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Presidential Address Live Blog 8/31/10

Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2010

Oh, jeeeeeebus.  Here we go.

This is gonna be cool.  I haven’t read the speech, so I’m going into this blind.

“A long and painful recession”…exacerbated by you, numb-nuts.

“Our unity at home was tested”…by you, once again.  Sensing a pattern here, idiot?

I like how Obamster mentions shifting tactics.  Cool.  The surge you said wouldn’t work.  Better and better, eh Barry?

Oh, so it’s the ‘end’ of the war?  Hmmmmmmmmmmm.  No, you assface, WE WON IT.  Can’t you at least throw our troops that tiny little morsel?  Damn it.

Now we’re up to the timetables.  I’m nervous about these things.  I guess Obamster has this handled.  It would be the first thing he’s gotten right.

Here he’s doing that tightening up of his voice thing.  Fake-o-la emotion.  Yuk.

Whoa, so now George Bush is a patriot.  Shiiiiiiiiiiiiit.  Miracles never cease.  Mark my words, in 5 years, Dubya Bush, the hate figure of the Left for so long…will be viewed as a ‘Good Republican’ by Democrats during the Palin Administration.

“Pockeestahn”.  Drink, motherfuckers.

Open-Ended Wars?  WIN, you ignoramus.  Just WIN.

And now…we get the domestic policy sales pitch.  Wow, thanks troops.  Now let me get on with the shit I actually care about.

And now…we’re back into the war.  Huh?  Where is this going, dude?

Whoa, Grampa gets a shout-out.  Great.  But I thought him and his grandma were just ‘typical white people.”

Better days ahead.  Yup.  When you’re out.

The last bit was the only part I could get behind.

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Conservatism, Political Ads, Art-Ace Interviews Ladd Ehlinger, Jr

Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2010

Who is Ladd Ehlinger Jr, you ask?  He’s the guy behind the Dale Peterson campaign ad, viewed by all right-thinking people as the greatest political commercial ever.  Check it out.

Anyhoo, AceofSpades gets a great interview from Ehlinger.  In a wide-ranging discussion, Ace and the filmmaker talk about everything from the nature of artists to the difference between TV ads and internet spots.

This exchange was really interesting.

Ace:  Is there any danger you see of a ghettoization sort of effect, where conservative artists are doing expressly conservative art? And only that, and are engaged in a parallel media universe but not the main media universe?

Ehlinger:  I don’t think the main media universe has much longer to live. So it doesn’t matter. Everything is fracturing and falling apart. The smart money realizes that and is doing what it can now to build a brand before it’s impossible to do so any longer.

Ace:  I’ve read a lot that tv’s model is unsustainable but there aren’t many good alternatives. you mean like that? magazines and newspapers first, then tv, then Hollywood?

Ehlinger:  It’ll devolve into national tribes. Online tribes. Like your website. And then no one will make any money anymore.

Ace:  to some extent I think that’s sort of the case now but one tribe — the one that dominates the media — won’t concede it’s tribal even after it consistently goes out of the way to insult the other tribes. You ever watch a movie with no political content at all, just about a human story, and then, pow, out of nowhere, some [conservative-baiting] insult? it’s like — what was doing there? Did they WANT 30% of the audience to walk out badmouthing it?

Ehlinger:  Well, it’s a case of the cool kids in high school… they eventually get fat, turn into drunks, and get DUI’s when they get older. That is their collective media career destinies.

Ya gotta read the whole piece.  It is truly elucidating stuff.  Seriously.  Go now.

Re:  Conservative art-I’ll be honest.  This has troubled me for a while.  Maybe not ‘troubled’, but it’s an issue that has certainly puzzled me.

It’s sorta obvious that the old media paradigm…a liberal monopoly that runs the big TV networks/large newspapers/national glossy magazines/La-La Land…is circling the drain.  For instance, 2008 was probably (hopefully) the last election where MSNBC, The New York Times and a raft of music industry hacks could simply pick up a left-wing presidential candidate and carry his ass across the finish line.

I’ve basically viewed the crack-up of the old-skool media environment as a good thing.  But a part of me has been concerned about what Ace calls ghettoization.  What happens when there is no national news/entertainment culture?  Do we Balkanize?

First, there’s pretty much nothing anybody can do about it, so there’s really no point in fretting about it too much.  It’s almost like worrying about the Sun being hot.  Best to get over it and deal with the consequences of any potential Balkanization when/if it occurs.

Now, if the breakdown of the media universe we inhabit is inevitable, then the idea of conservative art has to be entertained.  The vast anti-statist/pro-free market tribe is going to need culture.  It’ll need cultural artifacts like songs, novels and dramatic works.  As Ehlinger said, right-wing documentaries have their place, but they’re not enough.

Conservatives should do what they can to support right-of-center art and artists.  The creators are going to need money in order to…you know…eat.  It’s one thing to make a great short-length Obama satire  that gets thrown onto DailyMotion and has a million views.  It’s another thing to actually get paid to do creative stuff.

In the long run, how is this all going to play out?  I really don’t know.  The outlines of the new media paradigm are only just starting to form.  But in a lot of ways, it’ll be better for the Right than it has been in 50 years.  Listening to guys like Ladd Ehlinger Jr., one gets a sense of the great possibilities that are available to conservative artists right now.

