Thursday, December 31, 2015

Vintage Babes of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babes* are ringing in the New Year!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)
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In order: Mae West, Ann Miller, Jane Wyatt, Esther Williams (?), a bevy of lovelies and Debbie Reynolds.

Classics in Advertising


Quote du jour

Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
-Benjamin Franklin

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Medal of Honor

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Sergeant Gordon R. Roberts


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Roberts distinguished himself while serving as a rifleman in Company B, during combat operations. Sgt. Roberts' platoon was maneuvering along a ridge to attack heavily fortified enemy bunker positions which had pinned down an adjoining friendly company. As the platoon approached the enemy positions, it was suddenly pinned down by heavy automatic weapons and grenade fire from camouflaged enemy fortifications atop the overlooking hill. Seeing his platoon immobilized and in danger of failing in its mission, Sgt. Roberts crawled rapidly toward the closest enemy bunker. With complete disregard for his safety, he leaped to his feet and charged the bunker, firing as he ran. Despite the intense enemy fire directed at him, Sgt. Roberts silenced the 2-man bunker. Without hesitation, Sgt. Roberts continued his l-man assault on a second bunker. As he neared the second bunker, a burst of enemy fire knocked his rifle from his hands. Sgt. Roberts picked up a rifle dropped by a comrade and continued his assault, silencing the bunker. He continued his charge against a third bunker and destroyed it with well-thrown hand grenades. Although Sgt. Roberts was now cut off from his platoon, he continued his assault against a fourth enemy emplacement. He fought through a heavy hail of fire to join elements of the adjoining company which had been pinned down by the enemy fire. Although continually exposed to hostile fire, he assisted in moving wounded personnel from exposed positions on the hilltop to an evacuation area before returning to his unit. By his gallant and selfless actions, Sgt. Roberts contributed directly to saving the lives of his comrades and served as an inspiration to his fellow soldiers in the defeat of the enemy force. Sgt. Roberts' extraordinary heroism in action at the risk of his life were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


Sgt. Roberts: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy four living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

"That Old Black Magic Has Me in its Spell..."

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Quote du jour

So much of left-wing thought is a kind of playing with fire by people who don't even know that fire is hot.
-George Orwell

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

In Defense of Samuel L. Jackson

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I like to think of myself as a pretty mainstream conservative. Other than, perhaps, my choice of a presidential candidate for 2016, I am used to my views being at least tangentially close to that of my fellow conservatives. That's why it's just a bit unsettling to be out here by my lonesome on this issue.

Consider poor Samuel L. Jackson. Okay, that was intentional. He's anything but poor. He could probably buy and sell me thirty times over, but he's catching an awful lot of flak for a comment he made that just doesn't seem all that terrible to me.
“When that thing happened in France, we were sitting there going, 'Oh, my God, these terrorists!' And I can't even tell you how much that day the thing that happened in San Bernardino — I was in Hawaii — how much I really wanted that to just be another, you know, crazy white dude, and not really some Muslims, because it's like: 'Oh, s**t. It's here. And it's here in another kind of way,'”

First of all, he was honest. A failing I suffer myself most of the time. And I can identify exactly with what he said. Before you assign a motive based on racial prejudice, think back to the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. A black youth was shot in the street, apparently resisting arrest, but the identity (and race) of the police officer was not immediately revealed. I can very specifically remember thinking, "Man, I hope it was a black cop". Not because I wished any of the emotional trauma that so often accompanies even justified shootings, to be visited upon him, but because I did not want the race baiters and poverty pimps to turn what may have been (and was proven to be) a justifiable shooting into some occasion to stir up racial unrest.

I hoped it wasn't a white guy, because of the implications that would cause, not only in Ferguson, but nationwide. It was not racism on my part, but hoping there would be no cause for rioting.

If you are a pro-life conservative, you should be able to relate to this as well. Just recently there was a shooting incident in Colorado in and around a Planned Parenthood facility. Look me in the eye and tell me that it didn't at least go through your mind that you hoped that maybe the guy was a bank robber, chased into the PP, or "some crazy white dude" with no affiliation with any pro-life organizations whatsoever. You didn't want a righteous cause to be smeared by an unrighteous act.

