Monday, September 30, 2019

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An army of losers

The cult abides!
What is Hillaryland? It’s a social network “aiming to connect all the people who’ve worked for Hillary Rodham Clinton during her more than 40 years of public service.” It’s run by “volunteers” and offers a plain white $15 Hillaryland tote bag which it claims that it’s selling “at cost” and “not for profit”.

On the extraordinary delusions and madness of Democrats

The Democrats may well have opened up a can of self-destructive FAIL in their rabid pursuit of undoing the 2016 presidential election. We shall see what becomes of the "impeachment inquiry". Kurt Schlichter weighs in:
This is why we have only Impeachment Lite, a fake impeachment “process” that is really just a kicky new label on the same tired old dish soap. It does not necessitate anyone casting any actual votes and preserves the deniability of her terrified Trump district caucus members – moderate mollusks like Conor Lamb (D-Might As Well Be CA) can posture just enough to satisfy their out-of-district donors, yet (they hope) not alienate their actual in-the-district voters.

The impeachment inquiry tease is enough, for now, to satisfy the radicals, but eventually they will realize that they are getting played by Nancy. She basically let them take her out on a date, buy her a lobster dinner, and then left them hot n’ bothered on her doorstep with a vigorous handshake.


Sunday, September 29, 2019


I read somewhere today that Biden is now being referred to as "Quid Pro Joe".

Oh, and for now, anyway, Rep. Adam Schiff is clearly the biggest fabulist in congress. He is lying, he knows he is lying, and he knows everyone else knows he is lying - but it's for the greater good (undermining President Trump), so, no foul.

Fascinating incident from the end of WWII

"U.S. and Nazi Soldiers Joined Forces for One World War II Battle".

Wehrmacht vs. Waffen SS. I don't think there was ever a lot of love lost between those two groups, anyway.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sunday funnies

Lou Costello tries his hand at roulette.

"Marionette Strings Clearly Visible During Greta Thunberg Testimony".

Day one, tree removal school.

That's what I call a storm!

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

A primer on Leninism

We had hoped that this diabolical ideology had withered and died, but evil is like a perennial plant that keeps coming back; and some of the foundational assumptions of this foul philosophy are coming back stronger than ever. Gary Saul Morton reminds us of how bad things can be.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Dizzy Gillespie and company perform Blue 'n Boogie, from 1945. “Company” includes Dexter Gordon (tenor sax), Frank Paparelli (piano), Chuck Wayne (guitar), Murray Shipinski (bass), and Irv Kluger (drums). Diz, as always, is great, but I found Paparelli's piano solo to be particularly intriguing.

Just because

I probably have posted this before, but it's always good for a repeat. This is the scene from The Wind and the Lion in which a reinforced rifle company of U.S. Marines storms the palace of the Bashaw. Great flick.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

"If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face--forever"

That is the future that Democrats have mapped out for the rest of us. The Democrats are no longer, as Michael Walsh once said, simply a criminal enterprise masquerading as a political party. There is something of the smell of sulfur about the party and its most vocal elements, and the clear sign of the cloven hoof. When I listen to them now - when I watch them - with their faces twisted in inchoate rage or yelling obscenities, polluting the air with their lies, torturing reason, wallowing in their hatred of those with whom they disagree, it makes the hair on my neck stand up. These people are a threat to liberty, to order, to sanity.

Update: More on the madness of Democrats, singly and in crowds, by Roger L. Simon.

"Listen to us, will you? Trump is evil! And he's nuts, too!"

Update II: Wheels within wheels. Maybe what really bothers the Democrats is not Trump talking to the Ukrainian president about Biden, but about Crowdstrike and its role in "verifying" the alleged Russian hack of the DNC's server. When it's all over, people like Julie Kelly and Mollie Hemingway ought to receive Presidential Medals of Freedom.

Update III: I do not naturally incline toward conspiracy theories, but neither do I foolishly consider conspiracies automatically to be a function of paranoia. Evidence is what counts, and, boy, is it starting to pile up.

