Archive for April, 2011

Colt Ford is grasping at straws.

April 26, 2011

Yes, he really said this:

What determines the song’s genre is the content of the song.

I heard it once said that Metallica’s “Wherever I May Roam” was as good a loner song as anything Merle Haggard had written. And when you look at the lyrical content, it’s true. Consider:

And the road becomes my bride. I have stripped of all but pride, so in her I do confide, and she keeps me satisfied, gives me all I need…Anywhere I roam, where I lay my head is home.

Compare that with Merle Haggard:

My hat don’t hang on the same nail too long. My ears can’t stand to hear the same old song. And I don’t leave the highway long enough, to bog down in the mud, ’cause I’ve got ramblin’ fever in my blood.

So Metallica is country now? And what of the man so many claim as an influence, Mr. Johnny Cash? I have heard him referred to as the original gangsta rapper, and hearing songs like “Folsom Prison Blues” and “A Boy Named Sue,” I can certainly see where the gangsta part would come from. Which would make all those gangsta rappers country by Colt Ford’s tortured definition — either that or Johnny Cash a rapper. And what of songs like “Knoxville Girl”?

She never spoke another word, I only beat her more. Until the ground around me, within her blood did flow.

That certainly didn’t sound like a rap song — at least not the way the Louvin Brothers did it.

Not only is Colt Ford grasping at straws, but so is Chet Flippo, on the same phenomenon:

Even strait-laced George Strait raps in “Give It Away.”

Methinks Chet’s definition of “rap” is different from, well, pretty much any accepted definition of the musical form in its history. But I guess that’s really all you can do when you’re trying to justify country music’s slide further into mediocrity and irrelevance. I shudder to think of how many people will give such credibility just because of who’s saying it.

(h/t Country California)


In the…what, again?

April 25, 2011

…or, I really hope Rick Casey misquoted this guy:

I was one of 60 Harris County citizens auditioning for 12 slots on the jury that would pass judgment on a man charged with the first-degree felony of possession between 4 and 400 grams of cocaine for purposes of distribution….

“I was in the 182nd Airborne, and I know that if we wanted to win this war we could,” said one man. “But too many people are making money off of it.”

“I’d love to sit down and have coffee with that guy just to pick his brain,” said Aaron Burdette, the tall, youthful prosecutor on the case.

On second thought, I hope Casey didn’t misquote him and that he really IS a PX ranger who thinks tossing out things like “182nd Airborne” gives him street cred — because if an ex-paratrooper thinks like that, well, that’s just almost too frightening to contemplate. Wholesale violations of the Second and Fourth Amendments just aren’t enough? Wow…

Facebookin’ after dark.

April 25, 2011

This is what it looks like. Well, first, a bit of background.

Sabra wanted jellybeans the other night. So I got the very last bag I could find and brought it home. It was a bag of Jolly Rancher-flavored jellybeans. Sabra said they tasted like candied ass. But she kept on poppin’ em. Anyway….

Me: So. Apparently candied ass tastes pretty good.

Sabra: You’re the one who dated a Democrat.

Me: Yeah, but I paid for it. Lord, but she was a shitty lay.

Sabra: We are discussing this on Facebook WHY, again? lol

Me: I’m not going to go into details! ROTFLMAO.

Sabra: As I recall the story, there weren’t very many to go into…

Me: Yeah, that’s pretty much the long and short of that!

Sabra: Now then, babe, don’t go insulting yourself like that.

Me: Psh. I know very well that I was, if you will pardon the expression, casting pearls before swine!

Sabra: There is just nowhere I can go from here that isn’t X-rated. You win. We should probably go to bed now.

We stayed up a little while longer, but I did get a good laugh out of that. 😉

Whoa, argument FAIL!

April 24, 2011

And not on Kathleen Parker’s part, either!

…The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) contends in a complaint recently filed against Boeing that the company can’t open its plant in “right to work” South Carolina because the move is allegedly motivated by an attempt to avoid strikes and thus intimidate Boeing workers elsewhere.

Even though it is perfectly logical that businesses prefer nonunionized work forces, it is technically illegal to make business decisions in retaliation against union workers. Unionized workers in the company’s Everett, Wash., facility have gone on strike several times in recent years.

But does this mean that Boeing’s decision to locate a second production line in another state constitutes retaliation? Intimidation? Or is it merely a good business decision based on several factors, including a better climate and a tax-friendlier environment?

And I thought playing the race card was bad. This makes that lok like child’s play. It could NEVER be about the better climate and tax-free environment. Oh no, it’s about intimidating the union workers! What a bunch of pathetic assholes.

What I don’t get here, though, is why this hasn’t happened before. I know that Big Labor has bitched and moaned before about certain companies building new plants in right-to-work states; in fact, I’ve blogged about such. Yet the National Labor Relations Board didn’t come along to file a complaint about Toyota, as far as I know. Of Toyota’s five American plants, two of them are in non-right-to-work states. Looks like Dear Leader and his thugs are getting less and less afraid to flex their muscle as time goes on. And it’s still a year and a half before the elections. We live in interesting times, indeed.

People on our side…

April 23, 2011

…still find this surprising? As I commented there: If anyone’s actually surprised at it, I don’t know why. The people who belong to anti-gun organizations have time and again shown themselves to be, at best, a bunch of incredibly nasty people and at worst downright evil. Surely no one thought such would limit itself to their attitudes on self-defense. My wife once said, “Really, though, I have never met a person of whom I thought ‘You know, they’re so nice, but they’re kinda racist.’  Every racist I’ve ever run across (and there haven’t been too many, honestly) was an asshole on several other levels too.”

