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calendar   Monday - May 29, 2006

Memorial Day Munchies

SKIPPER’S BBQ GRILLED RIBS

Ingredients:

3 lbs. country style boneless pork ribs
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 bottle honey bbq sauce
Worcestershire sauce to taste (approx 3 tbsp)
5 tsp. chili powder
2 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
24 cans beer
1/8 cup olive oil
Aluminum foil
Grill

Instructions:

Start off by placing ribs in a glass casserole dish, rub with oil and then with salt and pepper. Now flatten ribs as much as possible. Ribs racks may be cut in half if needed).

Mix BBQ sauce, chili powder, liquid smoke and Worcestershire sauce in a bowl, set aside. Pour 1-2 cans of beer over ribs. Start drinking the rest of the beer. Pour BBQ sauce mix over ribs.

Roll ribs around in sauce until ribs are covered and beer is mixed with sauce. Sprinkle garlic powder over ribs.

Marinate for at least 2 hours. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Simmer in oven for 1 to 1 1/2 hours or just until tender; (don’t try to cook them too fast or they will become tough).

When ribs are finished in the oven, drain them, start grill on medium and allow to heat.

Cover with foil and brush (or pour) on just a small amount of oil to keep ribs from sticking/burning. Brush on first layer of bbq sauce after draining.

Once grill is heated, place ribs on grill. Cook covered for 5-10 minutes, then brush on bbq sauce. Grill another 5-10 minutes, keep adding bbq sauce until there is a thick layer of bbq sauce.

If ribs become somewhat dark, that’s ok; the bbq sauce tastes better cooked than raw. When bbq sauce is all gone, the ribs are almost done.

Grill 5 more minutes to finish cooking bbq sauce, then serve. Optional accessories include: several ears corn on the cob, freshly baked dinner rolls, potato salad, beer.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/29/2006 at 09:28 AM   
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Memorial Day

“Here Rests In Honored Glory An American Soldier Known But To God”

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From this day to the ending of the world,
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition.

- William Shakespeare, “King Henry V”


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/29/2006 at 07:45 AM   
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Whats In A Name?

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Robert Ariail - The State (South Carolina)


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/29/2006 at 07:39 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 28, 2006

Sunday Contest

It’s Sunday. Nothing to do? If not, then you are invited to participate in the BMEWS Advertising Guru Contest. Your assignment is simple. Examine the new product below, read the designer’s information and then ... come up with an advertising campaign for the new product.

Of special importance is the slogan or “sound bite” to be used in TV ads. Think up a really great slogan for this product. The winner will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Madison Avenue (or his/her living room, whichever is closest). To make it challenging your slogan may not use the word “joystick” more than once. Mheh-heh ...

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ON TARGET - Recessed into a urinal is a pressure-sensitive display screen. When the guest uses it, he triggers an interactive game, producing images and sound. The reduced size of the “target” improves restroom hygiene and saves on cleanings costs (like the “fly in the urinal” at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport). It also makes a trip to the urinal “fun and games” – more than just a necessary nuisance.

By projecting the game experience into the public space, viewers are treated to a new way of visualizing the abstract, and the entertainment value is boosted. The projection of the project into a museum space was conceived of as a critical-ironic measure, questioning the concept of art, but extending it at the same time. “On target” is an interactive installation with the functional purpose of improving hygiene.

For extra points: Think up names for games that can be played on the “product”.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/28/2006 at 02:39 PM   
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Sunday Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/28/2006 at 02:34 PM   
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Stupid Human Tricks #29,035

For the record, the temperature at the summit of Everest ranges from -60° C (-76° F) in January to -19° C (-2° F) in July. The wind at the peak ranges between 50 mph and 175 mph (Source: Microsoft Encarta). That equates to a wind chill factor of about ... oh ... 2 degrees above absolute zero. Those are not the normal conditions that your average brass monkey loves. However, it seems that one Nepali sherpa has fewer brains than your average brass monkey ...

imageimageNaked On Everest:
A Peek On The Peak?

Sat May 27, 9:17 AM ET

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - The head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association urged the government Saturday to take action against a sherpa who reportedly stripped on top of Mount Everest.

The Himalayan Times had reported Friday that the Nepali climbing guide, whose name it gave as Lakpa Tharke, stood naked for three minutes in freezing conditions on the 29,035-foot summit of the world’s highest peak.

If confirmed, he would be the first person known to have stripped atop Everest, considered by Nepali Buddhists as a god. Ang Tshering Sherpa, head of Nepal’s top mountaineering body, said he could not confirm that the incident had happened.

“But if he did it, it is very shocking because Sagarmatha is the goddess mother,” he said, using the mountain’s Nepali name. “The government must enforce strict ethics for climbing.”

