Monday, November 23, 2020

Classical corner

 The dramatic first movement of Aram Khachaturian's Second symphony ("The Bell").

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Reset this!

 Paul Joseph Watson tackles the Great Reset and the phony resistance.

Right on cue

The jackals of the Vichy-Right are circling the Democrats' "kill", looking for scraps: "Never Trumper Jonah Goldberg: Trump ‘Is Trying to Steal’ the Election".

If Trump hadn't accomplished anything but to smoke the establishment frauds out of the conservative woodwork, then his presidency would still have been a success.

Update  I can't remember who said it - George Orwell? Malcolm Muggeridge? - but the observation has always stuck with me: the distinguishing characteristic of the intelligentsia is its lack of intelligence.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Sunday funnies

 








This Dilbert cartoon really takes me back to those long, boring meetings which some idiot could always be counted on to prolong.


Norm Crosby and his felonious abuse of the English language.



This fellow - who's probably pretty lonely right about now - sings "Why Beer is Better than Women".



One more semester of tow truck driving school and I'll have my certificate! (H/T: David Thompson)

Alpha male parenting (H/T: Ditto).

Impromptu masks...




Humphrey Bogart: “I gave up drinking once – it was the worst afternoon of my entire life.“ (H/T: Seraphic Secret).

From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".








Look! There in the sky!

Mrs. Paco came across a website that lets you find out when the international space station is visible in your locale. This may be old news to some or all of you, but, once again, being late to the party, I found it quite interesting. In fact, it passed over our house at around 5:30 pm today. Here's the link

The Great Stench

Dominion not only has something to hide, but now appears to have gone into hiding: "Dominion Voting Systems Execs Fail to Appear for Testimony; Office Shuttered, Websites and Social Media Erased".

Question: before he started bad-mouthing Trump attorney Sidney Powell, did Tucker Carlson ever invite anybody from Dominion to appear on his show for an interview? Did he ever invite any of the election officials in the swing states that simultaneously stopped counting votes in the wee hours of the morning? Has anybody, anywhere, been asked to explain how that business came about?

Update  Don Surber on "Cucker Tarlson" (H/T: Gregory, in the comments)

Friday, November 20, 2020

Trump says goodbye to the GOPe and fair weather conservatives

 

Disregard their comments at your peril

When leftists say they want to put you, and people who share your opinions, in reeducation camps, or shoot you, if you prove insufficiently malleable to radical ideological change, then I think it would be foolish not to believe them. The Nazis were once a fringe movement, as were the Bolsheviks, yet these monsters ultimately became murderers on a massive scale. Don't think that people who harbor genocidal dreams are mere ineffectual kooks. 


Related




Sounds like Australia must be on the right track, to me

"Climate Thinktank Slams Australia for Global Warming Inaction".

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

Top this duet, if you can: Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald sing “Moonlight in Vermont”.


Show of hands

How many people really believe that Slow Joe Biden received the most votes of any presidential candidate ever?

Yeah, me neither.  By the way, here's a good short list of the statistical near-impossibilities we're supposed to believe.

In the Gallery of Republican Failures...

 ...former congressman Paul Ryan has a very prominent place.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Perspectives

 


Good

 "President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the federal agency that vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election.

Trump fired Christopher Krebs in a tweet, saying his recent statement defending the security of the election was 'highly inaccurate.'”



"Election fraud? Where? I don't see any."



Working-with-your-hands Wednesday

 

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

When the revolution comes...

 ...I suspect a lot of it will play out in cyber-space, so we're going to need some good people on our side.

And now, a word from our sponsor

 

Monday, November 16, 2020

You said it, buddy!

 


Classical corner

 "Dance of the Knights" from Sergei Prokofiev's ballet Romeo and Juliet.



Bonus video!  Dig this lute on steroids: the theorbo. 

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Apparently some prosecutors can't indict a ham sandwich

Or even a suspect caught standing over the corpse with a bloody knife in his hand and the victim's wallet in his pocket: "John Durham Dropping His Investigations into Spygate, 'Worried About Blowback From Joe Biden'".

If there's a high-level career bureaucrat in D.C. whose first loyalty isn't to the Deep State, I'd like to know his or her name. 


