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

Posted by KingShamus on May 29, 2012

Dustbury alerts me–and thus all of you–to this very unexpected trend.

You might think that science fiction that disallows such counterfactual stuff as faster-than-light travel is more scientifically rigorous, therefore better for us, in basically the same sense that wheat germ is better for us than a Wendy’s Double. Lynn has a problem with that — the SF convention, I mean:

One thing I have a problem with is the “no hyperspace” rule. I don’t think science fiction necessarily needs to be 100 percent plausible. Was Star Trek 100 percent plausible? Hardly. But it inspired a generation to support space exploration and invent things like cell phones. FTL ships are vehicles for the imagination and it saddens me that many writers have abandoned them and consider themselves smarter for doing so. To me that’s just another brand of pessimism.

I can appreciate Neal Stephenson’s objections to this sort of thing — rigid adherence to stock SF tropes is a really effective way to produce stiff-sounding stories that no one likes — but I’m not about to declare myself unalterably opposed to FTL.

There are a lot of different sorts of science fiction, so having a story where faster than light travel is impossible can make sense in the right context.  Much of the bleak paranoid atmosphere in “2001” (both the book and movie for that matter) was grounded in the idea that the astronauts couldn’t just warp over to Jupiter.  Because the Discovery was basically a conventional rocket-propelled ship, it took a long time for the crew to reach the alien monolith.

The sense of isolation and dread would’ve been lost if Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke opted to make their vessel travel beyond the speed of light.  In the movie, the distances the astronauts travelled would be considered immense if taken at rocket speeds, but miniscule if the Discovery were able to go faster than light.  It could be argued that in the film version of “2001”, the most memorable character was all those millions of miles that separated Dave Bowman and Franke Poole from the safety of Earth.  That huge distance, which required such long periods of time to cross, was a wordless but constant presence within the film.

There are all kinds of speculative fiction stories–even ones that involve space travel–that can be made without faster than light travel.  As “2001” shows, a space travel tale that uses slower than light speeds can be ground-breaking and very effective.  But if you’re doing Star Wars/Star Trek type of stuff, I dunno how you can make that work if the characters don’t have access to some kind of faster than light travel.  If you’re a writer and you’re sending your character across the galaxy, what kind of distances are we dealing with about here?

The Power Of Tens–made back in the 70’s–gives us a pretty good idea.

Tha Milky Way is approximately 120,000 light years across.  That means that a beam of light that starts at one end of the galaxy would take about 120,000 years to cross over to the opposite side.  A ship that even came close to the speed of light would still take over four years just to reach a relatively close star like Proxima Centauri.  Getting much beyond our stellar neighborhood would take decades or even centuries.  That doesn’t even take into account things like cosmic radiation, bone loss and a lot of the serious negative effects that happen when the human body is in space for extended periods of time.

Not allowing faster than light travel in a piece of science fiction might be more realistic, but then again its science fiction we’re talking about here.  Lightsabers, the weirding way and Daleks are all really cool.  None of them exist in the real world.  In fact, most of those things are theoretically impossible except within the confines of the most exotic scientific theories.

We tend to put up with the trappings and tropes of the genre–pulse rifles, flying cars, powered armor exoskeletons and yes, faster than light travel–because the creators of speculative fiction have made them plausible in the context of the particular fictional universe they’ve created.  When done well, audiences and readers will  fill in the blanks with some handy-dandy suspension of disbelief.  Mix it all together and presto–a totally unrealistic chunk of the story is basically accepted by the folks reading the book or watching the show.  Why faster than light travel is doesn’t make sense when people put up with all the other whacked-out goofy and just plain stupid crap in science fiction is a mystery to me.

More:  Just for shits and giggles, here’s the Power of Tens, set to music.

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Memorial Day 2012

Posted by KingShamus on May 28, 2012

Some of our fellow Americans gave their all, and some of them have to carry on in loss forever.

In the run-up to every Memorial Day weekend, for the past several years, a certain photo takes top spot in those most circulated among my fellow military and veteran wives. On blogs, on social media sites, it is shared and “liked” over and over. Taken by the photographer Todd Heisler from his 2005 award-winning series for The Rocky Mountain News, “Jim Comes Home”  — which documents the return and burial of Second Lt. Jim Cathey of the Marines, who lost his life in Iraq — the photo shows his pregnant widow, Katherine, lying on an air mattress in front of his coffin. She’s staring at her laptop, listening to songs that remind her of Jim. Her expression is vacant, her grief almost palpable.

We who live and work and play and dawdle away our time in comfort owe more than we can imagine to the fallen.

It is a debt we can never repay.

God bless the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for all of us.

God take special care of those left behind.


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More Brett Kimberlin-Related News

Posted by KingShamus on May 28, 2012

Question:  How many conservatives need to get SWAT’ed before one of them gets killed?

I only ask because now RedState writer and CNN contributor Erick Erickson just got zapped by the Left’s favorite new dance craze.

Tonight [Ed.-may 27th], my family was sitting around the kitchen table eating dinner when sheriffs deputies pulled up in the driveway.

Someone called 911 from my address claiming there had been an accidental shooting.

It wasn’t nearly the trauma that Patterico suffered, but I guess the Erickson household is on somebody’s radar.

Luckily it was two sheriffs deputies who knew me and I had already, last week, advised the Sheriff’s Department to be on the look out for something like this.

This makes three–as far as I know–SWATing incidents in the last year.

Check out Patterico’s harrowing ordeal.

At 12:35 a.m. on July 1, 2011, sheriff’s deputies pounded on my front door and rang my doorbell. They shouted for me to open the door and come out with my hands up.

When I opened the door, deputies pointed guns at me and ordered me to put my hands in the air. I had a cell phone in my hand. Fortunately, they did not mistake it for a gun.

They ordered me to turn around and put my hands behind my back. They handcuffed me. They shouted questions at me: IS THERE ANYONE ELSE IN THE HOUSE? and WHERE ARE THEY? and ARE THEY ALIVE?

I told them: Yes, my wife and my children are in the house. They’re upstairs in their bedrooms, sleeping. Of course they’re alive.

Deputies led me down the street to a patrol car parked about 2-3 houses away. At least one neighbor was watching out of her window as I was placed, handcuffed, in the back of the patrol car. I saw numerous patrol cars on my quiet street. There was a police helicopter flying overhead, shining a spotlight down on us as I walked towards the patrol car. Several neighbors later told us the helicopter woke them up. I saw a fire engine and an ambulance. A neighbor later told me they had a HazMat vehicle out on the street as well.

Meanwhile, police rushed into my home. They woke up my wife, led her downstairs and to the front porch, frisked her, and asked her where the children were. Then police ordered her to stand on the front porch with her hands against the wall while they entered my children’s bedrooms to make sure they were alive.

The call that sent deputies to my home was a hoax. Someone had pretended to be me. They called the police to say I had shot my wife. The sheriff’s deputies who arrived at my front door believed they were about to confront an armed man who had just shot his wife. I don’t blame the police for any of their actions. But I blame the person who made the call.

Because I could have been killed.

…Although I am an L.A. County Deputy D.A., it is certain that I was “swatted” because of my blog and not because of my job. As Andrew Breitbart noted, this happened to two people within the course of a single week: a man in New Jersey and myself. Both of us had had contact with Andrew Breitbart. Both of us were writing about the same story. And both of us received email threats days before we were swatted. The threat to me said, in part: “Please think about your family. This story is not worth it. I can assure you that.”

Patterico also has more details about his run-in with the law here.  Read everything.

Now compare that voice to the voice that got The Crying Wolfe–a prominent Tweeter involved in the Weinergate sage–SWAT’ed.

I leave it to ya’all to make up your own mind on this one.

So…Where does all this leave us?

First of all, this story has gotten huge.  The Tale of The Ericksons has become a massive thread on Memeorandum.  Being that Erick Erickson is a contributor to CNN, it’s likely that the tactic is going to get much wider exposure in the next few days.

Beyond all that, Michelle Malkin has several very worthy suggestions for conservative action in both the short and long term.  One of them is to give to the National Bloggers Club to help writers who have been victimized by Brett Kimberlin and his cronies.  Aaron Worthing has been targeted in a particularly ugly way by Brett Kimberlin.  Robert Stacy McCain has been doing investigative work on Brett Kimberlin even as McCain, his wife  and his children have been driven from their home.  Financial support would probably go a long way for these guys.

Finally and I’m going to say this again–For any liberals reading this, you really don’t want this to go on any further.  Your movement will take a serious hit in credibility if you continue to tolerate this.  I know Kos has been doing his best to make this into a big nothing., but you can be sure a bug-eyed drama queen like him would be the first to go into full-on ACLU hyperventilation mode if it was happening to him.

That means that the progressive movement needs to police itself here.  The Left constantly says that it’s political methods and aspirations are consistent with America’s founding documents.  Wanna prove it?  Stand up for free speech and against violent intimidation tactics that can only silence dissent in America.

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Every Brett Kimberlin Gets His Day

Posted by KingShamus on May 25, 2012

It’s Friday, May 25th 2012.

