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calendar   Friday - November 16, 2007

Father killed for challenging gang of youths

Father killed for challenging gang of youths
By Nigel Bunyan
Last Updated: 2:37am GMT 16/11/2007

A young girl watched helplessly as a gang of drunken youths kicked and punched her “courageous” father to death after he tried to remonstrate with them for making his family’s life a “misery”, a court has heard.

Amy Newlove, 12, saw the teenagers knock her father, Garry, 47, a sales manager, to the ground in the street outside their home after he went out to confront them over damage to his wife’s car.

They closed around him and broke into laughter as each started to kick him “as hard as they could”, especially in the head, as though “they were kicking a football”, the court heard.

One connected so violently with his victim’s head that his trainer flew off and became lodged beneath Mr Newlove’s prone body.

Amy’s sister, Zoe, 18, grabbed one of the alleged killers but was unable to restrain him, the court was told.

He and the rest of the gang then walked away, leaving the two sisters to tend their unconscious, dying father and to try to comfort their distraught mother, Helen.

The court heard how Mr Newlove’s street had been “plagued” by gangs of youths indulging in anti social behaviour fuelled by cheap alcohol.

Five teenagers, two of them brothers, now deny murder.

Only one of the alleged killers, Adam Swellings, 19, from Crewe, can be named.

He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Two of Swellings’ co-defendants are aged 17, the others 16 and 15.

The 15-year-old, wearing smart black trousers, a shirt and a tie, took his seat in the second row of the dock, just behind his fellow accused.

Michael Chambers, QC, prosecuting, told a jury at Chester Crown Court that on the night of August 10 this year all five defendants acted as “an abusive and violent gang”.

Mr Newlove’s quiet residential street in Warrington, Cheshire, had been “plagued” for some time “by gangs of youths indulging in anti-social behaviour fuelled by cheap alcohol”.

They caused disturbances and vandalized parked cars, particularly on weekend nights.

In the past Mr Newlove had gone out to try to reason with them.

On August 10 he “had the courage” to face them again.

Tragically for him, they were “in no mood to be challenged” and he was no matched for their combined assault.

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calendar   Thursday - November 15, 2007

Sick bastards

via LGF, original article posted at Brietbart

A court in the ultra-conservative kingdom of Saudi Arabia is punishing a female victim of gang rape with 200 lashes and six months in jail, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

The 19-year-old woman—whose six armed attackers have been sentenced to jail terms—was initially ordered to undergo 90 lashes for “being in the car of an unrelated male at the time of the rape,” the Arab News reported.

But in a new verdict issued after Saudi Arabia’s Higher Judicial Council ordered a retrial, the court in the eastern town of Al-Qatif more than doubled the number of lashes to 200.

A court source told the English-language Arab News that the judges had decided to punish the woman further for “her attempt to aggravate and influence the judiciary through the media.”

Saudi Arabia enforces a strict Islamic doctrine known as Wahhabism and forbids unrelated men and women from associating with each other, bans women from driving and forces them to cover head-to-toe in public.

Last year, the court sentenced six Saudi men to between one and five years in jail for the rape as well as ordering lashes for the victim, a member of the minority Shiite community.

But the woman’s lawyer Abdul Rahman al-Lahem appealed, arguing that the punishments were too lenient in a country where the offence can carry the death penalty.

In the new verdict issued on Wednesday, the Al-Qatif court also toughened the sentences against the six men to between two and nine years in prison.

The case has angered members of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite community. The convicted men are Sunni Muslims, the dominant community in the oil-rich Gulf state.

Lahem, also a human rights activist, told AFP on Wednesday that the court had banned him from handling the rape case and withdrew his licence to practise law because he challenged the verdict.

He said he has also been summoned by the ministry of justice to appear before a disciplinary committee in December.

Lahem said the move might be due to his criticism of some judicial institutions, and “contradicts King Abdullah’s quest to introduce reform, especially in the justice system.”

