Monday, September 1, 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

No. 2 Alabama Vs. West Virginia

Finally.  College football returns today.  The Crimson Tide will go up against the West Virginia Mountaineers at 3:30 PM at the Georgia Dome and there’s going to be a huge crowd to hoot and holler for the Tide.  This will be first time these two teams have met on the field.

The Mountaineers have lost 16 of their past 20 games and desperately need to make something good happen during a difficult opening month of the season.

Vegas oddsmakers favor Bama by 26 points.

Sources are reporting that Coach Nick Saban is going to play fifth-year senior Blake Sims at QB.  Bama has lost a lot of its outstanding starting lineman.  The Mountaineers are a hurry-up team, something Nick Saban struggles with.


And because no football post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of two Bama cheerleaders.


The Ass, The Cart And The Horse

The stunning weakness, lack of direction and aimless leadership of The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer was on full display during Thursday’s White House Press Conference.

“I don't want to put the cart before the horse,” TWMDCO said, referring to the ever-escalating problem of whether to attack ISIS inside Syria's borders.  “We don't have a strategy yet.  We need to make sure we've got clear plans, and we're developing them.  At that point I will consult with Congress and make sure their voices are heard.”

The horrifying specter of a short knife, James Foley kneeling in the desert sand in a Guantanamo jumpsuit, a black-clad executioner with a British accent in the heart of the Middle East are symbols of power, sophistication, and retribution.  It says to us, “We [ISIS] mean business. Are you in America capable of taking us on?”

Syria and Iraq are plunged in chaos. Not far behind are Libya and Yemen—maybe they are awaiting their own versions of the Islamic State.  What the Foley beheading video communicated to the world was the fact that these people are literally capable of anything.

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest was taken to task by Fox News White House Correspondent Ed Henry.  Watch as Earnest steps on his dick repeatedly as he tried to walk back TWMDCO’s no plan, no strategy, no effin’ idea what to do about the filthy heresy of Islam.

UPDATE:  I want to thank The Pirate’s Cove for linking to this post.

The Least Serious President in the History of the Republic™ on Ukraine, Syria & the Economy, Part Deux

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"Next week, I'll be in Europe to coordinate with our closest allies and partners. In Estonia, I will reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the defense of our NATO allies. At the NATO summit in the United Kingdom, we'll focus on the additional steps we can take to ensure the alliance remains prepared for any challenge."
Unwavering commitment? Check.
"Our meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission will be another opportunity for our alliance to continue our partnership with Ukraine, and I look forward to reaffirming the unwavering commitment of the United States to Ukraine and its people when I welcome President Poroshenko to the White House next month."
"Partnership"? Check.
"...Ukraine is not a member of NATO, but a number of those states that are close by are. And we take our Article 5 commitments to defend each other very seriously, and that includes the smallest NATO member, as well as the largest NATO member."
"...and take our Article 5 commitments to defend each other very seriously" (Having trouble suppressing a giggle here!) Check. Let me see...unwavering commitment to our allies and "partners", taking our Article 5 commitments to defend each other very seriously, then why in the Hell haven't you grown a backbone and done something about the incursions into Crimea, which everyone has apparently already ceded to the Russians, and the continuing invasion of the Ukraine, which you will not call by its proper name? Didn't we already have a "commitment" to the Ukraine if not a signatory of NATO? Let me remind you, Mr. President, since apparently golf clears empties the mind, from wiki:
The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances is a political agreement signed in Budapest, Hungary on 5 December 1994, providing security assurances by its signatories relating to Ukraine's accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. The Memorandum was originally signed by three nuclear powers, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, and the United Kingdom. China and France gave somewhat weaker individual assurances in separate documents. The memorandum included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine as well as those of Belarus and Kazakhstan. As a result Ukraine gave up the world's third largest nuclear weapons stockpile between 1994 and 1996, of which Ukraine had physical though not operational control. The use of the weapons was dependent on Russian controlled electronic Permissive Action Links and the Russian command and control system.
So, because it was only a "memorandum" and not a treaty, the "assurances of security" are null and void? What happened to "unwavering commitment"? Partnership"?? Taking our commitments to defend each other very seriously??? And, of course, since it is Barack Obama, it gets worse!

As a newly minted Senator, Barack Obama pushed to disarm the Ukraine of not only its nuclear arsenal, but conventional weapons as well. Why would they need them? They have the US and Great Britain guaranteeing their security and territorial integrity!

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* Obama traveled to Ukraine with Sen. Dick Lugar in 2005 just seven months after he became a senator, touring surplus weapons stockpiles
* Most of the small arms and ammunition were left over when Soviets withdrew from Eastern bloc nations, and later dumped in Ukraine
* The two senators secured U.S. funding to help destroy the weapons instead of leaving them intact
And now, the man who helped disarm the Ukraine is in no hurry to ship them any arms with which they could defend themselves, after broaching the promise to keep them and their territory secure.

Barack Obama: The gift that keeps on giving.

