Friday, December 26, 2014

Seared Music: Corey Hart - "Sunglasses At Night"

...great the shades, though. ;)

Random Thought, 26 Dec. 2014

Now, I know I'm new to conservatism and all that, but I have to agree with Gay Patriot on something: while I may never have cared much for Dubya's policies, he was a helluva more decent person than Emperor Barack I...just saying. :)

Founder's Quote, 26 Dec. 2014

What is it that affectionate parents require of their Children; for all their care, anxiety, and toil on their accounts? Only that they would be wise and virtuous, Benevolent and kind. - Abigail Adams, letter to John Quincy Adams — 1783

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Space Station Crew Offer Christmas Greetings To The World

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore and Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA offered their thoughts and best wishes to the world for the Christmas holiday during downlink messages from the orbital complex on Dec. 17. Wilmore has been aboard the research lab since late September and will remain in orbit until mid-March 2015. Virts arrived at the station in late November and will stay until mid-May 2015.

Incoming Senate Leader Ready To Do Battle, Strategy Uncertain

Cuba. Coal. Immigration. The Keystone XL pipeline. And that's just for openers. Republican Mitch McConnell becomes the Senate's majority leader in two weeks, a role he's been eager to fill for years. He's also eager to challenge President Barack Obama.
That much was clear during a wide-ranging interview with McClatchy this week where he focused on those four topics as places he and the president are likely to clash. Precisely what he will do to counter the president was less clear.
McConnell, like many Republicans, remains miffed that since the Nov. 4 election Obama has taken executive action to halt deportations of millions of undocumented immigrants and announced steps to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba. (MSN News)
Each of those issues has its' own pitfalls...on Cuba, for instance, even if the Senate blocks the installation of a full ambassador to the island nation, they can't legally block the White House from spending the monies designated for the U.S. Interests Section without a specific legislative rider blocking it, which would then have to pass a potential presidential veto. Ditto for attempts to block EPA regulations, which would have to brave the same presidential veto juggernaut; as for Keystone, market forces may block construction of the pipeline as oil prices per barrel continue to steadily fall.

Then there's the home state dilemma he'll face involving Senate colleague Rand Paul, who may have to decide whether to run for President or for a second Senate term as current Kentucky law prohibits him from doing so...something which ironically both McConnell and McConnell's former Senate challenger, Sec.of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, may have a hand in deciding - which should help add to what appears to be an interesting 2015 for the incoming Senate leader.

Merry Christmas!

...from Western N.C., here's wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Do Obama & DeBlasio Have Blood On Their Hands Over NYPD Deaths?

...let me think about that....yes. 

Founder's Quote, 24 Dec. 2014

The dons, the bashaws, the grandees, the patricians, the sachems, the nabobs, call them by what names you please, sigh and groan and fret, and sometimes stamp and foam and curse, but all in vain. The decree is gone forth, and it cannot be recalled, that a more equal liberty than has prevailed in other parts of the earth must be established in America. - John Adams, letter to Patrick Henry — 1776

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Seared Music: Red Rider - "Crack The Sky (Breakaway)"

...for what its' worth, while "Lunatic Fringe" was a bigger hit for Tom Cochrane and Red Rider, this IMO was a better song....just saying. ;)

Is It Just Me...

...or is the American Left becoming more and more outspoken in their hate towards America and its' institutions?
A student leader at Brandeis University has jumped to her Twitter account to celebrate the murder of two New York City police officers saying that she has “no sympathy” for the dead officers and saying that she “hates this fu**ing country.”
Khadijah Lynch, a junior and an Undergraduate Department Representative in the African and Afro-American Studies Department at Brandeis and has been a featured speaker at various university events. She is also a noted student leader and speaks for students in the African and Afro-American Studies Department. (Liberty News)
Worse, while some on the Left - like Ms. Lynch, who can frankly go jump off a cliff for all I care - make excuses for violence committed against law enforcement, for instance, others on the Left are now making excuses for their fellow travelers, which kind of makes me wonder whether the Left still even gives a damn about this great country of ours...or whether they simply want to watch it burn.

H/T to Gay Patriot

Founder's Quote, 23 Dec. 2014

It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives. - John Adams, Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law — 1756

Monday, December 22, 2014

Seared Music: Joe Cocker - "The Letter" (Live in Dortmund, 1992)

...the music world tonight is a sadder, quieter in peace, Mr. Cocker. :(

NYC Mayor: Put Aside Protests Until After Officers' Burial

....shame Mayor Red didn't feel that way before Saturday's execution-style killings of NYPD Officers Rafael Ramos & Wenjian Liu....
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday that New Yorkers should set aside protests until after the funerals of the two police officers who were shot and killed in an ambush over the weekend.
The mayor made the call at a luncheon of the Police Athletic League charity two days after a gunman killed Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in their squad car in Brooklyn. The killer, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, had ranted against police on social media accounts.
The ambush deepened tensions between police and the mayor, who had said it was "painful" when a grand jury declined to indict an officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner. Officers turned their backs on de Blasio at a press conference on Saturday night after Ramos and Liu were gunned down.
"It's a time to step back and just focus on these families," de Blasio said at the luncheon. "I think it's time for everyone to put aside political debates, put aside protests, put aside all of the things that we will talk about in due time." (NBC News)
To borrow a line from the movie WarGames: Mr. Mayor, with all due respect, under careful consideration, I wish you would simply shut the hell up and resign from your office.

Founder's Quote, 22 Dec. 2014

[D]emocracy will soon degenerate into an anarchy, such an anarchy that every man will do what is right in his own eyes and no man's life or property or reputation or liberty will be secure, and every one of these will soon mould itself into a system of subordination of all the moral virtues and intellectual abilities, all the powers of wealth, beauty, wit and science, to the wanton pleasures, the capricious will, and the execrable cruelty of one or a very few. - John Adams, An Essay on Man's Lust for Power — 1763

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dodge Hellcat Owner Wrecks New Hellcat...1 Hour After Buying It

...there are simply no words here....

You knew it was bound to happen, sooner or later. We just didn’t think it would be THAT soon.

When Dodge announced the $60,000 Challenger SRT Hellcat and Charger SRT Hellcat earlier this year – with 707 horsepower motors that make them the most powerful stock muscle cars on the streets of America today – it was almost inevitable what might happen when someone would push one to … and past … its limits.

Unfortunately, a motorist in Colorado found that lesson out the hard way, according to a great story on The Challenger, which has a reported top speed of 204 mph, has only been in dealer showrooms for about a month. This is where the story gets, as Arte Johnson used to say on the 1960s TV show “Laugh In,” “Veerrrryyyy interesting.”

So, apparently an unnamed individual walks into a dealer’s showroom, signs on the dotted line and drives off with a brand new, bright neon lime green Challenger Hellcat. The proud new owner’s beautiful car lasted about an hour, according to MotorAuthority’s Viknesh Vijayenthiran... (NBC MotorSportsTalk)

.....I would say something here, but the words I could use in regards to this sacrilege can't be aired in the open...let us simply remember the car as it should look, not as it ended up as....

...and let us say, in regards to that Colorado motorist....what an idiot!