Authorities have yet to comment. But the climb’s organizers seemed happy enough with Lakpa Thaeke’s strip. “We are planning to file his extraordinary feat for the Guinness Book of World Records,” the paper quoted an official of the hiking group that employs Tharke as saying. At least 1,345 people have climbed Everest since 1953 from either the Nepali or Tibetan side.

Highest vs. Lowest Trivia: If you cut Mount Everest off at sea level and dropped it down into the Challenger Deep in the Mariannas Trench (-35,838 feet), it would still have more than a mile of water over it! Can you locate the Challenger Deep on a map? It’s about 306 miles Southeast of Guam.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/28/2006 at 01:55 PM   
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Building Fences

If you search the web for “border fence”, you will find millions of related stories. There are blogs on both sides of the issue. Not surprisingly, most of the blogs that are for building a fence are in the majority. Those that are against a fence use phrases like “mean-spirited” and “contrary to American ideals”. With all due respect, those blog sites are full of s**t - and they know it. It’s not about “immigration” people! It’s about “the law”.

The whining Liberals and the Angry Left have never understood that you abide by the law or you seek to change it. I’m reminded of the 2000 election when the “Gore Goons” fought to force Katherine Harris to disregard Florida’s law regarding vote count submissions and deadlines for same. Or perhaps, Mayor Gavin Newsom in San Francisco who decided to over-rule California law (passed by a majority of voters in a referendum) by performing homosexual marriages. If Liberals don’t like a law you can almost count on them to break it at the earliest opportunity.

I hate to break the news to them but that’s just not the way it’s done. If a law is bad, you abide by it and you fight to have it changed. It worked against the “Jim Crow” laws during the 1950’s and 1960’s. In fact, it usually works all the time. It’s called ”DEMOCRACY”. Simply breaking a law because you disagree with it is called ”ANARCHY” and most commonly known as ”CRIME”. Got that?

No one doubts for an instant that our immigration laws are outdated and broken. In fact, Congress (def: the opposite of “progress") is working on modernizing our immigration rules even as we speak. Whether or not those pork-loving meatheads in DC can accomplish change is up to us. We have to keep putting pressure on the distinguished dipshits representing us or else they’ll forget about it in lieu of passing legislation to appropriate more money for further studies of frog sex. That means Liberals and Conservatives alike have to keep pounding on Congress’s e-mail and snail-mail boxes.

Another method is to literally shame our government into getting up off its lazy butt and doing something. That is all the Minutemen are doing. Private citizens building small sections of fence is merely a token gesture but a strong one. They are saying to government that “if you won’t do it, we will”. They are not shooting anyone or using violence against any poor Mexican plodding across the desert to find a job cutting Barbara Streisand’s lawn for $3 per hour. We would gladly welcome that poor clodhopper if he would only do it within the law.

Whether that is done with a guest worker program, a green card or even application for citizenship doesn’t matter - as long as it is done legally. We are in desperate need of someone who can show Taco Bell how to make a decent burrito. And who knows ... that poor latino might get all cleaned up, go to school and wind up one day as US Attorney General ... and then it would be his job to enforce the law.

Minutemen Installing Arizona Border Fence
May 28, 2006, 9:44 AM EDT

PALOMINAS, Ariz. (AP)—Scores of volunteers gathered at a remote ranch Saturday to help a civilian border-patrol group start building a short security fence in hopes of reducing illegal immigration from Mexico. The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps plans to install a combination of barbed wire, razor wire, and in some spots, steel rail barriers along the 10-mile stretch of private land in southeastern Arizona.

They hope it prompts the federal government to do the same along the entire Arizona border. President Bush has pledged to deploy as many as 6,000 National Guard troops to strengthen enforcement at the border. The guardsmen would fill in on some behind-the-lines Border Patrol jobs while that agency’s force is expanded.

But the Minutemen have said it’s not enough. The group’s founder, Chris Simcox, said they want a secure fence and they’re starting at the site where his first patrols began in November 2002. Rancher Jack Ladd and his son, John, were hopeful the effort would limit the illegal immigrants and drug runners who have cut the small fence along the property or just driven over it to cross into the U.S. “We’ve been fighting this thing for 10 years with the fence, and nobody will do anything,” Jack Ladd said.

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- More on the fence at NewsMax ...

You can donate money or volunteer to help build the fence with the Minutemen at their web site. You may also feel free to mail a brick to your Congressman. In fact, mail a few cinderblocks if you can afford the postage. Wrap it in barbed wire for that extra special touch.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/28/2006 at 12:48 PM   
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Remember

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Mike Thompson - The Detroit Free Press



Ahh, Memorial Day. The long drought is over. I’m referrring to the total lack of holidays between February and June. We get spoiled at the end of each year with all the holidays and three-day weekends in November and December then we have to go through withdrawal until Memorial Day. Finally, we get relief from the 40-hour work week, right?

