Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Wednesday - June 29, 2005

Democrats Don’t Like 9/11 Reference By Bush

Yeah, I know. The Democrats are running out of things to be against. They have no ideas, no clue and no hope of ever regaining the trust of the American people so all they do is gripe and complain. That doesn’t seem to be changing after President Bush’s speech last night ....

WASHINGTON (AP) - Democrats are criticizing President Bush for raising the Sept. 11 attacks while he defends his plan to keep U.S. troops in Iraq as long as it takes to ensure peace in the country.

The president, urging patience on an American public showing doubts about his Iraq policy, mentioned the deadly 2001 terrorist attacks five times during a 28-minute address Tuesday night at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Some Democrats accused him of falsely reviving the link that he originally used to help justify launching strikes against Baghdad.

“The president’s frequent references to the terrorist attacks of September 11 show the weakness of his arguments,” House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said. “He is willing to exploit the sacred ground of 9/11, knowing that there is no connection between 9/11 and the war in Iraq.”

Memo To Ms. Pelosi: What was the connection between Pearl Harbor and the Normandy Invasion? The Germans didn’t bomb Hawaii. Why did we go to Europe?


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/29/2005 at 06:07 AM   
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It looks like Supreme Court Justice David Souter, who voted this week in favor of the land snatch ruling, may find himself homeless if the city where he lives goes through with its plans ....

Weare, New Hampshire (PRWEB) Could a hotel be built on the land owned by Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter? A new ruling by the Supreme Court which was supported by Justice Souter himself itself might allow it. A private developer is seeking to use this very law to build a hotel on Souter’s land.

Justice Souter’s vote in the “Kelo vs. City of New London” decision allows city governments to take land from one private owner and give it to another if the government will generate greater tax revenue or other economic benefits when the land is developed by the new owner.

On Monday June 27, Logan Darrow Clements, faxed a request to Chip Meany the code enforcement officer of the Towne of Weare, New Hampshire seeking to start the application process to build a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road. This is the present location of Mr. Souter’s home.

Clements, CEO of Freestar Media, LLC, points out that the City of Weare will certainly gain greater tax revenue and economic benefits with a hotel on 34 Cilley Hill Road than allowing Mr. Souter to own the land.

The proposed development, called “The Lost Liberty Hotel” will feature the “Just Desserts Café” and include a museum, open to the public, featuring a permanent exhibit on the loss of freedom in America. Instead of a Gideon’s Bible each guest will receive a free copy of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged.”

Who says justice is blind? She just needs a seeing eye dog every now and then ....


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/29/2005 at 06:01 AM   
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Bob Gorrell, National/Syndicated


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/29/2005 at 05:57 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 28, 2005

The Hannity Conservamatic

You have got to go watch this. It’s the Hannity Conservamatic Liberal Processor from Ronco. It slices, dices and minces liberals like French cheese. Watch the demonstration Sean Hannity gives of this amazing new device as he turns Michael Crook of into paté de fois gras in mere seconds.

Simply amazing! Order yours today. Only from Fox News!

(-- thanks to Z Woof fer the tip)


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 05:17 PM   
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Right off the top, I want to apologize for not participating in the ongoing comment postings as often as I normally do. At the office, I am trying to drain the swamp and I’m knee-deep in alligators this week. It is all I can do to snatch a minute or two to go through the day’s news feeds and find something interesting for discussion here. I also have to let e-mails from all of you just kinda pile up for now. I assure you all I’m doing my best to keep you entertained while holding down a very demanding job. In other words, it just sucks to be me right now. It will pass.

In the meantime, rest assured I am following the comments threads as best I can. I think it’s hilarious that Phoenix is yanking OldCatMan’s chain about being “nice” and OCM of course responds with his usual tongue in cheek “mending of his ways”. Then Steel jumps in to defend Phoenix (who probably doesn’t need defending). Our friend, Imp, in New York needs better reading and I am preparing a list of summer reading and viewing for everyone that I’ll post here later. Just my personal choices, mind you.

If OldCatMan is our resident grumpy, heathen infidel then Tannenberg is our resident English butler. Phoenix is our party wench and Annoying Little Twerp is the blog’s official mascot. Dottie is here to provide emergency medical services to members who hyperventilate over Howard Dean’s latest antics and Macker is the blog’s official HitMan in case anyone needs rubbing out. Steel is our main man for weird shit and Frank is the Deputy Geek of the site (I have prime responsibility for geek stuff). Stanley is our point man for Texas and just plain wild, cowboy antics. And don’t forget Severa, our official Navy Spouse In Training or Lisa in New York, our advertising and marketing guru.