King Abdullah last month approved a new body of laws regulating the judicial system in Saudi Arabia, which rules on the basis of sharia, or Islamic law.

What a sick and twisted outlook on life. This is a religion? Ha! This is a justice system? Like hell. What a disgusting farce.


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Bush’s fault or your SUV? which to blame?

excellent chart to explain our weather trends and history


Posted by Rancino   United States  on 11/15/2007 at 04:02 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - November 14, 2007

Ordinary criminal law can’t deal with terrorists

I know this has been an argument in the USA as well.  I haven’t met a Brit yet who believes that terrorists can be treated in criminal courts.
This is not my country it is true, but I confess to having a kind of love with much frustration with this place.

This is a wonderful country this beautiful England, and it is damn well worth saving.  But the folks here are having the very same problem we have back home with the exception that, England is on the front line facing an uncivilized foe in addition to the traitors at home.  AND, unfortunately say many Brits, they are part of the EU and there is every chance these people could lose much of their sovereignty. That’s in addition to what they have already given up. And they are angry about it.  Now that’s something we in the states aren’t facing.  YET!  God help us, and God Bless this England!

The British Government is not at war with terrorists, he said, and Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, insisted she wouldn’t use the phrase “war on terror”. The new line is that terrorists are “simply criminals”: the best way to deal with them is to use the ordinary criminal law in order to bring them to trial and convict them.

There is only one problem with that approach: the ordinary criminal law is not equipped to deal with terrorists promptly and effectively. It has evolved to deal with people who steal, harm or kill from the standard human motives of jealousy, greed and lust.

It is not designed to deal with people who aim to kill as many people as possible in their attempt to replace democracy with theocracy - which is what Islamist terrorists aim to do. They have already murdered more than 50 people in the attempt, and they would have killed hundreds more, had not the alleged plots to blow up 11 passenger jets, or to detonate car bombs in London, or to blow up Glasgow airport, all been foiled.
see the rest at link. long article but worth it.


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ChiComs Play Rope-a-dope with US Navy Admirals

The uninvited guest: Chinese sub pops up in middle of U.S. Navy exercise, leaving military chiefs red-faced

When the U.S. Navy deploys a battle fleet on exercises, it takes the security of its aircraft carriers very seriously indeed. At least a dozen warships provide a physical guard while the technical wizardry of the world’s only military superpower offers an invisible shield to detect and deter any intruders. That is the theory. Or, rather, was the theory.

Uninvited guest: A Chinese Song Class submarine, like the one that surfaced by the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk

American military chiefs have been left dumbstruck by an undetected Chinese submarine popping up at the heart of a recent Pacific exercise and close to the vast U.S.S. Kitty Hawk - a 1,000ft supercarrier with 4,500 personnel on board. By the time it surfaced the 160ft Song Class diesel-electric attack submarine is understood to have sailed within viable range for launching torpedoes or missiles at the carrier.

Several thought occur to the Chief, as an old Destroyer sailor: 

Firstly, the Chief can full well imagine the “Holy sh_t” reaction of the carrier group at the appearance of the Chicom’s “People’s Liberation Army Navy” under the reported circumstances.

It is admittedly not a trivial task to detect a quiet submarine.  Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), certainly uses a lot of science in its efforts, but given the variables of sea conditions, temperature layers, currents, etc., success at times is as much a matter of successful art as it is of successful science. 

Having said that, the Chief hopes that the Admirals allegedly leading the fleet these days get ulcers to help them realize the fecklessness of their policies that draw down the fleet while the Chicoms build up towards their planned Reaganesque 600 ship Navy.  (How’s THAT: the Communists copy the Gipper’s policy, while we move ever more firmly into the realm of Chamberlain’s appeasement.)

The Chief fears that the position of the Carrier these days is starting to look like that of the Battleships in 1914.  Nothing more powerful afloat, but such a major investment, that fear of losses dominated their use, or non-use. 

