Sunday, February 12, 2017

Tony Brandenburg: My Sordid Libertarian Past

Mod: Tony Brandenburg is back, and not a moment too soon as far as I can tell. But you don't have to wait to read him on this site. His own blog is called Thee Brandenburgs, and it can always be accessed by clicking here.

My Sordid Libertarian Past
I was a once a Libertarian. I was introduced to the ideals of the Libertarian Party (click here) back in 1980 by my friend Randy. His dad was a Libertarian. Randy also listened to Crass. Well, for a little while. He wouldn't loan me his Crass records because after listening to the lead off song Asylum (click here), he reacted by scratching the record with a nail. It wouldn't be long before Randy became a full blown Born-Again-Christian. It is probably better that way. For him, anyway.

Anyway, in 1980, and later when I turned 18, the Libertarian Party was very attractive. They were opposed to forcing young men to register for Selective Service - a hangover from the party's founding at the end of the Vietnam Era. They were hands off when it came to guns. They were pro-women's rights. They advocated for legalized prostitution and for legalization of marijuana.

For a young man, what wasn't there to like?

Like many of the follies of youth, the shine of the Libertarian Party started to wear off over time, and as their membership numbers increased - for the wrong reasons - my interest in their party waned. Eventually I reregistered as a Demoncrat, and then as an Independent. Then back. Ultimately it didn't matter back then, and it doesn't matter now. Maybe the Dems shoulda noticed there were more than a few people like me at the party table. I dunno. In any event, they missed the opportunity to nab the borderline folks had they used one iota of the talent that Trump bought.

I really don't buy into any of those parties anymore.

The message seems so simple. Legalize pot. Shut down the business of prisons. Be cool to each other.  Leave the women alone to use their bodies as they see fit. Shoot your guns responsibly. Regardless of which bathroom you choose, don't piss on the seats.

Where There's a Void, There's a Butt Plug
Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, says that he is not a Neo-Nazi, and that both the KKK and Neo-Nazis hate him. Liar liar, pants on fire; retribution was swift.

This is a video of Richard Spencer getting punched in the face. Ouchie.

Click here for video

When I saw this footage on my favorite TV news station, Russia Today, Spencer said that it looked worse than it was. I dunno. Looks like it hurt to me.

I have to admit that when I first saw the footage I felt bad for him. I couldn't hear anything. I was just puzzling on why he had one of those bad 1930s German haircuts, and why he had a froggie pin on his lapel. I didn't know who he was, but he just looked so defeated.

So I listened to him speak, and I read his writing. Screw that guy.

Fun and Games
When Trump took these boneheads under his wing he sent a pretty strong message to us all. He doesn't care about any of us. Playing games matters, it's just like a vacation. Fun, fun, fun. There is even a fun new Nazi punching game (click here).

In Punch a Nazi, gamers are encouraged to coldcock Spencer and Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos. They also get a chance to deck Adolf Hitler himself.....The game is designed in the style of NES classic Mike Tyson's Punch Out, although your opponents won't punch back. 

I have no doubt this will only serve to encourage more naughtiness.

Enjoy.

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67 comments:

  1. I got that crass record from a friend in high school. Powerful stuff... including the last verse.

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    1. I always found Crass to be unlistenable.

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    2. That is the point. The concept of "listenable music" is a bourgeois construct.

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  2. Yeah, tough stuff. Won't pick up a gun to defend this country's Democracy and freedom, but will punch a guy wearing a froggie pin. Dontcha y'all make your Mamas proud.
    God bless cowards, good thing their sister's will defend them.

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    1. Incoherentrambleingsaywhat?

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    2. Our democracy isn't under threat from people with guns. It under threat from extremists in business suits. And paranoid goons like you.

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    3. God certainly doesn't bless guns... or the cowards who hide behind them

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    4. Here is a nice prayer to all including "cowards"

      O God:
      Give me strength to live another day;
      Let me not turn coward before its difficulties or prove recreant to its duties;
      Let me not lose faith in other people;
      Keep me sweet and sound of heart, in spite of ingratitude, treachery, or meanness;
      Preserve me from minding little stings or giving them;
      Help me to keep my heart clean, and to live so honestly and fearlessly that no outward failure can dishearten me or take away the joy of conscious integrity;
      Open wide the eyes of my soul that I may see good in all things;
      Grant me this day some new vision of thy truth;
      Inspire me with the spirit of joy and gladness;
      and make me the cup of strength to suffering souls;
      in the name of the strong Deliverer, our only Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.

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    5. Nice sentiment. But we don't need god to give strength. It comes from within.

      Still appreciated though.

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  3. How Pepe the Frog Became a Nazi Trump Supporter and Alt-Right Symbol
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/26/how-pepe-the-frog-became-a-nazi-trump-supporter-and-alt-right-symbol.html

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  4. Did they ever catch the guy that punched him?

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    1. I saw the video.. the nazi guy ran away rather than stand his ground. Cowards all of them. Just like the gun nuts.

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    2. He was probably looking for a mirror.

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  5. Useful Idiots Galore
    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/16/opinion/useful-idiots-galore.html

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  6. As a Johnny come lately please tell me who Tony Brandenburg is.

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    1. Tony has written a lot of great stuff for The Tattler, is the lead singer of the world famed Los Angeles punk rock band The Adolescents, and is a Sierra Madre resident.

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  7. Tennessee GOP bill says children born through artificial insemination are not 'legitimate'
    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/tennessee-gop-bill-says-children-born-through-artificial-are-not-legitimate/

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    1. Maybe Sierra Madre could become a sanctuary city for the artificially inseminated.

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    2. fbi needs to investigate how so many fundamentalist freaks infiltrated the government

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    3. Any child that was not brought by the stork is illegitimate.

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    4. 8:21 - right now they're investigating how many Russian agents entered the govt.

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  8. If he lives in SM he must be a good guy. I will check out that band.

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  9. I know of the Stone Temple Pilots, their music and the lead singer from Sierra Madre. Dont know of the Adolescents.
    Yesterday, the Iron Butterfly musicians were mentioned.
    Would the connection be the same? A front group, one hit wonders that no one remembers?

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    1. Yes you've got it,all the bands you mention are "one hit wonders" now go away MYOB leave my neighbors alone.

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    2. Stone temple pilots sold over 40m records- not 'one hit wonders'. Don't think Tony was looking to make a 'hit' record.

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  10. Man, that is one depressing cover photo. Fat and flip flops wrapped up like a confederate burrito.

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    1. It doesn't look like the South is going to rise again. Heck, I'm surprised they can even get up off the couch.

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    2. Dude hasn't seen his knees in years.

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  11. Your neighbors dress as confederate burritos? Sierra Madre appears to be the 60's revival of psychedelic city of L.A.
    Read that the new City Manager has a Cannabis connection. Stay High Tattlers! Now you blogging Bolshevik's make sense.

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    1. Aw, that was a cute post.

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    2. I guess you're not from around these parts Sierra Madre has been living in the 60's since the late 50's.

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    3. Trumpies are so angry.

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    4. Considering thatcthe Trump administration is shot through with Kremlin operatives, the Bolshevik charge is hilarious.

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    5. 10:21 that was actually pretty funny. U can still see tie dye at Mary's market

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    6. And painted rocks.

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  12. What is the lapel button that Bannon wears that is shaped six sided and grey/green color (metal)?

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  13. This is the pin I was asking about. What is it? In this photo can anyone tell me what his physical appearance says about his health?

    http://www.pressherald.com/2017/02/01/steve-bannons-past-statements-paint-a-picture-of-whats-to-come-under-tump/

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  14. "Cant be young forever"; Roll along...stayed Stoned...

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    1. We are in the presence of a rock critic. All bow down.

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  15. "Run away" "Monster" "Take the Throne", Hip Hop; Hip Hop. "Black Skinhead", beautiful tradictions and family. Fantastic.

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    1. Well, he's no Machine Gun Kelly, but he's tryin n'.

      Lace Up.

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  16. "Papa", protect your children, "save your prayers, at least for a few days for me", that extra something else... American Bandstand. "Use you, till I use you up Baby. It's the nature of the business". "Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today", Celebrate the Spirit... Revolution.

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  17. "Anarchy and freedom is what I want" sv

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    1. What I want, want,want,want,want, want...

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    2. I'll take the latter, thanks.

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    3. So you're opposed to Trump?

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    4. Of Course I'm opposed to trump. Fascism ain't Anarchy or Freedom

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  18. Musicians that have more conservative outlooks on life: Kidd Rock, Alice Cooper, Kanye West (Black Skinhead), Prince (Revolution).

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    1. Yet none of them, particularly prince, were available for poor trump's failed inauguration party.

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    2. I'm surprised David Bowie didn't show.

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  19. 12:08pm. Mary did enjoy her Jameson's, kept it with the coffee behind the counter. The tie dye was near the soap!

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    1. A lovely kind lady. Only place I could buy a cigarette for 10cents when I was 12 y.o.

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    2. If you did that nowadays you'd spend the next decade in chains.

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    3. Mary's got busted by the cops for selling single cigarettes to minors back around 2008/9

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    4. This was 1968 lol

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  20. Arcadia City Council denies Verizon cellular tower on church property after neighbors complain about eyesore, possible radiation and potential bad fung shui. So, now superstitions will be considered by Arcadia CC. You gotta just love that !! Check your brain at the door.

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    1. Every time you use US currency that is printed 'god bless america' you're mixing superstition and government. Check your braincase

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  21. Now you know why he was courting Abe:

    America’s biggest foreign creditors are suddenly having second thoughts about financing the U.S. government.

    In Japan, the largest holder of Treasuries, investors culled their stakes in December by the most in almost four years, the Ministry of Finance’s most recent figures show. What’s striking is the selling has persisted at a time when going abroad has rarely been so attractive. And it’s not just the Japanese. Across the world, foreigners are pulling back from U.S. debt like never before.

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    1. Trump is the great American disaster. I can't believe his toadies can't see where this is all leading.

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    2. Trump will need to borrow trillions to funds his tax cuts and infrastructure plans.

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  22. Arcadia is attempting for the second time to eradicate coyotes by hiring a trapper ($10,000). They did this a few years back and budgeted $35,000 for the trapping (and killing) some 18 coyotes. That was all the trapper got by the end of his employment for the sum budgeted. By the time the wildlife biologists found out and they called a public meeting attended to by 200, people were up in arms. The specialist told the city they just made it easlier for 18 new coyote to show up to fill the vacumn. People have to change their behavior and not let small pets out without supervision or leave permanent feed for their animals outside. Coyotes don't have to see you dog to know one is not too far off. They can smell the dog food in the dogs waste. Clean up after pets. Known as Alpo tootsie rolls...the coyote follows the smell to the dog or the dog food.

    Remember Everything is Food.

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  23. That's it. 2:36pm is a groupie. Always talking party party party, hair styles, boobs. Superstition, God and money, make it rain!

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    1. You're referring to that scene in purple rain where Prince makes Apollonia purify herself in the waters of Lake Minnetonka? Love that movie! Very conservative

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  24. 'No challenge is to great’: Trump’s official inauguration portrait features an obvious typo

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    1. Awesome.
      http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/319170-trumps-official-inauguration-poster-has-glaring-typo

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