Monday, July 6, 2015
Sunday, July 5, 2015
Gorham, NH was the scene of a rootin’, tootin’ circus-like “Buffalo Hill” Wild West Show where several trick roping events were held including the all-around body looper rope trick.
Members of the press were ramroded down the street a “safe” distance from the Democratic monarch-in-waiting. A group of protesters followed her along the parade route shouting, "What about Benghazi?" and "Show us your e-mails!"
Hillary’s drovers tried soothing the butthurt lapdogs, telling CNN: “While the GOP might want to spin a good yarn on this, let’s not get tied up in knots. We wanted to accommodate the press, allow (Clinton) greet voters (sic.) And allow the press to be right there in the parade with her, as opposed to preset locations.”
Aaron Short of The New York Post wondered, “Maybe next time she’ll have them hogtied.”
It’s a cinch these tinhorns didn’t much appreciate those spurring licks on their thin, delicate hides.
Next time Hillary sets up a rope line for reporters, send black reporters. And take lots and lots and lots of pictures.— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) July 5, 2015
Clinton advance aides create a rope line for the press, moving with the candidate pic.twitter.com/9S7CpVt7x4— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) July 4, 2015
Saturday, July 4, 2015
When you watch the embedded video below, I hope you will enlarge it to appreciate the imagery within. The back-story, according to Deseret News, is that Grammy-nominated violinist Jenny Oaks Baker chose to collaborate with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on a rendition of “Amazing Grace” following a speech by Rice at a BYU Management Society event in April 2012.
The duo recorded the track in July 2013 and a year later, Baker flew to San Francisco to record the video with Rice. Now, two years after the recording process began, the video has been released just as Americans across the country gather in celebration of the country and those who have sacrificed so much for freedom.
The song is currently available as a single through iTunes. According to representatives at Shadow Mountain Records, all proceeds from the sale of the single will go to the Wounded Warrior Project.
I must confess I had a lump in my throat watching the beauty and grace of these two women and the truly wonderful gift they have given us on this Independence Day.
Friday, July 3, 2015
I’ve been a witness to history just as you have. America has been the noblest country the world has ever known and nothing the other side says will ever persuade me to change my mind.
The greatest generation liberated Europe in the Second World War, we sent a man to the moon, we led the Industrial Revolution and ten days after the attacks of 9/11 when the nation was so terribly sad, my beloved Atlanta Braves played the New York Mets in Shea Stadium in the first public event after the attacks. The stadium was still being used as a triage center.
After Marc Anthony sang “The Star Spangled Banner” the rival teams, standing on the first base and third base lines, crossed the diamond to hug each and shake hands. Everyone was rooting for the Mets to win as a symbol of the nation’s resilience.
For game three of the 2001 World Series, President George W. Bush walked ramrod-straight onto the field of Yankee Stadium and threw out the first pitch. His pitch was a perfect strike. The crowd erupted into chants of “USA, USA, USA.”
The city of New York had been reduced to rubble, but the crowd swelled with national pride. If baseball could carry on, then so could we. Watching President Bush toss that ball gave me a lump in my throat and every, and I mean every time I hear the national anthem I get a lump in my throat.
A “Gibraltar in cleats”, Lou Gehrig, on July 4, 1939 gave his farewell speech to baseball in Yankee Stadium—a place dedicated to the courage of men. Seventy-six years ago, with tears streaming down his face, Gehrig humbly told 61,808 fans in the bleachers that he had been forced to retire due to ALS.
We are the country that authored the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and we’ve had more than our fair share of heroes.
This July Fourth I will ignore the people in the beltway with abscessed hearts who try desperately to divide us. I am going to remember what America means to me. Come Monday, I will take up the fight again.
On this most American of holidays, I will dwell in a happy place and enjoy the most American of things: baseball, apple pie and Independence Day.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
At least 11 people have been attacked along the coast of the Carolinas this year, seven in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. Most of the attacks have occurred since June 11. The seven attacks in North Carolina are the most recorded in one year since the Florida Museum of Natural History's International Shark Attack File began keeping records 80 years ago.
Forty years ago, Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster hit about a calculating, diabolical, giant man-eating shark grazing on beachgoers plugged into our primal fear of monsters. Some sources claim that humans killed anywhere from 63 million to 100 million sharks in the last 12 months.
A recent spate of shark attacks in North Carolina may have been partly caused by global warming, an expert has claimed. The warmer weather not only brings sharks further north, but also entices more people to get into the water. Coupled with other factors such as higher salinity, an increased number of bait fish and fishing near swimmers has supposedly created a ‘perfect storm’ of conditions for shark attacks.
