Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday funnies



Cold feet...



Incompetent counterfeiter...




Pope Francis clarifies his position on the death penalty.


Cream-puff truck for sale down at Honest Paco's Used Cars (needs some parts)...



The "giant peace hamster".

"Magic umbrella" (this, and the previous item, via David Thompson).


Socialism - stick a fork in it; it's done...



Subversion!



(The previous two items via Powerline's "The Week in Pictures")

The cobbler should stick to his last

Retired admiral William McRaven's astonishing censure of President Trump's stripping of John Brennan's security clearance enhanced my appreciation of two things.

(1) That the Founders, in their wisdom, saw fit to erect an impermeable barrier between the military and the operations of the civil government, and (2) that McRaven decided on a military, as opposed to a political, career, thus enabling him to serve his country with uncommon distinction, and to spare us all from the dubious benefits of having yet another clueless political naif getting anywhere near the machinery of government.

McRaven, in the above-linked open letter, astoundingly refers to Brennan as "one of the finest public servants" with "unparalleled integrity." Leaving aside the credible speculation (and, indeed, mounting evidence) that Brennan is a left-wing hack who was instrumental in cooking up the bogus accusations of collusion with the Russians in order to undermine first, the candidacy, and subsequently, the presidency of Donald Trump, there are numerous elements of his career that are established facts of the sort that are totally incompatible with such as assessment, including lying to Congress, whitewashing the concept of jihad, and baselessly accusing a sitting president of treason.

I wish the admiral a long, healthy and happy life, I commend him for his distinguished service, and I hope he enjoys many years of exercising his First Amendment rights to free speech as a private citizen. And, as a private citizen, I will continue to exercise those same rights, and I will do so now by saying that, while McRaven may well represent the epitome of the military virtues of duty and honor, when it comes to John Brennan, he is as full of s**t as any MSNBC talking head.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

The following video is from the late 1950s or early 1960s. By the time the performance was recorded, the Big Band Era had been dead and gone for at least a decade; however, this all-star group - including Count Basie, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Joe Wilder and Roy Eldridge, among others - indicates that there were still musicians who could dish out some electrifying swing. Here's "Dickie's Dream" (look closely, and you'll see a couple of well-known onlookers, namely Jimmy Rushing and Billie Holiday).



Update: I did a little research, and found out the above session was filmed in 1957.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Assortment ("I see stupid people" edition)

Former professional basketball player apparently becoming illiterate in his old age: "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Compares the National Anthem to a Slave Song".

Impotent rage and hollow threats from the Losers in Black. But be on your guard: the antifa threat is getting, er, larger...



The few. The proud. The Poop Patrol.

NY Governor Cuomo spells it "A-meh-rica".

Will Keith Ellison keep rising on the votes of stupid voters? Stay tuned.

Paul Joseph Watson on crybabies.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Finally!

President Trump has revoked John "Coup-Coup-Ca-Choo" Brennan's security clearance, and high time.

Brennan, naturally, resents this move. "I‘ve seen this type of behavior and actions on the part of foreign tyrants and despots and autocrats during my CIA and national security career”. Well, actually, comrade, a tyrant would have stood you against a wall and had you shot.

I'm delighted to see this lying, scheming sack of wasted genetic material deprived of a privilege he has thoroughly abused - although, I wish there had been a ceremony; something along these lines...



Update: Oh, yeah, what about that trip Brennan made to Moscow in 2016? What's up with that?

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

"Pathological altruism"

Paul Joseph Watson scores again.

Watch the video. The young idiot is visibly besotted with self-satisfaction.

C'mon! If that were true, Pacos would have vanished eons ago.

"Homo erectus went extinct because they were lazy! Scientists claim 'least-effort strategies' for tool making and collecting resources contributed to the downfall of the primitive species". Sounds like prehistoric socialism.

Homo erectus motto: "Let George do it".

So long, Pete. We shall follow your future career with considerable interest.