An awful slice of history I didn't know

Jamie Glazov writes about Cuba's involvement in the torture of American POWs in Vietnam. And some of these fiends may be living right here in the U.S.
Today, some evidence suggests that some of the Cuban Program torturers may be living in the United States. The investigations and pursuits of these monsters continues – and it is never too late, we may hope, with Donald Trump entering office, to bring them to justice. But it will require intense effort on our part. It is the least we can do for Lt. Col. Earl Cobeil, and for all those who shared his torment and pain at the hands of Fidel and his communist monsters.
Hunt them down and send them to Havana in a box, I say.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Strange times

Who would ever have dreamed that our modern Horatius at the bridge would have turned out to be a brash New York real estate tycoon with no political experience and cotton-candy hair: “The Future Belongs To Patriots”.

H/T: Friend and commenter JeffS

Update: Meanwhile, partisan television pipsqueaks and Twitter junkies like Jake Tapper continue dropping their masks.

For the pantywaist championship of the world!

Don't miss this exciting match: "Business Insider Today's Republican presidential primary debate with Gov. Bill Weld and former Rep. Joe Walsh".

IN THIS CORNER, Wee Willie Weld, former RINO governor of the People's Republic of Massachusetts!

AND IN THIS CORNER, One-term wonder, former Illinois congressman Joe "Not the Rock Musician" Walsh!

Yessiree, ladies and gentlemen, you pay for the seat but you only use the edge! Don't miss the Nailbiter at the Business Insider!

Or, maybe you'd prefer to look at a prettier Weld...

...and listen to a more interesting Joe Walsh...

So, Nancy, are you going to jump off a cliff just because everybody else does?

Yes, apparently.

In a nutshell

Liberty Doll presents a good, succinct history of assault rifles and how the moniker got pressed into use as a propaganda weapon by gun-control advocates.

National elections aren't enough

Unless we start making headway at the state and local levels in the culture wars, our society is clearly doomed. I am not particularly sanguine (and I'd really rather not have to become sanguinary).

From mass hysteria, we move to mass projection

The climate cultists are probably only a step or two away from offering up human sacrifices at the behest of their teenage high priestess; meanwhile, American leftists continue to engage in acts of jaw-dropping projection, accusing Trump and conservatives of the sort of things of which they have long been guilty.

Monday, September 23, 2019

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Too hilarious to wait until the Sunday funnies

"Disaster At Union Seminary As Giant, Angry Carnivorous Plant Does Not Accept Students' Apologies".

Update: Over the course of a fairly long life, I can recollect few, if any, public enthusiasms as mad as global warm-mongering. The inverse proportion of passionate belief to proven facts is astoundingly large, and yet even moderately intelligent people have fallen for this hustle. And the hilarity of believing that man can counter such climate change as may actually exist! We can't stop illegal narcotics use, we can't stop psychotic narcissists from killing masses of strangers, we can't cure the common cold, we can't solve the problem of homelessness - but we can cool the entire planet's (allegedly) fevered brow?

Yeah, I'll be right here, rooted in the skeptics' column. Let me know when the hysteria blows over (or evolves into some new crisis for humanity).

Mitt the Witless

Poor Romney. Always boarding the Hoax Train after it has derailed: "Carpet-Bagger Mitt Romney Attacks Trump for His July Call to Ukrainian Leader – Even After the Media Hit Piece Falls Apart".

Decline and fall

The shame of it all!

"Another New York Times Editor Made Racist, Anti-Semitic Comments".

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sunday funnies

Thank God for the Babylon Bee
"Elizabeth Warren Admits To Wearing Paleface At College Costume Party".

"Breakthrough Technology Converts Useless Wind Into Innovative Defense Against Eagles".

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".


Trump trolls NYC mayor De Blasio, who recently dropped out of the race for the donk presidential nomination.

Can you imagine a President Romney or a President Jeb! thumbing his nose at even a particularly obnoxious leftist like De Blasio? Of course not. Which is one reason why it's practically impossible to imagine either one of those two political Tootsie Pops (conservative on the outside, liberal on the inside) as president.


