Blog Heap o'Links for June 2015

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Wars and Rumors

Yesterday there were three terrorist attacks, the worst of which in terms of loss of life (38 people) occurred on a beach in Sousse, Tunisia that is popular with European tourists. … The goal: to frighten the West and to harm the Tunisian tourist industry. Mission accomplished. … this incident reminds me very very much of the 1997 Luxor massacre in Egypt. … not much has changed except the scope of the problem….

8:14pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

Harvard professor Robert Putnam… "The obvious fact is that over the last 30 years, most organized religion has focused on issues regarding sexual morality, such as abortion, gay marriage… This is the most obvious point in the world. …not at all focused on issues of poverty. …

The president himself joined in the mendacious chorus: “Despite great caring and concern,” [Obama] said, “when it comes to what are you really going to the mat for… [blah blah blah] … [fighting poverty] is often times viewed as a 'nice to have' relative to an issue like abortion.” … Pat Fagan and Rob Schwarzwelder have the numbers for you: Broadly speaking, American churches are incredibly generous to the needs of a hurting world. …

8:26pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Know the Enemy

Dianne Feinstein: "If individuals are having nightmares and panic attacks about the atrocities they have committed over seas while following orders from a war criminal like former President George Bush, then quite honestly they deserve it. We shouldn't free them from their guilt any more then we should free a murderer or rapist from their prison cells."

This is People's Kube and there is no source link.
9:09pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Impeach Obama

Smug O

Remember all those times Barack Obama said it wasn’t appropriate to be seen spiking the football? Well, the SCOTUS discovery of the Gay Marriage Clause of the 14th Amendment clearly was not one of them. The White House’s decision to light up the People’s House in the gay pride rainbow flag is just the sort of passive/aggressive display of spiking the football we should expect from Barack Obama. No wonder Iran is pushing this pansy around.…

Another excellent graphic by Dianny.
9:10pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

Price Tower

…One hundred singers from 24 states and several countries had gathered to rehearse for one week and to perform this work at the magnificent St. Patrick’s Chapel at Maynooth University outside of Dublin, Ireland. Our nametags indicated that we were both from Philadelphia. We began to chat and somehow, within a remarkably short time — maybe about one minute — we figured out that we were both from Bartlesville. Then rehearsal began.…"

We once flew from Chicago to Fairbanks, for a family meet-up, then drove north all the way to the Yukon. Standing there, by the side of the river, we encountered a most obnoxious couple — from Chicago.
8:55pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Marriage Today

…president of the American College of Pediatrics… Dr. Michelle Cretella, said [T]his is a tragic day for America’s children. The SCOTUS has just undermined the single greatest pro-child institution in the history of mankind: the natural family. Just as it did in the joint Roe v Wade and Doe v Bolton decisions, the SCOTUS has elevated and enshrined the wants of adults over the needs of children.” … Despite being certified by almost all major social science scholarly associations—indeed, in part because of this—the alleged scientific consensus that having two parents of the same sex has no effect on child well-being is almost wholly without basis. …

8:18pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

What's In a Name?

The FRED Society was founded in 1984, and still appears to be going strong. It's a kind of support group for people (mostly men) named Fred, designed to address the negative connotations associated with the name. …

One of the greatest men in my life was my Uncle Fred.
8:31pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Belief and State

Okla Flag

In a 7-2 opinion the Supreme Court found the placement of the monument on the grounds of the state Capitol violate Article 2, Section 5, of the Oklahoma Constitution which prohibits the use of public money or property to directly or indirectly benefit a “church denomination or system of religion.”

In related news, a movement is afoot to impeach the entire Oklahoma Supreme Court.
8:58pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

US Military

US Flag

…It was taken 35 years ago. In the picture, an Army sergeant is on his belly, pinned down by enemy fire, looking grim and determined. In the foreground is a dead GI, in the background, a seriously wounded one. The person behind the lens that day was me: a skinny young civilian war photographer experiencing his most terrifying day in Vietnam… I decided to try to find him, see how his life had turned out. … "I know who that sergeant is in your photo," he said. "That's Sergeant Rock. Joe Musial." …

8:35pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Breitbart is Here


…On this day in 1882 Charles J. Guiteau was hanged in Washington, D.C. for the assassination of U.S. President James Garfield. Interesting man Mr Guiteau. His life was a litany of miserable failure and he was probably a mental case. He pleaded insanity as a defense but only during the shooting. In those days juries and courts were better.…

Vic's morning jolt is hidden again in the overnight jungle, but we've tracked it down.
7:14am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 30 :MW

Constitutional Threat

The United States flag is never to be flown upside down except in times of great distress or emergency. I believe we are in both. We are in a perilous time in which the Supreme Court has decided on the one hand that the plain language of a law is not binding – that the Justices can read the minds of those who wrote the law, and that the will of the People is not binding upon them. In short, the United States Supreme Court has just announced that we are no longer a Constitutional Federal Republic, that we are not even a Representative Democracy. We are an oligarchy ruled ultimately by unelected, unaccountable judges who can now dictate law and ignore the Constitution and the will of the People.

11:24pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Civilization vs Gangsterism

ISIS Celebrates Gay Love by Tossing 4 Gays from Roof of Building

10:47pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Mass Madness

64-Yr-Old Bystander Struck … several groups of men – “unrelated” to Pride events – became involved in a verbal dispute. The situation escalated when one subject pulled out a gun and fired shots …

Totes unrelated
11:17pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

‘Black Lives Matter’ Protesters DISRUPT Chicago Gay Pride Parade!!

11:14pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Untied States

Washington DC -- Get ready for a complete redrawing of the States of the United States of America. Gone will be the old familiar State lines. These will be replaced with the new States of America.'

Note to the dim: Parody
11:29pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Professor: Why Nebraska, Oklahoma have a right to kill Colorado’s legal pot

10:44pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Art of

A world-renowned banjo player, who brought joy to thousands of bluegrass fans is in need of your help. John Hickman, is a five string banjo picker who lives in Guthrie. After battling health problems, racking up medical bills and being forced to quit work, the Hickman’s house is falling apart with no funds for repairs. Now the community is coming together to raise the money. …

GoFundMe account (Yeah, GoFundMe, but…)
11:03pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Spiritual Matters

This morning in church, I was thinking about my column “The Rage of the Left” that I posted this morning. And I began to think of how I used to be. If you’ve read the About Dianny page here at Patriot Retort, you know that I was once a raging, screaming Leftist. I was lost in that blinding darkness of anger and hatred.

And now I’m not.

As I sat in church this morning, I considered how my life has gone from darkness to light. This is the Light from God. …

11:30pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

June 25, - A coalition of African-American pastors vowed this week that there will be massive civil disobedience if the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in a ruling on the matter expected this month.…

10:53pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW


I understand there is currently a debate between orthodox and progressive theologians on the doctrine of the atonement. I always considered this a cornerstone of Christian theology. Can you encapsulate the arguments?


A tough one, and this mere journalist has long pondered how to reply. Tough because the meaning of Jesus’ crucifixion stands right at the heart of the Christian faith — indeed the cross is its universal symbol — and so is vitally important, sensitive, a highly complex concern of many great minds the past 2,000 years, and ultimately beyond human comprehension. But here’s a rough attempt at an answer.…

Bookmarked for future reference to the question.

Mass blogging - I'm going to try to clear a lot of tabs, post a lot of links, with briefest of tidbits. Here goes…

10:35pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Marriage Today

…So the Supreme Court decided that it could wave its hand and redefine marriage. Beyond the horrific precedent this sets, this is so flawed on its own (lack of) merits, that I find myself stunned in spite of the fact this is the exact outcome I was expecting. All over my FB timeline and in my personal life people I thought were sane are celebrating as though Christmas came early. I can’t call them “F*cking Idiots” to their faces, but perhaps I can explain, here, why this is so bad.…

11:25pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Climate Changes


10:41pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Animal Culture


Why Oklahoma Had the Nation’s Highest Percentage Of Bee Deaths Last Year … “Bees are pretty heavily impacted by drought, and we’ve had a five-year drought here in Oklahoma,”

10:46pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Repeal! Repeal! Repeal!


Since Oklahoma Legalized Cannabis Oil, These Two Children Have Been Seizure Free

Highly editorializing, but interesting if true.
11:00pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Modern Family Life

On Thursday, Kansas District Court Judge Larry Hendricks blocked a Kansas law that that would have banned all dismemberment abortions, ruling that the law presented too big an obstacle for women looking to kill their children.

The law, which would have taken effect on July 1, was the first of its kind by banning an abortion procedure used in approximately 95 percent of all second-trimester abortions nationwide. Opponents to the law argued that it would force women to undergo riskier procedures.…

10:50pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

History Marches On

ASHEVILLE, NC (WYFF) - Hours after "Black Lives Matter" was spray-painted on a Confederate monument in Asheville, North Carolina, H.K. Edgerton stood with a Confederate flag, telling those passing by why he wanted it to continue to fly.

Edgerton, a former president of the North Carolina NAACP and one of few African-American members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was outside the monument waving the Confederate flag soon after the graffiti was removed.

