Saturday, July 5, 2008

Sniffer dogs to wear ‘Muslim’ bootees, Muslims: WTF??

UK: While Muslims are begging the establishment political correct types to stop "helping."

Police sniffer dogs will have to wear bootees when searching the homes of Muslims so as not to cause offence.

Guidelines being drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) urge awareness of religious sensitivities when using dogs to search for drugs and explosives. The guidelines, to be published this year, were designed to cover mosques but have been extended to include other buildings.

Where Muslims object, officers will be obliged to use sniffer dogs only in exceptional cases. Where dogs are used, they will have to wear bootees with rubber soles. “We are trying to ensure that police forces are aware of sensitivities that people can have with the dogs to make sure they are not going against any religious or cultural element within people’s homes. It is being addressed and forces are working towards doing it,” Acpo said.


STOPP!!

Ibrahim Mogra, one of Britain’s leading imams, said the measures were unnecessary: “In Islamic law the dog is not regarded as impure, only its saliva is. Most Islamic schools of law agree on that. If security measures require to send a dog into a house, then it has to be done. I think Acpo needs to consult better and more widely.

“I know in the Muslim community there is a hang-up against dogs, but this is cultural. Also, we know the British like dogs; we Muslims should do our bit to change our attitudes.”

John Midgley, co-founder of the Campaign Against Political Correctness, said: “The police are in effect being overly sensitive to potential criminals and not being sensitive enough to the public at large who need to be protected. These sort of things have a counter-productive effect because they cause huge friction between different communities.”

Caroline Kisko, of the Kennel Club, said: “We would not condone any attempt to make search dogs wear special clothing, which could cause them distress.”

Iraqis lead final purge of Al-Qaeda

Iraq: Article by Marie Colvin showing the Iraqi forces doing quite alright for themselves.

"....Nevertheless, the speed of Al-Qaeda’s decline in Iraq – not only in the north but throughout the country – has taken many military strategists and observers by surprise.

In Zarqawi’s day, a ruthless campaign of suicide bombings, abductions and beheadings paralysed the country and thwarted US efforts to pacify it. By the end of 2006 some were predicting an American defeat.

The reversal of fortunes is attributed to the “surge” strategy of General David Petraeus, the commander of US forces, who targeted Al-Qaeda in Iraq above all else after securing an extra 30,000 troops last year.

His officers exploited local resentment of the terrorists and promised to protect those who resisted them. Under Petraeus’s plan, they established awakening councils, or groups calling themselves concerned local citizens. These Sunni groups helped to drive Al-Qaeda from many of its bastions.

US and Iraqi forces were then able to retake large swathes of the country and complete the “clearing” of cities such as Ramadi and Falluja and large areas of Baghdad. The overall number of attacks in Iraq has fallen by 80% in the past year alone.

Nouri al-Maliki, the prime minister, has gone on in recent months to reassert control over Basra in the south and Baghdad’s Sadr City, the two main strongholds of the Shi’ite Mahdi Army.

As for Mosul, the battle has been crucial to both sides and the Americans believe that it could have repercussions for Al-Qaeda beyond Iraq. “Al-Qaeda has its propaganda value from fighting the infidels and this is the central operating theatre for that battle,” said Brown. “If they are pushed out of Iraq that is a huge defeat for them.”

The signs this weekend were positive. Major Erich Campbell, operations officer for the US advisers, said: “Earlier this year we could have gone down the street waving fistfuls of dollars in the air.

“We couldn’t buy anything. Iraqis told us, ‘If we sell to you, we will be killed’. Now we can buy things from shops.” "

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American and Iraqi forces are driving Al-Qaeda in Iraq out of its last redoubt in the north of the country in the culmination of one of the most spectacular victories of the war on terror.

After being forced from its strongholds in the west and centre of Iraq in the past two years, Al-Qaeda’s dwindling band of fighters has made a defiant “last stand” in the northern city of Mosul.

A huge operation to crush the 1,200 fighters who remained from a terrorist force once estimated at more than 12,000 began on May 10.

