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Important New Dining Trend

Posted by KingShamus on June 29, 2012

“Breastaurants”.

Yes.  Breastaurants.

The waitresses at Twin Peaks wear skimpy plaid tops that accentuate their chests. In case you didn’t catch the joke, the chain’s logo is an image of two pointy, snow-capped mountains. And the sports bar doesn’t stop there: It promises “scenic views.”

Twin Peaks owner Randy DeWitt downplays all of that and insists that the appeal of the restaurant goes beyond the obvious. Hearty meals and a focus on making customers feel special, he says, are what really keeps them coming back.

“We believe in feeding the ego before feeding the stomach,” he says. Or as the website of the mountain lodge-themed restaurant states, “Twin Peaks is about you, `cause you’re the man!”

Twin Peaks is part of a booming niche in the beleaguered restaurant industry known as “breastaurants,” or sports bars that feature scantily clad waitresses. These small chains operate in the tradition of Hooters, which pioneered the concept in the 1980s but has struggled in recent years to stay fresh.

…The nation’s top three “breastaurant” chains behind Hooters each had sales growth of 30 percent or more last year, according to Technomic, a food industry research firm. They still represent less than 1 percent of the nation’s top restaurants, but the upstart chains are benefitting as other mid-priced options like Applebee’s and Bennigan’s have experienced declines during the economic downturn.

Look, I think we on the conservative side of the political spectrum need to face up to a hard truth.  I’m sorry I have to break the news.  Its going to be tough, but we right-wing free-marketeers have to own this fact:  Capitalism can be gauche.

Gauchely awesome, that is.

But I sense you don’t really believe me about this breastaurant craze.

“Surely, this must be some kind of joke,” you say to me in an accusatory tone.

“It’s not a joke.  And don’t call me Shirley,” I answer.

But still, your skepticism is well-founded.  I mean, the original article is from some National Public Radio affiliate.  They’re not exactly an ironclad source of truthful information.  Can you or I just take their word on this?  Of course not.  After all, you’re an inquisitive readership.  All ten of the people who subscribe to this blog are going to want more than just baseless assertions of this trend in American dining.

You want proof.  Concrete evidence.  Preferably in picture form.

That is perfectly understandable.  I get it.  In fact, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Exhibit A:  Here’s some of the lovely ladies of The Titled Kilt.

“That’s interesting,” you say, “but it’s just one restaurant chain full of teh hotness.  You’ll have to do better than that.”

Ask and ye shall receive, BDKS homies,

Exhibit B:  Take a gander at the Twin Peaks 2011 calendar.

For scientific purposes, of course.

I hope this pictorial look at this growing American dining innovation was informative and educational.

You’re welcome.

Thanks to the one and only Stephon Starberry for the tip.  Much appreciated, mi amigo.  Very much.

UPDATE:  Linked my the magnificent Daley Gator blog.  They’re celebrating their 4th Blog Birthday, so scoot on over and give them a blogaversary shout-out

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The Supreme Court Upholds ObamaCare–Now What?

Posted by KingShamus on June 28, 2012

As you all know, the Supreme Court ruled ObamaCare is constitutional.

In the words of one Supreme Court justice, Thursday’s historic ruling leaves the controversial health care overhaul “largely unscathed” — but only by the slimmest of margins in the 5-4 ruling that put Chief Justice John Roberts in line with the court’s more liberal members.

…The decision to uphold ObamaCare and its individual mandate forcing people to buy health insurance was based on the federal government’s taxing authority rather than other powers.

Real quick, I wanna give a community organizer shout-out to Chief Justice John Roberts.  Good thing a lot of conservatives supported and defended you back in 2005.  Thank God the Right has you on the highest court in the land making sure that when the federal government tries to order the citizenry buy something or face a massive fine, you’re there to put stop to something so blatantly unconstitutional.  Oh, wait…

Look, I wanna believe that Roberts pulled some jurisprudence super-ninja trickery when he wrote his majority opinion.  I was hoping that there would be a silver lining in this tuna-shit salad of a ruling.  I was almost onboard with that line of reasoning.  Then I read this:

While I agree with a practical approach to the law, engaging in interpretation on this scale is unwarranted. I disagree strongly with Chief Justice Roberts use of the word “reasonable” in his conclusion:

The Affordable Care Act is constitutional in part and unconstitutional in part. The individual mandate cannot be upheld as an exercise of Congress’s power under the Commerce Clause. That Clause authorizes Congress to regulate interstate commerce, not to order individuals to engage in it.In this case, however, it is reasonable to construe what Congress has done as increasing taxes on those who have a certain amount of income, but choose to go without health insurance. Such legislation is within Congress’s power to tax . . .(Emphasis added.) The prudential, reasonable thing to do would have been to strike down the ACA and tell Congress “We don’t however rule today on the constitutionality of ACA as a tax,” thereby leaving open that issue for Congress to try again if it wanted. What Roberts has done is rewrite the law.

Read the whole thing, as RDBrewer does a good job elaborating his arguments further.

So what do we do now?  The Supreme Court didn’t let us off the hook like some of us had hoped.  Then again, my hopes for a court victory were only raised after the oral arguments seemed to go so badly for the government.  For most of the time since ObamaCare was passed, I believed the only way to get rid of this monstrosity was through legislative and electoral processes.

So let’s do that.  Starting today.  Starting right fucking now.

To hell with the squirrelly weirdos on the Supreme Court.  Taken on an individual basis, there are many strong thinkers on the Court who view the Constitution as a great document that should be treated with care and respect.  As a group, the SCOTUS is an inherently unreliable collection.  As we’ve seen today, they can be argued into damn near anything if you ply them with the ‘right’ wackadoo arguments.

If  you pin your hopes on them to reverse the tide of progressive socialism in America, you’re pinning your hopes on a 19-year-old meth-head stripper who desperately wants to ‘borrow’ your car at three o’clock in the morning so she can go ‘pick up’ her ‘kid’ at the abandoned apartment complex downtown.

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Barack Obama Calls Miami’s Basketball Team The “Heats”

Posted by KingShamus on June 27, 2012

Because big-time NBA superfans always screw up the name of the team that just won a world championship.

“It would be incomplete if I did not congratulate the city of Miami for having the world champion Miami Heats,” President Obama said at a fundraiser in Miami late Tuesday. Also, I’d be a complete idiot if I didn’t say big ups to Jebron Lames, Wwyane Dade, Bris Chosh, Bane Shattier, Kevin Durant, Dirk Nowitzki, Carmelo Anthony, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Julius Erving and everyone else associated with Miami’s Super Bowl winning Olympic lacrosse club.

