Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Medal of Honor

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Lieutenant Thomas R. Norris


Citation:

Lt. Norris completed an unprecedented ground rescue of 2 downed pilots deep within heavily controlled enemy territory in Quang Tri Province. Lt. Norris, on the night of 10 April, led a 5-man patrol through 2,000 meters of heavily controlled enemy territory, located 1 of the downed pilots at daybreak, and returned to the Forward Operating Base (FOB). On 11 April, after a devastating mortar and rocket attack on the small FOB, Lt. Norris led a 3-man team on 2 unsuccessful rescue attempts for the second pilot. On the afternoon of the 12th, a forward air controller located the pilot and notified Lt. Norris. Dressed in fishermen disguises and using a sampan, Lt. Norris and 1 Vietnamese traveled throughout that night and found the injured pilot at dawn. Covering the pilot with bamboo and vegetation, they began the return journey, successfully evading a North Vietnamese patrol. Approaching the FOB, they came under heavy machinegun fire. Lt. Norris called in an air strike which provided suppression fire and a smoke screen, allowing the rescue party to reach the FOB. By his outstanding display of decisive leadership, undaunted courage, and selfless dedication in the face of extreme danger, Lt. Norris enhanced the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Lt. Norris: 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.”


Cross posted at Say Anything

The Word of the Day

The Word of the Day is..."limber".

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BTW, don't expect "The Word of the Day" every day. Only when I find the right...word.

Strippers Busted...Posing as Legal Aides

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Could give a whole new meaning to "legal briefs"?


Miami's Federal Jail Overrun With Strippers Posing As Paralegals, Lawyers Say

Stripteases, sexual favors, booze, porn mags, and fat stacks of cash would be run-of-the-mill in many Miami strip clubs. But at downtown's maximum security Federal Detention Center?

Multiple attorneys interviewed by Riptide say the FDC visitor rooms have been taken over by South American pole dancers posing as paralegals for wealthy drug lords inside. Lawyers hired by the accused narco dons allegedly list the scantily clad women as "legal assistants," and the FDC lets them in. Meanwhile, attorneys who refuse to go along risk losing their clients to lawyers with busty beauties on staff.


Strippers in the Federal lockup? I guess they get a higher class of clientele in the Federal pen!

"They take off their tops and let the guys touch them," veteran defense attorney Hugo Rodriguez says. "The majority of these young, very attractive women are noncitizens brought in exclusively for the purposes of visiting the FDC. Any lawyer can sign a form and designate a legal assistant. There is no way of verifying it. The process is being abused."

The accusations are difficult to prove. An FDC spokeswoman declined to comment, and prison officials refused Riptide's requests for any incident reports on faux paralegals being tossed from the facility.

But attorneys swear the scam is ongoing. One "discovery room" normally used to discuss trial strategy was recently closed, they say, after guards caught an inmate and a paralegal "discovering" more than legal documents.


I guess the "Green Mile" is behind the "Green Door"? We had a story just a while back about a lady lawyer stripping to pay the bills, but this is going way beyond that. But, it is an abuse that is hard (no pun intended) to put a stop to, due to the privacy necessary for attorney/client privilege.

I would suggest that the prisons make available rooms with at least one large window of soundproof glass, and not station anyone outside the window, but let it be known that that hallway was subject to irregular patrol.

In fact, they could call them that...the Irregular Patrol. Any irregularities observed and bam, they've got their man...er, woman...er, couple!

Among the offenses allegedly committed by so-called paralegals: smuggling in a Playboy, feeding alcohol to an inmate by slipping a straw through a grate, and sneaking in $3,000 inside a purse.

In a scene straight out of a porno, one woman was caught on video stripping for an inmate in the jail's Special Housing Unit, attorneys say. The stripper was banned from the FDC.

Female lawyers say the phony paralegals are an embarrassment.

"I find it offensive," says an attorney who asked to remain anonymous. "This is still kind of a male-dominated profession. We try to be taken seriously, but these women aren't helping."


