Truth to Power

Free speech has a cost, thankfully

Looks like a few folks are discovering that while you have every right to mutter whatever crusted pants nonsense you’d like, it might cost ya:

Axed Ted Nugent flipped out on paper; referenced Nazis

Ted Nugent, the “Texas Wildman” rocker, is no longer a newspaper columnist. At least, not in Waco, Texas.

It all started when The Waco Tribune’s new owners laid down an alternate set of rules for their editorial page. Number one, more conservative views will be expressed. Number two, no more being mean. (That’s a paraphrase.)

Ted did not like this.

“So I get this spineless, soulless anti-American Email from Carlos Sanchez, new editor of Waco Tribune, listing new rules for my weekly Sunday feature telling me I cant [sic] criticize anyone, only recommend things, can’t have any negativity, only cute nicyness,” he blasted on his Web site – his online “Tedquarters,” as he calls it.

That was all it took. At that point, The Waco Tribune decided to put Ted’s column to bed.

In a rampaging reply published by Texas Monthly (“my Teditorial,” he called it), Nugent referenced Nazis and said that asking him to be respectful was akin to spitting on the memories of America’s founders.

When the Nazis had the Americans surrounded in the town of Bastogne, they demanded American General McAuliffe surrender or they would level the city. General McAuliffe’s reply: Nuts!

The new editor of the Waco Trib recently told me that I could only write nice things about people, that I could not be critical. Basically, that I need to tone it down. I can not, nor will not, comply with this Romper Room request. My reply: Nuts!</em>

Sadly, this won’t silence Ted from ranting about whatever hypocritical crap fills his aged head or even from crankin’ out his high school level rock, but thankfully nobody listens to his music anymore.

Bigger game you say? How about the wannabe Howard Beale, Glenn “Cry me a river” Beck?

Eight More Companies Decide to Pull Ads from Glenn Beck; Twenty Companies Have Now Pulled Advertising

Wal-Mart, CVS, Best Buy, Travelocity, Among Latest to Pull Ads

OAKLAND, Calif.–Eight more Glenn Beck advertisers, including Wal-Mart – the world’s largest retailer – have confirmed to that they pulled their ads from the controversial Fox News Channel broadcaster’s eponymous show. Allergan (maker of Restasis), Ally Bank (a unit of GMAC Financial Services), Best Buy, Broadview Security, CVS, Re-Bath, Travelocity and Wal-Mart join the dozen other companies who previously distanced themselves from Beck.

Twenty companies have pulled their ads from Beck’s show in just the last two weeks. The moves come after the Fox News host called President Obama a “racist” who “has a deep-seated hatred for white people” during an appearance on Fox & Friends. Previous companies who pulled their ads include ConAgra, GEICO,, Men’s Wearhouse, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance, RadioShack, Roche, SC Johnson, Sanofi-Aventis, Sargento, and State Farm Insurance. </em>

Beck’s supporters howl censorship (which can only be done by government) but it of course is nothing but the heralded free market returning a judgment on your performance. And isn’t that what all the “Dat negro is a Marxist socialist” dimbulbs have been hectoring us with 24/7?

Glenn Beck is free to natter whatever moronic nonsense he chooses about anybody he’d like. We’d just rather see him do it on a street corner, not on national television.

Recently on Ink 19...

Henry V

Henry V

Archikulture Digest

Blood, guts, and kicking butt in France — it’s the age-old story of Shakespeare. Carl F. Gauze once again enjoys the salacious violence and complicated plot points of Henry V, in the moody dark of Orlando Shakes.

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor

New Music Now 011: Nora O’Connor


On today’s New Music Now, Judy Craddock talks to our musical guest, Nora O’Connor, about her solo album, My Heart, and the captivating new music she’s listening to right now. Tune in for great music, and more ’90s references than you can shake a scrunchie at.

Big Time Gambling Boss

Big Time Gambling Boss

Screen Reviews

Writer Kazuo Kasahara and director Kôsaku Yamashita transcend genre conventions to create the memorable film Big Time Gambling Boss. Phil Bailey reviews.

Frank Bello

Frank Bello


Frank Bello’s new memoir Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surviving Anguish, Abandonment, and Anthrax takes us from a New York childhood, to Anthrax stadium tours, to fatherhood with the charming informality of a conversation with an old friend. Then I’m Gone, Bello’s first solo EP, provides accompaniment. Joe Frietze reviews.

%d bloggers like this: