Saturday, October 3, 2015

Oregon Shootings

First of all, thoughts and prayers for the victims and their families of Thursday's shootings at Oregon's Umpqua Community College.

Second, I'm having a hard time containing my outrage at the antics of the loser currently wasting oxygen in the White House. I cannot believe that pathetic worm masquerading as the 'leader' of this country would politicize the tragic shootings while the bodies were still warm.
President Obama on Thursday made an impassioned case that gun violence is “something we should politicize” following a mass shooting at a community college in Oregon.
In his disgraceful rush to advance his political agenda while standing atop the dead bodies of the victims, barry performed his usual trick of misdirection, misleading, and outright lying about a problem - much less offering any solutions.
Eager to distract the country from the collapse of his Syria policy and the triumph of Russia in replacing the U.S. as the dominant force in the Middle East, he seized upon the deaths as means to advance his anti-gun agenda, with absolutely no knowledge of the guns used, or the means by which the shooter acquired them.  He referred to himself 28 times in the course of his 12-minute speech.

The president insisted that "modest regulation," consistent with the Second Amendment rights of "law-abiding gun owners," could "prevent this carnage from being inflicted someplace else in America." ... (but he) did not mention a single specific policy fitting that description.

So far, President Obama has said nothing about the ongoing carnage in his hometown of Chicago, where every weekend sees a slaughter nearly as bad as the event in Roseburg.
The reaction to these shootings will be predictable - on both sides. Leftists will call for more stringent gun-control laws. Those of us on the other side will counter that the shooter violated numerous existing laws, and more wouldn't have deterred him.

Perhaps the most obvious broken law was the one prohibiting firearms on campus. I don't understand why the anti-gun crowd believes that gun-free zones prevent gun violence. There are nine dead people in Oregon who could testify to the fallacy of that belief.

Thursday's events are going to be hashed and rehashed ad nauseum. I'll leave that to others. I will, however, save several thousand words by posing a few pictures that sum up my opinion.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2015.10.02

Something to think about as we listen to barack obama and his cronies politicize yesterday's tragic shootings in Oregon.

The VA, Trust, And Kittens

In a previous post I questioned some admittedly unverified VA practices. Then I came across this story which alleges cronyism and corruption in the VA hierarchy.

I'm shocked - shocked, I tell you - to hear about government officials behaving badly.
American Legion National Commander Dale Barnett repeated his organization’s call for Department of Veterans Affairs Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey to resign amid new allegations of more wrongdoing by senior VA executives.

“In 2014, then-National Commander Dan Dellinger called on the VA secretary, the under secretary for Health and under secretary for Benefits to all step down due to widespread scandals that infected the entire department,” Barnett said “While the VA secretary and under secretary for Health did step down, Under Secretary Hickey ignored the wishes of veterans and stayed on. Now, we have VA’s own Inspector General’s office determining that two senior executives under Hickey inappropriately used their positions to benefit from an overly-generous relocation policy. It’s disturbing to read terms like ‘criminal referrals’ and ‘coerced’ in an official report about an agency that was created to serve veterans. It is time for Under Secretary Hickey to finally do the right thing and resign.”
Gee, to think that a federal agency supposedly dedicated to taking care of those who sacrificed so much to take care of us could be riddled with inefficiency, ineptitude, and corruption comes as a huge surprise... [/sarc]

No wonder that so many Americans view their government as corrupt and a threat to their freedom.
The American people’s trust in government is the lowest it has been in the last 10 years, according to three Gallup polls released recently.

The polls measured the population’s opinions on government corruption, government regulation of business, and whether the government poses an immediate threat to personal liberties.

In a poll that was released on Saturday, 75 percent of respondents said they believe corruption is widespread in the government...
Not surprisingly, the American public distrusts the mainstrewam media as well.

Americans' trust in the national news media remains at an all-time low.
A new Gallup poll shows that just 40% of Americans have "a great deal" or "a fair amount" of trust and confidence in the media to report the news fully, accurately and fairly.

That figure, which ties Gallup statistics for 2012 and 2014, represents a steep decline from the 55% high in the late 1990s when Gallup began polling.

As has long been the case, trust remains higher among Democrats than Republicans.
Reminds me of the old joke about kittens.
A pretty little girl named Suzy was standing on the sidewalk in front of her home. Next to her was a basket containing a number of tiny creatures; in her hand was a sign announcing FREE KITTENS.

