More Outrageous Big Government Overreach!

If the FBI’s job is now all about enticing innocent citizens who would otherwise pose no threat of terrorism, don’t we need some agency that will actually protect us from real domestic terror plots?

Plots like the ones that claimed the lives of Dr. David Gunn, James Barrett, Dr. John Britton, Shannon Lowney, Lee Ann Nichols, Robert Sanderson, Dr. Barnett Slepian, and Dr. George Tiller, for instance?

Plots that have unleashed a wave of bombings, arsons, assaults, and attempted assassinations in a systematic, organized terror campaign that has been going on for decades under the nose of Homeland Security, the FBI and other local, state, and federal police and security agencies who all seem powerless to end?

Hello? FBI? Isn’t there a real domestic terror campaign to investigate?

About the Recent Facebook Public Sociology and Anthropology Symposium: An Unapologetically Hate-filled Response

Inspired by the recent report “What Else I Know About The Negro” issued by rancher and eminent socio-anthropologist, Dr. Cliven Bundy, Facebook hosted the first annual Facebook Scholars Symposium whose theme “The Modern Negro and Its Sufferings: Of Subsidies and Slavery,” elicited spirited and often thought provoking commentary and original research from a wide array of the nation’s most expert scholars and academics working in Facebook’s rich intellectual milieu.

Dr. Bruce Childs weighed in early on to clarify some of Dr. Bundy’s more challenging concepts: “He was comparing the present status of the Negro being enslaved through government entitlements that removed their desire to work for a living simply because the government made NOT working a reasonable expectation…That is a comparison of the way the government treated the American Indian when they forced them onto reservations then took away their Guns so they could not Hunt for Food. The government destroyed the INDIANS’ WILL and Clive was just saying that the government (THROUGH WELFARE and Food Stamps has created another form of SLAVERY ) – – – that destroys the will of the lower class , rather they are White , Green , Red , Yellow or Black ….” Thus having unpacked some of Bundy’s more complex reasoning, Bundy added an observation of his own: “When the GOVERNMENT controls your supply line, be it FOOD STAMPS , Electronic Fund Deposits of Welfare … Then they CONTROL YOU…”

The Heathcliff Huxtable Professor of Negro and Colored Texts at Bob Jones University, Michele Whitehead-Wilt, quickly offered further exegesis of the Bundy Report: “…he was saying that we are slaves to the government, and may as well be picking cotton as the slaves did, many many years ago. He didn’t say anything about black people in general.” So far, however, black people do not generally seem convinced by this argument.

Esteemed researcher Mike McGraw issued a strong warning based on his own exhaustive seconds-long metaresearch of the relevant reportage: “Black America had better start looking at this issue with honest, open eyes, because they are being slowly placed back into slavery, by the left. All a black American has to do to prove this to themselves is stand aginst the Democrats just one time and see how quick they turn on you… Just because Obama is black, does not make him your friend and just because Bundy is white does not make him your enemy.” Black America has not yet issued a public acknowledgement of the McGraw warning.

Scoring seven likes from the FB academic peer review community, Dr. James Wiggins, hailing from Augusta Tech, boldly summarized his surprising findings from his own longitudinal study of the cumulative impact of various federal Negro subsidy programs: “Any person who willing becomes dependent on the government for any reason is a slave in all respects…it doesn’t matter if you are Black, White, Hispanic or anything other group…”

Left unanswered by the seeming consensus view of the symposium that federal subsidies have reenslaved the Negro id whether this means that Bundy and his fellow western ranchers have become Negroid by taking massive federal subsidies over the past six decades[1] or if they are simply slaves with cowboy hats.

It’s worth noting that while the bulk of Bundy’s research for the “What Else I Know About The Negro” report was done from a car speeding car passing an alleged subsidized housing project between his ranch and Las Vegas, the federal government spends just $9 billion a year on public housing.[2] Compare that to federal program subsidies for rural areas for which Congress authorized $300 billion[3] ( that’s about $60 billion per year for five years on redneck welfare, or about nine times the amount spent on what Mr. Bundy imagines the federal government spends on enslaving the Negroes in subsidized housing (without even any chickens in the yard or cotton to pick!).

subsidy map

States: Makers vs Takers… SURPRISE!

Hooray for red state redneck independence.

