Shut Up, Fool! The Post-Zimmerman Bipartisan Edition.

Show you my championship rings? Man, I don’t have to show you any championship rings! I don’t have any to show!

1. Charles Barkley, the Still Round Mound of Rebound:  “Well, I agree with the verdict. I feel sorry that young kid got killed, but they didn’t have enough evidence to charge him. Something clearly went wrong that night — clearly something went wrong — and I feel bad for anybody who loses a kid, but if you looked at the case and you don’t make it — there was some racial profiling, no question about it — but something happened that changed the dynamic of that night.”

“Mr. Zimmerman was wrong to pursue, he was racial profiling, but I think Trayvon Martin — God rest his soul — I think he did flip the switch and started beating the hell out of Mr. Zimmerman. But it was just a bad situation.”

“I just feel bad because I don’t like when race gets out in the media because I don’t think the media has a ‘pure heart,’ as I call it. There are very few people who have a pure heart when it comes to race. Racism is wrong in any shape [or] form — there are a lot of black people who are racist, too. I think sometimes when people talk about race, they act like only white people are racist. There are a lot of black people who are racist. And I don’t like when it gets out there in the media because I don’t think the media has clean hands.”

Neither do you, Chuck. 

2.  Bill Cosby, Cranky Comedian:  “See this racial stuff goes into a whole bunch of discussion which has stuff that you can’t prove. You can’t prove if somebody is a racist unless they really come out and do the act and is found to be that.”

3.  Ted Nugent, Aging Rocker, NRA Member, Draft Dodging Dickhead:   The race-baiting industry saw an opportunity to further the racist careers of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, the Black Panthers, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, et al, who then swept down on the Florida community refusing to admit that the 17-year-old dope smoking, racist gangsta wannabe Trayvon Martin was at all responsible for his bad decisions and standard modus operendi of always taking the violent route.”

“Trayvon had no reason not to attack, because it was the standard thug thing to do. See Chicago any day of the week.”

Ted is well-known for not using drugs or alcohol.   The Nuge’s vice was groupies,, Lots of then and if they were pre-pubescent girls at the time, that didn’t slow Teddy’s roll.   Maybe he has syphilis from too much sex with no latex.   One can only hope. 

The Rock n’ Roll Racist Redneck

4.  Lupe Fiasco:   “Rub your face in it! Swallow down that hard pill! Black blood spills in the streets of America nightly at the hands other blacks,” reads one tweet. “Half y’all been partying to Black Death for the past 2 decades…the other half watched the party…don’t be angry now!”

“Nobody knows what really happened except Trayvon and Zimmerman. The justice system relies on reasonable doubt not our emotions.”

“The case should have never been televised as the potential to antagonize US race relations was, in my dumb opinion too risky & unnecessary.”

When a man calls his own opinions “dumb” I have no choice but to concur.  Lupe is a Fiasco. 

5.  Jimmy Carter, Failed Ex-President:  “I think the jury made the right decision based on the evidence presented, because the prosecution inadvertently set the standard so high that the jury had to be convinced that it was a deliberate act by Zimmerman that he was not at all defending himself, and so forth. It’s not a moral question, it’s a legal question and the American law requires that the jury listens to the evidence presented.”

Thank you Mr President for reminding me why I voted for John Anderson.   It took Clinton and Obama both winning second terms to finally rid the Democratic Party of the stink of your loser ass. 

Yep. I sucked as president.

6.  Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s right-wing niece, but mostly a nobody:   “It is not helpful to race-bait.  “[The] NAACP and all of the organizations … We need to wonder why they’re doing that, what kind of checks and money they’re getting behind the scenes to stir us up into racial anarchy.

“We should be speaking nonviolence, justice, peace and love as Trayvon’s parents are doing, by the way. So we need to ask why they’re race baiting, because they are.  There’s no black race, white race, yellow race and red race. The other thing is, Mr. Zimmerman is not a Caucasian. He’s a Hispanic. The media is somehow forgetting that, so [there are] all of these nuances, all of the race-baiting, all of the pain.”

“Stop thinking that this is a race thing between separate races. This is all human beings here. If we’re still feeling that one part of our community is better than the other because of skin color, that’s got to change right now.”

