Archive for February, 2010

The Oddity File.

Posted in Britain, England, Insanity, Teens, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 23/02/2010 by floroy1942

Occasionally odd-ball items appear in the news, and some are incredible to say the least. A news item the other day suggested that Hollywood should pay more attention to science. Not a bad request when you consider some of the things Hollywood will have us swallow. Professor Sidney Perkowitz of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia has started a drive to get the Hollywood film script-writers to obey the laws of science when writing.

Starship Trooper Bug

He quotes films such as ‘Starship Troopers’ where he says the bug creatures were so huge they would have collapsed under their own weight, and in ‘The Core’, he criticised a team journeying to the centre of the earth to explode a nuclear weapon in order to get the Earth spinning again. For the Tom Hank’s movie ‘Angels and Demons’ the professor was unhappy about the amount of anti-matter Hanks was chasing. It was he said, “More than we will make in a million years running a high energy particle collider” plus he added, “you cannot contain it with an iPod battery”. Quite right Sir, that was a bit over the top.

For myself, I must say the script-writers do sometimes stretch our imaginations and there is room for improvement, but in pure sci-fi movies it would not seem quite right if Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock had to jump on a bus to get across town.

I am sure you have seen rude place and street names, and Britain seems to have its fill of them. Among the funniest are the following: Sandy Balls, a holiday centre in Hampshire the name of which dates back to the time of Henry VIII – Back Passage,

an alleyway in London – Crotch Crescent in Marston Oxfordshire – Friers Entry and Rape Lane in Oxford – Slut’s Hole in Norfolk and Salubrious Passage in Swansea.

Self Explanatory

I guess each country has its oddities, but I find these quite funny. The question is, would you want to live in e.g. Slut’s hole? I guess you need a warped sense of humour to really appreciate these names.

One of the more serious stories to hit the news this last week, was a report that English police have been told not to chase after criminals near the end of their shift in an effort to keep down overtime payments. You would indeed be a lucky criminal if the police were closing in but suddenly all disappeared because their shift was ending. I can just hear the police calling to the criminal; “Stay where you are. The next shift will be along in twenty minutes”.

It would appear some people never learn! Recently a news item told the story of a millionaire’s kid who advertised a party on Facebook while the parents were away. It resulted in the house being trashed by the ‘guests’, causing thousands of pounds worth of damage to the property. Yesterday it seems some silly young girl called Rachel Ross, who is 15 years old, made the same mistake with the inevitable result.

Trashed Party House

As in the first case, our little girl thought to have some fun while her parents were away, but didn’t count on 50 yobs turning up at her door

who subsequently tore the place to pieces. They urinated in cups and a child’s bed, left decorative samurai swords embedded in the walls and poured paint over the family’s laundry. On top of that they stole an X-Box, a Wii, jewellery, two laptops and a collection of antique weapons. The first victims were not short of a bob or two, but Rachel’s parents are not so lucky and are now looking at bills of thousands of pounds to rectify the damage.

It would seem it is now considered ‘cool’ to trash someone’s house at a party and it is fast becoming a regular event. Years ago I saw for myself inconsiderate people stubbing out cigarettes on the carpet or the sofa, and throwing drinks around at parties in someone else’s house, and vowed then never to have a party in my own home. It’s a rule I haven’t broken yet! Sometimes you never know the people you know!

An old English saying; There’s nowt so daft as folk!

Roy.


Prisons Under Strain?

Posted in England, Human Rights, Justice, MP's, Parliament, Prison, Theft, UK with tags , , , , on 22/02/2010 by floroy1942

Who should be surprised the British Prison system is nearing collapse? The government feeds us statistics each year saying there is an annual drop in crime rates, but they do not tell the whole truth.

