Monday, September 30, 2013

In for a Penne, In for a Pounding

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Barilla CEO Guido Barilla

By now, you may have heard something about the proposed boycott of Barilla pasta, by members of the LGBT community for his supposed "homophobia".
Barilla pasta empire CEO, Guido Barilla, released a video today (9/27) apologizing again to the gay community for saying the other day, among other things, that he would never put a gay family in an ad for his pasta because the Barilla company likes “traditional families.”

First of all, the word "homophobia" is a misnomer. A phobia is an irrational fear. The word homophobia was coined by activists who wanted to intimidate and silence those who disagreed with them, politically or otherwise, but "fear" had nothing to do with it, and it certainly wasn't "irrational".

Let's look at a translation of the statement that got poor Guido into trouble in the first place:

"We will not be advertising with homosexuals, because we like the traditional family. If gays do not agree, they can always eat pasta from another manufacturer. All are free to do whatever they want provided it does not annoy others. "
-source: Google Translate

Note the language: "We will not be advertising with homosexuals". Now, notice how he is misquoted in the following graphic

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"I would never use (emphasis mine) a gay family in our commercial". Note both the use of direct quotes and the word "never". I'm no expert in Italian, but comparing the Google translation and one other translation I've seen, the word "never" seems more like editorializing than a direct quote. Other than satire, if one characterized his statement as, "I'll use gays in the company advertising when they pry the company from my cold, dead fingers", it would be dishonest to attribute that to him as a direct quote.

So, CEO Barilla wandered into a PC minefield here, during a radio interview. Signore Barilla is not opposed to gay marriage, but draws a line at gay adoption. I'm sure he thought his "live and let live" disclaimer, "All are free to do whatever they want provided it does not annoy others", reflected an open minded approach on his part to "diversity".

When I began to ponder this kerfluffle, I thought of it in terms of those who are perpetually offended. Barilla is not opposed to gay marriage, but does not see it as an ideal. Most likely, his religious and or cultural upbringing provided a basis for his beliefs. So, initially, I was thinking of this in terms of the rights of an individual to hold certain beliefs and to have those beliefs reflected in the businesses they create and run. Does this make Barilla a bigot? Is it fair to characterize his products as "Bigottoni"?

And then, I tried to think of any other advertiser who used gay couples or gay families in their ad campaigns, and I couldn't think of any. None. I Googled "gay advertising", and I saw one or two ads by national companies, but didn't remember them as being part of a national ad campaign. It's very "progressive" to demonstrate your "diversity" in small, limited and tailored markets, don'tcha know? How many millions of companies worldwide, have a de facto or de jure policy exactly the same as Signore Barilla's, but have simply never made the mistake of saying it out loud??

Forgive me for saying so, but I don't think bigotry has anything to do with it. If five or ten years from now*, a demographic study came out that demonstrated that LGBT couples were the largest buyers or potential buyers for their products, that advertising trends would reflect that demographic. Follow the money.

Secondly, might there be a question as to whether gays would really want full equality in advertising. Consider the memes and stereotypes that are dominant in today's advertising culture: In the past few decades, in heterosexual households featured in advertising, Dad has become kind of a doofus. And clueless. Sometimes, a clueless doofus, saved from his cluelessness by a much smarter mate. Father once knew best, but not anymore! Following the same pattern, can you see commercials depicting 50% of gays as clueless doofuses? Congratulations! Gays now have the equality to be depicted on TV as really, really stupid people! I wouldn't want to be the guy to make that pitch!

Aren't there any companies owned by gays or progressives, (or gay progressives) who will lead the way? Doesn't it seem just a bit hypocritical to criticize a man who grew up in a traditional heterosexual family, who believes traditional family values, when there are no progressive companies blazing that trail of marketing their product using gay families?

When I see the first Super Bowl ad, depicting two gay men smootching it up and proclaiming their domestic bliss as they sip their wine cooler (I warned you about stereotypes!) or beer and proclaim, "It doesn't get any better than this", then, let's jump all over poor benighted Guido Barilla for his less than PC take on marriage and the family. In the meantime, how can we hold him to a higher standard than those who advocate the LGBT agenda but refuse to put their own advertising dollars where their mouths are?