Operation Lion’s Roar, in which the Iraqi army combined forces with the Americans’ 3rd Armoured Cavalry Regiment, has already resulted in the death of Abu Khalaf, the Al-Qaeda leader, and the capture of more than 1,000 suspects.

Obama now against genocide in Iraq.

Politics: Black Jesus does reserve the right to change his solid as a rock opinions, its you plebs who don't understand his genius.

Friday July 20th, 2007:

Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said Thursday the United States cannot use its military to solve humanitarian problems and that preventing a potential genocide in Iraq isn’t a good enough reason to keep U.S. forces there.


Saturday July 5th, 2008:

“The belief that we have a national security interest in making sure Iraq is secure, I’ve been saying consistently,” he added. Noting “the worst-case scenarios and the parade of horribles that has been trotted out by John McCain and others about genocide if we left,” he said he has always reserved “the right to protect people from genocide.”


Got it? good.

Via Hot Air.

Friday, July 4, 2008

GM may bring new mini car to U.S.

Business: Whats this? An American car maker doing some forward thinking to maybe putting a product on a fast track? Possible but highly unlikely.















DETROIT - General Motors Corp. is considering a new Chevrolet mini car for the United States as it reworks its product lineup to cope with a dramatic shift from trucks to cars linked to high gas prices, a spokesman said Thursday.

GM spokesman Dee Allen said bringing the Chevrolet Beat, which is about the size of a Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris mini car, to the U.S. is among the options the company is studying.

"It is certainly one of the things that is being looked at from a portfolio perspective," Allen said.

Spanish cabinet members in tie fight!

EU: Proving once again that Spain is not a serious country.

A revolt was brewing in Spain's cabinet Thursday as members refused to wear ties in parliament, aiming to save energy and fight global warming by removing the need for the air conditioning to be turned up.
Labour Minister Celestino Corbacho took off his tie in front of journalists on Thursday in solidarity with Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian who ruffled some feathers when he appeared in parliament a day earlier without one.

"You can be formal with a tie or without one," said Corbacho, adding that wearing a tie should not be "some sort of dogma".

Shortly after Sebastian appeared in the assembly with his more casual look, the president of the parliament, Jose Bono, sent him a tie with small lions stamped on it as a gift via an usher.

Chinese anti-terror police on Segways.

China: There is no possible way to look lethal and/or cool on a Segway. It just can't happen.

Chinese elite anti-terror police officers are wheeling into action ahead of next month's Beijing Olympics on two-wheeled scooters.

Members of the country's armed police unit practised on the Segway models that have been re-named 'Anti-Terror Assault Vehicles' in the eastern province of Shandong.


Thursday, July 3, 2008

Biofuels are prime cause of food crisis - leaked report

UK: Via the Guardian.

Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian.

The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body.

The figure emphatically contradicts the US government's claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. It will add to pressure on governments in Washington and across Europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil.

Senior development sources believe the report, completed in April, has not been published to avoid embarrassing President George Bush.

"It would put the World Bank in a political hot-spot with the White House," said one yesterday.

The news comes at a critical point in the world's negotiations on biofuels policy. Leaders of the G8 industrialised countries meet next week in Hokkaido, Japan, where they will discuss the food crisis and come under intense lobbying from campaigners calling for a moratorium on the use of plant-derived fuels.

It will also put pressure on the British government, which is due to release its own report on the impact of biofuels, the Gallagher Report. The Guardian has previously reported that the British study will state that plant fuels have played a "significant" part in pushing up food prices to record levels. Although it was expected last week, the report has still not been released.

"Political leaders seem intent on suppressing and ignoring the strong evidence that biofuels are a major factor in recent food price rises," said Robert Bailey, policy adviser at Oxfam. "It is imperative that we have the full picture. While politicians concentrate on keeping industry lobbies happy, people in poor countries cannot afford enough to eat."

Florida finally joins Powerball lottery.

Nation: Florida is now a little bit more awesome.

Colombian military tricks FARC into releasing hostages.

World: From the early accounts, one of the best executed rescue plan done in recent history. Kudos to Colombia and its military.

"The 46-year-old Betancourt is a former senator who fought Colombia's drug cartels as a congresswoman in the 1990s. She ran for president in 2002, calling for a nation "free of corruption, violence and free of drugs."