He said the graffiti artist protested incorrectly.…

10:39pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

History - still with us

A Dewey [Okla] residence designed by renowned architect Bruce Goff was recently placed on the National Register of Historic Places.…

11:05pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Headline of the Day

Monster Attacks Church; The Left Attacks The Dukes of Hazzard

11:27pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Defending Ourselves

Timeline of the Fight for the 2nd Amendment…

10:58pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Governing Ourselves

Is it even imaginable that the “Justices” who just voted to:

  1. Ignore the written text of a bill and all the collateral evidence that says “and we really mean it this way;”
  2. Seize political control of the oldest and least political of all human institutions;

...don’t know what they’ve done?…

11:22pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW
Allen West

…Using the same “due process clause” argument as the Supreme Court just applied to gay marriage, my concealed carry permit must now be recognized as valid in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.“…

10:55pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Political Hat
News headlline summaries and links. Late-blogged.
11:19pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

…On this day in 1956 the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 was signed, officially creating the United States Interstate Highway System.…

Vic's news links for today start deep in the jungles of the Overnight Thread, but the link here will guide you safely to the first one.
8:22am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 29 :MW

Breitbart is Here


Today is Sunday, June 28, 2015. On this day in 1894 Labor Day became an official US holiday.

Vic's news begins here today.

Note to readers, on the chance the Blog-Heap has any:

Real Life Things have been keeping me away from blogging much lately. Mostly good real life things, though.

-Mindful Webworker

7:17am CDT Sun 2015 Jun 28 :MW

Political Theater

…in the first Obamacare decision, John Roberts lectured us that it is NOT the duty of the Supreme Court to protect voters from the consequences of bad laws passed by their elected representatives. Yet in this week's Obamacare decision, John Roberts lectured us that it IS the duty of the Supreme Court to protect voters from the consequences of poorly-written laws passed by their elected representatives. The man is a model of consistency and clarity in his legal reasoning!

8:31am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 27 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Krauthammer: SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decision ‘Is a Huge Loss for Democracy’
PJTV: SCOTUS Handyman: John Roberts Fixes Broken Laws
Hillary Clinton’s passionate Defense of Traditional Marriage
PJ Media: Hillary Clinton, Who Opposed Gay Marriage Until 2013, Is Totes ‘Proud’ of Today’s SCOTUS Ruling
Newsmax, Malzberg | Andrew McCarthy discusses Freddie Gray Autopsy Report and the recent SCOTUS rulings
Krauthammer and Ben Carson on Supreme Court decision to uphold ObamaCare subsidies
Megyn Kelly, Richard Fowler Engage In Epic Duel Over SPLC’s ‘Women Against Islam’ Hate List
PJ Media: SPLC Issues Hit List of 12 Conservative Women Who Speak Out Against Radical Islam
NY Times: Right-Wing Extremists More Dangerous Than Jihadis
Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey has a few things to say about that
Carly Fiorina answers viewers’ questions
Steve Malzburg Show, Newsmax: Rob Astorino on Socially Engineered Neighborhoods
Via Right Reason, Obama’s Forced Diversity in Housing Is Not a New Development
PJTV: Black Racism Infinitely More Pervasive Than White Racism
Colin Flaherty: “He aint do no wrong: He just shot a cop. Thassall.”

Nice Deb's weekly video collection. Retro added days late, better than never.
11:58pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 27 :MW

No links today due to sleeping late. … However I note that 5 assholes in black robes have rewritten the Constitution to assert federal authority over marriage. I do not see anything in my copy of the Constitution that says the federal government has any authority over marriage.

No news leads from Vic today. It's all bad news, anyway.
7:10am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 27 :MW

Breitbart is Here


…On this day in 1870 Christmas became an official holiday in the US.…

Vic's news headline links and fiery opinions start here today.
6:05am CDT Fri 2015 Jun 26 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin

Liberals are so hell bent on ridding the world of white, we decided to help them decide what to ban next, now that the Confederate flag, the supposed symbol of White Supremacy.
Using that logic, white bread is the symbol of white supremacy in the baking category, so let’s BAN WHITE BREAD! Let’s help Liberals decide what to ban next.…

Hilarious list
6:04pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

So it started with me telling Amazon, CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!

Hilarious set of variations on the Confederate flag.
5:20pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Mega-retailers have confirmed their loyal membership in the liberal Establishment and their willingness to join in an ideological war of annihilation against the very concept of the South by refusing to sell Confederate flag merchandise. This confirms that like Big Advertising, Big Retail is far more concerned with advancing the liberal agenda than with making money, because thanks to the authorities’ big push to suppress it, the rebel flag is selling better than ever…

5:17pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW
CSA Flag

Pastor Clementa Pinckney … While the mainstream media is decrying the fact that the Charleston shooting victim’s body was carried past a Confederate flag today, the good pastor may not have found it all that offensive.

In 2000, during his first term in the South Carolina State Senate, Pinckney actually voted in favor of H5028, the May 2000 compromise which placed the flag at its current location.…

5:11pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Know the Enemy

The rush to ban display and sale of the Confederate flag in the wake of last week’s shooting in Charleston should cause concern for any person intelligent enough to understand how such precedents, once established, are often used to justify further aggression by Cultural Marxists.…

4:50pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

A Syrian woman believed responsible for helping to deliver hundreds of young European girls to ISIS has defected, and is now warning young women of the hell that awaits them in the black-clad Islamist army's so-called caliphate.

“You are young," the defector, who used the alias Um Asma in an interview with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, told young women considering running away to join ISIS. "The caliphate is not what you think it is. Women are whipped, sold and stoned. Corpses are on display publicly for weeks.” …

4:47pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

It must be swell being a Democrat.

You can kill a woman and become the “Lion of the Senate.” … You can rape a woman and still be the most influence Democrat alive.… You can be a member of the Ku Klux Klan, a virulent racist and segregationist, and the Democrats will make you leader of the Senate. … You can use your position as Secretary of State to pad your own purse and make yourself fabulously wealthy while lying about … well, everything. You can lose six billion dollars of taxpayer money and even be responsible for the death of four men in Benghazi and still be the heir apparent of the Democrat nomination for President for the United States.

And, in case you missed it.

You can give rioters space to destroy the very city you are charged with leading, vilify your police force and make a complete mess of things to the point where your fair city has the highest monthly rate of homicides in forty years, and you will be made President of the US Conference of Mayors.…

4:44pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Wild Oklahoma

Okla Flag

Sean Bonner and Allen Morgenstern layout their plan to transform the state from the grassy, flat Native America we're all used to, into a new border-to-border lake.… At last check, the Kickstarter campaign… had already quadrupled its lofty goal of $100…

6:13pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

1960s - less with us

Patrick Macnee, the British actor who played bowler-hatted secret agent John Steed on the 1960s spy series "The Avengers," died Thursday, June 25. He was 93.

4:33pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Oh! The Irony!

Whacky O

“Obviously, if there was state-run media in the United States, whoever the president was would have the ability to make whatever screwy policies they had look good as well,” Obama said.

5:24pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Long Underwear Heroes are Dead


…“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” he said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”…

4:36pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Fun can be... just Fun!

Great hot-days graphics from the bluebird
7:29pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Theory of Justice

A U.S. federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed on behalf of an Oklahoma death row inmate who died in a flawed execution… the process did not violate constitutional protections against cruel and unusual punishment.…

6:15pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Free Expression

…The legal lexicon, in discussions of freedom of expression, often uses the term chilling effect. That’s the Left’s goal: to make objective delivery of facts and candid expression of opinion seem too dangerous, or too expensive, for a private citizen to undertake it. They can’t shut down the huge pipe of Internet communication, so they strive to lower the temperature therein to the freezing point.

They’ve been having an appalling degree of success.…

4:39pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Post-Racist World

CONVERSE, Texas (CBS Houston) — A woman who thought she was black found out after 70 years that she was actually white.… “My adoptive mother, Edwinna Wagner, never told me that she had adopted a white baby,” Byrd explained. “She took it to her grave that she had a white daughter.” …

This is the real deal, not like tan-and-weave Rachel.
6:09pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Breitbart is Here


…On this day in 1998 in Clinton v. City of New York, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Line Item Veto Act of 1996 was unconstitutional. So why is Obama getting away with selective enforcement of laws and making new laws on it own?…

Vic's Morning News stuck on the Overnight Train again.
6:16am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 25 :MW

Breitbart is Here


…On this day in 1916 Mary Pickford became the first female film star to sign a million dollar contract. …

Vic's headline news links and leftist-head-melting opinions.
5:48am CDT Wed 2015 Jun 24 :MW

Mass Media is Dead

AP: The images were not intended to portray Cruz in a negative light.
Zip: True. It was meant to send a message.

The cropped picture, the larger picture, and the retracted picture frame.
7:27pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

That’s right: the shooter of nine people was a “brony”—a male devotee of the children’s TV show.… complete fabrication… created out of thin air, …

7:21pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

…Who knew AP stood for Asshole Pinheads. Imagine if AP did this instead…

Dianny does a great job reversing the AP's latest anti-Cruz propaganda photo.
7:15pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW
Ted Cruz

…So bad was this particular instance that the outlet in question — the Associated Press (AP) — has now scrubbed the photos from its site. Why the photos sparked outrage requires no explanation — take a look yourself.… Following the social media firestorm that ensued, the AP issued a feeble apology of sorts…

6:45pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Transport Disaster

An Oklahoma woman is facing a manslaughter charge after police say she killed a man driving a 1920 Model A car.…

6:06pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Wild Oklahoma

…Riggs was eight years old when Indian Territory and Oklahoma territory fused in 1907. Riggs’ mother was a Cherokee Indian and Blackburn said many of the songs in “Green Grow the Lilacs,” were Cherokee-inspired folk songs.

