07.06.10

Then & Now: Well, there’s always Hannity and cursing the Obama administration

Posted in Rock 'n' Roll, Ted Nugent at 2:06 pm by George Smith

Ted Nugent then:

At the height of his power, what the Brits would call a performance on sulphate. Even after doing a badly executed jump from the top of amplifiers. No profanity. Deemed a classic from German music television.

More recently:

Keep the shirt buttoned, not like the cartoon on the bass drum head. And that’s “No shit!”

Derek St. Holmes, the black-haired guy to the left of Ted in the “Motor City Madhouse” video from the mid-Seventies, is the more-dapper-than-Ted guy with the shaven head.

How to look, how not to look — when you’re an old rock ‘n roller. No gettin’ around it, deterioration and the depradations of gravity aren’t optional.

Ted visits Hannity — tour needs peddling

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Extremism, Ted Nugent at 10:55 am by George Smith

Ted, recently, on Hannity:

You, Sean Hannity, and Fox News represent, by word and deed, the pulse of the most productive and conscientious members of this American dream across the board. And I bring you a salute and a thank you.

Which is to validate previous observations on the blog. Ted must suck up to Fox and the Tea Party because that is now the only way to a potential audience for him. His word-of-mouth draw in the world of rock music is far from what it used to be.

Speaking of which, Ted’s 76 cent Internet album, Happy Defiance Day Everyday — the one that compiles the hits from all his records that didn’t sell, collected many favorable reviews on Amazon.

However, there were a couple flies in the ointment, a few one-stars, the most scabrous of which was:

So we celebrate independence day by promoting a racist, misogynist, draft dodging dead beat dad? He represents everything about America that sucks. Good guitar player though.

But the most thorough perspective, in terms of reviewing the actual set, was given in this three star:

First, the guitar playing is top notch. The main reason I have always liked Ted Nugent. Second, the vocals are bad. They make Uncle Ted sound like Grandpa Ted. Time to hire a vocalist. Third, next time try using a lot less “F” bombs. Fourth, delete “Girl Scout Cookies” altogether. It just seems weird and not right to hear someone of Mr. Nugent’s age to be singing about this subject matter. Finally, I think the main problem is that I have grown-up over the years and Uncle Ted hasn’t. I can no longer relate to him. With all that sexual bravado, does the aged Mr. Nugent acutually think the girls are interested in anything he has in his pants other than his wallet?

One listener echoes the sentiment:

I do agree that Girl Scout Cookies is a poor choice of songs to include. The sexual innuendos about eating girls scout cookies is a bit unsettling, especially for a guy like me with a teenage daughter.

Profanity and flirting with taboos did not grace Ted’s records in the Seventies. They were no-nos.

But tax not so bad a voice to slander music any more than absolutely necessary per set. So, such being the case, one must furnish some kind of filler.

Seminars at Catastrophe U: Pick your favorite end scenario, there’s no shortage

Posted in Bioterrorism, Imminent Catastrophe at 10:25 am by George Smith

Another big seminar at some allegedly important place, another batch of messaging on how doom is almost upon us.

This example, courtesy of the Aspen Institute, fond of importing journalists so opinion page readers of the country don’t miss the wisdom dispensed.

From the Aspen Times, a warning from some guy who sells “state of the art security systems”:

Emerging from the political dust plumes that still seem to be dissipating from the Sept. 11 attacks are a number of new, creative and, perhaps most importantly, cheap ways for terrorists to dismantle the way the United States operates, terrorism experts said Wednesday at The Aspen Institute’s Security Forum.

And many places that might be targeted in this country are not ready for them, they said.

“For the first time in history, small organizations have the power of destruction that once only lay in the hands of nations,” said Mati Kochavi, the CEO for an international company that manufactures state-of-the-art security systems.

And from another guy — Jim Talent — long known for advocating more taxpayer money for the development of allegedly state of the art bioterror preventing security systems:

“This is not 15 years from now,” he said, mentioning numbers in a recent study he conducted that placed a possible [bioterror] attack occurring in 2013.

A potential attack, he said, could be conducted in a large city during a parade by spreading pathogens from a float with a paint sprayer.

On another front, there was the imported journalist — David Ignatius — warning of another flavor of menace, courtesy of the same meeting:

Electronic spies have already stolen tens of billions of pages of documents and penetrated strategic nodes of the global economy, from banks to power grids. They can turn off radars (as the Israelis did when they bombed Syria’s nuclear reactor in September 2007) or shut down Internet access (as Russia did when it invaded Georgia in August 2008). The future is now.

Did terrorists cause the Deepwater Horizon disaster? Did they perhaps inflitrate Wall Street and cause the economic meltdown?

Rhetorical questions, obviously. Mostly as a thought exercise, one asking readers to note Paul Reveres — patriots all — warning of approaching disasters, and the ease in which terrorists can cause them, never really mirror any of the real life catatrophes impacting the place.


