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KingShamus’ Best of 2012

Posted by KingShamus on December 31, 2012

Hey, here’s some of my old crap! If there’s any consolation, I picked two or three posts from each month.  That should limit the suckage.  I know, this is sorta lame, but if I Instapundit can do it, so can I.

January

Mitt Romney Sucks And I Miss Reagan

Music Monday Zep – ‘We’re Gonna Groove” by the mighty Led Zeppelin

February

Beer Review – Assorted Samuel Adams Winter Suds

Mike Bloomberg’s Very Busy Week

Presidential Election Doomwatch–Placing The Blame For Mitt Romney’s Ascendency

March

Support Conservative Political Mommy Bloggers!

Ameritopia and the Fable of The Frogs

Barack, Trayvon and The 2012 Election

April

President Barack ‘Dog Meat’ Obama Is An Admitted Dog Meat Eater Who Has Eaten Dog Meat

Rick Santorum’s Exit

May

Wait, Faster Than Light Travel Isn’t Hip in Science Fiction Anymore?

Music Review – ‘Harmonicraft’ by Torche

DeWayne Wickham: Get Back On The Democrat Plantation, Gay Republicans!

June

Municipal Debt Bombs: The Other Source Of Fiscal Collapse

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

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

July

The Shootings At Aurora-A Real Villain and Real Heroes

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

General Electric and Barack Obama: The Magical Relationship Continues

August

Why Clint Eastwood’s Republican Convention Speech Worked

Nathan Lane: Prince Barry’s Court Jester

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

September

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

The US Doesn’t Have To Fix The Middle East

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

October

#MyFirstTime–Best Political Ad…EVAH?

DVD Review–Prometheus

November

(Really, can’t we skip this month?  It was sorta yucky.)

Mayor Mike Bloomberg: “The NYC Marathon is on; let the boroughs eat running shoes” (Update!)

Post-Presidential Election 2012: Splitting Headache Edition

Personal Values, Political Choices

Lawrence O’Donnell Was For Secession Before It Was Cool!

December

Living And Breathing Left-Wing Politics

Guns Crime Facts, Gun Crime Feelings

Okay folks, there you have it.

BDKS 2012 is done.  On to the new year.  Thank God.

Also, thanks for stopping by Blog De KingShamus.  The readers and commenters are who make this place cool.  For that I am humbled and grateful.   Happy New Year and may your 2013 be full of happiness, success and a fully-stocked MRE bin.

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Demand Celebrities Go Fuck Themselves

Posted by KingShamus on December 31, 2012

Hollywood, in conjunction with Mayors Against Illegal Guns (Second Amendment hater Mike Bloomberg’s pet project), have an answer for gun violence.  Thank God.  I was wondering when the people who get paid to make pretend in front of a camera would tell me what to think about complex political issues.

Let the over-compensated shitbag moralism commence!

I know I feel way more enlightened by watching Sarah Silverman and Will Farrell put on their best acting school pouty-faces.

This video came out a few weeks ago, and I wasn’t going to comment on it.

Fortunately Youtube contributor Ma5one picked up the slack with his own rebuttal.

Seriously, Hollywood.

Go.

Fuck.

Yourselves.

The entertainment business makes a fortune glorifying guns and gun violence.  Ask Beyonce’s hubby Jay-Z how many records he would’ve sold if he’d pushed a consciousness rap style rather than his big pimpin’ pistol-poppin’ persona.  When Jon Hamm isn’t playing a chain-smoking boozed-up scumbag, he’s a gun-toting tough guy.  The only film where Jamie Foxx isn’t spraying a Bushmaster like a garden hose is “Ray”, and that’s only because the title character is a blind piano player.

Then these same moronic drugged-out degenerates, who require an army of stylists, hairdressers and make-up artists just to get out of the house, think they can lecture the rest of us about guns.

Here’s a hint for conservatives:  Hollywood hates you.  They loathe your politics.  They despise your traditional faith.  They do everything they can to denigrate your lifestyle choices.

Oh, don’t get me wrong.  La-La Land loves your money.  They don’t get paid if you don’t buy their wares.

