Obviously a joke, but can you imagine the reaction from the feminists . . .

. . . if the picture were reversed!

People Are Calling This The “Best Engagement Photo Of All-Time
By Michael Cantrell

Photo credit: Joshua Rainey Photography. Click to enlarge.

“Save The Date” photo announcements for big life events–such as getting engaged or having a baby–are all the rage these days.
While there are absolutely TONS of these photos floating around the Internet–and many of them are super funny and creative–there’s one in particular making it’s away across the web and for all of the right reasons.

This may seriously be the best engagement photo of all time.

Seriously.

From BuzzFeed:

Here’s what the photographer had to say about the shot. Meaning the photograph, not the “shot” that bagged this gal her dude. Obviously.

More at the original.

I can just imagine Amanda Marcotte foaming at the mouth over this one. The engaged couple obviously thought the whole idea was humorous, and the photo is a gag; it’s only purpose is to be funny. But the feminists will wax wroth over this, and the only thing which would be worse would be one modeled on the old caveman-hits-cavewoman-over-the-head notion.

Me? I am smart enough to realize that jokes are just that: jokes. But, then again, I’m a horribly sexist pig.

Rule 5 Blogging: Basic Combat Training

It’s the weekend and time, once again, for THE FIRST STREET JOURNAL’S version of Rule 5 Blogging. Robert Stacey Stacy McCain described Rule 5 as posting photos of pretty women somewhat déshabillé, but, on this site, our Rule 5 Blogging doesn’t put up pictures of Megan Fox in her summer clothes, but women, in full military gear, serving their countries in the armed forces. The terribly sexist authors on this site celebrate strong women, women who can take care of themselves and take care of others, women who have been willing to put their lives on the line in some not-so-friendly places, women who truly do have the “We can do it!” attitude. This week, it’s back to Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina! Click any picture to enlarge.

An M-4? That’s a pipsqueak weapon! Watch what I can do with an M136 AT-4!

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From Around the Blogroll

Via Robert Stacey Stacy McCain’s post, The First Rule of Feminism, I found this gem:

I Aborted My Baby – Because it was a Boy

Over the past 3 years, I have lost many friends, and several of my own family members have completely cut off communication with me. I now know that these are “adults” who just cannot handle the fact that I have the right to make choices, and that these choices ultimately hardly even affect them.

Not to worry: I suspect that she’ll find many new friends when she finally gets to Hell.

In the spring of 2012, I found out that I was pregnant. I had a good idea who the donator was, but money wasn’t really an issue, and I knew that I would be a good mother-like figure for the child by myself. I have always believed in the right for all women to have a choice in terminating their pregnancy, but when I confirmed the diagnosis about a month into into it, I decided that I WAS ready to have this child.

My journey has taken me to many different places fighting for women’s rights and carrying the banner of the Feminist Movement, even to the point of eschewing a career. One of the more prominent themes that I saw in these places was that men generally would look down on us, refuse to help us, or hardly even lend an ear so that we could air our grievances. This didn’t surprise me, the patriarchy has been well entrenched since the dawn of time, but here I was, here I am, ready to change it.

I’m skipping over an incident here in which the author claims that “a particularly well dressed man” was rude to her.

As spring turned into summer and my belly started to grow, my mind ran wild with the thoughts of teaching my daughter from a young age tolerance and feminist ideals. Choosing the right all-girls daycare, then elementary school, all so that she could grow up and thrive in an environment where women are told that they can do anything that they want to do. No man will be around to hurt her progress, no boys there to demean her or call her names.

I had already started buying gender neutral clothing since I did not want outside influences affecting what gender she would ultimately become. My research on nannies one day came to an abrupt end when my cell phone alarm went off – time for my 5 month appointment. These early appointments had gone well enough, my baby was progressing in a healthy manner.

Today, my doctor, who I will call “Sandy” did an ultrasound and everything appeared to be fine. “Would you like to know the gender?” Sandy asked. I thought to myself “That machine is an ultrasound, not a crystal ball, you couldn’t tell me the gender of my baby even if you wanted to”

“Sure” was my response.

“It’s a boy”…..

……

“What?” I managed to sputter. Sandy then showed me on the ultrasound how exactly my body had betrayed me even worse than the misogynistic suit jockey on the airplane so many months before. I was in shock, I started crying, weeping at the thought of what I was about to curse the world with.

On my way home, my driver asked if I was ok and if I needed anything. “JUST STOP RIGHT HERE” I yelled. Deciding to walk the 4 blocks back home. My home became my prison and my fetus became my warden the next 48 hours. Crying, sobbing, uncontrollable weeping, mental anguish the likes of which may only be experienced by those who have had their lives destroyed by war, I was a refugee, and my home was my refugee camp, an unfamiliar place that was just….sheltering me.

