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  • NRA's Ted Nugent Posts Racist "2 Niggers And A Stolen Truck" Meme

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent posted a racially derogatory image on his Facebook page that he said was an advertisement for a moving company called "2 niggers and a stolen truck."

    In a March 31 post, Nugent shared the image with his comment: "Before all the braindead dishonest lying scum politically correct racist hatepunks get all goofball toxic on us here, I am simply promoting a brilliant entrepreneur in Detroit that created a clever bussiness. His words, not mine. Ya gotta luv this guy!! When in doubt whip it out!"

    In addition to racist language, the image also has racial caricatures of black people:

    There is no actual moving company; the image is actually a fake that has been shared on racist websites and condemned by civil rights leaders.

    Nugent, who wrote a column last year for conspiracy website WND praising the use of the word "nigger," even as a racial insult, frequently makes racially charged and otherwise inflammatory comments. Earlier in 2016, he caused widespread controversy for sharing anti-Semitic material on his Facebook page.

    Nugent is up for re-election to the NRA's board during the gun organization's May 2016 annual meeting.

  • NRA's Ted Nugent On Why Guns Are Better Than Women: "Guns Function Normally Every Day Of The Month"

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent shared a sexist chain letter on social media, which claimed that "men prefer guns over women" because "guns function normally every day of the month."

    Nugent's post is the latest example of a phenomenon where the NRA increasingly tries to attract women to the organization even as the organization's leadership engages in sexist and degrading commentary.

    Nugent's March 24 post on Facebook listed several other reasons that "men prefer guns over women," including, "A gun doesn't mind if you go to sleep after you use it," and, "You can buy a silencer for a gun":

    Nugent has a lengthy history of misogynist commentary, including calling women "worthless bitch," "worthless whore," "toxic cunt," "fat pig," and "dirty whore." He recently claimed -- while defending Donald Trump -- that he watches Fox News host Megyn Kelly's program "to just look at her. And I usually sit naked on the couch dropping hot brass on my stuff."

  • "Beanochimp": After Anti-Semitism Controversy, NRA's Ted Nugent Turns To Hispanics

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    During a Facebook discussion about the Benghazi terror attacks, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent called a critic with a Hispanic name a "beanochimp" and suggested the man should die.

    On March 10, Nugent shared a video from conservative commentator Bill Whittle about the Benghazi attack, writing, "Hey GOP, why the hell isnt Clinton & Obama et al behind bars yet? Does anybody give a shit?"

    Nugent previously called for Obama and Clinton to be hanged over the 2012 attacks.

    In the ensuing discussion on Nugent's March 10 post, commenter Jorge Freixa told Nugent, "Ted, stick to music. I had way more respect for you before I heard your politics."

    Nugent responded, "all sheep agree with u uncaring soulless America hating punk. FkU. ES&D beanochimp."

    Nugent then "liked" a comment telling Freixa to "Go back to El Salvador."

    Nugent frequently uses his Facebook page to spread his bigotry to nearly three million followers. In February, Nugent caused widespread controversy after posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page. Following immediate criticism of that post, Nugent doubled down by making several inflammatory claims about the Holocaust. As the controversy continued 10 days later, Nugent finally issued an apology, claiming that he did not realize the image -- which had obvious anti-Semitism imagery and text -- was anti-Semitic.

    Even following that controversy, Nugent has continued to be touted by Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, which highlights Nugent's statement that "Cruz is his favorite presidential candidate" on its website. Although he has said that he will not make an endorsement in the GOP primary, Nugent frequently praises Republican contenders Cruz and Donald Trump.

    The long-serving NRA board member, who is up for reelection at the NRA's May 2016 annual meeting, frequently uses racially inflammatory language or racial slurs, including using the words "nigger," and "japs," referring to President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel," calling black rappers "big uneducated greasy black mongrels," and claiming that Cubans "haven't figured out personal hygiene yet."

  • Ten Days After Controversy Begins, NRA's Ted Nugent Finally Apologizes For Anti-Semitic Facebook Post

    Nugent Claims He "Made No Connection Whatsoever To Any Religious Affiliation" When Posting Image With Israeli Flags Next To Faces Of Jewish Gun Safety Advocates

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Ten days after posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page, National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent has apologized, claiming he did not realize the image he shared that placed Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates had a "connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation."

