Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Saturday - February 28, 2009

Know The Difference

Fascism, Not Socialism

“The Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism [that] denied the State in the name of the individual.”

“The maxim that society exists only for the well-being and freedom of the individuals composing it does not seem to be in conformity with nature’s plans. If classical liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government.’’

- Benito Mussolini

And don’t confuse classic Liberalism with today’s Progressive communist inversion of the term. Classic liberals are actually today’s Conservatives, at least in the small government/more individual freedom sense.

There is a very nice post over at Justified Right you can read that points out that the things our government is doing are very fascist in nature. Know that fascism is an economic outlook primarily; it does not have to be about racial superiority at all.

Paulson and the American government are not racial fascists, but there is no denying that by confiscating your money and distributing it to corporations as if they and not you are the national interest, they are acting as Economic Fascists.

If the companies we are bailing out are “too big to fail,” then someone please wake up the guy running the Justice Department Anti-trust Unit and kick his rear-end.

Fascism is Corporatism. Even some folks in the government know that, but suggest using Socialism instead, because of all the other baggage people’s awareness of Fascism carries.

Why send them out to fight Socialists if their real enemy is Fascists?  They won’t even recognize the enemy, which is how Barack Obama got elected in the first place.

Even Ron Paul knows the difference. ...

Understand what freedom is all about ... It is God given, not because we belong to some group ... There is only individual freedom. ... Every market transaction has prior restraint and is done with the permission of government ... we have moved a major step in the direction of socialism. They talk about nationalizing the banks, but the name isn’t as important as the control. We are closer to a Fascist system where the government has total control of our lives, our economy, and that is what has to be stopped.

If we understand what freedom means ... we have to stop believing we can regulate social behavior. It’s all the same. But under that system, you have to be responsible. You can’t go crawling to the government begging and pleading and demanding.

Bill #1207 - Audit the Federal Reserve. At least we can find out what they’re doing. The GAO is prohibited from doing that; you don’t have any right to know anything about them ... It’s a monstrous fraud. It has to stop. The situation we have today is unworkable ... but we can defend against all of it by defending the Constitution, defend the rule of law, understand where our rights come from, and say “Yes, We Want Our Freedom Back, and We Will Assume The Responsibility For Ourselves.”

Tommy De Seno, author of Justified Right, is doing a great job covering the CPAC event. Check it out!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/28/2009 at 03:43 PM   
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Right Wing Video presents…

Obama’s XXX Stimulus package.

Warning: this video is NSFW. Repeat, NSFW. You’ve been warned.

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H/T Right Wing Video.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/28/2009 at 12:22 PM   
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You’ve been had

Thank God for the internet. Because there are people who are willing to say on video what I think. Plus, they say it better than I ever could.

H/T Right Wing News


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/28/2009 at 07:50 AM   
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Update on Rachel Lucas

I don’t know how many of you follow Rachel Lucas but I have for a few years. Recently, she’s moved to Britain (pay attention peiper) and blogs quite a bit about the differences between Texas and Britain. Funny as only Rachel can make it. But she does miss certain things

My new best girlfriend.

I miss blogging about the news. Especially news involving elderly women, sauce pans, burglars getting hit with sauce pans, and hilarious after-action quotes:

The 70-year-old wife of a Lorain County Family Court judge meted out a little domestic justice of her own Tuesday afternoon when she fought off four robbers with her favorite saucepan.

Ellen Basinski refused to be intimidated by a man and three boys who forced their way into her house on Columbus Street and demanded money.

“One of them picked up my purse and just dumped it out,” she said Wednesday. “Now, my purse is like Fibber McGee’s closet, it’s got everything in there. I got very angry.”

Before she even gave much thought about what she should do, she grabbed an Emeril Lagasse 5-quart saucepan.

“I picked up the saucepan and smacked him right on the head,” she said. “He looked at me and said, ‘Lady, why did you do that?’ And I hit him again.”

Ellen, I love you and would like to take your hand in marriage.

All four of the ‘tards ran away in fear and were immediately caught and charged with aggravated burglary. LOL. Sorry, it had to be said and said again: LOL. Thwarted by Grandma with a sauce pan.

Love ya Rachel. And I found the video:

Judge’s wife serves up justice

“I’ve learned that alcohol can cause problems” laughing_tv Did she say that to be funny? What? Alcohol causes you to throw a bottle of Jack Daniels...and miss?


