Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Friday - January 31, 2014

Gone Viral


Fundamental Change, indeed.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/31/2014 at 01:29 PM   
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Mathless Math

The Common Core Is Hollow


“No worries” a junior high math teacher tells me; “this one is routine. By the time they hit 7th and 8th grade, they get to solve problems with no data and no direction. We used to call that guessing.”

Common Core ... dumbing down American kids even further. Thank a Progressive when you can.


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Knox’ Knocks, che è lì?

Amanda Knox, Guilty Again

Italian Court Overturns Overturned Verdict


More than two years after Amanda Knox returned to the U.S. apparently home free, an Italian court Thursday reinstated her murder conviction in the stabbing of her roommate and increased her sentence to 28½ years in prison, raising the specter of a long extradition fight.

Knox, 26, received word in her hometown of Seattle. The former American exchange student said she was “frightened and saddened by the unjust verdict” and blamed “overzealous and intransigent prosecution,” “narrow-minded investigation” and coercive interrogation techniques.

“This has gotten out of hand,” Knox said in a statement. “Having been found innocent before, I expected better from the Italian justice system.”

After nearly 12 hours of deliberations, the court reinstated the guilty verdicts first handed down against Knox and Sollecito in 2009 for the death of Meredith Kercher. Those verdicts had been overturned in 2011 and the pair freed from prison, but Italy’s supreme court vacated that decision and sent the case back for a third trial in Florence.

Knox’s attorney, Carlo Dalla Vedova, said he had called Knox by telephone and informed her that the Florence court had not only confirmed the guilty verdict, but had increased the sentence from the original 26 years.

“She was petrified. Silent,” he said.

Sollecito was in court Thursday morning, but he didn’t return for the verdict.

Sollecito’s lawyers said they were stunned by the conviction and Sollecito’s 25-year sentence and would appeal.

There isn’t a shred of proof,” attorney Luca Maori said.


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calendar   Thursday - January 30, 2014

Achmed No Read

“unrealistic” and “unattainable”

5 Years and $200 MILLION Later:

Gov’s Plan To Teach Afghan Soldiers To Read

At Same Level As 6 Year Old Kids


The United States government has spent $200 million on a literacy program for the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) over the past five years but half the Afghan army still can’t read or write according to a new report.

“Literacy of the Afghan National Security Forces is of critical importance,” said John F. Sopko, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR). “We’ve spent $200 million on this —yet we don’t even know how many Afghan security forces are literate or how well the program worked. That’s deeply disturbing.”
The goal of the program was to make 100 percent of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) able to read at a first grade level and 50 percent literate at a third grade level by the time U.S. forces are due to withdraw from Afghanistan at the end of 2014. But officials told SIGAR that that attaining those goals with the Afghan army, which is set to grow to 352,000, may be “unrealistic” and unattainable.”

To be considered literate at a third grade level, an Afghan soldier must be able to read, write, and comprehend short paragraphs, use correct punctuation to aid meaning and understanding, add and subtract using six-digits numbers, and multiply and divide with three-digit numbers.

An Afghan soldier who can read at a first grade level is expected to read, write, pronounce, and identify letters, read and write short words, read and write one’s own name, and count up to 1,000.
Without being able to read, it makes it difficult for soldiers to do all but the most basic tasks and to reach any level of professionalism, NATO and ISAF officials told the SIGAR investigators.

After this year, the Afghan government will take full control of the literacy program but that presents additional challenges. The Afghan Defense and Interior Ministries are not fulfilling their commitments to oversee the program.

As if this is a) actually believably unexpected news, and b) of the smallest importance.

Let’s face it ... we’re dealing with cave men here. Pretty much. Maybe a step or two up, but only because they have loads of stuff made elsewhere for them to use. Take away all the clothes and toys built in the real world, and they’d be just as happy chipping stones and wearing pelts. Again.

So ... the gov is admitting to dropping 200 LARGE here, which means the real cost is probably closer to half a billion. That’s my guess. Simply pissed away, trying to bring even this most basic veneer of civilization to these tribal barbarians.  FAIL.

