It’s a sad day in Robot Land.
My blogger friend Carol, who kept us all in good spirits at her blog Amusing Bunni’s Musings has graduated from this earthly realm and gone to meet her savior and redeemer in Heaven, from where she graciously offered to be a guardian angel for her friends. Thank you, Bunni, I can use all the help I can get.
I’m sad at the loss of such a bright light in the world but also relieved that she is no longer in pain.
Opus posted some pictures of the very beautiful Bunni along with links to many other friends’ tributes over at American Perspective. Bunni was beautiful inside and it couldn’t help but show on the outside as well.
God bless and keep you my friend. You will be missed.
Oh, and as if led by the Bunnster herself, I found the pic of the sad robot stuffed toy at the blog Battle Bunny. I think Carol would have liked that. She was a fighter.
Don’t miss this opportunity to help a blogger in need.
Leg Iron is hosting an auction for our Beloved Amusing Bunni to help with her medical expenses. The item he’s auctioning is a 1/24th scale Jaguar XK-120 with driver and passenger fitted with optical-fibre cigarettes. – How cool would THAT look on your model shelf?
Be sure to head over to his place for the particulars.
Alternately, you can make a donation to Bunni’s medical fund at her PayPal account.
My friends, I come to you with a plea for help on behalf of someone too humble to ask for themselves.
Our dear friend Amusing Bunni, one sure source of humor in the ongoing battle for our country, is in need of prayers. And lots of them. She’s been diagnosed with liver cancer. Inoperable. Stage Five.
There is no good way to put this, so the cold hard truth is:
I was in hospital for 8 days, after all the tests, biopsies, bone scans, mri, cat scans, ultra sounds, etc. etc. It’s confirmed I have 5th stage inoperable liver cancer, HCC. There is NOTHING to be done to treat it. I have been given 3 to 6 months to live.
This hits me hard.
A little less than a year ago I lost my Mom to cancer, or I should say it was the chemo and radiation that finally wore her body down til it could take no more.
It doesn’t need to be said, but I’ll say it anyway.
Cancer freaking sucks.
Anyone dealing with or acquainted with someone dealing with that dreadful disease understands the terrible toll it takes on a family’s emotions and finances.
Friends, Bunni and her family are in need. To quote Zilla:
Bunni is now (obviously) unable to work and she has mortgage and other bill payments still to worry about and she will need help covering medical and other expenses as well. Here is her PayPal button.
Please, if you can, consider a monetary donation to Bunni’s Medical Fund.
Afterwards, please head over to Amusing Bunni’s Musings to offer some encouragement. She needs to know how much we love her and appreciate the joy she has brought into our lives.
Also, if you’re a blogger or just want to add your name to the list of supporters, be sure drop by Zilla’s place to add your name to the Roll Call.
God bless my Bunni Lass.
I will never forget the horror, dismay and anger I felt while watching the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. I don’t know any American who was unaffected by the horrendous attacks by those Islamic radicals.
But you must be aware the subtle attack continues. There is a tradition of the Islamist to build shrines at the places of those so-called victories and they are attempting to build such a shrine at the crash site of Flight 93:
Alec Rawls has asked me to join him in re-raising awareness to this aberration and I join him humbly and reverently in honor of those who gave their lives for our freedom and safety.
We must not allow shrines to evil to be constructed, especially under the guise of memorials to our hero citizens’ brave sacrifice.
Re-posted with permission:
9/11: New Park Service images prove the Crescent of Embrace memorial to Flight 93 is unchanged
The original Crescent of Embrace design for the Flight 93 memorial (left) was laid out in the configuration of an Islamic crescent and star flag (right). The crash site sits between the tips of the giant crescent, in the position of the star on an Islamic flag.
