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calendar   Sunday - April 22, 2007

Frogs Choose Head Toad

Not that anybody on this side of the pond really gives a damn but the French are choosing a new President today. They are going to the polls in record numbers, according to AP, to choose a replacement for Jacques Chiraq, Yassir Arafat’s little buddy. I will be glad to see Chiraq depart the scene. Twelve years of his anti-American, pro-terrorist, EU-promoting bullshit is enough. Perhaps he and Bill Clinton can get together with Jimmy Carter and have a “Useless Has-Beens Convention”?

Polls Open In French Presidential Vote
PARIS (YAHOO) - April 22, 2007

France began choosing a new president Sunday after a frenzied campaign among a dozen contenders in a race with unpredictable results. Only four of the candidates, including conservative front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy and Socialist Segolene Royal, placing No. 2 in polls, had a real chance of making it to a final round of voting May 6.

The new president will replace Jacques Chirac, ending 12 years as head of state at the close of his second mandate. With unusually dynamic front-runners and a suspense-filled campaign, the election was bringing in voters who sat out the 2002 election or cast protest votes for the extreme left and right.

Sarkozy, blunt, reformist and pro-American, was frightening to many French. Royal presented a smiling, feminist mother-figure. Scholarly farmer’s son Francois Bayrou could pull off a surprise win, and the anti-immigrant nationalist Jean-Marie Le Pen was still counting on big support, in hopes of repeating his shock 2002 second-place finish.

Turnout was likely to be high, with voter registration numbers up nationwide — especially in rundown immigrant neighborhoods wracked by rioting in 2005. The successor to Chirac must steer a nuclear power in an insecure world, revive a large and listless economy, invigorate a downbeat work force, incorporate alienated young Muslims.

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So what are the Frogs going to stick the rest of the world with for at least the next six years? Take a look at the three faces below. One of them will be the face of France for some time to come. Sarkozy is leading in the polls but Le French could easily choose Royal as their first female leader (as opposed to previous male leaders who acted like women). The dark horse candidate is Le Pen, who believes France should be for the French and all Muslims need to just go back to wherever they came from. You can probably guess who my favorite candidate is. I encourage all French persons who have any sense at all to stuff the ballot boxes with votes for Le Pen.

Nicolas Sarkozy
Conservative
Segolene Royal
Socialist
Jean-Marie Le Pen
Nationalist
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Naturally the New York Times is covering the election and in today’s editorial pages they are already eulogizing Jacques Chiraq as a wonderful leader who stood up to the eeeeevil Bush ....

France Looks Ahead, and It Doesn’t Look Good
EDITORIAL (NY TIMES) - April 22, 2007

Today the French will begin to vote for a new president, and soon Mr. Chirac, the 74-year-old incumbent, will pass from the scene unmourned. Over a political career spanning nearly five decades, during which he was mayor of Paris, prime minister (twice) and president for 12 years, Mr. Chirac appears to have achieved little.

As mayor from 1977 to 1995, he oversaw a steady rise in political corruption and municipal graft (albeit both at insignificant levels by American big-city standards). As president, he abandoned his promises to resolve shortcomings in France’s employment laws and social services in the face of street protests. And he has done little to redress the grievances of France’s minorities or the anxieties of young people. On both sides of the Atlantic, Mr. Chirac’s political obituary is being written in distinctly unflattering terms.

But is the French situation really so dire? From every quarter one hears calls for “reform” to bring France more in line with Anglo-American practices and policies. The dysfunctional French social model, we are frequently assured, has failed.

In that case there is much to be said for failure. French infants have a better chance of survival than American ones. The French live longer than Americans and they live healthier (at far lower cost). They are better educated and have first-rate public transportation. The gap between rich and poor is narrower than in the United States or Britain, and there are fewer poor people.

Yes, France has high youth unemployment, thanks to institutionalized impediments to job creation. But the comparison to American rates is misleading: our figures are artificially lowered because so many dark-skinned men aged 18 to 30 are in prison and thus off the unemployment rolls.

On the global stage, he has been perhaps the most outspoken major world leader on global warming, warning that “humanity is dancing on a volcano.” And, of course, he initiated and led international opposition to President Bush’s war in Iraq.

Let’s not forget the hysterical Francophobia of 2003: not just the imbecilities of “freedom fries” but xenophobic outbursts from Congress, the Bush administration and the mainstream American press, where prominent commentators called for France to be thrown off the Security Council and offered to let French “weasels” hold our coats while Americans once again did their fighting for them.

