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calendar   Sunday - December 30, 2007

END OF THE YEAR AND A FINAL SAD GOODBYE

END OF THE YEAR AND A FINAL SAD GOODBYE

I hope I’m doing the right thing here at the end of this year of ‘07.

I thought of doing it at Christmas but then, how do I say a Merry Christmas and then go on to remember Allan Kelly in the same breath.

But I believe I can wish the best for all of the regulars here and hope the new year will be good for us all and a damn sight happier.

But for tonight guys and girls, sorry but I am one sad, oh so slightly down at the mouth individual who can’t help but think of Allan Kelly. 

The Skipper.

Some of you knew him better, longer and on a personal level.  I didn’t have that privilege being fairly new here.

It was quite easy to like The Skipper and I sure did appreciate his writing and humor. 

It isn’t being negative or critical to state the fact that the old saying whereby nobody is irreplaceable, is false.  Allan was not replaceable.

I feel somewhat cheated that I didn’t know him better, but am very thankful that I knew him at all.  No matter how slightly.

I’ve no idea how many may read this, but it’s my hope that a fair number of you will and you’ll simply remember him as the old year fades into the new.

His memory I hope will never fade, because Allan Kelly deserves better from us.  I hope that somewhere down the road we might have some small icon or something in the BMEWS masthead that acknowledges Skipper. 

As the year ends there’s someone else who I think deserves our year end good wishes and sincere thanks.  And that is Mr. Christian.
His patience with a newbe, the questions answered and some of em not very bright questions and his help to a total stranger is well appreciated.

I am very grateful that he has kept this blog going, up to now at least.  With a family and another life, running a blog can not be easy and it’s a job I would never want.  Nor could I do it if I wanted to.  I think it does take special and quite savvy people to do the job.

So, a public Thank You Mr. C.  You as well are one of a kind.

And speaking of savvy people, the regulars I’ve seen posting comments on this blog site are some very sharp folks indeed.  I have the greatest respect for
you all.

My personal Best Wishes and Regards to all with the hope that you will have a very Healthy New Year.  If you have health, happy will follow.

Cheers

JayD (peiper)


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/30/2007 at 05:12 PM   
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Find Christopher

This is from my 20 yr High School reunion in 1998. I was looking at it and I’ve not changed much. My hair has more grey in it, but my barber say’s I’m not showing signs of ‘male pattern baldness.’

Next year will be my 30 yr reunion. IF it happens.

So, can you find me?


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/30/2007 at 02:40 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 29, 2007

ARE WE ANY BETTER WITH THIS?  DON’T THINK SO.

I know there are companies that do this in USA and have done as far back as 20 yrs ago.  What I think I know doesn’t count, but I always thought it was a gross invasion of a person’s private space.  Good grief Charlie Brown.  Yer own freekin car?  Damn nannies watching over us.
What next?

Smoking in cars used for work to be banned
By David Millward, Transport Editor
Last Updated: 2:55am GMT 29/12/2007

Motorists could be banned from smoking behind the wheel of their own cars while driving them as part of their job, it has emerged.

Around five million people use their own cars for work but the current law covering smoking in such vehicles is complex.

Cigarettes are banned in company cars when passengers are carried, which means taxi drivers cannot smoke. However, sales representatives still can light up if they are the only person using the vehicle.

There is greater confusion when it comes to private cars. Smoking is banned if the vehicle is mainly used for work - but not if it is mainly private.

How the boundary between personal and business use is defined is unclear, so the Government is considering closing this loophole, which can leave some non-smokers exposed to cigarette fumes, despite the ban on smoking in the workplace.

A review of the smoking ban legislation is set for 2010 when ministers will consider whether the law should be tightened.

Health campaigners believe a complete ban when a car is used for work would make the law clearer and provide protection for non-smokers.

Action on Smoking and Health welcomed the idea. “There is an acceptance that passive smoking is harmful,” said Amanda Sandford, ASH’s spokesman.

“The vast majority of smokers would not want to inflict their tobacco on others against their will.

“Further restrictions would be welcome and we would like it to be extended to children when they are passengers.”

The review will be carried out against a hardening of Whitehall’s attitude towards smoking at the wheel, which was deemed a distraction in the updated Highway Code.

This means smokers could be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention.

Prof Richard West, the Government’s leading smoking adviser, has called for a complete ban on smoking at the wheel.

