Saturday, April 16, 2016

Saturday night and threatening to rain; good time to be indoors at home

I have no objection to going out, but things tend to get expensive.  Bought anything more upscale than a Coors(which I can't stand) in a bar lately?  There's a German restaurant with a bar not far from me, and they've got some really good beers; buy one, leave a tip for the bartender(they're generally quite good), and that's about ten bucks.  Doesn't take but a few of those over a few days to pay for a big bottle of decent whiskey(seen what a shot of that goes for now?), or a couple of six-packs of good beer.  So, unless there's something a/some friends are doing to go to, I tend to stay home.

And now, on to the data.

Yes, the UN struck again;

and the CDC helped cover it up, and Obama & Co. knew.
Since the first days of the epidemic, the U.N. has tried to cover up what it did. Everyone from the soldiers on the base to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been implicated. The Obama administration and the U.S. government did not want the U.N. to be held accountable, because doing so might persuade other people elsewhere to hold U.S. peacekeeping missions accountable—and because the U.S. foots about a quarter of the U.N. peacekeeping budget.

The CDC, a U.S. government agency, discouraged journalists from asking about the epidemic’s origin, telling them that pinpointing the source, Dr. Snow–style, was “not productive,” “not central,” and would likely never happen. Its epidemiologists did provide a key detail early on, when they identified the strain in Haiti as having a recent South Asian origin—meaning it could have come from Nepal and not from South America, Africa, or anywhere else cholera was circulating at the time. But after that, the CDC refused to take environmental samples from around the base or test the soldiers during the small window when doing either would have been worthwhile.

And remember, it's not just the victims of Iranian terrorism the 'Justice' Department is against:
...Meanwhile, a lawsuit against the U.N. itself, in which Ban and Mulet are named defendants, is wending through  U.S. federal court. The U.S. Justice Department has appeared at each session to argue on behalf of the U.N., against the Haitian victims
Hey, eggs, omelets, greater good, you know the drill.

Remember that post about immigrant kids in Canada

assaulting and threatening Canadian kids?   And the newspaper going chickenshit and taking the article down because 'Hate!  Racism!  Not enough feels!  And people we don't approve of read it!" ?
And in a letter on the Halifax regional school board’s website, Superintendent Elwin LeRoux called the complaints by parents in the paper “unsubstantiated accusations” and insisted they were “not true.”
However, the Herald did admit that other parents had come forward with stories of their children being attacked.
In the aftermath of this story and the Herald's self-censorship, no one in the Media Party bothered to do any research.
The Rebel, however, did.
Multiple parents and even one student spoke to Rebel reporter Faith Goldy who confirmed initial reports in the Herald's story.

And it continues, it seems:
“We went up on Friday to talk to the principal about the choking with the necklace, she said that her hands are tied. She said that she’s been fighting with her supervisor to get interpreters up there because she couldn’t contact those kids’ parents. And was here Friday. It’s been a whole week that that wasn’t addressed.”

“Yesterday my daughter was slapped in the face again by the exact same boy. Again. We got called up to the school and they had an interpreter in there yesterday and she said, the interpreter said, the little boy just wants to fit in.”

Yeah, this is going to end well.  Especially with the schools playing the PC game, to the extent of telling easily-provable lies:
We reached out to Halifax Regional School Board spokesperson, Doug Hadley, so see if these allegations were being investigated. He said:
“We have to stand up and stop allowing people target a specific group or suggest groups of people behave in a certain way based on who they are and where they’re from. We have to be tolerant of all people and respect their differences. Students have to follow the rules, but we have no indication that any of the allegations in that original article actually happened.”
He then said that no student or parent had come forward, which was a direct contradiction to what the parents we had spoken to told us.
“Some of the parents at the centre of this article, the school was speaking to just last week and will continue to speak with them,” Hadey admitted despite the fact he just claimed no student or parent had come forward about the refugee problem.

So, which was it?