Now, I’m not saying you shouldn’t watch movies or tv shows or listen to music.  You don’t have to pull out of the culture.  That’s sorta silly and counter-productive.

Instead of boycotting the entertainment industry, subvert them and their cretinous morality.  Mock them anywhere, anytime and anyhow you can.  Laugh at them without mercy.

They like to think of themselves as the brightest stars in America’s enlightened class.  If that’s the case, how come they all talk the same way and think the same way and whine the same way about every fucking thing ever?  Make fun of their brainless herd mentality.  Hit them where it hurts, their faux-intellectualism.  Get past their outer crust of smug do-goodery.  They know they’re idiots.  Constantly remind them–and everybody else–of that fact.

Make them live by their own rules.  For instance, Hollywood actors push radical environmentalism every chance they get.  Meanwhile, they have carbon footprints bigger than some countries.  None of these hypocrites could live the ascetic goat-herder lifestyle they demand we embrace.

It really isn’t that hard.  These are people who have to be told what to say and what to do and where to shop.  Other people write their scripts and pen their songs.  Besides playing guitar, impersonating somebody else and shooting heroin these people have no discernible talents.  They’re actors and musicians, for God’s sake.  We’re not talking about rocket surgeons.

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About The Human Reaction To Violence

Posted by KingShamus on December 27, 2012

Specifically, horrifying violence like the Newtown atrocity.

As I said in a previous post, the peak year for mass killings in the United States was 1929.  Violent crime has actually decreased substantially in just the last five years.  And yet, even with all that, we react in genuine–and maybe not so genuine–horror each time we hear about an episode of mass death.

Most people living in the 21st century recognize that crime can lead to violence on a large scale.  When the local Latin Kings faction goes to war against their rival Folk Nation set in some South Side Chicago social dysfunction hell-hole, sane people will denounce the death and destruction that inevitably ensues.  Yet, on an intellectual level, they’ll understand why this sort of violence occurs.  The massive revenue streams that come from drugs, gambling, prostitution and other criminal rackets aren’t controlled with stern looks and strongly worded letters.

People tend to get why two gang cliques would fight and die to maintain possession of turf.  People hate what criminals do to the innocent victims.  They’ll denounce the gangs that create mass death.  But citizens also grasp the ugly reality that drives our modern crime wars.

In a way, there is a cold comfort to be found in processing out the cause-and-effect of most crimes.  By doing that a person can figure out how to deal with the problem, at least on a personal level.  They can shun places they know are high-crime areas.  They can encourage friends and family to stay away from gangs.  They can organize neighborhood watch programs.  They can take any number of positive steps to avoid becoming a victim.

On the other hand, when a mass killing like the Newtown occurs, it is in every sense of the word irrational.  There is no identifiable cause.  As of this writing, nobody can discern why the Newtown monster committed this abhorrent act.  He wasn’t fighting to protect his turf.  He wasn’t avenging a fallen gang-banger in his clique.  He wasn’t even trying to intimidate a rival.  So far as we can tell, the Sandy Hook shooting is truly a random act of violence.  It’s the kind of violence that could occur anywhere at anytime to anybody.

The human mind can’t really comprehend the brand of death brought by the Newtown atrocity.  It’s almost impossible to deal with, because there is no understandable cause-and-effect to take solace in when an insane person commits mass murder for no reason.  When something like this happens, it overwhelms rational thinking.  Especially when it first occurs, it creates an immediate and powerful fear response.

A persons’ reaction to something like Newtown is very different from his reaction to the news that two gangs smoking each other over prime crack-dealing real estate.  The act of a madman cannot be handled in the same way that people deal with crook-land violence.  There is no defense against arbitrary evil.  This sickening truth, that at any moment a madman could be on a collision course with us or our loved ones, hangs over the Newtown massacre.

Worse, the fact that random violence is still a part of human existence shatters the patina of order that we create for ourselves.  We delight int the routines we construct to give our lives purpose.  The shooting in Newtown is a terrible reminder that evil can come barging into our lives unannounced, prepared to destroy everything.