[1]Under administrative rules put in place during the pro-rancher Reagan Administration an unchanged due to heavy lobbying by the powerful ranching lobbies ever since, BLM only levies a scant $1.35 monthly fee for each cow and calf that a rancher grazes on western public land; this applies across 258 million acres of western public land administered by the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management — 81 percent of all the land administered by the two agencies in the 11 western states. There are approximately 23,600 public-lands ranchers, representing just 6 percent of all livestock producers west of the Mississippi River. HERE”S WHERE THE COWBOY WELFARE SYSTEM COMES IN: Market rates for grazing comparable western private land exceed $10 per animal unit month. In its 2005 report, the Government Accountability Office found that BLM and Forest Service grazing receipts fail to recover even 15 percent of administrative costs and are much lower than fees charged by the other federal agencies, states and private ranchers. The GAO found that the BLM and Forest Service grazing fee decreased by 40 percent from 1980 to 2004, while grazing fees charged by private ranchers increased by 78 percent for the same period.



A Report from a Recent Colloquy from the Facebook School of History, Anthropology, and Society

burning klansmanWell, I checked in late to a recent symposium hosted on Facebook regarding the history and evolution of race relations in America 1960-2014.  I was too late to offer much, but I was taken by the reasoning and rhetoric of one brilliant visiting scholar who wished to illuminate the thinking of younger colleagues. This elder academic wanted the younger participants to be aware that their thinking about the history and contemporary state of American race relations had been hopelessly distorted by “liberal apologist” rhetoric dominating the discourse of the last several decades.

Since his argument was so terribly novel and fresh, I’d like to share it here, verbatim (except for some lengthy segments that were beyond my untrained mind to interpret:

I personally saw [acts of kindness and cooperation among] diverse groups here in Fredericksburg 5 (almost 6) decades ago. Do not believe all of the liberal gibberish you see and hear today. Some folks of different races actually “managed” to co-exist “way back then”…

I [am] not claiming there were no wrongs. I grew up through that period and saw the good and at least some of the bad. My point [is] the “standard” approach today, promoted to a great deal by the liberal apologists, that ALL interracial activities from that period were harsh, wrong, discriminatory, are often misleading. My point is that then, as now, there were good people and bad; there were good interactions and bad. We need to…spend more time focusing on the good and positive and building on that rather than re-chewing all that should have been better…

I think anyone who deliberately wrongs someone else should apologize.
In fact, I think we should start vilifying Abraham Lincoln, and condemnatory letters should immediately be sent to all of his descendants because of his failures. You do realize, I hope, that Mr. Lincoln only emancipated slaves south of the Mason Dixon Line, and, in fact at one point proposed that all persons of African descent should be returned to Africa. Now, while you are leaping to your ivory tower demanding apologies, do you also condemn Africans (I’m not talking white, South Africans here) for their part in slavery?

You see, it was not usually a while man that went into the jungles to capture blacks to be brought here as slaves. Usually, it was other tribesmen; these were the spoils of tribal war. The losers were often sold to black slavers who in turn sold them to ship captains for transport to the colonies/states… most of my relatives came over on a “potato boat”, and I can assure you neither I nor any of my known ancestors were slave owners, so I guess I am absolved as you rant.

Statistics are wonderful. Could it be that some small part of that disproportionate incarceration number is due to a disproportionate percentage of crimes committed? How about your indignation (let me hear you now) about the roving gangs of blacks attacking persons with lighter skin (whites, Asians, Hispanics) all over our nation? How about Knockout or Polar Bear Hunting?* Can you name a single instance in the last 10 years where a group of whites singled out an elderly black person and beat them to death for no apparent reason? Is it really true that over 90% of crimes against blacks are committed by blacks? Oh, and where is your righteous indignation about slavery occurring TODAY (sex-related right here in America and openly enslaving others in Muslim cultures in the world)?

…I grew up in segregated Fredericksburg, but had traveled with family through deep South…My first year at James Monroe High was first year of Freedom of Choice in F’burg schools,. I was at Woolworth (now antique store downtown for the sit-ins at the segregated lunch counter. The two in-town walk-in theatres were segregated; blacks in balcony. My granddaddy ran a store on William St that served primarily a black clientele and I played in the black pool hall next door with my black playmates. Two of my favorite adult mentors as a child were black men. Damn…that proves it…I MUST be a damn, racist redneck.

