Saturday, January 16, 2016

New York Couple Fined $13,000 For Refusing To Host Gay Marriage

....I've said it before and I'll say it again: if you own a business in the public sphere, you don't get to pick and choose who to serve in said sphere....
An appellate court in New York has upheld a $13,000 judgment against Cynthia and Robert Gifford, who own a 100-acre farm in Rensselaer County that the couple sometimes used to host wedding receptions, for refusing to allow a lesbian couple to use their facility.
The court rejected the couple's First Amendment argument, claiming that their rights were not infringed upon. (American Thinker)
....and no, your religious liberty doesn't get to trump equality before the law, either...

Friday, January 15, 2016

The Pledge...

....ahh, so let me get this straight: the kid above should stand for the pledge, (a)because it shows patriotism and love of country, or (b)because the teacher feels its' easier to shame him into standing? No wonder the kid's not standing; if he's not going to stand when its' popular to do so, why should he stand when threatened with shaming by others?

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Ted Cruz Makes Case For Why He's Eligible To Be President At SC Debate case you missed it, there was a Republican debate down in Charleston, S.C. and as expected, Ted Cruz locked horns with Donald Trump, particularly on the issue (or "non-issue" IMO) of whether Sen. Cruz is eligible to be President of the United States...well, Cruz made a pretty admirable case for why he's eligible, as shown in the video below... would someone tell Donald Trump to give it a damned rest; Cruz is eligible....period, full stop.

Founder's Quote, 14 Jan. 2016

I have always considered marriage as the most interesting event of one's life, the foundation of happiness or misery. - George Washington, letter to Burwell Bassett — 1785

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Seared Music: Dire Straits - "Money For Nothing (Studio Version)"

....just as the studio version of Genesis's "Abacab" is a better song than the POS "radio version" that gets played most times, this version of Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" is a helluva lot better than the politically correct radio edit that cuts out the second verse.....whatever happened to just playing a song regardless of what the PC cops think?

Al Jazerra America To Shut Down By April 2016

....couldn't happen to a nicer network...
Al Jazeera America, which went on the air in 2013 -- and is partly funded by the ruling family of Qatar -- announced Wednesday it is shutting down at the end of April, citing the "economic landscape of the media environment."
The network said in a statement that "Al Jazeera America will cease operation by April 30, 2016," explaining that "while Al Jazeera America built a loyal audience across the U.S. and increasingly was recognized as an important new voice in television news, the economic landscape of the media environment has driven its strategic decision to wind down its operations and conclude its service." (Fox 411)
Long story short: their ratings sucked, their news sucked....let's face it. They sucked and the cable world is no wiser for their coming demise.

Founder's Quote, 13 Jan. 2016

The law of nature and the law of revelation are both Divine: they flow, though in different channels, from the same adorable source. It is indeed preposterous to separate them from each other. - James Wilson, of the Law of Nature — 1804

Why Capitalism Is Great...

...quoting: By resisting capitalism, socialists are embracing an economic system that guarantees poverty and misery for the most amount of people.

....put simply, capitalism is the greatest single method of alleviating poverty in this world....period, full stop. Any questions?

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Random Thought, 12 Jan. 2016

Judging by the various news reports from tonight's State of the Union it just me or is President Obama even more detached from reality than he normally is?

Open thread, folks...

Founder's Quote, 12 Jan. 2016

The ordaining of laws in favor of one part of the nation, to the prejudice and oppression of another, is certainly the most erroneous and mistaken policy. An equal dispensation of protection, rights, privileges, and advantages, is what every part is entitled to, and ought to enjoy. - Benjamin Franklin, Emblematical Representations — 1774

Monday, January 11, 2016

Seared Music: David Bowie - "Modern Love"

...while I'm not quite old enough to remember David Bowie when he was Ziggy Stardust, I do remember his trilogy of great songs - "China Girl", "Let's Dance" and this one, "Modern Love". Here's an interesting fact you might not know: another legend in the music world, Stevie Ray Vaughan, played guitar on this hit; another reason why I love this song.... in peace, Mr. Bowie. Rest in peace, sir. :(

Rand Paul Joins Donald Trump On The "Is Ted Cruz Eligible To Run Concern-Troll Train"

...note: the relevant portion of the video starts around 1:40

Rand Paul, having been bumped to the GOP Kids' Table (a/k/a the Early Debate), must really be pandering to the birther crowds on this one; the basic rule as long as I can remember is that to be eligible to run for President, one must be born to an individual who is an American citizen irrespective of the location where they are born.

Why is this relevant? Because one of the leading candidates for President, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was born in Alberta, Canada. Due to the fact that his mother was an American candidate, Sen. Cruz is eligible under the Constitution to run for President despite the fact he was born north-of-the-border, a circumstance which also affected:
  • 1964 GOP nominee Barry Goldwater, who was born in the Arizona Territory
  • 1969 GOP candidate George Romney, who was born of American parents in Mexico
  • 2008 GOP candidate John McCain, who was born of American parents in the Panama Canal Zone
Hell, Barack Hussein Obama, under the Paul-Trump Rule for Presidential Eligibility, would be more eligible because he was born in Hawaii; heck, even if he had been - as some conspiratorialists allege - born in Kenya, his mother was an American citizen at the time of the birth, so he would've been eligible to run in 2008.

You know what the worst part of this is? As Hot Air's Allahpundit puts it,
The irritating irony of all this is that none of Cruz’s detractors actually have the balls to file suit to challenge him, knowing that if they win the backlash on the right to their own candidacy would be ferocious and if they lose they’d forfeit this cheap line of attack on Cruz. Not even Trump, who otherwise crows about how good he is at suing people, will own the idea of suing Cruz himself, preferring to warn instead about what Democrats might do. Rand does the same here. If this issue is so serious that the GOP might lose the election by having its nominee thrown off the ballot, Trump/Rand etc should declare that they’re simply doing their duty as loyal members of the party by challenging him in court. (HotAir)
 Like I said, on this issue, Rand Paul has joined the Donald Trump Concern Troll Train on this issue and I wouldn't be surprised if it bites Aqua Buddha in the rear at some point...

America Does Not Have A Gun Problem...

...any questions?