I might’ve made up that last sentence.

Maybe.

Anyway, this could be just a trivial mistake. Perhaps I’m being a tad harsh. I mean, listen to Chicago sportswriter Michael Wilbon explain the President’s devotion to athletic competition.

We’ve seen sports emerge as a major theme in President Obama’s White House — whether it’s weekend golf outings, courtside seats at basketball games, or public-service announcements touting physical fitness for kids. Is it the real deal? We asked one guy who would know — Michael Wilbon, a co-host of ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” and a sports columnist for The Washington Post, in an interview that will air today at noon ET on ABC’s “Top Line.”

Well, I know it is genuine — absolutely — and it’s thorough. It’s not just about the sports that are obvious, that people think of all the time,” Wilbon told us. Obama does more than fill out college basketball brackets — he checks in with experts (including Wilbon) to see how they’re doing along the way. “March Madness … believe me, he has brackets and it’s competitive, because I know I’ve gotten a phone call, ‘How’s your bracket?’ ” Wilbon said. “But this goes back — this was all his life. I mean, if politics is one conversation of his life, then sports is the other, and sports probably, probably if I would hazard guess, a lot longer. And it’s everything — it’s professional basketball, it’s college basketball, it’s pro and college football to some extent. I don’t know if they’re all equal, but it’s very genuine.”

That’s just precious, Mike. Really strong analysis there. I’m sure it’ll hold up to scrutiny.

In fact, let us hear more of Obama’s appreciation of sport. Here the President chats with former major league pitcher Rob Dibble, regaling us with his deep knowledge of his beloved Chicago White Sox.

Obama to Dibble on why he wore a White Sox fan to throw out the first pitch in Washington: “I’m a Southside kid, I gotta make sure (White Sox owner) Jerry Reinsdorf doesn’t get to angry with me.

Dibble: “Having played with the White Sox for a short time, I know how the Cubs fans and White Sox fans go back and forth. Who was one of your favorite White Sox players growing up?

Obama: “You know uh ….. I … I thought that … uh …. you know … the truth is a lot of the Cubs I like too! But, uh … I did not become a Sox fan until I moved to Chicago. Because I uh …. I was growing up in Hawaii so I ended up actually being an Oakland A’s fan.

Oh. Okay.

But at least Obama knows where the White Sox play baseball.

“Kaminskey Field”.

Of course its Kaminskey Field, Barry.  Of course it is.

In other news: The president’s purported love of sports is, just like every other thing about this guy, a fraudulent practical joke played on America by a bunch of burnout hippie-era red diaper babies.

MORE, KINDA RELATED-ISH:  Why does Team Teleprompter and the court stenographers in the American press continue to push the notion that Barack is some kind of sports nut?  It’s pretty obvious Obama wouldn’t know the Stanley Cup from a sippy-cup.  Whenever he makes his NCAA Tournament picks, it seems like he just brainlessly chalks the brackets rather than put any actual thought into it.  About the only athletic endeavor that he takes any interest in is golf and that’s only because he’s played 100 rounds of it since becoming our Great Helmsman.

I think David Axelrod and the rest of the President’s flunkies are determined to make Obama a lifetime ESPN Magazine subscriber because they think it makes him look cool.  Most American males are at least sorta interested in sports.  Many women are too.  So naturally, a hep cat like Barack Obama would be a lunatic sports nerd.

The trouble starts when a guy who clearly isn’t into sports is asked to talk about sports.  Inevitably he comes off sounding like a typical know-nothing blowhard that you try to avoid when you go to a bar.  This is obvious to everyone besides doe-eyed morons like Mike Wilbon, who desperately wants his political man-crush to share the same interests as him.  For the Americans who don’t like Obama–which is over 50% as of today–the President’s fake-sports love is just pathetic.  It looks…uncool.

But when you live for hip opinion, you end up getting burned by it too.  This is why anybody who tells Mitt Romney to get a little more sexy are insane.  I know Mittens is a stiff.  I’m okay with that.  After four years of a president who fakes being cool, I’ll welcome a president who is okay with being lame.

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Is the Roberts’-Era Supreme Court An Activist Court?

Posted by KingShamus on June 26, 2012

Short Answer: No.

Here’s why.

“The Roberts court is finding laws unconstitutional and reversing precedent — two measures of activism — no more often than earlier courts.” The data accompanying the article shows this is an understatement. Specifically, the data show the following:

- The Warren, Burger and Rehnquist Courts overturned precedents at an average rate of 2.7, 2.8 and 2.4 per term, respectively. The Roberts Court, on the other hand, has only overturned an average of 1.6 precedents per term.

- The Warren, Burger, and Rehnquist Courts struck down an average of 7.9, 12.5, and 8.2 laws per term, whereas the Roberts Court has only invalidated an average of 3 laws per term.

For liberals, it’s a prudent Court decision if they get their way and JUDICIALACTIVISMOMFGWTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!11!!!1eleventy!!!!!!! if they don’t.

As others have said, if the Supreme Court rules against the Left’s signature piece of legislation the progressive movement will be in hyper-tantrum mode. Look for spittle-flecked rage from the whole juice-box mafia crowd as they rail against an ‘unprecedented’, ‘wildly activist’, ‘undemocratic’ and ‘un-American’ decision. Hell, it wouldn’t shock me if the Roberts Court gets called raaaaacist by Lawrence O’Donnell.

The problem for the Left is that for the last fifty years, the courts have been where they’ve won most of their victories. Griswold v. Connecticut, Miranda v. Arizona, Engel v. Vitale and Roe vs. Wade all either created laws and legal procedures favored by liberals air or negated democratically-enacted legislation that progressives didn’t like. California’s Prop 8, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, was struck down by a 9th Circuit Court judge not through any legislative process.

After fifty years of reveling in judicial activism, it’s going to take a whole lot of ideological Twister on the part of American liberals to now argue that the Supreme Court ruling against ObamaCare is some kind of crazy unprecedented decision. But don’t worry. I think the progressives are more than capable of pulling off that trick.

MORE, SORTA RELATED: Say, who is writing the minority decision on the ObamaCare ruling?