Before I brain-cramp:  I sorta beefed on the whole Balkanization line I was toying with.  As I was thinking about it some more I realized I hadn’t really explained myself very well.

An interesting facet of the old media environment was that it had created a national culture of sorts.  Remember that until the early 80’s there were only three TV networks, talk radio was lost in the sauce of the Fairness Doctrine and there were large nationwide systems for distributing movies and music.  Thus if you were a consumer of mass culture, you were basically seeing or hearing or watching what everybody else did.  

But what did people do before there was a national media culture?  There were regional tastes that determined what people did to entertain themselves.  Music and musicians patronized in the South was different than what people tended to like in places like New York City or Massachusetts.

My feeling is that once the nationwide system that reigned from the late 1940’s till the late 1980’s finally drifts into obsolescence, we will see a renaissance of the older more separated cultures.  They will be less determined by location and more organized by tastes, age and yes, political ideology.

It will be quite different than what many people are used to.  But as I stated before, it could result in a new flowering of right-of-center culture.   

Cross-Posted at BaldiLocks.  Thanks, Juliette.

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Man-Child at Play

Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2010

Found this over at Bob Belvedere’s place.

If you’re headed to the beach or the local golf course or Martha’s Vineyard, be on the alert for a naive doe-eyed buffoon aimlessly frolicking about while the Secret Service dudes that accompany him try to stifle chortles at the idiot’s expense.

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ReEducation: It’s The Best Prescription!

Posted by KingShamus on August 31, 2010

Selling ObamaCare, Version 295482720362947293034302029382912947473920298372525.0

Uncertain whether the last 18 months of dismal health-care speeches and rallies had entirely destroyed the myth of the Obama administration as gifted, uplifting message mavens, Kathleen Sebelius bravely ventured into the rhetorical orchards and brought forth this rotten fruit:

“Unfortunately, there still is a great deal of confusion about what is in [the reform law] and what isn’t,” Sebelius told ABC News Radio in an interview Monday.

“So, we have a lot of reeducation to do,” Sebelius said.

Cult of competence, I believe they were once called.

One is left wondering if this will be a standard PSA-style push or something more along the lines of a camp environment.


This is unbelievably clumsy messaging.  It’s hard to believe professional political operatives came up with it.

Here’s the best thing:  The 2010 midterm are gonna be brutal for the Democrats.  The Donkey-Punchers are seen by vast swaths of the electorate as arrogant and condescending.  So what does Kathleen Sebelius, an Obama shill, think is a smart thing to say in this hostile electoral environment?  “Hey, the public is too stupid to know how totally rockin’ ObamaCare is.”  Jeeeeeeebus, why not just say that every American voter is a chubby inbred sub-retard that jacks off to dog-on-groundhog porn?

Bottom line:  Barack Obama hates Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and the rest of the Congressional Democrats more than I do.

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There are leggy Brazillian gals. Then there is this young lady.

Posted by KingShamus on August 30, 2010

Mother Nature can make ’em plenty big in South America.

It’s hard standing out from the crowd when you are a teenager but few schoolchildren can claim to be more visible than Elisany Silva.

The 14-year-old measures an unbelievable 6ft 9in tall, making her one of the biggest teenagers in the world.

The pretty youngster is believed to be suffering from a rare disease which has caused her extreme growth…

Elisany now hopes to exploit her height and become a fashion model.

She said: ‘I want to be a model very much.

For what it’s worth, I think she could have a shot in the fashion business.  Call me wacky, but I kinda get a taller (obviously) Gabrielle Reece vibe from Ms. Silva.  Check it out:

Tall athletic women can make piles of money in the fashion business.

In any case, I like Elisany.  She could’ve just crawled up into a ball and hid from the world.  Instead she decided to take the lump of coal life gave her and she’s gonna try to turn them into  diamonds.  We could all learn from that.

This kid is cool as penguin poop in my book.

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St. Barry-The Iraq War Is Over, So Let Me Tell You How Awesome I Am

Posted by KingShamus on August 30, 2010


Sing it, Fausta:

Notice how half the speech is dedicated to “a new commitment to our veterans”, while making them more dependent on the government.

Heh.  Charming sentiments, Barry.  I guess soldiers and veterans are just another special interest group to be bribed off with yet more bureaucratic paternalism from Nanny Bamster. 

Jeeebus.  Is this a tribute to the troops or a policy speech?

You know what’s missing here?  There’s an 10,000 lb glowing orange elephant sitting in the room along with our pResident.  The word St. Hussein doesn’t use is “Victory”.  Oh sure, Bambi is happy to use terms like ‘bring the troops home’ or ‘end’, but he can’t say that Iraq is a win for America and her gallant fighting forces.  Nope.  Can’t bring himself to even cough out the phrase even once.

This is grotesque.

The President talks about doing more for veterans.  To be fair, if he follows through, some of the proposals make sense.  I’ll be even happier when I actually see it happen.  Being that Obama is a leftist, I’d say the chances of that stuff really happening is as likely as a magical Pegasus hovering above Washington DC shitting out the script for ‘Magnum Force’ in diamonds across the sky.

Furthermore, it’s awful hard to say how much you respect and honor the troops while denigrating their mission by failing to celebrate their success.  Put yourself in the position of a soldier.  He’s served his country with honor, he’s sacrificed months or years of his life to give Iraq the possibility of a representative government, he’s watched his fellow soldiers be killed or wounded and he’s put his personal life of family and friends on hold while he’s been in country.  He and the rest of the armed forces did all that and won the war over the Iraqi military, the Sunni insurgency and al-Qaeda.  After everything, the soldiers gets a video clip of the President mumbling out some half-assed mealy-mouthed bullshit about the ‘end’ of the war.  How pissed off would you be?  

