Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Best wishes for a great 2018! And may the Winning never end.

And for our enemies, may the losing go on forever.

Sunday funnies

The late, great Flip Wilson teaches some history you definitely won't find in books.

Bob Menery says what sports announcers would likw to say, but don't dare (language alert).

Well, it's something to put on the mantle, anyway (from a special feature at Powerline, "The Year in Pictures")...

I think rule #1 of shoplifting is not to draw attention to yourself (H/T: Mrs. Paco).

Customer in Madison, WI barbershop gets the "Larry Fine" cut - against his wishes. (H/T: Ditto)

Friday, December 29, 2017

Happy Feet Friday

Peggy Lee teams up with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in a terrific arrangement of "You're So Easy to Dance With".

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

You know what's more powerful than white privilege?

Congressional privilege: "Teacher claims United gave away her first-class seat to a congresswoman" (the absurd Sheila Jackson Lee, to be precise).

Is there a Nobel Prize for stupid?

If not, there ought to be; then Paul Krugman would have two: "Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times contributor Paul Krugman has an interesting idea for what should become a national icon if America can 'survive' the presidency of Donald Trump: 'pink pussy hats.'

Because nothing says land of the free and home of the brave like pink pussy hats. Go ahead, Paul; but, in your case, this really does seem like an extreme case of gilding the lily.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Every time I see a photo of Rep. Luis Gutierrez...

...I'm reminded of one of those character's from John Carpenter's The Thing whose alien parasite is on the verge of popping out of its host's body. I guess it's because he spends a lot of his time being irritated.

Cinematic reference:

Buy Star Wars Bonds

Saw this over at Ace...


Tim Blair recently posted a link to a recording of Alvin and the Chipmunk's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", but slowed down to the speed at which the song was originally recorded. As Tim says, "the result is doom metal/industrial/goth horror magic."

Really, I could barely get past the first few bars. It sounds like something by Shostakovich on LSD, performed by the cello section of the Satanic Philharmonic.

God bless us, every one!

Merry Christmas from Clan Paco to all of you readers, commenters and lurkers out there. Our best wishes for a happy day and a prosperous New Year.

(Luke 2: 1-20) - In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world, andnd everyone went to their own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.

Update: Courtesy of the R-man, a beautiful hymn for the occasion.

Update II: Robert Avrech at Seraphic Secret talks some solid, common sense about the Christmas holiday, and provides a Hollywood photo essay, as well.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

That's ok, Jeff

I'm pretty sure the voters will rule it out for you: "Jeff Flake Won’t Rule Out Presidential Bid".

Who knew?

So, are those cars Thomas the Tank Engine hauls filled with Jews or captured Polish soldiers headed for concentration camps? Are the dogs in Paw Patrol really Gestapo officers? I never noticed, but something sinister must be going on, because lefties are getting triggered like mad: "CNN: ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ and ‘Paw Patrol’ Are ‘Fascist Cartoons’".

Of course, what's really going on is the Left's maniacal compulsion for seeing Fascists everywhere. This way, they get to play both (a) victims and (b) heroes, in the fantasy movies they're constantly running on the screens inside their own heads.

Here are a couple of actual Fascist cartoons, by way of contrast and historical interest - one German, designed to undermine French confidence in their allies; and one Japanese, featuring American imperialist aspirations in the form of an invasion of Japan by Mickey Mouse. Not much in the way of ambivalence, here.

Sunday funnies

Milton Berle vs. Statler and Waldorf:

I think this kind of thing happens every year around this time: "California man gets stuck in chimney during burglary attempt" (H/T: Mrs. Paco).

Sounds fair: "UPS loses inheritance of nearly $1M -- then offers $32 refund" (another H/T to Mrs. Paco)

Sure, it's an ugly sweater, but the music's nice.

The real question is whether the chicken actually succeeded in crossing the road (likelihood: low)...

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Another day...

...another FBI "reassignment".

Update: And another key figure in the dossier scandal has decided that it's time to retire.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Happy Feet Friday

The Tractors return, with "Mary's Baby".

Exhibit A for the inherent infantilism of the Left

Progs are now reduced to working out their angst with a very special coloring book.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Unidentified Fraudulent Objectives

I'm all in favor of investigating UFOs, but the "inspiration" for the funding for this super-secret government program stinks:
The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.
I think Harry Reid has also had a lifelong interest in payola, too, quite possibly stronger than his interest in "space phenomena".

UFO (seen in background) lowers an intergalactic ATM linked to Defense Dept. checking account to surface of earth for use by inferior life form and its fellows.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Changes afoot

Within the next few months, the Pacos will be withdrawing (in good order, I hope) to the balmier climes of Southport, North Carolina, where we will be establishing a new command center. This represents a return to my homeland, in a way (I'm from North Carolina, although I never lived near the coast). Cabbage palms thrive there, so I'm counting on generally warmer weather. Southport is, according to the town's literature, a place of "salubrious breezes", which we are hoping will benefit Mrs. Paco, who suffers from various respiratory ailments.

And Mrs. Paco, good sport that she is, has agreed that we can spend a month or so every year out west, the land for which I have long yearned, ever since we spent a year and a half in Arizona while I attended graduate school.

Seems about right

(Via Powerline's "The Week in Pictures")

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Paco gumbo

I'll be offline for a few days, so here's a little bit of everything.

Chuck Berry rocks with "Run, Run, Rudolph".

Jerry Clower tells the story of his pessimistic barber.

A wrong turn goes about as wrong as it can go (language alert).

Pressure cooker fail...

Veeshir's got the end times covered.

Facts, shmacts. Global warming requires faith, baby (H/T: Common Cents).

Scientists in New Zealand have discovered fossils of a giant species of penguin. Based on an artist's reconstruction, they probably looked something like this...