Aw, go pimp your dead uncle’s last name some more.  That’s what you do best.

7.  Ann Coulter:  Black liberals keep bemoaning the danger to their own teenage sons after the “not guilty” verdict in George Zimmerman‘s murder trial. To avoid what happened to Trayvon Martin, their boys need only follow this advice: Don’t walk up to a stranger and punch him, ground-and-pound him, MMA-style, and repeatedly smash his head against the pavement.

Perhaps, someday, blacks will win the right to be treated like volitional human beings. But not yet.

Perhaps, someday,  Ann Coulter won’t say something that is vile,  repugnant, racist and stupid, but she’ll probably be lying in her casket when that day comes. 

Annie and a friend

8.  Bill O’ Reilly,  Well-Paid, Big Mouth Angry White Guy:  The sad truth is that from the President on down, our leadership has no clue, no clue at all about how to solve problems within the black community. And many are frightened to even broach the issue. That’s because race hustlers and the grievance industry have intimidated the so- called “conversation,” turning any valid criticism of African-American culture into charges of racial bias.

Trayvon Martin was killed because circumstances got out of control. He was scrutinized by a neighborhood watchman, George Zimmerman, because of the way he looked. Not necessarily his skin color, there is no evidence of that but because he was a stranger to Zimmerman and was dressed in clothing sometimes used by street criminals.

It was wrong for Zimmerman to confront Martin based on his appearance. But the culture that we have in this country does lead to criminal profiling because young black American men are so often involved in crime, the statistics overwhelming.

But here is the headline: young black men commit homicides at a rate 10 times greater than whites and Hispanics combined. When presented with damning evidence like that, and like the mini-holocaust in Chicago where hundreds of African-Americans are murdered each year the civil rights industry looks the other way or makes excuses. They blame guns, poor education, lack of jobs, rarely do they define the problem accurately. So here it is. The reason there is so much violence and chaos in the black precincts is the disintegration of the African-American family.
You want a conversation, you got it. You want a better situation for blacks, give them a chance to revive their neighborhoods and culture. Work with the good people to stop the bad people. Pumping money into the chaos does little. You can’t legislate good parenting or responsible entertainment. But you can fight against the madness, with discipline, a firm message and little tolerance for excuse-making.

It is now time for the African-American leadership, including President Obama to stop the nonsense. Walk away from the world of victimization and grievance and lead the way out of this mess.

Big Bill has vast experience dealing with Blacks as he shared in 2007 when as Al Sharpton’s dinner guest at Sylvia’s in Harlem,  O’Reilly was flabbergasted to report, “[There] wasn’t any kind of craziness at all.   There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M.F.-er, I want more iced tea.’ It was like going into an Italian restaurant in an all-white suburb in the sense that people were sitting there and they were ordering and just having fun.”

Bill O’Reilly:  BFF with the Black Community. 

“Damn. I’m gorgeous!”

9. Richard Cohen Washington Post columnist and reactionary:  I don’t like what George Zimmerman did, and I hate that Trayvon Martin is dead. But I also can understand why Zimmerman was suspicious and why he thought Martin was wearing a uniform we all recognize. I don’t know whether Zimmerman is a racist. But I’m tired of politicians and others who have donned hoodies in solidarity with Martin and who essentially suggest that, for recognizing the reality of urban crime in the United States, I am a racist. The hoodie blinds them as much as it did Zimmerman.

I hate to tell you Richard, but when you make a sweeping generalization about every Black kid who wears a hoodie with “the reality of urban crime” that is not just unrealistic, it’s a little bit racist. 

10.  Allen West: One-Term Congressman and Full-Time Dipshit:  “I am a black male who grew up in the inner city of Atlanta and no one ever followed me in a mall. I don’t recall any doors clicking when I crossed the street. And I never had anyone clutching their handbag when I got on an elevator. I guess having two awesome parents who taught me to be a respectful young man paid dividends.”

Ooh.  Nice burn of Trayvon Martin’s parents, Al  It’s too bad your “awesome parents” didn’t teach you to be respectful of a family grieving for their murdered son.  They should have taught you not to be such a flaming asshole. 

