Mar
26
2015
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The Swamp #24

The #Cruz2016 Revolution Has Begun!

The Swamp #24: #Election2016, #WarOnBacon, #VAScandal, @JazzShaw Guest!

This week me and Tex talk about the upcoming 2016 Elections. I point out that a Republican is going to win the Presidental Republican primary. If your guy doesn’t win, there has to be other local elections in which you can support. Then Tex goes off about the current state of Bacon. I point him towards pre-cooked Bacon* which, while admittedly smaller, is already cooked and thus leaner.

Then I get Jazz Shaw of Hotair.com on the show to talk about the Veterans Affairs Scandal. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

What would Walker vs. Clinton be like? by Jennifer Rubin

In Defense Of Scott Walker by DrewM

The Weed Agency: A Comic Tale Of Federal Bureaucracy Without Limits by Jim Geraghty

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
24
2015
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#WarOnUnborn: @PersonhoodCO And The #Personhood Movement Needs To Renew Efforts

Horrible:

LONGMONT (KRON) — Police in Colorado have arrested a 34-year-old woman they say stabbed a pregnant woman in the stomach then removed the fetus from her womb. …

The baby did not survive.

Terrible:

The victim, 26, is expected to recover. However, she was seven months pregnant and the baby did not survive. Under Colorado law, homicide charges in the baby’s death are very unlikely. …

Just five months ago, Colorado voters turned down an opportunity to change that law. Amendment 67 (aka: The Brady Amendment) would have redefined the definitions of “person” and “child” in the state’s constitution to include unborn fetuses. The amendment was backed by pro-life organizations.

A young woman who just wanted to start a family, will never see justice for the life that was ripped from her body and murdered. I am beyond words. My heart is crying for this woman. I will be praying for Michelle Wilkins’ recovery and that Baby Wilkins is being cared for by the best Angels in Heaven.

In the video where I first heard this news, I noted that I was just as outraged that Colorado is still backward and barbaric enough to think that 7-month unborn child is just a clump of cells. Someone responded:

“I dont think anyone anywhere ever would say 7 months is a clump of cells,thats just stupid.But hey your religious so I suppose its to be expected.”

I respond thus:

“It’s not religious, it’s science! An unborn child’s heartbeat is detected after only 18 days! Riddle me this: If you are pronounced dead if our heart stops, why aren’t we pronounced alive when our heart starts?”

As of this writing, I haven’t heard back from them. This is how you beat back these blood thirsty motherfuckers, throw facts in their faces. I am done playing paddy cake with these awful people. Time to start beating them over the head with their own game. Here are some more facts for those pro-abortion people:

  • 18 Days: A heartbeat is detected.
  • 42 Days: Brain waves detected.
  • 52 Days: Hiccups and yawns.
  • 8 Weeks: All organs are functioning.
  • 9 Weeks: Fingerprints develop.
  • 10 Weeks: Can feel pain.
  • 12 Weeks: Can smile.

There you go, Personhood Colorado. Personhood USA is all over this story and so should you! Personhood movements everywhere need to renew their efforts. I don’t have any money, but I will contact Personhood Florida and see what I can do to help after I finish this article.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Written by BigGator5 in: Politics | Tags: , , , ,
Mar
23
2015
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About #TheLeviathan #ProofOfConcept Teaser Video

I agree with my buddy Moe Lane here, this looks watchable:

…If you are a brain-dead zombie, that is. I have to say before I get my rant on, that the special effects are breathtaking. The sounds also makes this epic in scope. However the text at the beginning just ruins everything else to follow.

First Problem: This movie is set about a hundred years from now. This might not be much of a problem, except we see huge space ships and being told we are going to many different planets. My suspension of disbelief is already gone. Once anyone can’t suspend their disbelief, then you completely lost them. Dune and the Halo series each had the right idea of taking place far into the future.

Second Problem: The only substance that allows FTL travel is by harvesting “space whales” eggs? In just a hundred years time, we spread to other planets AND THEN discover FTL travel with these eggs? Really? That’s dumb on the surface. And unless I am missing something here, they don’t look like they are hunting/looking for eggs. I also get the impression we are going to get hit over the head with the heavy-handed “these space whales are now endangered” story. Kill me now!

