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Music Monday 1999 Flashback – “Glide” by Stone Temple Pilots

Posted by KingShamus on July 30, 2012

A few weeks back, we took a look at the various side-projects of Stone Temple Pilots.  When we last saw STP, it seemed like boys just couldn’t make music together.  Drugs, cancelled tours and inter-band tension had driven the Pilots apart.  But crappy album sales for Talk Show and 12 Bar Blues drove them back together.  The resulting album was No. 4, featuring “Glide”.

“Glide” wasn’t released as a single.  At a little over 5:00 minutes it might’ve been a little unwieldy for rock radio.  But it’s a winning tune all the same.

All told, No.4 is as strong as any STP disc.  “No Way Out” gets the Pilots back to their signature dense riffage that they had largely abandoned during their side-project excursions.  The ascending bridge section on “Church On Tuesday” takes a meh song to the next level.  The big hit single “Sour Girl” was propelled by a video filled with demonic Teletubbies and a gothic Sarah Michelle Gellar vamping with Scott Weiland.  STP was never a group who hid their Led Zeppelin influences, but “Sex and Violence” all but revels in Jimmy Page-esque chord jabs and John Bonham-style rhythms.

Even with a wealth of cool tunes on No. 4, I still dig “Glide” the best out of all of them.  And I think STP’s fourth album is their best work.  The band had gotten it’s ass kicked for a few years.  They had also kinda kicked their own asses for a while there too, but they knew they had to get back together and make music.  They were probably under a lot of pressure from their record company to turn in a decent album.  They answered the bell with their strongest effort.

That’s not a bad trick.

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2012 Voter Meets 2008 Voter, Hilarity Ensues

Posted by KingShamus on July 27, 2012

Sorry if this has been video/non-posting week.  I’ve been very busy going to the beach cooking awesome barbeque chicken wings shotgunning Miller High Life napping working incredibly hard on a massive project that requires every ounce of my attention.  You know how these things go.

Anyway, being that I pretty much suck this week, how’s about we see what an actual good blogger has for us?

“How’s Dad?”

“He died.”

Ooooooooooooofffff.

Big ups to the great Pat Dollard for the vid.

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The Matrix Meets Office Space

Posted by KingShamus on July 25, 2012

Best mash-up of the week.

“I’m gonna need you to go ahead and come in tomorrow…yeaaaahhhhhh.”

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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Politicizing The Aurora Shooting…Again

Posted by KingShamus on July 24, 2012

The victims’ funerals aren’t over, but that won’t stop snow-plowing expert and dietary super-genius Mike Bloomberg from using the Aurora shootings to advance his gun-grabber hobbyhorse.

First of all, I think it’s great that in a time of cash-strapped municipal and state budgets Bloomberg is calling for massive widespread public union strife.  Since Bloomy is a multibillionaire, I’m sure he’ll pick up the tab when cities and towns have to hire scads of replacement cops.  I’m also quite certain that every other mayor and governor in America is going to love Nurse Mike potentially creating a labor dispute for them to deal with.

Also, let us all take a few moments to savor the scrumptious irony of Mike Bloomberg, scourge of the New York City teacher’s union, telling another group of public sector workers how to negotiate their labor agreements.

The problem here is that Mike Bloomberg is, for all intents and purposes, a member of the Left.  Any time you give a statist a public office above the dog-catcher paygrade, they start planning ways of enacting all their great and small power-grabs.  If a progressive with any sort of ambition wins a popularity contest election, he starts to think everyone on the planet has a heart-boner for him and his big government schemes.

This sort of thinking ends up justifying all kinds of ugly behavior, such as using the murder of twelve innocent Americans to advance a political cause.

But of course the Aurora shooting isn’t first time conservatives have been instantaneously tried and convicted of political violence by elements of American liberals.  Via Andy over at AceofSpadesHQ, here is a handy timeline of progressive blame-rightwingers-first accusations.

FLASHBACK: when Dr. Amy Bishop shot her colleagues, the Left speculated that she was a Tea Partier. In fact, she was an Obama donor.

FLASHBACK: Discovery Channel hostage-taker was supposedly a climate change denier. In fact, he was an enviroweenie, D.Channel intern.

FLASHBACK: the census-taker was supposedly hanged by extremist anti-tax Tea Partiers. In fact, he hanged himself.

FLASHBACK: the Times Square Bomber was speculated to be upset about [Health Care Reform]. In fact, he was jihadi scum.

FLASHBACK: the guy who flew his plane into the IRS in TX was supposedly a Tea Partier. In fact, he quoted from the Communist Manifesto.

FLASHBACK: the guy who was stabbing NYC cabbies was supposedly an anti-Ground Zero Mosque Tea Partier. In fact, he supported the GZM.

FLASHBACK: the Pentagon shooter was supposedly a Tea Party extremist. In fact, he was a 9/11 Truther.