As a hostage, she was reduced to a frail woman whose health was reportedly in serious jeopardy.

She said she awoke Wednesday at 4:30 a.m. and said the rosary, then was told by her guards that she and the other hostages were to be transferred to another location, where their detention was to continue.

"My heart broke because I did not want another transfer, another time, in captivity," she said.

But her guard, a woman, was unmoved, and ordered Betancourt to cross a river to the pickup spot -- "very harsh, move, hurry up fast, as always," she said.

Soon, two white helicopters approached and several men approached the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia commanders who were overseeing their transfer, she said.

"They spoke with Commander Enrique and Cesar," she said of her captors. As she looked closer, she saw that the men from the helicopter were wearing shirts emblazoned with the likeness of Che Guevara, the Argentine hero of the Cuban revolution. "I thought, this is FARC," she said.

Placed in handcuffs, Betancourt got into the helicopter, still unaware of what was happening. "They closed the helicopter doors, the helicopter started flying and suddenly there was something happening," she said.

"Suddenly I saw the commander who, during four years, had been at the head of our team, who so many times was so cruel and humiliated me, and I saw him on the floor naked with bound eyes."

Then, the reality of her liberation hit home.

"The chief of operations said, 'We are the national army and you are all free,' and the helicopter almost fell because we started jumping, we screamed, we cried, we hugged. We couldn't believe it."

In Detroit, workers getting slammed by drop in auto sales.

Nation: American auto makers are paying the price for years of inertia and lack of forward thinking.

"....Despite cutting more than 100,000 jobs since 2006 through buyouts and special retirement programs, the Detroit companies still cannot match their production capacity with their steadily declining market share.

Consumers are shifting to more fuel-efficient vehicles, if they are stepping into a showroom at all. New vehicle sales plummeted 18 percent in June, and Detroit’s share of the declining market fell to a combined 46 percent.

Moreover, all three companies are losing money in North America and burning through cash reserves. On Wednesday, G.M.’s stock fell 15 percent after a Merrill Lynch analyst issued a report saying that “bankruptcy is not impossible” if the overall market continues to deteriorate.

Unlike many factories operated by Japanese manufacturers in the United States, Detroit’s plants are not flexible enough to switch their production to better-selling models.

So while some G.M. and Ford factories are scrambling to build more cars, even paying workers overtime to meet demand, other assembly lines are shutting down.

“It’s an unprecedented situation,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “Despite enormous reductions in total employment, the market is forcing massive temporary layoffs.”

Detroit’s Big Three, it appears, can’t escape their past.

Since the 1980s, the companies — by dint of their contracts with the United Automobile Workers union — have parked idled workers in so-called “jobs banks” where they received full pay while doing community service or simply clocking in.

New contracts with the U.A.W. signed last year were supposed to pave the way for elimination of the jobs banks and make the companies more competitive on health care and wages for new hires.

In addition, the historic buyout and early-retirement programs were meant to better align, at enormous expense, the automakers’ workforce with demand for its vehicles. Even before this year, the companies had announced plans to close several plants.

But the restructuring plans did not account for the huge drop in sales and the shift by consumers to smaller vehicles that have resulted from soaring gas prices and the weak economy.

“You have the demand for large vehicles dropping, combined with growing demand but limited supply of smaller vehicles,” said Jesse Toprak, executive director of industry analysis for Edmunds.com, an automotive-research Web site. “What you end up with is miserable sales numbers.”

Honda in best position to kick everyone else's behind.

Business: Good business sense and smart enough to be flexible when situation calls for it. This is also known as unknown terrority for American auto makers.

But while Honda may look like it can peer into the future, the company's top U.S. executive says it is well-positioned for $4 per gallon gasoline because it always has emphasized small, fuel-efficient vehicles.

"We're not geniuses," John Mendel, the company's U.S. executive vice president, said Wednesday. "We're consistent."

Industry analysts say Honda has managed to avoid the sales crisis that has hit the Detroit Three and even Toyota Motor Corp. for two reasons. Although it makes SUVs and a small pickup, it has a strong lineup of cars that get good gas mileage. And its factories are so flexible that it can quickly make more of the vehicles that are in demand.