The result of the first Naval arms race with the Brits and Kaiser Bill’s Kriegsmarine was the interesting but less than decisive Battle of Jutland.  The ChiComs are making the point to us, that if we bring in the flat-tops to...let us imagine...defend Taiwan against forcible reunification with the mainland...that these marvels of naval technology, each with 4500-5500 US sailors aboard could be subject to destruction by a modern version of WW-II German technology in the form of the diesel-electric U-boat.

What makes things even worse, and the fecklessness of the Admirals even more evident (as if it were possible) is their recent penchant for inviting their ChiCom counterparts to come visit and learn how we operate, and see our strategy, tactics, and weapons at work (in exercise mode), all of which would certainly be of help to them in a possible (or probable?) future war.

The whole mess just leaves the Chief with a sick sensation in the pit of the stomach.  God help the USA - ‘cause our so-called leaders are badly botching their responsabilities. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/14/2007 at 01:11 AM   
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PSA: Dont try to flee the Police…

Man killed by alligator attack while fleeing police

The Associated Press
8:54 pm, November 13, 2007

A man who jumped into a lake to flee police was killed by an alligator more than 9-feet long, officials said Tuesday.
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The man, whose name has not been released, was allegedly burglarizing a vehicle in the parking lot of the Miccosukee Resort and Convention Center on Thursday. He ran when police arrived at the scene, said Dexter Lehtinen, one of the tribe’s police legal advisors.

Tribal police divers searched for the man that night, then again Friday morning and afternoon. During the third dive, the body was recovered. It bore alligator teeth marks on the upper torso.

The Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner Department said the cause of death was an alligator attack.

An accomplice in the alleged burglary has been arrested. The Miccosukee tribe, which is not obligated to follow Florida’s open records laws, declined to release his name. Without a name, the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office was unable to comment on whether the man has been charged.

The alligator believed to be responsible for the death has been killed. A coroner was scheduled to examine the 9-foot-3 reptile Wednesday for human hair or skin, said Brian Wood, owner of All American Gator Products, which is storing the gator in a cooler for now. It will then be incinerated or buried, he said.

A sign at the lake warns people: “Danger Live Alligators.” Wood said in other alligator habitats, signs also warn people not to feed the creatures.

“They become too comfortable being around humans and they equate humans to food,” Wood said. “Generally if a gator sees a person, he goes the other way, he goes down, he hides. This gator was aggressive, not afraid of people.”



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calendar   Tuesday - November 13, 2007

Not Dead Yet

Sorry for not posting a thing in a couple of weeks, but I am working on a project that is taking all my time.  All should be back to normal by the end of the week and I can catch up.  Thanks to those who have sent me some stories and notes.  Be assured I’m reading them, I just can’t do anything about them right yet.  Just a couple more days.

Thanks to the crack BMEWS posting team for keeping you up on the news.  I really appreciate you guys picking up the slack.


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Licenses for Illegals?

I have an idea. Why not test and issue illegals with the international driver’s license? We already recognize it: a tourist from England, France, Russia, whereever can come here for a visit, rent a car, and drive around. Why not extend that concept a bit? Any foreigner (legal or not) could apply for such a license here, using their address in their home country. We’d have to make some kind of registration and insurance for them, and they’d all get a special international driver license plate.

There is no way such a license could be used to get voting rights or whatever other privileges of citizenship a state issued license might bring.

No “racial profiling” would go on either. If they get pulled over for a traffic violation the cops already know that the driver is not a citizen. They just don’t know if the driver is here legally or not. And if you give the cops the right to ask for their visa ... bam, snagged one illegal.

There would be details to work out. Insurance could be issued for 90 days, 6 months, 1 year, etc., and a sticker put on the license plate. Anyone visiting our country for less than 90 days would probably be better off renting a car. You’d have to have a check in place that would preclude our citizens from obtaining this kind of license for use in the USA ... easy solution: our version of the IDL would have to come in two versions: domestic and non-domestic use.

