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Music Monday 60’s Pop – “In My Life” by The Beatles

Posted by KingShamus on April 30, 2012

Canadian Conservative–wait, they exist?–Kathy Shaidle has been having fun goading Robert Stacy McCain with her latest post over at PJ Media.  She believes that The Who is the best rock band ever.  RSM asserts that Led Zeppelin should hold that title.  He’s right of course, but just for shits and giggles let us take a gander at The Beatles.

Here the Beatles give you deceptively simple guitar lines, nicely done vocal harmonies and frill-free rhythms;  a more graceful piece of pop-rock you will be hard-pressed to find.

Of all the recent arguments I’ve heard leveled at The Fab Four, the charge that they were a teenie-bopper band who grew into their artsy pretensions probably stings the most.  At their essence John, Paul, George and Ringo were basically ‘N Sync Version 1.0.  Most of the group’s output was non-threatening bubblegum pop aimed squarely at the pocketbooks of adolescent girls.  Rather than dress like the tough rock-n-rollers they professed to be, their manager slapped the band into High Mod suits, thus making them more palatable for the impressionable youths in the audience.

Some of that is true. 

Some of that is a particularly uncharitable reading of the history, but true enough.

What the Beatles-haters miss is that the group wrote most of its own material.  Aside from a few covers, the boys were cranking out hit after hit after hit.  The 90’s/00’s era boy bands were packaged creations of record companies and mega-hit producers.  While the Beatles had a crafted image, they still created the songs that made the vast majority of American kids forget about Elvis Presley for most of the 1960’s.

Look, The Beatles were certainly capable of money-grubbing cynicism.  John  Lennon was a blundering leftist who thought giving money to the IRA was a brilliant idea.  Paul McCartney has been a dippy priggish celebutard for most of his post-Beatles career.   

But none of that cancels out the massive sales and the huge cultural influence of The Beatles.

Enjoy.

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The Obama Administration’s War On Romney Donors

Posted by KingShamus on April 27, 2012

Remember when that meanie-head Sarah Palin made a map that was like an angry visual aid with scary targets for evil Rethuglicans?

Yeah, that was really awful.

But hey…the President’s re-election team is making an ‘example’ of people who donate to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

Nothing to see here people…move on.

This past week, one of his [Obama’s] campaign websites posted an item entitled “Behind the curtain: A brief history of Romney’s donors.” In the post, the Obama campaign named and shamed eight private citizens who had donated to his opponent. Describing the givers as all having “less-than-reputable records,” the post went on to make the extraordinary accusations that “quite a few” have also been “on the wrong side of the law” and profiting at “the expense of so many Americans.”

These are people like Paul Schorr and Sam and Jeffrey Fox, investors who the site outed for the crime of having “outsourced” jobs. T. Martin Fiorentino is scored for his work for a firm that forecloses on homes. Louis Bacon (a hedge-fund manager), Kent Burton (a “lobbyist”) and Thomas O’Malley (an energy CEO) stand accused of profiting from oil. Frank VanderSloot, the CEO of a home-products firm, is slimed as a “bitter foe of the gay rights movement.”

These are wealthy individuals, to be sure, but private citizens nonetheless. Not one holds elected office. Not one is a criminal. Not one has the barest fraction of the position or the power of the U.S. leader who is publicly assaulting them.

But it’s all good because Obama slow-jammed the news on Jimmy Fallon’s show.  That means he’s hip and cool and totally not a bullying prick.

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Obama Likes Colombia Too

Posted by KingShamus on April 27, 2012

No, really.  Dude knows whats up.

“We’ll pay las putas after our requisite three rounds of golf!”

Thanks to the ever-cool Voncille Smith aka @YellaRoseTX from Twitter.

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Making 21st Century Dramas Into 1980’s Sitcoms

Posted by KingShamus on April 26, 2012

Oh the wonders of modern video editing.

As much as The Walking Dead stunk in the first half of last season, “Walking Pains” is nothing but high-larious zombie hi-jinks.  The only thing missing is Mike Seaver and his best pal Boner getting trapped in a Wal-Mart with nothing but cheap Chinese-made wiffle ball bats to fight off a seemingly endless swarm of cannibalistic undead.

“The Office” looks like it could almost work as a Chuck Lorre/CBS sit-com.  In a past life, Steve Carrell was Dick Van Dyke.  Or maybe Dick Van Patten.  One of those two Dicks.

