Death once had a near-Sarah Palin experience.

calendar   Monday - May 18, 2009


I guess some have seen this. Is that correct?
I just got it from an old friend who knows how crazy I can get over stuff like this.
Wow .. I’d love to fly in that thing but I’m not so sure I’d like it as a car.  Of course, MY idea of a car is a candy apple red Caddy.  A Vet, Hudson Hornet, Hollywood coup. 1937 Cord 2Dr. Convt., I better quit here cuz my list is endless.

I saw something like this around 1949 or so. Maybe 1950.  Saw it in an old newsreel.  I miss those. The voice of Dwight Weist. Not sure of the spelling and not even sure if he was the one who presented the story back then. But it’s a name I remember from the old movietone newsreel days in theaters.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/18/2009 at 08:25 PM   
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How would you handle it?

Police Stop Man For Carrying Gun Out In Open

As WISN 12 News was interviewing a West Allis man about his past arrest for carrying a gun in the open, police confronted him again Tuesday night—one day after the state’s attorney general ruled it’s legal.

Wisconsin has Open Carry. That means you can carry a gun around with you, and you don’t have to have it hidden on your person. A pistol at your hip, a rifle slung over your shoulder, a shotgun in your hands. How are the police to tell if this is any kind of a threat or not, until the shooting starts? How do you react as a shopkeeper?

Cousin Joe was carrying at the party I went to Saturday. It was in Pennsylvania, and that kind of thing is entirely legal there. It didn’t bother me a bit, but I know him. A couple people thought it was kind of strange. But he had a pistol, in a holster, mostly under his shirt. If you live in a state with open carry, how do people peaceably go about carrying long arms in a non-threatening way?

Sure, in the military everyone has a gun all the time, mostly. That’s the military. And if you’re off hunting, your fellow hunters are carrying while they’re hunting. Later on, when the stew is on the grill and the whiskey comes out, they put the guns away.

“Somebody called the police that somebody was walking around with a gun on their hip,” a West Allis police officer said.

“I would fit that description,” Krause said.

“That would be you,” a West Allis police officer said.

Police arrived up to investigate Krause while 12 News was interviewing him about his previous arrest for carrying a holstered gun on his hip outside his home. One officer saw Krause’s gun and asked what agency he’s affiliated with.

“I’m the same guy I was when you arrested me the last time,” Krause said.

The officers asked for his name and called dispatch.

“The reason I’m checking is because felons can’t have guns in Wisconsin,” West Allis police said.

Krause is not a felon. He’s a certified firearms instructor.

“Pretty much any time my pants are on, I’m armed,” Krause said.

That includes carrying a gun outside his home as Wisconsin’s attorney general has ruled is legal.

Young, a former Milwaukee police officer who represents part of Milwaukee’s north side, said he’s working on fast track legislation to clear up confusion with Wisconsin’s gun law.

“If you’re walking down the street with a gun in your hand and people can see it or you’ve got one in your holster here and people can see it, it’s going to create a disturbance,” Young said.

But until there’s a new law, the officers explained to Krause, the attorney general’s ruling is brand new to them and they’ll act accordingly.

“How it was explained to us is that if somebody calls and makes a complaint—in other words, they feel threatened—they feel it’s causing a disturbance or they feel that it’s disorderly in some fashion. They call us and we respond and we investigate it,” a West Allis police officer said.

The officers said in a different situation they would likely still order someone carrying a gun to the ground until they could make sure the situation is safe.
Gov. Jim Doyle hopes it won’t change how police officers respond when they see weapons.

“Our advice was people are permitted to openly carry firearms—that it wasn’t in and of itself disorderly conduct. We intentionally didn’t go into any factual-based scenarios because they’re all different,” Van Hollen said.

“I assume that local DAs and local police departments are gonna continue to act as they already have,” Doyle said.
Milwaukee’s police chief said he’ll go on telling his officers to take down anyone with a firearm despite Van Hollen’s finding that people can carry guns openly if they do it peacefully.

Chief Ed Flynn said officers can’t assume people are carrying guns legally in a city that has seen nearly 200 homicides in the past two years.

He said that means officers seeing anybody carrying a gun will put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide if the person has a right to carry it.

Let’s face it: unless Wisconsin has some special detail to their open carry law that specifies pistols must be in holsters, and rifles and shotguns must have slings and be carried over the shoulder, then open carry also has to mean “I’ve got a gun in my hands”.

