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calendar   Friday - April 05, 2013

eye candy at 17 but way to go to match her mom

Well she’s all grown up now.

All 6 foot 2 inches, the teenage daughter of Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger.

She is 17.

Not bad but no Kim either.  Does the daughter of a Goddess automatically become one also?

IRELAND BALDWIN

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/05/2013 at 03:50 AM   
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Pat Condell

Guess peiper and Drew both missed his latest…


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/05/2013 at 03:44 AM   
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Testing…

I don’t know if this will work. I hope so.

http://www.chess.com/livechess/game?id=487648307&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=sharelink


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/05/2013 at 02:13 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 04, 2013

Think I’m in trouble…

Been arguing on Facebook. I’m not a supporter of homosexual ‘marriage’. The amazing thing is that supporters of homosexual marrige won’t argue with me. I’m fairly certain they have no facts to back up their positions. But every one refuses to argue. They just write me off as a bigot. One even said ‘we should agree to disagree.’ My reply was not gonna happen. Homosexuals are trying to force me to recognize their immoral lifestyle. We could agree to disagree if I wasn’t going to be forced to provide things like healthcare, pay taxes for homosexual spouses, etc.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/04/2013 at 07:06 PM   
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getting leaner

Using several trusted online sources as guides, I turned off a whole bunch of services in Windows 7 that I have no current use for. Bluetooth? Not needed. Tablet? No, not this machine. And yeah, I shut off Aero and Indexing too. I’ll leave Automatic Updates on for a week or so, to see what Redmond dishes up. So far it’s been a couple of updates per day.

And since I had so much space left over on the flash drive, I let Windows set some of it up as a HDD cache. Not sure if that will make any difference or not, especially since I have so little software mounted on this PC right now.

But, bleh, I have to jockey the monitor back and forth a few more times to the old machine, so I can find this or that .dll for some old programs. And get my ID from a couple other ones. Somewhere I have the Dreamweaver disks, assuming that suite will run under 7, in case I need to reinstall them. But in general I think I’m past the worst of setting up a new PC ... I had a moment of panic yesterday trying to hook up the printer, when I found out that this machine doesn’t have an external parallel port. But I took a quick trip to Walmart and got a USB A to USB B printer cable, and now the old Deskjet works just fine. Actually, it turns out that even “old” USB 2.0 is nearly 50 times faster than the parallel interface. So there. Looks like Drew is finally entering the 21st Century. Woo. Hoo.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/04/2013 at 02:23 PM   
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not today

not doing so good today. Not sure if it’s a bug or something I ate or what. Just meh.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/04/2013 at 12:07 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 03, 2013

Netwoik? Fuggedabowdit.

Well, I gave up trying to make a network. I thought I’d done everything right, but it just wouldn’t click. I had both machines wired to the Wireless transponder/router thingy, and the Win 7 machine could clearly recognize the wifi “network”, but couldn’t see beyond it. Same thing for the XP machine. So after several dozen attempts I got sick of unhooking the monitor and schlepping it up and down stairs ( I only have the one monitor ), and umpteen reboots ... so I went to Walmart and bought a 32GB flash drive, a portable memory chip hardly bigger or thicker than a dime. And I put my entire old hard drive on it, with plenty of room to spare. 14 years worth of work, data, and accumulated programs. Heck, I can put my 3 DVDs full of bridge pictures and vacation pictures on there, and still have room left over. It isn’t fast; it’s only USB 2.0. So no way I would transfer the data to the HDD and then use the flash as a boot disk. Not sure that it’s even big enough, but Win 7 is eager to do all sorts of kinky things with it. Even gave me a list. Click Here For More!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/03/2013 at 06:33 PM   
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last american led cavalry charge.  rip Lt. Col. Edwin Ramsey

Led by First Lieutenant Edwin Ramsey on 16 January 1942 (RIP)

