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America’s Ongoing Foreign Policy Debacle Starts At The Top

Posted by KingShamus on September 29, 2012

First, the US delegation decides to stick around for one of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speeches at the UN, and then the highest-ranking US diplomat at Turtle Bay takes a powder when Israel’s Prime Minister gets up to speak.  Instead, UN Ambassador Susan Rice chose to attend a luncheon in which she wasn’t even the highest-ranking American diplomat.

Hey Israel:  We’re right behind you!–except when we’re asked to make the most perfunctory and purely symbolic gesture supporting you when we’re seen by the popular kids in the international community, then we can’t be bothered to help ya’all out so good luck with those Iranians, hope you’re missile defense systems are all up to date–See, we’re right behind you!

And in other good news, we’re getting to the bottom of the 9/11 Benghazi attack.  Sorta.

“Let’s be clear, these protests were in reaction to a video that had spread to the region,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said on Sept. 14.

Secretary Clinton, during the transfer of remains ceremony the same day: “We’ve seen rage and violence directed at American embassies over an awful Internet video that we had nothing to do with. It is hard for the American people to make sense of that because it is senseless, and it is totally unacceptable.”

The U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations continued this spurious and completely uninformed messaging: “Based on the best information we have to date … it began spontaneously in Benghazi as a reaction to what had transpired some hours earlier in Cairo, where, of course, as you know, there was a violent protest outside of our embassy sparked by this hateful video.”

Now, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says that the 9/11 attack was not only carried out by terrorists, but it was also pre-meditated. So much for that “spontaneous reaction to a YouTube video.”

What Obama attacked Romney for — speaking before the facts were known — is precisely what the administration wound up doing for the subsequent two weeks.

Let’s be really clear.  We won’t know what happened in Benghazi until President McFundraises AllTheTimeski is out of office.  In the meantime, intrepid reporters will look for more pressing news stories to look into, like Nicki Minaj’s possible new reality show that she may one day decide to start up sometime in the future perchance.  The Obamaphile Media will do nothing to risk their preferred candidate boss’re-election.

Report on the SEIU’s astro-turfed Romney protests?  Nah.

Investigate Obama’s unilateral imperialism in Yemen?  Too much trouble.

Take note of a massive Romney rally in Toledo, Ohio?  Nope.

Discuss how has-been 80′s singer Madonna thinks the President a black Muslim?  Pass.

Correct the absurdly rigged pro-Obama polling results?  Wouldn’t be prudent so close to November.

If the court stenographers aren’t going to look into that stuff, you can be sure as shit they’re not going to press Barack Obama on his blatant lying about anti-American violence in the Middle East.  No, the press and the Democrats both want us to think of Obama as a foreign policy genius.  After all, the President ordered the hit on Osama bin Laden.  Hell, the way he talks about the killing, it’s like he was the operation’s trigger-man.  Through Barack-asswards logic, having SEAL Team Six blow a hole in the al-Qaeda leader’s skull means Obama is the omnicompetent master of international relations.

But just because Chris Matthews and the rest of the MSM wants to make babies with Barack Obama doesn’t mean we have to fall for Bambi’s nonsense.

Also, even though Mitt Romney can’t or won’t successfully pin the blame for our failing foreign policy on the President doesn’t mean we can’t.

America is a pathetic joke in the eyes of many bad actors around the world.  Barack Obama has no way to combat this.  In fact, the President has done much to make our status as a punchline happen.

For this national humiliation alone, Obama cannot be allowed a second term.

Ambassador Christopher  Stevens is dead and Muslim terrorism is alive.

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NFL Replacement Refs Making The Game’s Faults All Too Obvious

Posted by KingShamus on September 26, 2012

Oooopsies.

Golden Tate shoved a Green Bay defender out of the way, wrestled another for the ball and was awarded a disputed touchdown on the final play. But it was another 10 minutes before the game actually ended, when the Seattle Seahawks and the stunned Packers were called back on the field for the extra point.

Replacement ref rage may have peaked Monday night.

Just when it seemed that NFL coaches, players and fans couldn’t get any angrier, along came a fiasco that trumped any of the complaints from the weekend. The Seahawks’ 14-12 victory featured one of the most bizarre finishes in recent memory, and was certain to reignite frustrations over the locked-out officials.

”Don’t ask me a question about the officials,” Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy said. ”I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in football.”

”I know it’s been a wild weekend in the NFL and I guess we’re part of it now,” he said.

The commissioner, Roger Goodell, insists that the right call was made at the end of the Packers-Seahawks game.  In other news:  the NFL is officially pissing down the legs of NFL fans, but they assure us that it’s actually raining.

The NFL is in some real danger here.  The games are becoming a lame joke.  Before Monday’s game, the players and coaches had little respect for the second-hand zebras.  After this latest train wreck, that thin patina of behavioral restraint is probably gone.  Next week’s games could easily degenerate into a bush league hockey match.

So the replacement refs are a big issue.  Even though these men will probably get better in the coming weeks–they probably couldn’t get worse, could they?– they’ll probably never be as good as the real zebras.  But as bad as the new officials have been, their troublesome tenure brings into sharp relief some of the core problems within the pro football game.

Remember when you could look back on a week of football and see one or two really egregiously blown calls?  Yes, maybe your team was victimized by a out-of-nowhere penalty or a dopey non-flag.  It might’ve cost the club a win, but over the course of the season most fans know that the horrible calls will be balanced out by generous rulings.  The law of averages and probabilities generally comes out to a rough equilibrium that the vast majority of NFL enthusiasts can live with.

Now, under the new officials, the fan cannot be sure his team isn’t going to get screwed week after week.  Through inexperience, ignorance of the rules, the intimidation factor from players and coaches and just being overwhelmed by the speed of the game, the replacement refs cannot seem to call a consistent contest from week to week.  Or quarter to quarter for that matter.  The new guys make everybody involved in the sport pine for the regular officials.

