Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Thursday - October 26, 2006

Most Ridiculous Item Of The Day (so far)

This story caught my eye not just because of the ridiculous nature of the “crime” but the location. Cornelia, GA is a little-bitty pissant town of about 4,000 in Northeast Georgia ... about 30 miles southeast of where they filmed “Deliverance”. I know. I was living in the area when Burt Reynolds and crew descended on the area back in the early 70’s. In fact my oldest son was born in Toccoa, about 10 miles east of Cornelia.

To answer your next question ... yes, them mountain folk up there in them parts are a little strange. Very clannish - but basically good folks ... I got Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty’s autograph ... but I never got to meet that banjo player. Maybe this little feller is some of his kinfolk what done drifted south out of the mountains? Now, where’d I put my guitar ... ?

10-Year-Old Charged for Making Threats to Blow Up School
October 26, 2006

imageimageA 10-year-old boy has been charged with making a terrorist threat after threatening “blow up some teachers” and bring bombs to his elementary school, officials said.

The boy was arrested after one of the children relayed the threat to school officials and, on Oct. 20, officials and police found the student’s backpack in a classroom with two devices inside. The boy said the devices were bombs, but officials said they were not flammable or explosive.

The boy has been charged as a juvenile with four counts of making terroristic threats and two counts of possessing a destructive device. Ford said the charges. The boy’s name was not released because he is a minor.

One of the devices was described as a small glass jar containing a solid white substance and a plastic sandwich bag. The other was a candy wrapper containing a tubular piece of cardboard, about the size of an index finger, stuffed with the white solid substance, said Habersham County Board of Education Police Chief Don Ford.

The “destructive device” charge was leveled because, “If you represent it as such, then you can be charged with it,” Ford said.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/26/2006 at 01:30 PM   
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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

OK. Dubya signed the bill into law today. Now what are we going to do? What we’re going to do is keep an eye on the bastards in Washington and see if they really follow through with a decent fence. If they don’t, I’m considering resurrecting the Bull Moose party and throwing ALL of them bums out. Help me out here. Keep an eye on them and let’s all stay on their back. Otherwise, we might as well just give the country away and learn to speak Spanish ... No Habla ....

Bush Signs U.S.-Mexico Border Fence Bill
WASHINGTON (AP) - Oct 26, 11:30 AM (ET)

President Bush signed a bill Thursday authorizing 700 miles of new fencing along the U.S.-Mexico border, hoping to give Republican candidates a pre-election platform for asserting they’re tough on illegal immigration.

“Unfortunately the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and therefore illegal immigration has been on the rise,” Bush said at a signing ceremony. “We have a responsibility to enforce our laws,” he said. “We have a responsibility to secure our borders. We take this responsibility serious.”

He called the fence bill “an important step in our nation’s efforts to secure our borders.” The centerpiece of Bush’s immigration policy, a guest worker program, remains stalled in Congress. And a handful of House Republican are at the brakes, blocking negotiations with the Senate for a bill that includes the president’s proposal.

Still, Bush argues that it would be easier to get his guest worker program passed if Republicans keep their majorities in the House and Senate after the Nov. 7 elections. His proposal would allow legal employment for foreigners and give some of the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the United States a shot at becoming American citizens.

The measure Bush put into law Thursday before heading for campaign stops in Iowa and Michigan offers no money for the fence project covering one-third of the 2,100-mile border. Its cost is not known, although a homeland security spending measure the president signed earlier this month makes a $1.2 billion down payment on the project. The money also can be used for access roads, vehicle barriers, lighting, high-tech equipment and other tools to secure the border.

Mexican officials have criticized the fence. Outgoing Mexican President Vicente Fox, who has spent much of his six years in office lobbying for a new guest worker program and a chance at citizenship for the millions of Mexicans working illegally in the U.S., calls the fence “shameful” and compares it to the Berlin Wall.

- More at MYWAY NEWS ...

You say you want a really decent border fence? Ask the Minutemen.
Here is their proposal ....


I like it. Only one question. Where are the alligators and pirranha?


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/26/2006 at 01:06 PM   
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A-Hunting We Will Go!

It’s that time of year and Fall is in the air. That means Halloween, Thanksgiving, Football and .... Hunting. Yep, hunting season opens soon in a state near you ... unless you live in a Blue State, in which case you also live in a state of confusion and wussified gun-haters.

Now, as any good hunter knows, it’s a pure waste of time and energy to load up the pickup, drive way out into the woods, stalk around for hours in the rain and cold, only to return with ... nothing. Wives love it when that happens because they get to use their patented “stupid-man jokes”.