Sooner or later one of these immigrant kids is going to rape, or seriously injure, or kill one of the Canadian kids.  And the same "You can't talk about this, you racist!" idiots in charge will blame the victim, and the parents, because "You weren't sensitive and caring enough" or some other excuse-making bullshit.  And things will start getting REALLY nasty.

I walked into H&H Range the other day,

and they had a LOT of .22 ammo on the counter.  Several brands, etc.  So things do indeed seem to have eased.

At least until The Lightbringer, or the two other socialists running for the Evil Party nomination say something stupid.  Again.

Speaking of,
We all know Hillary Clinton doesn’t like, or expect to be challenged, so when she told New York lawmakers last week that their criminals get their guns from Vermont, she certainly didn’t see this reaction coming.
“This is an out-and-out lie — I can’t state it any more clearly,” said Chris Bradley, president of the Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs. “She’s desperate to try to get to the left of Mr. Sanders, and she perceives he’s weak on guns when in fact he’s pretty consistent.”
“She knows it’s not true. It’s 0.7 percent of crime guns in New York that are traced back to Vermont,” said Eddie Garcia, founder of the Vermont Citizens Defense League. “The New York primaries are coming up, her lead over Bernie Sanders has been cut in half, and she’s taking it out on my state and defaming us.”
If you think about the mindset of Clinton, it's scary; she truly thinks she's OWED the Oval Office.  And anything/anyone that gets in the way has to be- not just beaten, but preferably destroyed.  For lèse-majesté , if nothing else.  Now think of that mindset actually sitting in the White House as President...
And Slick Willie as First Man or whatever, working every connection he can, and pissing and moaning on the side that Hillary won't do what he thinks she should.

Yeah, it's a bit old, but still covers the idiots whining about poor Cecil the lion and evil hunters:
As a mental exercise, let us take fifty thousand US dollars (plus all the other money, noted above), multiply that number by two hundred lions, and see how much money the bunny-huggers and the spine-less, knee-jerk politicians and bureaucrats have kept out of the mouths of starving Zimbabweans and the game reserve.
That's right, Tofu Breath:  those game parks you're dotting your cupcakes over?  A large percentage of their budget and operating capital comes right out of the wallets of hunters.

In one fell swoop -- over one idiot furry predator -- you've not only managed to take the food right out of the mouths of the families that have come to rely upon it, but you've also managed to make a significant dent in the operating capital of the park itself.

On top of being forced to kill 200 lions -- for free.

Well done, old chaps.  Jolly well done.

Also from 'Dog,
Second:I was raised in third world countries.  I grew up in Africa; hit puberty in the Middle East.  I have scars, nightmares, and a medical file more than a metre thick (No, I'm not exaggerating.  Hell, the "parasite infestation" part of my medical file is four fingers deep) that attests to the fact that I have a thorough, intimate knowledge of the third world.
And, pookie, if you think that the United States of America is "like a third world nation" then you either need to actually -- you know -- go to a genuine third world country; or you need your headspace and timing re-adjusted.

I'm not sure what irritates me the most about these articles:  That they're such an obvious and clumsy bit of socio-political engineering propaganda; or that no matter how clumsy they are, people or going to take them at face value -- right down to the "America is a third world nation" part.

And now I'm going to go get some groceries before it decides to start raining.

Completely unrelated to firearms or news

Spoke to someone last night I hadn't talked to in a while, and in the course of conversation it came out that part of her problems is her credit card debt.

I'd known she had trouble with it, so hadn't given it any thought.  Until it came out that she has TWENTY-FIVE THOUSAND IN CREDIT CARD DEBT.  Which damn near made me cough tea all over the desk.  And it's almost all for crap; a few 'had to get this fixed' things over time, but all the rest is CRAP...

Griped that "It's going to take me three years to pay it all off!"  Considering what I know of her financial situation, I don't think it's possible for her to do so in that time, even if she could live on about a hundred bucks a month and put all the rest into payments.

Further came out that when some card was maxed-out, she'd apply for something else.  And almost always got it.  Which brings up 'What the hell is wrong with these companies?  Why would you give a new card with ANY limit to someone when a credit check would show all this?'

