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Hurricane Sandy Aftermath (WITH TWO UPDATES!)

Posted by KingShamus on October 30, 2012

Alright folks, I can’t talk too long.

In brief,  I made it through the storm okay.

No power–not for a while, anyway–so I’m pirating my friend’s internets and power.

I gotta bust a move and start cleaning up the debris.  Luckily, Casa De KingShamus came through relatively unscathed.  Seeing some of the destruction in the neighborhood makes me very very grateful for my good fortune.

Keep me updated on how ya’all are doing.  I’ll be back tomorrow to check on everybody.  Stay safe, amigos.

Update:  Still no power, so posts might be a little spotty.

Some information you might be able to use–I invested in a kerosene heater before the storm hit.

Best decision I’ve made in a while.

I remember back when I was a kid, my dad would occasionally use a kerosene heater to augment the other heat sources in the house.  I forgot just how powerful these things are.  The heat is amazing.  My home is for the most part very comfortable.  Some rooms are a little chilled, but that’s me being really stupid and nit-picky.  Heat is not an issue, even as temperatures have dipped into the 30’s.

Also, I had the heater going at the lowest setting since Monday.  I’ve run it for maybe 10 hours off and on and it’s still not out of fuel.  So on top of being really warm, it’s really efficient.

It’s probably a little over-cautious, but I don’t let the heater run when I’m out or during the overnights when I’m asleep.  But If I give my place a good hour or so blast, the heat lasts long enough that I can doze off with a few blankets and be fine.  It’s not like flicking a thermostat up or down and getting comfortable, but with a little bit of care and planning, you can probably heat a decent-sized house with one or two kerosene heaters and be just fine.

Alright, I gotta go.  I have another post in the pipeline for the day, but I’ll try to get back tomorrow.  I’m still Kool and the Gang.

Pray for Manhattan, for Long Island and for the Jersey Shore.  They got roughed the hell up.

In fact, here’s the Salvation Army’s Donation Page.  If you have some money to spare, I’m sure they’ll do some folks a lot of good with your donation.

Peace out, homies.

UPDATE NUMERO DOS:    It only took me a day to keep a flashlight on my person at all times.  Tripping over crap in the dark gets really old very quick.  Also, buying a gajillion candles was a fairly smart move in retrospect.  Matches and lighters are a godsend too.

Allegedly, the power might come back in my neck of the woods this weekend.  In other news, Ayman al-Zawahiri has just been baptized as a Southern Baptist minister and will lead his choir in a rousing version of “Onward Christian Soldiers” after he delivers his first sermon ‘Jesus Is So Much Cooler Than Any Other Prophet Ever’ this  Sunday.

I’ll believe the power is back when I can fire up my TV and run that 10 hour “Patton” marathon I’ve been planning for a week.

Fingers crossed, ya’all.

Not to bring up a sore subject again, but there are those in my area that have really been devastated.  I piss and moan about not having power, but my predicament is nothing compared to those less fortunate.  Some people will never get back to normal.  Some people have lost everything they own.  Some people won’t be coming home.  The  Salvation Army could use some donations.

If you have any loose change, it would be appreciated.

Keep it real, ya’all.

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#FutureChildrenProject–Best Political Ad…EVAH? (Part 2)

Posted by KingShamus on October 29, 2012

The ‘Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm–Barack Hussein Obama Children’s Choir’  were unavailable for this gig.

Shorter Future Children Project:  Report your Romney-supporting parents to the Ministry of Love today!

Notice the concerns the makers of this propaganda place into the mouths of children.  Endangered polar bears?  Not even Premier Obama thinks that.  Rampant strip mines dotting the American landscape?  That’s news to the miners.  Conservatives think our failing schools are good enough?  That must be why Milton Friedman was a proponent of school choice reform since the Eisenhower Administration.  Endless wars?  Here’s another ten years of Obama drone strikes, you worthless hypocritical peace-creeps.

What’s really amazing is wayback machine quality of the ad.  The Left always accuses conservatives of wanting to travel back in time, but who is actually living in the past?  The writers of the douchey bit act as if Barack Obama is still Captain Jesus-Man Lightbringer promising lower ocean levels and lower middle class tax rates.  The last four years–$5 trillion dollars of debt, sky high unemployment, economic illiteracy–never happened for these progressives.

Or maybe this ad is just meant to stir the turd.  The only people that might even sorta respond are die hard Obama fanbois and right-wingers making fun of them.  So it’s not really a campaign spot that’s meant to get people to the polls.  It’s more like the flip-side of Jon Stewart’s clap humor.

Okee-dokee.  It’s your dime, Future Children Project.  Enjoy your pointless uninspiring performance art.

I spotted this over at the terrific Coalition of The Swilling.  Thanks, Mr. Bingley.

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#MusicMonday Trick-Or-Treat — ‘Halloween’ by The Misfits

Posted by KingShamus on October 29, 2012

Featuring none other than Glenn Danzig on lead vocals.

I’m not a huge Misfits fan, but they can be kinda cool.  Listen to their early stuff with Danzig and you can hear where Metallica’s James Hetfield got a lot of his vocal style. More than a few songs on  Kill ‘Em All and Ride The Lightning could’ve been sang by Danzig and you probably wouldn’t notice it wasn’t James.

The thing about The Misfits is that, even by punk standards, they’re a polarizing band.  Either you dig their horror-punk visual aesthetic or you think it’s corny as hell.  I lean towards the latter, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t make some great songs in their heyday.

Besides, “Halloween” and The Misfits are pretty much made for this witchy time of the year.

Happy Halloween!

Oh what the heck:  Just because this might be my favorite Misfits song, here’s a blast of pure punk rock. (Parental Advisory: F-Bombs).

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NFL Quarterbacks Facebook Chat

Posted by KingShamus on October 28, 2012

So Hurricane Sandy is headed up the Beast Coast.  I’m gonna be busy tying down my shit down so it doesn’t become the Flying Gazebo of Massive Property Damage, so I’ll keep this brief.

