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calendar   Friday - April 22, 2011

Easter Basket Answers

The Blue Bird Of Happiness

Might Be A Chicken




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Adopted on April 14, 1939, the Blue Hen chicken had long been used as a motif in numerous political campaigns and in many publications. During the Revolutionary War, the men of Captain Jonathan Caldwell’s company, recruited in Kent County, took with them game chickens that were said to be of the brood of a famous Blue Hen and were noted for their fighting ability. When not fighting the enemy, the officers and men amused themselves by pitting their Blue Hen chickens in cockfights. The fame of these cockfights spread throughout the army and when in battle, the Delaware men fought so valiantly that they were compared to these fighting cocks.


imageThe University of Delaware names their teams The Fighting Blue Hens. I’ve known that factoid for ages. I never gave it any thought, just assuming it was a cute name. I didn’t even know that Delaware had taken on a domestic fowl as their state bird until today, although I did know that for a very long time chicken farming was big business in that state. But blue chickens? Come on. No such beastie. Animals come in lots of different colors, and some can be specially bred to come in some rather unusual colors, but you don’t get blue much at all. Sure, there is a breed of Siamese cat called a Blue Point, and that some of them have silvery gray fur that is said to be “teal”, but they really aren’t blue. Once you get away from the fish and reptiles, you don’t get much green either. Who ever heard of a green dog? Or a purple cat? Is it even possible?


So I was quite surprised yesterday when I was reading Stoaty’s latest post, in which she and Uncle Badger acquired some new chickens for their backyard farm, and that one of the chickens was blue, although in chickenology this colored bird is called a lavender. Naturally she named the hen Violet.

I know next to nothing about chickens. Why should I? I have heard that white chickens lay white eggs, and that red chickens lay brown eggs, but this could be some chicken shit story told to me, the guy with EPN, Extreme Poultry Naivete. So to answer that childhood Easter basket question, Do blue eggs come from blue chickens?, I looked it up. And the answer is: it’s possible.



imageThe Araucana chicken is “native” to South America, mostly in Chile. It lays blue eggs. This chicken is an ancient crossbreed between a Polynesian chicken that has no tail, called a Collanca (pictured left), and a Quetro, a small regular looking chicken that lays pinkish brown eggs. The Araucana already existed when the Conquistadors showed up, and is one of the main supporting bits of evidence in the anthropological theory that South America was first populated by people crossing the Pacific on rafts, long before those other folks came down from the land bridge up in Alaska during the last Ice Age. You could be a wiseguy and say it’s a big bullet in their chicken gun. A chicken without a tail can’t fly at all, which is a good thing when crossing the Pacific on a raft because it saves you the embarrassment of having to yell “Chicken overboard!”. Araucanas came to the awareness of the outside world (white folks) in the early 20th century and became quite popular for awhile. By chicken fanciers. Whose existence is also news to me. Not being a farmer or ever even knowing anyone who was, it never crossed my mind that there were show chickens and people who were mad about chickens as a hobby. Well, outside of those weird Japanese who raise those chickens with the 10 foot long tails, but come on, the Japanese specialize in weird and I won’t put anything past them. So the Araucana chicken was soon bred with other kinds of chickens, so much so that pure Araucana birds have become hard to find. There is another crossbreed called the Americauna, which is a dreadful pun on “Americana” that can’t be blamed on me. That bird also lays blue eggs, but it has a tail. Many other breeds were crossed with the Araucana and the Collanca, but the crosses don’t lay blue eggs. They lay colored eggs, which tend towards olive green or reddish blue. There is even a somewhat genetically stable bird called an Easter Egg chicken, which is a bit of a catch-all name for any polyglot bird that carries the blue egg gene. They can lay eggs of any color, but rarely if ever lay the pure blue eggs that the Araucana and the Collanca lay.


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The chicken fancier folks have formed clubs worldwide. There are Araucana Associations everywhere, even in England. They selectively breed their chickens to bring out desired traits, and one of those traits is feather coloring. So the answer “it’s possible” is actually true: there is a lavender variant of the Araucana chicken. With pedigree! A blue blooded blue bird that lays blue eggs. And that’s a special kind of happiness for parents of very inquisitive children at Easter time.

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the blue bird of happiness, a lavender Araucana



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/22/2011 at 10:29 AM   
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give us your poor and huddled masses, scroungers and criminals. whatever.

In another post unrelated to this one, LyndonB had this to say.

Good on the Aussies I say. Take out the trash. Maybe the UK government could take a leaf out of their book and start shipping back a few million assorted scumbags from Nigeria, Iran, Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Algeria etc. etc. etc.ad nauseum.

That had to do with the Aussies deporting a criminal to England, thought to be a threat to their citizens.
England does the reverse.

Send us your twisted, your really poor and destitute, your criminals, your depressed in need of our NHS, send the dregs of your society to these friendly shores.
England only exists for you.

Here’s what I mean. Take a look.


