May 31, 2019

Lightning Strike on Russian Launch

Timothy Birdnow

Lightning strikes a Russian satellite launch.

Makes me wonder; the Russians recently deployed their "Preservet" laser directed energy weapon, and they have been doing research on other types as well. Do we know for sure this was a lightning strike? Maybe the Russia

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Dems election strategy

Warner Todd Houston makes the following observation:

The entire Democrat platform for 2020 consists of giving free stuff to minorities for their votes and to to point at the rest of you and yell "RACIST, HATER, NAZI" at the top of the lungs until you shut up.

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Nyet, you Nut!

Timothy Birdnow

The Russians are Coming! The Russians are coming!

Stacey Abrams goes full House UnAmerican Activiites on us.

Defeated GA Gov. candidate Stacy Abrams warns of Russian takeover, due to "voter suppression."

"If we do not secure our democracy and ensure that every vote counts in 2020, we will be having a very different conversation, possibly in Russian, in 2030." pic.twitter.com/Rld8GhHD6a

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Franklin Graham calls for Prayer for Trump

Dana Mathewson

This has merit!

Franklin Graham, 250 Christian leaders call for 'day of prayer' for Trump

From the article:

Rev. Franklin Graham is calling for a "special day of prayer" for President Trump in light of "demonic attacks" against him.

Graham, the CEO of Samaritan's Purse, is joined by more than 250 faith leaders across the nation to set aside Sunday, June 2, to pray that "God would protect, strengthen, embolden, and direct him."

"I don't think any president in modern history has come under attack day after day after day by almost all the media," Graham told Tony Perkins on "Washington Watch," a national radio show put on by the Family Research Council. "That's just never happened. And it distracts the president. It weakens our country."

Graham, who called Trump "the most Christian-friendly president in my lifetime," said this isn't an endorsement of Trump but rather simply a day set aside for prayer.

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Police say Holy Spirit Saved Speeder from Ticket

Dana Mathewson

From Fox News, hat tip to Martha. From Germany. Obviously there's not the same war on Christianity going on there:

Bird of peace to the rescue.

https://www.foxnews.com/auto/police-say-holy-spirit-saved-speeder-from-ticket

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May 30, 2019

FBI calls drop in hate crimes "rise"

Timothy Birdnow

Here is something that caught my eye; apparently the FBI is claiming an increase in white supremacist hate crimes, despite the fact the 2018 numbers dropped significantly over the previous year.

Only the Deep State could do that - and CNN.

From the CNN article:

In 2017, there were about 150 arrests on charges the FBI classifies as domestic terror, and about 120 in 2018. The official said the FBI is on course to match or exceed those numbers this fiscal year.

So the numbers went down and we are told they are rising. I might add the FBI wouldn't give any numbers or details.

Isn't that interesting.

These typ-es of charges can be little more than a squabble between a white and black man with the black man claiming the N word was used. The reality is, the Trump era is less racist than the Obama, something that does not comport with the meme of the Establishment media. And, of course, this is the same FBI which gave us James Commie, er, Comey and the attempted coup. It's the FBI that gave us Peter Strzok and Lisa Page. I put a LOT of faith in them.

What is the point of announcing a rise in hate crimes if you don't have any evidence or proof/ it is just another political hit designed to attack the current Administration - and the media goes along with it whole heartedly.



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FBI used Fake News

Timothy Birdnow

The FBI obtained a FISA warrant abased on information they obtained that they knew was false.

According to the Gateway Pundit:

Barack Obama's FBI obtained a FISA warrant to spy on Trump Tower based on information that Russian Alfa Bank was interacting with candidate Trump. However, we now know the FBI knew the entire story was a lie and yet they withheld this information from the court.

Read the whole thing at Gateway Pundit.

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None Dare Call it Religion

Timothy Birdnow

Tim McNabb rebutted a meme going around among the atheist/agnostic community. They are trying to say that they are being forced to obey Christian religious beliefs or go to jail - no doubt a response to some of the recent new laws restricting abortion, which has nothing to do with religions and everything to do with the right to Life promised in our Constitution. Tim Makes some good observations:

The only religion you can get in trouble for not practicing is radical secularism...

Practice my religion, or else?

The "irreligious” Left are posting this gem. I presume it is in response to the debate over heartbeat bills in which duly elected legislators are - presumably in response to voters - to prevent abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

Most opponents of abortion are also religious, so I think the point if the meme is to cry foul that laws are being created that will compel the non-believer to adhere to restrictions in liberty based on faith.