…As the rift over Indian Territory grew deeper, another rift developed. Cowboys felt threatened by farmers and the settling of territory, Blackburn said.

“In a way, ‘Green Grow the Lilacs’ and ‘Oklahoma!’ brings you this same story of the wild wild West with the free ranging cowboys who live off their whips, the gun on their hip and a bedroll on their horse. They control their destiny,” Blackburn said. “Suddenly the land is being broken up into these farms with fences that hem you in and keep you tied to the land, because once you farm it, you have to mortgage your land.”…

6:15pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Why didn't [the Great Powers] drop bombs to stop Nazi concentration camp trains? … Arms manufactures who call themselves Christians hypocritical. [Paraphrased]

Nickarama's side-by-side comparison quotes
7:32pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW



"What we've learned in this study is that the fluid injection responsible for most of the recent quakes in Oklahoma is due to production and subsequent injection of massive amounts of wastewater, and is unrelated to hydraulic fracturing," said Zoback, the Benjamin M. Page Professor in the School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences.

6:11pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Digital Business

…Starting next month, the e-commerce giant will pay independent authors based on the number of pages read, rather than the number of times their book has been borrowed.

The move is aimed at authors enrolled in Kindle Direct Publishing platform - which lets authors set list prices, decide rights and edit the book at any time - and is applicable to ebooks made available via the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Owners' Lending Library programs.…

6:17pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

US Military

…Minnie Smith said she was gardening in her yard earlier this month when she dug up an old dog tag. The tag belonged to a Marine named Arthur Riva. Smith said she has no idea how the tag got in her backyard. …She wants to find the Marine's family. "I'm going to hold on to it just like my life depended on it…." Smith has lived in Onslow County all her life. She said growing up in the community has taught her to respect all military members. That's why she's determined to return the tag. …

7:19pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

American Culture

Okla Flag

WalletHub then broke down the data into four sets for ranking purposes: sociodemographic, housing, economic and education. All in, Oklahoma City came in at the 7th-most American city, and Tulsa came in at No. 16…

6:08pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Animals and Transport

Cat Excited

Two people in an open-cockpit glider were surprised when they noticed a four-legged friend had joined their trip.

6:33pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Free Expression


A protestant pastor in Northern Ireland now faces up to six months in jail for having previously spoken out against Islam, denouncing the religion as a "satanic" heathen "spawned in hell." … "The logic of the decision to prosecute Pastor McConnell means that many clerics - including Catholic priests and other evangelical pastors - could now find themselves under investigation for preaching with passion," said Rice. "My client's remarks weren't addressed at individual Muslims but at Islam in generic terms." …

7:24pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Joe Dan's latest collection of thoughts and video bits.

Video, 19:35, YouTube, Vimeo

7:13pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW
Political Hat

In 2014, the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) urged the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to shut down computer systems which were operating without a current security authorization. OIG specifically warned the breach of some of the systems could have “national security implications.”…

News headline links, brief summaries. (Retro-added)
6:43pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

…On this day in 1868 a new invention called the type writer was patented by Christopher Sholes and a new occupation for women was started.…

After several days' hiatus, the Vic is back with news links, and oh! opinions.
8:00am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 23 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Turkish news agencies say that authorities have arrested two Georgian citizens who tried to enter the Turkey with radioactive material, including cesium.…

8:51pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Animals can be Dangerous

…[author speculated that] a recent drop in tuna prices indicates a surge in tuna harvesting, hence fewer tuna, which explains why 2 people were attacked by sharks at Oak Island, NC recently. And we can expect many more shark attacks, too! Because, tuna.

So, I spent a few minutes googling this and found out that even though tuna and sharks are at the top of the food chain, they stay pretty parallelized, and sharks rarely feed on tuna because they can’t catch them, anyway.…

Refers to item blogged Jun 15.
8:57pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Know the Enemy

5 Pathetic Exploitations of Charleston Murders

10:26pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Impeach Obama

Scary O

…In my short time in Congress, I have watched President Obama do some really audacious things – from unconstitutionally granting amnesty to illegal aliens to unilaterally changing Obamacare over 30 times. I never thought he would hold the military hostage to regulatory and social welfare programs. Yet, that is exactly what the President is threatening to do….

10:32pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Christians who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are being hypocritical, Pope Francis said today, according to Reuters. … Then he complained that the Allied powers didn't bomb concentration camp rail lines in WWII. …

I know the media can wildly mis-interpret the Pope's words, but this can't be just the media…
10:56pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

The Christian owners of a gift shop and bistro in Iowa, who were earlier charged with discrimination and had to pay for a settlement after refusing to hold a same-sex wedding at the venue, say they are now having to close down their business completely.… "Our faith hasn't changed, … Of course, it's kind of a crushing blow because that's a major part of our business and weddings are so absolutely gorgeous in that place." …

9:10pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Policing Ourselves

…Officer Nick Struck says he was the third officer at the scene in Brighton, Colorado last Thursday, and was soon handed a toddler to look after as other emergency responders assisted the rest of her family in the vehicle. The girl's father did not survive… The father of a two-year-old daughter himself, Struck knew exactly what to do to keep the little girl calm - he started singing 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'….

10:52pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

New Orleans police arrested Sunday the man suspected of shooting and killing a police officer who was transporting him to jail a day earlier, ending a nearly 24-hour manhunt … was still wearing parts of the broken handcuffs he had on when he escaped police custody Saturday….

9:18pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

US Military

TULSA, Oklahoma - A special honor for a World War II and Korean Conflict veteran took place on his 90th birthday. During his party, Barney Mecom was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the European Theater.… [Video news report]

9:24pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Some funnies make you laugh. Some make you cringe. Grapihics & toons.
11:40pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 21 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright

"He told this YWAM leader that he had begun having dreams of this man in white who came to him and said, 'You are killing my people.' And he started to feel really sick and uneasy about what he was doing.... The fighter said just before he killed one Christian, the man said, 'I know you will kill me, but I give to you my Bible.' The Christian was killed and this ISIS fighter actually took the Bible and began to read it. In another dream, Jesus asked him to follow him and he was now asking to become a follower of Christ and to be discipled."

7:07am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 20 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Bill Whittle, Sheriff David Clarke, Kurtz, Fiorina on 'The View,' ISIS, Trifecta, and Strawberry Yogurt S’mores?! || THANKS OBAMA

Nice Deb's weekly video collection (Retro-added)

11:20pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 20 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who gained worldwide fame for a “selfie” taken with President Obama at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, has resigned her post, and has also stepped down as the leader of the Social Democrats. Ms. Thorning-Schmidt’s party was bested in this week’s elections by a bloc of center-right parties, in which the Danish People’s Party was the largest winner.

In other news, a stowaway in the wheel well of a British Airways flight from South Africa to the UK fell to his death on a London rooftop as the plane made its descent to land at Heathrow. A man who accompanied him survived, and is recovering in a hospital.

News headline links and summaries
11:05am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 20 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, who gained worldwide fame for a “selfie” taken with President Obama at the funeral of Nelson Mandela, has resigned her post, and has also stepped down as the leader of the Social Democrats. Ms. Thorning-Schmidt’s party was bested in this week’s elections by a bloc of center-right parties, in which the Danish People’s Party was the largest winner.

In other news, a stowaway in the wheel well of a British Airways flight from South Africa to the UK fell to his death on a London rooftop as the plane made its descent to land at Heathrow. A man who accompanied him survived, and is recovering in a hospital.

News headline links and summaries
11:05am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 20 :MW

Wars and Rumors

ChiCom Flag

…It is in the interest of both the U.S. and China to keep the peace .... unfortunately .... China's big problem is not with the U.S. but with its neighbors. With the exception of Russia, China is in a territorial dispute with everyone of its neighbors .... and all sides are refusing to back down.…

8:07pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW


Turban O

It’s a situation that didn’t have to be but now seems inevitable. The Obama administration was given a stable Iraq and it seemed the possible would actually happen. … Now, some are arguing that Iraq is no more.

7:45pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Untied States


HARTFORD, Conn. (June 18, 2015) On Tuesday, a bill that would remove the ban on industrial hemp farming in the state, setting the stage to effectively nullify in practice the federal prohibition on the same, became law without a signature from the Governor.…

8:11pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

The Delaware state Senate gave approval yesterday to a bill that would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana for private use. Governor Jack Markell immediately signed the bill.…

7:33pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Impeach Obama

If this is what it is claimed to be, she's checking her cell during the Pledge of Allegiance.
8:00pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Art of

…in the English-speaking world—and perhaps the world as a whole—has quite a backstory… She had never written any poetry, but the plight of a young German Jewish woman, Margaret Schwarzkopf, who was staying with her and her husband, inspired the poem.…

8:16pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Wild Oklahoma

TISHOMINGO, Oklahoma - Floodwater swept away one of Oklahoma's oldest bridges Thursday night.

The Norton Road Bridge spanned the Washita River just north Mannsville in Johnston County for 106 years. The river washed it away at about 9:45 p.m. on June 18, 2015.…

8:18pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Star Bright

…In this case, however, the victims have been brought into the process and allowed to speak out on behalf of those they lost at the hands of Dylann Roof. Today, David French at National Review said, “This is one of the most powerful Christian witnesses I’ve ever seen.” I agree with him.…

7:52pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Policing Ourselves

A man convicted nearly 20 years ago of molesting three children in western Pennsylvania has been arrested as a fugitive in Oklahoma, where he was working at a Wal-Mart under an assumed name, authorities said. …arrested by Muskogee, Oklahoma…

8:20pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Science Marches Onnnnnn


Scientists are moving closer to developing mind reading technology after researchers at the Wadsworth Center in New York were able to record the brain waves directly associated with speech during a recent study.…

NB: Alex Jones-InfoWars link
10:04am CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Fun can be... just Fun!


