Death once had a near-Sarah Palin experience.

calendar   Sunday - December 22, 2019

Wine Caves: Keggers For Rich Folks

Wine Cave Owners Defend Buttigieg

What, it wasn’t even his own wine cave? What a pretender.

The owners behind the “wine cave” that drew criticism from many Democrat presidential candidates after South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg decided to hold a fundraiser in one are now speaking out in his defense.

Craig and Kathryn Hall, owners of Hall Rutherford Winery in Napa Valley, told the Associated Press (AP) that the candidates did not accurately portray the “wine cave” while criticizing Buttigieg for hosting top-dollar fundraisers.

“It seems someone’s intentionally trying to create a different image than the reality,” Craig Hall told the news outlet. “And that’s unfortunate.”

The “wine cave” went viral after Thursday night’s Democrat debate at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles when Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) criticized Buttigieg for hosting a lavish fundraiser that she said featured crystal chandeliers and $900 bottles of wine.
Hall took issue with the way the event was characterized, telling the AP that his winery does not even sell $900 bottles of wine.

The couple added that the most expensive wine available at the winery goes for $350 and was not served at the event. Hall noted that he did not know if there were any billionaires who attended Buttigieg’s fundraiser at the “wine cave,” noting that wine caves are common in Napa Valley.

Welcome to our world, Craig. Creating an image different from reality is what Democrats do.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2019 at 09:41 AM   
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It’s Just OK, Get Over It

SC Dem Facing Backlash Over Army/Navy “White Power” Gesture Remarks


A Democratic state lawmaker from South Carolina was facing backlash Saturday from critics who accused her of going silent after previously accusing Army and Navy personnel of being “cruel and disrespectful” at last weekend’s Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

In a since-deleted tweet, state Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell wrote, “Three separate candidates making the white power symbol on television. Wonder what the culture is like for the cadet in the front? There’s no excuse and he and other minorities there shouldn’t have to deal with such a cruel and disrespectful environment.”

But since her tweet appeared, U.S. Military Academy cadets and U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen have been cleared of wrongdoing in separate military investigations.

Both the Military Academy, in West Point, N.Y., and the Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Md., said this week that the personnel at the game were playing the “sophomoric” game that had nothing to do with racism.

“Multiple individuals stated that the circle game is commonly played at the Naval Academy and in other military and civilian settings,” the Navy report stated, according to the Navy Times. “Additionally, when viewed in context with the other behavior displayed by both midshipmen and cadets during Gameday, it is reasonable to believe the midshipmen were playing the circle game.”

The Navy said the midshipmen showed “genuine shock” over the controversy, insisting they weren’t aware of the symbol’s racist ties.

You know why? Because there aren’t any. This whole thing is made up. Rickrolling. A 4Chan gotcha. But the frantic left will seize anything if they can use it to condemn white people.

I’m glad she’s catching some flack. Push back. Fight the “fash”. First Amendment be damned, if you drop an idiotic statement and get caught out, the very least you should do is apologize.

Norrel is a babe. Pity she’s also a leftist tool.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2019 at 09:22 AM   
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Sunday Funny

Stolen from Ace.

Reminds me of when I was a young pup working night crew in the grocery store. Going shopping at 2am is a trip even if you’re sober. The giant store is deserted except for the gang of galley slaves slamming stuff onto the shelves; the place is a mess with cardboard boxes everywhere, the huge parking lot is empty and spooky. Weird music is blasting from the PA system. You will see strange and unusual things, and stranger people. It’s a journey to the netherworld. Highly recommended at least once in your life. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/22/2019 at 09:12 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - December 21, 2019

Free Copy Still Available

Stilton Jarlsberg, that totally cheesy comic writer, has put together a few hundred of the early Johnny Optimism strips in a little book. You can buy the paper edition on Amazon for real cheap, something like $5.99, or - for a limited time only - you can get the Kindle version for free.

Johnny has a tough life, a 12 year old kid suffering from just about every ailment known to medical science. He pretty much lives at the hospital with his emotional support dog Lance, dealing with the whacky staff, the doctors, nurses, the cleaning folks, etc. Plus all the other patients on the kid’s ward who have even stranger diseases than he does. It’s dark comedy, but like Stilton says, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stranger”. Oh, and lots of wretched puns. I love it.

