Archive for July, 2011
Posted by KingShamus on July 31, 2011
Sometimes it’s necessary to get back to first principles. Courtesy of the great Mind-Numbed Robot.
Our Constitution was not instituted to save us from ourselves. Our Constitution was written, mainly, to protect us from our government. It’s time we remembered that and elect people who understand it as well. The alternative is not one worth savoring.
Read the rest. It’s got some great stuff on Steve Winn’s Obama turn-around.
Why is the Constitution’s true purpose so vitally important? Two things.
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) announced Tuesday that he will resign from Congress, four days after a report that a young woman called his office complaining of an “unwanted sexual encounter” with the congressman.
“I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations,” Wu said in a statement. “The well-being of my children must come before anything else.
This is the right decision for my family, the institution of the House, and my colleagues.”
The congressman, who said he will formally resign at the conclusion of the debt-limit debate, had said Monday that he would not seek reelection next year. But congressional leaders had called for an ethics investigation, and both of his home state’s Democratic senators on Tuesday morning called for his resignation.
Watch out, private sector. The former congressman is…frisky.
Mayor Bloomberg, the mayor who declared war on tobacco, sugary drinks and trans fats, has identified a new public enemy — now he wants to protect New Yorkers from salt.
Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley launches a campaign today to cut New Yorkers’ sodium intake by one-fifth over five years.
“If we achieve our goal, we would talk about saving tens of thousands of lives,” Farley said, predicting that deaths from strokes and heart attacks will dramatically fall.
The City Health Department is spearheading the National Salt Reduction Initiative, which will cajole food manufacturers to voluntarily cut sodium content 20 to 25 percent by 2014.
You can argue with the nebbish nanny state instincts of Nurse Mike, but at least he has science on his side, right?
A dash of doubt was added Wednesday to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s assault on salt.
He’s made it one of the calling cards of his administration. But now a new study is taking the idea of cutting sodium with a grain of salt, reports CBS 2′s Scott Rapoport.
He’s been the anti-salt mayor, preaching the hazards of too much salt in food. He’s tried to get restaurants and food manufacturers to use less of it. It has all culminated with the city plastering ads warning of heart attacks related to too much salt.
“Would you like to live longer? My suggestion is don’t overdo the salt,” Bloomberg once said.
But a new analysis in the American Journal of Hypertension is now casting skepticism.
“It’s hard to know who to believe when they come out with these tests,” one New Yorker told Rapoport.
The report found little significant evidence that eating more salt would shorten one’s life, and that people on salt-controlled diets didn’t live longer than people on normal healthy diets, leaving some to say the city may have gone overboard in the war on salt.
“To do it across the board with everybody … it’s a bit too much,” said Dr. Franz Messerli, the director of the hypertension program at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital.
Mike Bloomberg, pictured here doing something completely healthy unlike the sinful denizens of his mayoral fiefdom, is not just a pushy chestless runt of man. He’s not just the latest in a long line of secular puritans that are at odds with America’s founding leave-me-alone spirit. He’s also just as closed-minded as any stereotypical Bible-thumping creationist strawman found in a Richard Dawkins atheist pud-wack essay. He’s got it in his head that sodium is a killer–and that his laws are the best way to get people to follow his idea of a ‘proper’ diet–so it’s only natural that he’d pump the food police legislation despite the facts being against him. The only difference between Bloomberg’s lifestyle diktats and any religious teaching is…well, nothing…if you really think about it.
Which brings us back to the US Constitution. Properly understood, the founding governmental charter of America is not a living breathing document that can be changed at the whim of politicians. It is a piece of writing meant to keep the government from changing America into a dictatorship. Humans: so willing to engage is unethical behavior, so quick to follow intellectual fads rather than real knowledge; David Wu and Mike Bloomberg are exactly the type of rotten characters the Constitution is meant to limit.
Let’s face facts. We are governed by weirdos and fascists. Wu and Bloomberg are just two of the more egregious examples. Why should we give vile people like this any more authority or power over our lives than the Constitution already does? Why should we let them twist the Constitution into knots just to satisfy their own egos?
The members of our government can barely manage their own lives. They’re not right on even a quarter of what they think they know. So of course that means they get to criminally mismanage our money and tell us what to do because they know better than we do.
Let’s get back to Constitutional limits. Let”s roll back the powertrip our creepy asshole leaders have been running on for almost a century. It’s the only way we can keep the likes of David Wu and Mike Bloomberg (and Barack Obama and John McCain for that matter) in their proper place.
Posted in Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: Constitution, David Wu, Furries, Mike Bloomberg, Mind-Numbed Robot, The US Constitution | 10 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 30, 2011
Wait, did I say “economy“?
The unemployment situation across America is bad, no doubt. But for African-Americans in some cities, this is not the great recession. It’s the Great Depression.
Take Charlotte, N.C., for example. It is a jewel of the “new South.” The largest financial center outside of New York City, it’s the showcase for next year’s Democratic National Convention. It was a land of hope and opportunity for many blacks with a four-year college degree or higher.
According to an analysis by the Economic Policy Institute, in Charlotte, N.C., the unemployment rate for African-Americans is 19.2 percent. If you add in people who have given up looking for jobs, that number exceeds 20 percent, which, according to economists Algernon Austin and William Darity, has effectively mired blacks in a depression.
“You’re looking at a community that is economically depressed in my opinion,” Austin said. “And we need action that will address that scale of joblessness.”