Update  More from RedState.

Update II  Some commenters over at Ace of Spades are saying that other sources have challenged the contention that Durham is striking his colors. We'll see, but let's just say that I will be very pleasantly surprised if the original assertion turns out to be untrue.


Sunday funnies

 









I'm getting to the age where this is starting to look like a good idea (H/T: David Thompson)

I wouldn't drive in Moscow on a bet (H/T: Ditto).

Coffee-stirrer musician.


From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures."




Friday, November 13, 2020

Haw!

 More good stuff from John Zmirak. A sample:

Tell Your Immune System: Our Diversity Is Our Strength
Then the virus passes over you, as the plague spared Israelites in the Book of Exodus. You just need some bling that tells the Chinese angel of death to spare you, in the form of a “Black Lives Matter” t-shirt or “Joe Biden” sign. Such a wise and discerning virus. No wonder Joe Biden insisted we let more of those million unwitting Chinese bioweapons fly into America. It’s downright xenophobic to keep the virus out of our bodies. We need to inform our immune systems: “Our Diversity Is Our Strength!” (That’s also a handy deathbed prayer for victims of jihad attacks to mutter as they expire.)

If you're facing a home invasion...

 ...I reckon a 2-gauge shotgun will do the trick (as long as you don't worry about having to replace a section of wall and maybe a window or two).

Well, that's still true

A famous slogan of the city of Portland, Oregon, is "Keep Portland Weird".

It's one thing the municipality has managed to do without missing a beat...
H/T: David Thompson

Update: From Gregory, in the comments - "Gad. Those faces would scare a bulldog out of a butcher's shop."

Update II:  More interesting doings in the, er, Beaver State.

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

 Coleman Hawkins and his band (with Dizzy Gillespie) perform “Disorder at the Border”.

No unity, no healing, no reconciliation

You don't get those things when less than half the people in the country are convinced we had an honest election.

We're being robbed, so now we're supposed to unite behind the thief and his mob? How does "NO!" sound?

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Working-with-your-hands Wednesday

 

Veterans Day

 


Thank you, veterans, for your commitment, courage and sacrifices!


Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Note to Democrats

The ongoing coup by the ruling class may ultimately convince a large portion of Trump's 71 million that our election process is so corrupt that it isn't worthwhile to vote; however, that doesn't mean that the 71 million will not find other ways to secure their rights quite outside of the so-called "democratic" system of government. Liberty and democracy are not the same thing, and if the latter seriously infringes on the former, you will get a revolution.

Can't help myself

 Lately, I've been lovin' me some lever action rifles, and picked up another one yesterday. The rifle below (click to enlarge so you can truly enjoy its beauty) is the Cimarron/Uberti version of the 1873 Winchester known as the U.S. Marshal IT (which stands for Indian Territory). This rifle came about not long ago when an active member of the US Marshal's Service approached Cimarron and asked if the company could make him an old school rifle he could carry in his car while on duty. The result is what you see in the picture. It's more or less the regular 1873 Winchester clone, with the barrel cut down to 18 inches, and with an inch shaved off the stock. The rifle is chambered in .44 Special, which is a sweet-shooting round (the tube magazine holds 9 or 10 rounds, can't remember off hand). I had it out to the range today, and it worked flawlessly, and proved to be pretty accurate at 50 yards (which is about the farthest I can see a target, to be frank). The Second Amendment is my hill to die on, and I'd be proud to go down fighting with something like this (preferably surrounded by a pile of empty brass cases).


Update  Here's an interesting video on an old Winchester rifle that was found leaning against a tree in the Great Basin National Park by park employees.


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"Glitch" - the latest in cheating euphemisms

 A good piece on bugs vs features at Cold Fury.

Monday, November 9, 2020

Does Mitt Romney literally have no principles or loyalty at all?

Pierre Delecto, apparently trying to establish a leadership role for himself in the Vichy-GOP, is reported to be considering an offer from Biden to serve in the latter's cabinet as head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

And, yes, the question that serves as the title of this post is rhetorical.


"Does this hat just shout 'bipartisan cooperation' or what?"

Perfect

 "His Fraudulency".

