WHAT: The WLS-AM “Talk Star” Contest for 2013 LIVE! Finale
WHEN: Today (August 21st, 2013) at 6pm CST
WHY: Support our friend Megan Fox for the win!
HOW TO LISTEN: Go to the WLS-AM website here: http://www.wlsam.com and then click on the LISTEN button in the upper right of the screen. It’s a poorly designed website and they make it hard to listen live, but it’s worth it to stare at the screen until you figure it out. There’s also some kind of APP thing for the phone that says “I Heart Radio” but Hell if I know how that works.
VOTE FOR MEGAN FOX — text STAR to 68683 and then choose MEGAN FOX
[ Click above to embiggen: the 2013 finalists for WLS-AM's "Talk Star" ]
Our good friend Megan Fox has entered herself into the WLS-AM “Talk Star” competition again this year; she wrote all about that HERE if you didn’t see it already. I thought we could all listen to her show together and figure out how to vote for her so she can win…but the WLS website gives no indication whatsoever how to do that. Did you ever watch that show “Newhart”, the one in the 80s where Bob Newhart played the owner of an inn somewhere in Vermont (not the other show, where he was almost the same character but was instead a psychiatrist in Chicago in the 1970s)? I feel like his character from that show whenever I go to the WLS website…because it’s like crazy people or children who are supposedly more precocious than they really are built their site. I could not find information I’m looking for there if my life depended on it. I swear I’m only 37 but that site makes me feel like I’m 80 and can’t figure out how to get the VCR machine to stop blinking. It’s just bad.
The only time I ever go there is when Megan’s in some kind of contest, and year after year that site just never gets any better. I almost think it’s on purpose at this point, like they just don’t want people to find the information but they can claim it was on a page somewhere but people were too befuddled to find it. If you are sharp enough to spot how to vote for Megan in this contest anywhere on the website, please chime in below in comments and tell me or email us at (HillBuzz@gmail.com). I sent Megan a text thingy and asked her to give me good instructions so I can post it here, but I never know if I sent that text to the right person. My boyfriend Justin usually handles all this technical stuff but he’s in Arkansas right now visiting his parents…and that leaves me to manage year-2013 technology with my year-1993 capabilities, which is never pretty.
500pm CST – Waiting for the contest to start. On the radio, there’s a lot of commercials for cleaning companies and things. Chicago’s a dirty place, evidently. It’s so weird to hear commercials, since I stopped watching live network tee-vee years ago and I almost never listen to the radio (unless it’s Rush…but even then I just don’t tune into the radio much). I watch everything on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Instant, or sometimes on the websites for the various networks…so encountering commercials is just bizarre at this point. It’s especially strange because the ones on WLS radio are all for the aforementioned industrial cleaners or concrete companies or home improvement project people. It’s hard to pay attention to any of them.
I don’t know if you remember, but Megan Fox entered this “Talk Star” contest last year and I still have bad feelings over what happened to her and several other contestants back then. I actually think that WLS-AM violated the Communications Act of 1934 (the 1960 amendments)…because I don’t believe the contest was fair last year due to the activity of one of the hosts, a jackass named Bruce Wolf. The Communications Act was amended in 1960 due to the public outrage over the “Quiz Show Scandals” of the 1950s…where popular quiz shows were rigged so that the people the producers wanted to win would win the prizes after receiving unfair advantages. During last year’s “Talk Star” contest live-on-the-air, Bruce Wolf purposefully interrupted, talked-over, and otherwise stole air time from several of the contestants…but not the woman who ultimately won the prize (a woman named Stephanie who marketed herself as a black female conservative…which sure seemed to be the person that WLS marketing and PR wanted to win the contest all along). Stephanie, by the way, repeatedly said over and over that she had no interest in being a “Talk Star” but only entered the contest so she could win the vacation trip being offered.
Megan Fox was one of the people that Bruce Wolf screwed over. I just realized how weird it is that they both have “animal last names”…so it almost sounds like this happened in a cartoon, where “Wolf steals Fox’s time”. But, that’s what happened last year. Megan would try to talk, but Bruce Wolf would interrupt her and would tell fart jokes while she tried to do her on-air audition for the contest. I couldn’t believe it. Bruce kept insisting that he’d eaten onion rings or curly fries or something at the restaurant where the contest was taking place…and he just had to let all the listeners know that the food he ate at the restaurant had given him explosive gas. Meanwhile, Megan (who was up first in the contest) kept trying to speak and Bruce wouldn’t let her get any thoughts out; Bruce was just too obsessed with telling the radio audience about his newest farts. It was so bad, he had to have been doing it on purpose to take her air time away from her…but he did NOT do this same thing to the two black contestants on the show (Stephanie and a man named Faraud Muhammad).
I could live to be 100 and I’ll never forget this, because it was just so blatant. Bruce did it to Megan and then did it to a few other people…but when it came time for the woman who ultimately won, Bruce got astonishingly quiet and allowed her to talk as much as she wanted. He similarly allowed Faraud to speak unhindered as well. This is my own personal opinion, but I don’t think that’s a coincidence. Remember that I was a registered Democrat until the year 2008 and I do not believe in coincidences where elections or contests are concerned. I’m just saying that if I was hosting a radio contest and I wanted a certain person to win, I could think of no better way to stack the deck in favor of that person than what Bruce Wolf did last year…by just interrupting, talking over, and generally ruining all the other contestants’ time on the air…but leaving the person he wanted to win alone.
That’s what I think violated the Communications Act of 1934 and the “Quiz Show” amendments of 1960…because Congress made it illegal to rig contests like that or to stack the deck in anyone’s favor. But, that’s exactly what I believe Bruce Wolf did last year. I don’t think I’ll ever let that go. There should be a giant neon asterisk whenever that “Talk Star 2012″ contest is mentioned due to Bruce Wolf’s meddling in the process.
I just want to be really clear that I don’t speak for Megan on that. While I think she should have won — and would have won last year if not for Bruce Wolf’s interference — that’s just my own personal opinion. She’s a friend of mine, but this is my site and it’s my opinions and she’s probably horrified that I am writing about this. But I just can’t get over the unprofessionalism of Bruce Wolf…especially when big prizes are at stake. Megan does not feel the same way as I do about this and has told me repeatedly to get over it and that she believes it was “God’s plan” for Stephanie to win…but I remain convinced that Bruce Wolf did what he did to stack the deck in Stephanie’s favor at the expense of the contestants whose time he ate up with his incessant fart jokes.
In addition to getting the opportunity to do a two-hour show on WLS (it’s a one-time thing, but that two-hours on the air results in a professional demo tape that’s worth its weight in gold for someone who wants to have a career in broadcasting) there’s also a trip to Mexico on the line too. Personally, that sounds horrible to me, because Mexico’s such a terrible place…but a vacation is a vacation in this economy (and no doubt scores of people would risk Montezuma’s Revenge and other perils in that failed state for some R&R in the Gulf). The woman who won the contest last year said on the air she just wanted the vacation and didn’t care about being on the radio, which I think is just a slap in the face to people who actually want to use this contest to break into the radio business for a professional career. Megan says this woman is very nice and has become a friend of hers now so I promised not to say anything bad about her…but she really said that thing about just wanting the vacation. She can’t take that back and rewrite history now…but I won’t say anything bad about her regarding it. I sure can think it though. Because even if she really felt that way it was still a dumb thing for her to keep saying over and over again.
530pm CST — There’s an obnoxious commercial on now for something called 1-877-Cars-For-Kids…which is encouraging people to give their cars to children for tax breaks. I think I know what they mean to say, and that’s that people can donate unwanted cars to the charity and they will sell them and give money to children’s charities. But, if you are an English-as-Second-Language person (and when the Cocktail Party Republicans force amnesty through to Democrats’ thunderous applause in upcoming months that will be millions of additional people) then I wonder if you’d understand the whole “cars for kids” thing. The jingle just has a bunch of kids screaming into the microphone and “singing” about giving cars to kids…which just sounds dangerous. I wonder how much money it costs to have an ad on this station. Clearly, that “Cars for Kids” thing cost $100 or less to produce as a spot. Maybe the kids produced it themselves….while riding in cars. Cars that people gave them to ride around in for no reason. Because charity.
537pm CST — they’re doing that little news break thing, talking about the San Diego Mayor who has been groping people but who refuses to leave office. I just give up, folks. I really do. The American people keep electing perverts and creeps to office…and even when they are exposed as such these guys still cling to power. It was not all that long ago that guys like this would have resigned in disgrace and would have never been heard from again. I think it was only 2006 when that happened…like when Mark Foley (who molested Congressional pages) and Larry Craig (who was caught toe-tapping for sex in an airport men’s room) resigned in disgrace and ere more or less never heard from again after that. But, here in 2013 we have Anthony Weiner running around embarrassing himself…and actually competing with Elliot Spitzer to be the most disgusting human being seeking elected office in New York state at the moment. And on the opposite coast, there’s this guy in Sand Diego whose name I refuse to learn. Because they are Democrats, the State Media allows them to continue their antics…but, really, these guys should walk away and disappear into the shadows. Before the “Golden Age of Hope and Change” that we’ve been enduring since 2008, I bet they would have.
Though, maybe all of this is a consequence of Bill Clinton’s shame in 1998…and the fact that the Millennial Generation and Generation-Y (my age cohorts) grew up or came of age during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings…and maybe that normalized these types of antics enough for pollsters to conclude that guys like Weiner and Spitzer need to just keep running, despite being depicted as sexual deviants. It’s such a weird time to be an American in 2013…because on one hand the Baby Boomers are in power, with the most radical of them shoving every crazy 1960s Leftist idea they’ve ever had down our throats at every available opportunity…and on the other hand we have the growing clout of kids-turning-into-adults who were raised in public schools that indoctrinated pure Leftism and hatred of America into their hearts. That’s such a devastatingly destructive combination…and we have 15 more years until the Baby Boomers are either all gone or are in retirement homes.
Such a scary thought.
541pm CST — this is the point where I’m waiting for something to come on the air and I start thinking I’m on the wrong channel, because right now several idiots are talking about some kind of sports game. Specifically, they’re talking about Tony Roma’s having “big stats”. I’ve had ribs and barbecue chicken at Tony Roma’s recently (in Iowa, actually, on a road trip with my friend Penny) but I’ve never tried their stats. I think it’s fascinating that straight guys will have long and involved conversations using all sorts of memorized numbers about sports. I believe they’re talking about football, but it could be baseball. This is the cure for insomnia for a gay guy, let me tell you. But, in fairness, if someone was having a conversation about reigning supermodels of the early 1990s I could hold my own and whip out measurements and career highs for Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and the like. It’s just kind of amazing to me that straight guys spend their free time memorizing facts about other guys who run around in tight sports costumes…but gay guys have their heads full of trivia about gorgeous women that you’d think the straight guys would be interested in. That’s hilarious to me.
They’re talking about “fantasy football” on the show right now…which, as I understand it, isn’t even real football. It’s some kind of pretend thing that guys talk about, where they imagine that certain guys they like are all on the same team together (and wear jerseys they designed themselves no doubt, if they are bi or at all gay-curious). They’re debating who is the best “tight end”…which is not all that different from a conversation you’d overhear somewhere in Boystown right now, but in a different context.
550pm CST — So, the contest is supposed to start in ten minutes…but they were still talking about “fantasy football”. I know this is probably not true, but if it’s truly “fantasy” then I think they should have unicorns and dragons and things on the team. Maybe they could limit the number of creatures on each side — so it could be both fair and more realistic — but if they insist on using the word “fantasy” then they should be required to engage in at least something remotely fantastical.
Now it’s a commercial for “It’s Just Lunch”…where people can call and be on a date tomorrow. I’m sorry, but this “It’s Just Lunch” thing is just sad. There is something wrong with the guys who would participate in this. I know that a lot of women want to meet a guy and might not know how to go about it…but no man, straight or guy, who is worthwhile lacks the ability to find himself a date without resorting to a dating service. Especially if he has to pay to do this. If you are a woman and you hear the “It’s Just Lunch” commercials and think “I should try that!” then maybe you need to also think about what sort of men have been scraped from the bottom of the barrel and are ready on a moment’s notice to have a date with “It’s Just Lunch” clients.
There are so many better ways to meet good, quality guys. You should try church first…and join the Ladies’ Guild and get to know mothers and grandmothers who have nice single sons and grandsons. Another good idea is to lookup the baseball, soccer, rugby, and other amateur sports leagues in your town. Start going to those games…and strike up conversations with the women who are there rooting for their boyfriends. Make friends with them…and then they will introduce you to the cute single guys on the teams. I think that’s a better time investment than the “It’s Just Lunch” garbage. And it’s FREE! If my boyfriend Justin really does end up moving back to Arkansas to live with his parents again, then I’m totally going to become a fan of the Lincoln Park sports leagues and find a new guy this way myself. I think it’s a genius plan. Feel free to co-opt it for yourself, because we’re friends like that.
600pm CST — I swear it’s 6pm CST and the station says it’s WLS, but they’re still talking sports garbage.
Oh, wait…they just said the Talk Star thing is starting. Hooray! I hope that jackass Bruce Wolf controls himself this time and doesn’t interfere with the contestants.
The newscaster is saying people are complaining about Bradley Manning’s sentencing and are asking Obama to pardon him. Just watch: Manning will be pardoned in 2017 as Obama leaves office. I bet the deal on that is already done. The Millennial generation thinks it’s cool and “Jason Bourne” to steal state secrets and reveal them to the world…treason is sexy to these idiots.
They say the average ACT scores in Illinois are 20 points lower than in the past…but the school administrators say that the kids are not dumber. The tests are just Ray-Ciss, I guess. That’s the way to explain away all poor performances by the students in public school. In reality, the kids aren’t learning because the teachers are terrible…and the teachers are terrible because teachers’ unions exist and allow terrible people to be teachers. The public schools are an unfunny joke…and it’s all because we have not yet outlawed public sector employee unions. The scores will not ever go up unless that happens.
606pm CST — I think the contest is starting. Nope. Psych. More commercials. They’re also saying that Millennials are buying things online and are “living digitally”. Do people really need to be told this, or can’t they just observe that around them?
Now it’s the traffic report. The thing is, in Chicago, the traffic report is the same every day. If it’s light out, the roads will be clogged with cars on any highway. It’s because all the roads here were built to handle about half the amount of cars that actually are on the roads. Thank the geniuses in academia who did the traffic projection studies in the 70s when this infrastructure was built. Those are the same Leftist academics who pretty much control our entire government right now too, by the way.
LIVE! from the Improv in Schaumburg…the “Talk Star Finale!”. Let’s hope the hosts don’t cheat again this year.
That jackass Bruce is talking now. He’s such trash. He tries to do that “morning zoo” type thing….where he makes obnoxious “jokes” that only he thinks are funny. Jackass.
Who on Earth thinks this man is funny? He’s like a reject from the Poconos.
They’re announcing the judges. It’s all people I’ve never heard of. Some woman from somewhere. A lady from the marketing department. That woman who won last year (but only did it because she wanted the vacation).
611pm CST — First Contestant: Laura Kelly from Oak Brook. She says she’s scared, but wants to be a Talk Star. She says she moved to Oak Brook 26 years ago and everyone out in Oak Brook tells her she should be on the radio. I hope that’s not them saying she’s ugly and has a face for radio. I have no idea what she looks like, but she sounds like a nice woman. She’s using her time to talk about some old apartment building she lived in that had a grocery store in it. Laura says she is a libertarian and likes Rick Santelli. She says enough regulation, enough taxes, enough Leftist orthodoxy. She works for Goldman Sachs and says it’s a “different Goldman Sachs”. That made no sense. She says she dropped out of college to work at Goldman Sachs, but made enough money so she never had to go to college. This is a weird conversation. She talks about an exit strategy to leave Illinois, but her family is here. She likes to golf she says, but she gets bored at nine holes. That doesn’t sound like she really likes golf all that much. Though, truthfully, I’d get bored before I got to the little windmill or pyramid at mini-golf. That obnoxious Bruce keeps trying to make stupid jokes…but he’s not interrupting her like he did to people last year. I think someone took him to the side and stopped that. Bruce has told her she needs to sing and is screaming at her to tell people her favorite song. Bruce is complaining about having to be up since the morning — so why don’t they have someone else host this contest then and let Bruce sleep right now? Laura says she has three children who vote Republican. I really don’t like this woman, for whatever reason. Bruce makes his first fart joke of the night at 6:16pm CST… a horn blows to call time and Bruce says it was his farts because he had artichoke dip. That’s the kind of humor this man puts out there. It’s always about farts with this guy.
– Commercial Break –
It’s that “Cars for Kids” commercial again…donate your car to kids today. It’s a song…and they spell something out, but for the life of me when people are singing and spelling I become mesmerized and never catch any of it. It’s like people are talking pig Latin in front of me and I don’t understand a word of what they are saying.
Now, it’s some commercial for “the virtual last mile” that helps people learn how to keep up with changes to their cell phones for business. What the Hell kind of thing is this?
There’s a commercial for some college that powers itself using energy from cows…bovine energy. I don’t think it was a joke.
And then they’re talking about a viral video on YouTube of some woman who did something, and now she’s going on a cruise thanks to her viral video. I think it’s this one:
621pm CST — They say you can vote: text STAR to 68683…which counts for 20% of score.
VOTE FOR MEGAN FOX == text STAR to 68683
A “conservative Hispanic” is up next…what do you want to bet the station wants her to win this time, the way they wanted the “black conservative woman” to win last time. The marketing department loves that.
CONTESTANT 2 = Jasmina something or another. She’s Hispanic. You’ll hear that about 100 times. She peppers her speech with either Spanish words or with words accented with Spanish-inflection. Like you see on tee-vee. She also does that thing where every fifth word is said really loud. Like, “They are THERE…like Whos in Whoville they are THERE.” Jasmina is flirting with Bruce big time. She says she wants to stay in Illinois, but she says there is a pension liability in Springfield. She says she came from the East Coast to Illinois. She says she doesn’t look Hispanic and doesn’t have a Virginia accent even though she lived there. The one thing I will give this woman is that she does behave like the women they have on morning shows…when the woman acts like a sidekick and just makes little voices and things in between the men talking. She’s doing exactly that thing. She says that even in Virginia she was listening to WLS…which sounds like she’s just sucking up. Dan Proft asked her about the “War on Women” since Jasminia is both a woman and a Hispanic, so she’s a minority. Raise your hand if you’re sick of everything being about minorities. We live in the Tyranny of Minority in the year 2013. Can’t Jasmina just be a conservative woman…why does she need to try to score more points for being a conservative HISPANIC woman…especially since last year’s winner was the conservative BLACK woman. Do any of you out there get tired of the pandering like this as well?
– Commercial Break –
VOTE FOR MEGAN FOX…text STAR to 68683
I have no idea what they were just advertising, but it was a creepy old woman talking about dragons. And it was something to help kids with school. After that, there was a commercial about Asthma. That was the Will Rogers institute, which does not support dragons.
The news brief is talking about some kids who were almost hit by cars somewhere after school. I guess that’s a news story. Since something almost happened.
Now it’s a woman who sounds like she’s having a stroke, breathlessly talking about errors the government has made collecting data on people. She says the government will admit its mistakes. Don’t hold your breath, breathless woman.
Geesh, the news is depressing. Now it’s someone who almost kidnapped someone. And then on a campus somewhere a person shot someone with darts. I can see how if you listen to the radio all day you’d be cationic and terrified of the world, the way that Justin’s parents are so scared of everything. It’s because they only hear “news” like this constantly.
633pm CST CONTESTANT 3 = It’s 89 degrees…on channel 89 WLS. Live in Schaumburg. Bruce Wolf (the jackass) and Dan Proft (who is professional) are hosting this contest. So far, Bruce has made one fart joke but has not really interfered with any of the contestants like he did last year. This contestant says she is a suburban soccer mom who likes to drink wine, she’s Jennifer Gulberson Sale. She says she’s in a nerd beauty pageant come true. Jennifer says she is a big fan of Real Housewives. She comes off as an airhead. She said that “who isn’t under indictment?”. Dan Proft asked her about Lisa Madigan and Mike Madigan…and Jennifer just giggled and said “yah, they’re messed up”. She does that Valley Girl thing with her voice….where every sentence ends in a question mark and a high pitch. They’re talking about something called Bennett Academy, where her kids apparently go to school. Her husband is from Germany and she’s saying Deutschland is king. I beg to differ, Jennifer…you fool. Germany tried twice to be “king” and thank Zeus the US was there to stop that. Fool. Jennifer says she writes about nonsense and covers entertainment stuff on some site she has. I really don’t like this woman. She comes off as one of those Real Housewives people. She calls everyone a “goddess” or a “king”…she likes Anthony Weiner and calls him “Tony Sausage”. She says her kids are there and she’s talking about porn and then giggled hysterically. Bruce asks her about Benghazi and I half expect her to confuse that with Ben Vereen. She dodges the question about Benghazi and instead talks about “the dog getting on the plane”. She says “you’re talking to me like I’m blonde and don’t know nothing” and then giggled. Dan Proft asked her if she knows how to get home from here. That was TERRIBLE. Jennifer’s performance, not the thing Dan Proft said. The thing Dan Proft said was accurate.