It's honest. In today's culture, every shooting has been politicized to the extent that, before the bodies are cold, before any investigation has begun, some group is trying to cram this into their political agenda. If the San Bernadino shooters were some random "crazy white dudes", or even a gang shooting, then, terrorism has not come to the heartland. 'Oh, s**t. It's here.'

Has Samuel L. Jackson ever said anything else that colors your opinion of him? (Pun intended). I don't know. I'm saying that we can give the man the benefit of the doubt on this one. His was the honest expression of a regret that terrorism had come to the heartland, much like my desire was not to see racial strife in Ferguson, or yours was not to see pro-lifers smeared by one unstable individual.

From the stand point of those who did not want to see terrorists active in the homeland, can't you see that point of view? On the morning of 9/11/2001, as I was sitting at my desk, I heard that "a plane had hit the WTC". My first thought was that maybe some elderly pilot in a Cessna had had a heart attack and crashed into a building. I can assure you that, although I do not wish any harm to elderly pilots, of any race, I really wanted that plane crash to be some "old white dude", rather than a terrorist attack.

It wasn't that long ago, that some of you were quoting Mr. Jackson for his reasonable tone on gun control.
"I don't think it's about more gun control. I grew up in the South with guns everywhere and we never shot anyone. This [shooting] is about people who aren't taught the value of life."

I think we should cut Mr. Jackson some slack on this one. Just sayin'.

Sex in Advertising

For all you connoisseurs of advertising...






I may not be exactly sure what they're selling, but, I'm pretty sure I'm in the market!

Ménage à Trotsky

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Quote du jour

My own opinion is a very simple one. The right of others to free expression is part of my own. If someone’s voice is silenced, then I am deprived of the right to hear. Moreover, I have never met nor heard of anybody I would trust with the job of deciding in advance what it might be permissible for me or anyone else to say or read. That freedom of expression consists of being able to tell people what they may not wish to hear, and that it must extend, above all, to those who think differently is, to me, self-evident.
-Christopher Hitchens

Monday, December 28, 2015

Howard Glozell

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The Glozell of victory, the agony of defeat!

Hollywood Went to War

Thirty sixth in our series, Hollywood Went to War, that charming rogue of big screen and small, James Garner.

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Garner joined the United States Merchant Marine at age 16 near the end of World War II. He liked the work and his shipmates, but he suffered from chronic seasickness. After the war, Garner joined his father in Los Angeles and enrolled at Hollywood High School, where he was voted the most popular student. A high school gym teacher recommended him for a job modeling Jantzen bathing suits. It paid well ($25 an hour), but in his first interview for the Archives of American Television, he said he hated modeling; he soon quit and returned to Norman. He played football and basketball at Norman High School), and competed on the track and golf teams. However, he dropped out in his senior year. In a 1976 Good Housekeeping magazine interview, he admitted, "I was a terrible student and I never actually graduated from high school, but I got my diploma in the Army."

He enlisted in the National Guard, serving his first seven months in California. He then went to Korea for 14 months, as a rifleman in the 5th Regimental Combat Team during the Korean War. He was wounded twice, first in the face and hand by shrapnel fire from a mortar round, and the second time in the buttocks from friendly fire from U.S. fighter jets as he dove headfirst into a foxhole. Garner received the Purple Heart in Korea for the first injury. He qualified for a second Purple Heart (eligibility requirement: "As the result of friendly fire while actively engaging the enemy"), but he did not actually receive it until 1983, 32 years after it had happened. Garner was a self-described "scrounger" for his company in Korea, a role he later played in The Great Escape and The Americanization of Emily.

Mr. Garner, we salute you and thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace.

#BlackLivesMatter...Unless it's an Election Year!

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Quote du jour

"Remember when Rosa Parks set fire to an autoparts store to underscore her point about discrimination?
Me neither."
-Bill Hobbs

Sunday, December 27, 2015

4-10 Niners vs. 5-9 Lions

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Go Niners!