FLASHBACK: when the Ft. Hood shooting happened, the Left speculated that it was a “RWNJ.” In fact, it was a Muslim nutjob.

FLASHBACK: When the Tucson shooting occurred, it was immediately blamed on Tea Party rhetoric. In fact, Loughner was a-political & insane.

And there are a few more at The American Thinker, just to refresh your memory.

I wonder what would happen if the Left had to live under the same evidence-free accusations they apply to their enemies.

It probably wouldn’t be pretty.  There would be epic foot-stamping temper tantrums on the American Left.  Well, more of them anyway.

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The Shootings At Aurora-A Real Villain and Real Heroes

Posted by KingShamus on July 23, 2012

As you all already know by now, Colorado has been visited by mass murder.

A gunman slipped into a midnight premiere of the new Batman movie through an emergency exit early Friday, tossed two hissing gas canisters and then methodically, calmly walked up the aisle firing, killing 12 people and wounding 58.

It was among the worst mass shootings in American history.

Terrorized moviegoers, some dragging bloodied bodies, spilled out of the Century Aurora 16 complex at Aurora Town Center trying to escape shortly after 12:30 a.m.

Coloradans woke up Friday to news of the tragedy, an eerie echo of a similar massacre 13 years ago in a different Denver suburb, at Columbine High School. Once again, a mass shooting in Colorado was recounted around the world.

“Our hearts are broken,” Gov. John Hickenlooper said.

“It is beyond the power of words to fully express our sorrow this morning. Coloradans have a remarkable ability to support one another in times of crisis. This is one of those times.”

In response Christopher Nolan, the director of “The Dark Knight Rises” has issued this statement.

“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.

I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.

The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.

Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”

Humans have loved artful storytelling since before there was such a thing as the written word.  Oral tales and cave paintings–some of which still survive to the present day–are a testament to our age-old fascination with a rousing yarn.  The enduring power of a well-crafted tale will exist for as long as there are people.

What sort of stories do we tell?   The vast majority of our written and pictorial entertainments revolve around a struggle between good and evil.  Good has been given many faces.  Evil can be depicted as low banality or the heights of fantasy and every possible permutation in between.

What we must remember about our stories is that, when done well, the heroes and villains serve as metaphors for real world people and ideas.  The Daleks of the Doctor Who television series are a science fiction stand-in for German National Socialism’s murderous racism.  Wall Street‘s Gordon Gekko is the human face of greed.  Conversely, Neo from The Matrix trilogy is a classic Jesus figure.  James Kirk, the lead character in the original Star Trek series, is a symbol of post-WWII American optimism.

This is one of the reasons why the shootings at the Century 16 Theater are so horrifying.  Films are meant to deliver potent symbols and show us compelling characters to root for and against.  Reality is not supposed to intrude on our islands of comfortable diversion.  We would never go to a theater and knowingly put ourselves in a life-or-death situation.  Evil shouldn’t come off the screen and attack us in our seats.

Another reason why we are all shocked by this tragedy is that 2012 America is, statistically speaking, a relatively safe place.  The homicide rate for the modern United States is just about the same as it was during the early 1960′s, a fairly quiet time in our nation’s history.  For most Americans, violence doesn’t affect our day-to-day lives or cast a bleak shadow over our memories.  The closest many people in the States get to murderous criminality are the fictions we create for ourselves.  Things like James Patterson novels.  And police procedural television shows.  And motion pictures.

Given all that, one might be tempted to assume that Americans would react to terrorism with nothing but selfish panic.  A people largely untouched by criminal blood lust, more used to looking at stylized violence on the silver screen than real sadism in their streets, would be expected to simply flee in an every-man-for-himself melee.  Instead, the Aurora shootings have produced stories like this:

Three survivors of the Colorado movie-theater massacre escaped with minor wounds, but were left with broken hearts because their heroic boyfriends died saving them.

In final acts of valor, Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Teves used their bodies to shield their girlfriends as accused madman James Holmes turned the Aurora cineplex into a shooting gallery.

Blunk’s girlfriend, Jansen Young; McQuinn’s girlfriend, Samantha Yowler; and Teves’ gal pal Amanda Lindgren made it out of the bloodbath — but they would have been killed had it not been for the loves of their lives.

“He’s a hero, and he’ll never be forgotten,” a tearful Jansen Young told the Daily News of Blunk. “Jon took a bullet for me.”

…Equally heroic was the 24-year-old Teves, who hurled his girlfriend to the floor as bullets whizzed through the theater.

“He pushed her to the floor to save her and he ended up getting a bullet,” said his aunt, Barbara Slivinske, 57. “He was gonna hit the floor himself, but he never made it.”

…Samantha Yowler had a similar story of horror and heroism about her boyfriend, Matt McQuinn, whose last living act was to shield her from death. Yowler, 26, survived with a gunshot wound to the knee and is in fair condition after undergoing surgery.

