Who Hijacked Our Country

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Howard Zinn, J.D. Salinger: R.I.P.

Christ, this makes two great writers we’ve just lost.

J.D. Salinger was by far the better known of the two. His only book, “The Catcher in the Rye,” has sold more than 60 million copies since he wrote it in 1951.

Every movie you’ve ever seen about teenage anger, rebellion, nonconformity — was probably influenced by Salinger’s book.

Howard Zinn wrote “A People’s History of the United States.” This was not your father’s history textbook. This is an unabridged uncensored politically incorrect history of America — blemishes, warts, tumors and all.

Noam Chomsky said: “I can't think of anyone who had such a powerful and benign influence. His historical work changed the way millions of people saw the past.”

Here’s a link to “A People’s History of the United States.” If you’re not already familiar with this book, please bookmark the site and refer to it frequently. No matter how jaded you already are to “the official story” and the steaming piles of shit behind the lies, you’ll still be shocked by this book. And this is information we all need.

And finally: Take That, all you bigoted inbred Biblehumping redneck pukes.

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26 Comments:

Blogger Holte Ender said...

It's been a bad day, we are losing them quicker than we can make them.

January 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Remarkable and talented men, both. Holte makes a good observation.

January 28, 2010 at 11:05 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Holte is correct, we are breeding in the wrong direction. I would love to get Zinn's take on that.

January 29, 2010 at 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Zinn is a fricking commie & Salinger writes 1 lousy book & they're great writers? You guys are nuts. And I'll tell ya who hijacked our country. Freaking leftest like you! Try reading unrevised history and learn the real history of my country and the founding fathers!

January 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Holte is correct, we are breeding in the wrong direction.

January 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Holte: Absolutely right, and we're losing the wrong ones.

SW: Remarkable and talented, exactly.

jadedj: "Breeding in the wrong direction" -- sad but true. It's not gonna take any 500 years that the "Idiocracy" nightmare to come true.

Anonymous: Whoa! Got a live one here. Let me guess, you found this site from my comment here.

January 29, 2010 at 10:40 AM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Jesus, Tom. You actually visited Debbie Schlussel's site?? Her vile is tough to take. That broad is a thousand bricks short of a load. Just like our little anon commenter here who doesn't like "leftests"
She's a certified fucking nut.
I like how she calls Zinn an anti-American commie.
That pretty much sums up the likes of her. They have zero ability to think is shades of gray. It's all or nothing. Dumb bitch.

January 29, 2010 at 12:50 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Left a comment at her post.
Couldn't help myself.. :)

January 29, 2010 at 12:59 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike: Good comment at Schlussel's site. Maybe one of her sycophants will visit you at your blog.

I first heard of Debbie Schlussel about 4 years ago. She did an article making fun of an American demonstrator who got killed during a protest in Israel. She's a total sickfuck. She makes Ann Coulter and Michelle Malkin look moderate and reasonable.

January 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM  
Blogger Mike V. said...

Her MO is easy to figure out.
She's rabidly pro-Israel. And by that I mean she thinks that Israel can do no wrong, we should kill all A-rabs and Bush was the King of the World.
I don't care if any of those mental midgets stop by my blog. I invite people to publicly display their foolishness..

January 29, 2010 at 1:23 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Indeed, Schlussel takes wingnuttery to a whole new level of insanity. I visited there a couple of times. It was crazier than the Freepers, and that's scary.

Anonymous, I'll go you one better: I will tell you who highjacked one of the two major parties, then highjacked our country, got thousands of our people killed needlessly, and wrecked our economy.

January 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Tom, the Schlussel site is Batshit City USA. I could only take about two paragraphs of that crap. BP rose 35 points. What little I did read invoked God's name as being responsible for striking the two pieces of shit liberals dead, in the name of God's chosen people, The Conservative Cretins of America. Of course it failed to mention that God let them live to a ripe old age. How does that work?

January 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Debbie Schlussel should take a lesson from all the other peroxide blonds who get boob and nose jobs, and become conservative commentators:

"If you say it on TV, they are too busy looking at you to pay attention. If you write it, they will find out how wacked out you are!"