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/28/2009 at 06:51 AM   
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calendar   Friday - February 27, 2009

“Just a few changes”

Communist Manifesto Step 3: Disarm The People

The Obamunist’s AG, Ron Holder, seeks to reinstate AWB

The Obama administration will seek to reinstate the assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 during the Bush administration, Attorney General Eric Holder said today.
“As President Obama indicated during the campaign, there are just a few gun-related changes that we would like to make, and among them would be to re-institute the ban on the sale of assault weapons,” Holder told reporters.

Holder said that putting the ban back in place would not only be a positive move by the United States, it would help cut down on the flow of guns going across the border into Mexico, which is struggling with heavy violence among drug cartels along the border.

“I think that will have a positive impact in Mexico, at a minimum.” Holder said at a news conference on the arrest of more than 700 people in a drug enforcement crackdown on Mexican drug cartels operating in the U.S.

Well, let me think about this for a second ... NO. More gun regulation in my country to help Mexico? Bite me. Let them solve their own problems. Failing that, invade, kill everyone who looks at us cross-eyed, and push the border south 100 miles to establish a buffer zone.

The big drug bust Holder is referring to did result in quite the haul ...

agents have seized $59.1 million in cash, and an additional $6.5 million in assets, including 149 cars, three aircraft, three maritime vessels and 169 weapons.

... but look carefully: 700-750 arrests, literally tons of cash and drugs. And 169 guns. From 750 people. Who are involved in a war south of the border. Who have a major history of gun violence. 1 in 6 had a gun. How many were “Assault Weapons”? Color me unimpressed. Totally.

Under federal gun laws, gun dealers are not required to report multiple purchases of such weapons because they are classified as rifles. [well, no shit, since they are rifles]

“If you were to go into a gun store and buy 20 of these, there is no requirement by the gun dealer to fill out a multiple sales form,” said the ATF’s Newell. An ABC News investigation found the “mata policia” and a wide range of assault weapons prominently displayed at gun stores along the border in Texas, the state providing the most weapons to the drug cartels, according to the ATF. Under Texas and federal law, there is no waiting period for the purchase of such weapons and no restriction on how many can be bought at a time.

The drug cartels’ weapons of choice include variants of the AK-47, .50-caliber sniper rifles and a Belgian-made pistol called the “cop killer” or “mata policia” because of its ability to pierce a bulletproof vest.

Can I just let somebody else handle the bullshit in that quote for once? You know it’s all a crock. Here is Sword At The Ready, who takes them to task a bit.

And for those wondering what the heck a “mata policia” is, they’re talking about the FN 5.7. FN - Fabrique Nationale de Herstal - is a gun company. They’re the people who own Browning these days I think. They make this little pistol that fires the 5.7 cartridge, the 5.7x23. While that round is thought of as a cut down version of the 5.56 Nato, similar to the old .221 Fireball, it is not. The FN 5.7 uses an even smaller diameter case and is a good bit smaller than even the Fireball. It is the same caliber as any other .22 centerfire, and can push extra light bullets (40gr) to about the same velocity as .22 WMR (magnum rimfire) ammo; just under 2000fps. Big deal. With “regular” weight bullets (55gr) it barely goes 1000fps. Which is about the same velocity a .45 ACP +P handgun can push a bullet that weighs 4 times as much. But the media is in love with this cartridge because it just oozes evil in their otherwise empty minds. Many other people, who actually know something about guns, disagree.

“It’s in high demand by your violent drug cartels, their assassins in Mexico,” said Newell of the ATF. The gun can fire a high-powered round used in a rifle.

Yeah, and so can a .22LR. A puny little “toy” cartridge hardly bigger than a booger which can push a 40gr bullet to 1500fps; this high powered evil armor piercing rifle round used only for assassinations is just a bit more powerful than that. The media’s attitude is the biggest crock of shit in the world.

Sorry ... I always go off on a tangent about any interesting firearms reference.

Holder is an idiot. If you want to stop the flow of guns to Mexico, have the fargin Mexicans do their damn job at the border. And build the fence faster, and guard it better. Don’t even think about pushing another bullshit gun control law on us, especially since you’ve tried this same one before for a solid decade and it didn’t do a damn thing to reduce any kind of crime whatsoever.

I’ve got a better idea for “just a few changes” ... rope, tree, lying communist bastard idiot; some assembly required. Lather, rinse, repeat.

hat tip to Chris.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/27/2009 at 10:47 AM   
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The Qur’an Challenge

I suspect we will be hearing more from this comedian… if he survived…


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 02/27/2009 at 09:22 AM   
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SICK and QUEER ‘Romeo and Julian’ school play sparks political correctness debate.