Here’s your Commander-In-Chief salute to the troops:  a fucking rinky dink YouTube video. 

Wow.  That’s swell.  Really, great stuff.  What’s next, Barry?  A complimentary IPod loaded with your speeches?

Also, could somebody remember to put Visine in Bamster’s eyes before he goes on camera?  Dude looks like he just did a wake-n-bake. 


Seriously, the President is spectacularly bored with this military stuff.  It’s so obvious he’d rather be taking over a car company or regulating the energy sector to within an inch of its life.  Hell, he’d rather be watching Michelle chow down on her usual ten course meal of high-carb transfat slop to keep up her endomorphic biceps if he could credibly avoid doing shit like this.  This alleged sooooooper-geenyus lightbringer messiah can’t even fake being interested in what he no doubt sees as the pedestrian comings and goings of our armed forces.

Face it America-we elected a pathetic loser.

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“Farewell” by Boris

Posted by KingShamus on August 30, 2010

Figured I’d start out the day with a little out-in-way-left-field music.

This is “Farewell” by the group Boris.  I just dig the hell out of this song. 


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Restoring Honor: Reflections on a Movement of Return

Posted by KingShamus on August 29, 2010

Thanks to Dave in Texas at AceofSpadesHQ

Doctor Zero:

We dishonor ourselves when we declare the rights and freedoms of our fellow citizens to be conditional, and subject to our needs.  Free people do not expect the State to confiscate and ration.  They don’t subcontract the design of the future to political appointees.  They understand such designs require obedience, and obedience requires compulsion.  You cannot “honor” a neighbor you deem unfit to manage his own affairs.  There is no honor to be found in the pursuit of a perfect State to rule an inadequate people.

Ed Driscoll:

Beck was certainly good-natured about techniques by the WaPo and others to play down the size of the crowd; as he joked to them during his speech,”I have just gotten word from the media that there is over a thousand people here today!” But these sort of techniques, combined with the increasingly hostile tone of the MSM regarding wide swatches of their readers, and coming after the same tactics were employed by the MSM to minimize the similarly massive crowds to Beck’s 9/12 rally last year, are starting to seem less like the epistemic closure of the MSM’s cocoon, and more like an exercise in magical thinking.

Sarah Palin (quoted by RS McCain):

In cities and towns across our country, you’ll find monuments to brave Americans wearing the uniforms of wars from long ago, and look down at their inscriptions, you’ll see that they were so often dedicated by mothers. In distant lands across the globe, you’ll find silent fields of white markers with the names of Americans who never came home, but who showed their dedication to their country by where they died.

We honor those who served something greater than self and made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as those who served and did come home forever changed by the battlefield. Though this rally is about “restoring honor,” for these men and women honor was never lost! If you look for the virtues that have sustained our country, you will find them in those who wear the uniform, who take the oath, who pay the price for our freedom. . . .

William Stout:

Glenn Beck held his rally to restore honor and to celebrate the troops who sacrifice so much for us. Google honored that ambition by publishing deceptive maps on its site which directed you to FDR’s monument. Al Sharpton, who apparently did not have a black woman who was falsely accusing another of rape to support, said that Beck was stealing Martin Luther King’s legacy because Beck dared to hold his rally on the same day and at the same location where Dr. King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech. Others on the left have even attacked Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece, by accusing her of trashing her uncle’s legacy. Want more? How about this as reported by Fox News on their website, “Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington’s delegate to Congress, said she remembers being at King’s march on Washington, which she said prompted change and ended segregation in public places.”Glenn Beck’s march will change nothing. But you can’t blame Glenn Beck for his March-on-Washington envy.” When the left spews vitriol in quantity, one can be assured that the people of America have awakened and is aware of their deeds.

Stupid Old Race-Hustling Bigot Al Sharpton:

“His (MLK) speech says clearly that he wanted to see a nation where the federal government protects us from those in states who would not uphold our civil rights. You can’t have a march telling government to leave us alone, and say you are reclaiming a march where they came to appeal to the government to protect us. They are having an anti-government march, on the day that King came to appeal to government. You can’t have it both ways.”

Michael Stone, Portland Progressive Examiner:

The Beck/Palin medicine show was classic American flim flam, a religious con writ large. The program at the Lincoln Memorial Saturday focused more on God than government. The whole thing was a shallow farce, a charade designed to massage Beck’s inflated ego.

Beck’s attempt to position himself as an heir to Martin Luther King’s legacy on the 47th anniversary of the legendary “I have a dream” speech was disgusting, and alarming.

Palin, speaking at the Beck rally, said “I hope Dr. King would be so proud.” Palin hopes in vain. Dr King would not be proud; he would be puzzled, disgusted, and sad.

Sinclair Lewis wrote: “When Fascism Comes To America It Will Be Wrapped In The Flag And Carrying A Cross.” Beck and Palin make the words of Lewis manifest, threatening to turn King’s dream into a nightmare.

