Saturday, June 29, 2019

Sunday funnies

He may need a doggie CPAP...

Sloths are pretty chatty.

Important security update.

A hole in one (the hard way).

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

The New York Post is really a national treasure...

Via the History Lovers Club, here's some Cold War pulchritude: Miss Atom Bomb of 1950 (H/T friend and commenter JeffS, and WeirdDave's Overnight thread at Ace of Spades):

If he thought it would get him votes, I have no doubt he would do it

"In Move To Appeal To Hispanic Voters, O'Rourke Chugs Entire Bottle Of Authentic Cholula Hot Sauce".

Friday, June 28, 2019

Spot on

H/T: Oregon Muse over at Ace of Spades

The Democrat Party has truly lost its way, but, as Oregon Muse points out, so has much of the country (half or more voted for Hillary, after all). Looks like the struggle will be going on well beyond my span.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

To mark the passing of the summer solstice, here's a classic singer singing a classic tune: Billie Holiday and “Summertime”.

Benedict Arnold is apparently a role model for some in the Republican Party

Mitt Romney, for example.

Don't mess with a momma moose


Justice Roberts sides with liberals - again

Seriously, what have they got on this guy?


I thought Alexandria Donkey-Chompers was the, er, brain, so to speak, behind the New Green Deal. So why is she so upset about a car-free parking lot?

Bad personal decisions can have tragic consequences that don't have anything to do with Donald Trump

"Viral Photo Shows A Father And Daughter Who Drowned Crossing The Border. The Story Behind The Image Proves Why We Need A Wall."

H/T: Friend and commenter, Rebecca.

Who won the debate?

Well, I did, for one, because I skipped it altogether. Here are some gluttons for punishment brave souls who tuned in.

Daniel Greenfield - "DEBATE OF THE LOSERS: 9 radicals with no shot at being elected to anything redistribute each other’s time"

Liz Sheld: "Carousel of Freaks"

Roger Kimball - "A pathetic exhibition of virtue-signaling in Miami"

And here's a scary thought: is Joe Biden the (comparatively) sanest Democratic contender?

Haw! Per friend and commenter JeffS: Jay Inslee "won the Miss Congeniality award".

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Profound observations

From Z Man:
The trouble is, you cannot have a nation without a sovereign identity and there can be no sovereign identity without a nation. This is the core insight of multiculturalism, which was never intended to strengthen the West but to destroy it. To have a multicultural society is to have no culture at all. Once the people’s sense of who they are is destroyed, the nation must follow with it. That is exactly what we see in the West as political classes struggle to perform their basic duties.

The reason for this, is that the people’s sense of who they are is what animates the political institutions of the state. That shared reality of a people is the soul of every nation, just as the soul animates the body. To kill it and simply try to artificially animate the body, is to create a Frankenstein’s monster. The modern Western state is now a collection of cultural parts robbed from graves around the world. It is neither organic nor natural, so it is always at war with normal human sensibilities.

Thoughts and prayers for Stephen Green's liver

Continuing a great tradition, Stephen Green drunkblogs the Democrat debate. A sample:
Tim Ryan: "I have been in Congress for 17 years."

As good an argument for term limits as I've ever heard.

Isn't it time to give some other bland nonentity a chance at free travel and earning six figures?

Yeah, but here's the thing, pretty boy

It's no thanks to you, and the situation very likely will change for the worse because of you.
Gavin Newsom to California’s critics: State is ‘still the envy of the world’

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Ah, we got one!

Looks like...yes, it is...Washington governor and donk presidential candidate Jay Inslee: "As President I Can Stop the Influx of Migrants by Solving Climate Crisis".

Dr. John, RIP

I'm running behind on this story, but wanted to be sure to mark the passing of a unique musical personality: Malcolm John Rebennack Jr., known to the world as Dr. John, who recently died from a heart attack.

Here he is, with an interpretation of Pinetop's Boogie.


Ace of Spades and Ned Ryan take on Big Tech - and the bought and paid for Vichy conservatives who continue to defend its privileges (really, David French, you're ok with this?)

Looks like L.A. will soon be fit to serve as a vast set for a remake of Omega Man.

Hats off to Medal of Honor recipient, Staff Sgt. David Bellavia.

Just a reminder...

