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Archive for February, 2010

Can I get a “Hell Yeah!” for the Democrat-controlled House

Posted by KingShamus on February 28, 2010

Look, I’m just sick and tired of all the partisan bickering.  It doesn’t help make America safer.  But the brave Democrat-controlled House of Representatives put their political wrangling aside and re-authorized key provisions of the Patriot Act.  Way to go.

Key provisions of the nation’s primary counterterrorism law would be extended for a year under a bill passed by the House last night after Democrats retreated from adding privacy protections.

The House voted, 315 to 97, to extend the Patriot Act, sending the bill to President Obama. Without the bill, the provisions would expire Sunday.

The Senate approved the extension Wednesday. The privacy protections were cast aside when Senate Democrats lacked the necessary 60-vote supermajority to pass them. Some in Congress had sought to increase restrictions and scrutiny on the government’s authority to spy on Americans and seize their records.

The Democratic retreat is a political victory for Republicans and a major disappointment for Democrats and their allies who believe the Patriot Act fails to protect privacy and gives the government too much authority to spy on Americans and seize their property.

The three sections of the Patriot act that would stay in force:

■ Authorize court-approved roving wiretaps that permit surveillance on multiple phones.

■ Allow court-approved seizure of records and property in antiterrorism operations.

■ Permit surveillance against what’s called a “lone wolf,’’ a non-citizen engaged in terrorism who may not be part of a recognized terrorist group.

Remember when George Bush was a jack-booted fascist for signing the Patriot Act?  It’s like all that crying and moaning about civil liberties from the thumbsucker libs was just a bunch of rhetoric.  My how times have changed. 

Whatever.  Let’s give the Democrats their props on this one.  They helped pass this reauthorization.  So be sure to tell every leftist sob sister you come across that they have the Democrat Party to thank for re-upping the Patriot Act.  It’s the least we can do.

Mad props to Michelle Malkin, btw.  Her original post has a lot of good reactions to this strikingly eventful non-event.

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Here’s one reason why I’m not a liberal

Posted by KingShamus on February 28, 2010

Whoever the hell this guy was at one point or has become nowadays, I don’t want to be on his side.  Ever.

Hey Robert Stacy McCain, where in God’s name did you dig this guy up from?  Jeebus.

The best part of this braying moron’s little snit is that every one of his assertions is self-proving.  Schaeffer just makes the claim that the Tea Partiers are racist…with no references whatesoever…and voila, they become instant bigots.  Dick Cheney didn’t utter the N-word at CPAC, but to Schaeffer the former Vice President referred to Obama using the ugliest slur for black people in the English language.  Sha-zam!: Darth Cheney is a hate-monger.

What’s even better is the intellectual ball-massaging Schaeffer gives himself.  First comes the mini-biography:  Hey, I’m a white former GOPer, so I know what these latter-day Klansmen are thinking.  Next up, Schaeffer plants a big wet kiss on Obambi’s ass (Obama thinks America is post-racial, Obama is bipartisan)  just to wink at his liberal viewers that he’s not that kind of Republican anymore.  Finally, we get the coup de grace-Big Brain Bob with his superior intellect and deep knowledge of the right-wing psyche can read between the lines and see the ugly racism of the Republican movement.    

Let’s sum up.  Robert Schaeffer is a former Republican who now thinks Republicans are evil racists because he can find heretofore unprovable racism using the power of his own awesomeness.  Great job, Bobby.  Rock on with your illogical douchey self.

If this is what you have to do and say in order to be a leftist, I recommend taking the zero.

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SNL kills the latest iteration of “We Are The World”

Posted by KingShamus on February 28, 2010

Saturday Night Live:  A broken clock is still funny twice a day.  Or something.

I know, it’s a HuffPo piece, but I can’t embed the video, so whatever.  Just click the link.

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Toyota recalls it vehicles, Government Motors and Zombie Chrysler win?

Posted by KingShamus on February 27, 2010

As you are aware, the government and the auto unions own two American car companies.  Toyota is owned by the Toyoda family and is a non-union shop.  Congress dragged the head of Toyota into hearings to discuss the safety issues concerning his company’s cars. Hmmmmm.

