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calendar   Wednesday - August 03, 2016

the_end_may_be_in_sight

I just got word from my server hosting company that they are moving to newer, up to date machines at the end of the month.

Certain older software that was written with archaic SQL etc may no longer run.

This blog was old when I got it, with out of date software even then. And I’ve been running it for how long? 10 years? No, not that long. January 7, 2008 I took over from Mr. Christian, and he had it a bit more than half a year from when The Skipper died, and that was around the end of May 2007. So I’ve been doing this eight and a half years, going towards nine.

And ya know what? Not a damn thing has changed. Every single issue I’ve written about and railed against is still out there, just as bad and nasty as before, if not worse.

Here’s a paste from one of Allan’s last posts:

Meanwhile, while you slept a few thousand more Mexicans crossed the border last night, Wal-Mart built six more stores somewhere, the trade deficit with China increased by a few billion dollars, the North Koreans and Iranians came up with seventeen more plans to prove they are barking mad and several thousand more non-Muslims were murdered in Darfur by followers of the Prophet For Profit.

Then again, you already know all this and just need a place to get together and figure out what we’re all going to do when the roof caves in - and make no mistake, the rafters are crumbling. Depressing? Sure, but what are we going to do?

We can start to fix our government eighteen months from now in the 2008 elections. The interim is going to be dicey as somebody out there decided in the last election to install a whole bunch of really crazy people in the Congress and Senate. That was not my fault, by the way - and neither was it George Bush’s fault.

As for the rest of the sitrep, we can wall ourselves off from the rest of the world and experiment with isolationism again or we can continue to muddle our way through the minefield of international relations - and that is where the problem comes in. We’re just no damn good at realpolitik. Not this administration, the whole country has never been real good at the devious games diplomats play. We haven’t been at this game long enough to understand all the rules.

All I can really tell you is (a) keep a firm grasp of right and wrong, (b) stay involved in government and watch the bastards in Washington every minute, (c) use every legal means to make sure you can defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and (d) keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere.

Hardly a thing has changed.

Anyway, it would cost a fortune to bring this old clunk up to date, and it would require a ton of work to migrate everything to a new platform, blah blah blah. I’m not going to do it.

And frankly, I miss Jay terribly every time I sit down at this keyboard. The fun is gone for me.

So what I’m saying is ... if the blog survives the server move, fine. If it doesn’t, well, so long and thanks for all the fish.

And if it does survive, I think it’s time to pass the mantle. I covered the Obama years. Who wants to cover the Clinton ones?

All I can really tell you is (a) keep a firm grasp of right and wrong, (b) stay involved in government and watch the bastards in Washington every minute, (c) use every legal means to make sure you can defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and (d) keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere.

Good words to live by. Who will carry them into the future for us?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/03/2016 at 12:59 AM   
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calendar   Monday - June 13, 2016

Last Post For Peiper

It is my sad duty to let you all know that Joel Diamond died this morning sometime before 11am Eastern.

Known to us as Peiper, or JayD, or JD, or Jay, or whatever ... he had been released from hospital to a recovery center about a week ago, after being returned to the hospital after a mere 30 hours in the recovery center before that. Prior to that, he was in pretty intensive care since March 29, when he suffered a major thoracic aneurysm. And everything went downhill from there.

His wife Jen left me a message on my answering machine which I did not see until I got home this evening. She is distraught of course.

I can’t write right now. And to think I just started bombarding him with cards and letters, celebrating his second escape from Nurse Ratchett. After all, he was alert, up, and walking around a bit. So it was all Hurrah!!

All that mail should just about be showing up there now. I doubt if he ever even saw one.

I’ll call her tomorrow. I want to send huge flowers. I want this to have not happened.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/13/2016 at 10:20 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - May 18, 2016

He’s Alive !!

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Miracle of Miracles

I made telephone contact with Peiper’s wife!

And as usual we had the most wonderful conversation. She is the most charming lady and so easy to talk to.

Sadly, things are not going super great for our expat buddy.

