When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Wednesday - January 28, 2009

A Cat Can Look At A King

But A Fireman Can’t Look At Obama

bat Ohio Firefighter Suspended from Drum Band for Nodding at Obama During Parade bat

An Ohio firefighter has been given a six-month suspension from his role in a pipe and drum band because he nodded to President Barack Obama during last week’s inaugural parade in Washington. Video shows Drum Major John Coleman giving the nod along with a fleeting wave as the Cleveland Firefighter’s Memorial Pipes & Drums marched past the president.

The band leader, Pipe Major Mike Engle, said the firefighter from the Cleveland suburb of Cleveland Heights violated the proper decorum required in a military parade.

Coleman says Obama smiled and waved, and that he was just acknowledging the president.

I had to watch the video about 4 times before I realized that the drum major is the guy carrying the stick, not the drum. And it seems to me he gives a salute to the President, not a wave, all while keeping proper time. Another Zero Tolerance asinine over reaction. These guys aren’t in the military. And it’s not like he lifted his kilt or anything. Or even wet himself, or was “taken up”, or fainted, or any of those other common reactions to being in the presence of Teh One. I think we’re just seeing some latent racism at work here.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/28/2009 at 02:43 PM   
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Privacy? You Doan Nee No Steenkin Privacy

Part 1, sort of

Obama is Watching

And think of that as the good news. The bad? So is everyone else. Follow Mr. Christian on Twitter. Tune in to Wi-Fi anywhere. Broadcast yourself. Make intimate connections with total strangers! And the whole world, thugs included, will know who you are, where you live. what you look like, and whether you’ve got any nice stuff ... and they’ll also know when you’re out of town. Oh, you have privacy concerns? Not to worry. Just lie. Create a false you. Photograph someone else’s attack dog, someone else’s apartment. But don’t not be part of the total social net. That would be, like, like being a free thinker who doesn’t fit in. No. Go along, get along, sign up, tune in, fit in.

Resistance is futile. Take the pledge; remember: ”Together we can. Together we ARE. And together we will be the Change that we seek.Fucking zombies. Get wired. Like a puppet on a string. Then dance for your new master, whom you have just pledged to serve. It’s cool to be a slave.

UPDATE: Folks, watch the video at the above zombies link please.

Part 2, kinda

Welcome to the future. And it sucks. No thanks.

Mathew Honan explores the perks and the perils of being part of the open source generation.

The location-aware future—good, bad, and sleazy—is here. Thanks to the iPhone 3G and, to a lesser extent, Google’s Android phone, millions of people are now walking around with a gizmo in their pocket that not only knows where they are but also plugs into the Internet to share that info, merge it with online databases, and find out what—and who—is in the immediate vicinity. That old saw about how someday you’ll walk past a Starbucks and your phone will receive a digital coupon for half off on a Frappuccino? Yeah, that can happen now.

Simply put, location changes everything. This one input—our coordinates—has the potential to change all the outputs. Where we shop, who we talk to, what we read, what we search for, where we go—they all change once we merge location and the Web.

I wanted to know more about this new frontier, so I became a geo-guinea pig. My plan: Load every cool and interesting location-aware program I could find onto my iPhone and use them as often as possible. For a few weeks, whenever I arrived at a new place, I would announce it through multiple social geoapps. When going for a run, bike ride, or drive, I would record my trajectory and publish it online. I would let digital applications help me decide where to work, play, and eat. And I would seek out new people based on nothing but their proximity to me at any given moment. I would be totally open, exposing my location to the world just to see where it took me. I even added an Eye-Fi Wi-Fi card to my PowerShot digital camera so that all my photos could be geotagged and uploaded to the Web. I would become the most location-aware person on the Internets!

To test whether I was being paranoid, I ran a little experiment. On a sunny Saturday, I spotted a woman in Golden Gate Park taking a photo with a 3G iPhone. Because iPhones embed geodata into photos that users upload to Flickr or Picasa, iPhone shots can be automatically placed on a map. At home I searched the Flickr map, and score—a shot from today. I clicked through to the user’s photostream and determined it was the woman I had seen earlier. After adjusting the settings so that only her shots appeared on the map, I saw a cluster of images in one location. Clicking on them revealed photos of an apartment interior—a bedroom, a kitchen, a filthy living room. Now I know where she lives.

A couple years ago this was scary. Now it’s so far beyond being old hat that few people even realize it’s wrong. It’s a convenience feature, dammit, and they demand this level of connection and service!! (Ok, this doesn’t actually exist yet. But it’s nothing compared to the technological power shown above. All it would take is a flip of a switch, one that already exists, to make public that information that you can only pray is still “private”. And Bush was Hitler because of the wiretap thing. Riiiight.)