You can’t expect the police to suddenly develop mind reading powers. And I’m sure there are plenty of less-than-wholesome appearing people who are perfectly law abiding and normal; you can’t go all profiley on them. So, what would you do? How would you handle it? I want to hear your opinions, although right now I’m thinking Chief Flynn ought to be fired. He’s aware of the law, he’s been informed of it’s legality, and he still has decided to assume guilty and harass law abiding citizens. Um, no, I don’t think that’s the best approach. But maybe you do? Ready on the left? Ready on the right? Ready on the Firing Line!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/18/2009 at 08:16 PM   
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Mum banned from breastfeeding at poolside for breaching food and drink rules.  Yeah. Really.

Well, what next?

How could I ignore this one?  I wasn’t even looking for it but once I read the headline, well you know. I got hooked and followed the link.

OK I have to say honestly once or 2wice I saw that on the high street (main street through town) and I didn’t find anything appealing about it.
I can’t explain it. Just felt like a peeping tom or something. But alright, not making a big deal outta that.
But ... how does breast feeding come into food and drink rules?  It just strikes me as awfully funny.  I have never heard of that.

Anyway, aren’t most women more modest in this situation? I’d have no way of knowing of course but it just seems like something a lady would do in private. No?  It’s almost like exhibition but I do admit I am probably very wrong about that.

Anyway, I’m still cracked up and laughing at the guys reasoning on the subject. Too funny.

Mum banned from breastfeeding at poolside for breaching food and drink rules

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 7:59 PM on 18th May 2009

A mother was told to stop breastfeeding her baby boy by a swimming pool as it breached a leisure centre’s ban on food and drink.

Laura Whotton was left fuming when a member of staff said she could not feed 11-week-old Joshua by the pool at John Carroll Leisure Centre in Nottingham.

The 26-year-old was feeding the hungry infant while keeping an eye on her son Thomas, four, splashing about in the water.

‘There was nothing on show and it looked like I was just holding my baby,’ said Laura, who had been wrapped in towels at the time.

‘People in bikinis were showing more skin and breast than I was.’ She added: ‘It was ridiculous because the first thing he said to me was “are you breastfeeding?” He couldn’t actually be sure I was.

‘When I said “yes”, he told me I couldn’t feed by the pool as there were children present.

‘I was feeding a baby; it’s the most natural thing in the world and I was made to feel like I was doing something terrible.’

Laura said she was left ‘extremely angry and upset’ by the ban.

‘It could put people off going swimming and has made me not want to go to the John Carroll Leisure Centre again,’ she said.

Today, Nottingham City Council insisted there had been ‘a misunderstanding’ and has promised to apologise to Ms Whotton. It is also issuing new guidelines to its leisure centre staff.

A spokesperson had initially told local paper the Nottingham Post that food and drink, including breast or bottle-feeding a baby, was against hygiene and health and safety rules.

But today a council spokeswoman said: ‘The rules are that there’s definitely no food and drink poolside, but breastfeeding is exempt from that rule. People can breastfeed anywhere.’

OK, in the interest of Health and Public safety of BMEWS viewers, CAUTION if you’re gonna open this link to the Daily Mail because, well .... ah .... the lady in question isn’t very pretty.  In fact, you may want to hold one hand over your eyes and peek but don’t look.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/18/2009 at 06:38 PM   
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Oh yeah, and guns too, but we don’t know why

Chocolate and Spam selling well in Recession

USA Today looks at Things that are selling real well right now ... and somewhere down around paragraph 21 mentions firearms. As a segue to people planting vegetable gardens out of fear!

WASHINGTON — It’s not all doom and gloom in the U.S. economy. Some products are bucking the recession and flying off store shelves. Sales of chocolate and running shoes are up. Wine drinkers haven’t stopped sipping; they just seem to be choosing cheaper vintages. Gold coins are selling like hot cakes. So are gardening seeds. Tanning products are piling up in shopping carts; maybe more people are finding color in a bottle than from sun-worshipping on a faraway beach.

Strong sales of Spam, Dinty Moore stew and chili helped Hormel Foods Corp. post a 6% increase in first quarter sales in its grocery products unit.

Let’s just ignore that Sturm, Ruger & Co. more than tripled their dividend for this quarter, or that their profits are up 110%, or that they currently have an entire year’s sales backordered. No, 6% is the big lead on increased profits!

