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

calendar   Tuesday - April 16, 2013

It’s about time

I got my copy of MS Office installed and got Outlook email set up properly. That took me a bit, but now it works. I have blog email again ... and I had nearly 2000 junk mails in the queue. Sheez.


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calendar   Thursday - April 11, 2013

I am not ignoring my mail

I do not have direct access to my blog email right now. I expect to be able to get it going again sometime next week.

I can make a big effort, move several parts and some wires upstairs, get the old PC running again ... and perhaps be able to download the mail. Perhaps. Maybe. I don’t know if I’ll be able to send any.

So if you’ve sent in a “register me as a member” email, or put a couple bucks in the tip jar, or sent me great links, or any other communication, I am not ignoring you. I’ll get to it. Please be patient.


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calendar   Wednesday - April 10, 2013

Shameless Blog Plug

If you weren’t aware of all the drama involving Soylent Green, or was it Son of Soylent Green, or whatever, that blog got taken down by the provider a bit over a month ago ... several other forms of Soylent-ness sprang up ... and now it looks like Soylent Siberia is going to be the main page. Or is it Soylent Refuge? Whatever. Snootchtastic! It’s very much a guy’s blog ... mostly naked women, posts about the folly of AGW, and the occasional epileptic fit inducing animated .gif. And sometimes some news and opinion pieces on that inept clown in the White House, or stupidity in the EU, etc. But mostly more naked women than you can shake a ... well, you know. Even if that isn’t your kind of blog, I’m glad to see that the Minions Of Evil™ were not able to keep him down.

So here’s a bit of eye candy, up and coming model Candice Boucher, who is so extremely comfortable in her own skin, as Soylent Whatever™ is only too happy to show, that you’d think she was from Fwance. Nope. This one is pure African. From Durban, South Africa. All 5’10” of her.

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As his saying goes, click to embiggenify.


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calendar   Sunday - January 27, 2013


Good News Everyone!


As a sworn-in member of the VRWC blogosphere, I have Teh Oh-fishal™ Secret Decoder Ring and special insider’s list of hidden email addresses. Actually, I lost both several years ago because they didn’t work very well, but I do turn up an ancient email once in a while and respond on a wing and a prayer.

And I was able to touch base with Jen, who runs the outrageous Demure Thoughts/Temple of Jennifer blog. Demure Miss Jennifer hasn’t posted in nearly 2 years, and then only once or twice.  Anyway, the rumors that she was abducted by space aliens for extended deep space experimentation turned out to be wrong, which is a great relief. Truth is she had the perfectly acceptable Conservative reason for letting the blog go dormant:  she was too busy having a job and making money. I won’t give away any secrets about what’s going on in her life although most of it is good, but it’s quite probable that she will have a few posts to put up in a few weeks or so. Jen was superb when she got on her high horse and let loose at ... anyone foolish enough to cross her path, it seemed, but usually ... prominent political figures, like our Liar In Chief, Prince Fuknuts. Forget “fisking”; when someone got “Jenned” it was pretty much all over except for the slow bleeding. Outstanding stuff. She has been sorely missed, her rants and her sexy, sexy shoes.

And she may be coming back in the not too distant future. At least for a visit or two. So there. But no promises, m’kay?


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calendar   Tuesday - January 15, 2013

Rootin’ and a Tootin’ Once Again

Yosemite Same is back at The Ten Ring, an excellent RKBA blog that has been silent for 2 years now ...

If the people are sovereign then it follows that they retain the rights and privileges that were once the exclusive province of kings and potentates. The privilege to speak our minds and assemble as we wish is the right of a sovereign people.

Of these rights the right to bear arms is the most important. If the people are not to be trusted with arms then it must follow that they cannot be sovereign. How could one be sovereign if denied arms? The one denying the arms would be the sovereign. If the people are not sovereign then the entire foundation of our country and society disappears in a puff of smoke.

We would then be back to the society of elites and serfs that has existed for most of history. Well, my friends, we are well on that path.

... and that, Peiper, is the ultimate nutshell to tell your English neighbors what the gun thing is all about, and what America is all about. We The People are in charge, not the government. And the proof is right here in my hands, made of steel and wood.


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calendar   Thursday - November 15, 2012

New Members

I finally got my blog email back up and running, so I took the opportunity to register our two latest members.

Joining the BMEWS family is




ShortyD is from Texas. TimboT is from ... somewhere I suppose. The internet is like that; one big cloud of electrons.