Third Problem: Forced Slave Labor, eh? It is like man is going backwards, in only a hundred years! Let me guess, it is the corporations who use these poor unfortunate souls. Red Letter Media did a review of Avatar and explained the one-dimensional villains who will likely appear in this movie:

Unoriginal. Uninspiring. Boring.

This is just a proof of concept for The Leviathan, so it might never get made[*]. However if it made and things don’t change, I am taking a pass.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Written by BigGator5 in: Personal, Politics | Tags: , , , ,
Mar
19
2015
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The Swamp #23

Viva La Revolucion, El Pendejos!

The Swamp #23: #Venezuela, #Ukraine, #Iran, @NoahCRothman Guest!

Today The Swamp takes a look outside the United States and what going on at three locations. First Gator talks about the failed state of Venezuela and how socialism brought down that once great nation. Then Tex shares his views on the Ukraine/Russia conflict.

Last, but not least, we have Noah C Rothman from HotAir.com on to give us the history of US-Iran relations and the current details surrounding the bad Iran Deal. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

None for this week.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Written by BigGator5 in: Politics | Tags: , , , , , , ,
Mar
12
2015
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The Swamp #22

Transparency is just a word these days.

The Swamp #22: #Transparency, #GamerGate, #NotYourShield, #SJW, #SJWLogic, @PJBissett Guest!

Today me and Tex host P.J. Bissett of the Daily Caller, where we first talk about the growing transparency scandal here in the United States.

Next we take our transparency debate over to #GamerGate and #NotYourShield, and how game consumers are reshaping the debate about ethics in (game) journalism. We don’t get to everything, but we hit on the major points and hopefully we will get PJ back as soon as possible. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

Timely New Audit Dings State Departments Email Archiving Practices by Chuck Ross

Mundane Matt (Makes regular videos on news, culture, games, and is a huge #GamerGate supporter/defender)

Well, see ya’ later!
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Written by BigGator5 in: Politics | Tags: , , , , ,
Mar
09
2015
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Restore #Federalism: Why The #17thAmendment Needs To Be Repealed

To start out with, I thought we would all like a review of the Seventeenth Amendment to the United States Constitution:

The Seventeenth Amendment of the United States Constitution amends Article 1 Section 3 of the Constitution to provide for the direct election of Senators by the people of a state rather than their election or appointment by a state legislature. It states:

The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.

When vacancies happen in the representation of any State in the Senate, the executive authority of such State shall issue writs of election to fill such vacancies: Provided, That the legislature of any State may empower the executive thereof to make temporary appointments until the people fill the vacancies by election as the legislature may direct.

This amendment shall not be so construed as to affect the election or term of any Senator chosen before it becomes valid as part of the Constitution.

Bicameralism

I have always been a big supporter of State powers over Federal powers. I have also said over and over, if there is ever going to be a rebellion against a corrupt Federal Government/President, it will come from the States and not individuals (like the Civil War: even through the States rebelling were wrong, it corrected the injustice of slavery). To this end, I think there is a gross inbalance power between state and federal government. I have name this inbalance The Seventeenth Amendment.

I’m sorry to put this to you people, but we are not a pure democracy or, at the very least, the Framers thought we should be a confederated republic. A shared power between State and Federal government, and if you look closely at the original wording of the Constitution, the only people directly elected to the Federal Government was the House of Representatives. Why was this done? To deny special interests:

“In republican government, the legislative authority, necessarily predominate. The remedy for this inconveniency is, to divide the legislature into different branches; and to render them by different modes of election, and different principles of action, as little connected with each other, as the nature of their common functions and their common dependencies on the society, will admit.” ~James Madison, Federalist No 51

Unsurprisingly, the Revolutionaries were not very impressed with most aspects of the British model of government. They rejected parliamentary government, with its king or queen and three estates of the realm (lords spiritual, lords temporal, and the commons).

But one feature of the British system, the Framers did borrow. That was bicameralism – a word coined by Brit Jeremy Bentham to describe the division of the legislature into two chambers (or, in Latin, camera).

