Monday, September 22, 2014

Quote du jour

The difference between science and the fuzzy subjects is that science requires reasoning while those other subjects merely require scholarship.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Sunday, September 21, 2014

1 & 1 Niners vs. 2 & 0 Cardinals

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Go Niners!

Update: Final - Cardinals 23, Niners 14, Penalties 8,673


Meat: Our Friends the Animals

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I want to talk with you briefly about a first world problem: Having too many choices of what to eat. They don't have this problem in the third world. There, you eat whatever you can get your hands on, or starve. And don't get me started on North Korea!

This is exacerbated by another first world problem: I keep hearing this ad on my satellite radio about veganism. It starts out blandly enough :

Not all vegans are 'tree huggers'...okay.

Here's a guy who's a Christian and a conservative and he's a vegan...okay...sounds like a reasonable person.

And this guy is a vegan because he knows that animals...are not his enemies.

Wait! What?? He doesn't eat meat because he knows that animals are not his enemies?? What is he? A cannibal??? Do you know anyone who eats his enemies? I mean, I oppose mine, debate them, try to defeat them politically, in the case of terrorists, I may try to kill them, but eat them? Never entered my mind! What are these guys smoking along with their veggieburgers?

Now, I wouldn't necessarily classify these guys as world class whackadoos, because, after all, what constitutes "world class" these days? But, here's a sample of their 'thinking':

When Nazis rounded up Jews, babies were ripped out of their mothers' arms. In the dairy industry, calves are stolen from their mothers after birth. Other animal mothers, such as sows, rabbits and ewes, have their babies taken within days, weeks or months after birth. Separating families is a psychologically devastating tactic used to weaken one's pride and inhibit their desire to retaliate and fight back. Nazis swiped this technique from the meat, dairy and egg industries. Jews were tattooed to mark them. All animals in the meat and dairy industries are branded with hot irons, or ear-notched with a numerical tag. Jews were sent to the concentration camps in the same extermination trucks that still send animals to slaughterhouses. The Nazis constructed human slaughterhouses to massacre millions, while these torture-buildings have been strategically built all over the planet to massacre billions of animals. Jews have been, while animals still are, treated like nothing, as if their lives don't matter.
Because, when Nazis treat people like animals it's bad, but if you treat animals like animals...'s like... look! Over there! Shiny!!

But, their profound thinking about "species-ism" got me to thinking...if all life is sacred and equal, what gives them the right to commit genocide on our brother and sister species of bacteria and viruses? Who are they to make a distinction? I believe that in order to be consistent, that when they go in for surgery, they find a doctor who does not believe in hygiene. Think of the millions of bacteria mindlessly slaughtered when they scrub in? No antibiotics. No sterilized instruments. No boiling water... just sharing the planet with the tiniest of our brother and sisters! (Kumbayah!)

I'm not going to bother to give you the link to these guys, because if you're dedicated to wholesale bacterial genocide, I'm sure you can find them! I'll give you a hint: they call themselves "adaptt", with two "T"s, (because they spell as well as they reason).

For the sake of full disclosure, I want you to know that the neither the steer who provided my steak tonight or the pig whose bacon I enjoyed this morning or even the hen from whom my eggs were gathered were enemies of mine. Because, in addition to opposing my enemies, debating them, defeating them politically, and trying to kill them...sometimes I merely mock them.

Mmm, bacon!

Quote du jour

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
-Mark Twain

Saturday, September 20, 2014

A Little Saturday Night Music

Ray Stevens - Makin' The Best Of A Bad Situation

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

The Scandals Are Catching Up With Mary Landrieu

Mitt Romney: In Your Heart, You Know He’s a Loser

The injustice of Eric Holder

Benghazi Select Committee Answers 'What Difference Does It Make?'

Obama Admin Just Got Betrayed By One Of It’s Own At Benghazi Hearing

8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information


Bill Whittle: Tie-Dyed Tyranny and Pocket Gophers...

And now for something fun...

Defending Yourself IDF Style

BUSH LITE - Bill Whittle

Andrew Klavan: Is ISIS Islamic?


Oakland Firefighter Plays Victim Card Until Police Release Video -Jack Dunphy

Black Panthers Threaten to Lynch Black Conservative for Supporting Officer Darren Wilson

House passes bill to limit EPA overreach on ditch water

Missouri Legislature Overrules Leftist Governor’s Veto Of Law Allowing Teachers To Be Armed In School


Joan Rivers -Mike Rowe

California school district buys $14,000 espresso maker to save jobs. Or something.