Setting aside the details of when human life begins, the complaint can be levied against other issues. For instance, Christian John Wilberforce convinced his fellow Britons to not only abandon slavery as a practice, but to set the Royal Navy out to stop the trade. American abolitionists were also almost exclusively Christians and Jews, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic was not inspiring secular-minded men to muster regiments to fight slavery with secular arguments set to stirring music. It was a song of Christian fervor and faith to inspire the faithful to cast off a wicked institution. Should we restore chattel slavery because the faithful destroyed it?

All of Western civilization as we know it today has roots in the Judeo-Christian ethos. At a base level, murder, theft, assault, kidnapping and so on are sanctioned by a just society. I doubt even the most fervent secularist would cast aside sanctions against murder and robbery simply because a fervent Jew or fervent Christian believed it wrong.

The very constitution from which the penumbras and emanations produced the flawed logic of Roe v Wade itself calls upon the self-evident fact that we have a creator, and certain rights are inalienable from that creator’s spirit.

Not murdering someone is not really a religious practice, not like taking communion or observing the sabbath. While I believe that all that I do, from my daily job to providing for my family or acts of charity are acts of worship, I do not see an agnostic as practicing my religion when he does the same thing.

There are few public institutions that we can all agree are very good for our communities that do not at least have roots in faith. The Salvation Army provides care for the addicted and homeless. How many hospital systems have the word "Saint” in them? Schools were begun by the faithful in the past and the list could go on and on. I think we need to pause and reflect on the good done in the name of God at least as much as the evil we say has been done. I rather think that over time, the religious have comported themselves rather well compared to the alternatives.

Secularists understandably bridle at having their freedoms restricted because a mob of the faithful convince a smaller mob of legislators to write laws with consequences to reflect those mores. I get it. However, let’s take a look around and see just how much baby would be tossed out with the bathwater. I do not think the garden-variety secular agnostic is quite familiar with what kind of social shit-show will follow successfully abandoning all laws and practices that parallel religion. Just ask China, Indochina, Cuba and the former Soviet Union. It ends in tears.

Read the thread, which is likely to get lively as an atheist rang in and yours truly had to respond.

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May 29, 2019

Shame on Robert Mueller for exceeding his role

Dana Mathewson

Democrats are salivating -- again -- over Robert Mueller's latest public offering -- same as the last public offering.

Meanwhile, the great Alan Dershowitz delivers a huge public spanking to Mueller for overplaying his hand. Mueller has, of course, no shame and will be invited to all the right Georgetown cocktail parties. I'd rather party with Dershowitz and learn some wisdom.

The statement by special counsel Robert Mueller in a Wednesday press conference that "if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said that” is worse than the statement made by then FBI Director James Comey regarding Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign. Comey declared in a July 2016 press conference that "although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive highly classified information.”

Comey was universally criticized for going beyond his responsibility to state whether there was sufficient evidence to indict Clinton. Mueller, however, did even more. He went beyond the conclusion of his report and gave a political gift to Democrats in Congress who are seeking to institute impeachment proceedings against President Trump. By implying that President Trump might have committed obstruction of justice, Mueller effectively invited Democrats to institute impeachment proceedings. Obstruction of justice is a "high crime and misdemeanor” which, under the Constitution, authorizes impeachment and removal of the president.

Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system. [emphasis mine]

Virtually everybody agrees that, in the normal case, a prosecutor should never go beyond publicly disclosing that there is insufficient evidence to indict. No responsible prosecutor should ever suggest that the subject of his investigation might indeed be guilty even if there was insufficient evidence or other reasons not to indict. Supporters of Mueller will argue that this is not an ordinary case, that he is not an ordinary prosecutor, and that President Trump is not an ordinary subject of an investigation. They are wrong. The rules should not be any different.

Please read the entire article. Dershowitz is one of those luminaries whom you should read even if you disagree with him -- or perhaps especially when you disagree with him -- because he will broaden your thinking! The article is here https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/445983-dershowitz-shame-on-robert-mueller-for-exceeding-his-role

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Kept Promise or Coverup?

Dana Mathewson


Great article -- as if Goodwin ever wrote the other kind. The donkeys are going to find they have made a bitter enemy, when they could have made a friend, and gotten some governing done if they'd wanted to.

Too late! And Pelosi was supposed to be so smart. Duh!