Our Peiper is still “in hospital”, forced to wear some kind of harness on his upper body to restrain his movements to protect the work the doctors have done on him. He is slowly leaking blood into his lungs and the doctors have not been able to find out where it’s coming from. He is able to get up and walk around a bit, but he tires easily and sleeps most of the time. He is mentally alert, rather grumpy, and bored to death. He watches the Travel Channel on the room’s telly. Sounds to me like his condition is “guarded” at this point, a half step better than “critical”, but I’m no doctor. He’s been in hospital since Easter.

Wardmama, his wife Jen says your card arrived, thank you so much.

I am pretty certain he does not have access to any kind of computer or cell phone, so emails and text messages are out. I’m going to have to beat myself into submission and locate a pen and a stamp and sit down and actually write him a letter.

You could write him as well if you want. I’ll put his address up below the fold here, although it is online and not at all hard to locate in at least 4 ways if you know his real name. So send him a cheerful card and a kind word. 

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/18/2016 at 06:54 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 30, 2016

Pray For Peiper

I got a phone call today.

“Hello, is this Drew? This is Jen, Jay’s wife. In England.”

And the bottom dropped out of my world. At a certain point in life, there are phone calls you just do not want to get.

Well, poor old Peiper has had himself a major heart problem. He’s lucky to live barely more than around the corner from one of the better cardiac centers on that verdant island, and they got him right in.

Six hours of surgery later, and he’s in an induced coma until the situation stabilizes.

It’s something to do with one or more of the layers in his aorta. And bleeding. And that’s all I really know for sure. Updates when I get them, which I might not get very often.

03/31/16 UPDATE: None. I haven’t heard a word, but I’m not really expecting to. I’m sure she’s got plenty enough to worry about. Lyndon, did you get my email?? Thank you, everyone, for your kind words of support. Keep the prayers coming. 

04/01/16 UPDATE: HE’S ALIVE! ALIVE I TELL YOU!! I got another call from Jen. Jay is alive, awake, no longer bleeding from the heart or from the brain, and does not seem to have suffered any brain damage. Awesome news, but Say What?? Bleeding brains? OMFG.  Crivens and a half, there’s a story here for him to tell when he is up to it. Which might be quite a while. And he wasn’t in the local hospital, they took him to South Hampton which is a better care center. Well, fine. Fine.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/30/2016 at 09:37 PM   
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calendar   Thursday - February 25, 2016

A BMEWS First

A Sort-Of Award Because Today We Made BMEWS History

Another little knot on our blog’s long running timeline



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A bit big for the digital mantelpiece, but what can you do?





Today is the first time ever in the entire life of this blog that we have had posts to put up from four different bloggers. Sure, we’ve had four or more posts on one day many times. But never from four of us. Primarily because there haven’t been four of us active. Hardly ever. Actually we have several more folks who can throw up a post whenever they want, but we haven’t heard from most of them in years and years now.

So today is our first four poster day. Thus the four poster bed award. Nyuk nyuk, nyuk perhaps, but it’s better than a stale liverwurst sandwich on white bread.

Go team!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/25/2016 at 10:30 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - February 10, 2016

Type in a title up here. you have to have one

Headline Goes Up Here IF You Want A Headline

A hypothetical post, to show how simple the post editor is ... this is NOT what the members see when they write a comment.

Title of some article from an online source


A reasonable amount of text copied from the source that gives the flavor of the content.
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A hyperlink to the source page of the information, often placed a little bit into the quoted text around the few words that are the heart of the subject.

Hey, don’t forget to pick a category to file your post under, by clicking the Categories button at the top of the editor.

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an embedded picture, sized down for faster loading. It is wrapped in a link to the original bigger version of the picture, and the whole thing is centered on the page. don’t forget to center support text for centered pictures!

you upload pictures by clicking the little icon in the upper right corner under the QuickSave button, then following the instructions in the pop-up boxes.

Some wise guy commentary by the blogger. The “fisk” button indents the text and turns it all bold.

DropCap thing works too, but it rarely ever gets used. It can be pretty fussy.