The British Parliament had its House of Lords as the upper chamber and the House of Commons as the lower chamber. Citizens selected members of the House of Commons. The members of the House of Lords, in contrast, were those who had been titled by a king or queen (lords temporal) and the archbishops and bishops of the Church of England (lords spiritual).

Loosely basing our bicameral legislature on this model (minus the lords, both temporal and spiritual), the Framers created the House of Representatives as the lower chamber, whose members would be selected directly by the people. And with almost unanimous agreement, they determined that members of the upper chamber, the Senate, would be selected by not directly, but by the legislatures of the states. Each state would have two Senators, while Representatives would be apportioned based on population.
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Repeal of the amendment would restore both federalism and bicameralism. It would also have a dramatic and positive effect on campaign spending. Senate races are currently among the most expensive. But if state legislatures were the focus of campaigns, more candidates might get more access with less money – decidedly a good thing.

Returning selection of Senators to state legislatures might be a cause that could attract both modern progressive and conservatives. For conservatives, obviously, it would be a return to the system envisioned by the Framers. For progressives – who now must appreciate that direct elections have only enhanced the ability of special interests to influence the process – returning to the diffusion of power inherent in federalism and bicameralism may seem an attractive alternative, or complement, to campaign finance reform. [1]

Today, state governments are nothing more than glorified lobbying groups trying to get any scraps of power and money from the federal government. Sure we should have a strong central government, but power should come from the bottom up and not the other way around. Senators are elected, sorry, chosen with a popularity contest every six years at a time and not accountable to anyone. The Average Joe doesn’t know what their Senators are doing in those six years. I bet you anything that a person will be elected to the US Senate no more than three times if the 17th Amendment is repealed.

You ever watch C-SPAN and see some poor sap get grilled by US Senators? What is good for the goose, is good for the gander. I would love to see them grilled for their actives and laws that they voted for/against. State legislatures are more equipped to hold them more accountable than we will ever have (think about the $700 Billion Crap Sandwich). State elections will also become more important than they are today.

Zell Miller (D) once said that the 17th Amendment has “allowed Washington’s special interests to call the shots, whether it is filling judicial vacancies, passing laws, or issuing regulations.” If we are really serious about reforming government, let us start with the US Senate. Nowadays, more lobbyist money is spent on the US Senate than any body of government. It is way too easy to focus on corrupting just 100 people. You would need billions to corrupt 50 full state legislatures. Senators also will not need those millions just to get elected/re-elected.

After Repeal

Even if the 17th Amendment is repealed, we don’t HAVE to have state legislatures directly choose the US Senators. A couple of states had the population directly elect the US Senators before the 17th Amendment* went into effect. But let’s look at the different ways US Sentors can be choosen if the 17th is repealed:

State Legislature Elect

Simple and stright forward. For added extra fun, political parties can still nominate candidates (so that the public can give some measure of impute).

The biggest problem would be filibusters. But honestly, that can be bypassed by forcing majority up or down vote requirement in their state constitution**.

This will make state legislature elections much more important.

Governor Nominates, Higher Chamber Confirms

This works pretty good at the federal cabinet. Governor nominates and the higher of the two chambers confirm. For added extra fun, the governor would have to nominate two people and the legislatures chooses from the two.

Drawback again would be a filibuster. Again, can be cured by forcing majority up or down vote requirement in their state constitution**.

This will make the governor and state legislature elections much more important than they are now, because they now both effect the federal govenment.

Electoral College

Have a general vote like we do now, but then have the upper chamber of the state legislature vote based on how their district voted. For added extra fun, have both chambers vote according to how their district voted.

Not much drawback, unless you make the candidate get a majority like the federal electoral college.

This gives the public some measure of control in choosing the US Senate, while involving the state legislature.

General Election

General Primary, General Election, nothing changes. For added extra fun, force state campaign finance laws instead of federal laws.

No real drawbacks.

No real power given to state government, except they and the people (not the federal government) choose how they will elect US Senators.

Conclusion

We have tried direct election of US Senators and it has gotten us more corruption at the federal government level. It is a bad idea and needs to be undone.

