August 30, 2008

FAIL Brittannia!

Could these people be any more clueless about firearms and human nature?  Via The Drawn Cutlass, we get this report about the rampant illegal gun trade in the UK

Weapons are pouring in from Eastern Europe (Poland in particular), soldiers and others are smuggling them in from Afghanistan and Iraq, some are smuggled in from lesser or non-Nanny States, and there's a pretty solid homegrown illegal gun trade too. 

Apparently a lot of deactivated guns in Britain are now being sold on the black market and are rebuilt to fire in clandestine workshops.  Shotguns and sawed-off shotguns are the cheapest to acquire and are less popular because they are often awkward to carry and don't offer the street cred of a semi-auto pistol or even a full auto firearm. 

I have to laugh at this,

"Everyone wants to be a gangster now, mainly the kids. You have five or six in a little crew and one of them will be carrying. They want handguns - shotguns are too big and bulky. The sawn-off doesn't look so good but use a machine gun and you get known as a heavy guy. They have them just to be a chap on the street, to pose. Some of them walk around all day with a .38. It's 16-year-olds at it and it's getting like America, silly as it sounds."

Yeah, except if a 16 year old pulls a gun on one of us in Silly America, we at least have the right to have our own to defend ourselves and draw our own pistol, your life is completely in the hands of some stupid teen gangsta wannabe chav with a pistol.   Pretty silly to live at the mercy of common street thugs like that if you ask me,

The Guardian's source said that guns were becoming a first rather than a last recourse. "A gun used to be used as a mediator; now everything is revolved with a gun. It's brought the heat on everyone. Before you would get a two [years jail sentence], now it's a five. It's getting like the US now, like The Wire. It's like a prediction of what will happen here. I think they all think they're playing Grand Theft Auto. It's madness out there."

Yeah, except we weren't dumb enough to give up our guns.  Hope you Brits enjoy living at the mercy of street thugs and your increasingly fascistic government, because that's where things appear to be headed.

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August 28, 2008

Attention Limey Morons!

I don't know if there are any British Morons who read this blog, but if you happen to be one, or if you're a Moron from any other country who's planning on visiting the UK, you'll have to be careful about the vodka you're swilling (or putting in your eyes) because apparently, there's some bad stuff out there.

Drinkers in Stirling are being warned to be on the lookout for fake vodka containing potentially harmful levels of methanol.

Trading standards officers in the city are hoping to raise awareness after counterfeit bottles of Spar Imperial vodka were found in shops in England.

Fears are being raised that the fake vodka may be making its way north.

Experts have warned the high levels of methanol in the bottles can cause serious illnesses and blindness.

Brian Wilson, trading standards officer with Stirling Council, said: "It should be noted that no counterfeit bottles have been found in Spar stores and there are no concerns associated with authentic bottles of Spar Imperial Vodka.


The organisation warned that the only legitimate route of purchase for Spar Own Label 70cl is via a Spar store and that any Spar vodka offered for sale via any other means should be deemed suspect.
So, if you see some guy (or "bloke") selling vodka out of the back of his van, you should probably pass, no matter how good the bargain is. Come to think of it, that's generally sound advice when it comes to people selling anything out of the back of a van.

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August 18, 2008

Land of confusion

The results of a new poll are out, documenting just how ignorant our cousins in Dear Old Blighty are about, well, us.  First off, an old chestnut:

Asked if it was true that "from 1973 to 1990 the United States sold Saddam Hussein more than a quarter of his weapons," 80 per cent of British respondents said yes. However the US sold just 0.46 per cent of Saddam's arsenal to him, compared to Russia's 57 per cent, France's 13 per cent and China's 12 per cent.

"Ideas get around. Perhaps it's that old picture of Donald Rumsfeld with Saddam," suggested Mr Montgomerie, whose website includes a petition against anti-Americanism.

I'm not exactly surprised about the Saddam Hussein thing, seeing as how you could probably get the same results from a poll of, say, a group of Kos Kiddies.

