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calendar   Friday - April 30, 2010

Aww Crap

A “mobile inland drilling unit” overturned in the Charenton navigational channel south of U.S. Highway 90 near Morgan City, the Coast Guard said in a statement.

There were no reports of injuries, the Coast Guard said. The floating shallow-water rig was not immediately identified and the importance of the channel was not clear.

The vessel has a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel capacity, but the Coast Guard, citing officials on the scene, said there was no fuel leaking.

As a precaution, 500 feet of oil spill containment boom was deployed around the rig and an additional 500 feet were being brought in, the Coast Guard said in its statement.




Oh, OK, it seems that this was a rig being moved from one place to another. Phew. No oil spills or pipe ruptures involved.

If one more oil rig “accidentally” blows up, I will start believing the tree hugger/midget Chinese submarine conspiracy theories.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/30/2010 at 09:26 PM   
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The World Turned Upside Down

UN Elects Iran to Commission on Women’s Rights



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Without fanfare, the United Nations this week elected Iran to its Commission on the Status of Women, handing a four-year seat on the influential human rights body to a theocratic state in which stoning is enshrined in law and lashings are required for women judged “immodest.”

Just days after Iran abandoned a high-profile bid for a seat on the U.N. Human Rights Council, it began a covert campaign to claim a seat on the Commission on the Status of Women, which is “dedicated exclusively to gender equality and advancement of women,” according to its website.

Buried 2,000 words deep in a U.N. press release distributed Wednesday on the filling of “vacancies in subsidiary bodies,” was the stark announcement: Iran, along with representatives from 10 other nations, was “elected by acclamation,” meaning that no open vote was requested or required by any member states—including the United States.

Iran’s elevation to the commission comes as a black eye just days after the U.S. helped lead a successful effort to keep Iran off the Human Rights Council, which is already dominated by nations that are judged by human rights advocates as chronic violators of essential freedoms. The current membership of the women’s commission is little different.

Though it touts itself as “the principal global policy-making body” on women’s rights, the makeup of the commission is mostly determined by geography and its membership is a hodge-podge of some human rights advocates (including the U.S., Japan, and Germany) and other nations with stark histories of rights violations.

The number of seats on the commission is based on the number of countries in a region, no matter how small their populations or how scant their respect for rights. The commission is currently made up of 13 members from Africa, 11 from Asia, nine from Latin America and the Caribbean, eight from Western Europe and North America, and four from Eastern Europe.

This announcement comes less than 48 hours after Iran’s latest female-woman-hater’s-club idiocy: Flog the evil women who have suntans!!!!!!!!!1111eleventy!!!!11

Wassamatta UN, couldn’t you find a place in your commission for Sudan?


Will we ever be rid of this rat infested bunch of dirtbags?

US out of UN! UN out of US! Jizzlam delenda est!!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/30/2010 at 08:21 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 29, 2010

Carol Sends A Reminder

You’re sound asleep when you hear a thump outside your bedroom door.  Half-awake, and nearly paralyzed with fear, you hear muffled whispers. At least two people have broken into your house and are moving your way. With your heart pumping, you reach down beside your bed and pick up your shotgun. You rack a shell into the chamber, then inch toward the door and open it. In the darkness, you make out two shadows.

One holds something that looks like a crowbar. When the intruder brandishes it as if to strike, you raise the shotgun and fire. The blast knocks both thugs to the floor. One writhes and screams while the second man crawls to the front door and lurches outside. As you pick up the telephone to call police, you know you’re in trouble.

In your country, most guns were outlawed years before, and the few that are privately owned are so stringently regulated as to make them useless. Yours was never registered. Police arrive and inform you that the second burglar has died. They arrest you for First Degree Murder and Illegal Possession of a Firearm. When you talk to your attorney, he tells you not to worry: authorities will probably plea the case down to manslaughter.
“What kind of sentence will I get?” you ask.
“Only ten-to-twelve years,” he replies, as if that’s nothing. “Behave yourself, and you’ll be out in seven.”

The next day, the shooting is the lead story in the local newspaper. Somehow, you’re portrayed as an eccentric vigilante while the two men you shot are represented as choirboys. Their friends and relatives can’t find an unkind word to say about them.  Buried deep down in the article, authorities acknowledge that both “victims” have been arrested numerous times.  But the next day’s headline says it all: “Lovable Rogue Son Didn’t Deserve to Die.” The thieves have been transformed from career criminals into Robin Hood-type pranksters.

