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calendar   Friday - August 31, 2007

To Each His Own

I believe in the Capitalist economic model.  That is, you are free to conduct trade as you see fit, within the law of course, but don’t expect everyone to buy, or even like, your stuff.

WordWeb is a free dictionary program you can download and use.  Looks like it has some neat features and some good testimonials.  Then you get to the license agreement.  That is, what you are willing to agree to if you want to use their software.

WordWeb may be freely used only by people who meet the conditions below.

Global greenhouse gas emissions are currently around 5 tonnes per person per year, and need to be reduced by about 80% have a good chance of avoiding catastrophic warming. Most computer users are responsible for far more emissions than is sustainable. For example one medium distance return flight can be equivalent to over 1 tonne of emissions1: more than an average person should be emitting in an entire year. A typical SUV causes about twice as much warming per mile as a typical normal European car: 10,000 miles of travel in an SUV is responsible for about 5 tonnes of emissions. Offsetting emissions is no substitute for direct cuts.

You may use the program free of charge indefinitely only if

- You take at most 4 flights (2 return flights) in any 12 month period
- AND you do not own or regularly drive an SUV (sports utility vehicle).

If you do not qualify you must uninstall the program after the 30-day trial period or purchase WordWeb Pro. The licence is designed to provide a small incentive for people with massively unsustainable emissions to cut down.

Whenever a user no longer meets the above requirements, and they have installed the product for more than 30 days, they must uninstall the product or purchase WordWeb Pro; otherwise it is software theft.

Yeah, good luck with that.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/31/2007 at 12:18 PM   
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calendar   Monday - August 06, 2007

Defensive Maneuvers

I spent a good part of my younger years in Orlando, so I keep up with the news down there, mostly to see if any of my old buds get arrested.

Anyhoo, I found the juxtaposition of these two stories in my news reader interesting.

First, we have the tale of a failed robbery attempt in a small town in west Orange county:

Several screaming and frantic employees inside a restaurant apparently scared away two men attempting to rob an Orlando restaurant, according to police.

Investigators said Michael Davis and Keaton Hill tried to rob an Ocoee, Fla., Chipotle restaurant late Saturday.

As Davis and Hill burst in an open back door, employees started wildly screaming and frantically running around, police said.

The men then fled.

Police located both Davis and Hill in a subdivision behind the restaurant and they were taken into custody.

So, lacking proper tools for self defense (where were the knives people?), they employed the most basic of human responses to danger: screaming and running around.  Hey, it worked.

Then, the very next story in the reader is this one:

TAMPA, Fla.—A man in Tampa was robbed of his pants after he was attacked and pistol-whipped by three men, according to police.

Police said two men—ages 17 and 18—were standing outside when three men with guns ordered them into an apartment.

Once inside, the robbers demanded money and forced the 18-year-old to hand over his pants

As they fled by car, the robbers rammed into a police cruiser, but kept going, until the driver lost control and ended up stuck in the ditch.

The three took off on foot, but police eventually caught two of the men, the report said.

Arnez Jernigan and Kingsley Aguta were arrested and charged in the crime. Police are still looking for the third person.

Two guns and the victim’s pants were found inside the car

At least they recovered the pants.  But it begs the question:  What if the victims had just started screaming and running around?  Would the pants have been saved the horrible adventure of being pant-napped and dragged unwillingly into a hot pursuit?

I think I’ll continue to rely on my Colt, thankyouverymuch.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/06/2007 at 10:22 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - August 04, 2007

Have They Figured Out What’s Causing It?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about “Go forth and multiply” and all that.  We have four kids, which believe it or not, gets us all kinds of odd looks and comments from strangers.

But 17????

Arkansas couple welcome their 17th child

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (AP)—It’s a girl—again—for Jim Bob and Michelle Duggars, the proud parents of 17 children.

And after Jennifer Danielle was born Thursday morning, her parents already were talking about having more children.

“We’d love to have more,” Michelle Duggar said, adding that the girls are outnumbered seven to 10 in the family. “We love the ruffles and lace.”

The family’s home in the northwest Arkansas town of Tontitown includes dormitory-style bedrooms for the boys and girls, nine bathrooms, a commercial kitchen, four washing machines and four dryers.

The children are home-schooled by Michelle Duggar, 40. The oldest is 19 and the youngest, before Jennifer, is almost 2 years old. The family includes two sets of twins.

“We are just so grateful to God for another gift from him,” said Jim Bob Duggar, 42, a former state representative who sells real estate. “We are just so thankful to him that everything went just very well.”