McQuinn’s family credited his quick actions for saving Samantha’s life. Witnesses said he dove on top of his girlfriend as the shooting started and that Samantha’s brother, Nick, who was also in the theater, helped get her out of harm’s way. Nick Yowler was unharmed in the shooting.

“Both the Yowler and McQuinn families thank everyone for their concerns, thoughts and prayers during this difficult time,” the McQuinns’ lawyer, Robert Scott, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, Matt perished from the injuries he sustained during the tragic events that unfolded . . . and went home to be with his maker.”

How are we to explain this sort of self-sacrifice?  Our knowledge of human instinct suggests that the will to live is stronger than any other impulse.  Yet these three men used their bodies as shields to protect others from harm.  They had to know that their actions could result in their deaths, yet they did it anyway.

What this terrible shooting should teach us is that real-life heroes are extraordinary in every sense of the word.  The good guys that populate our fictional tales may be blessed with incredible powers, superhuman will or extraordinary resources.  Even with all that, they pale in comparison to people like Jon Blunk, Matt McQuinn and Alex Terves.  The heroes we construct are nothing when put up against real people who do the right thing under the worst possible circumstances.

At the same time, the Aurora shooter shows us how withered and barren evil really is.  In popular culture, the forces of destruction are sometimes given a glossy coat of panache, intelligence or wit for the sake of good story-telling.  With that in mind, contrast the most memorable movie villain with the face of the theater killer.  There is nothing original or compelling about the shooter.

In fact, he’s a little more than a poorly conceived mimic.  He aped the look and actions of The Dark Knight‘s Joker character.  Why?  One suspects it’s because he has so little to say.  His inability to create anything on his own, coupled with whatever grandiose self-delusions he labored under, meant he had to take on the persona of a well-known movie antagonist.  He styled himself like a powerful super villain, but in truth he was a small pathetic figure who could only use murder to make any sort of statement.

Real world evil is destructive simply for the sake of destroying things.  Unlike the movies, where malevolent characters are often given nuanced motivations and complicated events to explain their actions, the villainy typified by the Aurora shooter is stupid, cruel and ultimately nihilistic.  In the days and weeks ahead, we may find out that the theater killer had some twisted philosophy or inane manifesto that he used to justify his actions.  More than likely, the man who terrorized the Century 16 last Friday morning will more closely resemble the 2011 Tucson shooter than any Hollywood villain.

In the end the Aurora murderer is going to be tried, convicted and sentenced.  The eggheads will psychoanalyze him for a while until they move on to the next sociopath.  If there is any justice in the world, the shooter will get a needle and be wiped from existence.

It is the heroes and victims of the Aurora shooting, both the living and the dead, who need our thoughts and prayers.  Pray for the friends and family of those that were lost.  They are feeling unimaginable grief and will be for far too long.

RIP.

How Can You Help?:  If you are in the Aurora, Colorado area and you would like to give something to a community that has suffered so much, the Bonfils Blood Center is in desperate need of donations.  Here is their website.

More–John Caelan writes:

Mostly, we are terrified of terror without cause. It feeds no agenda, it supports no doctrine, its takes no side. The pitiful attempt to assign it purpose reveals our darkest fears-that sometimes evil has no design. Sometimes, it has no rhyme or reason.

The redemption we seek in this may also be entrenched in the metaphors of Nolan’s second Batman movie, wherein the hostages aboard two ferries in the harbor, both capable of destroying the other with a flick of a switch in a sadistic scenario orchestrated by the Joker, choose not to. They do not empower the mad man by reacting with fear. They just take a deep breath and remember that, where they cannot control the world, they can control their minds and hearts.  This is what ultimately leads to victory over madness.

Sometimes, it is sufficient enough to mourn the works of the diabolical. When we institute extraordinary changes in reaction to these events, we truly serve the intent of the perpetrators, or at least those who would capitalize upon the moment. When we simply strive to be better, kinder, and more embracing of each other, evil is baffled.

Great stuff.  Read the whole thing.

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Music Monday Media Critique – ’24 Hour Bullshit’ by Nailbomb

Posted by KingShamus on July 23, 2012

Just in case you forgot that progressives and the mainstream media–who are one and the same–will use any tragedy to strike against their political enemies, here’s Brian Ross and George Stephanopoulos purposefully linking the Tea Party with the actions of the Aurora Shooter.

After getting put on blast via Twitter, Ross had to walk back his slander against conservative activists.  No word on Stephanopopopopoplpolosoulos about whether he still thinks the theater killer is connected to the Tea Party.  In related news, there is still no word on what Incurious George wants to be when he grows up and gets to wear big boy clothes.

In any case, here’s my tribute to ABC News and the rest of the lamestream media.

I know I kinda wanted to play mellower music over the summer, but this is just too fitting.

