Before anyone complains about someone as relevant as Ted Nugent, let me suggest that Nugent has the ear of millions of people who agree with him but don’t have the bully pulpit like Nugent. So no, in my mind Nugent is not irrelevant, he’s dangerous and provocative because he’s stoking the embers of racism which has already divided this country in half on the issue. Just sayin’…
Musician Ted Nugent took to the Internet on Wednesday to decry what he called “Ferguson thugs” and “a plague of black violence,” demanding that blacks stop supporting liberals because of what he saw as biased media coverage of the recent Ferguson police shooting.
In a diatribe on World Net Daily, Nugent complained that “our national propaganda ministry reported ad nauseum the detailed description and race of Michael Brown and that of the police officer who killed him.”
“Based on crime stats in Ferguson and elsewhere, it would be a safe bet to assume the two thugs the police are looking for are black males between the age of 15 and 25,” Nugent added.
Continuing with his “Nuge hunch,” the rocker claimed that it is a “safe bet the two thugs being searched for were raised by a single parent, have criminal records, are high school dropouts, don’t have jobs and are very likely to be members of a gang.”
Nugent then turned to liberalism as the culprit behind the struggles that have “decimated and destroyed so many black families and their communities.”
“It is deaf, dumb and blind liberalism that has shoveled over $20 trillion into Fedzilla’s welfare crack programs over the past 50 years,” Nugent said.
The musician closed the column with: “The road to peace and prosperity in America is to reject the big liberal lie and all those who endorse it. Liberalism is a lie. Liberalism is a scam. Liberalism is a killer.”
Earlier this year, Nugent went on another rant in which he referred to President Barack Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.”
Ted Nugent lashed out after a native American tribe in Idaho cancelled his show over his history of racist remarks. “I take it as a badge of honor that such unclean vermin are upset by me and my positive energy,” Nugent told Gannett Wisconsin Media in reference to those opposed to his show. “Put your heart and soul into everything you do and nobody can stop you. Sometimes you give the world the best you got and you get kicked in the teeth. Give the world the best you got anyway.”
“By all indicators, I don’t think they actually qualify as people, but there has always been a lunatic fringe of hateful, rotten, dishonest people that hate happy, successful people,” Nugent said.
Nugent, who dodged the draft by crapping in his pants, continued to say, “I have been blessed to be welcomed into the lives of U.S. military heroes forever and have come to know the serious price paid for freedom and the American dream.”
“I have vowed to these warriors that I will put to use to the best of my ability those freedoms and rights that they have sacrificed to provide we the people in this sacred experiment in self-government,” he said. “I believe raising hell and demanding accountability from our elected employees is Job One for every American. I am simply doing my job,” he said.
Since he brought up the military, this is (in Nugent’s words) what he did to avoid serving:
I got my physical notice 30 days prior to. Well, on that day I ceased cleansing my body. No more brushing my teeth, no more washing my hair, no baths, no soap, no water. Thirty days of debris build. I stopped shavin’ and I was 18, had a little scraggly beard, really looked like a hippie. I had long hair, and it started gettin’ kinky, matted up. Then two weeks before, I stopped eating any food with nutritional value. I just had chips, Pepsi, beer-stuff I never touched-buttered poop, little jars of Polish sausages, and I’d drink the syrup, I was this side of death, Then a week before, I stopped going to the bathroom. I did it in my pants. poop, piss the whole shot. My pants got crusted up.
Ted Nugent is another right wing hero with a dubious record. Suddenly, Nugent isn’t too fond of the Free Market.
Some might ask why should we even care what Nugent says? At the risk of sounding too conspiratorial: when you connect the tea party with the corporate interests pulling their strings, it may be time to take a closer look at the motive and intent of said corporate interests. Just saying…
Nugent now is campaigning with Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott. This led CNN’s Wolf Blitzer to question whether the Abbott campaign understands the history of such language. (Abbott has not distanced himself from Nugent.)
“That’s what the Nazis called Jews to justify the genocide of the Jewish community,” Blitzer said in a Feb. 18, 2014, interview. “They called them untermenschen, subhuman mongrels. If you read some of the literature that the Nazis put out there, there is a long history of that specific phrase he used involving the president of the United States.”