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/28/2009 at 12:01 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - January 27, 2009

For LOST fans only

Best. Recap. EVAH!!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/27/2009 at 11:51 PM   
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This is what happens to a country that doesn’t have baseball

Yeah, but does it come with a big stick of bubble gum?

American kids have baseball cards. Football and basketball cards too, I’m sure. But not the kids in Gaza. They’ve got nothing. Nobody. So, like that deck of cards we had during the early part of the Iraqi war, they collect martyrs.

See? Kids are the same the world over. Hey, do you think they get a little anti-zionist comic in each one, and if they save up enough, they can trade them in for a suicide vest?

After offensive, posters of dead sell well in Gaza


A Palestinian man enters the Nibras Print Shop beside a poster showing Hamas militants that were killed in Israel’s recent Gaza military offensive in Gaza City, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009. The shop prints customized, full-color posters and banners commemorating the dead — a Palestinian tradition for people killed by Israel. In the wake of Israel’s 22-day Gaza offensive, which killed nearly 1,300 Palestinians, the shop is one of Gaza’s few businesses experiencing a postwar boom.

These cards have nothing to do with Topps® or Fleer® even though they’re in the exact same format

Some were killed when tank shells hit their homes. Others died when bombs erased their offices. Still others met their end battling Israeli troops.

Now their faces are rolling off the presses at the Nibras print shop, which produces full-color posters and banners of the dead. In the wake of Israel’s 22-day Gaza offensive — which killed nearly 1,300 Palestinians — it’s one of the few businesses experiencing a postwar boom.

Islamic Jihad fighter Mohammed Bedawi was among the so-called “martyrs” whose demise was commemorated with a custom-made poster — a tradition for anyone killed by Israel.

“The drone hit him,” said his cousin, Abed Bedawi, 21, referring to Israel’s unmanned surveillance planes, often seen in Gaza’s skies. “He was laying a bomb for a tank when the drone fired a missile at him.”

Before the war, about 30 percent of the print shop’s orders were for martyr posters, co-owner Ahmed al-Hor said; the rest were for things like shop signs and labels for products like tomato sauce, soap and baby food. Now, posters of the dead are 90 percent of his business.

I thought I’d have to make this shit up. Nope. It’s real. We had Bazooka Joe, they’ve got RPG Sayeed. Son of a gun. Literally.

“These are new ones here, all one family,” said 26-year-old printer Mahmoud Istewi, pulling up computer images to send to the shop’s industrial printer to make into a huge plastic banner.

It’s not like the kids don’t try to get the full collection. It’s just that the little tykes are going broke buying the cards, because that damned IDF keeps coming out with an expansion set every couple of weeks! So instead of teams, they’ve got categories.

“Hassan, Hassan, look, I’ve got the entire Predator collection! Totally complete and up to date!! And I’ve got the deluxe Sniper Team expansion pack!”

Fooooossssssh ..... BOOM!!

“Aww donkey turds, now I have to start all over again.”

Hey, do you think they have stats on the back too? Bombs placed, zionists killed, goats molested, women stoned, that sort of thing? Do little Paleoswinian kids run around arguing statistics about their martyr heroes like we did with ball players? 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/27/2009 at 10:24 PM   
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Off to a great start

Oh, Bama

Obama to Islamic World: “We are not your enemy!”

Islamic World to Themselves: “But we are his. What a dope!”

President Obama told Arab television viewers that “Americans are not your enemy” in an interview aimed at repairing relations with the Muslim world that were damaged under the Bush administration.

Obama’s choice to give his first formal sit-down television interview as president to Al-Arabiya signaled a new American approach in the region. In the interview, broadcast Tuesday, Obama said the U.S. had made mistakes in the past but “that the same respect and partnership that America had with the Muslim world as recently as 20 or 30 years ago, there’s no reason why we can’t restore that.”

The new president also condemned Iran’s threats against Israel, pursuit of nuclear weapons and support of terrorist organizations, but said “it is important for us to be willing to talk to Iran, to express very clearly where our differences are, but where there are potential avenues for progress.”

Oh brother. But threatening Israel, going for nukes in Tehran, and supporting terrorists is what they’re all about. That’s what they do. So what’s the point of offering the hand of friendship if at the same time you castigate their behavior? That sends a mixed message, from which only two conclusions emerge: this guy is weak, and this guy is a fool. Way to go O.

