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Rex in Regno suo superiores habet Deum et Legem.

The King in his Realm hath two superiors: God and the Law. -- Henry Care (1646-1688) on English liberties and the Magna Carta


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Happy New Year's Eve

It is with a great sigh of relief that I note the end of this dreadful year. So much potential for happiness and prosperity got crushed every time there seemed to be hope.

But tomorrow is another day, a brand-new start. It’s our chance to pick up broken dreams, dust them off and polish them up…and get down to the hard (and enjoyable) work of making them come true.

So a toast to everyone on the eve of leaving the bad behind and stepping into the future wiser and more determined than ever. It’s up to us to make our own health, wealth and happiness a reality. I think we can do it, with a little help from our friends.

Cheers. See you next year.

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Help a SooperMexican

UPDATE 9/15/11: Sorry to be so remiss in taking so long to provide an update, but it took a few days for SooperMexican to get back into his apartment and find that it had weathered the storm far better than expected. I, on the other hand, should have reported back much sooner. Lo siento.

Turns out that he received less than a foot of water. That still took out a fair number of books on lower shelves and other personal possessions. All the carpeting throughout the joint is still being removed. It also taught him a lesson (that he will likely soon forget) not to leave stuff he loves lying around on the floor. All in all, some heartbreaking losses, but plenty still left with which to carry on.

Others in his area did not fare nearly as well as he, and were left without critical supplies for days. Therefore, Soop took some of his recent t-shirt sale proceeds and padded it with some of his own stash to purchase baby supplies for flood victims and passed them on to a church for delivery to the most needy.


Our friend SooperMexican has most likely lost all his possessions, including all his artwork, due to the 100-year-record flooding in the Northeast. At this point it is only “most likely” because many roads in the area have been flooded and washed out, preventing him from getting home. However, with the news reports of the historic levels of the flooding and the riverside location of his home, it will take a miracle for anything to survive.

Soop is only asking for prayers. However, I suggest visiting his “Buy My Stuff” page, where you can indeed purchase a non-waterlogged t-shirt or object featuring his cartoons (for which he receives a small percentage). Or if you are feeling generous, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the “Give Me Money” button to make a 100% direct donation to him.

I’m sure the proud SooperMexy will to want to kill me when he sees this unauthorized request. But you can tell him you are just making your Mexy Reparations—or ask him to pass along the bucks to needy neighbors if he gets more than he needs.

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Pay Tribute to Our Fallen Warriors

America suffered a great loss when the Taliban took out a Chinook helicopter carrying 30 people, including 22 from SEAL Team 6 on August 6 in the rugged terrain outside of Kabul, Afghanistan. In the largest loss of American life since the war began, not only did we lose those tough, brave men doing great service to their country, but we also lost all their experience and expertise, which now can’t be passed along.

As we keep them and their families in our hearts, if you’d like to pay tribute and assist them, Hugh Hewitt recommended two charities, both of which look very deserving to me:

  • United Warrior Survivor Foundation, which says that they are “the only organization exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of the surviving spouses of Navy, Army, Air Force and Marine Corps Special Operations personnel killed in the line of duty since September 11, 2001.”
  • The Navy SEAL Foundation, which operates a SEAL heritage center, and provides a number of services for SEALs and their families, including “funding for monuments and memorials for fallen operators,” easing the burdens “when an active-duty member of the Naval Special Warfare community is injured or killed in action,” and providing computers every three years through primary and secondary school to children of operators killed in training or combat. The foundation has set it up so that you can also donate by texting “SEAL” to 90999 to give $10.

WJLA, the ABC News television affiliate in the DC area, has published on its website the photos and brief bios of 20 of the 22 Navy SEALs who perished in the crash. Click here to view the somber tribute.

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Please forgive me if I’m posting infrequently over the next few weeks. I have quite a few things in the hopper, but I’m undergoing a personal trial with the illness of a pet that will soon come to a sad end.

New posts will pop up here as often as I can complete them. In the meantime, I will be blogging more frequently here:

Thank you for your well wishes.

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Happy Independence Day

Today we celebrate the 235th anniversary of our founders’ issuance of the Declaration of Independence, a landmark document outlining our natural rights and the multitude of offenses the Crown had taken against them and declaring America’s secession.