Contraband, cash and cuties...I guess if you have to be locked up, it's good to have all the comforts of home! Still, I kinda thought depriving wrongdoers of all the comforts of home was what incarceration was all about?

If the Feds in Miami want to clean up their holding facilities, I suggest they wear gloves!

(Please note that the lady in the above photo is, to our knowledge, not a stripper nor are we aware of anything she may have done illegal, immoral or wrong. Her parents, however, should be complimented for doing something right!)

H/T Mrs. C

Quote du jour

"It is a fine thing to be honest, but it is also very important to be right."

-Winston Churchill

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Tonight

...on CBS

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I'll be in my bunk!

I was thinking this AM, that a generation or two ago, they used to refer to these as "unmentionables". Now they have their own one hour prime time special.

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...

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I may not be sure exactly what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Medal of Honor Recipient Sues Defense Contractor

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Two months ago, Dakota Meyer was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama for his service in Afghanistan, the military's most prestigious award. On Monday, Sgt. Meyer alleged that a defense contractor has called him mentally unstable and a problem drinker, ruining his chances for a job in the defense industry.

In legal papers filed Monday, the Marine claims that BAE Systems, where he worked earlier this year, retaliated against him after he raised objections about BAE's alleged decision to sell high-tech sniper scopes to the Pakistani military. He says his supervisor at BAE effectively blocked his hiring by another defense contractor by making the claims about drinking and his mental condition.


Well, he did have a beer with Barack Obama. That could be indicative of a drinking problem. Personally, I'd have to have more than a beer to sit down with thee current C-in-C!

The amended complaint filed in a Texas state court said that after leaving active duty in May 2010, Sgt. Meyer joined Ausgar Technologies, a defense contractor that hires veterans to train active-duty service members. At that company, Sgt. Meyer helped teach U.S. soldiers to use thermal imaging to spot roadside bombs. Less than a year later, in March 2011, Sgt. Meyer joined BAE Systems, though the suit doesn't make clear the exact nature of his job there.

Soon after joining BAE, Sgt. Meyer learned it was trying to sell advanced thermal optic scopes to Pakistan, according to the suit. In an email to his supervisor, identified as Bobby McCreight, Sgt. Meyer voiced his objections to the sale, the lawsuit states.

"We are taking the best gear, the best technology on the market to date and giving it to guys known to stab us in the back," Sgt. Meyer wrote to Mr. McCreight, according to the lawsuit. "These are the same people killing our guys."


Yeah. I don't know that this is the best time to be selling the Pakistanis state of the art sniper gear. Maybe let the current disputes get ironed out first, if such a thing is even possible.

In the suit, Sgt. Meyer said that after he voiced his criticism, Mr. McCreight began "berating and belittling" him. The supervisor criticized Sgt. Meyer for making a trip with their BAE division president and made sarcastic remarks about Sgt. Meyer's nomination for the Medal of Honor, allegedly ridiculing his "pending star status," the suit says.

At the end of May, Sgt. Meyer's complaint said, he resigned from BAE over the proposed sale to Pakistan and attempted to get his old job back at Ausgar. In the suit, Sgt. Meyer said he was told that that company wanted to hire him back as did the Defense Department program officer who approves hiring for the optics program.

About the same time, Mr. McCreight contacted a Defense Department program manager and said that Sgt. Meyer was "mentally unstable" and "had a problem related to drinking in a social setting," the lawsuit alleges.

On June 1, an Ausgar employee wrote an email to Sgt. Meyer saying his rehiring had been blocked by what Mr. McCreight told the Pentagon program manager, the suit says. Contacted Monday, the program manager, Robert Higginson, declined to discuss the case. A lawyer for Mr. McCreight didn't return a request for comment.


Sounds like maybe a decorated Marine, who'd had his boots on the ground near the Pakistani border was about to cause either some lost sales or bad PR to BAE. (Or both.)

