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Archive for March, 2011

Best Earth Hour Sign-Off…EVAH!

Posted by KingShamus on March 30, 2011

Well, another Earth Hour came and went. Not being a credulous stinkbag granola-gobbling hippie or a pompous cynical hack who uses environmentalism to get rich, I could not care less about this retarded made-up holiday/enviro-guilt hairshirt self-flagellation fail fest.

But this is pretty good.

Nice find by Tim Blair, another awesome Aussie in the fine tradition of MK of the fearless Down Under On The Right Side and Patrick Carroll of the terrific It’s A Matter Of Opinion.

I guess you can call this my high-five to the Antipodeans post, but whatevs. Clickie the MK and Patrick Carroll linkies. Some great bloggage to be had. Trust me.

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Evil Rich American Cowboy Imperialists! (Doing Much Needed Charity Work)

Posted by KingShamus on March 29, 2011

In all seriousness, this is kind of amazing.

Watch this video news report from a Japanese TV station. It’s a story about US Navy personnel flying supplies to Sendai, Japan…

You’ll see an older Japanese man a little ways into the clip, speaking to the camera. What he says is, essentially, that the townspeople had no idea the Americans were coming or bringing them anything. There was no announcement or anything about it. Which is true. Between the destroyed roads and the radiation fears, hardly anyone can even get to the Sendai area. But these US pilots did.

Bryan Preston over at the PJ Tatler notes that this was an ad-hoc thing. The Navy guys threw this releief package together on their own initiative. Mind-blowing stuff.

We may act like rich American cowboys from time to time. Lord knows we stick our nose into more international slap-fights than we probably should. But we’re not imperialists. More plainly, as the clip shows, we’re not evil.

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Bill Ayers: I Wrote ‘Dreams From My Father’

Posted by KingShamus on March 28, 2011

The great Jerome Corsi documents yet another shrapnel fragment flying off the continuing Obama train wreck. 

Bill Ayers: One more, one more (question)

Question: Thank you sir, thank you, thank you. Time magazine columnist Joe Klein wrote that President Obama’s book, “Dreams from My Father,” quote: “may be the best written memoir ever produced by an American politician.”

Ayers: I agree with that.

Question: What is your opinion of Barack Obama’s style as a writer and uh …

Ayers: I think the book is very good, the second book (“The Audacity of Hope”) is more of a political hack book, but uh, the first book is quite good.

Question: Also, you just mentioned the Pentagon and Tomahawk …

Ayers: Did you know that I wrote it, incidentally?

Question: What’s that?

Ayers: I wrote that book.

Several audience members: Yeah, we know that.

Question: You wrote that?

Ayers: Yeah, yeah. And if you help me prove it, I’ll split the royalties with you. Thank you very much.

Oooooof.

WND contributor Jack Cashill seems to think this is a shot across Barack Obama’s bow.  In his opinion, the very anti-war Bill Ayers is angry at Obama for the President’s Libyan war kinetic military action.  I think that’ a pretty good assessment.

I don’t believe that’s the entire story here though.  I think Bill Ayers is suffering from a classic case of ‘Tire Tracks From Under Obama’s Bus’ Syndrome.  Peace Prize Barry basically used Ayers like a kleenex.  Instead of Ayers catching at least a little credit for penning ‘Dreams’–something like ‘By Barack Obama and William Ayers’–homeboy got a whole lot of nothing.   

It might’ve been easier for Ayers to get no props for ‘Dreams’ when Obambi was a hack community rabble-rouser or a benchwarming Illinois state Senator.  When the former Weatherman watched Obama become a Democrat Party show-horse and media-created President, without ever acknowledging Bill Ayers’ full contribution to the St. Bambi mythos, that was probably incredibly grating.  Obama’s North African adventurism may have been simply the last straw.

More importantly than Bill Ayers needing to recover from his skinned knee and bruised ego, this episode is just one more nail in the coffin for the Barack Obama 2008 campaign narrative.  “Dreams From My Father” was a big piece of Obama’s intellectual curriculum vitae.  As opposed to the supposedly illiterate Dubya or the crusty old warrior John McCain, Candidate Lightbringer was a serious author who had written not one, but two books.  ‘Dreams’ and “The Audacity of Hope” were meant to display Barry’s intellectual firepower.  While the junior Senator from Illinois had almost no legislative accomplishments, his alleged mastery of the written word was supposed to assure nervous voters that they were supporting a true Renaissance man.

And now we see the myth of Obama’s intellectualism crumbling.  All it took was one of the key enablers in Bamster’s web of lies to get pissed off at his former protegé.  Barry’s chickens are finally coming home to roost.