By the third day, I started regaining some of my mental strength and knew what I had to do. I couldn’t bring another monster into the world. We already have enough enemies as it is. It didn’t matter that I would be raising a son, he would still come into contact with boys, men, perhaps even the suit jockey who would inevitably twist his carefully constructed upbringing with their kindness. He would think “These men aren’t so bad, why would mom say that they are holding me down?”

There’s more of “Lana’s” story, at the original, if you can stand it. RS, a commenter on Mr McCain’s site, thinks that he story is so over-the-top that he wondered if it wasn’t just a giant hoax. I suppose it could be.

This lovely young woman viewed her unborn child as a baby, she apparently loved her, right up until the moment she found out that her daughter would actually be a son . . . and then she had him killed.

Make no mistake about it: this young woman was not someone who detachedly thought that a “fetus” wasn’t really a person, a living human being, because that wasn’t how she thought of her unborn child when she thought (for whatever reason) that the child would be female. Once she discovered that her unborn child would be male, she had him killed . . . yet she thinks that men are the monsters.

Then, if you read the rest of her article, she got pregnant again, and, fortunately for her child, this one was female, and thus allowed to live, but she went into getting pregnant again knowing that there was a 50/50 chance that her next child would be male as well, went into getting pregnant knowing that there was a 50/50 chance she’d have this one killed, too.

Lana has managed to put the lie to all of the pro-abortion people’s claims that an unborn child isn’t really alive, isn’t really a person; pregnant women know exactly what they are doing when they have abortions.

On to the blogroll:

Sentry Energy Production

Mapping Oil Production In Texas

It will certainly come as no surprise to anyone that Texas has long been regarded as one of the foremost oil producing states in the nation. It will probably not cause any raised eyebrows to reveal that, if the state of Texas were its own independent nation, it would immediately become one of the highest producers of oil in the world. Simply put, Texas is an oil producing giant. Despite the recent inroads made by other states, such as Alaska and especially North Dakota, it seems unlikely that the great state of Texas will relinquish its crown any time soon.

Deep In The Heart Of Texas

There are very few areas in Texas where no trace of oil can be found. Apart from the very Western tip, where the desert reigns supreme, and a small swath of land cutting across the Eastern interior, the state is abundantly rich in reserves of black gold. Oil production is the king of the Texas economy, with very few rivals. Companies such as Sentry Energy Production own many oil producing wells throughout the state, with billions of dollars in profit resulting from their holdings.

Where The Oil Fields Lie In Texas

A recent survey conducted by the Texas Railroad Commission aimed to set out exactly where the oil fields were richest in their production of black gold. The survey was conducted according to rigorous standards between June of 2012 and the succeeding June of 2013. The results were far from surprising, but still quite telling.

There are two major oil producing regions in the state of Texas, namely the Eagle Ford Shale (located in the southern region of the state, near the border with Mexico), and the Permian Basin (located in the western region of the state, near the border with New Mexico). Between them, these two regions pump out hundreds of millions of barrels per year.

Karnes County Is Number One For Oil Production

The survey also revealed the location of the number one oil producing county in all of Texas. The undisputed champion turned out to be Karnes County, an area located in the Eagle Ford Shale region some 60 miles southeast of San Antonio. This area produces an average amount of 46 million barrels of oil per year. This astonishing figure is unmatched by any other region in the state, although there are plenty of other areas that come more than reasonably close.

The Only Dry Regions

There are only three areas to be found in the entire state of Texas that do not produce any oil to speak of. These are the Hill Country (an elevated area, running from north to south, that bisects the central region of the state), the extreme northeast region (located in the Texas Panhandle), and the extreme southwestern portion that borders on the Sonora Desert and the adjoining regions of New Mexico and Mexico. Every other region of the state contributes in some way, great or small, to the oil producing activity that continues to fuel the Texas economy.

Forecast For The Future

With the recent advent of drastically reduced gas prices, it seems that the might of the American economy has finally reasserted itself. Texas oil production is a major player in this welcome development. Despite the perils and tribulations that undoubtedly lie ahead, there is every reason to believe that oil production in the great state of Texas will continue to be a major part of America’s superpower economy.

I love the symbolism!

It took me a bit to realize that there was a message on this image Sister Toldjah posted on Facebook:

The message was that Sis was blocked from receiving tweets from the North Carolina Democratic Party; I s’pose she’s been a thorn in their side for a while now, and she was just so gleeful that Thom Tillis was able to retire Kay Hagan from the United States Senate.

