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“Thoughts and prayers” are the answer to school shootings in the US ?

This article has been updated.

After each school shooting — or any tragedy for that matter — predictably the “thoughts and prayers” start flowing on cue. Question: Which god are these people praying to? I hope it’s not the same god who could have prevented the tragedy in the first place, but he chose not to.

Hola a todos. The other day there was another routine school shooting — yes, they have unfortunately become routine, let’s tell it like it is — here in The Cesspool (also known as the violent shithole US) that occurs periodically. School shootings have occurred 18 times in 2018 and it’s only the middle of February (source: Everytown Research). This time the tragedy was in Florida on el 14 de febrero de 2018/14 February 2018. 17 students were killed, and many injured.

I cautiously read comments on one Florida site I was on. It was all about “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.” The usual drivel. The overall tone of the comments was not about guns or gun control. A few people mentioned that strict gun control is needed, but they were slapped down. As expected, the insane far-right commenters were calling for more guns, more guns, more guns, more guns and of course for “our thoughts and prayers are with the victims.”

I wanted to ask these fake-Christian prayerbots the following question, but I knew that my comment would not be allowed/posted:

Which god are you praying to? Are you praying to the Christian god who has been described to us by his devout followers as: “all-powerful,” “omnipotent,” “compassionate,” “merciful,” “loving,” “kind,” and “slow-to-anger” and other syrupy descriptors? Are you praying to that Floating Cloud Being Christian god fellow who could have prevented this tragedy in the first place, but chose not to? Hmmmmmmm? I ask that question because we’re told by his devout followers/sheeple that “He’s all-powerful.” Well that means that he can stop/prevent any shootings or tragedies. We’re also told that “He’s omnipotent.” That means he’s “all-knowing.” That means that he knew this tragedy — as well as all other tragedies — was going to happen before it took place and he allowed it to happen. Obviously your Floating Cloud Being, Mr All-Powerful, was 1) either asleep at the switch because he chose not to prevent this tragedy. Or 2) it says that your Floating Cloud Being wanted to see this tragedy happen. It sounds like he’s into SM, doesn’t it? He likes to see people suffer. Apparently he enjoys seeing 17 people mowed down/killed and others injured. So if that’s the god you’re praying to (the Christian god), clearly you’re wasting your time with your “thoughts and prayers.” So again, why are you praying to him? I suspect this is something that none of these prayerbots and fake-Christians have ever thought about.

From what we’ve been told about Jesus, he taught love not hate. Oh, but love is so passé, so “last year!” I think Jesus would look at most Christians today and say, “How dare you call yourselves Christians. You’re complete frauds. Your life is not an example of what I taught. In fact, it’s just the opposite as you hate on (undocumented) immigrants, Queers and anyone who is not white and who comes with white privilege. You are Christian in name only. You’re exploiting my name and my teachings for your far-right hateful agenda.”

I suspect some of the prayerbots will encourage students to bring guns to school to supposedly protect themselves. Can you image that?

Then predictably, after the “thoughts and prayers” flow and the perfunctory “condolences,” one usually sees headlines reading, “We must heal as a nation; We must have a healing.” Oh give it a rest! That drivel is meaningless bull shit too because the real problem remains which is the saturation of guns and their easy access here in the violent shithole US. Nothing will be done about the gun problem. Corporate hack trash politicians will make sure of that. In fact, they’ve already moved on past this.

Other countries don’t have this problem. Just the stupid-is-in, dumbed-down violent US where violence is marketed to the masses through the corporate media and through the US Oligarchy’s PNAC agenda (the neocon’s Project For The New American Century document) of US Empire building and global domination with the barbaric goal of destroying of other countries — particularly in the Middle East — for the stealing of their natural resources using the blatant lie of “Bringing freedom and democracy” to a country having been left in rubble following a US terrorist attack on said country.

Regarding gun violence and gun control in the shithole US: The far-right, white-power/white supremacist/nazi crowd and supporters of the insane orange man-child are writing: “If gun control really worked, wouldn’t Chicago be the safest place in the US? Chicago has the toughest gun laws in the country, lots of gun violence continues. True but sad.” That is not true. That is written from their usual place of proud willful-ignorance. The truth — and lies — about Chicago’s gun laws: “Chicago does not have the strictest gun laws in the country. It’s time for gun lovers to stop spreading that lie.”

As of this writing, the stupid orange man is proposing arming school teachers with guns. And after teachers are armed with guns and that becomes widespread news, when a person goes into a school to shoot up the place, who will be the first people shot? The teachers. What a moron.