Kipling was right.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/30/2014 at 05:11 PM   
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caribbean plans to sue over slavery … happens when white folks appologize so much and make movies

I do realize that on a scale of important things happening in our world today, and the storm that has hit the South in the USA, the newest storm to hit the UK with even more flooding, this very tiny almost non news amounts to no more than a pimple on an elephant’s ass.
But I do find it of interest because it underlines what political correctness and the left, have brought forth in the world. And lawyers of course.

I don’t expect this to get far but then ... never say never.  And most especially do not use ‘never’ in an upside down world with a pc subject like this.

The Daily Mail has reported the following.

Fourteen Caribbean countries are suing Britain, France and The Netherlands for billions of dollars in reparations for slavery.

That’s it. One line.

No mention made quite naturally, of any Arabs being sued. And I do believe there might be a few other countries missing from their hit list as well.

Seems almost every time a movie dealing with the slave issue is released, it fans the flames of the fanatics, the self serving greedy and the stupid.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/30/2014 at 03:54 AM   
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Ice Capades, Southern Style

Ice Storm Shuts Down The South

Poor Readiness Leaves Roads Icy And Slick

Thousands Of Accidents, Strandings, Traffic Jams

“gay hater” Chik-Fil-A Saves The Day For Hundreds


thousands of abandoned cars on Atlanta highways

Rescue efforts are under way Wednesday after thousands of schoolchildren and hundreds of drivers in the Deep South spent the night stranded at schools and along ice-covered highways following a rare winter storm that brought freezing rain, snow and bitter cold to the region.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed says “a lot of people” are still stranded in their cars on the highways nearly 24 hours the storm slammed the city, but he is not sure of exactly how many people.
In Hoover, Ala., school superintendent Andy Craig said 4,500 students spent the night in facilities there, reports. In nearby Birmingham, Mayor William Bell said Tuesday around 1,200 students would be staying overnight in area schools, with access to food and water.
Overnight, the South saw fatal crashes and hundreds of fender-benders. Jackknifed 18-wheelers littered Interstate 65 in central Alabama. Ice shut down bridges on Florida’s panhandle and the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, one of the world’s longest spans, in Louisiana. Some commuters pleaded for help via cellphones while still holed up in their cars, while others trudged miles home, abandoning their vehicles outright.
As of Wednesday, Georgia State Patrol responded to 1,254 accidents, according to Commissioner Mark W. McDonough. He said 130 injuries were reported along with one weather-related death.

Alabama State troopers have also identified three people killed in traffic accidents that they say may have been weather-related. And in Mississippi, four people were killed in a mobile home fire blamed on a space heater.

Deep South in chaos: Vicious winter storm leaves hundreds of cars abandoned on icy roads littered with pile-ups - as thousands are stranded and forced to sleep in schools, offices and grocery stores
More than 9,000 students camped out with teachers in school gyms or on buses and commuters abandoned cars along the highway to seek shelter in churches, fire stations - even Home Depot - after a rare snowstorm left thousands of unaccustomed people in Georgia and Alabama frozen in their tracks.

Tuesday’s storm deposited mere inches of snow, barely enough to qualify as a storm up North. And yet it was more than enough to paralyze Deep South cities such as Atlanta and Birmingham, and strand thousands of workers who tried to rush home early only to never make it home at all.

Doctor Robert Avossa, the superintendent for Fulton County Schools in suburban Atlanta, says his district had 90 buses full of schoolchildren stuck overnight and a handful still stuck at 7.30am on Wednesday.

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal responded to criticism over the handling of the crisis at a press conference on Wednesday, blaming inaccurate weather forecasts for the chaos.

Kind of makes me wonder how closely related GA Gov. Deal is to former NOLA Mayor Ray “Chocolate City” Nagin. Inaccurate my buttocks, Forest. Everybody knew at least 48 hours ahead of time that a snow and ice storm was coming, and pretty much exactly where the lay down was going to be. And when.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,” Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew. “I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.”

Local Chik-Fil-A feeds and shelters the masses during storm

... when the first snowflakes began to fall, no one paid all that much attention. But then, the flakes kept falling. Before too long folks in places like Hoover and Inverness realized it was much more than a dusting. By that point, it was too late for anyone to do anything.

Icy interstates and highways soon became clogged with cars and trucks. Thousands of motorists soon found themselves stranded with nowhere to go – including many stuck on Highway 280.

