Death once had a near-Sarah Palin experience.

calendar   Sunday - January 06, 2008

Tomorrow I could become a criminal

Tomorrow the New Jersey Senate is going to vote on bill S2470. This is another one of those bills that are supposed to reduce gang violence, but only do so by forcing yet another gun control law on the honest citizenry. It does not work, it has never worked, and it will never work. Criminals, by definition, do not obey the law.

NJ S2470 would make it a crime to purchase or possess ammunition unless you (the NJ resident) meet one or more of the following criteria:

Ok, that sort of looks like it makes sense. Ignoring the cops and the hunters for now, if you legally own a gun in the state then you have papers to prove it and you can buy ammunition. That should keep the crooks, cons, and gang-bangers from loading up their illegal guns. That has to cut down on crime and gun violence, right? ..... Only one little problem: it is entirely legal to own firearms in New Jersey and not have them registered, thus they have no paper trail. Registering your guns is your decision when you move to the state; you can do it, at $15 per gun, or you can decide not to do it. Take a look at the title of the form!

So if you legally owned guns before you moved to New Jersey and you brought them with you when you moved here, and you aren’t a cop or a fed, and you don’t hunt, and you chose not to register those guns as is your current legal right, and you haven’t bought any more guns while living in the state, and you aren’t a gun dealer of any kind, and you have some ammo for your guns, then if this bill passes you have just become a criminal and are subject to a $10,000 fine and up to 18 months in prison.

Think that’s a really big “if” with a whole lot of “and"s? It isn’t. Roughly 1 person in 3 owns a gun in this country, so it’s fair to say that roughly 1 person in 3 moving to NJ owns a gun and brought it with them. Most people are not cops or armed federal agents, and almost nobody is a gun dealer (out of 300 million people in the population, there are only about 65,000 gun dealers - a mere 0.0216%). About 15% of gun owners go hunting. So roughly 85% of 1/3 of the approximately 20,000 people a year who move to the state could become criminals overnight if this bill passes. Going back 10 years, that’s 57,000 people. I am one of them.


Hey, what about out of state purchasers? Is it now going to become a crime for Pennsylvania and New York citizens to drive over to Joisey for a quick box of bullets? What about NJ based mail order companies that sell ammo? I’m sure there’s at least one, right? Would this bill put them out of business?

This is another dumb-ass bit of gun control legislation brought to you by America’s Most Active East Coast Socialiststm eager to “prevent crime”. But this time, for me, it’s personal.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/06/2008 at 07:31 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - January 05, 2008

How I spent my week-end off

Yep. It’s my regularly scheduled week-end off. How have I spent it so far?

Well, yesterday morning saw me at my doctor’s office at 9:00. I was his first patient. He said that I had bronchitis (which I already had figured) and that I had strep throat. (Okay, that was a surprise) How I managed to work the last two days with both is just a testament to my loyalty to my victims customers. It was the first of the month. A substitute mailperson would have misdelivered how many checks? I had to be there.

After the doctor, I went and filled the four prescriptions he gave me. Then I took them. Afterwards, I was feeling no pain. Must have been the codeine cough syrup.

So, there I was, high on codeine, and blogging on BMEWS. Between blogging times, I was watching my Netflix movies. In this case, I have the first season of the original Wild, Wild, West. Robert Conrad and Ross Martin starred. I particularly liked the last episode. Ross Martin (Artemus Gordon) got not just one girl, but both girls. Robert Conrad (James West) was out in the cold.

Today. Saturday.  Still on a codeine high. But it’s Saturday. Time for the Farmer’s Market. Used to be I could sneak off to the Farmer’s Market when I used my own vehicle to deliver the mail. Just had to ‘adjust’ the mileage. Can’t do that anymore since they assigned me a postal vehicle. I never get to go to the Farmer’s Market… except on my weekend off. Like today.

So off I go to the Farmer’s Market. First I call the wife at work. I ask what she wants me to get…

Two pages later I’m off… first stop: Jean the pork lady. Don’t need any pork today, but Jean sells brown eggs. My wife swears she can taste a difference between white and brown eggs. I grew up on a farm, we had hens that laid both, depending on the breed. I never noticed a taste difference. Anyway, 2 dozen brown eggs are in my bag.

Next stop, and my favorite, the bread lady. I love bread. I bake it when I have time. If I don’t have time, this is good enough. My wife was very particular about the bread.