If it can be proven that McCreight maliciously maligned a Marine and a Medal recipient, he deserves far more than a slap on the wrist. Let justice be done.

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at Left Coast Rebel, Say Anything

Chris Christie: President Obama's Just a 'Bystander'

Chris Christie: President Obama's just a 'bystander'

Gov. Chris Christie on Monday tore into President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the supercommittee’s failure to reach an agreement on debt reduction last week, asking the president, “What the hell are we paying you for?”

Calling Obama “a bystander in the Oval Office,” the outspoken New Jersey governor said the White House spent the weekend tossing out a whole lot of “spin” about the supercommittee’s inability to come to an agreement before the Nov. 23 deadline.

“I was angry this weekend, listening to the spin coming out of the administration, about the failure of the supercommittee, and that the president knew it was doomed for failure, so he didn’t get involved. Well then what the hell are we paying you for?” Christie said during a press conference in Camden, N.J. “It’s doomed for failure so I’m not getting involved? Well, what have you been doing, exactly?”


In a related story, President Obama managed to take another two strokes off his golf score.

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H/T Mememorandum

Quote du jour

"Men and nations behave wisely once they have exhausted all the other alternatives."

-Abba Eban

Monday, November 28, 2011

Proof Positive Welcomes El Opinador Compulsivo to the Blog Roll

We welcome El Opinador Compulsivo (Literally: "The Compulsive Opinion"), to our blog roll, which I take to mean roughly "everyone is entitled to our opinion". They are out of Argentina, and the blog is primarily en Español. But, as our new friend Mike has pointed out, "Rule5 is a universal language".

We will be inking to some of their Opiladies in the Saturday Linkaround, but if you are conversant en Español, stop by and see if you really are entitled to their opinion! I'm thinking...yes!

Quote du jour

"Why do writers write? Because it isn't there."

-Thomas Berger

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr., on Communism

Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel

As I continue to plug along with my undergrad studies (have I told everyone here?), consumed by work and schoolwork, once in a while I come across something amazing. For example, my entire weekend has been dominated by a 10-page paper on Martin Luther King Jr., particularly his "Letter from Birmingham Jail" essay that he literally wrote from the not-so-comfy confines of a Birmingham jail cell. Look it up.

I wasn't particularly excited to write about diving into the topic, nevertheless the choices were bleak - "Letter" or Barack Obama's post-nomination speech. I loathe Obama in every sense of the word so opted for MLK. To compare Obama to MLK? Oh the humanity...

Good: research has led me all across academia and I have found some extremely interesting things. For example, I read a 20-page essay by a professor that just happens to be an expert on MLK and Alexis de Tocqueville as well. I mean, she was quoting Tocqueville. My jaw dropped and hit the floor.

Bad: Liberal perspective on MLK abounds, most of it is simply boring to me. Good thing I have the liberty to choose my sources.

Interesting: Martin Luther King Jr.'s opinion of communism. In 1958 MLK published Stride Toward Freedom in which he gave his thoughts on everything from Gandhi to Hitler; from communism to... Nietzsche and a lot in between.

I found that MLK was squishy on Marx (in essence he thought Marx brought up necessary discussion on the problems with capitalism) but what interested me the most (of course) was his take on communism.

Fascinating:

Second, I strongly disagreed with communism’s ethical relativism. Since for the Communist there is no divine government, no absolute moral order, there are no fixed, immutable principles; consequently almost anything-force, violence, murder, lying-is a justifiable means to the “millennial” end. This type of relativism was abhorrent to me. Constructive ends can never give absolute moral justification to destructive means, because in the final analysis the end is preexistent in the mean.

Third, I opposed communism’s political totalitarianism. In communism the individual
ends up in subjection to the state. True, the Marxist would argue that the state is an “interim” reality which is to be eliminated when the classless society emerges; but the state i s the end while it lasts, and man only a means to that end.

