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Archive for December, 2010

The Best Parody Videogame Trailer…evah?

Posted by KingShamus on December 17, 2010

Ladies and nerds, I give you “The Brothers Mario”.

Thanks to the one and only AceofSpadesHQ.  Thanks, homie.

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ObamaCare Gets It’s Ass Kicked In Court

Posted by KingShamus on December 16, 2010

That all-important holiest of holy individual mandate?  Unconstitutional.

 U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson said in a 42-page opinion that the so-called individual mandate provision, which requires all Americans to buy some form of health insurance, would “invite unbridled exercise of the federal police powers.”

 The Obama administration had argued that the individual mandate was essential to keep down nationwide health care costs, and that Congress had acted under its authority to regulate interstate commerce. But the judge said an individual’s decision to purchase — or to decline to purchase — health care from a private provider is beyond the “historical reach” the Constitution grants Congress to regulate interstate commerce.

“At its core,” the judge ruled, “this dispute is not simply about regulating the business of insurance, or crafting a scheme of universal health insurance coverage, its about an individual’s right to choose to participate.”

Translation:  If the feds can force you to buy health care, they can force you to buy anything.  Which is un-fucking-constitutional.

Let’s flip the script.  Imagine a scenario where a Republican president and a Republican congress pass a federal program requiring that all able-bodied law-abiding adult citizens of sound mind to purchase a handgun.  After all, the GOPers insist, most if not all people will need to defend themselves or their property at some point in their lives.  Furthermore, the individual firearms mandate is for the public good, it’ll bend the cost curve for law enforcement and people will be safer. 

One cool effect?  The psychotic vein-popping rage from progressives if that hypothetical were to occur would make the Bush Derangement Syndrome look like the aftermath of a stubbed toe. 

More importantly, what would liberals’ arguments to this legislation be?  Their first line of attack would be that this is a massive coerced subsidization of the gun industry by the American people–which it would be.  There’s no doubt that forcing citizens to buy a gun would be a spectacular windfall for Smith & Wesson, Glock, Kimber and a host of other companies.    

The second lefty argument against the GunCare bill would be even better: It’s fascist.  Here the libs would be correct as well.  Government barking orders at citizens and businesses, corporations working in crony-tastic ways with federal bureaucrats; this would be very close to the textbook definition of fascism.  

Now if it’s fascist for government to mandate a gun for adult citizens, how come it isn’t when the Democrats forces citizens to buy health care insurance?  If our hypothetical GunCare is corporate welfare for the firearms industry, how are ObamaCare’s provisions that would pump gazillions of dollars into the insurance sector’s coffers any different? 

Oh, but we know the answers to these questions, don’t we?  It’s only raaaaacist, sexist, homophobic…or fascist…if it’s something liberals don’t like.

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Great Moments in Liberal Feminism

Posted by KingShamus on December 16, 2010

Or…Old Rich White Filmmaker Bails Out Accused Sex Criminal

You decide.

KEITH OLBERMANN: One complicating issue here—address the charges against Assange in Sweden. Are they—are they a ruse? Are they—are they a front for something else? And even if they are, indeed, something nefarious against him, you are still, in essence, participating in bailing out a man who has been charged with criminal sexual charges, or will be charged under these circumstances. Address that.
MICHAEL MOORE: That’s the thing. He hasn’t been charged. They’ve brought no criminal charges against him. They want to talk to him about, about— This whole thing stinks to the high heavens. I gotta tell ya. I mean, I—I wasn’t born yesterday, but I [laughs]— I’ve seen this enough times where governments and corporations go after individuals— Geez, wasn’t I— I think I was just on your show a couple of weeks ago talking about this—
OLBERMANN: Uh-huh!
MOORE: —with my film and the health care industry. They go after people with this kind of lie and smear. Daniel Ellsberg told you about it last week on how they went after him. This is— We’ve seen this before. Now, his guilt or innocence of this— I mean, what he said they did— [grinning] and the lawyer said this today in court in London—that what they say he did and the charge is his [rolls eyes] condom broke during consensual sex.
OLBERMANN: Mm-hmm.
MOORE: That is not a crime in Britain, and so they’re making the point how can we—how can we extradite him over this? This is all a bunch of hooey as far as I’m concerned! And, and the man at least has a right to be out of prison while awaiting the hearing, and I believe that, that, uh—and this is why I participate in it; this is why I put put up a chunk of the bail money, and, um, you know, I’m proud, proud to do it because I think this man and what he’s doing, and what his group is doing, is going to save lives.

Of course, the feminists have pounced on Moore’s bailout of an accused sexual predator with their usual cool-headed understatement.

RS McCain implies that this little tiff between the feminist left and the leftover left is going to lead to some sweet blue-on-blue slapfight action. I heartily agree. Not only that, I encourage it. By all means shrieking feminazi hags, please keep screaming at sanctimonious lardbutt Michael Moore. My only wish is that somehow both sides could lose.

