Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Quote du jour

“I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.”

– Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Check Out Next Month's Vague Magazine!

See the Difference?

Quote du jour

The Constitution (should) never be used to ‘authorize Congress to infringe the just liberty of the press, or the rights of conscience; or to prevent the people of the United States, who are peaceable citizens, from keeping their own arms.’

- Samuel Adams

Monday, June 28, 2021

Quote du jour

To me the sea is a continual miracle,
The fishes that swim—the rocks—the motion of the waves—the ships with men in them,
What stranger miracles are there?

-Walt Whitman

Another Disgruntled US Olympian

We really need to screen these people better if they seek to represent the United States!
(Hint: They were playing our National Anthem for the Gold Medal Winner from the US)

Sunday, June 27, 2021

A Little Sunday Night Music

How Deep the Father's Love - Bonnie Knopf

Quote du jour

"I would rather teach one man to pray than ten men to preach."

-Charles H. Spurgeon

Saturday, June 26, 2021

A Little Saturday Night Music

Larry Groce - Junk Food Junkie

I thought of this song when I was grocery shopping this week. There were at least four, maybe five junk food items in the cart! Before the next round of Keto, we may even roast an Ewok!

Daytona Beach Police Shooter Captured

Othal “O’Zone” Wallace, the man accused of shooting a Daytona Beach police officer in the head this week, was captured early Saturday morning while hiding in a tree house...
Emphasis mine

Best of the Web*


*…that Dave and I have seen all week!

(BTW, if you wonder where any of the links will take you, hover your cursor over the link.)

Political/SocioEconomic

Impeach Judge Carol Kuhnke

Joe Biden Blames Crime Surge on Mythical ‘Rogue’ Gun Dealers
Homicides Have Skyrocketed in Six Democratic Cities; Black People Are Disproportionately the Victims

Culture
Feel Good Friday
Illinois town holds Pride and Juneteenth parades, cancels July 4th celebration
>PRO-ABORT PRIEST LOSES JOB AFTER MEDIA STINK
Trans Athlete Chelsea Wolfe Said His ‘Goal’ Is To ‘Win The Olympics So I Can Burn A US Flag On The Podium’
WHEELS COMING OFF THE PROGRESSIVE BUS
$100,000 Reward for Suspect Who Shot Daytona Beach Cop in the Head






Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics
Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies
Today's Toons 6/16/21
Sunday Funnies, 06-20-21
Today's Toons 6/17/21
Today's Toons 6/18/21







Science/ Technology
Aircraft carrier CVN-78 "Gerald R. Ford" 40,000 Lb Shock Test....
Drought In The U.S. West Is The Worst In 1,200 Years Or Something




Linkfests:
Larwyn’s Linx: Questions About the FBI's Role in 1/6 Are Mocked Because the FBI Shapes Liberal Corporate Media
In The Mailbox: 06.21.21
Larwyn’s Linx: BlackRock in The White House
In The Mailbox: 06.23.21
Larwyn’s Linx: American citizens are being tortured right now within five miles of the White House
In The Mailbox: 06.24.21 (Afternoon Edition)
Larwyn’s Linx: What is Behind Gen. Mark Milley's Righteous Race Sermon? Look to the New Domestic War on Terror
In The Mailbox: 06.24.21 (Evening Edition)
In The Mailbox: 06.25.21





Dave's Rule Five Roundup:

Proof Positive - Best of the Web

Animal Magnetism - RULE FIVE MATTER OF PERSPECTIVE FRIDAY

By Other Means - Tuesday Tap Rack and Bang, BeCos(play) It's Friday and Seeing Red

Evi L. Bloggerlady - Coney Island

Ninety Miles From Tyranny - Hot Pick, Girls With Guns, Morning Mistress and Blogs With Rule 5 Links

Grouchy Old Cripple - Saturday Boobage

Irons in the Fire - Friday Data and ... Saturday Data Overflow

The Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

The Daley Gator - Daley Babe

Diogenes Middle Finger News - A Good Monday Morning

A View from the Beach - Rule 5 Saturday - Famke Janssen and Fish Pic Friday

24 Femmes Per Second - Jayne Mansfield

Knuckledraggin My Life Away - I'm sure she's taken, men And ... I’ll leave you with this

American Power - Been Busy

Woodsterman - Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

The Other McCain - Rule 5 Sunday: 2D > 3D?

The Pirates Cove - If All You See ... and Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Wired Right - A Beautiful End to the Day

The View from LadyLake - We have to go back in time and celebrate the bountiful, beautiful blondes of Playboy

The Right Way - Friday Babe and ... Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama

Quote du jour

Misguided liberals are pushing to make "Juneteenth" a national holiday. But it was never a national celebration. It was a narrowly regional celebration for slaves who had been deceived about the war's end.
It celebrates two and a half years of free men being treated like slaves.
-Mike B

Friday, June 25, 2021

Free Gun(s) Friday

Two guns and lots of goodies up for grab this week!
If you don't live in a Democrat controlled city, you might not need the armor, but the rest of the stuff is pretty cool. You can enter here.

Quote du jour

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

- Oliver Goldsmith

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Quotes du jour

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.”