Blitzer’s interview made waves through the political world, so we wanted to check his assertion about the words “subhuman mongrel.”
In his CNN interview, Blitzer cited the work of Nazi party official Julius Streicher. But our research shows Blitzer is correct well beyond an individual Nazi party official. The words subhuman and mongrel were used interchangably but generally had the same derogatory meaning.
David Myers, a historian at the University of California at Los Angeles, said Adolph Hitler used the word “untermensch” or subhuman in his book Mein Kampf in 1925.
“From that point forward, it was part of the Nazi lexicon,” Myers said. “That and ‘mischling’ or mongrel, were intoned with daily regularity by the Nazi propaganda machine.”
The man Blitzer mentioned, Streicher, was an early Nazi party leader in Nuremberg and Franconia and a fierce anti-Semite. In the mid 1920s, he began publishing a tabloid aimed at the working class called Der Sturmer, “The Attacker.” The front of each edition carried the slogan, “The Jews are our misfortune.”
“Regrettably, there are still many people today who say: Even the Jews are creatures of God. Therefore you must respect them. But we say: Vermin are animals too, but we exterminate them just the same. The Jew is a mongrel. He has hereditary tendencies from Aryans, Asiatics, Negroes, and from the Mongolians. Evil always preponderates in the case of a mongrel.”
In 1899, the English anti-Semite Houston Stewart Chamberlain wrote extensively about physical characteristics and race. He claimed “the Semites belong to the mulatto class, a transition stage between black and white” and were “a mongrel race which always retains this mongrel character.”
In 1942, the Nazis printed an infamous pamphlet, Der Untermensch, which translates to “subhuman.” The Holocaust Research Project translation provides this front panel quote from the head of the German SS, Heinrich Himmler:
“As long as there have been men on the Earth, the struggle between man and the subhuman will be the historic rule; the Jewish-led struggle against the mankind, as far back as we can look, is part of the natural course of life on our planet. One can be convinced with full certainty that this struggle for life and death is just as much a law of nature as is the struggle of an infection to corrupt a healthy body.”
Mark Roseman, director of the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University, said the German word for subhuman, untermensch, did not tend to be used by the Nazis in the adjectival form. So the words weren’t often used in combination.
“But the underlying claim, namely, that Nazi policies were preceded, facilitated, and accompanied by language that compared Jews to animals, and declared them to be subhuman, is of course absolutely correct,” Roseman said.
Why is it that National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent gets away with joking about machine-gunning South Central Los Angeles residents from a helicopter, equating them with the feral hogs he likes to hunt in the same manner?
In a profile that appeared in the Washington Post‘s Sunday magazine last weekend, Nugent detailed how he befriended Texas governor Rick Perry while at the same time offering a policy solution to the state’s feral hog problem:
Nugent says it was at his suggestion that Perry, dealing with feral hog populations that were destroying crops, signed a controversial law allowing private hunters to shoot the animals from helicopters. Nugent has been up more than once, using an automatic rifle and donating the meat to Hogs for a Cause, a Christian ministry that provides game meat to food pantries.
According to the article’s author, “it’s a story he loves to tell” and that he repeated during a paid appearance before an association of entrepreneurs in San Antonio:
“Lots of places have a hog problem,” Nugent said. “In Texas, the hogs have a Ted problem.” He described the giddy joy of shooting from the open copter with an M4 machine gun. “And four hours later I had 450 dead hogs,” he said to loud applause. Then he added an afterthought that produced ample laughs: “And now if they would just take me to South Central. … Okay! I kid.”
Made infamous nationally by the 1992 riots that broke out after the Rodney King verdict, the New York Times characterized South Central as a “national symbol of rage in a poor black neighborhood.” Today, the area is mostly Latino and is officially known as South Los Angeles.
That Ted Nugent is a ready source for controversial, often racist or sexist, quotes is nothing new and has been well documented. Equally evident is the Coulter-like pleasure he derives from the sputtering reactions that result from his inflammatory statements.
