Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Seared Music: Steve Winwood - "Talking Back To The Night"

.....I figure, since its' the end of the year, we might as well dig out a few more good songs to round out the year that was...

Is College Really For Everyone?

Now, I know I'm not the smartest tool in the proverbial toolshed, but I do know this: if, after 12 years of public education, you cannot get the word "major" spelled right, should you even go to college? Case in point....


.....now, major's a word one should probably have mastered back in...oh, I don't know, 3rd-grade or so, which makes me wonder how in the hell the genius above made it through those 12 years of schooling? To quote the words of USWNT star Alex Morgan....."Seriously?!?"

Founder's Quote, 30 Dec. 2015

As riches increase and accumulate in few hands, as luxury prevails in society, virtue will be in a greater degree considered as only a graceful appendage of wealth, and the tendency of things will be to depart from the republican standard. This is the real disposition of human nature; it is what neither the honorable member nor myself can correct. It is a common misfortunate that awaits our State constitution, as well as all others. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Seared Music: The Guess Who - "No Time"

....remind me once again how music today is supposedly better than it was in the past?

Is Franklin Graham Pushing For An American Theocracy?

To read his statement following his departure from the Republican Party, it sure as hell sounds like it...
Franklin Graham will, effectively, follow in the footsteps of his pals like the American Family Association and their David Lane, who heads AFA's American Renewal Project, to sire an army of Christian pastors to take over America! "Unless more godly men and women get in this process and change this wicked system, our country is in for trouble. I want to challenge Christians, even pastors, across the country to pray about running for office where they can have an impact. We need mayors, country commissioners, city council members, school board members who will uphold biblical values." (The New Civil Rights Movement)
America's doing pretty good at the moment, Reverend Graham - even with the Wanker-in-Chief running things at present (....please let a Republican win in 2016, God...) and the last thing we need frankly are a bunch of theocrats running things; if that's how he wants things to do, why dont'cha' move to Iran, Reverend Graham?

*adds deadpan* ...oh, wait, wrong religion there....whoops. Maybe Franklin Graham should take a page from The Man himself....quoting the NT:
Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's. (Matthew 22:21, KJV)
(H/T To Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)

Founder's Quote, 29 Dec. 2015

Such will be the relation between the House of Representatives and their constituents. Duty gratitude, interest, ambition itself, are the cords by which they will be bound to fidelity and sympathy with the great mass of the people. - James Madison, Federalist No. 57 — 1788

Monday, December 28, 2015

Seared Music: Motorhead - "Ace of Spades"

....another music legend is now one with the ages....

Donald Trump Turns Up Attacks On Hillary Clinton

....given this current generation's views on consent, sexual assault and everything surrounding those issues, this could actually wing Hillary the Queen Bitch some...
All wasn’t peaceful and quiet over the holidays, at least not as far as Donald Trump is concerned. The Republican presidential front-runner ramped up his attacks against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and is now turning his attention to her husband, former President Bill Clinton. But the Clinton campaign is pushing back.
The former Democratic president has a “terrible record of women abuse,” Trump tweeted this morning. (ABC News)
Now, why is this important? Well, given her husband's history, her touting of women's issues smacks of hypocrisy and is something that should be attacked at every possible opportunity; hopefully, Trump won't be the only Republican to go after Hillary along these lines as the campaign moves along.

Founder's Quote, 28 Dec. 2015

A morsel of genuine history is a thing so rare as to be always valuable. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Adams — 1817

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Linus's Christmas Speech

(Luke 2:8-14 -  NIV) And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
    and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

....and with that, may you, dear readers of Seared Thoughts, have a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season!

Founder's Quote, 24 Dec. 2015

If mankind were to resolve to agree in no institution of government, until every part of it had been adjusted to the most exact standard of perfection, society would soon become a general scene of anarchy, and the world a desert. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 65 — 1788

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Berkeley Logic....

Founder's Quote, 23 Dec. 2015

And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever. - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18 — 1781

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Seared Music: Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"

a fightin' working-man's song if there ever was one....

State Dept. Chides Catholic Cardinal Over Gay Slurs Towards Ambassador

....with all due respect to Cardinal Archbishop Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, fuck you and the papal horse you rode in on...
The State Department weighed in Tuesday on an escalating war of words between the U.S. ambassador to the Dominican Republic and a cardinal who has leveled gay slurs against him -- telling FoxNews.com the fight "does underscore" the importance of pushing human rights causes. 
U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James “Wally” Brewster, who is openly gay and married, has been mocked over his sexual orientation by Cardinal Archbishop Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez for more than two years.
It got so heated that earlier this month, Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., sent a letter to Pope Francis asking him to intervene in the verbal attacks. 
“Even before Ambassador Brewster’s arrival in Santo Domingo in 2013, Cardinal Rodriguez launched a personal attack against him with public statements quoted in the popular press,” Durbin’s letter said. "The Cardinal used the hateful slur ‘faggot,’ which he continues to use to this day." 
Durbin added, "In a recent interview Cardinal Rodriguez again described the ambassador as a ‘faggot’ and falsely claimed the ambassador was setting out to promote ‘faggotry’ in the Dominican Republic." 
The cardinal reportedly also said Brewster should “focus on housework, since he’s the wife to a man.” (Fox News)
...someone should also remind the aforementioned cardinal that, (a)ambassadors serve at the pleasure of the country they represent and (b)as long as he's doing his damn job, what damn difference does it make whether he's gay or not? FWIW, as much as I like to slag on the Obama Administration, maybe they ought to appoint Amb. Brewster U.S. Ambassador to Vatican City....that'd really frost the Papcy, wouldn't it?

