Sunday, December 30, 2018

Sunday funnies

Found on a friend's Facebook page:

Up s**t creek without a paddle? No problem!

What you say, and what the painter hears (a classic scene from Mr. Blandings Build His Dream House, 1948)

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Saturday, December 29, 2018


We've had two coyote sightings in the last few days in the immediate neighborhood.

I think I'm going to have to upgrade my daily carry; not sure 9mm's going to cut it.

Daisy, the official dog of Paco Enterprises, is a 65-lb beast, part boxer, part pitbull, and aggressively disdainful toward most creatures that are not part of her "pack" (i.e., Mrs. Paco, Maggie and I) so I imagine she could hold her own; however, a lot of people in the neighborhood have lap dogs that a coyote could snap up like a dog biscuit. The neighbors might want to consider one of these.

Not very ladylike behavior

"Transgender Woman Lashes Out at Clerk After Being Called ‘Sir’".

Friday, December 28, 2018


J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades has come up with the perfect terminology to describe the gaggle of anti-Trump GOP squishes and NeverTrump conservatoids: the Coup Cucks Clan.

The leading presidential candidate among Democrats and independents is "Not Hillary".

The nauseating pomposity and self-importance of the so-called Press.

How low can the MSM sink? I dunno, how deep is the Mariana Trench?

David Thompson has an amusing Year in Review post.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr., discusses Trump's battle with the Kultursmog.

Among other things, Hollywood is an unending, gushing spring of hagiographical crap about the odious Che Guevara.

Whenever German politicians start talking about the necessity of countries giving up their sovereignty, I get nervous.

This looks to be a first-rate, don't-miss WWI documentary: They Shall Not Grow Old. Have any of you seen it?


Saw these two fellows poking around the backyard yesterday (ibises).

I was eating dinner the other night, and was suddenly seized by the feeling that I was being watched - and not only watched, but very critically so. I glanced over my shoulder and...

Happy Feet Friday

"Queen of the Blues", Dinah Washington, made her recording debut in 1943 with this version of, appropriately enough, "Evil Gal Blues". The instrumental accompaniment is provided by members of Lionel Hampton's orchestra, including Milt Buckner on piano (I love his chord progressions in the intro).

Thursday, December 27, 2018

How to avoid jail time after you bust some moves on the dance floor and your gun falls out of your pants, goes off and shoots a bystander

First, become an FBI agent....

Analysis: True

We now live in a Monty Python skit.

H/T: Friend and commenter, Jeff.

I looked out the window this morning...

...and was surprised to see that the sun had risen. Considering the government shutdown, I really didn't know what to expect.

One important side benefit of the shutdown (once it truly kicks in; many agencies are funded through the end of the calendar year) is that the American people will see how limited the impact is on their daily lives. Then, perhaps, voters will start wondering why we have so much government at all.

Monday, December 24, 2018

Merry Christmas!

Best wishes to Paco Nation for a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year!

And here's a good article about a desperate Christmas that occurred 242 years ago, when General Washington scored his famous victory over the Hessians at Trenton.

Update: In the great tradition of Western Swing, here are the Tractors with "Swingin' Home for Christmas".

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Give that man a MacArthur Genius award!

Some rapper claims the Nazis built the Berlin Wall.

I know, I know. The guy's just an entertainer, a celebrity. Of course he's ignorant. But as a connoisseur of ignorance, I am fascinated by a specimen this pure, whatever the source.

Two things, hip-hop man: the Berlin wall was built by German communists, and it was built to keep people in, not out. Stuff that in your blunt and smoke it.

Good suggestion for the last-minute shopper

Anti-gun dweeb seeks to polish his ignorance

David "Camera" Hogg has decided to marinate matriculate at Harvard.

Well, good for him. To be sure, even when Harvard slaps its brand on him, his arguments won't be any more logical than they are now; however, they'll acquire a fine patina of stylish sophism, supported by those gaudy (albeit non-substantive) credentials.

Sunday funnies

Pro tip: go easy on the hand cream before a performance.

Sometimes it feels great just to be alive and a dog!

Landing Signal Officers bust some moves on the flight deck.

Dealing with the scourge of porch pirates.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

Composer and arranger (and trumpet man) Sy Oliver played a big role in the success of Jimmy Lunceford's band in the 1930's. He was largely responsible for the bouncy, easy-to-dance-to swing of Lunceford's organization, which was, by design, primarily a dance band. Here's a good example called "Tain't What You Do" (Trummy Young handles the singing).

