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calendar   Tuesday - April 24, 2007

Your Mileage May Vary …

A 2006 study found that the average American walks about 900 miles per year.

Another study found that Americans drink an average of 22 gallons of beer per year.

That means, on average, Americans get 41 miles per gallon.  Isn’t that great!!


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/24/2007 at 06:52 AM   
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More bad news for France - it seems a large part of the increase in voters was due to the Mooslims banding together and registering to vote against Sarkozy, who called them “scum” during last year’s riots and wants to run them out of France.

If Sarkozy is defeated, the Decline And Fall Of Gaul will proceed at breakneck speed, thanks to millions of Mooslims living off of state welfare, burning down the cities when the mood strikes them and socialism for all.

The future of Europe may be decided on May 6 when the runoff elections take place. Will it be the beginning of Socialist Eurabia? This bears watching closely - from a distance ... a great distance.

France’s Ghettos Hope to Beat Sarkozy
CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS, France - April 23, 2007, 2:24 PM EDT

imageimageMany blacks and Muslims in the troubled neighborhoods ringing French cities voted for the first time, saying they were motivated by one desire: to stop law-and-order, tough-on-immigrants Nicolas Sarkozy from becoming president.

Sarkozy, the front-runner after Sunday’s first round of voting, is deeply unpopular in housing projects populated largely by second- and third-generation immigrants, many of them Muslims from former colonies in North Africa who live mired in poverty and joblessness.

Voters in several poor districts favored Segolene Royal, the Socialist campaigning to be France’s first woman president. She was second in the overall vote, finishing ahead of 10 other candidates and earning a spot in a May 6 runoff election against the conservative Sarkozy.

Sarkozy’s campaign has been haunted by his use of the word “scum” to describe young delinquents days before widespread riots erupted in 2005 in the bleak suburbs on the outskirts of the country’s cities. Some youths took Sarkozy’s comment as a declaration of war.

“If Sarkozy wins, there will certainly be riots here in Clichy and all over France,” said Mohammed Saidi, a first-time voter who was born in Morocco. The 43-year-old electrician and father of four voted in Clichy-sous-Bois, where the riots broke out and spread nationwide. Another first-time voter, 20-year-old Fatma Celik, said that if Sarkozy wins the runoff May 6, “people are going to go crazy here.”

Sarkozy has reached out to minorities by promoting a policy akin to affirmative action. But many in France’s housing projects—and beyond—despise the tough police tactics he instituted as interior minister, his uncompromising language and his sometimes roughly executed drive to send illegal immigrants home.

The favorite in poor neighborhoods was Royal, who casts herself as a maternal figure in sharp contrast to Sarkozy’s law enforcer image. Final results nationwide gave Sarkozy 31 percent of the votes to Royal’s 25 percent, but she won more than 40 percent in towns like Clichy-sous-Bois and others where Sarkozy’s sometimes abrasive rhetoric touched a nerve.

Voter registration was up throughout France, rising 3.3 million to a total of 44.5 million voters, and few areas experienced as dramatic a rise as the poor suburbs. In Seine-Saint-Denis, the rough region where Clichy-Sous-Bois is located, registration rose 8.5 percent—more than twice the average nationwide increase of 4.2 percent, the Interior Ministry said.

After the riots, suburban neighborhoods were targeted by an extensive voter registration campaign as one way of drawing in young minorities who feel France has never accepted them.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/24/2007 at 06:35 AM   
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Deja Vu

I am reliving the mid-1970’s all over again. Deja vu. The war overseas is getting closer and closer to being pretty much lost thanks to Democrats who want to cut funding and withdraw all of our troops overnight ... and American automobile manufacturers are getting trounced by Japanese automakers.

General Motors is now no longer the world’s top automaker. Toyota has taken over the top spot. This happened in the 1970’s when GM, Ford and Chrysler couldn’t stop making shoddily built, big, gas-guzzling cars and the Japanese proved they could do it better. It took decades for Detroit to catch up.