So say howdy do and let’s hope these two share their opinions about everything. Keep ‘em talking - that’s what Allan built this thing for, so that’s what we do.

ShortyD ... isn’t that some kind of orange juice? Oh wait, my bad, that’s SunnyD! LOL


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calendar   Sunday - July 15, 2012

BMEWS World Domination

I think I’ve got the full set now


I check the little flag counter widget down at the very bottom of the blog every once in a while, just to see who’s been visiting. I’m not sure if the Vatican counts as a country to it, but pretty much everywhere else on earth has stopped by BMEWS in the past couple of months. Thank you, world, and keep on coming!

I think I have them all ... let’s see:
Tuvalu, 1 visitor ... check!
Alan Islands, 22 visitors ... check!
San Marino, 8 visitors ... check!
Faroe Islands, 50 visitors ... check!
Saint Pierre and Miquelon, 3 visitors ... check!

Meh, I might be missing Tahiti, unless it’s part of French Polynesia? And there are a few small islands in the far southern Indian Ocean ... that counts as France though, doesn’t it? Or is that just an economic exclusion zone?

North Korea, 1 visitor ... check!
Sri Lanka, 943 visitors ... check!
New Caledonia, 41 visitors ... check!
Timor-Leste, 2 visitors ... check!

Wait, what? WHAT???
No visitors ever from Wallis and Futuna?
No visitors ever from Nauru?
No visitors ever from Niue?? Come on, just because there are only 1311 of them left and they speak a language unlike any other on the planet - that’s no excuse!
And nobody from the Vatican, and nobody from the Pitcairn Islands. And I mentioned them just a couple weeks ago. Mr. Christian, help! Damn Mutineers.

That settles it. I’m gonna hafta do something rash.

So the Pope goes on vacation to the South Pacific.
And he meets this beautiful island girl from Wallis and Futuna ... grin

See More Below The Fold


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calendar   Thursday - July 05, 2012

Linky Love

A few good men, a few good reads.

Thomas Sowell shares my feelings for the 4th of July. It was the most dismal one ever for me, thanks to our Chief Judas on the Supreme Court. Link

Yup, it’s tyranny. That’s the View From The Island. Link

Jersey Nut feels the pain too, but having mourned for a day or two decides it’s time to get up and fight. I hope Mittens and his Kittens are listening. Link

Back on the Island, reasons for indicting that SCFOAMF in the White House. Oh yes, let’s! Link

And perhaps the final nail in the Fast And Furious coffin: latest leaked email shows it was pretty much all about forcing more gun control from the get go, and everybody knew it. EVERYBODY. Link. Too bad the rule of law doesn’t apply in a tyranny.

I was going to post a depressed 4th of July message, but I was “saved” from doing so by a completely predictable family medical “emergency”. Which ruined our holiday, as intended. Who me, bitter? Nah. You didn’t want to read my sullen crap anyway. Besides, who cares if we’re now slaves? Let’s celebrate our freedoms! ... if we can find some.


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calendar   Friday - June 22, 2012

Me and my big mouth

The NeoWorx counter thingy sends me emails -

This is an ‘opt-in’ email alert from

Congratulations! You just had your first visitor from North Korea.

This is an ‘opt-in’ email alert from

Congratulations! Your NeoCounter has reached: 57700 cities.

I knew I shouldn’t have written that bibimbap post. And I’d better not mention kimchi any more, though I love that too, whether you spell it gimchi, kimchi, kimchee, or kim chee.

Gimchi buchimgae: spicy fermented cabbage pancakes!


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calendar   Thursday - May 03, 2012

All Aboard!

UPDATE: this morning we add PurpleK and jackal40 to our ranks.

Jackal40 has a secret, which he may share in time. You may be able to figure it out from his comments. This should be fun.

PurpleK hasn’t mentioned any secrets ... but with that handle, hmm? Only things named purple K I’ve ever heard of are a specialty chemical for fighting burning metal fires, and some super potent dope bud that Old Cat Man would love to stuff his bong with. So maybe he does have a secret after all!


We’ve got a good handful of new members here in the past couple of months, so I’m taking a moment to introduce them and welcome them to the big BMEWS family.

Signing on recently are

daisy clora
Wes B
flooded basement
Black Caiman

May they take to commenting just as heartily as Al_in_Ottawa, another recent joiner who has put his oar in the water any number of times. Outstanding.

