Sarah Palin is the other whom Yoda spoke about.

calendar   Saturday - March 28, 2020




Posted by Drew458   United States  on 03/28/2020 at 11:22 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - March 24, 2020

Ringer Golf Is The New Thing.

Hey, some good news for a change.

Golf: The Allowed Activity

USGA temp rule: no more lip-outs; cups lifted 2” to eliminate contamination contact

Well, until all the courses shut down, obviously

As recently as a week ago, recreational golfers flocked to the fairways of public and private golf courses as a respite from stay-at-home guidelines and lifestyle prohibitions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Golf, with its wide open spaces, still seemed safe.

In New Jersey’s Somerset County, the five municipal golf courses recorded 6,501 golf rounds in the first 19 days this month, a 300 percent increase over the number of rounds played in all of March last year. A similar surge in play, with players observing social distancing and other limits on close interactions, was happening all over the United States.

“The turnout almost overwhelmed us,” said Matt Kammeyer, the director of golf for Salt Lake City’s seven courses. “Just a lot of happy, grateful people enjoying a round.”

This week, it increasingly appears that golf’s reprieve was short-lived. With stricter measures on public gatherings, our games, like everything else, live in realms of past and present.

Over the weekend, dozens of cities and counties overseeing hundreds of golf facilities closed or indefinitely suspended play on their courses, usually at the direction of government agencies. That included the courses in Somerset County and in Salt Lake City and at some Trump resort properties. Scores of courses remain open, but every day the roll call of shuttered golf complexes mushrooms.

For a while last week, the pandemic had spurred a few notable changes in the recreational golf world that would have been unimaginable a month ago. For example, golfers seemed less prone to grumpily bemoan their poor shots, cruel bogeys and heartless bounces.

“Complaints are way down,” Bob Ransone, the deputy director of the Somerset park commission’s golf division, said Saturday before his operations were closed. “People are just too appreciative to be out in a beautiful environment.”

Walking the course instead of driving a golf cart had become a new norm, something many in golf have advocated — to no avail — for decades because of the health benefits.

And the customarily rigid United States Golf Association, warden of golf’s laborious rule book, even went out of its way last week to make the game, and its rules, easier.

To minimize contact between golfers, most courses had closed clubhouses and snack bars, removed bunker rakes and ball washers, gone caddie-less and encouraged the use of online payment options. But one unsanitary condition of play remained: After putting out, golfers had to stick their hands into golf holes to retrieve their ball, after dozens of golfers had done so before them.

Solutions proposed by golf superintendents soon abounded, including foam hole inserts that kept the ball near the top of the hole. Many golf courses even began raising the white liner cup, which is normally inserted into a hole, to about two inches above the ground. That way, an approaching ball could not fall into the hole but would instead bounce off the cup.

On Friday, the U.S.G.A. temporarily amended its rules to say that a ball bouncing off a cup in such a manner would count as a sunk putt for official scorekeeping.

Golf without close putts that pitilessly lip out? For a week, golfers had a new reason to smile.

So I guess ringers now count in golf, just like in horseshoes. What else could they do? Um, how about one of those grabber sticks on a pole? Some kind of thing with 3 spring steel graspers, like the small parts picker tools only longer? Or a plastic claw that attaches to your putter?


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calendar   Friday - December 06, 2019

sorry, near zero effort today

I’m just not into it today. But I did see this one and it made me laugh.

Kaepernick workout leads to job with Redskins

But not the way you might think.

The Washington Redskins were one of the teams that attended Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Georgia last month. Their attendance was hard to explain because signing Kaepernick made no sense for the team.

But now, the Redskins have made a signing based (at least in part) on what they saw during the Kaepernick workout. The Skins signed to their practice squad one of the wide receivers to whom Kaepernick threw passes.

He’s Jordan Veasy, who played his college ball at Berkeley. Veasy was not drafted, but has been a member of the practice squads of four NFL teams. The Redskins will be his fifth.

Ok, maybe it isn’t the standard rich and famous contract, but Veasy got some kind of paying job out of it. And being that close to the Bigs, who knows what could happen with a bit of luck?

