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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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Maureen Dowd Might Want To Make Babies With Jon Stewart And Stephen Colbert…

Posted by KingShamus on April 13, 2012

…but nobody watches their stupid pointless shows.

Thursday night, “The Daily Show,” that high-larious satire program hosted by Jon — New Murrow — Stewart, captured 1.827 million viewers.

His pal Stephen Colbert managed to wrangle 1.371 million viewers.

That means that these two shows, which the media assure us are populist phenomenons, garnered a total of 3.198 million people … or somewhere around .092% of the American population.

On the other hand, “Swamp People” humiliated them both (combined!), with a total viewership of nearly 5 million.

Read the rest, as John Nolte basically demolishes the Cult of The Fake-But-Real Comedy Central News Hour.

The funny thing about living in the Left’s media universe is that even conservatives can buy into the hype; in this case, specifically, me.

It’s amazing, really.  I think of myself as relatively keyed-in to the huge progressive influence on the media.  I get how the people who the run the news and entertainment industries (yes, I repeat myself) are pretty much all doctrinaire liberals.

Yet even with that built-in understanding, I still sorta take the media at their word.  “Oh yeah, Stephen Colbert is a cultural icon.”  “Yes of course The Daily Show is a massive hit.”

Why do I think that?  Because CNN’s producers keep telling me how the brilliant satire of The Colbert Report effortlessly skewers Fox News.  Because the New York Times just can’t stop huffing Jon Stewart’s sweet Obama-shilling dong.  Because everybody with an MSM megaphone repeats the con-job over and over again.

Meanwhile, if  “The Daily Show” is a crucial voice within the cultural zeitgeist with a million pairs of eyeballs watching it, what does that make the five million viewers strong “Swamp People”?  A back-asswards curiosity for anyone locked into the left-wing thought bubble, naturally.

Because the people who run Hollywood and the mainstream news outlets are leftist ideologues, they desperately want consumers to think that progressive programming–and thus progressive political views–are popular and normal.  That means constantly pumping up shows that bolster left wing politics, even when the programs are niche products found on niche networks with limited viewerships. This is what turns “The Colbert Report”, a tiresome one joke sketch for college-age water-bong enthusiasts, into the voice of a generation.

The thing is that it’s a scam.  Better still, even goofballs like me can see the game they’re running.  The folks at home are starting to get wise to the bullshit.

But it’s not all bad news for the progressive movement.  It’s not like leftist think tanks are all just a bunch of well-funded astro-turf operations.  Oh, wait…

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The Barack Obama/Jon Stewart One-Sided Bromance

Posted by KingShamus on February 23, 2012

Skip to about 6:00 to see Daily Show Stewie figure out that, darn it, Barry just isn’t that into him.

[Emo/]

But forget Stewart’s kvetching for a tick.

One wonders what the hell the audience is laughing at here. What’s really funny about this bit? “Haha, the President finds us tedious and stupid! What a knee-slapper!”

Its impossible to know for certain, but David Letterman’s audience isn’t likely to be overly conservative. Over the last decade or so, Letterman has tried his damnedest to alienate anyone to the right of Nancy Pelosi. At this point, the folks who make up the crowd at a Letterman Show taping are either apolitical low-information independents or pro-clap humor leftists who couldn’t get seats to The Colbert Report. The people yukking it up at Stewart’s gags are by and large Obama supporters. Do they hate themselves?

Beyond the audience’s self-loathing, Jon Stewart doesn’t come off all that well either. Homeboy might’ve been a comedian back in the day, but his nebbish self-deprecation act is pretty much completely played out. Its one thing to work the ‘I-hate-myself’ bits when you’re a struggling comic doing the warm-up gig at a dive club in Duluth. When you’re a prominent well-paid member of the Viacom Corporation, it’s hard to keep selling the same jokes you’ve been using since the Clinton Administration.

Speaking of jokes, besides a few throwaway lines here and there, where was Stewart’s mad comedy skillz? Jonnie’s adoring fans at MSNBC and the New York Times insist that he’s a comic genius. Yet here is Stewart riffing on the some of the most clichéd material imaginable. Unless you think ‘Say, ever notice how Jewish people aren’t known for their athletic prowess’ jokes are cutting edge. It’s amazing how much sharper Stewart is when he’s got his raft of Daily Show writers and editors setting him up. Without that crutch, Stewart is little more than a hammy Borscht Belt throwback.