I found these in a Mashable post that Twitter-homie Galileo’s Bane hunted down.  Thanks, mi amigo.

Also, follow Galileo’s Bane on teh Twitterz.

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Having Fun With The GSA Spending Scandal

Posted by KingShamus on April 25, 2012

Courtesy of Dan Mitchell.

But hey, America isn’t totally hosed or anything.

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Special Preview Footage Of President Obama on the Jimmy Fallon Show

Posted by KingShamus on April 24, 2012

Okay, call it  a dramatic pre-enactment.

Playing the part of Barack Obama in this romantic comedy is Charlize Theron, which makes sense since both of them are adorable dimbulbs who like to play dress-up.

Playing the part of Jimmy Fallon is Dane Cook , which makes sense since both of them never met a comedy bit they can’t beat to death in five seconds.

So yeah, the President of The United States of America is going to make a campaign stop random off-the-cuff appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s late-night comedy show.

Lanford Beard of Entertainment Weekly wonders if Ted Nugent’s run-in with the Secret Service will come up in conversation.

Here’s a mystery more worthy of Sherlock Lanny’s talents:  When did Jimmy Fallon and the rest of the hip edgy comedians in American media decide it was bad form to crack on sitting US presidents?  Besides a brief period from about September 11th, 2001 to right around January 2002, the most reliable way of getting hipster street cred in the 10 years was to make fun of George W. Bush.

Funny how busting on the commander-in-chief is no longer the way to be one of the cool kids in big media.  In fact, the fastest way to get drummed out of the MSM’s clubhouse is to criticize their BFF.  Even if the person doing the criticizing is a member in good standing with the progressive movement.

Now Jimmy Fallon has debased himself to jock-sniff on his political man-crush.  Amazing, when you think about it.  Only in modern Hollywood does a guy become cooler when he speaks ass-kissing lies to power.

John Nolte’s right.  Political satire is dead.  Our comedians are not just the court jesters.  They are the Special Forces contingent of the palace guard.

Hope you enjoy being Obama’s old tube sock, Jimmy.

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Shedding College Age Illusions ( Via @Cracked )

Posted by KingShamus on April 24, 2012

What college kids know and what they think they know are sadly two very different things.  Not to fear, though. Cracked Magazine is on the case.  Consider this edumakational.

 

 

 

 

 

Be sure to check out the link.  There’s a lot of other great photo fun times.

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Pray For Bo

Posted by KingShamus on April 23, 2012

There’s a dog in peril, after all.

But of course, there is still no way to make fun of Barack Obama.

None.

Stop trying, conservative curmudgeons.

Give up on that wild goose chase, silly reich-wingers.

The well-paid comedy geniuses at Hollywood have tried their damnedest to find an angle by which they can satirize the President.  Boy, have they ever tried.  It’s been a truly heroic effort.  If our media betters can’t make a joke stick on Obama, there’s simply no hope for the rest of us.

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Obama and The Perfect Storm of Misery

Posted by KingShamus on April 23, 2012

Old And Busted:  Getting people off the public dole.

New Hotness:  Getting lots and lots of people back on the public dole.

The Congressional Budget Office said Thursday that 45 million people in 2011 received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, a 70% increase from 2007

Political Junkie Mom is right.  Having the Obama administration do stuff to increase employment or oil production is just silly rugged individualist conservative yakkety-yak.  Far better for the government to do the things it’s really good at, like fostering long-term dependency.

But hey, it’s not poor people who are getting pounded by this administration.  The “rich” are about to get their comeuppance as well.

 If you thought paying your taxes was painful this year, get ready for more heartache next year, when taxpayers could be on the hook for almost $500 billion in higher taxes… That’s the size of “Taxmageddon.” 

Taxmageddon is the tax hike set to slam the economy and taxpayers on Jan. 1, 2013. It’s made up of seven different categories of tax cuts set to expire, and six tax hikes from the health-care law set to kick in, as soon as the ball drops on New Year’s Eve.

The Left’s definition of ‘shared’ sacrifice: Make the poor into a permanent underclass so they can easily be exploited for votes while simultaneously punishing anyone who tries to escape the statist suck-hole of fail.

Or maybe I’m being too hard on Obama and the rest of the progressive movement.  Perhaps I’m ascribing a conscious plan to people who really have no idea what they’re doing.   It could be that the President and his administration are just incompetent dolts.

