Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

More gun explosive vest violence

Terrorists attack Istanbul airport, up to 50 people dead.

Update - I wonder if this was the proximate cause: "Turkey, Israel sign deal to normalize ties after six-year rift".

Thomas Pickering, rope salesman

Lenin famously responded to one of his fellows, who inquired as to where the Bolsheviks would get sufficient rope to hang the bourgeoisie, "we'll buy it from the last capitalist".

Thomas Pickering - former diplomat and one of Obama's army of grave diggers - has been particularly industrious in peddling hemp: "KEY BACKER OF IRAN DEAL WAS ON BOEING’S PAYROLL BUT DIDN’T DISCLOSE IT".
Earlier this month, an Iranian official stated that his country had reached a deal to buy planes from Boeing — the first deal of its kind between Iran and a U.S. company since sanctions were lifted pursuant to the Iran nuclear deal. The deal reportedly will be worth $25 billion to Boeing.

Not long thereafter, Betsy Woodruff of the Daily Beast reported that Thomas Pickering, a prominent diplomat and a former ambassador to Israel and the United Nations, took money from Boeing while vocally and influentially supporting the Iran nuclear deal. Pickering supported the deal in testimony before Congress, letters to high-level officials, and op-eds for outlets like the Washington Post and the New York Times.
Of course, Pickering is a mere suckling pig compared to the hoggish Boeing, which is perfectly willing to sell aircraft to a regime which is the most notorious sponsor of terrorism in the world.

Note - the linked post also points out another interesting fact:
[R]eaders may recall that Pickering chaired the Accountability Review Board (ARB) convened by Hillary Clinton to clear her of any wrongdoing in connection with the Benghazi attacks.
I'd say that the report's conclusions have now been thoroughly undermined.


"I can give you 25 billion reasons why the Iran nuclear deal is a good thing".

What an armed citizen can accomplish

Robert Avrech relates the story of his friend, Larry, whose alertness (and Glock) prevented a massacre in an Israeli supermarket.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Impressive

The 12 gauge shotgun, in its myriad forms, is a formidable weapon.

Now, imagine a 2 gauge...

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Assortment

Fraser Nelson provides some useful context on Brexit (see also Richard Fernandez).

And Greg Gutfeld's drunk-tweeting of Brexit is a delicious rant for the ages.



John Hinderacker at Powerline enjoyed the documentary Weiner. An interesting review; however, I confess that I'm linking to it primarily because of the photos of the hilarious New York Post headlines.

Parents, think hard before you commit substantial funds toward your children's education at colleges - like UNC - that are mired in the fatuity of political correctness.

Barack Obama: outlaw.

Senator Tim "Crazy Eyes" Kaine (of Virginia, alas) thinks that limiting magazine capacity is "the way to go" with gun control (Right. Because it will never occur to a shooter to carry multiple 10-rd magazines which can be switched out in, what, 2 or 3 seconds?) Note to self: buy some drum magazines now.

Insightful commentary from Ed Driscoll on the English whining class, as represented by one Tom Whyman (writing in the New York Times, of course), with an aside on George Orwell.

How the hell did this guy ever become an advisor to the Department of Homeland Security? (Oh, wait. Obama.)

So, George Will is leaving the Republican Party. I wish this guy would: "Republican Introducing Gun Control Bill Received Millions in Backing From Bloomberg".

"You cannot legislate crazy, and I will not allow you to legislate my ability to level the playing field against crazy."

Belated news

I forgot to show you what I got for my birthday: the Star Wars version of Mr. Potato Head...


Darth Tater

Sunday funnies

Dog watches futilely from inside the house as fox plays with his chew toy in the yard.

Memorable street names in Alaska.

Parrot rats out murderer.

Tales from the brave new world: "KFC Watt A Box Lets You Charge Your Phone While Eating Chicken".

Careful what you tell your baker when ordering a cake for the boss; some are extreme literalists...

Friday, June 24, 2016

Happy Feet Friday

Cyd Charisse ('nuff said).

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Rant

Looks like somebody got hold of my landline telephone number and is using it in a spoofing scam. We've received literally hundreds of calls from people all over the country - just today - wanting to know why the hell we keep calling them. Apparently, whoever is using our number to falsify their caller ID is simply calling and hanging up.

Our telephone company has referred the matter to the FCC (maybe that agency's military wing can locate the malefactor and swoop down on him - or her, as the case may be).

Horselaugh

Some great photoshop memes of the Democrats' recent congressional sit-in.

H/T: Ed Driscoll, writing at Instapundit.

Well, we now know at least one way people wind up on government watch lists

"Marshals: Innocent People Placed On 'Watch List' To Meet Quota".

And this is the same government that leftists would have us believe can be trusted with something like a national gun registry.

Nothing boosts transparency in American democracy...

