Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Quote du jour

It makes me roll my eyes every time one of our pundits waxes poetic about the great history and culture of the Muslim Mid east. Unless I’m missing something, the Arabs haven’t given anything to the world since Algebra, and, by the way, thanks a hell of a lot for that one.
- Dennis Miller

Tuesday, September 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!

Mark Twain on Obama's Coalition Building

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Obama has a problem. Yes, I know I am the King of Understatement. But I was speaking specifically in terms of his coalition building attempts to battle ISIS/ISIL/IS/ those 'beheading folk'. He once again makes the classic blunder of telling his opponents exactly what he will and won't do in regards to "managing" the ISIS crisis. One of those things he has been adamant about is committing combat troops, commonly referred to as "boots on the ground".

Obama is willing to send bombers and intel and support personnel, but refuses (at the present time) to commit combat troops to the effort. The reasoning?

 "..this is not our fight alone. American power can make a decisive difference, but we cannot do for Iraqis what they must do for themselves, nor can we take the place of Arab partners in securing their region... America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat."
You see, it's not really our fight, well, it's kind of our fight, but just because we're leading the fight doesn't mean it's our fight. It's your region, so it's only fair that you guys put up the bulk of the cannon fodder, er, boots on the ground!

Man! That really ranks up there with "I have not just yet begun to fight!" doesn't it? More like, "Damn the torpedoes, you guys go on ahead, I'll catch up with you!"

Other than a sophomoric "fairness" argument, I have not heard Obama make the case for why any country should commit ground troops to a war where we will not.

America is seen by most of the world as a land of wealth. People we consider as being "below the poverty line" have a standard of living envied by most of the third world.  One of the criticisms of the Viet Nam war, advanced by good liberals, was that the draft was "unfair" because the sons of the wealthy were able to avoid it. The sons of poor people died in disproportionately high numbers to the sons of the wealthy.  The son of Senator Al Gore did go to Viet Nam, but as a REMF with a typewriter, well behind the battle lines. I don't believe that he has ever heard a "shot fired in anger". And George W. Bush, even though he was trained as a fighter pilot, still caused apoplexy among liberals as being "AWOL from Viet Nam".

How much will the world, Mr. President, view your request for ground troops from poorer nations to engage in mortal combat, while the sons of the 'affluent' sit home and play Mortal Kombat? "Unfair"?

If you are serious about destroying ISIS, why not care enough to send the very best? I, like most of the nation, am war weary. Mostly because it is unfair to ask even one young man to risk his life for no other real purpose than to provide photo ops and cover for venal politicians, as has been the case for the last six years.

The armed forces of the United States should be committed only when there is a clearly defined objective, are properly trained and equipped, and there is an exit strategy. Allowing casualties in Afghanistan, for example, the war that Obama said we needed to fight, simply to mark time until it is politically expedient to withdraw them, is criminal.

We need to destroy ISIS and simultaneously need to secure the borders that allow any people of uncertain motive into the heartland of our country.

But if we expect a coalition of countries to join us, and commit combat troops to the effort, we must lead by example. Nothing less will do. Nothing.

When Twain's Tom Sawyer was whitewashing his fence, he was able to con a number of people into doing the work for him. Those were simpler times, and Mr. Obama:

You're no Tom Sawyer.

Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art
Cross posted at LCR, Political Clown Parade

Quote du jour

“Having a black man in the Oval Office is less important than having one in the home.”

-Jason Riley

Monday, September 15, 2014

Quote du jour

What I am looking for is a blessing not in disguise.
-Jerome K. Jerome

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Ray Rice-a-Roni: Now Being Ill Served

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No one who has seen the video of Ray Rice clocking his fiancee condones his action. It is appalling. And no one wants to condone or excuse domestic violence. There is no excuse for abusing the weak and defenseless. But, is justice being served with Ray Rice? About four out of five commentators are telling us that the problem is rampant in the NFL and an example needs to be made of this guy. But, is there really an epidemic of domestic abuse in the NFL?