Repealing the 17th Amendment would do three things for us: (1) give more accountability to the US Senate, (2) give more power to the states, and (3) reform campaign finance.

There also other ways to choose US Senators, even if the 17th Amendment is repealed. As long as the ulitmate method is choosen by the state legislature.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
07
2015
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Outrageous: @SenatorMenendez’s #PoliticalProsecution Well Underway

I’m brimming with so much outage and anger right now, it’s not even funny:

The Justice Department is preparing to bring criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, alleging he used his Senate office to push the business interests of a Democratic donor and friend in exchange for gifts.

People briefed on the case say Attorney General Eric Holder has signed off on prosecutors’ request to proceed with charges, CNN has learned exclusively. An announcement could come within weeks. Prosecutors are under pressure in part because of the statute of limitation on some of the allegations.

And we all know why:

Senator Menendez gives legitimate and bipartisan opposition to President Obama’s “Peace With Dangerous Iranian And Cuban Thugs” policy. We on the right turned these allegations upside-down and inside-out and only now, after two long years, does the Justice Department bring criminal corruption charges? I might not agree with Senator Menendez on a lot of issues, but the timing on this just stinks to high heaven. This has all the hullmarks of a political prosecution to silent a political opponent.

I am going to break with my conservative brothers and sisters, and side with Senator Menendez here. I rather beat him at the ballot box than use trumped-up corruption charges to force him to resign.

Well, see ya’ later!
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Mar
05
2015
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The Swamp #21

Net Neutrality Approved!

The Swamp #21: #Amnesty, #NetNeutrality, #Marijuana, @DrJSpencer Guest!

Yay! 21! This podcast is now of legal drinking age! Although, not too much now! And to help start things off, we have a new co-host in the leg chair, Texas Transplant! I meet him in the FTR Radio chat room and he was interested in doing a radio show or podcast. So I invited him on as my co-host to see how he might like it. Yes ladies, he is single, so gobble him up quick!

Today we talk about Amnesty with a little update on current events. Then we talk about the dangers of Net Neutrality. Then Dr. Jessica Spencer returns to the podcast to give up an update on the health risks of Marijuana. But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

7 Reasons Net Neutrality Is a Threat to Your Freedom by Nick Sanchez

SB 528: Medical Use of Marijuana

Well, see ya’ later!
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Written by BigGator5 in: Politics | Tags: , , , ,
Mar
05
2015
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#Election2016 #LakeCountyFL: I Support Margie Eaton

In 2012, I ran for the public office of Lake County (FL) Supervisor Of Elections. I have prayed these last few months and I have chose not to run this year. There are serveral reasons, mainly I want to bring electronic voting machines to Lake County. However the people (including all of Florida) don’t want to give up paper ballots right now. Fair enough.

I have learned that Margie Eaton has filed paper work to restart her campaign. I got to know Margie Eaton four years ago when she also ran and while she doesn’t share my vision on electronic voting machines*, we agreed on almost everything else. She is conservative and wants to be the most dedicated Supervisor Of Elections, Lake County has ever seen. Margie is forward thinking, but will follow the law and has an ear to the people.

For those reasons and much more, I personally support Margie Eaton for Lake County Supervisor Of Elections. If you voted for me four years ago, I highly recommend you vote for her too. If Eaton needs me, I will help campaign for her at any time.

May God Bless Margie Eaton, Lake County (FL), and the United States of America!

Well, see ya’ later!
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Feb
26
2015
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The Swamp #20

Walker Derangement Syndrome free (for now).

The Swamp #20: #NationalSecurity, #WalkerDerangementSyndrome, #ExecutiveAmnesty, @SooperMexican Guest!

My Brother From Another Mother, SooperMexican, joins me to about everything from National Security, Scott Walker, Exective Amnesty, and everything inbetween. You can catch Sooper’s show on FTR Radio at 10PM Thursdays! Listen to his show or you’re racist (j/k)! But before you listen, check out my Patreon Page!

Reads:

Obama ASSURES ILLEGALS That ICE Officers Will Face Consequences For Ignoring New Amnesty Directive

Listen:

SooperPodcast #124!! CRomnibus ATTACKS!!

Well, see ya’ later!
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