Friday, October 23, 2015

Founder's Quote, 23 Oct. 2015

I was summoned by my country, whose voice I can never hear but with veneration and love. - George Washington, First Inaugural Address — 1789

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Seared Music: Porcupine Tree - "Idiot Prayer"

....its' always good to expand one's musical horizons, don'tcha' think?

Pompeo to HRC: 600 Requests For More Benghazi Security Were Ignored

Think about this scenario: you have a consulate, in a foreign country still just coming out from both 4 decades of autocratic rule and a violent civil war that deposed said autocrat, located in a dangerous area of the country. Said consulate makes request after request after get the idea; makes numerous requests for additional security assets...only to have said requests blown off by the powers-that-be in Washington.

Well, that consulate was the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, which was attacked on Sept. 11th, 2012 by Islamic terrorists, resulting in the deaths of four individuals - including Amb. Stevens...and despite making over 600 requests for security assistance to the State Dept., they were all ignored. That was the premise of a line of questioning by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) at today's Benghazi hearings with former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton:
One of the astonishing facts that emerged during today’s Select Committee hearing was that State Department personnel in Libya made approximately 600 requests for better security in Benghazi, all of them apparently unheeded by Hillary Clinton. With respect to one of the 600 requests, Hillary said, “Well, Congresswoman, one of the great attributes that Chris Stevens had was a really good sense of humor. And I just see him smiling as he’s typing this.” Somehow, I doubt that.
There is a clip where Congressman Mike Pompeo walks Hillary through the security requests quarter by quarter, but that doesn’t seem to be available on YouTube. In the clip below, Pompeo has already established the 600 number and questions Hillary about the difference between Sid Blumenthal, whose emails unfailingly arrived in Hillary’s in box, and her own personnel, who didn’t have similar access–she had no official email address–and apparently were unable to bring any of 600 requests for help to her attention. (Power Line Blog) - (Here's a link to the clip over at Power Line Blog.
Now, think about that for a moment...apparently, she couldn't find the time to upgrade security at one of her consulates, but she had time to discuss things with Clinton operative Sidney Blumenthal, who according to most sources, was blacklisted by the Obama Administration from working with HRC. Worse, as Hinderaker mentions, she also apparently found time to throw the late ambassador under-the-bus during her testimony.

And Americans think she should be the next President?!? She should be wearing prison stripes over this, not supervising the federal prison system.

Founder's Quote, 22 Oct. 2015

Wherever indeed a right of property is infringed for the general good, if the nature of the case admits of compensation, it ought to be made; but if compensation be impracticable, that impracticability ought not to be an obstacle to a clearly essential reform. - Alexander Hamilton, Vindication of the Funding System — 1792

There Will Be Some Noticeable Absences During Hillary's Benghazi Testimony...

....for what its' worth, I really hope the Select Committee gives HRC a nice, long grilling over what happened that night back in 2012...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Seared Music: Donald Fagen - "New Frontier"

...given that its' appearing more & more likely that Paul Ryan is set to become Speaker of the House, this almost seems like an appropriate song...

House Freedom Caucus To Support Ryan For Speaker

Finally, some common sense has erupted in Congress...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The hardline House Freedom Caucus said Wednesday it is supporting Rep. Paul Ryan for speaker of the House, all but guaranteeing he'll get the job if he wants it, and potentially heralding a new start for a deeply divided House GOP.
The group of around three dozen rebellious conservatives, who have caused fits for the GOP leadership, stressed that their support for Ryan was not an official endorsement because they couldn't muster the 80 percent agreement such an announcement would require. Yet members of the rebellious group made clear that their intent was to unite behind Ryan and give him the consensus he has said he needs to seek the speakership.
"A supermajority of the House Freedom Caucus has voted to support Paul Ryan's bid to become the next speaker of the House," the group said in a statement. "Paul is a policy entrepreneur who has developed conservative reforms dealing with a wide variety of subjects, and he has promised to be an ideas-focused Speaker who will advance limited government principles and devolve power to the membership." (MSN News)
This almost ended up being a non sequitur for the Freedom Caucus in that had they not supported Ryan, the House would've been in even more chaos and the only ones to benefit - besides the Deluded Left - would've been Nancy Pelosi and the House Democrat Caucus because, in order to get anything done, with the current chaos gripping the house, they could've easily tried playing kingmaker. By endorsing Paul Ryan for Speaker, the House GOP Conference cuts that idea down and hopefully we can begin to get things done over on the House side of Congress.

Founder's Quotes, 21 Oct. 2015

The great desiderata are a free representation and mutual checks. When these are obtained, all our apprehensions of the extent of powers are unjust and imaginary. - Alexander Hamilton, Speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Seared Music: Brian Auger - "Oblivion Express"

.....who says you shouldn't listen to new sounds every so often? This is good...

Democrats Block "Sanctuary Cities" Bill

....and people still say the Dems' care about the rule of law? Since when?
Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked legislation to crackdown on cities that don't comply with federal immigration law.
Senators voted 54-45 on a measure to end debate on legislation from Sen. David Vitter. Sixty votes were needed to overcome the procedural hurdle and move toward a vote on the bill itself. Two Democrats broke rank and sided with Republicans in the vote.
The Louisiana Republican’s legislation would have limited federal grants to so-called "sanctuary cities" and increased penalties for undocumented immigrants who reenter the United States illegally after being deported. (MSN News)
 For what its' worth, its about time that we blew apart the filibuster once and for all...I mean, what's the point of voting on anything if a minority can block pieces of legislation they don't like?

Founder's Quote, 20 Oct. 2015

This gave me occasion to observe, that when Men are employ'd they are best contented. For on the Days they work'd they were good-natur'd and chearful; and with the consciousness of having done a good Days work they spent the Evenings jollily; but on the idle Days they were mutinous and quarrelsome, finding fault with their Pork, the Bread, and in continual ill-humour. - Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography — 1771

Activities Where Requiring Photo ID Is Racist... what Bizarro World does the Deluded Left reside in?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Founder's Quote, 19 Oct. 2015

In politics, as in religion, it is equally absurd to aim at making proselytes by fire and sword. Heresies in either can rarely be cured by persecution. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 1 — 1787

Hypocrisy, Thy Name Is Barack Obama...

...remind me what the definition of hypocrisy is? Compared to this president, George W. Bush was a paragon of civil liberties...and I used to slag on Dubya regularly back during the years of the Bush-Cheney Administration...