When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Thursday - April 16, 2015

The Best Pat, Ever

I think they should play this one everywhere, every day.

I think we should all listen to it, every day.

This is Pat from a year or two ago I think, when one of those Mad Mo cartoons was in the news.

Islam, progressivism, and political correctness will be the death of us all.

Rip ‘em up Pat.  It’s the truth.


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A Scary ReMake

We’ve been marathon watching TV again. Immersion viewing, catching several episodes of some show a night, every night. The current one is True Blood, which must be the only vampire show we ever managed to miss. The wife seems addicted to them, and I swear we’ve had them all, from Angel to Edward.
“Oh lucky us”, we have 6 seasons of True Blood to watch. rolleyes  Well, at least the lead actress is cute in a hot kid sister kind of way. Whazzer name, Anna Penguin? Something like that. Looks like a younger version of Reese Witherspoon. And the show is fun enough, since it’s set down in Louisiana and everyone seems to spend their entire lives at the local bar. Except when they’re having sex or getting killed. Mostly. Or arguing. They all do that a lot.

Anyway, at the end of one episode, either near the end of Season 1 or near the start of Season 2, they played this number as the credits rolled. It’s an old Johnny Cash tune, but with extra verses and played at double tempo. And the banjo adds an extra kick.

Why is it scary, given that it’s a Christian song? Because I love it. Which frightens the Mrs., who is rather a New Jersey Italian Catholic raised on rock and disco and Andrew Lloyd Weber. Celtic music, country music, swamp rock, zydeco, and some Christian songs are not her thing, but they come naturally to me. And banjo. I love banjo. And bagpipes, and hurdy-gurdy. All of this makes her give me the side eye and make vomitty noises.

Of course that’s pollarding. Were you thinking coppicing? Oh, nay nay!


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a word or two from pat


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/16/2015 at 02:07 PM   
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Good grief Charlie Brown.

From last Tues to Friday alone, 7,000 illegal migrant invaders of Europa were stupidly saved by various ship nationals.  The Italians had already given up, as I understand things, on the wholesale deployment of their small navy and coast guard. The Greeks said today they “Can not cope” after the influx had tripled.

The only good news to come out of all of this, is that some 400 more invaders drowned in leaky boats in rough seas. Good.  The pity is it could not be the 7,000 newest arrivals to darken, in more ways than one, what once was a superior culture.

Lets not kid ourselves.  Most of these invaders, and lets not call em anything else, are not skilled labour. 
And very soon, they’ll be coming to a neighbourhood near you. And maybe next door. 
Even the EU now openly say that “migrants have become a flood”.

The Greeks have appealed to the EU for help in handling the invasion of these unwanted, unwashed lice carrying filth.
What a switch.
What the hell did the Greek do when Italy invaded their country?  Didn’t they kick ass until the Italians had to request the help of superior soldiers and commanders? And even then, the Greeks fought the Germans too. 

The Greek (and Italians) do not need NATO or EU help.  What’s wrong with these people that they just refuse to defend to the death their countries?
I mean the death of those invading them.
Napalm, poison gas, machine guns, cannon.
Any of the above or a combination of all, will not stem the tide.

It will stop it dead in it’s unwashed, unwanted tracks. 


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/16/2015 at 07:26 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 15, 2015

a new leaf?



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/15/2015 at 12:19 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - April 14, 2015



See More Below The Fold


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An Inconsiderate Grouping

Tough. I don’t care. Three bits of news completely unrelated except for one thing.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/14/2015 at 09:09 PM   
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The Burger Book


Mike Lee, Writ Larger

If you liked the taste of Utah Senator Mike Lee’s The Forgotten Constitution I wrote about the other week, here is the “big kids” version of that book. So to speak. Philip Hamburger hammers out, in 648 pages of fine detail, every last step our federal government has taken towards tyranny in the past bunch of decades.