Founder's Quote, 22 Dec. 2015

His person, you know, was fine, his stature exactly what one would wish, his deportment easy, erect and noble. - Thomas Jefferson, on George Washington in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones — 1814

Monday, December 21, 2015

Seared Music: Seven Mary Three - "Water's Edge"

....as much as people want to slag on music from the 90's and 2000's, there were plenty of good songs...case in point: this one. Nice guitar sounds, along with a raw, earthy lyrical voice...what's not to like?

Democrats Are Totalitarians...

Don't look at me; read it for yourself....
Donald Trump may talk like a brownshirt, but the Democrats mean business. For those of you keeping track, the Democrats and their allies on the left have now: voted in the Senate to repeal the First Amendment, proposed imprisoning people for holding the wrong views on global warming, sought to prohibit the showing of a film critical of Hillary Rodham Clinton, proposed banning politically unpopular academic research, demanded that funding politically unpopular organizations and causes be made a crime and that the RICO organized-crime statute be used as a weapon against targeted political groups. They have filed felony charges against a Republican governor for vetoing a piece of legislation, engaged in naked political persecutions of members of Congress, and used the IRS and the ATF as weapons against political critics.
... ... ...
On the college campuses, they shout down unpopular ideas or simply forbid nonconforming views from being heard there in the first place. They have declared academic freedom an “outdated concept” and have gone the full Orwell, declaring that freedom is oppressive and that they should not be expected to tolerate ideas that they do not share. They are demanding mandatory ideological indoctrination sessions for nonconforming students. They have violently assaulted students studying in libraries and assaulted student journalists documenting their activities. They have staged dozens of phony hate crimes and sexual assaults as a pretext for persecuting unpopular organizations and people. (National Review via. Gay Patriot)
One of the reasons - among many - as to why I'm no longer a lefty liberal Democrat is that, quite simply, I like to think for myself, speak for myself, decide things for myself, etc.,etc.,...things you can't quite do much of if you're a lefty liberal Democrat.

Founder's Quote, 21 Dec. 2015

While the constitution continues to be read, and its principles known, the states, must, by every rational man, be considered as essential component parts of the union; and therefore the idea of sacrificing the former to the latter is totally inadmissible. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Hills Are Alive...

Waivers Allowing Christian Schools To Discriminate Against LGBT Students Spike In 2015

....remind me again how we in the LGBT community are supposed to tolerate religious liberty again?
Under President Bill Clinton, 10 universities applied. Under President George W. Bush, two schools sent applications. And during the first few years of President Barack Obama’s term, there were none.
But within the past few years, according to records the U.S. Department of Education provided to BuzzFeed News, 60 religious universities have applied for exemptions from a 1972 federal law that bans publicly funded schools from discriminating on the basis of sex in regards to hiring, admissions, and other issues.
Forty-three of those applications were filed this year, and 22 have already been approved. The rest are pending, but no request for an exemption has ever been rejected by this or any previous administration.
Not only are the number of requests for waivers and approvals spiking, schools are now seeking a different type of exemption than under previous administrations. (Buzzfeed)
Interesting, isn't it, that in recent years, as LGBT individuals have become more & more accepted within the broader American society, Christianist schools seeking to continue their ways of discriminating against students based on sexual orientation (while continuing to accept federal tax dollars all the while....hypocrites!) ask the federal government for exemptions under the 1964 Civil Rights Act to continue doing so?

Well, it frankly stinks to high heaven and shouldn't these colleges, if Washington in this instance had any balls, be called out for their hypocrisies? You know, one of these days, the Dept. of Education - a bureaucracy I normally don't care about - ought to tell those bigoted colleges (in the style of this scene from the movie Casino), "You can either take the federal dollars or you can continue to discriminate against LGBT individuals, but you can't do both."

Remember, folks: the struggle for LGBT equality doesn't stop at the courthouse steps or in the halls of power; it continues apace...

H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bernie Sanders Supporters In A Nutshell....


....what's the running joke about college? Oh yeah: after 4 years, some will have good jobs, some will go on to graduate school or beyond...and others - like the genius above - will be like, "Do you want fries with that?"

Social Justice Wankers....


*looks at photo above* ....yeah, that 'bout describes them...

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Seared Music: Roxy Music - "More Than This"

....if the Beatles were music's standard-bearers for Merseyside, and Joy Division & New Order were likewise for Greater Manchester, odds are these cats served the same purpose up in the Northeast of England...unlike the other 3, I don't quite think these guys got the recognition due them...

U.S. District Court: Discrimination Based On Sexual Orientation Is Sex Discrimination

Glad to see the courts haven't been cowed by popular emotion...
A US District Court in California has ruled that there is no clear line of distinction between discriminating against someone based on their sexual orientation and discriminating against them based on their sex. From Erin Buzuvis at Title IX Blog:
--Two female athletes are suing Pepperdine University over discrimination they experienced as athletes on the basketball team. They allege that the head coach and other athletic department employees singled them out for unfair treatment because they suspected that the plaintiffs were lesbians and in a relationship with each other, and when they complained about mistreatment, they were forced off the team and lost their scholarships. The athletes sued the university under Title IX and other state laws. And while their case was initially dismissed, the athletes received permission to amend their complaint, and when they did, Pepperdine again moved to dismiss. This time, however, the court denied the university’s motion, which means that the plaintiffs can continue to litigate the case and begin preparing for trial.
The court’s decision is significant for how it treated Pepperdine’s argument that the plaintiffs cannot sustain a claim under Title IX because the statute does not cover discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Specifically, the court refused to consider sexual orientation discrimination a separate category of discrimination, but rather, viewed it as a subset of sex discrimination. The court reached this conclusion in two separate ways —  first, by viewing sexual orientation discrimination as a type of gender stereotype discrimination, and second by considering it a matter of  “straightforward” sex discrimination. (Title IX Blog via. AmericaBlog)
Now, mind you, this case is only getting to trial; it hasn't even begun making its' way up the judicial ladder - and a case of this nature is almost certain to do so in the partisanized legal environment of today - but as AmericaBlog's Jon Green points out, Title IX has long held that discriminatng against someone based on gender has long been illegal; what the Court here did in agreeing to hear the plaintiff's case is that they extended that provision to cover discrimination based on sexual orientation, something that most courts had shied away from in past Title IX cases. In addition, as the court determined in allowing the case to go forward, even if the courts later reject the orientation part of the ruling, the school could still be sued over gender discrimination as currently written in Title IX of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.

