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  • Judge Dredd: Is comic superhero gay?

    01/25/2013 10:06:34 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mirror ^ | 1/25/13 | By Ben Rankin
    The writers of the legendary lawman Judge Dredd have caused a stir among fans by suggesting he might be gay. The latest edition of the comic 2000 AD is titled Closet and deals with the issue of a teenager coming out. The first page has been released on the internet and apparently shows Dredd - a judge/policeman from the future - kissing the youth in a gay club. Reaction to the teaser, which was released online last month, has been mixed, with some fans so hostile to the idea they have threatened to burn the comic.
  • A Cultural Misunderstanding: The Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

    01/24/2013 5:32:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 32 replies
    fieldandstream.com ^ | 24 January, 2013 | NA
    For a number of years, I visited the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The show, which is held in a hideous rambling building originally intended to handle livestock, is a genuine monster. For a solid week, people in the tens of thousands come from near and far to grope sporting goods, book hunting and fishing trips, attend demonstrations, and generally see what is what. ESS, as it will hereinafter be referred to, is put on by Reed Exhibitions. Reed is the world’s largest organizer of trade shows and the like; the firm handles 500 events in 39...
  • The offal truth about American haggis

    01/24/2013 4:44:45 PM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | 24th January 2013 | Jon Kelly
    'Traditional Scottish haggis is banned in the United States. With Burns Night looming, how do fans satisfy their taste for oatmeal and offal? For aficionados, it is the "great chieftain o' the pudding-race". To sceptics, however, it is a gruesome mush of sheep's innards - and for decades American authorities have agreed. Authentic Scottish haggis has been banned in the United States since 1971, when the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) first took a dim view of one of its key ingredients - sheep's lung. While millions of people around the world will enjoy, or endure, a Burns Night helping...
  • Lloyds and RBS need billions more capital, Bank of England says

    01/24/2013 1:35:05 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 15 Januaray 2012 | Philip Aldrick
    Britain's bailed-out banks need billions of pounds more capital to shore up their balance sheets and support the economy, senior Bank of England officials have warned. UK regulators have given Royal Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Banking Group until March to begin dealing with a black hole that Brooks Newmark, a Tory member of the Treasury Select Committee, suggested could be as large as Ł30bn. Bank officials refused to quantify the capital shortfall in evidence to the TSC yesterday, but they confirmed it was substantial. Michael Cohrs, a member of the Bank’s Financial Policy Committee, said it was “a big...
  • Cameron prods Europe’s sore spot

    01/24/2013 12:36:02 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    PressEurop ^ | 24 January 2013 | (Les Echos, Die Welt, Gazeta Wyborcza & 4 others)
    The British Prime Minister’s speech on January 23 on the future of relations between his country and the EU has made the front pages of most European newspapers. The idea of a UK exit provokes reactions ranging from outrage to—more frequently—understanding. There are also many newspapers that, like much of the British press, recognize that Cameron has raised legitimate questions that deserve answers at both the national and European levels. …
  • NRA boycott kills outdoors show that banned assault weapons

    01/24/2013 10:19:45 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 36 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Modified: January 24, 2013 | Paul Bedard
    A massive boycott sparked by the NRA and other gun-rights groups outraged that the nation's largest outdoors show banned the exhibition of assault weapons has caused the show's organizers to abruptly cancel the week-long event in Harrisburg, Pa. The successful boycott was the biggest demonstration of support by the outdoors industry yet against gun control efforts being pushed in Washington and in several states. "Reed Exhibitions has decided to postpone, for now, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show given the controversy surrounding its decision to limit the sale or display of modern sporting rifles (also called ARs) at the event....
  • Ausflag unveils new Aussie flag to be used at sporting events

    01/24/2013 4:16:33 AM PST · by naturalman1975 · 33 replies
    news.com.au ^ | 24th January 2013 | Patrick Lion
    <p>A HIGH-powered alliance of top Australians has unveiled a new national sporting flag and plans to use it to gatecrash major sporting events.</p> <p>Ausflag will push for sporting bodies and fans to embrace the green, gold, blue and white flag - still featuring the Southern Cross - and even want it to be raised as the official flag in Olympic Games medal ceremonies.</p>
  • UK: Why are vandalism rates falling?