Update: Final Lions, 32, Niners 17

Quote du jour

"I would have played in the NFL had it not been for my lack of size, speed and talent."
-Marco Rubio

Saturday, December 26, 2015

A Little Saturday Night Music

George Winston - Joy, The Holly and the Ivy

Christmas Flash Mob: Air Force Band at National Air & Space Museum

Happy Boxing Day!

...to all our friends in Canada, the UK, Australia and NZ (And Singapore!) !

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Not sure if this picture captures the spirit of the holiday, but then, it's my blog and I post what interests me! Heh.

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!
Political/SocioEconomic
EX-OBAMA DEFENSE SECRETARY: White House Tried to "Destroy Me"

Heavily redacted Benghazi emails released on Christmas Eve

Mass Shootings Talking Point Destroyed By… Wait, Mother Jones?

Ted Cruz Is Still Best Positioned For The Nomination


Time to Thin the GOP Herd



Videos
This Response Might Be Appropriate for Most Lefty Arguments -D'Souza

Cruz Creates the Year’s Funniest Campaign Video


Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s Syria Strategy Suffers from Classic Liberal Thinking


Sarah Palin parodies 30 Rock

Judge Jeanine Opening Statement On Hillary Clinton As Secretary of State


Black Lives Matter Protesters Attack Multiple U.S. Cities Before Christmas

Santa Claus Plays "Jingle Bells" with the Colt 1911




Culture
Does Hillary’s Potty Break Matter? DEPENDS.

The universe is so vast and ageless that the life of one man can only be measured by the size of his sacrifice.*

How Dinesh D’Souza Became a Victim of Obama’s Lawless Administration

WaPo Portrays Ted Cruz’s Kids as Monkeys

REMINDER: Republican Staffer Who Criticized Obama’s Daughters LOST HER JOB

A Veteran's Lament...

‘Give Me Stats’: Watch What Happens When CNN Host Presses Black Lives Matter Activist to Back Up Claims

Here’s the Reason George W. Bush Didn’t Leave D.C. Until the day After Christmas

Hug Lady Dies on Christmas Eve




Technology
Military bosses reveal survival system that is in place if America's power systems are wiped out by cyber attacks


SpaceX Makes History: Reusable Falcon 9 Rocket Lands Successfully

Merry Christmas from Boston Dynamics. And its REINDEER ROBOTS.

A concept passenger jet
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Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

Today's Toons 12/16/15

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD,

Today's Toons 12/17/15


Say It Three Times In The Mirror And You’ll Hear A Cackle

Reaganite's Sunday Funnies

Today's Toons 12/18/15

Cartoon Round Up...

Today's Toons 12/25/15

Humpday Humor

Cartoon Round Up...

TGI Funnies




Linkfests:

In The Mailbox, 12.22.15


Larwyn’s Linx: Transitioning to the Post-Obama Era


LIVE AT FIVE: 12.23.15

Larwyn’s Linx: Cruz: Mitch McConnell Is ‘Most Effective Democratic Leader In Modern Times’

LIVE AT FIVE: 12.24.15


No Worries!

Larwyn’s Linx: Time to Thin the GOP Herd



Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny - hot pick, girls with guns, Blogs With Rule 5 Links, girls with guns, Morning Mistress, Morning Mistress

American Power- Demi Lovato Stuns in Plunging Swimsuit at St. Bart's, Yuliya Lasmovich's Lovely Lingerie Shoot, Nadine Leopold Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Casting Call (VIDEO)

Angry Mike's hood -Smokin'

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & Bang,

The Daley Gator – Daley Babe, legs

Daily Mail – Katie Cassidy

Double Trouble

Good Monday Morning

Santa Seagals , Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale

Friday Night Babe - Holiday Babes!

Good Stuff's Cyber World #221


Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning Girl, Daaaaaamn….., Your Good Morning Girls, Cosplay girls, good morning girl, Your Good Morning Girl, Your Good Morning Girl, Your Christmas Cutie

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see...