 Mr. Evil Matt:

Here’s the rub for the left.  Beck and the clergy are going to go out and spread the ideas of individual freedom far and wide.  It can’t be stopped. The government can take Churches, and the ideas will be preached in the streets, and in home churches.  They are going to teach their children, both their own, and others.  They will be immune to the left’s propaganda machine.  The left’s rotting and corrupt institutions will not contain this, nor can they turn it back.  Essentially, you cannot kill an idea.   In the end, the people that hold these ideas simply will NOT OBEY a socialist government.

Socialism, “progressivism,” fascism, no matter what you call it, are jealous systems.  They are so control oriented, that they cannot tolerate true diversity of ideas.  They fail miserably when their lies, and the results of their policies, are exposed to the light of day.  So, they try to control information, schools, and threaten/discredit those who dissent.  We see all of this happening now.  They have to control and indoctrinate everyone, or they fail.  They have to “convert” or silence everyone-we do not.  They also have to either ban, or co-opt religion, as they cannot even tolerate the people having any source of power higher than the state.  If the people believe that their rights descend from God, and not from the state, they aren’t going to go along with those rights being limited.  They are going to resist the nanny state.  They are not going to accept the elites at their word.  Our adversaries, therefore, have spent the last few decades trying, via Cultural Marxism, trying to eliminate or distort the meaning of our religions and of our Republic.

Much of that is about to be undone

CNN (Via Jim Treacher): 

Lots to digest there. You can skip the Sharpton crap and Michael Stone’s whiney little diatribe.  Everything else is well worth a read.  Go ahead.  I’ll be here when you come back.

First, if the professional Left didn’t hate Glenn Beck before, they sure as shit do now.  You can’t organize a high-profile rally, have 500,000 (if not a million) conservative-ish people show up to Washington and do it on the anniversary of MLK’s “I Have A Dream” speech and just think you can get away with it.  The Left truly believes that they ‘own’ Dr. King’s social and political legacy.  According to their self-fulfilling narrative, liberals are the rightful and only true caretakers of Dr. King’s place in America.  Seeing some Faux News barely closeted bigot palling around with MLK’s niece, making inspirational speeches and having the audacity to take Martin Luther King’s words seriously is gonna be too much for the pouty progressive caucus to bear.

So watch for attacks on Beck to ratchet up dramatically over the next few weeks.  Every vile slime-job tactic will be thrown at him…as usual.  This will of course just raise Beck’s prestige even higher.

More importantly, American conservatives are totally freakin’ stoked.  Hundreds of thousand of right-wing peeps sweated out a hot day in DC to see Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin give a warm bear-hug to American exceptionalism, traditional faith and the enduring allure of freedom.  That’s pretty amazing, when you think about it.

Not only is the Right pumped, this rally should act as a valuable counterpoint to the Obama Administration’s socialism-soaked rhetoric and deeds.  Remember that Obama in 2008 was…at least in the left-of-center mind…supposed to rally citizens under the banner of progressivism with his mellifluous speeches and soaring rhetoric.  This grand communicative ability was subsequently supposed to ease the American voter in the warm snuggly embrace of full-on double rainbow big-gubmint liberalism.  Forget the fact that the Grand Orator Obama idea was a total media fabrication.  On some level, the Left bought that scenario and expected it to occur.

Think about it:  Could President Obama credibly give a speech in 2010 that delivered the type of unadulterated patriotism on display at the Restoring Honor rally?  Not after two years of trashing America’s history bolstered by pedantic sneering.  Could the President believably discuss racial healing as expressed by Dr. Alveda King?  Not after two years of having his subordinates pump out the obnoxious notion that Americans who oppose him are unrepentant racists.  Could Barack Obama give a full-throated defense of the American military? Not after two years of pathetic dithering in Afghanistan mixed with naked contempt for the mission in Iraq.

More importantly, could President Obama even hope to rally anybody but the most doe-eyed leftist dupes to his causes in August 2010?  Fat chance.

The Restoring Honor gathering was a repudiation of what President Obama has done to this country.  Specifically, it was a ringing rebuke of the charmless arrogance and far-left ideological tone of Obama’s administration.  The folks at Glenn Beck’s rally are crying out for a return to the America of the Constitution and to an unadulterated love of country.  They know they won’t get any of that from Obama.  But I think it’s safe to say that these people know where they could get it in 2012.

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Canuckistani Terrorist Just Wants to SING!!!!! (Via Red Eye)

Posted by KingShamus on August 29, 2010

Not only are the terrorists brutal life-hating maniacs, but they’re dreadfully un-talented too!

Check out Greg Gutfeld’s take on a delightfully bad audition for some goofy American Idol rip off called Canadian Idol   (Whatevs, America invented everything).


Imagine what Terrorist Idol would really look like.

Hassan ‘Randy’  Nasrallah:  “Yo, Kerham, dawg, it’s not good, man.  It was pitchy, it was a bad song choice for your style of singing.  But hey, I like the hat. And your strict adherence to the Koran and the Prophet-peace be upon him.”

Osama ‘Paula’ bin Laden:  “Yeah…honey…you’re not right for this competition.  Now let me take another sip of my Diet Coke.  Yeah…”Diet Coke”…that’s what I’m drinking. Yeahhhhhhhhhh…..Praise be to Allalalalaaaahhhhh.”

Yasser ‘Kara’ Arafat:  “Yo, what the hell am I doing here?  I’m deader than disco or DioGuardi’s songwriting career.  What the fuck are you lookin’ at, Beardo The Weirdo?  Yeah, I’m a walking corpse.  So what?  At least I don’t think I can sing.  Oh and um yeah, death to Israel.”