It's like these idiots want to feed addictions and stupid people.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Something for bedtime

This song just doesn't seem right without this context

There will now be a pause in the hunting for stuff

and hobbling around that has taken up much of today(I may not have had Tam's need of sinus meds, but this crap is still wearing me down), for the far more enjoyable and relaxing study of data.

How can you NOT mock these people?

“We can start w/ a mandatory investigation because trigger warning is literally a threat,” one student tweeted at her campus police department.
So you're telling us that your constant demand for trigger warnings are threats?  Really?
“lmao trigger warning i’m [sic] going to beat the shit outta [sic] whoever wrote that bullshit on the wall,” another said.
Yeah, that'll go over well.  And great way to support the 1st, moron.

And from one of the supposed adults on campus,
“Indeed, this wall is a place of free speech and expression; however, the words painted were troubling because they had a very different meaning to some than they may have to others viewing the message or even those who painted the message,” President Roderick McDavis wrote in a campus-wide email.
Apparently McDavis didn't want to be nailed for the standard 'I support free speech, BUT-', so he substituted 'however'.  Same thing.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Further reason the command levels of the VA

need to be cleaned out.  Preferably with whips and pitchforks.
The statement came when a VA dentistry chief was asked if being a veteran helps someone get a dentist job in the agency. His response was “not really. And thank God,”
The Daily Caller News Foundation recently discovered in a court filing.

Being a scout master in the Boy Scouts would do more to help someone get a top job at the VA than serving in the armed forced, Dr. Gonzalo Solis Sanchez of the VA Caribbean Medical Center said.
Got to keep the union happy, and screw over the people you're SUPPOSED to be there for, right?

Investigators “don’t have a clue what the motive” was for the homicide, Acevedo said.
Ah, because this slimeball is a murderer and thief, and she was a convenient victim?

Sanders is a socialist, so him lying about this isn't exactly a surprise.
...Sen. Bernie Sanders announced to a cheering crowd in Buffalo, New York, on Monday that the corporation “in a given year has not paid a nickel in taxes” despite billions in profit.
“[Sanders'] first accusation – that Verizon doesn’t pay its fair share of taxes – is just plain wrong,” Lowell McAdam wrote in a LinkedIn piece. ”As our financial statements clearly show, we’ve paid more than $15.6 billion in taxes over the last two years – that’s a 35% tax rate in 2015, for anyone who’s counting. …”
That would require Sanders actually being able to count, or giving a damn about the truth.
McAdam added that Sanders “has started to fudge his language – talking of taxes not paid in some unspecified ‘given year’ – but that doesn’t make his contention any less false.”

Ma'am Boxer: still the arrogant jackass she's always been.

'EPA' means "You'd go to prison for far less, but we can do this and get away with it."

It also means "Believe what we say, peasants, not what some evidence indicates."

Guy named Seth on Bookface says it well,

if I can get permission I'll post his whole piece(if you're on Bookface, check Tam's page); for now,
"Privilege," is exactly the wrong word to use here. It does not set a tone of mutual respect, or of coming together. It does not nurture friendship and love and brotherhood. This word, in this context, is used to do the exact opposite. To drive us further apart. These people, those in power, they need for us to be at odds. They need to stoke the fires of anger, hate, and derision.

You can't tell someone that works 55 hours a week behind a cutting torch or swinging a spinner chain or building houses, crippling himself working into an early grave that he has some mythical privilege.

He'll look at you like you're from fucking Pluto. This doesn't make him racist.
And about Clinton,
Listen to this woman.

Her entire life has been spent in search of power.

She devoted the first half of her life to covering up the crimes, affairs, and abuses of her husband, who- at best, is a serial womanizer. And at worst could very well be a high order sexual predator.

And she did these things in a quest for power. To have as much dominion over her fellow man as humanly possible.

Trump, as horrible as he might be, at least he had some skin in the game. Money and reputation, if nothing else.