Update  Dang! I can't boycott Faux News because I never watched the Faux channel anyway. In fact, since I don't have cable (I've got Roku), I'm not signed up for the Faux channel at all.

Is there a more obnoxious woman in America than Michelle Obama?

Failed fashion model and over-privileged, lifetime ticket holder of a seat in the first-class compartment of the gravy train, Michelle Obama, was recently encouraging Democrats to reach out to Trump supporters in spite of the "lies and hate" - our lies and hate, to make it plain.

I don't really know what to say about this harpy's  lack of self-awareness, her arrogance, her bloated sense of entitlement. So, I'll just quote that old Chinese philosopher, Pok Ho, who had the same words of wisdom that he always directed to permanently obtuse people like Michell Obama: "Yuck, Fu, unworthy plaything of dung beetles!"

Btw, I saw, somewhere, a link to an article at National Review by a guy whose name I never heard before. Can't find it now, but I recollect, from the headline, that this unobservant slacker was baffled by the "canard" of cheating in the election. I suspect that he may have been unconsciously thinking of the word "Cunard", and wistfully remembering those great old days when cheap replicas of conservatives like Bill Kristol, Jonah Goldberg and George Will served as the draw (if you can fathom such a thing) for people of a conservative bent to pony up their hard-earned dollars to take a cruise with these fellows, where the unsuspecting rubes were herded into the saloon and Kristol et al would release their establishment gas to a captive audience of increasingly confused auditors who, ultimately driven by tainted food and bad ideas to the ship's rail to puke over the side, found themselves wallowing in remorse for not simply renting that vacation home in Nags Head as they had originally planned to do. As I say, I can't find the story now, even though, for the first time in ages, I actually visited the NRO site, which is, as you would expect, the slightest shadow of the magazine Bill Buckley founded. And screw you, Andrew McCarthy, for your two-cheers-for-Trump b.s. I'm not forgetting that you were also the former government attorney who originally vouched for the professionalism of Robert Mueller and his pals before later putting on your shocked face and gasping, "Well, I never!"



Classical corner

Jean Sibelius's great patriotic tone poem, Finlandia.

Sunday, November 8, 2020

Busy, busy

Sorry about no funnies, today. We've been in Virginia Beach visiting with the kids and the grandkids, plus today was a travel day.

Elsewhere, the election remains in doubt, regardless of what the press says, but I will tell you something: although Trump's up against long odds, he's the only person in the country who would have a prayer of successfully fighting the commie coup, so I pray for him (and us). And here's something else to chew on. When Bill Clinton was elected for two terms, I didn't like it at all, but I never said, "he's not my president". When Obama was elected for two terms, I liked the outcome even less, but I didn't claim "he's not my president".

But, by God almighty, if Biden is ultimately confirmed in the position, I am declaring loud and clear that he is NOT my president. Not after all the cheating and election fraud, not after all the Big Tech censorship, and certainly not after four years of the Democrat/Media/Deep State complex working night and day to undermine President Trump and prevent him from reaching the great potential he showed. And when, after a few months, the mewling, drooling husk of Joe Biden is strapped to a gurney and wheeled out of the White House for the last time to a hospital or hospice, his cackling whore of a sidekick isn't going to be my president either.

Oh, by the way, I see that Big Brother's ugly sister, Jennifer Rubin, is making a list of people in the media and government who are to be targeted for career "liquidation" for supporting Trump (or even for just drawing attention to the numerous instances of fraud and "irregularities" that have come to light). The 70 million know how to make a list, too, you vile harpy, and we will not be enslaved. No "healing", no "reconciliation"; these are just different words meaning submission.

And George Bush can shove a weapon of mass destruction where the photons don't reach.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

 He was sure right about that! Hank Williams sings “I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive”.



Bonus tune! Hank Williams thumbs his nose at Stalin in “No, No Joe”.



Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Democrats' real plan

 The one-party state.


Working -with-your-hands Wednesday

 

A republic, if you can keep it

Yeah, well, thanks, Ben, we appreciate everything that you and Tom and George and the rest of the boys did for us, but, you know, eternal vigilance turned out to be too fatiguing, and it's just so much easier to let the experts think things out for us and tell us what to do. So, no hard feelings, 'k?

