When Sarah Palin booked a flight to Europe, the French immediately surrendered.

calendar   Tuesday - May 28, 2013

what the papers and the people are saying, and not all of it is nice. can’t blame the people here

Here we are again. By which I mean, with all the problems this country has, and many are self inflicted, here comes Washington, USA warning Brits to do as they (DC) says.  Oh ok. Suggests but it ends as badly.

There are folks here who are entirely fed up with the EU and the laws and the rules that seem to override UK laws. That isn’t new. And they have just cause.
But now the morning papers greet them with yet more and now more robust advice.


Now how stupid is that?  The USA won’t do business with the UK if these good folks quit the EU?  I am not a whiz at economics but I don’t see that.
What?  McDees and Starbucks and god alone know what other American companies are gonna shut their doors?  Skippy is gonna stop shipping their creamy peanut butter? Google won’t take advertising from UK firms?  Rubbish. It bothers me that my country (the leadership that is and they aren’t the whole country), are butting in again on a very sorry subject for Brits.

Britain could miss out on billions of pounds of U.S. investment if it leaves the EU, Obama officials warn

Europe and U.S. set to negotiate one biggest bilateral trade deals ever
EU said it will be worth more than £400 to every European household
Obama officials have warned UK could miss out on money if it exits Europe
Said Washington unlikely to want to negotiate separate deal with UK

By Tim Shipman

Britain risks losing out on £10billion a year in trade deals if the UK withdraws from the European Union, the Obama administration has warned.

US officials have told their British counterparts that a vote to leave would exclude the UK from a transatlantic free trade deal which leaders hope to thrash out later this year.

American diplomats believe it will be very difficult to get the so-called Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership – which could generate hundreds of billions of pounds worth of trade – through the US Senate.

In a warning shot, they have made clear they would be very unlikely to strike a separate deal with Britain if the UK votes to quit the EU.

Negotiations are due to start within weeks and David Cameron hopes to give it a boost when he hosts the G8 summit in Northern Ireland next week.

But US officials have told the Mail that many US Congressmen, keen to protect local industries from competition from Europe, are suspicious of the plans.

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Are we blackmailing an ally at the same time their troops are bleeding alongside ours in some god forsaken hell hole?  That’s the way it looks to my jaundiced eye. 

Here’s what some disgruntled Brits are saying.

Sublime threats from a lightweight president. I think the people of the United States do not care one way or the other. Whilst we in Britain care very much about being ruled by a un democratic power. If you like it so much Mr Obama apply to join you will regret it though.

- Colonel Mustard , Oldham England, United Kingdom,


Nothing to do with America,they should mind their own business.

- David H.Alicante , Alicante, Spain, 28/5/2013 07:35


Thank you, but since your ‘powerful economy’ is up to its neck in Chinese owned debt and is set to be savaged by $85bn worth of cuts (thanks to your insipid and clueless leadership), we have to respectfully decline your country’s “friendly advice” on the grounds that it is a big steaming pile of the brown stuff...-

thebigcahoona, Sheffield, United Kingdom


Economic illiteracy seems to be rampant among KIPPERS, the US debt to China is about 8% of its total commitment. Now have a guess who the UK owes half a trillion pounds to and consider why the US administration, regardless of who runs it wants to see the country remain solvent.

- Grasshopper Farmer , Sandburrville,


I’m a Eurosceptic as anyone, but let us set what Dave changes. If he saves the UK £billions, then I’ll vote yes, if not UKIP for me. Our ‘special relationship with the US is not about $’s it’s about sharing Intelligence which is worth far more that £10billion.

- Pugwosh , Bucks,


A trade deal should have nothing to do with other political considerations, unfortunately it does. In this case it means it is in America’s interest to have the UK in the EU, that does not mean that it is in the UK’s interest, Whether the UK votes to stay in the EU or not will not be helped by Obama inferring blackmail if we don’t. UK’s 2012 trade with the USA balanced out, imports and exports being at just over 54 billion. The UK became a great country due to world trade. Trading with the rest of the world, particularly the emerging new economic powers, plus the saving of coming out of the EU, will be of far more benefit to the UK who has a massive deficit with Europe. or the supposedly extra trade with the US this trade deal will bring.