Johnny Optimism is a darkly comic look at a wheelchair-bound boy who lives in a very strange hospital, and his unending effort to look on the bright side because “things could always get worse.” And they do get worse, time after time. Johnny interacts with a highly unusual collection of medical professionals, bureaucrats, strange kids, fellow sufferers, a manic helper monkey, a creepy clown and more - getting real comfort only from his faithful dog, Lance. Together they’re trying to cope with Life...just like the rest of us.



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/21/2019 at 11:29 PM   
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Holiday Thanks

Two things I’m really thankful for this time of year, when it comes to wrapping Christmas gifts.

The first is my endless gratitude to whoever it was who first put the grid pattern on the back of wrapping paper. My friend, you are a life saver.

The second is for the large 9” Fiskars Razor Edge scissors. The Dressmaker Shears. You can get them in lots of places locally or online. They work. Period. We keep a special pair in the wrapping paper bucket, which never get knocked about or nicked up from other household snipping tasks. We have several other similar pairs around the house, I’ve got their poultry shears in my toolbag, and we have the special ceramic sharpener for them too. A few passes through the sharpener, and these things really are razor blades. Zero effort to slice off long smooth cuts of paper; you barely even need to squeeze the handles or push the blades. They fly. About $20 and worth every penny.


I guess I should add quality cellophane tape to my list, like the Scotch Magic Transparent stuff. So far I’m doing Ok with the dregs of a couple rolls we got the other year from the dollar store. But the Scotch stuff is way better.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/21/2019 at 04:10 PM   
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rolling Ok as the solstice approaches

My goodness, it’s dark out there! Up at my usual time to feed the kittehs, and it’s pitch dark out. 7 o’clock in the morning, and it’s still dark. And COLD. No worries though, the weather chicken says the old thermometer will top out at a crackling hot 34 this afternoon, just before it gets dark again at 4:35. It’s the time of the year for heavy blankets, a banked fire, and a big chunk of aged fruitcake. And then back to bed until early March.


Well, we managed to take 3 out of 7 last night, bowling against the ringers. There’s a team that is simply way too good for our little league. And to make it worse, they often bring in this one guy as a sub who has a 238 average. Which means he can throw nearly perfect games at will. So, after several seasons of this, we know the drill. We get a ton of handicap points - 178 last night - and then bowl our best the first two games while they compete with each other. Then they get down to drinking in the third game, not even trying, and it’s up to us to win the 3rd game if we can do it. We call it charity sex, but we’ll take what we can get. But wife and I bowled pretty well last night, so we kept the points margin in the first two games pretty tight, so when we won the third game we wound up with wood too. So 3-4 for us for the night, which is much better than 0-7. I threw a 577 series, which is a 192 average, pulling a 213 in the last game. I’m happy with that.

Watching these guys bowl was an education. They all rev the daylights out of the ball which gives them huge powerful hooks. But they aren’t throwing the ball that hard, or snapping their arms up forcefully to make that happen. What they are doing is “getting under the ball”, which means they’re kind of palming with a cupped wrist. This lets their fingers apply spinning torque to about 150 degrees of rotation as they release the ball, compared to about 60 degrees worth delivered by those with a straight wrist who are merely “behind the ball”. So the same action delivers more than twice the impetus. Those who bowl with a relaxed wrist are lucky if they can apply even 30 degrees of rotation. So getting under is going to be my New Years revolution. I mean my resolution. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/21/2019 at 07:48 AM   
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calendar   Friday - December 20, 2019

Double “A” posts deserve double “R” follow up

Yeah yeah, a day late a dollar short. What else is new? But at least I’m trying to revive the old BMEWS “A & R Thursday” tradition.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/20/2019 at 01:23 PM   
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Colorful Eternal Resting Place

The Fifth Dynasty Tomb of Kuwy


While the bridge in the post below may be old, at a mere 4,000 years it’s a bit of a stripling compared to what was going on in Egypt.  They were already done with the Old Kingdom by that point, and well into the 8th or 9th Dynasties. The Great Pyramid of Kufu was nearly 600 years old, and although this very Egypt, the black land of Kemet, was entering a period of wobblyness now called the First Intermediate Period, they were still a great international military and economic power.

