Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Reformation Day!

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Four hundred and ninety two years ago today, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a Wittenberg chapel door, essentially starting the Protestant Reformation.

Rush: "The Biggest Snatch of Freedom and Liberty"



H/T Pat Dollard

A Little All Hallow's e'en Saturday Night Music

Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette:

Remake of "Nightmare on Elm Street"

Did you hear about the new remake of the horror movie "A Nightmare on Elm Street"?
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They're calling it: "A Democrat on Pennsylvania Avenue"!

Happy Halloween!

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Today is Halloween! Does it strike you as odd as it does me, that 364 days a year we tell our children not to take candy from strangers?

Let Sleeping Congressmen Lie

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Michael Ramirez

Quote du Jour

This compulsion to attack his predecessor is as stale as it is unseemly. Obama was elected a year ago. He became commander in chief two months later. He then solemnly announced his own “comprehensive new strategy” for Afghanistan seven months ago. And it was not an off-the-cuff decision. “My administration has heard from our military commanders, as well as our diplomats,” the president assured us. “We’ve consulted with the Afghan and Pakistani governments, with our partners and our NATO allies, and with other donors and international organizations” and “with members of Congress.”

Obama is obviously unhappy with the path he himself chose in March. Fine. He has every right — indeed, duty — to reconsider. But what Obama is reacting to is the failure of his own strategy.

-Charles Krauthammer

Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB is Rescue Me's Andrea Roth!

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Democrats' Monster Mash



Remember when "novelty" songs were on the AM radio and not just talk radio? Here's Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Cryptkicker Five's Monster Mash, with a little updated treatment. Barney Frankenstein...what a concept!

H/T Hope and Change

The Lingerie Football League

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Chicago Bliss


If you’re interested in girl-on-girl action — and sports — there’s a new league that’s just the ticket. The Lingerie Football League offers players who could be the offspring of an NFL-Victoria’s Secret marriage. And while two New York and Philadelphia teams are tangling in some other sport, the New York Majesty and the Philadelphia Passion are squaring off tomorrow night in their first gridiron game — and it promises to show more than just pigskin.


Poor girls can't afford padding or helmets and just barely have enough to wear!

H/T Support Your Local Gunfighter

Quote du Jour

When people call the Times the "newspaper of record", for an increasing number of politically inconvenient stories it seems to be a "record" mainly in the sense that Pat Boone's cover version of Little Richard is — perfectly pleasant and innocuous but with all the life drained out of it. One assumes they're now actively auditioning for government funding.

-Mark Steyn

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wal-Mart Sells Coffins...

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...on the layaway plan???


Don't look for them on the shelves of your local Wal-Mart store, but Walmart.com is now selling caskets and urns at bargain prices online.

The Associated Press reports that Wal-Mart quietly added these items to its huge online selection last week. And it noted that Costco has been selling caskets and urns online as well. Who knew?

This is great news, we think, because the exorbitant prices charged by funeral homes have been one of our pet peeves for decades. Funeral homes are required by law to accept a casket you buy elsewhere -- and can't charge you extra if you do.


I agree that burial costs are too high and generally come at a time when people's emotions are raw and they could be vulnerable to making poor decisions.

So, will this give liberals more or less reason to hate Wal-Mart?

Cross posted at Say Anything

Republicans More Knowledgeable than Democrats?

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Was there ever any question?


According to a Pew poll:
Republicans and independents each averaged 5.7 correct answers, compared with five correct among Democrats. Men correctly answered an average of 5.9 of the 12 items; women answered an average of 4.7.


Figures.

Hat tip Pat Dollard
Cross Posted at Say Anything

Verdict in "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" Fatality

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Worth dying for?


Once a year, it seems, you hear a story about alcohol poisoning somewhere where someone tried to drink too much too fast. But, have you ever heard of anyone dying from water intoxication?

A Sacramento radio station had a promotion to win a game system in their "Hold Your Wee for a WII" contest. According to the Smoking Gun:
Jennifer Strange, a 28-year-old mother of three, died on January 12 (2007) after drinking almost two gallons of water while taking part in a giveaway contest sponsored by Sacramento's KDND-FM. The contest awarded a Nintendo console to the person who could avoid urinating (or vomiting) after drinking a large quantity of water.

