Thursday, March 26, 2015

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* this week is Alice White!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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Hat in the Ring or Neck in the Noose?

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Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"The State Department people in the end of January, early February, expedited visas for (Israeli) Arab leaders to come to the United States to learn how to vote.

There were people in the United States that were organizing them to vote in one party so they would help the left-of-center candidate, (Yitzhak) Herzog, that the Obama administration favored."
-John McLaughlin

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Medal of Honor

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Specialist Fourth Class John P. Baca


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Baca, Company D, distinguished himself while serving on a recoilless rifle team during a night ambush mission A platoon from his company was sent to investigate the detonation of an automatic ambush device forward of his unit's main position and soon came under intense enemy fire from concealed positions along the trail. Hearing the heavy firing from the platoon position and realizing that his recoilless rifle team could assist the members of the besieged patrol, Sp4c. Baca led his team through the hail of enemy fire to a firing position within the patrol's defensive perimeter. As they prepared to engage the enemy, a fragmentation grenade was thrown into the midst of the patrol. Fully aware of the danger to his comrades, Sp4c. Baca unhesitatingly, and with complete disregard for his own safety, covered the grenade with his steel helmet and fell on it as the grenade exploded, thereby absorbing the lethal fragments and concussion with his body. His gallant action and total disregard for his personal well-being directly saved 8 men from certain serious injury or death. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Sp4c. Baca, at the risk of his life, are in the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit on him, his unit, and the U.S. Army.

Sp4c. Baca: 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.”

Quote du jour

I understand the crushing disappointment of the Obama administration and its media poodles at the spectacular success of the foreign leader they loathe more than any other on the planet. The consequent seething and sputtering are understandable, if unseemly. Blaming Netanyahu for banishing peace, however, is mindless.
-Charles Krauthammer

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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!

The Monuments Men, ISIS and Empire

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Full disclosure: I am NOT on the cutting edge of cultural evolution. I do my best to keep pace with its rear echelons. Nevertheless, I finally watched The Monuments Men on Blu-Ray. Based on a true story, it's a buddy movie of sorts, set in WWII Europe. The Nazis are stealing art all over Europe, in all their occupied lands, particularly from the Jews. Every work of art, painting or statuary, gold brick or gold filling that they can lay their hands on is ending up in the homes of SS officers or being shipped by truck or train to large, makeshift warehouses, until it can be gathered at war's end to fill the planned Fuehrer Museum.

Not all art is equally valued, though. Modernist artists, like Picasso, were not deemed worthy, and many of their works were destroyed. Here we have a small band of Americans, along with one Frenchman and one Brit, tasked with trying to save as many of these irreplaceable works of art as possible.

Along the way, they discover that there exists a directive from Hitler, that if he were to be killed, all of the art was to be destroyed. Apparently, he thought that if he couldn't have it, no one could! Part of the tension in the movie is the race against the clock to save these art treasures, compounded by an invading army of Russians from the East, looting stolen art from the Germans, to take back to Russia as reparations for the damage Germany had caused to the USSR.

The movie works well for the most part. Good acting, a solid story line and a few scenes to make you laugh and tug at your heart, ending with what I consider to be a minor ripoff of Saving Private Ryan. If you haven't seen the movie, I would recommend it, not just for an interesting slice of history, but perhaps the chance not to be doomed to repeating it.

Watching the movie, seeing the Nazis destroy works of art that they did not deem worthy, made me think of ISIS with their total disregard for the historical treasures they destroy, because they find them contrary to their religious beliefs. There are a number of parallels between the Nazis and ISIS in their blatant disregard for human life, killing men, women and children for their ideological ends. This was just one more.

There was a second theme I noticed that ran through the movie (to me anyway), and that was empire. The Third Reich plundered every country they conquered, taking art, natural resources, slaves...whatever they wanted. It is the way of empire. The Soviet Union was a competing empire. As they conquer eastern Germany, they looted it of everything they could get their hands on. The satellite countries of the U.S.S.R. paid tribute of whatever they had to Mother Russia, because, that is the way of empire.

And then, you had a handful of men, commissioned by the US government to lay their hands on every piece of art they could find...and return them to their rightful owners. I believe they said that over five million pieces of art were retrieved, Rembrandts, Monets, a sculpture by Michelangelo, each worth millions by themselves, returned to the private owners whenever possible, the churches, the museums from whence they had been taken. This is NOT the way of empire.

We conquered Kuwait without taking their oil and gave the country back to the Kuwatis. We conquered Iraq, but did not loot it for either its national treasures or its oil. And apparently, conquered Europe without looting their art. As I said above. Just one more thing.

The looney Left likes to hurl the epithet "empire" at us, as did their Neoisolationist fellow traveler Ron Paul, as I detailed in "We Can't Afford the Empire".

Even under the sloppiest thinking short of downright dishonesty, it is impossible to define the United States of America as an "empire". We have many military bases around the world, much as our blue water navy, to project American power and to respond to events anywhere in the world, that might threaten our freedom. At least, that was true up until the last decade. Without the will to use that power, they may as well sit on their hands as our embassies are attacked and American citizens are tortured and killed.

Should we realistically evaluate our military bases, both foreign and domestic, so that we can maintain those and perhaps only those that are vital to our security and defense? Certainly. We have seen the disaster caused by the precipitous withdrawal of troops from Iraq and the far greater threat that was allowed to blossom in the absence of our military strength or a correspondingly strong Iraqi national defense.