But really, one can’t be completely shocked when a politician as weaselly as Barack Obama is found out to have inflated his resume.  To paraphrase Winston Churchill’s comments about Clement Atlee, Senator HopeyChangey’s barely there congressional record had much to be humble about.  No empty suit candidate with a similar donut hole in his history could do anything else.  Obama is clearly no exception to this fibbing phenomenon.

The blame for Obama being able to pull off this sham rests not with the President, but with the American mainstream press.  The New York Times/MSNBC/Washington Post Axis of Fail constantly pats itself on the crotch for brave truth-telling.  Instead of digging into Obama’s shady past, they did everything they could to bury damaging details about their preferred candidate and attacking his opposition.

Better still, this MSM willful blindness also reveals just how badly they suck at the one job they’re supposed to be experts in.  They’re the ones who were supposed to figure out just how large Bill Ayers figured in Barack Obama’s narrative.  The lamestream press allowed the illusion of Barack Obama’s superior intelligence, a major component of his appeal to voters, to flourish without a question.  By doing that, they set themselves up to be punked out by bloggers who have shown more initiative in the last two years than Big Media has shown in the last two decades.

I snagged the Corsi link from TallulahStar’s twitter feed.  Thanks!

UPDATE: Now a big ole’ Memeorandum thread too. Time to pile on while the piling on is good, I say.

UPDATE II:  Allahpundit offers a dissenting view:

Via the American Thinker. I think John Hawkins is spot on in detecting the sarcasm here, but if you’re inclined to believe that Ayers is The One’s ghostwriter, you’re bound to detect a “deeper truth” in his tone.

… I think he enjoys mocking people who push this idea and enjoys it doubly when they can’t detect the mockery. In fact, I’d bet that this is his stock response anytime the book is mentioned in his presence — insisting that he wrote it to see if the listener laughs and then toying with them if they seem credulous. But as I say, your mileage may vary.

Yeah, this doesn’t exactly work for me.  AP’s analysis discounts Jack Cashill’s work that pretty much proves that Bill Ayers wrote “Dreams”.  Cashill lays out the bones of his argument here.

To credit Dreams to Obama alone, one has to posit any number of near miraculous variables: he somehow found the time; he somewhere mastered nautical jargon and postmodern jabberwocky; he in some sudden, inexplicable way developed the technique and the talent to transform himself from stumbling amateur to literary superstar without any stops in between.

If anything, the last few years should make Cashill’s thesis even more believable.  The Duffer-in-Chief is not exactly breaking his back as President.  Dude works harder on his NCAA basketball brackets than on seemingly anything else.   The guy requires a teleprompter for both formal and informal occasions.  It seems highly unlikely that Barack Obama would put in the work necessary to become a strong writer.       

Moreover, why can’t two things be true at once?  Why can’t Bill Ayers be sarcastic and be telling the truth at the same time?  I mean, it’s sorta weird, but it’s not such a strange thing.  Ayers is a squirrelly lib hack.  It makes weird sense that he’d do something so goofy and underhanded.  Homeboy probably chubs up a little thinking how clever he is laying out this secret in plain view.

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Music Monday Danish-“I Only Wanna Be With You” by Volbeat

Posted by KingShamus on March 28, 2011

“I Only Wanna Be With You” has been covered a zillion times by a zillion singers.  This version might be a little too rude for the late great Dusty Springfield though.

I’ll be honest .  Sometimes a remake of a song can be very problematic.  The lameness quotient of a band can kill an otherwise cool tune.

I dig what Volbeat did with this beloved chestnut.  No, they didn’t take the song in a new direction; Luis Miguel had that job covered a long time ago.  Instead, they simply turned up the amps, mashed the distortion peddle and rocked it out.  But they did it with a sense of humor, which makes all the difference.

When metal dudes allow themselves to have a laugh once in a while, it’s generally a good thing.  Limp Bizkit could be very emo-douchey for a bunch of totally hard rap rock bros.  But their cover of “Faith” was a chance to take off their brainless mook masks, even for just a second. 

Same thing with Volbeat.  Metal can be so ponderously angry and morose.  It doesn’t have to be that way.  Even Led Zeppelin cracked a joke every now and then.

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Obama Versus Bush/Libya Versus Iraq: The Explanation

Posted by KingShamus on March 27, 2011

This one is gonna sting at little, lefties.

“OBAMA IS AWESOME!”

Hehehehee.

I swiped this from sECULAR sTUPIDEST, a very cool Twitter pal.

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Rule Five Brasilia Edition: Raica Oliveira, Cleo Pires, Natalia Anderle, Camila Rodrigues, Morena Baccarin

Posted by KingShamus on March 26, 2011

Brazil.  It’s not just the home of a very specific kind of waxing or blow-out.  No, Gentle Reader, Brazil has more to offer than it’s various hair treatments.  I know this is going to come as a shock to many of you, but Brazil has been known to have a few attractive women.     

