Monday, June 29, 2015

Progressive State of America

The United States is not a Christian nation
Church attendance is at an all-time low, atheism, agnosticism, and non-monotheistic religions enjoy all-time highs.  What the hell makes you think Our Father in Heaven loves us any more than he does the poor Bangladeshis after the latest flood, up to their necks in sewage and floating down the streets of Dhaka on rafts made of refrigerator doors and styrofoam coolers?

We are not a socialist nation
The left has no thinkers of the caliber of Mussolini or Marx, the means of production--while heavily superintended by government apparatchiks--is still in private hands, and our private property hasn't been confiscated.

We are the Progressive State of America

We're not all progressives; not even half of us are, although some polls indicate the nation is turning left.  Progressives preponderate in academia, pop culture and the government, and that explains it all.  Those longing for the good old days will be longing for a long time.

Time to Face Unpleasant Facts

* The GOOP is practically indistinguishable from the DemonCrap Party
* Reagan ain't coming back
* We will never "Take America Back" -- America is moving on with or without you
* Gay marriage is here to stay
* Obamacare will never be overturned, even if we elect a GOOP president
* The Press is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the progressive DC establishment
* Our Government is owned by Goldman Sachs and international plutocrats
* You don't matter -- Not to Hillary, not to the GOOP, not to any politician
* Conservatism is a ramshackle jalopy running on four bald tires

We are not alone, but we are out of ammo and we're fighting the Civil War using Revolutionary War rhetoric, tactics and technology.

“We're surrounded. That simplifies the problem.”
-- Lewis "Chesty" Puller, Lt Gen, USMC

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Supremes have ruled...

Well, at a minimum you need to listen to the first twenty seconds :)

From a libertarian perspective I don't think government should be involved in marriage in the first place, we as a species are certainly beyond needing to incentivize procreation.  If churches want to perform same-sex marriage, or not, they should be permitted to do so regardless of the State, or state that they are located in.  If two or more parties wish to enter into a civil contract vis-√†-vis group property allocation and distribution, medical decision making, powers of attorney, etc. they should be free to do so free from government interference or oversight.  Governments role in marriage should extend no further than enforcing the associated civil contract (a legitimate function in a free society) the terms of which should be none of the governments concern.

That said, with 37 states legalizing gay marriage:

Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

I don't think the court should have ruled otherwise, although they could have waited for 38... a majority sufficient to be considered a de facto majority for a constitutional amendment, but legally and technically I believe it to be the correct decision under the 14th amendment which the court has previously (and in my opinion incorrectly... which could be a blog post unto itself) recognized as the law of the land.

Section 1. ... nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.   

While I agree with Justice Scalia's assessment that:

The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic
And in deference to Justice Scalia esteemed legal opinion...

If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: “The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,” I would hide my head in a bag.  
The Unknown Comic

Friday, June 26, 2015

Old Joe Clark Like You've Never Heard it Before

So...  I went to a folk concert and a Led Zeppelin song broke out...

We are living through a Golden Age of music.  LA Moguls and radio station programmers no longer tell us what to listen to.

Musicians are freed from the corporate suits, and they bring us genre-shattering sincerity.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Bi-Poper? - Korea Culture and Information Services (Jeon Han)
The Pope condemns as hypocrites those who make weapons or profit from the industry and call themselves Christians.

'Why didn't they drop bombs?' Pope criticises the 'great powers' of the world for failing to stop the Nazis.

Okay, now I'm thoroughly confused.

Pope Condemns

Pope Criticizes

And it's not just the Daily Mail:

Pope Condemns (New York Mag)

Pope Criticizes (Time Mag)

Which is it? 

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Billion Dollar Presidency

The 2016 presidential election could cost as much as $5 billion, according to top fundraisers and bundlers who are already predicting it will more than double the 2012 campaign’s price tag.
And then there’s Hillary Clinton...
In private conversations, allies to the former secretary of State are predicting that the campaign totals on their end alone might surpass $1.5 billion and go as high as $2 billion. (The Hill)
Pedo Bill's Clinton Crime Syndicate will be in overdrive once Hillary mounts the throne.  He'll probably have to cut down on his trips to Sex Slave Island on the Lolita Express in order to spend more time selling access and shaking down international donors.

Why would someone spend such an obscene amount of money for a $400,000/year job that requires you to sign your life away?