Via DrewM, I’m embarrassed that it didn’t occur to me in the other post to ask whether any of the Court’s liberals have taken on a conspicuously lighter workload lately. Sotomayor’s written the fewest among the Court’s left wing, according to Sean Trende, but that might be due to the fact that she’s a junior justice and isn’t getting as many assigned to her.

What’s Ginsburg been up to, though?

There are three cases left on the court’s docket, and the cases will be released in reverse order of the authoring justice’s seniority — beginning with Justice Elena Kagan, the newest justice.

Chief Justice John Roberts is expected to author the majority ruling in the health case — because of its significance and because Justice Anthony Kennedy authored the Arizona opinion, which was the second most controversial case of the term. Plus, neither he nor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have published any opinions since May 24. During that time, every other justice has published at least two majority opinions.

Here’s the list of slip opinions for the term at the Court’s website. Since May 21, every justice besides Roberts and Ginsburg has authored at least two majority opinions. It’s a lead-pipe cinch that there’ll be some enormous omnibus dissent responding to the majority in the ObamaCare case, and since Roberts is almost certainly writing for the Court, that leaves RBG as the likeliest suspect for the dissent

Read the rest. Allahpundit goes through some crazy-yet-plausible scenarios. Some wacky stuff could be happening on Thursday.

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Music Monday Acoustic Rock – “Don’t Follow” by Alice in Chains

Posted by KingShamus on June 25, 2012

Lets stay with the chilled-out mood.

A lot of people thought of Alice in Chains as the metallic Johnny-One-Notes of the 90’s Seattle scene, incapable of moving beyond their core riff-centric sound.  It’s true that when they cranked up the amps, they could make with the bludgeon tunes as good as anybody playing at the time.  For an act that got fairly regular airplay on commercial radio, AIC was adept at an alienating heaviness.

But with the release of the Sap and Jar of Flies EPs, the band showed that they could pull off acoustic music just as well as angry metal.  The vocal harmonies between Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell that made their rocked-out songs so interesting took on a whole new light when pared with gentler fare.  Staley’s mournful wail was a perfect match for Cantrell’s mellow rasp.  In an acoustic rock context, their otherworldly vocals often led to amazing material.

“Don’t Follow” comes from Jar of Flies, which would go to see two songs hit big on the alt-rock singles chart.   “No Excuses” and ‘I Stay Away” showcased the bands’ ability to craft sweeping epics in a  three to four minute format.  “Don’t Follow”, by contrast, was a somber warning to forgo a dangerous path.

At this point in the band’s run, Layne Staley had been fighting a losing battle with heroin for several years.  His lyrics for Flies briefly touched on the ecstatic highs of the drug, but were more often focused on the pain and remorse he felt because of his addiction.  Staley knew he was a self-absorbed junkie, he hated himself for it, but even with that knowledge he couldn’t do anything about it.  Those brutally honest and deeply conflicted themes permeated the album, turning what could’ve been just a sideways time-killing detour in AIC’s career into a sorrowful brooding masterpiece.

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New Movie News–“The Watch”, featuring Cathy Shim and Rosemarie DeWitt ( #RuleFive )

Posted by KingShamus on June 22, 2012

Ben Stiller, Jonah Hill and Vince Vaughn on their own are capable of funny movies. “Superbad”, “Wedding Crashers” and “Meet The Parents” are a few of the best comedies of the last 15 years.  Hopefully they don’t lose the magic when they get together.  Their new movie “The Watch” comes out July 27th.  Here’s the trailer.

Could be decent, although the red band trailer (NSFW) shows us a movie that might be both funnier and more disgusting than the g-rated preview led us to believe.

Anyhoo, it doesn’t look like there’s a lot of eye candy going on.  Only two gals are mentioned in the cast.  That’s sort of a head-scratcher.   In a sci-fi comedy, you really can’t go wrong with five or six hotties running around.

Oh well.  We might as well take a look and see whats doin’ here.

Rosemarie DeWitt

 

 

 

 

Cathy Shim

 

 

 

 

 

Okay.  I take it all back.  Cathy Shim is fairly rockin’.

Enjoy, everybody!

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Executive Privilege, Executive Leakage

Posted by KingShamus on June 21, 2012

So let me get this straight.

Premier Obama can send out Tom Donilon to ‘leak’ classified information about the war on terror, our use of cyberwarfare to thwart Iran’s nuclear program, our high-tech methods of gathering intel on our enemies and the absolutely vital on-the-ground assets we’ve used to do all this. The Obambi Administration can give Hollywood movie director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal unprecedented access to the intimate details of the Osama bin Laden assassination strike, in order for the filmmakers to make a feature length campaign propaganda flick.

When it comes to Fast & Furious–a deliberate scheme to run guns into Mexico that the President wanted to use as an excuse to reinstate the Clinton-era assault weapons ban–only then does Admiral Obamster Selectively-Yapsalot want to play the ‘loose lips sink ships’ card.

Yeah, that makes perfect sense to me.

I for one am done writing about these trifling matters. Can’t we focus on the important issues? I hear Eve Ensler performed her “Vagina Monologues” in Michigan the other day. That is where our attention needs to be.

Just stop complaining, poopie-head reich-wing Rethuglicans. Fast and Furious was Bush’s gun-running program. Sheila Jackson Lee said it, so it must be true.

And everyone who is worried about the President leaking vital intelligence in order to make himself look tough need not worry. Obama’s many many many years in the US Senate have prepared him to deal with classified information. Everybody knows that a community organizer/adjunct law school lecturer/junior US senator/beer summit enthusiast is exactly who you want handling our national security secrets.

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Municipal Debt Bombs: The Other Source Of Fiscal Collapse

Posted by KingShamus on June 20, 2012

Leave it to El Numero Uno Conservative On Fire–aka, Jim–to remind us of yet another enormous mountain of doom that nobody wants to deal with.

When I entered the words “municipal bankruptcies” in my search engine, I found that in February and March of this year that there were a few articles on this important subject. But, they didn’t seem to garner much attention. One such article written in March at the American Dream blog. The article, which I highly recommend, lays out ten signs that America is on the verge of a municipal debt crisis. This is sign No. 10:

#10 In all, there have been 21 municipal defaults so far in 2012.  The grand total of those defaults comes to 978 million dollars.

The article also has an excellent video on the effects of even minor increases in interest rates on our national debt.

So, if municipal debt bubbles are so serious, why aren’t we hearing about it from the major media outlets? More importantly, why aren’t we hearing about it from the big investment banks, of which J.P. Morgan is the biggest player?

