Friday, May 8, 2015

British Tories Win Decisive Victory

Thursday was a good day to be a conservative in the United Kingdom...
Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to govern as the party of "one nation" and to make his country "greater," one day after his Conservative Party secured a majority in Britain's parliamentary vote.
Speaking on Friday outside 10 Downing Street after visiting Buckingham Palace, Cameron said he will form a Conservative majority government. He said Britain is "on the brink of something special" and can become a place where a good life "is in reach for everyone who is willing to work and do the right thing."
He described Britain as a country with "unrivalled skills and creativeness." “To me, this election campaign was always about the difficult decisions we had to take over the last five years, the foundation of the stronger economy that we built for our country and the chance now to build on that foundation,” Cameron said. (Voice of America)
Now, as the blog post title alludes to, it was a decisive victory for the Tories so?

  • The Tories picked up an absolute majority of seats, going from 311 MPs in the 2010 election to 331 MPs (including the Speaker of the Commons, who is elected as an Independent)
  • Their former coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats, fell from 57 seats down to 8 seats, effectively becoming a rump party in all-but-name
  • The Tories' principal opposition, Labour, were hammered on two fronts: not only did they lose seats, going from 258 MPs' down to 232 MPs' but they now have virtually zero presence north of Hadrian's Wall in Scotland, as they went from having 41 Scottish MPs' down to just one, attributable to the Labourites' opposition to last year's Scottish Referendum
So what does this mean going into the next five years of this incoming House of Commons in terms of parties?

...and in terms of issues?

  • If the financial markets were any indication today, they saw the Tory victory as a portend of good fortune for the United Kingdom; both the FTSE 100 and the British pound sterling registered stronger-than-expected numbers today and the business outlook was given a boost by the election results
  • On the other hand, expect calls for electoral reform to begin in earnest, especially in one regard: unlike the Conservative and Labour, who garnered the lion's share of parliamentary seats from a little over 67% of the vote, the UK Independence Party was the third-biggest party in terms of votes, garnering around 13% or so....and yet will send only one MP to Westminster. Expect some form of electoral reform debate to commence at some point, if not for any other reason than to placate the masses

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Founder's Quote, 7 May 2015

If men through fear, fraud or mistake, should in terms renounce and give up any essential natural right, the eternal law of reason and the great end of society, would absolutely vacate such renunciation; the right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty, it is not in the power of Man to alienate this gift, and voluntarily become a slave. - Samuel Adams, Rights of the Colonists — 1772

Free Speech Is An American Right, Not A Privilege...

Oh, Mohammedans....

...lesson here is: here in America, we're free to speak our minds on the issues and conversations of the day without having to worry about someone shooting at us or attacking us; don't like it? Well, to quote the words of U.S. general Anthony McAuliffe at Bastogne in 1944.....


Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Seared Music: King's X - "Alright" these guys haven't gotten their due rewards in the music world is a mystery to me...

Tax Cheaters Working For The IRS Got Promotions...

You know, if you or I or any other average person cheats on their taxes, at the very least we can expect to be audited...these characters, not so much:
The IRS refused to fire most of its own employees found to be cheating on their taxes — and in some cases even quickly turned around and promoted them within the year, according to a new audit released Wednesday.
In about 60 percent of cases of “willful violations” IRS managers found mitigating circumstances and refused to fire the employees, even though the law calls for that penalty. In some of those cases the managers didn’t even document why they’d overridden the penalty, said Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration J. Russell George.
“Given its critical role in Federal tax administration, the IRS must ensure that its employees comply with the tax law in order to maintain the public’s confidence,” Mr. George said. “Willful violation of the law by IRS employees should not be taken lightly, and the IRS Commissioner should fully document decisions made to retain employees whom management has proposed be terminated.” (Washington Times)
...ain't government work grand? Well, ain't it?

Founder's Quote, 6 May 2015

There is no good government but what is republican. That the only valuable part of the British constitution is so; for the true idea of a republic is "an empire of laws, and not of men." That,as a republic is the best of governments, so that particular arrangement of the powers of society, or in other words, that form of government which is best contrived to secure an impartial and exact execution of the law, is the best of republics. - John Adams, Thoughts on Government — 1776

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Seared Music: X Ambassadors - "Renegades" defend free speech, you have to be a renegade, period...full stop.

Post-Texas Shooting: Is Free Speech A 'Mousetrap' For Terrorism?

Quoting PJ Media: Chris Matthews said that the Texas incident was a mousetrap for terrorism, and that event organizers crossed a line. The Trifecta Gang rips this apart.

There's a Tammy Bruce quote over at Gay Patriot that sums this all up thusly...
If you're murdered by Islamists for cartoons, liberals support you. If you have the gall to defend yourself & survive, not so much. (Tammy Bruce, 5 May 2015)

"Christian" Game Developer Creates Game That Depicts Killing LGBT People

....remind me again who the goddamn bullies are?
Online gaming website Steam have removed a controversial video game from availability after complaints were made about it’s violent homophobic and transphobic content by users.
‘Kill The Faggot’ was created and uploaded by Skaldic Games to Steam’s Steam Greenlight section which allows game developers to showcase their games and let the Steam user community decide which ones they want to be made commercially available through Steam. Steam does not actively vet games for offensive content but developers must pay $100 to get their game onto Steam Greenlight as a quality control barrier.
The game description for ‘Kill The Faggot’ read ‘Hate gays? Want to unleash your frustration with the “LGBT” community? Well now is your chance.’ ‘Murder gays and transgenders [sic] while avoiding killing straight people. Get points before time runs out.’
The game contains what Skaldic Games describes as ‘lots of fully voiced lowbrow innuendos’ which includes a transgender character shouting ‘you want to chop [off] my wiener?’ and gay men are labelled in the game ‘AIDS carriers’ to be ‘eliminated.’ (Gay Star News)
Normally, I wouldn't post as offensive a video as this, but it has to be seen to be believed...

...and if you thought it couldn't get any worse....oh, well:
The man behind the game, Randall Herman, is a California developer, according to Ars Technica. Herman is also a skateboarder and Christian shoe promoter. He launched a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 on behalf of a skateboarding shoe company “with one goal in mind: to promote the words and teachings of Jesus Christ through quality footwear,” according to Ars Technica.
Herman is claiming that the game was meant to challenge the overly political correctness in the gaming industry by making “most overly offensive game possible to these idiots to prove a point,” and was not intended to incite hatred or violence towards LGBT people.
“To everyone that got overly offended. Good, that’s what we were going for. Just wait for our next game we are working on, its gonna be way more offensive as this one [sic],” Skaldic Games said in a statement after the game was removed by Steam. The company does not intend to offer an apology. (Raw Story), I could be off-the-rails here, but this video game comes awful close to inciting crime, so I ask: remind me again who the goddamn bullies are?
(H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)

Founder's Quote, 5 May 2015

The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 17 — 1782

Monday, May 4, 2015

Seared Music: Cracker - "Low"

....given the past few weeks, this is 'bout as good a song as one could post on a Monday night...oh, well.

White Privilege?!?

...if that's white privilege, then can we have more of it, please?

The Supreme Court's Coming Decisions

Today marked the final day or oral arguments before the Supreme Court this year (High Ct. years go from Oct. through June of the calendar year) and there are a boatload of cases and issues that could have ramifications for years to come; those include....

Irrespective of how these cases and issues shake out, it is going to be an interesting two months for Court Kremlinologists...

Founder's Quote, 4 May 2015

[R]eligion and virtue are the only foundations, not of republicanism and of all free government, but of social felicity under all government and in all the combinations of human society. - John Adams, letter in response to Rush letter — 1811