SORTA RELATED:  This is why I can almost forgive some of the egregious anti-gun idiocy going on these days.  Guns can be scary for folks who have no experience with firearms.  Even the weakest caliber weapon can be deadly, and can be dressed up to look even more menacing.  Add a mass murderer to the equation and it’s inevitable that people will have completely irrational thoughts.  It’s their way of coping with the terror of indiscriminate violence.

What I cannot excuse is the brain-dead hypocrisy of the American Left.  These are the same people who were against a military response after the September 11th 2001 attacks.  America was supposed to sit on it’s hands and let the UN or the World Court or some other useless organization of feel-good do-nothings sue Osama bin Laden for wrongful death and for being a grouchy little meanie-head.  Above all else, many elements of the Left wanted President Bush to chart a restrained course.  In their view America had remain calm and not fly off the handle making rash decisions based on the raw emotions immediately after 9/11.

Yet, after the Sandy Hook shooting, what’s been the nearly-united response from American liberalism?

WE NEED A NATIONAL CONVERSATION LECTURE ABOUT GUNS

Which quickly moved to…

I HOPE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS GET KILLED WITH GUNS

Followed shortly thereafter by…

ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

Note that it hasn’t even been two weeks since the Newtown atrocity, and the country has been bombarded by a barrage of preachy moral attacks by liberals.  They were picking targets to freeze, personalize and polarize almost as soon as the last shot was fired.  This became a self-righteous partisan crusade within hours of the Sandy Hook shooting.

So much for the sane rational measured logical Left.

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Merry Christmas 2012

Posted by KingShamus on December 25, 2012

Kris Kringle’s Good Behavior/Bad Behavior Surveillance Program went from “charming” to “Orwellian” overnight.

Surveillance

Santa Claus:  Just another liberal fascist?

More importantly…Dear BDKS homies, have a very Merry Christmas.

I hope jolly ole Saint Nick gives you everything on your wish list, without all the newfangled voyeuristic spying.

I also want to say thanks to all the readers who come to Blog De KingShamus.  You guys and gals rule.  Thanks for stopping by and making this goofy little webzone cool.  My posts always get intelligent commentary, often smarter than the actual posts themselves.  That’s pretty awesome and for that you have my eternal gratitude.

So Merry Christmas to you, Gentle Readers.  May you be blessed with faith and fellowship on this great holiday.  Stay safe in your travels.  Keep the reason for the season in your hearts.

Also, wearing a tin-foil hat to stop Santa’s mind-reading rays might not be a bad idea either.  ;-p

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Guns Crime Facts, Gun Crime Feelings

Posted by KingShamus on December 20, 2012

Some loosely connected facts.

Item One:  A look at mass shootings, courtesy of John Fund over at National Review.

Mass shootings are no more common than they have been in past decades, despite the impression given by the media.

In fact, the high point for mass killings in the U.S. was 1929, according to criminologist Grant Duwe of the Minnesota Department of Corrections.

Incidents of mass murder in the U.S. declined from 42 in the 1990s to 26 in the first decade of this century.

The chances of being killed in a mass shooting are about what they are for being struck by lightning.

Until the Newtown horror, the three worst K–12 school shootings ever had taken place in either Britain or Germany.

But why let the truth interrupt a Democrat/Media Party narrative?

We must do—–something.  What?  Who knows?  But something has to be changed, even if the change is pointless and counter-productive.

Item Two:  What is the worst school massacre in US history?

On May 18, 1927, a part-time caretaker at a school in Bath, Michigan, killed 45 people, including 38 children, when he blew up a school and then killed himself, along with two first responders at the scene. Another 58 people were wounded.

The 38 children were in grades three through six.

Forty five people dead by the hand of a mad bomber.  An evil person motivated to commit murder will often find a way without firearms.

Item Three:  Gun crime in the United States has gotten worse over the last ten years, right?

Nope.

Gun Crime Chart

Note–just as gun crime rates started going down, the national assault weapons ban had been lifted the year before.