Vanessa Parker worked hard to get ahead. She was an administrative assistant at IBM in Charlotte. She went to night school to better herself, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in finance. Parker and her husband saved up enough money to move from a bad neighborhood to a quiet, middle-class street. But instead of moving up in the company, IBM moved out. Now she works at a big-box store for minimum wage.
Say, has anybody seen that Peggy Joseph interview laying around? Oh there it is.
If I lived in Florida, I’d track down Ms. Joseph–who I’m sure is actually a very nice woman who just got caught up in the emotion of the moment–and see how she’s doing in the Obama Recovery Bummer. My guess is that Beneficient Barry hasn’t come through for Peggy in the way she thought he would back in the heady HopeNChange days of 2008.
The thing that makes the crumbling of the black middle class so utterly heartbreaking is that there really was a sense amongst many in the black community that Barack Obama was gonna take care of them. The assumption that a black president was gonna make it easier for African-American folks to secure high-paying jobs and make serious socio-economic progress was just one of the many implicit reasons Team Bamster gave to vote for Obama during the 2008 election. The disconnect between those wildly inflated expectations back in the day and the harsh reality of now has to be incredibly demoralizing.
Truth be told, the best economy for black people to get ahead in pretty much resembles the best economy for everyone else to get ahead in; free markets, low taxes, businesses unencumbered by idiotic nit-picking regulation, decent education, property rights, the rule of law. Instead, Obama has presided over an economy that has abandoned much of that basic economic sanity for neo-Keynesian statist nonsense. That–and not for any other reason–is why America right now stands on the edge of a double-dip recession. More to the point, that’s why black people find themselves in the dire employment circumstances they are today.
Think about this: The American government owns General Motors. If Barack Obama wanted to, he could’ve demanded that GM go on a massive hiring drive that focused almost exclusively on black employees. Yes I realize that GM is just one company, but according to the liberal rulebook had the auto maker made a very public show of looking for black workers, it would’ve sent a powerful signal to other businesses and minorities alike. Instead, that never happened.
Whether the above scenario would’ve actually improved black unemployment is not an issue. The good intentions fairy that always manages to show up when a leftist government program screws the pooch would help insulate liberals from the inevitable failure involved in a GM-Hires-Black-People binge. The important thing here is that even with the nearly trillion dollars spent on the Porkulus and all the money pissed away buying bullshit banks and craptastic car companies, somehow Barack Obama never got around to actually getting black people not named Van Jones or Eric Holder jobs.
As I’ve said more than a few times, statism simply doesn’t work even when a soul brother like Barack Obama is running the show.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: bad neighborhood, Black Middle Class., Black unemployment, economic policy institute, Expectations versus reality, great depression, Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Barack Hussein Obama, Peggy Joseph | 10 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 28, 2011
John McMaverick, you charming motherfucker.
“…and the Tea Party Hobbits could return to Middle Earth happy…”
Then he took swipes at Sharron Angle and Christine O’Donnell to boot. Oh, you mean Sharron Angle, the woman you campaigned with in 2010? Oh, okay.
You can always count on His McLameness to parrot the conventional MSM wisdom, so in that way he’s very useful. And you know how tough it is to find the mainstream press’ opinion about things. Besides MSNBC, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, CNN, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Time, Politico, Daily Kos, Huffington Post, Democrat Underground and National Public Radio, there’s just no way for me to find the liberal perspective on current events.
Anyhoo, John McCain gets to spend the next few years in DC, so the people of Arizona have a nice long time to figure who can primary this old hack loser into forced retirement. In the meantime, courtesy of twitter dude Caleb Howe, here’s a pretty picture of John McCain, Tolkeinized.
Posted in Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: Hobbits, John McCain, John McLame, Middle Earth, Tea Party | 7 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 28, 2011
Well, the Boehner plan seems to be the best the GOP can can do in this debt ceiling fight…and it will still fail. Harry Reid and the rest of the Senate Donkey-Punchers have vowed to vote against it. So the Masterbate WWE Theater will continue ever forward into ever greater heights of absurdity.
This situation makes the ever-realistic Pundette express an uncomfortable truth we all know, but don’t really like to talk about too often.
I have to agree with Steyn: “The Boehner plan tells us that real fiscal discipline is impossible within the US political system.” Whether, in 2012, another mass ejection of the spendaholics we’ve so blithely enabled over the years will be enough to make a difference remains to be seen. My feeling is that it won’t be. The American people have mixed feelings about this monster they’ve created, but whether they like it or not, they lost control of it a long time ago. Weak attempts to restrain it won’t be enough to keep it from devouring us.
Read the whole thing.
The thing is, I almost feel sorry for John Boehner. To really get a sense of what the Speaker is dealing with in this deficit ceiling snarl-in-a-sandbox, imagine you’re negotiating a contract with your employer. You lay out the terms you want, such as desired salary, benefits, vacation time and sick days. You submit your desires in writing to your boss. Mr. Head Honcho then tells you that your demands are unacceptable. He then verbally tells you what he is willing to give you. It’s not a great deal, but when you ask to see it in writing, he haughtily refuses to do so. The boss then constantly changes the parameters of the contract he wants you to sign sight unseen.
You wouldn’t organize your employment situation like this. But that’s how President NoPlan O’VotesPresent wants to play this game.