Flowing Curves of Beauty

Randy's Roundtable - Thursday Nite Tart

Sex in Advertising - Victoria's Secret Holiday video


The Last Tradition - The Last Tradition's Top 10 Friday Babe of the Week for 2015 ,Yendi Phillips

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark –

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

The Vulgar Curmudgeon -Rule Five

Vintage Babes of the Week – Holiday Babes!

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

...and the obligatory 49er cheerleader


Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to: Proof.Positive@Hotmail.com

Quote du jour

The magi, as you know, were wise men – wonderfully wise men – who brought gifts to the new-born King of the Jews in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. Being wise, their gifts were no doubt wise ones, possibly bearing the privilege of exchange in case of duplication. And here I have lamely related to you the uneventful chronicle of two foolish children in a flat who most unwisely sacrificed for each other the greatest treasures of their house. But in a last word to the wise of these days let it be said that of all who give gifts these two were the wisest. Of all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the Magi.
-O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi

Friday, December 25, 2015

Friday Night Babes

Tonight's FNBs* are holiday minded...

(*a.k.a. Rule Five Friday)


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Merry Christmas!

A Little Christmas Day Music

Noel Paul Stookey - Christmas Dinner

A Little Christmas Day Music

Shawn Phillips - A Christmas Song



I first heard this song when the 45 single* was delivered to the college radio station where I was working.


From Shawn's website: "The Christmas Song was written in a hotel room in Rome, in 1969. I can't remember what I was in Rome for, but it was close to Christmas, and I started thinking about that, and all that entailed, and I wanted to tell the story somewhat differently, and make it fun. A few months later, when we were recording Second Contribution, I played the song for Jonathan Weston, and he didn't want to waste any of the studio time we had. I was determined to get it on tape. So when he and the engineer Robin Cable went out for a dinner break, I got on the phone, and gathered together 19 musicians, and I had everyone of them set up with microphones, and had the levels set, we'd rehearsed it several times, and we were sitting in the studio, and then Jonathan, and Robin walked into the control room. I just told Robin to roll the tape. It was done in the first take."



On the recording, there's a bit of a false start. Shawn gives an infectious, joyous laugh and says "I think that's tremendous" and then launches into the song. I think I love that laughter as much as I love the song.

I posted the song in 2010. I wasn't going to post it again, but then I got an Anonymous comment on that 2010 post that made me change my mind. Let me share it with you...


I have been trying to figure out who did this song and what it was called. Thanks a million. I would also like to find the version with the false start, but I can't find the title "A Christmas Song" on Itunes, but I'm willing to sample each song to find it! I had googled "I think that's tremendous" before, but since it wasn't that unique a sentence, I got nowhere. Even adding christmas music to the search came up dry, and I eventually stopped trying. But I was looking for something else, thought I'd give it another try, and here you are. Thanks a million more times.


I can identify with that. I can think of things that I searched and searched for and pretty much given up hope of ever finding. And then, for some reason, a spark of hope wells up within you and tells you you've got nothing to lose by looking one more time, and...there it is.

"I think that's tremendous". I do, too. More now than ever. I don't always comment on the videos I post, but I did on this one, five years ago, and mentioned the very words that weren't in the video I posted then, the only ones our friend here knew to search for. What is it the Good Book says? Seek and ye shall find"?

I don't know what you're looking for this Christmas, but maybe it's too soon to give up looking for it now. You just never know!

Merry Christmas to you and yours! God bless us every one!

(Revised from an earlier post, with updated video)

*For those of you not born in the right century, a '45 single' refers to an analog recording on a vinyl disc, approximately 7" in diameter, with a 1.5" diameter hole in the middle, played at 45 r.p.m. on a 'record player' or 'turntable'. It had a recording on both sides. The secondary recording was on what was commonly known as the "B" side.

The storage capacity of a 45 single was probably an average of about 2 minutes per side. Your grandparents changed records a lot. On record players with an automatic spindle, you could stack 10, 45 singles, for approximately 20 minutes of semi interrupted play.

Merry Christmas!

