Friday, March 11, 2016

Seared Music: Graham Nash - "Chicago"

.....given the events of tonight in Chicago, does this song really need an explanation?

Trump On Protester: "I'd Really Like To Punch Him In The Face"

You know, the more I read this, the more unkind thoughts that come to mind here....
Las Vegas (CNN) - Donald Trump unleashed tough rhetoric against his rivals as well as a protester at a Monday night rally, the eve before the Nevada caucuses.
"I'd like to punch him in the face," Trump said, remarking that a man disrupting his rally was escorted out with a smile on his face. "He's smiling, having a good time."
The GOP front-runner also ratcheted up his attacks on Sen. Ted Cruz, calling his Republican presidential rival "sick." (CNN)
....with all due respect, Mr. Trump, fuck you and fuck your supporters very much. #NeverTrump

Founder's Quote, 11 March 2016

On every question of construction carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text or invented against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson — 1823

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Seared Music: Julian Lennon - "Too Late For Goodbyes"

....you know, the more one listens to this, the more you get the sense that Julian Lennon is trying in his own way to say goodbye to his father, the late John Lennon, since he never really had the chance to do so in his youth...ironically, one could also look at his own life now and you sort of get the idea that he sort of realizes what John went through and he's realizing that he's going through many of the same things as well....

Methods Of Time Travel....


....and the Left wants more socialism? WTF?!?

Founder's Quote, 10 March 2016

You give me a credit to which I have no claim in calling me "the writer of the Constitution of the United States." This was not, like the fabled Goddess of Wisdom, the offspring of a single brain. It ought to be regarded as the work of many heads and many hands. - James Madison, letter to William Cogswell — 1834

Alan Watts: Success Is The Biggest Failure

....been watching some videos featuring British futurist Alan Watts and I have to admit, the videos are pretty interesting; at the very least they make you think, which is something too few people do nowadays...

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Seared Music: The Beatles - "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band / With A Little Help From My Friends"

......playing this in honor of acclaimed record producer George Martin, a/k/a "the Fifth Beatle", who passed away in his sleep on March 8th; odds are, I suspect up in the Great Recording Studio in the Sky, he and Beatles John Lennon & George Harrison are probably having a jam session...RIP Mr. Martin.

Could Marco Rubio Be Dropping Out Of The 2016 GOP Race?

Given the lack of results, it wouldn't surprise me; unlike the campaign of fellow Republican senator Ted Cruz, Marco's presidential campaign has suffered from two problems: (1)his support for the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill back in 2013 still cuts him on the campaign trail and (2)the inexorable fact that he suffers from the same problems President Obama had in his campaign back in 2008, namely that he was inexperienced to be president. (Unlike Obama, though, this is a problem that, when combined with problem #1, effectively cooks Rubio's campaign)

Now the question for me is: who's left: do I bite the bullet and support Ted Cruz, someone I'm not particularly fond of due to the man's sometimes very - and I mean very - strident anti-gay points-of-view? OR do I sit on my hands should Donald Trump - someone who isn't fit to be dog-catcher, much less President - be the nominee?

Founder's Quote, 9 March 2016

Constitutions of civil government are not to be framed upon a calculation of existing exigencies, but upon a combination of these with the probable exigencies of ages, according to the natural and tried course of human affairs. Nothing, therefore, can be more fallacious than to infer the extent of any power, proper to be lodged in the national government, from an estimate of its immediate necessities. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 — 1788

Random Thought, 9 March 2016

In regards to last night's primary results: now that the Trump Train looks nigh' unstoppable, are those of us - myself included - who've vowed not to support the Donald in the general election gonna' have egg on our faces?

Open thread, folks...

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Founder's Quote, 8 March 2016

For the same reason that the members of the State legislatures will be unlikely to attach themselves sufficiently to national objects, the members of the federal legislature will be likely to attach themselves too much to local objects. - James Madison, Federalist No. 46 — 1788

Monday, March 7, 2016

Seared Music: Yes - "Roundabout"

....another week, another good song to start it off with...

Melissa Click: One Reason Why University Tenure Should Be Abolished

Interesting and thought-provoking article over at The Federalist on the recent firing of former Mizzou professor Melissa Click and why it is a reason we should end tenure as a general rule at universities across America. For me there are two principles why university tenure should end:
  • Tenure helps foster a sense of moral hazard in professors - especially the average leftist professor - in that they do whatever they want, knowing that the rules make it all-but-impossible to fire them (as the article points out, the last time anyone can remember off-hand a professor getting the axe was when Spellman College back in the early 60's fired leftist ideologue Howard Zinn)
  • Tenure helps foster an elitist structure that allows those same professors to look down their noses at everyone else without having to justify the reasons for their jobs' to exist
There's also a hypocritical double standard at work here; by virtue of their working for the state (if, as Ms. Click, they work at a state university) they're all-but-immue to lawsuits, whereas their private-sector counterparts are not.

CPAC 2016: Mark Levin

....say whatever you want about Mark Levin, but there aren't many who are better than him at articulating conservative ideals and ideas to the public at large...

Founder's Quote, 7 March 2016

The prosperity of commerce is now perceived and acknowledged by all enlightened statesmen to be the most useful as well as the most productive source of national wealth, and has accordingly become a primary object of its political cares. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 12 — 1787