Friday, May 22, 2015

Charlie Daniels Band - "In America"

....a good song to wrap up the week with....enough said!  :)

Liberals Must Stop Enabling Crime

Quoting ZoNation: Zo thinks civil rights leaders are enabling criminal behavior at the expense of law and order. While he does not think that Walter Scott should have been gunned down by a cop, this does not mean that society should turn a blind eye to crime.

...as the saying goes, "You can dance with the devil, but sooner or later, the devil's gonna' want his due." In other words, you reap what you sow.

TLC Yanks "19 Kids & Counting" Show Over Molestation Scandal

Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of homophobes...
TLC has just pulled all airings of "19 Kids and Counting" from its lineup ... TMZ has learned. Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ, the fate of the show is uncertain, but there's now so much heat in the wake of Josh Duggar's molestation confession ... the network had to make the decision.
We're told they absolutely have not made a long-term decision, but it's clearly a bad sign for the show.
And there's this ... a rep for General Mills tells TMZ, they have already blacklisted the show and removed it from their company's current advertising schedule. (TMZ)
Now, normally one shouldn't cast aspersions on others, but...given the Duggars' history of homophobia and use of religion to defend their homophobia, their usage of religion in trying to defend Josh Duggar against the various claims of molestation that've made against him, here's a question that oughta' be asked of TLC executives: what excuse do you have in allowing a show such as theirs to even air in the first place, given the growing controversy?

And you wonder why television gets as rotten as it does....this is but one example.

Founder's Quote, 22 May 2015

The only foundation of a free Constitution, is pure Virtue, and if this cannot be inspired into our People, in a greater Measure than they have it now, they may change their Rulers, and the forms of Government, but they will not obtain a lasting Liberty. - John Adams, letter to Zabdiel Adams — 1776

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Seared Music: Serj Tankian - "Empty Walls"

*reads song title* ....sounds like the story of my life at times...

The Popular Vote vs. The Electoral College

Quoting Prager University: Right now, there's a well-organized, below-the-radar effort to render the Electoral College effectively useless. It's called the National Popular Vote, and it would turn our presidential elections into a majority-rule affair. Would this be good or bad? Author, lawyer, and Electoral College expert Tara Ross explains.

As flawed as the Electoral College can be at times, the Founding Fathers' so feared mob rule (the "tyranny of the majority") that they put in place the system we know as the Electoral College to ensure that, at the end of the day, the broadest possible coalition a candidate could achieve would win the day rather than a brute majority, which as history has tragically shown at times, can be at best a fickle bigot and at worst a recipe for oppression and tyranny in its' own right.

What makes the Electoral College an effective system for electing Presidents? Well, there's a couple of reasons. For starters, it prevents urban areas from completely dominating U.S. elections, which national popular vote schemes such as the National Popular Vote would institute, not by amending the Constitution as the Founders' intended but via' legalistic end-runs between states. It also preserves the federal nature of the country in that the United States is a union of states where each state's opinion matters just as much as the next state's opinion; it also protects the historic role that the states have had in federal elections in that candidates have to pay attention to the states 'lest they risk losing that state's electoral votes. If there's one thing that the Electoral College does, though, it encourages the stability of the two-party system here in the U.S. and protects the office of the president through turbulent times when regional interests may dominate for a period of time; neither of those things are present in multi-party systems, even in the most stable of those such as in Canada and the United Kingdom.

Founder's Quote, 21 May 2015

Of those men who have overturned the liberties of republics, the greatest number have begun their career by paying an obsequious court to the people, commencing demagogues and ending tyrants. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1 — 1787

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Seared Music: Muse - "Resistance"

...if only more people would just think for themselves and not let the thought police do it for them...

Attacking The GOP As Old & White Doesn't Work Anymore

Quoting PJ MediaJoe Biden & Hillary Clinton make a good pair of grandparents, but not a good set of youthful Pres. candidates. Check out Rubio or Jindal's ages & ancestry.

For all the crap that gets thrown at the GOP, this one makes virtually no sense whatsoever; over the past few decades, the Republicans have been the ones who've become more diverse, not the Democrats...the trick for the GOP has been to do so while keeping united on core Republican values and not kowtowing to groupthink and the ever-increasing Democrat need to shoehorn people into groups and ignore our individuality as human beings.

Just something to think about in political terms, my friends.

Obama Official Blames Democrat Policies For Baltimore, Ferguson, Etc.,...

Isn't it refreshing to hear a top Justice Dept. official say something honest for once?
Vanita Gupta, head of the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, told a lawyers group in Colorado that slavery and Jim Crow were responsible for the Ferguson and Baltimore riots.
... ... ...
Let’s start with the first question and consider the source of the mistrust. Mistrust can’t be explained away as the kneejerk reaction of the ill-informed or the hyperbolic. It’s in part the product of historical awareness about the role that police have played in enforcing and perpetuating slavery, the Black Codes, lynchings and Jim Crow segregation. (Gay Patriot via. PJ Media)
She's right, but what she didn't add to the above is that it was her own party, the Democratic Party, that instituted those policies over the course of American history. After all, as Human Events points out, it was their party that created those policies...yet, if you listen to the media major-domos, you'd swear it was the Republican Party at fault for these things; its' as if no one remembers history or the past - or both.

Just remember: its' the Democrats' fault for Baltimore and Ferguson and we need to make them own it, at every opportunity; there is no reason on this earth for people to meekly accept that things as they stand are the best they can hope for...and the sooner we can help people escape the plantation that is the Democrat Party, the better off America will ultimately be.