Recession shoppers also are drawn to items that make them feel safe, both personally and financially.

“The focus on the family hearth is something that has happened in nearly every recession. It’s, ‘How can I have more fun at home?”’ said Paco Underhill, whose company, Envirosell, monitors the behavior of shoppers and sellers across the U.S. and in other countries.

“People are much more focused on their homes and their immediate happiness and they’re buying things that they can use themselves — seeds, fishing equipment. Lipstick and chocolate are small rewards that make you feel better.”

Profits in the first three months of 2009 at Hershey Co., the nation’s second-largest candy maker, surged 20% and beat Wall Street’s expectations. Kraft Foods Inc. reported double-digit growth in macaroni and cheese dinners — the consummate comfort food.

Recessions, it seems, are good for love, too. Over the final three months of 2008, condom sales rose 5% and reported its strongest performance in seven years.

Ooh, 5%! 20%!! Double Digit Growth!!! [ie >= 10%] That’s NEWS, that is!

... down about paragraph 21 ...

Guns are selling well, too. Total firearms sales rose 27.5% at Smith & Wesson for the three months ending Jan. 31. It’s not a sudden interest in hunting behind the increase; hunting firearm sales at the company declined during the quarter by 46%. Gun sales are being driven by concern that the Obama administration will tighten gun laws. But people also are feeling a level of fear and heightened interest in self-reliance as they weather the recession.

“They are looking down the road going ‘What could happen here?”’ Underhill said. “I think a lot of Americans are truly scared. One of the things that tickles is our pioneer ethos, which is, ‘I feel better with a year’s supply of toilet paper’ and ‘Maybe I should start canning and pickling.”’ Many people already are.

The number of home vegetable gardens is predicted to jump more than 40% this year ...

USA Today comes a bit late to the party. The report that sales were way up on survivalist essentials - guns, canned meat and veg, toilet tissue, seeds, hand tools, and outdoor clothing - was out several months ago. It just took a mainstream paper this long to find a couple other things that are also selling well, and to find a way to write the story in a not-scary way.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/18/2009 at 05:36 PM   
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No Respect At All

Statue of President Garfield Decapitated at Hiram College


Some punk-ass frat boy who saw that Simpsons The Telltale Head Episode one too many times, and never learned the lesson?

HIRAM, Ohio—Hiram police are looking for the vandals who decapitated a 95-year-old sandstone statue of locally born President James A. Garfield overnight Thursday.

The statue of the 20th U.S. president was intact Thursday during the dedication of the college’s Garfield Institute for Public Leadership at the Portage County college.

On Friday morning, the head was gone. It is thought that the brittle sandstone head was rocked back and forth until it snapped off. The school’s commencement was held Saturday.

Garfield was born in what is now Moreland Hills in nearby Cuyahoga County and was assassinated during the first year of his term.

A replica of his birth cabin sits on the front lawn of the Moreland Hills Village Hall. His Lake County home as an adult, Lawnfield in Mentor, is open to the public as a historical site.

Garfield attended Hiram as a student and was an English teacher on its faculty 1857-1860. He was a Civil War hero and a member of Congress before becoming president.

Garfield was assassinated and died from his wounds six months after taking office in 1881 and he and his wife, Lucretia, are buried in a castle-like monument in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland.

Hiram Community Foundation Trustee Martin Paul bought the statue, valued at $20,000 to $30,000, at an auction in southern Ohio and gave it to the school earlier this year.

Hiram police are investigating, but there are no leads, Brown said. He dismissed theories that students - overcome by spring fever or this weekend’s commencement ceremonies - may have been behind the act.

School Trustee Paul Martin bought the statue at an auction in southern Ohio and gave it to the school a few months ago. With its head, the piece was valued between $20,000 and $30,000, Brown said.

School officials hope to restore the statue if the head is ever found ...

Garfield was a student of the college from 1851 to 1853 when it was still known as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute. Later, he served as principal of the school, teaching Greek, Latin, mathematics and geology. He left the college in 1861 to serve in the Civil War.

You can’t write this off as political protest. As the 20th President, James Garfield wasn’t even in office long enough to do much of anything before he was killed. Ok, he was a Republican. Nearly 130 years ago. That’s the era of the great-great-grandparents of kids in college today, to whom ancient history is the Reagan administration!