Whew! What's that smell? Is that a landfill? No, it's the Mueller investigation.

Immigration minus assimilation equals disaster.

Jimmy Pruitt was a country swing and rockabilly musician active in the 50's and early sixties, and, although born blind, and largely self-taught, he had a great ear and a pair of magic hands that made him equally at home with the guitar and the piano. Here are a couple of performances from the old Town Hall Party TV program.

My guess is it's a secret Obama-era surveillance satellite.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Animals always know...

"Portrait of Hillary Clinton sets off security dogs".

(H/T: Mrs. Paco)

It's like a classic movie

I could watch it over and over again and never get tired of it...

(H/T: Powerline's "The Week in Pictures")

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Whoa! That must have left a mark.

Navy razzes West Point over one of its more embarrassing cadets.

Former wanna-be F├╝hrer warns America about the dangers of Fascism

I rarely cite the Huffington Post, but this article includes a comment that is absolutely priceless.

Jughead McLightworker, whose reign is now blissfully ended, said in an interview with HuffPo that “'You have to tend to this garden of democracy, otherwise things can fall apart fairly quickly. And we’ve seen societies where that happens,' he told interviewer Mellody Hobson, president of Ariel Investments, after defending institutions such as freedom of religion and freedom of the press. (Obama admitted, however, that the latter sometimes drove him 'nuts' during his time in the White House [emphasis mine - Paco])".

Yeah, because, you see, there's real freedom - such as the right to keep your health insurance or your doctor - and there's bogus freedom, which is really just hate crime, such as the right not to have to bake a gay wedding cake, or the right - also a hate crime (if not treason) - to criticize left-wing foreign policy and unlimited immigration.

As Obama's legacy continues to fall apart (like the statue of Ozymandias, only at a much faster rate) we can probably expect more self-serving bleats to escape through his pursed, disapproving lips. I imagine he'll eventually wind up like Norma Desmond, watching old videos of his time in the spotlight (with Valerie Jarrett assuming the role of faithful servant Max von Mayerling, lighting his cigarettes - but only when Michelle is away).

(Image gratefully lifted from Evil Bloggerlady)

Sunday funnies

New from Perfectly Asinine Christmas Ornaments, the Hillary Tree Topper!

Help yourself: "Man cooks own food after finding worker asleep inside Waffle House". (H/T: Mrs. Paco)

Quintessential California man argues for the right to throw house parties...

The Fred Astaire of cockatiels struts his stuff...

Having trouble understanding the Bitcoin phenomenon? This guy explains it all...

This week's funny t-shirt from the folks at Bad Idea...

Like a bad penny - a really old, tarnished, scratched up bad penny (via Doug Ross)...

Saturday, December 9, 2017

One area where Trump is clearly showing Obama up for the idiot he is

"Trump, Mattis turn military loose on ISIS, leaving terror caliphate in tatters":
...ISIS has been routed from Iraq and Syria with an ease and speed that's surprised even the men and women who carried out the mission. Experts say it's a prime example of a campaign promise kept. President Trump scrapped his predecessor’s rules of engagement, which critics say hamstrung the military, and let battlefield decisions be made by the generals in the theater, and not bureaucrats in Washington.

How do I botch thee, let me count the ways

It's difficult to keep up with CNN's reporting "mistakes", but Peter Hasson at The Daily Caller takes a stab at it.

Wow! Fighting armed troops is a lot harder than gunning down defenseless women and children.

Interesting video of ISIS militants attempting to flee from their foes.

Al Franken, gracious to the last

Soon-to-be ex-Senator Al Franken issued a remarkable non-apology to his victims, while also getting in a jab at President Trump.

The clown also owes an apology to all those felons who voted for him illegally and may have been responsible for dragging him over the finish line in the first place.

Too bad. And he brought so much dignity to the office, too...

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Whoa! Almost missed it.

Today was the 84th anniversary of the passage of the 21st Amendment - the one that abolished Prohibition.

Hopelessly tainted

One of my favorite cop movies is Prince of the City, a 1981 film starring Treat Williams that explores police corruption and the price paid for trying to come clean.

I won't go into the details here (see the movie!), but one thing that really stood out was the characterization of most of the federal prosecutors as overly ambitious bullies; for my money, they were more repugnant than the corrupt cops and even some of the actual criminals. The movie has come to the fore of my recollections lately due to the execrable behavior of a host of partisan hacks now carrying badges for the FBI and the Department of Justice and actively engaged in the ongoing witch hunt that is pretty clearly trying to bring down Donald Trump's presidency. Contrasted with the treatment these same investigators gave Hillary Clinton and her gang, the whole process is even more revolting.

Mueller must go.

BTW, one of the reasons I support Trump is because of the kind of enemies he's making.

(Image gratefully lifted from Veeshir the Ferocious).

Monday, December 4, 2017

Must-read Tweet from Former AG Eric Holder

Heh. Made you look.

Holder gets roasted on Twitter for using the words "integrity" and "honesty" without any sense of irony.

BTW, Holder's legacy of partisanship and dishonesty continues at the Department of Just Us.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Sunday funnies

Updated and bumped: Excellent (and hilarious) advice for politicians, news anchors and entertainment gurus of the male sex.

Via Ace:

Drunk as a skunk 'possum (H/T: Mrs. Paco)

That must have been one big, angry citizen: "Alleged Car Burglar Calls 911 When Truck Owner Confronts Him" (another H/T to Mrs. Paco).

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

Try doing this with a wall-mounted pencil sharpener...

Ray Stevens wishes everybody a happy redneck Christmas...

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Friday, December 1, 2017

Happy Feet Friday

Christmas is comin', so let's start rockin' with the Tractors.