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Friday Night at the Movies

Welcome to another Friday Night and the beginning of another exciting weekend. This Friday Night we are fortunate to have a really weird, really bad movie on hand. Last Friday Night was pretty spectacular as well. We found ourselves drifting into good movie territory too many weekends in a row and BMan was watchful enough to offer a timely course correction. Now we are tracking for some movies that are more traditionally shown here.

Tonight we see a young Darren McGavin taking on the serious role of lead Astronaut on a Mission to Mars. This movie was produced on a very low budget with a very small cast and crew. Indeed, none of you became aware of this movie until tonight. This is a very rare film offering and I feel fortunate to have found it.

Fasten your safety belt. Our Friday Night Flight takes us to Mars…

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Valor Thief: Darryl Lee Wright Facing 5 Years


SNOQUALMIE, Wash — Darryl Lee Wright was a hero. Just not of the caliber he claimed to be.
Wright was a soldier, a national guardsman. He was in harm’s way in Iraq, pulled away from those he loved in the Cascade Mountains foothills east of Seattle and near Boise, Idaho.
What he wasn’t was a severely disabled veteran due the $751,400 in federal benefits he drew in the years since he left the Idaho National Guard. He lied about his service – claiming to have been wounded in combat — to steal from the government while living well in Snoqualmie.

Prosecutors found that Wright served in the suburb’s government, dated two women simultaneously and held down a steady job all while claiming he was incapacitated by wounds physical and psychological. He nearly duped a federal department into firing the first investigator to try to expose him; that woman’s efforts would go unrecognized for years before Wright’s lies collapsed. For taking benefits he wasn’t owed, Wright, now 48, could spend the next five years in prison. That’s the sentence federal prosecutors have asked U.S. District Judge Benjamin Settle to impose Thursday.

Wright previously pleaded guilty to two felony counts related to the scheme. His sister Karen Wright was sentenced to probation on Aug. 17 for her role in the long-running fraud; prosecutors claim Darryl Wright enlisted friends and family in Snoqualmie area to help in the scheme he led[…]

To sell the lie, Wright concocted documents, pressured government workers and forced his way into benefits meant to help Americans who’ve sacrificed dearly serving the nation.
“He is truly shameless about his mendacity,” Jennings said. “He shrugs off getting caught lying with the casualness others might display about getting caught without an umbrella.”

The money paid to Wright was enough to finance a fulltime live-in caregiver. He claimed he needed one to manage his injuries; in truth, the assistance payments were an unearned paycheck for his sister.

His sister should get the very same sentence he gets. Those resources were redirected from better men than him, so he could live easy. Make him famous.


It’s Raining Mujj…Hallelujah.

Best flying-jihadi work accident ever?

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Americans Deploy Chuck Norris To Kick ISIS’ Ass


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World’s Oldest (Known) Revolver Made in 1597


How would you like to own this amazing piece of history? Produced in 1597, this revolver is clearly the result of much R&D, which means there could be older versions of this – or similar – weapons still in existence.

Like other guns of the era it is a flintlock, but instead of a single barrel and chamber, it uses a rotating cylinder with eight chambers and a fixed barrel. Each cylinder has a sliding cover to protect its flash pan and prevent chain fires — lighting up more than one charge at a time.

It’s clear that the gunsmith or “weapons blacksmith” Hans Stopler knew what he was doing. This is no working prototype or proof-of-concept. It’s a highly refined firearm, something that would stand out without any embellishments. It may be the oldest revolver but it’s easy to see that it’s built on established conventions — surviving or otherwise, this isn’t likely to be the earliest revolver ever made.

Each pan cover travels in tight tracks and is individually sprung to prevent the covers from opening unintentionally. The cylinder is indexed to ensure proper barrel alignment and locks into a spring-loaded detent. And the frizzen has been worked to mount to the barrel lug since the gun can’t use side plates.

To turn the next chamber into position the user has to rotate each chamber into place by hand — cocking the hammer does not turn the cylinder. Still, with eight shots between reloads, this revolver embodies sixteenth-century fire superiority. Cock the hammer, turn the cylinder, slide the pan cover off and fire again.


I keep telling you, it ain’t the Chinese taking your jobs…

It is the rise of the machines.

If you think this is scary, wait until self driving trucks hit the highways.


The Law and the Gospel


Protestant Christians, especially Lutherans, often talk of the Faith in terms of “the Law and the Gospel”. In simple terms, the law is God’s rules for living and avoiding sin. An example of the Law is the Ten Commandments. The Gospel promises the forgiveness through the work and suffering of Jesus Christ. The tension between the Law and the Gospel in Lutheranism is that you are expected to obey the law but obeying the law has nothing to do with salvation. Only faith in the Gospel and Christ’s passion will save you.