Oh good.  So now even Shakespeare is reduced to homosexuality.

Once again, I really can’t find the words.  And why is it that any time someone questions or disapproves of the latest homo behavior or pc stunt it’s put down to a phobia?  It isn’t darn it. 

“ the school in all its departments is determined to make an environment where all students can achieve their potential, regardless of their sexuality.”

They can’t do that without perverting the classics?  Guess not.

Gay Queer ‘Romeo and Julian’ school play sparks political correctness debate
A school has been accused of “mind-blowing” political correctness after it staged a homosexual version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet - called Romeo and Julian.

By Murray Wardrop
Last Updated: 7:20AM GMT 27 Feb 2009

The play was performed by teenagers at a mixed school in east London to coincide with Lesbian, Gay, odd, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) History Month.

The original text was reworked to incorporate the gay decadent twist by the comprehensive’s drama teacher, Jo Letson, to raise awareness of homophobic bullying.

However, the version, which was praised by actor Sir Ian McKellen when he saw it last month, caused a stir in parliament on Thursday.

Calling for a debate on political correctness during questions on upcoming Commons business, Tory MP Philip Davies said: “This is mind-blowing.

“Anyone with an ounce of sense would want their children to be learning Romeo and Juliet rather than Romeo and Julian.”

The MP for Shipley in Yorkshire added: “Romeo and Juliet is one of the greatest works ever written. It is a play that every child should study.

“It is very worrying that this literary masterpiece is being used for such a politically-correct purpose.”

But Commons leader Harriet Harman rebuked him, saying: “I seem to remember that in Shakespearean times, boys would play girls and girls would play boys and the whole point was trying work out which was which.

“There is going to be a debate next Thursday about new equality legislation so we can ensure everybody in this country is treated with fairness, respect and not subject to prejudice and discrimination – and indeed cheap shots – from you.”

The play was performed by students aged 14 to 16 at Leytonstone School last month.

Sir Ian, himself a leading Shakespearean actor and spokesman for the gay rights group Stonewall, said he had been “moved” to watch children addressing homophobia on stage.

He said: “It was moving to watch young people wanting to tackle homophobia in their own ways at Leytonstone School.

“Romeo and Julian” provokes just the sort of discussion which is needed on gay issues but beyond that the school in all its departments is determined to make an environment where all students can achieve their potential, regardless of their sexuality.”

The school’s headteacher, Luke Burton, said: “The student performances were outstanding and reflected the hard work of students and staff.”



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Oh Dear, Oh Dear .. Is a Brit paper questioning policy set by The One? Looks like it.

I am hopeless when it comes to anything involving maths simple or otherwise.  In fact, math has always belonged to the “otherwise” category as far as I have been concerned.  Some folks are like that.  Brother was a whiz at math but had trouble learning to read when young. How’s that happen?

So then, while I may be more then awkward when it comes to math and it should go without saying, economics as well, even I have wondered how one can spend their way OUT OF DEBT.  I really don’t understand the theory of that at all and wish someone, anyone, could explain it to me in easy to understand language.

I recall once (ok it was 2wice because I didn’t learn the first time) I tried spending our way out of debt and into prosperity. Didn’t work too well. Actually, it didn’t work at all but then I wasn’t a government spending YOUR money.  I’m certain if ALL of you folks had been willing to send me a small sum of say, oh .... a thousand dollars?  I might have made it work.  With your money. Didn’t work with mine.

So then ... here ya go.
ECONOMICS 101 as taught by Professor The One. Who knows all things. 

Oh boy, wouldn’t it be a gas if he actually did?  I mean think about it even if painful.  What if he manages to succeed with this plan?
Nah ... Can’t happen, can it?

Can Barack Obama spare a dime?
If the President is to keep his promises, his mathematics will need to be even better than his rhetoric.

Telegraph View

Barack Obama’s language and confidence are meant to be infectious. When the President says he knows that helping banks is unpopular, we want to believe him. “I promise you – I get it,” he told a joint session of Congress this week. It stands in contrast to the clunking insincerity of George Bush Sr when he notoriously told voters in 1992: “Message: I care.”

For his oratory, President Obama continues to score well; and the recent mandate from the American people gives him an advantage over other world leaders in wrestling with the economic crisis. Americans desperately want their new president to succeed. We all do.

