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Why Clint Eastwood’s Republican Convention Speech Worked

Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2012

I know there are a lot of folks–Republicans and Democrats–who didn’t like Clint Eastwood’s address to the Republican National Convention.  Let’s take a look.

I admit that Clint was kinda all over the place.  Whether the teleprompter died or he just abandoned script, the address was not Clint at his best.  It might not have been Clint at his worst, though.

Check out the sneering annoyed reaction from MSNBC’s lead tedium-dispenser Rachel Maddow.

Even though Clint wasn’t really on point, his mockery of President Obama was by and large effective.  The bit about Bamster getting a smaller plane was great.  Clint’s conversation with an empty chair underscored just how vacuous our Great Dingy Captain really is.  More importantly, most liberal media viewers–to say nothing of the Obama Cult Stenographers–had never seen anything like that.

The Barry-Lover press corps have basically cocooned themselves in liberalism’s cozy blanket of comedic ignorance.  They’ve never watched Red Eye.  Their web browsers have never clicked on Iowahawk, Manhattan Infidel or Jim Treacher.  The only time they hear an Obama joke is when Jon Stewart forgets to take out his tampon and cajoles Saint Obambi for being too damn nice to the evil reich-wing Rethuglicans.  Because the lamestream media all runs on the same premise–Our President Is Not To Be Touched–Clint Eastwood’s barbs might’ve been the first time the socialist media have seen someone make fun of Barack Obama in any sort of sustained way.

Everybody’s second-favorite community organizer Saul Alinksy said that ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.  It works so well because it rallies your troops.  Even better, when a well-played joke lands squarely on target, it causes problems for the other side.  Look at how the Stalinists were so discombobulated by Clint’s mockery of their Saviour.  When they went into Panic Alert Obama Defense Level Five, they spent a lot of time addressing Clint’s speech rather than dealing with Mitt Romney.

If that was the only thing Eastwood’s speech accomplished, it would’ve been enough.  But it did more than that.  Clint’s mockery of Obama was probably a hit with many undecided citizens.  These are low-information voters who don’t pay attention to politics on a day to day level.  A lot of people who watch the conventions get their first looks at the presidential candidates and their parties from these events.

What did these more or less apolitical folks see?  They saw a Hollywood icon laughing at the President.  Here too, this might be the first instance that they’ve watched a media figure of this magnitude actually make fun of Barack Obama.

I’m not saying undecided voters are going to make their decision to vote for Mitt Romney based on Clint Eastwood talking greasy about Barack Obama.  What is happening is that Clint’s derision of the President sends a subtle signal: “Obama is a joke and it’s okay for you to laugh at him.”

Remember that the lamestream media has all but completely embargoed humor at Premier Barry’s expense.  Yet here comes Clint Eastwood on an international stage to cut Barack Obama down a few notches.  CNN, MSNBC, CBS and ABC couldn’t simply disappear Clint down the memory hole like they did to Artur Davis, Mia Love or Brian Sandoval.  They had to cover it.  Once they did, it opened up Barack Obama to the kind of mockery they’ve never allowed to hit him before.

That’s why the leftist media hacks fudged their Depends over Clint.  Even though he wasn’t as strong as he could be, Eastwood’s jokes will turn more than a few undecided voters.  Clint’s speech also breaks the humor blockade that many people have when it comes to mocking Obama.  After last night, St. Barack is no longer a holy messiah figure above criticism from his petty subjects.  He can in fact be mocked.

And, as it turns out, there is a lot to laugh at when it comes to Barack Obama.

Funny how it took an 82 year old Clint Eastwood–a little sloppy, a little doddering, but still strong–to point that out to the rest of  America.

BONUS:  Here are 170 great Clint Eastwood quotes.  Not safe for work; very safe for awesomeness.

“I-i-i-i-dio-“

“Idiots.  It’s for you.”

That’s the line Clint should’ve dropped on Obama’s head.

Oh well.  Eastwood still rules.

EVEN MORE BONUSEY:  Da Tech Guy’s post on the Clint speech fleshes out a point I was trying…and I think failing…to make.

Take a look at this image from Memeorandum as of 8:31 AM

And here is the stuff on the Romney speech same page:

What is Missing? Attacks on Romney’s speech! Today was the day that the Democrats should be hitting Romney’s speech and trying to counter it a-la Ryan. Instead the readers of the Morning papers, Cable TV and the left blogs are reading attacks on Eastwood. Clint Eastwood is playing the same role as a hero in an old western, drawing all the fire so the good guy could escape unharmed.

While the lamestreamers are scratching their heads and angrily snarling at Eastwood, Mitt Romney comes off looking presidential with little pushback from the progs.

In 2016, the GOP should have Chuck Norris karate-chopping an imaginary Joe Biden while dressed like Lady Gaga right before President Romney gives his speech.

LINKED:  By Obi’s Sister!  That rules.  Thanks!