Suddenly a line of big black cars pulled up beside her. Out of the lead car stepped a tall, grinning man.

“Hi there little girl, I’m President Obama. What do you have in the basket?” he asked.

“Kittens,” little Suzy said.

“How old are they?” asked Obama.

Suzy replied, “They’re so young, their eyes aren’t even open yet.”

“And what kind of kittens are they?”

“Democrats,” answered Suzy with a smile.

Obama was delighted. As soon as he returned to his car, he called his PR chief and told him about the little girl and the kittens.

Recognizing the perfect photo op, the two men agreed that the president should return the next day; and in front of the assembled media, have the girl talk about her discerning kittens.

So the next day, Suzy was again standing on the sidewalk with her basket of “FREE KITTENS,” when another motorcade pulled up, this time followed by vans from ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

Cameras and audio equipment were quickly set up, then Obama got out of his limo and walked over to little Suzy.

“Hello, again,” he said, “I’d love it if you would tell all my friends out there what kind of kittens you’re giving away.”

“Yes sir,” Suzy said. “They’re Republicans.”

Taken by surprise, the president stammered, “But…but…yesterday, you told me they were DEMOCRATS.”

Little Suzy smiled and said, “I know.

But today, they have their eyes open.”

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Wild Kingdom

Busy with a home improvement project, so here's some critter humor to amuse you...

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Truth Or Rumor?

I ran across this story yesterday. Normally I try to find a second independent source before I pass on stories like this. I couldn't find one, for the reason stated below. However, because there are a few veterans who drop by here from time to time I thought I'd go ahead and post it, and ask if they have any knowledge of this.

Here's the original story.

Veterans Affairs Bans iPhones For Veterans
Veterans are now receiving leaflets from Veterans Affairs prior to diagnostic appointments that show iPhones are among a short list of “prohibited items” at VA medical centers. Other items on the list are pistols, knives and backpacks.
Actually, based on the picture, I think it's all smart phones that are banned, not just iPhones.

I understand the ban on weapons, but backpacks? And smart phones? After all, backpacks can be searched. And everyone carries a smart phone today. Even airports allow backpacks and smart phones.

Someone in the story's comments asked about a confirmatory source. Here's the question and the reply.

Can someone cite a source for this please.
I am outraged that the VA would do such a thing but if so I want this to go viral.


This is an original story from this website written by me. The leaflet was recently received by a veteran in Colorado. I submitted a FOIA request for additional information from VA yesterday. It will probably take 60 days to get a response.
Like I said, I did a little digging myself. The best I could come up with is this statement from the Baltimore VA.
Prohibited Items

Patients may not have alcoholic beverages, narcotics, firearms, ammunition, knives, other weapons, lighter fluid, non-safety matches, straightedge razors or any medications from home while at the Baltimore VA Medical Center. If a patient has any of these prohibited items with them while in the VA, they will be required to turn them over to the VA Police.

Cameras, Video Equipment and Tape Recorders

For reasons of patient privacy, cameras, video equipment and tape recorders are generally not allowed in the Baltimore VA Medical Center. If your family or friends wish to bring in a camera, video camera or tape recorder, they must make arrangements with the Nurse Manager.
I get the need to protect patient privacy. And I understand that smart phones can be used as recording devices. But a total ban on those devices seems like overkill. Of course, this is the government we're talking about. And the VA doesn't exactly have a sterling record when it comes to taking care of our veterans. Still, I find this a little hard to believe.

If anyone out there has additional info on this I'd love to hear it.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The Pope's Aftermath

The Pope has come and gone. I'll let wiser minds than me dissect the nuances and implications of his visit. I will, however, note two things.

First, he waited until he was on his way out of Dodge to touch on the current controversy regarding gay marriage.
Pope Francis waited until his historic U.S. visit was over to make his most direct comments on the nation's debate over gay marriage, saying government officials should have the right to refrain from actions that violate their religious beliefs.
Sorry, Pope, but I disagree. If a government official has an issue with a particular law or regulation he/she/it should resign or recuse themselves. Of course, I also think bakers should have the right to decide who they will make cakes for, so what do I know?