Registrations would be issues at the state level. How about a 10 day paper license plate, and then the real international driver plate gets issued at the inspection station once the car has passed?

Would this solve the problem? Them foreigners is gonna drive here anyways. At least this way the insurance companies and state DMVs could make some money off of them, and add quite a bit of protection for others if they got into accidents.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/13/2007 at 04:52 PM   
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When no news is news, but neither good news nor bad news

The Supreme Court of The United States has not yet reached a decision on whether it will consider the DC v Heller or the Parker v DC appeals. They might tell us by the week after Thanksgiving.

SCOTUSBLOG has been keeping an eye on things:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday announced no action on a new case testing the meaning of the Second Amendment — an issue the Court has not considered in 68 years. The Orders List contained no mention of either the District of Columbia’s appeal (07-290) or a cross-petition by challengers to the city’s flat ban on private possession of handguns (07-335). The next date for possible action on these cases is likely to be Nov. 26, following a pre-Thanksgiving Conference of the Justices set for Tuesday, Nov. 20.

The Court, of course, does not explain inaction. But among the possible reasons for delaying the case are these: one or more Justices simply asked for more time to consider the two cases; the Court may be rewriting the question or questions it will be willing to review — especially in view of the disagreement between the two sides on what should be at issue; the Court may have voted initially to deny review of one or both cases and one or more Justices are writing a dissent from the denial. The appeal in 07-290 (District of Columbia v. Heller) raises the key issue about the Second Amendment’s meaning — that is, whether it guarantees an individual right to have a handgun for private use, at least in one’s home — and the appeal in 07-335 (Parker v. District of Columbia) poses a question about who may bring lawsuits to challenge laws before they are actively enforced. Together, the cases thus present a somewhat complex mix for the Court, and it perhaps was not much of a surprise that no order issued on Tuesday. At no point is there likely to be an answer as to what happened to bring about the delay. Both cases are expected to be re-listed for the Nov. 20 Conference.

The Heller case claims that Washington DC’s gun laws are unconstitutional. Currently DC does not allow you to own a pistol, and the severely register rifle or shotguns that you are allowed to own cannot be loaded or functional within your own home. Lower court found for Heller, and DC appealed. Remember that DC is not a state, it is a city directly under the control of Congress. DC’s appeal makes the claim that they have state-like powers, and promotes other arguments based on the disastrous Miller decision of 1939. Heller focuses mainly on two points: that “keep and bear arms” includes pistols, and that a law that requires any owned firearm to be dismantled is unconstitutional.

The Parker case is somewhat different. Parker goes for the handgun-is-part-of-"keep and bear arms” just like Heller, but the decision handed down proclaimed that 2A is an Individual Right. It also hits on the concept of standing. So Parker actually eclipses Hellar in importance, though both cases are very similar. Read more about them here.

If you want a fuller understanding, do a bit of research into the recent Seegars v Aschroft case to understand DC’s concept of “standing” a bit better, and look at Medimmune v Genentech to read in wonder that it took SCOTUS more than 200 years to figure out that you don’t actually have to violate a law before challenging it’s constitutionality! (which is standing of a different kind. I think?)

These two cases carry a lot more baggage with them then just questions about owning guns in Washington DC. I only recently heard about the Standing aspects, and I may not have a clear understanding of that at all. But I gather, to my vast surprise, that no other case that questions the constitutional validity of a law has ever been brought before the SCOTUS before someone went and actually violated that law? Holy smokes. I would have thought that it would be THE DAMN JOB OF THE SUPREME COURT to pro-actively watch over all laws being made and occasionally rap down the gavel and say “Nope, no way, uh uh, can’t do that!”. Silly ‘ol naive me.

Heck, not being a lawyer, I could have the backs fact-asswards on all these cases! Because in my simple mind
1) the right of the people to keep and bear ANY KIND OF arms shall not be infringed EVER, ANYWHERE and
2) an honorable government would NEVER pass an unconstitutional law. and
3) OF COURSE it is proper to question the constitutionality of a law without having first violated it

Like I said, silly me.