I wanna let you all know something:  I had a really hard time finding hot Brazilian chicks.  As you can all imagine, it was utter torture.  But I went through that misery for the most important people in the world–my readers.

I just hope you appreciate the sacrifices I make for you.

Anyhoooo, on to the cheesecake!

Raica Oliveira

Cleo Pires

Natalia Anderle

Camila Rodrigues

Morena Baccarin

ENJOY!

UPDATE:  Big up to The Daley Gator for hooking us up with some linky love and a nice Gator-lanche to boot.  Thanks to all the Gator-Fans who stopped by.  Come back any time.

As for my readers, I highly reccommend you take a gander at The Daley Gator’s Rule Five Mega-Post.  It’s awesome.

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Jimmy Carter Speechwiter James Fallows Suddenly Worried About Political Intimidation

Posted by KingShamus on March 25, 2011

Let the faux-sincere handwringing commence!

William Cronon whom I know very slightly, is as good as the American academic establishment can now produce. He is president of the American Historical Association; he is the Frederick Jackson Turner professor of history at the University of Wisconsin; his Nature’s Metropolis and Changes in the Land are books any writer would be proud to claim.

Because Cronon dared write an op-ed piece in the New York Times* pointing to Wisconsin’s long tradition of bi-partisan, “good government”-minded support of collective bargaining rights, and criticizing Gov. Scott Walker for his campaign against organized labor and collective bargaining, the Wisconsin Republican Party is launching a legal effort to look through his email archives to see if he has been involved in the recent protests in the state. The putative rationale is that Cronon’s messages were sent on the University of Wisconsin’s email system and therefore are covered by the state’s open-records law.

Hey, maybe I spoke too soon. Perhaps Fallows has a point. Actions that have the appearance of bullying a respected college professor is quite troubling. You know what else is quite troubling? Death threats.

MADISON – The State Department of Justice confirms that it is investigating several death threats against a number of lawmakers in response to the legislature’s move to strip employees of many collective bargaining rights.

Among the threats the Justice Department is investigationg is one that was emailed to Republican Senators Wednesday night. Newsradio 620 WTMJ has obtained that email.

The following is the unedited email:

Please put your things in order because you will be killed and your familes will also be killed due to your actions in the last 8 weeks. Please explain to them that this is because if we get rid of you and your families then it will save the rights of 300,000 people and also be able to close the deficit that you have created. I hope you have a good time in hell. Read below for more information on possible scenarios in which you will die.

Where was James Fallows when this came to light? You’d think a dude who was so concerned about an investigation into one professor having a chilling effect on academia would be just as interested in a threat to kill GOP politicians having a chilling effect on those people’s lives.

Oh yeah, it’s only intimidation when a Republican does it.

Yep, this is a Memeorandum thread.

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Your Obama Politically Correct Euphemism of the Day

Posted by KingShamus on March 24, 2011

We’re no longer gonna call it ‘war‘.

In a briefing on board Air Force One Wednesday, deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes took a crack at an answer.  “I think what we are doing is enforcing a resolution that has a very clear set of goals, which is protecting the Libyan people, averting a humanitarian crisis, and setting up a no-fly zone,” Rhodes said.  “Obviously that involves kinetic military action, particularly on the front end.”

Well, okay. 

If some boot-licking lackey of Barack Obambi is using this goofball terminology for war, far be it from me to fight against it.

A lot of folks like to play video games, one of the most popular is “World of Kinetic Military Actions Craft”

The overseas contingency operation historian Von Clausewitz noted that “Kinetic Military Action is diplomacy by other means.”

The Union once fought the Confederates in a conflict many Southerners still call “The Kinetic Military Actions of Northern Interstate Contingency Operations”.

William Tecumseh Sherman observed that “Kinetic Military Action is the Unrewarding Afterlife Domain”.

Back in the 80’s, folks used to watch “The Place-Specific Kinetic Military Actions of the Network Stars”.

Plato once said, “It is only the metabollically-deficient who have seen the end of Kinetic Military Action”.

Anyhooo, that’s all I’ve got.  Now it’s your turn.  See how many you can come up with!  Whoever I deem the winner gets a free e-handshake from me!

(There is no such thing as an e-handshake)

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Why People Can’t Make Obama Jokes

Posted by KingShamus on March 24, 2011

I never heard of Ross Bennett before, but he’s pretty much spot on.

I snagged this from Hot Air’s absolutely smashing headlines thingy. Thank you very much.

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Barry’s Bogus Libyan Journey

Posted by KingShamus on March 23, 2011

Does this count as good news?