When this apparent symbol of Islamic triumph caused a national uproar seven years ago the Memorial Project (a public-private entity overseen by the Park Service) promised to change the design, but as demonstrated by the images below, they never did make any significant changes:
Above: original Crescent of Embrace design. Below: a frame from the Park Service’s new virtual fly-by of the Circle of Embrace “re-design” as it is being built. (Comparison image thanks to MaxK.)
The most significant change is the few extra trees that are being planted outside the mouth of the original crescent (starting at the crescent tip on the right, where the flight path symbolically “breaks the circle,” and continuing down behind the Sacred Ground Plaza that marks the crash site). These few trees supposedly turn the crescent into a circle, but as you can see, they do no such thing, but only apply the most minor window dressing to what is still a bare naked Islamic-shaped crescent.
The circle-breaking, crescent-creating theme of the design also remains completely intact
The Park Service web site explicitly describes the Circle of Embrace as a broken circle, proving that the terrorist-memorializing theme of the design is also unchanged. Way back in 2005 architect Paul Murdoch described his original Crescent of Embrace as a broken circle. The 9/11 attacks broke our circle of peace and the unbroken part of the circle, what symbolically remains standing in the wake of 9/11, is a giant Islamic-shaped crescent. The terrorist memorializing intent is obvious, or in the words of Tom Burnett Senior (father of flight 93 hero Tom Burnett Junior), “blatantly obvious.”
The actions depicted in the memorial design are those of the terrorists. They break the circle of peace and the result is their flag planted atop the graves of our murdered heroes. Calling the design a broken circle instead of a crescent does not change this symbolism one whit. The unbroken part of the circle is still a giant Islamic-shaped crescent, still pointing to Mecca.
Instead of pointing 2° north of Mecca, the half-mile wide crescent now points 3° south of Mecca
A crescent that points the direction to Mecca is a very familiar construct in the Islamic world. Because Muslims face Mecca for prayer, every mosque is built around a Mecca direction indicator called a mihrab, and the classic mihrab is crescent shaped. Here are the two most famous mihrabs in the world:
Left: the Mihrab of the Prophet, at the Prophet’s mosque in Medina. Right: the mihrab of the Great Mosque in Cordoba Spain. Face into these crescents to face Mecca, just as with the Flight 93 memorial.
As the Crescent of Embrace was originally designed, a person standing between the tips of the giant Crescent and facing into the center of the Crescent would be facing a little less than 2° north of Mecca (proof here). This almost-exact Mecca orientation was confirmed to the Park Service in 2006 by Daniel Griffith, a professor of “geospatial information” at the University of Texas who was brought in as a consultant by the Park Service.
Griffith’s report examined the analysis of Politicalities blogger jonathan Haas, who had calculated that the crescent pointed.62° off of Mecca. Allowing some margin of error for the exact coordinates used for the crash site and for Mecca, Griffith confirmed Haas’ calculation of the direction to Mecca (“the arctangent value is correct”), and he accepted Haas’ calculation that the bisector of the giant crescent pointed a mere .62° off of this Mecca-line. The actual divergence is slightly larger—a bit less than 2°—but this is what the Park Service was told by Griffith: that the crescent pointed less than 1° from Mecca.
Even the Park Service realized this was bad but their response was pathetic, as Murdoch was only forced to make a slight change in the orientation of his giant mihrab. The conversation is easy to imagine: “How about if I change the orientation by five degrees?” Murdoch presumably asked. “Would that be enough?” So now instead of pointing 2° north of Mecca, it now points 3° south of Mecca, both of which are highly accurate by Islamic standards.
For most of Islam’s 1400 year history far-flung Muslims had no accurate way to determine the direction to Mecca. (Many of the most famous mihrabs point 10, 20, 30 or more degrees off Mecca.) Thus it developed as a matter of religious doctrine that what matters is intent to face Mecca, which architect Paul Murdoch proves by elaborately repeating his Mecca orientations throughout the design.
