ICYMI: American decline was on full display last night

Last night, the Chicago Bears won in San Francisco for the first time since around the time of my birth because the 49ers quarterback said a bad word and a woman whose talent is cup drumming won Miss America. #ThanksObama #ObamasAmerica

The NFL is now flagging players 15 yards for “inappropriate language.” I shit you not. I mean, I guess it’s not surprising, considering the new NFL rules appear to be flags for everyone, all the time, for all the things. Blinking? FLAG. 5 yards. Sneezing? FLAG. 10 yards. Existing? FLAG. 15 yards. I’ve been seeing all these goddamn think pieces all week from whiny Leftists about how we should all “boycott the NFL,” because apparently there are people who watch sports based on the moral character of the players, rather than to enjoy the game. (P.S. If the main crux of your anti-NFL argument is “OMG, football promotes masculinity!!” you’re an idiot.) If you don’t want to watch the NFL then don’t watch it…but shut up about it because there’s a 99.9% chance you’re a hypocrite. Definitely keep listening to popular music, which is filled with fine upstanding people of character, NFL boycotters. And, as we all know, there are no scumbags or criminals in literature or Hollywood. Guess you’re going to have to boycott all the things. Oh well. Have a fun life. Seriously, the same people who get on their moral high horse over the NFL still watch Polanski films, listen to Chris Brown’s music and adore Woody Allen and Bill Clinton. So, please stop. The reason people will stop watching the NFL is because liberals have already begun to turn it into a ballerina dance company for little princesses. Pretty soon they’ll be wearing tutus and tiaras and hugging each other. This constant flag bullshit is a disgrace. “There are four flags on the field right now,” and the sarcastic “Believe it or not, there was no flag on that play” were things that were regularly heard on NFL broadcasts yesterday (especially the SNF game). Yes, football is damaging to the body. Players are aware of this and it’s their decision whether they want to take the risk and play or not. Ruining the game isn’t the answer. We don’t have to protect everyone from themselves. Grown-ups can make decisions. People know smoking is bad for them, but if they want to smoke let them smoke. Let people be adults, take risks and make their own decisions, good or bad.

If you wanted to see another example of American cultural decline last night, you could switch over to ABC where a woman whose talent is flipping/tapping a red cup was crowned Miss America. Oh, and the graphics person at ABC doesn’t know how to spell Jane Austen and apparently couldn’t be bothered to look it up, as you can see at the end of the video linked above. I mean, I kind of give Miss New York credit for, in essence, saying, “Fuck it, this whole thing is a joke. Why should I bother to learn a real skill?” It fits right in with our new cultural norm of unemployed gender studies majors living in their parents’ basements, crying about how the mere existence of the NFL “reinforces the patriarchy.” We had a good run, America.

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Your Morning Cup of Links

Thanks to a loophole you can legally use welfare benefits to buy weed because of course.

The postmodern West produces lots of alienated and angry young people who don’t believe in anything (a lot of these Western Muslims joining ISIS aren’t even very religious) and are taught that they are victims, that their personal failings are always someone else’s fault and they don’t have to have any personal responsibility. Combine that with low skills, no prospects (not usually lack of money, but lack of something to do) and a self-hating culture that places too high a value on fame = lots of stupid, angry losers. ISIS validates their preexisting violent hate. High motivation. Large numbers. They’re coming. Get ready. We continue to be very lucky that, so far, most U.S. jihadist-wannabes seem to possess no OPSEC and not even an ounce of common sense. That’s one of the things that drives me extra nuts about letting ISIS get away with what they’re getting away with. These people are such fucking LOSERS. Hitler was a LOSER. And we let them rise and, for awhile, we let them win. I HATE getting beat by losers. By the way, “Four Lions” – referenced extensively in that last link – is hilarious. I highly recommend it if you haven’t seen it.

I think I found the stupidest person alive, guys. Here’s just one line from this unbelievably dumb piece: “The prospects of a permanent peace between Israel and Hezbollah, Iran’s proxy in Lebanon, would be strengthened if the combatants’ main patrons were on friendly terms.” HAHAHAHAHAHAHA WHAT?? Are you out of your damn mind?

Time to play “Who wrote it: The Russian foreign ministry or the editor of The Nation?”

First rule of trying to cover up your political scandal: Don’t call the wrong number.

Protecting baby girls from sex-selective abortions is “racist,” according to Leftists in San Francisco.

Maybe we could send Lena Dunham over to Syria to bore ISIS to death.

