Saturday, April 25, 2015

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!


Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘I Thought It Was a Home Invasion’

Wisconsin’s Shame: Sheriff Clarke Weighs In

Clinton vs. Clinton - Victor Davis Hanson

Obama's Earth Day Hypocrisy

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal -NYT


Highlights from the Crime Prevention Research Center's first Annual Dinner: Brad Thor, Katie Pavlich, Glenn Reynolds, Dana Loesch, Ted Nugent, and John Lott

Krauthammer’s Take: Hillary’s Free Trade Meltdown May Pull Warren into Race

April Morn


Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Monday Funnies



Reaganite's TGIF

Earl of Taint - It’s OK To Be Rich As Long As You’re A “Champion Of The People”


LIVE AT FIVE: 04.24.15

Link O'Rama

Larwyn's Linx: How long can this train wreck continue?

In The Mailbox: 04.20.15

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 - hot pick, girls with guns, morning mistress

American Power- Women at Coachella

Bikini Babes, Thursday Babes
Average Bubba - Rule Five

Wombat's Friday Fodder

By Other Means - Cosplay, Red, Tuesday Tap, Rack, and Bang

The Daley Gator – Daley Babe, Mackenzie Porter, Lisa Marcos, Hannah Simone, Louisa D’Oliveria, Kemi Adetiba, Natalie Martinez, Tisha Marie, Bikini Expert!

Daily Mail – Gigi Hadid

E.B.L. - Bob's Babes

Good Monday Morning, Fishnet Friday

Feral Irishman - A New Addition For Your Aquarium..." Mammamus Siliconus Voluptuous "..., Plumber's crack

Friday Night Babe -Gidget Migliaccio!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #187

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World -The Friday Girl

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning girls

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

Pitsnipes Gripes - Hello, Ladies!

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Nikon


The Last Tradition - Yaya Dacosta

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Bedtime totty, St. George's Day totty, Thursday totty, Bedtime totty, Red Friday totty, Teatime totty

The Other McCain- Rule Five Monday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Corinne Calvet!

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Friday Nite Tite Dresses, Buenas, Buenas, Exercise video

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

Quote du jour

Liam Neeson is daft. His audience is smart enough to know that the difference between a bad guy with a gun & a good guy with a gun, isn't the gun.
-Proof, on Neeson joining the anti-gun crowd

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Gidget Migliaccio!

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

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Celebrate Earth Day Like a Mother!

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That's some footprint, Mother Nature!

Quote du jour

There are times in life when people must know when not to let go. Balloons are designed to teach small children this.
-Terry Pratchett

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Real Clinton Foundation Logo

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Drone Strikes in the News

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Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Corinne Calvet!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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Quote du jour

"I've found it is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of kindness and love."
-Gandalf the Grey

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Separated at Birth?

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What's the difference between the Nutty Professor and Bill Nye the Science Guy?

One says goofy things while pretending to be a scientist, the other was half of Martin and Lewis.

eHarmony Fails

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Medal of Honor

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Major Patrick Henry Brady


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Maj. Brady distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam commanding a UH-1H ambulance helicopter, volunteered to rescue wounded men from a site in enemy held territory which was reported to be heavily defended and to be blanketed by fog. To reach the site he descended through heavy fog and smoke and hovered slowly along a valley trail, turning his ship sideward to blow away the fog with the backwash from his rotor blades. Despite the unchallenged, close-range enemy fire, he found the dangerously small site, where he successfully landed and evacuated 2 badly wounded South Vietnamese soldiers. He was then called to another area completely covered by dense fog where American casualties lay only 50 meters from the enemy. Two aircraft had previously been shot down and others had made unsuccessful attempts to reach this site earlier in the day. With unmatched skill and extraordinary courage, Maj. Brady made 4 flights to this embattled landing zone and successfully rescued all the wounded. On his third mission of the day Maj. Brady once again landed at a site surrounded by the enemy. The friendly ground force, pinned down by enemy fire, had been unable to reach and secure the landing zone. Although his aircraft had been badly damaged and his controls partially shot away during his initial entry into this area, he returned minutes later and rescued the remaining injured. Shortly thereafter, obtaining a replacement aircraft, Maj. Brady was requested to land in an enemy minefield where a platoon of American soldiers was trapped. A mine detonated near his helicopter, wounding 2 crew members and damaging his ship. In spite of this, he managed to fly 6 severely injured patients to medical aid. Throughout that day Maj. Brady utilized 3 helicopters to evacuate a total of 51 seriously wounded men, many of whom would have perished without prompt medical treatment. Maj. Brady's bravery was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

Maj. Brady: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundred living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

Happy Lenin's Birthday!