- Cassandra , Paphos,


Get lost obama - im voting ukip and want out of the eu forever

- Fiona , Northampton, United Kingdom,


Now we’re being dictated to by Obama! Go to hell!

- anon, around, United Kingdom,


Would Americans join a political union with all the Americas, with not a directly elected president, who is not an American citizen, who parliament is in say, Uruguay, and whose laws must be enforced, but without any representation, and finally pay through the nose for the privilege? No? Thought not. So why expect us to want that ‘union’.

- corky, A new UKIP Supporte


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calendar   Monday - May 27, 2013

slimy, filthy crawling insects and rats leaving the sewers, take the form of humans. don’t be fooled

I didn’t expect anything like this, and I hope the EDL or no other rightist group was responsible just to inflame against the vermin of the rop.  That would be stupid in the extreme and do more to hurt our side. Cos anything the muzzies may do would of course be blamed on the far right.

Meanwhile in police raids at least 6 people have been brought in for questioning or arrest, two were tasered, this in relation to the murder of that Brit soldier last week. It’s being reported that the attack was not a one off lone wolf thing, and there may be a network of the scum involved.

only suspects?

There has been a march by the EDL, which of course was met by a group from the left calling themselves Unite Against Fascism. The way it works is, everyone who is not in total agreement with them is a fascist and so they can pretty much demonstrate and if they want to, even turn violent because their cause is anti fascism.  That make them legit. 

One muslim idiot has written in a column in a paper today as follows.

The pressure to denounce appalling acts is itself a form of prejudice.

I’ll have more on that later.  For now, take a look at this.

Tensions on streets after slaughter of British soldier: War memorials defaced and mosque firebombed as EDL prepare to march on Westminster

Bomber Command Memorial and Animals In War Memorial vandalised
Police are unsure if attack was by Muslims or by far-right troublemakers

By Martin Robinson

Two of Britain’s most celebrated war memorials have been defaced, apparently with the word ‘Islam’ scrawled across them and inscriptions scrubbed out with red paint.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the vandalism of the RAF Bomber Command Memorial in Green Park and the Animals In War Memorial in Park Lane, both in central London.

Pictures taken today show that the damage has now been covered over with plastic or white sheets.

Scotland Yard said there have not been any arrests, so it not clear if it has been done by Muslim protesters or far-right groups attempting to stir-up hatred.

The Animals in War Memorial is ‘a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century’, according to the Animals in War Fund website.

The monument was unveiled by the Princess Royal in November 2004 - the 90th anniversary of the start of World War I.

The fund’s website says the £2 million needed to build the monument came from ‘a national appeal and the generosity of many individual donors, charities and companies’.




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calendar   Sunday - May 26, 2013

copy cat terror attack in France

I have only just come across this in the last minute, having booted to check and clear inbox.

French anti-terror soldier has throat slashed in Paris by ‘man of North African origin in Woolwich copy-cat attack’

President Francois Hollande to investigate the ‘theories’ behind the incident
Attack occurred in area packed with shoppers in busy area of Paris
News of Woolwich murder has dominated French press since it happened

By Peter Allen

A uniformed French soldier on anti-terrorist duties in Paris had his throat cut by a knife-wielding man tonight.

The savage attack follows the murder of a British soldier by two men using weapons including knives and a meat cleaver. One of the suspects said they were acting in the name of Islam.

Today there were fears that the Paris attack was a copy-cat crime and that a radical Muslim might once more be responsible.

Police in the French capital described the attacker as a being ‘bearded, of North African origin and wearing a light coloured jihab’ under a jacket.

He pounced on the 23-year-old soldier outside a Virgin store in La Defence, the business district of the city which was packed with Saturday afternoon shoppers.

The attack on a soldier in Paris was being treated as a ‘terrorist incident’, said a source at the Paris prosecutors office.

‘The anti-terrorist branch of the prosecutors office is dealing with the matter,’ the source added.

The soldier was knifed as a he patrolled around the suburban railway station for RER A service which links the French capital with the suburbs.

Pierre-Andre Peyvel, prefect of the Hauts-de-Seine district, said the soldier’s wounds were ‘serious enough’.