Remember it was not that long ago that some feminist group was warning us about the dramatic increase of domestic violence during the Super Bowl. Only, there was no dramatic increase. There was no evidence, just some groups assertion that it was true and, as you know, it's the seriousness of the accusation that trumps any evidence of the crime.

"...arrest rates among NFL players are quite low compared to national averages for men in their age range."
-Benjamin Morris

Mr. Morris put together a chart comparing NFL players (who make the news a lot) to the population at large in the same age range:

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Like mass school shootings, which have actually been in decline, anything the media sensationalizes raises the public consciousness. Is it because a guy in a Lamborghini who gets pulled over for a DUI is more newsworthy than a guy driving a '72 Pinto? Or because, "Hey. look! It's Ray Rice!!!"

What Ray Rice did was inexcusable. The league has an interest in their image and have every right to mete out punishment to players with less than stellar or aberrant behavior. While a two game suspension was insufficient, banning a player for life, while overlooking worse offenses by other players, is both draconian and hypocritical.

The NFL needs to formulate a disciplinary policy for players who commit domestic violence. This should fall somewhere between a slap on the wrist and capital punishment. But, the public first needs to get their facts straight. Just because incidents of domestic violence receive massive amounts of publicity, does not equate to a massive amount of activity. The NFL on the whole seems to be a pretty well behaved lot compared to the population as a whole. Partially, because many of them realize just how good they have it and how much they stand to lose, and some of it because they have coaches and teammates watching over them and keeping them out of trouble.

The NFL should set a date certain for the end of his ban from the NFL. Every game he misses is a de facto fine against him. Determine the proper scope of the punishment and administer some sense of justice. Other NFL players will take note, and to the extent that deterrence is effective, other players will be deterred.

But if you really want to take it all out on Ray Rice, how about we give Mike Tyson one free shot at him? Or me with a couple of my friends and a 2x4? But don't take away his livelihood for life.

Cross posted at LCR

SF 49'ers vs. Da Bears

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Go Niners!

Update: Final Bears 28, Niners 20

Quote du jour

You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once.
-Robert A. Heinlein

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Little Saturday Night Music

Scott Kirby & Dave Edminsten -"Lucky Enough"

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!

Obama's ISIS Strategy, Decoded

Clock Up Another One For Enlightened Socialist Thinking: Oil Rich Venezuela To Import Oil

Mark Udall (D-CO): Beheaded American Journalists Would Have Wanted Cautious Approach to ISIS

You Know You Live In A Country Run By Idiots When…

Latest NBC/WSJ is Awfully Bad For The Democrats

ISIS Army Parades in 43 New Toyota Hilux Trucks – Donated By US Taxpayers


Bob Schieffer: 9/11 'Forgive Me, But I've Been Through This Before...'

Bill Whittle: President Coward

Reaganpalooza, Reaganpalooza Pt. 2

Krauthammer’s Take: Obama Following American People’s Lead on Plan to Defeat the ISIS

It Took Just 82 Seconds For Megyn Kelly To Utterly Destroy Obama

Andrew Klavan on the Newest Threat on College Campuses: Microaggression...


Precious Little

Drone maker moves to Nevada from CA, brings 400 jobs

Father of Young Man Killed by Illegal Alien Has a Message for Obama

Five More Scandal Related IRS Employees With Lost Emails

Who Lost Britain? 14 Culprits

1,400 English Girls Raped by Multiculturalism

Forget Slavery: Too Uncle Tom Even for Conservatives?

Filmmaker shows 'Ebola-infected ISIS terrorist' sneaking across Lake Erie from Canada to Cleveland – into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame –without being challenged

Self- Defense Shooting Outside Indianapolis Kroger Guts Argument To Ban Guns

Illiterate teacher blames liberal education dogmas for creating generation of hopelessly ill-equipped teachers

Science and Technology

Your cell phone can trace its origins to Hedy Lamarr’s breasts

Can You Spot the Snipers Hidden in These Photos?

Dear Apple: Why a Watch?


Cartoon of the Day – NRO Home page

Sunday Funnies

Putin v. Obama


Earl of Taint - The Cowardly Liar

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

I Like This Acronym


The Paste -A Poor Mans Drudge Report....