As the days wear on, the story takes wings. The national media picks it up, then the international media. The surviving burglar has become a folk hero. Your attorney says the thief is preparing to sue you, and he’ll probably win. The media publishes reports that your home has been burglarized several times in the past and that you’ve been critical of local police for their lack of effort in apprehending the suspects.

After the last break-in, you told your neighbor that you would be prepared next time. The District Attorney uses this to allege that you were lying in wait for the burglars. A few months later, you go to trial. The charges haven’t been reduced, as your lawyer had so confidently predicted.  When you take the stand, your anger at the injustice of it all works against you. Prosecutors paint a picture of you
as a mean, vengeful man. It doesn’t take long for the jury to convict you of all charges. The judge sentences you to life in prison.

This case really happened.

On August 22, 1999, Tony Martin of Emneth, Norfolk , England, killed one burglar and wounded a second.  In April, 2000, he was convicted and is now serving a life term.

How did it become a crime to defend one’s own life in the once great British Empire? It started with the Pistols Act of 1903. This seemingly reasonable law forbade selling pistols to minors or felons and established that handgun sales were to be made only to those who had a license. The Firearms Act of 1920 expanded licensing to include not only handguns but all firearms except shotguns. Later laws passed in 1953 and 1967 outlawed the carrying of any weapon by private citizens and mandated the registration of all shotguns. Momentum for total handgun confiscation began in earnest after
the Hungerford mass shooting in 1987.  Michael Ryan, a mentally disturbed man with armed with a Kalashnikov rifle , walked down the streets shooting everyone he saw. When the smoke cleared, 17 people were dead [including the shooter and his mum].

The British public, already de-sensitized by eighty years of “gun control”, demanded even tougher restrictions. (The seizure of all privately owned handguns was the objective even though Ryan used a rifle.)

Nine years later, at Dunblane, Scotland, Thomas Hamilton used a semi-automatic weapon to murder 16 children and a teacher at a public school.

For many years, the media had portrayed all gun owners as mentally unstable or worse, criminals. Now the press had a real kook with which to beat up law-abiding gun owners. Day after day, week after week, the media gave up all pretense of objectivity and demanded a total ban on all handguns. The Dunblane Inquiry, a few months later, sealed the fate of the few sidearms still owned by private citizens.

During the years in which the British government incrementally took away most gun rights, the notion that a citizen had the right to armed self-defense came to be seen as vigilantism. Authorities
refused to grant gun licenses to people who were threatened, claiming that self-defense was no longer considered a reason to own a gun. Citizens who shot burglars or robbers or rapists were charged
while the real criminals were released.

Indeed, after the Martin shooting, a police spokesman was quoted as saying, “We cannot have people take the law into their own hands.”

All of Martin’s neighbors had been robbed numerous times, and several elderly people were severely injured in beatings by young thugs who had no fear of the consequences. Martin himself, a
collector of antiques, had seen most of his collection trashed or stolen by burglars.

When the Dunblane Inquiry ended, citizens who owned handguns were given three months to turn them over to local authorities.  Being good British subjects, most people obeyed the law. The few
who didn’t were visited by police and threatened with ten-year prison sentences if they didn’t comply. Police later bragged that they’d taken nearly 200,000 handguns from private citizens.

How did the authorities know who had handguns? The guns had been registered and licensed. Kind of like cars. Sound familiar?

WAKE UP AMERICA ; THIS IS WHY OUR FOUNDING FATHERS PUT THE SECOND AMENDMENT IN OUR CONSTITUTION.

“It does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people’s minds..”
-- Samuel Adams


NOTE OF ACCURACY: An appeal was considered in October 2001 by three senior judges headed by Lord Lane. Submissions by the defence that Martin had fired in self defence were rejected by the appeal court. However, on this occasion the defence submitted evidence that Martin suffered paranoid personality disorder specifically directed at anyone intruding into his home. This submission was accepted by the Court of Appeal and, on the grounds of diminished responsibility, Martin’s murder conviction was replaced by manslaughter carrying a five year sentence, and his ten year sentence for wounding Fearon was reduced to three years. These sentences were to run concurrently. On 28 July 2003, Martin was released after serving three years of his five-year sentence,[2] the maximum period for which he could be held following good behaviour.

Still, it is still true that he was given life in prison for defending his own.

And on the TV news today I see another group of ugly white folks have been arrested. This time it was 5 folks in Georgia, caught with 2 7” firecrackers in their car. But those giant firecrackers were “filled with shrapnel” and they had provisions at home for making more. Funny, the photo they had on TV showed them as clearly being made of red paper, at least on the outside. Details to follow if this story grows legs.