Today, a verdict was handed down, holding the radio station and its parent company 100% responsible for Strange's negligent death and awarded her family $16.57 million in damages.

Sadly, a caller to the program during the contest, who identified herself as a nurse, tried to warn the on air personalities of the dangers of water intoxication but was ignored.

Cross Posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

"Time and again history has shown that strength legitimately exercised has a pacifying effect. It instills a sense of security, backed up by an attitude of respect. And in that atmosphere anti-Americanism ceases being a threat to world stability and recedes to its proper role as the pastime of cranks and impotent malcontents."

-Roger Kimball

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Medal of Honor

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Specialist Fifth Class Charles Chris Hagemeister


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. While conducting combat operations against a hostile force, Sp5c. Hagemeister's platoon suddenly came under heavy attack from 3 sides by an enemy force occupying well concealed, fortified positions and supported by machineguns and mortars. Seeing 2 of his comrades seriously wounded in the initial action, Sp5c. Hagemeister unhesitatingly and with total disregard for his safety, raced through the deadly hail of enemy fire to provide them medical aid. Upon learning that the platoon leader and several other soldiers also had been wounded, Sp5c. Hagemeister continued to brave the withering enemy fire and crawled forward to render lifesaving treatment and to offer words of encouragement. Attempting to evacuate the seriously wounded soldiers, Sp5c. Hagemeister was taken under fire at close range by an enemy sniper. Realizing that the lives of his fellow soldiers depended on his actions, Sp5c. Hagemeister seized a rifle from a fallen comrade, killed the sniper, 3 other enemy soldiers who were attempting to encircle his position and silenced an enemy machinegun that covered the area with deadly fire. Unable to remove the wounded to a less exposed location and aware of the enemy's efforts to isolate his unit, he dashed through the fusillade of fire to secure help from a nearby platoon. Returning with help, he placed men in positions to cover his advance as he moved to evacuate the wounded forward of his location. These efforts successfully completed, he then moved to the other flank and evacuated additional wounded men despite the fact that his every move drew fire from the enemy. Sp5c. Hagemeister's repeated heroic and selfless actions at the risk of his life saved the lives of many of his comrades and inspired their actions in repelling the enemy assault. Sp5c. Hagemeister's indomitable courage was in the highest traditions of the U.S. Armed Forces and reflect great credit upon himself.


Sp5c. Hagemeister: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes





There are over 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.

Quote du jour

"I have trouble listening to what [Cheney] says sometimes because of the blood that drips from his teeth while he's talking"

-Rep. Alan Grayson, D-FL

Stay classy, Democrats!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The "Wal-Mart Option"

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Nancy Pelosi thinks that all government run health care needs is a little better PR. She wants to change the name "public option" and call it the "competitive option", despite the fact that , if competition was all the government wanted, it could tear down the barriers keeping hundreds if not thousands of insurance companies from competing across state lines.

And if millions of uninsured were the concern, perhaps some attention could be paid to the billions of dollars currently wasted on Medicare fraud and out of control malpractice costs?

The libs always get their Birkenstocks in a bunch whenever they think of a Wal-Mart coming in and putting mom and pop stores out of business, so, let's call this the "Wal-Mart Option"!

That should sit well with the people back home in Nancy's district, shouldn't it?

Quote du jour

Someone pointed out that blaming economic crises on "greed" is like blaming plane crashes on gravity. Certainly planes wouldn't crash if it wasn't for gravity. But when thousands of planes fly millions of miles every day without crashing, explaining why a particular plane crashed because of gravity gets you nowhere.

Neither does talking about "greed," which is constant like gravity.

-Thomas Sowell

Monday, October 26, 2009

Quote du Jour

Many liberals accuse conservatives of "lying" and "smears" for merely quoting them correctly.

-Proof

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Quote du jour

Listening to Obama speak is like … pouring milk on your cereal and watching earwigs float to the top.

-Harvey, IMAO

Saturday, October 24, 2009

This Last Week's Poll

This last week's poll: Recent Wins by Republicans in Off Year Elections are:

Encouraging 33%
No reason to get overly optimistic 33%
I haven't heard of any...what gives? 33%
Evidence of Obama's waning popularity 33%


Multiple choices and Obama's crack budget office accountants may account for totals greater than 100%

Thank you for your participation!
Not a scientific poll. Respondents are self selecting. Questions are drawn from fortune cookies, hieroglyphics and tomorrow’s New York Times.

