Saturday, December 31, 2016

Same Old Lang Syne

A Little Saturday Night Music

Classical Music Mashup

Not a Big Fan of Santa Claus...

Call me Scrooge, but I'm not a big fan of Santa Claus. I raised five children without ever telling them that any of their Christmas gifts came from Santa Claus, and they turned out pretty well. No "Better watch out" or "Be good, because Santa knows if you're naughty or nice!"

I was the youngest of three kids. I don't know when my brother and sister found out, but I remember being very disillusioned when I found out Santa wasn't real. I determined that if I ever had kids, I would never lie to them about anything, if it were at all possible.

Santa, the Tooth Fairy...what is it with parents pulling the wool over the eyes of their children? If you cause your children to put their confidence in what you say and you lie to them, what difference is there between you and a "con" man? (Other than they don't have enough money for you to swindle them out of, that they didn't either get from you or the "Tooth Fairy"?)

Still, there was one soft spot for Santa in my heart. When I was a kid, there was this one Christmas decoration of a cute, light up Santa, who looked like he was sneaking around trying not to get caught.



The original electric light that illuminated him from within is long gone. I've determined to replace that with an updated LED bulb & socket that should carry him into the next century. The red of his coat had a kind of flocking on it, which has mostly worn away. He shows his age, but then, so do I!

I guess what brought these memories to the fore, was a random stroll through a department store. (Okay, it was Tar-zhay, so sue me!) And I saw this cookie jar of Santa as lumberjack: dressed in a plaid shirt, with axe in hand, having just chopped down a Christmas tree. It just struck me as really cute.

In the course of couple of days, it struck me as the perfect gift for my five kids, (and sister-in-law) most of them who now have kids of their own. Instead of stocking stuffers this year, I determined to do cookie jar stuffers, and proceeded to fill each jar with a small package of cookies, Jelly Bellys, and cocoa mix, and a little something else.

Santa's workshop, 2016:


Still not a big fan of the Claus, but I understand the original St. Nicholas was a good man of faith and conviction. Just get rid of the red nosed tundra rats, Bad Santas, drummer boys and magic hat snowmen and we'll be fine!

You may also like The Other Gift of the Magi from last year...

Classic KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Best of the Web*



*…that I’ve seen all week!
Political/SocioEconomic
IS TRUMP BECOMING A CONSERVATIVE?

Will Luis “Open Borders” Gutierrez Be Following Jesse Jackson Jr. to the GrayBar Hotel?

TOM COTTON ON OBAMA’S PARTING SHOT AT ISRAEL

Israel’s right to build homes is settled … under international law

Mexican Man Charged With Rape Had 19 Deportations, Removals

UN Withdrawal: Never Wound a King




Video
Obama: Jerusalem must remain the undivided capitol of Israel...unless some lying weasel who looks like me says otherwise!





Culture
Farewell -Thomas Sowell

A warrior’s tale to make you feel good

Iowahawk explains Russian “hacking”



Technology
F-35 Stealth Fighter May Never Be Ready for Combat




Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Christmas Sunday Funnies

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD

Today's Toons 12/21/16

Originally There Were Four Wise Men

Today's Toons 12/22/16

Putting the POS in POTUS

Today's Toons 12/23/16

Today's Toons 12/27/16




Linkfests:
Larwyn's Linx: Obama Kicks Israel on His Way Out the Door

In The Mailbox: 12.26.16

Larwyn's Linx: The Long Road To Christmas 2016…

In the Mailbox: 12.27.16

Larwyn's Linx: Netanyahu: Obama Coordinated Anti-Israel UN Resolution, Demanded Its Passage

In The Mailbox: 12.28.16

Larwyn's Linx: Obama's hatred of Israel will rebound

In The Mailbox: 12.29.16

Larwyn's Linx: Kerry rips Israel in speech advocating two-state solution

In The Mailbox: 12.30.16

Larwyn's Linx: Steadfast Sessions; After Trolling Obama, Russia Plans Retaliation Over Expulsions




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, Carly Baker, Blogs With Rule 5 Links, Hot pick

American Power- Kelly Brook, Bella Thorne Santa Costume, Izabel Goulart at St. Barts, Kate Bosworth Bikini Photos

Angry Mike's Hood - Humpday, Shout out

By Other Means - Cosplay, Seeing Red, Stuck in the Middle with You, Tap, Rack and Bang

Daily Mail - the year's worst wardrobe malfunctions

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Katrina Jo, Yuka Koramochi

Good Monday Morning

Lingerie Thursday

EBL - Kirstin Maldonado, Vintage Hollywood New Years Eve

Friday Night Babe - Zoe Duchesne!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #274

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

Monday Services

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Relaxed

The Other McCain- Rule Five Monday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Patricia Richardson!

