Marking the fortieth anniversary of his conviction for the Sharon Tate murders, the sage of Corcoran State Prison himself, Charles Manson, gave his first interview in over twenty years to Vanity Fair Spain. Interspersed with the usual cuckoo utterances were some actual lucid moments. Along with: "You have to accept yourself as God. You have to realize you're just the Devil just as much as you're God, that you're everything and you're nothing at all," you get:
"Everyone's God, and if we don't wake up to that there's going to be no weather because our polar caps are melting because we're doing bad things to the atmosphere. If we don't change that as rapidly as I'm speaking to you now, if we don't put the green back on the planet and put the trees back that we've butchered, if we don't go to war against the problem…"
You didn't know that Charlie Manson was an environmental crusader? Of course he is. After all, he founded ATWA (standing for Air Trees Water Animals, and All The Way Alive), whose mission is to warn of Earth's destruction from pollution. Perhaps if Manson were to team up with the bee-loving Ellen Page, they could save this beautiful planet of ours.
Manson also showed that he's no fan of our president. He characterized him as "a slave of Wall Street," saying "I think Obama is an idiot for doing what he's doing. They're playing with him." And lest you become taken with the "green" Charles Manson, he reminds us that:
"I'm very mal hombre, nasty. I'm in the bullring. I run in the bullring with the heart of the world. I don't play. I shoot people. I'm too bad. I'm a mean guy. I'm an outlaw. I'm a criminal. I'm everything bad."
I'll leave you with a final Mansonian brain teaser: "Europe is the United States just as much as the United States is America and America is Europe."