Friday, February 20, 2015

Seared Music: Phil Collins - "I Don't Care Anymore"

....pretty much describes the past week in a nutshell... *whistles innocently* 

MO Sec.of State To Challenge Sen. Blunt In 2016

Given Missouri's reddish tint at present, I don't see Jason Kander winning agst. Roy Blunt:
Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander launched a Democratic challenge Thursday to U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, criticizing the Republican's long political career and asserting, "it's time for a new generation of leaders" in Washington.
Kander, a former Army captain who served in Afghanistan, highlighted his military experience while announcing his candidacy in an online video and said in an interview with The Associated Press that Blunt is often "on the extreme edge of a lot of issues."
Kander, 33, is Blunt's first prominent opponent for the 2016 election. If Kander is elected, he would be one of the youngest U.S. senators -- an attribute he said should be a positive during a campaign. (SE Missourian)
...of course, given what happened back in the 2012 Missouri Senate race, I wouldn't be too confident at the moment if I were Roy Blunt...but I'd definitely watch Kander; he's one of a rising generation of Democratic candidates who've served in either Iraq or Afghanistan and could, if elected, have the potential to eat away at the GOP's current advantages in the areas of national security and defense policy.

Founder's Quote, 20 Feb. 2015

If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 33 — 1788

Declining By Degrees: Higher Education At Risk

Quoting: In this revealing documentary, veteran correspondent John Merrow takes you behind the ivy-covered walls of our colleges and universities to see if they are delivering on their promise. Debunking commonly held notions about the rite of passage known as the college experience, this PBS documentary follows 30 students and their teachers along the path of higher education, from admission to graduation, and exposes the disappointment, disorientation and deflation many students feel -- in both public and private schools. This revealing study also addresses the quality and readiness of America's future work force.

Watching this not only reminded me of everything I went through in college, but it also reminds me that there are some serious problems within higher ed, problems that have the potential to seriously derail college educaton in general...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Founder's Quote, 19 Feb. 2015

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclination, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. - John Adams, in Defense of the British Soldiers on trial for the Boston Massacre — 1770

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Seared Music: Volbeat - "A Warrior's Call"

...this is one of those songs that, listening to it, just stirs the blood...if it doesn't, you ain't human...

Just Who Owns The Christian Faith?

Came across a very thought-provoking article over at Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters - great blog, by the way - on the issue of just who owns this broad, expansive faith that is Christianity. As I have long said over the years, there is no mutual exclusivity to (a)being gay and being a conservative - something I've learned a bit about over the past few months, and (b)being gay and being a Christian...those two items - political conservatism & the Christian faith - need not be at odds with one's sexual orientation...

...what burns me up is when those on the Right - in particular, social conservatives and the Religious Right - try to argue for just a mutual exclusivity. As I often like to say to those w/in the Religious Right: Who died and made you God? That's not an idle question: for all the references to homosexuality in the Bible, there's a ton more references to other things that Christians - you would think - aren't supposed to be doing...and yet, people brush those aside, never mind the fact that shows one to be just as ignorant of the faith as the next person...

Yet, instead of standing up to the bigots on the Right, we w/in the LGBT community choose to ignore them and instead, yield the moral high ground to them, which then begs the question: what do you do? You fight them with words...you fight them with the law, you challenge their moral standing at every opportunity and you show to the world that not only are you not going to remain in that age-old closet but that you're also to ask, if nothing else, to be treated as an equal person, in the eyes of the law and in the eyes of God.

Obama: ISIS Not Representative Of Islam

Oh, really? Tell that to the Islamonazis' then....

So President Obama believes ISIS isn't representative of the 7th-century blood cult known as Islam...what, are we stuck on stupid or something? Is there a stupid virus inhabiting the bodies of the Obama Administration a/la Invasion Of The Body Snatchers?

Someone should really ask these geniuses: when should we start to care about these bloodthirsty, murderous savages....when a mushroom cloud goes up over Manhattan? Then?