Since last November certain folks have been expecting a gun-grabbing putsch from DC. That hasn’t happened yet, but first they have to get the public a bit more worked up.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2010 at 08:07 PM   
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Gosh, it was right here just 9 minutes ago

Air Force Loses Rocket Glider During Test Flight



Have You Seen Me?

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Please call 1-800-HTV-LOST if you have



Lockheed Martin and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are investigating why contact with the first HTV-2 test vehicle was lost soon after launch on a mission to demonstrate technology for high-performance, long-endurance hypersonic flight.

The third stage of the Orbital Sciences Minotaur IV Lite booster successfully completed energy-management maneuvers, released its clamshell payload fairing and deployed the HTV-2 at the edge of the atmosphere, but telemetry signals from the hypersonic glider were lost about 9 minutes into the mission, DARPA says.

Launched from Vandenberg AFB, Calif. on April 22, the unmanned HTV-2 was planned to cross the Pacific and impact the ocean north of Kwajalein Atoll in the first of two flights to demonstrate technology for a prompt global strike weapon capable of flying 9,000nm in less than 2 hours.

The HTV-2 is a slender, highly-swept, sharp-edged delta with “unprecedented” aerodynamic efficiency for a hypersonic vehicle, said Erbland. The vehicle is designed to fly at a low angle of attack relative to other hypersonic vehicles.

Autonomous guidance, navigation and control was designed to enable the HTV-2 to manage its energy and fly a precise flight path to a “very accurate” terminal location, said Erbland. After release, the vehicle was planned to navigate via a series of waypoints, managing its trajectory “to arrive with sufficient energy to get to the next one, plus a little extra in case the drag is higher than predicted.”

The test flight called for a 30-minute mission in which the vehicle would glide at high speed before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean, north of a US military test site at the Kwajalein Atoll.

The glider separated from the booster but soon after the signal vanished, a spokeswoman said.

“Preliminary review of data indicates the HTV-2 achieved controlled flight within the atmosphere at over Mach 20. Then contact with HTV-2 was lost,” Johanna Spangenberg Jones, a spokeswoman for DARPA, told AFP.

The Kwajalein Atoll is in the Marshall Islands, roughly 1500 miles northeast of Papua New Guinea and 2300 miles west southwest of Hawaii. Call it next door to Bikini Atoll. Between 4100 and 4800 miles from Vandenburg AFB depending on their impact target. Not bad for a 30 minute trip; 8200 miles per hour or better. Waaay faster than 9000nm in <2 hrs as the DARPA press release states. Twice as fast.

No reward has yet been offered for the carbon fiber little wonderplane, although I hear the government has a rush order on printing milk cartons for the South Pacific.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2010 at 06:51 PM   
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Jumpin’ Jack Flash

It’s Not Gas





Egypt denies claims it gassed terrorists in border tunnels

An Egyptian intelligence official on Thursday denied allegations leveled by Hamas that Egypt pumped gas into a cross-border tunnel used to smuggle goods into the Gaza Strip, killing four Palestinians.

Egypt has been under pressure to shut down the hundreds of tunnels that are a key economic lifeline for the blockaded Palestinian territory but which are also used to bring in weapons for the Islamic militant group.

The intelligence official confirmed that Egyptian security forces destroyed the entrances to several tunnels this week, but said that no gas was used in the operations. He said that Egypt routinely blows up the mouths to the tunnels to seal them off, and that the blast and an ensuing fire could quickly use up all the oxygen in the confined space, causing people caught inside to suffocate.

Egypt’s denial comes a day after Hamas accused Egyptian forces of killing four Palestinians by pumping gas into a smuggling tunnel. The Hamas Interior Ministry said in a statement late Wednesday that the gas used to try to clear the tunnel was poisonous. It said six people were also injured.

It was not immediately clear what evidence Hamas was basing its allegations on.

Palestinian officials in Rafah say Egypt has stepped up a crackdown on smuggling in recent months, blowing up numerous tunnel entrances on its side of the border, setting up checkpoints in the area and confiscating contraband. Since December, Egypt has also been building an underground steel wall to block the tunnels.

Rafah officials have said about four miles (six kilometers) of that barrier — covering roughly half of the border area — is already complete.

Gee, I wonder if Egypt has access to thermobaric explosives? That way both sides could be right, as I’m certain that breathing any of the unexploded gases is not good for your health. And they do tend to use up all the available oxygen, in less than a few milliseconds. FOOM.

