Saturday, 07/04/2015

Couldn't Somebody Tamper Enough To Make It Singable?

Damned Russkies, always messing with out Holy Freedom Songs:

Stravinsky emigrated to the United States in 1939 and became a citizen in 1945, eventually settling in sun-drenched West Hollywood, California. He did arrange the Star Spangled Banner for a series of Boston Symphony concerts, explaining his

desire to do my bit in these grievous times toward fostering and preserving the spirit of patriotism in this country.

After the first performance, the audience was apparently shocked by what they considered to be an unconventional harmonization. The Boston Police, misinterpreting a Federal law prohibiting “tampering” with the National Anthem, told Stravinsky that he had to remove his arrangement from the remaining programs. Reluctantly, he conceded.

With the benefit of hindsight, and years of garishly over-embellished ballpark vocal renditions, Stravinsky’s Star Spangled Banner doesn’t sound so bad. This is the National Anthem through the ears of an immigrant. Its bass line and inner voices suggest a hint of “Great Gate of Kiev” Russian weight. There’s some interesting, unorthodox modernist voice leading that might vaguely remind you of Stravinsky’s Pulcinella. You’ll hear the shocking seventh chord at the end...

So why wasn't Roseanne Barr arrested?


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Friday, 07/03/2015

Rockin' In The Freeish World

To Anacreon In Heaven, where he sat in full Glee...


July 3, 11:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

O Say, Can You Sing?

I Hear America Singing:

I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat, the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter’s song, the ploughboy’s on his way in the morning, or at noon intermission or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day—at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs.

Uncle Walt.


July 3, 11:45 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

What Would Harry Turtledove Do?

Noz isn't impressed with the whole Slavery Made The Revolution Less A Good Idea Theory.  Fair points, though I think it was inevitable in the British Empire.

Whatever, there are other reasons to think it was a mistake.  And you make bricks with whatever clay you got lying around...


July 3, 10:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Promising Bitcoins His Campaign Can't Cash

Ah, the Constitutional Scholar Candidate panders:

Scofflaw rancher Cliven Bundy said he met with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for nearly an hour this week and found he sees eye to eye with the GOP presidential candidate.

Bundy, whose ongoing dispute over grazing rights on federally owned land sparked an armed militia standoff last year with the Bureau of Land Management, said Paul assured him he would grant the rancher’s demands and make Nevada a sovereign state if elected next year to the White House.

“He said, ‘One of your biggest problems is getting Nevada to recognize its sovereignty and to stand up for its sovereignty,” Bundy told KNPR-FM. “He said he would turn over the jurisdiction authority and allow the state of Nevada to act like a sovereign state. He said it would be up to we the people to govern ourselves.”

That word salad sounds like Bush, but with even less legal meaning.  Regardless, I'll bet the hard currency he's saved paying his fair share will allow him to send a nice bundle of Libertarian Dollies to fund Paulie's Libertarian Follies.


July 3, 9:21 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (2)

Brooding The Loss

A crybaby Reb sezwut?

General, I have no division...

Yeah, you lost.  Get over it.  And take the Lost Fucking Causers and their piece of shit flag with you into Hell.


July 3, 8:37 PM in And Fuck... | Permalink | Comments (0)

Quaker Patriots

Friends JournalThe Challenge of Celebrating Historical Wars.

Every year the Friends meeting in Trenton, N.J., faces a challenge. Trenton is the site where two battles took place around Christmas 1776, changing the course of the Revolutionary War, and every year the city turns out to celebrate the anniversary of these battles. Preceded, as in 1776, by George Washington’s famous winter crossing of the Delaware River, the battle anniversary gives Trenton a delectable keystone for its tourism and economic development enterprise. During Patriots’ Week, December 26–31, the local calendar fills with demonstrations of marching, cannons blasting, muskets shooting, reenactments of the Delaware crossing and the two battles, feasting, dancing, a colonial tea, a march of Pennsylvania regiments from Philadelphia through Trenton to the Princeton battlefield, and more. Arts, history, civic, municipal, and business organizations collaborate to create nonstop festivity. As the hotel fills with guests, the city fills with pride in the fact that, as King George III’s advisors lamented at war’s end, “all our hopes were blasted by that unhappy affair at Trenton.”

