Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Medal of Honor

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Captain Robert F. Foley


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Foley's company was ordered to extricate another company of the battalion. Moving through the dense jungle to aid the besieged unit, Company A encountered a strong enemy force occupying well concealed, defensive positions, and the company's leading element quickly sustained several casualties. 
Capt. Foley immediately ran forward to the scene of the most intense action to direct the company's efforts. Deploying 1 platoon on the flank, he led the other 2 platoons in an attack on the enemy in the face of intense fire. During this action both radio operators accompanying him were wounded. At grave risk to himself he defied the enemy's murderous fire, and helped the wounded operators to a position where they could receive medical care. As he moved forward again 1 of his machinegun crews was wounded. Seizing the weapon, he charged forward firing the machinegun, shouting orders and rallying his men, thus maintaining the momentum of the attack. 
Under increasingly heavy enemy fire he ordered his assistant to take cover and, alone, Capt. Foley continued to advance firing the machinegun until the wounded had been evacuated and the attack in this area could be resumed. When movement on the other flank was halted by the enemy's fanatical defense, Capt. Foley moved to personally direct this critical phase of the battle. Leading the renewed effort he was blown off his feet and wounded by an enemy grenade. Despite his painful wounds he refused medical aid and persevered in the forefront of the attack on the enemy redoubt. He led the assault on several enemy gun emplacements and, single-handedly, destroyed 3 such positions. 
His outstanding personal leadership under intense enemy fire during the fierce battle which lasted for several hours, inspired his men to heroic efforts and was instrumental in the ultimate success of the operation. Capt. Foley's magnificent courage, selfless concern for his men and professional skill reflect the utmost credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.


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

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy eight 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.”

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

" I think he will be remembered fondly"
-Geraldo Rivera, on Fidel Castro


A head as empty as Al Capone's vault!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...



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

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"Now there’s the Jill Stein/Green Party instigated recount effort under way in Wisconsin and perhaps Michigan. But I thought the idea of election fraud was a Republican boogie man! It is fun watching the left’s continuing meltdown in real time."
-Steven Hayward

Monday, November 28, 2016

Obama's Nothingburger Eulogy of Fidel Castro

Why do people always say "it goes without saying", and then proceed to fill the air with words? What's worse, is to fill the air with meaningless words. Case in point: Barack Obama.

I'm sure Barack Obama would love to be remembered as an outstanding orator if not a statesman. I think he pays his speechwriters extra if they throw in some bit of unusual and flowery language that someone else might find profound, but mostly sounds stilted. But then, since he has said he's a better speechwriter than his speechwriters, there's reason to believe that this particular bit of nonsense may have been penned by the President himself!
"History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him."
Really? Really?? This may be profound in the "water is wet" school of oratory, but, please! This particular bit of nothingburger could have been written about virtually any national or world leader, good or bad, throughout history. You could say it about Churchill or Mussolini. You could say it about Pol Pot or the Pope. You could say it about Henry VIII or Idi Amin. You could say it about Hitler or Stalin. Or even Obama! Change the gender of the pronoun and you could say it about Maggie Thatcher, Mother Teresa and Joan of Arc!

"History will record and judge the enormous impact of this singular figure on the people and the world around him" reaches new depths of shallow. Plug in any of the names above or supply your own, and tell me it isn't true.

I suspect the President has a copy of "How to Say As Little As Possible in As Many Words As Possible With a Straight Face or Condescending Look For Dummies."

Or maybe he wrote the book???

Your Schadenfreude NFL/Niners Report

"Hands up! Don't score!"

Not that I was paying any attention to the NFL, but this showed up in my RSS feeds:

Son of Cuban immigrant tackles Kaepernick to end game, defeat 49ers

Bringing the Niners to 1-10 on the season, which isn't the worst in the league, but you can see it from there! Entirely fitting that the son of those who escaped from Castro's Cuba should tackle one of Fidel's admirers!

Classic KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"The Democrats didn’t respond to their defeat, one of a sequence, by trying to move to the center. Instead there is every sign that they are moving further to the left."
-Daniel Greenfield

Sunday, November 27, 2016

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

“I think that I shall never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I'll never see a tree at all.”