I think there is a similar tension in our secular lives. This tension, I think, exists for conservatives between the rule of law and individual liberty.

Most conservatives value both the rule of law and personal liberty. They may not realize, however, that the rule of law generally limits personal liberty. You may, for example, believe you have the right to use your private property as you wish but not support your next door neighbor raising 100 hogs in his quarter acre fenced yard.

The bottom line is that, while there is tension associated with simultaneously believing in a system of laws and individual liberty, the latter cannot exist without the former. The challenge is finding the balance between the rule of law and maximum liberty.

Rights come into conflict. It is possible to simultaneously believe in the right to privacy and the right of a woman to control her own body and to oppose abortion. It involves balancing the real rights of the mother with the very real right to life of her unborn child.

Putting rights in the balance isn’t easy but it is necessary in any society that values the rule of law and individual liberty. As Martin Luther said, “Hence, whoever knows well this art of distinguishing between Law and Gospel, him place at the head and call him a doctor of Holy Scripture.”


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“Who knew it would be Trump who converts the base on amnesty?”

RUSH: Could you imagine what it’s like to be Jeb Bush today? Who knew — (laughing) I’m sorry, folks. “She’s a bigot!” Who knew. First they tried Marco Rubio. They tried the Gang of Eight. They tried Jeb Bush. They tried any number of people to convince — they tried me! They sent emissaries to the EIB Network Southern Command. They tried everybody they could think of to try to convince the Republican base to support some form of amnesty for illegal immigrants, and — (laughing) — sorry — who knew — (laughing) — I know it frustrates you to hear me laughing. Sorry.

Let me regain my composure. Who knew that it would be Donald Trump to come out and convert the GOP base to supporting amnesty the same week Ann Coulter’s book comes out. Poor Ann. Oh, my God, she’s got this book In Trump We Trust, and in it she says the only thing, the only thing that could cause Trump any trouble whatsoever is if he flip-flops on abortion or on immigration, goes amnesty. It looks like he’s getting close to it, and she’s just beside herself with this. I mean, what timing.


University of Chicago bucks the trend…

The pussification of America continues apace with trigger warnings and so-called safe spaces on campuses. In this way, schools coddle, protect, stupefy and enervate their students. The University of Chicago, on the other hand, has decided to focus on education. Here is their message to incoming students.

Welcome and congratulations on your acceptance to the college at the University of Chicago. Earning a place in our community of scholars is no small achievement and we are delighted that you selected Chicago to continue your intellectual journey.

Once here you will discover that one of the University of Chicago’s defining characteristics is our commitment to freedom of inquiry and expression. … Members of our community are encouraged to speak, write, listen, challenge, and learn, without fear of censorship. Civility and mutual respect are vital to all of us, and freedom of expression does not mean the freedom to harass or threaten others. You will find that we expect members of our community to be engaged in rigorous debate, discussion, and even disagreement. At times this may challenge you and even cause discomfort.

Our commitment to academic freedom means that we do not support so called ‘trigger warnings,’ we do not cancel invited speakers because their topics might prove controversial, and we do not condone the creation of intellectual ‘safe spaces’ where individuals can retreat from ideas and perspectives at odds with their own.

The unofficial motto of the University of Chicago has long been “Where fun goes to die”. I don’t know if it is that but it has also long been the American home to the Austrian School of Economics and where Milton Friedman taught real world truth. I have a soft spot for the school.


Raise minimum wage, jobs evaporate…


It never ceases to amaze me how many supply and demand skeptics exist. You would think by now that the common sense logic of S&D would be universally accepted. That is obviously not the case.

If you increase the cost of something without a commensurate increase in demand, the quantity demanded of that thing will fall. Not only is this common sense, it has been proven literally millions of times.

Yet proponents of increased minimum wage continue to delude themselves that prices can be raised without proportionate decreases in quatity demanded.

I guess they believe the following is just bad luck.

New BLS data for restaurant employment in July for both the District of Columbia (city only, see dark line above, data here) and the surrounding suburbs in Virginia and Maryland (full DC MSA data here, the light blue line shows the MSA minus the city of DC) are displayed above and tell the story pretty clearly. Since the DC minimum wage increased in July 2015 to $10.50 an hour, restaurant employment in the city has increased less than 1% (and by 500 jobs), while restaurant jobs in the surrounding suburbs increased 4.2% (and by 7,300 jobs). An even more dramatic effect has taken place since the start of this year – DC restaurant jobs fell by 1,400 jobs (and by 2.7%) in the first six months of 2016 between January and July – that’s the largest loss of District food jobs during a 6-month period in 15 years.

