Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 22, 2007
The last time the Donks controlled Congress we got the Gore-Toilet (the wimp flusher that saved no water because it required extra flushes and led to toilet smuggling). Well, the Donks are back in control of Congress and guess what? Now it's Gore-bulbs:
You know the energy bill that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law today? Tucked into the legislation is a provision that mandates the phase-out of the 125-year-old incandescent bulb in the next four to 12 years in favor of a new generation of trendy, supposedly energy-efficient Gorebulbs.No one bothered to check the fine print at the White House?
These feel-good dim bulbs give you crappy lighting, don’t live up to their longevity promises, and are a pain in the neck to dispose of–but they sure make enviro-nitwits and Big Greenie water-carriers feel good about themselves.
I tried the compact fluorescents some years back because I have some ceiling fixtures in the out buildings whose bulbs are a pain to change and I liked the idea of 5-year life. Well, despite the package claims they were noticeably dimmer than incandescents and lasted no longer. When they burned out, I threw them in the trash like I and 99% of the citizenry do with all burned out fluorescents. Now we're supposed to save them for some sort of hazardous waste disposal. Sounds like a heck of a plan to me.
Still there is some good news. Most global warming profiteering is for the swells like Al Gore, but here's a way for the little guy to cash in. I'm just going to clear some space and stock up with cases of incandescents. I'll see ya on eBay in a few years.
'The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 and every year since 2001'
Global warming stopped? Surely not. What heresy is this? Haven’t we been told that the science of global warming is settled beyond doubt and that all that’s left to the so-called sceptics is the odd errant glacier that refuses to melt?
Aren’t we told that if we don’t act now rising temperatures will render most of the surface of the Earth uninhabitable within our lifetimes? But as we digest these apocalyptic comments, read the recent IPCC’s Synthesis report that says climate change could become irreversible. Witness the drama at Bali as news emerges that something is not quite right in the global warming camp.
With only few days remaining in 2007, the indications are the global temperature for this year is the same as that for 2006 – there has been no warming over the 12 months.
But is this just a blip in the ever upward trend you may ask? No.
The fact is that the global temperature of 2007 is statistically the same as 2006 as well as every year since 2001. Global warming has, temporarily or permanently, ceased. Temperatures across the world are not increasing as they should according to the fundamental theory behind global warming – the greenhouse effect. Something else is happening and it is vital that we find out what or else we may spend hundreds of billions of pounds needlessly.
I'm sure Al Gore would explain to poor misguided Dr. Whitehouse that it has very little to do with any actual global warming and everything to do with political control of those pesky little people not to mention ill gotten gains from carbon credit scams like Al Gore's Generation Investment Management.
Friday, December 21, 2007
Thursday, December 20, 2007
I knew that cornpone mixture of naivete, snake oil, and half-assed socialism sounded familiar. Selwyn Duke does the honors at The American Thinker in describing The Huckabee Hustle:
When evangelicals embraced Jimmy Carter during the 1976 presidential campaign, they didn't know he would repudiate the Southern Baptist Convention a generation later. Today the very same constituency has glommed onto Mike Huckabee, and I can't help but lament how history truly does repeat itself.Gosh, it could be a Jimmy Carter sound bite. Of course the Huckster is trying to hide out on his past positions with a deviousness that is also familiar according to John Fund:
One can see why the man I dubbed "Huck the Huckster" would appeal to evangelicals. He's a pro-life Southern Baptist minister with charm, wit and a good-ol'-boy, yuck-it-up style. Yet this resplendent exterior only serves to obscure the stain of liberal sin.
Huck would be a disaster - a disaster - on immigration. In fact, in 2006 he compared those who would crack down on illegals to antebellum slave masters, saying,
"One of the great challenges facing us is that we do not commit the same mistakes with our growing Hispanic population that we did with African Americans 150 years ago and beyond. We're still paying the price for the pathetic manner in which this country handled that."
Outrageously, it seems Huck can't distinguish between denying citizens the protection of the law and requiring non-citizens to follow it.
"‘He's just like Bill Clinton in that he practices management by news cycle,' a former top Huckabee aide told me. ‘As with Clinton there was no long-term planning, just putting out fires on a daily basis. One thing I'll guarantee is that won't lead to competent conservative governance.'"Phyllis Schlafly credits the Huckster with destroying the conservative movement in Arkansas and leaving the Republican party in a shambles. No wonder the MSM loves the guy so much.
Still, despite all the vaunted MSM polls I have yet to meet a Huckabee supporter right here in the heart of The Bible Belt. The nearest town has a Baptist church on nearly every corner and the folks there think the Huckster is from outer space. Hmm, that's an alternative theory.
(Picture stolen from FR)
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Thousands of failed asylum seekers have been flown out of Britain and set up in business back home in a £36 million taxpayer-funded scheme, it can be revealed.The ostensible reason for this policy is that it is supposedly cheaper than the legal process for deporting them which I'm sure makes sense to those with a liberal mindset. They don't notice that they have just painted a big "Kick Me" on their hindquarters because they are too busy patting themselves on the back:
The unwanted foreigners, who had no legal right to remain, were given free flights, handed £1,000 in cash at the airport, then paid a further £3,000 to start enterprises in their homelands.
More than 23,000 migrants have taken advantage of the scheme. Their UK-funded businesses range from market stalls to hotels and clothes factories, in countries as far-flung as South Africa, China and Colombia.
Organisers say the business start-up grants create jobs and prosperity in troubled regions of the world. Most of those returning have resettled successfully, although 300 have been caught trying to re-enter Britain.I guess the latter needed more start-up cash.
The only downside is that while Britain's National Asylum Support Service (NASS) will give you housing and walking around money until they kick you out, it's not as luxurious as you may have heard:
Asylum seekers don't "jump the queue" for social housing, and so do not deprive UK nationals who are still on waiting lists. Asylum seekers are housed under separate arrangements funded by the Home Office and don't affect local authority housing lists.
Accommodation given to asylum seekers is not better than that provided to UK nationals. NASS has a model contract for use with housing providers which sets out minimum regulatory standards only. The contract does not require provision of special services or luxury goods.