But shouldn’t a board member of a $219 million organization that likes to present itself as representing mainstream America be held accountable for wistfully joking in barely coded language about machine gunning hundreds of black people, hunting them like feral pigs? If it was any other organization besides the National Rifle Association, wouldn’t someone on the board say (and despite an abundance of white males, the NRA’s board does have women and minorities), quite simply, enough is enough? If such comments wouldn’t pass muster at the Food Network, shouldn’t they raise concerns at, as the NRA likes to call itself, “America’s longest-standing civil rights organization”?
Rocker and avid gun rights enthusiastTed Nugenthas revealed an unusual hobby. And it’s all for the benefit of “Bill Maher and all those other animal rights freaks out there.”
Nugent reportedly told the full story to SiriusXM’s Brett Winterble.
“I took my machine gun in the helicopter — in the Texas hill country – me and my buddy ‘Pigman’ … his name is ‘Pigman’ – I’m the swine czar. I killed 455 hogs with my machine gun. I did it for Bill Maher and all those other animal rights freaks out there.”
A look back at Nugent’s Twitter account shows that this wasn’t the first time he had partaken in this pastime. He posted this provocative message back in January:
During the radio interview, Nugent went on to explain that his actions were meant to help “save the environment from the destruction of these out-of-control pigs and I’m not talking about Washington D.C. or San Francisco … I’m actually talking about actual pigs.”
And he didn’t just let the 455 hogs go to waste. “We distributed tons of the most delicious pork to the soup kitchens and homeless shelters of this state,” Nugent said “Everything we did was perfect – win win win.”
If the first “win” was saving the environment and the second “win” was feeding the homeless, we can only assume that the third “win” was the pure enjoyment Nugent got from shooting his machine gun. If you throw in pissing off Bill Maher, you might as well throw in one more “win,” making Nugent’s actions “win win win win.”
Maher has yet to respond to Nugent’s boasts, via Twitter or any other means of communication. But no one should be surprised if this story ends up as one of his “New Rules” on Friday.
“I will seek to thwart this action by any means necessary, including but not limited to eliminating funding for implementation, defunding the White House, and even filing articles of impeachment,” he said in a statement
While Nugent doesn’t have the power to impeach the commander in chief, he has suggested that his “buddies” would be willing to start a new American Revolution if the Obama administration attempted to “re-implement the tyranny of King George” with gun control.
The Secret Service eventually interviewed The Motor City Madman and determined he wasn’t a threat to the president.
While recalling his meeting with the Secret Service to CBS News, Nugent seemed to lose control of his temper and told reporter Jeff Glor that he would “suck your fucking dick” and then “fuck” a female producer.
Most recently, Nugent wrote that civil rights leaders and other “liberals are two-faced hypocrites” for giving the president a pass on a program that allows the United States government to target American citizens overseas with drones strikes.
“Jesse Jackson and Al Not-So-Sharpton would be lisping their ebonic mumbo-jumbo that the policy and the president are racist and bigoted,” he opined in a World Net Daily column. “They would organize protest marches in front of the White House, where they would burn effigies of the president.”
Nugent has until April to make good on his promise to be “dead on in jail by this time next year.”
In addition to cancelling its popular “American Guns” reality show, The Discovery Channel confirmed to Raw Story on Tuesday that firearms enthusiast Ted Nugent will also not be returning to the channel in any form or fashion.
Speaking to Raw Story in remarks specified as “not for attribution,” a spokesperson admitted that “Ted Nugent’s Gun Country” didn’t do very well when it aired in October, even with fellow firearms fashionistas. Nielsen Ratings placed the viewership at about 864,000 people in all. But the network’s decision is not just about the numbers.
After Friday’s devastating massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the spokesperson said that Nugent would definitely not be returning to the Discovery Channel.
Nugent and his allies at the National Rifle Association (NRA) repeatedly claimed that his hour-long Discovery Channel special was actually a planned “series.” The Detroit native and longtime southern rocker even told Armed America Radio listeners in October to “expect that there will be at least a dozen shows a year.” The channel’s spokesperson confirmed that this was never actually in the works.
“‘American Guns’ concluded earlier this year,” the network’s prepared statement explains. “Discovery Channel chose not to renew the series and has no plans to air repeats of the show.”