Not one team has made any kind of overture to Kunta Kinte Kaepernick. Good.


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calendar   Wednesday - August 10, 2016

try again Saturday

(USA) Wozniak downed by (Greece) Vougiouka in Women’s Individual Sabre Round 2. Will compete in Team event on Saturday.

Russia takes Gold and Silver in W.I., Ukraine Bronze.  Not entirely unexpected; eastern Europe wins this almost always.

Americans eliminated by Round 3.

I love the kind of competition where you have to commit 100% to it to win. No standing by watching, no holding back. Get in there and give it more than everything you’ve got, or don’t even bother to show up.

And that’s why I always loved the Sabre event. It turns sweet young women like this one


into explosive warriors like this one


Get a load of the blue hair. That takes some attitude, eh?

Good luck on Saturday, Dags. We’re all pulling for you.


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calendar   Tuesday - February 09, 2016

It was hard, but not really worth it

Stupor Bowl Fiddy

I had to work Sunday evening, she had to work Monday day. So we taped the game had our own Superbowl party Monday night. And ya know what? 1) we made a pretty darn good pizza, and 2) Double Fast Forward on the DVR is my new best friend.

Man, what a boring game. It’s been my experience that the Superbowls are like that; it’s either a snooze fest of punting practice mixed with holding penalties like Sunday’s game, or it’s the wildest most awesomest game ever, like last year’s romp.

Random thoughts: Grampa Manning looked like he was just phoning it in, there to get his “200” statistic and then get away. The little dude Ginn Jr was fun to watch because he’s so fast and he’s really really trying. One debatably bad call by the refs early on, one seriously missed call late in the game, and half a million little BS calls damn near every play. This is the best of the best of the pros? Cheep shots and cheats? Seems more like watching a Midnight basketball game in da hood. They know the rules. Body flip an opponent by his helmet grill ... get expelled from the game on the spot. That’s how that one should have gone. No way that was an accident.

March the ball down the field, sack the QB, a couple more yellow flags. Punt. Or try for a field goal. Lather, rinse, repeat. Forever. Touchdowns, what are they, we don’t have any. Endless kicks. Hmm, when you make the goalposts 4 stories tall, how much do they sway in the wind, or splay sideways due to their own mass? Enough to doink off an edgey kick? Them’s the breaks.

And oh boohoo, my team lost because I just lost my way as QB. So let me shed some tears, then crawl into my hoodie and pout.

Right. So much for watching sports in my house, until next year’s game.


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calendar   Thursday - December 10, 2015

heavyweight champ Tyson Fury falls victim to pc mob

We inhabit a world that is getting more and more difficult to understand.
The hard to understand part is, how on earth have ppl become so stupid?
It isn’t just the odd ball village idiot.

One group of mindless jump on any bandwagon where race is an issue, want a ball club to stop using “Redskins” as their name.  I don’t believe those jerks even know the origin of that term. I don’t think they’d care either.
That’s just one little group led by someone who claims to be an American Indian and I even doubt that.  No matter. That’s one idiot issue group among very many.
And they are raptly listened to by the media and can make noise out of all proportion to their numbers.

Over here on this side of the Atlantic pretty much the same sort of idiots get the same attention and their demands are immediately acted upon at the mere hint of race or race hate comments.  Race hate comments translate to “Race Crime”. 
And of course all sorts of “phobia” bullshit.
Ppl are no longer satisfied with voicing an opinion.  Oh no.  Where the left is concerned, punishments must follow quickly, the offender put in stocks and grovelling apologies must be made. They must be fired from jobs and if ever awarded anything then the award must be taken away.

I am certain that Mr. Trump will not miss for one moment, the loss of his “Business Ambassador for Scotland” title.  He might however miss some of the future business he has been doing with middle east business billionaires. 

That really is too long an intro but I get carried away.  And btw … this post isn’t about Donald Trump.

