Saturday, October 5, 2019

CultJam Productions' Comix and Film #cultjampro

Film and Comix:

1. Film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story.
Watch it on online or on YouTube.


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2. "Cock-Tale: A Modern Tijuana Bible" starring Tom Cruise and Xenu. French version (l'edition francais) is here.
3. "An Exorcist for President in 2020? Trump's Nightmare" a Jack T. Chick tract parody.
4. "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist: Prepare for the Rapture!" a Chick tract parody and earlier versions here and here. Spanish version "Donald Trump Es El Anticristo! Ay Caramba!" is here.
5. "Ivy League Exorcist" a Chick tract parody and an earlier version.
6. "A Demon-Hunting Veep" a Chick tract parody. The panel in this tract that listed "doorways to demonic possession" became an internet meme. Read the article about this viral phenomenon "Decontextualization, Memetics, Semiotics, and The Ivy League Exorcist Chick Tract Parody."
7. Information about the forthcoming Chick tract parody "Falwell in Hell"
8. Buy comix at our store

"Donald Trump Is The Antichrist: Prepare For The Rapture!" Revised Chick Tract Parody

Troy Davis writes:

This is the latest revision of the "Trump Is The Antichrist" series of Chick tract parodies (previous versions here). Notes and links after the tract.
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Notes: This comic book is part of a rich tradition of Chick tract parodies . . . On the cover, the font of "Antichrist" is based on a font by Charles Burns . . . On page one, the title, "Unquestioned Lord and Master of the World" is from the episode of The Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror V" (the segment about Homer time-travelling and discovers a horrible alternate present in which Flanders controls everone . . . The second panel on page one is based on a very bizarre fundamentalist pamphlet I got in the New York subway (part of it is below) . . . The man with "Trump 666" stamped on his forehead is an homage to an illustration by Daniel Clowes in "The Apocalypse" in BLAB! #4 . .  . Page two: here's a good article about the scary Christ Fellowship  that Marco Rubio attends . . . Page four: Here is the link to the Scores stripper club in the now-defunct Trump Taj Mahal; the web page reads that it is "Unexpected," "Uninhibited," and "Unparalleled" see below . . . Page four: Regarding Trump's daughter Ivanka; here's an article about the creepy things Trump said about her. , , Kudos to Pocho for linking to this comic.


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Part of a pamphlet I got in NYC subway Nov 2012
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Notes about the latest edition by Troy Davis: It was long past due to revise this tract. The previous versions were made before Trump became president (and before the Trump Taj Mahal Casino went out of business). I also wanted to change the front cover, remaking Trump in the image of Baphomet (on the cover, Trump is doing a double "Shocker" gesture) .  . . I also wanted to change the Trump images to reflect his obesity, giving the Trump images inside the tract Trump's trademark neck vagina . . . I also wanted to give a shout-out to CultJam's Draft Bobby Jindal for President 2020 campaign.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Troy Davis Open Letter to George Noory

Troy Davis writes:

Coast to Coast AM radio host George Noory is appear at the Lincoln Theater in Columbus, Ohio. I'm picketing the event with a sign and I will pass out the following open letter:


A Compromise Proposal Regarding Alex Jones and the Sandy Hook Parents: An Open Letter to George Noory
By Troy Davis of  Les Zazous Postmodern Art Gallery and The Museum of Weird and Demented Religious Tracts   @ZazousLes  @WeirdTracts

Dear Mr. Noory,

We live in perilous times. An exhaustive discussion of those perils is impossible but this letter addresses one of those perils you helped to create.

The Rise of Alex Jones: The Global Village Idiot
Alex Jones is a crackpot, a grifter, or a combination of the two. He is the epitome of the Village Idiot Archetype.  His Sandy Hook Trutherism closes the case on the previous two sentences. In an interview with you, Jones pointed out that before he was a guest on Coast to Coast AM, his audience was in the thousands. As a consequence of the media exposure that your radio program provided, Jones now has a fan base in the millions. You helped to turn a village idiot into, to borrow the terminology of Marshall McLuhan, a Global Village Idiot with a worldwide following of village idiots; Jones’ media empire also turns below-average intelligence mooks into paranoid, conspiracy-mongering mooks. Is that a record to honor?
I am part of the Adjunct College Instruction Sweatshop Complex; if I were to receive a term paper from an undergraduate student that puts forth one of Jones’ nutjob theories (e.g., 9/11 Trutherism), I would do the following: 1) administratively withdraw the student; 2) contact the counseling department of the college; 3) and write a full and detailed report of the incident to the department chair and the appropriate administrative staff.

Recently you interviewed Jones and he denied that he was a Sandy Hook Truther. The evidence is overwhelming that this is not the case. Jones referred to the Sandy Hook massacre a “hoax,” and a “fraud” numerous times; Jones claimed that before TV interviews, Sandy Hook parents were laughing, and then “hyperventilated” in order to appear grief-stricken before the cameras. As a consequence, the Sandy Hook parents have faced harassment from Jones’ addlebrained following; one couple had to move seven times because of the hounding. A minimum of research would have uncovered those and numerous other facts about Jones’ repellent statements. The parents deserved better.

An Alex Jones/ Sandy Hook Truce: A Modest Proposal
Commentator John Oliver noted the outrageously high markups on the nutritional supplements sold on the Infowars website (quick aside: who the
f--- except an Infowars fan buys expensive nutritional supplements from a 45-year-old man who looks like he’s pushing 60?).  Jim Hoft of the Gateway Pundit website recently reported* that purchasers of Infowars merchandise were dying at an extremely high rate, one that vastly exceeded replacement numbers (Hoft’s report pointed out that the last words of  43 percent of those Infowars devotees were “Hey, check this out! I seen [sic] this done on a Road Runner cartoon!”).

