Saturday, June 27, 2015

How McDonald's Will Handle A $15 Minimum Wage

...and the Deluded Left still thinks this is a threat? If I had to choose between paying someone $15 for an entry-level job vs. installing these kiosks and hiring someone to keep them running...well, sorry, labor activists, I'm choosing Option #2. Now, we can argue about the minimum wage as a political and academic concern, but out in the real world, Option #2 is what I suspect most people would do.

Activist Cuts Down Confederate Flag At S.C. Capital

Thank heavens for civil disobedience...
An activist climbed a flagpole outside the South Carolina state capitol early on Saturday and took down the Confederate flag, state officials said, a day after U.S. President Barack Obama called the banner a symbol of racial oppression.
Two people were arrested and charged with defacing a monument, the South Carolina Department of Public Safety said in a statement. The banner was replaced within an hour, it said.
Brittany Newsome climbed the flag pole and James Ian Tyson stood inside a fence and assisted her, police said. They are both 30 years old and from North Carolina. Both were released on $3,000 bail and allowed to leave the state ahead of a scheduled July 27 court appearance, local television station WIS reported. (Reuters)
 *adds deadpan* For what its' worth, before she took the treasonous rag down, she should've burned the damn thing...but that's just me.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Seared Music: Eagles - "Get Over It" opponents of same-sex marriage, all I've gotta' say in regards to the issue is: your side lost, get the hell over it.

Talk About Having The Sadz...

This morning, the Supreme Court issued its decision on same-sex marriage....and boy, did opponents of it have a major case of the sadz...examples:
I'd keep going here, but this is all I need say to them above....
....our side won, your side lost. Get over it.

Same-Sex Marriage Now Legal In All 50 States, SCOTUS Rules

Martin Luther King, Jr., once said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Today's Supreme Court ruling affirming same-sex marriage across all 50 states is but another example of it...quoting Fox News:
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex couples have a right to marry nationwide, in a historic decision that invalidates gay marriage bans in more than a dozen states. 
Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. But in a 5-4 ruling, the court held that the 14th Amendment requires states to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples and to recognize such marriages performed in other states. 
The ruling means the remaining 14 states that did not allow such unions, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans. 
Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion, just as he did in the court's previous three major gay rights cases dating back to 1996. "No union is more profound than marriage," Kennedy wrote, joined by the court's four more liberal justices. He continued: "Under the Constitution, same-sex couples seek in marriage the same legal treatment as opposite-sex couples, and it would disparage their choices and diminish their personhood to deny them this right." 
The outcome is the culmination of two decades of Supreme Court litigation over marriage, and gay rights generally. Cheers broke out outside the Supreme Court when the decision was announced. 
President Obama tweeted: "Today is a big step in our march toward equality." 
But other justices argued that the court should not be able to order states to change their marriage definition. Chief Justice John Roberts, in a dissent joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, called the ruling an "extraordinary step." 
"Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none their celebration. But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority's approach is deeply disheartening," they wrote. "The majority's decision is an act of will, not legal judgment." 
Each of the four dissenting justices also wrote a separate dissent. 
The ruling will not take effect immediately because the court gives the losing side roughly three weeks to ask for reconsideration. But some state officials and county clerks might decide there is little risk in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. (Fox News)
......I'm of two minds on today's ruling. As a conservative, I'm glad to see that the Court re-affirmed Article 4, Section 1 of the Constitution (i.e. the Full Faith & Credit Clause) along with the Constitution's Due Process Clause; for all the talk of marriage being a religious institution, as a separate civil institution, this shouldn't even have been an issue. As a member of the LGBT community, all I can say here is "Halle-frickin-lujah....about...damn...time!"

Founder's Quote, 26 June 2015

I have lived, Sir, a long time; and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this Truth, that God governs in the Affairs of Men. And if a Sparrow cannot fall to the Ground without his Notice, is it probable that an Empire can rise without his Aid? - Benjamin Franklin, Motion for Prayers in the Constitutional Convention — 1787

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Seared Music: Disturbed - "Voices"

...other than Dead Poetic's "August Winterman", a better song to describe the struggles of suffering from both bipolar depression (a/k/a manic depression) and schizophrenia hasn't been written yet...

Why Is The Left Attacking Bobby Jindal?

To hear the Left going after Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in the wake of his presidential announcement, you'd swear he'd given away state secrets and, the reality is, the Left is attacking him for the same reasons that they attack others in a similar vein, namely that that minority conservatives seek to speak, think and act for themselves and the plantation mentality of the Deluded Left can't stand to have that.