And this was his FIRST interview. He didn’t do a sit down with our good neighbors to the north in Canada, or meet with the folks down in Mexico, or sit down with our allies in the UK, Israel, or anywhere else. No, he went on A Rab TV. First. Because he wants to “repair the damage” Bush did by telling our enemies that they are our enemies. Even though Bush was ultra specific in telling our enemies that they were only our enemies when they bought into the jihadi crap.

You noticed, right, during his inauguration speech, that he said that America was made up of Christians and Muslims, Jews, and Hindus. In that order, even though the 1st and 3rd groups mentioned outnumber the 2nd and 4th groups by at least 100 to 1. And we went through the whole campaign season with the “Obama is not a muslim, don’t you dare even think that!” meme, and now suddenly he’s playing up his muslim roots. What, to sing out to these people that he’s an apostate, the son of an apostate? Smart move, Mr. Whizbang, when apostasy carries a death sentence in their minds. Real smart.

Obama’s predecessor, former President Bush, launched wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that prompted a massive backlash against the United States in the Muslim world. During his eight years in office, relations between the U.S. and Iran also grew increasingly tense — with the Bush administration often singling out Iran as the most dangerous in the region.

Yes, except that those wars were a reaction to the “massive backlash” that began in Munich in 1972 and continued unabated until September 11, 2001. And relations with Iran? Maybe if they weren’t such aggressive bastards, supporting all kinds of terrorism, lying through their broken teeth, and working as fast as they could to build nuke-u-lur weapons to execute their openly announced plan of wiping Israel off the map, then maybe Bush wouldn’t have to point out the obvious truth that they’re a bunch of dangerous rat bastards. And Obrotha wants to repair that error? What error?
The muzzies are still pissed off about the Crusades, m’kay? From 800 years ago. And they want revenge. How is it that the US is supposed to forget the 444 Days, not even 30 years ago? Surely we owe them a few nukes? That’s only fair, right?

Holy shiite. We are effin doomed. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/27/2009 at 03:20 PM   
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125-year-old rescue plea written in Arabic on a tiny scrap of paper by General Gordon of Khartoum.


Gee I can not believe something like this would start that low.  But that’s me and I’m batpoo for things like this.

No kidding.  If we were still in a DOT COM bull market bubble I’d jump all over this.

This was an age when the Brits faced off the world and feared nothing! 

Historic rescue plea from General Gordon in besieged Khartoum on sale
This 125-year-old rescue plea written in Arabic on a tiny scrap of paper by General Gordon of Khartoum is up for auction.

Last Updated: 12:05AM GMT 27 Jan 2009

The size of a postage stamp, the note indicates that the doomed Army officer expected troops to liberate him from the Sudanese capital.

General Charles George Gordon was part-way through the 10-month siege that led to his death when he sent the note, dated June 1884, back to friendly forces outside the city.

It was hidden in the hair of runner Mahamed Ahmed who smuggled it past the surrounding enemy.

General Gordon asked for news of his rescue and detailed the number of people who needed saving from the Sudanese Mahdists.

It reads: “Mudir of Dongola Khartoum and Senaar, in perfect security Mahamed Ahmed carries this to give you news.

“On his reaching you give him all the news as to the direction and position of the relieving force and their numbers.

“As for Khartoum there are in it 8,000 men and the Nile is rapidly rising. On arrival of the bearer give him 100 reals mejide’h from the States, C G Gordon.”

However, when the troops finally arrived seven months later, he had already been decapitated by enemy forces who had heard the British rescuers were on their way.

The press blamed Prime Minister William Gladstone for being too slow in sending troops and even Queen Victoria criticised him.

The note surfaced at a stamp fair about 30 years ago and is being sold at auction with a guide price of £700.

Richard Westwood-Brookes, from Mullock’s auctioneers in Ludlow, Shropshire, said: “The bit of paper is only one inch by two inches and it is incredible it has survived.

“The note was written in Gordon’s hand and was probably smuggled out of Khartoum in a runner’s hair.

“He would have taken huge risks because he would probably have been searched by the Mahdist forces who surrounded the city.

“It is likely he would have taken it to a friendly tribe and then it would have had to have ended up in Cairo because that was the only way of communicating with the British.”

The auction, at Ludlow Racecourse, is on Jan 29.

Chinese Gordon


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Ivory tower MOONBAT Bull S.  Lets see how this might work in real life.

You call your doctor and say doc it hurts when I do this and he/she says, “so don’t do that.”

