Friday, October 30, 2015

Seared Music: M - "Pop Muzik"

....while this, as far as I know, wasn't the first music video ever produced (that honor goes to the Buggles' "Video Killed The Radio Star") but it almost certainly has to be the first mid-screwish music video ever made...

NOM Official: Use Religious Liberty Laws To Undermine Marriage Equality

Anyone who tells you that religious liberty laws are simply there to protect Christian-owned businesses and livelihoods from the legal consequences of non-discrimination laws are, to paraphrase something I once heard a condemned murderer say on television once, liars.
However, some of us believe that these laws have a more sinister purpose than merely "protecting Christians," and thanks to National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown, we have a bit of confirmation about this. Where else but yesterday at the World Congress of Families (i.e. Legion of Homophobia) conference did Brown put his foot in his mouth. (Right Wing Watch via. Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
To boil down what the odious Mr. Brown said above, basically the purpose of these religious liberty laws is most assuredly not to protect religious liberty - those protections remain enshrined in the Constitution, folks - but to be used as legalistic cudgels against those of us w/in the LGBT community in regards of protection against discrimination in society; as Alvin McEwen over at Holy Bulles points out,
Religious liberty laws are not about protecting faith. Faith has nothing to do with it but be a diversionary ploy. When you strip the diversion away, you are left with the same message segregation gave African-Americans, i.e. that they are inferior and have no right to dignity.
By that same token, religious liberty laws are not to designed to keep a bakery or a flower shop from participating in something that's against the owners' faith.  Rather, these laws are designed to send a message to gay couples that their marriage is and will always be inferior or nonexistent in the eyes of some people.  Now anyone can have this personal opinion about marriage equality, but attempts to enshrine this nastiness by way of law is just plain wrong.
And exploiting faith to undermine any couple's love and legal rights is simply ugly. (Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
Well said, Mr. McEwen...well said.

Founder's Quote, 30 Oct. 2015

I go further, and affirm that bills of rights, in the sense and to the extent in which they are contended for, are not only unnecessary in the proposed Constitution, but would even be dangerous. They would contain various exceptions to powers not granted; and on this very account, would afford a colorable pretext to claim more than were granted. For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do? - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 84 — 1788

Hey, CNBC...

...enough said.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Seared Music: Tasmin Archer - "Sleeping Satellite (1992 Single Version)"

....sometimes, when searching for new songs to post here, you come across some really good gems-in-the-rough....this is one example.

According To The Deluded Left... let me get this straight: the guy on the left practically had everything handed to him...and he's considered more authentically black than the guy on the right, who worked his ass off and climbed up the proverbial ladder? Repeat after me: WTF?

Founder's Quote, 29 Oct. 2015

The republican principle demands that the deliberate sense of the community should govern the conduct of those to whom they intrust the management of their affairs; but it does not require an unqualified complaisance to every sudden breeze of passion or to every transient impulse which the people may receive from the arts of men, who flatter their prejudices to betray their interests. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 71 — 1788

The CNBC Republican Debate In A Nutshell

...well said, Senator Cruz! Well said.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Seared Music: Norman Greenbaum - "Spirit In The Sky"

....a nice, mid-week song to tide us over as the days grow shorter and winter approaches...

Republican Conference Selects Paul Ryan For Speaker

......given the GOP majority in the House, Paul Ryan is going to be the next Speaker of the House....
WASHINGTON (AP) — House Republicans nominated Rep. Paul Ryan on Wednesday to become the chamber’s next speaker, rallying behind a youthful overachiever they hope will guide them out of weeks of internal feuding and disarray and point the party toward accomplishments they can highlight in next year’s elections.
Ryan, R-Wis., was his party’s 2012 vice presidential nominee and is considered a telegenic spokesman for conservative priorities. When the full House formally elects the 45-year-old as speaker Thursday, he will take charge of a chamber whose Republicans have been riven and rudderless since John Boehner, R-Ohio, stunned his colleagues by announcing his resignation from the top post last month.
Ryan won a secret-ballot election held in the same hearing room where GOP lawmakers last week grilled Hillary Rodham Clinton, the top Democratic presidential contender, on the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya.
“This begins a new day in the House of Representatives,” Ryan told reporters in brief remarks after the vote. “Tomorrow we are turning the page. We are not going to have a House that looks like it looked the last two years. We are going to move forward, we are going to unify.”
Ryan defeated his main announced rival, Rep. Daniel Webster of Florida. Ryan received 200 votes and Webster 43. Rep. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee got one vote, and Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who abandoned his bid for speaker, also got one. (SRN News)
....but just watch; some on the right won't care for Ryan, which begs the question: can we drop the ideological purity tests at some point, folks?

Founder's Quote, 28 Oct. 2015

I consider the government of the U.S. as interdicted by the Constitution from intermeddling with religious institutions, their doctrines, discipline, or exercises. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Samuel Miller — 1809


...enough said.

Monday, October 26, 2015

MSNBC Host Once Again Demonstrates Stupidity Of Left...

.....though in the case of MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry... ain't all that hard either...quoting:
According to MSDNC host Melissa Harris-Perry; it’s a micro-aggression to praise anyone for “working hard” because, in her mind, “Hard Work” = “Slavery.”
“I want us to be super careful when we use the language “hard worker.” because I actually keep an image of folks working in cotton fields on my office wall. Because it is a reminder about what hard work looks like. So, I feel you that he`s a hard worker. I do. But in the context of relative privilege, and I just want to point out, when you talk about work life balance and being a hard worker, the moms who don`t have health care who are working.” (Weasel Zippers via. Gay Patriot)
Let that sink in above...and remember also that...


..Ms. Harris-Perry is a professor at Wake Forest University, teaching God-knows-what to captive audiences...and people wonder why universities - and the Chattering Classes - are held in such contempt? There's your sign above....

H/T to Gay Patriot

Founder's Quote, 26 Oct. 2015

Here comes the orator! With his flood of words, and his drop of reason. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack — 1735