[Followed here by a long litany of long since debunked misappropriated and amateurishly malinterpreted ‘statistics’ drawn from”research” funded by the odious Pioneer Fund and spread all over the place through internet hatesites]

Yes… many things done in our past were wrong. Slavery is right up there at the top. How about what was done to the South during reconstruction? Can I demand reparations from residents of today’s northern states for what their ancestors did to my ancestors then? Oh, and while you are on this, please tell me a SINGLE nation in this world that has done more throughout history overall to promote, improve, lift, enhance current and future opportunities for blacks.

[Followed here by a long incoherent, largely unhinged defense for using mislabeled sources along with a laughably misfiring defense of his major source, Jared Taylor…yes THAT Jared Taylor]

I stand by my premise that much of the so-called racial inequality today is trumped up by the media, by certain liberals with an agenda, by individuals trying to increase their personal situation, and by racial profiteers such as Jackson and Sharpton who prey on their own people and generate CAUSES for personal gain. I also believe that much of what is laid on blacks (explanations, excuses, reasons why blacks have not, can not, (will not???) succeed in our culture) by liberals, whether sincerely trying to help them or merely trying to use them… I believe much of this is incorrect, limiting in itself, demeaning and insulting. Very complicated subject, but the blame for much of the failings within black culture, families, neighborhoods, MUST be shared by whites AND blacks, especially successful black leaders and business people. That too is a long discussion for “tomorrow”.

Is there racial division still? Of course, and it will exist so long as humans walk this earth. Is it as bad today as it was pre-1960? Yes and no, but that is far too much to get into tonight.  Am I a racist? …I do not think I am, nor do my friends of color. Suppose I’ll just have to settle for that in this forum.

And there the case was put to rest…

I was able to offer only the following small objection to this spectacularly lucid account and argument from an obvious scholar seeking to stake out a moderate position on matters of race:

Thanks..for your post [of this]long litany of the recounted views of a bevy (klan?) of well-known racially and socially toxic “conservatives” –all spewed by a guy who started out trying to diminish the significance of [recent improvements in the state of race relations] by asserting that during his youth in Fredericksburg, VA he witnessed diversity and routine acts of interracial cooperation. (Except of course for the segregated lunch counters, theater, and other public accommodations he himself claims to have witnessed!] PRICELESS. Most comical is the list of authorities he cites in defense of a man who in HIS OWN defense this goof quotes as asserting: “‘I think Asians are objectively superior to Whites by just about any measure that you can come up with in terms of what are the ingredients for a successful society.” Then this boob quotes his source verbatim characterizing Taylor’s self-assessment: “Taylor himself rejects any accusation of racism”; that should settle that question.

Somehow, I find reason to doubt the gentleman’s recollection (which, because he remembers it. he tells us is “not an anecdote”, tee hee). He reveals himself as an unreliable reporter on matters of race–despite having grown up with black playmates. I’m sure the coloreds and negroes of mid 1960s Fredericksburg deeply appreciated his benevolent efforts to befriend people who his chosen authority, Jared Taylor, would remind us are objectively inferior and given to criminal misbehavior. I’m curious why Mr. ______ senior would have allowed his son to cavort with a population given to higher propensities for criminal behavior–though, now that I think about it, I know for certain that towns like Fredericksburg did not put up with a lot of liberal softhead ideas about how to deal with the darker criminal element…

* For those of you who don’t follow the rightwig hate and paranoia media, the so-called “Knockout Game” has been labelled a myth by no less a radical left news organization than USA Today. Our FB scholar apparently does his research on filthmongering WorldNetDaily where this sort of white paranoia shit is reported.

Comments from a recently orphaned son…

Surrounded by her best audience and her most willing court jesters, 1976

Surrounded by her best audience and her most willing jesters, 1976

Rome, NY circa 1969—Accidentally tipping over a display rack of women’s blouses, Betty Burneko quickly turned to her 12-year-old son and, with a mischievous gleam in her eye signaling her intent to make as much hubbub as possible, loudly shouted, “Aren’t you going to pick that up you little creep? Who are you and why are you following me around the store? Get away from me before I call the store manager!” Mother and son departed the store as quickly as two people laughing hard enough to spray snot possibly can–the display rack remaining fallen and disheveled, a problem for someone else not involved in that joyous escape.

