Friday, August 31, 2018

Bond Arms to stop selling its products in California

Because, California (be sure to check out the comments at the end of the linked blog post).

Update: Sorry, bad original link. Fixed it (I think).

The rule of law

Kurt Schlichter, the master of Telling It Like It Is, says there ain't no such animal, these days.

Road trip

Last week, my brother and I drove up the coast to Mann's Harbor to pay a visit to Ma Paco on her birthday. She's now 87, but she still manages to putter around in her garden, although she's become more selective in what she plants. Looks like she went mainly for okra this year (visible on the other side of the zinnia flowers)...

Here's an enormous pecan tree that my stepfather planted 30 years ago...

In other news, Paco Enterprises wins the Jay Gould Award for Fair Dealing in Business

"The University of Illinois system — which has endured more than a decade of corruption scandals — announced Thursday that it will present former President Barack Obama with an 'ethics in government' award at a Sep. 7 ceremony."

Happy Feet Friday

Art Tatum and Benny Carter team up on "Blues in B Flat".

Thursday, August 30, 2018


Donald Trump. When it comes to leftists, he's like a brain-eating amoeba: "SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN HONORS ‘DONALD MCCAIN’ ON MSNBC".

Wednesday, August 29, 2018


I don't know who was responsible for this classless slight to Sarah Palin, but she handled it well.


Hey, in between yawping about the appropriate period for keeping a flag at half mast and trying to wring juice out of the obviously dry rag of Russian collusion, maybe the press could pay some attention to the ominous story of the terrorist compound in New Mexico? Just sayin'...

The gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church

But with Francis in charge, it's likely to be a near-run thing. Not only has his response to the abomination of priestly sexual predation on children been almost flippantly inadequate, he persists in thinking of himself as an activist in secular matters - as his ally, Cardinal Cubich, the Archbishop of Chicago, ham-fistedly pointed out: "The pope has a bigger agenda. He’s gotta get on with other things, of talking about the environment and protecting migrants and carrying on the work of the Church".

Someone (unfortunately I do not recollect who it was) once said that never does the church so closely resemble Our Lord as when broken and betrayed from within. I do not remember a moment in my lifetime when the betrayal has run this far up the chain of command.

By the way, Cardinal Cubich made his statement shortly after the satirical site, the Babylon Bee, ran the following piece: "Pope Says He Will Address Sex Abuse Scandal Once He’s Finished Talking About Climate Change".

Muggeridge's Law is alive and well.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

No, the Governor of Arizona should not pick Cindy McCain to replace her husband as senator

We can really do without dynasties, thank you very much.

John McCain dead at 81

Senator John McCain succumbs to cancer.

I commend him for his military service and lament his suffering during his captivity by the Vietnamese communists. God rest his soul and comfort his family.

Sunday funnies

White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders like you've never seen her before...

Why I'm glad I didn't have to learn English as a second language.

Lesser superhero movie title generator.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Turnbull turned out

The unlamented Malcolm Turnbull has joined the ranks of former Australian prime ministers, being succeeded by Scott Morrison. According to a couple of commenters, Morrison's only apparent advantage is that he isn't Turnbull.

Now, as is well known, I'm generally considered to be something of an expert on the Australian political system; however, I am not really up to speed on the individual personalities. Are there any up and coming Liberals who offer the promise of sound leadership?

Happy Feet Friday

The King Sisters (with an assist from Alvino Rey) perform "Route 66".

Wednesday, August 22, 2018


Victor Davis Hanson smells a rat in the workings of justice:
When there is no blind code of justice, people suspect that our institutions define wrong behavior and bad words as those in service to the wrong political agenda.

And they are right.


Michael Cohen's attorney, Lanny Davis, invited people to make donations to his client's legal defense fund and provided a link that directs you to...something quite surprising.

Another tragedy related to our porous border

College student Mollie Tibbets was abducted and murdered by an illegal alien, while "progressives" continue to virtue-signal their way through the graveyard.

God rest her soul, and comfort her family and friends.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

My question is, how does MSNBC spell "credibility"?

LOL! I don't know how much MSNBC is paying Al Sharpton for his perpetual unwitting clown routine, but it isn't enough:
So in the words of my late friend Aretha Franklin, show some R-E-S-P-I-C-T...

Reminds me of one of my favorite scenes from Tombstone...

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...


(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


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.


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!".


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


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


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