Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday movie

John Wayne in an emotionally charged scene from the classic western, The Searchers.

Some weirdness to start out the week

Ten mysterious photos that (supposedly) have never been explained (although I suspect many of them have actually been debunked).

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Sunday funnies

Chinese architects go all wild and crazy.

Why, yes, as a matter of fact this is sour grapes from a Detroit Tigers fan...

I guess it's more comfortable than a rocky beach: "Walrus falls asleep on submarine".

Dudley Moore is a one-legged man applying for the role of Tarzan with Peter Cook in this sketch from Beyond the Fringe.

Dear kitten.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Redlining on the irony meter

Obama has appointed an Ebola czar – naturally, it’s a Democratic Party hack with no experience in health care, epidemics or disease containment – but the real issue is the president already has a czar. And, for some reason, no one’s heard a peep out of her during this whole crisis.

Meet Dr. Nicole Lurie, the assistant secretary for preparedness and response within the Department of Health and Human Services. The most interesting thing about her time at HHS seems to be that she may have been involved in a funding scandal that channeled money to a company controlled by a big political donor, and away from a company that was doing research on a drug that, among other things, shows some promise in treating…Ebola.

This is not only the most dangerous and incompetent administration in U.S. history. It also represents a unique blend of tragedy and farce – rather as if P.G. Wodehouse had co-written Julius Caesar with Shakespeare. One keeps waiting for Obama to hit bottom, but we’re apparently peering into a mighty deep hole – so deep, in fact, that we may never even hear the thud (or splash, as the case may be).

Some people never learn

Don't bring a knife to a gun fight.

Happy Feet Friday

In this recording of a live performance by Art Tatum of a tune called Tatum Pole Boogie, Tatum applies his magical technique to the old eight-to-the-bar standard. Listen, and you'll understand why someone once wrote that Tatum's lighting quick fingers made it sound like two guys playing the piano.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

See no Islam, hear no Islam, speak no Islam

Mark Steyn opines on the resurgence of militant Islam and the possible restoration of the Caliphate (and the imbecility of secular progressives like John Kerry, who persist in arguing that this religion can’t possibly mean what many of its adherents fervently believe it means).