I mean, if all the statists can do is emote and demagogue the Newtown atrocity, I can engage in a shameless ‘correlation equals causation’ argument.

Item Four:  Chicago, run by former Obama Administration chief-of-staff Rahm Emmanuel, has some of the toughest gun laws in America.  How is life in a gun-free paradise working out?

The City of Chicago just saw its 436th murder of 2012, surpassing 435 murders from 2011.

That figure was as of October of this year.  Sadly, the Windy City’s murder statistics are probably much higher than 436 by now.

Item Five:  What is the violent crime rate per 100,000 people in the United States?

USA 2011:  386.3

Item Six:  What is the violent crime rate per 100,000 in the very gun-unfriendly United Kingdom?

Anarchy In The UK

Gun crime in America is becoming less frequent.

The United States doesn’t have a violent crime problem, at least when compared to other countries.

America is safer than almost every other Western industrialized nation on the planet.

The facts are on the side of self-defense.  The facts are on the side of empowering law-abiding citizens to protect themselves.  The facts are on the side of judicious reasoning and measured responses.  The facts are on the side of the Second Amendment and its integral place in the US Constitution.

The trouble is, we are being asked by our enlightened betters to disregard these truths.  We are being told, in ways ranging from slightly vulgar to mostly idiotic to completely ham-handed, that the country must throw away the hard-won civil rights gains made in the last several decades.  We must relinquish the tools that have made both ourselves and our property more secure then they’ve been in half a century.

Why?  Because a vile deranged man cannot be trusted with firearms.

Never has the Left’s sneering contempt for ordinary citizens been more blatant:  ‘A psychologically-troubled lunatic cannot be trusted with guns, therefore neither can the rest of you slack-jawed bitter clingers.  Now hand over your weapons.  It’s for your own good.’

Make no mistake.  The Left is not calling on gun control because it’s proven to be effective.  There simply isn’t an overwhelming amount scientific data to suggest that an assault weapons ban would’ve prevented a shooting like the Newtown tragedy.  They are simply reflexively reacting to a gut-wrenching crime.

Many left-wingers assign a malevolent nature to an inanimate object.  Some find guns to be too rural to ever align with the self-congratulatory cosmopolitanism so many on the Left identify with.  Some just fear firearms because they look scary and dangerous.  For these basically anti-intellectual instinctive reasons, liberals dislike guns.

Alas, the progressive caucus’ collective instincts are terribly wrong.

Conservatives are going to try to reason Obama and the Democrats out of their anti-gun position.  Under normal circumstances, that might work.  The problem here is that, even more than usual, liberals never actually reasoned themselves into their current pro-gun control stance.  The stupid ugly retrograde Second Amendment needs some serious progressive remodeling and that’s good enough for them.

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The #Newtown Atrocity, Children and America’s Priorities

Posted by KingShamus on December 15, 2012

By now, you know that monstrous evil has visited Newtown, Connecticut.

After killing his mother in her Newtown home, 20-year-old Adam Lanza drove her car to Sandy Hook Elementary, where officials said she taught, and gunned down 20 children and six adults before killing himself.

Most of the dead were found in two first-grade classrooms, police said.

Students described being ushered from their classrooms hand-in-hand, with their eyes closed, to the safety of a nearby fire station as police converged on the school. Anguished parents rushed to the scene.

State police sources told The Courant that Lanza had his brother Ryan Lanza’s identification, which initially led to confusion about his identity, police said. He was dressed in black fatigues, police said.

His motives are unknown.

We may never know what made the shooter commit such a heinous crime. From our current information, we do know that he turned the gun on himself.  The last act of a monstrous fiend, who murdered innocent children for some insane reason, was to take the coward’s way out.

Sickly appropriate.

While the rest of America was still trying to sort through this heinous crime, the American progressive movement rushed to take advantage of a crisis.  We’ve heard the Hollywood Left bleat out their usual cliched stupidity.  David Frum and the rest of the news media vultures have thoroughly beclowned themselves.  They’re playing the same tired old gun control song and dance that they always do.