Check out these totally-real, not-fake Facebook conversations between NFL players.

Here’s last week’s episode.

Warning:  Lots and lots of foul language, so NSFW.

 

 

Big ups to my homie Brian for hooking me up with the link.  Thanks, man.

Also–stay safe during Sandy, everyone.

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#MyFirstTime–Best Political Ad…EVAH?

Posted by KingShamus on October 25, 2012

Courtesy of the greatest presidential campaign in the history of campaigns and campaigning.

You know what’s going to definitely win over undecided voters in Ohio?  Poorly delivered improv hipster jokes. “Look at me. I’m a sad meek little nerdlington with a double Master’s Degree in Gender Studies and Bong-Hits. Watch as I fop around obliquely mentioning Obama’s accomplishments while comparing the act of voting to losing your v-card to a corrupt lying politician.”

Or is the ad directed at comedy geeks?  The Sarah Silverman caucus is getting some serious fan-service here.  Somebody in Chicago thinks this is the big voting bloc that’ll put St. Barry over the top in this election.  Axelrod really needs to lay off ‘Funny or Die’.

By the way, I have no idea who Lena Dunham is.  Nor do I care.  If I’m not a fan of Rachel Maddow, why would I be stoked to watch her less-talented body double?

I guess Ms. Dunham is on some cable TV show.  That’s cool.  If she’s getting paid anything over minimum wage to be not-funny on tv, she’s guilty of theft.  Also I want to hire her obviously amazing super-agent.

Let’s get beyond the creepiness of the clip.  It was made by card-carrying members of the Left’s great religious movement.  One of the most important tenets of the faith is the hyper-sexualization of their Great Super Cocksman.  From Candy Crowley to Bill Maher, many progressives are dying to make babies with Barack Obama.  Lena Dunham is just the latest liberal to profess her love for the cutest widdle political puppy dog.

No, what’s really great about this clip is the undertone of sweaty desperation.  Team Barry spent time and money on a vulgar premise yawned out by a D-list television actress that nobody cares about because they thought it would move the needle towards Obama.  Let me repeat–this is an ad they believed would help convince a measurable quantity of the electorate to vote for the President.

Obama didn’t toot his horn over his stewardship of the economy or his handling of the Benghazi attack.  None of those  stellar presidential victories made the cut.  But half-assed ‘War On Women’ bullshit which fell flat with voters last March?  Lets roll with that.

Mitt Romney wants to talk about creating jobs, cutting the deficit and reigning in runaway entitlements.  Barack Obama wants to turn the polling booth into a Democrat Party boudoir.  Which one sounds reasonable and which one sounds repellent and intrusive?

RELATED:  Check out The Other McCain’s Virginia analysis.  Read the whole thing, then ask yourself if the Lena Dunham advertisement embarrassment is gonna change anybody’s mind in the Old Dominion.

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If Mitt Romney Wins…

Posted by KingShamus on October 24, 2012

…the Left is going to make the 2000 recount, and their subsequent 8 year tantrum, look like a breezy pillow-fight.

Why do I say this?  Because they are setting themselves up for the mother of all emotional letdowns.  Watch as featured Daily Kossack propagandist Jed Lewison spins Obama’s sinking poll numbers.

Bottom line: Yes, this is a close race. Yes, the first debate appears to have given Romney a boost, but it wasn’t a big enough boost to put him ahead in the electoral math and there’s no evidence to suggest that he continues to have any forward momentum. Even if the national popular vote were a tossup, Obama has a real edge in the states that matter. The race is by no means over, but for Romney to win, he needs to shift the electoral map in his favor. So far, he hasn’t been able to do it.

(By the way–no linkie love for Kook Fringe jag-offs.  Find it for yourself if you must.)

Meanwhile, Real Clear Politics’ electoral map looks like this.

 

If you’ve been paying attention to the electoral maps, you’ll recall that Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania used to lean Obama just a month ago.  Check out where they are now.  Notice that North Carolina and Missouri have both–finally–fallen into the Romney orbit.  Wrap your mind around New Hampshire trending towards the GOP presidential ticket.

In other words, Romney’s momentum has put formerly Obama states back in the toss-up column and moved other states into the Republican orbit.  Meanwhile, Obama has not made inroads into Romney’s safe or leaning states.  Obama now has to defend his firewall from serious Republican inroads, while Mitt hasn’t had to defend traditional GOP strongholds.

According to the statists, all that means St. Barry is a lead pipe lock.

 

Even worse, Team Bamster isn’t waiting for the President to lose on Election Day to pass around rifle rounds for their circular firing squad.  Take a guess who’s taking a trip under Premier Barry’s bus.

[Matt] Bai’s choice for the person who steered the president wrong this year is none other than former President Bill Clinton, who has widely been credited for having helped produce a post-convention boost for the Democrats. Clinton’s speech on behalf of Obama was viewed, with good reason, as being far more effective than anything the president or anyone else said on his behalf this year. But Bai points to Clinton as the primary advocate within high Democratic circles for changing the party’s strategy from one of bashing Mitt Romney as an inauthentic flip-flopper to one that centered on trying to assert that he was a conservative monster. Given that Romney demolished that false image in one smashing debate performance in Denver that seems to have changed the arc of the election, Clinton’s advice seems ripe for second-guessing right now.

Lets be clear:  Bill Clinton has done more than any other prominent Democrat to carry Barack Obama’s sorry ass across the finish line.  Not Harry Reid.  Not Nancy Pelosi.  Not even Eva Longoria.

But now that pResident is about to shit the White House mattress, of course David Axelrod feeds Matt Bai the pre-emptive first strike on Slick Willy.

Amazing, really.

But the die-hard Outer Party hacks have no interest in reality.  They think Obama has this election in the bag.