    01/23/2013 7:09:09 PM PST · by the scotsman · 20 replies
    BBC News Magazine ^ | Brian Wheeler
    'Vandalism in the UK is falling at a quicker rate than almost any other type of crime, according to official figures. What are the possible reasons behind this?'
  • More skeletons in BBC closet: 83-year-old broadcaster charged with rape

    01/23/2013 4:41:30 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 10 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | IANS
    London - Veteran TV and radio broadcaster Stuart Hall has been charged with rape and 14 counts of indecent assault. The 83-year-old BBC presenter is accused of raping a 22-year-old woman in 1976. He is also charged with 14 offences of indecent assault against 10 girls aged nine to 16 between 1967 and 1986, The Sun reported. The charges are related to new alleged victims but not linked to his previous court appearance on sex abuse charges, which he has denied. Hall was arrested on Tuesday morning after attending a police station by appointment. He was bailed to face Preston...
  • Farage on PM's EU pledge: 'We've heard it all before'

    01/23/2013 1:26:19 PM PST · by UKrepublican · 8 replies
    After the Prime Minister's announcement that the UK will have an in/out referendum on Europe if the Conservatives win the next general election, UKIP leader Nigel Farage said: "There is absolutely no reason to carry this on past the general election, and perhaps the biggest issue which will emerge over time is the issue of trust".
  • Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show doomed

    01/23/2013 8:28:21 AM PST · by marktwain · 42 replies
    gunssavelife.com ^ | 23 January, 2013 | GSL
    Did you have plans for attending the grand-daddy of sports and outdoor shows, the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show held in Harrisburg, PA in February? You might want to reconsider. The show’s promoters have banned all references to America’s favorite rifle, the AR-15 and those like it. This is the announcement from their website (you can Google it, but we’re not putting any links, hot or not, to the ESOS website): As a hunting-focused event, we welcome exhibitors who wish to showcase products and firearms that serve the traditional needs of the sport. Clearly, we strongly support the 2nd Amendment....
  • Muslim Patrol: thugs abuse man in second 'vigilante' video

    01/23/2013 6:00:56 AM PST · by BBell · 8 replies
    www.telegraph.co.uk ^ | 22 Jan 2013
    A second inflammatory video featuring Islamic vigilantes emerged today, which appeared to show members of the group hurling homophobic abuse at a man and telling him to leave their "Muslim area". The footage, from a group calling themselves Muslim Patrol, shows the gang abusing the unnamed man who was walking by himself in Whitechapel, East London. Today Scotland Yard said they were investigating the video, which was posted on YouTube. Muslim leaders also condemned the thugs' behaviour. It comes after the gang uploaded another video called "The Truth About Saturday Night", in which white women were called "naked animals with...
  • Bye-Bye London-The future disappears for Jews in England

    01/23/2013 5:39:24 AM PST · by SJackson · 31 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 23, 2013 | Caroline Glick
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - Bye-Bye LondonPosted By Caroline Glick On January 23, 2013 @ 12:33 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 21 Comments In an interview with Haaretz in November 2010, British novelist Martin Amis said the following about discussions of Israel in his motherland: I live in a mildly anti-Semitic country, and Europe is mildly anti-Semitic, and they hold Israel to a higher moral standard than its neighbors. If you bring up Israel in a public meeting in England, the whole atmosphere changes. The standard left-wing person never feels more comfortable than when attacking Israel. Because they are...
  • Leveson: EU wants power to sack journalists

    01/22/2013 11:55:07 PM PST · by rmlew · 17 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 22, 2013 | Bruno Waterfield,
    Leveson: EU wants power to sack journalists A European Union report has urged tight press regulation and demanded that Brussels officials are given control of national media supervisors with new powers to enforce fines or the sacking of journalists. The “high level” recommendations that will be used to draft future EU legislation also attack David Cameron for failing to automatically implement proposals by the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry for a state regulation of British press. A "high level" EU panel, that includes Latvia’s former president and a former German justice minister, was ordered by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president, last...
  • Taliban retaliate after Prince Harry compares fighting to a video game

    01/22/2013 8:46:06 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 22 January 2013 | Jon Boone
    Prince Harry's remarks that his job as a co-pilot in an Apache attack helicopter required him to "take a life to save a life" may have disconcerted some squeamish westerners. But it was Captain Wales's somewhat blasé attitude to fighting the hardline rebels that has most riled the Taliban. An indignant Taliban spokesman said the young prince was a coward who ran away from fighting the mujahideen, or "holy warriors", as the militants like to call themselves. "I don't believe that he participated in the fighting," said Zabiullah Mujahid. "Maybe he has seen the mujahideen in a movie, but that's...
  • Is Harry an old-fashioned warrior prince?

