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calendar   Thursday - November 30, 2006

Ol’ Man Winter

We now have about 5-6” of snow on the ground here in St. Louis and more still coming down. The weather goobers say the worst is yet to come. Gee, thanks!

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2006 at 11:18 PM   
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Through The Looking Glass

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“Giddyup, Dammit”

Specialist Gardner, Florida Army National Guard, 53rd Infantry, had always wanted to ride a camel. While on patrol outside of the city of Farah, Afghanistan Gardner and his buddies came across a herd of camels. During their lunch break Gardner decide to seize the moment and fulfill his dreams. You gotta live your dreams, baby! Yeeehaw!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2006 at 11:08 PM   
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Yakkity-Yak

Men: Just shut up and git ‘er done.

Women: We really need to discuss the implications and repercussions of the actions we intend to take but first let’s talk about those new shoes that Jill is wearing and whether they will go with the purse Lorie bought yesterday ... and while we’re at it, we need to take time to go through all the steps involved in maintaining a relationship with our partners.

Men: Say what?

Women: You aren’t listening, are you? I’m trying to communicate our needs and you can’t take a few minutes to hear us out and validate our concerns in this matter and what did you mean when you said my new dress didn’t “quite” make me look fat?

Men: Never mind. (mixes stiff drink and hunkers down for the verbal storm that is coming)

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Steve Kelley - The New Orleans Times-Picayune

Women Talk More Than Men: Like Heroin Addiction, But Louder
(REGISTER - UK) - Tuesday 28th November 2006 10:02 GMT

A “self-proclaimed feminist” psychiatrist has finally thrown in the towel and admitted her fellow females do indeed talk more than men, The Daily Mirror reports. Dr Luan Brizendine of the University of California, who’s published her shock findings in The Female Brain, says the average woman works her way through 20,000 words per day, compared with just 7,000 for the average bloke.

She says “women devote more brain cells to talking than men”, and cites fundamental differences between male and female brains as the cause.

Brizendine - whose findings are based on her own clinical work and the findings of more than 1,000 studies - reluctantly admitted: “I know it is not politically correct to say this but I’ve been torn for years between my politics and what science is telling us. I believe women actually perceive the world differently from men.

“Girls arrive already wired as girls, and boys arrive already wired as boys. Their brains are different by the time they’re born, and their brains are what drive their impulses, values, and their very reality.”

Indeed, Brizendine says said differences “can be traced back to the womb, where the sex hormone testosterone moulds the developing male brain”. Specifically, “the areas responsible for communication, emotion and memory are all pared back the unborn baby boy”. Accordingly, males “chat less than their female counterparts and struggle to express their emotions to the same extent” - which is hardly news to long-suffering females.

Brizendine elaborated: “Women have an eight-lane superhighway for processing emotion, while men have a small country road.” And when they’re not cruising their eight-lane superhighway of emotion, women are getting a quick fix of verbals because “the simple act of talking triggers a flood of brain chemicals which give women a rush similar to that felt by heroin addicts when they get a high”.

Men, on the other hand, beat women hands-down in one area: contemplating rumpy-pumpy. Brizendine noted “that while a man will think about sex every 52 seconds, the subject tends to cross women’s minds just once a day”. To put that in perspective, “men have an international airport for dealing with thoughts about sex, where women have an airfield nearby that lands small and private planes”, as the good doctor put it.

Some scientists reckon, however, that Brizendine’s conclusions have driven her down a promising-looking dual carriageway only to end at a collapsed bridge of scientific proof. Oxford University linguistics professor Deborah Cameron insisted “the amount we talk is influenced by who we are with and what we are doing”. She concluded: “If you aggregate a large number of studies you will find there is little difference between the amount men and women talk.”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2006 at 05:35 PM   
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A Tangled Webb

Plain-spoken politician or just plain jerk? What say you about newly-elected Senator Jim Webb’s confrontation with President Bush yesterday?