You know what that means.

It’s Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

“Who is Brett Kimberlin?”, you ask.

That’s a very good question.

Here’s part of the answer.

“Speedway Bomber” Brett Kimberlin isn’t famous enough yet to have a cult following on the Left but give the determined, energetic activist time. A few short years after his release from federal prison the radical leftist has been embraced by all the right people, winning grants from the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation and wealthy celebrities.

He’s earned the confidence of leftist luminaries such as Teresa Heinz Kerry and Barbra Streisand who have sent money to his activist group, the Justice Through Music Project. The seven-year-old Bethesda, Maryland-based 501c3 nonprofit entity buys into the radical environmentalist agenda, supports the goals of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and claims to have registered 100,000 people to vote. (See its latest IRS Form 990 [tax return] here.)

Read the rest.

So does that mean he’s just another socialist troublemaker supported by big money radicals?

Not quite.

1978: Brett Kimberlin owns a health food store/vegetarian restaurant in Broad Ripple.  Police believe the store may be a front for drug trafficking and have Kimberlin in their sights.

July 29, 1978: Julia Scyphers is murdered.  She answered a knock at her front door; a man inquired about some items she had available at a recent yard sale.  Julia led him out to the garage.  She was shot once in the back of the head.  Her husband caught a glimpse of the man at the door and saw the getaway car speed away from their home.  At first, investigators are stymied as to why Scyphers was murdered, as she seemed to have no enemies, save one: Brett Kimberlin, her daughter Sandra’s employer and boyfriend.  Kimberlin seemed to have a less than wholesome interest in one of Julia’s granddaughters.

Sept 1- 6, 1978: Eight bomb blasts ring through Speedway, Indiana  The final blast injures Carl DeLong and his wife.  The police suspect that the bombings were intended to distract the police from the Scyphers’ murder case; however, between 50 and 100 ATF agents descend on Indianapolis to assist local police with the investigation.

Sept 20, 1978: Kimberlin is picked up by Army investigators when a print shop owner alerts them about a suspicious customer.  Kimberlin is wearing a security guard’s uniform with DoD insignia and asking for copies of military drivers’ licenses and other materials to be made.  When officers arrive, he attempts to hide the incriminating evidence by eating it.  As a result of this, investigators decide to hold him overnight.

Sept 21, 1978: With search warrants in hand, investigators search Kimberlin’s 1970 Impala, which he drove to the print shop the day before; they find bomb-making materials, including timers which match those found at the scene of the Speedway bombings.  At the same time, another team of investigators searches a Jackson County property owned by the Kimberlin family.  There they find a buried steel tank containing 1000 lbs of marijuana, along with Tovex used to blast the rock to install the underground tank.  This Tovex will later link Kimberlin to other incidents.

Feb 8, 1979: Local authorities receive a tip from Texas border agents about a group of suspects they’ve rounded up.  Among them are Brett Kimberlin and his pilot, Robert Scott Bixler.  The group is released but placed under surveillance.

Feb 16, 1979: Kimberlin and his associates are at a secret airstrip they’ve carved out in the Texas desert, awaiting a shipment of Columbian marijuana.  They are being watched by local and federal agents.  The plane is unable to land, due to heavy fog, and dumps its million dollar cargo over a 125 mile area.  Texas agents recover the bales of pot, while Kimberlin and his gang are arrested.  Kimberlin will later claim he was simply riding around out in the desert when cops picked him up for no reason.

Armed with photos of the drug crew, investigators show the images to Fred Scyphers, who recognizes William “Bill” Bowman as the man who came to his front door on July 29, 1978, luring his wife to her death. Kimberlin and Bowman are still free, after being charged for the Texas “pot bombing” incident.

Feb 27, 1979: Based on Fred Scyphers’ identification of him, Bowman is arrested for the murder of Julia Scyphers.  Investigators hope that Bowman will admit that Kimberlin was behind the hit on Scyphers.

Feb 28, 1979: A federal grand jury indicts Kimberlin in the Speedway bombing case.

Mar 11, 1979: Sandra Barton’s sister, Patricia — who lives in Texas — contacts authorities to report she found a sack hidden in her backyard.  The contents of the bag — blasting caps, blue-and-white Mark Time timers, an AR-15 rifle and 14 plastic-covered sausages of Tovex 200 with factory markings — further connect Kimberlin to the Speedway bombings and the Tovex used to blast away rock for the buried steel tank at the Jackson county property.  Informants state they saw Kimberlin plant the bag, in an attempt to frame Patricia and her husband for the Speedway bombings.  (Sandra Barton’s daughters were now living with Patricia.)

Mar 14, 1979: Fred Scyphers dies of cancer.  With his death, the case against Bowman in the Scyphers murder collapses.

Nov, 1979: Kimberlin enters a guilty plea for charges related to the Texas marijuana smuggling case and is sentenced to 4 years.

Sept, 1980: Kimberlin is tried for the Speedway bombing incident.  A federal jury is unable to reach a decision on the bombing, but does convict him for impersonating a federal officer.  He receives a 12-year sentence.

October 15, 1981: Kimberlin is found guilty of the Speedway bombings and receives a 50-year sentence.

February 23, 1983: Carl DeLong, victim of the final Speedway blast, commits suicide.  He was in constant pain as a result of his injuries.  Later that year, DeLong’s wife, Sandra, won a $1.6 million settlement from Kimberlin, which she never collected.

First of all, there are many more details in the piece I linked.  I have to say a big thank you to kielpatriot over at Wisconsin Citizens Blog for doing a lot of leg work.  Read the rest, everyone.  I’ll be here when you come back.

Clearly, Brett Kimberlin is a man with a long criminal past.  He has been tried and convicted of violent terroristic crimes.  And this is the man who large well-funded elements of the political Left have embraced. 

Want proof?  The Liberty Chick gives shows us just how deep the progressive/Kimberlin connection really is.

But today, Kimberlin is embraced by the left, having proclaimed himself a political prisoner and martyr to the Republican cause, a portrayal that’s been proven false in research and court documents. Kimberlin went on to co-found Velvet Revolution. The organization describes itself as a progressive coalition that was formed “to go toe to toe with the rightbecausethe tactics and the power of the Democrats and progressives in this country have not been sufficient to check the actions of a corrupt Republican agenda.” Last October, Velvet Revolution launched an ad campaign which offered a “$200,000 bounty on the head” of Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue. Today, the organization is still behind some of these smear campaigns that are frequent topics of President Obama’s recent speeches.

Where does some of Velvet Revolution’s funding come from? The same place Media Matters gets much of its money:

The Tides Foundation. 

Again, read the rest.  Liberty Chick’s work here is crucial to understanding the intertwined relationship between The Velvet Revolution and Tides.

So The Tides Foundation has given money to Kimberlin’s political activist group.  What does Tides do?  Discover The Networks is on the case.   

Established in 1976 by California-based activist Drummond Pike, the Tides Foundation was set up as a public charity that receives money from donors and then funnels it to the recipients of their choice. Because many of these recipient groups are quite radical, the donors often prefer not to have their names publicly linked with the donees. By letting the Tides Foundation, in effect, “launder” the money for them and pass it along to the intended beneficiaries, donors can avoid leaving a “paper trail.” Such contributions are called “donor-advised,” or donor-directed, funds.

Through this legal loophole, nonprofit entities can also create for-profit organizations and then funnel money to them through Tides — thereby circumventing the laws that bar nonprofits from directly funding their own for-profit enterprises. Pew Charitable Trusts, for instance, set up three for-profit media companies and then proceeded to fund them via donor-advised contributions to Tides, which (for an 8 percent management fee) in turn sent the money to the media companies.

Just to give you an idea what kind of left-wing activists we’re dealing with here, check out how they responded to the 9/11 attacks.

Immediately after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Tides formed a “9/11 Fund” to advocate a “peaceful national response.” Tides later replaced the 9/11 Fund with the “Democratic Justice Fund,” which was financed in large measure by the Open Society Institute of George Soros, who has donated more than $7 million to Tides over the years. Reciprocally, the Tides Foundation is a major funder of the Shadow Party, a George Soros-conceived nationwide network of several dozen unions, non-profit activist groups, and think tanks whose agendas are ideologically to the left, and which are engaged in campaigning for the Democrats.

Tides is an unrepentant loud-n-proud left-wing organization.  Besides Brett Kimberlin’s Velvet Revolution, who else does Tides give money to?  Here’s a partial list.