Towards the end of the Fifth Dynasty, late Old Kingdom era, when the pyramids were barely 120 years old, Djedkare Isesi was king, and a fellow named Kuwy was a high ranking member of his court. Kuwy’s tomb was found this past April, and the artwork inside is just as bright and amazing as the day it was painted, more than 4,300 years ago. The multi-roomed tomb is in nearly perfect condition, although some of the stones have been stolen over the many centuries.

Astounding vibrancy meets ancient legacy inside the tomb of one Khuwy, a senior official who was a nobleman during the period of the Fifth Dynasty of Egypt (circa 25th – 24th century BC). The incredible discovery, according to the country’s antiquities ministry, was originally made last month and then officially unveiled on Saturday (April 13th).  The kaleidoscopic tomb is situated in the grand necropolis of Saqqara, near Memphis, the ancient capital of Lower Egypt. According to the excavation team’s head Mohamed Megahed, the structure is L-shaped with a corridor leading to the antechamber and then on to the larger chamber. The colorful reliefs represent the owner himself seated at an table with offerings, and is complemented by well-preserved inscriptions.

It terms of design, the northern wall of the tomb was possibly influenced by the Fifth Dynasty’s royal pyramids, while its ritzy paintings “boast a special green resin throughout and oils used in the burial process”, as noted by the Egyptian antiquities authority. As for the tomb in itself, the structure is composed of white limestone blocks.

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Sadly, Kuwy himself didn’t fare so well after he was iterned. Grave robbers were everywhere, and the politics of ensuing centuries often caused tombs to be ransacked and monuments to be defaced.

According to reporters at The Times of Israel , the design of the north wall and the entrance to the cemetery is an “architectural blueprint” of the royal pyramids of the Fifth Dynasty. The vast tomb, being called a “super structure”, has an L-shaped offering room and while the lower part is decorated with reliefs, the upper limestones were stolen for other building projects.

Part of the tomb has a descending corridor leading to a vestibule and its southern wall leads to a highly decorated antechamber; the north and south walls of which depict Khuwy sat in front of his offering table with an “offering list” was depicted on the east wall, opposite the palace-façade on the west wall.

Another burial chamber within Khuwy’s tomb contained a destroyed white limestone sarcophagus (coffin) and a set of miniature vessels constructed of calcite and darkstones. Professor Megahed uncovered Khuwy’s human remains “between the stones,” and he was also able to recover oils and resins used to embalm Khuwy in preparation for his journey into the afterlife.

Mohamed Mujahid, head of the Egyptian mission which discovered the tomb, posing for a “selfie” photograph

The ancient Egyptians never built bridges of any significance. They only had one river to cross, and it was far too wide for a bridge.

Sumer / Sumeria / Mesopotamia evolved at roughly the same time as Egypt, perhaps a few centuries earlier. Standard thought today starts Egypt at the Old Kingdom (which starts with the 3rd Dynasty), which began with the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. But both halves had existed for perhaps 2500 years at that point. So both cultures as we know them go back to around 5500BC, when the post-glacial paleolithic peoples of the world went modern and got all neolithic, got tired of walking around forever and decided to settle down, invent wine and beer, take up farming, and build towns.  But they didn’t just show up then; people had been living in the areas for nearly 4,000 years already. On the Nile these were the Faiyum A people, and over on the Euphrates they were the Ubaid people.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/20/2019 at 12:10 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - December 19, 2019

The Original Bridge Post

And you thought your favorite old bridge was old. Ha!

The Bridge At Girsu River


From the very dawn of recorded history. The town of Tello in southern Iraq, a bit northwest of Basra, was once the Sumerian city of Girsu. 4,000 years ago. There was a river. They wanted to get across it whether it was the rainy season or not. So they built a bridge. Out of bricks. It’s still there.

What looks like the fallen remains of both sides of an arch bridge are actually the arced brick abutment walls and their supporting buttresses. The bridge, probably wooden planks, spanned between them. The arced flairs of the abutments would work to channel water when the river was high.

