Friday, June 24, 2016

Brexit? America Did It First...

...well, its' true, isn't it?

Founder's Quote, 24 June 2016

His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision. He was indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man. - Thomas Jefferson, on George Washington in a letter to Dr. Walter Jones — 1814

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Britain Votes To Leave EU, Brexit Happens

I never thought I'd see the day when one of the pillars of Europe, the United Kingdom, would actually vote to leave the E.U., as illustrated by the results from tonight's referendum. The question now becomes: what next?

This is definitely a topic for discussion in the days and weeks to come; by the way, open thread, folks. :)

Founder's Quote, 23 June 2016

The State governments possess inherent advantages, which will ever give them an influence and ascendancy over the National Government, and will for ever preclude the possibility of federal encroachments. That their liberties, indeed, can be subverted by the federal head, is repugnant to every rule of political calculation. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

House Democrats Stage Sit-In Over Gun Control Debate

Unless you've been hiding under a rock somewhere out in the hinterlands - or trying to stay out of this week's oppressive heat wave - you're probably aware of the on-going sit-in protest being staged by House Democrats over guns and gun control and all that....I'm of two minds here: On the one hand, given how sclerotic Congress can be most times, I honestly don't blame House Dems' for doing this; unlike their Senate counterparts, who at least got a vote (4 votes in fact, all of which failed), House rules effectively scotch this, so you can imagine how they're probably feeling.

On the other hand, whatever happened to due process rights? Last time I checked, one didn't lose their constitutional rights (including the right to purchase and keep firearms) except under limited circumstances...and given how error-ridden the Terror Watch & No-Fly Lists are said to be at present, there have to be due process protections here or its' a slippery slope down a path that no American wants to go.

Founder's Quote, 22 June 2016

I am persuaded that a firm union is as necessary to perpetuate our liberties as it is to make us respectable; and experience will probably prove that the National Government will be as natural a guardian of our freedom as the State Legislatures. - Alexander Hamilton, speech to the New York Ratifying Convention — 1788

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Hate Pastor's Chruch Lease Not Renewed Due To Hateful Sermon

Talk about karmic justice....
The property management company and owner of the building in which Verity Baptist Church and its Pastor Roger Jimenez preside have decided not to renew the church’s lease, and have asked church officials to consider moving.
While Harsch Investment Properties, owner of the Northgate Business Park where the church is located, cannot legally evict the church under the terms of the lease, representatives of the property management company say they cannot tolerate “tenants who advocate hatred and the taking of innocent lives.”
“We have many places of worship and other religious organizations in the properties we manage,” company officials stated in a press release. “Like all our tenants, their occupancy rights are protected in their leases.”
Officials said they have communicated their views to church officials, and while their lease does not expire until March 31, 2017, the property managers have asked them to consider moving out of the business park.
Managers noted should church officials decide to move out, their lease would be canceled without any penalty. “Just as we respect the right of individuals to speak their views, as distasteful as they may be, we also respect the right of others to protest as a reflection of their values,” the release states. (ABC 10 Sacramento via. Melanie Nathan)
...and given the hateful screed that pastor in Sacramento made last week in regards to the Orlando shooting, karmic justice indeed....

Founder's Quote, 21 June 2016

And as to the Cares, they are chiefly what attend the bringing up of Children; and I would ask any Man who has experienced it, if they are not the most delightful Cares in the World; and if from that Particular alone, he does not find the Bliss of a double State much greater, instead of being less than he expected. - Benjamin Franklin, Reply to a Piece of Advice

Gun Control In A Nutshell...