Cross posted at Proof Positive

Thursday, August 28, 2014

The Least Serious President in the History of the Republic™ on Ukraine, Syria & the Economy

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Our peerless Narcissist-in-Chief made a few remarks today:
Our focus right now is to protect American personnel on the ground in Iraq, to protect our embassy, to protect our consulates, to make sure that critical infrastructure that could adversely affect our personnel is protected...our core priority right now is just to make sure that our folks are safe...
The president is focused. Got it!
It is not just part of my responsibility, but it is a sacred duty for me as commander in chief to protect the American people. And that requires me to act fast based on information I receive if an embassy of ours or a consulate of ours is being threatened.
You mean like you did in Benghazi?? Surely I am not the only one to have Benghazi come to mind while the Poseur-in-Chief preens mindlessly about a "sacred duty" to "act fast based on information I receive if an embassy of ours or a consulate of ours is being threatened." Again, Mr. President, what exactly did you do Sept. 11th, 2011? Did you not say, Mr. President,
"... the minute I found out what was happening, I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure that we are securing our personnel and doing whatever we need to. Number two, we’re going to investigate exactly what happened so that it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice. And I guarantee you that everyone in the state department, our military, the CIA, you name it, had number one priority making sure that people were safe. These were our folks and we’re going to find out exactly what happened, but what we’re also going to do it make sure that we are identifying those who carried out these terrible attacks.”-Barack Obama, Oct. 26, 2012
What orders did you give and to whom? Were they carried out? If not, why not? And if not, what were the consequences of refusing to carry out a direct order from the President of the United States? Was this person fired? Disciplined in any way??

Based upon your performance in office, or lack thereof, what makes you think your remarks today have the slightest bit of credibility? Along that same line, maybe you should go back to letting Michelle pick out your suits for you?

Cross posted at Proof Positive

NFL Preseason Week 4: Panthers Vs Steelers

Tonight’s game between the Panthers and the Steelers is the final game of the preseason.  There are 16 games on tap tonight.  Only two will be nationally televised:  The Jets and Eagles game airs at 7:00PM ET and the Seahawks take on the Raiders at 10:00PM ET.  Both games will air on the NFL Network.

QB Cam Newton won’t take the field tonight due to a rib injury he sustained in last Sunday’s loss to New England.  Ben Roethlisberger reportedly won’t play tonight.

Joe Webb will QB for the Panthers hoping, of course, to secure a spot on the roster.  Roman Harper who hasn’t played at all during the preseason due to turf toe will pair with Thomas DeCoud at safety.
Greg Olsen won’t suit up for the Panthers' final preseason game tonight because his son T.J. had open heart surgery this past Monday.  T.J. has been fighting hypoplastic heart syndrome since he was born.  Hopefully, this final surgery will allow the little guy to live a long and normal life.  Olsen should be back with the team in time for the regular-season opener.

And because no post would be complete without some pom-poms, please enjoy this photo of Top Cat Kimberly.

Photo credit:  Goodstuff Creative

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

2-Year-Old Girl Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge For ALS

We’ve been bombarded with Ice Bucket Challenges for ALS by superheroes, famous athletes and celebrities.  One super-classy challenge was fulfilled by Sir Patrick Stewart

In the video embedded below, a two-year-old girl, apparently from somewhere in the UK, is ready for her challenge.  Listen carefully.  You can hear her say, “I want to challenge…I nominate Ma, (unintelligible) and Tom.  Here we go…”

Immediately after she’s drenched she drops the British version of the “F” bomb…”fookin’ ‘ell.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Feeble Clapping, Awkward Silence And Dagger Stares

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It was a tough crowd make no mistake about it.  Some 10,000 Legionnaires attended the 96th Annual American Legion Convention in Charlotte, NC today.   Did I mention it was a tough crowd?

Montel Williams, who was tremendously outspoken when the VA scandal broke, was the Master of Ceremonies.  He praised the Legion and its members effusively for their fight for accountability and change during the scandal earlier in the year.

NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty was presented the James V. Day “Good Guy” Award for his patriotism and service to the community.

Lt. Col. Oliver L. North, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret), was presented the National Commander’s Public Relations Award for raising public awareness about the honorable nature of military service and the sacrifices made by America's heroes.

The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer had barely wiped the dust off his golf cleats after two weeks on the island of Martha’s Vineyard when he climbed aboard Air Force One to speak at a convention chock-full of veterans.

The insufferable airhorn droned on for 35 minutes.  According to The Daily Mail, there was a small group of admirers who sat near the front and tried to generate applause for him about 10 times.

His 35-minute speech seemed to have reminded the audience of the stark divide between the White House's policy choices and the feelings of the men and women often called on to carry them out.

After the customary introductions and thank-yous to dignitaries, TWMDCO spoke for nearly 8 minutes without a single clap.

Most of the veterans sat on their hands, leaving awkward silences where White House speechwriters expected ovations. 

A special thanks to The Right Pundit for taking the time to create a shorter version of today’s speech and the apathetic response to it by these veterans.

It’s Not A Home Without Furkids

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are".—Anonymous
It’s National Dog Day today and I wanted to share a photo of my furkid, Sophie, seen here on her favorite woobie resting against MY pillow.  It’s as if she’s telling me, “You have enough space.  Move over.”


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