– Commercial Break –
Megan made me promise to be nice to all the amateur people competing in the contest. And I am really trying to be. But, that Jennifer woman who was just on was irritating. And I really don’t like the whole “we have to have a minority win!” mentality that drives someone like Jasmina to say again and again that she’s “Hispanic”. I totally forgot about the first woman already, but if I strain to think about it I remember she made a lot of money at Goldman Sachs and doesn’t have to work anymore. So, good for her. But why does she need a free vacation and a radio show? I am being nice though because I promised I’d be nice.
6:44pm CST CONTESTANT 4 = A guy who was on last year. Megan knows him and says he’s a nice guy. He’s a black Muslim named Faraud Muhammad from Evanston. I actually like his radio voice. He was also a finalist last year…and he was one of only two people last year who was allowed to speak without interruption. Just him and the ultimate winner, Stephanie. Both black…and both were allowed to speak without interruption while everyone else was interrupted completely by Bruce Wolf. Funny how that worked out. But I digress. Faraud is talking about Benghazi, saying that “BHO was able to sleep at night during that anyway”. Faraud is a standup comic too. But he stumbles over his words a lot. He tries to use very long and complex words, but he stumbles getting them out with this timing. He does come off as a very nice guy though who I think would make a fun friend to have. I’d like to meet him and would be okay with him winning tonight because he’d be able to carry a show of his own, clearly. They ask him his favorite movie of all time…and he says 2001 Space Odyssey and he talks about how the film was shot and he’s doing a HAL impression. Faraud is likable and can do good impressions. They’re asking about Benghazi and Egypt…but he’s dodging and goes back to entertainment stuff. He says he’d like to do an interview show, and that he likes Bill Whittle on PJ TV. Bruce Wolf has no idea what Faraud is talking about. Faraud talks about how he would run a show and how he’d like to have guests on…so that tells me he knows what he is doing. He goes there, though: he refers to himself as a black Republican and says he statistically doesn’t exist. They had a black winner last year, though…so would they choose a black winner again? The horn blows calling time and — of course — Bruce makes a fart joke about the horn, saying “Faraud that was very inappropriate of you”…as if Faruad had passed gas. Gross. Not funny. But this is the only thing this Bruce guy does. It’s like Shecky Green broadcasting live from the Pine Room of Camp Little Otter in the Poconos.
– Commerical Break –
Megan’s up after the break. I know she will do well. Being as objective as I can, her only competition is Faraud Muhammad…who I think could run a very good show of his own. The other people didn’t take this seriously, and that Jasmina just wanted to keep telling us she was “Hispanic” (with the silent part being “you need to pick me because I am Hispanic and Hispanic is very in this year”).
The prize is a limo ride, trip to Mexico, two hour radio show, and professional headphones.
652pm CST — MEGAN FOX turn: ”a homeschooling, tea partying momma grizzly”…from IntolerantFox.com and PJ Media…Megan Fox from Mokena. YEAH! Vote for MEGAN!!!! Talking about crime and violence in Chicago…iPhones stolen…flash mobs…I can fix it…I believe that God gave us a backside that is properly cushioned on one side to be beaten with a heavy stick…should you steal the iPhone you should be brought to “The Bean” in Chicago…build a platform in front and put them in front, pull pants down, and let the victims of crime take big paddles and go to town in front of peers…bring the stocks back. Corporal punishment. Bruce, the punishment works…maybe your mother didn’t give you enough. Homeschooling parent…rule of law in my house. Still legal to discipline your children on rear. You need to discipline these bad boys so they don’t get up for a week…then you get the nuns to teach them the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the transformative powers over these thugs. Dan says the Catholics need to take over the schools and the police department. What do you do for fun? I garden. I have a huge garden. We grow our own food so we have our own organic food to eat and we grow in back yard. I have a big dog named Moose. And homeschooling is really fun. You should see my life. I have nowhere to go and be with my kids and do fun things and projects. Homeschooling is not drudgery. It is freedom. The good news is that my children can learn any time all day and they are not standing in line, eating in a cafeteria, there’s no nonsense. They are free thinkers. I am raising free thinkers. I write about lifestyle issues. I brew our own beer. We grow our own hops. Bruce is shouting at her if they drink their own beer. They’re trying to tell her that her time is up and Megan says she has a big stick…says Obama speaks softly and carries no stick.
I just love her. I really do. She’s fabulous.
She kind of left Bruce shellshocked. Proft said that people are coming back for 90 seconds…or in Megan’s case, anything she wants.
This is all funny because last year Megan went first, and Bruce stole all her time with fart jokes. Megan was really polite last year and let him get away with that. So, it’s funny for me to see Megan get some revenge tonight and dominate her segment. Dan and Bruce kind of treated her weirdly because she did that…and she sure was the most forceful of the contestants. She was no-nonsense. That’s who she is…so if you like that, you’ll lover her.
I’ve thought since the day I met her that her destiny is to have a radio show. I think she should have won last year and should win this year….and that’s not just because she’s a personal friend. I just think she’s the best, she’s earned this, and she’d make a great show. But, I have no idea how they’re going to judge this.
Personally, I think they’re going to go with the “Hispanics are hot this year” thing and just give it to that Jasmina because she’s a “minority”…even though they had a minority winner last year. If they play games like that then everyone is a minority in some way. I’m gay, so I’m a minority. Megan’s a homeschooler…so she’s a minority. You might have a cat, and the majority of pet owners have dogs…so you too are a minority. Everyone’s a minority and we should all be celebrated and should win everything!
Either Megan or Faraud would be able to put on a good show…though I’d personally most like to hear Megan’s show.
In fairness, I want to state for the record that this year Bruce Wolf did not do anything to stack the deck or interfere with some contestants. He let people speak and didn’t monopolize this contest like he did last year. So someone clearly talked to him and took him aside before this show. I am so happy about that…because whoever wins the contest should be fair and should not be rigged from the start for one person like it was last year.
– Commercial Break –
Mattress commercials about memory foam…beds that will change your life…sleep numbers…whatever. A bed is a bed. I have never understood the fuss over mattresses. I’m from Cleveland and back there we were just happy to have anything to sleep on at all.
Weather forecast…thunder storms, cloudy, 82 degrees tomorrow. This has been a freezing cold summer. I look forward to sweltering 90-95 degree days and a lot of this summer I had a sweatshirt on. Where is all the Global Warming that Al Gore promised us because I never even made it to the beach this year.
708pm CST — back at the Improv in Schaumburg. Isn’t that a hilarious name for a city? Now they are explaining the voting. They’re going to get another 90 seconds to tell us why they need to be the Talk Star. I would bet any money that Jasmina will tell us she should be picked because she is Hispanic. The judges are some woman named Lauren Kone from WLS, Chet Copit (sp?) from a steakhouse somewhere (I have no idea who this is, so he might be a sports person…clearly he’s no supermodel or I’d know who he was), and then that woman Stephanie who won last year. Oh, and the Promotions Director Something Something Lynne. She’s a judge too. That Bruce is so stupid…he has no idea what he’s doing.
Megan comes on to make her 90 second pitch: The reason I should be the next Talk Star is because I have an interesting lifestyle. The government is being more intrusive in our lives. We can change how we live, become less a part of the machine. Pull your kids out of the indoctrination centers. Send to private or homeschool…do not leave them in a dangerous place. I would like to talk about how homeschool is better than you have been told. You can grow your own food. Make your own stuff. Tons of ideas that we do that you will really like. I think there are ways to help young people when bored to go to a book instead of killing someone (like in the news recently). Give them morality. I am Megan Fox and I want to be your next WLS Talk Star.
VOTE MEGAN FOX: text STAR to 68683
Faraud’s 90 seconds…he says he is doing this to pay tribute to his mother. He has a nice radio voice. He says his mother raised him to get a bachelors and a master’s degree. If more moms would have self sacrifice and emphasis on work ethic and hope then he guarantees that there will be fewer people in neighborhoods being bad. He kind of stumbles and loses his train of thought. This is a memorized speech or it’s written down and he stumbles. So the mom stuff was contrived. He stumbles and stutters at the end. But I still like him. I just don’t like people who bring out the mom card to score points, like at an awards show or something.
Jennifer Gulberson Sale…her 90 seconds. She says her daughter told her that she did a bad job. She says, “I’m an expert on nothing and I bombed”. Let’s just not make it a thing. My life is not complete. Seriously, I should be the next star because I like to have fun and I am about nonsense and I make people laugh and Anthony Weiner is hysterical and lets have fun. I am unemployed and looking for a job. My kids need to eat and they are here and don’t make me look like an idiot in front of my kids. Bruce, let’s talk about porn. Porn! I don’t take things too seriously so vote for Jenn. This woman is really irritating.
Jasmina is up…let’s see if she mentions being Hispanic again. She says, what does WLS stand for? Where Listeners Speak Up (but, there’s no U in WLS). Tell Springfield that things can’t go on. We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow money we cannot pay back. I don’t want to be Detroit I want to be Chicago and it was a great state. I got “peeps” here from all over. Here’s a shootout to Kim at Hot Cuts for $16 and I am frugal. Running, taking care of my kids…. HORN BLOWS and cuts her off.
So she didn’t mention being Hispanic again…but I bet she would have if she had more time.
Laura something or another…gives her 90 seconds. Says she wants to get rid of Pat Quinn and Dick Durbin because of Obamacare and she has had it. She wants to say everyday that it’s another day closer to the end of Obama’s term and it makes her happy. She loves WLS-AM and she thinks that she is borrowing a phrase from Obama about jobs and she goes to bed with Bruce Wolf and Dan Proft and wishes that Obama would think about jobs all day. She thanks everyone for coming and now she wants to text people and she wants to be “voice for positive” (sic).
That woman irritates me too. There’s something about her that I just don’t like.
Here’s my ranking of the contestants:
* Megan Fox — winner in my opinion
* Faraud Muhammad – second best
* Jasmina the Hispanic Woman — not good, but better than the other two
* Jennifer Gulberson Sale — she was terrible gulberson awful
* Laura Whoever — honestly I can only remember that she worked at Goldman Sachs and made so much money doing that back in the day that she has just been looking for a hobby since…and that’s kind of a slap in the face to the other contestants who are looking for this opportunity to really jumpstart a career.
My gut is that the marking/promotions person will want Jasmina the Hispanic Woman to win in 2013, since Stephanie the Black Woman won last time. I don’t think there’s a doughnut’s chance in Oprah’s vicinity that Jennifer or Laura will win. So, Megan’s got a one in three chance of taking the prize this year.
Please vote for her: not only does she deserve it and it would change her life but she also would do a really great show.
TEXT the word STAR to 68683 and then vote for Megan. So, on your phone, go to send a text and put the word STAR in the text and then send the text to the number 68683. And then a menu will come up and tell you to push a number for Megan Fox. Choose that number and vote for her!
726pm CST — the voting closes in three minutes.
Apparently they will announce the winners soon. I guess there is voting going on in the restaurant. The audience vote counts for 20%. Then there are people voting by text. And then there are the judges too.
They’re talking about the idiocy of the Iowa Caucuses and how voting goes on there. How people cheat and stuff ballots and all that nonsense.
– Commercial Break –
736pm CST — that jackass Bruce Wolf is talking again. I just hate him. He’s introducing last year’s winner, that Stephanie.
Megan says she’s a very nice woman. She hosted “several shows”. Her claim to fame is having six kids and being a black conservative. So they picked her last time. She says she is “the Harriet Tubman of the conservative movement”…which I think is obnoxious of her to say. I know about Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was a grade school report subject of mine. Stephanie is no Harriet Tubman. But I promised Megan I would be nice.
Stephanie comes on and says she is doing “fab-u-lous”. She says the questions asked this year were tougher than the ones asked of her. I agree. She got soft ball questions last year and was not interrupted once by Bruce (almost as if the deck was stacked so that she would win last year….funny how that worked out, in my opinion). Stephanie says she never called the station ever, had never wanted to do radio, but just wanted a phenomenal trip and that’s why she entered the contest. This is what irks me about this woman. She keeps saying that she was motivated by the trip, not the being on the air part. I just think that’s so wrong because the contest is the “Talk Star” contest…not the “Who Wants to Go on Vacation?” contest. Now she’s talking about her husband being a cook and how that made her fat but she still runs marathons even though her toenails fall off (but then grow back). I think there’s a powerful meaning or analogy in that somewhere. Stephanie says she set up her fan page and she has fans now and she likes when people invite her to things. She wants Illinois to not be a place where people are fleeing. She says that this is a good time to live in Illinois, despite all the people fleeing in droves. Now she’s saying that she might run for office too. She has a third grader and an 8th grader and she says she’s “not that vain”. She says this is an opportunity to talk to people and go out and meet people…and she gets a warm response when hosting the shows.
She’s complaining about someone who criticized her because she says “you know” a lot as a verbal crutch. But, she needs a thicker skin if she wants to be in radio…especially speaking on the conservative side of the aisle. I just still am bothered by her saying she just wanted the vacation. She might be the nicest woman in the world — and Megan says she is — but she should have had class enough not to say that. At least pretend you were interested in being on the radio and having a voice, not just doing this to get a free vacation. People with class take the prize but never let on that they were doing something just to win a prize.
— Commercial Break —
740pm CST — they are about to announce the winner.
I hate waiting for results when there’s one person I want to win. The anticipation sucks.
The judges are going to announce the winner.
Lauren Someone Or Another is announcing the winner.
Tension. Tension. Tension.
Lauren has a smoker’s voice.
And the next Talk Star is…Laura Kelly from Oak Brook.
That woman from Goldman Sachs? Geesh.
I didn’t see that one coming.
I thought she was the worst one and was rambling and made no sense.
Though, at least Jasmina the Hispanic didn’t win…just because she was “the Hispanic”. I really wish Megan had won, or if not her then Faraud.
This woman…I swear. They have this Laura talking after she won and they asked her what she would do on a show and she said she had no idea, she’d have to think about it. I know she’s excited, but she comes off as an airhead right now. At least she hasn’t gone on about how she just wanted the vacation. She says she did not sleep all week and has been nervous, playing solitaire on her cellphone. She said that is how she focused herself this week.
I still don’t know how she won or what she said that made people vote for her. Maybe she had a lot of friends there in the audience. She just said she was the PTA president so maybe she worked a network. I don’t know.
But the other thing I’m happy about is that Bruce Wolf didn’t cheat again this year and he didn’t interrupt anyone. No decks were stacked. Everyone had equal time. And for some reason this woman from Goldman Sachs won, even though she said nothing memorable.
This is the first and only time you will ever hear anything from this woman Laura Kelly…but I guarantee you will be hearing about both Megan and Faraud in the future, because both of them have the talent and smarts to make something of themselves in the industry. They just seem to be destined to have to claw harder for it and never give up.
Ugh…but Megan always says things like this are “God’s plan” and I trust that she knows what she’s talking about and that’s true.
I just wish I could have rigged this contest for her somehow (and I probably should have at least tried).
[ Click above to embiggen: what will be most important for 2013? ]
We’re in the countdown to big “Pride Parades” around the country this coming weekend…and so we’re continuing out look at questions people have about the “gay community” that you hear the State Media talk so much about. Here are some things that readers want to know:
1. QUESTION: What do gay guys really think about women who come out to gay bars?
ANSWER: Gay guys on the whole hate women coming to gay bars in groups…but one or two women friends in a larger group of guys is okay. Bachelorette parties, however, are universally despised. A few years ago, in fact, two bars in Boystown here in Chicago banned bachelorette parties altogther: Charlies (a western bar that becomes a techno dance hall late at night) and Cocktail (the now-defunct bar on Roscoe at Halsted that was shuttered multiple times in recent years for not paying its taxes). Charlie’s made a lot of news in the past for also charging women $20 covers to enter the bar, saying it was “Guys’ Night”…and challenging the convention that women pay little or no cover at most straight bars but men are charged $20 or more to enter. Women howled about this…but, frankly, I think a gay bar SHOULD charge women a high cover if straight bars are charging men outrageous amounts. Fair is fair…and maybe that would lead to no bars having one price for men and one for women.
There’s a bar in Boystown called Kit Kat that actually caters to Bachelorettes on Saturday nights. They have drag queens and hot bartenders/waiters and the whole place is set up for straight girls from the suburbs to come down to Boystown to “experience” it. I have mixed feelings about all this. On one hand, I can see why women want to come to a gay bar for a Bachelorette party…since it is guaranteed to be a safe place where men will not hit on the women and they can be “wild”. There’s hot guys (which women like) but they are all essentially defanged for that evening…since the boys are interested in each other and the women want to look but not be touched. Kit Kat is one of the smartest businesses in Chicago because it recognized it could corner the market on these Bachelorette parties. I swear, if you want to make a fortune where you live you should consider opening up a gay bar that devotes Saturdays to drag shows and Bachelorette parties…because you would mine gold and print money in that place. You will turn off a lot of your gay clientele…but I think it would even out with what the Bachelorettes would spend, especially if you have barely dressed go-go-boys and maybe even a corner racket selling some of the lewd and “outrageous” Bachelorette party accoutrement that the women spend hundreds of bucks on (such as plastic penis hats, penis shaped cups, etc…which also could come in handy if a surge in Japanese immigrants ever settles in your area, since they could use all this for their Kanamara Matsuri rituals too).
The big gripe you hear from gay guys about women coming to Boystown in groups is that it makes the guys feel like they are animals in the zoo that these straight girls are there to gape or laugh at. I just don’t think this criticism is valid, though, because I’ve never seen women pointing at gays like “Ooooh, lookit! Fags!!! Real life, honest to goodness, fags…right here in River City!!!”. Please. I do grant that the women can get really obnoxious and falling-down drunk…because they lose their inhibitions since they feel like they don’t have to watch how much they drink without predatory heterosexual males around. Women in a gay bar feel safe…when in a straight bar they have been conditioned to think that every guy around them is just waiting to drop a date rape drug in their drinks. That’s because the State Media has terrified women about this…in much the way that these fear-mongers claim that every storm on the horizon is “The Storm of the Century!”.
In a gay bar, women know they aren’t going to be hit on by gay guys…so they drink and drink. A few interesting things happen with this:
* the really pretty girls who are used to never paying for anything in a straight bar and having to fight men off with their purse get angry all of a sudden and usually cause drama…because it’s like they have lost all their magical powers and they resent having to pay for drinks. The prettier the girl, the more she will hate being in a gay bar the longer she’s there…because she will crave the attention she gets at the sports bar she normally goes to.
* the heavier girls with “pretty faces” that straight guys call fat discover gay bars and never want to leave…because a lot of gays see these women as living Barbies and volunteer to make them over, just like you see on tee-vee. It’s an almost irresistible impules in a lot of gay men to start trying to fix a woman’s hair or give her makeup or fashion tips, especially if these guys work at salons or in the retail industry. It really is true that gay guys are great at, and love giving, makeovers for women who are diamonds in the rough.
* women are really cheap in bars, I think because they aren’t used to paying for things in straight bars. Some of them don’t even know they need to tip the bartender…or they just leave 50-cents or a quarter, whatever is change from the chardonnay they are drinking. Standard tip is one dollar per drink, but more if it’s something complicated. Most guys leave a buck for every beer they drink in a bottle…and two bucks if it’s any kind of mixed drink requiring two or more steps. Some women who do not go out often order very complicated things like daquiris and special martinis that bartenders have to look up in their little books…and then the women stiff the bartenders on a tip. This builds a lot of resentment.
* some women, as they get drunk in a gay bar, forget that the night is not about them believing they are the reincarnation of the cast of “Sex & the City”…and that actually all the gay guys there don’t give a damn about them. Women have the attitude that “this is our special night out and you will make it magical for us!” when all the guys around them are like, “No, this is just Monday night in Boystown and you are making too much noise and being obnoxious and I can’t wait for you to leave”.
Personally, I’d take a female friend to bars in Boystown for a fun night. I’d take two female friends as well. But, three or more might be too much…unless we’re going to Kit Kat where they purposefully cater to that kind of night. Just the other day I saw a group of girls from one of the colleges here in Chicago out with their lone gay friend, and I think it was his birthday or something. The girls were obnoxious and one woman in a green dress was so drunk that she’s unforgettable: she was walking like everything below her knees was made of rubber and the floor was revolving underneath her, kind of dragging her along. I remember it was this pretty emerald dress with very intricate embroidering that was probably very expensive…until it was soaked in vomit, urine, and feces by the end of her night. Bless her heart. Her male friend was mortified…and kept apologizing to other guys for the behavior of his friends. I thought as a group they were really sweet though…because it was super clear to me that they were treating their gay male friend to a night out for his birthday and the guy looked like maybe he had just recently come out. He still had that bewildered look of a newly liberated gay, free from the closet for the first time ever…and being overwhelmed by everything he was seeing and experiencing. Some of the girls looked really uncomfortable, so they had probably never been in a gay bar either…but they were there with their friend. I kind of loved that.
By and large, though, gay men often act like little boys with forts in the backyard. That’s their turf, and women who come into gay bars are kind of invading gay guys’ little clubs. Legally, there’s nothing that the bars can do to deny public accommodation to these women…but the customers can glare and glower and make snide and catty remarks. Depending on the gays in a bar, that could involve guys telling the women they “need to douche” or saying the women smell like “fish”…that sort of vagina-based verbal assault on women that gays specialize in. For drag queens, the ones that are especially passable as women are called “fishy” for this reason…and “to serve fish” is for a drag queen to get dressed up to particularly look like an actual woman, and not a man dressed as a woman.