Bonus tune! In 1939, Tommy Dorsey lured Sy Oliver away from Jimmy Lunceford, and he began putting together a string of hits for Dorsey, including the spiritual-influenced "Yes, Indeed!" (Sy Oliver and Jo Stafford share the vocals).


Is he is, or is he ain't?

President Trump has vowed to veto the interim spending bill if it doesn't include funding for the wall.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Weird history

Stumbled across this video about the Beast of GĂ©vaudan, a rampaging animal of some sort that terrorized a region in south-central France in the mid-1760s. Kind of interesting, although there's a bit too much professorial blah-blah in the last couple of minutes by the narrator.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Six of one, half a dozen of the other

Former federal and state prosecutor George Parry poses the question, "is it too much to ask that our FBI adhere to a slightly higher standard of conduct" than that observed by "mob hitmen"? Apparently, these days, it is asking too much.

Bogus investigations designed to undermine an incoming president, squeezing witnesses financially to compel admissions to process crimes, ignoring the rulings of federal judges, stiff-arming congressional committees...It can, and is, happening here. And if they can do this to a man with a long, public career of distinguished achievement like Michael Flynn, they can do it to you and me in pursuit of other aspects of the leftist agenda (probably without even troubling anybody above the grade of GS-14).

Update: More in the same vein from Kurt Schlichter.

Update II: And Mueller and his crew are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to prosecutorial abuse.

An almost comical exhibition of Chicago-style corruption

A young conservative politician runs up against the "Chicago way" and comes out on top (for now).

H/T: Friend and commenter Jeff.

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Friday, December 14, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

Drummer and bandleader William Henry "Chick" Webb was up against it for most of his life, having contracted tuberculosis of the spine while a child, and ultimately dying from the disease at the tragically young age of 34 in 1939.

But his hardship never showed up in his music, which, like all great swing, was infused with an irrepressible joy. Here's a representative example from 1937 called "Harlem Congo". There are nice solos on trumpet and clarinet, but at the 2:28 mark, Webb, himself, jumps in and steals the show with a jaw-dropping solo on the drums (small wonder that he was greatly admired by Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich).

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Random photo

Under the pier on Oak Island (click to enlarge).

Words our would-be overlords would be wise to remember

"Gun Quotations of the Founding Fathers".

Here's one I particularly like, from Thomas Jefferson: ""What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms."

Monday, December 10, 2018

Jennifer Rubin raves

Vichy conservative Jennifer Rubin is now mapping out Trump's administration, down to the last few minutes.

The link goes to HuffPo, so if you don't want to click on it, here's her prognostication in a nutshell: she thinks that, if Trump loses to the Democrat candidate in 2020, he'll resign in the last ten minutes of his term, hand the presidency over to VP Pence, and Pence will immediately issue a pardon.

"There she goes, Ben, poor Jen Rubin. She's suffering from stage IV Trump Derangement Syndrome, and there's no known cure."


Bre Payton: So, what conservative principles do you still hold, Ms. Rubin?

Jennifer Rubin: Whoops! Look at the time! Gotta run!

Atta boy, Timmy!

A public service message from James Comey

We must use every breath we have to defeat President Donald Trump in 2020.

So, win or lose, you will have breathed your last come election time, Jim?

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday funnies

Fight or flight?

Dramatic flip-off!

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

An oldie, but a goodie (and still true):

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Congratulations, New Jersey

You've just turned a whole lot of law-abiding citizens into potential felons: "NJ Doesn’t Say How It Will Enforce Magazine Confiscation After Court Upholds Law".


A dangerous new pest - the Asian longhorned tick - has made its way from Asia to the U.S. Here's a photo:

Dang! How did CNN's Jim Acosta get in here? Wait a minute...

There! We need to nip this in the bud.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Probably a nothing-burger

James Comey, that self-identified paragon of integrity and moral uplift, will be testifying in a closed-door session of the House Judiciary Committee today. I doubt anything will come of it. I mean, the man knows where the real threat lies...

Update: Yikes!!! I had always heard that associating with the Clintons was risky, but I had no idea it was this bad. The suicide rate, alone, seems...statistically unusual.