“How many people don’t think I’m an asshole? THIS many!”

What We’re NOT Going to Get According to Rachel Maddow

Watching Rachel Maddow makes you smarter. It’s a scientific fact.

Okay, that’s enough.   Your prolonged temper tantrum has been quite amusing, disappointed Republicans, but it’s time to cut the crap.

It’s sad and tragic that some people are having such a hard time waking up to the realization that Obama is still president, but you’ve had a week to let that sink in.   After a respectable amount of time to give you time to accept you’ve got four more years to suffer through,  I don’t haven even  one more minute to waste waiting on Karl Rove, Rush Limbaugh, Ted Nugent, Sarah Palin, Mary Matalin, Victoria Jackson, Fox News and pissed off wives that run down their husbands for not voting to get over their Obama Derangement Syndrome.

Some of us are pretty pleased with how last Tuesday turned out.   Rachel Maddow is one of the smartest news personalities we have.  Watching her makes me smarter than I was before I tuned in.

Maddow ran down a list of what wasn’t going to happen with Barack Obama safely back in the White House.  It was quite a list and if anyone missed it, it bears repeating.

(1) “We are not going to have a Supreme Court that will overturn Roe vs. Wade. There will be no more Antonin Scalias and Samuel Alitos added to this court.”
(2) “We’re not going to repeal health reform. Nobody’s going to kill Medicare and make old people in this generation — or any other generation — fight it out on the open market to try to get themselves health insurance. We’re not going to do that.”
(3) “We’re not going to give the 20% tax cut to millionaires and billionaires, and expect [cutting] programs like food stamps and kids’ health insurance to cover that tax cut.”
(4) “We’re not going to make you clear it with your boss if you want to get birth control with the insurance plan that you’re on.”
(5) “We are not going to redefine rape.”
(6) “We are not going to amend the constitution to stop gay people from getting married.”
(7) We’re not going to double down on Guantanamo.
(8) “We’re not eliminating the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, or Housing at the Federal level.”
(9) “We are not going to spend two trillion dollars on the military, that the military does not want.”
(10) “We are not scaling back on student loans because the country’s NEW plan is that you should borrow money from your parents.”
(11) “We are not vetoing the Dream Act, we are not ‘self-deporting.’”
(12) “We are not letting Detroit go bankrupt.”
(13) “We are not starting a trade war with China on Inauguration Day in January.”

(14) “We are not going to have — as a president — a man who once led a mob of friends to run down a scared gay kid to hold him down and forcibly cut his hair off with a pair of scissors while that kid cried and screamed for help. (And there was NO apology, not EVER.)”
(15) “We are not going to have a Secretary of State John Bolton. We are not going to bring Dick Cheney Back. We are not going to have a foreign policy shop stocked with architects of the Iraqi war, we are not going to do it … We had the choice to do that if we wanted to do that, as a country, and we said no, last night, loudly.”

Ah, Rachel, if television is the idiot box, it’s no wonder the idiots hate you for refusing to dumb down your show to make stupid people (like this moron in Cincinnati) feel better about themselves.

Disbelieve In America.

It’s better when they don’t see it coming.

Since Election Night, I’ve watched more Fox News than all the nights leading up to Obama’s reelection.   I’m ashamed of the sadistic pleasure I’ve received from watching their on-air talent looking like shell-shocked soldiers.   You can see it in their eyes.  We were so sure.  How the hell did Obama win?

They thought they had it nailed.  Now?  It’s Disbelieve in America.

For anyone following Fox, they know the motto of the network is “fair and balanced.”  They’re so fair and balance that their most prominent personality used part of the post-election O’Reilly Factor to read letters from viewers “criticizing” the host (most viewers though O’Reilly hadn’t been tough enough on the president).

This was the week that “fair and balanced” was exposed as a punchline, not a principle.

What do sore losers look and sound like? They look and sound as ugly as Mary Matalin. You can feel the hatred seething out of her in waves.