    01/22/2013 8:44:05 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 23 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Tuesday 22 January 2013 | Tristram Hunt
    Compare and contrast one Prince Harry with another. This week, our own Captain Wales, in the PlayStation language of modern warfare, spoke of the ugly, deadly reality of service in Afghanistan. "Take a life to save a life, that's what we revolve around. If there's people trying to do bad stuff to our guys, then we'll take them out of the game." As a soldier, what mattered most was the safety of his mates. "I'm not here on a free pass … Our job out here is to make sure the guys are safe on the ground and if that...
  • NRA Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

    01/22/2013 6:50:21 PM PST · by Politicalmom · 7 replies
    Due to Reed Exhibitions' refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the February 2-10 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, the National Rifle Association has decided to withdraw from the show. We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so. As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA...
  • NRA Withdraws from Eastern Sports & Outdoors Show

    01/22/2013 6:51:22 PM PST · by ConservativeInPA · 52 replies
    NRA ^ | January 22, 2013 | NRA
    Due to Reed Exhibitions' refusal to reconsider their decision to ban Modern Sporting Rifles from the February 2-10 Eastern Sports Show in Harrisburg, PA, the National Rifle Association has decided to withdraw from the show. We had called on Reed Exhibitions to reconsider their decision; unfortunately they have steadfastly refused to do so. As a result, the NRA will not be participating in the upcoming show in Harrisburg or in any other shows hosted by Reed Exhibitions that maintain this policy. We are disappointed that Reed Exhibitions has ignored the concerns expressed by attendees, the outdoor industry and the NRA...
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Withdraws from Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show

    01/22/2013 6:30:51 PM PST · by EXCH54FE · 22 replies
    Ammoland ^ | Jan 22, 2013 | Ammoland
    MISSOULA, Mont. --(Ammoland.com)- Due to recent decisions instituted by Reed Exhibitions regarding the disallowing of legal modern sporting rifles, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation will withdraw as an exhibitor and conductor of the elk calling contest from the Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show in Pennsylvania. RMEF believes the actions taken by Reed, a British company, are detrimental to the Second Amendment and our right as Americans to bear arms. RMEF reached this decision after careful deliberations and taking into account the stance of our members, volunteers, industry partners and fellow hunters. We urge Reed Exhibitions to reconsider its policies to...
  • PA:Celebrities join boycott of outdoor show

    01/22/2013 9:38:38 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    lancasteronline.com ^ | 21 January, 2013 | P.J. REILLY
    Exhibitors have been dropping out in what they say is a show of support for the Second Amendment. Now the celebrities are following. Several television personalities and expert hunters who were supposed to be on hand at the upcoming Eastern Sports and Outdoor Show to speak to attendees and sign autographs announced over the weekend they will join the growing boycott of the show slated for Feb. 2-10 at the State Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg. Lee and Tiffany Lakosky, hosts of the television show "The Crush With Lee & Tiffany," lead the list of celebrities boycotting the show as...
  • Piers Pressure: Believe it or not, Morgan is a great spokesman for gun control (He's serious)

    01/21/2013 1:21:40 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | January 21, 2013 | Peter Beinart
    Public relations–wise, the gun-control movement could hardly have a worse champion than CNN’s Piers Morgan. He’s haughty, he’s self-righteous, and, worst of all, he’s foreign. For the Second Amendment freaks who see Barack Obama as suspiciously un-American, his government as potentially tyrannical, and themselves as heirs to the gun toters who shot their way to liberty at Lexington and Concord, what better foil than a modern-day gun confiscator who actually is English. For years, American conservatives have been calling American liberals wannabe Europeans. Now, with America witnessing its nastiest culture-war skirmish since Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the man helping to lead...
  • 'Understanding' doesn't work. Killing does

