They’re coming baaack!!

Or they will be next Fall. The Celtic Woman group is returning to Kansas City on October 22, 2015 playing in the Music Hall. Tickets are, supposedly, available for purchase now. If I understood the ad correctly last night, the price per ticket is in $100 range.

I’ve never seen Celtic Woman in person. I would certainly like to see them. At those prices, however…


Celtic Woman

If I can’t see them with my own Mk I eyeballs, I’ll have to be satisfied with these You Tube videos.

Máiréad Nesbitt is the group’s violin soloist. Not only is she a magnificent violinists, she dances while playing. Usually she and the others wear shoes with 2″ heels. From time to time, Máiréad dances barefoot. “The shoes hurt,” she said in one interview. Isacc Perlman, eat your heart out!

Máiréad Nesbitt is the only Celtic Woman member who has stayed with the group throughout its history. She was originally intended to be just a soloist. Instead, she’s become the core holding the group together.

The members of the group is fluid. They come and go. Lisa Kelly was one of my favorites. She left the group some years ago and now teaches in Georgia near Atlanta.

Another of the original singers who has gone is Méav Ní Mhaolchatha. She appears in the video below.

Cloe Agnew left the group and returned. She’s one member who has been with the group almost from the beginning.

Finally, there’s Orla Fallon, the dark-haired one.

If you’re a Celtic Woman fan like me, here’s a present for today…the hour and a half video of their concert in Dublin, Ireland.

Another Pass

I am still not sick. I may have the symptoms of being sick, but I’m not sick.

Today’s post will be short. I saw something today, that I’ve not seen in a long, long time. An editorial in the New York Slimes that was pro-conservative. It was a guest editorial, of course.

John Boehner’s Betrayal

Op-Ed Contributor


WOODSTOCK, Ga. — THERE’S a political axiom that says if nobody is upset with what you’re doing, you’re not doing your job. We’ve seen this proved time and again in the liberal attacks on conservatives like Sarah Palin and Dr. Benjamin Carson, who provide principled examples to women and minorities and are savaged by the left for doing that job so well.

But cheap-shot politics isn’t relegated to Democrats. Last week the House speaker, John A. Boehner of Ohio, attacked conservative groups who criticized the budget deal, hashed out by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin, and Senator Patty Murray, Democrat of Washington, for failing to reduce spending and for raising taxes.

“They’re using our members and they’re using the American people for their own goals,” he said, calling the opposition “ridiculous.”

In one way, Mr. Boehner is correct. The goals of groups like ours are those that congressional Republicans once espoused: smaller government, less spending and lower taxes. Alas, those who demand such things today from their elected officials face unfounded attacks.

Make no mistake: The deal is a betrayal of the conservatives who fueled the Republicans’ 2010 midterm shellacking of Democrats.

It raises discretionary spending above $1 trillion for 2014 and 2015. It reneges on $63 billion of sequester cuts. Its $28 billion in deficit reduction over the next decade is a pittance compared with the $680 billion deficit piled up in 2013 alone. And it raises taxes, particularly on airplane passengers through new travel fees.

Perhaps most troubling is that the deal locks in spending for President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, ensuring that the worst parts of Obamacare will continue unfolding to the shock of increasing numbers of Americans.

But the budget plan is about more than taxes and spending. It was a slick means by which Senate Republicans could appear to oppose the deal while in fact allowing it to sail through the chamber.

Take Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, the minority leader, who opposed efforts to defund Obamacare earlier this year while claiming to do everything possible to stop it.

After attacking conservative groups for their efforts to prevent the funding of Obamacare, Mr. McConnell, who is facing a primary challenge in his 2014 re-election race, is now seeking to portray himself as a conservative darling, championing fiscal austerity by voicing opposition to the budget proposal. (My organization has not endorsed a candidate in that race.) Doing so gives him some nifty talking points that align with most conservative groups, but it is little more than parliamentary sleight of hand.

Consider how he handled the vote on the bill. To defeat a filibuster, its supporters needed 60 senators to win cloture and move to a final vote. Instead of rallying his troops against the vote, Mr. McConnell allowed a handful of Republicans in battleground states — who needed to be seen as supporting the bill — to vote for cloture, while he and the rest railed against it, casting themselves in the role of budget hawks.

The second half of the column can be read HERE.

In short, it was all Smoke and Mirrors, a ploy to give some RINOs in battleground states, the appearance of being fiscally conservative.


Continuing the theme of this week, here is the Celtic Woman with another Christmas video.

Pass, for today.

I am not sick. On the other hand, I’m not completely up to par. Today will be a continuation of Celtic Woman Christmas videos. This particular video is a twofer—a solo at the begining, and the entire group in the second half.

Please, enjoy.



Missouri, Redux

Missouri passed a bill last year that provided statutes to support the US 2nd Amendment. In that bill, was provisions to criminalize federal enforcement of laws deemed unconstitutional. It passed both Houses of the Legislature. The Governor vetoed the bill and the veto was sustained by one vote.

That vote occurred in September. A new legislative session begins next month and bills are being pre-filled already. One of those bills is a new version of the bill above, hence, the title, Missouri, Redux.

Missouri bill would nullify all federal gun laws, ‘past, present or future’

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 – A View from the Tenth by Michael Boldin

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo., December 17, 2013 —  In Missouri, legislation has been introduced to nullify every federal gun control measure on the books, “whether past, present or future.”