What does Memorial Day mean to you? To most Americans it means the start of Summer and time to break out the barbecue grill. It means graduation time for students. It means a three-day weekend to catch our breath and relax. It is also time to remember those who gave their lives to protect our freedoms - those who paid the ultimate price to preserve liberty and freedom in America. Let’s stop for a minute and reflect on what the day means.

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war). It is now celebrated in almost every State on the last Monday in May (passed by Congress with the National Holiday Act of 1971 [P.L. 90 - 363] to ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays).

Traditional observance of Memorial day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country1
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The only ones who seem to not have forgotten are those who have worn the uniform ... and survived. They lost close friends who can never be forgotten. The population as a whole however, is mainly concerned with barbecues and pool parties - which is perfectly acceptable since the best way to honor the dead is to celebrate life.

I would however like to ask everyone to take time to reflect on how dearly your lifestyle was paid for. It was paid in full at Antietem and Bull Run, at Saint-Mihiel and the Belleau Wood, at Normandy and Iwo Jima, at Pork Chop Hill and Pusan, at La Drang and Khe Sanh, at Kuwait City, Kandahar, Fallujah and Ramadi - and a thousand other nameless battlefields across the globe.

Take a brief moment between that juicy hamburger and that beer to remember. A small prayer would be nice too. If that’s not too much to ask ...

1 - On the web: Memorial Day History.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/28/2006 at 10:27 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 27, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Inside The Wall”

In alien earth, across a troubled sea,
His body lies that was so fair and young.
His mouth is stopped, with half his songs unsung;
His arm is still, that struck to make men free.
But let no cloud of lamentation be
Where, on a warrior’s grave, a lyre is hung.
We keep the echoes of his golden tongue,
We keep the vision of his chivalry.

-- Joyce Kilmer, “In Memory Of Rupert Brooke”


Note: This image is the result of two pictures I found on the net, a few minutes work with Photoshop and a certain inspiration. The names on The Wall represent thousands of faceless young men to most people who visit. The statue of the three warriors is placed off to the side, almost as an afterthought. I just figured the two deserved to be together in some manner. Those men had faces. They also had families, loved ones, friends and courage. They gave their lives in a futile cause after many things went wrong - beginning with lack of support back home. The very least we owe them now is ... respect.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/27/2006 at 05:41 PM   
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From An Anonymous Source

Memo from Skipper: I would tell you where I got the news information below but I have to protect my sources. Hee-hee. Now I can make up s**t and attribute it to an “anonymous source within the administration” just like the wankers at the NY Times do. Alas, if I did the readers here would be all over me like white on rice and I’d never hear the end of it. Oh, well ....

Apple Loses Court Bid To Identify Source
Fri May 26, 7:21 PM ET

SAN JOSE, Calif. (YAHOO-AP) - A state appeals court on Friday rejected Apple Computer Inc.’s bid to identify the sources of leaked product information that appeared on Web sites, ruling that online reporters and bloggers are entitled to the same protections as traditional journalists. “In no relevant respect do they appear to differ from a reporter or editor for a traditional business-oriented periodical who solicits or otherwise comes into possession of confidential internal information about a company,” Justice Conrad Rushing of the 6th District Court of Appeal wrote in a unanimous 69-page ruling.

“We decline the implicit invitation to embroil ourselves in questions of what constitutes ‘legitimate journalism,” he wrote. “The shield law is intended to protect the gathering and dissemination of news, and that is what petitioners did here.” The online journalists are thus entitled to the protections provided under California’s shield law as well as the privacy protections for e-mails allowed under federal law, the court ruled.

Two years ago, Apple went to court seeking to identify the culprits behind the leak of confidential information about an unreleased product code-named as “Asteroid” to online media outlets. Apple contended it was entitled to identify the sources — presumed in this case to be company employees — because the leak constituted a violation of trade secrets. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company subpoenaed the Internet service providers of three online journalists to turn over e-mail records aiming to uncover the possible sources.

A lower court last year ruled in Apple’s favor, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation, whose attorneys represent the online journalists of AppleInsider.com, PowerPage.org and MacNN.com appealed. The appeals court based in San Jose sided with the civil liberties organization, overturning the lower court’s decision. The three-member appellate panel agreed not only with the group’s constitutional arguments but also the contention that Apple failed to exhaust other investigative options to root out the source before going to court and issuing subpoenas.