    01/21/2013 5:28:19 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Times of London ^ | Monday, January 21, 2013 | Hugo Rifkind
    We've given up on changing the world. The pragmatic (and brutal) approach to beating terrorism is the only way Is being an international terrorist like being a Page 3 model? By which I mean, when Mokhtar Belmohktar, 40, from Algeria, is pictured in our newspapers, his one eye staring flintily into the camera, clutching his gun like these people always do, is this really what it is all about? Maybe he'll buy lots of copies, clip them out, post them to friends and keep one stuck to the fridge for ever. Or maybe not. Maybe it's all about Allah;...
  • ISPs could be sued for letting customers read defamatory comments, says Leveson lawyer

    01/21/2013 4:10:04 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Times of London ^ | Monday, January 21, 2013 | Ben Webster, Media Editor
    Internet service providers could be sued for allowing their customers to read defamatory comments online, under a new law proposed by the lead counsel to the Leveson inquiry. Robert Jay, QC, who led the questioning of key witnesses including David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch, has suggested a solution for regulating the internet after Lord Justice Leveson largely ducked the issue in his 2,000-page report. Acknowledging that he was “entering a hornets’ nest that Lord Justice Leveson wisely avoided”, Mr Jay said that increasingly imaginative solutions were needed to make dissemination of defamatory content online subject to civil law.
  • UKIP Nigel Farage - A comprehensive interview with French media

    01/21/2013 3:59:38 PM PST · by Lorianne · 2 replies
    YouTube/UKIP media ^ | 13 January 2013 | Nigel Farage
    video 33:29 UK Independence party leader Nigel Farage answers various political questions posed by French journalist.
  • North Africa threat as great as ever, says fomer police chief

    01/21/2013 3:57:15 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Times of London ^ | Monday, January 21, 2013 | Sean O’Neill, Crime Editor
    Britain must remain alert to a resurgence of the North African terrorist threat at home, a fomer head of counter-terrorism at Scotland Yard has said. Peter Clarke, who led the Metropolitan Police Counter-terrorism Command when exiled Algerian extremists posed the greatest terrorism threat, said the factors motivating their jihad had not changed over the past decade. Mr Clarke said that the security agencies had to guard against a brand of extremism that led to a series of terrorist conspiracies, including a plot to make poisons and the murder of a police officer in Manchester.
  • Living On Welfare in the U.K.

    01/21/2013 1:09:39 PM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    powerline ^ | January 21, 2013 | John Hinderaker
    Welfare has become a major political issue in the United Kingdom. During the 13 years when Labour was in power, it seems not to have occurred to most Britons that Labour’s open-door immigration policy, combined with the U.K.’s liberal welfare benefits, were likely to lead to abuse. Now, people are starting to notice. The Sun, a tabloid published in London, is the U.K.’s largest-selling newspaper. It focuses mainly on soccer and celebrities, but its news coverage, to the extent it exists, can be entertaining. This story sounds like something out of The Onion, but it evidently is legitimate. The Sun...
  • Prince Harry on Afghan mission: 'Take a life to save a life'

    01/21/2013 12:41:22 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 16 replies
    CNN ^ | Mon January 21, 2013 | Max Foster and Peter Wilkinson
    Prince Harry's life on duty in Afghanistan (CNN) -- Britain's Prince Harry has acknowledged that he killed Taliban insurgents on his latest tour of duty in Afghanistan as a crew member of an Apache attack helicopter. Harry has been serving for four months as a co-pilot gunner (CPG) in southern Helmand province -- considered a Taliban heartland -- and flew on scores of missions with the trigger to rockets, missiles and a 30mm cannon at his fingertips. No one is saying how many insurgents Harry might have killed but toward the end of his deployment, the 28-year-old, known to his...
  • At Least 100 Killed in New Syria Massacre

    01/17/2013 10:01:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies
    inn ^ | 1/17/13 | Elad Benari
    More than 100 civilians have been killed in a new “massacre” in Syria, a watchdog said Thursday, according to AFP. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the deaths came on Tuesday, when the army swept through farmlands north of Homs city, where it said around 1,000 people had sought refuge from fighting in the central Syria metropolis. “The Syrian regime carried out a new massacre on Tuesday claiming 106 victims, including women and children,” the Britain-based watchdog, which relies on a network of activists and medics on the ground, told AFP. Witnesses said several members of the same family...
  • It’s snowing, and it really feels like the start of a mini ice age