The soldier is currently at the nearby Percy hospital.

‘Thousands of people were in the area at the time of the attack,’ said Mr Peyvel. ‘It would have been quite easy to blend into the crowd and then disappear.’

‘The attack happened just after 6pm,’ said a police source. ‘The soldier was stabbed repeatedly, most notably in the throat.

‘The attacker ran away and the military are still looking for him, supported by the police. He is around 30 years old and of Arab appearance.

‘The wounded soldier was taken to a local railway station for treatment and then on to hospital.’

The source said that the soldier’s life was not in danger, but he was ‘badly hurt’.

And here is what the French President had to say.  Nobody here at BMEWS will take surprise at the comment. He is after all, an avowed lefty and this is how they think.


French President Francois Hollande has said that ‘theories’ must be explored as to why the attack happened

Well DOH!


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calendar   Saturday - May 25, 2013

Trestle Down Part 2

It’s Bush’s Fault!

Dems: GOP To Blame For Broken Bridge

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — A truck hauling an oversized load of drilling equipment hit an overhead bridge girder on the major route between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the interstate into the river below as the driver watched the structure collapse in his rearview mirror.

Two other vehicles plunged into the Skagit River, but all three occupants escaped with only minor injuries.

“He looked in the mirrors and it just dropped out of sight,” Cynthia Scott, the wife of truck driver William Scott, said Friday from the couple’s home near Spruce Grove, Alberta, just west of Edmonton. “I spoke to him seconds after it happened. He was just horrified.”


Dem: Republicans throwing infrastructure ‘under the bus’

A Washington state Democrat is accusing Republicans of “throwing American infrastructure … under the bus” after a bridge collapse there this week.

The portion of Interstate 5 in Washington that runs over the Skagit River collapsed on Thursday after a truck hit an overhead support structure, but Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) cited the incident in an interview as proof Republicans were blocking infrastructure investment to hurt President Obama politically.

“Well, they have clearly spent the whole last five years trying to tear the president down, but they have done it by throwing the American infrastructure and the society under the bus,” McDermott said in an interview with MSNBC host Al Sharpton. 

“We have the most long-term unemployed that we have had since the 1930s and there’s no excuse for that,” McDermott continued. “There is plenty of work in this society that needs to be done and all it means is that the Congress has to step up, put the money up, and we can have it.”

McDermott suggested that lawmakers could find extra money to pay for transportation projects by raising the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal gas tax.

What a little secondhand shitwipe. Anything and everything that happens is ALWAYS the fault of the GOP or it’s leadership, past present or future. And the one and ONLY response from the Left is ... RAISE TAXES.

Because a new coat of paint on that bridge ... which actually looks fairly freshly painted with a good base coat of Rustoleum-like primer visible where the steel girders tore and twisted ... a new coat of paint would have defied the physics of kinetic energy. Yeah, that’s it. If only the GOP had let the Dems hire all those Chinese guest workers to paint and repair “our infrastructure” - of which repairs to this bridge may not have even been part - then 80 tons of steel hitting a girder at 70mph wouldn’t have done a thing.

What a tard.


A dented upper right corner and a scrape along the upper side are visible on the “oversize load” equipment casing being hauled a truck parked southbound on Interstate 5 south of the collapsed portion of the highway bridge at the Skagit River Friday, May 24, 2013, in Mount Vernon, Wash. The truck struck the four-lane bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada Thursday evening, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River. All three occupants suffered only minor injuries. At an overnight news conference, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste blamed the collapse on the tractor-trailer carrying a tall load that hit an upper part of the span. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)


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Media Bias And Commies And Coverups

An excellent essay by Ron Unz at The American Conservative. Well worth the 20 minutes spent reading it.

Our American Pravda

Jessup: I’ll answer the question. You want answers?
Kaffee: I think I’m entitled!
Jessup: You want answers?!
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Jessup: You can’t handle the truth!

Peiper, this bit about White adds a new twist to those financial history books you’ve sent me in the past ... though it is a minor point in this essay.