These are not the words of someone who wants to bring us together. These are the words, carefully chosen, of a user.
Her.  And the OBLM clowns and others: they WANT us divided, they WANT hate.  Like Al Sharpton & Co., if there's not any, they'll create it, because without it they don't have any leverage, or publicity, or money.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The 'leadership' class in Germany really wants to surrender,

don't they?
German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said the move to ban ads which "reduce women or men to sexual objects" is an attempt to create a "modern gender image”. 

The proposal, if introduced later this year, would see courts decide on what qualifies as sexist. 
Yeah, and who'll pick the judges?
The plan has been called political correctness gone mad by its critics, who said it was the first step towards a “nanny state”. 
Oh, guys, you took the first steps a looong time ago.

Why such idiocy now?  Oh, right,
The move comes a day after the first case related to a string of sexual assaults and muggings against women across on New Year’s Eve went to trial. 
"We must preemptively give up our culture, because if we don't the other progs will call us racists."  Or something similarly stupid.

Our miserable excuse for a AG can't even deal with this honestly, anyone expect her to actually deal with Clinton honestly?
Justice Department employees in the DOJ Community Relations Service have reported gross mismanagement and corruption to Attorney General Loretta Lynch -- but she has taken no action to investigate the problems.

The Community Relations Service has been at the center of high-profile, racially charged controversies involving the Justice Department, including the riots in Ferguson and Baltimore and the Trayvon Martin shooting in Sanford, Florida.

Multiple DOJ sources report to PJ Media a culture of incompetence and political decision-making by managers in the Justice Department component. The complaints also allege the use of federal money for personal travel, including one Atlanta manager flying to see a dentist in his hometown of Miami, and a Dallas manager flying to New Orleans on tax dollars to dine at Emeril Lagasse's restaurant in New Orleans.

And that raped girl shouldn't have been dressed that way

and on the wrong part of campus, right?
We, the Black Student Union do not support the mass publication of videos, articles and any other statements that misrepresent this incident. This misrepresentation has led to racist, homophobic and misogynistic slurs being directed at members of our organization.
Because an unedited video of the mess is SUCH a misrepresentation, right.  And they gave no examples of said slurs.
The group casts aspersions on the “white male” who recorded the incident, Austin King, with no evidence that his recording was anything other a spur-of-the-moment response to physical aggression in public. King has said he plans to press charges against Tindle for attacking him when she noticed he was recording.
"He's white, HE'S the guilty one!" Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Well, where were you bastards when he did the same crap before?  Oh, that's right, you didn't really have a problem with it then.  What changed, dumbass?

Whiny little oversensitive bitches, and the school brass who enable them

Well, when you send planes out, won't let them hit targets, and then they have to drop the weapons on empty desert, YOU RUN OUT OF THEM.  That's hard for you idiots to understand, or you don't want to mention that part?

Put bluntly: If the Dept. of Defense is wasting time and money on bullshit like this, no wonder ISIS is still a going concern.  'Idiots' barely begins to cover it.
The video opens with a startlingly brutal cartoon re-creation of the murder of Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, the 28-year-old woman whose rape and murder in a Queens neighborhood in 1964 sparked national soul-searching after it was reported that neighbors ignored her cries for help. 
After dramatizing the Genovese murder, the video presents the nine nonviolent actions that one should take if confronted by a rapist/murderer/necrophiliac like Moseley. Here are the nine points, verbatim. No, this is not satire:
(1) Name or Acknowledge the Offense
(2) Identify the Obvious
(3) Interrupt Behavior
(4) Publicly Support the Aggrieved Person
(5) Use Body Language
(6) Carefully Use Humor
(7) Encourage Dialogue
(8) Ease Strong Feelings
(9) Call for Help

Yeah. THOSE will do it.  Sure.
... As ludicrous as the Finnish video is, this one is a hundred bad miles of worse. “Humor”? “Body language”? “Dialogue”? “Easing strong feelings”? In the face of an attack by someone like Winston Moseley? At least the Finnish video allows the victim to touch the prospective rapist. The Department of Defense video prohibits any physical contact. Because of course any serial-killing necrophiliac rapist will respond well to “humor.” I’m surprised the video didn’t come with an accompanying book of jokes to help break the ice.

