…is rolling in his grave.

Trafalgar show a poke in the eye for Nelson kin
Admiral’s family upset over political correctness for bicentennial of battle
LONDON – Britain celebrated one of its greatest naval victories on Tuesday but a descendant of Admiral Horatio Nelson said the Battle of Trafalgar was trying too hard not to offend historical enemies.
After Queen Elizabeth presides over the world’s biggest navy review, two fleets will enact a 19th century sea battle.
But they will be known — neutrally — as the red and the blue fleet rather than by country names, which has sparked an angry shot across the bows from the great great great granddaughter of the British naval hero…
…“I think the idea of the blue team fighting the red team is pretty stupid. I am sure the French and Spanish are adult enough to appreciate we did win that battle,” she added.
The historian playing Nelson in the mock battle is equally annoyed.
“If you obliterate history for the sake of political correctness, you can’t learn from the past. Nelson thought politicians were cowards. I tend to agree,” Alex Naylor said.


The Only Tablets Allowed in This Courthouse…

…are Tylenol. The Supreme Court says ‘nyet’ to the ones Moses hauled around.

MSM and the Connecticut Land Grab

I noticed an odd thing during our weekend viewing, but wanted to check before I shot off my mouth here. Having ascertained that my initial impression was indeed correct, I will share it with you now.
KELO has fallen off the map. In one day’s time.
There. I said it.
The only political/news show to mention it from the day after the decision through the entire weekend was (drumroll) PBS’s NewsHour! I mean, CNN’s Inside Politics had Chris Shays (R-Conn) as a guest, for gawdssake, and NOT WORD ONE. We were back to a missing blonde in Aruba, sprinkled with intermittent Mad Cows and a shark attack, as if Kelo was merely a cosmic burp in the space/time continuum.
Something’s wrong with that picture.


I grew up a Yankees fan. Born one, still am and have no clue why. One of those things like being baptised Roman Catholic, making it to about six Masses in your life but worshipping rocks and trees as an adult. One born-again or supercilious ‘Christian’ f*ck says a WORD about the Virgin Mary or how Catholics are the ‘ones who don’t want you to read the Bible’ and you still lose your mind. That’s how I am about the Yankees. Defend them to the death, even if I can’t name Jack One on the team. Now Ebola’s Aunt Cruella ~ different side of the tracks. Mets fan, bless her little pointy head. Applies for the job every time they have a managerial opening. Gets the newsletter signed by the Manager of the Moment and, every year, really considers spending her hard earned health insurance industry dollars on the summer camp they run for adults. For $3500 a head. Eat, drink and shag flies with somebody NOBODY remembers from the ’67 Mets. Well, what the f*ck. She’s a FAN.

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Hanging by a Thread…

…the Democratic Party’s integrity, that is. The New Hampshire Union Leader spells out in print what we noted in our ‘lynching apology’ post last week. Only their eloquence quotient trumps ours, so we felt we had to share.

Shifting the blame for an atrocity
JUST WHO OWES lynching victims an apology?
Judging from some of the commentaries we’ve seen, you’d think the eight Republicans who did not cosponsor the Senate’s lynching apology — including Sens. Judd Gregg and John Sununu — had all been unmasked as former Ku Klux Klan members. (The bill passed on a voice vote with no objections.) But alas, the only former Klansman in the Senate is a Democrat, which brings us to the issue at hand.

Major Dad’s point is reiterated”…anti-lynching bills often had majority support in the Senate throughout the 20th century. What stopped them from passing was not the collective action of the entire Senate, but repeated filibusters by a minority of Southern senators.
Who were those senators? They were Democrats.

Then the party is taken mightily to task…

…What of the Democratic Party?
It was the Democratic Party, not the U.S. Senate, that defended the institution of slavery, passed Jim Crow laws in the South, worked hand-in-hand with the Klan to repress, murder — and, yes, lynch — black Americans, and stood in the schoolhouse door to block black progress.
According to the Alabama Department of Archives and History, “Leading Democrats supported the Klan, and the party was largely indistinguishable from it. Klansmen beat, maimed, intimidated, and even killed Republicans of both colors who challenged them at the polls, or blacks and whites who tested the bounds of white supremacy by providing education or relief to the black freedmen.”
Frederick Douglass in 1892 urged all blacks to support only Republican politicians…

Good stuff and wowsahs.

Adieu, Sweet Prince…

…of Darkness, that is. The Capital Gang is no more, as of last night.
For civilized political discourse, there was no better hour on the tube.