- Marcus Aurelius

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he

- Proverbs 23:7

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Quote du jour

“If it turns out that an extraordinary percentage of the members of these groups involved in planning and executing the Capitol Siege were federal informants or undercover operatives, the implications would be nothing short of staggering. This would be far worse than the already bad situation of the government knowing about the possibility of violence and doing nothing. Instead, this would imply that elements of the federal government were active instigators in the most egregious and spectacular aspects of 1/6, amounting to a monumental entrapment scheme used as a pretext to imprison otherwise harmless protestors at the Capitol — and in a much larger sense used to frame the entire MAGA movement as potential domestic terrorists. This is what’s at stake in getting to the bottom of 1/6.”

- Darren Beattie

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Quote du jour

“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.”

- Jim Rohn

Monday, June 21, 2021

One of the Problems of Belonging to a Whites Only Country Club

Quote du jour

"There is no happiness in life, there is only a mirage on the horizon, so cherish that."

-Vladimir Putin

Sunday, June 20, 2021

A Little Sunday Night Music

Psalm 150 (Praise the Lord) LIVE - Matt Boswell, Matt Papa

The Angelus

The Angelus A short story by Mary M. Isaacs


 

“In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, In the Lord I will rejoice,

Look to God, do not be afraid.

Lift up your voices the Lord is near,

Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.”


 

The woman looked at her husband pleadingly as he prepared to go out the door for the day’s work. “Couldn’t we just keep saying it only in the morning and at day’s end, as we have been?”

“Alison, we’ve talked about this. It’s time. We can’t hide in fear any longer. You know we are to speak boldly.”

“But they will hurt you, maybe take you away. Maybe I’ll never see you again. Maybe they will come for me.”

Daniel came back from the door and put his canteen on the table. He took his wife into his arms. “You know what to do. Go to your cousin Joseph’s house after lunch. They will keep you safe until we see what happens. There’s plenty of room there for you—we have no children to protect. Yet.” And he smiled at her.

She clung to him. “If they take you away, there never WILL be any children.”

His smile broadened and he put his hand gently on her belly. “We have this one.”

She pulled back and stared at him. “How could you know that? I’m not even sure myself!”

“God told me,” he said simply, as he looked at her.

“But,” she stammered, “isn’t that more reason for you to be careful, then? For you not to do this? How can I raise a child without you?”

“How can we raise a child without God?” he countered sternly. His wife had no reply but leaned her forehead on his chest as she held him tightly. “You know I have to do this, Alison. I hope I will not be alone, but even if no one else speaks out, that won’t matter. I must.”

“I love you so,” her words came out muffled as she pressed closer to him. “God watch over you and keep you safe--every hour, every minute.”

“Alison,” he whispered. “Dear heart…” and he kissed the top of her head. “Get everything ready to take to Joseph’s. I want to know that you will be safe.”

She pulled back and looked up at his face, searchingly. He leaned over and kissed her. “I will see you at dinner. Deo volente,” he added.

The woman reached up to touch his cheek. “I will get everything ready for dinner before I go. I will make something special for you, Daniel!” and she tried to smile at him. “It will be a surprise,” then she turned away abruptly, in order not to see him leave. After she heard the door close behind him, however, she put her hands over her face and allowed the tears to fall.

…………

Daniel worked steadily that morning, his mind only half on what he was doing. It was largely unskilled labor but did require some concentration on his part. Nevertheless, in the back of his mind he was keeping track of the time left before everyone stopped for lunch.

All the workers ate together in a large dining hall, watched by the ever-present guards. The midday meal was provided by the state and was filling, if uninspiring. The menu was designed merely to keep all the men healthy and fit, not to entertain them. The workers sat at long tables, which had been set with full plates. Everyone was expected to eat what was served to them; afterwards, they all returned to their duties.

Today was no exception to the usual procedure. The men filed into the dining hall, sat at their assigned seats for that week, and began to eat. Daniel barely glanced at his food; he had something else on his mind.

………

Alison finished her preparations for dinner, keeping one eye on the clock. She had managed to remain calm all morning as she cleaned the house, prepared for dinner, and packed a small bag to take to her cousin’s house. But now it was almost noon…. She stopped everything she was doing while watching the minute hand move forward slowly. Fear and apprehension flooded through her as the hour approached.

Finally it was twelve o’clock. She stood still for a moment, trembling, and then closed her eyes. Folding her hands together tightly, she took a deep breath and began to speak, saying both verse and response because she was alone. As word followed word, suddenly all fears were gone. Her voice stopped shaking and a sense of peace filled her soul.

“The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary/And she conceived of the Holy Ghost/Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee…”

…………………….

Daniel had stood up from the table to begin his reciting. He continued through the loud murmuring of voices all around him.

…blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.”

As Daniel’s steady voice gradually fell on their ears, the men at his table stopped eating and looked up at him. Recognition flashed in the eyes of a few.

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

Across from him, one man put down his fork and stood up in respectful silence. Others at the table looked from him to the speaker, bewildered.

“Behold the handmaiden of the of the Lord/Be it done unto me according to thy word.”

Another man stood up quietly, with bowed head. The noise at nearby tables diminished as more men looked to see what was happening. Silence rippled away from the first table, moving through the room like a wave across water.

“Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee…” and a second voice joined Daniel’s, from two tables away. “Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.”

As a growing hush filled the room, the guards looked around and at each other, uncertainty on their faces. The guard at Daniel’s table left the room quickly. Daniel noted that, even as he continued speaking. He quelled the fear that went through him and went on reciting the prayer.