I caught something yesterday and started reading about a fellow named Tyson Fury.
Are many of you familiar with him and the current problem he finds himself in, all because ONE pathetic and ugly and creepy old queer, went to the Manchester Police and claimed a hate crime had been (allegedly) committed.  So this lonely old fairy, this miserable poof ends up on TV.
He called Greater Manchester Police on Tuesday after reading a report of what Fury said, and the force is now investigating his complaint.

The OFFENDED Fruit Loop
Punch the fairy’s face for the video. 16 minutes and some of it a bore but, see it anyway.


Tyson Fury Reported to Police (Victoria Derbyshire, 9/12/15)
by Liberty & Freedom Archive ( YOU TUBE )

Tyson Fury: falling victim to PC tyranny:…

Tyson Fury’s high crime deserving of the harshest public rebuke, is that he is pretty much a fundamentalist Christian.  He reads the bible and takes for granted that whatever it says in that book, has to be the last word.

This is taken from the Dominic Lawson Column in the Daily Mail.

‘There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the Devil comes home. One of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other is paedophilia . . . This is a free world we live in, and an evil world. People can say, oh you’re against abortions and you’re against paedophilia, you’re against homosexuality . . . but my faith and my culture is based on the Bible. If I follow that and that tells me it’s wrong, then it’s wrong for me.’

lawson column

As a result of this, a petition has been launched to remove Fury’s name from the BBC shortlist, ( Sports Personality of the Year ) which now has more than 50,000 signatories.

Tyson Fury: World heavyweight champion stripped of IBF ...

Tyson Fury now holds just two versions of the world heavyweight title after being stripped of the IBF belt

In an interview, Fury said a number of things the politically correct public and especially feminists are angry about.
For example …. referring to his (gorgeous) wife.  He said women belong in the home taking care of kids and cleaning being domestic.  He also said “women’s best place is to be in the kitchen or on her back”.

OK … I can see how that last might not be taken too well by any female.
But you have to look at where this guy comes from.  His background is that of an Irish Traveler.

The guy he defeated in that last fight, had held the title for 11 years.

The idea that Fury should be punished for his stated beliefs is also abhorrent. Freedom of speech only to echo the established view on something, is not freedom of speech at all: freedom of speech means the freedom to offend those of a different view.

Tyson Fury is the first British boxer since Lennox Lewis to win the world heavyweight championship, is a manic character of natural intelligence (though completely uneducated) and highly articulate.

Dominic Lawson, The Mail


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calendar   Thursday - May 28, 2015

Media Sugar Coating TNB By Pro Jock

For anyone else in the country, this would be called “beating the shit out of your ex, again” and the perp would be tied and fried. But no ... this is a sports star.

NFL lineman Ray McDonald arrested for allegedly violating restraining order

NFL lineman Ray McDonald was arrested Wednesday for the second time in three days after allegedly violating a restraining order, authorities in northern California said.

The Santa Clara Police Department told KTVU that the former San Francisco 49er was arrested Wednesday afternoon at a local restaurant after violating the order by being at a local residence.

The order was issued after McDonald’s prior arrest in connection with a domestic violence incident on Monday, in which the 6-foot-3, 290-pound football player allegedly broke down a bedroom door to get to his former fiancee and their infant. McDonald was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and child endangerment, but was free on bail. The Chicago Bears released him hours after that arrest.

On Tuesday, authorities released audio of the 911 call. On the recording, a caller alleged that that McDonald was drunk prior to his arrest. A woman who identified herself as the mother of McDonald’s former fiancee said her daughter had asked her to call police.

The 49ers released McDonald in December, citing a “pattern of poor decision-making.”

That move came just a month after Santa Clara County prosecutors declined to file charges against McDonald in a separate domestic violence investigation stemming from an arrest on Aug. 31 while celebrating his 30th birthday at his home. Prosecutors cited conflicting versions of what happened, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a lack of cooperation by the alleged victim, McDonald’s fiancee, in explaining their decision.

In March, McDonald filed a defamation lawsuit against a woman who had accused him of rape.