What caught my eye at first was the symbolism of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s image: That’s supposed to be a lighthouse in the middle, but to me, it just looked like a big old screw!

And that, I’d say, is the perfect image, not only for the state party, but the national Democratic Party as well.

I Should Have Been A Meteorologist – Be Wrong, Still Get Paid

Meteorologists use high powered computers to make models of the earth’s weather. What the meteorologists have is 21 modeling locations around the world and they use modeling to forecast the weather. Since what is going on right now is static or known information, they take that and produce a model of potential weather for about 12 days into the future. One of these models is called the “Spaghetti Plot” and it is run for what each 24 hour period will look like. Generally speaking what is pictured below is today’s, January 29th plots of the 21 different models. Generally they follow the different jets streams and look for the bends and curves which show upper level high and low pressure zones which then give them a hint of clouds, clear skies, temperature distributions and everything. Then what is done is then make a computer run for 24 hour intervals for the next 12 days. In this they see patterns or lack of patterns for the various “jet stream” flows. You can go to this website and click through the progression of days to see the patterns: http://www.esrl.noaa.gov/psd/map/images/ens/spag_f024_us.html

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Now the above is today. Below is what the computers worked out for 10 days from today. In a perfect world, this should be in conformity with the above picture as far as the lines being close together. But they are not and giving the reason for calling it the “spaghetti plot”. This past few days had, using these models said New York City was to get a record snowfall of mybe 2 to 3 feet. They got about 4 inches. Based on these models and forecasts the NYC Mayor shut the city down. As it turned out, he was wrong BIG TIME.

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Now you should know where I’m heading here. There are huge computer systems churning out what is known today. You can see these same systems disagree sometimes wildly ten days from now. So, why should we believe Al Gore?

Barack Obama, Loretta Lynch and the right to work

We may consider it to be an axiom: if President Obama nominates someone for an important federal position, that someone should never, ever be given a position of responsibility.

Attorney General Nominee Defends Obama Immigration Changes
WASHINGTON — Jan 28, 2015, 9:01 PM ET | By ERICA WERNER and ERIC TUCKER, Associated Press

Confronting skeptical Republicans, attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch pledged a new start with Congress and independence from President Barack Obama Wednesday, even as she defended the president’s unilateral protections for millions of immigrants in the country illegally.

“If confirmed as attorney general, I would be myself. I would be Loretta Lynch,” the nominee told her Senate confirmation hearing as Republicans showered criticism on the current occupant of the job, Eric Holder. They said Holder was contemptuous of Congress and too politically close to Obama, and repeatedly demanded assurances that Lynch would do things differently.

“You’re not Eric Holder, are you?” Texas Republican John Cornyn, one of the current attorney general’s most persistent critics, asked at one point.

“No, I’m not, sir,” Lynch responded with a smile.

It was a moment that summed up a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that was often more about Obama and Holder than about Lynch, who is now the top federal prosecutor for parts of New York City and Long Island. If confirmed, she would become the nation’s first black female attorney general.

Holder, Cornyn contended, “operated as a politician using the awesome power conferred by our laws on the attorney general.”

Lynch asked the senator to take note of “the independence that I’ve always brought to every particular matter,” and she said that when merited she would say no to Obama.

OK, that’s disqualifying enough: Miss Lynch just lied to the committee. If President Obama tells her to do something, she will do it, period.

However, when (Senator Jeff) Sessions (R-AB) asked whether individuals in the country legally or those who are here unlawfully have more of a right to a job, Lynch replied, “The right and the obligation to work is one that’s shared by everyone in this country regardless of how they came here.”

Really? Everyone in this country has the right to work, regardless of their immigration status? That’s certainly not what our laws say, laws which, if confirmed as Attorney General, Mrs Lynch will take an oath to enforce and defend.

But, that raises an interesting point:

Oh, no, you can count on the Democrats not to support right-to-work laws, not when they apply to American citizens who do not wish to join a labor union! Mrs Lynch and, presumably, the President support the right of illegal immigrants to work, to compete in the labor force with American citizens, but won’t support the right of American citizens to not join a labor union!

I wonder if any of the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee holding hearings on Mrs Lynch’s nomination will have the nerve to press that point with her.

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office is vacant in everything but name

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, glamorized by The New York Times and called the “Democrats’ new ‘It’ Girl” by Real Clear Politics. (Photo: Mark Makela for The New York Times) Click to enlarge.

