Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

Joyce Ballentyne

Happy Sunday! Another wonderful day in the Once and Future Nation of America. The Sun is shining, the mockingbirds are mocking, and baseball is in full swing. This pinup is by Joyce Ballentyne, with a wee bit of help.

What is happening in Ye Olde Blogosphere? The Fine 15

  1. Cold Fury discusses another war in which there are no rules
  2. Jihad Watch covers a report that the Islamic State planned to poison the Sea of Galilee
  3. Da Techguy’s Blog notes style vs substance in the Navy
  4. Flopping Aces features Biden begging for the Death To America vote
  5. Geller Report discusses Hamas throwing away international aid food
  6. IOTW Report covers NYC having problems with rat urine
  7. Irons In The Fire hopes Rand Paul has good security
  8. Legal Insurrection covers Consequences for an Israel hater who threatened city council
  9. Moonbattery shows Allah being worshiped at an NYC council meeting
  10. neo-neocon wonders if people understand war
  11. The First Street Journal puts WWIII on Jimmy Carter
  12. The Gateway Pundit covers the EU banning garden bonfires
  13. The Last Refuge notes 26 barges breaking loose on Ohio River
  14. The Lid highlights the wokesters now ruining Scrabble
  15. And last, but, not least, The Other McCain says Brandon’s gun policies won’t work

As always, the full set of pinups can be seen in the Patriotic Pinup category, or over at my Gallery page (nope, that’s gone, the newest Apache killed access, and the program hasn’t been upgraded since 2014, so, most are hosted internally). While we are on pinups, since it is that time of year, have you gotten your Pinups for Vets calendar yet? And don’t forget to check out what I declare to be our War on Women Rule 5 and linky luv posts and things that interest me. I’ve also mostly alphabetized them, makes it easier scrolling the feedreader

Don’t forget to check out all the other great material all the linked blogs have!

Anyone else have a link or hotty-fest going on? Let me know so I can add you to the list. And do you have a favorite blog you can recommend be added to the feedreader?

Two great sites for getting news links are Liberty Daily and Whatafinger.

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After Biden Tells Iran “Don’t”, Iran Does, Launches Attack On Israel

It’s kinda hard to take Biden seriously when he blows out for the weekend

Booms and sirens in Israel after Iran launches over 200 missiles and drones in unprecedented attack

Booms and air raid sirens sounded across Israel early Sunday after Iran launched hundreds of drones, ballistic missiles and cruise missiles in an unprecedented revenge mission that pushed the Middle East closer to a regionwide war.

The attack marked the first time Iran has launched a direct military assault on Israel, despite decades of enmity dating back to the country’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. Condemnation from the United Nations chief and others was swift, with France saying Iran “is risking a potential military escalation,” Britain calling the attack “reckless” and Germany saying Iran and its proxies “must stop it immediately.”

Would these be the same people who’ve spent most of their time condemning Israel rather than Hamas? Which certainly incented Iran.

The Israeli military’s spokesman, Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari, said Iran fired scores of drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles — with the vast majority intercepted outside Israel’s borders. He said warplanes intercepted over 10 cruise missiles alone, also outside Israeli airspace.

He said a handful of missiles managed to land in Israel. Rescuers said one strike critically wounded a 10-year-old girl in a Bedouin Arab town in southern Israel, while Hagari said another missile struck an army base, causing light damage but no injuries.

“A wide-scale attack by Iran is a major escalation,” Hagari said. Asked whether Israel would respond, Hagari said only that the army “does and will do whatever is required to protect the security of the state of Israel.”

U.S. forces downed some of the Iran-launched drones flying toward Israel, according to a U.S. defense official and two U.S. officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the matter.

What’s next?

(Yahoo News) A representative from Iran said the offensive was in retaliation for the bombing of Iran’s embassy in Syria on April 1, and that Iran considered the matter “concluded.” President Biden pledged his support for Israel Saturday night.

But, will Iran truly consider it concluded? They won’t stop supporting Hamas and other terrorist groups attacking Israel. Will Israel consider this concluded? This was enough for Biden to come back from his typical weekend off in Delaware. At first he was going to make a speech, then that was cancelled. What’s the over/under he leaves D.C. Sunday?

