Wrestling with the problems of WhiteManistan

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, WhiteManistan at 4:31 pm by George Smith

And still losing, mostly.

The New York Times continues the beat, that of which the identity cannot be specifically named:

On April 3, Colbert King, a Washington Post columnist summarized a series of actions by Republicans attacking the president’s authority in areas that most Americans thought had been settled by the Civil War. Arizona legislators, for example, have been working on a bill that “prohibits this state or any of its political subdivisions from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with an executive order issued by the president of the United States that has not been affirmed by a vote of Congress and signed into law as prescribed by the United States Constitution.”

The bill sounds an awful lot like John C. Calhoun’s secessionist screed of 1828, the South Carolina Exposition and Protest. Laurie Roberts of The Arizona Republic wrote that it was just “one of a series of kooky measures aimed at declaring our independence from federal gun laws, from the Affordable Care Act, from the Environmental Protection Agency, from the Department of Justice, from Barack Obama.”

If this insurrection is driven by something other than a blend of ideological extremism and personal animosity, it is not clear what that might be.

Not clear what it might be. Savor that one. What a buncha jokers.

And from the state of Idaho:

Fear is never the right reason to make law, or in this case, to unmake it. Yet fear – decidedly unfounded according to agency staff and legal experts including Idaho’s Attorney General and lawyer-legislator Rep. Luke Malek – is driving the Legislature’s undoing of state participation in a multi-state (and occasionally, multinational) system which protects children, especially children in low-income families.

While unrelated to the bill in question, the fearful utterance of one word – “sharia” – in a key committee caused reason to fly out the Capitol window. Assurances from officials who work with, and more fully understand, the Health and Welfare laws in question failed to revive the bill, which among other things is necessary for Idaho to continue to collect child support from certain less-than-willing noncustodial parents, necessary to follow them out of state if they’ve moved.

Single parent having a tough time making ends meet? Too bad. That support and other aid you depended on may soon be effectively uncollectable. All because certain lawmakers are ignorant about both Idaho’s law, and sharia, and imagine a connection between them.

Population of Idaho: 1.63 million. Population of Los Angeles County: somewhat north of 10 million.

WhiteManistan’s taste for cruelty laws targeting the unfortunate, the weak and the allegedly undesirable continues apace.

If you follow the first link, you see that legislator’s in red states are still simmering over Fox News’ coverage of Jason Greenslate of southern California, who was occasionally using his EBT card to buy lobster on special at the local market.

The blog mentioned him here last year.

Because Greenslate lives in the hated California, specifically San Diego, the Republican Party cannot have its revenge upon him.

And there’s nothing that motivates them more than being thwarted, a fact everyone is being taught the hard way.

So in not being able to strangle Jason Greenslate out in nemesis California, they’ve done the next best thing. They’ve turned their rage over the food stamp program into legislation that claws only the people they can get at — those living in the states where they control the legislatures and governors offices.


No libtards in the bunkers for the last supper

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, WhiteManistan at 2:28 pm by George Smith

The American fringe is regularly mainstream. It’s one of many very noticeable national character flaws, not a virtue, since the fringe, when referred to here, is all the property of the political right.

Viral, ugh, attention has been given to a handful of America’s estimated three million “Doomsday Preppers” through publicity granted to photographer Henry Hargreaves’ display of what they’ll be eating in the bug-out shack or bunker.

Quote, from the Daily Mail (feel free to Google other news sites, it’s all over), doesn’t really deliver the truth on the prepper demographic:

[Hargreaves] confesses that he expected the series to be more dramatic than the final results he captured, and admits that the preppers might be on to something.

‘Initially I expected this to be a rather sensational series but as I spoke to some of the subjects I actually was surprised by the brilliance in their approach.

‘They have been able to stand back and see the whole food system from afar and realize in any kind of disaster the food distribution chain is the first thing to break and they don’t want to be left vulnerable, if and when it does.’


A word that’s hard to use in description of a photo showing the need for insulin shots after the country is destroyed by “tornadoes.” ONe of Hargreaves’ subjects is a diabetic.

Once in a diabetic coma, or the foot gangrenous due to complications in the extremities, it’s an unforgiving world.