For what its' worth, that's also pretty much what happens to women & gay people who stray from the Left's plantation...

SCOTUS Rules In Favor Of ACA Subsidies

This morning, the High Court released a pair of decisions, one of which had to do with the eligibility of the tax subsidies under the Affordable Care Act (a/k/a Obamacare) a 6-3 decision, the Court ruled upheld the legality of the tax subsidies contained w/in the law, essentially giving the ACA a second victory in the 5+ years since the law's controversial passage:
To understand what’s going on in this case and why today’s decision matters, it may be useful to start with a little bit of background about the Affordable Care Act more generally.  There are three key features to the law.  The first is what’s known as the “non-discrimination rule”:  health insurance companies must sell insurance to everyone, even people who are currently sick or have a history of chronic illnesses, at a reasonable price.
The second is the individual mandate, which requires everyone to obtain health insurance or pay a penalty.  This provision ensures that there are enough healthy people in the insurance pool to balance out the sick people:  if healthy people aren’t required to buy health insurance, the thinking goes, but they know (because of the non-discrimination rule) that they can do so at any time, they will wait and only buy insurance if they get sick.
The subsidies are the third pillar of the system created by the ACA.  Many people get health insurance through their employers, but the people who don’t – because they are self-employed or unemployed, for example – need some way to buy it.  So the ACA provides for the creation of an online marketplace, known as an “exchange,” in each state.
 The drafters of the ACA had originally expected each state to set up its own exchange, but after many states declined to do so, the federal government (as authorized by another provision of the ACA) stepped in to create them instead.  And to ensure that everyone can afford the health insurance that they are now required to buy, the ACA also provides for subsidies for people who buy their health insurance through an exchange. Here is the heart of the dispute: one provision of the ACA indicates that subsidies are only available to people who purchase their health insurance on an exchange “established by the State.”  The plaintiffs in the case argued that this means that subsidies are not available to the millions of people who purchased their health insurance on an exchange that was created by the federal government, because the federal government is not a “State.”
Today, by a vote of six to three, the Court agreed with the Obama administration that the subsidies are available for everyone who bought health insurance through an exchange, no matter whether that exchange was created by a state or the federal government. (SCOTUSBlog)
Translation: the language of the statute gives the federal government the authority to allow tax subsidies for those purchasing health insurance through both state exchanges and through the federal exchange.

Now, how big of a bullet did the ACA dodge today? Well, as the quotes above point out, the tax subsidies are a major pillar of the act; knock out that provision and several million Americans would've found themselves w/out health insurance simply because they couldn't afford the insurance. (Whether they can afford it, given the high deductibles in most of the policies, is another story.)

On a political note, this makes the ACA a central pivot point come don't be surprised if both opponents of the law and supporters of the law use it during election season.

Founder's Quote, 25 June 2015

Eloquence has been defined to be the art of persuasion. If it included persuasion by convincing, Mr. Madison was the most eloquent man I ever heard. - Patrick Henry, on James Madison — 1790

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Seared Music: Henry Clay Work - "Marching Through Georgia"

...remind me again who won the Civil War...oh, that's right: it was the United States.

