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World Trade Center Memorial Didn’t Want A Ground Zero Picture

Posted by KingShamus on July 29, 2013

Which picture, you ask?

Don’t get annoyed.  It’s really not a big deal.  I mean, nobody has seen this photo, right?

You Are Not Looking At An Iconic Picture From The Aftermath Of The September 11th Terrorist Attacks

This may be one of the most famous photographs from the immediate post-9/11 era.  Hell, it might be one of the most well-known pictures of all time.  Naturally, that means it was almost left out of the memorial.

Michael Shulan, the museum’s creative director, was among staffers who considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America,” according to “Battle for Ground Zero” (St. Martin’s Press) by Elizabeth Greenspan, out next month.

for a moment, let’s take Shulan’s stupidity on stilts at face value.  Even if the picture is just too damn patriotic for the type of dainty chest-waxing liberal who runs around calling himself a creative director, that doesn’t change the fact that the photo exists.  Not only does it exist, but it captures one of the defining moments of that time.  To exclude it from the official WTC memorial, especially for such sniffy taste-specific reasons, would be an act of censorship.  Funny, I thought the vaunted creative community was against putting limits on the truth.

So how does Shulan think the United States should present itself to the world?

“I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly and so vehemently,” Shulan said.

Translation: “Love of country is soooooooo passe.”

Oh but wait, Michael Shulan isn’t done:

 “My concern, as it always was, is that we not reduce [9/11] down to something that was too simple, and in its simplicity would actually distort the complexity of the event, the meaning of the event,” he said.

Showing the US flag being raised over the rubble of the World Trade Center is ‘simplistic’.

I didn’t know the September 11th terrorist attack was such a complicated event.  Quick Recap: Al-Qaeda extremists, enthralled by Islamic jihadism, hijacked passenger planes and flew them into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, attempting to destroy our economy and weaken our government.  In the process, 3000 innocent people were incinerated because a murderous butcher named Osama bin Laden hated the United States.

September 11th is only complicated if you perseverate on the the Noam Chomsky-lite ideology of the ‘root causes’ of terrorism.  For these sorts of leftists-, America must forever wring it’s hands.  The only proper thing to do in the face of something like 9/11 is for the US to abase itself in front of the nation’s most virulent haters.  The conversation that begins with ‘Why do they hate us?’ must always be a closed circuit loop that ends with ‘Because we deserved it’.  That what Shulan ultimately means when he wheezes about the supposed complexity of 9/11.

Here’s a hint for people looking for the meaning of 9/11.

The September 11th terrorist attacks were meant to be a direct heartfelt message from al-Qaeda to America–“Die”.

One would think Osama bin Laden’s earnest valentine of hate directed at the people of America would be pretty easy to figure out.  Nihilism is not complex.  Slaughtering people is not hard to discern.  Or at least it shouldn’t be.

It is in our response to militant Islam’s murderous attack on America where one can find complexity.  The self-sacrifice, the heroism and the ultimate survival of our nation is a tale that needs to be told.  It needs to be documented and passed down from generation to generation.  One really good way of documenting America’s 9/11 story would be to include a picture of the three firemen, raising an American flag in the aftermath of the worst attack on our soil.

Unless, you’re Michael Shulan, who thinks that photo is terribly gauche.

The problem is that Michael Shulan isn’t just some random dude on the street with a dopey opinion.  He’s the creative director for the World Trade Center Memorial.  In other words, he’s in charge of shaping our understanding of the most painful tragedy in recent times.  To paraphrase Instapundit, Shulan and the people who seek to explain American culture are just not that into America.

Our elites have, at best, a fleeting affection for the country they seek to lead and define.  Most of the time, the people at the core of our culture have an active disdain for America and the people who inhabit it.  From the campus Marxoids to the Hollywood Limousine Jacobins to the Washington DC/New York newsmedia hub…and, sadly, the World Trade Center Memorial…the men and women who run our institutions cannot hide their annoyance with the civilizational touchstones most Americans enjoy.   This isn’t healthy for our short-term culture wars or our long term survival.