Quick hint:  Eat dogshit, ABC News.  You’re little more than MSNBC with a slightly better ‘non-partisan’ drag act to fool your viewers.  I cannot wait for the day when Fox and the Internet beat you to the punch on just about every story.  Oh wait…

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How Is The 2012 Election Even Up For Debate?

Posted by KingShamus on July 17, 2012

Seriously, how?

Check out this chart I found over at Vicki’s dope post over at the uber-cool Frugal Cafe Blog.

Read the rest of Vicki’s post.  Great great stuff.

The chart above was created by the Office of Management and Budget as well as the Congressional Budget Office.  When St. Barry and the Dems needed political cover, the CBO (and their rigged report on ObamaCare) was considered the gold standard of accurate budgetary predictions.  I dunno if the Donkey-Punchers want people to see this particular OMB/CBO collaboration.

But hey, let’s say the Orifice of CongressCritter Budgetary Managementarians are waaaaaaay off base here.  How about instead of a ‘Current Path-Obama’s Favorite Death Hole’ of 900% debt to GDP ratio by 2080, we knock that number down to a paltry 450%?  At the same time, let’s say the Path to Prosperity fizzles out.  The debt to GDP ratio goes up to right around 100% and hovers there till 2080.  What would that look like?

Now, a caveat:  These numbers are just hypothetical scenarios I came up with.  I didn’t do any actual math to get there.  I just went with a really rosy prediction with the “Current Path” and a very pessimistic track with the “Path to Prosperity”.

Further, neither one of my projected futures are particularly appealing.  A 100% debt to GDP ratio would be awful.  But which one is closer to sustainable?  Which one suggests a nation that could survive as something recognizable as the United States?

For the Democrats, my chart represents an insanely optimistic possibility.  In reality–namely the CBO/OMB chart–the Dems are offering nothing less than a rapidly expanding oblivion for the foreseeable future.  The President and his sycophants in Congress have done nothing to change or even slow down the current path.

If Americans truly understood what the Democrat agenda means–namely, government spending where a 900% debt to GDP ratio is a distinct probability–this election wouldn’t be close.  In fact, if the citizenry grasped what the Democrats wanted to do to the nation, the leadership of the party would be put into jail.  Or given the tar and feather treatment and run out of the country on a one way flight to North Korea at least.

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General Electric and Barack Obama: The Magical Relationship Continues

Posted by KingShamus on July 16, 2012

It’s sweet when two souls find each other.

Let Steve of the tremendous Motor City Times elucidate.

Yesterday GE officially opened a sprawling, $100 million battery factory in Schenectady, New York, with a dramatic battery-powered show of lights, music, and pyrotechnics. The factory, which will eventually employ 450 people, makes a new kind of battery—based on sodium and nickel. GE says the technology, which is more durable and charges more quickly than lead-acid batteries, will make off-grid power generation more efficient and help utilities integrate power from a wide range of sources, including intermittent ones such as wind and solar power.

Steve is a little torqued that GE took $25 million dollars from the federal government.  I know it’s infuriating, especially with Obama’s atrocious record of dumping massive piles of taxpayer cheese into epic green energy fails.  At the same time, I’m just not shocked by this shit any more.  To paraphrase the noted political scientist Snoop Dogg, government teet-suckers are gonna suck on the government teet.

No, what’s really great is what comes next.  Remember how that battery plant was going to use nickel?  Take it away, Steve.

Worse yet, the people picking the winners and losers aren’t bothered that the United States doesn’t have a single active nickel mine according to the USGS to manufacture these new and improved ‘advanced’ batteries.

Of course.

Read the rest as it gets even more aggravating.

Let me be clear:  President Obama didn’t start the policy of dumping public money into private companies.  But he has been a pioneer of pissing your money away on junk bonds.  That inevitably shit the mattress.  In an odd way, it’s kinda nice to find out that our commander-in-chief is good at something.

But don’t worry about Barry.  He’ll just do what he always does:  Build on the gleaming intellectual brilliance of Elizabeth Warren.

There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look,if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there.

Again, forget about the outrage.  Push aside the fact that we have yet another Donkey-Puncher who doesn’t understand where he stands in the relationship between himself and the voters.  Conservatives should welcome this sort of rare candor from our Dissembler-In-Chief.

Think back to 2008.  Hope-N-Change was in full effect.  David Axelrod was busy selling St. Barry as a reasonable centrist.  Every statement was either a gauzy bit of rhetorical vapor or a tempered chunk of low-information voter conventional wisdom.

Now Obama can’t really run away from his record.  His time in office has been so liberal he can’t fool anyone but the most hopelessly disconnected citizens.  But what’s interesting about the President channeling Lizzie-Dub’s snarling leftism is that Obama isn’t even going to put a moderate fig leaf over his socialism.  After three and a half years, his rhetoric finally matches his actions.

