Only In Australia: Inmates Escape, Get Drunk, Sneak Back In

No, seriously

(ABC.net) At least four prisoners in Darwin are suspected of repeatedly escaping the prison, getting drunk, then voluntarily returning to the facility in the hope no one would notice.

The ABC understands authorities were checking whether low-security prisoners have repeatedly escaped from a work release centre at Berrimah jail for a few hours after a 7pm headcount.

“It would appear that a couple of prisoners have jumped the fence but returned,” a spokesman for NT Department of Correctional Services said.

Authorities were believed to suspect the group, and possibly other prisoners, were from time to time jumping a cyclone fence, getting picked up from a main road by partners and given alcohol and marijuana, before breaking back into prison a few hours later.

They figured something hinky was going on when the authorities took a squizz at 5 inmates were having a blue over a mobile phone and seemed to have the wobbly boot on.

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Illegals Demand!!!!!! To Be Part Of White House Meetings

Sadly, this is not The Onion or any parody site

(Washington Times) Illegal immigrants plan to picket the White House Monday afternoon, calling on fellow immigrant-rights advocacy groups to refuse to meet with the Obama administration until President Obama specifically includes illegal immigrants in any future meetings.

“We are among the millions of people who will either benefit or be harmed by the decisions the President makes, and we are here to represent ourselves in any future negotiations,” said Rosi Carrasco, one of organizers, in a statement announcing the action.

Billing themselves “undocumented immigrant leaders,” the organizers said they will erect a picket line to symbolize their demand.

Sadly, these illegals will surely not be arrested during the protest.

Anyhow, again, this is exactly part of the reason illegals have created a backlash: they Demand. As I noted a few weeks ago

They demand that legal American citizens change to accommodate the illegals. The illegals want to “shift the conversation around citizenship”. They can start by stopping the entitlement mentality and being all sorts of demandy. Post 9/11, when the security of the border and concerns over those who were overstaying their visas become a serious issue, illegals could been humble and conformed to America. They could have shown that they really wanted to be Americans, not citizen of another country who was legally entitled to be in America. Stop demanding we provide them with social services, healthcare, taxpayer money, housing, all sorts of things in their language. Instead, they did the opposite. America is a generous country. Illegals took heavy advantage of that generosity, and the resulting backlash is of their own making.

Now they’re demanding representation. This is like gang members demanding that they be allowed representation on parole boards and prison administration. Along those lines:

 

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If All You See…

…is a horrible flooded Earth due to Someone Else using a hair dryer, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is protein wisdom, with a post on campers denied at our northern border.

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Bummer: We’re In For A Fiery Doom Thanks To Frozen Pot Stickers

Cause “climate change”, y’all!

Frozen Pot Stickers Are Hastening The World’s Demise

Your favorite doughy midnight snack may be a contributing factor to world annihilation. A fascinating article in this week’s Times Magazine shows how China’s rapidly expanding network of freezers is having a huge impact on global warming.

The world’s number one carbon emitter (We’re Number Two!) is experiencing the boom in commercial and residential refrigeration the United States saw some decades ago, but on a much larger scale.

This [refrigeration] is not simply transforming how Chinese people grow, distribute and consume food. It also stands to become a formidable new factor in climate change; cooling is already responsible for 15 percent of all electricity consumption worldwide, and leaks of chemical refrigerants are a major source of greenhouse-gas pollution. Of all the shifts in lifestyle that threaten the planet right now, perhaps not one is as important as the changing way that Chinese people eat.

Usually, this would be a good time for a

and ending the post. However, let’s jump to the original article, which is not so much about pot stickers/Chinese dumplings, but simply using them as an excuse to whine about modernization and factories. There was actually a good point made early in that NY Times article, in terms of how these factories that spring up causing actual air pollution in China. You’ve seen the pictures of massive smog in China. However, instead of focusing on the dirty air itself, this bat guano insane Warmists have to bring “climate change” into the debate, attempting to make it the focal point, when the dirty air itself should be the primary focus.

The Times, along with Gothamist, are Very Concerned with the rise of refrigeration. The Times’ article notes how much better for human health refrigeration is, but, now that Other People are starting to use it, they are very much against it, cause “climate change”.

For all the food waste that refrigeration might forestall, the uncomfortable fact is that a fully developed cold chain (field precooling stations, slaughterhouses, distribution centers, trucks, grocery stores and domestic refrigerators) requires a lot of energy. In the city of Suzhou, I visited the research-and-development center of Emerson Climate Technologies, one of the largest manufacturers of refrigeration systems in the world. Emerson distributes the compressors, valves and flow controls that cool many of China’s new automated dumpling freezers and yogurt-display cases. (snip)

Calculating the climate-change impact of an expanded Chinese cold chain is extremely complicated. Artificial refrigeration contributes to global greenhouse-gas emissions in two main ways. First, generating the power (whether it be electricity for warehouses or diesel fuel for trucks) that fuels the heat-exchange process, which is at the heart of any cooling system, accounts for about 80 percent of refrigeration’s global-warming impact (measured in tons of CO2) and currently consumes nearly a sixth of global electricity usage.