Now US automakers are falling behind again, this time mainly due to union contracts that are draining all money out of those companies to pay for health insurance until death for every auto worker. No money for R&D, no money for new plants, no money ... period.

So Toyota continues to build better cars by building plants in America (14 in all, at last count), negotiating new contracts for auto workers that often leave the UAW outside in the cold.

So how do GM, Ford and Chrysler fix their problem? Fire the unions, close unprofitable plants and get lean and mean. Build better cars and trucks. Cut prices. Do all the things necessary to level the playing field. If they don’t, they will go into steep decline just like happened in the 1970’s.

Now if we can just figure out how to avoid electing another Jimmy Carter we can stop this flashback to the 70’s from getting much worse.

Toyota Tops GM in 1Q Global Auto Sales
TOKYO (AP) - Apr 24 03:00 AM US/Eastern

imageimageToyota Motor Corp. became the world’s top auto seller in the first three months of the year, passing rival General Motors Corp. for the first time, the Japanese automaker said Tuesday.

Toyota sold 2.348 million vehicles worldwide in the January-March quarter, company spokesman Satoshi Yamaguchi said, surpassing the 2.26 million vehicles that GM said it sold during the same period. The results mark the first time Toyota has beat GM in global sales on a quarterly basis, he said.

While the figures represent only quarterly sales results, they foreshadow a tough challenge for GM as it fights to hold onto its title as world’s top automaker—a claim usually staked on annual production figures.

Toyota has been gaining steadily on GM in recent years, and analysts have been saying it is only a matter of time before it eclipses its Detroit-based rival, which has seen its market share shrink in the United States even as it leads sales in China, a market with tremendous potential.

While GM has struggled to shore up earnings with job cuts and plant closures, Toyota has expanded rapidly, thanks partly to the popularity of its fuel-efficient cars. In 2006, Toyota’s global output surged 10 percent to 9.018 million vehicles, while GM produced 9.18 million vehicles worldwide.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/24/2007 at 06:04 AM   
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calendar   Monday - April 23, 2007

Totally Freakin’ Awesome!

View the Sun in 3D? It doesn’t get any cooler than that. Now if I could just remember where I put those 3D glasses I had from 1955 ... ? (Link: NASA)

NASA’s Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory (STEREO) satellites have provided the first three-dimensional images of the sun. For the first time, scientists will be able to see structures in the sun’s atmosphere in three dimensions. The new view will greatly aid scientists’ ability to understand solar physics and there by improve space weather forecasting.



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 11:44 PM   
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Recon Patrol Status Report

What are our reconnaissance scouts coming up with at the BMEWS Recon Patrol blog? Let’s find out ....


“Sometimes non-verbal communication is best” -by- Grumpy Old Ham

“At least Obama is not Afraid to speak the Truth” -by- Infinity

“Pretty much Sums these Idiots up….” -by- Infinity (this post includes a cool “Motorvator")

“Just Remember..” -by- Infinity

“Finally made it” -by- John C


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 03:52 PM   
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Lost again? Yep, back over CONUS on the East Coast somewhere. The USAF base below is a very special base for many reasons, one of which is that this base only hosts one particular type of airplane ... the C-5 Galaxy, the largest airplane in the USAF inventory.

The C-5 contains more than 103 miles (165 km) of wire, 4 miles (6 km) of tubing, and 5 miles (8 km) of control cables. The paint alone weighs 2,600 pounds (1,200 kilograms). It needs 8,400 feet of runway to take off and 3,600 feet to land. The tail is six stories high and stripped down and unloaded it still weighs 380,000 pounds. Don’t ask me how it flies. I give up. Now where am I?


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 03:34 PM   
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Treasonous Bastards

Civli war. No, not in Iraq ... in Washington. Democrats have decided to surrender to the terrorists and they are going to try to force the President to start withdrawing troops by this October and have them all out by next April. With all due respect, the donks are full of shit and they know it.