Until I can figure out how to have open comments without spam and without having to renew my subscription several times over to the blog engine (which means no Captcha for now), comments are limited to members who are logged in. To become a member, all you have to do is send me an email saying that you want to be one, along with your choice of sign-in name, screen name, and password. And I’ll get you registered pretty quick. My email address is on the right sidebar. I don’t do a damn thing with your membership information. I don’t sell it, loan it, or even let anyone else look at it. The only things I ask are that you a) not use a pornographic screen name, and b) provide me with a real email address. Peiper and I have quite a bit of email interaction with a number of the members sometimes, and we can’t converse if we can’t contact you. Membership applications with dummy email addresses will be deleted.

New members, awesome! Woo hoo!!


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calendar   Sunday - January 29, 2012

Plow? Plough? Palau!

I get some neat notifications from some of the metrics tracking tools that run in the background on this blog. One came last week telling me that I had achieved the milestone of having had visitors from 54,500 different cities. I had another one back in September saying that I had had my first visitor from The United States Outlying Islands; I had to look that up to even know where it was.

Today I was informed that I’ve had my first visitor from Palau. Palau is the west-most island in the Carolines, a tiny dot in the western Pacific about 500 miles east of the Philippines and about that same distance north of western Papua New Guinea. It’s a small archipelago of islands, all alone in a great big empty ocean, at least 700 miles southwest of Guam. But don’t think the Palauians are backwards or primitive. There country is democratically run, divided into 16 tiny states, and they even have a shopping mall. Sounds like it might be a nice place for a remote tropical vacation, although tourism is on the rise after several seasons of the TV show Survivor were filmed there.

Welcome aboard folks!


Palau: you can get BMEWS from there, so what are you waiting for?


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calendar   Sunday - December 25, 2011

A present without wrapping paper

This is not a notice of retraction, or a statement that one of our old posts has been removed. It is a small notice that enough information has become available to me to admit that at least one of the angles in a news story we ran with last June may have been false, for whatever reason. So let’s call this a Grain of Salt Notification, and when I get or locate more information I will do more if that seems to be the correct course of action. The price of freedom is responsibility, and I am always willing to take the necessary steps that go with that. That’s the other side of the journalistic coin, whether the government considers me to be an official journalist or not.

Therefore I have updated the Tacoma shooting story from last summer with a fair sized lead-in paragraph that says that there is reasonable doubt about the accuracy of at least one aspect of the story.

I am waiting for more information from his friends that will help clarify this situation. It will never be a good situation; a man is dead. But there is no reason to support a false meme (or several of them), and the little I’ve found so far is enough to cast reasonable doubt on that. Not proof, but reasonable doubt ... against a misstatement/misunderstanding/malicious rumor/bit of emergency CYA perhaps. Welcome to the digital age; that’s about the best I can do right now. It’s not like we’ve never seen a smear campaign go on before. Herman Cain, Robert Bjork anyone?

If and when I get more information I will consider it and may edit out large parts of this story. Until such time it stands, but it would be irresponsible of me to not stridently point out that one, several, or nearly all the parts of this story may be wrong or false. Give the deceased a fair shake, because he can no longer speak for himself.

Merry Christmas.


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calendar   Thursday - December 08, 2011

Oh Yeah? Says You!

Fed Judge: Bloggers Not Journalists

What a load of crap ... defining the indefinable by demanding it meet the big business old media standards.

A federal judge in Oregon has ruled that a Montana woman sued for defamation was not a journalist when she posted online that an Oregon lawyer acted criminally during a bankruptcy case, a decision with implications for bloggers around the country.

Crystal L. Cox, a blogger from Eureka, Mont., was sued for defamation by attorney Kevin Padrick when she posted online that he was a thug and a thief during the handling of bankruptcy proceedings by him and Obsidian Finance Group LLC.

U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez found last week that as a blogger, Cox was not a journalist and cannot claim the protections afforded to mainstream reporters and news outlets.

The judge ruled that Cox was not protected by Oregon’s shield law from having to produce sources, saying even though Cox defines herself as media, she was not affiliated with any mainstream outlet. He added that the shield law does not apply to civil actions for defamation.

Hernandez said Cox was not a journalist because she offered no professional qualifications as a journalist or legitimate news outlet. She had no journalism education, credentials or affiliation with a recognized news outlet, proof of adhering to journalistic standards such as editing or checking her facts, evidence she produced an independent product or evidence she ever tried to get both sides of the story.

Cox said she considered herself a journalist, producing more than 400 blogs over the past five years, with a proprietary technique to get her postings on the top of search engines where they get the most notice.