Allow me to quote a couple of wonderful heavy duty paragraphs from the City Journal blog‘s review by (nom de plume?) Myron Magnet:

For over 400 pages of a 511-page, doorstopper-weight text, Hamburger counts the ways in which the slithery Medusa’s head of executive-branch agencies—from the Interstate Commerce Commission and the National Labor Relations Board to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, all spitting out the venom of administrative law—constitutes a flagrant affront to the Constitution. For starters, the Constitution lodges all legislative power in Congress, which therefore cannot delegate its lawmaking function. So it’s forbidden for Congress to pass a law creating an executive-branch agency that writes rules legally binding on citizens—for example, to set up an agency charged with making a clean environment and then to let it make rules with the force of law to accomplish that end as it sees fit. “The power of the legislative,” as the Founding Fathers’ tutelary political philosopher, John Locke, wrote, is “only to make laws and not to make legislators.” And if Congress can’t delegate the legislative power that the Constitution gives it, it certainly cannot delegate power that the Constitution doesn’t give it—namely, the power to hand out selective exemptions from its laws, which is what agencies do when they grant waivers.

Second, Constitution architect James Madison, following political theorist Baron de Montesquieu, saw the separation of powers as an essential bulwark of American liberty. But administrative agencies, which make rules, carry them out, and adjudge and punish infractions of them, blend together legislative, executive, and judicial powers in one giant anti-constitutional Cuisinart. Moreover, judicial power is as undelegatable as legislative power, since the Constitution lodges all of it in the judicial branch. So third, while administrative judges may look “just like real judges,” says Hamburger, they are no such thing—and not only because the Constitution makes it impossible for them to be so but also because, unlike real judges, their sole duty, rather than using their independent and expert judgment to carry out the law of the land, is to carry out the policy of their agency, as set and overseen by their department chief or the relevant cabinet secretary who in turn oversees him. As Justice William Howard Taft pronounced, an administrative tribunal is “miscalled a court.”

It’s a tome. No question about it. And one which could use a more active editor in Magnet’s opinion, to snip off redundancies and repetitions that could cut the book nearly in half. Let’s face it, there’s “making your point” and then there’s “driving your readers nuts”. Be that as it may, when I can find a spare $50 I’m going to get a copy. It’s that important to me, even though I noticed in the comments that Hamburger is rather long on criticism but short on solutions. The first step of problem solving is always recognizing that a problem exists, and finding out just how severe it really is.

Sure, I can hear you saying “But Congress has to delegate! There’s no way they could do all the work the dozens, hundreds of federal agencies turn out.” And that’s the whole point: those other federal agencies SHOULD NOT EXIST. Even Mike Lee’s partial solution - his RAIS plan that would require actual congressional debate and signing of all regulations passed by these subsidiary agencies - is nearly untenable. Almost a Herculean task by itself. And thus the point is hammered again, and again, and again ... because such agencies are all illegal. Every one of them, because of this:

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

It is NOT a truism. Precedent be damned, the cowardly Supreme Court of 1931 buckled under FDR’s kingly threat and delivered a bad decision in United States v. Sprague. Far from being superfluous icing on the cake, the 10th Amendment, along with the commerce clause - also corrupted by FDR’s totalitarianism - are the key bulwarks against runaway federal power. Without them, the fundamental concept of limited federal government is a joke. And a poor one at that.

It’s time to push back. Long since past time. RAIS might work a little, but a better first step would be an amendment that limits the size of the Supreme Court to 9 justices. That would protect them against another tyrant trying to pack them. And why shouldn’t such a limit exist? We have a rule that says one president, one vice president, two senators per state, and a rough algorithm for determining the number of representatives in the House based on a State’s population. It should have been in there from the get-go. Five is too few. Seven could work. Eleven or more is too many. So make it seven to nine, with a rider that says as long as they have at least six they can continue working, with the caveat that all decisions made while understaffed can be revisited once the bench is full again.

Time to push the RESET button.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/14/2015 at 08:21 PM   
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holy fugnuggle

Check out this government doublespeak ... straight from the Form 1040 Instructions for Line 61 ...

Remember how the ObamaCare Individual Mandate was pushed because it wasn’t a tax, it’s a fine?, but then approved by the Supreme Court, once they (ie Roberts) turned the law inside out so that it wasn’t a fine, it was a tax? Right, you’d better have insurance, or you’re going to pay. But what is it called that you are going to pay? Mwaaahahahahahaa; time to let the masters twist the terms to find one that’s both, and yet neither ...

Line 61
Health Care: Individual Responsibility

Beginning in 2014, individuals must have health care coverage, qualify for a health coverage exemption, or make a shared responsibility payment with their tax return.

If you had qualifying health care coverage (called minimum essential cover-age) for every month of 2014 for yourself, your spouse (if filing jointly), and anyone you could or did claim as a dependent, check the box on this line and leave the entry space blank.
Otherwise, do not check the box on this line. See the instructions for Form 8965.

