Sarah Palin knows how old the Chinese gymnasts are.

calendar   Saturday - December 31, 2011

Good Luck, Jonathan

The Muslims Are Coming, The Muslims Are Coming!

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declares state of emergency

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency in parts of the country following attacks from the Islamist group Boko Haram.

The measure is in force is areas of the Yobe and Borno states in the north-east, Plateau state in central Nigeria and Niger state in the west.

International borders in the affected areas have been temporarily closed.

Mr Jonathan vowed to “crush” Boko Haram, which killed dozens in attacks across the country on Christmas Day.

Boko Haram is thought to be responsible for a string of major attacks across Nigeria this year.

It bombed the headquarters of the UN in August 2011, leaving at least 21 dead and has targeted police as well. It has also in the past targeted Muslim leaders.

At least 42 people died in the Christmas Day bombings of churches and other targets. Tens of thousands of people have fled their homes in Maiduguri in Borno State, as well as other cities.

Given the pidgin languages that are widespread across much of Africa, you might think that “Boko Haram” means “everything is forbidden/bad”, but it actually means “Western education is a sin”; ie, koranic study is all you need.

The Christmas attacks come a year after a series of Christmas Eve bombings in central city of Jos in the nation’s “middle belt,” where the country’s largely Muslim north meets its largely Christian south. Last year’s Christmas attacks claimed by the militants left at least 32 dead and 74 wounded.

“Terrorism is a war against all of us,” Jonathan said as he spoke during an address on national television on Saturday. “I call on all Nigerians to join hands with government to fight these terrorists.”

The sect, some of whose members are believed to have links to al-Qaida, wants to impose Islamic Shariah law across Nigeria.

The U.S. Embassy had warned U.S. citizens late Friday to exercise caution in Nigeria.

Any US citizens who are in Nigeria ought to have their heads examined. And that’s when the terrorists aren’t attacking.

I fully expect our Islamist-in-Chief to do absolutely nothing about this, and we’ll watch the west side of the continent go on a bloody jihad against Christians just like the east side is doing.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/31/2011 at 06:18 PM   
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Here Kitty Kitty


It took Bert a while to realize his new eau-de-gazelle cologne was a bad idea.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/31/2011 at 06:06 PM   
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Only In Russia

Soviet Era Missile Sub Still Burning Nope, it’s out now

Only in Russia would the outside of a submarine catch on fire. At least this one was docked. And being worked on via wooden scaffolding. No word on whether toxic fumes are being drawn inside the boat through it’s screen doors.


A number of crew members of a Russian nuclear submarine that continued to burn overnight at a drydock are reportedly trapped inside the smouldering vessel.

The Yekaterinburg, one of Russia’s largest nuclear subs, was undergoing repairs in the northern Murmansk region when the blaze broke out late on Thursday.

It quickly spread from the shipyard’s wooden scaffold to the 11,740-tonne vessel’s outer hull, with footage of the incident showing the submarine engulfed in flames.

On Friday morning, fire crews were still struggling to put out the blaze at the Arctic drydock, which is located close to the border with Norway.

It would take “a few more hours” to fully extinguish the smouldering outer rubber shell, which minimises radar tracing, according to emergency situations minister Sergei Shoigu.

The Delta IV class submarine, which was commissioned by the former Soviet Union in 1985, can carry up to 16 intercontinental ballistic missiles and is one of six in a class which form the backbone of its sea-based nuclear defences.

The Interfax news agency reported that the damage from the fire could be so extensive that the submarine would need to be scrapped.

However, deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of the nation’s military industries, said the vessel would rejoin the navy after repairs.

UPDATE: they got the fire out finally ...
by dragging the sub out of the dry dock and putting it under the water. Genius solution!

MOSCOW — Firefighters extinguished a massive fire aboard a docked Russian nuclear submarine Friday as some crew members remained inside, officials said, giving assurances that there was no radiation leak and the vessel’s nuclear-tipped missiles were not on board.