Looks like ol' Pete finally Strzok out, as he gets the sack from the FBI.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Sunday funnies







In my younger days, I loved to play foosball. But I didn't live it the way these people do...




From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures"...




Some early George Carlin...




Courtesy of the invaluable American Digest...




A great offer from Sergei (the Russian Colluder Guy), via the People's Cube...



Saturday, August 11, 2018

Mystery down under

Man goes missing in tiny Larrimah (I know, it's the NYT, but at least they didn't blame the thing on Trump).

We will not forget

Few people have been going after the Vichy conservatives with as much righteous gusto as Ace of Spades. He's performing an important service in highlighting the self-serving antics of these Never-Trump hysterics, many of whom have somehow divined that the Democratic Party represents less of a threat to the country than the man who may well turn out to be a more successful conservative politician than even Ronald Reagan.

Most recently, Ace targeted the absurd Rick Wilson, who is always cited as a "GOP strategist" in his appearances on Fake News networks such as CNN and MSNBC. In fact, he was recently referred to as a "top GOP strategist" (to which Sean Davis responded in a Tweet, "I laughed at both 'top' and 'GOP'"). Wilson is an intemperate blowhard whose face time on television is in inverse proportion to any genuinely significant achievements as a strategist (GOP or otherwise), and the first time he ever says anything about Trump that isn't completely incendiary, he'll probably find himself begging George Bush for a job mowing his lawn.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

Toward the tail-end of the Western Swing era, Lee Bell and his band, based in Roswell, New Mexico, achieved a significant measure of popularity in the southwest, with a radio show, a television show and live performances in local nightclubs. Here he is from 1952 performing some pure honky-tonk with "Beatin' Out the Boogie on the Mississippi Mud".

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The clownishness at the root of Muellergate

Evil and dangerous, to be sure, but clownish, nonetheless.

Who's hot, and who's not?

Gosh, Wally, if only President Trump would imitate European leaders, he might be more popular.

Oh...wait...

Out and about

Last Friday, Mrs. Paco and I went to the "big city" of Wilmington to pick up a chandelier that we had rewired. It was around noon, and we were hungry, so we had lunch at a place near the lighting store called "Tazy's Burgers and Grill". The place has an Australian theme - the logo is a cartoon Tasmanian devil riding a surfboard - but the theme is a very thin veneer, as the food is strictly American; the "Australianness" only extends to giving the individual items Australian names. For example, the "Joey Burger" is not, as you might imagine, a sandwich made from the ground meat of a baby kangaroo, but a quarter-pound beef hamburger. The "Sheila" is a smoked turkey sandwich, and so forth. I opted for the "Aussie Burger" (a half-pound hamburger), and Mrs. Paco went for the "Joey". The food was outstanding, the service great and the people friendly. I had to ask about one curious item on the menu: the "Vegemite". It is, in fact, a sandwich that consists of grilled vegetables - eggplant, zucchini, peppers, etc. When I inquired of the person at the counter if the sandwich actually included Vegemite, to my great amusement she gave me a horrified look and said, "Lord, no!".

Class

Not always perfectly definable, but usually including the elements of honesty, integrity, courage and respect for the tried and true. Anyway, you know it when you see it. Jim Brown has it.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Innovative

Something like this might be nice if I ever had a hankering to go bicycling in the rain.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Looks fishy to me

Someone, or some group, allegedly tried to assassinate Venezuelan strongman Nicolas Maduro. I'm tempted to call b.s. on the story, but we'll see.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Sunday funnies



More dog hijinks...




The 11 stages of the work day (#9's my favorite; I swear I executed the exact same maneuver one time when I was trying, for some reason I forget, to avoid my boss)...




I think I can trace most of the misfortunes that have befallen the Paco clan over the last few generations to this one tendency...



Yeah, if I ever build another house, I'm definitely going with these guys...



New, from Paco Enterprises' Home Products division:

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Oops! It almost got by me.

