Archive for August, 2009
Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2009
Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2009
From a genius over at David Frum’s Noo Wanna-Be Majority Hawtness.
When I talk to old timers from the Reagan years, many express the same concerns I have. But they all work for Republican-oriented think tanks like AEI and Hoover and don’t wish to be fired like I was from NCPA . Or they just don’t want to be bothered or lose friends. As a free agent I am able to say what they can’t or won’t say publicly.
I think the Republican Party is in the same boat the Democrats were in in the early eighties — dominated by extremists unable to see how badly their party was alienating moderates and independents. The party’s adults formed the Democratic Leadership Council to push the party back to the center and it was very successful. But there is no group like that for Republicans. That has left lunatics like Glenn Beck as the party’s de facto leaders. As long as that remains the case, I want nothing to do with the GOP.
Let’s take this apart. If Bruce ‘Who?’ Bartlett thinks Glenn Beck is the leader of anything except a popular talk show on Fox, Bartlett needs to get his head examined. Beck employs a very heavy shtick; it can be entertaining, it can be illuminating and it can be annoying. Last I heard, the Beckster wasn’t organizing a Senate filibuster with Mitch McConnell or proposing legislation on the floor of the House.
To the extent Beck does have power in the party, it is the mild power to energize certain strains of the conservative movement. This is not unique to Beck though. Numerous people in the GOP/conservative sphere have this power to a greater or lesser degree then Glenn Beck. Pointing out Beck is just a line of demarcation for Bartlett: “I’m not that kind of right-winger”.
Bartlett then points out the alleged successes of the Democratic Leadership Council, an organization supposedly run by the mature level-headed types that reigned in the excesses of the Donkey-Puncher Party. Yeah, how did that work out? Besides Barack Obama, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, Charlie Rangel and John Conyers there are no super-leftoids in positions of leadership in the modern Democrat Party. The DLC really kicked George Soros’ right out on his crusty old ass didn’t they?
Besides the intellectual ball-massaging he gives himself-I’m Bruce Bartlett, fearless truth teller!-what else is the point of this piece?
I will know that the party is on the path to recovery when someone in a position of influence reaches out to former Republicans like me.
I was wrong. There is no point to this piece besides ideological self-love. You can summarize Bartlett’s point like so-“When the GOP looks, talks and thinks like me, then they’ll be cool enough to hang out in my tree fort and play with my awesome Bakugan collection.”
I sorta understand why Bartlett talks like he does. He was seriously put off by Dubya Bush’s profligate spending and lack of conservative economic policies. I agree that Bush was not nearly as good as he could’ve been on the growth of government. He was in fact pretty awful.
The problem is that Bush ran in 2000 and 2004 as a moderate on spending. I think a lot of conservatives-myself included-thought this was just G-Dub’s campaign rhetoric and that he would drift rightward after the elections. Instead, Bush had the temerity to believe in what he said and try to enact it.
Bartlett is still butt-sore over thinking Bush was something he kept saying he wasn’t-a fiscal tightwad. He needs to get the hell over it. Bartlett is a smart dude, but he’s not so important that every Republican with presidential aspirations needs to get the Cousin Brucie seal of approval.
And, lets run through this one more time: John McLame was the most socially moderate, least Christiany of the 2008 GOP presidential crop. The only times the GOP base was even sorta energized was after the Saddleback debate and in the afterglow of the Palin announcement. John McCain promptly got annihilated by Barack Obama.
Try again, Bruce Bartlett.
Posted by KingShamus on August 30, 2009
Check it out, ya’all.
After enduring the CIA’s harshest interrogation methods and spending more than a year in the agency’s secret prisons, Khalid Sheik Mohammed stood before U.S. intelligence officers in a makeshift lecture hall, leading what they called “terrorist tutorials.”
In 2005 and 2006, the bearded, pudgy man who calls himself the mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks discussed a wide variety of subjects, including Greek philosophy and al-Qaeda dogma. In one instance, he scolded a listener for poor note-taking and his inability to recall details of an earlier lecture.
Speaking in English, Mohammed “seemed to relish the opportunity, sometimes for hours on end, to discuss the inner workings of al-Qaeda and the group’s plans, ideology and operatives,” said one of two sources who described the sessions, speaking on the condition of anonymity because much information about detainee confinement remains classified. “He’d even use a chalkboard at times.”