I propose a truce. Because of large percentage of Jones’ consumer base’s early demise due to Darwin Awards-type activities, my idea is that in exchange for Jones ceasing his harangues against the Sandy Hook parents, I could organize millions of sane people to bite the bullet and become subscribers to the Infowars Store and buy Jones’ stuff at high markups. For instance, currently I buy organic coffee beans at Kroger for $6.00 a pound (Kroger regularly mails me coupons so about half the time, I pay $4.50 a pound).  I am willing to do my part and become a subscriber to the Infowars Store’s Patriot Blend 100% Organic Coffee (subscriber cost is $16.16 a pound; one-time cost is $17.95) if it means that the Sandy Hook parents are left alone to mourn in peace.  Could use your radio show to publicize the compromise? One final thought: Don’t get me started on frequent Coast To Coast AM guest and former Infowars correspondent Jerome Corsi and what he and Roger Stone did to Seth Rich’s parents.

Sincerely,



Troy Davis


*No. Hoft has said a lot of stupid things in his life but he didn’t say these things.  To quote Hustler’s Jerry Falwell Campari ad parody; that part of the letter is “not to be taken seriously.”

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Les Zazous Postmodern Art Gallery and The Museum of Weird and Demented Religious Tracts

Troy Davis of CultJam Productions writes:

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As an adjunct to CultJam Productions, I have created Les Zazous Postmodern Art Gallery and The Museum of Weird and Demented Religious Tracts, both of which are located at 3475 Guernsey Street in Bellaire, Ohio. Bellaire is part of the Wheeling, West Virginia metro area. The gallery and museum are part of a revitalization program for Bellaire. The website for Les Zazous is here and the museum's website is here. Follow them on Twitter; Les Zazous' Twitter handle is @ZazousLes and the museum's handle is @WeirdTracts.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Artwork "Hashtag: TankManRocks" and The Tankman Challenge #TankManRocks

The Artwork "Hashtag: TankManRocks" by Troy Davis is part of the "Here's To Hollywood" exhibit at Les Zazous Postmodern Art Gallery in Bellaire, Ohio. It celebrates Tank Man, the hero of the Tienanmen Square pro-democracy protests of 1989. Les Zazous is proud to announce "The Tankman Challenge." Any filmmaker who vows to include the work in his or her film will receive a free signed and numbered print of the work.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Someone is profiting off of our "Satan's Spiritual Structure" Meme

Troy Davis writes:
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Satan's Spiritual Structure (AKA "Doorways to Demonic Possession) is a meme that emerged when our promotional Chick tract parody for the film Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story was recontextualized without context (an article on this phenomenon by me is here). Anyhow, an ambitious entrepreneur is marketing a t-shirt with the image. Do we get a cut?

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Dinesh D'Souza Pwned on Twitter!

Today Dinesh D'Souza denigrated someone on Twitter and it resulted in a follower bonanza for the D'Souza critic. Aditi Nadkarni responded to a Roland Scahill tweet and Nadkarni responded with harsh words for Indian immigrants who adopted hard right political stances:


D'Souza's response was to belittle Nadkarni for having 62 followers: 


CultJam Productions then got into the act, explaining how we now followed her and made a parting shot to D'Souza's Lost Cause publisher Regnery Publishing


As a consequence, Scahill and many others follower suit. As I post this at around 3:30 PST, Nadkarni has over 800 followers. Sometimes the good guys win. Make it the victory bigger by following her here.




Saturday, February 24, 2018

Crappy Art but Good Message about Operation Red Sea (Chinese Propaganda)

Troy Davis writes: 
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I was on Twitter tweeting for CultJam Productions (@cultjampro) and I needed an image for a tweet on the Chinese propaganda film Operation Red Sea. In five minutes, I have this detourned Operation Red Sea movie poster that shows Tank Man of Tiananmen Square as the real hero of China. Yes, this artwork is ugly, on the nose, and hasty but it does the trick.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

CultJam's Review of Dinesh D'Souza's The Big Lie

The review originally appeared on Amazon.com but was removed by Amazon.com

By Troy Davis

This book is a revealing look at the Age of Trump but not for the reasons intended by the author. Some might be tempted to see this absurd book put out by a neo-Confederate publisher that defends the Trump administration and the alt-right movement by accusing Trump’s opponents of being the real fascists as an example of subconscious psychological projection; this would be a dangerous error. Rather, it is an example of the tactic popularized by Karl Rove of preemptively accusing one’s enemy of possessing one’s own flaw. This is a strategy developed by Roy Cohn, Joe McCarthy’s brain, who later went on to become Donald Trump’s mentor. This book isn’t the product of an addlebrained crank in denial; it is carefully-crafted propaganda. To no surprise, D'Souza recently advised white nationalists Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka at the White House about cynical strategies to tar the Left as the real racists. Much of D’Souza’s book seems to be cribbed from another work of pseudo-scholarship, Jonah Goldberg’s Liberal Fascism (no big surprise; D'Souza's book and film Hillary's America are essentially a rehash of Ann Coulter's book Mugged). Space prevents a full examination of D’Souza’s twisting of facts and logic.

It’s difficult to determine where to start with this mess of a book. If D’Souza’s premise were true, history books would need to be re-written. There’s no need to re-write the history book because if this book were the work of a naïve first-year graduate student and it were submitted for peer review, it would be laughed out of the room. However, there’s nothing to laugh about D’Souza or his book because it’s a product of cynicism, venality, and the desire to deceive: it’s a book version of the schoolyard taunt “I know you are but what am I?”

This book is an extension of D’Souza’s previous book and film Hillary’s America: the Secret History of the Democratic Party which misleadingly used historical data to claim that contemporary Democratic progressives are the real racists. I reviewed the film on CultJam Productions' blog and noted the irony that D’Souza used the egregious publisher Regnery as a vehicle for the book version of his taunts. Regnery Publishing is the most prominent publisher of Lost Cause propaganda: the view that sadistic slavocrats like Nathan Bedford Forrest were proper Southern gentleman and that slavery was paternalistic and benign.

