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A “People’s” Filibuster? Gimme a Break

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Last night a bill was effectively killed in the Texas Senate Chamber – not because of parliamentary proceeding or because of lack of votes, but because an outside mob effectively created so much noise that the chamber could not function and the bill lapsed.

The bill would effectively shut down abortion clinics that conducted abortions after 20 weeks (which, since the baby is viable, it’s basically clinical murder).  It gets me why a woman who knows she’s already pregnant after four months would elect to destroy her baby after that fact after carrying it for that long, but evidently, some people just don’t get it.

The bill was on its way to passage through the Texas senate when a mob blew in, and, encouraged by Democrat senators who called such a demonstration as, “democracy in action” and a “people’s filibuster”.  What if we had done the same thing with respect to your constant attempts to block gun bills?  What if we came in, all carrying firearms and interfered with the process through intimidation and unruly behavior?  Would Democrats actually call that democracy in action then?  Oh heck no.  Because it’s only that way when it suits them.

The way I see it, all 400 of those women should be rounded up, arrested, and charged with disturbing the peace.  After that, Gov. Perry should call the Senate back into session to repeat the vote and allow the process to work properly, after censuring the Democrats of the chamber who encouraged the mob to continue interfering with the process.  The US Constitution nor the Texas Constitution does not give them the right to be an unruly mob that interferes with the political process.  To allow this sets a bad precedent, that we can simply interfere with the political process to kill bills that we don’t want to pass.  The First Amendment speaks clear in this matter:

Congress shall make no law…abridging….the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

People have a right to speak.  They don’t have a right to interfere with the political process.  And it isn’t democracy when we’re dealing with 400 people who are not peaceably assembling.

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June 26, 2013 at 9:11 am

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Welcome Mr. Guillory to the GOP!

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During a press conference at the end of May, Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory decided enough was enough and changed parties – from Democrat to Republican.

Now party jumping isn’t exactly new – it happens frequently.  But the causes of this switch are what is interesting – racism among the Democrat Party.  Mr. Guillory became a Democrat in 2007 but after continuously hearing all of the lame excuses about the primary reasons why ObamaCare isn’t being embraced by the population: because Obama is black.  Yeah, I agree Mr. Guillory, that’s quite lame.

Mr. Guillory had these other comments that make one wonder if history is even taught in public school.

“In recent history, the Democratic Party has created the illusion that their agenda and their policies are what’s best for black people. Somehow, it has been forgotten that the Republican Party was founded in 1854 as an abolitionist movement, with one simple creed – that slavery is a violation of the rights of man,”

“Democrats, on the other hand, were the party of Jim Crow. It was the Democrats who defended the rights of slave owners.”

“At the heart of liberalism is the idea that only a great and powerful big government can be the benefactor of social justice for all Americans. But the left is only concerned with one thing: control. And they disguise this control as charity.”

It’s a startling omission how so many people today believe that the Democrat party is the party of civil rights when they, themselves, filibustered the bills that came through Congress to give blacks equal rights.  I kind of wonder if blacks today have, in fact, given up their hard earned freedoms and liberties in exchange for government subsidy.

This opens a wider angle here – the one that demonstrates that freedom cannot be achieved through dependency and entitlement.  We sacrifice our freedom and liberty to make our own way in the world when we call upon government to rescue us from the difficulties of life, rather than calling out to God in Heaven who is the benefactor of all good things.

Today, the black community is walking itself into slavery again – this time, being enslaved by government entitlement that keeps them from the drive that pushes people to overcome.  The Democrats weep alligator tears when they see people starve.  Conservatives weep when we see people lose their freedom for a handout.

The rigors of life are the mountain that gives us accomplishment, growth, strength, and courage.  When we constantly carry a child around, we deprive them of the drive to stand on their own feet and learn to walk.  Growth and maturity come from adversity, and the determination to overcome that adversity and not bathe in complacency.

My daughter said to me this morning, “Dad, I am having a hard time finding ways to earn money”, after asking me to buy her a notebook for her art.  I told her she would have to pay me back for it, not because of my greed or “frugality”, but I want her to begin to understand that it’s okay to want things – but we must work for them.  If we just get them without effort, we don’t treasure them as much.

Democrats and liberals out there, what is your freedom worth to you?  Are you so hell-bent on a over-controlling government that you are willing to sacrifice freedom to get it?   Seriously.

Here’s Mr. Guillory’s video for you to enjoy.

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June 19, 2013 at 8:09 am

Stupid School Censorship Nonsense

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I am really tired of the US public education system these days.  What was once a great institution for educating our youth has been systematically poisoned by liberals and teacher unions.  And like their incessant need to drag businesses down to the point where they cannot actually do business, based on their entitlement groanings, they have already ruined the public school system with their nonsense.

I am so glad we can home school our kids.