If conservatives want to deal with the effete progressives snobs that man our cultural machinery, they’d better start soon.  If traditionalists focused on being credible counterweights to the Michael Shulans of the world, it would do a lot to restore some balance in our society.  Maybe in a few decades, we won’t have institutions that automatically despise American patriotism.  That would be nice.

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David Gregory Gets To Skate, Ben Shapiro Makes Piers Morgan Irate

Posted by KingShamus on January 13, 2013

Priveleges

Not surprising.

District of Columbia Attorney General Irvin Nathan issued a lengthy letter today explaining the decision not to prosecute David Gregory “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law,” despite rejecting NBC’s claims of a subjective misunderstanding of the law, and despite vowing vigorous enforcement of gun laws.

But it’s not like this Important Sophisticated Celebrity Journalist got any special favors.  Gregory’s wife is totally not BFF’s with the DC attorney general or anything.

Oh, wait… 

For a reporter, David “Laws For Thee Not Me” Gregory is a great dancer.

DANCE PLAYBOY DANCE!

Now that’s how you do “Gangam Style”, kids.

Meanwhile, Piers Morgan continued to make the case for a highly restrictive immigration policy against disgraced British tabloid editors by having a patronizing sneer-fest with Breitbart editor Ben Shapiro.  Watch for yourself.  Seeing an English know-it-all shoot himself in the foot (see what I did there?) is must-see TV.

Go to 10:10 to catch the real magic.  Everybody is talking about Beerz Morguecrotch calling the US Constitution “your little book”, but that’s just the obvious self-pwnage.  No, the really cool bit is when CNN dude holds up the Ronald Reagan letter and tries to club Shapiro over the head with it.

What is it with the liberal fetish for self-defeating interview props?  First David Gregory waves an illegal 30 round magazine in Wayne LaPierre’s face, then Pierce Organ throws a Gipper quote at Shapiro that promptly does nothing but make the  reasonable host gun control fanatic look stupid.  It’s like media leftists have to have some kind of comforting woobby to soothe themselves when going up against evil reich-wing thugs.

Prop reporting is sorta like prop comedy.  The Amazing Jonathan is often brilliant.  Gallagher can be funny as hell.  Carrot Top will stumble onto a decent bit every year or so.  People pay good money to see these guys do their thing.  Yet even with all that, there is a stigma against comedians who work with props.  Other stand-up guys look down on them.  Comedy nerds use prop comics as a punchline.

I think people hate on these guys because the prop is seen–rightly or wrongly–as a crutch.  It’s like if they didn’t have the sledgehammer or the treasure box full of crap or whatever, they wouldn’t be able to make a joke.  Again, your mileage may vary when it comes to prop comics, but that seems to be the critique against them.

When a reporter uses a prop to make his point, especially when using it against a guest, it’s sorta the same thing.  Couldn’t homeboy use his j-school big boy words to make the same point?  Does he have to have the prop to make the segment work?

During the David Gregory/Wayne LaPierre dust-up, the Meet The Press host wanted to put the NRA veep in his place–‘You love these death instruments more than you care about kids.’  Too bad for Gregory that LaPierre didn’t take the bait.  Instead, Gregory made himself look stupid.  And broke the laws that he wants everyone else to follow.

Morgan’s use of the Reagan letter was a little different.  There, he tried to use the 40th president’s position on assault weapons as a wedge to separate Shapiro from a conservative icon.  Unfortunately for Morgan, admiring Reagan doesn’t mean blind obeisance to every one of his positions.  That made it tough for him to beat up on Shapiro, so Morgan’s snippy moral outrage skit fell apart.

Far be it from me to tell the genius liberal media how to run their shows.  If they wanna keep using prop reportage, go ahead.  After all, how could anybody quibble with Piers Morgan’s sky-high ratings?