This confrontation will only lead to a veto. End of story. The donks can then tell their foaming-at-the-mouth, rabid, insane base (Reference: Democratic Underground, Daily KOS, Cindy Sheehan, Sean Penn, Rosie O’Donnell) that they tried to end the war. They will then crawl back under their rocks and wait until 2008 with occasional spewings of venom to keep the hatred stirred up.

Did I miss anything about this sorry mess? Have the donks crossed the line into blatant treason yet?

Reid: Congress Will Endorse Iraq Pullout
WASHINGTON (AP) - Apr 23 02:14 PM US/Eastern

imageimageDefying a fresh veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Congress will pass legislation within days requiring the withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from Iraq beginning Oct. 1, with a goal of completing the pullout six months later, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday.

Reid said the legislation “immediately transitions the U.S. military away from policing a civil war.” He said that troops that remain in Iraq after next April 1 could only train Iraqi security units, protect U.S forces and conduct “targeted counter-terror operations.”

The Nevada Democrat outlined the elements of the legislation in a speech a few hours after Bush said he will reject any legislation along the lines of what Democrats intend to pass. “I will strongly reject an artificial timetable (for) withdrawal and/or Washington politicians trying to tell those who wear the uniform how to do their job,” the president said.

Bush made his comments to reporters in the Oval Office as he met with senior military leaders, including his top commander in Iraq, Gen. David Petraeus. Taken together, Reid’s speech and Bush’s comments inaugurated a week of extraordinary confrontation between the president and the new Democratic-controlled Congress over a war that has taken the lives of more than 3,200 U.S. troops.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 03:01 PM   
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Motivational Poster Of The Day



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 02:45 PM   
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There is only one major thing wrong with the headline for this story below: it is NOT a “pro-gun perspective” .... it is a “pro-survival perspective” - which I, for one, am all for. You see, I hear that being dead really sucks. Plus there is that nasty transition from living to dead that ... well ... can be painful and rather messy.

This firing sends a strong message: (a) to teachers - don’t even bother trying to have an open discussion that might involve using a gun to stop a madman as freedom of speech and open academia are to be utterly ignored in this instance; (b) to students - you should never try to defend yourselves against someone trying to kill you as that might hurt their feelings of suppressed alienation.

For the millionth time I have to ask why college professors are free to preach liberal principles such as abortion and students are free to shout down guest speakers but when a professor tries to get students to stop thinking like sheeple, he or she is fired?

Has the Liberal Left wandered so far off into LaLaLand that they have become nothing less than a death-worshiping cult like the terrorists they seem to be on the same side with? They don’t mind killing unborn babies or setting up young people for slaughter by disarming those who would defend themselves but they turn right around and demand an end to the death penalty so the murderous bastards who would kill those young people are allowed to go free after being released from prison on good behavior after serving only seven years of a life sentence.

Where is the logic in all of that? Have the totally deranged taken control of EVERYTHING? I am having nothing to do with these people. I fully intend to stay armed and ready to defend myself. A .45 ACP will go a long way toward making sure some deranged madman doesn’t keep me from having another birthday party next year. One of many, I hope ...

Professor Axed For VT Stunt: Re-Enacted Tragedy To Tout Pro-Gun Perspective
Saturday, April 21, 2007 - Updated: 01:00 PM EST

imageimageAn Emmanuel College professor has been fired after re-enacting the Virginia Tech massacre in his classroom in order to air a pro-gun viewpoint that offended students at the Catholic liberal arts school, the professor charged yesterday.

Nicholas Winset said he was terminated and permanently barred from campus following a Wednesday lecture in which he dramatized the massacre to show that deranged gunman Cho Seung-Hui could have been stopped if another student had been carrying a gun.

“If there were more guns in society, the response time to the (rampage) might have been much faster,” said Winset, an adjunct professor of financial accounting. “Someone might have been able to do something to stop it.”