...like the influence of Swiss billionaires.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Yeah, that's probably how I'll go

Gunned down in my own front yard by a S.W.A.T team from the National Institute of Standards and Technology: "There Are Now More Bureaucrats With Guns Than U.S. Marines".

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

So, can I use this as a credit card to buy political favors?

The official Hillary for America Woman Card.

Fire that guy

I'm sorry. did I say "fire"? I meant, "promote that guy": "Muslim former FBI agent who refused to wiretap fellow Muslims now Homeland Security Adviser".

Really, I have no idea how Barry came to be viewed as an appeaser of Islam.

Gawrsh, Mickey, ah guess ah got it wrong

I thought radical Islamic extremism was, you know, a tangible threat to the security of western nations, but now, thanks to administration pie-hole, Josh Earnest, I find out that it's just a "Republican talking point".

Why, yes, I believe Cloyd Rivers did, indeed, win the internet last week



Via Instapundit (and Cloyd Rivers, of course)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Another traumatic encounter

"What is it like to fire a Daisy BB gun?"

Haw!

Another anti-gun journalist tries to buy gun, is rejected because of a "history of alcohol abuse, and a charge for domestic battery involving his wife.”

Hey, that's the way background checks are supposed to work, right?

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Five more people who would probably still be alive if it wasn't for government's criminal negligence in ignoring immigration laws

"A homeless man charged with setting a fire that killed five people at a vacant Los Angeles building was in the country illegally, and was arrested for drug possession days before the blaze.Johnny Sanchez, 21, remains jailed without bail on five counts of murder. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether to seek the death penalty."

Here's where it really gets infuriating: "Sanchez, a Honduran citizen, was arrested in 2012 for illegally entering California, but he was released a week later after agents determined he had no criminal history or previous immigration violations..."

Well, he's got the criminal history, now. Everybody happy?

Happy Father's Day!

Best wishes to all you dads out there.


Sunday funnies

Update (and bumped): Unwittingly appropriate.

Gersh "Lionheart" Kuntzman, having previously braved the perils of shooting an AR-15, now offers sound life advice on a range of other traumatizing situations.

Fidel Castro to HoJo's: We will bury you.



Socially awkward dog keeps to herself at pool party.

Paco Financial Services is here to help you. Now, about the collateral for your loan...

Another sign of the decline of the west: "Organizers of the National Hollerin’ Contest in the North Carolina crossroads community say the annual event has been suspended because of increasing costs and decreasing participation."



Saturday, June 18, 2016

Assortment

Some very useful suggestions for Father's Day, if dad happens to be a firearms enthusiast (get this stuff now before President Cankles bans it!).

Caroline Glicks's take on Obama's latest attempt to deflect attention away from his government's failure to protect U.S. citizens from terrorism with the gun-violence straw-man.

There are four Senate votes scheduled for Monday on gun-control measures. While it seems unlikely that any will ultimately pass, we can take this as yet another sign that the Democrats' opposition to Second Amendment rights is inexorable, so govern yourselves accordingly.

Don Raso, veteran Navy SEAL, speaks truth to power.



"I am innocent".

Canadians may have a legitimate beef with the Clintons that they didn't even know about: "Bill Clinton infected over 20,000 Canadians with Hepatitis C & HIV".

Hillary and Bill: it always turns out that they are even more awful than you can imagine.



(Images via Powerline's "Week in Pictures")

Good fences make good neighbors

Some countries, such as Israel, wisely see the value of walls: "Israel plans to build concrete wall along Gaza above and below ground".

Friday, June 17, 2016

Happy Feet Friday

Here's Count Basie and his orchestra playing a swingin' tune called Every Tub (with some great solos by Buck Clayton and Lester Young).

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Careful, Joe, your brown shirt is showing

Senator Manchin has a problem with due process.
So can’t we say if a person’s under suspicion there should be a five-year period that we have to see good behavior [before they can buy a gun]? Maybe we can come to that kind of agreement. But due process is what’s killing us right now.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

I'd insist on this guy handing in his Man Card...

...but if he's got one at all, it's probably forged: NY Daily News reporter traumatized by firing AR-15 on range:
The recoil bruised my shoulder. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions — loud like a bomb — gave me a temporary case of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.
Maybe some wag on the range handed him a .50 caliber Barrett rifle and told him it was an AR-15. It's difficult to imagine anybody experiencing this much angst from shooting the lowly .223.

Ernie Pyle, he ain't.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Scratch a progressive, find a totalitarian

Adam Winkler, a U.C.L.A. School of Law professor, proposes the creation of a secret court to deprive people of their Second Amendment rights.

Why, no, as a matter of fact, I don't trust the federal government with this kind of power.

Compared to your yapping, Mr. President, which has obviously given us peace in our time

"Obama: Trump’s ‘yapping’ about Islam helps ISIS".

More than your pre-announced, near-total withdrawal of troops from Iraq? More than your "red lines" written in disappearing ink? More than your see-no-Islam domestic terror policy?