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Al Gore Sells Current Network To Al-Jazeera

Posted by KingShamus on January 3, 2013

Al "Cash Money" Gore

Alternate Headline:  Two Bloated Government-Subsidized Anti-American Entities Collide.

Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news giant, has long tried to convince Americans that it is a legitimate news organization, not a parrot of Middle Eastern propaganda or something more sinister.

It just bought itself 40 million more chances to make its case.

Al Jazeera on Wednesday announced a deal to take over Current TV, the low-rated cable channel that was founded by Al Gore, a former vice president, and his business partners seven years ago. Al Jazeera plans to shut Current and start an English-language channel, which will be available in more than 40 million homes, with newscasts emanating from both New York and Doha, Qatar.

“Low-rated”?

Current doesn’t even sorta compete with bottom-crawler MSNBC.

Whatevs.  If the Old Grey Lady wants to soft-pedal Al Gore’s failure as a broadcaster, that’s fine.  Every breathless teeny-bopper wants to believe her idol is infallible.

Now, here’s the best part.

Mr. Gore and his partners were eager to complete the deal by Dec. 31, lest it be subject to higher tax rates that took effect on Jan. 1, according to several people who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Because when Mitt Romney uses legal ways to avoid taxes, he’s a ghoulish blood-sucker.  When Al Gore does it, there is nothing to see here.  Thank for clearing that up, New York Times.

UPDATE:  Time Warner Cable liked this deal so much they dropped Al-Gorezeeeera from their channel roster.  Hey Qatari media geniuses–if you’ve got $500 million dollars just laying around doing nothing, this blog is officially for sale.  Direct message me on Twitter.  Let’s make some magic happen.

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2012–Obama’s Ascendancy or Conservative Reform?

Posted by KingShamus on January 1, 2013

Let’s face facts, people.  Conservatism really took it on the chin in 2012.  After all, Republican Mitt Romney got his ass beat by left-wing ideologue Barack Obama.  The Supreme Court, led by John “No Seriously, Dubya Nominated Me!” Roberts, upheld ObamaCare.  The US Senate remained in the hands of Democrat Majority Leader embarrassment Harry Reid.

Look at some of the dire metrics going against conservatives. The fiscal cliff deal is all tax hikes, no spending cuts and a whole lot of kabuki theater nonsense.  The media remains a statist bullhorn and progressive piggy bank all in one.  The education establishment is committed to indoctrinating America’s youth in the ways of Karl Marx while failing to teach them how to read.  According to conventional wisdom, the Right should spare themselves the embarrassment of a messy end, get into a dark corner, curl up in a ball and quietly die.

Again.

Just like it croaked in 2009, right?

Seems as if once more, conservatism didn’t listen to it’s sworn enemies or it’s fair-weather friends.

Consider the following sequence of events.  On Election Night, Barack Obama’s hottest sexual fantasy was fulfilled when Mitt Romney delivered a submissive beta-male concession speech.  Just over a month later, Governor Rick Snyder made right-to-work the law of the land in union-dominated Michigan.

That certainly wasn’t supposed to happen.  Just like after Obama won in 2008, the left was stoked to see America morph into a slightly bigger less ouzo-fueled Greece.  Socialist values were destined to sweep away all the bitter-clingers and their retrograde obsessions with the US Constitution, free market socialism and keeping some of the money they earned through the sweat of their labors.  All that hackneyed 18th century Enlightenment jive was going out the door, replaced by Barack Obama’s brand of shiny happy grievance-group buy-offs.

The Mitten State, of all places, was thought to be one of the strongholds of Barack Obama’s national progressive realignment.  Big aggressive labor groups pumping piles of money into Democrat campaign coffers has been the great idea in the Donkey-Puncher playbook since the Paleolithic Era.  Now that beloved Donkey-Puncher strategy is in serious jeopardy.