He said: “It may seem draconian but the Government should legislate.”
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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/29/2007 at 07:29 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 28, 2007

ONE PO’d LADY TAKES ACTION AGAINST PUNK SLIME. Result, ARREST. HERS.

Bravo for one brave lady while the village men (and women) hid in fear.
It may have been foolhardy but ya can’t deny her guts. Please see the link for rest of story and photo.

War hero’s daughter facing arrest for tackling yobs who ‘trashed war memorial.By LUKE SALKELD -

Last updated at 22:09pm on 27th December 2007

When she spotted yobs vandalising a war memorial garden, Julie Lake sprang into action.

As the daughter of a Second World War RAF pilot – and granddaughter of one of the fallen in the 1914-18 war – she felt it was her duty to intervene. But, after giving the main culprit a talking- to and a ‘cuff round the ear’, she finds herself facing the prospect of being arrested for assault.

Yesterday Mrs Lake accused police of failing to follow up her complaints about graffiti and other hooliganism in the memorial garden.

“The memorial is a sacred place – it’s like a grave,” said the 50-year-old.

“How dare these youngsters tarnish the memories of those who made a sacrifice for future generations?

“I’ve called the police and I’ve tried to talk to these kids, but I’ve got nowhere.

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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/28/2007 at 02:59 PM   
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encourage boys to play netball and take dance lessons in the name of equality.

THE ARMY OF PC JUST NEVER QUITS.

Schools told to teach boys netball
http://tinyurl.com/2btr9f

By Jessica Salter and Graeme Paton

Last Updated: 7:54am GMT 27/12/2007

Schools have been told to encourage boys to play netball and take dance lessons in the name of equality.Thousands of schools are being forced to ensure that pupils are more “gender balanced” as part of discrimination legislation introduced this year.

They must also ensure more girls study traditionally masculine subjects such as science, while increasing numbers of boys take options such as drama or dance.

Some single-sex schools have even been warned, wrongly, that they may be breaking the law if their application procedure shows “imbalance” towards boys or girls.

Buckinghamshire county council asks schools to ensure they challenge gender stereotyping.

It advises schools to develop open-minded attitudes in children and promote positive role models for both boys and girls.

Last night, the guidance was criticised by head teachers, who said they were already struggling under the strain of bureaucracy.

Mick Brookes, the general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, said: “It doesn’t make any sense to promote things to boys that they don’t want to do, simply so you can tick a box on a form.”

All companies and public bodies have to promote equal opportunity policies under the gender equality duty, which came into force in April.  –end-


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Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 12/28/2007 at 02:27 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 27, 2007

benazir bhutto assassinated

Animals. Misogynist murderous troglodyte scum.

Expect Pakistan to either A) go up in flames and have a revolution; B) Musharraf to lean heavily in favor of the Taliban to keep his own skin safe; C) all of the above.

It would be best if there was a D) the whole country rises up in outrage and wipes out the islamofascist crazies then takes huge steps towards an enlightened secular democracy; but I’m not holding my breath.

A bit of an update, sort of:

Over at NRO, Andy McCarthy writes a little bit about the real Pakistan, the place you never hear about on the news. The place where that crazy scientist came from, the one who ran all over the middle east giving away plans to atomic bombs? Yeah, that place.

There is the Pakistan of our fantasy. The burgeoning democracy in whose vanguard are judges and lawyers and human rights activists using the “rule of law” as a cudgel to bring down a military junta. In the fantasy, Bhutto, an attractive, American-educated socialist whose prominent family made common cause with Soviets and whose tenures were rife with corruption, was somehow the second coming of James Madison.

Then there is the real Pakistan: an enemy of the United States and the West.

The real Pakistan is a breeding ground of Islamic holy war where, for about half the population, the only thing more intolerable than Western democracy is the prospect of a faux democracy led by a woman — indeed, a product of feudal Pakistani privilege and secular Western breeding whose father, President Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, had been branded as an enemy of Islam by influential Muslim clerics in the early 1970s.

In Pakistan, it is the regime that propounds Western values, such as last year’s reform of oppressive, Sharia-based Hudood laws, which made rape virtually impossible to prosecute — a reform enacted despite furious fundamentalist rioting that was, shall we say, less well covered in the Western press. The regime, unreliable and at times infuriating, is our only friend. It is the only segment of Pakistani society capable of confronting militant Islam — though its vigor for doing so is too often sapped by its own share of jihadist sympathizers.

For the United States, the question is whether we learn nothing from repeated, inescapable lessons that placing democratization at the top of our foreign policy priorities is high-order folly.