Then again, that would go against everything we’ve been told about Barack Obama for the last five years.  People who identify themselves as conservative think Obama is scary smart.  Scions of the Left have insisted that Barack Obama is a great intelligence.  How many prestigious universities did Barack Obama go to?  Occidental, Columbia and Harvard represent the pinnacle of higher education not just in America but across the globe.  Anyone who wrote not one but two memoirs before the age of fifty has to be pretty sharp.

If President Obama is as smart as his sycophants and enablers insist he is, then he has the intelligence to see how his proposals affect the nation.  That means that Obama is happy to see more and more people on food stamps.  Obama wants to hammer Americans with tax hikes.  The current state of affairs in the United States is pretty much exactly what the community-organizer-in-chief ordered.

Here’s the rub–I think Obama is going to play dumb during this campaign season.  In 2008, dude was supposed to walk on water during a three dimensional chess marathon while simultaneously developing a vaccine for athlete’s foot.  In 2012, everything–and I mean EVERYTHING–will be somebody else’s fault.  Crappy economy?  Damn you, Bushitler.  Wallet-punishing gas prices?  Darth Cheney and his roving band of nefarious petroleum speculators are killing the electric car with their diabolical oil-based superpowers.  Stratospheric unemployment?  John ‘Satan’s Personal Oompaloompa’ Boehner simply won’t let America have the kajillions of eco-tastic green jobs that every US company is just dying to create.

That line of nonsense cannot be allowed to fly.  Obama has constantly billed himself–and actively encouraged others to sing from the same hymnal by the way–as a super genius.  Its time to throw that achievement-free arrogance back in his face.

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Music Monday Cover Tunes – ‘Rocky Mountain Way’ by Godsmack (Joe Walsh Cover)

Posted by KingShamus on April 23, 2012

Let the pummeling commence.

I know I’m going to catch some shit from the holier-than-thou muso nerd contingent, but I can’t help liking Godsmack.

Yes, their first album was basically an Alice in Chains tribute disc.  I also get how a lot of their stuff might be a little testosterone’d up for many music listeners, like 95% of the female population of planet Earth.  The band is so single-minded it might in fact be a single-celled organism. They also have the misfortune  of often getting lumped into the hard rock hammerhead Shinedown/Theory of A Dead Man/Nickelback batch of groups.

Even with all that going against them, da ‘Smack ain’t all bad.  “I Stand Alone”, with it’s hammering riff, pulls off the difficult feat of being fairly heavy and still tuneful at the same time.  The terse simplicity of “Keep Away” is a blueprint that a lot of bands have nicked over the years. Even though “Awake” is over a decade old, it remains the group’s striding declaration of intent.  For all their lack of guile, they’re a band that understands itself and what it wants to do–crank out decidedly hipster-unfriendly unapologetic stadium metal–then goes out and does just that.  Vocalist and band leader Sully Erna, an oddly successful amalgam of James Hetfield, Eddie Vedder and a 60’s-era Hell’s Angel soldier, knows his audience and gives them what they want with admirable regularity.

As for this cover, Godsmack takes a classic riff, drops the guitars down a few steps, shears off some of Walsh’s winking nuance and dials up the amps to the ‘Crush’ setting.  While the tune sounds familiar, it still basically comes off as a Godsmack song.  Overall, it’s a modern twist on an old favorite.

Enjoy.

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Insanely High Gas Prices Got You Down?

Posted by KingShamus on April 21, 2012

Don’t worry–Donald Douglas over at the American Power blog has a quicker picker upper to brighten your mood.

(Via The People’s Cube)

Where does this come from, you wonder?

Promise kept.

Thanks, Barry.

[sarc/]

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Good Guy Greg And 4/20/2012

Posted by KingShamus on April 20, 2012

Memes–what would teh intertubes be without them?

Good Guy Greg has been bouncing around the nerdosphere for a while now.  In the pic homeboy is seen smoking a joint and looking well and truly blazed.  Who the guy is or where this image came from is a mystery I’m too lazy to solve, but his cheerfully baked demeanor has made him a beloved figure amongst the evangelical cannabis smoker set.  Basically, he’s the anti-Scumbag Steve.

In honor of the best fake holiday that celebrates an illegal habit-forming health-endangering drug since Crystal Meth Madness Month (Spoiler Alert: That’s pretty much every month), here’s some Mary Jane inspired Good Guy Greg pics.

