Daily Archives: September 28, 2014

With allies like this …

ISIS patrol

ISIS patrol

Brits conducting fly-bys in Syria but won’t drop bombs. “Well we certainly don’t want to hurt anyone,” David Cameron explained to FWIW.

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When totalitarians strike

Non-core curriculum conspiracy smahed

Non-core curriculum conspiracy smahed

AJ linked to this story in the comments, but in case you missed it: Connecticut response to Sandy Hook massacre: increase scrutiny of home schooling households.  If, like our authorities, you’ve forgotten, the Sandy Hook shooter was 20-years-old.

Lanza attended public schools (and a Catholic school) for virtually all of his education. His mother, whom Lanza later murdered, pulled him out of Newtown High School when he was 16 and briefly homeschooled him. While he was still 16, Lanza earned his GED and enrolled at Western Connecticut State University, another public school.

Members of the Democratic Governor’s Sandy Hook commission have conceded that the additional burdens they have recommended for homeschooling families may be controversial.

“It may be hard to implement because parents may want to get their back up and say ‘You can’t make me do that if I’m homeschooling,’” state board of education member Patricia Keavney-Maruca, a supporter of the recommendations, admitted.

However, the 16 commission members — experts in education, mental health, police work and so on — have insisted that homeschooling must now be tightly regulated in light of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

A crisis is too good to waste.

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If this happened a few more times, the idiots would probably stay put

Ouch

Ouch

Ohio State assistant coach body-slams fan who ran onto the field

Schlegel, who is a conditioning coach at Ohio State, intercepted the fan who ran on the field. As the fan was running away from security personnel, Schlegel wrapped his arms around him and threw him to the turf.

A record crowd of 108,362 roared its approval.

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God invented whiskey so the Irish wouldn’t rule the world

Properly directed and supervised, they could build a nation's railroads

Properly directed and supervised, they could build a nation’s railroads

Lord knows they have determination, grit and stick-to-itness 

An Omagh plumber tunnelled a hole from under his bed to the local pub 800 feet from his house over the course of 15 years, a court heard today.

Patsy Kerr had been summonsed to Omagh County Court after it emerged he had been the cause of a collapsed sewage pipe from a neighbouring house. Kerr told the court about his secret tunnel and the reasons behind it:

“The wife has a bad snore on her and after watching the Shawshank Redemption on RTE one night in 1994, I decided to do something about it so I waited til she was in a deep sleep and then set about digging a hole under the bed in the direction of the pub. I used all manner of tools from spoons to a heavy duty tunnel boring machine I managed to sneak down there when she was at the shops. It wasn’t until 2009 that I hit the jackpot and came up through the women’s toilet mop and bucket room.”

Kerr explained how he spent the last five years heading to the pub via his tunnel at 11pm before returning at 1am, undetected by his deep sleeping wife:

“To be honest I was sort of glad I was caught. She was always smelling drink off me in the morning and I was explaining it away as a natural odour. But recently I was finding myself singing rebel songs and stuff coming back up the tunnel and it was only a matter of time before I was caught anyhow. The landlord was also wondering how I was just appearing out of nowhere at the same time every night and disappearing from the women’s toilets.”

The tunnel was finally discovered after the DOE performed a survey on a sewage problem which turned out to be caused by a pipe Kerr had hit accidentally, causing sewage to leak into his tunnel over five years. The judge questioned Kerr’s wife as to why she never smelt the sewage odours from her husband. Mrs Kerr simply shrugged.

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Good question, unfortunately

Friend, foe, temporary ally?

Friend, foe, temporary ally?

British historian Mark Almond: “How can we win this war where our allies despise everything we stand for?”

No government could refuse the challenge after the bloody provocations of Islamic State. But having decided by a huge majority to embark  on what David Cameron warned would be a long campaign, the House of Commons vote on Friday did not make clear what the endgame would be.

Without knowing what victory will look like, have we embarked on a war we cannot win?

Among our allies, the Turks hate the Kurds, and vice versa, the dictator hates democracy, and everyone hates us infidels.

Almond concludes,

This is a war which we cannot win for the locals. Maybe they can’t win it for themselves. Barring a lucky strike which knocks out the IS leadership and demoralises their supporters, air power is not going to produce rapid results.

Nobody should anticipate a Victory in the Middle East Day 1945-style.

The crimes of IS give us the right to fight it, but the war cannot be won by the West without local support.

Tragically for us, the enemy and our dubious allies will decide the terms of victory or defeat.

 It’s troubling, to me at least, that the civilized nations stood by, wringing their hands while hundreds of thousands of muslims killed each other, and have only finally responded – bombs only, no soldiers, ever – when a couple of westerners were horribly executed on TV. That suggests that (gasp) this is about politics and appearances only, and when – if – ISIS wakes up and stops beheading westerners, the pressure will be off and we’ll get the hell out of the region again.
Which may be the best thing we can do, or it may leave the region open to the founding of a full blown breeding ground for international terrorism but either way, we’ll have spent billions of dollars for a temporary feel-good, look-good moment for our politicians.
It won’t be the first time for that, but still …

 

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