12.24.12

Merry Christmas, signed The Ogre

Posted in Ted Nugent, WhiteManistan at 8:54 am by George Smith

These two hit the DD blog news feed with 24 hours of each other.

Run run Rudolph.

It’s hard to know which is worse, a Ted Nugent Xmas e-card or his delusion that he’s taken for a warm human being.

12.23.12

Frankenstein

Posted in WhiteManistan at 10:00 am by George Smith

It’s official. Get the pitchforks and torches.

If this doesn’t make a dent with President Obama, nothing will.


From a newspaper soliciting opinions:

“Every law abiding person needs to learn to shoot a gun. It’s their right, as well as their self protection from the drug induced, mental nuts that roam the streets. Don’t worry about the gun laws, worry more about the mental health issues and the lack of them. Unplug and trash the video games. Bring society back to the 1950’s.”

The 1950’s, we remember them fondly, when everyone had a right to buy a semi-automatic assault rifle at Sears. Oh, wait …

Another civil war issue and the divide is unbridgeable.


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12.21.12

Fiore: Condolencer-in-Chief

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, WhiteManistan at 12:56 pm by George Smith

Go.

The Monster from WhiteManistan shows up

Posted in Crazy Weapons, Culture of Lickspittle, WhiteManistan at 9:19 am by George Smith


Worst roll-out of position, ever.

UPDATED

Right on schedule, Wyane LaPierre of the National Rifle Association showed up on national television to prove he’s every bit the boogeyman one expected.

The only recommendations were to — first — stop making demons of assault gun fetishists and the NRA, and then to use the NRA to train paramilitary defense forces for all schools. Using a task force led by ex-right wing GOP Senator Asa Hutchinson who was last seen trying to get Bill Clinton impeached for having his dick sucked by someone not his wife.

Although LaPierre tried to sound sorrowful, the “put police officers” in every school theme coupled with his introductory tone of “we’re being victimized” made it into a defensive rant.

Some excerpts from transcription:

“There exists in this country a callous and corrupt industry that sells violence against its own people … video games.”


“How come my research staff can find Kindergarten Killer [an online game] but all of your [media research staff] can’t?

“Add another hurricane, a terrorist attack, add another natural disaster
[and the nation will descend into a violent nightmare, or something to
that effect]…

“One thousand music videos portray life as a joke … and they all have the nerve to call it entertainment.

“In a race to the bottom video conglomerates compete … to violate every standard of civilized society.”

[At this point a little old lady, carrying a banner, got in front of LaPierre and started shouting, “The NRA has blood on it hands — ban
assault weapons now!” She was taken off but not before getting it in
a few times.
]


“It is now time for us to assume responsibility for our schools … the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”[LaPierre then got querulous about what he knows the reaction to putting more guns in schools will be.]

“I can imagine the shocking headlines you’ll be printing tomorrow…”

Blaming video games and entertainment has been in rehearsal all week. The only problem with the argument is that the country exports the same video games and entertainments to the rest of the developed world where they are met with great consumer relish. But those civilized countries are not ridden with massacres perpetrated by semi-automatic weapons.

And why is that? Perhaps because everyone can’t go to Dick’s or Walmart for the world’s best selection of consumer-tailored assault guns.

As for relying on the National Rifle Association to train the country in the defense of its schools, I rely on Who Is the NRA again to edify:

In the increasingly distant past, the National Rifle Association (NRA) largely advocated for policies related to hunting and marksmanship, but today its leaders are defined by unsavory conduct and the advancement of extreme, anti-government ideology. While the NRA innocuously describes itself as the “nation’s oldest civil rights organization,” this portrayal serves only as a smokescreen to mask the fact that the organization is a rogues gallery of the most odious voices in the contemporary Conservative Movement.

One only has to look to the NRA’s leadership to discover that the organization is operated by a group of individuals who promote racism, misogyny, homophobia, anti-immigrant animus, religious bigotry, anti-environmentalism, and insurrectionism … Moreover, while superficially bipartisan, the NRA is closely aligned with the most extreme elements in the Republican Party and has brought a number of the GOP’s most influential operatives into positions of power within the organization. The GOP and NRA are now locked in a symbiotic relationship.

While not a small force, the NRA is in the minority now. Get the pitchforks.

