BMEWS
 
Sarah Palin is allowed first dibs on Alaskan wolfpack kills.

calendar   Thursday - May 31, 2007

Living in Terror

So the rumor is that Fred will announce his candidacy on July 4th.

In the meantime, he is not at a loss for words.

Living in Terror
By Fred Thompson

Let me ask you a hypothetical question. What do you think America would do if Canadian soldiers were firing dozens of missiles every day into Buffalo, N.Y.? What do you think our response would be if Mexican troops for two years had launched daily rocket attacks on San Diego—and bragged about it?

I can tell you, our response would look nothing like Israel’s restrained and pinpoint reactions to daily missile attacks from Gaza. We would use whatever means necessary to win the war. There would likely be numerous casualties on our enemy’s side, but we would rightfully hold those who attacked us responsible.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/31/2007 at 12:18 PM   
Filed Under: • Politics •  
Comments (8) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

No Ice Cream Today

Sorry for the lack of posting today.  I ended up travelling over to Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Portsmouth to look at areas we are loosing customers to see if it is a network or coverage issue (I work for a wireless carrier).  465 miles in eight hours!

I have been trying to get in touch with the skipper on all of the phone numbers and email addresses I have for him, but have not been able to yet.  Have any of you in the St. Louis area seen or heard from him in the last week?


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/31/2007 at 12:51 AM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (11) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Tuesday - May 29, 2007

Reveille


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/29/2007 at 11:23 PM   
Filed Under: • Patriotism •  
Comments (11) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

The Anbar Awakening

Kharmah Awakens

Written by JD Johannes
Tuesday, 29 May 2007

“In fact, there is a civil war in progress in Iraq, one comparable in important respects to other civil wars that have occurred in postcolonial states with weak institutions.  Those cases suggest that the Bush administration’s political objective in Iraq--creating a stable, peaceful, somewhat democratic regime that can survive the departure of U.S. troops--is unrealistic.”
Professor James D. Fearon, writing in the March/April edition of Foreign Affairs.


There is one problem with Professor Fearon’s thesis--the facts on the ground that I am seeing right now and that he has not seen in person or not seen recently.

A major part of Fearon’s well reasoned argument is that U.S. support for the Maliki government, “encourages Sunni nationalists to turn to al Qaeda in Iraq for support against Shiite militias and the Iraqi army.”

His argument is logical and would be correct if the Sunnis of Anbar cooperated with his argument--but they are not cooperating with the good professor’s thesis.  In fact, they are doing just the opposite.  The Sunnis of Anbar are now siding with the coalition and fighting Al Qaeda.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/29/2007 at 10:33 PM   
Filed Under: • Iraq •  
Comments (0) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

The Conservative Mind

From WSJ’s Opinion Journal

The Conservative Mind
The American right is a cauldron of debate; the left isn’t.

BY PETER BERKOWITZ

The left prides itself on, and frequently boasts of, its superior appreciation of the complexity and depth of moral and political life. But political debate in America today tells a different story.

On a variety of issues that currently divide the nation, those to the left of center seem to be converging, their ranks increasingly untroubled by debate or dissent, except on daily tactics and long-term strategy. Meanwhile, those to the right of center are engaged in an intense intra-party struggle to balance competing principles and goods.

One source of the divisions evident today is the tension in modern conservatism between its commitment to individual liberty, and its lively appreciation of the need to preserve the beliefs, practices, associations and institutions that form citizens capable of preserving liberty. The conservative reflex to resist change must often be overcome, because prudent change is necessary to defend liberty. Yet the tension within often compels conservatives to wrestle with the consequences of change more fully than progressives--for whom change itself is often seen as good, and change that contributes to the equalization of social conditions as a very important good.

To be sure, some standard-order issues remain easy for both sides. Democrats instinctively want to repeal the Bush tax cuts, establish government supervised universal healthcare, and impose greater regulation on trade. Just as instinctively Republicans wish to extend the Bush tax cuts, find market mechanisms to broaden health care coverage and reduce limitations on trade.

But on non-standard issues--involving dramatic changes in national security and foreign affairs, the power of medicine and technology to intervene at the early stages of life, and the social meaning of marriage and family, the partisans show a clear difference: the left is more and more of one mind while divisions on the right deepen.

The whole article is very interesting.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/29/2007 at 05:41 PM   
Filed Under: • Politics •  
Comments (3) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Battleship Envy

I saw this little posting on Tam’s site this morning:

Obsession.

The capacity for the human mind to focus upon a goal and pursue it with single-minded determination is amazing. Given free reign, it is this tendency towards obsession that makes great things happen: Everest is climbed. The South Pole is reached. The Atlantic is flown solo. Diseases are conquered and devices are invented. And sometimes the same obsession goes a bit wonky and model battleships thirty feet long are built.

