Friday, July 29, 2016

Quote du jour

Think for just a moment, about your grandfather. He would have no more left the house without a pocketknife than without his breeches, for while a man of his era could survive this drafty world without pantaloons, he would sooner or later need to snip some twine, or punch a hole in an oil can, or dig a pine splinter out of some urchin’s foot, or just slice an apple.
-Rick Bragg

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Alice White!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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Tim and Hillar-ye: Bum Rap


...maybe why she wears pantsuits all the time??

Classic KiRKWOOD

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Quote du jour

Yahoo is arguably the worst-run major company in the history of high tech. In 1998, Yahoo could have bought Google for a mere $1 million. Four years later, after Google was already crushing Yahoo’s search-engine business, Yahoo offered $3 billion for Google, and was turned down. Google wanted $5 billion, but Yahoo wouldn’t pay that much. Google is now worth more than $350 billion. In 2008, Microsoft offered $44 billion for Yahoo, an offer Yahoo rejected. And then on Monday, it was announced Yahoo would be sold to Verizon for a mere $4.8 billion...
- Robert Stacy McCain

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ending Gun Violence at the DNC


The DNC, (Disarm Normal Citizens), is taking a pretty firm stand on gun control, despite the fact that it is typically a losing issue for Damnocrats. In order to pander for black votes, er, illustrate the problem, they brought in the Mamas of some notorious victims of "gun violence". In order to make their efforts more successful, I am passing along a few surefire tips on how to reduce gun crime and violence:

1) Mamas, teach your children not to take stuff that does not belong to them. Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin might both be alive today if they had only learned that one.

2) Mamas, don't get pregnant by any man not willing to marry you and support your kids. A two parent family will provide stability, a male role model and discipline to help keep young men out of gangs.

3) Mamas, ask your children if it is fair to slap them every time the kid down the block does something wrong? Then explain to them, that killing some policemen at random, because you believe some other policeman, somewhere else, did something wrong, is about as moral as being a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

4) Mamas, teach your babies that to study hard, demonstrate intelligence and work hard in school is not "acting white". There are a great multitude of stupid white people in the world. They should not be your role models. George Washington Carver and Condileeza Rice are and were smarter than 98% of the white people I know and neither one of them had to "act white". Say it loud, I'm smart, black and I'm proud!

5) Mamas, teach your children, whatever race, color or creed they are, that no one owes them a living. If you adopt a victim mentality, you will always be a "victim". You may never have all the money, fame and toys of a rap star or an NFL player, but that's true about everybody. Make the best you can out of what you've got.

Add in a heaping helping of "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and I think you have a formula for reducing gun violence in the hood,  the inner city and across America.

Or you could just blame guns and the damn police...


Medal of Honor

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Corporal Hiroshi H. Miyamura


Citation:

Cpl. Miyamura, a member of Company H, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty in action against the enemy. On the night of 24 April, Company H was occupying a defensive position when the enemy fanatically attacked threatening to overrun the position. 
Cpl. Miyamura, a machinegun squad leader, aware of the imminent danger to his men unhesitatingly jumped from his shelter wielding his bayonet in close hand-to-hand combat killing approximately 10 of the enemy. Returning to his position, he administered first aid to the wounded and directed their evacuation. As another savage assault hit the line, he manned his machinegun and delivered withering fire until his ammunition was expended. He ordered the squad to withdraw while he stayed behind to render the gun inoperative. He then bayoneted his way through infiltrated enemy soldiers to a second gun emplacement and assisted in its operation. 
When the intensity of the attack necessitated the withdrawal of the company Cpl. Miyamura ordered his men to fall back while he remained to cover their movement. He killed more than 50 of the enemy before his ammunition was depleted and he was severely wounded. He maintained his magnificent stand despite his painful wounds, continuing to repel the attack until his position was overrun. When last seen he was fighting ferociously against an overwhelming number of enemy soldiers. 
Cpl. Miyamura's indomitable heroism and consummate devotion to duty reflect the utmost glory on himself and uphold the illustrious traditions on the military service.


Cpl. Miyamura: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.




Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy nine 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.”


More about Cpl Miyamura can be found here.

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Quote du jour

the American public in free and fair elections chose two major-party candidates whose preening self-regard, dishonesty, moral cowardice, and incompetence is in each candidate’s case the best and only argument for the other candidate. Well done, America.
-Kevin D. Williamson

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Irrefutable Evidence of Global Warming: John Kerry Full of Hot Air!


John Kerry, the dimmest bulb to be Secretary of State since the one before him, shares his boss's lunacy about global warming. He thinks air conditioners are a bigger threat to the planet than Islamic terrorism. I took this picture on my way out to get the mail. In the shade it was merely like an oven. Direct sunlight seared your flesh off.

If Mr. Kerry believes air conditioning is a threat to the planet, he is certainly welcome to lead by example: No A/C in any of his limos, any of his mansions or any of his offices. Let him walk the walk. As for me? If I'm contributing to the end of civilization as we know it, at least I'll go out in style, as they pry the thermostat from my comfortably cold fingers!

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!

"Don't Let Anyone Tell You She Hasn't Had Work Done", or Something Like That!

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If you see either one of these women, proceed with caution!