A blonde-haired boy and his pet stuff-animal tiger Hobbes were recently separated at the Tampa International Airport before boarding a flight to Houston, TX. Hobbes was found by airport employees and when the boy’s mother reported Hobbes as missing, they assured her that Hobbes would be there when the family returned back to Tampa. An airport employ decided to take Hobbes around the airport taking photos of Hobbes with different employees doing various activities. All the photos were printed in a book and presented to the boy when he returned five days later. Cue the ‘awww’.…

8:14pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Defending Ourselves

Contrasting two church massacres highlights the difference between a world where the right of self-defense is respected, and one in which moonbattery has prevailed so that only criminals have guns.…

7:39pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Ronald Reagan - still with us

Ronald Reagan

…Melba King… was a 22-year-old nursing student in Des Moines in 1933… walking home one autumn night when a mugger came up behind her with a gun and demanded her money. At that moment, Ronald Reagan -- who was a Des Moines radio sportscaster at the time -- came to her rescue…

9:28am CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pistol Pete

…The left is basking in the horror as they try to make political hay is as predictable as night following day. My pledge to you is that, at least for this day, you will not read about it on this post.…

Pete's posters, videos and newslinks. (retro-added)
10:33pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

The European Central Bank says that it is not sure whether Greek banks will be able to open for business on Monday. Greek depositors have been withdrawing money from banks at a record rate — more than €2 billion over the first three days of the week. The ECB says the banks will be open tomorrow (Friday), but Monday is not a certainty.

In other news, UK police in Watford, Hertfordshire arrested a white man for wearing a black burka and carrying suspicious rucksacks. One of the rucksacks featured an image of Peppa the Pig on the outside.

News headline links and summaries
1:13pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW
Pictographs discovered which reveal how life was, more or less, in the early 21st Century.
1:11pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 19 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

A young man named Fareed Mumuni was arrested on Staten Island today after he attacked an FBI agent with a knife. The agent was one of a team who came to search Mr. Mumuni’s home as part of an investigation into his support for ISIS. Mr. Mumuni was said to be an associate of Munther Omar Saleh, who was arrested over the weekend in Queens, also for attacking law enforcement officers with a knife.

In other news, the owner of an Austrian brothel is offering his clients free sessions with the young ladies under his charge, as a form of protest over what he says are unreasonably high taxes imposed by the government on his business.

News headline links and summaries. Retro-added.
11:57pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 18 :MW
Pete's dose of news, views, posters and vids, an emotional roller-coaster ride. (Retro added)
11:34pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 18 :MW

…On this day in 1812 congress declared war on Great Britain, Canada, and Ireland. …

Vic's news starts deep in the overnight thread this morning. Blame global warming.
6:40am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 18 :MW

Political Theater

Illinois Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger Wednesday morning in an interview with 1440 WROK blamed Matt Drudge’s Drudge Report and other new media outlets for delaying Republican leaderships plans to give President Obama “fast track” trade authority and ultimate approval of the Trans Pacific Partnership(TPP), also known as Obamatrade.…

Yay! It's working!
10:07pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

Government at Play

Today, The Heritage Foundation releases “Arresting Your Property: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Turns Police Into Profiteers.” … reveals the dark side of civil forfeiture, where the government seizes your property without ever convicting you of, or even charging you with, a crime, and then keeps the profits for its own coffers. Here are nine such examples…

9:31pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

Untied States

Texas Flag

AUSTIN, Tex. (June 16, 2015) – Today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to effectively nullify in practice some Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules preventing terminally-ill patients from accessing treatments. …known as the Right to Try Act, gives terminally-ill patients access to medicines that have not been given final approval for use by the FDA.…

9:55pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW
Maine Flag Hemp

AUGUSTA, Maine (June 16, 2015) – Today, the Maine state Senate joined the House and voted to override Gov. LePage’s veto of a bill to authorize hemp farming in the state without gaining any federal permission. …amends the current hemp farming law in the state by removing a requirement that licenses are contingent on approval by the Federal Government.…

9:52pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Mexico Flag

Can a country with deep Christian roots like Mexico find itself at the mercy of demons? Some in the Church fear so.

And as a result, they called for a nation-wide exorcism of Mexico, carried out quietly last month in the cathedral of San Luis Potosí.…

Fr. Fortea said that “the exorcism performed in San Luís Potosí is the first ever carried out in Mexico in which the exorcists came from different parts of the country and gathered together to exorcise the powers of darkness, not from a person, but from the whole country.”

“This rite of exorcism, beautiful and liturgical, had never before taken place in any part of the world. Although it had taken place in a private manner as when Saint Francis (exorcised) the Italian city of Arezzo.…”

9:36pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

…Showing incredible fortitude and faith in God, Kisa not only overcame his horrific injuries, but used the time in prison to minister to the Muslim officers rendering the beatings, astonishingly, leading them to Christ.

“I have always been warned against preaching on the streets of this community,” Kisa said faithfully. “I can’t help but to preach the Gospel and, for sure, the Lord has brought so many Muslims in this community to Christ.”

After being kept in prison for over a month, the pastor appeared in court, where he would learn his fate. Incredibly, the magistrate overseeing the case found no fault with him, and set him free.…

9:28pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW
Star Bright

…On her birthday week, I'm overwhelmed at the strength and grace that my fierce first-born child has shown. My husband and I named her after St. Veronica, a woman who displayed great courage in the face of adversity when she stepped forward from a jeering mob to comfort Jesus on the road to Calvary. Over the past month and a half, our teenage daughter has shown more resilience worthy of her namesake than I have witnessed in most adults. She is my hero.…

9:21pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

Headline of the Day

Pope Francis Blasts Global Warming Skeptics In Leaked Draft of Encyclical, Blames Climate Change On Evil Rich People And Calls For Wealth Redistribution…

Zip of Weasel Zippers adds,

He seems to skew just a tad to the left.

9:56pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Humor is relative. Art is in the eye of the beholder. Panels of politics and amusement are here. (Retro added)
11:26pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW
Pistol Pete

You have to hand it to Rachel Dolezal… she sucks up as much oxygen as Cankles does and may be even a more pathological liar, if not as dangerous.…

The title pretty much says it all. Retro-added daylate.
11:19pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

A French Muslim leader named Dalil Boubaker has called for the country’s empty Catholic churches to be turned into mosques. France is building new mosques at a record rate, but Mr. Boubaker says they are insufficient to meet the needs of French Muslims.

In other news, Italian authorities have evacuated migrants who were stopped at the French border near the town of Ventimiglia. The refugees, some of whom had staged a hunger strike, were transported to Ventimiglia station by the Red Cross.

News headline links and summaries. Retro-added.
11:17pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

…On this day in 1963 the United States Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in Abington School District v. Schempp against requiring the reciting of Bible verses and the Lord's Prayer in public schools.…

Vic's inimitable take on the news, with links, starts here today.
5:44am CDT Wed 2015 Jun 17 :MW

Untied Nations

Representative Mike Rogers from Alabama has submitted a bill to withdraw from The United Nations.… The United Nations has long been a thorn in the side of the United States. They basically take our money and spend it in places and on projects that overall weaken the American stance in the world. Now that I think about it, this administration tends to have the same track record.…

2:43pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Under Tyranny

Mordor Eye

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday finalized a plan to essentially rid the nation’s food supply of artery-clogging artificial trans fat, a move the agency estimates could reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of heart attack deaths a year. …

Transgender? No problem. Trans-racial? Working on it. Trans Fats? HORRORS!
2:24pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Impeach Obama

Thanks to newly-declassified documents from the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of State released to government watchdog Judicial Watch, here’s what we know, quite simply:

1.) The Obama administration indeed knew almost immediately who committed the 2012 attack on the U.S. embassy in Benghazi — it was associates of al-Qaida and the Muslim Brotherhood. …

2.) The administration knew weapons were being shipped from Benghazi to rebel troops — including ISIS — in Syria. …

3.) And — wait for it — Obama’s administration intentionally helped give rise to ISIS. It even trained them.

2:17pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

In discussions with people more "tolerant" than I am, I have been told that I should think of sex change as "therapy" for the condition of body dysmorphia; although it seems to me the only form of therapy that involves indulging the delusion of the person being treated.

If a middle-aged man said that he sexually identified as a teenage girl, would he be allowed to hang out in high school girls locker rooms? You know, for therapeutic purposes? Somehow, I don't think that dog would hunt.

9:20am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Language Culture

…Dolezal rose to prominence as a black woman but was revealed last week as white by her parents.

“I don’t see why they’re in such a rush to whitewash the work that I have done and who I am and how I have identified…”

2:19pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

History Marches On

Pistol Pete

It got me to thinking,and I said to myself:’self,what a great segue for a nostalgia post.’…

1:43pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Pop Culture

Cute graphic
9:09pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Defending Ourselves

A man who attempted to rob an East Knoxville [Tennessee] convenience store early Monday morning was shot and killed by a bystander… was forcing the female clerk behind the counter at gunpoint. … male friend of the clerk… retrieved his handgun, entered the store and fired one shot…

2:31pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve is defending his government’s policy of turning migrants back at the border with Italy. He says that Italy must abide by Schengen rules, and verify whether immigrants are legitimate asylum seekers or economic migrants, before sending the former on to France.