This is all very easy for Warmists, like the writer, Nicola Twilley, to complain about, because they already have their own refrigeration, and are more than happy to shop at stores which have theirs. They want to stop Other People from getting the same.

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Sarah Palin Calls Out Washington Post

While I’m not a particular fan of Palin’s at this point, she still makes some valid points. I this case, she takes on the Washington Post for failing to investigate the Obama scandals

My Challenge to the Washington Post

To reclaim your credibility (and the mainstream media’s, at large), I challenge you to engage in the same aggressive investigative journalism you courageously employed 42 years ago covering President Nixon. The public knows of our current president’s incompetence, denials, and cover-ups, but would be well served if we could count on your resources to dig deep for truth in all matters pertaining to Team Obama.

One example: your reporters kept tracking an obscure break-in story and that led to revealing a grave problem in the White House. The Washington Post’s reputation soared as the model of good journalism. Today, you’ve fallen like a lead balloon. Whereas you once doggedly covered the 18.5 minute gap in Nixon’s White House communications, you’ve virtually ignored the Obama Administration’s 1.2 million minutes of deleted communications by just one of the agencies under Obama’s executive branch. I’m speaking of the Lois Lerner IRS harassment-of-conservatives scandal wherein Lerner “lost” pertinent email communications. You’ve allowed Obama to skate with his proclamation that absolutely no wrongdoing occurred at the IRS, “not even a smidgen.”

The list of Obama abuses and impeachable offenses is long. I challenge you to lift a finger and help protect democracy, allow justice for all, and ensure domestic tranquility by doing your job reporting current corrupt events fairly. If not, you prove yourselves incompetent and in bed with Obama, not caring one iota about media integrity.

Those running the Washington Post’s show now, compared to those during the Nixon era, are too afraid of being uninvited to the permanent political class’ cocktail parties and petty gossip fests, making you all a bunch of wusses. I challenge you to get to work.

That should be a challenge to every media outlet. Without using the word “wusses”. Sometimes, the folksy language can go a bit too far. I also believe she should have left the impeachable offenses mention out of the post. Regardless, she’s barking up the wrong tree, because there will be no true nor dogged investigations by the Washington Post nor any other Leftist news organizations as long as Obama is President. They’ll continue to be apologists, and, at best, chiders of Obama. They will not do anything that harms Obama nor damages Democrats.

BTW, she’s also going to launch her own on-line video channel, which will require a subscription of $9.95 a month.

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NY Times: Why Won’t Israel Find An Accommodation With Hamas?

The NY Times gives an opinion platform to Israeli writer David Grossman, a long time critic of Israel’s dealings with the Palestinians, and an apologist for the terrorist activities implemented against Israel. In American terms, he’s much like our far left Progressives, who seem to hate Israel, find fault with everything America, and find comfort in supporting America’s enemies.

Inside the bubble, who can fault Israelis for expecting their government to do everything it can to save children on the Nahal Oz kibbutz, or any of the other communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip, from a Hamas unit that might emerge from a hole in the ground? And what is the response to Gazans who say that the tunnels and rockets are their only remaining weapons against a powerful Israel? In this cruel and desperate bubble, both sides are right. They both obey the law of the bubble — the law of violence and war, revenge and hatred.

But the big question, as war rages on, is not about the horrors occurring every day inside the bubble, but rather it is this: How on earth can it be that we have been suffocating together inside this bubble for over a century? This question, for me, is the crux of the latest bloody cycle.

Since I cannot ask Hamas, nor do I purport to understand its way of thinking, I ask the leaders of my own country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his predecessors: How could you have wasted the years since the last conflict without initiating dialogue, without even making the slightest gesture toward dialogue with Hamas, without attempting to change our explosive reality? Why, for these past few years, has Israel avoided judicious negotiations with the moderate and more conversable sectors of the Palestinian people — an act that could also have served to pressure Hamas? Why have you ignored, for 12 years, the Arab League initiative that could have enlisted moderate Arab states with the power to impose, perhaps, a compromise on Hamas? In other words: Why is it that Israeli governments have been incapable, for decades, of thinking outside the bubble?

So, at the end of the day, it’s pretty much Israel’s fault in Grossman’s world, which is the same opinion held by so many Leftists around the world. But, it is very easy to understand Hamas’ way of thinking: they want to kill Israeli civilians, kill Jews, and destroy Israel. It’s all printed in black and white by Hamas, just like with the other anti-Israel groups and nations. As far as negotiations with the “moderate” Palestinians, can he find some? These are the people who voted to put Hamas in governmental power.

