04.07.10

Crazy Mean Ted Nugent — MC of Coalstock

Posted in Extremism, Rock 'n' Roll at 4:21 pm by George Smith

Ted Nugent once was a great rock musician.

Now he’s just astonishingly crazy and mean, inflammatory for the sake of cruelty and outrage.

This fits his role as one of the new mega-mouthpieces of the crazy and mean Republican Party. If one takes Nugent’s writings and regular public utterances even half seriously, he is by any reasonable definition an incomprehensible fellow lacking even small vestiges of good will and grace.

It’s entertaining then to review Ted Nugent’s role as MC at ‘Coalstock’ last Labor Day, a political rally held by Don Blankenship, CEO of the now nationally known, and not in a good way, Massey Energy coal company.

While being paid by Blankenship, you’ll notice Nugent couldn’t help but make a favorite joke about ‘dead tyrants,’ tyrant now being one of the favored words for referencing Barack Obama — used by the Tea Party, the GOP and American extremist groups.

Coalstock, which you probably never heard much about, was not a success. For reasons perfectly obvious.

From various newspapers:

First on the stage was pro-gun provocateur, musician Ted Nugent.

“I love America, but mostly I love defiance,” he said. “I like when the punks from England overtax us and we throw the tea in the bay. Isn’t that kind of a cute move?”

“But I particularly like it when the British came to get our guns so we went to Concord bridge and shot them,” he added.

“I like dead tyrants. Isn’t that your favorite type of tyrant, a dead tyrant?” Nugent said.

Nugent went on to defend someone he called his “blood brother,” Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship. He also defended mountaintop removal mining. — here

[The rally] wasn’t sponsored by some unions. Instead it was hosted by Massey Coal’s Don Blankenship, the coal industry’s most gleefully Dickensian figure, a man who treated his own maid in conditions “reminiscent of slavery,” according to a West Virginia high court judge in a 2008 ruling. Blankenship spent $1 million on the event. It featured Sean Hannity, Ted Nugent and Hank Williams Jr., son of the great Hank Williams, but alas, not a musical genius and instead a reactionary boobhead. — from the Guardian

Coal magnate Don Blankenship, who made his name as a union buster, hosted a Labor Day shindig on a reclaimed mine site in West Virginia. This is part of what he said:

“In Washington, they sometimes say that those of us in Appalachia need help because we’re not very smart. Well, we’re smart enough to know that only God can change the earth’s temperature not Al Gore.”

This is a fascinating observation from a leader of an industry that has forever changed the landscape of Kentucky and West Virginia.

The strip-mining of coal has leveled some of the world’s oldest mountains and richest forests, poisoned water and destroyed hundreds of miles of mountain streams and the life to which they give rise.

If anyone has demonstrated humankind’s ability to change the environment on a massive scale, it’s Blankenship and the coal industry.

Blankenship is CEO of a large coal company, Massey Energy, so his myopic rant was an act of supreme self interest. He railed against “cap-and-trade” legislation, pending in the Senate, that would reduce heat-trapping gases by making it more expensive to burn coal and other fossil fuels. His message understandably falls on receptive ears in places where the only decent-paying jobs are in mining (even if they require going into one of Blankenship’s notoriously unsafe mines).

… Blankenship reportedly spent $1 million to attract an estimated 75,000 people to hear him, along with performances by Hank Williams Jr. and Fox News’ Sean Hannity, emceed by Ted Nugent.

Dropping $1 million to manipulate public opinion is small potatoes for Blankenship, though. He spent $3.1 million to elect a West Virginia Supreme Court Justice who protected him from a costly civil suit only to be foiled by the U.S. Supreme Court.

In another case, involving Blankenship’s former maid’s successful attempt to collect unemployment, another West Virginia justice said Blankenship’s treatment of the woman was “reminiscent of slavery.”

Blankenship can command a huge audience, level mountains and buy elected officials (though not respect). — from the Lexington Herald Leader in Kentucky

Tens of thousands of people throughout West Virginia and several other states traveled to the town near the Logan-Mingo County border Sept. 7 for the Friends of America Rally, according to media reports.

The rally, which was marketed to people as a way to show support for American workers and jobs, featured musicians Ted Nugent, Hank Williams Jr., John Rich and Fox News personality Sean Hannity.

“Today was a good day for American workers past, present and future,” said Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship, who organized the rally. “This historic event brought tens of thousands of people together to show their support for the men and women whose hard work built this country and we were proud to welcome them.”

Blankenship told those gathered at the rally that the gathering was about “our government and what it is doing to American labor.”

“It is also about what our government is allowing others to do to American labor. Our government, environmental extremists, American corporations, and politicians on the right and the left are all endangering American labor. They are making American labor the real endangered species as they tell us that their goal is to save the planet,” he said

He went on, speaking against the proposed cap and trade legislation in Congress.

“We don’t need a government that wants to shut down our coal mines. We don’t want a government that wants to increase our power bills. We don’t want a government that loans our tax money to our overseas competitors and that refuses to loan money to our employers. We don’t want a government that is run by people who believe they can change the earth’s temperature when they can’t balance a budget.”

Blankenship said the rally was about more than just protecting jobs.

“It’s not only American labor that’s at risk. It’s America itself,” he told the crowds. “Let’s all work hard and be friends of America. Let’s send the message to Washington that enough is enough.” — the State Journal of West Virginia

From the stage, people heard dull lectures from Massey Energy CEO Don Blankenship about his corporate philosophy. Ted Nugent, the right wing’s berserker, gave a speech in which he declared, “I say, start up the bulldozers and get me some more coal, Massey.” Why would anyone want to dedicate their Labor Day to listening to these kinds of public relations messages from corporate management? — here

A group including mine operators Massey Energy and International Coal Group say country singer Hank Williams Jr. and rock musician Ted Nugent are going to take part in a free Labor Day concert in southern West Virginia.

Organizers say the Sept. 7 concert will be part of what they’re calling the Friends of America rally.

The lineup also includes radio personality Sean Hannity.

Ruth Lemmon, president of the West Virginia Automobile & Truck Dealers Association, says the rally is being held to let the nation’s leaders know that organizers support American jobs. — from the Associated Press

But that was about being a toady to Don Blankenship and Massey Energy. Idly, one wonders how big the check was for that role.

However, what’s bugging Ted now, specifically?

More than fifty percent of the country. You and me, probably, if he knew who we were, us blood-sucking parasites.


Last week — on Ted Nugent

1 Comment

  1. Dick Destiny » The Pathetically Stupid Man said,

    December 10, 2010 at 9:30 am

    […] This was at a laughable event dubbed Coalstock. […]