Let the August 2nd deadline that isn’t really a deadline come and go. When Standard & Poors doesn’t downgrade our credit rating, the government doesn’t go into default and the earth doesn’t shatter into eleventy million gajillion pieces, then let’s see if we can get real here.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: Boehner Plan, Debt Ceiling, No deal | 4 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 27, 2011
Oh where, oh where have my passionate pacifist thumbsuckers gone? Oh where, oh where can they be?
Some 1,400 Americans have been arrested in anti-war demonstrations since 2009, reports John Hanrahan in Harvard’s Nieman Foundation Watchdog, but the national and local press almost never covers them, effectively silencing what Hanrahan argues should be a major voice in the national debate over the wars.
Really, now. I wonder what changed in 2009.
Can Phillip Ewing, the writer of the piece, figure out this one-sided Rubik’s cube puzzle?
Apparently not, because he never even mentions the inauguration of Barack Obama in his article.
Wow, look at that. Problem solved.
Hey, Phil. Got any more inscrutable head scratchers you want me to handle?
Yeah, believe it or else, water is wet.
I know, this is gonna shock you, but bears shit in the woods.
Don’t let this totally blow your fucking mind, but the Pope is…yes, that’s right…Catholic.
But wait, it gets better.
It may not be a “good” reason, in Hanrahan’s eyes, but there’s probably one big reason for the absence of antiwar coverage in the mainstream press. Editors are sensitive to charges they don’t “support the troops” – which isn’t their job as journalists to begin with, but the criticism still stings if your newspaper or TV station is perceived that way. The antiwar movement has tried for years to dispel the impression that it’s anti-soldier – its signs now say “support the troops – bring them home,” and Michael Moore wrote a whole book, “Will They Ever Trust Us Again?” in which he tried to take up the mantle of troops fighting in Iraq. Etc.
I take it Mr. Ewing was born yesterday, because he must not have been around for the war coverage from 2001-2008.
Think back to all the grim milestones. Ponder the fawning press coverage of lunatics like Cindy Sheehan. Look to the era of constantly overcounting the number of people at antiwar protests. Is anything like that frenzied mainstream media reportage happening now?
Better still, the idea that news editors are scared to piss off people if they don’t support the troops is preposterous. The media is left-wing. They’re part and parcel of the liberal caucus in America. They might have slightly fewer body piercings than your average Democrat Underground mouthbreather, but c’mon now. The MSM spent the Bush years jacking off to every negative story they could dig up, all in the cause of undermining Dubya’s political fortunes.
Let me just spell it out here. There are committed passionate peaceniks out there. They will walk the walk, organize their protests and shout every cornball slogan you’ve ever tried to un-hear. They will of course never be covered by anybody in the national press until a Republican is elected president and the anti-war protestors can be politically useful again. That’s all there is to it.
I snagged this link from my twitter homie Coondawg68. Thanks as always for hooking a blogger up.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: anti-war protestors, Barack Obama, Cindy Sheehan, George Bush | 6 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 26, 2011
Courtesy of Don Surber, let’s take a look at the debt run up by evil spendaholic neocon warlord Premier George Chimplerburton Bushitler and compare it to the debt incurred during the tenure of our innocent victim of circumstances way beyond his control President Barack Chocolate Jesus Obama.
National Debt Inauguration Day 2001: $5,727,776,738,304.64
National Debt Inauguration Day 2009: $10,626,877,048,913.08
National Debt as of Friday: $14,342,873,980,042.91
Total added under Bush in 8 years: $4,899,100,310,608.44
Total added under Obama in 2 1/2 years: $3,715,996,931,129.83
Shorter version: CUT. OBAMA’S. CREDIT CARD.
How many different ways can it be said? How many more times does it have to be screamed at the government class? Stop Obama from spending every red cent that will ever exist in the United States.
What, too mathy for ya?
Anyhoo, John Boehner’s plan is…problematic…to say the least.
Over 10 years, it cuts, it is supposed, $1.1 trillion dollars.
But almost all of those cuts come in the tenth year.
…The CBO scores the ten year deficit reduction as $851 billion, not $1.1 trillion.
800-odd billion over ten years. Ugggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
If this is the best we can do, we’re, what’s the word? Man, it’s on the tip of my tongue. I can almost place it.
Oh yeah: Fucked. That’s the ticket. We’re fucked.
Posted in Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: chocolate jesus, Debt, inauguration day 2009, John Boehner, Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Barack Hussein Obama, National Debt, victim of circumstances, We're Boned | 6 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 26, 2011
I’m not a huge NASCAR fan, but this pastor freaking rules.
I snagged this from Danny Butcher of the cool Pundit Press blog, who noted this:
Race winner Carl Edwards said of Nelms prayer, “I turned to Jack (Roush) after that. I said, ‘If anything happens, I want him to be at my funeral.’”
Hell, I want Pastor Nelms at my bar mitzvah, wedding, Eid-al-Fitr, Mahashivaratri, Easter dinner and Arbor Day.
Posted in Chuckles | Tagged: Best Prayer Evah?, Carl Edwards, NASCAR, Pastor Joe Nelms, Pundit Press | 5 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 25, 2011
I know a lot of people have commented on Obama’s press conference from last week. But I had to come back to it for a moment. If you need a reminder or if you just like to watch the pResident get pissy, take another look.
Non-answer answers, punching the shit out of strawmen, outright lies, rambling dissertations masquerading as serious policy points, a heavy intellect-free reliance on focus-grouped rhetoric; all the zany hi-jinks we’ve come to know and love about Barack Obama are on full display here.
