Barack Obama campaign song to sing

Posted in Extremism, Rock 'n' Roll at 1:10 pm by George Smith

It’s not partisan or biased to lampoon odious reptiles. It’s not my fault old white Christian panty-sniffers and extremists are the base of the Republican Party.

Inspiration taken from David Allan Coe’s “Don’t Bite the Dick,” many places on YouTube, shown earlier in the week.

C’mon. I know I had you laughin’ at “You can’t say that!”

No more Carly Rae Jepson lipsynch/karaoke, have mercy! It’s still and IQ test. If you’re in a crew or an organization, like the US military, and still haven’t grasped that 10,000 people have already done it — you flunk.

The DD guarantee: No use of karaoke backing to popular songs, ever. All done in real time.


The power of booty

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 9:24 am by George Smith

Putting someone’s shaking ass in your video, more effective than trying to attract progressives with a merry song about Paul Ryan.

Cynically, pandering works. Pitching stuff to the pearl-clutchers in your ‘friends’ list, ‘twitter’ followers, and liberal news websites doesn’t. It’s the difference between this and something on NPR. I’ll take the “this.” (Click the link.)

547 views this morning, a marked rise after I switched the preview from Arnold to posterized booty. Not viral, but advantageous.

And you know what’s really annoying? The brainless sandwich videos Google/YouTube serves with it. “Healing Quest: Liver Reuben Sandwich” and “Gluten Free Bread Recipe — Oat or Sorghum” sod off.

Tom Servo, hunger and the usual white kooks

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Decline and Fall, Extremism at 8:55 am by George Smith

From the Yahoo news blog, a man-in-the-street account of people solicited for their stories on becoming poor and not being able to afford food in the failed state:

Here’s a taste of Tom Servo’s bare-bones grocery list: A few bags of dried beans. Breakfast cereal of some kind — usually whatever’s on sale. A large canister of dried oats. Lots of bananas — typically a few pounds. A bag of apples. Other miscellaneous fresh fruits and veggies — whatever’s in season and on sale.

The 29-year-old college student in Tampa, Fla., says his grocery list is written for nutrition, not taste. He sticks to bare essentials and buys in bulk. But two weeks of groceries used to cost him $50; now it’s almost $100.

For example: “I used to pay 99 cents for one pound of dried black beans; now they cost $1.49 or more. Two years ago I paid $2.39 for a 16-ounce jar of generic peanut butter; now the same peanut butter costs $3.99.”

“For the first time in my life, I’ve recently had to make a choice between groceries or some other expense,” he writes.

College student illustrates the problem with asking for personal stories tossed in over e-mail transom. Maybe “Tom Servo’s” story is true. And maybe he just wanted to see the name in print, a laff riot at the dorm.

It does not impeach the story — one that’s dire — but it doesn’t help. And just because a lot of people might not know “Tom Servo” …

“Generics and store brands have replaced Tillamook cheese, Boar’s Head meats and Laura Scudder’s peanut butter,” writes the Yahoo journalist, on an upper middle class person’s shopping list, now that they’re on foodstamps.

It is, perhaps, not the way most would or could have phrased it.

Here, a story of the small number of moderately wealthy white Americans, always white mind you, fleeing into Central America for retirement. (I vaguely know someone like this. They worked the 2010 census with me.)

The pictures of the disgruntled in their new jungle homes are worth thousands of words. The destination is Nicaragua, which not so long ago, geologically speaking, was a place of dangerous commies for these ex-voters. There, it is said by two, it will be possible to ride out a thermonuclear holocaust.

While the numbers of people are not particularly impressive, the mindset is now deadeningly familiar.

“Although Nicaragua hasn’t had good relationships with the US over the last three decades, it is a popular destination for US citizens,” it reads.

“I made it to Nicaragua … I don’t want to live in the US anymore … Obama ruins the country …Now I have my monkey, Cindy,” she says to NBC news.

“I earned good money in the US — $400,000 a year — I was a retail broker and I saw the crisis coming … We wanted to leave, we don’t like the politics of the US … Here is a safe place, safe for a nuclear war.”

“I don’t like the politics in the US and the cost of living is very high.”

Refighting the Civil War

Posted in Decline and Fall, Extremism, Psychopath & Sociopath at 8:07 am by George Smith

As per a post earlier in the week — and in a bit remarking on the ire a Small Wars Journal article on a theoretical revolt sparked in the Tea Partythe Psychopath Vote has gone into action, again:

As if the negative political ads aren’t enough, now a county judge in Lubbock, Texas, predicts possible “civil war” if President Obama is re-elected.

Judge Tom Head was on a local TV news show making his case for a tax increase, when he said hiring extra sheriff’s deputies would especially be needed if Obama wins in November …

“He’s going to try to hand over the sovereignty of the United States to the U.N., and what is going to happen when that happens?,” Head asked.