: these are blank lines. 4 of them actually.

  this is the symbol for a blank space. html is not “WYSIWYG”; it will not space things the way you want if you set them up with the space bar. And the Tab key doesn’t work.

and if the post is going to go on for a long time, or if there are lots and lots of pictures, we try to stick them “below the fold” which means in the Extended Text area:

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/10/2016 at 04:34 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - February 07, 2016

I am going to beat it

Getting My Groove Back

I’ve had some pretty severe writer’s block lately. I just haven’t been able to hit the keyboard and throw works at this blog and get the posts out. Sure, there’s been some burnout because the stories don’t change. The Middle East is still a mess, Obama is still a traitor masquerading as a fool, Hillary is still a lying, corrupt, murderous thug. And then there’s Trump. And those damn “rapeugees” invading Europe. I start feeling like what’s his name with the rock ... Sissypuss I think he was called, although I may be confusing my mythological Greeks with Carvel ice cream cakes?

Right. Suffering from “KD”. Keyboard Dysfunction. What can you do? [ take one Sophie  Viagra Vergara and contact your doctor for a blogging session that lasts longer than 4 hours? ] I have ideas for posts. I have all sorts of links. I do background research. And then somehow it all just deflates and goes limp, and I have to go to work or do some housework or shopping or whatever.

But I can beat this. I think I can, I think I can, I know I can!

What’s easy to post on? Ah, Fun League. Our little team pretty much sucks this year, but we’re in it for fun. We manage to hit the bottom of the standings and then bounce back a few slots time after time. I think we’re hovering just below 50% wins, which means we are sinking, but slowly. This week we didn’t quite sink. None of us were quite warmed up enough in the first game, posting lousy scores way below average. I threw a 137. Yikes. A guy on the opponent’s team was having the game of his life - we always bring out the very best in our opponents, go figure - and threw a 260. Awsome. A 260 is 2 spares shy of a perfect game, so that fellow was hitting strikes all over the place. Bastard. So we went down in flames in Game 1, losing by something like 156 pins.

Game 2 we woke up, and the other team had shot their load and forgot to take their ”Sophies” or something. So we shined, and they were flat. I tossed a 214 and we won that one by 79. Look out, here we come, gonna eat up your lead and take that wood!

Game 3, not only did I have all my ducks in a row AND had them wired tight, I must have stapled their little feet to the floor so they couldn’t go anywhere [ just an expression. No actual ducks are allowed inside the bowling alley, and running in and out with a staple gun every frame is severely frowned upon. ]. You know it. It turned out that the elusive strike line was half a damn board to the outside on my approach footing. Once I moved, and kept my eye on the target, I just hammered the crap out of the pins. The other guys on my team did well too, but I threw a 240 [ a pile of strikes on the end of a game that started out as a Dutch 200 through the 6th. So we won that last game big time, I just missed a 600 series for the night, and we ... still lost overall wood. But only by 6 pins!

There. I can so post. And throw in a bunch of links, and crack wise, and tell a story.  Now, if only I could convince myself that politics was interesting again, then I could truly get all fired up.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 02/07/2016 at 02:20 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - October 28, 2015

A Right Writer

A blog you should be reading ... Sultan Knish. It’s essays on the world situation, politics, religion, etc.

Pretty good stuff. Worth reading every post.

Example:

Friday, October 23, 2015
The Death of Europe
European leaders talk about two things these days; preserving European values by taking in Muslim migrants and integrating Muslim migrants into Europe by getting them to adopt European values.

It does not occur to them that their plan to save European values depends on killing European values.
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Europe invested in the values of its welfare state. The Muslim world invested in large families. Europe expects the Muslim world to bail out its shrinking birth rate by working and paying into the system so that its aging population can retire. The Muslim migrants however expect Europe to subsidize their large families with its welfare state while they deal some drugs and chop off some heads on the side.
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Europe is drinking rat poison to cure a cold. Instead of changing its values, it’s trying to maintain them by killing itself. The Mohammed retirement plan won’t save European Socialism. It will bury it.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/28/2015 at 08:55 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - July 15, 2015

1.6 Million Hits A Month

Running a blog named Voe, Emilie Nereng was Norway’s top blogger for 2 years running, 2009-2010, when she was only 14-15 years old. Her readership was larger than most daily Norwegian newspapers. After all, she made her own rules and followed them strictly - 2 posts a day and be positive and happy! - so how could success elude her?