What we have almost never seen before from this President is the angry emotionalism he put into last week’s press briefing. Think about how odd that is. There have been several serious terrorist attacks on the world stage during Obama’s tenure. Iran, Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Libya are just a few places that have been rocked by serious political instability. The Greek, Irish, Spanish and Portuguese debt crises have threatened to topple parts of the established global economic order. Dealing with potential hotspots like Russia, China, Venezuela, Mexico and North Korea has to be frustrating for our commander-in-chief from time to time. In the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, it became clear that elements of the Pakistani government most likely knew that the al-Qaeda leader was hiding in plain sight in Abbotabad. How has Obama reacted to those understandably troubling and sometimes infuriating situations? Almost in every instance, he’s been so cool he’s barely gotten above room temperature. No anger there.
Forget about foreign stuff. I get how Presidents are loath to show a lot of emotions to the world during times of trouble. Maybe Barry was putting on a brave face for international consumption. Let’s look at the domestic sphere. Remember when Barack Obama took British Petroleum to the woodshed for their hapless handling of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf of Mexico oil spill? Me neither. Do you recall how the President was so fired up when it turned out that the Fort Hood Shootings were the work of an Islamic radical with ties to an al-Qaeda imam? Nope, not ringing a bell.
In the 2+ years that President Barack Obama has been leading America, the only time that guy flashes his fangs is when the Republicans deny him something he wants. The only situation that calls for St. Barry The Lightbringer to drop his divinely inspired professorial countenance is when some part of the conservative or traditionalist faction in American life (“The Cambridge police acted stupidly…”) upsets his apple cart. It is an interesting insight into the mind of Obama that the people that make him the most annoyed are his fellow citizens.
Not Mahmoud Ahmadinijad. Not Mexican drug gangs. Not homegrown terrorists. Not Dmitry Medvedev. Not former BP CEO Tony Hayward. Not the Pakistani ISI. Not Kim Jong-Il. No, it’s the GOP that really gets under Obama’s skin. Conservatives are Barack’s public enemy #1.
Posted in Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: Anger, Barack Obama, Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Barack Hussein Obama | 7 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 25, 2011
Why am I commemorating my 5,001st comment? Because I feel like it.
That and Patrick Carroll, a great Aussie blogger, said something really cool.
Capitalism is the only system that works, pure and simple.
It’s not perfect, but capitalism is sure as shit better than crony socialism, communism or any other unicorn fart fever fantasy economic system dreamed up by some granola-huffing hippy losers.
Speaking of things worth far more substantive than smelly bong-load enthusiasts, here is a sample of a great Patrick Carroll post.
Here in Australia we have permitted a brazen socialist to become the Prime Minister and have also decided that The Greens should hold the balance of power in the senate.
We are stupid.
We get what we deserve…
Normally, I’d have a response for that, but the rest of Patrick’s piece offers solutions to combat the leftard state so I’ll just tell you to read the rest.
So yeah…READ THE REST.
In all seriousness, thanks to everyone who comments here at BDKS. I don’t say it often enough, but everybody who shows up and shares in the conversation is invaluable. I really appreciate you crazy/smart/funny folks. This would be no damn fun without you.
I am eternally grateful, homies. Here’s a toast to 5,001 more comments here at Blog De KingShamus.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: 5001st Comment at Blog De KingShamus, It's A Matter Of Opinion, Patrick Carroll | 13 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 25, 2011
There are a lot of Who fans out there, but this seems to be one of the underrated tunes in their back catalogue.
The boys are looking very Carnaby Street in this video, which might weird out people who are more used to the band’s look in the 70′s. Fashion is fashion though, and The Who were considered a stylish bunch back in the day.
For me, what makes The Who interesting is that Pete Townshend is one of the few 60′s era British guitarists who really wasn’t a blues scholar. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, George Harrison, Alvin Lee; all of them were avid blues fans. While Townshend had an interest in American bluesmen, his work isn’t directly rooted in the genre. Instead, Townshend’s work reflects a 50′s rock-n-roll vibe. The Who could be considered a hard rock band and they could roll up the volume as much any of their peers, but they also had a keener interest in pop music than other groups in the 60′s and 70′s.
Nowadays people know The Who for one of their song’s being the theme song for the hit TV show CSI. David Caruso’s determined haminess has been unbreakably intertwined with Roger Daltrey’s raspy wail in many peoples’ minds. Oh well. There are worse things in the world.
But hey, here’s a CSI intro sampler just to drive the point home.
Posted in Music Monday | Tagged: Carnaby Street, CSI: Miami, David Caruso, John Entwhistle, Keith Moon, Mods, Roger Daltrey, Substitute, The Who | 2 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 24, 2011
In life, there are flowers that bloom quick and fade even quicker.
Troubled Grammy winner Amy Winehouse, with a trademark beehive hairdo, crazy cat-eye makeup and soulful voice, came out of nowhere to set the music world on fire in 2006 with her hit album, “Back to Black.”
The talented British singer seemed destined for superstardom, backed by catchy tunes such as “Rehab,” but her meteoric rise was just as quickly cut short by her crippling addiction to drugs and alcohol.
Despite repeated attempts at a comeback over the past few years, she was never able to regain the magic, and ultimately her talent went to waste.
Winehouse was found dead by her bodyguard in her London apartment yesterday at 4 p.m. London time of an apparent drug overdose.
She was 27.
