Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday Dispatches: More Fun With Ted, No Presbyterians Allowed, and Herr Osterloh Makes a Promise

Here is what Ted Nugent told Gun Magazine in January:

"I have obviously failed to galvanize and prod, if not shame, enough Americans to be ever vigilant, not to let a Chicago, communist raised, communist educated, communist nurtured sub human mongrel like the ACORN community organizer gangster Barack Hussein Obama weasel his way into the top office of authority in the United States of America."

The whole foul rant stayed below the national radar because, let's face it, not a lot of main stream types are interested in anything appearing on Gun Magazine.

Then Ted began to actively campaign for one Greg Abbott, the current Texas Attorney General who is running for governor. Suddenly the shit hit the fan as Nugent's remarks became known to a wider audience, one which included scads of people who aren't NRA toadies.

Abbott and his people became flustered and began to babble. Media members tracked down prominent republicans and grilled them about what they thought of Brother Nugent's language. Current governor, Rick Perry tried to sidestep the issue by saying something along the lines of, "Well that's just, Ted. Nobody should be surprised by anything he says."

That's rather like some German in 1935 saying, don't worry about what Heinrich Himmler says, because, hey, that's just Heinrich. When the questioning continued Perry finally caved in and condemned Nugent's vitriol.

So did Ted Cruz, but only after he attempted the old--"I'm sure Hollywood democrats have said similar things about republicans,"--dodge. Then he immediately began to ramble about the second amendment and Nugent's defense of it. As always, Cruz's smarmy smile stayed fixed and eerily similar to those found on wax figures in Madame Tussaud's gallery.

The only high profile republican who didn't have to be cornered in a tree like a fugitive raccoon before publicly rejecting the vicious insult was, Rand Paul. Paul, who placed 5th in a six man race in the last major poll continues a slide to the center as we all watch the Chris Christie campaign take hit after hit. It says something about the current republican party when all you have to do to portray yourself as a moderate is act like you're a civilized human being.

Nugent's somewhat dumbfounded response to all this was to go on the radio and say, "I do apologize, not necessarily to the president, but on behalf of much better men than myself."

That's right--Ted Nugent initially apologized for all the republicans who didn't call Obama what he did. He went on to explain, "I apologize for using the street fighter terminology of sub human mongrel instead of using just more understandable language, such as violator of his oath to the constitution."

That certainly cleared things up. Apparently, Nugent didn't think we understood him when he called the first African American president a sub human mongrel--because you know--language like that is so vague it's hard for anyone to interpret.

It was only after the show began receiving a flood of tweets pointing out the Nooge hadn't apologized for squat, that the host asked him point blank if he was apologizing directly to Barack Obama. Nugent's eloquent and no doubt reluctant reply was, "Yes." He also promised to raise the level of his vernacular in the future.

Meanwhile out in Arizona the state senate passed bill number 1062. This allows a business to kick your ass out the door and not provide you with services based on the owners religious beliefs. In other words, if you're a Westboro Baptist Church sort of guy you can tell every gay in the world to go screw themselves and refuse to allow them in your place of business because of who they are.

The vote went along strict party lines. According to one supporter, "This bill is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith." The new law didn't specify which religious beliefs it was attempting to protect, so in theory a Wiccan restaurant owner can refuse to serve Presbyterians and the like--thats not to mention the Muslim falafel shop guy locking the door so Southern Baptists can't get in. No doubt the good lawmakers out in Phoenix thought of all this before voting for the measure.

Finally, Herr Bernd Osterloh, the head of the Volkswagen Works Council has news for all those republicans down south who fought long and hard to keep the UAW out of the new VW plant in Chattanooga. It is this: "If company co-determination isn't guaranteed in the first place, we workers will hardly be able to vote in favor of building another plant in the right to work south."

Yes, things are different when you use the German model of co-determination. It calls for a direct link between labor and management through works councils and the only VW plant in the world which doesn't have one is now located in Chattanooga. That is because of a concerted conservative effort to influence the outcome of the union election there.

Senator Bob Corker, R-TN promised everyone if the plant didn't go union the company would expand it's operations in the south. Now, because he had no idea how German industry works and ignored VW itself, who was in favor of unionizing the plant, Tennessee and most likely the rest of the south won't get another factory with high paying jobs owned by the German auto manufacturer.

It couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.

As always, if there are any questions I'll be in the bar.


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