Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...



I may not be sure exactly what she's selling (flower petals?), but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Predictions for 2014

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Those of you waiting with bated breath for someone to make predictions about the coming year are in luck. Not about the coming year, of course, that will still suck or get suckier.

++ Obama's signature accomplishment, Obamacare, will continue to be his bane in 2014. The administration will lose at least one court case challenging the President's authority to arbitrarily make changes in the law.

++ Millions more will be cancelled from their current insurance plans than sign up at the federal exchanges.

++ Israel will stage an attack, overt or covert, on Iranian nuclear facilities

++ Edward Snowden will not be offered amnesty by the US...unless he dons a serape and enters the US from the south, across the Rio Grande.

++ Amnesty for illegals (by another name) will be an election year topic. Anything to change the conversation from Obamacare

++ In January, thousands of conversations in doctors' offices will take place, in which the second thing said will be either: "What do you mean I don't have insurance?" or "How high did you say my deductible is??"

++ Also in January, Obama will once again arbitrarily (and illegally) suspend at least one more provision of the "passed by Congress, law of the land, Supreme Court approved, signed by the President" Unaffordable Healthcare Act

++ Ex Congressman Anthony Weiner will market a line of Tofu hot dogs. Bun length.

++ In February, Debbie Wassermann Schultz will still be telling people that the only problem with Obamacare is the website.

++ The twerk will leave as quickly as it came

++ "If you like your _____, you can keep it" will be a cheap and easy laugh line all throughout 2014

++ The 29 hour work week will become the de facto standard for the majority of new hires in 2014

++ The New York Times will come out with an editorial explaining that Obama was not responsible for Obamacare, rather it was an obscure video by Michael Moore

++ Underestimating the nation's anger over Obamacare and the lies told to sell it, Democrats will not only not retake the House, but will narrowly lose the Senate. 52-48

++ There will be a terrorist attack on the Russian Winter Olympics severe enough to make several countries withdraw from the games.

++ Gun control advocates will make a major push in 2014. Look for it to become a major campaign topic as well, as Democrats running from the President and Obamacare try to further their careers on the backs of dead children.

++ The sale of long guns in California will slow for the first time during the Obama administration, as new gun registration laws take effect. (After having made record sales in December)

++ Obama will confess in an interview with Barbara Walters, that his interest in watching the series "Breaking Bad" is to help him explore employment opportunities in 2017

++ Interest rates will begin creeping up, negating any real growth in the economy.

++ Because of the state of the economy, Michelle will limit her taxpayer expensed vacations to no more than six. Or eight. No more than twelve!

++ China will continue expansion of its blue water navy and will continue their quest for territorial expansion

++ Fukushima will market it's own brand of glow-in-the-dark sushi*

++ More witnesses to the Benghazi attacks will come forward to testify, sparking new Congressional hearings**

++ Detroit falls from first to second largest city in the country to declare bankruptcy. Detroit mayor vows not to give up fight. Stockton, CA changes the banners for their Asparagus Festival to "We're Number Three!"

++ Ex Congressman Anthony Weiner will market a line of smart phones with a macro lens to take ultra close ups. It will be called the "Big Macro Daddy"

++ Eric Holder will indict Will Ferrell for ostentatious osculation and suspicion of being a thespian. ***

++ Obama will play another 40-50 rounds of golf (No. Seriously.)

++ Joe Biden will say something really stupid. (C'mon! That's a "gimme"!)

++ Al Gore will fly in a private jet, met by a limousine (with the motor left running to keep the car comfortable), to make a speech on how much we need to cutback our lifestyle to save the planet.

++ If one more "selfie" of Barry and some blonde babe shows up on the Internet, Michelle gets half the House (and a third of the Senate)

and finally...

++ Liberal trolls will still be clueless.

That's it for now! If you think this is easy, leave your own predictions in the comments and we'll check back here next year to see who did better? I double dog dare you! Heh.



*Just to see if you're paying attention!

**Really hadn't thought much about Benghazi in these predictions, but a clueless Internet troll seemed to expect at least one. This one's for you, Ema!

***This will be dismissed for lack of evidence.

Cross posted at LCR


Quote du jour

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
-Henry David Thoreau

Monday, December 30, 2013

How to Ring Out the Old and Ring in the New...

...with a new gun!

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A Uberti Cattleman rifle in .45 Long Colt

Today, I joined thousands of Californians in purchasing one last long gun before a new gun registration law kicks in on New Year's Day. I didn't really need one, (law or gun) but then, the Second Amendment is not found in the Bill of Needs. Plus, according to the Beltway's accounting principles, I actually cut my spending by over a thousand dollars in doing so!

