Saturday, November 30, 2019

Sunday funnies

Redd Foxx: sanitized, but still not for the woke.

Bruno never has any trouble parking.

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures":

Friday, November 29, 2019


First Trump drives his foes crazy on Twitter with his head photoshopped onto Rocky Balboa's body, then the Hong Kong demonstrators start flashing the picture during their protests.

President Trump is the antidote to the mainstream-media poison we've had to put up with for years. They simply do not have the wit to understand him, let alone effectively deal with him.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Drummer Cozy Cole and his band perform “Nice and Cozy” (1944). Other personnel are Fred Norman (trombone), Johnny Guarnieri (piano), Ray Coniff and Lammar Wright (trumpet), Teddy Waters (guitar), Billy Taylor (bass).

Bonus video! Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton and Chico Hamilton in a three-way drum competition from a 1958 TV broadcast.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I am elsewhere today, and am having a spot of trouble reliably accessing my blog. The Paco's wish you all a great day, and splendid digestion.

Update Ok, access problem fixed. Will be blogging from behind enemy lines (Virginia) for a while; Number One son found out the hard way that trampolines are a young person's game, and now needs surgery on his knee. We'll be taking care of him and Maggie while he recuperates.

Daisy, the official dog of Paco Enterprises, saw a rabbit in the back yard last night and gave chase; however, she seemed to have reduced engine speed to one-third. I believe she was balancing her reluctance to actually catch the thing with her need to avoid being brought up on charges of demonstrating cowardice in the face of the enemy.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Another growing threat from abroad

Mexican cartels are infiltrating small towns across the U.S.
Courier Journal reporters pieced together CJNG’s network, from the suburbs of Seattle, the beaches of Mississippi and South Carolina, California’s coastline, the mountains of Virginia, small farming towns in Iowa and Nebraska, and across the Bluegrass State, including in Louisville, Lexington and Paducah.

A cartel member even worked at Kentucky's famed Calumet Farm, home to eight Kentucky Derby and three Triple Crown winners.

Ciro Macias Martinez led a double life, working as a horse groomer by day and overseeing the flow of $30 million worth of drugs into Kentucky by night before being imprisoned in 2018 for meth trafficking and money laundering, federal records show.

Monday, November 25, 2019

And now, a word from our sponsor

Chick-Fil-A dumps charitable giving for virtue signaling

Mrs. Paco and I met on a blind date, and the first place we dined together was at a Chick-Fil-A in Raleigh NC (it was the first time either of us had eaten there at all). We loved the chicken sandwiches, and it became sort of "our" place for decades afterwards.

In 2012, we were living in Fairfax, Virginia, and Chick-Fil-A had come under assault for the first time in a big way by leftist agitators because some of the owners were known to support organizations that honored traditional notions of the institution of marriage. A genuine grass-roots effort to show support for Chick-Fil-A arose, and one day, the local restaurant had a line of customers stretching from the building itself out across the parking lot and a hundred yards or so down the street. These loyal customers not only liked chicken sandwiches, they saw clearly that the proposed boycott by leftist organizations was an important battle in the culture war.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago. Some singer, who I had never heard of and whose name I can't remember now, got mobbed on Twitter because she had made some positive noises about the Salvation Army. The next thing I heard, she was apologizing profusely, and disassociating herself as rapidly as she could from the wrong-think of ever saying anything good about it. A week or so later, Chick-Fil-A announced that it will no longer be making donations to the Salvation Army - one of the largest providers for the homeless in the U.S., a cause that, supposedly, is paramount among Chick-Fil-A's charitable concerns. The Salvation Army provided a brief and elegant response via this Tweet.

The restaurant's corporate suits, of course, have denied that this has anything to do with leftist attempts at intimidation. Sorry, but the timing of the decision to cut off the Salvation Army, the rationale, the excuses being offered, the personnel who have been put in charge of the charitable foundation...I'm just not buying it. And, in any event, Chick-Fil-A has already been giving substantial sums of money to left-wing outfits, which I did not, in fact, know. But that won't make any difference to the radicals of the left; unless the company at some point, and soon, openly declares that it supports the moral neutrality (or perhaps even the moral superiority) of homosexual acts, it will get no credit at all from the social justice thugs. In the ongoing cultural war, the only thing acceptable to the left is unconditional surrender.

Mrs. Paco and I haven't eaten at a Chick-Fil-A for some time, and we don't plan on doing so again. Which is fine; we've developed a real fondness for Bojangles' sausage biscuits and dirty rice, and, naturally, there's always Five Guys.