Asylum seekers don't get free colour television sets, new cookers or washing machines or other electrical goods, or telephone facilities. They don't get free mobile phones or benefits to buy second-hand cars or new furniture.
Weekly cash payments provided to adults are worth 70% of Income Support.
Well heck. Maybe if I am real annoying they'll kick me out quick. I'll just sue for better accommodations.
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
If the zealots are right, global warming is the cause of just about any earthly ill or phenomenon. Hotter weather? It's caused by global warming. Colder weather? Global warming again. More rain? Global warming. Drought? Global warming.Pretty scary, eh kids? Makes you want to dig deep to donate to the UN to sort it all out, right?
Even an increase in vampire moths, insects that consume human blood, has been blamed on global warming.
In a tribute to rational thinking, and a welcome repudiation of silliness, John Brignell, a British engineering professor, has compiled "a complete list of things caused by global warming." Each of the more than 600 entries links to a story in which some so-called expert or "researcher" blames global warming for an unusual event, man-caused or no.
Taken individually, the items might seem to have some foundation in reality. It's plausible, of course, that a warmer world could cause glaciers to retreat or trigger an increase in malaria. But taken cumulatively (see numberwatch.co.uk), the foolishness quickly comes into focus.
For example, is global warming really causing both more and less rainfall? Larger and smaller harvests? Shrinking and growing ice sheets? How about dying and flourishing coral reefs, or rising and falling fish stocks?
Also attributed to global warming are: riots, nuclear war, frostbite, Earth fever, the Minneapolis bridge collapse, a boom in kittens and sharks, a bust in ducks and geese, struggling brothels, faster ocean waves, higher sewer bills, a spider invasion of Scotland, an end to cremation, and pay raises for lawyers.
HERE WE WERE on Wednesday, a nation of political junkies gathered around our televisions to watch the candidates debate each other one last time, and we had as a moderator one Carolyn Washburn, the editor of the Des Moines Register. I don't mean to go all East-coast-elitist on you; I'm sure there are people in Iowa who could capably moderate a presidential debate. Unfortunately, and obviously, Carolyn Washburn is not one of them.
The bulk of the post-debate analysis will probably focus on how maladroit Washburn was at the job. She did the impossible--she moderated the last Iowa debate between the Republican candidates before caucuses and yet saw to it that none of the candidates engaged each other. In other words, the moderator ensured that the debate would be as lively as a 12 part PBS series on "How Grass Grows." A personal aside to the Des Moines Register--"boring" is not synonymous with "serious."
The problems went beyond Washburn's lack of mad moderating skillz. From the outset, Washburn announced that the candidates would not be discussing either Iraq or immigration. Swell! It's the biggest debate of the season, so let's take the two biggest issues off the table. For what it's worth, Washburn brought all the charm to her assignment of a latter-day Nurse Ratched.
At some point, the political parties will have to begin to wonder why they entrust such a critical part of our president-choosing process to people like Carolyn Washburn, people who obviously aren't up to the task.
The best part was when Fred Thompson told Nurse Ratched what she could do with her loaded "raise your hand" question about global warming:
By the way, it is a little hard to see in the clip but that was Huckabee, Giuliani, Romney, and McCain who had their hands in the air agreeing that global warming was the American taxpayer's burden. How's the Kool-Aid, boys? Real tasty?
Saturday, December 08, 2007
All you have to know about Andrew Young is that he is so nuts even Jimmy Carter couldn't take it anymore and fired him from his job as UN Ambassador in 1979. Still, it's good to see that Hillary has the race hustlers on her side. Their mud wrestling with Obama's leftoid moonbats should be quite amusing.
Thursday, December 06, 2007
Divorce Found to Harm The Environment With Higher Energy, Water Use
Divorce is not just a family matter. It exacts a serious toll on the environment by boosting the energy and water consumption of those who used to live together, according to a study by two Michigan State University researchers.
The analysis found that cohabiting couples and families around the globe use resources more efficiently than households that have split up. The researchers calculated that in 2005, divorced American households used between 42 and 61 percent more resources per person than before they separated, spending 46 percent more per person on electricity and 56 percent more on water.
Their paper, published yesterday in the Proceedings of The National Academy of Sciences, also found that if the divorced couples had stayed together in 2005, the United States would have saved 73 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity and 627 billion gallons of water in that year alone.
Married households use energy and water more efficiently than divorced ones because they share these resources -- including lighting and heating -- among more people, said Jianguo Liu, one of the paper's co-authors. Moreover, the divorced households they surveyed between 1998 and 2002 used up more space, occupying between 33 and 95 percent more rooms per person than in married households.
"Hopefully this will inform people about the environmental impact of divorce," Liu said in an interview yesterday. "For a long time we've blamed industries for environmental problems. One thing we've ignored is the household."
I'm shocked I tell ya! Of course actual marriage isn't the eco-friendly part, it's the cohabitation so I guess there's a new argument in favor of shacking up. Please, don't anyone tell Barbara Boxer - she'll be wanting us all to live in communes.
Eco-friendly kangaroo farts could help global warming: scientists (that really is the title):
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian scientists are trying to give kangaroo-style stomachs to cattle and sheep in a bid to cut the emission of greenhouse gases blamed for global warming, researchers say.
Thanks to special bacteria in their stomachs, kangaroo flatulence contains no methane and scientists want to transfer that bacteria to cattle and sheep who emit large quantities of the harmful gas.
While the usual image of greenhouse gas pollution is a billowing smokestack pushing out carbon dioxide, livestock passing wind contribute a surprisingly high percentage of total emissions in some countries.
"Fourteen percent of emissions from all sources in Australia is from enteric methane from cattle and sheep," said Athol Klieve, a senior research scientist with the Queensland state government.
"And if you look at another country such as New Zealand, which has got a much higher agricultural base, they're actually up around 50 percent," he told AFP.
Forget the kangaroo-style stomach I want to see Elsie hopping around on her back legs! Actually they ought to experiment on Al Gore - he emits more gas than a feedlot.
Eleven months ago, when President Bush decided to send an additional 30,000 U.S. troops to Iraq in an effort to win the war, correspondents for the big broadcast networks were openly hostile.
