Saturday, December 13, 2014

Krauthammer: Warren's Govt. Shutdown Threat "A Festival Of Hypocrisy"

Two thoughts here: (1)Krauthammer's dead-to-rights here on the hypocrisy of Elizabeth Warren, that darling of the progressive left, calling for a government shutdown over the soon-to-be-passed Cromnibus spending bill when she's usually decrying similar tactics when they're employed by conservatives, and (2)Krauthammer's also dead-to-rights on whether Warren will run for president in 2016; though - if I were a betting man - HRC is still the presumptive favorite, she's too close to Wall Street for the Left's comfort and I'd be shocked if Warren doesn't take a swing at HRC come 2016.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Seared Music: Seven Mary Three - "Cumbersome"

...a good song to wrap work the week....just saying. ;)

Detroit Emerges From Bankruptcy (Among Other Things)


-On Detroit emerging from bankruptcy: While I'm glad to see Detroit emerge from bankruptcy, it took decades for them to get to the state that they're in at present, and its' going to take years for them to emerge out of it...but if they can avoid the pitfalls & mistakes of the past, they might succeed.
-On the State Dept.'s refusal to release certain files regarding former SecState Hillary Clinton: What part of the Freedom of Information Act do they not understand? What could they be hiding in those records?
-Where will the GOP high-dollar donor base go in the run to the 2016 presidential election...will they coalesce early around someone or will they wait until later on to make their decision?

Cromnibus Spending Bill Looks Set To Pass Through Senate

At least they're getting something done in D.C.,...
 The U.S. Senate looked set to pass a $1.1 trillion spending bill but it might need a few days to overcome procedural hurdles before voting on legislation that averts a government shutdown and ends jitters over major budget standoffs until next fall.
After the House of Representatives narrowly approved the bill late on Thursday following a battle that exposed fraying unity in President Barack Obama's Democratic Party, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid hoped the bill would pass on Friday to spare Americans the drama of yet another budget crisis.
Reid and Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell labored to steer the massive spending bill toward passage late Friday but it was unclear whether they could get it done without delay. (Reuters)
Hopefully, come 2015 when the GOP will control both houses of Congress, maybe we'll start seeing...oh, I don't know, actual budgets & appropriations bills being passed instead of these gargantuan omnibus bills. Is that too much to ask?

Alabama Recalls License Plate With Gay Slur

...okay, what genius down in Montgomery, Alabama, approved this?
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A personalized license plate with a gay slur slipped past a review panel in Alabama, and the state said Thursday that it's recalling the tag, which showed up in social media on photos of a black Mustang this week.
The license plate has the saying "NOHOMO," a slang phrase used when the speaker does not want to appear gay. The state prohibits personalized tags with profane or vulgar messages, Alabama Department of Revenue spokeswoman Amanda Collier said. The three-member review panel looks at about 4,000 requests a month for personalized plates, and this was a case of human error, Collier said. (Yahoo News)
For what its' worth, I agree w/Alvin McEwen over at Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters when he says:
 I guess I'm SUPPOSED to be happy over this. Why was the slur approved in the first place?
Good question....

H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters 

Founder's Quote, 12 Dec. 2014

We are not to consider ourselves, while here, as at church or school, to listen to the harangues of speculative piety; we are here to talk of the political interests committed to our charge. - Fisher Ames, speech in the United States House of Representatives — 1789 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Seared Music: Joy Division - "Decades"

...remind me again why we can't have music this hauntingly beautiful nowadays?

Strange Bedfellows As Obama & House Leaders Work To Pass CR

Must be that time of year again, when both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue rush to pass continuing resolutions to keep the government lights running:
House Republican leaders and the Obama White House formed an unlikely alliance late Thursday as they scrambled to secure the votes for a $1.1 trillion spending bill, ahead of a midnight deadline. 
Fox News is told that President Obama and Vice President Biden were calling House Democrats appealing for their support. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also arrived on the Hill late Thursday to meet with the Democratic caucus. Meanwhile, House GOP leaders were trying to sway conservative members who, for different reasons, were opposed to the package. Unclear is whether the push can produce a bipartisan majority to approve the package. 
Earlier in the day, the bill narrowly cleared an important procedural hurdle, on a 214-212 test vote. But the tight vote, which almost failed, exposed serious problems -- all Democrats voted against it, while 16 Republicans defected. 
GOP leaders then delayed a final vote, signaling they did not yet have enough support lined up to pass the legislation. A spending bill of some kind is needed to avert a government shutdown after the midnight deadline. A senior House GOP source told Fox News it is "very close." (Fox News)
 Now, I know I ain't the sharpest tool in the political toolshed, but even I can remember a time when Congress used to actually pass things such as budgets...remember those things?