One important historical fact that D’Souza conveniently fails to note in both The Big Lie and Hillary’s America is that over time political movements change. Yes, 155 years ago, the Democrats were the Party of Slavery (at least the Southern wing) and the GOP was the Party of Lincoln. In the 21st century, the Democrats are the party supported by racial minorities and the GOP is the party of the Lost Cause.  Why? Because from 1964 to the mid-1980’s there was a massive flow of Southern anti-civil rights Democrats to the GOP: e.g, Strom, Jesse Helms, D’Souza’s mentor Jerry Falwell, Trent Lott, and Haley Barbour. Southern anti-civil rights Democrats either repudiated their racism (e.g., Robert Byrd) or died out. Since the 1980’s, anti-civil rights Southerners generally went directly into the GOP (e.g., Steve Scalise and Paul Broun). I exposed the deceptive methodology D’Souza employed to attempt to deny this fact in my review of Hillary’s America.

This is relevant because in The Big Lie, D’Souza attempts to blame contemporary progressives for Andrew Jackson's crimes against humanity.  Jackson was a Southern populist and a slavocrat. There no longer exists a Jackson wing of the Democratic Party. Contemporary Democrats are repulsed by Jackson. There is, however, a huge Jackson wing of the Republican Party. In fact, it was Donald Trump who put a portrait of Jackson in the Oval Office. Andrew Jackson has been adopted by Trump and the alt-right.

Many of D’Souza’s charges appear to be damning of progressives but when put into historical context and shown alongside the behavior and words of prominent members of the right (something D’Souza consistently fails to do for good reason), then the truth emerges. Let’s address how selective D’Souza is in his discussion of eugenics. He notes correctly that Margaret Sanger and some noted progressives were promoters of eugenics in the early 20th century. However, what D’Souza fails to note is that when it came to eugenics, the most prominent voices were the social Darwinist and foreign policy imperialists of the political Right that dominated the Republican Party. The Republicans behind immigration restriction in the 1920's used eugenic arguments.  D'Souza also conveniently fails to note that it was progressives (e.g., Lester Ward) who became the biggest opponents of both social Darwinism and eugenics. Most important, those vestiges of eugenics that remain exist in the enclaves of alt-right thinking and with racial theorists on the right such as Charles Murray.

D’Souza cites the right-wing British tabloid The Daily Mail to deceptively attempt to portray JFK as a Nazi sympathizer. The paragraph In The Big Lie on JFK selectively excluded remarks from his World War II diary that indicate that Kennedy viewed Hitler as an evil tyrant.  D’Souza’s intellectual dishonesty is reminiscent of the hack work of his friend and colleague James O’Keefe.

D’Souza nauseatingly panders to alt-rightists with his race-baiting. For instance, D’Souza includes Trayvon Martin in a list of  “thugs and criminals.” Martin had no violent criminal history. The worst that could be said of his confrontation with George Zimmerman is that he responded to a creepy white guy who was stalking him while he was minding his own business on his way to an athletic event. Apparently, D’Souza thinks that a white lie means smearing a nonwhite dead kid while writing for a white supremacist publisher.

History repeats itself. When Goldberg came out with Liberal Fascism, some plucky bloggers and journalist pointed out that National Review, the political journal that Goldberg edited, actually glorified real fascists. NR eulogized Franco with a fulsome obituary. NR editor Jeffrey Hart, D’Souza’s mentor at Dartmouth, wrote a paean to Mussolini in the 1980’s. As D’Souza’s mentor at Dartmouth, Hart encouraged D’Souza and the other staffers at the right-wing student newspaper to become snotty, racist, and lame proto-alt-rightists.

D’Souza conveniently ignores the current pro-Trump Nazi and fascist movement. Let’s hypothesize D’Souza’s absurd premise that the white supremacist, proto-fascist, and eugenic movements of the late 19th and early 20th century were primarily phenomena of the Democratic Left, there is a question about the current situation that D’Souza sidesteps and obscures: Where does one go to find white supremacy, fascism, and eugenics in contemporary America? The answer both in leadership and in the grass roots is the Republican Right. Trump invited a Camp of the Saints fanboy Steve Bannon into the Oval Office as his political strategist. Bannon is a practitioner of the dark art of looking for political support from Pepe-loving white supremacists and under every online rock for racist and misogynistic gamers (for a thorough look at the revolting story of Bannon's exploitation of these lowlife gamerboys, read Joshua Green’s new book Devil’s Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump, and the Storming of the Presidency) Trump also has “Dr.” Sebastian Gorka, an alt-right Nazi sympathizer and other alt-right figures in the White House.

Regarding the GOP grassroots, it’s just as clear-cut. It isn't just the proud fascists who shout Nazi cant like “lugenpresse” and “Hail Trump” and the aforementioned 4chan trolls who are part of the Trumpian right; the neo-Confederate movement is also an integral part of this witch's brew of hate.. D’Souza’s publisher Regnery is not only on the forefront of neo-Confederate thought but Regnery heir William Regnery II is the money man behind the white supremacist movement. If one looks at the response to the removal of Confederate statues, the posters on Democratic Underground are almost 100 percent in favor and the posters on the right-wing Free Republic are about 95 percent opposed.

One notable irony of The Big Lie is that in the photograph section of the book, D'Souza includes the infamous 1863 photo of a slave named Gordon with extensive scarring on his back. D'Souza used it to underscore the inhumanity of Southern Democrats. Another Regnery author Clint Johnson cited the photo to dismiss claims that slavery was brutal based on the tortured logic that because there were few if any other extant photos of scarred slaves, then this kind of brutality was rare.

D’Souza, in both Hillary’s America and The Big Lie avoids the glaring truth about the racism of the modern American right for obvious reasons. For one thing, it would implicate his meal ticket: The Regnery Dynasty. D’Souza has a good gig going: receive money from white supremacists while simultaneously accusing one's enemies of white supremacy. The D’Souza/Regnery publishing racket reminds me of something written by the late Joseph Heller, “It was almost no trick at all, he saw, to turn vice into virtue and slander into truth, impotence into abstinence, arrogance into humility, plunder into philanthropy, thievery into honor, blasphemy into wisdom, brutality into patriotism, and sadism into justice. Anybody could do it; it required no brains at all. It merely required no character.”