I was walking around the block yesterday with Mrs. Paco, and the sun had dipped below the horizon leaving a rosy band of color across the lower western sky when I saw the most unique cloud I have ever seen; it looked just like a Springfield Armory SOCOM 16 CQB rifle, complete with ten-round magazine. And there I was, with no camera.

I'm definitely going to start carrying a camera around with me from now on.

Friday, September 20, 2019

The Economist finally goes irretrievably bonkers

"The Economist Calls for ‘Complete Overhaul’ of Economy to Fight Climate Change". Gawrsh, Mickey, that would mean a whole lot more government control, wouldn't it?

I laughingly recall how many of my inside-the-beltway "moderate" acquaintances used to cling to The Economist - I believe it was mostly through snobbishness - and tut-tut at any charges of knee-jerk leftist influences in the magazine.

Update: Think environmental fanaticism isn't a religion? Think again: Seminary Students Offer Confessions To Plants In Ritual.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Trumpet man Fats Navarro was an important figure in the development of Bebop, and here he is with “Oo-Bop Sh'Bam” (1946).

Bonus tune! A short, clever piece by Dave Brubeck called “Unsquare Dance”.


Good, because no other Republican with presidential aspirations was or is willing, as far as I can tell: "Donald Trump is waging a nonstop, all-encompassing war against progressive culture, in magnitude analogous to what 19th-century Germans once called a Kulturkampf."

Corey Lewandowski is, according to some accounts I've read, an obnoxious jerk; therefore, he was the perfect irritant for a congressional committee full of obnoxious jerks: "Lewandowski’s Contempt for a Contemptible Congress".

David Burge explains an important difference between a Cubs fan and a socialist.

Sad: "Colt to Cease AR-15 Production for the Civilian Market". Not really surprising. Colt has been in and out of bankruptcy over the last 20 years, and there's a tremendous amount of competition in the black rifle market. I wish the company would do more production runs of its single-action revolvers - at least, it looks like Colt will be stepping up production of its Cobra series of double-action revolvers.

Harsh but fair:

I find the NeverTrumpistas contemptible, not because they were gullible, but because they wanted so badly to believe it was all true.

The self-induced hysteria of NeverTrump

Looks like Joe Biden may well pick up the all-important Evan McMullin endorsement:
Some Republican operatives active in Never Trump circles are discussing the timing and what form support for Biden might take. Groups such as Stand Up Republic, co-founded by prominent Never Trump Republicans Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn, could target disaffected GOP voters in key micro-battlegrounds with finely tailored advertising in a bid to boost Biden in the Democratic primary.
Who he? He's the clunk some NeverTrumpers were pushing as an alternative to Trump back during the 2016 election. Turned out to be just another self-serving grifter (of which there is no shortage).

The NeverTrumpistas have pretty much painted themselves into a corner. Opposition to Trump is more important to them than traditional conservative principles, a strong economy, and a vigorous foreign policy that puts America first, so now they're hamstrung by their commitment to a stiff-necked, yet false, sense of honor - which stance has hilariously placed them in the bleachers cheering on the absurd (and still leftist) Democratic candidate, Slow Joe Biden.

I think these folks aren't smart enough to learn to code; perhaps, with rigorous training and lots of practice, they might become barely competent kitchen help at a Waffle House.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A Truly fatuous and absurd individual

I'm probably as vain as most people, but I like to think I'm not a flat-out narcissist. I guess that's why I have trouble understanding public figures like James Comey. If I had the kind of narrow escapes from justice that he has experienced (and he's not out of the woods yet), I'd hunker down, stay out of the public eye, maybe take up residence in a double-wide trailer in the foothills of the Dragoon Mountains, possibly go completely off the grid. In short, I'd want to be forgotten. But this clown is out there on Twitter everyday trying to justify himself, still attacking the president he conspired against, hoping (and, apparently, convinced, so delusional is he) that his reputation will miraculously be restored.