Football is such a goldmine of statistics. I wonder if anyone can tell me what percentage of NFL players have an arrest record, or an arrest record of more than X crimes, or more than Y convictions? Just being hypothetical here, but it sure does seem to be no more than Thug Ball these days.


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calendar   Thursday - March 26, 2015

Accidental Sport

Allentown Phantoms 1, Syracuse Crunch 6

We went to a fistfight and a hockey game happened by accident.

Man, what an ugly game.

OK, it’s farm league. AAA, or the Minors, or whatever the puck slappers call it. The Juniors. AHL, actually. So maybe you don’t expect too much in the way of quality precision play, but you have a good time. And we did.

And the brand new Allentown PA PPL arena is one of those just right buildings, the perfect size for a minor league hockey team. It holds maybe 9,000 folks. And it’s right downtown. Cross the street, in the front door, up the escalator, walk across the lobby and into the arena, and your seats are right there. Plenty of bathrooms and plenty of vendor points for food, drinks, and stuff. Plus a Tim Horton’s right inside. Public parking garage just a block away, $6 for the evening. But just a quick 3 blocks from the arena is another parking garage, same price, which is perfectly situated for a fast escape, even if you’ve been drinking if you don’t know the area. Leave the garage, turn left. And 8 blocks later you’re at the highway. Could not be easier.

But man, what an ugly game. We had seats almost right behind and a bit above the goal, so we got to see all the slams into the glass behind the net and all the dirty stuff that goes on back there. It was awesome. Goal seats are the best for hockey.

8,000+ Fans for 7th Straight Tilt in Downtown Allentown

March 25, 2015

Lehigh Valley, PA – In a chippy, physical affair that featured 91 combined penalty minutes, the Syracuse Crunch topped the Lehigh Valley Phantoms 6-1 Wednesday evening in front of 8,197 fans at PPL Center. The rough and tumble tilt boasted three fights, including two from Phantoms’ All-Star Brandon Manning, as the Phantoms skated in front of their seventh consecutive crowd to feature more than 8,000 supporters.
With the Phantoms down by just a single goal, Brett Hextall sparked some energy into both his teammates and the crowd when he dropped the gloves with the Crunch’s Jean-Philippe Cote a little over six minutes into the middle stanza. Hextall got in several solid swats before the linesmen intervened but continued to rev the PPL Center crowd pumping his arms on his way to the penalty box.
Syracuse 1 2 3 – 6
Lehigh Valley 0 0 1 – 1

1st Period-1, Syracuse, Mormina 4 (Kunyk), 11:46 (SH). Penalties-Laughton Lv (hooking), 1:27; Witkowski Syr (high-sticking), 4:27; served by Straka Lv (bench minor – too many men), 8:30; Lynch Syr (hooking), 11:00; Mormina Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:50; Lauridsen Lv (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:50.

2nd Period-2, Syracuse, Marchessault 20 8:45. 3, Syracuse, Koekkoek 5 (Martindale, Gourde), 10:56. Penalties-Delisle Lv (hooking), 1:59; Cote Syr (fighting), 6:11; Hextall Lv (fighting), 6:11; Kunyk Syr (major – boarding, fighting, game misconduct – boarding), 17:33; Manning Lv (instigating, fighting, misconduct – instigating), 17:33.

3rd Period-4, Syracuse, Marchessault 21 2:19 (SH). 5, Syracuse, Courtnall 7 (Vermin), 4:47. 6, Syracuse, Martindale 11 (Courtnall, Dotchin), 8:12. 7, Lehigh Valley, Jones 7 (Comrie, Gordon), 9:22 (PP). Penalties-Ashton Syr (unsportsmanlike conduct – helmet violation), 5:26; Ashton Syr (tripping), 8:50; Hextall Lv (slashing), 13:28; Comrie Lv (hooking), 16:35; Richard Syr (roughing, fighting), 18:04; Manning Lv (fighting, game misconduct – third major/second fight), 18:04.

Phantoms mascot Melvin fires up the crowd with his t-shirt gun. It’s PA, so open carry is fine.


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calendar   Sunday - February 01, 2015


Best final 2 minutes in football history!!