Updating: Had enough of the NRA and the lunatic white gun right? Just as LaPierre was speaking, another predatory multiple shooting. Here. And here.


More on the NRA leadership’s warped thinking in 2012, from earlier in the week.


Leave it to a feckless Democratic congressman, this one from West Virginia, to show his yellow streak. Afraid of the NRA? Definitely, in W. Virginia, where a jailbird won ten counties over the president in the 2102 primary.

From the wire:

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) has introduced one of Congress’ first pieces of legislation related to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.: a bill to study the impact of violent video games on children.

“This week, we are all focused on protecting our children. At times like this, we need to take a comprehensive look at all the ways we can keep our kids safe. I have long expressed concern about the impact of the violent content our kids see and interact with every day,” said Rockefeller, who is chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Rockefeller’s bill would direct the National Academy of Sciences to lead the investigation on video games’ impact and submit a report on its findings within 18 months.

Reid should have Rockefeller ex-communicated for insulting the intelligence, wasting tax payer money and pissing off scientists. Who won’t want to do this because the already know this is a non-starter requested only for the sake of diversionary theater.


Leading NRA board member and public disgrace Ted Nugent in a snap from his Discovery channel show, just canceled, because even they are afraid of him now.

The WhiteManistan photo collage.

12.20.12

Script advisor to Red Dawn

Posted in Crazy Weapons at 3:28 pm by George Smith

The remake of Red Dawn was laughed out of town. On Metacritic it was a well into the red 32.

“The film adopts a fringe conspiracy theory that has long been pushed by a small, right-wing coalition led by Newt Gingrich: that terrorists or a rogue state could devastate America with an electro-magnetic pulse, or EMP,” reads one review.

And boy is the guy who played Thor in The Avengers movie bummed. For Chris Hemsworth it was like being Bela Lugosi in Glen or Glenda.

Then there is the Washington Times, the paper of record of the far right in DC, and hardcore electromagnetic pulse man Peter Pry, once staffer for long gone Republican Curt Weldon:

[North Korea] is a mortal nuclear threat to the United States— right now …

they have a special kind of nuclear weapon that could destroy the United States with a single blow.

In summer 2004, a delegation of Russian generals warned the Congressional Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) Commission that secrets had leaked to North Korea for a decisive new nuclear weapon — a Super-EMP warhead.

Any nuclear weapon detonated above an altitude of 30 kilometers will generate an electromagnetic pulse that will destroy electronics and could collapse the electric power grid and other critical infrastructures — communications, transportation, banking and finance, food and water — that sustain modern civilization and the lives of 300 million Americans. All could be destroyed by a single nuclear weapon making an EMP attack.

A Super-EMP attack on the United States would cause much more and much deeper damage than a primitive nuclear weapon …

You know the rest of the script from the Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy.

As with Red Dawn, the part of the country that isn’t rabid ferret Republican Party — which is most of it — isn’t buying.

Roscoe Bartlett was sent home in November and it’s really going to be hard for the Cult to scrape up the same ton of fun they had when he was around.

Which leaves only the newspaper of lunatics and its imitators.

“[Two hundred] million Americans — would probably perish from starvation, disease and societal collapse,” it reads. Did that many people die in Red Dawn?

Geezer rock

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, Rock 'n' Roll at 1:26 pm by George Smith


Isn’t it appalling?

Although every bit of the stuff I do drips classic rock, I never watch geezer rock anymore. As with WhiteManistan, I’m embarrassed to be related, if only faintly, to the tribe.

When you’re old you oughta be able to rock. To be good at it you have to be willing to be taken for a fool. However, there’s no point in making it harder. And some things you must let go because they’ll sink your ship immediately. (It’s also why I never go out to hear middle and upper-middle aged white guys in blues bands.) Increasing entropy isn’t something money can opt you out of.

I was oblivious to the 12-12-12 concert but the New York Times does a good dissection of embarrassing-looking old rockers.

An excerpt:

“I will donate $1,000 to #121212Concert if Roger Daltry buttons his shirt,” tweeted Alan Zweibel, 62, a comedy writer …

With his shirt thrown open during a rousing rendition of “Baba O’Riley” Mr. Daltrey — a specimen for his age, to be sure — unfortunately invited comparisons to his groupie-magnet self from the “Tommy” era. In doing so, he violated an obvious dictum for seniors: keep your clothes on in public.