Who can forget the stirring words of Michelle Obama in February 2008 telling us that for the first time in her adult life, she was finally proud of her country? Apparently, that would be...Michelle Obama! Michelle got up at the Democrat convention in Philadelphia and figuratively* wagged her finger at us (something she learned from her husband, no doubt), and told us "Don't ever let anyone tell you America isn't great", despite the fact that it's only gotten worse over the last eight years.

But, I guess if you "wake up every morning in a house built by slaves", have your servants cook and clean for you and cater to your every desire, if you can travel the world on multi-million dollar vacations, spend as much as you like on your wardrobe and have chefs flown in at the expense of the peons taxpayers to satisfy your every culinary whim, then I guess you'd think that your America was pretty great.

For the rest of America? Let them eat cake!


* I figured I should add that, since I couldn't actually stomach watching her speech in its entirety.

KiRKWOOD

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Quote du jour

“In a time of universal deceit — telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
-George Orwell

Monday, July 25, 2016

Abe Lincoln, Ronald Reagan and Melania Trump Walk into a Bar...

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...the bar of high standards. What do these three have in common? Together, I believe they illustrate the difference between plagiarism and allusion. With Melania, the Jayson Blair of presidential candidate's wives, it was clearly plagiarism. Not that it was that big of a deal. No one expected the equivalent of the Gettysburg Address from her. Many people think the unforced error of the kerfluffle which came when the plagiarism came out, with the initial denials from the Trump camp, were largely due to Trump being too cheap to hire a decent speechwriter for her, and the attempt at cover up was just pure Trump.

But I read something by Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, and former opera singer:
I remember, in the wake of the Challenger disaster, Ronald Reagan gave a truly extraordinary speech. Every sentence was brilliant, but this part was unforgettable.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them this morning, as they prepared for their journey, waved goodbye, and slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.”

I was 22 at the time, and I literally cried when I heard those words. I was truly touched. Later, I learned those words had been written for Reagan by Peggy Noonan. After that, I learned Peggy Noonan had lifted those words from a poem called “High Flight,” written by an airman who died in WWII named John McGee.

Did Ronald Reagan plagiarize Peggy Noonan? Did Peggy Noonan plagiarize John McGee?

Now I'm a little bit older than Mr. Rowe, I predate the 24 hour news cycle. In fact, I not only predate 24 hour news, but I predate 24 hour TV!

Back in the olden days, when there were only three networks, and cable was what you used to suspend bridges, TV stations didn't broadcast 24/7. Typically they ended their "broadcast day" around one or two in the morning. And typically, the station just before signing off the air, would play the National Anthem and a short video of a jet fighter flying, while a narrator recited the poem "High Flight". Having on more than one occasion stayed up past the end of the broadcast day, and because there was literally "nothing else on", people would watch and listen to the stirring words of Airman John McGee. For those of Ronald Reagan, Peggy Noonan and my generation (heady company!), the words of High Flight were totally familiar and totally appropriate for Reagan to allude to. Whippersnappers like Mike Rowe may not have known where the words came from, but there was no attempt at plagiarism there, or anything like it.

But people often attribute a quote to the person they heard it from first. Many people attribute the line to Robert Kennedy that he quoted from George Bernard Shaw:
You see things; and you say “Why?” But I dream things that never were; and I say “Why not?”

A more famous attribution of a literary allusion to the wrong source comes from the aforementioned Gettysburg Address. It concludes:

...that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Lincoln was alluding to John Wycliffe's prologue to his Bible translation of 1384:
This Bible is for the Government of the People, by the People, and for the People.

Lincoln knew the source of the quote, as, no doubt, did the majority of those who heard it. No one rose up to yell that Lincoln had cribbed part of his speech. But his allusion to it immortalized those words, and today, people who never heard of Wycliffe (that's okay. Today's government schools the kids don't hear about anybody!), have heard his words echo through the years.

So we have one plagiarist, small potatoes in comparison to the plagiarisms of Teddy Kennedy, Joe Biden and even President Obama, and two well read presidents, able to make allusions to words well said by others. If we were to stack every literary or cultural allusion in the same boat as plagiarism, we need to get a bigger boat!*

You may quote me.



* Jaws (1975)


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Quote du jour

We are not at war with terrorism, which is just a tactic. We are not at war with some empty sociological label called extremism. We are not even just at war with ISIS; though were obviously at war with ISIS, but there will be other enemies that will lift the black flag of death in the future even after ISIS has been routed in Syria and Iraq. This is not about workplace violence. This is not about global warming or gun shows. This is not about income inequality. This is not about kids from broken homes as tragic as that is. This is not about anything that we have done wrong. This is about who we are. This is about the nature of freedom so who are we were people who unite around the Constitution were people who come together around a First Amendment and we together, 320 million of us, believe in the freedom of religion, in the freedom of speech, and the freedom of assembly and the freedom of the press . . .
-Senator Ben Sasse

Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Clinton Kaine Mutiny Court-Martial

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Quote du jour

"...by my lights if you knowingly say things you don’t believe for personal gain or glory while pretending to be an honest, albeit opinionated, broker, you don’t deserve the title pundit. But you are in the running for the label “whore.”
-Jonah Goldberg
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