When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Saturday - April 28, 2007

Saturday Silliness

Walt Handelsman - Newsday

“Bon Voyage!”


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/28/2007 at 11:14 AM   
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calendar   Friday - April 27, 2007

Fantasy Island

TGIF! And none too soon! It’s Miller Time so shake loose from that job, slip into some comfortable clothes and go unwind, gang. I’ll leave you today with a picture of one of the dream factories out on the Left Coast. Have a good weekend! (and check back for fun stuff tomorrow)



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/27/2007 at 05:26 PM   
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Lost again? Yep, and we’ve over the United States somewhere. Location unknown. There is a USAF base down there below and the tower says the weather sucks with partly sunny skies, snow showers turning to rain and high today of 45 degrees. There is a rather large Army base 26 miles Northwest of here and a large city just beyond that - so we’re kinda out in the boonies today.

Trivia: from 1960-1969 this base hosted one of the strangest bombers in our inventory, the “B-58 “Hustler”, seen in the pic below. It had Mach2+ speeds, a single M61 Vulcan cannon mounted in a radar-directed tail turret for defense and carried a single nuclear bomb in a pod under the fuselage and had a crew of three. It was one of the last “Delta-wing” jets. Now where in heck am I?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/27/2007 at 03:08 PM   
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Motivational Poster Of The Day



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/27/2007 at 01:45 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

imageimageHarry Reid is a dangerous man. The man has lost all sense of honor, decency and self-respect. He, along with other members of The Party Of Treason™, are fully prepared to run up the white flag and surrender today. No if’s and’s or but’s about it.

What I don’t understand is why Imus is fired for name-calling but Harry Reid gets away with calling the President Of The United States a “liar, a loser and in a state of denial” and gets away with it.

With that being said, there are two things in Reid’s comments below that worry me greatly ...

(1) He says he “represents this country”, which is an absolute falsehood. I didn’t vote for or against Harry Reid when he was elected Senator from Nevada and I don’t know of anyone outside of that state who did. His claim to “represent this country” is arrogance and egotism beyond belief. In fact, he is only one of a hundred bloviating, bullshit artists in the Senate. Only one man in Washington was elected by a vote of all the people in this country ... and it aint’ Harry Reid.

(2) The second thing, and the one that really frightens me, is his pronouncement that “[the Constitution] calls for us to be equal to [President Bush].” Reid either can’t read or is completely daft. Congress and the President each have their constitutionally defined and assigned duties. The President cannot pass legislation or approve spending and Congress cannot command the military or set foreign policy and negotiate with other countries. It’s as simple as that.

Not only is Reid attempting to belittle the President and denigrate the office of President of the United States by calling the current holder of that office slanderous names but he has evidently elevated himself to the level of supreme commander of all US military forces. If that doesn’t scare you then you’re obviously not paying attention to the increasingly maniacal ratcheting up of the war between Democrats and the President.

The fact is, the Democrats are way off base on this one and they know it. More importatnly, the mainstream media are giving them a free ride on this madness, which if allowed to continue will destroy the republic. Ask yourself this: what if Reid were a Republican and a Democrat was President, and the same accusations and actions took place - do you think the MSM would be quiet about it for even a second or that the Democrats would quietly let a Republican get away with this? Not on your life.

The Party Of Divisiveness has morphed into the Party Of Treason against this republic and must be stopped ... one way or another. They are dragging us down a long, dark road that leads to ... nothing good for our country - and more than likely a lot of bad. In fact, I have a bad feeling that Democrats and their Leftist minions are only a small step away from going completely around the bend and plotting to assassinate the President.

As Caesar said to Antony in Shakespeare’s play, “"Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look, He thinks too much; such men are dangerous.” So goes Harry Reid in today’s tragedy ....

DANA BASH, CNN CORRESPONDENT: You in the past have called President Bush a liar. You’ve called him a loser. And just today, just a few minutes ago, you said he is in a state of denial. This is becoming personal, isn’t it?

SENATOR HARRY REID (D-NV): No, not at all. I’m a trial lawyer. I’ve tried over 100 cases to juries. I have never had a case where I had held any ill will toward the opposing lawyer. In this situation, I have is a job to do. I represent the people of the state of Nevada. I represent this country.

The president is part of the executive branch of government. I’m part of the legislative branch of government. And for his six years as president, he has not had to deal with us. This is a new experience for him, but the Constitution that I have right here in my pocket calls for us being equal to him.

- CNN, “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer”, April 23, 2007 - 17:00 ET


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/27/2007 at 12:41 PM   
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Democratic Surrender Chimps

Eric Allie - Chicago Tribune

None Dare Call it Sabotage
-- by Michael Reagan

imageimageUnder the guise of responding to the will of those voters who gave them control of the House of Representatives, Democrats are busy trying to undermine the war effort and bash the president to improve their chances of winning the 2008 elections.

