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calendar   Wednesday - June 20, 2007

That’s Inconvenient

See on RightWingNews.

China has overtaken the United States as the world’s biggest producer of carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas, figures released today show.

The surprising announcement will increase anxiety about China’s growing role in driving man-made global warming and will pile pressure onto world politicians to agree a new global agreement on climate change that includes the booming Chinese economy. China’s emissions had not been expected to overtake those from the US, formerly the world’s biggest polluter, for several years, although some reports predicted it could happen as early as next year.

Well, that’s problematic, isn’t it?  Are the patchouli-drenched watermelons now going to turn their angst toward China and away from the U.S.?  Of course not.

The whole Kyoto “treaty” was designed to pusnish and hamstring America.  It has nothing to do with actually helping reduce “greenhouse gasses” at all.  Plus, in the words of John Hawkins:

China doesn’t care what a bunch of Earth hippies think about anything and they’re barely even willing to go through the motions to pretend like they do. So, whining about them will tend to be distinctly unsatisfying.

Indeed.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/20/2007 at 09:46 AM   
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Pest Control

We don’t have too much trouble with squirrels here because of the two lazy dogs, but if you do, this guy has the solution!

Mean? Yes
Funny? Absolutely!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/20/2007 at 06:19 AM   
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calendar   Tuesday - June 19, 2007

Technical Question

For those of you are Expression Engine gurus.  When I post a story, I get the following message:

The following XML-RPC pings were not accepted:
blogrolling.com - Invalid return payload: enabling debugging to examine incoming payload
blo.gs - Didn’t receive 200 OK from remote server. (HTTP/1.1 405 Method Not Allowed)

Any idea where the error is?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2007 at 12:42 PM   
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How Not To Measure Global Warming

So there’s this guy named Anthony Watts in Chico, CA.  Anthony was a TV meterologist and wanted to do a little survey.  He was interested in the actual locations that report on the weather.  All over the country, there are little weather reporting stations set up at airports, firehouses and other locations.  These stations report into the NWS and get used all over to predict and report the weather.

Their data is also used in climate modeling.

Anthony thought it might be a good idea to have a look and see what kind of conditions these weather stations are in.  Are they set up properly?  Are they being influenced by their local surroundings?

Boy oh boy, what did he find?

- Monitoring stations set up 10 feet behind a window A/C unit, with the exhaust flowing right over the sensors
- A station set up next to a burn barrel at a state park
- A station at an airport, 10 feet from the tarmac where jet blast regularly washes over the unit.
- Much, much more.

It is totally unbelievable.

Here is a link to his blog.  He has another site with many more pictures and documentation, but after he got a Drudge-a-launch, he had to take it offline and move it to a fatter internet pipe...which should be up soon.

Have a look and be absolutely stunned.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2007 at 12:31 PM   
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Good Deal If You Can Get It

Looks like American Telephone and Telegraph may give you a deal if you’re in the right area.

AT&T Quietly Offers $10 DSL Plan

NEW YORK—Without any sort of fanfare, AT&T Inc. has started offering a broadband Internet service for $10 a month, cheaper than any advertised plan.

The DSL, or digital subscriber line, plan introduced Saturday is part of the concessions made by San Antonio-based AT&T to the Federal Communications Commission to get its $86 billion acquisition of BellSouth Corp. approved last December.

The $10 offer is available to customers in the 22-state AT&T service region, which includes former BellSouth areas, who have never had AT&T or BellSouth broadband, spokesman Michael Coe confirmed Monday. Local phone service and a one-year contract are required. The modem is free.

The plan was not mentioned in a Friday news release about AT&T’s DSL plans, and is slightly hidden on the AT&T Web site. A page describing DSL options doesn’t mention it, but clicking a link for “Term contract plans” reveals it. It’s also presented to customers who go into the application process, Coe said.

If you’re in one of the 22 markets where this is available, it would be worthwile to check it out.

Another helpful tip from your crack BMEWS staff.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2007 at 08:08 AM   
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Uncle Ted Is On Fire

The Nuge layes it out for the wild-eyed vegans who want to control everyone else’s eating habits. 

‘Live and let live’ foreign idea to left

By Ted Nugent, Texas Wildman

I like sizzling meat on the grill. Wild, huh? Anybody? Now, we all know ol’ Nuge isn’t by any stretch of the imagination a weirdo when it comes to an omnivorous diet

Especially here in the great Republic of Texas, a smiling, drooling preference for succulent, protein-rich, nutritious backstrap over aromatic mesquite coals is as American and natural and right as Mom, apple pie and the flag. It’s beautiful, really.

But a culture war rages against such universal, self-evident truths. It would be laughable if it were not so deranged. Some weirdos actually are on a crusade to outlaw the consumption of flesh.

I have musical touring associates who have been fired from their jobs with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney for sneaking a hamburger.

You heard that right. Fired for eating meat by an animal-rights maniac, hard-core vegan bass player

As they say, go read the rest.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2007 at 05:12 AM   
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Operation Arrowhead Ripper

The surge is on.