*Is it bigoted of me to say it could take five to ten years? Or more?? Or never??? Just my take on the Zeitgeist, but then, I didn't anticipate the iphone or an Obama re-election, either, so take it with a grain of salt.

Original art work by John Cox
Cross posted at LCR

We Welcome John Cox as a Contributor to Proof Positive!

What did I tell you? Too. Freaking. Cool!

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Portrait of John Cox under the benevolent eye of his new editor.

Many of you are familiar with the very talented artist John Cox. And to think, I have to thank Harry Reid for the events leading up to John becoming a contributor here!

Last week, I started corresponding with John after seeing a portrait he'd done of Senate majority leader Harry Reid. After Reid repeatedly made the slanderous accusations about the tea party being anarchists, my blood started to boil, and I asked John if I could use his portrait of Reid to illustrate my post, Harry Reid is an Ignorant Fascist With Stinky Feet* .

Shortly after, John suggested a collaboration, where he might illustrate some of my future posts or do caricatures of obscure folk that I might have occasion to write about. I took a step beyond that and invited John to become a contributor to the blog and contribute whatever pieces past, present or future, that he would like to share with this audience.

Have I mentioned yet that this is Too. Freaking. Cool? I'm a big fan of John's and I think many of you will become fans, as well, if you aren't already. Be sure to visit John at his own blog, too, John Cox Art. Some of it's political, some of it's humorous. Some of it is just art for art's sake! (Yeah, I know. What a hippie!)

Welcome aboard, John! Make yourself at home! I am indeed looking forward to collaborating with you.

Note to my readers: I had originally scheduled this for 8AM Eastern, but, face it! It was just Too. Freaking. Cool. And some of you were losing patience (and you know who you are!)

Quote du jour

The United States is a hard-working, patriotic country with a talented work force and a political system that can generate policy and govern and lead effectively. Unless the environmentalist extremists who predicted that by now Manhattan would be underwater, the average temperature in Toronto in February would be 20 centigrade, and that we would all be gasping for oxygen, find richer electoral sugar daddies than the oil industry and get political control of that country (almost impossible), the United States will be self-sufficient in energy in a few years.
- Conrad Black

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Coming Attractions

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Freaking.

Cool.

"One Man Wrecking Ball"

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Quote du jour

"We Americans do not need to be reminded, as you did in your New York Times Op-Ed, that God creates us equal. This is the first self-evident truth upon which our nation was founded and which we proclaimed to the world in our Declaration of Independence. We also enshrined the principle of equality under the law in our Constitution and remain dedicated to it.

We understand, however, that in Russia today, the rule of law is easily ignored and that you've managed to stay in power since 2000, even though your country's original constitution supposedly limited you to two consecutive terms. You may want to devote your attention to such topics in future writings."

-Jim DeMint, to Vladimir Putin

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Connections III -James Burke: "Feedback"


A bit rambling and roundabout, but mildly informative and entertaining.

Mocking the Obamacare Video Contest Perverse by Verse

Saw this over at Michelle Malkin's blog. This is priceless! And funny! (Sorry, 'Skins fans!)


Mallard Fillmore
today points out the other, more expensive ad campaign for Obamacare, to sell us what we're already being forced to buy. Your tax dollars at work!

Best of the Web* Linkaround

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*…that I’ve seen all week!
Political/SocioEconomic

7th Graders Suspended Yesterday For Playing With Toy Guns On Private Property Are Expelled Today

Obamacare Update: Map showing average increase for every US State- the average man will pay 99% more under Obamacare

NEIL CAVUTO: The President's Fascistic Assault on Fox News for Reporting the Truth Must Stop


Terry McAuliffe, the Redskins, and the Big Lies of Liberalism


Opposing Obamacare Isn’t Anarchy Funny! I said sorta the same thing myself!

Harry Reid Coins An Evil Fallacy -The Law Rules All Until Harry Reid Wants It The Other Way.