In other news, the Pentagon announced that the target of yesterday’s air sortie in Libya, the Al Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar, was most likely killed in the strike.

News headline links and summaries. Retro-added.
7:11pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW
Pistol Pete

…more real than that phony-ass ‘trans-racial’ psycho from Spokane.…

Pete's roundup of the best and worst of the web.
1:48pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

…On this day in 1933 the National Industrial Recovery Act was passed. It was the first of FDR's BS depression recovery programs. It was a dismal failure as was all his "recovery" programs. It was subsequently declared unconstitutional by SCOTUS but that did not deter FDR. He was in office long enough to pack the courts, it just took longer than he wanted.

Vic's News and Views start here today.
7:35am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 16 :MW

Wars and Rumors

A weekend volley of U.S. airstrikes on a farmhouse in eastern Libya didn’t just target a notorious, one-eyed al Qaeda leader. Mokhtar Belmokhtar—nicknamed “the Uncatchable”—was gathered together with a “Star Wars bar” of al Qaeda and ISIS members, a senior administration official tells The Daily Beast.

“He was meeting with more than 20 locals and core al Qaeda and ISIL members,” the official said, using an alternate acronym for the terror group. “He was apparently trying to bring them together,” to get the disparate militant groups to cooperate….

11:06pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

Animals can be Dangerous

…So when you see the shark attacks this past weekend at Oak Island North Carolina you have a convergence of issues: ♦ The overfishing of their food source, tuna. ♦ The migration along the coast April – August. ♦ A Fishing Pier with bait and food source nearby putting scent in the water. ♦ Swimmers in the immediate vicinity, on body boards giving the appearance/profile of a food source…
See refutation to this on Jun 21
11:17pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

Know the Enemy

…Although many in the past have set the table for the USA’s destruction, it was not until Barack Hussein Obama took the US White House as his own that the final phase began implementation. It has been extremely easy for Obama and his syndicate to “transform” (aka “dismantle and decimate”) the USA from within, as the people of the country had already been conditioned to following the authority of leftist-run public (government) school systems and would buckle to any far-Left Luciferian authority’s order they faced.…

9:12am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW



The European Space Agency says the comet lander Philae has come back to life after hibernating for seven months. It is the first communication with the probe since it landed in November.…

9:18am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

History - still with us

Scientists have identified the scribes who wrote two of the four original 1215 copies of the Magna Carta. They found the copies held in Lincoln and Salisbury were written by scribes based at those cathedrals, rather than by someone working for King John. The discovery was made ahead of the 800th anniversary of the historic charter on Monday.…

9:15am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Pistol Pete
Pistol Pete starts the week off with his gleanings from the web. (Posted day late)
11:49pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW
Political Hat

Obama Scandals, Gun Rights, Hide the Decline, Obamacare, War & Terror, National News, Economy & Taxes, International News, Opinion

News headline links
11:03pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Several dozen African immigrants who were denied entry into France are staging a sit-in and a hunger strike at the border crossing in Ventimiglia, Italy. Meanwhile, eighteen would-be migrants were found dead in the Sahara Desert in northern Niger, apparently having lost their way in a sandstorm en route to Libya to attempt the Mediterranean crossing.

In other news, at least ten employees of the Tunisian consulate in Tripoli were taken hostage by armed community activists.

News headline links and summaries
6:57am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

…On this day in 1215 The Magna Carter was signed and sealed by King John of England.…

Vic has been up drawing the links together and forming his opinions. Don't-miss material.
6:21am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

US Election 2016


Jeb Bush's logo for the 2016 campaign revealed. See, also, an original Mindful Webwork, the Ole variation inspired by the Moron Horde at Ace of Spades.
9:21am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 15 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Israel Flag

The latest religious minority to be caught in the Syrian crossfire are the Druze, who have long enjoyed the protection of the Assad regime, but now find themselves under attack from the Al Qaeda-linked Al Nusra Front and could soon look to Israel for help.

The slaughter Wednesday of more than 20 members of Syria's Druze community, a monotheistic religion that incorporates elements including philosophy, Judaisim, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism, could signal a coming humanitarian crisis, according to officials in Israel, which has a sizeable Druze population of its own….

Israel, whose Druze community is generally well-regarded, has so far stayed out of the Syrian war. But recent events have prompted speculation that Israel could move to aid Syria's Druze population considering the faith's status in the Jewish State.…

9:13pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

The historic Christian Syrian town of Maaloula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in its center, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013.

Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.…

12:22pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

Know the Enemy

As we all know, Pamela Geller’s home address has been outed.

Most people think it was Islam that outed her, it wasn’t. It was CBS.

Specifically, it was Inside Edition.

More specifically it was this guy-

[photo: Steven Fabian]

Just wanted to make this clear.

9:20pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

Liberal Politics


The Clinton administration had bankrupted the intelligence community and refused to let the CIA prioritize anti-terrorism over other major priorities in the late 1990s, leaving the agency stretched too thin in the days ahead of the 2001 terrorist attacks, former Director George J. Tenet said in a 2005 document declassified Friday.

Wash Times poll-to-read article
12:34pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

Untied States

Flag of Texas

AUSTIN, Tex. (June 12, 2015) – Today, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill establishing the nation’s first state-level gold depository, an important first step towards gold and silver as commonly-used legal tender in the state. … Professor William Greene is an expert on constitutional tender and said in a paper for the Mises Institute that when people in multiple states actually start using gold and silver instead of Federal Reserve Notes, it would effectively nullify the Federal Reserve and end the federal government’s monopoly on money. …

8:53pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

Defending Ourselves

Calling it a salute to the “genius” of the country’s founding fathers, Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday signed legislation allowing Texans with licenses to openly tote their handguns in a hip or shoulder holster. The signing… came at Red’s Indoor Range, a popular gun store and shooting range in Pflugerville. Abbott said he would also sign legislation later in the day that requires the state’s public universities and colleges to allow handguns on campus buildings and in dorms.

“There is nothing more important in democracy than the voice of the people stepping up and saying ‘We expect the Constitution of the United States of America to be our guiding doctrine,’” he said.

12:41pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

Breitbart is Here

The home address of the Counterjihad blogger and activist Pamela Geller has been tweeted by the Islamic State. An ISIS tweet posted Ms. Geller’s address in New York, including her apartment number, and advised believers to go forth and kill her. The Twitter account involved has since been taken down. Ms. Geller was relieved to learn that the threat had nothing to do with Islam.

In other Twitter news, a British Muslim activist for MPAC said in a tweet that agents for the Mossad had entered his home while he was asleep and removed one of his shoes.

News headline links and summaries
1:01pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 14 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Muslims who live north of the Arctic Circle are scrambling to make up special rules for breaking their fast during Ramadan. This year the holy month falls during the time of the Midnight Sun, and there will be no sunrise or sunset to mark the beginning and end of the fasting period. To avoid a starvation situation, new rules are being discussed by Islamic scholars in Sweden so that the faithful may manage to have a meal each day while still abiding by the requirements of Islamic law.

In other news, the Finnish government is debating whether to allow any “Finnish” mujahideen to return from fighting jihad Syria, and if they do, how the veteran kinetic activists will be treated.

News headline links and summaries [Added day late]
11:57pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 13 :MW

Special Report: Data Breach Worse than originally thought and Raises Concerns About Federal Government Ineptitude:

“Greatest intelligence failure since Edward Snowden.” And “coincidentally” both breaches happened under Obama.

Nice Deb's Saturday video selections (retroposted Sunday)
11:57pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 13 :MW

…On this day in 1971 the New York Times began the publication of the Pentagon Papers.…

News links and how to thinks from Vic start here today.
7:06am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 13 :MW

Wars and Rumors

State Dept Unable To Issue Any Overseas Passports And Visas Due To ‘Technical Glitch’, Not Ruling Out Hack…

Isn't this the basic, if not the only useful, function the State Dept provides citizens?
7:35pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 12 :MW

Animal Companions


A three-year-old boy and his mother sent a letter to heaven for his beloved dog Moe, who died in April, and in a complete surprise, they actually received a response! -illustr8r, IOTW Report

7:33pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 12 :MW

US Military


…Experts apparently fear that ISIS will use the upcoming “celebration” of the start of Ramadan and the first anniversary of its declaration of a caliphate (June 29th) to spread the joy with some chemical weapons, noting that the group usually reserves its major operations to coincide with the Islamic holy month.

Because the Obama administration has benched itself for the last three quarters of the game, our troops may now face the worst sort of warfare. Had we left sufficient troop levels in Iraq to take out these thugs at the inception, we wouldn’t be facing the prospect of our military personnel — oops I mean trainers — being hit with a dirty bomb.…

7:17pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 12 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

A coalition of Islamic groups in the Libyan city of Derna has declared a jihad against the Islamic State, due to ISIS’ brutality towards local residents. The Islamic State, which has ruled Derna for a number of months, has had to set up checkpoints in the city to deal with the unrest and regain control.

In other news, the Oxford Union has passed a motion declaring itself to be “institutionally racist”.