Then the piece gets to Iggy Pop, a tremendous physical specimen, endurance wise, at 65. He does not, as the New York Times piece insists, look like a Joffrey dancer.

For Raw Power he looked like this. That was in 1973.

Today, he still hasn’t an ounce of flab on him. Do Joffrey dancers now look like a couple twisted strands of gnawed cartilage and gristle, though?

You really don’t wanna see it.

Up close, a fine mesh of varicosity covers a shoulder.

And, often, he looks like he’s had a couple hernias repaired.

Study at risk of having to reach for the Tums.

Spare the style. Let the tunes and the imagination take the audience.

Because we’re not big on self-examination

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, WhiteManistan at 9:38 am by George Smith

What the cult of the gun looks and feels like. What’s wrong with them? Going Norman Vincent Peale won’t help. Folk rock, not an easy pill. But good for you, like vitamins for the brain.

WhiteManistan explains

Posted in WhiteManistan at 7:43 am by George Smith


Not his best shot.

Hoist on own petards:

“It’s very stress relieving,” said Chad Knox, a paramedic who shoots targets and hunts small pests with [an AR-15] on his 40 acres in Marietta, Ohio. “Some people crochet, some people shop, some people shoot guns.”


Patrick Mason of Las Vegas uses his rifle for target practice with fruit in the desert. “I don’t want to shoot holes in pieces of paper, I want to watch a watermelon be destroyed,” he said … “I don’t want to make it sound weird, but it’s almost like holding a live animal.”

[You sound weird, full stop. An AR-15 is not like a beloved pet cat.]


Its ability to shoot rapidly, [one AR-15 owner] said, makes it easier to thin a pack of predators.

[America has predators. This was mentioned in the context of controlling coyotes. Coyotes live in Pasadena. They kill pets sometimes. I lost a cat and I’ve seen coyotes up close here. I’m not even slightly with the need to shoot them efficiently with assault rifles and neither is anyone else, here. In fact, it is illegal.]


Other gun owners shared his view. “They’ll use something else, a bomb next time or who knows what,” Mr. Andrews said. He has a permit to carry a concealed handgun and has taken courses in how to respond to a gunman.

“Honestly, if you were in a bad situation, you’d want me to be there,” he said.

A bomb. Bombs are not marketed at ChinaMart and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

I’m especially interested in the usage “small pests.” Why not say rats or rodents? What are “small pests” to be shot with an AR-15 on 40 acres in Georgia? Song birds? Ducks out of season? Cats that have strayed onto the property? Anything that moves that’s furry and less than 12 pounds?

All the “arguments” — and I use the term loosely, in the Times article used to defend the unusual arms fetish, now under — ahem, fire, are pretty bad. They’re from people who think their lame assertions sound legitimate. And, as typical from the Cult of AR-15 this week, they’re impossible to dress up. They look and sound like what they are: Not prone to self-examination rednecks who feel entitled to a hobby that has had very bad results for too many and greatly coarsened American civilization.

What else do the people chosen to defend the hobby in the New York Times going for them? Discuss, I want to know.


WhiteManistan — in pictures.

12.19.12

Christmas presents

Posted in Crazy Weapons at 2:03 pm by George Smith

“The EMP pulser with a special Antenna is capable of shutting down a computer at a distance of 15 meters,” it reads. Thirty four thousand dollars, cheap.

But my favorites are the $1400 can crusher and the $350 fish stunner.

Ever since Rep. Roscoe Bartlett was retired in November a whole bunch of fun has gone out of the Cult of Electromagnetic Pulse Crazy.

What’s in a name

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle at 1:39 pm by George Smith

John Mcafee is an oil slick of bad publicity, attracting sycophants and the press wherever he goes.

I remarked about two weeks ago that he’d effectively nullified the business p.r. arm of McAfee Associates, for the short term.

Here’s a graph of the “buzz,” on McAfee security vs. the big competitor, Symantec.

Ever since McAfee’s been in the news his gossip rep of his old company has been taking a nose dive.

Anti-virus software makers, it should be noted, have never actually been very popular. So I’m sure this doesn’t mean a lot in the corporate marketwise. But it is amusing.

Eventually McAfee Associates will recover to sub-mediocre parity with Symantec. When photos of John McAfee and and his freshest hookers disappear from the news pages for a bit.

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