What is going on with conservatives, to praise a person's death goes beyond every aspect of Christian Decency yet they do it all the time now.

Hopefully somebody pics up the torch for Zinn. The backlash we are experiencing - from the South ramping up it revisionist Civil War/Reconstruction history to the spread of "Flintstone technology" that says man lived with dinosaurs, to the trashing of Darwin. We need Zinn more then ever.


Erik

January 29, 2010 at 2:52 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I am so ashamed to admit this, but I'm in a safe place ;), I have never read Catcher in the Rye. There is a copy in my study, that belonged to my dad, but I have never opened it. I have heard of Zinn though so there is that I have going for me.

January 29, 2010 at 4:11 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Mike: Rabidly pro-Israel, that figures. That plus all the other standard Far Rightwing afflictions.

SW: "Wingnuttery to a whole new level of insanity" -- that pretty much sums her up. She's so far out there, she enables Ann Coulter to play good cop to Schlussel's bad cop.

jadedj: Batshit City is right. Good point -- God struck down those 2 writers, but only after He allowed them to live into their late 80s and early 90s.

Erik: "If you say it on TV, they are too busy looking at you to pay attention. If you write it, they will find out how wacked out you are!" Very true. Those pretty-but-vapid rightwing talking heads will probably never grasp that fact.

We definitely need Zinn more than ever. James Loewen needs to be more productive than ever now. He's the only other author I can think of who's written books similar to Zinn's book.

January 29, 2010 at 4:14 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I read Catcher in the Rye but not until adulthood, long after high school and college. With all the news stories and blog posts about him, I was starting to think I was the only person who didn't read that book during high school or junior high.

January 29, 2010 at 4:19 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

Nope you are not alone Tom. I have just been laughed at, by my husband who said "you should be ashamed of yourself not reading that book" I will try hard to do that but I don't see it happening :) After I finish what I have to go through reading wise, if I remember, I might pick it up and give it a read.

January 29, 2010 at 4:24 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

Tom, nor did I. Got curious as an adult and read it. Loved it. Definitely thought it was addressing my teen years, and my feelings later that I was out of place in the universe.

January 29, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Beekeepers Apprentice said...

hmm...anon just completely proved JadedJ's point. How ironic :)

January 29, 2010 at 4:45 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: I'm you'll like the book if you get a chance to read it. I probably got more out of it as an adult than I would have in my teens.

jadedj: I always like that kind of book, the kind where I realize "hey, it's not just me."

Bee: Yup, a perfect example of the wrong people doing all the overbreeding.

January 29, 2010 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jess,
Tom,

I never read Catcher, they didn't make us read it in High School - but then we didn't have to read Silas Marner either

Erik

January 29, 2010 at 11:56 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: We didn't have to read Silas Mariner either. Instead, all 9th graders had to go to a special assembly session, just so we could listen to an English teacher recite Silas Mariner, word for word, start to finish.

I always marveled at the achievement, but I never exactly knew the purpose.

January 30, 2010 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: I just realized, I was thinking of "The Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner" when you said Silas Marner. Shows how much I remember from those high school English classes a million years ago.

January 30, 2010 at 1:51 PM  
Blogger Distributorcap said...

a true hero and one of my favorite books (Zinn - and Catcher in the Rye)

and how can you venture to Schussel

yuk

January 30, 2010 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Distributorcap: I usually don't bother with those rightwing sites. But when I did a web search for Howard Zinn, there was a link to her blogpost titled "2 birds with one stone," and I just had to satisfy my morbid curiosity.

January 30, 2010 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Heidiqiwe: Sorry, your comment got caught in the spam filter. You wrote:

"Her MO is easy to figure out. She's rabidly pro-Israel. And by that I mean she thinks that Israel can do no wrong, we should kill all A-rabs and Bush was the King of the World. I don't care if any of those mental midgets stop by my blog. I invite people to publicly display their foolishness.."


Excellent comment. Thanks for stopping by.

November 3, 2012 at 8:31 PM  

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