Why do these folks carry on like this?  Because they’re stupid.  Gleefully stupid, in fact.  The ever-present race for gun control can only be explained by the foolishness of the people making the argument.  They’re uninformed idiots who react to everything using their dopey emotion-rich logic-deficient ideology.

So let’s not fall into their trap.

If we really want to do something to prevent gun violence at schools, ponder a glaring inconsistency in our society.  The citizens of the United States are very comfortable hiring armed men and women to guard places like banks and credit unions.  This is seen as a reasonable deterrent to thieves who try to steal our property.

So as a nation, we’ve made the decision to guard our money with armed security officers.  Great.  At the same time, when Americans send their children to school, what guards them?  School secretaries.  Video cameras.  Metal detectors.  Gun-Free zones.

In other words, nothing.

Parents routinely drop their children off at schools that cannot deal with a mad man determined to bring death on a large scale.  They do this because we cannot imagine that this kind of isolated incident will happen in our communities.  For whatever reason, Americans think that it can’t happen to them.

Then a malignant human cancer comes along and violently shatters our delusions.

If this country really loves its kids, we’d better start protecting them at least as well as we protect our cash.

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Living And Breathing Left-Wing Politics

Posted by KingShamus on December 11, 2012

Bob Belvedere points out a strength–or is it a weakness?–of the Left’s mindset.

For the Left every aspect of life is, indeed, political — it has to be for any Ideologue. This is because an Ideologue sees everything as needing to conform to the system of ideas they have accepted as being necessary for Life to be good and worthy.

The Ideologue designs a blueprint for how Life must proceed and every material to be used in it is governed by the design. Any deviation and the structure risks becoming unstable. Like a building plan, an Ideology must be followed to the letter and, therefore, it has to dictate the specifications for everything needed to make a building efficient [electrical, plumbing, HVAC, etc.]. Thus, an Ideology must encompass every facet of Life. It must pervade every nook and cranny.

Read the whole thing.  It’s strong work.

Just to build on Bob’s idea, think about progressives and how they relate to their cultural signifiers.

For many people on the Left, Jon Stewart is a comedic genius.  He’s also the scourge of evil Rethuglicans.  He’s also the voice of a generation.  He’s also a total dreamboat.

Sorry ladies, he's taken.

Sorry ladies, he’s taken.

It’s just too bad he and his buddy Stephen Colbert don’t get the same ratings as “Swamp People”–even when you add the viewers of The Daily Show and The Colbert Report together.

But because Jon Stewart is a vociferous liberal who routinely buttresses leftist assumptions, he is covered in accolades far beyond his actual influence or ability.

The mental and emotional gymnastics needed to be a liberal must be exhausting.  You have to support undertalented overrated court jesters.  You have to laugh at their tired clap-humor.  You have to recite their dopey bits at parties as if they were the second coming of Richard Pryor.

And that just covers the television socialists that have to be fawned over.  There are many musicians who put their liberal politics well ahead of their songs.  From Bon Jovi to Bruce Springsteen, the pop world if chock full of lippy leftists who haven’t made relevant music for decades because they’re too busy to sniffing the Democrat Party’s jock.  Those luminaries of the left must be coddled and worshiped as well.

The best recent example of Karl Marx getting a permanent invite to a recording studio is Green Day, seen here acting ‘zany, yet disaffected’.

"Support Cap-N-Trade, or I will choke out Tre Cool and Billy Joe!"

Sorry ladies, they’re dip-shits.

If you recall, Green Day was a post-grunge snot punk band who had pretty much worn out their welcome with music fans right around the point when “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” became the feel-meh overplayed hit of 1997.  After that triumph of tedium the group released a folkie rock album that went directly into the bargain bins.  A pair of greatest hits/b-sides compilations killed some time as the new millennium rolled along.  For a while, it seemed like Green Day might do the honorable thing and break up due to lack of interest.

By 2004, most of the American public graduated from middle school and moved on from Green Day.  The dream of one day living in a world untainted by Bill Joe Armstrong’s pathetic fake-British accent was almost a glorious reality, but the band still had one more trick to play: Knee-Jerk George Bush Bashing.  Even though the group had largely eschewed political statements throughout their career,  American Idiot was rock opera based around the astoundingly novel concept that America is awful, traditional values are a cancer and neoconservatives are ghouls.