Recent recipients of Tides Foundation grants include: the A.J. Muste Memorial Institute; the AdBusters Media Foundation; the American Civil Liberties Union; the ACORN Institute; the Agape Foundation; Alliance For Justice; American Family Voices; the American Friends Service Committee; the American Immigration Law Foundation; the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee; Amnesty International; the Border Action Network; the Brennan Center for Justice; Campaign for America’s Future; the Center for American Progress; the Center for Community Change; the Center for Constitutional Rights; the Center for Reproductive Rights; Changemakers; the Children’s Defense Fund; Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington; the Council on American-Islamic Relations (as revealed in FrontpageMagazine); Democracy Now!; Earth Day Network; Earth Island Institute; Earthjustice; Environmental Defense; Environmental Media Services; the Environmental Working Group; Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting; the Feminist Majority Foundation; Free Press; Funding Exchange; Global Exchange; Grantmakers Without Borders; Grassroots International; Greenpeace; Human Rights First; Human Rights Watch; the Immigrant Legal Resource Center; Institute for America’s Future; Institute for Policy Studies; Institute for Public Accuracy; the Israel Policy Forum; the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; the Lawyers’ Committee on Nuclear Policy; the Jane Addams Peace Association; the League of Conservation Voters; the League of United Latin American Citizens; the League of Women Voters; the Liberty Hill Foundation; MADRE; Medecins Sans Frontieres; Media Matters for America; Mercy Corps; the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund; the Mexico Solidarity Network; the Middle East Children’s Alliance; Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet; the Ms. Foundation for Women; the NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation; the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People; the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty; the National Council of Churches; the National Lawyers Guild; the National Network of Grantmakers; the National Organization for Women Foundation; the National Wildlife Federation; the Natural Resources Defense Council; the Nature Conservancy (of California and of New York); the New Israel Fund; the New World Foundation; Nonviolent Peaceforce; the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Oxfam America; the Pacifica Foundation; Peace Action; the Peace Development Fund; People for the American Way; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; Physicians for Social Responsibility; Planned Parenthood; the Ploughshares Fund; Population Connection; the Progress Unity Fund; Project Vote; the Proteus Fund; the Public Citizen Foundation; the Rainforest Action Network; the Rainforest Alliance; the Rockefeller Family Fund; the Ruckus Society; the Sentencing ProjectSeptember 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows; the Sierra Club; the Shefa Fund; Sojourners; the Threshold Foundation; TrueMajority Action; Trust for Public Land; the Union of Concerned Scientists; USAction; Veterans For Peace; Waterkeeper Alliance; the Wilderness Society; Witness For Peace; Women’s Action for New Directions; and the World Wildlife Fund.

If you are curious as to what else this operation does–as well as how they get American taxpayer money–you should read the rest.

So Brett Kimberlin is a convicted bomber who is now firmly esconsced in the left-wing political establishment. 

What does that have to do with any of us?

Well, Robert Stacy McCain is in hiding due to the threats he and his wife have received at the hands of Brett Kimberlin.  McCain isn’t an activist.  He’s a blogger and a reporter.  However, he’s not the only victim here.  Aaron Walker, a blogger who writes under the names Aaron Worthing, has documented his various legal run-ins with Brett Kimberlin as well.

Here’s my opinion:  Given all we know about Brett Kimberlin–his violent criminal past, his harassment of reporters and his use of lawfare to silence critics–what are we to make of all this?

Read Dan Collins, over at the Conservatory, for an idea of what’s at stake here.

Kimberlin has made a practice of attempting, with some success, to deprive people of their livelihood and their rights. It’s time, for starters, that he was deprived of his, since he lives on the ‘charitable’ contributions of the left, given to him through his tax-exempt sinecures, the Justice Through Music Project and Velvet Revolution. He has attempted, too, to bring charges under RICO against Patterico (whose name probably suggested the scam to him), Nagy, and others. But whose behavior here reeks of coordinated criminal activity, anyway? Not his victims’.

Dan hits a lot of great points.  Go ahead and read his post.  It’s harrowing.

In Brett Kimberlin, the conservative movement is faced with the honed brutal tip of the Left’s spear.  It doesn’t care about particular targets.  It is indifferent to the suffering it causes.  In the end, all it cares about is silencing the American Right.  That silence can be bought with threats, smears legal action or–in the case of Patterico–the threat of death.      

We all talk a very big game about the First Amendment.  There are very few times when civilians are called upon to defend it.  This is one of those times.

If Brett Kimberlin and his ilk are allowed to use the threat of bodily harm, intimidation of family members, loss of livelihood or death to silence critics, then the freedom of speech is effectively finished in the United States.  I hate to sound apocalyptic about it, but that’s what we’re dealing with here.  What else could it mean?

There is no freedom of speech if a person knows that he will be sued for speaking his mind. 

There is no First Amendment if a person can be threatened with physical violence. 

It’s that simple.

One last thing:  If there are any left-wingers of conscience out there who are reading this, look at what is being done with your movement.  While I have many issues with the progressive ideology, I know that not all of you–or even the majority of you–support the tactics of Brett Kimberlin. 

Ultimately, the Left will be what you in the liberal sphere want it to be.  If you believe that political terrorism is justified, your movement will kill much of what is great about this nation of ours.  The Ku Klux Klan used murder and intimidation in order to get their way in the political sphere.  It destroyed the possibility of healthy race relations in the United States for decades. 

Now there is yet another organized concerted effort to kill political speech in America. 

Liberals–Is this what you want for your country?  Is this the road you want your nation to go down? 

For all of our sakes, I hope there are honorable people in the progressive movement who will stand against this assault on our First Amendment. 

An important note:  For a good honor roll of bloggers who have taken up this story, check out Paul Lemmen’s post.  Nice work, Paul.  Thank you. 

The Camp Of The Saints,

Trevor Louden’s New Zeal Blog,

Conservative Hideout,

Catholic Bandita,

Bookworm Room,


Ironic Surrealism,

Blazing Cat Fur,

Dr. Melissa Clouthier,

The Other McCain,

Capitalist Preservation,


Absolute Moral Authority,,

The Daley Gator,

DaTechguy’s Blog,

Nice Deb,

Noisy Room,

Gulag Bound,

Flashlight Web,

The Conservatory,

Goldfish and Clowns,

The Lonely Conservative,

The Wellington Street Post,


American Power,

Dodo Can Spell,

Lady Liberty 1885,

Adrienne’s Corner,

Save us Chuck Woolery,

The Right Planet,




Michelle Malkin,


Patrick Frey of Patterico,

Darleen Click at Protein Wisdom,

Darth Chipmunk,

Lee Stranahan,

That Mr. G Guy,

William Jacobsen at Legal Insurrection,


Carl of Israel Matzav,

Kathy Shaidle of Five Feet of Fury,

Kate of Small Dead Animals,

Yid with Lid,

Jimmie Bise of The Sundries Shack,

The Tamminator at HillBuzz,

Byron Preston at The PJ Tatler,

Bingley at The Coalition of the Swilling,

Susan Duclos at Wake Up America,

Evil Blogger Lady,

Richard Fernandez at Belmont Club,

Ken at Popehat,

Zilla of the Resistance,

Chris Muir of Day by Day,

The Radio Patriot,



The Jawa Report,

Kim Priestap,

Rosslyn Smith at American Thinker,

Paul Zummo at The American Catholic,

Bob Owens,

Allergic to Bull,

Liberty Chick,



Smitty at The Other McCain.

HUGE UPDATENow a massive Memeorandum thread.  This has gotten enormous folks.  Stay tuned.

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The Left=Insufferable Children, Example 59,192 (Also, #IStandWithSECupp)

Posted by KingShamus on May 24, 2012

Larry Flynt reminds us why everybody loves him oh so much.

Hustler Magazine publisher Larry Flynt told The Daily Caller Wednesday that he had a right to publish a fake image of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp engaging in a sex act.


Look, I’ve been known to post fart jokes and cleavage pics so maybe I’m not the best guy to say this, but whatever:  The American Left is populated by the intellectual equivalent of a third grade remedial Play-Doh class.

You doubt my hypothesis?  Go watch your kid play with his classmates for about twenty minutes.  Inevitably, the girls of the class will get picked on by the boys.  The thing is, the boys aren’t teasing the girls because they dislike them.  More often than not, they’re making fun of the girls because they really like them, but can’t express themselves properly.  As they get closer to their teen years, this behavior only gets worse as the confusion of puberty kicks in.

After you’re done observing your son awkwardly try to start a conversation with his middle school crush by shoving her off the swing set, examine how liberals have reacted to Michelle Malkin, Laura IngrahamSarah Palin and now SE Cupp.  It’s the same behavior, only less mature.

Conservative woman:  “I believe that gun control is wrong.”


Conservative woman:  “I am against abortion.”


Conservative woman:  “I think Barack Obama is not a good president.”


And you can forget all about any attempts at civility if a female right-winger has the gall to forcefully argue her political positions.

Too much sass-talk from the women-folk give liberals a wicked headache.

Why, it’s almost like leftists just can’t handle strong women expressing themselves or something.

No.  That can’t be it.  They always insist that they believe in equality.  Naturally, they show their love for the ladies by not paying them the same as men.

As for SE Cupp, getting attacked by a rolling bag of slime like Larry Flynt is horrible.  But she has one very large advantage over Larry Flynt:  She’s not Larry Flynt.

Hustler got a vicious little cheap shot in on one of their political enemies.  I hope the Hustler Photoshop super-geniuses savor their tiny pointless victory.  At least Cupp will still have a viable business model in five years.  Unlike Larry Flynt’s flailing soon-to-be-bankrupt sleaze outfit, Cupp’s talent and brains aren’t going out of style.

