Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Prosecutorial zealotry

A case study from Gabriel Malor.

Dept. of Odd Analogies

According to feminist, er, intellectual, Marcie Bianco, colonizing space is the same thing as sexual assault (although she puts it more colorfully).

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Gone and back again

Mrs. Paco and I rented a U-Haul truck to carry some things down to our new home in North Carolina: notably my, er, collection of Hummel figurines. Plus about a score of Mrs. Paco's plants (roses and peonies and such). It rained during the entire trip down there, and water was coming into the cab from a small hole in the seal around the windshield in front of the passenger seat. The missus plugged it with chewing gum (is this what U-Haul means when it declares that its vehicles are "water resistant but not waterproof"?)

We were preparing to return this morning when I found two cables running from external electric outlets on my house to the house next door which is under construction. The workers had hooked up to my electricity, perhaps under the misapprehension that the stuff is free. I put a quick stop to that (the site manager had told them to run their cables to a hook-up across the street - which must be Spanish for "next door").

Anyhow, I'll be glad when this moving business is over. My back's aching from loading and unloading several thousand rounds accoutrements for those damned figurines.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Sunday funnies

Some folks turn everything into a problem.

Not even going the first mile...

You know what? Let's go around to the back door.

A true shame there isn't video of this: "German police rescue men tangled up with mannequin, toy car" (H/T: Mrs. Paco).

Snow blowers are pretty mundane - unless they're made out of LEGOs.

I think I've found the perfect thing to put all of my retirement money into (from Powerline's "The Week in Pictures")...

One more from Powerline...

Blackadder explains the origins of World War I...

Saturday, February 24, 2018


Yesterday was my last day working for the yankee government; I am now officially retired.

I confess to a feeling of loss, as I will miss my colleagues - particularly my staff, all of whom are smarter than I. Hardworking and honest, they are fine people whom I came to consider as friends. I do indeed wish them well.

"Thanks, boss!"

The ramifications - the actual fact - of retirement have not entirely sunk in. I think, subconsciously, I am letting the reality seep in slowly in order to control a mounting feeling of ecstasy that might otherwise induce me to turning cartwheels - a dangerous proposition for a fellow of my advanced years and mediocre physical condition. First and foremost is a feeling of release, of freedom, such as I have not experienced in decades, a long time ago when I was a young man for whom life seemed to be a collection of endless possibilities, just spread out for the choosing. That collection of possibilities shrinks considerably when you take on the responsibilities of raising a family, and the working years become an occasionally grinding and inescapable routine.

And now that stretch is done. To borrow from Wodehouse, who used the metaphor from time to time to describe a character who had been spared some odious fate, a courier has galloped up to the gallows on a foaming steed, a parchment in his hand. The long hoped-for pardon. I am as free as any human being can hope to be, and I thank God for it.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

Update and bumped: The video went dark, for some reason, so here's Count Basie with "Seventh Avenue Express" to get your day off to a rousing start.

So, is this "cultural appropriation"? Two European dudes and an Australian playing a positively stompin' version of "Guitar Boogie"? Who cares, it's some fine pickin'.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Well done, old top!

A Korean War veteran in the UK takes on a passel of young hoodlums.

"Fear is not in my vocabulary."

No, but apparently kickin' ass is. Good work, Mr. Nixon.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Billy Graham, RIP

The Rev. Billy Graham has died at age 99.

I remember watching his television crusades as a small boy, and even then, was much taken with the transparent sincerity of his faith, the passion in his voice and his obvious love for his fellow man. Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

Update: Bruce in the comments provides a link to an interesting tribute from Joe Bob Briggs.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Hilarious article linked on the sidebar at Ace of Spades: "Thoughts, Prayers Prove Ineffective At Preventing Neil DeGrasse Tyson From Saying Moronic Things On Twitter".

Monday, February 19, 2018

Eyes opened

A former advocate of Muslim immigration in Germany makes a U-turn based on her own observations and experiences:
I had to admit to myself that when it comes to Muslim refugees, they have grown up with completely different values, into which they have been brainwashed and are indoctrinated by Islam, and have no intention of adopting our values – worse, they look at us, unbelievers with superiority and arrogance.

No minimum IQ level required to run for president

Which means something like this could happen: "Biden telling policy aides 2020 run a real possibility".

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Hey, progs, want to repeal the 2nd Amendment?

Then, as Charles C.W. Cooke wrote in 2015, get going:
When Australia took its decision to Do Something, the Australian citizenry owned between 2 and 3 million guns. Despite the compliance of the people and the lack of an entrenched gun culture, the government got maybe three-quarters of a million of them — somewhere between a fifth and a third of the total. That wouldn’t be good enough here, of course. There are around 350 million privately owned guns in America, which means that if you picked up one in three, you’d only be returning the stock to where it was in 1994. Does that sound difficult? Sure! After all, this is a country of 330 million people spread out across 3.8 million square miles, and if we know one thing about the American people, it’s that they do not go quietly into the night.

