This Is What a Feminist Victory Looks Like

I’d like to extensively quote from Scott Adams, who has just called the election for Hillary.

Call it a bitter silver lining…

[I]f Clinton wins, it will be because women voted for her in landslide proportions while men (on average) preferred Trump. And that means two things of historic importance.

  1. We will elect the first woman to be President of the United States. That’s good for everyone.


  1. Everything that goes wrong with the country from this point forward is women’s fault.

I feel some relief about that. The next four years are likely to be some of the worst in our country’s history.


Men had a good run. We invented almost everything, and that’s cool. But we also started all of the wars and committed most of the crimes. It’s a mixed record to be sure. Now it’s time for something different, apparently.

Hillary Clinton is all yours, ladies. She and her alleged rapist husband are your brand now. Wear them well.

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Monkey Hillary Clinton

I got an odd search result at my little blog the other day. Let me explain what I’m talking about for those that aren’t familiar.

Google does the stats for my little blog. That includes page views (totals and per blog post page), audience (where, what browser, etc), and search results that led to the page. And that’s what I noticed as a little odd.

Google said that the third most popular search result this week that people used to find this little blog was, and I quote, “monkey hillary clinton” — no I am not making this up.

I don’t think I’ve ever used the phrase “Monkey Hillary Clinton” ever in my life. Until now.

I’m not sure if it refers to this image of one of Hillary’s Flying Monkeys:

Monkey Hillary Clinton

This one where we wonder who wore it better:

Monkey Hillary Clinton

Or this (which means we can do monkey pictures of politicians again):

Monkey Hillary Clinton

I’m not sure why anyonw would search for “monkey hillary clinton” or why such a search would turn up here.

But, if it’s my destiny for my blog to be the one-stop shop for Monkey Hillary Clinton images and other items, so be it.

Of course, maybe they were searching for a monkey named Hillary Clinton. But why would someone name a monkey Hillary Clinton? I wouldn’t. There is already a jackass with that name.

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Best Summation of the “Vote With Your Lady Parts” Crowd Claiming Offense at Trump’s Tape

[High Praise! to Stilton (comment thread NSFW)]

“Suddenly everyone in Washington is pretending to be an Amish virgin.”

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A note of thanks

Everything’s finally back to what passes for normal at la casa de Basil. The power was finally restored this afternoon, and Comcast service resumed tonight. The tree is out of the tree, thanks to a neighbor and some hired help.

Oh, and thanks to you.

The comments you left regarding my tree in a tree predicament were truly hilarious and put a smile on my face. The responses to Harvey’s “Where’s Basil Really Gone” Straight Line question were also enjoyable to read.

Things are all better now, and I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate you. Thank you all for the encouragement, the kind thoughts, and the many laughs. I do so appreciate you each and every one. Thank you.

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I really need to get my tree out of the neighbor’s tree

Hurricane Matthew came by for a visit this weekend. Friday, actually. I was out of town anyway, and had events in Perry on Saturday and Millen on Sunday, so it was Sunday night before I got a chance to see what all Matthew had wrought.

I did know that the power went off at 8:36 Friday night, because, well, I have it tell me things like that. And here it is Monday afternoon, and the power isn’t back on yet. Georgia Power says I’ll have service by 10:00 tonight. They, as well as the local EMC, have had workers out all day and all night working on things. I have no complaints. Sure, I wish my power was one of the first back on, but I can understand them focusing on nursing homes, restaurants, grocery stores, and such. Or so it seems.

Now, we’ve had hurricanes before. When David came through in 1979, it hit closer, but it had already weakened by then (thanks, Florida). When Hugo came through in 1989, it was more powerful than David, but further away. We even managed to get in some football during that Thursday night strike.

Matthew, though, was more of a problem than either of those. At least, it seemed to put down more trees and tree parts in very inconvenient locations. Driving out of Millen, for instance, there were several traffic lights out on U.S. 25 in Statesboro. Most people knew to treat such circumstances as a four-way stop. But some didn’t. You know what you call dumbasses like that? Dumbasses.