Update Just barely satire: "Chick-Fil-A Replaces Cow Mascot With Golden Calf".

A matter of perspective

The Deep State saboteurs have melodramatic notions of being part of a "resistance" movement. They see themselves like this:

Whereas the rest of us see them like this:

Good luck with that propaganda campaign, douchebags!

I'm surprised he didn't head on down to Petco and get some treats

"Dog takes joy ride around Fla. neighborhood after bumping owner’s car into reverse".

One piece of garbage journalism too many

"[Devin] Nunes will sue CNN for defamation for its false story claiming he traveled to Vienna and met with a Ukrainian to get dirt on Biden."

Have you had your daily ration of mendacity?

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Feel good story of the day

"Woman Sees Late Father in Ultrasound Photo of Baby".

Dear New York Times

For God's sake, we know you're hopelessly biased and irrelevant as an actual source of news. You don't have to keep trying to convince us: "NYT Story Criticizing Gabbard's White Pantsuit May Be the Most Ridiculous Article Ever Printed".

Seen in the neighborhood

A Mustang 347 Stroker (not sure of the year).

Friday, November 22, 2019

"Dapper and Deadly"

I was looking through Robert Avrech's always-interesting Friday photo essay today, and saw this picture of Jacob Bryce, an FBI agent from back in the day (1930's through 1950's). The photo was taken by Gjon Mili in 1945.

Bryce was a fascinating character - as the title of the post indicates, "dapper and deadly". Here are a couple of articles about him.

When a level-headed guy like Victor Davis Hanson says it looks like a coup...

...then you can bet it's a coup.
A "coup" is no longer proof of right-wing paranoia, but increasingly a part of the general progressive discourse of resistance to Trump.

In these upside-down times, patriotism is being redefined as removing a president before a constitutionally mandated election.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

The great T-Bone Walker with “I Got the Blues” (1951).

Bonus tune! Here's T-Bone and his combo with “The Hustle is On” (1950).

Bullies, cowards and make-believe revolutionaries

Scary clown Rep. Earl Blumenauer from Oregon actually organized boycotts of Ambassador Sondland's wife's hotel business in order to - I dunno, is "extort" the word I'm looking for? - to extort testimony favorable to the Democrats' impeachment fantasies. Blumenauer had the immortal rind to Tweet out, "welcome to the resistance".

Maybe it's time for armchair radicals like Blumenauer to get a taste of the Empire strikes back.

What the fashionable leftist twit is wearing this year.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

The Bee stings again!

"Lemonade Turns To Blood At Chick-Fil-A Locations Across Country".

Haw! "One Chick-fil-A location in Toledo was swarmed with frogs and locusts, while the judgment of darkness fell on other restaurants throughout California, though that may just have been a regular power outage."

Say, um, what about possible corruption in Ukraine?

Is there anything to it?

Could be: "Ukrainian Indictment Claims $7.4 Billion Obama-Linked Laundering, Puts Biden Group Take At $16.5 Million".

Ukrainian sources, grain of salt and all that, but still - isn't this something that honest, inquisitive reporters would want to track down? Are there really no such people anywhere in the mainstream press?


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dismissed! (to be read in an irritated Colonel Klink voice)

Impeachment Plan B - the Ukrainian quid pro quo hoax - seems to be succumbing to the same catastrophic choices of coup participants as Plan A (the Russian collusion hoax).

Seriously? The buffoonish Lieutenant Colonel Vindman was expected to be a key player in the Democrats' plan? I agree with Josh Hammer of the New York Post: "The commander in chief ought to fire Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who serves on the National Security Council, for rank insubordination. That is the key take­away from Tuesday’s hearings in the Democratic impeachment push."

Yes, fire him, Mr. President. He won't suffer; I understand he's had three other job offers, already.

Definitely worth thinking about

Daniel Greenfield: "Abolish the National Security Council".

The stench of Democrat perfidy

The impeachment hearings took a dramatic turn today as Democrat Congressman Eric Swalwell appears to have "cut the cheese" during an interview. You be the judge.

The bigger threat, however, is Congressman Schiff's "sbd's". Not sure what they can do about those.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Don Surber nails it

Note: big spoiler if you haven't seen The Sixth Sense.

Don Surber, from his latest column:
In the movie The Sixth Sense, the hero, Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis), does not realize he is dead.

That was 20 years ago.

Today, the mass media are Malcolm Crowe, stumbling about and talking among themselves. The media died of credibility poisoning.

