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Blazing Saddles Comes to Wyoming

Phil Eiger Newmann, The Nu Sheriff, 2021.

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As a bookish kid holed up in my bedroom, I used to pore over the family copy of the World Book Atlas of the World and found my interest especially piqued by desolate and depopulated areas. I was drawn to Canada’s Northwest Territories and Wyoming in the USA — I remember being fascinated that Wyoming had entire towns with only five residents.

With barely over a half-million people, Wyoming has fewer residents than any other American state. It is also the least densely populated state in the continental USA. It has fewer residents than Washington, DC, despite being over 1,400 times larger in square miles. There are more than ten times as many people in the Atlanta metro area alone than in the entire state of Wyoming.

Except for the magnificent Yellowstone National Park in its northwestern corner, the Grand Tetons slightly south of Yellowstone, and Devil’s Tower on the South Dakota border, Wyoming mostly consists of frozen howling desert plains — a friend once described the state as “Mars with wind.” No one ever, ever thinks about Wyoming except people who live there. In that regard, it’s even worse than Canada.

At last count, Wyoming has slightly under 12,500 black residents — fewer than any other state in the USA.

Since there aren’t too many other black people around waiting to kill them during a petty dispute involving who ate all the pork rinds, Wyoming is a relatively safe place to be black.

Despite this, the powers that be are hell-bent on making Wyoming blacker — and therefore much less safe for everyone, especially black people.

These are the same people who never complain that Detroit is “too black” or that Hollywood is “too Jewish” — but Wyoming is definitely “too white.” We need to make it black, just as we need to shlep Syrian refugees to Idaho so they can gang-rape five-year-old white girls.

You can’t just let them have Wyoming?

Of course not — what poses as “justice” these days is actually neocolonialism in its cattiest and most baldly triumphalist form.

There are an estimated 650 black people in Albany County, WY, which works out to about one black person for every six-and-a-half square miles. To put it in perspective, the Georgia county where I live crams 265 blacks into each square mile.

Sucking up nearly all of Albany County’s population is the city of Laramie, which is widely regarded as the state’s most liberal city.

It’s strange, then, that Laramie is where the only high-profile “hate crimes” I’ve ever heard of in Wyoming occurred.

What’s not so strange is that both of these “hate crimes” turned out to be hoaxes.

By far the most famous of the pair of faux crimes haineux is the beating death of Matthew Shepard in 1998. Right out of the gate — despite any evidence beyond the fact that Shepard was gay — the narrative was that the tiny, frail, effeminate Shepard was attacked by redneck homophobes. Bill Clinton denounced the killing as an act of hate, and Barack Obama included Shepard’s name in his Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009.

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But in 2013, a gay journalist named Stephen Jimenez — who originally approached the project convinced that the official narrative of Shepard’s slaying was legitimate — wrote a book convincingly debunking the “homophobia” theory. After interviewing more than 100 people close to the case, Jimenez concluded that Shepard and one of his killers had previously had sex and that both worked as male prostitutes to feed their meth addictions. Curiously, Laramie police ran with the “homophobia” narrative without interviewing anyone in the town’s gay community. Jimenez’s interview with the officer who first apprehended one of Shepard’s killers yielded this golden nugget:

I believe to this day that McKinney and Henderson were trying to find Matthew’s house so they could steal his drugs. It was fairly well known in the Laramie community that McKinney wouldn’t be one that was striking out of a sense of homophobia. Some of the officers I worked with had caught him in a sexual act with another man, so it didn’t fit — none of that made any sense.

The second — and much less ballyhooed — “hate crime” to emerge in Laramie was the police shooting of a schizophrenic 39-year-old man named Robbie Ramirez in late 2018. After reviewing evidence in the case, Wyoming’s Department of Criminal Investigation released a 73-page report that revealed Ramirez had 98 contacts with police since 2003 — at least ten of them involving schizophrenic outbursts and violence to others, including police officers.