As much as this intramural ideological melee is going to be entertaining for the next few days, unfortunately it’s all going to blow over. By this time next week, the fat socialist weasel and his wounded fan-gals in the progressive sphere will have hashed out their differences. They’ll be playing nice in the sandbox and it’ll all blow over before you can say ‘third trimester abortion’.

Whenever some fissure in the Left appears between the feminist ideologues and the mainline movement, the Gyno-Liberals always suck it up and rejoin the fold. Remember how the PUMA’s were so upset over Barack Obama’s supposed mistreatment of Hilary Clinton during the 2008 Democrat primary? There was talk of a big female-male rift in the Democratic Party, mirroring an alleged gender-based split in the broader liberal movement. Instead of destroying the lefty coalition, the Weird Sisters held their tongues and voted for the dude they had insisted months before had disrespected a venerable feminist icon.

Funny. I thought feminists were against spousal abuse. Instead, they just keep standing by their man/political affiliation, long after everybody else has seen the bruises and stopped believeing the bullshit excuses about ‘falling down the stairs’.

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A Tale of Two Borders

Posted by KingShamus on December 16, 2010

Ever wonder how the South Korea-North Korea DMZ is like the US-Mexico border?

Me neither, but the great Fleeceme makes a strong argument that you might not have thought about before.

…I made the observation that we have more people watching South Korea’s border with North Korea, than we have watching our border with Mexico.  I would like to expound on that a bit, just for spits and giggles.

First, we have a little over 25,000 troops watching the DMZ between South and North Korea.  How many watch our border?  20,000 – border agents.  I have buddies who served in the Second Infantry over in Korea, these are hardcore regular infantryman, and Korea is a hardship tour which means you go without your family.  These are real soldiers with real guns, artillery, armored vehicles, and such – not to mention the Republic of Korea (ROK – South Korea) soldiers are some damn fine fighting men.  The point?  We have a small army of highly trained, highly efficient people securing their border, while we have 20,000 agents securing ours.

Okay, something must be up then right?  I know, Korea must have a huge border to require so many people right?  Much larger than our own for sure.  Let’s see.  Oh, that ain’t good.  Korea’s border with North Korea is only 250 km.  Ours is 3169 km.

So to break it down further, we have 100 regular Army soldiers watching every kilometer of Korea’s border, and a little over 6 agents watching every kilometer of ours.  One could argue, if we cared about our border as much as someone else’s, we should have 316,900 real soldiers watching our border with Mexico.

First of all, read the rest of the post.

Second of all, to all the open-borders dorks who piss and moan about how difficult it will be to secure our borders, this is the best rebuttal to that mindset.

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Best Toilet EVAH

Posted by KingShamus on December 16, 2010

Don’t play games with your piss.  Or maybe that’s the other way around?

There was a time when you had to go down to the arcade or pizza shop and pump quarters into machines if you wanted to enjoy a video game experience. Then computers and home gaming consoles brought video game entertainment into our living rooms. Now Sega is cornering the niche bathroom gaming market with a gaming interface named “Toirettsu” in which the user controls the game by peeing on sensors in a urinal.

If you can’t go standing up, perhaps Toirettsu isn’t for you (sorry ladies, but your hands-free method allows you to play Angry Birds on the can anyhow). Toirettsu targets restaurant and retail environments, ostensibly in hopes that by giving users goal-oriented mini-games to focus on, their men’s room floors might stay a bit cleaner as gents have somewhere to aim. And, of course, it gives establishments (and Sega) somewhere to place an ad.

We’re not so sure that urinal gaming is going to keep floors any cleaner – in fact, it’s not difficult to imagine it making floors dirtier (ever thrown your controller during a particularly frustrating round of Halo?). But it will make peeing in public toilets more fun. Layer in a multiplayer, head-to-head (pun intended) function and pretty soon men will be going to the bathroom in pairs too.

Oof.

But at least the gameplay is mind-blowing.

The Japanese:  Is there anything they can’t do?

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Michelle Obama’s Boob-Belt Jihad On Food

Posted by KingShamus on December 15, 2010

For the lifestyle Left, few things work them up more than the sanctity of their precious bodies.  In their world, anyone should be able to do anything with their physical being, from getting a stupid haircut to euthanizing themselves and everything else in between.  Not only should things like dude-on-dude sodomy and coke binges be tolerated and decriminalized, many feel that these acts should be celebrated in the rich pageant of American freedoms.  When they aren’t, when some facet of American society voices an objection to this sort of libertinism, the temper tantrums from the pushers of anti-puritanism become deafening. 

Knowing this, you’d think social issue liberalism would be aghast at government programs designed to limit what people can put into their bodies.  If you thought that was the case, you’d be thinking wrong.  Michelle Obama wants to ‘help’ parents by regulating their choices. 

There’s…a little hiccup…in the First Dietician’s plan.  Check out this perspective:

“No amount of “task forcing” or other governmental meddling will change my children’s habits.  Only I have the ability to turn off the Wii and toss the rug rats into the yard for exercise.  Only I decide whether they eat McDonald’s or steamed fish and brussel sprouts.

