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Above: Lake Geneva, Switzerland. At Montreux.

Fodderize v.t. 1. To break down individual components; to make fungible; to disregard difference; to render one easily substituted for another 2. To impose sub-quality goods or services upon, with little recourse 3. To cap role choices, hinder access to resources regardless of merit, and so avoid competition 4. To manage perception by propaganda-spin techniques, while concealing dispositive facts 5. To manipulate, lure, exploit, deceive


Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Day in the Life of Nate Rudy Asclater. Cheryl Asclater. And update.

 Living with Nate Rudy Asclater

Cheryl Asclater has just seen the interview that her husband, Nate Rudy Asclater, gave at Equivocating Magazine Channel.  A reporter for her home town newspaper and TV channel, the Fodder News Channel,  stops her at a mall and asks if he can talk with her about it on the tape. He had her comments transcribed, and she reviewed it and gave permission for this publication and use on the Air.  

Cheryl's addendum:  I put in an update at the end here. I'll keep putting in updates because nothing stays the same. You can publish them or not, as you like.  Then that's it for me. Enough of this gun culture. It's addictive. And it may do me in. Do us in. Thanks for reading, listening, whatever. Anybody else out there feel like I do? NRA - Not Really Altruistic, that's what I say.  But Nate Rudy, he goes his own way. I see this whole business as getting like church for him - religious fervor he has, for his guns.  Armsism.  There you go. There we go.

Signed, Cheryl.

Nate Rudy's Day
For Him and the Rest of Us

Thank heavens he's not the sort of guy to ever act out what he thinks.
To actually do all the things to people 
and stuff, that he spends his day thinking about.  Not my Nate Rudy!

I am the wife of Nate Rudy Asclater, and I just read the interview he gave over at Equivocating magazine. His full name is Nathaniel Rudolph Asclater, as he pointed out, and he is proud of the people that that name means.
He should have given his interview here, though, because the title here, Fodder, is closer to what I think he feels and reacts to things.  Read his first, to get an idea, at Nate Rudy, Everyman.

So:  He told you some things.  But I'm going to tell you another angle:  how much time out of his day he spends in his head, because it is starting to affect me. Real scenes he puts himself in. All these rehearsals in his head.

He doesn't watch western movies any more, but he likes the face-off. He'll turn the channels to get a big confrontation.

He dares you to question him, like in the picture. Even if people are watching, he'll push it.

He watches from inside. People don't know they are being watched. He thinks about what they would do if they did, or if he actually did something. It's been a while since he had a steady job. But he has looked.

One of his favorites is when people don't know he is there. He will not risk getting hurt himself, but he has scenes in his head where suddenly he pops somebody. He isn't serious, I'm sure.

My worry is that he'll forget the difference between thinking about something and doing it; and when he spends so much time in his head imagining what he will do, he'll find himself really doing it just to see what it is like.  Is the real thing as good as it was in his head. All those rehearsals, who will do and say what, what he will do and say, have to come out sometime.

There he is!

He's right. Who would have suspected he was in there, or that he could do that from there.

Pop that bottle, Nate! Bam!

Home?  Not that bad with him. He wears his gun (used to be a security guard and was in the army once).  Here is an exaggeration, because it doesn't happen all that much, but when it does, even the kids can't wait to get out of there: Pound the table, shout about something, that usually is an excuse to be loud. I go: Oh, Lord, won'tcha buy me, a Mercedes Benz, like old dead Janis Joplin, I think to myself. Hear/see at ://  Let it run while you go on here.

Uh-oh.  He's out in the parking lot now. Got out of the wagon. Changes position. Spots cover.

Yes, he tells me all this: He'll tell you what is in his head, instead of acting it out, so this is all harmless, I'm sure. He wouldn't do any of this.

He'll just tell you what he really would like to do, or what he plans to do, and that, believe me, can be scary.  He seems to like that, seeing people's reactions. He'll act out more to be sure he gets all the reaction he can.

He doesn't like rules that stop him from doing what he wants, when he thinks he should be able to do it.

He gets creative with his gun. Feels strong.  No end to what he can think up.

Home again.

 Lost another paper deliverer. Last seen on the lam!  

He never reads papers. Once had a computer for the kids, but it's so slow and bad now.  Never uses the thing.

Gets what he needs to know through his ears and eyes, the TV and the radio.  Keeps on the same stations, mostly, people's opinions and HGTV where he resents what other people have, and laughs at other ones. On and on, over and over.

Where is he now.

What do you mean, the bathroom's "dated"? It's builder-standard and that's fine.  It all works. Nate Rudy, I don't care!

Nate! You leave those towels alone! They're your initials, Nate Rudy Asclater - NRA - don't you try one of your ricochet shots and get them, too.  I'll get different colors if you want.  Nate Rudy!

Don't those come out sometimes inconvenient?  Yes, like I said, he has guns in the house, and wears them when he wants. We're used to it, mostly. Inception. Hunh. See ://  What is real, what is not real, how do you know, and how do you act. 

You tell me where he got his ideas.  I say turn off the TV and the radio, get everybody a good computer, and get people to fact check.

Asclater.  Sure.  Ask Later.  Shoot first, ask later.  Someday, someday. Everyman?  That was an old play, see :// about what really counts. 

Nate Rudy.  Read it. 

Forgot. You don't read. You do "media."


