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calendar   Tuesday - October 31, 2006

Senator Asshat’s Advice

If you stay in college, spend your rich family’s money to go to all the best clubs and learn how to look down your arrogant Fwench nose at everyone, then you too can get a commission in the Navy, go to war, fake three purple hearts to get out after only nine months, come home and stab your fellow soldiers in the back, and go on to be the stupidest, most egotistical, arrogant, worthless bastard in the US Senate. DAMN! I POSITIVELY HATE THIS S.O.B.

Senator Kerry owes an apology to the many thousands of Americans serving in Iraq, who answered their country’s call because they are patriots and not because of any deficiencies in their education. Americans from all backgrounds, well off and less fortunate, with high school diplomas and graduate degrees, take seriously their duty to our country, and risk their lives today to defend the rest of us in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere.

They all deserve our respect and deepest gratitude for their service. The suggestion that only the least educated Americans would agree to serve in the military and fight in Iraq, is an insult to every soldier serving in combat, and should deeply offend any American with an ounce of appreciation for what they suffer and risk so that the rest of us can sleep more comfortably at night. Without them, we wouldn’t live in a country where people securely possess all their God-given rights, including the right to express insensitive, ill-considered and uninformed remarks.

-- John McCain, in response to Kerry’s remarks (via DRUDGE)

Click here to send Senator Asshat Kerry an E-mail.

Kerry, a decorated Vietnam veteran and Bush’s rival in 2004, fired back, saying the president and his administration are the ones who owe U.S. troops an apology because they “misled America into war and have given us a Katrina foreign policy that has betrayed our ideals, killed and maimed our soldiers, and widened the terrorist threat instead of defeating it.”

“This is the classic GOP playbook,” Kerry said in a harshly worded statement. “I’m sick and tired of these despicable Republican attacks that always seem to come from those who never can be found to serve in war, but love to attack those who did. I’m not going to be lectured by a stuffed suit White House mouthpiece standing behind a podium.”

-- Senator John “Asshat” Kerry, in response to the response

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Discrimination In Michigan

If you think the folks here in Missouri are having a tough time with Amendment 2: Stem Cell Initiative on the ballot next week, you ain’t seen nothing yet. In Michigan, they’re having an even tougher time with Proposition 2, which basically says stop using race or sex to give preferences in jobs and education to minorities and women.

I don’t live in Michigan but if I did I’d have to vote “YES” on this proposition. This may have been a good idea back in the 60’s and 70’s when blacks and women were trying to catch up after decades of wrongful discrimination but it is now forty years later and I just don’t feel it is necessary any more. Attitudes have changed and women and blacks have thoroughly integrated themselves into the college classrooms and business management.

To continue this preferential treatment based solely on sex or race would be to admit that women and blacks are inferior and still need help. If I were black or female I’d consider that an insult. It’s time to put the past behind us and get over it. The best person for a job is the best person for a job, not the one whose skin color is “correct” or who wears a dress.

This does a disservice to all of us. Whites and males are discouraged because they see this as unfair discrimination and females and minorities know they are getting preferential treatment, making them feel less like they have accomplished something on a level playing field and more like they don’t deserve their successes. It’s a lose-lose situation for all of us.

We are losing our technological edge in the world markets because the best and brightest are being shut out by programs like this. It’s time to put affirmative action to bed and go back to competitive recognition of character, skills, drive and intelligence ... instead of skin color or gender. Unless the people of Michigan are ready to apply affirmative action fairly - in which case the Detroit Pistons need to hire more whites and females as players. Discrimination is bad ... no matter who is doing it.

Campaign to End Race Preferences Splits Michigan
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Oct. 25 (NY TIMES)

imageimageThree years after the Supreme Court heard Jennifer Gratz’s challenge to the University of Michigan’s affirmative action policy, she is still fighting racial preferences, this time in a Michigan ballot initiative. Leaflets at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor urging voters to oppose the ballot initiative.

“We have a horrible history when it comes to race in this country,” said Ms. Gratz, 29, a white applicant who was wait-listed 11 years ago at the state’s flagship campus here. “But that doesn’t make it right to give preference to the son of a black doctor at the expense of a poor student whose parents didn’t go to college.”