But the budget plans released yesterday are eye-watering. The US deficit for the fiscal year that ends in September is projected to be $1.75 trillion. Much of that is derived from the stimulus package designed to fix the economy. However, Mr Obama is also following up on pledges to expand healthcare and spending in numerous other areas, amounting to a dramatic change in the parameters of federal government as understood by most Americans.

After this year, the deficit is set to come down, in part through higher taxes. But there the numbers invite scrutiny. “If your family earns less than $250,000 a year, you will not see your taxes increased a single dime,” the President said. It is difficult to see how that will not come to haunt the White House as much as that other famous Bush Sr blunder: “Read my lips: no new taxes”. President Obama will be a mathematical genius indeed if he can pay for his plans without increasing taxes on large numbers of the potential wealth creators he has promised not to hit.

They might soon be listening to that flowing, beautiful rhetoric with mounting cynicism.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/27/2009 at 05:41 AM   
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The oldest human footprints – left more than 1.5 million years ago –

Had something else for first days post but this caught my eye and I thought I’d share with the few who find it interesting.

I can not pretend to understand how a set of footprints can last over that period of time.  It seems too fantastic to believe.

Surely all the rain over all the years should have washed them away long ago. No? 

Oh well, if it’s real it is quite a find.  And something else to consider.  If it’s for real and it appears so, what else is on the discovery horizon?

Something to think about.

Oldest human footprints found in Kenya
The oldest human footprints – left more than 1.5 million years ago – have been discovered in northern Kenya.

Last Updated: 8:46AM GMT 27 Feb 2009

Two sets of prints left by Homo ergaster, an early ancestor of modern humans. were found in separate rock layers near Ileret.

Laser scanning revealed that feet have stayed much the same over 1.5 million years and the creature walked the same way as people do today.

The prints bore all the hallmarks of a modern human stride, including an arched foot, short toes, and a big toe that was parallel to the other toes.

As in modern humans, weight was transferred from the heel to the ball of the foot and then to the big toe with each step.

The find is the first of its kind since the famous discovery 30 years ago of footprints dating back 3.75 million years at Laetoli, Tanzania.

These older prints are thought to have been left by the more primitive and apelike Australopithecus.


Although this creature also appears to have walked upright, it had a shallow arch and a splayed big toe characteristic of apes.

The Ileret prints, pressed into solidified layers of ancient mud, consisted of an upper and lower set five metres apart.

The top layer contained three trails – two of two prints each, one of seven prints, and a number of isolated prints.

The deeper layer preserved one trail of two prints and a single isolated smaller print that may have been left by a child.

Scientists led by Dr Matthew Bennett, from the University of Bournemouth in Poole, scanned the prints and compared them with those of modern humans and the Laetoli prints.

They wrote in the journal Science: “The Ileret prints show that by 1.5 million years, hominids had evolved an essentially modern human foot function and style of bipedal locomotion.”

Homo ergaster, often known as early Homo erectus, was the first “human” to have long legs and short arms like modern Homo sapiens.

Various remains of H. ergaster/erectus have been found in Tanzania, Kenya, and South Africa, where human beings first evolved.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/27/2009 at 05:19 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 26, 2009

Thwarting the local terrorists

Not exactly. But this article is about 2 guys who work summers in a park 20 minutes west of here, over in Easton PA.

Twigging the TWIC

TSA declares Mule skinners must have biometric IDs

A federal anti-terror law that requires longshoremen, truckers and others to submit to criminal background checks has ensnared another class of transportation worker—mule drivers.

Yes, so-called mule skinners—in this case, seasonal workers who dress in colonial garb at a historical park in Easton, Pa.—must apply for biometric Transportation Worker Identification Credentials (TWIC), according to the Transportation Security Administration, which says it is bound by federal law.image

The requirement has officials of the Hugh Moore Historical Park perplexed.

“We have one boat. It’s pulled by two mules. On a good day they might go 2 miles per hour,” said Sarah B. Hays, the park’s director of operations.

The park’s two-mile canal does not pass any military bases, nuclear power plants or other sensitive facilities. And, park officials say, the mules could be considered weapons of mass destruction only if they were aimed at something resembling food.

In December, Hayes wrote to Rep. Charles Dent, R-Pennsylvania, about the requirement. Dent, in turn, wrote to the TSA requesting a waiver, noting the mode of transportation involved was “mule-drawn canal boats.”

In January, the TSA responded, noting the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 applies to all mariners holding U.S. Coast Guard-issued credentials.

“We encourage the crew members… who possess Coast Guard mariner credentials to obtain a TWIC at their earliest convenience to comply with these requirements and not risk suspension or revocation of their other credentials,” the TSA wrote.