To avoid this uncomfortable situation I recommend using a tool like the one shown below. This is the Site-Lite SL-100 Mag Laser Boresighting System and it will set you back about $100 - but it’s darn well worth it, unless you’re really, really, really, really dumb (more on that later).

The concept is simple: you use the laser beam to sight in your rifle before you go out into the woods “hunting for wabbit”. Here are instructions on how to use this fine tool in seven easy steps:

Step 1 - Place rifle in solid bench rest or on ground rest where it will not move.

Step 2 - Place the laser sight into the end of the barrel.

Step 3 - Setup the provided target exactly 25 yards from the rifle.

Step 4 - Turn on the laser.

Step 5 - Look through your rifle sights and adjust the center crosshairs on the red dot on the target.

Step 6 - Your rifle is now sighted in for 100 yards.


“But, but, but”, you whine, “Didn’t you say there were SEVEN steps to this process, Skipper?”

It’s funny you should mention that because there is one more step. See if you can guess what it is before you click “CONTINUE READING”.


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It’s Thursday and that means it’s time for another dose of Tom Purcell’s editorial humor. This week Tom has an imaginary conversation with a school administrator over Halloween. The result is predictable of course but it’s still fun to watch. Well, not exactly fun ... as it cuts too close to the truth. Read on and try not to snicker ....

Sandy Huffaker - Cagle Cartoons

imageimageHalloween Ban?
- by Tom Purcell

Ban Halloween from public schools?

That’s right. No costumes. No parades. No parties. It’s happening all over America.

But it’s autumn. There’s a chill in the air. The leaves are a brilliant orange and gold. Kids are supposed to celebrate Halloween at school.

Supposed to?

Look, Americans embraced the Halloween tradition long ago. The Encyclopaedia Britannica says Celtic pagans believed that at the end of the harvest season, Oct. 31, ghosts and evil spirits returned to the Earth. The Celts wore masks to hide themselves from the spirits.


Then in the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV established All Saints’ Day, which eventually fell on Nov. 1. The evening before All Saints’ Day became a holy, or hallowed, eve and thus Halloween.

Interesting, but what’s your point?

Well, as the Irish immigrated to America they brought the Halloween tradition with them. Today it’s totally secular and totally harmless.

But some Christians in our schools think it’s extremely harmful—they think it’s a celebration of the dark side, and they forbid their children to participate in it.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/26/2006 at 01:31 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 25, 2006

Through The Looking Glass



The Rheinfall is the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of volume of water passed.  At only 23 meters, it is not all that tall, but with the full weight of the Rhine running over it, it looks spectacular.  And like Niagara Falls, a whole town (Neuhausen am Rheinfall) was built around the cottage tourist industry that the Rheinfall attracted.

You reach the Rhine Falls on foot from downtown Schaffhausen—about three kilometers away.  Unlike much of the Rhine through Germany that is wide and rock-free, this portion of the river is narrow and populated by heavy boulders.—“The Rhine Falls”


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2006 at 05:45 PM   
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Weird News Bytes



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2006 at 12:34 PM   
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A Song For you

First, a little history. Beccy Cole is an Australian country music singer. Last Christmas she went to Iraq to entertain Aussie troops, “diggers” as they’re called - kinda like our “grunts”. When she returned to Australia, some fans contacted her to let her know they were taking her poster off their walls and wouldn’t buy any more of her albums - because of her support for “an unjust war”, as they called it.

Sound familiar? Yes, it’s the direct opposite of what happened to Natalie Maines. You could say Beccy is the “anti-Dixie-Chick”. Personally, I think Beccy is a downright pretty young lady with a beautiful voice. Take a look at her official web site and see if you agree.

After that, if you want some real entertainment go visit this blog called ”To Hell With Culture” which is obviously anti-war and anti-Beccy. The blogger’s name is Jules and here is what he thinks of Beccy’s song ... “It’s called poster girl or the other side of the world or something like that. Who gives a fuck really. It may as well be called steaming pile of horse shit mixed with dog’s vomit.” Say hello to Jules while you’re there. You might even want to leave a comment.

But first, play the video below. Then decide for yourself. Personally, I think I’m in love with this “sheila”. I think I will have to go visit Amazon. The album is entitled ”Feel This Free” in case you’re interested ....

“Poster Girl” - Beccy Cole


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2006 at 11:20 AM   
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Car 54 Where Are You?

If the Democrats win the election ....

Eric Allie - Chicago


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2006 at 05:30 AM   
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Fifth Column At Work?

I have a real problem with this news story. It’s not that I think our troops need to be muzzled and told to shut up. That’ll never happen - and it shouldn’t. American troops have been bitching about “the war” since Valley Forge. Been there, done that.