Are we the "cops of the world"? Under Barack Obama we are scarcely the "Neighborhood Watch" of the world. China is building a blue water navy, Putin is running roughshod over the Ukraine, in spite of our written agreement with Britain, Russia and the Ukraine to defend their sovereignty. Our word was apparently no good under the current president. The same man who told us Iraq was stable enough for us to depart completely, who lied to us and told us "if you like your doctor, you can keep him", told the Ukraine that if you like your borders, you can keep them". Why should our allies believe anything he says? After drawing red lines and accusing the Syrian president of war crimes, Obama did nothing and the tyrant still sits in the seat of power. He brings toothless sanctions against Russia, all the while reducing sanctions against Iran because "they're not working".

Why should our enemies believe anything he says? Our military is steadily shrinking, our space program has been all but gutted. The preeminence of American power has been diluted, diminished or destroyed by this president.

To paraphrase Bill Buckley, I will not insult your intelligence by saying that you actually believe the argument you make when you say that the US is an "empire"

Quote du jour

"Instead of raising us up by acting like exemplary, sterling people, you bring us down to your own level, a place of blurred lines and fungible ethics and sleazy associates."
-Maureen Dowd, on Hillary Clinton

Monday, March 23, 2015

Quote du jour

“Clinton said she didn’t delete any official emails, but won’t turn over the server to prove it. She said she emailed no classified information (presumably even to her husband), but won’t cough up the server to prove it. She said there were no security breaches, but won’t produce the server to prove it.”
-Ron Fournier

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Women of PETA XLII

To the delight of some and the chagrin of others, we continue with yet one more tribute to those lovely lasses who would bare their assets to further the cause of PETA.

Because the world needs more naked, nearly naked and vegetable clad vegetarians!

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Quote du jour

I haven’t seen a Democratic presidential candidate this enthusiastic about camps since FDR.
-Jim Geraghty, on Hillary's "Fun camps"

Saturday, March 21, 2015

A Little Saturday Night Music

Jimmy Buffett - Boat Drinks

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

At the White House, There’s Nobody Home -The absence of leadership created chaos @ home & abroad -Victor Davis Hanson

Obama Federalizes Police Forces in Six US Cities

Administration sets record for withholding government files Transparency, baby!

Russia sends nuclear capable 'Iskander' missile system to Kaliningrad
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Golden Oldie: White House Scraps Missile Shield in Poland 9/17/2009

Obama vs. the generals

Haitians Protest Outside Hillary Clinton’s Office Over ‘Billions Stolen’ by Clinton Foundation

DC Matic: The Hillary-Approved Email Server!

Ron Fournier on Dems and Hillary’s Email: Don’t buy the spin, they are scared to death

The Criminal Arrogance of Hillary Clinton

Zonation on Hillary

14 Shot In Chicago Since Friday Including a 14 Year Old With Gang Ties…

Cop Shooter Jeffrey Williams Is Friends With Mike Brown’s Buddy Dorian Johnson

The 2015 Obama Scandal Bracket

Hillary Clinton’s Top Five Clashes Over Secrecy
-Sharyl Attkisson

Ben Carson Interview Shows He Is Not Even Close To Being Close To Ready For Prime Time

‘Justified’ Actor Looks to Avoid Repeating Hollywood’s ‘Mistakes’ as Director of New ‘Gosnell’ Film


Flying car closer to reality


Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies



Earl of Taint - Hillary's Fun camps

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

Humpday Humor

It's a MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD World...

In The Mailbox, 03.17.15


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 - Girls with gunsBlogs With Rule 5 Links, girls with guns, Girls with guns, Hot pick

American Power- Kate Upton Bikini pics, Charlotte McKinney in Denim

Spring is almost here

Average Bubba Rule Five

By Other Means - Cosplay

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Julia Kelly , Laila Odom, Alana De la Garza, Stephanie Rao

Daily Mail – Asifa Mirza, Suki Waterhouse smoulders in next to nothing, Gisele Bundchen in a white string bikini

Hotties, Happy Humpday!, Lingerie Thursday

E.B.L. -Sexy Cosplayers and Trade Show Booth Babes Rule 5 , Vintage Hollywood St. Patrick's day, Kate Upton zero gravity, Sophia Loren

Good Monday Morning

Feral Irishman - Sunday afternoon coffee

Friday Night Babe -Lily Aldridge

Good Stuff's Cyber World #182
, St Patty's Day

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

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning girl

Aria Giovanni

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

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - In the paint...

The Last Tradition - Trista T

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Teatime Totty, Teatime Totty, Saturday is bath night, Charlotte McKinney Big and Busty Racktastic for Denim

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Kay Aldridge

Woman Cooks Naked To Get More Men Into Cooking, Succeeds

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:

Quote(s) du jour

"...this nation's racial history still casts its shadow upon us."
-Barack Obama

The Great Society of LBJ still casts its long shadow upon us. Black illegitimacy soared and children without fathers gravitate to gangs and poverty.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Lily Aldridge!

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

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Quote du jour

"If the American president isn't careful, his two most important foreign policy achievements will be a nuclear Iran and the restoration of the Islamic caliphate."
-Ari Shamron, The English Girl, 2013

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* this week is Kay Aldridge!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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Quote du jour

The other week Gov. Scott Walker said he didn’t know whether or not I was a Christian. And I was taken aback, but fortunately my faith teaches us forgiveness. So, Governor Walker, as-salamu alaykum.
-Barack Obama, at the Gridiron Dinner

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Separated at Birth??

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What's the difference between Barack Obama and Joffrey Baratheon, from Game of Thrones?

One is a childish, arrogant, petty tyrant, not respected for any accomplishment, but only for the position he holds.

The other is a character by George R. R. Martin.

The Race, to Starbucks, Pt. II

Our friends at Starbucks want to start a new dialogue on race.

Barrista: "Would you like a shot of espresso?

Me: "Hands up, no shot!"
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