Thursday, June 28, 2012

Impeach Just-us Roberts

Thomas Jefferson favored impeaching Supreme Court Justices, enough precedent for me.

Scott Richert @ Chronicles Magazine blasts Conservative Inc spin on Robert's betrayal:

Earl Warren Rides Again 

And the Catholic Church that supported "universal healthcare" but now has to face the reality of paying for contraceptives and so forth should up the ante and deny Just-us Roberts communion. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Death and Taxes

The Greens/consumerist liberals, often with the Unitarian Church, have been quietly promoting the “home burial” movement/alt. funeral for many years. 

To their credit, they have alerted the follower to what should be serious concerns about the regulations regarding funerals—massive rent seeking protections (licensing, regulation, death certificates) from the all powerful funeral industry lobby.  The sheer cost has been driving the increase, and predicted increase, in the cremation option—also heavily regulated.

Owing to the greater movement of our peoples, the cost of a fixed plot that would never be visited—let alone in some sub-dev cemetery, not like the ones found on the side of a road through-out the rural towns, but these creepy things with winding roads.  And even if you do get a family plot, like my Grandfather and my Grandmother and her brothers, in the front yard of their rural church, well, it used to be rural.  Now there is a strip mall across the street and a sub-dev next door to the old church.

Being scattered to the wind seems to fit our time.

Like the home birth movement, Rightists need to be involved, encouraging entrepreneurship on the grounds of undercutting the funeral racket, and fighting for deregulation and property rights as they are accustomed to doing.  (Dr. Paul could really help here.)  There is a good chance there is already a local network in your area.

The reality is, 30-something, that nobody will know who you were 100 years from now, and the cost of your own funeral will likely be out of reach at the end of your days anyway—save some dehumanizing industrial option I am sure they shall have for sale in those decades ahead.  The SWPL sorts will obsess over it (being shot out into space and so forth).

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Political Intrigue

Ron Paul endorsed Reagan in 1976—the campaign and more then a few of his supporters on-line liked to remind one of the fact.  And sure, Reagan vs Ford in ’76, makes fair sense.  But keep in mind, Reagan was the governor of California, where he made divorce easier, legalized abortion, accumulated debt and raised taxes and spending to the point of inducing a populist tax revolt. 

Rand endorsed Romney; is it so much worse? 

It is not morally worse--Romney by all accounts is decent as a human being; and Reagan really did finish off what was a real populist revolt, and yet, I cannot hardly fault the elder Paul for endorsing Reagan against the very CFR Ford.

While I could have written and directed a better approach for Rand Paul, and it should be obvious his handlers are either out of touch with the street, or outright scoundrels with knowledge of the street-view, some leeway is required for clear thinking.

What made Sweet Child O Mine different from the rock ballads of its day, was after the lovely verse, and simple tune, the music jams out, and then changes to something different, not pretty, and Axl asks “where do we go now?”  It was right there that glam rock ended, and prog rock, with a metal edge, became dominant.

The Paul troops are fighting on, with many fronts--lawsuits, concerts, and so forth, having not received the memo that the campaign is over.  Lew Rockwell closed up his sub-blog, Political Theater this weekend.  He wants to keep his branding tied to Paul, and staying in line, apparently.  He does have a business to run.

Before casting a stone, make sure you have all your bases covered.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Weekend Music for the Doomed

Jerry Cantrell and Phil Anselmo...(GNR's Duff is playing bass.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Revising the War of 1812

Raimondo is out with a column on a favorite, the War of 1812.  Our genetic memory of something very, very bad, or good, happening on rounded years, encourages such recollections; I have long argued that the centennial on the Great War will be our best opportunity for spiritual change.

Just a couple points to add:

Who knows if they were lying, as politicians do, but the Massachusetts operation was able to produce several folks, including a Congressman, who denied there was much of anything to the Impressment business.  John Quincy Adams, attempting to keep the peace, argued that well, if the subject was murder, then does it really matter how many were actually impressed?

Presidential Material.

-John Henry, not the steel driving bastard, was a British spy who seemed to have had actual connections with New England Federalist elite who were flirting as pro-secessionist and alliance with Britain.  President Madison bought some goods/documents off Henry that alleged there was a Federalist secessionist plot in New England.  The New England Federalists denied such a thing, and Madison's charge was made to look ridiculous when it was learned the "evidence" was purchased.  Who knows, really, but an early sign of serious entrepreneurial double agent activity.