    01/21/2013 8:02:15 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 37 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 20, 2013 | Boris Johnson
    "The Sun is god!” cried JMW Turner as he died, and plenty of other people have thought there was much in his analysis. The Aztecs agreed, and so did the pharaohs of Egypt. We are an arrogant lot these days, and we tend to underestimate the importance of our governor and creator. We forget that we were once just a clod of cooled-down solar dust; we forget that without the Sun there would have been no photosynthesis, no hydrocarbons — and that it was the great celestial orb that effectively called life into being on Earth. In so far as...
  • Who was the white jihadi? Algerian forces find 'two Canadians and at least one Frenchman'

    01/21/2013 6:59:22 AM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 21 January 2013 | Peter Allen and Nabila Ramdani
    Canadian passports found on badly burned bodies of two insurgents. One Frenchman among the terrorists... Some of the gunmen 'given short-term contracts by the oil and gas giant'. Attackers 'arrived in cars painted in colours of Algerian state energy firm'. Two of the dead Islamists from Canada were found in the smouldering remains of a compound at the BP gas plant. One security source today confirmed that the Canadians are suspected of having travelled to Libya, where they joined extremists waging Jihad against the west. The men's badly charred corpses were found close to their victims, many of whom had...
  • Cuba's new love for the Union flag

    01/20/2013 5:22:21 PM PST · by the scotsman · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 20 January 2013 | Sarah Rainsford
    'Cuba has been swept by a new craze - the red, white and blue of the UK's flag. The Union flag is now all the rage, sported by young Cubans on their clothes, nails - and even spotted as tattoos, and shaved into the back of people's heads. While for some it is just another fashion symbol, others say the trend began with the London Olympics, which were followed avidly in Cuba and hugely popular.'
  • 'Game of Thrones' Axe Man Wilko Johnson Announces Farewell Tour

    01/20/2013 5:18:31 PM PST · by the scotsman · 4 replies
    International Business Times ^ | January 19, 2013 | Drishya Nair
    'Wilko Johnson, the influential British rock guitarist who recently played mute executioner Ilyn Pane in the HBO series Game of Thrones, has announced details of his farewell tour, one week after going public with news that he is suffering from terminal cancer. Johnson first sprang to fame in the early 1970s as the guitarist for Dr Feelgood, an Essex 'pub rock' band whose style and attitude opened the door for punk rock and new wave music. Johnson's aggressive style of guitar playing was picked up and mimicked by bands including The Clash, The Stranglers and The Sex Pistols. The farewell...
  • New treaty to formalise defence co-operation with Australia

    01/20/2013 2:02:04 PM PST · by Smartisan · 2 replies
    UK MoD ^ | 18.1.13 | UK MoD
    The UK and Australia will strengthen their long-standing relationship today with a new defence treaty to provide a framework for the many strands of co-operation between the 2 countries. The treaty, to be signed in Perth today, Friday 18 January, with the Australian Defence Minister Stephen Smith, will see the 2 countries working together in areas such as cyber security, defence reform, personnel exchange, equipment, and science and technology. Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and the Foreign Secretary William Hague are in Perth attending the annual Australia/UK ministerial summit. Last year the corresponding event was held in London. During their trip,...
  • Muslims Enforcing Sharia Law on the streets of London (Video)

    01/20/2013 12:14:09 AM PST · by beaversmom · 15 replies
    Live Leak ^ | January 17, 2013 | unknown
    Video
  • Muslim patrol Hooded vigilantes walking streets of London telling women to cover up (Video)

    01/19/2013 1:29:32 PM PST · by Dallas59 · 44 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/19/2013 | Youtube
    Video Linky Here
  • Religious Freedom? Yeah, Right!

    01/19/2013 6:40:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 19, 2013 | Katryn Lopez
    A former British airlines worker was just told by a European human-rights court that she does, in fact, have the right to wear a crucifix on her neck. That such a thing would even have to go to court seems quite the sign of the times. It comes as Brits are faced with same-sex-marriage legislation that, if passed, would likely leave churches facing lawsuits when some clerics inevitably refuse to carry out such weddings. The decision came down on "Religious Freedom Day" here in America. "Foremost among the rights Americans hold sacred is the freedom to worship as we choose,"...
  • MPs call for doctors to record the sex of aborted foetuses (girls killed in Britain)