The stench of rancid bitterness reeked from CNN contributor Matalin who could barely restrain  herself from leaping through the split screen and strangling Van Jones after Wolf Blitzer asked how the newly reelected president could find common ground with the GOP.  Now why did Wolf want to go and ask her a damn fool question like that?

Matalin is a bitter, shitty human being on her good days and she clearly wasn’t having a good day.   “I don’t care what you think, Van!”, she snarled as she bit off the head of a live puppy.    This is partly Mitt Romney’s fault.  His declaration that he had only written an acceptance speech was classless as well as brainless.  Romney couldn’t even conceive he could lose?    The concession speech he did make sounded as though he had just written it right before he went on stage and did nothing to dampen down the red-hot passions of his pissed-off supporters.

Look, I know it sucks to lose.  There’s no such thing as a good loss. But with the exception of the Democrats picking up two more Senate seats, this was pretty much a status quo election. Incumbents are notoriously difficult to beat and Obama is a better candidate than Fox News conservatives give him credit for.

The shock and awe of Obama winning a second term after all the experts said he was toast is still too raw and painful a wound for many. It would be unseemly and uncool for liberals to brag. Put those salt shakers away my fellow Lefties. The sense of impending doom our friends on the Right are feeling is identical to our own after the 2010 mid-terms when the Tea Party was ascendant.

Let Donald Trump call for a “revolution” against Washington (how much would Fox News freak out if Romney had won and some Scary Black Guy like Louis Farrakhan had echoed Trump’s call for blood in the streets?). Permit Mary Matalin her epic hissy fit on CNN as she rails against the president’s “derision, division, destruction, distraction and distortion.” Tolerate Terrible Ted Nugent raving about “pimps, whores and welfare brats.”

Elections do have consequences and bad side effects as well. What we’re witnessing in the Republican Party is a classic example of the Kubler-Ross model of the five stages of grieving and some folks need a little more time to get over denial and anger before they transition to bargaining and depression and finally reach acceptance.

They have four more years to get there. Hopefully Obamacare will help defray the cost of professional help.

So Stupid Even A Rock n’ Roll Caveman Can Do It

First the hair goes. Then the hearing goes. Finally the brains goes.

A few months ago there was some minor surprise when Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine came out for Rick Santorum and doubted the president’s citizenship. What’s notable is this is the first time the only guy to get fired from Metallica for being a bigger drunk than the rest of the band put together had said anything newsworthy in years.

Rock n’ roll Republicans aren’t all that rare.   There’s Muscatel Mustaine, the late Johnny Ramone, Kid Rock, Britney Spears, Meatloaf, and Alice Cooper who are all out of the closet conservatives.  You can rock and be right-wing.  It’s just kind of weird.

Then there’s the case of The Motor City Madman, Ted Nugent who is in a class all by himself and that’s no class at all.

Speaking whatever gibberish comes out of his STD ravaged brain at last weekend’s NRA convention, Nugent continued ripping into the president, saying the Obama Administration was “wiping its ass with the Constitution” and then he went for the part that will earn him a visit from some non-prostitute patronizing Secret Service agents.

“If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.”

“It isn’t the enemy that ruined America. It’s good people who bent over and let the enemy in. If the coyote’s in your living room pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him.”

Credit Nugent for his consistency in his hatred for the current White House occupant. In 2007, he raved at a concert, “Obama, he’s a piece of shit. I told him to suck on my machine gun.” He then turned his attention to Hillary Clinton saying, “Hey Hillary, you might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless bitch”.

Would you let this man date your teenage daughter?

I enjoyed Nugent’s music more than Nugent’s Neanderthal politics until he made himself such an insufferable prick and his politics completely took over his music.  He was on Piers Morgan’s shitty show last week babbling about the Trayvon Martin case and it was obvious he didn’t have clue One about it.. Why does anyone care what an old rock n’ roll fart has to say about politics?

Sure he could still shred with the best of them, but the Nuge was never as good as he thought he was and his “poontang, poontang, POONTANG” rap was played  out years ago.  This was before he got caught playing hide-the-salami with some sweet young meat that happened to be underage.  (Professional train wreck Courtney Love claims to have provided her oral affections to Ted when she was only 12, but you have to consider the source of that information). How did Terrible Ted solve his diddling jail bait dilemma?   Why, by getting having himself appointed the legal guardian of his girlfriend and then he could legally bone her to his depraved heart’s delight.