This is great news.  Unlike 2008, we’re going to have an actual clash of ideologies where both sides are fairly honest about their partisan views.  If America picks Obama in November, they’ll at least go into the next four years knowing they picked a college campus Marxoid radical to be their leader.

UPDATE:  Linked by Starless over at the great Conservatory!  Thanks, my friend.  You are too kind.

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Music Monday Solo Project – “Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down” by Scott Weiland

Posted by KingShamus on July 16, 2012

With Squirell Crow on lead accordion!

While the rest of Stone Temple Pilots took out their frustrations over Scott Weiland’s heroin troubles by making the Talk Show album, Scott Weiland took out his frustrations over getting kicked out of STP by making 12 Bar Blues.  If Talk Show was devoted to polished pop songcraft, Weiland focused on 70′s-era experimentation.   Noise-rock, Bowie, Kraftwerk, and early electronic sounds were mixed together with the singer’s man-of-a-thousand-voices persona in full effect.

The results were as uneven as that description sounds.  12BB had enough producers and musicians to field two pick-up football teams.  That’s not a good sign for making a cohesive record and, true to form, Weiland’s debut solo disc was kinda all over the place.

But that doesn’t mean 12 Bar Blues was a bad record.  Desperation #5 takes grunge rock’s soft/loud dynamics–which by 1998 had become tired and perfunctory– and filters them through a blistering industrial sensibility.  If you ever wanted Scott Weiland to admit his drug-addiction failings in song form, Barbarella‘s painful confessions will do quite nicely.  The tune that hews closest to Weiland’s work in STP, Mockingbird Girl, still throws drum loops and noise guitars into the fray.

As good as all those songs are, the centerpiece of the CD is “Lady, Your Roof Brings Me Down”.  The melodramatic piano intro, the gypsy march cadences and the sweeping strings are a thousand light-years away from Stone Temple Pilots’ rock radio crunch.  Coupled with Weiland’s moody declarations, the tune creates a burlesque atmosphere unlike anything he’s done before or since.

More importantly, even as Weiland was deep in the midst of his smackhead rock bottom, he was still trying to make an ambitious broad-minded record.  He wasn’t writing an STP retread or aping the popular music trends of the time.  In fact, if the record has an underlying flaw, it’s that Weiland was trying too hard to be contrary.  Maybe he felt he had to throw a musical Hail Mary, if only to separate himself from his Stone Temple Pilots legacy.  Besides, studied weirdness isn’t the worst crime a musician can commit.

In the end, 12 Bar Blues ended up being a commercial disaster.  Like Talk Show, it seemed like the public wasn’t interested in Stone Temple Pilots doing stuff that didn’t sound like Stone Temple Pilots.  Eventually the boys put aside their differences and got back together.  But in a lot of ways, when STP parted company in the late 90′s and decided to try something else, they ended up making some of the most interesting music of their respective careers.

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Hey Everybody! ‘The Obama Effect’ Is Coming Out Today!

Posted by KingShamus on July 13, 2012

Hey, this flick might not be perfect but I am totally convinced that ‘The Obama Effect” won’t be a complete St. Barry propaganda job.

See, what did I tell you?  Completely non-partisan.

But just for shits and giggles, let’s break this trailer down.

Way down.

:14–Roc insists that America can’t handle another 4 more years of Republicans in power.  I guess that means we’ve gone back in time to the barren wasteland of  2008.

Fuckin’ bummer, yo.  Unemployment was a soul-crushing 6.7% that November.  Unlike our glorious present day employment figures.

:16–Roc ain’t feeling so hot.  Being that he’s a good soldier, I’m sure he’ll be the first to volunteer for the death panels.  IPAB will make it quick and painless, sport!

:21–Roc’s wife is totally shocked her dude had a heart attack.  Really, sweetheart?  Guy is pushing four hundred pounds, his lunch consists of pork-fried bacon with a side of Crisco-infused veal and it looks like he loses his breath if he turns his head too fast.

:31–Roc needs advice.  About getting on a path.  Or falling off a path.  Or taking the right path.  Or blazing a path.  Or staying on a path.  Or catching the PATH.

:39–Roc is watching an Obama speech.  In wonderment.  Naturally.  I’m surprised he didn’t faint.

Uh-oh.  I think Roc found his bike path.

:40–Wait for it.

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

Wait for it.

YES!  YES!  OH GOD, YES!

:43–So Roc has decided to go full retard Obama-drone.  Because this doesn’t look insane at all.

:49–Roc’s wife is juuuuuuuuuuuust a little freaked out because Roc is going gay for a presidential candidate.  She just doesn’t understand the power of Roc’s new flaming bikepath of life.

:53–Roc wants to spread his message of Obama everywhere.  Including hair salons in the hood.  He’s really diving ass first into the lion’s den of ultra right-wing Republican strongholds.

1:01–I have a sign just like this one.  True story.

