Showing posts with label AK 47. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AK 47. Show all posts

Monday, 28 September 2009

Machine gun social; Holy spider; Glowing OZ; Doughnut destroyed and any takers?

There is an abundance of “news” this morn, but I would like to start with a couple of snippets about “the dark lord”.

It seems that not content with ruling the world Peter Mandelson wants to control the BBC: Business Secretary Lord Mandelson criticised the BBC for questioning the Prime Minister about whether he was taking painkillers.

Gordon Brown insisted he had no medical problems which might get in the way of him continuing to serve as Prime Minister.

And, in answer to a direct question from interviewer Andrew Marr, he denied that he was dependent on prescription painkillers.

Rumours about the Prime Minister's possible use of painkillers circulated in Westminster following speculation on an internet blog, but Mr Brown's interview on BBC1's Andrew Marr Show was the first time that he has been confronted with them in public.

Reminds me of that episode of Doctor Who, when he says to the PMs Aide “Don’t you think she (Harriet Jones) looks tired”.

But an empirical victory for the blogosphere.



The Dark lord was refused entry to the labour Party conference because no one in security knew who he was, a security guard called a police sergeant to verify his credentials, BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg said.

Lord Mandelson had to wait 10 minutes at the conference's security entrance before he was allowed to enter.

How the mighty are ignored.

First up:

GREENVILLE, S.C. - A candidate to be South Carolina's next National Guard leader skipped the fiery speeches for firepower, launching his campaign with what he called a "machine-gun social."
The Greenville News reports some 500 people came out to a shooting range Saturday for Republican Dean Allen's political rally. He wants to be the next adjutant general, the person who leads the state's National Guard.

Attendees paid $25 for barbecue, a clip of bullets for target practice and the chance to win a semiautomatic AK-47. Whoever wins the rifle will have to undergo a background check.

South Carolina is the only state that elects its adjutant general.

The mind boggles.

And no, I am not deliberately promoting spiders, I hate the bloody things, but it does seem that they are forever in the news.

A large arachnid appeared on the pope's white robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday afternoon. The pope didn't seem to notice at first - but journalists following the speech on a large screen flinched as the spider inched toward Benedict's neck.

It disappeared from view for a moment, but then could be seen crawling up the right side of the 82-year-old pontiff's face.

When it reached his ear, Benedict gave it a swat. But it didn't go away - it reappeared on the pope's left shoulder and scampered down his robe.
As the pope left the medieval Prague Castle's ornate Spanish Hall, the spider could be seen hanging from a piece of web.

The Pope was later seen with a rather bloody rolled up parchment.

There are fears that the recent dust cloud in OZ may contain, Uranium. It is argued that sediment whipped up from Australia's centre may be laced with material from a uranium mine.
Scientists have played down concerns, saying there is little to worry about.

Last Wednesday Sydney and Brisbane bore witness to their biggest dust storm in 70 years. Both were shrouded in red dust blown in from the desert outback.

David Bradbury, a renowned filmmaker and activist, claims the haze that engulfed some of the country's biggest cities in the past week contains radioactive grains - or tailings - carried on gale force winds from a mine in the South Australian desert.

"Given the dust storms... which [the] news said originated from Woomera, and which is right next door to the Olympic Dam mine at Roxby Downs, these [storms] could blow those tailings across the face of Australia," Mr Bradbury asserted.

You have to pay the piper eventually.

Arsonists have attacked a large doughnut sculpture in New Zealand's town of Springfield.

The bright pink 4.5-metre high doughnut was given to the South Island town by 20th Century Fox in 2007 to promote the premiere of The Simpsons Movie.

But Homer would be heartbroken after the sculpture was set on fire on Saturday.

Springfield resident Bill Woods says the doughnut now has an extra hole in it.

"It's so disappointing because that doughnut has provided enjoyment for tens of thousands of people in the past two years," he said.

Mr Woods says some locals did not like the look of the doughnut, but he says they should not have torched it.

How do you enjoy a bright pink fourteen foot high doughnut?

And finally:

A Northern Territory wildlife park is seeking volunteers to relocate some of its dangerous inhabitants.

Crocodylus Park, which operates as a zoo and commercial crocodile farm in Darwin, needs helpers to shift about 400 saltwater crocodiles into new ponds.

"It's a bit of an adventure," says the park's research director, Matt Brien, who has had about 15 people sign up for the chance to get up close and personal with the feared reptiles.

But he still needs more.

"The more the merrier. The reason being we try to take as many precautions as possible," he said.