One of them, Rep. Dennis Kucinich—the perennial presidential candidate from Ohio—is wandering into cloud cuckoo-land by introducing articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney and calling for the impeachment of President Bush ... a couple of dandy ideas when the nation is involved in a war.

If that isn’t sufficiently bizarre, we have Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, spewing out subpoenas all over the place in what is the beginning of an obvious drive towards impeaching the president after hordes of administration officials have been dragged up to Capitol Hill and put on the rack.

Like his colleague Dennis Kucinich, little Henry Waxman—his ridiculous mustache all aquiver as he rants and rages against the high crimes and misdemeanors of which he is convinced the Bush administration is guilty—has begun to mimic the inmates of an asylum for the mentally deranged, who imagine dark and deadly deeds are afoot all around them.

The other day in Ramadi, we lost nine of the best Americans - cavalry scouts from the 82nd Airborne who were truck-bombed by Al Qaeda. So how do the politicians here at home react to all of this? Simply by targeting the United States military.

Mr. Waxman held hearings designed to portray the Pentagon as a haven for propagandists who heartlessly exploit the deaths or combat ordeals of American soldiers to bolster the image of the administration’s war effort.

He was allegedly looking into the death of Pat Tillman and the capture and rescue of Private Jessica Lynch. Shamefully, he is using these two Americans to advance his agenda of retreat and defeat.

Just what was he hoping to find? That Pat Tillman was killed by friendly fire? We’ve known that for a long time. That the military may have made a mistake—that somebody might have not told the truth? We already knew that too.

What Waxman is doing is hoping to discredit not just the Army, but the service of Pat Tillman and all the unsung heroes out there in Iraq and Afghanistan. When one of our soldiers is killed while serving in harm’s way, as Tillman was, it is a hero’s death whether from friendly or unfriendly fire. He died because he was there willingly, in harm’s way.

When you’re in a war zone and you’re killed, in my mind you’re a hero. And all of the despicable political rhetoric of Henry Waxman can’t change that. Waxman is out to discredit the military and the wartime service of our men and women and he is wiling to dance on Pat Tillman’s grave to do it.

Moreover, just what is Waxman hoping to find out about Jessica Lynch? That she wasn’t raped? That she wasn’t harmed? Just how does that help America?

So as nine dead Americans lie in the sands of Iraq, are the Democrats trying to defeat our enemy by attacking our troops? They are trying to prove that the military lied about these things, ignoring the fact that every war needs heroes, and it’s hard to blame the military for stretching the facts and making a hero out of a famous American who died while in harm’s way.

In the case of Jessica Lynch, who willingly admits she did nothing heroic when she was captured—that she did not go down fighting with her guns ablaze, and who vehemently denies she was a hero—Waxman gleefully jumped on the military for their deception and celebrated her admission that she was not a hero.

The lie was not that Jessica Lynch was a hero, which she was just by virtue of the fact that she was serving in a war zone in danger of being taken prisoner by the enemy. The lie was the fact that she didn’t fire her gun, something that does not make her any less of a hero even if she refuses to admit she was.

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 newest book, “Twice Adopted.” E-mail comments to ©2007 Mike Reagan.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/27/2007 at 12:05 PM   
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DNC Membership Kit

imageimageAre you looking for people who think survival is not important?

Are you ashamed of the way Americans are treating Islamic terrorists?

Are you ready for today’s DEMOCRATIC PARTY?

If so, order today and get your Democratic Party Official Membership Kit. Don’t be left out in the cold when everyone falls to their knees and kisses the boots of our conquerers.

Act today and we’ll even include burkhas for every female in your family. The French have a two-hundred year headstart on us so we need your help today to bring the message of surrender to the masses. Act now!


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/27/2007 at 11:35 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 26, 2007

Bumper Sticker Of The Day



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/26/2007 at 03:49 PM   
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Lost again? You bet. We’re out West today over CONUS. It’s hot, dry and dusty down below, according to the tower. If you ever wanted to have one of the most fun jobs in the Air Force, you’ll need to come here for training as loadmaster. You’ll work on all of the heavy lifting birds like the C-17 Globemaster III in the picture below as they were loading up to fly in relief supplies after Hurricane Katrina.

Each one of these birds can carry 170,000 lbs. of supplies and they can land darn near anywhere since they only need 3,500 feet of flat space to takeoff or land - and that includes dirt roads in the middle of Afghanistan. This base was built in 1943 and has on average 300 days a year of clear skies which makes training so much easier. Now where in heck am I?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/26/2007 at 03:00 PM   
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Motivational Poster Of The Day


Note: this poster is number four in the “Governments” series, following previous “Motorvators” on Socialism, Communism and Monarchy. More to follow.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/26/2007 at 02:26 PM   
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Disturbing Story Of The Day

OK, this has gone just about far enough. A teacher tells his/her students to write a story for Creative Writing class and one of the students writes a disturbing, scary piece of fiction that never directly references any person and when the teacher reads it he/she gets all bent out of shape, runs to the principal and her supervisor and they file criminal charges of disorderly conduct against the student, who is then arrested.

