Monday, July 30, 2007

Texe Marrs Goes Off The Deep End

When I was a young lad just starting to dip into the bizarre world of extremist thought, Texe Marrs was one of my favorites. He’s a right-wing Protestant preacher from Texas. For years, Marrs supported himself by writing books on business management and similar topics. But in 1987 he published the seminal work Dark Secrets of the New Age. The book described an alleged plot by pagans, businessmen, and world politicians to enact a satanic one-world government. The book also listed 88 signs that the world was going to end in 1988. Luckily, the predicted rapture did not occur, allowing Marrs to hone his conspiracy theories over the following years. As a youngster I also greatly enjoyed Marrs’ book Big Sister is Watching You, an exposé on Hillary Clinton’s alleged lesbianism and paganism (The books’ back cover asks the question “Does she want to be president?” Looks Like Texe may have some great new material come next year.) After being on his mailing list for quite some time, I lost track of Marrs and what he was up to until recently, when I stumbled upon his new website called (appropriately enough) “Conspiracy World”. The site shows that Marrs has gone from being a rather odd right wing preacher to being a full out paranoid anti-Semitic reconstructionist. There’s hours of entertainment here for people who are eccentric enough to enjoy this sort of material. I would particularly recommend reading Marr’s sermons and listening to his podcasts for does of unadulterated wackiness. Some of his links are a lot of fun too. Among the neo-Nazi rants and predictions of the coming apocalypse, you can find “Open Your Mind”, which has got to be one of the strangest and most extreme conspiracy videos I’ve ever seen. Set to techno music (!), it shows how just about every corporate and government logo you’ve ever seen is based on the Satanic pentagram, Wiccan owl, illuminati pyramid, or a representation of the sun god. I’d like to think that it’s a joke, but I know better than that by now.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Lefties: Time To Turn In Your Membership Card

After the 9/11 attacks, I made it a point to pay close attention to the reaction of extremist elements from across the United States. As might be expected, some of those on both the extreme right and left took a bit discreet pleasure at the carnage. For both groups, it was a blow stuck against the Jewish puppet state or the capitalist corporate order, depending on their point of view. Most of these people had the good sense to keep their positive reactions to themselves, for fear of losing what little creditability they had among mainstream Americans. Billy Roper, head PR guy for the National Alliance (NA), was an exception. Shortly after 9/11, he sent out a group e-mail praising the attackers:

"the enemy of our enemy is, for now at least, our friends…We may not want them marrying our daughters…but anyone who is willing to drive a plane into a building to kill Jews is alright [sic] by me. I wish our members had half as much testicular fortitude."

William Pierce, then-leader of the NA, felt compelled to issue a statement making clear that Roper’s comments did not reflect NA policy. Because advocating a National Socialist government is one thing, but hey, let’s not get crazy here. People on the left were much more muted. I recall reading one commentary in The Nation magazine in which the author said that when people on the American left started praising the 9/11 attacks, she would turn in her lefty credentials. It appears that that day has come. Of course, Ward Churchill and Ted Rall have been making supportive statements about the 9/11 attackers for a while, but such admiring comments have begun to become more prominent on the left, especially among anarchists. Consider this recent exchange on Infoshop, in which one of the site’s administrators describes the positive effects of the attack on the World Trade Center:

“The 9/11 attacks, first of all, gave lots of hope to the oppressed around the world, in that they showed that the big bad United States could be attacked and get a kind of comeuppance for its deeds of the past two centuries [Comeuppance? See, this is the problem. He sees the attack in symbolic rather than personal terms.]…I agree with [Ward] Churchill that 9/11 was an effective and justifiable act of resistance. I don't think he was suggesting that this mode of political terrorism be emulated and I wouldn't agree with him if he advocated this. I would also point out that the attacks may have been justified, but I'm against the people who perpetrated the attacks [So you’re fine with massive terrorist attacks, as long as they’re not perpetrated by Muslims]…I explained above why I see the aftermath of 9/11 as containing many positives for people around the world. Obviously, it's a mixed bag.”

Words can’t really adequately describe the sheer madness of the above statements. And to think that I’m still a Crass fan. Did the anarchists change, or did I?