On NBC, anchor emeritus Tom Brokaw scoffed that sending more troops would "seem to most people . . . like a folly," while White House reporter David Gregory touted the charge of unnamed critics that "the President's resolve has become stubbornness."
Over on CBS, Baghdad correspondent Lara Logan chastised that the last time troop levels were increased "it made absolutely no difference. In fact, security here in Baghdad got even worse." The day after Mr. Bush unveiled his "surge" strategy, Katie Couric argued that "selling the American public on it could be a mission impossible."
Her Evening News highlighted the reaction of GOP Senator Chuck Hagel, a media favorite: "I think this speech, given last night by this President, represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam."
So now that the president's surge strategy has demonstrably paid off in lower casualty rates for our troops and improved security for Iraq citizens, where are the network stories documenting this achievement?
A new Media Research Center study of the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts finds that as the news from Iraq has steadily improved, the war has practically disappeared from TV screens.
Golly, I'm shocked to hear that! It's almost like they were on the terrorists' side. Either that or they just haven't been able to spot any news lately from the hotel bar in Baghdad.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
The BBC paid for a paintball trip that included men now accused of training Islamic extremists for terrorism. The British television network included the activity in its "Don't Panic, I'm Islamic" reality series that poked fun at Western Islamophobia. In this case, however, the "joke" is on the Beeb.
Wacky Islamic terrorist fun fer sure! The head fun lover was one Mohammed Hamid who referred to himself as Osama bin London. Even better,
After the bombing, the BBC didn't bother to go to the police with the information, even after Hamid confirmed his association with the two perpetrators. This decision got made at the highest levels of the BBC. The network management decided to withhold information from a national-security investigation because, and I quote, "“I got the sense that he was already talking to the police." One of the biggest news organizations in the world couldn't just ask whether Hamid had gone to the police, or advise him to do so? "I don’t think it’s my obligation to tell another adult that he should go to the police.”
No word on which planet the BBC executives beamed down from and as usual the joke is on us.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Monday, December 03, 2007
The left's favorite loonie Hugo Chavez finally met up with an election he couldn't steal which likely means the real margin was 70 to 30 against. Of course it's not over yet - he may still take a page from the Democrat playbook and keep recounting the ballots until he wins.
Thursday, November 22, 2007
by Charles R. Swindoll
My love affair with Thanksgiving takes me all the way back to my boyhood days. I had just turned 10 years of age and was in fifth grade at Southmayd Elementary School in East Houston. As I recall, I was still going barefoot to school--and I combed my hair, maybe three times a week. Girls didn't matter a lot to me when I was 10! It was on a Wednesday, the day before our Thanksgiving holidays began.
The year was 1944. Our nation was at war across the Atlantic into Europe as well as in the Pacific and far beyond. Times were simple back then but they were also rugged. Everything was rationed. Framed stars hung proudly in neighborhood windows--and sometimes they were quietly changed to crosses. Everyone I knew was patriotic to the core. Without television, we relied on "newsreels" that were shown at the movies, bold newspaper headlines, and LIFE magazine, which carried photos and moving stories of courage in battle and deaths at sea. Signs were posted inside most stores and on street corners, all of them with the same four words:
"Uncle Sam Wants YOU"
Draped high across the front of our classroom was a huge American flag with its 48 stars and 13 stripes. We began that Wednesday as we did every other day in school, standing erect beside our desks, repeating the Pledge of Allegiance and then bowing our heads as our teacher led us in prayer. Hanging just below the flag was a large picture of our 32nd president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She always remembered to pray for him--and our "soldier boys"; who were serving their country in dark, dreary, and dangerous places a half a world away from my fifth-grade class.
My teacher had lost her husband on the blood-washed shores of Normandy the previous June. After we had saluted the flag, a hush fell across the room as we bowed our heads together. No one moved. As she began to pray and give thanks, her voice broke and she started to weep. I did too. So did Richard Webb, my best buddy. And Wanda Ragland. Even Charles White and Warren Cook, two tough kids who later played high school football when we were all Milby Buffaloes, wiped back their tears. No one moved as she stumbled and sobbed her way through her prayer, which was filled with some of the most moving expressions of gratitude and praise that I have ever heard emerge from a soul plunged in personal grief and pain.
In that epochal moment, time stood still. And I believe it was then--right then--that I fell in love with Thanksgiving. It became, for me, far more than just another holiday; it took on a significance that bordered the sacred.
Lost in sympathy and a 10-year-old-boy's pity for his teacher, I walked home much slower that autumn afternoon. Although only a child, I entertained deep and profound feelings of gratitude for my country, kept free by the bravery and blood of men and women only a few years older than I, most of them fresh out of high school. On that cool afternoon I felt a renewed surge of thankfulness for my mom and dad, my older brother and sister . . . my maternal grandparents . . . my friends . . . for my school . . . my neighborhood . . . my church. Though only a child, I promised God that I would fight to the end to keep this land free from enemies who would take away our liberty and erase America's distinctives and steal the joys of living in this good land.
I have never forgotten that childhood promise. I remembered it at another Thanksgiving, fourteen years later in late November of 1958, when I wore the uniform and silently walked the same beaches of Okinawa where my fellow Marines had sacrificed their lives in the last great battle of the South Pacific in WWII. And as Thanksgiving returns annually, I still pause; I still let the wonder in.
Thanksgiving puts steel in our nerves and causes fresh blood to course through our patriotic veins. It reminds us of our great heritage. It carries us back with humbling nostalgia to those first dreadful winters at places like Plymouth and Jamestown, where less than half of those who first landed survived. But what grand men and women those pioneers became--those who pressed on. Reading their names today is like reading a page out of our national heroes' Hall of Fame. In words taken from Hebrews 11, they were those "of whom the world was not worthy." At this time every year I pause and remember how thankful I am for each one of them. They had the stuff of which greatness is made.