So when Romney wins, watch out for much banging of spoons on high chairs.  But unlike the Republicans in 2008, the Democrats and their base will do no soul-searching.  There won’t be any ideological reassessment on the Left.

In the wake of an Obama defeat, the nutroots will take the easiest most emotionally gratifying path they know: An insane voter suppression conspiracy theory.  And just like in 2000 and 2004, the mainstream media will egg on every MoveOn.Org/DemocratUnderground charge.  The Leftwing Palace Guard, saddened by their Jesus figure’s electoral defeat, will do all they can to encourage a resurgent Occupy movement to shit on cop cars and scream in bug-eyed rage at Mitt Romney, Wall Street and conventional ideas about hygiene.

 

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Foreign Policy Debate Wrap-Up

Posted by KingShamus on October 23, 2012

A couple of things to digest from last night’s Boca Boxstep.

First, here’s Rasmussen’s latest swing state poll:

In the 11 swing states, Mitt Romney earns 50% of the vote to Obama’s 45%. Two percent (2%) like another candidate in the race, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

This is now the third time Romney has hit the 50% mark in the combined swing states in the past four days and is the biggest lead either candidate has held in nearly three weeks. This survey is conducted on a rolling seven-day basis, and as a result, virtually all of the interviews for today’s update were completed before the end of last night’s presidential debate. Romney has now held a modest lead for 12 of the last 15 days; Obama was ahead twice, and the candidates ran even once.

Does anybody think Mitt Romney did so poorly in the foreign policy debate that he lost his five point national lead over Obama?

In addition-look at the interviews CBS did with Ohio undecided voters right after the debate.  If that’s an even sorta-accurate summation of the sentiments of Buckeye State voters, the President is in very deep trouble.

A lot of observers were struck by the snippy posture Obama chose to take in this debate.  Robert Stacy McCain takes note of the raging Obamatuer in action.

The morning shows and cable-news networks are sure to spend a lot of time today replaying the weirdest moment of the debate, when Romney said — quite accurately — that the U.S. Navy “is smaller now than at any time since 1917,” with fewer ships than the Navy says it needs. To this, Obama replied: “Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers, where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we’re counting ships. “

What in the name of John Paul Jones was this? Did the president sincerely think Romney needed to be told what submarines and aircraft carriers are? Fact-checkers were quick to point out that the Marine Corps still trains with bayonets, but the implication of Obama’s remark — that naval ships are as obsolete as 19th-century horse cavalry and bayonet charges — was certainly not likely to win him many votes in such swing-state Navy towns as Norfolk, Virginia, and Pensacola, Florida.

Go ahead and read the rest, as The Other McCain is in a cautiously optimistic mood.

Back to the Snarkist-In-Chief:  Why would Death Stare Barry make such a douchey pedantic quip like this?  If you wanted a self-inflicted net-loser for Obama, this is damn near perfect.  It isn’t very Presidential, it kills his likability among undecideds and he ends up looking like a dickbag bar stool know-it-all in mid-rant.

Obama deployed the jerkweed maneuver…over and over again…because he knows the DailyKos crowd will reliably pop a massive prog-boner for this stuff.  It’s emotionally cathartic for the Left’s Jesus-Man throw cheap shots at their latest Two Minutes Hate figure.  Obama wasn’t playing for the last remaining fence-sitting voters.  He was playing for Rachel Maddow’s glowing approval.

Conveniently, being a sorehead shit-heel is also Obama’s default emotional position.  The fact that he so often went to the happy place in his rhetorical reservoir is a pretty good indication that he realizes he could easily lose this race.  But as gratifying as it was for the President to trash-talk his opponent, it cannot help with anyone but his base.

In a contest where both sides need to appeal to undecided voters, Obama’s petulance might’ve just cost him the Presidency.

MORE:  Check out Starless’ great visual summation of the debate.

EVEN MORE:  Manhattan Infidel somehow got a hold of Obama’s debate notepad.  Here’s a few gems.

Governor Romney, the math doesn’t work.  Just like my half-brother in Kenya.

I’ll be very quick…..as I said to Michelle last night.

How do we keep the Muslim Brotherhood out of power?  I’m sending the Black Panthers to Egypt to suppress the vote.

Important:  Make eye contact with George Clooney. Hey, where the hell is George Clooney?

Read the rest.

STILL MORE:  John over at the Sentry Journal hits on a possible reason why Romney didn’t press the Benghazi issue.

I know a lot of people were waiting for Romney to go on the attack over the Benghazi tragedy.  Republican Senators and Representatives talked about it all weekend,  But things changed over the weekend when the CIA basically bailed the President out by saying they did brief that it was a spontaneous attack even though they watched it via a live video feed.  I believe the President was ready for this because he tried to steer the conversation back to Libya and Romney did not take the bait.  Instead he decided that the President’s actions or–lack of–will play out in the court of public opinion.

I was wondering why Romney sorta let it go.  I thought Benghazi was basically teed up for Mitt.  Instead, he decided to steer the conversation back to economic issues whenever he could.  I think that was probably Mitt’s best move as it hit Obama at his weakest point.

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Music Monday Metal Side Project — “Red War” by Probot

Posted by KingShamus on October 22, 2012

Rockety Rock Rocktober.

With Soulfly and Sepultura singer Max Cavalera on lead vocals.

Probot was the brainchild of Foo Fighters head fighter Dave Grohl.  He wanted to create a tribute to the metal and hardcore groups of his youth.  Where most people would unpack their old Judas Priest albums and make a an Ipod playlist, Grohl wrote and recorded songs inspired by the singers from old-skool 80’s and 90’s heavy bands.  Even better, he got those vocalists to sing on the sessions that would eventually become the Probot album.