It wasn’t only Americans who objected. When in 2003 Mr. Chirac told the Eastern Europeans who backed Mr. Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain on Iraq that they had “missed an opportunity to shut up,” his blunt talk upset a lot of people and did little for France’s popularity.

But in all of this, he has been proved right. By standing up to Mr. Bush and instructing his representatives at the United Nations to block a rush to an unprovoked war, the French president saved both the honor of the United Nations and the credibility of the international community.

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[Chiraq] “saved both the honor of the United Nations and the credibility of the international community”? I think I’m going to gag. Somebody help me, please. Before we move the United Nations to Khartoum we need to move the NY TIMES to France. Now there’s a marriage made in hell.

Keep your eyes peeled on today’s Frog election, kiddies. This is just the first of four changes in world leadership that will occur over the next eighteen months. Next, we will have to worry about what the Brits are going to stick us with as Tony Blair steps down next month. Then Vladimir Putin will be stepping down as Russian leader (maybe) and finally Bush will be departing the White House, leaving all of the Bush-bashers with nothing to do. As Bob Dylan sang a long time ago, “The times they are a-changing”.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/22/2007 at 05:09 AM   
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Sunday Funnies

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/22/2007 at 04:59 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - April 21, 2007

Show Ho No Mo

Al Sharpton ought to be real happy now. Thanks to him and Jesse Jackson another white boy joins the unemployment line. The really odd thing about all this is that even though Imus occasionally had Republicans like John McCain on his show, he was definitely a Liberal and as such is the only competition Liberals every had for Rush, O’Reilly, Hannity, Savage and the other Conservatives who dominate talk radio. Sooner or later the moonbats are going to wake up and figure out that they just shot themselves in the foot on this one. Bwah-hah-hah-ha-ha-ha-ha ....

CBS DUMPS IMUS PRODUCER FOR ‘HO’ NO-NO
(NY POST) - April 21, 2007

imageimageDon Imus’ producer has joined his former boss on the unemployment line. Bernard McGuirk was officially canned late Thursday by CBS Radio - a week after Imus was axed by CBS and NBC over his racial insults leveled at the Rutgers women’s basketball team.

McGuirk, who produced Imus’ syndicated radio show - which was simulcast on NBC-owned MSNBC - began the mockery of the players as “ho’s” on an April 4 broadcast.

Imus took up the nasty theme and referred to the hoopsters as “nappy-headed ho’s” - a comment that led to his firing on April 12. McGuirk, who also booked guests for Imus’ show, disappeared from sight after the Imus firing and hasn’t been on the air since.

Charles McCord, who read the news on Imus’ show, continues to appear on WFAN in the mornings. CBS Radio spokeswoman Karen Mateo told The Associated Press that no decision has been made on who will replace Imus on a permanent basis.

WFAN’s afternoon team, Mike Francesca and “Mad Dog” Chris Russo, have been filling in on the morning shift, then returning in the afternoon for their regular slot. They’re scheduled to fill in one more week in the morning.

Imus has said publicly he’s already received other job offers, but that he’ll spend the summer at his ranch before making any decisions about his future. Along with Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh, Imus was one of the highest-paid radio personalities in the industry.

Meanwhile, Imus has hired powerful attorney Martin Garbus, Business Week magazine reports. A brief sentence yesterday on Garbus’ personal blog noted that he “represents Don Imus in a dispute with CBS” - a sentence later re moved from the site.


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/21/2007 at 11:14 AM   
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Armed Citizenry Report

Some stories have everything you could ask for ... and then some.
This is one of those stories. YOU GO, GRRRRRL !!

Armed Miss America 1944 Stops Intruder
WAYNESBURG, Ky. (AP) - April 21, 2007, 5:00 AM EDT

imageimageMiss America 1944 has a talent that likely has never appeared on a beauty pageant stage: She fired a handgun to shoot out a vehicle’s tires and stop an intruder. Venus Ramey, 82, confronted a man on her farm in south-central Kentucky last week after she saw her dog run into a storage building where thieves had previously made off with old farm equipment.

Ramey said the man told her he would leave. “I said, ‘Oh, no you won’t,’ and I shot their tires so they couldn’t leave,” Ramey said. She had to balance on her walker as she pulled out a snub-nosed .38-caliber handgun.