Much of the festival happens at Trenton’s Old Barracks Museum, a handsomely restored historic site from the French and Indian War (1754–1763) that is the city’s most popular downtown historic destination. Old Barracks, along with Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church (1748) and Old Eagle Tavern (1765, now abandoned), are three of the four buildings from 1776 that remain today. The fourth is the Trenton Friends Meeting House, which was built in 1739.

Because we occupy one of the four original buildings, and because, as Friends, we care deeply about and work hard to promote the well-being of this post-industrial city, the meeting today finds itself caught between its civic commitment to Trenton and its principled witness against war. Like our eighteenth-century ancestors, we worry that silence in the face of, or absence from, this great civic celebration might foster suspicions about our loyalty. So rather than stand aside, we create special programs each year that support the Patriots’ Week festival, honoring Trenton’s history while also holding up our witness against militarism.

There's always especially been tension for Friends when "good" wars are waged, and some choose to fight whilst others maintain Witness against violence.  Ain't easy either way.


July 3, 7:52 PM in Pax Americana | Permalink | Comments (0)

Goddamned Editors

Editing the Declaration in John Adams:

Adams wrote years later to Timothy Pickering:

Mr. Jefferson came into Congress, in June, 1775, and brought with him a reputation for literature, science, and a happy talent of composition. Writings of his were handed about, remarkable for the peculiar felicity of expression. Though a silent member in Congress, he was so prompt, frank, explicit, and decisive upon committees and in conversation, not even Samuel Adams was more so, that he soon seized upon my heart; and upon this occasion I gave him my vote, and did all in my power to procure the votes of others. I think he had one more vote than any other, and that placed him at the head of the committee. I had the next highest number, and that placed me the second. The committee met, discussed the subject, and then appointed Mr. Jefferson and me to make the draught, I suppose because we were the two first on the list.

The sub-committee met. Jefferson proposed to me to make the draught I said, "l will not." "You should do it." "Oh! no." "Why will you not? You ought do it." "I will not." "Why?" "Reasons enough." "What can be your reasons?" "Reason first--You are a Virginian, and a Virginian ought to appear at the head of this business. Reason second--I am obnoxious, suspected, and unpopular.  You are much otherwise. Reason third--You can write ten times better than I can." "WelI," said Jefferson, "if you are decided, I will do as well as I can." "Very well.  When you have drawn it up, we will have a meeting."

A meeting we accordingly had, and conned the paper over. I was delighted with its high tone and the flights of oratory with which it abounded, especially that concerning negro slavery, which, though I knew his Southern brethren would never suffer to pass in Congress, I certainly never would oppose. There were other expressions which I would not have inserted, if I had drawn it, particularly that which called the King a tyrant. I thought this too personal. I never believed George to be a tyrant in disposition and in nature; I always believed him to be deceived by his courtiers on both sides of the Atlantic, and in his official capacity only, cruel. I thought the expression too passionate, and too much like scolding, for so grave and solemn a document; but as Franklin and Sherman were to inspect it afterwards, I thought it would not become me to strike it out. I consented to report it, and do not now remember that I made or suggested a single alteration.

We reported it the committee of five. It was read, and I do not remember that Franklin or Sherman criticized any thing. We were all in haste. Congress was impatient, and the instrument was reported, as I believe, in Jefferson's handwriting as he first drew it. Congress cut off about a quarter of it, as I expected the would; but they obliterated some of the best of it, and left all that was exceptionable, if any thing in it was. 