The First Street Journal has not been particularly charitable to the Commonwealth’s Attorney General, but that is understandable: we don’t suffer fools gladly, and having a fool for an Attorney General is not a good thing. But this article is from a “progressive” Pennsylvania site:

Kane Divorce Raising Questions
by: John Morgan | Sun Dec 28, 2014 at 16:32:20 PM EST

State AG Kathleen Kane is in trouble. Not just from Seth Williams, the Philly DA is called her out as a liar or that investigation into whether her office revealed secret grand jury testimony. Yes, she might get indicted for that one but her filing for divorce last week raises some interesting questions. Her campaign still owes her husband $1,700,000 according to her 2013 year end campaign finance report. She hasn’t filed any reports this year so it’s obvious she hasn’t paid him off yet. That would have generated a new report.

So what happens to her stated plans to run for re-election. Forget for a minute that she’s dead candidate walking. How viable is she as a potential candidate? Her ex can very possibly bankrupt her campaign committee with a simple lawsuit for repayment. She didn’t raise any funds this year and has about $592,000 cash on hand according that year old campaign finance report. Since she hasn’t filed a report since then this means her committee hasn’t raised or disbursed any funds. Her 2014 year end report should reflect this if she’s following the law (a big if with this official).

So how does she run for re-election with no money?

How does anyone in their right mind contribute to her campaign knowing they’re really just sending money to her ex?

Is anyone still willing to contribute to her efforts after all this bad publicity?

How many opponents are waiting to pounce knowing she’s politically crippled?

There’s no such thing as an amicable divorce. The fact Chris Kane doesn’t have an attorney makes me think she blindsided him with this lawsuit. If I’m him the second thing I do is hire a civil litigator and go after my money. That bankrupts her campaign.

Questions, questions.

That’s the entire post; the internal hyperlinks were added by me. The article author, John Morgan, might be a Democrat, and a self-described “progressive,” which around these parts is simply a cover word for socialist, but he hasn’t been much of a fan of our state Attorney General going back to the days of her primary campaign against Patrick Murphy, not mincing words and calling her an out-and-out liar. The First Street Journal agrees with that assessment, and the editors of The Philadelphia Inquirer, though slightly mincing their words, appear to agree as well. That she chose this time to divorce her husband, when she has so much other stuff going on, is just one more thinh keeping her from doing her job.

At this point, Mrs Kane has become completely ineffective, which could be considered a good thing, given that when she has been trying to do her job, she’s been doing it badly. Unfortunately, as the Commonwealth’s chief law enforcement officer, we really can’t have an Attorney General’s office that is vacant in all but name. She hasn’t been indicted — at least, not yet — and the state Supreme Court has ordered Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman not to proceed until at least March, by which time the Court will decide not on the merits of the grand jury’s report concerning Mrs Kane,1 but on the Attorney General’s complaint that the appointment of a special prosecutor was legally inappropriate.

State law does not require Mrs Kane to resign if she is indicted; she could be forced from office only after she is actually convicted. Governor Tom Wolf (D-PA) cannot just fire her; the Attorney General is an independently elected official in Pennsylvania. Nor do we suggest that Mrs Kane ought to resign because she may be indicted; we suggest that she ought to resign because she is just plain incompetent.
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  1. There is some irony involved here: the grand jury (supposedly) recommended that Mrs Kane be indicted for leaking secret grand jury information for political purposes, but for us to have heard this story, secret grand jury information had to have been leaked.

Let’s break out the irony meter

From the Delaware Liberal, where site owner Jason Scott refuses to allow me to comment because I always show him up1:

Delaware is First in something else not to be proud of….
Filed in National | by Delaware Dem | on January 27, 2015

….and that is in states with the most uneven and unequal economic recovery. According to a new research paper released yesterday by the Economic Policy Institute, in 39 states, the top 1% of wage earners earned at least half of all income gains between 2009 and 2012. In 17 of those states, the top 1% earned all income growth, while everyone else’s wages stayed stagnant or declined.

But where did the 1% gain the most?

You guessed it.

The Great State of Delaware.

In Delaware, between 2009 and 2012, real income growth in all incomes increased by 0.7%. However, when incomes are divided into the top 1% of incomes versus the bottom 99%, things change. Between 2009 and 2012, wages actually decline for the bottom 99% by 1.6%, while increasing during the same time period for the top 1% by…. wait for it….. 15%!

That means the top 1% gets 301% of all income growth over the three years between 2009 and 2012. That means the top 1% earned THREE TIMES THEIR UNFAIR SHARE OF 100% OF ALL INCOME.

And it gets worse. Since 1979, in all economic expansions this state has experienced, the top 1% has captured 110.9% of all income growth. The bottom 99% saw their wages decline by 10.9% during that same time period. Before 1979, the statistic was reversed. 108.1% of all income growth went to the bottom 99% prior to 1979.