I'd been to a big box sporting goods store on Sunday and didn't see anything that caught me eye, so I went to this smaller sporting goods shop in town, after I finished work this afternoon. I looked around a bit and toyed with the idea of buying this:

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A .45 semi-auto Kriss-Vector carbine

A California legal version of their submachine gun. I wasn't that familiar with it, so I read some reviews online, with my smartphone, and handled it a bit, and while I was pondering the wisdom and utility of the purchase, I spied that little Uberti, like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree, kind of little and off to one side. And since I was planning on spending over a thousand dollars more for the Kriss-Vector, I was able to cut my firearm spending over 50% in December alone! Finally, some Washington-style fiscal accountability! Since about half of that was paid for with a small gift card from work, thus, off budget, my budgeted firearms expenses were 'actually' cut over 75%. Now, if this were true Washingtonian budgeting, I would immediately spend the money I "saved" on something else. Maybe some ammo... The year is still young!

See also:
When Idiots Write Gun Control Laws, We Get Idiotic Laws

Fibber McPOTUS' Closet

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We take you now, back to the days of yesteryear, back before there was a "C" in CGI, back before there was video...back when special effects relied solely upon the theater of the mind! Once upon a time, there was a radio program called "Fibber McGee and Molly". Fibber McGee, as his name might imply, was known for his tall tales and 'face saving' lies, though none were of a magnitude with "If you like your health care plan, you can keep it"!

There was a running gag in the show, that Fibber McGee had a closet that was stuffed to overflowing, and the poor, hapless soul who opened the door of said closet, was subject to an avalanche of junk, brick-a-bracs, pots and pans and who knows what, to come crashing down upon him, all conveyed with only the sound effects of falling objects to stir one's imagination.

Thinking of the Fibber and his closet made me think of Obama and his Obamacare closet...once they opened the door to that "bill they had to pass to see what was in it", all kinds of garbage came crashing out. Millions of people lost affordable plans they were satisfied with, others discovered to their shock and chagrin, that their premiums would double and triple, and their deductibles would skyrocket under Obama's new "Affordable" health care.

In the imaginary world of "Fibber" McGee, there was no clean up of the mess. It was all imaginary - sound and fury, signifying little. Much like Obama's policy pronouncements. In Obama's case, the mess is only imaginary insofar that none of the statements used to sell the program had any semblance of reality. But, the mess is real, and will likely take decades to clean up, only if we can manage to elect some honest, adult leadership who are willing to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

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Cross posted at LCR

Quote du jour

“I don’t write code,” said Obama in reaction to the website crash. Nor is he expected to. He is, however, expected to run an administration that can.
-Charles Krauthammer

Sunday, December 29, 2013

SF 49er's Vs. Arizona Cardinals

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Go Niners!

Update: 49er's by three in the last two seconds of regulation play. 23-20

Quote du jour

“If you are taught bitterness and anger, then you will believe you are a victim. You will feel aggrieved and the twin brother of aggrievment is entitlement. So now you think you are owed something and you don't have to work for it and now you're on a really bad road to nowhere because there are people who will play to that sense of victimhood, aggreivement and entitlement, and you still won't have a job.”
- Condoleezza Rice

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Uncle Bob

I normally don't print a lot of jokes here, except for what the politicians say in the way of policy pronouncements, but I remembered this one this morning, and I know at least our friend Odie will appreciate it.

The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day the kids came back and one by one began to tell their stories.

Kathy said, "My father's a farmer and we have a lot of egg-laying hens. One time we were taking our eggs to market in a basket on the front seat of the pickup when we hit a bump in the road and all the eggs went flying and broke and made a mess"

"And what's the moral of the story?" asked the teacher.

"Don't put all your eggs in one basket!"

"Very good," said the teacher. "Now, Lucy?"

"Our family are farmers too. But we raise chickens for the meat market. We had a dozen eggs one time, but when they hatched we only got ten live chicks. And the moral to this story is, don't count your chickens until they're hatched."

"That was a fine story Lucy. Johnny do you have a story to share?"

"Yes, ma'am, my daddy told me this story about my uncle Bob. Uncle Bob was a Green Beret in Vietnam and his helicopter got hit. He had to crash land in enemy territory and all he had was a bottle of whiskey, a machine gun and a machete. He drank the whiskey on the way down so it wouldn't break and then he landed right in the middle of 100 enemy troops. He killed seventy of them with the machine gun until he ran out of bullets, then he killed twenty more with the machete till the blade broke and then he killed the last ten with his bare hands."

"Good heavens," said the horrified teacher, " What kind of moral did your daddy tell you from that horrible story?"

"Don't mess with Uncle Bob when he's been drinking."

