Friday, January 22, 2016

Seared Music: Robbie Robertson - "This Is Where I Get Off"

....with the way the weather's been today and overnight Thursday into Friday, one might be forgiven to think this very thought...this is why you stock up on essentials: food, drinks, snacks, firewood...bourbon...

Ministers Seek To Invalidate TN Law On Marriage Equality

....I believe the relevant term here is "sore loser"....
FRANKLIN, Tenn. — Three Williamson County ministers are seeking to invalidate portions of Tennessee’s marriage statute. A lawsuit filed Thursday notes Tennessee law requires marriage license applicants to be male and female.
Last year’s U.S. Supreme Court decision struck down state laws that exclude same-sex couples. The suit argues that means Tennessee law pertaining to marriage licenses is invalid.
Tennessee law also requires a valid license before a marriage is solemnized. According to the lawsuit, the minister plaintiffs are concerned they may be breaking the law by solemnizing marriages for which there is no valid license.
Attorney and former state lawmaker David Fowler filed the lawsuit in Williamson County Chancery Court on behalf of the ministers and two others. The suit also seeks to prevent the county clerk from issuing all marriage licenses. (LGBTQ Nation)
I don't know what's worse here, that these dunderblusses are still trying to overturn Oberfegell by any means imaginable or that people still think its' going to be thought here is that they're trying to do whatever they can to get a case into the federal court pipeline on religious grounds, hoping that at some point, the Supreme Court will side with them. Idiots...someone needs to remind these ministers that your religious liberties do not trump everyone else's equality before the law.

H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters

Founder's Quote, 22 Jan. 2016

If we move in mass, be it ever so circuitously, we shall attain our object; but if we break into squads, everyone pursuing the path he thinks most direct, we become an easy conquest to those who can now barely hold us in check. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Duane — 1811

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Seared Music: Hall & Oates - "Say It Isn't So"

....they should play this song whenever weather forecasts are being delivered....just a random thought.

Conservative Intellectuals To Issue Anti-Trump Manifesto

....with friends like these, who the hell needs enemies?
It’ll appear tomorrow in a special all-Trump edition of National Review. Fair enough, but the guy’s campaign slogan might as well be “f*** the eggheads.” How is a manifesto going to peel off any voters who have absorbed that and are still considering him?
At this point, if you’re one of the dwindling few who remain invested in movement conservatism, you’re probably already locked down for Cruz or Rubio. If you’re on the Trump train or are open to climbing aboard, it’s because his previous 8,000 sins against conservative dogma didn’t move you. I’m sure it’ll be eloquent given the caliber of talent mentioned by the NYT, but trying to convince Trumpers or people who are Trump-curious to abandon ship in the name of conservative ideals is like trying to persuade people who like punk through reasoned argument to abandon it for pop instead. The things they don’t like about pop helped lead them towards punk in the first place. If anything, a full frontal attack from mainstream conservative pundits will only bind Trump’s audience closer to him. (Hot Air)
The minute I read the above, I couldn't help but think that, once again, Republicans are setting themselves up for another round of circular firing squad Look at it this way: after 7 years of the collective disaster that has been the Obama Administration, the GOP is in a perfect position to knock the Dems' out of the White House, thus controlling all three elective branches of government (the White House & both houses of Congress) yet it would just be like the Republican establishment to grasp a defeat from the jaws of victory on this.

Like I said, with friends like the conservative intellectuals above, who the hell needs enemies?

Founder's Quote, 21 Jan. 2016

It behooves you, therefore, to think and act for yourself and your people. The great principles of right and wrong are legible to every reader; to pursue them requires not the aid of many counselors. The whole art of government consists in the art of being honest. Only aim to do your duty, and mankind will give you credit where you fail. - Thomas Jefferson, A Summary View of the Rights of British America — 1775

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Seared Music: Eddie Rabbitt - "Drivin' My Life Away"

....couldn't think of anything else to post for a song.... :P

And The Oscar For Best Black Actor Is...

