November 05, 2004


Reason’s Ronald Bailey attends a Joan Baez concert -- and witnesses a terrifying transformation:

Joan stopped singing and announced that she had "multiple personalities." One of her multiple personalities is that of a fifteen year old poor black girl named Alice from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. Baez decided to share with us Alice's views on the election. Amazed and horrified I watched a rich, famous, extremely white folksinger perform what can only be described as bit of minstrelsy—only the painted on blackface was missing.

Baez' monologue was filled with phrases like, "I'se g'win ta" to do this that or the other and dropping all final "g's." Baez as Alice made statements like, "de prezident, he be a racist," and "de prezident, he got a bug fer killin'." Finally, since Bush won the election with 58.7 million votes to Kerry's 55.1 million, Alice observed, "Seems lak haf' de country be plumb crazy." Since Baez was reading Alice's notes, it is evident that she thinks that Arkansas' public schools don't teach black children to write standard English.

Once Joan finished her minstrelsy riff, the audience, in which I did not see a single black person, went wild with applause and hoots and hollers. I have never felt so embarrassed for a bunch of "liberals" in my life.

It’s embarrassing enough that they were at a Baez concert in the first place. Meanwhile, among the sane: Marvel as a Gay Jewish Liberal Turns Neo-Conservative Warmonger!

Posted by Tim Blair at November 5, 2004 12:43 PM

gawd, in charlottesville, too.

but hey, since it's fashionable now, maybe cheney and bush should do an amos 'n andy bit in their next speech. certainly no one could get upset...right?

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at November 5, 2004 at 12:51 PM

Democrats can do that, because Al Sharpton and Carol Mos'ly Brown were among their primary candidates. This is no more patronizing that Al Gore working himself into a lather speaking to black congregations in churches.

Once again, imagine the response if, say, Condoleeza Rice and done this in a public address.

This in a country where Disney's Song of the South has been erased from the cultural memory.

Posted by: AST at November 5, 2004 at 01:11 PM

In Joan's liberal think, each personality gets one vote and two votes if you are an oppressed minority personality.

Posted by: perfectsense at November 5, 2004 at 01:17 PM

Ahh yes, liberals, the new racist bigots. The mid-term elections should be fun if this trash continues to dominate the public perception of the Democratic party. And the media will be less and less able to hide all the warts.

Posted by: PW at November 5, 2004 at 01:19 PM

hey, who knew joan baez was born a poor black child in alabama?

Posted by: james at November 5, 2004 at 01:20 PM

Jeez, they can do this and they cut scene from Warner Bros. cartoons with Sylvester or some other character doing an Eddie "Rochester" Anderson impersonation. What kind of logic is that?

Posted by: John at November 5, 2004 at 01:28 PM


Are all minorities nothing more than caricatures for wealthy white liberals? That absurd assumption that a slightly darkened skin tone denotes someone incapable of neither dealing with life nor of achieving success unaided?

too bizzare.

Posted by: ed at November 5, 2004 at 01:29 PM

"Song of the South" Lives!

Especially this week: My Oh My What a Wonderful Day!

Posted by: Dave Himrich at November 5, 2004 at 01:36 PM

ick, that story gives me the shivers

Posted by: lexine at November 5, 2004 at 01:45 PM

It took less time than I thought, but the leftoids are losing it. The entertainment industry is starting the trend. Joan Baez pulls a stunt that would get anyone else booed off the stage and boycotted by the NAACP. Left leaning blogs sound like a mass therapy session for paranoid schizophrenics. Conspiracy theories are everywhere.

So what is next? Sean Penn does TV spots asking for donations to the Iraqi "Minute Men"? The Dixie Chicks hold a morale tour of Al Qaeda training camps? Michael Moore holds a telethon to raise funds for Wahhabi schools? Leftoid actresses compete to be Osama bin Laden's next wife?

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 5, 2004 at 01:56 PM

Are Joan Baez's song royalty checks made out to her, or are multiple checks cut, one for each personality? How many tax returns does Joan file? With multiple personalities, Joan can really take advantage of the personal deduction and save tons on her taxes. But then again, liberals want to pay more taxes.

Posted by: perfectsense at November 5, 2004 at 01:58 PM

TRJ I don't worry about the actor and media types. They're simply an affront to cognitive thought. What I really worry about is a redux of the 60's radical para-military violent faction types. Even the DU'ers are simply running on hot air. But some of these bozos could go ballistic just like the 60's. Then we not only have worry about the terrorists from outside, but also the hardcore nutcases from within.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 5, 2004 at 02:16 PM

All those drugs were bound to have an effect sooner or later

Posted by: Le clerc at November 5, 2004 at 02:20 PM

I agree on the hardcore nutcases on the inside, YoJimbo. And that's why I'm worried about these clowns.

Sean Penn take up a weapon? Please! The guy is a friggin' actor; he preens for the left to improve his theater draw. But he is a role model of sorts to some. And if some leftoid thinks that Sean Penn approved of their taking up arms against this country, well, that's a different story.