Best of the Web* Linkaround

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

Obama’s Latest Credibility Hit

Smoke And Mirrors: Obama Pretends to Sign Up For Obamacare

Obama’s Tedious Act Grown Old and Stale

Videos

"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Joy to the World" US Air Force band flash mob

Bill Whittle On ObamaCare And The Lies Liberals Told America

Christmas Hallelujah

My New Favorite Version of the “Frosty” Mythos

Culture

Reagan and the ‘Welfare Queen’


Another Christmas Story -Victory or death!

Cruciphobia at Mt. Soledad: The Cross the Left Can’t Bear

5 Million Hits at American Power- Yowsa!

Technology

Modified 2014 Corvette Stingray hits 200mph

Robot Spider!

Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page


Sunday Funnies


Incredible New Show – Must Watch!

Obamacare: Good news and bad news

Reaganite Sunday Funnies


It could still be a wonderful life...


Obamacare Comix - Real Numbers Edition


"Duck responsibility"

Well Look Who Popped Up

Cartoon of the Day – Naughty


Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny - Girls with guns, girls with guns, Hot pick, Another hot pick, Yet another hot pick

American Power- Alessandra Ambrosio Holiday Video , Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly!, Giselle, Candice Swanepoel


Smokin hottie, evening edition

Blackmailers Don't Shoot - Merry Monday Christmas Linkfest, Sad Man’s Tongue Left Something in Our Stocking

By Other Means -Be(Cosplay) It's Friday

Camp of the Saints - Rule 5 Christmas Countdown: 21-Dec-13, Rule 5 Christmas Countdown: 22-Dec-13, Rule 5 Christmas Countdown: 23-Dec-13, Rule 5 Christmas Countdown: 24-Dec-13

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Cassidy Hubbarth , Mayuko Iwasa, Tabby Brown, Erica Dixon

Daily Mail – Glamazon Victoria Silvstedt

Good Monday Morning

EBL –Rachel Washburn Rule 5: Cheerleader and Warrior Hero , Joey Heatherton

Friday Night Babe – Avonte Wright

Good Stuff's Cyber World

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

Hookers and Booze

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Milfy Monday, Good Morning Girl

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

Randy’s Roundtable – Dallas Cheerleaders, Thursday Nite Tart

Sex in Advertising - Victoria's Secret Angels sing Deck the Halls (video)

Subject to Change - Merry Christmas!

Stephanie Seymour

The Classic Liberal - Lindsay Vonn

The Feral Irishman – NSFW Presents

The Last Tradition - Beyonce, Olivia Sprauer aka Victoria James Poses For Hustler After 'Bikini Teacher' Said She Wouldn't

Theo Spark – Philly Love - The Philly Cheesesteak Burger at Carl's Jr. (video), Red Friday Bonus Totty, Bonus Totty, Bedtime Totty

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Shelly Winters

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Buenas, Buenas II

And the ubiquitous SF 49er cheerleader


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

Quote du jour

A person might rush into a burning building to save a child, while others only stand by and stare in horror. It is not the situation that creates a hero, the situation reveals them.
-Proof

Friday, December 27, 2013

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Mike Huckabee Still Wants to be President

Mike Huckabee still wants to be president. Can I get not just a "No" but a "Hell, No!"?

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Mike Huckabee was on Fox News Sunday last Sunday, and was doing the coy, tiptoe tap dance around the fact that he still would like to run for president again.

And, by the way, the only reason I talked to those news entities is because they asked me. You know, I didn't go and solicit them and say, hey, I'd love to have an interview with you and lets But as people approached me and they've asked me about it, I had friends who said let's do a poll, let's just see if you're in the mix.
So, you're just doing interviews when you're asked, eh? And the 'little polling' you're doing? Sure, everybody does that! Are you still keeping in touch with contributors from the last campaign, maybe? A little toe in the water, finger in the air??

"So, when people ask me, are you open to the possibilities? The honest answer is yes. Does that mean I'm running? I don't honestly know. I think there is a lot of time between and then, and, frankly, the Republicans have a strong stable of possible candidates. What I'm looking is to find out whether it's the right thing for me to do, and I'm not ready to make that decision. But I just don't want to tell people, oh, no, I wouldn't open my mind to it because that would be, frankly, dishonest at this point."

Now, Mike, you seem like a good guy. I would not freak out if you moved next door to me or started dating my sister. (Except for that whole current "wife" thing. I might have to have words with you on that! )But, I still don't believe you have what it takes to either win the nomination, or the right man to govern right now if you did.

First of all, do I need to remind you that you were not exactly the picture of fiscal restraint when you were governor? Fox News called Huckabee: "The Biggest Big-Government Conservative"

And you also have your own special Willie Horton moment to explain?