According to this New York Post article, Morgan has done an in-depth study and found that there is indeed a major muni-bond crisis heading our way. Morgan, however, decided to keep their report secret. Well, except for a few of their best clients. And Wall Street wonders why the public is so down on them.

Read. The. Whole. Post.  There are big doin’s in that post.  Jim does a great job of analyzing the data…which is horrifying.

To be fair, a big issue here is that reporters who cover the whole country are loathe to discuss something that breaks down to a problem in 50 individual state and countless cities/towns.  If you told your average New York Times or Boston Globe national news desk scribe about this, chances are they’d blow it off.  ‘This is a state issue’, they’d likely say and not without some plausible deniability.

But that doesn’t excuse the rest of the American chattering class.   One gets a sense that the reporters who should be reporting this don’t want to because talking about psychotic municipal debt makes the blue state model look absolutely abysmal.  If there is one voting bloc that is deeply invested in massive welfare structures, big dumb government compassion and–most of all–generous public employee pay-outs, it is the mainstream media.  Knowing this it’s really not shocking why reporters would clam up when it comes to something this close to their hearts.

It’s like expecting them to investigate Eric Holder for Fast & Furious.  The leftist Attorney General hates the Second Amendment.  The leftist American dinosaur media hates the Second Amendment.  So what if Brian Terry is no longer available for comment?  Eric Holder meant well, so that’s close enough for Rachel Maddow, Paul Krugman and Gail Collins.  After all, it takes a lot of double-think if you wanna make it as an Obama-era court stenographer.

The looming municipal debt debacle is something most hacks just don’t wanna talk about.  So they won’t.  Until the problem annihilates state and local governments.  Then it’ll be Romney’s fault.

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Grade School Bully Gets Bullied By His Teacher Who Is In Fact A Bully

Posted by KingShamus on June 19, 2012

Using bullying to combat bullying:  What could possibly go wrong?

A kindergarten teacher who allegedly forced students to strike a boy accused of being a bully will lose her job, according to the suburban San Antonio school district where officials say the actions took place. According to reports, as many as 24 students were ordered to strike the boy.

The teacher had reportedly been asked by a colleague at Salinas Elementary about the best way to discipline six-year-old Aiden Neely, after “other students had perceived the boy as being a bully,” according to the AP. That resulted in the boy being sat down in a chair, to allow students to file past and hit him.

Citing a Judson Independent School District police report, The San Antonio Express-News reports that “the second teacher took Aiden into her kindergarten classroom and told her students to hit him in order to ‘teach him why bullying is bad, instructing them to ‘Hit him!’ and ‘Hit him harder.'”

The incident allegedly took place last month; the story emerged this week as the boy’s parents spoke out, and the police report of the incident was submitted to the county district attorney.

And all of the facts are not yet clear: While the police report suggests that the slaps were halted after six or seven children struck Aiden, the boy’s mother says her son told her he was hit by all 24 students.

Incredible.

Life really is just a bad parody of great South Park episodes anymore.

Lets all get together, and make bullying kill itself.”

About that Kindergarten teacher organizing an impromptu “Beat On The Brat” re-enactment to stop him from bullying:  How does someone lose the plot this badly?  I thought the point of this anti-bullying  movement was meant to stop bullying, not just transfer the object of bullying from one set of kids to another.  Wow, was I ever off-base on this one.  Sorry, my peeps.

That reminds me.  Remember when anti-bullying spokesperson and certified ethical genius Dan Savage started ranting and berating kids–at an antibullying seminar?  Oh, irony.  You’re not without a sense of humor.

Shocker:  It turns out that when you give morally inept assholes a little bit of power and a healthy dollop of encouragement, it doesn’t change them into magnanimous peacemakers.

The other problem here is that for whatever reason, the folks behind the new anti-bullying movement want to take what is a local problem in some communities and treat it like a national crisis.  I know this is going to blow people’s minds, but we’re not dealing with a pandemic disease or an invading foreign army.  There is no Union Of Bad-Ass Bullies planning a massive purple-nurple campaign in the fall.  Strategies for Operation: Get Nerdy Kids To Feel Like Shit About Themselves aren’t being contemplated by the nefarious Bully High Command.

The so-called bullying epidemic is actually made up of countless individual encounters between young people, each one caused by unique circumstances and generating its own consequences.  Seen from a super-macro national perspective its really difficult to figure out whether something is bullying or just two children busting each other’s chops.  Is Kid A beating up Kid B to take his lunch money, or because Kid B has been talking shit about Kid A’s mom and he’s sick of hearing it?  Is WormySophomore SlackerDude getting picked on because he’s gay or because he threw a slice of pizza on Jocko McRockhead’s varsity lacrosse jacket?  The soft-headed celebutards that support all these big anti-bullying campaigns—Colin Farrell,  Sarah Silverman, Barack Obama–aren’t really in a position to quantify and determine what is and what isn’t bullying.

The best people to deal with a bullying problem are the people closest to the issue itself.  School principals, teachers, parents and kids within their own communities can judge whether or not they have an issue due to bullying.  They can then take steps to address the concern in ways that make sense for them.  When we demand a national response to a problem that can’t be dealt with on a national level, we’re inviting trouble to make an extended pit-stop in our lives.

Furthermore:  Here’s an example of a real problem that could be caused by misplaced bully hysteria.  Lets say a town buys into the “OMG BULLYING THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!” stuff.  The school and the municipality spend piles of money and loads of man-hours dealing with this supposed problem.  That’s really great; meanwhile, the actual danger in the community is performance-enhancing drugs in the school’s athletics programs.

We’ve all been to various ‘awareness’ seminars during our school years.  You file into the gym, sit in an uncomfortable seat, sneak glances at the girl you’ve been crushing in for two weeks and try to play God of War on your PSP without your pre-cal teacher catching you.  Meanwhile some dorky nerdlington consultant the principal hired goes into an hour-long drone about…..ummmm……uhhhhhh….huhhhh……some shit….fuck, I don’t know.

Sure you’re stoked that you didn’t have to sit in class and solve twenty exponential functions, but if the program doesn’t address an issue that’s actually happening then it’s less than useless.  Specifically, the community loses credibility.  For the kids, the adult leadership looks even more out-of-touch than they usually do.  For the adults, they can pat themselves on the back for ‘doing something’ but the real problems within the town haven’t been dealt with in a meaningful way.