Folks on the left are lauding the fact that the recommendations are voluntary, not mandated.  Even though, by golly, this President has on taken the insurance, banking, and auto industries, and he’ll take on those evil peddlers of fast and junk food too! 

To those on the left, I must ask:  really?  Is nothing a private, individual decision? (I mean, other than abortion, of course.) ”

Heh.

This is the most grasping overambitious administration since FDR.  Does anybody think ‘voluntary’ is going to stay voluntary for long?

What’s out of fashion for liberals?  Parents.  What’s the hip Progressive dance craze? Having some gubmint bureaucrat raise your kids for you.

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When Centrists Choreograph

Posted by KingShamus on December 14, 2010

Ya’all wanted to watch the No Labels crowd bust a move, right?

Ask and ye shall receive!

The song is by R&B sensation Akon.  Question:  How many boatloads of cash did Mike Bloomberg have to throw at Akon for him to record this epic pile of fail. 

“No Labels” is now officially the anthem of losers, rubes and needle-dick political hacks. 

Just a reminder, in case people were thinking this is just a prank:   These folks desperately want you to take them seriously.  Joe Scarborough, Mika Brrrrrzrzrzrzrzrzzzzzzinski, Bob Inglis, Charlie Crist, Mike Bloomberg and the rest of the Swaying Suckers think this douchebaggery will get people on board the No Labels Express.  What’s the best way to do that?  Trot out the “Clap Your Hands, Say Moderation!” kids for a closing act to your big political rally. 

The mind reels. 

Really now, this is ten times worse than Karl Rove’s b-boy drag act.  At least Turdblossom knew he was a joke.  No Labels is dead-ass serious about this shit.

Exit statement-Nurse Bloomberg’s fabulous assclownage?  Confirmed, with extreme prejudice.

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The Absolutely Necessary Vitally Important Importance of The No Labels Movement

Posted by KingShamus on December 13, 2010

There are a few constants in American political life.

Bill Clinton can’t get enough of the fatties. The LaRouche Douche Crowd has a herpes-like grip on the partisan fringe. And liberals will try anything to camouflage themselves.

The left’s latest ruse is the No Labels organization, a front group for New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s quest for absolutely perfect self-satisfaction. No Labels tells us that, “…we do not have to give up our labels, merely put them aside to do what’s best for America.”

Rrrrrrrrrrrrrright.

This highlights one of the great things about political parties and political labels. If I tell you I’m a conservative Republican, you’ll have no idea what my views are on Buffy the Vampire Slayer or beef jerky, but you’ll have a good idea of what I think about taxes and foreign policy. No, partisan labels aren’t perfect; both parties have ample disagreements within their ranks on pretty much every issue. But they’re better than nothing. They’re clarifying, not confusing. In other words, labels aren’t “meaningless” as so many self-described independents claim, but meaningful. If anything, what’s meaningless is the claim that you don’t believe in labels when obviously anybody who speaks intelligently about anything must use them.
What no-labelers really mean is that they don’t like inconvenient disagreements that hinder their agenda. And that’s what is so troubling, indeed so undemocratic, about this claptrap. When they claim we need to put aside labels to do what’s right, what they are really saying is you need to put aside what you believe in and do what they say. When activists say we need to move past the partisan divide, what they mean is: Shut up and get with my program. Have you ever heard anyone say, “We need to get past all of this partisan squabbling and name-calling. That’s why I’m going to abandon all my objections and agree with you”? I haven’t.

Read the whole thing, because there’s a whole lot more win in the column.

Here’s a problem with the No Labels movement. It goes against what we know about people. Humans have an inborn drive to classify things. Even when we didn’t have genetics as a tool, people created classification systems for animals and plants. They might not have been entirely accurate, but the old mechanics of flora and fauna categorization were noble efforts that also helped to expand our understand of living things. Aristotle’s views about living things may have been flawed, but his ideas were vital in developing the modern Linneaus-based classification model we use today.

Classes, categories, labels: Whatever you want to call them, they are absolutely vital for communication. But NL would have you believe they are impediments to getting stuff done. The assumption is that partisan disagreements aren’t based on honest differences of opinion, but that arise because one side has a ‘D’ behind their name, while the other side reprazents the big ‘R’ clique.

This is genetically-enhanced nonsense overdosing on horse steroids. Ronald Reagan and the 80’s-era Left were going to disagree on nuclear disarmament no matter what their political affiliations were. George Bush and the Congressional Democrats were going to duke it out over tax cuts regardless of the party monikers they affixed to themselves.

Unless contrary evidence arises, one should probably assume that one’s ideological opponent’s motivations are heart-felt. In other words, we should go into the argument thinking that the other side believes tax cuts for the rich are bad because they really do believe that tax cuts for the rich are bad. What the No Labels organization assumes is that both sides are acting in bad faith.

That might be true of many in the Democrat and Republican camps, but it can’t be true of everybody. No Labels thinks everybody is awful..except for them…which is pretty much the definition of bad faith.

Update:  Matt from the great Conservative Hideout notes:  “…they are starting from the top down, and without a mandate from anywhere else. The people involved, are leftists or RINOS. It’ll fail, just like the Coffee Parties and the One Nation Marxists. Once the money runs out, it’ll fade away.”