"We can reprogram it to make it build more Civics," Mendel said. "That's by far one of our competitive advantages."

On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Detroit Three, most with too few small car models and each caught with well over half their factories building trucks at a time when the market has shifted to 56 percent cars and 44 percent trucks. GM and Chrysler have announced plans to close truck and minivan factories, and Ford is expected to announce specific cutbacks later this month.

Executives at all three wish they could flip a switch and convert factories from cars to trucks, but Greg Gardner, an analyst with the Oliver Wyman Group, says that's difficult and costly because cars require different tooling.

Fortnightly trash pickup not a good idea.

UK: Who would have guessed having garbage around for that long would attract the vermin.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Apology over 'offensive' puppy police advert after Muslim complaints

UK: This one is too stupid for me to get on a rant, I mean honestly a learned Muslim knows a picture of a dog is not the same as one licking you which means you have to clean yourself.

A police force has apologised to Islamic leaders for the "offensive" postcard advertising a new non-emergency telephone number, which shows a six-month-old trainee police dog named Rebel.

The German shepherd puppy has proved hugely popular with the public, hundreds of who have logged on to the force's website to read his online training diary.

But some Muslims in the Dundee area have reportedly been upset by the image because they consider dogs to be "ritually unclean", while shopkeepers have refused to display the advert.

Tayside Police have admitted they should have consulted their 'diversity' officers before issuing the cards, but critics argued their apology was unnecessary.

Richard Cook, director of the Campaign Against Political Correctness in Scotland, said: "Britain is the greatest dog-loving country in the world.

"In our culture, dogs are a man's best friend. I don't think Andrex are likely to be dropping the puppy dog from their adverts and for the police to apologise is ludicrous."


The police has a diversity adviser...you read right.

Mohammed Asif, a Dundee City councillor who sits on the Tayside Joint Police Board, said the postcards had been raised this week with John Vine, the chief constable.

He said: "My concern was that it is not welcomed by all communities, with the dog on the cards. It was probably a waste of resources going to these communities. The police should have understood.

"Since then the police have explained that it was an oversight on their part and that if they had seen it was going to cause upset they would not have done it.

"People who have shops just will not put up the postcard. But the police have said to me that it was simply an oversight and they did not seek to offend or upset."

A spokesman for Tayside Police said that Rebel had proved "extremely popular" with children and adults since he joined the force aged six weeks.

He added: "His incredible world-wide popularity - he has attracted record visitor numbers to our website - led us to believe Rebel could play a starring role in the promotion of our non-emergency number.

"However, we did not seek advice from the force's diversity adviser prior to publishing and distributing the postcards. That was an oversight and we apologise for any offence caused."


Phear the offensive puppy

Black National Anthem causes outrage in Denver.

Culture: What is outrageous is the disrespectful, unprofessional and dumb behavior by Chanteuse René Marie.

Jazz singer Rene Marie was invited to sing the National Anthem at Mayor John Hickenlooper's State of the City address today. Instead, Marie sang what is known as the Black National Anthem, sparking outrage among some of the estimated 700 people who attended the ceremony.


What was her reason?

Marie sang the first verse of James Weldon Johnson's "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing," also known as the "Black National Anthem," but adapted those lyrics to the tune of the "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Marie said she had no regrets. She deliberately didn't tell anybody about her song choice "because I don't think it is necessary for an artist to ask permission to express themselves artistically," she said.

"I would not change a thing," Marie said.

"You have to risk things. You have to. Otherwise, you might of well live your life by a script."


I am so tired of these "artists" who think rules and freaking common sense does not apply to them. Now the mayor is getting hate mail and an unnecessary headache from this selfish self-absorbed twit.

#Update: She hates America. But she was all about her in doing this stunt.

Marie said she made the change without informing the mayor's office, which had expected her to sing "The Star-Spangled Banner."

"I pulled a switcheroonie on them," Marie said later.

She explained that she decided months ago to switch the lyrics because she will no longer sing the national anthem.
She said that she made the decision after a Russian broadcaster interviewed her and asked her what it was like to be an American.