Monday, June 13, 2016

How's that political correctness working out for us?

A former co-worker of Omar Mateen says the company that employed him knew he was potentially violent, but didn't do anything about it.

Update Much more from Paul Sperry on Mateen's background in security as an employee of a U.S. government contractor.

Monday movie

Sgt. York takes command.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Terrorism strikes the homeland, once again

Muslim assassin, Omar Mateen, slaughters upwards of 50 people in a gay bar in Orlando.

Update: Since this massacre is already being used by leftists to bolster their campaign for gun control, permit me to point out that Mateen appears to be a garden variety Muslim terrorist who was also carrying explosive devices that didn't detonate; can you get those legally? And he's a registered Democrat - which is not intended, by me, to be a reflection on the Democratic party; however, you know if Mateen had been wearing a cap with the slogan "Make America Great Again", the media and their political masters would now be condemning every Trump supporter in the country as a terrorist enabler (and, naturally, every Republican, even if avowedly anti-Trump). So, just to keep the record straight.

BTW, is the Pulse Club a gun-free zone? I honestly don't know, but mass shooters, like tornadoes to trailer parks, seem to be drawn to gun-free locations - for some strange reason that I just can't figure out

Our prayers for all the dead and injured, and their families.

Update II: Gun-free zone? Check.

Sunday funnies

Yeeeeee-haw! "Cowboy Lassos Fleeing Bandit Outside Oregon WalMart".

Natural camouflage.

Ad placement - yer doin' it wrong...



The latest research results from the Academy of Lagado.

Well, everyone needs a hobby: "Austrian collects 10 million beer bottle caps".

Friday, June 10, 2016

Another guy some Republicans once touted as a candidate

David Petraeus certainly has turned out to be a big disappointment.

Happy Feet Friday

Dinah Shore returns with Blues in the Night.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Great advice at any time

But especially now: Kurt Schlicter's "Seven Awesome Conservative Lifehacks".

I've got #7 down pat: Buy ammo.

(H/T: Instapundit)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Hoo boy

Looks like Grandma Cankles finally - finally - clawed her way to the top of the Democrat compost pile. Of course, she had some help from the Superdelegates, who have done a great job restraining the unwashed.

Monday, June 6, 2016

If you're looking for a third-party candidate...

...forget the Libertarians, the Communist Party USA, and all the rest and give Cthulhu a look.

On the other hand, do you suppose his platform is much different from Hillary's?

Sunday funnies (Monday edition)

I didn't have time to blog this weekend, but Powerline's "Week in Pictures" is always a good substitute for the Sunday funnies. One of my favorites:

So, is the real purpose of "diversity" in government hiring to strengthen tribalism?

The disgraceful inaction of the San Jose police department, as officers stood by and watched Trump supporters attacked by a bunch of Mexican-flag-waving thugs, is directly traceable to the city's police chief, who just happens to be affiliated with the radical Hispanic group, La Raza.

Steve Hayward at Powerline has more on the general topic of diversity and expected outcomes vs. the rule of law.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Jake Tapper tackles one of the administration's big lies

The State Dept. and its magic scrubbing brush.

Happy Feet Friday

Cootie Williams, that expert on the muted trumpet, blow some hot jive in this medley of tunes.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Let's rewrite some history

I think many historical and literary speeches, and even inspirational poetry, could be substantially improved through the application of the president's eloquence, as exhibited in the earlier post. Bearing in mind that Mr. Obama's non-standard use of the expression "okie-doke" makes it a a verbal wild card, let's give it a whirl:

And gentlemen in England now a-bed
Shall think themselves not okie-doke they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day. (You're welcome, William Shakespeare)

* * * * * * * * * * * *

If-if-if-if-if-if-if you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son! (You're welcome, Rudyard Kipling)

* * * * * * * * * * *

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of okie-doke shall never again endanger us. (You're welcome, President Roosevelt)

* * * * * * * * * * *

The singular interpositions of Providence in our feeble condition were such, as could scarcely escape the attention of the most unobserving; while the unparalleled perseverance of the Armies of the United States, through almost every possible suffering and discouragement for the space of eight long years, was little short of okie-doke. (You're welcome, George Washington).

Apocryphal, but correct

I don't know that there's evidence Thomas Jefferson ever really said this, but it's right on the money: "Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not."

Now that right there's some real eloquence

Trump is, as they say, living in Obama's head, rent-free.

Ah, Paris in the spring

When a young man's fancy turns lightly to thoughts of throwing Molotov cocktails at the police...



I guess liberal immigration laws sounded like a good idea at the time.

Let the rationalizations begin

Venezuela is imploding, but wishful thinkers in the media continue to avert their eyes from the 900-pound socialist gorilla in the room.

Can't wait for the civilian version to come out

Although I've no idea where I'd keep it: "A first look at America's Supergun".