Please make your opinion known in this week's poll.

A Little Saturday Night Music

The Seekers: I Know I'll Never Find Another You

Fake Cigarettes? Suck this!

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Are you old enough to remember candy cigarettes? Slender white sticks of candy, dyed red on the end, with Red Dye #5, or whatever would send small children into insulin shock, to simulate the glowing tip of the fake cigarette.
Although they are still available through specialty vendors, political correctness spelled their doom decades ago. Have children imitate smokers??? Heaven forbid!

I hadn't thought of these in years, until recently, I've been hearing ads on radio and TV for electronic cigarettes. These smokeless devices produce what is advertised as "nearly odorless" water vapor that one can use to "blow smoke rings".

One TV ad showed that the fake cigarette had a red plastic tip that glowed "like a real cigarette". It was so fake looking, it made me think of the candy. I can't imagine anyone looking cool, puffing on one of these phony electronic cigarettes. I also can't imagine, given the sensitivity of most health Nazis, that this "nearly odorless" vapor would be permitted anywhere that smoking is banned.

But, hey! If you need something to satisfy your oral fixation, knock yourself out! Just be prepared for some good natured snickering at your expense!

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

"Climate change (provides) the greatest chance to bring about justice and equality in the world.
No matter if the science is all phony, there are still collateral benefits
(to global warming policies)."

-Christine Stewart, Canada's former environment minister
(Quoted in Glenn Beck's An Inconvenient Book

Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB is Kristen Bell.

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"Democrats" Disregard Democracy

If you needed more evidence that the Democrats do not favor democracy, watch this disgusting piece of video:



H/T News Real Blog
Cross Posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.

-Bob Hope

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Quote du jour

The White House trying to dictate who's a news organization. Democrats out to gut a business group. Obama media allies damning Americans as racist, unpatriotic and treasonous. Is this the America Obama promised when he campaigned to end the cynical and divisive politics of the past?

-Steve Huntley via Legal Insurrection

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Medal of Honor

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Captain Harold A. Fritz


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fritz, Armor, U.S. Army, distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader with Troop A, near Quan Loi. Capt. Fritz was leading his 7-vehicle armored column along Highway 13 to meet and escort a truck convoy when the column suddenly came under intense crossfire from a reinforced enemy company deployed in ambush positions. In the initial attack, Capt. Fritz' vehicle was hit and he was seriously wounded. Realizing that his platoon was completely surrounded, vastly outnumbered, and in danger of being overrun, Capt. Fritz leaped to the top of his burning vehicle and directed the positioning of his remaining vehicles and men. With complete disregard for his wounds and safety, he ran from vehicle to vehicle in complete view of the enemy gunners in order to reposition his men, to improve the defenses, to assist the wounded, to distribute ammunition, to direct fire, and to provide encouragement to his men. When a strong enemy force assaulted the position and attempted to overrun the platoon, Capt. Fritz manned a machinegun and through his exemplary action inspired his men to deliver intense and deadly fire which broke the assault and routed the attackers. Moments later a second enemy force advanced to within 2 meters of the position and threatened to overwhelm the defenders. Capt. Fritz, armed only with a pistol and bayonet, led a small group of his men in a fierce and daring charge which routed the attackers and inflicted heavy casualties. When a relief force arrived, Capt. Fritz saw that it was not deploying effectively against the enemy positions, and he moved through the heavy enemy fire to direct its deployment against the hostile positions. This deployment forced the enemy to abandon the ambush site and withdraw. Despite his wounds, Capt. Fritz returned to his position, assisted his men, and refused medical attention until all of his wounded comrades had been treated and evacuated. The extraordinary courage and selflessness displayed by Capt. Fritz, at the repeated risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Army and reflect the greatest credit upon himself, his unit, and the Armed Forces.


Captain Fritz: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes





There are over 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.

"Mr. Gorbachev: Tear Down This Wall!"



Mr. Obama: Take notes!


As Rob Port at Say Anything noted yesterday, Barack Obama will apparently be "too busy" to attend ceremonies celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall. Funny! Candidate Obama made speeches in Germany, posed in front of 10 Downing Street and flew to Copenhagen at the drop of a hat to try to strengthen Chicago's bid for the Olympics, but when one of our allies actually invites him to participate in the commemoration of the historic event that symbolizes the ending of the Cold War, Obama has only a cold shoulder for Angela Merkel!