The realization that the world is often quite different from what is presented in our leading newspapers and magazines is not an easy conclusion for most educated Americans to accept, or at least that was true in my own case. For decades, I have closely read the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and one or two other major newspapers every morning, supplemented by a wide variety of weekly or monthly opinion magazines. Their biases in certain areas had always been apparent to me. But I felt confident that by comparing and contrasting the claims of these different publications and applying some common sense, I could obtain a reasonably accurate version of reality. I was mistaken.

In mid-March, the Wall Street Journal carried a long discussion of the origins of the Bretton Woods system, the international financial framework that governed the Western world for decades after World War II. A photo showed the two individuals who negotiated that agreement. Britain was represented by John Maynard Keynes, a towering economic figure of that era. America’s representative was Harry Dexter White, assistant secretary of the Treasury and long a central architect of American economic policy, given that his nominal superior, Secretary Henry Morgenthau Jr., was a gentleman farmer with no background in finance. White was also a Communist agent.

Author James Bovard has described our society as an “attention deficit democracy,” and the speed with which important events are forgotten once the media loses interest might surprise George Orwell.

Even after all these years, I don’t agree with this guy’s take on the Iraq war. I don’t think the MSM was supporting it one iota once the conflict had lasted more than a month and a half. And I still don’t swallow the “Bush lied” line. But that may be a minor quibble compared to the rest of the essay.

A democracy may provide voters with a choice, but that choice is largely determined by the information citizens receive from their media.

Most of the Americans who elected Barack Obama in 2008 intended their vote as a total repudiation of the policies and personnel of the preceding George W. Bush administration. Yet once in office, Obama’s crucial selections—Robert Gates at Defense, Timothy Geither at Treasury, and Ben Bernake at the Federal Reserve—were all top Bush officials, and they seamlessly continued the unpopular financial bailouts and foreign wars begun by his predecessor, producing what amounted to a third Bush term.

The half dozen links to follow-on articles will take you about an hour to churn through. In the end, whether you accept all, part, or none or it, your perceptions will probably be forever altered.

Deep stuff. And a great key to open the doorway to a weekend open thread discussion.


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No F-F-F-F-Fair

Got up in the middle of the night. FREEZING. Had to turn on the heat. Damnation, it’s the 4th week in May. It’s not supposed to be 38 damn degrees out. 38 chilly and soggy degrees, as it has rained here nearly every single day for I don’t know how many days. 7? 12? 16? At least 9. And now the weather wienies say there could be SNOW this holiday weekend.

SNOW??? As we go into JUNE???? Where are we, Binghamton???

Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial kick off to the summer season ahead. Unfortunately for parts of the East, it won’t feel anything like summer. In fact, a few locales may refer to it as early spring or winter!

Northeast Wet, Chilly with Some Snow?

Low pressure is expected to wrap-up and crawl northward along the coast of New England late Friday into Sunday.

As a result, most residents from New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and eastern New York to Maine will see a wet start to the weekend on Saturday. The showers will continue over much of New England southward to near or just north of New York City right into Sunday.

But wait, there is a wrinkle in this forecast. There might be enough cold air that the higher elevations of Upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and northwest Maine could actually see wet, possibly heavy snow!  Incredibly, over six inches of wet snow is possible above 3500 feet in Vermont and, possibly, the Adirondacks of Upstate New York.

Friday afternoon, sleet and graupel was observed in Binghamton, N.Y., the latest date of either sleet or snow on record, there, dating to 1951.

Toldja so. I used to live there, I know. Binghamton NY has the worst damn weather. A wintry mix of sleet and frozen slop falling out of the sky on the 24th of May. Winter refuses to let go there. The city is the pivot point for every weather system that comes across the northeast, so it gets a big extra dose of rain. It is not a high elevation mountain city and it is not a place impacted by lake effect. It’s just in the wrong place, and gets hammered all the time.

But “graupel”? Isn’t that the frozen cakes of pork stuff you fry up, made from leftover piggy bits? grin Oh. Scrapple. Right. Graupel. It’s the professional technical meteorological term for “ARRRGH!! Damn sloppy **** coming down, it’s ******** May already, GO AWAY!!!”

Ok, the place is getting a bit warmer now. Another glass of something to drink and it’s back to bed. 