So, thank you President Reagan, the murderer of the middle class.

That’s the whole article, and, quite naturally, what Hube refers to as the Liberal Gaggle of Moonbat Bloggers blames it on the Republicans.

But, let’s look at the map that Delaware Dem provided: it seems that in the far-right state of Texas, that which so horrifies Delaware Dem is pretty far down the scale. Mississippi and Kentucky and Indiana and North Dakota and Montana and Alaska, all solidly red states,2 are in the second lowest category, while the lowest category holds West Virginia, another red state which went redder still in the 2014 elections.

As for the more unequal states, your Editor notes that they are dominated by the blue states: California, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York, Massachusetts,3 Connecticut, Rhode Island, the District of Columbia, and blue-due-to-heavy-federal-government-employee Virginia.

These aren’t exact comparisons, of course: there are variations by state, as the Carolinas show greater progress by the top producers, and Missouri is just an outlier by almost any standard, while very blue Hawai’i and Vermont are on the lower end of the scale. But if DD is going to complain that his home state is a bastion of inequality, if he were to look at the map he posted, honestly, he’d start to see the same pattern I did.

Could it possibly be that the policies advocated and put in place by more conservative state governments4 have something to do with income growth being shared a bit more than seems to be the case, generally speaking, in the more liberal states?
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  1. This is not something I regard as a great accomplishment; showing up Mr Scott is something a seventh grader could do.
  2. John Hitchcock’s objections beside the point, I accept the “red state” designation for those carried by Republican presidential candidates.
  3. Home of the Delaware Liberals’ favorite Senator, Elizabeth Warren, who tells us that taxes must be raised on the top producers but famously declined to pay a higher state tax rate voluntarily when she had the chance.
  4. Kentucky’s state government is primarily Democratic, but they are more conservative Democrats than we see in the national party.

Rape is rape, and being stupid and drunk does not excuse rape

From the Associated Press:

2 Ex-Vanderbilt Students Convicted of Rape
By The Associated Press | January 27, 2015

Brandon Vandenburg Credit Larry Mccormack/The Tennessean, via Associated Press

NASHVILLE — Two former Vanderbilt football players were convicted on Tuesday of raping a fellow student in 2013 after a jury rejected claims that they were too drunk to know what they were doing and that a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex should be blamed for the attack.The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing its verdict against the two former players, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Mr. Batey was stoic, staring ahead, and Mr. Vandenburg shook his head no, appearing stunned as the verdict was read. His father had an outburst and abruptly left the courtroom.

The victim, who was a 21-year-old neuroscience and economics major at the time of the attack, cried as each guilty verdict was announced.

Both men were convicted of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. They face decades in prison at their sentencing, scheduled for March 6.

Cory Batey Credit Samuel M. Simpkins/The Tennessean, via Associated Press

More at the link. Pandora of the Delaware Liberal has more of the details, and they aren’t pretty.

So, what happened? The victim went out drinking with her boyfriend, one of the two men convicted of raping her, and got so stinking drunk that she was passing out; she does not remember what happened, but her scumbag boyfriend recorded it on his cell phone! The men were intoxicated, but were not so drunk that they couldn’t take conscious action.

The obvious moral of the story: if you are dumb enough to get stinking drunk, you place yourself in a state in which you cannot make reasonable choices, and you cannot defend yourself. Two young men are now going to spend some real hard time because of something that they were too stupid and too drunk to know better than to do, and even after they get out of prison, they’ll be registered sex offenders and convicted felons, and they’ll never be able to find decent jobs. They ruined the rest of their lives because of stupidity and alcohol.

The victim? I have no way of knowing how much harm she has suffered. She doesn’t remember the attack, and according to Pandora’s source, didn’t want to get Mr Vandenberg in trouble; he was her boyfriend at the time. How much psychological harm she bears, we do not know, and I’d guess that only her close friends, over time, will ever know. But, as much as the feminists would hate this, she helped to make herself into a victim, by getting drunk out of her mind, and out of consciousness. That doesn’t take away from the criminal action by her assailants, not in the slightest, but it still turned her into a victim.

This is one of those cases, along with the Steubenville rape case, which ought to be publicized at every college campus, at every freshman orientation meeting, at every fraternity and sorority rush, and at every athletic team orientation, telling college students what they just can’t do, telling them what ought to be just plain obvious, that alcohol and stupidity can get out of hand and become criminal.

Well, perhaps Messrs Vandenberg and Batey can find jobs after they get out of prison, touring the country and telling students just what they did and how ruined their lives have become. That might be all that’s left for them.