…”KSM, an accomplished resistor, provided only a few intelligence reports prior to the use of the waterboard, and analysis of that information revealed that much of it was outdated, inaccurate or incomplete,” according to newly unclassified portions of a 2004 reportby the CIA’s then-inspector general released Monday by the Justice Department.
The debate over the effectiveness of subjecting detainees to psychological and physical pressure is in some ways irresolvable, because it is impossible to know whether less coercive methods would have achieved the same result. But for defenders of waterboarding, the evidence is clear: Mohammed cooperated, and to an extraordinary extent, only when his spirit was broken in the month after his capture March 1, 2003, as the inspector general’s report and other documents released this week indicate.
Over a few weeks, he was subjected to an escalating series of coercive methods, culminating in 7 1/2 days of sleep deprivation, while diapered and shackled, and 183 instances of waterboarding. After the month-long torment, he was never waterboarded again.
Countless lives-Thousand? Tens of thousands?-were saved by the harsh interrogation techniques used on Khalid Sheik Mohammed. Yet, what are Eric Holder and Barack Obama doing? Investigating the people who did their job and tried to keep Americans (and foreigners) alive. Talk about screwed-up priorities.
One more thing: Have any of our citizens or military personel that have fallen into al-Qaeda’s paws been given any mercy or justice? No, they usually end up with their heads cut off. What about the 3000 Americans that got incinerated on September 11th? Nope, no compassion to be found there. Was al-Qaeda super cool to our sailors when they bombed the USS Cole? I think not.
Knowing that, I have no problem with KSM or any other al-Qaeda douchedrinker getting waterboarded, sleep-deprived, slapped, getting a bug put near him, tickled with a feather-duster, whatever. Why? Because the techniques worked and people got to live.
Posted by KingShamus on August 30, 2009
When hipsters/college kids/tramps get crazy with their iphones, the inane rantings can be comedy gold. Or this could be faked. I dunno. You be the judge.
Content warning-some of this stuff could be a little rough.
(816): We are like the golden girls with less cheesecake and more drugs.
(540): Too late. I’m going over there. I’m a bad example for all women: Do as I say, not who I do.
(541): I just hope this isn’t happening Final Destination style
(1-541): Travis Barker would totally be Devon Sawa in this scenario
Posted by KingShamus on August 29, 2009
So says Joyce Carol Oates, the authorof all your favorite 500 page sleeping pills you were forced to read back in high school.
Indeed, it might be argued that Senator Kennedy’s career as one of the most influential of 20th-century Democratic politicians, an iconic figure as powerful, and as morally enigmatic, as President Bill Clinton, whom in many ways Kennedy resembled, was a consequence of his notorious behaviour at Chappaquiddick bridge in July 1969.
Yet, ironically, following this nadir in his life/ career, Ted Kennedy seemed to have genuinely refashioned himself as a serious, idealistic, tirelessly energetic liberal Democrat in the mold of 1960s/1970s American liberalism, arguably the greatest Democratic senator of the 20th century. His tireless advocacy of civil rights, rights for disabled Americans, health care, voting reform, his courageous vote against the Iraq war (when numerous Democrats including Hillary Clinton voted for it) suggest that there are not only “second acts” in American lives, but that the Renaissance concept of the “fortunate fall” may be relevant here: one “falls” as Adam and Eve “fell”; one sins and repents and is forgiven, provided that one remakes one’s life…
…There followed a media circus, as all of the world rushed to Chappaquiddick to expose Kennedy’s behaviour and to speculate on his future. Yet, appealing to his lawyer and not rather seeking emergency help for the trapped Mary Jo Kopechne would seem, in retrospect, to have been a felicitous move.
If Kennedy had summoned aid, he would very likely have given police officers self-incriminating evidence, which might have involved charges of vehicular manslaughter or homicide. The local prosecutor was not nearly so outraged by Kennedy’s behaviour as other prosecutors might have been: the charges were “failing to report an accident” and “leaving the scene of an accident.” The punishment: two months’ probation…
…Yet if one weighs the life of a single young woman against the accomplishments of the man President Obama has called the greatest Democratic senator in history, what is one to think?
Does every liberal think this way? Lately, it sure as shit seems like it.
I can’t believe I have to say this but here goes: If it was someone you love that was left to die a slow agonizing death in that car, would you be able to brush it off by thinking, “At least Teddy became a good liberal”?
If it was you clutching and clawing to free yourself from a watery grave, would you be thinking, “Hopefully my imminent death will push the senator to support oodles of social programs”?