“I didn’t even think twice. I just went and did it,” she said. “If they’d even dared come close to me, they’d be 6 feet under by now.” Ramey then flagged down a passing motorist, who called 911.

Curtis Parrish of Ohio was charged with misdemeanor trespassing, Deputy Dan Gilliam said. The man’s hometown wasn’t immediately available. Three other people were questioned but were not arrested.

After winning the pageant with her singing, dancing and comedic talents, Ramey sold war bonds and her picture was adorned on a B-17 that made missions over Germany in World War II, according to the Miss America Web site.

Ramey lived in Cincinnati for several years and was instrumental in helping rejuvenate Over-the-Rhine historic buildings. She returned to Kentucky in 1990 to live on her farm.

“I’m trying to live a quiet, peaceful life and stay out of trouble, and all it is, is one thing after another,” she said.

In case you’re wondering what Venus looked like in 1944 and how she came to inspire our fighting troops in the war against the Nazis with her picture on a B-17, you know The Skipper coudn’t let you down. It took a bit of searching but here she is ...

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/21/2007 at 08:46 AM   
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Weekend Eye Candy

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Welcome back to another weekend, guys. I know this has been a tough week for all of us and we’re all in the mood for a little something to soothe our tired eyes and aching heads.

Never fear. We have the cure for what ails you. This weekend’s feature is special. It’s Amateur Night at the mansion and I have chosen six lovely gals who could possibly be living right next door to you. If so, give me a call and I’ll bring the party supplies.

Say hello to April, Gwen, Heather, Ivy, Meegan and Payton and let us know who your favorite is. Me? I choose ALL of them!

Click the thumbnail of lovely Heather and enter the gallery. They’re waiting ... (Warning: NSFW)


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Posted by Hugh Hefner   United States  on 04/21/2007 at 08:28 AM   
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Saturday Silliness

If you’re gonna have a deer stand you might as well make it a good one.

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Men: Post-It Notes can really come in handy for those one-night stands.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/21/2007 at 07:46 AM   
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calendar   Friday - April 20, 2007

Recon Patrol Status Report

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

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“Hillary, Qaddafi, and Cho Connected?  Check it out!” -by- Radioactive Chief

“Not My Yob” -by- mythusmage

“More Weather, Less Propaganda—please” -by- Grumpy Old Ham

“Keeping Busy in Retirement” -by- Grumpy Old Ham


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 04:38 PM   
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Perdu!

Mes amis, nous sommes perdus encore et cette fois nous sommes l’Europe finie et je sens des grenouilles avale ci-dessous. Oui, nous sélectionnons sur le Français aujourd’hui et c’est leur base stratégique principale ci-dessous.

Elle est à la maison à leur meilleur avion de chasse, le Mirage 2000N de Dassault, décrit ci-dessous. Elle est également à la maison à la moitié de l’arsenal nucléaire de la France avec 60 missiles nucléaires d’ASMP, chacun avec un rendement de 300 kilotons de TNT.

Mon Dieu ! Où suis-je ?

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Le Mirage 2000N de Dassault

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 03:02 PM   
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Buy Stuff!

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Cox & Forkum are pleased to announce their new Spring line of Moonbattery items and wardrobe accessories for the really stylish and tasteful among you. Get yours today: t-shirts, sweatshirts, coffee mugs, caps and even barbecue aprons. Hurry! While supplies last only!


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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 01:50 PM   
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Motivational Poster Of The Day

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 01:38 PM   
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A few Words about Islam, if I may

Heh, Heh.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 12:15 PM   
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Deranged Vultures Coming Out From Under Their Rock

OH, DEAR GOD! NO! I had almost managed to forget about these morons at Westboro Baptist Church during the past few months. Now it appears they have not forgotten us. They are going to the funeral of one of the victims at Virginia Tech. Lock and load ....

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 11:46 AM   
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Brain Tumor Alert!

I have high voltage powerlines just like those in the picture below running behind my apartment and over my head. REALLY. Lately I’ve noticed that my hair has started thinning out and my typing is starting jhsdfn dhfasduf sdfuifh to get confused vnfawufhkwef at times. Who do I sue? Hmmmm ...

Power Lines Link To Cancer In New Alert
LONDON (Evening Standard) - 20.04.07

imageimageA secret report has raised fresh fears of a link between power lines and cancer. The confidential study, obtained by the Evening Standard, urges ministers to consider banning the building of homes and schools close to overhead high-voltage power cables because of possible health risks.