Walter Isaacson, in his biography of Franklin, writes:

The most important of his edits was small but resounding. He crossed out, using the heavy backslashes that he often employed, the last three words of Jefferson's phrase “We hold these truths to be sacred and undeniable” and changed them to the words now enshrined in history: “We hold these truths to be self-evident.”"
The idea of “self-evident” truths was one that drew less on John Locke, who was Jefferson's favored philosopher, than on the scientific determinism espoused by Isaac Newton and on the analytic empiricism of Franklin’s close friend David Hume. In what became known as “Hume's fork,” the great Scottish philosopher, along with Leibniz and others, had developed a theory that distinguished between synthetic truths that describe matters of fact (such as “London is bigger than Philadelphia”) and analytic truths that are self-evident by virtue of reason and definition (“The angles of a triangle equal 180 degrees”; “All bachelors are unmarried”). By using the word “sacred,” Jefferson had asserted, intentionally or not, that the principle in question—the equality of men and their endowment by their creator with inalienable rights—was an assertion of religion. Franklin's edit turned it instead into an assertion of rationality.

That scientific rationality still kept humans in bondage for several score years, but it was still a pretty nice start...


July 3, 6:45 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (4)

Thursday, 07/02/2015

We'd play all day and Sally J.

The girl from number four probably didn't bite.


July 2, 11:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

i had no model.

won't you celebrate with me:
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

Lucille Clifton.


July 2, 11:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Slavery? What's That?

Wikipedia's On This Date Thingy1777 – Vermont becomes the first American territory to abolish slavery.

Yeah, well, nope.  

Delegates put forth a draft constitution that abolished involuntary servitude of sorts on July 2nd (not the 4th, as recorded by Ira Allen), which was approved (but never ratified by the People) on the 8th.  And there's still some controversy/confusion about whether there were any humans bound to service in our fair state in those early years...


July 2, 10:11 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Feel The Webbbern


You can be a Sanders Wonker or you can be a Hillz Wonker, and much blood will be spilled in the comments. But there is no such thing as a Webb Wonker because go away you fucking troll.

My very first Congressional hearing with Code Pink was a committee in which Webb spoke (it was some Armed Services bullshit, sparsely attended by members).  Yawn.


July 2, 9:39 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Scalia's Words Have No Meaning

But I'm pretty sure we already knew that.  Come for the applesauce, stay for the argle bargle.


July 2, 9:15 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

You Cross This Line, You Die!

What now, Colonel Jindal?

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said he would wait for a third and final federal court ruling declaring bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional before recognizing gay marriages in the state, and Thursday morning a district judge gave him just that.

Thursday, federal District Judge Martin Feldman reversed his previous ruling upholding the state's gay marriage ban, as reported by The Times-Picuyane.

Louisiana's laws and constitutional amendment prohibiting marriage for gay couples violates the Fourteenth Amendment, the judge said.

The order was a procedural motion to address the litigation specific to Louisiana in light of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision, which effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide Friday.

Yes, this is what he reminds me of.


July 2, 8:41 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Good Man Is Hard To Find

Shut up, Bobby Lee. It's no real pleasure in life.

 - The Misfit

Unless you like traitors and slavers:

So I heard on the radio yesterday the mention that, in Germany, they put up markers and plaques noting where Jews were killed, or hid, or were housed in ghettos.  The post-Nazi German government and people wish to "never forget," and the public honors go to the victims of the Holocaust, not those who fought and died to defend Nazi Germany.

In America?  Where are the statues to slaves and abolitionists?  Where are the public honors reminding us we have turned our backs on slavery and the horrors it produced for 300 years?  The Third Reich lasted only 12 years, yet Germany is determined to reject all that it stood for, and to honor the victims of that national nightmare.  Slavery in the Americas existed for 300 years, and we put up statutes to the traitors and seditionists who fought that war, claiming they fought for 'state's rights' and the "lost cause" and the "noble traditions" of the South.

But not getting to watch a mediocre TV show (yes, I loved it as a kid!) on one particular channel is just like Hitler.  So is letting people who love each other marry.