That it has be said in that way…and the Teddy dong-huffers will probably still not get it…is astounding.
Posted by KingShamus on August 29, 2009
And the hits keep on coming for Zombie Ted Kennedy:
Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) has died. Edward Kennedy, the last surviving son of Joe Kennedy died at approximately 3:30 in the morning surrounded by his family.
Immediately after his death Senator Kennedy attempted to reach Heaven but was repeatedly rebuffed by strong currents and dark, cold, muddy waters.
Exhausted by his efforts to reach Heaven, Senator Kennedy returned to his family compound, contacted police and made a written statement.
“Shortly after my soul left my body I attempted to reach Heaven, in fact making several different attempts to reach it. Each time I was prevented by strong currents. I returned to my family compound exhausted by my efforts and laid on my bed with my wet clothes still on. I was on the bed for awhile when I heard voices outside my room. I put some dry clothes on and opened the door, asking them ‘what time is it?’ They seemed surprised to see me and said ‘Hasn’t your soul ascended into Heaven yet?’ I explained that I was unable to reach it, was totally exhausted and that my mind was a jumble of conflicting thoughts. ‘I think there must have been some sort of accident’ I said.
Click the link for more on this breaking story.
Posted by KingShamus on August 28, 2009
If this is true, then…wow. Just, fuckin’ wow.
Jules Crittenden mentioned on his blog he heard Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek and editor-in-chief of The New York Times Magazine, recalling on air that Ted Kennedy liked to joke about Chappaquiddick. It seemed to defy belief, so I listened to the episode of The Diane Rehm Show in question and sure enough — I’ve transcribed what Klein told guest host Katy Kay (Here’s a link to the audioin WMA format, relevant portion starts at about 30:15):
I don’t know if you know this or not, but one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?” That is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne, but that he still always saw the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.EXCUSE ME? If that’s true it makes Kennedy kind of a monster. The odd thing is that if you listen to the whole show, the tone of everyone involved is nauseatingly haigographic and reverential. Klein apparently let his guard down a bit; after he lets it slip Kennedy liked to joke about the woman he killed you can actually hear in his voice that he’s trying to backpedal. The show actually cuts to a break as he’s trying to explain himself, and I seriously wonder if it wasn’t the producers trying to do Klein a favor. But I’m sorry, there appears to be little to that could explain this. It goes way beyond “you had to be there.”
So not only was Teddy not sorry about killing Mary Jo Kopechne, he actually thought it was funny. “Remember that time, when I drove my car off a bridge in a drunken stupor and left my date for the evening to die a slow horrifying death? What a knee-slapper! Got any more good cracks on that hilarious episode?”
Mark Hemmingway calls Teddy “…kind of a monster….” if this is true. I’d say that’s understating the case by a long shot. To say Kennedy was kind of a monster is to say that Amy Winehouse has sorta experimented with drugs. Or Stephen Hawking might be pretty smart sometimes.
The fact that liberals and Democrats continue to lionize and revere Edward Kennedy, a first order degenerate scumbag, is almost too perfect. You couldn’t write the ironic movie script any better. The left has basically spent the last forty years blowing one of the biggest pieces of shit to enter the political realm. Amazing
Taxachussetts Ted: Sweaty, string-pulling, philandering, lying, bloviating, imperious, alcoholic, fat, power-hungry, sanctimonious, prick-nosed, cheating, hypocritical, cock-faced murderer. But at least he was a good sport about the whole “killing an innocent chick” part, so all is forgiven!
Fuck Ted Kennedy. Fuck him hard.
Found over at Ace’s place. Drew M. has even more outrageous Teddy bullshit, if you’re so inclined.
UPDATE: Here’s the relevant passage. Check out these two leftist douchedrinkers slobbering over Ted’s marvelous sense of humor over Chappaquiddick.
Absolutely fucking gross.
Thanks to Curt over at Flopping Aces for finding it.
Posted by KingShamus on August 27, 2009
I think this might be old, but…
Have you ever wondered how Captain Kirk pulled all those hot aliens? It wasn’t the lopsided wig. It wasn’t the ham-laden gravitas. And it certainly wasn’t the way he spoke. As. If. Each. Word. Was. Its. Own. Sentence. No people, James Tiberius Kirk was a hit because he smelt fantastic. And so can you thanks to Star Trek Colognes.