An Apple spokesman did not immediately return phone calls for comment. The Electronic Frontier Foundation called the ruling “a huge win.” “Today’s decision is a victory for the rights of journalists, whether online or offline, and for the public at large,” said the group’s staff attorney Kurt Opsahl, who argued the case before the appeals court last month.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/27/2006 at 02:12 PM   
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Saturday Silliness

How ‘bout a little military humor for the Memorial Day weekend ... ?

“A slipping gear could let your M203 grenade launcher fire when you least expect it. That would make you quite unpopular in what’s left of your unit.”
-Army’s magazine of preventive maintenance.

“Aim towards the Enemy.”
-Instruction printed on US Rocket Launcher

“When the pin is pulled, Mr. Grenade is not our friend.
-U.S. Marine Corps

“Cluster bombing from B-52s is very, very accurate. The bombs always hit the ground.”
-U.S. Air Force

“If the enemy is in range, so are you.”
-Infantry Journal

“It is generally inadvisable to eject directly over the area you just bombed.”
-U.S. A ir Force Manual

“Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons.”
-Gen. MacArthur

“Try to look unimportant; they may be low on ammo.”
-Infantry Journal

“You, you, and you . . . Panic. The rest of you, come with me.”
-U.S. Marine Corp Gunnery Sgt.

“Tracers work both ways.”
-U.S. Army Ordnance

“Five second fuses only last three seconds.”
-Infantry Journal

“Don’t ever be the first, don’t ever be the last, and don’t ever volunteer to do anything.”
-U. S Navy Swabbie

“Bravery is when you’re the only one who knows you’re afraid.”
-David Hackworth

“If your attack is going too well, you’re walking into an ambush.”
-Infantry Journal

“No combat ready unit has ever passed inspection.”
-Joe Gay

“Any ship can be a minesweeper… once.”
-Anonymous

“Never tell the Platoon Sergeant you have nothing to do.”
-Unknown Marine Recruit

“Don’t draw fire; it irritates the people around you.”
-Your Buddies


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/27/2006 at 09:15 AM   
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Most Ridiculous Headline Of The Week

This little gem comes to us courtesy of the Gulf Daily News, which bills itself as “The Voice Of Bahrain”. I’ll just let you read the story about how the EVIL JOOZ “killed” four fine upstanding young Palestinian men (who probably worked at a baby food factory and were caring for a sick grandmother and blah-blah-blah) ...

Four Killed By Zionists
Saturday, 27 May 2006

GAZA CITY - Four Palestinians were killed in northern Gaza yesterday as Israel fired dozens of artillery shells into the territory. Three men died and five other were wounded in a house when a family member brought in and accidentally set off an unexploded Israeli shell that landed near the area, Palestinian security sources said.

The sources said the men killed were in their twenties, and two were from the same family. No militants were inside the house, the sources said. Earlier in the day, Israeli shelling near the area killed a Palestinian farmer, medics said. Israeli troops have in recent days fired dozens of artillery shells into north Gaza.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Alaa Hujeir, who was shot by Israeli troops on April 15 when his car tore through a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, died in a hospital in Amman from his injuries, his family said. The incident happened at the Al Badhan checkpoint in the Nablus area of the northern West Bank.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/27/2006 at 08:42 AM   
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Stock Option

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Mike Keefe - The Denver Post

- MSNBC: “Lay, Skilling Guilty On Nearly All Counts”

HOUSTON - The trial lasted nearly four months. The jury deliberated six days. And after being convicted Thursday of fraud and conspiracy in one of the biggest corporate scandals in U.S. history, former Enron executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling face the possibility of spending the rest of their lives in prison.

“The jury sent an unmistakable message: You can’t lie to shareholders. No matter how rich and powerful, you must play by the rules,” prosecutor Sean Berkowitz said.

As the verdicts were read, Lay slumped, sighed heavily and shook his head, his sobbing wife Linda tightly clutching his arm. Skilling looked shaken and left the courtroom quickly after U.S. District Judge Sim Lake set sentencing for Sept. 11.

The sad part of this story is that these two will file appeal after appeal and if they ever do get to jail it will probably be some country club with better accomodations than you or I could ever hope for in a nice retirement home.

Their financial shenanigans wiped out more than $60 billion in market value of Enron, almost $2.1 billion in retirement savings and 5,600 jobs. Both Lay and Skilling remain free on $5 million bond. Their stockholders and employees are still trying to pick up the pieces of this mess.

It would be better for all if they were locked up in stocks like the cartoon above depicts - and let all their former employees come throw rotten vegetables (and rocks) at them. That would be justice. If only ....


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/27/2006 at 08:19 AM   
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calendar   Friday - May 26, 2006

Through The Looking Glass

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“Iwo Jima Memorial”
Washington, DC


Have a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend everyone!
Remember and honor those who died.
They gave it all for you.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 05/26/2006 at 05:05 PM   
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