But a good number of those stranded motorists were able to find shelter in the storm thanks to the kindness and generosity of Chick-fil-A restaurant employees and the restaurant’s owner, Mark Meadows.
Some of the drivers had been stuck in their cars for nearly seven hours without any food or water. So the staff of the Chick-fil-A decided to lend a helping hand.

“We cooked several hundred sandwiches and stood out on both sides of 280 and handed out the sandwiches to anyone we could get to – as long as we had food to give out.”

The staffers braved the falling snow and ice, slipping and sliding, as they offered hot juicy chicken breasts tucked between two buttered buns. And Chick-fil-A refused to take a single penny for their sandwiches.

The meal was a gift – no strings attached.

For the frozen drivers, it was manna from heaven.
It’s no secret that Chick-fil-A was founded by a Christian family. And it’s no secret that they run their business on biblical values. What happened in Birmingham is an example of how those biblical values are played out.

“We just wanted to be able to help,” Audrey said. “Yesterday was such a hopeless situation. We wanted to do something to make people feel a little bit better. We were here. We had food and there were people outside who needed food. So it just made sense to do something for them.”

But Chick-fil-A’s generosity didn’t stop there.

“We opened up our dining room to anyone who wanted to sleep on a bench or a booth,” Audrey told me. And this morning, the weary staff members fired up their ovens and began preparing chicken biscuits.

The only thing that is closed – is Chick-fil-A’s cash register.


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calendar   Wednesday - January 29, 2014

Meanwhile in Florida

Look for orange and orange juice prices to rise…



Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/29/2014 at 06:59 PM   
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This one’s for Peiper

Queen Elizabeth during her WWII service. Not certain she was actually queen then.




Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/29/2014 at 06:02 PM   
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one for the books and has crap written all over it.

Dear bmewsers .....  and anyone else passing by.

You really should take a look at this. It’s good for a laff of sorts ... and frankly I believe her.

In the first damn place, this is what happens when idiot jobsworths are given a uniform.  And btw ... bad as this may appear to say, I knew before I played or read the article that the so called compliance office was not a Brit.  I don’t care if he has citizenship. He is NOT a Brit. 
Anyway ...  He accused this woman of not attending to her dog, who he said had made a mess, in an area she had not even been in.  So she asked him to show her where the poo was and she’d pick it up, and he couldn’t do that. But the silly shit kept on talking over her, never allowing her a word in, and then called the police. He even threatened to arrest her himself. 

Most of the confrontation was videoed by another woman. There are a ton of still shots, but please by all means read this article. It isn’t long.

When Littlejohn said “we’re going to hell in a handcart” and when Vilmer years ago told me that this place was “Doomed,”

This HAS TO BE what they were talking about. 

The ass wipe here should be sacked. Of course they won’t do that cos ... that might violate his “rights” and be racist besides. 

The video btw is only 5 minutes, not the ten mentioned below.

Take a gander at this.

‘999, we have a dog poo’: Council jobsworth threatens ‘non-compliant’ woman with arrest over dog mess… that was nothing to do with her pet

Tower Hamlets Enforcement Officer accused Amber Langtry, 35, of leaving her dog’s remains in Victoria Park, East London

Miss Langtry denied the allegation but offered to pick it up if the park attendant could take her to it

Accusing her of ‘non-compliance’, he called in police ‘back-up’ to the scene

By William Turvill

Miss Langtry denied the allegation, trying to explain that her dog had not been in the area where the attendant found the faeces, but still offered to pick it up to end the confrontation.

In the ten-minute video the officer is heard accusing the woman of ‘non-compliance’ and calling officers to the scene.

He described Miss Langtry’s friend, who was recording him with her iPhone, as ‘aggressive’.

At one point, she is heard on the video saying: ‘He can’t even show us the poo - it’s ridiculous!’

Miss Langtry told the paper: ‘I remember thinking, “This is ridiculous. Why does he need police back-up for a five-foot-four woman looking for a dog poo?”’

‘When the police got here they were as bemused as I was, and they didn’t have a problem with me or my dog.’

After half an hour, Miss Langtry was shown the poo, which she maintains was not left by her dog.

She told Mail Online: ‘As I am a reasonable person, and would never leave a dog faeces behind, I picked it up in a poo bag and popped it in a nearby bin.’

She was told by Tower Hamlets council, in a five-page letter, that it will not be continuing prosecution, but that the officer has the power to deal with an offence ‘of failing to remove dog faces [sic]’.