Most of us associate US Cavalry charges with Hollywood or John Wayne but the last American mounted charge was not against American Indians in the “Wild West”; it was in the equally wild Far East during the Second World War, and it was led by First Lieutenant Edwin Ramsey on 16 January 1942. He and the rest of his 27-man platoon (G Troop of 26th US Cavalry), their heads low over their horses’ necks and firing their Colt 1911 pistols (the US Cavalry had hung up its traditional sabres a decade earlier), galloped headlong into a far larger force of Japanese infantrymen in the village of Morong on the Bataan peninsula of the Philippines.
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Most of Ramsey’s platoon were Filipinos he had personally trained and were known as the Philippine Scouts. The surprise charge, with Ramsey on his beloved chestnut gelding Bryn Awryn, scattered the Japanese invaders, even though they were backed by tanks, and helped the allies organise their retreat from the Philippines by stalling the enemy advance. By that time Cavalry units, with their famous motto of “shock, mobility and firepower”, were already an anachronism, but Ramsey and his men proved that a small horse-mounted force could still wreak havoc on the enemy.

“Bent nearly prone across the horses’ necks, we flung ourselves at the Japanese advance, pistols firing full into their startled faces,” he wrote in his memoirs. “A few returned our fire but most fled in confusion. To them we must have seemed a vision from another century, wild-eyed horses pounding headlong; cheering, whooping men firing from the saddles.”

Escaping capture during the Japanese advance, Ramsey retreated to the jungle and mountains, building a guerrilla force of Filipinos, eventually totalling 40,000 men. They harassed the enemy for the next three years while most American soldiers and their allies had retreated or been captured, many forced into the infamous Bataan Death March. The Japanese offered a reward of $200,000 for his capture (the equivalent of millions now) and capture meant certain execution.

For three years Ramsey’s family assumed he was dead – as did General Douglas MacArthur, US commander of the Pacific, who had been forced to retreat from the Philippines – until Ramsey started getting messages to him from the Central Luzon jungle, via guerrillas, sympathisers and American warships. Ramsey recalled how he smuggled messages through enemy lines: “You take lemon juice and write with it and you don’t see it until you put heat under it. Unless you put ... a match under it, you couldn’t see it.”

On retreating from the Philippines MacArthur had said “I shall return.” He did, famously wading ashore in October 1944, and after the Japanese surrender the following year he insisted on personally pinning the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and the Purple Heart on Ramsey for harassing the enemy for those three years, a major factor in securing an eventual allied victory in the Pacific.

Ramsey, who had seen his weight drop to 93 lbs.  in the jungle and had lost around 5,000 of his Filipino guerrillas, was ordered home by MacArthur.

He had also had his appendix removed with a pen-knife, with rum as anaesthetic.

“Give me a couple of drinks and go ahead and cut it out,” he told his pro-guerrilla doctor. He later recalled: “No anaesthetic, a little bit of rum, chewing on the nurse’s arm, and cussing. It burst in his hands as he took it out.” Ramsey’s men had been forced to kill their starving and dying horses and eat their meat, something which haunted the horse-lover Ramsey for the rest of his days.

MacArthur later estimated that Ramsey’s guerrilla activity, and the intelligence he gathered, had saved tens of thousands of American and Filipino lives. His operations became a blueprint for modern-day US Special Forces and to this day, to Filipinos of a certain age, the name Ramsey is second only to MacArthur as their most-loved American.

Edwin Price Ramsey was born in Carlyle, Illinois in 1917, but moved to Eldorado, Kansas when he was two and 10 years later to Wichita, Kansas, with his older sister Nadine – who flew US fighters and bombers during the war – and his mother, who ran a dermatology clinic, after his father died. While at school, he worked as a “jerk” in a soda fountain and a waiter in The Palms nightclub in Wichita to help feed his family.

As part of his high school education he went to the Oklahoma Military Academy in Claremore, outside Tulsa, largely because they had a “horse artillery unit” and a serious polo team. As war in Europe loomed he applied for active duty in the Philippines, where the US had major military bases although they were not yet involved in the conflict. “It took about 17 or 18 days, via Hawaii. To begin with, I didn’t even know where it was, except that it was a warm country, it was tropical and they had a good polo team there. In fact, we were playing polo when the war broke out [after Pearl Harbour].”