Lest you think this is an isolated right-wing victory in a sea of conservative defeats, ponder the fact that during what was supposed to be the new Progressive Golden Age, no Republican has lost a governorship since 2007.  Thirty states have a GOP chief executive.  Twenty-one states have both a Republican governor and a GOP-controlled legislature.  Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker not only survived a nasty recall race, he annihilated the competition and looks poised to win a second term.

Seen this way, it’s clear many states welcome right-of-center politics.  They’re comfortable letting conservatives–or ‘Republicans‘ at least–run their governments.  Why didn’t all that translate into a win for Mitt Romney?

Maybe because Romney just didn’t offer enough of a contrast to Barack Obama’s galloping socialism.  Forget for a moment that the former Taxachussetts governor got less votes in ’12 than that famous arch rightwing stalwart John McCain did in 2008.  Instead, look at how well the Libertarian Party candidate did.  Gary Johnson scored 44,000 votes in Florida.  Ohio gave 47,000 votes to the former New Mexico governor.  He snagged 48,000 votes in the Keystone State.

To be fair, with the exception of Florida, none of these vote counts could’ve put Romney ahead of Obama.  But you can look at these Gary Johnson voters, along with Mitt’s overall lack of support, as indicative of a general conservative dismay with the Republican nominee.  If the GOP presidential candidate isn’t going to stand up forcefully to the President, why should anybody else?  Many voters made the entirely reasonable conclusion that Romney was a weak specimen, and they looked at other options.  This in turn created a min-Perot effect, where the traditionalist/conservative vote was split in several states and was depressed across the country.

The Romney campaign seemed to take an awful lot of voters for granted.  Social issues like abortion were never really addressed, except in the quietest most defensive way possible.  Gun enthusiasts got a few perfunctory interviews in various National Rifle Association publications, but that was pretty much it.  It seemed as if Team Mitt felt these voters–who make a large chunk of the Republican base–were just going to fall in line.  Those Republicans were not swayed by Romney’s sotto voce strategy, and it ended up costing Romney dearly.

Worse, by not going out and arguing against Obama’s anti-life positions or his thinly-veiled hatred of the Second Amendment, the GOP nominee allowed David Axelrod and Co. to define him as an out of touch racist gay-bashing plutocrat who wanted to chain women to an ironing board while simultaneously giving them cancer.  In retrospect, the Romney campaign ran an absurd race.  While Mitt wanted the election to be about jobs and the economy, Obama and the media (sorry for the repetition) made it about what an unlikable piece of shit Romney is.

Sadly the Democrat’s plan worked, because the Republican nominee was unable to defend himself from a barrage of attacks. Nor could he articulate strong positions that excited important parts of the GOP base. Worse, he couldn’t effectively pivot any of his policy positions into personal or political slams against Barack Obama.

In short, conservatism’s problems in 2012 were much the same as they were in 2008.  Nationally, their standard-bearer was n astoundingly poor choice to represent the vast center-right coalition that should be natural Republican Party supporters.  In contrast, state level conservatives are enacting serious reforms.  Once you look beyond Washington DC’s poisonous liberal assumptions, there is a muscular conservatism to be found in the rest of the nation that is making progress against the utterly unsustainable blue state model.

Maybe the Right should do what Rush Limbaugh says.

Let’s try conservatism, just for a second, just to see how it feels.

Now in the short term, conservatives will certainly take some licks.  Their nominal party just lost an election.  That tends to have painful consequences.  More ominously, the Republican’s caving in to the fiscal cliff deal might just be the final nail in the Party’s coffin.  That means precious time will be lost as conservatives coalesce behind a new opposition party.  If that process is done quickly a regenerated Tea Party, flush with new supporters, could become a more effective bulwark against the Democrat’s hateful statism than the feckless GOP.

Looking at the situation in total, 2012 gave conservatives plenty of heartburn.  But in some ways, the failure of the Republican Party’s presidential campaign and the success of the state-level GOP gives the Right options it did not have in 2011.  We have principled leaders in positions of power who have started tearing down liberalism’s failed policies.  The Right can tout their successes and compare them to Obama’s catastrophes.