France has proposed that a new political steering committee outside Nato be responsible for overseeing military operations over Libya.

The proposal comes just a day after Prime Minister David Cameron told the House of Commons that Nato would be in charge of enforcing UN Security Council resolution 1973.

But on Tuesday Nato secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that it would only “help enforce” the no-fly zone, not lead it.

French Foreign Minister Alain Jupe said the new body would bring together foreign ministers of participating states – as well as the Arab League.

David Cameron is saying one thing, France is saying another, NATO is both in and out of the loop and all the while Obama ain’t saying shit. Awesome. Maybe if you cross your eyes while staring directly at the sun for a few hours, you might be able to see this as a sign of progress in the Libyan crisis.

If Barack Obama’s sterling reputation for being a hands-on leader wasn’t rock solid, it’d be easy to think that President Peace Prize haphazardly got America into yet another Middle Eastern conflict or something.

A krazy kwestion for you: Why weren’t the logistics of the handover nailed down before the UN resolution was approved? The possibility of western military action may not have crystallized until last Tuesday but U.S. and European officials obviously had been thinking about it for weeks. They knew they’d have to act quickly once the Security Council approved airstrikes, so in theory a plan for military operations should have been in place. If the French were so hot to bomb Qaddafi, why didn’t they float the “steering committee” idea early on instead of cobbling it together now as some half-assed face-saving measure to try to scrub NATO’s fingerprints from the mission? The understatement of the year thus far from a former U.S. ambassador to NATO: “I am surprised these things were not worked out beforehand.”

I hate to keep coming back to the same well, but it bears repeating. The Left pounded George Bush–with some justification–because there was very little planning for a post-Saddam Iraq. Well, if that was bad, what does that make President Obama? The guy doesn’t even have a plan for the period before Colonel Qadaffi gets rubbed out, but we’re still lobbing cruise missiles and bombing the crap out of Libya.

Instead of us calling the shots, Obama seems perfectly content to let NATO, France, England and the Arab League sort out the messy details. Instead of a mission created by the best military minds on the planet–meaning our generals–we subcontract the consulting job to the Eurodweebs and the craptastic Amr Moussa. While they dick around over who gets to wear the big-boy pants in this merry little war they’ve cooked up, we’re doing the heavy lifting.

The best part is the liberal kvetching over Obama’s North African excursion. For almost a decade, they’ve been whining about neocon go-it-alone American cowboys. Well, now we’ve got the perfect left-wing version of a war: A coalition of the weak sisters arguing about how best to spend our blood and treasure in a fight where the US has no clear national interests at stake.

You’d think the Left would be dancing in the streets. Instead they’re curled up into a ball and quietly sobbing. Here’s old-head prog Michael Kinsley, banging his spoon on the proverbial high chair:

If Qadhafi is still in power a year from now, even if he is obeying the “no fly” rules, it will be regarded world-wide as more evidence of America’s decline as a great power and regarded in America as evidence that Democrats in general and Obama and Hillary Clinton in particular are not ready to play foreign policy with the big children.

Quick question, Mike. What part of Barack Obama’s background as a lawyer, community organizer, state senator, Friend of Bill Ayers and half-term US Senator made you think he’d be up for this kind of foreign policy challenge? Oh right, his years of studying diplomacy and military history and publishing all those books about American foreign power and giving all those speeches about the US relations with other world powers [sarc/].

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Best Sith Lord/Chopin Mash-Up

Posted by KingShamus on March 22, 2011

No foolin’.

Look, I know Vader is a murderous bastard.  He tortures people on a regular basis.  He’s got a dysfunctional relationship with his son.

But damn if Darth Dickhead isn’t a stylish pianist with mad chops, a clean tone and–dare I say it–wit.

I snagged the link from CG Hill’s Twitter feed.  Thanks, dude.

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Operation Odyssey Dawn Getting Better And Better

Posted by KingShamus on March 21, 2011

Well, we’re in Libya.  We’re supposed to be creating and enforcing a no-fly zone.  We’re not specifically targeting Moammar Qadaffi.

Except when we are.

A cruise missile blasted Moammar Gadhafi’s residential compound in an attack that carried as much symbolism as military effect, and fighter jets destroyed a line of tanks moving on the rebel capital. The U.S. said the international assault would hit any government forces attacking the opposition.

…It was not known where Gadhafi was when the missile hit near his iconic tent late Sunday, but it seemed to show that while the allies trade nuances over whether the Libyan leader’s fall is a goal of their campaign – he is not safe.

Half of the round, three-story administration building was knocked down and pieces of the missile were scattered around, according to Associated Press photographer escorted to the scene by the Libyan government. About 300 Gadhafi supporters were in the compound at the time. It was not known if any were hurt.