At that moment, she said, she realized that as an African-American she at times feels like a foreigner in her home country.

"And I was going to correct her," Marie said. "And I realized I didn't feel like an American, and that bothered me a great deal."

Marie, a popular jazz singer and actress who performs with the Shadow Theatre Company, said she never informed the mayor's office she planned to switch the lyrics because she didn't think they would let her go through with it.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Shielded by SF, illegal immigrant crack dealers escape

Nation: A followup to this story just yesterday. San Francisco just keeps on bringing the stupidity.

An effort by San Francisco to shield eight young Honduran crack dealers from federal immigration officials backfired when the youths escaped from Southern California group homes within days of their arrival, officials said Monday.

The walkaways are the latest in a string of embarrassments for city officials who are protecting illegal-alien drug dealers from federal authorities and possible deportation because of San Francisco's 1989 declaration that the city is a sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

Until recently, San Francisco flew juvenile illegal immigrants convicted of drug crimes to their home countries rather than cooperate with the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, a practice that drew national attention when The Chronicle reported it Sunday.

When federal law enforcement authorities demanded that San Francisco halt the flights and began a criminal investigation, the city decided to house some of the dealers in long-term youth rehabilitation centers. Some of those centers are run by a not-for-profit outfit called Silverlake Youth Services in mountain towns southeast of San Bernardino.

Eight Honduran juveniles who had been convicted of dealing drugs in San Francisco were sent within the past few weeks to the company's group homes, where one month's placement costs $7,000 per youth - an expense borne by San Francisco taxpayers.

Within 10 days of being sent to the unlocked group homes, however, all eight youths ran away, said Bill Siffermann, head of juvenile probation in San Francisco. He said his agency has issued arrest warrants for them.

African Union does what you expect with Mugabe.

Africa: Not a damn thing.

A defiant Robert Mugabe has sailed unchallenged through the first test of his presidency by his peers.

Freshly sworn in after a single candidate election, he received a leader’s welcome when he strode into the African Union summit in Sharm el-Sheikh yesterday and emerged unfazed, his authority intact.

He dined at a lavish luncheon given by his Egyptian hosts, hugged heads of state and other diplomats in the corridors and stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, one of the most luxurious in this Red Sea town. “Mr Mugabe is staying there as a courtesy by the Egyptian Government,” a hotel spokesman said. Delegates from the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) lodged at the Sheraton, while their leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, remained in Zimbabwe.

The African Union’s public response to Mr Mugabe’s seizure of power was seen as a key measure of the organisation’s commitment to democracy after Zimbabwe’s violent run-off elections.

Amsterdam Mayor pleas for Subsidising Radical Mosques

EU: Someone put the Netherlands out of its misery please. This is the worst interpretation of seperation of church/state that has been made in forever. That or this is the biggest reverse psych job ever.

Mayor Job Cohen of Amsterdam is prepared to give subsidies to radical mosques. He is thereby adopting a quite remarkable interpretation of the principle of separation of Church and State.

According to critics, separation of Church and State is violated if a government authority subsidises construction of a church or mosque. But Cohen disagrees. Conversely, in his view the separation of church and state would however be violated if government subsidised only moderate Islam and not radical Muslims.

Cohen gives his remarkable views in a memorandum, 'Separation of Church and State,' launched by Amsterdam last weekend. In an interview with Trouw newspaper, he defended his policy on encouraging the building of mosques.

"The Netherlands was always a country of minorities whose rights needed protection. We do not involve ourselves with the content of religions, nor they in our administration.

But that does not mean that we may not support any religious institutions, that we may not deploy any Imam to address radicalising youngsters, or even sometimes offer some extra support for building a mosque, synagogue or 'black' church, because the groups that make use of it are in a deprived situation. Yes, that means that we can also support an orthodox mosque if we have the arguments to assert that this mosque is in its place there."

Cohen continues: "If you provide subsidies, you do have to give arguments as to why. One reason can be that a house of prayer can make a contribution to the cohesion in a district. But trying to influence the teaching in the mosque (...) by imposing conditions on the belief that the people profess, that does mean violating the separation of Church and State."