Truth.  But like every other dipshit richtard with too much self-regard and not enough common sense, Mike Bloomberg thinks he can spend his way into a grassroots movement.  “If I just dump another $5 million into this fake-o-la organization, I can convince enough rubes that there is a groundswell for me, me, me, glorious me.”

Update II:  Meanwhile, Fleeceme of the rad self-titled blog makes this reference:  “In fact, I hope Bloomberg hates labels so much he cuts the one off his mattress, then he and Micky can be all lovey-dovey in the pokey.” 

I admit it.  This one has me stumped.  I feel like I should know it, but I just can’t quite pick it out.  Somebody help me out.  Whoever gets it first wins a free year subscription to Blog De KingShamus and Fleeceme.

What a deal!

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Music Monday Blues – ‘Got My Mojo Working’ by Muddy Waters

Posted by KingShamus on December 13, 2010

This ain’t just the blues.  This is da bloooooz.

Here is the incomparable McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters.

If you’re a fan of Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones or The Yardbirds, you have Muddy Waters to thank.  His influence upon those guys–and many others–cannot be ignored.

There are times when the blues gets pegged as sad music.  There is some justification for that; the genre is called the blues for a reason.  But there’s more to it than just old-skool emo melancholy.  In this tune, even though Muddy is lamenting the fact that his pick-up lines aren’t working on the girl he’s talking to in the song, there’s a great sense of humor in the performance.  Muddy might not have gotten the chick, but he’s having a blast.  

Further, the Muddy Waters acolyte and Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has said that the blues can be anything a musician wants it to be, which highlights a great facet of the genre.  Because the blues is based around improvisation and personalization, performers feel free to take songs in vastly different directions from the original composition.  Compare two takes on the same song.  Muddy’s 1954 version of “I Just Want To Make Love To You” is a slow sexed-up grind.  The drums tap out an old-time stripper beat, while Waters is testifying his amorous desires.  Now look at British rock band Foghat’s 1972 cover.  In place of a sly lustful shout-out to a hot chick, you get wailing electric guitars, a quicker tempo and a party-hearty atmosphere.

Both versions are really great, even though they’re stylistically miles apart.  Same song, basically the same lyrics…but each tune creates its own definitive atmosphere.  If you look at the development of the blues over the last hundred-odd years, you’ll find innumerable examples of songs evolving over the course of time.  The idea that a tune doesn’t have to be done the same way all the time, that a performer can rework the song according to his or her personal tastes on a day-by-day basis is what makes the blues so interesting to so many listeners.  This elastic quality is one very big reason why the blues has become a musical style with fans across the globe.

This post goes out to my father, who turned me on to this stuff a while ago, but I haven’t gotten a chance to do a piece on it until now.  Big ups, Dad.  You rule.

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Iowahawk’s Take On ‘Sources’

Posted by KingShamus on December 13, 2010

Hahaha.

Sources: Shit Talk Really Flying at Dem-Obama Unity Meeting, But You Didn’t Hear That From Sources

WASHINGTON DC – An afternoon White House closed-door unity summit between President Obama, congressional Democrats and progressive activists decended into a bitter, profanity-laced screaming match of backstabbing, recriminations and total shit talk, according to sources who request you not mention you heard this from sources.

Sources say tensions erupted at the meeting after Mr. Obama and congressional leaders disagreed on the best strategy for exploiting ideological divisions within the incoming GOP caucus. According to several independent reports, one sitting member of Congress was heard to mutter under his breath “fuck the President.” It was not immediately clear who the alleged f-bomber was, but according to one source, it could have been almost any member of the Democratic caucus.

“Talk to any Democratic member of Congress privately, and they will tell you they think the President single-handedly fucked up the 2010 midterm elections, destroying a once-in-a-century opportunity for the party,” said the source. “They’ll call him aloof, out of touch, incompetent, over his head. And then, whoa nelly, then comes the ear jokes.”

When informed of the remark, sources inside the White House say the President reacted furiously. “Fuck me? Fuck me?? No, Congress – fuck you, fuck all of you incompetent fucking fucks,” Obama is said to have lashed out, although the sources remind you that this is strictly between sources and you.

Read the rest at the link.  There’s comedy gold in them thar blog hills.

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About that Obama/Bubba Tag-Team Press Conference

Posted by KingShamus on December 12, 2010

A lot of people have commented on St. Barry’s intensely weird press conference the other day.

In case you haven’t seen it, check out the video, courtesy of the awesome Pundit & Pundette.

RS McCain was overheard snarking, “Bill Clinton never had a problem with ‘keeping the first lady waiting for about half an hour.’ IYKWIMAITYD.”

Maybe we’re being a little hard on President Sexxxy Pantscrease.  I mean, we should’ve seen Obama’s early-onset Billy Jeff Dependency Syndrome coming years ago.  Look at what Slublog found in the photo archives. 

Mom jeans, window-licker headgear and Clinton brand training wheels.

Hah.

