Thursday, April 7, 2016

KS Congressman Hints At Primary Run Against KS Senator Over SCOTUS Nomination

#NoHearingsNoVotes, Sen. Moran...
HH: All right, Congressman, we will keep checking up on that with you. I want to switch over to politics for a moment. Last time you were on, we talked about the Supreme Court nomination. Leader McConnell yesterday said there are very few cracks in the wall, and that the SCOTUS nomination of Merrick Garland is not moving forward. Your Senator, Jerry Moran’s, one of the few kind of paint chips, it’s not a crack, that fell off of the wall. Have you, has he backtracked, yet? Has he reeled himself back in and joined the rest of the party?
MP: His team put out a statement at the end of last week indicated he has moved back to a place that’s much closer to where Leader McConnell is, and I applaud him for that, and I applaud all the Senators who have kind of wandered down the path which was going to open up the first, the first little seam. And Hugh, you’ve been vigorously defending the right position, no hearings and no votes. Senator Moran has moved back much closer to that position. I’m excited we, you know the pressures that would be on the moment there’s that hearing, and a difficult position it would put some members of my party. We can’t permit that. We should allow the next president to choose the next Supreme Court justice. This may be the most important issue facing the United States Senate for the remainder of its time before the next president is elected. This could affect the law and jurisprudence for generations. And the Senate needs to do the right thing, and its Constitutional duty, and deny consent to the Obama nominees.
HH: Now Congressman, Seung Min Kim, who is the Congressional correspondent for Politico, tweeted a question knowing that you’re on with me. Can you please ask him, she tweets, if he’s planning on primarying Moran? Have you ruled out a primary against Jerry Moran?
MP: You know, Hugh, you’ve known me long enough to know I’m going to always try and find the right place to serve Kansas and America. We’re trying to figure out exactly where that is. And in the next days or maybe a week or so, we’ll figure that out. You’ll be right among the first to know.
HH: So that’s still an open possibility?
MP: Hugh, it’s a great day in Kansas (laughing).
HH: (laughing) I guess, I was unaware of this, but that will be, count me in, Congressman. Count me in if that goes.
MP: Yeah.
HH: We’ll have to get a Wichita outpost, but count me in. (The Hugh Hewitt Show)
Long story short: when President Obama announced the nomination of D.C. Circuit Judge Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia, the strum und drang which arose from the Republican-led Senate was basically that there would be no hearings and no votes until the American people had been given the opportunity to decide themselves this November. By and large, Senate Republicans have stuck by that pledge...except for a few wayward souls, including Sen. Moran, who hinted recently that they should just go ahead and have hearings, never mind what the base thinks of it.

Well, here's the thing, Sen. Moran: with Garland's nomination, the Court could lurch well to the left (it'll move that way regardless simply due to the conservative heft of Justice Scalia's absence) and, as Democrat senators over the years have pointed out, no President in the last year of his presidency should be able to stack the High Court as Obama wants to do.

Now, why would Moran's primary targeting be vital in keeping Republican ranks steady? Because, unlike a few others who should be primaried - Mark Kirk & Susan Collins come to mind but they are from relatively bluish/purple states, Jerry Moran represents a dark-red conservative state and if he should happen to go down in a primary fight, this could send a signal to other Republicans: "Cross the base at your own peril, folks."

#NoHearingsNoVotes

Founder's Quote, 7 April 2016

Nothing more than a change of mind, my dear. - James Madison, responding to his niece asking what was wrong — 1836

Hypocrisy, Anyone?

Ever since NC passed one of the most anti-gay laws in recent memory, groups like the hate group a/k/a the Family Research Council have been calling on supporters to boycott companies such as PayPal, who recently decided not to move a coming Global Operations Ctr to the Charlotte area as a result of the new law.

If this is the case, how do they explain this?
Following the decision, Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council declared in an email to supporters: “Good riddance! Anyone with half a brain shouldn’t want that kind of extremism operating out of North Carolina anyway.
“There was a time, not too long ago, when most corporations would have probably moved out of a state if it did allow such lunacy.
“Now that Big Business has been co-opted by LGBT activists, it’s not just demanding — but punishing — anyone who thinks the safety and privacy of our daughters is too much to pay for political correctness.”
But LGBT activists have noted that despite the group savaging PayPal and telling their supporters to reject their extremism, their website tells a very different story if you try to donate money. Attempting to donate $100 to the group through their central payment system, we were very surprised to see the preferred option is… PayPal.
Their payment processing page says quite prominently: “NOW ACCEPTING PAYPAL! The safest, easiest way to pay. “Please verify your donation amount before clicking on the PayPal button.” (Pink News)
Hypocrisy, thy name is the Family Resource Council...