And finally…

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President Barack ‘Dog Meat’ Obama Is An Admitted Dog Meat Eater Who Has Eaten Dog Meat

Posted by KingShamus on April 19, 2012

So it turns out that David Axelrod, Barack Obama’s campaign hatchetman, posted a tweet that many folks took as a shot at Mitt Romney.  Specifically, the tweet was an oblique reference to the story of how Romney once transported his dog in a pet crate on top of his car during a family trip.  No doubt it was pretty clever to for Ax to ding Romney with this embarrassing anecdote.  Everybody knows that any tale Gail Collins has made a fetish out of reporting on is edgy comedic gold.

Then the right-wingers on Twitter pointed out in sarcastic detail how Barack Obama has some skeletons in his closet when it comes to man’s best friend.

Let Joe and Mika and some other hapless MSNBC stooges fill you in.

In summation, Romney treated a dog poorly once.

At least Mittens wasn’t thinking about which side dish and wine would go best with his Irish Setter spare ribs.

Not surprisingly, this kerfuffle lit up the twitterverse and the larger blogosphere.  Ace had a laugh at Obama, Devourer of Dogs. Manhattan Infidel posted a great satirical interview with the clearly endangered First Pet.  James Taranto threw his kibbles and bits into the fray.  Frank quipped some quips about the story (sample–“Dog bites man – not news. Man bites dog – news. President bites dog – BEST NIGHT OF TWITTER EVER!!!”).  Jim Treacher has been cracking on Axelrod and Co. for almost two days now, throwing in the inevitable, and inevitably hilarious, ‘Downfall’ clip to boot.

Don’t get it twisted, though.  Not every conservative has been having fun at Blood-Pudding-Hound Obama’s expense.  Newt Gingrich told Sean Hannity that focusing on the “Obama Eats Dog” story is ‘junk’.  He would prefer the Right to focus on big ideas and big issues.

The former speaker is almost impossibly wrong.  First, look at Axelrod’s twitter timeline.  He deleted the tweet that started this fight, which means he knows he screwed the pooch.  Homeboy wouldn’t memory-hole a tweet unless he knew it was a self-inflicted wound.

Another thing to note is that while Americans hate to hear about dogs being mistreated, eating canines is really weird to most people in the United States.  Granted, there is already a liberal thumbsucker defense of Obama eating a dog in Indonesia (“IT IS THIER CULTCHERR, MAAAAAAN!!!!!!!111111111eleventy!!!1!”) but that’s only going to work for people already invested in Team Obama. The rest of the country is going to be deeply creeped out at the idea of the President scarfing down a fido-burger.

Besides all that, why does Newt–or any other conservative–think this is an either/or proposition?  Why can’t the Right offer data-driven substantive criticism of President Obama’s disastrous policies while simultaneously busting on Schnauzer Skirt Steak Barry’s inherently strange biography and ideology?  Thinking that the conservative movement can’t walk and mock progressives at the same time is antiquated.

It’s not 1978 anymore.  There isn’t a monolithic leftist media vice-grip on mass communication.  The conservative movement doesn’t have to carefully craft the picture perfect message in the hopes that a Fairness Doctrine-era news organization will deign to pick up on it.

Let the free-market thinkers think.  Let the libertarian linkers link.  Most importantly, let the conservative stinkers well…not stink per se…but mercilessly mock everything about Obama and the lunatic left.  At a moment when our hapless President would rather talk about anything other than his pathetic failure of an administration, it would be foolish for the Right to put limits on its messaging.

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Proper Toilet/Urinal Placement

Posted by KingShamus on April 19, 2012

This particular bathroom looks like it sorta ran out of space.

If you’re asking me if I could make that shot, ask me after I’ve had a a five pound bag full of these and a gallon of this.

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Security Getting A Little Too Friendly With Bar Refaeli

Posted by KingShamus on April 18, 2012

Because a 26 year old Israeli supermodel is an obvious security threat.

She is currently enjoying a trip overseas which has included a visit to London.  But things have gone a little awry for jetsetter Bar Refaeli, who claims she was violated by a security officer at an airport.

The Israel supermodel tweeted about the ordeal to her fans, explaining that a female officer went a little too far with a routine patdown.

…’I got a security “patdown” by a woman at the airport that made me feel very uncomfortable and left no doubt about her sexual preferences,’ she wrote on the social networking site.

The article is sorta coy about what airport this occured in–I’m assuming it’s Heathrow or some other airport in Britain–so I dunno if we can file this under ‘Tales Of The Overzealous TSA”.

