The Wasteful and Filthy Left in Action

Premier Brad Wall of Saskatchewan had a look around the camps left behind by the so-called environmentalists in North Dakota the other day. I doubt he was very surprised, I surely am not. Most wasteful people on earth, the idiots who want to turn the world back 500 years. Here’s what he saw.

You know, I’ve worked out in that area, and it’s pretty sensitive land. It’s also land that I love, as did Theodore Roosevelt. I watched that video and I nearly cried, and I really feel for those locals having to shift through all that crap, and salvage what they can. I hope they can manage it before the spring floods, or the rivers will likely get poisoned as well. If this is environmentalism, well, call me a capitalist exploiter, because a strip mine does less damage. Here are a few more pictures.

You know every real outdoorsman, whether he works outside, hunts, fishes, goes for hikes, or sits on the bloody beach, knows that you always leave the land better than you found it. Often we even erase tracks from our vehicles.

But not the left, as always they leave their trash for decent people to pick up. Also makes me wonder who paid for all that stuff, and for these people to spend the winter there. It’s not cheap to winter in Dakota, in a proper house, I can’t imagine what it costs to heat a tent. Had to be someone else, even leftists don’t abandon thousands of dollars of stuff that they paid for.

You know, I’ve never seen a man-camp in an oil field, without a woman for fifty miles that looked this bad.

 

Filthy animals.

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via The American Mirror

 

Making American Football Great Again

3ce2698900000578-4194186-the_end_she_then_caught_a_shiny_football_as_she_jumped_off_the_s-a-15_1486369657874I have a confession to make, I didn’t bother watching the Super Bowl, yesterday. In fact, I haven’t watched a pro game all year. I’m not exactly boycotting the NFL although it does tend to offend me. I just don’t care much anymore, maybe I’ve outgrown it. I don’t really know, likely because I haven’t thought about it much. My first love was always the college game (especially the Big 10) anyway. Given Purdue’s performance the last few years, I haven’t watched much of that either.

But it seems that the Patriots started slow and make one heck of a comeback yesterday, as I read Mary Katharine Ham’s article in The Federalist this morning, I rather wished I had. Both for the game, which went into OT and for Lady Gaga’s halftime show. Here’s a bit

Many Americans were bracing themselves for the halftime show of the Super Bowl Sunday. Lady Gaga, a vocal Hillary Clinton supporter and left-leaning activist, had a huge stage 13 minutes. Recent precedent suggested such a performance could not take place without some kind of obvious anti-Trump political statement. Some boycotted in anticipation.

Those like myself, who like sports to be an oasis from politics, were skeptical but hoped for the best. She’s a great performer with a great voice. She’s also been inventive in her career, if not subtle, so a run-of-the-mill Trump denunciation would have felt pretty tired. It would have won her plenty of the usual social media plaudits, but she went a different route. I underestimated her.

Gaga opened her performance atop the stadium, clad in iridescent armor, singing “God Bless America” and “This Land is Your Land” against a back drop of the American flag formed by the red, white, and blue head lamps of 300 synchronized drones.

She transitioned to the Pledge of Allegiance, pointing at the sky for “under God” and adding special emphasis to “for all.” Some, seemingly looking for offense, accused Gaga of omitting “under God,” but she did not.

Gaga then tore through a medley of her greatest hits, even teasing the Houston audience by doing a verse of her Beyoncé collaboration “Telephone” but without an appearance by the hometown diva. Power move. She sang a cappella, she played the piano, she said hi to her parents, and she put on a hell of a show.

She hugged someone briefly during her song “Stay,” and the Internet is trying to figure out if that had any political significance. “This Land Is Your Land” was written by folk singer Woody Guthrie as a response to “God Bless America,” with critical lyrics and a chorus of “God blessed America for me,” so, the performance was not without its messages.

That sounds pretty damned good to me. Mary Katharine is right, she’s a talented lady, who works hard at her craft, she’s just not really my cup of tea, but then I’m an old fogey anyway. But it’s definitely time for America to begin to pull together again, and I like This Land is your Land as well as God Bless America. And you know, we really are all in this together, whatever we think about Hillary Clinton and/or Donald Trump, and all our other controversies. Nor do I especially mind watching a beautiful woman dance, and leap, and such. I’m old, but not that old. 🙂

She also talked a bit about the game

Down 21-3 in the first half thanks to an authoritative performance from Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and the Falcons defense, Brady looked uncharacteristically rattled at times. Down 28-3 in the third quarter, he looked uncharacteristically cornered. But the Patriots made the best of a flubbed fourth-quarter Falcons pass on third and 1, recovering and later scoring to bring the game to within 8, and a couple more bad pass play calls that took the Birds out of range of the field goal that might have put the game out of reach.