Mahmoud ‘Simon’ Ahmadinijad: “It. Was. Dreadful.  I don’t know what that get-up was about, I don’t know why you decided to do the moonwalk to an Avril Lavigne song and you simply can’t sing.  Horrible.  Having said that, I think you could have a wonderful career in suicide bombing.”

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Nancy Pelosi’s desperation? It’s so thick you can almost taste it

Posted by KingShamus on August 28, 2010

Remember how in 2008, being a Republican was the same thing as molesting orphaned puppies in a stolen car while listening to Limp Bizkit on 8-track?  Well, now the Democrats are getting to feel that same nauseating groin punch.  How bad is it?  Congressional Donkey-Punchers have been given the greenlight to wail on Nancy Pelosi.

Facing a perilous political environment that has left the House Democratic majority in jeopardy, Van Hollen told reporters in a briefing at the National Press Club that the party faces a series of difficult decisions about which candidates to invest in this fall — and whom to leave behind.

“At the end of the day, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee will look at races we can win,” Van Hollen said…

He also indicated that Democratic leaders had given vulnerable members permission to distance — and in some cases outright criticize — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in campaign ads, as Indiana Rep. Joe Donnelly, Pennsylvania Rep. Jason Altmire and North Carolina Rep. Mike McIntyre all have done.

“I think the Democratic leaders have said the job of the members is to reflect the views of their constituents as best as they are able,” he said.

So now the Democrats wanna look like totally cool speak-truth-to-power types. AllahPundit’s take is fun.

Remember, the only reason the final vote on ObamaCare was as close as it was is because Pelosi freed vulnerable Dems to vote against it in order to preserve their political viability. The whole free-thinkin’ conservative Democrat image is a complete fraud, but it’s an extremely useful one in the sort of purple districts that they need to make their majority. No surprise, then, that she’s greenlit attacks painting her as some sort of demon for the greater good.

Do the Dems really think anybody is gonna buy this as real, as opposed to just an election year hail mary tactic?

After Porkulus, Cap-n-Tax and ObammyCare, this attempt at a hippo-doing-a-pirouette maneuver is not just desperate, it’s crazy.

Good luck breaking your necks in November, Dems.

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Libertarian Party + Lisa Murkowski = Magic?

Posted by KingShamus on August 28, 2010

Long story slightly less long:  Actual conservative and Tea Party favorite Joe Miller has all but won the Republican nomination for the Senate in a tough fight with Lisa Murkowski.  But, being the spoiled snooty daughter of a former Alaska political swell, Lightbulb Lisa has gotten the bright idea of turning what should’ve been her concession speech to Miller into a big stupid protracted foodfight.

The Other McCain is busy detailing the latest nonsense up in Alaska.  What does he find?  RINO Murkowski wants to be…a Libertarian. 

The deal that Palin-hater Andrew Halcro is trying to broker to secure Lisa the Loser’s Senate nomination on the Alaska Libertarian Party ticket strikes many people as odd, simply because Murkowski is the kind of GOP Establishment type that LP activists loathe in their souls. And at least one top national LP official isn’t afraid to say so:

Wes Benedict, executive director of the Libertarian National Committee, told The Daily Caller that Murkowski hardly fits the Libertarian Party mould. “As far as I’m concerned if Murkowski is for bringing our troops home and for ending the war on drugs and if she voted against the TARP bailout and she is for reducing spending then maybe she could earn a spot on the Libertarian ballot,” he said. “But my understanding is that she voted for the TARP bailout and that is just insanely un-Libertarian.”


Read all of McCain’s piece.  It’s well worth it to see all the hoops Murky is willing to go through in order to screw over Joe Miller.

Even though the Libertarians are not going to go along with Murkowski’s bullshit, what strikes me is just how bitterly Lisa is clinging to even the thinnest threads of power.  Lisa Murkowski cannot be classified as a  Libertarian.  She’s not even small-l libertarian.  She’s a moderate RINO with an overly developed sense of entitlement.  But somehow she thought she might be able to weasel/bribe/coerce the Alaska Libertarians into taking her into their party.   

Lisa, seriously baby, ya gotta give it up.  Wait for the absentees to come in, then take your loss like an adult.  All this foot-stamping and temper tantrums just makes you look like…well…like Al ‘Second Chakra’ Gore.

When your closest political resemblance is to ManBearPig, it’s time to go.

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Welcome to the party, David Brooks

Posted by KingShamus on August 28, 2010

David Brooks continues to delight and amaze.

During the first half of this year, German and American political leaders engaged in an epic debate. American leaders argued that the economic crisis was so bad, governments should borrow billions to stimulate growth. German leaders argued that a little short-term stimulus was sensible, but anything more was near-sighted. What was needed was not more debt, but measures to balance budgets and restore confidence.

The debate got pointed. American economists accused German policy makers of risking a long depression. The German finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, countered, “Governments should not become addicted to borrowing as a quick fix to stimulate demand.”

The two countries followed different policy paths. According to Gary Becker of the University of Chicago, the Americans borrowed an amount equal to 6 percent of G.D.P. in an attempt to stimulate growth. The Germans spent about 1.5 percent of G.D.P. on their stimulus.

This divergence created a natural experiment. Who was right?