All told, Probot is a faithful homage to classic metal.  “Red War” captures Chaos AD-era Sepultura in fine fashion.  The menacing “Centuries of Sin” goes from a brisk stomping groove to a hurtling breakneck finish.  “My Tortured Soul” is an inspired bit of sludge metal.  ‘Shake Your Blood”, with Motorhead’s own Lemmy playing bass and growling, leers as good as anything on Ace of Spades.

If there is a criticism to be made, it’s that Grohl could’ve used some more musicians to flesh out the tunes.  Grohl’s drums, bass and rhythm guitar work is spot-on, but a few strategically placed guitar solos would’ve turned a few of the unpolished gems into masterpieces.  Unfortunately more than a few songs, like “Big Sky” and “Sweet Dreams”, feel like half-completed ideas.  Another collaborator, adding guitar parts or secondary riffs,  could’ve helped a great deal.

These are niggling complaints though.  For most metal fans, Probot is a faithful valentine to some of the best heavy music ever made.  Dave Grohl’s work in the Foo Fighters might be a little too poppy and he might be a flaming liberal bedwetter, but you can’t front on his immense talent.

More importantly, when it comes to Probot, the disc ultimately works because Grohl unashamedly lets out his inner head-banger for all to see.  His obvious love of the material and the metal-bro energy he brings to the project mostly smooths over any rough patches along the way.  If you like heavy music, Probot is a must have album.

ALSO:  I’ll be live-tweeting the debate tonight.  You know where to find me.  Say, do you think Bob “Not Claudia” Schieeeeeeeeffffeerrrrrrr is going to try to buck up St. Barry’s sagging poll numbers?

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DVD Review–Prometheus

Posted by KingShamus on October 22, 2012

I admit it; I had high hopes for this flick.  Tell me this doesn’t sound promising–“Ridley Scott explores the backstory of the Alien mythos, with a massive budget and big name acting talent to flesh out the sure-fire chills and thrills.”  On paper, that would seem to suggest something really amazing.

Yeah, not quite.

The basic plot is not without merit.  Scientists find a map to a planet where the creators of humanity, called Engineers, are thought to live.  Even though this is basically the storyline for every single episode of “Ancient Aliens”, we’ll let Ridley Scott off the hook for not keeping up with History Channel’s re-commitment to super-realistic not completely bat-shit insane programming.

So naturally, the Weyland Corporation sends a group of unstable weirdos, emotional basketcases and a deliberately mysterious android to run a gazillion dollar mission to determine the origins of human life on Earth.  Sure.  That’s how NASA does their job, right?

Then they get to the planet and of course all hell breaks loose, mostly because the people running the operation are about 50 IQ points dumber than their job titles would suggest.  Everyone in the crew is supposed to be an expert in their field.  Meanwhile, they constantly do stupid shit that gets them killed, mutated or impregnated with a freaky squid baby.

To be fair, the visuals of Prometheus are stunning.  The viewer is immersed in an environment that looks otherworldly in the best sense of the word.  Ridley Scott is an expert at making places like Iceland and Jordan’s Wadi Rum look distinctly unTerra-like.

The problem is that the movie insists on being more than a silent montage of mind-blowing landscapes.  The best science fiction raises questions about the nature of the human condition.  Prometheus constantly raises interesting questions, builds them up and then…lets them float off into the ether.

A piece of speculative fiction also needs a level of consistency in order for the audience to remain interested.  What does the black liquid–the stuff that seems like it’s central to the movie–do exactly?  It melts an Engineer’s body, mutates space worms, zombiefies humans and sorta kinda in a roundabout way gets a woman pregnant with a proto-facehugger…maybe.  If the audience can’t make  heads or tails out of the rules and logic of the film, it doesn’t matter how meaningful the movie’s questions are.

Beyond that, there are meta-issues with the film.  Prometheus was hyped as a sorta-prequel to 1979’s Alien.  One of the big questions ‘Promo’ was supposed to answer–and like everything else in the flick it only hints at it–is the origin of the Aliens.  But is this a story that really calls out to be told?

Let’s look back at Alien for a second.  At it’s heart, that film has been famously characterized as a haunted house movie in space.  Sure, there were some questions left unanswered.  Yes, there was some sexualized body-horror elements thrown into  the mix.  Yet, Alien is still basically about a living killing machine tearing through a bunch of scared weak humans.  In fact, all four “Alien” movies more or less tell the same tale:  People versus an intensely scary space monster.

Now compare Alien to movies that came out in roughly the same era, the Star Wars trilogy.  Alien was a fairly simple story that knew what it was supposed to do and delivered the goods in spades.  Like Alien, the older Star Wars trilogy was an easy to understand tale done in a rousing energetic fashion.

So how did George Lucas build on the success of his first three Star Wars movies?  He focused on Darth Vader, the principle bad guy of his original trilogy, and took him from being just a bad-ass villain with a complicated past  and made him into the prophesied Intergalactic Jesus of the Star Wars universe.  With the new SW prequels, George Lucas tried to weave themes of political upheaval, the death of democracy and the temptations of evil into the larger story of Darth Vader’s rise and fall into the dark side.  The simple yet effective storytelling of the first movies was discarded in the new prequels in an attempt to create an epic motion picture with deep messages.

It worked…poorly.

I’d argue that with Prometheus, Ridley Scott has made the same mistake George Lucas made with his Star Wars prequels.  Regardless of his possible reasons, Scott didn’t want to make another straightforward horror movie like Alien.  For all it’s gore and scary visuals, Prometheus really wants to be a philosophical meditation on the mankind’s place in the universe.  However, humanity’s creation story seems like an awkward fit for the Alien and it’s related mythos.

Is Prometheus worth watching?  Of course. The visuals alone are worth the price of admission.  But does the film succeed by the standards it sets for itself?  Not quite.  Instead of being a true science fiction masterpiece, Prometheus is a decent movie with deep flaws.

MORE:  Greg over at The Mind Is An Unexplored Country has a few choice words for Prometheus.