Basically these national anti-bullying campaigns are like a typical liberal do-gooder project:  Everyone involved thinks they’ve solved a problem without actually doing it while pissing away other people’s money on a hopeless cause.  Other than that, it’s freaking awesome.

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Because Fashion Is A Passion For The With-It And Hip

Posted by KingShamus on June 18, 2012

Even as the with-it and hip turn out to be self-destructive weirdos being led around by an icy unlikable shrew.

Last week, President Obama made headlines by enlisting two relatively unknown New York City residents–Hollywood film star Sarah Jessica Parker and Vogue edidictatorette Anna Wintour –to host a big-ticket fundraiser for his 2012 reelection campaign.  Naturally the fifty guests who coughed up $40,000 to dine with the President made it a great success, even if SJP’s house didn’t quite meet Ms. Wintour’s exacting standards.

Anyhoo, the confab got blogger-homie Edge of The Sandbox thinking about Ms. Wintour’s place in the fashion industry.

[Anna] Wintour became the Editor-in-Chief of American Vogue in 1988, when supermodels ruled the catwalk.  They were gorgeous and skinny, but had some sort of curve on their improbably thin and long bones.  Cindy Crawford recalls that back in her days models wore the US size 6; they are now zero or 2.  Very few women can have the kind of bodies and the faces that grace the covers of fashion magazines because these covers represented an unattainable ideal.  I know that, and I’m not raving mad because I don’t look like Cindy Crawford.  This is not to suggest that there were no anorexic models in the 80s, but the causes of anorexia nervosa are complicated, and the 80s supermodels were valid as a female ideal.  There were no mistaking them for underdeveloped girls, and no doubt that they turned heads.

Shortly after Wintour assumed the Vogue leadership, the fashion industry elevated a mousy junkie Kate Moss to the status of a fashion icon.  Heroin chic became all the rage, and Moss’s reputation for hard partying solidified her hold on the industry.  Moss did at least six US Vogue covers — far less than the UK and France editions, but still a formidable number.  Last year, Anna Wintour dedicated the cover of her September issue to the wedding of Kate Moss.  Makes me wonder how much space she will devote to her divorce.

It’s a great post, so make sure to clickie that linkie and read the rest of it.

Lots of folks decry the impact that fashion magazines have on women.  The critiques usually go something like this:  The glossy spreads devoted to high-end clothes and pricey beauty creates almost unreachable heights of glamour.  Moreover, the low single digit–or no digit–size of the models are held up as a standard of feminine beauty that almost no woman can live up to except through drugs and/or eating disorders.

Let’s repeat a line of questioning Robert Stacy McCain has asked before:  Who edits the fashion magazines?  Who designs the clothes?  Who hires the models?  Who runs the modelling agencies?

Oh…that’s right.  Bitchy queens and plain old bitches.

Who buys the magazines that create all these problems we love to complain about?  By and large, its women and gay dudes.  Besides George Costanza, straight men don’t read or purchase glossies like Vogue.

Finally, who are the consumers of the clothes in the fashion rags?  It’s women.  To be fair, heterosexual males will pay the $900 it takes to buy a size 2 Dolce & Gabbana dress for their wives or girlfriends.  But they don’t pay much attention to the fashionista trends that make their women want the piece in the first place.  The only reason they’re picking up the D&G swag, as opposed to the girly-cut New York Giants jersey or the lady-fit camo coveralls, is because their chicks dig the frilly dress.

We can with some justification bemoan the influence a nasty hag like Anna Wintour has over our sense of beauty and fashion.  The people who made throwing up after every meal and snorting Hefty bags coke a prerequisite of style are decadent ghouls.  They are to be avoided, not emulated or encouraged.

The problem is that many people–both men and women–have become enablers of these monsters by throwing so much money at the designers and propagandists who push this wacked out standard of beauty.  If we really think heroin chic is gross, why don’t women stop trying to be a size 0?  If we actually like the classic feminine hourglass shape, how come we don’t see guys encouraging their women to double up on the Death By Chocolate cheesecake every once in a while?

In short, Anna Wintour’s aesthetic sensibilities would not be in vogue…or in Vogue for that matter…if we didn’t buy into it.  Anorexia as a dramatic charming fashion statement, as opposed to a life threatening medical condition, is our own fault.  Until we recognize that, we’ll never actually deal with the problem we keep insisting we must address.

More:  I really do mean it when I say that guys have to shoulder some of the blame for the uber-gaunt look that dominates fashion.  Men have girlfriends and wives.  That fact presupposes that dudes will have at least some influence over the women in their lives.  If they really don’t want their lady friends to be shaped like match-sticks, they should say so–in vociferous ways if necessary.

On the other hand, I hear a lot of women hate on the metrosexual look on men.  Yet here we are in 2012, and there are still guys who engage in elaborate manscaping rituals.  Ladies, if you don’t want the man in your life to look like an 11-year-old girl, you’re gonna have to stop taking him for mani-pedis at your nail salon.  You like your fellow to have a hairy chest?  Refrain from telling him about the great waxing place you heard about downtown.  Are you sick of your husband spending 3 hours a day doing crunches to make sure his abs are perfectly toned?  Stock the fridge with a case of Guinness Asphalt and cancel his gym membership, STAT.

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Music Monday Post-Rock — “The Sun Smells Too Loud” by Mogwai

Posted by KingShamus on June 18, 2012

I’ve been posting a lot of super-aggro music lately.  Sorry for fixating on face-punch grooves and carpet-bomb distortion. Let’s dial it back a tick.  Or maybe seven ticks.

Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band.  As best as I can figure,  ‘post-rock’ is shorthand for:  Disaffected pseudo-intellectual hipster music, which might be instrumental or might have vocals, centered around repetitive riffs played at painting-drying pace, with vague lyrics and themes, sprinkled with an aversion to standard verse-chorus vocal arrangements, all wrapped up in the sex appeal of a cinder block.

But that’s sorta unfair and reductive.

A better definition would be: traditional rock and roll instruments and components being used in nontraditional ways.

Bands like Mogwai, Sigur Ros and Mono have guitars, drums, keyboards and vocalists.  Instead of using them to create the blues-based song structures and patterns associated with rock music, these bands are going for a more textured approach.  It’s about creating mood and atmosphere rather than the linear storytelling style we tend to think of as popular music.