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Hey @MSNBC! Here Are All The Speeches You Didn’t Cover From Last Night’s #RNC.

Posted by KingShamus on August 29, 2012

Hi MSNBC!  Hey you forgot to cover these speeches.  Good thing I have Youtube, right?

Mia Love:

Brian Sandoval:

Artur Davis:

Is anybody noticing a pattern here?

MSNBC likes to lecture the rest of America–and specifically, Republicans–about race and race relations.  That’s nice.  Meanwhile, their prime time line-up is whiter than Robert Byrd’s  hood after laundry day.  In case you’re worried about the lack of diversity on MSNBC’s set, let not your heart be troubled.  The MSNBCers are all good progressives, so they don’t actually have to interact in any way with non-Caucasians.  MSNBC understands the plight of America’s not-so-white folk simply because they are liberals, so stop asking questions about it.  Just stop it.  Stop.  STOP.

Then they have the unmitigated gall to cut out the GOP speeches delivered by a Hispanic man, a black woman and a black man.

Why, it’s almost like they’re editing out the Republicans who don’t fit the leftist media’s racial narratives.

One could almost call it ‘whitewashing’.

MORE:  What else did MSNBC have to cover last night?  What massive news story was out there?  Granted, Hurricane Isaac was starting to give New Orleans a wacking, but there really wasn’t much to see with that story.  let’s face it, hurricanes at night really aren’t all that telegenic.

No, the only thing MSNBC had to do was cover the Republican National Convention.  They failed.

But it’s even worse than a simple failure.  They didn’t just make a mistake–“Oopsies, we forgot Artur Davis was showing up tonight.”

The RNC was a story that a lot of people wanted to know about.  Did MSNBC’s coverage make it easier or harder to understand what was going on?  In fact, MSNBC’s coverage was designed to obfuscate.  They were doing their damnedest not to show their viewers what was going on.  They made it so that the twenty people who regularly watch MSNBC did not understand that three minorities spoke at the Republican Party’s convention.

EVEN MORE:  All told, I probably watched about one and half hours of MSNBC’s coverage.  I was bouncing back and forth between the proggy Stalinists and CSPAN.  CSPAN showed everything without any edits.  Including the Oak Ridge Boys.

Whenever I watch MSNBC, I am never really blown away by the stinking leftism.  I get that they’re a pack of socialists.  That’s their brand and they’re sticking to it, come hell or shitty ratings.

No, what amazes me is how dull and junior varsity it all is.

For all intents and purposes, Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes are catty community college wymyns studies profs desperately trying to out-Marx each other.  Over at the other end of the faculty lounge, the Basketweaving department co-chairs Chris Matthews and Tom Brokaw are debating whether Premier Obama should next nationalize America’s Fig Newton Manufacturing Base or the Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning-Industrial Complex.  Apple-polisher extraordinaire and student body punching bag Ezra Klein is tugging at Toure’s leg, pleading with him to be his black friend.  In the meantime, adjunct lecturer Ed Schultz knocks back his fifth Jack-n-Coke before noon while angrily jabbing his finger at the Young Republican who dared to question him during his Economics class.

MSNBC is every college student’s most boring moments–crappy teachers, horrible subjects, lame classmates–distilled and refined into a potent televised package of tedium.  If that sounds like a rip-roaring party to you, then knock yourself out.  To most people, it resembles nothing less than the second circle of Hell.

The suits who run MSNBC are supposed to be professional TV folks.  They’ve allegedly been trained in the arts of production and presentation.  Yet all they do is crank out the least compelling stories and personalities imaginable.

Say what you want about Fox News.  Yes, Bill O’Reilly is Ted Baxter come to life.  Yes, Nicole Petallides is insanely gorgeous.  And yes, the Foxies have a right-of-center sensibility.  But at least they understand how to present a news story without making you reach for your pillow and blankie.

OOPSIES:  Ace mentions that MSNBC did in fact run Nikki Haley’s speech.  I’m changing the post to reflect that.  My bad.

However…NBC.com conveniently neglected to note that Artur Davis’ speech even happened.  So, the MSNBC-DNC whitewashing remains.

LINKED!:  Dustbury thinks I’m worthy of a Quote Of The Week shout-out.  Thank you sir.  You are too kind.

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I’ll Be On The Twitterz, Tweeting Tonight’s RNC Convention

Posted by KingShamus on August 28, 2012

You know where to find me.

Tweet me, ya’all.

 

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Nathan Lane: Prince Barry’s Court Jester

Posted by KingShamus on August 25, 2012

It’s springtime for Obama in the Hamptons.

“I love Nurse Jackie, she can’t get through the day without Vicodin, Adderall, Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone­—which, oddly enough, also happens to be the names of Mitt Romney’s five children,”

Nathan Lane at a Obama fundraiser…

It’s a good thing the organizers of this rubber chicken dinner hired a first-rate comedic genius like Nathan Lane. Leave it to him to make the hilarious connection between a narcotic-addicted fictional TV character and Mitt Romney’s five grown sons, none of which have ever been accused of having drug problems.  Add to that how Vicodin, Adderall, Percocet, Xanax and Oxycodone sound just like Taggart, Matthew, Joshua, Benjamin and Craig.  Lane simply had to go with such a great bit.

