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calendar   Wednesday - November 30, 2005

Photo Du Jour

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“In Living Color”
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Hubble (RedOrbit)

In this view of the center of the magnificent barred spiral galaxy NGC 1512, NASA Hubble Space Telescope’s broad spectral vision reveals the galaxy at all wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared. The colors (which indicate differences in light intensity) map where newly born star clusters exist in both “dusty” and “clean” regions of the galaxy.

This color-composite image was created from seven images taken with three different Hubble cameras: the Faint Object Camera (FOC), the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 (WFPC2), and the Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS).


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 11:08 PM   
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Body Count Goes Higher

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Three Shot Dead On Streets And One Security Officer Killed In Attacks Today!!


News from Baghdad?


Naw, just another day in New York City. Carry on.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 04:12 PM   
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The Other Blog

imageimageIf you get a chance today, drop by the other blog (The ArgoKnot). Be prepared to get an earful. Aphrodite is on a rampage and she’s mad as hell at people who are trying to get murderers freed from death row. She says kill ‘em all and forget about sorting them out.

If that isn’t enough to get you going, Chaucer just received his own personal copy of the Koran .... from CAIR. Our philosopher proceeds to slice and dice both the book and the religion of morons behind it. Look for a fatwah to be issued any day now.

There’s that and more good reading. Go ahead and get your editorial fix for the week and give ‘em a piece of your mind while you’re there. Be careful around the lightning bolts coming down on idiotarians though. Sanity could result ....


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 03:17 PM   
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Book Signing Update

Cindy Sheehan and her publisher are distraught and upset at AP and Reuters for taking pictures of Sheehan waiting to sign copies of her new book .... all by herself (see post below). They claim that a hundred copies of the book were sold at the Crawford signing.

What they don’t tell us is that there were 100 people who showed up for the latest Bush-bashing protest and all of them bought the book because they were ordered to by the Liberal, anti-war Fascists in charge of the demonstration. Just for grins, a quick check of Amazon showed Sheehan’s book in position #2,813 for book sales, which means her book is only 2,000 places below Mark Leyner’s ”Why Do Men Have Nipples?” ....

Cindy Sheehan Claims Photos Falsely Implied Her Book Signing was a Flop
NEW YORK (E&P)

Antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and her book publisher are upset about Associated Press and Reuters photos that allegedly presented a misleading impression of her book signing last weekend in Texas. Sheehan, whose soldier son was killed in Iraq, gained wide fame last summer in an antiwar protest near President Bush’s ranch in Crawford, Texas, and then in a march in Washington, D.C. She returned to Crawford last week for a Thanskgiving protest. Her new book, “Not One More Mother’s Child,” had just been published, and her publisher organized a book signing in a large tent in Crawford on Saturday.

Photos of the event, carried widely on the Web, and then picked up by conservative blogs, seemed to imply that the book signing was a bust. The photos showed Sheehan looking dejected, sitting at a table, with no one in the tent except for a couple of photographers. The AP caption simply read: “Anti-war activist CindySheehan waits for people to show up at her book signing near President Bush’s ranch on Saturday, Nov. 26, 2005 in Crawford, Texas.”

The Washington Post, which carried Evan Vucci’s AP photo, noted that at a protest the same day Sheehan had addressed a crowd of only about 100. “In the morning,” the Post observed, “Sheehan signed copies of her new book, being published this week, for an even smaller crowd,” although it cited bad weather as a possible factor.

- Read more here while you get your copy signed


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 12:22 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsStoopid-People •  
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Running With Scissors

You all know my position: screeners should be checking thoroughly ANY Arab looking young men in their 20’s since that is the profile of all of the terrorists caught to date. Call it racial profiling if you wish. I call it common sense. Carefully examine the passengers, not the luggage. Key quote below: “When weapons are allowed back on board an aircraft, the pilots will be able to land the plane safety but the aisles will be running with blood.”. Yep, that would be right. The first dumb asshat who stands up on a plane I’m on and yells “Allahu-Akhbar” is going to have about 250 pounds of Skipper all over his ass like white on rice and it ain’t gonna be my blood in the aisle ....

TSA Would Allow Sharp Objects on Airliners
Screeners to Focus More on Bombs
(WASHINGTON POST)

A new plan by the Transportation Security Administration would allow airline passengers to bring scissors and other sharp objects in their carry-on bags because the items no longer pose the greatest threat to airline security, according to sources familiar with the plans.