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

By this time, several voices had joined in, and additional men were standing quietly. “And the Word was made flesh. And dwelt among us.”

……

At almost the same moment, Alison whispered the response: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus…”

……………..

“Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.”

Some of the guards remained frozen in their places, but a few began moving toward the several speakers.

“Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ. Let us pray…”

Suddenly, the brazen sound of an alarm ripped through the room. All the guards stopped what they were doing and ran for the doors. Daniel continued the prayer. “Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts…”

By this time, men all around the room were on their feet, and several voices continued the prayer through to its conclusion: “…that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.” The room was rapidly emptied of guards as the alarm continued to blare out. None of the men at the tables paid any attention to it.

When the prayer came to an end, Daniel raised his voice slightly: “Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.” In his mind, he thought he could hear Alison’s voice, echoing the “Amen”.

There was utter silence after the last word was spoken. Then, almost simultaneously, the men sat back down and resumed eating their meal and starting quiet conversations, as if nothing unusual had taken place. Daniel sat, too, while exchanging a look with the man across the table, who had been the first to stand with him.

“Amen,” said the other man, with the shadow of a smile; then he looked back down to his plate and continued eating.

Daniel felt a little dizzy, but also exalted—until he saw their table guard re-enter the room and walk determinedly toward him. All the men around him fell silent, still eating slowly as their eyes watched the guard come near. He stopped beside Daniel and looked at him with an expressionless face. There was a short silence.

“I set off the alarm,” he said finally.

Daniel looked at him in surprise. “Why?” was all he could say.

The guard shrugged slightly. “You weren’t finished with your prayer, and they were going to stop you.” He paused. “I won’t be able to set it off every day, though.”

“I know,” Daniel said.

“So what are you going to do?”

“Get arrested eventually, I imagine.”

“Is it that important?” the guard asked, puzzled.

Daniel answered, “Yes, it is. That important.”

The guard continued to look at him speculatively. “Well, I’ll see what I can do.” He made a sketchy half-salute, then turned and started to walk away.

Daniel called after him quietly, “God bless you.”

The guard stopped and looked back over his shoulder. “Thank you,” he said, and then returned to his place, as the other guards started straggling back into the room, talking loudly amongst themselves.

………….

Daniel walked home at the end of the workday, not looking forward to going into a dark and empty house. A few of the men had thanked him privately during the afternoon, which heartened him, but actually having taken this step made him think about it differently. Was continuing to do this really worth endangering Alison and their child? What would they do without him? How could she cope alone if he was arrested and taken away? Doubts crept into his thoughts.

He reached his house and opened the door but stopped abruptly when he saw Alison setting the table. She put down the plate she had been holding and ran to him, calling his name. Dropping his empty canteen on the floor, he received her into a strong embrace. They held each other in silence until Daniel released her slightly and said, “Alison…I’m glad you’re here. But why didn’t you go to your cousin’s house?”

She looked up at him intently. “Something unusual happened at noon today, didn’t it, Daniel? What was it?”

He smiled at her. “I’m not completely sure, but…I think God sent an angel.”

She nodded in agreement. “I knew there must have been something because all my fears ended right then. Completely. That’s why I never went to Joseph’s house. I knew you’d be coming home today.” She tipped her head, her face asking the question. “So, what about tomorrow?”

He looked at her closely and could see that she had spoken the truth: there was no trace of fear or worry in her expression. There was only a settled peace. Her trust challenged his doubts.

“I don’t know what will happen tomorrow. I wasn’t the only one who prayed”--she whispered “amen” at that--“and I don’t know what God has in mind. But what do you say--shall I do it again tomorrow?”

“Could you keep silent now, after today?” she asked.

He paused for a moment. “No,” he said simply.

Alison smiled and reached up to cradle his face, then pulled his head down to kiss him. “I love you, Daniel.”



“In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful, in the Lord I will rejoice,

Look to God, do not be afraid.

Lift up your voices, the Lord is near,

Lift up your voices, the Lord is near.”

 _________________________________________________________

“In the Lord I’ll Be Ever Thankful”, by the Taize Community.


Mary M. Isaacs, copyright 2021, from a forthcoming book.

Quote du jour

“Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” ―

- Robert Fulghum

Saturday, June 19, 2021

A Little Saturday Night Music

After four days of triple digit heat in California, what could be more appropriate than Buster Poindexter - Hot Hot Hot

Bonus Quote du jour

Juneteenth is the perfect Democrat holiday. Out of ignorance, freed slaves were kept slaves and celebrate the day they discovered the deception.

- Mike B

Best of the Web*


*…that Dave and I have seen all week!

(BTW, if you wonder where any of the links will take you, hover your cursor over the link.)

Political/SocioEconomic

Is Joe Biden Looking to Gut the U.S. Navy?