Still, there is something really wrong with this kind of thing going on. This is organized political maneuvering by anti-war protest groups. Sure, they have a right to their opinion and they have a right to protest all day long. What they DO NOT HAVE is the right to drag active-duty troops into their protests.

That is all wrong on every level I can think of. LEAVE OUR TROOPS ALONE, DAMMIT! They have an already tough job fighting a barbaric enemy. Why drag them into partisan politics? I’ve looked at this organization’s web site and they have every legal loophole covered. It’s too pat.

There is big money behind this effort. I want to know whose money ... and why. Those are questions any active duty military person should ask of this group before contacting them. Whether the war is right or wrong isn’t the issue here.

There is a small question of motives that demands an answer. Let’s see some full financial and managerial disclosure from these groups! If you’re going to be a puppet, you might want to know just who is pulling the strings.

War Critics Try to Recruit Military
WASHINGTON (BREITBART) - Oct 24 6:22 PM US/Eastern

Anti-war groups are trying to rally active troops to speak out against the war in Iraq - a political tactic they hope will sway voters Nov. 7. A small group of active-duty members opposed to the war created a Web site last month intended to collect thousands of signatures of other service members. People can submit their name, rank and duty station if they support statements denouncing the U.S. invasion.

The electronic grievances are then passed along to members of Congress, according to the Web site. “Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home,” the Web site says.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2006 at 05:00 AM   
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Wake Up Call

Chestnuts roasting by an open fire ....  tune  (NSFW)

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/25/2006 at 04:00 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - October 24, 2006

Through The Looking Glass


“The Bubble”
Credit: Eric Mouquet/NASA/APOD

(Click image for really HUGE 2500x1640 in popup window)

What created this huge space bubble? Blown by the wind from a star, this tantalizing, ghostly apparition is cataloged as NGC 7635, but known simply as The Bubble Nebula. Astronomer Eric Mouquet’s striking view utilizes a long exposure with hydrogen alpha light to reveal the intricate details of this cosmic bubble and its environment.

Although it looks delicate, the 10 light-year diameter bubble offers evidence of violent processes at work. Seen here above and right of the Bubble’s center is a bright hot star embedded in reflecting dust. A fierce stellar wind and intense radiation from the star, which likely has a mass 10 to 20 times that of the Sun, has blasted out the structure of glowing gas against denser material in a surrounding molecular cloud. The intriguing Bubble Nebula lies a mere 11,000 light-years away toward the boastful constellation Cassiopeia.—NASA/APOD


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2006 at 04:52 PM   
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Paranoid Obsessive Derangement Syndrome (PODS) is spreading rapidly along both coasts and around the Great Lakes region. Medical authorities have not been able to pinpoint an exact origin of this deadly virus as it seems to have simultaneously appeared in the US regions above as well as in North Korea, Venezuela, Gaza and Iran at almost the same time.

The disease begins with a withdrawal from the rest of society, followed by a rapid growth of paranoid delusions. Sufferers may, at this early stage, begin making public threats against perceived enemies. Attempts to manage the disease by outside intervention often results in heightened fear and paranoia in the sufferer.

Ignoring the disease (and the sufferer) only seems to exacerbate the symptoms as a need for public recognition and approval arise in the tertiary stages. This can often manifest itself as an almost messianic belief that the sufferer has been “chosen” to right all the wrongs in the world and bring peace, love and understanding to all creatures under the sun.

After that, it gets real ugly in the final stages of PODS. The sufferer begins experiencing hallucinations, and schizophrenic behavior begins to heighten the feelings of paranoia. The passive-aggressive behavior reaches painful levels. At this stage, anyone who attempts treatment with doses of sanity and reason are apt to be met with threats of physical harm, foul abusive language and even threats of lawsuits and/or other retaliation up to and including nuclear war.

Researchers are currently studying several specimens: Cindy Sheehan, Hugo Chavez, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Kim Jung Il, all of whom appear to be in the final stages of this debilitating disease. Researchers are making some progress with a serum made from stem cells taken from the asshole of a dodo bird and chemically grown in a bed of cells from the back hair of Sasquatch. Due to the shortage of these key ingredients a cure seems decades away.

In the meantime, go to Amazon and buy a copy of ”America Mourning” by Catherine Moy and Melanie Morgan. The moonbats have gone after the authors with a vengeance and now Ms. Sheehan is threatening to “sue them for every nickel they have.” (see Final Stages Of PODS above)

I’ve just finished reading the book and, contrary to the beliefs of people suffering from PODS, it is not about Cindy Sheehan. It is about the contrast between two different families who have suffered losses in the War On Terror. I highly recommend it for anyone out there who hasn’t contracted PODS yet.

