Constitutional Crisis – Marriage ban on same-sex marriages declared unconstitutional in Virginia

14 02 2014

Virginia’s ban on same-sex Marriage declared unconstitutional.   The judge’s ruling fails the test on whether it violates the Constitution of the United States, as his ruling is prima facie, on the “Declaration of Independence”, which while respected as a basis for the laws of our land, isn’t LAW itself.  Also, from looking there may be a conflict on Article 1 – Sections 1 and 15A of the Constitution of Virginia…

Article 1 Section 15-A. Marriage.

“That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.”

The amendment ratified November 7, 2006, and effective January 1, 2007—Added a new section (15-A).

Article 1 Section 1. Equality and rights of men.

“That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.”

This is problematic.  However, on the face, the district judge made a bad ruling.

Complaints get nobody anywhere, most of the time

7 11 2012

I can marvel at how my coworker manages to complain and he gets quite a bit accomplished when he does so, and yet I’ve learned over the years that complaints get me relatively unnoticed.

We could complain about how the American Public is uninformed or completely disinterested in Foreign Policy save for is it an American who won “American Idol”?

We could complain about how people need to give ALL people the choice for their religion and not declare Christianity a rogue cult once again.

We could complain about a good many things, but none of this will get us anywhere. The Social Mandate of the Democrat Party has, on its face, apparently won. There is room for a reversal, but for now, it is very disheartening.

We merely have to do what we can to ride out the next four years and pray we still have a nation worth saving when all is said and done.  We do get the government we deserve, but what of those who didn’t ask for this?

Okay, okay, I couldn’t get away without at least one complaint.

With the Upholding of Obamacare – I Ramble On

28 06 2012

This is a large (for me), rambling and relatively unedited piece.  You have been warned.

With the passage of Obamacare, the LARGEST stealth tax in the history of the nation according to Rush Limbaugh, we are crossing the Rubicon into the Abyss.  It leads Americans to become more aware of the political class of our nation.  Our politicians are spending the country into oblivion, but to those of us on the right, this isn’t news, but a re-statement of a sad fact.  And the Republicans, while not as guilty as Democrats, are also VERY liable in this.  This is something that needs to start at home, in the bedroom mirror.

The first step is to clean up our OWN lives.  Financially, Education, Physically, and most importantly, Spiritually.

People need to clean up their own finances, as normal in American life, according to Ramsey, is broke and in debt.  A system that my lovely wife and I are doing is Financial Peace University – the Dave Ramsey system.  Essentially, learning how to budget and going through seven “Baby Steps”, the third split in two parts.

As Dave mentions it, after taking care of Transportation, Shelter, Food, and Utilities, here they are:

1) Get $1000 in an Emergency Fund, only for use in an EMERGENCY (not pizza, china cabinet, etc).

2) Eliminate all debt except for Mortgage.

3a) Fill Emergency Fund with 3-6 months worth of EXPENSES.

3b) Start to save for down payment on a house, for those without one, after emergency fund is filled up.

The next three steps are to be done together.

4) Start to fill retirement accounts with 15% of your income.

5) College funds for the kids (not college LOANS – FUNDS).

6) Pay off the Mortgage EARLY.  No more than 15 years with a down payment of AT LEAST 20%.

Finally the last step:

7) Build wealth and GIVE.

Why give?  We are naturally a people that derive happiness from giving, and this is true of both liberal and conservative, granted whose money we give may be differentiating factor.  This is a method that is very Christian, but it should work for all faiths (and even the faithless if they keep up).

Physically, well it touches all of us, and granted, this is the one that I need more work on as well, so I won’t knock you down for having problems here.  Healthy people tend to spend less on health costs, and here is the one point the libs may have on us.  From what I learned, the most important thing is what you put in your mouth.  I’m not saying throw away cake, treats, pizza, candy… just don’t have it every day.  Small steps help, or the willingness to undergo a major life change.  I’ll start with the small steps.  Mild exercise, and I do mean MILD, is a good thing to help out as well.

