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calendar   Saturday - July 22, 2006

A Congress-critter gets it right

Islamic Fascism the Enemy, Not Terror, Says Santorum
By Monisha Bansal
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
July 21, 2006

(CNSNews.com) - The United States is not fighting a war against terrorism so much as a war against Islamic fascism, U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) said Thursday.

Bravo, Sen. Santorum. It is refreshing when a Congress-critter gets it right. Of course, CAIR jumped in with:

But a spokesman for the Council on American Islamic Relations said Santorum’s argument only empowers “extremists.”

Extremists in CAIR’s view being people who fight back against Islamo-fascism. Sen. Santorum went on:

“Some say we’re fighting a war on terror. That’s like saying World War II was a war on blitzkrieg. Terror, like blitzkrieg is a tactic of war, used by our enemy,” said Santorum at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. “It is not the enemy.

“In World War II we fought Nazism and Japanese imperialism. Today, we are fighting against Islamic fascism,” he said.

Santorum labeled Islamic fascism “truly evil” and added that it poses “as big a threat today as Nazism or Soviet Communism.”

“Islamic fascism is the great test of this generation,” he said

Bingo. The Senator is in a tight reelection race. Let’s keep this Congress-critter.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/22/2006 at 07:41 PM   
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Moonbat judge sides with extinct woodpecker

July 20, 2006

Woodpecker Halts Ark. Irrigation Project
By ANDREW DeMILLO
ASSOCIATED PRESS

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A federal judge halted a $320 million irrigation project Thursday for fear it could disturb the habitat of a woodpecker that may or may not be extinct.

Got that? The last confirmed sighting was in 1944. It’s been thought extinct since then.

The dispute involves the ivory-billed woodpecker. The last confirmed sighting of the bird in North America was in 1944, and scientists had thought the species was extinct until 2004, when a kayaker claimed to have spotted one in the area. But scientists have been unable to confirm the sighting.

A kayaker who just happens to know what an extinct woodpecker looks like? I smell something fowl there.

Still, U.S. District Judge William R. Wilson said that for purposes of the lawsuit brought by environmental groups, he had to assume the woodpecker exists in the area. And he ruled that federal agencies may have violated the Endangered Species Act by not studying the risks fully.

“When an endangered species is allegedly jeopardized, the balance of hardships and public interest tips in favor of the protected species. Here there is evidence” that the ivory-billed woodpecker may be jeopardized, he said.

The judge assumes, eh? You know what happens when you assume somthing… I still think that kayaker activist is in on this. Get this paragraph:

The National Wildlife Federation and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation had sued the Army Corps of Engineers, arguing that the project to build a pumping station that would draw water from the White River would kill trees that house the birds and that noise from the station would cause the woodpeckers stress.

If the National and Arkasas Wildlife Federations know which trees the extinct bird lives in, then it should be easy to confirm the existence of the woodpecker. The burden of proof should be on those who say something exists. To prove it doesn’t exist is to try to prove a negative. Besides, the project is 14 miles away from the alleged habitat. What noise is gonna carry 14 miles?


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/22/2006 at 06:14 PM   
Filed Under: • EnvironmentJudges-Courts-Lawyers •  
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Saturday Silliness

Believe it or not, this is a real tombstone. It belongs to the former Russell J. Larson in the Logan City Cemetery, Logan, Utah. Good ol’ Russ sure had his priorities in good order.

I sure hope he got his wish.


Tell us what you would like to see on your tombstone in the comments.

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(-- thanx to Rancino for digging this up --)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/22/2006 at 01:53 PM   
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Foul Play

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SEARCY, ARK (AP) - July 22, 2006, 7:10 AM EDT

To Steven Turnage, it was bad enough to dress up in a chicken suit and stand along a city street in 105-degree heat. Having passers-by shoot bottle rockets at him has him crying foul.

“People don’t take this costume seriously,” said Turnage, who wears the suit to promote a fast-food restaurant. “They need to understand that there’s a human underneath that suit. It’s getting to the point where this is really a dangerous situation.”

One rocket nearly hit him in the eye and another burned part of his suit. Police have heard Turnage’s complaints but haven’t issued any citations. “Obviously it is against city ordinance to shoot fireworks inside the city limits,” police spokeswoman Amber Dillon said.

Turnage said that during the two weeks he has worn the chicken suit people have thrown smokeless tobacco cans at him and tossed frozen drinks. After a bottle rocket attack, he called police.

“It’s challenging,” Turnage said. “You’ve got to be very dedicated and have a high tolerance for heat. You almost have to have a calling from the Lord to do this type of work.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/22/2006 at 08:35 AM   
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Women and chess don’t mix

A female chess player from Australia has sparked a brawl over her at the World Chess Olympiad.