As much as getting the old referees back will improve the flow and consistency of the National Football League, there are problems with the game that even the best on-field judges cannot not solve.  In the midst of Monday’s Seahawks-Packers contest, former NFL official Jerry Austin was a part of ESPN’s broadcast team.  Austin, an expert in the rules who had reffed two Super Bowls, said that the play was not reviewable because simultaneous catches could not be reviewed by instant replay.  The next day the NFL contradicted him by saying that, through a rules change that had happened over the off-season, all facets of a touchdown play could be reviewed.

When one of the most respected veteran officials in the game is unsure of the rules, that’s probably a sign that the sport is insanely over-legislated.  Not only are there too many rules in the NFL, they change every year and they are open to an absurd level of interpretation by the people officiating the game.  This leads to fan confusion and annoyance; how can you enjoy a football contest if you don’t understand the guidelines under which it is played?

It shouldn’t take a law degree to understand how a child’s game is conducted.  We’re reaching a point where the sport is being choked to death by its obsession with legalistic minutiae.  Even the best regular official on his best day cannot handle the insane number of factors they have to consider when making a call on the field.  This points to a massive structural problem that the NFL has not acknowledged.

Think I’m joking about the league killing itself with too many rules?  Consider the NFL’s international ambitions.  American pro football desperately wants to expand beyond the US market.  It’s spent billions of dollars promoting games in Europe, Canada and Mexico.  Yet non-Americans stubbornly cling to their soccer and largely reject our most successful professional sport. The NFL is baffled as to why their game won’t take hold in foreign markets.

Compare football’s rules to international soccer’s diktats.  While both are lengthy, the NFL’s guidelines are far longer.  More importantly, the NFL’s guidelines are far more open to broad and ambiguous interpretation: You can’t hit the quarterback except when you can, you can’t hit the wide receiver except when you can, this player is eligible to catch a forward pass except when he can’t, that player is ineligible to receive a forward pass except when he can, etc.

For people who have not grown up with the pro football game, it’s much harder for them to understand the various and sundry by-laws of the NFL.  If it’s a chore to learn all the wrinkles of the game, most people are just going to stick with what they know.  In the case of most non-Americans, that’s soccer.  As a result, the American gridiron sport not only has to overcome foreign people’s love of soccer and their understandable reticence to change, but the over-ruled nature of US football itself.

The fact of the matter is that watching soccer is just about the most boring television program ever.  Scoring is minimal and not enough happens.  The Julliard level of acting required to draw penalties is unseemly and stupid.  But soccer has an enormous advantage: simplicity.  It’s easy for people to understand.  Anyone, from an illiterate shepherd in Zimbabwe to the President of the United States, can quickly grasp the basic concepts of the sport.  Within a few viewings, much of the nuances can be gleaned as well.

By contrast, American football is violent, exciting and great to watch on TV.  The problem is that the sport is becoming increasingly unknowable.  If people cannot understand the game, people will turn it off.  I used to think it was cool that the television networks include former officials to help fans interpret the on-field action.  Now I see it as part of the problem.  You shouldn’t need the voice of God to understand an offside call.  You shouldn’t require ten minutes of instant replay with second by second commentary from a retired zebra to determine who has possession of the ball.  In short, the referees shouldn’t be this visible and this integral to the functioning of the sport.

So by all means, let’s bring the real officials back.  Under the current situation, each game is a potential humiliation for the entire league.  Getting the regular refs on the field will stop the bleeding and bring a much-needed level of professionalism back to the sport.  If nothing else, the normal officials will get the games moving faster, which will be a big help.

Having said that, there are flaws in the National Football League that cannot be solved by the real refs.  The game is being crushed under the weight of its own rulebook.  If it is to continue to grow both here and across the world, it will have to simplify or it will die.

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Music Monday Ol’ Blue Eyes–”Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra

Posted by KingShamus on September 24, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Chairman of the Board.

I remember being in Hoboken, New Jersey right after Sinatra went to that big smoke-filled casino in the sky.  It was sorta surprising how many people would mention–apropos of nothing in particular–being bummed out at the singer’s passing.  I had woefully underestimated the man’s popularity.  Silly me.

“Fly Me To The Moon” has one of the more impressive pedigrees of any Ol’ Blue Eyes tune.  It came from It Might As Well Be Swing, the second of two Frank Sinatra/Count Basie studio collaborations.  Sometimes, a match that appears to be made in Heaven turns out to be a disaster, but in the case of IMAWBS, the disc lives up to the hype.  Basie and Sinatra complement each other without getting in each other’s way.

As neat as all that is, “Fly Me To The Moon” not only went platinum, it went to the Moon with the astronauts of Apollo X.  Amazing, really.

Speaking of outer space, Starless over at the great Conservatory has a terrific piece on the continuing confusing boondoggle that is NASA.   I don’t know enough about the American space program, but Starless does.  That makes it a must read.

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The US Doesn’t Have To Fix The Middle East

Posted by KingShamus on September 23, 2012

Super news–Our great friend and ally Pakistan is showing America a lot of love lately.

Reports say more than 17 people have died as demonstrations against an anti-Islam video erupted across Pakistan, a day after protesters tried to storm the US embassy in the capital, Islamabad.

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis took to the streets across the country after the government called an impromptu public holiday to let people protest under the banner of “Love the Prophet Day”.

In Karachi, armed protesters among a group of 15,000 fired on police, killing two officers, as at least 10 protesters died in the violence. The crowd also burned six cinemas, two banks, a KFC and five police vehicles.

Crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles converged on the Firdaus picture house, “smashing it up and setting furniture ablaze”, according to Gohar Ali, a police officer.

Witnesses said a separate rampaging crowd stormed the Shama cinema, notorious locally for showing films considered to be pornographic.

It’s awesome that the Pakistani government isn’t doing anything to encourage these violent demonstrations against America, like giving people the day off so they can violently demonstrate against America.

That would just be crazy.

But we can all take solace in the fact that the US government is reacting with a strong response defending our free speech rights.  I’m sure we’re not releasing any obsequious apologeties.  Right?

Ummmmmm.