In a series of briefings this week, TSA Director Edmund S. “Kip” Hawley told aviation industry leaders that he plans to announce changes at airport security checkpoints that would allow scissors less than four inches long and tools, such as screwdrivers, less than seven inches long, according to people familiar with the TSA’s plans. These people spoke on condition of anonymity because the TSA intends to make the plans public Friday.

“We’ll be announcing a number of new initiatives that will have both a positive security and customer service impact,” said TSA spokeswoman Yolanda Clark, who declined to comment on the details of the announcement. The plans must be approved by the Homeland Security Department and the Office of Management and Budget.

Faced with a tighter budget and morale problems among its workforce, the TSA says its new policy changes are aimed at making the best use of limited resources. Homeland Security Department officials are increasingly concerned about airports’ vulnerability to suicide bomb attacks. TSA officials now want airport screeners to spend more of their time looking for improvised explosive devices rather than sharp objects.

The TSA’s internal studies show that carry-on-item screeners spend half of their screening time searching for cigarette lighters, a recently banned item, and that they open 1 out of every 4 bags to remove a pair of scissors, according to sources briefed by the agency. Officials believe that other security measures now in place, such as hardened cockpit doors, would prevent a terrorist from commandeering an aircraft with box cutters or scissors.

However, many flight attendants do not believe sharp objects should be allowed on board. They argue that even though such items would not enable another Sept. 11, 2001-style hijacking, the items could be used as weapons against passengers or flight-crew members. “TSA needs to take a moment to reflect on why they were created in the first place—after the world had seen how ordinary household items could create such devastation,” said Corey Caldwell, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants, which has more than 46,000 members. “When weapons are allowed back on board an aircraft, the pilots will be able to land the plane safety but the aisles will be running with blood.”

- Go through check-in and read the rest here


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 12:04 PM   
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Holiday Rage

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Mike Lester, Rome (GA) News-Tribune


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 12:01 PM   
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Total Bizarreness Award Winner

(- Ladies and gentlemen, we apologize but The Skipper is completely speechless. In fact we had to sedate him to keep him from breaking a rib laughing at this asshat in the story below. We promise to have him back in shape in a short time. Please bear with us. Your cooperation is sincerely appreciated. Kindly enjoy the absurdity described below and try not to take it too seriously. Life is a joke, after all. -)

imageimageArgument Over Beer, Spaghetti
Leads To AK-47 Shooting

ORLANDO, Fla. (WFTV)

An Orange County man is in jail, accused of trying to shoot his roommate with an AK-47. Their fight started after an argument over a beer and a plate of spaghetti. Investigators say David Fung-Cap just wanted a beer. “A beer. A beer. You know what, he was like, you didn’t get me my beer. I was like, what are you talking about?” explained roommate Terah Mills.

Mills wanted some of Fung-Cap’s spaghetti, and when neither would help the other, things got ugly. Fung-Cap went for his AK-47 and opened fire. “Four times he shot at me. If it’s my time to go, it’s my time to go,” Mills said. Mills told Channel 9 he managed to wrestle the assault weapon away from his crazed roommate and left the apartment to get help from sheriff’s deputies, who were already arriving. But then Mills accidentally fired another shot. The deputies thought he was aiming at them.

No one can explain how, out of the five high-powered rounds fired in a densely populated apartment complex, not one person was hurt. “I want my grandparents and parents to know that I love them and I would like a shirt and a cigarette and some shoes please,” Fung-Cap said while being taken into custody.

Investigators determined Mills was the victim. Now he’ll keep the apartment, the beer and the food and, in the future, he said, he’ll choose his roommates more carefully. “This guy’s 25 years old. He’s a grown man, just like me,” Mills said. Deputies said there was nothing illegal about the AK-47, except for the fact that it was fired. Now it’s the property of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2005 at 01:54 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - November 29, 2005

The Redhead

A gorgeous young redhead goes into the doctor’s office and says that her body hurts wherever she touches it. “Impossible!” says the doctor. “Show me.” The redhead takes her finger, pushes on her left breast and screams, then she pushes her elbow and screams in even more agony. She pushes her knee and screams; likewise she pushes her ankle and screams. Everywhere she touches makes her scream.

The doctor says, “You’re not really a redhead, are you?

“Well, no” she says, “I’m actually a blonde.”

