Friday, February 27, 2015

Stopgap DHS Spending Bill Fails To Pass House

Unless something happens within the next four hours or so, DHS shutdowns come midnight....
The House has rejected a stopgap spending bill for the Homeland Security Department with just hours to go before a midnight deadline to fund the agency or see it begin to partially shut down. The surprise 224-203 defeat of the legislation was a major embarrassment for House GOP leaders. Next steps were not immediately clear. (AP)
Now, its' bad enough that both houses can't agree on what needs to be done - the House did its' job, passing a DHS funding bill sans' the 2014 immigration executive action, while the Senate, thanks to Searchlight Harry and Company, blocked four successive attempts to pass a similar bill - the worse part about the House vote above is that, depending on the news reports, almost a quarter of the House GOP conference voted against the stopgap funding bill, a major slap-in-the-face to Speaker Boehner and Company.

However, don't believe all the hype about DHS actually shutting down...according to many of the same reports as above, only about 30,000 DHS officials will be sent home; the rest - about 200,000 or so - will remain as 'essential personnel', required to work through the shutdown but w/out pay.

Founder's Quote, 27 Feb. 2015

It will not be doubted, that with reference either to individual, or National Welfare, Agriculture is of primary importance. In proportion as Nations advance in population, and other circumstances of maturity, this truth becomes more apparent; and renders the cultivation of the Soil more and more, an object of public patronage. - George Washington, Eighth Annual Message to Congress — 1796

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Seared Music: Outasight - "Tonight's The Night"


...sometimes you just gotta' dance the night away... ;)

Race-Baiting MSDNC Host Admits Trayvon Martin Narrative Was A Lie

Ever since George Zimmerman ran into Trayvon Martin on that dark Florida street nearly three years ago, the Deluded Left has tried to peddle the narrative that George Zimmerman was a racist white dude who murdered an innocent little black boy for no other reason that for race...unfortunately, the only thing about the case that was true was that Trayvon Martin was black; everything else, as it turns out, was nothing more than a damn lie...

...a damn lie (read: narrative) which the Deluded Left has tried to peddle to the American public for the better part of three years now, a narrative which says things such as: (1)white people are inherently racist, (2)that young black men such as the aforementioned Martin - and Michael Brown and Eric Garner, for that matter - are being killed by zealously racist police (nevermind the fact that, (a)Michael Brown tried to kill then-Ofc. Darren Wilson and (b)that the supervising officer in the Eric Garner case was a black female) and that, in addition to those things, that society itself is inherently racist. (Apparently, they forgot to tell all those racist white people who vote for black & hispanic conservatives on a regular basis that...)

It is damn lie, a damnable lie straight from the Ninth Circle of Dante's Hell...and in a recent speech at Cornell University, something that MSDNC host Melissa Harris-Perry admitted as such:
Harris-Perry’s address, which was captured and uploaded to YouTube by the university’s conservative group, the Cornell Review, continued: “And I hope he whooped the s–t out of George Zimmerman. And it’s not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him.” (Washington Examiner)
So, wait a second, MHP: you're admitting that young Trayvon wasn't as innocent as you and the rest of the Deluded Left have made him out to be? Well, that was nice of you to mention, wasn't it?

In addition to that enlightening remark, MPH also admitted some of the Deluded Left's core views: (1)that Stand Your Ground laws are inherently dangerous to society (true, if you're a criminal or someone out to kill/injure someone!), (2)that gun-toting thugs (such as young gentlemen such as Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown) should have free rein over our streets and communities, (3)that we should implement amnesty because all those poor illegals are here to do jobs that Americans won't do (bullshit...more illegals = a more depressed job environment for everyone) and (4)that we should allow felons to vote (yeah, we should....maybe in the next life; my opinion here is that you break the law, you've kind of forfeited the right to vote in this life)....etc.,etc.,etc....

...remember, folks, that she's a professor of politics at ole' Wake Forest University...scary thought, ain't it?

H/T to Gay Patriot

Founder's Quote, 26 Feb. 2015

Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. - Benjamin Franklin, Advice to Young Tradesman — 1748

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seared Music: Deep Purple - "Perfect Strangers"

....quoting Deep Purple's Ian Gillan: Can you recapture the past? Will the flames burn again so fiercely? These were the questions we asked ourselves as we stood, together again for the first time in over ten years, somewhat shakily in the mid-eighties. Deep Purple. We were a family, albeit a troubled one, and the spirit of what had gone before was drawing us together again; unlikely as that may have seemed just a year earlier. We had each of us been on great Odysseys and that meant that we were not the raw individuals that had made things work in '69.

The song refers to uncertainties about ourselves and about the reaction from the public, about our music and our integrity. A recognition that the days of gay abandon had passed and that a new phase was being entered. And so, from my point of view, the loneliness and singularity of all these vulnerabilities being put under a spotlight, a strand of silver, for the first time.

...works for me. 

