Friday, January 8, 2016

Seared Music: Talamasca - "Time Simulation"

....and thus the week ends....

This Is Who Obama Blames For Gun Violence...


...so let me get straight: instead of blaming criminals or terrorists, President Obama blames law-abiding Americans and those who support the Constitution? Maybe he should just stick to golfing; he's already screwed up everything else...

Founder's Quote, 8 Jan. 2016

Is it the Fourth? - Thomas Jefferson, evening July 3; Jefferson died the next morning — 1826

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Seared Music: 'Til Tuesday - "Voices Carry"

....and here's reason number I've-lost-count-by-now of just how much damn better music used to be than what it is now...

Birds Of A Feather...

.....definitely flock together; case in point: the officially-sanctioned hate group known as the Family Research Council lending its' support to Alabama's resident Chief Theocrat Roy Moore's latest insane and futile attempt to rewrite the law to his benighted will...
Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore is used to being in headlines -- but Wednesday's weren't exactly accurate ones. Like several of the country's clerks and judges, Roy Moore made no secret of where he stands on same-sex marriage -- and he's fought it with every judicial tool at his disposal. And while some have accused him of defying the Supreme Court's decision to redefine marriage, the reality is that Moore is simply holding out until an official decision is reached in his state.
Most people are probably wondering: Didn't the Supreme Court already make that determination for Alabama in Obergefell? The answer is yes and no. Last spring, before five justices decided to rewrite thousands of years of natural law, the Alabama Supreme Court had upheld the state's marriage amendment. Now that the Supreme Court has ruled, there's some confusion as to what the state's decision means in light of that. Right now, the Alabama Supreme Court is currently considering the impact of Obergefell on its ruling last March. (Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
Now, I'm not a constitutional scholar like the Wanker-in-Chief in Washington, nor am I the sharpest tool in the proverbial toolshed, but even I know that under the Constitution's Supremacy Clause, the Constitution, federal laws, federal treaties and decisions of the federal courts - including the Supreme Court's decisions  - supersede state equivalents. Surely Roy Moore knows that part - assuming he even went to law school, which I sometimes wonder since we've never seen his long-form diploma stating his matriculation from a reputable law school - for why would he hedge his "order" in the following manner....
To be clear, this is an administrative order -- not a ruling on the merits. All it does is simply reaffirm Moore's position while the Alabama Supreme Court deliberates. The media, however, seized on the memo to probate judges as proof that Justice Moore is somehow rebelling against the courts. In reality, he's simply doing what he can to delay the process and force others to act -- instead of willfully allowing same-sex "marriage" in Alabama on his watch. (Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
In other words, he's hoping to use the time-worn - and failed - strategy of massive resistance to delay implementing the Oberfegell decision until such a time as someone can come along and help him with it...meanwhile, the state's two U.S. attorneys look at his actions in a not-so-friendly kind of way...
Two federal prosecutors in Alabama say that Alabama probate judges are not free to disobey the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage and deny gay couples marriage licenses, despite an order from Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.
"The Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court has issued an administrative order, directing probate judges that they may not issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year on marriage equality," according to a statement issued Wednesday night by U.S. Attorneys Joyce White Vance of the Northern District of Alabama and Kenyen Brown of the Southern District of Alabama.
"We have grave concerns about this order, which directs Alabama probate judges to disobey the ruling of the Supreme Court," Vance and Brown stated. "Government officials are free to disagree with the law, but not to disobey it. This issue has been decided by the highest court in the land and Alabama must follow that law." (AL.com via. Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters)
....in other words: your move, Roy Moore....

Founder's Quote, 7 Jan. 2016

It is not honorable to take mere legal advantage, when it happens to be contrary to justice. - Thomas Jefferson, Opinion on Debts Due to Soldiers — 1790

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Seared Music: Steely Dan - "Hey Nineteen"

...Steely Dan, in my opinion, is one of those quintessential American bands; a great sound, tempered by just simply sublime lyrics and singers....its' music that one can listen to for hours at a time... 

