Gut Rumbles

September 28, 2003

the kkk

I went through Robbinsville, North Carolina, in 1990 and happened to catch a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in front of the county courthouse. About a dozen assholes in bedsheets and hoods stood there looking ridiculous while about 50 tourists and rubber-neckers took pictures of them.

I was with Dora then, and we were on our way for a week of camping at Joyce Kilmer State Park. "I wish those people wouldn't do that," she said as we drove by.

"What?" I responded. "You don't want people taking pictures of idiots in bedsheets?"

"Rob, you know what I mean. I don't like the Klan making the South look bad the way they do."

I said, "Dora, I LOVE IT when I see something like this. Look at the crowd. They resemble the people who pay 25 cents to watch a geek bite the head off a live chicken at the local fair. They aren't looking at those assholes in sheets as anything other than freaks. I wish that they wouldn't look at all, but what they're doing now is a damn sight better than cheering those morons."

That's how much the South has changed since I was a child. Nobody but Jesse Jackson takes the Klan seriously anymore, and he's beating a dead horse. A common joke where I live is "What has twelve feet, five teeth and six bedsheets? A meeting of the Ku Klux Klan."

As long as people regard the KKK as a bunch of freaks, we're making progress in this country. When people start to regard Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton the same way they regard the Klan, we'll be close to where we need to be.

But we'll get rid of the Klan LONG before we get rid of Jesse and Al. Some freaks still get a lot of attention.


In your own way you're a racist bastard, posing as an enlightened liberal. my reading of your site leads me to assume you are an infantile mind, pretending to be a literary intellectual. but your track record as a husband, father, et al. is miserable. You haven't a clue what it means to be an adult.
Tits, jugs, skidmarks, farts, violence, rough sex, booze, etc. Puerile observations, bathroom-sex talk. These are what your blog provides. Why you think, and why your readers think this is so wonderful is a mystery to me. YOU are part of the problem of the incivility of public discourse. Your defenders propose that you emotional stability is so fragile that without the outlet for your profanity and hostility you would kill your self is as bogus as only the demented would know. Being a ranting antisocial prick is not the road of mental health. I would have thought you'd have learned that by now.

Posted by: Boyd on September 28, 2003 12:59 PM

Unless Boyd has a PhD in psychology, he'd best not be opining that way, here, or on anyone else's blog. That is the sign of pure ignorance to do what he just did. If he did have a degree, he'd know better.

Posted by: MommaBear on September 28, 2003 01:06 PM

Do you know why the KKK wears pointy hats?

They're the only things that will cover their pointy heads.

Posted by: Jack on September 28, 2003 01:15 PM

Actually this is a post that I think truly describes your average Southern person's opinion of racism. The less divide we make of each other, the closer we become.

Acidman may make some comments that can be taken offensively regarding, sex, violence, farting blah, blah, blah, but in this case I think he makes a very valid point - one which I happen to agree with.

Sharpton and Jackson are doing no more good to fight racism than the KKK are doing to promote it.

We must see the freaks for what they are.

And Boyd, I don't see how your comments are meant to be helpful, they are more hurtful than anything. If you really cared about this man, I would think you find a more meaningful way of showing it.

Posted by: Dawn on September 28, 2003 01:17 PM

I have no reason to care for this man--one way or another. I read what he writes and evaluate it on it's merits. My conclusion is that he neither writes or describes anything particularly admirable. That is my point. One does not need a PhD or any other degree to spot a scoundrel. Or have an opinion.

Posted by: boyd on September 28, 2003 01:35 PM

i admit I have misgivings about Rob's attitudes and values. To teach his son to 'hit to kill" in a game of football does not strike me as wholesome. Macho yes. But wise? I don't think so. It's okay to encourage competitiveness, but that's not the same thing as what Rob said he wanted to encourage. I like his blog, but I read it mainly for the perspective it gives me on the mentality of certain marginal character-types in America. The thing that interests me most is the extend to which his readers are supportive of his anti-social and deviant attitudes. People in America are very, very angry.

Posted by: Riley on September 28, 2003 01:49 PM

Here's to you Boyd, for truly showing your ass. Obviously you haven't read enough of Acidman's writing to know what you're talking about.
And you, Riley. "Marginal character types" my ass. I don't recall seeing your name in here before. Didn't you ever hear "judge not lest ye be judged"?
Also, to the both of you, stop taking things out of context. It makes you look bad.

Posted by: UZI--Q on September 28, 2003 02:01 PM

I agree with Boyd, not with psychologizing, but the suggestion that Acidman's comments in this post are racist. Why pick Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton to represent blacks in America? Why not Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, or Bill Cosby? Colin Powell, Condoleza Rice or Julian Bond? He chose Sharpton and Jackson on purpose plain and simple. His motives are clear. He's racist, a demagogue, and apologist for historical racial intolerance.

