Friday, October 9, 2015

Seared Music: Cracker - "Low"

...given the events of the past few days up in the halls of Congress, this is almost an appropriate song for the end of the week...

House Conference Pushing Former VP Nominee As Potential Speaker

...push, hell: odds are by this time next week, Paul Ryan will be the new Speaker of the House:
A leading Republican congressman with allies on the right wing of the party, Paul Ryan, is weighing a bid to replace retiring U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, fellow lawmakers said on Friday as they sought to defuse a leadership battle.
Numerous House Republicans and even 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney have asked Ryan to run for speaker after the front-runner, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, abruptly dropped out on Thursday.
But with Congress embarking on a week-long recess, there was no sign of any move from Ryan, who was Romney's vice presidential running mate, or of any other development that could bring order to the Republican Party's disarray in the lower chamber of Congress.
Representative Ryan of Wisconsin is chairman of the tax-writing House Ways and Means Committee and negotiated a bipartisan budget deal in 2013. "Although he's ruled himself out, it's very clear he's reconsidering," Representative Darrell Issa of California said of Ryan as he left a closed-door meeting of House Republicans. "The fact is, his time is now."
Former Massachusetts governor Romney called Ryan to ask him to run for speaker, a source familiar with the situation said. "I wouldn’t presume to tell Paul what to do, but I do know that he is a man of ideas who is driven to see them applied for the public good. Every politician tries to convince people that they are that kind of leader; almost none are - Paul is," Romney said in an emailed comment. (Reuters)
For those who are unaware, the past two days have been some of the weirdest days in the modern history of the House of Representatives. Last month, current Speaker John Boehner announced his intent to retire from both the Speakership and from Congress altogether, necessitating the need for a Speakership election.

Now, that was the easy bit...the past two days are the weird part: Thursday was supposed to have been when the House Republican Conference was to vote on who their nominee for Speaker would be - which, given the 247-seat majority the GOP has in the House, would be tantamount-to-election on the House floor. Then it went weird after the prohibitive pick for Speaker, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suddenly announced his withdrawal from the race...which forced the outgoing Speaker to delay the vote until someone could be found who could unite what is increasingly a fractured House GOP conference...hence the reason Paul Ryan's name keeps getting floated.

Whatever happens, though, they really, really need to get their ducks in a row and fast...politics abhors a vacuum and you can bet your bottom dollar that Botox Nancy and the Democrat Caucus have to be salivating at the prospect of a fractured House going into 2016.

Founder's Quote, 9 Oct. 2015

In the midst of these pleasing ideas 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

Anxiety Disorders & Panic Attacks

...quoting: Alison Sommer graduated from Carleton with a degree in Asian Studies, and now works as an academic technologist at Macalester College. She believes that awareness is the first step to improving problems within mental health care, and will be speaking about anxiety disorders and panic attacks based on her own constantly evolving understanding of her anxiety disorder, OCD. Alison's greatest loves are her family, hockey and Star Wars.

As someone who's suffered from both anxiety & panic attacks, I understand pretty much what Ms. Sommer is talking about and trust me when I say, neither are things you want to deal with in your life.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Yes, Barack Obama Is A Narcissistic...A Purposeful Narcissist

How so, you might ask? Gay Patriot explains it best:
Major Garrett detailed the White House’s calculated effort to be controversial and provocative in 2014: This is the White House theory of “Stray Voltage.” It is the brainchild of former White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe, whose methods loom large long after his departure. The theory goes like this: Controversy sparks attention, attention provokes conversation, and conversation embeds previously unknown or marginalized ideas in the public consciousness.
Mickey Kaus characterizes the approach as “gaslighting” – giving your opponent a legitimate reason to get angry, then turning around and pointing to their anger as evidence they’re unhinged, obsessed, incapable of governing responsibly, etcetera.
President Obama made clear he refuses to be a lame duck; instead, the passage of the 2014 midterms only liberated him from worrying about what the public thinks. An executive-order amnesty, enacting an Iran deal opposed by a bipartisan majority of the Senate, even renaming Mount McKinley – Obama’s charging ahead with everything that was too controversial before Obama’s reelection campaign or the midterm elections. Two years after negotiating the end of 18 percent of the Bush tax cuts – about $624 billion — Obama proposed $320 billion in new tax hikes. The White House later indicated the president was “very interested” in exploring the option of raising taxes through executive action.
Free community college? Hey, it’s never going to become law, so why not propose it and make Republicans look mean for not enacting it? Goofing around with a selfie stick? Go right ahead. Chewing gum at an international summit? Hey, what are they going to do, impeach him? (Gay Patriot via National Review)
TV Tropes also has an excellent explanation of what gaslighting is, but there's a solid line of reasoning here. In essence, what the Obama Administration is doing here in proposing things (like free community college or more gun-control laws) that have almost zero chance of ever becoming law is that they know these things will anger & infuriate conservatives...and when conservatives lash out in opposition to these things, Obama can then turn around and say to Americans, "See! See how angry conservatives? They want to deny you things, deny you this and that..." ...and Americans just eat this shit up like nothing.