This week's winner of the Paco Award for Conspicuous Obnoxiousness

Adam Schiff has collected quite a few of these things lately, but this week the distinguished panel of judges has given the award to George Conway, deranged NeverTrumper and husband of the long-suffering Kellyanne Conway, a stalwart of the Trump administration. Conway referred to Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, who weathered Adam Schiff's rudeness and managed to ask some pointed questions of former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch during the impeachment hearings, as "lying trash".

The only reason this 55-gallon blob of talking dough is allowed on TV at all is because he is a reliable Trump thumper. Enjoy your dubious fame, Georgie boy, because once Trump finishes up his second term, you will have become a fully depreciated asset.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Sunday funnies

Florida Man in kayak dodges high-diving monkeys.

What accent y'all talkin' about?

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Via Gateway Pundit:

I don't know why this never went anywhere, but I'd sure like to have one: an air-conditioned lawn mower from 1957:

As it is, I think I'll have to settle for this:

Color me extremely skeptical

But wouldn't it be cool if they were still around: "The Tasmanian tiger is thought to have gone extinct in 1936, but mysterious sightings suggest the creature might still be out there".

Feel free to shoulder a lot of the blame for that, Barry

"Obama again warns Democrats not to move too far to the left and 'tear down the system'".

After two terms of exhorting your followers to "get in the faces" of your opponents, and to "punch back twice as hard", and using your pen and telephone to implement unconstitutional laws, and fanning the flames of racial divisiveness, and sucking up to Iran, I'd say that's bold talk for a jug-headed bean pole has-been.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Today Paco Enterprises salutes the most magnificent of all musical instruments, the human voice.

First up are Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Marie Knight. Both women had successful careers as pop singers with swing bands, but were also serious gospel singers, frequently performing and recording together. Here they are with “Didn't It Rain” - and I've got to tell you, when these ladies really get going, the degree of passion and joy they put into this song gives me a little chill down my spine.

And now check out the Jubilaires (who also recorded under the name, the Dixieaires) , singing “Casey Jones” like you've never heard it before.

Adam Schiff: We don't need no stinkin' reasons

Victor David Hansen provides a helpful list: "10 reasons why this impeachment ‘inquiry’ is really a coup".

Reason #3 is particularly telling:
The Clinton and Nixon inquiries were directed at second-term presidencies, when there were no more electoral remedies for alleged wrongdoing. By contrast, Trump is up for election in less than a year. Impeachment, then, seems a partisan exercise in either circumventing a referendum election or in damaging a president seeking re-election.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019


Elsewhere, the New York Post is at the top of its game...

And, in keeping with the circus theme: "Capitol Building To Be Decorated As Giant Circus Tent For Duration Of Impeachment Hearings".

Some very sobering thoughts from Victor Davis Hanson

"The Looming ‘1984’ Election". A sample:
We are also well beyond even the stark choices of 1972 and 1984 that remained within the parameters of the two parties. In contrast, the Democratic Party as we have known it, is extinct for now. It has been replaced since 2016 by a radical progressive revolutionary movement that serves as a touchstone for a variety of auxiliary extremist causes, agendas, and cliques—almost all of them radically leftwing and nihilistic, and largely without majority popular support.

Monday, November 11, 2019

A tale of our times

Definitely truthy: "Man In Critical Condition After Hearing Slightly Differing Viewpoint".

And here's an interesting scientific fact:

All honor to our men and women in uniform

Past, present...and future.

Here's a patriotic tune from WWII that I've always liked:

Remember the old WWII meme, "Kilroy was here"? Here's an interesting article on the possible origins of the phenomenon (H/T: Instapundit).

Sunday, November 10, 2019


"Michael Bloomberg’s Top 10 Gun Controls". Here's my Number One Michael Bloomberg control: don't ever let this arrogant know-it-all near elective office again.

Leaky canoes and unreported burglaries as far as the eye can see: "Gov. Ralph Northam confirms Virginia already 'working on' gun confiscation now that Democrats are in control".

I'm not in favor of book burning, but I think it'd be ok to throw this one off a pier.

San Francisco is rapidly becoming a parody of itself: "Hugo Chavez's trusted advisor gets ready to run the San Francisco District Attorney's office".

The word "bombshell" is greatly overused, but this seems to be one to me (at least a little bombshell): "Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley alleges in her new book that two of President Trump’s senior advisers tried to recruit her to secretly undermine the administration from the inside. Haley says John Kelly and Rex Tillerson wanted her to subvert President Trump." Tillerson doesn't surprise me, but Kelly - a former USMC general, of all things - not just bucking, but undermining, the chain of command? I hope this isn't true, but if it is, it seems like the upper echelons of our military command structure are in need of some serious reeducation. Oh, and btw, why are we hearing from Nikki Haley about this so late in the day? Did she ever tell the President, or did he have to find out about it when her book came out?