Even if those 2 minutes actually took 17:25 of actual clock time.

Miracle catch vs miracle interception, all this and a brawl.

And New England wins by a little bit, finally.


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calendar   Monday - January 19, 2015

I’m Not A Soccer Fan Either, But This Is Too Far

ISIS Kills 13 Boys For Watching Soccer On TV

ISIS militants have executed 13 teenage boys for watching the Asian Cup football match between Iraq and Jordan last week.

The young football fans had been caught watching the game on television in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which is controlled by the Islamic State.

The teenagers were rounded up and publicly executed by a firing squad using machine guns, anti-ISIS activist group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently reports.

“The bodies remained lying in the open and their parents were unable to withdraw them for fear of murder by terrorist organisation,’ the group writes on their website.

Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently is a small activist collective which secretly documents the shocking violence and oppression ISIS has brought to their home city.

They said the 13 teenagers were rounded up by ISIS militants in the Al-Yarmouk district of Mosul, and executed in public.

The boys’ ‘crime’ - breaking religious laws by watching football - was read out on a loudspeaker before their executions. 


The news of the horrifying execution of the teenagers comes just days after ISIS released a video showing two men being thrown off the top of a tower block in Mosul.

Charges found against the accused were announced by a masked Islamic State fighter, using a small handheld radio.

Reading from a list, he declares the men are guilty of engaging in homosexual activities and should be punished by death, in accordance with Islamic State’s radical interpretation of Sharia law.

The Iraq-Jordan Asian Cup game, which took place in Brisbane, Australia last Monday, saw midfielder Yaser Kasim, who plays for Swindon Town in the third tier of English football, give Iraq a 1-0 win.

It’s not like they were rooting for the Joooooooos. This was the homies - homies match, yet they still got killed for it? WTF?

And while I think soccer is pretty gay, it’s not really GAY gay, so how could watching it be Gay gay, or even gayer? This is pretty effed up, but this is ISIS after all. And they are as effed up as effing eff. Plus goats with chastity belts, for reals.


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calendar   Tuesday - November 11, 2014

Oh right, like this is even news

Oh The Scandal: Dumb Jocks Get A Free Ride In School

Such hypocrisy (or should I say hip-hop-crisy?) in the news the last couple of days: OMG, it’s come to light that University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, has been putting it’s best football and basketball athletes in bogus classes for years and years. And the majority of them were black!!

Well, snap me in the nutz with a wet towel. Who’da ever thought such a thing was possible, anywhere in any school at any level in America?

What a load of turds. What a cart full of poo.

I am absolutely certain that there is not one single college or university anywhere in the nation that doesn’t cut it’s top athletes significant academic slack. I have grave doubts that there is even one high school that doesn’t also do this to some extent. It’s what being a jock is all about.

But now the horse is out of the barn, so here comes at least two weeks worth of denial, finger pointing, false outrage, and blaming the system. Which means White People, whether that is stated explicitly, implicitly, or buried under some faux-intellectual shuck and jive.

The University of North Carolina made this accommodation; many athletes were enrolled in phantom courses in the department of African and African-American studies. The discovery and resulting scandal are simply the tip of the iceberg and a symptom of a much larger problem.

A UNC learning specialist hired to help athletes found that during the years 2004 to 2012, 60 percent of 183 members of the football and basketball teams read between fourth- and eighth-grade levels. Eight to 10 percent read below a third-grade level. These were black high-school graduates, and their high-school diplomas were clearly fraudulent.

How cruel is it for UNC to admit students who have little chance of academically competing on the same basis as its other students? Black students so ill-equipped run the risk of ridicule and reinforcing white stereotypes of black mental incompetence. If these students are to retain their athletic eligibility or minimum GPA requirements, universities must engage in academic fraud.

... blah blah blah ...

Unfortunately, and to the detriment of black people, there is broad support among black members of the academic community for practices that lead to academic fraud. In the wake of the UNC scandal, the Carolina Black Caucus — a campus group of administrators, staff and faculty — rushed to the defense of the black athletes and the department of African and African-American studies, claiming an unfair investigation and unfair public and media attack. One campus student group said that the student-athlete fraud scandal is actually a result of “white supremacist, heteropatriarchal capitalism.”