Or this could be more BS from Hamas, which is always a good bet. Secret tunnels don’t have much ventilation, and too many rats in one at a given time will use up all the air. It’s also possible that something being smuggled blew up, in typical splodeydope fashion.

Bottom line is 4 terrorists are dead and another 6 wounded. It’s a start.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/29/2010 at 06:27 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 28, 2010

IE Problem Solved???

A nice Thank You to

LJ
Gary
Komando

who all sent me emails saying “hey, problem here!” and especially

Larry and the other Gary who sent me a screen cap of the problem as well!!



BMEWS has been having a problem with the sidebar being wrapped around when the blog is viewed with IE. Since Sunday. And Drew has been having a very busy few days and he hasn’t checked his email since Saturday. Serves me right. D’oh!

Anyway, I checked the last 16 posts for html errors. I shrank all the graphics an extra 10%. I made sure every single html tag was matched and properly closed. I turned the left alignment off on the picture of Jesse Jackson’s head. I pulled the animated .gifs. Nothing seemed to work.

I went into the source code and went over the main blog template and the main .css files. Nothing ... although I did see that Allan had used an old form of the code for a text bullet, which is why you may have seen the “&bull” several times at the bottom of each post instead of a when you read BMEWS using IE. That’s minor, and I fixed that next.

But I could not find it. I could not find where the problem was.

So I had to play Dr. House and do exploratory surgery. Yank a post, reload the blog in IE. Problem solved? No, so put the post back and try another. Finally I found the culprit. I think. But for the life of me I can’t really see anything wrong with that post. All the widths seem Ok.

IE has a notorious history of having problems with blog sidebars. My advice is to use Firefox, Opera, Safari, or damn near anything else if you can. But sometimes you can’t, so I did what I could to make things Ok with IE.

At least this time the issue was not due to a table entry. That’s another bloggy bugaboo that gives some browsers hiccups.

At any rate, now it looks fine when I run it with my IE. I hope it looks fine on yours. I still hate IE though. What a slow motion POS.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2010 at 07:31 PM   
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deeply confusing

NJ police officer disrupts apparent suicide try

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS • April 27, 2010

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Police in New Jersey say an officer looking for a missing teen may have prevented her and a friend from committing suicide when he broke down the door of a motel room where the girls had been drinking a mixture of Advil and antifreeze.

The girls were discovered Tuesday morning in Clinton Township, about 30 miles northwest of Trenton.

A township resident had called police Monday night to report her 16-year-old daughter missing.

Clinton Special Officer Alfonso Carasio found her car in the parking lot of a Route 22 motel about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The manager gave him a room key, but the door was secured with a chain lock, so officers broke it down.

The 16-year-old was hospitalized in satisfactory condition. Her 17-year-old friend was in critical condition.



The older girl is the step daughter of someone we know. As of late last night she was still unresponsive, renal failure, not breathing on her own, but receiving dialysis and medication. That’s all I know.

From what I understand both these girls have everything going for them. Great grades, popularity, extraordinary good looks, caring normal families with loads of money. LOADS. Everything you could possibly realistically want as a suburban teenage girl in America. Charmed lives. Yet they made a suicide pact together and did their best to carry it out.

This is very baffling. Beyond my understanding and (so far) anyone else’s as well. It was completely out of the blue.

Antifreeze poisoning is pretty awful, especially after 12+ hours post ingestion. Several states have laws that require a foul tasting additive be added (Bitrex), though studies show that this doesn’t hinder it’s use in this kind of situation. Maybe a really potent regurgitant is needed too. Maybe the stuff should just be taken off the market, since the food-grade non-poisonous propylene glycol works just as well in your radiator. And maybe parents should have a better dialogue with their children, and a greater awareness of what’s going on in their lives. But with some kids that isn’t always possible.

I don’t have the answers. I barely even have the questions.

UPDATE: It took 2 days but she pulled through. Breathing on her own, somewhat responsive. The physical damage is going to take a long time to heal and may require hemodialysis sessions for months to come. Permanent kidney damage can not be ruled out yet. The mental and emotional damage? That’s anyone’s guess right now. It’s too soon to even be asking questions. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2010 at 03:18 PM   
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Huff Po’s Idea of Economic Stimulus?

That’s the left, keeping it classy, always. Was HuffPo behind this? No, but they ran the story. And it sorta blew up in their faces, neener neener. Read on.