Harry Reid Strips Obamacare Defunding, Senate Votes Party Lines, Now Back To The House


Seymour Hersh: The Obama and Clinton narrative on the Bin Laden raid is one big lie...


Gun Rights Advocates Sue Maryland To Block New Rifle/Magazine Law


Culture

The Unbearable Sadness of Grand Theft Auto V

NC Democrats Bring The Grammar #Fail


Liberals Use Counter-Factual Arguments to Defend Academic Anti-Gun Mania


Technology


Shiny Metal Box What hath Steve Jobs wrought?


Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Sunday Funnies


It’s Possible That Terms Of Respect Might Be Conveyed Differently In Other Cultures


Sunrise


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 - Late night ladies, Girls with guns, Rule Five links, girls with guns, Hot pick, Girls with guns

Act Well Your Part- Random Hot Chicks

American Power- Hot Saturday Rule Five, Liverpool Model Punches FEMEN Protesters at Paris Fashion Week, Katherine Webb for Carls Jr. (video)

A View From the Beach Pirate Wenches

Big Bob Friday

Blackmailers Don't Shoot -Snow Bunnies

By Other Means -Special Order Cheesecake

Camp of the Saints - Rule Five Saturday

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Rio Ogawa, Zhao Yu Fei, Katia Winter, Genevieve Chanelle

Daily Mail – Joanna Krupa is red hot in tiny two-piece

Fishnet Friday

Friday Night Babe – Kirsten Haglund

Good Stuff's Cyber World

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

The Right Way - Friday Babe

Hookers and Booze

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Your Good Morning Girl, Fishy Friday

Miss K - Hump Day Curves

Obligatory 49 cheerleader

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

PostalDog - Northern Exposure

Randy’s Roundtable –Thursday Nite Tart , Cowboys cheerleader

Concealed carry


Sex in Advertising - Sela Ward

Subject to Change- In the kitchen

The Classic Liberal -Going the [Rule Five] Distance

The Feral Irishman – Sound of Silence

The Last Tradition - Friday Babe

Theo Spark –Red Friday Bedtime Totty, Bonus Totty, India

The Other McCain- Rule 5 Monday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Anne Baxter

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style (sort of)

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba -Marzia, In case a water landing, please use as a floatation device

Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to: Proof.Positive@Hotmail.com

Quote du jour

I applaud anyone to whom it becomes “clear” that Scientology is a fraud.
-Proof

Friday, September 27, 2013

Coming Attractions

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I don't tease here a lot. Usually, what you see is what you get. But there are some changes in store for the blog that can only be summed up in three words:

Too.

Freaking.

Cool.



I won't tell you what it is, because, you'll know it when you see it. And it will be...

Too.

Freaking.

Cool.

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Kirsten Haglund !

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

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Harry Reid is an Ignorant Fascist With Stinky Feet*

*According to the Harry Reid School of logic and reasoning. (Stop laughing!)

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Fascist is a very precise term that describes a certain sort of person. How can I state with certainty that "Harry Reid is an Ignorant Fascist With Stinky Feet", when I've never been within twenty feet of his feet? It's quite simple really (much like Harry)! Whenever you want to call your opponent names, you pick out a word that sounds bad and then presume it means whatever you want it to mean. In other words, the Humpty Dumpty school of Rhetoric.

Harry Reid, the Dimbulb from Searchlight, said the following:
"We're not going to bow to tea-party anarchists who deny the mere fact that Obamacare is the law. We will not bow to tea-party anarchists who refuse to accept that the Supreme Court ruled that Obamacare is constitutional."

Which is funny, on the face of it, since Obama is the one known for bowing to petty tyrants and monarchs around the globe. But, lets take an honest look at his dishonest use of the word "anarchists". A dictionary definition to start?

an·ar·chist [an-er-kist]
noun
1. a person who advocates or believes in anarchy or anarchism.
2. a person who seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government, with no purpose of establishing any other system of order in the place of that destroyed.
3. a person who promotes disorder or excites revolt against any established rule, law, or custom.

