Category Archives: derangement

“This land is my land” the cult of Cliven Bundy theme song

The crazy Bundy kids and friends in the bird sanctuary were finally rounded up. I hope this song did not help inspire the religious fervor, because one of those dudes was killed. I was trying to be sarcastic!

This Land is My Land

       C                       G

As I went walking, that ribbon of highway,

       D                    G

Thats when I found me, a bird sanctuary,

        C                  G

A wildlife refuge, made perfect for me,

D                              G

I’m the kin of the great Cliven Bundy

       

This land is my land, this land is my land,

Cause in Nevada, born the legend of Cliven,

Cause Bundy stood strong, and the feds faltered,

This land was made for me and me.

 

Always carrying an AK 47,

If the feds kill me, I’ll to heaven,

But can I beat them, like father Bundy

Singing, “This land was made for me and me”

 

This land is my land, this land is my land,

Cause in Nevada, born the legend of Cliven,

Cause Bundy stood strong, and the feds faltered,

This land was made for me and me.

It remains to be seen, will the feds falter in court, as the legendary song states? Here is the latest on the Cliven Bundy madness.

 

 

Timothy DeChristopher Slowed Down the Drillers by Buying Land

This story is fascinating, especially in the context of the natural gas push. Has anyone seen Gasland? Holy crap it is on Netflix, but no instant streaming…I better add it to my queue.

Check out climate change activist Timothy DeChristopher speaking at a 350 rally.

Would not have heard about this if it weren't for Sam Seder at majority.fm
Here is the interview on the Majority Report.

It occurs to me to that some right wingers perceive the fiery enthusiasm and courage of Timothy as wild eyed insanity, likely by fueled LSD and reefer. I could go into a lengthy response, but lets just sum it up with

Video of Crazy Christian Lady

Who is crazy now?

Mental Illness on TV

I heard this “she's not a Christain!” lady audio clip on talk radio. She screams it so viciously that I had to search to see if I could get the context.

Crazy Christian Lady

I though it was going to be funny, but in fact it was so disturbing that I am practically in tears. Totally insane.

At the same time, derangement can be revealing about the nature of our culture. This woman uses the Christian warrior attitude that infests some radical churches, that are equivalent to the bad forces of radical Islam. This woman isn't just crazy, she is scary.

Teabaggers Infect Maine GOP

Teabaggers are on the march in Maine! It seems the Maine GOP recently voted to update its old state party platform with a bunch of raving loon tea party gibberish.

The document calls for the elimination of the Department of Education and the Federal Reserve, demands an investigation of “collusion between government and industry in the global warming myth,” suggests the adoption of “Austrian Economics,” declares that “‘Freedom of Religion’ does not mean ‘freedom from religion'” (which I guess makes atheism illegal), insists that “healthcare is not a right,” calls for the abrogation of the “UN Treaty on Rights of the Child” and the “Law Of The Sea Treaty” and declares that we must resist “efforts to create a one world government.”

It also contains favorable mentions of both the Tea Party and Ron Paul. You can read the whole thing here.

Dan Billings, who has served as an attorney for the Maine GOP, called the new platform “wack job pablum” and “nutcase stuff.”

Despite the document’s crazy content, Maine Republican Party Chair Charlie Webster insisted to the AP that all of the elements in the platform are things that Republicans support. He claimed to the Press Herald that these issues reflect the values of working-class Mainers.

Every time I hear stuff like this, I’m reminded of this classic post, likening the conservative “Movement” to a “controlling parasite astride its enfeebled Republican host”.  And since true symbiotic relationships are the exception rather than the norm, it is only a matter of time before the enfeebled host is destroyed.  In the meantime, we can expect to see more delightful stories like this one:

The Republican State Convention was held at the Portland Exposition Building, which is on Park Avenue, near the middle school. Party members from Knox County caucused in a classroom used by eighth-grade social studies teacher Paul Clifford.

When Clifford returned to school on Monday, he found that a favorite poster about the U.S. labor movement had been taken and replaced with a bumper sticker that read, “Working People Vote Republican.”

Later, Clifford learned that his classroom had been searched. Republicans who had attended the convention called Principal Mike McCarthy to complain about “anti-American” things they saw there, including a closed box containing copies of the U.S. Constitution that were published by the American Civil Liberties Union.

This story is only shocking until you realize that the actual REPUBLICAN PARTY PLATFORM calls for eliminating the Dept of Education.  They hate public schools!  Why not trash the social studies classroom? God forbid our children learn about the Constitution.

These people are scum.