Happy Feet Friday

Although the big bands dominated the music scene from the mid-30's to the mid-40's, there were a lot of popular small groups during that period that made a mark for themselves (even some of the big band leaders put together small groups assembled from their larger organizations for occasional recording sessions, e.g., Benny Goodman and his Quartet, Artie Shaw and the Gramercy Five, and Tommy Dorsey and the Clambake Seven).

One very distinctive outfit with a unique sound was the John Kirby Sextet, based at the Onyx Club in New York. During its peak, the band consisted of John Kirby on bass, Russell Procope on alto sax, Buster Bailey on clarinet, Billy Kyle on piano, O'Neill Spencer on drums and trumpet man Charlie Shavers, who was the principal composer and arranger.

Here they are with a little tune called "Kansas City Caboose".

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Weakly Standard

Bill Kristol's pet magazine, The Weekly Standard, quickly degenerated into a bunker of NeverTrumpist propaganda which attempted to promulgate the irrational notion that the best way to underwrite a return to true conservatism was to sabotage a president who actually has tried to push a mostly conservative agenda, and, furthermore, to accomplish this by aligning the magazine with Democrats and some of their mega-donors. John Nolte has some thoughts on the Standard's pending demise.

Looks like another case of a liberal outfit investing heavily in the Progressive Anti-Conservative Ordnance Smear Gun One, with the u-shaped barrels.

Monday, December 3, 2018


Upper-class twits ain't what they used to be.

George H.W. Bush truly led a full and fascinating life. Here he is, as captain of the Yale baseball team, meeting Babe Ruth.

So, is Paris just experiencing the usual outbreak of car-b-q hijinks, or is something else afoot? More here.

While conservatives kept watch for government overreach, the left-wing billionaires crept up on us.

An extreme case of the fox being put in charge of the hen house: "Is the FBI Raiding Whistleblowers' Homes to Protect Robert Mueller?"

A bargain at half the price: "Tickets to Bill and Hillary’s Live Houston Show Sink Lower — Now at $6 – The Price of a Big Mac Meal".

Well, that's an interesting retirement option: "The Man Who Has Lived On A Cruise Ship For 13 Years".

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday funnies

This week's entry from the shallow end of the gene pool.

Hope you enjoy your fresh octopus, sir!

Classic scene from Kelly's Heroes, in which the unflappable Oddball takes a break from the heat of battle.

An inventor ahead of his time.

That'll be the day! "Caravan Of Liberal Americans Makes Way Toward Socialist Paradise Of Venezuela".

Saturday, December 1, 2018

George H.W. Bush, RIP

Breitbart has a good summary of the man's life.

Bush had quite an eventful presidency: the first Gulf War, the incursion in Panama, a ringside seat at the fall of the Soviet empire. And he had accomplishments enough for two lives even before becoming president.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Kind of like watching rivals in the same drug cartel maneuvering for position

"Rebel Democrats regroup, vow to hold firm as Pelosi plots to outflank them".

Happy Feet Friday

Singer Ann Moore, with an assist from Count Basie's orchestra, hands her man his walking papers in "Meet Me at No Special Place" (from 1947).

Bonus song! I was delighted to find out that this tune had a life of its own (the only time I had heard it previously was in a shorter version used in the intro to the 1950 Tom and Jerry cartoon, "Texas Tom"). Here's Harry James and his band, with Art Lund on Vocal, with "I Tipped My Hat and Slowly Rode Away" (also from 1947).

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Is he unusually large...

...or are his fellows on the small side? Knickers, the giant Australian steer.

The chins face of Antifa

Police arrested Tom Keenan on assault charges after he turned himself in. Described by some as the "leader" of an Antifa group in Philadelphia that attacked and robbed several Marine Corps reservists, it is unclear whether police have yet rounded up Spanky's pals, Alfalfa and Darla.

Mr. Big.

Maybe the best part of the Trump presidency... watching the Hillary people come completely unglued.

Monday, November 26, 2018


Larry Correia on gun control, confiscation and civil war.

Elsewhere, the bloodthirsty Alison Aires unwittingly makes a great case for the Second Amendment (in a nutshell, it protects us from people like Alison Aires).

I'm totally clueless as to motive: guy named Mohammed Mohammed tries to run over Jews near synagogue.

First they came for the tuna fish sandwiches, and I said nothing because I don't eat tuna fish: "Hamburgers Are Going to Kill Us".