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Well, There Is That!



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I can’t remember what newspaper I cut this out of.
Tried finding it in the three weekend papers online but some newspapers don’t make everything easy to find.
Anyway ... No matter what country you’re in as you view this, I’d be willing to bet it could apply there as well.

At the moment here in the UK, there is a great outpouring of very real anger as over the last nine or so days, the papers have exposed a scandal in govt. of staggering proportions.

I did a post of only a few things a few days ago, there just is no space here to post all of it.
imageMPs (Members of Parliament) have been caught fiddling their expenses and doing something called “flipping” homes.  Buy a home with taxpayer money, use taxpayer money to fix it up, then sell for profit and keep said profit.  That’s the easy as I can make it explanation.  And that’s the least of it all.

In one case, a member claimed £125,000.00 for his office.  EXCEPT ....  his office turns out to be ....


One member had the moat (YES, MOAT) cleaned at his country estate. The taxpayer picked up the tab.

The list is loooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggg.
There’s even a charge that some may have employed fictitious staff.
One member spent £8,000.00 on a fancy TV.  Do the math people.  What’s the current dollar pound ratio. You’ll get dollars for a better picture if you don’t think eight thousand pounds sounds large enough. On a freekin TV.  Like the taxpayer should have to buy his TV to begin with.

Understand this also folks .... not EVERYTHING they did was illegal because THEY WROTE THE RULES.  Unknown to the public. And many are now saying that hey, maybe we overstepped a bit but we weren’t breaking the rules.  The public isn’t buying that, nor should they.

One Asian member built a house in her homeland (I think it was India) and was also claiming expenses for an empty home here she never used.

Another thing.  Ministers here are entitled to homes that are called ‘Grace and Favor’ residences.  They do not actually have to use them if they’d rather have something of their own. BUT ... if they aren’t willing to live FREE of charge in homes provided for them, then they should damn well pay for the homes oif their choice with their own damn money.  Not the taxpayers.

Something else to think about as well and I should mention it as well.  An awful lot of these people are very,very wealthy in their own right.
So the idea that if we have really wealthy folks at the top, there might be less temptation for them to fiddle public monies, then someone who is poor and hungry.  Yeah well, better have another thunk.  Greed is greed is greed.

Tell ya what the real shame of it all is too.  These MPs and ministers actually believe they have things coming to them. They honestly believe they are, entitled.
The most telling reaction from most of them isn’t necessarily shock.  No.
They are truly surprised and stepping all over themselves saying sorry.  But it’s clear they’re only sorry they were all caught.
This is not over yet by a long shot.
Stay Tuned.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/18/2009 at 04:32 PM   
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Same Old Lies

Hamas wants acceptance without changing ideology

Another manufactured international test of Obama’s gullibility

Leaders of Hamas have begun reaching out to the West with conciliatory words, saying the Islamic militant group wants to be part of a Mideast solution and raising the possibility they would someday accept a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

In the most significant statement so far, Hamas chief Khaled Mashaal told British lawmakers recently that the group is open to “real peace.” In Gaza, the Hamas government said last week it is ready to discuss “any approaches and proposals that can lead the region out of its current situation.”

The new tone seems mostly aimed at President Barack Obama, who was meeting Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington. As he puts together a new Mideast strategy, Obama must decide whether the U.S. will keep shunning Hamas, which seized Gaza by force in 2007 after winning parliamentary elections.

Those advocating change include a former Israeli military commander of Gaza, an ex-chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency and a group led by Obama’s now chief economic adviser, Paul Volcker.

Volcker’s group told Obama that any future Palestinian government that includes Hamas should be judged by whether it’s ready to observe a truce with Israel, and allow moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate with Israel — not by whether Hamas is ready to revoke its ideology.

In the U.S., the independent Volcker team called on Obama to both reconsider its Hamas approach, and to flesh out the outlines of a final Israeli-Palestinian agreement now rather than leaving it to the two sides, said Henry Siegman, who runs the U.S./Middle East Project think tank and is in touch with the group.

It’s a total crock, and you know it. They’re just trying to put one over on that jug eared socialist. And they probably will. The situation in Israel has not really changed since 1948, except the other side has finally realized it can not win by direct military action. These days they use world sympathy, lies, and a never ending very low level random guerrilla insurgency in a never ending attempt to wear the other side down. Hey, that sounds an awful lot like the lefties here in the US, with their gun control, pro-abortion, and green movements. Wonder who learned it from whom?