All of Jennifer’s siblings also have names that start with J. They are: Joshua, 19; John David, 17; Janna, 17; Jill, 16; Jessa, 14; Jinger, 13; Joseph, 12; Josiah, 11; Joy-Anna, 9; Jedidiah, 8; Jeremiah, 8; Jason 7; James 6; Justin, 4; Jackson, 3; Johannah, almost 2.

The Duggars have been featured on several programs on cable’s Discovery Health Network.

Among the “fun facts” listed on Discovery Health’s Web page devoted to the Duggars: A baby has been born in every month except June; the family has gone through about 90,000 diapers, and Michelle Duggar has been pregnant for 126 months—or 10.5 years—of her life.

I wonder if its just for the media now.  Are they trying to get into the Guiness Book now?

Jim Bob, here’s some advice:  Get the TV fixed man. You need another form of recreation down there in Tontitown.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/04/2007 at 08:39 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 31, 2007

I Don’t Believe in Luck

But this guy was damn lucky.

from SayAnythingReaderBlogs


Apparently, this guy ran through the metal barrier and concrete wall on the right, flipped end-over-end to land where you see him.

Yes, there’s more to the story.

See the extended section.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/31/2007 at 10:12 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 17, 2007

Not a Good Way to Go

Maybe its just me, but I don’t think I want to be found face-down in someone’s underware drawer when I die.

Police: Woman Dies Robbing Fla. House

INTERLACHEN, Fla.—Authorities are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found in a home she was apparently robbing.

The resident of the house returned home to find a woman, whom she recognized as someone from the area, lying face down in her bottom dresser drawer, police said.

Authorities said they found a screwdriver in the woman’s waistband and a pair of underwear in her front pocket.

Detective Julie Walker says it appeared that the woman just passed out face-down in the drawer.

An autopsy conducted Monday found no signs of foul play.

Authorities said they hope toxicological tests will provide a cause. Drugs are suspected.

Uhhhh, you think?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/17/2007 at 08:06 AM   
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calendar   Monday - July 16, 2007

I am the Emperor!

Is Misha in Denver?

Armed man killed outside Colorado governor’s office

DENVER (AP)—A man carrying a gun and declaring “I am the emperor” was shot and killed Monday outside the offices of Gov. Bill Ritter by a member of the governor’s security detail, a spokesman said. Ritter was not injured.

The unidentified man refused orders to drop his gun, spokesman Evan Dreyer said. Four or five shots were heard, but authorities would not say how many times the security officer fired.

The shooting occurred in a hall outside the governor’s offices on the first floor of the Capitol. It was not clear where the governor was at the time.

Before he was shot, the gunman said, “I am the emperor and I’m here to take over state government,” Dreyer said



Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/16/2007 at 05:17 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - July 10, 2007

Mad Wrecking Ball is Finally Stopped

I always get angry when I see stories that blame a gun for a crime. “Gun Kills Man” is the headline. No, a person used a gun to kill a man, but the gun was just a tool.  So when I saw this headline, I figured it was the same thing...I was wrong.

imageimageWrecking Ball Runs Amok In Pa. Town

MEADVILLE, Pa.—A wrecking ball wreaked havoc on a small college town in northwest Pennsylvania on Monday.

The 1,500-pound, 3-foot-wide ball broke loose from a crane cable and rolled nearly a mile downhill.

It smashed more than a dozen vehicles and injured three people as it bounced from curb to curb.

The ball slammed into the back of a car stopped at an intersection. The force caused a chain reaction with two other cars at the traffic light.

The driver, an Allegheny College junior, said he thought a car had hit him when his back windshield exploded.

The ball came to rest in the trunk of a car and pushed it nearly 20 feet.

Workers had been using the wrecking ball to demolish part of a library at Allegheny College when the cable snapped.

I bet it looked like that cannonball in “The Patriot”.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/10/2007 at 05:45 AM   
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calendar   Monday - June 18, 2007

Doggie Art

I love a loony idea as much as the next guy, especially when it can make a few bucks.

But this one takes the cake.  I’m no art afficanado, but I know what good art is when I see it.  It usually involves some talent.  My hat’s off to this gal for being able to dupe so mane people in buying her “art”

The owner of a fledgling dog-training academy in Salisbury has come up with a bizarre money-raising scheme.

Mary Stadelbacher figured that if she could teach dogs to become service animals for the disabled, why couldn’t she teach them to hold a paintbrush and swab a piece of art? Two years later, the owner of Shore Service Dogs has a collection of abstract paintings created by her three service dogs in training. Twenty of the works are being shown this month at a gallery at Salisbury University.