Readers again notice the mania of the John Bircher/Tea Party conspiracy belief that the UN will stage a takeover of the United States. Those who are not in the heevahava demographic know the UN is much like the old League of Nations, powerless except everyone can be in it.

“And we’re not just talking a few riots here and demonstrations, we’re talking Lexington, Concord, take up arms and get rid of the guy,” says the man from Texas.

Later, after the expected furor, he insisted it had been all taken out of context.

The presidency of Barack Obama has meant boom years for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

Yesterday, a Reuters story on crypto-Nazis trying to get into the US military.

An influx started, the Reuters piece explains, during the Iraq war and before economic failure, when there was no great enthusiasm for getting maimed or blown up by IEDs and the Army had to relax its standards so they would be more forgiving to miscellaneous dirtbags. The story emphasizes, historically, that this is not particularly new.

“White supremacists, neo-Nazis and skinhead groups encourage followers to enlist in the Army and Marine Corps to acquire the skills to overthrow what some call the ZOG – the Zionist Occupation Government,” it reads. “Get in, get trained and get out to brace for the coming race war.”

The recent healing balm that is Ted Nugent:

Because our legislative, judicial and executive branches of government hold the 10th Amendment in contempt, I’m beginning to wonder if it would have been best had the South won the Civil War.

When they [the UN] talk about reducing unnecessary violence by eliminating small arms in the hands of citizens around the world, they’re talking about the same thing that Hitler talked about: Disarm the populace so you can control them at your every whim.


The Parody

Posted in Extremism, Made in China, Ted Nugent at 9:46 am by George Smith

Nugent at the WaTimes:

Support American jobs and businesses. Buy a Gibson guitar and throttle some good old American R&B love songs of defiance.

Nugent plays Gibsons and the entire column is a rant about the government investigation into Gibson’s illegal importing of ebony, something every other guitar company manages to avoid getting into trouble over. (For the record, the government recently signed an agreement with Gibson letting the company off the hook on the condition that in the statement of fact it essentially admitted it had violated the law. It was a decent deal.)

Gibson employs more people in China, Korea and Indonesia than it does in the US. It’s US manufacturing is for the high end of the market. All American guitar manufacturers abandoned US production for the low and middle markets, the meat of the business, over a decade ago. All of it was sent to China.

DD blog has discussed Gibson many times.

The pricing of its domestically made product, and the company’s move into China exploded the demand and market for counterfeit Gibson guitars. Documented on YouTube, many American buyers show little brand loyalty to the firm, even wanting to buy counterfeits, because of the current state of guitar manufacturing.

Counterfeit Gibson guitars, advertised at the Washington Post, a few months ago.

It goes almost without saying: Ted Nugent never gets anything right. His politics and beliefs make no allowance for it.

From an English newspaper, a report on the GOP presidential nominee’s company:

For months they have watched their plant being dismantled and shipped to China, piece by piece, as they show teams of Chinese workers how to do the jobs they have dedicated their lives to.

“It’s not easy to get up in the morning, training them to do your job so that you can be made unemployed,” said Borman, pictured, a mother of three who has worked for 23 years at the Sensata auto sensors plant …

Borman knows her eventual fate in the stricken economy that surrounds Freeport. “I am going to be competing for minimum wage jobs with my own daughter,” she said.

Such scenes have been common in America as manufacturing has fled abroad in search of cheaper wages.

But, in the midst of the 2012 presidential election, Freeport is different. For Sensata is majority-owned by Bain Capital, the private equity firm once led by Mitt Romney, that has become a hugely controversial symbol of how the modern globalised American economy works.

In 2008, they voted for Obama.

In 2010, they went Republican in a very big way.

“The anger towards Bain and Romney is palpable,” reads the Guardian.

“Of course, no one at the Romney campaign wants to be linked with the Freeport plant closure.”

It would seem they would not go radical Tea Party this year, as in 2010. But you can never be sure.

This, from a recent poll on the “middle class:”

The middle class blames Congress as the lead culprit for its demise, but blames itself least of all. While 62% of middle class respondents to the Pew survey blamed Congress for their worsening state, 54% blamed banks and financial institutions, 47% blamed corporations, 44% blamed the Bush administration, 39% blamed foreign competition and 34% blamed the Obama administration. Just 8% of all respondents blamed the man (or the woman) in the mirror.

An inexact metaphor for the middle class’s election choices during the last few decades — good at self-destructive dick biting.


The New Plaster Casters

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle at 1:20 pm by George Smith

From here, months ago:

In modern America, there are plaster casters all over the place. In the culture of lickspittle it’s been turned into a serious career track.