Although the Discovery Channel’s statement did not directly link the cancellation of “American Guns” to Friday’s massacre, the channel’s spokesperson did say the tragedy “has really started something,” but didn’t specify what that something may be.
Nugent’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
Conservative rocker Ted Nugent is urging the Republican Party to “stop the insanity” and insist that voting rights be suspended for welfare recipients as a part of a larger budget deal.
In his Monday Washington Times column, Nugent ranted that talk about raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans proved that Washington was a “financial insane asylum.”
“What we need is a wholesale, top-to-bottom assessment of the federal government, and then we need to slash and burn all Fedzilla departments, agencies and offices that are not constitutionally required or deemed vital,” he wrote. “This should be fundamental before any deals are cut regarding new taxes.”
“The three sacred entitlement cows in the room that no politician wants to poke are Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. A blinding statement of the obvious is that we are never going to get our financial house in order until these sacred entitlement cows are not only poked, but slaughtered.”
According to Nugent, a budget deal should “spread the pain around” and raise taxes on Americans who currently don’t make enough income to pay a federal income tax.
“Let’s also stop the insanity by suspending the right to vote of any American who is on welfare,” he added. “Once they get off welfare and are self-sustaining, they get their right to vote restored. No American on welfare should have the right to vote for tax increases on those Americans who are working and paying taxes to support them. That’s insane.”
And, of course, any good budget deal would have to mandate that photo identification was required to vote nationwide, Nugent said.
“It shouldn’t take a Motown guitar slayer to come up with these common-sense bargaining chips before taxes are raised on the producers, which will further choke the economy,” the rocker concluded. “How about it, GOP?”
Following President Barack Obama’s re-election last month, Nugent opined that welfare recipients were “gluttonous, soulless pigs who feast on whatever Fedzilla provides.”
“And you thought ‘Planet of the Apes’ was a movie,” he wrote. “Too many Americans have become entitlement chumps who have been convinced by Democrats and other liberal scammers that they are entitled to the sweat and hard work of other Americans. Free cellphones aren’t free. Food stamps have become vote-getting extortion vouchers.”
In 2009, FactCheck.org debunked the myth that the Obama administration started a program which provides free cell phones to low-income Americans.
Ted Nugent really needs to learn the art of keeping one’s mouth shut. Not even a month removed from telling gun nuts at a National Rifle Association rally that they should have shot Democrats and President Obama and must “chop their heads off in November, Nugent flew into a rage in an interview with CBS reporter Jeff Glor.
CBS’ This Morning’s Jeff Glor asked Nugent if the Romney campaign had a problem with his NRA comments. Nugent said that the Romney campaign has expressed nothing but support for him after the outrageous remarks. “Stay on course, Ted,” the Romney campaign reportedly told Nugent. “Freedom of speech is a beautiful thing.”
Nugent accused liberals of misinterpreting his NRA remarks, denying that they were a threat against anybody. Glor pointed out that Nugent isn’t a moderate, and that’s when Nugent went off the deep end. After claiming that he’s a “loving man” and “nice guy,” Nugent made sexual comments to Glor and a nearby female CBS producer.
Character is the aggregate of traits that form the individual nature of a person that includes their morals, honesty, reputation, integrity and ethical quality. When a person is secretive and dishonest, it may be necessary to judge their character by their associates and past statements to discern their true nature. The presumptive Republican presidential candidate, Willard Romney, portrays himself as a man of high moral character and a regular American even though his wealthy elitism and proclivity as a pathological liar tell a different story. Putting Willard’s penchant for lying and hoarding wealth aside, his association with washed-up rocker Ted Nugent informs his low moral character for pandering to the lowest element of American society.
Romney’s identity crisis has motivated him to gravitate from religious sycophant and wealthy elitist to what he thinks Americans consider normal to garner support from the hard-right whose concept of a good American is defined by the number and bibles and firearms they own. Aligning himself with un-American Ted Nugent was a calculated move to engender support from racists and subset of Republicans whose sheer hatred of America’s first African American President has resulted in fallacious accusations and lies that define Willard Romney’s low morals and highlight his acute character flaws. Willard may not overtly use hateful, inflammatory and violent rhetoric on the campaign trail, but he is exploiting pathetic anti-American sentiment to garner support for his presidential bid.