The doggie DaVincis also have a line of greeting cards that has sold out as word spreads about the unusual works of art. One of the original works has sold for 350 dollars.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/18/2007 at 06:21 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - June 16, 2007

Did AlGore go to Sweden?

Snow falling in central Sweden

It might be only one week to Midsummer, but nobody seems to have told mother nature. Snow has returned to parts of central Sweden, with five centimetres falling in some places.

The snowfall came in the mountainous Härjedalen area of northern Dalarna. A meteorologist from weather service SMHI told Svenska Dagbladet that snow was unusual at this time of year, usually falling roughly once every ten years.

The snow follows weeks of warm summer weather, but a low pressure area caused a turn in conditions. Temperatures are expected to rise again tomorrow, reaching 15 to 18 degrees, SMHI predicts.

Did someone let him out of his cage?  I bet he went over for a stealth climate conference or something.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/16/2007 at 11:07 AM   
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calendar   Friday - May 18, 2007

Body Art

I’m not much for tattoos. Some look OK, but most (IMHO) do not.

Here’s an example of the latter:


Good grief man, what were you thinking?

(Via Ride Fast and Shoot Straight)


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/18/2007 at 08:47 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 08, 2007

My Eyes!

WARNING: whatever you do, please do not click “CONTINUE READING”. There is absolutely no reason why you should. I am begging you to reconsider before you leap into the abyss. Honestly, I cannot be held accountable if you decide to ignore my plea. No, I mean it. If you do you will only see the absolute horror of ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/08/2007 at 12:20 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 03, 2007

Daily Statistics Contest

OK, it’s time to play “Crunch The Numbers”. Take a look at the story below and see if you can decide what the numbers mean. Obviously someone decided it was important to compare the number of dead Mexicans to the number of fleeing Mexicans so the results should probably be of importance to us in some grand, cosmic scheme of things.

So help us figure out what the numbers mean. Are they just not dying fast enough? Is it cheaper to swim the Rio Grande than to die in Tijuana? Or is it just Speedy Gonzalez and his cousins getting faster than Sylvester the cat? And what does all this have to do with Taco Bell food poisoning? Let us ponder the deeper conspiratorial theories involved, eh ... ?

Migration Tops Death in Mexico
MEXICO CITY (AP) - May 3, 2007, 7:51 PM EDT

imageimageMexico has lost more people to migration to the United States than death since 2000, according to a government report released Thursday.

Mexico’s demographics agency found that an average of 577,000 people migrated to the U.S. each year between 2000-2005, compared to 495,000 deaths a year in the same period. In 2006, 559,000 migrated and there were 501,000 deaths.

Mexico had 104.9 million residents as of last year, an increase of 6.4 million since 2000. Immigration to the U.S. has increased drastically since 1970, when 800,000 Mexicans lived north of the border. Today, there are about 11 million Mexicans living in the U.S., both legally and illegally, the report found.

The study also showed more and more Mexicans traveling illegally to the United States. In 1993-1997, 48 percent of Mexicans who traveled to the United States entered the country illegally.

That percentage jumped to 68 percent between 1998-2001 and to 78 percent from 2001-2005, mostly because of stricter security measures tied to the Sept. 11 attacks.

Mexico has long pushed the United States to allow more Mexicans to work legally in the U.S. But the U.S. Congress has focused instead on strengthening border security.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/03/2007 at 08:20 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 28, 2007

EPA Estimate: 2.5 Miles Per Cow

Euro-Peons are about to go to war ... over cows. In Britain, they’ve been processing cow guts after our little milk-producing friends are sliced and diced. They are using the gunky stuff to produce biofuel to drive “green” trains.

The peasants on the continent have different ideas. They are somewhat concerned over the amount of greenhouse gases these same udder buddies are producing ... i.e., too many farts.

Now, somehow I just can’t picture British spies sneaking into France just to find a cow who will moo “pull my hoof, mate.” Either way someone is going to have to grab the bull by the horns and squeeze out a solution. Beano, anyone?

Cows Make Fuel For Biogas Train
(BBC) - 24 October 2005

imageimageYou have to tell yourself the cows are going to die anyway. Inside the abattoir at Swedish Meats in Linkoping, the cows stood patiently, occasionally nuzzling the lens of our camera. From there, it was a short walk past the white-walled butchery, down the steps to the basement where the raw material for biogas, slid greasily down a chute.

Still bubbling and burping, and carpeting you with an acrid stench, came the organs and the fat and the guts. Enough, from one cow, to get you about 4km (2.5 miles) on the train.

A tanker collects the organic sludge and makes the short journey to the biogas factory, where the stinking fuel is stewed gently for a month, before the methane can be drawn off.

