You can’t keep a daredevil down!

We’ve covered the annual Coopers Hill cheese races in Gloucestershire, England, on this blog before. Last year, thanks to health and safety nazis bureaucrats, the official event was canceled, althoug an ‘unofficial’ cheese race was held. There was an attempt to restart it this year, but the organizers wanted to charge spectators £20 (about US $33) per head for admission, ostensibly to ‘pay for security measures’. Since it had previously been free of charge, you can imagine that there was an immense public outcry, and the ‘official’ event was abandoned. Nevertheless, another ‘unofficial’ cheese race went ahead today. Here’s footage

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Memorial Day: They also served

On Memorial Day the USA honors its veterans, present and past, and remembers their service with gratitude. We’re used to thinking of ‘veterans’ as being specifically members of the uniformed armed services; but there are others who may also qualify, depending on how strictly one applies one’s criteria. Vintage Wings of Canada tells the story of one woman whom I think certainly qualifies. This spring marks the seventieth anniversary of one of the largest as well as one of the last raids of the London Blitz. So heavy and destructive was the raid of the night of the 16th/17th April

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Still battling with my computer problem

I still can’t find out why my computer has suddenly stopped loading WordPress-based blogs. All I know is that when it tries to load components from wp.com, which are part of the WordPress package, it hangs. It’s as if my firewall won’t let them through – but there’s no such setting in my firewall! Other computers in the house, using the same Internet connection, don’t have the same problem – they can access WordPress blogs just fine. I’ve tried undoing the most recent Windows 7 automatic updates, but that hasn’t solved the problem. The only alternative might be to step

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The Bible, complete with aliens and UFO’s!

I couldn’t help laughing at this news report. [Mark Burnett] and his wife, actress Roma Downey, are producing the 10-part docudrama The Bible for the History Channel. It’s set to air in 2013, History Channel President Nancy Dubuc said last week. The series will combine live action with computer-generated imagery to retell stories ranging from Noah and the Ark to the Exodus to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. Shooting is planned for the Middle East and elsewhere. . . . The cable channel, which has done religious-focused projects since it made its debut, was looking for a worthy follow

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Bureaucratic bungling at its best – or worst!

This lot are in England, but we have all too many of their kind right here, too. The article below is well worth reading, to illustrate how one bureaucratic cop-out can snowball or mushroom into a much larger problem. When many different bureaucrats, in many different departments, all neglect their responsibilities, the combined result can be catastrophic. The Daily Mail reports: Britain’s roads are notoriously bad at the best of times: a few years ago, car maker BMW had to build a potholed test track because it couldn’t find any German roads that simulated driving conditions in Britain. But after

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Two dumbasses on two wheels

A motorcycle rider and his passenger decided to get away from police by traveling against traffic through a road tunnel. Unfortunately, they neglected to avoid oncoming traffic. This is the result. How they managed to pick themselves up and walk – in one case, run – away from that, I just do not know! Peter

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Video clips added to Weekend Warships #3

I’ve found and added a couple of video clips to the Weekend Warships #3 post I put up yesterday. One shows HM Submarine M2 launching and recovering aircraft; the other shows Japan’s super-subs at the end of World War II, first as they lie on the seabed off Hawaii today, then historic footage of their capture and evaluation by the US Navy. The clips make an interesting addition to what I posted earlier. If you enjoyed the article, you might want to revisit it to view the videos. Peter

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Doofus Of The Day #482

Today’s winner is the Chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. The new chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee was criticizing Republicans who opposed President Obama’s bailout of the American automakers union, oh, no, make that American automakers. “If it were up to the candidates for president on the Republican side,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, “we would be driving foreign cars. They would have let the auto industry in America go down the tubes.” So Michael O’Brien of The Hill newspaper went and checked what kind of automobile loyal-American-car-supporter Debbie Wasserman Schultz owns. Yup, you guessed it —

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The bleak truth about entitlement programs

Thomas Sowell, who (in my opinion) is one of the most insightful commentators on US society today, hits a home run in his latest opinion column. To listen to some of the defenders of entitlement programs, which are at the heart of the present financial crisis, you might think that anything the government fails to provide is something that people will be deprived of. In other words, if you cut spending on school lunches, children will go hungry. If you fail to subsidize housing, people will be homeless. If you fail to subsidize prescription drugs, old people will have to

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An acute case of dontopedalogy!

Courtesy of a link at Dustbury, we learn of a lawyer with more words than wisdom and a mouth that couldn’t stop running if he stripped its gears. Let’s begin with a report in the Washington Post. A D.C. Superior Court judge declared a mistrial Friday in a 2008 murder case and allowed the defendant to fire his New York-based attorney, who exhibited what the judge said were numerous signs that he lacked knowledge of proper trial procedure, including telling the jury during his opening statements that he had never tried a case before. Judge William Jackson told attorney Joseph

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