And if any man’s so-called rights or liberties stand in the way of that end, they are
simply swept aside. His liberties of expression, his freedom to vote, his freedom to listen to what news he likes or to choose his books are all restricted. Man becomes hardly more, in communism, than a depersonalized cog in the turning wheel of the state. This deprecation of individual freedom was objectionable to me. I am convinced now, as I was then, that man is an end because he is a child of God.

Man is
not made for the state; the state is made for man. To deprive man of freedom is to relegate him to the status of a thing, rather than elevate him to the status of a person. Man must never be treated as a means to the end of the state, but always as an end within himself.

I simply love the quote at the end:

---Man must never be treated as a means to the end of the state, but always as an end within himself.

Doesn't progressivism, in its very essence do just that -- treat man as a means to the state's ends?

What say you, progressive statists and academic collectivists?

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Themes Like Old Times

The Beverly Hillbillies




Weeeeeell, doggies!

Bye Week for 9-2 Niners...

...is no excuse not to showcase the team's strengths!

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#Occupy L.A. About to Become an Endangered Feces

...to borrow a phrase from Gilda Radner!


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Villaraigosa announces impending shutdown of Occupy L.A. camp

The City Hall park where Occupy Los Angeles protesters are camped will be closed at 12:01 a.m. Monday, according to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, triggering what officials hope will be an end to the nation's largest remaining Occupy camp.

But police might not immediately begin removing protesters who linger, the mayor said at a news conference Friday with Police Chief Charlie Beck. He said officials hope in the coming days to help protesters move their belongings and to find beds in homeless shelters for those at the camp who need them.


Health hazards, crime magnets, drugs, mental illness...these "occupy" movements are like urban street problems on steroids. It's about time the cities take back control of their populations and separate the homeless, the helpless, and the truly needy from the criminals who prey on them and the bored, spoiled brats who simply don't want to pay back what they've borrowed for their overpriced education.

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.

Quote du jour

Herman Cain is the first Republican presidential candidate to get secret service protection. The level of protection a candidate gets depends on how well-known they are. For example, Jon Huntsman gets a 10-minute judo lesson and a plastic whistle.

–Jay Leno

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Little Saturday Night Music

Ian and Sylvia - You Were On My Mind

Saturday Linkaround

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Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Aspects of Gingrich divorce story distorted

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Stay At $700-a-Night Luxury Hotel… because some protesters are obviously more equal than others


Obama Endorsed #OWS Hypocrites: Chillin in $700-a-night hotel


Man Choked, Hit with Hammer for Waking Up Occupy Maine at 7AM

More Green Hypocrisy


Four Cabbies in Paris


Walmart Remembers Our Troops

How to Reform Primary Education

UC Davis Students AGREED to Be Pepper Sprayed Before Incident (Video)


Obama’s Economic Quackery
–Victor Davis Hanson

Politics and Pepper Spray

#OccupyFail: A Profile in Bad Choices

Tony Rezko Sentenced to Over 10 Years in Prison - in a related story, Obama wasn’t

Romney’s First 2012 Political Ad Has the Left Crying Foul

Democrat says Democratic Party bosses use voter fraud [VIDEO]

How to make a bad thing worse

And Then The Warmists Came For YOUR A/C And Fridge

Rule of Law

The Little Red Hen, retold for the Age of Occupy

Man Buys 15 Tuna Permits, Catches Tuna, Feds Seize Fish

Wind Farm Graveyards

It’s Official: Dollar Coin Makes No Sense

“They don’t call them patients, they call them units”

If You Assume That the Stimulus Created Jobs, Then It's a Safe Bet You'll Find That the Stimulus Created Jobs

Incredible 10-Year-Old Mexican Singer Rocks the World With Music Video

WKRP TURKEY DROP — GOD BLESS US, EVERY ONE!

Obama Hits The Golf Course For The 88th Time…

#OccupyWalMart Protesters Occupy Handcuffs On #OccupyBlackFriday – the feel good story of the week!