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calendar   Friday - May 24, 2013

Field Work and Rock Envy


See More Below The Fold


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Yay For NY Legislature

Here I go again, being a contrarian.

NY Legislature Considers Pro-Business Bill

Bowling Shoe Law would protect alley owners against lawsuits by stupid people

While other VRWC blogs see this story as some overweening abuse and waste of time by the nanny-state, I see it as a rare example of government doing what it ought to be doing.

ALBANY, N.Y.—With all the corruption in Albany, one of your representatives is instead focusing efforts on something many of you like to do, bowl.

New York State Senator Patrick Gallivan (R-59th District) New York State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger (D-140th District) are sponsoring a bill that would cover bowling shoes.  The bill in the assembly is co-sponsored by Assembly members Brian Kolb, Crystal Peoples-Stokes and Jane Corwin.

It would require alley owners to post signs, warning keglers not to wear bowling shoes outside, lest they become wet and increase the likelihood that a bowler could slip and fall when they come inside

Bowling shoes, designed to slip on the lanes, can become extremely slippery when wet.

“Some things that might seem small to others, might be of significance to another group,” Gallivan told WGRZ-TV, while acknowledging that on the surface, such a law might seem silly.

In this case, the group most concerned bowling alley owners, who Gallivan says approached him seeking help to stem the tide of rising insurance costs.

Alley owners saw lawsuits by patrons who have increased, in the decade since the state made smoking in a bowling alleys illegal, tempting many of bowlers who smoke, to sneak out or a few puffs between frames, perhaps when it’s raining or snowing....who then come in, slip, and then sue.

Hey, protectionist laws are what it’s all about. Bowling alleys pay their taxes just like every other business, so they have the right to have bills considered that cover their specific needs. Remember a few years ago when all the Nanny-State mayors were suing all the gun manufacturers because people were being shot with guns that they had built? And then some federal law got passed, called the Protection of Lawful Commerce Act that said such lawsuits were wrong, and are now illegal? And we all said “Woo hoo, this is a great thing!!”? This bill isn’t that much different.

But the article does have one central fact wrong, albeit an understandable error. It isn’t that the slippery soles become too slippery when wet, it’s that they become unslippery when they shouldn’t be. And that CAN get you injured.

Bowling shoes are designed to be slippery. Well, one of them is at any rate. The other is designed to give maximum traction on bare wood which is what the approach area is made of. The footwork of bowling is such that as you throw the ball, you step forward into a slight lunge with your opposite foot, and it slides along the floor for a short distance. The underside of the sliding foot shoe has special surfaces designed to slide. Top end shoes even allow you to change those surfaces depending on conditions. Slide soles are made from leather, suede, felt, or smooth plastic. As you finish your lunge and your heel turns inward, the heel of the sliding foot begins to carry your weight, and at that point the special braking surface under the heel stops your slide. There are many different kinds of brake heels too, from sawtooth hard rubber down to rough suede, depending on how fast or slow you want to come to a stop.

If the leather or felt sole of your sliding shoe gets wet it will stick like sandpaper to the raw wood floor that is the approach area to the lanes. So when you go to slide, your foot jams up just as hard and fast as Captain Ahab finding an open knothole on the deck of the Pequod. And you go flying. In the worst cases, you’ll put your back or your hip out and do a header right onto the lanes, getting yourself all covered up with yucky bowling lane oil. Worse, you’ll pull the shot and foul, getting no score for that throw at all.

But bowlers already know this. That’s why we all have at least one pair of “shoe-phylactics” in our bags. Dry Dogs, No Wets, all different brands; slip on covers for the bowling shoes, just in case. And we use them, all the time.


Because there’s more than just moisture to worry about, either from stepping outside or from using the bathroom. Gum in the carpet will screw you up too. So will the grease from some kid’s spilled fries. Dust and dirt because the alley staff didn’t have time to vacuum before your league started. It’s a risk we all know about, and we all know how to deal with it. Because we’ve all gone flying from this, at least once. Damp approaches are the scourge of the sport, and the worst is when you’ve been super careful but you jam up from some other fool’s damp spot. 