What a mess. I think we're obviously in the "praying for a miracle" stage, and that's what I'm doing, but I cannot adequately express the measure of disgust I have for tens of millions of my fellow citizens. I don't know whether trickery and fraud will ultimately tip the scales or not, but given the vast number of legitimate votes cast for one of the weakest, and one of the most corrupt, Democratic presidential candidates in living memory, the inescapable fact is that the country is infested with people - perhaps dominated by people - who are plagued by a profound ignorance of history, as well as by sheer political imbecility. 

And what's the deal with Arizona? Perhaps some cheating going on there, too, but still, Biden got a lot of votes. Is the state now subject to swing blocs made up of transplanted Californians and members of the cult of John McCain? Perhaps Veeshir and other commenters can provide enlightenment. 

As for us, Mrs. Paco and I will be spending time with our children and grandchildren over the next several days, so blogging will be light. 

God save us.

Update:  Michael Walsh's words were never more appropriate and timely than they are now: the Democrats are a criminal organization masquerading as a political party. Hundreds of thousands of votes showing up on thumb drives early in the morning, ALL for Biden. Something to remember and keep in the forefront of our minds: people who will blithely deprive you of your right to self-government by fraudulently nullifying your vote will have no qualms about suppressing your other civil rights, and, ultimately, will not even balk at herding you into "reeducation" camps - and worse.

Perhaps some of these tens of thousands of Trump supporters who stood out in the cold to see and hear the president in Pennsylvania and Michigan and Wisconsin, and voted for him, only to see their votes illegally cancelled through fraud will start working within their states and counties to insure electoral integrity going forward. I hope so, because we're looking at straight-up gangster government.

Update II  Some people are suggesting that, should Trump lose this election, he should run again in 2024. I am absolutely on board with that idea, particularly if our alternatives are naifs like Marco Rubio, buffoons like Mitt Romney or anybody at all in the Bush orbit. Besides, Grover Cleveland - in my opinion, the last Good Democrat President - served two non-consecutive terms. It's been done before. It would all depend on Trump's continuing good health and his own desire, of course.

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Last gasp of the Luftwaffe

 Here's another interesting video on WWII history from Mark Felton.



And while we're on the subject of WWII, here's a video about the "Ni'ihau Incident" in Hawaii, which featured a Japanese pilot who had the misfortune of having to make an emergency landing after the attack on Pearl Harbor.


Good luck, Mr. President!

 


And good luck to the rest of us, too.

Update   Wise counsel, as always, from Kurt Schlichter.


And now, a word from our sponsors

 


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Astonishing

Edward Luttwak discusses an open letter from two retired Lt. Colonels to General Mark A Milley, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, practically inviting the latter to stage a military intervention in the event Trump loses and declines to decamp from the White House. The letter is slanderous in its inferences, dishonest in its assertions and idiotic in its prescriptions. The real danger, as I see it, is that Trump may indeed win the election, and yet still be subjected to violence and removal from office.

Seriously, have we arrived at a Seven Days in May moment? Do these establishment morons really think that tens of millions of ardent - and armed - Trump supporters are going to sit back and let either a few highly politicized brass hats or a network of revolutionary mobs destroy our president, our form of government and our way of life?

Monday, November 2, 2020

Greta Thunberg's sad awakening

 A fairy tale.

Make America Geriatric Again!

Biden is looking so feeble and confused during his campaign "appearances" that it is an impressive testament to the madness of Trump haters that anyone could vote for Sleepy Joe; Biden is the "yellow dog" of yellow-dog Democrats (and that newish breed, yellow-dog RINOs). 

Trump, on the other hand, is amazing: up to five rallies a day, spread out over thousands of miles, featuring the President's boundless energy and good humor: he is truly a happy warrior. And how wonderful to watch a non-politician in a role of political leadership. 

I pray for Donald Trump's victory; it would be a relief to see the Republic get a reprieve for the next four years (which, when you get to be my age, is not an insignificant amount of time).

Classical corner

 Héloïse de Jenlis gives a beautiful rendition of Debussy's Clair de Lune on the harp.


Bonus video! Even elephants are deeply moved by Debussy.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Congratulations to Joe Biden...