Jeeebus.

Folks on the right are gonna get mad because a Hollywood liberal made fun of Romney’s sons, who are not running for political office.  The thing is, after the last four years nobody in the conservative movement should be shocked when actors and musicians throw cheap shots at the children of Republican politicians.  As much as the political wing of the socialist movement constantly calls for civil discourse, they can always count on their allies in the entertainment division to blow right through any rules that put family members off-limits.

This is one reason why the progressive alliance with the American media puts conservatives at a huge disadvantage.  Democrat politicians can always stay above the fray.  They can play the high-minded thinker act for the public with the knowledge that somebody from Hollywood will gladly break every rhetorical limit to score a shot against Republicans and conservatives.

But that’s not the worst thing.  I keep hearing how Nathan Lane is a wonderous comedic talent.  Where was that genius for getting laughs when he wrote the ‘Romney kid’s’ bit?  The joke only works if you’re a brainless trained-seal Romney hater: “ROMNEY’S KIDZ ARE NAMED DRUGS!!!!  DRUGS FUNNY!!!!  HAR-DEE-HAR!!!!”

I mean, I guess Nathan Lane should get some credit for understanding the desires of his audience.

Then again, what does it say about the rich Obama supporters that they respond to such a hacky stupid ham-handed joke?

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Bob Is A Racist!

Posted by KingShamus on August 23, 2012

And if Bob is a bigot, all of us have hate in our hearts!  If you you doubt that, watch this handy-dandy educational video.  It’s educational and it’s a video, so it must be true.

See, what did I tell you?  We’re all Junior Member Nazi Trent Lott Jack-Boot Thug Wannabes because we disagree with the President.  If we just start approving of Barack Obama’s policies, maybe we can someday purge ourselves of racial bias.

Thanks to @K_Yoder.

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Burger King Contest Requires Identification, Blogger Notes The Irony

Posted by KingShamus on August 21, 2012

John over at the fantastic Sentry Journal has a tale of the strange.  I’m pretty much gonna steal his entire post, but it’s too good to edit.

Last week my wife and I decided to stop at Burger King for a quick bite to eat.  Burger King is currently running a promotional game called Family Food.  It’s a scratch game that ask you a question and gives you three possible answers.  You of course must select the correct answer in order to have an opportunity to win a prize.  The prizes range from food to cash.  We pulled the game piece off my large ice tea and she read the question to me.  I correctly answered the question and won a $25 dollar gift certificate.

We presented the winning game piece to the employee behind the counter and she informed my wife that we would have to mail the game piece into Burger King in a blue envelop she handed to us.  In order to redeem the prize you must provide your social security number to prove you’re are U.S. citizens.  When my wife informed the employee that she wasn’t comfortable writing her social security number down on an envelop and sending to people she didn’t know, the employee told her it was the only way we could prove citizenship in order to redeem the prize.  The point of the story is if you can’t even redeem cash prizes from Burger King’s Family Food Game without proof of U.S. citizenship, then what’s the big deal about providing some form of ID to prove who you are at the polling stations on election day.  I wonder why we don’t hear the cries from the left on how Burger King is disenfranchising non U.S. citizens with their Family Food game.

The mind reels.

We live in a schizophrenic country.  To be fair, most of the time America does a good job of hiding it’s wackiness.  In fact us Yanks are probably the best at keeping our various neuroses out of public view.  Hell, there are nations that parade their insanity on a global stage.  Compared to that, the US is a model of restraint.

But every once in a while, we get confronted with our own mind-wrenching goofiness.  This is one of those times.

Ponder the situation:  Burger King, a fast food chain, runs a contest.  If you win one of these BK prizes, you must  present a form of identification to the company in order to claim your winnings.  If John wants that $25, he has to, in effect, show his papers.

These kinds of rules seem to be fairly common; most US companies that run contests like this stipulate that only American citizens are eligible to win prizes in the United States.  Further, these sorts of contest bylaws don’t raise any hackles in the Bedwetter Community.  Nobody whines about ‘discrimination’ or ‘lack of access’.  Citizenship as a requirement for eligibility in a company’s promotional game  is one of those unquestioned parts of American life.

Say, you know what part of American life the thumbsucker caucus questions over and over and over and over again?  This whole crazy mixed-up terribly-cliched old-fogie ‘citizenship’ dealie.  Why should citizenship confer any privileges?  What’s so special about the US and A anyhow?  Why shouldn’t anyone be able to walk into a voting booth without getting hassled by some stuffy government bureaucrat who has a wacky hang-up about ‘rules’ or ‘citizenship status’ or ‘laws’ or ‘Constitutional requirements’?