CO2 may not warm the planet as much as thought





Rule Five Roundup
*:

American Perspective – Top 20 Most Beautiful Women

Blonde with rifle

Camp of the Saints - Rule Five Saturday, Hump Day Rule Five

Classic Liberal – Rule 5

Comic Nut - Sunday Night

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes : Random babes, Leilani Dowding

Dustbury – Zooeypalooza

Eye of Polyphemus – Jessica Alba, Shelley Hennig, Michelle Williams

The Feral Irishman - Sexy Redheads

Friday Night Babe – Dagmar Midcap

Hookers and Booze - Thankful

I Own the World – Class Things Up With a Little Education

Jake Finnegan – Stacy Keibler

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Friday Pin up

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, Truck, If All You See…, If All You See…

Jennifer Aniston

POH Diaries -Rule 5: Alicia Silverstone

Randy’s Roundtable – Midweek Break, Thursday Nite Tart, Dallas Cheerleader

Reaganite Republican – Miss Venezuela

Sex in Advertising - Russian voter babe (video)

Support your local Gunfighter – Anna Kournikova

Teresamerica – Rule 5 – Natalie Wood

The Last Tradition - Laura Whitmore

Theo Spark –Bedtime Toddy , Bonus Babe, Bedtime Toddy, Bedtime Toddy

The Other McCain- Rule 5 Monday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Natalie Wood

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style : I love blondes

TSA Gives You a Lift


"Israeli Women Nude"...



Obligatory Niner Cheerleader




Courtney Love Wardrobe Malfunction





*By no means comprehensive.

Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. If you feel that I’ve neglected a link, news, commentary, humor or Rule Fivage, send a link to the contact email on the sidebar at Proof Positive. (All spambots must die!)

Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

For example, were it in my power to accomplish one thing in Washington, D.C., the federal Department of Education would be abolished and its employees summarily dismissed from public service. Except for funding necessary research and providing educational benefits for military veterans, we would get the federal government entirely out of the education business.

-Robert Stacy McCain

Friday, November 25, 2011

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Dagmar Midcap!

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

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Happy Black Friday!

If you're sitting there, shivering from having sat out in the cold for so long, here's a little holiday cheer!

Remember when Ron Paul was caught at one debate with his eyebrow rug slipping? Maybe he was merely channeling his inner Don Ameche, and was planning on a fake mustache that ended up high and outside?

So, here at Proof Positive, we're all about putting things right. Hence, we moved the fake eyebrow to a spot under his nose, where it clearly belonged:

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Quote du jour

“Over the weekend in New York, two Occupy Wall Street protesters got married at the protest. They are registered at Bed, Bath, and Seriously, You Need to Take a Bath.”

–Conan O’Brien

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* has been in the news lately, Natalie Wood!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Thursday)

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Niners Play the Ravens

NFL football. Just another reason to be thankful!

8-1 Niners take on the 7-3 Ravens

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Go Niners!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Take time today to remember those things for which we should be thankful all the year long!

Quote du jour

Yes, he (Obama) considers self-reliance to be a bad thing and government reliance to be a good thing. Really, did the pilgrims come here because they were hoping to find a new government to take care of them? Did people head out West because they thought in that expanse they’d find a government to better protect them?

-Frank J.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Ron Paul - Neoliberal?

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Neoliberal is a term I don't remember having heard before. When Jeffrey Lord was quoted by Doug Ross as saying...
The Ron Paul campaign is really about re-educating America to what can only be called Neoliberalism. Which, based on the evidence and writings of its supporters, appears to be a thin gruel of free markets and non-interventionism seasoned heavily with anti-Semitism, morally obtuse Neo-Confederates, and an outspoken contempt for both conservatism and conservative leaders past and present.


...it resonated with something I had been contemplating for the last week or so, namely, how fervent Paul supporters are nearly indistinguishable from liberals when they visit conservative websites. Liberals and Paulbots are about the only two groups in the nation that lump all conservatives indiscriminately under the same label, as "Neocons", a term which they use (inaccurately) with great derision. Aside from the fact that I doubt more than a mere fraction of them actually know what a "neoconservative" is, they think using it makes them sound more intelligent. It doesn't.