No, no, we can't "colonize" Mars, that simply won't do.

Professor Reynolds deplatforms Twitter.

Hilarious Portland, Oregon tourism video.

Paul Joseph Watson on Prime Minister May's sabotage of Brexit

He minces no words.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sunday funnies

Farm kid writes letter home after joining the Marines (just a joke, son, but has a true ring to it).

Via a friend of mine (career Navy).

From Powerline's special holiday post, "Thanksgiving in Pictures".

Jigsaw puzzles just got real interesting.

Now, that's a war dance.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

From last week's jump blues stomper we fast forward to the sophisticated piano magic of Oscar Peterson, who performs his version of the Ellington standard, "C Jam Blues".

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am thankful for my loyal band of readers whom I look upon as old friends. May God grant you all peace and goodwill as you gather together to renew and strengthen your family ties.

And go easy on any knee-jerk liberals at the table; they know not what they are, let alone what they do.

Sorry, your honor, but it's a little late to be peddling that horse s**t

Chief Justice John Roberts rebuked President Trump, who, in a show of frustration at the routine trampling of executive authority by left-leaning justices, referred to one of Obama's black-robed henchman as an "Obama judge". You see, we don't have "Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges.” Just a bunch of non-partisan, ideology-free professionals, interpreting the law with transparent and inarguable fairness.

That's pretty rich, coming from Chief White Feather, who infamously changed his opinion on an important challenge to Obama Care in the face of a well-orchestrated campaign in the media led by Obama, himself. Ultimately, Roberts wound up treating a major flaw in the language of the law, which should have sunk Obama Care, as a mere scrivener's error, of no consequence whatsoever.

Leftists have been using friendly courts for decades to get the results they can't get through free elections, so Roberts is being either naive or dishonest. And, given his craven performance on the Obama Care issue, I'd say that Roberts' opinion on the matter of judicial non-partisanship, to borrow a line from the late Justice Holmes, is "a purely municipal idea, of no validity outside the jurisdiction".

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Short on memory or long on hypocrisy?

I'm going with "long on hypocrisy", but he definitely was hoping that everybody else has a short memory.

Talking airhead Joe Scarborough recently invited Al Sharpton onto his program to decry President Trump's alleged racism; however, long ago, when Scarborough was a Republican (!) congressman, he actually introduced a resolution condemning Sharpton's anti-Semitism.

Elsewhere among former and/or fake Republicans, Max Boot apparently is still packing his steamer trunk.

Maybe he's waiting for a rousing sendoff. Ok, here you go Max...

Democrat voting math

Some strange results from Orange County, California.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Ma Paco, RIP

My mother, Vivian Davis Fletcher, passed away in the early hours of November 15th, at age 87, from a heart attack. Born near the outset of the Great Depression, the second youngest of seven children, the family was desperately poor, but to hear her talk about it, she had a wonderful childhood. Her four brothers fought in WWII and all came back alive (two Marines, one Navy, one Army); sadly, they have now also joined the majority. Two sisters survive.

She was married to her second husband for almost 40 years, and he was utterly devoted to her; he is nearly inconsolable, but I pray he will come to terms with her passing. She lived for many years on a parcel of land in Mann's Harbor, NC, located on the mainland across from the Outer Banks. Her love of all living things inspired her to turn the place into a veritable Garden of Eden, rich with flowers and shrubs and vegetables; her favorite neighbors were the deer and the bears who inhabit the vicinity.

She was committed to her faith, and I trust that the God she served for so many years will bless her soul.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

I love Jimmy Liggins' gravelly voice and the killer rhythm section of his band, the Drops of Joy. Here they are from 1953 with a foot-stomper called "Drunk", in which Mr. Liggins expounds upon some of the unfortunate phenomena associated with intoxication (one or two of which make me wince from dimly recollected personal experience).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

A heartfelt thanks to all of our veterans

Sunday funnies

Chopping cinder blocks...with your mind.

Congratulations to Milton, who's just completed 20 years of service as manager of the Paco Enterprises complaint desk!

Funny pitch for the movie Halloween.

Project for the weekend (via David Thompson).

You can combat evil with goodness...or, in the case of the Addams family, with sheer weirdness.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Democratic Nazism (totally not like the old Nazism).