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...which by some co-inky dink is Earth Day! Whodathunk it?

Quote du jour

Beyond ending the Iraq War by any means necessary and closing Gitmo, Obama’s Cairo speech was Obama’s Middle East foreign policy. He thought his middle name, a few apologies, and not being George W. Bush, combined with the awesome awesomeness of his awesomosity, would be enough to transform the region.
-Jonah Goldberg

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...

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I may not be exactly sure what they're selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

A Duck's Tale

There was this duck. This duck waddled into a store and went up to the manager and said, “Got any grapes?” The manager looked at the duck and he said, “No, we have no grapes.” Duck said, “Oh” and walked out. Ten minutes later this duck comes waddling in, goes up to the manager and says, “Got any grapes?” The manager looks at the duck and he says, “No, we have no grapes.” Duck goes, “Oh” and walked out. Ten minutes later, the duck comes waddling in, goes up to the manager and says, “Got any grapes?” The manager says, “What’s wrong with you? I just told you twice we have no grapes. I have no fruit section. We will never have grapes.” Duck goes, “Oh,” walks out. Ten minutes later the duck comes waddling in, goes up to the manager again: “Got any grapes?” Manager says, “What’s wrong with you, duck? I have no grapes. I will never have grapes. I don’t like grapes. I don’t like ducks. Get out.” Duck goes, “Oh.” Ten minutes later the duck comes waddling in. The manager says, “Hold it right there, duck. If you ask me for grapes one more time I’m going to nail your little web feet to the floor. Ask me for anything else. Do not ask me for grapes.” Duck looks at him and says, “Got any nails?” He says, “No.” “Got any grapes?”
-Michael Ramirez

Quote du jour

“The myth, and this is always Bill Ayers’ line, is that Weather never set out to kill people, and it’s not true — we did. You know, policemen were fair game.”
-Howie Machtinger

Monday, April 20, 2015

Hillary 's Theme Song: 'Try To Remember'

Quote du jour

"Nearly 240 years after our birth, we Americans haven't quite made up our minds about what we think of the rest of the world. Every now and then, we're tempted to return to our imaginary city, raise the gate, and leave others to their devices."
-Bret Stephens

Sunday, April 19, 2015

As You Sow, So Shall Ye Reap... Reflections on the Oklahoma City Bombing and What Prompted It

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"How can one look upon such photographs and not be somehow changed?" That was the question my friend Curmudgeon asked over at the Political Clown Parade. It is a very poignant and moving image. It won a Pulitzer Prize, rightfully so. It captured the sadness, the loss and utter tragedy of the Oklahoma City bombing.

There was no excuse for the Oklahoma City bombing. None. The cure for injustice is never more injustice. And it was injustice that spawned the Oklahoma City bombing.

I have often wondered, if there had been a comparable photo to the one above, of a first responder cradling the form of a tiny child, gassed and burned to death at Waco, after the siege of the Branch Davidians, might there have been a different outcome? Could there have been an outrage over the deaths needlessly caused there to be a demand for justice, rather than the Cover Your Backside coverup that followed?

Again, I want to reiterate that there is, and was, no justification for what happened in Oklahoma City. None. But that doesn't mean that there wasn't a reason behind it, a root cause of it that pushed an unstable person over the edge to commit an unspeakably horrible crime. The reason behind the bombing at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building can be found at Waco and at Ruby Ridge, where American citizens died needlessly, and the government agents and officials responsible for it were never held accountable.

What follows will not be a defense of McVeigh, because what he did was indefensible. It will not be a fully footnoted, or referenced history of either Waco or Ruby Ridge. This is my recollection of what transpired and will be by no means comprehensive. But for those of you too young to remember, let me give you an overview. Then, if you are so inclined, you can search these truths out for yourselves. As Scully and Mulder used to say, "the Truth is out there."