Modern Prison Cell

A little research shows the prison population in Britain has risen from around 19,000 to a staggering 65,000 in 1998. Since 1998, the government will have us believe things are getting better because fewer criminals are going to jail, but that is also untrue. What has in fact happened, as most people know, is that criminals are now being given non-custodial sentences because the prisons are over-full. More and more even violent criminals are being given the so-called Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO’s) and /or Community Service Orders (CSO) simply because there is no room for them in the prisons.

Experience has shown that the ASBO/CSO system does not work because it is totally ignored by those who receive it, and no-one can be bothered to do anything about it. The Probation Service seems powerless to enforce Community Service Orders placed on felons and they just go back to their old ways.

When they are jailed, criminals are given ridiculously short sentences, and even then, let out early to make room for newer inmates. When someone commits murder they receive a ‘life’ sentence, but what is that, just seven years, and more often than not they are let out after four or five years. We hear daily from the courts that so-and-so has received a sentence of twenty-five years, but everyone knows this person will be back on the streets in three to five years.

A recent example of that was the young Edlington twins (see Blog UK Child Sadists Sentenced – 22  January) who tortured two young boys for ninety minutes. They were sentenced to be detained ‘Indefinitely’ serving a minimum of five years. It has since emerged these two sadists will be released within three years with a new identity. What has ‘indefinitely’ got to do with ‘minimum five years’? If the Judge understood the English language he should know ‘indefinitely’ means without end or for an unspecified period!

At the trial, the younger of the two (10 years old) was described as a potential psychopath by a prominent psychologist, and they want to let him out after three years? Who will take responsibility when the little tow-rag kills someone after his release? It sure as hell won’t be the idiots responsible for his early release.

The number of criminals who re-offend after release from prison is soaring, proving once again “its business as usual” for these people. The prison system is so lax that even being incarcerated does not stop their criminal activities for they continue their activities from their cell. Gang-Lords are still in charge of what goes on ‘on the outside’ knowing they will be free within a short time.

The people to blame for the slow destruction of Britain’s Penal System are without doubt the bleeding heart Politically Correct (PC) and Human Rights (HR) Groups who infest our land with their lunacy. I have been saying for years that it is time to kick out the barmy idiots that are currently running the system and turn it back into what it once was, a penal system to be feared.

Just ask any ‘old lag’ from the forties and fifties what it was like in prison in those days and they will tell you, more likely with a tremor in their voice.

In those days prison was a thing to be feared and no-one wanted to go back ‘inside’. The mere thought of going back into prison caused most criminals to think twice about re-embarking on a life of crime once they got out. Their day consisted of twelve hour shifts of hard work, a meal, and then into the cell for the night. There were no gym’s, pool tables, libraries, cinema’s, TV ‘s in the cells with all the comforts of home. It was a strict regime, and woe betide anyone who overstepped the mark. More to the point, the prison was run by the Governor and his Warders, not the prisoners like it is today.

1950’s Cell

But what is happening today? Well, I can tell you. A letter just released by the Lord Carlile of Berriew, President of the Howard League for Prison Reform goes in completely the opposite direction. The letter states; “Instead of more legislative hyperactivity in the field of criminal justice, instead of ramping up ever-higher our costly use of imprisonment, the Commission argued forcibly for a principal of moderation, and not excess, to hold sway”.

The Commission recommended (1) “A significant reduction in the prison population and the closure of establishments” (2) “Investment in the localities that currently produce prisoners to reduce crime” and (3) “The replacement of short prison sentences with community based responses”.

I have never heard a bigger load of twaddle in my entire life!

What this in effect means, is that we are now supposed to give criminals even less ‘punishment’ than they now receive, and not even remove them from our streets. It would seem these people want to reduce the prison overpopulation by releasing huge numbers of prisoners and closing down many prisons! I really find it impossible to grasp that a Lord of Our Land and his cohorts could come to such a recommendation in these crime ridden times. What planet do these people live on???? I have to say however, it is typical of the way the ‘people in charge’ think of crime these days. I wonder what these people would think if they were on the receiving end of a vicious thug who burgled their home or killed one of their loved ones?