News headline links and summaries [added 2 days late]
11:55pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 12 :MW
Panels of politics, punditry, and phun.
9:03am CDT Fri 2015 Jun 12 :MW

…On this day in 1775 British general Thomas Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. He offered a pardon to all colonists who would lay down their arms with two exceptions, Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.…

Vic's news links and his take on stories, top of the morning thread today.
7:28am CDT Fri 2015 Jun 12 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Israel Flag

Local government officials in towns near the Gaza border reported on Sunday receiving complaints from residents who say they hear digging underground. … “According to the complaints, the digging hasn’t stopped for a moment.” … Local residents believe that the next round of fighting is simply a matter of time. …

8:39am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW


This report extensively details the networks of radical left non-profits, foundations, government agencies and the personalities behind them. Unbeknownst to most Americans they are using refugee resettlement as a pretext to import waves of immigrants from third-world nations as a key front in Obama’s strategy of “fundamentally transforming” America. These refugees have little interest in assimilating. Many are from Muslim countries, view immigration as “Hijra” i.e. a subversive means to invade a foreign nation, and have demonstrated a willingness to either support or engage in terrorism both in America and abroad.…

8:49am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

Art of

Sir Christopher Lee dies at 93 - latest reaction and tributes - Screen legend famous for roles in Hammer Horror films, Lord of the Rings and Star Wars dies in hospital after suffering heart and respiratory problems

7:00pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

Dinosaurs - still with us

Tyrannosaurus Rex
Here comes the running and the screaming. Or maybe not.

…"We stumbled on these things completely by chance," says Susannah Maidment of Imperial College London, whose team was trying to study bone fossilisation by cutting out tiny fragments of fossils.

Instead, they found blood-like cells and collagen from 75-million-year-old dinosaur fossils – 10 million years before T. rex appeared.

Although the cells are unlikely to contain DNA, those extracted from better preserved fossils using the same technique may do so, she says. …

9:28am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

Solar System


A giant ring around Saturn is even larger than thought, spanning an area of space nearly 7,000 times larger than Saturn itself… “We knew it was the biggest ring, but know we find it’s even bigger than we thought, new and improved….”

10:39am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

US Military

…And so it is, just days after Commander-in-Chief Obama announced to the world ten months after first stating he did not have a strategy to combat ISIS, that he STILL doesn’t have a strategy, the White House announces it will send another 450 troops into Iraq as trainers.

No clear guidance was issued other than an intent to train more Iraqi troops. Sadly, we now have a little over 3,400 “trainers” in Iraq and only 2,598 Iraqi Soldiers in training. Of that number there are 800 Kurds and 1798 Shia, and no Sunnis are being trained. Do y’all see the laughable irony? We have more “trainers” in Iraq than those being trained.…

6:57pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

A culture-enriching “Australian” named Muhammet Velipasaoglu is being investigated by health authorities for practicing as an unlicensed “rogue” dentist for more than ten years. Mr. Velipasaoglu failed to follow proper hygienic procedures, and it is feared that he may have infected some of his patients with HIV or other blood-borne pathogens. The case has a Mohammed Coefficient of 100%.

In other news, the Norwegian government has agreed to take in its allotted share of 8,000 migrants currently awaiting resettlement in Italy.…

News headline links and summaries
10:32am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

…On this day in 1776 the Continental Congress appointed Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston to the Committee of Five to draft a declaration of independence from Great Britain.…

Vic's news headlines are hidden in the overnight thread, since no morning thread arrived. The news is still fresh, despite the packaging.
6:35am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 11 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Nagasaki Mushroom Cloud

Russian media is whipping up fear about a potential nuclear attack by the United States—and it’s all thanks to a prank video featuring confused people in San Diego.

The video at the center of the nuclear fear-mongering features Americans allegedly signing a petition to annihilate Russia. Mark Dice, a conspiracy theorist and activist, produced the video. It shows him approaching passers-by in San Diego, asking them to support a plan by President Obama to nuke Russia in order to keep America the world’s leading superpower. …

8:40pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

(Jun 8) As Islamic State tightens its grip on Libya, 86 Eritrean Christians have reportedly been kidnapped in the country.

3:51pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

WW2 - still with us

How a chicken farmer, a pair of princesses, and 27 imaginary spies helped the Allies win World War II.…

7:48pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

History - less with us

Japan's last ninja: Engineer, 63, who can hear a needle drop in the next room and kill from 20 paces is last in 500-year line of Japanese assassins
• Jinichi Kawakami is 21st head of the Ban clan, a dynasty of secret ninjas
• He began training in ancient art of ninjutsu aged six under Buddhist master
• For concentration, he would stare into a candle until he was 'inside' flame
• For hearing he would practice listening to needle dropping on wood floor
• Says he will let the art die with him because ninjas 'don't fit with modern day'
'We can't try out murder or poisons. Even if we can learn, we can't try it out'

3:48pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

Untied States

Florida Flag

A bill that would effectively nullify in practice certain Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rules that prevent terminally ill patients from accessing treatments was signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott today.…

8:23pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

Art of


…Created by Michael Hefferon, Reboot: The Guardian Code is based on the original ReBoot created by Gavin Blair, John Grace, Phil Mitchell and Ian Pearson. The YTV series was the first of its kind–a fully CG animated television series. The series told stories of heroic Guardians who battled viruses inside computer systems.

ReBoot: the Guardian Code is an adventure-comedy series about four teens (Austin, Parker, Grey and Tamra) who discover that they’re next-gen Guardians with a mission to save the world, by defending it in cyberspace.…

Enjoyed the original series, ahead of its time. A return was long overdue, but tricky, so this looks like an interesting re-engineering of the premise for today's tech. Hope this makeover will remain true to the original's spirit.
1:56pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

Wild Oklahoma

Okla Flag

…[Gary] Linderman ran the Ole Miner Pharmacy, the last business in Picher. He was known as the "last man standing" or "Lights out Linderman."

Customers from miles away visited the pharmacy in the once-booming lead- and zinc-mining town about 20 miles southwest of Joplin, Missouri.

Most residents left after the Environmental Protection Agency declared Picher a federal Superfund site in the 1980s. A 2008 tornado devastated those who remained. The town ceased municipal operations in 2009.…

1:50pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

Policing Ourselves

…Tim Watson read a police alert during his shift on Friday morning which said a child had gone missing from a public library in Milpitas, California. … A short time later, Mr Watson, a father-of-two, noticed a man and teary-eyed boy matching the child's description on his bus and concocted a clever plan to confirm his suspicions and lead the abductor straight to the police.…

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3:56pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

US Military

US Flag

The Oklahoma Honor Flights will take 82 veterans — including six from the Bartlesville area — to Washington, D.C. for a one-day trip to visit the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Lincoln Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and other sites on Wednesday. The Oklahoma Honor Flights is a hub of the national Honor Flight Network. This will be its 20th flight from Oklahoma and the eighth from Tulsa…

[Also worth watching: Video: Honor Flight Bluegrass Hustle, by Kelli Oakley, YouTube]
2:04pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

An Oklahoma National Guardsman received the Star of Valor award for his heroic acts in saving a stabbing victim from her attacker and treating her wounds.…

1:52pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Panels political and humorous
7:50pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Fighters for the Islamic State have finally achieved control over Sirte, Moammar Qaddafi’s hometown in Libya. After taking the airport, ISIS fought a protracted series of battles with the Fajr Libya militia before capturing the power plant and other strategic sites, thereby gaining complete control over the town.

In other news, a French woman is suing the government for failing to prevent her 16-year-old son, a convert to Islam, from making hijra to Syria to wage jihad for the Islamic State.…

News headline links and summaries
4:55pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

…On this day in 1963 the Equal Pay Act of 1963 aimed at abolishing wage disparity based on sex was signed into law by John F. Kennedy as part of his New Frontier Program.…

Vic starts his headline links, summaries, and thinkological critiques here.
7:39am CDT Wed 2015 Jun 10 :MW

Wars and Rumors

…the Syrian Orthodox Church of St. Ephrem, which they emptied last fall, will reopen soon as the “mosque of the mujahideen” or jihad fighters. …

8:50am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW

Constitutional Threat

Does the Army expect that there will soon be “disaster stricken” areas all over the country? As you will see in this article, a job advertisement has been posted on a federal website seeking workers that “will provide emergency support to disaster stricken areas throughout the US“.…

When the government advertised for help with an influx of immigrant children, we then got an influx of immigrant children. Now the government advertises for help with widespread disaster…
9:22am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW

Economic Threat

Dollar Burning

…In 1912, one person who warned against the passage of the Aldrich Plan, was Alfred Owen Crozier: a man who saw how it would all play out, and even wrote a book titled “U.S. Money vs Corporation Currency” (costing 25 cents) explaining and predicting everything that would ultimately happen, even adding some 30 illustrations for those readers who were visual learners.

The book, which is attached at the end of this post, is a must read, but even those pressed for time are urged to skim the following illustrations all of which were created in 1912, and all of which predicted just what the current financial system would look like.…

9:31am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

…After decades of studying and working with tens of thousands of patients, researchers at the Mayo Clinic say they’ve cracked the code to being happy.… the first and foremost way to be happy is to focus our attention.… if we learn to command our thoughts, shifting perspective away from the negative, and embrace the positive, we will be happier…

So the secret of happiness is disciplining the emotions. And the secret of disciplining emotions is training the mind to focus on happiness. Wait…
9:16pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW

Headline of the Day

Helen Lovejoy

Another row over art has kicked off in France this week after a massive sculpture, supposedly representing the "vagina of a queen", has been installed on the gardens of the historic Versailles Palace.