The bridge at Tello was built in the third millennium BC, making it the oldest bridge still in existence. This remarkable survival will be preserved by a team of British Museum archaeologists and Iraqi heritage professionals who are being trained to protect ancient sites that have suffered damage at the hands of Daesh (or the so-called Islamic State). Restoring the 4,000-year-old bridge will be a potent symbol for a nation emerging from decades of war.

Built for the ancient Sumerian city of Girsu, the bridge was only rediscovered in 1929. Described at the time as an ‘enigmatic construction’, it has been variously interpreted as a temple, dam and water regulator. Recent studies using 1930s photographs as well as recently declassified satellite imagery from the 1960s, alongside new research at the site, have confirmed that it was a bridge over an ancient waterway and that it is (at the time of writing) the earliest-known bridge in the world. Since the excavations nearly 90 years ago, the bridge has remained open and exposed, with no identifiable conservation work to address its long-term stability or issues of erosion, and no plans to manage the site or tell its story to the wider world.

From other pictures it’s plain that this bridge was quite wide, albeit not very long. Easily as wide as a modern 4 lane highway.

The British Museum will train a group of female archaeologists to help restore the world’s oldest bridge with the hope of bringing tourists back to Iraq.

The ancient Sumerian structure at the entrance to the 4,000-year-old city of Girsu in southern Iraq will be used as a training site for the eight women from Mosul.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2019 at 11:17 PM   
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A Starbuck’s Mug Full Of Money

5 NJ Politicians Busted In Bribery Scandal

Five former and current public officials and political candidates in New Jersey are facing charges of taking bribes following a major corruption investigation, the state’s attorney general announced Thursday.

The five defendants are charged with taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a cooperating witness in the form of campaign contributions, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said. In return, the defendants allegedly promised the cooperating witness, who is a tax attorney, that they would vote or use their official authority or influence to hire or continue to hire his law firm for lucrative government legal work.

Envelopes and paper bags filled with cash – and even a coffee cup stuffed with cash – were delivered to the defendants by the cooperating witness at restaurants, parking lots, a political fundraiser, and a campaign headquarters, according to Gurbir.  Other times the cooperating witness offered checks from illegal “straw donors” – which are individuals reimbursed to write checks to the defendant’s campaign in amounts that complied with the legal limit on individual donations.

The following five defendants were charged separately in criminal complaints with second-degree bribery in official and political matters:

Sudhan Thomas – Jersey City School Board President
Jason O’Donnell – Former State Assemblyman and Former Bayonne Mayoral Candidate
John Cesaro – Former Morris County Freeholder
John Windish – Former Mount Arlington Council Member
Mary Dougherty – Former Morris County Freeholder Candidate

The defendants who held public office at the time of the alleged conduct – Thomas, Cesaro and Windish – also are charged with second-degree acceptance or receipt of unlawful benefit by a public servant for official behavior.

But I thought New Jersey was a Pay To Play state? Doesn’t that make bribery legal??

Oh, and they’re all Democrats. That goes without saying. 


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2019 at 04:33 PM   
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Music To My Ears

Bring out your dead! Bring out your dead!!

Wisconsin Purging Voter Rolls Of Nearly A Quarter Million Improper Voters

A conservative group is forcing Wisconsin to remove upwards of 230,000 people from state voter rolls more than a year earlier than planned, a move that would disproportionately affect Democrats before the 2020 election.

The group behind the lawsuit, the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (known as Will), is a legal advocacy group that has backed conservative causes across the state since the beginning of the decade. Led by Rick Esenberg, Will has defended rollbacks on public sector union power, promoted charter schools, and challenged campaign finance restrictions among other issues.

Earlier this year, Wisconsin election officials sent out notices to about 234,000 people – 7% of registered voters in the state – suspected of changing home addresses this year. They planned on giving people until the spring of 2021 to confirm their registrations before they were removed. But on Friday, county circuit judge Paul Malloy sided with Will and ordered the state to remove the voters from the state’s rolls within 30 days.