-In the year of 1812, the only Prime Minister of England to be assassinated occurred in  May of 1812.  While the British Empire, namely its naval power, was being challenged severely, the English populace seemed to dislike the Tory PM, seemed to understand where the assassin was coming from; the Prime Minister was killed by a...wait for it...lone gunmen with...keep waiting...a stint in Russia in the bio.

-Most importantly to recall, the Constitution was largely a Southern power move, but the Southern elite overplayed their hand, and went broke over the War of 1812, ceding power to the Yankee elite around Boston.

The embargo Mr. Jefferson had imposed in his move for autarky, coupled with Mr. Madison's War, had led Boston elites to go long on factories, and with the post-war bust, the Yankee elite ditched their sea going merchant "free trade" thinking, and embraced "protectionism".  It's often forgotten that protectionism began in the South and West at the beginning of the Constitutional Era Republic, only to be adopted by the Yankee elites after the War of 1812.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

When the NFL goes down, when the time arrives to pay

Drew Brees, Quarterback New Orleans Saints-- presently sitting out, waiting for a contract while his team is decimated thanks to an alleged Bounty program-- compares the NFL’s case against his team, to the ‘Iraq has WMDs’ nonsense.

I find this a fascinating use of a political meme by an NFL player.  (Perhaps, the last one was from Pittsburgh running back, Rashard Mendenhall, who tweeted doubts on 9/11 orthodoxy.)

National Football League head, Roger Goodell, worked his way up the ranks of the NFL front-office, becoming Commissioner in 2006.  His objective was to clean up the game, keep it 'family values' Republican (in contrast to the NBA that also started to clean up its act in the time period) and secure public monies for stadiums (pro-growth Republican, but technically, not Republican—stadium money votes are generally losers for Republicans.)

Goodell, keep in mind 2006-07, inherited the Pat Tillman situation, a player the NFL had exploited (there is no other term) in light of keeping those ‘family values’.  In 2007, the NFL, those gladiators, refused to intercede on the government’s attempt to obstruct a clear airing on the death of Pat Tillman, and offer real punishments for the culprits of the PR campaign that surrounded and (re?) murdered the complex personality, Pat Tillman, and the deliberate destruction of evidence, including most especially, a diary Pat kept.  Goodell, the NFL, did nothing like say, that Roman...

I am not sure what to make of the science behind the concussion lawsuits, but I get the ramifications.  Few pleasures are like a Sunday afternoon in the Fall with my male friends, eating well—those glorious paleo hot wings, and drinking, talking about the latest atrocity and the doom that awaits as the kids battle it out in the background.  The games aren’t important—if Tebow remains a curiosity, but the wives grant the time out of habit so why give it up?

Yet, this version of the NFL deserves to go down, so it cannot hurt to root for the former players.  

And root for Pat Tillman.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Far Right Snus

ApocalypseCometh (an outstanding doom/misery culture blog of interest) asks, "Could tobacco be good for you?" (which I guess is the default Far Right position on tobacco.)

Tobacco is not a vitamin, it is a vice, and while this blog supports the use of snus because snus is paleo, the comment section offers the role of contemporary conspiracy thinking applied to tobacco use, where Keoni Galt points out that it's the fertilizer used in growing industrial tobacco for cigarettes that is the source of cancer,  a sort of mid point, a point of political consensus, that suggests smoking tobacco is bad, but something that could be remedied.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Sleaze Rock, rivalry update

On the Evangelicals versus the "satanists" theme, Allan Wall reports on Focus on the Family supporting Amnesty.

Week to Week, Day to Day, Hour to Hour

Fingers aching as the body ages
Breaking rocks all day

Have a few pints and melt into the couch
Strive to still awake
Some Metal asked for from the machines;
vulgar, primal, grinding
the harmony.

A hand stretching from the ooze
Half the face surfaces to see the morning sky
 To suck in a breath, before being dragged back down under
   To struggle on, to be thankful for the air
   That merciful Creator.