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Brett Kimberlin and His Threats On Robert Stacy McCain

Posted by KingShamus on May 23, 2012

How bad were the threats that Brett Kimberlin made against The Other McCain?

As McCain reported on Monday, this bad.

Law enforcement officials have been made aware that convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin appears to be engaged in an attempt to intimidate me into being silent about his sordid criminal history.

Appropriate precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of my family and others who might be endangered if Kimberlin resorts to violence to accomplish his malicious purposes. At the urging of concerned friends, we have vacated our former residence and I am now blogging from a secret location which Kimberlin will be unable to discover or reach. Nevertheless, we sincerely ask for intercessory prayer, that God will send angels to guard us in this grave crisis.

But oh wait, if you think that’s bad it gets much worse:

Convicted terrorist Brett Kimberlin on Monday continued his effort to silence those who write about his criminal past by contacting my wife’s employer, claiming that I was “harassing” him. The resulting security concern required immediate relocation if I was to be able to continue writing about the case of Kimberlin, a violent felon, perjurer and admitted tax cheat who is employed as the director of a 501(c)3 non-profit that has collected $1.8 million in contributions since 2005.

Just who is Brett Kimberlin you ask?  Watch Lee Stranahan’s informative video about everyone’s new favorite domestic terrorist.

So we’re dealing with a bad dude…a really bad dude who’s doing his damnedest to turn American politics into a 3rd world banana republic strongman’s paradise.

Here’s another peak into Brett Kimberlin’s activities.  He’s not just a murderous convicted bomber.  He’s jailhouse lawyer and a liberal activist with connections to the Goerge Soros empire.

After barely serving one third of his sentence, the terrorist Brett Kimberlin was released from prison and made a name for himself as a “progressive activist” who has enjoyed the public embrace and heavy funding from deep pocketed leftists such as George Soros, prominent Democrats such as Teresa Heinz Kerry (wife of Democratic Presidential candidate Massachusetts Senator John Kerry), and liberal celebrities such as Barbara Streisand. Again, via Breitbart:

And of course, what must the citizens of Indianapolis think about Kimberlin’s recent success, all of the money his organizations have been awarded by donors who seemingly embrace a convicted criminal who caused their community such devastation and heartache? What must DeLong’s family think? In 2007, whenTime Magazine featured Kimberlin in its “Wizard of Odd Story,” notedIndianpolis Star reporter Joe Gelarden, who closely covered all of the Kimberlin cases in great detail at the time, had something to say about the public’s embrace of Kimberlin:

Brett Kimberlin is a terrorist. While I firmly believe in the doctrine of redemption and conversion, I remember a few things about Brett that give me great pause.

First, he was convicted of perjury – in federal court – before he got out of high school. Think about that for a moment.

Second, he was not convicted of smoking a couple of joints when he was in high school. He was a major drug dealer who officials believe got into terrorism to throw officials off the trail of a murder.

Third, he planted a series of bombs in Speedway, Indiana that not only endangered a lot of lives, but, when a guy bent over to pick up a gym bag in a school parking lot – Carl DeLong just wanted to turn in the bag to the school because he thought it contained a pair of $50 sneakers – it exploded.

The blast shattered DeLong’s body and that of his lovely wife Sandra.

But hey, no big deal right?  I mean, I’m sure the Left is going to police one of their own.  That’s always what they do in these kinds of cases.  You remember all those times when scions of the liberal movement like Spencer Ackerman, Alec Baldwin, Alex Pareene and Hustler Magazine were quick to keep progressives in check when they crossed the line.

Also, you will recall how Dubya press secretary Ari Fleischer’s advice to Americans to ‘watch what they say’ was a big fucking deal for the Fierce Moral Urgency crowd.  Oh,  the progressives angrily howled at this supposedly censorious comment from the Premier Bushitler Regime.  The White House press corps was full of more breathless fin-de-Republic jibber-jabber than an Edward Gibbon fan club meeting after the Rise and Fall enthusiasts got into the open bar.

Back in the real world, here we have an actual threat to free speech. It’s not some statement deliberately read out-of-context to drum up censorship charges against a political opponent.  No, it’s a threat–as in ‘somebody is going to physically harm somebody else’ kind of threat–against a journalist.  No Washington Post, no New York Times, no MSNBC, no Current TV; nobody is covering this except the blogs, and even then its only the righty ones.

Amazing, really.

In any case, Matt over at the Conservative Hideout notes something important:

I have always subscribed to the notion that the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior.  Considering Kimberlin’s past, as well as his current tendency to harass and threaten anyone that discusses his well documented past, he ought to be considered dangerous.  Is there risk in even mentioning this?  Probably, but when this happens, I always think that if we let people be silenced one by one, it’s only a matter of time before we are all silenced.  However, if we band together, not only is it much harder to force us into silence, but we stand a better chance of preventing people like Kimberlin for victimizing others. So, I’m taking my place on the line.

It’s tragic that this is the case, but it’s true.  The Left worships Obama.  As Ladd Ehlinger points out, they also hate the Right and everything about it.  Those two facts make physical/lawfare threats not just possible but, according to the progressive mind, necessary.

So what can we do?

Hitting Stacy’s tip jar wouldn’t be the worst idea.  Homeboy is probably racking up some expenses, what with the running around trying to avoid Brett Kimberlin retaliating against him and all.  Some cheddar would probably ameliorate at least a few of the problems stemming from McCain’s forced evacuation.

Among other things, Dan over at the great Conservatory suggests the #FreeStacyMcCain hashtag be used to highlight this story on Twitter.  Conservatives pretty much own Twitter at this point.  If enough of us blast this story to high heaven, even the jag-offs in the MSN will have to take note of it.

Michelle Malkin notes that Lee Stranahan has created a new special holiday in honor of the Progistani’s latest lawfare bomber.

So I’m declaring this Friday, May 25th as Everybody Blog About Brett Kimberlin Day.

Here’s what you do to take part…

  1. Research Brett Kimberlin on your own. Don’t trust secondary sources; look for the original articles published about him, too.
  2. On Friday, May 25th — write an honest, factually accurate post about what you learned and what your OPINION is. Brett may try and sue you, so be accurate, factual and separate fact from opinion.
  3. The post doesn’t have to be long — ANYTHING helps.
  4. After you post, Tweet, share, whatever — get the post out there.

Needless to say, I’ll be posting about this weasel on Friday.  Shine enough light and the roaches will flee.  Make Brett Kimberlin known beyond the shadows of the progressive underbelly and maybe we can help out our friend Robert Stacy McCain.  Let’s do this thing, ya’all.

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Music Review – ‘Harmonicraft’ by Torche

Posted by KingShamus on May 22, 2012

(Artwork courtesy of Santos)

The Florida doom quartet Torche have never been ones to shy away from melody.  From the git-go, band leader Steve Brooks has been a mainstream pop sort of metalhead, blending decidedly non-screamo singing with bottom-heavy riffage.  At first glance the band’s musical DNA would seem unlikely.  Sabbathy single-note chord progressions shouldn’t play well in the sandbox with major-key vocals and upbeat tempos, yet in Torche’s case they wring a lot of miles out of a beautifully incongruous jalopy.

2008’s Meanderthal was widely hailed as a masterpiece, but soon afterwards, original lead guitarist and long-time Brooks right-hand man Juan Montoya was acrimoniously dismissed from the band.  Torche carried on and put out several EP’s and split sets as a three-piece–Songs For Singles being especially good–but questions remained.  The biggest one:  How would the band respond on their next full-length effort?

Harmonicraft answers listeners with a definitive ‘Huh?”  The record feels like a band cautiously edging away from their earlier influences, but not quite sure where they’re headed to next.  Oh sure, there are more than a few drop-A bombstring masterpieces to be had here.  “Looking On”  is a menacing chunk of sludge that ends the disc on a doomy note.  The 79  seconds of “Sky Trials” features frenetic grooves wrapped up in harmonized Brooks vocals.   “Reverse Inverted” swaggers with new lead guitarist Andrew Elstner’s tripped-out solos and a towering finish.

Even with all that thumpy crunch, Torche finds the time to  take some tentative detours.  The restrained guitars and back-and-forth chorus of “Roaming” is a rock radio hit single waiting to happen.  “Kiss Me Dudely” wraps a Lita Ford reference and an in-joke about Steve Brooks’ homosexuality in feedback squalls and aggressive tempos.  “Solitary Traveler” is reminiscent of earlier Torche songs like “Sundown” and “Face The Wall”.  Where the older tunes would go from dreamy atmospherics to a taciturn climax,  “Solitary” instead drifts into melancholy shoegaze terrain.  The most out-of-character moment is “Harmonicraft”, with gently distorted echoey guitar lines and synth-drum percussion.  It’s like no other song in Torche’s repertoire and it could be the portent of a different direction for group to explore.