BAGHDAD (AP) - About 10,000 U.S. soldiers launched an offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq northeast of Baghdad early Tuesday, killing at least 22 insurgents, the U.S. military said.

The raids, dubbed “Operation Arrowhead Ripper,” took place in Baqouba, the capital of Diyala province, and involved air assaults under the cover of darkness, the military said in a statement. The operation was still in its opening stages, it said.

On Monday, military officials said U.S. and Iraqi forces had launched attacks on Baghdad’s northern and southern flanks to clear out Sunni insurgents, al-Qaida fighters and Shiite militiamen who had fled the capital and Anbar during a four-month-old security operation.

A top U.S. military official said American forces were taking advantage of the arrival of the final brigade of 30,000 additional U.S. troops to open concerted attacks.

“We are going into the areas that have been sanctuaries of al-Qaida and other extremists to take them on and weed them out, to help get the areas clear and to really take on al-Qaida,” the senior official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak about the operation. “Those are areas in the belts around Baghdad, some parts in Anbar province and specifically Diyala province.”

Begin leftist whining in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.

** Update **
Via Bryan at Hot Air

As the Times notes, the reason for the Diyala offensive is to stop the sectarian violence by shutting off AQ’s supply of car bombs; the mosque bombing presumably is their reply. If you missed them in April, you’ll absolutely want to revisit these hair-raising Times and WaPo reports, published coincidentally on the same day, on the depth of jihadi entrenchment in Baquba, where the offensive’s begun. The city’s a witch’s brew of “former members of the Saddam Hussein army and paramilitary forces, the Fedayeen; angry and impoverished Sunni men; criminal gangs; Wahhabi Islamists; and foreigners,” writes the Times, suggesting that this may well end up being the nastiest battle of the war. Michael Yon frames the battlefield:

They are ready for us. Giant bombs are buried in the roads. Snipers—real snipers—have chiseled holes in walls so that they can shoot not from roofs or windows, but from deep inside buildings, where we cannot see the flash or hear the shots. They will shoot for our faces and necks. Car bombs are already assembled. Suicide vests are prepared.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2007 at 05:09 AM   
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Fred on Harry

In Today’s Townhall.com article, Fred Thompson jumps all over Harry Reid’s comments on General Peter Pace.

Well, you’ve heard by now that Senate leader Harry Reid insulted one of this country’s brightest military minds, Marine Corps General Peter Pace—calling him “incompetent.” Let me take a few moments to put this in context.

First, Harry Reid voted for the war, like a majority of our legislators. America decided as a nation to free Iraq and the region from Saddam Hussein’s tyranny. I have friends, both Democrat and Republican, who questioned the decision at the time, but the Republic made a commitment based on constitutional and democratic procedures. So they are now a hundred percent committed to moving forward in a way that’s best for our country. None of them, by the way, believe surrendering to the forces of terror in Iraq is what’s best for our country.

Harry Reid, though, has taken a different route. He made his statement about General Pace on a conference call with fringe elements of the blogosphere who think we’re the bad guys. This is a place where even those who think the 9/11 attacks were an inside job find a home.

And why shouldn’t they think that? Reid has led the attack on the administration, with Nancy Pelosi, charging it lied and tricked America into supporting the war. Ignoring multiple hearings and investigations into pre-war intelligence findings that have debunked this paranoid myth, they accuse an entire administration of conspiracy to trick us into a war.

I suppose that’s easier for some than admitting that they’ve flip flopped—but the fact that Reid says this sinister Republican plot is going to help him elect more Democrats ought to be raising a few flags. Saying General Pace is incompetent doesn’t even rank near the top of his bizarre statements.

How could anyone possibly believe, as Reid charges, that our commanding general in Iraq, David Petraeus, is out of touch with what’s going on. Surely someone in Reid’s position would know that Petraeus is briefed daily on all aspects of Iraq—from civil to military. Surely he has to know that Petraeus is a true warrior scholar who literally wrote the Army’s book on counterinsurgency warfare.

But Reid’s comments are not meant for logical analysis. He proclaimed the war lost some time ago, and the surge as a failure even before the additional troops were on the ground. The problem is that every one of Reid’s comments I’ve noted here has also been reported gleefully by Al Jazeera and other anti-American media. Whether he means to or not, he’s encouraging our enemies to believe that they are winning the critical war of will.

A man who doesn’t mince words he is.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/19/2007 at 05:01 AM   
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calendar   Monday - June 18, 2007

US Shooter Fires Perfect Score, Takes ISSF Italian Title

From The Shooting Wire

imageimageVincent C. Hancock, a soldier of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, didn’t just win the Gold Medal at the International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup in Lonato, Italy, on June 14, he made a statement.

Hancock, who snatched the world title in Men’s Skeet in 2005, earned himself another spot in the history books by taking the top step on the medals stand at the Lonato World Cup.

He fired perfect scores throughout the competition, never missing a target in 150 shots.

George Achilleos of Cypress, Harald Jensen of Norway and Axel Wegner of Germany managed to drop only one clay each the entire match, but the shoot off left them in Silver, Bronze and fourth place, respectively.
