Wow


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/29/2007 at 09:49 AM   
Filed Under: • Art-PhotographyScience-Technology •  
Comments (9) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Cindy Gives Up

Via Michelle Malkin

I was the darling of the so-called left as long as I limited my protests to George Bush and the Republican Party. Of course, I was slandered and libeled by the right as a “tool” of the Democratic Party. This label was to marginalize me and my message. How could a woman have an original thought, or be working outside of our “two-party” system?

However, when I started to hold the Democratic Party to the same standards that I held the Republican Party, support for my cause started to erode and the “left” started labeling me with the same slurs that the right used…

The most devastating conclusion that I reached this morning, however, was that Casey did indeed die for nothing…

I am going to take whatever I have left and go home.

Who’s taking bets that we’ll hear something from this hag within a month?


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/29/2007 at 09:44 AM   
Filed Under: • Insanity •  
Comments (12) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Sunday - May 27, 2007

Bone Grips for a 1911

If you have a 1911 and would like some hand-made grips from buffalo bone....from a guy in Vietnam who does not have a 1911 to use as a pattern, read on.  wink

Xavier tried them

I received a package from the other side of the world today. Back on May 8, I pondered an email from Mr. Vu Kim Son of Vietnam, who wondered if I might like to try and possibly review his 1911 grips. I wrote him back, and stated my conditions. On May 10, Mr. Kim Son agreed, and said he was sending a package my way. Fourteen days later, two sets of grips were in my hands, sandwiched between two styrofoam slabs inside a rigid box from the Saigon post office.

It is understandable that some people would be skeptical of grips hand crafted and shipped halfway around the world. In a thread on The High Road, Mr. Kim Son admitted that he did not have a 1911 handgun to use as a pattern to make his grips. Such is life in countries where firearms are restricted or banned from the public. He was trying to work from blueprints, but the blueprints were confusing in translation to a man who had never held a 1911 pistol in his hand. Mr. Kim Son was not to be deterred, however.  One of the High Road’s members offered to send a pair of Alumagrips for Mr. Kim Son to use as a guide. Mr. Kim Son then had all he needed. One of the High Road’s members offered to send a pair of Alumagrips for Mr. Kim Son to use as a guide. Mr. Kim Son then had all he needed.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/27/2007 at 10:50 AM   
Filed Under: •   
Comments (2) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Partners

If Ambulance Driver is not on your daily read list, it should be.

Today, he writes about one of his partners.

“How long has he been down?” Pardner wants to know as he strips off his uniform. He sits on the bumper of the rig and hurriedly takes off his duty boots. Not bothering with buttons, he yanks his uniform shirt over his head, tee-shirt with it. He drops his duty belt, pager and radio still attached, on the grass behind the truck, almost an afterthought. It wouldn’t be the first pager he has taken into the water with him.

“¿Cuán largo ha estado él bajo el agua?” the game warden asks the kid. The little boy, wet and shivering under a rough woolen blanket, sniffles a response.

“Maybe fifteen minutes,” the game warden translates, defeat in his eyes. It’s understood that the game warden isn’t going in. He wants to, but he’s too old. If he obeyed his instincts, did what his manhood screamed for him to do, he’d have gone in.

And then we’d have two bodies to recover instead of one, and the game warden knows it. I know it, too. That’s why I’m not going in, either.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/27/2007 at 10:39 AM   
Filed Under: • MedicalPhilosophy •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Saturday - May 26, 2007

Light Posting Weekend

The Skipper is in Sick Bay and I have a number of family obligations this holiday weekend, so posting will be light for the next couple of days.

If the old man can get out of bed, he may post something later, but don’t count on it...he’s in a bad way right now and still has another 10 days or so before any relief.

There will be a post on the Recon site on Monday for Memorial day.

Honor the soldiers this weekend.

big_us_flag 


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/26/2007 at 12:56 PM   
Filed Under: • Miscellaneous •  
Comments (5) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Impeach Bush!

The Anchoress has an interesting article in reaction to Joy Behar’s “list of lies” taken from AlGore’s new book.

Oh, I think it’s definitely time. Let’s do it - let’s impeach President Bush, let’s have all of this brought forward and get it all investigated and put on the real, actual record, instead of in someone’s book of dreams and opinions or in a convenient, “bumperstickeresqe” meme. Let’s get all the tawdry lists and narratives together and finally get them “on the record and testified to.” We can start with the Gore/Behar list:

1) Bush Stole the Election!