Founder's Quote, 18 Feb. 2015

We are, heart and soul, friends to the freedom of the press. It is however, the prostituted companion of liberty, and somehow or other, we know not how, its efficient auxiliary. It follows the substance like its shade; but while a man walks erect, he may observe that his shadow is almost always in the dirt. It corrupts, it deceives, it inflames. It strips virtue of her honors, and lends to faction its wildfire and its poisoned arms, and in the end is its own enemy and the usurper's ally, It would be easy to enlarge on its evils. They are in England, they are here, they are everywhere. It is a precious pest, and a necessary mischief, and there would be no liberty without it. - Fisher Ames, Review of the Pamphlet on the State of the British Constitution — 1807

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Seared Music: Talking Heads - "Burning Down The House"

*looks at the above thumbnail* ...yeah, its' been one of those days...

Federal Judge Strikes Down Obama Immigration Action

To quote the words of Gay Patriot, "What goes around..."
A federal judge in Texas last night temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s executive actions on immigration. The judge, responding to a suit filed by 26 Republican-run states, did not rule on the legality of immigration orders but said there was sufficient merit to the challenge to warrant a suspension while the case goes forward.
No law gave the administration the power “to give 4.3 million removable aliens what the Department of Homeland Security itself labels as ‘legal presence,’” the judge said in a memorandum opinion. “In fact the law mandates that these illegally-present individuals be removed.” The Department of Homeland Security “has adopted a new rule that substantially changes both the status and employability of millions.” (Washington Post)
Now, we don't know what is eventually going to happen here in regards to the states' collective lawsuit against the Obama Administration over its' recent immigration orders...but one of the Deluded Left's great hypocrisies is to cry "Judicial Activism" whenever a case goes against them...my friends, one thing I've learned over the years - and one of the reasons I'm no longer a member of the Deluded Left - is that the Left has long championed the idea of judicial activism. Case in point: Roe v. Wade.

Marie Harf Is An Idiot...

...and she works for the State Department, but that would belabor the point here, which is that you have to be uniquely tone-deaf to what is happening in the Middle East vis-a-vis ISIS (or ISIL or IS or whatever the hell the Islamonazis' are calling themselves at the moment...) to have Chris "Thrill Up My Leg" Matthews of MSDNC call you out for it...quoting:
MATTHEWS: How do we stop this? I don’t see it. I see the Shia militias coming out of Baghdad who are all Shia. The Sunnis hate them. The Sunnis are loyal to ISIS rather than going in with the Shia. You’ve got the Kurds, the Jordanian air force and now the Egyptian air force. But i don’t see any — If i were ISIS, I wouldn’t be afraid right now. I can figure there is no existential threat to these people. They can keep finding places where they can hold executions and putting the camera work together, getting their props ready and killing people for show. And nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this.
HARF: Well, I think there’s a few stages here. Right now what we’re doing is trying to take their leaders and their fighters off the battlefield in Iraq and Syria. That’s really where they flourish.
MATTHEWS: Are we killing enough of them?
HARF: We’re killing a lot of them and we’re going to keep killing more of them. So are the Egyptians, so are the Jordanians. They’re in this fight with us. But we cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether —
MATTHEWS: We’re not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime or fifty lifetimes. There’s always going to be poor people. There’s always going to be poor muslims, and as long as there are poor Muslims, the trumpet’s blowing and they’ll join. We can’t stop that, can we?
HARF: We can work with countries around the world to help improve their governance. We can help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people…(Right Scoop via. Weasel Zippers)
...wait...let me get this straight: the reason these knuckleheads are joining ISIS-ISIL-IS-the Islamonazis' is because of a lack of jobs?!? Repeat after me....what the fuck?

There are all kinds of stupid in this world, but I swear, I do believe Ms. Harf has pretty much reached the absolute bottom of the stupid barrel in thinking if we just help the poor demented souls find jobs, they won't come a-tryin' to kill us...to quote Gunny Hartman from Full Metal JacketWhat is your major malfunction, numbnuts?!