My daughter, who cares nothing about rock music, wandered through the living room one weekend when I was watching an old Behind the Music episode about Nugent.  She sat down and watched the whole thing and at the end she concluded, “He’s an asshole.”

Nugent is a flaming asshole.   He has also repeatedly threatened violence against the President of the United  States.  Let’s see how long it takes Mitt Romney to repudiate a serial pedophiles endorsement.   Why Republicans like to hang around with this chickenhawk (in every sense of the word), I have no idea.Maybe they’re hoping to pick up one of Ted’s stray little girls?

This is nothing new for Nugent.  Being loud, vulgar and a loudmouth was part of his schtick long before he started looking like a redneck trucker.   His obnoxiousness has grown as his record sales have slumped and put him back in the shit hole clubs and state fair circuit.

Is this Romney's idea of "family values?"

Let’s also see if the same folks who were demanding President Obama return Bill Maher’s campaign contribution because Maher is such a horrible sexist will get their undies in a wad over the author of “Bridge Over Troubled Daughters,”  “Pussywhipped”, “If You Can’t Lick ‘Em…Lick ‘Em” and the always charming, “My Baby Love My Butter On Her Gritz.”

Gene Simmons recently said he regretted his vote for Obama in 2008 and is backing Romney now.  Maybe this is a change for Ted and his fellow man-whore to hang out and make shitty old fart rock together instead of separately.

After a hard’s day work on the campaign trail, there’s probably nothing better for Mitt to unwind and rock out to Love Grenade (NSFW) for his listening pleasure.  I’m sure Mrs. Romney gets her own kind of pleasure from Mitt after listening to the Nuge.

Dead Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! (and one Dumbass Governor)

Welcome to Ohio. Please don't step on the dead lions and tigers.

Hi.  Welcome to Ohio.  Our governor is a dumbass..

That’s not exactly a controversial remark.  Republican governor John Kasich is only one dumbass governor among a host of dumbass governors.  He’s got plenty of company and competition for who is the Biggest Dunbass Governor with Scott Walker (Wisconsin), Rick Scott (Florida) and Rick Perry (Texas) all putting in work to claim the crown but for downright dumb assery to the power of 10, you have to go some to be a bigger dumbass than Kasich was a few weeks ago when due his stupidity Ohio became the big game hunting Mecca of the Midwest.

ZANESVILLE, OhioAuthorities in Muskingum County say they have recovered most of the exotic animals that were running loose since they were set free, apparently by their owner, last night.

The owner of the exotic animal farm, Terry Thompson, was found dead yesterday in his house. Sheriff Matt Lutz said Thompson apparently opened the cages to release all of the animals, then committed suicide. He died of a gunshot wound. Lutz said Thompson’s body was “bothered” by the animals.

Thompson not only opened the cages, but cut the cage wire so the animals would escape again if returned to their cages.

Lutz announced that authorities believe only two animals remain missing this afternoon — a monkey and a wolf. The sheriff previously said a grizzly bear and mountain lion were missing. Today, authorities confirmed they killed the bear on the property last night. An officer wounded the mountain lion, which staggered into a neighbor’s property and died.

Some animals were still in cages at Thompson’s farm when authorities arrived. Some of those animals, including three leopards and some primates that were living in the house, are being taken to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

At one point, Thompson took three lion cubs to New York City for a photo shoot with model Heidi Klum. On another occasion, he brought animals to a 2007 community pet fair in Muskingum County. Thompson and his wife brought bear cubs, lions cubs and a baby ape, Hostetler said.

He said the wild animals disrupted the fair because they weren’t friendly.

“We had to change the advertisement in following years to say bring your domestic pets,” Hostetler said. “He was a piece of work.”

I strongly disagree with this characterization of the late Mr. Thompson.  He wasn’t a “piece of work.” He was a piece of shit and our governor is a total dumb-ass.

It’s a real tragedy. You hate to think of these animals being gunned down, but the irresponsible prick who owned them (or caged them might be a better word), had a history of not caring for them.  Ohio has no rules regulating the sale and ownership of exotic animals.