If Grossman is referring to the Arab Peace Initiative, well, let’s not forget that the military wing of Hamas performed the Passover Massacre on March 27, 2002, the day before the Initiative was published. Hamas mostly rejects the plan, something Grossman forgot to include. He didn’t even need to ask Hamas directly to find out. Said Initiative pretty much has nothing for Israel, and everything for Palestinians, going back to the 1967 lines. If Israel gives away the kitchen sink, Arab nations “promise” to sign peace agreements with Israel. Yet, this same Arab League refuses to recognize Israel as a state as late as March 2014. If they cannot even offer recognition, how can their be peace?

Much of the rest of the article is about moral equivalency, which is truly false. If “Palestinians” and the Arab League want peace, the answer is simple: stop attacking Israel. No more rockets. No more suicide bombers. No more tunnels. Use the aid Gazans are given to help the citizens, not for weapons of war. Israel would like nothing more than to be left alone. The Arab League could make it clear that they will not support terrorist groups like Hamas, and stop supplying them with terrorist tools.

How is it possible to negotiate with people who refuse to acknowledge the right of Israel to exist? Arabs and Palestinians have, time and time again, scuttled peace deals, typically by demanding more and more of Israel. Israel has many times given in to those demands, only to see the Palestinians renege. If Grossman wants peace, perhaps he can go to the Palestinians, if he can even find any moderates, along with the Arab League, and ask them why they won’t recognize Israel’s right to exist.

Furthermore, why should Israel give an inch on opening their borders to Gaza when Hamas will simply use that to attack Israel? Egypt understands this, as their part of the Gaza border is pretty much shut tight, and they are a participant in the “blockade”. The Arab League Initiative goes heavy on Palestinian “right of return” while also wanting every. single. Jew. out of Gaza, the West Bank, and other areas, such as Eastern Jerusalem.

Israel is not without faults, just like with most nations. They have a right to defend themselves from terrorists. Terrorists which are now part of the popularly elected government in Gaza.

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Say, Would Jesus Accept Climate Change?

Personally, I have to wonder whether Jesus would care about “climate change”, what with all his teachings on tolerance, love, redemption, and, first, repentance as a path to God. Anyhow, it seems Warmists are using religion more and more as a means to push their pseudo-religion

Would Jesus Accept Climate Science?

Climate change is one of the biggest and most divisive environmental issues we’ve faced. Not only is the science scary and the challenge daunting, but it calls into question the very way we live our lives.

Perhaps that’s why climate science is causing a schism of sorts among American Christians. On one side you have Dr. E. Calvin Beisner, spokesman for the conservative group, Cornwall Alliance, and former professor of historical theology and social ethics at Knox Theological Seminary, who claims that climate science is alarmist junk. Then on the other side, you have Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, director of the Climate Science Center at Texas Tech University and an Evangelical Christian, who educates people on the dangers of climate change.

With all this rhetoric going back and forth, what’s a Christian in the U.S. supposed to believe? Do climate scientists lack ethics when they say climate change is real and dangerous? Or is there some truth to what they say?

Perhaps some of these Warmist religious leaders should be more worried about Godlessness and a loss of morals.

Whom should a Christian believe? Should they assume all climate scientists are just furthering a government agenda when they conclude that climate change is real? Or should they accept the science?

The answer to that question lies in the exercise of free will. God gave us brains to make good choices. It’s just important to remember that every choice has consequences.

I imagine sitting in a room. Next door I can hear my neighbor yelling for help. One person in the room with me says, “Oh don’t worry. They’ve shouted for help before and it’s turned out to be nothing. There’s no observable proof that they’re actually in trouble this time.” The other person in the room says, “Well, it might really be something this time. Maybe you should check it out.”

What would Jesus do? Would he go check on his neighbor? Or would he wait for blood before acting?

He’d probably wonder why religious leaders support abortion. More on the writer, Robyn Camparo Purchia

I’m an organic-eating, energy-saving naturalist who composts and tree hugs in her spare time. I have a background in environmental law, lobbying, and field work. I believe in God; however, I do not call myself a Christian or a Jew or a member of any religion. I am merely someone who finds a spiritual connection to all humans and the environment.

Spiritual connection. Um huh.

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If All You See…

…is a horrible rising sea coming to swamp all the land, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is A View From The Beach, with a post on a big D.C. gun carry ban ruling.

It’s purple week. Have any suggestions for photos?

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Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Happy Sunday! Another fantastic day in the Once And Future Nation of America. This pinup is by Bill Medcalf, with a wee bit of help.

