Friday, April 29, 2016

Seared Music: King's X - "Its' Love"

...if there is one band whose music I can honestly say I love, its' these guys...and for what its' worth, it is simply criminal the way the music world's overlooked King's X over the years. Trust me when I say that you cannot listen to this band and not like their music; if you can listen to them and you still don't like ', you ain't human.

Hypocrisy Much?

...and they say conservatives are hypocrites?

Founder's Quote, 29 April 2016

Conscience is the most sacred of all property. - James Madison, essay on Property — 1792

My own thought here: ....yeah, unless it trumps one's right to equality before the law, Mr. Madison...

The IRS...

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Seared Music: Charlie Daniels Band - "The Devil Went Down To Georgia"

*reads previous post & deadpans* ...hopefully no one down in Georgia calls the Devil "Ted Cruz"; that might be grounds for a defamation lawsuit... *looks around* ...I'm just sayin', folks...

John Boehner: Ted Cruz Is "Lucifier In The Flesh"

...gee, Speaker John Boehner of Orange, tell us how ya' really feel about Ted Cruz, huh?

....long story short: former Speaker of the House John Boehner spoke to an audience out at Stanford University and referred to Texas Senator Ted Cruz as "Lucifer in the flesh", adding that he'd never worked with "a more miserable son of a bitch" in all his life...

....I'm of two minds here...on the one hand, we now have a handy measuring stick for telling what side of the conservative ledger you fall on (i.e. if John Boehner insults you, that means you're a conservative). OTOH, as someone wrote over on the Twitter, it would not be surprising if Satan himself came back to earth and sued John Boehner for "defamation of character".

Now, I don't know about y'all out there on the internets, but something's got to be really wrong in one's head when even the Devil himself might be tempted to object to John Boehner comparing Ted Cruz to the enemy of God & Jesus Christ...

Founder's Quote, 28 April 2016

How many observe Christ's birth-day! How few, his precepts! O! 'tis easier to keep Holidays than Commandments. - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richards Almanack — 1743

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Seared Music: Frank Zappa - "Zomby Woof"

*reads song title & looks at video thumbnail* that's what a Trump Presidency would look like... *backs away in horror*

Trump Delivers Rambling, Isolationist-Tinged Foreign Policy Speech

....if there's a more rambling speech anyone's ever done on foreign policy, please do tell...
A day after sweeping primaries across the Northeast on his march to the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump sought to boost his commander-in-chief credentials with a speech promising to dramatically upend US foreign policy.
"'America first' will be the major and overriding theme of my administration," Mr Trump said yesterday in Washington, reaching back to a World War II-era isolationist slogan. As president, he pledged, he'll "develop a new foreign policy purpose for our country, one that replaces randomness with purpose, ideology with strategy, and chaos with peace. It's time to shake the rust off America's foreign policy." (Irish Independent)
Now, I've not been the biggest fan of American foreign policy in a while, but there've already been a few things about what should form the basics of U.S. foreign policy that Trump attacked in his speech and the scariest thing about it the more that I read about it is that its' also a foreign policy that makes the seeming chaos of the Obama-Clinton foreign policy look well-organized by comparison.

Founder's Quote, 27 April 2016

Speak seldom, but to important subjects, except such as particularly relate to your constituents, and, in the former case, make yourself perfectly master of the subject. - George Washington, Public Speaking — 1787

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A Day Of Vindication

Twenty-seven years ago, 96 Liverpool FC fans were killed in one of the worst sporting disasters in modern history, at the Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, England...for 27 years, both the victims' families and countless millions of people around the world have fought to bring justice to them, to exonerate their names and to eviscerate all the horrible lies & allegations told against them...., in Warrington, their efforts were vindicated....
In the immediate wake of the Hillsborough disaster, grieving friends and family of the 96 victims were confronted with a new horror: the wholesale victim-blaming and lack of accountability by certain politicians, members of the police force, and the media outlets. For more than a quarter century, Liverpool supporters have been fighting these vicious accusations, and today the courts confirmed what we've known for a long time: the 96 were victims of a horrible, unnecessary, and preventable tragedy. The 96 were not the cause of their own demise, but the result of a horrible combination of circumstances, up to and including the police force who were directly responsible for ensuring their safety.

The jury sided with Liverpool in every question asked, most importantly:
--Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed, and were not to blame for the disaster.
--Police failed to properly plan and prepare for the semifinal.
--Police response was "slow and uncoordinated."
--Commanding officers failed to recognize the pens were at capacity, and their errors contributed to the crush.
--The design and layout of holding pens three and four were not compliant with safety regulations.
--Police and ambulance officers failed to recognize the scale of the problem, which led to critical delays.

