Archive for April, 2009

One of my favorite Tracy Lawrence tunes…

April 27, 2009

here: “Won’t you paint me a Birmingham, make it look just the way I planned…”
Tracy Lawrence wasn’t the first one to get that song on the radio — Ken Mellons beat him to it by a few months or so — but I always liked Tracy Lawrence’s version better. Lord, but I’ve come a long, long way from the memory that song evokes…

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Another worthy read…

April 26, 2009

from National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea, in response to an anti-gun rant in a magazine aimed at the black community….

…you don’t understand “gun control” had its roots in racism, either, do you? I notice you never talk about the slave codes that could punish a black man for having a dog because it might attack a white man–or the post-Civil War black codes designed to put firearms beyond the economic means of freed blacks–or a key observation in Dredd Scott, that a black man simply CAN’T be a “citizen” because then he’d have the same rights as whites, including the right to keep and bear arms. Yeah, Chief Justice Taney actually wrote that. You’d know if you took the time to do a little learning before presuming yourself authoritative enough to teach.

Why not ask Roy Innis of CORE where the term “Saturday Night Special” came from? I guarantee your readers won’t like it.

Go read the rest.

Maybe he thinks like that, but I don’t.

April 26, 2009

Admit it, you knew this was coming, the conflation of states’ rights and smaller, less intrusive federal government with the Jim Crow South…

“The remarks (of Gov. Rick Perry — ed.) played well with very conservative Republicans who vote in GOP presidential primaries and caucuses,” said professor of politics Larry Sabato of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. “The country as a whole, though, had a very different reaction.
“This was a throwback to the Old South, a South that was out of the mainstream and viewed as something of an embarrassment. You think of people like George Wallace when you think of the claim of states’ rights. I don’t think that’s the image that modern Texas wants,” Sabato said.

Maybe you think like that, Larry, but I sure as hell don’t. Sweet bleedin’ Barnabus, these people are absolutely shameless. I daresay anyone whose critical thinking skills are in such sad shape that they think states’ rights means being able to oppress certain groups of people with impunity should be demanding their money back they paid for their education, because they were obviously ripped off. Yeah…when Rick Perry’s standing in front of the schoolhouse door not letting anyone in, then maybe Mr. Sabato might be on to something. If that level of critical thinking is what American college graduates are finishing their education with, then, quite simply, We. Are. Doomed.

Hey, you mean shooting back actually WORKS?

April 26, 2009

The hell you say

ROME — An Italian cruise ship with 1,500 people on board fended off a pirate attack far off the coast of Somalia when its Israeli private security forces exchanged fire with the bandits and drove them away, the commander said Sunday.
Cmdr. Ciro Pinto told Italian state radio that six men in a small white speed boat approached the Msc Melody and opened fire Saturday night, but retreated after the Israeli security officers aboard the cruise ship returned fire.

With pistols, no less, while I’m guessing the pirates had at least semi-auto rifles. Maybe even full-auto. Who the hell’s to say, the way the media tries to conflate the two. That takes balls. But then, you do the best you can with what you have to work with. Any way you look at it though, there’s a lesson to be learned here. And as is their wont, said lesson will go unlearned by the international community because they’ll never, ever learn that there are just some parties who will not be negotiated with or reached out to with pretty words. Come to think of it, our esteemed Dear Leader won’t learn that lesson either, I fear…even if we end up being the target an act whose death toll is a hundred times that of 9/11. I do hope I am wrong, but I guess only time will tell.

Just some more random Saturday night musings…

April 26, 2009

Many of the advocates of radio consolidation say it makes it a lot easier to serve certain niches, which is why, for example, you’ll see a lot of big cities with a modern-rock station and a classic rock station, both owned by the same company, such as Clear Channel, Cumulus or what have you. You Sirius/XM subscribers know they take this whole niche marketing thing to a whole new level with channels like, say “Outlaw Country” and “Hair Nation.” Pretty self-explanatory, right? Well, one of my favorite channels, of course, is the Boneyard (Sirius Ch. 19/XM Ch. 53), which bills itself as playing “hard and heavy classic rock.” (Which they do. Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” is playing right now.) They play about 25 years worth of rock on here, from roughly 1970 to about 1995. A sample of the songs I’ve heard as of late:
Black Sabbath, “Paranoid,” 1970
Rush, “Working Man,” 1974
Van Halen, “Eruption/You Really Got Me,” 1978
Billy Squier, “My Kinda Lover,” 1981
Metallica, “For Whom The Bell Tolls,” 1984
Guns’n’Roses, “Civil War,” 1991

“One of these things is not like the other, one of these things just doesn’t belong…”
Billy Squier? Really? Nothing against the Stroke Man, but I just don’t see that song fitting in that well on that channel. Or, for that matter, anything else I’ve heard from him. Put it on the ’80s pop station where it belongs. I guess it might fit for the demographic they’re aiming for, but still it just seems out of place. Sort of like playing John Michael Montgomery and Collin Raye on the weekend classic country shows some stations do. It might be old music now, but I just don’t see that as fitting in with, say, Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings. Just a minor complaint though, really.
And on another note, I am not the biggest fan of “Tears in Heaven,” but I think to dismiss Eric Clapton’s work just because of that song would be a huge mistake. He and his various groups put out some really great music, even if some of his solo output was more poppy, like “Forever Man.” I had forgotten how good that song was till I heard it the other day…

…did he REALLY say that?