    01/18/2013 6:47:02 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 18 Jan 2013 | Peter Dominiczak
    There have been calls for an inquiry after minister disclosed that birth rates for girls and boys vary noticeably according to where their mothers were born. It was the first official statistical evidence potentially backing up concerns that sex-selection abortions are being carried out in Britain. Fiona Bruce, the Conservative MP for Congleton, has tabled an early day motion which calls on the Department of Health to ensure the data of aborted foetuses is reported “so that statistical evidence of crime cannot be hidden”. The early day motion was also signed by Jim Dobbin, the Labour MP for Heywood...
  • Parents think it's too dangerous to let kids outside in snow

    01/18/2013 1:02:36 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | January 18, 2013
    Worried parents will ban their children from making snowmen and having snowball fights this winter - for fear they will catch a cold, a study found. The protective one in five mums and dads, 20 per cent, will try to stop their youngsters falling ill by keeping them wrapped up warm indoors. Furthermore, 29 per cent say it is "too dangerous" to let them outside because they may slip on ice or be bruised by a tightly-packed snowball. That is despite many parents admitting they "enjoyed" playing outside when they were younger, the study by Chessington World of Adventures Resort...
  • Sex slave aged 11 'branded with initial of her abuser': Child trafficker 'used a heated hair pin

    01/17/2013 10:48:46 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    the Daily Mail ^ | 17 January 2013 | Arthur Martin
    A girl of 11 was sold to a child trafficker who branded her with his initial, a court heard yesterday. Mohammed Karrar, 38, also loaned her to abusers around the country for Ł600 an hour, it was alleged. Over five years she was repeatedly raped by large groups of men in what she described as ‘torture sex’, the jury was told. Seven men of Pakistani origin and two from North Africa are accused of 79 offences against six vulnerable white British girls. The charges include child rape, sexual trafficking and child prostitution. Noel Lucas QC, prosecuting, said Karrar – known...
  • MPs urge Cameron to ditch EU status quo

    01/16/2013 9:10:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 16 January 2013
    A caucus of euroskeptic Conservative MPs has issued a manifesto today (16 January), two days before Prime Minister David Cameron is set to make a landmark speech on Europe, stating that “the status quo is no longer an option” and demanding “a new and different relationship” with the European Union. The Fresh Start group of Conservative backbenchers—numbering nearly 100 of the party’s 304 deputies—sets out proposals to repatriate legislative powers to the UK and cut Britain’s bill for EU membership by billions of pounds a year. … The MPs also raised the possibility of the UK withholding funds for EU...
  • Foreigners held hostage by militants in Algeria ( 7 Americans )

    01/16/2013 2:35:58 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 16 January 2013 Last updated at 17:11 ET
    In Amenas is operated by the Algerian company Sonatrach with BP and Statoil Islamist militants have attacked and occupied a gas facility in Algeria, killing a Briton and an Algerian and taking foreign workers hostage.Algerian Interior Minister Daho Ould Kabila said troops had surrounded the living quarters at In Amenas, where some 20 people were being held.Norwegian, French, British, US and Japanese citizens are among them.Mr Ould Kabila said the militants wanted to leave Algeria with the hostages, which he would not allow.Earlier, the AFP news agency quoted one worker as saying the militants had demanded the release of 100...
  • Helicopter Crashes Into Crane In London

    01/16/2013 12:56:14 AM PST · by SMGFan · 10 replies
    A helicopter has crashed into a crane in Vauxhall, south London, plummeting into the ground. The crash involved two cars and an unknown number of people, London Fire Service said. Sky sources said one person was aboard the aircraft, which is believed to be an Augusta 109.
  • The 3D Scan of a Disabled Baby's Smile That Convinced His Mother not to Abort Him

    01/15/2013 6:37:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 14 January 2013 | Larisa Brown
    The 3D scan of a disabled baby's smile that convinced his mother not to abort him - and why she is grateful she was able to cuddle him with joy for a few precious hoursA mother was unable to abort her severely disabled son despite doctors' warnings after seeing her baby's smile in a 3D scan picture. Katyia Rowe was told her baby's brain had not formed properly and that he would never walk or talk and would need 24-hour care. But after seeing real-time moving scans of him smiling, blowing bubbles, kicking and waving his arms she made the...
  • Obama’s World, A World Without Friends