Culture
RECIPE: VENISON MEATLOAF WITH BACON







Feel Good Friday











Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics
Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies
sunday-funnies-06-13-21/
Today's Toons 6/9/21

Today's Toons 6/10/21

Today's Toons 6/11/21







Linkfests:
Larwyn’s Linx: Unindicted Co-Conspirators in 1/6 Cases Raise Disturbing Questions of Federal Foreknowledge
In The Mailbox: 06.14.21

In The Mailbox: 06.15.21

In The Mailbox: 06.17.21 (Afternoon Edition)

In The Mailbox: 06.17.21 (Evening Edition)

In The Mailbox: 06.18.21



Dave's Rule Five Roundup:

Proof Positive - Best of the Web

Animal Magnetism - RULE FIVE IDEOLOGICAL DELUSIONS FRIDAY

By Other Means - Tuesday Tap Rack and Bang, BeCos(play) It's Friday and Seeing Red

Evi L. Bloggerlady - Friday Night Film: Drugstore Cowboy️

Ninety Miles From Tyranny - Hot Pick, Girls With Guns, Morning Mistress and Blogs With Rule 5 Links

Grouchy Old Cripple - Saturday Boobage

Irons in the Fire - Friday Data and ... Saturday Data Overflow ... on Monday

The Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

The Daley Gator - Daley Babe

Diogenes Middle Finger News - A Good Monday Morning

A View from the Beach - Rule 5 Saturday - Racquel Natasha and Fish Pic Friday

24 Femmes Per Second - Deborah Kerr

Knuckledraggin My Life Away - I'm sure she's taken, men And ... I’ll leave you with this

American Power - Here Comes Summer!

Woodsterman - Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

The Other McCain - Rule Five Sunday: Quiet, Please

The Pirates Cove - If All You See ... and Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Wired Right - A Beautiful End to the Day ... Indeed!

The View from Lady Lake - Are Camaros as sexy as Mustangs? You be the judge - I can't call this one.

The Right Way - Friday Babe and ... Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama

Quote du jour

Any reparations fund must be entirely voluntary. The government cannot be involved in doling out money or favors to members of one race over another. It violates all of our principles of civil rights. I think LeBron James, Oprah, Barry Obama and Jesse Jackson should lead by example and give generously.

- Mike B

Friday, June 18, 2021

Free Gun Friday

What would a free gun Friday be without a custom gun? From Odin's Workshop, a custom SCCY DVG-1RD in 9MM, 10+1:
If the blood of Vikings courses through your veins, or you simply have a clickable mouse, click here.

Quote du jour

"When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven't."

-Thomas Edison

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Harmless Little Leftist Fuzz Ball Nut Job




In what may be the most bizarre government story of 2021 ( and the year is not quite half over yet), the Sacramento City Attorney is seeking a restraining order against a staff member of one of Sacramento's own City Councilmembers.
Attorneys for the City of Sacramento took an unusual step Wednesday afternoon, seeking a temporary restraining order against a newly-hired council member staffer. If approved by the Sacramento Superior Court, it would prevent Skyler* Michel-Evleth (also known as "Skyler Henry") from physically interacting with other city employees and from entering City Hall.
Quote from "Skylar's" podcast:
"You should be terrified for the rest of your life, you should never be able to leave your house, if that is how you're going to use your position to govern. And to me, the same thing sort of applies with the mayor and city manager of this city
What egregious act of tyranny did some person commit to be worthy of being banned from public for life? A lawmaker who disagreed with raising the minimum wage to $15/hour. A follow up quote:
"you should always be worried that people are going to find out where you live and (expletive) your (expletive) up."
So if you are "in government" and you have a policy disagreement with Skylar, Skylar thinks it is perfectly acceptable to threaten you, intimidate you and terrorize you, but he "doesn't believe in violence"!

Yeah. 
Right. 

The City of Sacramento is telling this councilwoman she has every right to hire whomever she wants on staff, but the City has no obligation to permit this nut job to come within 100 feet of anyone who actually works at City Hall who might pose a threat to their safety. 

 May you live in interesting times!




*FWIW, the classical Dutch spelling is "Schuyler". ("Sky" King's name was Schuyler.)

Quote du jour

"Forge thy tongue on an anvil of truth, and what flies up, though it be but a spark, shall have weight."

-Pindar

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Okay, One Last TAVR Post!

One of the things I looked for earlier was a picture of the type of valve used in my TAVR procedure. I think this video illustrates it rather nicely, for those of you with any lingering curiosity as to what I just went through: Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) - Transfemoral Approach
The procedure was last Thursday, June 10th. Recovery, apart from the incision sights, seemed darn near instantaneous. Although I have not restarted any strenuous activity, prior to the procedure, everything was strenuous. Walking from room to room might require hyperventilating prior to the move and immediately afterwards, accompanied with higher pulse and respiration. To be able to simply walk a half a block to pick up my mail, a two minute round trip, without having to stop and catch my breath once or twice in each direction is something I hope I will never take for granted again! I go in for my one week follow up tomorrow. 

 Thanks again for all your prayers and well wishes. In another place and time I might have been abandoned on an ice floe, and it would have been a sort of blessing. As it is, we'll save the ice for the tea and margaritas! (Suppose to hit triple digits here in California for the next four days. -Yikes!)

Thanks to Edwards Lifesciences LLC, for developing the technology that is making my life so much easier! 

I had been told several times that this valve would be MRI compatible. At first, I thought that meant there was no metal. Instead, there is Austenitic stainless steel, which contains nickel and is non-magnetic.
Otherwise, picture a small fragmentation grenade, implanted in your chest waiting for a strong enough magnetic field to violently pull it apart.
MRI compatible is fine with me!

Quote du jour

“When I said that the mentally ill should be in institutions, public universities weren’t the kind of institutions I had in mind.”