Let’s have the editors of the NY Times and the consortium of newspapers who took the time to actually Recount Florida Gore’s Way testify - under oath - that their 10,000 word article admits that yes, Bush really did win the election, or that no, their piece was a lie. Let’s get it on the record.

She then addresses 9 more “Lies”.

Please. Impeach the president. Do it. Bring all of your accusations, narratives, memes, large conspiracy theories and small distrusts, petty dislikes and visceral hatreds. Let’s make it a very thorough impeachment, with long, hard looks and bright, hot lights, and everyone under oath and on the record! You won’t mind if - once we finally lance the purulent boil that is George W. Bush - some of the pus splashes up on you, will you? For the good of the nation?


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/26/2007 at 12:50 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat Leftists •  
Comments (7) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

calendar   Friday - May 25, 2007

Mike Huckabee on the Fair Tax

Two things I tend to focus on are guns and taxes.

I am a big supported of the Fair Tax, being called the next American Revolution by some. 

Presidential Candidate and Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is ready and willing to take any and all questions about the FairTax

If you are not familiar with the plan, jump over to fairtax.org and read up on it.  Or ask Mike a question that you have.


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/25/2007 at 08:02 PM   
Filed Under: • Politics •  
Comments (3) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

NewsBusters has the scoop

Put aside for a minute the chuckles over a leftist magazine, dedicated to the poor of the earth and the worship of Mother Earth, holding a cruise for the rich on a big, polluting cruise ship. Guess who’s coming to dinner on The Nation’s Tenth Annual Seminar Cruise? Mary Mapes, touted on the Nation Cruise website as the “Peabody Award Winning Former CBS News Producer.” It should read: “Phony Document Specialist/Celebrated Smearer of Bush’s National Guard Record.”

I wonder if she’ll be speaking about journalistic integrity?

For those who would protest this environmental violation, the Nation Cruise website also pleads its case that “The Nation has partnered with EcoLogic to reforest an area in Guatemala recently devastated by mudslides, planting enough trees to offset the carbon emissions produced by each Nation cruise passenger on this 7-day cruise.” Of course, “the cost is $11 and is strictly optional.” Imagine: the cruise could cost $8600 per person, but you can’t spare the carbon offset change?

confused


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/25/2007 at 06:03 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsEnvironment •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  

Friday Funnies

From Cox and Forkum

image


avatar

Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/25/2007 at 04:43 PM   
Filed Under: • Democrats-Liberals-Moonbat LeftistsHumor •  
Comments (1) Trackbacks(0)  Permalink •  
Page 1 of 10 pages  1 2 3 >  Last »

Five Most Recent Trackbacks:

meaningless marching orders for a thousand travellers ... strife ahead ..
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Casual Blog
[...] RTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPL [...]
On: 07/17/17 08:28

a small explanation
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at yerba mate gourd
Find here top quality how to prepare yerba mate without a gourd that's available in addition at the best price. Get it now!
On: 07/09/17 07:07

The Real Stuff
(2 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Candy Blog
[...] LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL PARTIES IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE J [...]
On: 06/11/17 10:40

when rape isn't rape but only sexual assault
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Trouser Blog
[...] took another century of Inquisition and repression to completely eradicate the [...]
On: 06/07/17 03:37

french bodyguards forget their guns ... oh dear, oh dear
(1 total trackbacks)
Tracked at Corps Blog
[...] AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND AL [...]
On: 06/06/17 10:57



DISCLAIMER
Allanspacer

THE SERVICES AND MATERIALS ON THIS WEBSITE ARE PROVIDED "AS IS" AND THE HOSTS OF THIS SITE EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, WITH RESPECT TO THE SERVICE OR ANY MATERIALS.

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.

THE INFORMATION AND OTHER CONTENTS OF THIS WEBSITE ARE DESIGNED TO COMPLY WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THIS WEBSITE SHALL BE GOVERNED BY AND CONSTRUED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE LAWS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND ALL PARTIES IRREVOCABLY SUBMIT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THE AMERICAN COURTS. IF ANYTHING ON THIS WEBSITE IS CONSTRUED AS BEING CONTRARY TO THE LAWS APPLICABLE IN ANY OTHER COUNTRY, THEN THIS WEBSITE IS NOT INTENDED TO BE ACCESSED BY PERSONS FROM THAT COUNTRY AND ANY PERSONS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO SUCH LAWS SHALL NOT BE ENTITLED TO USE OUR SERVICES UNLESS THEY CAN SATISFY US THAT SUCH USE WOULD BE LAWFUL.


Copyright © 2004-2015 Domain Owner



GNU Terry Pratchett


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.
free counters