Thursday, January 31, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

From 1939, here's some smokin' swing music from Charlie Barnet. I don't know who provides the killer trumpet solo (although I believe Billy May was with the band at the time, so maybe he's the guy).

Bonus video! Speaking of wicked trumpets, here's a brief clip of the Freddie Rich band, featuring a rare video snippet of the great trumpet player, Bunny Berigan. There's also a good clarinet solo by Jimmy Dorsey, and a nice sax solo by someone I don't recognize (but feel that I should).

People sleep peacefully in their beds at night because rough men stand ready... confiscate plastic straws from restaurants: "D.C. Pays ‘Plastic Straw Cop’ $60,000 Salary to Enforce City’s Straw Ban".

"That's right, Chief; me and the Straw Squad just busted a warehouse full of 'em. And they were all the bendy type! Don't worry, sir; nobody's gonna suck on my watch!"


More on the new Colt King Cobra, including video.

The President was being diplomatic, I think

I don't believe Paul Ryan ever had any intention of pushing for the wall.

Ryan ultimately turned out to be one of my biggest political disappointments. A smart guy, likable, electable, but he cast his lot with the dying Republican establishment and in the end proved to be just another RINO.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Virginia Democrats: What's the big deal about infanticide?

Delegate Kathy Tran introduced a horrible bill which Governor Northrup thinks is just swell
When asked about the controversial late term abortion bill presented in Virginia’s House of Delegates this week, Governor Ralph Northam said a fully developed child born in the third trimester would be kept alive, but the physician and mother would get to discuss and decide whether to take its life or not.
Fortunately, the bill has been tabled..."for now".

Really, how long before Democrats begin arguing in favor of postpartum "abortions" up to, say, toddler age (they don't call 'em "the terrible twos" for nothing!)

The FBI makes me sick

Really, almost literally sick: "Mueller’s hands dirty in old FBI frame-up".

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I just keep thinking about that climactic scene from El Cid (starring Charlton Heston) where, in an act of desperation, the Christians strap the hero's corpse to a horse and send him outside the walls of the castle at the head of his troops

"Hillary Clinton tells friends she's leaving 2020 door open".

Hmmm. You know, in the movie, this tactic worked; the Moorish army got spooked because they were pretty sure they had killed El Cid - and to see him riding out the next morning, leading his men, was just too much for them. Could zombie Hillary beat Trump in 2020? Meh...probably not.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Kurt Schlichter gives the half-time, locker room pep talk

I tend to agree with him. And remember: even if Trump loses every political battle he engages in over the next year and a half - and he won't - Hillary Clinton is not our president (and the chances of her ever being president are so minute as to be invisible to the naked eye).

You probably wouldn't even need a S.W.A.T. unit

Update: Oops! Looks like they did need all those FBI guys to take down Roger Stone. Just saw this footage on Paco World News Daily...

I guess you could call it the Revolver Subsidy Bill

"ILLINOIS GUN BAN INTRODUCED: Any semi-auto rifle, pistol that can accept 10+ rd. magazine plus most semi-auto shotguns".

You first

"A Clemson philosophy [professor] argued recently that he wants all humans to die off as a punishment for their treatment of animals and the environment."

Sunday funnies

I guess this would be an appropriate cake for, I dunno, a cold-case detective?

Sgt. Yamana has a lunchtime epiphany...

Well, um, I suppose so. Maybe constantly trying to avoid having your hand bitten off deters depression: "Man says emotional support alligator helps his depression".

Fact checking: "Statement By Pinocchio Rated Four Ocasio-Cortezes".

Very nicely done.

From Wrong Hands

I wonder why this innovation never took off.

Friday, January 25, 2019

How about some pre-dawn raids to round up illegal aliens?

I've been dismayed for a long time by the tendency of law enforcement agencies to show up at the homes of non-violent suspects to make arrests dressed up like Stargate troopers or something. I don't know much about Roger Stone, and maybe he ultimately will be proved guilty as charged (and maybe even is guilty of one or more crimes - not quite the same thing); however, were a dozen or more FBI agents decked out in full S.W.A.T. gear really necessary to take the guy into custody? And how is it that CNN, apparently alone among news outlets, knew exactly when and where this event was to happen?

Time to commiserate with those folks laid off by BuzzFeed?

