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calendar   Monday - August 27, 2007

Flour Power

Good grief.  Has common sense and rational police work been thrown out the window?

Beer runners’ flour trail a recipe for trouble

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday.

New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony.

A felony?  A FELONY?????  For putting flour on the ground?

The siblings set off the scare while organizing a run for a local chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a worldwide group that bills itself as a “drinking club with a running problem.”

“Hares” are given the task of marking a trail to direct runners, throwing in some dead ends and forks as challenges. On Thursday, the Salchows decided to route runners through the massive IKEA parking lot.

Police fielded a call just before 5 p.m. that someone was sprinkling powder on the ground. The store was evacuated and remained closed the rest of the night. The incident prompted a massive response from police in New Haven and surrounding towns.

A massive response....for some flour.

Daniel Salchow biked back to IKEA when he heard there was a problem and told officers the powder was just harmless flour, which he said he and his sister have sprinkled everywhere from New York to California without incident.

“Not in my wildest dreams did I ever anticipate anything like that,” he said.

Mayoral spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said the city plans to seek restitution from the Salchows, who are due in court Sept. 14.

“You see powder connected by arrows and chalk, you never know,” she said. “It could be a terrorist, it could be something more serious. We’re thankful it wasn’t, but there were a lot of resources that went into figuring that out.”

Because you’re an IDIOT.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 08:19 PM   
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Cognitive Dissonance

Kevin over at The Smallest Minority has a great analysis today about the gun culture in the once Great Britain.

Cognitive Dissonance.

It raises its head once again. To quote Steven Den Beste:

When someone tries to use a strategy which is dictated by their ideology, and that strategy doesn’t seem to work, then they are caught in something of a cognitive bind. If they acknowledge the failure of the strategy, then they would be forced to question their ideology. If questioning the ideology is unthinkable, then the only possible conclusion is that the strategy failed because it wasn’t executed sufficiently well. They respond by turning up the power, rather than by considering alternatives. (This is sometimes referred to as “escalation of failure”.)


Or, as I put it:

The philosophy cannot be wrong! Do it again only harder!

We have some new stories coming out of the petri dishes of the UK Commonwealth.

As usual, he does a great job of deconstructing the various news stories and putting them together for a cohesive analysis of the situation.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 07:35 PM   
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They Wait For Us To Run Again

Mark Steyn smacks another one out of the park.

George W. Bush gave a speech about Iraq last week, and in the middle of it he did something long overdue: He attempted to appropriate the left’s most treasured all-purpose historical analogy. Indeed, Vietnam is so ubiquitous in the fulminations of politicians, academics and pundits that we could really use anti-trust legislation to protect us from shopworn historical precedents. But, in the absence thereof, the president has determined that we might at least learn the real “lessons of Vietnam.”

He then goes on to evicerate the left’s appropriation of Vietnam as a talking point, showing what the true result will be in the Middle East, and around the world, if we pull out of Iraq.

Don’t miss this one.  It may not be new news to you, but will bolster your confrontations with the hippies in your life.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 05:33 PM   
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Monday Sing-Along

Everybody now.......


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 04:30 PM   
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Technical Assistance Query

Member RickVid has an issue with his PC that we cannot figure out.  He says:

Now, I am no neophyte - I started in the days of Trash 80’s with 8” floppies, so I go back a while. But, sometimes things crop up that defy me. Maybe you or one of our fellow BMEWSers might give me insight?

Okay, here is the poop.

Something is causing my system to not run javascript, to not remeber webpage settings like my name and e-mail here on the comments page, not keep settings like my preferences at Google.

I just put on Windows XP, Computer Assiciates Security Suite and keep up with all Microsoft security updates.

I have tried resetting the cookies, security levels, turning off the firewall, all sorts of stuff.

Can anyone help? I tell you, the frustration is building and I may just go off the deep end! Or to my fave rave local pub. But something drastic is gonna happen!

We’ve tried re-installing the browser, java and mucking with the security settings...all with no affect.  His inclination is that it is the CA Security Suite.  Anyone have any experience with this?  Let’s help out a brother before he does something drastic in_jail 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 02:39 PM   
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Opus Jihad

In an attempt to avoid a US version of the Danish Cartoon Jihad, newspapers refused to run this Opus cartoon.  Berkeley Breathed, the artist and creator of Bloom County writes:

Note to Opus readers: The Opus strips for August 26 and September 2 have been withheld from publication by a large number of client newspapers across the country, including Opus’ host paper The Washington Post.

Hot Air has the full background on the story.

According to the LA Observer, the LA Times did not shirk from the cartoon.  Bully for them.