Military prosecutors have launched an investigation into whether safety regulations were breached. President Dmitry Medvedev summoned top Cabinet officials to report on the situation and demanded punishment for anyone found responsible.

No leaks, and no missiles on board. Of course not. Nothing to see here, move along.

Daily Mail has a real good cover of the story here, with plenty of pics and sidebar info.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/31/2011 at 05:40 PM   
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calendar   Friday - December 30, 2011

Scot’s All, Folks

Pretty as a Pict-sie

aka “On The Woad Again”


2,000 years later and they’re still painting themselves blue.

See More Below The Fold


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There ya go

From the beginning, Occupy Wall Street was a huge progressive political Lollapalooza, an operation supported by unions and Democrats, planned and coordinated by career anarchists, and populated by students and fellow travelers. It quickly descended into a circus, a freak show, and a crime scene.

The Obama campaign, the Democratic Party, and the media colluded in an attempt to create class war in America in the pursuit of getting President Obama re-elected and ending the momentum of limited government conservatism as embodied in the Tea Party.

READ IT ALL, in staggering detail, at Breitbart. A well done essay, indeed.


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For any George MacDonald Fraser fans

I present the the second book of his Flashman series. Royal Flash. In toto.


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Could Be Good


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A Close Match

We went 4-3 against the 3rd place team at Cheap League last night. Our wins from the previous weeks has moved us up to 4th, pushing the old 4th place team down to 5th, and we were 3 points behind the 3rd place team. Now we’re 2 points behind them. We’re about halfway through the season, so the competition is starting to heat up nicely. Tonight’s split opens the gap between the top 4 teams and the lower places a little more.

The 1st place team is still way out ahead, more than 20 points beyond us. Funny thing: the 1st place team in Greed League is the same way; many points ahead of everyone else. Both teams have had a huge lead on everyone since before Thanksgiving, perhaps even since before Halloween. All the more reason for a split season I think. Heck, in my bowling daydream leagues only run 16 weeks start to finish, with no position rounds at all. Leagues start in September. A week off 12/24 to 1/1, then another 16 weeks, then another week off the end of April, then another 16 weeks then 2 weeks off the end of August. Follow the college semesters; Fall, Spring, and Summer. Teams may change, some may come and go, but each league goes on forever, and your average rolls forward from semester to semester, but not your pin totals. Average reported to USBC is (Fall+Spring)/2. Holidays? Well, that’s just one week less for that league that semester.


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Works On Muslims Too

Dude, like, that’s some real shit man!

An Organic Green Recycling Solution To Crime

Middlesbrough Council Fertilizes Park With Pig Manure; Smell Drives Away Druggies

It might have caused a bit of a stink, but a woodland used by youths as a drug den has been transformed back into a tranquil haven thanks to a lorry load of manure.

A council has come out smelling of roses after wielding a new and cost-effective weapon in the fight against anti-social behaviour.

“Feedback from the residents indicated that although there was a slight whiff in Willowbank, they would much rather have a pong than a bong.”
Middlesbrough Council spokesman

Pig dung has been spread in a thick layer in woods in Coulby Newham, Middlesbrough, to deter youths from congregating and upsetting elderly people living close by.

A spokesman for Middlesbrough Council said: “Following complaints, an inspection of the area revealed it was being used to drink alcohol and take drugs, as paraphernalia known as ‘bongs’ were found.

The woodland between Willowbank and Stainton Way has been crime-free since the innovative deterrent was introduced several weeks ago.


CrimeStoppers, the UK Edition


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calendar   Thursday - December 29, 2011

Meanwhile, Back in the USSA

How ironic that it took the Republican Governor of the state of Maine to admit that his state is the first one provably belly up: Welfare Recipients outnumber taxpayers in Maine. Maine has never been a rich state, and they have had a lot of folks on welfare for a long time. On the other hand, there really aren’t all that many people up there, so it hasn’t amounted to much in total. Now? Maybe the numbers are getting steeper. Seems to me like there could be a really large Workfare labor force just sitting around up there, waiting for some shovels.

