Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Headline of the Day

Details are still few, but it appears five people in Minnepolis have a new respect for personal responsibility. 

Until the facts say otherwise, Kristinn Taylor at Gateway Pundit earns a hearty Ushanka Tip for her headline:
VIDEO PROOF=> 5 Black Lives Matter Protesters Shot AFTER REPEATEDLY Beating White Videographers
There will come a point in the near future when mutual respect is restored.

Is That a MIG, or a Black Swan?

 Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 last night.  This should make for an interesting week in the region and in the markets.

Will anyone remember what country started the destabilizing process, first with Libya, Egypt and Iraq, and then in Syria?

Will I be told such a question is "not relevant," is "petty politics," and "distracts from solving the problems" that were caused by such stupidity?  Probably.


UPDATED 7:56am:

ZH has posted two videos showing a dead Russian pilot.  Here is a screenshot of the video and the accompanying text:

UPDATED 8:15am:

Oil is up nearly 2% to $42.51.  Putin won't admit it, but today's shoot-down is good for Russia.

See my post from a month ago...

UPDATED 8:25am:

Added pic at top - from UK Telegraph.

There is not a lot of data yet.  But with the data we have at this moment, it appears the F-16 is a better fighter jet than the SU-24.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Cartoon Redistribution

FB Comrade J. shared this cartoon today.  I can't help but redistribute.

I See What You Did There

Journalism done right - Drudge:

Will any of the old media put these news stories together?  If not, why not?

Gun News

Gateway Pundit has a post today: GunTV – a Firearms Home Shopping Channel – Is Coming in January.

The last few years have been amazing for us gun nuts.  Nearly all states have discarded tyrannical gun-control laws, bowing to the desires of their law-abiding citizens.  And those citizens have jumped into the gun ownership and shooting sports by the millions.

Sources of reliable information have also emerged.  First it was Internet forums that connected professionals and amateurs in shared areas of interest.  Then James Yeager and others took to YouTube to share knowledge and lessons-learned.  These YouTube channels have created a feedback loop to manufacturers which, in turn, has led to dramatic improvements in quality and a focus on buyer preferences.  GunTV is a logical evolutionary step for America's massive gun culture.  I hope they do it right.

In other gun news:

A Ushanka comrade in the mid-west happens to work at the gun counter of a major retailer.  He contacted me this week to tell me of a new trend.  In the past week he has had 16 customers come in to buy AR-15 rifles and another 20 customers coming in to buy pistols.  ALL were first-time buyers.  And ALL said essentially the same thing when they approached the counter:  "This Paris attack pisses me off.  I am sick of this ISIS shit.  It is coming here.  I want a gun."

Of course, the unspoken message here is, 'I do not trust my government to protect me.'

My message to my fellow gun owners old and new:

Welcome Comrades!

Buying the gun is step one.  

Step two is go to a class. 

Step three is stay proficient.

Step four: enjoy being a part of the finest community on the planet.

As for training:  I have attended classes at three different schools.  All offered better training that I received in the Army. I recommend Yeager's classes at Tactical Response near Nashville.

The cool thing about guns is that you can have a great time in the shooting sports in addition to being able to rise to any threat level you may someday encounter.  I have Ushanka comrades (a cute couple with a strong marriage) who plan their vacations around training classes.  Twice a year they spend a week traveling and during each trip they attend a 2 or 3 day class.  It is a way to stay active, stay outdoors, and to meet new friends.

UPDATED 7:30pm:

Comrade Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars links to this Gun Owners of America post.  GOA is trying to get the National Firearms Act of 1934 overturned.  Why not?  ObamaCare and Gay Marriage are both now Constitutional.

Repeal of NFA is one of my extremist criteria I use to rank GOP candidates in my bi-monthly GOP Rankings Report.  None of the candidates have made such a promise, which tells me everything I need to know about the GOP candidates.

Today's WSJ

I feel compelled to comment on today's Wall Street Journal, the best of the old, declining media.

As I sit here at the table made of recycled rain forest and sip from my controversial red cup, I look disapprovingly at the under-the-fold headline.  First, there is no war on the Islamic State as per our dear leader.  He has set the priorities for the nation, and global warming is the more pressing issue of the day.  Second, the only war I'm aware of is the one from the Islamic State.  A smart journalist (and editor) would understand that when one side detonates bombs and attacks, that it is they imposing war on the other side.  The Journal might as well announce we are now at war with Eurasia and are now allies with East Asia.