Sure, why not? And nobody commiserates as lovingly with self-important leftist propagandists as Ace of Spades.

Update: Haw! Seth Mandel described as a "Soy-Sopped Failbiscuit".

Happy Feet Friday

Dizzy Gillespie and his band with the bebop standard, "Salt Peanuts".

Thursday, January 24, 2019

It's come to this

Venezuelans have now burned a statue of their formerly-venerated caudillo Hugo Chavez. Looks like the boiling point has been reached.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Chuck Norris marathon

Chuck Norris is sponsoring a combination 5k race and Chuck Norris look-alike contest.

Today's Chuck Norris fact: It is considered a great accomplishment to go down Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel. Chuck Norris can go up Niagara Falls in a cardboard box.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Gillette continues to be laughed at

(H/T: Twitchy)

Update: I read somewhere today that this Barbasol commercial is several years old, so it wasn't originally a poke at Gillette; we'll just chalk it up to prescience.

"Actor" Tom Arnold accidentally makes the case for having no gun-control laws whatsoever

You see, if Tom's correct, and "80% of gun owners shoot themselves or members of their own families", then eventually, pretty much all of us gun owners are going to be dead or in jail, anyway.

Brave new world (or "Back to the drawing board")

"World's First Robot Hotel Fires Half Of Its Robots". Looks like there were a few glitches:
One guest complained that the virtual assistant robot Churi placed in every hotel room kept waking him up by saying, "Sorry, I couldn't catch that. Could you repeat your request?" because of the guest's snoring.
Much more detail in this Daily Mail article.

Monday, January 21, 2019

The Corrupt Covington Coverage gets the Paul Joseph Watson treatment

Update: Julie Kelly takes the virtue whores at NRO to task:
The easy explanation for their bad behavior this weekend would be confirmation bias, the propensity to select or ignore evidence to support a specific viewpoint. Anti-Trump “conservatives” long ago decided that Donald Trump not only is unfit for office, but that his supporters are ignorant rubes with racist tendencies. (NR’s David French wrote recently that Trump is the reason for a supposed—but actually imaginary—rise in white supremacy.)

In an interview Monday night, Goldberg again defended his side’s confirmation bias by invoking another tactic—false equivalence. “The confirmation bias that says, ah ha, this proves that the people I disagree with aren’t just wrong, they’re evil, which is rampant on both sides of the aisle these days.” Contrary to how Goldberg tries to sell it, it’s pernicious on one side: His.

But this time they crossed a line. It wasn’t their usual hyperventilating about Trump-Russia conspiracies or “shithole countries” comments or exit strategies for our troops in the Middle East. No, this time they exploited innocent high school students for their own political gratification. They abandoned not just their professional duty but their self-proclaimed conservative principles and any sense of decency—all in order to Get Trump.

Update II: Some excellent observations from Mark Steyn.


Ace of Spades and John Nolte of Breitbart have gone among the Vichy conservatives and are taking scalps.

What a relief!


As expected, several common commie sense gun-control proposals were, um, shot down in Virginia.

But they'll never give up. Eternal vigilance required.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Once again, the left tries to create martyrs out of wholecloth

Media hysteria surrounds a confrontation between a group of boys from a private school and various others, including a Native-American demonstrator and a group of blacks belonging to some exotic religious sect.

For over 24 hours, I've seen breathless headlines from the MSM touting the boys' behavior as racist and disrespectful, and the usual bozos (and, unfortunately, one or two normally sensible conservatives) jumping on the bandwagon to condemn these young men out of hand. Gawrsh, Mickey, I wonder if the MAGA hats had something to do with flushing the benefit of the doubt. Here's more from Gateway Pundit, including a letter from one of the boys, and a good "unpacking" from Weird Dave at Ace of Spades.

Update: Here's a good roundup of emerging facts from Ed Driscoll. Note that NRO has once again sullied itself with a spastic thrust at the conservatives in the story.

Sunday funnies

Yeah, you really can't fake the benefits of exercise...

Go for it, Rusty! You can do it, boy! You can fly-y-y-y!!!!

Meh. I'm not seeing this putting potato chips out of business.

Ruthless fact-checking of President Trump.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

James Cagney, a Coca-Cola executive in Berlin, meets with a Russian trade delegation (from the hilarious Billy Wilder movie, One, Two, Three).