Huckabee in His Own (Weaselly) Words

And how your explanations have come short in the past?
Huckabee in His Own (Weaselly) Words, Redux

Your presidential run turned you into a minor celebrity. Sure your radio show crashed and burned after just 20 months, but that's a lot longer than most of the libs lasted! You still have the eponymously named "Huckabee" on the Fox News Channel. Wouldn't want to give that up, would you??

How about just once we clear the deck of all the vanity candidates, and the 'haven't got a prayer' candidates, who clog up the early presidential debates, and try to winnow the field down to two or three candidates who have the time to more fully present their policies and ideas, without the Barnum and Bailey atmosphere of election years past? Encourage the people who are really serious about preserving the Republic, but haven't got a prayer (or a clue) to just stay home. Write your op-eds, commentaries and tweets, declare your unrequited love but not your candidacy. The stakes are too high for showboating.


Mike Huckabee still wants to be president? And I still want to date a supermodel. With any luck, his chances are as good as mine!

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Cross posted at LCR


Vintage Babe of the Week

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

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Yes, that Shelly Winters!

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

The Obamas Weakly Address


Barry and Michelle Obama sent out their family greetings and wishes for Christmas. I saw part of it on last night's evening news. I decided to spare you the details until today, to give your figgy pudding a chance to digest in peace. From the Obamas' commentary:
That’s the same spirit of giving that connects all of us during the holidays. So many people all across the country are helping out at soup kitchens, buying gifts for children in need, or organizing food or clothing drives for their neighbors. For families like ours, that service is a chance to celebrate the birth of Christ and live out what He taught us – to love our neighbors as we love* ourselves; to feed the hungry and look after the sick; to be our brother’s keeper and our sister’s keeper. And for all of us as Americans, regardless of our faith, those are values that can drive us to be better parents and friends, better neighbors and better citizens.
-Barack Obama

So, how do you think that the Bamboozler-in-Chief spent his Christmas vacation? Helping out at soup kitchen? Organizing food or clothing drives for the needy?? Spending a little quality time with Michelle and the kids??? As little as possible, it would appear. Barack managed to lose both the 'ball and chain' and the two 'punishments'** to spend some quality time by himself...on the golf course. Is that 'celebrating the birth of Christ' or 'living out what He taught us'? (Who knew Jesus was a golf pro???)

For the record, he didn't (couldn't) play Christmas Day, but has played three out of four days: round 43 this year, 154 since he took office. (About 250 weeks ago) No one begrudges the president some recreation. By comparison, the reviled George Bush gave up his golf game while he was in the Oval Office, believing it looked bad for him to be out on the golf course while our young men were dying on foreign soil. Unfortunately, since Barack the First took office, we are bereft of those casualty figures we used to get from the MSM, from Doonesbury, from Nightline on a daily basis, even though casualties in Afghanistan spiked dramatically.

73 percent of all U.S. Afghan War casualties have occurred since Jan. 20, 2009 when Obama was inaugurated.

Hopefully, the "Do as I say, not as I do" President will continue to snarl traffic in the islands,the Secret Service will continue to tackle joggers on the beach who can't read the nonexistent signs, and the president will continue to improve his golf game in relative silence, as the rest of us yearn for a vacation from the ubiquitous Obamas.




*The transcript at Huff Po had that as "would". Apparently even they didn't believe that the Obamas couldn't love anyone as much as they love themselves!

** Remember when Obama said he wouldn't want his daughters punished with a baby? This is the guy who ducked the question in a presidential debate, 'when does life begin?' by saying it was "above my paygrade".

Cross posted at LCR

Happy Boxing Day!

...to all our friends in Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ!

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Not sure if this picture captures the spirit of the holiday, but then, it's my blog and I post what interests me! Heh.

Quote du jour

Michelle Obama’s holiday suggestion: “make it a Christmas treat around the table to talk about a little health care”.
Does it count if you talk about that one guy who went around curing the lame and the blind for free?
- Harvey Harvelson

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas -Charlie Byrd

Celtic Woman: A Christmas Celebration

Medal of Honor

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Private Hector A. Cafferata Jr.