As the verdicts were announced there were cheers in the courtroom, and a feeling of relief and closure for the families who have fought long and hard for the truth to be formally recognized. The feeling of justice cannot be overstated when it comes to the process of healing. For nearly three decades Liverpool supporters have had to endure the perception of guilt on top of the grief of having nearly 100 fans go to a football match never to return. Today is an important step in the healing of the community, and the righting of a series of horrible wrongs. Nothing can extinguish the pain of that horrible day, nor the events in the immediate aftermath, but we finally have some measure of justice for the 96. (SB Nation - The Liverpool Offside)
Now the question becomes, "What next?" Although today is a day of vindication, true vindication - nay, true justice - will be when those responsible - police, FA officials, stadium authorities, etc. - are held to account for their actions. Hopefully, that day will be a lot sooner than 27 years.

Founder's Quote, 26 April 2016

The consciousness of having discharged that duty which we owe to our country is superior to all other considerations. - George Washington, letter to James Madison — 1788

Monday, April 25, 2016

Seared Music: Boz Scaggs - "Breakdown Dead Ahead"

*reads song title* ....this could very easily be the order of the day come July 2016 in Cleveland if there's a contested Republican convention...

Oh, Environmentalists? let me get this straight: y'all think fracking is "evil"...yet y'all conveniently ignore what it takes to get the lithium needed for the batteries used to store the electricity it takes to run electric cars with?

Remind me again which one's more evil?

Founder's Quote, 25 April 2016

Government is instituted to protect property of every sort; as well that which lies in the various rights of individuals, as that which the term particularly expresses. This being the end of government, that alone is a just government which impartially secures to every man whatever is his own. - James Madison, Essay on Property — 1792

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Could Cruz's Delegate Strategy Backfire On Him?

Good question, according to the geniuses over at Hot Air...
By the time Wednesday morning rolls around we’ll have a better picture of where the delegate situation stands, but one thing is already a given: Neither Ted Cruz nor John Kasich will be anywhere near 1,237 pledged delegates when we get to Cleveland. Trump might but he’s going to need some strong tailwinds in Indiana and California to pull it off.
The Cruz strategy is obvious and he’s made no secret of it. He’ll try to land as many delegates as he can in states where actual elections are held and then negotiate to embed the maximum possible number of fake Trump delegates who will vote for The Donald on the first ballot and then reveal their true loyalty to Cruz (versus the will of their state’s voters) on a subsequent count. It might work, but as Fox News notes this weekend, it’s hardly a risk free strategy. (Hot Air)
For those not playing along, here's a quick rundown: over the past 6-7 weeks, Ted Cruz's campaign have been going around the country, scooping up delegates at every opportunity who will go vote for the Texas senator, but not on the first ballot; instead, many of these delegates - who, under RNC rules, are bound to whatever their state's vote was - that Cruz is wheeling-and-dealing with will vote for Cruz on the second ballot, which at the moment is an all-but-guaranteed likelihood.

Now, this makes sense on one level, since most states only bind their delegates to candidates on the first ballot. After that, depending on the state, those delegates are fair game for anyone to scoop up..which is what the Cruz campaign is doing. But, there's a caveat, which the Hot Air article illustrates...and that caveat is this: for all the Cruz campaign's talk of delegates going to them on the second ballot (and beyond), there's zero guarantee they will.

Now, why is this important? Well, look at it from the RNC's perspective: you've got three candidates at play here, one of whom is a certifiable asshole (Trump), one of whom could get shot on the floor of the Senate and not be avenged (Cruz) and one whose governor of the state where the 2016 convention will be held in (Kasich). From what I've read & heard, most w/in the RNC don't want Trump at the head of the ticket for fear he'll kill their chances of keeping the Senate (and, if the headwinds are fierce enough, of possibly losing the House as well)...yet most of them will likely tell you that they also don't give two shits about Tailgunner Ted (a/k/a Sen. Cruz) either, whose whole stock-and-trade has been hating the Establishment at every opportunity. Indeed, a few have said in no uncertain terms that the only reason they're backing Cruz over Kasich at the moment is that they don't want Trump as the nominee (the "enemy of my friend" doctrine).

That brings us back to the point earlier: for all of Cruz's work with the delegates so far, what is to stop them from voting for Trump on the first ballot - as they're bound to do - and then turning around, giving Cruz the proverbial finger and either, (a) sticking with Trump OR (b) going off-script and voting for Kasich? It also begs the question: if Ted Cruz is depending on these delegates to give him the nomination on the second ballot, doesn't that mean that he has, for all intents-and-purposes, given up on the campaign now? From a delegate's perspective, if that is the case, why should any delegate switch from Trump to Cruz?

All I know for certain here is we should probably stock up on popcorn; its' likely to be a bumpy couple of weeks between now and Cleveland.