Sarah Palin Lookalike Contest Being Held At Chicago Strip Club The Day Palin Speaks At GOP Fundraiser

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A Chicago strip club is celebrating Sarah Palin’s visit to Illinois next month by hosting a Palin lookalike contest titled “Less Taxation, More Stimulation"--and a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Tea Party movement.

On May 12, Palin will be in suburban Rosemont raising money for the state Republican party, and the Admiral Theatre Gentlemen’s Club in Chicago wanted in on the action.

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Some proceeds from event will be donated to the Tea Party Movement.

And that last line just broke their little hearts. Mwahahahahahaa!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/28/2010 at 12:33 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 27, 2010

The Chicago Way

Gang Driven Crime And Murder Spree in Chicago

Answer? More Government! Quick, Send In The National Guard!!



CHICAGO—Two lawmakers who believe violence has become so rampant in Chicago that the Illinois National Guard must be called in to help made a public plea to Gov. Pat Quinn on Sunday to deploy troops.

A recent surge in violent crime, including a night last week that saw seven people killed and 18 wounded—mostly by gunfire—prompted the request from Chicago Democratic Reps. John Fritchey and LaShawn Ford. They were joined by Willie Williams, whose son was shot and killed in 2006.

Chicago has had 113 homicide victims so far this year, Fritchey said.

“As we speak, National Guard members are working side-by-side with our troops to fight a war halfway around the world,” he said during a news conference in downtown Chicago. “The unfortunate reality is that we have another war that is just as deadly that is taking place right in our backyard.”

Chicago Police Supt. Jody Weis said he didn’t think the National Guard was the best answer, noting that police focus on civilian law enforcement.

“I appreciate their frustration and their willingness to help,” he said after Fritchey and Ford’s news conference. “But I am simply not sure the National Guard is the answer to our problems—at least in terms of mass deployment. I’m frankly not sure what their mission would be.”

Weis said most of the violent crime has been focused in areas that represent only 9 percent of the city. Last week, he said the department was improving its gang intelligence, developing new computer programs and creating a mobile strike force of about 100 officers to try to quell the violence, which has been largely confined to the city’s south and west sides.

Hmm, a mere 9% of the city? And would there be any sort of ... cultural clumping in those areas perhaps?

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Hmm, looks more like 59% to me, not 9%

And remember, Chicago is where all the guns are outlawed, along with your right to self-defense. A city controlled by Democrats for generations. How’s that gun control shizzba workin’ out for ya now, Mayor Daley?

Fritchey said guard members have been trained in civil law enforcement as part of their nation-building assignments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Deploying the guard also would make economic sense, considering the near-crisis in state finances, he said.

“We don’t have the dollars to hire additional officers, but in the National Guard we have men and women on hand who are trained to deal with these situations,” he said.

That’s right suckas. Chicago had to make a few budget cut backs, so now the state - or the nation - can pay their law enforcement tab. Liberals. To the bloody bone. But if you think that’s bad ... here’s Jesse Jackson’s take. (hold your nose before reading, please.)

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Rev. Jesse Jackson
Civil rights activist

Posted: April 27, 2010 04:25 PM


‘Chicago is in a State Of Emergency’

Chicago is in a state of emergency. It has been reported that 113 people have been killed in Chicago this year. The same number of U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan during the same time period.

The present structure is not adequate to secure the people. We are laying off teachers, closing schools, proposing shorter school days, reducing public transportation, laying off transit workers and raising the fare for public transportation and public parking. The basic issues in the zones of pain are not being addressed. Neighborhoods facing high crime and violence are also facing record home foreclosure rates and student loan defaults.

If talk about bringing in the National Guard illuminates the issue, then let the debate begin.

We need to revive the ban on assault weapons. We need targeted jobs, targeted job training, open skill and trade training in the unions and organized adult regulated recreation for our children.

We need a comprehensive urban policy plan now. We have a plan for security and development in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also had a plan to salvage Wall Street. Why not a plan for Chicago?

The robber barons of our time have been bailed out while the poor are being locked up and wallow in unacceptable violence. We need help now.

Just as we have decided that the Wall Street banks are too big to fail, the growing number of the poor and the unemployed are too big to abandon. They must no longer be told to wait. Those in the zones of pain, whether rural Appalachia or Alabama, are too big to fail as well.

Right, he makes so much sense. Ban a particular kind of hunting rifle that is not available for sale in the city. And maybe not even in the state? That will help. More teachers, bus drivers, and toll takers will cut down on crime and gang violence. Works every time! But those high crime neighborhoods are having a hard time; it’s not their fault. And here’s a real burning bag of bullshit: things are so bad for them that their homes are being foreclosed on, and they can’t pay back their student loans!! Sure, as if any of these ghetto rats actually own instead of renting, and as if a single one of them made it through high school and went as far as community college for a week. Wha ‘chu talkin’ ‘bout Willis?