2. QUESTION: How much money do guys in the nightlife industry make in Chicago?
ANSWER: Not as much as you think. But there are lots of different roles in the nightlife world, and each bar or venue is a little different.
Bartenders at a very successful gay bar would probably make $50,000 or so a year, almost all of that unreported to the government. Gay bars do this thing where they have employees claim just $5 or $10 a day in tips on their FISA forms…but the guys make hundreds of dollars more than that a day. They have no fear of the IRS ever auditing them, though, because they are gay businesses and Democrats would never allow that. Even that bar Cocktail that I mentioned before stopped paying its taxes entirely, I think because the bar’s owner decided that he just didn’t need to do that since it was a gay business. The City closed him down once…and then said, “Oh, be good now!” and let him reopen again. But he still wouldn’t pay the taxes and they closed him down again. Then they said “Have you learned your lesson?” and they gave him a second, third, fourth, fifth, and eleventy-eth chance after that…and finally the guy just shut the bar down for good. The space has now reopened as a bar called “Progress”…which is hilarious, because the joke on Halsted is that “Will progress include paying any taxes ever this time?”. I don’t know if it’s the same owner and the staff there won’t talk about who’s running the bar.
At middling, less-crowded bars I bet the bartenders in Chicago in 2013 make around $35,000 or maybe $40,000 tops. That’s based on what my friends in the industry have told me and also what I observe of the sort of lifestyles these guys live. Few of them own their own apartments…and almost all of them have roommates, even into their 50s and 60s. Some of them even have other jobs, like being firemen or school teachers or working for a temp service or something. No one is getting rich bartending in gay bars…but it’s the sort of job that people kind of fall into if they love to drink and they enjoy being out all night and working in an office is just not for them.
The security guys and barbacks (bartending assistants) make very little, and are often paid a combination of hourly wage plus a cut of the nightly tips. I think they’d all be around $25,000/year more or less in Boystown. Income for all bar positions fluctuates wildly though. The summer brings in the most money…because people are out, it stays light longer, and guys just love drinking all summer when the weather is so briefly gorgeous in Chicago. In the winter, few people want to go out in the bitter cold and revenues drop in bars across the board.
The male strippers in Boystown are an interesting bunch…who are the most open and honest about what they make. ALL of their money is off the record and in the form of cash tips, with none of it tied at all to any sales…and thus the IRS has no way of ever even guessing how much the strippers are making (unlike waiters or waitress or even bartenders, where the IRS could say “you should have gotten at least 15% of your night’s sales in tips”). With strippers, whatever is stuffed into their jockstraps is money the IRS doesn’t have easy knowledge about (unless there are IRS agents doing the stuffing…which no doubt there are, since an awful lot of government workers frequent male strip clubs…which makes these places so great to get political scoops). I think most strippers seem to make around $30,000…but obviously the better looking ones make more than the tragic cases.
Strippers who also prostitute themselves make the most. There’s also this thing here in Chicago called ModelMayhem.com, where guys sell themselves online as “nude models” or whatever. I think they have this in other cities, but about 80% of guys who work in the bars in Boystown have ModelMayhem accounts…and I think they make themselves available to bar patrons after hours via that site. This is all off-the-record money, too.
Something really interesting has happened to porn actors in recent years…in that they’re not making hardly any money these days. Amateur porn sites like XTube or GayTube have really gutted the porn industry, because average people who are exhibitionists are now posting nudey videos of themselves online…so people just go to those sites and watch as much porn as they want for free. Guys 50 and over buy porn DVDS (with guys like 70 and over probably still into video cassettes)…but younger guys (say, 40 and below) just watch everything streaming online. There’s a really famous porn actor named Zeb Atlas who is a big muscle guy….and he started off making only straight porn, but when he could not make enough doing that he switched to gay porn. Now, I think he’s also doing “escorting”…which is prostitution. One of the gay papers in Chicago recently ran a story about how porn “stars” can make as much as $120k a year…but only if they “escort” on the side too. It used to be that guys were paid thousands of dollars for appearing in a few porn scenes…but now they’d get a couple hundred bucks, because the demand for those DVDs has really gone down.
People talk about newspapers and magazines going under because of the Internet and people’s desire for free online content…but the porn industry is collapsing too, since everything’s going digital and amateurs are willing to give away for free what the professionals used to be paid fortunes for. I know, you probably aren’t losing any sleep or crying about this…but it’s still an interesting facet of our world changing that the State Media will probably never talk about.
ODDS & ENDS: Here are some of the big stories being pushed on Drudge Report today:
*Paula Deen has been dropped by Smithfield Hams and apparently QVC as well. This is because of her being called a “Ray Ciss” because she admitted to using the word “nigger” 30 years ago. Meanwhile, no black person ANYWHERE is being fired or dropped for anything…and black people say “nigger” all the time, left and right. I seriously need to sit down and make a list of about 10 black people who have used politically correct language at any time in their lives…including saying the word “nigger”…and demand that all those people be fired too. This is how conservative people need to respond when the Left fires up the Alinsky “Ray Ciss” Death Star and aims it at someone. Who are some black people you know of in the celebrity world who have ever been politically correct at any time in their lives? Let’s demand they all be dropped from sponsorships and receive a little Paula Deen treatment too. Fair is fair.
* Edward Snowden is on the run! He’s evading authorities like he’s Jason Bourne and James Bond rolled into one! Doesn’t this strike any of you as suspicious? Yes, the guy worked for the NSA…but nowhere is it stated he was field agent trained or is some sort of super genius. I think there’s a deliberate misinformation game at play here…and the purpose is to make this young traitor into some sort of antihero. The more he runs and escapes the authorities the sexier the story becomes. My gut is to say this is all to distract from the IRS persecution scandal…because what harm has really come to the NSA with all of this being exposed? Around the world, people are now terrified that the US government has near-magical powers to spy on all of them. Couldn’t that actually hinder a lot of terrorist plots…if it’s made Muslims paranoid into believing everything is bugged? Maybe the NSA program really isn’t all that effective…but making people afraid of the program achieves the desired result. Remember Alinsky Rule #9: the threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.
* The Girl Scouts are in trouble because they have a near $400 million pension deficit. They also recently removed “God” from one of the oaths that they take as scouts. I say let them fend for themselves then…and good luck solving that deficit, dummies. I think all of these once traditional American organizations have been fully infiltrated by the Left…and that it is an effort to destroy all of them from within. I think the Catholic Church has been infiltrated as well. We all know the public school system was lost a long time ago. It’s tempting to be depressed about things like this…but we’re all better than that. Put the energy you feel going towards sadness or malaise and find a way to divert it into something positive. Start thinking about simple ways you can go a little outside your traditional wheelhouse to spread the word that the Left is systematically destroying everything in this country…in a longterm attempt to wipe out American culture and replace it with something unrecognizable.
* One thing being lost in all this talk about the Amnesty bill that Marco Rubio is pushing is that there’s no way we should allow bills to be thousands-of-pages long behemoths. I never hear anyone talking about this…but why do bills need to be thousands of pages long…and voted on before anyone has even read them? Shouldn’t this be illegal? Something as complicated as changing our immigration system should not be rushed at full speed by people who don’t know what they are doing, especially since the laws on the books currently are never even followed. Making a new law that no one has read will not help this situation. How do we restrain Congress and force it to pass only smaller bills that have been read and thoroughly understood before passage? The problem right now is that Congress is out of control and every day finds a new way to do something outrageous. Maybe we really will need to have a Second American Revolution at some point, with people taking back power from Washington. I think there should be prison sentences for any Senator or Representative who votes on a bill without reading it and fully understanding it. Start sending some of these elites to jail for dereliction of duty and Washington would be a much better place…and I think only people who really were good at this work and really wanted to work in the jobs would run for office. Hold them accountable with more than just challenges to their re-election…hold them accountable with prison terms if they do any harm to their constituents while in office because of their gross incompetence. I know it will never happen…but sometimes just talking about things like this openly makes the Congress Critters nervous enough to start behaving for a while.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What questions do you have about any of the above…or about the gay community in general, during this “Pride Month”? Ask below.
What else is on your minds this Monday June 24th, 2013?
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: isn't it time to admit the go-along-to-get along garbage just doesn't work out for the best? ]
We live in an apartheid state, where the institutional Left controls the government of our country…despite Leftists themselves being a small minority (around 22% or so) of the population. People who consider themselves “conservative” account for almost 70% of the population, regardless of what party they affiliate with. But, the Left wins the Culture Wars because Leftists are disciplined, committed to victory, and count on conservatives doing incredibly stupid things every day that Democrats just LOVE. Here are ten things you need to permanently stop doing — starting today — because each of these simple things is just like mailing a $1,000 check to the DNC to further their efforts in the Culture Wars:
10. Using the word “liberals”. There’s just no nice way for me to say this, but if you are using the word “liberals” in conversation, in anything you write online, or are even thinking it when referring to Democrats you are a complete and total idiot.
Democrats LOVE being called “liberals”…and, in fact, large sums of money have been spent focus-group testing this word…because low-information voters who have no understanding of political issues react positively to hearing the word “liberal”. It sounds open-minded, positive, and kumbaya to them. Even if you scream it with what you believe is pure acid and venom in your voice, an independent voter will still think good things about Democrats because “liberal” is a happy, fun, positive word to them. Focus groups do not lie. Companies and entire industries live and die by them…and political parties depend on them for national victories.
We know the institutional Left is draconian, close-fisted, and determined to control every aspect of our lives via aggressive government regulation and intimidation efforts using agencies like the IRS and NSA as anti-American goon squads and enforcers of the Left’s iron will. But, to independents and low-information voters who don’t pay much attention to politics, the word “liberal” conjures images of running through fields of posies being tickled by butterflies. Democrats are thus able to cloak their real agenda behind this hippy-drippy front…and idiot conservatives HELP THEM masquerade like this by parroting the specifically-designed branding that the institutional Left has chosen for itself.
My boyfriend Justin’s mother CarolAnne refuses to stop using the word “liberal” though, because she says “I know what it means and I think it’s an insult to be called that”. CarolAnne is one of the most stubborn people you will ever meet…and she refuses to see that it doesn’t much matter if conservatives think “liberal” is a dirty word, since it’s really moderates and independents whom Democrats are targeting with this branding effort. CarolAnne can think “liberal” is a pejorative…but her neighbor, LucyBelle down the road (who doesn’t follow politics much), thinks it’s a nice word and she feels good about herself for voting for “the liberal”…because that must mean she is a big-thinker and is open-minded. The tee-vee says that conservatives are backwards but “liberals” are good and “progressive” and LucyBelle wants to feel like a big smarty for doing what the tee-vee told her. See how that works?
You’re an idiot to ever help Democrats by using their chosen terminology for themselves…because you are encouraging low-information people like LucyBelle to keep voting Democrat…since doing that makes them feel good about themselves (despite the ruinous effect it has on their lives and pocketbooks). CarolAnne enjoys reminding me that Ann Coulter, Rush Limbaugh, and the writers at Breitbart.com use the word “liberal” all the time — and I think they, too, are foolish to do that.
I adore Coulter about 90% of the time, but you need to understand that her brand is all about preaching to the choir…and she’s not much concerned with winning any elections or getting independents and moderates to sever their emotional affiliations with the Left. Coulter’s brand is based on railing against “liberals” because the people who buy her books enjoy hearing the word “liberals” and it’s an instantaneous way for her to get their attention. The thing she’s not much concerned with is the fact that there are tens of millions of people out there who don’t know what Coulter is so angry about, because being “liberal” sounds like a good thing to them. She’s actually leaving money on the table and doesn’t realize it, because if she was railing against “Leftists” or “lefties” I bet she’d sell even more books. I really wish she’d come out against the word “liberal” and launch a second act to her career dedicated to its elimination…because that would send the DNC into seizures of panic as its entire 30-year branding campaign would be annihilated in one swoop.
I think Rush Limbaugh is a national treasure and admire him immensely…but he needs to stop using the word “liberal” too…and should excoriate any conservative pundit or writer who calls Democrats this. I keep hoping one day he eliminates the word “liberal” from his lexicon, because he’s the only person alive who could put a stop to conservatives consistently helping Democrats’ brand management this way. But, I think there’s a part of Rush that is doing what Coulter does…and it’s catering to their audiences (who enjoy saying the word “liberal”). I wish he’d be more strategic and would make it one of his Action Items to get people to see that stamping out the word “liberal” in conservative usage would send Democrats into a panic. They honestly wouldn’t know what to do if they lost this brand advantage.
Just try this experiment for a week: wherever you would normally say the word “liberal”, instead say the word “Leftist” or “lefty”. Following this convention, “liberalism” becomes “Leftism”. Not only will everything you say carry more of a punch…but you will also drive Democrats CRAZY by doing this. They are like vampires doused in Holy Water when they are called “Leftists”. Try this on Facebook if you have any Democrat friends. Start talking about the bad things that Leftists or Lefties do and just watch your Obama-voting Facebookers become apoplectic over your new choice of terminology.
People tend to ignore you when you are going on about “liberals” anyway…so why not shake things up and use “Leftist” and “Lefty” as your descriptors and start to change the brand awareness that people have of Democrats. You know how exterminators need to change the bait once in a while to get bugs to start eating the poison again? That’s what needs to happen here with the word “liberal”. Because, honestly, these people are Leftists…they do want to push the country towards socialism and eventually communism…and calling them “liberals” is like calling cockroaches “hug-a-bugs”. Just because you’re a fool who likes giving horrible things cutesy nicknames is no reason to keep doing what you’ve always done while bemoaning the sorry state of the country. Stop using the word “liberal” and start calling these people “Lefties” and watch independents abandon Democrats in DROVES.
[ Click above to embiggen: what historical event will happen today in 2013? ]
Today is the second-to-last Sunday in June…which means that the Pride Parade in Chicago will be next week. Since the major Pride Parades in New York and San Francisco are also the last Sundays of June, you’re going to hear a lot about the “gay community” between now and then…so keep a lookout for anything the State Media runs in terms of stories about gay people being constantly victimized by Christians or conservatives. Wherever you find these lies, I hope our monthlong look at the bad things the gay community does to others will give you some ammunition to fire back at the State Media and inform others out there that gay people are not the innocent little victims they claim to be. In reality, equality has really been achieved and the former victims are now most often the victimizers of others.
Here are some more questions from readers about bad things that the “gay community” does to others:
1. QUESTION: Why do so many guys prance around in underwear or speedos during the pride parades? Why do they have to do that?
ANSWER: If you got it, that’s the day to flaunt it. It’s like “Why are there big breasted women in gold lame bikinis in rap videos?”. Because the rappers love that and want them there. The people paying for the floats want go-go-boys up there wearing the legal minimum in clothing…and so it happens for Pride Parade. I think if you look at it in big picture terms then Pride Parade is really one of the only events on the American calendar where men are openly objectified as sexual objects and beefcake…as opposed to what women get all the time.
In Chicago, the City has some pretty hilarious statutes for what’s acceptable in terms of public nudity; they strictly enforce these during the Pride Parade too, and will literally pull guys off floats if they violate the statutes. Jockstraps are banned because they don’t cover anything in the rear…but a G-string would be acceptable (even though it technically reveals MORE than a jock does) because there is a thin piece of material that flosses between the glutes. Most people on the floats will be wearing colorful underpants from American Apparel or Speedos though.
A lot of the guys dancing barely-dressed on the floats are office workers, dentists, architects, policemen, you name it…people who don’t work in the nightlife industry at all 364 days a year, but get their freak on during the Pride Parade. These guys spend hours a day in the gym every day to be able to look good enough in a Speedo to pull off dancing on the Pride Parade floats. It’s a really big deal for them…and they look forward to and plan for this event all year.
I don’t think they really care who is in the crowd and they aren’t doing this to send any kind of political message or make any sort of statement…this is just about being out in the sun, dancing in almost nothing, and exhibiting their buff bodies. Emotionally for them, it’s a celebration of being good-looking, young (at whatever age they’ve adjusted “young” to be the older they get), and healthy that day. Some of the guys up there have HIV and the longer they have it the more they get into the Pride Parade…because this might be the last year that their bodies cooperate with them and allow them to look good enough to be on a float. So, there’s a lot of have fun in the moment while it lasts attitude with this.
It’s not about you. Or anyone else who could be watching. It’s just about them showing off, celebrating themselves, and essentially becoming kind of like a Hellenic festival in honor of Helios, Eros, Dionysus, and Narcissus. I think if anyone was time-traveled back from ancient Greece or Rome and deposited at the corner of Halsted & Belmont next Sunday that person would feel very much at home with what they see at the Pride Parade…because the ancient Greek athletes competed in the original Olympics in the nude, in much the same spirit as you see the almost-nudity on display at Pride.
2. QUESTION: If you could magically become straight, would you do it?
ANSWER: Hell to the no. Um, have you seen Magic Mike?
Yah, that’s all kinds of awesome right there.
I love being who I am, and liking guys is part of that. I have very dark hair and features and when I was in my teens I got it into my head that I wanted to have light brown hair or blonde hair like most of my classmates. I think some jerk called me a “pirate” and said I looked “swarthy”, which must have been a bad thing to be called in 1990s northeastern Ohio. So, I talked my mother into letting me get my hair colored…and it was an unmitigated disaster. It turned orange, and I had to keep it that way for a full week before the colorist would dye it back to black for me. I never, ever wanted to change myself just for the sake of changing myself again after that. I kind of hope to this day that my mother told the stylist to purposefully mess up the dye job so that I’d never want to have that done again. She probably didn’t think to do that, but I like imagining my mother in heroic terms and this is something I want to grant her.
I think being gay is part of who I am, as much as my hair color, height, body type, and everything else biological about me. Being gay is part of my “wiring”, just like the fact I love to read and that I treat every trip outside of the house as an opportunity to land a major story (with my pen and notepad at the ready and my eyes peeled for anything interesting to write about). I actually think I owe every success in life to being gay and the things I learned from boyfriends I’ve had…who, on the whole, have been a pretty remarkable and awesome bunch. I’m very proud of the fact that of the 16 or so boyfriends I’ve had only two have been bad apples who caused me more bad drama than good experiences. The rest were awesome, and I can’t imagine the person I would be today if they hadn’t been a part of my life when they were and hadn’t given me the best they had to offer at that time in my life.
I would have missed all that if I had been straight. Here in 2013, I think there’s a lot of things that I do that are important that I wouldn’t be able to do if I hadn’t been gay…and if, just say, right now in an alternate universe there is a straight version of me who never left Cleveland and who has a wife and two kids and lives in a little house in the suburbs there. I wish that guy well in his alternate dimension, but I’ve never once wanted to be him…and never wanted to be anything than what I am right here, right now. I absolutely love my life. There is never a dull moment. I often have no idea where rent money is going to come from or how bills will be paid…but then I land another good freelancing gig and we’re all set for a while. Whenever I run an errand and end up in a part of town I don’t normally venture in, I almost always stumble on something that ends up being a huge story that nobody’s ever cracked before…and then I sit back and watch that information ripple through the Interwebz and get people talking about some issue they never thought about before. I just love that. And it’s so much fun to talk to a friend of mine and say “Remember that apartment building you wanted me to check out for your daughter? Well, while I was doing that I happened to catch so-and-so doing such-and-such and it made me write this…”.
If I was straight, I wouldn’t be able to do any of this as much because I’d be worried about taking care of a family and securing kids’ college educations and all of that. I never had to worry about those things, so I was able to develop differently and play another role in society. I don’t have the same fears that straight guys have because almost no one has ever depended on me being around for a long time. Being gay made me both disposable and indispensable almost simultaneously…since I can do a lot of things that straight guys can’t do because of these logistics.
I would have made a terrible father, by the way. I just have no interest at all in sports or the other things that dads are supposed to teach sons to socialize them properly and prepare them for life in American culture. I don’t get the point of games like baseball, football, or basketball. They just seem dumb to me. And when it would come to things like helping with a science fair project or whatever, a kid would so easily play me into just doing it for him or her. My boyfriend Justin manipulates me like this all the time; if he starts something and messes it up, he knows I’ll finish whatever I’m doing and then take over the other thing from him, if he cuts himself or breaks something or makes a mess or whatever. I don’t even realize this is happening until I’m almost done…and I see Justin back in the bedroom playing video games while I’m washing all the dishes or whatever. I still haven’t decided if that’s him being a genius at getting out of chores…or if I just can’t help myself and end up doing whatever needs to be done, because that’s in my DNA now from all my years working at hotels and being an event planner and I’m just so trained to jump in and take care of whatever task is at hand.
There sure wouldn’t be any time for me to be involved in politics if I had kids to raise. There’s so many fewer hours in the day living with Justin than there were when I was single. And Justin’s a grown man, albeit one that requires a lot of attention and high maintenance. If I had kids to take care of I’d be even more limited with my time…and I don’t think I’d be as effective in anything that I did. Resentment would abound for everyone at that point.