More instances of the imposition of group-think by so-called progressives.

Kurt Schlichter notes the interesting phenomenon of both Iran and our own liberal elite wanting a war.

I am relieved to hear that Todd Green is a former advisor at the U.S. State Department. Better for the country, of course, had he never risen above the level of, say, a burger flipper (a completely honorable profession, I will be quick to point out, and one that would have kept this pseudo-intellectual from doing any harm to others while earning an honest living).

Do drop bears really exist, or are they merely an Australian myth used to trick foreign tourists? You be the judge (h/t: friend and commenter Skeeter).

More flora

I love red and yellow flowers in close proximity, and these zinnias and the lantana are the perfect combo.

Red and yellow flowers put me in mind of ketchup and mustard, which makes me think of hamburgers. Maybe that's why I like the color combination.

“Send bachelors and come heavily armed"

Well, when the Left starts to give free reign to its totalitarian sensibilities, what does it think is going to happen?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Why is Kevin McAleenan still Acting Secretary of Homeland Security?

If this is true, he should have been fired and escorted out of his office as quickly as possible.

Trump's foes call the president ruthless. If only. This kind of utterly inexplicable paralysis in the face of the machinations of the Deep State will spell the end of Trump's presidency if he doesn't take command of his own personnel policy.

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When she's right, she's right

Same law, different rationale

The North Carolina pistol purchase permit is a requirement that was put in place during segregation to control the sale of firearms (to black people, primarily). Apparently, the NC Sheriffs Association likes this law, although I don't think it's because they're racists; I think they just love that additional source of revenue.

Fortunately for those of us who have concealed carry permits, purchase permits are not required.

BTW, I just saw this short article on YouTube gun guy, Paul Harrell. His videos are well worth watching. They're informative, common-sensical, and frequently shot through with dry, and even self-deprecating humor.

Your humble tiller of the soil

Since setting up at the new Paco Command Center in Southport, NC, we've been extremely busy putting in plants. The property has a thirty or forty yard strip of nothing on our side of a ridge of holly trees that runs along the back property line from east to west, and a similar swath of nothing running from the NE corner south to the street in front of the house. The respective strips are covered in pine straw, and vary from 7 feet to 12 feet wide. So, we're trying to fill up that space, although it may take a couple of years to do it. The upside is that it's all a kind of canvas on which we can create our own botanical vision. While I would have been delighted to fill up the space with various noxious shrubs and carnivorous plants, Mrs. Paco wisely insisted on more orthodox specimens, chosen for beauty and/or usefulness. We've planted blueberry bushes, a raspberry bush, gardenias, cannas of various striking colors, Arizona blanket flowers (which we were fortunate to discover on a nearby vacant lot), day lilies, zinnias, knockout roses, irises and many more species, too numerous to list all at once. Here are a few items that I find particularly pleasing.

Hardy white hibiscus. We brought some of these back from northern Virginia, and they are thriving in this heat.

I don't know that I've ever seen such intensely blue flowers as the ones on this blue delphinium butterfly plant.

We have a couple of stands of Texas star (also known as swamp hibiscus) which we grew from seeds collected from the ones we had back in Fairfax.

More of this, please

Jon Gabriel on the Dept. of Agriculture's decision to move a (relative) handful of their bureaucrats out of D.C.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Sunday funnies

Learning southern English.

The next step after deplatforming: "Zuckerberg Buys Alcatraz Island to House Violators of New Facebook Hate Speech Policy".

The easier way to buy politicians.

A couple of "headlines" from the People's Cube sidebar item, "News We Don't Have Time to Write About":

West Virginia renames itself Eastern Kentucky to avoid further embarrassment from Virginia

Orwell studies: 84% of academics believe problems raised in 1984 can be fixed with solutions from Animal Farm

Rod and reel? That's for pussies!

A kouple of kanoodling kookaburras cause power outage in Australia.

Reminds me of Daisy, the official dog of Paco Enterprises...

Friday, June 21, 2019

Another billionaire a$$hole thinks he knows better than you do

Meet Salesforce CEO, anti-gun douche-bag and scruffy slob, Marc Benioff.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

When Stick McGhee and his boys aren't guzzlin' wine, they're piggin' out on home cookin'. Here they are with “Southern Menu”, from 1949.