As such, the music can be very hit or miss.  There are few songs in the genre that connect in the same way that the more amped-up material in Led Zeppelin’s canon does.  Rarely does a post-rock band nail the same kind of immediately danceable groove that a hip-hop or house artist will on a regular basis.  The catchy hooks and easy sing-song melodies of Top 40 radio are mostly missing from most post-rock tunes.  Where most popular music is immediately understood and visceral, post-rock is often studied and emotionally distant.  Listening to post-rock material can be like listening to the soundtrack to a very precious indie-style film where bland thirty-something college grads try to come to grips with some dopey crap that nobody cares about for two and half hours until the plot just goes ppppphhhhttttt and the movie ends.

Having said that, I dig a lot of Mogwai’s tunes.  Their records are spotty at times, but when they hit the right vibe it’s pretty great.  If you need music to chill out to and don’t feel like listening to Sibelius or Enya, you can’t do much better than Mogwai.

Enjoy.

Further:  If you ever wanted to see a Tommy Seebach/Mogwai mash-up but didn’t know where to find it, here you go.

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Obama Must Lose or How I Learned to Stop Worrying And Love the RINO

Posted by KingShamus on June 15, 2012

Snarky Basterd–in a most unsnarky post–has some thoughts on just how close we are to either recovering our nation or destroying it.

Choosing Mitt Romney over Barack Obama is infinitely more palatable than continuing on this path of destruction we follow. We have great sacrifices to make. We will have to retire later than we planned. We will have to expect less government entitlements than we were “promised” when we were forced to give the government our money to fund them. Then more money. And still more money. (Hell, every year we vote to tax ourselves locally for infrastructure projects many of us never see come to life, because often that money is diverted to other expenditures, just like the entitlement taxes we pay.) We will have to make the biggest gut check of our lives. We will have to hold the limbs of the people we elect to take over this monstrosity to more than just a fire; we will have to tie them to a rack and torture them, if necessary, to right this sinking ship.

Read the whole thing.  Go ahead.  I’ll be here when you come back.

Winston Churchill is supposed to have said that he didn’t want to hear any anti-Americanism because the Americans did more than enough of that on their own.  On a related note, since the GOP primaries were basically wrapped up I haven’t written a whole lot of negative things about Mitt Romney.  Why?  Because the way I see it, he’s going to get enough of that from Ron Paulbots, useless celebutards, self-hating Republicans, and Obama’s MSM stenographers.

I’ll not join in the reflexive hypocritical Two Minutes Romney Hate chorus that has gathered for their 5 month long command performance in our popular culture.  The Left has enough outlets to spew their bile.  They have plenty of enablers.  This election is too important to just go along with the Stalinist crowd.

People always say that this year’s election–1820, 1876, 1956, whatever–will decide the fate of the nation.  That statement, or a variation on the basic theme, is a constant in American political life.  True believers, cynical hacks and everybody in between always say that the upcoming vote will make or break us a society.

But maybe…just maybe…that sentiment is right for the 2012 contest.  Check out this handy-dandy chart created by none other than CBS.

Let us flash back to February 2009.

Keep track of the date on that video.  Obama had been sworn in by then.  He wasn’t the fresh-faced rising star of the 2004 Democrat National Convention.  He wasn’t the post-racial Messiah figure making the faithful swoon at his ’08 tent revival style summer rallies.  He wasn’t even the head of the up to that moment completely unheard of yet somehow incredibly important Office of the President-Elect.

No, Obama was the actual president of the United States.  He had achieved the position he had been striving for since at least 2005.  The job he had trampled over so many to get was now his.  More importantly, he had access to all the information he could get his hands on about the state of the US government.  He could talk to the American people in the most educated way imaginable and tell them what he was going to do.  At the dawn of his presidency, when he was at the height of his persuasive powers and political popularity, he promised the citizenry that he was going to reign in our nation’s profligate ways.

Now we can all see Obama for the shameless empty-headed huckster that he really is.  On the most important issue of our time–runaway government spending–Barack Obama has failed.  He has failed to live up to his own promises.  In fact, he has done nothing to limit federal spending and done a great deal to exacerbate the coming catastrophe.

Better still, if the Obama presidency was limited to that one singular failure–which is probably impossible given the intertwined nature of our circumstances–he would go down as one of America’s worst presidents.  The fact is that President Obama has failed on numerous levels.  His ‘shoot first so no questions can be asked later’ approach to fighting terrorism is problematic at best.  The credit downgrade was a particularly novel way to screw up.  The auto company bailouts, which admittedly started out under George Bush, have been a multi-billion dollar catastrophe under Obama’s leadership.  Obama’s health care plan is a nightmare that hangs over the US economy like a modern-day Sword of Damocles, stifling job creation and growth across all sectors of the American business environment.

And these are merely the catastrophes that immediately come to mind when one ponders the Barack Obama presidency.  We’re not going to discuss the broader foreign policy meltdowns.  We’ll avoid discussing the self-destructive energy policy.  Beer summits, reset buttons, enabling Anna Wintour’s dopey haircut, encouraging Sarah Jessica Parker’s addiction to HGH; how about we just avoid digging too deep into the quagmire of Obama’s incompetence.

I’m with Snarky on this one:  We are faced with a choice about what sort of nation we will be.  The socialists have invested a lot of emotional and political capital in Barack Obama pushing America into the warm primordial ooze of soft statism.  They recognize that St. Barry is not Howard Zinn, but he’ll do in a pinch.

It’s time the conservative movement does the same thing.  Let us come to grips with Romney’s faults, then figure out ways to ameliorate them after November.  No matter how much we squint our eyes, read Ayn Rand novels and make wistful wishes on our Dick Cheney action figures, Mitt will never be Ronald Reagan.  But if we politely and constantly encourage him to avoid candy ass moderation, he might be able to pull America out of the Euro-squish death spiral.

I’m not saying it’ll definitely work out.  It very well may be that the US is too far gone and that decline is our fate.  But we may as well try.

Voting for Obama is a vote for the annihilation of the America that has blessed us with prosperity, choice, opportunity, religious freedom and a life by and large free from the overwhelming coercive power of an uncaring capricious State.  Voting third party may be emotionally satisfying, but it is undoubtedly a vote for Barack Obama’s doom-laden agenda.  In fact, there is only one choice available to us and it is Mitt Romney.

So let’s get him elected.  Let’s get him elected in a 4o state blow-out.  Let’s cheer his victory speech on Election Night.  Let’s attend his inauguration in unalloyed merriment as we watch Obama slink out of Washington and melt back into the Occupy Loserdom campus fever swamps from where he came.

