Friday, September 30, 2016

Captain America vs. Hillary

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Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

"Smuckers, the jam company, they've merged with Folgers. And they're either going to call it Smolgers, or...they're going to call it Smolgers!"

-Penn Jillette

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Vintage Babe of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babe* is Virginia Grey!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

Comment on Political Correctness Run Amok

Halloween and Knotts Berry Farm vs SJW’s describes the efforts of some in the mental health community to ban Halloween rides that featured a mentally ill person. My take:

Forgive me for being a white, Anglo-Saxon Protestant male, but do these people have any idea just how many books, movies and TV shows have been created around a character with a mental illness? Janet Leigh did not get slashed in the shower by a Sunday School teacher! (And what would you rename "Psycho" to be more politically correct?)

The villains in the movie "Sum of All Fears" had to be changed to be sensitive to the fact that depicting terrorists as being from an Arabian country was simply too far fetched! /sarc

No, they were portrayed as Neo-Nazis, which begs the question, If the only group of people we can portray as villains (aside from Big Business) are Nazis... and Hitler, the head of the Nazis was insane, isn't it insensitive to those suffering from mental illness to subject them to that sort of entertainment?

Or history??

Click over and read the whole thing.

KiRKWOOD



Original art by John Cox. More at John Cox Art

Quote du jour

“Racial differences in patterns of offending, not racial bias by police and other officials, are the principal reason that such greater proportions of blacks than whites are arrested, prosecuted, convicted and imprisoned.”
-Michael Tonry

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Medal of Honor

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Major Patrick Henry Brady


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty, Maj. Brady distinguished himself while serving in the Republic of Vietnam commanding a UH-1H ambulance helicopter, volunteered to rescue wounded men from a site in enemy held territory which was reported to be heavily defended and to be blanketed by fog. To reach the site he descended through heavy fog and smoke and hovered slowly along a valley trail, turning his ship sideward to blow away the fog with the backwash from his rotor blades.
Despite the unchallenged, close-range enemy fire, he found the dangerously small site, where he successfully landed and evacuated 2 badly wounded South Vietnamese soldiers. He was then called to another area completely covered by dense fog where American casualties lay only 50 meters from the enemy. Two aircraft had previously been shot down and others had made unsuccessful attempts to reach this site earlier in the day. With unmatched skill and extraordinary courage, Maj. Brady made 4 flights to this embattled landing zone and successfully rescued all the wounded.
On his third mission of the day Maj. Brady once again landed at a site surrounded by the enemy. The friendly ground force, pinned down by enemy fire, had been unable to reach and secure the landing zone. Although his aircraft had been badly damaged and his controls partially shot away during his initial entry into this area, he returned minutes later and rescued the remaining injured. Shortly thereafter, obtaining a replacement aircraft, Maj. Brady was requested to land in an enemy minefield where a platoon of American soldiers was trapped. A mine detonated near his helicopter, wounding 2 crew members and damaging his ship. In spite of this, he managed to fly 6 severely injured patients to medical aid. Throughout that day Maj. Brady utilized 3 helicopters to evacuate a total of 51 seriously wounded men, many of whom would have perished without prompt medical treatment.
Maj. Brady's bravery was in the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army.

Maj. Brady: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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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.”

Separated at Birth?


Update: Rumor has it Kim Carnes has dedicated a song to Hillary:
"She's Got Marty Feldman Eyes"

KiRKWOOD



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