Two guys, two old mules, one creaky wooden canal boat. It’s not like tens of thousands of people flock to this place either. It’s a nice little trip, but it isn’t very popular. And there really isn’t anywhere terrorists could even go in the boat. It doesn’t have an engine, or sails. I’m not sure it even has a rudder. And I’m not sure that you can even get it out of the canal and into the Lehigh River.


TWIC on the other hand, is as high tech as it gets, at least for ID cards in the US. It’s one of those whiz-bang ID cards with holograms and funny colored engraving and all sorts of neat stuff that you can’t reproduce on a copier or a computer printer. Plus it contains your fingerprints, but I’d at least hope they were in a digital format, so that the “biometric identifier” part is properly high tech as well.

It does seems like overkill for these 2 seasonal part time workers to have to get such an ID, but it’s also overkill for them to have to be registered with the US Coast Guard. But since they give people a boat ride for money, that makes them professional mariners. Even if the placid stagnant water in the canal is only 5 feet deep.

On Wednesday, the mule skinner debate reached Capitol Hill, when Dent asked new Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the necessity of conducting background checks on mule drivers. He displayed a photo of two mules, Hank and George, tugging a canal boat in the company of two park employee mule drivers in colonial working attire.

“Now Hank and George, while sometimes are ornery, they are not terrorists,” Dent said. Napolitano said she would try to be flexible.

“Obviously this is a picture designed to say ‘Hey, isn’t it absurd that they be required to have TWIC cards.’” Napolitano said. “Um, let’s work with you on this particular case, if we might.”

Park officials say four or five park employees typically have Coast Guard credentials to operate the canal boat, and the extra expense of a TWIC card, which is at least an extra $100 on top of fees for Coast Guard credentials, is unwelcome.

“I think the rule was written and the policy was set up for all the big shipping, and they never even considered something outside the normal bounds,” Hays said.

Dent said he will work on a “common sense” solution with Napolitano.

Well, maybe they ought to go through the serious background check that TWIC entails. Who knows, maybe these people are ... a hidden threat. They could grab the rope and run away with the canal boat passengers as hostages. All the way to the other end of the 1 mile long canal.

Besides, that TWIC ID might help them get real jobs in the off season.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/26/2009 at 11:00 PM   
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What’s coming next?

Dear BMEWS reader:

You have to read this post like the forwarded email that it is. Read this top part, then jump down and read the bottom part, then read the part just below the top part.

This essay was actually a comment left by “TPS” over at Pat Dollard’s blog back on Veteran’s Day just after the election, talking about Obama’s promised mandatory national workforce (the one with more power and resources than the military).
(the one he isn’t saying much about any more either)

There was a response from the Obamba camp, but that has now been taken down. I checked. TPS’s comment has been snipped and circulates the email world. It is a blog post all by itself.

The comment was snipped and posted at Atlas Shrugs back on November 13, 2008. Pamela Geller, Ms. Atlas Shrugs herself, is not the author.

That said, now that it’s finally been sent to me, I get a chance to have my own response, which I wrote assuming Geller was the author. (but please jump ahead and read what TPS wrote first):

No kidding. But let’s not listen to Pam, as she is a crazy NYC jewish nutjob given to believing in conspiracy theories. She thinks Islam is the enemy. Silly her. She thinks big government is out to get us. Tinfoil hat and Wonderbra all in one; just shake your head and walk away.

Yes, Obama scares the shit out of me. He is destroying the country as fast as he possibly can, but he is not doing it alone. I now firmly believe that the economic crisis was no accident; that the setup was done for years by the left, and that the collapse was triggered deliberately. The Democrats have been out to turn this nation into a communist camp with them in charge ever since FDR, who was 95% a commie to begin with. It goes back further than that. The New Nobility that arose in the pre bellum south found that slavery was just too good to let go of, and that idea has never left their minds, even though members of the N.N. are now in all corners of the nation. Direct ownership of the lower castes is no longer necessary, because these people will gladly build the chains that bind them themselves if you give them enough goodies to ensure their complacency. [expect certain lesser narcotics like pot to soon be legalized, or at least overlooked in more and more areas. For the tax money you know. We need it. But even without the added tax revenue, keeping the lesser folks in a stupor only benefits those in power]

And now 52% of the nation ... all the losers, the lazy, the bleeding hearts, the America haters, the stoned, the corrupt, and the Naturally Superior ... are in charge.

