-Just a reminder that I’m running a Blog Fundraising Drive for the next several days to help pay for the $950 Ambulance bill I’m facing. If you are a regular reader of the blog, you know this isn’t something I normally do. But my back is kind of against the wall in this one. So any help you can give will be appreciated. Tips Jars are on the right hand side.
-Well, it looks like Ted Nugent is now learning the term “blowback” and how it applies to his world.
Citing inflammatory language while expressing his displeasure with President Barack Obama, the military has uninvited rock star and conservative political activist Ted Nugent from performing at Fort Knox in Kentucky, according to the U.S. Army post’s Facebook page.
“After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” it’s Facebook posting says.
So far, the June 23 concert remains on the Fort Knox schedule, with REO Speedwagon and Styx listed as “co-headliners,” but army personnel said they will grant requests for refunds in light of their decision to nix the opening act.
Yeah, in a post Gabby Gifford world, you should not be threatening anyone with head chopping off.
But I also have to question the Army’s talent bookers on one troubling aspect of this story .
That Ted Nugent was opening for REO Speedwagon and Styx.
Seriously, REO does power ballads and Styx is kind of Prog rock-ish. Nugent is barely the same genre. How do they pick their acts? Alphabetically?
“Well, Ben Folds isn’t available. David Guetta still in Europe. The Hives are playing Texas this week….”
“Skip down to the N’s”.
“Hey, Nugent’s available!”
“Him, Really? Okay, get his agent on the phone and change the locks on the armory.”
-This is one of the reasons I hate politics right now. The idiot minutia! (Via Daily Intel.)
Turn the “Days Without Mitt Romney Saying Something Shockingly Elitist” sign back to zero. Or, technically, two. On Tuesday afternoon, Romney sat down for a 45-minute chat at a picnic table with a handful of voters from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania. He was there to listen and learn about the financial concerns of everyday Americans — to demonstrate that, though he’s a multi-multi-millionaire with a car elevator, he’s still fighting for the common man. And for most of the rectangular-table discussion, that’s what he did. But the only thing anyone is going to remember about the summit at Bethel Park is what Romney said about the cookies.
“I’m not sure about these cookies,” Romney said at one point, eyeing a plate of cookies on the table as if they were covered in human excrement. “They don’t — they don’t look like you made them.” He turned to the woman next to him. “You didn’t, did you?” After she confirmed that she did not, in fact, personally bake the cookies, Romney theorized as to the where such unappetizing specimens might have come from. “No, no,” he continued, as his entire campaign staff died inside. “They came from the, local, uh, 7-Eleven” — “bakery,” someone interjected — “bakery, or wherever.” Indeed, the cookies were the pride of the popular local Bethel Bakery, which had heard about the Romney event and made sure to get their trademark treats in front of him.
Yes, I get it. Mitt Romney is bad at retail politics. Yes, it feeds into the larger narrative that he’s an out of touch partician who if you put him in close proximity with people making two hundred grand a year starts sputtering like a malfunctioning Stepford Wife.
But can’t we feed that narrative with…oh I don’t know…the ACTUAL GODDAMN ISSUES!
Look, speaking as someone who is both Pro-Democratic and Pro-Cookie, now is not the time to be dealing in this sort of petty bullshit. Let’s all agree that he has terrible interpersonal skills and move on to frying bigger fish. Okay? Okay!
-And here’s the coolest thing you’ll see all day. Via Matt Zoller Seitz & Richard Cruz.
Yeah, give the man a movie camera. And he’ll work it like nobody’s business.