Book Review: Republican Party Animal (guest post from Karl Ushanka)

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Special guest post by Karl Ushanka

Book Review: Republican Party Animal, by David Cole, 2014, 319 pages.

Short Review:

Republican Party Animal is a fantastic and entertaining story about a man whose strengths of work-ethic, principles and objectivity were betrayed by his effectiveness and his piss-poor judgement in women.  Do not be fooled by the title, politics rarely makes an appearance in this book.  It is David Cole telling his very personal, and sometimes terrifying story of emotional and professional ups and downs.  I highly recommend this book.

Long Review – Preface:

I am a retired blogger, so I had to find another site to share this review.  I don’t have any obligation to write a review, which I hope you will see as an added endorsement for this book.

Further, because Holocaust revisionism is a topic within this very personal story, I chose to post this review on the Savage Hippie Podcast blog, which the author is a member.  I am blind and indifferent to the “Jew” issue and to the Nazi side of the second world war.  A solid C student in high school, I memorized only the material I had to to graduate. And the only information on the topic of WWII I needed to know was that six million Jews were killed by the Nazis.  Having read Republican Party Animal, I am more aware that many have strong feelings on the topic of this particular religion and history.  So I’d hate to ask another blogger to publish my review, only to find out they had an ulterior motive for doing so.

Also, part of my appreciation for the Republican Party Animal story is that I found many parallels with my life.  I lived in the Los Angeles area during the same time as this story.  I am sympathetic to the author’s women troubles as I discovered, after moving to LA from the mid-west at age 19, that California women carry more than their share of problems. I too have been blacklisted in my career for objective academic work. I too think my approach to politics is like the author’s – more of a common-sense journey rather than partisan score-keeping.  And last, I’ve experienced what peer-pressure, intimidation and groupthink can do to groups and individuals with similar beliefs and backgrounds.  Cole’s story was a powerful re-play for me, and it is a good warning to others.

David Cole should have had a champion.  Perhaps Dr. Carlos Huerta, an Army veteran, fellow Jew and Holocaust researcher Cole mentions early in the book.  Huerta reminds me of many people I served with in the Army: fair, honest, and not threatened by differing opinions.

Cole set out at a young age to research an important historic event, and he found some information that did not fit the narrative.  He followed that information to compelling evidence, as any honest researcher would do.  He did everything right, but the topic was the Holocaust, and any information that does not fit the narrative is taboo.  Had he had a mentor and a champion to help him appreciate his audience, help him navigate the waters, and defend his work, his story would be much different.

He shelved his research when he received his first death threat.  But that wasn’t enough.  He had to change his identity in order to move onto his second life – that of a GOP mover and shaker in enemy territory – Hollywood California.

It is fascinating how the author moved up through the ranks of the Friends of Abe group of Hollywood conservatives as he did earlier with his Holocaust research.  He did it in Hollywood with old-fashioned hard work, using his organizational and event-managements skills to help mold the group into a nationally recognized GOP oasis in California.  He understood the vision of the Abe leaders, and he worked in that direction.  Remove the politics from this story, and it reads like a simple roadmap for success.

The author was known as a man who “could get things done.”  This is the absolute best compliment for anyone who has ever had to accomplish things through people who had various, and sometimes conflicting, agendas and motivations.

Republican Party Animal offers an honest and candid review of Cole’s decisions.  And not all of them were good.  He had several dysfunctional relationships with women. The last gal mentioned ruined his incredible run in Hollywood.  But that betrayal was just the first of many as it caused a split between the author and hundreds of his Hollywood friends and GOP contacts.

He was betrayed by people who would profess to be loyal.  They were anything but, and that angered this reader.  This mass betrayal, this peer-pressure cliquish petty groupthink among like-minded friends was as disgusting as it was swift.  You’ll read about how, in just hours, the author’s entire network of friends and industry professionals evaporated.

Last, I experienced a Forrest Gump-like feeling from this book.  If you’ve heard Mr. Cole speak in the Savage Hippie Podcast or elsewhere, you’ll know he is a story-teller.  He has plenty of stories and a knack for telling them.  He and I are close in age, and during the period of this book he and I were both in Los Angeles.  His chronological story referenced many local, national and international events that I was familiar with, and I enjoyed the story even more with the shared nostalgia.  And I even picked up on the many movie references.

The author seems to be in limbo now, with a few too many empty bottles to show for it.  He was a winner in the two challenges he faced, and I’d like to think he is just resting for a third run to greatness.

I have added Republican Party Animal to my lengthy book list at my blog.

Karl is retired from blogging at Ushanka.us, where he ‘tracked communist activities globally, and communist inspirations nationally’ for over ten years.  He recently published Trade the Ratio, a book about precious metals investing.  He is currently working on his next book – about another betrayal within the Republican Party.

The Savage Hippie Video Podcast Episode 4: Happy Halloween, Unhappy Holocaust

So, I fucked up and forgot to do an official post for the Savage Hippie Halloween episode. In the words of James Rolfe, the “Angry Video Game Nerd”, “what was I THINKING?!” If you missed it, here ’tis!