Education.  That means reading, looking things up, getting involved, learning does NOT stop after school ends, in fact it’s only the beginning of a life long learning experience.  My wife, who has never really been a big reader has read two books this year.  One of them was non-fiction and I’m so proud of her for getting out of her comfort zone to do so.

Spiritually.  To those of you who are atheist or believe in nothing, you can stop reading, and not be offended, or continue reading and get a migraine from screaming at your machine, or be awakened.  I mean it.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Now, to those of you who have spiritual beliefs, are Christian (in whichever flavor or lack thereof),  Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist or whatever, you are already half-way there.  Rely on your beliefs, as they will be the Bedrock of your own transformation.  Resist the temptation of having the government transform you, or use it as a reason just to spite encroaching government into something they will not expect.

I’m not saying not to be angry, far from it, it’s only natural.  I’m angry about today, and when I’m angry, I can turn it into something, like writing constructively.  Turn the energy of your anger into something constructive, instead of turning it into Wrath.  Write, run, exercise hard, sing, whatever it is that churns away anger before it becomes a spiritual wound.  Don’t let anger fester.  Talk to your spouse, pastor, life partner, share your experience.  Hmm, need to work on that last part myself, but I’m slowly getting better at it.

Follow the advice of which you give… this last comment mostly aimed at myself.

Spread the good word, to those of your who are spiritual.  If someone doesn’t believe the way you do, invite them to your church, temple, don’t shove religion down their throat.  Be able to define your religion in simple terms.  For example, to be a Christian is to believe that God loves us so much that he gave Jesus Christ, our savior, to us.  Jesus, in living a sin free life, became a willing sacrifice as the price for the sins of humanity, To believe in him, and act as he did, is the way to a Christian life.

If you can define your religion in relatively simple terms, people can understand.  Is that all that Christianity is?  No.  Mostly?  It certainly is.  Will people resist?  Absolutely.  Just offer the invitation.  If they have questions you can’t answer (and they will), point them to your pastor, priest, cleric,  rabbi, etc. who will be able to answer their questions fully, unless you happen to be a scholar of said religion.

If enough people look within, the need for the beast that is Obamacare goes away.  If people desire freedom instead of a government that can take care of all our problems, and take away all that we have, we can get it.

And now the rambling really begins to take off:

Seek the truth.  Ignore the letters R and D when it comes to politicians, it’s starting to mean less and less every day.  Look at their records.  Don’t rely on the pundits (that includes the evening news and newspapers, who are co-conspirators in all of this).

Right wing does not always mean Republican.  It means adhering to the original beliefs of the Constitution and the rule of law.  Of being spiritual, and the belief that Government is a necessary evil, and never your friend.  If you don’t like the laws, go through the legislative process, and not legislation through the courts.

This is how I define the Dark Side.  Seduction of the easy path, that all of your cares will be taken care of, and that your worries will go away, thanks to a government who will nanny you from cradle to grave.  Abscond the dark seduction of the belief of Utopia with your eyes closed to the evils that are around you which keep such illusions in place.  Yes. Utopia is an illusion.  For some who prosper in this systems others, by definition MUST suffer.    Allowing anger to fester into wrath, lashing out with no regard to consequence.  To not know of love, nor believe in the human spirit.  To hate from differing beliefs instead of agreeing to disagree.

I can ramble on, but I think I’ve said enough for right now.  I should really follow my own advice.

UPDATE: Tags Added

As The Year comes to a Close

31 12 2011

And I battle the annual winter cough, my eternal nemesis a few last Quick Hits for 2011…

So many things have happened this year, and Skyrim is merely one of them.  Usama bin Laden, meeting his makers and his 72-year-old virgin, is top among them.

Many Democrats are retiring from Congress, as is being mentioned now on my friend’s radio show,DaTechGuy On DaRadio.  Barney Frank top among them in our state.

A major loss in very liberal, but brilliant men Steve Jobs of Apple and unapologetic atheist Chris Hitchens.  Another, more aesthetically pleasing loss in North Korean Evil Dictator, Kim Jong Il.

Occupods, the illegitimate children of Georgie Soros.  Make your own connections.

On a good note, I had no losses in my family this year.  Three from last year, was three too many.  Uncle Peter, Cousin Megan, and Mom, you are all greatly missed.