See, there can’t be a plan for the city. Gotta have one of those. Because Chicago doesn’t have a planning board? They don’t have an entire small army of business, social, cultural, academic, and housing planners? Amazing. That makes them unique among towns and cities across the nation with populations over 10,000. Who’da thunk it?

Now, let’s get some more of that Obamamoney in here - because Illinois didn’t get the hugest slice of that stimulation pie, nor did they get a crop of earmarks 10 times bigger than last year - and create government funded jobs for people. Gots to. Targeted jobs, given out based on who you are, not what you can do. Because, amazingly, private industry doesn’t want to invest in the area. At all! Because they’re all racists you know. Uppity heimies controlling all the money in their secret world domination headquarters in Heimietown NJ, right Jesse?

So while Jesse calls for mo’ money, mo’ money, mo’ money ... others look at the big picture and see how sending in the guard could be a unifying experience.

The director of CeaseFire Illinois keeps tabs on violent conflicts across the city.

He and 120 workers broker truces—sometimes literally getting between gunmen—to stop the shooting.

So Hardiman’s opinion on whether Chicago should allow the Illinois National Guard to safeguard the city carries some weight.

“It’s a good scare tactic,” he said. “But the brothers would unify to fight the system. You would have a throwback to the Black Panthers.”

Hardiman said the recent spike in murders is worrisome, especially to those in the neighborhoods on the South and West Sides where most of the violence happens.

Yet, it’s nothing new.

“Every year we struggle with March and April,” he said. “There’s a spike when the first hot days come. Any slight infraction will lead to people getting killed.”

Hardiman, whose organization operates in 12 Chicago communities and seven outside the city, plans to have his workers visit 10 communities simultaneously at 6 p.m. Friday to “go into the belly of the beast and get the word out for these young guys to put their guns down.”

Although much of the violence involves gang members, Hardiman said most of the killings involve “interpersonal” squabbles about relationships, insults and the like.

See? Nothing to worry about. This is all just the ghetto version of Le sacre du printemps. The rites of Spring. Nothing to see here, just push the bodies to one side and move along.

And the best bottom line of all is that someone has already figured out how to blame it all on Global Warming. Awesome. Blame it on a few warm days because it’s Spring. Liberals are all nuts.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2010 at 11:35 PM   
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The Arizona Problem

It’s Raaaaaacial Proooofiiiling!!!




Big ass kerfuffle going on with the new law in Arizona. I can’t turn on the TV without hearing some former hippie in a suit yammering on and on and on about how cruel, inhuman, illegal, and raaaacist this new policy of identifying and removing the improper foreigners is.

So I came up with a solution.

I have not yet read their new law. But it’s their law, their state. And what they are doing is only enforcing, by duplication, an already existing federal law that the limp-dicked clown posse in DC doesn’t have the nads to enforce, or the gumption to overturn. So more power to Arizona, and if they’re a little low on ammunition or bayonets, drop me a line.

If it is the case (and I hope it is) that the new Arizona law allows state and local law officers to request proof of citizenship from anyone at any time, and not as a secondary aspect of any other enforcement activity ... then what Arizona needs to do is get hold of a couple of video cameras real fast. And record their cops asking the Bavarian Polka Team for ID. And a group of conservatively suited Japanese businessmen. And the Native Rhythms dance troop from Malawi. And some folks visiting from Canada, New Jersey, New York City, and Australia. And any other place where people talk funny and right now the white folks are rather pale. And get those videos out on YouTube and on the news, pronto.

And then they can have little interviews with the foreigners, who will happily tell the cameras that being asked for ID is a standard daily occurance in their own countries, and that it is right and proper that the foreigners should be kept track of and the improper ones removed. After all, it’s the left who wants the USA to be more like Europe, and this is exactly how things are in quite a large part of Europe and always have been. And just how do you think the Japanese would think about half a million illegal Koreans being in their country?

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2010 at 08:19 PM   
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Sneaky Bastige

I made Rodger’s “Schlongg’s Famous Corn Casserole” last night, and it’s pretty good. I was expecting a more intense corn flavor, but this was actually nicely balanced. I used a tablespoon more than 1/4 cup of sugar, and it was plenty sweet enough. Be warned, the dish is a sneaky little bastige. It doesn’t taste like all that, and it doesn’t rise up too much in the baking dish so it doesn’t look like all that much either. But it’s solid, like rocks. 2 or 3 pieces with a normal size dinner and you will be groaning.