1:08–Roc is quitting his job.  To prostelytize for the Obama campaign.  Of course, the rich white boss man has no idea why he tendered his resignation.  How could he know?  He’s never heard an Obama speech ever.

I predict this will end well.  I’m positive his wife will be on board right from the jump.

1:09–See, Mrs. Roc is totally stoked.  She’s so happy she’s using a cute nickname to describe her husband.  That’s sweeeeet.

Put yourself in her shoes.  The man in her life just had his ticker go kabloooey.  Can’t you see how this would be the perfect time to stop getting a steady paycheck and medical benefits?

1:17–Adidas jumpsuit emblazened with ‘Hope’?  Check.  Obama-branded red white and blue hat?  Check.  Cluelessness?  Check and mate.

1:27–You know who I think of when I picture a ‘black Republican’?  Allen West.  Thomas Sowell.  Clarence Thomas.  Herman Cain.  Baldilocks.  Angela McGlowan.  Amy Holmes.  Star Parker. And Katt Williams.  Yep.  Katt Williams.

1:45–Zab Judah, everyone.  Zab Judah.

Here we can see this talented young actor expressing the full gamut of human emotions, from ‘Sad yet hopeful’ to ‘Hopeful yet sad’.

1:46–”Anybody who’s with the Obama campaign is gonna be alright.”  Paging Peggy Joseph; Peggy Joseph to the front desk.

1:53–”I’ll work for free.”  Of course he will.  He too has seen Roc’s bikepath of awesomeness.

1:55–I think Cee-Lo’s Crazaay/I think Cee-Lo’s Crazaaay/I think Cee-Lo’s Crazaaaaay/For putting his name on this joke of a movieeeeee!

2:02–Katt Williams’ refractory time gets a workout.  Cool, I guess.

By the way, what is “The Obama Effect” telling the audience here?  All we see the Democrats doing in this picture is looking wistfully at Obama pictures and mooning like prepubescent Ke$ha fans over Hope-N-Change.  Meanwhile, the one GOPer the flick shows us is nailing babes with extreme awesomeness.

According to this movie Democrats quit their jobs, have uncontrollable man-crushes on their presidential candidates and annoy their neighbors.  In the meantime, Republicans get to be rich and have a lot of sex.   Was the script written by Ralph Nader?

2:15–According to the movie, black slavery in America ended in…oh…right around 1983.  With pockets of human bondage frequently popping up during the Pappy Bush and Dubya era.

2:20–Roc is crying in voting booth.  Buddy, I think a lot of us were crying in the voting booth in 2008.  Holy shit, do I really have to vote for John McCain? Fuck you GOP.  Fuck you sideways.  Fuck you for making me even think about voting for this useless assclown RINO.

2:23–Roc gets to meet the new President (sorta).  I don’t think the director of “The Obama Effect” meant to do this, but I think this part of the flick looks pretty realistic.  The St. Barry Acolyte is in the midst of gushing himself to death over Obama winning the presidency.  The new President looks on, with a haughty look on his face, thinking, “What a fucking rube.”  That’s pretty much how that kind of meet-n-greet would turn out in real life.

Conclusion:  What is the point of “The Obama Effect”?  Seriously, what story is this flick supposed to tell?  I think everybody knows Obama won the 2008 election.  We needed a feature length motion picture to fill us in on that?

But let’s ignore all that for a second.  For Hollywood and the American Left (sorry, I repeated myself there), it’s probably very comforting to relive the 2008 campaign.  There are a lot of black folks who would like to be reminded of the thrill they got when they  helped elect a black man to the presidency.  Hope and Change had not yet morphed into the pain of, you know, actually governing the country.  For many people “The Obama Effect” is an emotionally gratifying victory lap.

The trouble is, the movie has bigger problems than the overall plot.  Roc’s character arc is more like a short flat line.  In the beginning of the film, he’s an Obama supporter.  At the end of the picture, he’s…an even bigger Obama supporter.  The heart attack that was supposed to teach him about the importance of the goodness of the key to staying on the footpath after losing the bikepath in your life or some bullshit really doesn’t change anything all that much.  Unless the movie is saying that it was Roc’s tireless efforts that allowed Obama to pick up those key swing states, then the movie’s main character really didn’t do anything that wasn’t going to happen anyway.

I know this is just a trailer.  It’s 2.5 minutes of 85 minute movie.  But if the preview is showing us the basic elements of the story, then it’s hard to see why this film was put together, except as blatant propaganda.

Now propaganda has it’s place in a healthy entertainment diet.  Partisans can’t live on dry facts and research alone.  They need red meat too.  But in the end, it’s still propaganda

Apparently “The Obama Effect” means people should sacrifice their time, money and livelihood so that their dreamy puppy-dog crush can live in a nice house and rule over us all in an imperious fashion.

If that’s the case, then we’ve all been living The Obama effect for the last three years, whether we wanted to or not.