The ballot initiative, Proposition 2, which would amend Michigan’s Constitution to bar public institutions from considering race or sex in public education, employment or contracting, has drawn wide opposition from the state’s civic establishment, including business and labor, the Democratic governor and her Republican challenger. But polls show voters are split, with significant numbers undecided or refusing to say where they stand.

Passage would probably reinvigorate challenges to a variety of affirmative action programs in other states. In California, where a similar proposition passed in 1996, the number of black students at the elite public universities has dropped. This fall, 96 of 4,800 freshmen at the University of California, Los Angeles — 2 percent — are black, a 30-year low.

For the University of Michigan, the proposition would require broader changes than the Supreme Court did; it ruled in Ms. Gratz’s case and a companion case that while the consideration of race as part of the law school’s admissions policy was constitutional, a formula giving extra points to minority undergraduate applicants was not.

The president of the university, Mary Sue Coleman, an opponent of the proposition, said its reach could extend into K to 12 education. “It would make it illegal to have our program targeting girls in junior high school, and having them come to campus to learn about science and engineering,” Ms. Coleman said. “I’m a woman scientist, and I know how fragile our gains are.” Such arguments have resonance in Ann Arbor, where the Democratic headquarters is doing a brisk business in “No on 2” yard signs.

“We need to keep affirmative action because it’s still not a level playing field for women or minorities,” said Gena Morris, who is black, an event planner who volunteers at Democratic headquarters.

Susan Greenberg, a widow whose husband was a University of Michigan professor, took home a yard sign recently, saying, “It’s probably the most important thing on the ballot.” Just 20 miles north of the liberal university enclave, in Brighton, there is less familiarity with the proposition but more opposition to affirmative action.

- More on the story here ...


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Miracle Cure?

In this week’s editorial, Michael Reagan looks at the hot issue of this campaign - and one that has special meaning for him ... embryonic stem cell research. Meanwhile, research in adult stem cells and umbilical cord blood stem cells is already providing cures and medical breakthroughs without destroying potential human life.

British scientists announced today that they have grown human livers from umbilical cord blood stem cells that will have the immediate benefit of providing testing cells for pharmaceutical companies and someday provide entire human livers for transplant ... and, as Michael says, that’s the truth of the matter ...

Mike Lester - The Rome News-Tribune (GA)

Stem Cell Research – A Little Truth Wouldn’t Hurt
-- by Michael Reagan

image imageStem cell research is one of the major issues in many campaigns across the country in this election year, and it is being demagogued like few others.

In the interest of truth in politics it’s worth noting that there are two kinds of stem cells research – one involving embryonic stem cells (ESC) and the other using adult or cord-blood stem cells. The overwhelming number of candidates, Republican and Democratic, favor research on stem cells gathered from adult and core-blood sources.

But many, mostly Republicans, oppose ESC research because harvesting the cells requires killing a living human embryo, and in many cases result from cloning human embryos for the sole purpose of harvesting the stem cells from the embryos killed in the process.

All across the country, Democrats and their lackeys in the media distort the issue by portraying those opposed to embryonic stem cell research as being opposed to all stem cell research, refusing to draw the crucial distinction between the two types.

In addition to this dishonest tactic, proponents of ESC research inevitably claim that it is the form of research holding out the most promise as an effective means of curing a host of serious physical and mental disorders, while either ignoring or downplaying the incredible results now demonstrated in adult and core-blood stem cell research.

Moreover, a great falsehood been spread that President Bush and fellow Republicans opposed to embryonic stem cell research have attempted to ban it outright, when the truth is that all they have done is to seek to deny it government funding. Those who want to pursue it are free to find other sources of revenue, which—if the promises made on its behalf were credible—would be readily available from sources such as drug companies.

Such funding is not forthcoming, and for very good reasons. Think about it this way: there are about 70 to 80 million baby boomers right now on the cusp of reaching the age where they will be susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease.

With that many people just in the U.S. facing the threat of falling prey to Alzheimer’s disease, wouldn’t you think that if there were an answer to the problem—as the use of embryonic stem cells has been widely touted to be by its proponents—that the drug companies would be falling all over themselves to throw money at those wanting to do ESC research and come up with cures that would make them hundreds of billions in profits?

The fact that the drug companies have turned their back on ESC research should tell you something. One reason is that there is absolutely no basis for the claims that ESC holds a promise to cure all sorts of ailments from Alzheimer’s to Parkinson’s, or even spinal cord injuries. It’s all smoke and mirrors and most of it is based on a single source—the thoroughly discredited claims of South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk, who has been convicted of falsifying his research data.

