Friday, July 24, 2015

Seared Music: Quarterflash - "Find Another Fool"

....2 thoughts here, one musical, one political. On the musical side, this song's another reminder that Quarterflash was one of those 80's bands that seemed to get little - if any - respect from the powers-that-be in the music world....on the political side, one could take the song-title and use it to say to the GOP establishment, "Go find another fool, you numbskulls!"...especially if they try to slip ole' Jeb Bush into the Republican nomination for President come 2016...

Top Homeland Security Dem: Monitor U.S. Citizens, Not Muslim Refugees

Repeat after me....WTF?
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., led off a hearing on the security risks of Syrian refugees by saying the committee would be better served if it looked within at U.S.-born citizens for potential terrorists.
Thompson said the mass shooting at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, last week illustrated America’s more pressing problems with “violent extremism.” He suggested that the threats posed by “domestic terrorism” were more acute than those posed by Muslim refugees being sent to the U.S. from Syria.
“Time and time again, I have urged this committee not to have a narrow view of violent extremism, which ignores violent extremist activity of domestic groups,” Thompson said.
“Regrettably, last week’s attacks at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston brought this issue into stark focus,” he continued. “Congress, the president, and the Department of Homeland Security need to come together with state and local governments to honestly acknowledge that domestic terrorism is a threat to the safety and security of the American homeland, including the refugees who resettle within our borders. We must move beyond the perceived fears of the unknown and focus on credible threat information and allow the security vetting systems we have in place (for refugees) to work.”
After Wednesday’s hearing on the security risks posed by Syrian refugees, Thompson sent a letter to Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, asking that he convene hearings on domestic terrorism in the United States. (World Net Daily via. The Conservative Wife)
Now, I'm gonna play devil's advocate here and agree with Rep. Thompson on one point and that point is that we do need to be wary and watchful for domestic terror plots...but, given that the vast majority of terrorist acts committed against the U.S. since 9/11 have been committed by radical Mohammedans and not by domestic terrorists, Thompson's words should be taken as a stark warning that, if given the opportunity, government would love to curtail domestic dissent...all in the name of protecting the homeland. Americans saw this all-too-often back during the Bush-43 administration and damn if we haven't seen it evidenced over the past 6+ years of the Obama administration.

Someone should really, really remind Rep. Thompson that dissent is an American value, one that ranks right up there with the other civic virtues that once made America a great country and hopefully will make it a great country once again.

Founder's Quote, 24 July 2015

All the property that is necessary to a Man, for the Conservation of the Individual and the Propagation of the Species, is his natural Right, which none can justly deprive him of: But all Property superfluous to such purposes is the Property of the Publick, who, by their Laws, have created it, and who may therefore by other laws dispose of it, whenever the Welfare of the Publick shall demand such Disposition. He that does not like civil Society on these Terms, let him retire and live among Savages. He can have no right to the benefits of Society, who will not pay his Club towards the Support of it. - Benjamin Franklin, letter to Robert Morris — 1783

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Seared Music: The Sisters Of Mercy - "This Corrosion"

....its' a good thing I really like this song; the more I read the song title, the more one would think they were referring to Washington, D.C.,...but that's just me.

Richard Dreyfuss: Rewrite 2nd Amdt. To Only Apply To Militia

With all due respect, Mr. Dreyfuss, fuck you very much....
In a July 23 interview published in the New York Observer, actor Richard Dreyfuss said he would like to rewrite the 2nd Amendment to make it clear it applies to the militia rather than individual rights.
Dreyfuss said this after being asked, “What was the Founding Fathers’ biggest mistake” and “What article of the Constitution would you rewrite?”
Dreyfuss said their biggest mistake was in not “[making] public education part of the Constitution.”
He then addressed the 2nd Amendment: The Second Amendment. It’s the only Amendment that’s obscurely written, and I would have made it clear. I would have said, “This is for establishing militia and everyone has the right to participate in that militia, and you can have a gun if you participate in that militia.” (Breitbart)
Someone should remind Mr. Dreyfuss that he's an entertainer, not a political figure; no one's paying him to spout off about politics (they're paying him to act, though to be quite honest, its' been a while since he's done anything good, so what do I know...), so to borrow the words of conservative commentator Laura Ingraham, "Shut up and act."