What you’re about to see is, essentially, an official statement of patriotic disapproval, not from the Defense Department but from State. They’re spending $70,000 to air this on Pakistani television in the naive hope that the lunatics who were throwing rocks at the embassy in Islamabad this morning and who are planning massive — and state-sanctioned — “protests” tomorrow might be placated. It’s a hostage video, with American diplomats in Pakistan and American soldiers in Afghanistan as the hostages.

I’ll be honest.  I was very much prepared to go off on a diatribe about the Obama Administration Debacle, but why bother?  The America-hating campus Marxoid that runs our executive branch and the bloated repellent shyster that runs our State Department are playing exactly to type.  The last few days have just confirmed that Barry and Hill-Dawg are the Wonder Twins of arrogant leftist incompetence.  Form of–a spineless bedwetting doucherocket!  Shape of–a tubby know-nothing nepot!

So fuck it.  It’s just American prestige, American power and–most importantly–American lives that are being lost here.  The Washington DC press corps will kindly show us the numerous ways that this is all Mitt Romney’s fault.  Not the President who has been in office for the last 3+ years.  Not the President that lovingly constructed an apologetic cow-towing prostrate foreign policy.  No, it’s the guy criticizing St. Barry of The Holey Consulate that is to blame for this roiling catastrophe.

Hey, look over here–it’s another very convenient fall guy.

What are we supposed to do?  Why does the Middle East continue to hate us, even though we give them billions of dollars through aid and trade?  Why do Muslims despise America, even as many of them are enriched by the United States?

It all started in the Harry Truman Regime.  Back in the day, paleo-Al Qaeda sleeper agent Sayyid Qutb infiltrated the US through our notoriously porous Colorado teaching college border and promptly started hating American society.  Although he despised pretty much everything in the States, he really hated the influence black people had on our popular culture, our ‘loose’ morals and the fact that women’s fashions weren’t limited to a giant burlap sack.  Qutb’s virulent racial intolerance, lifestyle diktats too puritanical for even the most hardcore 17th century Puritan and his bug-eyed rape-panic at the sight of a nude female ankle were transferred to the greater Islamist movement and has been ever since.

Even though Sayyid Qutb’s direct influence on modern Muslim cultures isn’t always visible, his writings seem to pervade many facets of Arab/Islamic society.  The ‘demonstrations’ we’ve seen over the last week are informed–at least in part–by Qutb’s negative interpretation of the West.  If he is the Big Bang Pile of Fail at the center of the modern hardcore Islamist movement, then works like Milestones and Islam and the Problems of Civilization makes up the background radiation stench that permeates far too much 21st century Koranic interpretation.

As sad as all that is, you know what’s even more tragic?  That I, or anyone else in the West, have to give one withered shit about anything a provincial needledick goatfucker like Sayyid Qutb has to say about any goddamn thing.  It should fill every sentient American’s heart with immeasurable sadness to think that the premier example of Middle Eastern intellectual sterility affects us in any way whatsoever.  In a just world, Qutb and his ideological brood–Paleolithic animals like Ayman al-Zawahiri, Mahmoud Ahmadinijad, Mohamad Morsi, Hassan Nasrallah and whoever the hell is leading Pakistan at the moment–would be little more than bizarre museum curiosities in need of an occasional thermobaric curbstomp to keep their idiocy from spilling out from beyond the borders of their hate-filled rat-hole.

I don’t know about you, but after over ten years of fighting the seemingly endless tide of atavistic idiots that radical Islam produces, being able to ignore that entire region sounds pretty freaking awesome.  Do we dare to dream of a day when you or I won’t have to know the difference between Shias , Sunnis, Sufis, Yazidis, Druze, Wahhabis, Alawis or Salafists?  I think we can.  Nay, I know we can.

In fact, I think it is America’s long term interests to put as much strategic, diplomatic, military and spiritual distance between us and the Middle East as we possibly can.

But How, KingShamus?

First things first, no more paying countries that hate us or our allies.  None.  Nothing.  Not one thin dime.

Egypt wants to be the leader of a new pan-Arab Islamist psycho state?  Fine.  Do it without our billions of dollars.  Do it without our generous food aid.  Do it without selling us your overpriced overrated cotton.

“But what about the influential Egyptian religious maniacs who want to destroy the Pyramids because they’re pagan pre-Islamic idols?”, you ask.

I can’t care anymore.  It’s their country.  If they want to obliterate their only real industry, it’s not our problem.  If we can live without the Bamiyan Buddhas, we’ll somehow muddle through without King AhmenTutenAhkanwhatever’s monument to the power of captive labor.  Besides, we can always build more pyramids.  We’ve pretty much mastered the ‘constructing large-scale simple geometric shapes’ technology.

Let’s also make this point clear.  When a natural disaster strikes in any of the terrorist countries, guess which superpower no longer has to lift a finger to help?  You guessed it, the good ole USA, that’s who.

Did an earthquake just annihilate a third of your country?  Good luck digging yourself out from under the boulders, Ayatollah Nosehair.  Did a drought just kill off your precious date crop?  Have fun asking Vladimir Putin for help.  Did a brutal infectious disease strike your major population centers?  Try praying six times a day and see if that does any good.

Our assistance is clearly not wanted.  That’s cool.  We should recognize when we and our ugly ungodly money are not wanted.

Speaking of people I never want to have to care about again, to hell with Afghanistan and all the various Pashtuns, Tajiks, Uzbeks and every other hateful jerkoff tribe in that particularly virulent cesspool.   Let’s leave.  The sooner the better.

It’s not like our military failed.  The US didn’t lose the war.  We destroyed al-Qaeda’s base of operations and turned most of the Taliban into fly ash.  In fact, we fought the war with both hands tied around our back and still won it.

The miscalculation we made was trying to grant a nation of bloodthirsty morons an actual working civilization.  Oops.  Our bad.  Never again should we make the mistake of thinking they’re capable of understanding consensual governance, the rule of law or the right of women not to get acid thrown in their face.

“But what if a terrorist organization or regime reconstitutes itself in Afghanistan?”, you concern-troll.