Check yesterday’s paper and you’ll see our very own LAT was not among the faint of heart. Part deux of the strip is sked for Sept. 2. Oh to be a fly on the wall of that editorial meeting.

Another Danish Fiasco in our future?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 02:20 PM   
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Early Morning Update

Made it back from San Diego late on Saturday night, so I’m still on California time.

Here are a few news bits I’ve picked up on this morning.

- I heard the Silk Pony on NPR this morning talking about how he is “the fighter” who is going to “fight the drug companies, the oil companies and all the other big businesses who are running washington”.  Then there was a voiceover talking about how he announced he is going to be re-structuring his investment portfolio now that it has come to light that he has an interest in a company that has sub-prime loans. 

- Accoring to the NYT, Alberto Gonzales has resigned.  Speculation is that Chertoff is the replacement.  Developing......

- The Puffington Host’s Martin Lewis is calling for a coup. Then he says: ”Just Kidding”.

- Kim posted some pinups.

More to come........


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 12:58 PM   
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Another attack on Wal-Mart and our intelligence

Apparently Wal-Mart in Wisconsin allegedly owes back taxes:

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has avoided millions of dollars in state taxes by paying rent on 87 Wisconsin properties in a way that the state Department of Revenue calls an “abuse and distortion of income.” As a result, state tax auditors say, Wal-Mart owes more than $17.7 million in back corporate income taxes, interest and penalties for 1998, 1999 and 2000. More could be due for later years.

Got that? It’s an ‘abuse and distortion’… but not illegal. I’m upset mostly about how dumb the Wisconsin state tax auditors think you and I are. Illustrated by this next statement:

As a result, Wal-Mart shifts the burden of paying for those services “to individuals and small businesses who are unable to set up such elaborate mechanisms,” Zimmer told the Tax Appeals Commission, which is considering the matter.

Yeah. Right. As opposed to the simple mechanism of raising prices to pay for the taxes Zimmer wants, thereby shifting the burden of paying “to individuals and small businesses who are unable to set up such elaborate mechanisms,” .

Remember folks, corporations don’t pay taxes, individuals do.

Self-promoting plug. My blog is back up. Something’s Rotten. Need to add some more anti-spam-comment stuff.

UPDATE: OOPS

Forgot to link to the news article. Here it is: Wal-Mart sucks two_thumbs_up 


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 08/27/2007 at 12:44 AM   
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calendar   Friday - August 24, 2007

Quote of the Day

Passed to me by Z, my traveling companion and colleague.

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“I understand that Scissors can beat Paper, and I get how Rock can beat Scissors, but there’s no f***ing way Paper can beat Rock.
Paper is supposed to magically wrap around Rock leaving it immobile? Why the hell cant paper do this to scissors?
Screw scissors, why can’t paper do this to people?
Why aren’t sheets of college-ruled notebook paper constantly suffocating students as they attempt to take notes in class? I’ll tell you why, because paper can’t beat anybody.
A rock would tear that s**t up in 2 seconds.
When I play rock/ paper/ scissors I always choose rock.
Then when somebody claims to have beaten me with their paper I can punch them in the face with my already clenched fist and say:
“oh s**t. I’m sorry I thought paper would protect you, a**hole.”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/24/2007 at 03:46 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - August 23, 2007

Keep on rollin…

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, folks. Kids started back to school yesterday.

Found this story on FoxNews today and it made me laugh, it also made me think about what happens in Presidential elections.

Edwards takes a slap at...?

Presidential hopeful John Edwards said Thursday the Washington establishment is corrupt and suggested — without mentioning her by name — that rival Hillary Rodham Clinton has been part of that corroded system.

Edwards’ new stump speech, centered on a a need for change and aimed at his top two rivals, comes just before Labor Day, the traditional start of the primary nominating season in this state where he has seen his polling lead slip in recent months.

“Real change starts with being honest, and I want to say something again: The system in Washington is rigged, and I’ll say it again, it’s rigged and it’s rigged by greedy powers,” Edwards said Thursday.

“It’s rigged by the system to favor the establishment,” he said at Dartmouth College.

What Edwards called “the rhetoric of change” is popular among all the Democratic candidates. Sen. Barack Obama uses the notion throughout his campaign. One of Clinton’s slogans is, “Ready for change, ready to lead.”

Edwards challenged his Democratic rivals’ ownership of the word at the start a four-day swing through New Hampshire.

“The American people deserve to know that their presidency is not for sale. The Lincoln Bedroom is not for rent,” Edwards said to applause, referencing a Clinton-era controversy in which high-dollar donors were allowed to stay in the White House’s famed bedroom.