The cam footage of the incident that led to his shooting shows a white police officer making a traffic stop. Ramirez refuses to roll his window down at the officer’s instructions, then peels away and flees the scene. The officer, Derek Colling, followed Ramirez as he pulled into an alleyway next to his apartment building. It also shows Ramirez engaged in fisticuffs with Colling. News stories routinely described Ramirez as “unarmed,” but I’m pretty sure I saw him attacking Colling with his arms. But because Ramirez was schizophrenic and Hispanic, it became an Automatic Hate Crime.

Of course, last summer as the world burst into flames over yet another fake hate crime — the death of George Floyd — Laramie’s half-dozen or so black skateboarders, surrounded by dozens of self-hating white enablers — took to the city’s sparkling-clean streets to demand JUSTICE FOR ROBBIE.

According to the Associated Press, the shooting of Robbie Ramirez “played a major role” in last December’s appointment of Aaron Appelhans as sheriff of Albany County — which makes him the first black sheriff in Wyoming’s history.

Mind you, way back in 1966, the City of Cheyenne appointed a black cop named James Byrd as its chief of police at a time when Byrd was the only black cop in the entire state. Stylistically, Byrd seemed a bit old-school and willing to assimilate — even into the 1980s, he sported a cowboy hat in what I reckon is the state with the highest cowboy-hats-to-people ratio in the USA.

(In a mystifying coincidence, James Byrd was the other person along with Matthew Shepard in the name of Obama’s Hate Crimes Prevention Act. But it was a different James Byrd — the black man who got dragged to death behind a pickup truck in 1998.)

Aaron Appelhans is clearly not the same kind of black cop that Wyoming’s James Byrd was, though. His thick beard and braided hair make him look like either an aspiring rapper or an aspiring NFL defensive lineman. And he says all the right things about social justice and police accountability.

And now he is the unelected sheriff of a county whose seat is the second-safest city in Wyoming, which is the fifth-safest state in the USA.

And he talks about police reform? Sounds like Wyoming police are doing a pretty good job already, no?

It’s not exactly clear why his appointment as sheriff became a recent AP press release that was picked up by Drudge Report and several major media outlets, seeing as he became sheriff back in December. The AP story claims that Appelhans, 39, “grew up near Denver experiencing racism.”

After he was appointed Albany County’s interim sheriff — the former sheriff, Dave O’Malley, resigned before his term was up — Appelhans “experienced racism” once again in the form of a tweet by Wyoming state legislator Cyrus Western — his surname can’t be coincidental, can it? Western had included a meme featuring Cleavon Little — first black sheriff of the fictional Western town of Rock Ridge in Mel Brooks’s Blazing Saddles — saying “Where the white women at?”

There was, of course, the requisite groveling apologies from Western and the requisite grudging stern-but-I’ll-be-watching-you acceptance of the apology from Appelhans.

In case this is all getting too complicated, I’ll summarize:

Aaron Appelhans — who says he experienced racism as a child and, as a result of a lighthearted if ill-advised tweet continues to experience racism as Wyoming’s first black sheriff — will now oversee a county where there have been two high-profile hate-crime hoaxes and where the county’s handful of black residents are statistically safer than they’d be almost anywhere else in the USA.

As far as I can tell, the only “hate crime” here is the systemic one against Wyoming’s vanishing breed of white cowboys and cowgirls.

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  1. Jeffrey A Freeman
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    I love Jim’s devotion to the unvarnished truth. However, I’m disappointed to find out that Maine (where I wake up every day) is not the whitest state left in America!?! Can you double check that Jim? Weeks and months can go by here without me seeing an afro. It is encouraging however to confirm that Maine maintains its status as safest state in the USA. Is there a connection between safety and whiteness? Does everyone sub of the Sahara know how cold it is here? It’s freezing! 🥶

    • Posted February 18, 2021 at 6:25 am | Permalink

      Stats are from 2019. Sorted by total number of blacks (right column in table), Wyoming has the fewest, followed closely by Vermont and then Montana.

      Sorted by lowest percentage of blacks (left column), Idaho, Montana, and Utah edge out Wyoming.

      This doesn’t count territories such as Guam and American Samoa, which have fewer blacks than any US state.