I don’t know why some people are gay and some aren’t…but I can tell you that it’s neither a choice nor something that parents “do” to a kid growing up. The way my parents raised me I should have totally turned out straight and been still living in a suburb of Cleveland right now…but here I am in Chicago having my little adventures and I can look back to my earliest memories and see that this was in fact the logical and expected outcome for me. God makes no mistakes…and I believe that everyone is called to his or her individual vocation for a reason. This was mine…because I seem to be on this Earth to tip the scales here and there on matters that wouldn’t otherwise get attention and like to imagine that my ultimate destiny is to bring down the institutional Left by undermining it with its own tactics. Maybe only a gay conservative guy from Cleveland could do that…and so I was born who I am and called to this role in this particular moment in time.
ODDS & ENDS:
Let’s have a look at a few stories that Drudge Report is featuring today.
Traitor Snowden Lands in Moscow – I want you to really pay attention to all efforts by the State Media to imply this kid was some sort of Chinese or Russian agent. He wasn’t. Here’ the deal with Snowden: he’s a Millennial, and part of the “Me, Me, Me Generation”. That means he has no respect for anything and believes himself to be the most important person who has ever existed in the history of everything. He sets his life up with him at the pinnacle of a pyramid, and everything else…including country, friends, family, God, whatever…below that (probably in that order). This is what the public schools have been teaching these kids to do since the 1970s, along with instructing them that America is bad and evil and should be destroyed. Is it no surprise, then, that when these kids grow up and get government jobs that they behave this way…and they think they have some sort of duty to steal secrets from the government and release them to the public just because they can? You’re going to see a lot more of this as the Millennials get older and work their way higher in the ranks of intelligence agencies, the military, etc. Theirs is a generation that knows no loyalty to anything but themselves…and the end result is going to be trouble for all of us. They also seem to think that saying “Sorry” or “My bad” is enough to smooth everything away, always, no matter what they do…since they don’t really understand consequences for bad behavior. Their parents always made the consequences go away for them and they as grown men and women still don’t know how to function without mommy and daddy being there. I think public school educated people should be banned from ever working for the CIA, NSA, FBI etc. because we just can’t trust these Millennials in important positions…since their entire childhoods were spent being indoctrinated by the institutional Left to hate this country. They are a generation of sleeper agents.
Hastings sent email saying he had to go off the radar hours before he was murdered. If you don’t see that the government murdered Michael Hastings then there is something wrong with you. This is the kind of thing that happens all the time in John Grisham, Brad Thor, and Tom Clancy books…because Grisham, Thor, and Clancy know people in the government who tell them that, YES, this is how the government kills people. Start paying attention to the number of Navy SEALs involved with the bin Laden operation who are also mysteriously being killed in all sorts of “accidents”. Either these guys know something about what really happened to bin Laden (such as him really being dead for years or him maybe even being still alive and in custody today) or they’re being knocked off because the Saudis want everyone involved in killing a member of the bin Laden family to be executed. Something fishy is going on, but no one will report on it because if you write about this then people call you a conspiracy nut. But cars don’t just explode in “fiery one car crashes” and Navy SEALs don’t just start mysteriously dying in bizarre “accidents”. This is our government doing these things…and it’s getting away with it because regular people are so afraid to talk about any of it.
YAHOO posted story calling Kenya Obama’s birthplace. Here’s the thing that’s going to happen in the future with Barack Obama. Maybe 15 or 20 years from now, when he’s established himself as the new Jimmy Carter (in terms of being an ex-president who gleefully defecates on the United States every chance he gets, like Carter does now) he will not be able to resist telling the truth about all the things he got away with for all of these years. What people don’t seem to understand today is that Obama used various lies and false identities through the years to advance himself both personally and politically. When he was younger, he would write down whatever he needed to put down on an application form to be accepted into an Ivy League school. If that meant saying he was an Indonesian citizen and his named was Soetorobakh Soetoro, he’d do it. Later, he’d say he was born in Kenya to get another grant or scholarship or whatever. The next day, he’d say he was from Kansas if he felt that would get him into some club or the good graces of someone with deep pockets who wanted to help someone like him. There are tons of white people who feel good about themselves for “helping” mixed-race or black people…like they are feeding squirrels or rabbits stale popcorn at a park. Obama expertly played all of these dummies, by constantly changing his backstory to suit whatever need he had at the time for money, influence, and power. Depending on which period of his life is being talked about, the people in it know a different version of his backstory…which is why these people are never interviewed for the same article and in fact are never allowed in the same room together. One day, when he’s out of office, he will also not be able to resist announcing that he is Muslim…and was the first Muslim US president. He will dine off that for the rest of his life in the Middle East, all the while giving a big F-U to the American people. This is something at the heart of Islam, this pretending to not be Muslim in order to score some big win for Islam down the road. When it’s of maximum advantage to him, he’ll reveal his true nature…because he will not be able to resist the thrill this will give him to be able to gloat over how much he got away with his entire life. Remember that movie Catch Me If You Can with Leonardo DiCaprio? That’s based on a real life person…who fooled Pan Am, the US government, and all sorts of people for a very long time…and after he was finally caught he’s lived a very nice life trading off all the stuff he got away with, because people find it amusing. That’s how Muslims will treat the Great Deceiver Barack Obama as well. After being the POTUS, he’ll seek greater fame and reverence in being a cult figure to Muslims…for having so completely deceived and bamboozled the West. Just you watch.
Facebook angers users again with “shadow profiles”. I really wonder what’s going to happen to Facebook. Justin has some friends who are much younger than him and are still in college. They’ve all switched to just using Twitter to communicate with each other. They share photos on Instagram and on Tumblr…and they message each other via Twitter somehow. I don’t really understand that, because I believe anyone can read Twitter feeds so I’d think that saying “I’ll be at the restaurant at 8pm” is just an invitation for a stalker to meet you there…but maybe college kids don’t think about stalkers taking advantage of Twitter’s open nature. To me, Twitter is like writing things on a bathroom wall and you have no idea who is reading that. At least with Facebook things that people post on their walls can be restricted to just “friends”…and people have the ability to limit who is defined as a friend. I still don’t understand why Facebook is valued at so many billions of dollars…and I don’t see how the ads on Facebook do the companies purchasing them any good. What I think is happening is that a lot of stupid people in middle management at various entities have convinced their 60 and 70-something year old bosses in the C-suite that “Facebook is the future!” and, not knowing much about pop culture or technology, those executives believed these younger, 30-something managers. Raises and promotions all around! You discovered the key to the future…and it is this thing we don’t understand! Let’s buy all the stock in that thing we can! Idiots. I used to work for a big consulting company here in Chicago and people really were that stupid there. On one hand, these guys were still using fax machines because they couldn’t figure out email…yet, if you said “green technology” or “LEED certified” to them their eyes would get as big as saucers and you could honestly sell them on any ridiculous waste of money imaginable, so long as they could put on the website that they were investing in “green”. That was the buzzword back then…and now it seems to be “Facebook”. As in, “We’re on Facebook!” or “We’re advertising on Facebook!”. Everyone applauds at the corporate retreat and not one of these dummies has any idea that both “green” and “Facebook” are really oversold as concepts to be rushing to be a part of.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What are things you’re seeing in the state media related to Gay Pride Parades and issues in the “gay community”? Can you analyze the coverage you are seeing and determine the media’s agenda in this? There’s always an agenda with everything you see on the tee-vee, since the tee-vee lies to you.
What else is on your mind for this Sunday June 23rd, 2013?
[ No…it's not "racist" little man. It's just another example of the State Media ginning up racial tension by calling yet another rich, white person "Ray Ciss" when the institutional Left needs racial tension to motivate black people to help Democrats with something they are currently cooking. Such as the push for Amnesty for Mexican criminals that's underway right now in the Senate. Funny how a high-profile white person is always pilloried as a "Ray Ciss" whenever the Left needs to get black people's attention for upcoming political activism. Can't be a coincidence since this happens so often. ]
Yesterday, the State Media fired up its “Ray Ciss” machine and aimed it at tee-vee cook and oversized personality Paula Deen. It’s important to view this as a case study in what sort of political strategy and Leftist agenda goes into an orchestrated hit on a rich and famous white person…particularly when that person is a Southern Christian. You need to start thinking long and hard about how Leftist operatives in the Ministry of Truth that is our state media view an opportunity like this to further the institutional Left’s position in the wider Culture War. Here are 10 important things you need to realize about what’s going on with Paula Deen right now:
10. This attack was originated by the plaintiff in a lawsuit currently filed against Deen and should be viewed as part of the legal team’s strategy in that case. The suit in question here is the matter of Lisa T. Jackson v. Paula Deen et al that was filed in the Superior Court of Chatham County, Georgia; you can read the full complaint for yourself here. Pages relevant to allegations of racial discrimination are 14 through 17. The plaintiff, Jackson, is actually a white woman and does not claim that she herself was racially discriminated against…but she states in the complaint that she heard (or heard about) racial discrimination of unnamed others in some restaurant that Paula Deen partly owns in Georgia called “Uncle Bubba’s”. Jackson also alleges that Deen told her she’d like to have black children tap-dancing in costumes from an old movie (like Shirley Temple would have been in) for entertainment at a “plantation style wedding”; Jackson further claimed that in communicating this to her, Deen called the children “a bunch of little niggers”…but there are no witnesses to this conversation identified in the complaint.
The State Media attack on Deen began on Thursday June 20th, 2013 when various news outlets reported that Deen admitted in a deposition for this case (taken a month ago) that she had used the word “nigger” in the past. You need to understand how a deposition works to see how the plaintiff in this case (or her attorney) originated this attack on Deen (for the purpose of forcing a quick settlement to the lawsuit). When a deposition is held, the following people are allowed in the room:
* the plaintiff and her attorney(s)
* the Defendants named in the complaint (along with one representative for each business entity so named)
* the stenographer typing up what’s being said in the deposition
* a videographer (if the deposition is being filmed…which I bet it was, considering this was the deposition of a famous person)
That’s it. No one else is there when the deposition is being taken. I don’t know what the rules in Chatham County, Georgia are, but here in Chicago a deposition can last for up to seven hours and its transcript is not released until the stenographer has typed it up, proofed it, and then shown it to the deponent (in this case, Paula Deen) for her signature to verify everything typed up was accurate in what she said the day of the deposition. This process seems like it could take a month before a deponent has approved and signed a deposition transcript…which would explain why we’re only hearing about this now, when Deen’s deposition was taken a month ago.
Only the plaintiff and the defense has access to the deposition transcript; not even the judge has this. Clearly, Paula Deen’s legal team did not leak to the press that she admitted to using the word “nigger” in the past. This had to have come from the plaintiff’s side then; either Lisa T. Jackson or her lawyers contacted the media and said “We got Paula Deen to admit to using the word nigger in her deposition!”. No one else could have done this, since the stenographer or videographer (the only other people allowed in the room) would be sued for damages and be subject to contempt of court if they contacted the press about what they heard in a deposition (in addition to these people never working again in the legal field).
Let’s take a moment and think about what Jackson’s motivation would be in heading to the press with explosive news that Deen admitted to using the word “nigger” at some point in the past (which, according to Deen, was actually in reference to something she said in the 1980s after being robbed at gunpoint by a black man when she was a bank teller). It sure feels like this is strategy on the plaintiff’s part to force a quick settlement in this case…lest Jackson reveal more of what was said in the deposition. Because Paula Deen is extremely wealthy because of her good public image and is internationally known, the media will be interested in just about every blurb it could scrape from Deen’s deposition testimony. All of it would be taken out of context, of course, and only the most explosive revelations would be spoon fed to the hungry State Media. This leaves Deen in an untenable position: either settle the case quickly with Jackson or allow herself to be subject to scandal eruptions like this that will permanently damage the Paula Deen brand and jeopardize sale of her cookbooks, kitchen equipment, and other goods.
Jackson dropped a nuke on Deen that caused The Food Network to end its business relationship with her. If Deen does not quickly capitulate to her demands, Jackson will no doubt leak more of the deposition testimony…perhaps in a bid to get Amazon to stop selling Deen’s books or home goods. This brinksmanship will continue so long as Jackson has juicy material from the deposition to use against Paula Deen. And the State Media, of course, will eat up every bit of this with great relish…because they enjoy stoking racial animosity in this country and love when a white Southern woman is being pilloried as a “Ray Ciss”.
Read the rest of this entry »
Witch Hunt Against the Butter Lady: State Media Declares Paula Deen A “Ray Ciss” (meanwhile ignoring all of Oprah Winfrey’s longstanding racism)
[ Click above to embiggen: the Charybdis of Lake Michigan and virulent black supremacist, Oprah Winfrey ]
No doubt, you’re aware that this morning in a desperate bid for relevance Matt Lauer on The Today Show is calling “the butter lady” Paula Deen a “Ray Ciss” because, allegedly, 40 or 50 years ago she said the word “nigger” out loud. Today marks the day when I’ve officially had enough of people behaving like we live in the magical world of Harry Potter and “nigger” is “the word that shall not be said” or “the n-word”. It is an ugly, ignorant, and vile word…but it’s just a word and not some magical spell that does unspeakable harm to the superstitious or easily-excitable. No one alive in the year 2013 should call anyone “nigger”, “fag”, “cunt”, “kike”, “whitey”, “chink”, “beaner”, or other ethnic, gender, or personal slurs…but it’s asinine to dance around these terms when The Today Show’s attacking a tee-vee cooking show host with one of them.
Haven’t you had enough of the State Media deciding today’s the day when it’s going to come after some random, famous white person and screech “She used the word nigger…fifty years ago!”. Is today the day you’re not going to take this garbage anymore?
I refer you to Alinsky Rule #4…which is “to make the enemy live up to its own book of rules”…and ask that today you encourage conservatives to stop doing the same things in situations like this while expecting different results. The institutional Left today is ginning up racial hatred by way of its sock puppets at The Today Show; the timing on this is curious since Barack Obama just ginned up religious hatred of Catholics a few days ago. All of this is happening while the “Gang of Ocho” is trying to ram through an amnesty bill in Congress that will create tens of millions of new Democrat voters while taking even more jobs away from actual American citizens and costing taxpayers billions in new welfare benefits.
If you don’t think all of these events are related and are in fact planned by the Democrat Party, you’re not paying attention.
Today, why aren’t we talking about black people who are extremely racist and subscribe to black supremacy? I cite one classic example for you: the virulent racist Oprah Winfrey, who during her long career in Chicago treated all white people she came in contact with like subhumans. This is a woman who has made a point to only donate money to organizations that exclusively benefit black people (such as that school in Africa she started where young girls were raped…and more recently the $12 million she gave to build the Black People’s Museum addition to the Smithsonian in Washington). The first politician that Winfrey ever supported was Barack Obama…because his skin color was similar to her own and she decided she needed to see this man elected president because of that.
I don’t know of a more clear example of racism than that.
Certainly it’s more relevant, damaging, and current than “the butter lady” using the word “nigger” in casual conversation in the deep south FORTY OR FIFTY YEARS AGO when, incidentally, black people themselves used that word. Come to think of it, black rappers use that word all the time. Black athletes throw it around the basketball court and in the football and baseball locker rooms too. It’s treated as a term of endearment by the State Media when one black person says it to another…but it’s still the same word that The Today Show is in hysterics over this morning because “the butter lady” said it.
Aren’t you tired of this absurdity?
Wherever you see anyone bashing “the butter lady” today anywhere on the Interwebz you need to chime in with a few things of your own:
* Why is this word okay for rappers and athletes to use?
* Let’s talk about black supremacists like Oprah Winfrey
* Isn’t it strange this racial controversy is ginned up right when Democrats are taking anger from black people because the amnesty bill pushed by the “Gang of Ocho” will hurt blacks the most in terms of jobs and the loss of welfare benefits
That’s what this attack on Paula Deen is really about folks. Leftists in the State Media sat around and tried to think of something to upset black people today and cause conservatives to go scurrying for cover (lest they be called “Ray Ciss” today too). Stumped, the only thing race related they could thunk up was to have Matt Lauer go on about “the butter lady” using the word “nigger” while living in the deep South in the 1960s and 1970s.
This sick game will probably work, too, because the “black community” has been so well-trained by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Henry Gates to stop paying attention to anything important at all the moment the race whistle is blown. Meanwhile, while this manufactured “scandal” percolates and ultimately saturates the news cycle the “Gang of Ocho” will be able to permanently damage the country and install an everlasting Democrat electoral majority…while Marco Rubio, Lindsey Graham, and John McCain (three of Democrats’ favorite Republicans) help.
Democrats want to flood voter rolls with Mexican peasants because:
* they speak little to no English and refuse to learn, which makes them easier to control because Democrats can lie to them in Spanish via La Raza
* Mexican peasants have no respect for US laws and are used to how government works in Mexico (a failed state)…so they won’t care much if Democrats make America more like Mexico
* these newly-minted Democrat voters aren’t immigrants so much as they are colonists…with Mexico being a new colonial power in the world, sending its unwanted and uneducated burdens north so that they can resettle and make demands on the United States that are beneficial to Mexico. Start paying attention to how often the President of Mexico (whoever that is this week) rants and raves about the US needing to take more Mexican peasants off his hands…so that American taxpayers can pay for these moochers (or, are they “moochachos”) and provide them with free healthcare, food, living places, and all sorts of other benefits
* the more unskilled and uneducated Mexicans that are imported into the US the more American culture is first diluted and then ultimately replaced by a more Mexican mindset that is accustomed to the sort of political system that the institutional Left desires
The end game is to change the electorate enough so that Democrats gain permanent locks on national offices (and a super-majority of state legislatures) and the institutional Left then has the ability to change the Constitution however it pleases. La Raza constantly tells the Mexican criminals already living here and flaunting our immigration process that the American Constitution is “too old and out of date” and was written for “a smaller country”. The institutional Left dreams of transforming the United States into a socialist country where high-ranking Democrats will be the favored elite and everyone else will be serfs to the federal government. The mission is to lower the American standard of living and decrease our national wealth until we are essentially on par with Mexico itself.
Black people see this…and they don’t like it. I’d love to say they don’t like it because they are patriots and don’t want to see America ruined in this way…but they are more upset about the moochachos taking jobs that normally go to blacks (like Postal Workers, city and county workers, union patronage positions, etc.) and eating up all the welfare benefits that have been dwindling since Democrats started bankrupting the country in 2008.
Matt Lauer and the Today Show were thus used to run some interference and distract blacks, by giving them a rich white female “Ray Ciss” to hate on for a while. Smelling red meat, no doubt the Justice Brothers of Jackson/Sharpton/Gates will find other ways to expand this…and by next week a whole host of new “Ray Ciss” individuals will be witch-hunted into public view. That should give Rubio/Graham/McCain enough cover to do what Democrats are blackmailing them into doing (because I swear these three men are indeed being blackmailed with something unique to each one of them…as that is the only explanation for why the three of them forever do things that will directly harm our country, just so Democrats can crow about these measures being “bipartisan”; “bipolar” is more like it if they aren’t being blackmailed).
Democrats want to talk about Paula Deen being “Ray Ciss” today…but I want to talk about Oprah Winfrey being an enormous racist in all applications of the word “enormous”. Whatever the institutional Left and the State Media is up to each day, let’s endeavor to shift the debate to the opposite. Don’t let these people help the Obama Regime by allowing them to create a distraction stage right so that they can accomplish something underhanded over on stage left.
Say what? “That’s racist”?
No, it’s not “racist”. You’re “Ray Ciss”…so grow up and tell the Justice Brothers they need to find a new catchphrase and livelihood.
UPDATE: 412pm CST 6/21/13 — So, one of the worst PR teams out there seems to have advised Paula Deen to go on YouTube with a poorly filmed, amateur “apology video”. In it she’s rambling and almost incoherent. The lightning’s bad, the camera angles are terrible, and I believe they tried to make it seem “from the heart” by having it appear she set up the camera herself and just filmed it without anyone’s input. Here it is:
I don’t think she should have apologized for a damn thing.
What she should be doing is turning this back on the State Media and saying that this is just ridiculous, that she has not used that word in countless years, and that she seems to be the latest person that the Race Industry has manufactured a scandal against. Either just for the fun of it…or because Democrats wanted to take her down for some reason.
I know that when people speak honestly about things like this they get accused of believing in conspiracy theories and then the Alinskyites ridicule them…but it’s not paranoia when people are really plotting against someone. Clearly they are doing that to Paula Deen…for some reason.
I’m really curious as to what that may be. Either she’s just a convenient white woman that the institutional Left is clubbing right now because it needed to get blacks riled up about SOMETHING, ANYTHING…or Paula Deen did something that upset the Left and this is her punishment. Just watch, she will be audited by the IRS next. I also wonder if maybe the NSA recorded some phone call she had and Democrats have told her they have it and will play it if she doesn’t just make an amateur apology video and post it on YouTube.
Every time something like this happens, I just hope that finally, at last, Democrats have done this to the wrong person. One of these days, when the Race Industry attempts to brand someone “Ray Ciss” that person is going to refuse to play along and will turn the tables on the Justice Brothers and the complicit State Media. When that day comes there will be fireworks. The entire system the Left’s put in place to control pop culture and public discourse in this country depends on white people living in terror of being called “Ray Ciss”…and rushing to apologize for whatever they did that allowed the Race Industry to fire up the Death Star and aim it at them.
FOR ONCE I would like to see a victim of this hucksterism and extortion stand up for herself or himself…and say I DIDN’T DO A DAMN THING WRONG AND THESE PEOPLE ARE JUST MANUFACTURING A SCANDAL TO DISTRACT FROM SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON IN THE NEWS.
