Thursday, July 31, 2014

Throwback Thursday For July 31, 2014

“House Party” ran five days a week on radio from 1945 to 1967 and on television from 1952 to 1969.  The highlight of the show was a segment in which five children between the ages of 5 and 10 sat down to be interviewed by Art Linkletter.

One boy told Linkletter that his father was a policeman who arrested lots of burglars.  Linkletter asked if his mother ever worried about the risks. “Naw, she thinks it’s great.  He brings home rings and bracelets and jewelry almost every week.”

Linkletter once asked a child, “Did you see Santa this year?”  The child answered, “See him?  I fixed him a bourbon and water.”

Linkletter’s obit in The New York Times noted that his interviews with the children who would “say the darndest things” made their parents wish television had never been invented.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Holy Shark!

Yesterday was National Lasagna Day and blogger friend Woodsterman proclaimed that Mrs. Woodsterman “makes the best lasagna.”

I bragged that I made a wicked pan of the gastronomic delight myself and was tempted to go to the grocery store to pick up the stuff I needed.  Then I had an idea.

Tonight the SYFY channel is airing Sharknado 2.  Wouldn’t it be kinda cool to invite a few friends over to wolf down some of the yummy stuff along with some Italian bread and a thimble-full or twelve of Chianti?  I’m ready to laugh at this patently absurd movie and I might even hop on Twitter and join the fun.

Happy Wednesday night everybody!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

My Amazing Friend Has Come Back

I was sitting at the bar in my kitchen wrapping up my day of blogging.  It was dusk.  While I was waiting for my computer to power down, I looked out the window and noticed a large bird fly across the yard of my neighbor across the street. He flew up to the trunk of a tree and ricocheted off perching in an adjacent tree.

I reached into my drawer and found my camera.  I moved quickly into the living room which has a picture window to see if I could spot him.  Just then, he took flight and landed in the oak tree in my front yard.

I was now running to the bedroom to see if I could snap a picture of him.  I had already drawn the blinds so I had to stick the camera between the slats and hope for the best.

This picture is decidedly poor quality but I have a good excuse.  It was dusky at the time I took it, I couldn’t open the blinds because doing so would frighten him off and the window screen, unfortunately, blurred the image.  If you look closely at the second branch from the ground on the right you can see him.

I first noticed my amazing visitor back in August 2013.  I spotted him again in September and once more in October.

I wrote in October that I gathered as much information about red-shouldered hawks from my local wildlife organization as I could.  I learned that the southern populations of these raptors are not migratory and their courting display occurred between January and April.

I have looked and looked for my friend and had given up ever seeing him again.  Today, my amazing friend has come back.

Eid Message Praises “Contributions Of Muslim Americans To Building The Very Fabric Of Our Nation”

Almost 100 days after the terrorist atrocity at New York's World Trade Center, there was at least one fire still burning in the rubble—it was the longest-burning structural fire in history.
Today I was outraged to learn that The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer had the bollocks to praise the “contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy.”

The moment I read the account on the CBS News DC website, a rage inside me began to grow.  I’ve waited most of the day to put words to paper so my response would be measured and calm.  I couldn’t muster the calm.  So, I want to thank Robert Spencer whose tongue-in-cheek piece will have to stand in for me:
You remember all those contributions by Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation, don’t you? Remember the Muslim signers of the Declaration of Independence? And the Muslims who gave James Madison information about the Constitution of Medina that he used when framing the Constitution? Remember the Muslims who fought so valiantly during the War of 1812 and the Mexican War? Remember the Muslim abolitionist Senators who faced down the South in the antebellum Senate, the Senate chamber ringing with their oratory about how the Qur’an says to free slaves and so the U.S. government should, too? Remember the Muslim regiments in the Civil War (all on the Union side, of course!)? The Muslim industrialists who brought us railroads, the telegraph, the telephone? The Muslims who fought so valiantly in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II? The Muslim entertainers who kept us laughing on the Vaudeville circuit and on the home front during those terrible world wars with their jokes from the Hadith? 
None of this rings a bell? Not to worry. Before too long it will be taught in all the textbooks. “Statement by the President on the Occasion of Eid-al-Fitr,” The White House, Office of the Press Secretary, July 27, 2014:
“As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.”

“In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.”

“On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.”