Butter beans and rice and boiled hog maw. MMMM-good!

So, do Australians have to routinely walk around armed with clubs and machetes?

You folks sure have some truly wild wildlife. I mean, possum-eating spiders? C'mon!


If some kind of reparations law is passed, does this mean I have to write a check to Michael Jordan (NW almost $2 billion)?

This guy has an interesting take.

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Don't forget the smokes

Haw! "Secret Russian Ties".

Well, I suppose that'll work

The best way to remove a tick (H/T: Instapundit).

When I was a kid, we used to strike a match, blow it out, then hold the still-hot ember of the match head to the tick, which would usually make the thing fall out. Once, though, I used this method to get rid of a tick that turned out to be a mole. Hurt like hell. My friends got a big kick out of the episode, though. Unsympathetic little bastards.

Be careful picking up unidentified stuff at the beach

Just sayin'.

(H/T: Friend and commenter Jeff).

Imbecility macht frei

Alexandria Donkey-chompers violates the first rule of holes.

More from Liz Shield.


...lovin' that renewable energy (you have to admit, it does make some impressive smoke rings).


James Comey said there was no intent!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019


...leaving aside the legal issue for a moment, should these ladies really be indulging their craving for cake, under any circumstances?

Probably poisoned while trying to escape

Nah, seriously, dude had a heart attack in court: "Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi dies during trial".

Makes sense

"San Francisco Installs Giant Toilet Handle To Periodically Flush Entire City".

Another San Francisco innovation (somehow Paco Enterprises' product development people missed this opportunity): the Blame-A-Lyzer.

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(H/T: Friend and commenter Jonah, who brought Cal Worthington to my attention)

Monday, June 17, 2019


President Trump is the crazy one...

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Don't miss this great opportunity!

Now, James Bond's Aston Martin can be yours for a mere...well, if you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it.

I wonder how often the spread of petty tyranny facilitates the development of the larger variety

One of the ominous things about human nature is how easily otherwise normal people adopt the Gestapo mentality on the slightest pretext. Check out this infuriating story about a disabled lady who was just trying to get a straw in a restaurant.

Happy Father's Day!

Take it easy today, you dads out there. In order to counter the debilitating effects of today's leftist, anti-male culture, you might want to spend some time brushing up on the art of manliness.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Sunday funnies

Helpful Amazon review (h/t: David Thompson).

Cats like boogie-woogie (or perhaps it would be more accurate to say, they can put up with it).

Some people can't follow directions.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

I hearby christen thee...ooooph!!!

Man, I hate hospitals

Mainly because mistakes made there can have really freakish consequences. For example: "Brother walks through front door after sisters take man they thought was him off life support".

Friday, June 14, 2019

Play ball!

Grandson Cal is still trying to master some of the finer points of fielding...

Happy Flag Day!

Update and bumped. Received this cool birthday message from Number One Son:

In addition to being my birthday, it is also Flag Day. Long may Old Glory wave over a proud and free people.

Update: Bro Paco just reminded me that it's Donald Trump's birthday, too. Happy Birthday, Mr. President! I'm sure he's keeping busy, even on his b-day...

Happy Feet Friday

Sara Vaughan has brought the coffee – and it is black and piping hot (1949).

Bonus video! Today's my birthday, and look who dropped by to deliver his best wishes: Louis Jordan!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Since I've moved away, Virginia has really let itself go

Exhibit A: State Democratic Senator Joe Morrissey.

Was the FBI betrayed by just a few bad apples?

Or is the whole orchard diseased? Some fairly ominous observations from Victor David Hanson. A sample:
Fairly or not, the current FBI tragedy is that an American citizen should be duly worried about his constitutional rights any time he is approached by such senior FBI officials. That is not a slur on the rank and file, but the legacy of the supposed best and brightest of the agency and their distortions of the bureau’s once professional creed.

Is dodgeball oppressive?

No, but some "experts" would have you think that it is. Like this loser, appropriately skewered here by hilarious YouTube personality Infinite Elgintensity.

(H/T: Ace of Spades)

The most loathsome rat of the Watergate disaster

So, the Democrats, in a bizarre move, called Watergate conspirator John Dean to testify before the House, supposedly as an expert on obstruction of justice (in reality, just to keep stirring the pot on Trump and the bogus collusion narrative).

