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Storm Drain Catch of the Day

by 1389AD ( 68 Comments › )
Filed under Food and Drink, Japan, Open thread at July 24th, 2015 - 5:44 pm

Strawberry-flavored frankfurters are sold in Japan.

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Jihadist attempted attack on Muhammad cartoon contest

by Phantom Ace ( 104 Comments › )
Filed under Anti-Jihad, Islam, Islamic Supremacism, Islamists, Koran at May 4th, 2015 - 9:54 am

Yesterday in Garland Texas, 2 Jihadists who has sworn allegiance to ISIS attacked the Draw Muhammad contest.

Two gunmen were killed and a security guard wounded in an attack Sunday outside a controversial Dallas-area event where organizers were holding a contest for cartoons featuring the Muslim prophet Muhammad, police said.

The Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest, led by prominent conservatives who are critical of Islam, was ending when two men drove up in a car and began shooting at a Garland school security officer, Bruce Joiner, who was apparently helping protect the building, city officials said.

“He was shot in the leg, transported to the hospital and he’ll be fine,” Garland Mayor Douglas Athas said.

The attack lasted just seconds, police said. One of the gunmen was shot immediately by police, and the other was shot and killed when he reached for a backpack, leading police to fear the men may have brought explosives, Athas said.


The shooting in Garland, a suburb about 20 miles from Dallas, was preceded by messages from two social media accounts that expressed radical Islamic viewpoints.

One tweet, sent at 6:35 p.m., used the hashtag #texasattack. The user wrote, “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.” Attendees at the contest didn’t get word about the shooting until about 6:50 p.m.

One of the gunmen, a Muslim convert from Arizona.

One of the suspects in the shooting in Garland, Texas, late Sunday has been identified as Elton Simpson, an Arizona man who was previously the subject of a terror investigation, according to a senior FBI official.

Overnight and today FBI agents and a bomb squad were at Simpson’s home in an apartment complex in north Phoenix where a robot is believed to be conducting an initial search of the apartment.

Officials believe Simpson is the person who sent out several Twitter messages prior to the attack on Sunday, in the last one using the hashtag #TexasAttack about half an hour before the shooting.

I have long been telling the readers of this blog that the Jihadist enemy is here already. They don’t need to sneak into America, they just recruit using the internet. Twitter seems to be the biggest recruiting tool that ISIS uses to gain followers. Expect the attempted terrorist attack in Garland, Texas to be forgotten by the media in  a few days.

Kinky Friedman On Rick Perry: An Unsurprising Endorsement

by Bunk X ( 199 Comments › )
Filed under Conservatism, Elections 2016, Entertainment, Humor, OOT, Open thread, Politics at August 24th, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Singer, songwriter, humorist, rogue politician and the World’s Most Famous Jewish Cowboy Kinky Friedman penned a piece praising his former opponent, Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

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For those not familiar with Mr. Friedman’s artistry and wit, it’s rarely politically correct, but usually amusing.

By 1971, Friedman had formed his second band, Kinky Friedman and The Texas Jewboys, which many took to be a play on the name of the famous band Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. In keeping with the band’s satirical nature, each member had a comical name: in addition to Kinky there was Little Jewford, Big Nig, Panama Red, Wichita Culpepper, Sky Cap Adams, Rainbow Colours, and Snakebite Jacobs. More conventionally named roadie Jack Slaughter and road manager Dylan Ferrero rounded out the crew and provided most of the driving of the “tour bus”, a Cadillac with 10-year-old expired license plates and a nasty predilection for going into a coma at the most inconvenient moment (but, according to Friedman, her talent lay in her ability to stop on a dime and pick up the change). [wiki]

Kinky Friedman & The Texas Jewboys’ “Assho From El Paso” was a snarky response to Merle Haggard’s “Okie From Muskogee.”


And with that we’ll continue on to another non-politically correct edition of
The Overnight Open Thread.