Seems like a good time to remember that General Lee (not the car, that kindly old man who hated slavery but kept slaves) retreated from Gettysburg with his mortally-wounded army on Independence Day.  You lost.  Fold up the flag and put it away.  It's no real pleasure in life reveling in your shameful past.


July 2, 8:03 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happy Independence (For Some) Day, Mr Adams!

July 1, 1776:

Resolved, That this Congress will resolve itself into a committee of the whole, to take into consideration the resolution respecting independency:

Resolved, That the Declaration be referred to said committee.

The Congress resolved itself into a committee of the whole, ∥After some time,∥ the president resumed the chair. Mr. [Benjamin] Harrison reported, that the committee have had under consideration the matters referred to them, and have agreed to the resolution, which they ordered him to report, and desired him to move for leave to sit again.

The resolution agreed to by committee of the whole being read, the determination thereof was postponed, at the request of a colony, till to morrow.

Always gotta send shit to committee.  And John Dickinson spoke against it:

Independence, I am aware, has attractions for all mankind but I am maintaining that, in the present quarrel, the friends of independence are the promoters of slavery, and those who desire to separate would but render us more dependent...the democratic power may carry all before it and involve the whole state in confusion and ruin.

But efficiently, they adopted the Lee Resolution the following day:

The Congress resumed the consideration of the resolution agreed to by and reported from the committee of the whole; and the same being read, was agreed to as follows:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and, of right, ought to be, Free and Independent States; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British crown, and that all political connexion between them, and the state of Great Britain, is, and ought to be, totally dissolved

John Adams wrote his dearest friend, Abigail, the next day:

The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. . It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.

Proving that the Framers were not entirely right about everything.  Hell, they might not even have been right about rebelling--I've seriously considered that notion since high school--because, you know, we kept slavery around longer than pretty much everybody else so the One Percenters would be happy.


July 2, 7:29 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Happiness Is Children Playing Guns On A Warm Day

Slate tells us: It’s Fine for Kids to Play With Pretend Guns - In fact, it might be good for them.

Yeah, we know.


July 2, 2:20 PM in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (0)

Jindal Stands In The Schoolhouse Door

Homophobia now, homophobia tomorrow, homophobia forever:

The Supreme Court has already said that state bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional, a decision that a federal appeals court reiterated Wednesday applies to Louisiana's anti-gay marriage measures. But Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal is holding out for yet another ruling before he allows the state to recognize marriages between gay couples.

Wednesday evening U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed an earlier district court's decision in favor of Louisiana's same-sex bans, citing last week's Supreme Court decision. The appeals court sent the case back to the district court to issue a new order. A Jindal spokesman told The Times-Picayune that the state will wait for that district court to speak again before it falls in line.

"Our agencies will follow the Louisiana Constitution until the District Court orders us otherwise," Mike Reed, a spokesman in the governor's office, said.
Jindal's office had previously said that the state would wait for the appeals court order before recognizing the marriages. Now it appears the state will wait for yet a another procedural step.

Childish buffoons.  Next procedural step: Obama Federalizes the Guard and has them do the paperwork.


July 2, 1:06 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (1)

Support Our Troops, The Pussies!

Christ, what assholes:

A Facebook group operated by right-wing military veterans mocked combat veterans who asked neighbors to be courteous when celebrating the Fourth of July holiday with fireworks.

The OAF Nation account posted an image Wednesday evening that showed a bearded veteran wearing a T-shirt reading “comfortable with violence” standing beside a placard distributed by a mental health advocacy group.

“Combat veteran lives here: Please be courteous with your fireworks,” read the signs, which were shipped for free to veterans by the group Military With PTSD.

OAF Nation and a related account, Operator as f*ck, each posted identical homophobic posts mocking veterans who display the signs.

“Well which one is it, sister?!” the posts read. “Are you ‘comfortable with violence’ or do you want people to cater to your fragility because you volunteered to be around sh*t that blows the f*ck up? Thank f*ck the Taliban and AQ don’t have roman candles and firecrackers.”