The it’s easy-for-terrorists industry, noted previously.

Cult of EMP Crazy: Catastrophism story as tool of narrow special interest group

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Extremism, Imminent Catastrophe at 9:20 am by George Smith

National Georgraphic’s special on electromagnetic pulse doom was hijacked to the web just prior to the weekend.

Originally, it was briefly shamed by Jason at Armchair Generalist here where you could see the initial trailer.

However, publishing the entire thing to YouTube, where one assumes it will soon be yanked for copyright violation, allows the viewer to skip through segments without having to endure the entire thing.

And the immediately noticeable central feature is its total reliance on catastrophism. More specifically the potential imminent arrival of national doom.

What viewers of extended cable service wouldn’t notice is that the show was essentially the work of the small but fanatical special interest lobby — the Cult of EMP Crazy’s poor man’s Umbrella Corporation, so to speak, EMPAct America.

You have Roscoe Bartlett , Peter Pry — the president of EMPAct, the CEO of Steuben Foods, William Forstchen and a few others, driving the narrative. And no one else.

In essence, National Geographic Channel was captured — made into a zombie for the sake of EMPAct America’s end-of-the-nation script. One which will surely come true if we don’t listen to them.

EMPAct America is a reprehensible nuisance. Since catastophe is its only tool of messaging and so determined has it been to push it, this little lobby has actually contributed measurably to end-times hysteria in the US. The kind that’s now the special property of the extremist Republican party.

Here’s the final segment on YouTube, starring Forstchen — who’s usually heard but not seen on Coast to Coast radio — and his small town, persuaded to enact an exodus scene — the hungry and thirsty lost trudging along a rural road, passed by an occasional flivver, the only thing that can still run.

07.02.10

Inspired: Media amnesia on history of amateurish, dodgy terror pubs

Posted in Extremism, War On Terror at 9:34 am by George Smith

The alleged ‘publication’ of al Qaeda’s English-language Inspire .pdf brought on a media convulsion notable for its collective amnesia.

The publication itself was, outside from the first three pages, a negligible download.

The contents page continues an established tradition of clumsy and/or unintentionally funny bits re the much repeated article (which does not exist in the publication): “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

I’ve spent years looking at various al Qaeda and attributed-to-al Qaeda documents devoted to terror, specifically recipes for making chemical and biological weapons in the home, as well as explosives.

Sophistication and slickness are not in their character. In this, “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom” as a usage, is typical.

Rachel Maddow devoted a few minutes of clowning to Inspire yesterday, drawing out the “bomb” bit out for comic effect.

In this she and her staffers missed the point that for the greater duration of the war on terror, such documents, whether they are silly-looking or not, have been portrayed in the western press as very serious business.

And even when they don’t confer any capability — the bomb-making formulations and poisoning advisories being much less than adequate, they have been written of as if they convey great ability to anyone who downloads them around the world.

And in the United Kingdom, no matter how absurd they appear, they have been used as evidence — materials deemed likely to be useful to terrorists — to send over people who downloaded them onto their hard drives for very long prison terms.

See here in “Art Shown Here Can Get You Jailed.”

Snapshots of various .pdfs from the war on terror show the new al Qaeda publication is not especially out of the ordinary. But it does, in fact, look a bit better than the usual fare.

Here is one bit from an old terror document, actually published by the Washington Post a few years ago, of an infamous poisoner’s handbook, one purporting to give you the ability to make botulism toxin from a few handfuls of garbage and dung. It’s no more or less absurd than a title like “Make a Bomb in the Kitchen of Your Mom.”

And another, the work of a now long-jailed al Qaeda man.

However, al Qaeda men and jihadists have never had much trouble compiling and distributing .pdf files. Which makes the less-than-compelling quality of Inspire — which has apparently purposely been obfuscated past the first three pages, a bit of an embarrassment.

If the purpose is to get the maximum number of readers, the insertion of digital gobble into the .pdf as padding — as this commenter details here — is astonishingly counterproductive.

It essentially creates impressions that the publication is either unfinished, a fake or that its creator greatly overestimated his own cleverness.

“[I] have no idea why it would occur to anyone to try it in the first place,” commented one of DD’s colleagues in e-mail. [Hat tip to SA.]

And the publication’s relatively small number of downloads, in proportion to the news of it, would seem to be proof of fail.

“The language of the magazine, such as ‘Make a bomb in the kitchen of your mom,’ reflects either a poor command of English or a light-hearted sense of self-parody,” writes someone — not very perceptively — at the Atlantic.

“Since I am not completely certain that the clean PDF doesn’t contain a hidden virus, I’ve elected not to post it just yet,” adds Marc Ambinder.

Armbinder’s presumption is silly. The file is harmless.

And it is here.

Nevertheless, even if one makes a joke of Inspire, terrorists have been inspired by similarly feeble work. It often doesn’t take much to motivate a few in the rather small global fan club for these things.

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