Founder's Quote, 20 May 2015

In disquisitions of every kind there are certain primary truths, or first principles, upon which all subsequent reasoning must depend. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 31 — 1788

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Seared Music: Aerosmith - "Same Old Song & Dance"

...as news continues to flow in concerning the deepening chaos in Iraq, this song comes to mind...well, the song title anyway.

Fall Of Ramadi Reflects Failure Of Iraqi - And Current U.S. - Strategy Against ISIS

When one looks back at the Iraq War, one of the major turning points in that conflict - besides the Surge itself - was something known as the Anbar Awakening, when the region's Sunni population - tired of being oppressed by insurgents, turned and joined forces with the U.S.-led coalition, eventually turning things around to where, by the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq, was actually one of the quieter regions w/in Iraq...unfortunately, things aren't looking so good now:
As Islamic State militants repeatedly attacked Ramadi this year, police solicited cash from local families and businessmen to buy weapons, one officer recalled. The Iraqi government didn’t pay the police for months, he said. “We begged and begged for more support from the government, but nothing,” said Col. Eissa al-Alwani, a senior police officer in the city.
The fall of Ramadi amounts to more than the loss of a major city in Iraq’s largest province, analysts say. It could undermine Sunni support for Iraq’s broader effort to drive back the Islamic State, vastly complicating the war effort.
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday reiterated a government pledge to train and arm Sunni fighters to rout the extremists from the predominantly Sunni province. The government had announced a military campaign that envisioned taking back Anbar province in the coming months and then moving on for a climactic battle with the extremists in Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city.
But the plan to form an effective Sunni fighting force was slow to take shape, hobbled by government concerns that some of the Sunnis might be close to the Islamic State, analysts say.
Now, with Ramadi being overrun, many of the Sunni tribal leaders and fighters who might have helped the government in Anbar have been killed or have fled to other parts of the country, analysts say.
“The plan is looking like a failure,” said Ihsan al-Shamari, a political analyst who lives in Baghdad. “Now the Sunnis are even more suspicious of the government, and now it will be even harder to get them to cooperate with a political system that they already deeply distrusted.” (Washington Post)
So what happened here? A combination of things:

  • Leaving Iraq as we did back at the end of 2011 (though to be fair, we should've never been there in the first place, but that's another conversation for another day)
  • Allowing the Shia' led Baghdad government to effectively freeze out the Sunni tribes w/in Anbar Province, giving them no way to work w/the government and all-but-pushing them into the hands of Islamist radicals
  • Continued suspicions from Baghdad towards the Sunni community which fed into the previous point; although there had been instances where Iraqi weapons supplies had fallen into insurgent hands prior to the rise of ISIS, most of the Sunni tribes in the region continued to remain loyal to the central government
So what can we do? Right now, not a whole lot: no one wants to see U.S. ground forces go back into Iraq, yet at the same time, no one wants to see the region fall even further into chaos...in other words, its' turning into one big mess in front of our eyes.

Founder's Quote, 19 May 2015

To the haranguers of the populace among the ancients, succeed among the moderns your writers of political pamphlets and news-papers, and your coffee-house talkers. - Benjamin Franklin, Reply to Coffee House Orators — 1767

Monday, May 18, 2015

Seared Music: Earth, Wind & Fire - "Let's Groove"

*looks around* ...well, why not? ;) 

You Might Be A Liberal...

...any questions?

No SCOTUS Ruling On Marriage Equality

Caught this in my blog feed; although the High Court remains silent on the issue of marriage equality, the Court did issue several decisions today on various issues...

  • Henderson v. United States (13-1487): in this case, the Court vacated an 11th Circuit decision and ruled that although felons may still not possess firearms, they are allowed to sell or transfer their firearms to a third-party, either through open sale or through a direct transfer to a third party
  • Comptroller v. Wynne (13-485): in this case, the Court ruled that Maryland's personal tax regime violates the Constitution's Commerce Clause, namely in regards to double taxation of income of out-of-state residents
  • City & County of San Francisco v. Sheehan (13-1412): in this case, the Court dismissed a challenge to the Americans with Disabilities Act requiring police to provide accommodation to a violent, mentally ill suspect while said person is under their custody
  • Tibble v. Edison International (13-550): in this case, the Court vacated a 9th Circuit decision and ruled that the filing of an ERISA claim (a/k/a retirement claim) shouldn't be based on when the fiduciary filed but when the individual represented by the fiduciary filed (i.e. a timing issue)
  • Coleman-Bey v. Tollefson (13-1333): in this case, the Court affirmed a 6th Circuit decision and ruled that, under the Prison Litigation Reform Act, the law's three-strikes provision does apply even if a petitioner's litigation is in the appellate stage
  • Harris v. Viegelahn (14-400): in this case, the Court reversed & remanded a 5th Circuit case involving an individual going through bankruptcy; the Court ruled that any debtor within Chapter 13 bankruptcy who converts said bankruptcy over to Chapter 7 is entitled to the return of all wages not yet distributed through Chapter 13
Prior to today, there were 34 cases remaining on the High Court's docket; these decisions reduce that number to 28, which means that some of the Court's other major decisions involving the death penalty, Obamacare and marriage equality, are still up in the air.

Founder's Quote - 18 May 2015

I am free to acknowledge that His Powers are full great, and greater than I was disposed to make them. Nor, Entre Nous, do I believe they would have been so great had not many of the members cast their eyes towards General Washington as President; and shaped their Ideas of the Powers to be given to a President, by their opinions of his Virtue. - Pierce Butler, letter to Weedon Butler — 1788