Had to skip lodge last night.  I was going to try(before that) for the outdoor range today.  Except it rained, and was still raining lightly this morning.  And might all day.  Add in the whole 'start coughing and feels like skull is trying to explode' thing, and the range seems contraindicated.  At least aspirin helps the headache.

At this point, if the dogs weren't low on food I'd just sit here all day

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

"Some speech is too dangerous to allow."

Such as anything arguing with globular warmening.

Wonder what he'll have to say when someone uses the same reasoning to try to shut him up?

And once again reality intrudes on "We deserve $15/hour!"
But Cuomo’s idea of “economic justice” is a long way from the dollars-and-cents reality of running a burger business. If labor costs rise dramatically, White Castle will have to balance its books by raising prices or changing its business model so that it needs less labor.

“Is there any room to raise prices to cover costs?” Richardson muses. “We think we’d need to increase menu prices by something like 50 percent. It’s not something we’ve done before. It’d be catastrophic.”

In fact, Richardson says that White Castle has historically seen its customers react noticeably to even slight increases in menu prices. “Some people think that we can just raise menu prices to cover the increased labor costs,” he says. “But it’s a ripple effect. We’re not the only place to eat, we compete with other restaurants. And people always have ‘L cubed’: Making Leftovers Last Longer.”

'Implied Consent' my ass, it's  "If you want to drive, you'll do anything we say."
Under the first-of-its-kind legislation proposed in New York, drivers involved in accidents would have to submit their phone to roadside testing from a textalyzer to determine whether the driver was using a mobile phone ahead of a crash. In a bid to get around the Fourth Amendment right to privacy, the textalyzer allegedly would keep conversations, contacts, numbers, photos, and application data private. It will solely say whether the phone was in use prior to a motor-vehicle mishap. Further analysis, which might require a warrant, could be necessary to determine whether such usage was via hands-free dashboard technology and to confirm the original finding.

Well. You make it plain to people that they're considered sheep

to be sheared as needed or convenient, and they look for another place to live; who could've fo- oh hell, I can't even finish typing that.

Politico: when you want a report on Hobby Lobby that has no connection to fact.  Even in the corrections.

Borrowing from Insty,
Under pressure from Obama educrats, public school districts are no longer suspending even violent students; but now, under pressure from Black Lives Matter, they are suspending teachers who complain about not suspending bad kids.
Complained Olson: “Since we now have no backup, no functional location to send kids who won’t quit gaming, setting up fights, selling drugs, whoring trains, or cyber bullying, we’re screwed, just designing our own classroom rules.”

For these mild opinions, Black Lives Matter called Olson “a white supremacist” even though he had once marched with the group. Two days after Black Lives Matter met with the St. Paul school superintendent — and agreed to call off its protest — the 10-year veteran teacher was put on leave.

I'd heard the Navy had problems, but this...

This is horrible.  This isn't a slip, or a screwup, this is an ongoing pile of incompetence and bullshit that people should be in cells for.  Not just the traitors and spies, the fools who let them get away with it.  And maybe helped.
When the Washington, DC Navy Yard fell prey to a spree killer in September 2013, leaving a dozen dead plus the shooter, the killer was a navy civilian employee with a history of mental illness including police involvement, and also a secret-level security clearance. Although police reported these incidents, navy security took no action, and the shooter remained able to work and enjoy access to military bases—with fatal consequences. It was evident something was seriously amiss with the navy’s security clearance process.
Last fall, Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, a navy civilian engineer, was convicted of passing secret information about the navy’s newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford, to an Egyptian intelligence officer. Rather, to someone Mr. Awwad thought was an Egyptian spy. In reality, it was an FBI agent working undercover: the traitor was stopped before he could actually betray secrets. Left unasked in all this was how Mr. Awwad, a native of Saudi Arabia, got work as a navy engineer with security clearances when his loyalty was clearly not to the United States.
Mr. Baker, who worked for the navy for three decades, was born Majid Karimi in Iran. Over thirty years, Mr. Baker lied flagrantly about his true biography and life events, including the fact that he still possessed an Iranian passport that he traveled on long after taking a job with the navy, a clear violation of security rules.