Family of 12 asylum seekers land in UK - and are handed a £6,000-a-month home paid for by you

By SAM GREENHILL

A family of 12 asylum-seekers is being put up in a vast house costing taxpayers nearly £1,500 a week, it has emerged.
The Ethiopian couple and their ten children are receiving a staggering £1,460 a week in housing benefit alone.
The jobless couple will also be eligible for other handouts such as unemployment and child benefits, which could potentially add up to an additional £1,300 a week.

Council officials, who refused to give further details of the case, found the family a mini mansion after they arrived in London from Africa in the past few weeks. It was not revealed whether the family is suspected of entering the UK illegally before claiming asylum.
The couple receive a weekly sum of £1,462.90, according to the council’s housing benefits claims department, meaning that the family will cost taxpayers £76,000 in housing benefit alone if allowed to stay in the property for 12 months.

The couple would realistically have to be among the nation’s top earners on wages of £230,000 before tax to afford to spend the same amount of money on rent or a mortgage.

First, the husband presented himself at a housing office in Tower Hamlets, East London, stating he was a refugee and homeless.

Then, days after he was helped, he turned up again with the 11 other members of his family and demanded they all be housed together. It is yet another example of benefits claimants being put up in huge homes at the expense of taxpayers who could never afford such a property themselves.
The bill for housing benefit has risen from £14billion ten years ago to £21billion – more than the country spends on policing and universities combined.

Last night Tower Hamlets’ opposition leader, Conservative councillor Peter Golds, said of the latest case: ‘It is utterly, utterly ridiculous. Why do they need to be housed in one of the most expensive areas of Britain, at great cost to ordinary families who cannot afford the same for themselves?

‘Paying a yearly rate of £76,000 for one family shows the ludicrous amount of public money being paid to put people into expensive housing.’
Benefits payouts in Tower Hamlets alone have cost the taxpayer a mammoth £223million in just one year.
Figures show the council – the poorest in the nation – is spending a third of a million pounds a year on housing just ten families, including the Ethiopian couple and their children.

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/22/2011 at 09:41 AM   
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eye candy

I decided not to go with the usual kind of eye candy cos someone caught my eye in the morning paper. Not even a large article, just a very small snapshot and a caption about the start of some kind of art festival. But apparently she’s well known in Burlesque (as Kitten von Mews), which I didn’t even know was still being performed. ???

Before I get to her though, there was one other interesting photo of an actress I never heard of before which isn’t surprising as it’s been years since I was familiar with anyone in film.  But she caught my eye mostly because she has an unpronounceable name.  Try this on for size.

SAOIRSE RONAN

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But my feature bit of candy today is .....

KITTEN von MEWS

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Kitten Von Mew poses for a photograph next to a vintage RAF bike during Goodwood Revival 2010 at Goodwood on September 17, 2010 in Chichester, England. The event is based around a classic car race meeting and airshow but celebrates all things 1945 until 1966.

more kitten here at goodwood

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A favorite kitten pix below the fold

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/22/2011 at 08:36 AM   
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how do you tell when a headless man is dead?

I’m not quite certain if this needs to be filed under humor or not.

I don’t think you’d have seen this kind of story even 25 yrs ago.  I may be wrong.


‘They’re the experts...’: Police call in doctor to tell them headless man is dead

By Daily Mail Reporter

When police pulled a headless body from a river, you would not have thought it needed a doctor to confirm the person was dead.

But there are rules and procedures to follow. And a medic was duly called in to declare that the man in question was actually ‘life extinct’.

Yesterday a coroner expressed surprise at why a doctor was summoned.

‘Even though there was no head, you had to call him in?’ Dr Shirley Radcliffe asked Det Insp Chuk Gwams.

The officer replied: ‘Yes Ma’am. They are the experts, we are not.’

The inquest heard that police were called to the River Wandle in Wimbledon, South-West London, last June.

Two Environment Agency contractors clearing Japanese knotweed from the bank had discovered the headless corpse floating in the water.

It was so badly decomposed, it was impossible to establish how the person had died.

And it was only through DNA tests that police identified him as Polish national Waldemar Drobig, 32, a former baker who slept rough and had previously been arrested for petty theft.

Mr Drobig was born in Sunechow, Poland, and was married with one son, although at the time of his death he had lost contact with his family.

‘The area he was found in, a ledge under a bridge, in summer time is where the local street drinkers tend to congregate,’ Det Insp Gwams said.

Recording an open verdict at Westminster coroner’s court yesterday, Dr Radcliffe said: ‘The cause of death in uncertain.

‘It is not possible to rule out foul play one hundred per cent.’

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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/22/2011 at 06:34 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - April 21, 2011

A double shot of Crowder






And in case videos don’t work for you, he went and wrote a post on it too. Except that when he writes a post, it gets published at Fox News. Well, fine. Fine!

