Friday, April 1, 2016

Seared Music: Detroit Spinners - "Rubberband Man"

*reads song title* ....who knew, 4 decades ago, they were describing the stretchy ignorance of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump....very prescient of them...

The Nanny State Strikes Again...

....apparently now, the federal government - which can't seem to get anything done right most days - seems to think that tiny house living should be made illegal....
This proposed rule would modify the current exemption for recreational vehicles in the Manufactured Home Procedural and Enforcement Regulations.  Under the current exemption, questions have arisen regarding whether park model recreational vehicles are regulated by HUD’s manufactured home program. These park models are being produced with patio roofs, screened in porches, and other extensions that exceed the 400 square foot maximum exemption in the current regulations. Additionally, some of these models are being marketed as suitable for year round living. HUD’s proposed rule would permit recreational vehicle manufactures to certify that a unit is exempted from HUD’s regulations. Specifically, HUD’s proposed rule would define a recreational vehicle as a factory build vehicular structure, not certified as a manufactured home, designed only for recreational use and not as a primary residence or for permanent occupancy, and built and certified in accordance with either the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1192-2015, Standard for Recreational Vehicles, or the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A119.5-15, Recreational Park Trailer Standard. In addition, to provide consumers notice regarding the manufacturing standards used to construct the unit, HUD’s rule would require that units claiming the exemption display a notice that identifies the standards used to construct the unit and states that the unit is designed only for recreational use, and not as a primary residence or permanent dwelling. (Regulations.gov)
That's right, folks: apparently, Washington thinks you should live in a big house.

Founder's Quote, 1 April 2016

[T]he policy or advantage of [immigration] taking place in a body (I mean the settling of them in a body) may be much questioned; for, by so doing, they retain the Language, habits and principles (good or bad) which they bring with them. Whereas by an intermixture with our people, they, or their descendants, get assimilated to our customs, measures and laws: in a word, soon become one people. - George Washington, letter to John Adams — 1794

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Seared Music: America - "Tin Man"

....with all the depths the Trump campaign have sunk to at times over the course of the 2016 presidential campaign, we may all be Tin Men by its' end....

The Top 3 Functions Of Government Are...



...maybe its' just me, but something tells me the Donald failed at Conservatism 101...

Founder's Quote, 31 March 2016

To model our political system upon speculations of lasting tranquility, is to calculate on the weaker springs of the human character. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 34 — 1788

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Seared Music: INXS - "New Sensation"

....another reason why music used to be so much damn better than what passes for it nowadays....

Donald Trump Calls Geneva Protections "The Problem"

.....does he realize what a target he's putting on the American military with those kind of words?
Donald Trump believes American troops are afraid to fight for fear of violating the Geneva Conventions, he said Wednesday.
“The problem is we have the Geneva Conventions, all sorts of rules and regulations, so the soldiers are afraid to fight,” Trump said at an afternoon town hall during remarks on torture.
“We can’t waterboard, but they can chop off heads,” Trump said, referring to the United States and the Islamic State, respectively. “I think we’ve got to make some changes, some adjustments.”
The Geneva Conventions, adopted broadly after World War II, govern the treatment of civilians and prisoners of war — including a ban on torture and summary executions. They mirror rules the U.S. adopted in 1882.
Trump has called for changing laws that govern interrogation techniques to “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.” Trump has also previously said that American troops would not disobey him if he gave them illegal orders, but he later walked that remark back.
A campaign spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday’s remarks. (Politico)
Now, there's two big reasons why the Donald here is way out in Bizarro World here: (1) With few exceptions - remember Allen West's actions in Iraq c.2004? - American soldiers are taught explicitly not to lower themselves to the level of their enemies in their actions; in Sean Flynn's The Fighting 69th, there's an ancedote from the 1-69ths' time in Iraq when, following a series of IED blasts along the Baghdad Airport Road, the battalion's commander, then-LTC Geoffrey Slack, reminds his troops that they're Americans and that, no matter what the enemy does against them, they're not to stoop down to the enemy's level of fighting. "Always maintain the moral high ground" was the cruz of Slack's words to them. Now, there's one other reason that America upholds the Geneva Conventions and that is that when we are engaged in wars - of any kind - we must always maintain, as Col. Slack told his charges, the moral high ground....even when the enemy, as Trump so blithely puts it, "chops off their heads".