Amazing what a little sunlight can accomplish

Former prosecutor George Parry has written a fascinating article on "graymail", and how it might work to Michael Flynn's advantage.

By the way, it looks like Flynn's new lawyer, Sidney Powell, is head and shoulders above his last team of shysters. Just imagine this:
Although he has pled guilty to a flimsy and corruptly contrived charge of lying to the FBI, that plea came about after he had — according to media reports — bankrupted himself by paying $4 million in legal fees to the Washington law firm that represented him prior to Powell. In short, it appears that Flynn pled guilty because he couldn’t afford any more justice.
So,the situation eventually boiled down to "the law firm’s impressive professional achievement of turning a mere guilty plea proceeding into a reported $4 million payday".

This is one of those crimes - the treatment of Flynn by the government and his own attorneys - calling out to heaven for vengeance.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Nice goin', Governor

It looks like Gavin Newsome has made California a whole lot safer: "Gov. Newsom Commutes Sentences of 21 Violent Criminals Incarcerated in CA Prisons – Including 4 Murderers with Life Sentences".

Read the whole thing. I didn't know that Kimberly Guilfoyle is the ex Mrs. Newsom. Also, check out Newsom's photo at the article. I swear, he looks like a victim of demonic possession. Somebody ought to throw some holy water on him, see if he blisters.

Spiny Norman, in the comments:
Our Glorious Leaders in San Francisco / Sacramento are now openly contemplating ignoring Federal law (immigration, automobile emissions)and any SCOTUS rulings against them. Flat-out refusing to acknowledge the Federal government's "legitimacy".
Wow. California evolved into the old confederacy so fast it makes my head spin.

Maybe he should just throw in the towel and offer halal pork chops

"Aussie Butcher Refuses to Remove ‘Not Halal’ Sign".

Sorry, boys, you need to check offshore, around the southern tip of Tierra del Fuego

Happy now?

Hey, you wanna save the planet or not?

Via friend and commenter JeffS.

Still means something to me

Today is Citizenship Day and Constitution Day, a commemoration of two features of our society that are under attack by leftists throughout the country.

Thirty-five years ago, today, Mrs. Paco, originally a refugee from Chile (communist Chile, I hasten to point out) was sworn in as a citizen in a ceremony at the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida. Vice President Bush gave a speech to a huge, enthusiastic crowd, and Mrs. Paco, who was holding our 3-year-old son (he was waving a small American flag), appeared very briefly in a video close-up shown on the national news that night (NBC, I think). Mrs. Paco has always been proud of becoming a citizen, and she has been true to her adopted country. She's a good American (even if, from time to time, she allows herself a wistful little fantasy of standing this or that politician up against a wall, in keeping with the practice of a good South American; but then, don't we all?)

What better way to celebrate both citizenship and the constitution than to link Kurt Schlichter's latest broadside:
The clownish antics of Tex Kennedy, that drunk driving furry and El Paso punchline, are much less funny now that he is promising to convert millions of Americans into felons and send armed government agents to their homes to steal their constitutionally-guaranteed property. Maybe he doesn’t know – whether due to pharmaceuticals or simply because he’s stupid – that two Democratic administrations ago, right up the road, the feds sent a bunch of armed men to take the forbidden guns of some people who were minding their own business and it turned out poorly.

Beto mocked

But good!
South Carolina-based Palmetto State Armory has just the thing for customizing or building your AR-15 rifle: A lower receiver named (and labeled!) NOBETO-15.

Sunday, September 15, 2019


If I had seen this earlier, I would have included it in the Sunday Funnies: "Bernie Sanders Was Asked to Leave Hippie Commune for Shirking".

Democrats: How can we undermine the Trump administration?

NYT: Hey, how about if we smear Brett Kavanaugh - again.

Chief Crazy Ass agrees.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sunday funnies

Redneck fishfinder...

Think you used enough Tannerite, there, Butch?

The quick and the dead.

The first guy to ever be an artist.

"Dog Identifies As Genderfluid To Avoid Getting Neutered".