Set to stun, these fully licensed fragrances boldly go where no scents have gone before. But they’re not just for Trekkies, they’ve been formulated to smell gorgeous on normal, non anorak wearers too.
The best of the bunch:
The tagline-“Because tomorrow may never come”.
Apparently, this shit is real.
Found over at Galley Slaves.
Posted by KingShamus on August 27, 2009
You can read the postscript here.
The most important thing about Goldberg’s book is that it tapped into something that many conservatives and thinkers knew on an instinctive level: that fascism was not a phenomenon of the political Right, but of the Left. Modern conservatives are children of Edmund Burke, James Madison, Russell Kirk, Friedrich Hayek and a healthy dollop of William F. Buckley (among others). Nowhere in that genetic recipe can anyone find Herbert Croly, Woodrow Wilson, Engels or Benito Mussolini.
The Right has understood this fact for a long time, but never had the researched intellectual firepower to strongly counter liberals’ near-constant conflation of conservatism and fascism. Liberal Fascism, an effectively marketed tome, reached critical mass so fast and so forcefully that the Left was forced to at least acknowledge that Goldberg’s arguments existed-even if liberals didn’t actually attempt to refute them. Most MSM outfits didn’t review the book, a #1 non-fiction bestseller. This intellectual cowardice speaks volumes about just how close to the bone the book’s assertion cut into the Left’s self-denial about it’s intellectual underpinnings.
If you haven’t gotten Liberal Fascism yet, do yourself a favor and grab it ASAFP.
Posted by KingShamus on August 27, 2009
Mission creep sets in over at the National Endowment for the Arts. What could possibly go wrong?
…I was invited by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to take part in a conference call that invited a group of rising artist and art community luminaries “to help lay a new foundation for growth, focusing on core areas of the recovery agenda – health care, energy and environment, safety and security, education, community renewal.”
Now admittedly, I’m a skeptic of BIG government. In my view, power tends to overreach whenever given the opportunity. It’s a law of human nature that has very few exceptions. That said, it felt to me that by providing issues as a cynosure for inspiration to a handpicked arts group – a group that played a key role in the President’s election as mentioned throughout the conference call – the National Endowment for the Arts was steering the art community toward creating art on the very issues that are currently under contentious national debate; those being health care reform and cap-and-trade legislation. Could the National Endowment for the Arts be looking to the art community to create an environment amenable to the administration’s positions?
…Backed by the full weight of President Barack Obama’s call to service and the institutional weight of the NEA, the conference call was billed as an opportunity for those in the art community to inspire service in four key categories, and at the top of the list were “health care” and “energy and environment.” The service was to be attached to the President’s United We Serve campaign, a nationwide federal initiative to make service a way of life for all Americans.
…The people running the conference call and rallying the group to get active on these issues were Yosi Sergant, the Director of Communications for the National Endowment for the Arts; Buffy Wicks, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; Nell Abernathy, Director of Outreach for United We Serve; Thomas Bates, Vice President of Civic Engagement for Rock the Vote; and Michael Skolnik, Political Director for Russell Simmons.
We were encouraged to bring the same sense of enthusiasm to these “focus areas” as we had brought to Obama’s presidential campaign, and we were encouraged to create art and art initiatives that brought awareness to these issues. Throughout the conversation, we were reminded of our ability as artists and art professionals to “shape the lives” of those around us. The now famous Obama “Hope” poster, created by artist Shepard Fairey and promoted by many of those on the phone call, and will.i.am’s “Yes We Can” song and music video were presented as shining examples of our group’s clear role in the election.
…The NEA is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts. That is right, the largest funder of the arts in the nation- a fact that I’m sure was not lost on those that were on the call, including myself. One of the NEA’s major functions is providing grants to artists and arts organizations. The NEA has also historically shown the ability to attract “matching funds” for the art projects and foundations that they select. So we have the nation’s largest arts funder, which is a federal agency staffed by the administration, with those that they potentially fund together on a conference call discussing taking action on issues under vigorous national debate. Does there appear to be any potential for conflict here?
Read the whole thing as it’s pretty enlightening.
The thing is that most artists-or artistes-are reliably liberal. They’d probably create Obama-loving pieces no matter what the NEA said. What’s interesting is even knowing that, the Obambi administration still wants to coordinate these artists to push his agenda in very directed calculated ways. This is entirely consistent with Barack’s general inclination to control and micromanage anything he can get his mitts on.