I walked out with a loaf of sun-dried tomato ciabatta (sliced) a loaf of cinnamon-raisin (sliced), a loaf of asagio cheese, and a French baguette. I needed that last because it’s winter, and one of my specialties is home-made French Onion Soup. I’ll have a big pot ready when my wife gets home. You ladle a bowlful, put a slice of baguette floating in it, sprinkle some cheese on top, toast it under the broiler, and voila! A classic meal. Just right for a cold wintry day.

While the beef stock is simmering I’m up here watching the first season of the Addams Family and blogging about my weekend.

Tomorrow? Who knows?

I wrote about being angry all the time. News always seems to suck. Gotta get away from that sometimes. Hence this post.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/05/2008 at 01:49 PM   
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Gun ownership. Not just a right, it’s a duty

The 2nd Amendment states:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Gun banners like to say that this is a collective right applicable nowadays to members of the National Guard. But… what does the law say?

U.S. Code TITLE 10 > Subtitle A > PART I > CHAPTER 13 > § 311

§ 311. Militia: composition and classes

(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.

Well, the gun banners are counting on you being ignorant of the law. In fact, most gun banners are members of the unorganized militia. So are you and I. Therefore, it is not just a ‘right’ to keep and bear arms, it is a duty. In this day and age we may be called up (drafted) to defend our country at any time. It behooves us to be familiar with firearms, and to hit what we shoot at.

I should point out that my state (Ohio) has the same law on the books. The Governor could call out the ‘unorganized’ militia at any time. Say a ‘natural disaster’. He’s likely to have to do that with much of the Ohio National Guard already deployed overseas. It would be wise to be well-trained and well-armed when called.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/05/2008 at 05:59 AM   
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calendar   Friday - January 04, 2008

Remember the Lancet Study that had a widely disputed High Count of Iraq Casualties?

Data Bomb

By Neil Munro and Carl M. Cannon, National Journal
© National Journal Group Inc.
Friday, Jan. 4, 2008

Three weeks before the 2006 midterm elections gave Democrats control of Congress, a shocking study reported on the number of Iraqis who had died in the ongoing war. It bolstered criticism of President Bush and heightened the waves of dread—here and around the world—about the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

Published by The Lancet, a venerable British medical journal, the study [PDF] used previously accepted methods for calculating death rates to estimate the number of “excess” Iraqi deaths after the 2003 invasion at 426,369 to 793,663; the study said the most likely figure was near the middle of that range: 654,965. Almost 92 percent of the dead, the study asserted, were killed by bullets, bombs, or U.S. air strikes. This stunning toll was more than 10 times the number of deaths estimated by the Iraqi or U.S. governments, or by any human-rights group.

In December 2005, Bush had used a figure of 30,000 civilian deaths in Iraq. Iraq’s health ministry calculated that, based on death certificates, 50,000 Iraqis had died in the war through June 2006. A cautiously compiled database of media reports by a London-based anti-war group called Iraq Body Count confirmed at least 45,000 war dead during the same time period. These were all horrific numbers—but the death count in The Lancet’s study differed by an order of magnitude.

Queried in the Rose Garden on October 11, the day the Lancet article came out, Bush dismissed it. “I don’t consider it a credible report,” he replied. The Pentagon and top British government officials also rejected the study’s findings.

Such skepticism would not prove to be the rule.

CBS News called the report a “new and stunning measure of the havoc the American invasion unleashed in Iraq.” CNN began its report this way: “War has wiped out about 655,000 Iraqis, or more than 500 people a day, since the U.S.-led invasion, a new study reports.” Within a week, the study had been featured in 25 news shows and 188 articles in U.S. newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times.

Editorials in many major newspapers cited the Lancet article as further evidence that the invasion of Iraq was a bad idea, and the liberal blogosphere ridiculed Bush for his response. Prominent mainstream media outlets quoted various academics who vouched for the study’s methodology, including some who said they had reviewed the data before publication.

Within a few weeks a backlash rose, although the contrarian view of the study generated far less press attention than the Lancet article. In the ensuing year, numerous skeptics have identified various weaknesses with the study’s methodology and conclusions. Political blogs and academic journals have registered and responded to the objections in a debate that has been simultaneously arcane and predictable. The arguments are arcane because that is the nature of statistical analysis. They are predictable because that is the nature of today’s polarized political discourse, with liberals defending the Lancet study and conservatives contesting it.

How to explain the enormous discrepancy between The Lancet’s estimation of Iraqi war deaths and those from studies that used other methodologies? For starters, the authors of the Lancet study followed a model that ensured that even minor components of the data, when extrapolated over the whole population, would yield huge differences in the death toll. Skeptical commentators have highlighted questionable assumptions, implausible data, and ideological leanings among the authors, Gilbert Burnham, Riyadh Lafta, and Les Roberts.