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a rifleman with Company F, in action against enemy aggressor forces. When all the other members of his fire team became casualties, creating a gap in the lines, during the initial phase of a vicious attack launched by a fanatical enemy of regimental strength against his company's hill position, Pvt. Cafferata waged a lone battle with grenades and rifle fire as the attack gained momentum and the enemy threatened penetration through the gap and endangered the integrity of the entire defensive perimeter. Making a target of himself under the devastating fire from automatic weapons, rifles, grenades, and mortars, he maneuvered up and down the line and delivered accurate and effective fire against the onrushing force, killing 15, wounding many more, and forcing the others to withdraw so that reinforcements could move up and consolidate the position. Again fighting desperately against a renewed onslaught later that same morning when a hostile grenade landed in a shallow entrenchment occupied by wounded marines, Pvt. Cafferata rushed into the gully under heavy fire, seized the deadly missile in his right hand and hurled it free of his comrades before it detonated, severing part of 1 finger and seriously wounding him in the right hand and arm. Courageously ignoring the intense pain, he staunchly fought on until he was struck by a sniper's bullet and forced to submit to evacuation for medical treatment Stouthearted and indomitable, Pvt. Cafferata, by his fortitude, great personal valor, and dauntless perseverance in the face of almost certain death, saved the lives of several of his fellow marines and contributed essentially to the success achieved by his company in maintaining its defensive position against tremendous odds. His extraordinary heroism throughout was in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.


Pvt. Cafferata: 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.”

Tennessee Christmas - Amy Grant

Not the Last Lyin' in the White House

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From Twitchy: Former Afghan Ambassador falsely accuses US solders of killing the last lion in Kunar province; Update: Tweet has been deleted; Update: An apology

Christmas Music Linkaround

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Too much good stuff out there to wait for Saturday. I'll be adding to the list as I find 'em.

Christmas Hallelujah


POMPLAMOOSE: Deck The Halls.


"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring/Joy to the World" US Air Force band flash mob

Enya - Silent Night in Gaelic

Shawn Phillips - A Christmas Song

Merry Christmas -3 music videos from Western Hero

O Come, O Come Emmanuel -Enya

"He's Dead, Jim. You Get His Phaser, I'll Get His Wallet..."

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Actual GE product

New York: An Illinois man who persuaded a company to finance a nonexistent telemedicine computer tablet named after the physician on the original "Star Trek" television show admitted to a $US25 million fraud scheme.

Howard Leventhal, 56, pleaded guilty Monday before US District Justice Brian Cogan in Brooklyn, New York, to wire fraud for falsely claiming that his company, Neovision, had a contract with the Canadian department of health. Mr Leventhal, of Long Grove, Illinois, faces as long as 22 years in prison at his sentencing, according to a statement from the office of Brooklyn US Attorney Loretta Lynch.

Mr Leventhal told investors his company had agreements to provide Canada with a telemedicine device named after Leonard McCoy, the starship doctor portrayed by DeForest Kelley, prosecutors said.

Now that we have Dick Tracy's two way wristwatches, I suppose it's only natural to expect Bones' tricorder to be just around the corner. Oh, and by the way, did I tell you I could get you in on the ground floor of the first generation Tardis they're building??? A small investment on your part will reap great rewards...for me!

Or, as Dr. McCoy might have said, "Dammit, Jim! I'm a doctor, not an investment counselor!"

Merry Christmas!

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Quote du jour

At Christmas, 'It's a Wonderful Life' makes me cry in exactly the same places every time, even though I know it's coming.
-Nicholas Lea

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...



I may not be sure exactly what they're selling (singing lessons?), but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Shawn Phillips - A Christmas Song


I first heard this song when the 45 single was delivered to the college radio station where I was working.


From Shawn's website: "The Christmas Song was written in a hotel room in Rome, in 1969. I can't remember what I was in Rome for, but it was close to Christmas, and I started thinking about that, and all that entailed, and I wanted to tell the story somewhat differently, and make it fun. A few months later, when we were recording Second Contribution, I played the song for Jonathan Weston, and he didn't want to waste any of the studio time we had. I was determined to get it on tape. So when he and the engineer Robin Cable went out for a dinner break, I got on the phone, and gathered together 19 musicians, and I had everyone of them set up with microphones, and had the levels set, we'd rehearsed it several times, and we were sitting in the studio, and then Jonathan, and Robin walked into the control room. I just told Robin to roll the tape. It was done in the first take."



On the recording, there's a bit of a false start. Shawn gives an infectious, joyous laugh and says "I think that's tremendous" and then launches into the song. I think I love that laughter as much as I love the song.

I posted the song in 2010. I wasn't going to post it again, but then I got an Anonymous comment on that 2010 post that made me change my mind. Let me share it with you...


I have been trying to figure out who did this song and what it was called. Thanks a million. I would also like to find the version with the false start, but I can't find the title "A Christmas Song" on Itunes, but I'm willing to sample each song to find it! I had googled "I think that's tremendous" before, but since it wasn't that unique a sentence, I got nowhere. Even adding christmas music to the search came up dry, and I eventually stopped trying. But I was looking for something else, thought I'd give it another try, and here you are. Thanks a million more times.