Here’s a strategy that will work: Hamas are terrorists. Fatah are terrorists. The whole Palestinian enclave are terrorists. They are pawns of the other powers in the Middle East, yet they do that willingly, training their own children from infancy to be eager cannon fodder. You can not debate with such creatures. You can not make concessions to them. You can not trust them. You can only fight them, because they will only ever fight you. Anything that seems otherwise is just a maneuver, and has been shown to be just an empty lie that buys time, over and over again across the years. So take the fight to them, and wipe them out with any and all means at your disposal. These are demons in human form. Plague carrying fleas and roaches in the guise of people. Get out the cans of Raid™, and press the buttons.


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This isn’t new except for me. 
I just found it while looking for 100w bulbs (trying to re-locate a company I mentioned here some weeks ago) and there it was listed and so I watched and thought why not share.

I’m not familiar with this fellow, and maybe some of you aren’t either. ??  Thing is, he makes some good points and as I know you folks already know,
this issue is one of my hobby horses. 

So I’m posting it and hope I’m not boring anyone.


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calendar   Saturday - May 16, 2009

EYE CANDY FASHION BUT …. Wrong earing …

I’m not sure I like the earing.  Picky,picky.

She’s a Page Three girl from THE SUN. I think.  Of course, there’s more over there as there is in their hard copy.
Wife says The Sun has photos because people who buy it can’t read. LOL.

Gee, age really sucks guys. I was just killing some time waiting for something and thought I like the photo, and I do. But I have seen better.
Then I suddenly realized something. No kidding.  We’re a couple of old goats now of course, but when my wife was 25, she was prettier then this young lady I just posted. And without any airbrushing or hair stylist or make up artist working on her. Really.

And of course I was Prince Charming.  NOT! 
Haven’t a clue how in the hell I got so lucky.  See? That’s what happens with age too. Ya think a lot. And remember things you thought you forgot.

Nature got it all wrong.
We should be born old and get younger as time goes on. Somethin’ like that.



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Taxpayers money HAS to be spent somewhere. Right?

This bit of nonsense really deserves more then just a moonbat award. Especially at a time when people are losing jobs, banks are in trouble and being bailed out with public monies, MPs are in serious hot water and some have already resigned in a huge scandal here that could bring down the govt.
Perhaps not since the teapot dome scandal in the USA has anything like what’s happening here been exposed.

I don’t know why Teapot scandal came to mind. Must be I’m in England and it just came naturally.
Anyway, this item with all that’s going on around it is just another example of how carelessly authorities spend taxpayer money.
If this council needed information on the subject, why didn’t they simply go to the police dept?  It all beggars belief I swear it does.

See what you think.
Oh, and I haven’t even gone into foot massages for unruly pupils at school.  That one deserves a thousand bats all by itself.

Council paid drug dealers and addicts hundreds of pounds of taxpayers’ money ‘to find out about their trade’

By Ryan Kisiel
Last updated at 1:21 AM on 16th May 2009

Drug dealers and addicts were paid hundreds of pounds of taxpayers’ money to take part in a question and answer session.

The money was used to interview heroin, crack cocaine and cannabis dealers to gain ‘intelligence’ on the ‘complex’ drugs problem.

After the interviews, Labour-run Lambeth Council in South London even extended a ‘special thanks’ to the dealers for their patience.

Yesterday, critics described the initiative as grotesque and a disgraceful waste of public money that would allow addicts to feed their habit.

Council officers located sellers and users through drug addiction services and the prison service.

They then offered several dealers a fee, thought to be around £50, to answer questions for about an hour. All the interviews remained confidential.

Questions included the quality of drugs that they sold, how much they earned and what they thought of their local area.

In the official report published after the interviews, the council thanked the dealers for their participation. It said: ‘We would like to extend a special thanks to all the sellers we interviewed for the candour and patience with which they described their activities to us.’

The report concluded that some dealers earn up to £5,000 a week and carry weapons or have ‘easy access’ to them.

Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said: ‘This does not look as if Lambeth has been spending public money very wisely.

‘It’s clearly important to understand the drug problem, but we should also not make it worse.’