Don't get between John Pinette and a Dairy Queen.

Well, that didn't take long

The city of Austin, Texas adopted a policy back in July of this year which pretty much permitted the homeless to pitch tents and build shanties anywhere (except near City Hall, of course). The results of this idiocy already are being seen far and wide. And things are unlikely to get better:
Under their lack of leadership and vision, Austin is becoming undriveable, unlivable, and unsafe. The city's elected leaders aren't failing to learn, they're succeeding at learning how to destroy a city. And the voters, while they are rightfully complaining and signing the petition to rescind the insane camping policy, are likely to not only re-elect the same people again - they're probably going to vote for even worse policies and politicians next year, and the year after that, and the year after that.

Gilding the lilly

I'm pretty intimidated even without the eyespots (H/T: David Thompson)

Note: According to a couple of people in the comments section of the original post, the eyespots are on the tiger's ears, not back. Still, I assume they serve the same purpode.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Just because

A 1934 Packard 12 Speedster

Via the marvelous Seraphic Secret blog.

Update: Inspired by friend and commenter Jonah's observations in the comment section, here's a 1949 Delahaye. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

The Washington Post: We weren't lying, we were just, er, overgeneralizing

The W.P. tried to slip a fast one by readers, claiming that Republicans in the North Carolina General Assembly scheduled a vote on a veto override while their Democratic comrades were attending 9/11 ceremonies. Total b.s., as it turns out. The vote had been scheduled well in advance, and only two donk legislators have been found who were actually at any kind of commemorative ceremony at the time the vote was held. A later lame attempt at a correction was almost as deceptive as the original bogus story:
Amazingly enough, the paper has not retracted its story. It has not even fully corrected it. Rather, the Post has amended the story’s opening line so that it now includes primo weasel language: “While most North Carolinians were remembering the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001, the Republican leaders in the General Assembly took advantage of a half-empty House and voted to override the governor’s budget veto Wednesday morning.”

The report also bears a slimy editor’s note that reads, “Clarification: An earlier version of this article overly generalized the reason for Democrats’ absence from the General Assembly session. This version has been updated.”

The Post’s original report is not guilty of overgeneralizing. It is guilty of asserting things that simply were not true, its coverage aligning exactly with false Democratic talking points.
What's the Post's slogan? Oh, yeah: Democracy Dies in Darkness. Looks like it's dying in the full light of day, too, with an assist from the Post.

Glad to see it

Tommy Robinson has been released from prison.

Robert O'Rourke lets the cat out of the bag

Although, frankly, that bag's always been pretty transparent.
“Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47,” he said, on television, on the Democratic Party debate stage, for all to hear and see. “We’re not going to allow them to be used against fellow Americans anymore.”
This open declaration of hostility to the Second Amendment makes this item particularly enjoyable: "Beto Draws Short Straw, Will Be the Democrat Who Has to Actually Go Around Confiscating All the Guns Liberals Want Banned".

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Bob Crosby and the Bobcats swing out with “The Old Spinning Wheel”.

Bonus tune! Who's up for some Australian Dixieland? Tune in to the “Emu Strut”, by the Southern Jazz Group (1950).

If for any reason you're skeptical that a grizzly bear can kill you with one swipe of its paw...

...don't be.


I don't pretend to know all the ins and outs of Brexit, let alone the intricate workings of British parliamentary democracy, but I will confess that I'm not sold on the long-term viability of Boris Johnson as PM. He strikes me as being a bit erratic in his judgement, as evinced by his recent pointless insults to Nigel Farage.

So, what do better informed readers than myself think? Has Boris got what it takes, or is he a flash in the pan?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

In memoriam

God bless the souls of those who died on that black day as a result of bloody-minded Muslim fanaticism.

Oh, and thanks for absolutely nothing, John Brennan.

Update: Boy, airplanes are really unpredictable, huh?