In the end, Brady’s performance wasn’t without his customary dominance and grit. But it was different. It was unexpected. Brady no doubt earned new fans—or, at the very least, grudging respect from skeptics—who will be interested in his game, no matter his politics. He won dramatically and he won graciously, though not without knocking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell obliquely in his acceptance speech, which is something we can all get behind. He orchestrated the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, was named MVP in the only overtime the Super Bowl has ever seen, and he accepted the giant trophy from his nemesis while acknowledging his sick mother, in the crowd to watch her son win.

via Lady Gaga And Tom Brady Made America Great Again Sunday

And that too sounds like TV worth watching. It’s been a very long year, and I for one would be very pleased if we all just quit yelling so much at each other, and got on with the game.

Now if only Purdue could finally put together a winning team

Paraplegic British Cop Walks

nicki-rewalk-at-cstWhat a remarkable story! But in a way, it’s not. It’s what happens in societies that are free to develop new ideas and revolutionary concepts. Remember, there was a day when the steam engine was just as remarkable. From Jewish News via Weaponsman

Nicki Donnelly was confined to a wheelchair after being seriously injured in the line of duty in 2009, but thanks to Israeli technology, she can independently move again.

Addressing an audience at the Community Security Trust (CST) on Tuesday night, the former West Midlands policewoman was presented with her personal ReWalk exoskeleton by sponsors, the Gerald Ronson Family Foundation and CST.

Speaking to Jewish News, Nicki, who started using the suit in April 2016, and who was moving independently in just seven weeks, paid tribute to the Israeli inventor, before thanking the Jewish community.

She said: “I’ve received a great awareness of the Jewish community. The more I tell the story about the Israeli inventor, who’s quadriplegic, the more it’s created an awareness that good technology comes from Israel.”

Nicki added: “It’s a number one goal to meet the Israeli inventor, Amit Goffer. I am truly grateful for his role in this.”

Hognose adds,

It made us curious, first, about medically-retired British police officer Nicki Donnelly. Turns out, she is also a photographic model and has a bio page at an agency for models with disabilities, in which she describes the cataclysmic career change imposed on her in a few violent seconds.

Do follow that link, this is one seriously impressive lady. To continue with the story

Just when my career progressed in the police force, specialized Firearms training, I was hit in a Road Traffic Collision, leaving me paralyzed waist down, complete paraplegia, t4 including limited fingers & hands function due to degenerative bone and joint disease.

My independence was gone and I was no longer in control. Now, after 5 years, I accepted myself and new opportunities came my way. I have also accepted I do require care needs and have helped when needed, but I am no longer afraid. I am so proud to use wheelchairs; they are my legs, an extension of me. My wheelchairs represent me.

The battery-powered system features a light, wearable exoskeleton with motors at the hip and knee joints. The ReWalker controls movement using subtle changes in his/her center of gravity. A forward tilt of the upper body is sensed by the system, which initiates the first step. Repeated body shifting generates a sequence of steps which mimics a functional natural gait of the legs.

via Paraplegic British Cop Walks, Thanks Israeli Inventor | WeaponsMan

Best story I’ve read all year!

Getting to know you

I think we’ll lighten up a bit today, I was out most of yesterday, and didn’t get anything prepared, sometimes life gets in the way, doesn’t it? In any case, back in the forties, the average American GI, didn’t have much idea of what the Brits were like, and it seemed to the War Department (Yeah, when will we change the Department of Defense back to its proper name?) that they should prepare our guys a bit. They even got the Brits to help.

The Videos below were part of that effort. Enjoy.

 

 

 

And, of course,

 

 

A good effort, I think, by all hands. Still, 75 years later, we still get sideways every once in a while, but we usually manage to work it out with the cousins, and it’s one of the wonders of the world.

A Noisy Beginning

w1056-3Well, it was quite a weekend, wasn’t it? Never, in my lifetime and that includes 1968, have I seen so much stupidity on the streets. We, of course, knew the childish left was going to throw a tantrum, but looking in occasionally on Saturday, I just couldn’t get over how obsessed by sex these women are. Or maybe they simply are deprived of it. If my reaction is any indication, they will have that problem for a long time. Is there anything less desirable to have in your life than these screaming harpies? In any case, a few words from the adults might be in order.

Yeah, it was about this bad.

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Seems rather simplistic, but yeah, it was about that stupid. The videos I won’t carry, between the stupidity and the obscenities, not to mention the pure hatred, without cause, well, I’m not going to carry such insulting material.

Then there is the surprise that surprises nobody, from Powerline.

Asra Nomani describes herself as a liberal Muslim, Trump voter, and former Wall Street Journal reporter. She wondered what the common denominator among the various groups participating in the Women’s March on Washington over the weekend might be. Nomani’s interesting if unsurprising findings are posted under the heading “Billionaire George Soros has ties to more than 50 partners of the Women’s March on Washington” — on a New York Times site, no less.

“Following the money,” Nomani states, “I pored through documents of billionaire George Soros and his Open Society philanthropy, because I wondered: What is the link between one of Hillary Clinton’s largest donors and the ‘Women’s March’?” Plot spoiler: “I found out: plenty.”