Ironically, another branch of the federal government - the EEOC, to be exact - has already touched on the issue in question, ruling that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is illegal under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Based on these two principles, it would not surprise anyone to see more & more cases such as the Pepperdine case above move through the courts, and it wouldn't also surprise anyone if even the Supreme Court decides that discrimination for reasons of sexual orientation is indeed discrimination under the Civil Rights Act....period, full stop.

Founder's Quote, 17 Dec. 2015

In the first place, it is to be remembered, that the general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects, which concern all the members of the republic, but which are not to be attained by the separate provisions of any. - James Madison, Federalist No. 14 — 1787

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Seared Music: Tarney-Spencer Band - "Run For Your Life"

....a good mid-week song.....enough said.

Team Led By Mohammedan Woman Caught Surveilling Border Patrol Facility

Still think America's southern border doesn't need securing?
A Middle Eastern woman was caught surveilling a U.S. port of entry on the Mexican border holding a sketchbook with Arabic writing and drawings of the facility and its security system, federal law enforcement sources tell Judicial Watch.
The woman has been identified as 23-year-old Leila Abdelrazaq, according to a Customs and Border Patrol (CPB) report obtained by JW this week. Abdelrazaq appeared to have two accomplices, a 31-year-old man named Gabriel Schivone and a 28-year-old woman named Leslie Mcafee. CBP agents noticed the trio “observing the facilities” at the Port of Mariposa in Nogales, Arizona on December 2. Schivone was first noticed inside the entrance of the pedestrian area while the two women stood outside by the entry door, the CPB document states.
When federal officers asked Abdelrazaq why she was drawing sketches of the facilities she “stated because she’s never been to the border,” according to the CBP report. Abdelrazaq resisted showing officers the sketchbook, citing personal reasons, but subsequently handed it over. “During the inspection of the Abdelrazaq sketching book, CBPOs noticed the book contained writings in English and Arabic language,” federal officers write in the document. “There were drawings of what appeared to be vehicle primary inspection area and an additional drawing of pedestrian turn stile gate depicting video surveillance cameras above the gate.” The report proceeds to reveal that the drawings were “partial and incomplete.” (Judicial Watch)
Now, I know I'm not the sharpest tool in the political toolshed, but even I know that when someone's drawing sketches of buildings important to national security - and Border Patrol locations certainly count there - odds are, unless they're architects, they might be up to no good. And it ain't the first time something of this nature has happened; according to the above Judicial Watch report:
  • Five Middle Eastern men were arrested by Border Patrol agents in Amado, Arizona - 30 miles from the border, mind you - with stainless steel cylinders in backpacks, prompting an alert to Homeland Security
  • In Patagonia, Arizona - 20 miles from the Mexican city of Nogales - six men (1 Afghani, 5 Pakistani) were arrested
  • In addition to the two news items above, there are credible reports of ISIS training camps in northern Mexico west Ciudad Juarez
Now, if that last time scares you, remember: Ciudad Juarez is the mirror city to El Paso, Texas...and El Paso is home to one of the Army's largest military bases, Ft. Bliss.

...and people still think we don't need to secure America's southern border?

Founder's Quote, 16 Dec. 2015

Religion in a Family is at once its brightest Ornament & its best Security. - Samuel Adams, letter to Thomas Wells — 1780

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Seared Music: Edwyn Collins - "A Girl Like You"

....while the 90's weren't the best period for music at times, there were exceptions to the rule....case in point: the song above...

The 224th Anniversary Of The Bill Of Rights

Today marked the 224th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution...the Bill of Rights, of course, are the first 10 amendments to the Constitution but they are much, much more than that; they are an enshrinement of one of the hallmarks of American equality and that is the rule of law, that all men are equal before it, regardless and irrespective of race, class, gender, orientation, status, ethnicity, etc.,etc.,etc.,...

As Patriot Post's Mark Alexander points out, the Bill of Rights originated from three equally remarkable documents....
  • John Locke's Two Treatises Of Government, which laid out the basics for what a civil society should look like but also brought forth the idea that for government to function, it must have the consent of the governed
  • the Virginia Declaration of Rights, which addressed the rights of man, including the inherent and inalienable right to reform government as needed
  • and the Declaration of Independence, which set forth not only the declaration of American independence from Great Britain but also, (a)laid forth the reasons behind her independence from the mother country and (b)re-asserted that man had certain inherent and inalienable rights that government could not take away
Taken in context, the Bill of Rights is not only a codification of the rights of man but also a proscription against government encroachment of said rights; we may argue, bitch and moan about either point but without the Bill of Rights, America would be a far darker place than it is today.

Founder's Quote, 15 Dec. 2015

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

Monday, December 14, 2015

Seared Music: Humble Pie - "30 Days In The Hole"

....a good song to start off the week with....