One damning result of the ESC research that has been done is the fact that when the cells are injected into lab animals many grow brain tumors – some malignant and fatal. Thus far, that is the sole fruit of ESC research – fatal brain tumors. Drug companies aren’t interested in funding that kind of outcome. There’s no money in producing brain tumors.

In contrast to the dismal results of ESC, research on adult and cord-blood stem cells has produced real results, helping to cure such maladies as sickle cell anemia, lymphoma and juvenile leukemia. As a result funding is no problem here.

Claims that the president and his party are opposed to stem cell research fall flat on their back when you recall that last year Congress overwhelmingly passed—and the president signed—a bill funding the saving and storage of therapeutic core-blood stem cells and providing $150 million to fund storage of the cells.

That’s the truth of the matter.

Mike Reagan, the eldest son of the late President Ronald Reagan, is heard on more than 200 talk radio stations nationally as part of the Radio America Network. Look for Mike’s new book, “Twice Adopted.” Order autographed books at E-mail comments to ©2006 Mike Reagan. If you’re not a paying subscriber to our service, you must contact us to print or web post this column. Mike’s column is distributed exclusively by: Cagle Cartoons, Inc. Cari Dawson Bartley email, (800) 696-7561.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/31/2006 at 01:31 AM   
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calendar   Monday - October 30, 2006

Through The Looking Glass


“Roadside Sign, Ghana”

This picture took a little research. There was nothing at the BigFoto website to explain or even give a hint what this was all about. I turns out that CEPS is Ghana’s Customs Excise and Preventive Service. Here is their mission statement from their web site:

To design and implement effective strategies and programmes to collect, account for and protect customs, excise and other assigned tax revenues at a minimum cost, while facilitating trade and investment and the movement of people across the borders of Ghana through efficient and transparent service delivery.

All well and good ... but what does that have to do with peeing in the bushes, you ask? Well, the best I can figure out from reading their news briefs, the signs are for transients from other countries passing through. The Ghanese don’t want anyone peeing on their fine country on the way through. Now if we could only get the same cooperation from French visitors to the US, we’d be just as happy.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2006 at 05:26 PM   
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Next On Springer …

We have a winning candidate for the Jerry Springer Show - provided someone can post bail for this latter-day Oedipus. The lad was simply mad at his brother and decided to make another brother to replace the one he intended to get rid of ... or something like that. In related news, it turns out that raping your mother is illegal in Alabama. Who knew?

(Skipper’s Note: Before I get a ton of mail from family, friends and others back home in Alabama, let me explain. I briefly lived in Albertville some years ago on a short (very short) contract. I hated the place and everyone in it. The town is full of some of the most inbred, clannish, brain-dead, white-trash rejects you have ever seen. Not to mention a thousand Mexicans running meth labs out in the back woods. Am I surprised this happened there? No, it probably happens every day and never gets reported. Freakin’ goobers, every one of ‘em.)

Teen Arrested for Raping His Mother
ALBERTVILLE, AL (WSFA-TV) - Oct 28, 2006 12:36 PM

imageimagePolice say a Marshall County teen raped his mother to get revenge on his brother. Police say 19-year-old Gary Helms, Jr., raped his 45-year-old mother this past weekend at Willow Terrace Trailer Park on Doyle Drive in Albertville. It’s a twisted crime that police say Helms admits.

“From what we understand the rape stemmed from an argument between him and his brother. And apparently they were arguing over a girlfriend. And the rape was some sort of retaliation towards his brother,” said Sgt. Jamie Smith of the Albertville Police Department.

It was unusual retaliation on an unsuspecting victim. Authorities say Helms’ mother was apparently passed out drunk on the couch when the rape started. “During the attack she did come to and recognize her attacker. (Reporter: As her son?) As her son,” said Smith.

That’s when, according to the police report, the mother “tried to get away, but he held her down until he was finished.” “It’s totally sick is what it is,” said Smith. Helms was arrested and charged with the 1st degree rape of his own mother.