Yes, David talks more about the Holocaust. But we also talk about a bunch of other stuff, even though I can’t remember what any of it was because this happened two weeks ago. Don’t we look really cool in our costumes? I’m Mutanga the Witch Doctor, Ann is Gothy Longstocking or Wednesday Adams, and David is “Big Tex” Maxhimer or some gay cowboy or something. Expect the same ol’ shit, but just, ya know, in our costumes.

Savage Hippie Episode 54 – Have One Fucking Standard for Genocide, and Apply It Fairly, Assholes

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Been a long time since we did an old school, audio only podcast. Reason for that was I had flown back to Michigan for a few days to hang with the family, so I recorded it from within the confines of me old bedroom. For some reason, I sound like shit in this one. Probably didn’t turn up the gain high enough on my metallic phallus. But, hey, what’s a Savage Hippie podcast without cavernous, “death rock” echo on at least one of the hosts.

Anyway, David Cole, Ann Sterzinger, and I talk about a bunch of stuff, but probably the focal point, or the thing that will stick out to most people is our analysis of the recent Richard Spencer talk at the University of Florida, where he, Mike Enoch of the Right Stuff and Daily Shoah, and Eli Mosely of some Identity Europa.. Evropa b.s. shout at and antagonize a crowd of typical leftists, who in response shout back at them for a hundred awkward minutes.

Now, I’m all for the dissemination of controversial ideas, but there’s a way to do it without letting your speaking engagement degenerate into a sideshow act. A few people I know think that, because the leftists acted like typical leftists, Spencer, Enoch, and Mosely won converts. I did not see this AT ALL. I can’t imagine anyone seeing the video and saying, “wow, I want to join THAT!” But, hey, judge for yourself.

And, for this episode’s Sounds of Marshabaloosh, I play a song from the new Nik Turner album, Life in Space. Turner was originally in Hawkwind, probably my all time favorite band,where he played saxophone and flute, and, though he’s in his 70s, continues to tour, having the band Hedersleben, whose guitarist, Nicky Garratt, was in punk rock legends the U.K. Subs, as his backup band. I chose the track “Master of the Univerise”, which was originally on the second Hawkwind album, In Search of Space, and was thus covered by Turner and his current band. Check it out here.

One of our lovely and talented female fans did the Injun artwork, and the song at the end is “The Diet Has Failed” by the Yesticles.

The Savage Hippie Video Podcast Episode 2: Yes, David Talks About the F*@king Holocaust

Buuut, that’s not all! Somewhere inside of a FEMA camp, Edwin (me), David Cole, and the disembodied voice of Ann Sterzinger talk about a bunch of stuff including, but not limited to, my neato t-shirt, that has a pictured of Donald Trump’s head with a machete lodged into it, how hipsters won’t let a few car thefts, gang rapes, and fire bombings in Detroit beat their resolve to continue living in Detroit, our plan to distributed gloves and ski masks to gang bangers in Oakland, CA, and some other shit I forgot.

Savage Hippie Episode 53 – What Has Eight Legs and Goes Ho-Dee-Doh, Ho-Dee-Doh?

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We live in some pretty Orwellian times, don’t we? How long will the Savage Hippie podcast last in this censorious era, where once neutral hosting services are purging anything that they consider to be peddlers of “hate speech”?

In 2017, the shibboleths of “racism” and “white supremacy” have become the modern day version of the Satanic panic. Leftists have SUCH an ENORMOUS blind spot to the problem of Islam, that they will excuse some Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar” and running down thirteen people in Barcelona as just a “perversion” of an otherwise completely peaceful religion, while think that some antisocial freak with a Hitler haircut running down ONE leftist protester, who happens to be the SAME RACE AS HIM, is somehow indicative that society has a problem with “white supremacy.”

It’s in this depressing climate that Ann Sterzinger, David Cole, and I continue our quest to spread healthy hate speech, promote funny racism, and just continue to belittle minorities, gays, women, and men who dress like women. In this episode of the Savage Hippie podcast, we talk about David’s recent Facebook ban, the prank calls we did as kids, Ronald Reagan’s tacky sense of humor, the white power Asian guy, Devo, Neil Hamburger, Gaspar Noe, Bjork, and some other shit I forgot.

For this week’s Sounds of Marshabaloosh, we feature the Biters with their song “1975” from their first album, Electric Blood. Just like with Giuda, the Biters are a band that Ann and I both like. In fact Ann is the one who introduced them to ME, if you can believe something as absurd as a woman introducing a guy to something he didn’t already know (that’s what she said). Strangely (to me at least), the Biters are signed to Earache, one of the earliest extreme metal labels, which released records by Napalm Death, Carcass, Cathedral, Godflesh, Brutal Truth, Morbid Angel, and Anal Cunt, even though their sound is straight up, glammy rock ‘n’ roll, that channels such influences as 70s Bowie, Queen, Kiss, Thin Lizzy, and Cheap Trick. Listen to “1975” here.

A wonderful lady friend and fan, who prefers not to be named, did the artwork, which we hope starts a trend of other people using the recent Charlottesville auto-modown photograph as a template for their absurd and offensive creations. The song at the end is, once again, “The Diet Has Failed” by the Yesticles.