Founder's Quote, 20 Jan. 2016

Our country is in danger, but not to be despaired of. Our enemies are numerous and powerful; but we have many friends, determining to be free, and heaven and earth will aid the resolution. On you depend the fortunes of America. You are to decide the important question, on which rest the happiness and liberty of millions yet unborn. Act worthy of yourselves. - Joseph Warren, Boston Massacre Oration — 1775

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Seared Music: Glenn Frey - "You Belong To The City"

....and now, you belong to the ages, Mr. Frey....rock on, sir. Rock. On.

Coming Out As A Gay Conservative

Stop me if you've heard this one before: person comes out as a gay conservative. Conservatives have little problem with him being gay; gay people, on the other hand....well:
I play and coach in a LGBT soccer league. After a game one night I was approached by one of the organizers, who warned me that other members were talking about my comments, “found my views repellent” and that I was “making enemies.” I asked him to specify which particular view was so offensive. Apparently it was an anti-Hillary article I posted. I had attacked the queen bee and the hive was responding.
My fiancĂ©’s gay friends pressured him over my views and in turn he applied this pressure to me. He was extremely upset after he found out that one of my favourite books was The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. His gay friends had persuaded him that only sociopaths could enjoy such a book.
Gay men accused me of having “internalized homophobia” for failing to celebrate with gusto the giant publicity stunt which was marriage equality — a teaspoon of distraction in exchange for a bucket of freedom. I was called a sociopath, a psychopath, “cisgendered,” right-winger, retard, fascist, arrogant and dangerous. I was even anonymously threatened with violence. (The Rebel Media via. Gay Patriot)
This doesn't surprise me a damn bit; since coming out myself politically speaking as a conservative (I came out of the closet back in 1993), I've had people call me every damn name in the book, so I know how he feels about it and I have no problem being known as a gay conservative; as I put it, "No one is going to tell me what to say, what to think, what to listen to, etc.,etc.,etc. I am my own man and I will make my own decisions, regardless of what you or you or anyone else thinks."

I especially love what James Campbell (a/k/a The Rebel Media) says at the end...
Now is not the time for conservatives to be quiet, especially gay conservatives. I believe the gay community has immense influence over the direction of cultural progress and gay conservatives and libertarians like me need to come out of the closet and start fighting to take the reins. After all, we’ve done it once before. (The Rebel Media)
Well said, Mr. Campbell...well said indeed.

Founder's Quote, 19 Jan. 2016

[L]et them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it. - Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address — 1801


....and people think he should be President? Delusional, aren't they?

Monday, January 18, 2016

Letter From A Birmingham Jail

Quoting: McCombs Management Professor James Fredrickson has been using Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" in his MBA Art of Leadership class for many years. "It is very powerful and illustrates a lot of important leadership issues," Fredrickson said. "It's a wonderful piece of writing, the language is vivid, and it is a great example of the role language can play in leadership."

Several years ago, a friend suggested that instead of having the students read the MLK letter, perhaps a dramatic reading would be a great substitute. "It is one thing to read it, another to hear it spoken," Fredrickson said. A call to Lucien Douglas, associate professor of acting & directing at the College of Fine Arts, led him to Corey Jones, then an acting student pursuing his Master's of Fine Arts degree. Jones rehearsed and came into Fredrickson's class and did a dramatic reading of the letter. The students loved it.

The next step seemed logical. Fredrickson then decided to stage the reading for film to use in his class in later years. Another call to Douglas and Fredrickson had a director in Ya'Ke Smith, who had recently graduated with his Master's of Fine Arts degree from the film program, to go along with the actor Jones.

The following 54-minute movie is the result, with the old Georgetown, Texas, jail sitting in for Birmingham in 1963. It starts with the published statement by eight fellow clergymen that prompted King's response. The film was funded by Fredrickson's endowed professorship, the Tom E. Nelson, Jr. Regents Professorship, and the McCombs School's Department of Management.

Even 5 decades after, King's words still ring throughout history...

Founder's Quote, 18 Jan. 2016

But the safety of the people of America against dangers from foreign force depends not only on their forbearing to give just causes of war to other nations, but also on their placing and continuing themselves in such a situation as not to invite hostility or insult; for it need not be observed that there are pretended as well as just causes of war. - John Jay, Federalist No. 4