What about it?  I know one thing.  We won’t send ground troops.  A hundred snarling Afghan poppy farmers aren’t worth a  single American soldier or Marine.  Instead of wasting our most precious resource on Afghanistan, we take the tried and true ‘nuke the site‘ from orbit approach.  Maybe not with actual nukes, but then again, maybe with.  Everyone should understand that all options are open and that America’s new foreign policy will be based around the very simplistic but very explodey Rubble Don’t Make Trouble platform.

In fact, everything that goes for Afghanistan goes double for Pakistan.  The American government should recognize that the Afghanistan-Pakistan border doesn’t really exist.  The two countries have been the United States of Stubborn Dysfunction for decades now.  We thereby reserve the right to blow up stuff in AfPakiCrap with impunity.

I also don’t care that AfPakiCrap has nukes.  If it looks like they’re going to use them, we should nuke their bombs first.  That shouldn’t be too hard.  We can put a man on the moon, construct a massive continent-sized highway system and give Lady Gaga a platinum-selling music career, but we can’t find AfPkaiCrap’s one and only source of national pride?  Besides the thrill of sending Stone Age assholes back to the actual Stone Age, India will be so grateful to us they’ll probably increase their Hot Bollywood Actress exports to America by a thousand percent.

As great as all that is, the big enchilada is freeing ourselves from foreign oil.  Barack Obama says we can cut our imports in half in a decade.  Mitt Romney says North America can be completely energy independent in ten years.  Both are noble goals.  Being that Premier Soetero thinks crony capitalist subsidies to solar panels companies and the wondrous energy potential of pond scum are the way to ween ourselves off imported petroleum, America should go with Mitt’s more ambitious plan.

Once we do that, watch as the Saudi sheikhs and their support for Wahhabist nit-wits slowly but awesomely recede from our circle of giving a damn.  It will be a particularly satisfying flavor of schadenfreude to watch the entire Persian Gulf revert back to the sewer it always was.  When King Flopsweat al-GreaseSpot goes bankrupt and has to become just another nihilistic Bedouin with a Koran stuffed down his pants and eight whining brides to feed, it’ll be real hard for him to subsidize a pack of international jihadist clerics.

As soon as we free ourselves from Middle Eastern conflict oil, our entire foreign policy changes for the better.  If the Sunnis and the Shias want to continue their millennium-long mutual suicide pact, by all means go ahead.  If the Egyptians want to conquer Libya, it’s no skin off our teeth.  If Syria wants to get lippy with Turkey over water rights, the thing to do is get a comfy chair, heat up some Jiffy-Pop and watch the fireworks.  Those wars will no longer matter to us.  In fact, we should arm the losing side in any future internecine Middle Eastern conflict just to make sure they fight to a long, painful and costly tie.  As long as all the players understand that Israel is our heavily armed homeboy who has carte blanche to punch any spill-over violence back into the terrorist country sandbox, it’ll all work out fine.

“B-b-b-but what about Europe’s relationship with the Middle East?”, you whine in full Council on Foreign Relations mode.

If Europe wants to sit at the grown-up table, they can figure it out for themselves.  If they like being scared every time Mullah Donkeyball Pedophile sneezes, that’s on them.  Let them figure out how to get their energy.  Let them figure out how to talk their mewling accommodationist bullshit to people who just want them dead.  I keep hearing how much smarter and more sophisticated Europe is when compared to us.  For once in my life, I’d like them to prove it.  Put up or shut up, assholes.

Look, I have no doubt this plan will piss off a lot of people, both inside and outside the US.  Obama will cry about how wrong it is to show intolerance to the Middle East, the glorious land that invented and perfected tolerance.  The Saudi lobby in Washington DC will pay off their tree-humper stooges in the environmental movement to whine about fracking or offshore oil rigs or polar bears.  RINOs will try to split the difference and only give terrorist countries half a gazillion dollars every year.

But when we’re knee deep in jobs, as energy independent as we’ve ever been and blissfully ignorant of everything from Morocco to Kyrgyzstan, you’ll thank me.

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“I Want Money Or I’ll Vote For Obama”

Posted by KingShamus on September 20, 2012

This can’t be real…can it?

 

The one slightly tipsy guy layers and layers of fact-checkers here at Blog De KingShamus say, “Too good to check!”

Say–if voter ID laws are racist, does this count for voter suppression?

I snagged this from Dean L over at Nonsensible Shoes.  Strong Canadian conservatives do exist!  Read his post on economic freedom too.  Great stuff.

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Commentators and Reporters: Not The Same Thing

Posted by KingShamus on September 18, 2012

So sayeth the Other McCain himself.

Paul Begala is one of those guys, like George Stephanopoulos and Chris Matthews, who turned a career as a Democrat Party operative into a career as a TV personality. He is not and never has been a reporter, but only a commentator, and a highly partisan commentator at that.

Read the whole thing, then hit Stacy’s tip-jar so he won’t be so annoyed with Paul Begala’s incessant douchiness.

Here’s one of the great things about media bias.  It isn’t just in the reporting on stories.  It’s who gets the primo jobs as well.

Here’s an example.  Pat Buchanan has been on TV since the first Cleveland Administration, but he’ll probably never get a hosting gig.  He’ll always be the token conservative on a news show’s panel of experts.  Buchanan is meant to give the appearance of balance so Toure can use the n-word on national tv and giggle about it with Rachel Maddow.

“But Buchanan is racist-y and his angry personality is too hot to lead a show”, you argue.

Fine.  You have a point.  Having said that, I see your Mad Bigot Patty and raise you Chris ‘Stares Hatefully Into The Camera And Hears Racist Dog Whistles Everywhere’ Matthews.  I win.  Thanks for playing.

The lamestream media just assumes that a old Clintonoid hack like George Stephanopopopopopolous will be seen as an objective newsman who calmly reports the events of the day.  Then they assume that you won’t notice when Stephanopoulous slurs the Tea Party so that he can advance the Left’s favorite narrative.  It’s a testament to the disdain the craphead news networks have for their audience when they give clowns right out of the Democrat Party fever swamps high-profile anchor jobs.