Conservative MP Patrick Mercer said: ‘The idea of paying criminals is grotesque.  ‘If the council want intelligence-led work then funding their police force properly or a needle exchange programme to take drugs off the street would be money much better spent.’

Mark Wallace, a spokesman for the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said: ‘It’s absolutely disgraceful that hard-earned taxpayers’ money has been paid out to drug dealers.

‘This money has gone straight into the coffers of organised crime.

‘This would not seem such a “complex problem” if Lambeth would stop pussy-footing around crime and start enforcing the law by helping to bring drug dealers to justice rather than paying them.’

It is not the first time that Lambeth Council has been criticised for wasting taxpayers’ money.

In November last year, the council revealed it was spending £90,000 to send reflexologists into its schools to massage the feet of unruly pupils.

Medical experts say there is little evidence such treatment can improve the behaviour of young tearaways.

Responding to criticism of the drugs initiative, a Lambeth Council spokesman said: ‘This was a complex issue and we needed detailed intelligence to tackle it, which is why we interviewed dealers as part of our research.

‘In line with good research practice, a small payment was offered so that people would take part.

‘As a direct result of this research we’ve been in a better position to tackle the drugs market and 15 per cent fewer residents now perceive drug crime to be a problem.’



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Supporters guilty of ‘disgusting’ homophobic football chants. I do not look for this stuff …

It may look like I do but really I don’t.  These things crop up at eye level and are pretty hard to resist.

I read the article and thought, so what?  But I guess one must take into account the current PC, touchy feely attitude where feelings are concerned.

Hey, I am not saying it’s nice or even right to go out and hurt people’s feelings. But come on. It’s a football match and if someone is known for a lifestyle that is, to say the least, at odds with the norm, well heck.  That’s how some people feel about it and making fun and hurtful jibes can’t be avoided.
Besides, aren’t these folks always having parades telling us all how proud they are to be what they are? 

Anyway, when I started to read this I really expected to find much worse then what is actually here.
I guess it’s seen differently though if one is on the receiving end of the chants. 

Still, what a screwed up bunch of wankers the prosecutors are.  So this one broad who probably looks like the back end of a hippo says,
“bad taste, they were inappropriate, shocking and disgusting” speaking about some of the words used. BUT ... there isn’t anything about this pair that says they were using the more extreme language.  Here, you’ll see what what I’m talking about.
But watch out for really very shocking and disgusting and oh it’s just too awful .... 

A man and a boy were found guilty today of shouting ‘shocking and disgusting’ homophobic chants at a football match.

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 12:22 AM on 16th May 2009

Ian Trow, 42, of Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, and the 14-year-old had pleaded not guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court to the charge of indecent chanting.

The charges relate to chants made at Portsmouth Football Club defender Sol Campbell during a match against Tottenham Hotspur at Fratton Park, Portsmouth, on September 28 last year.

After a three-hour trial, Georgette Holbrook, chairwoman of the panel, found the two defendants had chanted ‘Come on gay boy, that’s my gay boy’.

She said: ‘We find that the words used were in extremely bad taste, they were inappropriate, shocking and disgusting, and as such they were indecent.’

Sophie Stevens, prosecuting, said: ‘The police and members of the public considered there was significant abuse from the travelling Tottenham supporters, abuse above what is perhaps wrongly accepted at a football match.’

The magistrates were shown a DVD of footage recorded by police showing Tottenham fans at the match.

Angie Cunningham, defending, said the video footage was examined by a professional lip reader who said the youth, who was 13 at the time, could be seen pointing and shouting: ‘Come on gay boy, that’s my gay boy.’

She added that Trow could only be seen saying the words: ‘Come on, that’s my gay’.

But the magistrates ruled that Trow had said the same words as the boy.

Ms Cunningham said it could not be assumed that the two defendants joined in other chants heard at the match.

She added: ‘They passionately and whole-heartedly believed their behaviour and language didn’t overstep the mark of what is acceptable behaviour and language at a football match.’

Portsmouth footballer Sol Campbell said he did not react to the abuse for fear of making the situation worse

The video footage also showed other chants which were shouted by up to 2,500 fans, including: ‘Sol, Sol, wherever you may be, Not long now until lunacy, We won’t give a f*** if you are hanging from a tree, You are a Judas c*** with HIV’, ‘Campbell you are a c***’ and ‘Sol’s a w*****.’

In a statement read to the court, Campbell said he felt ‘victimised’ and ‘disgusted’ by the chanting.

