By:  Pat Austin

SHREVEPORT – I’m not usually one for omens and so I’m hopeful that the fact that my furnace went out today, on New Year’s Day, is not a sign of things to come.  We knew it was getting tired and about to go out but we hoped to get through the season with it.

And now, in the beginning of what is predicted to be below-freezing temperatures all week, and frigid wind chill temperatures, I sit with no heat.

We made a dash to WalMart and bought some electric heaters and have a call into the furnace guy, but I don’t expect I will hear from him today.

I hope it’s not a sign of how my year will go.  Surely not.  Right?  Life is what you make it.  I shall be positive.

And cold.

In the middle of this drama I have not properly prepared a good post for you today so I do want to at least point you to a couple of noteworthy posts this afternoon:

First, at The Other McCain, be sure to read the terrible report of a SWATting incident that happened in Kansas.  Absolutely tragic.

Gateway Pundit has a post on the Iranian protests you should read.  Remember Neda?

Be sure to read Professor Jacobson’s post at Legal Insurrection about Ahed Tamimi; it is a bizarre story of an anti-Israli Palenstinian teenager manipulated by her parents to do violent acts.

And finally, Adrienne has a run-down of Trump’s accomplishments which might come in handy.

As for me, I’m going to pile on some clothing layers, make a hot toddy, find some blankets, and crank up those electric heaters until my furnace guy shows up.

Stay warm, my friends, and Happy New Year.

Pat Austin blogs at And so it Goes in Shreveport.

You might as well praise me for not robbing banks.

Bobby Jones on being praised for calling a foul on himself costing him the 1925 US Open.

Brooke: (To Lois, a plain girl) Well if you really wanna to be popular consider two little words: ‘Sex Tape’!

Mindy Macready: (Interrupting) Lois you don’t need these ax wounds, If I can dress like them so can you.

KickAss 2 2013

Supermodel Kate Upton has a gift to all those young women who since the dawn of the internet and smartphones have been convinced that getting naked in front of an electronic advice is a good idea: a dose of common sense:

with social media and the internet and not-so-great blogs and the attention like that, I don’t think that my pictures would be received in the way that I’d want them to be received,” she continued. “That’s why I’ve stayed away from them. I really appreciate those photos and I think those women are beautiful, but I think social media and the Internet has prevented me from putting myself out there like that.

Miss Upton has come to the quite logical conclusion that best way to make sure that nude images of yourself are not being promulgated on the net for purposes she object to till the end of time…is to avoid posing for nude pictures!

So if you are a young lady and some guy suggests “sexting” & your friends say it is a cool thing to do, remember Kate Upton warning,  take it to heart and you won’t have to explain those pictures to your son or grandson or potential employer someday.

Via Live at Five which you really should check out daily

Closing thought, how far have we fallen as a culture that a popular model/actress choosing not to propagate nude photos of herself on the net is an action unique enough to deserves praise?

Update:  The movie is of course Kickass not “kissass” corrected

One of the most amazing things about the Benghazi story has been the spinning of it.

A successful attack on the US on the anniversary of 9/11 resulting in the death of a US Ambassador for the first time in over 30 years caused the press to launch an unrelenting attack on…then candidate Mitt Romney for intemperate words.

Nevermind the words were about Egypt, never mind that Americans were killed, nevermind that the administration falsely claimed it was all over a youtube video, apologized concerning the video and even now has the maker of said movie imprisoned. When Benghazi was talked about at all before the election, it was in the context of: “Boy that Mitt Romney is a nasty guy isn’t he?”

With the president safely re-elected the conversation started to change, the house planned hearing and some in the Senate starting showing backbone but the MSM had absolutely no interest in the story.

Then came General Petraeus forgetting that you had to be at the TOP of the chain of command to be able to sleep around with subordinates. Then came images of hot women, hot twins and a sex scandal involving someone who had been suggested as a possible future GOP presidential candidate.

Suddenly it was everywhere and because it was a sex scandal it wasn’t just on the news that people didn’t watch, it was in the entertainment shows that people not interested in politics watch.

Enter Senator John McCain, Senator Lindsey Graham and the invisible Senator Kelly Ayotte that included the magic words:

It’s certainly a national security issue but it doesn’t rise to the level of four dead Americans

That’s the bottom line, the MSM would like up to forget the four dead Americans and the lies that were told but now we’ve got babes and boobs so the story isn’t going anywhere, and yesterday’s Senate press conference provoked a direct response from the President.

Suddenly Benghazi is news, and it’s news the day of the House hearings with Petraeus testifying tomorrow.

None of this attention happens without the babes, the boobs and the sex. None of it!

It’s not fair, it’s a terrible thing that the only way these guys are going to get a chance at justice is because of a booty call.

But if it’s the only way this is going to happen, I’ll take it.

Yesterday I was looking at my comments and saw a link from a blog I didn’t recognize. I clicked over and was delighted to see the blog belongs to Hallie Miller who once asked a small favor of this blog which we were able to grant with the help of our readers.

Hallie remembered me and Stacy McCain and Smitty fondly in this post:

Oh my gosh! I’ve been busy with college, in another modeling contest, doing promotional modeling, and trying out for TV shows and totally forgot about those special people who have helped me along the way!

Hallie I think I speak for all three of us old long married men that the last thing we would expect of a 23-year-old young lady who is going to school, working and perusing her ambition for a life in modeling and acting, is to have time for three bloggers thousands of miles away. That you posted a kind word for us is much appreciated.

She is in another modeling contest, unlike the last one you are allowed to vote multiple times a day. I’d appreciate it if you can head over here and give her as much support as you can as often as you can.

Question:(asked by Powerline blog concerning the shooting of a business owner in Ohio for hiring non-union labor) Does Anyone Care About Actual Political Violence?

Our media try endlessly to draw fictitious connections between violence and political or quasi-political movements. They do this to advance their own political agenda. But, when it comes to the one movement that has actually used violence to advance its interests over a period of decades, our reporters and editors carefully avert their eyes. This is one of the many media scandals of our time.

How do we solve this problem of media omission? From what I can see the best solution is the Rule 5™ approved IowaHawk Made-ya-Look™ media system!  For details click on the image below:

These girls hold the key to the problem of Media Bias!

This will be my penultimate chance to do a rule 5 favor for Hallie Miller:

Hallie Miller twelve voting days to go

As I wrote here I got involved in this voting because she asked and was even more impressed because of demonstration of class in a tight situation.

And she has been a kind supporter of the show and this blog as is shown by her top ten reasons to vote for her post:

2. YOU ABSOLUTELY love datechguy.wordpress. com and!!!

Let me tell you something about Both people of Sicilian descent and Scots Irish decent we are loyal to our friends. And if you are promoting our blogs we don’t forget it.

So get over to her site and vote for her every day for the rest of the year. Let’s not settle for 10th, lets go for top 5, I know it’s currently 655 votes away but aim small, miss small.

…Never give Robert Stacy McCain a legitimate reason run a photo of an attractive blonde in a bikini.

Conveniently enough, she managed to get herself involved in a serious political news story:

She’s certainly is a pretty young lady, I can certainly understand how a man could be tempted in this regard but I’ll have to defer to Harry Reid to establish her “hotness level” (BTW D.K Jamaal says this about Reid’s assertion Maybe Harry Reid has a point? ) oh and there is some bribery to be talked about as well.

Jessie Jackson Jr. Bringing rule 5 Four days early.

memorandum thread here, I understand the other story was the lead but this one has a song reference.

P.S. Is it not a shame that it takes something like this for us to notice a fine candidate for congress like Ill-2 Isaac Hayes? The fact that the address of his site is “” is priceless.