Before anybody get their panties in a twist, I’m not saying Toyota’s cars didn’t have mechanical defects that led to people dying.  I do find it rather interesting that the government is holding hearings on Toyota in the first place.  After all, Toyota isn’t just another car company.  Since the federal takeover of GM and Chrysler, Toyota represents a competitor to the government’s car makers.  By holding hearings, Congress is asking one branch of the government to act like an impartial referee when it is in fact an active economic player is the car manufacturing game.

The appearance of favoritism…even when it might not exist…is going to set off a chain reaction of cynicism about the economy.  Just saying.

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Our old friend Charlie Rangel is back in the news

Posted by KingShamus on February 27, 2010

Chutzpah.

Rep. Charles Rangel said Friday he won’t step down as chairman of the powerful House tax-writing committee after being admonished by an ethics panel for accepting corporate-sponsored trips to the Caribbean. The public rebuke of one of the Democrats’ most outspoken leaders posed more woes for a party that had vowed to end a “culture of corruption.”

The House ethics committee said that aides to the 20-term [KS-What the fuck?  Twenty terms? Retire already, you kleptocrat turd.] New York Democrat tried at least three times to show him the trips—to Antigua in 2007 and St. Maarten in 2008—had corporate sponsorship, a violation of congressional gift rules…

In a written response to the committee later Friday, Rangel called the panel’s conclusion that he violated gift rules “wrong on the facts and unsupported by the law.” He said he relied on false assertions by the organizers that corporate money was not used.

Referring to the two memos by his staff counsel, Rangel said her “use of the word sponsor does not suggest an understanding that the corporations were `sponsors’ within the meaning of the House rules i.e. that their funds were being used to pay for member travel.”

Charlie Rangel:  “It depends on what the definition of ‘sponsors’ is.”

Look, I get that this guy is corrupt.  But could somebody get this sleazeball a throat lozenge?

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Bunkerville finds a beauty

Posted by KingShamus on February 26, 2010

Hahaha-It’s funny because it’s true.

Thanks, Bunk.  This is awesome.

Update: What the hell, I’ll throw this one in too.  Jonah Goldberg found a timely little demotivator as well.

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The State of Health Care-February 2010 Edition

Posted by KingShamus on February 26, 2010

I don’t know about the rest of you, but it seems like we’ve been debating this health care reform bills since before Madonna slept with her first record company executive.  Public options, mandatory insurance buys, pre-existing conditions…the whole thing has become mind-numbing.   But every now and again a good story comes along to illustrate just how ridiculous the debate really is.

Danny Williams, esteemed premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, left the Canadian health care system far behind to receive minimally invasive mitral valve heart surgery in the United States. The people of America should send Mr. Williams a combination get well/thank you card for inadvertently divulging how politicians, regardless of country of origin, view themselves in relation to those they govern.

Newfoundland and Labrador may be considered the “Far East of the Western World, renowned for friendly people, marine wildlife and stunning seacoasts.” Of late, thanks to Danny Williams, the scenic region has also become notorious for long medical wait times and archaic cardiac surgery.

That may be why Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier chose to forgo Canada’s government Medical Care Plan, pay out of pocket, and head south of the border to place his life in an American heart surgeon’s care. Premier Williams was well “aware his trip to the United States for heart surgery earlier this month would spark outcry, but concluded personal health trumped any public fallout over the controversial decision.” In defense of Williams, Newfoundland and Labrador’s deputy premier Katy Dunderdale said, “He’s doing what’s best for him.”

Heh.  “What’s best for him”.  Funny how what’s best for Premier Williams is a modern cardiac procedure that he can more easily receive in the health care hell that is Miami, Florida.  Next up-Candadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper will journey to Hackensack, New Jersey to get a plantar’s wart lasered off his foot. 

Will the last upper middle class and/or politically connected Canuckistani medical tourist please turn off the lights on the totally awesome Canadian health care system?

Lefty politicians have been pissing and moaning about America’s supposedly wretched health care system for decades.  Yet, even as US medicine is allegedly crumbling beneath us, well-to-do foreigners still take their health into their own hands and come to scary America for their surgeries.  Tell me again why we have to implode our health care system and make it look like the socialist wet-dreams found in Canada and Europe.   