....Cohen refers to the Westermoskee mosque as an example of discrimination against radical Muslims by the government. He provided a subsidy for its construction, but "the De Baarsjes district executive (...) only wanted to finance it if the mosque would propagate a liberal Islam." This meant the principle of separation of Church and State had been lost, the Labour (PvdA) mayor repeated. "The city will continue to support religious institutions if the executive considers this necessary, but will not specify what they must say in a mosque."

Detroit City Council under FBI probe, John Conyers wife involved?

Politics: I am shocked there is corruption in Detroit.

The FBI is investigating some Detroit City Council members in connection with a multimillion-dollar sludge-treatment project the council approved last fall, the Free Press has learned.

Sources familiar with the public corruption investigation said the FBI has wiretapped phones, a move that suggests the probe has been under way for some time.

It was unclear Friday night how far the investigation has progressed, but agents have sought information from several people, including Council President Ken Cockrel Jr., who was interviewed Wednesday, sources said.

Cockrel, who voted against the project, is not a target of the investigation, according to the sources. The sources asked not to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the probe.

Cockrel declined to discuss the interview. He said agents told him he is not a target.

Agents have asked questions about people inside and outside Detroit city government, including Councilwoman Monica Conyers, sources said. Conyers was one of five council members who approved awarding the controversial sludge contract to Synagro of Houston last fall.

Conyers did not respond to phone calls Friday.

Steve Fishman, a criminal defense attorney said to be representing Conyers in the probe, declined to talk, except to express frustration.

"It is extremely irresponsible for anyone to have leaked information to the press about an investigation that may or may not be under way," he said. "If the time comes when I receive information from someone other than a newspaper reporter, I might be able to give an intelligent response."

The sources described the investigation as far-reaching and possibly stretching beyond the council.


One aide already resigned over being caught on tape taking money.

Newspapers are bracing for more bad news

Media: Which means bust out the party hats for everyone else as the industry is finally going thru the change it needs to be viable in the future.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spain will no longer speak to the ETA.

EU: Zapatero is like the little kid who gets the message after getting burned a couple of times that fire is bad.

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said his government is no longer prepared to negotiate with ETA to put an end to Basque separatist violence, according to an interview published Sunday.

In a nine-page interview in leading daily El Pais, Zapatero said trying to negotiate with ETA had not produced good results.

"Dialogue has proved useless, seeing what ETA has done," Zapatero was quoted as saying. "There is not going to be dialogue."

In March 2006, ETA declared what it described as a permanent cease-fire, but reverted to violence nine months later by killing two people in a car bombing at a Madrid airport parking garage after failing to wrest concessions in peace talks with Zapatero's government.

ETA has killed more than 825 people since 1968 in its quest to carve out an independent country from parts of northern Spain and southwestern France.

The government acknowledges it was caught off guard by the 2006 blast and has been cracking down on ETA ever since, arresting dozens of its members and suspending two pro-ETA nationalist political parties through legal action.

Washington D.C residents ready to get their guns.

Nation: People are willing and eager to defend themselves.

D.C. resident Anthony Mason walked into Atlantic Guns in Silver Spring on Friday afternoon and asked a question the staff had heard all day: "How can I buy a small handgun?"

"With the overturn of the gun ban," the retired Metrobus driver began to explain to the sales associate behind the counter.

"We're telling everyone to wait 30 days," said Atlantic manager Dale Metta, something he's repeated dozens of times in the past few days. "We can't do anything until the D.C. government says, 'These are the rules.' "

Gun shops in suburban Maryland and Virginia felt an immediate impact from the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that the District's handgun ban is unconstitutional. City leaders said it would take about three weeks to iron out the details: Which kinds of guns will be legal, and how will the registration process work?

But with the court clearing the way for D.C. residents to legally arm themselves, many wasted no time.

Mason and about 50 other people called or came into the Atlantic as of Friday after the ruling. The well-stocked gun store next to a tattoo and body-piercing shop is about a half-mile from the District border, making it one of the gun shops closest to the city and among the busiest after the ruling. It's been in the same brick, one-story building since 1955.