In an interview yesterday, Winset also decried media coverage of the massacre, saying, “Just because everyone is portraying this as the national tragedy of the year doesn’t mean it is. More people died of AIDS today” than in the massacre, he said. Administrators at the college apparently did not appreciate Winset’s classroom message. They quickly fired him via a one-page letter delivered by courier yesterday.

“You are hereby directed not to enter the College campus or any College owned property at any time for any reason,” the letter states. “Also enclosed . . .is the Commonwealth of Massachusetts form, How to File for Unemployment Insurance Benefits.”

A spokeswoman for Emmanuel College, Molly Honan, would not give the college’s rationale for firing Winset. She said the school’s policy is not to comment on personnel issues. Winset, 37, of Newton called the college’s decision to fire him “pathetic,” and said it will have a “chilling effect” on professors’ willingness to engage in open discussions about controversial issues.

“A classroom is supposed to be a place for academic exploration,” he said. “It’s just gotten so politically correct. It’s sad that we have come to this point.” Winset said he gave students a disclaimer before he started his Virginia Tech re-enactment, which involved him pointing a Magic Marker at students and saying, “Pow.” He then had another student shoot him with an imaginary gun to make the point that Cho could have been stopped by another student with a firearm.

Winset said the skit was meant to be a somewhat tenuous segue into an assignment asking students to examine whether the massacre has had an impact on the financial markets, which have remained healthy in tragedy’s aftermath. He said he wanted students to see that intense media focus on a story does not always mean it has the same relevance to the markets or to society in general.”


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 12:49 PM   
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Bye-Bye, Boris

Boris Yeltsin, Russia’s First Post-Soviet Leader, Is Dead
MOSCOW (NY TIMES) - April 23, 2007 10:12 EDT

Boris Yeltsin, who engineered the final collapse of the Soviet Union and pushed Russia to embrace democracy and a market economy as the country’s first post-Communist president, has died, a Kremlin official said Monday. He was 76.

Kremlin spokesman Alexander Smirnov told The Associated Press that Yeltsin died, but gave no cause of death or further information. The Interfax news agency cited an unidentified medical source as saying he had died of heart failure.

Although Yeltsin was initially admired abroad for his defiance of the monolithic social system, many Russians will remember him mostly for presiding over the steep decline of their nation.



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 10:34 AM   
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War On Terror: 1094 AD

As I sat here this morning going through the day’s e-mail I came across this story at Family Security Matters. That, of course, led me to the editorial you see below which was written a few years ago on an Asian community blog. There are several good posts at the site about the global terrorism we face today and they’re all written from an Asian perspective.

The author takes us back to the early days of Islam and the origin of terrorism as a political weapon. It grew out of core beliefs of Islam and began a reign of terror that lasted over two hundred years until the Mongol hordes arrived and wiped them out with a level of brutality that exceeded anything the Islamic terrorists ever dreamed of.

Perhaps it is time, once again, to “go Mongol” on their ass? Our military could do it in a flash if they were unleashed. As long as we continue to constrain our troops with bogus rules of engagement and maintain a “civilized” order of battle, we will be making the same mistake the Crusaders made way back then. This “army” of assassins will continue to pick us off one by one from dark alleyways and rooftops in the dead of night and with hidden bombs on the roads until we are forced to leave.

John Kerry made a famous remark before Congress after his return from Vietnam in which he accused American soldiers of “performing acts of barbarism not seen since the days of Genghis Khan”. Perhaps we need to do exactly that.


imageimageSome leaders and writers, including the U.S. President George Bush, have called the present campaign against Islamic terror a ‘crusade’. The comparison is not apt. The Crusades were a series of campaigns by the Christians of Europe to recover Jerusalem from the Muslims. They ended in failure. They were sometimes brutal but there was no use of terror against innocent men and women as we see in the acts of terrorists today. The Crusades were set battles of soldiers against soldiers, in which both sides for the most part observed the rules of chivalry.

At the same time, terrorism, by which we mean the threat and use of violence against innocents, has a long tradition in Islam going back to Prophet Muhammad himself. The Hadits (record of the acts of the Prophet) record that the Prophet had the poetess Asma bint Marawan assassinated while sleeping with her child. Her crime was satirizing the Prophet and his claims in some of her verses.