Worse, Mr. Baker had multiple identities plus significant unexplained affluence—in one case, the shifted around more than $130,000 illicitly. To anyone versed in counterintelligence, it all reeks of foreign intelligence operations. Left unasked here is how an immigrant from Iran, a country that represents one of the biggest threats to the United States—not to mention a top espionage risk—managed to get navy employment and security clearances in the first place, then broke numerous basic security regulations for three whole decades without getting caught.
Add in the current spy, who's done God knows how much damage.

Somewhere, years back, I read the statement that 'The Navy has more bullshit per square foot than any other branch of the military.'  Apparently it gets in the way of actually DOING THE DAMNED JOB for a bunch of brass.

Monday, April 11, 2016

But we can totally trust them with backdoors into our communications...

The FBI has admitted "errors" in evidence provided by its forensics laboratory to US courts to help secure convictions, including in death penalty cases, over more than 20 years.

A report by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) noted "irregularities" in the hair analysis unit.
Flawed forensics were used in at least 60 capital punishment cases, the OIG report found.

Fourteen defendants were either executed or died in prison, says the Washington Post, which first reported the story at the weekend.
This is after all the other 'errors' in the EffingBI labs that've come out over the last few years.
The statement added the FBI was "committed to ensuring that affected defendants are notified of past errors and that justice is done in every instance".
Yeah.  I'm sure.

Speaking of errors coming to light, at least this guy has the nerve to admit his without an IG having to drag it out:
The former head of Britain’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), Trevor Phillips, has admitted he “got almost everything wrong” on Muslim immigration in a damning new report on integration, segregation, and how the followers of Islam are creating “nations within nations” in the West.
And while he is cautious to note that many Muslims in Britain are grateful to be here, and do identify with role models such as Hussain and Farah, there is a widening gap in society with many Muslims segregating themselves.
“It’s not as though we couldn’t have seen this coming. But we’ve repeatedly failed to spot the warning signs,” he admits.
'Failed to spot' my ass, they IGNORED them.  And punished anyone who spoke up.  Be nice if he admitted that part.  He does, though, admit this:
And Mr. Phillips even acknowledges that the mass sexual grooming and rape scandals that are plaguing heavily Muslim populated towns across Britain are because of Muslim – not ‘Asian’ – men. He writes: “The contempt for white girls among some Muslim men has been highlighted by the recent scandals in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale and other towns. But this merely reflects a deeply ingrained sexism that runs through Britain’s Muslim communities” – in a nod to those who have long protested this to be the case in the face of political, media, and even police cover ups.
Now the question is- especially in light of the newest mess with breast ironingchild torture- what'll they do?  Act, or say the PC words and try to cover it up again?

And back to here, and the latest attempt to trash the 1st Amendment by people who've actually taken an oath to uphold it:
State attorneys general including Walker held a press conference last week to talk about the investigation of ExxonMobil and explain their theory of the case. And yet, there sort of wasn’t a theory of the case. They spent a lot of time talking about global warming, and how bad it was, and how much they disliked fossil fuel companies. They threw the word “fraud” around a lot. But the more they talked about it, the more it became clear that what they meant by “fraud” was “advocating for policies that the attorneys general disagreed with.”

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman gave the game away when he explained that they would be pursuing completely different theories in different jurisdictions -- some under pension laws, some consumer protection, some securities fraud. It is traditional, when a crime has actually been committed, to first establish that a crime has occurred, and then identify a perpetrator. When prosecutors start running that process backwards, it’s a pretty good sign that you’re looking at prosecutorial power run amok.