If you can be claimed as a dependent, do not check the box on this line. Leave the entry space blank. You do not need to attach Form 8965 or see its instructions.

Wow, count me in. I sure don’t want to be a slacker and not carry my part of the burden. Let me make my payment to the Tax Man, whether it’s a fine or a tax. Who cares? It’s a shared responsibility.



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Sure Am Glad Bush Built The Border Fence

ISIS Camps Just South Of The Border

ISIS is operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso, Texas, according to Judicial Watch sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police Inspector.

The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources confirm.

During the course of a joint operation last week, Mexican Army and federal law enforcement officials discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as “plans” of Fort Bliss – the sprawling military installation that houses the US Army’s 1st Armored Division. Muslim prayer rugs were recovered with the documents during the operation.

Law enforcement and intelligence sources report the area around Anapra is dominated by the Vicente Carrillo Fuentes Cartel (“Juárez Cartel”), La Línea (the enforcement arm of the cartel) and the Barrio Azteca (a gang originally formed in the jails of El Paso). Cartel control of the Anapra area make it an extremely dangerous and hostile operating environment for Mexican Army and Federal Police operations.

According to these same sources, “coyotes” engaged in human smuggling – and working for Juárez Cartel – help move ISIS terrorists through the desert and across the border between Santa Teresa and Sunland Park, New Mexico. To the east of El Paso and Ciudad Juárez, cartel-backed “coyotes” are also smuggling ISIS terrorists through the porous border between Acala and Fort Hancock, Texas. These specific areas were targeted for exploitation by ISIS because of their understaffed municipal and county police forces, and the relative safe-havens the areas provide for the unchecked large-scale drug smuggling that was already ongoing.


And here we are with such a porous border. By decree.

Perhaps, in more normal times, there wouldn’t be much doubt that this whole JADE HELM was going to be anything other than a Blackjack Pershing style raid down across the border, a la Pancho Villa, to wipe this ISIS bunch off the map. And any cartel clowns that got in the way ... too bad. Unfortunately, these are not normal times, and this is not a normal government. They’ve armed the cartels. They sure seem to support “radical islam”. And there’s been a severe purge of so many of the old line, old school officers in the military.

I’d be pretty darned concerned if I lived within a thousand miles of this.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/14/2015 at 11:52 AM   
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calendar   Monday - April 13, 2015

UN Idiocy As Always

UN: Iran To Lead “Gender Equality / Women’s Empowerment” Committee

With little fanfare, a U.N. body has given Iran seats on several entities, including one dealing with women’s empowerment, another with children, a third with narcotics and a fourth with crime prevention and criminal justice.

From January 1 next year, Iran will be a member of the executive board of the U.N. Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (U.N. Women), the executive board of the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, and Commission on Narcotic Drugs.

The decisions were made between Wednesday and Friday last week, at sessions of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), a 54-member U.N. organ that coordinates socio-economic and related affairs.

U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power afterwards underlined the fact Iran had received a relatively low level of support.
“In Iran, women are legally barred from holding some government positions, there are no laws against domestic violence, and adultery is punishable by stoning, making it wholly inappropriate that Iran assume a leadership role on women’s rights and welfare at the U.N.,” Power said.
Iran was sixth from the bottom among more than 140 countries assessed by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in its most recent annual “Global Gender Gap” report. The report measures gaps between women and men in the areas of political empowerment, economic participation and opportunity, educational attainment, and health and survival.

(Pakistan, also elected onto U.N. Women on Friday, fared even worse in the WEF report, in second last place, above Yemen at the very bottom.)

Useless. Nitwits.


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April Blossoms



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calendar   Sunday - April 12, 2015

the hill with that


If it was up to me, I’d rework this entire process.

Campaign Season lasts 6 months. Primary season lasts 2 months. Every contender puts his hat in the ring on the same day, and 2 months later every state votes. All on the same day. So no state has an advantage going first, or last, or being a “battleground” or getting short shrift because the best candidates dropped out long before the primary voting got to them. No open ballots: show you party ID or you don’t vote in the primaries. They aren’t public. Once the candidates are picked, you get 6 months of campaigning. That’s 4 months more than is really needed, so consider cutting that down to 3 months. And then it’s time to vote. This 18 month, 24 month, 48 month, endless campaign nonsense is nonsense, is totally wasteful, and is really boring. Frankly, after 2 months of it, I’m sick to death of the whole thing.