The second thing I'd like to point out is the boost the Pope gave to Fiat sales.
On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis turned heads with his mode of transportation: a black Fiat 500L...
It’s a little black car that’s been talked about as much as the famous passenger riding inside.  When Pope Francis stepped off his plane in Philadelphia, it wasn’t a limousine standing by to transport him around.

It was a Fiat...

Erik Baron of Jeff D’Ambrosia Alfa Romeo Fiat of the Main Line was paying close attention to the Pope’s car.

“I thought cha ching,” said Baron.

It was a four door Fiat 500L, and Erik sells them at Fiat dealership where he works.

“I knew we were going to have people start coming in or calling,” said Baron

“It’s going to have its peppiness, it’s also gonna have space, its got room for your family and the dog,” said Baron.

Just what Carmen and Judy Salamone were looking for.

“We have two dogs, one of which is a great dane and she’ll fit right in the back of one of those,” said Judy Salamone.

Available in 11 colors, and the cost?

“About $27,000 for what he was driving in and we have great rebates and good incentives for coming in to buy it before the end of the month,” said Baron.

“If it’s good enough for the pope, it’s good enough for us,” said Carmen Salamone.
FIAT = Fix It Again Tony

Here's a few more observations of the Papal visit.

FWIW, I am not a Catholic...

Monday, September 28, 2015

Bonus FOD 2015.09.28

A little late with this one.

I'm amazed this didn't receive widespread coverage in the mainstream media...  [/sarc]

FOD 2015.09.28

Russian president Vladimir Putin and our own barack hussein obama are scheduled to meet this week. In advance of that meeting, barry is talking tough.
Pope Francis gave him a boost, Republican Speaker John Boehner is sobbing off into the sunset, and China’s Xi Jinping gave him paper promises on the environment and cybertheft. No wonder President Obama is feeling cocky.

No doubt fear stalks the Kremlin and Putin is quaking. Barack Obama is mad at him and letting the whole world know!

But Putin knows something else, too. Macho talk is the only weapon Obama is ready to use...
obama talks. Putin acts.
...Iran, Russia and Syria have set up three-way military coordination. Some reports suggest Shiite militia from Iraq may also be part of the effort to keep Assad in power.
When obama does act, he screws things up.
While some of that effort will fight Islamic State, the axis also will be fighting the same Syrian rebels the United States is supposedly supporting. We already spent tens of millions of dollars on them, with only a handful of trained soldiers and no advances to show for it.
Here's a little more detail about obama's effort to arm and train the Syrian rebels.
He (Putin) mocked U.S. plans to train up to 5,400 Syrian rebels to fight the group. "It turns out that only 60 of these fighters have been properly trained, and as few as four or five people actually carry weapons," he said.
As if that's not bad enough, the rebels are actually working for al-Qaeda.
U.S.-trained rebels in Syria handed over American-supplied vehicles and ammunition to an al-Qaeda linked group, the Pentagon said Friday in the latest blow to a program plagued by problems since its inception.
Way to go, barry. Is it any wonder that Putin neither fears nor respects obama?

Here's more insight regarding Russia's move into Syria.
Russia’s expanding military intervention in Syria has the potential to tilt the course of the war in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, leaving U.S. policies aimed at securing his departure in tatters and setting the stage for a new phase in the four-year-old conflict.

Exactly what Russia intends with its rapidly growing deployment of troops, tanks and combat aircraft in the Assad family heartland on Syria’s northern coast is difficult to discern, according to military experts and U.S. officials, who say they were not consulted on the Russian moves and were caught off guard by the intervention.

Already, however, the Russian activity has thrown into disarray three years of U.S. policy planning on Syria, derailing calculations about how the conflict would play out that may never have come to fruition and now almost certainly won’t.
Another foreign policy victory for team obama. Many more of these and we'll be an international laughingstock.

Oh, wait...

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Funnies 2015.09.27

Tonight is not only a total lunar eclipse, but a rare and dramatic supermoon blood moon eclipse.
Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its full phase at or near the satellite's closest approach to Earth, and appears abnormally large and bright as a result. The Sept. 27 event is quite special; the last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982, and the next won't take place until 2033.
Check it out if you get the chance. Full viewing info can be found here. More information about a blood moon can be found here.