I can identify with that. I can think of things that I searched and searched for and pretty much given up hope of ever finding. And then, for some reason, a spark of hope wells up within you and tells you you've got nothing to lose by looking one more time, and...there it is.

"I think that's tremendous". I do, too. More now than ever. I don't always comment on the videos I post, but I did on this one, three years ago, and mentioned the very words that weren't in the video I posted then, the only ones our friend here knew to search for. What is it the Good Book says? Seek and ye shall find"?

I don't know what you're looking for this Christmas, but maybe it's too soon to give up looking for it now. You just never know!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! God bless us every one!

(Revised from an earlier post, with updated video)

Alternate Christmas Carols

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But he went down fighting!
"Oh, you better not pout,
you better not cry!
You better not shout, I'm telling you why,
Santa Claus is dead."


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"We three kings of Orient are,
tried to smoke a rubber cigar,
it was loaded and exploded,
now we're on yonder star."

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"Jingle bells, shotgun shells,
rabbits all the way,
Oh what fun it is to ride
In a 4 door Chevrolet.

Dashing through the snow,
in a 50 foot coupe,
over the fields we go,
laughing all the way."

Headline du jour

"AK-47 Inventor To Be Buried In Mud For A Week, Cleaned Off, Then Put Back To Work"

Phony Budget Compromise is Selling us A Bill of Goods

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Obama's not the only one putting lipstick on this pig!

In my callow youth, I can remember various Congresses putting forth their "budget solutions". In fact, most of them had some great five and ten year plans, which, admittedly were heavy on spending on the front end, but boy do those savings kick in at the rear of the plan! And then, the next Congress, which was not bound by anything in the previous one, would come up with their own ten year plan, which, admittedly were heavy on spending on the front end, but boy do those savings kick in at the rear! After having been kicked in the rear by Congress after Congress, who were serious about spending but not serious about saving, we stand on the edge of a fiscal cliff. Some would say we've already gone over and there's no hope of return. Hope springs eternal.

Which brings us to the latest ten year program to deal with fiscal responsibility. I must admit that when I first heard there was a budget compromise sponsored by Paul Ryan and the ditsy Democrat Patty Murray, I figured it was a 50/50 split between the Onion and Saturday Night Live. It was neither. The more we learned about it, the more it became apparent that this was a compromise among politicians, for politicians. What is best for the country was not on the table.

America is deeply in debt. Congress spends more money than it takes in and spends more money each year than it did the year before. This cannot go on. The so called "compromise" includes tax increases, with virtually no real spending cuts, lifts many of the restrictions placed upon spending by the sequester, and the only thing the Republicans seemed to have garnered in their compromise, is a promise from the Democrats not to shut down the government and blame them again. Oh, and five magic beans*!

In Paul and Patty's Playhouse, the closest thing to a real cut is the outrageous cut in pension benefits to wounded and disabled veterans. Not a single penny is cut from pensions of civil servants, or Congress or congressional staffers anywhere, but it was decided that the pensions promised to our veterans was a cash cow that could be milked to free up funds for other, more worthy projects, no doubt. Yeah, right!

But, unlike the last bit of brinksmanship, which focused on Obamacare, Republicans could have left Obamacare out of the discussion altogether and simly focused on spending. This was an opportunity to once again acquaint the public with the deceitfulness of baseline budgeting. Nancy Pelosi (D-Botox) made the remark "There's nothing left to cut". This delusional fantasy could be contrasted against any number of thousands of wasteful expenditures made by the government every day. (Dr. John over at Flopping Aces listed a few)

The only way to reduce the debt and the deficit is to stop spending more than you take in and make some real cuts. Obama likes to say that he cut the deficit in half, but he only talks about cuts in the rate of increase. The budget grows more ever year, trillions more than George W. Bush spent (and he spent too much!) It's not like there's no waste, or fraud or inefficiency in federal spending that couldn't be cut. Candidate Obama assured us that there was, in 2008, and promised to go through the budget line by line to get rid of it. If only we had elected that guy!

We currently borrow from the Chinese, something like forty cents on the dollar of everything we spend. A simple budget freeze would mean that we at least don't spend more money than we did the year before. Given inflation, this might mean a three percent decrease in real spending power. Who among us, if faced with a budget shortfall could not reduce our own personal or family budget three percent? Which real conservative could not explain this in understandable terms to anyone who would listen?

Others have suggested the "Penny Plan": Cut one penny off every dollar of public spending.
The 1 percent cut would last two years, followed by a cap on total annual spending — equal to roughly 19 percent of GDP. Supporters say it also will cut spending over roughly 10 years by about $5.8 trillion, based on currently projected levels.