Not much to add to that!
9:15am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

British Prime Minister David Cameron has warned ministers in his government that they must resign if they favor British withdrawal from the European Union. However, a group of 50 anti-EU Tory backbenchers has promised to lead a rebellion against Mr. Cameron if he does not secure major concessions in his current negotiations with Brussels.

In other news, the PEGIDA candidate for mayor of Dresden did surprisingly well in yesterday’s election, gaining almost 10% of the vote. …

News headline links and summaries
8:51am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW
Vic is here with the news. All is right with the world, at least in that way.

…On this day in 1954 Joseph Welch, special counsel for the United States Army, lashed out at Senator Joseph McCarthy during hearings on whether Communism has infiltrated the Army giving McCarthy the famous rebuke, "You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"…

6:05am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 9 :MW

Under Tyranny

…[Joseph Kim's] new memoir, “Under the Same Sky: From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)…

With no family and no food, he did what had previously been unthinkable: One cold winter night, he snuck across the frozen Tumen River into China…

4:56pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 8 :MW

Policing Ourselves

The full story of the McKinney Texas, pool mob – inside the “Craig Ranch” subdivision

sundance pulls threads together to weave a timeline
4:30pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 8 :MW

WW2 - less with us

The last of the original 29 Navajo Code Talkers of World War II has died. ChesterNez, died this morning [Jun 7] age of 93. RIP

4:39pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 8 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Turkey went to the polls today, and the AKP — the party of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan — lost its absolute majority in parliament. The AKP still won, but received only 42% of the vote, and will have to head a coalition government.

In other news, up to half a million would-be migrants are said to be waiting in North Africa to attempt to cross the Mediterranean to Europe. …

News headline links and summaries
8:12am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 8 :MW

Wars and Rumors

This is the incredible moment elated Syrian women tear off their black shapeless robes as they enter Kurdish-controlled territory after fleeing for their lives from the clutches of Islamic State.

In two video clips released exclusively to MailOnline, men, women and children are seen celebrating their arrival in Rojava in the north of the country.

Two women pull off their robes to reveal colourful dresses while another removes her headscarf and lets it fly away in the wind after escaping religious persecution under ISIS. …

Would that these were the Syrians we were bringing to America!
6:24pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

WW2 - still with us

…Hitler was still asleep at 10 a.m. when Nazi associate and arms minister Albert Speer arrived at the Berghof. He was awakened around noon and told the news. Hitler was not angry, or vindictive – far from it. … “The news couldn’t be better,” Hitler said when informed of the invasion…

[News report video with breif D-Day landing film]

6:09pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

When I look at the glamorous pictures of Bruce Jenner dolled up as Caitlyn, with his flowing locks, long lashes, plump lips, and full breasts, I have to laugh. Not at him, but at the irony of it. What Jenner seems to have achieved with a lot of money, cosmetic surgeons, and talented makeup artists, I wanted desperately as a young girl and had to suffer through years of natural—and sometimes humiliating—development to attain.

You see, I wasn’t a very pretty girl. …

6:26pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

History - still with us


OKLAHOMA CITY – Contractors recently discovered something amazing hidden behind the walls of a local high school. … Emerson High School… removing the whiteboards from the walls and discovered… Several chalkboards with writings and student drawings from 1917 were hidden behind the walls. The work assignments of teachers from nearly 100 years ago are still intact.…

6:17pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

Man and Woman

A classic collection of graphics arranged as divisive dialog.

I think this is how the fight started.…

10:26am CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

US Military

US Flag

…Listed below are some of the various commanders, vice-commanders, etc. who have been relieved, fired, forced into early retirement and otherwise let go of…or, gotten rid of…depending on how one chooses to interpret all this. Grand Total thus far: 197 (Mostly Colonel and above. 127 AF majors included…they all occurred at one time, apparently). Also, provided are 11 links to various articles about said officers and the various ends of their military careers.…

6:30pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Political Hat
Headline links
11:31pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

Sorry for the delay… but a lot of awesome ‘life events’…

Froglegs for Supper again
Video, 25:54, Vimeo or YouTube
7:46pm CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW
Reagan Pointing
Posters and cartoons, political and amusing
10:16am CDT Sun 2015 Jun 7 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Saudi Arabia said it shot down a Scud missile fired by Yemen's Shiite rebels and their allies early Saturday at a Saudi city that is home to a large air base, marking a major escalation in the monthslong war.

On a scale of none-to-serious, SCUDs are serious.
10:56pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW

WW2 - still with us

An overview of the D-Day invasion, including a link (under the first photo) to a recording of a CBS radio broadcast covering news of the invasion.…

11:39pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW
Poster. Video. Be sure to see the comments.
11:32pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW

You are about to embark on the Great Crusade toward which we have striven these many months. …

11:05pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW

On June 6th, 2014 an 11-year-old boy wanted to say thank you to the soldiers who fought and died on Omaha beach on D-Day morning 70 years earlier. So his mother took him to Normandy, France.

11:05pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW

Feeding Ourselves


Six decades after a banana-killing fungus all but wiped out plantations across Latin America, a new strain threatens to destroy global harvests.…

8:17am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW

Breitbart is Here

News headline links and posters

Reagan Brought Us Eight of the Best Damn Years this Country's Ever Seen- Yet We Learn NOTHING
With stupidity and ingratitude in fashion -and meritocracy out, who has time to hear about Reagan's towering success?

11:55pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed

Nearly 2,000 migrants were rescued by EU maritime forces in the Mediterranean today. Italian, Irish, German, and Maltese vessels were among those that brought the refugees safely to shore.

In other news, Saudi Arabia says that it shot down a Scud missile fired at it by Houthi rebels in Yemen.

News headlines, summaries, and links.
11:46pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW
Nice Deb's Candle
Nice Deb's Saturday Selections

Rick Perry Presidential Campaign Announcement Full Speech
Dr. Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina enter presidential race
Neil Cavuto interviews Bobby Jindal
Trifecta: Not Even Close
Krauthammer : ‘We’re in for 17 Months of a Fake ISIS Strategy'
Mark Steyn On ‘American Irrelevance’ In The World
Chickens: Comedians suck up to Obama, Clinton and the Democrats
New Yorkers Tackle Mugger

11:19pm CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW
Reaganite's headline links list

With stupidity and ingratitude in fashion -and meritocracy out- who has time to hear about Reagan's towering success? …

7:59am CDT Sat 2015 Jun 6 :MW

Wars and Rumors

A two-star Air Force general drew heavy fire for mentioning Christ at a National Day of Prayer event on May 7, when the shrewdly named Military Religious Freedom Foundation called for “Major General Craig S. Olson [to] be immediately, aggressively and very visibly brought to justice for his unforgivable crimes and transgressions via trial by General Courts Martial.” …

12:52pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Civilization vs Gangsterism

This is the last post on this blog. I am leaving Sweden for good shortly, and will no longer be following its descent from what was once the third most prosperous country in the world. Frankly, it’s just too damn depressing. … When I was a child, Sweden was a dull yet very safe place to live. … Today, it’s as if the inmates are running the asylum.…

12:50pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Najeeb Michael is a Dominican monk who used to live in the Iraqi city of Mosul. His days at the monastery were spent digitising rare historical manuscripts. Less than a year ago, as the Islamic State group was about to take over Mosul, Najeeb knew that these artefacts would be destroyed if they fell into the jihadists’ hands. He tells us how he managed to smuggle thousands of the precious documents out of the city before fleeing himself. Some of them are now on display in Paris.…

12:21pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Disinformation Propaganda and Spin


I was actually on this flight on Friday evening from ORD to DCA. I have been a reader of this forum for a long time but seeing this all over the news made me sign up so I could tell you what really happened here and hopefully stop this liar in her tracks. I was sitting close enough to her to hear everything that was said…

Linked to by several sources
7:23pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Impeach Obama

…This at a time when the United Nations just reported that ISIS strength has grown 70 percent over the last nine months and they’re recruiting in 100 countries; at a time when our domestic law enforcement just shot dead an Islamic jihadist in Boston and foiled a beheading plot; at a time when the global Islamic jihadist movement extends from Nigeria to the Philippines – the Obama administration wants to release more of these barbarians — a lot more.…

9:21pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Beatles - still with us

Lennon used Gibson J-160E guitar for many early Beatles' songs… Lennon and fellow Beatle George Harrison both bought the same style Gibson guitars in 1962 at a music shop in Liverpool for £161, or about $245 at today's exchange rate.…

8:35pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

It's All in Your Mind

Dr. Paul R. McHugh, the former psychiatrist-in-chief for Johns Hopkins Hospital and its current Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry, said that transgenderism is a “mental disorder” that merits treatment, that sex change is “biologically impossible,” and that people who promote sexual reassignment surgery are collaborating with and promoting a mental disorder.…

Hush, Dr. McHugh. Don't go spoiling the media narrative!
7:17pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Solar System


NASA's Cassini spacecraft has returned images from its final close approach to Saturn's oddball moon Hyperion, upholding the moon's reputation as one of the most bizarre objects in the solar system. The views show Hyperion's deeply impact-scarred surface, with many craters displaying dark material on their floors.…

12:15pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed
News headline links and summaries

Sixty-eight illegal immigrants were discovered in cargo containers on a ferry from the Netherlands bound for Britain. The group of migrants included two pregnant women and fifteen children. Four Polish lorry drivers have been arrested on suspicion of people-trafficking.