— Robert Stacy McCain

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Quote du jour

“I will announce next week the plan for the state of Texas to begin building the border wall in the state of Texas. The border crisis is no laughing matter. It’s not a tourism site for members of Congress to visit and then return to DC and do nothing.”

-Greg Abbott

Monday, June 14, 2021

Quote du jour

“We owe this freedom of choice and action to those men and women in uniform who have served this nation and its interests in time of need. In particular, we are forever indebted to those who have given their lives that we might be free.”

- Ronald Reagan

Sunday, June 13, 2021

A Little Sunday Night Music

Word Of God Speak - MercyMe

Quote du jour

“Be a sinner and sin boldly, but believe and rejoice in Christ even more boldly.”

― Martin Luther

Saturday, June 12, 2021

A Little Saturday Night Music

ELTON JOHN & BRIAN WILSON - Wouldn't It Be Nice (Live, 2001)

Best of the Web*


*…that Dave and I have seen all week!

(BTW, if you wonder where any of the links will take you, hover your cursor over the link.)

Political/SocioEconomic


The 1619 Project Comes for the Second Amendment



Culture
Feel Good Friday
First-Ever Pride Month Ruined By 40 Days Of Rain





Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics
Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies
Sunday Funnies, 06-06-21
Today's Toons 6/2/21
Today's Toons 6/3/21
Today's Toons 6/4/21







Linkfests:
Larwyn’s Linx: The Totalitarian Threat of Critical Race Theory Rears Its Ugly Head
In The Mailbox: 06.07.21
Larwyn’s Linx: Emails Reveal “COVID-19 Natural Origins” Story Was Strong-Armed Into Existence
In The Mailbox: 06.08.21
Larwyn’s Linx: On A Remote Stretch Of Texas Borderland, The Whole World Is Crossing The Rio Grande
In The Mailbox: 06.09.21
>Larwyn’s Linx: Victor Davis Hanson: This Isn’t Your Father’s Left-Wing Revolution
In The Mailbox: 06.10.21
Larwyn’s Linx: Letters from a D.C. Jail
In The Mailbox: 06.11.21




Dave's Rule Five Roundup:

Proof Positive - Best of the Web

Animal Magnetism - RULE FIVE WHY DID IT HAVE TO BE GUNS FRIDAY

By Other Means - Tuesday Tap Rack and Bang, BeCos(play) It's Friday and Seeing Red

Evi L. Bloggerlady - The Tempest 🎭⛈️️

Ninety Miles From Tyranny - Hot Pick, Girls With Guns, Morning Mistress and Blogs With Rule 5 Links

Grouchy Old Cripple - Saturday Boobage

Irons in the Fire - Friday Data and ... Saturday Data Overflow

The Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

The Daley Gator - Daley Babe

Diogenes Middle Finger News - A Good Monday Morning

A View from the Beach - Rule 5 Saturday - Katrina Law and Fish Pic Friday

24 Femmes Per Second - Tina Louise

Knuckledraggin My Life Away - I'm sure she's taken, men And ... I’ll leave you with this

American Power - Here Comes Summer!

Woodsterman - Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

The Other McCain - Rule Five Sunday: Potato Godzilla Gets Out Of The Robot

The Pirates Cove - If All You See ... and Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Wired Right - A Beautiful End to the Day ... Indeed!

The View from Lady Lake - It's 98 degrees in the shade here in Florida.

The Right Way - Friday Babe and ... Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama

Quote du jour

It is oft repeated that gun confiscation would never work in America, because too many LEOs and the military have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, that they would never violate.
It seems as if the Left is looking for a "workaround".

-Mike B

Amazing Saran Wrap Substitute!

I am home again, having, I have been told, survived the week's earlier heart valve replacement procedure. I TOLD you the Lord wasn't finished with me yet! Of course this did not make it 100% certain, as I am not a prophet, and the last thing I was sure the Lord would not allow to come to pass was Joe Biden in the Oval Office! If you ain't 100%, you ain't a prophet of the Most High!

The Good news is I am home again and breathing much easier. Just to let you know HOW much better, let me tell you about my night in the hospital. Or rather, starting with the night before surgery, I got maybe two hours sleep. Not two consecutive hours sleep, two hours total. Everything I wanted to get done before going in was taking sooooo long. So, the night after surgery, the nurse wanted me to walk around the floof, just to demonstrate my mobility and balance, but I was so tired, after the nurse wandered off to do something, I just crawled into bed a little before nine o'clock.

Between nine and about 3 AM, nurses came in to awaken me five separate times. In the weeks prior to the surgery, many was the time I usually gave up trying to sleep around 3 AM because it was nigh impossible to lie down and breathe at the same time. The night after surgery, all five times I immediately rolled back over and went back to sleep, making it the best night's sleep I'd had in at least a month, even with the five interruptions. And when I sat up and took my first breath in the morning, my first thought was, "Wow. I didn't even have to think about that". How novel to just breathe in and breathe out without having to consider how difficult it was. 
A guy could get used to this! 




This is the "Saran Wrap" covering the incision on my wrist  that I'm assuming they use to guide the catheters. It's not as bad as it looks. This is the same spot they went in a couple of weeks ago for the cardiac cath test I had prior to the procedure. The bruising, which happens to me often, because of the blood thinners I take, was probably enhanced by whatever damage the first test made, basically in the same vein. The "Saran Wrap" is supposed to seal in icky things like blood and seal out icky things like germs. They want me to wear it like this for another 2-3 days. The gauze pad is kind of like a mood ring. If it turns bright red, it means you've started bleeding again. If it turns a kind of sickening yellowish green, it's likely infected. Modern medicine...who knew?

