Friday, December 19, 2014

Blazing Diplomacy

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Fans of "Blazing Saddles" will remember Cleavon Little as the sheriff taking himself hostage. That was the impression that fist came to my mind after hearing President Obama's plan to normalize relations with Communist Cuba.

But, did the President take himself hostage? Just his credibility (if there were any left!) Step into the Wayback Machine with me to 2009:
President Obama marked his 100th day in office Wednesday by holding a prime-time news conference from the White House. Obama said the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding was torture...
OBAMA: What I’ve said — and I will repeat — is that waterboarding violates our ideals and our values. I do believe that it is torture. I don’t think that’s just my opinion; that’s the opinion of many who’ve examined the topic. And that’s why I put an end to these practices.

At the very beginning of his presidency, Obama made known his erroneous and disparaging views on enhanced interrogation, falsely calling it torture, which has specific meaning and connotation around the planet, casting the 'land of the free and the home of the brave' as being morally equivalent with nations that practice genuine torture.

There was much public debate about the subject in 2009. A number of reporters volunteered to be waterboarded, (more reporters were waterboarded than terrorists, it turns out!) The lines were drawn. The Left disparaged everything George W. Bush did, so there was no reasoning with them. The furor eventually died down and people were soon inundated with a barrage of scandals, economic malaise and foreign policy debacles unabated by a White House obsessed with celebrities and golf, with an occasional funeral selfie.

Suddenly, after five years of being a non-issue, the lamest of lame duck partisan Senate committees under Dianne Feinstein, felt compelled to revisit the issue. They had to act with alacrity, since in January, adults would take over in the US Senate and such partisan claptrap would never see the light of day.

And then, mirabile dictu, after bringing the issue back into the limelight and into the nation's consciousness once again, Barack Obama announces that despite all the hand wringing and faux outrage shown towards the US for enhanced interrogation techniques, that he would seek to normalize relations with a brutal dictatorship known for torturing and killing political prisoners.

Desperately in search of a legacy, Barack will not let the lack of a consistent and rational foreign policy on his part, or the utter hypocrisy of his positions, deter him from giving aid and assistance to our enemies and their allies.

"Do as I say, or the black dude gets it!"

Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

“…we conservatives like our Constitution like our beef jerky — cold, dead, tough to chew through.”
-Jonah Goldberg

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babes* is Anne Gwynne!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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It’s also important to note that, as most any police officer will tell you, everyone who has been manhandled to the ground as Garner was complains that he can’t breathe. It’s when someone stops saying it that officers need to guard against the risk of positional asphyxia by moving him into a position that allows for unimpaired breathing. If this was not done, or was not done quickly enough, it would be a lapse exposing the NYPD to a claim of civil liability, but it would not mean that the force used to subdue Garner was excessive or unwarranted.
-Jack Dunphy

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Medal of Honor

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Captain James P. Fleming


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

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

Quote du jour

White people don't feel any obligation to defend some thug just because he's white. Only blacks are expected to lie on behalf of criminals of their own race.
- Ann Coulter

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...
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I may not be exactly sure what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Quote du jour

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
― George Bernard Shaw

Monday, December 15, 2014

Quote du jour

No one was stealing beauty supplies or starting fires in Walgreens because they were upset that Michael Brown got shot. They were stealing for the same reasons that Michael Brown stole; because they believed that they could get away with it.
-Daniel Greenfield

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Scumbags on the Internet?? Say it Ain't So!

I'm now on Tumblr. I didn't necessarily want to sign up, but it was the only way to communicate with the guy ripping off my Photoshops without attribution. I was tipped off to his thievery by our good friend Jan over at Diogenes' Middle Finger. (Give him the finger for me, Jan!)

I fired off the following missive:
Hi. I'm Proof, from Proof Positive. You're the one ripping off my images and Tweets without attribution. I am very lenient about people reposting my stuff, so long as they do it with attribution. Otherwise it's just a scummy vile thing to do. Did your mama raise you to be a thief? Please remove any images I have created where you have cravenly cropped off my blog address.

He ripped off one of my first drafts where I left Mary Jo's necklace on. Still, my blog policy is to let anyone republish my stuff, so long as they give attribution. A pretty low bar for most folks, but this guy can't seem to get over it.

You can see my stuff (and probably lots of other people's stuff) here:

I thought he'd ripped off my quote from Robert Downey Jr. on November 30th of this year. I like to Tweet my Quotes du jour, but this one was too long, so I edited a hunk out of the middle and Tweeted it. "Happy Acres" apparently took my edit and then edited it some more.

But seriously, how hard is it to give attribution for the stuff you post? In Happy Stealmore's case, it would have been easier for him to post my photo with the address on it than to crop it.

C'mon, now, Happy! Your Mama didn't raise you to be a scumbag, did she? Then stop acting like one.

The Party of L.L.A.M.A.s

Inspired by Jonathan Gruber and the man who told you that if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. Period.

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(My apologies to the actual animals or anyone who owns one.)

Niners vs. Seahawks Redux

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Go Niners! *Sigh*

Props to AF Academy grad & Sea Gal 1st. Lt Alicia Quaco
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Update: Niners looking more like the Niners of old. End of first half, Niners 7 - Seahawks 3
Maybe these guys are hungry enough?

Update II: Well, at least it wasn't a total blowout! Final: Seahawks 17, Niners 7

Quote du jour

Writing is not necessarily something to be ashamed of, but do it in private and wash your hands afterwards.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, December 13, 2014

A Little Saturday Night Music

George Winston - Joy

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

Top 10 Problems With Omnibus Budget Bill

Dem Congresswoman: Facts “Not A Concern” In Ferguson Case

USAF Band Stages 2014 Holiday Flash Mob

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941 at 7:48 a.m.

The New Barbarism

Elizabeth Warren's 'Festival of Hypocrisy'


Speaking rudely to terrorists is against American ideals but blowing up children is not?

Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together”

Science and Technology

Navy Tests Super Precise Laser Weapon in Persian Gulf


Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies


Earl of Taint - They All About That Race

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

Around the Righty Blogosphere . . .

LIVE AT FIVE: 12.12.14

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

90 Miles From Tyranny - Girls with Guns, Hot pick

American Power- Joy Corrigan Can’t Sit Still

Sexy Ladies and their tools...

By Other Means - Cosplay

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Vanessa Morgan, Syunka Ayami, Tatum Miranda, Vanessa Guimoye

E.B.L. - NFL Cheerleaders

Friday Femme Fatale

Good Monday Morning

Friday Night Babe -Ariana Grande!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #168

Grumpy Patriot - Christmas Rule Five

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

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning Girl

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

Sex in Advertising

The Last Tradition - Nicole-Mitchel

Theo Spark – Teatime Totty

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Virginia Gibson

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Friday Nite Tite Dresses

...and the obligatory 49'er 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:

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...
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I may not be exactly sure what she's selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Quote du jour

Paul Krugman is to economics what Barack Obama is to the Nobel Prize.
- Proof

Friday, December 12, 2014

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Ariana Grande!

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

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The Mary Jo Kopechne "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt

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Update: From the signature collection...

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The signature collection shirt is now available at the Punditry_Place store at Zazzle.

I Can't Breathe - Mary Jo Kopechne
I Can't Breathe - Mary Jo Kopechne by Punditry_Place
Browse more Satire T-Shirts at Zazzle

Welcome to all of you who came here via the kind words of Big Fur Hat!

Quote du jour

I have been complimented many times and they always embarrass me; I always feel that they have not said enough.
-Mark Twain

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