      • Jeffrey A Freeman
        Posted February 18, 2021 at 7:03 am | Permalink

        Imagine combining the ideal weather of California, the rebellious politics of Florida, and the “safety in numbers” whiteness of Maine? Dream State! White flight would become a Biblical Cracker Exodus. But as noted by a friend when confronted by my border busting utopia, then there’d be no maple syrup.

    • curri
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 9:14 am | Permalink

      Have you ever been to Chicago in the winter?

      • Jeffrey A Freeman
        Posted February 18, 2021 at 12:08 pm | Permalink


        Was stationed at Fort Drum in NY for a while.

        Lake effect snow.

  2. Bruno Bucciaratti
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 5:45 am | Permalink

    White self-loathing is alive and well, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

    • Alexandra O.
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 8:36 am | Permalink

      May I ask if you have made a good start reading the books published by Counter Currents? There’s a lot of good answers and ideas to get you through the ‘White Blame — White Shame’ nonsense that is being spewed at us today. That’s why I’m here at least. Hang in there.

  3. SPQR70AD
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 6:01 am | Permalink

    Jim should know better that the very low crime rate in Wyoming is not because of the cops it is because of the 99% white population

    • Belton Weathers
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 6:29 am | Permalink

      Of course Jim is aware of this. Re-read the article.

      • SPQR70AD
        Posted February 19, 2021 at 6:59 am | Permalink

        why dont you read it again where goad says… police reform? looks like the police are doing a good job

        • Posted February 22, 2021 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

          “Since there aren’t too many other black people around waiting to kill them during a petty dispute involving who ate all the pork rinds, Wyoming is a relatively safe place to be black.”

          Read that—better yet, have someone read it to you slowly, out loud—about 10,000 times again.

  4. steve
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 6:56 am | Permalink

    Wyoming looks mighty good to me, but the wife wouldn’t take to the cold. Still, why would ANYONE WHO IS WHITE want to live in present day GEORGIA?

    • Stephen Phillips
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 7:48 am | Permalink

      I believe Jim dislikes the cold, so that’s a limiting factor in where to reside. … After living in and experiencing Houston for the last year, I am more than willing to return to the cold and beautiful Whiteness of Idaho.

    • Posted February 18, 2021 at 8:58 am | Permalink

      My son from a previous marriage lives here. Thanks for prying.

  5. Rusty Shackleford
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    I live in Wyoming. Residents think our low crime rate is due to our lack of gun laws.
    We aparently have the lowest covid cases as well, but don’t follow any of the CDC guidelines. Figure that out.

    • Memebro
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 9:32 am | Permalink

      Built in social distancing helps, I’m sure lol

    • Captain John Charity Spring MA
      Posted February 21, 2021 at 5:59 pm | Permalink

      I’m sure the low to non existant cases of Covid19 are to do with the strict lockdown from March to May that Wyoming observed in 2020. Dodged a bullet there cowboy.

  6. Alexandra O.
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 8:30 am | Permalink

    Two other movies set in western Montana (not Wyoming, but close enough) are “A River Runs Through It” (1992) and “Legends of The Fall” (1994), which should give you a good look at the Western edge of both states — magnificent scenery in mountainous, forested terrain, with rivers running through, as advertised. These two movies are otherwise romantic tearjerkers mostly for women (unlike ‘Deliverance’!), starring Brad Pitt in his glory days.

    However, the reason I mention them is because in my observation of our dear sub-Saharans, they don’t seem to show any affinity for living near or in forests or mountains, and probably not in small, rural, mostly White small towns near these types of terrains, if they can avoid them. And even if our over-zealous planetary Leftist re-arrangers of races attempt to move in Syrians and Nigerians, etc., they probably won’t stay long — Los Angeles beckons! So, these states may indeed be the ‘cat’s meow’ for the likes of us. And if you tire of the overwhelming scenery, you can always take a drive out across the vacant, freezing plains to the east.

    Overall, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming seem to be a good place to start with our long-range plans, or at least a place to re-group.