Blow it out your ass, blackrobe. The only thing that defines a journalist is that he or she keeps a journal; some kind of note taking with added writing done on a fairly regular basis. Belonging to Big Media is not part of the definition, nor is having a degree in the subject. Anyone can write, given even the most basic level of teaching that government education provides. Receiving payment for your work is not a factor either.

I think the smarter move would be to take a closer look at the so-called shield laws. IMO, journalists should have no greater protection against libel or hearsay than anyone else, though the contrapositive of that is that we are all journalists as needs be. No rule says that keeping a journal must be a lifetime endeavor; two entries is enough, right? Given the ability of an online video, post, picture, or expression to “go viral”, you can’t argue about dissemination bandwidth being a necessary aspect either: sure, the NYT may sell 3 million papers a day (AS IF), but a hot post can garner 20 million hits in a week or more.
So is a person who puts up 2 Tweets thus a journalist? Why not?

On the third hand, if shield laws extend to everyone, which seems fair to me in our classless equality society, then the libel laws are going to take a one way trip to the outhouse. So what differentiates a journalist from a propagandist? [Nothing if they work for MSNBC or CBS, right?] I can’t say; AFAIK there is no hurdle, no standard, that says what you put out there has to be at least 50.00001% provably true. If there was, the UK’s Guardian would be out of business overnight!

Sure, Old Media, the MSM, would LOVE to have such a ruling stick. It would eliminate the competition that is killing them. Well, it would at least give them a hammer to wield; smart people would still get their news and read opposing opinions on topics online.

[plaintiff] Padrick said the case showed how vulnerable anyone was to someone with a computer. He said he has lost business from potential clients who search his name and firm through Google and find Cox’s postings at the top of the list, adding that he has no way to remove them.

“If anyone can self-proclaim themselves to be media, the concept of media is rendered worthless,” Padrick said. “When everyone is media, the concept of media is gone.”


Kyu Ho Youm, a First Amendment expert and journalism professor at the University of Oregon, called the judge’s strict definition of a journalist “outdated” since so-called citizen journalists currently outnumber traditional journalists.

“When we talk about the shield law, we should pay more attention to the function people are doing than whether people are connected to traditional and established news media,” he said.

Hey, how about that? I figured out and wrote about both sides of the issue without even reading that part of the article until afterwards. Gosh, wouldn’t having the conceptual awareness of the underlying issues and the ability to analyze them make me more of a professional journalist?  I think so! wink

I think both Padrick AND Youm are correct together: there is actually no such thing as a journalist any longer, because we all are, or easily can be, journalists. Therefore either there should be no shield laws (a lessening of freedom) or universal shield law (an enlarging of freedom). In general, the only SCOTUS decisions I’m in favor of are the ones that expand the rights of the individual.

On the fourth hand, an apt vector for the fourth estate, perhaps op-eds should have sub sago (under the blanket) protection. It’s an opinion after all, right? And everyone has at least one of those. Would “journalists” have to label such writing with the proper categorical tag to be protected? From a technical perspective, would we have to create and use a new XHTML tag to do such identification it for us, like [op-ed]Obama is a sissy-boy lying Kenyan Communist[/op-ed]? Or could we modern digital journalists get away with assuming that our readers were intelligent enough to be able to tell reporting from opinion? [sarcasm]As if.[/sarcasm]


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calendar   Monday - September 26, 2011

And To Each Their Proper Place

Wonkette is now blogging for the UK Guardian.

Ana Marie Cox is a political journalist who has written about Washington and national politics for a variety of outlets, including Playboy, GQ, Time, the New York Times and the Washington Post. She was the founding editor of the blog Wonkette and the author of the satirical novel Dog Days. She lives in Austin, Texas

My own politics inform but don’t determine my analysis; I consider myself pretty equal-opportunity in terms of pointing out ridiculousness or cruelty or error. In the interest of transparency, however, I’m always happy to share my opinion on what I think policies SHOULD be – it’s just usually so far removed from reality that it’s beside the point. I’m a cautious socialist with a libertarian streak, albeit a very thin one.

I could not agree less with her political views if I tried, but a) she is one of the very few bloggers who has made the big jump to professional journalism (ie the kind that comes with a paycheck you can live on) regardless of how she got there (sex blogging), and
b) I think she’s one of the cuter natural redheads out there,

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and c) I hope this means that she will no longer be writing for those other 5 media outlets. England can have her, and her left-wing views. And she’ll draw a paycheck and have exactly zero impact on things over here. Which suits me just fine. No link provided; if you really need to read her stuff, Google it up.


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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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