How To Serve Up A Liberal...

Say whatever you want about conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza, but he recently gave a lesson on how to school social justice wankers; just watch the video below....
Now, if you don't feel like watching the video above, here's a summary of the above....

--Social Justice Wanker: “White privilege is the end product of generations of economic injustice and white people stealing from brown people and can only be ended by white people giving up their privilege.”
--D’Souza: “If you really feel that way, why don’t you give up your privilege to a disadvantaged person of color.”


...and that's how you serve up a liberal, Dinesh D'Souza style....
(H/T to Gay Patriot)

Founder's Quote, 14 Dec. 2015

Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue, diffused generally among the body of the people, being necessary for the preservation of their rights and liberties, and as these depend on spreading the opportunities and advantages of education in the various parts of the country, and among the different orders of people, it shall be the duty of legislators and magistrates... to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries of them. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776

Friday, December 11, 2015

Seared Music: Phuture - "Acid Tracks"

...as I listen to this, I can't help but wonder if, the way the weather's been this week in Western NC, the weather hasn't been on some kind of acid trip itself...

Report: Obama Told NSC & FBI To Downplay San Bernardino Terrorist Angle

.....given the current administration's track record, why does this not surprise me?
The FBI has taken heat for failing to immediately classify the San Bernardino shootings as terrorism, but a new report shows that FBI reluctance could have been due to external pressure from the White House.
A source told Jack Murphy of SOFREP that the FBI instantly believed the shooting, which left 14 dead, to be a clear act of terrorism. The White House, however, didn’t feel the same way and quickly moved in to squash the terror classification.
This source added that as soon as the shooting took place, Obama convened a meeting with the National Security Council and the heads of other federal enforcement agencies to discuss a public relations strategy.
Part of the reason for trying to avoid the designation of the shootings as terrorism is because it threatens to upset the Obama administration’s strategy in Syria. A case of Islamic terrorism in the U.S. would put additional pressure on the administration to play a much more active role in the conflict.
But in this case, because the preponderance evidence so pointed to terrorism, the FBI’s hand was forced, and the agency declared the existence of a terrorism investigation, going against top-down priorities from the White House. Syed Rizwan Farook, the shooter, had contact with ISIS and other groups.
In response, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said the Department of Justice was ready and waiting to prosecute people engaging in “anti-Muslim” rhetoric.
Michael Flynn, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said publicly that the Obama administration wants to completely sideline discussion of terrorism, because it contradicts the claim that al-Qaida is dwindling. Obama recently suffered major embarrassment after he claimed that ISIS was contained, only one day before the Paris attacks took place. (The Daily Caller via. 970am WFLA - Tampa, Fla.)
Remember, folks: its' not Islamophobia when they're trying to kill you....the way things are going in D.C. at times, one might think they were trying to run a worldwide Marie Harf Jobs Experiment or something...

Founder's Quote, 11 Dec. 2015

[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

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Seared Music: The Aztec Mystic - "Knights Of The Jaguar"

.....I'm always looking for new music to listen to, so whenever I find something new, its' good to listen and savor the new sounds...

Rand Paul: Let's Destroy ISIS, Not The Constitution

Say whatever you want about Kentucky's junior senator, but he's right about one thing: what good does it do to go after and destroy ISIS if, in the process, we destroy the Constitution? The problem is, how do you do that? While I still don't see Rand Paul getting anywhere close to the GOP nomination in 2016, it would make sense for the eventual nominee, should they win the White House, to take some advice from Sen. Paul once in a while.

Founder's Quote, 10 Dec. 2015

This was the object of the Declaration of Independence. Not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of, not merely to say things which had never been said before; but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command their assent, and to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take. Neither aiming at originality of principle or sentiment, nor yet copied from any particular and previous writing, it was intended to be an expression of the American mind, and to give to that expression the proper tone and spirit called for by the occasion. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Henry Lee — 1825

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Seared Music: John Stewart - "Gold"

....good driving music if there ever was any....

College Student Sues Community College Over Free Speech Restrictions

....just as school children don't lose their rights under the Constitution, neither should college students as well...
A student at an Arizona community college is challenging her school’s so-called “speech zone,” arguing the policy “severely limited” her right to free speech and due process.
Brittany Mirelez, a freshman at Paradise Valley Community College in Maricopa County, Ariz., was kicked out of the designated speech zone in October for failing to obtain permission to use the space.
Mirelez had set up a table to converse with students about a group she is trying to start called the Young Americans for Liberty. The group, which has branches nationwide, advocates for limited government and liberty-minded candidates.
Originally, Mirelez said a Student Life official granted her permission, but shortly after setting up her table, a different official told her she had to leave because she didn’t get approval to use the space 48 hours in advance. (The Daily Signal)
Even though I normally wouldn't give the quasi-hate group a/k/a Alliance Defending Freedom the time of day most times, I gotta' agree with their assessment on this one....
 “Colleges are supposed to be a place where ideas are freely shared, not gagged or suppressed,” Tyson Langhofer, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, which is representing Mirelez in her lawsuit, told The Daily Signal. “College really works against its own purpose when it places restrictive speech rules above freedoms that the First Amendment guarantees to students and all other citizens.” (The Daily Signal)
For what its' worth, I think Ms. Mirelez has a case here; colleges and universities are supposed to be places where the free exchange of ideas and information should be celebrated, not suppressed or attacked...I'll be shocked if this case goes against her.

Founder's Quote, 9 Dec. 2015

I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way. - John Paul Jones, letter to M. Le Ray de Chaumont — 1778

If Obama Were President During Pearl Harbor...


....and to think, we've still got the sonuvabitch for another 12, 13 months.... *sarcastic eyeroll*

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Looking Back...