Seriously, I believe the People In Charge Of The Oscars should create a new category: Most Justifiably Ridiculed Mocked and Parodied Motion Picture. Just for this pile of cinema crud.

Oooof.  There’s more there, so read the rest.

Also, he found the Honest Trailer for the Prometheus.  Funny, but definitely full of spoilers and most assuredly Not Safe For Work.

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Obama And His Tenuous Relationship With Competency

Posted by KingShamus on October 16, 2012

Say, did you hear that there is another Presidential debate tonight?

Yeah, it snuck up on me too.

There has been a lot of talk on the Right about what Romney needs to do at this evening’s town-hall tete-a-tete.  I know I’m far more interested in seeing what Mitt can do with some momentum on his side.  On the other hand, Ed Morrissey–reading the Daily Best so you don’t have to–gives us what the progressives think Obama has to accomplish in order to pull out a victory.

Michael Tomasky at the Daily Beast says that Obama has to accomplish eight tasks in order to win tonight.  Most of these relate to mere semantics (“That’s where the mot juste comes in handy”) or personal attacks (“Find a way to reintroduce the plutocrat meme”), but one in particular is revealing:

Have a second-term agenda, and make sure it has some surprises of its own. Some of this agenda can be aimed at constituencies (immigration reform, say). But he should throw in something no one expects to hear, something that will throw Romney off guard. Maybe something about more aggressive natural-gas permitting in a second term. Probably needs to be a little bigger than that. But three things on that order would do the trick.

We are three weeks away from Election Day, and even Obama’s supporters (as Tomasky is) don’t have a clear idea of why Obama wants a second term, or what he wants to accomplish.

Read the whole thing, as Morrissey’s pre-debate preview is good and enlightening.

I hate to sound all 8th grade civic class about this, but whats a major job requirement for politicians?I mean, besides reading a teleprompter, getting one of our ambassadors killed and trying to speak to foreigners in their native Austrian tongue.

I’ll let you in on a secret: A big non-negotiable prerequisite of the politician’s job is to give voters concrete reasons to vote for them.  Those seeking elected office must articulate their thoughts about the issues of the day.  Politicians also have to discuss the policies they’ll enact to deal with the challenges they will inevitably face once in office.  Constituencies tend to demand these sorts of things.

It’s pretty much the most basic task in the politician’s to-do list.  Telling the voters why they should vote for a person comes before all the cool shit politicians get to do.  Yes, it even comes before “Having haute couture designers to put expensive clothes on my wife”, “Giving green jobs money to campaign donors” or “Ordering a drone to drop a thermobaric on some lippy Salafist cleric’s face”.

I know.  It’s so boring having to actually explain to people what you want to accomplish if you get elected.  That’s resembles actual-factual work.  And really, let’s be honest; they’re just citizens, after all.  If you’re a Democrat it’s not like you can’t just get an army of dead people and illegal aliens to run to the polls and get elected that way.  Talking to real live human beings is like totally the height of tedium or some shit.

As frustrating as it sounds, that’s basically the attitude Team Barry has taken…since January.

2009.

Democrat Media hacks whine about Romney’s lack of specifics.  Pot, go ahead and give a warm high-five to kettle.  Mitt has been a model of loud-n-proud veracity compared to the President, who can’t get his story straight about the Benghazi attack, much less something that’s gonna happen in his second term.

Obama has offered nothing but simplistic slogans, race-baiting and Chicago-style hackery in this election season.  In other words, he’s given America a listless repeat of his 2008 campaign.  Not only is it disingenuous, it’s a mark of rank incompetence.  Sadly, that’s all Obama is really good at.

By the way–I’ll be on Twitter if you need me, live tweeting Candy Crowley’s tribute to the power of planting Obama shills in an audience of ‘undecided’ voters.

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Music Monday Grunge Comeback — “Been Away Too Long” by Soundgarden

Posted by KingShamus on October 15, 2012

Rock-friggin-tober.

“Been Away Too Long” is almost absurdly on the nose.  While I wasn’t in love with Soundgarden’s last album Down On The Upside, it seemed like the band wasted a lot of potential when they broke up back in 1997.  Ye olde ‘interpersonal differences’ seem to be the blame here.  That and Chris Cornell’s burning desire to be a Gap model.

I didn’t really understand Audioslave, either.  I get that Chris Cornell is just as much of a political lefty as Rage Against The Machine.  But Audioslave was such a mismatch in styles and tone, it’s hard to believe it got beyond a few rehearsals.  Six stringer Tom Morello constantly professes his love for Led Zeppelin, Ozzy Osbourne and 80’s metal, but on every song Captain Pinko Guitarsky always sounds like a bored techno DJ scratching out the most trite wack-ass hip hop beat.  The creative mixture of Cornell and Morello just didn’t work.

So it’s good that Soundgarden is back, if only to keep Chris Cornell out of trouble…and Timbaland’s recording studio.

Enjoy.


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Post-Debate Wrap Up

Posted by KingShamus on October 12, 2012

Well, what did I tell you?

Here, in case you forgot my amazing analysis, let me quote a post I wrote three hours ago.

Quick Prediction:  Paul Ryan is going to do do well, but Sheriff Joe is sure to get a few cheap shots in.  Upon witnessing Biden’s awesome verbal prowess, progressive blogs collectively cream their jeans at the Vice-President ‘getting tough’ on the Wisconsin congressman.  The rest of the leftstream press will play up even the slightest Biden zinger as the second coming of Cannae.  Watch for Chris Matthews talking about his thrilling leg-tingles again.  Try not to watch Excitable Andy Sullypants get thrilling tingles south of his belt buckle.

Watching PMSNBC, the socialists were very stoked that Joe Biden came out swinging.  They loved it when Biden interrupted Paul Ryan 60 some-odd times.  Every Biden zinger was a master-stroke of strategeriffic brilliance.  Every eye-roll was a sarcastic rebuke of those eeeeeevil reich-wing Rethuglicans.