Tuesday, September 10, 2019


I don't know how many regular readers Ace of Spades has, but it's a good thing for Jonah Goldberg that his audience isn't even larger. Here is Ace, once again, letting the air out of this lazy, puffed up intellectual wanna-be.

People who encountered the Clintons, and people who encountered their friends, are among the unluckiest people in the world.

What a tiresome Pope. Francis is employing the strategy used by big-city leftist mayors everywhere: talk up the things over which you have no control - like climate change - when you want to deflect concern over your mismanagement of things that supposedly are within your purview.

Why am I growing increasingly pessimistic about the survival prospects of American society? Here's as good a reason as any: we're supposed to admire Demi Lovato's heroism for posting a photo of her cellulite-dimpled gluteous maximus and thunder thighs on Instagram.

I'm glad the Democrats have finally abandoned their desire to maintain a thin veneer of sanity. Let that freak flag fly, donks! Looking forward to the next debate...

"Let's arm the people so we can shoot all the gun owners!"

Rep. Nadler just keeps plodding on, wearing his impeachment blinders.

Jerry Nadler is stylin', in his Anaconda slacks from Paco Enterprises' Wide and Short line of men's wear.

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By popular demand, a 1958 Studebaker Golden Hawk:

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Very revealing

Antifa's latest target is a genuine peacemaker named Daryl Davis who has successfully worked to "de-radicalize" KKK members.

Can't have that! Actually converting people to peace? Convincing them to give up their ideologies of hate? That's just not Antifa's bag.

Sunday funnies

More hijinks from Blackadder.

Music hater.

The Bee stings again! "Walmart Discontinues Auto Part Sales To Prevent Car Accidents".

Need to shake up the quality control unit down at the lab: "Medication Mix-Up Leaves 17 Children Suffering From ‘Werewolf Syndrome’" (H/T: David Thompson)

Hey, I only signed up for cats!

Walk, fellas, don't run.

Friday, September 6, 2019

After the hurricane

Click to enlarge.

Yellow butterfly on Texas Star flower. These yellow butterflies, incidentally, are everywhere. Love to watch them.

Once you start looking into dialects, it's hard to stop

In the comment section of the post on Outer Banks English, friend and commenter Rebecca mentioned a low-country dialect from South Carolina and Georgia called geechee. I was unfamiliar with it, but a little research revealed that it is a creole language spoken by descendants of slaves, the Gullah People, who have preserved much of their original African heritage. Here, a couple of young people provide a language lesson.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

The Andrews Sisters do their version of the boogie-woogie anthem, “Beat Me, Daddy, Eight to the Bar”.

You can have my hamburgers right after you take my guns

"Top 10 Things the 2020 Democrats Will Ban If Elected".

Our Emmanuel Goldstein...

Are you up for some Outer Banks English?

Here's some interesting dialect from the other side of the state, which is gradually dying out, along with the commercial fishing industry whose members sustained it for generations. My stepfather still has strong traces of the Outer Banks brogue.

Here's another video on the subject. By the way, we're all dingbatters here.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

How to speak Appalachian

A fascinating little video on Appalachian English, which briefly features the late Popcorn Sutton, a celebrated moonshiner (he's the skinny little fellow at the beginning with a long gray beard and a fedora, thank you very much). I can really relate to the opinion expressed by one woman, who lived in Washington, DC for four and half years, and then moved back home: "I'd just as soon be in hell with my back broke as live 'err [sic]".

Scalp hunter fail

Bloomberg reporter goes for scalp, only comes away with a cow lick: "Labor Department To Reinstate Aide Wrongfully Accused Of Anti-Semitism".

The atomization of society into discrete groups of cranks, nut jobs, grievance-mongers and thumb-suckers continues apace

Having a little trouble getting my head around this one:
‘Trans-Feminist’ Vegan Group Releases Pro-Chicken Video Where Hens Are Separated by Roosters Who Rape Them Without Consent
This is some kind of Spanish outfit. Different stock, I presume, from the race that conquered the Aztecs.