Since then she’s done some modeling, and sang on TV in front of an audience of 80,000 people, and been the youngest lecturer ever at Lillehammer College. These days, at the ripe old age of 20, she remains a leader in social media and is a noted fuutbol authority.

She also does basic stretching exercise videos.  And “look what I bought at the mall” shopping videos.

This way lies fame and fortune. Go figure.

1.6 million hits a month.

I think she has some secret advantage. Must be the puppy.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/15/2015 at 04:28 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 12, 2015

pesky browser issues

I just lost a whole post. Not sure how, but I guess I hit the wrong key, and suddenly, poof.

Beats me. And then when I published this little post, it too went off into the ether. I don’t get it. So I did a PC scan, did a reboot, cleared the caches and reloaded Firefox. At least this time I was smart enough to copy the whole post to the clipboard. So haha on you, evil Windows gremlin.

The gist of it was, the alternate domain name of this blog has been renewed. So you can get here using barkingmoonbat.com as well as barking-moonbat.com. Or you can make a bookmark, which is even easier.

And now it’s lunchtime. In the lost post I wrote a taste tempting paragraph about the yummy dish of burritos I just made. I’m too hungry to write that all again, but try some enchilada cooking sauce and some Rotel diced tomatoes and chilis on yours next time. It really makes a nice difference.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/12/2015 at 06:10 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 09, 2015

hanging in there, help wanted

I’m getting a lot more work lately, which is fine by me. And it’s time to get the garden going. And the wifey has had quite a bit of time off from her job lately too. All of this adds up to me not having the time to devote to this blog that I usually have. Sorry. Life has to come first.

Pieper also has some pretty strong demands on his time these days too, getting the house fixed up and so forth.

Doc leads a busy life, and I’m grateful that he can post when he gets the chance.

We’re doing what we can, and none of us is getting any younger.

What I’m saying is, I’m amenable to taking on another guest blogger or two. I know quite a few of my regular BMEWS readers really stay on top of the news and frequently have comments to make. So here’s your chance if you want it. Send me an email. I am actually checking the email almost every day, and responding to nearly everyone. We’ve got several new members I haven’t had time to introduce, so a big welcome to them, and I’m sure you’ll get to know them better as they make comments about this or that.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/09/2015 at 03:13 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - March 25, 2015

New Villagers Join The Mob

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Three new BMEWS members so far this month, and we’ve got a week to go!

Joining our maddened crowd of Villagers With Torches™ are RedneckGeezer, Jimbo 49, and Greendragon. Yayy!!

( Mark Matis, Cents, and Dr. Gonzo joined in January and February. Don’t want to overlook them. Welcome aboard the crazy train! )

We’ll do what we can to make posts worth commenting on. Or they can always just put in an unkind word about leftists, commies, hippies, Obama (but I repeat myself), excessive government (still repeating myself), PC, or those jackwad jihadis.

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Custom avatars! Why yes, you can! Anything not pornographic or grossly offensive is allowed. Downsize a simple graphic to 80x80 and upload it in the My Account area over on the right sidebar.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/25/2015 at 04:04 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 10, 2015

Makes Me A Sad Panda

Fox News’ O’Reilly Admits: Conservative Media Is Us, And Op Ed Pages Of Wall Street Journal

I was watching the bloviating buffalo, Bill O’Reilly, yakking it up with my favorite TV guy, Charles Krauthammer, on how their channel Fox News, and the 2 or 3 pages of the Editorial section of the Wall Street Journal, were pretty much it when it comes to center of the road/Conservative journalism.

I guess all those thousands of right wing web sites count for nothing. The blogs, the forums, the social media pages. The entire “VRWC”; the so-called tongue in cheek Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.