But, more surprisingly, for some strange reason, more than half of them also seem to think that polygamy is legal here. What the hell, Limeys?


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August 14, 2008

Obesity in the UK

The following comes from an article about growing problems with obesity in Great Britain:

The number of lap-dancing venues in Britain has doubled to around 300 since 2004 and in a letter to ministers, the Local Government Association will call for an urgent amendment to give authorities more control over the situation.

The 2003 Licensing Act puts the clubs in the same category as bars and cafes rather than considering them as places of sexual entertainment.

Poor Limeys. There's nothing worse than an epidemic of obese strippers. Well, if you're not in the construction industry, anyway—I'm told there's good money to be had in reinforcing stripper poles. I bet the lap dances are like a glimpse of the tortures of hell.

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August 09, 2008

What ever happened to just lying back and thinking of England?

Somehow, I don't think the old stereotypes about English women being frigid and sexless apply here:

A British woman was fined nearly $600 by a Brighton and Hove City Council for being too loud while having sex with her boyfriend.

Neighbors of Kerry Norris, 29, complained that the 29-year-old woman yells out obscenities and screams during the all-night love-making sessions with her boyfriend Adam Hinton.

Neighbors in the three-story apartment building, who had been complaining for two years, said Norris’ headboard would bang so hard against the wall until 6 a.m. that the occupants of adjoining flats would have to sleep in other rooms.

Now, I'm not sure, since the article doesn't include a picture of Ms. Norris, but since it says that "Complaints against Norris also include that she sunbathes naked in the garden in full view of workmen," I'm guessing she's not a super-attractive woman. That, or she lives in a neighborhood full of gay workmen.

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August 08, 2008

Finally: A hotel garunteed to give you crabs!

Usually you have to stay in a Hilton (har-de-har-har) to get crabs.  But, if you're in England you could always just drop $21 and stay at England's new sand hotel:

The 1,000 tonne sand sculpture on Weymouth Beach, Dorset, took a team of four sculptors a week to build, and will set you back just $21 a night.

A twin and double bedroom is on offer, while the roofless structure gives guests the chance to "star-gaze" at night, said hotel creator Mark Anderson.

Good, right?  But wait, there's more!

But guests are being warned that there are no toilet facilities available and the hotel is definitely not for those that hate having sand between their toes.

There's some video at the link if you're interested.  I'm not posting it here because, frankly, I didn't see how it would help Michelle Obama's children.

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August 06, 2008

Hey, you're getting "free" health care, you'll put up with rats and lice and like it

Seems UK hospitals are facing frequent infestations of various vermin, they've found various pests and vermin in every place in UK hospitals, including the Operating RoomQuote,

One had wasps in a neo-natal unit, and flying ants on the main wards, while another reported rats in their maternity unit, and wasps in operating theatres.

A children's A&E was infested with flies, and main wards were also home to mice, silverfish, biting insects and beetles.

Other common problems included bedbugs, fleas and cockroaches.

Yeah, that's right, wasps in the neo-natal unit.  Fathers?  Mothers?  Think about that, your newborn baby has wasps buzzing around their head, you don't know if they have an allergy, or if they can resist the venom of stings, not to mention the pain.  Are you going to accept that?  Not if you're American you're not.  No way in hell would that be tolerated.

This is why Socialist Medicine, "universal health care" would never work in the US.   No American is going to tolerate rodents and bug infestations of this kind in their hospitals or any of the other bureaucratic nonsense that socialist medicine demands. 

At any time someone could decide they've had enough with the waiting period or unacceptable conditions at a hospital or doctors office and get hostile or even violent.  Americans don't take NO very well to begin with, on something as deeply emotional as a child or an ill or injured loved one that impulse is going to grow exponentially. 

I honestly think if we tried socialized medicine in the US we would see major incidents involving irate family members taking hostages and engaging in violent acts in order to get immediate care should they be told their loved ones were on a waiting list, or told they'd have to accept subpar care or lesser treatments for them.  I just don't think socialist medicine would work for the US, we're not the kind of culture that would tolerate it.

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