Some critics go so far as to suggest that the field research on which the study is based may have been performed improperly—or not at all. The key person involved in collecting the data—Lafta, the researcher who assembled the survey teams, deployed them throughout Iraq, and assembled the results—has refused to answer questions about his methods.

Some of these questions could be resolved if other researchers had access to the surveyors’ original field reports and response forms. The authors have released files of collated survey results but not the original survey reports, citing security concerns and the fact that some information was not recorded or preserved in the first place. This was a legitimate problem, and it underscored the difficulty of conducting research in a war zone.

Each death recorded by the Hopkins surveyors in 2006 extrapolated to 2,000 deaths in the Iraqi population.

Over the past several months, National Journal has examined the 2006 Lancet article, and another [PDF] that some of the same authors published in 2004; probed the problems of estimating wartime mortality rates; and interviewed the authors and their critics. NJ has identified potential problems with the research that fall under three broad headings: 1) possible flaws in the design and execution of the study; 2) a lack of transparency in the data, which has raised suspicions of fraud; and 3) political preferences held by the authors and the funders, which include George Soros’s Open Society Institute.

Source and Rest of article

Posted by Infinity   United States  on 01/04/2008 at 09:25 PM   
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Warning! Some sicko using Allan… Nigerian scam alert

Got this in my email last night:

Allan’s next of kin.

It is from a ‘Dr. Frank Smith’.

You can imagine my thoughts. Allan’s family was going to ask for help in keeping BMEWS running.

NOT! Here’s the rest:

Dear Respectable One,


My special greetings to you and your entire family. I am Dr.Frank Smith, recently promoted to the office of a Senior Branch Manager with Zenith Int’l Bank Plc. Late Engr. (Allan), a National of your country, who is a contractor with the DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS.

Here in after shall be referred to as my client, On 30 JAN 2000, my client,his wife, and their three children were involved in the Kenya airways flight with registration number 5Y-BEN which departed from Nairobi to destination
Lagos and all family died in this fatal air crash on 30 JAN 2000, Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has proved abortive.

After all these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to get in touch with the consul-General to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where these huge deposits were lodged, particularly the ZENITH INT’L BANK PLC Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($15 Million United States Dollars) The Head Office has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 5 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($15 Million US Dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me Can share the money 50% to me and 50% to you and all expenses will be shared equal and this will be after tax is deducted by the (IRS) in your country. An attorney will be contracted to help us revalidate and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me from any breach of the law.

Note, I recommend that you send your response together with your phone number to enable me call you for more explanation if the need arises.

Thank you.

Faithfully yours in Christ,

Dr. Frank Smith.

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(sniff...) Didn’t know that Allan died in 2000… with his wife...and three kids… nor was I aware he and I were family… dickhead

How should I play this? Should I reply with a bogus phone number and see how far I can lead he/she/it/them on? Might be fun… could keep BMEWS posted…

Nah, just wanted to warn you guys and gals.

Here are the headers I have:

Dr. Frank Smith
Senior Branch Manager,
Zenith Bank Int’l Plc
234A, Adeola Odeku,
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria
Mobile: 00234-8023605271

Wonder, if those numbers are right, could we run up their long distance bills?

The so-called ‘Dr Frank Smith’ email is

I’m not certain its real, but that is a French email? Oui?

I have the same last name? The sad fact is, some idiot will fall for this.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/04/2008 at 04:22 PM   
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I’m puzzled…

Received this in my email today.

Ohioans for Mitt go North! Join our Bus Caravan While Seats Last!!!!

We want to help our neighbors to the north elect the next President of the United States!  We are joining volunteers from all across the country going to early primary states to help get out the vote!

The Romney Express (a chartered bus) will leave Cincinnati early morning on Saturday, January 12th with stops in Columbus and Toledo to pick up more volunteers. Our focus will be helping Mitt Romney achieve victory in the Michigan Primary on January 15th. A tired, yet motivated busload of volunteers will return on Wednesday, January 16th.

Details as to exact times of departure, deployment stations, and accommodations will follow, but right now we want to be sure there is room on that bus for you! The bus and lodging is being furnished by the Romney Campaign; volunteers will be asked to cover their own meals.

Each of us can help—whether we walk door to door, make phone calls, or aid in getting voters to the polls, so please don’t hang back if walking is not your thing!