Quoting: "ESPN First Take" looks back at the announcement made by Howard Cosell on John Lennon's murder.

35 years ago, the world lost one of the great musicians of his day; back then, there was no social media, no internet as we know it....but for the sheer coincidence of an ABC producer being in the same ER as John Lennon when they brought him into NYC's Roosevelt Hospital, it would've been the next day before news broke of what happened. One can only imagine what was going on in the ABC Sports booth between Howard Cosell & Frank Gifford that night as news filtered down to them from New York over what happened...

One can also imagine how very much different things would be nowadays if such an event happened; with the 24hour news cycle, social media outlets, the internets, the blogosphere....that news would've shot out from the Big Apple in a heartbeat - maybe not even at that speed but faster. It was definitely not a night to be in the news business and you can tell by Cosell's voice - Cosell was good friends w/Lennon at the time - that he really didn't want to break the news of what happened that night but as Gifford points out, they were literally Johnny-On-The-Spot with the news and they had an obligation to report it, for good or for ill.

SCOTUS Examines "One Person, One Vote" Doctrine

Tuesday saw the Supreme Court hear what could end up being one of the biggest cases involving how legislative districts are drawn....first, a little background.

In the 1960's, the Warren Court issued a pair of decisions - Baker v. Carr & Reynolds v. Sims - which laid the foundations for what is known as the electoral doctrine of "one person, one vote", which required that state legislatures draw electoral districts (Congressional districts, legislative districts, etc.) on the basis of total population (that is, every district should be, within reason, as close to the ideal number of residents as the next one and so forth). However, what the Warren Court - and subsequent courts, for that matter - never got around to deciding was how the doctrine of OPOV should be determined...

....which is where today's Evenwel v. Abbott case comes in. The premise of the case, as explained by the plantiffs, is this: that legislatures, in drawing legislative districts, should take into account not the total number of residents but the total number of eligible voters in each district. This is important for it seeks to answer the following question: in a representative democracy, is every person to be equally represented, or should only those capable of casting votes in elections (i.e. 'eligible voters') be represented?

The plantiffs' argue that only eligible voters should be represented in legislative (and, by assumption, in congressional) districts and that there right to equal representation in the halls of power is unfairly diluted by residents who are not eligible to vote (i.e. felons, those under 18, illegal immigrants, legal resident aliens, etc.). Critics, to their credit, fired back that to change the rules there would effectively disenfranchise those cannot vote but are still part of said districts, namely children and the elderly.

For what its' worth here, even given the Roberts Court's conservative bent, I just can't see how they're going to split the baby here; either OPOV means what it says - that is, that each person is equally represented - or it doesn't; there simply isn't any middle ground.

Founder's Quote, 8 Dec. 2015

[T]he true key for the construction of everything doubtful in a law is the intention of the law-makers. This is most safely gathered from the words, but may be sought also in extraneous circumstances provided they do not contradict the express words of the law. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Albert Gallatin — 1808

Who Thinks The People Should Own Guns?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Pearl Harbor Speech, 8 Dec. 1941....

Mr. Vice President, Mr. Speaker, members of the Senate and the House of Representatives: Yesterday, December 7th, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.

The United States was at peace with that nation, and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in the American island of Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to our Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong.

Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam.

Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands.

Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island.

And this morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.

But always will our whole nation remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces—with the unbounding determination of our people—we will gain the inevitable triumph—so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.

--Franklin D. Roosevelt,
President of the United States

....as I read the above speech, it makes you almost wish we had FDR as president. Say whatever you want about his politics, but he knew when to rally the nation together...unlike the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue...

The Concept Of Irony Is Lost On Planned Parenthood's SuperPAC...


....apparently, Planned Parenthood Action is being run by morons....

Friday, December 4, 2015

Seared Music: Muse - "Resistance"

....the more I hear the Left's obfuscations, half-truths, insults and other natterings the past few days, the more this song comes to mind....and the more thankful I am that I'm no longer a member of the Deluded Left...

Founder's Quote, 4 Dec. 2015

Whatever may be the judgement pronounced on the competency of the architects of the Constitution, or whatever may be the destiny of the edifice prepared by them, I feel it a duty to express my profound and solemn conviction ... that there never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them. - James Madison, letter to William Cogswell, 1835

Mark Levin On Liberal Responses To San Bernardino Shooting

Quoting: Mark Levin: Our federal govt under Obama has NO INTENTION of preventing his kind of HORROR.

...well said, sir...well said.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Seared Music: Blue Oyster Cult - "Vengeance (The Pact)"

*looks at video thumbnail* ...you know, I'll bet that if we gave them pork-larded bullets and ammo, they could wreak holy havoc on Mohammedia... *adds deadpan* ...just saying, folks...

What Democrats Really Think In Regards To Gun Control

Say whatever you want about James O'Keefe & Project Veritas, but damn if they don't revel in peeling back the layers of leftist doublespeak and obfuscations...case in point: what a Maryland Deputy Atty. General recently said in regards to guns...
If you want to go hunt with a gun, you can go to the gun range, you can pick up your gun at the gun range, fire it there, and then you leave it there and you go home. And, if you want a gun at home, you ought to either be a law enforcement officer, or you ought to go through an extensive licensing scheme, like you have to pass like a driver’s license, you have to pay a tax, you have to have insurance. (Daily Caller via. Gay Patriot)
Yeah, having a gun miles away is going to do you a whole helluva lot of good when someone's breaking into your home...I'm also guessing that, in their world of "extensive licensing schemes", only the politically well-connected will ever be given gun permits, while the peons out there in flyover country can get bent.