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Victory

Dana Mathewson

lf politics is local, or at least starts out that way. The Minnesota Legislature has just finished its session for the year, and after our new governor had promised a quicker, more efficient AND transparent way of doing things, it was back to (lack of) Business As Usual for St. Paul. However, the Republicans managed to prevent some damage due to their majority in the Senate -- things such as a whopping raise in the gasoline tax were defeated as being Not Necessary due to a large budget surplus (the donkeys wanted it for infrastructure because "You never know, we may run out of money").


Bad news is the so-called Sick Tax -- a tax on medical services, which you pay every time you see your doctor and which, of course, hurts those in poor health, who are more likely to be the elderly, and which had been scheduled to "sunset," was instead re-established and kept "forever" (though there's hope that when the GOP takes over the House as well as keeping the Senate, if that ever happens, this abomination of a tax might be killed too.

But some of the best news is contained below!

Dana,


more...

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NPR's Abortion Lies

Timothy Birdnow

Missouri is about to lose it's last abortion clinic.

Missouri governor Mike Parsons signed the bill, which restricts abortion to the first eight weeks after preganancy and tightens restrictions on abortion mills. Planned Parenthood, which operates the last remaining clinic in the st. Louis area in Missouri, has filed in court to overturn the Missouri regulations.

The NPR article states"

Planned Parenthood says state officials have indicated the questioning could lead to criminal proceedings or board review for those physicians, who provide the procedure at Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region.

In her statement, Wen described the state's actions as "harassment" meant to "intimidate" physicians who perform abortions.

This is rather like the Mafia complaining about harassment from the DOJ for investigating them. In the end it's the "providers" own fault, because they are the ones committing the evil acts.

There are two abortion clinics in Illinois, just across the river from the Planned Parenthood clinic. Their argument that this somehow unfairly restricts "a right" to abortion is ludicrous. Oh, and why is PP receiving tax funds from the Federal government to sue Missouri? The author of this article lies when she says women would have to go "hundreds of miles" to get an abortion. Maybe twenty. I think she knows it - and if she doesn't she is too lazy to deserve her own column. Someone wanting an abortion in the St. Louis area can go to the Hope CLinic just across the Mississippi river in Granite City, Illinois.

Among the "onerous" restrictions is a plan to ask abortionists questions when renewing their licenses, to make sure they haven't been ignoring the law or ethical morality (like a teenager pregnant by a middle aged man.) Planned Parenthood doesn't like that, because their bred and butter is composed of illegal sex acts leading to pregnancy. Oh, and selling baby body parts doesn't hurt the bottom line, either.

What I find offensive is that this is an NPR article, and they quote numerous defenders of Planned Parenthood, yet couldn't find a single person who supports the law or the changes. Funny; I could do it in a matter of minutes on the computer. And this from a news organization funded by the U.S. taxpayers.

The reality is that these people are butchers who make vast sums of money by murder. I thank Almighty God we have a state legislature and Governor who were courageous enough to stop this monstrous activity.

If you want proof that the mainstream media is biased and "fake news" this is it.

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Abortion in the Eye of the Beholder

Timothy Birdnow

Our old friend Tim McNabb posted about the "stigma of abortion" argument on Facebook. Tim made the following observation:

Here is Tim's comment

Nobody knows if you have an abortion, so I am not sure where the stigma comes from.
Yes, having a baby out of wedlock has some small social stigma, but this ain't the 1940s...
I am not sure if anyone cares if you do not have babies. Friends asking why, is not a stigma.

I think we are better off not treating people badly because of a lapse in judgement, but rather to come alongside our stumbling friends and help as best we can. I think this meme is a straw man argument.

I left the following comment:

Most of the arguments against Life are straw men. They are all designed to distract from the central point, that life is being taken for convenience. There is no social stigma anymore (which actually may be a big part of the problem.) Question; has anybody ever gambled with their unborn child? I mean, bet on, say, the Blues winning the Stanley Cup; if Boston wins then the woman gets an abortion, if the Blues win than a Boston woman has to do it. Ridiculous, you say? Why is that ridiculous if it's just a lump of tissue? I mean, it's not like they are gambling over REAL stakes....

If this is just a lump of tissue then we would take such a flippant attitude toward it as in my fictional bet. That people do not is illustrative of the fact they know there is something serious and even sacred involved. They then lie to themselves - and others - to justify what they know is a vile act.

This could make a good Outer Limists episode; an "abortion bet" in which the mother tries to welch and is pursued by her "friends".

It's just a lump of tissue - until a woman decides it is not.

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Where's Joe?