These days bowling alleys have more customers than just league bowlers. To survive in the modern world they have had to reinvent themselves into Family Fun Centers. It’s Mommy And Me time every day at 1:30pm; bring the little tykes! Birthday Bowling parties! Singles Date Night through! My point is, they get a lot of people in who aren’t really bowlers, so they just don’t grok how things work. Their sticky little sprogs run all over the place, dropping food and spilling drinks. Mommy runs out to the minivan five times to get junior a toy, or his special stuffed animal, or his behavioral meds. And they never stop to put on their street shoes.

Smokers are a big part of it too. For some reason, probably because it doesn’t take much ability to breathe, smokers are a huge part of the bowling fraternity. Or they were. Bowling alleys were the very last places to go smoke free, and when they did, many alleys lost half their customers forever. Period. The smokers who stayed learned to go outside for a puff. But outside is where the weather is, and I haven’t heard of a single alley building a covered outdoor smoking area. They could. Double doors, vent fans, screened upper casement windows, a covered ramada to the outside door, doormats, a strip of indoor outdoor carpet on the walkway, etc. So what if it costs $25,000? A dozen regular league bowlers who smoke bring in that much revenue per year. And the smoking ban cost the alleys hundreds of customers. It would be worth it. It would be worth it to build such areas even with seats, A/C, heat, and lights.

The alleys all put up signs. They’re everywhere. “Don’t go outside in your bowling shoes! We have shoe covers, just ask!” “No street shoes beyond this point!” But expecting people to read things right in front of them is too much. And expecting them to have a basic understanding of physics, or at least the variable friction effects of wet surface interactions, is also too much. So the alleys get sued because people hurt themselves a little. It’s not like they die. It’s not like they become paralyzed. But I’m sure an unexpected fall could break bones, and I know it can injure your back ... the nebulous kind of injury certain types of lawyers just love. For the most part it’s just embarrassing; I bet I’ve seen 100 people take a dive and not one of them ever needed an ambulance.

So these businesses seek some protection from government. Good for them. Sorry folks, life is a risk. Out on the lanes it’s caveat iaculātor sphearae

And it doesn’t really matter if the government has bigger, better things to do, or if they are generally corrupt and/or incompetent. Passing laws to protect their people is what they are for. Maybe the alleys are going to have to have everyone sign a release form, and the shoes will all have permanently affixed warning tags, like the one on the cord of your hair dryer that tells you not to use their product underwater. Duh.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2013 at 02:41 PM   
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Drawing and cupping and seating, oh my

And annealing, and micrograin analysis, and proper work hardening. And swaging, and extrusion, and precision machining. A video from Swedish cartridge maker Norma on how ammunition is made. It’s some very precise stuff. It’s in English, but you don’t really even need the voice-over. Factories are always fun to watch in operation if you don’t have to actually work there.

Norma ammunition is top quality stuff. The cartridges shown in the video sell for a bit more than $2 each; $41.99 for a box of 20, when available.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2013 at 02:02 PM   
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Stand By Me

NY Sheriffs Join Lawsuit To Overturn Cuomo’s Stupid Gun Law

County sheriffs have asked to join the federal lawsuit challenging New York’s tough new gun restrictions, calling some provisions vague and impossible to enforce fairly.

The New York State Sheriffs’ Association and five individual sheriffs are asking U.S. District Judge William Skretny to add their position to the record. They support gun rights advocates seeking to block enforcement of new bullet limits for magazines and the tighter definition of assault weapons.

The sheriffs agree with the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association that the law, passed after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting, is unconstitutional because it will prevent citizens from keeping commonly used firearms for home defense.

“The Supreme Court has confirmed that the Second Amendment protects arms typically possessed by law-abiding citizens, and identified that the right of self-defense is ‘core’ protected conduct that is at its zenith in the home,” the sheriffs’ brief said. “At a minimum, laws that criminalize the most common rifle in America today - a rifle that is often selected precisely for its self-defense capabilities - impinge upon that core right. The same is true of laws banning standard-capacity magazines.”

The law bans magazines with a capacity of more than 10 bullets and generally prohibits loading them with more than seven. It defines assault weapons as semi-automatics with detachable magazines and a single military-style feature such as a pistol grip. The old definition required two such features.