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Cool: Archeologists Find Links To Trojan War In Pompeii

I find this kind of thing super awesome

Archaeologists make ‘stunning’ find of banquet hall in Pompeii

A group of archaeologists excavating the doomed city of Pompeii found quite the surprise earlier this week: a banquet hall complete with paintings inspired by the Trojan War.

The discovery was announced earlier this week, The Associated Press noted.

The banquet hall and its mosaic floor were uncovered during a project to help prevent further demise of the ruins of Pompeii. (snip)

The images painted on the walls include Helen of Troy, Apollo and Cassandra.

The paintings were likely meant to both entertain and to “provide conversation starters,” the same source said.

It looks like this

The Trojan War took place sometime in the 12th or 13th century BCE, and no one has been able to determine if it was real. Does this add to knowledge that it could be real, happening 1200-1300 years after?

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If All You See…

…is a rising sea which will soon swamp homes, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Chicks On The Right, with a post on illegals held hostage in a human smuggling stash house.

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Six Killed, Many Wounded In Knife Attack In Australia Mall

The authorities are doing everything possible to avoid linking this to radical Islam

Six people killed, attacker shot dead in Bondi Junction shopping centre stabbing attack

Police are working to formally identify a man who was shot dead after multiple people were stabbed at Westfield Bondi Junction shopping centre in Sydney’s east.

Six people have died, including a 38-year-old mother, who along with her nine-month-old baby was among those injured at the shopping centre.

Eight people are being treated in hospitals around Sydney, including the nine-month-old child.

NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb confirmed four other women and one man died at the centre.

Webb said later this evening police became aware of who they believe the offender may be.

“He is a 40-year-old man however we are waiting to formally identify him and we can not speculate on his identification,” she said.

“But let me assure you that we are confident that there is no ongoing risk and we are dealing with one person who is now deceased.”

Webb said, if the man is to be formally identified as suspected, officers do not believe he acted “with an ideation” consistent with a terrorist attack.

Well, as Samantha Maiden at writes, all of Australia is waiting to see if this was a terrorist attack. Interestingly, most news outlets running with the stabbing story omit any picture or video of the wackjob, other than the source for the excerpt. That the authorities are refusing to release the name of the killer often tells you what you need to know. He sure fits the profile of an Islamic extremist. Time will tell. How long will authorities refuse to release the name?

(Jihad Watch) The police are saying the usual things they say about the attacker’s motive being unclear. They do not, of course, point out the obvious: the attack fits the pattern of multiple jihad attacks we have seen in Europe (and some in the U.S.) over the years, and the photos of the attacker suggest that just possibly he could be a member of a demographic containing a large number of jihadis. Also, the Islamic State and al-Qaeda have repeatedly called upon Muslims to mount attacks of this kind. So is this a jihad attack? It certainly seems so, but this could still be the one time when the authorities are correct, and it’s a random attack with no clear motive.

It could be someone, even a Muslim, going nuts, and have nothing to do with terrorism. The guy could have snapped. Perhaps it was personal and he was going after someone he knows, deciding to take out others, and it has nothing to do with terrorism. But, the odds are it was terrorism. The police, per the article, know the guy. How? No one is saying. But, would we be surprised, especially with war that Hamas started going on?

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Your Fault: Flamingos Might Have To Move Due To ‘Climate Change’

This could have been avoided if you would have just moved into a 15 minute city, you know

Study warns climate change could force flamingos from their natural homes

Rising water levels threaten to flush colorful flamingos from their homes, a new study has suggested.

Huge flocks or “flamboyances” of flamingos around East Africa’s lakes have been called one of the world’s most spectacular sights, being displayed in the film “Out of Africa and David Attenborough’s A Perfect Planet.”

Now, research from King’s College London suggests that this spectacular sight could be a thing of the past, as the lesser flamingo is in danger of being flushed out of its historic feeding grounds.

For the first time satellite data has been used to study all the key flamingo-feeding lakes in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania over two decades—which identified how rising water levels are reducing the birds’ main food source.

The region was once home to more than three-quarters of the global population of lesser flamingos, but their numbers are declining.