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You can push Trump supporters too far…


Trump may be able to gun down an innocent on 5th Avenue and not lose his supporters but if he doesn’t build his beautiful wall, all bets are off.

Per The Blaze, a Trump supporter named “Nate” called into Beck’s radio show on Wednesday and threatened to “go after” Donald Trump “personally” if he gets elected president and breaks his promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Oh, he’s in so much trouble,” the caller said of Trump if he broke his wall promise. “You don’t even understand the backlash of us, the ones who are so frustrated and angry and tired of all the political stuff. We’re going to come after him personally. You know what I mean? We’re going to get him.”

Beck looked alarmed by these words and asked the caller if he meant he’d push for impeaching Trump if he didn’t deliver on the wall. The caller said yes, but also left open the possibility that violence might be necessary.

This is quite a pickle for Donald. Don knows he is never going to build a wall. Trump knows it, you know it and I know it. The problem for Trump is that millions of people just like Nate don’t know it. If Trump manages to fall ass-backwards into the White House, he is going to have some explaining to do.

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The job killing plan of Hillary Clinton

Her plan not only eliminates hundreds of thousands of jobs, it further drives up the cost of energy.

The “keep it in the ground” fossil fuel strategy described by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as a “done deal” would kill more than 380,000 jobs and deliver a $70 billion annual hit to the economy, according to a report released Wednesday.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for 21st Century Energy found that banning fossil fuel production on public lands and offshore waters would result in a loss of $70 billion in annual gross domestic product as well as $11.3 billion in royalties, along with massive direct and indirect job losses.

Hardest hit would be Western states such as Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming, along with states with shoreline on the Gulf Coast.
“American voters deserve to understand the real-world impacts of the proposals that candidates and their allies make,” Karen Harbert, institute president and CEO, said in a statement.

Why do our presidential candidates hate us?

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Trump open to softening immigration law

Yesterday we reported that Donald Trump said that he would enforce existing immigration laws in the same manner of Obama and Bush. This was a departure from his previous plan to deploy a “deportation force”.

Since that discussion, he has taken further step saying that he is open to softening existing immigration law.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Tuesday he is open to “softening” laws dealing with illegal immigrants in a “Hannity” town hall with Fox News’ Sean Hannity.

His remarks were the latest sign he is considering softening a position he has taken since the onset of his campaign.

Hannity asked Trump if he would change current parts of the law to accommodate law-abiding citizens or longtime residents who have raised children in the U.S.

“There could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump answered. “We want people — we have some great people in this country.”

Since Trump’s immigration policy is now to the left of that of Marco Rubio and the Gang of Eight, is there any change we can get Rubio back? I ask because, you know, he could actually beat Clinton.


Good news for Trump!


All the polls are wrong and he is actually winning.

Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told the UK’s Channel 4 that Donald Trump is actually winning the election, but every poll is wrong because Trump voters are undercover.

Conway denied on the Channel 4 special “President Trump: Can He Really Win?” that Trump was losing and denounced the polls that showed him down to Hillary Clinton as “cherry-picked polling numbers that are put out there by media outlets that are also bent on his destruction.”


Pop Quiz!

Do you know your state capitals? How about the official nicknames of the states? This is a closed book quiz. No internet. See how well you do! And of course, keep your eyes on your own work!


Top grade will achieve the rare Super Good Job Sticker Awards!


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Next Will Be The Secret Recipe For Coca Cola

It must be a slow news day.

“Colonel Sanders’ nephew discloses KFC’s secret ‘11 herbs and spices’ to reporter”


A handwritten list of 11 herbs and spices discovered in a scrapbook owned by Colonel Sanders’ second wife may be the top-secret “original recipe” that his Kentucky chicken franchise has kept under lock and key for the last several decades, the Chicago Tribune reported Friday.

Freelance reporter Jay Jones said he saw the recipe during a recent meeting in Corbin, Kentucky, with Joe Ledington, a 67-year-old retired teacher who worked as a kid for his uncle, Kentucky Fried Chicken founder “Colonel” Harland Sanders.”

More revelation from the Washington Times



Over at Slate they don’t approve of listing your first seven jobs because, you know, white privilege or some such crap.