Farfetched? Perhaps. But we are clearly seeing a meltdown of the left, with rationality and judgement going out the window (if it was ever there to begin with). The actions of these Hollywood idiots could be a catalyst with that small group physically and mentally able to take violent action.

With these many nuts bouncing around, there has to be a couple of psychopaths in the crowd. And that's all it takes.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 5, 2004 at 02:27 PM

Al Capp's been dead for 25 years but his creation of 40-odd years ago lives on. Hey Al! Joaney Phoney still doin' it!

Posted by: graboy at November 5, 2004 at 02:34 PM

TRJ. I don't disagree with that. BUT. The structure of the 60's is still in place. It's called anti-globalization. This is an umbrella concept which houses the International ANSWER crowd etc. There are enough anarchists and neo-Marxists in there to really start the ball rolling without the yucks from Hollywierd. Some even refer to theselves as "Watermellons"-green on the outside and red on the inside. It's not too far up the ladder from throwing bricks through a McDonalds window in Seattle to real hardcore stuff-and you know what I mean.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 5, 2004 at 02:51 PM

Yeah, YoJimbo, I see your point. The larger threat is from those with a heritage of violent political action. I recall the Seattle WTO riots all too well, having friends in the Washington Guard during that time.

Unfortunately, you've merely described the threat with the highest potential. The other nutcases (Hollywood motivated or otherwise) are another piece of the problem.

We'll just have to tough it out. I think that we will. I'm not all that certain that any violent group on the left would have a large support base, an overly large recruit pool, nor the stamina for a prolonged operation. The SLA (of Patty Hearst fame) comes to mind. As Jim Treacher pointed out, one has to have genitals in order to fuck middle America.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 5, 2004 at 03:03 PM

TRJ. I understand your point. I hope you're right on this. We'll just have to agree to disagree on this because I think those three predicates that you mentioned are in place. Just think Weathermen Underground times a whole bunch. In the 60's, they started with no base to speak of. It was a very quick rampup because of the War. After Vietnam, the people left but the structure was left in place. In the 90's Bush the Elder lit the fuse again and they've had over a decade to get the ball rolling. The whole protest movement has morphed into this new crowd.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 5, 2004 at 03:22 PM

Mr. Bingley — And Karl Rove as Kingfish?

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 5, 2004 at 03:39 PM

The Real JeffS — When Sean Penn's car was stolen in NYC a while back, he admitted to the cops he had a 9mm and a .357 magnum in the vehicle...

Posted by: richard mcenroe at November 5, 2004 at 03:42 PM

Actually Richard, Penn's car was stolen in San Francisco and you're correct about the guns.

Anyone here remember actor Ted Danson dressing up in blackface with Whoopi Goldberg several years ago? It caused some mild tut-tutting but then Ted married Mary Steenburgen and became best friends with President and Mrs. Clinton so all is forgiven.

Still. Joan Baez born poor and black and becoming rich and white! Isn't America a great country?

Posted by: JDB at November 5, 2004 at 04:12 PM

Joan Baez is still alive?

Well I be danged.

sweet potater pie and shut my mouth

Posted by: Terrye at November 5, 2004 at 04:15 PM

YoJimbo, I think that we are both saying the same thing, just in a different manner. No need to agree to disagree, my friend. There's a threat, and potentially a serious one.

"Low intensity conflict" (a misnomer if there ever was one!) requires substantial support (logistically and idealogically) to successfully transform from the "Weathermen Underground" level (essentially a group of terrorists trying to stir the revolution by random violence and propaganda) into a shadow government (such what exists in parts of Columbia) that challenges the legitimate government.

The SLA and Weathermen Underground weren't even to the level of Al Capone in Chicago. More like Bonnie and Clyde, when you brush away the romantic claptrap and deconstructionism. Going from a bunch of bandits to Pancho Villa is a long step, and a hard one. This is likely beyond the left's ability.

The problem is that "low intensity conflict" is low intensity only from a distance. People die, and the economy is hurt. It is terrorism, different from Al Qaeda only by the name and the source. Given the way the left complains about the liberation of Iraq, you can damn sure bet they'll scream if some of their own take up arms. God only knows what they might scream and agitate about then. Michael Moore sets the standard here -- he praises the insurgents (AKA "Minute Men") one minute, and sheds crocodile tears for American dead the next.

No matter; I am preaching to the choir. It's just that I am disturbed by the picture of some young shit holding a sign that says "FUCK MIDDLE AMERICA". Or the Daily Mirror and it's "How can 59 Million Americans Be Dumb?" headline. The barbarians are at the gates, and it's no time to underestimate them.

Thanks for listening!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 5, 2004 at 04:21 PM

Richard -- Sean Penn packing heat in his Mercedes is a lot different than Sean Penn humping a rifle and spare ammo through the woods to conduct an ambush.