Remember what I said about schizophrenia?

The open-borders crowd, ethnic grievance groups and the Left–but I repeat myself three times–have helped create a situation where a person winning a $25 prize from a burger joint has to prove he’s a US citizen, but a person voting for President does not.

That, my friends, should be the textbook definition of insanity, at least when it comes to national policy.

More importantly, it cannot be allowed to stand.

Either we give a shit about who votes in our elections or we don’t.  Either citizenship confers real tangible benefits to the people who have it or it doesn’t.  If the only thing being a citizen gets you is a Burger King crown, being American has become meaningless.

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Music Monday Piano-“Lonesome Tears (Live)” by Beck

Posted by KingShamus on August 20, 2012

I tend to think of Beck as a guitar player, so seeing him tickling the ivories is a little different.  Tickling the ivories in an old English chapel is taking it to the next level of rad.

This is taken from Beck’s Sea Change album, which was written in the aftermath of breaking up with his longtime girlfriend.  “Lonesome Tears”, like most songs on the album, eschews Beck’s usual dense metaphorical themes for more direct understandable lyrics. Instead of guarding his feelings with weird free-association vocals or barely rhymed raps, Beck makes his heartbreak plain as day, which gives this disc far more emotional weight than most of his material.

In just about every way imaginable, SC lived up to its name.  The tone of the album was a radical departure from Beck’s previous effort, Midnite Vultures.  Where that record was Beck’s version of sexxxed-up electro-clash and steamy R&B slo-jams, Sea Change was based around somber acoustic guitars and the darker regions of Hank William’s back catalogue.

The amazing thing is that Beck has made a career out of the kind of wild stylistic shifts that he displayed in the transition from Midnite Vultures and Sea Change.  Since his major label debut Mellow Gold, each disc has gone in a different direction than the one previous to it.  This has led to favorable comparisons to guys like David Bowie and a little bit of annoyance from the more casual corners of Beck’s fan base.

If you really dig the lo-fi bluesman Beck on One Foot In The Grave, you might not get that dude back for quite some time.  When the hip-hop Odelay-era Beck really hits the spot, the wooden and mournful Mutations comes along to muddy the genre waters for a few years.  Beck is the quintessential ‘your mileage may vary’ musician, mostly because he’s so hard to pin down as a ‘rock’, ‘hip-hop’ or ‘anti-folk’ artist.

For me, one of the reasons Beck is cool is because he’s been around for almost twenty years despite following the exact opposite of the prototypical pop musician’s career path.  Record labels generally want a band to find a commercially successful sonic formula and stick with it for, oh say, six straight albums (if not more).  For a lot of the music companies, the only time an artist’s musical recipe should change is if it stops making money.  Beck’s two decades of success prove that if a person has talent, he can overcome the inertia of any foolish short-sighted bureaucracy.

It’s a model all of us could stand to learn from…or re-learn from…when it comes to the careers we’ve chosen to pursue.

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Guardian Writer–“I Wish My Mother Had Aborted Me”

Posted by KingShamus on August 16, 2012

The pro-choice movement:  They thirst for death.

An abortion would have absolutely been better for my mother. An abortion would have made it more likely that she would finish high school and get a college education. At college in the late 1960s, it seems likely she would have found feminism or psychology or something that would have helped her overcome her childhood trauma and pick better partners. She would have been better prepared when she had children. If nothing else, getting an abortion would have saved her from plunging into poverty. She likely would have stayed in the same socioeconomic strata as her parents and grandparents who were professors. I wish she had aborted me because I love her and want what is best for her.

Abortion would have been a better option for me. If you believe what reproductive scientists tell us, that I was nothing more than a conglomeration of cells, then there was nothing lost. I could have experienced no consciousness or pain. But even if you discount science and believe I had consciousness and could experience pain at six gestational weeks, I would chose the brief pain or fear of an abortion over the decades of suffering I endured.

An abortion would have been best for me because there is no way that my love-starved, trauma-addled mother could have ever put me up for adoption. It was either abortion or raising me herself, and she was in no position to raise a child. She had suffered a traumatic brain injury, witnessed and experienced severe domestic violence, and while she was in grade school she was raped by a stranger and her mother committed suicide. She was severely depressed and suicidal, had an extremely poor support system, was experiencing an unplanned pregnancy that resulted from coercive sex, and she was so young that her brain was still undeveloped.

Nihilism disguised as selflessness.

Beyond that, look at the amazing speculative leaps Lynn Beisner makes in order to prove her point.  If the mother had aborted Ms. Beisner, she asserts that her mom probably would’ve been better off.  In the next paragraph, she runs through the long laundry list of reasons why her mother was in really awful shape at the time she was pregnant with Ms. Beisner.