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Welcome to America

Just wanted to highlight this story of another of our best and brightest protecting the homeland

TAMPA — A Marine reservist armed with a tire iron beat and chased a man he thought was an Arab terrorist and even called 911 to say he was detaining the man, police said.

But the man he assaulted was actually a Greek Orthodox priest visiting from overseas who spoke limited English, police said.

[…] Marakis apparently got lost and exited northbound Interstate 275 into downtown Tampa, police said.

The priest followed several cars into the Seaport Channelside Apartments on Twiggs Street. He got out of his car and asked Bruce for help.

Instead of offering help, Bruce struck the priest on the head with a tire iron, police said.

He then chased the priest for three blocks to the Madison Avenue and Meridian Avenue, police said, and even called 911 to say that an Arabic man tried to rob him.

Bruce said he was going to take the Arab into custody. When police arrived, Bruce told them the victim was a terrorist.

Sadly, I suspect this story is only newsworthy because the victim turned out to be a priest.  How many guatemalans do you suppose get clubbed in Florida on a daily basis as part of the Great Xenophobia?  I guess the main difference there is that (1) immigrants are smart enough not to ask Bubba for directions, and (2) Bubba doesn’t usually call 911 afterward.

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They Surround Us (A Few Snack Crackers)

In case anybody neglected to attend their State Fair this summer, here’s a little taste of the great american freakshow…

George W. famously joked that we are a country of haves and have-mores.  A rare moment of honesty to be sure, but a lie of omission nonetheless: he left out the have-nots and, increasingly, the half-nuts.  The poor dupes in the video above all think Big Guvmint is coming to take their precious crumbs away. Most of these people live on the ass rim of the economic spectrum. Yet when presented with a reform effort that could actually do them some good, they lose their damn minds. To quote the Boss: “end up like a dog that’s been beat too much, til you spend half your life just a-covering up”.  Matt Taibbi calls it the “peasant mentality” (from a post that I have surely linked to before).  At the time he wrote this the corporate masters were trying to cajole these people into opposing executive compensation limits, but opposition to health care reform is the more natural vehicle for their vicious, self-denying ways:

After all, the reason the winger crowd can’t find a way to be coherently angry right now is because this country has no healthy avenues for genuine populist outrage. It never has. The setup always goes the other way: when the excesses of business interests and their political proteges in Washington leave the regular guy broke and screwed, the response is always for the lower and middle classes to split down the middle and find reasons to get pissed off not at their greedy bosses but at each other. That’s why even people like Beck’s audience, who I’d wager are mostly lower-income people, can’t imagine themselves protesting against the Wall Street barons who in actuality are the ones who fucked them over. Beck pointedly compared the AIG protesters to Bolsheviks: “[The Communists] basically said ‘Eat the rich, they did this to you, get ‘em, kill ‘em!’” He then said the AIG and G20 protesters were identical: “It’s a different style, but the sentiments are exactly the same: Find ‘em, get ‘em, kill ‘em!’” Beck has an audience that’s been trained that the rich are not appropriate targets for anger, unless of course they’re Hollywood liberals, or George Soros, or in some other way linked to some acceptable class of villain, to liberals, immigrants, atheists, etc. — Ted Turner, say, married to Jane Fonda.

But actual rich people can’t ever be the target. It’s a classic peasant mentality: going into fits of groveling and bowing whenever the master’s carriage rides by, then fuming against the Turks in Crimea or the Jews in the Pale or whoever after spending fifteen hard hours in the fields. You know you’re a peasant when you worship the very people who are right now, this minute, conning you and taking your shit. Whatever the master does, you’re on board. When you get frisky, he sticks a big cross in the middle of your village, and you spend the rest of your life praying to it with big googly eyes. Or he puts out newspapers full of innuendo about this or that faraway group and you immediately salute and rush off to join the hate squad. A good peasant is loyal, simpleminded, and full of misdirected anger. And that’s what we’ve got now, a lot of misdirected anger searching around for a non-target to mis-punish… can’t be mad at AIG, can’t be mad at Citi or Goldman Sachs. The real villains have to be the anti-AIG protesters! After all, those people earned those bonuses! If ever there was a textbook case of peasant thinking, it’s struggling middle-class Americans burned up in defense of taxpayer-funded bonuses to millionaires. It’s really weird stuff. And bound to get weirder, I imagine, as this crisis gets worse and more complicated.

And because my Daily Links have been hijacked by some paintballing virus, I will go ahead and link to this groovy Q & A with Douglas Rushkoff which I heartily recommend, talking about the historical roots of corporatism.  (I predict Thom Hartmann fans will approve).  The discussion is not about the half-nuts per se, but their participation in the corporate-media-consumofest is implicit.  Read the whole thing, I say!