Paula Deen was clearly told she’d lose her Food Network show, her book deals, and all her other revenue streams if she did not play along here. Her idiot and untalented sons depend on her coattails to make their own livings, so she’s probably thinking of them too. I kind of get a Martha Stewart vibe in all this and almost also think taking down Paula Deen was just an exercise in icon-toppling…which the State Media enjoys doing to women.
Martha Stewart being hauled off to prison was great fun for them. Remember?
Recall also how gleefully the State Media enjoyed preventing Hillary Clinton from being the Democrats’ nominee in 2008 and the first female President. They loved that too.
I don’t think I need to remind you what the State Media did to Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer, and Ann Romney.
Now, they’re going after Paula Deen.
If you are a woman of any substance or celebrity who has either built up something huge from scratch or is commanding respect on a large stage the State Media seems like it could ultimately come for you, too.
UPDATE #2 740pm CST — Well, that didn’t take long Food Network announced they have summarily fired Paula Deen and will not renew her contract for more shows. Deen did what the thugs of the Left wanted…and they fired her anyway. So, what was the point of that groveling above? Lesson to anyone paying attention: never, ever apologize when the Race Industry and the Justice Brothers come after you because they intend to destroy you regardless. Just because they can, since good people let them.
In comments, someone notes that more information is coming out about the deposition in which Deen stated she had used the word “nigger” in the past. Apparently, she was a bank teller and was robbed at gunpoint and then later described the black man who did it as a “nigger” when she was recounting the event to her husband at home. This happened in the 1980s…and Deen could have easily said in the deposition that she didn’t recall ever using the word “nigger” in her whole life…but she answered honestly that she had used the word to describe the man who pointed a gun at her when she was a bank teller and had threatened her life.
I have some thoughts on this because TWICE I have been mugged by black men: once in New York on Christmas Eve in 2008 and then shortly thereafter here in Chicago. Both times they stole my wallet, my phone, and the small digital camera I had been carrying with me…and both times they’d knocked me down with a blow to the neck and then whomped on me before I could realize what was happening. This happened to me because back then I was still operating under Democrat programming to not judge books by their covers…and when I saw black men approaching on the street at night I didn’t follow my instincts and move in the opposite direction or cross the street. I do not need a third lesson in the wisdom of following instinct over politically correct cultural programming, trust me.
However, I didn’t have any desire to call these black criminals racial slurs after they mugged me. The most accurate description of them was in fact just “black male criminals”…and there sure seem to be a lot of them in every single major city that is controlled by the institutional Left. I grew up in Cleveland in the 1980s and 1990s and slurs like the one causing the uproar today were never said in my house or by anyone I had any contact with…so they’re not my “go-to” thought even if something horribly traumatic happens to me. But, I can see how they would be for Deen in a terrifying situation like being robbed at gunpoint in the 1980s…since she would have grown up in the 1960s and that word would have probably been said all the time back then, by both white and black people.
I see some in comments below are starting to make the connection that this attack on Paula Deen is happening on the Friday before the Trayvon Martin trial starts up. I think we have our answer why this was done today. It’s to start getting black people revved up and angry and for the State Media to start villainizing whites in advance of what’s going to happen next week.
You see that right? You see how there are no coincidences with the State Media and how everything like this is timed perfectly to achieve their desired effects? There is absolutely no way in this or any other world that the witch hunt against “the butter lady” isn’t connected to the bigger picture racial tensions that the institutional Left wants stoked up next week.
This attack on Deen was just the priming of the pump.
QUESTION: Will conservatives ever stand up to the institutional Left and declare the race card and these endless accusations of this or that person being “Ray Ciss” to be ridiculous and unacceptable?
Will Republicans ever learn from the past and stop doing the same things over again while expecting different results?
RECOMMENDED FURTHER READING:
[ Click above to embiggen: what's something important for today in 2013? ]
Continuing our “Pride Month” look at various reader questions about the bad things gay people do or areas of the “gay community” that the State Media will never report on, here are a few more topics for you:
1. QUESTION: Did you see the article on The Blaze yesterday about two lesbians who complained about a “wedding” gift they received? What’s your take on that and what is appropriate behavior for a “gay wedding”?
ANSWER: The article mentioned above is this one: “The-knock-down-drag-out-text-feud-over-a-wedding-present-you-have-to-read-to-believe” by Dave Urbanski, published 6/20/2013..about a pair of lesbians who were “married” in Canada (I think)…but who had absolutely no sense of manners (which is really surprising for Canadians, whom I did not think behaved this way…but people in the “gay community” as a rule tend to be nastier and more materialistic than the general public for some reason).
Essentially, someone who attended the wedding bought the couple (identified as Bride #1 and Bride #2) what I consider a very nice gift basket…with all kinds of gourmet things and some fun stuff like marshmallow fluff and sour patch kids. The materialistic lesbians were very rude to the gift-giver(s) and sent a string of increasingly more hostile Facebook messages about how they would have rather had cash “in an envelope”. Towards the end of the heated exchange the lesbians mouthed off about how much money they spent per plate for their wedding ($97 a plate!) and how they valued the gift basket at only $30 (implying the gift-givers were cheap).
It’s not like the gift basket was from the drug store and filled with things like toothbrushes, broken glass, mouthwash, Elmer’s glue, rubber gloves, and adult diapers or anything. THAT would have been inappropriate and something worth bitching and moaning about…but the gift basket in question had a lot of gourmet things in it, along with fun stuff that the gift-givers honestly believed the angry lesbians would have enjoyed. Though, since it’s something I would have done, I do wonder if the sour patch kids were some sort of inside joke about these particular women having sour dispositions…because they clearly aren’t pleasant people and those candies indeed seem to suit them.
Now, I used to be an event planner and one of my first gigs ever was planning a lesbian commitment ceremony in Cleveland in the late-90s. I can assure you that not all lesbians behave like the ones in the Blaze story. I’m actually really shocked reading this on The Blaze because no lesbian I have ever known has behaved this way…and it sounds more like what a pair of gay guys would do. I think stereotypes are pretty accurate most of the time and catch on because groups of people really do behave in particular ways…so maybe in Canada lesbians don’t have the decency that I’ve seen gay women almost always show here in the States. I can tell you that when I planned that commitment ceremony the two women were incredibly kind and generous…and in fact specifically said that they wanted no gifts of any kind from anyone; instead, they asked that donations be made to the Susan Komen breast cancer research initiative.
That commitment ceremony was a hoot. They held it at the fanciest hotel in Cleveland (okay, the only fancy hotel in Cleveland) but insisted it be a “Hoe Down” theme…so the guests were told to wear jeans and plaid or checkered shirts and cowboy hats. There was a petting zoo with goats, rabbits, and chickens for photo ops and the couple paid a huge fee to the hotel to allow barbeque flown in from Memphis to be served at the reception. One woman wore a white cowgirl outfit (which made her look like Dale Evans) and the other dressed up in black Western gear (and looked a lot like k.d. lang). They tipped extravagantly and were so incredibly kind to everyone on staff at the hotel. All the guests had a marvelous time and to this day it’s one of the best events I’ve ever been to or been a part of.
I’m horrified to learn that the lesbians featured in The Blaze article behaved so poorly when receiving a gift because I was always taught that you should be grateful whatever anyone gives you. In grade school, the nuns drilled into us the story of the old woman in the temple who gave a small amount of money in the collection…while a wealthy man bragged about how he’d given 100 times more than the old woman. This was one of Jesus’ parables, and he noted that the wealthy man was actually worth many hundreds of times that of the old woman…but gave a smaller percentage of her savings than he did. So, in reality that donation of his cost him very little in the big picture but what the old woman gave meant she’d have to skip meals and go without heat for a spell…since it was a true sacrifice to her while the rich man would never miss the amount he contributed.
It’s tacky to ever complain about something a person gave you…because somebody should have raised you better. It truly is the thought that counts. That being said, I don’t know if I can put into words how thrilled I would have been to get the gift basket described in The Blaze article. I love gift baskets like that. I worked for a consulting firm years ago and all the various subcontractors we dealt with would send our office all sorts of baskets of Pepperidge Farms or Cookie Company gift baskets and everyone who worked there was excited to see what new and unusual goodies were in the baskets. We’d open one of those every few days and would all snack on it on breaks. It was just heavenly.
Not only do I think the lesbians in the story are trashy for complaining about the gift basket but I think they are spoiled fools for not loving the collection of goodies that were handed to them. Channeling some Mr. T. this morning, I pity those fools. If you can’t appreciate the sublime thrill of a gift basket with all sorts of fun stuff in it then something is clinically wrong with you. Seek help immediately.
I think anyone who gives a party of any kind expecting to make a profit is a horrible person. The reason you throw a party is to celebrate some event…and the reason you invite people to your party is to have those you love celebrate with you. This is not your turn to stage a fundraiser for yourself…and it was YOUR choice to spend X or Y on the food, decorations, and other things that went into the party. As a former event planner what I found most irksome about the lesbians’ complaining is that they kept saying “We spent $97 per person on the food!”. People who quote prices to others like this are irredeemable trash and should never be permitted to host another event again. Telling people how much you spent per plate for a party is like a magician giving away the secrets to a famous trick; you just don’t do things like this. And you never, ever make someone feel bad or guilty about attending a party you invited him or her to by explicitly stating what that person’s attendance cost you.
This is behavior I’d expect from an ignorant and mannerless kindergartener at her birthday party…not from grown women who claim they are mature and responsible enough to be getting “married”. I wish their mothers had been there to spank these two silly for their ill behavior…regardless of how old they are!
I read a lot of Greek mythology when I was in grade school because our student library had this gorgeous book of myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaires [ click here to check it out: www.amazon.com ]…and several of the stories in that book were parable-like in that they warned readers to never break the rules of hospitality…because Zeus, Hera, Athena, or Hermes were always out and about testing people’s manners and hospitality (especially to strangers and travelers). Disney’s version of Beauty & the Beast had an element of this too, because the titular beast was transformed into an animal because (at the age of 11) he was rude to a scary-looking beggar who came to his castle door late at night in a rain storm (which is just messed up, because I don’t think at 36 I’d be comfortable opening a door to a stranger in a storm myself). On top of all this, when I was in college I worked for the Ritz-Carlton hotel chain and later dated a guy who worked for the Disney Parks…so I take respect for hospitality very seriously when it comes to people you invite into your home or to a party you’ve thrown.
It’s really sickening to me to think of how hurt the gift-givers were that these lesbians were so rude to them. I’m old enough now to have seen numerous examples of people like this getting the “what goes around, comes around” treatment. I bet if The Blaze did a follow-up story in six months or a year that these two lesbians wouldn’t even be together anymore. Nasty people like this that are rotten in their hearts attract negative energy…and that will slowly tear down their lives. Because they are so greedy, I bet they’ll end up having money problems and their relationship will hit the rocks over it. Somewhere I’m sure, Hera will be smiling as just desserts are served with a chaser of marshmallow fluff and sour patch kids.
If you are invited to any event — be it a “gay wedding”, a birthday party for a cat or dog, a Halloween party, or whatever — you bring something that YOU want to give as YOUR gift to the host/honoree. If you think it’s appropriate because in your heart you believe the person will like it and that it is something meaningful for nice to you, then you did the right thing. It’s really about what’s in your heart at the time of gifting that matters…and it’s not about the price tag and how much you spent. Sing it, one-hit-wonder Jessie J:
2. QUESTION: With all the screaming and carrying-on for “gay marriage”, how long do gay relationships really last?
ANSWER: Well, that depends on if you’re talking about lesbians or gay men…because lesbians are light years better at relationships than male couples. I think I talked about this a little a few days ago, but there’s a gossip site I enjoy that covers gay life in Los Angeles that’s called WeHoConfidential. I have been working on a project in LA for the last couple of years and get out every so often…and WeHoConfidential helps me get an idea of how similar the scene in West Hollywood is to my own Boystown in Chicago. It’s amazing how the same ridiculously stupid gay drama happens on the west coast that plagues life here on the “north coast” (which is technically a term only used in Cleveland, but it’s what I always call the Great Lakes). WeHo is always making fun of “gay marriages” because their expiration dates come quicker than Whole Foods’ organic fruits.
A lot of male couples have been rushing off to New York or Massachusetts or Iowa or wherever to “get married”…without having any real respect for commitment. Shortly thereafter, they decide they want to keep hooking up…and then they break up…but now they have to hire lawyers to get the “marriage thing” removed from their lives. The actress Jane Lynch (who plays Sue Sylvester on tee-vee’s “Glee”) actually just announced her pending divorce from some woman she “married” not even two years ago (and I think she only did it because it was novel and suddenly legal in New York, so she could). I was really surprised by that, because lesbians are usually so sensible (when they aren’t grousing over sour patch kids at least)…and are more like Ellen the Generous and her “wife” Austi Spumonti (from “Arrested Development”). Jodie Foster was with a partner for many, many years but then cheated on her with some woman who worked for her production company…and then I don’t know what happened after that…but I think they are back together now (in my defense, a lot of lesbians look very similar because they go for that volleyball coach/Meredith Baxter Birney sort of look so I have trouble telling Jodie Foster’s old girlfriend from her new girlfriend from the recently-gay Meredith Baxter Birney). Queen Latifah has been with her girlfriend (a personal trainer) for many years now, but they aren’t “married” because Latifah still thinks she’s fooling people and has not come out. Robin Robinson from Good Morning America is supposedly going to get “married” to her longtime girlfriend some time this summer and come out herself on live tee-vee (if various entertainment sites are to be believed). Rosie O’Donnell was “married” for a while but whoever that woman she was with was, she came to her senesce and then I think a few other women have come and gone since then (Rosie’s apparently not so rosy to deal with). In general, lesbians are usually all about the commitment and don’t normally break up or cheat on each other…while gay men are pretty much all about the cheating and the hunting for new guys.
For some reason, lesbians are just usually more mature than gay guys…and I think they don’t like the hunt for new romantic conquests as much as men do. Maybe that’s a genetic programming thing, where males like to have sex with as many different people as possible…and society and females have managed to tame most straight men and keep them from straying. But, gay guys have no such societal pressure to be monogamous. In fact, the “gay community” encourages as much promiscuity as possible with gay guys…with the institutional Left really pushing this on gay men. Part of this is because I think Democrats want a lot of gay guys to be infected with HIV so they will depend on the government for medication (and, thus, they will keep voting Democrat because the DNC tells them that only Democrats will give them their meds) and the rest of it is because I think Democrats believe that if gay men settled down and had stable home lives they would have less disposable income to give away at Democrat fundraisers. Lesbians are notoriously cheap because they are always socking money away to buy a house or for retirement or Crocs or whatever…but gay guys spend every cent in a bar or to get the best table at the “must attend” fundraiser of the season…so Democrats really want to keep gay men in nonmonogamous relationships so those donation checks keep flowing.
And gay men are sadly very inclined to promiscuity…because it’s more fun than dealing with the same person all the time. Gay guys also start to feel old when they aren’t picking up a new guy to take to bed every night in the bars. I’ve known gay couples who were really good together who actually broke up just because they enjoyed dating so much and didn’t want to stop…and periodically they even date each other again, in between other short-term relationships. I know another gay couple named Robin and Jason who are both extremely handsome, smart, and successful (and nice) guys who had a commitment ceremony last year after being together for something like 8 years…but they have an open relationship and even bring home guys together for threesomes. Their relationship really works for them because they have their “marriage” but still hunt for fresh bedmates too. I don’t think I need to tell you that whenever they are on tee-vee or being interviewed in a gay magazine about making “gay marriage” legal in Illinois they conveniently leave out the part that they have an open relationship and engage in threesomes. I do think it’s dishonest of them to be pushing “marriage” for gays in this state when they aren’t monogamous (and that’s supposed to be a part of marriage)…but this is an instance where I think they’re both nice guys and forgive them for the hypocrisy because I think they just really love the attention of being interviewed and being used as the poster boys for “gay marriage” by groups like Equality Illinois. Life is short and if they are happy doing this, then I don’t fault them. They are playing a part for the cameras much like any actors or models would…regardless if they really take “marriage” seriously while screaming and shouting for it in the Democrat-controlled state of Illinois.
I think lesbian relationships usually last like five years or more on average and that most gay male relationships have a longevity of around two or three weeks. If guys actually last long enough that they move in together then they probably stay boyfriends for a year or two, maybe three. Jason and Robin are unusual because I think they are together for ten years or more at this point and have found a groove that works for them. Personally, my relationships with guys tend to be about three or four years when it’s a serious boyfriend where we live together. Justin and I met in 2010 but didn’t start officially living together until 2012 or so, for those curious. At this point, I don’t see that changing unless he does move back to Arkansas (which his mother CarolAnne is pushing for). I don’t think I’d want to live with a guy again after Justin, but I said that in the past after this guy Harvey and I broke up (having live together for about three years). Gay male relationships are just really hard and emotionally draining…and I think my work has suffered since Justin and I moved in together because I don’t have the time I used to have to get to everything I need to do in a day (since Justin wants a lot of attention and doesn’t respect when I am working…and those calls from his mom every day where they talk about their fears for hours result in Justin repeating everything to me for an additional several hours…which just drains all my energy). I’m still trying to strike that work/life balance and find a good groove with him…but he’s 26 and isn’t in the same stage of life that I am, being ten years his senior. I actually know a lot of straight couples who are almost word-for-word in the same boat as Justin and me…particularly those couples where one or both of them works from home or cyber commutes like Justin and I each do as freelancers. I don’t know if even straight people have figured out how to manage a relationship when two people are not separated for long stretches of the week by shifts in an office somewhere far from home. I do have faith and hope we’ll get this figured out in time, though…if Justin’s not convinced by his mom to move back to the woods surrounding Eureka Springs, that is.
I always get someone who will ask “Does Justin know you write about him?” or “Does CarolAnne read you?” and the answer is YES to both. I never, ever write about anything that’s a secret between us and I never, ever would write about his mom in a way that’s mean-spirited…but I write about my life because I think there are other people out there who are in similar situations who might benefit from knowing they are not alone. I think one of the reasons this country is now controlled by the institutional Left is because good people keep quiet about things too often…and they also don’t acknowledge the things bedeviling them. It’s a real problem right now in a lot of households that family members are being driven crazy worrying about all the insane things that Democrats are doing to the country in this The Golden Age of Hope and Change…and keeping quiet about what’s happening doesn’t do anyone any good. Maybe if we all talk about how emotionally and mentally fragile the news these days is making a lot of people we’ll all collectively reach a point where we do something to change that.
3. QUESTION: Did you see that Exodus International is shutting down? What did you think of the whole ex-gay rehabilitation concept thing?
ANSWER: As a matter of fact, I did see this…as well as the apology that Exodus issued for thinking that gay people could be turned straight. I think the people behind Exodus were always well-meaning idiots.
The thing is, if someone is gay then no amount of prayer or aversion therapy or hypnotism/magic is going to “cure” the person…because there is nothing ill to cure. Here in Chicago, there is a bar called The Lucky Horseshoe that I think is just trashy and fabulous…but there are so many old, grandpa-aged barflys in there who look so sad as they stare at the male strippers on the stage…because a lot of these guys were forced to get married and have kids while they really wanted to be gay fifty and sixty years ago. If you’ve never seen the movie Far From Heaven, you need to check that out [ click here to do so: www.amazon.com ] because Dennis Quaid plays a 1950s father of two who is gay but pretended to be straight because that was what was expected of him. That ends badly for everyone because he just couldn’t keep the delusion going forever. It’s horrifyingly sad that so many guys in the “Far From Heaven” days had to play make believe because their families or society made them.
I feel so lucky that I am a child of the 80s/teen of the 90s and that by the time I reached college I never had any pressure to play it straight and be forced into a heteronormative life I didn’t want. I know there are still guys who are having their midlife crisis here in 2013 and are currently imploding their families by coming out and leaving their wives to be with men they met on Craigslist…and that’s because everyone before the Millennial generation was still to some extent pressured to “Far From Heaven” themselves into these doomed marriages. If you ever want to see just how prevalent this is for yourself, go on Craigslist for your city and look under the Personals section for the Men-for-Men listings and then do a search for the word “married”…and you will see tons of married guys looking to hookup with each other while on business trips or while the wife is out shopping. A lot of married guys mess around while they are at the gym, too. Most wives must have some idea what their husbands are up to…but my heart breaks for the wives that have no clue at all that their husbands are gay and cheating on them with men. A few times, I’ve ran across guys who I know are married but are picking up other guys in bars in Boystown and if I can figure out who their wives are I email or write to them and let them know their husband is cheating. Justin says I’m going to be murdered one day for doing this, but if a guy is cheating on a woman with another guy I think she should know before he brings home HIV to her. That happens so often in the black community, especially, since there is such pressure on black men to not be gay that many of them acquire beards (like Michelle Obama) and play it straight on the down low. Unlike Michelle, a lot of these black women have no clue their husbands are gay…and that’s how a great many of these ladies get HIV. I don’t think I could live with the guilt if I ever knew a woman was being cheated on by a gay/bisexual husband and I didn’t warn her…and her not knowing led to her getting HIV. If someone’s life is at risk because the husband is cheating, then I don’t think it’s moral to keep quiet.