At a recent White House reception for freshman members of Congress, Virginia’s newest senator tried to avoid President Bush. Democrat James Webb declined to stand in a presidential receiving line or to have his picture taken with the man he had often criticized on the stump this fall. But it wasn’t long before Bush found him.

“How’s your boy?” Bush asked, referring to Webb’s son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.

“That’s not what I asked you,” Bush said. “How’s your boy?”

“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2006 at 05:20 PM   
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Winter Wonderland

I just stepped outside and nearly froze my noogies off. Temps were in the 60’s earlier this morning and now we’re down to 32 degrees here in St. Louis. Rain outside is slowly turning into sleet and the roads are starting to ice up. You folks in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky better go ahead and break out the winter coats. Ol’ Man Winter is about to squat and take a dump on us. Of course all you folks in Canada were already frozen solid, eh?

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A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 9 AM CST FRIDAY

IT HAS BECOME MORE CERTAIN THAT A POWERFUL EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL AFFECT A LARGE PART OF MISSOURI AND ILLINOIS TODAY INTO FRIDAY. RAIN IS EXPECTED TO CHANGE TO FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET THIS MORNING. FREEZING RAIN WILL MIX WITH SLEET LATER TODAY OR THIS EVENING BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW AFTER MIDNIGHT. THE SNOW WILL BE HEAVY AT TIMES WITH GUSTY NORTH WINDS. THE SNOW WILL DIMINISH ON FRIDAY MORNING AS THE STORM SYSTEM MOVES AWAY FROM THE AREA. ICE ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO REACH A QUARTER INCH BY MIDNIGHT… WITH EXPECTED TOTAL SNOWFALL AMOUNTS OF 4 TO 10 INCHES BY MIDDAY ON FRIDAY.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2006 at 04:35 PM   
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Throwing In The Towel Again?

In 1973 they called it “peace with honor” and several other fancy terms. I wonder what they will call it this time. Help me come up with a new term to describe what happens when politicians decide to throw in the towel and run away from a fight because of partisan bickering and a general unwillingness to look at the big picture.

Back in the good old days, folks just called it “defeat”. In today’s culture, we don’t use plain words like that any more so I’m polling readers to come up with a new term for it. Be creative but be sure to hide the true meaning of this abominable action. “Redeployment” has already been taken however “downsizing” is still free for use ....

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Larry Wright - The Detroit News

Study Group to Call for Pullback
But Iraq Panel Has No Timetable

(WASHGINTON POST) - Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Iraq Study Group, which wrapped up eight months of deliberations yesterday, has reached a consensus and will call for a major withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, shifting the U.S. role from combat to support and advising, according to a source familiar with the deliberations.

But the recommendation includes a series of conditions and qualifications that would govern any drawdown of forces, the source said. “It describes a process by which combat brigades could be pulled out, but there wasn’t a specific timetable on it,” he said. The source demanded anonymity because members of the bipartisan panel have been pledged to secrecy until the report is officially issued Dec. 6.

The issue of a timeline for drawing down troops—both a specific date to begin a withdrawal and the pace—had been major points of contention within the panel. The Bush administration has firmly rejected specifying a date for withdrawal, but Democrats have favored setting a time frame as a way to put pressure on the Iraqi government.

The recommendations in the still-secret report were agreed to after three days of closed-door discussions. The report, which is about 100 pages, will offer a comprehensive look at regional political and security issues as well as the troubled U.S. deployment in Iraq, according to sources close to the panel.

For weeks, the panel has debated reaching out to both Syria and Iran, an approach that the Bush administration has so far firmly rejected. Commission members have also backed the idea of a regional conference to bring all the neighbors into the process of stabilizing Iraq. Contents of the panel’s report were disclosed yesterday evening by the New York Times.

Under the recommendations of the commission, led by former secretary of state James A. Baker III and former congressman Lee H. Hamilton (D-Ind.), the emphasis of the U.S. military presence in Iraq would shift from fighting the insurgency and containing sectarian violence to backing up Iraqi security forces dealing with those problems.