The 2nd Amendment Preservation Act, introduced as Senate Bill 613 (SB613) for the 2014 legislative session by Sen. Brian Nieves, follows on the heels of a failed effort to do the same in 2013.

A similar bill passed both Missouri houses by a large margin earlier this year, but after a veto by Governor Jay Nixon, an override effort failed by one vote.

According to Ron Calzone of Missouri First, Senate President pro tem Tom Dempsey and majority floor leader Ron Richard have both given assurances that the new bill will be fast-tracked in 2014, even though they both sided with Nixon and voted to kill the bill this year. Their greatest concerns have been addressed in the latest version of the bill, according to Calzone.

The bill states, in part:

All federal acts, laws, executive orders, administrative orders, court orders, rules, and regulations, whether past, present, or future, which infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States I, Section 23 of the Missouri Constitution shall be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, shall be specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state.

The legislation bans all state employees from enforcing any federal acts which run counter to the act. Including this provision “follows the advice of James Madison,” said Mike Maharrey, national communications director for the Tenth Amendment Center.

“By ordering a complete stand-down on all federal gun control measures, all of them, enforcement falls back to the federal government. This is exactly what James Madison advised states to do in Federalist #46. He called it ‘a refusal to cooperate with officers of the Union.’”

Earlier this year on the Fox Business Channel, Judge Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst, suggested that a single state taking such an action would make federal gun laws “nearly impossible to enforce.”

In what many legal experts consider a controversial move, the legislation also includes criminal charges for any federal agent who violates the state law. State and local law enforcement are given “discretionary power” in the bill to determine whether or not such charges will actually be made. Inside sources say that this was done to alleviate concerns from Missouri Law Enforcement organizations who actively lobbied against the effort in 2013, citing a requirement to arrest “federal law enforcement partners in the field” as a primary concern. Maharrey said that while he isn’t counting on the legal community or federal courts to uphold this particular provision, he isn’t concerned about this part of the bill, modeled after the Tenth Amendment Center’s 2nd Amendment Preservation Act.

“First of all, every bill in Missouri is severable. That means if a court finds part of it unconstitutional, the rest remains. And the main provision calling on the entire state to stop enforcing federal gun control measures is on strong legal ground with Court precedent going from 1842 to 2012. States simply are not required to help the feds violate your rights. And the feds don’t have the manpower to do it themselves.”

Rep. Doug Funderburk, R-St. Charles, is expected to file an identical bill in the state house in the coming days.


McConnell’s attacks against the Tea Party is growing fruit—for the democrats. McConnell’s favorability numbers in Kentucky match that of Obama’s—“with 31 percent approving of his job performance and 61 percent disapproving of his performance.”

more from Keith BrekhusTuesday, December, 17th, 2013, 3:42 pm,

A Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey conducted from December 12th through December 15th, brings more bad news for the Mitch McConnell camp. The poll finds that Mitch McConnell is despised by Kentucky voters, with 31 percent approving of his job performance and 61 percent disapproving of his performance. The survey found that Mitch McConnell has become almost as unpopular as Barack Obama in the deep red state. Obama sports an identical 31 percent approval rating, while 64 percent of Kentucky voters disapprove of how Obama is handling the presidency. Even Kentucky’s favorable Republican tilt may not be enough to save the Senate Minority Leader come next November. Although Kentucky went handily Republican in 2012, choosing Mitt Romney by a whopping 61-38 percent margin over Barack Obama, Mitch McConnell is unable to shake his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

The Senate race is a toss up with McConnell clinging to an uninspiring 43-42 lead over Grimes. Perhaps even more embarrassing for the Senator, he does no better against Grimes than does his Tea Party challenger in the GOP, businessman Matt Bevin. Bevin also leads Grimes by a mere point, 39-38 percent. Mitch McConnell can no longer credibly describe himself as more electable than Bevin. While Bevin’s 13-23 favorability rating is under water, it is not nearly as awful as McConnell’s dreadful 31-61 approval spread. In addition, many voters have no opinion of Bevin yet, so he has more room to grow in popularity. McConnell, on the other hand is well known, and Kentucky voters do not like what they see.

Grimes’ favorability numbers are closer to even, with 31 percent of voters having a favorable opinion of her compared to 37 percent with an unfavorable opinion and another 32 percent unsure. Like Bevin, she has room to grow in popularity. With under a third of the Kentucky electorate approving of Mitch McConnell’s job performance, the Senator’s political future is very cloudy. Over 3/5ths of Kentucky voters are not happy with McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes offers them a credible Democratic alternative.

Compounding McConnell’s difficulties, he must also survive a GOP primary versus Matt Bevin, just to have an opportunity to face Grimes in the general election. While McConnell is expected to win the Republican primary, he does enjoy only 47 percent approval within his own party in Kentucky, so he certainly cannot take that primary race for granted. After serving nearly three decades in the US Senate, Mitch McConnell  has given the voters in Kentucky plenty of time to evaluate his performance. The voters have seen enough and in 2014 they may force him out in either the primary or the general election.

The ‘Pubbies assume that the Obamacare debacle will bring ‘Pub victories in 2014. This is reminder that those assumptions aren’t necessarily true.


In closing, here’s another video from Celtic Woman.