So here, courtesy of the RNC, is the Slow Joe that so captivated the hearts and loins of the statist caucus.

The problem with this awesomely awesome debate performance is two-fold.  Biden’s giggling over things like the Benghazi terrorist attack and Medicare shitting the mattress may seem like zany hi-jinks to the leftists watching the debate.  But contrary to the liberal conventional wisdom, most people don’t respond well to a horse-toothed geriatric laughing his ass off every time somebody speaks.  Only people who are already on Team Obama’s bandwagon will respond positively to Biden’s nonsense.

Furthermore, Biden’s attack-dog act can’t be replicated by Barack Obama.  Likability is the last ace the president has left to play.  The Kos Kooks desperately want Barry to turn the next debate into an MMA slugfest.  They crave red meat, especially now that Obama is getting shellacked in some of the swing states.  However, if Obama starts getting angry, he’ll lose the one advantage–and it’s a fading one at that–he has over Romney.

Don’t get it twisted.  In the right situations, a candidate can look strong and raise their profile if he talks tough against his opponent.  For ultra-partisans, it can be emotionally cathartic to watch their preferred candidate get mad during a stump speech.  The faithful need to see their leaders get as passionate as they are about the important issues of the day.

But Barry can’t treat a televised debate like a campaign stump speech.  He cannot give in to his maniac base.  He’ll turn into an unlikable dickbag, Romney will appear like a grown-up and this race will be over before the debate ends.

The Democrats had a nice night because they will respond positively to Joe Biden’s oafish blustering.  The vice president  probably stopped some of the bleeding in the demoralized Donkey-Puncher base.  That has to count for something.

Paul Ryan did well enough making a pitch to moderates and conservatives.  He wasn’t at his best, but he did pretty good considering he was fighting against Biden and the moderator.

Unaffiliated voters won’t be horrified by Ryan.  They will be very turned off by the Chuckling Joe.  In the next few days, Ryan’s shortcomings will seem less negative.  Biden’s goofy demeanor will stick around and be talked about over the next few days.  It might not hurt the Obama campaign in the long run, but it won’t win them any fans that they didn’t already have.

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Paul Ryan and Joe Biden Do The Thunderdome Two-Step Tonight

Posted by KingShamus on October 11, 2012

You know where I’ll be.

My twitter feed is your friend.

Quick Prediction:  Paul Ryan is going to do do well, but Sheriff Joe is sure to get a few cheap shots in.  Upon witnessing Biden’s awesome verbal prowess, progressive blogs collectively cream their jeans at the Vice-President ‘getting tough’ on the Wisconsin congressman.  The rest of the leftstream press will play up even the slightest Biden zinger as the second coming of Cannae.  Watch for Chris Matthews talking about his thrilling leg-tingles again.  Try not to watch Excitable Andy Sullypants get thrilling tingles south of his belt buckle.

Martha Raddatz, the Dollar Store version of Diane Sawyer, is sure to be a big help for Team Barry.  I know some folks on our side want to play up the big conflict of interest, but nobody inside the liberal hive mind cares, so whatevs I guess.  I’m sure the Democrats would be super-stoked if it was a Fox News dude having such a cozy relationship with the sitting President.  [sarc/]

No, what I’m annoyed about is that Martha Raddatz is the best moderator the debate organizers could get.  The woman is a walking Daily Kos concern-troll.  Here is the stink-face she puts on whenever her dainty widdle ears pick up a political statement to the right of Noam Chomsky.

“OMFG!  YOU WANT TO CUT TAXES?  WHY DO YOU REICH-WINGERS LOVE KICKING BABIES?!?!?!?!?!?!!!11111111eleventy!”

This wacky broad’s entire career has been built on soft-socialist do-gooder bullshit.  Every story she writes assumes that the Democrats are the saviors, while and the GOP is riddled with crypto-Nazis, knuckle-dragging Bible thumpers and pollution-loving corporate raiders.  ABC News can whine all they want about her bulletproof objectivity, but everybody knows she’s a leftist.  Everyone, that is, except the Republicans who didn’t object to Raddatz being the moderator for this debate.

Oh well.

Speaking of the debate, Manhattan Infidel has an inside scoop on Joe Biden’s intense preparations for tonight’s showdown.

In Vice President Biden’s camp, optimism reigns.

“We are going to crush Ryan” said an aide who wishes to remain anonymous.

Joe Biden is one of the intellectual lights of the Democratic Party.  He’s a deep thinker and an expert in foreign policy.  That’s where we are going to attack Ryan.  We’ve been in intense mock debates the past few days and the Vice President is more than ready.   He knows all the answers.  Why I just finished asking him who the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe was.  He replied, “Some guy” which, technically, is the correct answer.  So you see, we are very confident.  I just wish the debate was scheduled for earlier in the evening as we don’t like to keep the Vice President up past his bed time.

Read the rest.  Da Infidel kills it.

See you all in the Twitterverse.

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Music Monday Sludge Metal – “Bloody Knuckles” by High On Fire

Posted by KingShamus on October 8, 2012

Friggin’ Rocktober, ya’all.

‘Bloody Knuckles’ seems very appropriate given our current national mood.  We’re less than 30 days away from a huge presidential election.  The polls are tight, especially in the swing states.  That means both candidates are going to ramp up the aggression.  This race will turn into a barroom brawl very soon–if it hasn’t already.  Bloody knuckles, indeed.

As far as the actual song goes, it comes from High on Fire’s latest effort, De Vermis Mysteriis.  ‘Bloody Knuckles’ is a strong representative of the disc’s power.  When DVM came out in April, I was going to do an album review for it, but I got sorta wrapped up in Torche’s Harmonicraft.  I figured one big metal record critique during the spring was more than enough for my eight readers.