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Review of Dinesh D'Souza's Book The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left





UPDATE: The review originally appeared on Amazon.com but was removed by Amazon.com
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Troy Davis writes:
My Amazon review of Dinesh D'Souza's latest book The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left is very popular; in fact, for a while Amazon listed it as the top negative review. The review includes a lot of information I previously wrote about D'Souza's publisher Regnery. Also, here is my review of D'Souza's film Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

John Oliver's Version of "A Man Like Putin"

Poyushchie vmeste is a Russian techno-shit band that achieved fame with its musical love letter to sadistic autocrat Vladamir Putin, "A Man Like Putin." The music video for the song is a sterile piece of hack work that supports the contention that howlingly bad art is a byproduct of repressive systems

It's great that humanity has John Oliver to parody the song. Watch the entire episode here and just the song here.

A Man Like Putin
A man like Putin
May seem like he’s strong
But if you think that
Know that you’re wrong
A man like Putin
Sure has good luck
Because journalists die
And he’s rich as fuck
A man like Putin
Only wants power
He’ll fake a tape
Of your golden shower
That’s not something
We want to see
Your orangey face
All covered in pee
And critics like Oliver
Better run far
Because he’ll track you down
And he’ll shit on your car
Beware of Putin
He’s ruthless and shrewd
If you’re not careful
We’ll all end up screwed
A man like Putin
Is really bad
That you need that explained
Is just so fucking sad

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Federal Education Task Forces: Obama Vs. Trump

     Yesterday, it was announced that Trump chose Jerry Falwell Jr. to lead a federal task force on higher education. Falwell is the son of The Reverend Jerry Falwell and he took over his father's role as president of Liberty University, an intellectual black hole that miseducates its students by teaching them that dinosaurs lived several thousand years ago. When noted scientist Richard Dawkins was asked about this, he said it was "an educational disgrace," Dawkins went on, "It is debauching the whole idea of a university and I would strongly encourage any members of Liberty University who may be here to leave and go to a proper university."
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     One of Falwell's stated priorities is college accreditation; Falwell claims that the federal government is too strict on this matter. That is a relevant issue for fundamentalist diploma mill operators like Falwell. If a college is not accredited then it isn't eligible to disburse federal student financial aid.  Liberty University, largely due to its huge online population, receives a whopping $800 million in federal aid! If academic crapholes like Liberty receive the proper scrutiny and they lose their accreditation, then the federal gravy train gets derailed.
     Not only is Falwell's appointment a huge conflict of interest, but an ignoramus like Falwell is manifestly unfit to lead a federal task force on education. Serious academicians consider Liberty University to be a pathetic joke. It's an insult to the institution of education to have an assclown like Falwell to have any say in education policy (ditto for his fellow dominionist Betsey DeVos).
     It wasn't always like this. Just a few years ago, the Obama administration convened an interagency task force that addressed abusive practices by for-profit colleges. It was led by then-Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell who credentials are a stark contrast to Falwell's. Mitchell received his doctorate from Stanford and he held important positions at UCLA, Dartmouth, and Occidental College where he served as president. He was also the president of the California State Board of Education.
     Under Obama, education task forces served the public interest and were led by competent professionals. Under Trump, they're led by mountebanks who will exploit their positions in order to continue to fleece their gullible students. We are living in a kakistocracy.

UPDATE: Info on our forthcoming tract "Falwell in Hell." 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Bill Maher on Trump and Scientology

Best line from a really good set by Bill Maher, "I think the difference between Scientology and Donald Trump is that Scientology has better celebrities!” Good News! CultJam Productions has online comix about both. Read 1. "Cock-Tale: A Modern Tijuana Bible" starring Tom Cruise, Xenu, and the ghost-head of L. Ron Hubbard; 2. "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist" a Jack Chick Tract parody starring TrumPutin with appearances by Ted Cruz, Exorcist Bobby Jindal, and Marco Rubio.
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New Situationist Artwork "Detourned Coke Bottle on Undetourned Coke Box"

Work by Troy Davis for the forthcoming Les Zazous art gallery.  Mixed media sculpture titled,  "Detourned Coke Bottle on Undetourned Coke Box"
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Friday, December 23, 2016

Trump, the Radio City Rockettes and our Trump-is-the-Antichrist comic book

Apparently, the Radio City Rockettes are not happy about performing at the Donald Trump inauguration. We at CultJam were ahead of this story with a mention of the Rockettes in our online comic book "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist" Read it here.
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The Ultimate Pop Culture Death of Threes Oct. 23, 2016: Jack Chick, Tom Hayden, and Dead or Alive Frontman Pete Burns

October 23, 2016. On that day  three cultural giants died: 1) fundamentalist auteur Jack Chick who has published over 750 million comic book tracts make him one of the most published authors of the 20th and 21st century; 2) Tom Hayden, antiwar activist and member of the Chicago Seven conspiracy trial; and pop band Dead or Alive frontman Pete Burns.

As a statistical matter, celebrity deaths in threes might be an urban legend but this time it was real.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Jack T. Chick Is Dead

Troy Davis writes: RIP   Check out our Chick tract parodies here.  Being one of the few nonfundamentalists who know Jack, I will write a post about him tomorrow

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

!Donald Trump Es El Anticristo! !Nuevo Tebeo!

Troy escribe: Cuando CultJam Productions apareció en la San Diego Comic-Con para promocionar el tebeo "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist," recibimos una particularmente cálida por parte de aquellos cuyo idioma principal es en español. Como consecuencia, lo hemos traducido al español. Disfrutadlo. 

English version here. Also, a list of all of CultJam's comic books are here.