It’s interesting to me that Exodus International is folded just as the Millennial Generation is coming up in the ranks because this is a harbinger of a wider culture change in this country. Being gay is no longer something you whisper about, whch I think is a good thing. For those of you out there who don’t like Pride Month because you think that gays are obnoxious and flaunt their sexuality in your faces all June…I want to assure you that as the Millennials continue to rise in the ranks and 2013 becomes 2023 and beyond that the obnoxiousness of Pride will peter off. The in-your-face flaunting that goes on during the parades is really immature brattiness on the part of gays…who seize June as month to rebel and lash out at the Christian and conservative people that the Gaystapo leaders of the “gay community” claim are the enemies of gay people. Groups like Exodus International have long been seen as absolutely demonic by gays…even though in reality these groups did not have evil at heart when being organized…since I do believe the misguided people behind Exodus really thought they could “cure” gays and that being straight would make these guys happier. It doesn’t, but I think Exodus meant well…even though everyone involved were idiots. Bless their hearts. I’m rare in the gay community because I have never felt these people should be hated…but instead I just pitied them as clowns on the same level as those in tinfoil hats who might also try to teach their dogs to talk.
My boyfriend Justin’s parents actually tried to send him to Exodus when he came out in high school and he just laughed in their faces because the notion was so stupid; they backed down when Justin threatened to have himself legally emancipated at 16 (after which he swore he’d never speak to either of them again). Justin’s mom and dad admit today that the Exodus thing was dumb…but they meant well and thought Justin would be happier being straight. It’s funny, but once Justin’s sister Darcy had a baby last year all of this stuff has felt like ancient history in their family…because I think Justin’s parents just wanted to become grandparents and while they aren’t going to be marching in the PFLAG contingent at the Pride Parade in Little Rock any time soon, I think they’ve both mellowed to the fact that Justin lives with a guy and will probably always be doing that for the rest of his life. His parents are very nice to me and I’m nice to them in return, but I’m never going to be invited for their family holidays in Arkansas. The great thing is that I don’t especially want to go to Arkansas and I thus get to enjoy Christmas, Thanksgiving, Arbor Day, or whatever in the ways I did when I was single…so I kind of feel like I have a life that’s the best of all worlds because Justin doesn’t like doing the things I love doing during the holidays (which usually involves going to campy events, parties my friends throw, volunteering places, or taking oddball trips to places that are holiday themed or related). Justin and his family get to sit around together in Eureka Springs watching tee-vee on Christmas Eve and I get to be somewhere with a drag queen dressed as a bedazzled tree and go-go-boys dolled up as elves with Whitney Houston’s Christmas album playing on the speakers. Everybody wins!
You should actually be really happy today that Exodus is going away…because this is one less “villain” that the institutional Left will be able to trot out to rev up gays to hate on Christians and conservatives. The next several years are going to be FASCINATING, because the Left has always controlled gays with several highly emotionally charged things:
* Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and gay soldiers
* “Gay Marriage”
* Exodus International
* Hating Christians
* Hating specific Republicans (ie, George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, Jan Brewer…)
* HIV/AIDS and the need for expensive medicine
DADT is gone, so they lost that issue. “Gay Marriage” has now passed in 12 states (though Democrats have put the brakes on it in Illinois to keep the issue alive through the 2014 elections so gays will stay energized in the Democrat Party until it passes in this completely Democrat-controlled state). Exodus International has voluntarily shut down.
You see that Barack Obama has ginned up hatred for Catholics this past week, so the institutional Left’s clearly going to trade off an anti-Christian push for its fundraising leading up to 2014. You’ll also see the usual two-minutes-hates directed at the Republicans that gays are taught to gnash their teeth at like Emmanuel Goldstein. And I’ve been telling you that Democrats are encouraging a new explosion of HIV/AIDS because getting as many gay men infected and dependent on expensive medicine is the control mechanism devised by the institutional Left to keep gays on the Democrat plantation.
It’s sad that so many gays are useful idiots to the Left and don’t see how they are played by Democrats…but maybe as we keep talking about these issues word will start to spread that culturally gay people don’t have to stay this ignorant or gullible. If Exodus International can close down, then maybe gays can miraculously open up to the idea that voting Democrat is actually very bad for them.
– Tune in tomorrow for more responses to reader questions…and submit yours by email or thread comment below –
ODDS & ENDS: Here are a few things on Drudge Report that I think you might find interesting:
* Politicians and public figures were spied on by the NSA. I think we all need to talk openly about people like Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and others who do things that will harm not only the Republican Party in the future but harm Americans today…because every time they do things like this I scream IT IS BECAUSE THEY ARE BEING BLACKMAILED. Graham is gay…and Democrats always threaten to out him whenever they want him to support something like amnesty for Mexican criminals. Republicans are the dumbest people in the world for not just dragging Lindsey Graham out of the closet (with his autographed photo of Bette Davis) because this man is blackmailed just about every other week to do something horrible to the country…all because Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid have some evidence of him getting up to gay hijinks. I bet they got that from the NSA. Now, I have no idea what the Democrats have on Rubio or John McCain, come to think of it, but I can clearly see that Democrats are pulling their strings…and I bet the NSA provided the Left with the material to do that. Why aren’t conservative writers connecting the dots and asking: What did the NSA find on Graham, Rubio, McCain and others that is being exploited by the Left to get these guys to betray their country and party so often?
* Senator Ted Cruz is trying to stop “The Gang of Ocho” from ramming amnesty through. I really like this guy…but I have had my heart broken so often in the last five years that I don’t want to invest myself emotionally in him. He is exactly the sort of politician I always dream of rising to prominence…because like Allen West and Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry he is aggressive and forthright and he pulls no punches. THAT is how Americans should all be. But I’m cautious because Republicans are just so painfully stupid and will find a way to marginalize or destroy this man. The State Media is already trying…and I just hope he has smart enough people around him to stop that. I’d love him to be the Republican presidential nominee next year, with Allen West as his VP. That’s my 2016 dream ticket. And I just hope he doesn’t start going-along-to-get-along to appease the Cocktail Party so that he can win the nomination. We just had two Cocktail Party darlings in a row lose to Barack Obama and I don’t want to see a Democrat elected in 2016 (or ever again).
* Reporter Michael Hastings was murdered before he could talk to Wikileaks. You need to watch Season 5 of “Damages” with Glenn Close because it’s all about this. Seriously. It’s so eerie, and I have not seen a single conservative writer connect the dots…but in that show a woman (played by Jenna Elfman from “Dharma & Greg”) gives information to a Wikileaks-like group and is murdered for it. There’s no way that in the year 2013 someone’s engine just explodes…like what happened to Hastings. When you are done watching “Damages”, you need to also watch The Pelican Brief with Julia Roberts, based on the John Grisham novel of the same name. The government killed people with exploding cars in that movie/book too…because people were going to spill big secrets. I think the Obama Regime is stupid and clumsy enough to kill someone using an exploding car. Easily. No one will ever talk about or write about this, though, because people are so afraid of either being killed themselves or of their websites being obliterated or whatever…but Michael Hastings was murdered by our government before he could talk to Wikileaks. If you don’t see that yet, then please watch “Damages” and The Pelican Brief. And then come back and tell me I’m crazy. The bad news right now is that the United States government is fully controlled by the institutional Left and is being used against the American people. The GREAT news is that in doing this the Left is overplaying its hand and unwittingly setting the stage for its own destruction. The Left believes it has engineered a Munich Putsch and that it will control this control forever…but I think we’re reaching the tipping point where too many people are being murdered with exploding cars…too many reporters have their computers hacked…too many groups get intimidated by the IRS because they oppose Obama…too many other federal agencies go after ordinary Americans. Washington DC is not an imperial capital enthroning a Pharaoh…and Democrats right now have used the government to do more evil to American citizens than Nixon’s imperial presidency ever did. The collapse is coming for Democrats…though it’s just taking longer than most of us hoped or prayed it would. But it is coming because totalitarian regimes don’t last in countries as unique as America.
* Anthony Weiner does more sick and disgusting things in New York. I’d love to hear from you if you are currently in the City. Because I have such a hard time believing that New Yorkers will really make this man Mayor. The thing is, no matter what the State Media says, that when New Yorkers decide someone is gross or off-putting that person does not get what he or she wants…no matter what the Democrats want in the City. Princess Caroline Kennedy is an example of this. Democrats thought she could waltz into Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat with a fart and a smile…but she just kept doing one stupid thing or another and embarrassed herself all around town. She finally had to give up her bizarre power grab after having breakfast in Harlem with Al Sharpton and making faces at the black people in there when they served her food she was unfamiliar with (chicken and waffles, I think it was…which I either remember because it happened or I’m thinking about because it’s my all-time favorite thing ever). I don’t know how New Yorkers stopped Princess Caroline Kennedy from becoming a Senator but will gleefully make a walking penis joke the next Mayor. Maybe people will just be so happy that Bloomberg is gone that they’ll actually elect a total and complete
dick weiner. But, then explain to me why they were so tough on the Princess of Camelot? Is it a sexist thing…where a woman can’t be off-putting but a man can be complete slime and everyone is fine with that?
* Government using metadata to track you. My boyfriend Justin’s mother was all freaked out over this last night. It went something like this: “The government is using metadata to track me! Don’t ever save any documents to your computer!”. Justin and his mother talk about crazy stuff for hours, freaking each other out. He looks like this most of the time wandering around our apartment, with his mother convincing him even the toaster is plotting against him:
[ Click above to emjustin: that look on my boyfriend's face after listening to all of his mother's fears for 3-hours on a Thursday night ]
The thing is, I don’t know what documents CarolAnne has that the NSA is going to use against her. Metadata is a real thing…and it refers to this computer code that’s embedded in every Word document and email or whatever. A computer expert can go in and see every change you made in a document, for instance. Like, if I type the sentence “The Obama Regime is plorting againts you” but then go back and correct the spelling mistakes, metadata would show what I changed and when I changed it so that it finally read “The Obama Regime is plotting against you” when I last saved the document. I spent the last several hours trying to figure out how the NSA could use that against someone like CarolAnne. What is she possibly writing that they’d be interested in mining metadata for? I think she’s freaked out because “metadata” is such a scary word. I actually just now thought of this, too, but all of this Obama Regime/Fast & Furious/Pigford/Andrew Breitbart mysteriously dying/Voter Fraud/IRS persecution/Benghazi/NSA spying stuff has created a climate of fear and terror in this country unseen since the post Cuban Missile Crisis panic in the 1960s.
CarolAnne is as terrified of the US government right now as people were of Moscow while they were building bomb shelters and having meltdowns fretting about nuclear winter. I wish I had taken more psychology courses in college instead of useless foreign languages because I really think tens of millions of people are cracking up all around us from fear overload. And I just don’t know how to help them. My own boyfriend is a basket case for much of the day because his mother infects him with this extreme fear of the Obama Regime and I just can’t do a thing to stop any of it.
Conservative writers across the board need to start addressing the reality that the institutional Left really is getting millions of people to completely shutdown and disengage from scandal and terror fatigue. It’s kind of like what Muslims have been doing to Israel for decades…doing evil things, hurting lots of people, and making everyone terrified every day in hopes of wearing them down and exhausting them into giving up. I know this is really happening in America now…but I just don’t know what to do about it (yet). Maybe as friends we could come up with something together.
QUESTIONS FOR COMMENTS: What things do you want to know about the Left’s use of the “gay community”as a Gaystapo goon squad to attack Christians and conservatives?
What else is on your mind this Friday June 21st, 2013?
[ Click above to embiggen: what will be important for the year 2013? ]
Here’s another multi-part question about the “gay community” that readers have submitted for our month-long look at bad things gay people do to others that the State Media in this country will never, ever report on…seeing as how the narrative they push is that gay people are perpetual victims, much like black people. So, anything bad that a gay person does must always be ignored by the Ministry of Truth…just like how the State Media contorts itself like Plastic Man to avoid ever shining a light on the terrible things black people do.
A new study being pushed on Drudge Report today shows that only 23% of people in this country believe that what the newspapers and the tee-vee are telling them every day is even remotely true. Who are those 23 people out of 100 who think the State Media is trustworthy at all? Idiots. I swear to you, if it is the very last thing I ever do with my life, I am going to think of a way to get that number down to just 13% of the public believing a damn thing they hear on the tee-vee; newspapers I don’t have to worry about since those will be gone within my lifetime for sure (and probably the next five to ten years). The tee-vee is going to be around for much longer…even if it transitions to becoming an all-digital medium.
Over the next two weekends, various cities are going to be having their “Pride Parades” and the tee-vee is going to tell you how evil you are for judging the obnoxious behavior you will see on your screens; the tee-vee is lying to you, like always, because any nastiness or brattiness happening at any of these events is originating with gay people aiming that evil at others…but most especially Christians. The Pride Parades are not, in fact, occasions for gay people to celebrate “pride” in anything…but they are really just a very strategic weapon the Left uses to declare open war on Christians and conservatives for the entire month of June. They get away with it by showing a lot of rainbows on the tee-vee, or zooming in on hot guys dancing in their speedos a top floats to distract people. As lovely as rainbows and male strippers are (and I admit I’m a big fan), you need to always remember what the propagandists of the Left are really up to with “Pride Parage” coverage: it is ALL ABOUT furthering the Left’s agenda in the Culture Wars and continuing to convince Americans that being a Christian or a conservative is evil and that the various subgroups under the Democrats’ umbrella are all perpetual victims who need your sympathy. In reality, the roles are actually reversed…which you’ll see if you pay closer attention.
One thing in particular I want you to watch for, because it will happen in your state whenever the Pride Parade is held in YOUR biggest city: the tee-vee will show you a handful of random people holding up signs that read “God Hates Fags”…and then they will have a clip of either gay people or heterosexual members of PFLAG denouncing the “God Hates Fags” sign-holders. What the tee-vee never tells you is that the ones who are holding the “God Hates Fags” signs aren’t religious people at all…but in fact are actually either people hired off Craigslist by Leftist groups to be out there or they are members of unions like the SEIU. Those are Democrat operatives out there aping for the cameras so that the tee-vee can have a visual of Christians supposedly attacking gays. The thing is, these people only appear when the State Media wants to push the narrative of gays-as-victims. In Chicago alone, there are hundreds of events a year that these astroturfed “religious zealots” could be disrupting or protesting…but they ONLY show up for the Pride Parade coverage. Why is that? You’d think if they really believed in this “God Hates Fags” stuff that they’d be out every Saturday night in Boystown with their signs, trying to discourage people from patronizing all the bars and other gay businesses in town. But, they don’t do that.
It’s almost as if these “religious zealots” don’t actually exist and are just a cast of characters hired by elements of the institutional Left as some sort of stagecraft to push the desired narrative in June that gays are such victims. Now that I’ve told you to look for this, I hope you can watch for yourself and let me know if you can start seeing through some of the State Media’s deliberate and purposeful lying. The truth is out there if you would just only see it.
QUESTION: You’ve talked a lot lately about a group you call “The Gaystapo” but I don’t really understand who they are. Do they call themselves that or is it something you came up with? What do they do exactly and how are they organized?
ANSWER: I coined the term “The Gaystapo” here on HillBuzz.org in 2010 or so, because that’s around the time that I personally started receiving organized harassment from the “gay community” here in Chicago. Prior to this, I was vaguely aware of bad things that gays as a group would do to others…but I never thought much about how organized an effort this really is.
If you know my personal story of running this site, I used to write anonymously about politics because I live and work in a Leftist-controlled city and at the time I had a business that depended on consulting and freelancing for nonprofits. I still can’t get over the irony of this, but elements of the Left had been trying to “out” my real identity for two years to punish me for first of all supporting Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama in 2008…but then also for backing Sarah Palin and John McCain in the general election; the Left could never figure out my name…until a Cocktail Party Republican named Fran Eaton at the little-read website Illinois Review purposefully outed me for personal reasons (I think it was a favor she did on behalf of my ex-boyfriend, who is a particularly vengeful bisexual still trying to climb the ranks in the Republican Party in Illinois). So, the Left couldn’t do much to me until a Cocktail Party Republican like Fran Eaton helped them…which I think is one of the most telling anecdotes you will ever hear about why so much of the GOP is a very bad thing for this country.
Not long after Fran Eaton outed me as the principle author of HillBuzz, the “gay community” here in Chicago started harassing me…because they didn’t like what I was writing about the bad things “the community” does. Things really heated up in the summer of 2010 because Art Johnston — a man I’ve since identified as the primary Ayatoldja of the Gaystapo here in Chicago — plastered all of the windows of his business, Sidetrack the Video Bar, on Halsted with hateful, nasty signs that maligned Illinois gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady as “a bigot”. It was incredibly vile…and something that Johnston did just to rev up hatred in the “gay community” for both Brady and Christians…since Johnston also used any event held at Sidetrack to make or authorize speeches that told all the unthinking, useful idiot gays in attendance that “Bill Brady is evil!”…”Bill Brady is a crazy Christian!”…”Bill Brady wants to put you in concentration camps!”…and other such nonsense. I’ve told you before that the best way to describe what goes on at Sidetrack during one of these big events (attended by capacity crowds of about 1,200 gay men at a time (and like 5 women with low-self-esteem who hang around gay men like flies on mangos)) is to just refer you to the two-minutes-hates directed at Emmanuel Goldstein in the book/movie 1984:
[ Click above to play: and if you don't already have a copy of 1984 the book or the movie, you need to get one today...www.amazon.com…and help continue to keep them in the Top 100 of purchases on Amazon to send a message to the State Media about how Americans feel about the IRS, NSA, Justice Department, and other Obama Regime abuses of power ]
The reason I call Art Johnston by the name “The Ayatoldja Johnston” is because he behaves much like the Ayatollah Khomeini did in Iran; Johnston regularly takes the stage at Sidetrack to condemn the “enemies of the gay community” with fatwas he issues, declaring this or that person (such as Bill Brady) a bigot or commanding the useful idiots and drunks assembled in Sidetrack to engage in jihad against other “traitors” and “quislings” (which would be me…and other gay Christians and conservatives out there who speak out against the evil things that the Ayatoldja Johnston does here in Chicago). The State Media enjoys claiming that that Art Johnston is an inductee of the “Chicago Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame” and that he founded the organization Equality Illinois…but the Left’s propaganda wing doesn’t tell people that Equality Illinois regularly harasses religious people and is essentially just a sock puppet that spreads Johnston’s anti-Christian and anti-conservative messaging for Johnston.
It works like this:
* Art Johnston owns the largest gay bar in Chicago, which makes it probably the largest gay bar between New York and Los Angeles. Though it’s never won Best Gay Bar in the country in any survey I’m aware of, the place is actually quite gorgeous inside and remains extremely popular. Sidetrack is known for flaunting Illinois’ liquor laws by giving away every second or third drink for free…and Johnston never has to account for this because of the clout he has with politicians in this state.
* Attracted by the free drinks and the very beautiful interior of the bar, unsuspecting gays arrive at Sidetrack and receive anti-Christian and anti-conservative indoctrination during an evening at the bar. This is especially true during “Comedy Night” Thursdays when long blocs of virulently anti-Christian “comedy clips” are played that mock Catholics in particular (but never, ever saying a bad word about Muslims). Every event held at Sidetrack is MC-ed by Bradley Thomas Balof, a Chicago public school teacher who moonlights as a male erotic entertainer and also Sidetrack’s master-of-ceremonies; Balof revs up hatred for Christians every time he takes the microphone…and he serves as the Ayatoldja Johnston’s opening act, getting the crowd hungry for the red meat he’ll toss at them under the banner of Equality Illinois.
* The majority of events held at Sidetrack are in some way fundraisers for Equality Illinois…which is basically Art Johnston’s personal Public Action Committee. This is a very common tactic on the Left, to incorporate some sort of supposed non-profit that then does whatever a particular Leftist wants that thing to do…which allows that individual Leftist wiggle room to claim “it’s the organization doing it, not me!”. Another way to look at this is like what Hollywood actors do when they create their little vanity “production companies”; these are ways to move money around with less scrutiny than if they were just operating everything under their actual names.
* Johnston funnels revenue from Sidetrack into Equality Illinois and then uses Equality Illinois to attack Christians and conservatives throughout this state. In the process, he gains a lot of clout with politicians in Illinois such as Rahm Emanuel, Mike Madigan and his daughter Lisa Madigan, Anita Alvarez, Pat Quinn, Dick Durbin, and of course, Barack Obama. This covers the Ayatoldja Johntons’ butt when it comes to things like the liquor laws and also when it comes to mistreating and violating the civil rights of his employees (which he’s being currently sued for in federal court).
* No other bar in Chicago is operated this way and is so directly tied to a Political Action Committee like this. At the other taverns, clubs, and restaurants catering to gay clientele in Boystown there is no hatred being stirred up by the owners against anyone. Those other places are just about having a great time, drinking, dancing, listening to music, and (of course, for a gay bar) hooking up. But, at Sidetrack it’s like the drinking and the having fun is considered secondary to recruiting as many young, unsuspecting gays as possible into the cult of the Left…by the Ayatoldja Johnston CONSTANTLY pushing this “we must unite against our enemies!” Orwellian garbage all the time.
Art Johnston gets away with this for the same reason Sidetrack wins “Best Float!” every year in the annual Pride Parade (no matter how lackluster and amateur the effort): because money talks and the amount of cash that Johnston funnels into the Left via Sidetrack gives him clout enough to have anything he wants in this town. That means he also thinks rules and laws do not apply to him and that he cannot ever be criticized.