Beyond the obvious comedy to be had at the President’s expense, there’s something serious going on.

The President, like every other commander-in-chief, is a narcissist.  But in the case of Obama, self-love is nothing short of epic.  Don’t believe my amateur long distance psychoanalysis?  Listen to Barry’s BFF Valerie Jarrett:

In his biography of Obama, “The Bridge,” David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, quotes White House senior adviser and longtime Obama friend Valerie Jarrett: “I think Barack knew that he had God-given talents that were extraordinary. He knows exactly how smart he is. … He knows how perceptive he is. He knows what a good reader of people he is. And he knows that he has the ability — the extraordinary, uncanny ability — to take a thousand different perspectives, digest them and make sense out of them, and I think that he has never really been challenged intellectually. … So what I sensed in him was not just a restless spirit but somebody with such extraordinary talents that had to be really taxed in order for him to be happy. … He’s been bored to death his whole life. He’s just too talented to do what ordinary people do.”

Wow.

Obama hated being a US Senator because it was so slow and yawn-inducing.  He blew past his first book deal deadline–mind you, he was writing his first memoir, in his early thirties–since it didn’t fire off his truly dizzying intellect.  And he’s surrounded himself with an army of dong-huffing sycophants so rabid Justin Bieber’s teenage fans are embarrassed by Obama’s ass kissing coterie.  Mere ‘narcissism’ might be too generous.

Let’s face an unpleasant fact:  Barack Obama has always been an undertalented overconfident affirmative action hire throughout his whole existence.   Of course Obambi doesn’t see it that way.  He truly believes he’s as good as Valerie Jarrett…and everyone else in his circle of assclowns…says he is. 

The problem is that Obama has run into a stumbling block.  The Presidency isn’t an adjunct college professor gig.  Nor is it a scatterbrained dilettante’s writing assignment.  It’s not some small time rabble rousing effort in a piss poor godforsaken Chicago scumhole.  Contrary to liberal opinion, you can’t compare the White House to a jokey junior US Senator’s no-show job.  No, being President means that people will hold you to slightly higher standards than what you might’ve had earlier in life.

How has our self-satisfied child prince handled his first two years in the White House.  He’s successfully completed the process of morphing federal spending into a massive piggy-bank for cronies and supporters.  His war policies and foreign relations work has been a schizophrenic mess.  During a time of economic recession and back-breaking unemployment, his signature domestic agenda item is a universally hated, job-killing, freedom-infringing, deficit-exploding health care reform scheme that many people say will make Americans less healthy while at the same time putting the nation on the path to rationing.

Surprise, surprise:  After all that fail, Obama is not popular amongst American voters.  

Even less shocking:  A spoiled brat playing to type when the going gets tough.

If you can stand it, try observing a petulant teenager for a while.  Watch what happens when he runs into something difficult. What’s the first thing he’ll say?  “I’m bored with this.”  Translation: “I am completely incapable of finishing this task, so I’m going to try to save face and act like this is really lame.”

In the same way, Barack Obama is ‘bored’ by the presidency.  All this ‘mundane’ work is clearly beneath the man.  Creating a national policy agenda, being responsible for the nuclear football, worrying over the economy–it’s all so terribly ‘dull’. 

When Obama found himself sharing the White House briefing room podium with Bill Clinton, rather than tough out another tedious press conference, he took his ball and went home.  He had a holiday party to attend, after all.  A party where inevitably all the attendees will be patting Obambi on the balls and telling him how great he is.  Yeah, that’s just thing to alleviate our President’s chronic case of boredom.  [sarc/]  

Glass half empty:  Barack Obama has once again found a job that doesn’t excite him.

Glass half full:  America is perfectly capable of finding President SuperGenius JesusDude McBrainiac intellectually satisfying work in less than two years.

UPDATE:  Best demotivator…evah?

I found this slice of fried gold over at A Time For Choosing.  Great stuff.

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From the Subcontinent That Gave Us Sanskrit…

Posted by KingShamus on December 12, 2010

…And other fine develoments in human history comes yet another, ummm, fine development.

I give you Neetu Chandra.

See, she’s even cute when she’s working out.

Enjoy, BDKS readers.

You’re welcome.

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Great Observation About Religious Charities

Posted by KingShamus on December 11, 2010

Trestin Meacham makes it.  I’m going to steal it.

Because of the inefficient nature of large government, religions and private charities are far more efficient at providing for the needs of the poor. The less tax burden a government places on the people, the more they are able to give to these organizations. In nations were socialism has become the norm charitable donations are significantly less.

And look, he even gives us an example.

Bingo.

I was not a fan of George Bush’s faith-based initiatives.  I thought it was too much government mucking around in the religious missions of America’s churches.  But I can also understand why Dubya thought it was a good idea.

The truth is that even the most humble temple is far more capable of delivering effective relief to the poor than the entire federal welfare apparatus.  One big reason?  Religious groups are not coerced into donating time or money to the cause.  A faith-based charity is made up of people who have freely given their talents and energy to help the organization. 

