Friday, April 22, 2016

Seared Music: Fiction Factory - "Feels Like Heaven"

*reads song title* ...or, "Holy crap, its' another weekend..."

Pat Boone: Government Should Outlaw Blasphemy, Punish SNL For Mocking Religion

....umm, what part of the 1st Amendment does Pat Boone not understand?
Conservative musician and activist Pat Boone has been on the warpath against Saturday Night Live ever since the program aired a sketch parodying the right-wing’s persecution complex, criticizing the show’s cast members as Satanic and bound for hell.
In an interview last night with Alan Colmes, Boone said that “there should be regulations that prohibit blasphemy” and that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should punish networks that air such blasphemous programming.
When Colmes asked if he would “like the FCC to declare that a show like Saturday Night Live or any other show can’t do that kind of humor,” Boone agreed: “You cannot do blasphemy, yes.”
Boone, insisting that “at least 90 percent of the American public” wants this kind of censorship, specifically said that SNL or any program that calls “God by some profane name” would be in violation of such a blasphemy restriction, and that those who commit the offense should lose their license. (Right Wing Watch)
Maybe its' just me, but someone really needs to remind Mr. Boone what the current standards on obscenity are and also remind him about the law of unintended consequences, as in, "under Pat Boone's asinine standard, that could apply to anything" in point:
*adds deadpan* Liverpool fans will get this one; others...not so much.

Founder's Quote, 22 April 2016

All men having power ought to be distrusted to a certain degree. - James Madison, speech at the Constitutional Convention — 1787

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Seared Music: Dan Fogelberg - "Leader Of The Band"

...unless you're living under a rock, you probably know by now that music legend/icon Prince has become one with the Ages...I would have one of Prince's songs up above but unfortunately Youtube has a nasty habit of scrubbing them from their site (which I got no problem with; its' their site) so I had to pick a song expressing how a music lover might be feeling this night on this.... a sense, Prince was the 80's version of David Bowie back in Bowie's Ziggy Stardust days (with the additional talent of being one hell of a guitarist) and while many tried to figure the man out, I don't think anyone ever succeeded; in a sense, that's what made him so damn successful as a musician (a musician of many talents, for the record) and it was that success that allowed him to stand up to his record label over the years, a fight that most would've blanched from. He was one of two musical acts that simply defied convention for me back in the day - the other being Living Colour - and to listen of Prince's lyrics meant in some respect that you were living out on the musical edge to some degree...which is also why the man's music at times was so damn good; it was almost as if you were giving the rest of society the proverbial finger saying, "Screw you; I'll listen to what I want to, thank you very much!"...and fans loved Prince for it, period.

In a sense, what's really sad about Prince's passing today is that, when you think about how driven and focused the man was at his craft, it reminds us once more that life is fleeting and that we are all, in the end, mortal.

...enough said.

Black Democrat Rips Other Black Lawmakers Over Refusal To Endorse Her

I'm of two minds here...on the one hand, given how long I've followed American politics, its' shocking to see outgoing Rep. Donna Edwards, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, ripping into fellow House CBC members over their collective decision not to endorse her in this year's Maryland Senate race (specifically, the Democratic Primary) - which, unless anything untoward happens, will likely see the Democratic Primary winner pretty much be one-step-removed from being the next U.S. Senator from Maryland). On the other hand, I don't see where the beef is here: from what I've read & heard, the House CBC declined to endorse anyone this go-round in Maryland, which makes sense given the face that the likely winner here is going to either be outgoing Rep. Edwards or outgoing Rep. Chris Van Hollen, so to stay neutral here does make sense.

That said, the fact that you've got two prominent House Democrats (an outspoken progressive in Edwards who turfed out a fellow House CBC member back in 2006 for his support of the Iraq War vs. a member of the House Democratic Leadership in Van Hollen) leaving one chamber for a shot at the Senate kinda' tells you how low the chances of a Democrat majority in 2017 are, so either way its' fun to watch the internecine warfare here...

Founder's Quote, 21 April 2016

Dependence begets subservience and venality, suffocates the germ of virtue, and prepares fit tools for the designs of ambition. - Thomas Jefferson, Notes on Virginia, Query 19 — 1781

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Seared Music: The Eagles - "Get Over It"

...this is pretty much what I want to say to all the social conservatives out there who tell all of us w/in the LGBT community to stop bitchin' about all these discriminatory laws that've passed in recent weeks; every time they say something, I tell 'em, in no uncertain terms, "Fuck you, we' ain't leaving; get the hell over it!"