Lord Carlile was big enough to admit that “people have lost faith in the system” and “do not feel safer” but does not seem to understand that his Commissions plans would make things ten times worse. They do not seem to grasp the idea that to reduce the criminal statistics and the prison population, we need to go back about 60 years and return prisons once more to a place of punishment instead of five star hotels.

I truly despaire at the stupidity of some people.

Roy.

Taliban Revert to Human Shields

Posted in Afghanistan, Arab, Britain, Gaza and Hamas, Human Rights, Islamic Revolution, Muslim, Palestine, Taliban, Terrorism, Terrorists, UK with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 19/02/2010 by floroy1942

Once again the Taliban is reverting to its usual tactics when things do not  go their way. A news report from Afghanistan is saying that once again they are using human shields in the fight against NATO Forces.

Taliban Human Shields

It is a tactic synonymous with guerilla fighting over the past twenty years, and has been put to good use by insurgents in many parts of the world. It was used by Hamas in Gaza last year, and by the Hezbollah in Lebanon before that. When the going gets tough, line up the civilians and create as many innocent victims as possible! There are those that will deny this, but there is more than sufficient photo evidence to prove it.

All these terror groups are well aware of the propaganda value civilian deaths have on world and public opinion, and it is sad that most people cannot tell the difference between human shield deaths and accidental deaths. Many see the headline “12 Civilians Killed” and are immediately filled with righteous indignation at the cowardly armed forces who shoot innocent civilians, not thinking that the whole scenario was engineered by the insurgents. The extremists are fully capable of exploiting this fact, and as we all know, it is only when, for example, the Israeli’s shoot a civilian that it makes banner headlines across the world. To me, it proves yet again these insurgents are not fighting for ‘their people’ as they claim, but purely for their own gain.

Some may presuppose all this is NATO propaganda, but this time the reports come from the senior Afghan Commander, not the Americans or British.

The reports indicate that Taliban fighters have been lining civilians up on rooftops and then firing from behind them. Afghan soldiers have seen women and children in the windows of houses from which these brave ‘freedom fighters’ have been firing. It has made things extremely difficult for the troops as they have to put themselves in extra danger in an effort to prevent these civilians casualties. The Taliban tactic is working, because it has now slowed the rate of advance of NATO forces into the city of Murjah.

Hamas Human Shields

Today’s news has also revealed another Taliban tactic aimed at the American and British forces facing them. Afghan soldiers have found burnt copies of the Koran, the Muslim ‘Bible’, at positions they have vacated. Once more they are attempting to generate hatred of the NATO forces among the local population because to burn the Quaran is considered a great insult to Islam.

The usual Human Rights groups, led by Amnesty International have of course jumped on the bandwagon. A statement by the group said that NATO “lacked a credible mechanism” to investigate claims of civilian deaths. It went further to say that the use of human shields by the Taliban was “inexcusable”, and “could constitute a war crime”. Only ‘inexcusable’, and ‘could’ be a war crime? If the NATO forces had used human shields they would have been screaming their heads off. But once again, as in Gaza last year, Amnesty can be very selective in its criticism which is why I have lost all respect for this group of individuals

Human Shields

It urged both sides to ‘comply with legal obligations to protect the thousands of displaced civilians and those still trapped in areas of intense fighting’. They should make sure the Taliban know of their concern for the NATO forces are well aware of their obligations. What a pity the Taliban neither care nor take notice of these outbursts by a group that has had its image tarnished by its one-sided outbursts in recent years.

You are wasting your breath if you try to appeal to the better nature of the Taliban because they, like all extremists, do not have one. They are fanatics who are ready to blow themselves up for their beliefs so why should they balk at the idea of a few civilian deaths. Once Amnesty gets its collective mind around that one they may change their tune.