Contrast that with your average government social worker.  Many of them do great work and many of them are driven by heart-felt generosity.  Having said that, there is a natural instinct for bureaucrats to expand their agencies.  This means that there is often a strong pull for social workers to expand–rather than contract–their case loads.  Consequently, more people get added to the welfare rolls when instead the mission should be to get people out of the government dependency trap.

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Sounds Like A Great Idea, With The Best Of Intentions!

Posted by KingShamus on December 10, 2010

Hahaha.

In my opinion,  this is the most concise rebuttal to the inherent stupidity of the ‘WE GOTTA DO SOMETHING!!!!!!!!!!!’ Caucus.

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Berkeley City Council Continues To Meet Expectations

Posted by KingShamus on December 9, 2010

From the same people that wanted to chase the US Marines out of the city comes this.

Army private jailed for allegedly leaking sensitive military data is a hero and should be freed, according to a resolution under consideration by the Berkeley City Council.

The council is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to declare its support for Pfc. Bradley Manning, who’s suspected of providing WikiLeaks with classified military documents and a video depicting an Army helicopter attack in Baghdad in which 11 civilians were killed.

Basically, Berkely has once again embraced it’s stereotypical douchebaggery.

In other unsurprising news, the Jersey Shore’s Snooki revealed that she has copulated with hordes of anonymous men in her sexual career.

Let’s check out the city council’s reasoning behind their resolution.

“If he did what he’s accused of doing, he’s a patriot and should get a medal,” said Bob Meola, the Berkeley peace and justice commissioner who authored the resolution. “I think the war criminals should be the ones prosecuted, not the whistle-blowers.”

First of all, what the fuck are the duties assigned to a ‘peace and justice commissioner’? I mean, besides wringing his hands, pathetic mealy-mouthed mewling and writing pointless legislative resolutions that highlight his city’s intense prog-tardism?

Second, you gotta love Bob Meola’s definition of patriotism. Private Manning’s pussy-ass bitch fit over ‘don’t ask don’t tell’ damaged US credibility. It will make other countries less likely to share intel with us. It could very well result in the deaths of Manning’s fellow military personnel and American civilians.

Here’s another great part about Manning’s undying heart filled devotion to his country.

Wikileaks then proceeded to release 90,000 pages of classified documents, which outed Afghan informants. This was unforgivable. The bravery of our United States troops is known and appreciated by most Americans, but many underestimate the danger that Afghan civilians put themselves in when they choose to work with us to bring the Taliban down. These informants, if discovered, will be murdered. Their families will be murdered. They took an incredible risk, and displayed unbelievable courage and bravery, and were rewarded by being sold out by a gay soldier who apparently felt like he was teased too much.

Let me get this straight. Private Panty Waist has put countless American and allied lives in jeopardy all because he can’t get over his own mildly dinged-up feelings?

Right. Of course. Private Manning is a patriot. With patriots like these, who needs sleeper cells?

And this is the guy the Berkely City Council is thinking about honoring?

I have an idea. Since Berkely’s sense of patriotism is obviously much more developed and nuanced than the rest of America’s, it’s clear that they’re far too advanced for the US. We should allow the city to develop on it’s own, free from the racist sexist homophobia of the US of KKK A. I hereby call for a unilateral military pull-out from Berkely. I know it will be difficult for unenlightened America to give up this shining liberal beacon, but somehow we’ll manage. Better still, when we invite Cuba, Iran or North Korea to annex Berkely, I’m certain guys like Bob Meola will find worthy positions in the new progressive order.

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More Thoughts On Extending The Bush Tax Cuts

Posted by KingShamus on December 8, 2010

A lot of people on the Right are kinda torqued off that the Republicans gave in and extended unemployment benefits in order to get the Bush tax cuts redone.  There are legitimate arguments why caving on the unemployment stuff is not ideologically sound.  One can also make a case that extending unemployment bennies is not good from a deficit hawk perspective.

But there’s at least one good reason why the GOP did the right thing: the deal is a political winner.

Two major elements included in the tax agreement reached Monday between President Barack Obama and Republican leaders in Congress meet with broad public support. Two-thirds of Americans (66%) favor extending the 2001/2003 tax cuts for all Americans for two years, and an identical number support extending unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed. …

Recall the political climate in 1995.  The Gingrich-Clinton battle over the federal budget was dutifully portrayed by the lamestream leftist media as Scowling Newt The Puppy-Strangling Kid-Punching Elderly-Hating Scrooge versus Beloved Bill: Defender of All That Was, Is, & Ever Will Be Good.  The conservative momentum of the 1994 landslide quickly reversed itself as the Republicans took a public-relations shellacking.  It’s instructive to note that this scenario played itself out during a time of relative peace, prosperity and strong employment figures.

Fast forward to now.  Let’s say the Republicans drew a line in the sand and refused to extend unemployment benefits.  During a time when 9% of people are out of work, that would be a hard position for the GOP to sell to people.  Worse, the Republicans would then fall into the tired but still somewhat potent class warfare game that the Democrats love to play. 