An executive order that Kasich allowed to lapse after taking office would have prevented Thompson from owning exotic animals. The order, issued by Gov. Ted Strickland but permitted to expire by Kasich last spring, prohibited anyone who had been “convicted of an offense involving the abuse or neglect of any animal pursuant to any state, local, or federal law” from owning exotic animals.

Thompson, the owner of the more than 50 animals set free in Muskingum County, had an animal cruelty and two other related convictions in 2005.

What began as a tragedy turned in a farce and it was preventable.  Ohio became the object of scorn from around the nation and beyond the nation for what happened in Zanesville. There were even death threats made against Columbus Zoo director emeritus Jack Hanna for not providing tranquilizer guns to the deputies.  Hanna explained wild animals can still be dangerous after being shot with a tranquilizer, but he was still criticized by animal lovers horrified at the slaughter of 48 lions, tigers, bears and wolves.

This is blaming the wrong person.  What are small town cops in a rural part of the state supposed to do with  wild animals on the loose?   I doubt they enjoyed having to kill them, but protecting the citizens from being mauled by a grizzly bear or tiger had to be their first priority.  It was a dirty job but thanks to Kascih’s stupidity, they had to do it.

Criticism for Kasich came from both the expected places (PETA, Humane Society) and the completely unexpected in unapologetic hunter and Right wing rock n’ roller, Ted Nugent.

Nugent, who is known for his support of gun ownership and hunting rights, said Kasich should never have ended an executive order from the previous governor that banned exotic animal ownership.

“These are real, wild, dangerous, capable and dangerous animals and they belong in the wild,” Nugent told The Detroit News Wednesday.

“I think it’s a downright tragedy when people attempt to keep dangerous wild animals in captivity — I think it should be criminal,” he said.

Nugent is as far to the Right as I am to the Left, but he knows all Kasich had to do was leave Strickland’s executive order in place and this all could have been averted.  Alas, he didn’t and once again Ohio makes headlines again for all the wrong reasons.

Kasich’s stupidity literally reduced the world’s tiger population.   This isn’t the kind of story that costs politicians their jobs, but you sure get a sense of how well or poorly they do their jobs.

The right thing to do would be to man up and admit he screwed up, but Kasich comes from the school of “Never Apologize, Never Explain.”  And never admit it’s your fault when you can pass the buck.  That’s what a dumbass does.

Welcome to Ohio and don't feed the wild animals..

Speaking at a conference in Canton, Ohio, today, Kasich called the situation “a mess” and a “ terrible thing,” but took no blame for allowing Strickland’s order to lapse.

He added: “This has to be fixed.”

“This is unbelievable that this even existed, and what’s hard for me to understand is why Ohio over time didn’t deal with this, but we’ll deal with it now.”

Kasich said he would push a task force working on an exotic-animals law and regulations to move more quickly. He said the state also should deal with animal auctions being held around the state and do background checks on exotic-animal owners.

“If there’s some way I could’ve prevented it, I would. But what we have to do is move forward and make sure we can clearly limit anything like this in the future.”

The buck doesn’t stop at Governor Kasich’s desk. He just keeps on passing it.   Next week he’s going to be on the receiving end of a major humiliation when his signature legislative act, the anti-union Senate Bill 5 is defeated in next week’s elections.

It’s hard to stand out from the idiocy of the many dumbasses driving down the I.Q. of the states they’re running into the ground, but John-Boy is no ordinary dumbass.  He keeps finding new ways to prove it’s hard to top his special brand of stupidity.

“Mad Mel” melts down (Again)

His most lethal weapon is his mouth.

Mel Gibson has gone from playing Mad Max to “Mad Mel.” Having made anti-Semitic (“Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world”), sexist and homophobic remarks a few years ago, now he’s upped the ante to include racism as well.

The Oscar-winning director and actor who caused a media storm four years ago over an alcohol-fueled anti-Semitic rant is again feeling the heat for reportedly using a racial slur during an argument with his former girlfriend.