A basic assumption in the progressive movement and the mainstream media (alas, I repeat myself) is that they are the ‘normal’ ones.  You know, the people who think 8th trimester abortions should be legal, drum circles are the most effective means of reforming the stock market and automobile engines can run on Pegasus spit.  Naturally, being that the Left think’s its positions are normal, conservatives are the bizarre extremist auslanders in American political life.

I’m not saying conservative politicos can’t get media jobs after they leave the partisan fray.  Karl Rove will probably always be able to get work.  If Roger Ailes fired Dana Perino this morning, she’d have four job offers by lunch.  But those folks would be hard-pressed to get their own shows on a non-Fox news outlet.

More importantly, when White House press enabler Jay Carney gets tired of being a laughingstock, he’ll be able to slide right back into his old press gigs.  He won’t have very many qualifiers like ‘Former Obama Administration Chew-Toy’ attached to his name.  Hell, some MSM channel will probably give him his own show as a reward for being such a good loyal soldier to the statist cause.

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Music Monday Metallic Shoegaze–”End Of The Road” by Jesu

Posted by KingShamus on September 17, 2012

It’s a few years old, but it’s still brilliant.

At first glance, this sounds maybe a little too heavy for the summer of chill vibe I’ve had going for the last few months.  The doomy guitar riffs wouldn’t sound out of place on a straight-up metal tune.  But after the rocked-out riffage fades, the song takes a turn for the dreamy, getting more ethereal with every second.

That’s a pretty good summation of Jesu’s sonic blueprint since it’s inception.  The leader of the band, Justin Broadrick, had made his name back in the 80′s and 90′s as a founding member of Napalm Death and the creative force behind Godflesh.  As those band names suggest, neither group was known for gentle contemplation.  After a nervous breakdown in the early 2000′s, Broadrick decided to scrap Godflesh and create a project less about snarling misanthropy and more geared towards emotional vulnerability.  Jesu was the direct result of that new mindset.

Jesu can still create blasts of sludgy doom; see “Friends are Evil” for definitive proof.  However, for the most part even the crunchiest guitar riffs are leavened by delicate counter-melodies, multilayered six-string tracks, vague introspective lyrics and vocals that are sang (as opposed to barked).  Godflesh’s overarching emotional connection to listeners was anger.  In contrast, Jesu explores the ways that sadness and hope can be tightly bound together.

Which is why it was fairly unexpected when Broadrick announced that he was bringing Godflesh back after a long time away from the material.  In an interview–sorry, can’t remember where I saw it–Broadrick mentioned that the music and tone of Godflesh came more naturally to him than his work in Jesu.  In his view, writing for that band is a struggle, whereas creating Godflesh songs are far easier him.

Broadrick’s statement brings up an interesting question.  What should an artist do with his time?  A case can be made that doing what is ‘natural’ often makes the most sense.  After all, the resulting material will probably be more immediate and less studied.  In a rock music context, this is almost always a positive attribute.  More, it could be that the stuff is emotionally satisfying for the artist.  That’s no small thing; he is doing all the work of creating the art in the first place.

However, in the case of Broadrick, it seems like doing what is easier is just the easy way out.  Godflesh’s last record, Hymns, sounded like a band that worked the industrial-metal angle for all it was worth.  While there are great moments on the disc, nothing on it approaches the primal anger of “Mothra” or the chilling alienation of “Almost Heaven“.  Hymns felt like a good place for Justin Broadrick to stop, reassess his priorities and move in a different direction.  Coming back to Godflesh feels repetitive at this point.

I could be wrong.  Godflesh could be just what the doctor ordered.  Maybe Jesu really does need to take an extended time-out.  There might be more gold to be mined in Godflesh’s particular vein of metal.

At the same time, I don’t know how much nostalgia there is for Godflesh.  “Say, remember that time when I was 14, depressed about stupid shit and listening to music about living a bleak vacuous hell of my own creation?  Good times, man.  Good times.”  They just don’t seem like the kind of band that would bring up a lot of rosey blissed-out memories.  In fact, Godflesh seems like the exact opposite of that kind of group.

In any event, if anybody can pull off this reunion, it would be Justin Broadrick.  Even if his music isn’t your cup of tea, there is no questioning the man’s talent. Even if the reunited Godflesh isn’t as great as it used to be, I’m sure it’ll have at least a few cool new songs.

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Making A Movie That Annoys Obama And Aggravates Muslims? There’s An Arrest For That!

Posted by KingShamus on September 17, 2012

Free speech is a really important American value, except for those times that politically-connected crybaby groups are offended by it.

Here’s the key bit: “Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world.”

…By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.

Read the whole thing.  Now.

There’s been a lot of talk that the Cairo embassy strike and the Benghazi consulate attack are a 1979 redux.  I don’t disagree with that analysis.  Barack Obama has successfully gone full retard Jimmy Carter.  The Muslim Brotherhood has pretty much gotten it’s Ramadan gift wishlist checked off, all while having the American military and diplomatic muscle do all the heavy lifting for them.  The only thing missing is bell-bottom leisure suits, feathered hair and coke spoon necklaces.

But I think this ‘arrest the thought-criminal’ thing we got going on here looks more like this:

In the waning days of the Bubba Administration, Bill Clinton sent gubmint droogs to gently rip Elian Gonzalez away from his Florida family and send him back to the worker’s paradise of Cuba.  It was an incredibly obsequious kow-tow to Clinton’s fellow progressive stalwart, Fidel Castro.  People who nowadays marvel at Bill Clinton’s allegedly pragmatic centrism forget how often Billy Jeff relied on jack-booted enforcers to advance a leftist ideal.  Sadly, even some conservatives get misty-eyed over President LipBiter McJizzStain’s fake-moderate drag act.

Now we have Obama harassing an American filmmaker because he made a movie that yet another liberal grievance group–in this case, al Qaeda–says that they were offended by it.  What is it with the modern Left, an ideology that constantly pats itself on the groin because of it’s tolerance, always resorting to quasi-legal extra-constitutional measures to try to appease foreign jerkoffs?  I really don’t know.  The amount of psychoanalysis needed to delve into the progressive mind and find an answer would bankrupt the nation.  Well, more than it’s already been bankrupted by the progressive mind’s policy prescriptions.

