Saturday, November 22, 2014

Seared Music: Taste - "Taste" (full album)

...as I was listening to some music earlier in the evening, I came across this gem of an album over at Patriot's Corner; at first, I was like, 'not bad...'. By the end of the album, though, that thought had changed from not bad to 'holy s---, these cats can sing." I will most definitely be looking for more of their music over time....


note: I had originally planned to post this earlier in the evening, after listening, but having noticed that my most recent post up to this point had been another 'Seared Music' blog post, I decided to wait until I had at least one other post up before publishing this one.

Jeb Bush In 2016?

Though the thought of a Jeb Bush presidential campaign could give elements of the Republican Party collective apoplectic nightmares, its' not a bad idea - as ideas go:
Longtime Clinton adviser Harold Ickes said a Republican presidential ticket of Jeb Bush and Sen. Rob Portman would be tough for Democrats to beat in 2016, the Daily Beast reports.

“A Bush-Portman ticket could doom Democrats in Bush’s native Florida and in Portman’s Ohio… and Bush’s Hispanic support would make Colorado a difficult lift as well.” Said Ickes: “Bush has what appears to be very strong credentials with Hispanics. I’m told he speaks Spanish at home, and I’m told that he actually thinks in Spanish.”(Political Wire)
For what its' worth, I don't think Jeb Bush is going to run - for two reasons: (1)he knows he's unpopular with certain elements of the GOP and would have to acknowledge them (among other things) in order to win the nomination in 2016, and (2)on a philosophical level, do we - and this is a vestige of having been a liberal/progressive for nearly 20 years...do we really want to see a third Bush in the White House?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Seared Music: Genesis - "Abacab"

...as much as I like the radio edit version of this song, the studio version is a lot better...

Forums Of Interest

While I'm traveling along the internets - or the intertubes as the late Sen. Ted Stevens once opined - there's a few places i like to regularly visit, including several message boards and forums that I'm a member of....here's but a few:

-Charlie's Chill
-Atrium Forum
-Talk The Reds
-Alternate History Discussion Board
-Wober Discussion Forum

They're all great boards, with lots of interesting members and definitely well worth visiting and being a part of.

Obama Signs Executive Order Delaying Immigration Action

Fox News: Obama Signs Executive Action Delaying Deportations
President Obama signed two executive actions on Friday that would delay deportation for millions of illegal immigrants. The president, who signed the controversial policies aboard Air Force One, then spoke about his action at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas. Del Sol is the same school where he laid out his blueprint for immigration overhaul nearly two years ago.

Several hundred protestors lined the streets holding “No Amnesty” and “Impeach Obama” signs. Others chanted “worst president ever,” as he drove by.

"Our immigration system has been broken for a very long time and everybody knows it," he said in his remarks. "We can't afford it anymore." But he cautioned that his actions are limited and that only broader legislation would permanently change immigration laws and help the more than 11 million immigrants illegally in the United States. "The actions I've taken are only a temporary first step," he said.(Fox News)
..so, let me straight: for six years now, President Obama's said that he doesn't have the power to rewrite immigration law (or any law, for that matter) as he sees fit, yet now he decides to? Come to think of it, if our betters can do things like the above, why can't we? Because we're supposed to be - last time I checked - a nation of laws, something the Constutitional Scholar-in-Chief seems to have forgotten.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Seared Music: Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising"

...let me guess: that bad moon rising is the collective outrage of Americans over the president's announcement on executive action in regards to immigration tonight, right?

Obama Announces 'Deferred Action' To Parents, Young Illegals

What part of illegal immigrant does President Emperor Obama not understand? Last time I checked, the executive branch didn't have the power to rewrite whole sections of the law...and since when it was it Congress' fault?

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Seared Music: Wall Of Voodoo - "On Interstate 15"

...if King's X wins the award for most criminally underrated band of the 90's (and today, for that matter), then Wall of Voodoo wins that award from back in the 1980's, they were that underrated back in the day...

Obama To Shield Up To 5 Million With Executive Action

Coming: one constitutional crisis in the making....
The White House is in full-out sales pitch mode for President Barack Obama’s announcement Thursday that he will shield about 5 million undocumented immigrants from deportation, circumventing Congress to provide the most sweeping changes to immigration policy in decades.