The State Media’s at fault for that, because all across the country there are people like Art Johnston who run the “gay community” in all big cities. There are people like this in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, New Orleans, San Francisco, DC, you name it. The men orchestrating the very organized efforts to malign, menace, and harass Christians and conservatives in the “gay community” across the board are what I call “The Gaystapo”. The specific people such as Johnston who are the leaders and funders of these efforts are the gay Ayatoldjas…since they are forever telling other gays the evil things they need to do “to (our) enemies!”.
Can you imagine if Christian or conservative business owners engaged in activities such as Art Johnston’s? The State Media would have those establishments shut down and RICO statutes would probably be applied against any people on the political right who were suspected of colluding against the Left and using their places of business to recruit goons and foot soldiers for their efforts.
But, since Art Johnston is gay and owns a gay bar and his recruitment and fundraising efforts are for a gay organization that hates Christians and conservatives the State Media will never speak a word about any of this.
The Gaystapo is a lot like the krysha that Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Henry Gates and other “Justice Brothers” run in the “black community”; it’s a way for the Left to use specific minority groups as weapons against conservatives. For this sort of racket to succeed, the Gaystapo and the Justice Brothers must enforce strict adherence to the teachings of the Left in their respective “communities”. Any member of these minority groups who strays from the plantation must be destroyed.
With the Justice Brothers, this means regularly pummeling Condoleezza Rice, Allen West, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Thomas Sowell, and other conservative blacks so a message is sent that if you are a black person who dares to vote Republican or voice conservative views then you will be annihilated. Remember that the State Media will never criticize a black Democrat for anything…and will in fact aggressively protect people like Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle, John Lewis, James Clyburne, Eric Holder, and (of course) Barack Obama no matter what terrible things they do…because the members of the State Media were taught in journalism school by Leftist professors that blacks are useful tools for the Democrat Party who must always remain useful to Democrats.
Any blacks who don’t toe the party line are smashed to pieces as much as possible whenever the State Media can gin up an excuse to do so. Ann Coulter wrote a wonderful book that addresses some of this (which you can checkout here: www.amazon.com).
The EXACT SAME THING happens with gays…only instead of the Justice Brothers we have the Gaystapo enforcing obedience and allegiance to the Left and the Democrat Party. I think Democrats primarily use blacks as weapons to tear down Republicans and intimidate large corporations, since both of these groups are terrified of ever being called “Ray Ciss”. When the Justice Brothers rev blacks up to shout “Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss! Ray Ciss!” at somebody the end result is that conservatives stupidly abandon that person, for fear of being called “Ray Ciss” themselves. Idiots. For whatever reason, conservatives have still not figured out that the Left will continue to use blacks as weapons until such time as conservative people refuse to be afraid of the “Ray Ciss” theatrics and stop caving into these thugs and bullies all the time.
The Left uses gays as weapons against Christians, because destroying Christianity is a top priority for these lunatics. I don’t even think they know what they’d want to replace it with because at this point the driving forces on the Left are pure irrational hatred and a love of destruction for the sake of destruction…and Leftists themselves behave mostly like mentally ill children who just want to do as much damage as possible to “their enemies”. There’s actually a horror movie coming out later this year called “Cooties” that’s about grade schoolers who are infected with a rage virus and rip the adults in their school to shreds; it could have easily been filmed at the Democrats’ Convention in Charlotte last summer.
On a daily basis, the most frustrating thing about all of this is how unwilling Christian and conservative people are to band together to put an end to any of this nonsense. I wish some of you would either send me an email or comment below on this, but what the Hell are you so afraid of? The only reason bullies ever have any power is because YOU give them that power. Currently, the United States is an apartheid state that is being misgoverned by the Left…but Leftists are a clear minority of the American people. The only reason the Left holds power is because good people are too afraid to speak the truth and point fingers at Leftists and call their conduct unacceptable.
Sure, when you stand up to these bullies they lash out at you — don’t I know it — but after a while you realize that short of murdering you there is not much they can really do to stop you. Ultimately, you reach a point where you see that you can effectively use the Left’s own Alinsky Methods against them and they have absolutely no comeback.
I’ll let you in on a mind-blowing secret, but only if you promise to share it with everyone you know in the Republican Party: the only thing the Left actually has is the Alinsky Rule Book. Since it’s always worked for them, they have no Plan B. There are 13 Alinsky Rules for Radicals that Democrats use in some form every day against Republicans. This is like being in high school and a teacher giving you an open book test that has all the answers on the handout she passed out yesterday, but you for some strange reason flunk the test because you refused to look at what was clearly spelled out for you.
The only way to defeat the Left is to turn the Alinsky Rule Book back on them. They do not know what to do when someone pushes back and uses their own tactics against them. They rage, scratch, and claw…but they do so futily. I don’t think it’s especially fun to be on the receiving end of the harassment the “gay community” is currently aiming at me for writing about the bad things the Gaystapo does in Boystown…but I sure as Hell think it’s important to keep doing so. I figure the Left loses a little bit of power and control for every conservative or Christian out there who reads about the Gaystapo and starts realizing that they don’t have to be afraid of these thugs and bullies.
Please do your part and tell your friends, family, and neighbors that, no matter what the tee-vee
lies about says all “Pride” month of June, the real victimizers and bullies operating out there are gays themselves. And you tell them a gay man in Chicago told you that and will keep telling it until the Gaystapo is stopped once and for all.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What other questions do you have about the “gay community” and the bad things that it does to other people…which the State Media purposefully never reports?
What else is on your minds this Wednesday June 19th, 2013?
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: what events will make a list for 2013? ]
Continuing our look at the bad behavior of the “gay community” in the month of June, here are some more reader submitted questions on things the State Media won’t ever tell you about one of the Democrats’ counted-upon goon squads, The Gaystapo:
1. QUESTION: I notice that whenever you talk about the “gay community” you write it in quotes like that. Why is that?
ANSWER: Yes, I totally use quotes for “gay community” and other terms that the State Media has selected…because in the specific case of the “gay community” I just don’t believe there’s an actual “community” there. It’s funny, but for the past few weeks I’ve been helping my friend Justine find a new apartment for her daughter Cassidy here in Chicago and some of the apartment rental websites laud the “community” feeling of their buildings; this is a branding choice…and I’ve seen that the apartment management companies that use that “community” buzzword tend to be ones that target gays, Lefties with master’s degrees, and gray-haired-hippies. A lot of life today is talked in code…and “community” means something different to people living in Chicago than it would possibly to you.
This is hard to explain, but I think when people here in Chicago say “community” they mean that this is safe Democrat territory and that they’re all committed Obama Kool-Aid drinkers. I’m not talking about politics here, though…but just the Us vs. Them attitude that Democrats foster in all aspects of life. Here in Chicago, hardly any of these people know a thing about what’s going on in Washington legislatively or even what elected officials do…but instead they are just taught that Democrats are good and Republicans are evil…and to be “good” people must thus be as evil as possible to anyone who is not a Democrat. I think by emphasizing that “community” stuff in the rental websites that those companies are trying to recruit fellow-travelers and also simultaneously send a message that if you are not a Lefty that this building is not for you. Because of federal housing regulations they can’t come out and say NO CONSERVATIVES NEED APPLY (though, actually, one apartment rental place actually did that and they got in big trouble for it):
I think when people talk about the “gay community” they are really identifying the Leftist nature of this group…and the fact that they take pride in circling the wagons against their “enemies”. Think of this in gang terms…where saying “we’re the gay community!” is like everyone standing on the corner in matching gang jackets and saying “if you mess with one of us you mess with all of us”. There’s an element of a threat in the word “gay community” that is very subtle, but it’s there if you really think about it in Us vs. Them terms…where “Them” probably means people like you whom the “gay community” might come after some day if you are declared to be one of these “enemies” of the community.
The Ministry of Truth that is our State Media transactions in newspeak oxymorons because apart from the Us vs. Them attitude there is not really much “community” feeling involved in the “gay community”. A real community to me is one where neighbors look out for one another, bring food when someone is sick, help people find jobs who need them, carpool, have keys to each other’s homes and bring in the mail or papers when people are on vacation, etc. I have known a lot of real communities like this…but always in the suburbs…in enclaves of conservative-minded people.
Here in Leftist dominated Chicago there is no real sense of “community” anywhere. People tend to fend for themselves and will not normally help anyone else with anything. However, if “leaders of the community” stand up and point at a collective enemy, Leftists are thrilled to have someone to scream at, berate, or malign side-by-side together. They call this “community”, but it’s really more of an organized mob of hateful people who are happiest when they have a shared target to fix on.
The Left really operates with a hive mentality. When you hear “gay community” or “black community” or “Hispanic community” you really need to see 99% of the people who self-identify as members of that “community” in terms of worker ants who do what the Queen of the “community” tell them to do. In Boystown, I’ve identified the ruling elite of the “gay community” as The Gaystapo…and I coined the term “Ayatoldjas” for the individual big-wigs who send out the directives and set the tone for all the worker ant gays to follow. When an Ayatoldja points at someone and calls that person a “bigot”, for instance, throngs of unthinking gays “in the community” will pour out of the woodwork to scream, yell, shake their butts, and hurl epithets at the designated target.
Of course, this is VERY similar to how Muslims behave…where the imams and ayatollahs pronounce fatwas and issue jihads against specific individuals that are declared enemies of Islam. In Boystown, I have long identified Arthur “Art” Johnston as one of the principle Ayatoldjas who rev the “gay community” up against specific people; since Ayatoldja Johnston owns the largest and most popular gay bar in Chicago (Sidetrack the Video Bar) and hosts regular events where anti-Christian and anti-conservative videos are played or speeches are delivered, the Ayatoldja Johnston behaves much like the Ayatollah Khomeini did back in Iran…informing the unthinking thugs within earshot what nasty things they need to do “to the enemies of our community”.
I’ve never seen anyone really make this connection before, but I think this explains why gays never criticize Muslims (despite Muslims openly murdering gays in any country controlled by Islam); the reason The Gaystapo says nothing bad about Islam is of course partially related to the very real fear that Muslims will murder anyone who criticizes Islam…but also because gays and Muslims share many common operational tactics. All of this is spelled out in both the Alinsky Rules for Radicals and the Koran…which are zealously followed by the thugs and bullies that populate both “the gay community” and Islam (“the Religion of Peace”).
2. QUESTION: Are you ever afraid for your life because you speak out against bad things gay people do?
ANSWER: Funny you should mention that. Early Monday morning June 17th, 2013 I was actually physically threatened by several employees of Sidetrack the Video Bar…who clearly are not pleased by my coverage of the terrible things the Ayatoldja Johnston and his staff of maliciously mischievous bullies do to Christians and conservatives in any proximity to “the gay community”. Twice — and at two different bars in Boystown — I was told specifically that the Ayatoldja Johnston had some sort of meeting about me that directed employees of Sidetrack to “get me”. One employee even said that the Ayatoldja wants my “throat slit”. Clearly, the “gay community” is not happy with me for taking this month-long look at the dark side of the rainbow.
My boyfriend Justin is convinced I’m going to be murdered and even friends of mine in conservative ranks tell me the investigations I’m currently conducting and the stories I’m chasing aren’t “worth getting killed over”. I’m going to upset a lot of people by saying this next part, but I was also told by a pretty prominent conservative writer that I should be more like “the new Breitbart.com” and not be so provocative…because since Andrew Breitbart’s death writers like Joel Pollack, Ben Shapiro, Tony Lee and the rest at Andrew’s old media company have really backed off and don’t engage in the hard-hitting and take-no-prisoners style that Andrew championed. Where Andrew took action and got results every day by being unafraid, the inheritors of his brand seem more interested in just listening to themselves talk and never actually doing very much. I think they’re scared and wonder if any of them succumb to paranoia and conspiracy theories and believe Andrew Breitbart really was murdered by the Left for being such a pain in the Obama Regime’s
hopeychange side from 2009-2012.
So far, I’ve not been physically attacked by any Sidetrack employees…but yesterday I was forced to file a Cease & Desist letter with Art Johnston’s attorneys about the menacing and harassing nature of his employees’ behavior towards me while out and about in Boystown. I do not set foot inside Sidetrack itself because I believe I actually might indeed be killed if I did…but I need to be out and about in the bars of Boystown because that’s where I get all the intel for my reporting. I need to go where my sources are and I can’t be bullied into staying away from the Halsted strip just because the Ayatoldja Johnston has seemingly issued a jihad against me.
As I’ve always said: if the Ayatoldja Johnston is upset because I report on the bad things he does in “the community” and particularly inside his bar Sidetrack, then he should stop doing bad things and I’d have nothing to write about. I think I’m actually pretty fair as an essayist and reporter and if Art Johnston ever did in fact abjure the Alinsky tactics he’s long employed against Christians and conservatives (and call on others in the Gaystapo to do likewise) that I would applaud his effort and would happily take a stage with him some time and congratulate him in person for stepping out of the dark side.
I would LOVE to see this self-styled “leader of the gay community” in Chicago openly condemn the bullying, incendiary tactics employed by gays against Christians nationwide. Yesterday, in fact, a group of gays revved up by the videos and the speeches made recently at Sidetrack the Video Bar screamed, yelled, and intentionally disrupted mass held at the Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church on Belmont in Lakeview.
This is a church that the Ayatoldja Johnston has personally targeted for abuse in the last several years…because this particular Catholic congregation stood up for its rights and challenged the timing and parade route for Chicago’s annual Gay Pride Parade (held the last Sunday of June), since the parade disrupts the church’s long-scheduled services. This Catholic congregation has, in fact, existed long before there was ever a “pride parade” on the last Sunday of June and they’ve had the same schedule of religious services for decades. They were there FIRST but they are excoriated as villains by the Gaystapo because they will not go away and be silent when gay bullies so order them.
Is it fair for this church to ask the City to allow its parishioners to be able to attend service without being blocked by the parade (since the parade streams right down Belmont and cuts off access to Mt. Carmel on “Pride Sunday”)? Hell to the YES it’s fair. Why can’t the parade be held on a Saturday instead of Sunday so that it does not interfere with Christian services?
Is it right for the Ayatoldjas of the “gay community” to rev up hatred agains the church because these parishioners have asked for some sort of compromise that would allow both the parade to happen but also for people to be allowed to come to mass without being blocked or harassed? Hell to the NO.
But, this is the hypocrisy of the “gay community” folks. Yesterday, when obnoxious gays revved up by the videos and speeches at Sidetrack attacked Mt. Carmel and screamed “BIGOTS! BIGOTS BIGOTS!” every time the door to the church opened the majority of them were holding signs emblazoned with the logo for “Equality Illinois”; this is the organization that Art Johnston funds with revenue from and events held at Sidetrack the Video Bar. Professionally-made signs and banners with Equality Illinois’ logo on them do not just appear out of thin air, magically, whenever a group of gay bullies needs to harass Christians. You can’t just buy this stuff off the rack at your local Gay-Mart.
This is part of a larger and very orchestrated war against Christianity that the Gaystapo gleefully participates in.
But you would never in a million years see an astroturfed protest like this in front of a mosque. Gays are only bullies to people who they know won’t do very much to stand up for themselves…but gays are terrified of ever offending Islam because they know that Muslims will in fact slit their throats and behead them in the streets.
My boyfriend Justin and (of course) his mother CarolAnne believe I should be afraid that the Ayatoldja Johnston has called for jihad against me in the “gay community”…because I think he believes that dispatching his Sidetrack employees to menace and harass me wherever they find me will make me shut up and end my challenges to the hateful, malicious, and Alinsky-fueled activities the Gaystapo engages in here in Chicago. While this is all happening in every single city with a large gay population, I have identified the Gaystapo’s principle Ayatoldja in Chicago and will continue to document the vile things that he and his employees keep doing in this city. Until they stop, behave themselves, and truly form a loving and safe community that respects others in the way that gays are always shouting for Christians to respect them. Ironically, I refer you to Alinsky Rule #4: Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules for others.
I loved Andrew Breitbart because he had enough of the Left’s Alinsky garbage and wasn’t afraid if they killed him for calling them out on the evil things the Left does. I feel exactly the same about Art Johnston and his maliciously mischievous bullies at Sidetrack the Video Bar. I am not going anywhere. I will not stop writing about the persecution of Christians and conservatives these people engage in. If they lay a hand on me, I will urge their prosecution for assault and will ensure that Art Johnston himself is held vicariously liable for the actions of his employees (since it is so clear that he personally is allowing, encouraging, and inciting these guys to menace and harass me).
And, just for sake of argument, if Justin and CarolAnne are ever right and any of these people do kill me…trust that I have a Doomsday Scenario plan in place for that. Everything I have ever collected on every single operative of the Left that I’ve been holding as life-insurance for myself will be released by friends in many different states if thugs like the Sidetrack Gang do indeed murder me. Something tells me more level-headed members of the institutional Left don’t want that to happen…and will hopefully rein the Ayatoldja Johston in and force him to rescind his jihad against me.
I am afraid enough for my safety at this point to share this all with you…but I’m going to channel Andrew Brietbart’s spirit and will keep doing what I am doing since the State Media will never report on anything bad that the “gay community” does. As a nation we need to call gays out for thuggish, bullying behavior and stand up for all the Christians and conservatives out there who are too easily threatened and never stand up for themselves.
Haven’t you had enough of the gay goon squad using June to pummel Christianity? When on Earth are you going to be a little bit Breitbart and say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH and force gays to adhere to the same standards of behavior that they demand from others?
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What else do you want to know about the “gay community”? No holds barred, no topic off limits.
What else is on your minds this Tuesday June 18th?
– Open Thread –
[ Click above to embiggen: what events from 2013 would make a future list? ]
Today is Father’s Day…and it’s also a week before the large-scale “Pride” events take place here in Chicago. So, I’ve tried to collect questions people have submitted about the role of fathers in a gay guy’s life and will attempt to answer some of these queries today about the relationships a lot of gay guys have with their dads. This is part of our ongoing month-long look at everything you may have ever wondered about the “gay community” but were always afraid to ask; since our first gay president Barack Obama officially declared June to be “Pride Month” and the State Media continues to use June to paint gays as perpetual victims of evil, persecution-prone Christians…I think it’s only appropriate that we look at all of the things that Democrats don’t like to address when it comes to gays.
1. QUESTION: Do gays have good relationships with their fathers when they are growing up? Does a man turn his son gay by doing something wrong as a father that leads his son to be gay?
ANSWER: I’ve noticed a very interesting pattern that’s held true with almost everyone I’ve known in the “gay community” since I came out at age 18…and that’s the consistent fact that most gay guys are closer to their mothers than their fathers…and with lesbians, it’s the reverse. There seems to be strong anecdotal evidence that suggests gay guys tend to have better adult friendships with their mothers…while lesbians tend to be closer to their dads; the really interesting thing, though, is that growing up and before coming out gay guys seem to have fought more with their mothers and lesbians appear to have battled it out with their fathers…while the same-sex parents were distant or nonexistent in their lives. Additionally, the opposite-sex parent seems to have been largely oblivious to the son or daughter being gay while the same-sex parent picked up on something “being different” super early (and often earlier than the gay person him or herself even realized he or she was “different”).
One of the things that Leftists enjoy doing is claiming that you can’t generalize or stereotype (except whenever that works to Democrats’ advantage, of course). But, I think that’s garbage and believe that stereotypes exist for a reason…and that’s because patterns do in fact emerge in people’s behavior and general rules can be culled from observing things that happen over and over again in certain demographic groups. The Left enjoys playing Devil’s Advocate and insisting that if one example can be found that disproves a stereotype then you have to abandon it…but that’s just more Alinsky nonsense from these dangerous loons. Don’t listen to them. Stereotypes are great because they are a kind of cultural shorthand that comes in handy all the time. I love them!
The vast majority of gay guys I know fought like cats and dogs with their mothers when they were growing up…but almost none of the straight men I know had much conflict at all with their mothers as kids; as adults, something weird happens and gay guys become closer to their moms than the straight guys are with their mothers. In fact, when their mothers are like Debbie Reynolds’ age, gay guys are taking their moms to drag shows and male strip clubs. It’s hilarious…and the mothers make sure to tell every jockstrapped go-go-boy in a bar how proud they are of their gay sons.
With lesbians I know, their dads were the targets of their teenaged angst…but then become confidantes when these lesbians become adults; straight girls are usually “daddy’s girls” growing up and that doesn’t seem to change much when they are older (and straight women seem to stay “daddy’s girls” to their dads and never become as close of adult friends with their fathers as they are with their mothers). Straight girls tend to revere their fathers while telling their mothers all their secrets…and the fathers are supposed to always see the daughters as virginal, perfect perpetual sixteen year olds. Lesbians, meanwhile, learn auto mechanics and technical skills from their dads and have long and involved conversations with them about investments, real estate, general contracting, hunting, and other things that even straight boys don’t get much counsel from their dads on. I don’t know of any lesbians who sit around drinking beer and talking to their fathers about Playboy centerfolds…but I also don’t know many dads who give their straight sons the kind of in-depth life advice about financial matters and practical things that the fathers of lesbians give their daughters.
