Memorial Day Weekend Open Comments

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

The Flanders Fields cemetery is actually one of the smallest, if not the smallest of the US cemeteries in Europe. It is the final resting place of 368 of our fallen soldiers from WWI. It wasn’t always so peaceful and beautiful.

Other European cemeteries are much larger. The Meuse-Argonne cemetery is the final resting place for over 14,000 of our fallen soldiers. It also holds memorial tablets listing almost 1,000 whose remains were never identified.

This area was once desolate as well.

If you ever have a chance to visit one of these memorials, you should make every effort to do so. These men and women died so that you could enjoy the freedom we should all cherish more than we likely do.

Thursday Open Comments

Barney Stinson would be first in line for a TSA job. Especially when looking at this picture. (I didn’t feel it fit in with the “family fare” we try to dish out here on Hammy’s Comfy Couch, so I’m hiding it behind a link.) Our Texas legislature tried to deny this opportunity for sexual perverts to legally touch us in places that would make Hammy’s Grammy blush, but the feds came down hard on our brave would-be protectors, forcing the legislators to back down.

Could the TSA have shut down air travel through Texas?  I suppose the airlines would not have been able to fight the ban, since the federal government has so many regulations on them that the government effectively “owns” them. I found this brief article at TownHall.com, and despite the seriousness of the subject, some of the comments were thought provoking and others were just truly funny:

I hate to instigate, but it is about time for states to start considering whether or not the TSA can physically enforce their edicts. The TSA is limited in its number of personnel and their firepower. There are obviously more police in the state of Texas than there are TSA personnel. TSA personnel cannot cancel flights if they are being escorted off the premises.

At the very least, the suggestion of this should incentivize the TSA to back down from the brink. Are they really willing to risk their total delegitimization for the prerogative to carry out an irrelevant security procedure? Are they willing to fall on their sword for random passenger gropings? Especially if more than one state does this.

We have reached a serious juncture when I even have to suggest this. The requirement to have one’s sexual organs groped as a condition of flying is such an egregious and obvious violation of individual rights, I do not think the country can survive over the long term if it allows it to continue. A people who view themselves as rights-less pieces of meat will not defend themselves or their country.

The proper strategy for delegitimizing these out of control federal agencies is to force them to act in such an unreasonable manner that their lawlessness cannot be hidden and cannot be denied. That’s when we’ll make some progress rolling back this nonsense.

I saw somebody at the airport named Pat Down.

Where do you apply for one of those TSA jobs? I can’t even get away with that here at home and I’ve been married to the same woman for 25 years.

I was wondering what they would do if a passenger suddenly began the Meg Ryan routine from the restaurant scene in Harry Met Sally? Would that passenger then be arrested for indecent behavior, but the pat-down specialist be exempt???

We really do need to address the very real issue of serious abuse of power by the executive branch of our government.

The TSA is being unreasonable. Obviously someone’s got their panties in a bunch and this has turned into a competition of wills. The TSA can do everything it needs to do to insure flight safety without groping passengers. They could change their procedures to accomodate Texas but this is a precedence setting issue because if Texas is successful, all the states will probably do it. This is LE management at it worst. Groping is caveman thinking. TSA management should be better than that. I think Texas should pass the law and see what happens.

I read an article that claimed the TSA was part of a effort to accustom air travelers to invasive treatment, as is the custom is other parts of the world. According to the article, pats downs, x-rays, etc, aren’t necessary for safety but they are necessary to break the will and spirit of the people. Throw in an occasional failed bomber and the sheeple will reluctantly accept any indignity for the ‘priviledge’ of flying. Although the psychology seemed sound based on the theory of Obama working to subvert freedom and circumstances like the panty bomber seemed to support the conclusion, I’ve found no support for the underlying conspiracy theory. Nor have I heard stories of the TSA actually stopping terrorists. I don’t fly either when driving or going by train is just as convenient and more enjoyable. When Obama loses the presidency, the next president must reform the TSA.