 ...on becoming, er, a grandma.

Within a hairsbreadth of the truth

"Chelsea Handler Patrols Polling Places To Make Sure No Black People Are Voting For Trump".

Pulling out all the stops

For the same reason that you shouldn't pay too much attention to the polls, you shouldn't pay too much attention to election night "analysis".

Fox News, folks. Time to dump that outfit, if you haven't already.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Sunday funnies

 Updated and bumped (via Veeshir):









"Check Out These Eight Beautiful Travel Posters For America's Democrat-Controlled Cities" Here's a nice one:


Get a dog (H/T: David Thompson)

Some people do tend to carry Halloween a little too far (H/T: Ditto)

You can't keep a good dog down...




From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".





Cop killer

 "Fighting rooster kills police officer in the Philippines during raid on cockfighting ring".

Ghastly. As I'm sure I've mentioned before, Old Paco's first arrest as a deputy sheriff was when he raided a cockfight. He was asked by a reporter how he singlehandedly managed to arrest the twenty or so people who attended. "I surrounded them", he replied.

Have a safe Halloween!

 



Sean Connery

The iconic James Bond has died, at age 90.

The first movie I ever saw featuring Sean Connery was Darby O'Gill and the Little People. I was five years old, and my parents took me to see it in a drive-in. The banshee terrified me.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Twitter finally surrenders to the New York Post

 

Joe Biden has gone from just saying meaningless words...

...to uttering meaningless sounds.

 

Halloween themes

Yeah, I know. Halloween is tomorrow. But you all will probably be out trick-or-treating, so I'm putting this up today.











Thursday, October 29, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

 The great Hazel Scott pounds out a jumpin' boogie-woogie called “A Rainy Night in G”.

My only question is...

 ...how did the Russians get the FBI to open a criminal investigation of Hunter Biden?


Ah, the uplifting beauty of art

Mrs. Paco found this interesting interactive 360 degree depiction of some of Van Gogh's paintings.

Good stuff. Of course, it's not on the same level as my favorite painting...


...but still, not bad for a guy who was probably compelled to set his hat at "extra jaunty" because of that really careless shaving accident.


The Navajos aren't exactly wild about Biden, either

 "The Native American Case for Trump".

Poor fellow

 


Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The truth about the Democratic Party

 In just four minutes.

Crikey!

What's this? Kevin Rudd in the news again? Shades of the good old days at Tim Blair's blog! "Kevin Rudd ‘blindsided’ by Jeffrey Epstein donation to think-tank".

Working-with-your-hands Wednesday

 

Want to see how quickly a normal American community can become a progressive s**thole?

Look no further than Loudon County, Virginia.

Another great reason for physically decentralizing the federal government: eliminate as many bureaucrats as you can, settle the rest in other areas of the country - preferably in "blue" areas where they can't contaminate local "red-based" politics: EPA to Detroit (assuming it isn't liquidated altogether), Dept. of Health and Human Services to Oakland, the VA to Indianapolis, and so on. Much cheaper rent and a perfect way to trigger attrition in the ranks of the permanent government (believe me, many of these government employees would rather throw themselves in front of an oncoming Metro train than abandon the "prestige" of working in Washington, DC). 


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

And now, a word from our sponsor

 

Biden doesn't have any endorsements as cool as this

 "Crow Tribal Chairman endorses Trump campaign".

Crow Tribal Chairman Alvin Not Afraid, Jr. was met with praise and applause while speaking at a GOP rally held Monday afternoon in Montana. In attendance was Vice President Mike Pence, who headlined the event.
“Today I stand before you to endorse, as well as support, President Trump, Vice President Pence,” Not Afraid, Jr. said before also endorsing other Republican candidates in Montana.

Alvin Not Afraid, Jr. Awesome. 

Yeah, I'd say that's exactly right

 



Monday, October 26, 2020

Oh, yeah?

"Sen. Blumenthal Says ‘There Will Be Consequences’ if Judge Barrett is Confirmed".

What's he going to do, lead his old Toys for Tots squad in a special ops raid through Lafayette Park and storm the White House using Super-Soakers?