Someone should remind Mr. Trump that we're Americans....we don't torture, period. To do so would be a grave violation of everything Americans hold so damn dear.

Founder's Quote, 30 March 2016

They are of the People, and return again to mix with the People, having no more durable preeminence than the different Grains of Sand in an Hourglass. Such an Assembly cannot easily become dangerous to Liberty. They are the Servants of the People, sent together to do the People's Business, and promote the public Welfare; their Powers must be sufficient, or their Duties cannot be performed. They have no profitable Appointments, but a mere Payment of daily Wages, such as are scarcely equivalent to their Expences; so that, having no Chance for great Places, and enormous Salaries or Pensions, as in some Countries, there is no triguing or bribing for Elections. - Benjamin Franklin, letter to George Whatley — 1785

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Seared Music: King Britt - "New World In My View"

...and what is that new world, you might ask? Well, its' one where everyone is treated equally before the law irrespective of who they are, for starters...

Trump's Insane Defense Of His Campaign Manager

Gaslighting much, Donald?
Hours after Donald Trump’s campaign manager was charged with battering former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields, the Republican frontrunner held a press conference on his plane Tuesday to defend his top staffer.
Since the incident occurred, Corey Lewandowski has denied ever touching Fields and has called her “delusional.” Meanwhile, Trump has continued to defend Lewandowski, even after eyewitness reports corroborated Fields’ claims. On Tuesday, police in Jupiter, Florida also released a video that shows Lewandowski grabbing Fields’ arm.
But during Tuesday’s press conference, Trump turned the allegations on Fields, claiming that she assaulted him and that he cannot be sure that her bruises “weren’t there before.” (Think Progress)
For those who don't know what happened, Tuesday marked another jump-the-shark moment in the 2016 presidential campaign when Trump('s) campaign manager lead thug, Corey Lewandowski, was charged with assault over an incident involving him and former Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields - specifically, that Lewandowski shoved Fields to the floor following a Trump press conference earlier this month. But then, during a press conference defending Lewandowski, we went from jump-the-shark straight into gaslighting territory with comments like this (quoting Think Progress below):
  • When he says that the tape doesn’t show anything: “I looked at the tape — but the tapes were supplied by me. Those tapes, just so you understand. This is a very high-end club and we had tapes all over the place and we supplied those tapes. And those tapes to me are very conclusive. A lot of people are looking and saying, ‘how can anybody be charged?'”
  • When he claims that reporters shouldn’t be asking questions: “It was finished,” Trump said about the March 8th press conference in which the battery allegedly occurred. “And she was running up and grabbing and asking questions. And she wasn’t supposed to be doing that.”
  • When he makes Lewandowski (and his family) the victim: “I think it’s a very, very sad thing, and I think it’s very unfair, to a good person. He’s got a family. He’s got four beautiful children. I think it’s very, very unfair to a man with a wonderful family, back in New Hampshire, who gets, what, a criminal situation, over that?”
  • When he accuses the victim of assault: “She grabbed me before he even broke anything. And it almost looks like he’s just trying to create a little room. Because to be honest with you, the news conference had finished. It was over and I was leaving, rapidly leaving the premises.”
  • When he cites Piers Morgan’s tweet: Television personalty Piers Morgan tweeted on Tuesday that Fields should “toughen up.” Trump responded directly to that tweet during his press conference: “Piers Morgan and many, many people, they saw that tape and they said, you’ve got to be kidding.”
  • When he suggests that Fields should have screamed if she were yanked: “I don’t know what the police said. How do you know those bruises weren’t there before? I’m not lawyer. She said she had a bruise on her arm. If you’re going to get squeezed, wouldn’t you think she would have yelled out a scream or something if she has bruises on her arm?”
Gaslighting at its' worst, ladies & gentlemen...and what is gaslighting, you might ask?
Gaslighting: deliberately trying to drive someone mad by altering their environment without their knowledge, then denying it, or in a more general sense, by denying someone's perceptions of reality causing confusion, anguish, and paranoia. You move their things, transmit noises into their room when no one else is there, change little details about your dress behind their back and so on. Soon they are convinced that they are hearing voices, seeing dead people, hallucinating or whatever. The victim can become so convinced that they are going insane that they actually do go crazy.
...and the Trumpites still want him to be President? WTF?!?