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Christian Fanatics Protect Congress From Message Of Peace And Love

The U.S. Senate, in an effort to be more inclusive, recently invited Hindu clergyman Rajan Zed to offer the opening prayer at the chamber. One would think that seeing that this is the 21st century, this would be no big deal. Of course, one must remember that for the troglodytes that populate the ranks of the religious right in this country, the Salem witch trials are a recent and fond memory. Acting in that wonderful tradition of sectarian hatred, David Barton of the American Family Association urged his readers to contact their senators and ask them to cancel Zed’s invitation. He noted, "This is not a religion that has produced great things in the world". Apparently, he’s never seen a Bollywood musical. At any rate, the senate did not cancel the invitation, but our Christian brethren are known to be sore losers if for nothing else. Accordingly, three of them disrupted Zed’s prayer by yelling, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me!” and “This is an abomination!” The three were arrested and charged with misdemeanor crimes. According to the Congressional Record, the text of Zed’s prayer was as follows:

Let us pray. We meditate on the transcendental Glory of the Deity Supreme, who is inside the heart of the Earth, inside the life of the sky, and inside the soul of the Heaven. May He stimulate and illuminate our minds.

Lead us from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, and from death to immortality. May we be protected together. May we be nourished together. May we work together with great vigor. May our study be enlightening. May no obstacle arise between us.

May the Senators strive constantly to serve the welfare of the world, performing their duties with the welfare of others always in mind, because by devotion to selfless work one attains the supreme goal of life. May they work carefully and wisely, guided by compassion and without thought for themselves.

United your resolve, united your hearts, may your spirits be as one, that you may long dwell in unity and concord.

Peace, peace, peace be unto all. Lord, we ask You to comfort the family of former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson. Amen.

Wow. Pretty subversive, blasphemous stuff, eh? Given what was actually said, I would say that the word “abomination” could be used more appropriately to describe the actions of the protestors rather than the prayer.

Monday, July 09, 2007

Adolph Hitler Continues To Spin In His Grave

There’s a great line from the film Spawn in which a minion of Satan expresses his distain for the Dark Prince’s followers: “Why does God get all of the cool people and Satan gets all the losers?” Adolph Hitter, roasting in his own personal hell, must have similar feelings regarding the quality the people who are currently trying to carry on his legacy on earth. Consider for example the group Public Enemy Number One. Even it’s acronym, PENI, tends to invoke a less than serious response. The a neo-Nazi organization started out as an offshoot of the southern California punk scene, but quickly became involved with drug running and other serious criminal activity. PENI formed alliances with the Aryan Brotherhood and other prison gangs, and began to come to the attention of law enforcement. When one of the group’s founders was murdered in 2002 after he discussed the gang’s activities with a news crew, the police executed several warrants on members’ homes. In addition to guns and drugs, the cops found a “hit list” with the names of a judge, prosecutors, and several police officers. A member of PENI is currently on trial in California, accused of the murder the groups co-founder. Some of the testimony given by PENI members is priceless:

"I'm drunk all the time," one young defense witness offered as an excuse for her amnesia on the stand.

"What do you mean?" the judge interrupted.

She said she went nowhere without a bottle of whiskey and a bag of marijuana.

When it was his turn on the stand, a gang member and key government witness testified that he was drunk on vodka when he drove his car through a line of Huntington Beach police cruisers in 2005 and led officers on an hour-long chase to San Diego before his arrest.

"I wanted to finish my drink. And smoke some cigarettes," the witness explained.

But the cream of the crop appears to be PENI member Billy Joe Johnson, who is described in less than flattering terms:

Missing two front teeth and sporting a Mohawk haircut and mutton-chop sideburns, Johnson said he fancied himself "Costa Mesa's True Individual," a nickname tattooed on his upper stomach.

The name is above an eagle and a swastika around his navel, and below lightning bolts and crosses on his neck.

Johnson acknowledged on the stand that he had beaten a man to death with a hammer, a crime for which he is now serving 45 years to life in prison.

With folks like these bearing the banner of National Socialism, I don’t think we need worry about the coming of a Nazi revolution anytime soon.

Monday, July 02, 2007

Farfour Meets His End

Mickey Mouse is dead-got kicked in the head


Sorry to keep harping on the Hamas version Mickey Mouse, but it’s just too good a story to ignore. It seems that the last episode of Farfour’s show, Tomorrow's Pioneers, depicts the unlucky mouse as being beaten to death by an Israeli soldier after he refuses to sell his land to the Zionists. This is a fitting end for Farfour, who exposed Palestinian children to violent rhetoric and encouraged them to aspire to martyrdom. Unfortunately, I have been unable to locate a clip of the fatal beating on the internet, so I can only guess as to how graphic it actually was (if anyone has a link, please send it my way). I will admit that this whole thing does show that the radical Muslims have one cultural edge over us: they aren’t afraid to send their cartoon characters to a violent death. Just imagine what they could have done to the Smurfs…