Archive | July 22, 2020

In Memory of……

Van Thomas Barfoot
June 15, 1919 — March 2, 2012

 

Remember the guy who wouldn’t take the flag pole down on his Virginia property a while back? You might remember the news story several months ago about a crotchety old man in Virginia who defied his local homeowners association, and refused to take down the flag pole on his property along with the large American flag he flew on it.

Now we learn who that old man was.

On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg, Texas. That probably didn’t make news back  then.

But, twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano, Italy, that same Van T. Barfoot,  who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set out alone to flank German machine gun positions from which gunfire was raining down on his fellow soldiers.

His advance took him through a minefield but having done so, he proceeded to single-handedly take out three enemy machine gun positions, returning with 17 prisoners of war.

And if that weren’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.

That probably didn’t make much news either, given the scope of the war, but it did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after also serving in Korea and Vietnam, a well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.

What did make News…was his neighborhood association’s quibble with how the 90-year-old Veteran chose To fly the American flag outside his suburban Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as  Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were “unsuitable”.

Van Barfoot had been denied a permit for the pole, but erected it anyway and was facing court action unless he agreed to take it down. Then the HOA story made national TV, and the neighborhood association rethought its position and agreed to indulge this aging hero who dwelt among them.

“In the time I have left”, he said to the Associated Press, “I plan to continue to fly the American flag without interference.” As well he should. And if any of his neighbors had taken a notion to contest him further, they might have done well to read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn’t Particularly Good at Backing down.

WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF  THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!

AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!

*
*

Viva La Difference…..

Image result for men are just happier than women

This needs no explanation – and is a fun read, no matter your gender.

Men Are Just Happier People!

What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park.

Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don’t have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress – $5,000. Tux rental – $100. People never stare at your chest when you’re talking to them New shoes don’t cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks.

A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend. Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Two pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes – one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can ‘do’ your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache… You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier!

NICKNAMES

· If Laura, Kate and Sarah go out for lunch, they will call each other Laura, Kate and Sarah.
· If Mike, Dave and John go out, they will affectionately refer to each other as Fat Boy, Bubba and Wildman.

EATING OUT

· When the bill arrives, Mike, Dave and John will each throw in $20, even though it’s only for $32.50. None of them will have anything smaller and none will actually admit they want change back.

When the girls get their bill, outcome the pocket calculators.

MONEY

· A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
· A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn’t need but it’s on sale.

BATHROOMS

· A man has six items in his bathroom: toothbrush and toothpaste, shaving cream, razor, a bar of soap, and a towel.
· The average number of items in the typical woman’s bathroom is 337 A man would not be able to identify more than 20 of these items.

ARGUMENTS

· A woman has the last word in any argument.
· Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

FUTURE

· A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
· A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.

MARRIAGE

· A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn’t .
· A man marries a woman expecting that she won’t change, but she does.

DRESSING UP

· A woman will dress up to go shopping, water the plants, empty the trash, answer the phone, read a book, and get the mail.
· A man will dress up for weddings and funerals.

NATURAL

· Men wake up as good-looking as they went to bed.
· Women somehow deteriorate during the night.

OFFSPRING

· Ah, children. A woman knows all about her children. She knows about dentist appointments and romances, best friends, favorite foods, secret fears and hopes and dreams.
· A man is vaguely aware of some short people living in the house.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

A married man should forget his mistakes. There’s no use in two people remembering the same thing!

So, send this to the women who have a sense of humor …. and to the men who will enjoy reading.

*
*

THE SPHINX—-THEY DO

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/07/19/son-of-federal-judge-esther-salas-shot-dead-husband-wounded-in-new-jersey-attack/

https://nypost.com/2020/07/20/roy-den-hollander-idd-as-suspect-in-shooting-at-judge-esther-salas-home/

https://nypost.com/2020/07/20/roy-den-hollander-was-hunting-foes-after-cancer-diagnosis-report/

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/bronsonstocking/2020/07/17/wuhan-coronavirus-death-rate-drops-for-twelfth-straight-week-n2572702

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/06/19/soros-affiliated-anti-deportation-group-part-of-defund-police-movement/

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/07/19/pollak-remember-john-lewis-for-civil-rights-heroism-not-partisan-politics/

https://nypost.com/2020/07/18/the-family-that-owns-the-new-york-times-were-slaveholders-goodwin/

https://www.oann.com/

_________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The Mask Free Editor:  Is it true that the Democrats and other MS 13 members like to wear their masks, LL ?

Virtuous Cat:  It is definitely true.  If you look closely you will see that the most problems are in sanctuary states and cities.  They want to keep the economy depressed to help Joe the Sniffer on election day.  Another reason they like the masks is all of their old family albums are filled with them.

https://www.redstate.com/alexparker/2020/07/17/876048/

Here is one getting caught in her own web.  Her mask came off.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/ellen-degeneres-brand-bleeding-out-amid-new-racism-toxic-workplace-claims-expert

Trump replaced Clinton’s portrait with the one Jeffrey Epstein had painted.

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/07/18/report-white-house-portraits-of-clinton-bush-moved-to-rarely-used-room/

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/bill-clinton-blue-dress-painting-jeffrey-epstein-1628437

https://www.foxnews.com/us/flight-logs-show-bill-clinton-flew-on-sex-offenders-jet-much-more-than-previously-known

Can’t the shipyard workers remove cans of gas from the welding area ?  I’m starting to believe it is deliberate.

https://justthenews.com/government/security/navy-orders-shipyard-stop-work-after-fire-quelled-aboard-sister-ship-bonhomme

The Show Me State Attorney General might show his Democratic Circuit Attorney what a pardon looks like.  This is why we must replace these Democratic rats.

http://www.circuitattorney.org/OfficeOverview.aspx

https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/07/20/breaking-mccloskey-family-has-been-charged-for-defending-their-lives-and-property-n2572800

https://nypost.com/2020/07/20/missouri-ag-moves-to-dismiss-charges-against-st-louis-couple/

https://www.foxnews.com/media/missouri-mike-parson-mccloskeys-st-louis-pardon-prosecutor

Astronomy Picture of the Day

The Structured Tails of Comet NEOWISE
Image Credit & Copyright: Zixuan Lin (Beijing Normal U.)

Explanation: What is creating the structure in Comet NEOWISE’s tails? Of the two tails evident, the blue ion tail on the left points directly away from the Sun and is pushed out by the flowing and charged solar wind. Structure in the ion tail comes from different rates of expelled blue-glowing ions from the comet’s nucleus, as well as the always complex and continually changing structure of our Sun’s wind. Most unusual for Comet C/2020 F3 (NEOWISE), though, is the wavy structure of its dust tail. This dust tail is pushed out by sunlight, but curves as heavier dust particles are better able to resist this light pressure and continue along a solar orbit. Comet NEOWISE‘s impressive dust-tail striations are not fully understood, as yet, but likely related to rotating streams of sun-reflecting grit liberated by ice melting on its 5-kilometer wide nucleus. The featured 40-image conglomerate, digitally enhanced, was captured three days ago through the dark skies of the Gobi Desert in Inner Mongolia, China. Comet NEOWISE will make it closest pass to the Earth tomorrow as it moves out from the Sun. The comet, already fading but still visible to the unaided eye, should fade more rapidly as it recedes from the Earth.

Tomorrow’s picture: open space