Friday, January 9, 2015

Seared Music: White Zombie - "Thunder Kiss '65"

...a good, hard-bangin' song to wrap up the week with...

Terrorist Nation

...quoting the Firewall: From the murder of the Israeli athletes in the Munich Olympics in 1972, through the murder of 5 rabbis at prayer in 2014, the Palestinian cause has been driven by TERROR. In his latest Firewall Bill Whittle discusses their domestic front -- Students for Justice in Palestine. 

...when are we going to come to our senses and realize that Palestine is nothing more than another word for terrorist and that, until they - and the greater Arab street - decides to recognize not only the right of Israel to exist but also the right of individuals to express the freedoms of conscience, expression and religion, they should all go pound sand like the savages they are.

...and no, I ain't apologizing for saying it either...and if some imam out there doesn't like those words, well, to quote Bill Beckel, Fatwa this!!!

Founder's Quote, 9 Jan. 2015

States, like individuals, who observe their engagements, are respected and trusted: while the reverse is the fate of those who pursue an opposite conduct. - Alexander Hamilton, Report on Public Credit — 1790

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Seared Music: Sevendust - "Driven"

....sometimes, you just need a hard-driving song to get you through the day...

California Senator Announces Retirement From Senate In 2016

...all I can say is, "don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, ma'am..."
California Sen. Barbara Boxer ’s decision to retire in 2016 is obviously welcome news for Republicans. But we suspect that a younger generation of fellow Democrats back home is also smiling.
The 74-year-old Boxer, elected to the House in 1982 and the Senate a decade later, carved out a niche as a hyper-partisan obstructionist. As a congresswoman, she helped lead the liberal inquisition of Clarence Thomas after President George H.W. Bush nominated him for the Supreme Court in 1991. She would go on to alienate Senate colleagues during the ethics hearings of Republican Sen. Robert Packwood of Oregon in 1995.
More recently, Ms. Boxer has mucked up bipartisan legislation on cap-and-trade (2010), chemical safety (2013) and California’s water shortage (2014). Her modus operandi has been to squawk to the press about Democrats secretly negotiating with Republicans and industry groups. (Wall Street Journal)
 ...and just who might replace the aforementioned Senator Boxer?

  • California Attorney General Kamala Harris
  • former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa
  • Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer
One prominent name not on that list is current Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, and the reason there is that, by all accounts, his eye isn't on Boxer's senate seat but on the statehouse in Sacramento for 2018. Regardless of what happens, don't expect this seat to be a competitive one between Democrats & Republicans; given the dearth of top-level GOP candidates, the various problems bedeviling the California GOP and the recent set of statewide electoral drubbings they've suffered and odds' are, whoever wins the Democratic Primary in 2016 is all-but-certain to win come November 2016. However, Republicans can - and it wouldn't surprise me if they did this - attempt to throw spanners into the electoral works via' the state's top-two primary system in that, rather than vote for a Republican who would have almost zero chance of winning in the general, they might decide to rat-fuck the election by pushing a moderate Democrat in the primary, hoping to either crowd out progressives (read: defeating AG Harris) or push candidates the Left might not care for (read: Silicon Valley's Meyer).

If that happens, bring the popcorn, folks.

Je Suis Charlie...

....and in regards to those who would seek to subjugate the West, I can only quote something I read over at Weasel Zippers: Go to hell, you savages.

Founder's Quote, 8 Jan. 2015

Strangers are welcome because there is room enough for them all, and therefore the old Inhabitants are not jealous of them; the Laws protect them sufficiently so that they have no need of the Patronage of great Men; and every one will enjoy securely the Profits of his Industry. But if he does not bring a Fortune with him, he must work and be industrious to live. - Benjamin Franklin, Those Who Would Remove to America — 1784

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Seared Music: Johnny Cash - "I Shall Not Be Moved"

...given the tragic events in Paris earlier today, this ought to be the guiding principle of all freedom-loving can attack us for our freedoms, you can attack us for our liberties, but by God, you ain't runnin' us off.

Islamic Gunmen Storm French Satirical Newspaper, Killing 12

...maybe now can we start to acknowledge the brutal reality of radical Islam in the West?
Security forces blanketed the streets of this capital after nightfall Wednesday in a widening manhunt for gunmen who stormed a French satirical newspaper known for provocative content on Islam, killing the editor and at least 11 others before fleeing in waiting cars.
The attack — the country’s deadliest terrorist strike in decades — appeared highly planned to coincide with a staff meeting at the weekly Charlie Hebdo and left its well-known editor, St├ęphane Charbonnier, and other staff members among the dead.
Global condemnation poured in as France raised its security alarm to the highest level and mobilized teams on foot, by air and in vehicles seeking three masked assailants who carried out the attack, in which they shouted the Arabic call of “Allahu Akbar” (God is great) amid the gunfire, according to video posted by France’s state-run broadcaster. (Washington Post)
 ...the sad part about this is that not only is this yet another example of Islamist violence against the West, but it wouldn't surprise me if people start pointing fingers not at the cowardly thugs who committed this act of barbarism but at the satirists who dared mock the Islamic know, if their religion can't stand the same general satirical barbs that are regularly thrown at Christians and Jews, then they got some serious fucking problems. I don't see, whenever someone mocks Jesus or the Jews, anyone burning down churches or shooting up newspapers over it...but God forbid we say anything mocking the Mohammedans; what fucking hypocrisy on our parts. It is high damn time we started calling things like this for what they are: acts of terrorism committed by Islamists in the name of religion.