Morning arrives with the machine making the coffee
A timer indeed.
The children break from their slumber to stir me
The cubs are still young

Overjoyed for air.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

The Far Right and Antiwar

The late and lamented (or unlamented as the reality is for the moment) Jonathan Bowden fearlessly attempted the anti-war position during his life in the near-recent, in particular interest, focusing on the dysgenic aspects of slaughtering the warrior young.  While Justin Raimondo, who claimed to put antiwar first, failed to remark that Nick Griffin and his British National Party were antiwar, if  heaped scorn, the BNP was and is antiwar. One might credit Mr. Bowden for helping to hold the line within British Nationalism.

(To the skeptics, Tom Woods recently mentioned his own concern that the Campaign for Liberty was drifting from the anti-war position--new alliances are necessary if one is serious.)
The American Counter-Currents Publishing site offers much, often useful, recycling and repackaging of older material from an earlier media age; the pro-Zionist if antagonist project remains a 'work in progress', nevertheless, IMO.

With that said, there is "new stuff" on a variety of fronts.

An elder, Andrew Hamilton, offers a piece on War, where he lays out a Far Right rationale to be against war.  In the age of Fight Club and MMA (and so forth), the sort of violence equivalent to the lothario within the PUA/Manosphere thing, it is an important, and well stated piece to consider.

A reply:

Well done. 

Bowden didn't spend enough time on this subject (IMO), even if he held his ground on the wars of his time throughout his life.

The point on our own Revolution is solid--it is "our" (for Old Stock Americans) Original Sin, just as the Constitution was a coup d'etat against the Articles of Confederation.
A side story, for whatever it might be worth:

My Great Uncle was a drafted medic into the Navy, serving in the Pacific.  He was awarded a medal for performance on Okinawa--he talked about friends disintegrating next to him.  He also saw Nagasaki first hand after the surrender.  During my early years, he was the War Hero, the celebrated War Hero.  As a 'war skeptic' after college--a history major who amongst other things, discovered and wrote a paper on Ernst Junger, I had breakfast with him after graduation at his home.  While I would see him at a few more funerals before his own reward, this would be our last time together.

I told him that I had no plans to enlist, that, with all due respect, I don't really believe in any of the wars.

What followed was a blessing.  He told me how awful his time was, if how much he hated the Japs.  How when the government contacted him for a free trip to Okinawa in 1995 for a reunion of sorts, he passed--he told me after the war he cut off all contact.

I wonder if it was because Nagasaki was the most Catholic of Japanese cities, but he told me when he arrived in Nagasaki, and saw what he had been apart of--his voice shook, conjuring the memories, and the chap was Alpha, he couldn't put it together.  A Japanese officer surrendered his sword to him (which he eventually just gave away, perhaps as he lacked sons of his own.)  My father and uncle, their entire lives, had never seen this side of him; he was always just the war hero.  And there I was.   I cannot ever go back.

He told me he'd have rather died in an invasion.  Nagasaki was that bad.

The man prayed before every meal.

Friday, June 15, 2012

The Case for a Hardcore Birther Campaign

A Primer:

Virgil Goode, Constitution Party Presidential nominee, has some work to do to get-over on “non-interventionism” with the average Constitution Third Party Protest Voter.  To the extent I have any experience with the local outposts of the Constitution Party, it is unclear they have learned the Cold War is over, it had all been a ruse, nor is it clear they actually receive mailings from the CP that keep them up to date on current verbiage and policy positions.

For background, the de facto Rightwing protest party in the American version of party politics changed its name from US Taxpayers Party to the Constitution Party many cycles ago, which has just a little too much of that ‘America is an idea’/"propositional nation" crap, rather than a collection of free and sovereign men with inalienable rights with a minimal shed of  "propositional" nationalism. 

In an effort to advance the position and situation of the Constitution Party, I encourage the CP Presidential Nominee, Virgil Goode, to focus party propaganda on the Birther Question.

In the broadest of strokes, the Birther Question remains: is the Executive Branch a legitimate government?

While paying respects to those who search for a legalism to “prove” via legalism that the Executive is not legitimate will be a requirement (with all its birth certificate talk, an ancient tradition in Anglo-Saxon politics of succession, and the subject of even a Harry Potter installment—the Half Blood Prince) a much broader dialogue on the rights of sovereign men, and what it implications would be most encouraging.

