Saturday, August 8, 2015

Democrats Split Over Iran Vote

Given the hard-left turn the Democrat Party has taken in recent years, this ain't surprising...
Two more Democratic defections over the Iran nuclear deal have exposed deep divisions at the top echelons of the party just as lawmakers entered the August congressional recess, putting added pressure on President Obama to lock down support ahead of a vital vote next month. 
In the middle of the Republican presidential debates Thursday night, senior Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer issued a lengthy and detailed statement announcing his opposition to the deal. 
"To me, the very real risk that Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great," Schumer, D-N.Y., said. "Therefore, I will vote to disapprove the agreement." The news came as Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, took the same stance. 
The announcements came just hours after two other Senate Democrats -- New York's Kirsten Gillibrand and New Hampshire's Jeanne Shaheen -- announced their support for the international accord. Schumer and Engel also are at odds with the Democrats' likely presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, who has cautiously embraced the deal. The Senate's No. 2 Democrat, Dick Durbin of Illinois, supports the accord and has been working hard to persuade lawmakers to do the same. So does top House Democrat Nancy Pelosi. (Fox News)
....bring the popcorn!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Seared Music: Johnny Kemp - "Just Got Paid (Friday Night)"

....a good song to wrap up the week with; I'm just old enough to remember when this song was on the Billboard charts....man, why can't we have music like this once more? Anyone...anyone....Bueller?!?

Carly Fiorina Pummels Chris Matthews In Post-Debate Interview

.....hey, anytime you can shut up Chris "Thrill-Up-The-Leg" Matthews is a good thing....case in point, this:

.....now if the polls would start to recognize her; for what its' worth, she should've been on the main stage last night, not the political kids' table....but that's just me.

Founder's Quote, 7 August 2015

It is a singular advantage of taxes on articles of consumption that they contain in their own nature a security against excess. They prescribe their own limit, which cannot be exceeded without defeating the end purposed - that is, an extension of the revenue. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 21

Thursday, August 6, 2015

John Bolton's PAC Goes "Daisy" On Rand Paul

Remember LBJ's infamous "Daisy" ad from the 1964 Presidential Campaign? You know, the one where they show this little girl standing in a medow, picking petals from a daisy....then this harsh metallic voice comes up and counts down to zero, whereupon we see a nuclear blast? Well, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton - someone who probably shouldn't be put anywhere near the nuclear button - thought it'd be nice to pull a "Daisy" of his own...against KY Sen. Rand Paul - who, by the way, is also running for President...


...I'm of two minds here: on the one hand, someone really should remind Mr. Bolton that Rand Paul is not Ron Paul; this kind of ad would've worked well agst. the elder Paul but I doubt it'll affect the younger Paul much. On the other hand, its' a reminder - a blunt reminder, to be sure, but a reminder - of the somewhat feckless approach to U.S. foreign policy that a Rand Paul administration would bring.

Founder's Quote, 6 August 2015

Slavery is such an atrocious debasement of human nature, that its very extirpation, if not performed with solicitous care, may sometimes open a source of serious evils. - Benjamin Franklin, An Address to the Public — 1789

First They Came For...

....any questions?

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Founder's Quote, 5 August 2015

The convention have done well, therefore, in so disposing of the power of making treaties, that although the President must, in forming them, act by the advice and consent of the Senate, yet he will be able to manage the business of intelligence in such a manner as prudence may suggest. - John Jay, Federalist No. 64 — 1788

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Seared Music: Drowning Pool - "(Let The) Bodies (Hit The Floor)"

....maybe its' just me but this should be the theme song for Thursday's debates in Cleveland....

Fox News Debate Fields Set

Well, we now know who's in both of the debates coming Thursday in Cleveland...
Fox News has announced the line-up for the prime-time Republican presidential debate this Thursday, and here's who qualified:  Real estate magnate Donald Trump; former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. (Fox News)
The rest?
 But former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and several others will not be on the prime-time, 9 p.m. ET stage. The seven who did not make the top 10 will be invited to a separate 5 p.m. ET debate. Aside from Perry and Santorum, this includes Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal; former HP head Carly Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former New York Gov. George Pataki; and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore. (Fox News)
This should be interesting....and for what its' worth, it wouldn't surprise me to see those in the first debate (the 5pm one) try to push the agenda for the prime-time, 9pm debate. Whatever happens, it is safe to assume that the primary season has begun in earnest.
 

Founder's Quote, 4 August 2015

In forming the Senate, the great anchor of the Government, the questions as they came within the first object turned mostly on the mode of appointment, and the duration of it. - James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson — 1787

Monday, August 3, 2015

Seared Music: Lana Del Rey - "Raise Me Up (Mississippi South)"

....this song, on top of machine-gun bacon! *double thumbs up*  :)

Making Machine-Gun Bacon With Sen. Ted Cruz

....my life is now complete. Just saying. ;)

(H/T to Angrymikes Hood)

Former Fox Sports Analyst Sues Over Firing

With all due respect, Mr. James, fuck you and the anti-gay remarks horse you rode in on...
DALLAS (AP) — Former college football television analyst Craig James on Monday filed a religious discrimination lawsuit against Fox Sports that contends he was fired because he had expressed opposition to gay marriage during a failed run for the U.S. Senate.
The former running back for Southern Methodist University and the New England Patriots is seeking at least $100,000 in damages. Fox hired him in August 2013 — months after he lost the Texas Senate primary to Ted Cruz — only to fire him days later.
James filed his suit in Dallas County, where he is seeking a jury trial to hear claims against the network that include breach of contract and violations of state law.
Fox Sports didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday on the lawsuit, and a Dallas attorney for the network did not immediately return a call for comment. (USA Today)
 I don't know what's worse: the fact that Fox Sports actually hired Mr. James or that he's playing from the oldest cards in the Christotaliban playbook: when called out on your own discrimination, play the victim. Well, like I said to open this post up, get back on your anti-gay remarks horse, Mr. James, and just ride off the nearest cliff, alright?

Founder's Quote, 3 August 2015

The sacred rights of mankind are not to be rummaged for, among old parchments, or musty records. They are written, as with a sun beam, in the whole volume of human nature, by the hand of the divinity itself; and can never be erased or obscured by mortal power. - Alexander Hamilton, The Farmer Refuted — 1775