Friday, November 28, 2014

Quote du jour

"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."

- Ronald W. Reagan

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babes* are in a Thanksgiving theme!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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7-4 SF 49er's vs. 7-4 Seattle Seahawks

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Go Niners!

Update: Seahawks 19, Niners 3

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Be thankful for the good times, and that the bad times aren't any worse than they are.

Quote du jour

Crazy thought here; next time you have a controversial announcement to make, do it at 7 a.m.; the hooligans are still sleeping.
-Jim Geraghty, on the Ferguson aftermath

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Separated at Birth?

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The Sky is Falling Five Parts per Billion at a Time

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When the EPA was started, we didn't have the technology to study things that small. Now, the arrogant bureaucrats at the EPA mandate unreasonable regulations based on unrealistic expectations.

Has the EPA outlived its usefulness?

Medal of Honor

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Captain Roger Hugh C. Donlon


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while defending a U.S. military installation against a fierce attack by hostile forces. Capt. Donlon was serving as the commanding officer of the U.S. Army Special Forces Detachment A-726 at Camp Nam Dong when a reinforced Viet Cong battalion suddenly launched a full-scale, predawn attack on the camp. During the violent battle that ensued, lasting 5 hours and resulting in heavy casualties on both sides, Capt. Donlon directed the defense operations in the midst of an enemy barrage of mortar shells, falling grenades, and extremely heavy gunfire. Upon the initial onslaught, he swiftly marshaled his forces and ordered the removal of the needed ammunition from a blazing building. He then dashed through a hail of small arms and exploding hand grenades to abort a breach of the main gate. En route to this position he detected an enemy demolition team of 3 in the proximity of the main gate and quickly annihilated them. Although exposed to the intense grenade attack, he then succeeded in reaching a 60mm mortar position despite sustaining a severe stomach wound as he was within 5 yards of the gun pit. When he discovered that most of the men in this gunpit were also wounded, he completely disregarded his own injury, directed their withdrawal to a location 30 meters away, and again risked his life by remaining behind and covering the movement with the utmost effectiveness. Noticing that his team sergeant was unable to evacuate the gun pit he crawled toward him and, while dragging the fallen soldier out of the gunpit, an enemy mortar exploded and inflicted a wound in Capt. Donlon's left shoulder. Although suffering from multiple wounds, he carried the abandoned 60mm mortar weapon to a new location 30 meters away where he found 3 wounded defenders. After administering first aid and encouragement to these men, he left the weapon with them, headed toward another position, and retrieved a 57mm recoilless rifle. Then with great courage and coolness under fire, he returned to the abandoned gun pit, evacuated ammunition for the 2 weapons, and while crawling and dragging the urgently needed ammunition, received a third wound on his leg by an enemy hand grenade. Despite his critical physical condition, he again crawled 175 meters to an 81mm mortar position and directed firing operations which protected the seriously threatened east sector of the camp. He then moved to an eastern 60mm mortar position and upon determining that the vicious enemy assault had weakened, crawled back to the gun pit with the 60mm mortar, set it up for defensive operations, and turned it over to 2 defenders with minor wounds. Without hesitation, he left this sheltered position, and moved from position to position around the beleaguered perimeter while hurling hand grenades at the enemy and inspiring his men to superhuman effort. As he bravely continued to move around the perimeter, a mortar shell exploded, wounding him in the face and body. As the long awaited daylight brought defeat to the enemy forces and their retreat back to the jungle leaving behind 54 of their dead, many weapons, and grenades, Capt. Donlon immediately reorganized his defenses and administered first aid to the wounded. His dynamic leadership, fortitude, and valiant efforts inspired not only the American personnel but the friendly Vietnamese defenders as well and resulted in the successful defense of the camp. Capt. Donlon's extraordinary heroism, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.

Capt. Donlon: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundre 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.”

Quote du jour

A good chef doesn't have to invent salt.
-John Cox

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Seasons Greetings from Ferguson

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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!

Mr. President: There is No 'Shot Clock' in the Constitution

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President Obama and his sycophantic supporters have made the argument ad nauseum, that since the House failed to pass a certain Senate bill, within a certain amount of time, that President Obama was free to act on his own to unilaterally "fix" the immigration problem. Conservatives, however, keep bringing this "Constitution" thingy into the argument.

Where in the Constitution does it say that any particular piece of legislation passed in the Senate must be voted on in the House within a certain amount of time, or the President gets a free pass to write his own legislation? Moreover, all the faux indignation and self righteous intonation of "two whole years", "seventeen months*", or "514 days", since the Senate passed an immigration bill, completely overlooks the fact that the House did pass a number of immigration reform bills which Senator Harry Reid (Dimbulb- Searchlight) refused to bring up for a vote in the US Senate. The fact that your opponents will not necessarily vote on a bill they disagree with,  also does not give you carte blanche to do whatever you please.

Even though there is no "shot clock", "pass them or else" time limit on Senate bills, you'd think that sooner or later, the US Senate might get around to actually passing a budget. The Senate hasn't passed a budget since 2009. (That's 1851 days for all you anally retentive, math impaired Democrats). Where was the indignation over this?  Beuller?   Beuller??

And yet, and yet...mirabile dictu! I have not heard a single Republican leader tell us that because the Senate has failed to pass a budget in over five years, that they get a free pass to impose their will upon the nation!

We now return you to the relentless coverage of rioting in Ferguson by those protestors who believe that nothing says 'I want to see justice done' like burning down someone else's business and stealing someone else's stuff.

* We'll forgive math impaired Democrats for not knowing that "two years" and "seventeen months" are not the same!

Update: (Of sorts) Through some glitch in Disqus (?) some of your comments come to me as
Proof Positive: Herr Präsident: Es gibt keine 'Schuss Clock "in der Verfassung
Just in case you were wondering how my headline translates into German...

Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' (I found it!) but 'That's funny ...'

-Isaac Asimov

Monday, November 24, 2014

Quote du jour

But I think it would be a mistake to think my Dad’s wisdom and his humor were different facets of his personality. For him, “humor” and “wisdom” were different words for the same thing. After all, a sense of humor is merely the ability to see connections between things we haven’t noticed before (while laughter is what we do when we realize that those connections should have been obvious all along). Is wisdom really such a different thing?

-Jonah Goldberg

Sunday, November 23, 2014

6-4 SF 49'ers vs. 3-7 Politically Incorrect Washington Team Which Shall Remain Nameless

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Go Niners!

Update: Final: overcoming a fourth qtr. deficit: SF 17, Redskins 13

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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