It's All Going-Down JUST LIKE We Toldja it Would

Five Blogs you should read today

LIVE AT FIVE: 09.08.14

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, Girls with guns, Girls with guns

American Power- Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea Hot 'Booty' Teaser , Hottest Instagrams of the Week, Kelly Brook in London, Supermodel Exhibition from Victoria’s Secret Photographer Russell James

Sexy Saturday

Quinnspiracy Rule 5 Linkaround

By Other Means - More Clowns More Jokers, Cosplay, Seeing Red

The Daley Gator – Daley Babes - Satomi Tsubaki, Michelle Baker

Daily Mail –Jennifer Garner

E.B.L. - Cheerleaders, Naked Sushi

Good Monday Morning, Fishnet Friday

Friday Night Babe - Paula Patton

Good Stuff's Cyber World #155

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

Hookers and Booze

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - 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…, If All You See…

Flowing Curves Of Beauty

Randy's Roundtable - Cowboy cheerleaders

'Miss Hungary'

Sex in Advertising - Victoria's Secret (video)

The Feral Irishman - Seeing Red

The Last Tradition - LaLa Vazquez , Lingerie Equality, Alana Chandler, Christina Mendez

Theo Spark – Teatime Totty, Bedtime Totty, Teatime Totty, Teatime Totty, Teatime Totty, Red Friday Totty

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

The Vulgar Curmudgeon -Up against the wall

Vintage Babe of the Week – Karen Randle

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Your Crazy Uncle Bubba - Buenas, Babes and Wheels, Rumpday, Facetime, Gravy?

...and the obligatory 49'er cheerleader

Another 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:

Another 49'er Cheerleader

...because I owe the Wombat!

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She's a cheerleader. Trust me.

Quote du jour

In Iraq and Afghanistan, we have expended sweat, blood and treasure to eliminate these places as safe havens for terrorism. That was true as of January of 2009. "Lead" by the worst C-in-C in the history of the republic, all of those gains have been lost and even more territory has been added as safe haven for terror.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Friday Night Babe

Tonight's FNB* is Paula Patton!

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

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The Return of Ten Buck Friday

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Week Two of a Nine Week Mission, to Seek Out new life for the Senate, to Boldly Go where our nation has been before!

Once again focusing on the Senate races (Republicans need just six seats to oust the Dimbulb from Searchlight, Harry Reid as majority leader), is it worth ten bucks a week (30 pkgs. of Ramen?) to eliminate Reid's control and give the Senate responsible leadership again?

With that in mind, this week we look to the open Senate seat in IA. Can you contribute just $10 to Senate candidate Joni Ernst?

Real Clear Politics has Ernst up .2 points on the average, and rates the state as a toss up.

You can contribute to Joni Ernst here. Good luck and Godspeed, Joni!

(If you mark your contribution as "Ten Buck Friday", they'll see if the blogosphere can give them a little bump.)

Be sure and visit our fellow Ten Buck Friday bloggers:

Adrienne's Corner

Diogenes' Middle Finger

Fishersville Mike

Laughing Conservative

Left Coast Rebel

Mind Numbed Robot

Political Clown Parade

Proof Positive

Texas Conservative News

Theo Spark


Quote du jour

The older I get the more wisdom I find in the ancient rule of taking first things first. A process which often reduces the most complex human problem to a manageable proportion.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Adventures in NSFW Marketing

I was strolling through my local Orchard Supply Hardware the other day, as I passed this display:

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If you look at it from a bit of an angle, as I did in passing, the bottom of the "L" in FLICKER seems to blend in with the bottom of the "I". Closure takes over.

A suggestion? Use lower case. Problem solved!

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Karen Randle!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five Thursday)

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Like fine wines, the ladies improve with age!

When You Care Enough to Send the Very Best...

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Ever see one of these? One of my neighbors had this nifty trailer hitch cover. At least, I'm assuming that's what it is, rather than an improvised urban car alarm...

In Memoriam: Sandra W. Bradshaw, Killed Sept. 11, 2001

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As a part of Project 2996, I'm going to write to you about another individual I never met. I've never heard her name, either. I only knew her as a part of a group: The people who perished on 9/11.