    Nugent's apology comes as controversy swirls over his role on the NRA's board of directors and relationship with GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The tone in his latest statement -- his fourth response to the criticism he has received from civil rights groups, media figures, and even far-right gun groups -- is a marked departure from previous explanations he gave for posting the image, which included claiming that "Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise" and that his critics were "mentally challenged."

    In a February 18 statement to MLive, Nugent said, "Can I say oy vey? I sincerely apologize for my irresponsible re-posting of such a nasty and offensive meme. In my rush between songwriting jams and musical recording frenzy, all I saw was the images of people dedicated to disarm us, I made no connection whatsoever to any religious affiliation." Nugent also added that "everyone knows" that he is not anti-Semitic.

    On February 8, Nugent shared an image headlined, "So who is really behind gun control?" that depicted Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures feature descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg." Nugent captioned the image, "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down."

    Nugent was quickly condemned by the civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League for the anti-Semitic conspiracy alleged by his image. But rather than backing down, Nugent made two additional inflammatory posts on February 8.

    In the first post, Nugent asked, "What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise?" Responding to the charge that he is an anti-Semite, Nugent wrote, "Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar":

    In the second post, Nugent suggested that the United States is on the path to a genocide similar to the Holocaust. His post included an image of Jews being rounded up by Nazis with his comment, "Soulless sheep to slaughter. Not me."

    Nugent also attacked those who called him anti-Semitic in a February 11 interview he posted to his Facebook page, claiming that his critics are "mentally challenged" and "the devil."

    The same day Nugent issued his apology, one of the individuals targeted by the anti-Semitic image Nugent posted spoke out at the Huffington Post.

    John Rosenthal, a co-founder of Stop Handgun Violence, criticized Nugent and targeted the NRA's relationship with him, writing, "Ted Nugent has long represented the NRA and they owe us an explanation of exactly what they're conspiring to encourage their armed followers to do with respect to 'shutting me down.'"

    In 2014, Nugent generated widespread controversy by referring to President Obama as a "subhuman mongrel." After several days of criticism, including by some prominent Republican politicians, Nugent offered a half-hearted apology, though "not necessarily to the president," but then attacked Obama as a lying, law-breaking racist who engages in Nazi tactics. 

  • NRA Silent On Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitism As It Abets An Anti-Muslim Smear Campaign Against Another Board Member

    The NRA Is Investigating Grover Norquist's Alleged Ties To Islamists But Not Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitism

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Apparently at the National Rifle Association (NRA), being the target of a conspiratorial, religiously-motivated smear is a good way to get yourself investigated and possibly kicked out of the organization. Putting forward conspiratorial, religiously-motivated smears is not.

    As the NRA continues to avoid addressing an anti-Semitism controversy that has embroiled organization board member Ted Nugent, a recall campaign against another board member -- conservative activist Grover Norquist -- is moving forward, even though the campaign's basis is a conspiratorial and anti-Muslim smear.

    Following a decades-long campaign by anti-Muslim think tank head Frank Gaffney, which in the past year has been amplified by conservative radio host Glenn Beck, ballots to officially recall Norquist from the NRA board will appear in the March editions of the NRA's magazines, according to a report by Right Wing Watch.

    For at least 15 years, Norquist, a well-known tax activist who founded Americans for Tax Reform, has been targeted by Gaffney, head of the anti-Muslim think tank Center for Security Policy, with the claim that he is a surreptitious agent of the Muslim Brotherhood. Critics of Gaffney have alleged that his smear campaign is largely motivated by the fact that Norquist is married to a Muslim woman and has Muslim in-laws. One high-profile conservative group investigated Gaffney's claims in 2012 and found them to be meritless.

    Norquist has called Gaffney his "stalker" and has accused Gaffney of also spreading rumors that he is gay and a member of "the Jewish-Russian mafia."

    Gaffney's smear campaign against Norquist made headlines again in March 2015 after it was repeatedly promoted by Beck on his nationally-syndicated radio show. Beck, a longtime supporter of the NRA, is a frequent keynote speaker at the gun group's annual meeting.

    Following Beck's endorsement of Gaffney's conspiracy theory, the NRA, at the request of executive vice president Wayne LaPierre, agreed to open an investigation into Norquist's alleged ties "to Islamist groups that have ill intent towards the United States and its allies." The findings of the investigation have yet to be released to the public.

    During the NRA's annual meeting in April 2015, Norquist was reelected to the board, but he also issued a statement saying he had "voluntarily suspended his Board activities pending the outcome of the investigation."