The discussion can lean towards Thomas Naylor’s complaint  (is Leftwing, Counterpunch Birther--yes!), that Hawaii isn’t even a real state.  Let that be the seed of all Birtherism, with the birth certificate being a rich, if minor, specie of the same question.

The discussion can encourage research around Obama’s mother’sties to the CIA  (let me note the author of the link, Wayne Madsen is a Left conspiracy author), the Geithner family, andObama’s work at Business International.

The discussion should also swing to pointing out that Marco Rubio is not eligible to serve as Vice President, or at least to seriously ask the question.

If the CP is to have any value as a Rightwing Party, in light of the emergence of the A3P, and their candidate, Merlin Miller, competing for patriotic votes, and who to their credit, hold a clear line on anti-interventionism, it would seem reasonable corporate strategy to pursue a more identitarian strategy, and Birtherism provides a means, both populist and elitist, to ask the questions of our time.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Sleaze Rocks, Part II Evangelicals vs “Satanic Metal”

If the main stage was the PMRC hearings, the real action was the emergence of "moral majority" actors versus “Satanic” Heavy Metal.  To recall, the 1980s faced a series of sensational collective psychosis, Left and Right: reports of ritual, often Satanic child abuse and murder in childcare centers (where Janet Reno made her bones—any wonder Florida produced Death Metal?); reports of nationwide child-sex rings (e.g. Franklin Cover-Up) that reached to the highest elites; Dungeons and Dragons promoting Satanism and suicide; teen suicide. 

“Satanic” Heavy Metal is generally suggested to have begun with the British New Wave Metal acts, like Iron Maiden, and Venom, who did an outright Satanic act.  But by 1986, touring with Henry Rollin’s Black Flag outfit, the band was a sort of parody of itself.  King Diamond enjoyed a similar type of success doing gothic Metal with opera vocals, and Geraldo helped him ham it up with an interview where he declared he was a Satanist (neither the members of Venom nor King Diamond are “really” Satanists, it was just theater.)

While Venom had played itself out, it did spawn a genre and style, that did exist, but the real thing had already come and gone (Coven in the late ‘60s was outright Occult, and backward masking was used by The Beatles and the cult around alleged subliminal messages was massive—Charles Manson it’s prophet.) 

In the United States, San Francisco Metallers moved from Dungeon and Dragons to more grotesque imagery, but the Satanism was limited to imagery in bands like Slayer (originally, Dragonslayer—more Dungeons and Dragons.)
Both the evangelical community and the PMRC (and more then a few trial lawyers) accused musicians/producers/record companies of a technique called backwards masking, and promoted the theory of subliminal messaging (which was popular on the Right and Left.)  The more general accusation was that Heavy Metal promoted Satanism in the form of encouraging drug use, promiscuity and suicide

I have jumped ahead, and need to rewind back to the point about Dungeons and Dragons, a fantasy role playing game that was inspired by the works of JRR Tolkien, Ron E. Howard of Conan fame, and HL Lovecraft—one might conclude that D&D was ‘rightwing’ with such influences.

One might also conclude that if Satanic Heavy Metal "promoted" drug use, promiscuity, and suicide--well, that is what the Devil does, right?

To conclude, a strain of anti-Catholic Evangelical Protestantism allied with Tipper Gore made up the Left, and Sleaze & “Satan” were on the Right.

The 90s awaited.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Sleaze Rocks, Part I

Sleaze is Right

Growing up in the 80s, one’s first exposure to the censorship crowd came via some Senator wives in the form of the PMRC, the Parental Music Resource Center.  Tipper Gore gave some description of her daughter hanging a picture of a rocker’s crotch on the wall (assumed to be Blackie Lawless and WASP) which, inspired her to action.

While granted, WASP was filthy; the PMRC chose to single out other popular acts of the time, like Twisted Sister with their breakthrough album, Stay Hungry, for alleged (and imaginary) subversion.  This was likely the last time the Evangelicals (to be covered in Part 2) were aligned with mainstream Democrats (though worth nothing, Fred Phelps worked for Al Gore in 1988.)

This very public attack on music the kids liked, music, like Stay Hungry, which I played on my cassette walkman, tapped a node of Againstism, against those old Puritans—and who gave Karenna money to buy a WASP poster anyway, Tips? 