Definition one: Does the tea party, organized or otherwise believe in or advocate anarchy? Of course not! In order to believe that, you'd have to be delusional enough to believe that Harry Reid is competent, or that Obamacare would lower the insurance premium of a family of four by $2,500 a year, instead of increasing it $7,500.

Definition two: Why would Senator Cruz seek to filibuster the Senate, if the tea party "seeks to overturn by violence all constituted forms and institutions of society and government". Can Senator Dimbulb Reid point to any instance of the tea party seeking to overturn by violence ALL constituted forms and institutions of society and government? That sounds more like his friends in the Occupy movement. The tea party seeks to re-establish the preeminence of the Constitution and the return to a true Constitutional Republic, which, the last time I looked, was an institution of society and government. Maybe Harry should stick to things he knows about, like government subsidies for cowboy poetry.

Definition three comes closest to a fig leaf for poor Harry, if you used "promotes disorder or excites revolt" very, very loosely. And one could argue that Obamacare is an "established" law, even though the Executive branch picks and chooses which parts of the law to implement and enforce and which parts of the law it chooses to ignore. Hmm. Wonder what the definition of "people who ignore laws" is?

But, even if by tortuous definition one were to equate the opposition of one law with the opposition of all law and order, may we look at the consistency of Mr. Harry Pencilneck Geek Reid?

Throughout the history of our nation, there have been those who opposed slavery. Slavery was the established law of the land for the first century of our nation's founding. Were those who opposed slavery "anarchists", Mr. Reid?

"Jim Crow" laws were established in the South, Mr. Reid. Were those who opposed Jim Crow "anarchists", Mr. Reid?

The law of the land denied women's suffrage. (That means they couldn't vote, Harry.) Were those people who advocated women's suffrage "anarchists", Mr. Reid?

How about gay marriage? Child labor?? Roe v. Wade??? In the dim recesses of whatever passes for your mind, is everyone who has ever advocated for a law to be changed, an "anarchist"????

Why the people of Nevada consistently return such a dim witted fool such as yourself to public office is a bit of a mystery and more than a little bit an American tragedy. The fact that you are the leader of the Senate which your party controls speaks volumes as to how low their standards actually are.

I am willing to admit that I might be wrong in my assessment. Your feet may not stink at all. Your record as a "public servant", however, does.

Cross posted at LCR

Quote du jour

Joe Biden’s niece was arrested. The hardest part about arresting a Biden is convincing them they have the right to remain silent.
-Conan O'Brien

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Vintage Babe of the Week

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

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

Vintage Babe of the Week

1-2 SF 49er's Vs. 1-2 St. Louis Lambs

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Go Niners!

Quote du jour

Vladimir Putin wrote that America should not view itself as exceptional. I disagree. Hey, Russia, we invented jazz and the elevators it plays in. We’re the geographic sweet spot between frostbite and beheadings. Our roulette is way better than your roulette. And when you rearrange the letters in “Russia” — you get “USA, Sir!”
-Conan O'Brien

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Occupy Milk Lines? Updated: Correction

Our good friend Mike, late of El Opinador Compulsivo, sends us this photo of people standing in line, in pouring rain, in Caracas, Venezuela, when the government announced that milk would be available at ONE supermarket. FYI, Caracas has a population of 2.1 million people.

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At least socialism preserves the dignity of the individual! /sarc By contrast, people standing in lines in capitalist countries to buy the new iphone 5:


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Can you say, "Personal space?


This goes hand in (wash your filthy) hand with the recent story of TP shortages: Venezuela completely runs out of toilet paper


Update: Although there are shortages of milk and toilet paper in Venezuela, that's not what this picture is about. Our Venezuelan correspondent Mike has come up with the source of the confusion: a wrongly attributed photo from Reuters. The picture's actual caption translates:
Catholic pilgrims following the image of the local saint of Our Lady of Nazareth, in the greatest religious festival of the country, in the city of Belem at the mouth of the Amazon River.

The original image can be found here.

