Sunday, November 29, 2015

Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Little Saturday Night Music

While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Gabriella Quevedo

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!
US Pilots Confirm: Obama Blocks 75% of Proposed Airstrikes on Syria and Iraq

EPA Gives $30,000 to Unitarian Church That Preaches Against ‘White Privilege’

Bernie Sanders Is Wrong: Part 1: The Bottom 20% Does Not Remain Constant

Bernie Sanders Is Wrong: Part 2 Minimum Wage Statistics

DNC Ad Attacking Republicans for Saying ‘Radical Islam’ Is Laughably Stupid
-It's like they haven't a clue that the word "radical" modifies the word "Islam"

Bill Whittle: How Liberals Cause ISIS Terror Attacks...

Krauthammer’s Take: Turkey Also Shot Down Any Chance of a U.S.-Russia Alliance

Obama - Evil or Just Dumb? A Discussion -Bill Whittle & Andrew Klaven

Thoughts on Paris

The Clinton team is following reporters to the bathroom. - No whistle blower for you!

Climate Science Isn’t Settled

German Expert Evaluates NASA Climate Data, Confirms That It Has Been Falsified



The 'world's sexiest robot' revealed: Eerily life-like female android turns heads in China


Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Cartoon Round Up....

Today's Toons 11/18/15

Earl of Taint -The First American Refugees

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

Today's Toons 11/19/15

Today's Toons 11/20/15

Humpday Humor

Cartoon Round Up...

TGI Funnies

Larwyn's Linx: The Week in Nothing to do with Islam

Late Night With In The Mailbox

Larwyn's Linx: More Syrians Show Up at Mexican Border

In The Mailbox, 11.25.15

#BlackFriday Blogging Links

In The Mailbox: 11.26.15

Larwyn's Linx: At least 15 refugees to US have been charged with terrorism this year

Thursday links

In The Mailbox: 11.27.15

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, Blogs With Rule 5 Links, girls with guns

American Power-Alessandra Ambrosio for Maxim

Angry Mike's Hood - Lil' Bit Country

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & Bang, Seeing Red

The Daley Gator – Daley Babe, Hilary Duff, Daley Babe, CJ Perry

Daily Mail – Lady Kitty Spencer

Good Monday Morning

Feral Irishman - Ah Yes, Men And Boobs, Nothing Changes.....

Friday Night Babe - Hope Solo

Good Stuff's Cyber World #218

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning Girl, Downright perky, Good morning girl

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..., If all you see...

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Pre Thanksgiving Rule Five

Sex in Advertising - Vintage Marilyn

The Last Tradition - Anna Lynne McCord

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Vintage Babe(s) of the Week – Seven, Count 'em!

Kayden Kross

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

...and the obligatory 49er 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

Remember when liberals accused conservatives of not being "nuanced", but they can't tell the difference between Radical Islam and Islam?
-Mike. B.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Hope Solo!

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

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The Face of Everything That's Wrong With Chicago

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Hint: It isn't the police!

Quote du jour

The two highest achievements of the human mind are the twin concepts of "loyalty" and "duty". Whenever these twin concepts fall into disrepute -- get out of there fast! You may possibly save yourself, but it is too late to save that society. It is doomed.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Medal of Honor

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Sergeant Robert E. O'Malley


For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the communist (Viet Cong) forces at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While leading his squad in the assault against a strongly entrenched enemy force, his unit came under intense small-arms fire. With complete disregard for his personal safety, Sgt. O'Malley raced across an open rice paddy to a trench line where the enemy forces were located. Jumping into the trench, he attacked the Viet Cong with his rifle and grenades, and singly killed 8 of the enemy. He then led his squad to the assistance of an adjacent marine unit which was suffering heavy casualties. Continuing to press forward, he reloaded his weapon and fired with telling effect into the enemy emplacement. He personally assisted in the evacuation of several wounded marines, and again regrouping the remnants of his squad, he returned to the point of the heaviest fighting. Ordered to an evacuation point by an officer, Sgt. O'Malley gathered his besieged and badly wounded squad, and boldly led them under fire to a helicopter for withdrawal. Although 3 times wounded in this encounter, and facing imminent death from a fanatic and determined enemy, he steadfastly refused evacuation and continued to cover his squad's boarding of the helicopters while, from an exposed position, he delivered fire against the enemy until his wounded men were evacuated. Only then, with his last mission accomplished, did he permit himself to be removed from the battlefield. By his valor, leadership, and courageous efforts in behalf of his comrades, he served as an inspiration to all who observed him, and reflected the highest credit upon the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service.