More pre-Hurricane banter

We sure have some interesting folks in the area. One of our neighbors is the widow of Greg Jarvis, one of the astronauts who perished aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger. The recovery of his remains is a story in itself (from Wikipedia):
The remains of all seven astronauts from the Challenger disaster were discovered in the crew decks on the ocean floor. Jarvis' body was discovered in the lower mid-deck along with McNair and McAuliffe. During salvage operations to raise the crew deck from the ocean floor, his body escaped from the wreckage, floated to the surface, and disappeared back into the sea. On April 15, 1986, on the last scheduled attempt to recover wreckage, it was rediscovered and returned to shore.
God bless the souls of these heroes.

I like reading lists, although I don't put a whole lot of stock in their validity, and I certainly wouldn't make a major decision based on one. Still, they are kind of interesting. Here's a current list of the world's most livable cities, and I note that Melbourne and Sydney take second and third place honors (Adelaide is in 10th place). Well done, mates!

Mystery flower

I'm not sure what this is - some kind of daisy or sunflower or possibly rubeckia (black-eyed susan) - but it sprang up in the yard without any assistance from me.

If the Left can't undercut the 2nd Amendment through the legislative process... will attack from another direction, trying to "shame" companies into doing things like Walmart has just done.
On Tuesday, Walmart announced that after its current inventory is depleted, it will cave to the demands of far-left activists and stop selling handgun ammunition and ammunition commonly used in other popular semi-automatic firearms.
I occasionally bought ammo at Walmart (typically 9mm and .40 caliber) to use for target shooting, so this decision is a bit of a nuisance. The real blow will come if (when) companies stop or are barred from selling ammo online. Looks like it may be time to stock up again.

Update: Here's a funny take on "buybacks".

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Joe Biden's mind: a thing of wonder

Joe Biden is alarmed that there is such a thing as “magazines that can hold multiple bullets in them.”

Not to worry, Joe!

Employees at Hornady roll one of their cartridges for the new "one bullet magazine" off the assembly line

Update: Haw! ""Snopes Rates Biden's Claim That 2+2=5 As 'Mostly True'"

This and that

We've got hurricane shutters and a propane-powered electric generator (and 500 gallons of propane), so I reckon we'll stick around for Dorian. Prayers for the poor Bahamians and anyone else in the path of this monster.

Maggie begins second grade today:

Took my Beretta 81 to the range yesterday, and it functioned flawlessly. I don't think this thing was ever used much, if at all. I ran a cleaning patch through the barrel before going to the range, and there were only some minute trace amounts of schmutz (no more than one would see after running a patch through the barrel of a brand new firearm that had only been test-fired at the factory). The barrel has excellent rifling and a near-mirror finish. Easy take-down and reassembly.

Interesting little piece by Dwight Longenecker on the subject of men's hats, why are they now so rare, will they come back. I'm not entirely in agreement with some of his comments. For example, it's quite possible to wear a fedora and look natural. A lot depends on how you wear the hat. It takes attitude. You don the hat as if it's the most natural thing in the world. You don't give a damn whether other people notice it or laugh at it or stare at it. I used to get compliments all the time, and more than once, someone (often a young urban fellow, or his 60-year-old grandmother) would smile and say, "Man, you wearin' that hat!" I'll even admit that, once or twice, a fedora and pinstriped suit and dress overcoat saved me from a potentially unpleasant encounter with young toughs (usually intoxicated) who, at the last minute, backed off, having decided that I just might be a cop ("You a cop?" "Why don't you break a law and find out?" "Aw, I'm just messin' wit' you, man. No offense") Also, I found a hat to be more than merely ornamental. We had some cold winters in Northern Virginia, and I had a pretty long walk from the parking garage to to train platform, so a fur felt fedora served to keep my head warm.

Good lord! Even in Australia? "A vegan woman sued her neighbors for barbecuing in their backyard".

Monday, September 2, 2019

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An Iranian espionage story

A fascinating article about Monica Witt, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst who became radicalized and eventually went to work as a spy for Iran.

H/T: Instapundit


China, however, is probably a bigger worry over the long term.