And that approaches certainty when attorneys general start sending subpoenas to think tanks that ExxonMobil might have supported. What exactly would the subpoena prove? That ExxonMobil supported opinions about climate change? That the opinions tended to be congruent with its own interests? That this opinion might have been wrong, and if so, might have encouraged wrong beliefs in others? This is a description of, roughly, every person or organization in the history of the world, not excluding attorneys general. It’s also not illegal. Especially since, as the New York Times points out, “the company published extensive research over decades that largely lined up with mainstream climatology.” This isn’t preventing consumers from buying into a Ponzi scheme; it’s an attempt to criminalize advocacy.
And for this, these clowns should be removed from their offices immediately.  They're using their power for purely political and personal purposes, and need to be fired for it.

Ah, the reaction of media who suddenly realize

they let the cat out of the bag.  And it has claws.
Article in a paper in Canada about some of the new immigrants not exactly settling in and learning Canadian ways:
HALIFAX — Some concerned parents are reporting incidents of violence involving refugee students at Chebucto Heights Elementary School. 
Reports of students choking, pushing, slapping and verbally abusing their fellow classmates are causing parents to worry about the school’s disciplinary action.
Missy said her daughter, who is in Grade 3, was choked on Monday and Thursday last week by two refugee boys. School staff intervened, but to her knowledge, the students were not disciplined further.
Things like that.  I ran across this last night, but to my surprise, when I looked at the original article link,
This story has been removed. Bullying is a sensitive subject. So is the integration of newcomers, particularly those who have faced challenges, even trauma, on their way here. Our story was incomplete. More work needs to be done and will be done before the story is republished. We should have done better and we will.
Sound suspicious to you?  Does to me.  Then, this morning there's a much longer excuse that includes
Readers also rightly pointed out that the headline ‘Parents worried over school kids’ brutality’ was unfortunate. Using the word brutality to describe children, particularly of an identifiable cultural group, is problematic.

Reaction to the story was all over the map, from thoughtful to downright scary.

Many journalists called publishing the story irresponsible. Some parents weighed in on social media on the need for better discipline and more supports to help newcomers in our schools.

Appallingly, anti-Muslim groups with words like ‘crusade’ and ‘jihad’ in their names started sharing the article.

We pulled it from our website.

Since then, some readers have contacted us to object to the article’s removal.

Our concern is about more than reaction.

Social media is not a great place for the cautious, well-considered examination of problems. A newspaper ought to be. We should have done better and we will.
Translation: "We should not have talked about the behavior of these children without putting in something about 'culture' and 'sensitivity' to demonstrate how we must excuse them, and anyone who doesn't is intolerant and a racist.  Even better, we shouldn't have done the story at all, because it doesn't fit the Preferred Narrative™. and it gave ammunition to People of Wrong Thoughts."

'Breast Ironing'; that's a new one to me

The reaction from the usual suspects, however, is very familiar:
The practice involves using hot objects to pound and massage girls' breasts to try to stunt their growth in the belief it makes them less sexually attractive.

MP Jake Berry said about 1,000 girls in the UK were thought to be affected by the "abhorrent practice".
Home Office minister Karen Bradley said the government was "absolutely committed" to putting a stop to the practice.

But she admitted "certain professionals" still felt reticent about tackling such practices because of "cultural sensitivities" - and said they needed to be given the confidence to take action.
A: This is not something they need to be 'given confidence to deal with'; this is chickenshit, this is cowardice, and they should be fired.  And replaced with people who don't give a rats ass about 'culture' as a defense for torturing kids.
B: You bastards don't need another damned law; try enforcing THE ONES YOU ALREADY HAVE ABOUT ABUSING KIDS.
C: You idiots have learned nothing from Rotherham and the others, have you?

The place where Great Britain used to be, indeed.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Now, in Australia, century-and-a-half old technology

is 'too dangerous and powerful' for the commoners to be allowed.  And Clinton and Sanders and a bunch of other anti-gun-ownership people think we should copy them.

Hell, if all the Aussies were allowed was single-shot Martini Cadets, THAT would be 'too dangerous and powerful'.

Never forget: they DO want your guns.  All of them.

Well, crap, the data update didn't publish

for some reason; late, but here it is