They misled the public into thinking that the crescent was being removed
Images of the Circle of Embrace “redesign” that the Park Service released in late November 2005 were calculated to fool the public into thinking that real changes were being made. Here is a comparison between the original Crescent of Embrace (top) and the phony redesign (bottom). At first glance the Circle of Embrace actually does look more like a circle than a crescent, but if you examine closely you’ll see that this is almost entirely due to re-coloring of the image. The only actual change is the addition of the extra arc of trees that extends from the circle-breaking crescent tip down the hill towards the crash site:
Because this extra arc of trees explicitly represents a broken off part of the circle it in no way alters the circle-breaking, crescent-creating theme of the design. Neither does it affect the Mecca-orientation of the giant crescent (the unbroken part of the circle) that is left standing in the wake of 9/11. It only looks like a real change, but the Memorial Project apparently decided that even this purely cosmetic alteration conceded too much to critics.
Look again at that screen-grab from the Park Service’s new animated fly-by of the design as it is actually being built. The bold extra arc of trees that was the only actual change in the Circle of Embrace redesign has been taken out and replaced with a wispy wave trees:
These few trees, planted to the rear of a person facing into the giant crescent, do not diminish in any way the crescent’s functionality as a mihrab/Mecca-direction indicator. You can plant as many trees behind a mosque as you want. It is still a mosque, or in this case, a terrorist-memorial mosque.
Feel like complaining? Give Flight 93 Memorial Superintendent Keith Newlin a piece of your mind (and please pass along any response that you receive). There is also a petition you can sign, if you haven’t done so already.
If he’s repeating the same lines as 2008, then isn’t he running against himself? Isn’t he admitting he’s done nothing to fix the problems he claims to have inherited or that his policies aren’t working?
“If Someone Isn’t Doing The Job, You’ve Got to Let ’em Go” ~ Clint Eastwood
…I take a break from the campaign trail to submit who I believe to be the winner of the contest. For if it is, in fact, a contest, our Fearless Reader: Barack Hussein Obama, is indeed the winner due to the fact he has declared war on every living soul in America and the free world for that matter. That the world just happens to contain a super-stretchy, pant-suit load of those feministic type people is not just a coincidence, it is a crucial part of the plan to divide and conjure. It also matters not that said feministas are clueless to Obama’s chicanery. In fact, it makes the offense ever more – um – offensive.
To illustrate, I give you the ultimate example of brain-washery.
For those uninitiated with National Offend a Feminist Week, please visit The Other McCain, Three Beers Later or The Camp of the Saints for your introductory materials, mandatory lampshade and sippy-cup.
Blog note: Originally posted on 5-9-12.
Some outstanding articles and videos I ran across today. Thanks to all the bloggers for your hard work.
Exploring â€˜Explaining Postmodernismâ€™ By Stephen R. C. Hicks – 1st in a series by Smitty
An Inconvenient Socialist – Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – Ladd Ehlinger of Film Ladd uses the “N” word. No, the other “N” word. – Found at The Camp of the Saints where Bob offers some additional *gasp* NAZI history.
Also, @FilmLadd produced a hilarious ad for Sean Bielat who ran in 2010 against Bawney Fwank which Michelle Malkin used in her sendoff post to the outgoing POS. Unfortunately, it’s been rumored that paragon of truth and virtue, Maxine Waters, will take his place. Sheesh! Will this be another case of out of the frying pan, into the fire?
We need a bit of humor for a break. Here’s the ad: â€œThe Barney Shuffle:â€
Scary: Scientists make flu virus that could wipe out civilization – Bluegrass Pundit
Monthly Bulletin of Islamic Persecution of Christians – Atlas Shrugs
Islamists Expected to Win Big in Monday’s Egypt Elections – American Power
Russian News Anchor “Salutes” Barack Obama – Eye of Polyphemus
Operation Gratitude, November 26, 2011 – Three Beers Later
Mexico Attorney General Calls For US Gunwalkers’ Extradition – American Perspective
Alinskyâ€™s Rules Explained Part II: Rules Five Through Eight – Conservative Hideout
Adam Smith vs. Obama: Profits and Government Regulations – Motor City Times
Should we be trading our principles for electability? – Sentry Journal
â€˜Conservativeâ€™ Newtâ€™s New Deal – Classic Liberal
Lastly, I wish to express my solidarity and admiration to a Friend-I’ve-Never-Met and fellow blogger, Teresamerica, who has been holding the torch of truth high in her exposure of Islam as the religion of hate that it truly is. That bright light has attracted some vermin from the ether who has threatened her life!