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Quote du jour

O come, O come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the Son of God appear
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

A Little Christmas Eve Music

Roger Miller - Old Toy Trains

Vintage Babes of the Week

Tonight's Vintage Babes* are in the spirit of the holidays!
(*a.k.a. Rule Five)

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(And in case you were wondering, in order: Esther Williams, Vera Ellen, Janis Page, Sunny Knight, Marguerite Chapman, Grace Bradley, Mary Martin, Marilyn Monroe)

A Little Christmas Eve Music

George Winston - The Carol of the Bells

The Other Gift of the Magi

It's nearly Christmas. No, not when I'm writing this, but when it will see the light of day. It's July and I'm slipping this into a time capsule for revival when the frost is on the bumpkins and the chestnuts are in the fire.

When I was a lad, about eight or nine, as I recall, twelve tops, we were living in southern Indiana. Jeffersonville. (Hopefully Thomas and not Davis, or the PC crowd will change it!) One year, my older brother (bother in the first draft. Typo or Freudian?) and sister saw a design in some magazine for some handmade, do-it-yourself jewelry. Earrings, pins, necklaces... something like that. I vaguely remember they were made out of cork balls and a little bit of black velvet ribbon and pins through glass beads.
(Actually, they kind of put me in mind of those old WWII sea mines with all the spikes all over them, but very colorful and festive! )

I was the youngest of we three and not terrible suited for production. The big kids handled that. I was in sales. I was youngest and thereby the cutest of the bunch. (No brag, just fact!) So I was delegated to go door to door in the cold December winds and sell these bits of jewelry and perhaps some clumps of mistletoe as well, tied up with red curling ribbon.

Anyhow, out into the cruel December winter trudged I, with a sack or a wagon or some such, I don't recall, full of Christmacy merchandise to sell. 'Tis the season! My siblings had set the prices (marketing) and as I recall I did pretty well the first couple of houses. By the time I got to about the third door, the homeowner must have startled me, or I was nervous about talking to strangers, because when they opened the door they demanded "how much for the small jewelry?" For, you see, there were two sizes, a large and a small, appropriately priced, the larger sizes more than the smaller. Higher labor and material costs, don'tcha know?

For some reason, I got rattled and recited the large jewelry price for the smaller jewelry. Before I could correct myself, the homeowner agreed, paid the price and I was on my way before I fully realized what had happened. Our goods were underpriced for what the market would bear! Since I was the only member of the corporation onsite, I gave myself a small promotion to Joint marketing and Sales, and proceeded to quote the higher prices for the rest of the day.

Now as a kid, I was always good at math, and I knew how many units I had started out with and how many I had sold, and at what prices. So I subtracted the original price of the merchandise, and put the difference into pocket number one. The rest of the money went into pocket number two. Upon my return, cold, slightly frostbitten and hungry, I gave my siblings the entire contents of pocket number two.

They were delighted! Look how much money they had made, from the warmth and comfort of their own living room no less! As management, they then divided up the profits and gave me my share. An honest wage for an honest day's work! I'm sure they were thinking what a chump I was to work all day in the cold and how smart they were to have talked me into it!

I was then rewarded with a bonus for being 'Salesman of the Year', with the content of pocket number one. The awards ceremony was intimate, restricted solely to the sales force, without whom the company would not long survive.

I can't remember if I've ever told this story to my brother or sister. I'm pretty sure the statute of limitations has run out. Think I'll print this out and put it in their Christmas cards. If I live 'til New Years, I'll let you know how that worked out!

My Holiday Gift to You...

A memory or two...