Dee Snider’s testimony before Congress was one of the most exciting things of the time and hard to even consider a comparison.  Mr. Snider came into Congress, in full Metal regalia, defended himself as a Christian, as a man, as a family man, and tweaked Tipper’s twisted mind.  (It’s worth noting that Snider is still married to the same and only woman —ask Tipper about that.)

Axl Rose, after making it big--setting aside the banning of the original Appetite for Destruction cover-- neatly advanced sleaze into both the music, presentation and the politics into his act, when one considers the brilliant Midwest populist antiwar epic, Civil War, was unveiled at Farm Aid 1990, with the second and final song of the set, being the punk cover, “Down on the Farm.”  Trust me, the crowd was hoping for Welcome to the Jungle, Paradise City or Sweet Child O Mine--what they got was history.  It’s a minor theory, shared in a small circle, but Axl brought sleaze to Country.

Of course, sleaze in the rock format played itself out, as American Realism and Naturalism demanded something ever more concrete, like Trent Reznor recording Further Down the Spiral in the home of the Manson Murders, to be rivaled by Axl sneaking a cover of a Manson song onto the end of the last GNR album, Spaghetti Incident.  Pretty much the end of the road for sleaze in Metal—though it didn't hesitate to go further in various banned album covers of popular acts or in Marilyn Manson's act.

But sleaze is currently alive and hanging around in the Alt Country format of Nashville Pussy, Hank Williams III and so forth.

What is quite notable is that sleaze has remained nominal Rightwing populist, against the Power, and Tipper Gore deserves rightful credit.
Blackie Lawless and his WASP act were done in by the 1988 rockumentary :Decline and Fall of Western Civilization Part II, The Metal Years.  The scene shows WASP guitarist, Chris Holmes, hamming it up for the camera, in an act of alcoholic decadence, albeit in a sad way, with his mother in the background.  In 2010, Blackie announced that he was a Born Again Christian and would no longer play the very song Tipper complained against.

In 2008, Blackie had announced he was supporting McCain to stop Obama, as Blackie did indeed cling to his guns and Bible.
Part 2, "Satanic Rock" and the Evangelicals to come

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Notes from Front Heartland

A friend writes:
"Anyway, the sleaze-types are mostly on our side, another point most don't like. Everyone hates John Rich, but look at this, Rich may be an underground marketeer, but this video was a masterstroke, using Kristofferson on the nominal left and a Rourke, on the nominal right. It created a minor sensation back in the day...very minor...Rich may write half the retarded pop-country hits in Nashville today, but he isn't heard from, much anymore.

Everybody's ox is getting gored, they're just anesthized to it. Little signs keep it Nashville Pussy singer Blain Cartright (who has a kind of love/hate relationship with Uncle Nugent) praising Warren Oates (hometown boy, Owensburg Kentucky, Bill Kaufman article) and bashing Johnny Depp, but not from a patriotard angle. "

Then the signal was lost.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Conspiracy Business: Alex Jones

Back when an Anglo Saxon received an education in English History, or an Italian was expected to read Machiavelli, the concept of elite machinations, intrigue and deception was quite normal, but alas, finds itself cut off from most of the mass imagination north of the mean on the Bell Curve in these times.

In the 70s, counter-cultural journalism was limited to newsletters, bookselling/conferences and the semi-legal ‘Men’s Magazine’ that in order to legally be shipped in the mail, had to contain actual, non-obscene ‘journalism.’

Fletcher Prouty is generally the most famous example with his series of articles in the mid-late 70’s Gallery covering U2/Gary Powers and the Kennedy Assassination. , and more recently, Carol Valentine and Linda Thompson’s (APFN) Waco investigation in Penthouse circa 1995.

The newsletter business tended to be closed-loop, where the newsletter/newspaper/magazine sold a series of books in line with a general conspiratorial view with no crossover (e.g. Covert Action Quarterly, Liberty Bell/The Spotlight, Soldier of Fortune, producing three different sets of conspiratorial minds.) 

The most famous/infamous in rightwing political conspiracy publishing was the various Willis Carto related publications (Liberty Bell & The Spotlight, with The Spotlight becoming The American Free Press after losing a lawsuit to a chap connected to the OKC Bombing.)