Ol' John Dean. Quite the execrable has-been. His character seems to have been best described by a former Mafia hit man: “That guy would steal the silver dollars off his dead mother’s eyes.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Looks like child abuse to me

If this kind of thing gets mainstreamed, we're finished as a culture.

Plus, we all get pie

Well, that simplifies our choice, I suppose:
Former Vice President Joe Biden made a campaign promise to “cure” cancer if elected president in 2020 during an event in the state of Iowa on Monday afternoon.


Good. Anti-gun states should pay a price: "Another Gun Manufacturer To Leave Anti-Gun State".

Former sheriff David Clarke weighs in on the killing fields of Chicago.

It looks like the DNC is still using those "special" firearms they bought from Progressive Anti-Conservative Ordnance, LLC.

James-Bond-style-villain George Soros continues to think globally and act locally.

A small victory for common sense.

The Left is always trying to make silk purses out of sows' ears: "THE CENTRAL PARK 5 WERE MURDEROUS THUGS".

On the lighter side: meet the real Rocky and Bullwinkle:

Monday, June 10, 2019

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"Win or lose. Pick one."

Kurt Schlichter's latest op-ed. A sample:
The Never Trumpers are willing, even eager, to lose, regardless of the consequences for you and me. They would thrive in defeat. After all, there’s always a place for a slobberingly loyal conservativish opposition, right over there at the liberal elite’s kiddie table.

I say we should fight to win and preserve our liberty.
Hear, hear! David French's Young Womens' Finishing School conservatism is pretty useless when you're facing a mob baying for your extinction.

Good thing for Joe Biden that there was no way to record his statements from 45 years ago for posterity

Oh, wait, great news!

Ace of Spades hails this injection of chlorine into the gene pool

"The Women Refusing to Have Children Until We Fix the Global Warming That Will Destroy the Earth in 12 Years".

Some sobering thoughts for a Monday morning

Could the decline of legitimacy spell the end of America as we know it?

Of course, if the end is coming, what better way to go out than to flip the bird at some social justice moneybags?

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Well, I guess that makes it unanimous

The Koch brothers have joined all the other billionaires in competing for the right to sell the rope with which the Left hopes to hang the bourgeoisie: "Billionaire Kochs to Financially Back Democrats Pushing Amnesty, Free Trade".

I have written before that capitalism contains within itself the seeds of its own destruction, and this is one reason why: its biggest individual beneficiaries insist on playing god with society.

Casting call

If I were casting someone to play a demon in a movie, I don't think I could do better than Governor Gavin Newsom of California. Just sayin'...

I've seen him described as handsome, but there's something kind of "off" about his appearance, in my opinion. Also, given his politics, I'm sure he'd have no trouble playing the part.


Get a load of this 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C LS Cabriolet Torpedo by Figoni et Falaschi (H/T: Seraphic Secret):

Sunday funnies

Been pretty hot down here in Carolina...

No, thanks. I don't eat sea food.

Justin Wilson and the talking dog:

Stephen Green at PJ Media brings us "Florida Man Friday".

When computers take over for real.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

It's satire today, but fact tomorrow: "Man Identifying As 6-Year-Old Crushes Game-Winning Homer In Tee-Ball Championship".

Friday, June 7, 2019

So, does the math make sense when it comes to certain key aspects of prepping?

BJ Campbell says yes.

In which I actually agree with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

AOC says Paul Manafort ought to be released from solitary confinement. I think she's right (in fact, I don't think he should have been sent to Rikers at all); and if you smell Deep State involvement, you're correct.
What we are all looking at is how criminal Deep State is, demonstrating how it can use the levers of power to turn a first-world country into a banana republic. We aren't seeing normal things from these people - we are seeing some incredible abuses of power.

Manafort was convicted earlier and is doing time in Pennsylvania for white collar crimes around taxable income and foreign agent registration. These are crimes few are ever prosecuted for, but they were real enough. Now he's a wedge player in a new and very dirty deep-state political game. The Manhattan district attorney's office is throwing the elderly, now wheelchair-bound former campaign manager into Rikers Island prison, not because of any Rikers Island-worthy thuggery he could have done, but because they want to pressure him to cooperate with them to deliver Trump's head on a platter to them.
If we're not vigilant, we're all going to wake up someday and wonder just how the hell America turned into a gangster-socialist dystopia.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Rare drum solo by Fred Astaire (some footwork involved). From the 1937 movie, Damsel in Distress.