In a few weeks, there will come another vote on the debt ceiling, which the Republicans have pretty much indicated that they will cave to the big spending Democrats, so as to avoid (the blame for) another nasty government shut down. They may even believe that this is a good tactical move, to position themselves for wins in 2014 without having to explain to the MSM why they are letting little girls die without cancer treatments just to give their fat cat, one percent buddies another tax break.

But, if they won't stand upon principle now, but are willing to allow the country to slip deeper and deeper in debt for the next two years, while doing nothing about it but robbing disabled veterans, why should we believe that electing them in 2014 will do anything but make the Republican party the party of domestic appeasement yet again?

There were 12 Republicans who voted to end the discussion, including Lamar Alexander-TN, Jeff Flake -AZ, and Roy Blunt -MO. These nine voted for the final bill:

Ron Johnson - WI, Orin Hatch - UT, Saxby Chamblis - GA, John McCain - AZ, Susan Collins - MA, John Hoeven - ND, Johnny Isakson - GA, Lisa Murkowski - AL,
and Rob Portman - OH

If any of these turkeys are your senator, see what you can do to get them primaried out. Grill your candidates about what they propose to do about reducing federal spending. Don't accept platitudes or generalities. If they have a record, see how they have voted on such things in the past.

Throw John McCain a retirement party. Make it a big one!

Be prepared to give of your time, your talent and your treasure to preserve our great Republic. God save the United States.


*We should be so lucky to have negotiators who could get magic beans in return for their concessions!

Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art
Cross posted at LCR

Quote du jour

Christmas is a season for kindling the fire for hospitality in the hall, the genial flame of charity in the heart.
-Washington Irving

Monday, December 23, 2013

Nothing Says "Christmas at the White House" Like Chairman Mao

What a difference a year makes!(Originally published Tuesday, December 22, 2009) There is no accounting for taste, but this may rise to new levels of tastelessness:

2009 Mao ornament
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or Obama on Mt. Rushmore:
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White House ornament 2008
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So, the Bush administration honors Teddy Roosevelt in 2008 with an ornament and the Obama administration honors Chairman Mao, and presumptuously puts Obama's face on Mt. Rushmore...

Merry Christmas, and God bless us each and every one. We're gonna need it!


H/T Weasel Zippers
Cross posted at Say Anything

Update: Did I say "new levels of tastelessness"? I missed the ornament featuring the transvestite! Because nothing really says Christmas like your transvestite ornament!
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Update II: A contemporary link to the story.

Monday Night SF 49er's Vs. Atlanta Falcons

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Go Niners! (Ho! Ho! HO!)

Update: Final score Niners 34, Falcons 24 in a fantastic finish! Atlanta was knocking on the door after a successful onside kick, then a Niner interception for a 90 yard run for a touchdown in the last two minutes.

Quote du jour

"When the mayor of Toronto gives you the key to the city, it's 2.2 pounds."
-Dennis Miller

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Kudos to Google

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Google has been criticized in the past, for not commemorating certain US patriotic holidays in their Google Doodle logo at their search engine.

But, I was pleasantly surprised to hear on this AM's Fox News Sunday, that Google has contributed $250,000 to Morrill Worcester's “Wreaths Across America” which honors our nation’s veterans by placing wreaths on the graves at Arlington National Cemetery.

Credit where credit is due. Good on you, Google!

Cross posted at LCR

Yes, We Con

Spent all last night going through Obama's old campaign literature. Finally found the original typo:

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Quote du jour

I’ve been asked to explain how Obamacare will affect you all in five minutes. I think I can do it in less than one. Remember Lord of the Rings? Well, we are all happy hobbits. Washington, DC is Mordor. Barack Obama is Sauron. Kathleen Sebelius is Sarumon. The hideous, despicable army of evil orcs would be the IRS. And the Affordable Care Act is their plan to reorganize the Shire.
-Becky Gerritson

Saturday, December 21, 2013

A Little Saturday Night Music

Noel Paul Stookey - Christmas Dinner

Connections III - James Burke: In Touch

Best of the Web* Linkaround

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


Armed school officer stopped Arapahoe High School shooting


Obama the Oblivious -Charles Krauthammer


A hidden clause in Obamacare allows the government to loot your estate after you die.



The Cowardice of Conservatives


10 Reasons to Vote Against the Murray-Ryan Giant Spending and Deficit Increase

AP-GFK Poll: 76 Percent Say #ObamaCare Making U.S. Healthcare Worse

The Coming Obamacare Nightmare

Gabriel Malor looks at ideologies behind high-profile violent acts

China lands rover on the moon while U.S. space program is reduced to begging the Russians for rides

The most pro-capitalism place in N. America? Surprise...

