Tuesday, July 26, 2016

"Don't Let Anyone Tell You She Hasn't Had Work Done", or Something Like That!

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If you see either one of these women, proceed with caution!

Who can forget the stirring words of Michelle Obama in February 2008 telling us that for the first time in her adult life, she was finally proud of her country? Apparently, that would be...Michelle Obama! Michelle got up at the Democrat convention in Philadelphia and wagged her finger at us (something she learned from her husband, no doubt), and told us "Don't ever let anyone tell you America isn't great", despite the fact that it's only gotten worse over the last eight years.

But, I guess if you "wake up every morning in a house built by slaves", have your servants cook and clean for you and cater to your every desire, if you can travel the world on multi-million dollar vacations, spend as much as you like on your wardrobe and have chefs flown in at the expense of the peons taxpayers to satisfy your every culinary whim, then I guess you'd think that your America was pretty great.

For the rest of America? Let them eat cake!


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Quote du jour

“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
-George Orwell

Monday, July 25, 2016

Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Melania Trump Walk into a Bar...

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...the bar of high standards. What do these three have in common? Together, I believe they illustrate the difference between plagiarism and allusion. With Melania, the Jayson Blair of presidential candidate's wives, it was clearly plagiarism. Not that it was that big of a deal. No one expected the equivalent of the Gettysburg Address from her. Many people think the unforced error of the kerfluffle which came when the plagiarism came out, with the initial denials from the Trump camp, were largely due to Trump being too cheap to hire a decent speechwriter for her, and the attempt at cover up was just pure Trump.

But I read something by Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, and former opera singer:
I remember, in the wake of the Challenger disaster, Ronald Reagan gave a truly extraordinary speech. Every sentence was brilliant, but this part was unforgettable.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey, waved goodbye, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

I was 22 at the time, and I literally cried when I heard those words. I was truly touched. Later, I learned those words had been written for Reagan by Peggy Noonan. After that, I learned Peggy Noonan had lifted those words from a poem called “High Flight,” written by an airman who died in WWII named John McGee.

Did Ronald Reagan plagiarize Peggy Noonan? Did Peggy Noonan plagiarize John McGee?

Now I'm a little bit older than Mr. Rowe, I predate the 24 hour news cycle. In fact, I not only predate 24 hour news, but I predate 24 hour TV!

Back in the olden days, when there were only three networks, and cable was what you used to suspend bridges, TV stations didn't broadcast 24/7. Typically they ended their "broadcast day" around one or two in the morning. And typically, the station just before signing off the air, would play the National Anthem and a short video of a jet fighter flying, while a narrator recited the poem "High Flight". Having on more than one occasion stayed up past the end of the broadcast day, and because there was literally "nothing else on", people would watch and listen to the stirring words of Airman John McGee. For those of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan and my generation (heady company!), the words of High Flight were totally familiar and totally appropriate for Reagan to allude to. Whippersnappers like Mike Rowe may not have known where the words came from, but there was no attempt at plagiarism there, or anything like it.

But people often attribute a quote to the person they heard it from first. Many people attribute the line to Robert Kennedy that he quoted from George Bernard Shaw:
You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

A more famous attribution of a literary allusion to the wrong source comes from the aforementioned Gettysburg Address. It concludes:

...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Lincoln was alluding to John Wycliffe's prologue to his Bible translation of 1384:
This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.

Lincoln knew the source of the quote, as, no doubt, did the majority of those who heard it. No one rose up to yell that Lincoln had cribbed part of his speech. But his allusion to it immortalized those words, and today, people who never heard of Wycliffe (that's okay. Today's government schools the kids don't hear about anybody!), have heard his words echo through the years.

So we have one plagiarist, small potatoes in comparison to the plagiarisms of Teddy Kennedy, Joe Biden and even President Obama, and two well read presidents, able to make allusions to words well said by others. If we were to stack every literary or cultural allusion in the same boat as plagiarism, we need to get a bigger boat!*

You may quote me.