That’s one of the reasons why the health care summit back in Washington DC is just silly.  The White House decided it would be a good idea to put a bipartisan face on the health care reform debate and have a kumbaya campfire with Congress.  Yesterday’s festivities went really well…if you weren’t Barack Obama.

Representative Paul Ryan seemed to have some fun at the President’s expense.

The amazing thing is just how easily Ryan took apart the Senate health care plan, using Obama’s own words as a crow-bar in the process.  Candidate Barry ran as a fiscal moderate in order to keep skeptical independents on board.  To make that head-fake work, Obama had to say a lot of stuff about controlling deficits and spending cuts; the sort of rhetoric that gives the Concord Coalition-types a big fat chubby.  As the Ryan clip so eloquently illustrates, if the President was even sorta serious about being a deficit hawk during the campaign, he’d reject the Senate scheme even before the ink was dry on the bill.  Basically, Congressman Ryan called Obama…in the nicest, most civil terms possible…a liar right to Barry’s face.  All the President could do is sit there and take it on the chin.  Amazing.

When Captain PantsCrease wasn’t busy getting his cheese-dick campaign rhetoric fed back to him by upstart Representatives, he was occupied by asserting his awesomeness on everybody else.

Basically, Mr. Obama invited the GOPer’s over for a campaign commercial.  Then he tried to sell it as a conversation.  We’ve got a serious lack of graciousness from our President/party host.  But at least Obama didn’t do anything really uncouth like pick his nose on national television.

Wow.  Oooooo-kay.

Keep digging for gold, Barry.  Wish for socialized medicine in one hand and collect boogers in another, then see which palm fills up first.

Besides the image of the President snagging a bogey out of his nostril for all to see, the overall impression of the summit were really bad for Obama.  The Republicans came off as reasonable and very nearly human, not the strident “Party of No” goons that the lefty media keeps insisting they are.  Better still, it was clear the GOPers had done their homework.  Congressman Ryan was especially wonky but without being boring.  On the other hand, the Democrats were armed with little more than sad-faced anecdotes and petulant annoyance.  Sure they got to filibuster, but they get to do that in Congress anyway.  It seemed like Pelosi and Reid would’ve rather been at an NRA pep rally than at the health care summit.

Worse than all that, St. Bambi gave the impression that he really didn’t like being challenged.  Instead of being the post-partisan Jesus figure, Obama looked like an annoyed debate squad teacher aggravated by a bunch of wise-ass sophomores giving him a hard time.  The health care summit lowered Obama onto the same level as Congress.  Ironically, the guy that couldn’t wait to get out of the Senate seemed like little more than the moderator of a Senate debate rather than the President of the United States.

I’ll be honest.  I thought this health care summit thing was going to be a disaster for the Republicans.  I didn’t think they could keep their egos in check and rise to the challenge.  Moreover, I was pretty sure Obama’s mad bullshit skillz would get him through what on paper seemed like a gab-fest campaign ad dressed up to look like a policy debate.  Instead, the summit got out of hand and Obama ended up getting creamed.  

I can guarantee that the Axelrod and the rest of Team Bambi will never let this type of event happen again.  Unlike a rigged pep rally, the astroturfers couldn’t plant questions or stage photo-shops to make Obama look like the soooper-jeeenius he thinks he is.  From here on in, Obama will only be put into situations where the outcome has already been pre-determined.  The big lesson to take away from the health care summit is that the President is utterly incapable of graciously handling dissent or thinking beyond his talking points.

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Were Rosie O’Donnell and Michael Moore test subjects in this study?

Posted by KingShamus on February 24, 2010

Middle-aged chubbies lose their minds quicker than their skinnier counterparts.

A study headed by Anna Dahl, MS, of Sweden’s Jönköping University, found that individuals with higher midlife body mass index (BMI) scores had significantly lower general cognitive ability and significantly steeper decline than their thinner counterparts over time. These statistics were compiled from a study of Swedish twins that took place over the course of nearly 40 years, from 1963 to 2002; the results were the same for both men and women.

Well, the science is settled.  If Dr. Anna Dahl of Hans Nordic Umlaut Reindeer College said it, it’s good enough for me.

Also, Chris Matthews…get on a treadmill and lay off the double-fried cheeto paninis ASAFP.

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It’s good to be the Prez…when Shakira stops by the White House

Posted by KingShamus on February 23, 2010

Obama can’t hear the American people over the sound of how hot Shakira is.