Before we get to Waco, the anniversary of which became the date for the Oklahoma City bombing, there was Ruby Ridge. A man named Randy Weaver was a man who, as much as possible, just wanted to be left alone. He moved his wife and family up to a cabin in Northern Idaho, to homeschool their kids and try to live off the land. Anyone who has tried to live "off the grid" knows it isn't easy. It's a hard life.

Now there were some White Supremacists in Northern Idaho and the Feds wanted Randy to infiltrate one of these groups and rat them out. Well, the one thing harder in life than living off the land, is being a government informant inside large groups of violent men, living long enough to survive the experience. Randy said "no". A paid government informant came to Randy with the offer of some quick cash: 'Cut down this shotgun for me and I'll pay you for it'. In retrospect, Mr. Weaver should have smelled a rat. All it takes is a hacksaw and a file to saw off a shotgun, clean off the burrs. But, living hand to mouth, the prospect of some easy cash was hard to resist. Some accounts say that the informant indicated exactly how short to make the barrel. For those of you without a legal background, this is typically referred to as "entrapment". The government entices you to do something illegal and then arrests you for it.

So now, Weaver is arrested for an illegal firearms charge, which, coincidentally, the government says they will make go away...if he consents to be their snitch with the White Supremacists. Gosh, as tempting as that offer! Weaver again refuses to become a government informant and the court case against Weaver proceeds. Forgive me if I'm a little fuzzy on the details here, but as I recall, there was some change in the scheduling of a court hearing that Weaver was not properly informed of. So, when the hearing was held, he failed to appear, not knowing he was supposed to be there, so he was charged with a "failure to appear" and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Now at this point, you and I might expect that in the same situation, a sheriff's deputy might come and knock on the door and say, 'I have a warrant here for your arrest for failure to appear'. I would express shock and disbelief and go with the deputy to the courthouse to get to the bottom of this. Not at Ruby Ridge. The same paid government informant (are you noticing a pattern here?), told the deputy that Weaver was armed (true) and extremely dangerous (no evidence). So instead of sending a deputy to the door, armed men surrounded the house and announced themselves by shooting the family dog. I won't go into great detail, but Weaver's son, who was out with the dog, had no idea who these men were, only that they were shooting at him, so, as he ran back to the cabin, he returned fire. Thus started the gunfight and siege, during which Randy Weaver's wife Vicki was shot by a government sniper while she held her baby in her arms.

I said we needed to start here. During the siege of Randy Weaver's cabin, the FBI discussed using a tear gas, CS gas, to flush them out, but it was dismissed because of the highly flammable nature of CS gas. This was six to eight months before Waco, where they used CS gas as part of their final siege*.

Ruby Ridge ended with the death of Weaver's wife Vicki, one of his sons and a US Deputy Marshall, because of entrapment by the government, the miscommunication of a notice to appear and the failure to treat a law enforcement matter as law enforcement, but rather as a paramilitary action. To my knowledge, no one in authority was censured or punished in any way. No one was fired. Some were promoted. What's that the protesters like to say? "No Justice, no peace"?

At Waco, David Koresh used to come into town all the time. He could have been arrested there without incident. My understanding is, that the local ATF office was going to be going to a hearing in Washington to justify their budget and the need for all this paramilitary style equipment they were buying. A surprise raid of the Branch Davidians was made to order. A little something to show the committee. There were rumors that the Branch Davidians were modifying semiautomatic weapons to full auto, which is against Federal law. Besides, the Davidians are religious "kooks". Who's going to care if we violate a few (or all) of their Constitutional rights?

The element of surprise can be the difference between victory and defeat in many cases. The ATF did not have it. The Branch Davidians had an informant who told Koresh of the planned raid, who told the ATF that they did not have the element of surprise. They chose to go anyway. That was on February 28th. The standoff went on until April 19th. Most of this time was accompanied by a small media city just outside the compound, composed of all the national networks and a host of print, radio and TV reporters, all waiting for something to happen. All reporting that, despite the might and power of the Federal Government...nothing was happening.