The ten minute version is below at the Evening Standard, with some text not in the Mail article.




Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/29/2014 at 11:37 AM   
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a good toon

H/T Doc Jeff

This is the start of something for for Scott Adams and his comic strip; Dilbert.  I’ve never seen him directly take on a topical issue directly.  Considering that he is apparently going to target the Religion of Perpetual Outrage, it will be interesting to see how long the series lasts.  Doc Jeff



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calendar   Tuesday - January 28, 2014

So Long Old Red

Pete Seeger - Activist, Greenie, Commie, Folk Singer, River Savior, Banjo Picker - Dead at 94



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/28/2014 at 12:00 PM   
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There are no winners in this game. No losers either on points scored. just the children

I didn’t expect to be posting today, thought I’d be recuperating from an uncomfortable exam at the hosp. clinic.  But my fears were groundless and the lady who did the work was very good, and a credit to the Winchester hosp.  I have found a goodly number of extremely professional, caring, and friendly people here, in spite of the everyday bad news about incompetent practitioners in the NHS.  I don’t doubt there are many as there would be everywhere. But mostly the people I have encountered here are top drawer.

So, came back to house and attacked the fridge and brought food to table and started to read the following, losing my appetite in the process.

This is an old story in a remake of an older movie. In other words, although this bit of insanity has been reported before, and since not a lot has been written about it in awhile, I had no idea the monster was still alive.  My gosh how can reasonably well educated people in positions of authority, wallow in this bizarre and senseless thinking?  Here’s what I’m banging on about. Take a look.

How will youngsters learn about life if we don’t let them win (and lose) at games?

By Colin Dunne

The old boys with the crumpled ears, the knackered knees and the Mike Tindall noses will be weeping into their pints. Their game, rugby, which is possibly the last area of life where you can find Real Men, has finally been seized by the politically correct.

Surrey Rugby are insisting that their ‘mini rugby’ teams, for children aged six to 11, must be of mixed ability — no ‘A’ and ‘B’ squads here — and that any team that is winning too easily must be deliberately weakened by having better players moved elsewhere. There must be no overall winners in the junior league.

No winners? That’s right. Hence no losers either. Every game must be declared a draw. Difficult to strap your boots on with any enthusiasm for a game that has an unsatisfactory result before you even start.

You can imagine the muttering in club bars about how this, once the most manly of games, is going soft: ‘They’ll be wearing hard hats and hi-viz jackets next.’

You can see why they’re worried. Rugby has suffered some grievous blows in recent years. We old hands smiled scornfully when women and girls started playing. Then, most annoyingly, they turned out to be rather good at it.

Puritans rolled their eyes when children learning the game were encouraged to play ‘touch rugby’, which does not allow aggressively physical tackles, and then when ‘tag rugby’ was introduced, in which players have to pull a Velcro tag from the ball carrier — before playing it as a full contact sport.
And now this.

The idea behind Surrey Rugby’s new wheeze is presumably to save the kids from the psychological damage that might be caused by losing a Sunday morning game.

It’s the same thinking which lay behind the firing of Justin Byrne, an under-tens football coach in Buckinghamshire last month. Byrne appalled the boys’ parents by insisting that football was not about having fun and that he was ‘only interested in winning’.

The no-nonsense coach also said that parents who complained when their lad did not make the first team were ‘not doing their sons any favours’. Those who opposed him were ‘weak-minded’ and ‘think sport is about knitting’.

His draconian approach saw him fired four days after making the comments. Are we all going soft?

I used to coach mini-rugby and I can assure you that, in boys, the urge to win, run faster and bash harder than your mates is in the blood.

For many youngsters — and not just in rugby, but in football, cricket, pretty much any competitive sport — it’s as basic as breathing. And to try to curb a child’s natural exuberance on the playing field is, in my view, simply wrong.

Even if parents, teachers and coaches profess not to know who won and lost, who played well and who was rubbish, who scored and who didn’t, the children will know. And nothing will stop them saying so either. They like winning, and they enjoy having a little crow about it.



Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 01/28/2014 at 08:57 AM   
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time to brrrr-burrow under the covers

Sorry if I keep posting about the freezing weather. I wouldn’t, except ... it’s freezing!! Everywhere!!