Mixed signals, muddled messages, mission creep–what the hell is going on here?

I dunno.  Maybe this would be a nice moment for the Teleprompter of the United States of America to throw together some pretty words and tell Barry to get on the TV so he can explain the who/what/where/when/why type-shit that’s happening in Libya.  I mean, how long would it take for the pResident to throw on a business jacket, stand in front of a few American flags and talk to the citizenry for ten minutes?  The guy likes to tell us about his magnificent health care plan and his NCAA March Madness bracketology.  When he’s putting American armed forces into harm’s way, that’s when the Bamster likes to clam up?   

Perhaps President Lightbringer is worried about giving away too many military secrets.  I guess he doesn’t want to pull a Geraldo and alert Qaddafi to our next move  [sarc/].  Even though Obama isn’t telling us much, it’s clear that he is fully engaged in this military engagement. 

President Barack Obama played grand tourist to Rio de Janeiro’s vivid extremes on Sunday, motorcading from brilliant beaches to a notorious slum even as he monitored U.S. military strikes in faraway Libya.

With his whole family in tow on the second day of a Latin American tour meant to knit economic and cultural ties, the president visited the City of God shantytown that gained fame after a movie by the same name was nominated for four Oscars. At a community center in the heart of the jostling slum, the president plunged into the lives of children there, playing soccer with kids and watching enthralled at a dazzling martial arts display.

The president shed his coat and tie, rolled up his sleeves and dribbled one-on-one soccer with one surprised boy. Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia got involved, too, kicking a ball around with the kids.

Yup, just like I said.  Fully Engaged.

Meanwhile, Ilya Somin over at Volokh notes that Barack Obama still hasn’t gotten Congress to authorize the use of force.  I’m sure we’re going to see huge demonstrations of anti-war folks protesting Obama’s trampling the Constitution.  I’m sure they’ll be showing up any minute now.  Why look, here they are now.

Posted March 20, 2011 at 12:24 p.m-More than 100 anti-war protesters, including the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrested outside the White House in demonstrations marking the eighth anniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.

See!  The principled moral Left has arisen!  They’re protesting Obama’s illegal Libyan war-mongering!  The People United!/Will Never Be Defeated!  DOWN WITH O-BOMB-A!

Oh fuck…wait.  They’re still just pissed off over Bush and Iraq.  Never mind.

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Music Monday Battlefield- “Mouth For War” by Pantera

Posted by KingShamus on March 21, 2011

In honor of Barack Obama’s testicles officially dropping, here’s a salute to Operation Odyssey Dawn

The tune just seems too perfect to this particular moment in history.

Beyond my snarkage, I have to say God bless the American troops in harm’s way.  I have no doubt they will perform better than any one expects, not to mention better than the credit they deserve and probably won’t get from the MSM jerkweeds.  Even though I kinda don’t understand the mission, nor do I think the pResident got congressional authority to do this, I still think the troops need support now and always.  

Also:  The line “No one can piss on this determination” is a terrific characterization for the American fighting man, who makes up the world’s most professional, most skilled and most deadly military force this planet has ever known.

Thoughts and prayers are in order, folks.

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Glenn Greenwald reacts to Operation Odyssey Dawn

Posted by KingShamus on March 20, 2011

Or is it Operation Goldie Hawn?  Whatever.

Here’s unrelentingly lame sock-puppeteer Glenn Greenwald’s reaction bored yawn.

There’s one other difference between Iraq and Libya worth noting:  at least with the former, there was a sustained, intense P.R. campaign to persuade the public to support it, followed by a cursory Congressional vote (agreed to by the Bush White House only once approval was guaranteed in advance).  By contrast, the intervention in Libya was presidentially decreed with virtually no public debate or discussion; it’s just amazing how little public opinion or the consent of the citizenry matters when it comes to involving the country in a new war.  That objection can and should be obviated if Obama seeks Congressional approval before deploying the U.S. military.  On some level, it would be just a formality — it’s hard to imagine the Congress ever impeding a war the President wants to fight — but at least some pretense of democratic and Constitutional adherence should be maintained.  

Every now and then, a leftist sock puppeteering cock-knocker manages to blindly paw along the floor of his ideological cage and find a nugget of truth amongst the spent kleenex rags.  In this case, it’s truth by example.  Compare Greenwald’s marble-mouthed, ho-hum, la-di-da response to Obama’s use of military force to how he continues to whine about the 2003 Iraq War.

The invasion of Iraq was unquestionably one of the greatest crimes of the last several decades.  The fact that it was illegal — a blatant violation of international law — makes it that much worse.  Imagine what future historians will say about it — a nakedly aggressive war launched under the falsest of pretenses, in brazen violation of every relevant precept of law, which destroyed an entire country, killed huge numbers of innocent people, and devastated the entire population.