The use of human shields is not old, it is a phenomenon of our times started by insurgents and extremists as a way to create the maximum of bad publicity for their enemies, and to save their own skins. In general, the Israeli’s had to bear the brunt of the bad publicity for this tactic as it was used to such good effect by Hezbollah and Hamas against them. But for most people they are not the bad guys, the Israeli’s are.

How sad people do not want to recognise the truth.

Roy.

Some People Have No Shame!

Posted in Child Abuse, Children, Prison, Relationships with tags , , on 15/02/2010 by floroy1942

Of all the shameless episodes I have ever heard of, this one ‘takes the biscuit’! I am sure everyone remembers the terrible events surrounding the Josef Fritzl case in 2008 when he was arrested for imprisoning his daughter and continually raping her for a period of 24 years.

He kept her locked away in a secret dungeon in his cellar and fathered a total of seven children by her, sadly the youngest died three days after birth. He received a life sentence in March last year for the death of the child, multiple rape, false imprisonment, incest and coercion (did I miss anything?).

The incredible thing is, since then, every two weeks she receives a letter from him begging money. He said he needed £3,500 ‘to study to be a lawyer so I can defend myself’. On top of that, he complains he ‘cannot even get a Cola’ and needs a special
shampoo for his implanted hair.

It seems he still doesn’t realise what he actually did to his daughter, and the terrible life she must have had. Not only to be held for 24 years in a space less than 60 sq/m with six children, but to be constantly raped by her own father must count as one of the worst things a father can do to his child.

Thankfully, she and her children are now doing well with the help of the people in her village, but for his wife however, the story is different. She is practically destitute, has lost 14 kilos, and because Fritzl owed over £2m on his house, she cannot take anything from their 66-room home which was sealed. She now lives in an apartment where she stays, and paints pictures.

Fritzl of course is not so badly off. He was given his choice of prison after sentencing, and, like most prisons these days its more like a holiday camp. But still he complains.

Personally, I think he got off lightly.

Roy.

For more background on this story check out ‘Justice Be Damned’ from March 2009

New Afghan Offensive Doomed to Failure?

Posted in Afghanistan, Al Quada, Arab, Insurgents, Taliban, Terrorism, Terrorists with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 14/02/2010 by floroy1942

There is a very good chance the new offensive in Helmond Province in Afghanistan, Operation Moshtarak, may be doomed to failure in the long-term. From the news reports it seems to be going well at the moment, but Taliban casualties have been very few, and none of the pitched battles with insurgents that many had expected have taken place.

Coalition Commanders on the ground are saying the bulk of the Taliban forces have retreated, and who should be surprised at that.

I have a feeling that announcing the operation beforehand was more of a political move, made in the hope of allowing the Taliban to retreat, and thus reduce politically sensitive coalition casualties. The laudable thing about this approach was it did allow the civilian population to evacuate the area, and the avoidance of civilian casualties was, quite rightly, very high on the agenda. For this the idea must be applauded.

In my view, the one big flaw in the plan is the Pakistan Border, a mere 160 kms away. Since the Pakistan Army ceased their operations on the other side of the border without clearing all of the frontier provinces of insurgents, those still in Afghanistan still have a bolt-hole when things get tough.

It is without doubt a shame the Pakistan Government could not be persuaded to finish the job on their side of the border. If the coalition forces could have mounted this attack when the Pakistani Army was closing in from their side, they would consequently have had the Taliban in a pincer movement with nowhere left to run. Casualties on both the Pakistani and coalition sides would perhaps have been reduced by forcing the insurgents to fight on two fronts. There are many lessons in history here. Such an operation would quite possibly have wiped them out once and for all. What a pity politics got in the way.

Due this lack of foresight, it is clear they will now retreat as far as the mountains in Pakistan where they will stay until they judge the time is right for a return. This will be when they see garrison vigilance wanes due to inactivity, and forces are reduced to the minimum as a result. This will happen some time after the operation is over. For the Taliban, patience is a valued virtue.