Founder's Quote, 23 July 2015

Government implies the power of making laws. It is essential to the idea of a law, that it be attended with a sanction; or, in other words, a penalty or punishment for disobedience. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15 — 1787

Seattle Sees Fallout From $15 Minimum Wage

To borrow Sarah Palin's words, "how's that minimum wage working out for ya', Seattle?"
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan. Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.
Full Life Care, a home nursing nonprofit, told KIRO-TV in Seattle that several workers want to work less. “If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty, all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people,” said Jason Rantz, host of the Jason Rantz show on 97.3 KIRO-FM.
The twist is just one apparent side effect of the controversial -- yet trendsetting -- minimum wage law in Seattle, which is being copied in several other cities despite concerns over prices rising and businesses struggling to keep up.
The notion that employees are intentionally working less to preserve their welfare has been a hot topic on talk radio. While the claims are difficult to track, state stats indeed suggest few are moving off welfare programs under the new wage. (Fox News)
What minimum wage increase proponents seem to fail to realize is that there are several problems with raising the minimum wage....such as:

  • an overall inability to alleviate poverty
  • exclusion of low-cost competitors from the market 
  • more injurious to small business than to big business
  • reduction in demand for workers due to higher wage costs
  • exclusion of certain groups from the labor pool
  • is less effective than other methods of alleviating poverty (such at the Earned Income Tax Credit)
  • discriminates against younger workers and those new to the labor market
  • adds to long-term unemployment
...all of which ultimately results in....
  • higher prices paid by consumers for goods & services
....this is one of those situations where you almost have to feel sorry for the Deluded Left....almost.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Seared Music: Joy Division - "Dead Souls"

....ahh, a good mid-week song to listen to....

Europeans Think America's "Addiction" To Air Conditioning Is "Stupid"

What fantasy world are Europeans living in? The same one that says you can spend money on socialistic schemes and not worry about ever having to pay the bill later on?
Overall, it’s safe to say that Europe thinks America’s love of air-conditioning is actually quite daft. Europeans have wondered about this particular U.S. addiction for a while now: Back in 1992, Cambridge University Prof. Gwyn Prins called America’s love of air-conditioning the country’s “most pervasive and least-noticed epidemic,” according to the Economist. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency, it’s getting worse: American demand for air-conditioning has only increased over the past decades.
The U.S. has been the world’s leader in air-conditioning ever since, and it’s not a leadership Americans should necessarily be proud of. According to Stan Cox, a researcher who has spent years studying indoor climate controlling, the United States consumes more energy for air conditioning than any other country. In many parts of the world, a lack in economic development might be to blame for a widespread absence of air-conditioning at the moment. However, that doesn’t explain why even most Europeans ridicule Americans for their love of cooling and lack of heat tolerance. (Washington Post)
...and people wonder why we Americans left Europe for the New World? This would be another interesting...remember, Europeans: if it weren't for the Red, White & Blue saving y'all's asses three times in the 20th century, y'all either be speaking German or Russian (or both)...besides, next time y'all want to complain about our obsession with air conditioning, just ask them about the 2003 European heatwave...that'll shut 'em up!

Remember, Europeans: air conditioning is not only one of the 20th century's great inventions, its' also a bit of a life-saver here in the U.S., especially down here in the South...you just go one summer w/out AC and then tell me its' an addiction. Go on, we'll wait.

(H/T to Hot Air)

Founder's Quote, 22 July 2015

Repeal that [welfare] law, and you will soon see a change in their manners. St. Monday and St. Tuesday, will soon cease to be holidays. Six days shalt thou labor, though one of the old commandments long treated as out of date, will again be looked upon as a respectable precept; industry will increase, and with it plenty among the lower people; their circumstances will mend, and more will be done for their happiness by inuring them to provide for themselves, than could be done by dividing all your estates among them. - Benjamin Franklin, letter to Collinson — 1753

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Seared Music: Paul Davis - "'65 Love Affair"

...there's a great backstory to this song...now, the basic gist of the song is about an unrequited high school romance that the singer is remembering rather fondly; the backstory of it is that when Davis originally wrote the tune, he'd entitled it "'55 Love Affair"...unfortunately, the geniuses at Arista, in a case of executive meddling, asked him to change the number from 55 to 65...

...which he did, though he kept all the 50's references w/in the song in the song. On top of that, Davis really disliked how commercially successful the song eventually became (it became one of two Top-5 Billboard Adult Contemporary songs, the other being "Cool Night") and it was a major factor in him all-but-retiring from the music scene....

....and that, Paul Harvey would say, "is the rest of the story."

Bernienomics...

....someone should tell Mr. Sanders that the village is calling; they miss their idiot...

Abortion Enthusiasts Cross New Line

Quoting: Planned Parenthood made news after the emergence of a video in which one of its doctors was caught discussing revenues from processing aborted fetuses. Is this wrong? Hear what Zo thinks.

....forget crossing any new lines; I don't think there's any lines PP won't cross...

Founder's Quote, 21 July 2015

We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections. - John Adams, Inaugural Address — 1797

Monday, July 20, 2015

Founder's Quote, 20 July 2015

When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection. - Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist, no 71