Issac Asimov on the Star Spangled Banner

Science and Technology

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3 Things to Know About NASA’s New Private Space Contracts
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Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Sunday Funnies


Earl of Taint - I Thought He Only Ended War…Or UnWar Or Whatever It’s Called This Week

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

I Concur


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

21st Century Minutemen

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.17.14

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 - Girls with Guns, Hot pick, Hot pick

American Power- Lovely Joey Fisher

April Lavigne


Rule 5 Linkfest with Taylor Swift

By Other Means - Cosplay, Flexibility

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Amy Smart, Masami Kouehi, Ally Maki

Daily Mail – Heidi Klum

E.B.L. - Alyssa Milano , Football- Week Two, Eartha Kitt

Good Monday Morning

Friday Night Babe -Evangeline Lilly

Good Stuff's Cyber World #156

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

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Morning MILFs

Hump Day Rule 5 - Anna Faris, Cocoa Beach

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…

Randy's Roundtable - Thursday Nite Tart, Cowboy cheerleader

Miss Finland

Sex in Advertising -Guess

The Last Tradition - Saffi Karina, Teiko Dornor

Theo Spark – Red Friday Totty, Teatime Totty, Teatime Totty, Teatime Totty

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Susan Cabot

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Friday Nite Tite Dresses, Buenas, Something grilled would be tasty

...and the obligatory 49'er cheerleader

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

Obama used intelligence gathered under Bush to "get" bin Laden. Obama, however, used no intelligence to trade five bin Ladens for Bergdahl.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Evangeline Lilly!

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

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GlaxoSmithKline Fined 3 Billion Renminbi by the Chinese

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N.Y.T.: In a record penalty, a court in southern China on Friday imposed a fine of nearly $500 million on GlaxoSmithKline, the scandal-hit British pharmaceutical giant, and sentenced its former head of China operations to at least 2 years in prison, a state news agency reported. The penalty was for bribery in a case that has exposed widespread corruption in China’s medical sector.
The fine of 3 billion renminbi, or $487 million, was imposed on the company by a court in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province

Perhaps the most interesting thing to me in that story was that I had never heard the word "renminbi" before.

So, as a public service, according to wiki:
The renminbi is the official currency of the People’s Republic of China. The name... literally means "people's currency".

The yuan (元/圆) is the basic unit of the renminbi, but is also used to refer to the Chinese currency generally, especially in international contexts. The distinction between the terms "renminbi" and "yuan" is similar to that between sterling and pound, which respectively refer to the British currency and its primary unit. One yuan is subdivided into 10 jiǎo (角), and a jiǎo in turn is subdivided into 10 fēn(分).

I bring this to your attention in the unlikely event of the US electing a Democrat to the White House in 2016, where four to eight more years of Democrat control of the economy and foreign policy, will probably force you to calculate your minimum wage requirements in yuan, as our new and benevolent overlords fill our pockets with renminbi.

The Return of Ten Buck Friday

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Week Three of a Nine Week Mission, to Seek Out new life for the Senate, to Boldly Go where our nation needs to be!

Focusing on the Senate races (Republicans need just six seats to oust the Dimbulb from Searchlight, Harry Reid as majority leader, ten to show Obama what the country really thinks of him!), is it worth ten bucks a week (1 1/2 lbs. of bacon?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?

With that in mind, this week we look to the open Senate seat in AR. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Tom Cotton?

Real Clear Politics has Cotton up 1.7 points on the average, and rates the state as a toss up.

You can contribute to Tom Cotton here. Good luck and Godspeed, Tom!

(If you mark your contribution as "Ten Buck Friday", they'll see if the blogosphere can give them a little bump.)

Note: I've gotten one report back of difficulty donating through that link. I tried it myself just now, and it worked perfectly. Let me know if you have any trouble donating and we'll contact the campaign if necessary. -Proof

Visit Our Growing List of Fellow Ten Buck Friday bloggers:

Adrienne's Corner

Fishersville Mike

For God, Family, and Country

Laughing Conservative

Left Coast Rebel

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Proof Positive

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Theo Spark


Scottish Independence Vote Appears to be Going Down

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Aberdeen, the nation's third largest city, voted to stay 59-41%

Glasgow voted to go 55- 43% with a 75% turn out. The "no"s appear to have it overall.

Great Britain remains as great as it was yesterday.