This approach would place less emphasis on combat operations and more on logistics, intelligence and training and advising Iraqi units. Also, a large residual combat force would be required to protect all the personnel involved in those operations and to provide a security guarantee to the Iraqi government.

Thus, even if the combat forces were withdrawn, the person familiar with the group’s thinking noted, the recommendation envisions keeping in Iraq a “substantial” U.S. military force.

Some people knowledgeable about the group’s deliberations said it might be possible in a year or two to halve the U.S. military presence, to about 70,000 troops. Earlier reports that said that the group simply had decided to call for withdrawing combat forces from Iraq were “garbled,” the source familiar with the panel’s recommendations added. “It wasn’t as specific as that, and it was a lot more conditional,” he said. He declined to discuss those conditions.

“We reached a consensus, which in itself is remarkable,” said another source close to the 10-member panel of prominent Republicans and Democrats. Divisions had been deep in the run-up to this week’s final deliberations.

The findings dovetail with recommendations being considered by the military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, who are conducting their own review of Iraq policy. That group is leaning toward an option that involves a brief surge of troops in Iraq, followed by a partial drawdown and a shift from combat operations to training and advising, according to sources familiar with the process. Troops would remain in Iraq for five to 10 years under this option, which is known within the military as “go long.”

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/30/2006 at 03:37 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 29, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Pssst, Harry! Did you hear somthing?
Montana Elk -by- Jon Sullivan


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 10:12 PM   
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Have Another Drink

Funny: Danny DeVito. Ridiculous: Danny DeVito drunk. Really tacky: Danny DeVito drunk on TV. Barking Moonbat candidate: Danny DeVito drunk on TV cussing and bashing Bush (with help from Rosie O’Donnell).

Is there a law somewhere that states that all celebrities must stay drunk and be cursing mad at someone. Me, I prefer staying sober while I’m bashing the bejeezus out of someone. I keeps me mouth shut when falling down drunk - something Michael Richards, Mel Gibson, Nick Nolte ... and Danny DeVito need to consider.


Danny DeVito on “The View”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 07:59 PM   
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For Bravery Under Fire ….

Pilot Earns Distinguished Flying Cross
WASHINGTON (CENTCOM) - Nov. 3, 2006

imageimageBack in March in Iraq, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Lori Hill, with the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, was piloting her Kiowa Warrior when the lead chopper came under heavy fire. She drew the fire away, simultaneously providing suppressive fire for the troops engaged with the enemy on the ground.

A rocket-propelled grenade hit her, damaging the helo’s instrumentation, but instead of focusing on her predicament, she established communication with the ground forces and continued to provide them with aerial weapon support until the soldiers reached safety.

As she turned her attention to the aircraft, which was losing hydraulic power, the helo took on machine-gun fire, a round crashing into one of Hill’s ankles. Still, with a damaged aircraft and an injury, she landed at Forward Operating Base Normandy, saving her crew and aircraft.

For her actions she was presented the Distinguished Flying Cross by Vice President Richard Cheney at Fort Campbell, Ky., on Oct. 16. “It’s was a once-in-a-lifetime thing to get the award and then have the vice president come and award it to you,” she said. “It’s just incredible for any soldier.”

Recalling that day in March, Hill reflected, “I was actually just glad I didn’t pass out and very happy I was able to help the ground guys out, and get our helicopter down safely on the ground.”

OOH-RAH!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 06:43 PM   
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On This Day In History

1 IN THE BEGINNING, there was chaos, sand and camels. And the United Nations said “LET THERE BE A PARTITION”. And lo, the Jews were to be separated from the Arabs and each would govern his own and peace would be created in the region.

2 But on the next day, Satan approached the Arabs and said unto them “Why settle for half when you can have all? I will show you how.” And Satan enjoined the Arabs living in the region to wait until the dark of night and then leave their homes and hide in the desert while the warriors of the surrounding Arab nations crushed the sons of Abraham.

3 It was to come to pass that the evil plan was destined to fail for the twelve tribes of Judea had been warned by an angel of the Lord and were prepared for the Arab invaders who were sorely beaten and even thrashed by the hand of God on the next day.