And by this I don’t mean people who fluff rockstars so their tumescence can be lovingly preserved. I mean it far more metaphorically, as in those who act as fellatrices for various agencies and industries in our allegedly technologically superior country …

Fussell never imagined the explosion of things of this ilk on the network … Print kept the number of such pubs small because even though execrable, it still took a good deal of money and resources to do it right.

However, web publishing did away with all that and, today, in full cooperation with the culture of lickspittle and its glory, there are literally hundreds of digital pubs for those who get hard reading about the products of US weapons shops.

And because there is a big audience with such a pathology, the publications that serve them are essentially groupie mags — like Tiger Beat — only staffed with journalists who write daily swooning copy on what I’ve called The Empire’s Dog Feces.

The web publications compete viciously with each other for the stories of the day, even the insignificant. The quality of journalism is terrible. The publications pay their contributors in … gum, little or nothing at all except the opportunity to be published and be in the Google news dragnet.

So it comes as no surprise when a few of them fall for jokes:

News flash: The Pentagon is replacing the classic stabbing bayonet on rifles with a tomahawk “designed for quick chopping motions” complete with a twist-off head providing room for storage. And, the Department of Defense is ordering troops to stop wearing the popular TapouT MMA T-shirts because of security concerns.

Believable? Maybe, but not true.

With a hint of truth these cheeky fake news stories recently duped some serious blogs. Both Gizmodo and Yell magazine happened to mistake the posts on The Duffel Blog, a five-month old satirical website, for real news.

The owner of the Duffel Blog, which is wildly successful, tells NBC News:

“I do want to make people laugh,” Szoldra said, “but at the same time I do have a little bit of a following, a bully pulpit if you will, where I can highlight something that I think is worth making fun of and a lot of time it’s better to make fun of it than it is to just complain about it.”

Good boy. But no, it is never not good to crap on shit.

Last week, here:

If you’re in a tech firm you can tell a Wired reporter you piss iced tea and they’ll publish it without blinking.

And it gets easier as you proceed down the ladder.

Some nobody at Gizmodo:

“The problem with the US military is that sometimes their contraptions get so wacky that I can believe anything they say,” Gizmodo’s blogger wrote. “My mistake, people. Sorry about that.

And after twenty years of covering the ‘so wacky’ you know fantasy, or satire, as it where, when you see it. Instead of taking it for inside dope.

The Duffel Blog.

Candidate for the Psychopath Vote

Posted in Extremism, Psychopath & Sociopath at 12:14 pm by George Smith

Todd Akin may be a famous horrid man but that’s the manner of person a constituency of Americans admire. They cleave together, they have their media (the Internet, instead of making stone ignorance harder to defend has created self-isolating immune to outsider dilution social Balkanization, virtual barbwire next to barbwire) and they admire the detestable. When the detestables do or say something horrendous in public they draw strength from any subsequent condemnation. It is their validation.

It’s why Ted Nugent does all right.

Nugent’s audience appreciates that he’s terrible Ted. And it matters very little what others say and write about him, this blog included. I can make lists of the quotations from the psychopath and readers can laugh or cringe but the pyschopaths are affected not one whit. It has no more impact than American celebrities and social media getting publicly angry with the Russian government for jailing the women of Pussy Riot.

We live in a country that is permanently divided. And the cracks go deep into US history; this is not new.

I’ve often thought the current Republican Party has been trying to refight and win the Civil War for decades. I’m not alone in this.

At Esquire, Charles Pierce puts it this way, in two different posts, here and here:

[Akin’s] more than halfway to becoming a symbol that the opposition can use to raise money and anger. However, as far as his withdrawal is concerned, we’re at a point in which Missouri Republicans — the folks who never have had a problem putting this guy in Congress and obviously had no problem with him as a senator — have to choose between common decency and political tribalism. I’m not betting anything I value in either direction on that one.

I think we are looking at an 1850’s of the political mind. I think we are two countries, each with its own history, and laws, and language, and religion, and their own mass media to amplify all those things. But only one of these two countries of the mind is tightly organized and capable of moving as a single unit. I think things like the sovereign-citizens movement are merely a particularly vivid example of this …

In the 1850’s, two countries of the mind existed long before the United States actually was divided into two separate nations. They had no common history, not even a common language with which to discuss the differences between them. Resolution was impossible in a country in which even the word “freedom” didn’t mean the same thing. Each had their own history, and laws, and language, and religion, and even a rudimentary mass media through which to amplify all of these. Those circumstances exist again today, far deeper divisions than simple “polarization” or even “tribalism.” There are two countries of the mind. One of them, the conservative one, is the far better organized whole. It is round. It is complete. It has a wild frontier, which is also more round and whole and organized.

The second excerpt from Pierce’s blog is a brief discussion of the shooting of Louisiana police officers who wandered into a sovereign citizen trailer encampment last week.