It’s amazing how fame affects some people. Winehouse was a star in England after her debut album Frank dropped. It wasn’t until Back To Black sold 10 million copies–in the era of massive pirated music downloading–that she became a worldwide star. But just as she became one of the most recognized musicians on the planet, she seemed to slide into self-destruction.
Some pressure makes pipes burst and some pressure makes diamonds. There are folks who can exist in the spotlight and handle it. They might be moral wrecks with wrecked relationships, terrible health and dicey careers, but they can at least survive. Tragically, it seems like Amy Winehouse just could not.
“Rehab” is almost too easy to post in this case. Winehouse’s catalogue had more than it’s share of sadness. “You Know I’m No Good”, with its painful self-loathing and somber melancholy, seems less obvious but more appropriate given the circumstances.
More: CG Hill has a better obituary for the late great Amy Winehouse.
“Rehab” was eventually released to great acclaim and big sales. We all know what happened after that. An extremely-unfortunate remark by yours truly in the summer of ’09:“Let’s hope she makes it past 27.”
Which she didn’t. Damn.
Damn is right.
Posted in RIP | Tagged: "You Know I'm No Good", Amy Winehouse, Back To Black, Frank, RIP | 7 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 23, 2011
Matt over at the great Conservative Hideout pokes some gentle fun at some douchey anti-free market propaganda posters. Check out a great part.
Who is using coercion or force? Well, it appears that my own government is telling me that I HAVE to purchase health insurance. And, they seem to want to tell me what kind of car I can buy, and how much water my toilet can use, and what kind of food I can eat, and if I can have salt at my restaurant table. Only government has the power to force people to do anything.
I think this one is incredibly ironic. No corporation has ever put a gun to my head. Nor has one ever forced me to do a single thing. Now my friends, who does put guns to people’s heads??
Oh that’s right-GOVERNMENTS point guns at people.
Read the whole thing. It’s chock full of goodness.
Matt’s post is rad for a lot of reasons. The thing I dig most about it is how lefty artwork reveals so much about the delusional modern progressive mindset.
Do liberals actually think capitalism is so coercive that companies force people to buy their shit? Where the hell did they get this idea? I don’t know about you, but I’ve never walked into a Wal-Mart and seen the old dude greeter whip out an AK-47 to make the customers get the sale-priced cheese doodles. Old Navy doesn’t threaten folks with ten lashes tied to the yard-arm if they don’t immediately purchase a pair of cargo shorts. No realtor I’ve ever met has been armed with anything stronger than a fierce territorialism and an ambitious go-getter attitude.
Instead of being some evil coercive monstrosity, the free market is the ultimate voluntary institution. You are free to choose to buy a Ford F-150 or a Honda Civic. You are well within your rights to purchase American Eagle shirts or Hollister socks. Pings or Titleist; it’s your call and your call alone. Most folks understand this on an instinctive level, even if they’ve never even heard of Ludwig Von Mises, Friedrich Hayek or Milton Friedman. It’s only committed leftists, with years of indoctrination wiping out the day-to-day experiences right in front of their lying eyes, that believe in the all-powerful Reich wing capitalist running dog myth.
Hence leftist propaganda, which reflects the underlying mythological thinking of the progressive movement, is intensely skewed against observable reality. This is the fantasy world, bolstered by tenured campus radicals and half of the political establishment in America, that conservatives are up against. It isn’t just a political ideology that the Right is trying to beat. It’s a hallucination with religious overtones.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: Capitalism, Coerced?, Conservative Hideout 2.0, Mr. Evil Matt, The Free Market | 10 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 23, 2011
Hell, our government is freebasing that shit nowadays.
The Concerned Women for America came up with this gem. Really well done.
The terrific Smitty over at The Other McCain found this, which means I am stealing from coolness. Thanks, homie.
Posted in Chuckles | Tagged: Concerned Women For America, Smitty, Spenditol, The Other McCain | 2 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 22, 2011
How many times have Republicans (and Democrats for that matter), in the midst of their long-running national arguments, wished for their opponents to just go away? Probably more often than can be counted. Imagine being able to win the fight over taxes, entitlements, military spending, etc. simply because the other side has left the field of battle. That’s just the scenario imagined by the very sharp author Richard Miniter in a provocative Forbes piece.
The big take-away:
The long-term trends are almost all bad news for the left wing of the party. This week’s fight over raising the federal debt limit exposes a key weakness in the warfare-welfare state that has bestowed power onto the Democratic Party: Without an ever-growing share of the economy, it dies. Every vital element of the Democrats’ coalition — unions, government workers, government contractors, “entitlement” consumers — requires constant increases in payments, grants and consulting contracts. Without those payments, they don’t sign checks to re-elect Democrats.
Like it or not, Obama is not the new FDR, but the new Gorbachev: a man forced to preside over the demise of a political system he desperately wants to save.
Read the rest. It’s thought-provoking.
Miniter’s argument rests on the idea that there are simply too many parts of the Democrat coalition that don’t like each other. This natural inter-party antagonism has been ameliorated over the decades by the Democrat’s constant use of various pay-offs to keep the factions happy. With the end of the gravy train possibly in sight, the Donkey-Punchers won’t be able to keep their peeps happy enough to vote as a bloc anymore.
This is an appealing notion for politically-exhausted conservatives. Certainly the fissures and cracks within the Democrat Party are as deep if not deeper than any divisions within the Republican Party. As Smitty notes over at The Other McCain, the hard-left assumptions about government are so ridiculously unrealistic that they almost have to fall part at some point. The problem is that it assumes the Democrats are even kinda rational about the future of their vote-bribe operation.