Speaking to National Geographic, George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the Florida Museum of Natural History, said global warming could be a factor in the increased number of incidents. He is clearly a hotcoldwetdry guy that has bought into the global warming hooey hook, line and sinker. (Pardon the pun.)
But hold on. A marine zoologist with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who has studied sharks for over 50 years poo-pooed his assertion saying there’s too much natural variability in weather cycles to blame the recent shark attacks on global warming.
There’s no such thing as a shark attack. We live on the land. Sharks live in the water. A shark attack is when you’re where you’re supposed to be and a shark shows up. If you’re in the shower tonight and you feel a tap on your shoulder, you turn around and a shark asks, “Wassup?” that’s a shark attack. Getting bitten in the ocean is a shark accident.
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On Wednesday evening in New York City’s Fort Greene Park, anarchists gathered to burn the American flag near the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument. The monument is a memorial to the more than 11,500 American prisoners who died in captivity aboard British prison ships of disease and malnutrition during the Revolutionary War.
The group, Disarm NYPD, was expecting 300 protesters to participate in their rally. When criticism began to mount against them they issued the following statement:
“…many people are rather offended by our decision to burn the American flag. We find it a sign of the times that people can care so much about a piece of cloth, while at the same time be so quiet about black churches being burned all over the country. Perhaps this is the great difference between us and the so-called ‘patriots’. While they express their loyalty to symbols, we express our loyalty to the lives of the oppressed.
We do not believe the ideals of America are anything to be revered. We are building something that will be much better than America…We dream of what real freedom looks like: freedom from paramilitaries occupying our communities, beating and killing our sons and daughters; freedom from our communities being destroyed by the speculative capital of gentrification; freedom from mass surveillance; and freedom from systemic racism.
So, we will burn the American flag, a symbol of oppression and genocide, and in the same action, dismantle our stunted, cynical expectations of what is possible in the world…We, the dreamers, are the true realists. We know things can’t continue this way, so we commit to building a better world. A world better than America.”
When the dozen or so activists began burning the flag, a group of counter-protesters approached them and they scattered like scalded dogs. One man, John Carroll, a resident of Ridgewood, Queens rescued the flag and challenged the little pricks calling them cowards. Watching the video warmed my heart.
JOHN CARROLL Photo credit:
Betrayals come easily.
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015 “Calypso Louie” Farrakhan told congregants at the Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, DC, “I don’t know what the hell the fight is about over the Confederate flag! We need to put the American flag down because we’ve caught as much hell under that as the Confederate flag! Who are we fighting today? It’s the people that carry the American flag. What flag do the police have? What flag flies over the non-Justice Department? What flag flies over the White House?”
This quote from Daniel Greenfield seems particularly germane:
“The left will destroy the things you care about, because you care about them. It will destroy them because that gives them power over you. It will destroy them because these things stand in the way of its power. It will destroy them because a good deal of its militant activists need things to destroy and if they can't attack you, they'll turn on the left in a frenzy of ideologically incestuous purges.”
These are the people who find the Confederate Battle Flag offensive.
Photo credit: Lee Vanden Brink
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
|The minions can photocopy their ass, but this ass can't work a fax machine. Meh.|
A batch of 3,000 of Cankles’ private emails have just been released and it seems she had an excruciating case of bewilderment regarding how to use her fax machine. In one noteworthy chain of emails there was a “tense email standoff” with her aide Huma Abedin that is sublimely dim-witted:
“Can you hang up the fax line,” Abedin asked Clinton.
“I thought it was supposed to be off the hook to work?” Clinton replied.
“Yes, but hang up one more time,” Abedin shot back.
“I did,” Clinton replied.
Others in the batch reveal more entanglements to Sid Blumenthal, her musings about her relationship with The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer, her concern over unauthorized photographs taken with a camera with a “long lens from afar” and her apparent helplessness in fetching herself a cold drink: (30 September 2009—Pls call Sarah and ask her if she can make me some iced tea.) Damn, bitch, that’s what I call lazy.
Hillary Clinton, figuring out how to work a fax machine pic.twitter.com/oJ2KxOtfJ6— Dave Levinthal (@davelevinthal) July 1, 2015
Yesterday The Daily Mail published a report that Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, mocked the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to legalize same-sex marriage vowing to travel to the White House and “get down on one knee and ask” for The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer’s hand in marriage.
Mugabe is 91 and it may help nurture this budding love affair if he promises to take TWMDCO to an amusement park and win a giant plush stuffed animal for him. Studies have shown that this act provides emotional fulfillment and if, at some point, Mugabe tenderly places his jacket over his shoulders that act would seal the deal and they would live happily ever after.