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Seared Music: Merle Haggard - "I Think I'll Just Stay Here & Drink"

.....in honor of the passing of country legend Merle Haggard, here's one of my favorite Haggard songs for all to enjoy tonight....RIP, sir.

Whos' Outpolling Who Again, Branch Trumpidians?


....truth hurts, doesn't it, Trumpites?

Founder's Quote, 6 April 2016

Justice is the end of government. It is the end of civil society. It ever has been and ever will be pursued until it be obtained, or until liberty be lost in the pursuit. - James Madison, Federalist No. 51 — 1788

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Political Thought, 5 April 2016

.....given how important tonight's results are to the #StopTrump movement, should we begin investing in flak vests and riot helmets for the GOP convention in Cleveland this summer?

Founder's Quote, 5 April 2016

Whoever attentively considers the different departments of power must perceive, that, in a government in which they are separated from each other, the judiciary, from the nature of its functions, will always be the least dangerous to the political rights of the Constitution; because it will be least in a capacity to annoy or injure them. - Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 78 — 1788

Monday, April 4, 2016

Seared Music: Chicago - "Dialogue Pts. 1 & 2"

....about the only thing decent about the city of Chicago...the band known as Chicago!

10 Shocking Facts About The Hate Group Otherwise Known As "Alliance Defending Freedom"

In drafting what is arguably America's most hateful anti-LGBT law in HB2, the NC General Assembly used the "expertise" of the social conservative group known as Alliance Defending Freedom, a group classified by the Souther Poverty Law Center as a hate group due to its' virulently anti-LGBT advocacy over the past few years.

Here's 10 reasons why "Alliance Defending Freedom" has earned that moniker of a hate group designation (quoting Human Rights Campaign)...
  1. Working to promote its non-inclusive agenda, ADF is the nation’s largest anti-LGBT legal advocacy group in the nation, raising over $178 million over the past 5 years, with an annual budget of over $45 million and rapidly expanding.
  2. ADF practically invented marriage discrimination. They literally wrote the original language for discriminatory same-sex marriage bans in Idaho (2005), Colorado (2006), and South Carolina (2006).
  3. Sticking their head in the sand, ADF stubbornly refuses to stop defending same-sex marriage bans, even when leaders in those states abandon them and stand on the right side of history.
  4. ADF wants the “freedom” to discriminate. They’ve sued cities and states for passing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination laws and ordinances—because it isn’t just about marriage, it’s about protecting the “freedom” to discriminate against LGBT people.
  5. ADF stands up for bigotry. They enthusiastically defended the “rights” of businesses to discriminate against LGBT people. They even developed Arizona’s incredibly controversial bill, SB 1062, which would have legalized bigotry against LGBT people in restaurants, shops, and businesses all across the state.
  6. ADF protects bullying. When school districts try to prevent harmful bullying of LGBT teens, ADF has stood up for the bullies by attacking the school districts for teaching tolerance. They’ll also fight for a student’s “right” to wear an anti-LGBT slogan on a t-shirt.
  7. Forget about dignity and respect.  ADF thinks they know best. They’ve fought to overrule principals and stop schools from treating transgender students with the dignity and respect they deserve, arguing: “Are parents supposed to be OK with allowing such boys to use the girls’ restroom and locker room facilities?”
  8. ADF is committed to keeping families together, unless of course someone is LGBT. ADF fights to split families apart by defending disgraceful decisions of biological parents to deny visitation rights to LGBT people who’ve raised children as their own.
  9. ADF loves science, especially the pseudo type. ADF defends the tremendously harmful and debunked pseudoscience known as reparative or “conversion” therapy. Telling LGBT kids they can change who they are if they just try hard enough, they’ve fought against efforts—including in New Jersey—to ban this destructed and discredited practice.
  10. ADF is an exporter of hate. They have an entire international program dedicated to promoting their hateful anti-LGBT laws and rhetoric abroad. They’ve advocated against the rights of LGBT people in international human rights cases, and have partnerships with attorneys in 31 countries around the world.
...in other words, not only does ADF promote bigotry & discrimination, they'll stop at nothing to treat LGBT individuals as second-class citizens, whether inside the U.S. or elsewhere around the world.

H/T to Holy Bullies & Headless Monsters

Founder's Quote, 4 April 2016

Foreign influence is truly the Grecian horse to a republic. We cannot be too careful to exclude its influence. - Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus, No. 6 — 1793