Hypocrisy, thy name once again is the Democrat Party....

Founder's Quote, 3 Dec. 2015

It would reduce the whole instrument to a single phrase, that of instituting a Congress with power to do whatever would be for the good of the United States; and as they would be the sole judges of the good or evil, it would be also a power to do whatever evil they please. Certainly no such universal power was meant to be given them. It [the Constitution] was intended to lace them up straightly within the enumerated powers and those without which, as means, these powers could not be carried into effect. - Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on a National Bank — 1791

The Difference Between Democrats & Republicans


...any questions?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Igor Volsky Is An Idiot

Its' been said that there supposedly depths of indecency that political pundits would stay away - or at least, try to stay away from....unfortunately, Think Progress's Igor Volsky is not one of them and proved as much in the wake of today's mass shooting at a social center in San Bernardino, California.

So, what did he do? Well, basically, if you're a conservative politician or pundit who, like millions of Americans, offered thoughts & prayers in the wake of what happened in Southern California, you should basically shut the hell up...to which I would say: Mr. Volsky, you are an idiot, a poltroon and a cretin of the worst order....or if you don't want to be diplomatic in your comments, I would just say: Igor Volsky, with all due respect, fuck you very much.

....and no, I ain't apologizing for the language either; fuck you very much.

Founder's Quote, 2 Dec. 2015

Industry is increased, commodities are multiplied, agriculture and manufacturers flourish: and herein consists the true wealth and prosperity of a state. - Alexander Hamilton, Report on a National Bank — 1790

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Seared Music: George Thorogood - "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer"

....yeah, its' just been one of those days....

James Dobson On Gays & Stoning

Though it would be safe to assume that Holy Bullies' Alvin McEwen & myself are on opposite sides of the political spectrum, there are three things we have in common: (1)we're both from the South, (2)we're both openly gay and (3)we both think Focus on the Family's James Dobson is an abject asshole for things like this:

To borrow McEwen's words, nothing says fun like hearing social conservatives' converse about stoning people for their sexual orientation; just remember, he was one of the GOP's kingmakers who helped cudgel through numerous anti-gay initiatives and referendums....nowadays, he - and his organization - are no more than bit players within the Republican Party. Let's also not forget what kind of group Focus on the Family is, shall we?
No one has spread the anti-gay gospel as widely, or with as much political impact, as James Dobson, the former child development professor and spanking enthusiast who founded Focus on the Family (FOF) in 1977.
On Focus' 47-acre campus in Colorado Springs, some 1,300 employees battle against gay rights, sex education and women's rights with an enormous annual budget of $130 million. Dobson's radio show, dispensing homespun parenting advice along with jabs at "the militant homosexual agenda," is heard daily on more than 9,000 radio stations worldwide, giving him an estimated listening audience of more than 200 million.
Focus' president from 2003 to early 2005, Don Hodel, formerly served as U.S. Secretary of the Interior and head of the Christian Coalition, and now chairs the Council for National Policy, a secretive group of America's most powerful right-wing leaders that Dobson formerly chaired.
As early as 1989, Dobson came under attack from a fellow conservative evangelical, U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, who accused him of "reprehensible" and "homophobic" use of false information about how AIDS is transmitted. But Focus began to really flex its anti-gay political muscles in 1992, when Dobson used his radio show to turn Colorado's anti-gay Amendment 2 (see Holy War) into a fundamentalist cause célèbre.
Among the scores of anti-gay commentaries, stories and products on FOF's Web site is a Dobson essay that strikes a typical note: "Moms and Dads, are you listening? This movement is the greatest threat to your children. It is of particular danger to your wide-eyed boys, who have no idea what demoralization is planned for them." Another article claims that "the homosexual agenda is a beast. It wants our kids."
According to a 1997 book by former FOF staffer Gil Alexander-Moegerle, Dobson once said, "Communities do not let prostitutes, pedophiles, voyeurs, adulterers and those who sexually prefer animals to publicly celebrate their lifestyle, so why should homosexuals get such privileges?" He has also recommended parents withdraw from Parent-Teacher Associations because they allegedly have a liberal social agenda. (Southern Poverty Law Center)
Remember that above, ladies & gentlemen, whenever you hear FoTF - or any other anti-gay group, for that matter - spout on about why equality for all shouldn't happen or why same-sex couples shouldn't be allowed to marry or why LGBT individuals shouldn't be able to have employment or housing protection under the law....

Founder's Quote, 1 Dec. 2015

No compact among men...can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other. - George Washington, draft of first Inaugural Address — 1789

Piers Morgan Gets Pwned...


...and boom goes the verbal dynamite....

Monday, November 30, 2015

Seared Music: Clan of Xymox - "Stumble & Fall"

....okay, so there are 2 Dutch musical acts I like: these guys and Golden Earring....

The Myth Of The Southern Strategy

If there isn't a more damnable lie in American politics than the myth of the Southern Strategy, I can't think of one...neither can Powerline Blog's Steven Hayward, whose 2013 article on the subject still ranks as the go-to article for debunking the myth.

Now, did some politically nasty fellows used the shifting political sands of the 1950's & 1960's to switch parties and political allegiances? Yeah, most likely...but as Hayward points out,
The point of all this is not to deny that Richard Nixon may have invited some nasty fellows into his political bed. The point is that the GOP finally became the region’s dominant party in the least racist phase of the South’s entire history, and it got that way by attracting most of its votes from the region’s growing and confident communities—not its declining and fearful ones. The myth’s shrillest proponents are as reluctant to admit this as they are to concede that most Republicans genuinely believe that a color-blind society lies down the road of individual choice and dynamic change, not down the road of state regulation and unequal treatment before the law. The truly tenacious prejudices here are the mythmakers’.(Powerline Blog)

Founder's Quote, 30 Nov. 2015

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

Sunday, November 29, 2015

So, Let Me Get This Straight....