Amen, brother. I particularly liked the line:
I promised God that I would fight to the end to keep this land free from enemies who would take away our liberty and erase America's distinctives and steal the joys of living in this good land.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
The unseemly spat at the recent Ibero-American summit in Chile, which saw Spanish King Juan Carlos ask a gobby Hugo Chávez "Why don't you shut up?", has proved a big hit down at YouTube, as well as spawning a spin-off industry punting t-shirts, mugs and ringtones to impressed Spaniards.
Well, it didn't take long for the net wags to get busy, and here's a pleasing example of the kind of thing currently entertaining YouTubers:
Nice tune. In Spain, meanwhile, the locals are falling over themselves to grab ¿Por qué no te callas? merchandise, with t-shirts proving extremely popular. Ringtone companies have been quick to cash in, and have trousered an estimated £1m, according to the Telegraph.Hugo's secret is that he has a very thin skin, so short of dropping a Hellfire on the lunatic, making him the butt of the joke provokes the most discomfort.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Your alarm goes off; you hit the snooze and sleep for another 10 minutes.
He stays up for days on end.
You take a warm shower to help you wake up.
He goes days or weeks without running water.
You complain of a "headache", and call in sick.
He gets shot at as others are hit, and keeps moving forward.
You put on your anti war/don't support the troops shirt, and go meet up with your friends.
He still fights for your right to wear that shirt.
You make sure you're cell phone is in your pocket.
He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
You talk trash about your "buddies" that aren't with you.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.
You walk down the beach, staring at all the pretty girls.
He walks the streets, searching for insurgents and terrorists.
You complain about how hot it is.
He wears his heavy gear, not daring to take off his helmet to wipe his brow.
You go out to lunch, and complain because the restaurant got your order wrong.
He doesn't get to eat today.
Your maid makes your bed and washes your clothes.
He wears the same things for weeks, but makes sure his weapons are clean.
You go to the mall and get your hair redone.
He doesn't have time to brush his teeth today.
You're angry because your class ran 5 minutes over.
He's told he will be held over an extra 2 months.
You call your girlfriend and set a date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there is a letter from home.
You hug and kiss your girlfriend, like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells his love's perfume.
You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his new child, and wonders if they'll ever meet.
You criticize your government, and say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and killed by their own people and remembers
why he is fighting.
You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and screams of the wounded.
You see only what the media wants you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying around him.
You are asked to go to the store by your parents. You don't.
He does exactly what he is told.
You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given to call, write home, sleep, and eat.
You crawl into your soft bed, with down pillows, and get comfortable.
He crawls under a tank for shade and a 5 minute nap, only to be woken by
You sit there and judge him, saying the world is probably a worse place
because of men like him. If only there were more men like him!
Only two defining forces have ever offered to die for you, Jesus Christ
and the American G. I. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom!
Bless the veterans and may they always be our firm bulwark against the plots of our enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Wednesday, November 07, 2007
The good news is that one of Hillary Clinton's favorite drivers is OK after a mishap on the road. Of course, that's the bad news too - Illegal Immigrant released from hospital after I-540 wreck:
An illegal immigrant hospitalized for more than a week following a wreck on Interstate 540 was released from the hospital over the weekend.
Eblin Fabiel Ocampo-Cruz, 22, was taken to the Orange County Jail to face charges in connection with prior violations he allegedly committed in the county.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged him with driving while impaired, reckless driving, failure to reduce speed and possession of a revoked license in connection with the Oct. 25 wreck on I-540 between Creedmoor and Six Forks roads. Authorities said he was driving the wrong way when he caused the wreck, and he could still face felony charges in the accident.
The shame of North Carolina is that until some recent changes, you basically only had to be breathing to get a drivers license there. While that was swell for all the "guests in our country," and their pals like Hillary Clinton and Eliott Spitzer, it hasn't been a pleasant ride for the citizens:
Oh the poor little tyke! He would have only been 16 at the time. Good thing he stayed here to do the jobs that US citizens won't do as his criminal record since he became an adult demonstrates:
ICE agents said Cruz, a native of Honduras, was charged in 2000 with being an alien in the U.S. and was ordered to be deported two years later. Because he didn't leave the country, he has been considered a fugitive, authorities said.
At the time of the wreck, Cruz was on probation for several offenses, according to court records.
In February 2006, he was convicted in Durham of DWI. A month later, he was convicted of misdemeanor unauthorized use of a vehicle and misdemeanor breaking and entering. In May 2006, he pleaded guilty to reckless driving and passing an emergency vehicle. Last October, he was charged with resisting an officer, and he was charged with possession of stolen goods in December.
Authorities said they are aware of the federal warrant against Cruz, but they said the local criminal cases take precedence over the deportation order.
Which means that if he gets convicted of the local crimes, the taxpayers get to fund a stay at the big house for ole Eblin before the legal shananigans can begin to kick his skanky butt out of the country. Heck, we just funded a week in the hospital for him so why not? But here's an idea: why doesn't Hillary help the troubled youth out during his legal troubles with a job as chauffeur for herself? Or for Bubba?
Monday, November 05, 2007
FROM Dr.(MRS) NANCY ABIAM
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENCY
FRAUD VICTIMS REIMBURSEMENT.
SCAM VICTIM REIMBURSEMENT.
I write to bring to your notice as a delegate from the Nigerian
Government Reimbursement committee under the strict supervision of the United
Nations to pay 230 Nigerian 419 scam victims the sum of $950,000.000.00 USD
(Nine Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars) each. You are hereby listed as one of the
beneficiaries for this payment.You are expected to get back to us as soon as
possible for your immediate reimbursement.
As a result of this laudable recommedations,it is imperative to bring
to your notice that during the last U.N. meeting held in Abuja, Nigeria, it was
alarmed by so many countries around the world about loss of funds by various
foreigners to these scam artists operating in syndicates all over the world
today.In other to redeem the good image of our dear country,the President has
ordered the immediate payment of $950,000.000.00 USD each to the affected
victims in accordance with the U.N. directives.
(blah, blah, blah)
The only folks that the United Nations recommends paying that kind of money to are the crooks running the joint.