Cross posted at LCR

Medal of Honor

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Lieutenant Colonel Leo K. Thorsness


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. As pilot of an F- 105 aircraft, Lt. Col. Thorsness was on a surface-to-air missile suppression mission over North Vietnam. Lt. Col. Thorsness and his wingman attacked and silenced a surface-to-air missile site with air-to-ground missiles, and then destroyed a second surface-to-air missile site with bombs.
In tile attack on the second missile site, Lt. Col. Thorsness' wingman was shot down by intensive antiaircraft fire, and the 2 crewmembers abandoned their aircraft. Lt. Col. Thorsness circled the descending parachutes to keep the crewmembers in sight and relay their position to the Search and Rescue Center. During this maneuver, a MIG-17 was sighted in the area. Lt. Col. Thorsness immediately initiated an attack and destroyed the MIG. Because his aircraft was low on fuel, he was forced to depart the area in search of a tanker.
Upon being advised that 2 helicopters were orbiting over the downed crew's position and that there were hostile MlGs in the area posing a serious threat to the helicopters, Lt. Col. Thorsness, despite his low fuel condition, decided to return alone through a hostile environment of surface-to-air missile and antiaircraft defenses to the downed crew's position. As he approached the area, he spotted 4 MIG-17 aircraft and immediately initiated an attack on the MlGs, damaging 1 and driving the others away from the rescue scene. When it became apparent that an aircraft in the area was critically low on fuel and the crew would have to abandon the aircraft unless they could reach a tanker, Lt. Col. Thorsness, although critically short on fuel himself, helped to avert further possible loss of life and a friendly aircraft by recovering at a forward operating base, thus allowing the aircraft in emergency fuel condition to refuel safely.
Lt. Col. Thorsness' extraordinary heroism, self-sacrifice, and personal bravery involving conspicuous risk of life were in the highest traditions of the military service, and have reflected great credit upon himself and the U.S. Air Force.


Lt. Col. Thorsness: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are fewer than a hundred living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

Quote du jour

I’ve lost some weight. I am on that new Obama diet. Every day I let Vladimir Putin eat my lunch.
-Jay Leno

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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!

Quote du jour

You can tell that fall is coming. The leaves are changing faster than the White House position on Syria.
-Jay Leno

Monday, September 23, 2013

Quote du jour

What is more worrisome than the fact that the United States has an inadequate president, is that the public still accords the incumbent a significant degree of support. If the American people, who have responded to intelligent leadership so often within living memory, has become so morally obtuse that it buys into this flimflam, the problem is more profound than I imagined.
-Conrad Black

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The Lion of the 18th Green™

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Look on my works, ye Mighty, and try not to giggle!

Random Thoughts

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Listening to the Sunday shows this AM, heard what has to be the talking point to try to spin Obama's inept and ineffectual handling of the Syrian crisis. Twice, on Fox News Sunday, I heard Democrats talking about how Putin was "moving the ball" on Obama's Syria plan. Horse feathers! After rattling his rubber saber at Syria for the last year, drawing imaginary lines that he had no plan, intention or clue as to how to back up his empty rhetoric, Obama is not in charge, as his flunkies would like to have you believe.

To use a football analogy, they imply that the plan to deal with Syria was Obama's, the quarterback, and Putin is the running back to whom Obama handed the ball. Team effort, but Obama calls the shots. (Hard a hard time writing that with a straight face!) Putin is indeed moving the ball quickly, but more like Rick McKee's cartoon above. Or a fumble recovery by Putin, after Obama and Kerry fumbled the ball. And that's if you concede that Obama is even on the field. He may have more in common with the crazy fan in the end zone, wagging his foam finger, taking credit for how well "his" team is doing.

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The President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, has cancelled a trip to the US, and the chance to be feted by Barack Obama, over the NSA spying worldwide. How many times in your lifetime have you heard of a head of state refusing to meet with or be honored with a state dinner by the putative Leader of the Free World? Again, if the crazy guy in the end zone, with his face painted in team colors, asks you out for a drink after the game, you have to think of your reputation if someone sees you with him!


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There's a new app putting your favorite translation of the Bible on your smart phone. It's called You Version. It's about to reach 100 million installs according to them. Could this do for the Bible for this generation what Gutenberg did for his? Oh, and it's free...

