Friday, August 31, 2012

Make My Day-- Any Which Way You Can

Clint Easwood's remarks on the last night of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida involved  unscripted remarks as the actor spoke to an empty chair while addressing President Barack Obama.

Quite a metaphor.  Winning?

Will Rogers on Politics

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Barky at the Moon?

It is interesting that President Barack Obama's tribute to Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, featured himself prominently gazing towards the moon.

It is an odd tribute to a great American who has passed away to use as a vehicle for the President to publicize himself rather than the honoree. 

There is a tremendous irony that one of the few issues where Neil Armstrong left his sphere of privacy was to protest the cuts that the Obama Administration 

It was interesting that our Sun "King" was gazing at a crescent moon. Hermanutically significant or just coincidence?

Ronald Reagan on Politics

Martin Luther King on Hope

Monday, August 27, 2012

Truth Squad on Biden

 It used to be an honored American tradition that Presidential candidates ceded the lime-lights during the week of his opponent's political convention, spending only a truth squad of tier b surrogates to counter charges in the news. Like so many other things, the Obama 2012 campaign has broken this civil tradition by tapping our national treasure Vice President Joe Biden to campaign in Tampa and vicinity at the start of the Republican National Convention.

Between dodging the rain from Hurricane Isaac, Secret Service Security for the Vice President and Mr. Biden's incorrigible incompetence, this should be a hot mess in Tampa. As Mr. Biden was chosen to lead the Truth Squad for the Democrats, it seems only right to share a blazing light of truth on Biden's  bloviatations.

As you watch, please remember that the 69 year old Mr. Biden is the next in line for the Presidency of the United States  and that Mr. Obama chose Biden in case Mr. Obama be unable to perform his elected duties.

 God Save the United States of America.

 h/t: R.J. Matson

Post Scriptus-  Vice President Biden cancelled his appearance in Tampa on Monday due to Hurricane Isaac.  The Vice President's office should be commended for this prudent move as Biden's visit  would have needlessly stretched law enforcement resources with the concurrent natural disaster and the Republican National Convention (which also was postponed its start on  Monday).

Naturally, Hurricane Isaac could also be a convenient excuse to avoid having voters scrutinize the sayings of Our National Treasure. And it would alleviate answering uncomfortable inquiries about empty chairs at Biden campaign events.

Ambrose Bierce on Politics

Funeral for a Friend of the Pro-Life Movement: Nellie Gray

Nellie Gray, the founder of the March for Life, died at the age of 88 on August 13. Gray was  given a Requiem Mass at St. Mary, Mother of God Catholic Church in Washington, DC.  Her funeral was a beautifully sung Trinentine High Mass, celebrated by Pastor Alfred Harris, with Boston Archbishop Sean Cardinal O’Malley and Washington Archbishop Donald Cardinal Wuerl in attendance. Gray had been a parishioner at St. Mary’s for sixteen years. Gray was the driving force in the anti-abortion movements “Respect for human life–no exceptions.”  It was noted that she was actively planning the 40th anniversary March for Life  protesting the Roe v. Wade (1973) Supreme Court Abortion decision when she passed away. READ MORE at the DCBarroco website 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Budgeting Differences in Campaigns

Recovery Summer Hurricane Preparedness

"They are worried that Tropical Storm Isaac could hit Florida during next week's Republican National Convention. But Florida is ready for it.  Thanks to President Obama's economic policies, many businesses down there are already boarded up."
                              ~ Jay Leno

Saturday, August 25, 2012

R.I.P. Neil Armstrong (1930-2012)--Man Who Ushered In the Giant Leap for Mankind

Neil Armstrong, the first human who walked on the Moon, died at the age of 82.  Armstrong had recently undergone surgery to relieve blocked coronary arteries.

READ MORE at the DCBarroco website

Romney Bunch Attack Ad Blows It

In response to a supposed gaffe by Mitt Romney in Michigan,

the Obama Campaign crack rapid response squad produced "The Romney Bunch", which sought to skewer the presumptive G.O.P. Presidential. But was the attack ad too clever by half?
READ MORE at the DCBarroco website

Friday, August 24, 2012

R.I.P. Sesame Street's Jerry Nelson--Count Your Blessings

Sesame Street's Count Von Count & Puppeteer Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson, the voice of many Muppets for 40 years including Count Von Count, died at the age of 78. Nelson also voiced characters like Herry the Monster, Mr. Snuffeulupagus, and Sherlock Holmes. Nelson retired from physical puppeteering in 2004, but continued to voice character like the Count up until his death. 

Nelson was one of Jim Henson's early muppeteers, joining the troupe in 1965.  Nelson started on Sesame Street during the long running childrens' educational show in its second season.  On "The Muppet Show", Nelson played Sgt. Floyd Pepper, the bassist for the house band "Electric Mayhem" and Lew Zealand, the boomerang fish thrower. 

To give a better picture of the man behind the characters, here is a video of Nelson in 2002 making a cameo appearance as an ice cream vendor on Sesame Street.

But we must count our blessings of experiencing the magical Muppeteering of Jerry Nelson in our lives, despite feeling sad,  by reprising his role Count Von Count.

Are there Any Illegal Persons (Except the Unborn)?

This disparity calls into question the morality of the inchoate new state religion of Secular Humanism.

