Friday, July 10, 2015

Seared Music: George Baker Selection - "Little Green Bag" this day, no one's ever figured out just what the hell that little green bag was....perhaps its' the musical equivalent of a Maguffin, perhaps its' just a musical hook....or perhaps its' just a good song, period.

What Makes America Different?

Quoting Prager University: Is America really that great? Or is the United States just like any other nation? Outsiders tend to be the best judge of character, and Nick Adams, a best-selling Australian author and political commentator, gives an outsider's view of the USA.

He's right...try finding another country such as America. Go on, try; we'll wait. :)

With All Due Respect, Sir...

....when I read this over at Gay Patriot:
BTW, after all the hoopla last week about the US Womyn’s kickball team winning the big kickball tournament, it is important to remember. Nobody gave a f— about womyn’s kickball two weeks ago, and no one will give a f— two weeks from now. 
....two items came to mind that make you really want to walk up to him and tell him to shut his piehole...item #1: US-Japan Women's World Cup Final Shatters TV Ratings
Seems like America loves the U.S. women’s national team.
The USA's 5-2 win over Japan in the Women’s World Cup final Sunday night on FOX averaged a stunning 25.4 million viewers, making it the most-viewed soccer game ever in the United States–men’s or women’s–by a giant margin. The previous most-viewed soccer game in the U.S. came last June 22 when 18.7 million watched ESPN’s World Cup telecast of the U.S.-Portugal men’s game (combined with Univision, it totaled 24.7 million viewers). The telecast peaked at 30.9 million viewers between 8:30-8:45 p.m. ET.
Telemundo averaged 1.27 million viewers for the Sunday's final, making it the most-watched Women’s World Cup match on U.S. Spanish-language TV. (Sports Illustrated)
...and item #2 (from the U.S. WNT's Twitter feed):
We knew we had the #BestFansInTheWorld, but today was something else! @AP_Sports tells the story with a single photo. (U.S. Soccer WNT, 10 July 2015), anyway, with all due respect, Gay Patriot, Americans of all stripes love a winner and the U.S. women fit the bill, to quote the words of wrestler Chris Jericho
Would you please shut...the hell...up?

Founder's Quote, 10 July 2015

That these are our grievances which we have thus laid before his majesty, with that freedom of language and sentiment which becomes a free people claiming their rights as derived from the laws of nature, and not as the gift of their chief magistrate. - Thomas Jefferson, Rights of British America — 1774

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Founder's Quote, 9 July 2015

I am commonly opposed to those who modestly assume the rank of champions of liberty, and make a very patriotic noise about the people. It is the stale artifice which has duped the world a thousand times, and yet, though detected, it is still successful. I love liberty as well as anybody. I am proud of it, as the true title of our people to distinction above others; but...I would guard it by making the laws strong enough to protect it. - Fisher Ames, letter to George Richard Minot — 1789

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Seared Music: S.O.S. Band - "Take Your Time (Do It Right)"

....with songs like this, why was there so much hate for disco back in the day? Anyone....anyone....Bueller?!?

The Return Of Massive Resistance?

Back in the 1950's, following Brown v. Board of Education (1954), states across the South began to engage in acts of massive resistance to integration of public schools, actions which stretched over the better part of a decade...unfortunately, in the wake of the Obergefell decision which extended the right of marriage to same-sex couples across the United States, there appears to be a resurgence in efforts by same-sex marriage opponents to engage in a modern-day version of massive resistance.

Today's case in point: Rowan County, Kentucky. Quoting AmericaBlog:
It is now illegal for a state to deny same-sex couples the right to marry, but that hasn’t yet sunk in with many of the people responsible for issuing marriage licenses. In a fit of bureaucratic discretion, clerks in states ranging from Texas to Alabama, have shut down their entire marriage process rather than grant legal recognition to a single same-sex couple that wants to exercise their new right.
Kentucky is on that list, as well. In a video posted to YouTube yesterday, David Moore and his partner attempted to obtain a marriage license in Rowan County, Kentucky, where they live, only to be told multiple times that they would have to go to another county in order to obtain it.
The county clerk’s office also called the cops in an attempt to get the couple’s friend to stop filming the exchange.
When the couple finally does get to talk to someone in the clerk’s office — after waiting for nearly ten minutes and seeing others jump ahead of them in line — they are told that the office is not issuing marriage licenses to anyone. As the woman they interact with explains, it’s “her choice” — referring to County Clerk Kim Davis — as to whether the office will provide marriage documents to any couple, gay or straight. (AmericaBlog)
 Here's the video of the above exchange...