Even better, conservatives no longer just have to accept what the Republican Party tries to spoon-feed them.  The Right has gotten very little out of it’s coalition with the Beltway GOP besides a pair of busted presidential campaigns and a very strained frenemy-esque relationship.  Perhaps it’s time to remind the Republican Party who really is the junior partner in the firm.

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

Posted by KingShamus on November 27, 2012

Lawrence O’Donnell, seen here angrily yelling at Cathy Seipp for disagreeing with him.

Lawrence O’Donnell:  Brave years-ahead-of-the-curve trendsetter.

Liberal loudmouth Lawrence O’Donnell was born in Massachusetts and graduated Harvard. He was an aide to the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a New York Democrat. He is also the host of a popular show on MSNBC, “The Last Word.” Back in 2004, he advocated secession — for blue states that voted for John Kerry.

On “The McLaughlin Group” after George W. Bush’s re-election, O’Donnell said, “The big problem the country now has, which is going to produce a serious discussion of secession over the next 20 years, is that the segment of the country that pays for the federal government is now being governed by the people who don’t pay for the federal government.”

“Did you say secession?” fellow guest Tony Blankley asked incredulously. “Are you calling for civil war?”

“You can secede without firing a shot,” O’Donnell responded.

Read the rest of the article at the link.  So much ooey-gooey schadenfreude.

Oh, but I’ve been told by all the important lamestream media hand-wringers that being pro-secession meant being a toothless illiterate hillbilly from the deep red South.  

Huh.

I am truly puzzled by this stunning development.  Why, it’s almost as if the MSM narrative is completely wrong or something.  This is a mystery may never be solved.

The Left is really good at projecting its weird pathologies on conservatives.  When this secession talk starting popping up in the post-election aftermath, I was fairly annoyed with some of my fellow righties.  It felt, and still does feel, like petulant foot-stamping.  I didn’t like seeing folks from my side act so unseemly, so childish, so…liberal.

Then it turned out I was more right than I realized.

But it’s okay that Lawrence O’Donnell had a separatist temper tantrum on a highly rated nationally syndicated Sunday news program.  He really didn’t mean anything by it when he got a skinned knee over Dubya’s re-election and told liberals that secession was a viable option.  He supports the Obama personality cult and free abortion pills and endless entitlement spending and gay marriage, so he gets a pass.

I snagged this link from Instapundit.  Muchas gracias

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Election Day 2012

Posted by KingShamus on November 6, 2012

Alright, America.

You know what to do.

If you want Barack Obama to take his rightful place as the local has-been at Pebble Beach’s 19th Hole Bar and Grill, you must vote for Mitt Romney.

Not Gary Johnson.

Not Ron Paul.

Not Jill Stein.

Not Roseanne Barr.

Mitt Romney.

It’s really that simple.

Mitt Romney is the only candidate who can stop Barack Obama’s profligate spending, deleterious energy policies, divisive racialism and international bungling.  If these things concern you, you have a clear choice.  If Mister Obama’s record makes you nervous about the future of your country, you can do something about it.

Vote Mitt Romney.

Now, on to some links and commentary.

Here’s a good reminder from Ace.

…remember in 2000, all the networks, even Fox, called Florida before polls there were even closed.

The Republican-heavy Panhandle could vote until 8 PM Eastern, but the genius networks didn’t know that, and insisted the polls shut down at 7 PM Eastern– telling Republican voters in a densely-populated area of the state to not vote.

And then they compounded that by calling the state for Gore.

Telling Republicans the polls were closed when they were still open for another hour was one of the biggest dirty tricks played in the history of politics, and probably turned Florida from a clean Bush win into a very, very narrow, intensely disputed one.

In addition, claiming Bush had lost the election by 7 PM eastern undoubtedly poisoned the spirits of Republicans in more westerly states. And remember, that year, New Mexico was lost by Bush by something like a thousand total votes.

Wisconsin was also not called until the day after the election. People forget that. I did. I only know this because I spent last night reviewing the coverage of Election Night 2000.