Military veterans like StinKerr, Steel and DavidH keep our coverage of the troops honest and even people with their own blogs like Ztucka, Tuffbeingright, Macker, Mr. Minority and uncounted others help us cross-check each other.

What would I do without Z-Woof, our main scoop reporter and head honcho on social security, medicare and medical insurance issues? We have experts here in almost every field imaginable. I’m talking professionals who have spent a lifetime in a highly intense career. I say “almost” because I don’t think we have any lawyers or politicians present (I wonder why that is?).

I guess what I’m trying to say is this ain’t no regular blog. It’s a regular three-ring circus and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. It has become an on-line community housing every kind of person you could imagine, including foreigners like LyndonB over in England, Mike in Mexico and Joe & Mae down in New Zealand. I appreciate all your kind comments and I hope to keep this going as long as I can keep juggling everything.

Anyway, bear with me for a while. I will catch up eventually. In the meantime, try not to hurt each other (unless you are just making each other die laughing). I’m trying to keep track of this insanity and read all your posts but sometimes I really, truly wonder what would happen if we all got together at some nice little bar somewhere and broke open a keg or two.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmm .... ponder that while I go looking for today’s Photo Du Jour ....

Good bloggers to visit (most of them mentioned above):
Annoying Little Twerp
Joe & Mae in New Zealand
Blind Minds Eye
Mr. Minority
Key Monk

And of course, the bloggers who helped me get started here over a year-and-a-half ago:
Kim Du Toit
Emperor Misha

P.S. If I forgot anyone in this list, send me an e-mail. I promise I’ll mend my ways. Now, be NICE.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 12:52 PM   
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Blame It On The Hemadrones

What is a “hemadrone”? it is a flesh-eating, subterranean-dwelling creature who comes above ground occasionally for entertainment. These beings like to pick on meth-addicts who are dunk on beer and strung out after a fight with their girlfriend. Their favorite hobby is jumping out of the bushes, yelling “BOOGITY-BOOGITY-BOOGITY” at the poor dopehead and then watching him crash his car. No, really ....

A California man facing life in prison for crashing his car into a UPS truck will not dispute that his actions resulted in the death of the driver when his trial opens Monday in Nevada County Superior Court.

Instead, Scott Krause’s defense will argue that the defendant believed he was trying to escape man-eating subterranean beings when he ran into Drew Reynolds’ truck on Jan. 6, 2004.

Krause has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to five felony counts, including first-degree murder, carjacking, and burglary, stemming from a string of alleged criminal activities leading up to the fatal highway crash.

In three court-ordered evaluations, the defendant stated he was fleeing subterranean beings he called “hemadrones” when he carjacked a commercial vehicle near a Nevada City, Calif., gas station and then crashed into Reynolds’ service vehicle.

“Everything had to do with his escape from the hemadrones,” said Nevada County District Attorney Michael Ferguson. “According to the defendant, he was afraid they were going to put him in cargo and ship him to China to be eaten.”

Calls to public defender Gary Gordon went unanswered.

The evidentiary burden will fall on the defense to prove that Krause, a known methamphetamine addict with a history of drug-related arrests, was suffering from a pre-existing mental condition that either prevented him from understanding the consequences of his actions or knowing the difference between right or wrong.

A psychologist testified in a preliminary hearing that when he examined Krause in 2002, the divorced father of two displayed signs of delusions and paranoid schizophrenia.

He also testified that for at least two years before the incident, Krause was using methamphetamine at least twice a day.

“This is purely a case about mental state,” Ferguson said. “Were his actions methamphetamine-induced or was he suffering from a pre-offense illness?”

At the time of his death, Reynolds, 34, was pursuing a degree in computer science from the University of Phoenix while holding a full-time job with UPS.

After Reynolds’ death, a $2,000 scholarship fund was established in his name for adults who are raising families while pursuing a college education at Sierra College’s Nevada County campus, from where Reynolds graduated.

Go read the rest at the link above. It’s from CourtTV. I can’t stop giggling at this ingenious defense tactic. You gotta be somewhat amused by a perp with this kind of imagination. If only he hadn’t killed a decent hard-working young man who really was working on a future .... as opposed to this dipshit.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 12:26 PM   
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Le Challenge Atomique De Frogges

France is going to build a 10-billion-Euro nuclear fusion power plant. It will be the first of its kind in the world. Current nuclear power plants use nuclear fission. For those who slept through 10th grade physics class, nuclear fission involves taking a big hammer and banging it real hard on a bunch of uranium atoms so hard that it splits them into little,bitty tiny pieces. These pieces are quite angry at being split up like this so they throw off a lot of angry energy in the form of heat and ‘splosions. This is what makes atom bombs so darned nasty. Nuclear fusion, on the other hand, is the opposite. In this method, you take the same big hammer and place two or more uranium atoms on an anvil and bang them hard enough to make them join together into one piece. Again, like your kids on vacation, these atoms strongly resent being forced together and give off a lot of angry energy. This is how the Sun operates .... which is where most of you parents wish you could toss your kids on these occasions.