Saturday, January 19, 2019

I had forgotten...

...but have been reminded by Ed Driscoll that ol' Pinko Cronkite was an early shill for environmental alarmists and population paranoids.

Are anti-Semitic women big consumers of whiskey?

The folks at Johnny Walker must think so (sounds a bit counter-intuitive to me).

Well, it ain't exactly the Second Amendment....

...but it's a step in the right direction: "Brazilian President Loosens Restrictions On Firearm Ownership".

Looks like the old gal flew commercial

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Juilliard-trained pianist Hazel Scott played classical and jazz and everything in between. Here's a jumping little number in which she finishes up playing two pianos simultaneously. The trumpet solo, incidentally, is by Leonard Sues.

Thursday, January 17, 2019


President Trump has canceled Nancy Pelosi's junket abroad due to the shutdown.

I LOVE this guy!

A hero goes to join his ancestors

"Navajo Code Talker Alfred K. Newman dies at 94 in New Mexico".

I'm with Kurt

"We Need To Retoxify Masculinity".

Update: Related story - Senator Ted Cruz provides easy instructions for growing a beard.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Wisdom is always like a breath of fresh air

More nuggets of sanity from Thomas Sowell here.

How strange

How baffling, unusual and inexplicable that mainstream media outlets have never had any interest in genuine collusion between U.S. Democrats and Russia.


Daniel Greenfield weighs the NeverTrumpers and finds them wanting - especially in that aspect of being they claim to be most important: character.

Recycling one of Obama's old bits of advice: getting in their faces.

Does the constitution still work, asks Democrat heartthrob Robert O'Rourke. For the record: the Second Amendment still does, champ.

That would be great, if true, but I'm not holding my breath: "Walls Are Closing in on the FBI—and Its Media Accomplices".

Gillette cuts itself pandering.

Democrats are assembling quite a rogues' gallery large collection of potential presidential candidates.

Looks like I got out of Virginia just in time: "The plan to ban the sale and possession of certain kinds of firearms proposed by Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) could affect millions of gun owners". Frankly, I doubt this will get through the state legislature (both houses of which are, narrowly, controlled by Republicans); still, it's further evidence that the left will never give up on pursuing radical gun control (and ultimate confiscation).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Sunday funnies

From an episode of the Barney Miller television show: some of the boys at the 12 Precinct accidentally ingest some hashish brownies.

What a piglet tornado looks like...

Pretty clear...

Saturday, January 12, 2019

That's rich, coming from a "tool" of quite another kind

Talking Olmec Head*, John Brennan, says that "Donald Trump has been reaching into the authoritarian’s toolbox for quite some time...".

Funny he should mention that. I was poking around in a tool box the other day and found something that reminded me of John Brennan.

*H/T to friend and commenter Jonah for that metaphor.

Yeah, sometimes it pays to keep your mouth shut

Friday, January 11, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Peggy Lee sings "I'll Dance At Your Wedding".

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Looks good

For those gun fanciers who have been hoping that Colt would introduce a new .357 Magnum revolver - Behold! The new King Cobra.

How "sanctuary" states facilitate violence

As usual, California provides a good object lesson.

I'm sure they'll have complete editorial independence

How is it that those plucky, true conservatives of the recently defunct Weekly Standard have agreed to accept funding from a left-wing, anti-American Iranian billionaire?

"Obviously, Monsieur Paco, you do not understand the concept of 'situational ethics'".


Now, I'll be the first to admit that the Paco gene pool hasn't produced, and isn't likely to produce, any Nobel laureates. I'm probably a good representative sample of the tribe when it comes to the size and quality of thought-box that might be said to serve as a sort of mean or possibly mode of Pacos en masse. Still, although I can't really wrap my headpiece around all the cogs and wheels of higher science, I do manage to enjoy some of the general themes, in the same way that an uneducated person might admire a piece of abstract art without knowing what it's supposed to mean (if anything), or, since we're talkin' about Pacos, maybe a more appropriate metaphor would be of a dog enjoying a sunset.

Here are two articles that grabbed my interest, without leaving me with a genuinely fuller understanding of how it all works (I am drawn to such things pretty much as a pack rat is drawn to a shiny tin can).

"A 'Mirror Image' of Our Universe Existed Before The Big Bang".

"20 Things You Didn't Know About... Time".

