Sarah Palin is the only woman who can make Tony Romo WIN a playoff.

calendar   Friday - May 25, 2007

Flood The Hotline!

Michelle Malkin points to the work Bryan Preston of HotAir is doing.

If you are having trouble getting through the Capitol switchboard to express your opinion about the Bush-Kennedy shamnesty, there’s a special hotline number you might like to try.


Freepers picked up on it this morning. Bryan Preston dialed it earlier today and captured audio of the hotline. He reports:

The hotline is paid for by something called the Coalition for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and it’s being blasted to pro-open borders groups all over the country. The hotline gives its callers access to their senators that average Joes don’t have.

You know what to do.  Report back in the comments.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/25/2007 at 08:44 AM   
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The war on military history

Rich Lowry has an interesting column on Townhall about the erasure of history from our places of higher learning.

The war on military history

America as we know it might not exist without the battles of Saratoga and Yorktown, without Gettysburg and Antietam. The world the United States shaped so decisively in the 20th century might have looked different if it weren’t for Normandy and Midway.

Battles are so important to history that their names alone—Vienna, Waterloo, Stalingrad—can evoke the beginning or end of epochs and empires. Violent conflict is one of the most persistent characteristics of human history, and warfare features the interplay of strategy, weaponry, chance, logistics, emotion and leadership. It is the occasion for folly and brutality, and—as we remember on Memorial Day—heroism and sacrifice.

It is for all these reasons that books and TV programming on warfare are so popular; their subject is both fascinating and important, history at its most consequential and dramatic. Nonetheless, military history has been all but banished from college campuses. In an article on this strange deficit in National Review, John J. Miller chalks it up to “an ossified tenure system, scholarly navel-gazing and ideological hostility to all things military.”

History departments are dominated by a post-Vietnam generation of professors for whom bottom-up “social history” is paramount, and the only areas of interest are race, sex and class. History focusing on great events and the “great men” central to them is retrograde—let alone military history that ipso facto smacks of militarism. Hence, the rout of military history from the academy that Miller catalogs.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/25/2007 at 08:41 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 24, 2007

The Gallery of Gore

Zombie made it to the AlGore Lovefest in Marin County yesterday....and has photos!

“The Dream Team” - Heh - Yes, please run this ticket, I can’t wait.

I hope he was giving away carbon offsets with a book signing.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2007 at 10:40 PM   
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Free Market Regulation

I like to listen to NPR on the drive to the office in the morning.  It provides an unlimited source of conversation material for the day.  This morning, they had a story out of the E.U. talking about roaming charges between member countries.  Apparently, cell phone users are upset that when they leave their country and go to another, the roaming charges at high (as much as $8 for a four minute call!  Oh, the humanity)

So there is new legislation going through the system to regulate these charges and cap them across all member countries.

One of the people writing this legislation was interviewed and he had this quote:
“Free markets are great, but free markets need to be regulated.”

I laughed out loud and almost swerved off the road.  That statement epitomizes the left’s take on economics.  That is: “free markets” are just fine, as long as we can regulate how they operate.

Clueless.  Absolutely clueless.

Amazingly, they had a clip from one of the telecom guys who said (paraphrased) “that’s fine, but you realize that in order to keep up the level of service and features that the users demand, the money will have to come from somewhere, right?” Saying, in effect, that they will just raise other rates and the consumer will end up paying the same, or more, in the long run.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2007 at 08:18 AM   
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For The Ladies

No, not Beefcake (sorry), but a place to learn about firearms and personal protection from a women’s perspective.  And guys, its not a bad place to check out either.


The Cornered Cat


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calendar   Wednesday - May 23, 2007

Most Ethical Congress Ever!

According to the Majority Accountability Project, the donks have failed their first ethics test.

Despite last week’s media blitz promoting tougher ethics enforcement, a group of freshmen Congressmen failed their first practical test Tuesday night, when they refused to reprimand one of their colleagues for an apparent ethics violation.

In fact, those freshmen wouldn’t even allow a debate to occur on the House floor, killing a privileged resolution before it could be considered by the full House.

On May 16, Democrat lawmakers held a news conference in Washington, DC, where more than two dozen freshmen announced a push for stronger ethics enforcement. The members followed up that event with local media, garnering widespread attention for vowing to reform Congress.

“Members of Congress must know that if they break the rules,” Ohio’s Zack Space told C-SPAN, “they will be caught and punished.”

But when Space was given the chance to punish one of his own, Pennsylvania Democrat Jack Murtha, he refused. Murtha contributed $2,000 to Space’s campaign last fall.

What?  You expected something better? 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/23/2007 at 09:46 AM   
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Hump-Day Entertainment

Here’s a fun little game I found pretty addicting.