So today, I read a stirring article of how an 8th grader’s choice in attire has made him, literally, a criminal.  Jared Marcum got sent to the office at Logan Middle School, Logan, WV by the old bat lunch lady:

over wearing this shirt:

Now young Jared refused, so they brought in:

Who then put Jared in these:

Put him in front of this guy:

Where he might have to pay:

And or spend a year:\

While the rest of us in the country say:

This matter isn’t about a t-shirt.  It’s about a few bruised egos of a school official, a police officer, and a judge who will not allow some young punk to stand up to the system.   Beginning with a grossly bitter (and probably liberal) cafeteria worker’s dislike for the NRA,  He decides to make a statement in a way that isn’t vulgar, offensive, or anything, but yet, because the lunch lady can’t handle it and the cop can’t handle his defiance, the kid is now a criminal.

Now it’s funny because back in April 2012, the ACLU strangely argued a case for a kid wearing this:

The way I see it, I bet this kid would get student of the year if he wore this:

Seriously?

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June 18, 2013 at 10:45 am

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Just What is Microsoft Thinking, Anyway?

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It’s been a while since I did any sort of tech posting here on The Rabid Conservative, but with all the hub-bub coming out of E3 relating to the advent of the new XBox One (or what I’ve come to call it, XBone – hat tip Flex). Anyway, after Sony has basically owned MS with the PS4, even before release, it’s making me wonder if Microsoft is even thinking about the future.

1) Starting off with the aforementioned XBone and the issues with it – it’s almost like XBone is doomed already:

  • Kinect is always big-brother watching and listening – this might be innocuous enough, but after the entire NSA thing, Kinect’s nosing around your life may be uncomfortable.
  • Trying to put Gamefly and GameStop out of business and then blaming the publishers for their draconian used game and 24-hour ET-phone-home policy is something that gamers will see right through.
  • Killing the ability to play 360 games on the new console…that’s a LOT of money to just sit there collecting dust.

2) Windows 8 (or as I call it, Windows Hate), just simply seems to be fizzling worse than Vista did.  This is nothing new, considering that the industry only really forgave MS once when changing the GUI interface from Program Manager to the Chicago style with the start button that has been long duplicated across multiple platforms.  However, now I must wonder if, by ramming the idea of the Metro interface into the PC market without offering the Chicago interface as an alternative, that the industry has pretty much going to be unforgiving. One might consider this with the mild backoff with Windows 8.1 that is going to give users back the  Start button. And as an extra swipe, I literally cannot stand Microsoft’s new look and design.  It’s so flat, so unremarkable, it’s like a first year web design student made it.  I like depth and with simple coding structures using CSS3 and JavaScript, it’s very easy to do.

3) Microsoft’s poor showing into the tablet market has made their attempts at making the Surface something that people would want over Android-based tablets and Apple iStuff almost laughable.  Maybe they’ll wise up like HP did, firesale out all of their tablets and realize that by giving Office for free on tablets isn’t going to compel the market into their software subscription model.

These days, Microsoft just isn’t the company it once was.  It’s dominance is slipping away each time it attempts to move the market into its corner (of does anyone believe that the market share for Internet Explorer at 12.6% an accident?).  The way I see it right now, Xbone is going to backfire, Windows 8 isn’t going to do any better than Vista did, facilitating the onset of Android-powered notebooks and set-top boxes, and Windows Phone and Surface tablets are going to really just be a one-off.

If Microsoft doesn’t start listening to its customers, they’ll go where Apple nearly went.  When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in ’96, it was on the brink of disaster because it failed to innovate.  What Microsoft is doing is not innovation.  Apple mastered the art of creating things that people find they can’t live without.  Microsoft hasn’t quite got there yet.

I guess I can’t blame them for trying, since this is what they’ve done all along.  But still – I don’t see the community going Microsoft’s way this time.

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June 15, 2013 at 11:46 am

Inconsistencies Among the Vices

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Is it just me, or does anyone else wonder at these inconsistencies:

Tobacco – Plenty of warnings about how smoking and dipping snuff can cause lung, mouth, and throat cancer, as well as being more and more noted as powerfully addictive and socially unpleasant.

  • Minors under the age of 18 cannot legally purchase tobacco products (and most every convenience store checks)
  • Cannot smoke in a lot of places – many states disallow smoking in public or anywhere near a school or within 15′ of a doorway.
  • Cigarette trafficking laws prevent buying in one state of low taxation to sell in a state of high taxation.

Food – Not maintaining good eating habits can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, and many other physical issues.

  • New York City bans carbonated drinks greater than 16 oz.
  • Numerous regulations on identifying nutrition facts on every label, so people can avoid foods with high amounts of fat, sodium, and cholesterol.
  • Numerous regulations regarding vending machines in schools

Alcohol – Can lead to liver damage, alcoholism, and driving while impaired.

  • Federal laws preventing the sale and consumption of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21
  • Stiff penalties for alcoholic beverages in vehicles where it can be construed as driving while impaired.
  • Laws forbidding trafficking liquors across state boundaries

Pre-Marital Sex – Can lead to unanticipated/unwanted pregnancy, emotional and psychological trauma, venereal diseases of wide assortment, as well as social and spiritual damage.