Q: Did you hear about the great new restaurant on the moon?
A: The food is excellent, but there's no atmosphere.

Q: How do you know when the moon is going broke?
A: When it's down to its last quarter.

Q: "Why does the Moon orbit the Earth?"
A: "To get to the other side?"

Q: How does a man on a moon get his haircut?
A: Eclipse it.

Q: Why haven't they sent a woman to the moon?
A: Because it doesn't need cleaning!

Mick and Seamus staggered out of a bar in Limerick.  They sat on a bench to get their bearings

Seamus, in a philosophical mood, said to Mick, 'Which do you think is farther away - Dublin or the moon?'

Mike thinks for a full minute and says, 'It must be Dublin.  I can see the moon up there, but I've looked around and I cannot see Dublin anywhere'.

The next night, Mick and Seamus staggered out of a pub. Mick said to Seamus, 'What a beautiful night. Look at the moon.'

Seamus stops and looks at Mick. He says, 'You are wrong, that's not the moon, that's the sun.'

They start arguing for a while. Then a third Irishman staggers out of the pub. They stop him and ask, 'Sir, could you please help settle our argument? Tell us what that thing is up in the sky that's shining. Is it the moon or the sun?'

The stranger looks at the sky and then looks at them, and says, 'Sorry, I don't live around here.'

I don't know if there are men on the moon, but if there are they must be using the earth as their lunatic asylum - George Bernard Shaw

This is why we don't trust Wikipedia.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

We're Raising A Nation Of Wimps

Remember the case last spring when the state of Maryland seized two kids and dragged their parents into court for the shocking offense of letting the youngsters - ages 10 and 6 - play alone in a park less than three blocks from their home?
The Silver Spring siblings were about 2 1/2 blocks from their home Sunday when Montgomery County police got a call reporting them — gasp — playing alone.

“The police coerced our children into the back of a patrol car and kept them trapped there for three hours, without notifying us, before bringing them to the Crisis Center, and holding them there without dinner for another two and a half hours,” their mom, Danielle Meitiv, said to her Facebook friends. “We finally got home at 11 pm and the kids slept in our room because we were all exhausted and terrified.”

Mom and Dad were dragged into court for that incident, and the nation debated whether they are good or bad parents. Montgomery County ruled that they were guilty of unsubstantiated child neglect. (emphasis added)
Unsubstantiated child neglect?!? What the hell is that? Someone claimed your neglected your kid but couldn't prove it? Sounds pretty damn Kafkaesque to me.

Anyway, I thought that was the height of government-inspired foolishness when it comes to kids.

I was wrong.

Seattle-area school bans game of 'tag'
American schools have banned dodgeball because it's too "aggressive" and made competitive sports uncompetitive by giving all involved "participation trophies" so no one's feelings are hurt.

The latest outrage against childhood is occurring in a Seattle-area school that has banned the game of "tag" because school officials think it affects the "emotional well-being" of students.

The school district's communications director Macy Grade, in an email, told Q13 that the "rationale behind this [ban] is to ensure the physical and emotional safety of all students."

Emotional safety? Are kids such wimps that they become traumatized while chased in a game they volunteer to play? Or is that the hyper-sensitive, hyper-protective school district feels the need to protect students from made up dangers to justify their paychecks?

They also address physical safety, wanting kids to "keep their hands to themselves." After all, a pat on the back in a voluntary game of tag might ... make you mildly uncomfortable?

Of course, the ban doesn't make a lick of sense, particularly in the context of what other activities the school offers.

The school promotes competitive sports like football, which is like tag only instead of gently tagging someone and saying "you're it," students will viciously tackle their opponents. Further, the school also provides for wrestling; again, considerably more violent and dangerous than a game of tag.

The only difference I can find behind this kind of hypocrisy is that they charge students $190 per sport in order to participate (this fee was recently raised $15 - perhaps that will go to counseling for the players - they likely will suffer emotional damage from all the rough play, right?). Or perhaps the school can't charge $190 for tag, so they'll ban it.

As editor Lifson notes, we are becoming a "nation of delicate flowers," where the game of "tag" is banned, but they teach about homosexual sex in the early grades.  There is never any consistency in their actions because they are reactive and the result of hysteria.  In other words, they appear to sit around trying to dream up new ways to "protect" the kids without giving any thought to how stupid it looks to any sane, rational person.

