7Best (Shoes as Birds. 6/7)

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ISIS Video That Threatens West

This is the supposed BIG SCARY video ISIS has put out to try and scare the West.  It’s very much, ‘we can pee higher up the wall than you.’  Wait till the West unleashes Armageddon upon them. It is naive and simplistic and I suspect more revealing of ISIS’s ignorance and lack of sophistication than any real threat to us psychologically.  Cue Hollywood, who will relentlessly lampoon this, as below.  Click this link to watch it.


It actually quite a test of Liberal sentiment: either, run away and hide in the closet while they ransack our cities so they don’t hear us, or stand up and face them with overwhelming fire power, intelligence, and greater sophistication.  NZ’s flag is up there, so we just got war declared on us.  How will we respond to these animals?

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Flag This ISIS!

Together we stand, divided we fall.   Bombs away!

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Krauthammer on Syrian US Refugees & Obama’s Hypocrisy on Foreign Policy

scialabba_floatslikeavulture_ba_imgCharles Krauthammer’s opinion column today in The Washington Post tackles the Syrian refugee issue in America.  As always, Charles has amazing insight and wisdom; I consider him he next Henry Kissinger.  [Did you know that Charles suffers from tetraplegia? He became paralyzed in a diving accident, yet completed his medical studies and has a successful practice in psychiatry].

“The Syrian refugee debate has become a national embarrassment. It begins with a president, desperate to deflect attention from the collapse of his foreign policy, retreating to his one safe zone — ad hominem attacks on critics, this time for lack of compassion toward Syrian widows and orphans.

“This, without a glimmer of acknowledgment of his own responsibility for these unfortunate souls becoming widowed and orphaned, displaced and homeless, in the first place. A quarter-million deaths ago, when Bashar al-Assad began making war on his own people, he unleashed his air force and helicopters. They dropped high explosives, nail-filled barrel bombs and even chemical weapons on helpless civilians. President Obama lifted not a finger.

[coNZV.] The weakness of Liberal leaders is all the more galling when they claim “peace” as a virtue and the moral high ground, are impotent against carnage and bullies (Rwanda), and set against the almost habitual criticism of politicians on the right as “war mongers”, “hawks” and “child killers,” when we try and do something about: Kosovo, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, etc.

“In the earliest days, we could have stopped the slaughter: cratered Assad’s airfields, taken out his planes, grounded his helicopters and created a nationwide no-fly zone. (We successfully maintained one over Kurdistan for 12 years between 1991 and 2003.). At the time, Assad was teetering. His national security headquarters had been penetrated and bombed. High-level aides were defecting. Military officers were forming a Free Syrian Army.

“Against the advice of his top civilian and military aides, Obama refused to intervene. The widows and orphans he now so ostentatiously champions are the product of his coldhearted refusal to do anything that might sully his peacemaking image.

 “Obama has also charged the Republicans with cowardice, afraid to grant admittance to “3-year-old orphans.” He gave zero credit to the very real concern of governors and other officials that terrorists could be embedded amid the refugees. This is no theoretical proposition. At least one of the Paris attackers came to France by way of Greece.

“Obama’s own officials have admitted that the absence of thorough data makes it nearly impossible to properly vet Syrian refugees. In response, many Republicans (and some Democrats) called for a pause in admitting Syrians until alternate vetting procedures are developed. In my view, it would have been better to differentiate among the refugees: Admit women, children and the elderly under the current procedures, while subjecting young men of fighting age to a new regime of far stricter scrutiny.

“The concerns of GOP officials were quite reasonable. But there was no need for the Republican candidates to allow the Syria debate to be derailed into a cul-de-sac on immigration — as if the essence of the Middle East issue is a relatively small number of potential refugees rather than the abject failure of Obama’s policies.

“Terror is rising around the world — SinaiBeirutMali, Paris. Brussels was shut down by fear itself. The president, in denial about the collapse of his Syria policy, denounced those demanding a change in course. His secretary of state actually acknowledged a rationale (if not legitimacy) for the machine-gunning of a room full of Charlie Hebdo cartoonists for offending Muslim sensibilities with a drawing.

“Beyond that is the strategic surrender of the Middle East, for 40 years dominated by the United States, to Russia and Iran, who now dictate the terms. Which is why, for example, we dare not impose a protective no-fly zone. It’s too dangerous. Russia has filled the Obama vacuum.

“Facing a massive failure of seven years of Democratic foreign policy stewardship, the GOP candidates have instead tried to outbid each other in being tough on Syrian refugees. This descent into xenophobia was led, as usual, by Donald Trump. Amid bushels of word salad, he concurred withregistering American Muslims, raised alarms about Arab American treachery (“thousands and thousands” on TV cheering the World Trade Center collapse) and promised not only to deny entry to Syrian refugees, but to send back the ones already here.

Can you see it? Packing them into his 757, the one with gold-plated seat belts, then dumping them — orphans, widows, the lot — into a war zone to await the next barrel bomb.

Other GOP candidates have issued Trumpian echoes. The Muslim registry had no takers. But some have advocated shutting out all the refugees or taking Christians only. They are chasing the polls showing strong anti-refugee sentiment.

“How deeply shortsighted. It may work in the GOP primaries. But Trump-like anti-immigrant, anti-foreigner, now anti-Muslim, anti-Arab rhetoric — and don’t forget those cunning Chinese stealing our jobs and ruthless Mexicans raping our women — will not play well in a general election.

