Friday, October 16, 2015

Seared Music: Tim Buckley - "Sweet Surrender"

....listening to this, one can only imagine what his musical career could've been had Buckley not OD'ed back in 1975...

FBI: More Murders Committed With Hammers & Clubs Each Year Than With Rifles

Maybe, according to the Deluded Left's logic, we should ban hammers & clubs?
According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle. This is an interesting fact, particularly amid the Democrats’ feverish push to ban many different rifles, ostensibly to keep us safe of course. 
However, it appears the zeal of Sens. like Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)  and Joe Manchin (D-WV) is misdirected. For in looking at the FBI numbers from 2005 to 2011, the number of murders by hammers and clubs consistently exceeds the number of murders committed with a rifle. 
Think about it: In 2005, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 445, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 605. In 2006, the number of murders committed with a rifle was 438, while the number of murders committed with hammers and clubs was 618. 
And so the list goes, with the actual numbers changing somewhat from year to year, yet the fact that more people are killed with blunt objects each year remains constant. For example, in 2011, there was 323 murders committed with a rifle but 496 murders committed with hammers and clubs.(Breitbart)
Let those figures sink in for a moment....and yet its' firearms that get blamed for everything? Remember, guns are just like hammers and clubs...they are merely tools; it is the usage that determines how one views them. They can used for good...and they can used for bad.

Yet guns are the ones that get all the stick from the gun-ban crowd? No wonder they're deluded.

Founder's Quote, 16 Oct. 2015

It has been a source of great pain to me to have met with so many among [my] opponents who had not the liberality to distinguish between political and social opposition; who transferred at once to the person, the hatred they bore to his political opinions. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Richard M. Johnson — 1808

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Seared Music: Motorhead - "Ace of Spades"

....is it just me or is Motorhead one of those bands that get zero respect from the broader musical community?

States Beginning To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities

Either the rule of law exists or it doesn't and its' about time states starting to recognize that...
States around the country are on the verge of passing laws to crack down on "sanctuary cities" that protect undocumented immigrants from being deported.
The efforts are a broad response to the July death of Kathryn Steinle, the San Francisco woman shot by an undocumented immigrant who had been released from a local jail instead of handed over to federal immigration officials.
Her death, publicized by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump and others, brought so-called sanctuary cities into the national spotlight, prompting politicians in Congress, state legislatures and local governments to call for sweeping changes. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in July cracking down on those cities, and the Senate is scheduled to take up the bill next week.
Now, after three months of hearings and intense debate, the first state law targeting sanctuary cities is about to be signed into law in North Carolina. State Rep. George Cleveland, a Republican from Jacksonville, N.C., has been trying to pass laws combating illegal immigration for a decade. He said it took Steinle's death to get enough legislators on board to pass his bill, which Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is likely to sign into law this month.
"Everyone says, 'It's a federal government problem.' No, it isn't. The federal government is not doing its job, so it's our problem," Cleveland said. "We've become so multiculturalist that we don't have the common sense to see that we're ruining our country. Instead, we let cities pat (undocumented immigrants) on the back and here we are." (USA Today)
Rep. Cleveland makes a very good point there; although immigration law is technically the domain of the federal government (since one of Washington's duties - you would think - is supposed to protecting the borders of this country), once illegals enter the country, however, it then falls on both local and state authorities to assist the federal government in immigration enforcement, if for no other reason than the simple fact that federal law supercedes state & local law. Therefore, it is incumbent upon states to ensure that localities are enforcing the laws as written - lest we have anarchy.

Founder's Quote, 15 Oct. 2015

Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families. - Benjamin Rush, letter to His Fellow Contrymen: On Patriotism — 1773

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Seared Music: Stone Temple Pilots - "Sex Type Thing"

...remind me again what good music sounds like...anyone? Anyone? ...Bueller?!?

The Democrat Party Is Now An Openly Socialist Party

If last night's presidential debate didn't convince you that the Democrat Party is now an openly socialist party, I don't know what to do for you...
Sure, this batch of candidates sounded like a bunch of loons. They contended socialism is mostly about standing up to the richest one percent and promoting entrepreneurs and small business; climate change is the biggest national security threat facing the nation; college educations should be free for everyone; all lives don’t matter, black lives do; Obama is simultaneously an enormously successful president in managing the economy and the middle class is collapsing and there’s a need for a “New New Deal” which is in fact an Old Old Idea, considering how FDR called for a Second New Deal in 1935. The audience in Nevada applauded higher taxes, believes that Hillary Clinton doesn’t need to answer any more questions, supports the complete shutdown of the NSA domestic surveillance program, and that Obamacare benefits should be extended to illegal immigrants. There are kindergarten classes with more realistic assessments of cost-benefit tradeoffs than the crowd watching this debate at the Wynn Las Vegas. (National Review)
The only thing that I might remotely object to was that, for all his progressive policies, FDR actually did give a damn about the United States...unlike these bright geniuses in the modern-day Democrat Party.

Founder's Quote, 14 Oct. 2015

Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. - Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address — 1801

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Seared Music: The Prodigy - "Breathe"

....now we know what the Joker's theme music from The Dark Knight would be if they'd had to pick a specific song...

Drama Queen Audition, Anyone?

Watching the video above, I can't help but wonder: in railing against the supposed evil of the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision on marriage equality earlier this year, is Rick Scarborough giving a blow-hearted tirade or, as Alvin McEwen over at Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters opines, "is he auditioning for a role in an Ed Wood movie?"

Its' a good question, but I think its' still sour grapes on the part of social conservatives that they lost on the issue of marriage equality, to which all I can say to them is, "Go take a long walk off a short pier!"

Founder's Quote, 13 Oct. 2015

The idea of restraining the legislative authority in the means of providing for the national defense is one of those refinements which owe their origin to a zeal for liberty more ardent than enlightened. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 26

The Myth Of Scandinavian Socialism

Quoting: Are the Scandinavian countries really examples of successful socialism? Stefan Molyneux, Host of Freedomain Radio, dissects the myth of productive state power.

Mr. Molyneux makes a valuable point above; the inherent myth of Scandanavia's economic systems are that they rest on the coercive use of state power (via. taxation & regulation) to stifle free enterprise and free markets. Take away the coercion of state power (in any degree) and you bust that myth right in the head.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Founder's Quote, 12 Oct. 2015

More permanent and genuine happiness is to be found in the sequestered walks of connubial life than in the giddy rounds of promiscuous pleasure. - George Washington, letter to the Marquis de la Rourie — 1786

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Cheer Up, Hillary...


...the difference between Nelson Mandela and Hillary Clinton? Mandela didn't try to divide South Africa the way Hillary Clinton would if she were to follow in President Obama's King Barack I's footsteps....