Well, since we’re playing “What if?” counter-factual history games, what makes Beisner think it all that likely that her young abused brain-damaged depressed rape victim mother would’ve finished high school in the first place?  A person with that many strikes against them–and a truly tragic personal history to boot–is far more likely to drop out of high school then to finish with a diploma, regardless of whether the person has an unplanned pregnancy or not.  That means no college.  It also means no ‘feminism or psychology or something’ to help her cope with her extremely difficult circumstances.

Now it’s true that Beisner’s mom had a horrible life before she had her child.  Let us suppose that her life was made more difficult by taking an unplanned pregnancy to term.  Concede for a moment the idea that caring for a child under less than ideal circumstances was a substantial burden on Mommy Beisner.

The fact remains that the writer Lynn Beisner lives and breathes because, even though her mother was ill-suited to the role of parent, she still decided to give her daughter a life.  Isn’t there even a speck of nobility to be found in that act?  Even if Beisner’s mother was a train-wreck, the fact remains that she cared enough to bring her child into the world.  While it might be a mundane occurrence, it’s still an amazingly selfless thing to do for another human being.

Sadly, Ms. Beisner isn’t done pwning herself.

The world would not be a darker or poorer place without me. Actually, in terms of contributions to the world, I am a net loss. Everything that I have done – including parenting, teaching, researching, and being a loving partner – could have been done as well, if not better by other people. Any positive contributions that I have made are completely offset by what it has cost society to help me overcome the disadvantages and injuries of my childhood to become a functional and contributing member of society.

Conservatives are often accused of reducing people down to dry statistics.  But what has the theology of abortion done here?  Beisner is asserting that her life is pretty much meaningless.  She is, in her own words, a net loss.  That’s about as reductive as it gets.

It is said that a liberal is a person who won’t take their own side in an argument.  Beisner’s thesis is the barren withered endpoint of the pro-abortion movement:  “We support infanticide because we are pointless.”

This is far beyond just giving women reproductive ‘choice’.  This Abortion Above All Else philosophy argues against humans and everything they do.  Work, being a good parent, romantic love; all these things are to be reduced down to a finite quantifiable value which can be used to determine whether a person made a positive contribution to the world.  Because Ms. Beisner clearly hates herself, she sees her own life as something unworthy of her mother’s initial sacrifice to give birth to her daughter.

Are the people within the pro-abortion movement prepared to look at their own lives with the same kind of self-loathing criticism?  Is the anti-life cause ready to apply Ms. Beisner’s criterion for judging a ‘good’ life to themselves and everyone else?  If Ms.Beisner’ essay is any indication, the answer is a very chilling yes

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WTF?–California State Universities No Longer Accepting California Students

Posted by KingShamus on August 15, 2012

Welcome To The Golden State—Of Absurdity.

The Cal State University system has now announced that most campuses won’t be accepting any new students for the spring. And only non-California or international students for graduate programs. Because money.

Cal State leaders have told the university’s 23 campuses they will not be allowed to admit California graduate students for the spring term, which starts in January. Budget cuts made the system in the coming spring term unable to afford residents’ heavily discounted education, campus leaders were told. 

But nonresident students — who pay considerably higher fees — remain welcome, at least at some campuses, and that has become an issue leading some rebellious graduate schools to turn away the non-Californians — and the financial windfall they would bring in.So a state university system has decided to exclude the very students it was created to support. What exactly are California taxpayers getting for their taxes that go to the CSU system then?

I snagged this from Maetenloch’s awesome Overnight Thread at Ace’s place.  Read the rest.  Now.

If you’re like me, you’ll have to read the article a few times just let the epic doucherocketry sink in.  Then you’ll dig deeper, hoping it somehow gets better.  It doesn’t.  It gets worsererer.

Facing uncertain budget prospects, California State University officials announced plans to freeze enrollment next spring at most campuses and to wait-list all applicants the following fall pending the outcome of a proposed tax initiative on the November ballot.

The university is moving to reduce enrollment to deal with $750 million in funding cuts already made in the 2011-12 fiscal year and position itself for at least an additional $200-million cut next year if the tax proposal fails.

The move is a high-stakes gambit that could deny tens of thousands of students access to the state’s largest public university system; it also pressures voters to support the tax increase. That proposal, backed by Gov. Jerry Brown, is intended to avoid so-called trigger cuts that will dramatically affect the state’s public colleges and universities.

Shorter Jerry Brown:  “Hey California, nice state colleges you’ve got there.  Would be a shame if anything happened to them.”

Amazing, really.

Ya know how in a lot of movies, there’s always somebody who says, “We don’t negotiate with terrorists!”?

Well, if the people on California have any brains, that’s just what they’ll say to their hostage-taking governor.

California already has one of the heaviest–some say THE heaviest–tax burdens in the nation.  It “boasts” the highest personal income tax rates in America.  Only four other states have higher sales taxes.  Tax revenue has taken a 22% hit as individuals and businesses have left to escape the bludgeoning.