While the Japanese invaded the Philippines and launched air raids, Ramsey recalled having made a bed from boxes of TNT explosives. “If they had hit me, they would have made a very big noise. We took quite a beating and lost about half our officers and men in the very beginning.”

After the war Ramsey worked as an executive with Hughes Aircraft Corporation and returned to the Philippines as a private businessman before retiring to California. In 1948, in Manila, he married the daughter of the French ambassador there and they went on to have four children. He remained active in US Veterans’ affairs for the rest of his life and recorded his wartime exploits in the 1991 book Lieutenant Ramsey’s War.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/03/2013 at 09:19 AM   
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Don’t Eat The Brown Memes

Well duh, of course Obama and Bloomberg are using phony “facts” to push for more gun control. Repeating lies until they’re accepted as facts is the Left’s way, learned straight from their propaganda hero Goebbels. And those lies are used to generate an emotional reaction from the unthinking low information voter, to get support for their knee-jerk reaction bills. Like the gun control law rushed through the NY legislature in January, that now needs all sorts of repairing, rewriting, and exceptions added, to the point where NY Governor Cuomo came right out and told people to pretend their pistol magazines had less capacity than they did, in order to comply with a law that forces everyone to use magazines that don’t really exist. Mostly. 7 round magazines DO exist, but mostly only for the classic 1911 .45acp pistol. And even after all this microscopic examination of firearms, the ding-dongs still use the wrong terms. Magazines hold cartridges, aka rounds, not bullets. Cartridges hold bullets. And clips are used to load magazines. But why let facts and terminology get in the way of a thoughtless emotional response based on a false meme?

Don’t eat the brown acid. Don’t swallow the false memes.



Obama Background Checks Stats Are Old, Weak, Full of Holes

As President Obama prepares to head to Colorado on Wednesday to push gun control legislation, some are calling into question the validity of a key statistic he’s using to tout his message on near-universal background checks.

During several speeches, Obama has said 40 percent of all gun purchases were made without a background check.

But that number is nearly two decades old and comes from a poll with a relatively tiny sample size. Gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association, as well as The Washington Post’s “Fact Checker,” are calling out the president’s stat, saying his numbers on background checks need a background check of their own.

During a speech last week, Obama asked, “Why wouldn’t we want to make it more difficult for a dangerous person to get his or her hand on a gun? Why wouldn’t we want to close the loophole that allows as many as 40 percent of all gun purchases to take place without a background check? Why wouldn’t we do that?”

It isn’t a loophole either. Another tab of poisonous brown acid. It’s called freedom.

The oft-cited figure, it turns out, was pulled from a 1997 study done by the National Institute of Justice. In the study, researchers estimated about 40 percent of all firearm sales took place through people other than licensed gun dealers. The conclusion was based on data from a 1994 survey of 2,568 households. Of those, only 251 people answered the question about where they got their guns.

PolitiFact tracked down the co-author of the study, Duke University professor Philip Cook, and asked him if he thought the 40 percent estimate is accurate.

“The answer is I have no idea,” Cook reportedly told PolitiFact. “This survey was done almost 20 years ago.”

So even 20 years ago, only about 10% of people were willing to answer that kind of MYOB (Mind Your Own Business) question. And while the article goes on to show how this very small sample from a very old survey introduces a large margin of error, it does not consider that when people are asked MYOB questions, they often lie in their answers. So the statistic Dear Reader is bandying about is more than likely worthless.

The president isn’t the only one who’s used the 40 percent figure to make a point. Many others stumping for the cause have pulled from the same info pile.

On Jan. 24, New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stated the importance of background checks during a television interview.

“The background checks bill is vitally important.  It’s going to basically say you can’t buy guns without getting a background check. Today, about 40 percent of guns are purchased without a background check.”