Wisconsin officials are appealing the ruling. In a 3-3 split vote Monday, the Wisconsin Elections Commission declined to move forward with the removals, citing the pending appeal.

The dispute is the latest in a series of voting rights brawls in Wisconsin, considered one of the most important states in the upcoming presidential election. In recent years, Republicans drew electoral districts that severely benefitted their party, unsuccessfully tried to limit early voting, and implemented a strict voter ID law. The law discouraged as many as 23,252 people in the state from casting a ballot in 2016, one estimate found.

These tactics could sway elections in a state of close wins and losses. A Republican won a seat on the state supreme court by less than 6,000 votes in April. Governor Tony Evers, a Democrat, defeated Scott Walker by just under 30,000 votes last year. And Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton by a little over 22,000 votes in 2016.

“It’s over 200,000 voters who are affected. If even a small slice of them were deterred from voting in 2020, it could tip the outcome,” said Barry Burden, a political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of its Elections Research Center. He added the people affected would be young people and those who live in cities – groups that tend to vote Democratic.

So if you live there and you’ve moved, you’d better get your registration updated and squared away ASAP.

There’s always going to be some crybabies claiming Raycis and Disenfranchisement. Tough titties, and that’s a BS argument. Every state in the country should be doing this, and doing it now. Furthermore, they should be working closely with coroners, funeral homes, hospitals, etc to unregister those who have passed away.

I’m all for it. Voting may be a right, but it doesn’t have to be an unchallenging one. Everyone should have to reregister every 5 years. Everyone should have a photo voter ID. Everyone ought to be run through the government databases to prove that they are eligible and that they are who they say they are. And if you have to be fingerprinted, so what? It’s not like any of us have any privacy anymore anyway, and your prints are probably already in one of the systems and you just don’t know it.

And while we’re at it, let’s have a big old investigation of Social Security and iii, to make sure that nobody who works for either place is doing naughty stuff on the sly. Like selling SSNs to illegals, or taking some cash money to purge an iii (which is the national criminal identification code).

As for redistricting, or gerrymandering as it’s usually called ... dump it. Use latitude and longitude for the most part, just jiggling things a bit to make the population areas a bit even. To hell with race; we’re all equal. And once they’re set, the districts don’t get redrawn for another 20 years.

One eligible citizen, one vote, in one place, during one lifetime. No cheating, no ballot box stuffing, no provisional voting, no dead people, felons, or foreigners voting. That’s the very basis of the foundation of a representative government the people can have faith in.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2019 at 03:05 PM   
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random turbo thoughts

It seems like more and more vehicles are moving to much smaller engines equipped with turbochargers. As long as they last 200,000 or more miles, I’m pretty much for it.

But I think there is a great application of turbocharging/supercharging that is going unused. Ok, perhaps it is slightly addressed by this HCCI engine that Mazda keeps teasing us with; that thing has a small supercharger on it that provides just a little boost, enough to give their 2.0 liter HCCI engine nearly the same power as their standard, normally aspirated 2.5 liter engine.

You see, any kind of piston driven internal combustion engine has to draw air into itself. Suck it in, add some fuel vapors, squeeze it up, light it off, take the power, then pump out the exhaust. If you provide just enough boost pressure, then the engine doesn’t have to waste energy ( pneumatic drag ) sucking the air in. Just open the valves, and in comes the appropriate standard amount. And the less energy you waste, the more efficient the engine becomes. So turbo engines should have an Economy mode.

Also, since just about every engine has a rev limiter on it these days, and all of them have fairly sensitive knock sensors, and most of them have touch screens, making a car with a 4 or even 5 mode turbo shouldn’t be that hard.

C   Concierge Mode: no boost at all, engine limited to 3000rpm. LeadFoot the parking lot boy can’t thrash your vehicle.

E   Economy Mode: just enough boost to let the engine breath freely, engine limited to 4500rpm. Adequate performance and maximum mpg.

N   Normal Mode: a few pounds of extra boot and the normal engine redline. Makes it a bit zippy but still gets decent mileage.

S   Sport Mode: even more boost, perhaps the standard redline or a bit higher. Probably hooked into the dynamic suspension control for a firmer ride for better handling.

