Saturday, January 31, 2015

Support The Patriots In Super Bowl XLIX...And You're Racist?!?

Folks, sometimes you can't make this shit up...apparently, in the fevered swamps that pass for the brain of The Nation's Dave Zirin, unless you're from New England, you must support the Seattle Seahawks...or you're a racist.

To quote USWNT star Alex Morgan....seriously?!? 
Rather than add my two cents to the hate-fest that is The Nation, I'm just going to quote the Daily Caller here...
How many times are these guys going to use the same, tired argument? I guess it’s worked in the last two elections, so hell, might as well try it in the Super Bowl.
To be honest, The Nation probably would have gotten away with using the oldest trick in the liberal-book if not for one major mistake. There isn’t a single mention of Seattle’s opponent in the entire article. There’s not a single comment on the on-going smear-campaign being waged against the Pats. There’s no mention of Brady’s quest for another title. There’s isn’t even a single attempt at convincing the readers that the Hawks are playing another team on Sunday. It’s almost as if the author thinks that if he doesn’t utter the words “New,” “England” or “Patriots,” then the readers will just forget about the media filleting the Pats over the past two weeks. 
“Solidarity — And The Seattle Seahawks — Forever” is nothing more than another example of the liberal media’s attempt to cover up the left’s role in New England’s Deflate-Gate trial-by-fire, and as I’m sure you can guess, this isn’t this guy’s first time playing the racism card. This is a guy who tried to get Ariz. residents to boycott the Diamondbacks as a stand for “immigration reform” back in 2010. He’s also the one who originally called Hank Williams Jr. a racist for comparing Obama to Hitler and thinks that Barry Bonds never used steroids because… again, racism.
For the record, I’m not totally against the Seattle Seahawks. I think they deserve to be in the Super Bowl because they are one of the best-disciplined, physical teams in the league, but my money’s still on New England. Seattle’s injured-defense will not be able to stop a rightfully-enraged Tom Brady from winning his Super Bowl and taking his throne atop the pantheon of all-time NFL greats, and no matter how much the media wants to dump on the Pats before kickoff, history will inevitably be made. (The Daily Caller)
Oh...and in case you're wondering who I'm pulling for tomorrow? New England...why? Well, if you used to have a logo such as the one they used to have, wouldn't you support them?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Seared Music: Procol Harum - "A Whiter Shade Of Pale"

*looks at thumbnail* know, I've got the same kind of handlebar mustache that the man above does... *adds deadpan* ...just saying. ;) *whistles innocently*

Mohammedans Still Killing Gays....Progressive Left Still Indifferent

Here's a quick tip: when Islamofascists (or Islamonazis' as some on the Right are starting to refer to them as) are throwing you off of buildings for the crime of being gay, the absolute last thing you'll probably hear isn't anything along the lines of "Jesus loves you..."
We reported a few weeks back how ISIS and its “violent extremism based on a warped view of Islam” had been executing gay men by throwing them off of tall buildings. And it looks like they’re still at it, but now with reports of these savages beating to death one of the victims after he survived the death plunge...(Twitchy)
Yet, to hear the morons who currently inhabit the Progressive Left (or as I call them, the Useless Idiots), they're still having coronaries over the success of American Sniper (which, by the way, is a damn good film; even though - back when I was a member of the Deluded Left - I was opposed to the Iraq War, at least I was honest about my opposition...and I didn't verbally beat up our brave men & women who served at the time either)...kinda' tells you where the Left's priorities are at present, doesn't it?

H/T to Gay Patriot

The Creative Brain: How Insight Works

BBC HORIZON The Creative Brain. How Insight Works. by oliverfreeman
Quoting...It is a feeling we all know - the moment when a light goes on in your head. In a sudden flash of inspiration, a new idea is born. Today, scientists are using some unusual techniques to try to work out how these moments of creativity - whether big, small or life-changing - come about. They have devised a series of puzzles and brainteasers to draw out our creative behaviour, while the very latest neuroimaging technology means researchers can actually peer inside our brains and witness the creative spark as it happens. What they are discovering could have the power to make every one of us more creative.

Of all the advances in the human sciences, some of the most amazing and thought-provoking have been, quite literally, inside of our minds the whole time...