Secondly, liberals and Paulbots, after they have insulted us liberally (pun intended), go on to tell us how crappy all of our candidates are. Now, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. And in the marketplace of ideas, if some people choose to insult their opponents in lieu of actual arguments, that's their choice.

And third, they all seem to cling to the same cookie cutter Conservative caricatures rather than address the substance of what is being discussed.

I have long thought it odd, however, just how insulting Paul supporters have been towards conservatives, rather than trying to convince them to join their cause. More flies with honey than vinegar, don'tcha know?

But, divide and conquer is as old as mankind. If say, a George Soros type wanted to fund a fringe candidate, and encourage him to run whether or not he received the nomination of his party. And let's say you send out your followers to attempt to split the conservative vote, but not by supporting anyone who actually has a prayer of a chance of beating your liberal candidate next November,how exactly would that look any different from the campaign Paul is running now?

Now, I'll throw in the following disclaimer. I am in no way saying that there is a conspiracy or that the Ron Paul campaign is a wholly owned subsidiary of George Soros, I'm just asking if it was, how would you tell the difference?


Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.

Medal of Honor

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Major Robert J. Modrzejewski


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. On 15 July, during Operation HASTINGS, Company K was landed in an enemy-infested jungle area to establish a blocking position at a major enemy trail network. Shortly after landing, the company encountered a reinforced enemy platoon in a well-organized, defensive position. Maj. Modrzejewski led his men in the successful seizure of the enemy redoubt, which contained large quantities of ammunition and supplies. That evening, a numerically superior enemy force counterattacked in an effort to retake the vital supply area, thus setting the pattern of activity for the next 2 1/2 days. In the first series of attacks, the enemy assaulted repeatedly in overwhelming numbers but each time was repulsed by the gallant marines. The second night, the enemy struck in battalion strength, and Maj. Modrzejewski was wounded in this intensive action which was fought at close quarters. Although exposed to enemy fire, and despite his painful wounds, he crawled 200 meters to provide critically needed ammunition to an exposed element of his command and was constantly present wherever the fighting was heaviest, despite numerous casualties, a dwindling supply of ammunition and the knowledge that they were surrounded, he skillfully directed artillery fire to within a few meter* of his position and courageously inspired the efforts of his company in repelling the aggressive enemy attack. On 18 July, Company K was attacked by a regimental-size enemy force. Although his unit was vastly outnumbered and weakened by the previous fighting, Maj. Modrzejewski reorganized his men and calmly moved among them to encourage and direct their efforts to heroic limits as they fought to overcome the vicious enemy onslaught. Again he called in air and artillery strikes at close range with devastating effect on the enemy, which together with the bold and determined fighting of the men of Company K, repulsed the fanatical attack of the larger North Vietnamese force. His unparalleled personal heroism and indomitable leadership inspired his men to a significant victory over the enemy force and reflected great credit upon himself, the Marine Corps, and the U.S. Naval Service.


Major Modrzejewski: 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.”


Cross posted at Say Anything

Quote du jour

The last time there were this many mentally ill people on the streets, they blamed Reagan.

-Proof, on the #Occupy Wall Street violence

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Courtney Love Wardrobe Malfunction

Speaking of wardrobe malfunctions, as we were earlier, Courtney Love was hanging out...literally, in New York.

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Nothing that hasn't been seen before by multitudes on the Internet. Or in concert. Or...

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...



I may not be sure exactly what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!
(And I'm not even registered to vote in Russia!)

Are You Better Off Than You Were Four Years Ago?

If you don't mind a bit of redundancy to make a point, here's a nice little video I saw over at I Own the World. Particularly good is the contrast between Reagan's words and Obama's.