Dana Mathewson

This is from Breitbart, via William Katz's excellent Urgent Agenda website:

THE STEALTH CANDIDATE – FROM BREITBART: Former Vice President Joe Biden is running for president in 2020, but he did not appear for any Memorial Day events on Monday. There were no events on Biden’s public schedule the entire Memorial Day weekend, at a time when presidential candidates typically march in Memorial Day parades, meet with the troops, or visit a cemetery to honor the fallen. The former vice president has not held a campaign rally since last Saturday in Philadelphia. "I promise you this – no one – no one – is going to work longer and campaign harder to win your trust and support than this son of Catherine Eugenia and Joseph Biden!” Biden boasted in his speech. After attending a pair of fundraisers early last week in Florida, the former vice president went dark. The Biden campaign did not respond to a request for comment from Breitbart News.

William Katz comments: There's growing buzz about Biden's inactivity. He seems almost indifferent. If this continues, there could easily be a revolt against him. At minimum, questions will increase about his physical condition. He's 76.

http://www.urgentagenda.com/PERMALINKS%20IX/MAY%202019/28.TAKES.HTML

Dana sez: Folks, you don't suppose he's looking at the numbers and caught a case of Hillary's "inevitability disease," do you? That's the one that makes you think "Why bother to campaign? I've got this one in the bag!"

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May 27, 2019

This sounds suspiciously like a campaign speech

Dana Mathewson

In "days of olde" people accused of being vampires were killed and buried at crossroads with a stake in their hearts. Just sayin'...

Hillary Clinton hasn’t announced a 2020 run for the White House but remarks she delivered in Houston may have sounded like a campaign speech to some listeners.

Clinton launched a fiery attack Friday against President Trump, claiming the president tweeted a disputed video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi because he was "running scared.”

"Just look at what's happened in the last 24 hours," she said. "The president and his cronies have been running around spreading a doctored video of Nancy Pelosi. Now, it is sexist trash. But it is also a sign that Trump is running scared."

Trump running scared? Who knew Hillary had a gift for comedy? Why, she might have been able to draw larger crowds at the (widely acknowledged to be failing) Bill and Hillary Road Show if she'd exercised it like this.

Let me state for the record that Our Mr. Trump has never been credibly accused of "running scared" at any time in his life. Probably didn't even worry about monsters under his bed as a toddler, unlike the usual kid.

The former secretary of state, U.S. senator and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee made the remarks at a gathering of the Harris County Democratic Party.

Her speech seemed aimed at motivating Houston-area Democrats to get out the vote for the party’s candidates in 2020.

"We have to remind Americans we are the party that can deliver for them,” Clinton said. "But we also are the party that will stand up and protect the Constitution and address what is a very real constitutional crisis that this president has put us in.”
Pardon me while I laugh hysterically again. Hillary, you're killing me.
[...]

Some political observers have suggested that Clinton could make a third bid for the presidency in 2020 if none of the more than 20 Democrats currently in the running emerges as a clear threat to deny Trump a second term.

A recent Fox News Poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading the Democratic field with support from 35 percent of respondents, followed by Sen. Bernie Sanders at 17 percent and the rest of the pack in single digits.

But a Biden nomination would carry some baggage heading into a general election: The former U.S. senator from Delaware is known for gaffes during public appearances and recently drew criticism for his history of placing his hands on women and girls. In addition, his son Hunter Biden has drawn scrutiny over business dealings in China, Ukraine and Romania.

A sudden loss of confidence in Biden among Democratic voters, coupled with the failure of any of the other Democrats to fill the void, could motivate Clinton – who attracted nearly 66 million votes in 2016 – to make another run at the White House, some argue.

Clinton made headlines in March when she told a New York-area news station that she would not seek the presidency in 2020.

"Aw-shucks," President Trump responded in a Twitter message,"does that mean I won’t get to run against her again? She will be sorely missed!"

But just a day later, "someone close to Clinton” told the New York Times that Clinton didn’t intend for her comments to "close the door on running.”

"She has told her team she is waiting at least to see the Mueller report,” the Times reported, citing the same source.

The rest of the story is here: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/hillary-clinton-blasts-trump-in-fiery-speech-says-president-is-running-scared-claims-pelosi-video-is-sexist-trash

I think I have figured it out. Last time around, Hillary missed the chance to campaign in some really important spots. I doubt she'd be more motivated this time around; for one thing, I can't believe her physical health is any better. So I think the real skinny here is that she wants to be President but really doesn't want to do the work that it entails be become President.

Whatdya think, folks? We have a comment section for a reason.