Anyway, same was true for Claxton (the place famous for fruitcakes — the kind you have at Christmas), Glennville, Ludowici, and Jesup. Yes, those are all real places. Brunswick, where my son lives, is in pretty good shape. They have power, at least.

Me? No power. But I do have a tree in a tree. The tree that’s in the ground is actually the neighbor’s. It just hangs over into my yard. Free shade!

The tree in that tree is my tree. Well, actually, it’s part of my tree. A good chunk of it, at least. And, I need to get it out of the neighbor’s tree. The neighbor isn’t there, so the neighbor doesn’t know my tree is in their tree. I’d kinda like to keep it that way.

So, any tips on getting a tree out of a tree? I’ve tried offering it treats, but it just won’t … leave.

[Comments also welcome at BasilsBlog]

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On the NYT’s Manufactured Trump Tax Scandal

[High Praise! to Hope n’ Change Cartoons]

Note to the apparently clueless NY Times: “Man Pays Correct Amount of Taxes” is not a scandal. In fact, it’s not even interesting… And let’s not forget that to get his tax breaks, Trump had to lose almost a billion dollars – and we’re guessing that’s not a tax strategy most people would enjoy employing.

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Overheard: Best Euphemism Ever

For a horrible, incompetent person:

“Generously gifted with the opportunity to improve.”

[High Praise! to Red]

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Meanwhile, Private Companies Say “Give Me Money and I’ll Give You This Fun New Toy to Play With”

(Submitted by Oppo [High Praise!])

“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.

To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.

It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored.

That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

~Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.

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You won’t like me when I’m angry…

Network Solutions made me angry recently. And, they lost a little bit of business.

Now, I realize I’m not a major customer of, well, anybody. Okay, maybe Papa John’s Pizza or Firehouse Subs. But, that’s about it. So, no big loss, right?

But here’s what happened. Naturally, the story begins with something else entirely.

It began with a reissue of a card. You’ve probably had cards reissued from time to time, and for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, it’s because a merchant made an “oopsie” and let your data get compromised. Sometimes, that led to cards being reissued with new numbers.

Now, when that happens, any standing payments you have set up — Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, etc — need to be accessed and changed to reflect the new card number (or a different card, if you want). Otherwise, they’ll attempt to bill you and it gets declined and then you get an email and they think you’re a slacker.

Well, when this particular MasterCard was reissued with a new number, I was proactive and got all the standing payments edited. Except for one: Network Solutions.

Now, I’ve dealt with Network Solutions since the 1990s, when I registered my first domain name. Been using them ever since. Yes, I know other registrars are cheaper. But, Network Solutions is well established, and I just felt comfortable dealing with a company that has been around for a bit. Think of the British Bank scene and song from Mary Poppins.

Renewal time came around for various domain names — I’m currently down to 17 — and I’d simply renew, sometimes for multiple years if the savings enticed me.

Well, I knew a renewal was coming up for one of mine in October. It was August, and I remember seeing an email around 90 days out that a domain was expiring. The email contained one of their typical 23% off (or something like that) deals. Got plenty of time, right?

Actually, no. In August, they billed me for a renewal of a service that expired in October. Only, they failed, because, you guessed it, it was was set up for that reissued MasterCard. So, I got an email telling me my purchase had been declined.


As I often renewed early for multiple years, I hadn’t noticed that Network Solutions had begun billing — no, actually attempting to process the billing — this far in advance. Don’t really know when they started. But I know when they stopped.

As of now, I have no more services with Network Solutions. I began moving domain names away from them that afternoon. Didn’t do them all at once, just started with the next one due, and began the process. I have no more with them. We’re done.

For what it’s worth, I’m using Google to register the domains now. I had a couple with GoDaddy, but their interface is a pain in the ass. Can’t find anything, and some interfaces break very easily. Maybe they should look into hiring some Web programmers. Anyway, GoDaddy was all primed for all my business from Network Solutions, except their interfaces suck. But, Google’s plain jane interface suits me just fine. They have 16 of my domains, and I’m awaiting a hold on my remaining domain to end so I can move it from GoDaddy to Google.