    08/01/2012 5:18:46 AM PDT · by SJackson · 5 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | August 1, 2012 | Alan W. Dowd
    Gov. Mitt Romney finishes up his overseas trip to Britain, Israel and Poland this week. The trip began inauspiciously, due to what some called Romney’s “gaffe” about the London Olympic Games. “There are a few things that were disconcerting,” said Romney, who organized the Salt Lake Games in 2002, when asked about London’s preparations. That rather bland remark—which turned out to be at least partly accurate, as ticket and transportation problems have plagued the Games—became the narrative for most major media outlets. But if anyone cares to know what a gaffe really looks and sounds like, consider President Barack Obama’s...
  • Horse Meat Discovered In Burgers Sold In UK And Ireland

    01/15/2013 3:16:04 PM PST · by B4Ranch · 75 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com/ ^ | Jan. 15, 2013 | Ben Quinn,
    The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), which made the discovery, said the burgers were produced by two processing plants in Ireland, Liffey Meats and Silvercrest Foods, and Dalepak Hambleton in the UK. In nine of the 10 burger samples from the four retailers, and from the Irish chain Dunnes Stores, horse DNA was found at very low levels. However, in one sample, from Tesco, the level of positive DNA indicated horsemeat accounted for 29% relative to the beef content.
  • HMV calls in administrators {HMV bankruptcy}

    01/15/2013 7:10:39 AM PST · by Cronos · 9 replies
    The Sun ^ | 15 January 2013 | Steve Hawkes
    The 92-year-old music store become the latest high street casualty of the credit crisis and called in administrators. Some 4,350 jobs are at risk if the chain closes. The blow follows the recent collapses of camera trader Jessops and electrical retailer Comet that together cost more than 8,000 jobs. Today restructuring giant Deloitte will be confirmed as administrator and will look to trade HMV’s 230 UK stores and find a buyer. But experts said that at BEST a profitable “core” of stores will remain trading. It is understood HMV has emailed all stores telling staff not to accept gift card...
  • Gang of {Moslem} men 'groomed girls as young as 11 for sex{ in the UK}

    01/15/2013 6:59:10 AM PST · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 15 January 2013 | Arthur Martin & Keith Gladdis
    An '11 or 12 year old' victim of a child sex ring was forced to miscarry after her attacker used an 'instrument' on her in a home abortion when she became pregnant, a court has heard. A gang of nine men face accusations of grooming and horrifically abusing vulnerable girls from the age of 11 - making their lives a 'living hell. The men, all from Oxford, allegedly plied six girls with alcohol, cocaine and heroin before repeatedly raping them. Kamar Jamil, 27, Akthtar Dogar, 32, Anjum Dogar, 30, Assad Hussain, 32, Mohammed Karrar, 38, Bassam Karrar, 26, Mohammed Hussain,...
  • Belfast's Flag Riots Are Setting It On Fire Again

    01/15/2013 6:04:25 AM PST · by Abiotic · 4 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | 15/1/2013 | Matthew Francey
    Being born and raised in Belfast, I’m used to hearing about terrorists, bombs and shootings on the local news, but I can honestly say that despite all that, I considered my hometown a pretty safe place to grow up. I moved to London a year ago, and while Northern Ireland is by no means front-page news here, I couldn’t help but notice that for the past month rioting in Belfast has been featured in almost every news bulletin. The rioting began when Belfast City Council voted to end the continuous flying of the Union Flag from City Hall and hasn’t...
  • 'Insulting words' crime ditched

    01/14/2013 5:19:05 PM PST · by the scotsman · 3 replies
    BBC News ^ | 14th January 2013 | BBC News
    'The crime of "insulting" someone through words or behaviour, which once led to the arrest of a student for asking a police officer whether his horse was gay, is to be dropped. Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed to MPs that the government would not seek to overturn a Lords amendment scrapping the ban. The director of public prosecutions has said it will not hinder his work. But Labour warned that it could remove protections for minority groups. Section 5 of the 1986 Public Order Act currently means that "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour" might be deemed a criminal...
  • Mother Rejects Abortion After Seeing Baby’s Smile in Ultrasound

    01/14/2013 2:19:23 PM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | January 14, 2013 | Steven Ertelt
    For decades, ultrasound has had the power to convey the beauty and reality of human life before birth. Conveying that power, the London Daily Mail newspaper today reports on the story of a mother who rejected abortion and chose life for her baby after seeing him smile in an ultrasound. Katyia Rowe was told her baby would never be able to walk or talk, but a real-time ultrasound scan showed him blowing bubbles and waving his arms, so she decided to go through with the birth. he died just 9 hours later, but she is very glad she chose life...