As is often the case, The Smallest Minority puts it so much better than I:

What is at stake here, essentially, is the tattered remnants of the Constitution. Does it still mean anything at all, or is it really just a piece of paper our officials, elected and unelected, can wipe their collective posteriors with? Will the Supreme Court do its duty to defend the Constitution, or abrogate that duty in such a way as to remove any doubt?

The First Amendment declaration “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech....” was violated by the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Protection Campaign Finance Reform Act - and while some of the language was struck down by the Supreme Court, not all of it was. Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, and its restrictions on the issuance of and wording of warrants have been shredded by the unending “War on (some) Drugs™” along with the Fifth Amendment’s prohibition against deprivation of property without due process. The Fifth has been further pulped by decisions rendering the “public use” clause moot [ie Kelo v New London]. And the Tenth Amendment?

Let’s not go there.

Oh, and Silveira v. Lockyer? The Supreme Court denied cert. in 2003 and let that weed grow and flower in our Constitutional garden.

The Court’s composition has changed. It only takes four Justices to grant cert. Those four could very easily be Roberts, Alito, Scalia, and Thomas. This leaves five other justices, just one of which needs to understand his or her guardianship of the Constitution, to be unwilling to discard like a crumpled gum wrapper a fundamental enumerated right, to make it plain that the Constitution is not a relic, that it is not a “living document” to be redefined to mean anything judges sitting on a bench decide it means, whenever they so please.

So we will see.

This one is for all the marbles.


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calendar   Sunday - November 11, 2007

The Time Bomb Below America…. Yellowstone

Yellowstone: the time bomb under America
Deep beneath Yellowstone National Park lies a vast super-volcano which, if it blew up, could devastate much of the US. Recently, it’s been a bit too restless for comfort. David Usborne reports
Published: 10 November 2007

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park in the north-western United States know not to be careless about the bears that roam its pines or the many hissing and sizzling geysers that dot its magnificent landscape. Few ever worry about being blown into space, though.

Startling new geological data published yesterday in the journal Science suggests that it might be a good idea for most of us – and certainly those living in the region – to be aware that there is more to Yellowstone than grand vistas and abundant wildlife. The hot springs are a clue to what lies beneath: seething layers of molten magma, super-heated gases and hydrothermal liquids.

Yellowstone straddles one of Earth’s most studied “hot-spots”, where fissures in the crust, created by volcanic eruptions of eons past, have allowed giant streams of molten rock, or magma, to push closer than normal to the planet’s surface. In recent years something intriguing – if not to say thoroughly nerve-rattling – has been going on. The magma is on the move. And so is Yellowstone.

Over the past three years, according to the report, the ground in the volcanic caldera that spans about 925 square miles and accounts for much of the park’s terrain has been rising towards the sky at the rate of almost three inches per year. That is three times faster than has ever been observed before. It raises the obvious question: what is happening under the park? And what might be about to happen?

The study’s authors are aware, of course, that the notion of Yellowstone being some kind of humming volcanic time-bomb is not something that tourism officials will want to advertise. And, indeed, any kind of panic because of the new data, remarkable though it is, would be entirely misplaced, they insist. “There is no evidence of an imminent volcanic eruption or hydrothermal explosion. That’s the bottom line,” insists Robert Smith, a professor of geophysics at the University of Utah and the lead researcher in this study. “A lot of calderas worldwide go up and down over decades without erupting.”

It may also be reassuring to know that no very big bangs have happened at Yellowstone for a very long time. The caldera, the walls of which are easily discernible from some vantage points in the park, was formed by some massive eruption past when a more classic-looking volcanic cone was probably obliterated. And while the park is still technically a “super-volcano” , it is estimated that it has not blown its top for 640,000 years. If you are planning to be in the park on a Thursday next March, therefore, the chances of it detonating that particular afternoon are surely slim.