Please email back that you can be part of this historic effort!  And watch for more details to follow!

All the Best,

David Gallagher

Ohio Romney for President Director

(for the html original go here)

I’ve two problems here. One is that, while I’d subscribed to all of the Republican candidates’ email updates, I’ve since sent ‘unsubscribe’ to all of them. Romney included. OK. This is the Ohio Romney people, they obviously didn’t get the message. But…

Two… just how does a Romney Express in OHIO help in the MICHIGAN primary? I don’t get it. And what’s so ‘historic’ about a Presidential candidate scrounging for votes? And, will the Romney Express tour MICHIGAN in March to influence the OHIO primary?  crazy 


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/04/2008 at 03:07 PM   
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Amnesty Declared. No ‘Reparations’ Necessary

Reparations. The idea that whites owe blacks money because slavery once existed in the US. (Despite the fact that my ancestors didn’t show up until 1907, somehow I’m guilty of slavery and have to pay reparations to people who’ve never been a slave.) Well, have no fear, relief is here. Amnesty has been granted!

Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon Granted to All Persons of European Descent

Whereas, Europeans kept my forebears in bondage some three centuries toiling without pay,

Whereas, Europeans ignored the human rights pledges of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution,

Whereas, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments meant little more than empty words,

Therefore, Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny.

But, in the recognition Europeans themselves have been victims of various and sundry human rights violations to wit: the Norman Conquest, the Irish Potato Famine, Decline of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Napoleonic and Czarist adventurism, and gratuitous insults and speculations about the intelligence of Europeans of Polish descent,

I, Walter E. Williams, do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry, for both their own grievances, and those of their forebears, against my people.

Therefore, from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry.

Walter E. Williams, Gracious and Generous Grantor

You can print out your own copy here two_thumbs_up

emphasis added


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 01/04/2008 at 01:40 PM   
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I AM NOT A HAPPY DARN CAMPER!  and hello Littleton,Co. from Littleton, England

I received something in today’s mail of some interest.

It was my absentee ballot from home. (USA)

Someone once told me that the first person to use the F-word in a debate automatically loses the argument.

You guys have no idea how hard it is for me not to lose it and fly off the handle.  But I’m thinking it. Oh boy ...

I really am bothered by the fact that my ballot is also printed in another language.  WHY?  Damn it!

Hey ... if people can’t read and understand the language of my country, why do they have the right to vote?

Just because they pay taxes?  Maybe? 

My grandfather came to America around 1903 from Eastern Europe and always said when asked about his birth date that he was born in 1903.

He came to the USA already speaking English because he knew damn well nobody was going to hand him anything for free.

Becoming an American citizen with the right to vote was for him an undreamed of privilege.  And he could read and write English too.

The mere sight of the Stars and Stripes on parade during the 4th of July brought tears to his eyes.  He never felt that he repaid the USA enuff
in exchange for what it had given him.  And it wasn’t official documents in his native language I’ll tell ya that.

He didn’t have much patience for people who complained about paying taxes either, telling them to go live where he came from first.  Then come back to the USA and gripe.  But not to him.  Like most immigrants of his ethnic group and generation, economics played a smaller role in his reasons for becoming an American.  It wasn’t all roses to be sure.  But he was given a fair opportunity to sink or swim. 

OK look, I might be off base here.  Times have changed a lot and most folks come to the USA and the UK I believe, less due to racial persecution

then they do for the opportunity to better themselves economically.  I don’t even have a problem with that.

But for gosh sake ..... LEARN THE EFFIN DAMN LANGUAGE !


Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 01/04/2008 at 11:13 AM   
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Blogmaster Wanted

Dearest Members, Posters and Commenters,

As you may have noticed, I have not posted here for the last couple of weeks.  The holiday crush mixed with a family trip mixed with a number of other projects on my plate simply moved BMEWS too low on my daily radar for me to be able to give it any attention.

It is only due to the stellar performance of Drew, Peiper, Christopher and Infinity that there has been anything to read at all.  They have done a tremendous job in providing great links, commentary and focus to the current events of the day.

It seems I have lost the “fire” to keep up posting.  There are things I read that I know should be posted, but by the time I get to it, Drew or Peiper has already posted it with great analysis and comment.

Therefore, I have decided that I need to take a back seat in the running of this blog.  I would like to continue to be able to post, but the day-to-day operations are too much for my plate right now.  So I am offering BMEWS to a loving home.  To someone who has the time and inclination to make it what it can and should be.