I wonder, aside from Obama's coziness with leftist dictators, if he would have had to say something complimentary about Ronald Reagan, to the dismay of his nutwing base (some of whom childishly call the great man "Raygun" to this day)?

Or is it simply his disdain for democratic societies and their achievements that puts off Obama so?

Rick Richman writes:
If he cannot bring himself to see the importance of this issue on the merits, perhaps his political advisers will consider the optics of his ending his first year in office with (1) a trip to Copenhagen on behalf of his hometown, (2) a trip to Oslo to pick up a prize he admits he does not deserve, and (3) a failure to take a trip to Berlin to help celebrate his country’s historic accomplishment. History will notice his absence, and the electorate may as well.


It would be an embarrassment for this country to have the purported Leader of the Free World conspicuous in his absence from the commemoration of the tearing down of the Berlin Wall.

Mr. Obama: Get your ass in gear!

Cross posted at Say Anything

Plastic Surgery Tax

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...because only rich people should be beautiful!


First introduced last July, Senate considers 10% tax on plastic surgery to pay for healthcare reform, what do "boob jobs" and rhinoplasty have to do with basic universal healthcare, other than being a cash cow the government can milk for funds?

Also, nothing says "regressive" like a tax that targets mostly women!

A plastic surgeon at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., Roth also tried to make cosmetic procedures more politically correct. He disputed that the tax would hurt the wealthy, arguing that most patients save for years for treasured procedures. Plus, he said, the tax would discriminate against women, who make up 86% of the patient list.


Will plastic surgery become part of "universal health care"? Shouldn't my "right" to health care include free kidneys AND George Clooney's nose???

H/T Hot Air

Quote du jour

Look, CNN was patted on the head by the Obama administration as objective. CNN is an organization that a few weeks ago had a fact-checking on a "Saturday Night Live" skit that was mildly critical of Obama, but did no fact checking on wildly, grotesquely, libelous racist statements allegedly made by Rush Limbaugh which were not made by Rush Limbaugh.

…That's not a matter of sloppiness. That's a matter of ideology.

-Charles Krauthammer

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

White House Micromanages Supreme Court Nominee

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The White House trusts her to interpret the Constitution, but not to dress herself?


Interesting story out of New Haven, CT. regarding newly minted Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

NEW HAVEN — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Saturday her grueling nomination process was a tightly-scripted event, right down to the dress picked out for her.
Is that sexist? Does the White House pick out outfits for the men being confirmed to appointed offices?

Sotomayor even explained that she’d gone shopping for clothes to wear to her acceptance ceremony, but government officials instead told her to bring five suits, one of which they would recommend for her to wear,

Remember the brouhaha over Sarah Palin's wardrobe? Al Gore's "Alpha Male" flannel shirts? Dressing for success is a part of modern electioneering, but Supreme Court nominees??? How image conscious is the White House to need to micromanage the wardrobe of a person whose working garb will consist primarily of a black robe?

People who listened to her speech said she revealed many details of the nomination process to the nation’s highest court


Which the country, I'm sure, would be fascinated to hear! But,
... "She requested that no members of the media attend the conversation"


Pity.

Cross posted at Say Anything

Zonation on Calling Juan Williams a "Porch Monkey"


"We're not sellouts, we're just out"


Nice.

H/T Weasel Zippers

Balloon Boy

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Michael Ramirez

Amateurish design, fueled by fraud and falsehoods, empty promises crashing to earth shortly after launching.

Remind you of anyone???

Change You Can Believe In

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There are many who wont agree with every decision or policy I make as President, and we know that government cant solve every problem. But I will always be honest with you about the challenges we face. I will listen to you, especially when we disagree.*


-Barack Obama -Victory Speech Nov. 4, 2008

I don't want the folks who created the mess to do a lot of talking. I want them just to get out of the way so we can clean up the mess.


-Barack Obama -Rally Speech August 07, 2009

Well, some of you wanted change. This guy changes before your very eyes!

*Unless you're Fox News!

