Archive for June 2010
Honey, can we move to this district?
As has been said in many other places, why is it the Republican women are the ones with the, um, stones these days? Maybe the Republican men should take notes and learn what principles and spines are.
As found in the Washington Post, as well as a plethora of other places, the Supreme Court issued its ruling on MacDonald V Chicago moments ago. For anyone that doesn’t know, the case was brought after the Heller decision affirmed, at least in Federal jurisdictions, such as Washington DC, that the government can not strip individuals of their Second Amendment rights, or place undue burdens on the ability to exercise that right, such as excessive regulations that while not outright banning them, makes it practically impossible to do so.
What was still left undecided after Heller, however, was whether that ruling applied only to Federal jurisdictions or to the States and Local governments as well. Today, we found out.
Writing for the court in a case involving restrictive laws in Chicago and one of its suburbs, Justice Samuel Alito said that the Second Amendment right “applies equally to the federal government and the states.”
The court was split along familiar ideological lines, with five conservative-moderate justices in favor of gun rights and four liberals opposed. Chief Justice Roberts voted with the majority.
This ruling is good for the freedom of nearly all Americans. I’m one that is largely in favor of less regulation across the board, especially when it comes to firearms ownership. The Founders put the Second Amendment in for several reasons, including defending one’s self, one’s family, and one’s property from those who would try to take it, be they simple criminals or the government itself.
This is not to say there should be no restrictions whatsoever on that right. Criminals convicted of violent felonies, for example, have correctly had several rights suspended or revoked, but by due process of law. The same holds true for other rights, including free speech; if one uses free speech to incite violence or other crimes, that right can be taken from that person. It should not be restricted from all, however, on the basis that one might abuse the right.
I will be reading the entire decision and dissent soon, and will likely add thoughts to this as they come to me.
Let Freedom Ring!
For years, many of us on the Right have complained about Media and the Lefts coverage and treatment of anything Conservative, but especially egregious in my opinion is the treatment of any minority person who happens to be Conservative. It’s like that person, be they black, Asian, gay, what have you, is somehow less of a person because they reject the Big Government Liberalism that the Left pushes for.
Just look at the treatment Clarence Thomas gets, even to this day. Look at the nasty attacks against Condeleeza Rice, when she was National Security Adviser and Secretary of State. Just read through some of the hate email that Michelle Malkin receives and sometimes posts for our amusement.
Last week, South Carolina Republicans nominated an India heritage candidate for governor, one Nikki Haley, who like all other Conservatives, faced smears, rumors, and lies about her past and her family’s religion. And some of that came from Republicans, which if you ask me, should not be welcomed in MY Republican party. Despite the full frontal assault, she clobbered three white men in the Primary, and pulled 62% of the vote in the resulting runoff.
With less fanfare, Black Republican Tim Scott got 72% of the Primary vote in his bid to win a seat in the US Congress. Incidentally, his opponent was the son of long time South Carolina Senator Strom Thurman.
And less than a week later, the attacks begin against Scott, and from his own “people,” whatever that means. Instead of celebrating the fact that South Carolina, with a history of racial division, has enthusiastically chosen a Black man to face the voters, he is instead called out and belittled for his views. Emmanuel Cleaver, my sorry excuse for a Representative (D, MO-5, D is for ‘Dead Meat In November’) went on the record with this to say:
“Diversity goes beyond skin color and gender to include opinion, and Scott lacks a different point of view. This gentleman is to the right of many of the members in the Republican Caucus, so he will blend in quite well with them in terms of ideology. So I don’t know where the diversity is in adding someone who thinks like everyone else.”
Quote copied from Missouri Political News Service.
So I guess, like many of the so-called Black Leaders out there, Cleaver also practices the idea that if a minority is Conservative, they are somehow “acting White” or some kind of “sellout?” Supposedly everyone thinks the Republican Party needs to be more diverse, or something, and when we bring one to the forefront, they get attacked for, shock of shockers, Republicans nominated someone who thinks like a Republican? Oh, the horrors! I guess we are supposed to just nominate someone we disagree with on almost everything, and then just shut up about it because they are symbols of diversity, or something.