He said the past isn’t going to solve today’s problems or “a corrupt a corroded system.”

“Those wed to the policies of the ‘70s, ‘80s or the ‘90s are wedded to the past, ideas and policies that are tired, shopworn and obsolete. We will find no answers there,” he said.

Ok I know I’m young (I’m 31) so I don’t have a whole lot of experience with Presidents and Presidential Elections, but I can’t help but think:

* Don’t tell me ‘Person X is wrong, he’s a d**k’ I DON’T CARE. Tell me what YOU would do if YOU were President.

* Don’t get all fancy on me. Who the frick talks like THIS? “Those wed to the policies of the ‘70s, ‘80s or the ‘90s are wedded to the past, ideas and policies that are tired, shopworn and obsolete. We will find no answers there” Give me a break. Talk TO me. Not AT me. BIG difference.

* Rats who are going round and round about how eeeeeeeeeeeeeeevil Bush is. Hey DUMBA**, BUSH ISN’T RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT.

* Anyone else besides me think it’s funny as all hell that the Rat candidates are tearing on each other like this? Oh and BTW, Edwards. Saying s**t like that then going, ‘Oh we didn’t mean to target Hillary’...*flashes the Loser sign*


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Posted by Severa   United States  on 08/23/2007 at 09:50 PM   
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AFP Instructional Video

Remember the AFP’s lovely picture of an Iraqi Woman holding Unspent Bullet’s?(Yeah This one) Well The Dissident Frogman has went through the Liberty of making them an instructional video on the difference between fired Bullets and Unused Cartridges…

AFP doesn’t know the basics. Plus the dissident frogman looking silly on the intarweb.

(Press button to play)

I definitely lost my ability to be bothered, shocked or amazed by the depth at which some of the greatest Western news agencies and media outlets are prepared to sink in their support to the enemies of their own civilization, last year almost to the day, when Reuters and its stringers cast smoke on Lebanon, and produced some of Hezbollywood’s greatest blockbusters.

View his Video and the rest of the Blog Entry Here

It’s a must See..If you aren’t falling out of your chair after watching the video.. well I don’t know what’s wrong with you… be prepared..


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Posted by Infinity   United States  on 08/23/2007 at 12:16 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - August 22, 2007

Any Port in a Storm

Our poor Brit readers are not allowed to defend themselves with a proper weapon in the event of a home invasion.  In fact, they are likely as not to be charged with a crime if they do so.

Via Robert Schneier, we find this little gem:

It is reported that 50% of people in London are worried about security and sleep with some form of self-defence to hand, for use against intruders.

The ‘Safe Bedside Table’ has a removable leg that acts as a club and a top that doubles as a shield for self-defence. This is for people who are willing to take on an intruder, providing an extra sense of security whilst in bed.

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Not the best, especially if the yobs have a gun themselves, but might help you get a little of the upper hand if they get close enough.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/22/2007 at 01:21 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - August 21, 2007

Blame the cultures, not the tools

Gun control does not control violence. Culture controls violence.

Found this over at Kim’s today. As so often happens in the blogosphere, he writes about an article that writes about a published study. The study is here and the article is here.

Kim sees that the study shows that murderers will murder even if they don’t have access to guns. The author of the article comes away with the view that an armed populace is a safer one:

By now, any informed American is familiar with Dr. John R. Lott, Jr.’s famous axiom of “More Guns, Less Crime.” In other words, American jurisdictions that allow law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms are far safer and more crime-free than jurisdictions that enact stringent “gun control” laws.

Very simply, the ability of law-abiding citizens to possess firearms has helped reduce violent crime in America.



I think that the study, done by the very august Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, shows more than either of these viewpoints. I read the thing, all 46 wide margined, well cited pages. It is a study of murder and suicide rates from many countries around the world, correlated to gun ownership (and sometimes handgun ownership) in those countries. What I got out of it is that you can have what computer geeks call a tautology:

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Put simply, you get a high or a low murder and/or suicide rate in your country because of what your country is. Not because the people have guns. Or don’t have guns. It is simply not a factor. At all.


The US is a big country, large enough so that we have quite a few subcultures within the uber-culture. Twenty months ago, Kevin over at Smallest Minority ran several posts that reacted to some anti-gun newspaper articles and analyzed some government statistics and found a very similar thing. He found that certain subcultures here are responsible for the greater amount of violence in our society. Amazingly, those are the same subcultures that have a permanent victimhood aura.