The problem with the Sarah Palin dialogue that’s gone on in this country since 2008 is that people either want to smear and destroy her, or viciously attack anybody who doesn’t adore her. That’s exactly why I’ve steered clear of it. But once folks start bringing people’s special needs children into the mix… It’s time to start putting the stamp on some elitist bastards.

The topic of Sarah Palin has been open season to the media, entertainment industry and club comics alike. Unlike the propped up golden family in the White House, the Hollywood establishment has deemed the doggy pile-on the Palin family as both safe and acceptable. All too eager to appease the establishment, we’ve seen A to Z list stars line up to take their shots at society’s new favorite whipping post.

Cowards.

There’s quite a bit more at the link.

No, I didn’t post on this story. The left abuses this woman and her family all the time. They are merciless and utterly heartless in their attempt to shut down the free speech of this citizen. And complete and total hypocrites for calling out for “civil discourse”. I don’t have words harsh enough. But I rather think some seriously torture is called for. I think “woodeling” is a term that comes to mind, an act in which a rope has two knots put in it and is tied around the victim’s head. The knots go over the eyes and the rope is twisted tighter and tighter from behind.

Does it make any difference that this was done by a “nationally recognized blogger” or a known TV talking head? No. Don’t forget how Wonkette got her start ... being a whore in DC and writing about it. Wasn’t that it? Or was that her friend and roommate, out boffing Senators at lunchtime for some quick cash and she just helped with the writing? So I never expected much from there. And then she left the blog to some team and went to work for Time magazine? Or was it Rolling Stone? That had to be 7 years ago, and I haven’t paid any attention since then.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/21/2011 at 09:45 PM   
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CCW can be taken too far

Texas 1st Grader Pops A Cap At Lunchtime



No, seriously. I did a snarky title and a snarky header. A little kid in Texas brought a gun to school. It “fell” out of his pocket and “accidentally discharged”. 3 children are wounded from one bullet. I’m just mocking on the moonbats by preempting their take on things. Must have been some cheap POS gun too. None of mine will go off by dropping, or even if you hit them with a hammer. Why was a little kid carrying a piece?? I have no idea. For protection. Because he was being violently bullied? Because it’s racist? I have no idea. Let’s see if there will be a follow up on this story.


‘’I knew it was a gun because a gun goes ‘pow’ ‘’

- Jarneshia Broussard, age 5



A class of kindergarten students were just sitting down in a cafeteria at Betsy Ross Elementary School when a loaded pistol tumbled out of the pocket of a six-year-old boy and discharged, injuring him and two other children, school officials said.

The children’s injuries were not life threatening and they were taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital, while a team of school counsellors tried to calm the traumatised pupils and frantic parents rushed to the school in central Houston to pick up their children.

Police said it remained unclear how the boy obtained the weapon, or who owns it. Only one shot was fired.

School officials said the boy who took the gun to school suffered an injury to his leg that may have been caused by a bullet. The other two children, a boy and a girl, both five, appeared to have been hit by flying debris or shrapnel. None was identified.

The shooting happened at about 10.35am on Monday as the kinder pupils were taking their seats in the cafeteria and some older children were filing in, chief elementary schools officer for the Houston Independent School District, Sam Sarabia said.

He said the gun fell from the boy’s pocket as he sat down to eat.

Jarneshia Broussard, 5, said she was sitting at the same table as the boy who brought the gun.
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‘’I knew it was a gun because a gun goes ‘pow’,’’ Jarneshia told a local newspaper. ‘’I got really scared.’’
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The girl’s grandmother, Moneek Burleson, said: ‘’This is a serious problem and it needs to stop.’’


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/21/2011 at 11:45 AM   
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In the Inbox

Doc writes in and links to this article in the NYT from 2 years ago, which talks about China’s new economic might, their recession, and the ocean of money they’ve invested in the USA. I wonder how China feels about their “account manager” ‘s performance? (That would be you, Barry)

New land!! The world has 657 more barrier islands than it did in 2001. No wait, it doesn’t really. It’s just that scientists believed their own silly theories more than they believed photographic satellite data, so they never bothered to look for these islands in areas where “everybody knows” they couldn’t exist. And Science was Wrong. Again. Which is actually really their job. It’s what is properly called progress, where new theories and evidence push aside the old ones. But we could have had this progress a decade ago, except that Scientific Ego got in the way. Silly scientists.

Frying pan, meet fire. China just cut it’s oil exports. And you thought nearly $4/g gas was expensive? Ha!

China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec Group), Asia’s largest oil refiner by capacity, said Tuesday it had halted refined oil exports, except those to Hong Kong and Macao, in order to bolster domestic supply. Analysts said the move would help prepare for a possible domestic fuel shortage later this year.

Do you ever get the feeling that our enemies, both foreign and domestic, are working together? It doesn’t matter that the USA imports hardly any oil from China. When the “oil exports cut” news gets out, the bastards in the commodities markets will spike the price. I guarantee it.

CBullit is having a poster contest. Draw Obama, win a prize. Or perhaps just minor internet fame and glory.