Death threats should be taken seriously and reported immediately. This is no game and we must all stand together against the individuals and organizations who would have us give up our First Amendment right to free speech.
God bless and protect you, Teresa.
“In this infographic, I took a look at various statements and promises made by Barack Obama (and a few others) during both the 2008 campaign and early on in his Presidency. These statements were then set against current statistics and those from inauguration day or 2008 for annual stats.”
Click to embiggen.
But let’s think about this for a moment.
The libertarian in me says we need less intrusion, not more, but I understand the premise: people on the government dole should be held to the same standard as their benefactors.
We tax payersÂ are the 53% so by default we are their (the people on welfare and or food stamps) employers. It’s a shame their job description is so undemanding, really. It’s actually non-existent if you think about it, aside from a set-up appointment and a few phone calls the monetary benefits far out-way the miniscule effort/reward ratio. And really, who can resist government cheese? Certainly not the entire class of people the left has trained to suckle the government teat over the last 50 years. So, I’m in agreement, in principle.
But as long as we’re tossing around ideas…
Let’s require drug tests for Congress and all public employees
by randomly chosen, non-union labs,
or no tests at all.
except by the requirements of their employer and even then they should be performance driven.
The point is, Congress should be subject to every condition and requirement for employment they legislate upon the people they supposedly serve. That goes for public employees as well.
That’s not asking too much, is it?
At least that’s my take on Vanderleun’s excellent piece titled The People of the Mud, which explores the psychology of those useful idiots populating the Occupy Wall Street crowd. Or would the proper description be pathology?
A small sample:
“Yearning for the mud” in America is a compulsion that comes over people when they have, for complex reasons, a need to immerse themselves in self-degradation. It’s usually a mix of drink, drugs, and weird sex until the soul is obliterated by the abused flesh. Why? Hard to say but it is often the case that, when they look at themselves, they can’t stand what they see.
This obliteration of the soul and the abuse of the flesh is one of the central tenets in many of our post-modern, secular lifestyle religions. For them the â€œsignoâ€ of â€œIn hoc signo vincesâ€ is the full body tattoo project, an earlobe plug, and the multiple facial piercings with a coke nail as an accessory.
Most people try some of these things for a time in their youth, but soon grow out of it when age and experience get the upper hand. Others grow out of it via deep psychoanalysis and a few trips to the rehab clinic. Still others are simply killed by it, their lives bracketed by dates that are far too close together.
Many, however, never kick this yearning for the mud and were, in the past, thought of as “perverts” but are now more kindly seen as “differently minded.” Seeking the safety of number they now live in those urban sinkholes of the soul they laud as “enclaves of Alternative Lifestyles.”
Please do take the time to read the whole thing.
And pray for those afflicted souls who wallow in such an amoral state.
Having experienced what Vanderleun describes while pursuing the rock and roll lifestyle, his words hold a truthful resonance to me. The youths in OWS simply want to be part of a larger movement, to feel like they contributed to “something.” Unfortunately, their professors have sold them snake oil in the form of a wrongful cause. Heck, most of them have no idea why they are there except for the party and the debauchery, utterly clueless as to how they are being co-opted and used by the very government they should be protesting in the first place.
Note to OWS: If you want to have a TEA Party, you can still join ours. But please, be sure to bathe and clean up after yourself. We don’t leave our protests in a state of disarray, in case you haven’t noticed.
The People of the Mud will now be added to the Prime page.