Right. All in the name of carbon something. The doc is gonna be able to take your blood pressure over the phone. He will be able to listen to your heart and lungs over the phone.

They still haven’t worked out the issue of mixed wards in hospitals but they’re gonna work out how to cut carbon emissions on doctor visits. Who-Ha. Such a deal.

Most doctors, it’s been my experience, will want to see you especially if you’re requesting medication.  They do not want to risk legal problems or law suits if someone gets sick because they weren’t seen by a doctor first.  In other cases sure, where the problem might be minor and the doc can answer a question on the phone, they might do so.  Really?  On what planet?  These ppl are generally so busy (our experience here) that even with an office visit you’re given 10 minutes with the doctor. How long will a phone wait be?  Are there really enough doctors to go around (who speak ENGLISH WELL)?

Screw environmental impact nonsense.  If a doc will give me sleeping pills or Vicodine (not available here in UK. probably because one person had a bad reaction to or abused the drug) without me having to be seen, that’s alright with me. I just get fed up with all the things the bureaucrats dream up in the name of .. GWEEN.

GPs should treat patients by phone to cut NHS carbon footprint, report says
Patients will be encouraged to stay at home and consult their doctor by phone instead of travelling to GPs’ surgeries under plans for a “greener” NHS.

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:53AM GMT 27 Jan 2009

More telephone consultations and other “telemedicine” techniques are part of a package of proposals to cut the carbon emissions associated with the health service to be published on Tuesday.

The plans have been drawn up by the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, a team of doctors and managers charged with reducing the environmental impact of healthcare in England.

With more than 1 million employees, the NHS accounts for a quarter of all public sector emissions in England and 3.2 per cent of all carbon emissions.

According to the Carbon Reduction Strategy, the NHS accounts for 5 per cent of all road traffic in England and nearly a fifth of the service’s total “carbon footprint” is caused by the transport used by its staff and patients.

Wherever possible, the NHS should aim to ensure that people travel less, the strategy says.

“Every organisation should routinely and systematically review the need for staff, patients and visitors to travel; consistently monitor business mileage; provide incentives for low carbon transport; and promote care closer to home, telemedicine, and home working opportunities,” it says.

Telemedicine, the delivery of health services via systems including telephones and the internet, is a growing part of NHS work.

Telephone consultations were first proposed by the NHS Modernisation Agency in 2002 to cut the number of visitors to GPs’ surgeries, and have become a significant part of the health service’s work.

Many practices now offer only telephone services outside normal office hours. Some Primary Care Trusts, which are responsible for out-of-hours care, have contracted the service to commercial firms who only offer telephone coverage.

NHS Direct, set up in 1998, also offers a 24 hour a day medical advice line which at weekends and bank holidays often receives more than 30,000 calls a day.

Michael Summers, vice chairman of the Patients’ Association, raised concerns about the prospect of GPs conducting more consultations by phone.

“Telemedicine plays a part in modern medicine, but it also carries risks,” he said.

“It can be very difficult for doctors to make the right diagnosis on the phone and we know there have already been many mistakes, sometimes leading to serious consequences and even deaths, when doctors have misdiagnosed symptoms on the telephone during out-of-hours services.”

Stephen O’Brien, the Tory shadow health spokesman, said: “It is right that such technology should be available to patients and professionals, but it is typical of Labour’s nannystatism that they should even be considering forcing this on patients.”

The carbon strategy also suggests that some clinical equipment should be sterilised and reused instead of being discarded after a single use. Every NHS organisation should be “reviewing whether an item can be reused or recycled prior to ordering new items,” the document says.

Another long-term change would see surgeons and other consultants travelling to local GP surgeries to see patients there, removing the need for them to travel to central outpatient facilities.

The Department of Health said: “The clinical evidence and the wishes of patients both show that more people want care closer to home, reducing the need to travel to big acute hospitals. The strategy endorses this approach as clinically effective, as producing a better patient experience, and having the added benefit of reducing travel; reducing energy needs for hospitals and generally being more sustainable, it is a win-win situation.”

There is “no suggestion” that outpatient wards or any other part of the NHS will be closed purely because of sustainability issues, the department said.

Dr David Pencheon, director of the NHS Sustainable Development Unit, said it was right that the service changes its working practices to limit its environmental impact.

He said: “Carbon reduction is something that needs to extend to every part of the organisation. Everyone who works for the NHS should be thinking about reducing their carbon footprint as part of their day job.”

Dr Pencheon rejected a report that the strategy will mean hospitals removing meat from patients’ menus to cut down on “food miles.”