Thursday, November 01, 2007
2008 Democratic National Convention Agenda
7:00 pm Opening flag burning
7:15 pm Pledge of Allegiance to the U.N. (In Spanish)
7:20 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
7:25 pm Nonreligious prayer and worship with Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton
7:45 pm Ceremonial tree hugging
7:55 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
8:00 pm How I Invented the Internet - Al Gore
8:15 pm Gay Wedding - Barney Frank presiding
8:35 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
8:40 pm Our Troops are War Criminals - John Kerry
9.00 pm Memorial service for Saddam and his sons - Cindy Sheehan and Susan Sarandon
10:00 pm "Answering Machine Etiquette" - Alec Baldwin
11:00 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
11:05 pm Collection for the Osama Bin Laden kidney transplant fund - Barbara Streisand
11:15 pm Free the Freedom Fighters from Guantanamo Bay - Sean Penn
11:30 pm Oval Office Affairs - William Jefferson Clinton
11:45 pm Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
11:50 pm How George Bush Brought Down the World Trade Towers - Howard Dean
12:15 am "Truth in Broadcasting Award" - Presented to Dan Rather by Michael Moore
12:25 am Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
12:30 am Satellite address by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
12:45 am Nomination of Hillary Rodham Clinton by Nancy Pelosi
1:00 am Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
1:05 am Coronation of Hillary Rodham Clinton
1:30 am Ted Kennedy proposes a toast
1:35 am Bill Clinton asks Ted to drive Hillary home
You mean they aren't going to invite Fidel Castro?
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
You probably don't want a closeup, but this one poses the interesting question, "What does he pick and eat when we're not looking?"
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
and the Freepers couldn't pass it up:
(Click on either to supersize Her Heinous.)
Monday, October 15, 2007
Al Gore's primary job on Apple's board of directors (besides picking up his paycheck) seems to be to provide an aura of authenticity to the dubious report absolving Steve Jobs in the stock options backdating scandal. I guess that must have been a valuable service since Steve Jobs is boosting Big Weird Al for president and after the Goron was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize last week under other dubious circumstances, Apple decided to devote their home page for a couple of days to a little brown nosing (see above).
I know some folks that were interested in the Apple iPhone before it launched, but dropped it like a hot potato when they found out about Al's involvement in Apple. It may be hard to do the same if you are a longtime Macintosh user, but there's no excuse for buying any of Apple's consumer electronics gadgets like the iPod or iPhone because there are plenty of alternatives. Do some of the other manufacturers do silly stuff on behalf of Mother Gaia? Sure, but you have to pick off the fattest targets which are certainly Big Weird Al and Apple.
Friday, October 05, 2007
After reaching a record high in 2006, scientists at the European Space Agency (ESA) reports that the ozone hole decreased by nearly a third in 2007.
Dang, where's my hairspray? But hold on a sec, the boffins warn not to cut off the flow of research grants just yet:
The agency also warned that the decrease is not a sign of permanent recovery, based on their research.
(Various butt covering deleted)
While the study by KNMI and the ESA indicates that the ozone hole recovery of this year was likely simply a temporary trend, international cooperation and increased public awareness will hopefully eventually lead to recovery such as 2007's being a permanent trend.
Here at the Country Store Research Institute, we've reached a different conclusion which is that none of these "crack" scientists have the faintest frickin' clue about what is really going on, but are only too happy to prescribe goofy socialist nostrums as a solution for their fantasy problems. Begone, twits!
But he can also meet comfortably with the local natives in more intimate surroundings:
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
It's no secret that the lefties love the idea of antiwar combat vets. The only problem is that they seem to have a hard time finding any that aren't phony which seems to be the reason they have their panties in a knot over Rush Limbaugh bashing phony vet Jesse Macbeth. However, the best part is them trotting out phony combat vet Senator Tom Harkin to do their dirty work.
Of course, ole Tom is a tad shy about his falsifications - his staff tried to erase it off Wikipedia. But to let you know what kind of pondscum Tom Harkin and his wife Ruth are, take a gander at some of their other exploits. This lying punk should be embarassed to show his face in public and instead he and his wife are ripping off the citizens when they aren't betraying them.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Friday, September 21, 2007
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Monday, September 10, 2007
Oprah Winfrey is throwing a huge fundraiser for Barack Obama on Saturday on the grounds of the Promise Land — a huge 42 acre mountain-view estate in Montecito, Calif. It’s projected to raise $3 million. Two million of which is projected to come from the “Dunk Stedman” booth.
In Mississippi, a Taco Bell restaurant had to close after employees found a snake in the restaurant. Witnesses at the Taco Bell said it was the first time they’ve ever seen a snake with diarrhea.Which reminds me - what's with Mama Obama referring to her hubby as "snore-y and stinky" in the bedroom? It's kind of hard to believe that Mama Obama is a highly paid community liaison for a major Chicago hospital isn't it? You don't think it was a no-show job do ya? Nah, couldn't be since Bubba said the same about Hillary. One does wonder how he knew since they haven't been in the same bed together for years.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
Friday, August 31, 2007
Monks at China's Shaolin Temple are vociferously demanding an apology from an anonymous Japanese internet user who suggested that a single ninja had once whupped the asses of the kung fu masters at the martial art's spiritual home.
Specifically, "Five Minutes Every Day" last week posted a comment in an online forum claiming that "a Japanese ninja came to Shaolin, asked for a fight and many monks failed to beat him". He added: "The facts that the monks could not defeat a Japanese ninja showed that they were named as kung fu masters in vain."
Well, this didn't go down too well at all. According to Reuters, the Shaolin monks rapidly engaged a lawyer, who issued a notice declaring: "The so-called defeat is purely fabricated, and we demand the internet user to apologise to the whole nation for the wrongs he or she did."
Some things you just can't make up. Say, did I ever tell y'all about the time a Southern country boy went to China and kicked the gown wearing derrieres of the phonies at the Shaolin temple?
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Police in China's capital said Tuesday they will start patrolling the Web using animated beat officers that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content.
Starting Sept. 1, the cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China's top portals, including Sohu and Sina, and by the end of the year will appear on all Web sites registered with Beijing servers, the Beijing Public Security Ministry said in a statement.
The animated police appeared designed to startle Web surfers and remind them that authorities closely monitor Web activity. However, the statement did not say whether there were plans to boost monitoring further.