I suppose we’re all just preaching to the choir, talking to each other in a great digital circle jerk. No outsiders welcome or allowed. And maybe that’s the truth. And a shame. From Michelle Malkin to American Thinker to Instapundit to Bill Whittle to Atlas Shrugs, and Jihad Watch, and all the countless medium and small opinion outlets in between. Shooting the breeze to each other while the rest of the world ignores us.




Speaking of shooting the breeze ... now that the VRWC is pretty much done with the latest anti-gun story, that of the ATF banning the green tip, steel core, M855 5.56 NATO military surplus cartridge because it MIGHT penetrate body armor when fired from an “AR style” pistol ... this one has been kicking around for several weeks now, right? ... anyway, NOW that the internet - the invisible unfathomable unknown impotent and inconsequential internet - NOW that the right wingnut gun happy internet has chewed this story to death (rmeinder: get those ATF letters in by March 16!!), now it’s breaking news at Fox News. And Townhall.com is running an EXCLUSIVE.

UPDATE: ATF calls stripping ban exemption for AR-15 “green tip” ammunition a “publishing mistake.”

On Friday February 13 at 4:00 pm, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms released a proposal to ban commonly used M855 “green tip” AR-15 ammunition under the guise of law enforcement safety. The same day the proposal was released, on a Friday of a three day holiday weekend, ATF opened up a shortened 30-day period for the public to submit comments about the new regulation.

But it turns out, ATF has been working on a ban of AR-15 “green-tip” ammunition for quite some time and has already issued the ban in its new, 2014 Regulation Guide. For reference, ATF Regulation Guides come out approximately every ten years.

This is the ATF fucking with you. Like the IRS and the EPA, they are another overpowered out of control branch of the government, operating without oversight and with impunity, with a high likelihood of being used as a revenge tool by the current regime. Pretty much any rifle bullet is going to penetrate all but the heaviest human wearable body armor, “steel penetrator core” (ie a bit of needle 3/16” long).  They do this kind of crap for no other reason than to give apoplexy to all the gun people, ha ha ha ha. But back to my post; now that us “little fish” have worried this story to closure, the “big fish” are claiming original ownership, and even the TV news guys are discovering the story. So it seems to me, still smarting after last night’s diss. Hey O’Reilly - who the heck do you think watches your show in the first place? It sure ain’t HuffPo readers!

Now Playing: Fair and balanced debate on WH’s proposed AR-15 ammo ban

It looked like the fix was in. But the ATF says it was just a misfire.

As the ATF faces a firestorm of controversy for seeking public comment on a proposal to ban a popular type of bullet, critics last week claimed the agency may have decided in advance how it would rule.

They pointed to the ATF’s latest “Firearms Regulation Reference Guide,” released in January 2015. The guide, curiously, did not contain an exemption for popular “.223 M855 ‘green tip’ ammunition” that was included in earlier guides. Without that exemption, the ammunition is illegal to sell. (The change in language was first noticed by Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com.)

So did the ATF already make up its mind? 

No, the agency claims. The ATF has responded that the reference guide is not legally binding, so the bullets have not actually been banned yet, and has apologized for leaving the exemptions out of the guide. They say it was an innocent mistake. And the proposed ban is apparently still under consideration.

Right. Whatever. It’s just kind of a kick in the nadgers for so many of us citizen journalists and pundits in the Samizdat Networks to be so quickly and easily dismissed by Big Media, even when that Big is really Little “faux snooze”, and we know damn well that they farm Drudge, Insty, and several others for headline fodder all the time.

Oh, and one thing I really do hate about Fox News is that they force a “fair and balanced debate” even when one shouldn’t exist. Some things are right, some things are wrong, and if you can’t see the difference then your eyes should be donated to the Cornea Fund for others who really do want clear vision.
And this is one of those situations. If it shoots out of a gun and doesn’t explode, then it’s fair game and hands off. End of story.
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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/10/2015 at 03:08 PM   
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calendar   Friday - January 30, 2015

Concerned…

Drew, is peiper okay? Haven’t seen any posts by him lately>


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