The point here is that each was a competing publishing firm, to be thought of as a political party in a corporate sense. For example, Soldier of Fortune and APFN (see next paragraph) were both early to the scene with Waco narratives, but when APFN delved into the presence of Delta Force at Waco (note the source, the Leftwing, Counterpunch), Soldier of Fortune took a different direction--and became its own conspiracy.

By the 80s, the fax machine, in the form of APFN (at one time, the F stood for fax), was gradually replaced with the Internet Message Board, and then replaced by the Internet most of us know today in and around 1992.  This development finally led to some collaborative narratives (Danny Casolaro's Octopus--in a Covert Action spinoff, PROMIS software, and Hillary Clinton's work for Alltel--all three pieces still hang around today; Fox News wove Promis into their 9/11 coverage at the time.)

 I shall finish my narrative here:
Recent post at CHT:
Alex Jones was a leader in the application of technology to an existing field of folk inquiry long popular in various forms of the patriot movement, historically a little more left then Right. Alex Jones, speaking in the rightwing populist rhetoric of his time, was able to reach heights the old guard of conferences/book selling and newsletters never achieved*–never thought to achieve.
Many in his line of work had at one time or another dipped into UFO stuff for a paycheck–Jones has done better on credibility, in turn leading to charges of disinfo.
Jones is different though. He was able to get on The View and defend his friend Charlie Sheen (a popular thing to do on dissident Right boards at the time) but I think that achieved a new level of respect. Music icons like Dave Mustaine and Billy Corgan feel safe to use the show to promote themselves, as has Pat Buchanan and Ron Paul.
The vibe of the site is thus different cultural positions on folk inquiry.
While from a journalistic stand point, Infowars is behind lets say WND in quality prose and logical presentation but really, not that much different. And considering the NY Times printed ridiculous Iraq Is Scary stories on the frontpage, perhaps the evaluation system needs to be reconsidered.
* The Carto publishing folks are of dubious quality, not in intelligence and wordsmith, but any tactical program beyond charlatan book selling; I don’t believe they have produced anyone like a Jones, and their only crossover author Mark Lane (first on the scene with a JFK conspiracy book in ’64, and strangely, involved with Jonestown)
retreated to the Carto world; I am not sure they have produced one crossover personality, if plenty of sensationalism
But Jones nevertheless reaches out to that audience by having Tucker on and giving Tucker credibility….
I feel my point wasn’t stated clearly enough, or I came up with it after writing about it, but Alex Jones was able to get Carto material on paleo boards, because the “custody” of the verbiage had been slightly sanitized.
This is a really impressive function, I have come to appreciate rather than shake my head. Jones is a Middle Man.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Melancholia Apologia

James Kirkpatrick's November, Thanksgiving time, review of Melancholia for Alternative Right, left me exhausted.  Being the sort of fellow I am, I was certain the review was far better then the movie, but I added it to Netflix at the time.

It finally arrived in mid-March, and while not as cathartic as the review, there was a certain quality to the film for the Doom audience.  Several weeks would go by, then a month.  For whatever reason, the reported story of a Greek pensioner taking his own life combined in my head, with the movie in one fitful night of sleep.

The abyss had stared back.
Steve Sailer showed his Lester Bangs side in his review of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and reviewed Melancholia today at Takimag.

Guessing Sailer was intrigued that the Paleo Hipsters seemed to be into the movie, so he had to write something.

Whatever the case, the Doom Audience is happy to have the attention.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tim Thomas is Paleo

Staying on the sporting life theme, Tim Thomas, Bruins goalie, has told the team and his fans, followers, and detractors, that he is taking next year off, to focus on family, faith, and friends.

For background, Tim Thomas played a once in a lifetime (not his, ours) goalie in the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and delivered the long suffering Boston Bruins their first Stanley Cup since the 1970s.

Tim Thomas was a little different in how he got to the NHL; he was a solid college hockey goalie at the University of Vermont, Class of '97.  (College hockey in New England has always been very big, like college football in the South, and the ‘90s Era Hockey East conference was probably as corrupt.)

Thomas kicked around the NHL, Europe and so forth, and finally, he had gotten a run with the Bruins.  After the Stanley Cup victory, he was probably the city's most beloved sports celebrity (Tom Brady’s act just doesn’t fit with everybody.)