No tin foil hat needed for this conspiracy theory: iPhones track their owner’s location, and somebody is keeping a record of that. With maps!!!!

The wildfires in Texas are terrible, and incredible amounts of land have be carbonized. If you live on the East Coast you might see some of this on your evening news, or you could luck out and find an article online at CNN. “Conservative” “Red State” Fox News has not provided all that much coverage. But to get the full story with all the details and lots of pictures ... you have to go to England. Go figure. The UK is doing a better job covering this than most major American news sources are.

The latest news is that a good number of homes in the Possum Kingdom Lake area west of Fort Worth have been destroyed, and that a second fire fighter has died battling the blazes. Folks might get a break from a change in the weather.  One interesting thing that I read said how these giant conflagrations were aided by hurricane Alex last year: all that rain caused scrub brush to grow much more than usual, but now it’s all dried out.

Worsening the situation is a legacy of hurricane Alex. The hurricane soaked much of the state last August, sparking late-summer vegetation on the high plains. Most of that scrub dried out through the winter, leaving a blanket of accelerant that “will – not can – ignite” on any spark, says Marq Webb, a Texas Forest Service spokesman.

“The vegetation is the driest on record,” says Stanford, the state’s top wildland firefighter. “So when you have fuels that are dried to summer levels and the normal spring wind events, it creates a nexus that’s causing fire intensities, on the worst days, that are a force of nature.”

More than 370 homes have been burned so far. Poor Texas. Pray for rain and for them.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/21/2011 at 11:00 AM   
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Lost In The Attic

Whenever I go into the backroom at BMEWS and poke around, I come across things that just seem to be stuck in any old which way. Allan was a bit of a pack rat and it’s taken me a long time to mostly square away the server side of this blog. Among the treasures and trash I found a few Acrobat files which he kept that were copies of Extreme Hate-Filled Lefty journalism.

Remember the Bush/Kerry debate when the LLL (as we called them in those days: Lunatic Liberal Left) got their panties in a soggy bunch because they thought Bush was wearing a wire? It turned out to be the protective vest the Secret Service insisted he wear. Allan saved a copy of a UK op-ed (Charlie Booker writing in the Guardian) from that, which called the President a drooling imbecile and worse, and praying for someone to assassinate him.

Quite frankly, the man’s either wired or mad. If it’s the former, he should be flung out of office: tarred, feathered and kicked in the nuts. And if it’s the latter, his behaviour goes beyond strange, and heads toward terrifying. He looks like he’s listening to something we can’t hear. He blinks, he mumbles, he lets a sentence trail off, starts a new one, then reverts back to whatever he was saying in the first place. Each time he recalls a statistic (either from memory or the voice in his head), he flashes us a dumb little smile, like a toddler proudly showing off its first bowel movement. Forgive me for employing the language of the playground, but the man’s a tool.

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On November 2, the entire civilised world will be praying, praying Bush loses. And Sod’s law dictates he’ll probably win, thereby disproving the existence of God once and for all. The world will endure four more years of idiocy, arrogance and unwarranted bloodshed, with no benevolent deity to watch over and save us. John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald, John Hinckley Jr - where are you now that we need you?

And the Left these days screams for “civility in debate” when the Right merely says “we don’t like Obama”. And then the Left goes right back to making death threats. Hypocrites. There’s another charming piece he kept concerning the Valerie Plame / Dick Cheney imbroglio. Choice stuff.

I’ve got files where he practiced his html coding ... and it’s a learning curve, believe me ... he tried to format a copy of one of the God In The Dock essays and made such a hash of it that I can’t even read it with a code editor. But there are also a few things I’ve found that are worth sharing, just to have a slight maudlin moment and say that Allan is still here even though he is long gone. So here you go.


Ronald W. Reagan
1911-2004

 

At the end of his two terms in office, Ronald Reagan viewed with satisfaction the achievements of his innovative program known as the Reagan Revolution, which aimed to reinvigorate the American people and reduce their reliance upon Government. He felt he had fulfilled his campaign pledge of 1980 to restore "the great, confident roar of American progress and growth and optimism."

On February 6, 1911, Ronald Wilson Reagan was born to Nelle and John Reagan in Tampico, Illinois. He attended high school in nearby Dixon and then worked his way through Eureka College. There, he studied economics and sociology, played on the football team, and acted in school plays. Upon graduation, he became a radio sports announcer. A screen test in 1937 won him a contract in Hollywood. During the next two decades he appeared in 53 films.

From his first marriage to actress Jane Wyman, he had two children, Maureen and Michael. Maureen passed away in 2001. In 1952 he married Nancy Davis, who was also an actress, and they had two children, Patricia Ann and Ronald Prescott.

As president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan became embroiled in disputes over the issue of Communism in the film industry; his political views shifted from liberal to conservative. He toured the country as a television host, becoming a spokesman for conservatism. In 1966 he was elected Governor of California by a margin of a million votes; he was re-elected in 1970.