The scientists do understand that the flamingos have been moving with the lakes, and the water levels of the lakes will have gone up and down throughout the Holocene, right? And that the whole area of those three nations are part of a massive fault line, including one which is splitting off from Western Africa, right? And those fault lines have created so many of the lakes, right? Oh, sorry, it’s because people drive fossil fueled vehicles.

The study, published in the journal Current Biology, discovered that rising water levels in soda lakes are diluting their normally salty and alkaline nature, leading to a decline in flamingo’s main food source of phytoplankton.

This change was notably seen at the important tourist lake Nakuru, which has historically supported over one million birds at a time.

The lake increased in surface area by 91 percent from 2009 to 2022 whilst its mean chlorophyll-a concentrations halved.

A goodly chunk of African flamingos live in the area associated with the Great Rift Valley, which grows bigger each year. Not much, plate tectonics are slow. Many of the main lakes are only about 10,000 years old, created as the sea levels rose as the last glacial age was really ending, along with rift. Funny how none of the articles mention any of this.

Oh, and the article itself really doesn’t mention climatic changes, man-caused or natural. It’s like they had to run the cult headline. The flamingos will just move, like life on Earth has always done.

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Biden Tells Iran Regarding Retaliation Against Israel: “Don’t”

It’s nice that Biden is telling Iran this, but, there’s a problem

Biden’s message to Iran about retaliatory strike on Israel: ‘Don’t’

President Joe Biden told reporters Friday afternoon he expects an Iranian strike on Israel to occur “sooner than later” amid urgent concerns that Iran was about to retaliate for the bombing of its consulate in Damascus, Syria, earlier this month.

Asked for his message to Iran in the tense moment, Biden was blunt, saying simply, “Don’t.”

“Would the U.S. respond?” ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Mary Bruce asked repeatedly as the president walked away after the end of an unrelated event. He paused, thought for a moment and then returned to the lectern.

“We are devoted to the defense of Israel. We will support Israel. We will help defend Israel and Iran will not succeed,” he said.

I’m not sure what they consider the “unrelated event.” The are really only two things on his schedule today. First, he “delivers virtual remarks at the National Action Network Convention.” So, he wasn’t even there. So, it must be “The President departs the White House en route to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware”. I doubt the White House press was there when he arrived.

So, a. the media is shady in not bothering to mention he was taking the weekend off at the beach yet again and b. this was simply an off the cuff remark, which, unfortunately, won’t make Iran think twice. But, in fairness, Iran wouldn’t listen if this was an official press room comment, unless Biden truly threatened retaliation.

At the same time, the U.S. was moving troops and other assets to the Middle East as Iran readied a large number of missiles and drones for a potential strike against Israel, according to U.S. officials.

The deployment of American troops was intended to try to deter Iran from launching a large-scale attack and protecting U.S. troops in the region

According to one U.S. defense official, the assets being moved to the region include both “ships and aircraft.”

I hope the US military is ready to shoot down any missiles launched. But, at least Biden did say something.

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ICJ Receives 91 Statements On Whether “Climate Polluting” Nations Must Pay

Obviously, these are pretty much all 2nd and 3rd World nations who are looking for some sweet, sweet, no strings attached moola

International Court Receives 91 Written Statements In Climate Change Opinion

The International Court of Justice has announced that a record high 91 member states and organizations have submitted written statements on its advisory opinion on the Obligations of States in respect of Climate Change. At the request of the United Nations General Assembly, the ICJ will determine the existing financial liability of countries for their contribution to climate change. Parties have until June 24 to submit responses. The Court states that the written statements will not be made public until the beginning of oral arguments. This is the first time the Court has indicated that oral arguments will occur on this opinion.

On March 29, 2023, the UNGA asked the ICJ to issue an advisory opinion on the legal obligations of countries in preventing climate change. The opinion, while non-binding, will give an indicator of how the Court may interpret future climate related litigation and guide future legislative development.

The UN sent an initial package of relevant laws and treaties. The Court determined that members states and international organizations should also be given the opportunity to weigh in on their legal arguments and opinions through written statements.

Last time I check, the UN had no sovereignty over the United States and other 1st World nations, so, they can all go jump in a lake.