Quote du jour

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

-Robert A. Heinlein

Monday, October 19, 2009

Obama Vs. The Democrats

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Obama's decision to declare war on Fox News, is ill advised for any number of reasons. One is that a certain kind of Democrat, we'll call them "open minded" Democrats, listen to Fox News, some of them, on a daily basis.

According to a recent Pew Poll, more Democrats have a favorable view of Fox News than they do of the New York Times.

These Democrats are probably the ones who would be willing to stand with the President when he makes statements like this:

This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a — this is fundamental to the defense of our people.

-Barack Hussein Obama, August 17, 2009

Unfortunately, the Left Wing nutroots base of his party, we'll call them "Kool-Aid Drinking Democrats", are ready to storm the White House with pitchforks over Obama's failure to withdraw the troops from Afghanistan.

Not content to merely offend the nutroots, Obama may have alienated the rest of the Democratic party as well with his war on Fox News! Smooth move, 'Bamster!

Quote du jour

Even though almost all the critiques contained a kernel of truth, in each instance the folks who had the barrels of ink, and now pixels, seemed to come out ahead. So far, the only winner in this latest dispute seems to be Fox News. Ratings are up 20 percent this year, and the network basked for a week in the antagonism of a sitting president...[T]he administration, by deploying official resources against a troublesome media organization, seems to have brought a knife to a gunfight.

-David Carr, "NYT declares Fox News a Winner in Fight with Obama"

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Quote du jour

And that's true and what I'm going to do is that I am going try to reorganize it to be more amenable to treating sick people but that means you, particularly you young people, particularly you young healthy people...you're going to have to pay more.

"Thank you. And by the way, we're going to have to, if you're very old, we're not going to give you all that technology and all those drugs for the last couple of years of your life to keep you maybe going for another couple of months. It's too expensive...so we're going to let you die."

-Robert B. Reich, Labor Secretary to Bill Clinton, on what Presidential candidates would say if they were honest.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

The Huffington Post Deathwatch

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Not just a fashion accessory anymore!


I came across, what was to me, an interesting story about the Huffington Post (or Puffington Host- your choice!), something that surprised me down to my toenails!

The Huffington Post is in danger of going out of business! No, that's not what surprised me. What surprised me was the fact that they were ever in business!

Notwithstanding her critique of the pursuit of success, wealth and recognition, a little less than a year ago Arianna picked up $25 million, mostly, or all, from one presumably star-struck investor, Fred Harman at a rumored $100M implicit market valuation.

There are those who believe that Arianna sprinkled fairy dust into Fred’s eyes to make him believe that it was a great business proposition, not a vanity/propaganda organ that will never pick up enough cash to cover its burn rate. It’s not a business and never will be.


I had always thought that the Huff Po was the Internet equivalent of a vanity press, a supposedly trendy place for celebrities to hang out and publish left of center fluff and nonsense to the delight of others who were trendy and left of center.
Never in my wildest dreams did I picture this as an investment with expectations of monetary returns!

Am I the only one who didn't recognize the business model:
1) Write lots of dumb stuff
2) Make tons o' money?

Attention all K-Mart shoppers: Great blog investment available at reasonable prices. Celebrity bloggers welcome! See Proof at You-know-the-drill, dot com.

Cross posted at Say Anything

A Little Saturday Night Music

Sawyer Brown - Six Days On the Road

Rush - He's Tanned, He's Rested, He's Ready!

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Isn't that what they said about Nixon? Unless you've been hiding on the planet Zarcon for the last couple of weeks, you know that Rush was involved in a controversy concerning his potential as a part owner of an NFL sports franchise.

And you know that the usual bunch of race baiters, poverty pimps and other liberals lined up to libel him, not because of anything he has said, but because of what he believes. Unfortunately, the race baiters prevailed and a man who believes in a colorblind society was not able to pursue his dream of being an NFL owner.

I don't have a lot to say that hasn't already been said, but I wanted the opportunity to post the picture of a fit, trim, smiling Rush Limbaugh. And to point out, that the defamation of Rush was not isolated to printing things he did not say, but in most cases, to say those things next to the most unflattering picture they could find.

The words "childish", "petulant" and "petty" come to mind. To the extent that it took place in those media outlets who are hemorrhaging viewers and readers, a bit of self reflection might explain a little bit of "why?".