Mounting debt, and 1.2T more coming up for Obama’s foibles in the next couple of decades, ummm… years… no, wait… months.  Yeah, that’s it.

The Bruins win the 2011 Stanley Cup.  I should be rejoicing, being a fan of Boston’s sports, but for some reason it doesn’t excite me.

Diablo 3 and being selected for the Beta.  That excited me.  Looks to be good so far.

Elder Scrolls 5, Skyrim.  Only had it for a few days, but it looks good so far.  Still an amazing amount of content.

Peter’s show going to two hours.  And the upcoming new years festivities in Fitchburg and Tewksbury.

As Journey says in their song “Don’t stop Believing”, but prepared for the hard work to come!  Happy New Year!

Unhealthy Unions make an Angry Gamer

17 11 2011

Time for me to nitpick the post, where the IBEW Local 103 loses a contract to perform a $15 million dollar expansion to Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, MA.  Union losing a contract, that is enough to make me cheer, especially this group of lowlifes (my opinion).  The post was made a little more than a month ago.

“The international brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 103 (Local 103) is protesting the decision of Newburyport’s Anna Jaques Hospital to go with a non-union electrical contractor for its $15 million expansion.”

And there is much rejoicing.

“The campaign, ‘Anna Jaques Exposed,’ is flaring up controversy in Newburyport, an end nowhere in sight.”

“According to Local 103 business agent Louis Antonellis, the group will soon have a storefront downtown, to be used as a campaign base and to educate about the union’s chief issue. The fight is over healthcare, Antonellis says.”

*Slams head on desk*  There’s better office space for you.  In Lawrence.  I’m sure Willy Lantigua would love to have you.  To me, you’re an eyesore every time I go downtown.

“Many say the campaign is really a message to other local hospitals about the price their communities would pay if they do not select the union for a contract.”

“According to Antonellis, the term ‘extortion’ is inaccurate.”

I would disagree, as would a lot of the signs I see around town saying “I support Anna Jacques Hospital”, vs the total absence of “Anna Jacques Exposed” and the sole banner of “Unhealthy Hospitals” held in Market Square.  This is coincidental evidence that people are getting tired of you.  I certainly am.

“The union’s website says that ‘Over the last 25 years, political power has shifted dramatically to corporate and wealthy special interests and away from working families,’ and that corporate greed has undone 60 years of progress.”

Agreed on Corporate Greed, but sadly, Unions have become just as greedy, and in some cases, a lot nastier.  There is no evidence of violent behavior, there is evidence of people complaining about union sign holders shouting obscenities at people who disagree, even in the presence of young children.

“While there is little public evidence of community support for the “Exposed” campaign, Antonellis says, ‘when [people] take the time to listen, they are appalled by the hospital’s decision.’”

If there is little public evidence of community support, they may have more information than you think.  This is NOT a stupid community no matter what you think.  And if a fairly liberal community like Newburyport doesn’t approve of your actions, you have little leg to stand on.

This is my opinion on the matter.

Quick Hits

16 11 2011

Too much to go over, too little time.  Here’s a quick hit post.

Hoping to set up a youtube feature in the next month or so, this is likely around gaming lines with political talk.  Already have an idea of how to do it, but I’m keeping everything under wraps for now.

Herman Cain – In a nutshell, I like Cain, I like his ideas.  The videos via Michelle Malkin made me cringe.  I’d like him to win, but it’s getting more and more unlikely.  Not sure what role he could fill with the eventual winner.

Newt Gingrich – Damaged goods (some deservedly, mostly damaged through lies), but may have the best shot with Cain losing the spotlight.  Likely the best debater left on the stage.

Michelle Bachmann – Still like her, but she has become largely irrelevant in the primary scene.

Jon Huntsman – Moderate, almost RINO.  Nice enough guy, but he needs to exit stage left.

Rick Perry – Some recovery, but too little too late.  Money may keep him in longer than he deserves.

Mitt Romney – If he does win, hopefully animus for Obama will trump discontent for a Romney Nomination.  Still some major concerns here.