“I thought so,” the doctor says. “Your finger is broken.”



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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 11:25 PM   
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Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day (so far)

The city may be devastated, tens of thousands are still homeless, dead bodies are still being discovered, millions of dollars worth of real estate and housing are utterly beyond repair, the economy is in a shambles and the SuperDome is still leaking but .... .... .... the city’s few remaining citizens will have free Wi-Fi so they can surf the internet from the comfort of their mildew-sodden, storm ravaged, mud-encrusted homes. If they can find power to fire up those computers, Mayor Nagin has decided that they absolutely must have access to E-Bay before anything else happens. Morons: there’s one born every minute ... but why are so many elected to public office? Riddle me that one ...

imageimageBig Easy Launches Free Wireless System
NEW ORLEANS (AP)

In an attempt to boost its stalled economy, the hurricane-ravaged city of New Orleans is starting the nation’s first free wireless Internet network owned and run by a major city. Mayor Ray Nagin made the announcement at a late morning news conference.

Similar projects elsewhere have been stalled by stiff opposition from telephone and cable television companies aimed at discouraging competition from public agencies. Nagin said the system started operation Tuesday in the central Business District and the French Quarter. It is to be available throughout the city in about a year.

The system uses hardware mounted on street lights to cover the city. Most of the equipment was donated by three companies: Intel Corp., Tropos Networks and Pronto Networks. The system will operate at 512 kilobits per second as long as the city remains under a state of emergency.

That will be slowed once the state of emergency is over — that date has not been determined — to 128 kbps in accordance with state law, which restricts government-owned Internet service.

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable ....


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 07:12 PM   
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Naughty, Naughty Dictator

This is what mass-murderers are reduced to these days. It’s bad enough he hid in a hole in the ground for months, then emerged lice-infested and crying like a whining coward but now that he is on trial he is behaving like a spoiled child. Where have all the good mass-murdering dictators gone to? At least Hitler had the dignity to shoot/poison himself and his “bride” before the roof caved in.

This is almost embaressing to see what used to be a miserable, strutting peacock of a brute forced to whine and cry because they took his pencils away. Hang him and be done with it. The man is a craven coward and is an embaressment to the entire human race. Can’t they just charge him with “conduct unbecoming a formar mass-murderer who has seemingly lost the last shred of dignity he ever possessed”? Guilty! Hang him! Case closed! Next ....

imageimageHussein Is Unruly as Trial Resumes
Charged With Ordering Executions, Former Dictator Complains About Guards, Supplies
BAGHDAD (WASHINGTON POST)

Saddam Hussein, the dictator who once held the power of life and death over millions of Iraqis, was reduced Monday to squabbling over pens and paper during his trial on charges of ordering wholesale executions during his rule.

Scowling and jabbing, Hussein used the defendant’s dock as a pulpit from which to lecture the judge on how to treat foreigners. He complained that while being brought to the courtroom by U.S. guards, he had been handcuffed, forced to walk up flights of stairs and stripped of papers and writing implements.

When the chief judge, Rizgar Mohammed Amin, said he would tell the guards to give him writing implements, Hussein thundered: “Don’t tell them—I want you to order them! They are foreigners and occupiers and invaders.”

The grievances that led to Hussein’s bluster paled in comparison with the charges that could send him to the hangman and with the symbolic importance of the trial to Iraq’s stumbling new democracy. The ousted president left it to his lawyer to challenge the validity of the U.S.-engineered tribunal, and, outside the court, newly arrived co-counsel Ramsey Clark, a former U.S. attorney general, questioned the likelihood of Hussein getting a fair trial.

At the end of the day’s proceedings, the trial was recessed until Dec. 5 to give some of Hussein’s seven co-defendants time to find replacements for two defense attorneys who were assassinated after the initial court session almost six weeks ago. Some defense attorneys stayed away from the courtroom on Monday, apparently fearing that they, too, would be killed.

- Read the rest at WAPO if you can stand it

Waaaaaahhhh!!!! Those bad kids took my crayons away!!!! Waaaaaaahhhh!!!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 04:45 PM   
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Greenpeace Jerks, Episode #9,945

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. These jerks won’t be happy until we’re all living in caves again and running around half-naked, hunting buffalo with spears. This is typical behavior from the “Save The Earth” moonbat brigade ....

imageimageNuclear Protest Hits Blair Speech
LONDON (BBC)

Greenpeace protesters have disrupted a speech used by Tony Blair to launch an energy review which could lead to new nuclear power stations in the UK. Two protesters climbed up into the roof of the hall where Mr Blair was due to address the Confederation of British Industry conference.