So here comes the NEA, the largest single monetary supporter of the arts, that now wants to ‘suggest’ to artists what subjects to focus on. Forget for a moment the stupidity of government-funded art. What’s really interesting is how the NEA is slowly inching up to the point where they get veto authority over the artists’ choices in subject matter. When General Motors got taken over by the feds, Obama said he didn’t want to run the day-to-day operations of the company, then proceeded to do just that. Under the Barack regime, if you take a dime of gubmint money, the government is gonna assert it’s power over you.
The one great part about this is the healthy dose of nougaty schadenfreude to be had watching the arts community, with all it’s self-congratulatory independence and free-thinking self-image, being strongly encouraged by the government to put out government-sanctioned pieces. They wanted Obama so bad, now they have him. Or, closer to the truth, Barack has them. In his pocket.
Posted by KingShamus on August 26, 2009
Oh wow. Treason? Thanks to 3 Beers Later.
TEXT OF KGB LETTER ON SENATOR TED KENNEDY
Committee on State Security of the USSR
14.05. 1983 No. 1029 Ch/OV
Regarding Senator Kennedy’s request to the General Secretary of the Communist Party Comrade Y.V. Andropov
Comrade Y.V. Andropov
On 9-10 May of this year, Senator Edward Kennedy’s close friend and trusted confidant J. Tunney was in Moscow. The senator charged Tunney to convey the following message, through confidential contacts, to the General Secretary of the Center Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Y. Andropov.
Senator Kennedy, like other rational people, is very troubled by the current state of Soviet-American relations. Events are developing such that this relationship coupled with the general state of global affairs will make the situation even more dangerous. The main reason for this is Reagan’s belligerence, and his firm commitment to deploy new American middle range nuclear weapons within Western Europe.
According to Kennedy, the current threat is due to the President’s refusal to engage any modification on his politics. He feels that his domestic standing has been strengthened because of the well publicized improvement of the economy: inflation has been greatly reduced, production levels are increasing as is overall business activity. For these reasons, interest rates will continue to decline. The White House has portrayed this in the media as the “success of Reaganomics.”
Naturally, not everything in the province of economics has gone according to Reagan’s plan. A few well known economists and members of financial circles, particularly from the north-eastern states, foresee certain hidden tendencies that many bring about a new economic crisis in the USA. This could bring about the fall of the presidential campaign of 1984, which would benefit the Democratic party. Nevertheless, there are no secure assurances this will indeed develop.
The only real threats to Reagan are problems of war and peace and Soviet-American relations. These issues, according to the senator, will without a doubt become the most important of the election campaign. The movement advocating a freeze on nuclear arsenals of both countries continues to gain strength in the United States. The movement is also willing to accept preparations, particularly from Kennedy, for its continued growth. In political and influential circles of the country, including within Congress, the resistence to growing military expenditures is gaining strength.
However, according to Kennedy, the opposition to Reagan is still very weak. Reagan’s adversaries are divided and the presentations they make are not fully effective. Meanwhile, Reagan has the capabilities to effectively counter any propaganda. In order to neutralize criticism that the talks between the USA and the USSR are non-constructive, Reagan will grandiose, but subjectively propagandistic. At the same time, Soviet officials who speak about disarmament will be quoted out of context, silenced or groundlessly and whimsically discounted. Although arguments and statements by officials of the USSR do appear in the press, it is important to note the majority of Americans do not read serious newspapers or periodicals.
Kennedy believes that, given the current state of affairs, and in the interest of peace, it would be prudent and timely to undertake the following steps to counter the militaristic politics of Reagan and his campaign to psychologically burden the American people. In this regard, he offers the following proposals to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Y.V. Andropov:
1. Kennedy asks Y.V. Andropov to consider inviting the senator to Moscow for a personal meeting in July of this year. The main purpose of the meeting, according to the senator, would be to arm Soviet officials with explanations regarding problems of nuclear disarmament so they may be better prepared and more convincing during appearances in the USA. He would also like to inform you that he has planned a trip through Western Europe, where he anticipates meeting England’s Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and French President Mitterand in which he will exchange similar ideas regarding the same issues.
If his proposals would be accepted in principle, Kennedy would send his representative to Moscow to resolve questions regarding organizing such a visit.
Kennedy thinks the benefits of a meeting with Y.V.Andropov will be enhanced if he could also invite one of the well known Republican senators, for example, Mark Hatfield. Such a meeting will have a strong impact on American and political circles in the USA (In March of 1982, Hatfield and Kennedy proposed a project to freeze the nuclear arsenals of the USA and USSR and pblished a book on the theme as well.)