Founder's Quote, 29 March 2016

Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country. - Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America — 1788

Ben Shapiro: Religious Americans Had Better Prepare For Nonviolent Resistance

Oh, we're so fucking scared, Ben Shapiro, you constitutional hypocrite!
This has nothing to do with religion. It has to do with freedom. But religion is where the rubber will meet the road. Religious people aren’t going to operate businesses if they are forced to violate their religion to do so. They will engage in civil disobedience, and if the government persists, in more than that; religious people don’t give up their religion just because Justice Kennedy thinks they ought to do so. So, we can either make a basic deal in favor of the freedom guaranteed by the Constitution, or we can prepare for serious conflict. The way the left is pushing, the latter seems more and more inevitable. (Daily Wire)
Hey, Shapiro: someone needs to remind that little gentile dweebie that your religious liberty doesn't trump the rest of America's right to equal protection before the law, so if y'all want to try that shit, feel free to...the rest of us will simply push for something that should've been done a long damn time ago: taking away any and all benefits to religious institutions. If they want to play in the public sphere, then pay the fucking piper, you constitutional hypocrites; either the Constitution applies to all or it applies to none.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Seared Music: Blue Oyster Cult - "Shooting Shark"

...you know, after everything that happened last week on the Republican campaign trail, I am starting to wonder if this campaign season hasn't well and truly jumped the shark...

SoCons' Are Having A Sadz...

....why? This:
Gov. Nathan Deal (R) announced at a press conference Monday morning that he would veto HB 757, a “religious liberty” bill that would enable, among other things, organizations like adoption agencies to discriminate against same-sex couples without jeopardizing their state funding.
Deal explained that he found the language in the final version of the bill of “concern,” noting that it could enable some forms of state-sanctioned discrimination. He cited the examples of photographers and bakers who were punished for refusing to serve same-sex couples in other states, adding that he knew of no such examples of that taking place in Georgia, in particular because the state doesn’t offer the same nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation.
“In light of our history, I find it somewhat ironic, that some in the religious community today feel it necessary for the government to confer upon them certain rights and protections,” he said. He reasoned that the Declaration of Independence said that such rights come from “our Creator,” not from the government, and any protections individuals might think they need would be guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution. Deal seemed to be implying that stipulating a right to discriminate might actually read more into those protections than was intended by the Founding Fathers. (Think Progress)
....so why did Gov. Deal veto HB 757? Oh, there were some damn good reasons why he vetoed it, but in the end it all comes down to the simple fact that it was just a bad, discriminatory bill and after seeing the backlashes in Indiana from last year - and the growing backlash here in North Carolina over a similar discriminatory bill - he pretty much figured that he didn't want to royally screw up the Peach State by signing the bill, even though it might also mean his own political future could go down the drain as well.

Founder's Quote, 28 March 2016

I will venture to assert that no combination of designing men under heaven will be capable of making a government unpopular which is in its principles a wise and good one, and vigorous in its operations. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

How Clueless Is Donald Trump? This Clueless...

Quoting: Donald Trump's discussion with the Washington Post exposes just how clueless he is (Washington Post)

...and the Trumpites out there still think he should be President?