Obviously, first consideration would go to the regular posters that contribute so faithfully already, but if there is someone else that has been in the wings, this might be your opportunity to really make an impact.

The fine print:
The Domain registration is paid up through January, 2009
The Hosting contract is due in March, 2008
I have two ad services running that have, in the past three months, generated a total of $40 in revenue.
We get an average of about 1,100 visitors per day.

If this is something you are truly interested in pursuing, please send me an email and we can work through the details.  This will not be “first come, first served”, but rather one where the best person for the job will win.

This has been a truly extraordinary experience, but the time has come to pass the torch to someone who can take BMEWS to the next level.

Is that you?


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/04/2008 at 09:26 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - January 03, 2008

things that make you go Hmmm

Just a few quick links to your Daily Krazytm

UK journalist supports his favorite American presidential candidate: Cynthia McKinney!!

UK couple gets the boot from a mall because taking snapshots of the grandkids is an act of terrorism!!

Green vs. Green in Kalifornia: Solar panel homeowner sues endangered tree species homeowner because of shade! To heck with going to court, I think they should fight it out in a tofu wrasslin cage match!!

Beauty Queen charged with kidnapping, robbing, and torturing ex boyfriend. Maybe she can put this on her resume and get a job with NASA!

And a couple of foreign videos just for fun with really catchy tunes. The first one shows that I’m not the only one who gets the words messed up:

The second one is properly translated, but that doesn’t make it any less crazy. At least we now now what the Teletubbies are doing now that they’ve grown up.


Just to please reader Bulldog, who we haven’t heard from in months and months, here are a few more from other parts of the world. Just to show that the UK doesn’t have a headlock on the Teh Crazytm.

France bans smoking everywhere, entire country has a nic fit.

French court declares shrunken human head a cultural relic, refuses to return it to New Zealand for proper burial.

You might be a redneck if ... you ever got in a food fight and got stabbed with a pork chop!

US College students sniff shit for extra money. Man, is there any job a college student WON’T do? Bet this will look great on the resume!

Exploding dog sets Australian crematorium on fire. And no, it wasn’t terrorism. Terrierism perhaps?

Montana Lawyer installs sharks in his office. Is this truth in advertising or did he just get a new partner?

Happy now BD? grin

oh and one more ...
UK man puts out fire with aunt’s big wet panties Wasn’t this a scene in Bridget Jones? I ain’t touchin this one, no way.

Updated Update!!!

Damn, everybody does the funny better than I. Check it out over at JYB, where he posts a link back to the UK, to an article about some muslim whiner complaining about some Dutch public awareness commercials for fireworks safety. The videos feature a Three Stooges bunch of Bin Ladens who get their hands on some fireworks, with the predictable Wiley E Coyote results. “Leave Britney Osama Alone!!” cries the Brit CAIR guy.

Links to the Dutch videos (versions with English subtitles) are
here ,
here ,
here , and
here .

It is too funny, oh ho hoho! Siilence!!! I keel you!!!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/03/2008 at 02:48 PM   
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calendar   Wednesday - January 02, 2008

Woo Hoo! New Whittle!!

Gosh, his six months between posts just seems to fly by! Go read Bill’s latest, then we’ll talk.

Forty Second Boyd and the Big Picture

Don’t fret, it’s only about 10 pages long.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/02/2008 at 10:59 PM   
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Why wasn’t this article written by N.O.W.?

Writer ties Bhutto’s assassination to islam’s inherent sexism. Yeah, no kidding. Front page news in the NY Times? Not hardly. A new position paper put out by the Dems to show their militant drive to export full equality worldwide? Are you kidding? Is it a new viewpoint from all the Womyn’s Groups, like NOW? Put the pipe down Whitney, step away from the crack. That’s whack! No, today’s nicely written bit of awakening comes to us from The Australian, not even from the front pages but from the opinion column. Back to sleep my little sheeple, nothing to see here, move along.

Just to make sure the author hadn’t cribbed this from NOW, I went over to the NOW website, and there was not a single mention of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto that I could find. Not even under one of their main sections called Violence Against Women. Nope, NOW is far more concerned about forcing Wal-Mart to carry “emergency contraception”, boycotting Imus, and demanding “health care” for illegal immigrants and their kids.

Back in 2001 there were quite a number of articles that made the connection between terrorism and repressed sexuality in islamic societies. Other writers pointed out that woman hating was a root cause for the constant anger and frustration, the suicide bombings, the carswarms, etc.; an entire culture chained into an Atwone Fisher nightmare that repeats itself across endless generations. I believe they were all correct. Once again, “Everything I ever really needed to know about Islam I learned by reading Leon Uris’ The Haj more than 20 years ago”.