2. Kennedy believes that in order to influence Americans it would be important to organize in August-September of this year, televised interviews with Y.V. Andropov in the USA. A direct appeal by the General Secretary to the American people will, without a doubt, attact a great deal of attention and interest in the country. The senator is convinced this would receive the maximum resonance in so far as television is the most effective method of mass media and information.
If the proposal is recognized as worthy, then Kennedy and his friends will bring about suitable steps to have representatives of the largest television companies in the USA contact Y.V. Andropov for an invitation to Moscow for the interview. Specifically, the president of the board of directors of ABC, Elton Raul and television columnists Walter Cronkite or Barbara Walters could visit Moscow. The senator underlined the importance that this initiative should be seen as coming from the American side.
Furthermore, with the same purpose in mind, a series of televised interviews in the USA with lower level Soviet officials, particularly from the military would be organized. They would also have an opportunity to appeal directly to the American people about the peaceful intentions of the USSR, with their own arguments about maintaining a true balance of power between the USSR and the USA in military term. This issue is quickly being distorted by Reagan’s administration.
Kennedy asked to convey that this appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union is his effort to contribute a strong proposal that would root out the threat of nuclear war, and to improve Soviet-American relations, so that they define the safety of the world. Kennedy is very impressed with the activities of Y.V. Andropov and other Soviet leaders, who expressed their commitment to heal international affairs, and improve mutal understandings between peoples.
The senator underscored that he eagerly awaits a reply to his appeal, the answer to which may be delivered through Tunney.
Having conveyed Kennedy’s appeal to the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Tunney also explained that Senator Kennedy has in the last few years actively made appearances to reduce the threat of war. Because he formally refused to partake in the election campaign of 1984, his speeches would be taken without prejudice as they are not tied to any campaign promises. Tunney remarked that the senator wants to run for president in 1988. At that time, he will be 56 and his personal problems, which could hinder his standing, will be resolved (Kennedy has just completed a divorce and plans to remarry in the near future). Taken together, Kennedy does not discount that during the 1984 campaign, the Democratic Party may officially turn to him to lead the fight against the Republicans and elect their candidate president. This would explain why he is convinced that none of the candidates today have a real chance at defeating Reagan.
We await instructions.
President of the committee
Posted by KingShamus on August 26, 2009
…The youngest of nine children, Kennedy attended Harvard University. He was expelled for cheating in an exam, but returned to earn both a degree and fame for his American football skills.
…But those dreams disintegrated the following year, 1969, when Kennedy accidentally drove off a bridge at Chappaquiddick in Massachusetts, killing a female companion, Mary Jo Kopechne.
The scandal deepened when it emerged that Kennedy had swum to safety from the car, leaving Kopechne behind, then waited until the following day to report the incident.
The young senator got away with a two-month suspended sentence for leaving the scene of an accident and he won easy reelection to the Senate….
…Episodes included being allegedly caught in flagrante delicto with a waitress on the floor of a Washington restaurant and cruising the halls of the Capitol with another senator looking for young female pages.
…In 1991, Kennedy’s career teetered on oblivion after his nephew William Smith was charged with raping a woman at the end of a night out with the senator. Smith was acquitted, but the media frenzy damaged Kennedy.
He issued a public mea culpa about “faults in the conduct of my private life” and the following year remarried, rebuilt his career, and cruised to reelection in 1994.
What was particularly grating about Ted Kennedy was the sense of shameless entitlement wrapped in a chintzy layer of unbridled sanctimony. No matter how often he cheated, he was still American royalty that demanded deferential treatment. No matter how much he engaged in reckless personal behavior, he was always Senator Edward Kennedy that could pull strings to make the tough consequences go away. No matter how many lives he ruined or ended, he remained the last heir to the media-created Camelot myth using the memory of his more accomplished brothers to skirt the moral and legal dilemmas his horrible sleazy behavior created.
In many ways, Ted Kennedy was the forerunner of the modern Democrat Party, a political organization that is now littered with the Senator’s moral progeny. Michael Moore urges his fans to divest themselves from the stock market, while he invests in and profits from Halliburton. Al Gore demands that Americans live more environmentally friendly lives-ie smaller less safe cars, smaller less modern homes-while he cavorts in a palatial carbon-belching estate. Bill Clinton harped on the evils of sexual harassment while sexually harassing an unpaid White House intern. These examples and others owe their places in the liberal firmament because of Ted Kennedy’s trail-blazing work in the field of holier than thou hypocrisy.