Smith says it’s hard to wrap your mind around. “Shocked, shocked would be more a better way to describe it. That somebody would dip to the lows to do something of this nature. It’s just pretty much a shock to the conscience of the general public,” said Smith. Helms is being held in the Marshall County Jail on $100,000 bond.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/30/2006 at 04:31 PM   
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France Surrenders

I believe it was P.J. O’Rourke who said, “Contrary to popular belief, World War does not start when France surrenders. World War starts when the French begin collaborating with their invaders.” If that is the case (and who could doubt P.J.?), it is officially now the start of World War III.

I am stunned at the ignorance and lack of backbone of the Fwench once again. The Frogs never cease to amaze me but this time they have outdone any prior acts of insanity and/or cowardice, including building that ridiculous Maginot Line.

A year after two asshat Muslim kids ran away from police and managed to electrocute themselves when they jumped into a power substation to escape capture, sparking weeks of riots that left Paris burning, what do the Fwench do? THEY BUILD A DAMN MEMORIAL TO THE IDIOTS AND LAY A WREATH AT THE POWER STATION WHERE THEY FRIED THEMSELVES!

Yes, you read that right. Try and read it again. Savor the exquisite taste of appeasement, surrender and collaboration with the invaders. Wrap your brain around the concept. Try to rationalize it. ... ... ... ... It ain’t working, is it?

Forget it then. Fwance will always be Fwance. A nation of lily-livered, gutless, spineless, nutless, cheese-eating surrender-monkeys. This time they’re on their own. No bailing their ass out again. America will sit this one out, Fwenchie! We only regret the two prior visits over there to save their ungrateful butts. Never again!


Silent March For Dead Youths In France’s Suburbs
PARIS (EURONEWS) - October 29, 2006

Relatives and friends of two French teenagers who were electrocuted as they fled from police a year ago have gathered in Clichy-sous-Bois near Paris. A plaque was unveiled in front of their school, and a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the power sub-station where the teenagers tried to hide.

The deaths of Zyed Benna and Bouna Traore sparked three weeks of violent riots in France’s poor suburbs as the young and unemployed vented their anger over what they saw as lack of opportunity and racial discrimination. The crowd gathered in silent prayer wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Dead for nothing”.

“It’s not by restricting them, or leaving them at home, or stopping them from going out - that’s not a solution,” said Zyed’s father. “The solution is to find them jobs, create training centres.” An inquiry into the teenagers’ deaths could lead to charges of negligence against several police officers.

In the streets, opinions varied on whether the situation had improved one year on: “Nothing has changed,” said one resident, “I would even say things have got worse - lack of security, bad behaviour by police, nothing has changed, it’s always the same.”

“It’s partly thanks to them that young people have more respect,” said one young lady. “Before, people used to say ‘Clichy, it’s the suburbs that’s all,’ now, people say things are changing.” Despite today’s call for calm, the anger - one year on - has not abated and violence continues to erupt sporadically in France’s poor suburbs.

Hat Tip: LGF and Gateway Pundit


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An Apology To Our British Friends

We, the intelligent people here on this side of the pond, wish to extend out deep regret and apology for imposing this madness upon the decent chaps in Britain. Believe me, we tried everything in our power to keep Al Gore at home and out of mischief. Due to circumstances beyond our control however, he managed to slip away from the men in white coats, stowed away on a BA flight and is even now attempting to spread his insanity to Tony Blair’s government.

We are deeply, deeply sorry for this oversight on our part and are attempting everything in our power to rectify this situation. If any of you blokes should spot Mr. Gore lurking outside Number 10 Downing, please notify us immediately. Do not attempt to apprehend this man. He carries a dangerous mental disease and it may be contagious.

We thank all of our Brit friends for their cooperation in this international embarrassment. Rest assured that this is in no way retribution for your allowing George Galloway to escape and come over here with his madness last year. Speaking of which, please do not let Mr. Gore anywhere near Mr. Galloway. The consequences of allowing these two fruitcakes that close together would be disastrous. We thank you for your patience and assistance in this matter.

Gore to Advise British on Global Warming
LONDON (AP) - October 30, 2006, 7:07 AM EST

imageimageUnchecked global warming will devastate the world economy on the scale of the world wars and the Great Depression, a major British report said Monday. British Treasury chief Gordon Brown, who commissioned the report, said former Vice President Al Gore, who has dedicated much time to warning of the effects of global warming, would advise the British government on climate change.

Introducing the report, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said unabated climate change would eventually cost the world between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product each year.