-Ogden Nash

Saturday, November 26, 2016

A Little Saturday Night Music

Billy Joel - Just the Way you are - Live

Castro and Bollocks


The Twins

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Best of the Web*

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

Looks like massive vote fraud with absentee ballots in North Carolina

The Pictures of Jeff Sessions They Don’t Want You To See

Obama could put Merrick Garland on Supreme Court in December

7 things Sessions can do immediately to restore the rule of law at Justice



Video
Krauthammer’s Take: David Petraeus for Secretary of State ‘Would Be a Spectacular Choice’



Culture
‘The Rocky Horror Democrat Party’: Making History, Losing Elections




Technology
How DNA evidence went from air-tight to error-prone




Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD

Today's Toons 11/17/16

Your political lesson for the day

Today's Toons 11/18/16





Linkfests:
Larwyn's Linx: 7 things Jeff Sessions can do immediately to restore the rule of law at DOJ

Larwyn's Linx: The Pictures of Jeff Sessions They Don’t Want You To See; Mike Pompeo, a Great Appointment Part Deux

In The Mailbox: 11.21.16

Larwyn's Linx: Democrats Must Scrutinize Keith Ellison’s Anti-Semitic Past, Ties To Radical Islam

In The Mailbox: 11.22.16

Larwyn's Linx: The real source of Team Obama’s ‘despair’ over Mike Flynn

In The Mailbox: 11.23.16

Larwyn's Linx: Keith Ellison’s Student Anti-Capitalist and Anti-Police Activism

In The Mailbox: Special Weakened Edition

Larwyn's Linx: Obama Plans to Rule America Outside the White House




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 - Morning Mistress, Rule Five Links, Hot Pick, Hot Pick

American Power- Iggy Azalea Wet T-Shirt for 'GQ Australia', Heidi Klum the Day After

Angry Mike's Hood - Have a great day , Holiday Hotties

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & Bang, Beware Sirens, Seeing Red, Random Stuff(ing)

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Livia Gullo, Antoinette Kalaj , Parminder Nagra


Good Monday Morning

EBL - Vintage Pin Up Thanksgiving, Florence Henderson RIP

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale- Extra Stuffing (Don't say you weren't warned!)

Friday Night Babe - Alexis Bledel


Good Stuff's Cyber World #269

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

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Scarlett Johansen

The Last Tradition - Kate Upton

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Irina Shayk Goes Topless In Chile- Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babes of the Week -Thanksgiving Edition

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba- Black Dresses Matter!

Your non-obligatory 49er Cheerleader


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

Quote du jour

Fist in war, fist in peace and fist in the hearts of his countrymen!
-Mike B, on a story about a stolen cast of Lincoln's hands.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Vintage Babes of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babes* are wishing all you turkeys a Happy Thanksgiving!

(*a.k.a. Rule Five)




A Dog's Life, Revisited

The author and his dog*


One of the small joys I have experienced over the years came in the form of a small mixed breed dog. His name will be revealed in the telling...

He was a stray who showed up at my Mom's house. My older brother had a golden Labrador retriever, named Al, acquired while he was stationed in Spain. Al was gentle as could be, except with cats and other male dogs. So here comes this little white, poodle-terrier mix up onto the front porch and just sits there, while my brother's dog snarls and growls madly on the other side of the screen door, wanting to tear this intruder limb from limb. Little white dog refuses to run away. (Nobody ever claimed he was too bright!)

I was visiting my Mom, that evening and we noticed that the dog had a turquoise blue leather, rhinestone studded collar, but no license. His curly hair was not matted at all, as it would be had he been neglected for any time at all, so we figured he belonged to somebody. He came along home until his owner could be found. Surely his owner would be looking for him. And if he had an owner, then he also had a name, which we didn't know, so we didn't call him anything.
Days passed and no one claimed the pooch. And nearly every night, because he wasn't well housebroken, the dog would defecate in the house. And nearly every morning, I would step in a pile of dog poop on my way to the bathroom or kitchen in the dark. (To this day, I can't tell you which is worse...stepping barefoot in cold dog poop or warm dog poop.) And I would tell the animal, "You're just a pooper dog, that's all you're good for!"

The longer he stayed and the longer I called him Pooper, the name stuck. So, now I have a ridiculous dog with a ridiculous name. And of course, having a ridiculous name, how ridiculous would I look calling for him to come home when he'd wandered? So I taught him to come when I whistled, to save us both the embarrassment.