Naturally, American Idiot was a huge hit that revitalized the band’s career, mostly because it courageously told Hollywood and the New York Times exactly what they already believed.  Green Day became the go-to band for college freshmen looking for My First Agitprop while providing pop-culture cover for the arm-patch jacket hipster brigades.  With “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” grinding away on the ipod, one could finally read Noam Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Dissent” without immediately falling asleep.

The problem is that as a piece of art  American Idiot is jaw-droppingly weak.  Besides the title track’s frenetic energy, the songs just aren’t there.  The album is too polished for punk, too emo for metal and too pop-oriented for either.

As muddled as that sounds, the real sonic failing is the pair of overambitious 9 minute long song/suites.  Making a rock opera is difficult when the writers have talent. It’s even harder when lead guitarist Billy Joe Armstrong has only a tenuous grasp of his instrument. “Jesus of Suburbia” in particular is a cobbled-together dog’s lunch of decent to mediocre guitar riffs interspersed with Billy Joe’s faux-literate complaints about small town America.  The lyrics are tedious, but the song itself suffers from the lazy transitions and ramshackle construction of the tune’s not-so-great components.

If American Idiot was not a pointed blast of hate directed at George Bush and red state America, there is no way the media and the progressive movement (alas, I have repeated myself) would’ve lauded Green Day to the degree they did.  If American Idiot’s lyrical content had been apolitical, it would’ve been perceived as just another craptastic Green Day disc.  No loving reviews, no Grammy awards, no high-toned Broadway adaptation–none of that would’ve occurred based strictly on the artistic merits of  American Idiot.

In other words, liberals had to talk up a ham-fisted piece of creative shit just because it aligned with their socialist tastes.

This is no way to live.  It’s emotionally barren and neutered.  We on the Right should avoid this trap with all our strength.

I keep making this observation, but I think it’s worth making several dozen more times: Although conservatives pride themselves on “Not worshipping the government” and “having interests and lives outside of politics” — as contrasted with liberals — in fact, if you consume conservative media, you will find our media completely rubbishes that claim, because the expressly conservative media is almost entirely about government and politics.

Even when the conservative media notes the occasional fiction book, the review is often largely about what the book says about politics or morality. That is, even in a review of fiction we seem over-concerned with the politically didactic usefulness of art.

No insult to Matthew Condinetti, and I should note it’s not exclusively about those things — I cite this just as a for-instance. I see this a lot. K-Lo will put in a positive review for an Adam Sandler-produced movie like Deuce Bigelow (yeah, I think I remembered she liked it), but will spend the bulk of her praise talking about how the movie illustrates Deuce’s central decency and how that is a Good Message and… yawn.

Is it a funny movie? Does it achieve its goals? Does it entertain? Does it provoke? Those are the proper grounds for review of a film or book. Sure, given a conservative audience, you’d also want to note the objectionable material or positive messages in a sentence or two, to alert conservative-minded people about them. But such things are not properly the main grounds for appreciation of a fiction.

Rest the rest of Ace’s piece.  It’s very good.

Here’s something that may sound a little too simple, but it’s still true–Conservatives should critique art.  Conservatives should confront the culture head on.  More importantly, conservatives should get a glove and get in the game of creating art.  What conservatives should not do is automatically get behind a movie or book just because it’s sympathetic to the Right.

Let the Left have a monopoly on being knee-jerk applause clowns. By all means progressives, keep barking like trained seals for corrupt propaganda pieces.  Liberals have already more than filled America’s quota for sycophantic entertainment knob-polishers.

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Great News–Lovable Fresh Faced Moppet Set To Become US Ambassador To England

Posted by KingShamus on December 9, 2012

The least diplomatic person in the fashion world is about to become an American diplomat. Makes perfect sense.

Two years late, give a warm hug to a million brain cells short.