Now, it’s quite possible that John Boehner and Mitch McConnell might have beaten the Dems in that fight. The problem is that winning would result in the loss of very precious and very finite political capital.  There are absolutely gargantuan wars that are coming up very soon.  The budget fight with President PantsCrease could become very difficult.  Repealing ObamaCare is going to be an epic struggle.  Both will require Republicans taking hits from the government-MSM complex.  In fact, every battle the Republicans fight with Obama and the Donks over the next two years will require the GOP getting beat up to one degree or another.  

Keeping the status quo on unemployment benefits would’ve been a fiscally wise goal.  But it wasn’t worth the losses that would’ve resulted from getting it done.  Not when you realize what wars are on the horizon for the Republicans.

Cross-Posted At Baldilocks.  Thank you so much, Juliette.  You rule.

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The Bush Tax Cuts and the Collapse of the Obamacrats

Posted by KingShamus on December 8, 2010

I know more than a few conservatives are not thrilled with deal the GOP cut with Obama over extending the Bush tax cuts.  I can understand why some on the Right are justifiably annoyed.  The agreement isn’t all ewok fiestas and gumdrop smiles for the anti-tax/small-government good guys.

But try this on for size before ya’all get too aggravated.

…he [Obama] recognized the reality that in order to prevent a tax increase on those with incomes under $250,000 he had to prevent a tax increase on those over that line as well.

This has infuriated liberal Democrats like outgoing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., but they share some of the blame themselves. They probably could have passed their version of the tax bill earlier this year, before the economic recovery stalled in the spring.

But with the economy faltering, there’s a strong argument against raising anyone’s taxes — strong enough to have persuaded many congressional Democrats.

Obama had to abandon his goal of raising taxes on high earners not because Republicans opposed it but because not enough Democrats supported it. Pelosi couldn’t summon up a majority on the issue back in September, and Harry Reid could get only 53 of the needed 60 votes this month.

Democrats, not Republicans, are responsible for extension of all the “Bush tax cuts.”

Translation:  “We won.  Eat it, Donkey-Punchers”

For those of you who were looking for some more happy little reverberations coming off the 2010 midterms, you just got it.

Now this doesn’t mean Democrats have suddenly become BFF’s with Arthur Laffer.  What it does suggest is that the Democrats are starting to recognize just how far they drifted away the American electorate.  The Dems are still brainless charmless socialists, but now they’re also divided demoralized defeated and depleted socialists…which are some of the best statists you can have.

Think about it this way:  In early December 2008, if somebody told you that in two years Obama would be forced by dire political circumstances to extend the Bush tax cuts–as opposed to President Teleprompter Jesus sharply increasing taxes, like most people thought–you probably would’ve laughed that person into the next state.  Right after Election ’08, Obama looked pretty strong and the GOP looked like it wasn’t going to be able to mount a credible opposition to St. Barry’s hopeychangey progressivism

Instead…the President, Pelosi and Reid have become so weakened by the midterms that they can’t arm-twist their party to raise taxes on the rich. 

Ponder that joyous little nugget for a moment.

The Dems publicly rub one out to the idea of pushing up tax rates on wealthy earners almost every single day.  Making rich folks ‘PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE!!!!!!!111111111eleventy!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!!!!!!’ has been a signature leftist whining jag for almost forty years.  Besides health care deform and aborting inconvenient babies, tax hikes for the overfunded upper class is the staple agenda item for Democrats.

And what did the Democrats just do regarding that ideological pillar?  They got to watch their liberal champion fold up while having a very public foot-stamping temper tantrum.

We’re in Obama’s cement-laden head, folks.  Rather than get caught up in the minutiae–and like I said, it’s understandable if you’re not in full-on joyspazz mode with some parts of the deal–let us savor the sweet nougat-rich moment when Democrats were forced by us and our big red midterm wave to abandon one of their treasured political staples. 

Better still, let’s be inspired by this totally awesome awesomeness to come up with more gleeful ways to compel Democrats to renounce other parts of their stupid lefty principles. 

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Music Monday Alterno-Rock: “Tropicalia” by Beck

Posted by KingShamus on December 6, 2010

Dig this, ya’all.

Beck is an interesting cat, to say the least.  When I first heard “Loser” back in the day, I thought it was a cool song, but it seemed like homeboy was destined to be a one-hit wonder.  Instead, he just kept cranking out great albums.  I was very happy to be wrong on this one.

“Tropicalia” is off of Mutations, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed Odelay.  Where that disc was a series of mostly upbeat sample-happy sound collages, Mutations was by and large slow, somber and built around live instrumentation.  This album, with it’s roots in blues, country and…in this case…60’s era Brazilian pop, was the effort that convinced many skeptics that Beck was more than just a Gen-X slacker doofus with an over-stuffed record collection.

Also highly recommended from Mutations:  “Static“–great great great tune.  ‘Let me drown in a convalescent bliss’ is such a weird obtuse lyric, but it’s so evocative at the same time.  Like most of Beck’s lines it’s hard to figure out what exactly he means, but when combined with the music, his songs create a palpable atmosphere.  That’s a helluva talent.