In brief interviews Hargreaves has told viewers of the basic sense of the preppers and the humanizing aspects of the photos.

They’re not all kooks. That’s the message. Is a bowl of crickets and mealworms humanizing?

The lead picture in the Mail’s story, not the one linked in this post, is the Armageddon Supper of Wayne Martin of Texas.

Part of his repast — two cans of gourmet cat food. Why?

When the others from the cities, or just plain bad people try to steal your stuff, they’ll presumably leave your cat food behind.

I’ve fed my cats the stuff advertised as gourmet over the past decades. It still looked like regular cat mush grub to me. However, they always went for it with great relish.

But that reasoning takes us right to the heart of the prepper, formerly “survivalist,” psychology.

It’s predominantly white, Christian and fascist authoritarian, armed to the teeth and convinced the downfall of American civilization will be brought on by a handful of catastrophes, most prominently an attack by electromagnetic pulse.

For the Mail’s pictures, Hargreaves’ coterie oddly has this gone missing. And that’s conspicuous by omission.

If you’re a regular reader, or even an occasional viewer of reality television on preppers, you also know the group looks at the potential end of civilization as a ritual of purification.

The virtuous will survive. Those not so will be cleansed from the country in the end times struggle.

When the unprepared, the non-white, atheist, Democratic, lazy parasites and takers come boiling into the countryside, they’ll be met with armed force.

It takes about five minutes on Google to find prepper pages on the matter, even complicated discussion rationalizing how the Bible, or Jesus, sanctions the deadly force of the gun.

And like any activity linked to politics and the character of the right, it has become an industry, one furnishing everything from keepsakes to any hardware, ammo, or fortification preparations needed.

Parcels of land off-the-grid, hard to find, high in the mountains, possibly near good lakes, away from the contaminating hordes.

It even has it’s own special kind of romance fiction: Thousands of dreadful vanity-published pamphlets and novels of the coming catastrophe and subsequent purification and survival after the fall.

There might have been a testing attack on Washington, DC’s electrical grid. Did you miss it?


Whether or not the power outage in Washington was caused by an attack of some sort, homeland security expert Peter Vincent Pry tells Newsmax TV that it shows there is vulnerability.

The power outage was the result of an explosion at a power plant in Maryland, which affected the electricity at the White House, the Capitol, local museums, train stations, and suburbs as well as the University of Maryland …

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security hasn’t linked the outage “to terrorism or anything like that.”

Pry, executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on “America’s Forum” on Wednesday that “even though the official explanation is that this was a mechanical failure — this small explosion — I’m not sure I trust that,” adding that “the electric power industry has a long history of concealing actual attacks on our electric grid.”

Preppers — from the archives.

Hail to the Kook — an eminence grise of American doom


Ted Nugent explains where racism comes from

Posted in Extremism, Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 12:03 pm by George Smith

And you won’t believe the transcript.

I listened to him so you don’t have to.

At RockNYC:

“I never smelled racism. I never heard of any racism except this celebration of divisiveness in the media, academia and by our own government. So when I hear the racism from a gun-running attorney journal and they side with an Al ‘Not So’ Sharpton racist mongrel, it breaks my heart because nowhere in the Nugent world, nowhere on tour, nowhere in my hunting camps, nowhere in the school activities or the charity activities, nowhere can I find racism except coming out of the White House!”

And that’s just one of the eye-watering parts. Follow the link for the rest.


From Bigot to Pariah in 24 hrs

Posted in Extremism, Psychopath & Sociopath, Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 11:34 am by George Smith

You just can’t call people unclean vermin. It’s a lesson Ted Nugent learned the hard way yesterday.

Yes, the wheels must have popped off the Ted Nugent tour bus last night when news arrived that another Indian tribe, the Puyallup, canceled the two shows he had at their casino in Tacoma at the beginning of next month. The Coeur D’Alene tribe of Idaho canceled his gig at its casino on Monday. (Note: Nugent relies a great deal on casino gigs. And the casinos are the property of Native Americans.)

“The First Amendment gives people the right free speech, but I think racism is intolerable and not acceptable here,” Puyallup Tribal Council Vice President Lawrence W. LaPointe told a news agency.

