Friday, September 25, 2015

Seared Music: Supertramp - "Goodbye Stranger"

...bye, Speaker Boehner...don't let the door hit your ass on the way out!

Speaker Boehner Announces Resignation From Speakership & House

Unless you've been under a rock today, you've probably heard the news that House Speaker John of Orange Boehner announced his resignation from the both the Speakership of the House and from his comfortably safe House seat...I'm of two different minds here: on the one hand, give the soon-to-be former Ohio congressman credit for a few things accomplished during his Speakership, namely:
  • Getting the first Congressional budgets through Congress in over a decade
  • Lowering the yearly deficits from around $1,3 trillion to about $400 billion
  • Giving the Republicans their largest number of House seats since the 1920's
  • Keeping an often fractious House GOP conference together despite differences between the members
On the other hand....it will be sad to see him go. *deadpan sighs* ....though, given the nature of the House GOP conference, it'll be fun watching the fight to see who succeeds him...

....bring the popcorn, folks!

Founder's Quote, 25 Sept. 2015

That wise Men have in all Ages thought Government necessary for the Good of Mankind; and, that wise Governments have always thought Religion necessary for the well ordering and well-being of Society, and accordingly have been ever careful to encourage and protect the Ministers of it, paying them the highest publick Honours, that their Doctrines might thereby meet with the greater Respect among the common People. - Benjamin Franklin, On that Odd Letter of the Drum — 1730

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Seared Music: Styx - "Pieces Of Eight"

*listens to song lyrics* ....don't trade in your freedom for gold....prescient & pertinent words in this day & age.

The Left's Prison...


....that's the Left's prison: entrap people in the soft expectation of glomming off of hard-working people...and then, turning around and bitching at everyone else when they don't get their stuff...

Founder's Quote, 24 Sept. 2015

To grant that there is a supreme intelligence who rules the world and has established laws to regulate the actions of his creatures; and still to assert that man, in a state of nature, may be considered as perfectly free from all restraints of law and government, appears to a common understanding altogether irreconcilable. Good and wise men, in all ages, have embraced a very dissimilar theory. They have supposed that the deity, from the relations we stand in to himself and to each other, has constituted an eternal and immutable law, which is indispensably obligatory upon all mankind, prior to any human institution whatever. This is what is called the law of nature....Upon this law depend the natural rights of mankind. - Alexander Hamilton

Feel The Bern...


...and people think he'd make a good president? WTF?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Seared Music: Tom Cochrane - "Big League"

...another musical gem from the Great White North...remind me once more why we're friends w/Canada? Could music be another reason why, folks?

Obama Directs CFPB To Use "Behavioral Economics" To Modify Behaviors

...like the federal government didn't have enough things to waste money on...
The president’s new order, titled “Using Behavioral Science Insights to Better Serve the American People,” calls on CFPB and other regulatory agencies to “recruit behavioral science experts” to “design government policies.”
The new army of social engineers will work with the Orwellian-sounding White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team to massage consumer data and “nudge” consumers toward behaving the way Big Brother Barack wants them to behave. That means signing up for “free” health care, for example, and buying more eco-friendly products while commuting less to reduce their carbon footprint.
“Behavioral science insights can support a range of national priorities, including accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy,” Obama’s order states. (Investors Business Daily)
Given how bloated, debt-ridden and wasteful the federal government is most times, they are the absolute last people on earth to tell us how to live...

(H/T to The Lonely Conservative)

Founder's Quote, 23 Sept. 2015

I have sometimes asked myself whether my country is the better for my having lived at all? I do not know that it is. I have been the instrument of doing the following things; but they would have been done by others; some of them, perhaps, a little better. - Thomas Jefferson, Jefferson, on Jefferson, in — 1800

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Seared Music: Rare Earth - "I Know I'm Losing You"

...as good as the Temptations version is, this one is simply sublimely better...

Ted Cruz Discusses Reagan With Stephen Colbert


....say whatever you want about either Stephen Colbert or Sen. Ted Cruz, but both stuck to their guns throughout the course of the night and provided us a very entertaining late-night conversation..bravo to both of them!

Founder's Quote, 22 Sept. 2015

The local interest of a State ought in every case to give way to the interests of the Union. For when a sacrifice of one or the other is necessary, the former becomes only an apparent, partial interest, and should yield, on the principle that the smaller good ought never to oppose the greater good. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Monday, September 21, 2015

Seared Music: Richie Havens - "Freedom (Motherless Child)"

.....a nice change of music every so often is good for the musical soul...

HRC And The Uncanny Valley

There's an interesting article over at Gay Patriot about HRC's efforts to reassure voters that she's a - in her words - "real person" - and not, to quote GP, "not some badly malfunctioning replicant android" (nice Blade Runner reference there, y'all...).

The problem, though, for Hillary isn't that people don't trust her - they don't - nor do they think that's she approachable - remember the journalist rope-line in NH a while back, folks? - or the other myriad of things that make HRC - to borrow a vulgar bit of vernacular - a venal bitch...

No, what makes HRC's efforts so laughable - and scary, come to think of it - is that the more her and her campaign tries to reassure voters that she's a "real person", it pushes more & more people away from her..an effect known as the "Uncanny Valley". Although I like the Wiki definition that Gay Patriot uses, TV Tropes explains it somewhat better...
The psychological reasons behind the Uncanny Valley reaction are unknown, but seem to be rooted in human evolution. Under one theory, a thing that appears human, but moves unnaturally or herky-jerkily, is interpreted by the viewer's brain as a terribly damaged human and is thus unfit for mating. Hence the natural instinctive response is revulsion (compare to the reaction of seeing a person with a missing limb or feature). Another theory holds that the response is a vestigial reaction to what is perceived by the brain to be a predator's disguise or lure, which triggers a "threat" response.
Rather unfortunately, this trope can be applied to real life people and may be in part an explanation (though not an excuse) for things like racism when other groups of people inspire this reaction in certain people. People with social disabilities tend to be hurt hardest by this reaction, as people usually don't try to see past the "unnatural" behaviour of the individual and may have the same negative reaction that this trope describes. (TV Tropes)
In layman's terms, the more human and approachable something is, the more people like it...up until a certain point, when it takes a sharp dive and becomes downright scary to people. HRC, for all intents-and-purposes, is in the uncanny valley...hence the revulsion people feel towards her. The problem for HRC here is that the longer she says in that valley, the more and more people will back away from her - and her campaign - the more they'll gravitate towards others.

Founder's Quote, 21 Sept. 2015

[W]hen all government, domestic and foreign, in little as in great things, shall be drawn to Washington as the center of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Charles Hammond — 1821