President Barack Obama and pop superstar Shakira are talking about U.S. policy toward children.

Obama and the Colombian entertainer met briefly Monday at the White House after she had meetings with staff from the National Security Council and the Domestic Policy Council to talk about early childhood development. A White House official, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the meeting was not on the president’s public schedule, says Shakira stopped by to say hello privately to Obama when the meetings ended.

Shakira is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and has been an advocate for children in poverty.

Well, for once, I can’t hate on Obama.  Sorry fellow conservatives.  I know you want the red meat…and I wanna deliver the goods.  I tried to find an angle in this story to bash our unserious pResident.  But after all the other outrageous nonsense out of this pathetic administration, I just can’t get angry with Obama using the White House to score a private meeting with the Wise Latina Shakira.  In fact, I gotta give the guy props.

Of all the stupid shit he could be doing with his time, having a grip-n-grin with Shakira is probably the least harmful thing Obama could be involved in at this point.  Rock on with your bad self Mr. Commander in Chief. 

 Barry, keep your presidential pimp hand strong.

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We won. Now can the troops at least get a pat on the back?

Posted by KingShamus on February 22, 2010

David Bellavia, ladies and gentlemen:

…We live in a culture where there must be a reason for everything that goes wrong. Obama is responsible for job loss. Bush ruined the housing market. The tires that blew out on my car that I was driving was a manufacturing error and not due to the fact that I was driving on the sidewalk.

Someone is responsible for everything that goes wrong in America. It makes us feel better to know it wasn’t our fault.

The war in Iraq was no different. While many scurried to blame Donald Rumsfeld, General Franks or President Bush for losing the war in Iraq, they bet against the American fighting men and women to turn the tide of the war. “The mission” in Iraq was evil. The troops would never be maligned as they were in Vietnam.

I don’t begrudge these people. They simply will never get it. They are the type of people you need to protect in a society. They are innocent and naive.

It is the job of the warrior to hide them under the bed and tell them it will be okay, before we run off to combat the threat.

The ones that hold my contempt are those who, even today, know of the sacrifice made, the incredible progress gained and still will not acknowledge what was won on the ground in Iraq. They cheapen the sacrifice of how it was earned. Operation Iraqi Freedom is no more.

Operation New Dawn (the exact same name of the Battle of Fallujah in November 2004) is the new name of the deployment to Iraq.

What we achieved in the face of an implacable enemy, overcoming many in our own government willfully ignorant of our struggle, is what I believe to be the defining moment of my generation. The veteran today is the embodiment of what it means to be an American. Even when our valor was used for political sport, we continued to serve quietly.

Read the whole thing, of course.  It’s a riveting piece. 

Here’s one thing I take away from it.  Since Vietnam, the Left has become adept at stereotyping the troops.  In the liberal mind, the men and women of our armed forces are either baby-killing psychopaths or uneducated boobs exploited by the military-industrial complex.  “Redacted” and “Lions for Lambs”  are just two recent examples of how Hollywood progressives with an ideological axe to grind have attempted to use those hacky strawmen visions of American troops in films.

What Bellavia does here is flip the script on the lefties.  He describes them as the naive ones, who need to be protected from the world’s threats by the soldiers.  That’s pretty awesome.  Let the liberals have a bite of their own turd sandwich.  Let them have to play a little defense.  Maybe when they get sick and tired of being insulted as childish weaklings, they’ll keep quiet about pushing their fictional stereotypes about the troops.

The other great point I get from Bellavia’s piece is that even though we won in Iraq, we’re not allowed to celebrate it.  The Obama Administration has had a perverse relationship with Operation Iraqi Freedom.  From 2007 to Election 2008, Iraq was Bush’s bad war where we took our eye off the ball in Afghanistan.  Obama promised an immediate withdrawal from Mess-O-Potamia and a recommitment to routing the Taliban in Afghanistan.

But once Obama got sworn in, things started to change.  Suddenly Iraq was no longer the quagmire we were told it was for two years, but a place for cautious but growing optimism.  Conversely, Afghanistan was seen by the American anti-war thumbsuckers as…well…a quagmire.  Obama spent the entire summer of ’09 fidgeting before finally surging in troops for the current offensive.  Nowadays, things have become so flip-flopped for Obama that he’s taking credit for the Iraq War he despised not too long ago.