He said: “In line with best practice in sustainable sourcing, the Strategy calls for more use of seasonal food, more local food, and more use of sustainable and nutritionally valuable produce such as fish. Doing this, will of course, reduce the reliance on meat and other products but will not remove them from the menu.”



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My administration will not deny facts.  flowers returning to a more traditional pattern of flowering

Maybe we should send this to TheOne. 

In a dig at Mr Bush, who was accused of subverting science for ideological reasons, he added: “My administration will not deny facts - we will be guided by them.”

Well guide this ramalama.

Snowdrops on time this year because of cold snap
Snowdrops are flowering later than they have for a decade because of the prolonged cold snap.

By Louise Gray, Environment Correspondent
Last Updated: 12:18AM GMT 27 Jan 2009

For the past 10 years gardeners have got used to snowdrops coming up in midwinter, in some cases as early as Christmas, because of successive mild winters.

However, this year the cold spell has meant flowers are returning to a more traditional pattern of flowering in late January.


The winter blooms need a cold spell to trigger growth but if it continues to be cold, like this year, the flowers grow much more slowly.

At Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, where 240 varieties of the flower are grown, visitors have got used to expecting to see snowdrops from early January.

However this year Richard Todd, the head gardener, said the flowers bloomed later than at any time in the previous decade.

He said: “If you have a tomato and put it in the fridge it lasts longer than if you leave it out on the table. This is the same principle.

“At one stage we used to get quite hard winters but in the last 10 years we’ve had not much at all.

“This year it’s been different. There were a lot of deep frosts before Christmas and then some after.”

A week ago only around five per cent of the plants at the site were in flower but now about a quarter have bloomed.

Another cold snap is expected in early February, but Mr Todd said this would help the snowdrops last longer.

He said: “Snowdrops are quite an amazing plant. Once they have grown you can get a hard frost and they lay flat on the ground and you think they’ll never get up again, but they do. They’ve somehow got the strength.”

Guy Barter, Head of Gardening Advice at the Royal Horticultural Society, said people have got used to snowdrops coming up early in the mild winters.

But he said it was quite normal for the hardy flowers to come in late January.

“It was very cold in December and has been even colder since Christmas and therefore snowdrops have not grown as fast,” he said. “Therefore they may be a little later they have been for many years.”

This winter is expected to be the coldest since 1995/96. Matt Dobson of MeteoGroup said: “This January has been 3F (1.67C) colder than usual with average temperatures of 37F (2.78C)

He said: “It has certainly been a colder winter than we have seen for the last 10 years.”

The first cold snap happened in October when snow fell in London and it was then below freezing for much of the holiday period after boxing day.




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Tips on cannabis being handed out in schools. ("I get high with a little help from my friends")

I’ve been off line and ill the last few days. In fact, I should not even be here now. Really.
No need for tea and sympathy and please hold the flowers but, I really hurt. Have had a doctor come to the house as I couldn’t get in to the clinic and am just too sick to bus it in.  Chest infection and some strained chest muscles cause by a severe and constant cough.  Feel like what I imagine a limp rag might feel like if it could feel anything.

Who cares?

Nobody but the reason I’m sharing my puny medical ills is because when I came downstairs this morning and got the paper off the floor (it’s delivered through the mail slot in the front door), intending to read and try and relax with a hot cup of tea and honey, some headlines immediately caught my eye and naturally I just couldn’t go back to bed where I belong.

Some of these stories are so dumb, so looney tunes, so unbelievable there wasn’t any way I could ignore them or put off posting them until tomorrow, because I’m not certain I’ll be on line tomorrow.  No kidding friends and neighbors.  I feel pukey.

So then, because some stories raise my ire and do not make me feel warm and friendly, I’m trying to tie my BLM (blood pressure meter) to yours. Why should I suffer alone?  As an example, this EDITORIAL COMMENT by a Conservative. My gosh a conservative?  Yeah.  Some of you will say he is merely one in name only.  But honestly that isn’t true either.  But his swooning over RamaLama is just too much.  Try and read as many comments as you can.  I may not agree with all but they do make a point.  Of course, I don’t buy it and I kinda doubt you will.

Something tells me that I share a blood pressure meter with the Tiger.

There’s also a story about .. well guess. Our new fearless leader is quoted in a headline today saying that “THE US WILL LEAD THE WORLD IN GOING GREENER AND CLEANER.” He also took the time to take a swipe at President Bush and his policy on the green issue.  TheOne is going to fall in line with the Europeans
on Climate Change. 