No one is about to take their eyes off the park, however, not least because of these unusual new findings that suggest at least that pressures beneath the ground are rising. Moreover, geologists are well aware that were a major eruption indeed to happen, the impact would rival any natural disaster the world has ever seen. Remember the destruction when Mount St Helens flipped her lid in 1980, turning 240 square miles into a wasteland? The energy released at Yellowstone would be many hundreds of times greater.

Moreover, Yellowstone may be due a massive release. Geologists believe that the super-volcano beneath the park has undergone major eruptions at roughly 650,000-year intervals. There have been about 140 such events over 16 million years. Because the last serious explosion is believed to have taken place 640,000 years ago – although there was a minor flare-up 70,000 years ago – who is to say, really, that another one is indeed not imminent? Scientists have been observing the rising and falling of the ground at Yellowstone since 1923. The last most rapid period of upward movement occurred between 1976 and 1985, but only at a rate of about one inch a year. Professor Smith and his assistants began taking their readings in 2004 with instruments aided by satellite tracking placed at numerous spots across the caldera. They have even observed undulations in the caldera’s surface, with some spots rising faster than others one year and then slowing down again while different areas catch up.

In the study, Accelerated Uplift and Magmatic Intrusion of the Yellowstone Caldera, 2004 to 2006, the authors note that while most of the magma remains about 400 miles below the surface, a significant plume rises to about 30 miles deep, where it spreads out horizontally like a pancake that is larger than Los Angeles. It seems likely that the pancake is expanding and causing the floor of the caldera suddenly to rise.

“Our best evidence is that the crustal magma chamber is filling with molten rock,” Professor Smith explained. “But we have no idea how long this process goes on before there either is an eruption or the inflow of molten rock stops and the caldera deflates again.” In other words, something is afoot, but no techniques exist to forecast what comes next. The prediction is easier for single-channel, cone volcanoes. At a caldera such as Yellowstone, the magma could suddenly blow through at any number of locations. “We use the term ‘restless’ to describe these systems,” Professor Smith said.

And what if the ground at Yellowstone does not start to go down? Well, these calderas, he admits, “occasionally they burp”. Let’s hope the park’s belly-ache resolves itself – such a “burp” would shake half of the planet.
Interesting… have seen the documentaries on it. the lava dome has recently been rising..
prediciton is that if it were to erupt it would affect the entire world..

A super-eruption has the potential to cover the United States in 3 feet of ash from a plume. Pyroclastic flow would engulf the greater part of three states, and there is evidence that the last major ‘super’ eruption plunged the world into a freezing, volcanic winter that lasted a decade. An eruption would devastate world agriculture, severely effect the distribution of food and cause mass famine.


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Good God, the arrogance of these socialist, anti-American Democrats…

Here is the text of an email I received from ‘my’ union. (remember, I’m firing them on my next anniversary date, greedy SOBs...)

Dear Christopher Xxxxxx,

As the 2008 election season approaches, we have a historic
opportunity to take back America for working families. If you
are as motivated as I am to work hard to take back our country,
then I hope you will consider joining your fellow union brothers
and sisters in the effort to get NALC’s endorsed presidential
candidate, Sen. Hillary Clinton, on the ballot in Ohio.

If you have signed up for the Carrier Corps, this will be a
great opportunity to fulfill your pledge to NALC. If you have
not yet joined the Carrier Corps, go here
to download the pledge form. By joining the Carrier Corps, you
agree to pledge 10 hours of your free time to NALC-sponsored
political and legislative activities, such as helping Sen.
Clinton get on the ballot in your state. If you join today, you
will get a T-shirt, and the time you put into this effort will
count toward your 10 pledged hours!

If you are interested in working on this effort, please contact
Jason Hauser, with Sen. Clinton’s campaign in Ohio, at (703)
469-2008 to learn more.

Also, if you do contribute your time, please contact Ohio State
Chair Tony Heitic at (330) 524-4308. Let him know what you are
doing and how many hours you are volunteering to the campaign.