April 25, 2009

Our esteemed and erudite Dear Leader, that is…

After former Soviet pawn and now Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega berated the United States at a recent summit, President Obama joked, in reference to the failed Bay of Pigs operation, “I’m grateful that President Ortega did not blame me for things that happened when I was 3 months old.”

Wow. “Didn’t blame ME for things that happened when I was 3 months old.” I’ve heard various folks claim Obama was a narcissist, and I’ll admit I wondered where they were getting that from. I guess I wasn’t paying quite enough attention.

What if her answer had been different?

April 25, 2009

I happen to agree with what Nick Anderson’s editorial cartoon is saying here, but I do think it’d be interesting to see how he’d have drawn it had Carrie Prejean’s answer to Perez Hilton been different. And wasn’t it odd how he just targeted Prejean and not Hilton, who asked the damn question in the first place? I know most editorial cartoonists in the MSM seem to be notoriously inept at getting a clue, but you’d think when they get as far up the ladder of American journalism as Nick Anderson has, they’d be able to hide it better than that.

Yep, that’s our politicians…

April 25, 2009

…willing to step up, make the hard choices and face the hard truths head-on:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is considering sending more National Guard troops to keep order along the U.S.-Mexican border as drug-fueled violence increases in northern Mexico, defense officials said Friday.

The governors of New Mexico, Arizona, California and Texas sent a letter Wednesday to House and Senate leaders, saying that funding the National Guard Counter-Drug Program would allow federal, state and local law enforcement to fulfill the federal government’s commitment to reduce demand for illegal drugs in the United States.

Commitment to reduce demand. Just exactly how do they think that’s been doing since Richard Nixon got it cranked up almost 40 years ago? I would remind them all of the words Milton Friedman wrote almost 20 years ago:
“Of course the problem is demand, but it is not only demand, it is demand that must operate through repressed and illegal channels. Illegality creates obscene profits that finance the murderous tactics of the drug lords; illegality leads to the corruption of law enforcement officials; illegality monopolizes the efforts of honest law forces so that they are starved for resources to fight the simpler crimes of robbery, theft and assault.”
How long till they face THAT hard truth?

Some funny for your Saturday

April 25, 2009

I heard Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze” last night at work. One of my favorite records from him, but then I like pretty much everything from him. Anyway, I will freely admit I am a Coke man, but every time I hear that song I think of this commercial.

Chalk one more thing up…

April 24, 2009

…on the list of things that Leonard Pitts doesn’t understand:

Country, after all, is supposed to be that which pulls us back together after everything else — politics, race, religion — has conspired to pull us apart.

Yeah, but what do you do when you have few if any shared core values? What do you do when at least 53 percent of American voters seem to think more and bigger government is the solution to what ails you and have no problem with imposing their values on you — with your money, natch — and by force of arms if necessary? What does it say that secession enters the discussion? Seems to me, that to Leonard Pitts it says everything but that Obama and his minions are going too far. And I still don’t understand why anyone’s calling Perry a traitor here. It isn’t as if Perry’s talking about launching unprovoked offensives across the borders with the Texas National Guard in an attempt to take over bordering states. I would ask what does it say about Leonard Pitts and his ilk that they would have us go along — once again, by force of arms if necessary — with the overreaching federal government that exists now and that our elected officials are well on their way to enlarging even more. One could be forgiven for thinking this is what they want to prevent: that those in the post-secession United States would cast envious eyes at Texas, thinking that whole smaller-government thing was really the way to go after all, and get their own ideas about secession. But that’s just my two cents on that.
UPDATE: Well, there was this comment at Vanderboegh’s place:
“…saying Texas doesn’t like the way things are going in this country and suggesting that if we don’t get our act together, his state might take its mountains and rivers and go home.”

Not just the mountains and rivers, bub. All of our oil, our fertile agricultural land and cattle, our 50 million guns, all of our veterans, all of our gunsmiths and firearms-related manufacturing facilities, Dell Computer, Texas Instruments, and other high-tech companies, our share of the armor and aircraft the Feds have here, the Pantex nuclear weapons assembly facility, etc., etc. We can feed and fuel ourselves, and with the money we make from selling oil to the half-frozen people in the Northeast, Detroit and Chicago, we can outfit whatever kind of armed forces we need to defend ourselves – better than we can already, that is.
Oh, and I suspect that oil-rich Oklahoma and a couple of other nearby states will come along for the ride.
Such are the thoughts that come to the fore when distant politicians cease to represent us, and begin to represent alien concepts and the interests of their own pockets.