This Last Week's Poll

This last week's poll: Obama's "Peace" Prize:

World's Largest Joke? 46%
World's Funniest Joke? 33%
World's Cruelest Joke? 46%
Those were the hardest eleven days of his life! 40%


Multiple choices and Obama's crack budget office accountants may account for totals greater than 100%

Thank you for your participation!
Not a scientific poll. Respondents are self selecting. Questions are drawn from fortune cookies, hieroglyphics and tomorrow’s New York Times.

Please make your opinion known in this week's poll.

Quote du jour

"It is amateurishness, wrapped in naivete, inside credulity."

-Charles Krauthammer on this administration's diplomacy efforts with Russia.
(A take off on Winston Churchill's characterization of the USSR:

"Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma." )

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB is Emmy Rossum!

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Quote du jour

Obama care gives you the right to die in your sleep, and gives the government the right to put you there.

-Proof

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Call for Joe Biden's Resignation...

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...from the Left! Arianna Huffington:
I have an idea for how he can capitalize on all the attention, and do what generations to come will always be grateful for: resign.


To be sure, Arianna is just parroting the anti-war Left's talking points, which stand in rich contrast to remarks made by our Commander-in-Chief just a few short weeks ago:

This is not a war of choice. This is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans. So this is not only a war worth fighting. This is a — this is fundamental to the defense of our people.

-Barack Hussein Obama, August 17, 2009

She concludes her article:
Newsweek's profile makes much of Joe Biden's loyalty. He's a "team player," one close friend says. And after he dissented on Afghanistan this spring he "quickly got on board."

I have no doubt that Joe Biden is a loyal guy -- the question is who deserves his loyalty most? His "team" isn't the White House, but the whole country. And if it becomes clear in the coming days that his loyalty to these two teams is in conflict, he should do the right thing. And quit.

Obama may be no drama, but Biden loves drama. And what could more dramatic than resigning the vice presidency on principle? And what principle could be more honorable than refusing to go along with a policy of unnecessarily risking American blood and treasure -- and America's national security? Now that would be a Whisky (sic) Tango Foxtrot moment for the McChrystal crowd -- one that would be a lot more significant than some lame, after-the-fact apology delivered in a too-late-to-matter book.


So the guy that "got on board" is now going to stand on principle???
So much comedy on the Left, so little time!

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

The Nobel prize is like the post-modern version of the Emperor's new clothes: To a fool, His Majesty appears entirely naked. To a wise man, His Majesty is also naked but the wise man is sophisticated enough to admire the potential His Majesty has to be fabulously dressed at some point in the future.

-Mark Steyn

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Medal of Honor

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Captain Wesley L. Fox


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as commanding officer of Company A, in action against the enemy in the northern A Shau Valley. Capt. (then 1st Lt.) Fox's company came under intense fire from a large well concealed enemy force. Capt. Fox maneuvered to a position from which he could assess the situation and confer with his platoon leaders. As they departed to execute the plan he had devised, the enemy attacked and Capt. Fox was wounded along with all of the other members of the command group, except the executive officer. Capt. Fox continued to direct the activity of his company. Advancing through heavy enemy fire, he personally neutralized 1 enemy position and calmly ordered an assault against the hostile emplacements. He then moved through the hazardous area coordinating aircraft support with the activities of his men. When his executive officer was mortally wounded, Capt. Fox reorganized the company and directed the fire of his men as they hurled grenades against the enemy and drove the hostile forces into retreat. Wounded again in the final assault, Capt. Fox refused medical attention, established a defensive posture, and supervised the preparation of casualties for medical evacuation. His indomitable courage, inspiring initiative, and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger inspired his marines to such aggressive action that they overcame all enemy resistance and destroyed a large bunker complex. Capt. Fox's heroic actions reflect great credit upon himself and the Marine Corps, and uphold the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Captain Fox: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes





There are over 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.

Quote du jour

The Peace Prize judges won't see it this way, but America has gone to Europe twice in the past century to fight for peace. This is an old concept, and has to do with killing killers so they can't kill anymore. It cost America a lot to do this, and we kept no territory, as they say, beyond the graves where our soldiers lie. America then taxed itself and gave its wealth not only to its allies but to its former adversaries, to help them rebuild. We didn't actually have to do this. We did it to make the world better. We did it to foster peace. (They should give us a prize.)