But that’s still not enough.  Governor Moonbeam demands ever more money get poured down the Sacramento suckhole of Fail.  Or else he’ll stop letting Californians into Cal State.

Call his bluff.  After all, what do Taxifornians have to lose?  If they do as Premier Jerry-Bear says, he’ll raise taxes even higher.  If the citizens of the state say no, maybe it will force the California political class to make priorities.  Instead of promising every nanny-state dream program, the government might have to…and this is gonna sound a little crazy…make trade-offs between several competing goods.

I know, I know.  That’s insane.  California will continue with business as usual.  Because that’s worked out so well in recent years.

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Lets Look At The Ladies of The Expendables 2

Posted by KingShamus on August 14, 2012

I know I haven’t been good about posting lately.  Some have complained about the lack of posts.  Some have been horrified by the Hill-Dawg gif I put into the last post.

I get it.

I done wrong.

Let me make it up to you.

Say, you know what’s coming out soon?

“The Expendables 2″, naturally.

Hows about we watch the trailer?

 

Amazing stuff.  I realize trailers can be deceptive, but hear me out.  I think this will be the ‘Quirky Wes Anderson-inspired story with a lot of talking and emotional depth’ installment in the Expendables franchise.

Not really.

I think this flick is going to win the coveted “Most Explosions in A Non-Michael Bay Film” and “Highest Body Count” Academy Awards.

Which means it’s going to be awesome.

But let’s not just focus on the testosterone-fueled carnage, the hyperdrive fisticuffs or the severe lack of gun control in “Expendables 2″.  Perhaps we can get in touch with this action movie’s softer side.  I say we take a look at the ladies of this here motion picture.

 

Nan Yu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nikolette Noel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And last, but certainly not least, Charisma Carpenter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, I know I feel a lot better.

Enjoy.

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No, Really–Barack Obama is David Dinkins

Posted by KingShamus on August 8, 2012

So says PJMedia’s Michael Walsh.

As we close in on Election Day, everyone’s naturally fixated on the Obama-Romney race. But if I were the Democrats, I’d be radiating the calm confidence of  (in Mark Twain’s famous phrase) “a Christian holding four aces.” Because as much as Obama hates Romney and loves the golfing and partying aspect of being president, the truth is that many Democrats won’t be sorry to see him go. Obama’s ineptitude and his manifest hostility toward the country he nominally leads are embarrassing to many donks, and the increasing likelihood that he will turn out to be a one-term wonder like the first (and so far, only) black mayor of New York, David Dinkins, is causing them to start looking beyond 2012.

You remember Dinkins — he defeated Rudy Giuliani in their first head-to-head match-up in 1989, then lost in 1993 after the Crown Heights riot and other disasters finally brought the citizens to their senses and, holding their noses, they called the cops and elected a law-and-order Republican in place of a liberal Democrat.

I hate to say ‘I told you so three years ago’, but…

Read the rest, as Mister Walsh goes into why an Obama loss might not be the worst thing in the minds of the Donkey Puncher caucus.

While Walsh makes an interesting case, the Presidency is too important for the Democrats to give up on just because St. Barry has all the personal warmth of an ice cube.  In a ditch.  On Pluto.

Look at what the progressive movement has done in just under one fairly ambitious presidential term.  Stealth single-payer health care deform?  Check.  Permanent Porkulus?  Check, again.  The end of welfare reform?  Money for nothing and the check’s for free.

 

And that’s just in the last four years.  The progs are just dying to pull a Minnesota-style Cloward-Piven election on the rest of America in November.  That, along with ObamaCare, will pretty much cement a whole mess of center-left political assumptions in the fabric of the nation.

That would be bad for many reasons, including this:

You want to see the future if the Democrats win in November?

It’s the Secretary of State of the United States of America dressed in a not-very-flattering Asian inspired get-up grinding on another chick’s ample posterior–FOREVER.

The Michael Walsh link came courtesy of Instapundit.  Thanks.

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The Economy Has REALLY Gone To The Dogs

Posted by KingShamus on August 7, 2012

How can you tell?  Here it is.

 

I found this over at Rachel Veronica’s Pinterest feed.  Great stuff, RV.

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Music Monday Bare Bones — “Tall As Cliffs” By Margot & The Nuclear So And So’s

Posted by KingShamus on August 6, 2012

Nice tune from a few years ago.

From what I gather, this is the demo version of this song.  The final product is in a different key.  It also has a lot more polish, with layered instrumentation.  But for whatever reason, I like the demo better.

Rock bands are funny.  There are horror stories of groups going into the studio intent of making a record and ending up in debt.  Much of that work in the studio is adding flavors and textures to the demo versions of tunes.

But why go through all that when the rough cut gem is better than the polished stone?

Now for the most part, the song that’s been fine-tuned is going to be superior to thing the band recorded at 2 o’clock in the morning at some dude’s garage.  Except for the most raw hardcore, most rock bands sound better when their work has seen some tender loving care.  It just makes sense.