Let’s work together to change America.

In Solidarity,
William H. Young


Visit the web address below to tell your friends about this.


If you received this message from a friend, you can sign up for
NALC at:


BTW, do visit that website and tell them what you think. This is the same union that gave me a choice of All Democrats-All of the time. Not a single Republican was on the ballot. If the traitor Clinton wants my help, I go for all of her Chinese donations per hour.

I find this sort of organized, anti-American email disturbing. Does anyone agree?

I’m a victim of this Clinton thinking already. The local Human Services Levy just passed… barely. Required a recount. At one fell swoop, my property taxes were just increased by 20 percent. The greedy poor just won!

They keep telling about the so-called ‘greedy rich’. I’m just a poor middle-class guy. The greedy poor keep voting themselves into my wallet. I told my mother that if it passes (and she said she’d vote for it) I’d reduce my support for her correspondingly. I have to pay the increased property taxes.

As I told my Mom when she accused me of being greedy… it’s not greedy to try to keep what you earn, indeed, the greed is upon you, Mother dear… Thou Shalt Not Covet is part of the Ten Commandments.

Which may explain why Liberals are so antagonistic over the 10 Commandments. Points out the greed of the poor and the geezers. They covet.

I told Mom that she can always come stay with me (and she’s had a standing invite from baby Sis to stay with her for a decade) but I’m not gonna pay taxes AND support her in a separate house that she’s no longer able to manage. Time to pick and choose.

I submit this with trepidation. It will no doubt cause heated discussion.

Better heated discussion on BMEWS than strapping a bomb on your child.

We discuss, they blow up

UPDATE: serr8d was kind enough to inform me that somehow personal info was on the deleted links. I think I’ve deleted them. Wish that serr8d would tell me what and how that happened. All I did was copy and paste an email.

Again. Thanks serr8d.


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Veterans Day

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Yes, we’ll rally round the flag, boys
We’ll rally round again
Shouting the battle cry of freedom
We will rally from the hillside
We’ll gather from the plain
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

We will welcome to our numbers
The loyal, true and brave
Shouting the battle cry of freedom
And although he may be poor
Not a man shall be a slave
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

So were springing to the call
From the east and from the west
Shouting the battle cry of freedom
And well prove a loyal crew
To the land we love the best
Shouting the battle cry of freedom!

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The Veterans Day post I saw at Kim’s got me thinking, so I went over to the VA page and found out that there are actually FOUR WWI veterans still living. So I’ll have to add in another ribbon and it’s link:

WWI Victory Medal

And I’ll add the mention that Veterans Day is also a day to remember and give thanks to those that didn’t make it back.


Kuwait Liberation Medal
Korean Service Medal
Southwest Asia Service Medal
Kosovo Campaign Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
WWII Victory Medal
National Defense Service Medal
Afghanistan Campaign Medal
GWOT Expeditionary Medal
GWOT Service Medal
Korean Defense Service Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal


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calendar   Saturday - November 10, 2007

BMEWS, where the smart set congregates

A grateful tip of the old chapeau to those erudite, urbane, and sophisticated individuals who grace us with their phrenic witticisms and wondrous bon mots! Truly, it is a palatable distinction to be part of the group who hold so high the effulgent torch of wise Minerva so that all may bask in its warming radiance.

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And if I can figure out how to throw in some more big fancy words we can work our way up to graduate level someday!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/10/2007 at 10:09 PM   
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“Why don’t you just shut up?”

Spanish King Tells Chavez to “Shut Up”

The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “shut up” Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Chavez, who called President Bush the “devil” on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a “fascist.”

Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, “is a fascist,” Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. “Fascists are not human. A snake is more human.”

Spain’s current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.

There’s video of it HERE (Yeah it’s all in Spanish but you get the idea) GREAT stuff. Even if the King of Spain is but a figurehead, it’s great to see someone stick it to Chavez. 


Posted by Severa   United States  on 11/10/2007 at 09:52 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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