Media Matters quickly queried a number of prominent rock music promoters around the country about the Nugent cancellations. The consensus was his racist image has become such a liability its starting to really hurt his music business.

“No one should be surprised by any of this,” Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of Pollstar USA, told Media Matters. “It’s a free country and Nugent has always had a big mouth. But if he keeps making incendiary statements his future tours may be limited to NRA conventions and Fox News events.”

Dives in the deep southern part of WhiteManistan, too.

The Media Matters piece is here.

Altogether, Nugent has had six cancellations on his summer, all as a result of his image as America’s most famous rock and roll bigot.

Prediction: Ted Nugent will be apoplectic in public, making things even worse for himself in the next few days.

Give him the microphone now.


Compile the errors

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism at 10:34 am by George Smith

There are a number. Why would there by a likelihood of shiga-toxin producing E. coli in your hamburger? Even if you wiped your ass with it, it wouldn’t be what was mentioned.

Pandering to the worst parts, ignorance, cheap point-of-view hand-held camera-shot pseudo-realities as “documdrama.”

Ah, for the days of simple fare like The Toolbox Murders. Somewhat unbelievably, the unpleasant fantasies weren’t embedded as a national group psychosis.

Which is better? Not a trick question.


DD’s Law at work

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, Cyberterrorism, Extremism at 12:01 pm by George Smith

The probability that any predicted national security catastrophe, or doomsday scenario, will occur is inversely proportional to its appearance in entertainments, movies, television dramas and series, novels, non-fiction books, magazines and news.

Or, put another way, the probability that something bad will happen, as described or predicted by experts or any government, intelligence or quasi-corporate/government assessment agency, asymptotically approaches zero as it attains widespread use in popular entertainments. (And that’s usually very early in the development cycle.)

Originally, here.

The all-encompassing blackout causing the country to lapse into barbarism and chaos is a national meme, albeit one that is only a grail for a very particular demographic: Paranoid right-wing WhiteManistan. (Include the Tea Party.)

Here’s another segment that encapsulates the odious nature of it: The well-prepared white father figure in Army man clothes defending his perimeter from someone crummy-looking who comes looking for help.

National Geogrpahic television caters strongly to it.

Starting with Doomsday Preppers, the network has regularly pandered to the audience that believes the country is about to meet an end, usually revolving around the sudden loss of all electricity. It supports a significant industry, one that peddles supplies, bug-out bunker building materials and home combat training on how to shoot or maim interlopers coming for your stuff after the collapse.

Has anyone seen this? I missed it and don’t get cable. (It does appear to have been posted to YouTube.)

I invite comments. Leave a review or an opinion below.


In Pennsyltucky

Posted in Extremism, WhiteManistan at 2:53 pm by George Smith

So misunderstood, the neo-Confederates.

A study on my old southeastern Pennsylvania home, explanations by the indigenous, excerpted:

“I remember taking a second look and going, ‘Really?’ It was shocking,” said Bryl Villanueva, 35, of Lafayette Hill, who recently saw a rebel flag flying in Conshohocken while on the way to a friend’s house. “Maybe they’re from Alabama.”

“Me, I fly the stars and stripes,” said Dereck Banks, a self-described history buff from Clifton Heights, Delaware County.

But Banks, 55, who is black, can’t miss the Dixie flag plastered across the back window of his neighbor’s pickup truck parked at the curb. It’s also on the front license plate, with the word “Daddy.”

“It offends a lot of people. White folks, too.”

“I’m not prejudiced at all. My granddaughter is half-black,” said Copeland, who flies a flag from his home on busy Route 724 near Phoenixville. “I just love the South. If I could live there, I would.”

Copeland, however, doesn’t seem overly concerned with political correctness, as evidenced by the sign on his door that reads, in part: “Unless you are blind or cannot read this sign, you can bet your ass I am going to stomp the s— out of you if you bother me!”

“If somebody broke into your house and robbed you, and they were wearing New York Giants attire, you wouldn’t assume that there was something evil in the Giants association,” said Gene Hogan, chief of heritage operations for the Sons of Confederate Veterans. “You would say, ‘No, that was an evil person that co-opted those garments.’ Same way with the battle flag.”