You can say the very same thing of many anti-gun individuals, for at their collective heart, anti-self-defense beliefs share all the traits of racism, homophobia and every other bigoted belief we as a society so abhor. I don’t know if one could say we as a society are waking up to that per se, but at least we’re starting to see the act of denying the right of self-defense as the immoral thing that it is.

But remember, the Mexican carnage is all the Americans’ fault!

April 23, 2011

Pay no attention to this!

The Zetas are teaming up with Guatamela’s Kaibiles to train the gang members, military style. And the U.S. military, including the Navy and Green Berets, is training the Guatamalan military….This is hardly new. The reports on the Kaibiles teaming up with the Zetas have been around since at least 2005.

But remember, folks, the carnage in Mexico due to the warring drug cartels is all the fault of us Americans and our stubborn insistence on maintaining our Second Amendment rights! If we had a ban on semiautomatic rifles Mexico would be all sweetness and light and puppy-shitting unicorns! The Bradys and the VPC told me so and they would NEVER lie!

That’s one way to take care of thugs.

April 22, 2011

Oh my heavens, this was brilliant!

Short version: Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers, who was killed in Afghanistan on Apr. 7, was returned home to Brandon, Mississippi and laid to rest. Fred Phelps and his gang showed up, but they didn’t make it to SSgt. Rogers’ funeral. Why didn’t they make it? Well

They did show up, a few showed up a couple of days early

A couple of days before, one of them ran his mouth at a Brandon gas station and got his ass waxed. Police were called and the beaten man could not give much of a description of who beat him. When they canvassed the station and spoke to the large crowd that had gathered around, no one seemed to remember anything about what had happened.

Rankin County handled this thing perfectly. There were many things that were put into place that most will never know about and at great expense to the county.

Most of the morons never made it out of their hotel parking lot. It seems that certain Rankin county pickup trucks were parked directly behind any car that had Kansas plates in the hotel parking lot and the drivers mysteriously disappeared until after the funeral was over. Police were called but their wrecker service was running behind and it was going to be a few hours before they could tow the trucks so the Kansas plated cars could get out.

A few made it to the funeral but were ushered away to be questioned about a crime they might have possibly been involved in. Turns out, after a few hours of questioning, that they were not involved and they were allowed to go on about their business.

I don’t often discuss them, but that almost makes me proud of my Mississippi roots. 😉 I’ve been to Brandon a few times, in fact; my grandfather on my dad’s side used to live there.

(h/t Nicki)

Well, okay, that’s one down…

April 22, 2011

and how many to go?

Progressive or not, Mike Huckabee still isn’t someone I’d vote for. Really, how ignorant do you have to be to say that the Constitution should be changed to adhere to God’s standards? Does anyone remember what the first eight amendments of the Bill of Rights were designed to protect? Thaaat’s right…man’s inalienable, God-given rights. And then, of course, there was the Declaration of Independence — “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

I know the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are two different documents, but the Bill of Rights quite plainly lays out protections for the rights that the Founding Fathers themselves said were granted to humans by God. Beyond that, Huckabee never explained (at least I never saw it) how exactly the Constitution was not in line with God’s law. I’d really like to hear what he has to say about that.

And lest you think I forget what today is…

April 21, 2011

Happy San Jacinto Day, to my fellow Texans and those who wish they were!

I would hope such never existed…

April 21, 2011

in the first place:

He (Mark Levin — ed.) was also the first to ask a number of important questions about Trump’s world view, including, “What does he think about Kelo?” The Club for Growth is out today with the answer … directly from Trump himself from 2005 on Fox News.

“I happen to agree with it 100 percent, not that I would want to use it. [note below, he would actually want to use it]

But the fact is, if you have a person living in an area that’s not even necessarily a good area, and government, whether it’s local or whatever, government wants to build a tremendous economic development, where a lot of people are going to be put to work and make area that’s not good into a good area, and move the person that’s living there into a better place — now, I know it might not be their choice — but move the person to a better place and yet create thousands upon thousands of jobs and beautification and lots of other things, I think it happens to be good.”

But the reality is, Trump did try to use the power of eminent domain to seize private property. He did this in Altlantic City, and it wasn’t to build an elementy school or even a “tremendous economic development.” He wanted to knock down an old lady’s home so he could build a parking lot for limousines near his casino….

The Right’s love fest with Donald Trump is coming to an end.

I’d hope such a thing never existed, or at least didn’t exist outside the Boston-New York-Washington media and/or social circles. And at its heart, does Trump’s answer to that question really differ that much from Barack Obama telling a citizen concerned about gas prices to buy a new car?

More than that, I’m sure most if not all of you remember how Kelo was condemned by both parties. Were Donald Trump the Republican nominee for president, his support of Kelo would give the Democrats a leg up because they’d be able to say, “Apparently Republicans didn’t really mean it when they condemned Kelo, if they’re going to put up someone who supported it.” I would surely hope those who support Trump based on his stands on certain issues will take a second look at this and reconsider.

Lest anyone think the leftists’ opposition was concrete, though…

The New York Times editorial board agreed with the ruling, calling it “a welcome vindication of cities’ ability to act in the public interest.” The Washington Post‘s editorial board also agreed with the ruling, writing, “… the court’s decision was correct… New London’s plan, whatever its flaws, is intended to help develop a city that has been in economic decline for many years.”

So much for the lefties standing up for the little man, eh?

(h/t SayUncle)