4 And when the dust of the conflagration had settled the Arab armies were smashed and the Arabs who had livedd in the region were forced to flee and condemned to wander the Earth in poverty and shame as their Arab brethren turned their backs on them and refused them succor.

5 From that day forward, the desert bloomed with gardens and the sons of Abraham were fruitful in the land God had promised them in the Covenant.

6 But after time the United Nations became known to the world as a useless, corrupt and ineffectual entity and the Arabs licked their wounds and plotted secretly to destroy that land which God had summoned His people to.

ASSEMBLY VOTES PALESTINE PARTITION; MARGIN IS 33 TO 13;
ARABS WALK OUT; ARANHA HAILS WORK AS SESSION ENDS

(NEW YORK TIMES) - November 29, 1947

imageimageThe United Nations General Assembly approved yesterday a proposal to partition Palestine into two states, one Arab and the other Jewish, that are to become fully independent by Oct.1. The vote was 33 to 13 with two abstentions and one delegation, the Siamese, absent.

The decision was primarily a result of the fact that the delegations of the United States and the Soviet Union, which were at loggerheads on every other important issue before the Assembly, stood together on partition. Andrei A. Gromyko and Herschel V. Johnson both urged the Assembly yesterday not to agree to further delay but to vote for partition at once.

The Assembly disregarded last minute Arab efforts to effect a compromise. Although the votes of a dozen or more delegations see-sawed to the last, supporters of partition had two votes more than the required two-thirds majority, or a margin of three.

The roll-call vote was as follows: For (33) - Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Iceland, Liberia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Ukraine, South Africa, Uruguay, the Soviet Union, the United States, Venezuela, White Russia.

Against (13) - Afghanistan, Cuba, Egypt, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, Yemen.

Abstentions (10) - Argentina, Chile, China, Colombia, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Mexico, United Kingdom, Yugoslavia.

Absent (1) - Siam.

All other questions before the Assembly were disposed of a week ago, and it ended its second regular session at 6:57 P.M. after farewell speeches by Dr. Oswaldo Aranha, its President, and Trygve Lie, the Secretary General. The Assembly’s third regular session is to open in a European capital on Sept. 21.

The vote on partition was taken at 5:35 P. M. Representatives of Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Yemen, four of the six Arab member states, announced that they would not be bound by the Assembly’s decision and walked determinedly out of the Assembly Hall at Flushing Meadow. The Egyptian and Lebanese delegates were silent but walked out, too.

Sir Alexander Cadogan, representative of Britain, which is to terminate the League of Nations mandate over Palestine and withdraw all British troops by Aug. 1, made a brief statement after the vote. He requested the United Nations Palestine Commission to establish contact with the British Government about the date of its arrival in Palestine and the coordination of its plans with the withdrawal of British troops.

The United Nations commission which will be responsible to the Security Council in the event that the Arabs carry out their threats to fight rather than agree to partition, will be composed of representatives of Bolivia, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Panama and the Philippines.

This state, which is understood to have the backing of the United States, was proposed by Dr. Aranha and approved without opposition after the Arab delegates had walked out.

The commission, as proposed by the partition subcommittee, of the Assembly’s Ad Hoc Committee on Palestine, was to have been composed of Denmark, Guatemala, Iceland, Poland, and Uruguay, but the question was left to the Assembly because of United States opposition.

The Assembly, without discussion, also approved an appropriation of $2,000,000 for the expenses of the commission, which will take over authority in Palestine after the British terminate the mandate and will then transfer it to the “shadow governments” of the two states.

The walkout of the Arab delegates was taken as a clear indication that the Palestinian Arabs would have nothing to do with the Assembly’s decision. The British have emphasized repeatedly that British troops could not be used to impose a settlement not acceptable to both Jews and Arabs, and the partition plan does not provide outside military force to keep order.

Instead, it provides for the establishment of armed militia by the two nascent states to keep internal order and that any threats to peace by the neighboring Arab states are to be referred to the Security Council.