* * *

But here’s the thing, this shopping trip, like most others with my mom, had been full of tension, drama, anger, recriminations, apologies, gritted-teeth threats and oaths (my mom), and histrionic promises to run away forever (me), followed by sarcastic pleas to finally let it be so (my mom)–all of which storming and bitterness came to an immediate end in that instant of shared rule-annihilating silliness simply because my mother saw an opportunity to do something entirely unexpected and guaranteed to make us both laugh.

That there were many, many shopping trips, Sunday rides in the family car, entire vacations wherein no sunbreak of irony or unexpected sillitude appeared in time to disperse the heavy clouds of family terror that hung over most of our attempts at normal recreation (or dinners for that matter) is beside the point. My mom was a constant possibility, an unpredictable source of mayhem for good or ill. And more often than not laughter was involved–real, lung-squeezing, eye-watering laughter of the sort usually reserved for brilliant comedic performance and typically associated with epiphanic insight into the absurdity of the world.

For me, this was Betty’s greatest gift. The lightning shift from tragedy to comedy, the Marxian (Groucho not Karl) impulse to anarchy in the midst of distress; the smart remark that must be spoken even at the height of rage–especially at the height of rage; the whip-quick rejoinder too funny to silence even in those settings most inappropriate for mirth.

Thus my training into our family’s shared imperative to never let a thoroughly dysfunctional situation fuck up the possibility to laugh in the face of it all.

I recall being yelled at by her in words, volume, and tone that would have shocked a drill sergeant only to be brought down in a gale of laughter–both hers and mine–by some mid-rant bit of mocking or sarcasm she could not resist tossing at me with perfect pitch and timing.

Was this some sort of intuitively wise skill for parenting? Absolutely not. The woman was an actual demon. Life with Betty was like life in a basket with a hooded cobra: intriguing and exciting but…tricky–in a really really dangerous sort of way.

But that instinct to make joyous, ridiculous fun of and out of the madness of life was her own survival skill, her very own way of defeating tedium, pain, anger, sadness, obstacles and barriers real, imagined, or self-deployed. It was a major source of  that “strength of will, perseverance, and general inability to give up in the face of ridiculous odds” of which my little brother has spoken so sincerely and so accurately.

My mom wasn’t just a diva, she was an opera.

She was the prima donna di tutte le prime donne.

And she made it look great.

And no one took more ironic joy at poking fun at The Baroness than la Baronessa herself. As quick as she was to come up with the line to make us laugh, quicker still was she to laugh at the jibes and showoff antics of her children. NO ONE has ever been as good an audience as Mary Elizabith Lis Elisabetta LoFaro-Burneko-Fisher. (Betty to those who loved her most and wouldn’t let her get entirely away with her various fabulist personas.)

Elegant, vulgar, dynamic, lazy, shrewd, tender, wise, demanding, bewitching, terrifying, vital and vivacious, duplicitous and secretive, brilliant and earthy, phony as a Chinese Rolex, real as a category 5 hurricane…there will never be another like you, Betty.

And so, because your faith is more important to me than my doubt, I offer a prayer for you mom:

Therefore my heart hath been glad, and my tongue hath rejoiced: moreover my flesh also shall rest in hope…Thou hast made known to me the ways of life, thou shalt fill me with joy with thy countenance: at thy right hand are delights even to the end.

Psalm 16:9 and 11 mashup


Insights from the FB right on mass shootings and mental illness, part 2

If you were to go slumming on the right (as I often do) you would see that the blogs, FB posts, and FB pages of the liberty loving right are full of commentary about getting guns out of the hands of the crazies.

Here’s a sample:

FB Fan of “Postively Republican” Aundra Mcquillen says: “…we need more mental help for these crazy lunatics who kill innocent people! We need more affordable healthcare (not obamacare) and more lockdown institutions that are not volunteered for these nuts”

Cheryl Meinke, FB fan of “Postively Republican” says: “…mental health is the issue here. Family and friends protect the mentally ill until it’s too late to stop something like what happened last week.”

Katie Harrell Cargill, a “Postively Republican” FB fan weighs in with this: “…president Obama is another Hitler. wanting to keep the people from being able to defending themselves against the government, so he can completely take us down. Guns don’t kill. People do. This will not stop until we get rid of saten, and bring God back.”