The law also requires New York owners of an estimated 1 million guns, including popular versions of AR-15 rifles now reclassified as assault weapons, to register them by April 15. Since Jan. 15, it has been illegal to sell or buy those guns in the state.

Good. I hope about 5 million New Yorkers also sign on. It’s crap, throw the whole thing out.

Stupid legislators. Don’t they know that it is in their own best interest to put a bill of that magnitude up for a vote from the citizens? And to at least read the darn thing before signing it into law? But no, this was another piece of closed door, late night legislation. Literally. Done in the dark of night. Which is when all the rats are put scurrying.


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Trestle Down

I-5 - Skagit River Bridge in Washington Suffers partial collapse after truck impact
Three people rescued from river, no fatalities or serious injuries

photo credit: Martha T, on Flickr

A truck carrying an oversize load struck a bridge on the major thoroughfare between Seattle and Canada, sending a section of the span and two vehicles into the Skagit River below, though all three occupants suffered only minor injuries.

It happened about 7 p.m. Thursday on the four-lane Interstate 5 bridge near Mount Vernon, about 60 miles north of Seattle, and disrupted travel in both directions.

Initially, it wasn’t clear if the bridge just gave way on its own. But at an overnight news conference, Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste blamed it on a tractor-trailer carrying a tall load that hit an upper part of the span.

“For reasons unknown at this point in time, the semi struck the overhead of the bridge causing the collapse,” he said.

The truck made it off the bridge and the driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.

Two other vehicles went into the water about 50 feet below as the structure crumbled. Three people were rescued and were recovering Friday.

Drivers were told to expect delays. Detours have been set up to try to ease the congestion. Batiste urged drivers to avoid the area if possible, especially over the Memorial Day weekend.

Traffic along the heavily travelled route could be affected for some time. The bridge is used by an average of 71,000 vehicles a day.

The bridge is a four section simple span Warren through truss with alternating verticals, a robust design for a steel bridge. Overhead clearance is 15.3 feet, 18” more than maximum legal truck height. Details are still emerging, but it looks to me like the truck went off the road, through the thin concrete guard rail, and took out one of the verticals, which in turn yanked out one of the central sway braces and tore the top chord along one side. With the top chord broken the truss folded inwards at that point, while dropping. And that’s exactly what you see in the picture: two triangular sections folded together because the top chord blew out. The dropping pulled both ends off their footings, and the whole section went down. Because this bridge is a simple span design - each section is separate and shares a footing on each pier - the damage was limited to only that one section. If you look closely at the large version of the picture on Martha T’s Flickr page, you can also see some damage to the third vertical from the left on the next section. I don’t know if that is new or old. Must have been one helluva impact.

This 1112 foot long bridge was built in 1955, and was recently (in bridge terms) rated as sufficient. More bridge info.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2013 at 11:21 AM   
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New Member

BMEWS welcomes new member and fellow blogger ScottCarp. Scott can be found right here sounding off about Obama and other injustices every day. And he has some good graphics, like the one below I quickly stole from him.


Seems like our kind of guy. Let’s hope he’s a prolific commenter who visits often. Or else we’ll just have to call him.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/24/2013 at 10:53 AM   
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what the morning papers are saying, and it ain’t good.

We’ve been SO obsessed with showing how tolerant we are ,the “clever” people in charge over the last 30 years or so , have totally let down the population of our country,giving not a soul the option or ,indeed ,having the plain decency to ask them if this is what they wanted for the country they grew up in . They’ve actually made it virtually impossible to raise the issue,as to do so is considered racist and the questioner becomes the questioned. How can this be right?
- PMexPAT , Alicante-Espana

We are told to be vigilant and report to the authorities. M15 did just that I am sure , but STILL nothing was done to stop what happened. The buck lies with Cameron & Clegg & their inaction. We no longer have a justice system because our laws need changing. Those in power right now will not listen. They are incompetent & hide behind the so called Human Rights Act that is only serving to protect these vile racists. Why?
- level playing field please , Manchester

This criticism of MI5 is unfair; how much effort and resources would it take to continually monitor all the nutters who absorb extremist Moslem propaganda, and decide to suddenly do something dreadful? The last thing we need is pompous MPs investigating it.
- Chris N , Bristol, United Kingdom,

It turns out according to the morning papers, that the two vermin referred to as “suspects” altho I can not think why that word should apply, have been on the terrorist radar screen of the security services for years.