Sheehan’s Legal Threat Led CNN to Censor Me, Author Says
(CNS NEWS) - October 24, 2006

imageimageCNN restricted an on-air discussion about a new book dealing with the Iraq war because peace activist Cindy Sheehan threatened to sue over provocative claims about her in the book, one of its co-authors claims.

“American Mourning” examines how the death of two U.S. soldiers in Iraq affected their families. One of the two is the Sheehan family. Co-author Melanie Morgan told Cybercast News Service she was slated to appear on CNN’s Headline News’ “Glenn Beck” program last week and that a producer told her it would be a short segment, focusing on passing claims in the book regarding Sheehan’s personal life.

Morgan said she replied: “OK, fine, whatever,” and continued on the promotional tour for the book, which deals with the families of Casey Sheehan of Vacaville, Calif., and Justin Johnson of Rome, Ga., friends who were killed within five days of each other in separate ambushes in Sadr City, Iraq, during April 2004.

While en route to CNN studios to tape the interview, however, Morgan received another call from the producer telling her that the segment would now deal with “everything but the sex issues.”

Morgan—who is president of the conservative organization Move America Forward—said when she asked about the reason for the last-minute change, the producer told her it was made because of “legal issues.”

Morgan and her co-author, journalist Catherine Moy, told Cybercast News Service that they believe they know what “legal issues” CNN was concerned about when they changed the focus of the interview.

One day earlier, peace activist Sheehan said on the nationally syndicated Stephanie Miller radio show that she planned to sue Morgan and Moy “for every nickel they have.”

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Fried Sperm

Guys ... we’re in deep kimchee now. Unless we think fast. Let me see. We may can use this to our advantage. I can hear it now. You’re on a hot date and she refuses to give it up ‘cause you forgot your rubber. You say, “But honey, I was on the cell phone most of the day. My sperm are fried. There’s no way you can get pregnant.”

You never know. It just might work ....  LOL

Men Who Use Mobile Phones Face Increased Risk Of Infertility
(DAILY MAIL) - 21:01pm on 23rd October 2006

imageimageMen who use mobile phones could be risking their fertility, warn researchers. A new study shows a worrying link between poor sperm and the number of hours a day that a man uses his mobile phone.

Those who made calls on a mobile phone for more than four hours a day had the worst sperm counts and the poorest quality sperm, according to results released yest at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine annual meeting in New Orleans. Doctors believe the damage could be caused by the electromagnetic radiation emitted by handsets or the heat they generate.

The findings suggest millions of men may encounter difficulties in fathering a child due to the widespread use of mobile phones and offers another possible explanation for plummeting fertility levels among British males.

Sperm counts among British men have fallen by 29 per cent over the past decade, a drop which has also been blamed on increasing obesity, smoking, stress, pollution and ‘gender-bending’ chemicals which disrupt the hormone system.

The latest study backs up previous research which indicated a link between mobile phone use and sperm quality, but it is the biggest and best designed to date. US researchers in Cleveland and New Orleans, and doctors in Mumbai, India, looked at more than 360 men undergoing checks at a fertility clinic who were classified into three groups according to their sperm count.

Men who used a mobile for more than four hours a day had a 25 per cent lower sperm count than men who never used a mobile. The men with highest usage also had greater problems with sperm quality, with the swimming ability of sperm - a crucial factor in conception - down by a third. They had a 50 per cent drop in the number of properly formed sperm, with just one-fifth looking normal under a microscope.

- More ...


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2006 at 09:19 AM   
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CSI: Omaha

The moral of this story is simple: DON’T F**K WITH US OLD FARTS. We fight dirty and take no prisoners. Not only did Ernie Coleman beat the crap out of this youthful attackers but he took their gun and sent them packing. Good on yer, mate!

Man, 68, Teaches Teen Robbers a Lesson
OMAHA, Neb. - October 24, 2006, 7:58 AM EDT

Two robbers who thought they had an easy mark in a 68-year-old Omaha man were surprised on Sunday. Police said Earnest Coleman was sitting in his car outside an Omaha grocery store when a young man jumped into the passenger seat with a gun and demanded Coleman’s money.

Coleman responded by grabbing the robber and his gun, and exchanging blows. A second robber came to Coleman’s window and hit the elderly man, police said.

Undeterred, Coleman pulled that man into the car and began to hit him, too. The two robbers then ran away—without Coleman’s money and without the gun.

Police are reviewing surveillance footage from security cameras, a spokesman said. The robbers appeared to be teenagers, Coleman said.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 10/24/2006 at 09:08 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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