Self-Stapled Finger Earns New Jersey Cop Lifetime Pension Worth $2 Million

Videos

Krauthammer: Administration Operates on Political Timetables

This Is The Ad Every Republican Should Run In 2014


The Case That Could Topple Obamacare

Star Trek Christmas: Make it so

“Planetary Science Deserves Special Attention Because It Is Special” -Bill Nye

SNAFU - Gunny R. Lee Ermey

Culture

Golden Oldie: Nothing Says "Christmas at the White House" Like Chairman Mao

The amazing evolution of Politifact’s ‘if you like your plan you can keep it’ rating

Would Obama Shake Hands with Hitler?

So why would somebody bring a gun to a school?

I agree with the President

The 30 Most Obnoxious Quotes Of 2013 (10th Annual)

The Contradictions of Socialism in the United States

Obama Recalls Moment He Heard JFK Was Shot

Could Someone Remind Me What Year This Is?

Technology

Car Fanatic Builds Himself A £5M McLaren F1 Supercar Out Of Scrap For £20,000 (Pictures/Video)


Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page


Barack Obama Marks Newtown Anniversary With A Picture Of . . . Barack Obama…



Sunday Funnies


This Is What Rank Hypocrisy Looks Like


Reaganite's Sunday Funnies


Humpday Humor

The Ghost Of Christmas Past....

The Real Reason Obama Attended Mandela's Funeral But Not Margaret Thatchers...

ObamaCare In A Nutshell..

DIABLOs – Democrats In All But Label Only

The Wreath of Khan

Pictures Worth a Thousand Words: From Camelot to Scamalot


Women are like bacon

Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny - Girls with guns, girls with guns, Rule Five Links, Girls with guns, Miss Mistletoe

American Power- Rule Five Sunday, Rockin' Kate Upton in 'The Other Woman' Trailer , Rosie in Red, White, and Blue , Jessika Jinx on Sunday

Blackmailers Don't Shoot - Rule Five Friday

By Other Means -Girls with weapons

Camp of the Saints - Rule Five Saturday, Rule 5 Christmas Countdown: 20-Dec-13

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Saturday Beauty, Akina Aoshima, Hideyo Kamibayashi, Bikinis, Amanda Roadmen, Ayumi Hayama, Misuzu Kawana

Daily Mail – Brandi Glanville

Good Monday Morning

EBL –Kale Rule Five

Friday Night Babe – Michelle Borth

Good Stuff's Cyber World, Christmas Edition, Don't kiss the frog, dude!

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

Hookers and Booze

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good morning girl, Cutoffs

Miss K - Myley Cyrus Twerking ornament

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

Pit snipes gripes -NSFW

PostalDog -Rule Five Sunday

Randy’s Roundtable – Dallas Cheerleaders, Thursday Nite Tart

Reaganite Republican -Wardrobe Malfunction Awards

Concealed Carry

Sex in Advertising - Victoria's Secret (video)

Subject to Change -Hot In the kitchen

Bar Rafaeli

The Feral Irishman – Christmas cookies

The Last Tradition - Heidi Montag, Toccara Jones

Theo Spark –Bedtime Totty, Black Friday, Bonus Totty, Bath night, Bedtime Totty, Red Friday Totty, Bedtime Totty, Bedtime Totty, Red Friday Totty, Bonus Totty, Predicting a TSA Pat-Down , Bedtime Totty, Sunday Totty, Bonus Totty, Bedtime Totty, Bedtime Totty,

The Other McCain- Rule Five Monday, Denise Richards

Rule 5 -- Rachel Washburn!

Vintage Babe of the Week – Joan Fontaine

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style , Rule 5 Woodsterman Style II

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Friday Nite Tite Dresses

the obligatory SF 49er cheerleader


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

Quote du jour

"Just thinking about Teddy Kennedy, Mary Jo Kopechne and Chappaquiddick - The wages of sin pay for a good lawyer."
-Proof

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Michelle Borth!

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

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Quote du jour

...how heartening, as one watches the viral video of Obama droning on while a mere foot and a half away Mr. Jantjie rubs his belly and tickles his ear, to think that the White House’s usual money-no-object security operation went to the trouble of flying in Air Force One, plus the “decoy” Air Force One, plus support aircraft, plus the 120-vehicle motorcade or whatever it’s up to by now, plus a bazillion Secret Service agents with reflector shades and telephone wire dangling from their ears, to shepherd POTUS into the secured venue and then stand him onstage next to an $85-a-day violent schizophrenic.
-Mark Steyn

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Vintage Babe of the Week

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

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!
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