The country was all but broke when Barack Obama took office. Many people were upset about the massive deficits George W. Bush ran up during his eight years in office. There was much nervous talk about the future viability of the various big-ticket government entitlement programs. Faced with all those fiscal troubles, President Pantscrease proceeded to throw a trillion dollars into the magnificently nonstimulating stimulus bill, bought not one but two car companies for his union pals and passed a gazillion dollar government health care entitlement program.
The first 2+ years of the Obama Admenstruation should make it clear that the Democrats will remain the party of voter bloc pay-offs right up until the last actual working taxpayer is beaten to death by a pack of vigilante ACORN activists in order to steal homeboy’s paycheck.
The Democrats aren’t going to implode in the next ten years. When Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid all start shitting the mattress, then we can talk about the demise of the Donky-Puncher Coalition of the Unfulfilling. At that point, we can also talk about the demise of America too, which will probably take precedence over any concern about some half-assed political party’s long term problems.
Until then, the GOP can take Michael Walsh’s strategic suggestions and put them to good use. For instance, rank and file union members are far more conservative than the leaders of the labor movement. Republicans should constantly highlight the vast gulf between what Richard Trumka believes–and how he spends the dues he collects from his unions’ membership–and what the average guy on the job site thinks.
Here’s another even more intriguing voter bloc. Gay marriage is very unpopular in the black community. During California’s Proposition 8 ballot initiative fight, 70% of African Americans voted to ban same-sex nuptials. Now, remind me again which political party has made Chuck and Larry’s wedded bliss a top social issue priority. Which political leader is having a very public evolution about his previous views against same-sex marriage?
Conventional wisdom suggests that the black vote in 2012 is probably going to look pretty much like it did in 2008 (ahem, unless a certain someone is the GOP nominee). What if African-Americans have grown tired of a man who talked about helping to fulfill minority aspirations, then presided over a 16% black unemployment rate while showing almost pathological indifference to that situation? What happens to dampened black enthusiasm for St. Barry O’CaresABunch when, in the course of the next presidential campaign, he inevitably announces "Oh yeah, I think it’s totally rad when gay people get married"?
Just thinkin’ out loud is all.
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Posted by KingShamus on July 20, 2011
Most people know that when a business is having trouble, one of the first things the firm does to stop the bleeding is cut payroll. Positions get eliminated through firing, layoffs and retirements. The company stops putting out feelers on Monster.com or the want-ads. They cut their head-hunting operations. This kind of private-sector belt-tightening is sadly very familiar for all too many Americans these days.
Let’s see how our good friends in the federal government are dealing with their workforce during the Obama Recession.
A new analysis of federal workforce data shows that even in this time of retrenchment and downsizing, the federal government almost never fires or lays off workers. In fact, in many corners of the federal government, it is virtually impossible for an employee to be fired. “Federal employees’ job security is so great that workers in many agencies are more likely to die of natural causes than get laid off or fired,” writes USA Today, which conducted the survey.
The paper reports the federal government “fired 0.55% of its workers in the budget year that ended September 30.” For the private sector, the figure is about 3%. And for some parts of the federal workforce, the firing rate was even lower. For example, USA Today found that federal workers in the Washington, DC area have 99.74% job security. Some agencies, like the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, did not fire or lay off anyone in the last year.
And the federal government is not only not firing anyone; it’s doing plenty of hiring.
We’re trillions of dollars in debt, the political class is utterly unwilling to stop our slide into SuperGreek obsolescence, but stop your bitching, you stupid tea-bagging bitter clingers. Every Federal Department of Redundancy Department is hiring.
Byron York, the writer of the piece, notes that this isn’t the most egregious abuse of taxpayer dollars. In dollars, entitlement spending is the big ticket item in non-defense monies.
In a way, the inattention paid to this comparatively small problem is indicative of a larger cultural blind spot within the government. Think about it: If it’s impossible to cut the fat from the government worker class, how likely is it that cuts will be possible in areas that people actually give a shit about? Most folks wouldn’t notice if the gubmint payroll shrunk by fifty percent, but actually making the cut?
Yes, AFSCME would howl. But if the cuts were phased in gradually, the protests, angry snarling and pouting could be kept to a minimum. That wouldn’t be the worst move during this shaky economic time.
The savings from cutting the federal workforce would not be huge. The signal sent to voters and the rest of the bloated DC bureaucracy would be. Which means it will never happen.
MORE: Think about how many people we have working in the government. What are all these people doing? A lot of them are quite busy burying the country in red tape.
Regulators regulate. In the absence of adult supervision they still regulate.
Think about that a moment. Every morning tens of thousands of persons (no one really knows how many) go to work, with no higher calling than making regulations that the rest of us have to live with. Who voted for them?
…The Federal Register has grown 20 percent in just the last two years, and there are another 4,225 rules already written and winding their way through the system. And this does not even include what Obamacare and Dodd-Frank are going to do. Just policing the regulations already in place costs $55.4 billion a year. But this pales in comparison to the $1.75 trillion hidden tax that regulations place on the economy every year.
Yes, that’s $1.75 trillion.
Maybe all those federal workers making all those stifling economy-killing regulations really are a big fucking deal.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: Byron York, Cutting Government Payroll, Washington Examiner, Workers | 8 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 19, 2011
Did I say good? I meant gooder.