I’m Not Dead…Wait A Minute, Yes I Am

From the Land of the Rising Sun we get this tale of a family out for a nice drive…the only problem being that mom had been dead for a few days:

A young mother found at the scene of a car crash near Tokyo in which her husband and infant son were killed had been dead for at least a day before the accident happened, police were quoted as saying on Sunday.

I’ve heard of people using mannequins to get into HOV lanes, but this…

“One, Two, Five” “Three Sir!”

Tim Blair has a very interesting discussion going occasioned by the NYT Editorial Page’s grasp of math. The editorial is such a muddled mess that I can only think of the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch clerics

or better yet the Spanish Inquisition sketch:

Cardinal Ximinez : NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition! Our chief weapon is surprise!
(Cardinal Ximinez of Spain regards them with a nasty grin. He is flanked by Cardinal Biggles [in aviator’s helmet] and Cardinal Fang.)
…Surprise and fear…fear and surprise…. Our two weapons are fear and surprise…and ruthless efficiency…. Our three weapons are fear, and surprise, and ruthless efficiency…and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope…. Our four…no…

No one expects the New York Times Editorial!

Pinch : NOBODY expects the Op-Ed! …Amongst our weaponry are such diverse elements as: fear, surprise, ruthless efficiency, an almost fanatical devotion to the our own brilliance, and Maureen Dowd in a nice red uniform – Oh damn!

PS- zeppenwolf’s comment in Tim’s thread is a must read.

What I’m Wearing Today

It will be curious to see how many people in Joisey make a call to WI and report on my progress…

A Kelo Irony I Missed

As I and many much smarter folks have pointed out, a very real danger from the Kelo decision is that public officials will be bribed out the wazoo from people looking to get their hands on attractive parcels of privately held land.
Thanks to a reader at Power Line for pointing out what I in my drunken furor missed:

UPDATE: Bob Cunningham adds: “[T]he irony is that the case defers to the political process in Connecticut, where the governor has just been convicted of malfeasance from undue influence by….real estate developers!”

Heh indeed, as someone might say.

Hooray For Clarence Thomas

Randy Barnett at Volokh has found a beautiful summation in the dissent by Clarence Thomas of the problems with the Supreme Court in the Kelo decision:

“Something has gone seriously awry with this Court?s interpretation of the Constitution.”

If Thomas were a liberal his praises would be sung to the highet heavens; since he has the misfortune to be a conservative he is pilloried.
*Update: In the comments there a reader provides this wondrous quote from “Judge Kozinski’s Silveira dissent:” (I suppose that means something to lawyers – Ed.)

“The Second Amendment is a doomsday provision, one designed for those exceptionally rare circumstances where all other rights have failed–where the government refuses to stand for reelection and silences those who protest; where courts have lost the courage to oppose, or can find no one to enforce their decrees– however improbable these contingencies may seem today, facing them unprepared is a mistake a free people get to make only once.”

Another “Mother Of The Year” Nominee?

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — A deputy Tasered an intoxicated 13-year-old girl who was kicking and scratching two hospital nurses, officials said.
April Rene Burleson, who is 4-foot-9 and weighs 90 pounds, had a blood alcohol level of 0.175 percent and was under the influence of marijuana and the prescription drug Xanax, according to the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.

Nice, huh? She was out wandering around at 3 am and I guess Momma wasn’t too concerned, but she did agree to let the deputy take the girl to the hospoital.
No word about any charges being filed against the mother for allowing her daughter to get involved with booze…and pot…and xanax, but you know the lawsuits will be flying about them Tasering her little baby.

What Women Really Talk About In The Bathroom

Dana at Note-It Posts slips up in the midst of some well-founded child rearing guidance and reveals to men what women really talk about when they go off to the loo in a pack. Fellas, it’s worse than we ever feared:

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The House Says “Not So Fast There, Friendly Skies!”

House votes to block UAL pension default
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. House of Representatives on Friday voted to block bankrupt United Airlines from defaulting on its pension plans and shifting them to the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC)
The provision was attached to a government spending bill expected to pass the chamber later in the day. The bill would still have to pass the Senate before it could take effect

The article notes that, since the PBGC doesn’t spend ‘government-appropriated funds’, the effectiveness of this is up in the air, but at least they’re willing to put their names (30 Republicans went along) on something attempting to stop this particular form of highway robbery. We can hope they’ll find the cajones to address more current injustices.