More on the Epstein meme, courtesy of the esteemed Smitty, of The Other McCain:

Most bizarre story I saw this past week

"Russian historian pulled from St Petersburg river with backpack containing woman's severed arms".

The photo at the link - the professor, an expert on Napoleon, is dressed as the subject of his expertise - compounds the weirdness.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Sunday funnies

Poetry in motion.

Hey, it's five o'clock! Didn't y'all forget something?

Let him in! from r/aww


Spoopy doggo from r/aww

Ya gotta love millennials (well, you don't, really; it's just the name of the song. H/T: Ace).

"Wake up, Harold!"

Yeah, I hate when that happens.

"Suicide Hotline volunteer shocked when Hillary Clinton tried to ‘place an order’".

"Boy, is this human lazy!"

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".

Feel good story of the day

"Waffle House customers help stranded employee by washing dishes, taking orders: ‘It was incredible to witness’".

I don't get a chance to eat at Waffle House very often, but I've never had any complaints to make about the food. And you can get a very diverse view of the world there. I recollect eating in a Waffle House late one night, somewhere outside of Jacksonville, Florida, probably 35 some years ago. There were half a dozen members of a motorcycle gang taking up a couple of booths, and, I swear, they were the least scary people in the place.

A day of remembrance

The Berlin Wall, one of the most iconic symbols of Communism, began coming down 30 years ago.
Germany marked the 30th anniversary Saturday of the opening of the Berlin Wall, a pivotal moment in the events that brought down Communism in eastern Europe.

Leaders from Germany, Poland, Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic attended a ceremony at Bernauer Strasse — where one of the last parts of the Berlin Wall remains — before placing roses in the once-fearsome barrier that divided the city for 28 years.

Here are the details on some of the most memorable escapes from East Berlin.

I can't find it now, but I remember reading a story many years ago about a fellow who got drunk, stole a truck, and made a mad dash through the kill zone somewhere along the border between the two Germanies (might not have been Berlin). The truck was riddled with bullets, the tires were blown out, but he made it to West Germany - where he ultimately got a job driving a beer truck.

How perfectly foul

Pippi Greenstocking is presently infesting my beloved North Carolina: "Green Teen Greta Thunberg Leads Climate Change Protest in North Carolina".

Update: They're actually painting a mural of this warmmonger on the side of a building in San Francisco (H/T: friend and commenter R-Man).

Sort of reminds me of something...

Haw! James Delingpole: "Apparently, the eyes follow San Franciscans wherever they move, even when they are crouching in the streets to take a dump…"

Friday, November 8, 2019


Elizabeth Warren is a remarkably transparent suck-up:
"Black trans and cis women, gender-nonconforming, and nonbinary people are the backbone of our democracy..."
So, Crispus Attucks was the mother of our country? I'm so confused.

It's a good question, and I'd like to hear the answer

Just exactly why did George Stephanopolous join Jeffrey Epstein for a post-conviction dinner?

Of course, THE PRESS would angrily tell me that it's none of my business, if they condescended to reply at all. But I don't agree that the media - particularly the mainstream media - are sacrosanct. Even if they genuinely possessed an authority based on a history of real truth-seeking, and a ton of credibility based on fairness - which they don't, at all - we'd still have the right to examine their motives and methods.

What this country needs is no plastic straws, no large sodas and no guns

Which is why it's such a relief to see Michael Bloomberg enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Must be nice to have that kind of money to burn.

Update: The socialists vs. the billionaires.

Good points, mate

Australian John J. Ray gives the horselaugh to leftist assertions of moral superiority.
Lefty author and radio personality Garrison Keillor captured the popular view (at least according to Hollywood and the media) of the differences between liberals and conservatives, claiming, “Liberalism is the politics of kindness,” standing for “tolerance, magnanimity, community spirit, [and] the defense of the weak against the powerful.”

Conservatives, Keillor claims on the other hand, are people who “stand for tax cuts, and further tax cuts, annual tax cuts,” and then they “use their refund to buy a gun and an attack dog” to keep people away who are not like them.

Or, as Obama put it, these are the people who are “bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy toward people who aren’t like them.”

As it turns out, that is the exact opposite of the truth.
Read on.