Posted by: Daniel on September 28, 2003 02:09 PM

"Showing my ass/" What exactly does that mean, Uzi-Q? Is that your best argument?
Perhaps others will now see my point: Acidman's readers are not intelligent, mature, or savvy in the ways of the world. They tend to be dumb, provincial, and bigoted. Profanity is considered equal to reason and constructive argument. Tits, ass, blow jobs, cunts asswiipes and BWAHHAHAHAHA! are the level of discussion amongst Acidman's readers.

Posted by: Boyd on September 28, 2003 02:19 PM

You have to admit, anybody who links to skidmarks, farts and fudgepackers is a not very serious or mature thinker. Taking any kind of information or opinion from this blog is foolish--to say the least. At best it has some minor entertainment value--for those who are easily amused, by scatological and puerile humor.

Get a grip folks!

Posted by: Gloria on September 28, 2003 02:26 PM

posing as an enlightened liberal

This phrase alone proves that Boyd doesn't know what he's talking about.

Posted by: Juliette on September 28, 2003 02:38 PM

Perhaps others will now see my point: Acidman's readers are not intelligent, mature, or savvy in the ways of the world.

Prove it. Use a larger, representative, factual sample and make an argument from that. Otherwise, be branded as a troll.

Posted by: Juliette on September 28, 2003 02:44 PM

"Why not Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, or Bill Cosby? Colin Powell, Condoleza Rice or Julian Bond?" asks Daniel, who then gives an answer designed to suport Daniel's view.

Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Bill Cosby, Colin Powell, Condoleza Rice and Julian Bond are not the flaky racist nutbars that Jackson and Sharpton are. Guess what? There are loonies of all races. Pointing to two of the more idotic ones who happen to be un-white is evidence of exactly nothing, particularly after his comments on the KKK.

Posted by: Fred on September 28, 2003 02:44 PM

Well, Juliette sure doesn't know HTML, so there is a problem for openers!

Some of the folks came here only to get their thrills from trying to look smart [but they failed]. The rest of us know EXACTLY where we're at. Thank heavens it's not where they are!

Posted by: MommaBear on September 28, 2003 04:34 PM

Gee, if this Boyd guy really believes that "Acidman's readers are not intelligent, mature, or savvy in the ways of the world. They tend to be dumb, provincial, and bigoted." One must wonder what the hell he is doing here reading Acidman's blog?

I consider myself intelligent, mature, and savvy in the ways of the world, but I still have a sense of humor! And personally, I think profanity definitely has its place in the world, and Rob uses it well.

Rob has been more open about his past than most of us bloggers are, and doesn't claim to have been an angel.

I'm more than a little confused as to where this Boyd, Riley, Daniel and Gloria have come from?

Could they all be the same person?

Hell, I don't know, nor do I care, but I see nothing racist or idealogical about Rob's comments on Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

In fact, I would add Louis Farrakhan to the list of racists who happen to be dark skinned.

Posted by: Beth on September 28, 2003 05:27 PM

Um, I think there's a bit of a glich in Acidman's site, as we can see. ;-)

Posted by: Juliette on September 28, 2003 05:30 PM

Juilan Bond is a racist nutbar.

Posted by: Acidman on September 28, 2003 05:44 PM

No glitch in the site; A-Man had to fix wittle Juliet's boo-boo for her! :-)

Posted by: MommaBear on September 28, 2003 05:46 PM

You noticed that, Mommabear?

Posted by: Acidman on September 28, 2003 06:01 PM

"Boyd", "Daniel", "Riley" there must be something here that is drawing you back over and over. If Acidman was so racist and horrible, WHY ARE YOU HERE? ANSWER THAT? You'd comment and move on, but NOOO, YOUR STILL HERE! WHY?

Posted by: Sam on September 28, 2003 06:13 PM

Will somebody please explain to me why it is that the libs get so bent out of shape over the fact that W is a religion concious faithful man. But nobody seems to have any problem with the REVEREND Al Sharpton. They aways give him his title when reporting on him, but nobody seems concerned that he's concious of his religion. Could this be a double standard? No way! Say it isn't so!!

Posted by: Doon on September 28, 2003 06:57 PM

Help me out here. I could have sworn I closed my tags. Sorry.

Posted by: Juliette on September 28, 2003 07:18 PM

No, Juliette, you missed one. I fixed it.

Posted by: Acidman on September 28, 2003 07:37 PM

By the way, Juliette, you have a beautiful name.

