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Sometimes the Headline Says it All May 31, 2013

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NC man charged with crimes against nature involving Chihuahua

[It’s a week and a half old, so I apologize if you’ve seen it already.]

100 Days to Go! May 31, 2013

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At our current pace of viewing, the blog will hit 5 million views 100 days from now. [Give or take some Aceolanches to crank up views or some more of Michael’s Rolling in the Deep covers to suppress them.]

A 5 Million Views Party will be held, most likely at Michael’s place. I’m planning on heading down to celebrate, and I’m hoping y’all can join me.

We might even tell Michael we’re coming.

The Real Formula for Rape May 31, 2013

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Can’t rightly remember how many times I’ve been told that men’s sexism, combined with pornography, leads inexorably to rape. It’s been a mainstay of feminist rhetoric for decades.

But just as with the “1 in 4 college women are are raped” canard, this business of sexism being at the root of sexual crimes is a myth:


In Which I Tear Down Another Person’s Plan, But Without Proposing an Alternative May 31, 2013

Posted by Sobek in News.
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I take issue with Drew.

He argues, as have many, many others, that the problem in Syria is “a them problem, not an us problem.”  This, most recently in response to a WSJ op-ed recommending intervention of some sort.  Now I agree with Drew that you can’t just wave away the reality that it’s the Islamists over there who are doing the heaviest, most effective fighting.  I think John McCain, for example, is a lunatic if he thinks America can determine who the good guys are, and who the bad, especially after he so hilariously proved himself wrong by staging a photo op with kidnappers.

So it’s not like I think Drew is totally off the rails on this one.  I just think he’s waving off some important data as well.


Your Fitness Options: Choose Wisely May 30, 2013

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The latest fitness craze? Prancercise!

That makes me long for the days of yore, when fitness regimens hewed more closely to my values and aesthetic sense (I think it’s SFW, but exercise a small degree of caution).

Mind-Bending Illusion May 30, 2013

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See those squares marked “A” and “B?”


They’re the same color.

They told you I had a car? They are such comedians. May 29, 2013

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I snapped this jalopy a few weeks ago when there was still a little snow hanging on. This low-mileage beauty is available for perusal at the local pawn shop. It just kind of gives me a smile each time I drive by. I don’t know the back story, but I imagine a sincere husband uttering something like one of these lines in his garage while his wife slowly shakes her head:


I know I need cropping. Sorry.

  • Weren’t your exact words “Get off the couch and do something?”
  • Are you kidding? This will save us a ton of money. Think what six snowmobiles would have cost.
  • Remember seven years ago when the snow was so bad you couldn’t get to the store? Problem solved.
  • Of course, now I need a new truck for the other 364 days.
  • Al Gore’s a loon. We’re going to need this thing.
  • I’m thinking a big “Don’t Tread on Me” decal on the door. Get it?
  • It’s too bad the drive in is closed for the winter.
  • You always run down my ideas.

Bowe Bergdahl May 27, 2013

Posted by Retired Geezer in Heroes, Honor.
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Last year, Mrs. Geezer took me to the Eagle Field Of Honor in Eagle, Idaho. This year she secretly purchased one of the flags and dedicated it to me.
I was touched.

Eagle FoH

When we saw the field of over 500 flags, we figured we would just have to search through all of them to find the one with my name on it.
This just happened to be the first one I looked at:


Here’s the link to his website: Bowe Bergdahl.

Here’s another Idaho girl that we lost in Iraq, Carrie French.

Benghazi Response Time? Who Cares? May 25, 2013

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The American Thinker makes the point that we could have responded to the Benghazi attack in time to save some lives:

Elite U.S. troops were completely capable of saving Ambassador Chris Stevens during the Benghazi Consulate attacks on September 11, 2012. Elements of the highly specialized Combatant Commanders In-Extremis (CIF) units are always on alert, on forward deployment, ready to respond. Their job description is to hit the ground in 3 to 5 hours. CIF elements are ready to engage in active combat anywhere in their region, 3 to 5 hours after the call.

That’s nice, but it’s completely moot. It didn’t really matter what the response time was – 3-5 hours or 9-12 hours per Leon Panetta. The fact is, you don’t know a priori how long the attack is going to last, so you send somebody, period. You don’t say, “Gee, they probably won’t get there in time, so we won’t bother.” You send somebody.

I don’t understand why response time is even an issue.

The Obama Charm Offensive Continues May 25, 2013

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In what I suspect is a part of the Obama administration’s attempt to start redirecting attention away from their multiplicity of scandals, the First Lady visited Savoy Elementary School in DC, leaving us with some odd photos:

FLOTUS on Stilts 1 FLOTUS on Stilts 2
Patting your head while rubbing your belly isn’t so hard FLOTUS on stilts

Unions Finally Clue In to Obamacare Issues May 24, 2013

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It’s so hard to keep a straight face when you read something like this. Apparently many union leaders have figured out that Obamacare ain’t all that:

… some unions leaders have grown frustrated and angry about what they say are unexpected consequences of the new law — problems that they say could jeopardize the health benefits offered to millions of their members.

Do tell:

The union plans were already more costly to run than traditional single-employer health plans. The Affordable Care Act has added to that cost — for the unions’ and other plans — by requiring health plans to cover dependents up to age 26, eliminate annual or lifetime coverage limits and extend coverage to people with pre-existing conditions.

“We’re concerned that employers will be increasingly tempted to drop coverage through our plans and let our members fend for themselves on the health exchanges,” said David Treanor, director of health care initiatives at the Operating Engineers union.

Not very likely. A recent survey showed that 97.4% of employers thought it was likely or certain that they would continue providing health insurance to full time employees. What they’re doing instead is transferring some of the cost to employees, going with higher deductibles, and perhaps turning to “skinny” health plans to control costs.

But even if the employers don’t dump employees onto the health exchanges, the health care consumer won’t be able to keep what they have:

“It makes an untruth out of what the president said, that if you like your insurance, you could keep it,” said Joe Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. “That is not going to be true for millions of workers now.”

Sucks to be thrown in with the rest of us, huh? Part of liking your insurance is liking the price. It was never true for anybody that Obamacare wouldn’t change either the terms or costs of your healthcare package.

And the unions can finally see that without the special carve-outs they thought they were going to get, their health care is going to suffer just like ours.

Bloomberg Gets Excited About Mortgage Rates May 23, 2013

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This is news?

“U.S. Mortgage Rates Rise, With 30-Year at a 2-Month High”

We had a record low last November – that was newsworthy because it was, like, an all-time record. And the fact that mortgage rates are increasing is certainly important. But it doesn’t seem worth reporting a “2-month high.”