-Peggy Noonan

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Keep America Safe - A Brutal Look at Obama's Record



And the sad thing is, it's all true.

Hat tip Gateway Pundit

Pamela Anderson Flat Busted?

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Pamela Anderson, Playboy Playmate and Baywatch star may be on the verge of bankruptcy. The busty blonde star is rumored to have a cool million dollars of construction debt and back taxes.

Who knew I'd get to use my "poor girl with no visible means of support" joke twice in one week? (I'd say I was "milking it", but that would be too much!)

Cross posted at Say Anything

Rush Will Pursue Legal Action Against Those Who Libel/ Slander Him



If the team purchase were to fall through, Rush could demonstrate exactly the amount of financial damage done to him.

Hat tip Pat Dollard

Quote du jour

At the moment he (Obama) seems a sort of anti-Lincoln. President Lincoln was early on damaged by Gen. George McClellan's leaking to his friends in the press, but Lincoln every day was focused on one thing, the war, and took no offense. He knew what was urgent. For Mr. Obama, many things are urgent. But when many things are urgent, nothing really is urgent.
-WSJ

Monday, October 12, 2009

Happy Columbus Day / Canadian Thanksgiving!

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I've even offered a copy of Microsoft Outlook to some of my Canadian friends so they can keep their holidays straight!

I am grateful, however, to Canada for giving me an excuse to post a graphic more interesting than one of Christopher Columbus!

Quote du jour

After political crusades for "affordable housing" ended up ruining the housing market and much of the economy with it, many of the same politicians are now carrying on a crusade for "affordable health care." But what you can afford has absolutely nothing to do with the cost of producing anything. Refusing to pay those costs means that you are just not going to continue getting the same quantity and quality-- regardless of what any politician says or how well he says it.

-Thomas Sowell

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Di Fi Tells Obama: Listen to Your Generals

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On This Week on ABC, Dianne Feinstein was asked about Afghanistan.

STEPHANOPOULOS: You met with the president this week. He had a group of members of Congress and senators down to meet with him. And I -- we -- we know -- and you saw Secretary Clinton say that, as well -- the president seems to have ruled out immediate withdrawal...

FEINSTEIN: That's correct.

STEPHANOPOULOS: ... from Afghanistan or a major increase of troops, in the hundreds of thousands. But did he reveal anything else about his thinking? And what did you recommend to him?

FEINSTEIN: Well, what he revealed was his thinking up to this point, and that the fact that he wanted to hear from various members, and some of us spoke up. And I'll tell you what I said. I reviewed all of the intelligence and looked at the situation, and it was pretty clear to me that violence was up 100 percent, 950 attacks in August. The Taliban now controls 37 percent of the people in the areas where these people are. Attrition in police is running 67 percent, either killed or leaving the service.

And the mission is in serious jeopardy. I think General McChrystal, who is one of our very best, if not the best at this, has said a counterterrorism strategy will not work. The president said to us very clearly, just as you said, George, we will not pull out.

Now, if you're going to stay, you have to have a way of winning. The question is, what is that way? And I think the counterinsurgency strategy, which means protecting the people, not shooting from afar, but securing, taking, holding, and providing security for a period of time is really critical.


The money quote is in this next exchange:

STEPHANOPOULOS: That leads to -- that leads to a key question that I know the White House was debating, actually, this week. In order to defeat Al Qaida, do you need to completely defeat the Taliban or can you learn to live with the Taliban?

What's your answer to that question, Senator Feinstein?

FEINSTEIN: I think it depends on what you mean by "Taliban." I think if you take the Haqqani network, which I gather was generally responsible for the bombing of the interior ministry in Kabul, I think they're hardcore fanatics.

If you look back, too, at Taliban control, when it had more in the earlier days, and I've got to tell you, I particularly worry about women in Afghanistan, acid in their face of children, girl children who go to school, women who can't work when they're widowed, huddled on the streets, begging, women beaten and shot in stadiums, you know, Sharia law with all of its violence, I mean, that's one element of the -- of the Taliban.

I think we need to look for those warlords that we can work with, those Pashtuns who want to work for stability, for good, solid governance. I don't think we can make the country into a Jeffersonian democracy, but I do think you -- you've got to stabilize this country.

You leave this country, and the Taliban are increasing all of the time. They're taking over more. It will have a dramatic impact on Pakistan one day. I really believe that.