He was a character. He would play with an old, vinyl covered metal clothesline balled up in a twisted lump. He would stick his muzzle into the twisted wire and shake it back and forth as if it were a small animal. David Livingston spoke of how a lion would take a man in its mouth and shake him “as a terrier would a rat”. Or as a Pooper dog would shake a clothesline! He would roll on his back and pretend he was fighting some fierce beast. One day, when I saw him playing this little game, he didn't know I was nearby. When I spoke his name, he dropped the wire... and gave me the most sheepish look of embarrassment that I've ever seen on an animal.

An oscillating sprinkler was all it took to amuse him in the summer. He would leap up and try to bite the water as it sprayed up into the air. And he was always up for a good game of Catch the Tongue. He would stick out his tongue, I would gently catch it between my fingers. He would pull his tongue back. Rinse and repeat.

Oddly enough, he never uttered a sound the first few weeks we had him. But as soon as he felt at home, his territorial urges must have kicked in. Now he had to bark all the time, especially at the mailman! This interloper came around six days a week, right up to his very own front door! The effrontery! So Pooper would bark and bark and bark and jump up and down at the front door as if to say, "Let me at him! If this door wasn't here, I'd rip his legs off!"

Over time, a hole got ripped in the screen door and Pooper could let himself in and out through the hole. Then, when the front door was open and nothing but a hole in the screen separated the dog and his prey, the postman approached. The dog barked and barked and jumped up and down as if to say, "Let me at him! If this door wasn't here, I'd rip his legs off!" same as before, but, it was all bluff! After the postman left, Pooper slipped out through the screen to make sure the postman was gone and then he’d come sedately back in. A poseur in today's vernacular!

He used to climb a stack of firewood up to the top of the redwood fence around the side of our house and walk around the top of the fence on the two by four stringer. It was funny to see this small dog stick his head over the top of a six foot high fence and peer over at you.

When fire trucks would pass nearby, sirens blaring, all the local dogs would bark or howl. Except Pooper, who would stand on the stringer on top of the rear fence and throw his head back, looking like a little, white timberwolf silhouetted against the fenceline, as if he was howling, only no sound would come out. It was a silent howl, which, I suppose, made him feel a part of the canine brotherhood, as if he was contributing to the alarm, in solidarity with his noisy brethren. In his spirit, he was howling.

He was a funny little companion. I loved him and he loved us. When my ex and I had our first child, we were afraid that Pooper might be jealous. We'd read of such things and feared he might even hurt the baby. Our fears were groundless. From the beginning, Pooper seemed to understand that these crawling, mewling rugrats were part of his home and needed to be defended from all intruders, even when they crawled on the floor and raided his kibble dish. I can't tell you how many times I picked up a baby with brown gravy running down its chin!

One day, dog and children were in the front yard and a Doberman Pinscher three times Pooper's size came walking down the sidewalk. That little dog ran full tilt, fiercely growling and barking and chased it out of the yard. I'm sure the Doberman was taken aback at the ferocity of the unprovoked attack, but that little dog would have died before it let anything or anyone past him to get to those children.

He loved to run. When we moved out to the country, he would race around the fields, bounding through the tall grass like a small gazelle. He was a joy to watch. He was a joy. How does one explain or understand such love and loyalty? What strange attractor brought him to my Mom's front porch the day I would be there to take him home?

When he died, I buried him at the edge of a large field under a simple piece of granite, where the deer graze and small dogs run like gazelles without being tired.

Sometimes, joy finds you. And even considering all the “poop” I put up with, literally, and figuratively, I could not put a price on this small miracle. Nor would I trade that small life for clean floors and clean feet and the void I did not know he filled.

A simple tale to share the love and loyalty that cannot be bought and cannot be sold. I guess if men are dogs, this is the one I want to be when I grow up.

-Originally published 10/8/2008

*Not a recent picture!

