Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quote du jour

“Liberals claim to want to give a hearing to other views, but then are shocked and offended to discover that there are other views.”

-William F. Buckley, Jr.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Bronze Star for a Bionic Marine

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Capt. Derek Herrera walked to the stage to receive his Bronze Star with a combat "V". The citation was given after the patrol he was leading came under heavy fire in Afghanistan in 2012, inspiring his men to acts of heroism as he directed the efforts to save the lives of patrol, even as he received treatment for the bullets that smashed his spine and collapsed his left lung.

Captain Herrera was paralyzed from the waist down. He has remained on active duty, undergoing rehab and learning to use a bionic exoskeleton known as ReWalk, so that he could end his career in the Marines "standing on his own, as he did when he joined the Marines". Captain Herrera will leave active duty, standing tall, on November 30th.

Semper Fi, Captain Herrera!

A Little Saturday Night Music

Lady Antebellum - Need You Now

November 22, 1963 - In Remembrance

From the archives (updated):

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Today marks the 51st. anniversary of the passing of a great man. One who left his mark on his country and his culture. One who is still quoted to this day. On November 22, 1963, the world little noted his passing in the shock and outpouring of grief over the assassination of JFK. That man was Clive Staple Lewis…oddly enough, like JFK, ”Jack” to his friends.

C. S. Lewis, author of The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity and The Chronicles of Narnia, was a contemporary and friend of J. R. R. Tolkien. He was also an atheist who came to Christianity, in his own words, “kicking and screaming”, who became one of its strongest apologists.

You must picture me alone in that room in Magdalen, night after night, feeling, whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady, unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in, and admitted that God was God, and knelt and prayed: perhaps, that night, the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England.
-Surprised by Joy

His books have been translated into dozens of languages and sold millions of copies over the years. Anthony Hopkins portrayed him in the movie Shadowlands (1993), the story of his romance with American poet Joy Gresham, who died of cancer a mere handful of years after they met.

His life was rich and varied. His sorrows deep and vast. His legacy is enduring.

In our remembrance of those who passed this day, one might do well to remember what can be accomplished with just a pair of Jacks!

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

Three Biggest "If You Like Your Doctor" Moments In Obama's Immigration Speech

More evidence that Obama doesn't have a clue about basic economics: Impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on gas prices


Brit Hume: the Mindset of Progressives, Succinctly & Perfectly in Under 30 Seconds

All of #GruberGate in Two Minutes

Melissa Francis silenced on CNBC during Obamacare debates


My How the Tiny Have Fallen

Science and Technology

China Aggressively Tests New Anti-Satellite Weapons as Obama Unilaterally Disarms America


Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

The Left: Creating Brilliant Communist Utopias Since 1917


Earl of Taint - Obama: “We Paid Gruber To Do Nothing”, They’re Illegal, Not Stupid

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies


The Paste -A Poor Mans Drudge Report....

Deport Kardashians to Armenia

LIVE AT EIGHT: 11.21.14

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 - Morning Mistress, Girls with Guns

American Power- Adriana Lima Screencaps for Pirelli Calendar, Rose McGowan for Flaunt magazine

Friday Hotness

#ShirtGate Rule 5: Chicks in Space!

By Other Means - Cosplay

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Meredith Hagner, Mari Touno, Jessi Malay, Camille Guaty, Jessica Marais, Mari Tuono

Daily Mail –Roselyn Sanchez stuns in plunging sheer gown that exposes every inch of her flawless figure

E.B.L. - Space exploration, Sexism, Feminism and Fashion, Ariana Savalas

Good Monday Morning

Friday Night Babe- Jenna Dewan

Good Stuff's Cyber World #165

Grumpy Patriot - Lauren Ashley

It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad World -The Friday Pin Up

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning Girl

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If All You See…, If All You See…

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Randy's Roundtable - Cowboys cheerleaders

Sex in Advertising -Victoria's Secret (video)

The Last Tradition - Checkey Beckford

Theo Spark – Teatime Totty, Bath Night, Teatime Totty, Bedtime Totty

The Other McCain- Rule Five Monday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Sheila Ryan

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Leg Day

...and the obligatory 49'er cheerleader

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Quote du jour

“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
― C.S. Lewis

Friday, November 21, 2014

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Jenna Dewan!

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

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Ten Buck Friday Rides Again

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Ten Buck Friday was a success in seeing a majority of Republicans elected to the Senate and Harry Reid being relegated back to the Recycling Bin of History.

But there is one Senate race still undecided in Louisiana and that's our man Bill Cassidy against Mary "I live in Washington, D.C. but I list my residence as my parents' basement in LA so I can vote here" Landrieu.

A runoff means more campaigning, more advertising and more expenses. While it is true that the DSCC has officially withdrawn their ad buys for their dubious candidate, I'm sure there will be a host of surrogates trying to raise money for poor Mary, so she doesn't have to go out and get a real job. (And maybe really move in with her parents this time!)

So, I'm sure there will be tons of breathless fundraising emails about how Republicans eat babies and that's why the want to ban all forms of birth control, and, BTW, did you know they want to replace the national anthem with Tony Orlando's "Knock Three Times"? Crazy!

All of the sudden, after sitting on her hands for six years, Mary Landfill is a crusader for the Keystone XL pipeline. Not for getting it passed necessarily, but for bring it to a vote that she hopes will not sustain her president's veto.

First of all, let me congratulate all of you for kicking Harry Reid's keister to the curb. Well done! And, unlike most politicians, I hate to keep coming back to you for money, so I promise, this is the last time!