Classics in Advertising


late '50s-- early '60s

Quote du jour

The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.
-George Carlin

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Medal of Honor

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Captain Ronald E. Ray


Citation:

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Capt. Ray distinguished himself while serving as a platoon leader with Company A. When 1 of his ambush patrols was attacked by an estimated reinforced Viet Cong company, Capt. Ray organized a reaction force and quickly moved through 2 kilometers of mountainous jungle terrain to the contact area. After breaking through the hostile lines to reach the beleaguered patrol, Capt. Ray began directing the reinforcement of the site. When an enemy position pinned down 3 of his men with a heavy volume of automatic weapons fire, he silenced the emplacement with a grenade and killed 4 Viet Cong with his rifle fire. As medics were moving a casualty toward a sheltered position, they began receiving intense hostile fire. While directing suppressive fire on the enemy position, Capt. Ray moved close enough to silence the enemy with a grenade. A few moments later Capt. Ray saw an enemy grenade land, unnoticed, near 2 of his men. Without hesitation or regard for his safety he dove between the grenade and the men, thus shielding them from the explosion while receiving wounds in his exposed feet and legs. He immediately sustained additional wounds in his legs from an enemy machinegun, but nevertheless he silenced the emplacement with another grenade. Although suffering great pain from his wounds, Capt. Ray continued to direct his men, providing the outstanding courage and leadership they vitally needed, and prevented their annihilation by successfully leading them from their surrounded position. Only after assuring that his platoon was no longer in immediate danger did he allow himself to be evacuated for medical treatment. By his gallantry at the risk of his life in the highest traditions of the military service, Capt. Ray has reflected great credit on himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army.


Capt. Ray: We humbly salute you and thank you for your service.

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Hat tip Home of Heroes

There are seventy four living MoH recipients today. Their names and their stories should not be forgotten. My mission is to honor one of those heroes here each week, and salute them for their courage and sacrifice. In the words of John Fitzgerald Kennedy:

“A nation reveals itself not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors; the men it remembers.”

The Original Democrat Logo Had the "D" Offcenter...

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The US Air Force Band - 2014 Holiday Flash Mob

Quote du jour

Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing but of reflection.
-Winston Churchill

Monday, December 21, 2015

Chanticleer - In the Bleak Mid-Winter

Hollywood Went to War

Thirty fifth in our series Hollywood Went to War, is a duo of lads who enlisted during a war that didn't last long enough for them to see enemy action: Spencer Tracy and Pat O'Brien.

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Tracy enlisted in the United States Navy when he turned 18. He was sent to the Naval Training Station in North Chicago, where he was still a student when World War I came to an end. He achieved the rank of seaman second class, but never went to sea, and was discharged in February 1919.


O'Brien attended Marquette Academy with fellow actor Spencer Tracy, who became a lifelong friend. During World War I, O'Brien and Tracy joined the United States Navy. They both attended boot camp at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center, but the war ended before their training had finished.
 Jack Benny was also at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center at the same time as O'Brien and Tracy. According to his autobiography, Benny performed a number on the violin at a show one evening, when the sailors started booing and heckling him. O'Brien walked on stage and whispered in his ear, "For heaven's sake, Ben, put down the damn fiddle and talk to 'em." Benny stopped playing his violin and made a series of comments that got laughs from the audience. In this way, O'Brien indirectly helped to start Benny's career in comedy

Gentlemen: we salute you and thank you for your willingness to serve your country. Rest in peace.

The Most Interesting Liar in the World - Déjà vu

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My Déjà VU meter is pegged!


Bonus:
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Quote du jour

Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
-Dave Barry

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Dropkick Murphys - "The Season's Upon Us"

Never heard of these guys until I saw them over at Old AF Sarge's Chant du Départ. Imagine! Finding good Irish music at your favorite purveyor of aircraft porn!

"Luke, I am Your Pa !"

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Starring Ron Howard as Sir Alec Guinness

4-9 Niners vs. 10-3 Bengals

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Go Niners!

Update: Final Bengals 24, Niners 14

*Sigh*

Quote du jour

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.
-G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, December 19, 2015

A Little More Saturday Night Music

Angels We Have Heard on High (Christmas w/ 32 fingers and 8 thumbs) - ThePianoGuys


H/T Maggie's Notebook

A Little Saturday Night Music

Amy Grant - Tennessee Christmas


Last Minute Gift Ideas

It's a public service, I tell ya! But, just in case you've run out of ideas for thoughtful gifts for people you like, here's a small grab bag of ideas.