Jack Kemp's 2c:

Who wants to run a candidate that would be more fitting for a "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercial? A woman who called half of the nation "Deplorables?"

This is her fantasy. Even Bill wouldn't vote for her this time in the primaries - or later.


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Stealth AOC ‘Green New Deal’ now the law in New Mexico, voters be damned

Dana Mathewson, with a hat tip to my wife Martha

This is how the left is increasingly getting their agenda into place. Daniel Turner writes on Fox News:

By now, the public is well aware of the "Green New Deal” proposed by freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. They have not responded well to calls for forced veganism and banning airplanes, let alone giving up the American way of life made possible by cheap energy.

But while Ocasio-Cortez has taken the brunt of the media focus, environmental groups have developed a new strategy to get their way: pass a type of "Green New Deal” state by state.

It’s a smart tactic. They get friendly, left-leaning state legislators and governors, most of whom they financially backed in the past election, to do their dirty work. While the media is watching AOC marveling over garbage disposals and rejecting the racism of cauliflower, no one is reporting about bad laws taking shape in secret.

That’s exactly how radical green groups want it.

Their latest attempt was in New Mexico, and unfortunately, it succeeded. Newly-elected Democrat Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the "Energy Transition Act” in March. This law requires that New Mexico move to 100 percent carbon-free energy – the same long-term goal as the "Green New Deal.”

This destructive law is essentially a hidden carbon tax and will threaten the jobs of thousands of energy workers, raise utility rates, cut state revenue, and make green energy companies rich at the taxpayers’ expense.

Green groups have effectively rebranded "carbon tax” as "renewable energy mandates” and to get the same results: the end of fossil fuels. Force the elimination of low-cost energy sources and mandate high-cost renewables. Send the bill to customers. Say it’s "for the earth” and voilà, green energy companies get rich.

But no matter what you call it, it’s a tax, plain and simple. Economists agree. The University of Chicago, for example, recently released a report detailing how renewable mandates increase energy prices by 17 percent. The Heritage Foundation believes it might be even worse and could double electric bills on families.

It’s remarkable how such a transformative bill was signed into law so quickly without public input and the myriad impact studies green groups often demand and sue to ensure take place. How was that even possible?

Last week, an investigation by the Associated Press, with assistance from my organization, Power The Future, looked at internal New Mexico government emails around the drafting of their "Energy Transition Act.”

Read the rest of it here: https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/daniel-turner-stealth-version-of-aoc-green-new-deal-now-the-law-in-new-mexico-voters-be-damned

We The People are having our nation taken away from us by shenanigans such as these. And it's also hitting us in the pocketbooks -- hard -- because this stupid thing called "Renewable Energy" is renewable only by vast amounts of tax money, and that comes from only one place: our wallets. You and I know very well that this stuff will never pay for itself.

We need to keep a sharp watch on our state and local governments, to prevent this kind of stuff from happening. "All politics is local." Remember that!

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Just a little snakebit

Timothy Birdnow

Only at Walmart...

‘Snake charmer’ was ‘only bit once’ while removing snake from Walmart carts, TX cops say

I had a black ratsnake laying on the floor of  the Ozark Hilton a while back. He was just hanging out. Once I realized what he was I left him alone, and he eventually slithered off into the wall and probably down below the cabin floor. Frankly, I was pleased to see him, although it did make going to bed a bit unnerving. I hope that old boy comes back; I want him to eat the mice and rats that like to invade my old cabin.

They should have just left the old boy alone; he would have left the carts as soon as he got hungry. No doubt he found a sunny place to nap.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the cooler...

Timothy Birdnow

So you may have a few too many suds this memorial Day? Well, this guy had you beat.

Yes, back in 2013 an Australian pig raided a campground, drank thirteen of the camper's beers, got into a fight with a cow, and eventually passed out. Sadly, the poor fellow staggered across the road and got hit by a car.

To quote Granny from the Beverly Hillbillies "that wouldn't happen if he stayed in the house where he belonged".

According to the article in Outdoor Survival:

It all started when some careless campers left out their supply of hooch – 18 cans of beer, to be precise – and the errant pig decided to help himself to the sudsy stash.

The campers at Port Hedland, near the DeGrey River, were tucked away in their tents for the night when, the next thing they knew, the feral porker was snout-deep into their beer.
"Swino” Following his rampage he decided to swim out into the middle of a river before collapsing drunk under a tree and falling asleep.