Think of the nice warm schadenfreude feeling you got when Harry Reid was demoted. Now think of how warm and fuzzy you'll feel going into the holidays, if we give Mary Landrieu her just desserts as well?

Let's go the the well one last time before the holidays start taking up our time and energy, before the December runoff, and give an early present to Bill Cassidy (and yourself) of a larger majority in the US Senate.

Think how much happier Barack Obama will be at the prospect of governing in a bi-partisan manner. Actually, think of how much damage from the last six years needs to be undone over Barack Obama's vetoes and objections.

Just ten more bucks. It's what we honorary Koch brothers do.

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Quote du jour

“God Almighty has set before me two great objects: the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manners.”
-William Wilberforce

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Time's Person of the Year?

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Well, he has gone from obscurity to You Tube phenomenon in record time. He's quoted by politicians of both major political parties and his name has become a verb overnight: Jonathan Gruber, Mr. Transparency is our choice for Time's Person of the Year award.

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Sheila Ryan!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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Quote du jour

"Technology is anything that wasn't around when you were born."
- Alan Kay

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What if Obama Had Been President During the Civil Rights Movement?

Statement by President Barack Obama on Attack in Selma, AL

Source: WH, 11-18-1962

I strongly condemn today’s terrorist attack, the burning of a black church in Selma, which killed four innocent people, and injured several more. There is and can be no justification for such attacks against innocent civilians. The thoughts and prayers of the American people are with the victims and families of all those who were killed and injured in this horrific attack and in other recent violence. At this sensitive moment in Selma, it is all the more important for blacks and Klan leaders and ordinary citizens to work cooperatively together to lower tensions, reject violence, and seek a path forward towards peace.

Fortunately, our leaders back then did not suffer under a sense of false moral equivalency.

Medal of Honor

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Staff Sergeant Drew Dennis Dix


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Dix distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while serving as a unit adviser. Two heavily armed Viet Cong battalions attacked the Province capital city of Chau Phu resulting in the complete breakdown and fragmentation of the defenses of the city. S/Sgt. Dix, with a patrol of Vietnamese soldiers, was recalled to assist in the defense of Chau Phu. Learning that a nurse was trapped in a house near the center of the city, S/Sgt. Dix organized a relief force, successfully rescued the nurse, and returned her to the safety of the Tactical Operations Center. Being informed of other trapped civilians within the city, S/Sgt. Dix voluntarily led another force to rescue 8 civilian employees located in a building which was under heavy mortar and small-arms fire. S/Sgt. Dix then returned to the center of the city. Upon approaching a building, he was subjected to intense automatic rifle and machinegun fire from an unknown number of Viet Cong. He personally assaulted the building, killing 6 Viet Cong, and rescuing 2 Filipinos. The following day S/Sgt. Dix, still on his own volition, assembled a 20-man force and though under intense enemy fire cleared the Viet Cong out of the hotel, theater, and other adjacent buildings within the city. During this portion of the attack, Army Republic of Vietnam soldiers inspired by the heroism and success of S/Sgt. Dix, rallied and commenced firing upon the Viet Cong. S/Sgt. Dix captured 20 prisoners, including a high ranking Viet Cong official. He then attacked enemy troops who had entered the residence of the Deputy Province Chief and was successful in rescuing the official's wife and children. S/Sgt. Dix's personal heroic actions resulted in 14 confirmed Viet Cong killed in action and possibly 25 more, the capture of 20 prisoners, 15 weapons, and the rescue of the 14 United States and free world civilians. The heroism of S/Sgt. Dix was in the highest tradition and reflects great credit upon the U.S. Army.

S/Sgt. Dix: 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.”

Nancy Pelosi: Hanging with her Peeps

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Jon Stewart on Nancy Pelosi:

Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Happy National Ammo Day!

November 19 is National Ammo Day.

It is a nationwide BUYcott of ammunition. You buy ammunition. 100 Rounds a person.

Buy a box for me!

Quote du jour

"You haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running."

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Dispatches From the eXtra Loony Left

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Barbara Boxer...Bless her heart!

“What does XL stand for? To me it stands for extra lethal,”
-Sen. Barbara Boxer (Dim Bulb-Calif.)

Barbara Boxer shows the same grasp of current events that she did in balancing her checkbook in the '90s. She took to the Senate floor today to warn all of us stupid (implied, thank you, Professor Gruber!) people of the potentially fatal dangers of Keystone XL.

One small problem with that. Keystone XL is an extension of the original Keystone pipeline that was built in 2009. (See: A Tale of Two Pipelines ) If the extension is "extra lethal", perhaps she would be so kind as to list all the fatalities caused by the original, still functioning pipeline?

Don't you think if there had been any problem at all with the original Keystone pipeline, that this information wouldn't be front and center in any discussions from Keystone XL's opponents?

In fact, the pipeline is safer for human life by reducing the possibilities of disastrous oil train wrecks and removes a multitude of oil tankers from the highways of this country, lowering the odds for highway fatalities or accidents which could cause contamination. There is even a net reduction of pollution, as a pipeline moves oil through the pipeline at lower energy costs than for trucks, trains or tankers.

We cannot, however, discount the possibility that Barbara Bouncer is one of the "stupid voters" that Professor Gruber refers to. He would know...

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...

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

Quote du jour

"Don't be afraid of work. Make work afraid of you. I did such a fabulous job of making work afraid of me that it has avoided me my whole life so far."
-Tom Magliozzi
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