What is even worse is that his death will be used by the left and the media to push the Democrat’s health care reform plans. In much the same way that Paul Wellstone’s memorial service devolved into a tacky political rally, Ted’s passing will be pressed into the service of advancing President Obama’s agenda. Because the MSM are so predictable, it is easy to see the narrative that is about to be forged: “We should pass health care reform as a way to memorialize the beloved Edward Kennedy and his grand legacy.” Sad as this may be, passing the disastrous freedom-abridging socialism orgy that is ObamaCare would be a fitting tribute to Kennedy’s troubled and troubling life.
And now that life has ended. Regardless of our feelings towards the man, Kennedy leaves behind a large family that surely adored him and is now in the throes of grief. They didn’t lose a senator or a noted public figure, they mourn the passing of a beloved member of their family. Their pain at this moment is surely excruciating.
Knowing what we know about cancer, it is likely that the end of Kennedy’s time was marked by a slow remorseless loss of body and mind. He may have lived in opulent wealth, but he died in confusion and pain. For all of Teddy’s sins, we should feel pity and compassion for the man that he let slip this mortal coil in such a horrible manner.
One can only hope that his Catholic faith was a source of solace for him and that he found atonement from his Creator at the end.
Update: Hot Air and Ed Morrisey handles Teddy’s death far better than I did here.
Bill Bennett also remembers Kennedy.
Meanwhile, Ed Morrissey notes that Conservatives for Patients’ Rights, a big-time opponent of ObamaCare, has foolishly decided to suspend it’s advertising out of respect for Kennedy’s death. While a key faction on our side has decided to exit the battlefield, the Democrats and the hard left aren’t exactly sitting shiva mourning Teddy’s passing.
Finally, Andrew Klavan has some thoughts on why Teddy lasted so long in public life. Hint: We all sorta suck for giving this degenerate so much leeway.
Posted by KingShamus on August 25, 2009
Check out the big sarcasm on Julia Siles.
Also give the stars of the show some love over at juliastilestyles.com.
Found this nugget over at bighollywood.com.
Posted by KingShamus on August 25, 2009
The ever-perceptive Manhattan Infidel follows up on the story of Scotland freeing the Pan Am flight 103 bomber.
Building on the momentum from their recent pardon of convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, Scotland announced that they are pardoning everyone in the world. Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill made the announcement today.
“In the name of the Scottish people I hereby pardon everyone for every offense they may have committed.”
When asked why they are doing this, MacAskill responded, “The Scottish are a notoriously charitable people. We cannot tolerate seeing anybody but the English in jail.”
Immediately after the announcement jails throughout the world were emptied of their occupants. In Texas Governor Rick Perry expressed surprise and wondered if Scotland had jurisdiction but eventually agreed to free the close to 300 people on Death Row. “I probably shouldn’t do this, but Braveheart was a great movie, I’m drunk and maybe this will help me get Sheena Easton’s phone number.”
Keep reading for more shocking details.
Posted by KingShamus on August 25, 2009
Sorry for the interruption in broadcast services the last few days. The move took a lot more time than I anticipated. Even though I’m still not done, at least the hard part is over.
Can I give my awesome readers some friendly advice on moving?
1-Don’t do it. So what if you have a dipshit landlord, no place to store your beer stein collection, the school system graduates nothing but illiterate sub-morons and the city is a cesspool of violent crime and Moscow-levels of corruption? Skip out of your place on the first of every month, put your valuables over at your parents’ house, don’t have any kids ever and buy plenty of assault weapons. Problems solved.
2-If you must move, get a moving company to do it. Your beer stein collection will probably end up as a box full of crumpled metal and ceramic shards, but at least you weren’t the guy who had to lug it down three flights of narrow steps, get it past the horde of scowling hobos in front of your building and drive it through rush-hour traffic at .2 mph to get it over to your new place.
3-Once all of your stupid crap is actually in your house, set up your bed ASAFP. The home office, entertainment center with ten speaker surround sound and the stripper poles can wait a day or two. That first night, you’re gonna want sleep.
Well, that’s it boys and girls. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll do fine. Or not. Whatever.
Posted by KingShamus on August 22, 2009
Sorry for being lazy. I’m moving to a new abode, so internet connections and time were tough to come by. My bad. I’ll do better tommorow.
