Casablanca: I’m shocked! Shocked!

Image: FILE PHOTO: 70 Years Since The Casablanca World Premiere CasablancaFlashback! 1942 Hollywood, Casablanca the movie the Germans angered over having been overridden by the French populace of Casablanca is singing the French National Anthem as opposed to the Germans singing their own anthem have ordered the Prefect of Police to close down Rick’s (Bogey’s) Americian Café. The Prefect played to the hilt by that great British actor Claude Rains tells Rick he is closing him down because “I’m shocked! Shocked! There’s gambling going on in your café! Shocked!” Just before the croupier hands him his nightly winnings.

Flash forward to 2014 Nevada Clark County and listen to that wondrous darling touted loudly, lovingly and long by Faux News and the deep right wing of politics including the erstwhile up and coming presidential hopeful Rand Paul. Amid cries of Patriot, Hero and wronged American icon comes the man himself to spill his guts not on the many wrongs visited upon him by a country and government whom he doesn’t even believes exists but on of all things and people why blacks should have remained slaves and would they not be better off being still enslaved since they couldn’t pick cotton and they aborted their babies and put all their kids in prison and jail. A host of other vile bigoted and racist pronouncements.

Suddenly, thrust into the giddy environs of celebrity personhood by Sean Hannity, Roger Ailes and Faux News and lionized by the likes of Rand Paul, steps Cliven Bundy rancher extraordinary, put upon hero and leader of the suddenly resurrected Posse Comitatus Movement, racist bigot of which those on the right were completely enamored of many already reserving a place on Mount Rushmore for the erstwhile rancher come bigot cheapskate welfare millionaire to place his very large size boot into his very huge mouth filled with racial screed the like of which most people had thought was at last becoming passé!

Shocked! Shocked! I tell you they were shocked! They did not know that the man whom they had just the day before been singing the praises of, for and to, was OMG a Bigot of the First Rank? Well, they can’t walk back from this one they have wondered out into the middle of the cow pasture and their guccis are soaked with the manure spewed forth by Cliven Bundy and his 15 minutes of fame now turned into a sh*t hole quagmire for Sean, Ailes, Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. Stand back cause the sh*t has hit the fan and they will be attempting to sling it off from all the places Bundy’s excrement has landed on their Sunday Go To Meeting Suits!

Oh what a terrible tangled web we weave when we first practice to believe! Hero? Patriot? No purveyor of excrement and vile racist filth? I’m Shocked! I’m Shocked I tell you! Did they not know that turkeys couldn’t fly?

Bob Bearden



  1. Yeah, Bob, yet I don’t know why folks are so shocked since, as Phil Agre pointed out, “From the pharaohs of ancient Egypt to the self-regarding thugs of ancient Rome to the glorified warlords of medieval and absolutist Europe, in nearly every urbanized society throughout human history, there have been people who have tried to constitute themselves as an aristocracy. These people and their allies are the conservatives.” We have tried to promote conservatism by labeling it with slogans like: family values, patriotism, freedom, independence and all things godly. Add to that ideas that promote a feeling that government is against those slogans. However ridiculous, it takes wing. Certain folks don’t look passed the packaging. Moving back to a happy imaginary past where the aristocracy ruled seems like heaven to these folks. When in reality, conservatism and democracy are incomparable. It should be no surprise that these conservatives feel that slavery is preferable–preferable for others.

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