Founder's Quote, 11 Dec. 2014

It is very imprudent to deprive America of any of her privileges. If her commerce and friendship are of any importance to you, they are to be had on no other terms than leaving her in the full enjoyment of her rights. - Benjamin Franklin, Political Observations

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Seared Music: Pearl Jam - "World Wide Suicide"

...given the reaction to the release of the CIA Interrogations Report yesterday, this might be a good expression of said reaction...

While The Left Worries About The Just-Released CIA Interrogations Report...

...our Mohammadian enemies overseas did the following recently:
The Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria on Tuesday posted photographs appearing to show jihadists throw a “gay” off a rooftop and then stoning him to death. “The Islamic court in Wilayet al-Furat decided that a man who has practised sodomy must be thrown off the highest point in the city, and then stoned to death,” read a statement accompanying the images.(Weasel Zippers)
2 thoughts here...one: Someone really needs to tell sanctimonious liberal ninnes' such as Dianne Feinstein and John McCain to go jump off a cliff (or in McCain's case, crash off a cliff) and two: if it comes down to either protecting America and Americans' versus not torturing enemy combatants...well, I'm sorry, I'll protect Americans first, period. While we don't have to sink ourselves to the level of our enemies, we sure as hell don't need to tie our hands doing so.

H/T to Gay Patriot 

Stupid Commercials, 10 Dec. 2014

You know, as much as I like, (a)most GEICO commercials and (b)rappers Salt N' Pepa', the currently-running GEICO commercial featuring them is, in my humble opinion, one of the stupidest commercials in recent memory to ever be put on television....

Founder's Quote, 10 Dec. 2014

Let each citizen remember at the moment he is offering his vote that he is not making a present or a compliment to please an individual - or at least that he ought not so to do; but that he is executing one of the most solemn trusts in human society for which he is accountable to God and his country. - Samuel Adams, in the Boston Gazette — 1781

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Appellate Court Gives Okay For Lawsuit Against Anti-LGBT Leader To Proceed

...about...damn....time!
A federal appeals court has denied pastor Scott Lively’s petition to dismiss a lawsuit that alleges he violated U.S. law by trying to influence the laws of a foreign country.
The 1st Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled last Thursday against Lively, president of anti-LGBT hate group Abiding Truth Ministries. The lawsuit charges Lively, who is also the author of the discredited Holocaust revisionist book The Pink Swastika, with helping foment anti-LGBT sentiment in Uganda. With this ruling, the lawsuit will now proceed in federal court.
Filed in 2012 by the U.S. based Center for Constitutional Rights and Sexual Minorities Uganda, a non-profit LGBT advocacy group based in Uganda, the lawsuit alleges that “Lively’s involvement in anti-gay efforts in Uganda, including his active participation in the conspiracy to strip away fundamental rights from LGBTI persons, constitutes persecution.” Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that Lively encouraged government-backed acts of violence against LGBT people through his anti-LGBT rhetoric, particularly remarks he made when addressing members of the Ugandan parliament in 2009.(SPLC HateWatch)
...you know, its' one thing for people such as Mr. Lively to peddle their hate here in the U.S. but its' quite another for him to do its' overseas; hopefully, a lawsuit such as the one above will convince people such as him to stop - or, at the very least, make it costly to do so.

Seared Music: Steve Earle - "Copperhead Road"

...if this song doesn't encapsulate life in Appalachia in some regards, what does?

Senate Panel Releases CIA Interrogations Report

I'm of two minds in regards to today's release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's interrogations report...on the one hand, this doesn't benefit anyone; by releasing this report, my main concern is that we've, (a)essentially given anyone wishing to do harm to America a roadmap to do so and (b)that we've all-but-laid the groundwork for potential prosecutions down the road with regards to those who actually carried out the enhanced interrogations.

On the other hand, I happen to agree with Judge Andrew Napolitano's perspective on the report in question, especially his words that “the American people have a right to know what’s been done in their name, especially when they’re misled about it.”

Founder's Quote, 9 Dec. 2014

Nothing is more essential to the establishment of manners in a State than that all persons employed in places of power and trust must be men of unexceptionable characters. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren — 1775

Monday, December 8, 2014

Seared Music: Genesis - "Abacab"

...for what its' worth, I still think the 6+ minute studio version of "Abacab" is better than the 4-minute or so radio edit...just saying. :)

Potential Retirement In The Works?

Even though California is as hostile to Republicans as Texas is to Democrats' at present, this is still a bit of a shocker, if it pans out:
A parade of ambitious California public figures, who’ve spent years itching for a shot at the state’s top political offices, are anticipating a shake-up of the state’s political hierarchy that could begin in a matter of weeks with the possible retirement of Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer. And some big names — including the mayor of Los Angeles — are already sizing up possible bids to succeed her.
Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of her friends believe she will run for a fifth term. Boxer has stopped raising money and is not taking steps to assemble a campaign. With Republicans taking over the Senate, she is about to relinquish her chairmanship of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.(Politico)
..and who might some of her potential replacements be, off-hand?

  • Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti
  • California AG Kamala Harris
  • California Lt.Gov. Gavin Newsom
  • Environmentalist Tom Steyer
  • Former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Former Rep. Jackie Speyer
  • Outgoing state Comptroller John Chaing
  • Incoming Sec.of State Alex Padilla
Now, odds are, whoever wins would be the prohibitive frontrunner come November 2016; even with the near-perfect campaign that she ran in 2010, Boxer's challenger back then, former HP exec Carly Fiorina, lost by about 10 points. Throw in the fact that, just as there's no bench of sorts for Democrats in Texas, there's practically no bench of potential GOP candidates in the Golden State, and its' a good bet that whoever the GOP nominates will likely be a candidate for Election Night's resident sacrificial lamb...still, anything's possible; did anyone anticipate what happened back on Election Night this year?

Founder's Quote, 8 Dec. 2014

I think we have more machinery of government than is necessary, too many parasites living on the labor of the industrious. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Ludlow — 1824

Will Republican Control Of The South Impact The 2016 Presidential Election?

Uhhh....ya' think?
The defeat Saturday of Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu was essentially the final act in the Republican Party’s control this fall of the South -- a transition expected to have a significant impact on the 2016 White House races.  
The victory by Republican challenger and Louisiana Rep. Bill Cassidy means that Democrats in January will be left without a single U.S. senator or governor across nine states -- stretching from the Carolinas to Texas.
And GOP runoff victories Saturday in two Louisiana House districts ensure the party of at least 246 seats, the largest Republican advantage since the Truman administration after World War II.
Furthermore, Republicans in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas will control nearly every majority-white congressional district and both state legislative chambers.
But will the conservative-leaning voters who appeared this year to have written a closing chapter for the white Southern Democrat have the same impact on the 2016 presidential races?
"The Republican presidential nomination will run through the South," says Ferrell Guillory, a Southern politics expert based at the University of North Carolina. "As Mitt Romney found (in 2012), that...makes it harder to build a national coalition once you are the nominee."(Fox News)
I'm of two minds in regards to this...on the one hand, prospective Republican candidates for president in 2016 are going to have to figure out how to balance winning a very-decidedly conservative primary electorate with winning a general-election oriented electorate that isn't as conservative. On the other hand, as long as the Electoral College map is skewed - no pun intended - as it currently stands, Republicans are going to have to make inroads outside the South or they risk losing future presidential elections.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

The Thorium Molten-Salt Reactor...

...for what its' worth, thorium-based reactor systems should be looked at as a potential future energy source in America; other than the risk of radioactive material (which is always a concern in regards to nuclear energy), this could - if worked out properly - take a key place in America's energy environment.

Google Engineers Admit Renewable Energy Won't Slow Climate Change

...after several years of research backed by Google cash, two engineers (self-professed environmentalists) confess that renewable energy sources will never help us stop, or even slow, climate change. Believing otherwise is magical thinking. Will this discovery goad the Democrats to restore science to its proper place? And why did they ignore the obvious solution staring them in the face?(PJ Media)

...now can we finally get rid of this whole climate change kerfluffle and actually pursue solutions that work?

73 Years Ago...

Every generation has an event that defines that generation...for my generation (and the Millenials), that event was September 11th. For "the Greatest Generation", that event was December 7th, 1941...quoting the Naval History & Heritage Command:

By late November 1941, with peace negotiations clearly approaching an end, informed U.S. officials (and they were well-informed, they believed, through an ability to read Japan's diplomatic codes) fully expected a Japanese attack into the Indies, Malaya and probably the Philippines. Completely unanticipated was the prospect that Japan would attack east, as well.

The U.S. Fleet's Pearl Harbor base was reachable by an aircraft carrier force, and the Japanese Navy secretly sent one across the Pacific with greater aerial striking power than had ever been seen on the World's oceans. Its planes hit just before 8AM on 7 December. Within a short time five of eight battleships at Pearl Harbor were sunk or sinking, with the rest damaged. Several other ships and most Hawaii-based combat planes were also knocked out and over 2400 Americans were dead. Soon after, Japanese planes eliminated much of the American air force in the Philippines, and a Japanese Army was ashore in Malaya.

These great Japanese successes, achieved without prior diplomatic formalities, shocked and enraged the previously divided American people into a level of purposeful unity hardly seen before or since.
Let us never forget what happened...and let us always remember the events of the past so that we may be better prepared for the future.