“[It] represents all the good things in America,” Hogan said.

The flags were out again the next weekend at a concert headlined by Brad Paisley, and tailgaters were outraged because security was forcing them to be taken down.

“It’s not racist at all,” said Blythe, 35, a carpenter [who has a neighbor who flies the Confederate flag on his truck]. “Everybody loves each other on this block.”

I bet they love each other.

Greece has Golden Dawn, other Euro nations have their radical bigot political parties.

The US has the biggest tribal agglomeration of bigots, the neo-Confederacy, or my old WhiteManistan roots. (“It’s a brand, a symbol of oppression, violence, and … white supremacy,” one sociologist tells the Philly newspaper, in a modern version of telling a reporter how to pour piss from a shoe.)

As the mess gets worse, the country rotting from the inside out in its uniquely American corporate fascism, as animosity is fanned, still more Confederate flags.

And it’s why “Goober Peas,” an old Confederate marching song, is lampooned in WhiteManistan Vacation.

The special PARIAH cover on the matter.

Hat tip to Pine View Farm.


Friday Fiore

Posted in Extremism, WhiteManistan at 1:59 pm by George Smith

Not to be missed.

Crazy loser GOP billionaire

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, WhiteManistan at 11:26 am by George Smith

Foster Friess, the crazy Republican plutocrat infamous for going on television and making a witless joke about how women used Bayer aspirin for contraception back in his day, AND who bankrolled equally crazy homophobe Rick Santorum’s presidential bid … is now even more crazy, apparently.

In today’s Washington Times, the DC newspaper that lives to publish every single belief, everyday, in Republican Crazy World, Friess has evidently come to the conclusion that it’s possible for his party of nuts rabidly homophobic people to win the gay vote.

How do they do this?

By telling gay people in America the GOP is their protector against the creeping menace of sharia law. That is, they will continue to try and beat up on Muslims in this country and that will make gay people like them more. (Or maybe he didn’t really mean it and was trying to do anything to avoid talking about gay marriage. And WaTimes editors are desperate to reinvigorate the party with the weirdest things that can be thought up.)

Anyway, there can be no doubt it is an ingenious strategy, right there with having a woman hold a pellet between her knees as birth control.

From the WaTimes:

An influential GOP donor said Friday that Republicans should do more to make sure that gay men and lesbian women do not fall victim to the sort of Shariah law practiced by hard-line Islamists.

Foster Friess, the the multimillionaire who helped keep Rick Santorum’s presidential dreams afloat in the GOP primary last year, told reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor that he wants to make sure that gay people are not killed in foreign nations because of their sexual preference.

Asked whether the Republican Party should embrace gay marriage, the 72-year-old investment manager said, “We have to protect the gay people in our country from Shariah law.”

There is no sharia law in the US. But every week, like clockwork, someone on the editorial pages of the Washington Times, insists there is. I always get a newsletter in my mailbox about it.

The result of this mania (among many other GOP manias) has been that Republican Party-controlled state legislatures have worked to put in place anti-shariah laws around the country.

While it’s easy to laugh at this kind of thing, keep in mind they’re always dead serious.

The GOP anti-sharia craze — from the archives.


Cowering before the gun lobby

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, WhiteManistan at 12:39 pm by George Smith

Posh Christmas catalog in the US or what Adam Lanza used?

Is that all that can be done? The early returns aren’t optimistic.

From a Michigan newspaper, the usual intelligence-insulting extremist script on self-defense as justifications for a right-to-concealed carry law rammed through the Republican held legislature hours before Newtown:

Backers say the tragedy is the work of one deranged person and shouldn’t cloud the debate in Michigan, and could actually aid in ending the slayings.

Ari Adler, spokesman for Republican House Speaker Jase Bolger, said many “believe citizens who are allowed to carry concealed pistols can act in a positive way to bring a tragedy to a close more quickly” …

Ryan Mitchell, a spokesman for bill sponsor Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, said the legislation is “about letting those who are vulnerable and defenseless defend themselves.”

At the New York Times, Nate Silver posted a graph showing the citation of various phrases used in news reports relating to “gun rights’ issues over the past decades.