Affirmation Of The Presence Of Faith In The Life Of Our Nation

Photo credit:  Staten Island Advance/Ryan Lavis
Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, proudly announced that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the American Atheists’ challenge to including the famed “Ground Zero Cross” in the National September 11 Museum.

The rusted, twisted metal beams were pulled from the rubble of the 9/11 attacks just feet from where Rev. Mychal F. Judge, chaplain of the NYFD, died while helping victims on that horrible day.

                      Photo credit: Associated Press
Rev. Brian Jordan, a friend and fellow Franciscan of Mychal, saved the cross. Each weekend, Jordan said Mass at the foot of the cross. His congregation was a mixture of victims' families, workers and visitors that grew from dozens to hundreds. There were people of all religions and none. What seemed to matter most was the gathering together.

The only work of art commissioned for the National 9/11 Museum is a wall made up of 2,983 individual squares of Fabriano Italian paper—one square for every person killed in the Sept. 11 attacks and in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center—each hand-painted a different shade of blue to capture the brilliant, clear blue sky on the morning of the attack.

Nestled in the center of the artwork is the Virgilian quote, “No day shall erase you from the memory of time.”

                             Photo credit: Reuters
The appellate court stated in a unanimous decision that the cross is historic as much as it is religious and it is safe once more:

“As a matter of law, the record compels the conclusion that appellees’ actual purpose in displaying The Cross at Ground Zero has always been secular: to recount the history of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and their aftermath.” —Circuit Judge Reena Raggi

“Thus, the Establishment Clause is not properly construed to command that government accounts of history be devoid of religious references. Nor is a permissible secular purpose transformed into an impermissible religious one because the government makes an historical point with an artifact whose historical significance derives, in whole or in part, from its religious symbolism.” —General Court Ruling Documentation

80 Years Of Happy

Sixty residents and staff at a retirement village show us just what they're made of!  I totally adore the gentleman wearing the bowtie and the fedora.  Now that’s happy!

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies

This is the initial theatrical teaser for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, which will end the three-part Hobbit trilogy on December 11th, 2014. 

Bon Appétit: It’s National Lasagna Day

July 29th is National Lasagna Day.  In honor of the day some restaurants across America are offering special meal deals on one of America’s favorite Italian dishes—layers of pasta smothered in rich tomato sauce and topped with scads of ooey, gooey cheese.

Monday, July 28, 2014

John Kerry, Hamas, Qatar, Iran And Treachery

I spent most of a rainy Sunday morning watching the talking heads on the Sunday political talk shows and sat in amazement at the veiled anti-Semitism on parade.  I was especially appalled at the heavy-handed manner in which CNN’s Candy Crowley kept nudging the conversation in the direction of blaming Israel for the bitter war between the Israelis and the genocidal terrorist organization Hamas.  A bitter war, I might add, that Israel sought earnestly to avoid.

Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee appeared on Meet The Press and Face The Nation.  It was the Face The Nation interview that yielded the most telling evidence of just how complicit the mainstream media has been by choosing, yes choosing, to portray Israel as some horrible aggressor.

The point at which this became evident was when the host, Bob Schieffer asked, as though inexplicably shocked, “But I thought the Qataris were our allies here?”

Here’s the transcript:

"That's what's so frustrating with the administration," he said "All of this works together. You can't just pick and choose one particular region; it has to work in concert. So when you free up $2.8 billion for Iran, when they're already cash strapped because of sanctions, that means they can continue to do bad activities in the Gaza Strip, including we believe at least missile components."

He said that Qatar, which acts as a U.S. ally on other issues, are also funneling money to Hamas, as are some sources inside of Saudi Arabia. And, Rogers added, the militant group also takes legitimate foreign aid dollars coming into the region to put toward building tunnels into Israel that the Israeli government is working to destroy.

"Think about how obscene that is, the hundreds of millions of dollars they've had over a decade. Twenty percent of the people in Gaza Strip aren't connected to a water source. Ninety percent of all the water there doesn't meet international standards. But they've got, I think the Israelis disclosed, 35 tunnels. So they're diverting legitimate money. And you have Iran that is aligned into this particular interest in a way that's very, very dangerous," he said.

In an earlier interview on "Face the Nation," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the army had discovered a "vast underground terror kingdom" meant to give Hamas a way to carry out attacks in Israel. He promised Israel would not stop trying to destroy the tunnels, although he did not specify whether there would be an expansion of the current ground invasion.