Sunday funnies

Kansas may get a teenage governor (H/T: Mrs. Paco).

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

Says it all...

Even smash-and-grab crime requires some basic skills (H/T: Clash Daily)...

Maybe we should just go ahead and surrender to the robots now...

Courtesy of Bad Idea t-shirts...

Nothing like a little privacy...

Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Feet Friday

The highly talented Freddie Wilkens turns "Johnny B. Goode" every which way but loose, applying a variety of styles, from rock and roll to boogiw woogie to stride.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Uh oh, they're on to us

"Iran Accuses West of Using Reptiles as Nuclear Spies".

Lest we forget

Updated and bumped: The great Kurt Schlichter squeezes the media like it's Play-Doh.

The mainstream media fell all over itself idolizing the sister of North Korea's dictator when she put in an appearance at the Winter Olympics, but let's try to keep some perspective, shall we?

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Sunday funnies

Paul Joseph Watson takes on feminist fight club.

Scottish police capture stuffed tiger toy (H/T: Mrs. Paco).

I don't like fish, but I could probably handle this...

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Yeah, this ought to help you drop off at night: the Walking Dead Nightlight.

An expert surrounded by idiots...

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Leftists screw up everything

People are fleeing the San Francisco area in droves, and not just because of the high cost of living. Carole Dabak, a forty-year Bay-area resident who is moving to Nashville, Tennessee, had this to say: “'We don’t like it here anymore. You know, we don’t like this sanctuary state status and just the politics here,' she said."

As more people like Carole Dabak leave, the state will resolve itself into a more concentrated, "purer" form of Leftism, which should nudge California closer to political and economic implosion, but, in any event, will provide the rest of us with a case study of what's in store for the whole country if the progressives triumph everywhere.

Friday, February 9, 2018

If I only had a brain...

"The 10 Dumbest Things Nancy Pelosi Has Said (Lately)".

Happy Feet Friday

Some exciting swing from Duke Ellington from 1940: Conga Brava.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Don't make me laugh

Unmitigated scoundrel (and former Attorney General) Eric Holder is supposedly considering a run for the presidency in 2020.

The last thing we need is an Obama clone in the White House (the original was bad enough).


Mallory Millet, sister of late arch-feminist Kate Millet, has some eye-opening views on her sister and her cause. Here's a taste:
As I scan the wreckage of our beautiful America, knowing that my own sister was in great part responsible, I feel as if my heart has been kicked down the stairs. So, on pondering this question about the good and the bad of militant feminism, it reminds me of the joke in which the reporter asks, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?”

Mueller and Comey

Radio host Mark Levin had a good segment last night on some of Mueller and Comey's previous efforts at collaboration (audio here). Of particular interest is Levin's discussion of the duo's bungling of the investigation of the anthrax killer, which starts around the 8-minute mark.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Adam Schiff gets pantsed

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, filled with a ravenous desire for Trump's blood, was easily hoodwinked by two Russian comedians into thinking they had scandalous photos of the president.

The congressman's pencil neck appropriately supports a brain as sharp as an eraser.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

James Comey chokes on his nothing burger

James Comey, ex-FBI apparatchik, saw the FISA memo and tried to play it down by tweeting "That's it?" Once again, his idiocy became a meme on Twitter.

Sunday funnies

T-shirt wisdom (courtesy of Bad Idea T-shirts):

Calling the play-by-play on a drunk guy trying to break into a truck with a mop handle.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

Patience really is a virtue...

Via Clash Daily...

Friday, February 2, 2018

Surrender, now, CBS, before you catch a roundhouse kick in the face

"Chuck Norris Sues CBS & Sony TV For $30M".

Today's Chuck Norris fact: Chuck Norris can kill your imaginary friends.

Happy Feet Friday

In honor of Old Paco, here's Tommy Dorsey's Boogie Woogie - a tune of which he was extremely fond, and that set me off on a life-long love affair with swing music.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The one that got away

Old Paco was a criminal investigator for the ATF from the 1950s into the early 1970s (it was known as the Alcohol and Tobacco Unit of the Treasury Dept. when he began his career), and was a legendary "revenooer", chasing bootleggers throughout North Carolina. On a table of memorabilia at his funeral service, I spotted a thick case file that he had built on his arch nemesis, the notorious moonshine king bearing the improbable name of Percy Flowers - described in this Wikipedia article as "an American businessman, philanthropist, noted fox hunter and North Carolina's number one producer of illegal alcohol in the mid twentieth century." Old Paco and various other agents tried for years to put Flowers away, but he pretty much had Johnston county in his pocket, which included, among other things, practically every jury that ever heard a case against him. My father said that Flowers was one of the smartest men he ever met, a fellow who could have made a fortune in any honest line of work he might have chosen, but he apparently never had more fun than when making money illegally, and definitely there lived within him something of the age-old rural American hostility to a far-away, meddlesome federal government and its hoggish desire for taxes.