Focusing solely on the academic problems of blacks at the college level misses the point. It is virtually impossible to repair 12 years of rotten primary and secondary education in the space of four or five years of college. Proof of that is black student performance on postgraduate tests, such as the GRE, LSAT and MCAT. The black-white achievement gap on those tests is just as wide as it is on the SAT or ACT, which high schoolers take. That’s evidence that primary and secondary education deficiencies have not been repaired during undergraduate years.

Don’t be manipsinatin me now#; Walter Williams writes a good essay on the subject, and he is 100% correct in asserting that college can not correct educational deficits that primary school instilled.  He sees the real issue clearly:

The high academic failure rate among blacks means one of two things. Either black students cannot learn; or primary and secondary schools, parental choices, black student attitudes, and cultural values regarding education are not conducive to what young blacks need for academic excellence.

... although my cynicism says that this doesn’t have to be an either/or (XOR, right Christopher?) situation.

Personally, I’d say the solution is obvious: drop all team based college athletics, everywhere. Make your entry standards color blind. Change the curriculum so that all students have to take several semesters of advanced math, science, philosophy, accounting, law, and English. And Western Civ!. (Best class ever aside from Geology 101.)

You want to raise athletes? Fine. Send them all to muscle camps. Dojos. Training centers. Ball World. And don’t even bother with academics. Let those institutions feed the “early adult” venue of quasi-professional ball players. Train your Pokemon to the max, and drug the daylights of them with Human MiracleGro. Let the rest of us get on with getting an education, a job, and a future.

Is there a middle ground? Sure. Athletes have to maintain a 2.75 GPA, and are subject not just to random urinalysis, but also to monthly academic examination with a “B” grade being the unwavering bar for staying on the team. Fail a test, get benched until you pass it next month. Fail that, no more sports until next year. Oh, and no athlete is allowed to take a class that isn’t open to regular students, and peopled at least halfway with them. Thus, no special invisible BS secret sinecure classes for jocks.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 11/11/2014 at 03:27 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - November 01, 2014

Of Course They Are. You Knew It.

Pennsylvania college forfeits game after 5 players arrested

CALIFORNIA, Pa. – Five football players from a state university in western Pennsylvania were arrested and suspended from the school after police say they beat and stomped a man outside an off-campus restaurant, then fled yelling “Football strong!” The victim was in intensive care Friday with severe brain trauma.

The California University of Pennsylvania players attacked Lewis Campbell, 30, of West Chester, as he was trying to stop an argument between his girlfriend and a player at about 2 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Witnesses heard the players yelling “Football strong!” as they fled to a car and Campbell lay unconscious, police said.

The university declared later Thursday that its Division II football team would forfeit Saturday’s against Gannon University, jeopardizing its best season in three years.

Behavior has consequences,” the university’s interim president, Geraldine Jones, said in a statement.

Officers said they arrested the players—Jonathan Barlow, D’Andre Dunkley, Corey Ford, Rodney Gillin Jr. and James Williamson—at practice Thursday afternoon. They are charged with aggravated assault, recklessly endangering another person, harassment and conspiracy to commit aggravated assault.

Online court records didn’t list attorneys for the men, who remained jailed Friday because they were unable to post bail of $500,000 apiece. They face a preliminary hearing Nov. 17.

They ought to have been charged with attempted murder. Aggravated bullshit. They were trying to kill the guy, and laughing about it. “Football strong!” Let them sing “Jailhouse Goatse!” instead. Forever. But who could these late night brawlers be?


Of course.

“My son is up there twitching now. He keeps trying to get out of bed, nurses have to hold him down, because of the irresponsibility of these guys who shouted ‘Football Strong,’” said Lewis Campbell, Jr., the victim’s father.


“I hope that as soon as possible, they’ll be at Graterford Prison washing Bubba’s drawers,” the elder Campbell said.