Paul LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, mentioned an uncomfortable truth in a radio address this month: Maine has more welfare recipients than income tax payers.

Democrats challenged the accuracy of this assertion.

The Bangor Daily News fact-checked LePage and discovered that 445,074 Mainers paid state income tax, while 453,194 received some sort of state aid.

In Maine, Medicaid, welfare, food stamps and subsidies for education have a combined enrollment of 660,000.

Not to worry, Lord O Bambam gonna save us all, right? I mean, when he’s done playing golf or back from his latest vacation. Right? Right? Oh right - Obama has a plan: let’s borrow more money to spend on my pals and their Green Energy scams:

Obama seeks $1.2 trillion debt ceiling increase

President Obama plans to ask Congress this week to raise the debt limit by $1.2 trillion, an increase that should get the government through most of next year, a Treasury department official said Tuesday.

Fortunately, though, the increase should come without the fireworks that accompanied this summer’s debt battle, as it comes in line with the deal struck back then.

That deal, signed into law in August, authorized a phased increase of the debt ceiling by up to $2.4 trillion, with $400 billion of that kicking in immediately and another $500 billion coming in September.

It’s pretty much a done deal. The thieves in DC may make all sorts of noise about cutting spending, but nothing happens. What the hell, let’s saddle the great-grandkids with even more bills to pay, and they aren’t even hardly born yet.


Not to worry, the employment situation is getting better, right? Um, well, maybe not. Even with the new and vastly reduced size of the official labor market, the numbers are creeping upwards. Hey, that’s really unexpected, isn’t it?

New U.S. claims for unemployment benefits rose more than expected last week, a government report showed on Thursday, but the underlying trend continued to point to improving labor market conditions. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits increased 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 381,000, the Labor Department said. The prior week’s claims data was revised up to 366,000 from the previously reported 364,000.

Economists polled by Reuters had forecast claims rising to 375,000. A Labor Department official said that because of a public holiday on Monday, claims from seven states - including California and Virginia - had been estimated.

The four-week moving average — a better measure of trends — fell 5,750 to 375,000, the lowest level since June 2008.

So, with half a million or so folks now rolled off of the extended benefits train, the seasonally adjusted numbers can be tweaked to appear at under 9%. And the fact that the average number of new claims for unemployment is 375,000 PER WEEK is good news, because it could be higher? Really? Who is left at this point? But I digress ... yeah baby, look at that economy growing! Go go go! Why, (until next week’s unexpected upward revision) this week’s numbers all point in the right direction. Yee ha!

A question for any pilots out there: If your airplane is falling out of the sky, and the best thing you can do to remedy that is to decrease the rate of descent from 10,000 feet per minute to 2,000 feet per minute, is this still going to be good news an hour from now?


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Slow Blogging, but a fast road to China

Both Peiper and I are somewhat under the weather. I don’t know how Christopher is fairing; I hope he’s doing Ok. Blogging will be light until we can summon up enough gumption to do some posts.

Meh, we flat-out got out-bowled on Tuesday. The other team was on fire and whupped us 2-5. This might drop us to 4th, I don’t know.

Hey, you like that story out of Afghanistan? Untold zillions spent there in blood and treasure, so Karzai signs his very first oil deal ... with the Red Chinese. Fargin Bastage! 

Afghanistan’s government signed a deal Wednesday with China’s state-owned National Petroleum Corporation, allowing it to become the first foreign company to exploit the country’s oil and natural gas reserves.

China will also be building a refinery there in the next year or two, when further analysis of the oil fields gives them a better idea of how big they are. The Soviets have been drilling there for years, but the Chicoms figure the oil reserves are many times larger than what the old scientiskis said it was.

The ministry listed the initial value of the project with CNPC as $700 million. But the total could be ten times greater if more reserves are found and developed, and if international oil prices remain at today’s levels, Shahrani said.