But Rogers warned that the combination of Iranian and Qatari support for Hamas and for certain factions in Syria is "intertwined in a way that makes it a very dangerous stew indeed."
SCHIEFFER: Mr. Chairman, let's just go back to Israel for a minute. Hamas continues to fire these rockets.  They have poured all this concrete, as you heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu talk about.  Where are they getting this stuff? 
SCHIEFFER: But I thought the Qataris were our allies here? 
ROGERS: Well, this is what makes this region so interesting. 
So, you have Iran and the Qataris are supporting Hamas, and certainly factions thereof. They're also supporting places in Syria. So, that is why this is so intertwined in a way that makes it a very dangerous stew, indeed. 
It is one common thing that the Shias and the Sunnis do not like, and that is a Jewish Israel state. That is confirmed. And I think they have found an outlet to try to do this. And it's spreading to other areas, Bob. This is what is the other problem. There is the unseen war in this particular event, and that is the new cyber front. 
There are not only what you see coming from Hamas, attacks on Israel, but now we have nation states engaged in the region in cyber-conflict that could cause this to escalate in a way that is very, very dangerous for stability. 
SCHIEFFER: How much do you think they have? How much money do you think has been poured into these tunnels? It's literally millions of dollars which, as I understand it, came in there to build schools and things of that nature. 
ROGERS: Well, again, I think they diverted some of the legitimate money. Clearly, that happened. Instead of building wells or water infrastructure, they diverted that money to build these tunnels. 
And I think that they are getting money again from Iran, who has been a maligned force in that whole entire region. Think about it. They are putting Hezbollah in the fight in Syria and supplying Hamas in the Gaza Strip with weapons. That is the difficult part here. 
And what is concerning about that is just about 10 days ago or so, the United States agreed to allow Iran to have another $2.8 billion released just for them to continue nuclear negotiations. And that is what is so frustrating with the administration now. 
All of this works together. You can't just pick and choose one particular region. It has to work in concert. When you free up $2.8 billion for Iran, when they are already cash-strapped because of sanctions that means they can continue to do bad activities in the Gaza Strip, including missile—we believe, at least missile components. What they have—we understand, according to public reports, they have even offered to help hide those missile systems, and their work in Syria with supporting the Assad regime. 
It's not working in concert that is helping us cause this confusion around the Middle East. 
SCHIEFFER: Well, Congressman, I want to tell you, you have explained and made this thing even more dire than I understood it at the beginning of this broadcast.
More dire.

Avi Issacharoff reported the content of John Kerry’s ceasefire proposal writing, “Israel and the US are meant to be allies; the US is meant to be committed to the protection of Israel in this most ruthless of neighborhoods; together, the US and Israel are meant to be trying to marginalize the murderous Islamic extremism that threatens the free world. Yet here was the top US diplomat appearing to accommodate a vicious terrorist organization bent on Israel’s destruction, with a formula that would leave Hamas better equipped to achieve that goal.”


Whether through ineptitude, malice, or both, Kerry’s intervention was not a case of America’s top diplomat coming to our region to help ensure, through astute negotiation, the protection of a key ally. This was a betrayal.

Read his entire piece here.

Late To The Punchline

If you’re gullible it’s probably a good idea to look before you leap.  Just ask “Karoli” a contributor to an über liberal website that is littered with brainiacs from the administrations of Bubba and Barry.

It all began with a “plagiarized interview” from an openly satirical site The National Report.  A bogus website, KCTV7, heisted text from The National Report that claimed Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) had called for unaccompanied Central American children to be sent to indoctrination camps to become Americanized in an interview with Minnesota’s Twin Cities News talk radio host Jason Lewis.  There was no such article and no such interview that featured the Congresswoman.

Scott Kaufman sounded the alarm suggesting the “crazy racist Bachmann story [was] so believable liberal websites” fell for the parody.  The sites were forced to update the story admitting they were bamboozled.

Everyone knows that Bachmann is a huge target of the Left and any chance they get to slam her is an opportunity they will lick their chops to jump at even if they are made to look like blithering idiots.  According to a Memeorandum thread there were at least three liberal websites that took the bait hook, line and sinker.

Karoli’s response to the kerfuffle she created:
“Yeah, I got pwned. How sad is it that it was just this side of realistic enough to believe in the first place. When you have a reputation for making outrageous and ridiculous comments, it becomes easier and easier to believe something that should have been dismissed out of hand.  Live and learn.”


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