    • Rusty Shackleford
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 9:29 am | Permalink

      This is moot. No one is willing. My husband and I (I’m a woman) have tried for years to get people to move out here, even offering our land for startup communities. No one is willing. They choose the convenience of the city. We even thought to offer prebuilt cabins (If you build it, they will come). But they never came.

      It’s tough living around here. Biden is also in the process of canceling all mine contracts on federal lands. That’s the biggest industry here. The second biggest is ranching, which after they push the bug agenda, will be a thing of the past. This all goes for Montana (which is already ruined) and Idaho as well. With nowhere to work, who can possibly be convinced to move here?

      • Wesley Aaron
        Posted February 18, 2021 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

        I would consider a prebuilt cabin in a heartbeat but work is what keeps me in western Washington state until I retire. At least I’m not in Seattle or Olympia.

    • spin gerahat
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

      Sometimes known as the American redoubt.
      The region is and will continue to be targeted for mud resettlement.
      Many of the residents have no idea how cancerous mud infiltration is.

      Murder,rape drugs. Degradation & degeneration unimaginable to them.

    • Flel
      Posted February 18, 2021 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      The feds have done their damndest to import all manner of illegal and refugee into traditionally white cities and states. Minnesota has obviously succumbed in the cities. I remember busloads trying to drop illegals in San Diego and Orange counties in California. The residents met them armed and said no thanks. The buses returned after dark. Same results. I can’t understand how posting an obvious token black sheriff in a city where no blacks are even a minor presence helps anything? Who is the audience for such a ridiculous appointment? Those that would praise it don’t live within thousands of miles. What a strange turn.

    • Jud Jackson
      Posted February 19, 2021 at 2:07 am | Permalink

      I love “A River Runs Through it”, especially the dinner scene where the two sons are grown and Pitt one of the sons) is now working as a journalist. He talks about his interview that day with President Calvin Coolidge who was fishing in Montana. I know this comment doesn’t do justice to the scene or make the movie sound interesting, but if you love Silent Cal and the 1920s (as I do), you’ll love the scene and the movie.

  7. Memebro
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    “he sported a cowboy hat in what I reckon is the state with the highest cowboy-hats-to-people ratio in the USA.”

    This sentence alone proves that Jim Goad is a national treasure. Lmao

  8. Gott mit uns
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    The Sherriff is near.

  9. Aaron
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    I visited Wyoming for the first time on a road trip last fall. I stopped in the town of Lost Springs which had a population of four. I saw more cowboy hats than masks for sure.

  10. Memebro
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 11:42 am | Permalink

    They be a new sherrrff up in this here bitch ass town

  11. Burgermeister
    Posted February 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    Another top-notch article from the criminally underrated Jim Goad. My advice is pay the 10 bucks a month to see him on Censored.TV

    The residents of Wyoming may think their punishing winters and dull landscape will spare them but this Minnesotan can assure you that’s not true. When I was a kid, Minnesota was one of the whitest states in the union, but the demographics have changed considerably with remarkable speed. In some ways that’s good, but it’s been a bumpy ride lately and things are about to get really hot again with Saint Floyd entering the news cycle. Count on that.

    Does anyone employ the ‘picture says a thousand words’ technique better than Goad? Click on the Appelhans link for a glimpse into Wyoming’s future and you will understand the words ‘Manifest Destiny’ have taken on a whole new meaning. As Jim points out, it’s a numbers thing.

  12. fenterlairck
    Posted February 20, 2021 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    Another thoughtful one from Jim, and sadly, minorities will follow where the money and goods are. You won’t ‘escape’ them. As for the west, I live in Missouri, and always saw the west as big and empty. In Joel Garreau’s The Nine Nations of North America, he called the west the empty quarter, arguing most of it is in essence a federal colony, that, despite all the talk of independence, most of it was subsidized by the government in mining, military, subsidies for ranchers, etc.