Speaking of liberal brains, did you know that members of the entertainment industry have come out against the director who made ‘The Innocence of Muslims”?  Yes, such foreign policy geniuses like Bette Midler and Russell Simmons want to arrest the filmmaker, specifically for the crime of…putting Americans in danger…or being mean to Muslims…or saying things that aren’t nice….or something.  Just limit this guy’s free speech rights already!

These are the same people who think Roman Polanski is such a brilliant filmmaker shouldn’t be in jail for sodomizing a young girl because he’s such a filmmaking demi-god.  These are the same people that lionize degenerate sleaze-monger Larry Flynt as a First Amendment champion who should have his corpulent visage carved into Mount Rushmore.  The dude who made “The Innocence of Muslims”?  Strangely, his constitutional rights don’t count.

Because, racism.

Ace is right.  Islam is the un-official state religion of the United States.  The Obama Administration has certainly said and done more to defend the feelings of Islam than it ever has for any other religious faith.  American media stars think punishing the latest blasphemer of Islam is justified.

We have entered a very dangerous moment in our history.  When so many elites think the First Amendment is conditional, its only a matter of time before our ‘leaders’ try to act on their beliefs.  We have to be vigilant against the Left’s inevitable attempt to mutate our rights into something unrecognizable to our American values.

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Inherited Messes

Posted by KingShamus on September 15, 2012

There was a lot of talk at last week’s Democrat National Convention of the hardships and challenges left behind by the Premier Dumbya regime that Barack Obama had to deal with when he became President.

I know what you’re thinking.

I too am shocked that the Democrats, normally loathe to blame George Bush for any problem, would turn to pinning Obama’s problems on the previous administration.

Leave it to the great Opus_6 at the American Perspective blog to give us some…ummm…perspective on the President’s blame games.

Consider just one way that our Fiscal Pyromaniac-in-Chief has poured napalm all over the Great Recession.  ObamaCare hangs over the US economy like a death shroud.  In the coming years, insane taxes hikes and massive new regulatory structures promise to choke any possible recovery in the womb.

George Bush didn’t demand that Obama employ the hated individual mandate in his socialized medicine plans.  George Bush didn’t force Obama to give Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi carte blanche when it came to writing a nationalized health care scheme.  George Bush didn’t make Obama sign a 2000 page abomination that will put a permanent wet blanket on the American economy.  St. Bambi did all that on his own.

Furthermore, the Democrats and the dinosaur media (sorry, I repeated myself) spent the Younger Bush years portraying G-Dub as a drooling incompetent, incapable of tying his shoes, much less running an economy.  Then President Pitching Wedge and his supporters have the brass to act as if Obama has been hopelessly constrained by George Bush’s clever machinations.

Bear in mind:  This doesn’t even get into other economy killing measures that Obama has a raging Marx-boner for, like Cap-n-Trade, his hatred of fossil fuels, his failed stimulus spending or pretty much his entire domestic agenda.  We’re just talking about ObamaCare.

SORTA RELATED:  Yes, Obama had it tough when he first started out.  Everybody acknowledges this.  At the same time, he’s the one who ran for the job.  Obama was the one who pined to be President, even with a paper-thin resume, no real-world executive experience and a noted Stalinist dickbag domestic terrorist for a political mentor.

Obama knew the economy was going to be in shambles when he took over.  He understood the housing market collapse, the derivatives crunch and everything else that went into the recession.  And yet, here we are, four years later and the guy is still pissing his pants about how tough he had it in 2009 and how hard it is for him now.

So America is supposed to wring our collective hands and give Obama the Victim-in-Chief a do-over because he’s such a glorious human being.  He and his sycophants want the US electorate to treat St. Barry of the Holy Participant Ribbon like a child who had no idea what he was getting into when he ran for fifth grade sophomore class  president.  Citizens, ignore Obambi’s failures; he’s a nice guy and a great dad and devoted husband and doggone it, he cares.

Except when he doesn’t.

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Who Could’ve Foreseen The Highly Unlikely Scenario Of Terrorism At The US Consulate In Benghazi?

Posted by KingShamus on September 14, 2012

Not the US State Department, apparently.

According to senior diplomatic sources, the US State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi, and the embassy in Cairo, that American missions may be targeted, but no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and “lockdown”, under which movement is severely restricted.

Eight Americans, some from the military, were wounded in the attack which claimed the lives of Mr [Chris] Stevens, Sean Smith, an information officer, and two US Marines. All staff from Benghazi have now been moved to the capital, Tripoli, and those whose work is deemed to be non-essential may be flown out of Libya.

Hilary Clinton got the proverbial 3:00 AM phone call and promptly mashed the ‘hold’ button.

And she’s supposed to be the adult in the Zero Admenstruation.

I mean, everyone knows that when you need somebody to lead a nation’s foreign policy team, the obvious choice is a former hack lawyer/First Lady/socialized health care legislation writer/serial adultery enabler/one term junior US senator.

But let’s not pick on Hill-Dawg.  This is her first try at being Secretary of State.  In the upcoming Biden presidency, Madame Clinton will do better at playing dress up in the big girl pants suits.

Instead, why not take a look at the empty chair in charge of this calamity?

Remember when Pantscrease Obama promised America smart diplomacy back in 2008?

“Smart’ must be only having four local clowns manning the security detail at your consulate.  In Libya.

 U.S. officials told reporters on Wednesday that the Benghazi consulate had “a robust American security presence, including a strong component of regional security officers.” And indeed, one of the four Americans killed was a former Navy SEAL, Glen Doherty, who was “on security detail” and “protecting the ambassador,” his sister Katie Quigly told the Boston Globe. Also killed was an information management officer, Sean Smith. The fourth American who died has not yet been identified. Yet Baja described a very different picture from his visit on Tuesday morning, even remarking at how relaxed the scene was when he returned to the consulate building a short while after leaving Stevens, in order to collect the mobile phone he had accidentally left behind. “The consulate was very calm, with video [surveillance] cameras outside,” Baja said. “But inside there were only four security guards, all Libyans—four!—and with only Kalshnikovs on their backs. I said, ‘Chris, this is the most powerful country in the world. Other countries all have more guards than the U.S.,’” he said, naming as two examples Jordan and Morocco.