It soon started exhibiting bad manners and loutish behaviour, including picking on a nearby cow. After slurping down the liquid gold, this little piggy went to the garbage bins and began rooting around for a late night snack.

When he was finally finished boozing it up, eating, and generally causing pandemonium at the campsite, he took a dip in the river and then passed out for a post-gorge snooze under a nearby tree.

One stunned camper told ABC News, "It was in the middle of the night, and it was these people opposite us (who) heard this crunching of the can, and they got their torch out and shone it on the pig and there he was, crunching away at their cans.”

So the porcine partier got plastered on Fosters. And, as Granny observed of  razorbacks, he was a mean drunk, too:

Furthermore, the witness to these porcine shenanigans said, "Then he went and raided their rubbish…then there were some other people camped right on the edge of the river, and they saw him running around their vehicle being chased by a cow. Apparently, the pig showed up several nights in a row, causing chaos and helping himself to anything he could find to "pig out” on.

Unfortunately, the pickled porkchoop met an untimely end, being hit by a car crossing the road.

This is what happenes when you send a pig to do a man's job.

In other drunk and stupid news, a man uses a gator to open his beer deep in the Florida swwamp. I guess when you need an opener anything will do...

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Blackjack Logan's Decoration Proclamation

Timothy Birdnow

It was an Illinois Union Army General who created "Decoration Day" the precursor to Memorial Day. His name was John A "Blackjack" Logan and, in 1868, he issued the following proclamation:

HEADQUARTERS GRAND ARMY OF THE REPUBLIC
General Orders No.11, WASHINGTON, D.C., May 5, 1868

The 30th day of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

We are organized, comrades, as our regulations tell us, for the purpose among other things, "of preserving and strengthening those kind and fraternal feelings which have bound together the soldiers, sailors, and marines who united to suppress the late rebellion.” What can aid more to assure this result than cherishing tenderly the memory of our heroic dead, who made their breasts a barricade between our country and its foes? Their soldier lives were the reveille of freedom to a race in chains, and their deaths the tattoo of rebellious tyranny in arms. We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance. All that the consecrated wealth and taste of the nation can add to their adornment and security is but a fitting tribute to the memory of her slain defenders. Let no wanton foot tread rudely on such hallowed grounds. Let pleasant paths invite the coming and going of reverent visitors and fond mourners. Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic.

If other eyes grow dull, other hands slack, and other hearts cold in the solemn trust, ours shall keep it well as long as the light and warmth of life remain to us.

Let us, then, at the time appointed gather around their sacred remains and garland the passionless mounds above them with the choicest flowers of spring-time; let us raise above them the dear old flag they saved from dishonor; let us in this solemn presence renew our pledges to aid and assist those whom they have left among us a sacred charge upon a nation’s gratitude, the soldier’s and sailor’s widow and orphan.

It is the purpose of the Commander-in-Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades. He earnestly desires the public press to lend its friendly aid in bringing to the notice of comrades in all parts of the country in time for simultaneous compliance therewith.

Department commanders will use efforts to make this order effective.
By order of

JOHN A. LOGAN,
Commander-in-Chief

N.P. CHIPMAN,
Adjutant General

Official:
WM. T. COLLINS, A.A.G.

Logan would go on to become a U.S. Senator and run on a Presidential ticket against Grover Cleveland and Adlai Stevenson. He may never have become Vice President, but he's impacted more people than most of them.

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The Last Rolling Thunder DC Ride? No.

Jack Kemp


Roll on, no more.

After a three-decade run, a veteran advocacy group will hold its last motorcycle demonstration ride — called "Rolling Thunder" — in the U.S. capital this Memorial Day weekend...

Every year, hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists converge near the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., then rumble through the city's downtown.

But next year's Memorial Day weekend will be a quiet one.

The main reason the organizers gave for calling it quits is financial; it costs them about $200,000 last year to hold the rally, WAMU's Mikaela Lefrak reports. A lot of that money went to the Pentagon for things like security, toilets and parking lot use, according to Rolling Thunder President Joe Bean...

Regardless, the ride's organizers have decided their money can be better spent.

"The amount of money that we put on for the one demonstration ride, we could probably ... help a lot more veterans with it," Doc Stewart further told NPR.

Stewart said next year, the group plans to hold smaller rides at its chapters across the United States.

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Dana Mathewson interjects some good news: Fox News reports that due to some "generous donations," Rolling Thunder will continue to roll.  https://www.foxnews.com/us/rolling-thunder-offered-200k-donation-to-help-continue-famed-dc-motorcycle-ride

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