In 2010, we set up an interview with the Syrian leader’s wife, Asma al-Assad, a Western-educated former banker and a woman with a reputation as a force for reform in the Middle East. Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable, and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms.

Shorter Nuclear Wintour: Sorry I believed the Assad Regime’s bullshit and then published it verbatim in my bubble-headed fashion magazine.

I know Anna Banana put out this little half-assed apology back in June, but it’s become a tad more interesting given that the Vogue Meanie-In-Chief may be getting a new job.

There’s a rumor in Washington that the United Kingdom may soon be welcoming a very stylish emissary. According to a report by Bloomberg News, Anna Wintour, the powerful editor of Vogue magazine, is being considered by President Obama for the prestigious post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom.

I know a lot of us wanna tee off on this Ambassador Wintour thing like it’s a huge outrage.  It’s understandable; I kinda wanna go ballistic too.  But the more I think about it, the more I think this more annoying than anything else.

After all, what is an ambassador, really?  I know we’d like to think of them as thoughtful diplomats who understand all the foreign-type gobbledeegook that the rest of us forgot in World Cultures class.  Unfortunately, a person usually gets the job because she donated the biggest chunk of cash to the winning presidential candidate.  The late Christopher Stevens seems to have been one of the few ambassadors who actually understood the language, customs and culture of the country he was assigned.

More importantly, an ambassador’s job involves kissing ass.  This isn’t a quality one would normally associate with Anna Wintour.  But think about it this way:  If Vogue and Wintour can figure out a way to grovel in front of Dictatorette Asma Al-Assad, surely striking an obsequious pose for England shouldn’t be too difficult.

So yeah, floating the Wintour ambassadorship trial balloon is indicative of the Obama Administration’s habitual unseriousness.  It’s governance by D-List niche celebrity, of the type President SolidGold Wonderful seems particularly fond of.  Oh well.  It’s Barry’s presidency and I guess he’s allowed to run it like an America’s Next Top Model episode.

Besides, if we’re going to get annoyed over something here, how about the injustice of poor mistreated Sarah Jessica Parker not getting her own ambassadorship?

More, Slightly Related Kinda:  Here’s a picture of Anna Wintour’s favorite power-couple taking in the Parthenon, in Athens Greece.

The Couple Who Oppresses Together Stays Together

Even Better:  Here’s Jim Geraghty.

I suppose we’re expected to believe Wintour has distinguished credentials, qualifying her to represent the United States to one of its closest allies, beyond her political affiliation or contribution. And I suppose we’re also to believe that Anna Wintour has risen to the standard of proven excellence in the U.S. State Department’s mission in representing this country abroad.

Never mind Wintour being the most-qualified person to be our next ambassador to the U.K. or France; she’s probably not even the most qualified Obama bundler for the job.

Just like Joe Biden is the smartest most able vice-president Barack Obama could’ve picked.

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“High On A Mountaintop” By Chris Cassone–A Tribute to the Heroes of Benghazi

Posted by KingShamus on December 8, 2012

Chris Cassone understands something about President Obama and his administration full of feckless spineless cowards that most of the Palace Guard Media refuses to acknowledge.

High On A Mountaintop

I heard the man on the radio, said, “My son is gone and what’s to show?”
Defending who knows what for who knows why.
Half a world away they watched for real, they saw the soul of a Navy Seal
“Who gave the order for my son to die?”

Evil men telling evil lies
Just to win a vote you let them die
While that drone would only hover.
Finger pointing. They’re on the run.
Investigations have all begun.
How much more will they uncover?

High on a mountaintop. That’s the only place where I can stop this crying
High on a mountaintop. Closer to God and further from all this lying.
You know it stands to reason, and it’s shaping up like treason, we all know.

He didn’t even have to venture in, but when his brothers, they all needed him,
He was on the spot…not flying to Vegas.
Real leaders lead when they are called,
Never thinking that they’ll drop the ball
But drop to their knees for Him who has made us

9-11, baby, you should have known
Al Queida coming and they’re all alone
But where is the outrage for THIS story?
Laser target, in his sight
60 to one, yea the odds looked right.
You’ll never understand their glory

HOAM. It’s the only place I can go to stop this hurting.
HOAM Justice will come one day, I know for certain.
-I know I cannot runaway, but give us just another single day
-These heroes live forever but a coward dies a thousand times.
-You know it stands to reason but it’s shaping up like treason, we all know.

