academy Recruitment)

Their leader is Self-proclaimed Tommy Robinson who is really Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, from good old Bedford aka Mr Muppet (far right of the picture)

Now I know where they get the "cast" for the tv series "Tool Academy" on E4. God help us all, I just watched him being interviewed by Adam Boulton at 13:50hrs on Sky News re his views and stuff (mainly regarding the march in Luton on Sat` 6th)....... You could also not help notice his "Goons" standing around covering all points of the compass.

He grunted his way thru the interview (the obvious time lag between questions from Adam) he
was either forgetting to breath and talk at the same time (cant multitask) plus trying to remember the question itself.

I regard these knuckle draggers just as dangerous than the Islamist Fundamentals or even the IRA. At least Nick Griffin of the BNP wears a suit and tie when he is being interviewed and tries to look the part of a concerned leader/spokesman. Plus, Mr Muppet fell out of favor with the BNP some years ago for being tad Radical.

Tommy aka Stephen was complaining that he and his family need 24hr police protection because he they have been threatened and worse. Well, he should have considered his family before he ran off in to the woods firing his paintball gun at the weekends (with his oiks). And, he couldnt see why he and his family are being threatened.

Note to the authorities;

Please dont mix their DNA samples up with us mortals.

Why are out taxes paying for this self inflicted situation?

Oh yeah, nearly forgot... human rights

The Guardian comments;


Tool Academy (E4) must have an audience made up entirely of couch-bound people whose remote batteries died while they were watching Glee.
View Article  Check for Alzheimers
Check for Alzheimers

The following was developed as a mental age assessment by the School of Psychiatry at Harvard University  
  
Take your time and see if you can read each line aloud without a mistake. 
 
  
The average person over 50 years of age cannot do it! 

1.    This is this cat. 
2.    This is is cat. 
3.    This is how cat. 
4.    This is to cat. 
5.    This is keep cat. 
6.    This is an cat. 
7.    This is old cat. 
8.    This is fart cat. 
9.    This is busy cat. 
10.  This is for cat. 
11.  This is forty cat. 
12.  This is seconds cat.
 


Go back and read the third word in
each line from the top down


View Article  Message to Hewlett Packard
Message to Hewlett Packard


View Article  Apologies from Andy Gray
Andy Gray sends his profound apologies and wishes
to set the current situation right


View Article  We deserve a say......in your face political ad
I don't want this to be a rant but........

Isn't it time we all had a say on the EU? now before you go yawn and think about turning away......please just give me 2 mins

Whether you are Eurosceptic or Europhile.....or whatever 'camps' and labels they have been given........shouldn't we open up the debate on this huge issue. I don't mean a huge political debate in the Westminster Village but by ordinary citizens. The whole EU project has gone beyond ordinary folk understanding. Most people know it is out there but think of it in some sort of parrallel universe. The debate then gets hi-jacked by either the political elite who speak spin-bollocks-complicated languages or by people from both sides  with such strong views on either side of the argument, it becomes too much to take on.

But seeing as we are entering an age of massive austerity cuts, price hikes, and 'every one tighten your belts' era, surely we should rethink how we go about our business. Our relationship with the EU affects everyone in the UK. The news coming out of the Eurozone isn't great. Things aren't going to get any better in 2011. We know that the relationship with the EU costs billions of £'s. Now whether this is good value for money or not, the sheer scale of the relationship means we need to re-evaluate the situation (just as everything else - so we are being told by the politicians). I think the debate needs to come out into the open - information (that everyone understands) needs to be shared and then the people of the UK should be given a vote to decide, once and for all, what we want.

Personally, I think we would be better off out of the political EU and free to form our own relationships with countries around the world. I would prefer to see us forming closer relationships with the commonwealth. I think it is time to leave the EU and move forward into something new......something better. If we left the EU, I wouldn't want to go 'back' to anything ie back to where we we were before we signed up to the original deal back in the ealry 70's.....yes, have the free-trade agreement but have that with the rest of the world. If we left the EU, the Germans won't stop buying British goods. We won't stop buying French cheese - shit, I want the French to be French and the Germans to be Germans.....and the Spanish to be Spanish...yadda yadda.

Anyway, that is why I run the EU Referendum Campaign. We want the man on the street to understand. That is why we haven't targeted our campaign at the Westminster Village - we keep all our literature free from party politics, left-wing or right-wing bullshit, or rabid rants. We already have the largest active database amongst all eurosceptic campaigns in the UK. The campaign HQ is staffed by professional campaigners, our spokesperson is an ex-LBC radio DJ who speaks to the British public in the language they all understand. We have unrivalled resources, completely independent and won't back down from political pressure from any of the Westminster Village.

But the most important campaign we are running is The Pledge. It is a completely neutral campaign calling for a Referendum. We welcome people from all sides (pro-EU and anti-EU) to join to call for a national referendum so the issue can be brought out in the open, discussed and voted on. We want to organise meetings in universities, town halls, pubs, work places etc where the whole EU project can be debated and arguments put across.
We have written to every MP to see where they stand on the issue. We are now receiving all the answers from them. The MP's that don't agree with our call fro a referendum will be targeted by our campaign. We will go to their constituency office (when they are there) and make our voice heard. We will ask everyone on our database in the constituency to write to the local media, attend protests outside the offices, take part in town hall debates in the constituency, hand out leaflets in the area, etc etc. We will work with the local media to get the exposure. We will work with all the local pubs and local groups to organise events to raise the campaign. Once the sitting MP sees with his/her own eyes how the people really feel, then they will take note. You can have 10,000 people outside the Houses of Parliament and the politicians won't take a blind bit of notice.....but if they see a few hundred people in their own constituancy kicking up a fuss, they will surely take note.