Seven months earlier, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg used the same statistic to skewer the National Rifle Association following the Colorado movie theatre massacre.

“There’s a loophole where you can sell guns without a background check,” he said last year, on July 22.  “Forty percent of guns are sold that way.”

Hey, look at that. Liberals all lining up behind the exact same talking points. Might as well just hand out trained parrots and save us all the effort of watching them on TV.

The truth is that NOBODY knows how many guns are sold face to face, person to person, without any paperwork or gun shop and government approval. And the even BIGGER TRUTH is that this is exactly how America is supposed to be. Private citizens going about their private business, buying and selling their own private property. And it’s none of the government’s goddam business.

PS - “don’t eat the brown acid” was a public service announcement made during the Woodstock concert during the Summer of Love. 1968. Groovy hippies man. Just in case you’re wondering. The message became famous, and is even on the Woodstock record album CD streaming audio .rar file.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/03/2013 at 08:23 AM   
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Put Your Viking Helmet On!



Faces filled with joy and cheer

What a magical time of year

Howdy Ho! It’s Weasel Stomping Day



Put your Viking helmet on!

Spread that mayonnaise on the lawn

Don’t you know it’s Weasel Stomping Day?



Can you tell that my team won all 3 games and all 7 points last night at Greed League? And that we did it against another team of real people, not just the empty lane of a Bye Week?


All the little girls and boys

Love that wonderful crunching noise

You’ll know what this day’s about

When you stomp a weasel’s guts right out



So, come along and have a laugh

Snap their weasely spines in half

Grab your boots and stomp your cares away

Hip hip hooray, it’s Weasel Stomping Day



They bowled well, but we bowled weller. Nothing super fantastic, just solid. And for once the stars and planets were aligned so that a) our whole team was there, and b) none of us were sick, injured, stressed out, or otherwise having a bad night.
This just might elevate us out of last place, which would be a nice thing even if it only lasts a week or two. Sweet. So did we kick some ass? Not excessively. But we did at least stomp their weasels.






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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/03/2013 at 06:55 AM   
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On Sir Terry Pratchett

It’s a pretty sad event but I am not aware if some of you, who know this guy, know about this.

He has been interviewed on radio and spoken in the newspaper interviews as well, on assisted suicide.

I wish the folks who produce videos would stop believing that every fucking thing they present to us, just god damn HAS to have music of any kind in the background.  And most especially draggy crap that sounds more like a funeral dirge which in this his case is still a mite premature.

He will in all likelihood go to Dignitas, unless he does it himself while he still can. 


If Dad wants to end his life, it’s his choice. I’ll support him

Terry Pratchett’s daughter talks with raw honesty about the Alzheimer’s that’s led the man she idolises to fight for assisted death

By Amanda Cable

Rhianna Pratchett was in a taxi in a North London traffic jam when her father phoned. The date, she recalls, was December 6, 2007, and she thinks she was coming back from the gym.

The conversation which followed was so shocking that, five years on, it remains the most traumatic memory of her life.

Unknown to his only child, author Sir Terry Pratchett had just been having hospital tests after finding difficulty typing. ‘From the second I answered his call, the detail of everything I’d done that day — all the hours minutes and seconds preceding that conversation — have been wiped from my mind,’ says Rhianna, 36.

‘The whole thing is a bit of a blur. He’d been having tests, he said. It was a rare form which affects spatial awareness. “We’re putting out a Press release next week,” he said. “I wanted you to know beforehand.”

‘I went into shock. I’d had no idea anything was wrong. At that moment, the taxi driver turned and snapped at me — he was irritated the journey had got him stuck in a jam — and I burst into floods of tears and said: “My Dad’s just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.” The driver just shrugged.

‘I could hardly breathe. All I wanted to do was just get out of that car and back to my flat. I was flying to the U.S. the next day to work for two weeks and I remember telling Dad that I’d cancel it, but he told me there was no point. “There’s nothing you can do about it,” he said. “If you stay, it isn’t going to change anything.” ’

‘Dad calls it ‘The End Game’. It’s his life, his death and his decision’

A week later, Sir Terry’s office released the Press statement, and his battle with Alzheimer’s, having been diagnosed at the age of 59, made headline news around the globe.