Today an author in Australia makes the same point, in the case of the Bhutto assassination. Will people ever listen? Will the left, ever so sooo concerned about Human Rights, realize they have just cause to also fight this implacable enemy? After all, it really is for the women, the gays, and The Childrentm.


Assassinated because she was a woman

by Pamela Bone | January 02, 2008

ARE women across the world mourning Benazir Bhutto? They should be.
Bhutto was murdered because to her enemies she was Westernised, a traitor to her culture and an American stooge. She was murdered because she had vowed to bring secularism and democracy to Pakistan. She was murdered because she was all these things, and a woman.

“I know I am a symbol of what the so-called jihadists, Taliban and al-Qa’ida, most fear,” she wrote in her autobiography, Daughter of the East. “I am a female political leader fighting to bring modernity, communication, education and technology to Pakistan.”

Yes, fear is the right word. The fear of women, of women’s freedom, and most of all, of women’s sexuality, runs through Islamism. It is a large part of Islamist hatred of the West. “The issue of women is not marginal,” writes the Dutch scholar Ian Buruma. “It lies at the heart of Islamic occidentalism (anti-Westernism).”

It is the “deep, ignored issue”, writes Paul Berman, author of Terror and Liberalism. Why, I wonder, is it mainly men who are making these points?

To call these warriors for God sexually repressed is to absurdly understate it.

f the fact that she was a Western-educated woman seeking power in lands they claim as their own was not reason enough, killing her meant they could disrupt the scheduled elections and maintain instability in Pakistan, which would allow them to continue using that country’s territory to train the increasing numbers of willing martyrs, funded by trillions of dollars from opium sales.

One wonders why the Western powers don’t make a co-ordinated effort to defoliate Afghanistan’s opium fields.

Well, I don’t want to fisk her, but this one is a huge mystery to me. Especially as opium growing was outlawed under the Taliban! Also, recall the story about the soldier and the saffron.

Could the murder of Bhutto be enough to wake up Western women to the fact that the war being waged by the Islamists is very much about them? Could the modern Left be persuaded that the people who killed Bhutto are the ones we are fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq and other places across the world? Can we, in our niceness, stop telling ourselves they are justified in their hatred of us?

That’s my blog goal for 2008: to spread a nice big cup of WAKE THE HELL UP to as many folks as I can.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 01/02/2008 at 10:11 PM   
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If only we could vote for the next US president

I thought BMEWS readers might be interested in this view from an arch Brit conservative and assoc. editor of The Telegraph.
If I could vote for this guy, were he running for office, I’d vote as often as possible.  I read him faithfully and wish we had him for our president.
Then clone him and put him in congress and senate.  It’s a longish piece he’s written, some may not agree but click the link at end for the rest.

If only we could vote for the next US president

By Simon Heffer
Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 02/01/2008

Tomorrow sees - at last - a real vote in an American election campaign that has already run for a year.

I doubt we shall be much the wiser on Friday about who will be the next president of the United States, but we can be forgiven for expressing relief that this international spectator sport is now under way. Only 10 more months and it will be over.

Many Britons will feel it would be rather nice to have a vote, too. Well, maybe not a whole vote: I would settle for one worth 50 per cent of those cast by American citizens.

After all, since we are a strategic colony of the US, it would be nice to have even a marginal say in how the empire chooses to dispose our goodwill and our blood and treasure. Such considerations were explicit in the founding of the US, and what’s sauce for the goose…

For many around the world, especially among that tragic tribe for whom politics is a recreation, what will play out between now and November 4 will be simply entertainment.

One can almost see their point. It is far from clear who will bag the Republican or the Democrat nominations. It is far from clear whether Mayor Bloomberg of New York will run as an independent.

Indeed, so many factors are so far from clear that the entire election is a pea-souper. Is John McCain too old? Is Barack Obama too black, or not black enough?

Is Mike Huckabee serious (he thinks he is, but that’s quite another matter)? Will Rudy Giuliani last the course? Is Mitt Romney too Mormon? Above all, is Hillary Clinton too Hillary Clinton?

Even if the fog remains thick after Iowa, we should not have to wait too long for some definitive trends to emerge. The New Hampshire primaries next week will either confirm or deny what Iowa throws up.


Posted by Drew458   United Kingdom  on 01/02/2008 at 06:38 AM   
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