Long ago, in the days of yore, when it wasn’t a SAG-card-revoking offense to display a love of and pride in this country’s history, a few baby-faced Hollywood celebrities—an odd mix of Kathy Bates, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, Mel Gibson, Whoopi Goldberg, Graham Greene, Ming-Na, Edward Norton, Winona Ryder, Kevin Spacey, Renee Zellweger—got together to read this grand document. Surprisingly, video of this event still exists:

If you’d like to read along, here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence.

When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.

He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.

He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:

For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:

For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:

For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies

For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:

For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.

He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.

He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.

Beautiful, dangerous, this document changed the course of the world and gave us our greatest gift: America.



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Happy Mother's Day, Mom

I have the best, most beautiful, most elegant, most talented, most giving, most special mom a girl could ask for. What a role model she has been. If only I could be half the woman she is.

Mom, this song says much of what I’d like to say to you, on this day of tribute. The only thing incorrect about it is where it says I miss you. Don’t get worried! I’ll try not to be late for our lunch and miss you. heehee

I love you, Mom.

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Over the next few days, The Prudence Paine Papers will be undergoing a few changes, fixes and tweaks. Thank you for your patience if anything gets really screwed up while I poke around in the mystical core code.

In the meantime, for those of you that had asked what in the world the picture at the top of my website was supposed to be, you no longer need to wonder (I hope). Thanks goes to @AIpolitics for the very helpful advice. You should check out his website and see that he has no problem with presenting visually interesting photos.

Check back soon for more of Prudy’s mechanical makeover.

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The Week in Political Cartoons

In the wake of the Arizona shootings, the left and their media pals have resumed their high-pitched calls for gun control.  Legislation has been proposed in Congress making it illegal to carry a gun within 1,000 feet of any federal official. Note: I’ve heard there are… well, an impossibly large number (between 100,000 and 2 million) of “federal officials.” Would anyone ever be not within 1,000 feet of one of them? How would you ever know for sure?

(via Brian Farrington at Townhall)

In the meantime, the media and left-wingers tried to push the mantra of “New Tone,” insisting that the Tucson massacre was the result of civil incivility, even though there is clear evidence that assassin Jared Lee Loughner had long been off his rocker and was influenced by the incivility in his own head, not by anything some pundit or politician said.

(via Michael Ramirez at Townhall)

Yet, the most long-running legalized massacre in history crossed its 38th anniversary:

(via Gary Varvel at Townhall)

Or perhaps this cartoon better celebrates the spirit of Roe v. Wade:

(via Gary McCoy at Townhall)

In other major events, one of our major creditors came to visit their investment and to have us whisper sweet nothings in their ear.

(via Glenn McCoy at Townhall)

Legislators actually began contemplating crafting bankruptcy laws for states, as California appears ready to lead a number of them off the cliff. For the taxpayers, bankruptcy definitely makes the pain swift yet short. With bailouts, the pain and financial mismanagement will drag on for years, generations even, unless the dire problem with public union pensions is addressed.

(via Bob Gorrell at Townhall)

And the national debt bore down on us all as we neared our debt ceiling.

(via Jerry Holbert at Townhall)

Yet, in a positive move, the GOP-dominated House voted to repeal ObamaCare, with more votes and more bipartisanship than the original passage of the monster had.

(via Lisa Benson at Townhall)

And finally, in a sure sign that the stars are currently aligned against us, experts announced that the true dates of each astrological sign have been woefully inaccurate for decades, centuries even.

(via Steve Kelley at Townhall)

Th-th-that’s all folks.

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Get This Man Some Prozac

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) paused a moment in a hall for a quick interview with a reporter:

Strange, but prior to Boehner’s weepy victory speech on election night back in November, he didn’t always seem on the verge of tears.

Perhaps this was just one bad shot among many in which he looked cheerful, but it’s becoming more difficult to see him give a speech or do anything without worrying he’s going to break into blubbering at any moment.

I hope for his sake, nice man that he is, that he will soon adapt to the enormity of his rise to the Speakership and restore his emotional equilibrium again. Until then, I also hope that his staff will keep him away from women’s movies, kittens and Save the Children ads.

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Deprogramming 101: History of Western Civ in 2-1/2 Minutes

Andrew Klavan of PJTV entertainingly presents the entire history of the last 3000 years in under three minutes:

Click here to see more of the Klavan on Culture videos at PJTV.