That is until last January, when he refused to go to the White House and the tide turned strongly against him.

It was rumored that Tim Thomas was one us for some time, and a picture of Thomas posing with a Ron Paul supporter let us know that he was indeed, one of us.

In a way, I was not surprised to hear he was taking a year off, so to speak. One is accustomed to expect such things.

On his facebook, Thomas linked to an article on Glenn Beck’sBlaze site, which had been, most likely, lifted from the 'Wall Street counter culture' site, ZeroHedge, foretelling a fast approaching financial doom, rather, apocalypse—within a year’s time.
It would be a mistake to say that Thomas believes the article in a very literal sense, and is hitting the bunker like the aforementioned, Steve Carlton.  Spending more time with family, faith and friends, is most likely his motivation.

But there is no question that Tim Thomas is part of our thing--setting a new bar for righteous displays of Againstist angst-- and dare I say, dare I hope, likely will continue to be.

Monday, June 4, 2012

The Bad Paleo's Guide to Good Living.

Vegetarians are on the outs (again); Jim Goad recently launched a scathing broadside.  Meat, not factory farmed, is back in and moral.  
It’s a distant, barely a footnote, memory, when the hipster diets of vegan or vegetarians held an alleged moral high ground reaching a peak perhaps with a very good article on modern “factory farming” in the American Conservative  , back when it was rebellious to subscribe.(The vivid imagery of alien people working in the horrors of a modern American factory farm, was one of the few glimpses on the Right of immigrants doing jobs no Americans would do--nor should anybody. Corporations really are engaged in Marxist exploitation).

South Beach/low carb diets could never capture the imagination, perhaps because we knew too many people on such a regime, and found the Puritanism with all it’s extremes a bit off putting. Plus Splenda is just wrong.   

As localism was becoming popular for a faction of the dissident Right in so far as eating from a local farmer, along came the paleo diet, promoted in the political realm, getting on about four years ago, by Lew Rockwell and Roissy--who deemed the paleo diet Alpha, amongst others.  Combinding localism with an ogre’s love of great things like bacon, beef, fish and so forth, a new combination was formed.  Gone was the proletarian’s diet of fried breaded fish and potato; enter a portion of grass fed flank stake, broccoli, and salad topped with uncured bacon.  Gone was pasta and beans, in was coconut and more bacon.

In the age where everything is political, one must have a politics of eating.

So it is little wonder a new combination has formed and rallied around a material thing, “raw milk” –an odd thing from the strictly diet perspective as dairy is outside the paleo diet.  No matter though; Raw Milk and its plight has become part of the paleo diet/localvore/Americanist resistance imagination, a sort of in-group code word like chanting Attica in the 70s.

Most paleo diet blogs are about living longer and better and so forth, but I have to believe that there are paleo diet fans, perhaps like myself, who see it as a great balancing act with the many vices they juggle, and perhaps that will be the next act in the politics of food, something along the lines of John Zmirak's The Bad Catholic's Guide to Good Living.

Friday, June 1, 2012

John Rocker's Newsletter

Baseball is a terrible sport for a populace to consume.  Lacking all of the gentlemanly qualities of multi-day cricket matches, and no sanctioned orderly violence, the sport's simple offering is an introduction to statistics.

But nevertheless, I grew up a Red Sox fan.  I can recall an early lesson in life, watching a Red Sox-Yankees game on July 4th, 1983, with my Uncle on a 19 inch black n white.  One hates the Yankees at an early age, and when Boggs came up as the last batter, I was cheering for him to get a hit.

My Uncle, who had taught me Yankee hatred--for we all know hatred is taught--told me 'no, we don't do that.  This is a no hitter, no matter who it is, you root for the pitcher.'

As the years would go by, I followed other sports but I enjoyed baseball's ability to produce eccentric characters.  The drunkards who made up the '86 Mets, Steve Carlton in the bunker, Carl Everett telling a reporter dinosaurs were BS--I never laughed at them, I admired them.  That is, baseball was admirable because original characters were still coming up the ranks as the other sports became more corporate.

Enter John Rocker--a man with a professional wrestling type persona whose livelihood as a closer was taken down by a reporter for Sports Illustrated. 

It was good to see that he is still relatively unreconstructed, even still liberal, and WND deserves attention for the article on John Rocker.