“Politically, it will be fatal. John Kasich has forcefully denounced this slide into the swamp. Where are the others?”



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Baking Cake Disaster of the Day

If your ginger bread house for the birthday party goes west, just add Dinosaur.  Works every time.  “Gee, Cool Mum. You’re awesome. That’s the coolest cake eva!” Ah memories of childhood.1488282_10152693108224093_3143489666066961853_n

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Injury of the Day

Mining industry, Australia.  The hand is not cut, its been accidentally injected with hydraulic fluid, which has burst the hand open. The oil now has to be surgically removed, or it will poison the man.

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Is Susan Devoid a Christmas ‘Turkey’ ?


Although often seen as a day to kick off the Christmas shopping season, Thanksgiving is perhaps the most deeply American holiday and its tradition is connected to the idea of “American exceptionalism.”

Ronald Reagan’s presidential farewell speech included a line about America as a “shining city,” channeling Puritan John Winthrop’s 1630 sermon about America as a “city upon a hill,” as well as the Bible. Both Reagan and Winthrop used the statement of America as a shining city as a statement of faith in America as a land of liberty and future prosperity.

The earliest settlers that would comprise the English colonies experienced almost unimaginable suffering on their voyage to the New World and great toil once they arrived.

One eighteenth-century traveler described his voyage as, “terrible misery, stench, fumes, horror, vomiting, many kinds of sea sickness, fever, dysentery, headache, heat, constipation, boils, scurvy, cancer, mouth-rot, and the like.”

However, there was a good reason that so many were willing to risk their lives in a dangerous ocean crossing. Captain John Smith, who had recently explored New England, said, “Of all the four parts of the world I have yet seen not uninhabited, I would rather live here than anywhere.”

The payoff of a new life in the New World, separate from the suffering and tyranny of the old, compelled many to risk everything to start over.

The passengers aboard the Mayflower, who are given credit for starting the tradition of Thanksgiving in America, faced misery and danger almost alien to modern Americans. After landing on the shores of the New World in 1620, the Pilgrims faced mass starvation and nearly half of the 102 that began the journey died before spring.

However, as difficult as life began in their new home, not a single Pilgrim settler chose to go back to England with the Mayflower crew. They were committed to their new home and wrote the “Mayflower Compact” that would set up rules for the new society and carve out the liberties due to every new citizen. The Pilgrims, like many immigrants to America after them, saw the potential for freedom and abundance in the New World, and whatever its flaws they knew that it was a land of almost unlimited opportunity. So when their unrelenting toil and suffering ceased, the profoundly religious Pilgrims set aside a day of thanksgiving to mark a triumph over the profound challenges they faced, to give thanks to God that they had survived and prospered, and to celebrate a brighter future.

Ever after, Americans have returned to the tradition of Thanksgiving, and its significance continued to grow following the founding of the United States, a nation formed on universal ideas of liberty as demonstrated in our founding documents: the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

Shortly after the creation of the United States government as outlined by the Constitution, President George Washington issued a proclamation in 1789, as requested by Congress, for a national day of “public thanksgiving and prayer” to acknowledge the “signal favors of Almighty God” that allowed American people to create a new government to provide for their “safety and happiness.”

Washington and other Americans of that time were keenly aware of the struggle required to create a land of liberty and to build a foundation for future prosperity. Future generations of Americans would understand this as well, and Thanksgiving’s long-standing tradition of acknowledging the trials and tribulations of the past while looking forward to a brighter future continued.

On the 200th anniversary of the Mayflower’s at Plymouth Rock, the great Massachusetts statesman and orator, Danie1 Webster, made one of his finest speeches celebrating and giving thanks for the small band of hopeful Pilgrims that paved the way for a new nation, based on truly exceptional principles.

Webster opened his speech with a statement that should resonate for all Americans no matter what the era:

We have come to this Rock, to record here our homage for our Pilgrim Fathers; our sympathy in their sufferings; our gratitude for their labors; our admiration of their virtues; our veneration for their piety; and our attachment to those principles of civil and religious liberty, which they encountered the dangers of the ocean, the storms of heaven, the violence of savages, disease, exile, and famine, to enjoy and to establish. And we would leave here, also, for the generations which are rising up rapidly to fill our places, some proof that we have endeavored to transmit the great inheritance unimpaired; that in our estimate of public principles and private virtue, in our veneration of religion and piety, in our devotion to civil and religious liberty, in our regard for whatever advances human knowledge or improves human happiness, we are not altogether unworthy of our origin.

In the midst of the American Civil War, the bloodiest conflict in American history and the trial in which our nation came closest to collapsing, President Abraham Lincoln set the modern Thanksgiving tradition so that the country would never forget where its blessings had come from:

I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.

Americans today are privileged to live in a country based on timeless principles and aided by the sturdiest men and women who often made great sacrifices to ensure the blessings of liberty for both themselves and future generations. Americans have much to be thankful for, and as busy as life may be, as occupied with the multitude of distractions that come with unparalleled prosperity, Thanksgiving should provide at least a brief moment to acknowledge the true blessing of living in an exceptional country.


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Face(s) of the Day

Vehement faces of our times…


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Pants of the Day

“FANS, it’s ok; it’s only sweat from a sauna Session!” ~ CC.

In the interests of fairness and balance, yesterday we published a piece on Colin overwhelmed by water. Is Colin Drowning? Face of the Day To balance the basic Elements, we introduce Fire, with apologies to Marlborough.

Liar Liar pants on…  (lifted from public comments section of online media).




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