There's a flip side to this side as well that Gay Patriot mentions as well, something I noticed all-too-well all the years I was on the Left...and that is that most Democrats could absolutely give a flip about winning on policy issues; as long as they could provoke the Right into anger and indignation over every little thing imaginable, that was good enough for them. In other words, most members of the Deluded Left would rather act that bullying, narcissistic middle-schoolers (to borrow GP's quote) than act like adults.

Seared Music: 311 - "Silver"

...and people say my musical tastes are stuck in the past....

Founder's Quote, 7 Oct. 2015

[I]f the public are bound to yield obedience to laws to which they cannot give their approbation, they are slaves to those who make such laws and enforce them. - Candidus, in the Boston Gazette — 1772

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Seared Music: Curtis Mayfield - "Pusherman"

....this is one of those songs that reminds you of just how broad and expansive the black musical scene in the late 60's and most of the 70's was w/in the broader world of music, before rap and hip-hop took over...its' also a pretty good song.

What A Progressive Utopia Looks Like In 140 Characters

Remember the line in Demolition Man where one of the characters says that "now all restaurants are Taco Bell"? Well, if Vox senior correspondent jackass Dylan Matthews (he of "the American Revolution was a mistake" article over at Vox), we'll all be living in the Taco Bell of his choosing...quoting:

I want really high taxes on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar. I want to ban human drivers ASAP.
And I want gun control. It's not an either/or. (Dylan Matthews, 2 Oct. 2015)
While the tobacco bit wouldn't bother me since I don't smoke, I have to wonder: what fucking dream world does this leftist moron live in? Has he looked at what utopian societies have existed out there, either in the literary world (ex. Plato's Republic & Aldous Huxley's Brave New World) or in real life (exs. New Harmony, the Onieda Community, Jonestown, etc.)'s a newsflash, Dylan: most don't survive. And most of them aren't entirely individualistic societies one would want to live in anyway...but hey, if he wants a utopian society, I hear Venezuela would like to speak to him, for instance... *whistles innocently & adds deadpan* ...and they say conservatives want to control things?

H/Ts to Gay Patriot & Twitchy

Founder's Quote, 6 Oct. 2015

Remember, my Eliza, you are a Christian. - Alexander Hamilton, speaking to his grieving wife — 1804

Ted Cruz Takes On The GOP Establishment & The 2016 Race

....while there's a few areas where I would part company with Sen. Cruz (gay rights being one of those issues), I've got to admit: now that Scott Walker's out of the 2016 campaign, I've come to respect and like Sen. Cruz and I might just end up supporting him this campaign season....

Monday, October 5, 2015

Seared Music: Todd Rundgren - "Bang The Drum All Day"

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

Ronald Reagan: A Time For Choosing know, as I watch this and listen to the words of Ronald Reagan, there are always choices one must make, whether in one's own life or in regards to one's country. There is also a corollary to that question and it is that by not making a choice, you have made a choice, whether you like it or not...which equally applies to personal affairs and to affairs of state.

Now, if only the chattering classes could figure that out...

Founder's Quote, 5 Oct. 2015

Equal and exact justice to all men, of whatever persuasion, religious or political. - Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address — 1801

The Second Amendment For Dummies

...any questions?

Sunday, October 4, 2015