Do I want to come home to the USA when the time arrives to do so?  Will I still have a country?  Jeesh!

Gary McKinnon believes in little green men – but it doesn’t make him a terrorist
Americans who want a harmless hacker extradited from Britain must be from a different planet, says Boris Johnson.

By Boris Johnson
Conservative Mayor of London

Way to go, Mr President. I think we can all agree that it has been a cracking first week. Apart from the swearing-in glitch – which was entirely the fault of that judge – I have supported just about everything that Barack Obama has done.

I liked the speech, and the promise that America is ready to lead again. It is good news that he is getting rid of Guantanamo and water-boarding and extraordinary rendition, all the dread apparatus of the Bush regime.

But before we all get too misty-eyed about the new era, and before Barack devotes himself entirely to the meltdown of the banks, there is one more thing in his diplomatic in-tray. There is one last piece of neocon lunacy that needs to be addressed, and Mr Obama could sort it out at the stroke of a pen.

In a legal nightmare that has lasted seven years, and cost untold millions to taxpayers both here and in America, the US Justice Department is persisting in its demented quest to extradite 43-year-old Londoner, Gary McKinnon.

To listen to the ravings of the US military, you would think that Mr McKinnon is a threat to national security on a par with Osama bin Laden. According to the Americans, this mild-mannered computer programmer has done more damage to their war-fighting capabilities than all the orange-pyjama-clad suspects of Guantanamo combined.

And how? He is a hacker. He hacked into the Pentagon, he hacked into the army, the navy, and the air force, and the Americans say he temporarily paralysed US Naval Weapons station Earle, by deleting some files.

In their continuing rage at this electronic lèse-majesté, the Americans want us to send him over there to face trial, and the possibility of a 70-year jail sentence. It is a comment on American bullying and British spinelessness that this farce is continuing, because Gary McKinnon is not and never has been any kind of threat to American security. He had only one reason for fossicking around in the databanks of Pentagon computers, and it had nothing to do with the war on terror or indeed the military capabilities of any country on earth.

Mr McKinnon believes in UFOs, and he is one of the large number of people who think that there is a gigantic conspiracy to conceal their existence from the rest of us, and that this conspiracy is organised by the US government.

Link editorial comment above for entire article.
Here is one of the comments made by readers in reply to Bad Boris.

Well, Boris, either you are a member of the MMGW orthodoxy and sitting in the GoreBore pocket or yoiu missed the Messiah’s latest commitment.

Out goes Bush’s eminently rational scepticism and in comes the whole Gore/IPCC, no holes barred, bring on the new Kyoto package.

Well, in doing so, he will ruin his country and its people, who for the moment worship him as if there is no tomorrow.

on January 27, 2009
at 02:11 PM

Barack Obama promises to lead world on climate change
President Barack Obama has promised that the US will lead the world on climate change and make cleaner energy a priority.

By Alex Spillius in Washington
Last Updated: 12:15AM GMT 27 Jan 2009

“We will make it clear to the world that America is ready to lead. To protect our climate and our collective security, we must call together a truly global coalition,” said Mr Obama, before signing three executive orders and memorandums on environmental issues.

In a dig at Mr Bush, who was accused of subverting science for ideological reasons, he added: “My administration will not deny facts - we will be guided by them.”

Hillary Clinton, the new Secretary of State, meanwhile picked Todd Stern, a veteran of the Kyoto Protocol talks, as her envoy for climate change, in a clear signal of intent to world leaders aiming to reach a successor to Kyoto this year.

The protocol was drafted late on in the Clinton administration only for Mr Bush to reject its environmental standards as bad for American businesses.

Mr Obama set out a bold vision of an energy-independent US, a goal he described as critical for “our security, our economy and our planet”.

Well now, apparently there are only ONE set of “facts” to be given credence.  The “facts” that he approves over anything else put before him. You either agree or are in denial and deserving of ridicule.  How typical of the left.  Oh boy.  How many more years?

Now then ... for sheer over the top MoonBat looney tunes insanity .... I offer you this below the fold.  I’m not sure I follow the logic here. Is there any? 