I suppose eventually, they will come to the conclusion that school itself is dangerous to kids and shut themselves down.  Then perhaps parents can breathe a sigh of relief and homeschool their kids anyway.
Thank God my kids are out of that public school mind-suck. Although, to be fair, here in small town Texas the school district, for the most part, employs common sense. The kids even get a day off for the opening of the county fair and rodeo, and for years the first day of hunting season was an unofficial holiday (probably because the principal and half the teachers called in 'sick' that day).

But overall, I fear the nation's public school system is in the midst of a downward spiral, fueled by political correctness and mind-numbing bureaucracy (see: Zero Tolerance, although that hopefully seems to be changing).

I don't understand the problem some people have with letting kids be kids. I guess they're just not happy unless they're meddling in other people's lives.

Thankfully, my kids and I are past that.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Friday Follies Happy Hour 2015.09.25

Today's Happy Hour song was chosen in response to the Pope's U.S. visit.

We Are So Doomed

A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook.
Whoever thought it was a good idea to hire foreigners who aren't fluent in English as call center operators should be shot.
We've all been there. Stuck in call center hell with someone who is, shall we say, English-challenged. Nothing too outrageous in that post, right? Just a mini-rant against a call center staffed with people who speak English as a second language (more or less).

Here's what some brain-dead liberal replied.'s not that person's fault they were hired. blame the companies that send these positions to the developing world, the nations (like this one, among countless others) that have brutalized the developing world and forced them into a submission that renders these people no other options than to apply.
How do you go from a complaint about hard-to-understand call center employees to brutalizing the developing world and forcing "them into a submission that renders these people no other options than to apply?" And what the hell does that even mean, anyway?

They walk among us .... and vote ... and reproduce.

We're doomed.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Carson Wins This Point

I'm still sorting through all the clowns emerging from the GOP car as part of the 2016 campaign circus. One of them is Dr. Ben Carson, an individual I profoundly respect for his accomplishments, but question his ability to heal a wounded nation and persuade a fractured congress to pass necessary legislation.

He's been in the news lately for his statement that a president's religious beliefs matter, and consequently he believes that no Muslim should be president of the United States. Predictably, the usual suspects on the left went into full 'that's offensive and intolerant' mode. But if one takes a closer look, it appears that the good doctor's position makes a lot of sense. In 2009, Syrian Islamic scholar Abd Al-Karim Bakkar said "Democracy runs counter to Islam on several issues…."
This is self-evident in the fact that Islamic theocracy rules throughout the Islamic world, crushing human rights such as those delineated in our Bill of Rights. In some “secular” states like Turkey and Egypt, democracy is tolerated for Western acceptance, but trying telling a Coptic Christian in Egypt, for example, about the freedom of religion or try imposing a government dictate contrary to Islam, the way ObamaCare imposes on pro-life Christians, on Muslims. Under Islam and Shari Law, there is no freedom of religion or speech and equal rights are forbidden to women and non-Muslims. If you should convert to Christianity, you have signed your death warrant.
Another islamic scholar, Sheikh Abdul Rahman bin Nassir Al Barrak, put it this way.
“Electing a president or another form of leadership or council members is prohibited in Islam as it has been introduced by the enemies of Moslems.” The idea of popular elections, he said, “has been brought by the anti-Islam parties who have occupied Moslem land.”
Dr. Carson is simply echoing what muslims themselves believe: "Islam and democracy are incompatible and Sharia Law is particularly toxic to our way of life and human rights and freedom..."
Frank Gaffney, founder and president of the Center for Security Policy, points out that a president cannot “uphold, defend and support the Constitution of the United States” and adhere to Sharia Law. “It cannot be done. Because Sharia says, ‘No it’s not the Constitution of the United States that must govern. It is God’s law. It is Sharia. It is this repressive totalitarian, misogynistic program that must govern.’”
An October 2010 report from the Center for Security Policy echoes that sentiment.
The report concludes the Shariah system is "totalitarian" and incompatible with the U.S. Constitution, our system of democratic lawmaking and the constitutional guarantees of freedom of conscience, individual liberty and freedom of expression, including the right to criticize Shariah law itself….
It seems to me that Dr. Carson is right on in this instance.