Oh, wait. That’s what THEY do. We are smarter than that. We don’t take someone and judge them on their skin color, religion, gender, etc. Democrats do that. They do it every day, they do it in your face. And they get away with it. You know what it’s called, Mister Cleaver, when someone is dismissed or attacked on the basis of their skin color? It’s called racist. Yes, I am calling you that.
Residents of Kansas City, Independence, and Lee’s Summit in Missouri Five need to get out, spread the word, volunteer, and most importantly, VOTE. Jacob Turk needs our help to oust this disgrace from the halls of Congress.
Found this over at Hot Air. Allahpundit explains this took place in Milwaukee during a council meeting debating boycotting Arizona and that raaaaacist! illegal immigration law that is virtually identical to the raaaaacist! United States Federal law. Take it away, Democrat County Supervisor Peggy West:
And this is an official. She is not just some random citizen armed with a few snippets of soundbites during some Public Hearing Open Mic Night.
I’ve always heard about some very low percentage of people being able to find Location X on a map, and while I knew it was true, this is sort of a slap of reality.
Read more here.
**Update** It would appear that someone doesn’t appreciate people seeing Ms. West talk about Arizona not being a border state, as the video was pulled due to some claim of “Copyright Infringement.” New Vid added, hope it stays up this time.
**Update 7/1/10** Discovered last video posted was pulled by Youtube, found another one. Enjoy!
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich is currently on trial for alleged influence-peddling in relation to President Obama’s vacated senate seat. As most of you know, generally when a seat is vacated, the governor of the state will appoint a Senator to fill in, with a special election being held at the first scheduled general election.
Blago has long-maintained that he is innocent of what he is charged with; specifically, wanting to personally profit in some fashion for naming a Senator. Apparently, Obama had expressed interest in having Valerie Jarrett be named. Jarrett is a long-time Chicago Daley crony, with close ties to Obama, and also part of a scheme to snap up cheap property in Chicago to sell at a huge profit for the Olympics.
Former Chief of Staff to the Governor John Harris was heard in a recorded phone call speaking to the quid-pro-quo that was to be expected:
“The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.
Now, whether Obama really did intend to carry through, or even knew about it explicitly remains to be seen. Deals like this are done time and time again in political circles by all parties and players. I actually have no doubt had Blago not been busted by the Feds he would likely have ended up in Washington in some function, as he was a big player in Illinois and Chicago.
Now, to be honest, I almost find myself rooting for ol’ Blagojevich here. He recently took part in the TV Show “Celebrity Apprentice,” and you can’t deny that he’s a very likable guy, and as was apparent on the show, he just can’t turn off the campaigning. Plus, if he ends up about to go down, I strongly suspect that he won’t be going down alone. If it starts to look too bleak for him, I think he’ll start pointing out where all the figurative bodies are buried.
Somehow, though, I doubt that no matter what beans get spilled out of this mess, someone somewhere will make sure that none of it touches the President.
Anyone who knows me knows that I have very, shall we say, eclectic taste in music. Problem is, I have no taste in music, and what I like usually drives most people nuts after a few notes.
Thing is I got off the popular music bandwagon about 1990, or so, except for country music. During high school and shortly afterwards, I loved what was known as “hair metal” of the 80’s, my favorites including Poison, Whitesnake, White Lion, Warrant, and to a bit of a lesser extent, Guns and Roses, Motley Crue, and Cinderella. Bon Jovi, while at the time was “OK, but they could do better” sound pretty good to me now, compared with what passes for rock music today.
When the music industry moved on toward the Seattle “grunge” scene, I didn’t have much taste for that. Even the extremely popular Metallica didn’t do anything for me. I loved that most of the late 80s stuff was just bright, upbeat, and all about partying and girls. They never seemed to take themselves too seriously, weren’t trying to save the world, and just having a good time.