Ronald Reagan won the Republican Presidential nomination in 1980 and chose as his running mate former Texas Congressman and United Nations Ambassador George Bush. Voters troubled by inflation and by the year-long confinement of Americans in Iran swept the Republican ticket into office. Reagan won 489 electoral votes to 49 for President Jimmy Carter. On January 20, 1981, Reagan took office. Only 69 days later he was shot by a would-be assassin, but quickly recovered and returned to duty. His grace and wit during the dangerous incident caused his popularity to soar.

Dealing skillfully with Congress, Reagan obtained legislation to stimulate economic growth, curb inflation, increase employment, and strengthen national defense. He embarked upon a course of cutting taxes and Government expenditures, refusing to deviate from it when the strengthening of defense forces led to a large deficit.

A renewal of national self-confidence by 1984 helped Reagan and Bush win a second term with an unprecedented number of electoral votes. Their victory turned away Democratic challengers Walter F. Mondale and Geraldine Ferraro.

In 1986 Reagan obtained an overhaul of the income tax code, which eliminated many deductions and exempted millions of people with low incomes. At the end of his administration, the Nation was enjoying its longest recorded period of peacetime prosperity without recession or depression.

In foreign policy, Reagan sought to achieve "peace through strength." During his two terms he increased defense spending 35 percent, but sought to improve relations with the Soviet Union. In dramatic meetings with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, he negotiated a treaty that would eliminate intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Reagan declared war against international terrorism, sending American bombers against Libya after evidence came out that Libya was involved in an attack on American soldiers in a West Berlin nightclub.

By ordering naval escorts in the Persian Gulf, he maintained the free flow of oil during the Iran-Iraq war. In keeping with the Reagan Doctrine, he gave support to anti-Communist insurgencies in Central America, Asia, and Africa.

Overall, the Reagan years saw a restoration of prosperity, and the goal of peace through strength seemed to be within grasp.





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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/21/2011 at 08:49 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - April 20, 2011

Peiper’s First Gun Porn Post

And it may well be his last, since everything, and I mean everything, will be downhill from here. Well done old chum. All I did was type in the words and paste in the links and pictures.




World’s Costliest Rifle



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VO Gun & Rifle Maker Sweden is a small family company founded 1977 by Mr Master Gunsmith Viggo Olsson. With a passion for hunting rifles and craftsmanship he wanted to realize his dream of building the worlds most exclusive hand made rifles for hunting and collection.

Now his dream has come true. Together with his son Gunsmith Ulf and carefully selected staff he is now building the worlds most exclusive hunting rifles, all by hand.

VO Gun & Rifle Maker Sweden delivers Limited Editions, Exclusive Collections and Tailor Made Rifles to royalties and celebrities all over the world.

That’s the lead in from the company website. They are not kidding one little bit. The father and son company sells to kings, crown princes, and Arab oil sheiks with bottomless pockets. You know what they say about if you have to ask the price? I don’t want to tell you, because you can not afford these. Your house is probably worth less than even one of their regular guns costs, if they made something as mundane as a regular gun. They do not. Everything they create is a work of functional art, a true masterpiece in the finest wood and metal.

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The action is essentially a Mauser, but one updated and improved, tuned and polished to the utmost degree, and then embellished with museum grade engraving. The high figure walnut stocks are selected from specific trees all over Europe, then carefully felled and air dried for 3 or 4 years before the blanks are even cut. The stocks are carved by hand. It takes 5 weeks to get the oil finish just so, and then the checkering is cut. By hand, by a master of that skill, without any shortcuts or safety lines. Each rifle comes with at least 2 barrels and grain matched fore stocks, and connects to the main stock via a patented mechanism. The set gets a handmade leather case, which in turn gets it’s own custom made outer case. This is as good as it gets. Art that goes bang.

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Their latest creation is also their best creation. Every VO Vapen rifle is entirely handmade, but the Falcon Edition raises the bar significantly. It is VO’s first Mannlicher style full stocked effort, and the precision lapped and crowned barrels are made from fully modern Damascus steel. Damascus steel barrels are made by folding layers and layers of metal together and then hammer welding them into a barrel by twisting lengths of the layers into a spiral around a central form and then heating and beating until a single solid piece emerges. This is the way it used to be done, back when steel was a very rare thing that only came in small amounts. But those barrels were as weak as they were beautiful, because all that hammer welding was quite uneven when done by hand. Such rifle barrels are generally only safe to use with the milder black powder cartridges. Modern Damascus steel is made from the very best steels available, and is hammered together under intense heat and pressure by giant industrial machines of exceptional strength and precision. The barrels have no voids or weak spots, and can safely handle even the highest pressure modern cartridges. VO takes those barrels and then makes them both accurate and beautiful.