The politcians are hoping this issue will go away.....but it won't.

I know that I havent covered all the areas on this page.....but like I said, it is too complicated a subject to go on and on.

The only way we can win, is for the people to get involved. I hope the attached advert can appear on this posting (thanks Ed :-)) but it is ad from the New Statesman this week and also on the back cover (outside facing) of he House magazine which goes out to all MP's and Peers tomorrow.

Please join up to our campaign on www.eureferendumcampaign.com and don't forget to sign The Pledge - thanks
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View Article  Major Technological Breakthrough
Major Technological Breakthrough

Introducing the new Bio-Optic Organized Knowledge device, trade named:
"BOOK"

BOOK is a revolutionary breakthrough in technology: no wires, no electric
circuits, no batteries, nothing to be connected or switched on. It's so easy
to  use, even a child can operate it.

Compact and portable, it can be used anywhere -- even sitting in an
armchair by the fire -- yet it is powerful enough to hold as much information as
a CD-ROM disc. Here's how it works:

BOOK is constructed of sequentially numbered sheets of paper (recyclable),
each capable of holding thousands of bits of information. The pages are
locked  together with a custom-fit device called a binder, which keeps the
sheets in  their correct sequence.

Opaque Paper Technology (OPT) allows manufacturers to use both sides of the
 sheet, doubling the information density and cutting costs. Experts are
divided  on the prospects for further increases in information density; for
now, BOOKs  with more information simply use more pages.

Each sheet is scanned optically, registering information directly into your
 brain. A flick of the finger takes you to the next sheet. BOOK may be
taken up  at any time and used merely by opening it.

Unlike other display devices, BOOK never crashes or requires rebooting, and
 it can even be dropped on the floor or stepped on without damage. However,
it  can become unusable if immersed in water for a significant period of
time. The  "browse" feature allows you to move instantly to any sheet and move
forward or  backward as you wish. Many come with an "index" feature, which
pinpoints the  exact location of selected information for instant retrieval.

An optional "BOOKmark" accessory allows you to open BOOK to the exact place
 you left it in a previous session -- even if the BOOK has been closed.
BOOKmarks  fit universal design standards; thus, a single BOOKmark can be used
in BOOKs by  various manufacturers. Conversely, numerous BOOKmarkers can be
used in a single  BOOK if the user wants to store numerous views at once.
The number is  limited only by the number of pages in the BOOK.

You can also make personal notes next to BOOK text entries with an optional
 programming tool, the Portable Erasable Nib Cryptic Intercommunication
Language  Stylus (PENCILS).

Portable, durable, and affordable, BOOK is being hailed as a precursor of a
 new entertainment wave. Also, BOOK's appeal seems so certain that
thousands of  content creators have committed to the platform and investors are
reportedly  flocking. Look for a flood of new titles soon.
View Article  I'm sitting here at 11:30 p.m.
I'm sitting here at 11:30 p.m. with a big bowl of pasta and a large beer, with the radio tuned to Test Match Special.
For no other reason that I am waiting for the Australian Ashes team to resemble the participants in the Sydney Gay Parade ........ limping along with someone shoving a dildo the size of a Gunn & Moore cricket bat right up their jacksie ! Without the KY jelly !
Oh - what joy !
You can almost hear the dentures of Lillee, Thompson, the Chapells, the Waughs and the other larrikins clack together in disappointment. Hear the rattle carrying on the breeze? That's the Don spinning in his grave !
Poor Australians - NOT !
Never mind guys - there's always Bangla Desh or Zimbabwe to beat !
Tee hee hee !
View Article  The E.U. - and why I loath it !
I have posted before about that unrepresentative and unaccountable organisation that no one has really had a free vote for ( when voted against, you keep voting - when voted for there is no second chance later when they fuck up); the organisation that has not had its accounts ratified by any accounting company in over 10 years because of the inherent fraud, lost & unaccountable disapearance of money and its sheer incompetence; the organisation that has reduced national governance to no better than that of a local council !
No doubt that some of you think that I am fixated by this. Well, maybe it's not just me that finds this organisation a disgraceful, unacceptable imposition on reasonable human beings and a complete travesty of our right to self-government.
Click Here
How long are you going to accept successive UK governments accepting the EU and also accepting this ?
Forever? Or are you going to do something about it?
You can easily obtain the addresses of your M.P.. You can easily vote against the current incumbents of all three main parties. It will not affect your lives - but you could have a beneficial effect on the lives of your children and grandchildren.
Just how long are you going to have the broom handle shoved up your backside ?
View Article  Read it and weep
Read it and weep for what you are losing because of your "betters".
Click here and look for 28 Dec

She can see it - and she's American !
View Article  An Irishman Tells it Like it Is