The most famous of the Islamic terrorist organizations was the Nizari Ismailiyun, a Shiite politico-religious sect, founded in 1094 by Hasan-e Sabah. He and his followers captured the hill fortress of Almaut in northern Iran, which became their base of operations. Hasan styled himself Grand Master and went on to set up a network of terrorist strongholds in Iran and Iraq. He had trained assassins, most of who according to Marco Polo were drug addicts. According to Marco Polo, young boys captured by the Grand Master were turned into addicts by giving them progressively large doses of the drug hashish. This way they were totally dependent on him and would do anything in return for hashish. They came to be known as hashishin, from which get the word ‘assassin.’ So the use of narcotics in terrorism is nothing new.

Some historians doubt Polo’s account, but it is difficult to believe that he made up the whole thing. What is not in doubt, however, is the fact that Hasan-e Sabah and his successor Grand Masters commanded an army of assassins who spread terror among the people in Iran and Iraq. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Grand Master had “a corps of devoted terrorists, and an unknown number of agents in enemy camps and cities, who claimed many victims among the generals and statesmen of the Abbasid caliphate as well as several caliphs.”

The Nizari Ismaliyun or the Order of the Assassins expanded into Syria after its founder’s death. In the 12th century, Rashid ad-Din as-Sinan, famous as the ‘Old Man of the Mountain,’ set himself up as an independent Grand Master of the Assassin Order in the impregnable castle of Masyaf in Syria. For over a century and a half, from 1094 to 1256, these Grandmasters and their assassins spread terror throughout the Middle East. Their end came at the hands of the Mongol warriors of Haleku Khan—the grandson of Chengis Khan. He captured and destroyed assassin strongholds in Iran one by one, and finally Almaut itself in 1256. Two years later, in February 1258, Haleku’s soldiers sacked Baghdad itself and ended the Caliphate by executing the Abbasid Caliph al-Mustasim and his sons. So main result of the activities of the Assassins was the end of the Caliphate.

The Syrian castles and strongholds were gradually reduced by the Baybars I, the Mamluk Sultan of Egypt. The Ismaili order gradually faded into insignificance, becoming a minor heresy. It still has some followers in Syria, Iran with India and Pakistan having the largest numbers. They are known as Khojas and are followers of the Aga Khan. In Pakistan though they are considered non-Muslims and sometimes persecuted.

In more recent times, terror was used to gain political ends by Mohammed Ali Jinnah. In 1946, his call for ‘Direct Action’ in support of his demand for Pakistan led to street riots all across North India. The Congress party, which had won the election by promising that it would not allow India to be divided, capitulated and agreed to the Partition of India.

In all this, there is an almost religious belief that terrorism pays. In the Pakistani official manual The Quranic Concept of War by Brigadier Malik, it is explicitly stated: “Terror struck into the hearts of the enemy is not only a means, it is the end in itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent’s heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved… Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose upon him.”

The authority for this is the Koran (Anfal 59-60): “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into the enemies of Allah and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom Allah doth know.”

This is the seed of indiscriminate terror employed by Grand Masters of the Order of the Assassins centuries ago, and by Osama Bin Laden and a host of others today. This belief in the power of domination through terror — and its legitimacy — is what needs to be defeated. Liberal thinkers in the Islamic world must seriously consider the consequences of continued acceptance of such doctrines. All other religions have reformed, removing and softening anti-human elements contained in their scriptures. Muslim leaders cannot keep insisting that everything in their scripture must be accepted without question not only by believers but also non-believers.


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 10:04 AM   
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French Runoff

No, “French Runoff” does not describe military strategies of France. Well actually it does but this post is about an election, not a war. The field has been narrowed down to two and France is headed for a runoff election between the conservative candidate and the socialist candidate. Sarkozy will probably win but I wish Royal would win. Why? She would continue to lead France down the self-destructive road of socialism and before long France would cease to matter at all on the world stage. Then we could kick the Frogs off the UN Security Council and the EU could ignore French attempts at leadership. The Downfall Of Gaul, so to speak.