Civil war may soon be upon us. Buy your guns now, stock up on ammo, have a bug out kit and a plan, and be ready to fight. It will be a nasty event, not just left vs right, but Conservative White America vs everyone else. I will not go peacably into the reeducation camp, which means I will be an early casualty.

The Great Experiment has failed. Or at least is on the very last razor’s edge of the abyss. The entire government needs to be torn down, torn apart, thinned out, simplified, and rebuilt using honest men. Good luck finding any. We have built a Utopia, but not one of freedom. It is a utopia of comfort and ease, not one of hard work and achievement. Bread and Circuses for the ever increasing masses; that is their RIGHT, from cradle to grave.

End Days are upon us. 12/23/12 is coming soon. With NAFTA and CAFTA and the unwillingness of our government to solve the Mexico Problem, the North American Union becomes more possible every week, and it will be a fascist state. For your own good, of course. Every day I see another dark cloud growing bigger that forces me to believe these things more and more.

Making this statement now puts me in the same category as Pamela Geller. I am a nutjob. Just like Churchill.

See you on the beaches, on the hills, and in the streets.

----- Original Message -----
From: XXXX
Sent: Wednesday, February 25, 2009 11:23 PM
Subject: whats coming?...........

Atlas Shrugs one of my daily reads.....absolutely spot on!

this article will really make you think, it reflects today with historic happenings.

“Something of Historic Proportion is Happening” by Pam Geller

I am a student of history. Professionally. I have written 15 books in six languages, and have studied it all my life. I think there is something monumentally large afoot, and I do not believe it is just a banking crisis, or a mortgage crisis, or a credit crisis. Yes, these exist but they are merely single facets on a very large gemstone that is only now coming into a sharper focus.

Something of historic proportions is happening. I can sense it because I know how it feels, smells, what it looks like, and how people react to it.

Yes, a perfect storm may be brewing, but there is something happening within our country that has been evolving for about 10 - 15 years. The pace has dramatically quickened in the past two.

We demand and then codify into law the requirement that our banks make massive loans to people whom we know can never pay back? Why? We learn just days ago that the Federal Reserve, which has little or no real oversight by anyone, has “loaned” two trillion dollars (that is $2,000,000,000,000) over the past few months, but will not tell us to whom or why or disclose the terms. That is our money. Yours and mine. And that is three times the $700B we all argued about so strenuously just this past September.

Who has this money? Why do they have it? Why are the terms unavailable to us? Who asked for it? Who authorized it? I thought this was a government of “We the People,” who lent our powers to our elected leaders..Apparently not.

We have spent two or more decades intentionally de-industrializing our economy. Why? We have intentionally dumbed down our schools, ignored our history, and no longer teach our founding documents, why we are exceptional, and why we are worth preserving. Students by and large cannot write, think critically, read, or articulate. Parents are not revolting, teachers are not picketing, and school boards continue to back mediocrity. Why?

We have now established the precedent of protesting every close election (now violently in California over a proposition that is so controversial that it wants marriage to remain between one man and one woman. Did you ever think such a thing possible just a decade ago?). We have corrupted our sacred political process by allowing unelected judges to write laws that radically change our way of life, and then mainstream Marxist groups like ACORN and others to turn our voting system into a banana republic. To what purpose?

Now our mortgage industry is collapsing, housing prices are in free fall, major industries are failing, our banking system is on the verge of collapse, Social Security is nearly bankrupt, as is Medicare and our entire government. Our education system is worse than a joke (I teach college and know precisely what I am talking about.) The list is staggering in its length, breadth, and depth. It is potentially
1929 x 10. And we are at war with an enemy we cannot name for fear of offending people of the same religion who cannot wait to slit the throats of your children if they have the opportunity to do so.

And now we have elected a man no one knows anything about, who has never run so much as a Dairy Queen, let alone a town as big as Wasilla ,Alaska. All of his associations and alliances are with real radicals in their chosen fields of employment, and everything we learn about him, drip by drip, is unsettling if not downright scary
(Surely you have heard him speak about his idea to create and fund a mandatory civilian defense force stronger than our military for use inside our borders? No? Oh, of course. The media would never play that for you over and over and then demand he answer it. Sarah Palin’s pregnant daughter and $150,000 wardrobe is more important.)

Mr. Obama’s winning platform can be boiled down to one word: Change. Why?

I have never been so afraid for my country and for my children as I am now. This man campaigned on bringing people together, something he has never, ever done in his professional life. In my assessment, Obama will divide us along philosophical lines, push us apart, and then try to realign the pieces into a new and different power structure. Change is indeed coming. And when it comes, you will never see the same nation again.