Look to the right and discover that "we" released a spy from jail.  Again, a smart journalist would know that "we" did not have any say in the matter.  Small-minded critics will call me anti-semetic, but I believe one can be both pro-Israel and still want Jonathan Pollard to rot in prison until his last breath (if not put up against a wall and shot).

And if it were not bad enough that we have a manipulative press and anti-American president, you'll see in the lower left that the establishment GOP is working against the best interests of Americans by trying to derail Trump.  As a detached observer to the 2016 campaign I have to express shock at the decisions of the GOP and their candidates (Kasich, Bush, Christie, Graham, et al).  They have to know the electorate's anger, the tea party's resolve, and the population's fear re: immigration, ISIS and economic decline.   Apparently they really think some dirt on Trump will result in him losing a single vote.  I don't like calling people "stupid" as I am a product of the public school system, so I'll say this:  The GOP leadership seems to be making some strategic mistakes in the 2016 election cycle.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Clarey Visit

No posts the past two days as Comrade Clarey came to visit.

And all I got was this $10 poker victory and an empty bottle of Rumple Minze...

UPDATED 11.21.15:

Comrade Clarey has posted his latest podcast - a conversation between the two of us.  I'm relieved that I didn't muck it up.  So relieved.

Check it out.  49 minutes.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Graham Stands Alone

As the only GOP presidential candidate who endorses unlimited refugee immigration from Syria and other Muslim countries after the Paris terror attacks, Graham separates himself from the pack.

Comrade MaryJaneAnklestraps (MJA) over at IOTW recognizes Grahams leadership with this portrait, aptly named "War Paint."

It is no secret Senator Graham's campaign slogan is "Ready to be Commander-in-Chief on Day One."  Apparently it is a secret, however, as to what responsibilities he thinks that role requires.

If you don't see it, you're in good company.  It took me a while to notice that MJA had photoshopped the lipstick.  Do you see it now?  I almost missed it.  Very subtle. 

Did you know that MJA is one of the original Ushanka Babes?  Here she is modeling the FORWARD placard on Glorious Hat

Stunning.  Yet fair.  

An enlightened mix of Bourgeois elegance with proletarian pride.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Plus de cuisses de grenouilles S'il vous plaît

That would be "More Frog Legs Please," according to Google Translate.

Comrade Joe Dan just released the latest 23 minutes of Intellectual Froglegs.  Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch?

Look at these [Trump] buildings.  Obama, Trump built these.  And these were built by a man with vision.  And confidence.  And competence.
Something like this [sad state of America] took a lot more than incompetence.  It took criminal intent.

Quote of the Day

Yours truly on FB, commenting on this Breitbart article:  Jeb: US Should Accept Refugees, But ‘Make Sure’ They’re Not Terrorists.
This Paris attack was the last opportunity for the losers in the GOP race to gain ground on Trump. Yet, nobody said to nuke Mecca. Nobody suggested expulsion of every Muslim from the US. Nobody promised pardons for vigilante justice that might occur at America's mosques. Trump retains the lead, the others might as well change their names to "McCain." Except Graham. He can keep his name.
As you know, I'm not picking a candidate this time around.  As it looks now, I figure by the time the primaries come to my home state of Ohio, there won't be much of a choice.  So instead I'm watching the campaigns.  And I'm criticizing the campaigns - see my biweekly GOP Rankings Report.

Ann Coulter, author and proud owner of Glorious Hat since 2008, tweeted a similar comment referring to Trump's lead Friday night, the night of the Paris terrorist attack:
They can wait if they like until next November for the actual balloting, but Donald Trump was elected president tonight.
UPDATED 11.16.15 9pm:

Five days after 129 innocents are murdered in Paris, Gov. Christie makes the following announcement (via Daily Caller):
. . . because he lacks the confidence in the Obama Administration’s vetting ability, he would not allow any Syrian refugees into America — not even “orphans under the age of five.”
Too little, too late, in my opinion.  But also predictable and predictably desperate.

U/T: Matt Bracken via FB