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Saw 'The Wolverine' last night. Not a bad movie, not a great movie. A little more nuanced than most comic book movies, yet it had a distinctive comic book feel to it. I could further enhance my geek cred by going into what was wrong with the movie, but why spoil the fun! In keeping with Marvel's penchant for a brief clip of coming attractions, the good news is, they're not making you wait for the absolute end of the credits here. For those of you who have the babysitter double parked, it has to do with an X-Men sequel, and the return of Professor X.

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That's random enough for now. Got to see if I can rally my Niners to overcome their point deficit in the fourth quarter. Or maybe they could blame the deficit on Bill Walsh?

Cross posted at LCR

SF 49er's Vs. Indianapolis Colts

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Go Niners!

Update: Colts 27, Niners 7

Quote du jour

As my mentor Pogo once said, "I have seen the enemy and it is us;" except, in this case, the enemy is poor punctuation. Yes, and we are all guilty. Rich has no higher ground because of being a Marine Officer, I corrected many pages for officers and wondered how they ever wrote papers in college. Without punctuation, a sentence can be interpreted in a number of ways. Correct punctuation insures a greater accuracy and fewer chances for misinterpretation. In other words, correct punctuation is a tight group on the 500 yard line: punctuation leaves holes all over your target and your neighbor's target. We all need to tighten our groups on the grammar range or we will have more misfires over nothing.
-Skookum

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Connections II - James Burke "Flexible Response"

Did You Know That John F. Kerry Served in Viet Nam?

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Plus some rare footage of Kerry's original Swift Boat command.

Best of the Web* Linkaround

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*…that I’ve seen all week!
Political/SocioEconomic

Jim DeMint on American Exceptionalism


Yes, people were dying in a gunfight across town, but Obama had a speech to give


CIA Employee Who Refused to Sign Non-Disclosure on Benghazi Suspended



“Clinton-era gun law responsible for mass carnage at US Naval Yard”



Mass Shootings Fuel Fear, Account for Fraction of Murders


Friend of Navy Yard Shooter: He Was A Liberal Obama Supporter…


9 Potential Mass Shootings That Were Stopped By Someone With A Personally Owned Firearm



Putin’s Horrifying Mirror



Aetna pulls out of NJ Obamacare exchange, only 3 companies are left


Washington Post: Alexis had honorable discharge

Aaron Alexis passed two background checks, bought shotgun from Sharpshooters in Lorton, Va.

Obamacare exchange leaks data of 2,400 unsuspecting customers -that's okay! Your privacy went out the window with the NSA!

Obama Then and Now: the Rashomon Effect

The Myth of Red State Welfare


Now Here's a Place Where I'd Like to See a Little Gun Control


Democrats Walk Out on Families of Benghazi Victims


Names of Democrats on House Oversight Committee who walked out on Benghazi victim family members


Videos


John Fund Slams Calif. Minimum-Wage Hike



Krauthammer: Obama Going Ahead With “Hyperpartisan” Economic Speech Was in “Extremely Bad Taste”


Judge Jeanine TORCHES Obama, says he was played by Putin and 2016 can’t get here fast enough

Culture


School Tells Little Girl She Can’t Write About God



Abortion Clinics Closing at Record Rate



Communications Chair of Sacramento Co. Democrats Wishes Death on Cruz Speechwriter’s Kids


Technology


More Flops in Electric Car Industry


Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Sunday Funnies

Solidarity!

5 Eerie Ghost Towns in Pictures — Which One is the Creepiest? -Detroit (Sorry! That's next year's answer!)


Putin Things in their Proper Places


Putin on the Ritz (animated)

Simple Math

Voter IDs racist?