    The NRA has handled controversy surrounding Nugent, who posted an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page and then subsequently made inflammatory posts and statements about the Holocaust, in a much different manner. Nugent's image suggested that laws regulating guns were the result of a Jewish conspiracy and included descriptions of alleged conspirators such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg," and deceased former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) who "Gave Russian Jew immigrants your tax money."

    After declining to comment on Nugent to several media outlets, the NRA released its only statement to date on the controversy: "Individual board members do not speak for the NRA."

    The NRA's refusal to seriously address Nugent's anti-Semitic post comes as the controversy has begun to become enmeshed with Sen. Ted Cruz's presidential campaign, which continues to tout Nugent's praise. (Cruz has also lavishly praised Gaffney, calling him "a patriot" who is "clear eyed about radical Islamic terrorism.")

    Unlike the controversy surrounding Norquist, the NRA has given no indication that it intends to investigate Nugent.

  • Amid Anti-Semitism Controversy, NRA's Nugent Attacks His "Mentally Challenged" "Devil" Critics

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    National Rifle Association (NRA) board member Ted Nugent participated in a softball interview to attack his critics as "mentally challenged" and "the devil" following outrage over his promotion of an anti-Semitic image.

    On February 8, Nugent posted an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page alleging that Jews were behind a conspiracy to enact gun regulations. After being condemned by civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League, Nugent doubled down by posting more inflammatory content, including an image of Jews being rounded up by Nazis alongside his comment "Soulless sheep to slaughter. Not me."

    In the ensuing controversy, Nugent has been condemned by diverse voices including civil rights groups, Jewish organizations, and both gun safety groups and pro-gun organizations and writers. Several organizations called on the NRA to remove Nugent from its board of directors. (Nugent was praised by white nationalists, and his support for Ted Cruz is still displayed prominently on the GOP contender's website.)

    In a February 11 interview with an unnamed questioner, available only on his Facebook page, Nugent suggested that his critics are "mentally challenged" and said, "To attack me one would have to not only play devil's advocate, one would actually be the devil's advocate or more probably the devil itself." To deny charges of anti-Semitism, Nugent stated, "I admire and love my good Jewish friends even more than usual because of their valiant dedication to 'Never Again!'"

    The unnamed interviewer fawned over Nugent and provided him cover, describing the Israeli flags that were used to label Jewish American politicians in Nugent's anti-Semitic image as "proud."

    Instead of asking actual questions, the interviewer instead served up friendly prompts to Nugent such as, "You aren't anti-semitic. For certain," and "You support the state of Israel."

    Below the interview, Nugent posted a link to a press release issued by a fringe gun group called The Zelman Partisans, a more hardline spin-off of the far-right gun group Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership (JPFO).

    The press release, which excused Nugent's use of the anti-Semitic image and played on the same anti-Semitic tropes espoused by Nugent, suggested that The Zelman Partisans would accept Nugent's conduct if he joined the group.

    According to the press release, "Nugent is correct that Jewish individuals play an outsized role in U.S. anti-gun leadership. (Aaron Zelman, in his inimitable style, called them 'bagel brains.')" The Zelman Partisans still chided Nugent for his image but made him an "offer" that he could prove he is "really pro-Jewish" by joining the organization.

    The Zelman Partisans is an offshoot of JPFO, which was founded by Aaron Zelman. (JPFO, whose website claims that many Jews who support guns safety efforts are "professional victims," released an alert condemning Nugent but then deleted it from their website.)

    The organization, formed after Zelman passed away in 2010, explains,"We will not let Aaron's philosophy -- the philosophy to which we are all also committed -- be watered down, betrayed, or 'disappeared.'"

    The group's website contains far-right pro-gun material and sells a shooting target that allows target shooters to take aim at quotes from Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), other gun safety proponents, and Hitler.

    Nugent's interview:

  • Even Far-Right Gun Groups Are Condemning NRA's Ted Nugent For Anti-Semitic Facebook Post

    ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    The most extreme pro-gun organizations are condemning National Rifle Association (NRA) board member Ted Nugent after he posted an anti-Semitic graphic to his Facebook page alleging a Jewish conspiracy to enact gun regulations. The leaders of these groups have their own histories of extremism, including instances of anti-Semitism, misappropriating the Holocaust to make points about the modern gun debate, and using violent rhetoric -- and even they think Nugent has gone too far.