“What do you guys think about these f*ggoty ass yard signs?” the account administrator asks group members, listing several hashtags intended to underscore the posts’ subtext.

Naturally, the right to shoot off sparkly explosive rockets trumps any right to health our veterans have...


July 2, 12:13 PM in And Fuck... | Permalink | Comments (0)


The little girl with a forgotten name had bitten me just moments prior, forming the basis of my choices in female companions for about 36 years.


July 2, 10:42 AM in Family Life | Permalink | Comments (2)

She looks like she stepped out of the middle of somebody's blues.

Rip her to shreds (rockin' live version not embeddable goddammit).


July 2, 12:15 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, 07/01/2015

We (White) Americans Have Always Been Rather Entitled

The Gift Outright:

The land was ours before we were the land’s.
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England’s, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she would become.

Robert Frost.


July 1, 11:53 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Blue skies smilin' at me

All the days are hurryin' by...


July 1, 11:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Profiles In Vermont Courage

Well, good on our other (ostensibly) non-diddling state senator, Dustin Degree (via GMD):

Fourteen Vermont senators said yes and nine were undecided when asked if they would vote to expel a colleague facing criminal sex charges if he does not resign before lawmakers return for the second half of the legislative term in January.

Those indicating they would vote yes: Sen. Rebecca Balint, D-Windham; Sen. Phil Baruth, D-Chittenden; Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia; Sen. John Campbell, D-Windsor; Sen. Brian Collamore, R-Rutland; Sen. Dustin Degree, R-Franklin; Sen. William Doyle, R-Washington; Sen. Virginia Lyons, D-Chittenden; Sen. Richard Mazza, D-Chittenden-Grand Isle; Sen. Kevin Mullin, R-Rutland; Sen. Anthony Pollina, P-D, Washington; Sen. Richard Sears, D-Bennington; Sen. Michael Sirotkin, D-Chittenden; and Sen. David Zuckerman, D-Chittenden.

Shame on the other cowards.


July 1, 11:11 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

In Sky Blue

Lost my time lost my place...


July 1, 10:48 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"A colored soldier can stop a bullet just as good a white one."

Apropos of Boston's finest intellects dishonoring the 54th, here's a letter from Col Shaw to his sister on July 1, 1863:

There is a late-order from Washington, cutting down the pay of coloured troops from $13 to $10 per month. They have not yet decided here whether we come under the order or not. If we do, I shall refuse to have the regiment paid off, until I hear from Governor Andrew.

Another bit of insanity is a proposition to arm the negroes with pikes instead of muskets. They might as well go back eighteen centuries as three, and give us bows and arrows. General Strong says the regiment shall retain their rifles; but Montgomery and Higginson are in a great stew about it; and, indeed, such an act would take all the spirit and pluck out of their men, and show them that the government didn’t consider them fit to be trusted with fire-arms; they would be ridiculed by the white soldiers, and made to feel their inferiority in every respect. The folly of some of our leaders is wonder-full! I can’t imagine who started the idea. I hope the gentleman has a book of drill for the pike all ready.

Thankfully we're much more enlightened and egalitarian today...


July 1, 10:21 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

One Of Them Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah Days

Well, perhaps for some.


July 1, 9:58 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Who Knew That Being Tied To Racism And Slavery Would Be Hazzardous?

My 11yo self will miss Catherine Bach's tighty tight short shorts:

A week after Warner Bros. announced it would no longer sanction the manufacturing of "Dukes of Hazzard" merchandise featuring the flag, TV Land announced it's pulling reruns of the 1980s’ TV series featuring John Schneider and Tom Wopat as Bo and Luke Duke in fictional Hazzard County, Georgia.

In a statement to ABC News, the network confirmed Wednesday that the show had been "removed" from its schedule, while declining to comment further.

Reruns can still be found on CMT and online.

TV Land's decision comes amid a growing national debate over the use of the Confederate flag, which was painted on the roof of The General Lee, the orange Dodge Charger driven by the Duke boys.