Sandy Bradshaw: 38, Loving wife, mother of two, stewardess on Flight 93 on 9/11/01. Thirteen years have now passed, and her two children are in their teens. Her son Nathan was a baby, and her daughter Alexandria, at age three, little more than one when their mother was taken from them.

Sandy, along with four siblings, grew up on a chicken ranch, of all places, but she dreamed of "flying the friendly skies" as a stewardess. She first became a "stew" for US Airways in 1990, but was laid off five months later. She met the man who was to become her husband, working as a pilot for US Air. By December of that same year, she was working for United Airlines.

She'd been working as a stewardess for over ten years, but with the arrival of her babies, she was cutting back her hours to spend more time with them. She was only making two, two day trips a month, the minimum amount of time she could work, when she took off on that fateful day.

Phil Bradshaw got a phone call from his wife that morning:

"Have you seen what's happening? Have you heard?" She asked in a calm voice. "We've been hijacked."

And, in the typical, gutsy manner of those aboard Flight 93, She told her husband that she and the other attendants were boiling water to throw at the hijackers.

A brave lady, a loving mom, a beloved wife, a devoted daughter, a caring sister. The last moments of her life were spent making sure that Flight 93 did not become yet another aerial bomb to be used on helpless civilians. We honor her bravery and we honor her life.

Sandy is survived by her husband, a daughter, a son, and a step-daughter, her parents, three sisters, and her brother.

She touched many lives and those who were touched by her miss her. Thirteen years later.

If I may add the same sentiments I have before, though I never met Sandy Bradshaw, I mourn for her and grieve with her family. The craven cowardice of those who would commit war by attacking defenseless civilians has not gone unavenged. Many of those who sowed the wind on 9/11 have reaped the whirlwind.

But, vengeance can never restore loss. What was taken from Sandy Bradshaw's family can never be replaced. Nor that of the 2,995 other families who lost loved ones on that day.

But, we can remember them. We can hold them in our hearts. And we can vow that so much as is in our power, it will never happen again.

Our hearts go out to the family of Sandy Bradshaw today. I hope that in some small way I have captured a bit of her essence to share. Our hearts are with you this day.
Rest in peace, Sandy.

You can read more about Sandy here:

United Stewardess Sandra W. Bradshaw

Flight crew: Sandra Bradshaw

United Heroes

Sandra Bradshaw

There's a video tribute to Sandy on You Tube here.

In Memoriam: Dwight David Darcy, Killed Sept. 11, 2001

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As a part of Project 2996, I'm going to write to you about an individual I never met. I've never even heard his name. I only knew him as a part of a group: The people who perished on 9/11.

He was not a very imposing man, from his picture. I imagine you could pass him on the street and not think twice about it. Just like many of us. But, Dwight, if I may be so bold, had already lived through one World Trade Center attack before that fateful day.
He was there in 1993 when the WTC was bombed the first time. It made him a little jumpy. Sudden loud noises would startle him. For years, his wife, Veronica said, "Every time there was a bang, he would jump." But that did not deter him from returning to work.

Dwight was raising two sons, Kieran and Ryan, with his wife, living in Bronxville, N.Y., a little village about fifteen miles north of midtown Manhattan, home to about 6,500 people.

He was a Senior Attorney at the Port Authority of NY and NJ. He'd been with the Port Authority for 25 years. He was 55 at the time of the attack. A few years older than I was then. I few years younger than I am now.

He served on the parish board of the St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Bronxville. He loved opera. He and his wife were frequent attendees at performances at the Met and the City Opera. He was a member of the New York Athletic Club.

He had a brother, Keith T. Darcy of Pound Ridge, NY, and a sister, Joan D. Sorgi of Darien, CT. who survived him, as well as an aunt, Claire Menagh of Manhattan, an uncle, George Kindermann of New London, NH, and several nieces and nephews.

A family man, with familial ties to other families. Much like you and I.