The Assembly decided Friday to take a recess of twenty-four hours to give the Arabs time to submit a comprise proposal, but this turned out to be what Mr. Johnson called a mere resurrection of the proposal for a federal Palestine, which had been recommended by a minority of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine.

The resolution to return the entire question to the Ad Hoc Committee on Palestine, introduced by Mostafa Adl, the representative of Iran, would furthermore have directed the committee to take into account the last-minute Arab proposal.

A simple procedural resolution returning the question to the committee would have had precedence over the partition proposal, but Dr. Aranha, after considerable reflection, ruled that the extraneous provisions barred it from being treated as a procedural motion and that it could not be voted on until after the Assembly’s decision on partition.

Camille Chamoun, the Lebanese representative, tried to meet Dr. Aranha’s ruling by demanding that the committee vote first on the eleven principles on the future government of Palestine, which had been approved unanimously by the Special Committee on Palestine last summer.

Mr. Chamoun remarked that the resolution before the Assembly did not mention these principles, but Dr. Aranha replied that they were covered by the plan substituted by the Palestine committee, to which the Assembly’s resolution will give effect, and rejected the final Arab attempt to postpone a decision.

Dr. Alfonso Lopez, the Colombian representative, who on Friday had submitted a complicated proposal that, among other things, would have returned the question to the committee, had arranged with another delegate to make a simple proposal to recommit. However, the delegate, sensing the mood of the Assembly, remained silent and Dr. Aranha called for the decisive vote.

The United States delegation played its part in persuading the delegate in question not to present the motion for recommittal, and supporters of partition agreed that, after long hesitation, it had sincerely done its best to obtain Assembly approval of partition.

It was still difficult to account for the fact that Greece, which otherwise followed United States leadership throughout the long Assembly, voted against partition and that some Latin American countries abstained.

Britain, which brought the Palestine question before the Assembly last March, abstained on all votes in the Palestine committee and in poling on the issue in the Assembly.

It was expected that had the Assembly failed to reach a decision the United States would have asked Britain to stay on in Palestine. Sir Alexander’s statement after the decision was taken was welcomed as being more cooperative than previous ones. It was generally expected that the United States and Britain would now agree on a working arrangement to facilitate the commission’s work.

The Arab delegates, particularly after the vote, referred bitterly to the “heavy pressure” exerted on other delegations. Other delegates interpreted these complaints as attacks on the United States.

The Syrian representatives led this attack. Faris el-Khoury, in a statement before the vote, charged that the proportion of Jews to the rest of the population in the United States was 1 to 30. Jews were trying to “intimidate the United Nations ... and hiss the speakers here,” which, he said was “proof that they are dominating here.”

This assertion drew hisses from the gallery, and Dr. Aranha pounded his gavel for order.

A few minutes before the Assembly convened Arab spokesmen announced that they had drawn up a new six-point program in twenty-four hours of conferences. The program involved this formula:

(1) A federal independent state of Palestine shall be created not later than Aug. 1, 1949.

(2) The Government of Palestine shall be constituted on a federal basis and shall include a federal government and governments for Arab and Jewish countries.

(3) Boundaries of the cantons will be fixed so as to include a federal basis and shall include a federal government and governments for Arab and Jewish countries.

(4) The population of Palestine shall elect by universal, direct suffrage a Constituent Assembly, which shall draft the Constitution of the future federated state of Palestine. The Constituent Assembly shall be composed of all elements of the population in proportion to the number of their respective citizens.

(5) The Constituent Assembly, in defining the attributes of the federated government of Palestine as well as of its legislative and judiciary organs and the attributes of the governments of the cantons and of the relation of the governments of these cantons with the federal government, shall draw its inspiration chiefly from the principles of the Constitution of the United States as well as from the organization of laws in the states of the United States.