Subsidize something, you get more of it

Homelessness in Portland, for example (and all the problems that go along with it).

The Mexican border comes to North Carolina

"North Carolina Sheriffs, Dealing With Cartel Violence, Call for Congress to Fund Wall".


Completely interchangeable...

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

It's like everything government does results in unanticipated (and usually counterproductive) consequences

"Man Sells Junk Guns To Buy-Back Program, Buys New Gun With Cash".

What sort of sad sack country are we running, that these clunks are presently the leading Democrat candidates for president?

A graduate of the Ted Kennedy Driving School, the creepy uncle and one of the old guys in the balcony from The Muppet Show - pretty revolting.

On the morality of walls

Please explain to us, Nancy, in detail - take your time, we'll listen patiently - why a border wall is immoral, but walls around your personal property are not.

Oh, and here are some more questions for you.

Of course, she'll never attempt to answer any of the above. She doesn't have to. As I've said on previous occasions, she'd have to burn down an abortion clinic owned by six gay doctors while wearing a MAGA hat to run even a remote chance of being seriously opposed in an election. That's what being a senior member of the "elite" is all about - never really having to answer to anybody.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Would you like a little graft to go with that hypocrisy?

Chicago City Council member Ed Burke has been charged with trying to shake down a restaurant franchise; interestingly, this outspoken advocate of gun control had 23 guns in his office.

Sunday funnies

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Hmmm. I'm thinking not up to code.

(The above image courtesy of Wrong Hands).

Rambo want a cracker?

Let's face it: men just can't handle the idea of strong women leaders.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Trump and the issue of character

Roger Kimball politely, but remorselessly, dismantles a NeverTrumper's animadversions on Donald Trump's character.


Apparently there are quite a few liberals, even in places like Boulder, Colorado, who draw the line when it comes to gun control that affects them.

Although, to be sure, we're probably talking more about ageing mountain hippies than newly-minted Poli-Sci grads.

Friday, January 4, 2019


Found at this Oregon Muse post at Ace's place:

Class Act

Newly-minted representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat from Michigan, refers to the President of the United States using, um, a nickname she apparently reserves for people who disagree with her politics.

Way to go, 13th Congressional District of Michigan, sending this ghastly left-wing harpy to Washington as the first Palestinian-American congresswoman (she replaces John Conyers, so, no real surprise, there). The obnoxious sense of entitlement and moral superiority she brings to her new gig should make for some predictable CNN soundbites.

Happy Feet Friday

Here's Albert Ammons to help you get your circulation going this morning with his Special Boogie.

Elizabeth Warren tries to appear normal

As Paul Joseph Watson shows, another epic fail.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Another bon mot wrongfully attributed to Thomas Jefferson

But I still like it: "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.”

I saw the quote in this post by Ted Malloch over at Gateway Pundit; however, I don't believe it has ever been found in any of Jefferson's writings.

One thing, among many, that distinguishes Trump from Romney

The President has moxie.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

I have this sneaking suspicion...

...that Mitt Romney thinks the Republican Party needs to be saved from Donald Trump - and that, while shaving, Romney looked in the mirror and decided that the times have produced the man.

Ugh. Sorry, slick, but what the Republican Party needs to be saved from is unimaginative, duplicitous, time-serving establishment hacks like...well, like you, Mr. Romney. Incidentally, your ingratitude and disloyalty do you rather substantial discredit.

Investigators for Paco World News Daily (PWND) believe the relationship went off the rails when Trump was interviewing Romney for a position in his administration.

"Secretary of State? Are you crazy? I'm offering you the job of Presidential Food Taster. By the way, what did you think of those mushrooms?"

By popular demand

Or, to be precise, Deborah asked (and I am happy to oblige!)

Christmas day.

At the beach on Oak Island.

Just stomp it, dude!

"Australian man screaming at spider 'why don't you die?' triggers full police response" (H/T: Mrs. Paco).

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy New Year!

Late post, but we were on the road returning Maggie to her home in Virginia Beach (sad).

Hope everyone knew where they were when they woke up today (unlike one singularly unusual New Year's day I experienced some 40 years ago). Best wishes to you all, and may President Trump continue to fill the waiting rooms of psychiatrists with media personalities, Democrat politicians, Hollywood resistance snakes and GOP-e poseurs through the coming year.