Jon Stewart uses Rangel as Baseball Bat, Knocks it Out of The Park.

I know that Jon Stewart isn’t going to like this, but in this sketch he picks up Charlie Rangel by the ankles and uses him as a baseball bat to knock one out of the park. Just as he did when he used Keith Olbermann’s ginormous head as a bowling ball to throw a perfect strike (yes, I know I’m mixing sports metaphors), Stewart proves once again that he’s a savvy guy. Yes, his intelligence has its limits – as has been displayed often – but surgical dissections like this (Cheney-eque, if you will) demonstrate why he’s successful.

My big problem with Jon Stewart has always been the little game he plays where, when he says something dumb, his retort is essentially, “Why would you take me seriously? I’m just a court jester…” But he’s a court jester who very much wants to be taken seriously. True, he was in Robert Rodriguez’s movie The Faculty playing Professor Edward Furlong, but trust me on this one…

While the rest of the media seems to serve as Robert Gibbs’ belly button lint licker (did I go too far?), Jon Stewart seems to know it’s hard to be taken seriously if you refuse to point out the losers on your own team. Can a skit on this be far behind?

Can you ever imagine Keith Olbermann sitting down and having a fairly normal conversation with Bill O’Reilly? I may think that Jon Stewart is flirting with the “bitter liberal funny guy who lost it because he’s always angry like Dave Letterman” designation, but he’s not there yet. And I respect him, at least for now, for eying that line and making a conscious decision not to cross it.

The real Edward Furlong? Let’s not talk about the lines he’s crossed.

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Confront Moral Relativism and…Do it Live!

Over the past few years we’ve heard a lot about “corporate greed.” Apparently, all those guys inventing technology that raises the standard of living for tens-of-millions of people around the globe are also going to be the cause of America’s ultimate demise. (For those nerds out there, this is like Marvel Comics’ reverse claim that the same serum that killed Harry Osborn…saved him.) But I digress. And I’ll put aside the blog post that explains how it’s really Christmas holiday public policy drops and the ideas floated about by boneheads in Congress that warp market incentives and exacerbate human beings’ base instincts. The market harnesses human “greed” and redirects it in ways that benefit society. For further reading I suggest Dinesh D’Souza’s fabulous book The Virtual of Prosperity: Finding Values in the Age of Techno-Affluence.

Today, I’d like to focus more on what for now I’ll just deem Spiritual Greed. This is something that is much more dangerous to society than a corporate CEO giving himself and his buddies a “golden parachute.” And it’s most-readily planted inside you by the moral relativism espoused by liberals.

If you don’t believe there are objective truths that can be self-evident, you find yourself in a world where fellow Americans actually make the case for a “living Constitution” (or as Thomas Sowell notes, a dying Constitution.

Multi-culturalism, moral relativism, and a me, me, me, mentality pushed by the entertainment industry come together in a toxic soup to produce things like Bush-Hitler elementary school projects, chat room users who encourage suicide like crazed-sideline sports fans, and large swathes of society asserting “all cultures are the same” when that is certainly not the case.

Corporations do have responsibilities to surrounding communities. I don’t dispute that. But when the moral fabric of society falls apart like Weezer’s sweater because its left flank is okay with being a nation of narcissists, they shouldn’t be surprised by the wreckage left behind.

Whenever a liberal politician tries to split the nation into “Two Americas,” – private sector vs. public sector – before demonizing entrepreneurs and businessmen, take a real close look before making any decisions.

I’m not an angel (the Lord knows that). I’ve made my mistakes. But the difference between a liberal and a conservative is that deep down the conservative knows when he’s wrong. The conservative acknowledges that he’s fallible and tries to rise above it. Liberalism, by contrast, encourages you to sit in a cesspool of self indulgence and depravity without even knowing it.

We need to fight this. And all of the outgrowth spawned from it. And we need to do it live.

Charlie Rangel is Lady Gaga…if Lady Gaga was A Fat Man and A Tax Cheat.

Remember when telling Jason Mattera off was the extent of Charlie Rangel’s worries? Sure, there will always be those willing to ignore the story unless they’re shamed into it, but it looks like the blogosphere, Twitter, and sites like Big Government are about to see to it that the tax man pays the piper.

Originally, I thought I was going to have to create a post on what Ed Morrissey deemed the “Culture of Corruption Club.” I’ve had a long day and there would have been plenty of low hanging fruit from which to launch a tirade.

Although, I guess I still can, can’t I? Let’s get serious. Why should Boy George ultimately go to prison for getting a little too weird for a male escort’s comfort, but the guy who writes tax law as the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee receive a  get out of jail free card in the form of DC back room back rubbing amongst political lowlifes?

Why should the guy who wrote Club Tropicana go to jail for doing really weird, really gay things in a Beverly Hills bathroom, but – again – the guy who writes tax law gets away scott free for having ethically repugnant Caribbean trips and tax violations coming out his wazoo? And why am I linking to Lady Gaga right now, besides the desire to randomly post a triumvirate of videos appreciated by gay men in an post primarily about Charlie Rangel?

Maybe on a subconscious level I’m just ticked off that the people with the power to really screw up the country keep getting let off the hook. I’m sure my social conservative friends will make the case that entertainers like Lady Gaga are somehow more dangerous than Charlie Rangel (and there are good cases to be made), but right now I’d like to focus all my firepower on the crooks and liars in Washington, DC instead of the entertainment industry. I’d like to focus on the people trying to fundamentally change the way the United States operates, rather than the entertainer who puts on a good show (if you like that kind of music).

The point is, there’s a reason why Congress polls lower than ring worm. Not only do we have an ever-expansive government, but the people in charge are corrupt, contemptuous, bumbling fools. If Democrats were going to try and foist their nanny state nightmare on all of us, you would have thought they would have done it with a bunch of Mike Rowe clones. The Dirty Jobs guy for president? Let’s just hope he’s conservative.