by David Mendez
Get your bags of tea ready, folks: you only have little more than a month to see "Wildman" Ted Nugent at the Fox Theatre.
I mean, if you're into people who have staved off declining relevance as musicians by revealing themselves to be wildly, insanely, vehemently right-wing.
Let's be honest: At this point, the Nuge is famous as much for his insistence on making then-candidate Obama fellate his gun-dick as he is Cat Scratch Fever — and I'm not sure that's something you want to hang the hat of your career on.
But hey, when you get the chance to bring aboard a musician who's willing to blast fellow music legend Stevie Wonder over his political beliefs (Wonder has decided to boycott Florida venues in the wake of the George Zimmerman self-defense trial), well, I can't see how you can pass that up:
"You've got to be kidding me," he said. "So 700 black people, mostly young children and young people were slaughtered in Chicago last year by black people, and not a peep out of Stevie Wonder. Are you kidding me? What is this, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest'? How brain-dead do you have to be? How strangled by denial, how dishonest, how cheap do you have to be to focus on a clear-cut case where all the evidence, from the DOJ, from the FBI, from the army of investigative specialists in Florida determined that George Zimmerman acted in self-defense against a life-threatening attack by hoodlum, dope-smoking Trayvon Martin?"
Nugent also said that he would pray for "Stevie Wonder and all these other numnuts who think that Trayvon Martin's life is more important than the tens of thousands of slaughtered blacks at the hands of blacks."
Well, now isn't that a reframing of the argument — if we're going to go that way Ted, why are you defending the self-defense rights of George Zimmerman, who admitted to killing a guy in self-defense, while ignoring the fact that a Florida woman had her Stand Your Ground defense denied and was sentenced to 20 years?