Books

I just finished Andy Weir's 'The Martian'. Recently released as a movie with Matt Damon. (Or Ben Affleck, or one of those interchangeable Hollywood leads.) I saw somewhere that the book was better than the movie. The book was really good. A real page turner. Must have for anyone channeling their inner geek. Note: some NSFW language

I bought Dana Loesch's book 'Hands Off My Guns', initially as an "in your face" to support Dana, through her book sales, in light of the onslaught of people who were attacking her. I expected it to be "preaching to the choir", but I was impressed with her story, the way she tells it, and the amount of new information in it. Buy this one for your favorite Second Amendment supporter.

I just started '13 Hours - The Inside Account of what Really Happened in Benghazi'. It was also recommended to me, but might be a little intense for some readers. Or your blood pressure as you consider that you know how this one turns out.

Finished Michael Connelly's latest, 'The Crossing' about a week ago. Connelly is one of my favorite authors. Always bittersweet coming to the last page.  I'm a bit of a purist, so if he's not been on your radar, consider starting at the beginning of the Harry Bosch novels with 'The Black Echo' (1992)

DVD/Blu Ray

Clint Eastwood's blockbuster 'American Sniper' bears more than one viewing. Chris Kyle is the Alvin York of our time*. This movie would have been Six Stars out of Five if it only hadn't been for that fake baby! Add this one to your collection or if you can find any of the six people in America who didn't see it first run.

A thoughtful gift on a budget is the Blu Ray of 'The Island'. Seen this one for $5 or less at Target. Thought provoking sci-fi, well acted with a little bit of edge-of-your-seat action thrown in. Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson star, with some top notch supporting actors.

A DVD I gave all my kids last year was an HBO movie with Kevin Bacon called 'Taking Chance'.
Taking Chance and the Island are the two best movies you never heard of.

CDs

If you like acoustic guitar (and if you can find it) 'The Charlie Byrd Christmas Album'. Outstanding!

Still time to order and get these shipped in time for Christmas. Since I already have all these things, if you're wondering what to get me, dead president portraiture is always in season.

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I support Phoenix Patriot Foundation.

Update: I thought I would include one more suggestion, but for a very narrowly defined group of people. That and a disclaimer that I am not profiting in any way, shape or form from these endorsements. Michael Connelly is NOT sending me a personally autographed copy of his next book (Hint, hint.), nor will Dana Loesch start following me on Twitter (although her husband Chris does), Andy Weir will not write me into one of his next books as the blogger who saved NASA until I do something like... actually saving NASA. (Clint Eastwood and I will still go bar hopping on New Year's Eve, but that goes without saying! If we do run into Scarlett Johansson, that's just luck!)

This is the one product I do not own, but I am quite impressed with the design. If you or someone you love is a pistol shooter, but has trouble gripping the slide to charge the pistol, a company called Brass Stacker has an ambidextrous ring that mounts to the back of the slide, which would make charging the weapon much easier for someone suffering from arthritis or injury. The design is quite simple and elegant, and I was tempted to buy one even though I currently do not need it. I know some folks have purchased Beretta Bearcats in .380 for self defense simply because they lacked the hand strength to chamber the first round. Again, a very narrow subset of people, but if someone in my audience fits this category, look into it.


Merry Christmas! Don't get caught up in the commercialism. Give gifts from the heart for the joy of giving. I also accept Pay Pal.  : )



*If you don't know who Alvin York was, get a copy of Gary Cooper's Sergeant York for yourself. STAT.

Best of the Web*

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*…that I’ve seen all week!
Political/SocioEconomic
Hillary Clinton Attends Fundraiser Hosted By Investor Of SCANDAL PLAGUED SOLYNDRA -Don'tcha hate it when society's parasites come back for seconds?

Trump Is Going To Break Your Heart

The biggest Pinocchios of 2015

Obama’s Awful Year

REPORT: Hillary Clinton’s Unsecured Emails Were TOP SECRET

Navy Concludes Chattanooga Shooting Was Inspired by Foreign Terrorists





Videos
Leading US Imam and Professor: Muslims Can Take Property of “Filthy” Christians and Jews


Judge Jeanine: The Real Hero In Washington Needs Our Support

30-Seconds For Greg Gutfeld To HILARIOUSLY Destroy The Clintons

YouTube Gets Censory - of Sharyl Attkisson





Culture

Hero Brian Kolfage Mentors An 11 Year-Old Ukrainian Boy Who Lost Three Limbs When He Found An RPG -Make sure you read this one.