Even with all of that, it seems there will be no grand celebrations for the troops now that Iraq has become an American win.  Because Obama is a summertime patriot (at best) and he’s beholden to his leftist anti-war base, Obama probably cannot bring himself to give our fighting men and women the victory lap they deserve. 

He’s more than happy to crow about winning in Iraq because it helps him gain some foreign policy/political moderate credibility.  But for the federal government to recognize the greatness of the American military with a “Mission Accomplished”-style celebration?  No, that simply won’t do.  Why?  Because a national victory march will remind all the anti-war bed-wetters and Code Pinko-types that St. Barry played them like a fiddle in 2008.

In summation:  Obama takes credit for winning a war he campaigned against constantly in 2007-2008, but he cannot celebrate the troops that made that victory happen.  What a classless putz.

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Whoa, Andy Samberg can be funny?

Posted by KingShamus on February 22, 2010

I guess this is old, but then again, I don’t watch Saturday Night Live much at all so that’s probably why I hadn’t seen it.

Yeah, this ain’t safe for work.  I won’t embed it.  Just click the linkage.

Thanks to my homeboy Brian, who hooked me up with this.

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Max Blumenthal: Punk

Posted by KingShamus on February 21, 2010

More fun was had at CPAC besides Ron Paul winning the straw poll.  Andrew Breitbart and Larry O’Connor school Max Blumenthal but good.  Some backstory:  Maxi-Pad Blumenthal is the son of Sid Blumenthal, a lefty journalist who made an honest man of himself and joined the Clinton Administration in time to float the smear-job that Monica Lewinsky was an unstable stalker.  That story went out the window once it became clear that President Billy Jeff was using the unpaid intern like a box of kleenex, but the water was muddied enough to buy Clinton some time and slip the impeachment noose.

Junior Blumenthal is cut from the same hack leftist cloth as his useless daddy.  When James O’Keefe-the fake pimp in the ACORN prostitution ring videos-got into some trouble in Mary Landrieu’s office a while back, Maxi-Pad Blumenthal decided to use the opportunity to slime O’Keefe as a racist.  A half-assed correction tacked onto the article later on couldn’t hide the fact that it was smear-job with no proof to back it up.

Anyhoo, without any further adieu…

As luck would have it, Andrew Breitbart was walking in the front door of the Wardman Park Marriott Hotel at the exact moment Blumenthal was walking out.  Breitbart took this opportunity to address his beef with Blumenthal head-on and assailed Blumenthal for his attempt to link James O’Keefe to white supremacists.

Toward the end of the conversation, Blumenthal says to Breitbart that he did not call anybody any names.  At this moment I jumped into the fray and challenged him on the point.  I reminded him that he had, in fact, called O’Keefe a racist.  Blumenthal attempted to deny it, but as you can see from the video, he was only able to stick to that story for so long.

One of the coolest things about the last 15 years is that the old Stalinist/Alinskyite mainstream media douchedrinkers have been slowly gelded by the internet.  While the drive-by reporters still wield far too much influence, it’s now possible to refute the MSM and at least get the other side of the story out to the public.  Breitbart and O’Connor’s little dust-up shows just how easy it is to uber-pwn the lefty media hacks.  All it takes is a camera, a decent internet connection and some chutzpah and you too can beat the MSM at it’s own game.

Kudos to Breitbart and O’Connor for showing everybody another example of how it’s done.

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CPAC straw poll winner-Ron Paul?

Posted by KingShamus on February 21, 2010

Que?

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‘Day Late’ go give a warm high-five to ‘Buck Short’

Posted by KingShamus on February 20, 2010

Remember how I said Harry Reid was bluffing on reconciliation with the health care deform plan.  Um, maybe I was wrong.

President Barack Obama is expected to publish his healthcare plan as early as Sunday or Monday, combining features of the two Democratic bills passed by the Senate and House of Representatives, congressional aides and healthcare advocates said on Friday.

The administration’s bill will aim to jump-start the stalled healthcare overhaul and comes just days ahead of a planned televised White House summit with congressional Republicans, who are calling on Democrats to scrap the bills and start over with a far less sweeping proposal.