One of the show's stars, Ben Jones, who played Cooter Davenport, has come out in support of the flag.

"That flag on top of The General Lee made a statement that the values of the rural south were the values of courage and family and good times," he wrote on Facebook last week.

Jones, who also served in Congress as a Georgia Democrat, was responding to vows from retailers Walmart, Sears, eBay, Amazon and crafts site Etsy to ban sales of Confederate flag merchandise.

Ah well, the Perfectly Rational Free Market has spoken!  Perhaps to make up for this slight to Proud Southern Heritage, perhaps somebody could produce a comedy ala Hogan's Heroes called Andersonville Follies.  Starring Jessica Simpson, natch.


July 1, 9:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Living in your fantasy world, well there ain't much of a view.

A rainy day with 4 self-centered tykes.


July 1, 8:52 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Miracle On 34th Street

Drunk Santa fired!

“Macy’s is a company that stands for diversity and inclusion,” a statement released to CNN reads. “We have no tolerance for discrimination in any form. We welcome customers, and respect for the dignity of all people is a cornerstone of our culture. We are disappointed and distressed by recent remarks about immigrants from Mexico. We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation.”

“In light of statements made by Donald Trump, which are inconsistent with Macy’s values, we have decided to discontinue our business relationship with Mr. Trump and will phase-out the Trump menswear collection, which has been sold at Macy’s since 2004,” the company concluded.

A lot of bad "isms" floating around this world, but one of the worst is commercialism.  Make a buck. Make a buck...


July 1, 8:10 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

I like these calm little moments before the storm.

Of course, everything reminds me of Beethoven.


July 1, 7:35 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Makes About As Much Sense As A 3-Dollar CSA Note

I'll buy that for a dollar of worthless currency:

New Yorker and Fox News host Sean Hannity piped up again on behalf of the Confederate flag on Tuesday during an interview with presidential candidate New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

"Do you not believe that there are people on the other side of this issue who are not racist, but for other reasons like that flag?" Hannity asked.

Christie said he understood that, but mantained that the flag has become a hateful symbol.

"Well it's been hijacked by some of these lunatic groups," Hannity said.

Lunatic groups = everybody who still thinks the flag is about heritage (of losing a war for one of the worst causes ever) and not hate.


July 1, 7:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hey, Internet, I wanna tell you that I love you so.

I'm never gonna let you go, 'Cause I like your porns.


July 1, 6:34 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Water's Not A Human Right, Either

This dude is responsible for American communications policy:

Someone drag this jackass into the 21st century, please.

Federal Communications Commission member Michael O’Rielly yesterday argued that "Internet access is not a necessity or human right" and called this one of the most important "principles for regulators to consider as it relates to the Internet and our broadband economy."

In other words, since he thinks the internet is totally optional in this day and age, regulators should basically ignore the needs of people to have access to it.

[P]eople do a disservice by overstating [the internet's] relevancy or stature in people’s lives. People can and do live without Internet access, and many lead very successful lives.

The Internet's just a fad, anyway.


July 1, 5:54 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

When You Serve Yourself, The Brotherhood Bends

God's gonna bend it back at your expense.


July 1, 5:16 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

We're Number Six!

Quakers have long been gay friendly.  And really, most Americans are today so it's not really something to brag about, but it puts the bigoted minority's jiggery pokery into context.


July 1, 4:29 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

You Are Still The Weakest Branch

From June of '12:

I certainly acknowledge that SCOTUS and the Judiciary are potential--in some cases, very real--threats to individual rights but given Madison's fears of tyranny at the state level, which I think is very much more pronounced today, the Court has proven to be a significant firewall against the spread of some injustice: just look at [recent] rulings [and orders] on [Obamacare, marriage, redistricting, abortion, contraception, housing, and even the 4th Amendment].  And the branch really is checked fairly easily when contrasted with the Imperial Presidency.