Sexy moves sparked jealous chess brawl
By Steve Gee and Peter Gleeson

June 08, 2006

SHE is the Anna Kournikova of the chess world.
Australian chess beauty Arianne Caoili has sparked a jealous punch-up between rival international players, plunging the normally staid sport into the sort of controversy befitting the rough and tumble of football.

In a game where cool heads and emotional restraint reigns, chess hit the front pages of British newspapers after England’s world No.4 Danny Gormally fought with Armenian world No.3 Levon Aronian and his teammates as the pair vied for the affections of 19-year-old Caoili.

As details emerged of the brawl at the World Chess Olympiad in Italy, the teenager’s mother yesterday revealed Caoili was romantically involved with Aronian.

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Pawn star Arianne Caoili

I might fight over that myself. Wait, I’m already taken… confused

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/22/2006 at 06:52 AM   
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calendar   Friday - July 21, 2006

Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day

Get real! You have to be kidding me!

Jerusalem Gay Parade Called Off Due To War
(Y-Net News) - July 21, 2006

Open House announces cancellation of parade, which was scheduled for August 10, but says other gay pride events will take place as planned. ‘We are determined to fight for our right to march in Jerusalem this year,’ organization’s director says

The Open House Organization announced Friday that the World Pride parade, which was scheduled to take place on August 10 in Jerusalem, has been called off due to the war in Lebanon.

However, the other gay pride events will take place as scheduled, the group said in a statement. “This is not the time for celebrations,” Open House said. “The parade, which requires extensive security, will not take place due to the situation.” The organization said the parade will be held with the improvement of the security situation in the country.

“The gay pride events will take place as scheduled in a format that is sensitive to the situation and as part of the continued democratic struggle for a free Jerusalem,” the statement said. “These events, along with the conventions, exhibits, performances and film festival will all take place as planned.”

Open House Director Hagai Elad said, “we are determined to fight for our right to march in Jerusalem this year; we will not succumb to the violent incitement against our community and against all the proponents of democracy in Jerusalem.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2006 at 11:33 PM   
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Chess Anyone?

Skipper is gonna be busy at work this weekend and has turned the blog over to me. He forgot that I work Saturdays too, so posting will be light until I get home. Until then, just to see how many chessplayers frequent BMEWS, here is a famous position…


It’s Black to move. He appears to be up a knight, but his queen and rook are threatened.

1. What is Black’s best move? Show variations.

2. Who are the players and what tournament was this played in.

3. Brownie points if you know what happened after Black played his move.

I’ll post the answers in the morning.

UPDATE: I’ve posted the answers at Something’s Rotten. Come by for a visit. beerstoyou 


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/21/2006 at 08:40 PM   
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Through The Looking Glass

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“Davey Crockett Slept Here”
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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2006 at 04:38 PM   
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Here We Go Again

We just got hit here in St. Louis. We’re still under a servere thunderstorm warning.
Folks to the East of us better hang onto your hats.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2006 at 12:30 PM   
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Advance Notice?

(BBC) - June 5, 1944 0800 GMT

Ladies and gentlemen, we interrupt tonight’s broadcast of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony for an important announcement. We have just been informed by SHAEF and General Dwight Eisenhower that the invasion is on for tomorrow at 0600.

SHAEF advised all French citizens in and around the Normandy region of France to evacute the area immediately and seek shelter in the south of France. The General also said that it is high time the allies took the war to the enemy and stopped these terrorist attacks on Britain that the Nazi terrorist group has recently been carrying out with rocket attacks in several cities in England. We will keep you informed as events unfold. We now return you to Beethoven.

Sound insane? It sure does to me. Of course it didn’t happen and we won that war. Why warn the jerks you’re coming. Just go in and beat the living crap out of them and be done with it. Any civilians will either scurry for cover or get blown up. War is a beeyatch and people do get killed, which may surprise many Liberals here in the US.

Israel should quit trying to appease the EU and the bleeding heart Liberals and just drop the hammer down on Hezbollah in Lebanon. There is no such thing as “disproportionate response”. You hit ‘em with every bomb, bullet and rocket you can and you hit ‘em just as hard as you can. War is not a popularity contest. It’s goal is to defeat the enemy - with all means at your disposal. Israel should just tell the EU-Weenies and other assorted hand-wringers to shove off and go “git ‘er done”.

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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - July 21 10:39 AM EDT

Israel called up reserve troops Friday and warned civilians to flee Hezbollah-controlled southern Lebanon, as it prepared for a likely ground invasion to set up a deep buffer zone.

Hezbollah militants fired at least 11 rockets at Israel’s port city of Haifa, wounding five people. Israeli warplanes pounded Lebanon’s main road link to Syria, collapsing part of Lebanon’s longest bridge. A U.N.-run observation post near the border was hit, but no one was hurt.

Ships lined up at Beirut’s port as a massive evacuation effort to pull out Americans and other foreigners picked up speed. U.S. officials said more than 8,000 of the roughly 25,000 Americans in Lebanon will be evacuated by the weekend.