In other news, the Islamic State has released a propaganda video calling on Muslims in the Balkans to either join the jihad in the Middle East, or kill infidels in Macedonia, Kosovo, Bosnia, and other Balkan countries. …

11:03pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

For premature.Not intended for viewing by anyone over the age of 13.…

Pete pulls the best out of the web and lines it up for everyone.
6:49pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW
Political panels, editorial cartoons, and a touch of fun
12:25pm CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW
Vic is the resource to check first thing in the day.

…On this day in 1933 congress effectively nullified the gold standard in the US…

6:29am CDT Fri 2015 Jun 5 :MW

Hang Those Who Betray Public Trust

Twisting Twister

A former Luther [Oklahoma] city councilman has been arrested for ordering inmates to steal copper from Oklahoma County tornado sirens. …received nearly $160 …paid the inmates $120 …“Preliminary estimates to repair the sirens is $30,000…”

Ruining tornado sirens. In Oklahoma City. What a civic-minded fellow!
10:28pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW


Takeaways From Oklahoma Earthquake Research…

3. Most disposal wells aren’t triggering earthquakes…

10:30pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW

Headline of the Day

It's not what you might think, if you've been stuck in the mass media.

… the 15-month old Staffy-mix that was found last week in critical condition with her muzzle clamped shut with electrical tape, is now recovering from surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.…

10:24pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed
New headline links and summaries (retroadded)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reacted to the latest scandal over revelations about Turkish government complicity in weapons shipments to Syrian jihadis: he wants a newspaper editor to spend life behind bars. Can Dundar, the editor of Cumhuriyet, has been charged with “espionage” and “revealing state secrets”. The charges carry a possible life sentence.

In other news, more than 75 people have now been confirmed dead in the Yangtze cruise ship accident in China. Hundreds more are still missing.

11:53pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW
Pete's collection of news stories, links, posters, videos, and his own insights guaranteed to make special snowflakes run for their safe spaces

After spending four days scouring the interwebs to bring you the most appalling,funniest and most bizarre nonsense I can find I’m usually pretty worn down.…

11:52am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW
Vic's morning report begins here.

…On this day in 1919 the U.S. Congress approved the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees suffrage to women, and sent it to the U.S. states for ratification. It was ratified August 19, 1920. …

7:11am CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW

US Election 2016

"There is nothing wrong in America today that cannot be fixed with new leadership."…

10:22pm CDT Thu 2015 Jun 4 :MW

Wars and Rumors

Usaamah Rahim, who was fatally shot after waving a military knife at law enforcement officers in Boston, was originally plotting to behead Pamela Geller… radicalized by ISIS and other extremists, decided instead to target… police…

10:30pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

…Kerry's meeting, in which the alleged assassination attempt took place, was with Gulmurod Khalimov, a senior Tajik police commander, trained in the United States, who announced his defection to Islamic State in a video released last week… Khalimov was well aware of State Department security procedures and he used the knowledge to get another member of his entourage into the secret meeting with Kerry, with the intention of assassinating him… report cited communications intercepted by Russian intelligence from France, the US and Switzerland as confirming that two other people were shot in the incident, one of them fatally.…

6:20pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

Iraqi police chiefs fear 500 children kidnapped by ISIS militants in recent weeks will be brainwashed into becoming suicide bombers or child soldiers for the Islamic extremists.

The children were taken from Iraq's Anbar and Diyala provinces, and taken to the violent group's bases so they can be used in 'terror attacks', according to authorities in the two regions.…

6:17pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

A new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that US Secretary of John Kerry was “gravely wounded” yesterday (31 May) after a secret meeting he was holding with a top Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL) commander erupted in gunfire in what Federation intelligence analysts are calling an “obvious assassination attempt”.

Would explain the large transport, if he was in a serious hospitalized situation.
5:29pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

Know the Enemy

The goals of Communism, as read into the Congressional Record

23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity which does not need a "religious crutch."
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis. …

5:31pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

Policing Ourselves

Okla Flag

A new report claims that Oklahoma has more police-involved fatalities per capita than any other state so far this year. … most of the people killed by police were armed at the time of the incident. …

If a policeman asks you to stop in Oklahoma, I suggest you stop.
10:27pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

AUSTIN… officers were trying to talk to a driver around 2 a.m.… When officers tried to get closer to him, he jumped back in his car and said, “I think I’m going to set the car and fire…” … a loud pop is heard and fire engulfed the vehicle.… Police say they believe the driver of the vehicle was trying to commit suicide.…

The kind of crazy officers can run into, anywhere, anytime.
5:55pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed
News healine links, story summaries (retroblogged)

The Swedish government is considering a plan that would force municipalities to accept a specific number of incoming refugees. It is hoped that the proposal will provide a fairer distribution of the refugee burden, and lead to better conditions for the migrants.

In other Sweden-related news, three “Swedes” have reportedly succeeded in traveling to the Islamic State to wage jihad, after several failed attempts.

11:47pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW
Pistol Pete's take on the news would melt the heads of regressives. Posters, videos, links, and head-melting commentary.

…Can you imagine someone you've known all your life as 'Dad' suddenly becomes a woman? Not everyone celebrates that kind of diversity.…

7:31pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW
Panels and posters, political and phunny
6:13pm CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW
Vic does not suffer fools gladlly. HIs news links start here today.

…On this day in 2013 the trial of United States Army private Bradley Manning for leaking classified material to WikiLeaks began in Fort Meade, Maryland. He later changed his name to Chelsea and decided he was a woman as well as a traitor. …

6:33am CDT Wed 2015 Jun 3 :MW

Wars and Rumors

A Boston man Usaama Rahim was killed by an FBI agent and a police officer today. The man was under surveillance by FBI counter-terrorism units. Usaama went after the police with a knife. However his brother Ibrahim, a local imam, said Usaama was “shot in the back” and his last words were, “I can’t breathe.”

I can't breathe, either. From laughing so hard at trotting out the triteness.
8:01pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW

Civilization vs Gangsterism


…Palmyra is one of a handful of places on the planet — along with Machu Picchu, Petra and the Taj Mahal — whose presence can't easily be conveyed through a camera lens. You don't get a proper sense of it from the Discovery Channel. You have to see the rosy pillars rising from the trackless desert for yourself.

The thought of those ancient remains under the sledgehammers of the jihadi iconoclasts is almost unbearable.…

1:02pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW

Government vs. Business

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of a Tulsa woman who was denied a job at clothing chain Abercrombie Kids because she wore a Muslim headscarf to the job interview.

In an 8-1 decision, the court said civil rights law prohibited the retailer from using Samantha Elauf’s religion as a motivating factor in not hiring her.

12:56pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW

Bartlesville - prairie frontier town

Local paper tries to be hip, fails, when TARDIS lands in Dewey, OK.

…The beloved TARDIS, or Tethered Aerial Release Developed In Style, from the British television cult classic “Doctor Who,” was available for purchase Friday at Time Travelers Antiques and Flea Market, located at 1120 N. Osage Ave. in Dewey.…

7:56pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed
News headline links, story summaries (retroblogged)

The Islamic State has issued a fatwa banning the practice of pigeon-breeding. Violators will face possible flogging. Islamic theologians say the sight of the birds’ genitals as they fly overhead offends Islam. Devout Muslims possess a special visual lobe that allows them to see the genitals of birds, which are not normally visible to kuffar.

In other news, a 23-year-old “Dane” has been jailed in Copenhagen for supporting the Islamic State.

11:46pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW
Pistol Pete rides herd on the news of the day.

The original theme for today’s blog was to rhetorically axe if Oblahblah knows he’s completely full of it or if he’s that delusional.…

1:07pm CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW
Vic's news of the day begins right here. Come 'n' get it!

…On this day in 1924 Silent Cal signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law making Indians officially US citizens.…

6:33am CDT Tue 2015 Jun 2 :MW

Spiritual Matters

Support is growing within the Church of England to rewrite its official liturgy to refer to God as female following the selection of the first women bishops.…

8:53am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 1 :MW

Sex and Politics

Researchers in Switzerland reveal that the more power someone has, the more likely they are to be corrupted by it. Higher levels of testosterone also contribute, as it reduces the person’s empathy. … 'Power is to leaders what blood is to vampires' …

Almost blogged this under "Researching the Obvious"…
9:19am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 1 :MW

Breitbart is Here

Gates of Vienna Newsfeed
News headline links and summaries (added late)

Despite years of intervention by social service personnel, “Swedish” “youths” in Gothenburg continue to join gangs and commit violent crimes. Meanwhile, security police (SÄPO) in Sweden arrested two men suspected of being recruiters for the Islamic State.

In other news, a suicide attack on a police base in western Iraq left dozens of people dead.

11:25pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 1 :MW
Pete pulls the posters and pictures and preposterousness together, in his inimitable style. (Retro posted)


11:21pm CDT Mon 2015 Jun 1 :MW
Gates of Vienna Newsfeed
Headlines and summaries.

Secretary of State John Kerry was hospitalized in Switzerland after falling off his bicycle and breaking his leg. Mr. Kerry is in stable condition, and reportedly in good spirits.

In other news, hundreds of thousands of Turks took to the streets of Istanbul yesterday to celebrate the 562nd anniversary of the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople.

9:05am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 1 :MW
Young Reagan
Yesterday's funnies are still funny on Monday. Reaganite's Sunday collection of political and other cartoon panels.
8:57am CDT Mon 2015 Jun 1 :MW