Operation Gratitude Care Package Weekend!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

A Rule 5 Restaurant? Can Such a Marvel Truly Be?

"These are the days of miracles and wonderments..." Art Garfunkel

After the arrival of the Vietnam Rolling Memorial Wall, the reception party from the American Legion and Operation Gratitude went to Buca de Beppo, a popular Italian restaurant on Ventura Boulevard in Encino CA.

At first the decor looks like typical Italian tchotchkes, if "typical" is defined as including a picture of John Belushi in drag peeling potatoes (I suspect I've just horribly offended someone's grandmother):

But then things took a turn for the wonderful.

It starts with the Papal Gazebo: literally, a circular alcove in the middle of the restaurant, its walls decorated with Vatican and Papal portraits and sculpture, with a bust of the current Pope Benedict XVI set on a sort of lazy-susan in the middle of the dining table, rotating to keep Rome's eye on the diners:

But then you turn around, I mean you literally just turn around, and

Buongiorno, Bella Sophia!

Yes, it's the official Sophia Loren Wall of Pulchritude, three feet from the Vatican West! This is why I think I'd like Italy. They know there's a huge gap between the sacred and profane, but somewhere deep in their excitable little hearts they just don't care.

Incidentally, the food was terrific and the portions were huge!

Sadly, I hear that even Italy may be succumbing to the EUrodulls. Maybe I should start saving up for that trip to Rome and the Amalfi Coast before they end up looking like fookin' Bruges...

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall...

The convoy rolled in from Van Nuys Airport escorted by LAPD, motorcycles from the Legion Riders of the American Legion, and the Patriot Guard, along with a parade of classic cars led by KTLA's veteran reporter Stan Chambers:

The wall is an 80% scale replica, exact in every detail, of the
original Memorial in DC. This is the first time it has visited
California. \The names of our American dead are arranged
by year, from 1959 to our withdrawal.

Friday Night Protest Signs!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Rule 5 Aerobics Weekend!

Wanna See That Change We Hoped For?

Click Here for an animated graph of US employment since 2004.

It's like freaking "War Games" without the happy ending...

Rule 5½ -- The Flowers What Bloom in the Spring, tra-la...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Rule 5 -- A-List Striptease... Senta Berger!

Don'cha HATE when that happens...?

Khameini Dead?

Reports out of Iran!

T-shirt available thru Eagle Prints

STORMFALL 2009-9-9! Day Two! Los Angeles Held Hostage!

"I'm wet and I'm cold,
but thank God I ain't...
I'm wet and I'm cold..."


Not the mess in front of my apartment.

To Be a Democrat... handy reminders!

HT: Grouchy Old Cripple via Theo Spark

Rule 5½ -- Daaaaavid Letterman!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

Obama Goes Green by Recycling Yesterday's Headlines!

From 1934... or 2009?

HT: Deborah Leigh

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Nobel Prize Not Meaningless to Obama...

What most of the coverage I'm seeing fails to point out is, the Nobel also comes with a cash award of nearly $1.4 million dollars.

For $1.4 million bucks, I'D claim I caused world peace, let alone let some degenerate Yurpeens say it for me...

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