Founder's Quote, 30 Jan. 2015

The moment the idea is admitted into society that property is not as sacred as the laws of God, and that there is not a force of law and public justice to protect it, anarchy and tyranny commence. If `Thou shalt not covet' and `Thou shalt not steal' were not commandments of Heaven, they must be made inviolable precepts in every society before it can be civilized or made free. - John Adams, A Defense of the American Constitutions — 1787

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Seared Music: Heart - "Straight On"

....great song...don't care for their politics, but this is a great song, nonetheless...

Keystone XL Bill Passes Senate, Faces Presidential Veto

Now that the Congress has done its' duty in regards to KXL, the ball's now in the president's court:
The U.S. Senate passed a bill on Thursday to approve the long-pending Keystone XL oil pipeline, despite the White House saying earlier in the day that President Barack Obama would veto the measure.
The Republican-led Senate passed the bill that would approve TransCanada Corp's project to carry 800,000 barrels per day of heavy Canadian crude to Nebraska on the way to Gulf Coast refineries and ports.
The House has passed its own pipeline bill and will work with the Senate to send the bill to the Obama's desk. After the potential veto, Obama is expected to make his own decision on the pipeline after the State Department finishes a review in coming weeks. (Yahoo News-Reuters), to be fair to President Nobama, it would be just like that SOB to veto this bill, then turn around and approve KXL, taking credit for doing so in the process..then again, someone should remind him that these tar sands in western Canada are going to be processed irrespective of what anyone here in the States' thinks; better for us to benefit from them than for other countries to do so...

AFA Ousts Group Spokesman

I'm of two minds here when it comes to the news that the SPLC-designated hate group, the American Family Association, has fired its' group's spokesman, the odious pile of Santorum known as Bryan Fischer..on the one hand, you'd have to sink to some pretty low levels w/in the AFA in order to even get to the point that they'd fire their group's spokesman. On the other hand, as pointed out over at RightWingWatch, Fischer's firing here by the AFA is nothing more than pedantic window-dressing in that, though he's no longer their spokesman, he still has his odious radio show on the AFA's radio network, American Family Network, so I for one don't buy the group's decision here.

Founder's Quote, 29 Jan. 2015

A fondness for power is implanted, in most men, and it is natural to abuse it, when acquired. - Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted — 1775

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

40 Songs Way Overplayed By Classic Rock Stations

You know, I love classic rock - especially compared to the drivel that passes for most music nowadays - yet I, for the life of me, can't figure out why in the hell classic rock stations play the same tunes over and over again! Quoting Flashbak's thoughts on the subject:
Can any of you out there even remember how you felt when you first heard “Stairway to Heaven”? It’s been played so many times by classic rock stations that I can’t bear to hear it any more….. I take that back. I no longer hate it; instead it has become almost a “non song” – no surprises, every note tired and stale.
The tragedy is that this has happened to so many other brilliant songs which have been literally played to death over the decades. Sadly, it doesn’t have to be this way. Oftentimes, these artists have huge catalogs of songs to choose from, but the stations pick the same shit over and over. Why? Will people turn away if they hear a song they aren’t instantly familiar with?
I understand, you can’t just play obscure B-sides and expect big audiences. But would it kill these classic rock stations to slip in Steely Dan’s “Any Major Dude” instead of “Do It Again”? (Flashbak)
 For what its' worth, I agree....there's also a few songs I wish most classic rock stations would play instead of the 40 in the aforementioned Flashbak article, including:

  • "No Time To Lose" by Tarney-Spencer Band
  • "Home & Dry" by Gerry Rafferty
  • "Buck's Boogie" by Blue Oyster Cult
  • "All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison (among others)
  • "Just Like Starting Over" by John Lennon (among others)
  • most anything written and sung by Joy Division (most CRS's play The Clash's music and they're also considered 'post-punk', so why not a little JD here?)
  • "No Quarter" by Led Zeppelin
...I'm pretty sure there's a few more there but that's a good start above. :)
H/T to Ace of Spades

Familiar Face Returns To IndyCar Race Control...