Today - Barack Obama's birthday - has been declared Barack Obama Day in Illinois.

Ah, how I miss those halcyon days when the country was ruled by the most awesome genius in our nation's history.



Seriously, I believe the greatest con ever pulled in U.S. politics is when the Democratic Party and the media combined to foist this glorified ward-heeler, this profoundly ignorant charlatan, this apotheosis of the Dunning-Kruger effect on the American people. Trump is the genuine breath of fresh air; Obama was never anything but a stale, mothball-infused whiff of socialism and identity politics.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Assortment

Richard Morrison at the Competitive Enterprise Institute debunks the plastic straw controversy.

Meanwhile, this just in from Santa Barbara:



In fact, it looks like California is on a banning roll. Personal freedom is like kryptonite to progressives.

A film festival founded by rogue mini-planet Michael Moore has honored Jane Fonda with a lifetime achievement award. Paco World News Daily (PWND) has acquired a photo of the award:


Hero of Useful Idiocy, First Class

Dear New York Times: if you don't want us to believe you're nothing but a shill for left-wing political and cultural movements, then stop perpetuating the stereotype. Related: "New York Times Stands By Recent Editorial Board Hire Joseph Stalin Despite Criticism Of Mass Murder".

This is hilarious (in an "on-second-thought-maybe-that's-not-so-funny" way):"Longtime staffer for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein was reportedly a Chinese spy".

Dammit, this coup was supposed to be a cake walk!

My question is, is it really necessary for him to come back? "Why is Jeff Flake in Zimbabwe?"

So, what's next for UK prisons?

Flogging? Waterboarding? Whatever one thinks of Tommy Robinson's politics, his treatment at the hands of the British "justice" system is disgraceful. James Delingpole reports.

Happy Feet Friday

The Benny Goodman Sextet, featuring that pioneer of the electric guitar, Charlie Christian, performs "Air Mail Special".

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

I think we're ready to try anything at this point

C'mon, Oregon, you can do better than this

Making demeaning comments about women is wrong - unless, I guess, you're a NeverTrumper: "Congressional Candidate Calls Melania Trump A ‘Hoe Bag’".

Gee, Mark, I wonder what kind of bag you are.

Monday, July 30, 2018

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Snake(s) in the garden

Uh oh, looks like trouble here in paradise. There's been a crime spree going on in Southport, and I didn't even notice it - probably because it was being perpetrated by the police department:
The police chief in a small Eastern North Carolina town was arrested Thursday, along with one of his lieutenants, and charged with corruption and other crimes, according to multiple news reports.

Southport Police Chief Gary Lee Smith and Lt. Michael Simmons were both charged with obtaining property by false pretense, according to Wilmington television station WWAY. Smith was also charged with obstruction of justice and willful failure to discharge the duties of his office, WWAY reported.
Hey, sounds like it must be an easy job. Since there's now an opening, maybe I'll apply, myself. But only if they let me dress like this...


Sunday funnies




Mitchell and Webb in "Grammar Nazi"...




A couple from Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":






Fetch, boy!


Trump Derangement Syndrome in strange quarters.

Friday, July 27, 2018

But...but...but...they told me he was just a kook

Paul Joseph Watson discusses the recent mass shooting in Toronto (There he goes again! Trying to convince us with facts!)

Dear California: you keep using that word "tolerance"...

...I don't think it means what you think it means: "Left Wing Mob Hurl Feces at Kosher Cafe in LA".

With tongue planted firmly in cheek...

...Mike Adams suggests sponsoring a Che Pride Week at UNC-Wilmington.

Now what?

We've had a week or more of thunder storms here in Southport, and a couple of nights ago a lighting bolt hit a neighbor's air conditioning unit and fried it (I think I can identify the particular strike; it was a deafening triple boom, like a high-powered rifle being fired three times in rapid succession).