The Falcon rifle, the first in an edition that will be limited to five, carries far less engraving than you might think. The tapered octagonal barrels are plain, because it would be crass to put engraving on the organic patterns formed by the Damascus steel. The engraving is all free form artwork, with a falcon motif on the pistol grip cap, the bolt shroud, and the receiver. Perhaps the trigger guard as well. The bolt handle continues the motif and adds a slightly whimsical touch; it has been hand carved and gold plated to be the falcon’s leg and talons grasping the ball end.

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The use of Damascus steel and engraving featuring Peregrine and Saker falcons is no coincidence. We know where Damascus is. The falcon is the symbol of the Royal House of Saud. This rifle, and probably the whole set, will be purchased by someone in the Saudi royal family. VO Vapen does a lot of work for the Arabs, doing his best to bring back to Sweden as much oil money as he can. Several of his other rifles feature engraved portraits of this sheik or that, and he even has one rifle that is an ode to a particular mosque. That rifle is another thing of beauty, incorporating in it’s embellishments several of the grand architectural and decorative features of the building itself. These rifles take months and months to build, so the sale of just one of them pays the salaries for the whole workshop. Good for them. Sell the Arabs fancy toys, and sell more toys to the insanely rich. I admire that profit taking drive almost as much as I admire VO Vaden’s ability to turn serious mechanical machinery into serious works of art.

Oh, Ok, I’ll tell. The rifle costs £511,000. That’s $820,000, give or take a shilling or two. That makes it the most expensive new rifle ever made.

You can read a little bit more about it and admire more pretty pictures here, and here, and even read the terse and nearly rude article at the Daily Mail here.

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But for those who can truly appreciate firearms like this, who love fine wood and extraordinary engraving, you must visit VO Vapen’s web page and spend a marvelous half hour or so exploring. The web site is as elegant and as well made as their firearms. Walnut lovers be warned though: the figures you will see there are nearly beyond your imagination. Put it this way: this next pic is merely Vapen’s background image:

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the actual rifles are better.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2011 at 09:17 PM   
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It must be worth it

Yet Another Drug Sub Captured


one here on April 15th.

one here back in February.

one here back in January.

I’m sure there were a bunch in 2010 too.

11 in 2009.

one of many from 2008.

Even silly old Wiki estimates that 80 of these tin cans were being launched in 2008. Which would mean, what, 100 in 2011? 200? And our guys catch a dozen?  Sounds like we need a better way to find them and catch them. Don’t bother with interdiction, just sink them.

These things will transport terrorists just as easily as drugs. And they’ve been used for a long, long time now.

And the subs just keep getting bigger and better. And unpowered torpedo hulls seem to work just as well.

Maybe Obama should have invaded Columbia instead of Libya. Or sent in the Navy to haunt the coasts, find and sink them. Because it sure would be good practice, seeing what the chicoms can put to sea these days.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2011 at 02:47 PM   
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How to make your electric company fall in love

It’s easy! Just set one of these up in your backyard, and fire it off every minute or two. Hey, I didn’t say the FAA and the fire department was gonna love you, just the electric company.

h/t to Rich K






A little fun video from our pals at General Atomics. I say “our pals” because anyone who can launch a couple of kilos of metal at 6700fps is someone I want to have on my side.

Railgun launches are nothing new. What makes this one new is that they finally got around to actually using an aerodynamic projectile, wrapped up in a discarding sabot

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Rather looks like a “personal size” V2 doesn’t it? And to think that the Germans figured out that shape 68 years ago.

Anyway, these guys fired off the projectile, and it shot through a steel plate a hundred yards away, and then flew another 7km before hitting the ground. And that shot was done with no elevation, so it was a horizontal trajectory. Angle the gun up and I bet you could shoot their little dart 200 miles or more.

The kinetic energy of such a projectile is up in the megajoule range, several million pound/feet worth.  Surprisingly, railguns - which run on electricity - don’t really use all that much total energy. Each shot eats up about the same amount of power it would take to bake a ham in an electric oven. But while it takes a couple hours to do your ham, the railgun uses that much power in a bit less than half a millisecond.

So if it’s all-electric, why is there such a huge plume of fire coming out of the gun? It only looks like fire. It’s actually plasma interacting with the atmosphere. Which I guess does make it actual fire. Duh. But the plasma is there because a) such an awesome wallop of electricity ablates a large chunk of the sabot, and b) the projectile probably catches on fire just from the speed it’s going. It certainly is moving fast enough to c) instantly ionize the air in it’s path, and I’m pretty sure that more plasma is the result of that.

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vidcap from a railgun launch from 2008.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2011 at 01:34 PM   
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you wanna talk stuck on stupid?  try this. criminals are customers.

Load of wimps, those Aussies - can’t even cope with a pretty ordinary villain. We’ll know exactly what to do with him: give him loads of benefits, a home, free health care and all the things a man could need. And if he’s naughty again and gets caught up in our friendly justice system, he’ll get a nice self-contained room with ensuite loo and colour TV, facilities for snooker, pool, table tennis, a gym and a library - in Brixton, Wormwood Scrubs or Pentonville.
- Peter Williamson, Walsingham, UK,

So what’s that all about? 