But as cool as these experiments are, they’re still fairly small steps away from their sound.  The big problem Torche has is that when they nail their formula, it really doesn’t have a parallel in the current rock scene.  Lead single “Kicking” ranks with past gems like “Vampyro”, “Across The Shields” and “In Return”.  As Brooks and Elstner croon out the bridge, the band takes off into an unambiguous soaring metal anthem.  In lesser hands, fusing unironic majesty with pummeling guitar riffs would probably come off as a cynical Hum copy-cat.  Torche somehow makes their improbable emotive rock work without winking at the audience.

At its core, Harmonicraft presents a bit of a puzzle.  Because there is so much good going on in Torche’s sound, they could easily make four more albums that drill further down into their happy-doom formula.  On the other hand, the quartet might be poised to take the music away from their past work.  In that way, Torche’s latest disc might be roughly analogous to Slayer’s South of Heaven…or Radiohead’s The Bends.  Either way, Harmonicraft has to make the short list for rock record of the year.

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Music Monday Instrumental – ‘Laguna Sunrise’ by Black Sabbath

Posted by KingShamus on May 21, 2012

From Vol. 4.  

Black Sabbath was not as adept at gentle introspection as some of their 70’s era contemporaries.  The band was always at their best when Tony Iommi’s amps were cranked, Geezer Butler was locked into Bill Ward’s bass drum kick and Ozzy’s coke was straight out of Colombia.  Compared to other groups from that time, Sabbath were die-hard minimalists, obeying their obsession with the riff to the exclusion of wild experimentalism.

“Laguna Sunrise’ feels different not only from other songs on Vol. 4, but from much of Sabbath’s catalogue.  The mellotron building behind Iommi’s two simple but effective acoustic guitar lines is surprisingly pretty.  When the boys got off the beaten path, their oddball stuff could be very cool.

Beyond the artistic merits, the song just reminds me of summer.  With the warm weather upon us, ‘Laguna Sunrise’ feels appropriate.  Enjoy.

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Out of Gas; No Posts For The Evening

Posted by KingShamus on May 17, 2012

Sorry guys.

Rough week at work, haven’t gotten a lot of sleep, using sentence fragments to express myself.

Yeah, I’m kinda shot.

I might be on teh Twitterz for a bit, but then I’m calling it a day.

I’ll also do better visiting my homies on their sites.  Like I said, it’s been a little taxing these past few days.

Okay, since I suck today I may as well post something cool.  Here’s one of the best Mystery Science Theater 3000 episodes ever.

“If the first ten minutes are any indication, this movie’s gonna blow!”

Nighty-night, homies.  See you later.

UPDATE:  Folks, this week just will not end.  I’ve got a lot of work to do, so I’ll have to catch up with ya’all later.

Sorry I suck at this blogging.

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

Posted by KingShamus on May 16, 2012

Hey, I don’t know if you’ve heard but President Obama has come out in favor of same-sex marriage.

The Obamatron’s announcement that he now supports gay nuptials–after he was against it which came after he was for it–has led to some strange reactions in the leftoversphere.  Most have been positively proggasmic.  But some have used the occasion to go on offense against their hated enemies.

Here’s syndicated columnist DeWayne Wickham  (D-Obama Stenographer Media), chastising the Log Cabin Republicans for attacking Obama on his newly-found support for gay marriage while not criticizing Mitt Romney for his belief in traditional marriage.

The Log Cabin Republicans are outcasts within the GOP. The marital equality they seek is opposed by Romney and many of the right-wingers whose votes he hopes will help him defeat Obama in November.

The Republican homosexual group seems bent on subjecting its members to an unyielding brand of political flagellation.

It is apparently willing to pay any price, bear any burden and endure any insult to maintain a toehold in the GOP ranks — a political obsession that is as oxymoronic as a black joining the Ku Klux Klan, or a Jew becoming a follower of Hamas.

Of course, he’s correct.

I’m sure you remember the Republican Party’s long sordid history of firebombing Greenwich Village cosmetology schools and orchestrating drive-by shootings at San Francisco antique stores.

Worse than the dickbag moral equivalency ploy is the Wickham’s narrow-mindedness when it comes to gay and lesbian voters.  It simply doesn’t occur to him that a homosexual person could possibly be a Republican too.  Ergo, these freaky-deaky pink elephant GOPers should go back to being good dutiful soldiers for the Democrat Party rather than sucking up to the hate-fueled Republicans.

Let’s flip the script for a second:  Suppose there was a large chunk of union-member Democrats who really hated Cap-n-Trade.  They agreed with almost everything else on the DonkeyPuncher agenda–ObamaCare, tax hikes, the role of government in citizens’ lives–but they really disliked a government-mandated carbon credit trading system.  According to Wickham’s logic, those anti-C&T union guys should stop being Democrats and join the Republican Party.  After all, they aren’t marching lockstep with the Democrat Party on Cap-n-Trade, so union people must be barking up the wrong political tree.

Seen this way, Wickham’s premise starts to look like chicken-fried nonsense wrapped in a flaky breaded crust of illogic and glazed with a zesty bullshit marinade.

Back in the real world, gay and lesbians make political decisions the same way everybody else does.  They base their partisan affiliation on feelings, ideologies, gut instincts and what they generally want out of the government.  There are still a few pro-life Democrats, even though the Dems are overwhelmingly pro-abortion.  Ron Paul and many of his supporters are Republicans who are against the large well-funded US military most GOPers have embraced.  In both cases, the reason why these people remain in their respective parties has nothing to do with some sort of  sycophantic apple-polisher’s desire to be liked that Wickham ascribes to the Log Cabin Republicans.  Instead, pro-life Democrats and pro-military cuts Paulians have all made calculations based on their political priorities.  Why Wickham thinks gays and lesbians are incapable of making the sorts of sophisticated voting decisions that everyone else does is a mystery.

I mean, is it so wacky to think there are gays and lesbians who support smaller government, tax cuts and strong national defense?

Is it all that odd that those same homosexuals wouldn’t make gay marriage the make-or-break issue that keeps them in the Republican Party?

It’s only strange if you’re DeWayne Wickham.

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The Exclusive Doctor ObamaCare Interview

Posted by KingShamus on May 15, 2012

You’ve seen “The Sick Cents”  movie trailer.

You’ve seen “The Sick Cents” movie poster

Before you watch the flick, starring the lovely and talented Melody Tally, why not read the e-mail interview I did with the movie’s creator, Mr. Glenn Troy Morton?  Mr. Morton just wants to make some minor reforms to the American health care system, like obliterating the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replacing it with something that actually works.

Sounds like a plan to me.

When not portraying the nefarious Dr. ObamaCare, Mr. Morton is actually a mild-mannered guy with a lot of insights into the mess we’ve gotten into, as well as some ideas about how to get back to some kind of sanity when it comes to our medical care.

KingShamus:  First of all, how did you get THE Herman Cain to get struck by lightning and turned into a crispy skeleton?

Glenn Troy Morton:  He was speaking at a Tea Party Rally in public. He didn’t pose for it or anything :o)

He saw me when I was there. Pointed to me and nodded in my direction. That was such an awesome day. We got mobbed while we were there, and the reaction was mostly positive, even though The Gateway Pundit thought we were nutty. Everyone saw Dr. Obamacare with the film crew: a filmmaker AND guy from the Occupy movement holding up a 4ft. x5ft. sign with Dr. Obamacare’s face on it. No one knew Mr. Cain was down to his last 9-9-9 :o).

KS:  Hey, a fortuitous bit of good luck is never a bad thing.  What was your initial inspiration for Doctor Obamacare?  What made you go to the horror movie route?

GTM:  Honestly? God. Sounds corny, I know. But the idea came to me in a way that felt alive, and right., and powerful…so I didn’t question it. I just followed my faith and put trust in God that it would work.

I have been trying to get attention from politicians and media for over a year to let them know there is a better way than Obamacare. Over 600 media outlets, gave a packet to 5 different Republican Presidential candidates, and even handed my book to a White House employee after trying to contact the White house 4 different times. Squadoosh!
I thought, initially, that Obamacare was just a bad attempt with good intentions; I learned throughout this process WHY that’s not true. So many politicians are surrounded by people who want to leverage power for personal gain that elected officials never get told the truth, and there is no way for an average citizen with a better idea to break through.

Remember the Mortgage crisis? So many said “Why were those BAD brokers writing no-documentation loans. They are all greedy and evil”. Now that I’ve been trying so hard, for so long, I know why: there is no room for real people to have influence in politics except by being in large movements and, when they are, there are still agendas to overcome. I tried, and I tried harder than anyone I know. I still am, because this is bigger than me.

Most don’t really want better solutions; they want ABSOLUTION. Winning the argument, instead of winning their freedom. Thank GOD for Citizens United…

KS:  See, I don’t think it’s corny at all.  I think using the vibe of a horror movie makes a lot of sense given how awful O-Care is gonna be.  As much as you clearly dislike ObamaCare, were you an Obama supporter in 2008?

GTM:  Voted for Obama in 2008, and Clinton before that. In fact, though I was registered independent my whole life until Obamacare (which changed me into a Republican forever. Every Republican in Congress stood to the side and elected not to commandeer your money, and they deserve support from all of us for standing by our side), I was a pretty reliable Democratic vote.