Probably because there's nothing organic in it

"A McDonald's burger allegedly bought in 1995 and kept in an Australian shed for years has never decomposed, according to two men who now refer to the quarter-century Quarter Pounder as their "mate"."

Funny stuff on the Epstein meme

Via Ace's sidebar.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Happy Feet Friday

Here's a sizzling instrumental called “Life Goes to a Party”. From 1937, it features members of Count Basie's and Benny Goodman's bands. And what a terrific lineup! Harry James, Buck Clayton, Eddie Durham, Earl Warren, Jack Washington , Herschel Evans, Jess Stacy, Walter Page, and Jo Jones.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Got out just in time

The Democrats have taken over both legislative chambers in Virginia, so, in conjunction with the, er, leadership of Governor Ralph "Coonman" Northam, the donks are likely to have things pretty much their own way.
The lawmakers along with Northam are expected to push forward on priorities such as strengthening gun control laws and loosening abortion restrictions. Democrats will also have full control over redistricting after the 2020 census and could move forward on restoring voting rights to felons, a policy that former Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe championed but Republicans partially blocked.
This is another excellent reason to pick up the pace on decentralizing as many federal agencies as possible (by which I mean, moving them to other states). The shift toward Democrat power in Virginia has a lot to do with the explosive growth of the federal bureaucracy; many of these people have infested the northern counties and commute to federal jobs in D.C.

Update More from Monica Showalter: "Blue states emerge from expanding federal governments".
Virginia can now look forward to a solid-blue state with a Democratic governor, the one who still hasn't told us if he was the man in the Klan robes or the man in blackface in his school picture, along with a two-house, one-party Democratic state Legislature. And with that, it can look forward to a California model of governance — with soaring crime, soaring fecal matter on the streets, abundant needles, crooks out of jail, gun restrictions for the law-abiding, tax hikes, greenie boondoggles, corruption, soaring homelessness, drug addiction, and illegal immigration.
Really a shame. When I moved to Richmond, Virginia in 1994, the state was definitely reddish, and getting redder. When I moved to Fairfax, in the northern part of the state, in 1998, we actually had a popular, long-serving Republican congressman. After he retired, his seat was won by the odious Democrat Gerry Connolly, who, in the congressional election a couple of years later, only managed to scrape up something like an 800-vote edge during an election featuring documented cases of voting machine "malfunctions" (practically all benefiting the donk, of course). The Republican, whose name I forget (and who, as a candidate, was easily forgettable) declined to request a recount, even though he was well within his rights to do so (no doubt, playing the traditional role of good GOP establishment loser). I read somewhere today that the Republicans didn't even field candidates in numerous state senate races this year. Without a rejuvenated GOP, Virginia is now probably reliably blue for the foreseeable future.

We're living in strange and ominous times, the like of which I've never seen before.

Gun control activists: "You don't need an AR-15"

Pregnant woman defending her family during a home invasion: "Shows how much you know, dumbasses!"

I guess Benedict Arnold was America's first whistleblower

"The Pajama Boy Whistleblower Revealed".

Learning the hard way

"Sanctuary County Rolls Back Its Anti-ICE Policy Following String Of Illegal Aliens Charged With Rape".

Update: Learning the hard way, part II.

Monday, November 4, 2019

And now, a word from our sponsor

Noted pervert and disgraced congresswoman points fingers in every direction

Except at herself, of course. First, the "real" issue was Katie Hill's ex-husband allegedly distributing her nude pics. Now, as if you didn't see this coming, the "real" issue is Donald Trump.

My hero!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

I've always said those Australians are a clever lot

And that includes their birds: "Australian raptors start fires to flush out prey".

End of another beautiful weekend

Oh, almost forgot: it's National Sandwich Day! Gitcha one!

Mark my word, we'll have local vigilance committees before too long

"25 Criminal Migrants Face Possible Release from NC Sanctuary Jail".

That's in Wake County, where the state capital is located (naturally).

Not an entirely unrelated update Seen in a parking lot today:

Update II: Those 25 "possibles" turn out to be just a drop in the bucket.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Sunday funnies


Yearbook wiseguy:

Nice try, Broomhilde.

I read it in the Bee: "Beto Drops Out Of Race To Spend More Time Taking Guns From His Family".

And this, too: "Trump Declares Clocks Will Fall Back To 2017 This Year Granting Him Extra Time In Office".

Another great encounter between Jack Benny and Frank Nelson:

May it please God

"Durham Knows He Has Crimes And Has A ‘Pretty Good Idea’ Of The People Behind Them".