Why do rich donors climb all over one another to surrender their cash to those foolish and egotistical enough to want such a job?

But that brings us back to the Clinton Foundation, doesn't it?

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Birthright Citizenship

The GOOP held hearings on ending birthright citizenship, and the leftwing loons in Congress and at the Huffer Post went batty.

Here is just one example of the many wildly irresponsible GOP statements that have them howling:
"The question of whether our forefathers meant for birthright citizenship in all circumstances to be the law of the land is far from settled," Goodlatte said at the hearing. "In any event, we must still determine if it is the right policy for America today." (Puffington Host)
Here is the relevant US law, excerpted from 8 U.S.C. § 1401 : US Code - Section 1401: Nationals and citizens of United States at birth:
The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth: (a) a person born in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof; [...] (
How dare the Neanderthals in the GOP seek to change that law! We should be more like the enlightened countries of Europe, and the other developed nations of the earth! Right?

Here are the developed nation that do not have birthright citizenship:

Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Holy See, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom

Yup.  Those enlightened and progressive Europeans do not have birthright citizenship.  But hey! We're right in there with Venezuela and Lesotho.
"Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) have both introduced bills this year to end birthright citizenship, but neither has gone for a vote." (
Not to worry. The DemonCrap-GOOP Congressional leadership will never let that vote come up. A repeal would anger their corporate masters and the money men who keep them in "campaign contributions," scotch and private jets.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Basketweaving, 14th Century French Lit...

Photo: Aurelian Guichard
You Can't Teach People to be Funny

Emerson College Boston is set to offer a Bachelor's degree in the Comedic Arts.  The degree will be grounded in the history and theory of comedy with practical learning and a focus on preparing students for careers in comedy performance, writing and production.

To borrow a British term... can you say "ON THE DOLE"? 

Unless you are the...
Ministry of Silly Walks 

Come on kids, can't your parents 
find a better use for $149,400?

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Global Warming: Is it all bad?

The tomb of Juba II- Algeria
This article is in response to the headlines splashed around the world courtesy of Frank Fenner, the virologist who helped eliminate smallpox from our world and his predictions of an 8 degree Celsius extinction event.  While I have great respect for Frank as a virologist his predictions on a global climatological level are unfounded in scientific fact and are entirely conjecture, but the media treats his pronouncements as scientific fact.

This article is not intended to dispute climatological change, it is not going to address the current facts, let us set aside the question of whether or not AGW is occurring, take the models at face value and examine the potential results. We've all heard the predictions, mass starvation, Miami and NYC underwater, and the loss of the Polar Bears.  The first question is:

Can we live without them? The survival or extinction of the polar bear will have absolutely no impact on the survival of humanity outside of possibly a few select groups of Innuit, it's loss would indeed be tragic but in the big picture of things it's lost in the noise floor.

So New York and Miami have been added to the long list of great cities that once graced the surface of our planet but what is really the long term forecast?

1. More useable arable land.  Analysis of satellite data shows that between 1982 and 2011, 20.5 percent of the world’s vegetated area got greener, while just 3 percent grew browner; the most likely causes are higher temperature, higher levels of carbon dioxide, or both.

2. Longer growing seasons, more diverse crop selection.  Many areas that now only get one harvest a year may see two or three.  Those now limited to cool weather crops will see their planting choices increase as species ranges change with the warmer weather.

3. A Northwest Passage. The economic benefits may be almost unlimited as ships are no longer restricted by the capacity of the Panama canal and the resources of the Arctic become economically viable to access.

4.  Less energy required.  Face it, humanity has evolved for warmer weather, without the expenditure of energy for heat the most advanced areas of the world would quite frankly be uninhabitable.

5. Warmer weather is healthier.  Predictions of malarial doom and gloom set aside, cold weather diseases kill far more people than warm weather diseases. 

From 3900-9000 BC during the Holocene Wet Phase the region of the Sahara, desert today, was wetter, had a rich biodiversity, and supported a much larger human populationClimate change drove us out of Africa. The rapid desertification occured due to a cooling event known as Bond event 4 5900 years ago, it may have been the spur that led to  the development of what we know as modern society, climate change, even catastrophic climate change, is most assuredly not going to be the cause of our demise.

Remember, this isn't about whether or not AGW is true.  Can you see any potential benefits to global warming?  Do or can they offset the negatives?  Are we doomed to die or will we adapt? 

National Review