Democrats are struggling to push healthcare legislation over the finish line in the face of sagging public support and solid Republican opposition bolstered by recent election victories in Massachusetts, Virginia and New Jersey.

Those agreements are likely to be combined as a privileged budget reconciliation bill, which only needs a simple 51-vote majority to pass the 100-member Senate instead of the 60-vote supermajority that has become routine in the Senate and gives Republicans power to block the healthcare bill.

“I believe that’s the path we are going to take,” a senior congressional Democratic aide said.

Well.

I find it amazing that St. Barry waits till now to write his health care reform plan.  The past year has seen Obama’s approval ratings plummet below 50% and his party’s congressional majorities are in serious jeopardy.  So now, with all the grace and timing of a drunk Jersey Shore cast member, Obambi decides to tease out the release of his wonderous dream-boat socialized medicine program to the world.

I know I keep hammering this point, but…motherfuck, I thought Barack Obama was supposed to be the smartest guy on earth.  Is this the political strategery of a scary-smart dude?

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Just when you think the public option is dead

Posted by KingShamus on February 19, 2010

…what do you know?  The monster twitches a few times, pulls itself up and starts shambling inexorably towards the damsel in distress once more

In another surprising step forward for the public option, Senator Harry Reid’s office says that if a final decision is made to pass health reform via reconciliation, the Majority Leader would support holding a reconciliation vote on the public option.

With more and more Senators signing on to the letter urging Reid to hold an up or down vote on the public option under reconciliation rules, Reid spokesman Rodell Mollineau sends over a statement signaling Reid’s qualified support for the move:

Senator Reid has always and continues to support the public option as a way to drive down costs and create competition. That is why he included the measure in his original health care proposal.

If a decision is made to use reconciliation to advance health care, Senator Reid will work with the White House, the House, and members of his caucus in an effort to craft a public option that can overcome procedural obstacles and secure enough votes.

Harry Reid knows he’s all but toast in Nevada.  He probably figures he doesn’t have much to lose if he delivers on his reconciliation threat.  What, he’s not gonna get re-elected?

Another possibility is that Reid is so far out in leftist la-la land that he actually believes ram-rodding the public option through with the reconciliation vote will get him re-elected.  Somehow, all the Kos Kid/Democrat Underground statists will be so enthralled with Harry’s public option push that they’ll vote for him two or three or four times. 

Or this could all be some kind of head-fake.  Why would he be bluffing?  Hell if I know.  Maybe he thinks a hard-assed bluff will put some lead in the lefty pencil, even if he is just talking shit.

In any case, the public option has been put back onto the table.  Jeebus, what do we have to do in order to finally kill this thing dead for good?

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Mind the piles of trash, Dalai Lama dude

Posted by KingShamus on February 19, 2010

The White House Tour shows you everything

A picture’s worth a thousand words.  Or in this case, a thousand insults.

Oh, what the hell, this one’s even better.

Look, I get that Obama doesn’t want to offend China.  We owe the Chi-Coms a zillion dollars.  It would be good if we didn’t do too much to offend our impatient sugar-daddy. 

The thing is, the Chinese still got pissed, even though Obama shuffled the Dalai Lama out of the meeting with the White House refuse.  So lets re-cap.  We treated the Dalai Lama like crap and we still rubbed the Chinese the wrong way.  Somebody tell me how this is supposed to be the smart diplomacy we were promised from St. Barry.

By the way, remember back in the day when Tibetan independence was in every college-Marxoid’s policy cupboard?  Yeah, that’s been put on the backburner labelled ‘Stand-Up Freezer’ since Obama took office.   Hmmmmmm, I wonder why.

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Mardi Gras Float Win

Posted by KingShamus on February 18, 2010

Gateway Pundit has the goods.

Even people in Democrat New Orleans are pissed off at our dweeby President.

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Hot Air + Salem Communications = ???

Posted by KingShamus on February 17, 2010

Whoa, looks like favorite left-wing punching bag Michelle Malkin is gonna laugh her way right to the bank.  Good for her.

Mediaite has learned that leading center-right web site Hot Air has been acquired by Salem Communications for an undisclosed sum. Sources close to the deal claim that Michelle Malkin, the conservative pundit and sole owner of Hot Air, has been in talks with Salem for some time, but the announcement was timed to coincide with the Conservative Political Action Conference, which opens tomorrow in Washington D.C.