This evening, while Mrs. Paco was discussing the weather with another neighbor, the lady mentioned a phenomenon that I've never heard of: something called "Seneca guns". They are loud booms that have no proven source, but are apparently fairly common along the eastern coast. Speculation is that they are the result of either minor seismic events or strange doings in the atmosphere. Here is some additional detail.

If this were a very recent phenomenon, I'd guess it might simply have been me firing one of my .41 Magnums with hunting loads over at Ye Olde Shooting Range, but stories of the booms go back to the mid-19th century, at least.

Happy Feet Friday

Alvino Rey was a bandleader in the 1940s whose performances bore the distinctive sound of his electric pedal guitar. He was married to Louise King, of the singing King Sisters, who frequently appeared with his band.

Here they all are with a rollicking version of "Tiger Rag".

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Out and about in Brunswick County

The tiny town of Bolivia is the county seat of Brunswick County, and in addition to housing the headquarters for the Brunswick Sheriff's Dept. (where I picked up my concealed carry permit yesterday - Yay!), it is also home to the Brunswick County Botanical Garden, operated by the county's agricultural extension service. Mrs. Paco and I went there in hopes of identifying a plant we brought from Virginia, but the horticulturalist was baffled, although he thinks it may be something in the basswood family.

Anyhow, our main reason for going was simply to wander through the garden. It's a small, but lovely, place, very well maintained. Here are a few pics.









As Wodehouse once wrote...

...it's enough to make you think that perhaps man is not God's last word on the subject: "Santa Barbara Authorizes Jail Time for Handing Out Straws".

Watch for the emergence of powerful bootleg straw gangs, fighting tooth and nail over sucking territories.

Monday, July 23, 2018

BOLO (Silver Alert)

Update and bumped

Well, it looks like the fellows in the white coats successfully employed their extra-large butterfly nets and secured Mrs. Clinton. And, due to the kind and skilled efforts of the staff at Friendly Forest Rest Home, she has finally found herself...



Nothing like being back home, among friends (H/T: friend and commenter JeffS)...


"So, there I was, walking south along I-95, free as a bird, when these Russian agents dressed as highway patrolmen pulled over..."


Name: Hillary Clinton
Age: 70
Height: 5'3"
Weight: 195 pounds
Missing from: Friendly Forest Rest Home, Chappaqua, NY, July 22, 2018.
Circumstances surrounding disappearance: Subject reportedly fled from a paint-by-the-numbers class at aforementioned facility after ascertaining that the picture she was working on was a likeness of Donald Trump.
Description: Last seen wearing a hospital robe and colostomy bag.

If found, do not approach. Subject prone to violence. Contact local police.



(H/T: Gateway Pundit)

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Sunday funnies

Florida Man just can't catch a break: Florida man breaks into car full of cops.

For employees who are just kind of meh.

Two from Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":





For, um, music lovers: Pachelbel's Canon played on a rubber chicken.

"Lemon makes bid for freedom" (this link and the previous one via David Thompson).

Bernie Sanders demonstrates how socialism works.


Adding insult to injury:



NATO claims it's not irrelevant.


T-shirt of the week (via Bad Idea T-Shirts):



How to get your marriage off to a great start:

Friday, July 20, 2018

Dead to irony

In a recent speech, ex-president Jughead McLightworker said the following: "There’s only so much you can eat. There’s only so big a house you can have. There’s only so many nice trips you can take. I mean, it’s enough.”

I guess Barry's $8.1 million eight-bedroom, nine-and-a-half bathroom mansion is the cutoff for "enough".



"Welcome back, sir. I've laid out your heliotrope pajamas and black silk smoking jacket on the bed. Will you be wanting your usual cup of hot cocoa?"

"Yes, Jenkins, thank you. And don't forget the marshmallows, there's a good fellow."

Perfect



Via Ace and Matt's Idea Shop.

Public Enemy Number One

John Brennan.


"Careful, Paco! I'll be back in power some day!"

I believe it was friend and commenter Bruce who hilariously wrote that buried in the ground up to his neck was a good look for Brennan. Only thing missing is a pot of honey and a jar full of ants.