(6) The Constitution will provide, among other things, for protection of the holy places, liberty of access to visit the holy places and freedom of religion as well as safeguarding of the rights of religious establishments of all nationalities in Palestine.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 05:53 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

“If a young fellow has an option of having a decent career, or joining the Army to fight in Iraq, you can bet your life that he would not be in Iraq. If there’s anyone who believes these youngsters want to fight, as the Pentagon and some generals have said, you can just forget about it. No bright young individual wants to fight just because of a bonus and just because of educational benefits. And most all of them come from communities of very, very high unemployment.”

-- Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), November 26. 2006

If you really want the numbers to refute Representative Rangel and Senator Kerry’s recent public statements, you need look no further than the US Census Bureau’s Veteran’s Status figures. Unlike Democrats, the actual statistics and demographics don’t lie.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 07:30 AM   
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Setting An Example

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Chuck Asay - The Colorado Springs Gazette


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 07:00 AM   
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NUTS!

If you live in California you better cover your nuts. The bad guys are on the prowl for unprotected nuts. You could find yourself nutless if you let your guard down. De-nutted, even. Even worse, the thieves may even crack your nuts. OK, I’ll quit now ....

Cops Crack Possible Nut-Nabber Syndicate
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - November 28, 2006, 2:20 PM EST

imageimagePolice say a tipster may have helped them crack a nut-nabbing syndicate. Two people were arrested early Monday after about $400,000 worth of stolen almonds was discovered in a Sacramento warehouse, a stash investigators say may be linked to a rash of nut thefts from orchards across California’s Central Valley.

The tipster had read about the thefts and called police Sunday after seeing workers transporting boxes from various nut processors between a rental truck and the warehouse, Merced County Sheriff’s Detective Vince Gallagher said.

Police arrested Sukhwinder Singh Grewal, 41, and Amrik Singh, 27. Grewal is the owner of Sona Spice Imports, a Sacramento-based importer and wholesaler of goods from India. Gallagher said both are expected to face charges of receiving and possessing stolen property.

Investigators suspect that the almonds in the warehouse were stolen from Central Valley orchards, and they are examining whether the importer was selling them to stores, Gallagher said. As prices for almonds have risen with demand, a growing black market has emboldened thieves to cut holes in fences, sneak into distribution centers and drive off with truckloads of nuts.

Growers in California’s Central Valley produce about 80 percent of the world’s almonds. The discovery at the warehouse was a rare break in a series of thefts that has cost California farmers at least $1.5 million in stolen almonds this year, according to the Agricultural Crime Technology Information and Operations Network. The network is a coalition of agricultural commissioners offices, district attorney offices and sheriff’s departments in the Central Valley.

Sacramento police are working with detectives in Merced and Stanislaus counties to stop the thefts and crack what may be a syndicate, police Sgt. Terrell Marshall said.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 06:40 AM   
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Armed Citizenry Report

People think owning a firearm will protect them from burglars and other criminals. Wrong! You also need to know how to use it. Most importantly, you have to have the will and courage to defend your home, even if a gun is not handy.

Sometimes you just have to pick up the nearest heavy object and beat the living shit out of the perp - like this fellow in the story below who calmly grabbed the first thing handy - and used it.

Always remember Skipper’s Rule For Survival #4: “Self-defense is not necessarily a matter of weaponry but is most decidedly a state of mind. However having superior firepower is considered a plus in any situation.” So mote it be.

Man Stops Alleged Burglar With Helmet
PALM BAY, Fla. (AP) - November 28, 2006, 7:53 PM EST

imageimageA homeowner stopped an alleged burglar by beating him into submission with a football helmet. Kevin Williams, 44, of Palm Bay spotted a man outside his window at 3:15 a.m. Monday using a screwdriver to pry at the screen door, Florida Today reported.

“I had to protect my home . . . I wasn’t sure what in the world he would do, rape my wife, steal something, I didn’t know,” Williams said. “I got my son’s helmet from the garage, went out there and hit him several times. I started from the head and worked my way down to the body.”

Police arrested Michael Elliot Brown, 30, on charges of occupied burglary attempt and possession of burglary tools. Williams said he is thinking about buying a gun for protection. He said he has lived in the same neighborhood for 17 years without any previous problems.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 11/29/2006 at 06:20 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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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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