The problem is that De Vermis Mysteriis is a record that cannot be ignored, mostly because it expertly mines a vein of rock that many groups either can’t or won’t.  Where other bands mix their metal with David Bowie haircuts, synthesizer breakdowns or dubstep affectations, High on Fire is content to craft pile-driving riffs, intense solos and galloping rhythms.  This gives the band several distinct advantages over their heavy metal competitors, the most important of which is that High on Fire doesn’t suck.

That doesn’t mean that High on Fire is a group for everyone’s taste.  Within five seconds of the ferocious album opener ‘Serums of Liao’, most women will be desperately punching the mute button.  Even though HoF comes from a stoner-rock background, the trustafarian neo-hippie contingent will likely shit their Birkenstocks upon listening to the determined curbstomp of ‘Romulus and Remus’.  The hailstorm of guitars, drums and low-end thump in ‘Spiritual Rites’ sounds like it’s specifically designed to punch Communists in the throat.

But even with all that monolithic riffage, De Vermis Mysteriis has a distinct charm when it goes off-message.  On HoF’s last disc, Snakes for The Divine, the trio’s diversions from the brand felt like gritted-teeth concessions.  In the case of De Vermis, the subdued instrumental ‘Samsara’ blends seamlessly with the overall vibe, as does the slow-burning, insane-finishing ‘Madness of An Architect’.  The midtempo grind of ‘King of Days’ wouldn’t sound out-of-place on an early Queens of the Stone Age album.  The brooding lyrics and somber guitars are a reminder that even the gnarliest metal dudes get the blues every once in a while.

Even more surprising is ‘Warhorn’.  Throughout the disc, lead vocalist Matt Pike’s growl is less like an actual human voice and more akin to a heavily distorted instrument blending into and complementing the overall tone of the songs.  On the record’s finale, Pike’s lyrics are sung largely without his customary bulldozer guitar accompaniment.  Unadorned by six string assistance, Pike’s roaring anger has never sounded more ferocious.

All of that makes De Vermis Mysteriis the hands-down metal album of 2012.  High on Fire not only won the year, they also topped their previous masterpiece Blessed Black Wings and set a new standard for themselves.  If you are at all interested in modern heavy music, De Vermis Mysteriis is a must-own record.

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If Barack Obama Can’t Be Bothered To Try Winning A Debate, What The Hell Is He Good For?

Posted by KingShamus on October 4, 2012

Robert Stacy McCain hits on a great point.

How decisively did Mitt Romney win Wednesday night’s debate? All you had to do was watch the most pro-Obama network to see it. “I personally do not know who won this debate,” MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said as soon as the debate ended.

She was obviously the only one who didn’t know.

When Maddow brought on her colleague Ed Schultz, he moaned that President Obama “created a problem for himself tonight on Social Security. He agreed with Mitt Romney.… I thought he was off his game.” Nor did the president’s performance send a thrill up the leg of Chris Matthews. “I don’t know what he was doing out there,” Matthews complained. “He had his head down. He was enduring the debate rather than fighting it.”

If ever there were a night when conservatives wanted to watch MSNBC, this was it — an all-you-can-eat buffet of schadenfreude, as one after another of the liberal network’s personalities tried to come to grips with what was perhaps the most one-sided presidential debate since JFK beat a shifty-looking Richard Nixon in 1960. “In terms of debate tactics, Romney was on the offense most of the night,” a glum Howard Fineman acknowledged, while a shell-shocked Chuck Todd admitted that the result “automatically elevates Romney as a credible alternative” and later added, in reference to the Obama camp’s post-debate mood: “They know they lost tonight.”

And now you all know why I watch PMSNBC after big political hootenannies.

Want more liberal tears? Allahpundit gives them to you in ocean-sized servings topped with a healthy dollop of sweaty Stalinist panic. It’s too much to cut and paste over here. Go ahead. I’ll be here when you come back.

Bill Maher, along with seemingly every other leftist, is shocked that Obama fared so poorly. Notice how this is only a terrifying jolt for them; the Right has been calling the President ‘Teleprompter Jesus Man’ since 2007. For liberals, the sinking realization that Obama really is the empty-headed amateur conservatives said he is has to be spectacularly demoralizing.

Then again, that’s the funny thing about living in the progressive’s self-generated ideology bubble. They’re always unpleasantly surprised by uncontrollable events. Stories that they can’t frame in a handy New York Times-approved narrative shock their delicate sensibilities.

But hey, maybe the big gubmint movement has been on cruise control since 2008. They’ve allowed Nancy Pelosi, John Podesta and David Axelrod do their thinking for them for a while, so maybe they don’t really remember the last 48 months. So in the interest of charity, lets forget about the last four years for a moment. Disregard ‘Cinco de Quatro’, ‘Corpse-man’, ’57 states’ and every other brainless Obama verbal gaffe that would’ve been hours of knee-slapping late-night comic fodder had the evil warlord Premier George Bush said them. Just stick to the last six weeks.

The Democrat National Committee and their partners in the lamestream media have rigged every poll they possibly can to make it seem like Obama is beating Romney. Every story that could damage the President–Libya, craptastic job numbers, the vice president’s biker bar lap dance–has been crafted by the Team Barry Palace Guard press corps to either minimize the damage or somehow pin it on Mitt. Hollywood’s Leer Jet Liberal Set throws money and propaganda support behind the President by the bushel. The American Left, from the Workers World Party to CBS News, has done everything it can to create a favorable climate for Mr. Obama to succeed.

So just what has Barack Obama done to reward those monumental efforts by his tongue-bath surrogates? During the Democratic National Convention, he gave a trite listless speech that was upstaged by the orations given by Michelle Obama, Bill Clinton and Joe Biden. The President has been called the greatest public speaker of our age. At the DNC, Obambi could barely hang with Tammy Duckworth and Sandra Fluke.