C'mon, you remember Devil Dog Dick, don't you? The guy who lied for years about serving in Vietnam?

Blumenthal's own credibility has been called into question since he entered public life. When Blumenthal first ran for the Senate in 2010, the New York Times revealed that he had lied for years about fighting in the Vietnam War. Blumenthal repeatedly touted his supposed combat experience in speeches to veterans groups and civic organizations, saying he had "served in Vietnam." However, a review of his military records revealed that he procured five deferments from the military before joining the Marine Reserve. During the war he traveled as far west as Washington, where he helped the Toys for Tots program, but never saw actual combat.

Dick Blumenthal: "Say, you think that wasn't rough? Those kids were animals!" 

Gad!

I had no idea who Sandra Bernhard was, but was interested in why she disliked soon-to-be Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett, so I clicked on the Breitbart article - "Actress Sandra Bernhard: Amy Coney Barrett Is Controlled By Her Religious Dogma, Has Total Contempt of Other Women". I immediately beheld a photo of this person and recoiled. Good God, I thought, can't these news wallahs give a reader some kind of warning? The unfortunate Ms. Bernhard looks like an iguana peering from underneath a clump of Spanish moss. And she holds idiotic opinions, too? Poor thing.

Or, as we say in the south, bless her heart.

UPDATE:  The warnings of Ms. Bernhard notwithstanding, the Senate has just voted to confirm Amy Coney Barrett. The count was 51-48, with one senator (Democrat Kamela Harris, interestingly) not voting. All Republicans, save for the completely worthless Susan Collins, voted to approve. 

Congratulations, Your Honor! May you have a long and distinguished career on the Supreme Court; perhaps one day - perhaps not too long from now -you can be Chief Justice!

UPDATE II:  And the icing on the cake? She's going to be sworn in by Justice Clarence Thomas, who was the subject of so much abuse during his confirmation hearings, which were run by - Joe Biden.

So much Karma!


I suspect that the Green New Deal will devolve into something like this...

 

Classical corner

Another of my early introductions to classical music was the Second Movement from Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 94, a/k/a the "Surprise". The master sure knew how to wake up an audience!


Bonus video!  Not Benny Goodman's clarinet; here's what the instrument looked and sounded like back in Mozart's day.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

No, thanks

I'm going to remember those companies that are happy to sell me .32 acp ammo at 45 cents per round, as long as I agree to buy a minimum of 1,000 rounds.

When the Left loses somebody like this...

 ...it's difficult to completely give up hope: "Why I Voted Trump: A Coming Out Story".

H/T: JeffS

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Sunday funnies

Updated and bumped: Coyote vs Acme (H/T: Steve Skubinna, in the comments).







The perfect word for the present times (H/T: David Thompson)...








From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".




Recommended

 I wasn't familiar with John Zmirak (he's a senior editor at the online site, The Stream, and an author of several books on contemporary politics and religion), but just stumbled across this article - "Donald Trump Will Ride a Coyote to Victory", and it's good -  both funny and incisive. A sample:

Our nation is run, top to bottom, by ignorant, smug elitists like these. They have jumped through the right hoops, made the right connections, and signaled the right set of virtues. Millions of people have been rewarded with high salaries, cultural and political power for engaging in these rituals. They’ve earned journalism degrees without reading any history, education degrees without logic classes, multicultural diplomas having mastered no foreign languages. They know almost … nothing, in fact. Their status as “intellectuals” is an honorary degree they earned by showing up and bleating in unison, “Four legs GOOD, two legs B-A-A-A-A-A-D.” And they hold the rest of us in contempt. They’re not just ruthless, they’re shameless.

As you'll see in the article, in addition to his mockery of our homegrown "elites", Zmirak has a few choice words for Pope Francis, as well. 

Meanwhile, on a purely human level, the spectacle of a talentless, nasty ex-chemistry teacher like Jorge Bergoglio trying to gaslight a billion people is objectively … funny. I can read his documents for laughs, as I once did the loopy Green Book of Muamar Gaddafi, or The Ruhnama — the vast pseudo-Q’uran the dictator of Turkmenistan forced his entire country to memorize. The last world leader to match Francis’ vaunted “humility” really was Saparmurat Niyazov. And he renamed months of the year after members of his family. But for now, I will leave Pope Borat in peace.