Granted, some limiting mechanisms have a high bar.  Only one life-tenured Supreme Court Justice has ever been impeached, and Chase wasn't successfully removed at that.  FDR's Court Packing plan fizzled, though it has been given credit in some circles for putting the fear of God into the Nine Old Men and saving New Deal programs subsequently.

But the fact remains that SCOTUS can't actively change law, and by design is passive and reactive, waiting for cases to be brought before it.  Congress can more effectively write new law to overcome constitutional objections, and even change the Court's jurisdiction.  The President can sign such legislation and ignore rulings.  And yes, even though it's hard, we can and have amended the Constitution a number of times, explicitly repudiating what the Supremes have decided.

Seems apt again...


July 1, 3:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

My Great Great Grandpappy Didn't Fight For No Queers

Certainly there is no contending against the Will of God; but still there is some difficulty in ascertaining, and applying it, to particular cases.

 - A Lincoln (October 1, 1858)

Oh yes, of course:

“In the Civil War, some 600,000 people died in a country that was much less populated than that today, and it was a much more religious country,” [Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-WI)] said. “I think a lot of people who died fighting in that war felt they died fighting for a religious cause — you know, ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ and all that.”
“I think it would shock those people who died in that war to find out the constitutional amendment which was ratified kind of as a culmination of their great efforts and their great deaths would be, 150 years later, a little less than 150 years later, used by these five robed, arrogant, robed people to take this constitutional amendment and say that that constitutional amendment that was drafted after the Civil War was in fact an amendment designed to say that same-sex marriage had to be legal,” Grothman said.

The war fought over Federal Supremacy and resulted in the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection was all a waste now that everybody can get married.


July 1, 1:02 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (1)

If You Can Believe You're Turning

On a world that broke your mind...


July 1, 11:23 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Deflating Hate

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

 - Isaiah 11:6

Indeed, love wins:

Zea, a 7-year-old first grader, stood firm in the face of hate over the weekend at a celebration of the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage. When a preacher began ranting at her through a microphone, little Zea quietly waved her rainbow flag and never backed down.
Her father...wrote that it took place over the weekend at ComFest, an annual music and arts festival in Columbus, Ohio that turned into an impromptu celebration of Friday's decision.

"Zea didn't just flash the flag at that hatemonger, and bail. They went toe to toe, for several minutes, while he bellowed all of his fire and brimstone right in her face," Bowling wrote on Facebook. "Grown man vs first grader. She told me afterward that she did feel scared. The one thing the people of ‪#‎comfest2015‬ never let her feel though? Alone."

Another lesson for us all.


July 1, 9:50 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Deflating Cruz

Oh, Megyn:

Cruz argued that the Constitution’s framers had intended to limit the court’s power through the threat of impeachment, but he said that hasn’t even been a “scarecrow” for justices for two centuries.

“Even 200 years ago, the Supreme Court wasn’t afraid of it,” he said, but he conceded that impeachment would be nearly impossible in today’s divided U.S. Senate.

“We can’t even muster 50 votes to defeat Loretta Lynch, the attorney general who tells us she’s not going to follow the law or the Constitution, (so) there’s no universe in which there are 67 votes to remove Anthony Kennedy from the Supreme Court,” Cruz said, revealing the target of his wrath.

Kelly reminded Cruz that American voters had twice elected President Barack Obama, so she wondered how the Tea Party senator could be sure he would like the results of his plan to put Supreme Court justices before voters.

“Let’s be clear,” Cruz said, momentarily losing his footing. “What I’m talking about are judicial retention elections, which means you could have the same appointment, the same senate confirmation, but every eight years the people would have an up-or-down vote with the option to remove a justice.”

“But what if the people bounced out Scalia and Alito and Thomas and we had a President Obama in the White House?” Kelly said.

I see absolutely nothing wrong with Cruz's brilliant plan.  It's like a Swiss fucking watch.


July 1, 8:41 AM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (1)

Tuesday, 06/30/2015


Muppets v Kanye.