Founder's Quote, 7 Jan. 2015

Human nature itself is evermore an advocate for liberty. There is also in human nature a resentment of injury, and indignation against wrong. A love of truth and a veneration of virtue. These amiable passions, are the "latent spark"... If the people are capable of understanding, seeing and feeling the differences between true and false, right and wrong, virtue and vice, to what better principle can the friends of mankind apply than to the sense of this difference? - John Adams, the Novanglus — 1775

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Seared Music: Argent - "Liar" I know what word comes to mind whenever I hear either President Obama or Speaker Boehner...just saying. ;)

Boehner Elected Speaker By House, But Control Not So Certain..

I'm of two minds in regards to the re-election of John of Orange (a/k/a John Boehner) as Speaker of the House for a third consecutive term...on the one hand, no Speaker that comes to mind ever gets to that lofty position w/out knowing very well how to read the tea leaves and Boehner's no dummy; even with the two dozen or so GOP House members who voted against him for Speaker, he still got the support of about 220 fellow Republicans, and that says something in this contentious political environment.

On the other hand, 25 Republicans still voted against him and that doesn't bode well for the coming two years in Washington; it will be interesting to see what happens.

Founder's Quote, 6 Jan. 2015

They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable preeminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People's Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections. - Benjamin Franklin, letter to George Whatley — 1785

Monday, January 5, 2015

Seared Music: Radiohead - "Karma Police"

...this is a good song, but I've never understood the meaning of the video....oh, well; that's life. ;)

SpaceX Attempts Unprecedented Rocket Landing

If SpaceX can pull this off - launching and then landing a rocket stage - then, to borrow Joe Biden's words, this would be a "big fucking deal."
For the first time, the SpaceX commercial rocket company will try to bring a rocket back for a soft landing after sending its payload toward orbit — and you can keep track of the effort online.
The attempt will come in the minutes after SpaceX's scheduled launch of a two-stage Falcon 9 rocket, topped by a Dragon capsule that's loaded with 5,200 pounds (2,350 kilograms) of supplies, equipment and experiments for the International Space Station. Liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is set for 6:20 a.m. ET Tuesday, with a 70 percent chance of acceptable weather.
Dragon's flight is SpaceX's fifth cargo resupply mission under the terms of a $1.6 billion contract with NASA, which is aimed at fill the gap left by the retirement of the space station fleet in 2011. If the Falcon 9 launches on Tuesday, the Dragon should link up with the space station on Thursday. If Tuesday's launch attempt has to be scrubbed, due to weather or technical concerns, the next opportunity for liftoff comes on Friday.
Tuesday's launch had to be delayed from Dec. 16 due to a problem with a static-fire test on the launch pad. That full-duration test was successfully completed a week before Christmas.
As long as the rocket gets SpaceX's Dragon into the proper orbit for its hookup, Tuesday's launch will be judged a success from NASA's point of view. But SpaceX and its billionaire founder, Elon Musk, are hoping for something more: the success of a maneuver that could make spaceflight far more affordable in the future.
The new twist comes after the Falcon 9's first stage finishes its main job. Three minutes after launch, the second stage is due to separate and fire up its own rocket engine to continue the trip. Then the first stage is slated to relight its rocket engines and go through a complex series of maneuvers to put itself safely down on a 300-foot-long, 170-foot-wide (91-by-52-meter) "autonomous spaceport drone ship" in the Atlantic Ocean.
"Nobody has ever tried that, to our knowledge," Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX's vice president of mission assurance, told reporters during a Monday briefing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. (NBC News)
 So, basically, if I'm reading this correctly, SpaceX is - assuming all goes well - going to launch another of its' Dragon CRS missions to the International Space Station, but the big twist is that, during the launch, they're going to take the first stage of the Falcon 9 and land it on an autonomous drone recovery vessel in the Atlantic. The risk here is big: if it fails, or if there are problems at some point, it could set back SpaceX's dream of a reusable space launch vehicle...if it succeeds, it gets us that further along to the day when these types of launch systems - reusable launch vehicles - are commonplace; that would dramatically lower the cost of space travel, which could - emphasis could - make it a lot easier to travel into space, thus giving man more options in spaceflight.

Sad But True...

...if it weren't true, this would be gallows-style humor...
H/T to Gay Patriot

Founder's Quote, 5 Jan. 2015

Without wishing to damp the ardor of curiosity or influence the freedom of inquiry, I will hazard a prediction that, after the most industrious and impartial researchers, the longest liver of you all will find no principles, institutions or systems of education more fit in general to be transmitted to your posterity than those you have received from your ancestors. - John Adams, letter to the young men of the Philadelphia — 1798