If you were wondering:  Yes, apparently Greenwald gets paid to write like that.

Regardless of Greenwald’s teenage melodramatic tone, questions remain: Was Bush’s Iraq war illegal?  Is Obama’s Libyan War legal?

Well, Dubya got Congress to vote for a use of force in Iraq in October 2002.  The United Nations Security Council resolution 1441 was only one of over a dozen resolutions passed against the Iraqi Baathist regime.  Legality?  Bush had more than enough to do what he did.  

According to Greenwald’s view, the was a rush to war in Iraq.  Huh?  Democrat President Bill Clinton was an advocate for kicking Saddam Hussein out back in 1999, when he publicly declared that regime change was the official policy of the US government.  Post 9/11, there were numerous debates about taking out Saddam before the October 2002 congressional vote.  Bear in mind,  the fight to oust the Hussein kleptocracy didn’t start until March 2003.  Far from a rush to war, the Bush Administration gave Saddam Hussein plenty of time to get in line.  

Evil ruthless American warlord Premier Bush also gave the Democrat Party ample opportunity to bail out.  Instead, they merrily climbed aboard the Enduring Freedom express.  Liberal heroes in the House and Senate like Henry Waxman, Joe Biden, Anthony Weiner, Jack Murtha and Chuck Schumer all voted in support of using force in Iraq.  Being for war against Saddam Hussein was not a fringe position of the scheming neocon Right.  It was a perfectly reasonable mainstream bipartisan position.  It was also in accordance with the Constitutional powers granted to the President and Congress. 

So, it turns out something isn’t illegal just because Glenn Greenwald has a raging two year old hate-boner for George Bush.  Who knew? 

Using the criteria laid out above, does Obama’s Libyan adventurism come close to the standards laid out by Bush’s actions vis-a-vis Iraq?  Not by a parsec.  There has been no grand debate about the use of the American military in Libya.  While the UN has sanctioned the strikes against the Qaddafi dictatorship, I don’t recall hearing about the US Congress approving a declaration of war in this case.  By that alone, Barack Obama is acting in defiance of the US Constitution.

Hey Greenwald, I can see your double standard showing.

But hey, even though Operation Soaring Donkey Punch reveals the rank hypocrisy amongst American lefties like Glenn Greenwald, it’s all good in the hood.  If progressives didn’t have double standards, they would have none.  I mean, at least Greenwald is being consistent in his inconsistencies, right?

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St. Patrick’s Day 2011

Posted by KingShamus on March 17, 2011

As befitting a man with Shamus in his handle, I’m trying to annihilate two beers using the Emerald Isle’s patented two-hand kung-fu style while typing this post at the same time.  If you’re wondering how that’s working out, I’ll just say: Yes I’m using my ear to punch the keyboard and no, I woooont nnneeeed aneee sssspelchhek wenn i am ddunnn wit disss poste.

Anyhoo, in making my appointed blog rounds, I hit the great Eastern Right site.  What doth greet me in Karen’s St. Paddy’s Day post?  One of the great traditional Irish folk songs of all time.  Appropriately, it’s titled “Traditional Irish Folk Song”.

“O-HAN-RA-HAN!”

First of all, ya gotta hit Eastern Right and check it out.  Lively posts and lively comments to be had there.

Second of all, she’s right.  St. Patrick’s Day was at one time a religious holiday, but these days it’s become the Pro Bowl for amateur alcoholics (New Year’s Eve is the Super Bowl of bush-league elbow benders).  To be honest, I’m of two minds about this.

America tends to homogenize and de-spiritualize with a lot of it’s religious holidays.  Easter has chocolate bunnies and colored eggs in place of the risen Christ.  Christmas in the USA has become about overpriced presents, a cartoonish Santa Claus and snowflakes.  The lack of seriousness–especially coming from self-identified Christians–about these very solemn sacred holy days is kind of annoying.

Then again, maybe in the case of St. Patrick’s Day we can live with a little joviality.  For whatever reason, folks from all different backgrounds love being Irish for a day.  There is something wondrously American about an Indian Hindu throwing on a green shamrock, slurping a Guinness and singing “Danny Boy”.  Incongruous?  Yes.  But there is something unifying about it as well.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a few more beers to slam. Erin is a Go-Go Dancer who is Bra-less or some shit.

Here’s your drinking game soundtrack for the evening: Old skool bog-trotting mick rap-rock retardation.

Boom sha lock lock boom.

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Why no, the government doesn’t have a weird back-scratching relationship with left-wing agitators

Posted by KingShamus on March 16, 2011

The Corporation For Public Broadcasting likes to hide behind Barney and Elmo when it’s politically convenient.  But at least the actors on Sesame Street are staying above the fray.