Hot Air is one of the biggest, most influential conservative sites on the Web and was launched on April 24, 2006, with Michelle Malkin as founder/CEO (though she remains editorially focused on her own blog MichelleMalkin.com and her own writing and television appearances.) Hot Air is managed on a day-to-day basis by editors Ed Morrissey and the mysterious AllahPundit, who are reported to be part of the deal in the sale of to Salem, and absolutely essential to the core value of Hot Air.

…Salem Communication defines itself as a leading U.S. radio broadcaster, Internet content provider, and magazine and book publisher targeting audiences interested in Christian and family-themed content and conservative values.

To be honest, I’m not sure if this is too insider-baseball stuff.  I mean, companies and properties get bought up all the time.  So what if HotAir has been bought by some media company hardly anybody knows about?  If anybody feels that way, I don’t really blame them. 

The thing is, Hot Air is an everyday spot for me.  I link to them probably once a week, and I read a lot of the content even if I don’t comment on it here.  From a writer’s perspective, they put out smart and insightful content.  For a news/politics consumer, the site is a valuable resource.  I’d be kinda annoyed if they stopped being great. 

I’m just wondering how HotAir changes under new management.  When a company gets acquired by another firm, there is always a statement made along the lines of, “Don’t worry, nothing will change”.  Frankly, that’s an impossibility.  New management always has different ideas on how to run the show.  Old employees generally like things they way they’ve always been.  That tension inevitably leads to differences in style, content and other facets of the business.  What those changes are gonna be at HotAir will be very interesting to see in the coming months.

Since this is a HotAir-centric post, I’ll end this like a Hot Air piece.  Exit Question: AllahPundit is an Eeyore-ish atheist.  Salem Communications self-describes as a Christian/family oriented company.  How long until AP gets into a tiff with his new God-fearing bosses?

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Biggest Dodgeball Game-EVER.

Posted by KingShamus on February 16, 2010

Color me impressed.

The Winter Olympics in Vancouver may be hogging the Canadian sporting limelight, but we shouldn’t overlook this accomplishment of 1,200 University of Alberta students: shattering the world record for the biggest dodgeball game ever.

The U of A’s student newspaper reportsThe floor was full of green and gold Friday as 1,200 people lined up to destroy the world record for the largest dodgeball game ever … The previous world record, held by San Diego State University, was a measly 450 people.

Nerd-tastic.

But even knowing that pretty much all 1200 of the participants are certainly exceptional dorks, the goofy kid in me would be pumped to do this.

*ducks the grasp of seniors trying to stuff me into a locker.

Anyway, here’s a link to a video documenting this record-shattering conflagration of dodge-ball players…and virgins.

I gotta add that it’s a goddamn shame that a bunch of Canuckistani hosers hold the title of biggest dodgeball contest.  Surely American college students can fit a dodgeball match in between forgetting to write research papers and packing their bongs with straight OG Kush.  This landmark needs to come back to the USA. 

I came across this link from Andy Levy’s twitter feed.  Props to Levy.

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So if Sarah Palin is a nit-wit declasse snowbilly, what is Diane Feinstein?

Posted by KingShamus on February 15, 2010

I mean, besides a declasse cheating lefty hack.  Ed Morrissey over at Hot Air has some back-story.

Fox News reports that the political history of writing notes on one’s hand shockingly didn’t start with Sarah Palin in 2010. Twenty years before, Dianne Feinstein used it in a televised debate — despite its rules prohibiting the use of notes. Steve Doocy points out that Palin was just giving a speech, where the use of notes is somewhat expected:

Skip ahead to around 1:44 to see Feinstein with some notes on her hand back in 1990.  Stay classy, Senator Di-Fi.

And by the way, fuck you very much liberal yukksters.  Not only is your dreamboat puppy dog crush Barack Obama entirely dependent on teleprompters for damn near every verbal activity, here’s a leading liberal brainiac cheating in a televised debate.  What is she resorting to?  Notes written on her hand.

At least in Palin’s case, it wasn’t cheating in a debate.  It was just a speech.  Something St. Barry can’t manage without a teleprompter.  Palin-1, leftist dong huffers-0.

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