Friday, November 9, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

Billy Eckstine provides a good example of scat singing, topped off with a fine tenor sax solo by Gene Ammons (Gene's father, Albert, was one of the original "Big Three" of boogie-woogie, the other two being Pete Johnson and Meade Lux Lewis).

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bummer (with some upside)

By now, everyone knows that the Democrats have recaptured the House of Representatives, and I suppose in the not too distant future we'll be seeing Nancy Pelosi and her criminal gang marching toward the Capitol, Pelosi clutching that big-ass gavel she's so fond of (Where did she ever get that thing, anyway? It looks like a ginormous bung starter).

So, not good. But far from what the Democrat faithful were hoping for. It is typical that the party out of power in the White House makes congressional gains in a non-presidential election year, and the Democrats' gains were far less than half what the Republicans achieved in 2010. Plus, the Republicans increased their lead in the Senate, which, at a minimum, will help President Trump in his court and Cabinet nominations. And Republicans won some of the most contentious gubernatorial elections, turning back left-wing zealots in Georgia and Florida. Let us savor, as well, the defeat of Robert O'Rourke ("Beto", as he was known to his would-be constituents) in Texas (Ted Cruz rides again!)

The big question is, have the Democrats learned anything in the last couple of years? Will they now start to exercise some restraint and reign in their sociopathic impulses, or will they continue spraying the country with their rhetorical flamethrowers and, once again, wildly overplay their hand?

Yeah, that's what I thought.

Well, whenever the political news looks bad, I always do something to cheer myself up, and nothing cheers me up like adding to my collection of Hummel figurines. Pardon me while I do some shopping!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Today's the big day

I'll let Kurt Schlichter have the last word. A sample:
They would rather burn this country down than allow it to prosper without them in charge. Why? Because the only thing that matters to them is their power. The only thing that matters to them is their position. That, and crushing you under their heels. They enjoy that.
Don't allow yourselves to be crushed. Vote!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Assortment (election edition)

Why is it that feminists, who are constantly decrying the sexual objectification of women, can't think of anything better to get out the vote than taking their clothes off? Chelsea Handler is the latest example (Caution: You might want to employ the R-man policy of not clicking on photos of semi-nude liberal women. On the other hand, if you happen to be turned on by bunions, click away).

Roger Simon says that "This Tuesday America Takes an IQ Test". So, tomorrow night we'll find out if a few watts have been shaved off the collective light-bulb.

Hillary Clinton is now the official Harold Stassen of the Democrat Party.

I think this is what they mean by "cognitive dissonance": Black Panthers appeared in public carrying "assault" rifles, campaigning for Democrat Stacy Abrams - even though she wants to take those rifles away from them.

And this is what's known as "projection": Maxine Waters claims that Trump is placing a target on her back.

I don't know what that smell is, but it ain't pork chops.

Special good luck wishes to Martha McSally in Arizona tomorrow. Question: how is her opponent, left-wing nut-job Kyrsten Sinema, even polling in double digits? Please don't tell me that the people of Arizona are looking for another freakin' "maverick"!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sounds like science to me

You'd think that stupidity would die out, since it tends to be a non-beneficial phenomenon of human evolution.

Friend and commenter Jeff, I believe, may have nailed the reason for stupidity's stubborn resistance to eradication:
Stupidity flaunts the Third Law of Thermodynamics through behaving like the mythical perpetual motion machine. I suspect that there is a hidden energy source, but finding and stomping it to death has proved elusive for generations of genuine truth seekers.

Hmmm...hidden energy source...Let's see if we can find it...

"Ok...brain mass measured in milli-bidens times the speed of fake news dissemination divided by Hillary Clinton's average post-election blood alcohol level...Eureka! I think I've found it!"

Sunday funnies

Chicken shaming...

About time: "Decaf Coffee Condemned As Heresy".

Trick or Treat! From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Naming the new lands, with Mitchell and Webb.

From the TV series F-Troop: how the Hekawi tribe got its name.

This is what you call an unwelcome mat.

You may be a redneck if...

1) Your dad walks you to school everyday because you're in the same grade.
2) You've been married three times and still have the same in-laws.
3) You think the stock market has a fence around it.
4) Your kids are going hungry tonight because you just had to have those Yosemite Sam mudflaps.
5) You own a home that is mobile and 5 cars that aren't.
6) Your stereo speakers used to belong to the Drive-in Theater.