It's the only vaguely SFW photo you're going to get. The other two big incisions are crouch adjacent, and probably NSFW even if I wanted to share them. 

My number three son, number four child Joel gave me a lift home from the hospital. We had a nice visit. I hadn't really seen him or spoken to him much since Christmas, so that was a treat for me, catching each other up on what's been going on in the meantime. 

Even though the biggest problems of the last 6-18 months has been eliminated, I did notice getting winded a little easier than usual in a couple of instances. For now, I'm going with the assumption that it's simply the atrophy of muscles mostly unused because of the breathing difficulties. 

Doctor's orders are take a few days off to heal, then I start an inordinately high number of follow up visits ranging from a week to a year out from the surgery. I figure I will start a rehab exercise program starting around Monday, and I already had plans to go through another round of Keto weight loss this year.

Shorter update is, it feels good to simply move around without hyperventilating before and after every movement. I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes of my readers. You know who you are and so do I. Thank you.

The Lord has brought me safely through this procedure and it is my sincere belief that this humbling experience, a graduate class in humility, so to speak, will help shape and prepare me for some special task or ministry He is preparing me to do. Don't know what it is just yet, but I have I feeling I will require some of my newly experienced weakness and helplessness to fit me for the task.

Again, it's hard for me to convey just how much I appreciate your prayers or how much I believe they moved the King of Heaven to intervene on my behalf.  When the direction of where this next act in my life becomes more clear, I will share this with you my dear ones. Until then, keep the faith! And thanks again! 

Friday, June 11, 2021

A Slightly Belated Free Gun Friday

Well I WAS in the hospital recovering from a heart valve transplant! But it is Friday, so, let the traditions continue!

1. GunPrime Smith & Wesson M&P15 SPORT II Valued at $899
2. Two Birds Outdoors M&P Shield 9mm Valued at $385

3. Fort Scott Munitions 10 boxes 9mm Luger TUI 115gr Handgun Ammo/ Bulk Ammo Valued at $26.67 ea.
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Quote du jour

"People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are they who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them."

- George Bernard Shaw

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Quote du jour

“Anyone can carry his burden, however heavy, until nightfall.
Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day.
Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down.
And this is all that life really means.”

- Robert Louis Stevenson

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

An Update on "Something's Coming"

Soon. My next door neighbor should buy a lottery ticket. They changed the time of my surgery to where I no longer have to show up at the hospital at five, but at seven! Much less brutal. He doesn't know it yet!

Today is a very light schedule, which I have said, if I were thrown into the Octagon, with a three legged kitten, with two legs tied behind its back, I'd have to bet on the kitten!
Still I have my rides to and from the hospital lined up. Groceries in the pantry, carols at the spinet...think all my ducks are in a row.

Even though my expectations are to come through the procedure with flying colors, I don't want to be presumptuous. Small incision, large valve shoved into the heart, should be textbook. And the textbook says, no matter how simple the procedure, there's always a possibility of something going wrong.

Personally, I'm hoping for the "radioactive spider bite" thing going wrong over the "killer satellite crashes into hospital" thing, but my spirits are high.

For you praying folk, the operation is scheduled for roughly 9 AM Pacific time Thursday. One to two hours in surgery, and green Jell-o, with Hulk like properties for lunch! What could possible happen?

See you on the other side!

Quote du jour

“In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.”

- Eric Hoffer

Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Quote du jour

“What kind of voting machine company has a warranty policy where the warranty is voided when an audit is performed on them? Yes, one that has a lot to hide… This comes on the heels of forensic auditors finding serious issues and discrepancies with the election ballots and Dominion tabulation machines in Antrim County. What the evidence showed was an intentional manipulation of the ballot counting system that shifted votes from Trump to Biden, then the system was scrubbed of log-in details so the people who did the shifts would not be identified.”

-Sundance

Monday, June 7, 2021

10,864 Venezuelans Pour Into Texas Border Region, Up From 135 Last Year

10,864 Venezuelans Pour Into Texas Border Region, Up From 135 Last Year

Quote du jour

“Liberty has never come from the government. Liberty has always come from the subjects of the government. The history of liberty is a history of resistance. The history of liberty is a history of the limitation of governmental power, not the increase of it.

– Woodrow Wilson

Sunday, June 6, 2021

A Little Sunday Night Music

He's Always Been Faithful - Sara Groves

That Plot! Where Have I Seen That Plot?

D-Day, June 6th. 1944

Corpus Christi



A short story by Mary M. Isaacs

It was another locked and deserted church. The young man walked up to the chain link fence and gripped the wire with his fingers. He looked up, gauging the height of the fence. Yes, he could probably climb over it fairly easily, but a heavy padlock on the double doors beyond showed how useless that effort would be. The dry leaves, dirt, and litter on the steps suggested that no one had attempted to get in for some time. There were faded shadows of graffiti, which had been scrubbed as clean as possible, but the doors and walls were forever scarred.

He wondered what it looked like inside. The windows had been broken and were now boarded up, but had the sanctity of the building been breached? Would the inside be destroyed too, vandalized like the outside? He hoped not but feared so.