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America, Regnery Publishing, and Neo-Confederate Historical Revisionism

Troy Davis writes:

regnery racist propagandaIn my review of Dinesh D’Souza’s film Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, I noted something ironic; the film used a graphic of notorious Confederate war criminal and Ku Klux Klan founder Nathan Bedford Forrest to illustrate what the current Democratic Party supposedly represents.  I mentioned that it resembled the illustration of Forrest on the cover of H. W. Crocker’s book The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War (Note One). The book is an example of the worst kind of Lost Cause revisionism; I noted that the book was published by the preeminent conservative Republican publishing house Regnery Publishing and that the book was offered as a free gift to new subscribers to Human Events, a favorite publication of Ronald Reagan. That fact alone (Note Two) punctures the film’s claim that the contemporary Republican Party of Ronald Reagan is the party of civil rights.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the book version of Hillary’s America is published by Regnery! Let’s look at what this means: A book that accuses the modern Democratic Party of embodying the values of slavery, the KKK, and Jim Crow is published by a publishing house that actually embodies those values. This is hardly surprising considering  the Regnery family's long history of supporting white supremacy. This racial hypocrisy is hardly surprising. Both the book and film versions of Hillary’s America employ the same sophistry employed by Ann Coulter in her book Mugged:Racial Demagoguery from the Seventies to Obama. It turns out that Coulter (a Connecticut native) is a fervent defender of the Confederate flag and in her previous book Guilty: Liberal victims and Their Assault on America, Coulter defended the white supremacist group The Council of Conservative Citizens.

Notes:

Note One: Crocker’s book has a nauseating chapter on Forrest. A sentence from the first paragraph of the chapter gives the tone of Crocker’s view of Forrest: “Nathan Bedford Forrest was certainly an extraordinary man, a Herculean hero of the American wilderness who blotted his copybook amongst the politically correct because of allegations stemming from his capture of Fort Pillow and his part in the original Ku Klux Klan.” Crocker presents Forrest as a courtly Southern gentleman and whitewashes his role in the atrocities of prisoners at Fort Pillow and his founding of the Ku Klux Klan.


Note Two: Regnery published at least two other books that epitomize Lost Cause mythology and Dunning School historical revisionism: The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South (And Why It Will Rise Again) and The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History. In October, Regnery is publishing a biography of Forrest, Busting Hell Wide Open by Samuel Mitcham. A one-star reviewer of one of Mitcham’s previous Civil War books (not published by Regnery) accuses the author of perpetuating the myth of the black Confederate soldier. However, I have not read either book and thus can’t comment on their contents.

Plus CultJam Productions' comix and film

Film: Ivy League Exorcist: The Bobby Jindal Story. Watch it here or on YouTube

Comix:
1. "Cock-Tale: A Modern Tijuana Bible" starring Tom Cruise and Xenu. French version (l'edition francais) is here.
2. "Donald Trump Is The Antichrist" a Chick tract parody and an earlier version.
3. "Ivy League Exorcist" a Chick tract parody and an earlier version.
4. "A Demon-Hunting Veep" a Chick tract parody. The panel in this tract that listed "doorways to demonic possession" became an internet meme.
5. Information about the forthcoming Chick tract parody "Falwell in Hell"

Buy comix at our store

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Breaking: Dinesh D'Souza's Book Hillary's America published by Pro-Confederate & Pro-slavery Publisher Regnery!

Troy Davis writes:

In my review of Dinesh D'Souza's film Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, I mentioned that a graphic in the film of notorious Confederate war criminal and KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forrest looked a lot like the graphic of him on the cover of H.W. Crocker's recent book The Politically Incorrect Guide to the Civil War.  I noted the irony of this because in the film, Forrest's image was used to represent what the Democratic Party stands for. I mentioned that Crocker's book, which is Lost Cause propaganda that reveres Forrest, was published by the leading conservative/Republican publishing house Regnery Publishing and that the book was used as a free gift to new subscribers to Human Events (which was one of Ronald Reagan's favorite newspapers).

Imagine my surprise to find out that the book form of Hillary's America is published by Regnery. Not only does Regnery publish pro-Confederate bitter-ender material like Crocker's book, it published other pro-Confederate bilge such as Clint Johnson's The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South which claims that tariff policy, not slavery, was the main reason for the Civil War.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Movie Review: Dinesh D’Souza’s Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party (2016)

Troy Davis writes:

UPDATE: D'Souza's book Hillary's America is put out by Pro-Confederate publisher Regnery! 
UPDATE 2: Review of D'Souza's book The Big Lie is here.

Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is one of the recent slew of films that preaches to the conservative choir. Unlike other such films, such as the God’s Not Dead films and Persecuted, one can’t enjoy this film with a camp appreciation or with a so-bad-it’s-good sensibility; the film’s pervasive appeal to the amygdala makes it difficult to enjoy. There’s nothing new in this film; it’s largely boilerplate material common in the right’s media bubble (Note 1). However, it is important not only to address D’Souza’s ham-handed propaganda but the sophistry D’Souza employs to support his propaganda. It is also helpful to point out D’Souza’s Rovian tactic of aggressively attacking political opponents for possessing the same character flaws that he possesses, e.g., D’Souza accuses Hillary and other progressives of being con artists and hustlers when D’Souza himself has become wealthy as a decades-long recipient of wingnut welfare.

D’Souza Needs Some Cheese to go with His Whine

The film starts out by portraying the self-pitying D’Souza as a victim of political persecution by President Obama (allegedly because of his 2012 anti-Obama film 2016: Obama’s America (Note 2), even though it failed in its mission to make Obama a one-term president). The reason for his indictment and conviction, D’Souza as narrator explains, was that the Obama administration was trying “to shut me up.” D’Souza and his apologists are attempting to portray the prosecution as a way to unduly punish D’Souza for a minor oversight regarding the amount of money he was allowed to contribute to a friend running for office (e.g., Rush Limbaugh recently made the fatuous claim that Obama administration officials searched long and hard and discovered “an obscure law” in order to prosecute/persecute D’Souza). 

