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Sunday, April 09, 2017

A Few Thoughts for the Week

Some ideas for blog entries which cannot fill up my self-imposed minimum of 7-11 paragraphs per entry do not always see the light of day.  Ideas like…


So, now it is official.  Barry Manilow is gay.  

Worst. Kept. Open. Secret. Ever.

Many of us had this figured out decades ago.   Didn’t you get our memo, Barry?

The singer/songwriter’s main concern about not coming out until now was what his fans might think.  Unfortunately, this is an all too true concern for the gay community. True, there have been strides forward in recent years, and we may be walking back some of those strides under the current regime, but overall societal hostility towards homosexuals has not diminished.  Massive bummer!

As a heterosexual, I can only empathize to a point; there’s no way I can imagine the twisting roller coaster ride of emotions gay people go through when deciding to come out or not. 

Fortunately, Manilow’s fans have been very understanding and, surprise surprise, supportive of his decision.  Barry Manilow, a talented artist who has celebrated life and given voice to everyone’s angst over their romantic lives, is gay?  Okay, nothing’s changed!

Let’s move on to…


Now here’s a tale with more twists to it than a M. Night Shyamalan movie.

The new President, with sinking poll numbers and zero for three in getting his policies enacted, launches a missile attack against Bashar Assad’s regime in response to a chemical attack the Syrian leader unleashed on his own people.  Okay, kudos for appearing to look like a humanitarian when young children died horrible deaths, but I can’t give the president any points for sincerity

After all, this is the President who urged his predecessor via Twitter not to engage in military intervention in the Syrian civil war; who campaigned to his faithful, rabid base that he would not get the US involved in the conflict even as he boasted he would destroy one of Syria’s allies (ISIL or ISIS) in 30 days, and who has tried at least twice to ban refugees from conflicts in Syria from entering the US.  Now he mourns the loss of innocent victims that he would deny sanctuary?

The sympathy for the Syrians’ loss of life is a good motive, but I can’t believe it was the only motive for our attack.

Let’s look at the pros and cons.  Yes, the attack sent a message that we would not tolerate such large-scale massacres as this one.  Con: news about the attack bumped attention away from the President’s Russian connection news story for at least one news cycle. 

Russia protested that the attack was a violation of international law.  Con: for all we know, and this conspiracy theory has been making the rounds of social media, the President and Putin together plotted this attack as a way to help the President’s standing.  This could also allow Putin to save face at the prospect that his armed services did not know Assad still had chemical weapons years after they signed an agreement attesting to the fact (obviously now discounted) that Assad had destroyed all of his chemical weapons.

This is not to mention the false Republican narrative that the President’s predecessor did not make good on his promise to punish Assad for crossing the “red line” Obama drew in the sand.  For the record: Obama wanted to attack Syria when they crossed the line, but could not find any support in the Republican-led Congress or abroad.  The Bush era mideast conflicts made us all tired of fighting and drove an undercurrent of isolationism, as evidenced by the election of our current President winning the Oval Office and abroad, Brexit.  Obama’s hands were tied. He backed away because he could not LEGALLY declare war on a country without the Republican-led Congress approval.

Which leads us to the biggest con: if our new President changes his mind literally overnight from his long held belief about a certain issue, then how will he react to some sort of other provocation from, say, North Korea?

We may see nuclear apocalypse yet.

Who knew that Barry Manilow’s announcement would cause all this conflict?

(Thank you for reading.  Okay, let’s get all of those snarky comments about “Weekend in New England" out of our systems now.)


Blogger Ur-spo said...

Mr. Manilow was living in a fool's paradise. No one is shocked, least of all his boyfriend.

April 9, 2017 at 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Old Lurker said...

Not Barry Manilow?! What paragon of heterosexuality will fall next? Richard Simmons?

April 9, 2017 at 10:13 PM  
Blogger Raybeard said...

I'm already starting to feel chilling pre-echoes of what I experienced during the truly scary Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 - and at that time there wasn't also North Korean threats from a spoilt brat of a tyrant, and power-posturing to contend with (as far as I remember). I get the sense that regarding either the Middle East or Korea it would only take one unwise action from either side, or just a simple misunderstanding, to unleash horrors untold. I can only hope my fears are exaggerated and unfounded, but I've not felt this way in over 50 years, and now that we've got at least three leaders waving their manhoods around, not wanting to show themselves as being the weaker, anything at all could happen at anytime. I've not quite started sweating yet, but it's getting mighty close to it.

April 10, 2017 at 3:00 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Thank you, Spo, and there are more fools in paradise than ever before!

Thank you, Old Lurker. Come on Simmons, own up!

I wish I could reassure you, Raybeard, but I have a fatalistic philosophical approach to all this mayhem. I look at it this way: we are one angry midnight Tweet to North Korea away from total annihilation. I hope to God I'm wrong.
And on that note I hope you have a nice day!

April 10, 2017 at 7:14 AM  
Blogger Bob Slatten said...

I'm all for people coming out when THEY are ready, but, um, Barry, coming out didn't hurt Elton and his fans ... ?

As for the bombing, I am stunned by the hypocrisy of a man who would deny these children entry into our country for safety, then drop bombs on their country because they aren't safe.

April 10, 2017 at 7:59 AM  
Anonymous Janey The Faggot said...

While I readily acknowledge that each does it in his/her/nonbinary way, I, as a gay man, was never "in the closet", and therefore, I never had to "come out of the closet!" It was all so much easier than anyone could have ever expected, especially as I came of age in the 1970s.

But to illustrate how backward many still are, here in Pennsylvania (the Alabama of New England), we are the only state in New England that does not offer workplace and housing anti-discrimination laws! One of the reasons I chose to teach at the college at which I have been employed for 30 years was because of their liberal and generous policies, as well as our lesbian President.

Another illustration: Last Sunday, while standing on my doorstep with a straight and handsome neighbor who was checking in on me due to my failing health, a young, obviously speeding, skinny skanky white boy rapidly strode by and muttered "faggot" once he was past us. My neighbor Dan and I were in shock! Was it my fabulous bleached-blond hair? My bright pink tie-dye shirt? My large potted outdoor tree strung with rainbow lights that Dan had given me, and that my cool neighbors had put up for me? Or just the overall Fabulousness that I have always radiated, thereby negating any need to "come out?" If I see the kid again, I'll be sure to shove my walking cane up his ass -- handle first! ;-)

Stand UP against hate! Speak OUT against hate!! And have NO FEAR!!!

Janey The Faggot
PS: Barry, I love you...

April 10, 2017 at 10:37 AM  
Blogger todd gunther said...

Hi Bob. Agreed, it should be up to the individual to decide when they are ready to come out, but seriously Barry was a no-brainer.

Thank you, Janey. We're all in the fight with you. You mentioned "skanky" in describing the young man. That probably sums up his sad life situation. Also, your vow would be a terrible waste of a walking cane.

April 11, 2017 at 7:19 AM  

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