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I picked a bad week to try to be a blogger…

Posted by KingShamus on July 12, 2012

Why?

I’ve basically spent the last 18 days trying to get a semi-big project done. It wasn’t brutal, but there were a lot of moving parts and ancillary things that made it a little rough.  Even when the day was done, there was always some other stuff to do.

In other words, #FirstWorldProblems.

The real concern I had is that I really didn’t have the time to hit my homies’ blogs.  I really wanted to tee off on Bunkerville’s Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s Swiss Bank hypocrisy post.  I loved Dustbury’s piece on A123′s electric car battery troubles.  John’s ‘cut your losses’ post was pretty insightful.  Innominatus continued his fine tradition of making me and a whole lot of other people laugh.  Manhattan Infidel continued his fine tradition of getting the most amazing interviews.   Tree Hugging Sis was annoyed at the GOP’s craptastic go-along get along attitude about the LOST treaty.  Bob Belvedere did an awesome job slamming the GOP for doing something very stupid (again).  PJMom over at Political Junkie Mom has welcomed a new baby to the world.  Edge of the Sandbox took an interesting look at Soviet propaganda paintings.

Lots of great stuff.  But I kinda missed it.  But just because I stink doesn’t mean ya’all have to.  Check out those blog posts.

There’s gold in them thar links, I tells ya!  Gold!

MORE:  Posted just because it’s great.

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SWATing/Intimidation/Harassment: When Is A Big Story A Total Non-Story?

Posted by KingShamus on July 10, 2012

When a member of the Left’s Distraction Corps declares it so.

So in one reality we have a standard-issue right-wing character assassination piece against a liberal activist few liberals had actually heard of — think Van Jones, redux — that has grown into a much larger campaign accusing him, without evidence, of serious crimes, all because of his long-forgotten past. In the other version, an untrustworthy huckster who’s insinuated himself into a certain circle of liberal activism panics when conservatives highlight his disturbing criminal past and put his current position in jeopardy, and he responds with a campaign of shameless legal intimidation — and, perhaps, certain allies of his go even further. Your tribal political sympathies — or your opinion of the people involved on each side –  may determine on which side you fall, though no one involved seems capable of telling the whole truth.

Naturally, Alex is above such tribalisms.

*pause*

Hahahahahaaaaaaaaahahahaaaa!

Please read the rest of Dan Collins’ piece over at the terrific Conservatory.

Alex Pareene’s pathetic whitewash job on the Brett Kimberlin/SWATing affair is not a shocker.  Homeboy gets off on preening his hipster-lefty credentials.  It would be more surprising if a junior Juice-Box Mafia cheapshot artist and all-around hack liberal stenographer such as Alex Pareene broke with his fellow thumbsuckers and actually dealt with Brett Kimberlin’s actions in an honest way.

But Dan’s post got me thinking about how progressives are prone to a very convenient sort of selective amnesia.  In Liberal Fascism, one of author Jonah Goldberg’s larger points is that progressives have tried to cover up their movement’s adoption of many fascist tenets.  This is problematic because most people tend to think rather poorly of fascism.  Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini are rightly seen as some of the 20th century’s worst world leaders.  As such, folks are loath to openly associate themselves with murderous dictators or their repellent political beliefs

So how does the Left go about having fascist tendencies while denouncing the ideology at the same time?  Simple.  It pins any past fascism they were guilty of on “America”.  But what about Woodrow Wilson’s  press censorship, paramilitary neighborhood watch programs and a general hatred for dissent? How are we supposed to feel about FDR’s reliance on utopian Third Way politics, relentless economic experimentation and internment camps?  For the liberals, none of those things are the sins of a particular left-leaning political party.  Instead, they–and many other radical agendas–are examples of the basically evil nature of the United States.

At the same time, the progressive movement insists that traditional American conservatives, the intellectual children of 19th century laissez-faire liberalism, are the actual fascists in American life.  This means that conservative shortcomings are always assigned to the Right’s report card while liberalism’s faults are never marked against them.  Liberalism is never to blame when something goes wrong in the US, even when it’s obvious they’ve gone and shit the mattress.

In 2012, political intimidation in American public life is an instrument exclusively employed by the Left.  Elements of contemporary liberalism either ignore it, encourage it or subsidize it.  In many quarters, progressives find silencing their political rivals through violence or threats useful.

However, when our modern-day Maoists become too bored or ashamed of Brett Kimberlin and his tactics, he will meet the same fate as the Left’s torrid love affair with 20th century fascism.  First, there will be a concerted effort to shove him down the memory hole.  Then, in a few years, he’ll be transformed from the Tides Foundation’s favorite Alinsky-guided missile to a vicious right-wing reactionary.  Finally, when all the dust has cleared, Brett Kimberlin will be a cautionary tale of how we all have to ‘tone down’ our ‘heated rhetoric’.