Did I mention that the kid is a straight-A student and has never been in trouble either at school or away? Does this mean that anyone can file criminal charges against writers like Stephen King or any other author who writes “disturbing” material?

There are some really scary people in the story below ... starting with the teacher and including the entire kangaroo court at the school administrative offices who arbitrarily decided to act like complete idiots.

Student Writes Essay, Arrested By Police
(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) - Published April 26, 2007

imageimageHigh school senior Allen Lee sat down with his creative writing class on Monday and penned an essay that so disturbed his teacher, school administrators and police that he was charged with disorderly conduct.

“I understand what happened recently at Virginia Tech,” said the teen’s father, Albert Lee, referring to last week’s massacre of 32 students by gunman Seung-Hui Cho. But he added: “I don’t see how somebody can get charged by writing in their homework. The teacher asked them to express themselves, and he followed instructions.”

Allen Lee, an 18-year-old straight-A student at Cary-Grove High School, was arrested Tuesday near his home and charged with disorderly conduct for an essay police described as violently disturbing but not directed toward any specific person or location. The youth’s father said his son was not suspended or expelled but was forced to attend classes elsewhere for now.

Today, Cary-Grove students rallied behind the arrested teen by organizing a petition drive to let him back in their school. They posted on walls quotes from the English teacher in which she had encouraged students to express their emotions through writing.

“I’m not going to lie. I signed the petition,” said senior James Gitzinger. “But I can understand where the administration is coming from. I think I would react the same way if I was a teacher.” Cary Police Chief Ron Delelio said the charge was appropriate even though the essay was not published or posted for public viewing.

Disorderly conduct, which carries a penalty of 30 days in jail and a $1,500 fine, is filed for pranks such as pulling a fire alarm or dialing 911. But it can also apply when someone’s writings can disturb an individual, Delelio said.

“The teacher was alarmed and disturbed by the content,” he said. But a civil rights advocate said the teacher’s reaction to an essay shouldn’t make it a crime.

“One of the elements is that some sort of disorder or disruption is created,” said Ed Yohnka, a spokesman for the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. “When something is done in private—when a paper is handed in to a teacher—there isn’t a disruption.”

The “key outcomes” this month for the Creative English class was for students to identify and utilize poetic conventions to communicate ideas and emotions. With that in mind, teachers reminded students that if they read something that posed a threat to self or others, the school could take action, said High School District 155 Supt. Jill Hawk.

The English teacher read the essay and reported it to a supervisor and the principal. A round-table discussion with district officials conveyed, with lively debate, and they decided to report it to the police.

“Our staff is very familiar with adolescent behavior. We’re very well versed with types of creativity put into writing. We know the standards of adolescent behavior that are acceptable and that there is a range,” Hawk said.

“There can certainly be writing that conveys concern for us even though it does not name names location or date,” he said.

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An Inconvenient Fraud

OK, show of hands .... how many of you didn’t see this coming? The whole glowbull warming crap is starting to unravel faster than you can say “Al Gore”. Who, by the way, lives in a mansion that is contributing more to glowbull warming than any ten households in America. Who is also on the board of a carbon offset company he uses to justify his “do as I say, not as I do” philosophy.

Now we’re learning that some of these carbon offset companies are pure smoke and mirrors, i.e. fraudulent. Do you need any more proof that this whole matter is being used by some people for monetary gain or self aggrandizement?

Industry Caught In Carbon Smokescreen
(FINANCIAL TIMES-UK) - April 25 2007 22:07

imageimageCompanies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on “carbon credit” projects that yield few if any environmental benefits.

A Financial Times investigation has uncovered widespread failings in the new markets for greenhouse gases, suggesting some organisations are paying for emissions reductions that do not take place.

Others are meanwhile making big profits from carbon trading for very small expenditure and in some cases for clean-ups that they would have made anyway.

The growing political salience of environmental politics has sparked a “green gold rush”, which has seen a dramatic expansion in the number of businesses offering both companies and individuals the chance to go “carbon neutral”, offsetting their own energy use by buying carbon credits that cancel out their contribution to global warming.

The burgeoning regulated market for carbon credits is expected to more than double in size to about $68.2bn by 2010, with the unregulated voluntary sector rising to $4bn in the same period.

The FT investigation found:

■ Widespread instances of people and organisations buying worthless credits that do not yield any reductions in carbon emissions.