FEINSTEIN: Now, should we stay there for 10, 12 years? General, I don't think so. I don't think the American people are up for that or want that. But I think -- I don't know how you put somebody in who was as crackerjack as General McChrystal, who gives the president very solid recommendations, and not take those recommendations if you're not going to pull out.

If you don't want to take the recommendations, then you -- you -- you put your people in such jeopardy, just like the base in Nuristan. We lost eight of our men. We didn't have the ability to defend them, and now the base is closing, and effectively we're -- we're retreating away from it. And so I think the decision has to be made sooner, rather than later.


Dianne Feinstein is one of two Democratic Senators from California.

Cross Posted at Say Anything

Andrew Breitbart as Hannibal the Great



An interesting analysis by Bill Whittle on ACORN and the media.

Hat tip Flopping Aces

Liz Cheney on Fox News Sunday



Good stuff. "The greatest peace keeping force in the world today."

Nobel Man

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Nobel Man

Forty Thousand Troops? How About Sixty Thousand?

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Washington - Gen. Stanley McChrystal's troop request for Afghanistan includes an option to send at least 60,000 additional American forces to buttress the war effort there – a higher troop request than previously known.

General McChrystal, the top US commander in Afghanistan, included in his classified troop request a "menu" of options, with the high number thought to be about 40,000 reinforcements. But Obama administration officials are confirming privately that the high end is more than 60,000.

The higher number, reported first by The Wall Street Journal on Friday, may be McChrystal's straw man – likely to be knocked down but useful as a negotiation point in getting more troops than he might otherwise. Some experts, though, say the military is not prone to playing a numbers game to try to hedge its bets.

"The military doesn't do that as far as I know," says Karin von Hippel, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a think tank in Washington. McChrystal "was doing a very realistic assessment."


Was the 40,000 number released to blur the lines of what's really needed to win in Afghanistan?

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

Definition of worthless: "Irena Sendler saved 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust. In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize ... She was not selected. AL GORE WON, for a slide show on global warming junk science.

-aprilnovember811, comment at Gateway Pundit

Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Flag of the Obama Nation Redux

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Back on Inauguration day, we stirred a small tempest in a teapot over the Flag of the Obama Nation . Defenders of that conduct tried to argue that they were NOT desecrating flags, but rather they waved "flag like banners". Yeah. Right. Today, we go to Kokomo, IN where we see this flag flying over someone's house. Let the lame defenses continue!

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Hat tip Gateway Pundit
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Nobel Peace Prize Losers 2009

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In case you were wondering if someone more worthy than The One™ was passed over for a Nobel Peace Prize, consider the following:

Sima Samar, women’s rights activist in Afghanistan: “With dogged persistence and at great personal risk, she kept her schools and clinics open in Afghanistan even during the most repressive days of the Taliban regime, whose laws prohibited the education of girls past the age of eight. When the Taliban fell, Samar returned to Kabul and accepted the post of Minister for Women’s Affairs.”

Ingrid Betancourt: French-Colombian ex-hostage held for six years.

Dr. Denis Mukwege: Doctor, founder and head of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo. He has dedicated his life to helping Congolese women and girls who are victims of gang rape and brutal sexual violence.”

Handicap International and Cluster Munition Coalition: “These organizations are recognized for their consistently serious efforts to clean up cluster bombs, also known as land mines. Innocent civilians are regularly killed worldwide because the unseen bombs explode when stepped upon.”

Hu Jia, a human rights activist and an outspoken critic of the Chinese government, who was sentenced last year to a three-and-a-half-year prison term for ‘inciting subversion of state power.’”

Wei Jingsheng, who spent 17 years in Chinese prisons for urging reforms of China’s communist system. He now lives in the United States.”


Hmm...Seventeen years in a Chinese prison vs. eleven days playing Chinese fire drill in the White House... Tough decision!

Hat tip Newsreal

Cross posted at Say Anything

A Little Saturday Night Music

Uncle Kracker- Follow Me

Lost in Translation?

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Everyone knows that in tennis, "love" meanings "Zero".
Maybe the Nobel committee was was trying to acknowledge all the love Barack has shown to this country...following the teachings of Rev. Jeremiah Wright, no doubt?

His accomplishment is "love". Maybe it was just a translation thing?

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