RELATED:  The great RS McCain goes deeper into Salon magazine’s woes.  Alex Pareene gets a friendly shout-out!

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Music Monday Side Project – “Wash Me Down” by Talk Show

Posted by KingShamus on July 9, 2012

Here is the best song from 1997 that you’ve probably never heard.

Talk Show was made up of Dave Coutts, Robert DeLeo, Dean DeLeo and Eric Kretz.  The last three were–and still are–more famous as the bassist, guitarist and drummer for Stone Temple Pilots.  STP was one of the most successful bands of the 90′s.  By 1996, the group was struggling with the problems associated with frontman Scott Weiland’s heroin addiction.  The Pilots were supposed to hit the road for a massive tour to support their Tiny Music record, but Weiland’s smack habit derailed those plans.

This left Kretz and the Brothers DeLeo at their wits’ end.  STP was subsequently put on hold.  While Weiland kept busy by putting out an eclectic Bowie-esque disc and getting himself arrested for drug possession, the other three Pilots formed a whole new group.

For some detractors, Talk Show was nothing more than STP with new guy Dave Coutts in place of Scott Weiland on lead vocals.  But a cursory listen to their self-titled disc shows that critique to be way off base.  Stone Temple Pilots were never this polished or melodic.

The lead single “Hello Hello” is pretty much perfect pop-rock.  Coutts’ Freddie Mercury influences are out in full force on “End of the World”.  The jingle-jangle guitar of “Morning Girl” is pretty much the polar opposite of STP’s signature thick metallic riffage.

As good as Talk Show was, people couldn’t get over the fact that it wasn’t Scott Weiland, the moody troubled man of a thousand voices, singing DeLeo Brothers/Kretz songs.  Dave Coutts was a strong vocalist with a distinct tone, but he didn’t have the druggie alt-rock cache that Weiland could effortlessly conjure up at will.  Their debut platter got decent reviews, but it couldn’t really get out from STP’s long shadow.  The band struggled along and eventually broke up.  Kretz and the DeLeos got back with Weiland, and Talk Show was quickly forgotten.

Even though Talk Show basically fizzled, I still think the album is pretty strong. “Wash Me Down” is so chill and so pretty I had to post it.    Enjoy , homies.

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The English Language in 24 Accents

Posted by KingShamus on July 7, 2012

I ran across this the other day.  I was thinking it just sorta silly.  Then I saw it had over 9 million hits.

A fairly strong language warning on this little ditty.  Dude loves to drop the f-bomb.  Even worse than Alec Baldwin.

I know.  Shocking, right?

Which one sounds accurate?  Which one(s) does he mess up?

Okay, discuss.

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Fourth of July 2012–Ronald Reagan Firing An Uzi While Riding A Velociraptor

Posted by KingShamus on July 4, 2012

with a missile launcher as a back-up.

Happy Fourth of July, homies.

You know how you know this is a great country?  Try putting Angela Merkel, David Cameron or Hu Jintao on that velociraptor.  Yeah, you could slap them on a dinosaur, but it would look absurd.  Reagan is so bad-ass that it works.

In any event, thanks for stopping by the ol’ bloggerino on the best day of the year.  Enjoy this Independence Day.  Celebrate! I hope you eat lots of great food, drink lots of delicious beer and watch awesome explosions.

Great work by Sharpwriter over at DeviantArt.  Also big-time shout out to the one and only Snarky Basterd for the tip.  Thanks, brother.

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Music Monday Top 40 — “Somebody That I Used To Know” by Gotye {Plus The Inevitable Kobe Parody!]

Posted by KingShamus on July 2, 2012

Hey, it’s a number 1 hit.  I’ll throw a big pop smash on the blog every once in a while.

‘Moody’ and ‘catchy’ are hard to pull off when you try to do them at the same time in a song.  “Somebody” manages to pull it off pretty well.  The jazzbo bass line and the vocal hook at the chorus gives the song a nice contrast.  When Kimbra drops her verse, it’s like an answer and an accusation all at once.

The video is a little goofy.  80′s-inspired body painting?  Check.  Naked art-chick?  Check.  Naked Aussie weirdo?  Unfortunately, check.

Regardless of the visual presentation, Gotye has a big hit on his hands with “Somebody”.  In fact, the song is so successful that it’s inspired more than a few parodies.  The best of the bunch?  For me, it’s this one:

Kobye-”The Kobe That We Used To Know”.

You spoiled Angelenos are frustrated with Kobe Bryant?  Good.  Tell General Manager Mitch Kupchak to start making some phone calls and putting together some player packages to trade Kobe.  I’m sure there are only 29 other teams that would love to take him off your hands.

I love it when Laker fans get down in the dumps. It makes me feel just a little better about being a fan of the stupid New York Knicks.

Big ups to BB for the Kobye tip.  Good stuff, my dude.

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