After 10 days of the heaviest bombardment of Lebanon in 24 years, Israel appears to have decided that a large-scale incursion is the only way to push Hezbollah back. But mounting civilian casualties and the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Lebanese could limit the time Israel has to achieve its goals, as international tolerance for the bloodshed and destruction runs out.

An Israeli military radio station warned residents of 12 border villages in southern Lebanon to leave before 2 p.m. Friday. It was the latest warning from the Al-Mashriq station, which has said Israeli forces would “act immediately” to halt Hezbollah rocket fire.

At least 335 people have been killed in Lebanon in the Israeli campaign, according to the Lebanese health minister. Thirty-four Israelis also have been killed, including 19 soldiers.

- More invasion warnings from AP...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2006 at 10:58 AM   
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The Perils Of Blogging

Blogging can be a dangerous hobby, no doubt about it. I can testify to the hazards from personal experience. Unless you’re retired and no longer in the workplace, posting your opinions on the internet can and will cause you grief.

I don’t know what to make of this report below. I can only assume there’s more to it than what this woman is telling. Regardless, the last place she needs to take her case to is the Washington Post. It is quite an interesting set of circumstances though. I’ll keep an eye on this one. Stay tuned ....

Top-Secret World Loses Blogger
CIA Contractor Is Fired When Internal Post Crosses the Line
(WASHINGTON POST) - Friday, July 21, 2006

Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, considered her blog a success within the select circle of people who could actually access it. Only people with top-secret security clearances could read her musings, which were posted on Intelink, the intelligence community’s classified intranet.

Writing as Covert Communications, CC for short, she opined in her online journal on such national security conundrums as stagflation, the war of ideas in the Middle East and—in her most popular post—bad food in the CIA cafeteria.

But the hundreds of blog readers who responded to her irreverent entries with titles such as “Morale Equals Food” won’t be joining her ever again.

On July 13, after she posted her views on torture and the Geneva Conventions, her blog was taken down and her security badge was revoked. On Monday, Axsmith was terminated by her employer, BAE Systems, which was helping the CIA test software.

- More on the story at WAPO ...


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/21/2006 at 09:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - July 20, 2006

The War of Civilizations Rages

Edward I. Koch gives a synopsis of the latest round of violence in the Mid-East. It’s a lengthy piece, so I’ll just quote a couple of paragraphs:

The enemies of the Western world in this war of civilizations are the Islamic fanatics.

Those fanatics number hundreds of millions. They truly believe they have the right to kill all infidels. Sometimes, the fanatic warns us in his own words. Adolf Hitler wrote “Mein Kampf” (My Struggle) in 1925 in which he told the world of his plans. A recent leader of al-Qaida, the late Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, spoke openly of his beliefs, “Killing the infidels is our religion, slaughtering them is our religion, until they convert to Islam or pay us tribute.”

Take them at their word. Hitler meant what he said.

And Hamas, Hezbullah, Fatah, etc have always said they want Israel gone. Pushed into the Mediterranean.

One of the reasons, I think, that the American public isn’t behind the war is:

Recently in Iraq, two American soldiers were taken hostage. This past week, the terrorists played a tape showing the body and severed head of a disemboweled American soldier. The other was tortured beyond recognition.

U.S. television channels said the sight was so awful that they would not show the video on their stations.

The media is trying to ‘protect’ us? I’m insulted. Show us exactly what these vermin are doing to those they take captive. Abu Graib is a joke. Show us the videos dammit. You’d show us if what was a fictional movie.

I’m done ranting.

What is the answer? We must be resigned to fighting this war of civilizations for as long as it takes, and it will take years.

Go read the rest.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/20/2006 at 07:58 PM   
Filed Under: • IraqRoPMATerrorists •  
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Air strikes, something the West does well

Victor Davis Hanson is always a good read. Now he says that the Islamofacists and paleswinians are pushing the West to the wall. Then what?

July 20, 2006
Patience is Wearing Thin
By Victor Davis Hanson

The conventional wisdom is that the United States is so tied down that it can’t do much about the rocket attacks on Israel, the blatant sponsorship of terrorists by Iran and Syria, or the Iranian nuclear program.

Oil prices are already sky-high. Any unilateral American action might disrupt tight global supplies. That would derail the economies of our Western allies and only further enrich enemies with windfall profits.

Trying to win hearts and minds for the fragile democracy in Iraq also means we can’t afford to offend Arab sensitivities elsewhere. And a lame-duck George Bush, low in the polls and facing uncertain congressional elections this fall, certainly doesn’t want to involve the American taxpayer with more costly commitments abroad.

But despite that sound conventional wisdom, an exasperated West is running out of choices in the Middle East.

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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 07/20/2006 at 06:59 PM   
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Through The Looking Glass

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“Wild Goose Island - St. Mary Lake”
Glacier National Park

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 07/20/2006 at 05:06 PM   
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