Groucho Marx on Character

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Tampa-fication Spreading Across America?

Democrats claiming credit for Tampa's triumphs
Tampa Bay Democrats seem quick to claim credit for Tampa triumphs during the Republican National Convention, yet these same Cigar City pols bemoan the urban "hot mess" from the lack of density and lack of mass transit. And progressives fear that Tampa-fication may spread in a prospective Romney Administration. READ MORE at the DCBarroco website

Trafficking Economic Lessons

Get the picture?

Capitol Hill Summer Summary

Thanks to Dirty Harry and the idolent Democrat Senate, public graders should budget (sic) them a goose-egg and expel them in November.

h/t: Michael Ramirez

Paul Newman on Character

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The Grift Generation

Perhaps it's just a Fluke (sic). h/t: The Peoples Cube

An Ode to Individuality

Parts of this long quote have often been misattributed to Albert Einstein. But the origins of the insight were more idiosyncratic but interesting.  

Alan Ashley-Pitt was the pen name of Phil Wernig, who wrote a bunch of pithy phrases for a small greeting card company based in Santa Barbara, California during the late 1960s.  While the company was dissolved in 1974, the fractured phrases remain to this day.  

TIME for More Climate Change Hype?

Now that the fraudulent East Anglia University Hockey Stick  model has thrown the surity of the  anthropogenic Global Warming hypothesis into disrepute, isn't it TIME for the pendulum to swing again?

Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.

Hayek on Freedom

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Get the Picture of Journalistic Malpractice

Curious that Representative Todd Akin (R-MO 2nd) made the monumentally stupid statement, yet this newspaper birdcage liner seems to impune Presumptive Republican Vice Presidential candidate Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st).

 No wonder why newspapers are dying. Good riddance!

TOTUS Forward

Photo: REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

A teleprompter obscures U.S. President Barack Obama as he speaks during a campaign event at Capital University in Cleveland, Ohio August 21, 2012. Obama is on a two-day campaign trip to Ohio, Nevada and New York. (REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque).

Come on Teleprompter Of the United States! Don't overshadow the "Big Guy".

Political Uneven Bars

Shouldn't it be the High Jump rather than uneven bars?

Winston Churchill on Language

Monday, August 20, 2012

Didn't Liberals Claim That Dissent Is Patriotic?

And these same sorts of people would claim that diversity should be encouraged (except in opinions).

America's New State Religion?

If secular humanism is America's new state religion, I hope that I'm losing my religion after November 6th 2012. READ MORE at the DC-LausDeo blog.

In Memory of Phyllis Diller ( 1917-2012)

"The reason women don't play football is because 11 of them would never wear the same outfit in public."    
                               ~Phyllis Diller

To remain laughing through our tears, witness Diller's faux audition for the Spice Girls

Dogged Dhimmitude in Canuckistan

If you wondered how far political correctness run amok can lead, consider the case of Allain Eintoss, a Toronto resident who was arrested for walking his dog in a public park with his licensed therapy dog because it offended the sensibilities of a Muslim.

READ MORE at the DCBarroco website

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cultivating Agi-Prop on the Obama Campaign Hustings

In 2008, candidate Obama claimed that he would change the divisive ways of politics.  Witness how the Obama campaign has proceeded Forward (sic.).

Well, it was more than POTUS who was cultivating defamatory and undefensible campaign rhetoric.  Consider Vice President Joe Biden speaking before a largely black audience in Danville, Virginia (the last capital of the Confederacy).

Margaret Thatcher on Raison d'etre

R.I.P. Nellie Gray

Foxy Political Sign

A Republican commentator on Fox New Channel.  Is this much to ask from the Obama Administration, which accepted its award for transparency behind closed doors.

To echo an infamous paraphrase from the campaign hustings "You didn't earn that."

Now what about that Nobel Peace Prize from 2009...

The Roots of Rights

The question is who has a stronger Constitution on the campaign trail. 

Famous Quotes--Updated Edition

Monday, August 13, 2012

Revised Romney Logo?

After four years of the hopey/changey thing, it's time for some for some R&R:  Romney & Ryan.

Eat Cheese or Die!

Mickey Mouse Creeping Sharia Lawsuit

Imane Boudlal was fired as a hostess at Disneyland’s Grand Californian hotel Storyteller’s restaurant. The now 28 year old Ms. Boudlal, a Moroccan born Muslim who is an American citizen had worked at Disneyland for two years when she began wearing her hijab (head scarf) to work. After waiting two years now Ms. Boudlal is filing a discrimination lawsuit against Disney.

If only it were that simple to condemn the "Happiest Place on Earth". But there is more to the story and some might conclude that the ACLU is concocting a cacotopian fairy tale.

READ MORE at the DCBarroco website

Helen Keller on Adversity

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Free Choice

A succinct summation of the pitfalls of political philosophies on the back of a car bumper.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Reagan Reborn?

Presumptive Republican Vice Presidential nominee Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI 1st) has a striking photographic resemblance to a young Ronald Reagan.

Ryan's thoughtful approach to public policy, an ability to explain serious subjects in an understandable manner  and his emphasis on certain political priorities also seem to follow in the footsteps of the Gipper.

Over the next three months, we will learn if this is an uncanny resemblance or if there is something more in store.