The Real Question In Texas: Why Did It Take Rick Perry Fourteen Years To Shut This Down?

by Flyovercountry ( 177 Comments › )
Filed under Republican Party at August 22nd, 2014 - 12:00 pm

Political Cartoons by Chip Bok

There exists in Texas, something of a bizarre situation in regards to the state politics. What happened, several decades ago, when the Democrats ran the place, was that the Austin County Prosecutor’s Office became vested somehow with a state authority to prosecute politicians for various infractions. The Travis County District Attorney’s Office is partially funded with revenues collected from the entire state, and they act as a, “watchdog,” group for all of Texas. As far as I know, Texas and Wisconsin are the only states in our nation that use this set up.

The Travis County DA, a position dominated by Democrats since dinosaurs roamed the Lone Star State, has used this state mandated authority exclusively for the purpose of harassing GOP officials who’ve had the temerity to actually win elections. Since Texas has since flipped to the Red Column from the previous solidly Blue stalwart that it used to be, that activity has increased dramatically in recent years.

For as long as I can remember, ad hominem attack has been placed on steroids in the political arena, and capricious prosecutions have been used as a means to eliminate competition. Newt Gingrich, Jack Ryan, and even Sarah Palin have found themselves afoul of political activists armed with trumped up and completely debunked after the fact charges of wrong doing. And even though the charges of wrongdoing were eventually proven to be bogus, in each instance, the desired effect of ruining future political aspirations was achieved, which was undoubtedly the goal all along.

No other group however, has achieved the status of art form with respect to this particular political dirty trick, with quite the same panache as the Democrat Party machinery entrenched forever in Travis County Texas. Boss Tweed and Richard Daley would be blushing with jealousy at the goings on in that state.

So, in a political age where Ted Kennedy kills a girl then goes on to Chair the Senate Judiciary Committee, Barney Frank gets caught running a gay brothel out of his apartment in Washington D.C., then goes on to chair the House Judiciary Committee, Rick Perry gets indicted for using his Constitutionally mandated authority to veto the funding of the single most corrupt political expenditure anywhere in our fruited plains.

Conservatives finding themselves on the business end of politically motivated accusations is nothing new. There is a sameness to all of these incidents. When the rally cries of, “there’s no actual evidence of wrong doing,” get sounded, we’ll be assured that it’s, “the seriousness of the charge,” which must be respected. The targeted politician will resign, and then it’ll all go away when somebody in our Judiciary realizes that not a single accusation is rooted in actual truth. The charges will eventually be thrown out or the accused in question will be vindicated, none of which will happen until after their political career has been effectively ended. The vindication and or dropping of the charges will also be unreported, as if it never happened in the first place. Those who use this trick as a weapon are never held to account for their criminal behavior, and in fact will usually be able to repeat at will.

What’s going on with Governor Perry however is slightly different. In his case, he stands accused of trying to take on the very heart of the Machine’s apparatus. He threatened to take away the State’s funding of the Travis County Machinery. My question is what took him so long? Why did he wait for the Travis County DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, to star in several police videos, threatening her arresting officers with the intimidation of her office, to put an end to the graft and corruption legislated into the Texas law enforcement apparatus?

Perry’s political aspirations are done, his career ended, but that doesn’t mean that he can’t return the favor. It’s about time that this sick joke perpetrated upon the tax payers in Texas find its end. Rick Perry at the moment is the one who’s in the best position to see this happen. I only hope that he has it within himself to find that vindictive petty demon who lives within us all. Revenge is not always wrong, and in this case, it is most certainly a good thing. Go get them Rick!

If the good people in Texas truly want a, “political watch dog group,” to prosecute political chicanery, might I suggest that they endeavor to set up a system that is representative of the entire state, unfettered by political ideology, and not tied to a party machine. That would at the very least stand some sort of chance of actually putting a dent into graft.

Cross Posted from Musings of a Mad Conservative.