-45 in Chicago.

Snow in Southern Alabama and Georgia? Road crews in the South racing to spread salt and sand, trying hard to remember which end of the work truck the plow gets attached to? Gulf Coast highway I-10 about to become ice rink??

Record setting low temps and record setting coldest periods all over the country. Schools closed or delayed, thousands of flights canceled, frozen pipes bursting, bodies lost under the ice from fire hoses when the old folk’s home went ablaze ... and it keeps right on coming!

Second Round of Below-Zero Temps Arrives in Chicago Area
Wind chill values could sink to -45 degrees Monday night

They’re baaack!

Another cold weather system has ushered in below-zero temperatures and dangerous wind chills, three weeks after the frigid weather phenomenon broke Chicago’s record low, for that time period, of -16 degrees.
Chicago’s average temperature for the winter season so far sits at 20.3 degrees, making it the 13th coldest winter since 1872, according to the National Weather Service. But it could move up in the rankings after this week’s cold spell.

The “good” news is that it’s still relatively warm in Chi-town, compared to the 3 year slam they got 1976-1977-1978-1979. As if.

And here we go again ...


A blast of frigid air will grip most of the eastern two-thirds of the United States through Wednesday and could yield the lowest temperatures so far this winter in some communities.

The impending polar plunge will rival the frigid days from earlier this January for the coldest daytime highs and nighttime lows so far this winter. This does not include South Florida.

The arctic air first plunged into the Upper Midwest, northern Plains and northern Rockies on Sunday and is continuing to press to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts through Tuesday.

The magnitude of this cold blast will be enough to produce a far-reaching threat of frostbite, hypothermia, frozen pipes and water main breaks.


Spring seems to be an awfully long way away right now.  Winter got here early this year and is hanging on with a vengeance. Our white Christmas was the 3rd or 4th snow of the season, and after a slight melt off / rainy weekend in early January, it’s been below freezing the whole time since.  Time for a hot cuppa, then back under the nice thick pile of blankets. Old Mr. Groundhog ain’t got nothing on me.




Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/28/2014 at 04:12 AM   
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calendar   Monday - January 27, 2014

It is not right to disrupt the life of a criminal with a short prison sentence, say da judge. huh?

Sometimes you see things like this and say, oh. That’s gotta be a joke. But no.  This judge appears much concerned about disrupting the life of a criminal with short jail time. Ok. So what does he think long prison terms might do. 
This is almost laughable and might be, if it came from a sit-com about a daffy left leaning jurist.  But it isn’t from a sit-com. And the guy is downright serious.

Short prison sentences don’t work as it ‘disrupts criminals’ home lives’, claims top judge

BRITAIN’S top judge provoked an outcry after claiming short prison terms are bad for criminals because they disrupt their home lives.

By: Louise Sassoon

Lord Neuberger, President of the Supreme Court, said a couple of months behind bars would have little deterrent impact on offenders.

In a statement likely to be seen as “soft” on crime, he explained that short sentences “can be disruptive” for prisoners’ personal lives and jobs.

He made his comments after visiting Holloway women’s prison in North London, where he also voiced concerns about cheap food and shared cells.
However, critics accused the judge of seeing things “entirely from the point of view of the criminal” and failing to consider the victims of crime.

Writing in the November issue of Independent Monitor, the magazine for prison monitoring boards, he said: “One message I took away was the highly questionable value of short sentences.
“The notion that a couple of months in prison will help bring a defendant to their senses has always had a real resonance for me.

“But, following my visit to Holloway, I have a very different perspective. A short prison sentence can be disruptive for the prisoner’s job, home, etc. Other impressions included concern that most prisoners were required to share a cell; astonishment that prisoners could be fed sensibly for under £2 a day.”

Tory MP Douglas Carswell said disrupting the life of the criminal is “the ruddy idea” of prison.

He added: “Your honour, in my constituency there are people who would say that if short sentences are a problem, just make them longer.”
Peter Cuthbertson, director of the Centre for Crime Prevention, said short sentences were effective and “can give communities a respite from hardened criminals”.

A Supreme Court spokesman said Lord Neuberger was “simply reporting informal conversations he had with probation officers and other prison staff” during a July visit and “his reflections of their views on short-term sentences are in no way intended as official statements of sentencing policy”.



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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
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  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
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