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Monday - January 26, 2009

Don Rickles roasts a Governor

I fear I’m showing my age by posting this…


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Process Improvement

This kind of thing is what I used to do for a living, back when I was working in IT. Any big business runs on rules. These are the rules that tell each worker what to do and how to do it. They are called Processes. Processes are quite similar to computer code; if you can write efficient programs you can do process analysis and improvement. Many is the meeting I attended where the conversations went “You must follow the process!” “Yes, but the process sucks!”. So Process Improvement was born. I’m not going to get into the BS aspects of it, worthless things like CMM and Continuous Quality Improvement and ISO 9000 and other false metrics and standards that allowed a small group of PI “engineers” to draw fat paychecks, make a lot of noise, and actually accomplish nothing. I am going to focus on the honest core concept of PI: understand an existing process, analyze it for weaknesses, then put steps in place that eliminate or mitigate those weaknesses, then make sure that everyone understands what the new steps are. The best fixes are the ones that have both very low cost and very low change. Radical change upsets everyone, and huge costs upset everyone even more. The best kind of Process Improvement smooths out the bumps in the road and greases the rails, but it doesn’t change the direction of the tracks. Unless the tracks ran right off the edge of the cliff, but that’s a different story altogether.

My wife and I and a friend are going through the NJ firearms ID/pistol permit application process. Having once been PI people, we have the disease. Once you are trained to observe, analyze, and improve, it’s nearly impossible to not apply those skills to any situation life sends you. I think I’ve covered all the bases here, but I’m publishing what I have so far in hopes that others will read it, think it through, and respond with helpful analysis and suggestions.

I have developed a simple concept that will make this process better. Most of what is required is that each step of the process be receipted. Existing laws need to be told to the applicants, and one or two small gray areas within those laws need to be clarified. That’s all the grease necessary.

But hidden underneath everything is a radical concept: that government works for you AND is fiscally responsible to it’s citizens. When you apply for a state permit that has a fee attached to it, you are in effect hiring the government as a contractor to work for you to obtain the permit. You have the right to expect that this contractor properly do the work they are hired for, and to do it in the agreed time period. My process improvement document adds a small non-performance penalty, because the law that current exists that mandates a performance time window does not have a penalty associated with it. Laws without penalties have no teeth. They are worse than a waste of time; they are dishonest in nature because their existence is reassuring but there is no incentive for them to be followed. You can point the cart in the proper direction, but without a stick and a carrot the horse is never going to get you there.

And my suggestions should make Obama happy, since they do exactly what he wants to be done: improve the honesty, transparency, and efficiency of government. And restore people’s faith in that government. And do it all for no more cost than a few small sheets of paper and maybe a postage stamp.


Our new President has called for a new era of honest, transparent and efficient government. Let’s get that ball rolling.

Obama won the election, but 48% of the population voted against him. A large portion of those voters were fearful that his political leanings would result in a loss of rights and freedoms. One of the most vocal of those groups were the law abiding gun owners.

New Jersey has some of the strictest gun laws in the nation. Gun sales and pistol permit applications have skyrocketed across the country since the election. There are many people who are nearly paranoid that the new administration is going to erode their Second Amendment rights.

New Jersey has a law on the books, a statute, NJS 2C:58-3(f), that says that the pistol permit / firearms ID application process will be completed in 30 days or less. This is reassuring, but this law has no penalty. Without a penalty a law has no teeth. The application process can thus take as long as the governing body wants it to, which could result in effectively banning new firearms ownership by honest and stable citizens, which in turn would legitimize those feelings of paranoia.
Horror stories abound on firearms forums on the internet that bemoan the length of time the application process takes, and the “storm trooper” mentality behind such times. Let’s put a lid on that by bringing the process out into the sunshine and making sure the law is obeyed to the letter.

I propose a few simple changes to NJS 2C: 58-3, probably to go in paragraph (f) that will remove those feelings and show all the people that New Jersey is moving in the direction that our new President wants the government to go. A lot of positive press can be generated by improving the process that surrounds this most sensitive issue.

This is the application process as it currently exists:
The citizen fills out form the application form sts-33, and the mental health background check form sp-66. The citizen acquires the proper certified checks or money orders to pay for the application process. The citizen submits these forms to the proper local governing body (State Police, town police, town or county clerk, etc) and has to be fingerprinted. If the fingerprinting is done by an outside agency, then another form has to be filled out, signed and numbered by the fingerprinting agency, and also submitted to the proper local governing body.

Suggested changes to improve the process at almost zero cost:


There you go. A process improvement suggestion for the state with some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, that does not change the existing laws, but adds transparency and accountability to the execution of those laws that will ease the minds of the one group in the nation that is most in fear of the government. And by clarifying the meaning of “30 days” in a manner most beneficial to the government it gives the government even more time to get the work done. I’m trying to make things better for both sides here, even though I feel that 30 calendar days from the time the fingerprints are delivered is more than ample time to execute an almost fully computerized process that might take as much as 15 minutes to complete.