I would agree that it’s near impossible to keep watch on all 24/7 as there just are not enough agents or the money. Although money in these cases should not even be a part of the equation.  You find the money.  If needs be, take it away from orphans and widows.  (ok not really but)

To make things worse from my POV which I believe to be correct unless you can show me otherwise; I think the media do not help when they trumpet the flaws and dumb mistakes that would be terror “suspects” make, thus giving the bastards lesson 101 in how to improve your killing methods.

Since this event, some radical hate preachers have been given time to air their views.  On the BBC?  Apparently so.

Baroness Warsi spoke out amid a growing furore at Westminster about the amount of coverage given to Anjem Choudary and other militant Islamists on the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 News.


By the way.  Be sure and see the link at the end for a lot more including.

Three unarmed civilian women confront the killers.  There are Brits with guts. Shame their leaders are NOT worthy of them.

MI5 spent EIGHT YEARS watching violent ex-prisoner who preached outside Poundland just yards from murder scene only days before soldier was hacked to death
· MI5 had been monitoring two fanatics responsible for SE London killing
· One fanatic was photographed behind hate preacher Anjem Choudary
· Michael Adebolajo, 28, was also a member of a banned terrorist group
· He was said to have preached jihad in Woolwich just earlier this week
· Close to where married father Lee Rigby was beheaded on Wednesday
· Second suspect named last night in reports as Michael Adebowale, 22
By Chris Greenwood and James Slack

MI5 had been monitoring the two fanatics responsible for the slaughter of a young soldier near Woolwich barracks for eight years.

The Security Service is facing an inquiry by MPs amid a raft of devastating revelations about the killers’ known links to Islamist extremism.

One of the pair – Michael Adebolajo – was so high profile he was photographed outside Paddington Green police station six years ago behind notorious hate preacher Anjem Choudary.

He was even intercepted by officials as he attempted to travel to Somalia to fight alongside Islamist terrorists last year.

It also emerged that Adebolajo was a violent ex-prisoner who was a member of a banned terrorist group.

Incredibly, he was said to have been preaching jihad on the streets of Woolwich earlier this week, only a few hundred yards from where 25-year-old Army Drummer Lee Rigby – a married father – was beheaded.

As MI5 faced accusations that they let the men slip through the net, David Cameron ordered a full intelligence review by a Westminster committee.
On a dramatic day:
· Sources confirmed that 28-year-old Adebolajo once served a jail sentence for violence;

· Tory minister Baroness Warsi attacked broadcasters who give airtime to ‘extremist voices – idiots and nutters’ after Choudary gave interviews on BBC TV and Channel 4 News;

· It was revealed Adebolajo was once intercepted by police as he attempted to travel to Somalia to fight alongside Al-Shabaab;

· The Conservative MP Bob Stewart demanded foreign-born preachers of hate should be ‘put on a plane out’ of Britain;

· Heavily-armed Scotland Yard officers made dawn raids at six homes across London and in Lincoln;

· A man and a woman, both aged 29, were arrested on suspicion of joining the murderous conspiracy.

THIS link will take you to a lot more

On their wedding day six years ago.  He had served as a machine gunner, saw combat in Afghanistan and comes home to a country where due to ‘human rights’ even known terrorists can not be deported.  An EU thing and the UK can’t say, stick it where the sun don’t shine. Because over here, this country does NOT have the freedom entirely to make decisions about its own national security.  You can thank the left, the fifth column and all those absurdly useless and stupid civil and human rights laws, which seem to kiss the backside of Non humans.  Sick of it all.  And if any of you dear readers think this will change anything, may heaven bless you for your optimism and looking on the bright side of life.  But may I suggest you still keep the powder dry because, while I think europe is lost, there’s still a small chance for the USA to survive the muslim birthrate and the lib. left at home. But only a very small chance.


Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 05/24/2013 at 05:02 AM   
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calendar   Thursday - May 23, 2013

late night post

Hey, art. Or a very minimalist Halloween costume.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/23/2013 at 10:42 PM   
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