Five Myths About Why The South Seceded

Next time someone tries to convince you that the South tried to secede in 1860-1861 for altruistic reasons, give them these five reasons back in return and let them stew...
  • Myth #1: The South seceded over states’ rights. While neo-Confederates and their fellow travelers will tell you that, the reality is that the Confederacy were hypocrites here; they didn't support states' rights...that is, if you were a state opposed to slavery. Go back and read South Carolina's “Declaration of the Immediate Causes Which Induce and Justify the Secession of South Carolina from the Federal Union.” and tell me they still seceded over states' rights...go on, I'll wait. (Truth is, until the 1850's, the South had dominated the federal government, which pretty much allowed them to set the table on states' rights.)
  • Myth #2: Secession was about tariffs and taxes. This pernicious lie came about during the worst period of race relations in the U.S., the 1890's and the period leading up to Plessy v. Ferguson and the beginnings of Jim Crow in America and is based on the lie that the South left due to high tariffs and taxes imposed on them by Washington. The reality here is that they'd tried this once before, during the Nullification Crisis of 1831-1833 and Andrew Jackson - a Southerner, no less - pretty much threatened to drag South Carolina back into the Union with force. In this case, this myth is a flat-out lie: tariffs & taxes weren't much of a concern to the South in 1860 and it'd been Southern politicians who'd led the 1857 tariff fight, which set the tariffs regime in place at the time of the Civil War (and those tariffs were some of the lowest in U.S. history, too.)
  • Myth #3: Most white Southerners didn’t own slaves, so they wouldn’t secede for slavery. This point can be conceded in part...most white Southerners didn't own slaves...however, most supported the institution of slavery (and the institution of white supremacy) and therefore supported secession...with the exception of four areas w/in the Confederacy: (1)Western Virginia (which itself seceded from Virginia in 1861 and joined the Union in 1863), (2)Western N.C., (3)Eastern Tennessee and (4)Northern Alabama. These three areas raised so much opposition to Richmond's rule that Confederate forces were needed to quell insurrections in those regions...much to the benefit of Union forces.
  • Myth #4: Abraham Lincoln went to war to end slavery. At first, the Civil War wasn't fought to end slavery; it was fought to preserve the Union...and Lincoln himself conceded that if he could end the war w/out dealing with slavery, he could, but he also conceded that such a union wouldn't survive over time. Eventually, it was both political and moral considerations that prompted Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed the freedom of slaves w/in areas controlled by the Confederacy. This had 2 major effects: it made the ending of slavery a Union war aim and it also turned foreign opinion against the South by ensuring that if Europe's major powers - Great Britain & France - supported the South, they would, besides supporting an insurrection, also be supporting slavery, something neither country's citizens wanted to be seen as doing.
  • Myth #5: The South couldn't've survived long as a slave nation because slavery was on its' last legs. This one fails practicality: in 1860, the South produced almost 75% of the slaves exported from the United States...indeed, the total worth of those slaves was more than the combined worth of all the manufacturing & railroad capacity of the entire United States. In addition, pro-Confederate sympathizers had long coveted territory in both Mexico and the Caribbean as places to expand slavery, so why would anyone think it was on its' last legs? In fact, the U.S. wasn't the last major Western Hemisphere country to abolish slavery...that honor went to Brazil, which abolished it in 1888, nearly a quarter-century after the U.S. did so. The difference: Brazil didn't have to go to war to end it, unlike the United States.
Your move, neo-Confederates.

Founder's Quote, 24 June 2015

When you assemble from your several counties in the Legislature, were every member to be guided only by the apparent interest of his county, government would be impracticable. There must be a perpetual accomodation and sacrifice of local advantage to general expediency. - Alexander Hamilton, speech at the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Confederate Flag Debate Is Over...

Dear supporters of the Confederate flag....the Civil War ended in 1865.
You get the hell over it!

Signed, the United States of America.

Seared Music: Dropkick Murphys - "The Fighting 69th"

...with all due respect, Robo, I'd rather honor the men above who fought to preserve, defend and protect the United States than honor those who decided to fight against her...

"The Fighting 69th"
--Come all you gallant heroes
Along with me combined
I'll sing a song, it won't take long
Of the Fighting 69th

They're a band of men brave, stout and bold
From Ireland they came
And they have a leader to the fold
And Cocoran was his name

It was in the month of April
When the boys, they sailed away
And they made a sight so glorious
As they marched along Broadway

And they marched right down Broadway, me boys
Until they reached the shore
And from there they went to Washington
And straight unto the war

So we gave them hearty cheers, me boys
Which was greeted with a smile
Singing, 'here's the boys who feared no noise'
We're the Fighting 69th

And when the war is said and done
May Heaven spare our lives
For it's only then, that we can return
To our loved ones and our wives

We'll take them in our arms, me boys
For a long night and a day
And we'll hope that war will come no more
To sweet America

So we gave them hearty cheers, me boys
Which was greeted with a smile
Singing, 'here's the boys who feared no noise'
We're the Fighting 69th

So farewell unto you, dear New York
Will I ever see you once more?
For it fills my heart with sorrow
To leave your sylvan shore

But the country, now it is calling us
And we must hasten fore
So here's to the stars and stripes, me boys
And to Ireland's lovely shore

And here's to Murphy and Devine
Of honor and renown
Who did escort our heroes
Unto the battle ground

And I said unto our Colonel
We must fight hand to hand
Until we plant the stars and stripes
Way down in Dixieland

So we gave them hearty cheers, me boys
Which was greeted with a smile
Singing, 'here's the boys who feared no noise'
We're the Fighting 69th

So we gave them hearty cheers, me boys
Which was greeted with a smile
Singing, 'here's the boys who feared no noise'
We're the Fighting 69th

The Left's Inquisition

...and people still think the Left doesn't believe in religion? They do...and the name of it is climate change. Unfortunately, its' also code for controlling every facet of our lives...

