2006-05-29 22:55:02 UTC
Ted Nugent: Call him Chickenhawk
Don't you just love the Nuge?
Here's a true-blue, red-blooded guy that any patriotic American could
really get behind.
Ted Nugent is an avid hunter, a member of the National Rifle
Association and hosts two outdoor shows.
Every time he takes the stage, Nugent can be seen waving the American
flag at his rock concerts.
And he's not afraid to say what he thinks.
The Nuge is also a big fan of the current war in Iraq.
In fact, the 57-year-old rocker also "told it like it is" during the
Here's Ted on what he would have done if he went to Vietnam:
"... if I would have gone over there, I'd have been killed, or I'd
have killed, or I'd kill all the hippies in the foxholes -- I would
have killed everybody," he told the Detroit Free Press in an interview
published July 15, 1990.
Fortunately, for our hero, Ted didn't go to Vietnam.
And how Ted managed to avoid the draft makes President Bush look like
a war hero.
In that 1990 interview with the Free Press and from information
collected from the Chickenhawk Web site, Nugent told about how he
avoided the draft:
"He claims that 30 days before his Draft Board Physical, he stopped
all forms of personal hygiene. The last 10 days he ingested nothing
but junk food and Pepsi, and a week before his physical, he stopped
using the bathroom altogether, virtually living inside his pants caked
with excrement and urine. That spectacle won Nugent a deferment."
It says volumes about the character of a man who calls himself the
Motor City Madman.
The Detroit native went out of his way to avoid the defining
experience of his generation, then has the gall to talk about how
eagerly he would have killed, "if" he had served.
Nugent has been a lightning rod of controversy from the beginning of
his lame career.
Here are a few choice quotes from Ted over the years:
"What's a feminist anyway? A fat pig who doesn't get enough."
"Call it ego, call it bragging, call it whatever you want, but there's
only one alpha male and that's me."
"Organized religion is good for wars, battles -- and not much else."
"Foreigners are scum; I don't like 'em; I don't want 'em in this
country; I don't want 'em selling me doughnuts; I don't want 'em
pumping my gas; I don't want 'em downwind of my life -- OK?"
"I don't objectify women. I'd like to think that I'm optimizing their
"I don't advocate violence, I perform it."
Speaking of performing, Ted doesn't really rank up there with the real
The only genuine hit he has had in more than 30 years is "Cat-Scratch
Fever," an irritating, lame ditty that says nothing.
Nugent joins a virtual dishonor role as one of the 52 members listed
as a Chickenhawk on the Chickenhawk Web site.
What's a Chickenhawk?
"They're all for war -- as long as they don't have to serve," is the
official credo of the site.
At the top of the list is President Bush, who the site says, went AWOL
while serving in the Air National Guard.
Also listed are Vice President Cheney, presidential advisor Karl Rove
and Paul Wolfowitz, one of the architects of the Iraq War.
There are some other notables on the list, including right-wing
blabbermouth Rush Limbaugh, Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Tom DeLay and a host
of others who love the war in Iraq, but somehow managed to avoid
Nugent, a well-known sportsman and avid bow hunter, openly talks about
his love of hunting.
Nugent, who categorizes his brand of hunting as "whack 'em and stack
'em," was described as an "unethical" hunter in a story that appeared
in the Wall Street Journal on July 25, 1995.
"He shoots at anything," said a Mr. Cairnes in an interview.
"You should kill what you can use. He just likes to kill a lot of
(Cairnes is a hunting guide who takes people out to stab wild pigs in
Ted has also pulled in a few bucks while serving as a "guide" on
According to the Detroit Free Press, "Participants pay the Renegade
Ranch (a fenced in, 300-acre canned hunting recreation area) for the
animals they kill -- anywhere from $500 for a wild boar to $5,500 for
a 6-point elk. Nugent tacks on a $250 fee for serving as celebrity
So why, one could reasonably ask, bring up this nasty Nugent nugget
after all of these years?
Under normal circumstances I would not if Nugent just went about his
business of making mediocre music and outrageous comments.
But since Ted insists on being such a "patriotic" supporter of the
carnage in Iraq and such a war-hawk, it was time to put his stand into
Nugent could not be reached for comment.
At press time, he was in Berlin for the start of his European tour.
Nugent's disdain for drugs, alcohol and tobacco has been well
He has claimed, in a number of interviews, that he "never" took drugs.
In an interview with CREEM magazine, he told writer Jeffrey Morgan
that he finds drug users repulsive.
Except when it's time for the Draft Board:
CREEM: "Are you still a hard case on drugs?"
"Real hard. I have never done a drug in my life. I have never smoked a
joint in my life. I took two tokes off a joint with the MC5 one night
and almost gagged and thought it was stupid. And that's it. I took two
tokes off a joint once. I snorted one line of cocaine. And one line of
crystal methedrine before my draft physical -- but God, that was worth
it because I wanted to see the look on the Sergeant's face. That's it
In a later interview, Nugent told about how he smoked just 50 joints
in his entire life.
Ted hosts "Spirit of the Wild" on The Outdoor Channel and is the star
of Outdoor Life Network's new series, "Wanted: Ted or Alive."
He also loves guns.
Except when it comes to carrying one during wartime.
Right Wing Chickenhawk, Ted Nugent, Ladies and Gentelemen.