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

Thanksgiving is a time when the world gets to see just how blessed and how workable the Christian system is. The emphasis is not on giving or buying, but on being thankful and expressing that appreciation to God and to one another.
-John Clayton

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Medal of Honor

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Captain James P. Fleming


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Fleming (then 1st Lt.) distinguished himself as the Aircraft Commander of a UH-1F transport Helicopter. Capt. Fleming went to the aid of a 6-man special forces long range reconnaissance patrol that was in danger of being overrun by a large, heavily armed hostile force. 
Despite the knowledge that 1 helicopter had been downed by intense hostile fire, Capt. Fleming descended, and balanced his helicopter on a river bank with the tail boom hanging over open water. The patrol could not penetrate to the landing site and he was forced to withdraw. 
Dangerously low on fuel, Capt. Fleming repeated his original landing maneuver. Disregarding his own safety, he remained in this exposed position. Hostile fire crashed through his windscreen as the patrol boarded his helicopter. Capt. Fleming made a successful takeoff through a barrage of hostile fire and recovered safely at a forward base. 
Capt. Fleming's profound concern for his fellowmen, and at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.


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

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy eight 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.”

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"Get Over It... if it makes you little snowflakes happy we'll send Hillary a Participation Trophy."
- Finntann

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...


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

November 22, 1963 - In Remembrance

From the archives (updated):

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Today marks the 53rd. 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!

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.
-C. S. Lewis

Monday, November 21, 2016

Other Than That, Mrs. Lincoln, How Was the Play?

Classic KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"You know what was so great about the old country doctor? It wasn't that he cured you, but he sat there and held your hand while you died!"
-George Lucas Sr, (father of that Star Wars guy))

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Your Schadenfreude NFL/Niners Report

The Niners are a little behind.

We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you the following:

Niners lose nine straight. Guinness record of suckiness is now within reach! (1-9)

We now return you to a world of actual competence.

Classic KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"An ounce of history is worth a pound of logic."
— Oliver Wendell Holmes

Saturday, November 19, 2016

A Little Saturday Night Music

Tony Bennett - 'I left My Heart in San Francisco'

Classic KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Best of the Web*

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


Administration Says MOH Recipient Dakota Meyer Can’t Attend Marine Corps Ball Because Politics

The Head of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division Is Violating Federal Law and Her Actions May Be Void




Videos
Flashback: Rep. Keith Ellison Compared 9/11 to Reichstag Fire




Culture
Thanksgiving Invites Now Ban 'Political' Talk. Why Not in 2008, 2012?



Technology
The end of silicon? IBM is creating 'carbon chips' that can make computers 1,000 times faster

Remember When Rodney King Led Cops on a High Speed Chase? The Grappler Says “Never Again”



Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Wednesday Funnies

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD

It's the law





Linkfests:
Larwyn's Linx: Wherein I attempt to explain some things to the whining, crying, butthurt Trump-haters

Link O'rama.. Keeping Tabs On Things

Larwyn's Linx: Blue Nation Protesters Do the Bidding of the Elites


In The Mailbox: 11.14.16

Larwyn's Linx: The Media Lie Again: There Is No Violent Hate-Crimewave in 'Trump's America'

In The Mailbox: 11.15.16

Larwyn's Linx: Washington Post Hopes Trump Fails; Soros Prepares for War; California Jumps the Shark

In The Mailbox: 11.16.16

Larwyn's Linx: Democrat Luis Gutierrez Threatens War If Trump Enforces Immigration Law

In The Mailbox: 11.17.16

Larwyn's Linx: You're fired: Trump vows to cut all lobbyists from transition team

Link O'rama... Keeping Tabs On Things

In The Mailbox: 11.18.16

Larwyn's Linx: Why Isn't Keith X. Ellison National News?



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 - Morning Mistress, girls with guns,  Hot pick

American Power- Sunday Trump Girls Rule 5, Bryiana Noelle in Motion (VIDEO), Drew Barrymore Beach Bathing Photos

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

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Jessica Lucas, Legs Day, Masami Ichikawa, Anna Tamechika

Random Hotties

Good Monday Morning

EBL - Olivia Culpo

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale, Color Coordinating Your Fishing Excursion

Friday Night Babe - Ilana Becker!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #268

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

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see...

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Budweiser!

Olga Kurylenko

The Last Tradition - Marilyn Monroe

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Ronda Rousey Undresses For Body Paint Shoot- Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, Hailey Clauson Wishes You Were Here In Turks & Caicos- Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

The Other McCain- Rule Five Monday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Rita Moreno

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Crazy Uncle Bubba - Shorts, Buenas


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

"Housework is hard. You wash the dishes, the very next meal, there are dirty dishes. You do the laundry, the next day there's more dirty laundry. You vacuum the house and the very next decade, there's more dust!"
-Mike B.
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