Well …. Seems there’s a bad guy who’s too bad for the Aussies to keep, and so for the safety of the Australian public, the Aussies have deported him.  Where to?

Where else?  England of course.  Home of benefits for miscreants and civil rights of all kinds.  Brits are NOT happy but, who’s listening to the unwashed public anyway?  Certainly not the powers that be.  They’re very busy these days protecting civilians in other countries. 

I almost forgot. Nuther bit of lunacy talking about miscreants and criminality.  Now how’s this for what Drew calls,

“Stuck on Stupid.”

The head of the probation service here, a woman named Heather Munro, has drawn some flak over her new age idea with regard to offenders.
Not even the wild imagination of some of our BMEWS commenters and lets include Drew and Christopher and for certain myself, would dream this one up.

She suggests that criminals should be referred to as “CUSTOMERS” and we MUST be more considerate to offenders.

Now how’s that for stuck on stupid?  You can read the whole stupid story by clicking on that stupid face below.

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OK, now that’s outta the way I can continue with my original post. Guy from Australia, right?

Here. Take a look at this.


Shipped back to Britain: Australians say career thug is a risk to the public - so they’ve sent him home to the UK… as a free man

By JACK DOYLE and JAMES SLACK

A career criminal who tried to murder a police officer in Australia was yesterday returned to Britain as a free man.
The taxpayer now faces spending tens of thousands providing housing and benefits to Clifford Tucker even though he has spent most of his life in Australia.

Officials there ruled that Tucker, who has committed a string of crimes over almost 30 years, posed an ‘unacceptable risk to the public’.
Tucker, 47, moved from Britain to Australia with his parents aged six, and has lived in Adelaide for 41 years.

But because he never obtained an Australian passport his visa was revoked over his criminal conduct after he returned home from a holiday to Bali. He committed his first crime aged only 11 and has served more than a decade in jail.

MPs said that, had Britain tried to deport an Australian guilty of similar offences, the Government would have been defeated by human rights law.
It sparked renewed criticism of Labour’s Human Rights Act and the scandal of foreign criminals living here. Britain’s courts have consistently allowed human rights appeals by foreign criminals because they have developed a ‘family life’.

Last year more than 200 foreign prisoners cheated deportation by using their ‘right to a family life’ in Britain.
Backbench Tory MP Dominic Raab said: ‘Most British citizens would understand the Australian government putting their public protection first. We need to change Labour’s Human Rights Act, to enable the UK to do the same.

‘Australia is bound by international human rights treaties, but it uses a bit of common sense when it comes to implementing them into domestic law.’
Tucker, an alcoholic, has no family in the UK and is entitled to full benefits, including housing support, paid for by taxpayers. It is thought he was interviewed by police on his arrival at Heathrow to assess whether he needed monitoring here.

Last night it was not clear where he was staying.
He was even forced to pay for the costs of his ticket back to Britain and the flight costs of two Australian immigration officials who escorted him.
Before he was deported, Tucker said he had ‘no idea’ what he was going to do in Britain. ‘I’ve got no money to support myself,’ he said.
He has three children aged 16, 15 and 12 in Adelaide. His mother, Terry Haighton, has set up a Facebook site to support his cause.

Tucker’s lawyer said sending him home was a ‘fundamental breach of human rights’.
Stephen Kenny said: ‘If he’s a ratbag, he’s one of our ratbags. He’s done the crimes and he’s paid for the crimes. This is quite an inhumane punishment, far beyond the treatment he deserves.’

But Australia’s immigration department said his bad character and criminal history meant he presented an ‘unacceptable risk of harm’ to the public. It said it took very seriously its role in protecting Australians.

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So why can’t we do the same thing?

COMMENTARY By JAMES SLACK

On the other side of the world, a migrant convicted of the attempted murder of a police officer is deported, on the grounds he poses an ‘unacceptable risk’ to the native population.
Few would describe the Australian government’s decision as anything other than common sense.

After all Clifford Tucker, a British citizen, had abused Australia’s hospitality. By throwing him out, justice was undeniably done.
Consider, however, what would have happened if Tucker – a career criminal jailed for 12 years for shooting and seriously wounding a police officer – had been a foreigner committing crimes in Britain.

There is precisely zero chance that our courts – or the interfering judges in Strasbourg – would have agreed to his removal in the interests of protecting the British public.
Instead, they would have found that, because he moved here from his home country when he was young, Tucker had a ‘human right’ to a family life in his adopted nation. Since he had three children his hand would have been strengthened even further.

Depressingly, these are the rules we live by thanks to the European Convention on Human Rights and Labour’s Human Rights Act.
No matter whether a person is living here illegally, or what heinous crimes they commit, if they can evade the authorities for long enough, our courts will let them stay for ever. Housing, benefits and every other right enjoyed by law-abiding British citizens will inevitably follow.
In other words, compared to Australia, America and dozens of other countries, British justice is a soft touch.