People without hope, people who feel held back and kept down, people who don’t value their own lives seem to have the highest likelihood of taking other people’s lives or their own. That’s the real moral of this never-ending story. And the solution isn’t for the governments to start force-feeding us Happy Pills.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/21/2007 at 03:56 PM   
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Love the Sinner, Hate the Sin

You read the screams and cries of many news writers last week when it came to light that a church in Texas refused to bury a Navy veteran who was gay.  There were articles in the Dallas Morning News that said:

While High Point Church hides behind the veil of “church policy,” I hope God was wrapping his loving arms around Cecil Sinclair and welcoming him to his heavenly home.

“Love one another as I have loved you.” Does that sound familiar?

High Point’s “policy” is bigotry, at best, and it didn’t have the fortitude to stand up and say it did not want a homosexual funeral service at its church. This church didn’t hurt Cecil; it did hurt his family and friends.

The Fayettville Observer said:

Staff members at High Point were putting together a video celebrating Sinclair’s life when they discovered to their complete and utter dismay that the 46-year-old military veteran was gay.

Oh, Lordy! A gay man in the Navy, what with all those scantily clad men running around in such tight places all the time? What, pray tell, was the pastoral staff thinking when they offered up their church for what the Rev. Simons described as an “openly homosexual memorial service,” whatever the heck that is?

I’ve never been to an openly homosexual service of any sort. Do gay people get nekkid and dance the way King David did? Or do they strip down to their tattoos and let the snakes run wild?

An unfortunate situation, the Rev. Simons declared, while noting that the Sinclair family even had the gall to invite a gay choral group to sing. Simons posted his remarks to the church’s Web site after the press made a stink of the church’s decision to withdraw its kind offer (the day before the memorial service was set to take place).

But what is the real story here?  What really happened?  Did the church actually stop the funeral because they found out he was gay?

Paul Edwards wrote a column at Townhall.com that helps give a little clarity to the situation.

The mainstream media wants you to believe that a conservative evangelical church deep in the Bible belt has refused to bury a Gulf War veteran because he was gay. Some in the Christian media want you to believe that the church hasn’t shown the love of Jesus to a dead man’s family. Neither charge is anywhere near the truth.

Here are the facts. High Point Church, a non-denominational church in Arlington, Texas, had been praying for Cecil Sinclair after Cecil’s brother Lee (the only member of the Sinclair family who was a member of the church) requested prayer for his brother who had been awaiting a heart transplant.

When Cecil Sinclair’s health became critical last week, the family called a staff member from the church to be with them at the hospital. In the hospital, in the moments immediately following Mr. Sinclair’s death, the family asked the staff member if the church would be open to holding a memorial service for their loved one. The staff member assured them the church would be available to help the family in any way appropriate, a response any pastor would give in that situation.

Cecil was not a member of High Point Church, yet this church selflessly and sacrificially ministered to his family in the wake of his death, preparing and delivering food for the family and one hundred relatives and friends, along with many other expressions of kindness. The church offered to produce a video retrospective of Mr. Sinclair’s life for use during the memorial service. When the family provided the pictures to the church it was then that the church learned of their intention to make the memorial service a celebration of Cecil Sinclair’s gay lifestyle. According to a statement on the High Point Church Web site, one of the photos provided by the family showed a man touching another man inappropriately, along with other unsuitable photos.

The family also requested that “an associate of an openly homosexual choir” officiate at the service and that the homosexual choir sing during the service. “It became clear to the church staff that the family was requesting an openly homosexual service at High Point Church—which is not our policy to allow,” the statement on the church’s Web site said. After initially agreeing to host the memorial service, the church informed the family it could no longer do so based on the direction the family wanted to take it. The church then secured—and paid for—another location for the memorial service, which the family declined. The church also produced the memorial video without the inappropriate photos.

Contrary to the mainstream media reports, High Point Church did not refuse to host the funeral of a gay man. The church refused on biblical principle to allow a celebration of the homosexual lifestyle in its sanctuary, a decision most theologically sound churches would make under similar circumstances.

So there you have it.  Imagine, a church that actually follows Biblical principle instead of political correctness in its decision-making.  They are bound to a higher authority than the media, the feces-flinging moonbats or even their church affiliations and associations.  They have to remain true to the scripture they claim as their authority, or everything they preach is for naught.  If they followed the current wind instead of Scripture, what would make them any different from the Rotary or Lions club, who vote on their positions?

No, they claim the Bible to be their authority and stick to that...yet everyone is shocked, shocked that they refuse to bend.

My hat’s off to them for sticking to their principles and not being swayed by the wind of public opinion.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/21/2007 at 03:22 PM   
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