Chumps for Trump!

No, no, Joe. Once again, you've got it all wrong. It's ok to insult your election opponent, and also other politicians, individually and in general; Trump gets away with that stuff all the time. But you don't insult the voters, even those who don't support you. "Joe Biden Calls Pennsylvania Voters Who Don’t Support Him ‘Chumps’".

When it comes to weaponized words...

...Kurt Schlicter's op-eds are definitely magnum loads
One of the many problems with the mainstream media saying “The hell with it – let’s stop pretending and go all in for the Dems” is that it makes Democrat candidates lazy. They are so used to the gentle strokes of the media masseuses that they always sit there expecting the happy ending. But a debate is not like one of those sparsely attended Biden media events where a few licensed and approved mainstream media journalists obediently sit in their circles and ask him tough questions like, “Do you feel your strongest attribute is your integrity, your experience, or your raw animal sexuality?” while ignoring the crack addict in the room holding a sack with a dollar sign on it.

Friday, October 23, 2020

Happy Feet Friday

 Here are the Delta Rhythm Boys, with a terrific version of “Undecided”.


Thursday, October 22, 2020

As it should be

 Victor Davis Hanson:

When institutions and politicians cannot accommodate radically changed circumstances, people will no longer value institutions and politicians. In their place, citizens will seek to ensure their own livelihoods, leisure, and safety in ways that are more reliable and affordable -- with their circumstances in their own hands rather than in those of distant others.
And their adjustments won't always be calm or polite.

I think he's a natural for the part

"Gavin Newsom To Go Undercover As A Turkey To Catch Families Celebrating Thanksgiving This Year".

Quick update

I took the Cimarron/Uberti 1873 lever action out to the range today, and it functioned well. The rifle is chambered in .45 colt, and the recoil is not at all bad (certainly nothing like my Rossi 92 in .44 Magnum!). No problems with feeding or ejecting. The rifle did shoot a little high and to the right, so I've got to work on that. But I'm very pleased with it. I also just found out that Uberti makes an 1873 in .45/70 that holds eight rounds (I've never seen a lever action in that caliber that had a capacity of more than four). That's a hand-full of power right there. Maybe something for another day...

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Um, what if Trump wins?

The Democrat Media Complex keeps worrying out loud about what Trump's supporters are going to do if their man loses. Will they riot? Will they drag Democrats out of their houses and shoot them on their lawns? Will they firebomb CNN headquarters?

Well, I've been wondering about something else. What if, against all odds - in spite of the full force of the Democrat Party, the mainstream media, the conservative imposters of NeverTrump, Big Tech and the Hollywood scum-elite being against him - Trump still manages to win? What are the Biden people going to do? Leftists are already burning down or otherwise trashing major cities, shooting civilians and cops, carrying out a crimewave of looting and assault and general brigandage. Let's see a show of hands: if Trump wins, how many of you think the Democrats and their Antifa and BLM allies are going to take the whole thing with a mere  shrug of the shoulders and a collective sigh?

Yeah, that's what I thought. Better step up the pace of that reloading, folks!


An appeal to the people of Utah

Please rid us of this sanctimonious ass hat: "Mitt Romney Didn’t Vote for Donald Trump in 2020".

He affirmatively stated that he didn't vote for Trump. I think everyone has a right to know, especially his constituents, whom he did vote for. Was it Biden? A third party candidate? The ghost of Brigham Young? He didn't actually have to tell anyone he didn't vote for Trump; he could have just said "I decline to answer". In making his Trump non-vote explicit, he is effectively endorsing Trump's Democratic opponent, regardless of whom he voted for. Wretched, stupid man. I hope, should the Republicans maintain their hold on the senate, that McConnell finds ways to isolate him. He should definitely never chair a major committee (or sub-committee). 

Update  Image cheerfully lifted from the Political Clown Parade.




Working-with-your-hands Wednesday

 

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Something old, something new

The "old" is not really old: it's a replica of the Winchester 73, manufactured by Uberti of Italy, and imported by Cimarron Firearms. Chambered in .45 colt, the rifle features a color case-hardened receiver, trigger, lever and hammer, a deeply blued octagonal barrel, and gorgeous deluxe checkered walnut stock and foregrip (click to enlarge).