He let go of the fence and dropped his arms. This was the third abandoned church he had seen that day—fourth, if you counted the burnt-out shell of a building he’d seen that morning. He couldn’t be certain that it had been a church, but there had been several clues… He felt sick at heart.

As he stood there, he had a vivid memory of going to church as a very young child. He went every Sunday with his grandparents when he visited with them in the summertime. The big brick downtown church—the cavernous interior, the fellowship hall filled with the older ladies for the women’s meetings he attended with his grandmother—he had been smiled over and patted, he’d been given milk and cake, he’d looked at the Bible scenes hanging on the walls. He went to Sunday school there, put his offerings into the basket, and sang Sunday school songs. He remembered the Bible stories, remembered them well. He had received story pamphlets and small Bible pictures and a certificate when he later completed communicants’ class. He could still recite the Lord’s Prayer and the Apostles’ Creed; they continued to comfort him during times of fear and distress.

He could not understand what had happened to it all. How had something that had been respected and loved, so quickly become something despised and maligned? He had a sudden thought and reached deep into his pocket. His fingers found something small and smooth, and he brought it out. It was a silvery cross; on it were incised the words, “God is Love”. He looked at it and then looked at the abandoned building. Where was that love now? Did anyone believe it any more?

Deeply disturbed, he turned back toward the motel where he had spent the night. He kept his eyes forward or on the ground in front of him, so he wouldn’t see the damaged and barricaded churches that he’d passed. He had started out that morning looking for a church to attend; at the end of the day, he was mourning their destruction.

He was so absorbed in his thoughts that he didn’t hear the sound of steps behind him until they had caught up with his. He turned his head to see an older man smiling gently at him. He gave a brief smile in return, but then looked ahead and kept on walking, the other man by his side.

“Why is a young man like yourself walking so slowly?” asked the older man. Then, peering closely, he added, “And why looking so dejected? It’s a beautiful day to be alive, isn’t it?”

The young man stopped abruptly and turned to face the other one. “I’ve been searching for a church—any church. I’ve been looking everywhere. Not just this city, but all over. Some are locked up, some are empty, some have been converted into homes or businesses. Some have even been burned or demolished,” the words poured out as the young man opened his heart. “I haven’t found one open church. It makes me sad—it’s all gone, everything’s gone. Where is God? Where is Jesus? I’m looking for them everywhere, but I can’t find them…” He put his hands over his face and wept.

The other man looked at him with compassion. After a few quiet moments, he said, “It’s been a long day for you, for both of us. I think we should sit down and have something to eat. Will you join me?” And he indicated a bench on the side of the road.

The young man took a deep breath. “I’m sorry,” he said, and then wiped off the tears with the heel of his hand. “Something to eat sounds good, thank you. I don’t have much with me right now, though—just some fruit and water.” After they both sat down on the bench, he opened his backpack and pulled out a paper napkin, which he spread between them. Reaching in again, he brought out a few apples, a bottle of water, and a cup.

“I have some bread,” said the other man. From a bag he carried, he brought out a small loaf of homemade bread. While the young man watched, the older man raised the bread in his hands, prayed silently over it, and lowered it. He then broke off a piece of the loaf and held it out. Their eyes met briefly, one pair calm and the other pair startled.

The young man reached out slowly, as if in a dream; he took the piece of bread and brought it close to him, without taking his eyes off it. He held it in both hands, carefully and silently, while he bowed his head. Prayers and words and images swept through his mind: beatings and scourgings—”This is my body” –and the agony on the cross. Thunder and darkness, the shaking of the earth, heart-numbing grief–then the sudden radiance of glorious light, so blindingly real to him that he closed his eyes, only to realize that the light was everywhere, outside of him and within. All was illumined, he knew it all, and time stopped for a while…

Then the light slowly faded until once again he saw only the piece of bread in his hands. He raised it to his mouth and ate it slowly. Even though the blazing light had gone, he still felt its brilliance and warmth inside him. In deep surprise he raised his head to tell the older man what had happened.

But no one was there.



Mary M. Isaacs — copyright, 2020 (from a forthcoming book)

Quote du jour

“Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed - else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.”

- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Saturday, June 5, 2021

A Little Saturday Night Music

John Denver- Blow Up Your TV

Best of the Web*


*…that Dave and I have seen all week!

(BTW, if you wonder where any of the links will take you, hover your cursor over the link.)

Political/SocioEconomic

Biden Imported Oil from Iran in March – First Time Since 1991- Ignoring US Law to Please Terrorist Country -but "Orange Man bad". We get it!
In another "dog bites man" story, the Supreme Court has overturned the 9th Circuit...again!
Fauci’s Boss Admits Funding Wuhan Lab: ‘We Had No Control Over What They Were Doing.’
NH is about to Become a Second Amendment Sanctuary State
NEW VIDEOS Emerge of Minnesota’s Winston Boogie Smith Telling BLM Protesters: “Ain’t nobody gonna be beggin for justice…Get ready for war…Bring your guns…your bombs…your rocket launchers!”