In fact, D’Souza deliberately and flagrantly violated the law by channeling money to a series of straw donors in order to attempt to circumvent campaign contribution limits.  He would have gotten away with it had it not been for the fact that one of the straw donors was D'Souza's mistress; the woman's cuckolded husband turned D'Souza in.  The husband also "made audio recordings in October, 2012 of his wife discussing D’Souza’s plans should he get caught making the illegal donations."  Instead of having moviegoers pay to see him whine, D’Souza should be thanking his lucky stars that he and his accomplices aren’t serving hard time for conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud. So much for the conservative tenet of taking responsibility for one’s actions.  

The Party of Lincoln
 
One of the main premises of the film is that the Democratic Party’s alleged secret history of being against civil rights is reflected in its current incarnation and that the real party of civil rights is the contemporary Republican Party that Ronald Reagan helped create.  Secret history of the Democratic Party?  Anyone who takes a college survey course in American history will find that the college textbooks emphasize the concept of the “Solid South,” the tendency for the states of the old confederacy of voting overwhelmingly Democratic from the end of Reconstruction until the 1960’s when Republicans began pandering to white Southern racists (a fact that D’Souza attempts to obscure).

A theme that D’Souza pushes is that The Democratic Party of 1850 = The Democratic Party of 2016 and that the current Republican Party is “the party of Lincoln and Reagan” –the real party of civil rights. One image near the beginning of the film that is particularly revealing is a collage of images that allegedly represent the nature of the current Democratic Party. One of the images is a graphic of Confederate traitor and sadistic war criminal Nathan Bedford Forrest. This image is either the same image or very similar to the image of Forrest that appears on the cover of the book The Politically Incorrect Guide to The Civil War, an apologia for the Confederate succession, Forrest’s ghastly war crimes, and slavery. This revisionist history was written by Lost Cause bitter ender H.W. Crocker III and published by Regnery Publishing, the preeminent American conservative/Republican publisher (Note 3). UPDATE: When I originally wrote the review, I didn't know that the book version of Hillary's America was published by Regnery.  It’s worth noting that one of Ronald Reagan’s favorite newspapers, Human Events, used Crocker’s wretched book as a free gift to subscribers (Reagan’s other beloved newspaper, the Washington Times, has a long line of editors with neo-Confederate and white supremacist views—Note 4).

In the “Big Switch” portion of the film, D’Souza attempts to whitewash how the Republican Party since the 1960’s has pandered to racists and neo-Confederates.  D’Souza attempts to obscure the fact that from the 1960’s through the 1980’s, prominent and virulent anti-civil rights Democrats became Republicans. He does this with slick graphics that dilute the significance of the switch by including a list of anti-civil rights Democrats from 1860 to 2000 and pointing out that relatively few of them switched to the GOP.  This is sophistry.  Of course, no slavocrats or Redeemers from the Democratic Party in the nineteenth century switched to the GOP  (which was then controlled by the Radical Republicans who wanted to treat the defeated states of the Confederacy as conquered provinces). It was only from the 1964 Goldwater campaign through the Reagan years that significant numbers of anti-civil rights Southern Democrats switched to the GOP.  After the Reagan years, anti-civil rights Southerners began bypassing the Democratic Party entirely and began registering as Republicans when they reached adulthood such as Representative Steve Scalise who bragged about being "David Duke without the baggage" and who is now is part of the GOP House leadership.

Apologists for Republican racism like D'Souza are quick to note that more Republicans than Democrats voted for the Civil Rights Act of 1964. However, they never note post-switch Congressional votes. Most notably, in 1983, when Congress voted on the proposed Martin Luther King holiday, over 80 percent of the no votes in both the House and Senate were cast by Republicans. Most notably, Democrat-turned-Republican Senator Jesse Helms of North Carolina redbaited King and personally denigrated him. In 2006, Congress voted to extend the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The Senate voted unanimously to extend the act; in the House, all 33 no votes were cast by Republicans.