The early returns suggest the Germans were.

Two Years Late, give a warm high-five to Trillions of Dollars Short.

Oh wait, it gets better.

The American stimulus package was supposed to create a “summer of recovery,” according to Obama administration officials. Job growth was supposed to be surging at up to 500,000 a month. Instead, the U.S. economy is scuffling along.

The German economy, on the other hand, is growing at a sizzling (and obviously unsustainable) 9 percent annual rate. Unemployment in Germany has come down to pre-crisis levels.

Results from one quarter do not settle the stimulus/austerity debate. Many other factors are in play. For example, Germany is surging, in part, because America is borrowing. Essentially, we Americans borrowed from our kids, spent some of that money on German machinery, and ended up employing German workers.

But the results do underline one essential truth: Stimulus size is not the key factor in determining how quickly a country emerges from recession. The U.S. tried big, but is emerging slowly. The Germans tried small, and are recovering nicely.

Wow.  What a stunner.  It’s so awesome that David Brooks has taken note of how unsuccessful Obama’s stimulus package has been.  You know who else has spotted this?  The Tea Parties.  Guess when they figured it out?  March…2009.

I’m not gonna quote the rest.  I was gonna Fisk the piece but I just can’t.  Even though there’s plenty more fail to be snarked on in Brooks’ piece, it’s not worth it.  It’s like shooting fish in a kiddie pool with a Daisy Cutter.

I’d just like to note, once a-fucking-gain, that David Brooks is flaming douchetool.  Captivated by Barack Obama’s pants-crease, he supported St. Barry in 2008.  No, he didn’t exactly support Obambi.  What Brooks, along with Christopher Buckley, Kathleen Parker, David Frum and a few other ‘conservative’ writers did was trash Sarah Palin and denigrate many on the right-of-center side.  Palin and her ilk were uneducated window-lickers that simply couldn’t understand-because they didn’t go to the right colleges- just how totally awesome Barack Obama was going to be as President. 

The Brooks/Frum/Parker/Buckley Axis of Rad insisted that the Obamessiah was a pragmatic centrist who would be a steady non-ideological hand at the nation’s steering wheel.  When conservatives brought up troubling evidence (Jeremiah Wright, the exchange with Joe the Plummer, Barack’s far-left voting record, Bill Ayers) that contradicted the rosy view of candidate LightBringer O’Bamster, the Axis of Rad didn’t revise their opinions.  They doubled-down on the hate for American conservatives.  The word I kept hearing attached to right-wing critics of Obama was ‘rubes’.

Well Dave, who’s the rube now?  Everything our side said about Obama in 2008 has been proven right.  Everything you and the rest of your gang told us about was gonna happen has failed to materialize.  You wanna see an uneducated idiot, David?  Try looking in a mirror.

Seriously, homeboy.  Look in a mirror.  You got a pink shirt, purpley tie and Duran Duran-era horn-rimmed glasses. What look are we going for here?  Queen of the Fake-O-La Conservative Drag Act?

Not only are you hopelessly naive, the Wal-Mart version of Carson Kressley is your stylist.  Not that there is anything wrong that, if you what I’m saying and I think you do.

I found the NYT link while perusing Instapundit’s page.  Thanks.

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I have to issue an apology/retraction

Posted by KingShamus on August 28, 2010

Remember this guy?

In an earlier post, I had insinuated that K-Mart Jimmy Buffet up in the picture was a representative of the entire pro-Ground Zero Mosque side.  The more I think about it, the more I’d like to apologize.  Not to Hawaiian Tropics of course.  He’s still a monumental shitbreath for picking on an old man in the way he did.

No, I apologize to the pro-Ground Zero Mosque folks in general.  They’re still hoplessly wrong about the GZM.  But they are not necessarily represented by the snarling bully pictured above.  He’s just a tactless buffoon who happens to be on the wrong side of the issue.  Our newest BFF isn’t all of them, he’s just one rotten guy and most likely a distant outlier within the pro-Ground Zero Mosque side.  

I hate it when the MSM or some left-wing group (but I repeat myself) uses one bad apple at a Tea Party event or some GOP politician who has behaved badly as a way to tar all conservatives or Republicans with the same brush.  I shouldn’t have done the same thing to the pro-GZM folks.  I may disagree with them, and they may be completely misguided in their opinions about the mosque, but they are not all as ill-mannered and shabby as this guy.

So for that, I apologize.  I’ll try not to do it again in the future.

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Andrew Klavan is not playing it safe

Posted by KingShamus on August 27, 2010

You can’t be entirely sure what will happen if you title your latest internet gem “Does Islam Suck?”

Dude, get an unlisted number, if you know what I’m sayin’.

I liked the whole thing.  I especially like the fact that Klavan leaves the question rather open-ended.

So…Does Islam suck?

First of all, I’ve met more than a few Muslims in my time.  I’ve only met a scant few who were assholes and it wasn’t because they were Islamists.  They were just plain good old-fashioned shit heads.  No, the vast majority of Muslims I’ve bumped into along the way have met are no better…and no worse…than anybody else.  They are just people.

People no matter their background basically fall in the middle the behavior road.  They’re not scum and they’re not without sin.  See, check out my expertly researched chart detailing this phenomenon.

Individual Mslims are no different from any other example of Homo Sapiens, so this fact of life (backed up by my rad bell curve chart no less!) applies to them as well.

