Friday, May 29, 2015

Draw Mohammed Contest To Be Held Outside Phoenix-Area Mosque

Oh, this should be interesting...wonder how many people will actually defend the free speech rights of the artists this go-round?
A “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest dubbed a “Freedom of Speech Rally” is going forth Friday outside a mosque in Phoenix, Arizona, and local police have gone on high alert.
The president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, Usama Shami, said police and FBI agents have given him a heads-up about the event, local 12 News reported. And his response? He said free speech is part of American life, and he’s encouraged fellow Muslims to attend mosque anyway.
Joel Richardson and Susan Crimp have documented the brutally honest stories of those with a warning to the West, in “Why We Left Islam: Former Muslims Speak Out.”
“Everybody has a right to be a bigot,” Shami said. “Everybody has a right to be a racist. Everybody has a right to be an idiot. … It will be the same as every Friday evening and we’re going to tell our members what we’ve told them before: not to engage them. They’re not looking for an intellectual conversation. They’re looking to stir up controversy and we’re not going to be a part of it.”
Jon Ritzheimer, the event organizer, said his whole intent is to draw attention to the radical aspects of Islam while confirming the First Amendment. “I want this to be about pushing out the truth about Islam,” he said, 12 News reported. “I’ve read the Quran three times … the ones flying the planes into the tower, those are Muslims following the book as it is written.” (World Net Daily)
For what its' worth, Mr. Ritzheimer is on the side of the angels here; either free speech in this country means what it says or it doesn't and part of that means that those oh-so-special religious snowflakes (o/k/a Muslims) will just have to put up with the contest....oh, and here's one more drawing for the Mohammedans to stew over:

Founder's Quote, 29 May 2015

The steady character of our countrymen is a rock to which we may safely moor; and notwithstanding the efforts of the papers to disseminate early discontents, I expect that a just, dispassionate and steady conduct, will at length rally to a proper system the great body of our country. Unequivocal in principle, reasonable in manner, we shall be able I hope to do a great deal of good to the cause of freedom & harmony. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Elbridge Gerry — 1801

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Seared Music: Synth Dimension - "Synthesized Ghost Of The 80's"

...its' just been one of those days again...

Out To Lunch Celebrity Baffled By Existence Of Gays Who Think For Themselves

...if I had a dime for everytime someone's said that to me, I'd be a rich mother------....just saying. *scratches head in thought* that I think of it, who knew Cher was still alive? Anyone...anyone...Bueller?!?

FRC Spokesman: Gays "Bitterly Attacked" Uganda & Jamaica

You know, the more I read this below, the more I think Peter Sprigg of the hate group known as the Family Research Council is simply mailing it in these days:
Several years ago, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins strongly defended a Uganda bill, which at the time included a measure making homosexuality in some cases a capital offense. While the provision was dropped, the Ugandan government still increased the draconian penalties punishing people for being.
So it came as no surprise that on yesterday’s edition of “Washington Watch,” FRC senior fellow Peter Sprigg — who once called for the U.S. to “export homosexuals” — criticized Randy Berry, the Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, for reportedly traveling to travel to Uganda and Jamaica, where homosexuality is also criminalized.
Sprigg said that Berry and the Obama administration are trying to “force this American-style homosexual agenda down the throats of other countries” such as Uganda, “which is one of the countries which has been most bitterly attacked by homosexual activists around the world.” (Right Wing Watch)
 Here's Sprigg's odious words via, I don't know which is worse here: the FRC still peddling its' lies and bullshit about the LGBT community or the fact that they regularly ignore incidents of actual anti-Christian bias being committed by radical Islamists in order to fund-raise off of their anti-gay bigotry. All I would say to the FRC and other social conservatives is that before you start poking your noses in other people's affairs, start looking out for your own damn affairs first.

Founder's Quote, 28 May 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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Seared Music: Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - "What I Am"

If there's a beautiful thought to this song, it is that it takes both philosophy and religion to task for being so serious at times; we only have one chance at this life, so why be so confounded serious sometimes?