D’Souza fails to note the number of recent and prominent anti-civil rights Republican who started out as Democrats. Many of these Democrats-turned-Republicans quickly ascended to leadership positions in the GOP and to positions of prominence within the conservative movement during and after the Reagan Revolution. These are just some who quickly ascended to leadership positions in the GOP and/or the conservative movement:
  • The Reverend Jerry Falwell. His first foray into politics in the 1950’s as a Democrat was to redbait the civil rights movement and proclaim that Jim Crow was God-ordained because blacks were stricken with the “Curse of Ham” and were meant to be servile to other tribes. In response to civil rights legislation, Falwell created a segregation academy in 1967; it is airbrushed out of the contemporary histories of the Religious Right that a key issue with Southern fundamentalists who became politically active and supported the Reagan Republicans was the concern about federal intervention against their whites-only schools. Hillary Clinton’s work against the segregation academies was possibly one of the reasons that Falwell engaged in his scam of selling $40 VHS tapes to his flock claiming that the Clintons had murdered Vince Foster and others (Falwell’s tapes included interviews from Clinton enemy Democrat-turned-Republican Arkansas politician "Justice" Jim Johnson, a virulent racist and unrepentant Klan supporter). (Note 5)
  • Falwell’s close friend, Senator Jesse Helms started his political career as a dirty tricks operative for Dixiecrat Senator Willis Smith (D-NC); Helms wrote a flyer for Smith titled, “White People—Wake Up.”  Helms ran for office as a Democrat in 1958 but switched to the GOP when he ran for the U.S. Senate and his bigotry in the Senate (such as redbaiting Martin Luther King when the proposed national holiday was being debated) proved to be an embarrassment to many Republicans (Note 6).
  • Strom Thurmond was an anti-civil rights Democrat who bolted from the party temporarily in 1948 in response to modest civil rights reforms by the Truman administration; Thurmond ran for president as the Dixiecrat candidate, whose party platform specifically called for segregation and opposition to anti-lynching laws. Thurmond made a permanent switch to the GOP in 1964 as a response to the national Democratic Party’s advancement of civil rights. Thurmond worked close with Richard Nixon on his Southern Strategy of appealing to the racism of the white Southern working class (Note 7).
  • Trent Lott started out as a Democrat and switched to the GOP. He was a fervent supporter of federal funding for Bob Jones University (which had a policy banning interracial dating) and maintained close ties to the Council of Conservative Citizens, a latter-day incarnation of the old White Citizens’ Councils. Lott was a staunch defender of segregation academies. Lott remarked that "the spirit of Jefferson Davis" resided in the GOP platform of 1984. Despite this positions, Lott was on the fast track to the leadership of the GOP, becoming Senate Majority leader (though he was ousted in 2002 after publicly displaying fondness for Strom Thurmond’s 1948 Dixiecrat candidacy).
  • Haley Barbour, former Mississippi governor and head of the Republican National Committee, began adult life as a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party. Mississippi is one of the few states in which politicians—all Republican—publicly boast of their ties to the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens; Barbour was part of this group. Barbour’s presidential hopes were derailed in 2010 when he made incredibly godawful statements lauding the old White Citizens’ Councils (known as the "Uptown Klan").
  • Richard Shelby. One important measure of how the major parties switched on civil rights is how members of Congress voted on the proposed Martin Luther King holiday in 1983. By the early 1980's, the switch was almost complete. Over 80 percent of the no votes in the House and Senate were Republicans. One of the few Democratic no votes in the House was by Richard Shelby who later was elected to the Senate. Shelby took a little longer to switch when he became a Republican in 1994.
  • Roy Moore started his career as a Democrat but became a Republican in the early 1990's. As a Republican, Moore gave speeches to The Council of Conservative Citizens, the modern version of the old White Citizens' Councils. Moore also propagated the racist birther conspiracy. Moore also was a key opponent of a bipartisan move to eliminate sections of the Alabama state constitution mandating school segregation and poll taxes. Moore said that getting rid of Constitutional amendments after the 10th would "eliminate many problems." Moore told a black man that America was great during slavery. A comprehensive article on Moore's racist/neo-Confederate ties is here.
  • "Justice" James D. Johnson. Unrepentant racist and segregationist Justice Jim Johnson ran for Arkansas governor in 1966. Mainstream Arkansas Democrats like Bill Clinton voted for his opponent. Johnson never repudiated his virulent racism and switched to the GOP and became an enemy of Bill Clinton. After Clinton became president, Johnson appeared in at least two of Jerry Falwell's smear videos that Falwell sold to his flock accusing Clinton of murder
  • State Representative Tommy Woods (R-MS). Woods began his political career as a Democrat but switched to the GOP. He is notable for being one of the few 21st century elected officials who was a proud member of the white supremacist Council of Conservative Citizens. Woods, against all evidence, disputed the group's hate-group label.
  • Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi grew up as a Democrat but became a Republican with the disintegration of the New Deal Coalition in the 1960's. Cochran said he was "proud" to be using Confederate president Jefferson Davis' old desk in the U.S. Senate and didn't add his name to a resolution apologizing for the Senate not enacting anti-lynching legislation.

Reagan The Redeemer

D’Souza attempts to portray the Republican Party of Ronald Reagan as a force for civil rights. This is laughably absurd.  Reagan was initially a Democrat but, unlike the aforementioned party switchers, Reagan had been part of the liberal wing of the Democratic Party. He grew up in Illinois, lived most of his adult life in Los Angeles, and served as president of the Screen Actors Guild.

However, once he became a Republican, Reagan shamelessly pandered to white Southern racists (this was in large part an extension of Nixon’s Southern Strategy). He opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  In campaign stops in the South, Reagan railed against the “strapping young buck” who used his food stamps to buy T-bone steaks. As the head of the party of Lincoln, Reagan proclaimed Lincoln’s sworn enemy, slavocrat and head the Confederacy Jefferson Davis as one of his heroes (this is a sharp contrast to Lincoln who had nothing but seething contempt for Davis).  Many of his appointments and nominations were unreconstructed white supremacists (my favorite is the Reagan appointee who edited a book that bemoaned African-Americans and their “jungle freedoms”).  Reagan also complained that the Voting Rights Act of 1965 had been “humiliating to the South.”

Reagan’s real legacy is that whenever there is a gaffe involving sympathy or nostalgia for the Klan or the old Confederacy, it‘s almost always a Republican behind the asinine comment. A recent example: on the floor of the House, then-Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) referred to the Civil War as “the Great War of Yankee Aggression.” Also, right as Hillary’s America was released in theaters, a court of appeals struck down a Republican-sponsored North Carolina Voter ID law. The blistering ruling pointed out how Republican legislators requested data regarding how African-Americans were likely to vote (e.g., early voting) and then “with surgical precision” created a law that curtailed those types of voting (as well as the limiting identification to those that African-Americans were less likely to possess). That is Reagan’s racial legacy.

The Paranoid Style

How does D’Souza reconcile the fact that most of that the current Democratic Party has very few with white supremacist or neo-Confederate sympathies?  D’Souza advances the canard popular with conservative race hustlers such as Jesse Lee Peterson that contemporary safety net and social insurance programs are ways that contemporary progressives enslave African-Americans. The film employs slick computer-generated imagery to quickly transition from an image of slaves on a plantation to inner-city residents who presumably are on the “liberal plantation.”  This view presumes that the over 90 percent of African-Americans who vote Democratic are dupes who are too stupid to know their best interests.

One of the people D’Souza interviews to support this view is Jonah Goldberg, editor of the conservative National Review, one of Reagan’s favorite magazines. Goldberg is the author of the book Liberal Fascism, a book that, against all evidence, claims that Nazism and Italian fascism were left-wing and progressive movements (Note 8). In the film, Goldberg posits that modern progressive policies are methods of social control akin to fascism.

Goldberg’s attacks represent a common thread found in the film: the Rovian tactic of accusing one’s enemies of possessing one’s own weakness or flaw.  In fact, it is Goldberg’s magazine National Review that has a long history of support for fascist dictators like Franco and Mussolini.  Longtime National Review editor Jeffrey Hart once wrote an utterly bizarre paean to Mussolini, lauding Il Duce for his political accomplishments and sexual prowess. Hart founded the conservative campus newspaper, The Dartmouth Review in 1980; the paper hired D’Souza, a Dartmouth student, as editor in the early 80’s and it was the vehicle D’Souza first used to make his mark in conservative circles.