.....Saudi Arabia - that bastion of religious hypocrisy - is threatening to sue anyone on Twitter who says their justice system is akin to that of ISIS? Apparently, calling out the Saudis' for their abysmal judicial system is a bad thing? Well....in that case, here's my two cents:

Saudi Arabia's Justice System is the state-level equivalent to that of the terrorist group known as ISIS. There, I said it, Mohammedans....sue me, why don'cha, you sons of bitches? Oh, and Mohammedans: here's what I think of your precious holy book:

...your move, goat-humpers...

Even Science Is Under Attack By The Thought Police

Quoting: Gavin McInnes of TheRebel.media says..."It used to be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) was impervious to the Thought Police because, well, data is data. You can't deny the truth mathematics drudges up no matter how much you hate it. What the far left has done, however, is cherry pick data and use straw men to vilify scientists who deliver uncomfortable truths. 

"Jason Richwine was fired for looking at IQ data. Satoshi Kanzowa was vilified for studying the public's idea of beauty. 

"Anthropologists Napoleon Chagnon and Lawrence H. Keeley were pilloried for being honest about their research. Why? It's just science. These guys are nerds with no agenda simply reporting on their research. If you don't like it, refute it. 

"Sorry, that's too hard. It's easier just to infer any offensive data is evil. The scary part is how totally effective this cop out has become."
...can't argue with him on this one...thoughts?

Background Checks....

Friday, November 27, 2015

Top 10 Gifts To Give A Liberal...

Founder's Quote, 27 Nov. 2015

No compact among men...can be pronounced everlasting and inviolable, and if I may so express myself, that no Wall of words, that no mound of parchment can be so formed as to stand against the sweeping torrent of boundless ambition on the one side, aided by the sapping current of corrupted morals on the other. - George Washington, draft of first Inaugural Address — 1789

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Seared Music: Deep Purple - "Perfect Strangers"

....no words need be said here....

The Empty Chair....

....if this commercial doesn't tug at your heartstrings and remind you that there are still those in harms' way out there in the world, you are simply not human....

H/T to The Feral Irishman

Founder's Quote, 25 Nov. 2015

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

Monday, November 23, 2015

Seared Music: Metro - "Criminal World"

....remind me again how good music used to be?

Liberty Counsel Angry At Media For Referring To Them As A Hate Group

...couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of bastards....
If Mat Staver and the Liberty Counsel raised "holy hell" with the Associated Press for merely pointing out that the organization is considered by some to be a hate group, I imagine that they are going to be extremely angry at the online magazine, Vox.
In a recent issue, Vox shined a bright spotlight on the Liberty Counsel, publishing a piece which should serve as a lesson on how to create a proper article. (The Advocate & Vox via. Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
 ....truth hurts, doesn't it? And what was it Vox said? Quoting:
The group presents itself as a reasonable arbiter of religious liberties in these fights, citing discredited scientific research and supposed experts. But a theme runs through all of these battles: Stop LGBTQ rights — even basic ones, like legally allowing consensual same-sex relationships — at any cost.
Here are just a few examples of Staver and Liberty Counsel's past work and comments, largely gathered from Right Wing Watch's archives:
--In 2003, Liberty Counsel submitted a brief to the Supreme Court arguing that the court should not strike down states' anti-sodomy laws, which banned gay sex. The brief stated, "Statistical evidence concerning the medical and social harms resulting from 'private, consensual' same-sex sexual conduct, together with recent legislative and judicial battles, underscore the long-term, devastating consequences of a decision declaring a fundamental right to engage in private consensual same-sex sodomy.
--In 2004, Staver argued in Same-Sex Marriage: Putting Every Household at Risk, "Homosexuality is a destructive lifestyle both physically and emotionally. Same-sex marriage cannot be viewed in isolation from homosexual activity and its consequences on those who engage in such practices, and especially on children raised in such an environment." He was citing the now-discredited work of psychologist Paul Cameron.
I've lost count over the years of how many times these things - among other things, mind you - get trotted out whenever the issue of LGBT equality in all parts is brought up in public; its' as if there are still some in our society who wish to demean, insult, belittle and discriminate against individuals such as myself for simply wishing to be themselves and frankly it is high time that we start calling people such as Mat Staver and groups such as the misnamed Liberty Counsel (yeah, right...Liberty for who again?) as the hate-mongers that they are....


Founder's Quote, 23 Nov. 2015

If a well-regulated militia be the most natural defense of a free country, it ought certainly to be under the regulation and at the disposal of that body which is constituted the guardian of the national security. If standing armies are dangerous to liberty, an efficacious power over the militia in the same body ought, as far as possible, to take away the inducement and the pretext to such unfriendly institutions. If the federal government can command the aid of the militia in those emergencies which call for the military arm in support of the civil magistrate, it can the better dispense with the employment of a different kind of force. If it cannot avail itself of the former, it will be obliged to recur to the latter. To render an army unnecessary will be a more certain method of preventing its existence than a thousand prohibitions upon paper. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 29 — 1788

College Liberal, At It Again...


....hypocrisy much?