Witness how, in a case with chilling similarities to that of Tucker, Learco Chindamo was permitted to remain in Britain despite killing London headmaster Philip Lawrence.
Instead of Chindamo being sent home to Italy once his sentence was served, an immigration tribunal ruled – to widespread horror – that because he had been here since he was a small child, he had a human right to remain here. The fact he posed a danger to the public was seemingly irrelevant.

Or consider the case of Aso Mohammed Ibrahim who knocked down a 12-year-old girl in his car in Darwen, Lancashire, and left her to die.
Ibrahim, an Iraqi who had been refused asylum here, was driving while disqualified, and after Amy Houston’s death he committed a string of further offences.
However, an immigration tribunal ruled that because Ibrahim had children in Britain he had a right to a ‘family life’ in the UK.
Not a thought was given to the human rights of the family whose lives he had destroyed.

In a further shocking case, Rocky Gurung, a Nepalese who killed the son of a Gurkha war hero by throwing him into the Thames on a drunken night out, was permitted to stay here so his right to a ‘family life’ could be protected.
After prison, Gurung persuaded judges that it would breach his ‘right to family life’ if he was sent back to Nepal.

This was despite the fact he was single and had no children.

Last year, a total of 200 foreign prisoners avoided deportation by claiming their human right to a ‘family life’ in Britain. The Home Office has confirmed that the ‘right to a family life’ is now the most popular claim used by criminals who successfully avoid deportation from the UK – overtaking the right to ‘protection from torture’ which they might face when returning home.


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 04/20/2011 at 10:49 AM   
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‘Elf & Safety Was Right

Maybe The English Can’t Handle Ladders After All?



Elderly man falls off of ladder into water barrel, drowns



An elderly gardener drowned after he fell from a step-ladder and landed head first in a water butt, an inquest heard.

Tragic Arthur Sexton, 80, was found with both legs poking out of the four-foot deep water container after his wife reported him missing to a neighbour.

The father-of-two was removed from the barrel but he was pronounced dead when paramedics arrived at the scene in Fleet, Lincolnshire.

An inquest into the retired printer’s death heard that police found a pair of flimsy step-ladders, which had collapsed near to where Arthur died.

Coroner Maureen Taylor told Spalding Coroners’ Court the cause of death was drowning and recorded a verdict of accidental death.

Pc Peter Avery, of Holbeach Police, checked Arthur’s body but could not find his pulse.

He said: ‘There were a pair of flimsy stepladders near the shed which appeared to have collapsed shut.

‘It seemed to me that the man had fallen from the ladder directly into the water butt.’

Passing a verdict of accidental death on Friday coroner Maureen Taylor said: ‘It’s clear we will never find out how this tragic accident occurred.’

I’m not too sure about this one. If you follow the link, the plastic rain barrel that they show in the picture seems to have a cover on it. Is such a cover strong enough to keep an old fellow from falling through and getting stuck in the barrel? I don’t know. Did the fall knock him cold and then he drowned, or did he struggle? I have no idea, but the though occurs to me that his impact should have displaced quite a lot of the water, and if he’d swung his legs he could have toppled the barrel over. Unless it was bolted down?

I went online and looked at rain barrels. In the UK they call them water butts. The only one I could find that was 4 feet tall, as the news article says, was a massive unit that holds 350 liters (75 gallons) . Anything bigger is a flat tank design. And guess what? They all have robust safety lids. Sure, people can convert any old plastic shipping barrel, but the one pictured was built with a spigot; I don’t think it’s a conversion, it was built as a water butt. It’s actually quite difficult to find a plastic drum or barrel larger than 55 gallons; if the article was correct with this butt’s height, then it would hold about 20 cubic feet of water - 150 gallons. 1200 pounds of water. Good luck finding one.

Just wondering about the ladder part as well. Because I work with ladders. Big ones, small ones, extension ladders and step ladders. And yeah, I’ve fallen off once or twice. And you know what? You don’t fall off a ladder in a perfect swan dive, straight down onto a little target like the open top of a barrel. You fall sideways, almost as if you were half lying down. Which makes this coroner’s verdict seem ... a bit lazy at best, in my opinion.

So I wonder if this was a murder, done either by some chavs as a sick joke, or by the family to off the old duffer for the insurance money? Or even a suicide?

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Not the water butt in question. Just one used to show a typical top cover


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 04/20/2011 at 10:34 AM   
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a pure form of eye candy that makes one feel good

I saw these, 2 of 5 photos, of Tina O’Brien and her baby daughter.  I guess she’s still a baby. Right? Well anyway, I was just taken with the innocence of the shots and how nice mom and daughter looked.  Especially cute was the little girl handing mommy a flower.

So no rant, no gripe and no cheesecake.  Just a couple of nice photos that make a person feel like maybe there’s hope yet. Who knows.

Enjoy and the link has a few more.

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more of mommy and daughter

I just had a thought. This might be the best eye candy I’ve ever posted here. 


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