After a 48-minute delay, Mr Blair made his speech in a smaller side-hall. He said renewable sources could meet some but not all energy gaps and the review would examine nuclear options. Opening his speech in a packed room in the Business Design Centre in Islington, London, Mr Blair said: “Nuclear power is of course a difficult and a challenging issue.

“Like most tough issues what we actually need is an open and democratic debate, not one conducted by protests and demonstrations to stop people having the freedom to express their views.” Amid the noise from clattering microphones and mobile phones ringing, Mr Blair joked: “This is going to be a surreal occasion… I’m going to give this speech if it’s the last thing I do.”

Greenpeace wanted to be allowed to make a 10-minute speech in return for ending the protest. But CBI director general Digby Jones decided to move the PM’s speech instead, saying: “At the end of the day I don’t give in to ultimatums.” He said he had offered two “legitimate” Greenpeace delegates the chance to ask the prime minister the first question after his speech in return for ending their protest, but they had refused.

The two protesters, wearing yellow jackets over their suits and what looked like conference delegates’ badges, appeared on girders in the roof about 20 minutes before Mr Blair was due to begin at 0930 GMT. One unfurled a banner saying: “Nuclear: Wrong Answer.” They also dropped stickers onto the delegates below them.

- There’s even more on this ridiculous story here


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 01:08 PM   
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Canada Collapses

The Canadian government collapsed yesterday. Don’t tell me you failed to to take note of this earth-shattering event. Paul Martin’s Liberal party failed a vote of confidence and now must have new elections to ... re-establish confidence, eh? Why are liberal parties all over the place having so much trouble these days? Why don’t we just annex Canada (except Quebec, which we can wall off and ignore) and be done with it ... ?

Canadian Govt. Falls in No-Confidence Vote
TORONTO (AP)

Canadian politicians will hit the campaign trail this holiday season after opposition parties seized upon a corruption scandal to bring down the minority government of Prime Minister Paul Martin in a vote of no confidence. Monday’s loss means an election for all 308 seats in the lower House of Commons, likely on Jan. 23. Martin and his Cabinet will continue to govern until then.

The Conservative Party teamed up with the New Democratic and Bloc Quebecois parties to bring down the government, claiming the ruling Liberal Party had lost its moral authority. Recent polls have given the Liberals a slight lead over the Conservatives, with the New Democrats in third place. The same surveys suggest the Bloc Quebecois would sweep the French-speaking province of Quebec, making a majority government unlikely no matter which party wins the most seats.

Martin is expected to dissolve the House of Commons on Tuesday and set a firm date for the elections. Canadian law sharply restricts the duration of the campaign. “The vote in the House of Commons did not go our way,” Martin said. “But the decision of the future of our government will be made by Canadians. They will judge us.”

Martin has had frosty relations with the White House, standing by the Liberal Party decision not to support the U.S. invasion of Iraq. He also declined to join in Washington’s continental ballistic missile shield, infuriating the Bush administration, has been called weak on terrorism, and was vocal in his opposition of high U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber.

His push to legalize gay marriage throughout Canada also raised the hackles of Republicans south of the 49th parallel, but Martin is widely respected worldwide for Canada’s neutrality and open arms toward immigrants and minorities. Canada’s Conservatives, by contrast, are seen as much more receptive to improving relations with Washington, though a majority of Canadians opposed the war in Iraq and the policies of President Bush.

Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper favors tax cuts and opposed Martin’s successful bill to legalize same-sex marriage throughout Canada. He would become prime minister if the Conservatives receive the most seats in Parliament. “This is not just the end of a tired, directionless, scandal-plagued government,” Harper said after Monday’s vote. “It’s the start of a bright new future for this country.”

- Read more from The Great White North here


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 12:57 PM   
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Nothing’s Changed

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Steve Kelley, New Orleans Times-Picayune


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 12:52 PM   
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PULL OUT! NOW!

If you consider that there has been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of 2112 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000. The rate in Washington D.C.(among others) is 80.6 per 100,000. That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our nation’s capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq. 

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington, DC.

(-- thanks to sdkar)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2005 at 12:18 AM   
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