I’m not at all suggesting you not use Network Solutions or GoDaddy. I am suggesting you not put up with anyone’s crap.

[Cheap plug for my blog: comments welcome there, too.]

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Trump vs. Obama

[High Praise! to The Silicon Graybeard]

I mean I’ve never seen a total outsider run for president and get this close. He has even less political experience than Obama had in ’08, and that’s really tough to do. To get less experience than Obama, a candidate would need to have negative experience. Heck, Trump essentially has negative experience when you consider how he thought politicians were convenient purchases to get things done for his businesses. D? R? Doesn’t matter. Buy ’em by the six-pack.

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She’s as Healthy as a Woman Twice Her Age

Hillary apparently collapsed on the way back to her van after visiting the 9/11 Memorial. Since it can’t possibly be due to any health issues, it is probably the result of one of the following:

  • After fifteen years, the horror of the 9/11 attack finally made it through her diseased nervous system
  • She was momentarily overwhelmed with thoughts of Huma
  • Bill accidentally put the GHB in the wrong cup of coffee
  • She thought she heard the national anthem and tried to take a knee
  • The effects of the virgin sacrifice ran off more quickly than expected
  • She just tripped in her rush to get back to the van before time ran out and it turned back into a pumpkin and she turned back into a rat
  • It was just a trust/fall exercise
  • She failed to read the fine print in her contract with Lucifer….
  • Trump finally decided to fight her witchcraft with voodoo
  • An enemy must have tainted the baby’s blood at the Black Sabbat
  • Her Obamacare policy won’t pay for her Rascal Scooter without more documented proof of need, so she’s been staging falls
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Are They SURE It Wasn’t a YouTube Video? Because There’s This One That Makes Her Knees Buckle

Hillary’s had a little “episode” in NYC

just after 5 p.m., a campaign official said Mrs. Clinton’s physician, Dr. Lisa R. Bardack, had examined the candidate at her home in Chappaqua, and Dr. Bardack said in a statement that Mrs. Clinton was “rehydrated and recovering nicely.”

“Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies,” Dr. Bardack’s statement said, adding that on Friday morning, after a prolonged cough, Mrs. Clinton was given a diagnosis of pneumonia.

“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule,” Dr. Bardack added. “At this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated.”

So… she’s “dehydrated”, has an “allergic cough”, (but no sneezing, watery eyes, or runny nose), “pneumonia”, and is “overheated”.

I can only assume that Lisa R. Bardack is one of Dr. Nick‘s pseudonyms.

[title reference link – you should probably watch this]

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September 11, 1683-20–

September 11th has now several times become an important date in the history of the West versus the Muslim world. On September 11-12 of 1683, the Ottoman Caliphate made its last bid to finally take Vienna and open up the heart of Europe for its ever expanding conquests into Christendom. Due to the fractious nature of European politics, there was little in the way of support for the beleaguered Viennese available from their scheming and forever bickering European neighbors.

The Ottomans counted on this, knowing they could not successfully invade a united Europe. But Poland, traditionally enemies of Austrians, managed to bring a force to their aid, and with the largest cavalry charge in history sent the Muslim army fleeing Vienna, never to return. They had just been on the cusp of breaching the city, but were dealt such a blow that over the following centuries the Muslim occupation of significant portions of Europe gradually receded into what is now modern day Turkey.

The West had won its “final” war with Islam and greatly surpassed the Islamic world technologically to the point where no united Caliphate army could ever seriously threaten invasion again. And so the West forgot about it.

But Islamists did not. They merely changed tactics using a combination of terrorism to undermine the morale and determination of their enemies, and the original jihad of immigration which has its roots in the immigration from Mecca to Medina by Mohammad himself and his followers. To Islam, immigration is conquest.

Various terrorist attacks occurred in the latter part of the 20th century, but none quite accomplished what the Islamists intended: to send the great western powers flailing about in wars they could not truly win, demoralizing their people and draining their resources.