He called for “bold and decisive action” to cut carbon dioxide emissions and stem the worst of the temperature rise. The report is expected to increase pressure on the Bush administration—which never approved the Kyoto Protocol climate-change accord—to step up its efforts to fight global warming.

Report author Sir Nicholas Stern, a senior government economist, said that acting now to cut greenhouse gas emissions would cost about 1 percent of global GDP each year.

“The evidence shows that ignoring climate change will eventually damage economic growth,” said Stern’s 700-page report, an effort to quantify the economic cost of climate change.

“Our actions over the coming decades could create risks of major disruption to economic and social activity, later in this century and in the next, on a scale similar to those associated with the great wars and the economic depression of the first half of the 20th century,” he added.

Blair said the scientific community agrees that the world is warming, and that greenhouse gas emissions are largely to blame. “It is not in doubt that if the science is right, the consequences for our planet are literally disastrous,” he said. “This disaster is not set to happen in some science fiction future many years ahead, but in our lifetime.”

“Unless we act now ... these consequences, disastrous as they are, will be irreversible,” he added. Stern said the world must shift to a “low-carbon global economy” through measures including taxation, regulation of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon dioxide emission trading.

Under the 1997 Kyoto accord, 35 industrialized nations committed to reducing emissions by an average 5 percent below 1990 levels by 2012. But Britain is one of only a handful of industrialized nations whose greenhouse gas emissions have fallen in the last decade and a half, the United Nations said Monday.


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What Media Bias?

Chuck Asay - The Colorado Springs Gazette


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Stem Cell Confusion

imageimageYou folks who don’t live in Missouri may not be having this problem that we have right now. There is just a week until the election and our Political Poobahs want us to vote on a measure. They want a simple “YES” or “NO”. Well, here’s the problem ... they want a simple answer from us to a question that defies all logic and also bends the English language seven ways from Sunday.

There is no way in hell a human being actually wrote Amendment Two: Stem Cell Initiative. Not a sane one anyway. From the looks of it, this Amendment was farmed out to Rain Man and his fellow inmates. I’m afraid I’m going to have to vote NO just because I’m an ornery cuss and I hate it when people try to confuse me with word games. I also hate it when movie stars like Michael J. Fox come in from out of town and interrupt the World Series to stick their nose into a local matter.

The full text of the “Amendment From Hell” is below the “CONTINUE READING” link. Click at your own risk. Here is a translation of a few key sentences ....

* ensure Missouri patients have access to any therapies and cures, and allow Missouri researchers to conduct any research, permitted under federal law;

Amendment 2 doesn’t set any “limitations” on stem-cell research that aren’t already in federal law. All U.S. citizens—including Missourians—have the same access to medical breakthroughs. And there’s no law holding back Missouri scientists from conducting research that federal law allows.

* ban human cloning or attempted cloning;

Amendment 2’s fine-print says that cloning humans for research isn’t really “cloning”. The only cloning Amendment 2 actually bans is the kind (which nobody is trying), that would result in a fully-grown human baby.

* require expert medical and public oversight and annual reports on the nature and purpose of stem cell research;

According to the full text of Amendment 2, this “oversight” would consist of human-clone researchers policing themselves.

* impose criminal and civil penalties for any violations;

How many states actually write civil and criminal penalties into the state constitution? This is unprecedented.

* prohibit state or local governments from preventing or discouraging lawful stem cell research, therapies and cures.

Since the “lawful stem cell research” described in Amendment 2 requires human cloning, this means your tax dollars will be used to fund this research. And no state, county, or local government will have the power to say no.

Totally confused now? You ain’t seen nothing yet, as the Carnival barker says. Step right up, click the link below and prepare to be amazed, frightened, tortured, and abused by politicians who should never be allowed near a keyboard or pencil.


See More Below The Fold


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Crime Capitol Of The USA?

To listen to the news story below, you’d think the Mafia had moved to the Midwest and Tony Soprano was living next door to me. Well, the truth is somewhat different, as we shall see. I know. I live here ....

St. Louis Ranked Most Dangerous City
ST LOUIS (AP) - October 30, 2006, 12:08 AM EST

Just days after the St. Louis Cardinals won the top honor in Major League Baseball, their hometown jumped to first place on a list no one wants to lead: the most dangerous cities in the United States.