The male and female cartoon officers, designed for the ministry by Sohu, will offer a text warning to surfers to abide by the law and tips on Internet security as they move across the screen in a virtual car, motorcycle or on foot, it said.
China stringently polices the Internet for material and content that the ruling Communist Party finds politically or morally threatening. Despite the controls, nudity, profanity, illegal gambling and pirated music, books and film have proliferated on Chinese Internet servers.
"We will continue to promote new images of the virtual police and update our Internet security tips in an effort to make the image of the virtual police more user friendly and more in tune with how web surfers use the Internet," it said.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
But something still bugs me -- that damned global warming video slot machine down in the Montego Bay lobby. "Stay here," I tell Hawkspawn. "I'll be back in a couple of minutes." I slide a fiver into the machine, feeling strangely lucky. After three or four spins, the thing goes crazy. I line up a staggered row of global warming cubes; a dancing tuxedoed penguin appears, busts through his snow globe and hops into the waiting arms of pink lady walrus with enormous knockers. 52 bucks! I collect the windfall and return to the room. I crank the A/C down to 63 degrees.
Take that, Gaia!
Monday, August 20, 2007
KERRY O’BRIEN: But can you remember seeing lap dancers performing?
KEVIN RUDD: Look, what I can recall in terms of the actual venue itself was that not much more than you would see in the last 20 years in a certain of the pubs in Australia, I’ve got to say.
KERRY O’BRIEN: But that’s what I would like to clarify. Because you don’t see lap dancing in most pubs in Australia. Can you recall seeing lap dancers performing while you were there?
KEVIN RUDD: No, I can’t.
So the current spin is that Kev was so sh*t-faced he just sat there like a vegetable completely unaware of his surroundings. Not a pretty picture, but likely more acceptable to the Labor Party femnazis and the more straight-laced voters. Meanwhile, Sydney Morning Herald blogger Jack Marx got fired for being a little too imaginative about possible un-vegetable like behavior of the SMH's favorite politician:
The dancer would have begun with some general pole work; a few twirls here and there, leaning back, bending forward at the waist, that sort of thing. Nothing spectacular - not yet - just some gentle gymnastics to get the blood pumping. Perhaps she would have noticed the little man smiling at her from the edge of the stage, perhaps she didn't. But he noticed her, that's for sure. He couldn't keep his eyes off her. She was gorgeous.
That is one of the less exciting portions.
The girls of Goldfingers would like to see more of fun loving Kevin '03 rather than the stale and stuffy "Kevin '07" and thus invite him to attend Goldfingers when he visits Melbourne on the campaign trail.Better yet, whoever is running ole Kev's MySpace operation accepted the "friend" request - "Kevin Rudd accepts Goldfingers friendship during this trying time." C'mon Kev, give the local product a try!
We believe that in his position, Mr. Rudd should be setting an example by supporting "Australian Made" performers rather than spending tax payer's money on US goods!!!!
(Our management will be reminding him on arrival that we have a strict no touching policy in order to avoid a repeat of the Scores fiasco!)
Every MySpace friend request must be approved by Rudd's office, but nobody picked the link.
"It's hilarious," Amber Bartlett, from Goldfingers, said.
"I sent the request as a bit of a joke at 1am . . . and by 9.30am he
was our friend.
"It's a bit surprising.
"It's like he had no hesitation."
Sunday, August 19, 2007
The best part of Kevin Rudd getting kicked out of a NYC strip club is that Mr. Milquetoast is always prattling on about his saintliness:
Of course, it doesn't help that he was travelling as an Australian representative to the United Nations where high living is a way of life. However, the real question is, considering what normally goes on at the strip bar in question, what could Mr. Milquetoast have possibly done to get kicked out?
THE political danger for Kevin Rudd as he contemplates his moment of madness is that it gives the lie to the persona he has so far successfully sold to voters.
We are talking here, not only of Rudd’s deliberate projection as a bookish, Mandarin speaking intellect. But more of his claims to being a church going family man who counts as his hero Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the Lutheran pastor martyred by Adolf Hitler. The aspiration to high principle by association is obvious.
Just last week Rudd addressed the Australian Christian Lobby. He was a prominent member of the Federal Parliamentary prayer group. He has previously declared the Christian faith, along with a commitment to social justice, to be one of the guiding principles of his life.
And this: “For me, my family is the most important thing in my life. It is the backbone of my life.”
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Kevin Rudd's hopes of becoming Prime Minister have been rocked by a visit to a New York strip club where he was warned against inappropriate behaviour during a drunken night while representing Australia at the United Nations.
Mr Rudd yesterday issued a statement to The Sunday Telegraph, confirming he went to the club. But he said he could not recall what happened at the night spot because he had "had too much to drink''.
"If my behaviour caused any offence to anybody whatsoever that evening, I of course wholeheartedly apologise'' he said.
Mr Rudd went to the Manhattan "gentlemen's club'' Scores in September, 2003, when he was Shadow foreign affairs minister.
He was in New York at taxpayers' expense as a bipartisan observer at the UN. Mr Rudd went to the club, which is a well-known haunt of UN diplomats and journalists, with New York Post editor Col Allan and Northern Territory Labor MP Warren Snowdon.
That's OK, Kevin - being a lefty means you'll be forgiven, but if you need some tips just put in a call to Ted Kennedy. The weekend is a bad time, of course, but whenever Ted sobers up I'm sure he'll give you a jingle with some good advice.
This is via Tim Blair who observes that "Haven’t been to the club in question, but things have to get pretty lively at these joints before you’re shown the door." Indeed. The article referenced explains what goes on at Scores, which is pretty much what goes on at any strip club but with higher prices, but here's the nut:
One customer review on the NY City Search site notes: "Scores has the best bouncers among all gentleman clubs in NY City. "They do not interfere unless you really cross the limit."
I wonder what ole Kevin was trying to stuff in her g-string? Kevin says he was too drunk to remember, but there must have been plenty of witnesses. C'mon folks, drop a dime.