-Cross posted at LCR

Quote du jour

British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain was a hawk compared to Barack Obama. At least Chamberlain was building up his country's military forces while trying to appease Hitler. Obama is cutting back on our military forces while our enemies around the world are expanding theirs.
-Thomas Sowell

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Susan Cabot!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Thursday)

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

Quote du jour

Just because you see pictures of glaciers falling into the ocean doesn't mean anything bad is happening. This is something that happens all the time. It's part of the natural cycle of things. We know from measurements that glaciers have been melting for 200 years at least.
-Freeman Dyson

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Medal of Honor

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Private First Class Ernest E. West


Pfc. West distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. He voluntarily accompanied a contingent to locate and destroy a reported enemy outpost. Nearing the objective, the patrol was ambushed and suffered numerous casualties. Observing his wounded leader Iying in an exposed position, Pfc. West ordered the troops to withdraw, then braved intense fire to reach and assist him. While attempting evacuation, he was attacked by 3 hostile soldiers employing grenades and small-arms fire. Quickly shifting his body to shelter the officer, he killed the assailants with his rifle, then carried the helpless man to safety. He was critically wounded and lost an eye in this action. but courageously returned through withering fire and bursting shells to assist the wounded. While evacuating 2 comrades, he closed with and killed 3 more of the foe. Pfc. West's indomitable spirit, consummate valor, and intrepid actions inspired all who observed him, reflect the highest credit on himself, and uphold the honored traditions of the military service.

Pfc. West: 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.”


It's been about a week since The Least Serious President in the History of the Republic™ decided that the best way to commemorate the 13th anniversary of 9/11, was a "day of service" at a place called "KaBoom".

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We applaud President Selfie for his sensitivity. /sarc

White House Dossier -GOP Presidential Primary Poll

Keith Koffler over at White House Dossier is running a GOP Presidential Primary Poll here.

Please stop by and cast a vote for anyone other than Christie, Huckabee or Romney. /editorial

Voting closes noon tomorrow, EDT I would imagine.

Quote du jour

It makes me roll my eyes every time one of our pundits waxes poetic about the great history and culture of the Muslim Mid east. Unless I’m missing something, the Arabs haven’t given anything to the world since Algebra, and, by the way, thanks a hell of a lot for that one.
- Dennis Miller

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...
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I may not be exactly sure what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Mark Twain on Obama's Coalition Building

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Obama has a problem. Yes, I know I am the King of Understatement. But I was speaking specifically in terms of his coalition building attempts to battle ISIS/ISIL/IS/ those 'beheading folk'. He once again makes the classic blunder of telling his opponents exactly what he will and won't do in regards to "managing" the ISIS crisis. One of those things he has been adamant about is committing combat troops, commonly referred to as "boots on the ground".

Obama is willing to send bombers and intel and support personnel, but refuses (at the present time) to commit combat troops to the effort. The reasoning?

 "..this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region... America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat."
You see, it's not really our fight, well, it's kind of our fight, but just because we're leading the fight doesn't mean it's our fight. It's your region, so it's only fair that you guys put up the bulk of the cannon fodder, er, boots on the ground!

Man! That really ranks up there with "I have not just yet begun to fight!" doesn't it? More like, "Damn the torpedoes, you guys go on ahead, I'll catch up with you!"

Other than a sophomoric "fairness" argument, I have not heard Obama make the case for why any country should commit ground troops to a war where we will not.

America is seen by most of the world as a land of wealth. People we consider as being "below the poverty line" have a standard of living envied by most of the third world.  One of the criticisms of the Viet Nam war, advanced by good liberals, was that the draft was "unfair" because the sons of the wealthy were able to avoid it. The sons of poor people died in disproportionately high numbers to the sons of the wealthy.  The son of Senator Al Gore did go to Viet Nam, but as a REMF with a typewriter, well behind the battle lines. I don't believe that he has ever heard a "shot fired in anger". And George W. Bush, even though he was trained as a fighter pilot, still caused apoplexy among liberals as being "AWOL from Viet Nam".

How much will the world, Mr. President, view your request for ground troops from poorer nations to engage in mortal combat, while the sons of the 'affluent' sit home and play Mortal Kombat? "Unfair"?

If you are serious about destroying ISIS, why not care enough to send the very best? I, like most of the nation, am war weary. Mostly because it is unfair to ask even one young man to risk his life for no other real purpose than to provide photo ops and cover for venal politicians, as has been the case for the last six years.

The armed forces of the United States should be committed only when there is a clearly defined objective, are properly trained and equipped, and there is an exit strategy. Allowing casualties in Afghanistan, for example, the war that Obama said we needed to fight, simply to mark time until it is politically expedient to withdraw them, is criminal.

We need to destroy ISIS and simultaneously need to secure the borders that allow any people of uncertain motive into the heartland of our country.

But if we expect a coalition of countries to join us, and commit combat troops to the effort, we must lead by example. Nothing less will do. Nothing.

When Twain's Tom Sawyer was whitewashing his fence, he was able to con a number of people into doing the work for him. Those were simpler times, and Mr. Obama:

You're no Tom Sawyer.

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Cross posted at LCR, Political Clown Parade
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