The actors behind some of television’s most beloved puppets left Sesame Street to head for Capitol Hill on Tuesday.

Emilio Delgado (Luis), Roscoe Orman (Gordon), Bob McGrath (Bob), Alan Muraoka (Alan) and Alison Bartlett O’Reilly (Gina) joined union members and activists to protest proposed federal spending cuts to public broadcasting, the AP reported.

The House has voted to end over $400 million in spending that would fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, which produces programs including Sesame Street. On Tuesday, the actors helped deliver petitions which ask the Senate to keep the funding going.

Translation:  “Don’t take away the federal tit we all suck on.”

We pay their salaries through our taxes.  Then, when we get annoyed at government-owned/subsidized media for shitting us and threaten to cut them off, they stamp their foot and demand more.  Nice arrangement if you can get it.

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Mainstream Media Covers For Obama’s Nuclear Power Dithering

Posted by KingShamus on March 15, 2011

The mainstream media is a funny creature. Biased and stupid applies to a lot of geriatric press outlets.

An old trick MSM hacks like to use is the old ‘headline says one thing, article says another’ play. For example, check out this grabber from an article at The Hill:

“White House says Obama won’t back off nuclear energy”

A person not aligned with the militant greentard movement will read that headline and think ‘Gee, I’m sure glad Obama is still investing in nuclear power, even after all the bad stuff going on in Japan.’ A lot of people–most of whom are not hopelessly addicted news junkies–would probably stop right there. The headline indicates where the story is going to go, so most folks wouldn’t bother to read much further than that.

The trick here is that the basically rosy impression of Obama’s nuclear policy is rendered inoperative much later on in the piece. Almost at the end of the article, the reader is then treated to this:

Last year the administration approved $8.3 billion worth of Energy Department loan guarantees for utility giant Southern Company to add two new reactors to its Vogtle nuclear plant in Georgia – a decision Obama announced personally. But the project would still need an NRC construction and operating license to move ahead.

So Obama has vouched for $8.3 billion in loans to build these things. First of all, big fucking deal. One reactor costs about $10 billion to build. Even with the guaranteed federal loan Obama is talking about, it only gets us 8/10ths of the way home to a single nuke. By the standards laid out by the left and reported on by The Other McCain–all good/desirable things must be funded by the federal government for eternity–$8.3 billion dollars isn’t even a mouse fart on the Liberal Good Intentions Meter. Hell, everytime Obama changes his socks it costs American taxpayers half a trillion bucks. So right there, The Hill’s reportage is sorta skewed.

Then you get to bit where the Nuclear Regulatory Commission hasn’t coughed up any of the liscences needed to start construction on the reactors. When was that going to happen? Sam Youngman and Ben Geman don’t say. Could be tommorow. Could be five years from now. Could be 10 years from now.

Or it could be the 32nd day of Neveruary.

…Obama used January’s State of the Union speech to float a “clean energy standard” that would require power companies to collectively supply 80 percent of U.S. electricity from various low-carbon sources – including nuclear power – by 2035.

Its not difficult for a person to muster a warm fuzzy platitude if the difficult work needed to make something happen is far enough into the future. Its even easier for a person to say he’s all for something when it’s likely he’ll have assumed ground temperature when the bill needs to be paid.

Obama loves to put off tough decisions and uncomfortable situations. The guy voted ‘present’ on damn near everything while he was in the US Senate. His disastrous health care reform is not going to kick in until 2014. He doesn’t know who to support or who to bomb in Libya. His nuclear policy, which seems to consist of doling out pretty princess soundbites to the useful idiots while joyously sitting on his hands, is just another piece of Obambi’s fecklessness.

So of course, The Hill reporters do their best to bury the bad news in an upbeat headline. Then the MSM wonders why news consumers don’t read their drivel or watch their nonsense anymore.

I snagged this link from a Memeorandum thread, which is a neat resource.

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Music Monday Nuge-“Cat Scratch Fever” by Ted Nugent

Posted by KingShamus on March 14, 2011

Ladies and Gentlemen, I gave you a man who is cooler than Charlie Sheen and stone sober to boot.

Quick heads up for the boys:  Pure win can be had at 3:47, if you know what I mean and I think you do.

Loud guitars?  Check.  Tail of an animal Da Nuge probably shot?  Check.  Blues-based double entendres?  Check and mate.

If that sounded good to you–and it almost has to or it breaks the laws of physics or some shit–wrap your ears around this one.

By the way, Nugent remains a bad-ass nowadays.  Check out the youtube stuff from some of his recent tours.  The man still has it.  The same cannot be said for a lot of dudes from the 60’s and 70’s classic rock era. 