On Thursday, website published transcript excerpts the site said came from an audiotape of Gibson telling his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva, with whom he’s battling in court over custody of their infant daughter, that the way she  dressed made her look like a “fucking pig in heat.”

Then Mel went for the killshot.

“If you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault,” Gibson reportedly shouted at Grigorieva.

Damn, Mel.  Did you seriously drop a N-bomb ’cause you were that pissed off at your woman?   You really had to go there?

Gibson’s attorney had no comment on the remarks, but if true, you can probably kiss Lethal Weapon 5 bye-bye.

What happens when an actor, singer, or other entertainer behaves or says something that offends on such a personal or political level you can no longer tolerate them?

“Terrible” Ted Nugent, the guitar shredding Motor City Madman, has taken up residence on the opinion pages of the Washington “Moonie” Times where he lambasted President Obama as “a clueless rookie.”

The Nuge was joined in his harsh criticism of Obama by the former Midnight Cowboy, actor Jon Voight who recently penned an open letter to the president accusing him of lying to Israel and saying, “You have brought to Arizona a civil war, once again defending the criminals and illegals, creating a meltdown for good, loyal, law-abiding citizens. Your destruction of this country may never be remedied, and we may never recover.”

Is this how conservatives felt when Rosie O’ Donnell and Sean Penn were regularly ripping into George W. Bush?

Ted Nugent: guitars, guns, gash and goofiness.

Chris Brown beats up women. John Wayne was a bigot. Sinead O’ Connor ripped up a photograph of the Pope on live television. Many vets despise Jane Fonda for giving aid and comfort to the North Vietnamese. Tom Cruise jumped up and down on Oprah’s couch and recruits other celebrities into Scientology. Michael Jackson allegedly molested little boys. O. J. Simpson may have gotten away with murdering two people. And on and on it goes…

If true, Gibson’s racial tirade is not going to go over well with a lot of people in the industry and in the ticket-buying public. The question is, How badly does someone have to behave or take political positions that differ from your own before you can no longer support them?

John Wayne’s racism forever spoiled his movies for me. As poorly as he thought of Blacks, he was even worse about Native Americans. I remember watching The Searchers, one of his finest performances and thinking, “As much as Wayne hated Indians, is this really acting or just going with experience?”

I was never as angry at Jane Fonda as others were. I didn’t serve in Viet Nam, though many of her actions and rhetoric were reprehensible and cruel. Ironic, that her co-star from Coming Home, Jon Voight has picked up the banner of controversy she used to carry.

I can’t watch any of The Naked Gun films anymore. They used to be funny, but the presence of O.J. Simpson drains all the laughter from them as surely as the blood was from the bodies of Nicole and Ron.

Entertainers come out of the same gene pool as everyone else and there are racists, homophobes, sexists, and other bigots in their profession as much as any other.

Whether it’s Michael Richards or Mel Gibson tossing around “nigger” not as humor but as a pejorative it is in the same ballpark as the hateful gibberish of a hardcore racist.

Voight, Nugent, O’Donnell and Penn are simply exercising their right to free speech though they use their celebrity status to elevate the significance of their opinion. It can get obnoxious and depending on how strident they are, it may be a reason to declare, “Okay, you’re dead to me now.” I still can enjoy Nugent cranking out “Free For All’ and Voight in Coming Home, but as far as their political beliefs? They’re dicks.

Meet the new Charlton Heston, same as the old Charlton Heston.

Not once did I hear Mel Gibson call Danny Glover a “nigger” through four Lethal Weapon movies. Maybe because he knows Glover would kick his fucking’ ass.

Merely being unpleasant and objectionable is one thing.  On that score, Mad Mel has lots of company.  Comes a time though when you can’t blame it on being drunk because alcohol is a truth serum as much as anything.   It can’t be excused as a slip of the tongue or just a “whoops” where the mouth engaged before the brain.   At some point you are what you are.   Mel Gibson is a rotten human being and I can not and will not excuse his rotten behavior again.

Racist.  Homophobic.  Sexist.  Anti-Semitic.  Torture freak.  Terrible waste of perfectly good air.  I thought you were better than that Mel, but apparently you are a lot better an actor than you get credit for.