Desktop Tower Defense

Just keep buying more guns and upgrading the ones you have, killing the little buggers until some of them get through your defenses.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/23/2007 at 09:44 AM   
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News You Can Use

Browsing over at Hammer this morning and found some good advice.

Hammer’s Guide to Bathroom Ettiquete

Whether you are in a public restroom, the bathroom at a friend’s house or in the one you share with family, there are some things that you should and should not do.

Angering the deity of the porcelain temple is a bad idea, bad karma, bad juju. don’t do it.

For those of you who don’t know the basic rules or need a refresher, here they are:

I don’t want to spoil your fun by pasting the sage advice here. smile


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/23/2007 at 09:38 AM   
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We’re Gonna Need A Bigger Shovel

Mike Lester - Rome News-Tribune (Rome, GA)

For three days now I have been compiling a list of the stupid, inept, confused years from 1977 to 1981. Future historians will probably name this brief period with an appropriate name like “The Peanut Era” or perhaps something much worse. We are still feeling the repercussions from the mismanagement by the idiot who occupied the White House during this period. We will probably still be struggling with the after effects of Jimmy Carter’s FUBAR’ed administration a hundred years from now. Maybe longer.

Anyway, I gave up on the list this morning when I came across this editorial from Fulton Lewis. He has managed to compress most of Carter’s mistakes, errors in judgment and complete lack of understanding of the job he was elected to into a small editorial. There is much more to the “legacy” Carter left us but this will suffice for now. If Carter would just shut up and build his little habitat houses we all would breathe a sigh of relief. The man is a walking, talking portrait of guilt and denial.  He is the absolute LAST person on the planet who should be criticizing the current President (or any other President, for that matter).

I will step aside and let you read the list of failures and outright ignorance by Carter during his tenure in the White House. It is painful reading if you lived through those times and can still vividly recall the many, many moments we all had during which we stood around scratching our heads and wondering what the jerk in the White House was going to do next.

In spite of all that Carter continues to publicly harass a sitting President in a futile effort to insure future historians will tag someone else with the “Worst President of the US Ever”. It ain’t working and no one seems to be able to convince him to just STFU and stay out of the way. A good place to start would be to remind Carter of the 1980 election, which was a “landslide” as the talking heads call it. Reagan carried 44 states and the electoral vote was a joke ... 489 for Reagan and 49 for Carter. It seems to me the American people decided in that election who was the “worst President ever”.

Jimmy Carter’s Inferior Years
-- by Fulton Lewis (HUMAN EVENTS ONLINE)

Last weekend, former President Jimmy Carter criticized George W. Bush’s presidency as “the worst in history” in international relations, and told a BBC radio audience that British Prime Minister’s loyalty to Bush was “abominable.” Blair, he said, had been “loyal, blind, apparently subservient.”

It was the fourth time in the last six years that Carter has cast Bush as our “worst” president ever. He has inadvertently done us a favor by reminding us that there was a very ugly era when things were far worse than they are today—the period of 1976 to 1980, known as “The Carter Years.”

At a time when the Washington establishment was the target of widespread public disgust—with the Vietnam war, Watergate and the Nixon resignation—Carter’s campaign emphasized that he was an “outsider” and that strategy helped him edge out Gerald Ford in the 1976 race. Carter had huge Democrat majorities in the House and Senate. In 1976, Democrats held 292 House seats, compared to 143 for the GOP. Their lead in the Senate was 61 to 38 with one Independent. In 1978, the margin was reduced slightly: 277 to 158 in the House and 57/42/1 in the Senate. Getting congressional approval of his proposals should have been almost automatic. But Carter’s complete inexperience with the operations of the federal government were painfully obvious from his first day in the White House. His first priority was a package of tax, welfare and civil service “reforms”. He was unable to get it through Congress. He failed again when he attempted to get bills passed creating a consumer protection agency or an attempt to control rising hospital costs.

In the wake of OPEC doubling and then redoubling petroleum prices, Carter’s energy legislation also failed primarily because it would have brought the nation’s oil and gas industries under a complex web of federal restrictions and regulations. He did succeed in setting up the Departments of Energy and Education but neither emerged as anything more than new add-ons to an already top-heavy federal bureaucracy.

If the “proof of the pudding is in the eating,” the statistics on the Carter Administration were nauseating. Automobile prices increased 72%. New house prices went up 67%. In 1979 alone, gasoline prices increased 60%. The inflation rate went from 6.8% in 1977, to 7.6% in 1978, to 11.5% in 1979, to 12.4% in 1980. National productivity declined sharply. The unemployment rate was roughly double what it is today under President Bush. Interest rates soared. By the time Carter left office, the prime rate was 21.5%—a new record.