Black History Month...Just Another Form Of Segregation

....enough said. 

Founder's Quote, 25 Feb. 2015

A Man may, if he know not how to save, keep his Nose to the Grindstone, and die not wirth a Groat at last. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack — 1742

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Seared Music: Imagination - "Just An Illusion"


....sometimes life can be just an illusion...you just have to know when to follow along and when to simply walk away...

White House Vetoes KXL Pipeline Bill

We've had six years of waiting, Mr. President....why the veto?
Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.
Obama offered no indication of whether he’ll eventually issue a permit for the pipeline, whose construction has become a flashpoint in the U.S. debate about environmental policy and climate change. Instead, Obama sought to reassert his authority to make the decision himself, rebuffing GOP lawmakers who will control both the House and Senate for the remainder of the president’s term. “The presidential power to veto legislation is one I take seriously,” Obama said in a brief notice delivered to the Senate. “But I also take seriously my responsibility to the American people.”
Obama vetoed the bill in private with no fanfare, in contrast to the televised ceremony Republican leaders staged earlier this month when they signed the bill and sent it to the president. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Republicans were “not even close” to giving up the fight and derided the veto as a “national embarrassment.”
The move sends the politically charged issue back to Congress, where Republicans haven’t shown they can muster the two-thirds majority in both chambers needed to override Obama’s veto. North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven, the bill’s chief GOP sponsor, said Republicans are about four votes short in the Senate and need about 11 more in the House. (SRN News)
For what its' worth, I'd like to see Congress attach Keystone XL to every single piece of must-pass legislation that Congress considers; if it results in government shutdowns, so be it...but KXL is needed to continue both America's energy renaissance and to end the now-six years' worth of delays and stalling. Now, will Congress do this? Not much chance....but one can dream, can they?

Founder's Quote, 24 Feb. 2015

But what do we mean by the American Revolution? Do we mean the American war? The Revolution was effected before the war commenced. The Revolution was in the minds and hearts of the people; a change in their religious sentiments, of their duties and obligations...This radical change in the principles, opinions, sentiments, and affections of the people was the real American Revolution. -  John Adams, letter to H. Niles — 1818

Monday, February 23, 2015

Seared Music: Pete Shelley - "Homosapien"


....its' just been a homosapien kind of day, if you think about it.... *whistles innocently* ;)

Jeb Bush To Name Openly Gay Man As Communications Director

Oh, this should be interesting:
Likely GOP presidential contender Jeb Bush plans to name Tim Miller, executive director of America Rising PAC, as his top communications aide, according to a report Friday by POLITICO. Miller, 33, initially will be a senior adviser to Bush’s Right to Rise PAC, and is expected to become communications director if Bush launches his campaign.
Miller, who worked for Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid and Jon Huntsman’s 2012 campaign, and also served as spokesman of the Republican National Committee, is openly gay. For the past two years, Miller has served as executive director of America Rising, a super PAC and GOP opposition-research group that has largely targeted Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates.
“Tim is one of the most respected communicators in the nation,” Kristy Campbell, a spokeswoman for Bush’s Right to Rise PAC, told MSNBC. “His counsel will be critical to Governor Bush as the Right to Rise PAC works to support conservative candidates and conservative causes across the nation in the coming months.” (LGBTQ Nation)
Hopefully this doesn't end up like the 2012 presidential campaign, when it seemed like both social conservatives and gay liberals went after Romney spokesman Richard Grenell over this issue - the right over the simple fact that Grenell was gay, the gay left over the fact that someone w/in their community would dare support the Republican Party.

Personally, I wish two things here (among other things): that Tim Miller has a successful time as communications director for Jeb Bush's campaign should The Third Bush decide to run for President and that if challenged by either (or both) sides, that he simply tells them to go blow it out their collective stovepipes...

H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters

Founder's Quote, 23 Feb. 2015

We ought to consider what is the end of government before we determine which is the best form. Upon this point all speculative politicians will agree that the happiness of society is the end of government, as all divines and moral philosophers will agree that the happiness of the individual is the end of man....All sober inquirers after truth, ancient and modern, pagan and Christian, have declared that the happiness of man, as well as his dignity, consists in virtue. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776

Separated At Birth - 23 Feb. 2015

....you be the judge.

Miracle On Ice


Of all the matches one could think of that come to mind when it comes to impossible odds, the Miracle on Ice comes to mind the quickest; February 22, 1980, a night when the two Cold War superpowers faced one another, not on the fields of battle but on an ice rink in northern New York state. The match itself was seen as one where the U.S. seemingly had no chance; after all, they were facing a Soviet squad that had all-but-destroyed the top professional teams in North America...I mean, these were the guys who'd even beaten the Broad Street Bullies...yet it was a bunch of wild-eyed college boys who beat the best hockey team in the world on the ice of Lake Placid...

...if the story of the Miracle on Ice doesn't bring some inspiration to one's self....brotha', you ain't human...