And that is only the beginning.

I thought I would never be able to experience what the ordinary, moral German felt in the mid-1930’s. In those times, the savior was a former smooth-talking rabble-rouser from the streets, about whom the average German knew next to nothing. What they did know was that he was associated with groups that shouted, shoved, and pushed around people with whom they disagreed; he edged his way onto the political stage through great oratory and promises. Economic times were tough, people were losing jobs, and he was a great speaker. And he smiled and waved a lot. And people, even newspapers, were afraid to speak out for fear that his “brown shirts” would bully them into submission.

And then he was duly elected to office, with a full-throttled economic crisis at hand [the Great Depression]. Slowly but surely he seized the controls of government power, department by department, person by person, bureaucracy by bureaucracy. The kids joined a Youth Movement in his name, where they were taught what to think.

How did he get the people on his side? He did it promising jobs to the jobless, money to the moneyless, and goodies for the military-industrial complex. He did it by indoctrinating the children, advocating gun control, health care for all, better wages, better jobs, and promising to re-instill pride once again in the country, across Europe , and across the world.

He did it with a compliant media - Did you know that? And he did this all in the name of justice and .. . . change. And the people surely got what they voted for. (Look it up if you think I am exaggerating.) Read your history books. Many people objected in 1933 and were shouted down, called names, laughed at, and made fun of. When Winston Churchill pointed out the obvious in the late 1930’s while seated in the House of Lords in England (he was not yet Prime Minister), he was booed into his seat and called a crazy troublemaker. He was right, though .

Don’t forget that Germany was the most educated, cultured country in Europe . It was full of music, art, museums, hospitals, laboratories, and universities. And in less than six years - a shorter time span than just two terms of the U. S. presidency - it was rounding up its own citizens, killing others, abrogating its laws, turning children against parents, and neighbors against neighbors. All with the best of intentions, of course. The road to Hell is paved with them.

As a practical thinker, one not overly prone to emotional decisions, I have a choice: I can either believe what the objective pieces of evidence tell me (even if they make me cringe with disgust); I can believe what history is shouting to me from across the chasm of seven decades; or I can hope I am wrong, close my eyes, have another latte and ignore what is transpiring around me.

Some people scoff at me; others laugh or think I am foolish, naive, or both. Perhaps I am. But I have never been afraid to look people in the eye and tell them exactly what I believe - and why I believe it. I pray I am wrong. I do not think I am.

“Democracy is two wolves and a lamb deciding what to have for dinner. Liberty is a well-armed lamb.” - Benjamin Franklin

Now jump back for my reaction.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/26/2009 at 05:25 PM   
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A Learning Post For Peiper

Peiper - go into the editor and read the code.


Ok, we’ve got 2 images, each of which is wider than half the screen width. So instead of being side by side they get stacked on top of each other. Not what you want in this case. But notice that the Center command stacks them up neatly, even though they are on 2 lines. So let’s try adjusting their sizes by doing a bit of math and scaling them down a bit.


I cut the height and width in half, so each image is now 1/4 of its original size. This should fit with room to spare on even the lowest resolution monitor. I enlarged the width value of the spacer image to 10 to put a little gap between them. I used the Center statement so that they come out in the middle of the frame.

This time each image has had the width scaled using percentages instead of absolute pixels. Since I didn’t scale the heights, they will look mashed up or stretched out. The spacer has also been stretched. No here’s a funny thing: on my monitor these images are not shown side by side. They come out on top of each other, even though the total width percentages are less than 100% !!

You can put them in tables too. [I made the borders large so you can see them. If you make them invisible then you’re just using the table as a convenient device for lining things up. Unfortunately tables don’t always work right. I don’t know why, but I think it’s a shortcoming of the blog engine interacting with the various browsers.] If you set the width of the table cell to be a percentage, then you can manipulate the location and size of the images within each cell, but that manipulation will only be relative to the cell itself ...

ANOTHER FUNNY THING: on my PC, which has a 1280x1024 resolution, when I use Internet Explorer 7 NONE of these tables come out right. Yet all of them work with Firefox. Go figure. So I went and upgraded to IE 8, and now they display fine. But the editor now works strangely. Ack, you just can’t win sometimes.


This table has no width specified, so it defaults to 100% of the available width. The exact same table with a specified width (50% in the following example) will show up much smaller. Will it be centered or left justified by default? Let’s see ...