If the coalition wishes to retain Marjah, it will be essential to keep a considerable size force in the town to hold it securely, otherwise, in a few weeks the Taliban could be back.

I wish every soldier taking part the very best of luck, and I sincerely hope the entire operation can be successful with the minimum of casualties. It is also my hope that when this action is concluded, the Taliban never again set foot in Marjah. We will have to wait and see, but this is just a battle and unfortunately, does not constitute a total victory over the Taliban.

The ordinary Afghan people must surely deserve peace in their war-torn country.

Roy.


Muslims Will Not Submit to Airport Body Scanners!

Posted in Al Quada, Arab, England, Insanity, Insurgents, Muslim, Terrorism, Terrorists, Travel with tags , , , , , , , on 13/02/2010 by floroy1942

Airport full body X-Ray scanners are being introduced at airports at an increasing rate to combat extremists taking bombs onto aircraft. These extremists are Muslims, and yet all Muslims they have been told by their religious leaders not to submit to them. So we have a situation where the very people these scanners are intended for will refuse to co-operate. It’s too incredible for words!

The Fiqh Council of North America has issued a ‘fatwa’ (religious ruling) ordering all Muslims not to allow themselves to be scanned because ‘it is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women’. It is true the scanners do not leave much to the imagination, but considering the reason behind the scanners, I would think most people will accept them because at least they will have more assurance that their aircraft will not be blown out of the sky somewhere along the route.

Terrorists are becoming more and more sophisticated in their methods, as was proven by the attempted Christmas bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab when he attempted to detonate plastic explosives hidden in his underwear. As a result, airport scanners have been introduced at forty airports across America, plus Heathrow, Manchester, and others in England. There is little doubt they will become a feature across most of the worlds airports within a year.

The apparatus has one function only, and that is to stop potential suicide bombers from boarding aircraft. Protestants, Methodists, Buddhists, Hindu’s and Presbyterians to name but a few, are not in the business of blowing up aircraft in an effort to claim their 72 virgins, that is down purely to the Muslims, and they are the ones refusing to go through the scanners! What it means in effect, is that all the innocent travellers will have to submit, but the ones who are carrying out the attacks will be excused!

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has said, ‘Muslims will have the option of a ‘pat-down’ search by security guards’ if they object to the scanners. In Britain however, passengers who refuse to go through the scanners may be barred from boarding. The British are still waiting to hear from their Muslim Council to see whether they will follow the American lead.

The one thing that bothers me about this fiasco is reports that extremists are preparing to hide the explosives inside their bodies. Various institutions have made clear that many of these suicide bombers are prepared to undergo surgery to have explosives inserted in their abdomens, and for women bombers to have explosive breast implants. So how will a ‘pat down’ discover that? The simple answer is, it won’t! Even the scanning ‘wands’ will not be able to detect such things, but full body scanners will.

So what does the world do now? Well, so far as I am concerned, if Muslims will not submit to the full body scanners they had better buy a bus ticket!

Roy.


The Arab Ambassador’s Bearded, Cross-eyed Bride!

Posted in Arab, Muslim, Relationships with tags , , , , , , on 12/02/2010 by floroy1942

Muslim men are keen to have their women cover themselves from head to foot, but it seems, this can backfire on them. An Ambassador in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) recently signed a contract to marry a woman he had only seen in a niqab or burka i.e., she was completely covered and veiled.

After the marriage contract was signed he went to kiss his bride to be and as the veil lifted, was astonished to see the woman was not only cross-eyed, but bearded as well. He made representation to a Sharia court to have the marriage contract annulled because he said the woman’s mother had shown his mother a picture of a sister and not the bride-to-be.

He claimed £85,000 compensation for all the gifts of jewellery etc. he had bought her. The court awarded him his annulment, but no compensation. Certainly an expensive lesson. It just goes to show you there is wisdom in the old maxim; ‘Never buy (marry) a pig in a poke!’

Things are never as bad as they seem….I think!

Roy.

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