Nomani’s unsurprising findings are worth a look:

By my draft research, which I’m opening up for crowd-sourcing on GoogleDocs, Soros has funded, or has close relationships with, at least 56 of the march’s “partners,” including “key partners” Planned Parenthood, which opposes Trump’s anti-abortion policy, and the National Resource Defense Council, which opposes Trump’s environmental policies. The other Soros ties with “Women’s March” organizations include the partisan MoveOn.org (which was fiercely pro-Clinton), the National Action Network (which has a former executive director lauded by Obama senior advisor Valerie Jarrett as “a leader of tomorrow” as a march co-chair and another official as “the head of logistics”). Other Soros grantees who are “partners” in the march are the American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. March organizers and the organizations identified here haven’t yet returned queries for comment.

On the issues I care about as a Muslim, the “Women’s March,” unfortunately, has taken a stand on the side of partisan politics that has obfuscated the issues of Islamic extremism over the eight years of the Obama administration. “Women’s March” partners include the Council on American-Islamic Relations, which has not only deflected on issues of Islamic extremism post-9/11, but opposes Muslim reforms that would allow women to be prayer leaders and pray in the front of mosques, without wearing headscarves as symbols of chastity. Partners also include the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), which wrongly designated Maajid Nawaz, a Muslim reformer, an “anti-Muslim extremist” in a biased report released before the election. The SPLC confirmed to me that Soros funded its “anti-Muslim extremists” report targeting Nawaz. (Ironically, CAIR also opposes abortions, but its leader still has a key speaking role.)

It’s going to be a noisy few years, I’m afraid. But if we keep our head screwed on straight, it’ll be “Much Ado about Nothing”. In fact, I think I’ll find a YouTube of The Taming of the Shrew, or maybe McClintock.

Cause you just can’t fix stupid.

 

The Most Recent Man to Walk on the Moon

The most recent man to walk on the moon, Eugene Cernan, Capt, USN, ret, BSEE ’56, Purdue, died Monday.

It’s hard to emphasize enough what the space program meant to us in the 60s. If we were thoughtful at all, it brought home to us the kind of dedication that had seen us through World War Two and allowed us to face down the Soviet Union, so far. But at Purdue, it was more than that, it must kind of been like having been in Portsmouth back when the Golden Hind had docked after sailing around the world. My God, it was exciting stuff.

And Purdue was one of the epicenters, sitting right out there in the Hoosier cornfields, well, it was one of the way stations to the stars. Actually, it still is, The Cradle of Astronauts, many call it. It’s justified. In my family, one went to one of two schools, the girls to Valparaiso University, and I followed my brother-in-law to Purdue. In large measure it was an act of hero worship, for him, a CE, for my dad, who quit school in the 11th grade, but may have been the best engineer I have known, but also for those guys, whose names we all knew, from the guys who flew the missions in World War Two, through the first and most recent men on the moon. Who didn’t want to be like them? Well, as they all knew happens, duty intervened. But even now, as a fairly old man, I admire them inordinately. Heroes they were, and are.

Gene was one of the best, and he’ll be missed. It’s always reassuring to know that men like him are in the world, and you know, for all the nonsense we deal with, they’re are a lot of them around. Few are famous, for not everybody can be first, and people like this often believe second is the first loser. But every time you see a man, or woman doing their duty regardless, they are one of them. They are the best of us.

“Gene Cernan was a true hero, a pioneer in aviation and, to us, one of the greatest Boilermakers of all time,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. “He will be remembered in the history books as the most recent human to step on the moon. We will remember him as a valued friend and an inspiration to take risks and reach for our goals.”

Cernan earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue in 1956 and an honorary doctorate in engineering in 1970. He was one of 14 astronauts chosen by NASA in October 1963.

“Although Gene Cernan is most often described as ‘the last man to walk on the moon,’ it is most appropriate for us to remember that he insisted on ‘most recent.’ Long after Apollo 17, he continued to inspire our dreams for the future. He was proud to be a Purdue engineer; we will miss him,” said Leah Jamieson, the John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering.

Mike Berghoff, chair of Purdue Board of Trustees said, “His accomplishments in space provided generations of Boilermakers, especially Purdue students, evidence that your careers can be built around your dreams and passions.”

A long-time supporter of Purdue, Cernan served as co-chair of a major fundraising campaign with fellow astronaut and Purdue alum Neil Amstrong, the first man to step foot on the moon.

And you know, so many things that we take for granted today, some as mundane as Velcro, were developed for the space program, when I was a young man, I had a subscription to a NASA publication, the purpose of which was to share technical ideas, and products/developments which NASA had developed with American industry, and the breadth of what they worked on was simply breathtaking.

And now, another one is gone, but will never be forgotten. Brigadier General Chuck Yeager once said

You don’t concentrate on risks. You concentrate on results. No risk is too great to prevent the necessary job from getting done.

That is as good a description of those men and women as I’ve ever read. I count it as the luckiest thing in my life that I knew so many of them.

Godspeed, Gene, and Rest in Peace.

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Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, –and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of –Wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there
I’ve chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air…
Up, up the long, delirious, burning blue
I’ve topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark or even eagle flew —
And, while with silent lifting mind I’ve trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand, and touched the face of God.

 

 

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