Once again, it is another indicator of the great polarization in American society, of the civil war between rural right white America and everyone else. It is very much part and parcel with the ideology of WhiteManistan.

“Gun control” and “gun violence,” as usages, have decreased, the former plunged. “Second Amendment” usages have soared, tied almost exactly to the election of Barack Obama in 2008.

Paradoxically, from a week or so ago, on gun sales soaring in California this year:

“The National Rifle Association has done a wonderful job of demonizing President Obama,” said [one observer to the newspaper].

In fact, Blek said, Obama’s gun policies have either been nonexistent or a step backward in the eyes of safety advocates …

While a long read, a piece from the New Yorker, written just after another massacre this year, has much to say on the radicalization of right white America’s obsession with owning firearms:

Gun-rights advocates say that the answer [to massacres] is more guns: things would have gone better, they suggest, if the faculty at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Chardon High School had been armed. That is the logic of the concealed-carry movement; that is how armed citizens have come to be patrolling the streets. That is not how civilians live. When carrying a concealed weapon for self-defense is understood not as a failure of civil society, to be mourned, but as an act of citizenship, to be vaunted, there is little civilian life left.

The reporter, Jill Lepore, delivers some statistics. That Americans own the most guns in the world is not surprising.

However, inside that statistic is the sub-data that most Americans do not own guns. Gun ownership, in fact, is falling. The numbers come primarily from WhiteManistan, with some statistically trivial exceptions) where owning individuals have many of them (which agrees with the observation of an astonishing number of guns in the name of Adam Lanza’s mother who cannot now answer questions on why she bought so many).

“Gun ownership is higher among whites than among blacks, higher in the country than in the city, and higher among older people than among younger people,” she writes.

“I asked him how [David Keene, president of the NRA] would answer critics who charge that no single organization has done more to weaken Americans’ faith in government, or in one another, than the N.R.A,” writes Lepore, near the end.

“We live in a society now that’s Balkanized,” Keene told the New Yorker’s journalist. “But that has nothing to do with guns.”

A letters page from The Chattanoogan of Tennessee, today, shows the bleak split.

And, previously, as noted up top: While there is always a lot of emotionalism at the time of an incident, the public is largely unaffected by regular massacres. Views do not shift, although the NRA has successfully reduced a basic interest in gun control over the last decade.

It’s quite the holiday gift to consider.

Remember this guy?

Just a week ago, fighting to make 3-D manufacturing plans for guns, including assault rifles, available on an “Internet redoubt.”

That’s real freedom from tyranny.

UPDATE addition:

I noted earlier today that the NRA and gun ownership is indivisible from the toxin ideology of WhiteManistan. All are intrinsically imbued with outlooks steeped in authoritarianism and pursuit of the destruction of those not deemed to be of them.

If you go to the anti-NRA site, Who Is The NRA Leadership?, it lists its leaders — all white men with the occasional token woman.

It notes the NRA bet big in terms of financial support on Romney and GOP candidates and lost the majority of its investment in 2012. And this shows that while complete freedom of gun ownership is a belief of white men, it’s still the ideology of a minority in comparison to the collective US demographic. In other words, it just lost its numbers.

Paradoxically, the Democratic Party remains cowardly when faced by the NRA. But I would bet that there are results that can be had in attacking the modern National Rifle Association and renewing issues in gun control head on.

I believe it could be be pushed further to the fringes of red white rural USA with not much of a downside for the rest of the voting core. It’s irrevocably attached to white GOP politicians. When the GOP goes down it takes the NRA with it.

The National Rifle Association spends almost all of its time demonizing Barack Obama. The Republican Party spends all of its time demonizing Barack Obama and everyone else not like it. The GOP just lost big time.

Non-white voters already alienated by that party are not going to suddenly vote Republican to stick up for getting rid of assault rifles as sporting fun. It is well past time to attack the NRA.

What’s the worst that could happen? More super-rich people with ties to gun manufacturing will give money to GOP politicians? Oh, wait …

Readers note! “WhiteManistan” added as an official category! Yippee!

My intent is to use it in place of the Extremism and Psychopath Vote categories. It supersedes and includes both. WhiteManistan has become, by definition, where extremism lives in the USA.

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