Friday, October 2, 2015

Seared Music: The Theme from "The Shining"

....did you know that the movie The Shining is one the films they play to 'winter-over' personnel at the U.S. Amundsen-South Pole Station (along with the 1982 film The Thing)? Now there's a couple films to show in the dead of an Antarctic winter...

...just saying, folks...

Ted Cruz Eviscerates Obama & Washington Establishment

...I remember a few years ago when - and I could be mistaken here - former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) once opined that he'd rather have a Senate Republican conference full of Ted Cruz's and was lambasted for it; for what its' worth, I'd rather have a Senate Republican conference full of Ted Cruz' - especially in the leadership positions - than what passes for Republicans in the upper chamber.

Founder's Quote, 2 Oct. 2015

[T]here is not a syllable in the plan under consideration which directly empowers the national courts to construe the laws according to the spirit of the Constitution. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 81 — 1788

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Seared Music: Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Moon Rising"

...given the growing concerns over Hurricane Joaquin along the East Coast, this is an almost appropriate song as we keep an eye towards the coast...

Founder's Quote, 1 Oct. 2015

There is nothing absurd or impracticable in the idea of a league or alliance between independent nations for certain defined purposes precisely stated in a treaty regulating all the details of time, place, circumstance, and quantity; leaving nothing to future discretion; and depending for its execution on the good faith of the parties. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 15 — 1787

Senators Reach Agreement On Criminal Justice Reform

Say whatever you want about Congressional dysfunction, but sometimes they actually do get things done...
WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators has reached a long-sought agreement on changes to the criminal justice system that would reduce prison sentences for certain non-violent drug offenders.
In the deal struck between some of the Senate’s most conservative and liberal members, judges would have the discretion to give sentences below the mandatory minimum for non-violent drug offenders. Some current inmates could get their sentences reduced by as much as 25 percent by taking part in rehabilitation programs, if they are deemed a low risk to offend again.
The bill would eliminate mandatory life sentences for three-time, non-violent offenders.
The bill is scheduled to be unveiled Thursday. Details were confirmed by a Senate aide familiar with the package. The aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was not authorized to speak publicly about the bill ahead of Thursday’s announcement.
Violent offenders, sex offenders and inmates convicted of terrorism charges would be excluded. Members of organized crime syndicates and major fraud offenders would also be excluded. (SRN News)
For what its' worth, this actually makes sense. One of the problems w/in the broader criminal justice system is that in the late 80's-early/mid 90's "tough on crime" rush where we threw the keys away and locked up everyone lest we be considered "soft on crime", its' good to see that Congress is finally taking a look at the criminal justice system, even in the toxic political environment we currently are in.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Seared Music: Bob Seger - "Even Now"

....if there is a short list of great American rock musicians, Bob Seger is most definitely on that list...if not, something's wrong with that list.

Govt. Shutdown Averted As Congress Passes Spending Bill

Once again, Congress bends over for the President and his Democrat flunkies...
WASHINGTON — With only hours to spare on the last day of the fiscal year, Congress approved a temporary spending measure to avert a shutdown and keep the federal government operating through Dec. 11.
In the House, the measure was approved only because of strong support by Democrats — a sign of just how angry rank-and-file Republicans remain over their powerlessness to force policy changes on the Obama administration.
In one last display of their fury, House Republicans on Tuesday adopted another resolution to cut off government financing to Planned Parenthood. The resolution was to be sent to the Senate, where Democrats were certain to block it.
Ultimately, the internal Republican fight over the bill and how strongly to confront the White House cost John A. Boehner his job as speaker. Mr. Boehner’s resignation announcement last week essentially assured Democratic support for the measure. But the temporary spending bill does nothing to resolve the core disputes between Republicans and the White House, setting up even bigger battles in the months ahead. (The New York Times)
...remind me again why we elected Republicans to run Congress? Anyone...anyone...Bueller?!?

Founder's Quote, 30 Sept. 2015

The Alien bill proposed in the Senate is a monster that must forever disgrace its parents. - James Madison, letter to Thomas Jefferson — 1798

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Seared Music: Pete Townshend - "Rough Boys"

Maybe its' just me, but this is one of those songs where the video for the song is better than the song itself..and the song's pretty damn good to start with.

Sen. Ted Cruz Sounds Off On The Problems In Washington

....its' a shame we don't have more principled individuals such as Sen. Ted Cruz; say whatever you want to about him but he tells it like it is...and that's something wholly missing in America these days.

Founder's Quote, 29 Sept. 2015

The house of representatives...can make no law which will not have its full operation on themselves and their friends, as well as the great mass of society. This has always been deemed one of the strongest bonds by which human policy can connect the rulers and the people together. It creates between them that communion of interest, and sympathy of sentiments, of which few governments have furnished examples; but without which every government degenerates into tyranny. - James Madison, Federalist No. 57 — 1788

Monday, September 28, 2015

Seared Music: The Who - "You Better You Bet"

....a good song to start the week off with, don'tcha think?  ;)


Coexist? Yeah. Right. Tell that to the Mohammedan above....go on, we'll wait.

Founder's Quote, 28 Sept. 2015

History by apprising [citizens] of the past will enable them to judge of the future; it will avail them of the experience of other times and other nations; it will qualify them as judges of the actions and designs of men; it will enable them to know ambition under every disguise it may assume; and knowing it, to defeat its views. - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 14 — 1781

Name An Accomplishment...

...the sad part above: it'll take at least one presidential term to fix all the damage done to America's foreign policy thanks to Hillary....and people want her for President?