Having said that, sometimes when you let the tape roll, you catch lightning in a bottle.  I think “Tall As Cliffs”  might’ve been one of those times.  Enjoy.

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Taylor Swift Is Dating a Kennedy–What Could Go Wrong?

Posted by KingShamus on August 5, 2012

This is forever.

Over the Fourth of July,Taylor Swift was photographed hugging Patrick Schwarzenegger, Maria Shriver’s son. But now it appears that Conor Kennedy, the son of Robert Kennedy Jr. and the late Mary Kennedy, is actually Taylor’s love interest. He is pictured just to the right of Swift in the same photo – and the two have been spending lots of time together.

I for one think it’s nice  that Taylor Swift has decided to stoop down to hook up with a member of the woefully overlooked ‘scrawny trust fund jerkweed’ demographic.  That’s very sweet of her.  If this relationship gets greater media attention, ‘TayCon’ will be the new ‘Bennifer’.

But at least one man sees trouble a-brewin’ with this new celebrity couple.  Bob Belvedere, take it away.

Miss Swift: I am not a fan of your music, but what few songs I have heard seem rather entertaining. You’re a young woman with a great future ahead of you because you obviously have talent, good looks, and, by all accounts, a crackerjack personality. There’s so much you can accomplish creatively and, one hopes, spiritually. So please give a listen to an aging man who has lived in New England all his life where he has been surrounded by Kennedys since, literally, he was born in 1961:

Gather all of your things and RUN AWAY — get the Hell out of the Kennedy’s reach. Do it before they embrace you and subject you to the soul-crushing experience dozens of women before you have endured.

Read the whole thing.  Right now.

In the 21st century, what exactly is the appeal of Clan Kennedy?

I dunno if I’m speaking out of school here, but it’s not 1958.  Everybody should understand by now that the Kennedy men have a deep abiding family tradition of using women like old gym socks.  We have scads of books, interviews, documentaries and websites devoted to the subject.  It’s as much a part of our collective historical and cultural knowledge as Elvis Presley’s drug use or Michael Jackson’s intense weirdness or Jay-Z’s massive ego.  It’s a very known thing.

Yet even with all that, there are still women who tempt fate and date Kennedy dudes.

One could make the argument that chicks flock to America’s self-styled royal family because of the money and influence.  Despite the fact that a lot of the luster has worn off the Kennedy name, it’s still associated with wealth and political power by many people in the States.  Even at this late date, being connected to the Kennedys grants a person access to the upper echelons of American life.

But knowing all that doesn’t really excuse the women who hook up with Kennedy males.  Even though Barack Obama has done his damnedest to weed out the evil 1 percenters from our land, there are still plenty of super-wealthy men in America to choose from.  A lot of these guys have social and political connections that rival the Kennedy’s power base.  If you’re a gal and you want to date rich dudes, you’re not exactly limited to rammy alcoholic blowhard Irishmen from Taxachuessetts.

Hey, I could be way off here.  This might just be a casual fling for Taylor Swift.  Or the country music songbird and the son of Hyaniss Port aristocracy could live happily ever after.  Or it could be a big nothingburger with a side order of rumor mill trimmings and half-truth special sauce.

Whatever.  The Kennedy men are still prone to extreme dickbaggery when it comes to their female companions.  Canoodle at your own risk, Taylor.

Oh yeah–here is the meme:

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Awwwww, the Republican National Committee Sent Barack Obama A Birthday Cake!

Posted by KingShamus on August 3, 2012

How thoughtful!

Some explanatory back story.

The Republican National Committee sent a birthday cake to the Democratic National Committee on Friday. The cake reads “you didn’t bake this” over a picture of President Obama. Text written in icing reads, “Happy birthday, Mr. President.” 

The cake marks the occasion of the president’s birthday, which is Saturday, with a play on the “you didn’t build that” controversy. The RNC later reported the DNC sent the cake back.

You know what that cake tastes like?

Schadenfreude.

Rich.  Sweet.  Fluffy.  Schadenfreude.

Thanks to the great @Stixblog for finding this.  You rule, Stixster.

Related:  The Daley Gator nails the Chick-Fil-A dust-up.

Hahah.

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Citizen Kane–Tha Remix

Posted by KingShamus on August 3, 2012

Did somebody say, “REEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMMMMMIIIIIIIIIIIIXXXXXXX!!!!!!!”?????

Rosebuddin’ ain’t easy, ya’all.

Watch out for the awesome Lil’ Jon cameo.

Watch out for some sharp language too.  NSFW warning.

I snagged this from John J. Miller over at National Review’s Corner.  Thanks.

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The Liberal Bubble–A Primer

Posted by KingShamus on August 1, 2012

Pauline Kael, the famous New Yorker film critic, is probably just as notable these days for her insulated leftism as her movie reviews.  Back in 1972, many Democrats were shocked that Richard Nixon was re-elected over the great progressive hero George McGovern.  But few lefties expressed their haughty dismay quite like Ms. Kael.

‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.’

Remember that Ms. Kael said this in 1972.  The ideological bubble that wraps the left in a protective husk of ignorance has been around for at least 40 years, and probably for a lot longer.  When conservatives ponder how to argue with progressives, it’s important to recognize just how established this intellectual tradition is within American liberalism.

Fast forward to now.  Leftists will sometimes wonder how their expectations often–unexpectedly!–don’t mesh with reality.  More narrowly, progressives will occasionally ponder why Red State Americans aren’t more reasonable, secular, intelligent and cool, like the hip folks on the left.  They’ll cite surveys that say the American people agree with them on this issue or that candidate, then crow about it for a while until the next shiny new data point rolls across their talking points radar screen.

But what polls are liberals paying attention to?

 

First, let’s look at CBS’ lead on the new poll numbers, which they tout as good news for Barack Obama and bad news for Mitt Romney:

President Obama leads Mitt Romney among likely voters in Ohio and Florida – and has a double-digit lead in Pennsylvania – according to a Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll released this morning.

The poll, conducted from July 24-30, shows Mr. Obama leading his presumptive Republican challenger 53 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania. The 11-point lead results largely from independents, who favor the president by 22 points, and women, who favor the president by 24 points.

Mr. Obama holds a six-point lead in Ohio, 50 percent to 44 percent, a state where he holds a campaign event later today. His lead here is also due in large part to women, who back him by a 21-point margin. Romney leads by ten points among Ohio men, and seven points among Ohio whites.

In Florida, Mr. Obama also holds a six point lead, 51 percent to 45 percent. He holds a small lead among both men and women and a 19-point lead among Hispanics, while Romney leads by double-digits among whites and voters age 65 and above.

On the surface, this doesn’t look good for Mitt Romney.  It could be cause for concern among Republican voters.  It could conceivably be a sign that the GOP will have to drastically change their tactics and strategies in order to secure victory in November.

On the other hand, dig the party affiliation of the people polled.

Now let’s take a look at the partisan breakdown (D/R/I) in the sample data for each state, and compare them to 2008 and 2010 exit polling:

  • Florida: CBS/NYT 36/27/32,  2008 37/34/29,   2010 36/36/29
  • Ohio: CBS/NYT 35/27/32,  2008 39/31/30, 2010 36/37/28
  • Pennsylvania: CBS/NYT 38/32/26,  2008 44/37/18,  2010 40/37/23

According to the NYT/CBS poll, Barack Obama is beating Romney by 6% in Florida using a survey that gives Democrats a 9 point edge over the GOP.

In 2008, when Obama won the state over John McCain, Democrats had a three point edge.  In 2010, a year that saw the GOP pick up the governorship and retain a US Senate seat in a topsy-turvy three way race, the two parties were tied at 36%.

The Quinnipiac University/CBS News/New York Times poll is skewed in a way that doesn’t even sorta reflect reality in the Sunshine State.  The governor of Florida is a Republican.  The Florida state senate is controlled by Republicans.  The Florida state house is controlled by Republicans.  The state’s US Senate delegation is split, but the US House of Representatives delegation is majority Republican.

This would seem to suggest that many Floridians are quite comfortable with the GOP.  It would also suggest that a nine point Democrat edge in party identification is kinda crazy.  Even adjusting for the often mercurial whims of voters on Election Day, a state population that has elected so many Republicans probably can’t have a voter base that skews Democrat by almost ten percent.

Two quick reminders:  Who reads the New York Times and watches CBS News?  Liberals.  Who doesn’t get their news from those two sources?  Conservatives.

And now you see how a left-wing intellectual bubble is created and maintained.

The NYT/CBS/Quinnipiac poll was not meant to elucidate the readers and watchers of these MSM news outlets.  It was not created to help illustrate a possible voter trend.  No, the poll was taken for no other reason than to buck up sagging Democratic voters in the media and other lefty enclaves.

Let’s go back to Florida for a moment.  Think about a poll where the party identifcation numbers split the difference between the 2008 and 2010 figures.  There might be a few more independents, and a few less of the two major parties, but it sure as hell wouldn’t have a nine point Donkey Puncher edge.

The problem is a realistic poll in Florida wouldn’t give Obama a six point lead in that vital swing state.  It would instead display in vivid detail how badly the commander-in-chief is getting his ass kicked by Mitt Romney in the Sunshine State.  And we can’t have Democrats getting emo in the months leading up to re-electing President Pitching Wedge.

Now, I don’t have necessarily have a problem with left-wingers trying to buck up the spirits of their fellow statists.  Robust confidence is almost always more appealing than dour pessimism.  But liberals should recognize the difference between the cheerleading propaganda they create for their Outer Party members and the real world.  Increasingly, it seems like progressives have put strapped the industrial strength blinders on because they can’t handle the bad news they’ve brought onto themselves.

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