Yes, it seems like double dealing from Karzhai. And it is. But the Chinese are in there, just like they’re in every country in South America and Africa that has any resources, buying things up left and right. This is how they spend all the money we send them.

Three years ago the China Metallurgical Construction Co. signed a contract to develop the Aynak copper mine in Logar province. Beijing’s $3.5 billion stake in the mine is the largest foreign investment in Afghanistan so far.

But before you completely go monkey-poo on the Afghans, take a look at a map. Just how is the west supposed to get any oil or gas out of that hellhole without running it through enemy territory? China does have a border with Afghanistan, and while we’ve been busy keeping the world from imploding, they’ve been busy building a network of highways, rail lines, oil and gas pipes across Asia ... to the point you can now drive a truck from Shanghai to Berlin in about half the time it takes to ship something there in a boat. Pretty slick. China understands “shovel ready” in a way the rest of world hasn’t understood since Pharaoh, and they just happen to have 10 or 20 million spare young men with nothing better to do.

Here’s a bunch of links on the Asian Highway thing. It’s beyond huge, and it’s being built far faster than they planned. A huge amount of it is built already ... and all the roads lead back to China.

China intends to extend its high-speed rail system towards south Asia and Europe with the goal of two-day journey times between London and Beijing.

If China weren’t already halfway through the construction of the world’s largest high-speed rail network, it would be difficult to take this proposal seriously. But the most populated country on earth has shown no deficit of skill recently in undertaking massive public works projects, and its ambitions — and willingness to finance them — show no sign of slowing.

China’s road-building has surpassed even its own ambitious plans. The Ministry of Transport said Tuesday that construction of twelve national highways has been completed 13 years ahead of schedule. Another eight highways in western China are almost complete, as well, it said.

The massive buildup of China’s highways will soon leave the U.S., the originator of the national highway system, in the dust.  Expressways in China now total 74,000 kilometers, or 46,000 miles, the ministry says–just a thousand miles short of the U.S. interstate system, according to U.S. government data. China has said that by 2020, China hopes to have about 85,000 kilometers of national expressways–a target that it will likely reach before the date, since it has already built 90% of the total.

I gather that the China Way is to bring in your very own army of workers. Heck, they’re all happy to work for a fish head and a bowl of rice per diem and a chance to not get shot today. And they move them along as the roads grow, in their own country or in others. So it would not surprise me if they have the pipeline already built right up to the border already.


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calendar   Wednesday - December 28, 2011

Is This Some New Holiday Multinational Tradition?

Boxing Day Horror: UK Youth Stabbed To Death In Front Of Sneaker Store

Hundreds of Witnesses in Crowds

Unlike at the Mall of America incident, the UK Telegraph gives you the guy’s picture. Not that you need to see it. Gang related killing, sneaker store. That’s all you need to figure it out. Muslim kid with foreign name just gives it away. That he had a rap sheet a yard long is icing on top of the icing.

Seydou Diarrassouba, 18, bled to death in front of hundreds of onlookers after a fight in a shop selling trainers on Boxing Day.

It was one of at least three suspected gang confrontations on Britain’s busiest shopping street during the day but it is thought there may have been many more.

There are now fears that the killing could spark a spiral of revenge attacks following the stabbing of a second youth nearby only a few hours later.

Detectives believe that the lure of cheap designer clothes and trainers drew gangs from across the capital onto Oxford Street for the post-Christmas sales.

Seydou, 18, who was on bail for robbery and assault at the time, suffered a single stab wound to the heart during a clash in a branch of the Foot Locker, sportswear shop at lunchtime on Monday.

The kid had been in court just over a week ago. Naturally the entire incident was caught on CCTV cameras and hordes of cell phone video. This is the 15th “knife crime” death in London so far this year. Another man was later stabbed in the leg in another part of the city, but he survived. 11 or more arrests have been made at this point.

The human race has gone mad. Certain parts of it, seemingly.


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Say What???

Segregation Battle Looms In Jerusalem


is this the Occupy Jerusalem movement?