He said: ‘I felt absolutely disgusted at this and I didn’t react because of my profile and I feared I might make the situation worse and cause problems.

‘I felt totally victimised and helpless by the abuse I received on this day.

‘It has had an effect on me personally and I do not want it to continue. I support the police in their action.’

Following the match, Hampshire Police released images of 16 people wanted in connection with the chants.

A total of 11 were arrested and four men pleaded guilty to the offence in January and were sentenced to a three-year football banning order and a fine.

Three men and two 15-year-old boys have been given police cautions, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

While cases of racist chanting have been prosecuted before, this was the first case of indecent chanting to be brought to the courts, the CPS said.

Both Trow and the 14-year-old boy were banned from attending football matches for three years.

Trow was fined £500 and ordered to pay £400 costs and £15 to a victim surcharge fund.

The 14-year-old was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay £400 costs.

Miss Cunningham said both defendants intended to appeal against the conviction.

Nick Hawkins, Hampshire Chief Crown Prosecutor and CPS national lead on football issues, said: ‘I am pleased we have secured convictions and admissions of guilt from all 11 people we charged in connection with this unsavoury incident.

‘The magistrates’ decision show ordinary people applying common sense are disgusted with the kind of things that went on at Fratton Park last September and reflect the views of ordinary football fans across England and Wales.’


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/16/2009 at 05:25 PM   
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Got Enough Gun?

The Bison Bull .45-70 Revolver


The .45-70 cartridges pictured are over 2 1/2 inches long. This pistol is beyond huge!

The Bison Bull is a .45-70 Gov’t six-shot, single-action revolver proudly made in the U.S.A. This hearty fistful hearkens back to those thrilling days of yesteryear when great herds of American Bison freely roamed across the prairies and plains of the Old West. Sporting a 10” octagonal, custom Badger barrel and fully-adjustable, renowned Millett rear sights, the “Bison Bull” also has integral scope mounts which allows it to be readily scoped for long-distance hunting. The frame is manganese bronze while the cylinder and barrel are of 4140 chrome-moly steel. All-American materials assure the highest quality, exceptional reliability, and unerring accuracy. The “Bison Bull” is so well made that it carries a lifetime guarantee. Contact: Super Six Classic, LLC, 635 Hilltop Trail W., Ft. Atkinson, WI 53538, (816) 361-4656, Fax: (920) 568-8259, Web Site: E-Mail:

MSRP: $1,495.00

Frame: Manganese Bronze.
Cylinder: 4140 Chrome-Moly Steel.
Barrel: 4140 Chrome-Mily Steel; six lands and grooves; 1 turn in 18” twist rate. Hammer, Trigger, Front Sight Base: Manganese Bronze.
Grip Panels: Deluxe custom exotic hardwood.

10” octagonal, custom barrel.
Overall Length: 17 ½”
Weight: 6.0 lbs.
Manual Cross-Bolt Safety.
Renowned Millett Rear Sight; Fully Adjustable.
Ramp Blade Front Sight.
Integral Scope Mount.


That is one enormous pistol!

I gather that this company split apart a few years back, with one of the original partners, Gene Phelps, making his own version of the pistol out of stainless steel. Mr. Phelps recently passed away, so there will be no more of those pistols.

Badger is a top notch custom barrel maker. They are superbly accurate and well made barrels.

Another company, Magnum Research, makes a similar pistol. Theirs is called the BFR which stands for Big Fat (yeah right) Biggest Finest Revolver. [uh huh, and when calling B-52s “BUFF"s the “FF” means Fabulous Flier, right?] It costs a bit less, and weighs over a pound less.

Factory .45-70 ammunition is available everywhere. Although the cartridge is over 135 years old at this point, it is still a very popular hunting round. The bullets are huge, ranging from 300 grains to well over 530 grains, which is an ounce and a quarter of lead. Factory ammo is loaded to extremely low pressure so that it is safe to shoot in the old antique black powder rifles, but it still manages to propel a 300 grain bullet at about 1800 feet per second. And that matches the very best performance you will get from any of today’s super pistol cartridges - the .460 magnums, the .500 S&W, the .454 Casull. All of which operate at 3 times the pressure. From deer to the largest polar bears, there is no animal on the American continent that this cartridge can’t handle.