During this time, armored vehicles were brought in to assault the compound. For those of you without a legal background, this is illegal. You cannot wage war on civilians. Period. However, there is one tiny exception to this rule, and that is if you are fighting, say, a drug cartel. Drug cartels with almost limitless resources to buy weapons and fortify their hideouts, the one exception to using armored vehicles against civilians is if they are drug dealers. Coincidentally, someone (a government informer, perhaps?) remembered or started a rumor that the Branch Davidians were dealing drugs. Well, there you have it! Tanks? Come on down!!!

There were other rumors, unsubstantiated, that the Davidians were abusing women and young girls. Well, we certainly can't have that, now, can we? Something must be done! Well, something could have been done...wait them out. No matter how well supplied they were in their compound, it was only a matter of time until they ran out of... everything! Or needed a doctor, a dentist, or grew tired of the conflict. But Janet Reno's Justice Department and the Clinton administration were on TV every night not doing anything. Bad optics.

Plans were made for a final assault, using CS gas. The same CS gas that the FBI would not use at Ruby Ridge because it was highly flammable. As a precaution, NO fire trucks were standing by. The fire department was called about six hours after the siege began, after fires had actually started, and the trucks that finally responded were stopped at a checkpoint.

Seventy six people died at Waco. Some as young as one year old. Over a dozen children between one and six. Another dozen between eight and nineteen. According to Wiki, some of the younger children were shot or stabbed to death by their parents, as a mercy killing, to keep them from being burned alive. Think of the people jumping to their deaths from the WTC as opposed to being burned alive.

The government kept the press at bay, preventing photos like the one above from ever being taken. There were no photos I know of published of the dead at Waco or Ruby Ridge. There is some dispute over who fired first during the siege. It was speculated that forensic evidence in the doors of the compound might indicate who fired first. The doors were bulldozed after the raid.

And what of the guns? Remember the guns that started this whole crisis? The ones that were suspected of being modified to full automatic? It is my understanding that NASA volunteered to scan those weapons recovered after the raid, that they had the technology to penetrate the weapons and prove it one way or the other. NASA was refused the opportunity to scan those weapons. The possibility that evidence existed that the entire basis for what resulted in the slaughter of the Branch Davidians was wrong was not a possibility the government wanted to entertain. So, we'll never know.

Festering injustice caused Oklahoma City. Some people today have a problem understanding the outrage over Benghazi. That the government's actions or inaction causes the deaths of innocents, who then receive no justice for their deaths is not a "phony scandal". The nation should mourn those innocents killed by Timothy McVeigh, and the Deputy sheriff shot at Ruby Ridge, along with the Weavers. But remember that had they mourned those "kooks" of the Branch Davidian, and the "preppers" of Ruby Ridge, and demanded justice for them, they might not have needed to.

I heard McVeigh described today as someone who "hated the government". But there was so much more to it than that. And what was it he hated the government for? For not being accountable to the same rule of law as you and I. Janet Reno famously said "I take responsibility" for what happened at Waco. But, in today's world, what does that mean? Did she suffer with jail time? With a reduction in pay? Was she fired? As far as I can tell, she suffered no consequences whatsoever for causing the deaths of seventy six people.

It is said that when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back. I can't tell you what makes a guy like McVeigh cross over from righteous indignation to homicidal vengeance. I don't have a crystal ball. Maybe if those at Ruby Ridge and Waco had received justice or been spared from government incompetence, maybe McVeigh would have found something else to trigger his rage. That's why I don't defend him. But I understand why he picked April 19th.

Maybe now, you will, too.

Editor's Note: As I was preparing this for publication, I noted that most of the labels from today were the first time used. I haven't written about or referenced Ruby Ridge, or Waco or the Oklahoma city bombing in the seven years I've been writing this blog. I don't think about them all that often. But there are some things we should not forget, lest we repeat them. Benghazi fits that pattern pretty closely, too.

*From Wiki: In the Waco Siege, CS was dissolved in the organic solvent dichloromethane (also known as methylene chloride). The solution was dispersed as an aerosol via explosive force and when the highly volatile dichloromethane evaporated, CS crystals precipitated and formed a fine dispersion in the air.

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