Obama is meeting with key Democratic lawmakers; aides are speaking with advocates and lining up surrogates who will help promote the plan. A Facebook video with the president released Wednesday afternoon drew more than 1 million viewers and was shared more than 23,000 times, reaching the feeds of more than 5.5 million people.(Politico)
 And what will likely be part of President Emperor Obama's immigration plan here:
Naturally, Republicans - and conservatives - are royally pissed:
The outreach doesn’t include Republicans, who have been preparing to respond in large part by accusing Obama of overreach and by pointing to his repeated statements last year that he did not have the authority to act on certain pieces of immigration reform.
“If ‘Emperor Obama’ ignores the American people and announces an amnesty plan that he, himself, has said over and over again exceeds his constitutional authority, he will cement his legacy of lawlessness and ruin the chances for congressional action on this issue — and many others,” Speaker John Boehner’s spokesman Michael Steel said Wednesday.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) wrote in a POLITICO op-ed on Wednesday that if Obama takes action, he “will not be acting as a president, he will be acting as a monarch” and that the Senate should respond by refusing to confirm all his nominees except those for critical national security positions. Congress should also limit the administration’s ability to enforce the president’s actions by funding agencies individually and restricting any spending related to immigration laws, he said.
“If the president is unwilling to accepting funding for, say, the Department of Homeland Security without his being able to unilaterally defy the law, he alone will be responsible for the consequences,” Cruz wrote.(Politico)
 ...like I said: one constitutional crisis in the making. This time, though, it will all be on the President's head, not Congress's...

Seared Humor: Shock The Monkey?

In the comments section of Peter Gabriel's "Shock The Monkey", there's a great quote that almost caused a monitor-cleaning moment when I read it:
It's ok to slap your monkey and maybe even spank it on occasion but for god's sake, don't shock it too. That's just mean, man!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Seared Music: Gerry Rafferty - "Baker Street"


...maybe its' just me, but I like this version (a/k/a the album version) of "Baker Street" better than I do the single, radio edit...

Incoming AG Nomination To Be Considered In New Congress

For once, Searchlight Harry actually made a good decision:
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, told reporters Tuesday that the President's nominee for attorney general, Loretta Lynch, will not be confirmed before the end of the lame duck session of Congress.
"My personal feeling is, that the White House through intermediaries with me have said, don't be pushing that. We can do it after the first of the year," Reid said.
Lynch has been confirmed by the Senate twice before: once, in 2000, as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York at the end of then-President Clinton's second term, and again in 2010 for the same job under Mr. Obama.(CBS News)
For what it's worth, unless something game-changing occurs in between now and by the time her nomination comes up before the Senate, she should be confirmed; she's already gone through two confirmations up-to-now, which means she's been vetted to some degree and although some have argued that she has views similar to the outgoing AG, unless anything comes up to disqualify her, I don't see anything at present that would disqualify her.

California Governor Mulls Potential 2016 Bid Against Hillary Clinton

Oh, this should be interesting...Gov. Moonbeam vs. Hillary for the 2016 Democratic Presidential Nomination?
Signs are accumulating that California Governor Jerry Brown, fresh off a 20-point re-election victory and with at least $20 million in unspent campaign funds available, may challenge Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination for president in 2016.(American Thinker)
This has the makings' of a grudge match 20 years in the making between two ends of the Democratic Party, only the difference between that Jerry Brown would be facing Hillary Clinton instead of Bill Clinton and while odds are that Brown would likely lose, it also potentially would have the effect of weakening Hillary prior to the 2016 general-election campaign. Even if - God forbid - Jerry Brown were to win the nomination, can you imagine what that general-election campaign would be like?



...and the Left deigns to refer to the potential 2016 GOP primary field as a clown car?

Ben Shapiro: The Truth About The Gentle Giant


..for what its' worth, we may never know the full truth about what happened in Ferguson, Mo. back in August 2014. Unfortunately, the only two who know exactly what happened that day are Ferguson Ofc. Darren Wilson, who's essentially been crucified by the powers-that-be over the events of that day, and Michael Brown, who at first glance seemed like a modern-day Emmitt Till but in reality was nowhere near it.

H/T to IJ Review

Monday, November 17, 2014

Missouri Activates National Guard In Preparation For Grand Jury Decision

Maybe its' just me, but the more I read this, the more I'm starting to believe that, (a)the St. Louis Co. grand jury is about to release a no-indictment announcement in regards to the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, and (b)that all hell is likely to break loose in/around Ferguson, Mo., if and when that grand jury releases its' decision.

Am I wrong to think those things...anyone? Anyone? Bueller?!? 

The State of LGBT Equality in Africa

The State of LGBT Equality in Africa | Advocate.com

...reading the above article is a reminder that the march for equality is a continuing march; it should also be a reminder that it is still a long march indeed...




Random Thought, 17 Nov. 2014

..as much as Zetaboards Server 11 keeps going off-line, I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't just start another board on another forum system...any suggestions?