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Smart diplomacy gets smarter and smarter

Posted by KingShamus on December 6, 2010

Competence.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton tried to speak with Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki twice on Friday, pursuing him both inside and outside the gala dinner here at the Ritz Carlton in Manama. But Mottaki deliberately avoided contact with her both times…Clinton’s first attempt came just as the dinner ended. All the leaders sitting at the head table were shaking each other’s hands. Mottaki was shaking hands with Jordan’s King Abdullah II when Clinton called out to him.
“As I was leaving and they were telling me, ‘Hurry up, you have to get to the plane,’ I got up to leave and he was sitting several seats down from me and he was shaking people’s hands, and he saw me and he stopped and began to turn away,” Clinton told reporters on the plane ride home.

“And I said, ‘Hello, minister!’ And he just turned away,” said Clinton, adding that Mottaki seemed to mutter something in Farsi but was clearly trying to avoid her.

Well, okay. To be fair, diplomatic snubs are not uncommon. Hill-Dawg is the Secretary of State for the most powerful country on the planet, but even the great and powerful Warren Christopher got the cold shoulder. But at least Madame Clinton didn’t go chasing Mottaki around a second time, right?

The next attempt by Clinton came outside the conference space, in the driveway while both leaders were waiting for their motorcades to pull up. Again, Clinton called out to Mottaki with a greeting and again, Mottaki refused to respond.

Uggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

One thing about diplomacy: When a pissant little fuckstick like Manouchehr Mottaki blows you off like a bad date, it doesn’t bode well for future negotiations.

Why does Mottaki feel he can just ignore Secretary Clinton? Josh Rogin, the original author of the piece, suggests that it might be that the Iranian foreign minister just doesn’t like dealing with women. That’s a distinct possibility, but I don’t think that’s it.

In reality, Mottaki thinks he can away with it because there will be few–if any–consequences for the snub. Is the Obama Administration going to tighten up sanctions on Iran? The Iranian government doesn’t care about that in the slightest. Will the US use the military against the Persians? Heh, that’s funny.

Smart diplomacy sure seems awfully dumb. Intelligent foreign relations probably shouldn’t look like a doe-eyed teenager jumping up and down trying to get the attention of her otherwise indifferent man-crush.

But hey, maybe I’m missing something here.

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Frank Rich’s Assclownage Confirmed

Posted by KingShamus on December 6, 2010

Dude, stop crying.

THOSE desperate to decipher the baffling Obama presidency could do worse than consult an article titled “Understanding Stockholm Syndrome” in the online archive of The F.B.I. Law Enforcement Bulletin. It explains that hostage takers are most successful at winning a victim’s loyalty if they temper their brutality with a bogus show of kindness. Soon enough, the hostage will start concentrating on his captors’ “good side” and develop psychological characteristics to please them — “dependency; lack of initiative; and an inability to act, decide or think.”

This dynamic was acted out — yet again — in President Obama’s latest and perhaps most humiliating attempt to placate his Republican captors in Washington. No sooner did he invite the G.O.P.’s Congressional leaders to a post-election White House summit meeting than they countered his hospitality with a slap — postponing the date for two weeks because of “scheduling conflicts.” But they were kind enough to reschedule, and that was enough to get Obama to concentrate once more on his captors’ “good side.”

And so, as the big bipartisan event finally arrived last week, he handed them an unexpected gift, a freeze on federal salaries. Then he made a hostage video hailing the White House meeting as “a sincere effort on the part of everybody involved to actually commit to work together.” Hardly had this staged effusion of happy talk been disseminated than we learned of Mitch McConnell’s letter vowing to hold not just the president but the entire government hostage by blocking all legislation until the Bush-era tax cuts were extended for the top 2 percent of American households.

So now the GOP are hostage-takers. Wow. At least Frank Rich isn’t calling Republicans terrorists. He left that job for Senator Robert Menendez to handle all on his own. The division of labor within the government-media complex is pretty sweet.

There have been so many reasons to rejoice over these last midterms. What’s been most enjoyable is watching all the barely-concealed temper tantrums within the left-o-sphere. Rich’s petulant rattle-banging appears aimed at those eeeeeeeevil Republicans. In reality, he’s just pissed off that Obama’s incompetence has been laid bare.

Also, for all the self-satisfied nerdlingtons who accuse conservatives of epistemic closure, take note how the intellectuals on the Left and Right handled their party’s beatdowns in 2008 and 2010. When the GOP got creamed in 2008, there was quite a bit of anger amongst conservatives. Yes, some of that was directed outward. However, the basic reaction on Right was bitter disappointment followed by an intense period of reflection on the Bush years and the GOP majorities of the 2000-2006 period. You could almost say that conservatives were–what’s the word?–questioning their ideological underpinnings as well as their tactics and strategies during the time when Republicans controlled Congress and/or the presidency. Better still, that self-criticism of the GOP during the early 2000’s is still going on now.

Contrast that with the recent losses suffered by the Democrat Party. How have they reacted to their nasty defeat? With angry foot-stamping and utterly delusional name-calling.

So of course, conservatives are the close-minded ones.

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