The wounded puppy dog undertone in Stewart’s joke is fairly pathetic too. It has the stench of a man who realizes that his political idol views him as little more than a means to an end. Stewart probably didn’t think the Age of Obama wasn’t gonna end up this way. After 2008 everybody was supposed to head on out to the dance floor and get with the socialist slide, with Stewart as the line-dance leader. The only issue left to debate was just how fast America was going to hurdle towards the warm bosom of the nanny-state.

Instead the Tea Party sprang up and shit the punchbowl with all their buzzkill talk about entitlement reform, stopping runaway spending and embracing the Tenth Amendment. Then the 2010 midterms rolled around and the reich-wing raaaaacist GOPers went and ruined what was supposed to be Stewart’s Democrat-saving rally by actually winning the House. Now its 2012 and Stewart’s BFF isn’t exactly cruising to a 45 state landslide.

Worse, Jon Stewart has been reduced to being just another grunt in the President’s palace guard. That’s not awesome. Who the hell wants to be the ideological equivalent of an end-table in the Barack Enablers Club?  Seems like Stewart is starting to realize just who is the very junior partner in his relationship with President Obama.

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When Barry Wet Johnnie

Posted by KingShamus on October 30, 2010

It’s so sweet when two people, who you just know will be perfect together, finally meet.

I can’t embed the video, so you can go to the link and watch Jon ‘PuppyDog’ Stewart and President Dreamboat fumble with each other’s zippers and try to get to second base.

I watched most of it live, but I just couldn’t finish.  The concentrated amount of liberal lap-dogging done by Stewart was too much.  I had to turn it off and come back to it later online.  When I did, it was still awful. 

Here’s a transcript of one section of the interview:

Stewart:  Barack, you are so pretty and hip, why aren’t you as liberal as I wish you could be?  Also, I find myself getting lost in the depths of your big gorgeous eyes…

Obama:  Shhhh, Daddy will answer all your questions.  Just hush those flaccid fish-lips, buttercup.

Okay, I made that up.  A little. 

For the doe-eyed political noob perspective on the Obama/Stewart date night, read Dana Milbank’s slapping of his little meat-paws on the old keyboardotron.

Stewart, who struggled to suppress a laugh as Obama defended Summers, turned out to be an able inquisitor on behalf of aggrieved liberals. He spoke for the millions who had been led to believe that Obama was some sort of a messianic figure. Obama has only himself to blame for their letdown. By raising expectations impossibly high, playing the transformational figure to Hillary Clinton’s status-quo drone, he gave his followers an unrealistic hope.

“You’re coming from a place, you ran on a very high rhetoric: ‘hope’ and ‘change.’ And the Democrats this year seem to be running on ‘Please, baby, one more chance.'” Stewart observed. “Are you disappointed in how it’s gone?”

Obama replied that he was advised after the election that “two years from now, folks are going to be frustrated” — a prediction he did not make public to his starry-eyed supporters at the time.

Oh. My God.

So Jon Stewart was effective at criticizing the unrealistic expectations that Obama created in the 2008 campaign.  Huzzah and bully for him.  Too bad Jon Stewart–and Dana Milbank–did everything they could to act as goddamn useful idiot enablers for the Bamster’s overblown promises.  They aided and abetted in fooling the American public about the extreme political ideology of Barack Obama.  But now that the lamestream media’s candidate du jour is on the cusp of shitting the legislative majority mattress, I guess it’s safe to be told about these formerly hunky-dory unrealistic expectations.

But it isn’t just the President that confounds left-wing observation.  Some writers seem to be very naive about Jon Stewart’s intensely ideological nature.

Maybe I was deluding myself because I like the intelligence of Stewart’s humor, but I really believed he had a more balanced and centrist take on American life. If the White House was looking for the court jester and mouthpiece of the folks senior White House officials described as the “professional left,” they found him. He was sitting across from the president Wednesday night prodding him with all the White House had not done.

…But he never once seemed to be able to even conceive of a question that would come at the president from right of center — or even center-center. Think how enriched this interview would have been by even one question from right of center asking about unintended consequences or huge federal spending programs that came nowhere near doing what Obama had promised they would.

Dude, really?

Why the fuck would anybody think Jon Stewart was going to be fair?  The man has built a career on being a reliable leftist hack.  Sure, he masquerades as just a simple little comedian.  But that drag act got transparent and tired a long time ago.  Basically, he’s DailyKos with better writers and “The Daily Show” is a snarky progressive blog reconfigured for a television format.