It's me again. That Day in the Life of Nate Rudy Asclater started something. This is Nate's wife Cheryl Asclater here, and this is a few weeks later.  I have an update: Nate Rudy has gone and joined the NRA. Find somebody selling something, even to be afraid, and he'll buy.  Newest trendy product. He keeps getting these guns. What can he buy next, he asks me, to defend himself.  Ha. Defend himself against something that is sold by the people who tell him now he has to defend himself against the other people who bought it.  See what I just found, at - something called, Consuming Terrorism. Just market it. Nate Rudy got himself marketed.

The NRA is not my cup of Tea, but it's his life. And here's the reason I'm writing. He's keeping a journal of his "progress" in getting educated and trained by the NRA. He really has swallowed the whole pitch. Read all about it --  Nate Rudy Joins the NRA and Keeps a Journal.  Read and weep, I say.  It has that old fear theory written all over it.  He really got going there. It's like he's rigged up with strings.

Ha again.

Not funny, McGee, as my mother would say. What scares me is other people looking at Rudy, who don't realize he's just a guy who really likes going along, and having a group to go along with. Add a dose of be-afraid of something, and he loves it. Add a gun-skill and he eats it up. Armsism?  He loves it. More adventure.  A big role play. But I told him I'm not going to start in on a back and forth here on his life. He can go ahead and write his journal all he likes, but I'm out of it. He knows how I feel.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

FDR's Four Freedoms, Applied to the States. FDR's Four Human Freedoms, Updated

Franklin D. Roosevelt's Four Freedoms Address to Congress,
January 6, 1941 - Updated. 

FDR's objectives include for all inhabitants of the world
1) a "good society"; and
2) a "healthy peacetime life" 
(FDR's terms)

We update to include those objectives for our nation.

Note:  FDR defines the Four Freedoms as essential human freedoms. *
 Thus, for example, Freedom of Speech does not include, by FDR's terms, 
organizational or corporate freedom of speech.

Shall citizens re-unite?

I.  The Address of  President Roosevelt-Updated

President Roosevelt, will you take the podium:
President Roosevelt:  Thank you (ahem).

In the future days, which we seek to make secure, we look forward to a NATION founded upon four essential human * freedoms.
1.  The first is freedom of speech and expression -- everywhere in the NATION.

2.  The second is freedom of every person to worship God in his own way -- everywhere in the NATION.

3.  The third is freedom from want -- which, translated into NATIONAL terms, means economic understandings which will secure to every STATE a healthy peacetime life for its inhabitants -- everywhere in the NATION.

4.  The fourth is freedom from fear -- which, translated into NATIONAL terms, means a NATION-wide reduction of FIREARMS to such a point and in such a thorough fashion that no INHABITANT will be in a position to commit an act of physical aggression against any neighbor-- anywhere in the NATION.

That is no vision of a distant millennium.

It is a definite basis for a kind of NATION attainable in our own time and generation.


To that new order we oppose the greater conception -- the moral order. A good society, SERVING THE COMMON GOOD,  is able to face schemes of NATIONAL AND GLOBAL ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL domination and foreign revolutions alike without fear.

Since the beginning of our American history, we have been engaged in change -- in a perpetual peaceful revolution -- a revolution which goes on steadily, quietly adjusting itself to changing conditions -- without the concentration camp or the quick-lime in the ditch;

The NATIONAL order which we seek is the cooperation of ALL STATES, working together in a friendly, civilized society.

This nation has placed its destiny in the hands and heads and hearts of its millions of free men and women; and its faith in freedom under the guidance of EACH ONE'S God.

Freedom means the supremacy of human rights everywhere.

Our support goes to those who struggle to gain those rights or keep them.

Our strength is our unity of purpose.

To that high concept there can be no end save victory.

As adjusted, shown by capitals, from Congressional Record, 1941, Vol. 87, Pt. I.

II.  Presidents' addresses to Congress 

Presidents address Congress periodically.  Those become part of the Congressional Record. Some are called the State of the Union.

On January 6, 1941 - eleven months before Pearl Harbor, but when World War II was already proceeding in Europe - President Franklin D. Roosevelt offered a speech to Congress, part of it known as the "Four Freedoms".   For this portion, the Four Freedoms address, see Congressional Record Vol. 87, pt 1,  at ://,  Find it in a larger timeline at ://
  • The entire speech was much longer, addressing many national policy, military and domestic preparedness issues. For its extract, click on the link to it at ibiblio 4101, or go to this page 410106, at ://
By its terms, the "Four Freedoms" lays out aspirations for the world's nations. We apply it to the States.
  • Here, we number the freedoms, to highlight them, and tweak the address to apply specifically to our own States.  Our substitutions for state or nation, instead of world, and reference to domestic use of firearms, not global use of military bombs, and phrasing the dangers we face them today (in 1941, the dangers included specific mention of concentration camps and lime pits), are shown by capitals and boldface.
  • Note that, by FDR's own terms, the Four Freedoms are "essential human freedoms", thus not referenced for non-humans. *
The Four Freedoms are featured at Hyde Park, the Roosevelt home called Springwood, on the Hudson, NY.  The freedoms are individually listed on the base of the cutout sculpture made from fragments of the old Berlin Wall.  Also present:  Winston Churchill. The human shapes:  generic man and woman, or FDR and Eleanor? Cutouts by a descendant of Winston Churchill.  Who is the other bust?  FDR?  cannot recall or find.


* By the stated definition of the Four Freedoms as essential human freedoms, freedom of speech, and therefore freedom to spend to support political candidates or their causes as a kind of free speech, would not extend to corporations, non-humans.  Organizations must speak through identified, accountable individuals, not in the name of the organization, anonymously.  Is that so, according to FDR?  The gallery cheers.