On September 11, 2001, the key terrorist attack finally happened that would accomplish this Islamic goal. Due to the heroism of the patriots on Flight 93, their full plans were not realized; however it was enough to bring the USA and their allies into multiple wars, shaking up the power structure of the Middle East and ultimately unshackling many of the Islamist who had been suppressed by dictators for years.

On September 11, 2012, Islamists attacked a US consulate in the city of Benghazi, Libya leaving the US Ambassador to Libya and three American agents dead. In the following years, ISIS, a group whose roots began in 1999, took vast amounts of territory in the war torn countries of Iraq and Syria and for the first time since the Ottoman Empire was dissolved, declared itself a Caliphate. The primary goal of all the previous terrorism was now realized.

But that will not be the end of it. There will be more September 11s to add to the history books, unfortunately. It is an important date to Islamists, and they understand the psychological impact of attacking the West on that date.

You will read all over the internet today about American resolve and how no matter what the terrorists do, we will still “rise up” from it. While our resolve is great and our people are exceptional, I ask rise up to do what?

There still seems to be reluctance, in general, among our people and especially our government to identify who the enemy truly is and what it is they want. Without that, we will never defeat them. How many times can a people be attacked and then rise back up, only to simply go on with their lives while their leaders throw yet another trillion dollars into misguided military campaigns?

I think the best way that we as Americans can honor those who died in attacks such as 9/11 is to really come to grips with who and what the enemy is, what they intend to accomplish, and find a way to stop them with the clarity of understanding them. Toppling regimes in the Middle East obviously doesn’t work. Simply bombing things does not work. Trying to be “nice” to Muslims does not work.

It is not the Islamic world that is confused, it is us. They do not fit into our understanding of how the world works. The West in general seeks to apply its own set of principles to these people, when those principles do not apply in reality. Their culture is at odds with ours and it seeks to dominate the planet.

I don’t have a solution, but simply “destroying ISIS” is not enough. You can’t destroy an ideology with the military. But we had better come up with a solution quickly, or the 9/11s will continue. I ask everyone to pray for the families of the victims of all terrorist attacks and to honor those lost in the fight against Islamists, but to also understand that we are Vienna of 1683.

The enemy is at the gates and the cavalry isn’t coming.

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A Great Nation

15 years ago today. It was an attack on American soil like no one living had ever seen. I was one of the “warbloggers” who started a blog soon after, feeling the need to get involved. So I made political posts with Aquaman references. Everyone can do something.

Times have changed. I’ve changed. But there’s still the belief that this is a great nation. There is something special about it. And the hope is there is a way for us to remember that without a huge tragedy.

Everyone seems so gloomy and depressed now, even though we continue to be a country with opportunity and ability like no one has ever had before. If we want to honor the dead and show our enemies, we need to reclaim the spirit we had after the attack on 9/11. The one where we knew that we are a nation who can take on any problem and any foe — people who are not going to get overthrown by their own angst and navel-gazing.

So whatever it is you do, put on a smile. Because you are in the greatest nation this world has ever seen. And kick some ass. Because that’s your duty.

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Dual Survival: HRC Campaign Headquarters – The End

Joe: The first order of business is to find a safe source of water.

Matt: With all of the drinking fountains and the sink in the lunchroom, you would think this would be an easy task.  But you couldn’t be more wrong.  You can’t trust any of them.

Joe: Don’t forget, you are deep in Democrat country here.  For all you know, that water is coming straight from the Flint River.

Matt: Or even worse, the Animus River.  You can’t trust any of it.

Joe: That’s exactly right.  And the worst part is there is no way to easily process it.  Boiling it won’t remove the lead or heavy metals or chemicals.

Matt: And even if boiling would work, you can’t start a fire around here.  The fumes from all of the BS in this place are far too flammable.  A single ember and the whole place could go up in a raging fireball of death.

Joe: Another thing to be very cautious about is the refrigerator in the lunchroom.  Don’t trust anything in it.  Especially if you see a big, refreshing picture of fruit punch, just back away slowly.

Matt: That is one of the first rules of survival in any Democratic outpost.  No matter what, don’t ever drink the Kool-Aid.