That means that Jon Stewart is never going to make a serious inquiry from a center-right or centrist perspective.  No matter how intelligent his humor seems, and it really isn’t that smart, he’s just not going to do it.  The man doesn’t only believe conservatism is politically wrong.  He thinks it’s illegitimate and evil, closer to Nazism than anything else.  Every now and again, Stewart will throw righties a bone, but these bon mots are an infrequent occurrence.  Moreover, his puny concessions to the other side are the fig leaves he has to throw on his ideological profile to allow his allies to say, “See, he attacks everybody!  He’s non-partisan!”  

As for the interview itself, the best part for me was watching Stewart throw the President one cheesedick softball question after the other.  About 1/4 of every ‘Daily Show’ episode is devoted to the host banging his rattle on his high chair, complaining about somebody in the mainstream media who didn’t ask the correct–that is, the most aggressively leftist–question to somebody in power.  During the Bush years, there was no bigger crybaby about the MSM’s supposedly inept questioning of the Dubya Administration than Jon Stewart. 

Presented with a golden opportunity to practice what he’s been preaching like an obsessive compulsive homeless streetwalking crank for a decade, what does Stewart do?  Kiss President Obama’s ass for 9/10ths of the interview.  Dogshit hypocrisy is rarely this blindingly obvious.          

It’s long been time for conservatives and Republicans to get a painful truth through their thick skulls:  The Left in general, and Jon Stewart in particular, hates us all.  They don’t just disagree with our politics.  They don’t just question our ideology.  They revile our very existence.

We’re never going to get a fair shake from any of them, so we should stop bowing and scraping before the Left in an attempt to curry their favor.  Let Stewart and the rest of his court jester clowns have their vapid anti-Beck Rally To Buck Up The Dear Leader’s Favorability.  It’s going to be an epic socialist/progtard circlejerk.  That’s all you need to know.

While they’re toddling off into the weeds, patting each other on the balls for their irony and congratulating themselves for being hip, we should just prepare our side for wiping the statist political party off the electoral map and permanently castrating Obama’s power.

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Comedy Central’s Tight Leash

Posted by KingShamus on May 14, 2010

First, South Park gets the censor treatment.  Now, even one of the Daily Show’s fake-o-la correspondents gets his chain yanked hard by the Viacom dhimmis in training. 

“The Daily Show” isn’t known for shying away from controversy – unless the topic is Islam.

Aasif Mandvi, the Comedy Central show’s Islamic correspondent, has been told not to comment on Muslim extremist threats following the failed Times Square terror attack earlier this month, Fox411.com reports.

Mandvi addressed the issue after a Muslim Web site sent “South Park,” another Comedy Central show, a warning after it depicted the Prophet Muhammed in a bear suit.

A self-described liberal Muslim, Mandvi said on the “Daily Show” that he would be upset to see the prophet depicted in a cartoon, but not as upset as he was to find out someone of his faith was threatening people who did so.

Mandvi’s spokesperson told the Fox Web site that after the failed Times Square bombing earlier this month, he was told to reserve any more comments on the subject.

Man, that is sweet.

There is nothing I like better than a network devoted to comedy that blacks out an entire religious faith from mockery and satire. 

I mean, what doesn’t scream High-Fucking-Larious than when a comic studiously avoids a major source of comedy?     

You wanna know the definition of cutting edge? It’s a dude being told by a corporate attorney to refrain from cracking on a sensitive subject.

Congratulations Aasif Mandvi and Comedy Central.  You’re officially as edgy as a bowling ball-and just as sharp too.

Oh and don’t let me forget Jon Stewart.  You love having the swells pat you on the balls for playing it rough with American conservatives.  The big-wigs sure think you’re a hero.  Well, huzzah and bully for you.  Funny how a brave dude like you can tell a reporter like Bernie Goldberg to go fuck himself.  Wow, that’s pretty strong medicine.  It’s not like the Right is going to do anything worse than give you a tongue-lashing, but hey keep telling yourself you’re a courageous man speaking truth to power.

But when Muslim radicals come knocking on your door and start making threats…real threats against you…what’s your response?  To crawl into a ball and insist that the comics on your show won’t make fun of the poor oppressed terror-enablers anymore. 

Fuck you, Jon Stewart.  Fuck you sideways with a herpes-infected rubber, you dickless piece of shit.  You can keep doing that stupid clown-nose on/clown-nose off routine and you can keep fooling your trained seal audience that you’re a tough guy.  Everybody with a brain can now see that you’re a scared little pussy.

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