Here are my first seven jobs…

1) Private pool supervisor
2) US Army paratrooper
3) landscaping worker
4) maintenance man
5) liquor store cashier
6) marketing intern
7) market research analyst

(I would like to point out that during jobs 4, 5 and 6 I was also in college on Uncle Sugar’s GI Bill.)

What are your first seven jobs?


Obama deported a tremendous number of illegals…

So sayeth Donald Trump. He is going to use the same laws and “do the same thing.”

“We’re going to obey the existing laws. Now, the existing laws are very strong. The existing laws, the first thing we’re gonna do, if and when I win, is we’re gonna get rid of all of the bad ones. We’ve got gang members, we have killers, we have a lot of bad people that have to get out of this country,” he said on Fox News. “As far as everybody else, we’re going to go through the process. What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country, Bush the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m gonna do the same thing.”

O’Reilly then mentioned detention centers, prompting Trump to quickly shoot down the idea of keeping undocumented immigrants in detention centers.

“You don’t have to put them in a detention center,” Trump said.

“I never even heard the term. I’m not gonna put them in a detention center,” he added. “We want to do it in a very humane manner.”

Finally, someone in Washington who is tough on illegal immigration: Barack Obama.

There you have it one-issue-voters. Trump is going to do the same thing Bush and Obama did.

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A vote for Brexit was a vote for free trade


The European Union is rife with protectionism and economic stagnation. Brexit will allow Britain to boost the UK economy for decades to come. If Britain embraces unrestricted free trade, it will flourish even as the European Union continues to decline.

The increasing demand for British goods and services from Commonwealth nations has the potential to boost the UK economy for years to come. Last month we saw Air Asia make the largest single order of Airbus A321 neo-aircraft at the Farnborough Air Show – again demonstrating the huge potential of Asian markets for UK companies.

Modern technological developments have made trading with the other side of the world easier than ever before. The huge size of these potential markets should have British exporters licking their proverbial lips.

One plan for Dr Fox’s new department to consider might be establishment a Commonwealth free trade area. This should include a free trade zone with common labour and environmental standards, and measures to protect data and the intellectual property of large companies, in a similar vein to the Trans Pacific Partnership.

Unlike the EU’s single market, which is based upon protectionist principles designed to prop up uncompetitive companies, this Commonwealth free trade area would encourage greater competition amongst its members. This would in turn drive innovation, and with it, productivity leading to further economic growth.

A vote to Remain inside the European Union would have been a vote for stagnation and decline. The Great British Public’s vote to Leave is based on optimism and growth for our future. After all, the EU is in decline as an economic force.

Now, if only the United States can likewise avoid the protectionist quagmire and resulting economic decline being promised by both presidential candidates.

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Your Government is working hard to make your life better

Here is another example of how much they care.

How much longer can our economy support such like-minded concepts?


There will be Hell to pay for this

Allah has been arrested.

We cannot expect this to go without a response.


Brussels: Machete-Wielding Woman Attacks

Let’s see if we can guess the political leaning of the attacker, shall we?


Police have shot and wounded the woman – who reportedly attacked two people on a bus before going into the street. She refused to stand down so police opened fire, according to local media. The woman reportedly stabbed on person in the stomach, and one in the back before fleeing to a nearby gallery, RTL reports the injuries sustained by the victims have been described as “non life-threatening.”

The press secretary of the mayor Armand De Decker confirms the two injured. Police are investigating the motive for the attack. Police sources have revealed that the woman was Asian and had a history of mental illness. Investigators do not currently believe that this was a terrorist incident, according to RT.

Brussels has been at the centre of a wave of shocking attacks this summer.

The attacker is “Asian” which is current Euro-girl code for anyone east of Istanbul. She has a history of “mental illness” which is currently Euro-girl code for “Muslim”. Police are still “investigating the motive” which is Euro-girl code for “find anything other than Islam to blame it on”. Just to reinforce their position, they don’t think it was terrorism related.

I’d put the odds at around 85% that the attacker, while “not motivated” by Islam, is a practitioner of the divine art of perpetual outrage.

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US Army Lists Hillary Clinton As Insider Security Threat

If she’s elected, the author of this powerpoint is getting fired. Her sycophants will cast a vote for her, anyway.

A leaked Army operational security brief appears to show Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former CIA Director David Petraeus listed as two key examples of potential insider threats.

Admins of the Facebook page “U.S. Army W.T.F! moments” told The Daily Caller News Foundation this is the second time they’ve received a picture of this particular slide in the last six months. They posted the slide to their page Sunday.

Admins said the picture came from a servicemember stationed at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri