Pretending to know what it's like to be black in America isn't even remotely close to actually being black in America.
The NRA fully understands the racial dynamic at play here. As long as we can blame something other than guns, America will not have to come to terms with the truth that violence is a complicated phenomenon that is made far more lethal by the easy availability and killing power of firearms.
There are thirty gun deaths a day in America. I ache when I consider how many lives have been lost and ruined over senseless perverted NRA interpretations to the right to keep and bear arms.
My feeling about interviews with artists and bands is that these are people who you are inviting into your virtual house and they should be shown respect based on their being your guests. I believe it doesn't mean you have to agree with what they say or even endorse it, but it does mean civility should be the course.
With the controversy over the racist remarks of Cliven Bundy and Donald Sterling, one a rural cattle rancher in Nevada, the other an urbane California billionaire, we might want to reconsider just how "post-racial" America's race relations have really become.
It is impossible to disconnect the "states' rights," anti-government foundations of conservatism from the racism that hides beneath it, exposed nakedly every so often by the Cliven Bundys of the world.
Getting policy guidance from a confessed criminal is no longer that shocking for the Abbott campaign. His political maneuvers cannot be described as stumbles but are clearly becoming manifestations of a duplicitous belief system that will, at a minimum, confound, if not alienate, traditional Texas voters, including conservatives.
I wrote a blog post a while back regurgitating rocker Ted Nugent's appearance on KNUS Peter Boyles' show, where Nugent said Colorado is the poster chi...
What an extraordinarily delightful surprise it was to stumble upon "Tim's Vermeer" which was made with such child-like wonder that mirrors its main subject, namely the obsessive mind of a curious, mad genius. Viewing this film is akin to watching Leonard Bernstein unwittingly discover Mahler's 11th symphony.
Social media has spawned a new breed of ugly citizen who makes outrageous noise because it gets attention -- and attention is the oxygen of the Internet.
Regardless of the outcome of that case, Abbott ought to be harmed by his association with Nugent and the hypocrisy displayed by letting the rock 'n' roll embarrassment speak for his campaign.
With The Passion of the Christ being the highest-grossing R-rated movie of all time, are audiences interested in a less bloody take on Jesus' life? And does Son of God attempt to tell us anything about Jesus' life that Christians and non-Christians don't already know?
The media have adopted a new and dangerous convention. People who are radical in their goals and methods are routinely mislabeled 'conservative.' Edmund Burke, the patron saint of real conservatism, must be spinning in his grave when Sarah Palin is called 'conservative.'
Ignoring the crazies is not unlike ignoring a suspicious mole. It might make you feel better to not worry about it, but it won't keep it from ballooning into something serious. And yes, I just compared Ted Nugent to skin cancer. With apologies to skin cancer.
Once in a while, when I least expect it, a window cracks open in my mind and I suddenly see that some news story, some political event, or some aspect...
Ted Nugent isn't a Greg Abbott gaffe. His presence on the Abbott campaign trail represents a deliberate effort to cultivate the most extreme elements of the Republican base.