The world’s first biogas-powered passenger train is taking its first passengers between the Swedish cities of Linkoping and Vastervik. And the biogas comes from the entrails of dead cows.

The boss of Svensk Biogas, Carl Lilliehook, is a proper, serious Swede. But his eyes twinkle at the biofuel “revolution”, as he calls it. You don’t have to look far beneath the number-crunching CEO to find the muesli-crunching environment-lover.

Yes, he says, the train between Linkoping and Vastervik will cost 20% more to run on methane than on the usual diesel. But the oil price is going up and up, and in any case, Swedes care about being able to pick our mushrooms and their fruit.

Nor is it just trains. In Linkoping, the 65-strong bus fleet is powered by biogas. Indeed the city boasts that it was the first in the world to try out its buses on methane. The taxis, the rubbish trucks and a number of private cars also fill up at the biogas pump, housed under a dinky green corrugated iron roof.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/28/2007 at 01:08 PM   
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calendar   Monday - April 16, 2007

Nappy Headed Conspiracy!


If you thought Rosie O’ Donnell, Sean Penn, Cindy Sheehan, Barbara Streisand, Michael Moore, Charlie Sheen, et al. were not playing with a full deck then you better think again. Our friends in Moscow obviously have a few screws loose also. In fact, they probably need to go to Home Depot and pick up some much-needed hardware and tools. After all, it has been a long winter on the Volga.

I tripped across this story in the middle of the night here and instantly froze, not knowing whether to giggle hysterically or just break down and cry over the fact that real human beings somewhere had to sit down and write this crap. I leave it to your judgment, dear readers. Are the editors at Pravda having way too much fun or are they not? I wonder how much vodka went into this piece of journalistic excellence ... ? Do I hear Pulitzer rumors over this ... ?

American Radio Icon Don Imus Disgraced,
Fired After Threat To Reveal 9/11 Secrets

(PRAVDA) - 04-13-2007

imageimageIn a clear sign of its intent to reign in dissident American media personalities, and their growing influence in American culture, US War Leaders this past week launched an unprecedented attack upon one of their most politically ‘connected’, and legendary, radio hosts named Don Imus after his threats to release information relating to the September 11, 2001 attacks upon that country.

According to European reports of the events surrounding Don Imus that have gripped the United States this past week, it was during an interview with another American media personality, Tim Russert, who is the host of a television programme frequently used by US War Leaders, wherein while decrying the state of care being given to American War wounded stated, “So those bastards want to keep these boys [in reference to US Soldiers] secret? Let’s see how they like it if I start talking about their [in reference to US War Leaders] secrets, starting with 9/11.”

Unable to attack such a powerful media figure as Don Imus, directly, the US War Leaders, and as we have seen many times before, resorted to a massive media attack against him using as the reason a racial slur against a US woman’s basketball team, but which has been pointed out by other media outlets was not by any means a rare occurrence for the legendary radio icon to make.

But, to the US War Leaders, Don Imus represented the most serious threat, to date, of the growing assault against them by America’s media personalities threatening to expose the truths behind the events of September 11, 2001 and the Iraq/Afghanistan Wars; and to such an extent that another American media personality, Rosie O’Donnell, has expressed concern that US Military Leaders could actually imprison Mr. Imus.

From our past research of the tactics used against those threatening America’s War Leaders, the likelihood of imprisonment for Don Imus would only occur should he persist in his threats to undermine their authority, and which appears, at this time, unlikely after the public disgrace he has had to endure.

It is expected, also, that the US War Leaders actions against Don Imus will have a further chilling affect upon other American media personalities questioning their authority, such as the popular US movie actor, Charlie Sheen, and who was one of the first to question the events of September 11, 2001, and as we can read as reported by New Zealand Herald News Service in their article titled “Charlie Sheen may voice 9/11 documentary”, and which says:

“US actor Charlie Sheen is reportedly in talks to narrate an internet documentary that suggests elements of the US government were behind the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

Sheen’s representatives say he was involved in the production of a new version of Loose Change, a 90-minute conspiracy theory film that has been seen by more than 10 million internet viewers.”

Apparently lost upon America’s media personalities is that a government being investigated by the International Red Cross for the torture of an Iranian Diplomat by whipping with steel cables on his feet; a government that would have its soldiers imprison in an Ethiopian torture jail a Swedish teenage girl; a government that would even contemplate the release of one of the World’s most wanted terrorists, Posada Carriles; does not hesitate, for even a second, to crush any, and all, opposition to it.

To the American people themselves their remains no evidence that they know, much less care, about the dire state of their once Free Nation.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/16/2007 at 01:00 AM   
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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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