As the second-bestselling author in the UK (behind J.K. Rowling), Sir Terry has a cult following of millions. His fans reacted with genuine emotion — and many contacted Rhianna directly.

‘Doctors believe he had Alzheimer’s for a while before he was diagnosed, which means he probably wrote two bestsellers before his illness became official’

Terry Pratchett was the UK’s best-selling author of the Nineties. He has sold more than 70m books worldwide in 37 languages

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/03/2013 at 05:49 AM   
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calendar   Monday - April 01, 2013

It’s here!

Yes, I have, in my hot little hand, The Hobbit. My wife thinks I like movies with naked women. If she was one of those she might be correct. But until she does disrobe for the camera I’m gonna settle with Peter Jackson’s version of Middle-Earth.


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Posted by Christopher   United States  on 04/01/2013 at 08:59 PM   
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still here

I’m trying to configure the new PC today. First I have to set it up on the network so I can transfer files from the old machine to this one. Then I have to read up on optimizing Win 7; the machine came with every possible doo-dad feature turned on, including Bluetooth and some kind of digital delivery service. I don’t need all that junk running and sucking up resources. But I don’t know Win 7 inside out the way I eventually knew XP, so I have to read and learn. That’s going to take a while. And yeah, I’ll turn off Indexing too, until my habits change and I actually start searching for stuff. I’m fairly organized, so I put everything into folders, and sometimes even group them ... you know, like I’ll have a folder for Graphics for all my graphics tools, and another one for my security and tweaking tools ... hey, this Windows already has that folder, called Maintenance. Fine, that’s one less. But it’s all going to take me some time.

I’ll. be. back.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/01/2013 at 11:04 AM   
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lego offends islam, lego backs down.  well of course they do. it’s the accepted thing to do.

I had not thought to be here this late. It’s a rushed day for me and I haven’t the time to copy and upload a lot of photos. Just one here.
Therefore, go to the link and take a look for yourselves.  Maybe I missed something again due to lack of proper attention paid to the photographs.

Seems these folks really have to dig pretty deep to find things that “offend” islam.  Hell, I would think it was self offending but that’s me. 
I suppose one might have to be .... one of them to find anything to get upset about.  I also wonder just how honestly upset they are. 

How long will the appeasement go on?

Take a look.  Notice how easily they label something, anti.  As if an intentional slight were planned and committed.

Muslims declare victory in fight over ‘anti-Islamic’ lego as Denmark promises to axe ‘Jabba’s Palace’ toy

Jabba’s Palace will cease production in 2014 but not removed immediately

Turkish Community Forum congratulated Lego for stopping production

Claims that Jabba’s Palace set resembles Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia mosque

Describes Star Wars character Jabba the Hutt as resembling a ‘terrorist’

Lego denied any link and said the toy was based on the Star Wars movies

By Emily Davies

THE HAGIA SOPHIA MOSQUE: CENTURIES OF HISTORY AND UPHEAVAL

The Hagia Sophia was first built around 360AD in the Byzantium capital Constantinople, later Istanbul.

It served as an Eastern Orthodox Cathedral and was the world’s largest for nearly a thousand years, until Seville Cathedral was completed in 1520.

In 1453, Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Turks under Sultan Mehmed II, who ordered the building converted into a mosque.

Christian symbols such as the bells and altar were removed and many of the mosaics were plastered over. Islamic features, such as the four minarets, were added while it was in the possession of the Ottomans.

It remained a mosque until 1931 when it was closed to the public for four years. It re-opened in 1935 as a museum by the Republic of Turkey.

It is famous for its massive dome and is considered the crowning achievement of Byzantine architecture. Some experts say it ‘changed the history of architecture’.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/01/2013 at 09:18 AM   
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