Sgt. O'Malley: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are eighty 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.”

The Odder Couple

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Inspired by Bernie's Deodorantophobia*

*A common malady among Bernie's supporters!

Quote du jour

The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.
- George Bernard Shaw

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of vintage 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!

"Give us Your Tired, Poor Teeming Masses, No Huddle, Fourth and Long"

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"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
-Emma Lazarus, The New Colossus

"We can't turn them away! That's not who we are!" Maybe we are, but even if so, I suspect that's not how we always were. But, before we move to make "The New Colossus" our 28th Amendment, let's parse it a bit and apply it to our present situation. "Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free..." I think that's an important qualifier right there: "yearning to breathe free". People came to America, come to America, because it is a land of freedom and opportunity. People who love freedom and desire it for themselves and others should always be welcome here.

The irony of so many people quoting the Emma Lazarus poem, ensconced on a bronze plaque on Ellis Island, is that while most of our European immigrants came through Ellis Island, it was also a point to turn some away. If you were healthy and could support yourself, Step this way! Right over here! If you were too sick to work, you were invited to go back wherever you came from, regardless of race, creed or color. I guess that was 'who we were'?

I was reading in my dead tree paper the other day, an account of a man who was seven years old in 1939, on a ship of about 800 Jewish refugees, being turned away from Florida ports. Was FDR afraid of seven year olds, Mr. Obama? They were fleeing the advent of the Third Reich, and unbeknownst to them at the time, the gas chambers of concentration camps. FDR must not have thought "That's not who we are" at the time when he turned them away.

Do we want to emulate Mr. Roosevelt? I don't think so. It does give a little historic perspective: just because you are needy, even fleeing a war zone, does not entitle you automatic entrance into the US.  (This also includes our southern border) I don't think FDR feared the potential presence of a jihadist among the Jewish refugees. Nor do we want to emulate Bill Clinton, whose jack booted thugs grabbed little Elian Gonzalez at gunpoint to forcibly remove him back to Cuba.

Seems to me, there must be a path between the two extremes of let everybody in and let no one in. I do believe though, that as we did once on Ellis Island, we should try to vet those immigrants who are yearning to breathe free and would be a good fit in our country. Despite President Stompy Foot's assertion that "Republicans fear 3 year olds", there is a real concern that an influx of single males, of military age, could contain ISIS sleepers, or yet more malcontents like the Tsarnaev brothers of Boston Marathon bombing fame and their dear sweet mother!

Our immigration policy ought not to be a suicide pact. Obama beclowns himself when he tries to minimize the genuine concerns over letting potential terrorists into the heartland, by his use of ridicule and scorn. Care should be taken to screen those coming into the country, not just for terrorist ties, but for their ability to assimilate and to keep the American dream alive for yet another generation.

Good people can differ on exactly how they might accomplish that, though I suspect the answer lies somewhere between the two extremes.

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Quote du jour

"The test and the use of a person's education is that they find pleasure in the exercise of their mind."
- Jacques Barzun

Monday, November 23, 2015

Clock Boy Needs His Cleaned

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You all remember Clock Boy? Skinny little dweeb takes a Radio Shack alarm clock out of its case, puts it none too neatly into a miniature briefcase and claims to have "invented" something.
Well, the other shoe has dropped.

The law firm representing Ahmed Mohamed, who has become known as Clock Boy, has sent the Irving City Hall and Irving School District a letter demanding $10 million and $5 million respectively for the poor treatment of Mohamed.

Lame Boy's story was that he brought his "invention" to show his science teacher, who wisely told him to keep it to himself. There was no science fair, no reason for him to bring it to school other than his own. The fact that it was an AC clock and he had to plug it in in an English class, tells us it wasn't an "accident" that the alarm went off at an inappropriate time.

The good news is, that if this ham handed extortion attempt doesn't work out and Clock Family is dumb enough to file suit, it lifts the gag order on the school:

The school has been unable to tell its side of the story, owing to federal educational privacy laws, but if a lawsuit is filed, that muzzle will immediately be lifted.

I'd bet some of those teachers and administrators in Irvine would be chomping at the bit to tell their side of the story. I'm guessing it won't show Extortion Boy in the best of lights.

But if Clock Boy's claim to fame is "inventing" a clock he merely disassembled, I would give him his $15 million in Monopoly money and let him invent real currency out of it. Otherwise, not one red cent.
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