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we should at least stop fooling ourselves. Jihadists are not going to be wished away, rule-of-lawed into submission, or democratized out of existence. If you really want democracy and the rule of law in places like Pakistan, you need to kill the jihadists first. Or they’ll kill you, just like, today, they killed Benazir Bhutto.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/27/2007 at 02:36 PM   
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Merry Christmas From The Dissident Frogman

christmas2007.jpg

http://www.thedissidentfrogman.com/blog/com/christmas-with-a-c/
I know it’s a little late but didnt see it till today.. was away from the computer


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Posted by Infinity   United States  on 12/27/2007 at 01:02 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - December 26, 2007

A Short Respite

Blogging will be light to non-existent for a couple of days as we take a short family trip to Cincinnati.  My apologies for not waiting on the “Christianity and Evolution” post until after the holiday, but I will pick up on it when we get back.  Very poor timing on my part.

Back in a few days.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/26/2007 at 11:00 AM   
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Merry Christmas

I don’t have a profound message either. Other than Mr. Krueger’s to the Christ child…

“Thank you.”



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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 12/26/2007 at 12:48 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

I don’t have a profound message for today, that was taken care of 2,000 years ago.  I just want to wish all of the BMEWS members a wonderful Christmas.  I pray you can spend it with someone you love and enjoy this special season together.

MERRY

CHRISTMAS


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/25/2007 at 02:07 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - December 23, 2007

Fred Thompson’s Christmas Holiday Message


Very Well done, not egotistical… in fact till the very end you wouldn’t even know it was his..  great for him to do a military support Message…


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Posted by Infinity   United States  on 12/23/2007 at 06:32 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 22, 2007

Is this not perfect target marketing?

This isn’t going to factor into today’s religious discussion though it could in an extremely tangental way, but follow the link and salute the absolute marketing genius who came up with the product name.

There is a new birth control pill on the market that keeps women from having their period. Not even four times a year like that other pill. NEVER EVER.

The drug is called “Liberal" and they even spell it in the cool-kids modern way.

Who cares if the official pronunciation is Lie Brell? Or Leh Brell? Everyone will call it liberal, since so few people even put that middle syllable in any more. lib-ral.

“I’m young, I’m hot, I’m important, I’m doing it ... I’m Lybrel”

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Notice also the eco-friendly photo setting and color scheme. “Oh and I’m green too. Let’s hook up!”


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2007 at 04:32 PM   
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Christianity and Evolution

My good friend “Lucid Guy” over at Ramblings of an Ordinary Guy, posted a story about Mike Huckabee the other day.  In that post he mentioned: “I’m a Christian. I also believe in evolution as a process. I believe both can exist together”.  I don’t agree with that statement, so I asked him if he’d be willing to do a blog-debate on the topic.  He agreed.  So what will follow is a back-and-forth exchange of ideas and philosophies between friends on a topic where we have differences.

I know there are many non-Christians that will take issue with the premise of creation over evolution from the forefront, but that is not the topic of this debate (we can certainly discuss that in another post).  We would like to examine the literal 6, 24-hour days of creation as presented in Scripture against the other possibilities being discussed in Christian circles.

I’ll open with the first post.  My position is this:

It is unreasonable for a Christian to believe in anything other than the 6 literal days of creation as described in Genesis, chapter 1 as the explanation for how the universe and everything in it got here.

There are many good people of the Christian faith that do not hold to this position.  They incorporate various forms of evolution into the story.  Some say that each day represented an era of time.  Some say that it doesn’t really matter what we believe about the creation story because it is not central to the Christian faith.  I will attempt to lay out my arguments for a literal, six 24-hour days of creation.  In a later post, I will defend why this is important to Christians, even if they don’t think it is now.

So, to begin, here are my a few of my reasons for asserting this argument:

  1. The Hebrew word for “day” used in this passage is “Yom”.  As in English, this word can have a couple of meanings.  It can be “day”, as in 24 hours, but it can also mean “time”, as in a passage of time as well as other things.  But, when it is used with a number, or with the phrase “evening and morning”, it always has the meaning of a 24 hour day.  What do we find in the Genesis passage?  Both “evening and morning” as well as “the 2nd day, the 3rd day”, etc.  Syntactically, it means a 24-hour day.


  2. Christians believe that the fall of Adam and Eve in Genesis 3 was when death was introduced into history.  This is backed up in Romans chapter 5, verses 12-14, which says:

    Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come.