Toward the end, when Obama gets to "the cycle that are (sic) crippling our economy", don't be too hard on Mr. Teleprompter!

TSA Gives You a Lift

For all you contemplating holiday travel out there...

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Update : Context is everything. In fairness to the TSA agent who appears to have an evil grin on his face, in the original photo, he is smiling at a nun.

Update II : It would appear that some of you missed the update absolving Ann's husband, the TSA agent pictured, of all lust and malice. Exactly which part of "smiling at a nun" didn't you understand?

November 22, 1963 - In Remembrance

From the archives (updated):

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Today marks the 48th 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!

Quote du jour

It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.

-C.S. Lewis

Monday, November 21, 2011

"Israeli Women Nude"...

...has "Google bomb" just written all over it! For pics (and a link to at least one NSFW pic) check out The Other McCain: Israeli Women Nude = Feminist Solidarity

(Why should Stacy get all the hits? )

Update : Some of my readers complained about the lack of photojournalism present in this post. (And you know who you are!) Here are a couple of nice Israeli ladies to fill in the blanks.

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A Little Monday Morning Levity

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Quote du jour

"A committee is a cul-de-sac down which ideas are lured and then quietly strangled."

-Sir Barnett Cocks

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Time for Hillary in 2012?

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A couple of Democratic pollsters, one for Jimmy Carter and one for Bill Clinton have an interesting editorial in the Wall St. Journal. Here's a taste:

When Harry Truman and Lyndon Johnson accepted the reality that they could not effectively govern the nation if they sought re-election to the White House, both men took the moral high ground and decided against running for a new term as president. President Obama is facing a similar reality—and he must reach the same conclusion.

He should abandon his candidacy for re-election in favor of a clear alternative, one capable not only of saving the Democratic Party, but more important, of governing effectively and in a way that preserves the most important of the president's accomplishments. He should step aside for the one candidate who would become, by acclamation, the nominee of the Democratic Party: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


Frequent leaders of this blog will note that a Hillary candidacy has been expected, even if she has to be reluctantly dragged to the nomination. (Depends on what your definition of "reluctantly" is.) Caddell and Schoen provide the rationale for a Hillary draft.

Never before has there been such an obvious potential successor—one who has been a loyal and effective member of the president's administration, who has the stature to take on the office, and who is the only leader capable of uniting the country around a bipartisan economic and foreign policy.


It's the three AM phone call all over again!

Certainly, Mr. Obama could still win re-election in 2012. Even with his all-time low job approval ratings (and even worse ratings on handling the economy) the president could eke out a victory in November. But the kind of campaign required for the president's political survival would make it almost impossible for him to govern—not only during the campaign, but throughout a second term.

Put simply, it seems that the White House has concluded that if the president cannot run on his record, he will need to wage the most negative campaign in history to stand any chance. With his job approval ratings below 45% overall and below 40% on the economy, the president cannot affirmatively make the case that voters are better off now than they were four years ago. He—like everyone else—knows that they are worse off.


In essence, they are saying that even if Obama manages to get himself re-elected, he will continue to damage the party beyond repair. And they're right. Whether Obama wins the nomination or goes on to win next November, it will be a Pyrrhic victory for Democrats.

Hillary is by no means a lock on the White House, but either way, she damages Democrats (and the country) less.

Read the rest here.

H/T Memeorandum

Cross posted at LCR, Say Anything.

Themes Like Old Times

I dream of Jeannie



J.R. before he was J. R.

8-1 Niners Meet 3-6 Cardinals

It's true what they say about "any given Sunday, but still...I'm feeling lucky!

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Update : Niners up 9-0 at the half. 16-0 half way through the third quarter.

UpdateII : Final: Niners 23, Cardinals 7

Niners are now 9-1 on the year! Go Niners!

Quote du jour

Obama: "Had the buck stopped here, I would have spent it."

-Proof

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Little Saturday Night Music

Zac Brown Band (w/ Jimmy Buffett) - Knee Deep



My new favorite song...