PARIS (INTERNATIONAL HERALD-TRIBUNE) - Nicolas Sarkozy and Ségolène Royal triumphed in the first round of the presidential elections Sunday, giving French voters a clear choice for the May 6 runoff: The next president will either be a center-right Atlanticist who wants them to work more and pay fewer taxes or a woman with a leftist economic program and a declared ambition to modernize her Socialist Party.

It was an affirmation of France’s traditional left-right divide over new and fringe rivals. Sarkozy, the tough-talking former interior minister whose presence in the runoff was widely predicted, won 30.49 percent of the vote Sunday, according to preliminary results from the interior ministry. Uncertain until the very end of whether she would make it, Royal ended up with a strong showing, getting 25.03 percent and moving one step closer to becoming first French female head of state.

Sarkozy told a cheering crowd of supporters in central Paris that the result was a “victory for our democracy.” “By placing me into first place and Madame Royal in second position they have clearly marked their wish for a debate between two ideas of the nation, two visions for society, two value systems and two conceptions of politics,” Sarkozy said.

François Bayrou, a centrist who briefly looked like he might actually overtake one of the main party contenders, fell short in the end. But his block of 18.35 percent of voters could hold the key to the outcome of the May 6 second round - and is certain to be courted.

Royal needs Bayrou’s votes more than Sarkozy’s. The combined far-left vote, along with the Greens, amounts to 11 percent, bringing Royal’s voter base to about 37 percent. Sarkozy has 14 percent to draw on from the far-right, giving him a total reserve of about 45 percent.

In a field of nine other candidates, the far-rightist Jean-Marie Le Pen took 11.20 percent of the vote. Le Pen, who said he would not run for president again, stunned France in the 2002 election by unexpectedly making the runoff.

The shock and shame of the 2002 result seemed to have resonated this year. On a sunny spring day, the balloting was marked by a high turnout across France. About 84 percent of the country’s 44.5 million registered voters cast ballots.

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Here are the full election results.



Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/23/2007 at 09:38 AM   
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calendar   Sunday - April 22, 2007

Performance Review: Poor Communication Skills

I have always hated annual performance reviews and now I hate them even more. Once a year we are invited to put together a glowing tribute to ourselves and submit it to our bosses for him or her to slice and dice the damned thing and add his or her positive or negative feedback to justify any raises we get.

There is only one problem: the performance review is total bullshit. The amount of your raise is determined in annual budget meetings long before this sham begins. What happens is the chief operating officers get together with the finance weenies, look at the profit and estimates of next year’s revenue, project a revenue figure and then they start dividing it up. They give themselves raises based on 60-70% of that figure and then divvy up the rest among the worker bees.

Which is why your 2% raise this year was determined months ago. It’s a pity the shooter didn’t understand this.

NASA Gunman Got Poor Job Review
HOUSTON (WASHINGTON POST) - Sunday, April 22, 2007

imageimageThe gunman who apparently shot to death one man and then himself at the Johnson Space Center had received a poor job review and feared being fired, police said Saturday.

William A. Phillips, 60, smuggled a snub-nosed revolver into the space center Friday and barricaded himself in a building that houses space communications and tracking systems, officials said.

Phillips confronted a superior, David Beverly, 62, in Beverly’s office about his performance review, police said. After talking with Beverly for several minutes, Phillips shot him twice and left. He returned and shot Beverly twice more, police said.

Houston Police Chief Harold L. Hurtt said Phillips bought a .38-caliber revolver last month, two days after receiving an e-mail that his job performance was going to be reviewed.


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SCOTUS Abortion Decision: Two Views


Brian Fairrington -
Cagle Cartoons


RJ Matsen -
The St. Louis Post Dispatch


Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/22/2007 at 06:05 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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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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