Great Job Vincent!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/18/2007 at 10:13 AM   
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Jimmy, Will You Please Just Shut Up

Let me preface this story with some personal history.

I’ve spent a good deal of time in Nepal working with the local Christian church there.  I have friends who have been missionaries in the country for over 15 years.  A dear friend, who is now in the states, is a former Maoist rebel.  I communicate with native Nepalese friends regularly.  Last time I was there, it was not uncommon at all to be “detained” by maoists and asked for a “donation” to the cause, especially when we were out in the villages.

Former president calls on US to talk with Nepal Maoists

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Former US President Jimmy Carter called on his country’s government Saturday to establish relations with Nepal’s former rebel Maoists, who remain on a list of US terrorist organisations.

“My opinion is that the US should establish some communication with the Maoists. The people of Nepal have accepted them as political players,” Carter told journalists at the end of a four-day visit to Nepal.

Yes, Jimmy, you bumbling excuse of a former president, and your opinion is soooooooo valued.  I’ll tell you why they are accepted as politicle players; one of two reasons:
1. They went into remote villages 10 years ago and started “helping” with schools, food, roads and other basic necessities. This helped them establish a rapport with the locals when the national givernment could not.  After they “won the hearts” of the villagers, they began to take their boys and “train” them, typically taking them to an even more remote place and teaching them terrorist and guerilla warfare tactics.  Mind you, these are boys around 10 years old.  They now have a generation of lads who know nothing else.

2. At the point of a gun.  When the royal family was assasinated in 2001, the government pretty much became ineffective.  The Maoists saw their chance and expanded operations into the more populated areas.  They call for a general strike in a town and forbid anyone from travelling or carrying on trade for a period of three days normally.  If anyone is caught doing something they shouldn’t be (according to the Maoists), they are “arrested” and taken away...most of the time never to be seen again.  For most of these poor people, that is a strong motivator to keep quiet and just do what they say for fear of getting “dissapeared”.  Because the local police are either corrupt or afraid, they soon have no control over a town with a Maoist stronghold.

Now, 10-15 years later, of course the Maoists are “political players”, they’ve muscled their way to a place at the table. 

Earlier this week the US ambassador to Nepal James Moriarty said that the ultra-leftists’ “addiction to violence, extortion and intimidation continues unabated.”

Of course they are.  They have outgunned the government.

During his visit, Carter met with Prachanda, the Maoist leader whose nom-de-guerre means “the fierce one.”

The 82-year-old former president admitted he was worried about the activities of the Young Communist League (YCL), the Maoist youth wing that has frequently been accused of using mafia-like tactics.

“I am still concerned about some of the activities of the YCL. My hope is that they will be corrected,” Carter told reporters at a hotel in the capital.

As my dad used to say: “Wish in one hand and crap in the other...see which on weighs more”

“I have expressed my concern to him (Prachanda) and he has assured me he will do whatever possible to correct the problem,” Carter said.

And Jimmy, being the southern genelman he is, believed him unquestioningly.

The US embassy in Kathmandu have been at pains to emphasise that Carter is visiting as a private US citizen.

For good reason.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/18/2007 at 09:17 AM   
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Doggie Art

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

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

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/18/2007 at 06:21 AM   
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This is a New Twist

According to UN General Secretary Ki-Moon, the genocide in Darfur was not caused by radical Islam, but rather Man-Made Global Warming.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said that the slaughter in Darfur was triggered by global climate change and that more such conflicts may be on the horizon, in an article published Saturday.

“The Darfur conflict began as an ecological crisis, arising at least in part from climate change,” Ban said in a Washington Post opinion column.

Yup, that’s it.  Because man (read: America) is killing mother Gaia, those poor folks in Sudan have to eliminate all infidels.

Makes sense to me.

And there was a slim hope that this guy was going to be better than Koffing AnusTM


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/18/2007 at 06:14 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - June 16, 2007

Did AlGore go to Sweden?

Snow falling in central Sweden

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

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

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

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


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/16/2007 at 11:07 AM   
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Standoff

From reader CharmingBarracuda, we are reminded of the standoff going on in New Hampshire.

They have no chance.

Remember Waco?  Remember Ruby Ridge?

.gov does not give in.

If we had the Fair Tax, this would never even be on the radar.

Here is an interesting snippet from the article, which talks about a man from Texas who has gone to join them in their stand.

The Browns have been holed up in their Plainfield home since they were sentenced to more than five years in prison each after they were convicted of federal tax evasion charges.

Monier said that several people have shown up to support the Browns, but officials have not barricaded the entrance because they are concerned that could spark a confrontation. He said that supporters like Reno Gonzalez run the risk of facing charges.

“Certainly, it concerns us greatly if they’re bringing them weapons or ammunition,” Monier said. ”That’s a serious felony offense.”

Exit Question:  What is the felony offense for bringing weapons and ammunition to the great state of New Hampshire?


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 06/16/2007 at 08:43 AM   
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