What’s happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Legal Insurrection discusses Obama checking out
  2. Raised On Hoecakes covers the War On Work
  3. Rhymes With Right notes an alien Team O wants to keep out of the country
  4. The Astute Bloggers note Obama’s effectiveness
  5. The Daley Gator has the gun count
  6. The Jawa Report has young, uninformed Democrats
  7. The Lonely Conservative notes what Dems have tied in to Iron Dome funding
  8. The Other McCain notes the amnesty fine print
  9. The People’s Cube travels down War On Women road
  10. Victory Girls Blog has proof Obama lied about the Ocare tax
  11. Proof Positive is going solar
  12. Maggie’s Farm has praise for burkas
  13. Fausta has the aftermath of Obama’s Central America meeting
  14. Cold Fury has an open letter to Democrat socialists
  15. And last, but not least, American Power notes how anti-Israel protesters protested

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page. While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your “Pinups for Vets” calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list. (BTW, since someone asked, the reason I leave links for the previous week up (or you might see a *) is because they are place holders for later in the day or for next weeks. Easier than rewriting all the time. Also, the listing order has to do with how they are added over time, not how good a post is. I just copy and paste from the previous week, then edit. If you see one of the *’s, go ahead and check out the blog anyhow, see if there is an update. I cannot update with my Android during the day.

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When It Comes To Marijuana, The NY Times Is Suddenly A States’ Rights Advocate

You may have already seen the NY Times piece by their editorial board calling for the repeal of federal marijuana laws, referring to them as “prohibition”.

It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished. It has been more than 40 years since Congress passed the current ban on marijuana, inflicting great harm on society just to prohibit a substance far less dangerous than alcohol.

The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana.

There is much to fisk and much to agree with in the article. I’ve made the case for and against marijuana in the past, and it really boils down to, in my case, that I really couldn’t care one way or another about marijuana. I’m not going to rehash those arguments here, but I will note that I’ve stated that it should be up to individual States to decide, though Los Federales would still have the ability to stop it from crossing state borders, both domestically and internationally. The editorial is part of a series the Times is running, because nothing else important is going on domestically and internationally, and they move on to this piece by David Firestone

Let States Decide on Marijuana

In 1970, at the height of his white-hot war on crime, President Richard Nixon demanded that Congress pass the Controlled Substances Act to crack down on drug abuse. During the debate, Senator Thomas Dodd of Connecticut held up a package wrapped in light-green paper that he said contained $3,000 worth of marijuana. This substance, he said, caused such “dreadful hallucinations” in an Army sergeant in Vietnam that he called down a mortar strike on his own troops. A few minutes later, the Senate unanimously passed the bill.

That law, so antique that it uses the spelling “marihuana,” is still on the books, and is the principal reason that possessing the substance in Senator Dodd’s package is considered illegal by the United States government. Changing it wouldn’t even require an act of Congress — the attorney general or the secretary of Health and Human Services could each do so — although the law should be changed to make sure that future administrations could not reimpose the ban.

Los Federales have also noted that marijuana is a Schedule 1 drug “with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Schedule I drugs are the most dangerous drugs of all the drug schedules with potentially severe psychological or physical dependence” (mentioned in the article, too). Though, there are virtually no studies which show either physical nor psychological dependence for marijuana. BTW, Thomas Dodd was a Democrat.

Repealing it would allow the states to decide whether to permit marijuana use and under what conditions. Nearly three-fourths of them have already begun to do so, liberalizing their laws in defiance of the federal ban. Two have legalized recreational use outright, and if the federal government also recognized the growing public sentiment to legalize and regulate marijuana, that would almost certainly prompt more states to follow along.

Firestone makes a good case, one which is well reasoned, rational, and doesn’t devolve into Left vs Right politics. I recommend reading the entire piece. Again, legalization doesn’t matter personally to me, as I wouldn’t use it if it was legalized. I find it boring, after years of use in high school and college, and a bit of usage afterwards. What interests me in this is that the NY Times is essentially calling for the repeal of federal laws regarding marijuana use and leaving it up to the States to decide, invoking federalism and the 10th Amendment (without stating them specifically), which is a very American Conservative point of view.

Virtually ever other issue pushed by the Times, as the leading (very liberal) paper in the nation (and the world, of course), invokes the use of federal power, and the primacy of the Central Government. The closest they’ve gotten to States rights is on gay marriage, but, of course, they flay any states that refuse to allow legal gay marriage. Immigration? They flayed Arizona and other states that passed strengthened laws. Voter ID? They flay non-Democrat states that pass those laws. Gun control? They’re thrilled when states pass tough laws, but want federal dominance for those that refuse to do the same, and want Federal law enacted.

So, yes, let the States decide. And be amused that the NY Times is suddenly all for States Rights. Next thing you know they’ll be flying a Gadsden Flag and attending Tea Party rallies!

Crossed at Right Wing News.

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