June 30, 10:13 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Ours Is Not To-morrow


Youth’s the season made for joys,
          Love is then our duty:
She alone who that employs,
          Well deserves her beauty.
                    Let’s be gay
                    While we may,
Beauty’s a flower despised in decay.

John Gay.


June 30, 9:42 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The Devil's Tryin' To Break Me Down

True enough.


June 30, 8:27 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Romans 1:18

Mustang Bobby:

I think Steve M is on to something: if states such as Texas, Alabama, and Mississippi won’t obey the federal laws or the rulings of the Supreme Court, then the next time they get hit by floods, tornadoes, or a hurricane, they can pay for their own disaster relief.

Yes, of course it would be cruel to deny assistance to the innocent people when a natural disaster strikes; why should they suffer because their governor or attorney general is a homophobic asshole?  (Well, for one thing, the people of the state elected them.  They bear some responsibility for putting them in office in the first place.)

The point is that the states can’t have it both ways: demanding to be left alone and stand for states’ rights (and Jesus!) until the going gets hairy.  It’s like a teenager who stomps out of the house swearing he’ll never have anything at all to do with his cruel parents and then demands they give him his allowance.

Wait, maybe Matthew 26:52 is more apt.  Whatthefuckever, these assholes could be taught a thing or two...


June 30, 7:51 PM in And Fuck... | Permalink | Comments (1)

His Red Right Hand To Plague Us


If I had to choose to live under the words of Madison, Mason, Adams, Jefferson and Washington or to live under the words of Jesus, I'd never hesitate but to choose the later.   It would produce egalitarian democracy and, in accordance with the economic laws of Moses, a radically level and economically just society.  As the often misrepresented mentions of slavery by Paul,  slave owners were to treat those they legally held in slavery, not as slaves but as equals, as if they were members of their own families.   Under the teachings of Jesus, slavery as the Founders practiced and supported and embedded in their Constitution could not have been maintained. 

It's a fair cop.  But we work with what we have.


June 30, 6:58 PM in Constitution, Schmonstitution | Permalink | Comments (0)

Spittle Spattle

Oh noesTolerance vs. Pride? Spat on by parade-goers, Catholic priest has this message

Sure, being spat on is just like being denied civil rights, or being killed in hate crimes.  But I hope everybody reads beyond the hed:

“The two men who spat on me are probably very good man (sic) caught up in excitement and past resentment,” he wrote. “Most in that parade would not do that.”

He dismissed their act of ugliness as simply being caught up in the moment.

“Oh well, I deserve worse,” he wrote.
But Father Jonathan demonstrated that he not only preaches tolerance – he practices it.

A lesson for us all.

Yes indeedy, a lesson for all.  And I recommend the bigots should start learning it first.


PS--To be fair, this minister who performed weddings didn't get spat on.

June 30, 6:18 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The whole world's gone to hell

But how are you?


June 30, 4:20 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Hobby Lobby As An Excuse For Murder?

Lovely people:

Can it be long before we hear about pastors being killed for performing gay marriages? The homophobic American Taliban is not about to take the gay marriage ruling last week in stride. Nay, they intend to fight with everything they've got, including calls for stonings and vengeance.

In the process, they've lost sight of what being a Christian is really all about.

Pastor Steven Anderson, of Faithful Word Baptist Church, called for stoning to death ministers who performed same-sex marriage ceremonies and repeated his call for the execution of all LGBT people.

"I hate them with a perfect hatred," Anderson shouted. "I count them mine enemies."

Anderson said the Bible consistently called Christians to "have the guts to stand up to our culture that is now accepts homos."

"Where's the call to repentance?" Anderson said. "Where's the hope, where's the love and the grace? It isn't there."

I really don't like Christian anarchists.


June 30, 4:06 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

God Loves Fags!

Well, some of Her churches do, at least.  People ought to remember that.


June 30, 2:45 PM in Conscience | Permalink | Comments (0)