Rick Santorum – A shame he doesn’t have a bigger campaign.  Probably would have been the best of the bunch.

All of the Above – Still time for things to change.  The Iowa Caucus and New Hampshire Primaries will start to thin the bunch out.  Start with Huntsman, please.

The Radio Bash at Leominster Bar and Grill – Saturday November 19th, starting at 1:00PM.  Be there!  You’ll see me there!  Should be enough people there so you can avoid me if need be!  And there’ll be pie, no cake, but pie, and other appetizers.  The cost of your meal is the only cost of admission.

Something to think about in the Default Debate

26 07 2011
I got this from the Radio, probably from Hannity or Limbaugh, but it makes sense.  You can confiscate (tax 100% of) the money of all millionaires and billionaires in this country and how much will it generate? Less than $1 trillion. When we have debt over $14 trillion, it’s a symbolic but meaningless gesture in the long run, which may make people feel good, but devastates our anemic economy. I understand your frustration, but killing the golden goose doesn’t do us any good. Regulations that make it nearly impossible to pay a competitive wage without bankrupting business owners (especially small business) makes it hard as well.

This is not an easy thing to solve, regardless of what some politicians tell you. Trying to share in the sacrifice while our economy is weak may be enough to put many businesses over the edge. We need something to spark our economy, not kill it.

As for big government politicians ruining the economy, regardless of party, oh yeah… pet projects need to go… NOW, if not sooner!  The fact that threats are being made against Social Security and Veterans, is political thuggery at it’s worst.

The President’s First Ad of 2012

9 04 2011

We have it here! Enjoy!  Thanks to NH State Rep Jason Antosz for the link!

As the Government is Shut Down… Come Again… Compromise?

9 04 2011

Looks like “hemming and hawing” from one party will work… in making a total mess of things.  As I remember correctly the Democrats were willing for $33 Billion in cuts.  The original Republican bill looked for $66 Billion in cuts.  And the continuing resolution until September gets us to… $38 Billion in cuts.

WOW!  What a compromise.  *sigh*

The Dems get just about everything they want, while fiscal conservatives get… almost nothing.  At least at first glance.  Hopefully we’ll get more details in the next few days, but as of this moment today, I am with Robert Stacy McCain in the “Unimpressed” and “Deeply Disappointed” column.  “Compassionate Conservatism” is the problem here, we’re going too far into Compassion and not into Conservatism.  What we need is a lot more “Passionate Conservatism”, which is what we had during the elections. Oh how quickly such passion has been forgotten.

These lyrics have a lot of meaning to me as I think they are the lyrics for the Democrat Party, from the Nickelback song, “Burn it to the Ground”.

We’re going off tonight to kick out every light,

Take anything we want, drink anything in sight!

We’re going till the world stops turning while we burn it to the ground tonight.


Okay, perhaps I might have been a tad pessimistic about things, and my math may have been a bit off.  Looks like the Dems only had $6 Billion or so in original cuts.  However, my comments on the Democrat Political Party stands, particularly those lyrics.

Glenn Beck Live with “Broke”

4 12 2010

While I wasn’t necessarily in Pennsylvania while Glenn did his live stage show loosely based on his new book “Broke”, I did see it in Regal Cinema 15 in Newington, NH near the Fox Run Mall.  The show was indeed in my opinion, worthwhile.  While nothing really new came out of the show if anyone ever watched his TV show or listened to his Radio show regularly, it was funny to see him on stage.  He does indeed mix enlightenment and entertainment rather well.

He does lay most of everything out in the open, including not to trust his word alone, to do your own research.  His solution on getting back to self-reliance,  a worship in God (or at least something greater than yourself other than man), and trusting in the words of the founders.  Nothing new, but his message is rather brilliantly sent.  A simple message, but if it works, why mess with it?  One of my favorite points was how he transposed China’s “new” government of “State Capitalism” was found out to be a rehashed message of “National Socialism”.

“Broke” just went onto my Christmas List.

Enjoyable, and the first time I’ve ever taken advantage of Phantom Events.  I may do so again in the future.  $20 to see most events anywhere in the nation per ticket isn’t that bad of a price, if you don’t go overboard on theater concessions.