Ah ha!! It is left justifed. So when using a table that is narrower than the whole available width, you would apply the Center command to the entire table if you want it in the middle of the screen:

Ok, now you know how it’s done. Notice also that the line spacing seems to be rather huge around tables. Take a look at the main .css files and see if the TABLE command has been tweaked to force a bit more vertical spacing. With a table, the images will ALWAYS come out side by side.

Let’s try one more thing, shall we? Notice the code and spot the important difference:

image image

The table border, cellspacing, and cellpadding have all been set to zero. That is not important, it just forces the table to take up the least possible amount of screen space. These values may also be overridden by the blogging engine or the browser, both of which may have default or minimal values for them.

The important thing is that the images have NO height or width settings, so they default to full size. On my monitor they come out side by side, even though the two images together are actually wider than the frame! This is what is called a side effect, and is something you want to avoid. It is the result of the “battle” between the rules that pertain to the IMG, TABLE, and TD statements and the rules that pertain to the width of the posting area [which is not actually a FRAME, but you can think of it as if it were]. funky!

Bottom line: The easiest way to make sure the images come out side by side is to size them down to under 300 pixels wide when you upload them. If you make that “thumbnail” a copy of the original image, you can then figure out how to make each image a hyperlink back to the original full size image if that is important. Tables are great, but they can be a real pain sometimes.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/26/2009 at 02:22 PM   
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I have the utmost respect for BMEWS readers and those who post comments here. So much so that I even asked Wardmom to marry me in another life but she refused, offering me instead the role of president of her fan club. That’s good too. I can do that.

The thing is while I respect everyone here I also know you’re an envious bunch and so the news I post here today will I just know turn you green with envy.
Why, after reading this you will all most likely start to badger your police departments to learn how to do their job better.  Just like here.
And I do know with certainty that BMEWS readers are not fans of disorder, unless they are causing it.

So ... see what ya think of this and try (it’ll be hard I know) not to be discouraged by this example of stalwart, hard nosed take no prisoners law enforcement.
And it’s about darn time.


Feb. 26, 2009

WOO-HOO That’ll show em.

In an article from our amateur weekly local, The Hampshire Chronicle reports a “crackdown” has been launched against “youths” who have been intimidating people outside a row of shops in Winchester.

Hey folks … BIG ANNOUNCEMENT here.

Winchester police have now received the authority and powers that will allow them to break up packs of unruly yoots who cause trouble outside shops in a place called Wavell Way, Stanmore.  Whatever and wherever the heck that is. No fooling BMEWS.
It’s true. Every word of it.

Police have (finally) secured a six months dispersal order until August 23, for the area in front of five shops, which means that now they can actually tell yobs and punks who are causing problems, like threatening shoppers and spitting at them when they refuse to buy booze or cigarettes for them, “TO MOVE ON.”

If you do not live in the area, the officer can ban you from returning to the location for up to 24 hours.


Now then, what happens if the yoots don’t obey?  In that case ppl, out come the heavy guns .  Get this BMEWS.  Youths can face a three month jail term or fines up to almost $9,000.00.  Of course, these kids have that kind of money tucked away safely in their mattresses at home. And as we know, they’re all working and paying taxes.

Now then, this makes the second time such a restrictive and harsh order has been made at the very same location against civilian kids just having a spot of fun, in gangs of 20.  One of their harmless pranks is to smear faeces on shop doors.

It’s my understanding after reading the article that the dispersal order was “very effective” when it was used last.

Of course it was.  The question not asked in the article is, so after they’re dispersed, just where are the little bastards going. 

Ah well … for the answer to that you’ll just have to,

Stay Tuned.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 02/26/2009 at 09:41 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 25, 2009


Oh, did I spell that wrong? Um, sorry.

For your enjoyment then. No, it isn’t teeth or hair. It’s an opportunity to spread the wealth, from your bank account to theirs. For your own good.

Yes, you will feel better after several days use ... because the thing is a little pad that fits under your arch, and most people have a bit more arch than than their shoes have. So your feet a little better supported.

I found this ad link on one of those Conservative News pages that host the latest Ann Coulter articles. No, not this page. I used to subscribe to a certain Conservative magazine or two that also hosted her work. Both were filled with the same kind of advertisements. Sure, I know they need every dollar they can get just to stay alive ... but all the Miracle Cure ads make the whole shebang seem kinda sleazy. Nothing makes reading the latest screed from Newt less appealing than the article being flanked by the Enzyte guy.

nice pic, for once


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/25/2009 at 11:41 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:
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  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
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  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
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