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Democrats Retake Louisiana Statehouse In Gubernatorial Runoff

Did you know there was a gubernatorial runoff tonight down in the Bayou State?
Democratic state Rep. John Bel Edwards defeated Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) in the Louisiana gubernatorial runoff election Saturday, bringing an end to a rough campaign that saw Vitter fall short after entering as the heavy favorite.
The New Orleans Times-Picayune called the race for Edwards just after 10 p.m. Eastern time Saturday night, a little more than hour after polls closed.
Edwards and Vitter advanced to the runoff after finishing as the top two in the Oct. 24 open primary. In Louisiana’s “jungle primary” system, candidates of all parties run together, with the top two finishers having a runoff if neither one secures 50 percent of the vote. (The Hill)
I'm of two minds here....on the one hand, it sucks to see the Republicans lose a statehouse, especially in a deep-red state like Louisiana. On the other hand, given who the GOP candidate was, I'm not bothered much by tonight's result; David Vitter ranks as one of the most odious elected officials - outside of the SOB currently living at 1600 Pennsylvania - to serve in recent memory and to see him go down flames is a good thing indeed.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Seared Music: Rod Stewart - "Young Turks"

....a good song to wrap up the week with, enough said...

For Those Who Think Ted Cruz Is Unelectable...


...any questions?

Founder's Quote, 20 Nov. 2015

Is it not the glory of the people of America, that whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness. - James Madison, Federalist No. 14 — 1787

The Obama-Kerry Position On U.S. Foreign Policy


....can you say BOHICA, boys & girls?

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Seared Music: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - "Ohio"

....given how the current administration treats its' political opponents, one has to wonder if history might someday repeat itself...of course, given the proclivities of the chattering classes towards the average American, they probably wouldn't give it a second thought...

House Passes Bill Toughening Entry For Syrian Refugees

Give the House credit for actually doing something in the face of last week's attacks in Paris....
Wanting to show assertiveness in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, the House overwhelmingly passed a bill to block Syrian and Iraqi refugees from entering the U.S. unless they pass strict background checks.
In a rush before Thanksgiving to comfort nervous constituents back home, Republicans were boosted by the support of 47 Democrats, who provided enough votes to override a promised veto by President Barack Obama.
The legislation, passed by a 289-137 margin, puts pressure on Senate Democrats, whose leader, Rep. Harry Reid, believes his chamber has the votes to block the bill from being considered.
“For us to sit back and say we are being too harsh, I am here to say we have been too soft for too long, and we have emboldened terrorists,” Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa., told The Daily Signal. “We are in crisis management now. I don’t want to be on the receiving line where I lost one of my constituents because they weren’t taken care of.” (The Daily Signal)
Think about that margin in the House for a moment....289 to 137. Given how polarized American politics are at present, that's a major black-eye for the Obama Administration....of course, given who leads the Dumbocrats in the Senate, one wonders if this bill will even face a threatened veto from the White House....
Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nev.) says a House bill suspending the resettlement of Syrian refugees, slated for action Thursday, will not make it to President Obama’s desk. Reid said at a press conference that Democrats will block the legislation that requires the secretary of Homeland Security to affirm to Congress that every refugee being admitted is not a security threat...“The problem is not with refugees,” Reid said. “I don’t think we’ll be dealing with it over here.” When asked about the prospect of Obama vetoing the legislation, Reid said, “Don’t worry, it won’t get passed. Next question?” (Townhall)
 .....maybe now could we get around the busting the legislative filibuster, Sen. McConnell? At the very least, the response to Reid's words above should be a warning to Dems'....
House Republican leaders expect the bill to receive yes votes from as many as 50 Democrats in the lower chamber. They warned Democrats will pay the price politically next year if they block it. “We’ll crucify them,” said a senior House GOP aide. (Townhall)
....that if they do filibuster this bill and a subsequent terrorist attack were to happen....if it were tied to a Syrian 'refugee', there would be political hell to play.

Founder's Quote, 19 Nov. 2015

I hope, some day or another, we shall become a storehouse and granary for the world. - George Washington, letter to Marquis de Lafayette — 1788

The Difference Between Private & Public...


....any questions?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Seared Music: Black Label Society - "Funeral Bell"

...if we have to go into Syria to kick ISIS's ass all over the desert, can we blast this music from the speakers as we do so?

Question For The Obama Dumbasses....

Following the attacks in Paris this past Friday, the French military bombed numerous targets in Syria....including a command-control center in the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa. Question to the dumbasses on the Left: We've been bombing them - supposedly - for months now....why do they still have a freakin' command/control center for the French to bomb?

H/T to Gay Patriot

Founder's Quote, 18 Nov. 2015

Human Felicity is produced not so much by great Pieces of good Fortune that seldom happen, as by little Advantages that occur every Day. - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography — 1771

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Seared Music: Faith No More - "Falling To Pieces"

*reads song title* ....Obama's foreign policy in a nutshell....

Terror's Progressive Accomplices

There's a great article over at the Patriot Post on the Paris attacks and the feckless attitude of the Obama Administration towards America's place in the world - and the resulting power vacuum that came by our withdrawing from the world - and FWIW, Arnold Ahlert hits it square on the head.

I'll go one step further: what we are facing in the West isn't just a fight against violent extremism or against radical Islam....what we are facing in the West is a civilizational war in which there is going to be no middle ground, there no neutrals. Its' a fight that frankly, I don't think Obama & Company have the stomach for because if they actually gave a damn about America, they'd realize their whole strategy towards the Middle East these past 6 years was wrong, it was weak and its' frankly not working; we've thrown long-time allies under the bus, refused to lend even moral support to those seeking freedom and overall shown a weakness that one didn't even think America could show.

All that...is on the progressive left. All. That.

Founder's Quote, 17 Nov. 2015

To cherish and stimulate the activity of the human mind, by multiplying the objects of enterprise, is not among the least considerable of the expedients, by which the wealth of a nation may be promoted. - Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures — 1791