It says a ban is the best way to reduce significantly exposure to electromagnetic fields from the electricity grid system. The report was drawn up by scientists, electricity company bosses, the National Grid, government officials and campaigners over two years after the Health Protection Agency accepted there was a weak statistical “association” between prolonged exposure to power fields and childhood leukaemia.

Some members of the panel took the view - adopted by the Government’s health advisers and the World Health Organisat ion - that childhood leukaemia is the only adverse health effect where evidence is strong enough for precautionary measures to be considered.

According to this view, if there is a link, the building ban would cut just one case of childhood leukaemia every year or two and the costs would outweigh the benefits by a factor of at least 20.

The second group generally backed views highlighted by the California Department of Health Services which suggested electromagnetic fields are “possibly carcinogenic” in terms of childhood leukaemia and placed four other health effects in this risk category. They were adult leukaemia, adult brain tumours, miscarriages and a form of motor neurone disease, although some scientists believe there are links with more diseases.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 11:31 AM   
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Gun Control Poll

So they conducted a poll and the answers didn’t come out the way they wanted. Let the “SPIN GAMES"™ begin in 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 ....

Notice: “SPIN GAMES” is a registered trademark of Liberal Asshat Morons & Evil Retards Society. Any use of this phrase without the express written consent of LAMERS and the Screen Actors Guild is prohibited.

Americans Speak on Gun Control
Will college shootings change minds on either side of the debate?
(MSN) - April 20, 2007

imageimageWhen madmen go on killing sprees in America, they use guns. Inevitably, in the aftermath, the arguments about gun control begin. But a poll conducted in the days after the Virginia Tech massacre found that the majority of Americans don’t fully align themselves with either the pro- or anti-gun arguments.

The MSN-Zogby poll found that 59 percent of Americans do not believe stricter gun control policies would have prevented Cho Seung-Hui from killing 32 people and then himself in the worst mass murder in America’s history. The poll found that only 36 percent of those polled believe stronger gun control could have prevented the shootings.

However, arming more Americans with guns is not the answer either, most people say. Slightly more than half of those polled—54 percent—say that more guns would not stop killing sprees. Thirty-eight percent believe a better-armed populace could help prevent such mayhem. (The interactive survey of 1,336 adults nationwide was conducted April 17-18, 2007, and carries a margin of error of +/- 2.7 percentage points.)

Despite the noisy debate that is likely to occur in the coming weeks and months about gun rights, only a minority of Americans believes the massacre in Virginia will lead to more gun control. Nearly half—45 percent—do not think the deaths will result in stricter gun laws, and another 40 percent are unsure whether changes would occur.

The most vocal and powerful opponent of gun restrictions, the National Rifle Association, so far has been quiet on the issue, offering only a brief statement on its Web site of condolence to those who lost loved ones on the Blacksburg, Va., campus.

But others groups, from both sides of the gun control issue, are speaking out: “We’re all in a state of shock and very sad at what happened,” says Daniel Vice, senior attorney for the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence. “Now is not the time to be raising political questions, but soon our country will have to ask why do we make it so easy for dangerous people to get access to these high firepower weapons.  … What we’re doing now certainly is not working. We have very weak gun laws, and 32 people plus the gunman were killed in this shooting. But 30 people are killed in gun homicides every day.”

Meanwhile, a gun advocacy group, the Second Amendment Foundation, issued this statement: “80 million law-abiding gun owners in this country did not go to Virginia Tech or some other college campus yesterday to unleash carnage. They have harmed no one, and their civil rights should not be erased in response.”

According to 2004 statistics, the most recent available, of all the deaths in the U.S. more than 11,500 were from gun-related homicides, and 16,750 people committed suicide by firearm. There’s no official count of the number of guns in America, but one survey estimates that the number is 192 million.

The MSN-Zogby poll found that younger adults are slightly more likely than older adults to see stricter gun policies as a means of prevention—among those 18 to 29, 39 percent say more stringent gun control could avert tragic shootings, compared to 26 percent of those age 65 and older.

Still, more than half (53 percent) of the younger adults say increased gun control won’t help, an opinion that becomes increasingly popular as adults get older. Nearly three in four (72 percent) of those age 65 and older didn’t think tighter gun control policies will prevent shootings.

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Posted by The Skipper   United States  on 04/20/2007 at 11:04 AM   
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