The most impressive revelations are of data that Acting Director Melson gave them. ATF was ready to cooperate until it was gagged by the Deputy Attorney General. They informed the Deputy AG that they had documents that contradicted the “official story” Justice was giving out. A memo describing an important meeting — held to convince a cooperating gun dealer who was getting worried about allowing all these suspicious gun buys — was actually written over a year later, after the controversy broke. Melson says there is a memo that is a “smoking gun,” which Justice is still refusing to reveal to the Committee.
That sounds rather juicy.
Why would the Deputy AG try to muzzle the ATF if everything was hunky-dory?
Oh right: If the DOJ dudes keep Melson & Co. from talking, maybe they can still get their gun control dreams slammed into law during Obamster’s second term.
I once thought that theory was kinda out there. Now that there’s been all this stonewalling and bullshit, that’s the only theory that makes sense.
By the way, I know the Mexican government has two basic functions–shipping their troublesome citizens to our country and taking generous bribes from various drug gang factions–but even a spectacularly corrupt sleazeocrat like Mexican President Felipe Calderon has got to be pissed off when he finds out his BFF Barack Obama has been letting scads of guns go willy-nilly into the hands of narco-terrorist scourge.
If Mexico wasn’t a completely failed state with an armed forces that is utterly outclassed by our military, Operation Gunwalker would probably have garnered an aggressive response by the Mexicans against us. Imagine if we didn’t have the best army on the planet. Obama’s cheap little stunt, which again was implemented to simply score political points in order to win a domestic partisan argument, could’ve gotten us into a very hot war with our next door neighbor.
That’s how bad this is. And Obama and his toadie Eric Holder totally own this epic fail.
Enough is enough. Eric Holder must go.
Hell, Barack Obama must go as well. Since we can’t kick his lame ass out till 2012, we may as well start with one of President Pretty Pony’s more egregious prick-nosed socialist hacks first.
I snagged the link from Instapundit. Grazie.
Posted in Politicians behaving badly | Tagged: ATF, Barack Obama, Director Melson, Eric Holder, Operation fast And Furious, Operation Gunwalker | 6 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 18, 2011
One thing about Herman Cain–the man does not back down from a fight.
Watch the whole thing. The great RS McCain (Alyssa Milano Be Upon Him) snags the clip, then says:
Cain’s public opposition to the proposed Tennessee mosque, as well as his March statement that he would not be comfortable appointing Muslims to his presidential cabinet, have been criticized by many liberals and also by some Republicans. However, the Atlanta businessman told his Maryland supporters during a question-and-answer session at a private home in suburban Montgomery County, he considers Islam not merely a religion, but also a political system that does not recognize separation of church and state.
First of all, is this the politically correct thing for Herman Cain to say? No. Most MSM pundits will tut-tut Cain’s statement. That’s not surprising though. The liberal opinionistas are hopelessly addicted to soft-headed multiculturalism. Anytime a conservative says anything that deviates from the media’s kumbaya narrative, the reflexive screams of racism cannot be far behind.
More importantly for Cain, is this the politically smart thing to say? That’s not nearly so cut and dried. What Herman Cain is expressing is a sentiment many Americans probably share. The distrust of political Islam and of sharia; it’s likely that many citizens have these feelings. Cain just has the courage to say what a lot of people are thinking, but are too nervous to speak.
Now there are people who will respond to Cain’s assertions by bringing up the moderate Muslims out there who disagree with the extremist version of Islam. Okay. Name ten prominent Muslims who have flat-out rejected the Wahabbist/Salafist/Persian Theocratic view of political Islam. Can’t do it? Cool. Name five. Still struggling? You’re not alone.
I would love for there to be a vibrant apolitical strain of Islam to rise. But sadly Zuhdi Jasser, Irshad Manji, Stephen Schwartz, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Wafa Sultan–as great and brave as these folks are–do not make up a mass movement. Unfortunately, they are the weirdos within the greater Muslim intellectual orbit, not the extremists. It’s been ten years since 9/11. If the moderates were going to show up, they’d have done so by now.
Others will argue that Herman Cain’s ideas about Islam reflect the candidate’s ignorance of Islam. In turn, this reflects Americans’ lack of knowledge about Islam. Since 9/11, Americans have learned on the fly what Islam is about. They may not be able to name the Five Pillars or tell you what the Eid-al-Fitr means, but they’re sure there are a lot of Muslims that constantly pop a boner at the thought of killing Americans.
In short, Americans have plenty of real-world experience dealing with the consequences of real-world Islam. More importantly, when Americans ask supposedly non-radical Muslims to denounce terrorism, what is the typical response? It sure as shit isn’t the full-throated renunciation of violence that most folks want to hear. Instead groups like CAIR hem and haw, play the moral equivalency game with Israel and then roll out their lame ass woe-is-me poor victim drag act complaining about the non-existent backlash against Muslims in America.
Herman Cain being okay with communities banning mosques doesn’t sit well with the basic and noble American idea to live and let live. It’s also true that most Americans are probably uncomfortable with the idea that his standard could be used against their churches or synagogues. I understand why many voters–including some strong conservatives–would reject Cain’s position. I know I’m not all that comfy with the implications of Cain’s policies.
But is Cain right about the basic questions here? Is he right about Islam being a political ideology as much as it is a religious faith? Is he right that Islamists, in both their overtly violent and politically subversive forms, are a grave threat to the American way of life?