■ Industrial companies profiting from doing very little – or from gaining carbon credits on the basis of efficiency gains from which they have already benefited substantially.

■ Brokers providing services of questionable or no value.

■ A shortage of verification, making it difficult for buyers to assess the true value of carbon credits.

■ Companies and individuals being charged over the odds for the private purchase of European Union carbon permits that have plummeted in value because they do not result in emissions cuts.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/26/2007 at 07:42 AM   
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Constitutional Showdown

I believe it is now time to throw every Democrat in Congress and the Senate in jail and let them rot. Or better yet, public hangings on the grass in front of the Capitol. This has gone just about far enough and I sincerely hope that the people out there reading this who voted for any of these treasonous, criminal ratbags are happy with the results.

Congress does not have the authority to wage war or manage the military. Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that Congress shall have a hand in commanding the military, laying out strategies, assigning commanders or positioning troops in times of war. Nowhere!

By what authority do Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and their mindless minions in Congress (a) withhold funds for the military to fight a war they voted to authorize, (b) set conditions for that funding that over-rides the President’s role as Commander-In-Chief?

Now most of us have read the Constitution and we all know the assigned roles of the components of our government. Congress legislates, the President executes and the Supreme Court adjudicates. Period.

We also understand the checks and balances in that wonderful document that keep our government from getting out of control. So why are we allowing deranged politicians in one party to illegally attempt to exercise power they do not have?

This is headed for a Constitutional showdown and Reid, Pelosi, et al. are going to be disappointed in the end. Their actions are treasonous and highly illegal. If it gets to the Supreme Court the justices will have no choice but to interpret the Constitution as written.

In the meantime, the military will suffer the consequences of this dastardly act by Congress. The Army is already robbing other services to maintain troops in the field. Troops who are fighting and dieing every day to defend this great country of ours.

Who is going to explain to them why these partisan power-grabs in Washington are causing them to run out of food, ammunition, clothing, etc.? More importantly, how do we punish the politicians who are illegally attempting to violate the main provisions of our Constitution?

Congress: “We’ll give you the money for the war only if you let us manage the war.”

President: “No way.”

Congress: “Way.”

President: “FOAD.”

Military: “Help! Will fight for food!”

Air Force Might Cut Pay for Surge
( - April 25, 2007

imageimageThe Air Force’s top officer said Wednesday that if nearly $1 billion in personnel funds taken from the service to pay for combat in Iraq and Afghanistan isn’t restored by the end of the summer, Airmen and civilian employees might not get their pay.

Due to a congressional delay in approving a wartime supplemental funding bill this year, the Pentagon pulled about $880 million from the Air Force’s personnel accounts to make up for a shortfall it warned lawmakers would come in mid-April.

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Michael “Buzz” Moseley said at a breakfast meeting with reporters today that the money is coming out of the military personnel account earmarked for the last four months of the year.

“Somebody’s going to have to pay us back,” Moseley said. “You have to pay people every day when they come to work.A: it’s the right thing to do, and B: it’s kind of the law.” The shortfall could delay permanent change of station moves, temporary duty expenses and other pays that “take care of people,” he said.

On April 15, the Army announced it would have to cut training, depot repair, and maintenance of non war-related gear because funding for the surge in Iraq, combat operations in Afghanistan and other Global War on Terrorism costs was running dry. The Army also requested that about $1.6 billion be diverted from the Air Force and Navy personnel accounts to help put the wartime funding tab in the black.

With Congress locked in a political battle with the Bush administration over withdrawal deadlines and troop rotation schedules, the $100 billion wartime spending bill to pay for operations through the end of the fiscal year has yet to be signed into law.

Though both the Senate and House have submitted the supplemental bill to the floor for a vote this week, President Bush has vowed a veto over withdrawal deadlines inserted into the law. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Peter Pace has said if the wartime funds aren’t in place by mid-May, even more drastic cuts will have to be made, including reductions in training for forces on their way to Iraq, which will force the Pentagon to extend the deployments of units already there.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/26/2007 at 06:48 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 25, 2007

Through The Looking Glass


“Darth Vader”

The U.S. F-35 fighter-bomber will be the first fighter in a long time to lack a HUD (head-up display). The HUD will still be present, but as part of the Helmet Mounted Display System (HMDS). In other words, the HUD information will be displayed on the inside of the pilots visor, while still enabling the pilot to see through the visor. This type of helmet visor has been around for over a decade, but concentrated on allowing the pilot to control weapons by just looking at targets, and pressing the “fire” button at the right time. Now, the display technology inside the helmet has reached the point where it can handle the HUD stuff as well. The weight of these HMDS systems has come down as well, making it easier to wear them for long periods of time.

-- BattleFront, “HUD Begins to Fade Away”


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/25/2007 at 05:56 PM   
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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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