But looking beyond the individual, is there something wrong with Islam?  I think that in many quarters of that faith, the answer is yes.  Christianity, Judaism and Hinduism are not attempting to construct theocracies based around the most desperately fundamentalist readings of their holy texts.  It is only within Islam that nations are politically led by their holy men.

Look at two places where an Islamic state rules the land.  Would anyone besides the most blinkered buffoon say that Saudi Arabia or Iran are free countries?  Could anybody other than the most bought-off bribe recipient say that property rights, the rule of law, religious freedom and tolerance of minorities are respected values in those places? 

In this one respect, Islam has set itself on a path far different from every other faith.  Theocracy is bad in general.  Islamic religious governments have proven to be some of the most repressive, intolerant and murderous regimes on the planet.

Worse than the manner in which they rule themselves is the fact that Islamic nations are net exporters of terrorism.  Hezbollah is a proxy army for Iran, striking Israel at the whims of puppet-masters back in Tehran.  Al-Qaeda has long been given tacit support by members of the Saudi royal family.  These are just two of the most egregious cases.  We may never know just how violent Islamic radicalism was given aid and comfort by the various religious Saudis and the Iranians.  I fear that it is even greater than we all suspect.

 So one can definitely make the case that elements of Islam do in fact suck.

Why this is so hard for people to wrap their minds around that hard but undeniable fact is anybody’s guess.

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Reading George Lucas’ Script Is Better Than Hearing It (Sometimes)

Posted by KingShamus on August 27, 2010


I found this over at Once Upon A Time In The Webs, where my homie Mike is getting ready to get his ass back to the States.

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Ground Zero Mosque-Location, Location, Location (BUMPED)

Posted by KingShamus on August 26, 2010

Look at this.

Aerial photo of World Trade Center Ground Zero following Sept. 11 attacks. Red square to right of Ground Zero marks former Burlington Coat Factory and proposed location of Cordoba House.

 It should be mentioned that part of one of the hijacked planes went through the building in question. That makes it very much a part of Ground Zero.

But yeah, we’re bigots for not wanting a Muslim victory shrine near the site of the most devestating terrorist massacre in American history.

UPDATE:  I totally brain-locked on responding to ya’all, so I’m just gonna bump this up to the top.  Sorry for being a space case.

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Blacks, Muslims and Africa

Posted by KingShamus on August 26, 2010

In a piece where Baldilocks systematically and forcefully rips the bark off of some hapless idiot who tries to defend the Ground Zero Mosque, she also makes a very interesting point.

I know the history of Islamic conquest in Africa, how it weakened that continent, making it ripe for further conquest by Europeans and how its adherents continue to rape, murder and pillage on my father’s fragmented continent.  And I know what non-black Muslims think about black people—even those in the latter number who are foolish enough to convert.

You gotta read the whole thing.

We in the West are well aware of European colonization and the slave trade that brought millions of Africans to Europe and the Americas as slaves.  Many of us forget that Muslim Arabs engaged in a parallel slave trade of their own.  It was not plantation slavery as in the American South, but it was slavery nonetheless. 

And it’s not as if elements of the Muslim faith are done kicking Africa in the shins.  Darfur, anyone?

But, of course, we are the ones who need to be more tolerant and understanding of Islam.  [sarc/]

Seriously, read all of Baldi’s piece.  It’s quite bracing.

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Say It Don’t Spray It!

Posted by KingShamus on August 26, 2010

Gaze upon the rank-and-file workaday face of the Ground Zero Mosque supporters.  Bask in the glow of calm brilliance amplified by a generous spirit.  Notice the gentle tact he employs in his discussion about the pro’s and con’s of the Ground Zero Mosque with an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor.

Umm, yeah.

This guy might be a smug hammerhead, but at least his lovely floral shirt tells us he’s in touch with his inner Jimmy Buffet. 

Here’s a question.

How galactically stupid is Margaritaville to deliberately pick a spittle-flying fight with an 83 year old man?  Most geriatrics can’t be talked out of a position of any significance beyond the best prune juice to drink or the most reliable brand of adult diapers.  If an old person has made up their mind about something, it’s pretty much case closed.   Sorry, it just is.  We’re talking about an almost immutable law about seasoned citizens.  Just what the hell was Hawaiian Tropics hoping to accomplish by screaming and cursing at Grandpa.

Maybe this? 


83 Year Old Holocaust Survivor:  “Wow, after hearing your wild-eyed deranged rant wherein you call me incredibly rude names, I think you’re right Jimmy Buffet.  The Ground Zero Mosque should be built.  Thank you so much for enlightening me.  Look, a double rainbow!” 

Really, Blond Not-Cool Thomas Magnum?  Was that how the all-important mission to change the heart and mind of this one particular geezer was supposed to unfold?  Seriously?          

The other thing I find really vile is the fact that this dickbreath decided to go after this 83 year old man in the first place.  Try picking on somebody your own size and within 10 years of your age, tough guy.  See how far you get into your patronizing insult-laden diatribe with a forty-something who might be able to fuck your shit up when you get too lippy.

Here’s a few things I’ve picked up about debates and arguments-and believe me, I’m not even sorta perfect when it comes to this.  There are times when you simply cannot win a rhetorical fight.  Oh, you might be able to beat your opponent by making the more logical and more factual case.  Regardless, you just can’t find victory in certain situations.  A big no-no is to pick on really young people or really old folks.  Why?  Because it just isn’t a fair fight.  You can politely and calmly disagree with them, but that’s about it.  Anything else just makes you seem like a jerk.