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calendar   Wednesday - October 29, 2014

Guns Are Too Complex For Some; Stick With Hickory Sticks

Jose Canseco Shoots Off His Finger

While Cleaning His Gun

“I didn’t know the gun was loaded”

Former major league slugger Jose Canseco blew his middle finger clear off his hand while cleaning his handgun at home in Las Vegas.

Jose’s fiancée Leila Knight tells TMZ Sports ... he was sitting at a table in their home cleaning the gun when it went off. She says he didn’t know it was loaded—and the shot ripped through the middle finger on his left hand.

Leila tells us 50-year-old Canseco is in surgery right now as doctors desperately try to save what’s left of the finger. She says the bullet tore through the bottom part of the finger and doctors have already said he’ll never have full use of it again ... even under the best of circumstances.

Worst case ... it may be amputated.

Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.

Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.

more ...

Good grief. Ok, we’ll buy this BS for now. But they’d better come up with a better story if he suddenly needs to go to Betty Ford or some other clinic after this.

And for the rest of us, PLEASE don’t start your gun cleaning session by cocking the action and pulling the trigger. Remove the bolt, open the lever, drop the slide, slip out the cylinder, unhook the barrel ... all of these ways will take down even a loaded firearm without it going off.  Naturally, emptying the magazine and clearing the chamber - twice - is the best way to start, but for those of us best suited for a career of playing kid’s games, at least opening up the gun will almost always keep it from going off.


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calendar   Wednesday - September 10, 2014

A New Idea Every 2500 Years Or So

The Crossbow, Reinvented


The crossbow has been around since ancient China and Athenian Greece. 5th century BC, if not longer. It’s one of the original Great Ideas, and an obvious one to anyone who has ever drawn a bow and held the draw, and held it, and held it, and ... OMG, my arms are killing me, can’t we find a better way to do this? Hey, how about we put a stick on it, right, with a latch on the back to hold the string, and a little doo-dad thingy to release it? And that worked, mostly. Except that the arrows kept falling off, so Smart Guy #2 turned the bow from vertical to horizontal, carved a groove in the stick to rest the arrow on, and the rest, as they say, was history. Ok, well nearly. Smart Guy #3 found that trying to move about with 3 feet of bow sticking out to your left and your right was a pain, so they went with much heavier bow limbs that were less than half as big. And then the rest was history.


crossbows from the Mid-Evil period called “the era of pointy shoes and big noses”

Archery as a whole has seen a revitalization in the past 3 or 4 decades with the invention of the eccentric cam (aka nautilus wheel), which allows bows to be made shorter and stiffer, reduces the effort needed to draw them, and results in considerable increase in arrow speed. And that means lots more power. Modern “compound” bows can zip an arrow downrange at about 350 feet per second (fps), which is nearly 100 fps than traditional bows. Crossbows also adopted this technology, and these days it is hard to find a crossbow on the market that isn’t a compound design, with split limbs and big cams on the ends, and wires criss-crossing all over the place. But it works. And now nearly all the problems of crossbows have been solved. Except two. Because the short heavy bow is still attached out at the front end of the stick, they are still front heavy. And the short limb design still forces them to use tiny arrows, which on crossbows are called bolts or quarrels. From which we get the old expressions “you’ve shot your bolt” (crossbows being notoriously slow to reload) and “are you trying to pick a quarrel with me?”. Ok, maybe not so much the last one.

Welcome to the future. A company called Scorpyd has just ( 2009-ish ) reinvented the crossbow. By building one backwards. It looks like a joke, like an inept child’s drawing brought to life. But it works. They put the bow limbs on backwards and towards the back for balance, and the thing draws inward not outward. Duh!! But this gives the bowstring lots more travel distance, and that lets them shoot much longer bolts, nearly as long as regular arrows. And they shoot much faster. Way faster. Pushing 450 fps with a 400 grain bolt. Which makes this the fastest bit of archery kit on earth. It’s wicked accurate too.


Naturally, all it takes is money. Lots of money. These radical new crossbows sell for over $1500.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 09/10/2014 at 08:22 AM   
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