Hey, Ken? How's that media career goin' for ya, buddy? Remember when you thought you'd soon have a gig with a real MSM outfit? And now you're working in Ana Marie Cox's old internet pretend-job, working for her old crappy salary (if that-- did you manage to get the big Cox salary or did you agree to a cut?), while she, many, many years your junior, is now at Time.Click through for more hijinks, but watch out for the picture of ole Ken since it's rather hard to take on a full stomach.
Friday, August 17, 2007
Such a deal! Al and Tipper should really get on top of this one! I also think "ecogasms" is a nice turn of phrase - maybe they'll send a truckload of their product to the Democrat convention next year?
New recycling regulations mean that all electrical equipment - including sex toys! - must be disposed of at a designated electrical waste collection centre. This means that you shouldn’t just chuck your dead vibrator in the kitchen bin!
More than 1,000 electrical waste centres have been set up at recycling sites around the UK. But who wants the hassle and embarrassment of taking your dog-eared defunct sex toy down to the tip? Nobody! That's where the LoveHoney Rabbit Amnesty can help.
Send your old rabbit vibrator to LoveHoney Rabbit Amnesty and we will:
- Carefully dispose of your old vibrator
- Donate £1 to a green charity
- Ensure as much of it is recycled as possible
- Send you a new rabbit vibrator for half price!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Womens always whooped at me and even fellows did in the not private water closet!Of course it could always be Harry Reid.
Well, now I sriek at them, because I took M E _G_A_D_ IK for 6 months and now my penis is badly more than federal.
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Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Too bad the lion cage wasn't unlocked. On the other hand, I can't wait for the episode where Nahool shows the kids what not to do with dad's AK-47 and RPG.
Saturday, August 11, 2007
The song is West's latest single, "Can't Tell Me Nothing," and the hillbilly in pajamas is comedian Zach Galifianakis.If folks around here spotted these perverts prancing in the meadow, they'd be breaking out the 12 gauge and rescuing the clog dancing kids.
How? Why? Apparently, West was taken with Galifianakis's lip-syncing in Michael Blieden's video for Fiona Apple's "Not About Love." West decided to give Blieden and Galifianakis carte blanche to create a rural rap odyssey on a North Carolina farm.
As he romps through fields, strikes a Jesus pose in a pond and says that he "ain't one of the Cosbys / I ain't go to Hillman," Galifianakis is joined by a group of gingham-wearing clog dancers and hairy-faced indie folkster Will Oldham, a.k.a. Bonnie "Prince" Billy.
This is hardly a dorm-room camcorder parody of a pop song. It's an officially sanctioned Kanye West video. (So, yes, it is about getting Kanye's money right.) And while the clip's goofiness beguiles, it raises questions about racial humor: Isn't the "white guys enjoying hip-hop while spoofing its excesses" thing way past its expiration date?Hip-hop jumped the shark a couple of years ago and we're just watching its death throes. Nice to see, but not soon enough.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
"Hairspray" opened today. In the movie, John Travolta plays a fat housewife named Edna Turnblad. They say John Travolta is so convincing as a fat woman, earlier today, he got a call from President Clinton.Conan O'Brien:
Last night the Senate held an all night session. Sen. Hillary Clinton gave a speech at 4 a.m. It was the first time Hillary gave a speech at 4 in the morning that didn’t begin with, "Where the hell have you been?”Via NewsMax.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Nigerian schoolchildren who received laptops from a U.S. aid organization have used them to explore pornographic sites on the Internet, the official News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported Thursday.
"Efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials," NAN said.
Now those naughty kids will be getting filters so they can get back to writing the next PC operating system (snort). My guess is that if every computer disappeared from every grade school classroom in the world, the students' reading, writing, and math abilities would jump. Well, maybe not in the USA given the way the educational establishment has managed to screw those subjects up and fill the curriculum with outrageous piffle.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Just think what would happen if the Donks caught sight of this Taliban training video. Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi would surrender immediately, John Murtha would ask for a bribe, and Jimmy Carter and Cindy Sheehan would try to give the guy a tongue bath. It's hard to tell what James "RageBoy" Webb would do, since he doesn't always take his meds.
Hat Tip: Check out Theo Spark's blog as well for more of the good stuff.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
Larry David is your typical Hollywood liberal, but even he apparently found his wife's moonbat act hard to take:
Now that he's separated, Larry David is having a laugh at his wife's expense. The "Curb Your Enthusiasm" card said he celebrated the end of his 14-year marriage to eco-activist Laurie David in a way that was sure to upset her. "After the divorce, I went home and turned all the lights on," David told TV critics in LA. A fiercely private guy, David denied that his wife's public war on global warming caused the split. "No, no, no, she's been that way throughout," he said.Tim Blair suggests that it must have been a long 14 years.
Some of Laurie David's Martha's Vineyard neighbors aren't so thrilled. They contend her lavish lifestyle is at odds with her activism.The last is in reference to Laurie paving a swamp in order to better entertain her global warming guru, Robert Kennedy Jr. What better indication of terminal clue lack is there than looking to that loser for anything?
Anyhow, it seems that Laurie David has kept spiffing up the Martha's Vineyard mansion to the distress of her neighbors and was apparently having even more work done:
So, anyway, I reported that her closeness with their caretaker, who is also currently divorcing his wife, might constitute a factor. I now know that not even clams open up like people who summer on Martha's Vineyard. The David lawyers should only have as much information as I've freshly been given.What could be more earth-friendly than Laurie and the caretaker taking a few rolls in the compost? Of course, given that it's Laurie, it might be manure.
These newly wide-open mouths allege that Missus and the Caretaker have been taking care for a long time. They claim Larry knew nothing since the couple, married about 15 years and with two children, mainly live in California.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
I see that Hillary Clinton and Pretty Pony were caught cooking up a plan to prune some of the weaker candidates from the Donk debate fests. I don't know why they're complaining - having some of the more obvious space cases around makes them appear almost rational.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Mark Steyn points out that the Islamic terrorist doctors in the UK are a symptom of a bigger problem:
Some 40 percent of Britain's practicing doctors were trained overseas – and that percentage will increase, as older native doctors retire, and younger immigrant doctors take their place. According to the BBC, "Over two-thirds of doctors registering to practice in the UK in 2003 were from overseas – the vast majority from non-European countries." Five of the eight arrested are Arab Muslims, the other three Indian Muslims. Bilal Abdulla, the Wahhabi driver of the incendiary Jeep and a doctor at the Royal Alexandra Hospital near Glasgow, is one of over 2,000 Iraqi doctors working in Britain.It's a leftoid paradise fer sure! Who else could screw things up so massively that they have to willy nilly import Third World terrorists to be doctors?