The Dartmouth Review under D’Souza represented Hart’s ideals and the worst of the 80’s Reagan zeitgeist. D’Souza and other operatives at The Review responded to the real obnoxiousness and sanctimony of much of the campus left by becoming ten times as snotty and insufferable as those they opposed. The Review epitomized the 80’s backlash against marginalized groups that made gains in 60’s and 70’s. These conservative “journalists” (who defended legacy admissions) published an editorial opposing admissions policies that addressed prior discrimination written in pseudo-black dialect (“Dis Sho’ Ain’t No Jive.”).  D’Souza used the paper to out several closeted members of the university’s gay community to their families. The paper slurred Native Americans and other minority groups. The Review joked that Jesse Jackson's grandmother posed nude for National Geographic.  The sense of entitlement, unprovoked meanness, and bigotry found at D’Souza’s Dartmouth Review perfectly embody Reaganism, but without the former actor’s affable aw-shucks façade (note 9).

Sexual Predation and Divine Providence

A portion of the film dredges up claims that Bill Clinton is a sexual predator and that Hillary is his “fixer.” The film shows clips of one of Bill Clinton’s alleged victims. What D’Souza fails to note is that the alleged victim had signed two sworn statements that no sexual abuse by Clinton took place.  Sure, Bill Clinton has fooled around but, unlike certain prominent Republicans, he didn’t trade in Hillary for a new model once she hit 40.

This allegation is part of the campaign by Republican operative Roger Stone to take down the Clintons.  Stone’s recent book The Clintons’ War on Women not only is the basis for D’Souza’s claims about Bill Clinton being a predator and Hillary being his enabler but Stone also uses the book to revive the conspiracy theory that the Clintons bumped off Vince Foster and others.  If you aren’t familiar with Stone’s book, it’s because the only national television outlet that has given credence to Stone’s claims is Fox News; Stone has appeared on several Fox News shows in which his weak claims and conspiracy theories were given credence by the network’s conservative hosts/operatives.

As luck would have it, right at the time that Hillary’s America was released, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes was forced to step down after it came out that he’s a serial sexual abuser who had sexually harassed employees and other women for the past half century! One article that was published right at the time of the release of D’Souza’s film was about a longtime Fox News employee who, in order to keep her job, not only had to service Ailes but she had to procure other Fox News female employees for him. “It was psychological torture,” the woman told writer Gabriel Sherman.

Let’s look at what just happened here. Fox’s Roger Ailes used his network to attempt to legitimize the work of a notorious dirty tricks operative accusing a former president of rape and murder. Immediately thereafter, Ailes is exposed as a habitual sexual predator right as his network’s claims are being recycled in D’Souza’s cinematic hatchet job. The timing has to be divine providence. God’s not dead! 
  
Conclusion
 
This review is almost 3000 words and I haven’t even gotten to D’Souza’s distortions about Planned Parenthood or misinformation by interviewee Peter Schweizer (author of Clinton Cash). That job is for someone else. This film isn’t a documentary. It’s crude propaganda.

Notes:

Note 1: Postmodern theorist Jean Baudrillard’s concept of the simulacrum is a useful model to describe the right’s ontological support structures, e.g., talk radio, fair and balanced pseudo-journalistic entities, and alleged think tanks that don’t do any impartial research but that fund operatives like D’Souza who pose as intellectuals.  

Note 2: The premise of 2016: Obama’s America is that Obama inherited his Kenyan father’s anti-colonial rage and that he would use a second term to exact revenge against the United States.

Note 3: It’s also worth noting that Regnery Publishing publishes other Lost Cause revisionist histories that celebrate and whitewash the treasonous Confederate slavocracy such as The Politically Incorrect Guide to the South by (and Why It Will Rise Again) by Clint Johnson. Also, in an attempt to buoy the candidacy of George W. Bush (who supported the Vietnam War but who joined a champagne unit), in 2004, Regnery published a book by the head of the Swift Boaters that denigrated the war record of John Kerry who actually risked his life in Vietnam. The book was coauthored by Jerome Corsi who later became a leader birther whose book Where’s the Birth Certificate? hit bookstores days after the state of Hawaii released Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

D'Souza's first book, Falwell: Before the Millennium, was published by Regnery (then Regnery Gateway).

Note 4: For more on the Washington Times’ love affair with racists and neo-Confederates, Read Max Blumenthal’s article about the paper:

Note 5: D’Souza’s first book, Falwell: Before the Millennium, was a hagiography of the bigoted preacher/con artist. Also, CultJam Productions is working on a comic book about Falwell titled “Falwell in Hell.”

Note 6: Helms was also notorious for his taunting of the first African-American female U.S. Senator Carol Moseley-Braun by singing “Dixie” in an elevator he shared with her.

Note 7: Both Helms and Thurmond make cameo appearances in CultJam Productions’ comic book “Ivy League Exorcist.”

Note 8: The History Channel had a panel of historians who wrote exhaustive studies how Goldberg’s book was a fatally flawed piece of hackwork.

Note 9: The 80’s Dartmouth Review set were not only nasty, entitled bigots but they were incorrigibly pompous and lame young fogies. Former conservative Michael Lind writes in Up from Conservatism: “Tory affectations were taken a step further in the 1980s, when young conservatives like the group around the Dartmouth Review made a cult of the Masterpiece Theater dramatization of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. They were triply pathetic, emulating not only a nation but a class and generation not their own.” Also, Lloyd Grove of the Washington Post wrote about a counterdemonstration to an anti-nuclear session consisting of Review operatives "draping an American flag from a third floor window, drinking brandy, and listening to John Philip Sousa records. 'Put out more flags!' yells one of them, a student with a weakness for Evelyn Waugh who totes around a foam-rubber shark named Chesterton."