...enough said, folks.

How Does Curt Schilling Still Have A Job With ESPN? most any other line of work, Mr. Schilling's comments of late would earn one a well-deserved heave-ho, but this is ESPN, so why does this not surprise me...
Curt Schilling was once a respected MLB pitcher and ESPN analyst, but these days he’s best known for posting offensive memes on the internet.
On Tuesday, six months after he was briefly suspended from his ESPN Sunday Night Baseball commentating duties for posting a meme that compared Muslims to Nazis, and six weeks after stating in a radio interview that Hillary Clinton “should be buried under a jail somewhere,” Schilling came under fire again, this time for a bigoted anti-trans meme.
Up until this point, all ESPN has said about this issue is: “We are taking this matter very seriously and are in the process of reviewing it.”
But really, what is there to review? Schilling’s comments were not abstract. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Schilling weighed in on the raging debate over which bathrooms transgender people should be able to use. (Think Progress)
Now, I know what you're think: But doesn't Mr. Schilling have a right to speak his mind, sir? To a point, yes...but as I've long opined, "You have a right to your do not have a right to be free from the consequences of your words." Don't believe me? Just ask Brendan Eich about that one. What's worse, though, here is that ESPN has had no compunction not going after other writers and commentators for comments they've made - former Grantland major-domo Bill Simmons is an example, for instance - but yet Schilling seems to have not gotten the yank yet for his remarks.

Hypocrisy much there, ESPN? And you wonder why I no longer watch nor care for that sports den of iniquity...

H/T to Think Progress

Founder's Quote, 20 April 2016

The greatest good we can do our country is to heal its party divisions and make them one people. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Dickinson — 1801

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Random Thought, 19 April 2016 it just me or are those FitBit watch commercials - the exercise ones IIRC - just obnoxious as hell? They're like....they're like #Trumpbots over on the Twitter....

Founder's Quote, 19 April 2016

With those who wish to think amiss of me, I have learned to be perfectly indifferent; but where I know a mind to be ingenuous, and to need only truth to set it to rights, I cannot be passive. - Thomas Jefferson, letter to Abigail Adams — 1804

Maybe You Should Read The Rule Book First, Donald...

....then again, I honestly doubt the Donald even knows how to read... *adds deadpan* ...jackass.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Seared Music: Pearl Jam - "Animal"

In honor of Pearl Jam's announcement that, in light of the passage of the anti-LGBT law known as HB2, they are canceling their April 20th concert in Raleigh, here's one of my favorites of theirs to serenade you with....

What To Look For In The Empire State On Tuesday...

Barring some epic Sweet Meteor of Death, tomorrow night should help clear up both the Democratic & Republican primary what do we look for?
  • On the Democratic side, odds are Hillary Clinton will win the night; the thing to look for, given the proportionality rules on their side, will be "by how big a margin"? Bernie Sanders, for all his wins up to now (including wins in 8 out of the 9 states), knows the delegate math is against him and must have an epic night in NY, or else it wouldn't surprise me if DNC officials start 'suggesting' to him that he should begin winding down his campaign
  • On the Republican side, its more complicated, due to the manner in which the GOP splits its' delegates (14 allocated statewide, 81 allocated by congressional district). Odds are, Donald Trump will win; should he win by 50% or more, he'll win both the 14 statewide delegates but will likely end up taking a huge chunk of congressional delegates. OTOH, should he fail to break 50%, the odds increase that either or both Ted Cruz & John Kasich will scoop up a good number of delegates as well, especially at the congressional level (where each district allocates delegates on a 2-to-1 ratio unless one hits 50% in that district). Like California (53 + 1) in early June, New York is essentially 28 separate races (27 congressional + statewide) that combined will play a big part in who wins come July in Cleveland
...and those are the things one should look for tomorrow night in New York...

Founder's Quote, 18 April 2016

Gentlemen, you will permit me to put on my spectacles, for I have grown not only gray, but almost blind in the service of my country. - George Washington, upon fumbling for his glasses before delivering the Newburgh Address — 1783