Now moments ago, speaking to Ed Schultz in MSNBC, Congressman and Talking Baboon Jack Kingston (R-GA) has called for a national hotline for people who are mentally ill. A hotline for people in crisis to call for help? Not exactly. This is more of a tip line. Do you see somebody who seems to be mentally ill? Call the hotline. Report them…so they can get *help*…

…except that Kingston placed that brilliant idea in the context of helping local police get more and better information about people “who shouldn’t have access” to firearms.
Put these “ideas” together folks. People dropping a dime on people who act strangely so that police can investigate them and see if they need any help such as denying them “access” to dangerous stuff (and freedoms others enjoy).


Lying fascist fucks.

I say if you feel like you need a 30 round clip in your assault weapon to feel safe from the bad guys (or more insanely, from the conspiracy of socialists in government) or to feel like a big bad movie character; or if you are a “gun enthusiast” who collects guns (in exactly the same manner as pedophiles “collect” porno flicks of children), you are by definition mentally ill. I hope Congressrube Kingston’s hotline idea catches on so I can call it every time I go by a Virginia gun shop or shooting range and report that I see a collection of raving fucking lunatics who need “help”.

(Personally, I think someone needs to make a call to get help for Katie Harrell Cargill)

And by the way, if you want me to know that you are a gun owner who uses guns legally and safely for the purposes of (hunting; sport; target shooting; personal safety; protecting your family; protecting your freedom; preservation of the American way of life; addressing some personal tragedy you could have prevented if only you’d had a gun; to fulfill your covenant with Jesus, Allah, your extraterrestrial alien master…) Keep it to yourself. I don’t care. You don’t need your substitute hardon as much as this nation needs to get straight and healthy; the inherent violence of your firearm is a danger to every fucking body. Grow up.


The FB American Right Wants You to Know: Mental Illness is Behind Mass Shooting Epidemic. They’re Right.

Just days after the mass shooting of children at school in Connecticut, Congressional Embarrassment, Louie Gohmert of Texas, added his “thoughts” to the discussion on Fox News Sunday; his voice quavering with simulated emotion he  said that when the Newtown principal lunged at the gunman, he “wished to God she’d had an M4 in her hands.”

Tea Party Gun ControlHe, like the bloodthirsty Tea Party goons sponsoring the message linked here, answer the cries of the families of dead children in Sandy Hook with the vulgar, sick-minded suggestion that their children, our children, would be made safer by the arming of faculty.

Gohmert and the weapon-lusting, gun-pumping masturbating riflesuckers want their guns so much—are so infatuated with the sexy hardware of assault and human destruction–they are willing to profane public discourse with their childish, irrational commentary. While the literally bullet riddled bodies of Newtown children lay still unburied, they dare to offer suggestions that good educators would be better if they were trained to kill. They offer the wise counsel that children’s elementary school experience would be better if school employees were trained and equipped to shoot it out with mass murderers in the school hallway–gun fanatics who enter schools armed for public massacre  with weapons and body armor designed for military and police SWAT engagements–all of which are protected for legal public purchase with the lunatic excuses of ‘hunting, ‘sporting’, ‘home protection’, ‘hobby interest’, ‘check on the authority on our (elected) government’…

Educator, Principal, Hero, Dawn Hochsprung

Educator, Principal, Hero, Dawn Hochsprung

By all accounts Principal Dawn Hochsprung was an outstanding school administrator, gentle and present to the students in her care, a highly trained educator.

Kindergarten teacher.Victoria Soto wanted to be a teacher all her life. Parents and students confessed to responding to her display of love for her students with their own love for her.

Educator, Teacher, Hero, Victoria Soto

Educator, Teacher, Hero, Victoria Soto

Yet, by the reckoning of Gohmert and supporters of “I Am the Tea Party”, these two ideal educators were insufficiently trained for their positions as elementary school educators. Shame!

Listen to the voices of support sampled from the “I Am the Tea Party” FB posting:

Dennis Hand They should get rid of the “Gun Free Zone” classification and not only have armed guards, but they should train and arm staff. There is no reason that there should have been this much carnage. If there had been armed staff members, there may have been a couple of deaths or injuries, but the assailant would have been brought down in short order.