  • After Promoting Anti-Semitic Image, Ted Nugent Still Touted By Ted Cruz

    Nugent Has Been Condemned By Civil Rights Groups, Jewish Organizations, And People On All Sides Of The Gun Issue

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    Ted Cruz's presidential campaign is still touting praise from National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent, even as Nugent is embroiled in an anti-Semitism controversy.

    Nugent has been the subject of bipartisan criticism since February 8, when he posted an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page and then made further inflammatory posts after the ensuing controversy.

    Nugent has been condemned by civil rights groups, Jewish organizations, and both gun safety groups and pro-gun advocates -- several of which are calling for Nugent to be ousted from the NRA's board -- but Cruz's campaign is still touting the claim that Cruz is Nugent's "favorite" candidate:

    Cruz's campaign links to a September 2015 Buzzfeed article, which quotes Nugent asserting during a radio interview that Cruz would "make a wonderful president."

    While Nugent has said that he will not endorse a Republican candidate during the primary race, he has effusively praised both Cruz and GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

    During a January 20 interview with Newsmax TV, Nugent said, "Donald Trump is as close to Ted Nugent as you are going to get in politics," but also said, "Now my dream would be if Ted Cruz became president tonight."

    Nugent's Facebook post -- which promoted the anti-Semitic claim that efforts for stronger gun laws are the result of a Jewish conspiracy -- received praise in white nationalist circles, but was roundly condemned by a diverse group of organizations and individuals:

    • Civil rights group Anti-Defamation League condemned Nugent, with organization CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt characterizing Nugent's Facebook post as "conspiratorial anti-Semitism" while adding, "Regardless of one's views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality."
    • Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, stated that Nugent "won't be getting a free pass for his anti-Semitic bigotry" and that Nugent "owes our community an apology."
    • Interfaith Alliance, which describes itself as "the only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in America," condemned the NRA for allowing Nugent to stay on its board, stating, "Mr. Nugent's latest outrage cannot be explained away. As long as the National Rifle Association includes him as an official board member or even as a 'celebrity endorser' we will consider this blending of advocacy for your issues and hate rhetoric to be reflective of the position of the NRA. Nothing short of complete and permanent repudiation will sever the link between your organization and religious bigotry."
    • The National Jewish Democratic Council released a statement condemning Nugent and noting, "Anti-Semitism has no place in the gun control debate, or anywhere for that matter."
    • The Republican Jewish Coalition wrote on Twitter that Nugent's image "is anti-Semitic and a disappointment. Such hate has no place in our society."
    • After gun safety group CeaseFirePA's former executive director was targeted by Nugent's anti-Semitic graphic, current executive director Shira Goodman told the Daily News, "Our supporters across the board -- regardless of race, religion, gender, ethnicity -- recognize Nugent's anti-Semitic screed for the hateful bigotry it is. His post today equating those calling for stronger gun laws with Nazis sinks him lower into the pit of hatred and ignorance that is the sanctuary of extremists."
    • Brady Campaign president Dan Gross, who was also targeted by Nugent's image, told The Washington Post, "Nugent's latest comments go beyond being anti-Semitic -- they are ignorant and do nothing but fuel hate." Noting that his brother "was shot and seriously wounded in a religiously-motivated mass shooting," Gross added that Nugent's image is "yet another clear sign of how out of touch NRA's leadership and Board" are with ordinary NRA members.
    • Gun safety group Coalition to Stop Gun Violence called for the NRA to remove Nugent from its board of directors, with executive director Josh Horwitz stating, "It is sickening that the NRA continues to give this bigot a seat at the table among their leaders."
    • The Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus, a group of Pennsylvania legislators, released a statement "calling for the National Rifle Association to remove Ted Nugent from its board following Nugent's anti-Semitic rant against gun safety actions and advocates," while criticizing Nugent's "hateful actions."
    • Gun blogger Robert Farago called Nugent's image "full-on religious hatred" and wrote that the NRA "should revoke his membership and remove him from their Board."
    • Gun blogger Bob Owens wrote that if Nugent does not apologize "then he has no business being on the board of an inclusive organization such as the National Rifle Association."
    • Far-right pro gun group Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership condemned Nugent in a statement, writing, "We are appalled at the insensitivity of Ted Nugent's recent comments on Facebook and elsewhere. The deeply anti-Semitic comments and prominent positioning of the Israeli flag imagery as a tool of anti-Semitic identification combine to leave us deeply disturbed." (Nugent responded to their condemnation in a Facebook post, writing, "Which is it goofballs? NEVER AGAIN or not? Wake the hell up.")
  • White Nationalists Hail Ted Nugent's Anti-Semitic Gun Safety Claim

    ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    White nationalists, including a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard, praised National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent for posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page, claiming Nugent had "the courage" to tell "the truth," lauding the fact that Nugent "appears to have doubled-down" on his anti-Semitism, and celebrating that a large audience was exposed to anti-Semitism by Nugent.