R   Robust Mode (because the lawyers won’t let us say “Race"): maximum boost, maximum redline, firmest suspension settings.

All of these would be dominated by the knock sensor, which would back off the spark advance or even downgrade the mode if excessive knock happens. Obviously, you’d want to use high octane gas for the top 2 modes.

And I’d design it so that the touchscreen / joystick / voice recognition (with password?) would allow the modes to be changed while the car is moving, walking up or down the modes as necessary until the speed and rpm was within the proper limits. That way you couldn’t go from Robust Mode to Concierge Mode at 130mph and 8000rpm. You’d have to drop down through Sport and then Normal first, perhaps Economy too.

A little 1.6 or 2.0 liter engine can get you 40mpg or better on the highway, yet with a potent turbo those engines can churn out more than 300hp. But you can’t have it both ways. Why not?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/19/2019 at 02:36 PM   
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I feel taller already

US Finally Switches To International Foot After 60 Year Delay

Change is afoot for the official measuring stick used to size up big places in America. The reason? There are actually two different definitions of the 12-inch measurement known as a foot.

Some land surveyors use what’s known as the U.S. survey foot. Others use the definition that’s more accepted by the broader world: the international foot.

The difference between them is so tiny that you can’t see it with the naked eye on a 12-inch ruler. But over big distances, it matters. So, to reduce the chance for errors and confusion, the federal government has announced it’s finally giving the boot to the survey foot.

The international foot is the smaller one — adding about an eighth of an inch of difference when measuring a mile. That means the United States is 28.3 feet wider when measured using the international foot instead of the survey foot.

The change started in 1959, when the federal government mandated that everyone use the international foot but allowed surveyors to keep to the old U.S. survey foot for a while. That temporary reprieve has lasted 60 years, but it will finally end in 2022, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Institute of Standards and Technology announced in October.

Surveyors in 40 U.S. states and territories still use the larger U.S. foot. The rest use the smaller international one.

In 1893, the U.S. government defined a foot as 1,200 meters divided by 3,937. Plug those numbers into a calculator and you get 0.3048006 meters. Those last three digits (and it goes on even longer if you want to be technical) are important. Don’t forget them.

In 1933, the international foot was invented. It was simpler: 0.3048 meters, exactly. Those last three digits just get eliminated.

But those digits kept bedeviling engineers. So in 1959, the U.S. government started the international switch and it will finish the job in 2022.

When it finally happens, the U.S. foot will be relegated to history, NIST’s Benham says, “just like a cubit.”

So they came up with the international foot as a mathematical convenience. And then took 3 generations to put it in place. Also, it was probably one of the first efforts to push the country towards metric.

Hey, maybe next week the government will define pi as exactly 3, which would make so much math so much easier.


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calendar   Wednesday - December 18, 2019

And So It Begins


totally partisan vote.

They are charging him with “obstruction of Congress” and “abuse of power”.

And now the darkest chapter of our nation’s history begins.

While I have the greatest confidence in our President’s innocence and ultimate victory, I know that this is a crapshoot. The world has lost it’s mind, and anything can happen.

I am very disquieted. Whatever happens, Trump is now branded. Whatever happens, the Overton Window has shifted and impeachment is now an acceptable political weapon. Expect every single future President to be impeached. This is a failure of our nation. We are changed forever.

And thank the Democrats for spoiling the holiday season for everyone.

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday night, becoming only the third American chief executive to be formally charged under the Constitution’s ultimate remedy for high crimes and misdemeanors.

The historic vote split along party lines, much the way it has divided the nation, over the charges that the 45th president abused the power of his office by enlisting a foreign government to investigate a political rival ahead of the 2020 election. The House then approved a second charge, that he obstructed Congress in its investigation.

The articles of impeachment, the political equivalent of an indictment, now go to the Senate for trial. If Trump is acquitted by the Republican-led chamber, as expected, he would have to run for reelection carrying the enduring mark of impeachment on his purposely disruptive presidency.

And President Trump immediately went on the offensive, speaking to a SRO crowd in Michigan.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 12/18/2019 at 09:20 PM   
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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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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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