Voters told the pols in 2010 that they were amenable to hearing some hard truths. Cain might just be the man to educate voters about some more uncomfortable realities.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: Banning Mosques?, Herman Cain, Islam | 10 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 18, 2011
What important things, you ask?
Gay dude’s penis sizes.
Ummmmm, not safe for people who have really touchy gag reflexes. As if you needed me to tell you that.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) subsidized a study attempting to find out if a gay man’s penis size has any correlation with his sexual health.
The research, titled “The Association between Penis Size and Sexual Health among Men Who Have Sex with Men,” began in 2006 and surveyed 1,065 gay men. Among its key findings: Those gay men who felt they had small or inadequate penis sizes were more likely to become “bottoms,” or anal receptive, while gay men with larger penises were more likely to identify themselves as “tops,” or anal insertive.
Another discovery from the research: men with smaller penises were more likely to be psychologically troubled than those with larger genitalia. The goal of the study was to understand the “real individual-level consequences of living in a penis-centered society.”
Read the rest. I guess. But hey, how much taxpayer skrilla did the gubmint waste on this study?
The gay men penis-size study falls under the NDRI’s drug abuse, AIDS and crime research category. In 2006, the year the organization started funding the penis-size research, it received $899,769 in taxpayer money
Bruce Villanch, call your orifice.
Really, we just had to blow a million dollars on this? Even better: Was this a question that the federal government needed to answer in the first place?
Then the Democrats have the nerve to tell us that they spend our money wisely.
I snagged the DC link from Bunkerville, who is just as flabbergasted as I am. Thanks, homie.
More: Doug over at the DaleyGator beats my headline like the pathetic dog that it is:
Well played, homie. Well played.
Posted in Domestic Happenings | Tagged: Government Waste, Millions and Millions Of Your Dollars, Teh Gheys | 7 Comments »
Posted by KingShamus on July 18, 2011
First, some acoustic rock from Mondo Generator.
Mondo Generator, led by wildman bassist/vocalist Nick Oliveri, has specialized in documenting the seedy drug-fueled rock underworld. Oliveri has had more than his share of run-ins with the law over the years, but last week the former Queens of the Stone Age bassist just might’ve finally hit rock bottom.
TMZ has learned … cops were called to the home of 39-year-old Nick Oliveri after a neighbor called 911 to report a “disturbance” between the rocker and his girlfriend.
Sources close to the couple tell us … Nick’s GF told police the rocker struck her during an argument the day before … and she had come back to the home to collect her stuff so she could move out. That’s when the two got into another heated argument … and Nick locked themselves inside the duplex.
When cops arrived, Oliveri — who played bass with the Queens for years before parting ways with the group — refused to allow cops inside the residence … and would not let his girlfriend leave.
A S.W.A.T. team was called to the scene — and a standoff ensued. After two hours, Nick finally agreed to let his GF exit the duplex … and two hours after that, he gave himself up without further incident.
When cops searched the home, we’re told they found one high powered rifle — which was FULLY LOADED.
Oliveri was booked on felony domestic violence. He has since been released after posting $100,000 bail.
For me this is sad news. When Nick Oliveri was in Queens of the Stone Age, they were unstoppable. Rated R is one of the top ten rock records of the 2000′s. Songs For The Deaf, which featured Dave Grohl on drums, is an epic piece of work. Since QOTSA leader Josh Homme fired Oliveri in 2004, both of them have been busy putting out spotty, ho-hum discs.
Homme’s work since he gave Oliveri the boot has been really uneven. For one of the most dynamic and quirky guitar players to come out of the 90′s rock scene, Josh’s QOTSA albums without Nick have been surprisingly boring. The only thing Homme’s put out recently that actually jammed was the Them Crooked Vultures supergroup project with Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and Dave Grohl.
On the other hand, Oliveri’s various projects have been even worse. Dude has been unable to get decent distribution for his albums, mostly because Oliveri’s widely rumored drug problems and subsequent emotional instability seem to have scared off a lot of record labels. Artistically, the bass player’s post-QOTSA work has suffered. While Homme can probably limp along putting out Queens stuff and still get people to buy it, Oliveri definitely needs a collaborator to make solid records.
And now Nick Oliveri has really screwed the pooch. One can only hope this arrest is a wake-up call for the bass player to get his life back together and quit taking drugs like a maniac.
Oh well. Here’s another song from Oliveri’s back catalogue that seems pretty appropriate given the circumstances.
“Meth, I Hear You Callin’”
Get sane soon, Nick.
Posted in Music Monday | Tagged: All I Can Do, Dave Grohl, I Hear You Callin', John Paul Jones, Josh Homme, Meth, Mondo Generator, Music Monday, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures | Leave a Comment »
Posted by KingShamus on July 16, 2011
President Obama had an interesting week. Golf outings, a press conference advocating the eating of green vegetables, getting the sacred Presidential Daily Briefing at 10:00 AM, giving out poker tips; the last six days have been a lot of fun for Obama.
This week has also given a glimpse into the maturity level of our commander-in-chief. After throwing a temper tantrum on Eric Cantor, nobody can doubt the serious adult manner by which our glorious leader conducts himself. In fact the DNC has a new ad campaign that highlights the calm sobriety that Barack Obama brings to the Presidency.
I got this from the always calm cool and collected IOwnTheWorld via a link from Twitter homie Eric Odom. Thanks ya’all.
Posted in Chuckles | Tagged: Barry Pitches A Fit, Eric Odom, IOwnTheWorld, MMM MMM MMM Barack Hussein Obama | 12 Comments »