Occasionally, a song or two would tap something deeper, though, and prove to be almost ‘inspirational,’ in some fashion, such as Whitesnake’s “Here I Go Again,” as an example. Sometimes, one hears a song at the right time, in the right circumstances, and it just grabs something and helps lift one out of whatever blues they might be experiencing. I know that’s not limited to any genre of music, or even limited to music for that matter. It just seemed that to me, at least, it occurred with what one might call ‘album cuts’ from those type of bands.
So tonight, while MrsJamesLee is still out on vacation, I got into a bit of one of my moods, and dug out the last Poison studio album titled “Native Tongue.” One thing I loved about that band was you could take all four of their albums, and you could easily see the progression of talent, production, and shall we say ‘shifting’ values of either society or the band itself. In many ways, they got better with each one, but in doing so, lost some of that glam and flash that put them on the map in the first place.
Anyway, Track 7 on that album sort of made me sit up and start listening close. It’s called “Bring It Home,” released in 1993, and is sort of making a statement about society. The music itself is just a tad on the hard side for my taste, but it’s good. Talks about the politicians who come on the news, feeding you whatever you want to hear, while he makes backroom deals to help himself.
Mild Content warning, a couple of dirty words, but nothing more than you hear in an average R-rated movie.
“I don’t know what to believe, don’t you think you’re fooling me.” Almost sounds like any press conference that Gibbs does. Or any other Administration for the last couple of decades.
“Watch the walls around come tumbling down like a house that’s built on a hill. How can we change a thing or even get in the ring when we’re living our lives in guilt.”
This goes to something that I think hits close to the Tea Partiers and the 9-12 Movement: You have to have your own house in order before you can clean up the country’s house. You can’t be living on some government subsidized program and demand they cut everything else. And that house on the hill, come November, I am really hoping enough Americans can see the light, and find their way to voting out those that undermine the Constitution and Freedom as we know it.
Truth be told, I have no clue whatsoever what Michaels or any other member of the band believes politically. (One thing for sure, he is a capitalist!) And that’s fine. I actually applaud that, to be honest. It’s a rock act, for crying out loud. Why alienate half your potential audience right out of the gate?
So let’s Rock On, and this fall, we will crumble the walls on Nancy Pelosio’s House Of Cards!
Cubachi comes out with this amazing video of testimony from General Petraeus answering an absolutely asinine, worthless, stupid, and trivial question from Representative Giffords (D, AZ, as if the “D” were needed after hearing her stupid, idiotic question posted to the General).
Once again, General Petraeus rises to the occasion. As a professional, he can’t get snarky or throw the stupidity back at her. He answers the question, insane as it is, to the best of his ability.
Look, when our military is out in the field, they need all the supplies they are supposed to have to be able to accomplish their mission, and that includes a steady power supply in order to run the computers and communication gear to keep them in touch with the latest intelligence.
When they are out there, I really don’t care if they are burning a pile of tires, and throwing on baby harp seals coated in whale oil to keep it going in order to provide that power. Ideally, yes, all of the equipment they use should use the minimal amount of power possible, and be as self-contained as possible, but that goes more towards longevity and effectiveness instead of this idiotic idea of being green.
Remember, the United States Military’s job is to kill people and break things. They do that job very well, and should be applauded for it. And when we ask them to do things on behalf of this nation and the world, then they should be given every possible tool, weapon, or power source available to help them accomplish that with the least amount of collateral damage possible. Imbecilic questions like this are like saying ‘great job killing people and breaking all that stuff, but did you have to use so many bullets?’
In the meantime, Rep. Giffords, in the words of one of (I’m sure) your favorite commentators, “Shut. The. Hell. UP!”
Be sure to check out Cubachi’s site for excellent links and coverage of all sorts of stories!