Ok, maybe “most in fear” isn’t the best phrase to use when referring to law abiding gun owners or those citizens desiring to be so. “most apprehensive” or “least trusting” or “most protective of it’s rights” would be better.

My plan could easily be bi-partisan, as all it is doing is putting a few very low cost checks in place that force everyone to be treated equally, and eliminate things “accidentally” falling between the cracks and getting lost. And all that the cash penalty does is provide a means to pressure the government to obey a law already on the books that they themselves put there, to provide a service that they have been hired to do within the time that they have stated that they can do it in.

Equal treatment for everyone. No loopholes left for government workers to impart their own agendas on the citizens. More honest, transparent, and efficient government.

Hey, I’ve managed to make both the NRA and Obama happy at the same time. Woo hoo for me!!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/26/2009 at 01:48 PM   
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Four words every man loves to hear…

”...go all the way...”

A BMEWS twin-spin. The Raspberries then:

The Raspberries on Mike Douglas

Sorry, embedding was disabled by request. The Raspberries performed on the Mike Douglas Show with Joe Namath and Billy Jean King. It’s worth a look.

On the other hand, there is this old 70’s performance:

And in 2005!

I’d say they’ve aged well.

So remember ladies, those four little words he likes to hear!


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/26/2009 at 07:53 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 24, 2009

A Special Find

I went down a trail of hyperlinks and wound up at a very unusual blog. It’s very professional, and it’s very insightful. The author, DetroitBlogger John, does several interesting pieces a month on life in Detroit. He also is one of the editors of the Detroit Metro Times, which I guess is a newspaper, dead tree or online. Skilled and professional, his blog is a treat. “John” considers himself an Urban Explorer and he loves the city and the stories he shares on his blog. It’s made up of those colorful fill-in articles you sometimes find in the Sunday paper, that take a look at the people who are keeping this city alive. Barely. From the old man who fixes pianos in his unadvertised windowless shop, to the empty house set up as a monument to the people that died in it, to the little mom & pop bakery still in business after 60 years to the old men who bought a shack and started their own social club because it got too cold to be sitting around on the front stoop, DB John tells each small tale in a truthful but upbeat way, and usually includes a couple of pictures to help the story along.

The archives go back several years. In case you have a rainy Saturday to contend with, or there’s nothing on but reruns.

Detroit Blog



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/24/2009 at 03:59 PM   
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Dictator In Chief?

Obama: Unity Means Doing It My Way

Don’t Listen To Rush, Listen To Me

Think Only The Proper Thoughts, And Behave

Well, that only took a few days. Are we seeing the emergence of a dictator, or is this guy just arrogant beyond belief?

President Obama warned Republicans on Capitol Hill today that they need to quit listening to radio king Rush Limbaugh if they want to get along with Democrats and the new administration.

“You can’t just listen to Rush Limbaugh and get things done,” he told top GOP leaders, whom he had invited to the White House to discuss his nearly $1 trillion stimulus package.

That wasn’t Obama’s only jab at Republicans today. In an exchange with Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) about the proposal, the president shot back: “I won,” according to aides briefed on the meeting.

“I will trump you on that.”

Not that Obama was gloating. He was just explaining that he aims to get his way on stimulus package and all other legislation, sources said, noting his unrivaled one-party control of both congressional chambers.

Oh sure. Not Gloating. Because it’s so presidential to go “neener neener neener!” to the opposition.

Republicans say the $825 billion price tag is too big a burden for a nation crippled by debt and that it doesn’t do enough to stimulate the economy by cutting taxes.

“You know, I’m concerned about the size of the package. And I’m concerned about some of the spending that’s in there, [about] ... how you can spend hundreds of millions on contraceptives,” House GOP Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) later said.

“How does that stimulate the economy?”

Oy, Republicans. Only a guy named “boner” could make a remark referring to condoms, the size of the package, and stimulation with a straight face. I hear Leno called to say thanks for the freebie.

How quickly it arrives ... groupthink or else? ... when Bush was in office and both houses were R, from the Dems on Day One it was “unity means meeting us on our side of the middle, so swing left or we’ll have a tantrum.” Now when the city is overflowing with D, it’s “unity means doing it our way, don’t even listen to other opinions”. The hypocrisy of the left is limitless. Don’t listen to Rush, he doesn’t think properly. He will put bad ideas in your head. Drink the Kool-Aid, it’s the patriotic thing to do. Yup, the 48ers will be ignored for the next 4 years. That’s Change You Can Believe In.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/24/2009 at 12:26 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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