Then, when the celebrations are finished, let us make damn sure that Romney understands that his only chance for re-election will be if he realigns the American government with our Constitution.

Sound like a plan?

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Obama’s Private Sector Gaffe, Explained In One Picture

Posted by KingShamus on June 13, 2012

Thanks, Human Events!

And there it is.

As many people have said, Obama’s statement wasn’t a mistake.  He really meant it.  He thinks the private sector really is kicking ass.  It still exists after all.  That means it’s totally rad in the opinion of Master of The Business Universe Barry.

If you really want to see the President’s delusion fleshed out, here’s part-time Cherokee warrior princess and full-time socialist windowlicker Elizabeth Warren to drop some mad redistribution science on our bitter clinging minds.  It’s a little old, but timeless classics are always worth a second look.

I hear all this, “You know, well, this is class warfare. This is whatever.” No! There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody! You built a factory out there? Good for you! But I want to be clear: You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You, uh, were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory and hire someone to protect against this because of the work the rest of us did.

Shorter Elizabeth Warren:  “You who are productive shall be yoked to the state–AND YOU WILL LIKE IT.”

No thanks, scab.

This mindset of the ruling class, where we work for them and they tell us how it’s gonna be, is fairly messed up.  What’s even more messed up is that a significant portion of the American electorate thinks this government-centric thinking makes sense.

Conservatives could have 300 seats in the House.  They could have 65 seats in the Senate.  They could win the Presidency in November.  All that would be great.

But all of those things would be very short-lived unless conservatives do more to change the culture of America.  The trite pandering statism of Barack Obama and Big Chief Lizzy-Dub will always find an audience.  It’s our job to make that audience shrink by making the  traditionalist case as vociferously and persuasively as possible.

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Music Monday Reissued Metal – “Piss” by Pantera

Posted by KingShamus on June 11, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the first new Pantera song in 12 years. 

Even though “Piss” kinda resembles another Pantera tune, I like this little ditty all the same.  “Piss” is a previously unreleased song the band put on their 20th anniversary reissue of Vulgar Display Of Power.  Some bottom of the barrel scrapage is to be expected with these sorts of releases, but in this case it’s very much a welcome thing.

I always thought Vulgar Display was Pantera at their most intensely focused.  The production–especially Vinnie Paul’s drums–is very crisp.  The guitars are tightly dialed in; there seems to be few if any out-of-sync moments on Dimebag Darrell’s tracks.  Rex’s jazzbo walking bass lines are inspired. Phil’s vocals hit the right balance between the ‘snarl’ and ‘sing’ settings.  While the second half of the disc could get a bit ropey–yes I’m looking at you “Live in a Hole” and “Rise”–for the most part the songs nail all the bases you want covered in a metal album.

So hearing an unreleased tune like “Piss” isn’t so bad after all.  It may not be perfect, but it shows off Pantera’s Texas-tinged bigger-than big, badder-than-bad-ass take on heavy music.  Even better, it’s a reminder of a powerful band at the peak of their creative energies. 

That’s not a bad little trick for a song that never made the cut until now.

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National Day Of Blogger Silence

Posted by KingShamus on June 7, 2012

After this post, my blog and my Twitter feed are going dark for the rest of the day.

Listen to Ace:

On Friday, this site will be absolutely dead-silent, which is what Brett Kimberlin and his stalker crew seeks, and what the media and our supposed Representatives in Congress would permit.

The only post on Friday will be a bold-faced Open Letter to Congress, urging them to act and not attempt to pass the buck to others.

They are our representatives; we would like some representation.

They vowed to defend and protect the Constitution; they can honor that vow now.

Instead of blogging/tweeting, I’ll be writing Congress and the media to alert them to this story.

By the way, Robert Stacy McCain is still in hiding because of Brett Kimberlin’s threats.

Aaron Worthing is still getting the lawfare treatment by Brett Kimberlin.

Ali Akbar–and his family–are still getting harassed by Brett Kimberlin.

As bad as all that it, they only form the tip of the Left’s iceberg…or spear.

It’s a spear directed right at our blogs.  Worse than that; it represents an assault on our ability to communicate ideas in anything louder than a hushed whisper.  They just want our silence.  How that happens is inconsequential.

Contact your Congressmen, your senators and the media.

This story has to be spread far and wide, even if the MSM and half of our political class wants it to just go away.

Thanks, everybody.  See you on Saturday.

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Andrew ‘Dice’ Clay, Lisa Lampanelli and Barack Obama Walk Into A Bar…

Posted by KingShamus on June 7, 2012

Hey everybody!  Great news!  The President loves him some fellatio jokes at the First Lady of The United States’ expense!

President Obama, in Los Angeles for a fundraiser, offered this observation on his wife’s exercise routine, via the pool report:

“Michelle outdoes me in pushups as well,” he said, after saying that she’s taken some criticism on her technique “because she doesn’t go all the way down” – a line that he let hang, naughtily, provoking laughter from the crowd.

Of course Hollywood ate it up.  They’re loud-n-proud unrepentant degenerates.  Cracking a crude dick joke is just a casual good morning greeting in that world.

Besides, Obama is a leftist.  He can gleefully humiliate his wife and the mother of his two children in front of a packed house full of rich swells and not have it instantly turn into a Very Serious Commentary On Sexism In The White House.  When the President riffs on his wife’s sexual proclivities, it’s adorable high-jinks from our lovable, unthreatening One-Liner in Chief.

Say, I wonder which women-empowering caring feminist joke writer at “The Colbert Report” furnished Barack “I’m The Next Richard Pryor” Obama with this awesome blowjob bit?  We’ll probably never know.  A knob-polisher gag (Rimshot!  See what I did there!) that funny is just too good for any card-carrying NOW supporting Comedy Central employee to take the credit.

You know how we have Presidential actions that are only problematic under Republican Administrations?  Stuff like indefinite detentions, Gitmo, drone strikes and golf are just a few things that were once plutocratic Constitution-shredding crimes during the American Warlord Premier Bush regime.  Now all those things are totally rad when a Democrat does them. 

Well, being how nobody in the MSM went into a spittle-flecked rage over this, we’ve now got a whole new category of liberal hypocrisy.  President Obama has officially invented the “Joke Only Problematic Under Women-Hating Rethuglican Administrations” rule.  Congratulations Barry.  They’ll be making you a Friar’s Club Life Member in no time.

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One Last Comment On The Wisconsin Recall Results

Posted by KingShamus on June 6, 2012

Via the great Tree Hugging Sister over at the ever-awesome Coalition of the Swilling. 