Incredible story of a Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS captivity.

Feminists are now complaining that the new iPhone is sexist because it’s too big for our tiny girl hands. I don’t even know what to say anymore.

NY Times Baghdad Bureau Chief: Yeah, the White House has been in a hallucinogenic state of denial about Iraq for years and politics were the main concern.

Wow. 200+ Detroit prison guard jobs go unfilled due to lack of applicants without criminal records.

We have some unbelievably terrible laws in this country. Just atrocious.

Edward Young received a mandatory fifteen-year prison sentence for the crime of possessing seven shotgun shells in a drawer. He came into possession of the shells while helping a neighbor sell her late husband’s possessions. When he eventually discovered them, he did not realize that his legal disability against possessing firearms — resulting from felonies committed some twenty years earlier [burglary-related offenses between 1990 and 1992 -EV] — extended to ammunition. Under the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA), Young received a mandatory fifteen-year sentence.

Lulz. Al Qaeda India branch’s first attack ends in dismal failure as jihadists raid wrong ship.

Dubai produces non-alcoholic wine with edible gold flakes in it. So, Goldschlager without getting hammered. No thanks.

Not gonna lie, I’d buy a Panzer tank in a heartbeat if I were a gazillionaire.

“Army is worried too many white men lead combat units.” Because this is what the military should be focused on right now.

Ending on a happy note. Sometimes social media can be wonderful.

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Music Monday

So awesome. 10,000 people perform the greatest piece of music ever composed.

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TRAITOROUS DOLPHIN ALERT

Ukraine’s combat dolphins are now swimming for Russia. And as any student of war knows, once the dolphins have been turned, it’s pretty much over.

Ukrainian Dolphin

No wonder they called him “Flipper.” Fucking traitors. *shakes fist*

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NOOOOOO!!!

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Poem for the Weekend

Because I watched “Patton” this weekend for the first time in forever. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend. Excellent film.

Through A Glass Darkly by General George S. Patton

Perhaps I stabbed our Savior
In His sacred helpless side.
Yet I’ve called His name in blessing
When in after times I died.

Through the travail of the ages
Midst the pomp and toil of war
Have I fought and strove and perished
Countless times upon this star.

I have sinned and I have suffered
Played the hero and the knave
Fought for belly, shame or country
And for each have found a grave.

So as through a glass and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names – but always me.

So forever in the future
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter
But to die again once more.

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Firearms Friday

Watch two awesome dudes fire what is probably history’s deadliest bullet – 150-year-old Civil War Minié balls – into ballistics gel. According to History.com, French army officer Claude-Etienne Minié invented the bullet in 1849 (although the French army never adopted it). It is a cylindrical bullet with a hollow base that expands when fired. It proved lethally accurate over relatively long distances, and was soon used to devastating effect by the British army against Russia during the Crimean War. During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate soldiers used the “minnie” bullet (as they called it) in their muzzle-loading rifles.

It was revolutionary as a war weapon because, before the development of the Minié ball, muzzle-loading rifles were not used in combat situations due to how difficult they were to load. Because the ammunition had to engage the spiral grooves, or rifling, inside the rifle barrel, it had to be equal in diameter to the barrel, and shooters would have to jam the bullet into the rifle by force. In addition, the rifle tended to become even more difficult to load as gunpowder residue collected inside the barrel. The Minié ball solved those problems and its long-range accuracy meant that the traditional model of warfare, when infantry and cavalry assaults could be successful, was over. Soldiers armed with a minié-loaded rifle could hide behind trees and other things and take down approaching forces before they could get close enough to cause damage. War weapons of an earlier age, such as the bayonet, became almost obsolete and the role of cavalry and field artillery was greatly reduced.

This deadly combo of the rifle-musket and the Minié bullet are thought to be responsible for around 90 percent of the casualties in the Civil War. Minié balls rarely remained lodged in the body, but tended to go straight through. If a bone was struck, it usually caused the bone to shatter and was usually severe enough to necessitate amputation. The Civil War was possibly the most horrible war to have fought in, due to advances in military technology making injuries devastatingly horrible, with no comparable advance in medical technology to compensate for these atrocious injuries. Americans suffered horribly in the noble effort to bring an end to the moral abhorrence that was slavery and to keep our union together.

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Your Daily Dose of Cute

This is Bretagne (pronounced Brittany). She’s the last living service dog that was sent into Ground Zero. She’s 15 years old now and was on the Today show this morning. Heroes can have four legs, too.

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