And add a half teaspoon of salt if you make it with no-salt corn. Just don’t let the government see you doing that.

* 15 0z can drained whole corn
* 15 0z can cream style corn
* 1 box Jiffy corn muffin mix
* ¼ or (sweeter) ½ cup sugar
* 2 eggs well beaten
* 1 stick melted margarine ( I used unsalted butter )
* 1 cup sour cream

Heat oven to 350°
Mix together all ingredients in a bowl.  Pour into well greased 9x13 baking dish and bake for 45-60 minutes, or until center is firm.

Mine cooked for 55 minutes and I think it could have gone a little longer. But it came out pretty well.

Interestingly, his recipe calls for the one pound cans of corn, while the otherwise identical recipe at cooks.com calls for the half pound cans of corn. On the third hand, they list his recipe as well. So who knows which one is right? But Rodger’s version will really fill you up, 10 minutes after you’re done eating it. So be careful.

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UPDATE: McGoo gave this recipe a try as well, and liked the results, but his came out a tad gooey in the middle just like mine did. I think the best approach would be using 12 ounces of each corn. I’m tempted to add a little baking soda myself. And I’m really tempted to try it again with some jalapeno chunks in there as well. Just enough to add a tiny bit of zip.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2010 at 07:33 PM   
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End of Season: meh

Finished off the winter bowling league last night. Got outbowled “tactically” yet again. Which means we lost the first game by 2 pins, won the 2nd game by 4 pins, then lost the 3rd game by about 14. We are going to have to find a way to beat that next year. Somehow force our opponents to win by huge amounts.

It is to any team’s advantage to win by just a tiny amount. And if they have a real ability to do so, a skill which is generally known as sandbagging, they can amass a serious number of wins without driving their averages up hardly at all.

We haven’t mastered this skill. Heck, we’ve never even attempted it. Silly us, we get out there each week and roll the best that we can every game, and then fate and luck work together to decide who actually wins. Which is why we often wound up giving away handicap points to better teams. And it’s also why we finished in 11th place out of 16 teams, even though our team average and the total number of scratch pins we bowled for the season would put us up around 7th or 8th place. I don’t know our pins with handicap total, but it may have been enough to raise our expected final position another slot or even two.

I’ve got a bit of research to do. Not that it’s my responsibility to do so, I just want to learn things for my own benefit. This league, and indeed most of the leagues at this bowling center, uses the old team handicap method. USBC, the national bowling association, wants everyone to use the individual handicap method. I want to look them both up and see if one is more fair than the other. I’d like to see what kind and what amount of handicapping makes things most fair. In horse racing, the heaviest jockey rides clean, but all the other horses have to carry weight so that they are carrying the same amount. In bowling, handicap usually stops at 80%, which gives the team with the better average a 20% advantage, at least in theory. That theory didn’t pan out too well for us this season, either because a) we suck, b) everyone else in the league is a sandbagger, or c) we forgot to sacrifice a couple of chickens back in the fall and, thus offended, Fate conspired against it. Probably more a) than c), but there sure seemed to be a lot of b) sometime weeks.

I think the problem with the individual handicap method is that it has to be based on a higher average then anyone in the league has. We’ve got one guy, young Mr. 300, who is carrying a 244. And that’s without really trying too hard half the time. So the individual method might have to be based on a 250. And what happens when he gets his average above that mid-season? You can’t give him a negative handicap. The rules say that specifically. And how does the individual method work? Is it 100%? Like I said, I’ve got a bit of research to do.

Nearly 3 weeks off and then summer league starts. Woo hoo!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2010 at 06:53 PM   
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Where’s Waldo?

Peiper. Remember him? He’s off on a jaunt somewhere out west for several weeks. Almost completely cut off from modern technology. He stopped in at a library, and, surprised at the noise and mayhem in what used to be a quiet and peaceful place, found a computer he could access for a minute or two. He writes

Damn HOT in the desert.  No flying problems as expected ... but brat kids on the plane for 11 hours and a woman across the aisle who was sneezing every minute.

So that’s all we know. Well, actually I know he’s out there with his wife taking care of family business, but I do hope he manages to get some fun in there during the odd moments. And now we know that he is no longer being held prisoner in England by British Airways and that Icelandic ash cloud.

