Compare and contrast

Our oh-so-tolerant multi-culti betters in Europe have abolished the death penalty and hate it so much that they didn’t want to extradite a filthy murdering scumbag to the U.S. because he might face the death penalty.
Oh, but that was years ago. My how times change:

Dutch high court rejects gay asylum seeker
Tue Mar 11, 6:55 PM ET
SUMMARY: Britain, where Mehdi Kazemi, 19, first sought asylum, is deemed responsible for his case; sympathetic lawmakers fear he’d be executed in Iran.
The Netherlands’ highest court Tuesday rejected a gay Iranian asylum seeker’s last-ditch bid to avoid deportation to Britain, where he fears authorities will send him back to Tehran and possible execution.
In a ruling published on its website, the Council of State said Britain is responsible for Mehdi Kazemi’s case, because it was there that the 19-year-old first applied for asylum.
Gay rights campaigner Rene van Soeren said Kazemi’s Dutch lawyer was considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights. The lawyer, Borg Palm, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.
Boris van der Ham, a lawmaker who has taken up Kazemi’s cause, has tabled questions in parliament asking the junior minister for immigration, Nebahat Albayrak, to lobby British authorities on Kazemi’s behalf.
Albayrak should either urge Britain not to send Kazemi back to Iran or offer him asylum in the Netherlands, Van der Ham said in a telephone interview.
[…] The Netherlands relaxes its tough asylum laws for Iranian gays — virtually guaranteeing asylum to any who apply here — because of persecution they face at home. Britain, on the other hand, rejected Kazemi’s original asylum request.
Kazemi, 19, says he traveled to London to study English in 2005 and applied for asylum in Britain after learning that his lover in Iran had been executed for sodomy.
After British authorities rejected Kazemi’s application, he fled to mainland Europe and applied for asylum in the Netherlands.

Dhimmification. It’s what’s for (halal) dinner.


all the cool kids are doing it. So is Cullen.

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Friend of the little people

With his track record, I kind of expected to see Mr. Spitzer’s name show up too:

Bill Clinton Link in Ethanol Probe
(SAO PAULO, Brazil) — A team from Brazil’s Labor Ministry found “degrading” living conditions for 133 sugarcane workers employed by an ethanol company whose investors include former President Clinton and other high-profile financial players.
At five sites inspected, workers “complained they were suffering from hunger and cold, and all of the locations were overcrowded and with terrible sanitary conditions,” according to a statement issued Friday by Jaqueline Carrijo, who led the inspections last month.

Okay, Clinton is a minor investor in a company that is a minor investor in Brenco. That’s not much of a connection and not much of an indictment of him. But certainly, as in the case of uberprogressives Mark Dayton, Al Franken, and Paul Wellstone, one who makes a big deal about the little folk and “feels your pain” might want to look a little more closely at his business connections.

Well, I might as well join the pile-on too

So I was listening to the radio on the way to work and the host posed a survey question to the female members of the show’s crew. As best I can recall, the survey question went something like this:
“Suppose your husband came home and told you he had spent $4000 for four hours with a hooker. Then suppose that the reason he tells you this is that he is being investigated and that the story is on nationwide news. Then suppose that he asks you to go onstage with him at a press conference to show your support while he faces the reporters.
“The survey question is:

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Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia

Not mine this time. KG has a quiz going and it’s a good one.
Being a fan from way back (like, from before he died nearly 35 years ago) I nailed all of them except the last one. That, I assume, is one of the ones released well after his death, like “Gunga Din”. I’m refraining from answering them for the moment, but please do drop by and answer them if you dare.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Trivia (Lovin’ Spoonful edition)

Well, I spent another bike ride with the Mamas and the Papas. Until I heard the song “Creeque Alley” lo these many years ago, I didn’t know that the M&tPs were so closely connected with the Lovin’ Spoonful, whose songs I have loved for many years. Well, there’s actually one that I’m not overly fond of even though it happens to be their only #1 song. Funny that.
Anyway, I do like these guys and since people (especially Joel) know the connection, it seems apropos to go with them. So here we go:

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Quote of the day

Go away, Huck. When we want a born-again criminal-loving Bloomberg, we’ll call you.”

The Friday Fuck Off Thread

In a new venue this week through the kindness of Mr. Bingley and THS!
And this week, there are so many fuck offs and so little time. But here’s a small list off the top of my head:
Fuck off to corporate dweebs.
Fuck off to my sinuses.
Fuck off to spammers.
Fuck off to the master cylinder on my car, to the tune of $Outrageous.00
Okay, that’s enough for right now. Take it away!
UPDATE:Just thought of another one: Fuck off to jackass writers who throw in utterly irrelevant and useless “facts” just because they happen to be technically true and would sound really, really good if they were actually relevant (but aren’t). Specifically, I’m thinking of this sentence:

Hydrogen—the most abundant element in the universe—is an attractive carrier of renewable energy.

(My emphasis)

To paraphrase a current presidential candidate…

By way of my good buddy Julie, who sent along this heartwarming story. [wipes a tear] There is hope in the world.

The legal system works

And justice has been served:

Big breasts win verdict for Japanese pin-up
TOKYO (AFP) – A Japanese pin-up model says that her big breasts have not only boosted her career — they also helped her overturn a court verdict.
The bikini model, who goes by her professional name Serena Kozakura, was cleared after a court decided she was too well-endowed to squeeze into a room through a hole, as she had been found guilty of earlier.
“I used to hate my body so much,” Kozakura … “But it was my breasts” that won in court, she said.


Kozakura, 38, was convicted last year of property destruction after a man said she kicked in the wooden door of his room and crawled inside, apparently because he was with another woman.
Kozakura had said the man made the hole himself.
In her appeal, the defence counsel held up a plate showing the size of the hole and said that she could not squeeze through with her 110-centimetre (44-inch) bust.
“The judges were very good-mannered as they showed no expressions on their faces. I guess they’re well-trained,” Kozakura said.

I guess.
Anyway, aside from the titillation (heh) factor, the reason I bring this up is that a listener emailed the following comment to the radio show: “Somewhere, Johnny Cochran is looking up from his location down below and saying…

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Don’t you just hate it when things don’t go as planned?

AN electronic device designed to ward sharks away from surfers failed so spectacularly during a trial off South Africa that it was eaten by a great white.

I guess it’s back to the old depth charges.

Emily’s currently hitting him with his other femur

Gotta hand it to him. He’s a hard-headed son of a gun.
Ya gotta respect that.

Hi, Still Alive

“It Comes in Pints?” is currently experiencing technical difficulties, as many of you have noticed. The Lovely and Talented BlogGoddess Emily is on the issue and, if I’m reading the situation accurately, is at this very moment beating a corporate dweeb over the head with his own femur. I’ll keep you all apprised of the situation.
In the meantime, the Lovely and Talented Mr. Bingley has graciously offered some space here should a synapse actually fire properly in what passes for my brain. And I think one may just have done so:

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