This is officially where the wheels come flying off for President Zero.

Shitty economy at home, dead Americans abroad and nothing–NOTHING–to show from our obsequious scraping to the wretched stinking scum of the Earth. Nothing has been gained from the Obama Admenstruation’s foreign policy except the laughing contempt of the Islamo-fascists.

By the way, just in case you buy into Obama’s nonsense, the followers of hardline Islam will never stop hating us. Never. Why? Because our culture represents nothing less than an existential threat to shari’a. The economic dynamism, technological superiority, military might and frantic boisterous culture of America is the death knell of 7th century Koranic zealotry and the adherents to this ideology know it in their bones.

It’s well past time for us to recognize extremist Islam’s obstinate refusal to join the civilized world. The last ten years have made this obvious. The last twenty four hours merely confirms what we all know. Rationalism, free inquiry, dissent, religious freedom, women’s rights, the free market, meritocracy; these concepts may as well be from an alternate universe for the ardent Islamist.

Muslim extremists, unlike the Sanity-Based Community, often pray for their own death.

Perhaps it’s time for the men and women of the American armed forces to grant them their wish.

The problem is that Barack Obama cannot or will not see what he needs to do.

Sniffing the Muslim Brotherhood’s jock, letting Iran’s Green Uprising come and go with a bored yawn, giving Israel the hot tongue and cold shoulder treatment; all that was supposed to buy the United States a whole bunch of new friends in the Middle East.

Instead, we’ve become a goddamn joke.

On the campaign trail, when Joe Biden is pumping his working class guy drag act, he likes to bust into the “General Motors is alive and Osama bin Laden is dead!” chant.   I for one think it’s great that Mister Big Fucking Deal gets to spike the football.  It gives the vice president something to do besides shove play-dough up his nose and get lap dances from random biker scabs.

Since Team Barry likes pithy slogans, here’s a new one to roll out on the campaign trail:

Chris Stevens Is Dead And Islamic Terrorism Is Alive.

How did I do, Obamsters?

MORE:  Watch the video the State Department made about Chris Stevens to introduce him to the people of Libya.

I would probably not agree with Chris Stevens’ politics.  I get the feeling that he was probably a liberal.  In light of what has happened, partisan differences are irrelevant.

What shines through the video, and what many people who knew him attest to, is his desire to spread goodwill.  He cared deeply about his mission.  He ardently wanted to help the people of Libya during a chaotic time in their history.

What did the Obama Administration do to support Chris Stevens?  What did they do to create the conditions for the ambassador to succeed?   The Obamatons sent this educated, cultured gentle man into a nest of vipers armed with little more than a stern countenance.

Let that sink in.

Our government sent one of our best and brightest–a person dedicated to peace–to his death.  For what?  On a wild goose chase to find pockets of humanity in a sea of terrorists, radicals and human putrescence.

I challenge anyone to find a thousand Libyans worth one Chris Stevens.

RIP, Chris Stevens.

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Memories of September 11th, 2001

Posted by KingShamus on September 11, 2012

Note–I wrote this last year, when I finally felt like I had something decent to add to the conversation.  Some spelling and grammatical errors have been corrected, but my feelings about 9/11/01 have not changed.  I remain in awe of the men and women that died fighting back against pure evil.  I am still overwhelmed by the intense bravery of our fellow Americans who perished trying to save innocent life.

I never grieved for my country like I did on 9/11.  Over the past decade, after hearing stories like Betty Ong’s, I now react differently to tragic events of that late summer morning.  In the face of our ghoulish attackers, there were people like Betty Ong.  When extremist terror came after us, we didn’t lay down and die like animals.  We fought back, when everybody said we couldn’t.  In hindsight, I realize that I have never been more proud of my great nation and all her astounding accomplishments than I was on that day.

September 11th, 2001–A Decade of Grieving and War Intertwined

On September 11th 2001, ordinary Americans were caught in the horror of al-Qaeda’s monstrous sadism.  The victims of the 9/11 attacks were a more or less random sampling of people from a broad spectrum of life in the States.  While none of them could’ve known that they would be murdered by pure human evil that day, many men and women rose up and became America’s first heroes in the war against radical Islam.

One of them was Betty Ong.

The 45-year-old flight attendant was on American Airline Flight 11, the first of two that crashed into the World Trade Center. During the hijacking, Ong hid in the back galley, picked up a crew phone and bravely called the airline reservation desk.

“The cockpit is not answering their phone,” Ong said during the hijacking. “There’s somebody stabbed in business class and we can’t breathe…somebody’s got mace or something.”

The call lasted 23 minutes. Ong spoke calmly, giving important details of the chaotic last moments.

The 9/11 Commission declared Ong a hero.

Indeed.

Here is the phone call she placed–in the midst of the hijacking, with murder surrounding her and in danger of being killed by terrorists–telling authorities what was happening on her flight.

And then this valiant woman was gone.

What did the 9/11 attacks cost us?  We can talk about the trillion dollars that simply evaporated from the American economy in a single morning.  The destruction of the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was meant to be a symbolic demolition of the United States’ economic and military dominance.  But as important as these things are, they pale in comparison to the human price America paid on that day.

Think about the hopes and dreams of the three thousand people who died on that day.  What did Betty Ong want for her life?  Was she saving for a house or new car?  Did she want to get married?  Were children in her plans?  Did she have career aspirations? These are questions that seem so banal, at least for the living.  Tragically, they cannot be answered when it comes to Ms. Ong–or anyone else who died because of Osama bin Laden’s perverse ideology.