Thousands gathered in Beit Shemesh Tuesday for a demonstration protesting the growing demand by radical religious elements to exclude women from public life in Israel. The rally will feature several female speakers who were victims of haredi violence. Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, Labor Chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich, Culture and Sports Minister Limor Livnat and Rabbi Haim Amsalem also addressed the crowd. Protesters were hoisting banners reading “Free Israel from religious coercion,” “Stop Israel from becoming Iran,” Segregation is a red line,” and “The majority is silent no more.”


Not without a fight! Protesters against the haredi and segregation

Public outcry against the radical demand to shun women from public events and for segregation between the sexes on busses, sidewalks and even in lines in the supermarket, became especially strident over the weakened when seven-year-old Na’ama Margolis was spat on in a Beit Shemesh street by haredi man who claimed she was not dressed “modestly enough.”


Minister Livnat added that “the atrocity of women’s exclusion is a heinous crime. We will fight against it with everything we have.”

“Beit Shemes has become a symbol for a secular city that has become haredi. Seculars must be allowed to live here… the current situation is intolerable ,” MK Miri Regev (Likud) said. “This is a Jewish country but there is no room for imposing (religious edicts). We cannot allow religious coercion or segregation in mixed cities. Everyone should be allowed to make their own choice,” she said.

Ok, I think I might have a slight grasp on this. There is an area, a neighborhood, a county-sized chunk of land, to the west of Jerusalem, that may also include part of that city. This is Beit Shemesh. In that zone - oh, I really really don’t want to use the word enclave, but that is what it is, a ghetto in the real old-school sense - there lives a group of super conservative, real old-school Jewish folks collectively known as the Haredim. Plural, Haredi. There are very few of these folks in the USA; the ones we are vaguely familiar with are the Hasidim, which are only one half of the Haredi group in Israel. The other half is Lita’im. I think. They are super-super-Orthodox. Among other beliefs, they do not want to live out in the world with everyone else. Those who do are known as Haskalah, or secular. Meaning “out in the world, no longer isolated, assimilated”. From the secular movement in the 19th century came the more modern Jewish sects we think of as Conservative and Reformed, although there are a couple more divisions most of us gentiles aren’t aware of.

I’m probably getting some of this wrong because it’s all new to me. For me the story here is my amazement that in Israel Jews are fighting other Jews, and some Jews are being abusive and violent towards Jewish children. I am agog, and I say that without the slightest bit of sarcasm.

So there are tensions in Israel. Just like everyone else, Jewish people take their faith in different degrees, from super strict to laissez-faire.  But this group seems to be embarrassingly primitive, calling for complete public segregation between men and women, and has been caught on video being abusive and violent towards small children. And the counter-protesters aren’t going to put up with that shit for a heartbeat.  What makes it worse is that these same attitudes are held by their worst blood enemies ...


... and using some of the same tactics ...

On Monday, violent incidents continued in Beit Shemesh, Haredim clashed with police officers and attacked two television news crews. At least six people were arrested or detained for questioning.

The violent scenes in Beit Shemesh on Sunday, when a Channel 2 news team was attacked by 200 Haredi men, were repeated on Monday.

On Monday morning, dozens of ultra-Orthodox men surrounded police officers and municipal inspectors who came to remove, for at least the third time this week, a sign on Hazon Ish Street, in the Haredi neighborhood Nahala Vemenuha, ordering men and women to use separate sidewalks. The men tried to prevent the sign’s removal, calling the police officers “Nazis” and dancing around them in circles.

A few hours later a crew from Channel 10 was attacked as it tried to film a piece on education in the city. Police officers dispatched to the scene after the news team called for help clashed with dozens of Haredim.

And when the cops show up to restore the peace you broke, you play the Nazi Cardrolleyes :eyeroll:  rolleyes For shame. Shame! Does nothing have real meaning any more?

Naturally, Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Solomon-like idea to cut the area in half was rejected by both sides:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized by both opposition and coalition members Wednesday morning following a Yedioth Ahronoth report that he is considering ending the tensions between ultra-Orthodox and religious residents in Beit Shemesh by dividing the city in half.