Today's Babe of the Day

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba -it's Xmas eve!, Selfie Sunday, Black Dresses Matter!

Your Schadenfreude NFL/Niners Report


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,

Funny how the Free Speech movement in the sixties was to provide greater access to liberals and radicals. Now that they have gained a majority in academia, these same leftists are dedicated to shutting down any speech dissenting from their own.
-Mike B

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Zoe Duchesne!

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








Proud Obama's Legacy

KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

“As Julian Assange has made crystal clear, the leaks did not come from the Russians. As I have explained countless times, they are not hacks, they are insider leaks – there is a major difference between the two,” he wrote. “And it should be said again and again, that if Hillary Clinton had not connived with the DNC to fix the primary schedule to disadvantage Bernie, if she had not received advance notice of live debate questions to use against Bernie, if she had not accepted massive donations to the Clinton foundation and family members in return for foreign policy influence, if she had not failed to distance herself from some very weird and troubling people, then none of this would have happened.”
-Craig Murray, former British ambassador to Uzbekistan

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Bill Whittle on Fake News

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Patricia Richardson!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)






Kerry's Laps(e)


John Kerry is well known for his lapses in judgement: leaving Viet Nam after three questionable Purple Hearts, slandering the troops before Congress, throwing his medals over the White House fence, serially marrying for money and combating terror in France with a performance by James Taylor.

Now, don't get me wrong! I like Sweet Baby James as much as the next guy, but as an effective response to terror, he may as well have picked Katy Perry! After an hour plus of lying through his teeth about Obama's back stabbing UN deal with Israel, I noticed a peculiar habit of John's, that of sticking his tongue out to punctuate his sentences.

The above photos, not Photoshopped, were taken during about a two minute clip of Teresa and Obama's lap dog speaking.

Let's just say that if Kerry worked for me, there'd be a rolled up newspaper in his future.

"Bad dog! No biscuit!"

The Game of Israel

KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

If Trump’s really a Russian stooge, how much of a change is that from an administration that is painfully naïve about Putin & Moscow’s interests?
-Jim Geraghty

Or Obama's increased post re-election "flexibility"?

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Harry Reid Blast From the Past

Medal of Honor

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Specialist Fourth Class Frank A. Herda


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sp4c. Herda (then Pfc.) distinguished himself while serving as a grenadier with Company A. Company A was part of a battalion-size night defensive perimeter when a large enemy force initiated an attack on the friendly units. 
While other enemy elements provided diversionary fire and indirect weapons fire to the west, a sapper force of approximately 30 men armed with hand grenades and small charges attacked Company A's perimeter from the east. As the sappers were making a last, violent assault, 5 of them charged the position defended by Sp4c. Herda and 2 comrades, 1 of whom was wounded and lay helpless in the bottom of the foxhole. Sp4c. Herda fired at the aggressors until they were within 10 feet of his position and 1 of their grenades landed in the foxhole. He fired 1 last round from his grenade launcher, hitting 1 of the enemy soldiers in the head, and then, with no concern for his safety, Sp4c. Herda immediately covered the blast of the grenade with his body. 
The explosion wounded him grievously, but his selfless action prevented his 2 comrades from being seriously injured or killed and enabled the remaining defender to kill the other sappers. By his gallantry at the risk of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, Sp4c. Herda has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


Specialist Herda: 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

The thing about “mere symbols”...is that they represent “mere ideas,” and “mere ideas” are the backbone of "mere humanity." In the case of the flag, we’re talking about ideas that are wrapped into the Constitution – a document that separates us from every other country on the planet.
Mere ideas are the reason people fight and die. Mere ideas are the reason we’re allowed to speak freely, protest publicly, bear arms, and burn the very symbol that represents those very freedoms. I didn’t suggest that you or anyone else be denied your right to fly or burn whatever flag you wish. What I failed to do, is quietly accept behavior I don’t care for. Which, if I’m not mistaken, is the same compulsion that motivates others to publicly express themselves in whatever ways they choose.
-Mike Rowe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...


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

When They're Really Better at Pandering...

Barack Obama Pays His Respect in Israel

Classic KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

‘We’re just surrounded by election deniers’
- Kellyanne Conway

Monday, December 26, 2016

A Little After Christmas Music

Little Jimmy Boyd - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus

Classic KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Happy Boxing Day!


You know who you are!

Quote du jour

"A good downtown should boast housing, workplaces, bars, government agencies, bars, cafes, coffee shops, public art, shops, bars, plazas, markets, banks, bar-restaurants and bars."
-Michael Fitzgerald

And maybe a bar or two??

Sunday, December 25, 2016

It Just Wouldn't Be Christmas Without a Flash Mob!

