03.31.10

Pennsyltucky Newspaper Funnies

Posted in Extremism, Rock 'n' Roll at 10:33 am by George Smith

Many years ago, I used to write for the Morning Call newspaper in Allentown, PA. And I still refer to it from time to time.

The newspaper, like many small provincial operations, was mad to publicize any and all locals, no matter how odious they might be. If they were from town, the reasoning was, they had to be great. Plus they’d always buy a couple copies of the newspaper if they could see themselves in it.

The news about the arrests of the Christian white identity nuts looking to spark a revolution for the bringing down of the US government took me out to the website of the Hutaree.

There — right up front — was a link to the Hutaree’s favorite rock band, Poker Face.

My colleague, Chuck, also noticed on the I Love Music chat board (link in the Blogroll section). He pointed out the band was from Bethlehem and that he’d listened to a number of promotional CDs from them over the years.

Now, this ain’t gonna be the rare occasion of me making nice. It’s another example of how the Lehigh Valley is home to a large assortment of far right kooks with views on politics and anyone who’s not like them characterized only by fear and unreasoning hostility.

The Morning Call newspaper had a free-lancer review Poker Face in November of last year. It’s here.

Poker Face, explained the newspaper, was making a political statement in hard rock.

Here’s a ‘political statement’ on the Hutaree, such as it is — a no-comment with comment, from the Poker Face website yesterday:

At the present time, Poker Face has no comment on the situation developing/unfolding with the Hutaree folks.

But given the governments track record against we the free, it makes us suspect government motives first, not the Hutaree.

The band, the website explains, “has been dubbed the leading truth/freedom band in the Union … this four piece band has made it their mission to expose the lies & scandals coming out the Union’s Capitol.”

For the Morning Call, Dave Howell wrote this unintentionally hilarious bit:

There is a goofy brilliance on “Peace or War: Songs for the Revolution,” and I mean that as a compliment. In a time when so many bands sound alike, these guys are following their own road.

Having worked there this is not really a surprise.

The Morning Call is a place where many, but by no means all, of the employees are half-assed shucks incapable of noting even painfully obvious details about the subjects they choose to cover.

Yes, Poker Face is definitely following a unique road, one many decent people might choose not to even tepidly recommend.

Sparked by natural intellectual curiosity, colleague Chuck spent more time than was perhaps wise on Poker Face material.

And I defer to him, on I Love Music, for this:

As for Poker Face, what I called “flirting with Anti-Semitism” above might be understating things, given their complaints about “how many treasonous dual loyalist Jews have gotten away with their SPYING crimes,” not to mention, uh, “the fraud of the holocaust.” (And in re: Oklahoma, they call [Tim McVeigh], “Tom McVay,” say he was a Patsy.)

Lyric snips, displayed on the website, taken from various tunes:

ABC, CBS, NBC CNN…. AP, UPI, BBC LIE THE LIE

Litton, Merck & Glaxo, Phizer Lilly J& J…. CDC, FDA NIH & AMA Time, Warner, AOL, Viacom & Disney ….. Exxon, Mobil, Amoco, Texaco Ford, Rand, Heritage, Rockefeller, Carnegie ….. Illuminati, Fabians, Jacobins, Club of Rome Darwin, Karl Marx, Gramsci, Albert Pike ….. TriLats, Bilderberg, CFR are the whores
GATT, NAFTA, IMF, World Trade, & World Bank .. WACO, OKC Gordon Khal,& Ruby Ridge WACO, OKC Gordon Khal,& Ruby Ridge, Were JFK & RFK murdered by our CIA Were JFK & MLK murdered by our CIA, Were JFK & RFK murdered by our CIA

It’s actually Gordon Kahl — the organizer of a chapter of the anti-Semitic group called Posse Comitatus, one responsible for shootouts with government men in which two of the latter were killed.

From “FinCen,” a song apparently aimed at the US government’s financial crimes enforcement unit:

I think we’ve had just about enough
It won’t take to much to set things off
Down, you’re going down
I know my brothers back me up

Don’t, you, tell
Tell me what to do

You suck the life force from men’s souls
You offer nothing, to the fold

From “Freedoms on the Run”:

Welcome to this New world Circus
Coming to a homeland near you
Jack Boots and Billy clubs are GAY fashion
Marching to Obamas Commie-Fascist nation

Help me to stuff these fucks in a box
They wont, they wont be missed at all
Imagine, this world free from their disease
Some day, there will be true rest and peace


Another great line from Dave Howell is this:

Far from churning out the usual banal relationship and partying songs, this rocking foursome concentrate on politics, which are libertarian to the max.

If only.

Libertarian isn’t quite the word one reaches for upon seeing that a violent old dead member of the Posse Comitatus is a hero. Or for people who think heavily armed white Christian identity fanatics are always being framed by the government.

And anyone who sings about ‘commie-fascists’ is just a little too dumb for that political categorization.

It’s disrespectful to the Cato Institute people, dontcha think?


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