For purely diagnostic purposes, I’ll post a pic of Ms. Refaeli just to help us understand how this travesty of justice happened.

Yeah, this is a very mysterious case.

Perhaps further research is necessary.

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ObamaCare–The Horror Movie Trailer

Posted by KingShamus on April 18, 2012

Starring none other than the Herman Cain.

Darcprynce over at the marvelous DaleyGator found this over the weekend.

A health insurance broker, Glenn Morton, has founded a super PAC called “Occupy Obamacare” and begun producing videos that using horror-movie imagery to attack the Affordable Care Act. This video features Herman Cain Struck by Lightning at Tea Party Rally.

Admit it; you’d totally see this flick.

Oh wait, that isn’t just a movie trailer.  We’re living the nightmare already.

Also…all those scary threatening prank phone calls you’ve been getting?

They’re coming—–FROM INSIDE YOUR HOUSE!

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Facebook, The 90’s Version

Posted by KingShamus on April 17, 2012

Hey it’s movie day at BDKS.  You know what that means.

The prof is fighting off a vicious hangover getting over a minor cold.

In any case, have you ever wondered what Facebook looked like back in the Dandy Dial-Up Nineties?  Me neither, but check out this totally legit not fake at all documentary.

“I want to grab your ass!”

“Or your cow and camel!  ;-) “

Big thanks to the great CG Hill at the terrific Dustbury.  Check out the rest of his post as he takes a look at Google in the 60’s and 80’s.

It’s like he’s a web anthropologist or something.

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Voter ID Laws Are Pretty Popular

Posted by KingShamus on April 17, 2012

How popular?

(Rasmussen) Eighty-two percent (82%) believe all voters should be required to prove their identity before being allowed to vote. Only 14% oppose such a requirement.

Just 21% think laws requiring photo identification at the polls discriminate against some voters. Seventy-three percent (73%) disagree and feel that such laws do not discriminate.

Eighty-two percent.

That’s all.

You can’t get 82% of US citizens to agree on the winner of American Idol.  Hell, you can’t get 1/10th of 82% of Americans to buy hybrid cars or pick the best grade of crystal meth.  But eight of ten Americans are pretty certain that people should have to prove their residency status before voting.

You know what this means, right?

Eighty-two percent of the American public are now totally RAAAAACIST!

BTW, read the rest of the piece right now.

Also:  Thanks to the Conservative Commune’s @Vermontaigne for the link.  Muchas gracias.

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The Karl Marx Family Tree

Posted by KingShamus on April 16, 2012

Go through the whole incestuous thing and see if you can find any faults with it.

I think this is pretty much spot-on.

Steve over at the Motor City Times found this neat gem.

I simply had to steal it.

Also:  Steve is pretty much fighting behind enemy lines by living in The People’s Republic of Mittenganstan, so check out the Motor City Times blog early and often…and twice on Sundays.

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Music Monday 90’s Punk — “Miranda” by All

Posted by KingShamus on April 16, 2012

Short, sharp….and poppy?

All is basically The Descendents without lead singer Milo Aukerman.  The Descendents were a pretty big deal in the late 80’s alternative rock scene.  The group had a Southern California hardcore feel, but unlike Black Flag or Bad Religion, the Descendents eschewed militant punker-than-thou sanctimony.  Instead, the band wrote songs about girls, school and fishing, matching that subject matter with a poppy sound.

When Aukerman went to college full time, the other band members decided to keep playing.  They then formed All, with various singers taking lead vocal responsibilities.  While All never really caught fire, many bands took their musical formula and developed it.  The late 90’s saw groups like Blink-182, Sum-41 and Green Day all mine the same vein of fast-paced pop-oriented punk that The Descendents and All had pioneered years before.

Nowadays a lot of that snot-punk stuff sounds really dated and lame. Green Day’s Billy Joe Armstrong wears guyliner and pushes left-wing talking points.   Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge is a UFO true believer and doe-eyed Obama fanboy (but I repeat myself).  That wave of bands just kinda collapsed under the weight of its own success and its too-big-for-it’s-britches pretensions.

To be fair, I was never a huge All or Descendents fan.  But for a while in 1995, Pummel was getting serious airplay in my car CD player.  Before all the other bands turned into douchey old farts, All was pretty rockin’ stuff.   “Miranda”, with its crunchy guitars and wistful lyrics, hit all the right notes for me.

Enjoy.

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