Archive for November, 2008

Fake Indigenous and real Indians

Muscogee Creek Veterans, Real Indians

Muscogee Creek Veterans, Real Indians

Ah, it’s weird to be back in Oklahoma. Today we drove down to the big Iranian Redneck Goat Ranch in Weleetka, and passed through the heart of the Muscogee Creek Nation, which is headquartered in Okmulgee. Lots of political signs still up in the yards, all about the election of a new Chief of the Tribe. It brought back recently revitalized memories of a fake indigenous pseudo scholar, who claimed to be Muscogee Creek—Ward Churchill. I never liked Ward Churchill. Even as an undergraduate, before specialists denounced his work as absolute crap, I thought his work was vacuous tertiary innuendo masquerading as something original and important. My dislike of his “work” was elevated when I began to use serious scholarship from real scholars like Russell Thornton and Joane Nagel in my demography and social movements courses. But, the real kicker for me was hearing my old friend Howard Harrod talk about an interaction he had with Churchill at a conference. Howard was a true scholar, with an earned D.Div. and PhD in the sociology of religion from Princeton (they used to offer that joint through religion back in the 1960s). While it should be irrelevant, Howard was also an enrolled member of the Cherokee Tribe, and was one quarter blood quantum. But, like many Okies, Howard never played the indigenous card. Shitloads of Okies are Indians, and if you’re low on the blood, and were never forced to live on a reservation or go to those nasty BIA schools, it’s considered inappropriate to act like you’re aggrieved. Even though Howard wrote several highly acclaimed books on the religion and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Northern section of the Western Hemisphere, he tended not to go to conferences with “specialists” on the topic–and a vicious attack from Ward Churchill was a primary reason why he didn’t. Churchill harangued poor Howard (who was the nicest guy you could ever meet), calling him a tool of the white capitalist oppressors, berating his scholarship, and telling him that white people like Howard had no right to even discuss indigenous issues.

I sure wish Howard could have lived to see Churchill taken down. Howard told me that he suspected that Churchill was not what he claimed. I mean, shit, there ain’t no Muscogee Creek in Springfield, Illinois! So, how do you get born way up there to people who aren’t there? Fucking dumbass liar. Yeah, the indigenous had it bad. They got moved to Oklafuckinghoma! But, Churchill was a big name then, and he always had a deep tan, and a black ponytail which he wore in a braid, and a bunch of Indian shit he bought at some Indian store outside of Boulder. What was Howard to do? He was kind of pale, and looked like an old Okie who just stepped off the farm.

What irks me is that Churchill defrauded a bunch of naive knee-jerk wackjobs into giving him a really cool gig that he did not deserve. Churchill supposedly has an MA in communication from what is now Univ. of Ill-Springfield–a glorified community college. I’m almost tempted to check to see if they even offer that degree. He never even went to a real graduate school, much less a PhD. For this, he became full Professor, based, of course, on his ethnicity. Except, of course, that his indigenous heritage is a fake. Churchill is 100% anglo-American, of almost pure English extraction. He should have been fired for that long before he was fired for shoddy scholarship. I’m toasting one to the Muscogee Creek Nation, the Cherokee, and to Howard Harrod–I love you, man, I wish you could have seen this!

Religious Freedom and Same Sex Marriage



The liberal landslide was somewhat punctuated by the passage of a CONSTITUTIONAL ban on same-sex marriage in Califuckinfornia!!! Not Oklahoma, Not Nebraska (er, they already have bans….along with 41 other states besides California), but California!! I’m hoping that my professional organization skips the meetings in Homophobic San Francisco to protest the passage of Prop 8.

And, of course, this has brought out the protesters across the nation! Even in New York City people are protesting the Mormons!! That’s great. Mormons constitute about 1.5% of Americans, though it may be closer to 2% in California (heavy totals on the border of Nevada and even up north in Survivalist country). Wow, I’m sure that 2% was just what tipped it….without them, it’d have been 50-50!! Why didn’t they protest outside of Brokeback Mountain Megachurch?!!! Others are protesting against the Catholics, who no doubt made up a large share of supporters of Prop 8 since California is heavily Catholic. BUT CATHOLICS ARE MORE SUPPORTIVE OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE THAN OTHER AMERICANS!!! Just because some pedophile priest or bishop goes on ranting about gay  marriage doesn’t mean Jane and Joe Catholic voted for banning it. Catholics love weddings, especially if there’s lots of booze.

Fuck protest. Not only is the target silly, the protesters have a nasty tendancy to strategically use identities in a counterproductive fashion (as Mary Bernstein noted long ago in a much more scholarly manner). Protesting same sex marriage in New York outside of a Mormon Temple while in drag, audacious drag. Great. It’d be much more productive if already married couples visited their lawyers and filed lawsuits in all 47 states that don’t recognize their marriages. Best yet, have married same-sex members of the Unitarian Universalists, the United Church of Christ, and the Reformed Jews file the lawsuits with their denominations as friends of the court. If some religious groups allow people to marry, then not letting people marry violates religious freedom…duh!

I like the straight guy picture. White t-shirt, old wrinkled shorts, bad haircut, crappy sign made by his 8 year old daughter. Guy’s straight. He just wants to be supportive of his friends, relatives, and coworkers who have been smacked down by a bunch of Jesus freaks who want to shove their religion onto everyone. What’s next? A religious test for all marriages? Taliban council approval for all sexual activity? It even makes a straight guy want to smack some Christian/Mormon ass. Contrast that image with the supposedly straight Mormon supporter of Prop 8 who just lost his job at the California Music Theater. This guy makes his living producing and promoting show tunes. I’m certain he owns the Barbara Streisand Boxed Set. Where do you get a shirt like that? I’ve never even seen such a thing! Check out that hair! Professionally cut and dyed, and parted to the side in that Ted Haggard kind of way….He works for a non-profit, but tightened his girdle and plunked down $1,000 to help defeat the evils of same sex marriage. Every morning, he wakes up worried about the homosexual agenda, dreaming that they’re coming to get him and force him into a gay marriage….


I knew it….Barak Obama is W’s Secret Love Child

It's true, I'm his father...


Echoing themes from a bad popular science fiction movie, today George W. Bush admitted that paternity tests have shown that he is indeed the father of Barak Obama. Don’t ask how it happened, you don’t want to know.

It’s Time….

Barak looks just like his Grandpa!
Barak looks just like his Grandpa!

This election is pretty dramatic. Wow. Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, didn’t make it. That woman (yeah, that one) raised him. With that guy, Grandpa. Check out the profiles! Tomorrow will be a long day.