Bonus video! The Nicholas brothers try out some new steps (so to speak) during a visit to London in 1947.

The "Mr. Clean" of San Francisco... anything but. Leftist government breeds filthy streets and filthy politics.

Fascinating, if true

At this point, it looks mostly like speculation, but incisive speculation, so we'll see: "Looks like Christopher Steele has cut a deal and will turn state's evidence on Russia Hoax prosecutions".

Is that all of them?

Man, that is one huge aggregation of ladybugs. Makes you wonder if there were any left anywhere else.

Your tax dollars at work, New Yorkers!

"Medicaid Paid For NY Sex Offenders' Erectile Dysfunction Drugs".

The beginning of the end for Nazi Germany

Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. President Trump has delivered a wonderful tribute (full text at Breitbart), and CBD over at Ace of Spades has written a short, but good, commemoration. Woe to us if we ever forget the sacrifice these heroes made, or lose sight of what they were fighting for.


This is impressive: "97-Year-Old American Parachutes for Second Time in France 75 Years Since He Last Did It on D-Day". Of course, considering the circumstances, that first jump 75 years ago is impossible to top.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Follow-up, Mr. President

It's vitally important: "Deep State Ignored Order to Pull John Brennan’s Security Clearance".

This is the kind of "own goal" for which there is really very little excuse. Pull his clearance and make it stick.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Watch out, Australia, you're being had!

I half expected to click on this story and find out it was a piece over at the Babylon Bee, but, no, it seems to be genuine: "Australian government pays Al Gore $320k to conduct climate training as rare snowfall hits".

Milquetoast conservatism seems to be a problem for our friends up north, as well

"Conservative" "Leader" Andrew Scheer throws MP Michael Cooper under the bus.

Stop torturing your handguns!

Ken Hackathorn and Bill Wilson offer some great advice on ways to reduce wear and tear on revolvers and semiautomatic pistols.

H/T: Massad Ayoub On Guns.

It's a competitive field

But I think the blue-ribbon winner for Total Lack of Self-Awareness is Hillary Clinton, who has issued the following pronouncement: “The President is Not Above the Law”.

Unlike Hillary Clinton, who blithely floats above the law like cirrus clouds high over the earth.

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Monday, June 3, 2019

If this had happened in North Carolina, the guy would probably have received a certificate of appreciation from the Sheriff

But, as it happens, the incident occurred in New York, so the homeowner who shot two intruders is in jail for illegal possession of a firearm.

Like Kristallnacht, but without the broken glass (so far)

Update and bumped. Labour Party leader and anti-Semite, Jeremy Corbyn, reveals his true self, with an assist from photoshop (via Blazing Cat Fur).

"British Jews in fear after pro-Palestine group supported by Corbyn forces Jewish shops to close with 'campaign of intimidation'".

Constructive criticism for the President's consideration

Get serious about staffing, and pick people who are reliable supporters of the Constitution - i.e., not guys like this. You might want to rethink Gina Haspel's appointment as CIA Director, too.

Elsewhere, on the 2A Front, Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell attracts a grand total of 15 people to hear him talk about gun control in Houston. Swalwell seems to be having a great deal of trouble getting traction; I think he's the sort of person about whom it might be said (as Archie Bunker said to some character in one episode), that he could rub liver on his behind, and cats wouldn't follow him.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

"Do plant-based 'meats' make a better burger?"

No. Next question.

Public service announcement

It's getting on toward summer and insect pests are proliferating. Know your ticks.

Unrelated, but so true...

Obama just can't get the taste of America out of his mouth

Ex-president Jughead McChoom had to work another of his candy-ass whines about America into a speech he gave in Brazil the other day (he also managed to confuse our great documents).

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Sunday funnies

Man, I wish I hadn't forgotten the tent pegs!

Dog heaven (trampoline action starts at about the 53 second mark).

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

Why exercise, when you can look just as good with the Macho T-Shirt!

Ever had the urge to shrink-wrap your sister-in-law? (H/T for these two links, David Thompson).

Now, this is a biological weapon!

What would Moloch do?