If the stakes weren’t so high, it would be nice to play chicken with the TSA.

Wednesday Damage Control Comments

In the old days this position was called “Minister of Propaganda”:

Any press is good press, right? The Obama administration apparently doesn’t think so.

The White House has created a new position dedicated to damage control in the media, but it appears the role will focus on spinning negative stories published on left-of-center websites — or “progressive” blogs as the new job defines them — not right-wing news outlets.

In an internal personnel memo first obtained by the Huffington Post, itself a liberal-slanted blog, White House communications director Dan Pfeiffer writes that staffer Jesse Lee will head up the new initiative.

“This week, Jesse Lee will move from the new media department into a role in the communications department as Director of Progressive Media & Online Response,” Pfeiffer writes.

“For the last two years, Jesse has often worn two hats working in new media and serving as the White House’s liaison with the progressive media and online community. Starting this week, Jesse will take on the second role full time working on outreach, strategy and response.”

Read more: http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/05/24/white-house-creates-liberal-damage-control-position?test=latestnews#ixzz1NMlyOAtn

Monday Open Comments

LOUISIANA, MO. — He’s a hard-core biker with a sensitive soft side. Truly, how many Harley owners do you know who stitch quilts on the side? And have you ever met a HOG lover who makes his quilts out of women’s panties? And let’s not forget this character has his nickname “Shovelhead” tattooed just below the bridge of his cap. Yep, right there on his forehead so you won’t forget his name—as if anyone could forget ol’ Shovelhead.

But back to the panty quilt…

Louis “Shovelhead” Garrett rents out the basement of his mother’s house in Louisiana, Mo. That’s where he crafts his one-of-a-kind quilts. He’s kind of picky with his panties. He’ll accept silk, acetate, nylon, even rayon. But polyester panties need not apply.

“I don’t want them cheap, dollar store, not-sexy-farm-girl panties. I want classy.”

Yup. He’s got classy written all over him. Oh wait, that doesn’t say “classy”.

Weekend Levantine Turmoil Open Comments

Benjamin Netanyahu calmly tells President Obama exactly how the cow ate the cabbage:

h/t: Jihad Watch

From our friends at Wikipedia:

Benjamin Netanyahu
A graduate of MIT and Harvard, Netanyahu is the first and only Israeli prime minister born in Israel after the State of Israel’s foundation. Netanyahu joined the Israeli Defense Forces in 1967 where he served as a commander in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit, taking part in many missions including the hostages rescue mission from the hijacked Sabena Flight 571 in 1972 (coincidentally under the leadership of Ehud Barak). He fought in the Yom Kippur War in 1973 and achieved the rank of captain before being discharged. Netanyahu served as the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988, member of the Likud Party, and was Prime Minister from June 1996 to July 1999. Netanyahu was Foreign Minister (2002–2003) and Finance Minister (2003–August 2005) in Ariel Sharon’s governments, but he departed over disagreements regarding the Gaza Disengagement Plan. He retook the Likud leadership on 20 December 2005.[1] In the 2006 election, Likud did poorly, winning twelve seats.[2] In December 2006, Netanyahu became the official Opposition Leader in the Knesset and Chairman of the Likud Party. In August 2007, he retained the Likud leadership by beating Moshe Feiglin in party elections.[3] Following the 10 February 2009 parliamentary election, in which Likud placed second and right-wing parties won a majority,[4] Netanyahu formed a coalition government.[5][6] He is the brother of Israeli Special Forces commander Yonatan Netanyahu, who died during a hostage rescue mission, and Iddo Netanyahu, an Israeli author and playwright.

Barack Obama
Community organizer

Thursday Open Comments

It’s good to see the other side eating their own, for a change.
Not that I understand the argument, but I guess the bloom is off the rose:

Peter Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

The door is open, I’ve cleared the Couch.  Come on in!