Kristy Kirk We need the principals of schools all around the country to at least have a gun in their offices to protect their school and us at home as well.

Mary Grimm Bunker Let’s train our staff with firearms and prayer

Debbie Wood Scrimshire Have to fight fire with fire. Be prepared to defend and protect our children.

Scott Swigart Until the school teachers and staff of these schools are armed this is going to continue to happen…a few AR’s in the principals office and a little training would have gone a long way towards stopping the insanity of this young man that dreadful day. Imagine the difference it would have made if the principal and perhaps his secretary would have come around the corner with their own AR’s to confront this man.

Jimmy Dempsey It is way past time for our people to arm the teachers and staff at all of our schools. It is a must that they ALL (teachers and staff) get psycological evaluations, but then give them the arms they need to protect our children. Why is it so hard to understand that?

Beth Harmon Stadlmayr Travers I say we only hire teachers who can speak English , have a degree to teach and have a CCW!…Good people with guns will always prevent murder! DUH! [1]

GOOD THINKING FB TEABAGGERS! Teacher education programs could follow the course on student management with a course on the “12 Critical Elements of Modern Firearms Training”–How many Dawn Hochsprungs and Victoria Sotos will aspire to enter that kind of teaching profession?

You’re right Congressman Gohmert and Tea Party geniuses, American education will certainly improve when educators like Victoria Soto are driven out and gun-toting, weaponhead gym teachers take control of our schools.


If after what we have seen now, we cannot have a serious discussion about the status of guns in America without the intrusion of idiotic nonsense, then we deserve the violence we allow to continue through our unwillingness to call stupidity what it is.

The gun crazed right has come out in force to deflect all attention away from the role of firearms in the growing epidemic of mass public shootings.  In the case of this shooting, the removal of God, Jesus, prayer, religion, and the Bible were cited as “the real cause” of hyper-lethal public shooting sprees in schools.

Also blamed were lack of corporal punishment at school and at home, the influence of liberalism, socialism, and Marxism (no, really), video games, Hollywood, and the ever popular “culture” (with no supporters of the post citing specifically gun culture as a problem.)

And, most of all, mental illness. And this deflection is deployed not only among Tea Party types; all over the mediaverse entire constellations of ink, electrons, and slobber have been spewed into the public square intimating that this tragedy (and all the string of tragedies that make up the American gunslaughter epidemic) should focus our national attention on “mental health” aspects of the phenomenon.

On the rifle right, this usually involves arm waving about keeping guns out of the hands of the “mentally ill”, “psychopaths”, “crazies”, “lunatics”, “sociopaths”, and “the sick”. Sure let’s scapegoat and demonize people with health problems–recall that that’s what folks suffering with mental illnesses are: people with health problems.

On the “I Am the Tea Party” chain, on average every third comment indicated that mental illness or medications for mental conditions (which many of these libertarians would ban—not guns, medication) are “the real problem.”

I agree that mental illness is a real problem in the context of gun use: After watching two decades of increasing gun violence go unaddressed by craven lawmakers cringing before the power of the personal weapons lobby and their bogus membership association–the NRA–while all the while the whiteright paranoia chorus chants its claims that the gubment is about to seize their weapons, I would think the upcoming edition of the DSM ought to include a newly recognized mental illness:  Second Amendment Derangement Syndrome.

And after a season of watching Tea Party sociopaths marching outside presidential appearances with assault weapons slung across their backs, a season in which right-wing candidates openly spoke of “second amendment remedies” to public policy differences, a season in which a top leader of the right stiffened the spines of ‘conservatives’ with her inane motto: “Don’t retreat, reload,” I want to state in complete seriousness that the real mental illness we need to be talking about is right-wing ideology. It has long since become a deadly sociopathic disease.


NOTE: No essay, article, or comment on matters of gun violence should ever end without calling attention to Mother Jones brilliant Guide to Mass Shootings in America; be sure to check out all the links.

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[1] Hey, Beth. How come Nancy Lanza didn’t “prevent murder”? Reporting indicates that she was a good gun mother. She taught her children how to use guns, took them shooting, and by all accounts spent a great deal of time working with her son’s learning problems. More evidence that Mrs. Lanza was one of Beth’s “good people”? All agree she was one of your tribe: a “gun enthusiast”!