Three thousand people are no longer with us, which means three thousand sets of families and friends were victimized on September 11th.  Those people who had a connection to the 9/11 victims not only had a part of their lives ripped away from them, but they had a part of their future destroyed as well; the weddings that didn’t happen, the children that won’t be born, the birthdays that have become a time of mourning.  When seen from that perspective, the 9/11 attacks take on an almost unthinkably barbaric and inhuman dimension.

It was Osama bin Laden and his followers who decided to make war against us in this fashion.  It was bin Laden, one of the most extreme adherents of a religion that has trouble reconciling itself to democracy, human rights, free market economics and the rest of modern civilization, that elected to use large scale terrorism on the United States.  America did not seek out this fight.  The fight was brought right into our home.  We had no choice but to bring war upon bin Laden and all those that would stand with him.  We have no choice but to continue to fight against all who follow in al-Qaeda’s path.

On this day, we should mourn.  We should mourn for those who had loved ones taken from them.  We should mourn for our country and all that it lost on that day.  But we should also celebrate the men and women that gave their lives in order to save us.  We almost never think of our neighbors and coworkers as potential heroes.  As it turns out, the 9/11 attacks showed us that America is full of people who will rise in the face of unimaginable danger to help others.

At one of the darkest moments in this country’s history, there were many like Betty Ong who put themselves in harm’s way in order to do the right thing.  During the worst attack on America’s soil, there were citizens that sacrificed their own lives in order to save the lives of others.  These folks were not sports icons, blowhard politicians or members of the celebrity class.  Our fallen 9/11 heroes were in fact ordinary Americans who were placed into unspeakable situations and performed extraordinary feats of selfless bravery.

On this day of sadness and pain, we should leave some room in our hearts for wonder.  Hopefully we never stop marveling at the feats of our fallen champions from September 11th.  The valorous dead deserve our remembrance and our reverence.  We owe them far more than we can ever repay.

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Music Monday Disco Cover – “I Will Survive” by Cake

Posted by KingShamus on September 10, 2012

Ladies and gentlemen, here is the one and only Cake channeling everybody’s favorite Gloria Gaynor tune.

Cake is one of those bands that get lumped into that vague 1990′s non-category category, ‘slacker rock’.  While that’s kinda reductive, it’s not entirely unfair.  John McRea’s deadpan lyrics and sing-speak delivery is pretty much everybody’s idea of a college-age doofus doing a wake-n-bake and bumming on his couch for ten hours straight.

Beyond McRea’s vocal stylings, Cake somehow makes disparate musical influences work together in harmony.  Mariachi horns, funk bass grooves, 80′s drum-n-synth and honky-tonk guitars probably shouldn’t play all that well in the sandbox.  Yet, when paired with McRea’s fascination with fast cars, terrible romances and pop culture detritus, the results are always interesting and quite often brilliant.

Their biggest hit is “The Distance” but their other singles, like “Never There” and “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” are all great tunes.  Moreover, if you dig the vibe of the singles, their deeper cuts are just as good.  Comfort Eagle is loaded with cool tracks.

“I Will Survive” comes off of Fashion Nugget, the band’s breakthrough disc.  A lot of times, cover versions of classic songs are dodgy affairs.  Either they sound too much like the original, which makes the listener ask, ‘why bother?’ or the remake is so far off the deep end that the band loses track of what made the song work in the first place.  I think Cake splits the difference really well here.  You still know it’s “I Will Survive” but they put enough of their own spin on the track to make casual listeners wonder if it wasn’t a Cake original after all.

Enjoy.

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I’ll Be Live-Tweeting The Democrat National Convention

Posted by KingShamus on September 4, 2012

I’d live-blog it, but that’s so 2009.

So it’s sarcastic tweets for me.

Ya’all know where to find me.

However, I wouldn’t be doing my part to foster a spirit of bipartisanship if I didn’t throw the Democrats a bone.

In honor of the Democrat National Convention, here is a pictorial round-up of all the attractive male and female Democrats that have been elected to public office since 2008.

Gaze in wonder at all those studly/foxxxy Dems!

See ya’all on Twitter, homies.

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National Empty Chair Day

Posted by KingShamus on September 3, 2012

Pic Courtesy Of Legal Insurrection.

Say, did you hear?  Barack Obama still occupies the Presidency.  Don’t believe me?  Check out his own tweet, confirming it.

Awwwwww, that’s so sweet of our President to remind America that he is still a whiny ineffective twerp who lets even the slightest mockery from an 82 year old man rattle him.

In any case, just to help Premier Barry O’Criesalot get over his hypersensitivity issues, lets all post pictures of an empty chair.

It’ll be therapeutic for Mr. Obama.  Don’t doubt me.  I’m not a psychologist, but I play one on teh intertubes.

Nice Deb:

Snarky Basterd aka @Snarky_Basterd:

OregonMuse over at Ace’s place.

Jim Treacher:  “Can’t find a job? Gas prices got you down? Bills piling up? Finding it tougher to make ends meet?  Have no fear.  Help has arrived.”

Maggie’s Notebook:

Cripes Suzette:

The great Wyblog:

Gay Patriot:

Me: (Thanks, nephew!)

Anyhoo, post more chair pics in the comments and I’ll update this bad boy.

UPDATE-I promised updates.  Here’s one now.

Darleen Click over at Protein Wisdom:

Here’s more from Nice Deb:

 

Great one by @Rosas77:

 

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Music Monday British-”I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons

Posted by KingShamus on September 3, 2012

Yes, this is British.

I’d heard of Mumford & Sons a while back, but they never penetrated my defenses until I heard them on the radio the other day.  To my ears it sounded like a bluegrass-ish folk group from a distant corner of Appalachia.  Turns out they’re from West London, England.

I guess I was sorta wrong about that lack of Brit-American cross-pollination thing.

The video is probably not going to win any awards, but it has the benefit of focusing the listener on the sound rather than the visuals.  And what a cool sound it is.  The plainspoken guileless lyrics match up well with the old-timey instrumentation.  Lots of bands do the new twist on an old favorite act, but this song is an example of that nostalgic sensibility put to great use.

Enjoy.

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