Yes, because when liberals piss their pants and demand a recall and get their wish and then get completely annihilated in the vote; yeah that’s the end of democracy. 

Funny how the 1.3 million voters who cast a ballot for Scott Walker last night weren’t taking part in the democratic process of voting.  Uh-huh.  Of course.

Remember this folks–It was the progressive movement in Wisconsin that screamed bloody murder for a recall.  Not Scott Walker.  Not the Wisconsin GOP.  Not the RNC.  No, this was the progressive movement’s super-genius plan, egged on by rocket surgeons like Rachel Maddow and EJ Dionne. 

Even better, Democratic National Committee Hairdo-in-Chief Debbie Wasserman-Schultz insisted the recall was a dry run for November’s presidential contests.  President Obama bailed the hell out of this thing when he saw the shit was about the hit the fan for Tom Barrett.  Not Wasserman-Schultz.  She brilliantly threw gasoline on the bonfire of a major Democratic loss, helping to turn the Wisconsin recall into a nationwide Thunderdome for everyone to see.    

Now the progs are in full sputtering petulant teenager mode because for once a Republican dared to work the system better than they did.

Remind me why I’m supposed to feel sorry for these people.

Fucking reap the whirlwind you brought upon yourselves, Stalinists.

Hey, maybe this will be a time of reflection for the American left.  Maybe they’ll rethink their priorities.  Maybe they’ll figure out that their ideas are out of step with many Americans.

Mark my words. There will be no realization (definitely not publicly) of lack of popularity amongst the die-hard public unionists, progressives, and other fellow travelers. They will double down on such things as blaming the Koch Brothers, Bilderbergers, the Trilateral Commission, and what-have-you.

Reality check courtesy of the great and powerful Meep over at the tremendous Conservative Commune.

Hey, the Right scored a nice little win last night.   But this is just a single battle in the war for 2012.  The Left is just deluded enough to think that it’s their communication that’s screwed up, not their actual shitty policies. 

I guess what I’m trying to say is:  Buck up conservatives.  This ain’t over by a damn sight.

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Tonight’s Results In Wisconsin Are A Big Deal

Posted by KingShamus on June 5, 2012

What’s at stake here?  Via Allahpundit, Jay Cost has an answer.

The old craft and industrial unions had a stake in the private economy: the faster it grew, the more workers were needed, and the more money everybody made. However, that is not how public sector unionism works at all. In fact, the interest of the public sector unions is not in growing the private economy, but of socializing an ever-greater portion of the national wealth.

And these unions have a decidedly clientelistic relationship with the Democratic party. They provide money for the campaign in exchange for special benefits after the election… Today’s Democrats protect and expand government unions whenever and wherever they are able – by fighting efforts to trim collective bargaining rights, by opposing school choice, by resisting efforts to make the government function more efficiently, etc…

That’s really important.

Ace had a post today about how conservatives should get behind traditionalist movies like “For Greater Glory”.   After all, movie studios will have a greater incentive to make right-of-center films if they actually make money.  Rewarding good behavior will more often than not get further good behavior in the future.

We tend to forget that we have to reward politicians who stand strong for our team.  Governor Walker has taken a heaping ration of shit from the Wisconsin Left and their allies in the national progressive movement.  They’ve made this a national referendum.  It would be very nice if the good guys won this thing and demoralized the liberals but good.

More:  I dunno who is going to win this recall.  However, I was listening to the radio this afternoon and I happened upon the Ed Schultz show.  You could practically hear his tears dripping onto the microphone.  Lots of “It ain’t over til it’s over” talk.  Much doe-eyed winsome referring to anecdotal evidence of massive progressive turnout.

Like I said, I won’t make a prediction but Sgt. Schitzhead sounded like Team Walker pissed in his feeding trough.

That’s gotta be a good sign, right?

Still More:  Ace coblogger CAC has a great Wisconsin recall election monitoring post up and running over at the HQ.  Live updates, commentary, the works.  Check it out, it’s pretty cool.

UPDATE:  Via the AOSHQDD:  Walker:  251,276,   Barrett:  155,283  with 19% reporting.

That sound you’re hearing?  Liberals working up into a full-throated wailing and gnashing of teeth hissy-fit.

UPDATE II:  It’s over.  Walker wins.  Decisively.

I’ll be on Twitter, drinking progressive tears…like the sweet sweet wine that they are.

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Music Monday RIP – “Hysteria” by Def Leppard

Posted by KingShamus on June 4, 2012

I’ll raise a beer in your honor, K. 

Sorry to see you go homeboy.

Def Leppard was my friend’s favorite band.  He especially loved the Hysteria disc.   Even though I couldn’t really do much with them, I always liked this tune. 

I’d like to think that K is jamming out to this in the afterlife.

RIP.

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The May Jobs Numbers? They’re Fantastic!

Posted by KingShamus on June 1, 2012

Fantastically bad, that is.

Sixty-nine thousand jobs sounds like a lot. 

It’s not. 

We’re not even in the same galaxy as ‘a lot’.

Think about it this way.

America graduates about 1.7 million people from college with either an Associate or Bachelor’s degree each year.  That means that–give or take a few thousand people who are going for their Master’s or Doctorates–right around 1.7 million people need jobs towards the middle of May each year.  Keep in mind that we’re not including the millions of high school grads that are looking to join the workforce right after getting their diplomas.  For our purposes, lets just use that 1.7 million figure as our baseline.   

In fact, the economy has to produce about 142,000 jobs just to get the Bachelor’s degree holders a job.

Let’s look at this year’s job creation rate:

June 2011:  18,000.   

July 2011:  117,000.  

August 2011:  0 (No, that’s not a typo; you’re looking at a big fat zero.)    

 September 2011:  91,000

October 2011:  80,000

November 2011:  120,000.    

December 2011:  100,000.     

January 2012:  200,000.        

February 2012:  216,000.  

March 2012:  120,000.   

April 2012:  115,ooo

May 2012:  69,000. 

That adds up to right around 1,250,000 jobs created in the last 12 months.  I’m no math whiz but I’m pretty certain that 1.7 million is greater than 1.25 million. 

I think.

Again, that 1.7 million is just college graduates with an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree.

The American economy didn’t produce enough jobs to handle the 2 and 4 year degree holders our higher ed system produced, much less the high school graduates who need work.

Is this anybody’s idea of a healthy economy?

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