Here's what another 2,996 blogger said about Dwight:

Dwight was a Bronx native, graduated from Fordham Prep, Fordham University, and the Fordham University School of Law. He began his legal career as an Assistant D.A. in the Bronx in 1971, and joined the Port Authority in 1977. While at the Port Authority, Dwight specialized in labor relations, serving for many years as the Head of the Labor Relations Division.

Dwight was very active in charitable works in New York City. He served as president of the Catholic Big Brothers of NY, as well as, the president of the Parish Council of St. Joseph's Church in Bronxville. Dwight was also voted a life member of the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of NY, and made an affiliate member of the Marist Brothers for his many years of service on the board of Mt. St. Michael Academy in the Bronx.


"We kind of grew up together at the authority," said his friend and colleague Jeffery Green, the general counsel for the authority's legal team, made of up 75 lawyers. "He was very calm and logical and had a good sense of humor," Green said.

Outside of work, Darcy followed his favorite sports teams: The New York Yankees, the New York Giants and college basketball teams, Green said. "He was a devoted father and sports fan. He was a very big Yankee and Giants football fan. I would see him at the games."

Darcy had a way of winning people over. "Everyone who met him liked him. He took pride in his work and his family. He was a really good individual," Green said.

I received an email from someone who knew Dwight. They had this to say:

I first met Mr. Darcy in 1968. I was a Freshman at Mt. St. Michael Academy, a private Marist (Catholic) High School in the Bronx, NY. Although he had a Law degree, Dwight Darcy started his working life as an English teacher at the “Mount”. I had him for English 1 that year. I was very interested in history, and Mr. Darcy made it a point, during his lectures, to not only teach the fine points of English Grammar and Composition, but also expounded on American and World History, to which he added a large dose of Morals and Ethics. I was always fascinated by the breadth and depth of his knowledge, and made it a point to have discussions with him on these topics, even outside of class hours. He was an excellent role model, and I considered him an inspiration and mentor. He was a dynamic and dedicated teacher, and he had a profound effect on me. He is one of the few teachers I ever had, that I truly remember with fondness.

When I heard that he left teaching to practice law for the Port Authority, I knew that he was really following his true love, which he considered the true arena of human interaction. But I knew that future students would lose the opportunity to meet a truly remarkable person.

On 9-11, I was overwhelmingly heartbroken to learn that he did not survive the attack. It seemed like a horribly cruel injustice. Here was a man who was so kind, so dynamic, so profound, and so cognizant of the needs of others, who was caught up, with so many unfortunate others, in the effects of incredible madness and evil, and the result an overwhelming hatred of all mankind. I really could not believe it had actually happened. But I remember him with honor and respect, and with a deep sense of loss.

I hope this helps in illustrating the truly excellent person that he was.

Michael Cutrera

Dwight went to work September 11th, 2001, like he had on many other mornings, I would imagine, not dreaming of the horror and chaos that would await him. He worked on the 66th floor of the North tower. According to a co-worker, he'd had surgery on his foot several weeks before and was still in a cast. It would have made it difficult for him to take the stairs to flee the building.

He died at the hands of terrorists who did not care that Dwight was president of the Catholic Big Brothers of NY, where he helped disadvantaged youths. They did not care about the grieving widow and sons he would leave behind. The brother and sister, aunt and uncle left with a sense of terrible loss. The friends and acquaintances who would miss his kind words and encouragement. His death was not meaningless, because there is still meaning even when evil men commit evil deeds. His death was tragic in that it cut him off from whatever productive years he had left , the communion he spent with family and friends and the good deeds he would have done had he lived.

And though I never met Mr. Darcy, I mourn for him and grieve with his family. The craven cowardice of those who would commit war by attacking defenseless civilians has not gone unavenged. Many of those who sowed the wind on 9/11 have reaped the whirlwind.

But, vengeance can never restore loss. What was taken from Dwight Darcy's family can never be replaced. Nor that of the 2,995 other families who lost loved ones on that day.

But, we can remember them. We can hold them in our hearts. And we can vow that so much as is in our power, it will never happen again.

Our hearts go out to the family of Dwight Darcy today. I hope that in some small way I have captured a bit of his essence to share. Our hearts are with you this day.
Rest in peace, Mr. Darcy.

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