  • NRA's Ted Nugent: Jewish Supporters Of Gun Safety Laws Are "Nazis In Disguise"

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent responded to backlash over his posting of an anti-Semitic image on Facebook by calling Jewish people who support gun safety laws "nazis in disguise."

    On February 8, Nugent shared an image on Facebook headlined, "So who is really behind gun control?" with Israeli flags next to the faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures featured descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg" and the accusation that deceased former U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) "Gave Russian Jew immigrants your tax money":

    Nugent was criticized in the media for his post and condemned by civil rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), which described Nugent's image as "conspiratorial anti-Semitism." He was also denounced by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, with Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper stating, "Ted Nugent has every right to advocate against gun control laws. However he won't be getting a free pass for his anti-Semitic bigotry."

    Nugent responded to backlash with a subsequent Facebook post where he asked "What sort of racist prejudiced POS could possibly not know that Jews for guncontrol are nazis in disguise?" Responding to the charge that he is an anti-Semite, Nugent wrote, "Meanwhile I adjust my yamika at my barmitzva playing my kosher guitar":

    Nugent made another inflammatory Facebook post on February 8, suggesting that America is on the path to a genocide similar to the Holocaust. His post included an image of Jews being rounded up by Nazis with his comment, "Soulless sheep to slaughter. Not me."

    Nugent, who has a lengthy history of invoking Nazis and the Holocaust to demonize his critics, was previously condemned by the ADL for comparing Jewish filmmaker Harvey Weinstein to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels. The ADL has also condemned the NRA several times in recent years after its leadership figures misappropriated the Holocaust to try to make political points about the gun debate.

  • After Sharing Anti-Semitic Image, NRA Board Member Ted Nugent Posts Image Suggesting We Are Headed Towards Another Holocaust

    Nugent: "Soulless Sheep To Slaughter. Not Me."

    Blog ››› ››› TIMOTHY JOHNSON

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent suggested that America is on the path to a genocide similar to the Holocaust by posting an image on Facebook of Jews being rounded up by Nazis and commenting, "Soulless sheep to slaughter. Not me."

    Nugent's post came just hours after he was condemned by the civil rights organization the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for posting an anti-Semitic image to his Facebook page.

    Nugent's latest image depicts the rounding up of Jews in Nazi Germany and is accompanied by the text, "Back when I learned about the Holocaust in school, I remember thinking, 'How did Hitler get MILLIONS of people to follow along blindly and NOT fight back?' Then I realized I am watching my fellow Americans take the same path":

    Earlier on February 8, Nugent shared an image headlined, "So who is really behind gun control?" with Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures feature descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg." Nugent captioned the image, "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down."

    ADL responded by calling for Nugent to remove the image with organization CEO Jonathan A. Greenblatt characterizing Nugent's post as "conspiratorial anti-Semitism."

    Nugent, who has a lengthy history of invoking the Holocaust to demonize his critics, was previously condemned by the ADL for comparing Jewish filmmaker Harvey Weinstein to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels.

  • NRA Board Member Ted Nugent Suggests Jews Are "Behind" Gun Safety Laws

    Blog ››› ››› ALEX KAPLAN

    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent shared a graphic suggesting that Jews are "really behind" gun-safety laws. The image was previously posted on Stormfront, the most prominent American white supremacist website.

    In a February 8 post on his Facebook page, Nugent shared an image headlined, "So who is really behind gun control?" with Israeli flags next to faces of 12 Jewish American politicians and gun violence prevention advocates. Some of the pictures feature descriptions such as "Jew York city mayor Mikey Bloomberg." Nugent captioned the image, "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down":

    Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense ...

    Posted by Ted Nugent on Monday, February 8, 2016

    A similar image was used by a commenter on the white supremacist website Stormfront in 2014:

    Nugent has claimed those shot in mass shootings are "losers amongst us ... [who] fall for the big lie of political correctness, and get cut down by murderous maniacs like blind sheep to slaughter."