'FIFA Is Imploding': 14 Arrested In Corruption Probe

Fans of the Beautiful Game awoke this morning to some not-so-nice news...and that's putting it mildly:
Fourteen people, including high-ranking officials of the soccer governing body FIFA, were charged Wednesday in a more than $150-million racketeering and fraud scheme that prosecutors said had corrupted the world’s most popular sport while lining defendants’ pockets with millions of dollars.
The charges, which coincided with raids in Zurich, Switzerland, and Miami, followed a three-year FBI investigation into alleged crimes that U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch and other law enforcement officials said dated back more than 20 years. FIFA’s president, Sepp Blatter, was not named in the indictments, but the charges could cripple his bid Friday to win a fifth term at the organization’s helm.
In addition, law enforcement officials made clear that more people could face charges in what Lynch called a “rampant, systemic and deep-rooted” cycle of corruption. (Los Angeles Times)
Now, there's one question people have been asking all day long with this: how is the United States involved and why could these officials face extradition here for crimes supposedly committed elsewhere? Simple reason: most of the alleged crimes were committed either in the United States or involved banks and financial institutions based within the United States; both of those reasons are enough under federal law for extradition. For what its' worth, this is going to be an interesting time in world soccer as the fallout from today's indictments reverberates throughout the sporting world.

Zo Schools His Haters. You Won't Believe the Slurs These Liberals Use!

Quoting PJMedia: Zo got an extra dose of hate mail from Lefties after his recent viral video about Michelle Obama being a race baiter. You won't believe some of the things they say! See him school the haters.

Winston Churchill's words are so damn prescient here...quoting: You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life.

...well said, Zo!

Founder's Quote, 27 May 2015

Strive to be the greatest man in your country, and you may be disappointed. Strive to be the best and you may succeed: he may well win the race that runs by himself. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack — 1747

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Supreme Court To Hear Jury Selection & Redistricting Cases

In and amongst the various opinions and orders issued today by the High Court for hearing in the Court's next term, two cases stand out: Evenwel v. Abbott (14-940) and Foster v. Humphrey (14-8439).

In Evenwel, the Court will hear a Texas case involving redistricting of state legislative district and what standard shall be used to draw said districts, a standard known as "One person, one vote" originally set in the 1964 decision Reynolds v. Sims; in essence, the Court will pretty much have to decide whether the standard in Reynolds should be of "total population" or "voter population" (and to a lesser extent, whether state legislative districts should be bound by the same standards used for Congressional district).

In Foster, the Court will clarify the ban on the use of race in excluding jurors from a trial jury, a ban set forth in the 1986 Batson v. Kentucky decision; in this case, the Court will be examining whether a Georgia prosecutor illegally used race as a factor in striking prospective black jurors from a death penalty case (Think Progress has a great commentary on the case and what it could mean for trial juries going forward).

No SCOTUS Ruling On Marriage Equality

Last week, the High Court released several decisions, none of which involved the various same-sex marriage cases that were heard earlier this year...well, the Court released several more decisions this week as they continue to whittle down the case load still remaining. Cases announced were the following (quoting SCOTUSBlog):
  • KBR Inc. v. United States ex rel Carter (12-1497): The Court reversed and remanded a 4th Circuit decision concerning the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, namely that the act only applies to criminal acts and not civil violations
  • Commil USA v. Cisco Systems (13-896): In a 6-2 decision (Justice Breyer recused himself from the case), the Court vacated and remanded a Federal Circuit (a/k/a D.C. Circuit) ruling that a defendant's belief concerning patent validity is not a defense to patent infringement (i.e. just because you believe a patent may not be valid doesn't mean you can infringe on said patent)
  • Wellness Intl. Network, Ltd. v. Sharif (13-935): In a split 6-3 decision ("split" meaning some justices concurred in part & dissented in part), the Court reversed & remanded a 7th Circuit decision, stating that Article III of the Constitution permits bankruptcy courts to consider claims submitted under rules set forth in the 2011 Stern decision; prior to this, bankruptcy courts could not hear claims submitted to non-Article III courts
With these decisions, there are 25 cases remaining on the Court's docket for this term, including most of the major decisions (those involving marriage equality, the death penalty, Obamacare, etc.) are still yet to be decided.

Founder's Quote, 26 May 2015

Have you something to do to-morrow; do it to-day. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanack — 1742

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Founder's Quote, 25 May 2015

Objects of the most stupendous magnitude, and measure in which the lives and liberties of millions yet unborn are intimately interested, are now before us. We are in the very midst of a revolution the most complete, unexpected and remarkable of any in the history of nations. - John Adams, letter to William Cushing — 1776