Anyway, back to “Les Frogges”. These nincomboobs who still haven’t figured out how to use soap and water are going to create a miniature Sun .... here on Earth .... just across the “pond” .... are you scared yet? On top of that, the environmental nutjobs (aka, the “usual suspects") are saying the site where the fusion reactor will be built is right on top of a major fault zone! Where is Chicken Little when you need him? Dangnabbit, the US needs to get on the ball and catch up here. We need to build at least a hundred miniature Suns to show “Les Frogges” who is the real 600-pound gorilla here. Now, ain’t that a .... sun of a gun?

France will get to host the project to build a 10bn-euro (£6.6bn) nuclear fusion reactor, in the face of strong competition from Japan.

The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (Iter) will be the most expensive joint scientific project after the International Space Station.

The Iter programme was held up for over 18 months as parties tried to broker a deal between the two rivals.

Nuclear fusion taps energy from reactions like those that heat the Sun.

Nuclear fusion is seen as a cleaner approach to power production than nuclear fission and fossil fuels.

Officials from a six-party consortium signed the deal in Moscow on Tuesday, for the reactor’s location at the Cadarache site in southern France.

French President Jacques Chirac thanked member countries of the European Union, as well as Russia and China, who crucially lent their support to the French bid: “It is a big success for France, for Europe and for all the partners of Iter,” he said in a statement.

OK, that settles it. If Chirac likes it, I hate it. Sacre bleu!


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 08:32 AM   
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Dr. Pusher-Man

Did you know there is an evil conspiracy going on right under your nose. Yep, and it’s at your local doctor’s office, at the World Health Organization and at your local pharmacy. Guess who is behind this insidious plot .... ?

You walk into your doctor’s office for a physical exam and step on the scale. Last year, the doctor said you were overweight. Now he says you are obese — at the same weight.

A nurse takes your blood pressure. You have hypertension — with the same previously healthy reading you’ve had for years.

The doctor scans your wrist bone. You have a condition called “osteopenia” — with the same bone density that was fine last time you were measured.

You mention you are not enjoying sex as much as you used to. Diagnosis: a new kind of sexual dysfunction.

You leave the office with a head full of worry and a fistful of new prescriptions, joining more than 40 percent of Americans who take one or more prescribed drugs daily in the effort to stave off more serious trouble.

You are suddenly sick, simply because the definitions of disease have changed. And behind those changes, a Seattle Times examination has found, are the companies that make all those newly prescribed pills.

Somebody alert the media! Drug companies are conspiring to make sure you stay sick! Oh .... you already knew that though, didn’t you? Kinda sickening, ain’t it? Take two aspirin and call me in the morning ....


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 06:17 AM   
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Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day

Boy Scouts in Belgium can no longer learn wilderness survival the .. umh .. hard way ....

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Belgium plans to stop Boy Scouts from slaughtering chickens and other small animals at summer camp, despite Scout leaders’ defence of the practice as a lesson in wilderness survival.

The Health Ministry said in a statement issued on Monday that one Scout group had refused to stop teaching its lads how to carry out the bloody task even after complaints from parents.

“These kids have to be taught how to kill an animal in order to feed themselves,” the ministry quoted one of the group’s representatives as saying.

However, the ministry took the view that the Scouts learnt nothing from using animals in this way.

Well, that sure as heck rules out a career at KFC, for sure. Colonel Sanders could not be reached for comment.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 05:46 AM   
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Hypocrats In Congress

Did you know that most of Congress would rather have a database to check and monitor gun owners than would have a database to check and monitor illegal aliens ....? It’s true, as CNS News reports ....

(—Dozens of U.S. House members who sponsored the nationwide instant background check system for gun buyers in 1993 or backed the expansion of that system in 2002, have shown no support for a similar database intended to identify illegal aliens trying to find work in the U.S.

At least one member who supported the gun control measure is challenging the proposal to crack down on illegal immigrants.

“A database this large is likely to contain many errors,” said Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) during a May 12 hearing on the Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act (H.R. 98). “Any one of [the errors] could render someone unemployable and possibly much worse until they can get their file straightened out.”