Half a world away they watched for real, they saw the soul of a Navy Seal
“Who gave the order for my son to die?”

A great song which asks important questions.

Prediction:  Right around 2016, the brave truth seeking mainstream press that constantly pats itself on the groin for speaking truth to power will finally have enough time to report on what actually happened on September 11th in Benghazi.  The story of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Tyrone Woods, Glen Doherty and Sean Smith will be a huge fifty word featured blurb on page E-12 of the New York Times.  The heroes of Benghazi will fall below a fawning profile of Michele Obama’s victorious Senate run, a Paul Krugman op-ed praising Supreme Court Chief Justice Joe Biden for enshrining the constitutional right of dolphins to have same-sex marriage and a full page meditation on America’s heartbreak over Lindsey Lohan’s eighteenth stint in rehab.

That is, unless we in the blogosphere keep this story alive.

I snagged this link and video from Jim over at the great Conservatives on Fire blog.  Thanks, mi amigo.  Read his series of posts on taking an incremental approach vis-a-vis the upcoming collapse of the Western world.

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Best Idea Ever–Female Frontline Soldiers

Posted by KingShamus on December 3, 2012

Jeff over at Protein Wisdom gives us the scoop on the latest doings on the female empowerment front.

This is actually quite interesting:  “The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), representing four military women and the activist Servicewomen’s Action Network (SWAN), has filed a San Francisco lawsuit demanding that female soldiers be forced into direct ground combat (infantry) battalions.”

The lawsuit is being filed because female soldiers have been proven to be just as good ad their male counterparts.

This despite “numerous studies and tests conducted over the past 30 years, in the direct ground combat environment” showing “women do not have an equal opportunity to survive, or to help fellow soldiers survive.”

Oh.

Well.

It must be sexist or racist or sexist-racist (sexiracist?) to keep women off the front lines, so let the litigation commence.

BTW:  I’m with Jeff.  If a woman can physically and mentally perform to the same degree as a man, she should be eligible to serve in any Obamafied kinetic military actions.

But that’s not what this lawsuit is about.

It’s about making women ‘equal’ to men, no matter how badly we have to torture biology and physics and math to make it happen.

Whatever.  I for one have had it trying to protect thumbsucking anti-American leftoids from the consequences of their moronic policy proposals.  Every day, members of the reality-based community furiously beat their spoons on their high chairs demanding the rest of us give in to every one of their thoughtless childish whims.

So fuck it.  Give the ACLU everything that it wants in this case.  Marxists think women in combat is like the bestest idea ever?  Cool.  We should make Gloria Allred an eleventy-star general just to celebrate this marvelous achievement-free achievement.

As a matter of fact, if you look at the history of America, women have gotten off pretty easy when it comes to fighting in combat.  Since the Revolutionary War, the overwhelming number of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen have been men.  The US government has been guilty of creating a disparate impact on our male citizens-soldiers.  This sort of blatant sexist discrimination against almost half of our population cannot and will not stand.

Currently, the US Army is 13% female and 87% male.  Those numbers need to change.  If we’re serious about righting the long-standing historic wrong our government has perpetrated against men, we must not only must allow women serve in combat.  We have to go further, and make the Army an 87% female force.

Call me a radical feminist, but America will never be an equal society when women don’t have to shoulder the burden of defending our country.   That means our Army must stop taking in male recruits, while at the same time creating a massive new program to recruit and retain female Army candidates.  It’s the only way we can right one of the great civil rights failures in America’s history.

I mean, why not let a Katy Perry video help determine our nation’s military policy?

Update:  Linked by Theo Spark! Thanks for the shout-out.

Update II:  Linked by Edge Of The Sandbox.  Check out her post for the sexxxiest picture of Moochelle Obama ever.

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