"We've had a lot of people inquiring," Metta said. "What's happening now is a huge history maker."

Sweden continues to churn out "Generation Wimp" kids.

Sweden: Yes, it was thoughtless and harsh for the kid to invite everyone to his birthday party except for two but for it to reach governmental levels shows how ridiculous Sweden is as a nation.

It was supposed to be a party with balloons and a birthday cake but the eight-year-old Swedish boy had not reckoned on his country’s obsession with equality and inclusiveness. Two of his classmates were left off the invitation list – and that, deemed his school – was forbidden and a violation of their rights in the strictest “nanny state” in Europe.

The case has been sent to the Swedish parliament and has sparked a national debate about individual liberty. Does a child have the right to invite anyone he wants to a party, even if he risks hurting the feelings of those who were left out?

These issues are taken seriously in a society that has a very active Children’s Ombudsman and which encourages children to voice their complaints about school and society. Sweden is the best place in the world to grow up, according to the Save the Children Fund’s 2008 index. So much so, apparently, that adults and school managers have been put on the defensive.

The Swedish pressure group Children’s Rights in Society publicised recently 1,895 complaints by children about the way their parents used the household computer to access pornographic websites or sex chatlines. The Government is now looking into the problem.


They have even made childrent into snitches, seriously I get into that situation, the brat is being put up for adoption.

The birthday party case takes state intervention to a new level. Before the beginning of lessons the boy had cheerfully threaded his way through the class handing out invitations. When the teacher spotted that two children had not received one he confiscated the invitations.

“One of the children had not invited my son to his own birthday party,” explained the father of the boy, who lodged an official complaint with the parliamentary ombudsman. “The other one had been bad to my son for six months. You do not invite your antagonists.”

That was not convincing enough for the headmaster or government deputies. “I believe the staff acted correctly, in a model way,” said Lars Hansson, of the Swedish Liberal party, one of the four ruling coalition partners in the country.

“It is their duty to reject any forms of insulting behaviour. To eliminate individual children from parties is not acceptable.”

The school, in Lund, southern Sweden, argues that if invitations are handed out on school premises, which are public areas, it has an obligation to ensure that there is no discrimination. It is irrelevant that the party will be held in a private household.

In other societies, exclusion from a party may be considered as a rite of passage. Many Swedes seem to believe, though, that equal treatment helps to reduce the unseemly scramble for classroom popularity and the splitting of pupils into groups of the socially attractive and those children perceived as unpopular.


Trying to make kids into a average homogenized group cannot be done. Eventually, cliques form and popular kids pop up and unpopular kids get shunned and picked on. A very noble concept that doesn't work in reality and in the end makes things much worse. This generation is going to grow up and have unrealistic expectations on how the world really works and they will have a nervous breakdown over it.

Situations like this in school helps you when you get into the real world. Trying to shield them from disappointments is just idiotic.

San Francisco protecting crack-dealing illegals.

Immigration: San Francisco doing something this stupid is not a surprise anymore.

San Francisco juvenile probation officials - citing the city's immigrant sanctuary status - are protecting Honduran youths caught dealing crack cocaine from possible federal deportation and have given some offenders a city-paid flight home with carte blanche to return.

The city's practices recently prompted a federal criminal investigation into whether San Francisco has been systematically circumventing U.S. immigration law, according to officials with knowledge of the matter.

City officials say they are trying to balance their obligations under federal and state law with local court orders and San Francisco's policies aimed at protecting the rights of the young immigrants, who they say are often victims of exploitation.

Federal authorities counter that drug kingpins are indeed exploiting the immigrants, but that the city's stance allows them to get away with "gaming the system."

San Francisco juvenile authorities have been grappling for several years with an influx of young Honduran immigrants dealing crack in the Mission District and Tenderloin.

Those who are arrested routinely say they are minors, but police suspect that many are actually adults, living communally in Oakland and other cities at the behest of drug traffickers who claim to be their relatives.

Nonetheless, city authorities have typically accepted the suspects' stories and handled the cases in Juvenile Court, where proceedings are often shielded from public scrutiny.