At 6 lbs, the Bison Bull pistol weighs almost as much as the popular Marlin 1895 rifle which fires the same cartridge, and costs about half as much. But that weight absorbs a whole lot of recoil, so the kick on this metal mule really isn’t all that bad. It just gives you hip dysplasia carrying it around in a holster! LOL

I do not know if the Bison Bull or it’s older cousin the BFR can handle the hotter hand loaded .45-70 cartridges. I doubt it. In a stout rifle, hot rodded .45-70 rounds are nearly as potent as those in the .458 Winchester Magnum, which is one of the smaller elephant cartridges. So yeah, it’s enough gun. No matter what.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/16/2009 at 03:34 PM   
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Squeegee In A Can

Want to get your windows nice and clean? Don’t want to pay me $10-$15 per window to do it for you? Don’t feel like building a whole collection of window cleaning tools? Here ya go. All you need is a bag of lint free rags.

ZEP 40

It really works, but is it worth it?

I’m not really into doing product endorsements. I don’t get paid for it. But while I was giving a bid on a nice big house this week, the owner was telling me all about this amazing spray he used to use. How it’s really hard to find, and how it costs a good bit, but how well it really works. Ok, make nice with the potential customer. Sure Mr. B, it must be a great product if you like it. Pity I’ve never heard of the stuff, pity I’ve never seen it in any store or at any online cleaning supply company. So the old guy goes rummaging in his garage, and hands me a can. “Try this! It takes me 3 cans to do the entire house!” So I give him the bid - I’m pretty sure I’ll get the job - and I took the can of stuff home. Never heard of it.


I tried it this afternoon. I did a small store, about 300 square feet of annoying windows. Annoying, because they’re the old style with the fat rubber gaskets and the sectional screw on anodized aluminum frames. Plus the window sets are lozenge shaped. A 4 window set is a half round, 2 rectangular windows, and another half round. 4 sets like that, plus 2 glass double doors. Round windows are a chore.

So I got out my gear, 4”, 10”, 24” squeegees, short handle, medium handle, 6” T-bar, 15” T-bar, 4” razor scraper, bucket, trough, gallon of cleaner, towels, rags, microfiber cleaning cloths. And went to work. When I was all done, except for 1 window, I went back over both sides of each window with the Zep 40. It didn’t take off any more dirt, but it did make getting into the corners a bit easier. Then I cleaned one entire window with the Zep 40 first. It came out clean. No streaks, no drips. I went back over it with my T-bar and squeegee, and I couldn’t get any more dirt off. So my conclusion is that the stuff works just as well as using commercial window cleaning tools. And it doesn’t streak. At all. And that’s fantastic.

Zep 40 is a mixture of ether, isobutyl alcohol, and some other kind of degreaser, all watered down so that it isn’t even inflammable. It smells a little oily, so it’s best to use it outside.

The stuff comes in a big 24 oz can, about $90 per case of 12, delivered.

Is it worth it? Well, the same $90 buys you 2 squeegee handles, a 6”, 10”, 14”, and 22” squeegee channel with rubber, a 6” swivel T-bar and sleeve, a 15” swivel T-bar and sleeve, and 2 of the imported German microfiber polishing cloths. In other words, it’s almost everything you need other than poles, a bucket, some rags, and a scraper to set yourself up in the window cleaning business. Well, and some quality ladders and an insurance policy. PS - the 16” plastic windowsill planter at Walmart makes a superb trough for your T-bars.

Ok, is it faster using Zep 40 spray? Maybe a little. One thing it can’t do is cool down hot glass. In the summer I keep an extra bucket of plain old water on hand. Go over the window with a sopping wet T-bar and you can cool a big window down a lot. That way the soap doesn’t evaporate instantly and leave you with a mess.

What about cold weather? That’s where Zep 40 may have an advantage. It’s pretty tough washing windows in sub-freezing weather, but sometimes that’s what you have to do. This stuff has enough alcohol in it that it won’t freeze on contact. Heck, it says Cold Weather Formula right on the label. Maybe I’ll keep a few cans on hand come the fall. In the meantime, a gallon of denatured alcohol costs $15, and will do the same kind of final wipe thing for a lot more windows than a case of spray cans.

Zep 40 should be good to use on textured glass. You can’t clean that stuff with a squeegee. Spray it on, go over it with a stiff natural brush, wipe it dry. Done.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/16/2009 at 01:34 AM   
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