Things you hear while standing in a gun line

Mismatch- Why affirmative action may be doing more harm than good

American Sniper widow Taya Kyle outshoots NRA champion

A Memory of Christmas: A Lesson in Diversity and Inclusion

Planned Parenthood unscathed in spending bill

Obamacare Loses the Bet




Technology
Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® - Past, Present & Future Innovations

New transparent metal could make screens cheaper
-Commander Scott's transparent aluminum??

Slide Pull Charging Handle
-Not an advert, just a good idea!





Photoshops/Cartoons/Graphics

Cartoon of the Day – NRO

Flopping Aces -Sunday Funnies

Today's Toons 12/9/15

John Cox- KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD, KiRKWOOD
Today's Toons 12/10/15

Tripping with Marge Simpson

Why Was There Peace and Quiet in Mayberry?

Today's Toons 12/11/15

Victory Girls Vine: Dear State Department, Jihadis HAVE Jobs

★Xmas Funnies 2015★

Humpday Humor

TGI Funnies






Linkfests:
In The Mailbox, 12.11.15

Larwyn’s Linx: Evil on the March


In The Mailbox, 12.14.15


Larwyn’s Linx: Rush Finally Turns on Trump

In The Mailbox, 12.15.15


Larwyn’s Linx: Rubio vs. Paul vs. Cruz on Foreign Policy


In The Mailbox: 12.16.15


Larwyn’s Linx: Comparing the Establishment's and the Base's View of the GOP Hierarchy


In The Mailbox: 12.17.15

X-TREME Blogging!






Rule Five Roundup:
(While all Rule Five posts may be NSFW, I generally only flag the ones that are certainly NSFW)

90 Miles From Tyranny - girls with guns, Blogs With Rule 5 Links

American Power- Smokin' Steph Claire Smith Wins Contract for Australian Lingerie Brand Intimo , Lily Aldridge, Candice Swanepoel Show Off Bikini Bodies at St. Bart's, Kelly Brook Leaves Little to the Imagination in Very Sexy 2016 Calendar

Humpday

By Other Means - Cosplay, Tap Rack & Bang,

The Daley Gator – Daley Babe, Saturday Curves, What is sexy?, Slippery when wet

Daily Mail – Miss Universe hopefuls flaunt their super-trim figures in skimpy swimwear


Double Trouble -A Touch of Color

Good Monday Morning

Feral Irishman - Friday Femme Fatale, Coffee Coolatta? Those Things Are Over 400 Calories..., These Should Bump Up Today's Hits...

Friday Night Babe - Daphne Joy

Good Stuff's Cyber World #220

Bar Refaeli

Knuckledraggin' My Life Away - Good Morning Girl, Milfy Monday, BRB. Headed to the libarry., Your Good Morning Girl

Amanda Shires

Pirates Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup, If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see..., If all you see...

Flowing Curves of Beauty

Sex in Advertising - Victoria's Secret Ice Angel

Paige VanZant


Raquel Benetti

The Last Tradition - Kyra Chaos, Sarodj Bertin

The Vulgar Curmudgeon -Rule Five

I've got a question

The Right Way -Friday Babe

Theo Spark – Victoria’s Secret Angels Sing 12 Days of Christmas.....

The Other McCain- Rule Five Sunday

Vintage Babe of the Week – Carole Landis!

Rule 5 Woodsterman Style

Angelique Boyer

Somebody's got bed bugs

...and the obligatory 49er cheerleader


Use the comments as an open thread on any of these topics. Please send links of news, commentary, choice humor or Rule Fivage to: Proof.Positive@Hotmail.com

Quote du jour

"Activists are arguing for legal human civil rights for chimpanzees, or as the activists call them, latent Democrats."
-Proof
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