Yet we allow:

– Abortions darn near on demand – and pretty much government funded, with the liberals trying to allow for partial-birth – all of which ends in the destruction of human life.

– Discussions about sex in the classrooms as early as the formalative elementary years

– and, as of today, females of any age to procure the Plan B medication, even though they can’t legally give consent to have sex.

While we disallow:

  • Classroom discussions that teach abstinence, in favor of so-called “reproductive rights”
  • Controls of lewdness on television, radio, and other media, inviting kids to have sex younger and younger because they see it is cool (yet we discontinued cigarette commercials because of the same thing).
  • Parental consent on any underage girl before seeking an abortion
  • Warning kids of the dangers of pregnancy and abortion

And liberals don’t see anything wrong with this?  How is it that liberals can be so hell-bent on regulating things, but when it comes to sex, they start going all ape about individual liberty?  Seriously?

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June 12, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Snowden: US Hacks China; TRC: Duh.

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Snowden today announces that the US has been hacking China and Hong Kong and Drudge announced it as a “bombshell”.  I say, “duh”.

The whole thing is called cyber warfare and millions of dollars are being spent on both offense and defense.  It’s been going on for years, with countries waging war against other countries in cyberspace.  Hacking systems, stealing information, and plaguing systems with problems is all part of the game.  Every country that has an internet link and at least one computer has been involved in this.

While the Chi-Coms deny it over and over, the number one source of all the attacks against the Pentagon originate in China.  With millions of drones being funded by the government, the People’s Liberation Army spends a lot of online time testing and penetrating network defenses, digging into American systems to see what they can steal.

Last month, the Pentagon took one on the chin when a report surfaced about the Chinese hacking in and stealing data regarding US weapon systems.  The Pentagon released a stinging rebuke three weeks earlier, publicly accusing China of hacking, which they of course denied.

So is it any real surprise that the US is doing the same thing?  One only has to take a cursory look at the job boards regarding positions for blackhat hackers to come work in DoD.  Why?  Duh.

And it’s just not the Pentagon.  Chinese hackers have basically hacked every US company.  They’ve probably stolen the Colonel’s Secret Recipe, the original formula for Coke, and have decompiled the Windows kernel a million times over.  This is what is expected of an authoritarian capitalist society that continuously cheats to get an edge over American competition.

So is it any wonder that our country would be, right now, cracking through the Great Firewall of China?  China accuses the US of similar breaches, such as a roil with Cisco against Huawei and ZTE and suggests that we work together to solve the problem.  Yeah right.  They have every motivation in the world to continue and no compulsion to stop their cyber-espionage practices.

And if you believe this is not the case, you live in an idyllic world of sunshine and rainbows – and no terrorists.

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June 12, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Do You Agree With Reagan Yet, Liberals?

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Government is not the solution to the problem; government IS the problem.

It’s really coming down to trust.  With That One chalking up losses almost as fast as the Miami Marlins this year, the whole question of government trust.  And right now, it’s not looking good.

But then, who out there actually trusts or really ever trusted the government for anything?  Seriously, how many water-cooler conversations ever had a participant that said, “I really love and trust the government and I’m glad for it”.

Now, I am a conservative with a little bit of libertarian peppered in and I do recognize that there is a need for some aspects of government.

  • State – We need a government to negotiate with foreign powers on behalf of the Union.
  • Treasury – We need a government to print a unified currency for the Several States (and not print so much of it that we dilute the economy).
  • Commerce – We need a government to regulate commerce between the states, not the overreaching aspects where abuses of power become so prevalent (healthcare anyone?)
  • Defense – We need a government to call up troops that will defend the Union from enemies, foreign and domestic.

Past these, we need no other government – it should be held to the states (9th and 10th Amendments).

The issue here is one of trust.  And the president who promised us

  • Benghazi – Who really knew what when.  And yes, it’s important.
  • IRS – Why did they target conservatives and what’s up with the opulent spending?
  • AP – Why can’t Eric Holder answer questions regarding the AP story that published a year ago that contradicted the White House’s claim that officials knew of no attacks planned on U.S. soil for the anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death?
  • In-Your-Face Appointments of Susan Rice and Samantha Power: Why?  Seriously, why put a liar in as your national security adviser and a known Israel-hating socialist and Soros-ite as the UN Ambassador?  Are you purposely trying to distort foreign policy and help terrorists?
  • NSA Monitoring of Cell Traffic – Really?  This is transparency, Mr. Obama?
  • Secret E-Mail Accounts for Internal Communications – Oh, that’s really transparent.

Conservatives have always been about reducing dependency on the government because of the sheer number of abuses and potential for corruption.  It’s far too easy to watch as the government uses its faceless power to capture the destitute.

One might say the same about capitalism.  The thing is, I can work hard and gain a living and elevate my status in a capitalistic society – I’ve already done it.  With socialism, not so much – you’re at the wishes of the government and it all becomes about politics.

Politics, as a game, is played through flows of information.  With all the stifiling of information by the left, well, is it any wonder what’s going on?

So much for transparency, eh?

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June 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm

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