Fast-forward to last night’s debate. Obama’s prep for the Denver show-down appeared to entail listening to an Ipod full of his old speeches, a breezy round of golf and half a pack of Marlboro Reds. Mitt Romney ran circles around the President, at one point looking at his rival with pity as Obama went through his talking point check list in a lifeless rote fashion. Where Romney seamlessly weaved his message into the debate, the President meandered from one lefty bromide to another like a adjunct English Lit lecturer scratching out a Daily Kos diary during his office hours.

And this is man who the progressive movement has invested so much of their spiritual and ideological capital to prop up–A guy who can barely be bothered to lift a finger in his own campaign.

To paraphrase Captain Queenan in The Departed, a lot of people want to appear to be President. Carry the nuclear football, get driven around in a big car, make pretty speeches, slam a terrorist’s face through a plate glass window…that sort of thing. Not many folks can actually be President in any kind of effective way.

Obama is the dude who wants all the President’s perks, but none of his work.

Last night’s debate was a wake-up call for the Left. Now maybe they’ll understand that being the CEO of America isn’t an entry level position. More importantly, with any luck the rest of the United States figured that out too.

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So It’s A Debate We’re A-Havin’ Tonight

Posted by KingShamus on October 3, 2012

Some thoughts:

Mitt Romney could sneak out a win if he can get under Barack Obama’s famously thin skin.  Prince Barry hates it when the lowly peons, aka everyone who isn’t him, gets lippy in his presence.  Romney has a way of throwing his opponents subtly cutting remarks.  When Obama gets a little frayed by Mitt’s ‘aw shucks, you suck’ jiu-jitsu, Bamster could easily slip into his default snippy dickbag mode.  That’s not a good look for the pResident or his re-election efforts.

While making Barry angry would make for better theater, the more likely way Romney wins is if he cogently restates and sharply elaborates on Obama’s record of economic failure and foreign policy incompetence.  The President is in a full-on Jimmah Carter tailspin.  The only thing keeping him above water is his elite Democratic Guard press corps.  If Romney can go around whatever lefty media hack is running the debate, he has a chance to show America just how hollow the Cult of Obama really is.

The President will naturally get a lot of cover from the moderator.  He will treated like the challenger.  Mitt will be the de facto incumbent who has defend his ‘record’.  It’s annoying that the GOP set themselves up to be roasted by the Donkey-Puncher’s media minions, but that situation can’t be changed now.

Even with all that going against Romney, if Mitt’s on his game, he can strike a serious and lasting blow to Obama’s re-election.

Okay, that’s all I got.  I’ll be on twitter if you need me.  Peace out, homies.

UPDATE:  Ummmm, Mitt Romney won the debate.

It’s hard to say what was the best part of the night.

Chris Matthews pissing his pants in utter panic was pretty cool.

“What is Obama doing? I never know what he’s doing…back there.”

Al Sharpton said that, while Obama lost tonight’s debate, Joe Biden is totally gonna rescue Barry from electoral doom.

In other news, Reverend Al thinks the replacement refs got the call exactly right in the Seattle-Green Bay Monday Night Football game.

Big time right winger Andrew Sullivan, who despite all his conservative bona fides wants to make babies with President For Life Obama, realized  Barry was getting an ass-beating at around 9:16.  The debate began at 9:00.  Heh.

Stefanie ‘Turd” Cutter says Jim Lehrer did a poor job of moderating the debate.  This is the most important narrative the Left can push from tonight.  They’re basically telling their allies in the media to tighten up the next debate’s moderation.  By ‘tighten up’, I of course mean ‘trip up Paul Ryan on every question’.  Watch for Joe Biden to get a lot of leeway to spout his usual bullshit.

In any event, it was a great first debate.  But it was just one win.  The funny thing about that?  You can only win his debate once.  Romney-Ryan needs at least two more debate wins.  Going .500 won’t cut it.

See you tomorrow, ya’all.

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Hey, It Looks Like FOX Might Have Something On Mr. Obama

Posted by KingShamus on October 2, 2012

Ooof, this might be good.

DAILY CALLER: ‘For nearly 40 minutes, using an accent he never adopts in public, Obama describes a racist, zero-sum society, in which the white majority profits by exploiting black America’… Developing tonight…

You know what the MSM will say already, don’t you?

RAAAAACIST!

All I know is that I’ll be watching FOX at 9:00 PM tonight.

See you on the Twitterz, ya’all.

 

 

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Music Monday Classic Metal – “Have A Drink On Me” (Live) by AC/DC

Posted by KingShamus on October 1, 2012

The summer of chill has been fun.

Now, let there be rock.

Back in Black, the album this little dittie comes from, was in many ways a miracle.  Their original lead singer, Bon Scott, had drank himself to death in the midst of the ‘BIB’ sessions.  His oddly magnetic stage persona and whiskey-aged voice was a perfect delivery system for AC/DC’s brand of smirking sleaze-rock.  His passing created an existential crisis for the group and for a time they debated whether to disband.  Thankfully AC/DC decided, with encouragement from Scott’s mother, to carry on with new vocalist Brian Johnson.

Beyond the fact that AC/DC somehow recovered enough to put out any sort of  album at all, the remarkable thing is that Back In Black is a masterpiece.  The title track is a classic rock radio staple.  “Hells Bells” is growling rock-n-roll menace.  If you’re looking for double entendres and amazing pop hooks, “You Shook Me All Night Long” has them both in spades.

Even more important, BIB came at a time when heavy rock was at a crossroads.  Led Zeppelin would disband within five months.  Black Sabbath was in the midst of firing their second lead singer.  The New Wave of British Heavy Metal was still in it’s infancy.  Prog was spinning itself into a long period of irrelevance.  Punk and metal had not yet made peace with each other.  By 1980, guitar-driven music was in a good deal of trouble.

Knowing all that, it’s pretty stunning to think that a memorial album that almost didn’t get made should be the thing to rescue rock and metal from the scrap heap of popular imagination.  But that’s just what Back in Black did.

Enjoy.  And have a drink on me.

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