Donald Trump Should Tell Brits Where To Stick Their Crumpets

Normally, I don't care for most anything Fox News's Todd Starnes says (and there's plenty of reasons why), but as the saying goes, even a clock is right twice a day...
The British want to ban Donald Trump from entering their country.
Folks across the Big Pond are fuming after Mr. Trump said the United Kingdom has  a massive Muslim problem -- which they do. He suggested that police are fearful of patrolling some parts of London because they are so radicalized.
British Prime Minister David Cameron denounced Mr. Trump’s remarks – calling them “divisive, stupid and wrong.”
More than a half-million misguided souls have signed a petition calling for him to be banned and British lawmakers will take up the matter later this month. (Fox News)
FWIW, I agree with Starnes' on his premise that Trump should tell the British where they can stick their crumpets in regards to this...other than Winston Churchill, the Beatles, Liverpool F.C.(and their little brother Everton F.C.), Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths and Rangers F.C., what the hell have the British ever done for us?

Founder's Quote, 6 Jan. 2016

.. [The Judicial Branch] may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment; and must ultimately depend upon the aid of the executive arm even for the efficacy of its judgments. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78 — 1788

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Seared Music: Genesis - "Land Of Confusion"

*reads song title* ....must be talking about D.C., huh?

#BlackLivesMatter, America's Red Guard

I've long said the nascent #BlackLivesMatter movement is nothing more than a domestic terror group masquerading as a political movement...now, someone finally agrees with me:
The protest movement #BlackLivesMatter has served as an impromptu Sturmabteilung for the Obama administration, terrorizing local governments into acceding to Leftist diktats. But in the past month, it’s been dealt three blows from which it may not recover.
The first was when a #BlackLivesMatter agitator was forcibly ejected from a Donald Trump rally after trying to disrupt the event. After repeatedly bending Bernie Sanders over the pinball machine and having their way with him, #BlackLivesMatter assumed that the other presidential contenders would be easy pickings too. But not only did Trump supporters refuse to tolerate this guy’s chicanery, Trump defended them by saying that “maybe he deserved to be roughed up.” Expect Leftist flacks to give the Donald a wide berth from now on.
The second was when #BlackLivesMatter spokeschump Shaun King was given his pink slip. King, a real-life version of the protagonist from Lou Reed’s song “I Wanna Be Black,” was formally ostracized from the movement after revelations that he had been defrauding supporters through his charities. Upon realizing that one of their head honchos was a reverse Michael Jackson with sticky fingers, Black Twitter turned on King with the self-pitying fury of a swindled mark, with even Deray Mckesson – #BlackLivesMatter’s other major spokesfairy – denouncing him.
The third was when Minneapolis City Councilwoman Alondra Cano, a #BlackLivesMatter supporter, doxed constituents who were critical of her involvement in the protests. Cano, a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (the Minnesota affiliate of the national Democratic Party), posted the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of constituents on Twitter, using #BlackLivesMatter hashtags to alert other activists. When she was attacked for putting the people she doxed in danger, Cano claimed that she was “exposing racism” and that state law allowed her to post the info. (Right On)
....and the chattering classes still take these yokels seriously?

Founder's Quote, 5 Jan. 2016

War, like most other things, is a science to be acquired and perfected by diligence, by perserverance, by time, and by practice. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 25 — 1787

Monday, January 4, 2016

Seared Music: Journey - "Stone In Love"

.....a good song to start off the year with....

President Obama Announces New Gun Control Regulations

As usual, the Wanker-in-Chief bypasses Congress so that he can do whatever he wants....
President Obama will officially announce new executive actions on gun control from the White House Tuesday, but released details about what to expect Monday evening (Townhall)
...and the provisions in question?

  • Clarify rules on where background checks must be conducted and who must possess an FFL (Federal Firearms License)
  • Require background checks for those buying certain firearms through businesses or trusts
  • Require states to strengthen reporting requirements for background checks
  • Speeding up background checks so that they can be conducted faster
  • Ensuring smarters, more effective enforcement of existing gun laws
  • Strengthen requirements that gun dealers report lost or stolen firearms to authorities
  • Expand prohibitions on firearms possession to those with domestic violence records
  • Increasing resources for mental health access
  • Allowing Social Security officials to conduct background checks on those receiving disability payments
  • Developing technologies for smarter gun technology
Now, besides the unconstitutional part of it - the bypassing Congress part - I can already one problem here and that's that these EA's are unnecessary; there's already sufficient numbers of laws on the books...start enforcing them instead of adding to the countless numbers of regulations, how 'bout that?

Founder's Quote, 4 Jan. 2016

This new world hath been the asylum for the persecuted lovers of civil and religious liberty from every part of Europe. Hither have they fled, not from the tender embraces of the mother, but from the cruelty of the monster; and it is so far true of England, that the same tyranny which drove the first emigrants from home, pursues their descendants still. - Thomas Paine, Common Sense — 1776