Stop me before I buy another Glock! Oops, too late! I picked up a Glock 19X, beguiled by the capacity (one 17-rd magazine, and two 19 - count 'em! - 19-rd magazines; plus, to be perfectly honest, I like the color. Glock calls it the "coyote" finish).  This is the civilian version of the 9mm pistol that Glock entered in the U.S. military trials to replace the Beretta M-9. Glock lost in a close race with Sig Sauer, but it's still sweet. It features the full-size grip of the Glock 17 combined with the shorter slide of the Glock 19.  Some Glock fans hate the gun because of the configuration - large grip, short slide, the opposite of what many expect in a concealed-carry pistol - but they're not taking into consideration that the Glock 19X, or its military equivalent, was designed as a combat service pistol, not a concealment gun. Anyhow, I plan to keep it around primarily as a home defense gun, not use it as a daily carry.



The United States isn't the only country where left-wing radicals are out of control

 "In Chile, archbishop condemns arson attacks that destroyed Catholic churches".

H/T: Mrs. Paco

Why did you bother, Admiral McRaven?

 Seriously, what was the point of taking down Bin Laden if you're willing to turn the country over to a party that is planning to torch our constitution and overthrow the things you claim to believe in? "Navy SEAL who oversaw bin Laden raid says he voted for Joe Biden".

McRaven described himself as a "pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, small-government, strong-defense and a national-anthem-standing conservative" but said the US was no longer a country that set an example of democracy.
You're either lying about the things you say you believe in, or you're completely schizophrenic in your political beliefs. 

Harsh words? I don't care. There's too much at stake in this election to hold fire based on the old laurels  hanging in the closet of a guy who seems to have forgotten what his original oath was all about. Vote for whom you wish, but don't dare to presume to instruct the rest of us in what constitutes democracy, especially since you are more than willing to trade your supposedly cherished beliefs for a mess of pottage (or, in this case, a mess of dotage).

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Monday, October 19, 2020

The New Yorker isn't beating around the bush

Looks like Jeffrey Toobin immediately had cold water thrown on his short-term career plans.

2020 is proving to be a remarkably strange year.

Duty, done

Mrs. Paco and I voted at the local polling place today - it felt particularly appropriate after having just bought another couple of...Hummel figurines.  😉  More on that tomorrow sometime.


Classical corner

From Ferde Grofé's Grand Canyon Suite, here's "On the Trail". The heavy downbeat humorously mimics the clopping of mules, and the video depicts a dizzying descent on mules into the Grand Canyon.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Decommission the Presidential Debate Commission

One thing future Republican presidential candidates are going to have to pay attention to is the format and sponsorship of debates. The Presidential Debate Commission is filled with NeverTrumpers, which is likely to hurt any non-establishment Republican running for the presidency in 2024 and after. I mean, take a gander at the progressive fanatic who'll be moderating the final debate, Kristin Welker. 

According to a new report from the New York Post, Welker is a long-time Democrat with heavy ties to both the Democratic National Committee and various big wigs in the party, including Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.
There's no excuse for Republican candidates to put up with this kind of crap, and it simply boggles the mind that all of them have let this kind of thing persist for many years.

Related  No, as a matter of fact, I don't miss him at all - "Bush Staffers Go All In for Joe Biden with Campaign Ads Attacking Trump". More ruling class cynics who perceive all too well that the GOPe and the Democrat Party are basically two branches of the same gang preying on the citizenry.

Fire the guy and be done with it

 Roger Simon and I share a similar opinion of the odious Christopher Wray.

The fellow is a crawling worm and if Trump doesn't, for some reason, believe it feasible for reasons of political optics to fire him now, he should do so the day after he's reelected. 

Sunday funnies

 




Seriously? I'm the one who belongs on a leash?

If you're going to be a pool hustler, you need to start young.

"Senator Hirono Demands ACB Be Weighed Against A Duck To See If She Is A Witch".

Beware the rage of the desert rain frog!


The return of Foster Brooks.



From Powerline's "The Week in Pictures".