Friday, April 17, 2015

Seared Music: Jethro Tull - "Cross Eyed Mary"

...a better description of how life works inside the Beltway has yet to be created...or sung, for that matter. 

Founder's Quote, 17 April 2015

Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack — 1738

The Dawn Of Killer Robots

Quoting: Motherboard gains exclusive access to a small fleet of US Army bomb disposal robots — the same platforms the military has weaponized — and to a pair of DARPA’s six-foot-tall bipedal humanoid robots. They also meet Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams, renowned physicist Max Tegmark and others who grapple with the specter of artificial intelligence, killer robots and a technological precedent forged in the atomic age. (Digg)

Interesting and thought-provoking...but if Jody Williams' above thinks that killer robots can be banned, there's land in lower Manhattan she should buy... *sarcastic eyeroll*

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The Second Amendment Fight.....We Won. What Next?

Quoting....Glenn Reynolds contends that we have already won the Second Amendment battle. We won because we were willing to fight. What else could we win on...? (PJ Media)

Glenn makes a valid point there; the lesson here is that if you don't show up, you don't win.....if you show up and fight, you have, at the very least, a 50-50 shot of winning. Doesn't matter the issue, but unless you show up, you won't win, period.

1995 Video Reveals Good Bit Of Barack Obama's Past History's that saying go: if I only knew then what I know now...I wouldn't've voted for the snouvabitch twice...excuse me:

Founder's Quote, 16 April 2015

Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood. - John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law — 1765

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Hillsborough: A Sporting Tragedy

26 years ago on this day, Liverpool fans traveled to Hillsborough Stadium to see their beloved Reds' square off against Nottingham Forest...96 of them did not return, victims of one of the worst stadium crushes in sporting history. Here's a few words from over on the Liverpool F.C. website:
The city of Liverpool will today pay its respects to mark the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster – and they will be joined in remembrance right across the world.
The events of April 15, 1989 which claimed the lives of 96 children, men and women impacted not only Merseyside, but also the rest of the United Kingdom as fans travelled to Sheffield from all over the country for the FA Cup semi-final.
The graphic below shows where each of the victims of Hillsborough travelled from on that fateful morning as they made their way to Liverpool's match with Nottingham Forest.(Liverpool F.C.)

....may the quest for justice never stop.

Founder's Quote, 15 April 2015

To grant that there is a supreme intelligence who rules the world and has established laws to regulate the actions of his creatures; and still to assert that man, in a state of nature, may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government, appears to a common understanding altogether irreconcilable. Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the deity, from the relations we stand in to himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature....Upon this law depend the natural rights of mankind. - Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted — 1775

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Seared Music: KT Tunstall - "Suddenly I See"

....if there's a short list of musicians to whom you can say, "Man, have they got the pipes for singing," odds are KT Tunstall is on that list... *looks around* ...just saying. ;)

Jamaican LGBT Activist Asks Pres. Obama To Keep Visa Ban On Anti-LGBT Reggae Artists