* Jaws (1975)

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Quote du jour

We are not at war with terrorism, which is just a tactic. We are not at war with some empty sociological label called extremism. We are not even just at war with ISIS; though were obviously at war with ISIS, but there will be other enemies that will lift the black flag of death in the future even after ISIS has been routed in Syria and Iraq. This is not about workplace violence. This is not about global warming or gun shows. This is not about income inequality. This is not about kids from broken homes as tragic as that is. This is not about anything that we have done wrong. This is about who we are. This is about the nature of freedom so who are we were people who unite around the Constitution were people who come together around a First Amendment and we together, 320 million of us, believe in the freedom of religion, in the freedom of speech, and the freedom of assembly and the freedom of the press . . .
-Senator Ben Sasse

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Clinton Kaine Mutiny Court-Martial

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Quote du jour

"...by my lights if you knowingly say things you don’t believe for personal gain or glory while pretending to be an honest, albeit opinionated, broker, you don’t deserve the title pundit. But you are in the running for the label “whore.”
-Jonah Goldberg

Saturday, July 23, 2016

A Little Saturday Night Music

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Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!
How the Clinton Foundation Got Rich off Poor Haitians

Obama Is Lying: Deportations Are DOWN

Lion Ted

Why You Pay Twice As Much For Butter As You Should

More Clinton Corruption: By large wealthy donors giving money directly to groups to pay for Bill Clinton's speaking fees, they have apparently hidden $ gifts to him

Breitbart Confronts ‘The Daily Show’ at Milo’s ‘Gays for Trump’ Party

State Department Admits It Hid Iran Nuke Loophole From Public…

Here’s Video of Trump Saying He Would NOT Honor the Pledge

'Ghostbusters' (2016) Review: Racist, Man-Hating Mediocrity

Lies have consequences

Obama And His Injustice Department Want People To Die In Order To Confiscate Guns...

Who wants a truly conservative party?

Nickaury DeJesus sentenced for straw purchases

Google deletes artist’s blog and a decade of his work along with it

SpaceX Just Landed a Rocket At Cape Canaveral

Egg Car
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Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies


Monday Made me Laugh

Today's Toons 7/13/16


Cartoon Round Up...

Today's Toons 7/14/16

Reaganite Independent -Sunday Funnies

Today's Toons 7/15/16

Cartoon Round Up....

Larwyn's Linx: Bring It On; Perhaps radical Islam...isn't

The Top 50 Blogs right now!

Larwyn's Linx: New Ties Emerge Between Clinton And Mysterious Islamic Cleric

In The Mailbox: 07.18.16

Larwyn's Linx: Horror in Baton Rouge: Obama “Has Blood on His Hands” Police Union Chief Says

In The Mailbox: 07.19.16

Larwyn's Linx: Hillary Shrieks at Police---Stop Killing Black People; Massacre in Baton Rouge

In The Mailbox: 07.20.16

Melania’s plagiarism and yesterday’s links

In The Mailbox: 07.21.16

Larwyn's Linx: The Anti-Cop President; This Convention Scares Liberals to Death

In The Mailbox: 07.22.16

Larwyn's Linx: Trump accepts nomination, tells ordinary Americans 'I am your voice'

Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny - girls with guns, hot pick, hot pick

American Power- Kelly Brook,
Jessica Alba Perfect Bikini Pictures, Margot Robbie Swimsuit Surfing Photos in Hawaii , Joanna Krupa

Angry Mike's Hood - Humpday

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & BangSeeing Red, Blonde Moments

Daily Mail -Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Hikaru Ayami, Stephmi, Lingerie Day, Raquel Benetti

Good Monday Morning

Random Hotties, Hump Day, Touch of color

EBL - Katherine Ross, Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Margaret Brennan

Tuesdeyes Red, Friday Femme Fatale

Friday Night Babe - Sofia Boutella!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #251

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Milfy Monday, Good Morning Girl, Good Morning Girl, Good Morning Girl, Good Morning Girl, Vintage Hottie, 38 second bounce, Not Fanny Friday, Good morning girl

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup ,If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see...

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Tahiti Intimates

The Last Tradition - Kelly Rohrbach

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Don't look down...

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Wanda Hendrix!

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to: Proof.Positive@Hotmail.com

Quote du jour

Now that Trump is a fait accompli and Hillary is a fate worse than death... I'll be in my room.
-Mike B.

Friday, July 22, 2016


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Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Sofia Boutella!

(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)

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And, of course, one without her makeup...

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Separated at Birth?

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One is a megalomaniac bent on world domination, the other is a cartoon mouse.


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Quote du jour

"...the author of “Clinton Cash,” Peter Schweizer said there needs to be a federal investigation into the Russian uranium deal then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s State Department approved after the Clinton Foundation receiving $145 million from the shareholders of Uranium One...
-Pam Key

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Wanda Hendrix!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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And you may quote her!

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