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On the other hand, he’s been living in England for more than half a decade, so any temperature over 72°F probably seems like a heat wave to him.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/27/2010 at 02:36 PM   
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calendar   Monday - April 26, 2010

I’ll See Yours And Raise You Two

Oh boinky, more anti-islamic backlash!

Yesterday - pretty much from out of nowhere - was “Draw Mohammed Day”, as a backlash against the Comedy Central Network’s decision to edit out the Mohammed bits from an episode of the South Park cartoon.

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After Comedy Central cut a portion of a South Park episode following a death threat from a radical Muslim group, Seattle cartoonist Molly Norris wanted to counter the fear. She has declared May 20th “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day.”

Norris told KIRO Radio’s Dave Ross that cartoonists are meant to challenge the lines of political correctness. “That’s a cartoonist’s job, to be non-PC.”

Producers of South Park said Thursday that Comedy Central removed a speech about intimidation and fear from their show after a radical Muslim group warned that they could be killed for insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

The group said it wasn’t threatening South Park producers Trey Parker and Matt Stone, but it included a gruesome picture of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker killed by a Muslim extremist in 2004, and said the producers could meet the same fate. The website posted the addresses of Comedy Central’s New York office and the California production studio where South Park is made.

Not threatening? That’s about as blunt a threat as could be.

So Norris made her drawing, and it went totally viral. I was sent it 11 times in emails, along with several other Draw Mo renderings. Like this one ( thanks C ! ):
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Which is a “test pattern” done by Chris Muir ... the guy who does the Day By Day cartoon over here on the sidebar ... who gave blanket permission to spread it around. I’m working on my own drawing, or graphical rendition, but I’m having trouble balancing the burning fused turban on the dog poop.

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Says Norris now,

I made a cartoon of a ‘poster’ entitled “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day!” with a nonexistent group’s name—Citizens Against Citizens Against Humor—drawn on the cartoon also. I did not intend for my cartoon to go viral. I did not intend to be the focus of any ‘group’. I practice the first amendment by drawing what I wish. This particular cartoon of a ‘poster’ seems to have struck a gigantic nerve, something I was totally unprepared for. I am going back to the drawing table now!

Get out there and draw your own, and hang it up where everyone can see and be offended.



BUT IT GETS BETTER!

That little bit of screwball islam news I posted on last week - the part where their top rattle shaker says that sexy women cause earthquakes - has also gone viral. Lots of folks saw it, posted it, and noted that these folks are batshit crazy. One blogger set out to prove them wrong, and to take a scientific approach to it. Blag Hag jokingly came up with the idea that today should be BOOBQUAKE DAY, and that she was planning to wear something ... um, uplifting and revealing ... to dare seismic retribution. The idea went nearly as viral, and spread all over facebook and Twitter in a flash.

On Monday, April 26th, I will wear the most cleavage-showing shirt I own. Yes, the one usually reserved for a night on the town. I encourage other female skeptics to join me and embrace the supposed supernatural power of their breasts. Or short shorts, if that’s your preferred form of immodesty. With the power of our scandalous bodies combined, we should surely produce an earthquake. If not, I’m sure Sedighi can come up with a rational explanation for why the ground didn’t rumble. And if we really get through to him, maybe it’ll be one involving plate tectonics.

So, who’s with me? I may be a D cup, but that will probably only produce a slight tremor on its own. If you’ll be joining me on twitter, use the tag #boobquake! Or join the facebook event!

Nearly 70,000 fellow seismic researchers signed up in a matter of hours, and her inbox was run over with a few hundred thousand emails. McGoo and several other male bloggers want to play along and are posting more nekkid ladies than usual. Or ladies who are more nekkid than usual. Something like that. Notice that Day By Day, still over on the right sidebar, is also playing along.

I think the BoobQuake event is being held too early. You want to cause earthquakes, you have to move mass. That means at least half a million participants physically, and another 2 million digitally. Or, as all us science geeks know, harmonic repetition can serve to multiply amplitude. So I’m declaring that BoobQuake last not just one day, but a full week. And I’ll do my part. Let’s see if this will topple Tehran.

[ sorry, I had to remove the bouncies - I am trying to fix a display issue some folks are having with shitty old IE ]

Shield your eyes! Evil women behaving provocatively!!
below the fold: NSFW film snip of Meena Suvari trying her best to to cause tremors

[ updated update: Meena got pulled. Sorry.
update: fold removed ... actually nudity on the front page OMFG!!! ... I’m trying to kill an IE problem some folks are having ... ]

Oh hella yeah. I can feel the groundswell already.


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