Maybe he would trek through the woods towards a battle for a just cause. But I wouldn't bet on it

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 5, 2004 at 04:25 PM

TRJ No problem. They steam me to-real bigtime!! I understand where you're coming from in terms of "low intensity conflict" I certainly agree to a large extent. My only point is that there are some really bad people out there and I'm afraid that they might be operating on a more pervasive and sophisticated scale than both of us give them credit for. Nite from the great southwest.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 5, 2004 at 04:37 PM

You might consider the D.C. snipers to be the first in this crowd.

Posted by: John from OK at November 5, 2004 at 04:37 PM

Got your point, YoJimbo. And you're right.

Good night from the Pacific Northwest!

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 5, 2004 at 04:51 PM


Ahh yes, liberals, the new racist bigots

Not new at all, they have been the bigots all along.

It's the, 'soft bigotry, of low expectations'.

And now for a song, I BOUGHT MYSELF A HAMMER, or as Joan might sing it, ISE DONE BOUGHTS MYSELFS A HAMMAH.

Posted by: Thomas at November 5, 2004 at 06:06 PM

actually, there's a big difference now from the last time these murderous lefties flared up, and that is that the weightier portion of the populace fully support and in fact publically cheer for police and fireman, so if any of these bastards try anything they will be caught in short order, turned in by a populace that is, of course, or should i say that has just proven itself to be, too "stooopid" to embrace the truths that these deranged wackos are trying to peddle.

Posted by: Mr. Bingley at November 5, 2004 at 10:39 PM

Sean Penn in combat? Hahahahahah. Right next to Johnny Depp, any of The Three Sheens (now THERE's a name for a Neo Motown group!) and Michael J. Fox.

Graboy was on the right track with an Al Capp character for Baez.

Living long enough to witness Baez end in farce is so pleasing it should be outlawed.

Posted by: Rhod at November 5, 2004 at 10:45 PM

"He hates these cans!"

I'm somehow reminded of the first lines of Steve Martin's The Jerk:

"I was born the son of a poor black sharecropper..."

I think he meant that to be funny.

I remember a few years ago, telling Chuck D. of Public Enemy that, much as he hated Republicans, his worst enemy was actually liberal Democrats. He seemed to agree, but seemed to say something to the effect that it was information he couldn't use, so to speak.

Posted by: rick mcginnis at November 5, 2004 at 10:48 PM

Not to worry about violent lefties. We're the ones with all the guns, remember? Well, except maybe the celebrity lefties who we all know are exceptions to every rule. But I'll put my AR-15 up against Sean Pencildicks pistol any day.

Posted by: alfadog at November 5, 2004 at 11:26 PM

Yeah, alfadog, some people just don't understand ballistics, and how the ability to "reach out and touch someone" is critical in battle, eh? :-)

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 6, 2004 at 12:47 AM

Yo! Alfadog! How ya goin to drop the hammer on a gas attack ala the subway in Japan? Splain me that! There are different type of threats out there these days.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 6, 2004 at 01:31 AM

LSD is a hell of a drug!

Posted by: Don Mynack at November 6, 2004 at 01:59 AM

Don Mynack. It was Sarin gas, not LSD. They found it in London also. Not that difficult to make. Doctrines has changed.

Posted by: YoJImbo at November 6, 2004 at 02:26 AM

I'm really sorry to hear about Joan's performance because, even though I've never agreed with her politically, I've enjoyed her concerts. Believe it or not, in current years her shows haven't been that political. (At least not the one's I saw.) They were more personal reflections of growing older and she always laughed at herself, she was very self-deprecating. I love her voice, so I'll continue to listen to her music, but I don't want to witness her meltdown. It's a shame.

Posted by: Polly at November 6, 2004 at 03:17 AM

Or look at the Oklahoma City bombing, with a homemade truck bomb, Don/YoJimbo. Sean Penn and his pistols don't bother me, although it is amusing to see that wanker carrying. It's the educated and/or trained home grown terrorists that are the real worry.

Posted by: The Real JeffS at November 6, 2004 at 04:22 AM

TRJ. You're right. They won't be able to acquire military grade happy smack. Unfortunately, there's enough of this other type of stuff to go around. Yea! They are funny! Has anyone shown him how to "point" those things. I would like to hear a "report" on that. I've had DU and PFAW bookmarked for along time. Makes for funny reading.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 6, 2004 at 05:00 AM

Er,make that fun reading of the funny people. Sorry. Also, Right,Left and Islamo, they're all there.

Posted by: YoJimbo at November 6, 2004 at 05:12 AM

Still. Joan Baez born poor and black and becoming rich and white! Isn't America a great country?

Nearly as good as Michael Jackson.

He started life as a poor, black boy, and now he's a rich, white woman.

I like Joan Baez's voice and singing, even though her politics are junk.

I like Wagner's music - even though he was crazy Jew Hater.

Posted by: goetz von berlichingen at November 6, 2004 at 01:26 PM