Joe: And another place to definitely steer clear of is any sort of restroom.  Mens, womens, family, doesn’t matter how it is labeled, just stay out, dude.

Matt: It is important to remember that words lose their meanings around the Clintons.   The plaque on the door could mean anything.

Joe: I totally agree, bro.  You don’t know what you will find in there, but it will probably be something scary.

Matt: And something very irritable.

Joe: If you get confused and address it with the wrong pronoun, that is where your story ends.

Matt: Totally, bro.

Joe:  Shhh!  Did you hear that?  Quick!  Hide!

Matt (whispering): Is that what I think it is?

Joe (whispering): ‘fraid so. It’s Anthony Weiner’s weiner.

Matt: Oh, geez.  I wish someone would just tell him this isn’t Naked and Afraid.

Joe: I’ve had to stomach a lot of nauseating things on this show, but this is the closest I’ve ever come to losing my lunch.  Not even when I drank my own pee…

Matt: We need to get out of here fast before we suffer irreparable psychological scarring and potential gender confusion and associative male shame disorder.

Joe: If we could just clear all the zombies out of the office space and lobby, we would have a straight shot at the front entrance.

Matt: I agree.  That is the best approach. The last thing we want is to try for the back door when Weiner is around.  If we could find a way to lure them all away.  If I could just find a way to sneak past the zombies and get to the receptionist desk and use the intercom.

Joe: I’ve got a better idea.  It’s a good thing we kept that Obama phone after all.  I think I can work through the wifi and hack into the Clinton Headquarter server and gain access to the security system.  (working at the touchscreen on the Obama phone) What?  You won’t believe this.  The only protection the system has is Windows 10 built in security?

Matt: Really?

Joe: Really, bro.  It would save me a lot of time if I could just crack Hillary’s administrator password.

Matt: Try Hillary2016.

Joe: No.  That didn’t work.  Monica_Sux?  Nope.

Matt: Black_Votes_Matter?

Joe: Nope.

Matt: Oh_Huma_My_Huma?

Joe: Nope.  And a no for Lawsareforthelittlepeople.

Matt: How about $$$Uranium1$$$.

Joe: Nope.  But I got it.   I’m in.

Matt: What was it?

Joe: Hillary2008.

Matt: Really?  2008?  She hasn’t changed her password since 2008?

Joe: Can’t say for sure.  Could be she just doesn’t know what year it is.

Matt: I guess it doesn’t matter.  At this point, what difference does it make.  Can you get into the security system?

Joe: I’m looking.  Wait a minute.  What’s this?

Matt: That looks like a price list for Clinton Foundation favors.  Who knew you could corner the US uranium market for only $50 million?

Joe: And for only $1,000,000, Hillary will erase your wife’s or daughter’s or mother’s or grandmother’s number from Bill’s contact list, but she’ll clear you of child rape pro bono, just for fun.

Matt: And it only cost $50,000 to get Chelsea canned from her fake job at NBC.

Joe: Well, that would have happened on its own.

Matt: Totally, bro.  The anti-charisma on that Chelsea woman, dude.  She’s got to be the leading cause of narcolepsy in males aged 14-45.

Joe: I’ll just save that file for later.  But, it looks like I’m in control of the security system now.  All their intercoms and alarms now belong to us.  Here we go: turning on the alarm.  (alarm claxons blare).  (speaking in the Obama phone linked to the intercom system) Attention!  Attention!  This is not a drill.  Someone wrote Trump 2016 on the sidewalk in chalk.  Please report to your safe spaces and do not come out until we give the all clear.  I repeat, please report to your safe spaces.  This is not a drill.”

(All the zombies scurry away from the office area and the lobby)

Matt: Now just give them a few minutes to clear out of the way.

Joe: That should do it.  And now we can walk out the front door.

Matt: This just goes to show that even if you get trapped in such a hostile place as the Hillary Clinton Election Headquarters, if you keep your head you can still make it out alive.  Hey, what are you doing?

Joe: Just writing Trump 2016 on the sidewalk with this Sharpie.  Then I’m going to go sit on that park bench and see how many heads explode.

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