H/T to Weasel Zippers

Founder's Quote, 17 Feb. 2015

I Pray Heaven to Bestow The Best of Blessing on THIS HOUSE, and on ALL that shall hereafter Inhabit it. May none but Honest and Wise Men ever rule under This Roof! - John Adams, letter to his wife Abigail; President Franklin D. Roosevelt had this lettered in gold in the marble over the fireplace in the S — 1800

Monday, February 16, 2015

Seared Music: Judas Priest - "Metal Gods"

*scratches head in thought* ....I've still got this album...as a cassette, mind you, but still... :)

Crude Oil Tanker Derailment In WV Sends Oil Into River

....remind me again why we shouldn't build the Keystone XL pipeline:
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A train carrying crude oil derailed in southern West Virginia on Monday, sending at least one tanker into the Kanawha River and sparking a house fire, officials said. There were no immediate reports of injuries. State emergency response and environmental officials headed to the scene about 30 miles southeast of Charleston.
The state was under a winter storm warning and getting heavy snowfall at times, with as much as 5 inches in some places. It’s not clear if the weather had anything to do with the crash. (CBS News)
Remember, pipelines are safer for transporting oil long distances than either rail or road networks....but will anyone listen?

Big Kids, Little Adults

Unless you've been hiding under a rock or been on a vacation recently, you've probably heard of the little controversy up in Chicago about the Jackie Robinson West Little League team...long story short: Little League officials recently stripped the team, based in Chicago, of its' U.S. title in 2014 due to the team using players from outside its' assigned district boundaries. Now, in most parts of the world, this is considered cheating - maybe not on the level of Reggie Bush, O.J. Mayo or SMU back in the 80's - to quote The Big Lebowski's Walter Sobchak, "There are rules..."

Well, tell that to race hustler Jesse Jackson and his Chicago minions:
Little League Baseball revoked Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West all-stars' United States championship last Wednesday. The reason was straight-forward: The team used players who lived outside the boundaries allowed by the rules. Team manager Donald Butler was suspended from Little League, and Illinois District 4 administrator Michael Kelly has been removed from his position. Little League International CEO Stephen D. Keener called it a “heartbreaking decision,” but one necessary to “maintain the integrity of the Little League program.” Enter those with no integrity at all: “Is this about boundaries or race?” wondered professional agitator Jessie Jackson.
“This decision’s untimely and inappropriate at this time,” Jackson added. “It should not take six months after a team has played a championship game to determine eligibility to play the game in the first place.” Is there the slightest doubt that if an investigation had taken half that time or less Jackson would be bemoaning a “rush to judgment” just as facilely?
Activist Rev. Michael Pfleger, who admires Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Louis Farrakhan and shares their belief that America is an irredeemably racist nation, was equally up to the task of obscuring the real problem. “When you’re going over to voter registration and going to birth certificates and doing all this time of hunting and a witch hunt that’s been going on for the last number of months, I can’t help but wonder the question if the same thing would have been done with another team from another place, another race,” Pfleger spewed. (Patriot Post)
Now, I don't know what's worse - that these Chicago-area kids who, through no fault of their own, were stripped of a title that they likely honestly felt was theirs or that they've now lost their Little League title through the actions of adults who thought they could skirt the rules and get away with it. Worse, some are feigning ignorance of the rules as an excuse:
And not just the sins of Butler and Kelly. Parent Carlton Hondras, whose son Trey played on the team, insisted that playing for Jackie Robinson West is a tradition “if you are from the city, whether you move out or not.” Parent Tammy King, who lived in the suburbs and changed her address on her driver’s license to one still beyond the boundaries of eligibility, was equally defiant. “I’m in the city of Chicago but do not have to disclose where I live,” she declared. Parents Christopher Green and Dr. Venisa Beasley-Green claimed ignorance of the rules. “We don’t know about boundaries,” Beasley-Green said. “We know it’s a city of Chicago requirement … no specific coordinates to play on a particular team.”(Patriot Post)
Excuse me, Ms. Beasley-Green, but like ignorance of the law, tradition is no excuse for violating the rules...but I guess that's the Chicago Way, huh? Cheaters...

Founder's Quote, 16 Feb. 2015

It already appears, that there must be in every society of men superiors and inferiors, because God has laid in the constitution and course of nature the foundations of the distinction. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776