"Ideally we'd have two people handling every animal. It's a lot safer [than one person]."

The mass relocation, which is taking place on Wednesday, is needed to ensure larger crocs at the park are not kept in the same pond as smaller ones.

"If there are big ones with little ones, problems occur," Mr Brien said.

Before moving the creatures, which range in size between 1.2 metres and 2 metres, an electric shock is used to stun them, and then tape is wrapped around their mouths and eyes.

"Otherwise you can imagine how dangerous it would be trying to round up [the] crocs]."

Mr Brien says the relocation, which usually takes place about once a year for animals of this size, is a great opportunity for people who want to see what it is like to work with crocs.

"Usually [we get] backpackers and students, people doing degrees with animals," he said.
"It gives them an opportunity to handle large reptiles, an opportunity they wouldn't normally get."

He says once the animals reach more than 2 metres in length, they will be used for skins and meat.

Any crocodile tears as they leave?

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Saturday Snippets

The weather is nice today, perfect for mowing, sadly I am languishing in my sick bed with a “cold”, and will remain there for the duration.

If you think today’s blog is not quite up to scratch it is because the cotton wool in my head is numbing my last remaining brain cell (snuffle, snuffle, cough, sneeze).

Groundhogs, Natural Justice, Smile, Nude Statues and Only in America (again)

First up:

Police in Boonton Township, New Jersey were called to Alex Scott’s house on Thursday because a rampant Groundhog had chased him.

When they arrived, the Groundhog who obviously had no respect for the law set upon the officers who promptly maced it and then snared it.

The “peppery” beast was euthanized and is being tested for rabies.

The moral of this story: Don’t piss off a groundhog, other wise you could be caught in a time loop.

I suppose it wasn’t swine flu….nah.

The town of Valeuil, in the beautiful region of south-western Dordogne was subject to divine intervention this week.

A 54 year old grave robber was busily stripping off tombstones in the summer heat and behold! He had a heart attack and died.

A small ladder, a hammer and a chisel was found next to his body, and his car was full of an assortment of objects, whose origin they were trying to trace.

Natural Justice.

They have anew gadget at Shinagawa Station in central Tokyo; a laptop computer with a digital camera mounted on top.

Employees sit in front and smile, the laptop then decides if your grin comes up to scratch.

If you are not smiley enough the verdict "Smile: 0" pops up on the screen.

The company has installed the system to help employees check their smiles before heading out to face customers. The test is optional, but at major stations like Shinagawa, the 250,000 riders who pass through per day can be rushed and agitated, and a happy face can go a long way.

"Smiling helps our interaction with the passengers. I think the atmosphere becomes more relaxing with a smile," says Endo, whose job includes helping lost customers find their way and dealing with ticketing mishaps.”

Keihin uses the software at 15 of its 72 stations, concentrating on the busier locations.

Just what you need when you are battling to get to work through the throng, some pillock grinning inanely at you, and what the **** is a “ticketing mishap”?
The bronze statue parked outside Addison Plaza shopping centre, west of Delray Beach, is drawing the ire of parents of children who attend nearby Morikami Park Elementary School.

The anatomically correct figure is part of a sculpture by artist Itzik Asher titled Journey to the New, which represents the journey of Russian and Ethiopian Jews from their homes to Israel.
It depicts a family -- a father, a mother holding an infant and an older child by the hand. The figures are larger than life and elongated. Their nudity is subtle.

"It's a figurative piece, somewhat abstract," said Richard Caster, who owns the shopping centre and has other large sculptures peppering its front lawn. "It's natural and beautiful."

But Jamie Garroway, Morikami Park PTA president, said she found it distasteful and e-mailed parents Wednesday morning, asking them to file complaints with Caster and with Palm Beach County Code Enforcement.
"Everybody has a different idea of what art is," said Garroway. "If this piece was at a museum I would not have a problem with it."

Terri Pavals, a teacher in the school's summer program, said she has not heard any of the children talking about the piece.

"It's the parents who have been talking about it," she said. "The children don't really make an issue of it."

Same old same old, the “oldies” make a fuss and the Kids take it in their stride.

A Missouri truck dealer- Max Motors has a spiffing offer: if you buy a new truck you can get a voucher for a gun.

Mark Muller, owner of Max Motors, is upgrading an earlier sales gimmick in which he offered new truck buyers to choose between a $250 gas voucher or a gun voucher.
The website says the dealer is giving away guns again "due to popular demand."

The mind boggles.


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