Who Is Responsible for the Economic Disaster in the US?

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Correct.

Saturday Linkaround

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Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page


Republican Debate: The Big Loser of the Night: CBS


Pelosi's investments questioned in CBS report

Mapping the #Occupy Hate and Violence

#OccupySF is just like the Tea Party



Just Like the Tea Party: A List of Occupy Mayhem Sorted by Type



“A remarkable, dare I call it angelic, moment”


Michael Moore’s Quaint Little Cabin in the Woods…

…And, of course, that’s just Moore’s vacation home.

The Broken Sidewalk Parable

Obama Administration gives Huge Profit to Democratic owned Pharmaceutical - one way to keep costs down, right?

The End of the Light Bulb as We Know It

The Man Who Will Be President


“Conservatives must unite around one candidate to stop Mitt Romney.” -Thomas Sowell

The Pipeline Sellout - Obama puts politics over nation, again.
-Krauthammer

Obama by the Numbers

Some Bonus Reaping Fat Cats are Less Despicable than Others

The Most Divisive President Ever in the History of the U.S. …

President blames America while running economy into the ground


With Apologies to Allan Sherman
-Iowahawk

Occupy vs. the LAPD

Newt Gingrich Is Presidential -video

PC run amuk, “Indian giver” is now a racist term

Tomb Guard Silences Rabble


John Bolton Advising Rick Perry On National Security


Obama’s Job-Destroying Machine Grinds On





Rule Five Roundup
*:

American Perspective – Taylor swift

American Power- Saturday Rule Five

Dream Girl

Camp of the Saints - Rule Five Saturday, Rule Five News
, Rule Five News Redux, Hump Day Rule Five

Classic Liberal – Rule 5 – Dancin' Til Dawn

Announcement

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes : Rose Bryne

Dustbury – Ashleigh Ball

Eye of Polyphemus – Shawnee Smith, Summer Glau, Cameron Diaz, Jerry Ryan

The Feral Irishman - Saturday Night Computer Tech Support, Sexy, Beauty

Friday Night Babe – Alex Kingston

Full Metal Patriot – Midweek Peek, Weekend Edition

Guns and Bikinis – Rack 'em up! Of course, she's shooting pool. What were you thinking??

Hookers and Booze - Eye candy

Jake Finnegan – Rachel McAdams

Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - Friday Pin up

Maggie’s Notebook – Rule 5 – Top Ten Hottest Blondes

Obligatory Niners Cheerleaders

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If All You See…

Asian Beauties

PostalDog -Eve Ellis

Randy’s Roundtable – Thursday Nite Tart

Reaganite Republican – Miss China

Sex in Advertising -Dirty Picture (I suppose you could call it: "Dirty girl"? )

Support your local Gunfighter – Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

Teresamerica – Rule 5 – Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show

The Last Tradition - Emily Scott

Theo Spark –Bedtime Toddy , Bath night Toddy, Friday Toddy , Bedtime Toddy, Bath Night

The Other McCain- Rule 5 Sunday

Three Beers Later – Mitzi Gaynor

Vintage Babe of the Week – Zulma Faiad

Jillian Barberie








*By no means comprehensive.

Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. If you feel that I’ve neglected a link, news, commentary, humor or Rule Fivage, send a link to the contact email on the sidebar. (All spambots must die!)

Cross posted at Say Anything

Headline du jour

Poll: Romney, Gingrich in statistical dead heat in N.H.

In a related story, Bill Clinton and John Edwards are just in heat...

Quote du jour

A wise and frugal government, which shall leave men free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned - this is the sum of good government.


-Thomas Jefferson

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Alex Kingston!

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



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Quote du jour

Liberals, it has been said, are generous with other peoples' money, except when it comes to questions of national survival when they prefer to be generous with other people's freedom and security.

- William F. Buckley, Jr.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Vintage Babe of the Week

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

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

Update : Thanks to one of my readers for pointing me to "a little lettuce":
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