    If we are to believe that creation took hundreds, thousands, or even millions of years, how could death have been introduced with Adam?  If nothing died before Adam’s fall, then the plants and animals would have had to live without dying as well.


  3. At the end of the creation process in Genesis 1:31, God declares everything he has created as “very good”.  If there were death and disease before this time, how could He have declared it as “very good”?


Three basic arguments for the creation taking place in 6 24-hour periods from the Christian and Scriptural perspective. 

You are welcome to comment in support or disagreement with the premise presented.  If the comment is off this topic or tries to steer us in another direction, it will be deleted.  When Lucid Guy posts his response, I will post a link to it as well.

Lucid Guy, you’re up.  What say you?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2007 at 02:17 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 21, 2007

Jackbooted thugs

Innocent Yoga Instructor argues with cop, gets tasered for being uppity

Extra, extra, read all about it!

DAYTONA BEACH—Can running your mouth off at a police officer during a confrontation in a crowded store get you blasted with a Taser?

It happened last month when a Daytona Beach police officer stunned a yoga instructor. The officer used her Tase when the teacher refused to pipe down inside the Best Buy store on West International Speedway Boulevard.

I think a Christmas Miracle is about to occur ... I think I’m going to agree with the ACLU when they weigh in on this one.

Some human rights and civil liberties experts say a Taser, and the 50,000 volts its twin projectile probes deliver, should never be used in a situation like that. But Daytona Beach’s police chief said the verbal lashing his officer got and the way her commands were ignored gave his officer every right to use her weapon.

Is that right? So the next time a cop yells at me it’s Ok for me to pull a gun and shoot him? Ok, just in the lower leg? Non-lethal wounding and all that.

Law enforcement advocates counter that stun guns are safe, essential tools that save officer lives and protect the public.

Sure, except when they kill people. I’d call them “mostly non-lethal force”. Funny how the cops got by for 150 years before these things came along.

In a report police are required to prepare after deploying their Tasers, Officer Claudia Wright said she used her weapon on Beeland because the woman was “verbally profane, abusive, loud and irate.”

Gosh, why didn’t the cop just shoot her in the head 19 times? That would have shut her up too ya know. I bet it’s the same form to fill out either way, so what’s the difference?

According to an American Civil Liberties Union representative in Orlando, yelling at a police officer and even cussing one out is constitutionally protected speech. And both the ACLU and Amnesty International USA say this incident likely could have been handled differently, adding that Taser use has become too casual and too common among police officers.

Yup, I agree with the ACLU. IT’S A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE!!!! We’ve overmilitarized the police departments, given them way too much power, and now they’re getting far too high handed for their own good. “To Serve And Protect” not “To Order You Around and Tase You When We Feel Like It”.

Police Department policy states an officer can deploy his or her Taser “for the purpose of subduing a violent, non-compliant or combative subject.”

Another section titled “Use of Force,” says the Taser may be deployed when an officer believes the person presents a threat to the officer or to others “in the event that lesser force options are ineffective.” The Taser also should be deployed to prevent the escape of a “criminal suspect,” and when a “subject actively resists arrest or detention by violence or threat of violence.”

Beeland, although not compliant, was not acting violently, according to the officer’s report.

So tase her anyway, WTF, cuz Da Man gots the Power!!

Taser use has become so commonplace, Katon said, that officers no longer employ other training tactics they’ve learned to subdue people.

“I certainly don’t want to see an officer get hurt, but a cop should have enough training to be able to use something other than a Taser to calm someone down,” Katon said.

Jason Disterhoft, a human rights campaigner with Amnesty International USA, said a Tase should be used when lethal force is the only alternative, “not just when somebody refuses to comply with an order.

“The force used should be proportionate with the threat posed,” Disterhoft said.

So getting yelled at requires a response of semi-electrocution. Better not cut a cop off in traffic; they’d come burn down your house and shoot your dog. What a crock.

Resist the Power, man, Resist the Power!

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This ends Drew’s hippie channeling episode of the day. We now return you to our regular schedule of bloodthirsty VRWC Conservatism.

UPDATE

After reading the comments, I think we should play ”You make the call”. Here’s the video. I don’t get any sound on it. Looks to me like the woman is backing up and away from the cop for a total of at least 30 feet. Does that make it any different? Should we be playing the reverse race card? Would a male cop have acted the same way?





You can also see some much larger pictures here.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/21/2007 at 08:08 PM   
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