Except Ron Paul, of course. He is still the only Presidential candidate I’ve ever given a dollar.

That’s why I’m glad it’s me trying to do this. Republican and Democratic CITIZENS really aren’t far apart politically; it’s the people who make money by dramatizing differences who keep us from working together.

As a combat veteran, I approached this like a military operation: planning, strategy, reconnaissance, intel gathering, etc. What I noticed is a disconnect between what we see online and on TV and how we live our lives in the real world. No one calls their gay co-worker names, or their conservative friend racist, in person.

I thought I could be a bridge. That’s why the SuperPAC is named Occupy Obamacare: both terms were made popular by opposite sides of our political spectrum. We likely have the only campaign commercial in existence featured on both Breitbart AND Occupythe99%. How great is that? It is by design.

No one wants Obamacare; they just haven’t heard yet how to reduce costs and increase access to care. When they read Passing Obamacare, they will know how and that it’s easy to do. I only used 120 pages, and a third of that is bad jokes :o)

Well…and a make-out session between me, Obama, Michelle Bachmann, and Sarah Palin. Creative license :o)

KS:  Hottest.  Creative Licence. Ever.

Also–120 pages?  So you’re saying you don’t need an unreadable doorstop to reform health care?  How can this be?  ;-p

You mentioned before about Citizens United.  Why is that Supreme Court decision so important?


GTM:  1) If I had known about you before…you could have been the 5th. Or holding the camera. So many possibilities ;o)

2) The reason our health care costs are so high is because the Patient/Insured and the paying customer are not the same. Doctors are paid by insurance companies, and charge for every single thing no matter how insignificant (like filling out your forms. Yes, they charge for that. Procedure code 99201, if I recall). Employers pay for insurance, and employees don’t have a choice except the one given by employers.

 Because both providers and insurance taps into large pots of money, they charge too much for what they do. Every business in America is has a natural limit: the ability of it’s customers to afford products/services. If they exceed that limit, they go out of business. That’s a big reason why Obamacare is so bad: it allows insurance companies to exceed it by giving them use of the IRS to TAKE money from people who could not AFFORD what they sell, and each penalty is indexed to an accelerator, so will increase forever. Who can say “no” to the IRS? That’s why giving free money to the insurance “pool” increases costs, not reduces them. Since Obamacare, increases higher than in our history. Premiums are now set to double in 7 years.

 3) Citizens United did a very important thing: it removed the monopoly politicians had on campaign contributions. In fact, as a SuperPAC, I can collect MORE money, from MORE sources, than they can. All I need is the mic (donations), and the politicians who voted for Obamacare will run for the exits. They can’t hold a debate with me on health insurance; I’ve been feeding my family by knowing more about insurance than my competitors for over 15 years. if they’d like to try…I’ll make time ;o)

 That’s why they try to make Citizens United out to be a bad thing. Yes, corporations can put their money where they want and drive the onversation. SO CAN WE, and we have more money than they do collectively.

We always said that citizens should have more influence than corporations to our political system. Now we do, if we don’t screw it up. Aptly named: Citizens United.


KS:  Would It be fair to say that the Citizens United has given you a greater ability to make things like “Sick Cents”?


GTM:  Theoretically, but this is the first time it’s had a role, so people aren’t used to it yet.


When a politician asks for money, we give it because we want that person to take a job that will benefit us. However, I’m not asking for a job; I’m asking for your attention so you can reduce how much you pay for insurance by thousands a year and increase access to medical care. It’s a bigger goal than 1 person getting elected, so getting people to believe it’s possible is the highest hurdle.

 Our goal is to reduce every politician who voted for Obamacare 10% in the polls by November. The fact that they are all Democrats makes it much easier to identify those who turned so sharply against the American people. If we do that, we can pass a constitutional amendment, which is the only thing that can overturn a Supreme Court decision.


The other reason to do that is to demonstrate power and control to our elected officials, so they never do anything like this again. We have to remember that Obamacare, in the womb, was a Republican idea. Gives a different flavor to the pro-life movement, huh? LOL.

 If we only vote for PEOPLE, and not LEGISLATION, they will never act in our best interest because communication has changed, and we must change with it.

When I was a kid, the news was at 5, 6, and 11, and followed the same format: bad news, bad news, bad news…weather, sports…good news. Now Obama is telling me that Republicans are evil and against women, blacks, and gays on the phone in my pocket. And, by the way, can I give him $3 :o)

 No average person can keep track of it all, so it’s easy to obscure the truth when it comes time to vote. Remember Obamacare was supposed to reduce the deficit, cost of insurance, and let you keep the plan you have? They still say that now, and it sounds stupid considering the MOUNTAIN of evidence to the contrary. Yet, look how many still believe it. Even Harvard grads still say it’s true :o)

If we really want to take our country back, instead of protesting forever and losing rights all along the way, we should create SuperPAC’s around every area where we know the government is not acting in our best interest, and attack until they do what the American people want.


It’s in our hands now if we just believe we can do it. There is nothing in our way at all thanks to Citizens United.

KS:  What did you learn about the creative process from making “Sick Cents”?

GTM:  Trust God and your gut. I’ve never written a book, given a speech, written and produced videos…anything…before taking on this mission. Never even tried. How they turn out is really not known to me until it happens. The Herman Cain video? Came to me in about 5 seconds; I just went with it.   I feel like an observer sometimes, just with better tickets :o) And to see the outcome, and to be so inspired by it, is just amazing. I wish I could say I was some kind of latent creative mind or something…but I must give all credit to God. There is really no other way to explain it that sounds true to me.

But, if you try to do something with all your might, and you trust God to help you overcome obstacles and show you a way to win, you will. Not to say we’ve won anything yet; most people still don’t know what a better solution to Obamacare is and why it’s better, but out path is clear now. As long as people donate, we will produce videos every 2-3 weeks between now and Halloween (and THAT video is gonna change the game forever. I never wanted it to be Halloween so bad :o), and each one will educate the public on WHY Obamacare is so bad, who voted for it, or what a better solution would be. We will drive the narrative, and use current Democratic talking points and turn them against Obamacare. Wait until you see how the “war on women” is portrayed in “The Sick Cents”!

I got the idea from School House Rock commercials from the 70’s…it’s how I learned to brush my teeth, about conjunctions, and how a bill becomes a law. I was a latchkey kid :o)

The videos will also follow 3 rules:

1) Verifiable TRUTH only, 2) never say anything bad about any person, 3) Reference to God in everything.

If we keep to that formula, and can maintain funding until Halloween, America will win a better healthcare solution, and more respect from our elected officials than we’ve ever had. Halloween is only 1 week before the election (which was another reason for Dr. Obamacare, BTW), and everyone will know who voted for Obamacare on that day. Until then, there will be about 12 more videos after this one, with each one being more and more sinister :o). The intent is to develop a following (I can’t wait for the next episode of True Blood, for example). Using TV strategy for campaign commercial purposes.

 KS:  After all the work that you’ve put into “The Sick Cents”, do you see yourself as a filmmaker or are you an activist?   

GTM:  Well, I enjoy film, but the real talent behind what you see is Dan Cortes of Mosaiah Entertainment. I provide ideas, direction, script writing, and nuance. He turns all that into magic, and the outcome is always better than I imagined. I wish I knew what he knows :o) Finding him was an answer to a prayer: I had tried another filmmaker before him, it didn’t work out, and I was at an impasse. I put an ad on Craigslist, he was the first one that responded, and was much more in line with the vision I had for Dr. Obamacare.  Wonderful how that turned out :o) 

I’m only an activist because the Democrats passed Obamacare, putting in jeopardy the earnings capability of my children and future grandchildren forever. You mess with my kids, and I’m coming after you…and to WIN, not  just prove a point. That’s why politicians should have more respect for the American people. I’ve met tons of guys/gals JUST LIKE ME on this journey. Many of them read your blog, I’m sure :o) 

I’m the same as most everyone else, except for one thing: I’m committed. I have to be if we are to win a better solution.

KS:  If you had to guess, do you think the Supreme Court is going to strike down ObamaCare or are the Republicans going to have to put in the work and repeal it?

GTM:  I think so, but a court is only a referee calling balls and strikes. They aren’t playing the game, so can’t affect a better solution. Right now, Congress is trying to figure out CONSTITUTIONAL ways to give insurance companies more of our money. They can just tax more, after all. Without actually solving the problem, more people will become bankrupt (number 1 cause of bankruptcy in America? Medical bills.) and die prematurely due to lack of access to affordable health care.  They have no vision. When there is no vision in government, the rights of the people perish. 

KS:   How important was it for you to not just criticize ObamaCare, but to have a health care reform plan of your own?