Also, if you haven’t done so already, pick up the Nuge’s cook book “Kill It & Grill It”.  Even if you’re not into hunting or cooking game animals, this is still a rad little compilation of Nugent’s life philosophy.  I highly recommend it.

Keep shootin’, Uncle Ted.

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The General Problem With Government Motors

Posted by KingShamus on March 13, 2011

I’m not really a car guy–the brake pedal is the middle one in between the gas-o-tronic lever and transmissionary position switch, correct?–so let me note something certified automobile enthusiast CG Hill said.

To this day, General Motors hasn’t figured out all its brand positioning. Chevrolet, of course, is pitched to Everyman, and GMC to the guy who thinks he’s a trifle too good to drive Everyman’s truck. It seems clear, though, that the Chinese are calling the shots at Buick — not surprising, since they buy more of them than we do — and Cadillac is still trying to reestablish itself as a creditable luxoboat. (Which is more than Lincoln is doing; except for the ancient Navigator, they have nothing that wouldn’t be equally at home in a Mazda dealership these days.)

I basically agree with Mr. Dustbury on this one.  The truth of the matter is that GM really did have too many brands in the late 90s/early aughts.  What reason did anybody have to buy a Pontiac if it was just a rebadged Buick/Olds/Chevy?  The lack of distinction between the marques was confusing. 

But now, even with the streamlining of GM’s various brands, General Motors is still a puzzle.  While I think Cadillac is still the dream car of middle manager retirees and wannabe hip-hop moguls, what exactly is Chevy supposed to do for the consumer?  I guess it’s supposed to be the average person’s car.  However, it seems like Chevrolet has some weird identity crisis shit going on when it’s the home of both the gorgeous old-skool performance growler Corvette and the overhyped underwhelming future-car wannabe Volt at the same time.

I think some of this brand confusion comes from the fact that GM is Government Motors.  As such, the moving parts within the company are working at cross purposes.  I think most of the folks at Chevy want to sell cars.  Under the constraints that they find themselves working with, they want to make good reliable affordable vehicles that respond to customer desires. 

At the same time, because the left-wing Obama administration wants to use the US government’s official car company to make hopeychangey statements, the Volt has to be pushed no matter what problems arise.  The Volt is a mid-sized 4 seater hatchback, yet it’s MSRP is a whopping $41,000.  Using a normal household outlet means the car takes 11 hours to charge.  If the buyer wants the home charging kit, which takes plug-in time to a more manageable 4 hours, he has to spend another $2000 to get it.  Buyers can snag a $7500 tax credit from the government when buying the Volt, which sounds great until you find out that the all-electric Nissan Leaf has a $25,750 (after tax credit) price tag. 

Then there are the economic dilemmas created by an automobile which requires the federal gubmint to fork over a $7500 dollar bribe just to make the car even sorta competitive.  America is already broke, but apparently we’ve got enough dough for to pay people to buy the Volt.  Does this make any sense to anybody not getting a government paycheck?

Looking at all that, what is Chevy supposed to be?  The issues revolving around the Volt suggest that GM doesn’t really have a clue.  If Chevrolet itself doesn’t know what it’s role is, then it seems kinda crazy to expect consumers to sort out the mixed signals the company is sending to the car market. 

Normally, an identity crisis isn’t necessarily fatal to a big company.  Coca-Cola recovered from New Coke.  Microsoft is still alive after it’s flagship operating system Windows Vista took a shit.  But GM, with all its other problems, might not be able to overcome the fundamental issues behind it’s muddled branding.

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Michelle Malkin Could Use Our Help

Posted by KingShamus on March 12, 2011

Michelle Malkin has been a great and powerful voice for American values for a mighty long time.  She’s been a staunch defender of the Constitution, liberty and faith in the United States. 

Well homies, I’d say we probably all owe her our support right about now.

This is probably one of the most difficult things my family has ever undertaken. It has been an overwhelming week and we need help.

Tomorrow, Saturday March 12, our family will be joining from all over the country to look for missing 18-year-old UW student Marizela Perez.

The full search party will meet at 11:30am tomorrow at the Safeway where she was last seen last Saturday afternoon and spread out across the University District and surrounding areas.

If you can do anything to help Ms. Malkin out in her time of need, it would be greatly appreciated.

Flyer couresy of The Other McCain via The Camp of The Saints.

We use the internet, blogs and twitter for the fun political yakkety-yak conversations that we love to have with folks from around the globe.  Now, we can use our great information superhighway thingy to do a truly great deed, which is to find a missing person. 

Let’s have this go viral, in the best sense of the word, to help locate Marizela ‘Mei’ Perez. 

Thoughts and prayers are of course greatly appreciated.

I’m going to sticky this to the top of the blog.

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