    Take it or leave it, but many people enjoy it out there, and their desire to preserve it is understandable…as is the desire of the globalists to make sure it becomes ‘diverse.’
    Then, I understand much of the Dakotas are emptying out, with towns abandoned as people move to cities. Talk of making sections of it preserves for buffalo may not be needed; a natural depopulation is occurring, so the buffalo may get its old grazing grounds back.
    If anyone sees something different, please correct me.
    I remember some years ago I read a singles magazine for the upper midwest, and noted many singles ads by ranchers up there with thousands of acres, almost begging for a woman to share it with.
    What happens to these men? Do they eventually get asian brides by mail? Or like one I saw in Texas, where ‘Ivan Jones’, a farmer into his seventies, hooked up with a Mexican girl of 24.

    • Captain John Charity Spring MA
      Posted February 21, 2021 at 6:12 pm | Permalink

      They need Cossack women.

  13. fenterlairck
    Posted February 20, 2021 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    Alexandra O., two movies about the west that come to mind are Nebraska, with Bruce Der, and Let Him Go, with Kevin Costner.
    They’re interesting but kind of break, but you sure get the scenery. It seems like Montana and Nebraska will eat you up. Also, in Nebraska, much of the action takes place in a small town where everyone is in their seventies. The one young guy is a Mexican mechanic who just moved there. Again, it just seems like so many of these areas are dying out.

    Let Him Go, while a strong drama, seems to reinforce the urban concept that people in rural small towns are murderous, reactionary, and crazy. But it’s got a lot of mountains.

  14. Amwolf
    Posted February 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm | Permalink

    Wyoming is wild and wonderful. I’ve spent considerable time in the state as my business is based there and for adventure. I’ve traveled throughout the state and have been forced to bivy outside during powerful winter storms with 80 mph winds and minus 25 below zero while caught off guard during backcountry expeditions and traveling on I-80 or I-25. One of the best experiences was driving between Cheyenne and Elk Mountain during a blizzard. Another being caught on Pole Mountain in late November when the storm blew in so quick, causing zero visibility and the inability to feel my fingers when removed from my gloves for a second. What an incredible rush. This is life and what having a higher expectation of life means. The outdoor recreation and beauty in Wyoming in addition to the low costs of doing business re exceptional. Wyoming has some of the best hunting and fishing in the country. Also world class climbing and mountaineering. There are more antelope than people. Very few have bought into the “pandemic” and see the bigger picture of this enormous fraud. There’s an active militia scene and it’s mostly done in a clandestine manner unlike the Oathkeepers who’ve become heavily infiltrated.

    Now for the negatives: Cheyenne is starting to become woke because of all influx of Marxists who are leaving the increasingly expensive Fort Collins metro area. Cheyenne’s library engages in promoting and supporting LGBT during Pride Month, but nowhere near as bad as the libraries in the Front Range of Colorado. There have been anti Second Amendment ads posted on some of the billboards along Dell Range and anti-racist ones posted along I-25 northbound between the Colorado and Wyoming borders. The overtly pro-military and MIC mindset in Cheyenne because of the bases can become too much, especially for an isolationist such as myself. Further, the military bases bring diversity to Cheyenne, albeit for limited durations. There are no good Orthodox Churches in the area. The only one is Greek and they’re not in communion with us, ROCOR. The Greek Orthodox Church has been heavily subverted by Western influencers.

  15. jack mackeral
    Posted February 22, 2021 at 7:27 pm | Permalink

    i used to live in Laramie off and on in the early to mid 00s. very laid back town, great people. hung out w/ a lot of old timers down the Buckhorn too. it’s got an ugly charm, that state [minus Yellowstone which is beautiful]. i just bought a couple acres in NH. better growing season than WY w/ similar demographics [though multiplied over a smaller geographic area]. it’s not my place to invite people to a state that values it’s space but it’s got a lot of things on the ball and if better people are moving there than NY liberals who will bring their bullshit, i think it would be positive for all concerned.

  16. Lone Ranger
    Posted February 24, 2021 at 7:07 am | Permalink

    Re the parting paragraph.

    I know first hand these white cowboys and cowgirls are completely oblivious and contribute to their own demise.

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