Normally, I would be hesitant these days to support anything that "the Anointed One" is asked to do, but on the issue of whether the U.S. should issue visas to Jamaican reggae artists who peddle anti-LGBT messages of hate, it doesn't bother me to say that I hope the president keeps the current policy in place in is the letter to President Obama, as written by Jamaican activist Jason Latty:
In the last thirty years the Jamaican Reggae industry has contributed to the abuse and mistreatment of Jamaican gays and lesbians. There are many examples of hate music productions by artists who envisage winning Grammy awards, making millions. However these hateful songs have been used to incite and actually played by Jamaicans while in the act of committing mob killings, lynching, stoning or mutilating the bodies of their LGBT victims. This reservoir of hatred has a long list of artists to its credit.
In 2010, the United States Government did the right thing. The visa of some of the main offenders producing the music hate, such as Sizzla, Malvado, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Busy Signal, Vybz Kartel, and Jah Cure, were denied. The incarceration of Reggae greats such as Ninja Man and Buju Banton has also been a blow to the hate industry cultivated in Jamaica and exported abroad. However there are concerts still being held in the US by Capleton, yet another artist who has called for discrimination and harm to the LGBTI community.
The effect of music on the psyche of our people has been known for centuries. The message of hatred and the call to kill which has permeated the Jamaican Reggae industry is not just a cause for domestic concern, but it is also an international security risk.
Busy Signal, whose real name is Glendal Gordon and has changed his name to Reanno Gordon is no newcomer to law breaking. In 2012 he was detained in the United Kingdom on charges that he was traveling ‘with questionable travel credentials’ and was deported back to Jamaica. Mr. Gordon was then extradited to the United States where he was tried and convicted on charges relating to cocaine possession.
Busy Signal (Gordon) has crafted such despicable lyrics as “Lu Lu Lu, Nuh Par Wid,…Nuh par wid” – which calls for gays to be chopped, and he explicitly stated that he is at war with the homosexual community. He encourages others to use guns to blow off the heads of homosexuals.
Gordon served his sentence in the United States and was then deported back to Jamaica. He is now calling on the President Obama, of the United States, for help so he can continue spreading his hate -music in the United States.
Bounty Killa whose real name is Rodney Basil Price has been a standard bearer for this type of hate music. Some of Mr. Price’s most notable songs reflecting this issue are: “All out is war,” “Battyman Flex like Sissy,” Bounty, Bulletproof Skin,” “Can’t believe my eyes,” “ Killa is a Killa” and “Mr. Foggarty.”
In December of 2003, Pater Tatchell, an international human rights activist based in the United Kingdom, where hate speech is not protected in the same way as the United States, made this statement: “…Police warned the concert venues, the White Pearl Club in Birmingham and the Stratford Rex in London, that they may be guilty of aiding and abetting criminal offenses if Bounty Killer performed his hit songs calling for gay people to be burned, drowned, stoned, wiped out and murdered.”
I have seen first hand how harmful this type of murder-music can be to a people and an entire community, which lives in constant fear of reprisal. According to the Jamaican Star in an article published on April 10, this year, the artists Busy Signal and Bounty Killa are asking for the United States President to intervene and reinstate their US visas.
This in my opinion would be a great risk to the security of the LGBTI population in the United States and would serve to validate the horrendous murders of gays, lesbians and transgender Jamaicans.
As western nations are relatively new to accepting this severely marginalized group, we as activists are fighting hard to ensure that states refrain from passing discriminatory laws against LGBTI people and trying to ensure that hate crimes are prosecuted. The last thing we need is for any hateful visitors calling for the murder and abuse of our citizens too; and of course we should not be supporting this carnage with our dollars.
New York City in recent years has seen a spike in hate crimes and abuse of our LGBT community. One cannot ignore the fact that these songs have a deep impact on people and their lives, no matter where they are. The songs spread misinformation about gays and lesbians endorsing the calls for social inequality and injustice.
If the Reggae community as whole, both in Jamaica and abroad, would like to be taken seriously with musicians able to receive visas to perform abroad, they should ensure that these artists stop producing and selling the music that puts the lives of millions around the world at risk.
Our future, no matter where in the world, lies in the hands and hearts of the children – and youngsters tend to hold artists in high esteem. This destructive hate message conveyed through music, must be prevented from reaching and spreading to our youth. This type of music just helps to further the decay in society where social justice and discrimination should be our main concern.  Jamaica is a hot bed for criminal elements who abuse gays and lesbians for fun. The state sponsored terrorism carried out by the Jamaican police force is endemic. The police have evicted homeless youths living in a sewer in the nation’s capital in the most inhumane way. There is very little outcry from civil societies when these crimes against humanity take place. We cannot allow this environment to flourish.  Supporting these Reggae artists in any way is a sure endorsement of their hate.
After losing the war against gays in the U.S.A and EU, it is bad enough that American televangelists have exported their hate to other countries such as those in Africa, the Caribbean and also Russia and now to have this very hate re-imported back into the U.S. is untenable.
Musicians must realize that as human rights defenders, activists and LGBT communities in equality driven nations, we will not stand for the abuse engendered by such music and we will ensure that artists do not profit from the hate that kills. It must be made explicitly clear to these artists that the President of the United States and the U.S. State Department will ignore or refuse them entry until they mend their ways. In fact starting with a public apology, a revocation of all hateful recordings, as well as an undertaking to refrain from such hate may be a good start. It is with this in mind that I am imploring upon President Obama and the U.S. State Department to maintain their strong stand against hate.(Jason Latty via Melanie Nathan)
 Now, I'm all for free speech and welcoming visitors to our great shores....but, if you're going to peddle hate, bigotry and violence towards people, you do not deserve an entrance into the U.S., nor should any venue of record give you a place to perform should you be allowed to enter...after carefully reading Mr. Latty's letter above, my view is that I hope that Pres. Obama does continue the current visa ban on these artists as currently instituted and I also hope that future presidents continue likewise.

Founder's Quote, 14 April 2015

As good government is an empire of laws, how shall your laws be made? In a large society, inhabiting an extensive country, it is impossible that the whole should assemble to make laws. The first necessary step, then, is to depute power from the many to a few of the most wise and good. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776

The Difference Between Most Religions & Islam

....any questions?

Marco Rubio Throws Hat Into 2016 Presidential Ring

....although I'm still inclined to support Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker at present should he decide to run, if Walker doesn't run, I have to admit, Sen. Rubio is an attractive alternative.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Seared Music: The Edgar Winter Group - "Frankenstein"

....if this song doesn't remind one of the Frankensteinian monster that is Hillary Clinton and of the various reasons why we as conservatives need to work to keep her from 1600 Pennsylvania, what does?

Americans Opting Out Of Common Core In Droves

I'm of two minds as I read this article over at World Net Daily on the growing numbers of Americans deciding to opt out of Common Core....on the one hand, there's nothing in the Constitution that mentions education, so why the hell is the federal government involved in setting education standards?

On the other hand, the same question keeps popping in my mind: do we need one overall national standard for education or can we afford to have 50 different sets of standards instead? Thoughts?

H/T to The Conservative Wife

Founder's Quote, 13 April 2015

A dying man can do nothing easy. - Benjamin Franklin, after his daughter asked him to move — 1790

Sunday, April 12, 2015