The point he makes is that today our domestic terror groups aren’t from the extreme end of the Democratic Party, they share a border with the far right, one that stretches back into American history. And that demographic, one I call the Psychopath Vote, owns an entire party, finding itself fought by an often feckless and uninspired opposition.

So it can always win.

“It strikes me that this is a tempest in a teapot,” said one Missouri voter, a Republican to CNN for a story today. “I think he used a word that in reflection he wouldn’t use again, like the word ‘legitimate.’ Forcible. But this is just a matter of semantics … I think people are looking for something to accuse Todd or drag him down when he, I don’t think he said anything that’s really worth all the coverage that it’s getting.”

It is not like the Senate has never had much of a shortage of people like Akin — science deniers, home schoolers, American theocrats.

There’s James Inhofe, Tom Coburn, Jim DeMint … the guy Claire McCaskill defeated years ago, Jim Talent, often ridiculed here.


Afghanistanization: Reaching out to the puppet

Posted in Bombing Paupers, War On Terror at 3:41 pm by George Smith

From the wire:

“We’ve been watching with deep concern these so-called green-on-blue attacks, where you have Afghan individuals, some of whom are actually enrolled in the Afghan military, … attacking coalition forces,” Obama said.

There have been 32 insider attacks so far this year involving 36 shooters that have led to 40 coalition deaths, just over half of them Americans. Some 69 coalition troops have been wounded. That’s a sharp increase from 2011, when 35 coalition troops killed, 24 of whom were U.S. troops during the year …

“I’ll be reaching out to President Karzai as well because we’ve got to make sure that we’re on top of this,” Obama said …

[Last] week, the Pentagon said only about 11 percent of so-called “insider attacks” by Afghans against NATO troops this year were due to Taliban infiltration, with the vast majority due to other motives, including personal grudges. Why there would be a sudden increase in personal grudges and other vendettas remains unclear.

Personal grudges and vendettas, two weasel words as different indicators of delusion.

Speaking out in a colorful way

Posted in Extremism, Psychopath & Sociopath, Ted Nugent at 12:52 pm by George Smith

Here’s the current list of washed-up angry white guy musicians who really really hate the president:

Hank Williams, Jr. — He compared the president to Hitler on Fox and had his music canned on Monday night football. This inspired his new album of mostly hating on Obama tunes. He gave the record away on YouTube which didn’t make it any less the dud.

Onstage in Iowa, over the weekend, a quote: “We’ve got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the U.S. and we hate him!”

A few days earlier washed up white thrash metal guitarist Dave Mustaine of Megadeth tells an audience in Singapore the president was behind recent mass shootings. When this is publicized Mustaine continues the nutso and white-knuckle ex-drunk act on Alex Jones, roping this all into some UN conspiracy to deprive Americans of guns as well as anything else you can think of. Mustaine’s words, he insists, have been taken out of context by the mainstream media.

And — of course, there is Ted Nugent. Nugent spouts the same weird John Bircher/Tea Party conspiracy crap about UN plotting, too.

No one will pay for Ted Nugent to make records anymore so pretty much all he has left is touring county fairs and casinos during the summer, running celebrity hunts for his cable television show and appearing as an extremist pundit for the right. This year he’s been by the US Secret Service for popping off at the NRA convention. And he has racked up a reputation as a hunting scofflaw after two convictions, one for deer baiting, the other for illegally bagging a bear.

And this is the line a Hollywood Reporter entertainment journalist uses today to sum it all up, in a story about Hank Jr. fulminating at a state ag fair in Iowa:

“Williams isn’t the only musician to speak out about politics in colorful ways this month.”

Comparing the President to Hitler, implying he was behind recent massacres, saying if the president is re-elected you’ll be dead, a statement that gets the Secret Service to your door — these are all examples of speaking out about politics in “colorful ways.”

“The president, for the record, is a Christian,” the Hollywood Reporter person adds helpfully.

‘Stink of failure’

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 9:15 am by George Smith

Facebook stock fell below $19/share this morning, so noted by the Los Angeles Times here.

A front page story late last week featured these bits:

Doubts about the Facebook founder intensified Thursday as the stock closed below $20 for the first time. The shares, which slipped to $19.87, have shed nearly half their value since Facebook’s disastrous initial public offering three months ago.

Thursday’s selling was driven by the expiration of provisions that had barred Facebook’s venture capital backers from unloading their shares. Trading volume was abnormally heavy, a sign of the fury with which some of the company’s earliest investors ran for the exits as soon as they could.

“This was the most anticipated IPO in many years and it was like an exploding cigar,” said Barry Ritholtz, head of research firm Fusion IQ. “Every investor thought they were about to become wealthy beyond their wildest dreams, and they had this blow up in their face.”

The danger, Ritholtz said, is that the drooping stock price could tag the company itself with a “stink of failure” that could make advertisers less willing to use Facebook.

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