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On the San Antonio tobacco ordinance…

October 7, 2018

*knocking the rust off*…

I just saw an ad for the new San Antonio ordinance prohibiting tobacco sales to people under 21. Part of it had a woman saying, “and you don’t need it anyway.”

Excuse me, but who the hell are you to tell an adult what s/he needs and doesn’t need? “Brains not fully developed at 18, blah blah blah.” Well, brains seemed to be fully enough developed at 18 to send their owners off to the meat grinders of Southeast Asia against their will, so what’s changed since then?

“Well, let them join the military if they want to smoke and drink.”

No. That is every bit the bullshit argument that “if you want to have guns, you should join the military” is. Really, how about we try freedom for once?

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Thursday political & music musings, 19.4.18

April 19, 2018

There’s really not much I could add to this…

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…but when I heard about it, I did have this thought:

“That New York City Chick-fil-A isn’t being patronized by folks making special trips from Tupelo or Montgomery, bubba.”

In its own way, that’s the funniest bit about this whole thing.

But I guess such a reaction is to be expected from a publication who did a feature on the most celebrated Americana music artist of our time…and made its focus his trip to a fucking New York art museum instead of his actual music.

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Songwriter Shane McAnally, on Florida Georgia Line:

Still, it’s this snobbery that comes sometimes with country music where people go, “They’re too this or too that.”

It’s not snobbery. It’s called “maintaining some definition of the genre.” And the fact that Shane McAnally refuses to understand that is just further evidence that he is part of the problem in Nashville, his involvement with Kacey Musgraves and Midland be damned.

Also, I would bet good money that McAnally has no problem with Music Row or “country” radio thinking certain artists are “too country.” He is a raging hypocrite.

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I have always liked Randy Travis, but I was never a big fan of “Better Class of Losers” — less so in recent years, for the bit “they buy their coffee beans already ground.” I never thought about it before, but after I started making coffee using other methods than drip, I was like, “the hell’s wrong with grinding your own coffee? It’s not like you can get a proper French press grind off the shelf!”

(And yes, I know. I sound like some sort of SWPL monster. But a bean grinder doesn’t cost that much money, nor does a French press…)

Where does music come in here, you ask?

Well, on his 1992 sophomore album Longnecks & Short Stories, Mark Chesnutt recorded a song with the title “Uptown Downtown (Misery’s All the Same)”…

…but the actual title of that song was, you guessed it, “Better Class of Losers” (originally recorded by Ray Price under that title), and it was a far, far superior song.

On the school protests…

March 18, 2018

J.D. Tuccille at Reason:

Today, some students, teachers, and other Americans who share their views are walking out of classes across the country to call for limits on the right of free assembly. Wait, strike that. They’re walking out of classes to call for further restrictions on protections against unreasonable search and seizure. Nope, that’s not it either. Wait, I have it: they’re protesting for greater regulation of self-defense rights. Yup, there we go.

Yes, I know.

“…b-b-but muh well-regulated muhlishuh…”

Well, for one, the militia isn’t the National Guard. Also, “well-regulated” doesn’t mean bullshit laws that penalize people who haven’t done anything wrong. And finally, grammar and sentence structure are things.

“A well-educated populace being essential to a free state, the right of the people to purchase and read books shall not be infringed.”

Who in the above declaration has the right to purchase and read books?

Well, according to “progressive” “logic” as applied as it is to the Second Amendment, only college professors have that right. Surely I’m not the only one who finds this utterly anathema to the Founding Fathers’ intent.

Tuesday political musings, 9.1.18

January 9, 2018

Wow, 2018 already? Man, where does the time go…

So, Oprah Winfrey gives a pretty speech at the Golden Globe Awards and everybody swoons. “Oprah for President!” Yeah, really.

Surely I’m not the only one who sees the problem with this, right? If so, well, let me spell it out:

People bitch about Donald Trump and his lack of political experience, and here Oprah is getting all this attention for what amounts to, again, a flowery speech. Not only that, but it was basically her lecturing everyone else on how sexual misconduct is bad (which it most certainly is, mind you), as she stood in front of an auditorium full of people who helped cover it up for years, if not decades. Motes, beams, and all that.

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Also, re: “net neutrality”:

Look, as much as supporters of net neutrality like to fancy themselves as on the side of the angels, the fact is that they’re just supporting one set of corporations over another, which makes their mewling about the FCC and congressional Republicans being corporate yes-men rather hypocritical. Yeah, on one side you have the big telcos, but on the other hand you have…Google, Facebook, and Amazon, all tech companies just as big and just as influential as Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon. Not only that, their concern trolling about censorship is laughably transparent, considering how they all reacted in the aftermath of Citizens United v. FEC. Apparently telcos throttling traffic that chokes their networks, or alternately negotiating deals with the content providers not to do so, is the end of the world as we know it, but government muzzling corporations’ free speech rights is just fine and dandy.

B-b-but….AT&T! Muh FaceTime!

Yeah, sure. You know what’d happen if AT&T tried to pull that shit today? Its customers would go to Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, that’s what. Much like we could theoretically vote politicians out who don’t respect the Constitution…

…actually, now that I think about it, that’s probably not the best example, but surely you see what I am getting at.

This is ghastly.

September 24, 2017

An article from the Huffington Post, whose author — miracle of miracles! — seems to be just as aghast about this as I am:

 Handicapped children cost money, so parents: abort or face a fine.’

Quoted Dr. Stefan Paas on twitter. ‘We haven’t come this close to Nazi before.’ The quote was taken from a letter published in a National newspaper. It stated that the freedom to birth disabled children should be limited by the ‘financial burden’ to society. Declining to abort, argues letter-writer Michael van der Lubbe, despite the availability of prenatal technology like Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), should have financial consequences for parents. His letter followed a stream of articles in the media with suggestive titles as ‘Better of without Down’.