GTM:  If I only disagreed with Obamacare, but had nothing better to offer, I would be a fool for putting so much of my personal savings, time, and relationships on the line. If you only knew how hard it is to make big changes in your life like that. Almost all of my friends and family lean liberal and, when you create a character that looks like a Zombie version of Obama, they assume you’ve gone mad or been brainwashed by right-wing racist crazy people who want to destroy America :o)  I’m sure they are planning an intervention as we speak, and I’m not kidding…

 If you understand insurance and how it affects the health care marketplace, you’ll know exactly why Obamacare doesn’t work and how to fix the problem. When you read Passing Obamacare, 90 minutes later you will be like “WHY didn’t we hear about this kind of solution before?” It’s so easy a caveman could do it, and it does reduce premiums substantially and increase access to healthcare. The only reason we haven’t heard about it is that only high-level executive opinions are considered worthy by our government. No one who works in the kitchen where the meal is prepared is ever consulted except when they ask for money or a vote. Hopefully that will change through our efforts. 

KS:  Can you foresee a time when independent filmmakers can simply bypass Hollywood, make their flicks through alternative funding and use the internet to distribute their movies? 

GTM:  Yes. Easily. Once the average person can go online on their giant screen TV’s, with the same picture/sound quality…game over :o) 3-5 years tops, though going to the movies is still a unique experience that will likely survive. Even the best song download doesn’t compare to a concert.
KS:  Of all the aspects of this project–writing, acting, casting, art direction, scheduling, etc–which was the biggest challenge?
GTM:  Getting people to believe that the average person can force our government to behave. BY FAR the hardest part; creating has been easy. So many people buy the notion that we are not powerful or important as individuals. I’ve heard so many times: “Who are you? No one cares about what you think! How can a lowly person like you fix such a complicated problem?” So many lack faith in themselves and what they are capable of with God’s support. 
It’s the same reason normal people don’t enter politics. Think about it: had I tweeted my junk in a previous life (ummm….nevermind :o), or even had bad credit once, I would be painted as NOT GOOD ENOUGH to be in politics. Of course, those people know what it’s like in the real world, where people fall and get back up. The kind of people who might have said “Government being able to commandeer our money? HELL NO!”…LOL. When we stop looking for perfection, or someone who has to be BETTER THAN US to win in politics…and start looking for passion, integrity,  and intelligence, then we will get the representation we deserve. 

Until then, we get people who are excellent at obscuring the truth about themselves and, by extension, about everything else.


KS: You’ve nailed the subject of socialized medicine.  When this is all said and done, do you think you’d take on another political film project? 

GTM:  After this? I’m going to take a nice, long vacation. This is, by far, the hardest thing I’ve ever tried to do, and I would love to wake up one day and not think “Must…STOP….OBAMACARE!!!” LOL! Actually, I love everything I’ve done during this project. Filming, writing, giving speeches…creating. I never knew I could do any of it, so I think I’ll keep my options open and see what happens. I will say that I’ve heard from a TON of conservative filmmakers that Hollywood shuts them out. If I can help there, I would be honored. There should not be a political litmus test for a great idea. Maybe instead of Hollywood being the center of the film making universe, a southern city with glitz and glamour like Miami can step up to the plate and fill the void. Lord knows, there are enough people there who want to be in front of the camera!

KS:  Big thanks to the one and only Dr. ObamaCare aka Glenn Troy Morton for giving me some of his time.
 You can watch “The Sick Cents” either by going here or by going here.  Also, keep watching his stuff.  As Mr. Morton mentioned, he’s gonna keep rolling out episodes all year long till Election Day. 
So yeah, go check it out.  Citizen-driven activism and a horror movie?  Admit it, you’d totally see this flick.  

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If It’s For Free It’s For Me

Posted by KingShamus on May 15, 2012

This kid’s got it all figured out.

Homeboy has a bright future in hipster comedy ahead of him.

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When is 8% Unemployment Not Really 8% Unemployment?

Posted by KingShamus on May 14, 2012

When it’s more like 11%.

LD Jackson has the explanation.

I am a firm believer that numbers can be manipulated to say whatever you want them to say. That may not be so popular with people wanting to make this President look good, but it’s the plain and simple fact. Obama wants us to believe the economy is better, but the numbers really do tell a different story.

If the percentage of adult Americans in the labor force — that being the total number of people who are employed or looking for work — were the same as it was during the end of the Bush administration, the April jobless rate would be at 11.1 percent.

That’s 3 percentage points higher than the 8.1 percent reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics this month.

The agency’s official monthly unemployment number is calculated by dividing the number of unemployed into the number of working-age Americans who either have a job or are looking for one.

However, a statistic known as the “labor force participation rate” is key. That’s the percentage of the adult population that is employed or looking for work — in other words, the labor force. The lower the number, the worse the employment situation.

And it’s a figure that’s been trending steadily downward over the past decade. The lower number reflects a startling reality — a smaller share of the working-age population is looking for work.

See, that’s the thing. The real unemployment rate should be higher than 8.1%, mainly because so many people are simply dropping out of the official workforce. They have been looking for work for so long, they have finally given up and stopped looking. They may be working for cash, much to the chagrin of the IRS, or they may not be working at all.

Read the rest as LD drills down on the stats.

By the way:  Eleven percent unemployment–ELEVEN PERCENT?  WHAT THE FUCK, BARRY?–is a number Barack Obama never wants you to even sorta know about.

But yeah, the President of the United States of America is hunky-goddamn-dory because he’s for gay marriage now. 

That solves everything.

Or nothing.

One of those two options.  I always get them confused.

In the wake of Obambi’s big announcement that he had shifted back to his 1996 position on same-sex nuptials, Mitt Romney probably has to come out strongly against gay marriage.  It’s the smart electoral move.  It also gives Romney some more of that crucial differentiation shit that campaign consultants talk so highly of.

At the same time, Obama wants to turn this election into a culture war because he thinks it’s the only way to turn out his base.  No, not black people.  Obamster just wants them to be his unthinking lockstep foot-soldiers.  No Obama’s real locus of support are rich gay campaign donors

Romney and conservatives (alas, I dunno if I repeat myself) have to resist the temptation to hit Obama directly on the issue of gay marriage.  It’s gonna be hard for some to hold their fire here.  But the right-wingers have to discipline themselves and keep focus.  The crappy economy is the big issue.

Cultural issues are the icing on the cake. They’re the deal-sealers.  “Wait, Obama skull-fucks job creators on a daily basis, doesn’t have a plan to deal with insane entitlement spending AND he’s down with infanticide?  Okay, I’ll vote for Mitt.”

It’s that simple.  We could see Obama lose in a 40 state shellacking.  But that’s only if we keep our heads together.  Unfortunately, that’s not always so simple for the Republican Party.

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Music Monday Doom-Pop — “Kicking” by Torche

Posted by KingShamus on May 14, 2012

I present you with the first single off Torche’s latest disc Harmonicraft.

No metal band should be able to make music this pretty.  Yet somehow, Torche manages to do it on nearly every disc.  Amazing.

I’ll do a review of Harmonicraft in a few days, but my initial impressions are good.  The interplay between Steve Brooks and new lead guitarist Andrew Elstner is cool.  More imp0rtantly, the heavy and the melodic is in almost perfect balance.


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Yes, We Do Need To See Obama’s Transcripts

Posted by KingShamus on May 12, 2012

And a whole lot of other paperwork too, even though Doug Mataconis insists that we don’t.

My response to this question is another question, why do we need to see the transcripts? Of what possible relevance are the grades that Barack Obama got at Occidental, Columbia, or Harvard Law School to judging his time in office and whether he deserves to be re-elected? What would it reveal about his Presidency that we don’t know? To ask the same question about Romney, what possible relevance to evaluating whether he’d be a good President his grades at Brigham Young University and Harvard (where Romney simultaneously obtained a J.D. and an M.B.A.) could possibly be. It’s been 37 years since Mitt Romney finished his college education, and 20 years since Obama finished his, as James Joyner asked back in 2008, isn’t there a statute of limitations on the use of college achievements as evidence of achievement? If there’s not, there should be.

To be fair, Mataconis stipulates that Obama’s college transcripts might have been more revelatory back in 2008 than they would be today. Good point and its one I’ll concede.  Obama’s record as President is plenty damaging all on it’s own.  How he did in Western Civ I is not as important as his current position on entitlement reform.

However, here’s a question:  Do businesses and organizations use college transcripts as a way of judging prospective hires?  Do companies demand college records as part of the application process?  Are college transcripts used as a way of comparing and contrasting several candidates who are going for the same job?

Let me get this straight:  Getting the assistant regional manager position at Staples means showing college scrips, but scoring the US President gig doesn’t require any presentation of higher education records.


Makes perfect sense.

Especially in modern America, where getting college credit isn’t necessary for hardly any jobs.

But Mataconis isn’t done.

…the demands for transcripts is often linked to the equally erroneous belief that he wasn’t properly vetted in 2008. As I noted earlier this month, that’s a ridiculous idea:

Barack Obama has been President of the United States for nearly four years now, and he’s been on the national scene as either a candidate for President or as President since 2007. The idea that we have no idea who the man is, or that he hasn’t been “vetted” is simply an absurd fantasy that partisans are using in what looks for all the world like a desperate effort to find something, anything that they can use against him in the upcoming election.

Yes, because the press didn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming to report that Obama ate dogs.