Now, under most circumstances, this would be simply government malfeasance, the kind that happens when someone decides to become a law unto themselves (like, for instance, President Obama in regards to immigration policy)...the difference between that and this is that state officials in Kentucky have told county officials across the state that, in light of Obergefell, they are obligated as officials of the state of Kentucky to issue same-sex marriage licenses, and that failure to do so is not only a civil offense but could also lead to criminal charges against the clerks in question.

To their credit, the couple in the video above brought written documentation of the Obergefell decision, letters from state officials notifying clerks of the law in question and the relevant Kentucky state statutes specifying possible penalties for refusing to carry out official duties as a state official...and, to quote AmericaBlog, its' a good thing they came prepared; the ACLU has laready filed lawsuits against Rowan Co. clerk Kim Davis for refusing to carry out her responsibilities as a state official in refusing to issue same-sex marriage certificates. As one ACLU official stated,
Ms. Davis has the absolute right to believe whatever she wants about God, faith, and religion, but as a government official who swore an oath to uphold the law, she cannot pick and choose who she is going to serve, or which duties her office will perform based on her religious beliefs. (ACLU Kentucky)
I've said it before and I'll keep repeating it: all of us as individuals have the right to our beliefs, irrespective of politics, religion and/or personal beliefs...but if one is a public official who has taken an oath to uphold the law (regardless of jurisdiction), you do not get to pick & choose which parts of the law you'll carry out and which ones you can ignore...if you have a problem with that, get the hell out of the way and let someone in who will carry out the law.

The sad part to all this is that its' likely going to take lawsuit after lawsuit to finally ensure that the law here is faithfully carried the meantime, its' going to take lots of diligent watching and observation to ensure that those entrusted with the public trust do not use their positions in violation of the borrow the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin,
...and that's the bottom line, 'cause the Constitution said so!

Founder's Quote, 8 July 2015

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country. - Nathan Hale, before being hanged by the British — 1776

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Seared Music: Queen - "We Are The Champions"

....considering the dominant manner that the USWNT won Sunday's Women's World Cup final over Japan, this song is very much appropriate...

Europe Racing To Save Greece From Itself

This doesn't surprise me...isn't there a saying about cutting off the family drunk after a certain point?
The eurozone gives Greece until Thursday to present new proposals to secure a deal with creditors, and has called a full EU summit for Sunday.
The moves came after an emergency eurozone leaders' summit in Brussels.
The eurozone had asked Greece to submit fresh plans after its voters rejected a draft bailout in a referendum. But Greece brought no written plans, suggesting instead a few changes to an earlier draft, which would respect "the mandate of the referendum".
On Sunday a meeting of all 28 members of the European Union will be held.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the eurozone leaders had a "serious, candid discussion" in Brussels that "reflected the seriousness of the situation at hand". (BBC via. Townhall)
To borrow the Iron Lady's famous words, "Eventually, the problem with socialism is that you run out of other people's money." some point, the devil's gonna get his due and Greece - along with the rest of the world - are going to be in for a bit of a rough ride, economically speaking.

Founder's Quote, 7 July 2015

The most sacred of the duties of a government [is] to do equal and impartial justice to all citizens. - Thomas Jefferson, Note in Destutt de Tracy — 1816

Monday, July 6, 2015

Founder's Quote, 6 June 2015

The Judiciary...has no influence over either the sword or the purse; no direction either of the strength or of the wealth of the society, and can take no active resolution whatever. It may truly be said to have neither force nor will. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78 — 1788