Well then. You know what this means, yes?

It means, kids, that if you choose not to kill your baby, and the Almighty State decrees that you should kill your baby, for whatever reason, some people (such as this Michael van der Lubbe creature) are perfectly okay with armed agents of said State breaking down your door and killing you deader than shit.

(And yes, I know. SLIPPERY SLOPE FALLACY RABBLERABBLERABBLE. But the fact is this — if the fine is not paid, and the citizen resists, at some point he or she WILL go down in a hail of State-supplied gunfire. That’s how the enforcement of every single law ends, whether people want to admit it or not.)

But PLEASE, TELL ME MORE ABOUT HOW DONALD TRUMP IS THE NAZI HERE.

…wait, what?

July 8, 2017

So, an anti-gun group, who ostensibly espouses peace and nonviolence…

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…uses a sign that evokes the Rising Sun flag used by the Japanese military in World War II. Oh, the irony!

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Maybe you shouldn’t be doing that in the first place.

March 21, 2017

From the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal:

New legislation approved by Gov. Phil Bryant requires increased public disclosure when law enforcement agencies seize private property.

House Bill 812, signed by Bryant on Monday, requires the creation of a public database which will list and track assets taken by law enforcement through civil action.

The new law also requires agencies to obtain a warrant within 72 hours after a seizure takes place.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre, however, is a little uneasy and believes that transparency may hamper his department.

“I don’t necessarily agree with it. It could hinder us from doing other investigations,” Aguirre said. “By putting this on a website, it shows our hand.”

Weeeeell, Chief, here’s a novel thought: Maybe the Tupelo Police Department’s “hand” shouldn’t be in the business of taking people’s stuff just because they were selling a good the government doesn’t approve of them selling. I understand that we’re probably not going to be looking at widespread decriminalization of certain narcotics, let alone legalization of such, for a long time — if ever. I understand that the laws are on the books and they should be enforced, lest respect for the rule of law be lessened. (Yes, I know. The law is an ass and all that. That’s a perfectly legitimate point but a different discussion.)

But asset forfeiture never should have been recognized as a legitimate tool for law enforcement. Besides the fact that so many people engaged in malum prohibitum activities are the ones getting their stuff taken from them, there’s also the reality of such opening the door for widespread abuses of power against people who weren’t doing anything wrong in the first place, such as the shakedowns of motorists tracing through certain small towns in East Texas. We have a long way to go to even stanch the injustices being done in the name of the War On Some Drugs, but putting some sunlight on what’s being taken is a start. Way to go, Mississippi.

Observations on last night.

November 9, 2016

A lot of people didn’t see this coming, and it’s not surprising when you think about it. I think there were a lot of people who kept their choices on the down low, and all things considered, I cannot blame them. How would you feel if someone you didn’t even know disparaged your character, called you racist, misogynist and any number of other epithets, solely because of your choices in the voting booth? More than that, how many of the things that were said about Donald Trump were said, albeit to a lesser extent, about every GOP candidate going back to at least Bob Dole? There are a lot of people — on the left, especially — who need to think about that last thing in particular, if they’re ever going to even begin to understand last night’s events.

And there were many issues in play last night, but I wonder how differently things would have turned out if Hillary had not only been so open about her agenda in relation to more gun control but also not brazenly lied to everyone about supporting the Second Amendment.

(Also, how crazy would it be if supporting the Fourth Amendment, or the Eighth Amendment, or the Fifth Amendment, were such a controversial thing? If it were so, you’d have people rightly shouting from the rooftops about how were were living in a burgeoning dictatorship or something. Some freedoms are definitely more equal than others.)

Also, I’d like to think that we won’t see any more shenanigans like running guns to the Mexican drug cartels, but as Sabra so astutely pointed out to me, Trump was a Democrat not that long before he was a Republican, so we probably shouldn’t hold our breath.

But since Trump is a Republican now, perhaps the media will do its job if this happens as opposed to turning into glorified PR hacks for the ATF.

An appropriate song for the day…

November 8, 2016

…right here.

First time I heard this song was back during the 2000 election season on Dallas country radio when I was living in North Texas. Still a great song, even if we’d have to bring Cash back from the dead.

“He would unite the whole nation, with his guitar and a song….”

And God knows that’s exactly what we need anymore.

Yup, he’s exactly right.

July 26, 2016

Ruben Navarrette, in today’s San Antonio Express-News:

Don’t get it twisted, Cruz haters. The Texas senator is a straight-up hero.

Yep. There are quite a few things I do not agree with Navarrette on, as you know if you’re a longtime reader — but he’s pretty much dead-on here. I know well what a lot of people are saying about Ted Cruz keeping his word, but it deserves to be asked what good his word is if he’s keeping it to a slimy creature like Donald Trump? It’s almost literally like casting pearls before swine — even more so considering how Trump attacked Ted Cruz’s family.

Speaking of that:

“I mean give me a break Ted, go ahead and endorse the man,” Robertson said on FOX & Friends following Cruz’s Wednesday night speech at the Republican National Convention where he failed to endorse Trump. “I mean, you lost, he won.”

The Robertson patriarch continued, “I love that dude [Cruz] but all the guys who lost and gals, they all need to swallow their pride and say the people [and] the Republican Party has said Donald Trump is the man we want in the White House.”

Is that right?

“…you husbands must give honor to your wives…”

“…honor thy father and they mother…”

..Yeeeeah. Tell me more about what a fine, upstanding Christian mayyyyun Phil Robertson is.