So congratulations to the star of the clip, Mr. South Pacific. For barking at a geriatric dude in the most pointless and profane ways, you’re a total scumfuck.  Enjoy being an epic fail forever.  

Thanks to Donald Douglas at The American Power blog for finding the video.  Thanks, man.

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Awkward Family Photos

Posted by KingShamus on August 25, 2010

It’s not just those horrible childhood memories you’ve been trying to repress all these years through massive amounts of alcohol, it’s a totally awesome blog!

Check it out.

I know this might be old for some of you, but I figured I’d post some of the magic for those who haven’t seen it.

That’s just a sampling of the awesomely uncomfortable moments to be had.  Check out all the tasty awkwardness at the link.

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Post Midterm Election Strategeries

Posted by KingShamus on August 25, 2010

Trestin forcefully crystallizes a fear I think many of us share.

I have heard much talk about holding Republicans feet to the fire after November, sounds like a great idea. May I ask, how? Do you plan on voting them out, and putting the Democrats back in power? What if you do vote them out, will it really hurt them? No. They will still collect their congressional pension, and likely get a better paying job as a lobbyist. Will it hurt the GOP? They will lose power and have to wait until America is sick of the Dem’s again and they will be back. Like a dog licks up its vomit we keep repeating the same cycle.

Who could blame rank-n-file conservatives for being wary of the establishment GOP?

When the Republicans had power during the Bush years, there was very little effort from the Republican Party to curb growth of government or rampant spending.  There were tax cuts of course.  Now, these were not unwelcome.  Reducing the amount of money Washington DC steals from us is a great comfort.  But it’s not the same as entitlement reform.  It’s not the same as extracting the federal bureaucracy from the economic (and now dietary, medical and automotive) lives of private citizens.  Indeed, George Bush…and the Republican Party he was the standard-bearer for…laid much of the groundwork for President Obama’s asinine domestic agenda.

So yes, the GOP has soiled it’s brand over the years.  I cannot blame right-of-center folks for being wary of the Republicans.  Even a drooling idiot will realize his girlfriend is a cheating slut after he’s been burned by gonorrhea four or five times.

The problem is that the Right has little choice but to support Republicans in 2010.  There is simply no time to form a new conservative party before the 2010 elections.  If we were going to do that, it should’ve started in December 2008.  Further, even if we did get on the stick two years ago, McCain-Feingold has ossified the parties into place for the time being, which would’ve made getting that new right-o-center party off the ground very problematic.

As I expounded on a few days ago, the Democrats must be taught a lesson this year.  We can’t wait for 2012 or 2014.  The Donkey-Punchers must be electorally obliterated right now.  If we decide to sit on our hands or vote for a 3rd party, the Democrats will not be shown the error of their ways.  They will interpret our mixed muddled message to mean that they can continue to march the country down the avenue to statism.  This means that, for better or worse, we’re tied to the GOP.

What can we do to hold our craptastic Grand Old Party to their campaign promises?  To my mind, the most important thing we can do is to continue to do what we’ve been doing the last two years. 

You know why Republicans get wobbly and RINO-ish?  Because, as politicians, they know they have to win popularity contests every so often.  Remember that the pervasive culture of Washington DC-the people, the soirees, the media, the bureaucracy-is jag-off liberal in extremis.  John McCain’s career arc, from staunch Arizona conservative to MSM darling douchebag maverick, is a prime example of a man growing more and more addicted to the feeling of being liked and appreciated by the lefty creatures of the Beltway.  This near-physical need for approval is coupled by the view that the folks back home are either indifferent or in fact support a moderate’s policies. 

A right-ish politician faced with a left-of-center culture in DC and ambivalent voters is naturally going to start drifting away from pesky things like the rule of law, Constitutional limits and federalism.  Knowing this depressing reality, we who don’t inhabit the completely bat-shit crazytown of Washington have to keep the pressuring, encouraging and reminding the Republicans just why they were elected.

The day after the midterm elections, the first thing the Tea Party folks should do is hold a rally demanding a repeal of ObamaCare, divesting the government from ownership of car companies/banks, securing the US immigration system and the liquidation of Freddie Mac/Fannie Mae.  Then they should keep doing that as often as they possibly can.  This is the only way we have to make sure the Republicans remain at attention.

But what happens if the GOP fucks the sofa and fails to deliver what we want them to?  Fine.  Vote them the hell out in 2012.  Yes, that would mean a (hopefully) Republican president is stuck with a Democrat Congress.  It’s not impossible for Republican presidents to get shit done with a hostile legislature.  I recall some guy named Reagan did alright under similar circumstances.  What if the Democrats are intransigent pricks and won’t allow any meaningful reforms to go through?  Gridlock is a beautiful thing.  Stopping our progress on the road to serfdom is better than even incremental steps towards the all-encompassing nanny state.

Any way you cut it, we can find ways to make chicken salad out of the chicken shit we’ve been handed by circumstances.  But the first thing we need to realize is that the work of getting our country back to Constitutional standards doesn’t end in November.  Obama isn’t going to give up trying to end American life as we know it, even if we beat the piss out of his insane lefty party.  We shouldn’t stop trying to crush St. Barry’s agenda just because we scored a momentary win against him.

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