It’s pretty fascinating, really…and it would be fun to apply for a multi-million dollar federal grant to study all of this in exhaustive detail (since, at this point, if you aren’t looting the Treasury alongside everyone in the Obama Regime then you are missing the whole point of the Golden Age of Hope and Change), but I think there is a repeating pattern that with gay people the opposite-sex parent is the antagonist in childhood but then somehow the gay kid becomes an adult who is much closer to the opposite-sex parent than the same-sex parent after age 27 or so. I don’t know what’s so special about age 27…but almost every gay person I know has a life that can be looked at as “Before he turned 27″ or “After he turned 27″. My boyfriend Justin thinks something to do with brain development happens around this age and people just fully “bake” into their adult selves (instead of the mostly raw cookie dough that defines adolescence and the slightly-gooey nearly-there imperfection of early adulthood).
This might be happening even younger for kids who come out in high school (or even grade school) than it did for my age-peers and people older than me, since up until the Millennial generation it was most common for people to come out and embrace their sexuality in college (after age 18)…and being “out” in high school was almost unheard of (especially for people older than Gen X/Gen Y). Double all this for anyone growing up in Cleveland, Ohio (where I am from) or even more remote places like rural Arkansas (from which Justin hails).
On a very personal level, it’s 100% clear to me as I sit and type this at age 36 that my mother knew I was gay about 10 years before I figured it out…and it made her really uncomfortable. My mother and I used to spend a lot of time together by default, since my dad was always off doing something that he enjoyed more than spending time with us; it was always a bowling league, a basketball pick-up game, a flag football match, soccer, hockey, or whatever. That left me home with my mother…and that usually would mean she’d somehow trick me into doing chores at church, “volunteering” without any choice or say in the matter for some community project or another, or helping with whatever my Grandma Emma needed (since my mother’s mother only lived a few blocks away and my mom would do something for her every day…which meant I was conscripting into helping).
I always thought things like baseball or basketball were stupid and pointless and to this day don’t “get” the fun in competing in something that has no consequence. I always loved competition…but I liked it best in terms of getting a good grade on school papers or building a project to win the science fair or drawing a picture that would place high in the local stamp design competition or whatever. Chasing a ball around on a field for several hours just seemed dumb to me when at the end of all that nothing was really decided and no one much cared who won or lost. I still don’t know how grown men can sit around enthralled by ESPN…unless they are secretly gay and are just checking out the young sweaty guys on display (for this reason I am convinced that ESPN actually has more gay viewers than the Tony Awards or Oscars combined). As an adult, a fun day for me is still going to a School Board meeting and demanding to know why a male stripper and erotic entertainer is teaching sixth grade or flustering docents at a museum by challenging all the “global warming” propaganda in the exhibits…and most certainly not running around chasing a ball and trying to kick it into something. I thrive on competition and confrontation…but in decidedly different arenas than I’m supposed to.
I’ve mentioned this story before, but I can clearly remember my mother freaking out when some high school guy in a letterman’s jacket checked me out at the mall when I was around 14 or 15…but I was clueless about what happened. She and I would fight over stupid stuff all the time, or it would be arguments over the fact she’d “tricked” me again into scrubbing the floors of our church with Murphy’s oil soap all Saturday when she told me we were actually going to the mall to get me art supplies I needed for school. The street we lived on back in Cleveland was situated so that at the end of our block if my mom turned left in the car we’d get to the freeway and would actually go to the mall (or wherever she said we were going)…but if she turned right, we’d really be going to either Grandma Emma’s house (to do chores for her) or to church (to do chores there for other people). I remember holding my breath and saying “please turn left, please turn left, please turn left” because every time we’d get in the car I’d hope that my mother had listened and that she wasn’t going to lie anymore about where we were going that day…and that if she said we were going to lunch and buying school clothes or whatever that this is what we would really be doing…but, instead she’d say we were only “going to drop off raffle tickets” or just “picking up some banana bread from Grandma’s”. I can’t remember a single time when we really in fact just dropped something off or picked something up and didn’t get roped into hours of “volunteer work” when I thought we were headed to Chi Chi’s at Great Northern Mall and then on to Office Max for new binders.
I laugh, because at 36 I actually pull this kind of stuff on my boyfriend Justin all the time without really thinking about it. Just the other day I was telling my good friend Justine (who has a daughter around Justin’s age) that I understand my mother so much better now than I ever did at 26 or certainly 16. I can even imagine why she pulled the “turn right instead of turn left onto the freeway” stunts all the time…she just didn’t want to have the argument about me not wanting to go to Grandma’s again or not wanting to spend the day scraping wax out of the bottom of metal candle-holders with butter knives at church all Saturday…and she figured if I was in the car and it was moving that she’d never have to have that pre-car fight. I’d pout and would roll my eyes as soon as the car started turning right…but it was just the big charade we’d stage since I’d end up doing whatever she wanted me to anyway. I’d grumble, of course, until we got to church and then I’d be smiling and charming in front of the priest and church ladies and the ever-watching eyes of all the many statued saints…because that’s how I was taught to behave in public and my mother counted on my manners giving her whatever she wanted that day.
With Justin, he’s just extremely lazy and won’t leave the apartment unless he absolutely has to…which means that if we are going somewhere for any reason at all I just instinctively seize the opportunity of being in the car to knock out a couple other errands too. Because I don’t know when it will be that I get him in the car again (and I don’t drive myself). Like, if we have to drop off a package at the post office for his baby niece Astor…I’ll wait until he’s in the car and then rush back into the apartment with a bunch of cardboard boxes that have been sitting on our back porch needing to go to the recycling center (which is on the way to the post office); of course, on the way back from mailing the present to Astor I’ll have him pop over to the grocery store (so that I don’t have to walk up there later to get us supplies). If he’s being crabby about any of this, I’ll think of something really oddball to do after that (like hunting for the impossible-to-find Lay’s Chicken & Waffles flavor potato chips at Target or wherever)…since if he’s in a bad mood already, I do what my mother did and just keep pushing ahead since I know he can’t get much more upset than he already is (thanks, Mom!). Justin absolutely hates this, because in his mind he was just going to the post office because he truly had to…and he doesn’t care much that I see this trip in the car as a rare opportunity to get as much crossed off my to-do list as possible (or to hunt for novelty snack foods like Ahab after whales).
My mother was strategic with her trips in the car exactly like this and saw me as available labor to help knock things off her own to-do list; she also loved to talk and enjoyed having someone to listen to her when she was driving (and strangely here in 2013 Justin is a real chatterbox and loves being listened to as well…so if you felt bad for Justin a second ago you should know that he gives as good as he gets when he’s in that car). The fact that we typically never got around to doing whatever I wanted to do when I stepped into the vehicle wasn’t so much her lying about where we were going as it was her believing she could just quickly do some errands…and then eventually do what we were supposed to do. However, Grandma Emma and the church ladies we’d encounter would want to talk…and talk…and talk…and the day would get away from us. 25 years later, with most of these people long gone and even our old church razed to the ground after being closed by the Diocese, I actually think it’s all sort of sweet…and some days would give almost anything to be back there in Cleveland in 1987 scrubbing the floors under the pews at St. Andrew’s with Murphy’s oil soap while Grandma Emma held court with the Ladies’ Guild somewhere in the Rectory talking about people behind their backs (bless their hearts) or planning the next roast beef dinner or Bazaar carnival.
So, I too, have transitioned from seeing my mother as an antagonist to viewing her as a nice lady who did the best that she could and had good intentions; in Cleveland, we’d call this “meaning well”…regardless of the outcome. I am too old and have been through too much to hold any resentment towards her for anything and enjoy believing she really did the best she could with what she had to work with…in the same way that I wake up each morning with limited time and resources but a sisyphean to-do list. Having a gay kid really threw her for a loop because I don’t think that was a possibility she ever considered back in the Carter Administration when she was 23 and pregnant with me; I doubt she even believed gay people were real and probably thought they were just a joke like Billy Crystal on “Soap”. I know she was not delighted to deduce I was gay and put together the pieces of that puzzle before I did…especially not in the 1980s when AIDS just terrorized people’s imaginations…and I bet all of Cleveland pretty much believed that a gay guy would die a horrible death as a wasted-away, walking corpse like people had seen with Rock Hudson.
They “gay community” is actually really determined to alienate young gay guys from their families…and I think this works pretty well with guys when they are just coming out…but the spell really does break around age 27 or so. This is because “gay activists” enjoy telling young gay guys fresh on the bar scene that their parents were monsters for not accepting them for who they are or immediately joining PFLAG…or for not mimicking Sharon Gless’ character Debbie Novotny from “Queer As Folk” (who was a flamboyant, rainbow-loving, loud woman who was more excited about her son Michael being gay than he was…see below). Language warning, though…as Debbie can make sailors blush with her vocabulary.
Someone like Mrs. Novotny is who gay activists proclaim every mother has to be..for her to sufficiently “accept” her son…but I don’t think it’s fair to dictate that every mother of a gay son needs to cover herself in rainbows, slap on a Ronald McDonald wig, and sling hash in a 24-hour gay restaurant in Boystown to prove her bona fides. I’m laughing because I actually remember that my mother had a rainbow car air freshener that hung from her rearview mirror all through the late-80s and into the early-90s, and she loved it so much she had a little stack of them in the glove compartment for when one of them went stale. And then around the time that older boy checked me out at the mall everything rainbow-oriented in the house disappeared…including the reserves of air fresheners in the car. I’ve always known my mother didn’t do this as some kind of an F-U to me…but that’s how “gay activists” would paint it. ”See”, they’d whisper…”She hates her gay son, so she hates the rainbows…and this is why you must now hate her in return!”.
The only way I can really describe these people is by referring you to the eels Flotsam and Jetsam in Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid (less swearing in this clip, I promise):
“Gay activists” are very much like these eels. They’re a sort of predator in the “gay community” that seek out youth who have just come out or who are in the process of doing so…and the activists endeavor to pull these young guys away from their families. They tell fledging gays that their families are evil and were always terrible to them…but that they can have a happy life “in the community” far away from their parents. Then they sell the young gays all sorts of
eel snake oil about how their mothers and fathers will never understand or appreciate them…but the colorful characters of the “gay community” will embrace them and love them…so long as they vote Democrat and take up positions as foot soldiers in the gay ranks of the Culture Wars. Stray from the Democrats’ planation, however, and Ursula the Sea Witch has got nothing on what the Gaystapo will do to a free-thinking gay man who rejects the Left’s cultural programming. Trust me on that.
It’s sick…but these eels are incredibly effective. In just my years here in Chicago I’ve seen so many young gay guys pulled deep into the Left by these creatures. Some of them never reemerge as anything like the people they were before the Gaystapo laid claim on them.
But, the situation’s not hopeless. As I said, age 27 seems to be a magical time in a gay guy’s life because it’s around then that the eels lose their influence and a lot of guys restore relationships with their mothers…and then after that, their fathers. The fathers are almost always last, though. Even for lesbians. I don’t know why.
The reason for this is very complicated…but it might have something to do with the same-sex parent having more of a problem with the child being attracted to members of the same gender. Maybe there’s less ice to thaw with a mother because she can mentally understand an attraction to hot men (since she liked Tom Cruise and Matthew Broderick back in the day…so maybe it’s easier for her to wrap her head around why her son is so into Henry Cavill and Matt Bomer in 2013) but a father will never “get” why his son finds other dudes so appealing.
I bet a lesbian could have written much more about fathers than I ever could, even on Father’s Day, but my dad just was never a big part of my life. I probably can remember a dozen conversations I ever had with him that didn’t involve him yelling about something or making fun of me…but with hindsight here at age 36 I know he never meant any harm. I have to explain to Justin all the time that in Cleveland there’s a very weird sense of humor called “funnin” (no “g” at the end of that…and absolutely no actual “fun” in the process) whereby people tend to “joke” with one another by saying insulting things, Rodney Dangerfield/Joan Rivers style. Everyone’s supposed to laugh at themselves and not take any of it personally…but I always hated it. My dad LOVED this sort of insult humor, though, and I think his way of being playful with me was to “joke” like that…never really understanding that I thought it was all extremely hurtful and self-esteem-destroying….whereas he just saw it as “funnin”. So, him telling me I acted like “a little sissy” or that I “ran like a girl” or whatever was interpreted differently by our two very different brains.
In all my years, the only other place I’ve ever seen this done outside of Cleveland is actually in Arab cultures…where it’s this weird badge of honor to think up fast-paced insults for someone…and then the other person has to volley them right back at the instigator with even more biting disparaging…and then everyone embraces and laughs heartily like nothing at all about this was passive-aggressive and twisted.
Addressing the “question of the day” today, I don’t believe that fathers can turn their sons gay…because I saw my dad as a jerk for most of my life because of his proclivity for “funnin”…and by this logic wouldn’t you think I’d never want to be with a guy because my dad was so unpleasant for me to deal with? You’d think that would be the last thing I’d want to experience as an adult…since my male role models were all “funners” who were toxic to be around.
I also don’t think it’s fair to say that because my father was always off playing sports in those “Peter Pan” adult football, basketball, soccer and other leagues that he didn’t do enough with me and that made me gay. I think that correlation is not causation in this case, because being gay made me not interested in playing those games…and since he liked sports himself he wasn’t going to let the fact that I didn’t like them stop him from getting exercise and having friends and playing those games. So, he just did what he wanted to do and left me at home since he had sense enough to know I’d be miserable if I was dragged to the basketball court and didn’t want to be there. Would I have rather had him be miserable sitting at home and not doing that stuff just because I didn’t seem to want any part in it? The eels of the Gaystapo would say YES!…but I think those people are idiots.
My dad was a very inventing and crafty guy who built a pool in our backyard because he knew I liked to swim…and in the winter one year when a freak surge of rain flooded the backyard and then immediately froze, he actually rigged up a makeshift ice skating rink back there and bought me a pair of skates. I actually got into hockey as a result of that, which is the one sport I know anything about. Through the years, this has really come in handy when I’ve worked in offices because I am incredibly adroit at turning any conversation to hockey if straight guys are talking sports and try to include me…but I don’t know a thing about baseball, football, or whatever. I am really great at derailing whatever they were talking about and start going on about the Lake Erie Monsters, the Cleveland Barons, or the Pittsburgh Penguins and I skip around through all sorts of decades to make it as confusing as possible for non-hockey-loving straight guys (which is the majority of these people in offices) and then suddenly everyone wants to get back to work and shut up. It’s my number one favorite office survival skill and it has never failed me.
My dad also used to play Star Wars action figures with me…where we’d set the little guys up behind little forts made of cardboard and we’d use these foam-shotting guns that he bought us and we’d have to take out each of the little figures like snipers; whoever still had at least one figure standing at the end won…and my dad never let me win at anything. If I beat him, I beat him…but he had no qualms about trouncing me at anything. I could lose one hundred games in a row and he would laugh in my face because I hadn’t thought up a strategy for beating him. And when I did win, he wouldn’t stand there and be proud or anything…he’d just be pissed and would redouble his efforts to clean my clock another hundred times.
I admire and respect that at 36 because I’ve always felt that my successes in life were my own and I never believed anything was handed to me. ”Winning” always means something to me…and I think I respect the arena of competition more as a result. To this day, I’ve never had an opponent as aggressive or unyielding as my own father…not even in the arena of politics.
Great Merciful Zeus, I really miss my dad today. I didn’t see that coming. Like my mom, I know he did the best he could with me. The “gay community” won’t admit this to you, ever, but I think raising a gay kid is a unique challenge that some people aren’t prepared for. It’s a real curve ball…and parents ARE NOT BAD if they don’t handle this perfectly. I know my parents still love me even if we’re estranged because I’m gay…and I also know that if I ever needed them that they’d be there for me. As off-doing-his-own-thing as my father was when I was a kid, if anyone ever messed with me and I couldn’t handle it myself he’d roar to my defense like a saber-toothed tiger. I remember one time a nun at school hit me repeatedly on the ears for coloring the sky on a worksheet purple instead of blue (because I wanted it to be night and for some reason Sister Mary Howard couldn’t handle that)…and when my father heard she’d beat on me in the classroom it was like the Fury of Olympus was directed at that school; he had the principal, the pastor, and that wayward nun in sniveling in tears as he explained to the three of them (like they were small children) that adults do not ever hit students…and he then made each one of these grown people apologize to me and explain why what the nun did was wrong. He didn’t sue the school (like I would have), he didn’t demand the teacher be fired (like i also would have done), and he didn’t publicize it as a national issue (I detect a distinct pattern here)…he just scared the everliving s*** out of all three of them but reigned the fury in just before one of them had a heart attack.
It’s remarkable, but on the few occasions when Justin’s made negative remarks about either of my parents he says that my eyes “go black”, my spine stiffens, and Justin claims “it looks like lightning’s about to shoot out of (my) fists” as I tell him to back off and not criticize people he’s never met and doesn’t understand. I similarly avoid criticizing his parent’s rearing of him and the choices they made in Justin’s upbringing…because I think it’s just beyond trashy to sit in judgment of another person’s parenting style…PARTICULARLY when things involve parents who were thrown the curve ball of raising a gay kid.
I respect my parents more today than I ever did growing up and I regret not having this wisdom back when we were still living under the same roof…or on occasions in the past when I could have thanked them for being awesome or understood them when they were frustrating to me.
At age 36, I am fully aware I have somehow managed to pick up nearly every one of my parents’ worst traits…including the strategically maneuvering the car to head towards any and all errands thing. But I like to think I have the best of them too…on top of doing things my own way as a writer and operative in the digital age. I think I have my mother’s cunning and strategic mind…and I have my dad’s sabertooth smile when needed. They both sort of had the black eyes and lightning bolt stuff that Justin so memorably described…but I think that’s a Cleveland thing that’s picked up just by growing up in Thunderdome. I’m proud to be a son of Cleveland…and my parents’ son as well, faults and all.
When my father was my-age-now he had an 11 year old boy to look out for who didn’t like sports, but who loved “Dynasty” and “Dallas” on tee-vee and who was clearly not ever going to be interested in either girls or growing up to a life in Cleveland. The Flotsam and Jetsam of the “gay community” have honestly drilled into my head since I was 18 that my father should be hated for not being thrilled by this…but I think fairness dictates that I realize no one can ever say how my dad “should” have reacted to the situation. He was who he was in the time and place that he lived in…just as I am now here in Chicago in 2013.
Would I have wanted him to be like fathers on tee-vee who were automatically supportive of everything and who always had the perfect thing to say? Hell to the NO. I never thought the tee-vee dads were all that great…and I am not a kumbaya, everything’s always smooth-sailing sort of guy. I think it would be creepy, actually, if my dad was super-supportive of my being gay and was thrilled by it. How WEIRD would that be to talk about guys with him? It would be weird to do that with my mother, too, but I think this is also a cultural thing with how I was raised and the dynamics of my family. I know some gays just love talking about hot guys with their moms…but that’s as alien to me as working on a carburetor with my dad. Not going to happen in this or any lifetime.
Being with Justin has been such an eye-opening life experience for me because I never realized that growing up in Cleveland I am actually a lot more formal than a lot of people I encounter. Justin’s family belches and passes gas at the dinner table and they all laugh and think that’s just hilarious (like in that movie The Krumps, only Eddie Murphy doesn’t play all of these people). Never in a million years would that have happened in my house. Justin’s mother calls him every single day for three-hour conversations about everything she is terrified of and all the people plotting against her…and I don’t think I ever remember a single time either of my parents talked to me about fears or showed any sort of weakness at all. Justin’s dad drinks beer, gets drunk and loud, and does Reese Witherspoon impressions around town and everyone thinks it’s a spectacular badge of honor…while I think the only time I ever saw either of my parents imbibe alcohol was a single Blue Hawaii during a Don Ho-style dinner show at the Pacific Pearl Polynesian Restaurant back in Ohio or a little champagne on New Year’s Eve (the smallest bottle possible, with most of it poured down the drain at 12:15am 1/1/Whatever).
I like being more formal than people in Arkansas (and/or Reese Witherspoon too)…even though I think there’s nothing wrong with them being however they want to be. I like this in the way that I love being Catholic instead of Protestant…and the way I do like being gay over straight. It’s hard to articulate, but all of this is just part of my cultural heritage, upbringing, and (for lack of a better word) “wiring”. I’m thankful for all of it and wouldn’t change a damn thing. It’s what makes me “me” and I celebrate it all.
I guess I’ll close this “answer” to the original question presented by saying that only the person involved in a relationship can say whether it’s “good” or “bad” because those terms are just so charged and pregnant with all manner of meaning. A lot of gay people will tell you they have terrible relationships with their parents or that they had such awful childhoods…but you need to be skeptical when listening to this garbage. Remember that a lot of gay people fall victim to those elapine “activists” of the Flotsam and Jetsam variety who have a clear agenda in getting as many gay people as possible to declare their parents terrible. Do not ever — not for a Cleveland minute — facilitate this sort of garbage because it only helps the Left.
Optimistically, I think at some point every gay person just naturally stops listening to these duplicitous eels and starts hearing what’s in his or her own heart…and the version of the past that got all twisted up and negated for so many years ultimately is restored to some sense of reality in time. Not all prodigal sons and daughters ever return home…but I’ve seen more than enough of these reunions to know that the “gay activists” lose in the end just as often as they “win” and these monsters don’t keep all families ripped apart.
The Left is a powerful, dark force…but in the end it’s no match for love.
QUESTION FOR COMMENTS: What else would you like to know about the gay community in general? What else don’t you understand as we look at June, “the Pride Month”? No topic is off the table, folks…so if you want to know about it then ask about it.
– Open Thread –