When you think of the wonderful City of Manassas and all it has to offer, and then think of a person to personify all that, would the name Ed Asner pop into your mind? Probably not. Since I expect that many readers might not know why anyone would honor Ed Asner as a demonstration of the greatness of Manassas, here’s a short run-down:
“I think Joe Stalin was a guy that was hugely misunderstood, and to this day, I don’t think I have ever seen an adequate job done of telling the story of Joe Stalin, so I guess my answer would have to be Joe Stalin.” - Ed Asner on what historical figure he’d most like to play as an actor.
Asner’s recorded message to “the 9/11 truth movement”
“There’s a part of it where talking about things trickling down and they have like rich people peeing on poor people,” the producer explained further.
“How disgusting,” Asner said. “It should be reversed.”
“So you don’t remember that?” the producer asked.
“Do you have any money?” Asner asked with a smirk.
“Can I piss on you?” asked the actor.
(exchange between a Fox News producer and Ed Asner regarding Asner’s participation in a controversial video fro the California Teachers Federation)
And he’s certainly a fan of Christians.
“This country has a heavy theological imprint on it. We inserted “Under God” in our Pledge of Allegiance in the 1950s. A recent survey was taken that showed that for all of the extreme right wing pressures brought to bear, when you remove the evangelical percentage from that, the extreme right wing dries up pretty rapidly. The evangelicals create the agitation for right-wing activity.” (source: NewsBusters)
Or actual freedom, apparently.
“When Castro first took over, we all celebrated enormously. Cuba … had finally found its freedom. … The United States could not tolerate … a little Hispanic country 90 miles off the United States declaring its independence of the United States, so immediately embargoes, everything began to take place, forcing him into the sphere of Soviet influence.”
To sum up, according to the fine folks at
Historic Manassas the Greater Manassas Christmas Parade Committee, this is what Manassas is all about:
- The Revolutionary Communist Party and overthrowing the government of the United States
- Cop killers like Kenneth Gay and Mumia Abu Jamal
- The Democratic Socialists of America
Welcome to a brave new world, folks.
UPDATE: I spoke with Marc Olsen who corrected me on the relationship between Historic Manassas, Inc and this parade. Apparently there is no connection and this parade is operated by a committee and not HMI. Marc is on that parade committee, but I don’t know who else is.
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