Many of these imported medical staff have never practiced in their own countries. As soon as they complete their training, they move to a Western world hungry for doctors to prop up their understaffed health systems: Dr. Abdulla got his medical qualification in Baghdad in 2004 and was practicing in Britain by 2006. His co-plotter, Mohammed Asha, a neurosurgeon, graduated in Jordan in 2004 and came to England the same year.
When the president talks about needing immigrants to do "the jobs Americans won't do," most of us assume he means seasonal fruit pickers and the maid who turns down your hotel bed and leaves the little chocolate on it. But in the United Kingdom the jobs Britons won't do has somehow come to encompass the medical profession.
So today the NHS is hungry for medical personnel from almost anywhere on the planet, so hungry that the government set up special fast-track immigration programs: Mohammed Asha, Mohammed Haneef and their comrades didn't even require a work permit to come and practice as doctors in state hospitals. You don't have to be the smartest jihadist in the cave to see that as an opportunity, any more than it required no great expertise for the 9/11 killers to figure that the quickest place to get the picture IDs with which they boarded the planes was through Virginia's "undocumented worker" network. Everyone else from the Venezuelan peasantry to the Russia mafia knows the vulnerabilities of Western immigration systems, so why not the jihadists?
But beyond that the Glasgow Jeep story symbolizes a more basic reality. The NHS is the biggest employer in Europe, and it's utterly dependent on imported staff such as Dr. Asha and Dr. Abdulla. In the West, we look on mass immigration as a testament to our generosity, to our multicultural bona fides. But it's not: A dependence on mass immigration is always a structural weakness and should be understood as such. In the socialized health systems of the Continent, aging, shrinking populations of native Europeans will spend their final years being cared for by young Muslim doctors and nurses.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
We’ve had fun at Hot Air cranking out shamnesty ads all week in response to Mickey Kaus’s call for citizen vids. You can find links to the rest here.
The open borders Wall Street Journal thinks there are some nefarious dark forces behind the little video spots Bryan I collaborated on in our home offices–and behind the videos produced by other independent bloggers (hat tip: See-Dubya):
Hot Air Network’s Web ad, viewable at left, urged “conservatives fed up with Republican scheming on this bill, [to] do something about it. If you gave to the party in the past year, you can demand your money back. Call the Republican National Committee today and demand a full refund. If you gave to any senator or congressman in the past year, call their office and demand a full refund.” Just who sponsors Hot Air’s ad, and other similar ads popping up across the Internet, is unclear.
Who “sponsors” our ads? What the —-? Did the reporter get her training at Media Matters?
No Wall Street Journal reporter bothered to e-mail us. If they had, the facts would have gotten in the way of their tinfoil-rattling. Sorry to disappoint you, but no one “sponsored” our videos. I’m sure Kaus will find out if any of the other grass-roots YouTube ads his call inspired were “sponsored” by some Invisible, Deep-Pocketed Special Interest.
Is it so hard for the WSJ to get its head around the concept of independent videoblogging and an Army of Video-Editing Davids? Or at least to e-mail video producers to ask them directly before embarrassing themselves?
Allah has some fun with the clue-challenged Carnevale too:
Just in time for this week, we did deploy an advanced new weapon that the crack reporting staff at the WSJ might want to look into, if they’re of a mind to actually ask questions of those of us involved. I’m not going to give them the plans or any access to my new battle station, but I’ll divulge its code name. I call it the Gateway. It’s fresh from our super-shadowy digital guerrilla gear pipeline known only as “Tiger Direct.”Clearly Rupert Murdoch is going to have a big job cleaning out the drones at the Journal. The readers who commented on the article at the WSJ site think it can't be soon enough.
Thanks to the stalwart, true leaders in the Senate — especially Sens. Sessions, DeMint, Vitter, Inhofe, Cornyn, and their staffs. Thanks to the House GOP members who made their opposition known. Thanks to the Loud Folks on the right side of the dial. Thanks to the Loud Folks at The Corner, RedState, Human Events, Townhall, Kaus, N.Z. Bear, and all the enforcement-first bloggers out there who weighed in. Thanks to the analysts at the Heritage Foundation, the enforcement/assimilation proponents at The Manhattan Institute, George Borjas, Kris Kobach, Eagle Forum, 9/11 Families, FAIR and Numbers USA. Thanks to the immigration enforcement activists who’ve been at this for years and decades before this one battle began. Most importantly, thanks to all the ordinary “Loud Folks” who called, phoned, e-mailed, and blogged their opposition.and thank your Senator if he/she voted NO (see list below), even if some of them were a tad late or are otherwise the vilest of moonbats. Think of it as positive reinforcement training. If your Senator isn't on the list, suggest forcefully that he find other employment. Think of it as a spanking although most deserve far worse.
The bill is dead. The work of immigration enforcement and border security continues.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Update: Listen to this audio of clueless Senator Voinovich (RINO - Ohio), but still try to be polite when you contact the 'tards who "represent" you. However, you can tell them not to bother coming home if they vote for shamnesty.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
When Iranian Revolutionary Guards captured the British sailors and Royal Marines in March, it was not exactly their first attempt.Bwahahaha - maybe they sang 'em a few verses of Kumbaya too.
It turns out that Iranian forces made an earlier concerted attempt to seize a boarding party from the Royal Australian Navy.
The Australians, though, to quote one military source, "were having none of it".
The BBC has been told the Australians re-boarded the vessel they had just searched, aimed their machine guns at the approaching Iranians and warned them to back off, using what was said to be "highly colourful language".
The Iranians withdrew, and the Australians were reportedly lifted off the ship by one of their own helicopters.