It is unknown what international organizations were denied the opportunity to submit written statements, as the Court only announced organizations that were approved. The Court has authorized the African Union; the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS); the Commission of Small Island States on Climate Change and International Law; the European Union; the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA); the International Union for Conservation of Nature; the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG); the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS); the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC); the Pacific Islands Forum; the Parties to the Nauru Agreement Office (PNAO); and the World Health Organization to participate in the proceedings.

Hmm, they denied some organizations the opportunity to submit statements? Weird, especially since the ICJ is keeping most of this secret. Anyhow, notice that most of these groups, outside the EU, would be attempting to get the US and the other 1st World nations to pony up. And the EU high muckety mucks couldn’t care less how this affects the European peasants.

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If All You See…

…are Bad Weather clouds from carbon pollution approaching, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is American Greatness, with a post on the Post Office considering raising the price of a stamp to 73 cents.

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California Labor Group Pushing For $20 Restaurant Minimum Wage For All Workers

Even after watching the results of the restaurant wage bill, with all the layoffs and price increases, the head honchos will get the peasants to push for this. Which is easy, because the peasants see easy money for low skilled work and head honchos won’t lose their own cushy, over-paid jobs

Labor group demands California’s $20 minimum wage for fast food workers extend to all sectors

A fair wage advocacy group is demanding that California’s new $20 minimum wage law for fast food workers be extended to all sectors to help working-class people who are struggling with the state’s high cost of living.

FOX Business spoke with Saru Jayaraman, president of One Fair Wage to discuss what she described as the skyrocketing levels of home insecurity and food insecurity post-pandemic.

Fast food workers winning a $20 minimum wage, she said, “was just the beginning.”

Jayaraman pointed to the exorbitantly high cost of living in the Golden State where, in some counties, an individual would need a $40 an hour salary to live comfortably.

“People are leaving the state or are not having children, not having families. These are all the very basics we should be thinking about for humans living in California and needing to survive,” Jayaraman told FOX Business. “I mean the level of crisis that people have been enduring since the pandemic is severe.”

Which comes first, the government intervention which causes prices to rise or the prices rising causing government to interfere and make the situation worse? Either way, government interference in the manner the Democrats in California tend to implement always makes things worse, in the manner of “the road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” And the governments, from local to county to state, of the People’s Republik Of California will almost always listen to the left wing labor groups, because they bring in big money and votes to the politicians.

Jayaraman has dismissed these concerns (of layoffs and job losses), arguing that such dire predictions have not been born out in past minimum wage increases.

“That is the argument they always make. Every single time the minimum wage goes up, they always say it’s going to kill business, jobs will be lost, and we’ve never seen it happen. Not in California, not in any other state. It has never happened,” said Jayaraman, who is also the Director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley.

Except, it’s actually happening right now. Not too mention the price increases, which is a big part of previous increase. There is a point of labor cost where companies just cannot afford the full staff, and have to take measures. Previous wage increases have seen prices rise and some workers replaced with automation. This one saw massive decreases in labor and companies simply closing.

(Fox Business) With hot inflation numbers to prove it, one hacked-off Gen Z American took to TikTok, where he detailed a “struggle to survive” and pay for everyday items.

“Can somebody explain to me in crayon-eating terms why I make over three times the federal minimum wage and I cannot afford to live?” the user allegedly named Nic started to say.

“And I do not want to hear the ‘Pull yourself up from your bootstraps, work 90 hours a week.’ That’s not the goal, guys,” he continued ranting. “A one-bedroom apartment, $1,800. Two-bedroom apartment, $2,200. Who the f*** can afford that? It is embarrassing to come out and say that it is a struggle to survive right now. But I know so many people are struggling.”

Meanwhile, consumer price index data released by the Labor Department on Wednesday showed inflation accelerated in March for the third straight month, keeping prices painfully high for millions of Americans and likely delaying any interest rate cuts by the Federal Reserve. (snip)

Housing and gasoline costs were the biggest drivers of inflation last month, accounting for more than half of the total monthly increase.

Well, you can bet the Gen Z voted Democrat and supports all the Democrat initiates, and got what he voted for. The inflation started with the Chinese coronavirus, then exploded thanks to so many governments in the U.S. and around the world shutting down industry, then Biden doing everything wrong to deal with the aftermath. You voted for this. And you’ll probably vote for it again.

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