Friday, March 18, 2016

Hey, Donald? The Whole World Is Watching....

....and the world has a long, long memory.....as for me, I will never - never! - support Donald Trump in any way, shape or form and that, to borrow the words of Stone Cold Steve Austin, is the bottom line! If we conservatives do anything this election season, we must not allow demagogues, would-be fascists and half-wit reality stars to run our Republican Party into the ground and that is precisely what Donald J. Trump will do if he becomes our nominee!

Another Week, Another Set Of Protests....

....the way these protests are going towards Donald Trump, one could very well be tempted to set their calendars by them....I mean, last week: Chicago, this week: Salt Lake City....where next, folks?

Founder's Quote, 18 March 2016

The foundation on which all [constitutions] are built is the natural equality of man, the denial of every preeminence but that annexed to legal office, and particularly the denial of a preeminence by birth. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Washington — 1784

Vox Rebuttal: Gun Control Propaganda Debunked

Quoting: A thorough debunking of the propaganda presented by Vox in their video on gun control and "mass shootings" in the U.S.

....once again, Steven Crowder knocks it out of the park.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Seared Music: King Harvest - "Dancing In The Moonlight"

.....hey, Liverpool knocked Manchester United out of European competition this evening with a 3-1 aggregate victory.....I'm happy, I'm damn happy those Manc scum are gone.

....any questions?

Dear Entitled Generation....


....any questions?

Founder's Quote, 17 March 2016

No people will tamely surrender their Liberties, nor can any be easily subdued, when knowledge is diffusd and Virtue is preservd. On the Contrary, when People are universally ignorant, and debauchd in their Manners, they will sink under their own weight without the Aid of foreign Invaders. - Samuel Adams, letter to James Warren — 1775

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Seared Music: The Moody Blues - "Ride My See-Saw"

........good song, enough side. :)

Obama Nominates Centrist Appellate Judge For SCOTUS

Unless you've been living under a rock today, you're probably aware that President Obama has made his decision on who should replace the recently passed Justice Antonin Scalia, D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland. Now, while I've made it abundantly clear that the Senate should exercise its' power under the Appointment Clause to not hold either hearings or a vote on Judge Garland, I'm also of the opinion here that Garland's nomination was a shrewd move by President Obama, a nice marker laid down by him towards the Senate and the Republican majority.

Why? For two reasons (among others):
  1. In nominating Garland, who by most accounts is a judicial moderate, Obama is laying down a long bet that the Senate, at some point, will - at the very least - give the man a hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, thus hoping to create some divisions within the Senate GOP majority
  2. In nominating Garland, Obama hopes to push public opinion in his direction, especially given that a couple of blue-state Republicans - most notably Illinois's Mark Kirk - are up for re-election this year and could be vulnerable come November.
Now, I still think the odds are long that Garland will be confirmed but then again, stranger things have happened....I mean, just look at who the GOP front-runner is at the moment, for instance.

Founder's Quote, 16 March 2016

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide. - John Adams, letter to John Taylor — 1814

What We Learned From Super Tuesday II

With tonight's five primaries - Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina & Ohio - now effectively done & dusted, here's a few things we learned....
  • Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton became presumptive favorites to win their respective party's nominations. For Clinton, the math is simple: as long as she continues winning, no matter the margins, the delegate math works out for her. For Trump, the math is more complex but at present he has the best route to reaching 1237 delegates, the number needed to win on the first ballot
  • And Rubio's departure makes three. With his loss in Florida, Marco Rubio ended his presidential campaign, meaning that he'll be sitting on the GOP sidelines for the next few years (he'd given up his Senate seat to concentrate on the presidential run) but it wouldn't surprise me if we see him again come 2020.
  • John Kasich is now a player. With his win in Ohio tonight - and the 66 delegates that came with it - he is now the third and last remaining candidate in the Republican race not named Donald Trump or Ted Cruz; reports are that he is set to receive both an influx of donor support (read: money) and will be getting some heavy artillery in the form of a few major GOP strategists to help his campaign
  • Ted Cruz...the establishment candidate? Yeah, in a word, tonight's results basically mean that the one man the GOP chattering classes absolutely hate is now their main hope of derailing Donald Trump this summer...I would hate to be a fly on the walls of the RNC in this regard.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Founder's Quote, 15 March 2016

[T]he flames kindled on the 4 of July 1776, have spread over too much of the globe to be extinguished by the feeble engines of despotism; on the contrary, they will consume these engines and all who work them. - Thomas Jefferson letter to John Adams — 1821

Monday, March 14, 2016

Seared Music: Johnny Cash - "I Shall Not Be Moved"

...just like the song says, I shall not be moved when I say "Never Trump."

Tuesday's Scenarios For Super Tuesday II

Tuesday sees five more states add their voices to the presidential primary map - Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio - and the results will go a long way towards determining who the Democratic and Republican nominees will be.

The math on the Democratic side is pretty straight-forward: due to the proportional nature of how Democratic delegates are allocated, whoever gets more of the vote on-the-whole will likely get the lion's share of the delegates. The key is can Hillary run-the-table or will Bernie take a few states out from under her - namely Ohio & Illinois; should he do that, it could be a new ballgame over there.

On the Republican side, with 2 states being straight winner-take-all states (FL & OH), two being winner-take-most states (IL & MO) and one being a straight proportional state (NC), there are three basic scenarios that come to mind....
  1. Trump runs the table & wins both Florida & Ohio. Should that happen, Donald Trump will be in the proverbial fast lane to the GOP nomination, regardless of how anyone else spins it
  2. Trump wins the night on the whole but loses either Florida or Ohio. In this scenario, Donald Trump will still be the proverbial front-runner but will face at least 2 rivals - Ted Cruz and either Marco Rubio or John Kasich (depending on who wins Florida or Ohio)
  3. Trump wins the night on the whole but loses both Florida & Ohio. In this case, the odds of an open convention in Cleveland come July 2016 are all-but-unavoidable because not only will Trump's momentum have been blunted but he'll have three rivals still to deal with- Ted Cruz overall & both Marco Rubio and John Kasich (assuming they win Florida & Ohio respectively).
...and that, folks, are the scenarios for Super Tuesday II....

Brietbart Media Loses Two Key Persons In Wake Of Trump Assault Allegations

....somewhere, Andrew Breitbart is fuming in his grave over what is happening to his beloved media empire....
Bitterness and personal recriminations are splitting the Breitbart organization. Michelle Fields and Ben Shapiro resigned last night in the wake of their dissatisfaction over the handling of Fields’s allegation against Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.  The details of the incident remain obscure, and are under police investigation, but one fact is clear: one of the most effective conservative media outlets, the organization legacy of Andrew Breitbart, has been riven by disputes arising from the Trump candidacy. (American Thinker)
Now, I know I'm still somewhat new to the conservative movement - it'll be roughly 2 years this August-Sept. since I made the break there) - but even when I was a verbal bomb-throwing lefty progressive, I always - always -  had the utmost respect for Mr. Breitbart for trying to create - and succeeding despite the odds - a conservative alt-media source to challenge the chattering classes in the mainstream media, so it has to be heartbreaking to watch it start to fray at the seams as the ongoing back-and-forth between Fields, Shapiro, the senior Breitbart staff and the Trump campaign continues.

Founder's Quote, 14 March 2016

There is a time for all things, a time to preach and a time to pray, but those times have passed away. There is a time to fight, and that time has now come. - Peter Muhlenberg, from a Lutheran sermon read at Woodstock, Virginia — 1776