Friday, November 13, 2015

Terror Attacks Across Paris In Multiple Locations

Reports from Paris this evening talk of a major terrorist attack in the City of Lights; according to most reports, over 100 alone were killed at one location and the current death toll is over 150. quote something I said on a message board a little while ago: this was Europe's 9/11.

Founder's Quote, 13 Nov. 2015

A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue then will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren — 1779

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Founder's Quote, 11 Nov. 2015

It is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth - and listen to the song of that syren, till she transforms us into beasts. Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty? Are we disposed to be of the number of those, who having eyes, see not, and having ears, hear not, the things which so nearly concern their temporal salvation? For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it might cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst, and to provide for it. - Patrick Henry, speech in the Virginia Convention — 1775

Clinton vs. Carson

....remind me again just who the incompetent, law-breaking, dishonest one is again?

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

U.S. Marine Corps & Veteran's Day Tribute, 2015

....reposting my tribute post from 2014...enjoy.

For those who serve, for those who have served and for those who've sacrificed all in defense of this great country, thank you.

Founder's Quote, 10 Nov. 2015

Without Freedom of Thought there can be no such Thing as Wisdom; and no such Thing as Public Liberty, without Freedom of Speech. - Benjamin Franklin, writing as Silence Dogood, No. 8 — 1722

Monday, November 9, 2015

Seared Music: Living Colour - "Type"

....and they say head-banging music can't be performed by non-white musicians; I'm old enough to remember when Living Colour was one of the better hard-rock bands of the late 80's and early 90's and what always shocked people wasn't listening to their music - which was pretty damn good - but finding out that they were black musicians making hard-rock about breaking stereotypes, huh?

Congrats, Dr. Carson...

Why We Lost In Houston & What Can We Do About It

Last Tuesday was an interesting day, politically speaking...on the one hand, it was refreshing as a politically pragmatic conservative to see Matt Bevin win the gubernatorial election in Kentucky and short-gut yet another Democrat politician's upward trajectory. On the other hand, it was depressing as a gay man to see Houston's anti-discrimination ordinance, a/k/a HERO, go down to defeat on the basis of a long campaign of fear & lies promulgated by the anti-gay, social conservative crowd.

Now, the events of the latter beg the question, why did we lose & what do we do about it? Well, over at Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters, Alvin McEwen has his own thoughts and for what its' worth, they pretty much dovetail with my own thoughts. Put simply: we lost because we refuse to take the anti-gay crowd seriously and also because we refuse to go after these groups at every opportunity...quoting McEwen's words on this:
We lost in Houston and we lose in other places because we have yet to confront this machine. If anything, we underestimate it. We laugh at the verbal insanity of people like Pat Robertson and Linda Harvey while ignoring the fact that people like James Dobson and Tony Perkins not only have connections with the United States Congress but also state government officials and various statewide so-called pro-family groups. These organizations have been cooperating with legislators and writing laws right under our noses, such as the now defunct DOMA law.  And while we twiddle our thumbs or talk about the latest non-controversy involving folks I don't even know, they are making inroads and alliances with black pastors paved with dollars.
So what's to do? Start taking these people seriously. We should be demanding that our networks, our publications and our leaders not wait until referendum votes like the one in Houston come up to call these people out. Pre-emptive strikes never hurt. Lgbts have been explaining our right to equality since day one. I think it's necessary that these groups start explaining why they feel we have no right to equality and above all, the tactics they have undertaken to deny us said equality. 
And individually, we need to educate ourselves on who these groups are, how they lie, and above all, do not trivialize their lies.
Enough with the kumbayah stuff. The pursuit of lgbt equality is a war. It always has been and it will always be. Perhaps we need to start thinking more like live warriors and less like dead peacemakers. (Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
That one line above - "the pursuit of LGBT equality is a always has been & it will always be" - should be burned into the memory banks of all of us who fight for equality, all of us. The other side isn't playing by the Marquess of Queensbury rules...why the hell are we still doing so?

Founder's Quote, 9 Nov. 2015

The injury which may possibly be done by defeating a few good laws, will be amply compensated by the advantage of preventing a number of bad ones. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 73, on the Veto Power — 1788