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 - Late night ladies, Girls with guns, Rule Five links, girls with guns

Act Well Your Part

American Power- Hot for Tennessee Vols

Angry Mike's Hood-Smokin' Hot

A View From the Beach Two Drunk Irish Critique Wrecking Ball (Miley Cyrus)

A trainwreck Rule Five -Please dig safely

By Other Means Racquel

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

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Emma Samms, Angela Henderson, Paula Marciniak, Kersti Richards, Avonte Wright

Daily Mail – Heidi Montag shows off her sexy figure in a glittery gold bikini

Good Monday Morning

EBL –Cheerleaders, Angie Dickinson

Friday Night Babe – Kellie Pickler

Good Stuff's Cyber World

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

Jean Jeanie

The Right Way - Friday Babe

Hookers and Booze

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Your Good Morning Girl, Barbed Wire

Maggie's Notebook -Boobies Rising, Expanding In California!

Miss K - Sultry Redheads, ~ Random Hotties Packing Heat ~ , Freckle Count, Sweater Puppies ~ Cleavage Edition!

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…

pitsnipesgripes – Hay!

PostalDog - Lindsay

Randy’s Roundtable –Thursday Nite Tart , Cowboys cheerleaders

Reaganite Republican –Miss Sweden World

Concealed carry

Sex in Advertising - Julia Roberts (video)

The Feral Irishman – G'nite

The Last Tradition - Kelly Rowland

Theo Spark –Bedtime Totty, Bonus Totty, Bedtime totty, Red Friday Bedtime Totty

The Other McCain- Rule 5 Wednesday

Vintage Babe of the Week –Ann Miller

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style . Less

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba -Friday Nite Tite Dresses

Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to:
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Quote du jour

My Momma taught me that if you can't say something good about someone you should just say nothing. My zero word essay on Helen Thomas can be found here:
- Proof

Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Kellie Pickler!

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

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Quote du jour

"I often quote myself. It adds spice to my conversation.
-George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Paper Tigerbama Will Negotiate Anywhere, Anytime...Except with Republicans


Obama poses as a tough, macho man who refuses to negotiate with Republicans, but will go hat in hand to talk to any number of people who wish our nation ill. Wonder why that is?

Vintage Babe of the Week

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

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Quote du jour

Fifty-three weeks ago when four Americans were murdered by terrorists in Benghazi, Obama appeared after a good night's sleep, bemoaned the loss, vowed to deliver justice to the killers (still unfulfilled), then flew off for fundraising parties in Las Vegas. Hey, they're still dead anyway, and there was big campaign money waiting.

When a 133-foot-tall wall of tsunami water rolled 10 miles inland to kill 16,000 in Japan two years ago, Obama expressed his sorrow, then went golfing. When bad weather canceled his trip to the funeral of Poland's president, Obama paid his respects by golfing. As the Gulf coast economy struggled back from the nation's worst environmental disaster ever, Obama urged all Americans to vacation there. Then, he took his family to the New England coast.

Or our personal fave, his 2012 Virginia campaign speech when the audience began fainting from the heat. So, instead of cutting it short, Obama offered advice on hydration and how to stand properly until he was finished.
-Andrew Malcolm

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Medal of Honor

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Lieutenant (then Petty Officer) Michael Edwin Thornton


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while participating in a daring operation against enemy forces. PO Thornton, as Assistant U.S. Navy Advisor, along with a U.S. Navy lieutenant serving as Senior Advisor, accompanied a 3-man Vietnamese Navy SEAL patrol on an intelligence gathering and prisoner capture operation against an enemy-occupied naval river base. Launched from a Vietnamese Navy junk in a rubber boat, the patrol reached land and was continuing on foot toward its objective when it suddenly came under heavy fire from a numerically superior force. The patrol called in naval gunfire support and then engaged the enemy in a fierce firefight, accounting for many enemy casualties before moving back to the waterline to prevent encirclement. Upon learning that the Senior Advisor had been hit by enemy fire and was believed to be dead, PO Thornton returned through a hail of fire to the lieutenant's last position; quickly disposed of 2 enemy soldiers about to overrun the position, and succeeded in removing the seriously wounded and unconscious Senior Naval Advisor to the water's edge. He then inflated the lieutenant's lifejacket and towed him seaward for approximately 2 hours until picked up by support craft. By his extraordinary courage and perseverance, PO Thornton was directly responsible for saving the life of his superior officer and enabling the safe extraction of all patrol members, thereby upholding the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Lieutenant Thornton: 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.”
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