Looks like a meme!

Via Clash Daily: What 3 Things Do You Trust MORE Than Obama’s Intel Agents & CNN?

Happy Feet Friday

Of all the stars in the pantheon of American jazz, perhaps no one was more versatile than Benny Carter. Master of the alto saxophone, clarinet, trumpet and piano, composer, arranger, band leader and talented sideman, and ultimately a music educator, Carter was professionally active for over 60 years. Here he is, from 1946, leading his band in a performance of Rebop Boogie.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Socialism explained

Via The People's Cube, here's an actual attempt by a socialist to sell the system. It is bold, clear, succinct and idiotic.



As noted at the Cube, "A Progressive is someone pretending to not be a Socialist. A Socialist is someone pretending to not be a Communist. A Communist is someone pretending to not be a dangerously brutal, lying, primitive, murdering thug."

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Et up with the dumbass

As a friend's father once said of Arab militants in the Middle East.

The newest Palestinian weapon? "Arson birds".

In the midst of all the NeverTrumpist noise...

...I always turn to Kurt Schlichter, who never disappoints:
Donald Trump goes to Europe, scandalizes the Euroweenies, libs, and cruise-shilling grifters of Never Trump, and comes back victorious. He’s about to get his second SCOTUS justice confirmed – all they have on Brett Kavanaugh is that he likes beer and is named “Brett.” In Congress, the Democrats decided to go all in on abolishing ICE because Americans love open borders and welcome MS-13 or something. In the Mueller farce, the Dems decided that the smart play was to publicly run interference for creepy weirdo Peter Strzok when he went on national TV doing his impression of Lotion Boy from Silence of the Lambs.

Hey Pete, what do those Trump voters smell like? Smells like a red wave to me, you insipid weirdo.

Out and about in Brunswick County

We had to go to the "big city" of Wilmington yesterday (to have a ceiling light rewired), and decided to take the scenic route back to Southport. State Hwy 133 is not exactly desolate, but it is thinly populated and there are sections where it's simply mile after mile of fenced-in pine plantations (owned, I believe, by some big timber company in Georgia). There are a couple of nice parks, though.

River Walk is located on the Brunswick River near the Wilmington end of Hwy 133. It's pretty substantial.



I don't know what those things in the background are (they look like giant lawn chairs). I believe they're situated at a port facility where the Brunswick River flows into the ocean.



There's also a pretty nature trail. The park is part of a larger area that was once a rice plantation.



Down the road a piece is the Brunswick County Nature Park. Man, they don't call it "low country" for nothing. I'm pretty sure I heard an alligator snoring.





We did encounter one outpost of civilization in the wilderness.



Here's a 10-second history of the settlement of Brunswick, now a colonial ghost town.



And here's some followup on one of the items mentioned above. Looks like, back in the day, some sneaky Spaniards attacked the town.



And finally...



Home again!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Purge

The Bolsheviks in the Democratic Party continue to push the Mensheviks to the wall. First, the Sandinista Barrista in New York ousts a long-term establishment donk, and now progressives in California give Diane Feinstein the bird.


"The purge is nearly complete! When Comrade Sanders wakes up from his nap, invite him to come and help us celebrate the fruits of victory!"

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Man's best friend

Certainly the soldier's best friend: "An SAS dog killed one jihadi militant and injured two others, saving a team of SAS soldiers in the process."

Meh

France won some kind of soccer thing.

Sunday funnies

Cops aren't really into splitting semantic hairs: "An inebriated motorist assured Florida police that he was not drinking while driving, but only swigging from a bottle of Jim Beam bourbon when his vehicle paused at stop signs and traffic signals".

When engineers play with their food...




Slow day at the office...





From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures"...



From the invaluable Babylon Bee: "Mexican Restaurant Under Fire For Racially Profiling White Girl, Offering Her Mild Hot Sauce".





Speaking of the Trump Baby balloon...