Mataconis seems to be arguing that conservatives should focus on ‘important’ issues rather than on demanding the media do a better job vetting the President.  Now that’s a noble sentiment.  But why did the Right have such a good time hammering the Exotic Food Connoisseur In Chief about chowing down on Fido-burgers?  It wasn’t simply to playfully zing Barack Obama for a few days.  There was a political motivation in answering back as well.

In 1983, Romney took his family on vacation and, faced with a packed station wagon, put his Irish setter Seamus in a travel kennel strapped to the roof of the car. Romney constructed a special windshield in an effort to make the dog more comfortable, but Seamus ended up relieving himself on the roof, which reportedly caused much consternation among the Romney boys. Ever since the story got out — it was reported by the Boston Globe in 2007, during Romney’s first run for president — Romney opponents have used it in semiserious and sometimes fully serious ways to portray him as insensitive.

In late January, for example, top Obama campaign aide David Axelrod sent out a tweet that included a photo of Obama with his Portuguese water dog Bo in the back seat of the presidential limousine. “How loving owners transport their dogs,” Axelrod wrote.

It wasn’t a random comment. “They’re obsessed with the dog thing,” liberal journalist Chris Hayes said on his MSNBC program Sunday morning, referring to the Obama campaign. “And the reason is that, I have heard, in focus groups, the dog story totally tanks Mitt Romney’s approval rating.”

Under Mataconis’ rubric, Team Barry is engaging in yucky politics when bringing up Mitt’s supposedly poor treatment of his dog.

When this or any other charge of allegedly dirty pool is brought up against the Obama campaign, Axelrod and Co. inevitably answers with a hearty “So what?”  A fair fight is the other guys problem.  That means they really don’t give a shit what Doug Mataconis or anybody else  thinks should be discussed.  When they brought up the Seamus story, it was because they knew it damaged Mitt Romney’s chances of beating Barack Obama in November.

Mataconis thinks that elections are about winning arguments.  They’re not.  They’re ultimately about winning votes.  Which is what Obama was trying to do by beating Romney over the head with the Seamus story.  But when the Right engages the issue to turn it back against Obama–again, in the hopes that their preferred candidate would get more votes than his opponents–guys like Mataconis wring their hands over distractions.

Worse than that, Mataconis doesn’t see the larger issue, which is the utter stinking corruption of the mainstream media.  Think about the most recent example.  Barack Obama stops fighting his feelings and embraces gay marriage. Naturally this causes everyone in the media to simultaneously proggasm over the President’s new-found enlightenment.  The next day, the Washington Post runs a story about a school age Mitt Romney possibly bullying a classmate who may or may not have been gay.

Forget that Robert Stacy McCain has spotted the flaws, baseless insinuations,White House/media coordination and outright lies in the WaPo story.  The fact is the Washington Post blatantly tag-teamed with Camp Obambi to damage Mitt Romney on a political issue.  Not MSNBC, the Daily Kos or The Nation.   Instead, it was the completely nonpartisan, totally unbiased, nope-no-sir-no-dog-in-this-fight Washington Post that was Obama’s press enabler here.

Whether it’s the MSM making Barack Obama’s college years terra non grata or coordinating an attack on the Republican nominee for president, the result is the same.  The American media is a major component of the President’s re-election campaign.  They are actively participating in the fight to marginalize St. Barry’s opponent.

Mataconis wants us to ignore all that.  He’d have the Republicans and conservatives fighting by the Marquess of Queensbury rules while the Democrats and the MSM bring a shotgun into the ring.  That’s the smart move here.

Because Obama’s college transcripts are not ‘relevant’.

They’re only irrelevant if you don’t want to see how badly the media is gaming the system.

Ultimately, getting the President’s college transcripts is not really about vetting the President.  It’s part of vetting the mainstream media.  The MSM, which hates anything to the right of Noam Chomsky and desperately wants Obama to win in November.

The President needs to be investigated.   But the left-wing press corps and the Gulfstream Jacobins in the entertainment industry need to be vetted as well.  After all, they’re playing for the same team.  Only a person who has deliberately blinded himself to reality would fail to see why the goverment-media complex needs to get taken down.

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The “Sick Cents”/Anti-ObamaCare Movie Poster

Posted by KingShamus on May 10, 2012

Check it out, ya’all.

Notice who got the blurb.  Heheh.

I’m in the midst of interviewing Glenn Morton, the creator of the sinister Dr. Obamacare.  I’ll be rolling out our conversation before the premier of “The Sick Cents” next Tuesday.  Mr. Morton has a lot of insights and a few surprises too.

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Updated: How Bad Do I Suck?

Posted by KingShamus on May 10, 2012

I apologize for the post making fun of Gerard Butler. 

I deleted the whole thing.

Gerard Butler has a problem that I shouldn’t have made light of.   

From what I’ve heard, he’s not an evil dude.  He’s not any more spoiled or out of touch than anybody else in Hollyweird.  It doesn’t seem like he’s an America-hater or a complete douchenozzle.  But even if he was, that doesn’t excuse me cracking on him.

Hell, I liked him in “300”.  I thought he did a great job as Leonidas.  It wouldn’t have been a great film without his work, which means the dude is talented.

So for what it’s worth I apologize.  I was wrong and I will try to do better in the future.  More importantly, I hope Gerard Butler gets help and gets clean soon.  He’s a gifted actor who will hopefully make more cool movies in the future. 

But I’m not gonna stop making fun of Mariah Carey

Do something about your wifey’s clothes Nick Cannon.  Don’t you guys have stylists?  Or mirrors in your house?  C’mon, man.

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China: The Baby-Killers We’ve Decided To Do Business With

Posted by KingShamus on May 9, 2012




Some enterprising types in China have found a profitable use for that country’s super-abundance of tiny corpses:

Thousands of pills filled with powdered human flesh have been discovered by customs officials in South Korea, it was revealed today.

The capsules are in demand because they are viewed as being a medicinal ‘cure-all’.

The grim trade is being run from China where corrupt medical staff are said to be tipping off medical companies when babies are aborted or delivered still-born.

Still-born? Riiight.

Read the rest.  Right now.

I’m sure Barack Obama will get right on this outrage.  He’s such a staunch supporter of human life, after all.  COUGHBarryIsCoolWithInfanticideCOUGH.

Look, I get the America has made deals with some shady characters over the years.  Foreign policy and international relations are tricky.  You often don’t get the luxury of working with people who share all or even most of your values.

But, I mean, selling dead babies processed into boner drugs?

Fuckin’ really, China?

Putting lead in our toys wasn’t bad enough, huh?

Well, one thing is for sure–You ChiComs have cornered the market on utterly indefensible depravity.  Congratulations, assholes.

Also: Eat shit and die, Maoists.

Or maybe we’re the disturbed ones here.  Check out the high-larious hi-jinks in the latest ‘Funny Or Die” video sketch

Funny:  Mitt Romney has the shadiest pro-life record of any GOP presidential candidate since Gerald Ford.  Everyone–his allies and enemies alike–is gonna have to take homeboy at his word when he talks about being anti-abortion.  Yet even a squishy moderate like Mitt gets turned into repressive right-wing sexual fascist by the Hollywood Left.  Amazing, when you think about it.

But leave it to Smitty to have the best take on this:

What a creepy, sick, Orwellian world these feminists live in. Remind me again why any mature, masculine male would want to be in the same room as these abattoir-vaginas, much less offering them any essence to destroy? I guess I should say “choose to destroy”.

Well said.

We should rightly condemn China on the human flesh pills horror show.  This is infanticide, pure and simple.  Moreover, it’s infanticide the ChiComs have sanctioned and encouraged.  They’re the textbook definition of abject moral failure.

But we here in the enlightened United States are  not so far off.  Significant chunks of the populace are cool with embryonic stem cell research.  By the looks of the video, lots of people in America think a child-hating anorexic harpy like Kate Beckinsale yukking it up about abortion-on-demand is totally rad.

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Manhattan Infidel Comes Up With The Best Post Title Of The Month

Posted by KingShamus on May 9, 2012

Even better than the title?  The post.

Lindsay Lohan to Play Britney Spears in the Courtney Love Story

E! Entertainment Television plans to film a biopic of the Courtney Love story. While roles are still being cast it has been announced that the all-important role of Britney Spears will be played by Lindsay Lohan.

Said an executive with E!:

We are proud to have Lindsay Lohan on board for this project.  I met with Lindsay personally to offer her the role.  She had one question:  Why were the helicopters following her around all the time.  And then she offered to suck my dick for some crack before throwing up on me and passing out.  Which I take it to mean she agreed to our price.  Actually I think she’s just happy to be working again.

Britney Spears will also be in the biopic. However she will not play the coveted role of Britney Spears.



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Bill Clinton Is Stoked About Colombia As Well

Posted by KingShamus on May 8, 2012

Yeah, I know.  I’m shocked too.

Hat tip to my mother, who likes kickin’ it on the nostalgia tip.  Hell, everyone misses Bubba.  He was good at playing the buffoon, put the ‘fun’ in back into dysfunctional government and was a spineless socialist who cared more about scoring some strange than scoring lasting political victories.

Thanks for taking me back to the carefree 90’s, Mom!

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