Your Schadenfreude NFL/Niners Report

Bad news for Schadenfreuders! The two worst teams in the NFL both won today Saturday*.


Browns beat the Chargers by 3.
Niners squeaked by the hapless Rams by 1.


*Guess that's what happens when you ignore them well enough!

Yet A Little More Christmas Day Music

O come, O come, Emmanuel - (Piano/Cello) - The Piano Guys

A Little More Christmas Day Music

Charlie Byrd - Deck the Halls

Classic KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

A Little Christmas Day Music

Roger Miller - Old Toy Trains

Merry Christmas!

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Quote du jour

“For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child Himself.”
― Charles Dickens

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Almost Forgot...


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, six 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)

A Little Saturday Night Music

Never heard of these guys until I saw them over at Old AF Sarge's Chant du Départ. Imagine! Finding good Irish music at your favorite purveyor of aircraft porn!

Dropkick Murphys - "The Season's Upon Us"

A PC Christmas Carol


(To the tune of "Little Drummer Boy")

KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Best of the Web*


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

‘My Fellow Liberals, I’m Tired Of You’ - the inside scoop

There is an epidemic of fake hate in America . . .

KEITH ELLISON FOR DUMMIES REVISITED

Under Obama, a Disaster for the Democrats




Videos

Benjamin Netanyahu's Christmas Message




Culture
Shakespeare portrait removed to promote diversity

Obama Lands in Hawaii, Heads Straight to Golf Course

Lt. Col. Oliver North USMC (Ret.) SLAMS Obama Claim that USA is ‘Stronger and More Respected’ Today!

Top Ten List - War Films

Vegetarians: How many animals died in the making of your veggieburger?

New Study Shows That Firing Bad Teachers Hasn’t Gotten Much Easier


New Years Resolutions for the Smug, Liberal Millennial Know-nothings...

General Patton’s “Christmas Card” to His Troops May be the Manliest Card Ever Created




Technology
Deep blacks, bright future—where OLED screens go from here




Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Monday Funnies

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD

Today's Toons 12/14/16

Cartoon Round Up

Today's Toons 12/15/16


Cartoon Round Up


Today's Toons 12/16/16

Today's Toons 12/19/16


Today's Toons 12/20/16




Linkfests:
Larwyn's Linx: Democrats are Willing to Provoke a War With Russia Over Lost Election?

In The Mailbox: 12.19.16

Larwyn's Linx: How Much Damage Can Lame Duck President Obama Do Before Leaving Office?

Late Night With In The Mailbox: 12.20.16

Larwyn's Linx: Only a Counter-Coup Can Save American Democracy

In The Mailbox: 12.21.16

Larwyn's Linx: The Electoral College Stopped California From Picking Our Next President. That's A Good Thing.

In The Mailbox: 12.22.16

Larwyn's Linx: 'The front line is when you leave your house in the morning'

Larwyn's Linx: In Defense of Nationalism

Larwyn's Linx: Good Riddance: A Final Upside-down Salute to Barack Obama




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, Hot pick, Blogs With Rule 5 Links

American Power- Lindsey Pelas, Sunday Rule 5, Bella Thorne on the Beach, Brazilian Model Ana Braga, Lily Aldridge, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Bring Christmas Cheer

Angry Mike's Hood - Rumpday, Hump Day

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

Daily Mail - Charlotte McKinney

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes: Pashence MarieAinsley Rodriguez

Good Monday Morning

Beautiful Faces

EBL - Carrie Fisher

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

Friday Night Babe - Kimberly Williams-Paisley!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #273

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Milfy Monday, Good Morning Girl, Good Morning Girl, Good Morning Girl, Jennifer Anniston, I’m sure she’s taken, men, Fanny Friday

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...

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Victoria's Secret

Paige VanZant

The Last Tradition - Cindy Bruna

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Hannah Ferguson - body paint

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Zsa Zsa Gabor

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Southpaw, Randomness, Curvy, Buenas, Leg day, Dresses

Your Schadenfreude NFL/Niners Report


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

"When you have a sense of humor, the whole world can be your straight line."
- Mike B.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Kimberly Williams-Paisley!

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









A Little Music for the Season

Amy Grant - Tennessee Christmas

Sean Spicer Named as Trump's Press Secretary

...and it always takes me a second before I realize they didn't say "Shawn Spencer"!

KiRKWOOD


Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

Our heroes are old and stooped and wizened, but they are the only giants we have. Today, when we talk about Americans boldly going where no man has gone before, we mean the ladies' bathroom. Progress.
-Mark Steyn

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* Zsa Zsa Gabor passed away this week at the age of 99. She was our Vintage Babe 5/3/2010
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Thursday)
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