Culture
Feel Good Friday
The Morning Briefing: Kill Your Facebook






Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics
Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies
Today's Toons 5/26/21
Today's Toons 5/27/21
Today's Toons 5/28/21
Today's Toons 5/29/21
Today's Toons 5/30/21





Science/ Technology
Make Your Own Percussion Caps - Guess what? It's not rocket science!
Breaking Down Biden’s Proposed ‘Ghost Gun’ Rules- "even though we know this isn’t how the majority of would-be criminals acquire their guns"



Linkfests:
Larwyn’s Linx: War crimes? In 2012 Fauci Promoted Gain of Function Research While Admitting Global Pandemic Could Result
In The Mailbox: 06.01.21 (Morning Edition)
Larwyn’s Linx: The public school system had stopped teaching children long before the pandemic
In The Mailbox: 06.01.21 (Evening Edition)
Larwyn’s Linx: The New Secession Crisis: The Democrats have already left the Union
In The Mailbox: 06.02.21
Larwyn’s Linx: Chinese Military ‘Engineered Mice With Human Lungs’ To Test Virus, Report Says
In The Mailbox: 06.04.21 (Afternoon Edition)
In the Mailbox: 06.04.21 (Evening Edition)


Dave's Rule Five Roundup:

Proof Positive - Best of the Web

Animal Magnetism - RULE FIVE STREET VIOLENCE FRIDAY

By Other Means - Tuesday Tap Rack and Bang, BeCos(play) It's Friday and Seeing Red

Evi L. Bloggerlady - Annie Lennox: Memphis in June️

Ninety Miles From Tyranny - Hot Pick, Girls With Guns, Morning Mistress and Blogs With Rule 5 Links

Grouchy Old Cripple - Saturday Boobage

Irons in the Fire - Friday Data and ... Saturday Data Overflow

The Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

The Daley Gator - Daley Babe

Diogenes Middle Finger News - A Good Monday Morning

A View from the Beach - Rule 5 Saturday - Linda Palacio and Fish Pic Friday

24 Femmes Per Second - Debra Paget

Knuckledraggin My Life Away - I'm sure she's taken, men And ... I’ll leave you with this

American Power - Black Rifle Coffee Babe; Emma Watson Total Nude; and Sweet Random Honkin Woman in Twitter

Woodsterman - Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

The Other McCain - Rule Five Sunday: Potato Godzilla Gets Out Of The Robot

The Pirates Cove - If All You See ... and Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Wired Right - A Beautiful End to the Day ... Indeed!

The View from Lady Lake - Not if - but when I win the lottery (and I'm gonna), I'm getting two of these.

The Right Way - Friday Babe and ... Rule 5 Saturday LinkOrama

Quote du jour

Having an anonymous source confirm another anonymous source, is like playing hide and seek with an imaginary friend.
-Mike B

Friday, June 4, 2021

Free Gun Friday

A boy's best friend is his bullpup! You didn't think we'd forget Free Gun Friday, did you? Perish the thought!

The IWI Tavor® X95™ is the next generation bullpup from IWI US, Inc. Upgrades and enhancements from the original TAVOR® SAR include a new fire control pack with a 5-6 lb. trigger pull, repositioning of the ambidextrous mag release to an AR-15 location, a forearm with Picatinny rails at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions with removable rail covers, relocation of the charging handle closer to your center mass, a modular Tavor style pistol grip that can be swapped out to a standard pistol grip with traditional trigger guard and a smaller, lower profile bolt release button.

  • MSRP: $1,999
  • 500 Rounds  Black Hills 5.56mm 
  • VIKTØS Gift Card


 You can enter here.

Quote du jour

“Some people come into your life as blessings. Other people come into your life as lessons.”

- Mother Teresa

A reminder that every person in your life brings you pleasure! Some when they show up, others when they leave!

Thursday, June 3, 2021

The Stuff Nightmares are Made Of

Quote du jour

I'm 50 now. Good God, boy, I'm the oldest man I know! I've got a decade on the pope!

-Henry II, The Lion in Winter

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Fauci's Got a Book

Of course he does!

Bidens: Compassionate for "the Little People"!

Hunter Biden claimed he had 'no recollection' of the Arkansas woman who bore his child - but texts reveal that she worked for him…just three months after Lunden Roberts gave birth to their baby girl, Navy Joan Roberts, Hunter asked his assistant to make sure that the new mother had been kicked off his company's health insurance plan.

(Emphasis mine)
"If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor! If you like your plan, you can keep your plan!

If you have an illegitimate child with us, don't let the door hit your fanny on the way out!

Quote du jour

Don’t believe the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first.

- Robert J. Burdette

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Something's Coming

West Side Story - Something's Coming

You know the old joke, "There's good news and bad news"? The good news is, my surgery is scheduled for June 10th. The bad news is, it's at 5AM. I've got to find a relative or friend willing to leave their house between 3AM and 4:30 for the trip in. Sounds exciting just thinking about it!
It won't be open heart surgery. We've all decided on the Whoopie Cushion Up The Leg procedure, which is about three hours shorter, doesn’t require general anesthesia, (which is good, because that's not my preferred method) and doesn't require a 6-8 week recovery time for one's chest bones to heal.
I have a preop meeting scheduled for Tuesday the 8th, when I will probably have to get yet another COVID test. -But the end is in sight!

Coming Soon to a Theater Near You!

Biden Admin Buys Iranian Oil in March

...after shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline to our longtime ally Canada!

Quote du jour

Our society has gone from a Leave it to Beaver world to a Bart Simpson world in less than 40 years.

Perry Kallis