According to the report, Netanyahu said in closed forums that he was in favor of any solution which would prevent violence, including the possibility of dividing the city into one city for haredim and another city for secular and religious Jews. The newspaper said Netanyahu had already discussed the issue with Likud and Shas ministers.

Knesset Member Yohanan Plesner (Kadima) slammed the prime minister, saying that “instead of dealing with the problem, Netanyahu is – as usual – only dealing with the symptom.

So we’ve got another fine mess in the Middle East. Honestly, Israelis, why can’t you all just get along?.


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Read Between The Lines

Riot at Mall of America

50 strong brawl turns into rampage involving hundreds

Officials says a moving melee involving scores of juveniles at the Mall of America took police and security officers over an hour to control as shoppers packed the sprawling shopping center the day after Christmas.

Mall spokeswoman Bridget Jewell says about 50 young people were involved in a fight at a food court Monday afternoon and that dozens of them then swarmed through the Minnesota mall as bystanders ran into stores to get out of the way.

Fifteen-year-old Makenzie Shofner tells the Star Tribune ( ) that some of the mob grabbed items from shoppers and kiosks.

“scores of juveniles” means 200 or more.

A noisy, racing crowd of more than 200 young people created a chaotic scene at the packed Mall of America Monday evening, sending frightened shoppers scrambling for safety and causing some stores to close early, eyewitnesses and officials said.
Several witnesses said the melee had elements of a “smash and grab” flash mob, including heavy use of cellphones. They said those creating the disturbance numbered in the hundreds and some knocked down shoppers and grabbed items from kiosks and shoppers.

Bloomington police Cmdr. Mark Stehlik verified that some groups were as large as 100 people and that more than 200 people total may have been involved, but said police received no reports of stolen merchandise.

“some groups” implies at least two, probably at least 4, perhaps as many as 10. If it was just 2 groups, they would have said that. I think we’re being managed here. How many were actually involved? Who really knows. Mall of America is beyond huge; I’m sure 50,000 people can shop there at once without feeling any kind of crowd pressure.

“I was on the third-floor railing and saw a massive group of people [on the first floor],” said Makenzie Shofner, 15, of Maple Plain. “It looked like they were trying to pull people’s stuff out of their bags.”

Then, she and friends said, the crowd of teenagers and young people moved through the mall, knocking things over and sending shoppers fleeing into stores. “My heart was racing,” Shofner said.
Brianna Berg, 32, of Coon Rapids, said she was going down an escalator when a large group of young people rushed up behind her. “I had to hold on tight. I was almost knocked down,” she said.

The mall did not officially go into lockdown mode, though many quick thinking stores locked their doors with many customers safely inside. Fighting continued out in the surrounding streets for quite some time afterwards.

Witnesses said the fights started after there were reports that rappers Lil’ Wayne and Drake were visiting the Mall. Police, however, did not comment on these rumors.

Read between the lines, because the above quote is all you really need to know to understand exactly what went down.

A statement from the Mall of America call this incident “unfortunate especially during the holidays.” The statement went on to say, “As with any incident we will review our security efforts and continue to work closely with Bloomington Police to see if any changes are required.”

Videos at all the links, more here at The Blaze.

This is the Not News news ... this was a race riot, plain and simple. Cell phone videos of the whole thing were being torn down from YouTube almost as fast as they were put up. Nothing to see here, move along. Want more nothing? This was just one of ... how many? riots that occurred at malls this week:

“Unfortunately, as we have witnessed at shopping sites across the country this week, large groups of individuals can come together and create bad situations,” mall officials said in a statement. “It is very unfortunate to see these incidents occurring, especially during the holiday shopping season when families are out spending time together.”

Good luck finding news reports on any of them. When the MSM is forced to report on stories that don’t fit their agenda, you really have to read between the lines (and sometimes read through the comments) to find out what really went on.


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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