On July 15, 1979, the television networks aired Carter’s infamous “Malaise Speech” --written by Chris Matthews, currently the host of “Hardball”—which declared that the nation had reached a “crisis of confidence.” It was widely criticized as being a “huge depressant” at a time when America needed encouragement and a pep talk. Three days later, Carter called for the resignations of all of his Cabinet members. To further underscore the crisis atmosphere, he symbolically lowered the thermostats in the White House and other federal facilities to 65 degrees in the winter, and raised them in the summer to 78 degrees. Promotional pictures showing the President in a heavy sweater were supposed to inspire everyone to “follow the leader”. The national Christmas Tree was not lighted in 1979 and 1980. But few were impressed and even fewer were motivated.

In his first month in office, Carter cut the defense budget by $6 billion. He then proceeded to order a severe reduction in our forces stationed in South Korea to just 14,000 air force personnel. When Major General John Singlaug, chief of staff of our operations in South Korea, criticized the plan, Carter fired him. (Carter himself abandoned the plan after removing only 3,600 troops.) It is Carter’s signature on the Panama Canal Treaty of 1977 which surrendered U.S. control of that waterway to the Panamanian government.

When the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1979, Carter flexed the U.S. muscle, declaring: “Let our position be absolutely clear. An attempt by any outside force to gain control of the Persian Gulf region will be regarded as an assault on the vital interests of the United States of America, and such an assault will be repelled by any means necessary, including military force.” To show the Russians that he meant business, Carter prohibited our athletes from participating in the 1980 Olympics in Moscow which, of course, enabled the Soviets to capture even more gold medals.

And now he calls the Bush policy “the worst in history.” Carter stated: “We now have endorsed the concept of pre-emptive war where we go to war with another nation militarily, even though our own security is not directly threatened, if we want to change the regime there or if we fear that some time in the future our security might be endangered.” What he attacks now seems to be almost identical to the “Carter Doctrine” of 1979. Maybe, he’s forgotten.

Carter’s worst failure—the one which ultimately was his downfall—was his pathetic mishandling of the Iranian government’s seizure of our embassy in Teheran in November, 1979. His attempted military rescue of the 52 Americans held hostage there was an embarrassing disaster. The hostages were eventually freed within minutes of Ronald Reagan being sworn in as Carter’s successor.

I suspect that Carter’s current campaign of attacking Bush is because he himself has been so widely cast as “the worst President in history” that he is desperately trying to drag someone else down to that position. Carter’s horrendous record is going to make that very difficult, if not impossible.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/23/2007 at 07:43 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 22, 2007

The Surrender Monkeys … Surrender

File that picture of Harry “Las Vegas Land Deal” Reid below for the record books. It tells it all. The Donks have finally decided to run up the white flag and surrender to common sense. That alone is worth a historical marker for the record books. They have finally looked at the votes and decided they they don’t have the votes and they are probably full of shiite in the bargain.

Will that stop them or even slow them down in their mad march to insanity? Of course not! At least we can now get on with the business of making sure our troops are funded in the field. It matters not whether you think the war is right or wrong, stranding our troops without funding is horse-shit. Allocate the money and then we can argue about the progress.

Of course the radical Left-Wing-Nuts who have captured the Democratic Party will have a hissy fit. The countdown begins in 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 ....

Democrats Drop Troop Pullout Dates From Iraq Bill
WASHINGTON (NY TIMES) - May 22, 2007

imageimageCongressional Democrats relented today on their insistence that a war spending measure sought by President Bush also set a date for withdrawing troops from Iraq.

The decision to back down, described by senior lawmakers and aides, was a wrenching reversal for some Democrats, who saw their election triumph as a call to force an end to the war. A Democratic effort to include timelines prompted Mr. Bush’s veto of the original bill last month, producing a political impasse.

“We don’t have a veto-proof Congress,” said Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader.

Representative Steny H. Hoyer of Maryland, the House Democratic majority leader, said the new bill was still being assembled, but he acknowledged the political reality facing Democrats. “The president has made it very clear that he is not going to sign timelines,” said Mr. Hoyer. “We can’t pass timelines over his veto.”

The concession to the president was proving so difficult for the Democratic leadership that by this afternoon, the lawmakers had not yet publicly acknowledged that the timelines would disappear. House Democrats were preparing to advance two separate measures, to enable antiwar lawmakers to support popular domestic spending but not the money for the war. House Democrats were to review the proposal later this evening, but lawmakers were already predicting that many would not support the war spending.

Under the new plan approved by Democratic leaders, Congress would send Mr. Bush the money for the war and include a series of benchmarks that attracted 52 votes in the Senate last week. The Iraqi government could lose some foreign aid if it fails to show sufficient progress but the president would be given the authority to suspend any penalties.