Read the rest.

Think about it this way.  Back in 2000, the MSM was willing to risk it’s credibility to give a big helping hand to the idiot nepot Al Gore.  If they were willing to play those kinds of dirty tricks for him, what won’t they do for their own Personal Jesus?

This isn’t just another presidential election.  This is the lamestream media’s Armageddon.  This is the culmination of their massive cold war against flyover country.  They want Obama to win just so he can put all the stubborn bitter-clingers and evil reich-wingers in their rightful place.

Conservatives and traditionalists–ignore the media today.  They are not your ally.  In fact, they never have been.  Furthermore, they do not have your best interests, or your country’s best interests, at heart.  They are just another wing of the progressive movement, a movement dedicated to fundamentally transforming this country into a worker’s paradise.

The press ardently pines for your depression and apathy.  They don’t want you to vote.  They want you to think Obama has this thing in the bag.

Again, put these craven leftist hacks in your rear-view mirror and forget about them.

Read Robert Stacy McCain’s on-site reportage from Ohio.  Check out Meep’s awesome charts and graphs.  Ponder the Sentry Journal’s sage advice.  Shake your head at the New Black Panthers pulling their same old song and dance in Philadelphia.

Focus on what you have to do today.  Don’t get demoralized by the media’s epic douchebaggery.  We can win this.  In fact, we will win it, if we turn out.

Which brings me to my prediction.

Why am I doing this?  Why am I putting myself out on a ledge?  Besides being a glutton for punishment?  I dunno.

Here’s the thing.  If the GOP’s Get-out-the-Vote efforts are even just ‘sorta good’, this race will be over tonight.  Forget about Ohio.  I know they’ve all but guaranteed a recount with their wacky voting nonsense.

No, Mitt Romney will win Ohio.  Ironically, he won’t need it.  Because his map will look like something like this:

Romney will take somewhere in the neighborhood of 315 electoral votes to Obama’s 223.  Even if Team Barry disputes the hell out of the Ohio vote count, it won’t matter.  He can litigate the results till Antarctica continental-drifts itself into a tropical paradise.  Mitt will flip Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Furthermore, I think Romney will put a scare into Minnesota Democrats.  He’ll get a big turnout in the Michigan burbs and hinterlands before Detroit’s insane liberal voting bloc puts Obama over the top there.   While the Romney/Ryan ticket won’t win in those two states, he’ll do well enough to shock many in the leftist commentariat.

Will the Donkey-Punchers have inflated numbers due to massive voter fraud turnout?  Certainly.  Will it be enough to change the outcome?  No.

The only way Obama scores a victory today is if he is somehow able to keep it close enough in Ohio, Iowa and Wisconsin so that the big city voter fraud operations can carry him over the finish line.  The Bamster can only win a squeaker.  But that scenario is only operational if the conservatives and Republicans don’t turn out to vote.

Which they will.

Again, ya’all know what to do.  Swamp the cheaters.  Outvote the statists.  Perplex the progs.  Beat Obama.

By midnight tonight, we will have a new president.

And then the work of turning this great and glorious country around will have just begun.

I’ll be on Twitter, rocking out.

Shoot me a line so we can laugh at Chris Matthews shitting his pants on national television.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Why Clint Eastwood’s Republican Convention Speech Worked

Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“I-i-i-i-dio-“

“Idiots.  It’s for you.”

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

Oh well.  Eastwood still rules.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by KingShamus on August 29, 2012

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

Mia Love:

Brian Sandoval:

Artur Davis:

Is anybody noticing a pattern here?

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

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

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

One could almost call it ‘whitewashing’.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by KingShamus on August 16, 2012

The pro-choice movement:  They thirst for death.

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

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

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

Nihilism disguised as selflessness.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Liberal Bubble–A Primer

Posted by KingShamus on August 1, 2012

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

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

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

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

But what polls are liberals paying attention to?

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by KingShamus on July 24, 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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