This Midwestern city has long been in the upper tiers of the annual ranking of the nation’s safest and most dangerous cities, compiled by Morgan Quitno Press. Violent crime surged nearly 20 percent there from 2004 to last year, when the rate of such crimes rose much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation, according to FBI figures released in June.

“It’s just sad the way this city is,” resident Sam Dawson said. “On the news you hear killings, someone’s been shot.” The ranking, being released Monday, came as the city was still celebrating Friday’s World Series victory at the new Busch Stadium. St. Louis has been spending millions of dollars on urban renewal even as the crime rate climbs.

Mayor Francis Slay did not return calls to his office seeking comment Sunday. Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press, a private research and publishing company specializing in state and city reference books, said he was not surprised to see St. Louis top the list, since it has been among the 10 most dangerous cities for years.

Morgan said the study looks at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population of about 330,000. It doesn’t take into account the suburbs in St. Louis County, which has roughly 980,000 residents.

- More on the crime wave at NEWSDAY ...

Now, it will help if you reference the map of the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area below. You see that little star? Well, that’s downtown St. Louis and the actual city of St. Louis only covers an area radiating out from there about a mile or two. The rest of that large green blob is sometimes referred to as “West County”, which is where I live.

Now the actual city of St. Louis, as stated in the article above only has a population of a little more than 300,000 while West County has more than three times that. That means 3/4 of the population lives outside the city proper. It also means all the crime happens downtown while the suburbs are perfectly safe. In fact, the Greater St. Louis Metropolitan Area didn’t make the list at all.

Now why do you suppose that is? There could be any number of reasons but there is one extra demographic that you need to know: the city of St Louis is as BLUE as it gets while West County is solid RED. If you drive into town from the West, you notice a lot of Bush/Cheney bumber stickers, American flags on houses and yellow ribbons everywhere. However, the closer you get to downtown the more you see Kerry/Edwards bumper stickers and “Get Out Of Iraq” signs everywhere. This town has a split personality.

In fact the state of Missouri is a sea of RED with little islands of BLUE in St. Louis, Jefferson City, Columbia and small parts of Kansas City. At night I rarely ever hear a police siren in this area of West County but a few miles away in downtown people are getting killed, raped and robbed? You’d think with all those Liberals living in town with their gun control laws and everything else, they’d be peaceful and quiet. Wrong.

No, things are quiet out here in Red County. Most curious of all is the large majority of immigrants seem to favor the outlying county too. You wouldn’t believe the number of Hispanic, Indian, Pakistani, Chinese and Middle Eastern people who live out here - and we all get along just fine. Which is something you can’t say for the weenies downtown. Heck, they probably don’t even like the Cardinals down there.



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calendar   Sunday - October 29, 2006

In Their Own Words

Democrats: Gutless Liars And Hypocrites


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/29/2006 at 02:52 PM   
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People In The News



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/29/2006 at 10:38 AM   
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Vanishing Point

Back in the mid-1970’s (before Jimmy Carter came along and screwed up everything), the car you see below was my “ride”. I miss that car. It was a ‘73 Dodge Challenger and it came special order with the Rallye package and a 340-4bbl V8 (240HP). I put a lot of love into that wee beastie not long after I got it.

Into the shop it went to have the heads shaved (raise compression) and get a transplant (Edelbrock high-rise, big Holley carb) that raised the muscle power up to around 300HP. It still didn’t have the killer power of the early Challengers that sported the 426 Hemi but it was cool enough for me and it didn’t guzzle gas like its grandparents with the Hemi, which was a good thing after the Arabs got all uppity in 1973.

This set of wheels was the first ones I had bought brand new and my wife was scared to death of it. Mheh-heh. Not that I had anything to do with that, of course. I would never have taken it out on the road the day I finished the “upgrade” with tires screaming (along with her) and wound it up to 120mph just to stretch it’s legs. Nosiree, I would never have done that to my dear little bride. Hehe. She left me about ten years later. I think it took that long for the shock to wear off.


The Challenger line was killed by Chrysler in 1974 and the memories of that car have lingered in the minds of many old farts now driving around in Kia’s. Well, there is hope for us old geezers at last. Chrysler has decided to resurrect the Challenger for 2008. Even better, rumor has it that the SRT-8 version will roll off the assembly line with a 500HP 6.4 liter HEMI and a 6-speed manual joystick!!!! Oh God - I think I just wet my pants ....

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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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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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