- More ...


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/22/2007 at 09:07 PM   
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Point Of No Return

I apologize for the paucity of posts today, gang. I’ve been at the doctor’s office all morning going over x-rays and scheduling surgery for this messed up lower back of mine. For the record, it’s bad. Real bad. L4 and L5 are compressed and twisted out of alignment. It will require a two hour surgery to “fuse” three vertebrae together with bone from my pelvis. I will be in the hospital three days afterward and then recuperating for 2-3 weeks afterward. This will happen some time in the next week or two. I’ll let you know before I leave to let the sawbones work on me. The really bad news is that, in the meantime, I have graduated from oxycontin to methadone to keep the pain down to a dull roar. This has temporarily brought my mental acuity down to the level of Michael Moore and Jimmy Carter - only one step above neural nihilism.

Anyway .... as I sat here reading Bill Whittle’s recent epic (thanks for the link, Mr. Christian) and contemplating the news from around the world which floods in here every day, I am really beginning to wonder if there is some kind of “Stoopid” epidemic afflicting mankind. I see the Senate backpedaling on the bullshit immigration bill, the candidates for an election that is eighteen months away are stabbing each other in the back, bombs are going off in Turkey, Palestinian gunmen are starting another civil war in Lebanon, Britain and Russia are going toe-to-toe over the Litvinenko radiation poisoning incident, and with hurricane season about to begin the Chicken Littles are screaming doom and gloom for the second year in a row.

Meanwhile, while you slept a few thousand more Mexicans crossed the border last night, Wal-Mart built six more stores somewhere, the trade deficit with China increased by a few billion dollars, the North Koreans and Iranians came up with seventeen more plans to prove they are barking mad and several thousand more non-Muslims were murdered in Darfur by followers of the Prophet For Profit.

Then again, you already know all this and just need a place to get together and figure out what we’re all going to do when the roof caves in - and make no mistake, the rafters are crumbling. Depressing? Sure, but what are we going to do?

We can start to fix our government eighteen months from now in the 2008 elections. The interim is going to be dicey as somebody out there decided in the last election to install a whole bunch of really crazy people in the Congress and Senate. That was not my fault, by the way - and neither was it George Bush’s fault.

As for the rest of the sitrep, we can wall ourselves off from the rest of the world and experiment with isolationism again or we can continue to muddle our way through the minefield of international relations - and that is where the problem comes in. We’re just no damn good at realpolitik. Not this administration, the whole country has never been real good at the devious games diplomats play. We haven’t been at this game long enough to understand all the rules.

All I can really tell you is (a) keep a firm grasp of right and wrong, (b) stay involved in government and watch the bastards in Washignton every minute, (c) use every legal means to make sure you can defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and (d) keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere.

Speaking of which, can someone help me come up with a logo and a motto for The Sheepdog Militia™. You know what I’m talking about ....

(I will try to post a little more in the coming days but it will probably be only one or two a day for a while. Hang in there. BTW, Midway USA is having a sale on .45 ACP shells - box of 50 for $30. Tell ‘em Skipper sent ya.)


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/22/2007 at 03:17 PM   
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The Big Idea

The Skipper is feeling no-so-good today, and I’m buried in paperwork up to my nostrils.  So, for your reading pleasure I give you the incomperable Bill Whittle

Go thence and read.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/22/2007 at 02:06 PM   
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calendar   Monday - May 21, 2007

The Constitution, New Revised Edition

I have just (a) redefined our government, (b) paid off the budget deficit, (c) cut $2 trillion from the current budget, (d) put 8 million government employees out of a job, (e) created 8 million new jobs in the US military, and (f) guaranteed a regular turnover in the workforce to keep things flushed and people on their toes.

Constitution Of The United States

ARTICLE I: Protect the citizenry.

ARTICLE II: Uphold the law.

ARTICLE III: Regulate commerce.

AMENDMENT I: No person shall serve in government for more than ten years. Ever.

AMENDMENT II: Any further amendments must be approved by two-thirds majority vote in a general election. No exceptions.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/21/2007 at 09:47 PM   
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Quote Of The Day

BREAKING NEWS: Last weekend, America’s Stupidest President stopped dribbling oatmeal down his chin long enough to bash the current President ... again. Would someone please have a nurse adjust Mr. Carter’s medication? Thanks. We now return you to your regularly scheduled program, already in progress.

“I think as far as the adverse impact on the nation around the world, this administration has been the worst in history. The overt reversal of America’s basic values as expressed by previous administrations, including those of George H.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon and others, has been the most disturbing to me.”

-- Former President Jimmy Carter, Fox News, May 19, 2007


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/21/2007 at 02:03 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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