Panties in a Wad

NOT about the the gubment takin’ yo land, although one would think that would be a major topic of conversation. No, it’s about Baby Bob, Quizno’s cute little spokesguy with the computer generated lips…
Whoa!! Here he is.
(Wrong ‘Quizno’s cute little guy with computer generated lips’.)
So anyway, I’m reading about these people who have nothing better to do than say he’s creepy, weird, a ‘real life Chucky-doll’ (??!), blahblahblah. Turns out ‘he’ is a ‘she’, but on with my story. Through the link to the Spongemonkey debate, I get nosin’ around and stumble on a gem. Yes.
The Rubberband Man.

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NAS Pensacola is dotted with these gorgeous brick retaining walls, almost to a one filled with elderly oaks. They mimic the line of the Fort Barrancas Redoubt and the 1836 Spanish Wall, whose remaining bits snake through the oldest parts of the base.
This particular one is a hop, skip and a jump west of the old base hospital. It crowns a hill that’s covered with great, stretching live oaks festooned with Spanish Moss, swale to crest. You might have seen this one and thought little of it. Or maybe the crumbling brick staircase cut into the slope, it’s antiquarian risers ornamental and uncomfortable. But you’d miss something if you drove on by, like I used to do. Major Dad went for a run one day and took me up the hill, to show me what he’d found.

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More On Kelo

God Damn I’m pissed. Alright, I’m pissed for a variety of reasons but I’m gonna take it out on those five desicated assholes in black robes. Can someone explain this decision to me? It’s like the old Monty Python “Dennis More” skit coming to life

He robs from the poor,
and gives to the rich;
Stupid bitch

Here you have the 5 left/liberal Justices supporting taking private property from people who will invariably be on the poorer end of the spectrum and giving their property to wealthy real estate developers. Hello?

“The city has carefully formulated an economic development that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including — but by no means limited to — new jobs and increased tax revenue,” Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority.

Increased tax revenue. And think of the one institution that is always squarely in the sights of the left that pays no taxes? Churches. Any church, anywhere, regardless of denomination, is now open to this line of attack, as is any private citizen who owns any property that is attractively sited. That nice cabin on the lake? See ya!
Look, I freely admit that there is a part of me that would love to see Ted Kennedy booted out of Hyannis Port for something that would generate “taxes and jobs” like, say, I dunno, a Hooters (come to think of it, Ted might not mind that, either…), but it is so wrong for the government to take property in this manner. “Private property” has no meaning if this is allowed to stand.
I think every candidate for office should state very clearly where they stand on this. I want this to be overturned and countermanded by very clear legislation on the state and federal levels.
*update: Donald Sensing, as always, says it better.
*update: Florida Cracker has a link that will let you email your elected representatives. I did it.

Say Hello To MacInslosh™

Friends, summer is upon us, and that means good food, good friends, and lots of drinking, especially drinking of chilled wine. I admit it: in the winter I’m all about top-flight kick-butt reds. In the summer, however, I let my hair down a bit (metaphorically, mind you, as there is presently very little to let down, and no, I’m not a member) and I enjoy cold white and blush wines.
Well, about 5 years ago I had the shell of a Mac Classic lying about,

and I thought “what can I do with this thing?” I mean, MacAquariums were so 90s….what to do.
As always, my bride provided the inspiration, as she had recently bought 2 boxes of wine (an invention that we owe to our Coalition of the Swilling partner Australia). Lightning struck, and the MacInslosh was born…

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Until they come up with a bionic eye….

they won’t be hearing from me yet. But I can hope.

Same Tongue, Different Pole

WunderKraut discovers that one of my favorite child actors has grown up

Fitting that we may not own our bodies soon…

if the AMA has their way. Of course, I am safe, since no one wants what’s left of me for medical use, though I am sure my fertilizer value is high.

The Supreme Court Outlaws Private Property

Oh good God. Now the SCOTUS says it’s ok to take private property and give it to private developers.
Nothing is safe from the reach of government now. And you can thank the Gang of Five:

…Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority. He was joined by Justice Anthony Kennedy, David H. Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen G. Breyer.

Thank God Congress is hard at work protecting the flag instead of, oh, say something silly like our constitutional rights that are actually mentioned in the goddamned Constitution!

Tom Cruise

Finally, the truth has been revealed…

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Brilliance in Editorial Cartooning


Why is Congress wasting time on….

this? Why are they screwing with a document most seem to ignore anyway? God, I hope this goes down in flames……

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