Posted by: Acidman on September 28, 2003 07:39 PM

Oh, and one more thing.
I can't get past that comment about Acidman's readers being "not intelligent, mature, or savvy in the ways of the world."
I'm tired of people coming in here and acting like they are so much better than everyone else. I finally figured it out. It's just plain old arrogance. There are many other blog sites you could go to where people aren't so below your class system and your intelligence level. But I guess that it's easier to throw stones...........anonymously.

Posted by: UZI--Q on September 28, 2003 08:05 PM

I would claim it's because I'm blond, but we both know that's not true :-)

Thank you. :-D

Posted by: Juliette on September 28, 2003 08:06 PM

I, too, wonder why anyone continues to visit a blog they find so objectionable. Also, I wonder why they don't start a blog of their own and give counter-arguments instead of using Acidman's bandwidth.

Posted by: Indigo on September 28, 2003 08:31 PM

You see, what I fail to understand is why it is ok for the REVEREND Jesse Jackson, and the REVEREND Al Sharpton to go around sputtering inane racist banter. I mean really folks, is that what the good book taught them? I think not. And for anyone who chooses to insult my intelligence, or my worldly-ness, go right ahead, you don't know me from a hole in the ground. I hate the clan, I hate the IRA, I hate just about any group of people who claim superiority over another because of race, religion, or some other ephemeral reason. I agree with your point Mr. Rob, that this country is full of racist assholes, and the ones who wear sheets are not the ones to be afraid of. Oh no, you have to be wary of the ones who are striving for "equality" much more than the obvious threat. Anyway, that's my two cents, like it or lump it.

Posted by: LittleJoe on September 29, 2003 12:07 AM

You trolls came to open house and dropped turds in the punch bowl. Commenters here are encouraged to express themselves freely, but beware. Idiocy is subject to random flaming.

-the problem of the incivility of public discourse. - I translate as: You people are offending me. PC bullshit! You have no right not to be offended, only the right to freely choose to read something else.

- Being a ranting antisocial prick is not the road of mental health.- Rob's blog. He can rant, swear, whatever. If you bothered to read back even a few days, you'd know this blog has been a way for him to heal real wounds inflicted in the real world, a place you should visit when you get off shift at Burger King, if Mom lets you. Your faux-intellectual psychobabble makes my skin crawl. I'm willing to bet I have more education than all your family put together, Boyd. If I'm wrong there's still the obvious fact that your education didn't enhance your ability to think. At least I conned to the fact that psych ain't an exact science in 101.

Not too surprising the other F-I missed the Sharpton, Jackson point altogether, either. If there's no racism, these guys lose their jobs.

How come extreme libs have no sense of humor? As Pop used to say, fuck em if they can't take a joke.

Posted by: Larry on September 29, 2003 12:12 AM

How come extreme libs have no sense of humor?

I dunno if I'd say that. I think the Dem presidential field is the funniest practical joke I've ever seen.

Posted by: McGehee on September 29, 2003 03:17 AM

Gee, that poor poor Rob has had a rough go of it. Here's something that says it all.

If only those trolls would leave Rob alone everything would be all right.

Posted by: Poor Rob on September 29, 2003 10:14 AM

Jessy Jackson and Al Sharpton are the biggest racists on the planet.
and I don't belive he was representing blacks by mentioning them. he was talking about them not blacks in general. the problem is the people who take something said like that and make it a black /white issue instead of takeing it as it was said.....

Posted by: a visitor on September 29, 2003 10:25 AM

Types like Boyd and Riley are just slumming when they visit this site -- so they can see how "those people" live and pass pseudo-intellectual commentary thereon..

Condescending assholes.

Posted by: Kim du Toit on September 29, 2003 12:21 PM

I think that Farrakhan is a bigger racist than Jackson and Sharpton combined. I have never heard either of them claim that white people(the Man) are building Interstates near ghettoes so that we (the Man) can roll in tanks to kill all the blacks. That is why we (the Man) want the blacks unarmed. And that we (the Man) don't want blacks to be Muslim, because then they might stop buying cigarettes, booze, and having kids out of wedlock.
Farrakhan cannot even tell the difference between Leftist whites (gun bans and welfare votes) and Right whites (big corporations). And Louie still believes that the CIA (the wicked Hand of the Man if one exists) invented crack, and started selling it in the ghettoes.

And I am not even going to start about his comments about Jews, Christians, and what Allah is going to do to America.

Farrakhan is FUCKING, RACIST NUT, who gets a pass for being black and Muslim.

Posted by: Eric Sivula on September 29, 2003 02:55 PM

The difference between Farrakhan and the rev Jesse Sharpton is that Farrakhan is overt. Jesse and Al THINK they're flying under the radar. Jesse did some good things in his youth. A shame it went to his head. Now he lives off prolonging racism. Al missed his true calling, standup comedy. He's as slimy as anything that ever crawled out from under a rock.

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