Everytime IndyCar racing takes a few steps forward (mergification between the IRL & ChampCar, new Indycars, the return to prominence for the Indy 500, etc), they take a huge step back...
Meet the new Verizon IndyCar Series race director, same as the old one. Brian Barnhart will return to his post as race director for the 2015 season, thus returning to the role he held from 1997 through 2011.
As race director, Barnhart will lead the Verizon IndyCar Series’ three-steward Race Control system in 2015. Barnhart was a key member of the INDYCAR Race Control system implemented in 2014 that stipulates all in-race penalties are decided by a two-thirds vote amongst the respective stewards officiating each event. The race director and race control system falls under the command of INDYCAR president of competition and operations, Derrick Walker.
“This is a position and a role that I’ve done for a number of years and I take a great deal of pride in being Race Director of the Verizon IndyCar Series,” Barnhart said in a release. “One of the things that excites me the most is the steward system we implemented last year. That was a great advancement in how we review and make discretionary decisions, and having that assistance in making calls is a big improvement to the way we officiate INDYCAR events.” (NBC MotorSportsTalk)
...and in case you wondering why people would say that it is a giant step back, just watch this from New Hampshire 2011 and defend Barnhart's return:

...why yes, Will, many of us are feeling the same way you did back then...

Founder's Quote, 28 Jan. 2015

I am for doing good to the poor, but I differ in opinion of the means. I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. In my youth I travelled much, and I observed in different countries, that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer. - Benjamin Franklin, On the Price of Corn and Management of the Poor — 1766

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Seared Music: Ace - "How Long" it just me or does Paul Carrack have one of the silkiest voices in music? Anyone...anyone....Bueller?!?

Weather Models Under Scrutiny As NE Blizzard Marches On

As the northern Mid-Atlantic and New England region continue to deal with the effects of this week's first major blizzard of the 2014-2015 winter season, people are starting to put the various weather models that meteorologists use to make weather forecast predictions under intense scrutiny...
The record snow storm that was expected to pummel the Northeast on Tuesday failed to live up to its epic billing in the New York/New Jersey region — though it did hammer much of New England — putting the weather models used to predict the blizzard into question.
“There were errors in the forecast and it was significant enough that it impacted the major metropolitan area in the country -- therefore, there’s going to be a lot of scrutiny,” Professor David Robinson, the New Jersey state climatologist at Rutgers University, told “This is an imperfect science that is being done better than ever, but, occasionally, things aren’t going to work as accurately as forecast.”
The blizzard had originally been predicted to bring between 2 and 3 feet of snow to an area stretching from northern New Jersey to southern Maine, along with hurricane-force winds. The storm, which tracked about 90 miles further east than originally anticipated, largely spared New York, but pounded eastern Long Island and New England. (Fox News)
Read that last sentence there.....had this blizzard tracked 90 miles went of where it had eventually did track, the storm's effects would've been a lot different. As a local weather forecaster here in Western NC once opined, "Weather forecasting is still an inexact science." Now if the general public would only listen to those words....

Former Atlanta Fire Chief Sues Over Firing

Remember a little while back about the ongoing controversy over Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's firing of Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran? Well....its' headed to court:
The former chief of Atlanta’s fire department has filed a federal complaint alleging that the city discriminated against him when he was fired for publishing a book that contained offensive comments on homosexuality.
The GA Voice reports that Kelvin Cochran filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Cochran is being represented by the conservative legal group Alliance Defending Freedom.
The saga started with the discovery last November that Cochran self-published a book called “Who Told You That You Were Naked?” in which he compared homosexuality to pedophilia and bestiality, as well as made anti-Semitic and misogynistic remarks.
An investigative report shows that Cochran didn’t have clearance to publish the book, which he later distributed to several subordinates at work, Reed said in a statement. (LGBTQ Nation)
 Note to fellow conservatives here: we all have a right to speak our minds on the issues of the day....what we do not have a right to do is either (a)escape the consequences of said speech (just ask Brendan Eich about that one) or (b)violate existing laws, statutes and ordinances in doing so, which is precisely what Kelvin Cochran did!

H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters

Founder's Quote, 27 Jan. 2015

I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, navigation, commerce and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain. - John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams — 1780

Monday, January 26, 2015

Seared Music: The Damned - "In Dulce Decorum" I listen to this song, I can't help but think of those across the country who seem to want America to, at some point in the future, get into a shooting war with the mullahs' in Iran, and think, have they not read Wilfried Owen's words on the subject:
Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs
And towards our distant rest began to trudge.
Men marched asleep. Many had lost their boots
But limped on, blood-shod. All went lame; all blind;
Drunk with fatigue; deaf even to the hoots
Of gas-shells dropping softly behind.

Gas! GAS! Quick, boys!—An ecstasy of fumbling
Fitting the clumsy helmets just in time,
But someone still was yelling out and stumbling
And flound'ring like a man in fire or lime.—
Dim, through the misty panes and thick green light,
As under a green sea, I saw him drowning.

In all my dreams before my helpless sight
He plunges at me, guttering, choking, drowning.

If in some smothering dreams you too could pace
Behind the wagon that we flung him in,
And watch the white eyes writhing in his face,
His hanging face, like a devil's sick of sin,
If you could hear, at every jolt, the blood
Come gargling from the froth-corrupted lungs,
Bitter as the cud
Of vile, incurable sores on innocent tongues,—
My friend, you would not tell with such high zest
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est
Pro patria mori.

Is The Obama Administration Deliberately Delaying Release Of The Bergdahl Report?

Was Michael Brown a heartless thug?
Last Sunday, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey, indicated that he expected a decision “fairly soon” on whether the Army will court martial Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for allegedly deserting his post in Afghanistan, or has cleared him, paving the way for separation from the service and back pay in excess of $200,000. Moreover, a decision to clear Bergdahl may well open the door for him to be designated a former prisoner of war, ensuring him substantial monthly pay, medical and educational benefits for the rest of his life.
To those who have followed all angles of Bergdahl’s case, it appears the Army has a true dilemma on its hands, as does the Obama administration. By now the investigating team has done an in-depth look into the circumstances surrounding Bergdahl’s disappearance from his post, has probably interviewed every witness with credible information, has looked at every piece of physical evidence and has reviewed hundreds of classified intelligence reports regarding his captivity. Its conclusions are long overdue. (Fox News)
This has the potential to have ugly written on it in big, bold lettering. Long story short: Bowe Bergdahl left his post in eastern Afghanistan back in 2009 and was subsequently captured by the Taliban. He was then held for around 5 years or thereabouts until a controversial 2014 prisoner swap in which he was freed by the Taliban in exchange for five high-level Taliban officials, a move which some - depending on one's political persuasion - have said was a violation of U.S. law. Following his return to the States, Sgt. Bergdahl was questioned by Army investigators as to the specifics of what happened in Afghanistan, along with others who were in the unit Bergdahl was serving with at the time.

Now, fast forward to today. Several months ago, the Army, according to reports, completed its' investigation and - from what sketchy news reports there are - is recommending that Bergdahl be tried for desertion in time of war...which begs the question: why hasn't this become public yet? There are several potential reasons but my own personal view is that the White House knows full damn well that they broke the law - a common occurrence with this administration - and that if the Army releases its' findings, it won't look pretty for anyone at 1600 Pennsylvania...and that also applies to the Army as well, in this regard: if they try Bergdahl and he is somehow acquitted of desertion, the outcry resulting from this will be felt long and hard throughout the corridors of power for some time to come.

Founder's Quote, 26 Jan. 2015

If men of wisdom and knowledge, of moderation and temperance, of patience, fortitude and perseverance, of sobriety and true republican simplicity of manners, of zeal for the honour of the Supreme Being and the welfare of the commonwealth; if men possessed of these other excellent qualities are chosen to fill the seats of government, we may expect that our affairs will rest on a solid and permanent foundation. - Samuel Adams, letter to Elbridge Gerry — 1780

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Islamic Militants Use Teen Girls As Suicide Bombers

There are lows...and then there are lows; remind me again about who's carrying out a 'War on Women"? Here's another thought: why has the lamestream media been silent about these barbaric acts of savagery committed in the name of an evil religious doctrine that, quite frankly, makes the evil that was Nazi Germany look like the Marquess of Salisbury by comparison...and no, I'm not apologizing for breaching Godwin's Law here; sometimes, you just have to call evil for what it is, damn the consequences.