In the meantime, here’s some Helmet.
Posted by KingShamus on August 21, 2009
Discovering new crap=pretty awesome.
The plant is among the largest of all pitchers and is believed to be the largest meat-eating shrub, dissolving rats with acid-like enzymes.
The team of botanists, led by British experts Stewart McPherson and Alastair Robinson, found the plant on Mount Victoria in the Philippines.
They were inspired to search for the plant after word that it is existed came from two Christian missionaries who described seeing a large carnivorous pitcher in 2000 after they climbed the mountain.
Mr McPherson, of Poole Dorset, said: “The plant produces spectacular traps which catch not only insects, but also rodents. It is remarkable that it remained undiscovered until the 21st century.”
The team, which found the plant in 2007 following a two-month expedition, published details of their discovery in the Botanical Journal of Linnean Society earlier this year following a three-year study of all 120 species of pitcher plant.
They decided to name the plant Nepenthes attenboroughii, after the wildlife broadcaster Sir David.
Being that the team that made the find is British, I figured it would turn out something like this.
Posted by KingShamus on August 21, 2009
Big Hollywood is an awesome resource for cultural and political commentary and Leigh Scott has come up with a great column. The highlights:
Our society has a sort of “political amnesia”; forcing us to repeat the same economic and policy mistakes every thirty years or so. What else is the Obama administration but a “remake” of the Clinton administration (with almost half the original cast!)? You can almost hear the pitch meeting. “It’s FDR meets Clinton! We reboot the franchise. We forget about the Carter episode just like we pretended that Superman III and IV never happened.”
…I like to smack around my leftist friends by pointing out that since 1970, for the past 38 years, we’ve had 26 years of Republican administrations and 12 years of Democratic presidencies. Yet, we don’t have prayer in school, forced Christian conversion, film and television censorship, book burnings, gay concentration camps or back alley, illegal abortions. Still, you can bet that in early 2011, the news media and the wunderkinds of the left will start crying about Palin’s book banning, Romney’s Mormon proselytizing, and Huckabee’s closet desire to turn the airwaves into 24/7 Christian programming. I can’t imagine what they will dredge up about my homeboy Bobby Jindal (oh, wait didn’t he perform and exorcism? Frack!)
I’ve seen this movie before. Several times actually. It is old and busted. Where is the new hotness?
This is what just kills me about America. We refuse to believe what’s sitting right in front of us. We let stuff get into our head, then forget to observe reality.
A few years ago, I recall having a conversation with El Capitan, a dude who posts here every so often. We were talking about high gas prices. At that time, a gallon of regular unleaded was hovering above $4.00. I said to him that this was causing unemployment. I had just finished reading something in a mainstream media publication and the figures and point of the piece had weedled itself into my mind. El Capitan disagreed with my argument. He said something to the effect of, “Do you see any less traffic on the roads? Are there any less cars when you drive to and from work?” At the time, I was living in the NYC metroploitan area. I would’ve noticed a drop-off in roadway congestion. Hell, I would’ve thanked my lucky stars for a break from sitting in a slow-rolling 5 mph parking lot for half of my commute.
In fact, I had seen absolutely no decrease in traffic. The high gas prices were not directly affecting employment numbers at all. Unemployment was still near historic lows. What high fuel costs had done was forced people to buy different cars, budget their resources differently, take fewer trips, use mass transit and a whole host of other things. The problem was I had allowed some of my own nervousness about gas prices as well as the nattering nabobs of anti-Bush negativism to change my opinion on something without first looking it up on my own to verify it. I had fallen victim to lazy thought, allowing somebody else’s narrative to become my own.
In the same way, Americans allow themselves to get twisted around by nonsense. As Scott writes, no matter what the reality of the situation is, there seem to be people who believe the worst about Republicans and conservatives. To dig the point into one example, Bush was supposed to be a Christianist Theocrat because of his faith-based initiatives program. Get beyond the fact that President Hopey McChangeyness has continued the Bush program. Did America become the land of mandatory Jesus camps and calls to Christian prayer droned over NPR’s airwaves under the BusHitler/Darth Cheney terror regime? Not at all.
Much of the Left wants American voters to be scared shitless by the thought of the GOP turning America into some right-wing fever fantasy. What conservatives should do is encourage and faster independent thought at all times. If we did that, we might be able to break the psychological grip the progressive movement holds on the imaginations of too many Americans.