Founder's Quote, 23 June 2015

Were we directed from Washington when to sow, and when to reap, we should soon want bread. - Thomas Jefferson, Autobiography — 1821

Monday, June 22, 2015

Seared Music: X Ambassadors - "Renegades"

....hey, we're all renegades in this life...its' just how we express those sentiments that matter...

SC Governor Calls For Removal Of Confederate Battle Flag From Statehouse Grounds

...somewhere, former S.C. governor David Beasley is smiling and thinking, "Told you it was coming down!"
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley on Monday called on lawmakers to take down the Confederate battle flag in the state capital, a week after a white gunman allegedly shot dead nine black worshipers at a historic church.
The flag that has flown at the State House grounds in Columbia for the past half century became a fresh focus of criticism in recent days after the Charleston church massacre, which federal authorities are investigating as a hate crime and an act of terrorism by accused gunman Dylann Roof, 21, who posed with the flag in photos posted online.
"It's time to move the flag from the capital grounds," Haley, a Republican, told a news conference in the state capital, about 100 miles (161 km) from the shooting. "This is a moment in which we can say that the flag, while an integral part of our past, does not represent the future of our great state."
Haley called on lawmakers, whose normal legislative year wraps up this week, to address the issue over the summer and said she would order a special session if they did not.
The shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church came in a year of intense debate over U.S. race relations following the killings of unarmed black men by police officers, which has sparked a reinvigorated civil rights movement under the "Black Lives Matter" banner.
Opponents of flying the flag at the State House grounds consider it an emblem of slavery that has become a rallying symbol for racism and xenophobia in the United States. Supporters, who fly the flag at their homes, wear it on clothing and put it on bumper stickers, say it is a symbol of the South's history and culture, as well a memorial to the roughly 480,000 Confederate Civil War casualties. That figure includes the dead, wounded and prisoners.
A group of both black and white leaders called for a rally Tuesday at the State House in Columbia to bring their demand directly to lawmakers. "The time has come to remove this symbol of hate and division from our state capital," said Reverend Nelson Rivers, pastor of the Charity Missionary Baptist Church in North Charleston, South Carolina. "Remove this symbol of divisiveness and even terrorism to some." (Newsmax) know, it still amazes me that some of my fellow conservatives believe that the battle flag was a symbol of heritage when all it a symbol of treason and perfidy against the United States of America.

Another Set Of Decision Reached By SCOTUS

Just as they've done the past several weeks, the Supreme Court released several decisions earlier today as they continue to whittle down their 2014 case docket....
  • Kimble v. Marvel Enterprises, Inc. (13-720): In a 6-3 decision, the Court affirms a 9th Circuit decision concerning royalty payments in regards to expired patents, namely that the Court decided to preserve the current royalties payment system that was established following the 1965 Brulotte decision
  • City of Los Angeles v. Patel (13-1175): In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled that a Los Angeles city ordinance requiring motel operators to keep guest records for periods of up to 90 days for inspection by law enforcement officials unconstitutional
  • Kingsley v. Hendrickson (14-6368): In this decision, the Court vacated and remanded back to the 7th Circuit a decision concerning pretrial detention, ruling that under Section 1883, a pretrial detainee must show only that the force purposely or knowingly used against him was objectively unreasonable to prevail on an excessive force claim.
  • Horne v. Dept. of Agriculture (14-275): In this decision, the Court reversed a 9th Circuit ruling, declaring that the government pay just compensation when it takes personal property, just as when it takes real property.
With these cases done and dusted, the Court has, by most counts, seven cases remaining...and they're pretty much the big-ticket items of the Court's 2014 term: same-sex marriage, Obamacare subsidies, the death penalty, fair housing discrimination, etc.,,... *deadpans* ...and people wonder why I took a class or two on the Supreme Court back in college; it was for times of the year like this. *whistles innocently*

Founder's Quote, 22 June 2015

The foundation of national morality must be laid in private families. . . . How is it possible that Children can have any just Sense of the sacred Obligations of Morality or Religion if, from their earliest Infancy, they learn their Mothers live in habitual Infidelity to their fathers, and their fathers in as constant Infidelity to their Mothers? - John Adams, Diary — 1778