But in 2002, Jackson Lee argued for the “Our Lady of Peace Act,” (H.R. 4757), an expansion of the National Instant Check System (NICS) for handgun purchases.

“I strongly support this legislation,” Jackson Lee said during the Oct. 15, 2002 consideration of the Our Lady of Peace Act. “A major problem with the instant check system has been the incomplete records of state and local governments.”

The legislation to expand NICS would have provided “incentives for states to provide more complete records to the federal government. This will result in faster and smarter background checks,” she argued.

Jackson Lee was not in Congress in 1993 when the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act - the law that eventually gave way to the NICS tracking system - was passed. But 83 of the 155 House members who did co-sponsor the Brady bill 12 years ago are still serving in the House, and only one - House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) - is a co-sponsor of the Illegal Immigration Enforcement and Social Security Protection Act.

Erich Pratt, communications director for Gun Owners of America (GOA), said opposition to the attempts to identify illegal immigrants, amounts to “hypocrisy,” considering those same members’ support for the gun control measure.

“Evidently for this gaggle of congressional gun-haters, the Constitution only applies to illegal aliens, not American citizens,” Pratt said. “It seems that some people are ‘more equal’ than others.”

Yeah, and those who are “more equal” are illegal aliens and terrorists at Gitmo, while the rest of us (American taxpayers, that is) are getting screwed.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 05:25 AM   
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Democrat Snatch Attempt

R.J. Matson, NY, The New York Observer and Roll Call


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/28/2005 at 05:17 AM   
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calendar   Monday - June 27, 2005

A Present For Senator Frist

Dear Senator Frist,

Please find the articles below for your use in the upcoming battles with Demoncrats. I regret that in the past several years, you and your fellow Republicans in Washington seem to be missing any anatomical parts that even closely resemble what I am holding here. Please take these, strap them on between your legs and act like you got a pair, OK? I’m sick and tired of you “girlie-men” caving in to the liberals and Democrats (I know, redundant) in DC. Since you fellows can’t seem to grow a pair, please take the pair I am offering you here. God only knows you boys sure as hell do need them.

The Skipper



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 03:23 PM   
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The Supremes rounded out their day of infamy with a final ruling, saying that internet file-sharing services can be held responsible for what their users do. MGM, which brought the case is now dancing with glee and already sending the lawyers after Grokster. Look for other big Hollywood studios to pile on ....

WASHINGTON - Internet file-sharing services will be held responsible if they intend for their customers to use software primarily to swap songs and movies illegally, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, rejecting warnings that the lawsuits will stunt growth of cool tech gadgets such as the next iPod.

The unanimous decision sends the case back to lower court, which had ruled in favor of file-sharing services
Grokster Ltd. and StreamCast Networks Inc. on the grounds that the companies couldn’t be sued. The justices said there was enough evidence of unlawful intent for the case to go to trial.

File-sharing services shouldn’t get a free pass on bad behavior, justices said.

“We hold that one who distributes a device with the object of promoting its use to infringe copyright, as shown by the clear expression or other affirmative steps taken to foster infringement, is liable for the resulting acts of infringement by third parties,” Justice David H. Souter wrote for the court.

By the way, this decision was unanimous, 9-0. Hollywood rejoices. Internet file-share networks fall back on ‘Plan B’, which cannot be disclosed at the moment. However, my sources tell me that the networks like Grokster will simply move offshore or out of the country. Developing ....


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 10:39 AM   
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Medicare Gets Off Your Last Nerve

This is rich. Sexual predators can get viagra on medicare but starting next year, seniors with anxiety problems will not be able to get xanax or valium ....

WASHINGTON - When the federal government’s new prescription drug benefit kicks in next year, it will not cover a category of drugs commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures.

That means those disabled and elderly people on Medicare who take Xanax, Valium, Ativan and other types of the drug benzodiazepine will have to look elsewhere for coverage or switch to a different, less addictive medication.

Finding other alternatives may not be easy for the 1.7 million low-income, elderly people who take the drug and will be automatically enrolled in the new prescription drug plan. They will depend on the states to continue paying for their benzodiazepines — “benzos” for short — on Jan. 1, but with no guarantee.

I guess OldCatMan is right. Seniors who need to chill out will need to learn to take care of themselves. Just think, Florida could see a growth spurt in backyard “gardens”. Be on the lookout for sawtooth-shaped leaves and big red buds. This could really slow down shuffleboard action in St. Pete but think of how much sales of cheetos and twinkies will go up. Dude, buy stock in General Foods, ASAP!


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 06/27/2005 at 10:16 AM   
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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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