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Updated 7:06 PM Friday, April 27, 2012

LOS ANGELES Ted Nugent said he was insulted by the cancellation of his planned concert at an Army post over his comments about President Obama.

Commanders at the Fort Knox, Ky., post nixed Nugent's segment of a June concert after the rocker and conservative activist said at a recent National Rifle Association meeting that he would be "dead or in jail by this time next year" if Obama is re-elected.

Nugent told The Associated Press this week that his words were not intended as a threat against the president. "To think that there's a bureaucrat in the United States Army that would consider the use or abuse of First Amendment rights in determining who is going to perform at an Army base is an insult and defiles the sacrifices of those heroes who fought for the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights," Nugent said.

Nugent said he had received messages of support from troops and noted that the Secret Service had met with him and closed its case about the remarks. "There is nothing in my spoken word or written word that could be even wildly considered by any stretch of the imagination to be a threat to anyone," Nugent said.

Asked to clarify the remarks at the NRA convention, Nugent said: "A whole bunch of us ... believe ... we are in danger of being improperly and criminally jailed I mean criminally on the part of the government."

Earlier in the week, Nugent pleaded guilty to transporting a black bear he illegally killed in Alaska, saying he was sorry for unwittingly violating the law.

He told the AP that he advises fellow hunters, "even when you are aghast at a maniac, inexplicable, illogical law, please abide by those laws at all costs."

Nugent said the prosecution in U.S. District Court was the result of a "witch hunt" by federal officials over his activism. "We the people are turning up the heat," he said. "And that's why I'm being singled out by certain fish and game agencies and certain U.S. attorneys."

An email sent to Karen Loeffler, the U.S. attorney for Alaska, and Jack Schmidt, the assistant U.S. attorney who prosecuted Nugent this week in Ketchikan, Alaska, was not immediately returned.
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A lot of stuff is politically motivated. While I could get into it, given the site rules, that might not be so smart.

I was lucky enough to tune into an interview with 'Nuge' as he was called on the radio while driving home. It made for an interesting listen. Can't say I agree with all his viewpoints. Some maybe but I image that's where we part in being in accord.

Nugent has made a name for himself in music. That doesn't make him a political figure any more than the Dixie Chicks, who found out what it means to publicly announce political stances and then come back to face the home audience. They took a serious hit in finances for that little tirade on the stage.

One should no more listen to performers and their opinions outside their field of expertise than you should listen to a nuclear engineer explaining how to build a house. Being expert in one does not make one an authority anywhere else.
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