And let’s be really, really honest. Secretly, inside your own head, you already know who you’re going to vote for. At the very least, you know whether you’ll go Red or Blue. You might yearn for two other viable parties to exist to help break the power blocks, but everyone who goes to DC joins the Ruling Elite anyway. So if you are an old school Democrat, and bless you for that if you are, then you’re already cheesed off that your party is sticking you with the Wicked Witch and all her baggage. (True Liberals, here’s your new party). If you are generally on the Republican side, but not a drum beater for Jesus or the anti-abortion plank, then you’ve got to start paying attention. And it’s high time that you figured out what’s important to fixing America. Taxes, immigration, wages, production (vs regulation??), nationalism, education, racism, etc. So pick your favorites and start examining the platoon of contenders for like mindedness. And if the ones who preach low taxes and limited government really appeal to you, then you’ve found your other new party (Tea Party renamed as Freedom Party). But make your list go all the way down, so that when the contenders start dropping like flies you still have someone to support. Because if you don’t ... well, see that picture up above??

I’m sure it’s going to be an uphill fight for old Hillary. What a tough row to hoe the poor thing has. Did you know that there are actually a couple other candidates out there? I had no idea. And the Doofus Presumptive isn’t even under consideration. Joe “lemmee sniff your wife” Biden. He never was. That itself is a darn rare thing. So it looks like she’ll have to make at least a couple speeches, and go out to Flyover Country and visit some of those boring smelly states once or twice so it at least looks like she’s trying. But I doubt that she’ll debate anyone. Why bother? What possible difference could it make? The Democrat Party is a machine, and she is their candidate. That’s how they run things, and that’s what those people like. Because it still “feels” like an election, but somebody else makes the decision. Somebody even smarter than you. So they say. And that’s good enough.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/12/2015 at 10:26 AM   
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Just a Blip or Two

We had a bit of a seasonal blip in the weather the past few days, a bit of winter not wanting to let go. Wednesday we had to jack up the heat, and we all wore winter coats and gloves to go to the hockey game over in Allentown. Last one of the season for us; I think that made it 6 games that we got to. And I found her a MeLVin stuffed animal, so SCORE!!!  Anyway, we had a few days of cold wet and mean, and it was quite chill this morning, so we turned the heat on and then went back under the covers for another hour or so. My tulips are coming up - about a month late, but they’re on the way finally - and we used the grill yesterday. So it’s time for winter to go, and to stay gone.

Tax time, tax time, happy happy tax time. What an annual waste of manpower. I hear the proto-candidates making noises about Use Tax or Fair Tax or Flat Tax or whatever name it goes by now. 11.5% across the boards on everything you buy, but no income tax and no corporate taxes. So in theory goods ought to be 30% less expensive real fast, so even with the new Use Tax they’ll be less expensive. It’s all a load of corn dogs. This is all just empty posturing, no different that the Left’s infinite refrain of how every time the right wants to cut taxes or rework Medicare it means leaving the poor to starve and pushing granny out to sea on an iceberg. Get real ... do you know how few icebergs there really are? We’d have to topload them with so many grannies that they’d turn over and sink, just like the island of Guam.

Off to do my weekend work, and maybe a bit of shopping. Back to blog later, maybe.

Oh, we got skunked in bowling. Not that we care. We’re stuck in the middle with 4 weeks to go. Whatever. So we got drunk and had fun with the guys on the other team. And teammate J wouldn’t even have a glass, or hardly talk to us. The boy is really strange. Asocial. Forever mourning his lost love. And now that he’s shaving his head and doing this little goatee thing ... holy crap, it’s Walter White. We need to get him the little flat hat. Course, he has no idea who WW is. We even prepped him, as goof on the folks around the table ... so I guess we did get a few words out of him; he isn’t cranky, he just doesn’t have anything to say ever ... so we coached him and then we were all like check this out, and he turns to the table and growls “Say my name” and we go “Heisenberg” and he’s “You’re goddamn right” everyone at the table is like holy shit, it’s HiM!!

OMG, must remember to get my coffee. All out, and having to use “donut shop” blend k-cups. Eww. Even using 2 to make a full mug’s worth is still weak, with a thin woody taste on the finish. I want my beans. Although I’d take some 8 o’clock if I could find it, or some genuine REAL Kona if I could afford it.


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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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