Syrupy words and “our thoughts and prayers” don’t solve the gun problem. Syrupy words don’t even serve as a band-aid, and a band-aid doesn’t address the problem. There will likely be a headline reading, “The US Mourns over Florida school killings.” That’s just corporate media hype. The US is not mourning and it won’t be mourning. With the 2-second attention span — and that’s being generous — of most people, they’ve already forgotten all about it because these tragedies have become so routine just like the US and its many unauthorised wars internationally, and the death and killing by the US Oligarchy’s Military Industrial Complex Killing Machine. Violence is the #1 export for the shithole US.

And then we’ll have the next school shooting, and what I’ve written here will be repeated all over again, and again and again. I’m not holding my breath to see this but until someone with principles, intelligence and foresight decides to seriously and effectively address the lack of serious gun control in the US and tells the NRA to go fuck off — and I know that will never happen — this problem will indeed continue indefinitely. Chau.—el barrio rosa


In one of my drafts of this article, I wrote that one should expect Democrat Dianne Feinstein to pop up as she usually does with some weak, lamebrain idea of “gun control” to give herself attention considering she’s running for re-election. I took that paragraph out so as not to give her attention. Then I see this: “Dianne Feinstein Wants To Raise Minimum Age For Assault Weapon Purchases To 21. She announced Friday (02.16.18) that she is introducing legislation to raise the minimum age to purchase rifles – including military-style assault weapons – from 18 to 21.” See what I mean? Well that ought to solve the problem. Yes, I’m sure 3 years will make a huge difference.


The Anglican Atheist

Doomsday Clock at 2 minutes to midnight

Hola. As regular readers may know, I can’t stand to talk about politics. I’m always sweaty after doing so. After writing an article related to politics, I feel like I have to go take a shower. That’s usually not the case with anything else I write. Mi amigo/My friend tells me he’s the same way after reading any political articles.

Nevertheless, I feel the need to vent. Here in febrero/February 2018, today’s politics feel hopeless and futile mostly due to Democratic and Republican Party devout faithful partisan brainwashing. We’re at 2 minutes to midnight according to the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists. And what does one read in the comments — if one can stand to read them — on most political websites and in political video comments on YT? Childish partisan arguing, ignorance, hate, one-upping and bickering over whose team (political party and candidates) was and is best, with self-appointed authorities “presenting their argument.” Most of which one has heard or seen thousands of times before, especially since 2000. It’s nothing but recycled partisan-brainwashed pabulum. Disgusting. I can’t stand it. I don’t doubt that many of these people are paid operatives of the two corrupt corporate parties who hang out in comment sections day and night getting paid to spend their time trolling for their party. The brainwashed partisans among us — and they are in the majority — are absolutely unable to get past their brainwashing. This is particularly true for brainwashed Democrats and Republicans, and bots of El hombre-niño naranja/the orange man-child. This is also true for a certain cultist group of fake-socialists/fake-leftists whom I’ve written about in the past where their one-track mind is brainwashed on “class.” For them and their simple minds it’s all about “the ruling class” versus “the working class.” The far-right can’t stand the #metoo movement. That’s the same position that the sexist, chauvinistic and misogynistic male-dominated SEP has on the #metoo movement. As I was telling mi amigo/my friend, overall from what I’ve seen of them, the SEP has far more in common with the far-right than they do any “Left” while they pretend they’re on the “Left” (rubbish!) and refer to their website as “Left-wing.” As I’ve written before, people call themselves anything these days. It doesn’t have to have any basis in reality. Related:

1. The Socialist Equality Party Cult
2. The SEP: Always a friend to sexism
3. The SEP: “Populist arguments such as sexual orientation are divisive”
4. The Hypocrisy: The SEP’s cheerleading for the Billionaire Tech Industry
5. Socialist Equality Party: Blame the Victim
6. Jill Stein Supporters: You’re Wasting Your Time With The Conservative SEP.

With brainwashing, any logic or critical thinking skills one might have possessed to begin with are erased. Brainwashing overrides both logic and critical thinking. I would say that I’ve never seen anything like this before but that is not true. I’ve been reading this partisan drivel since at least 2000 following the Judicial Coup and the stealing of that election by the Bush Crime Family and with the complicity of the corrupt Democratic Party and their wet-noodle Al Gore. That’s when I began seriously paying attention to the septic swamp called US politics. What has changed since that time? Nothing really. Only the names of some of the players/corporate parasites. And of course things have gotten worse.

With the brainwashed Democratic Party thin-skinned partisans, any time anyone speaks a word of criticism about their corrupt cesspool of a party and their war criminal politicians (Hillary, for example) one is accused of serving as a cock sucker for el hombre-niño naranja/the orange man-child, or being “a closet Republican pretending to be left wing” or “you’re from the troll farm in St Petersburg, and by the way can you tell us about the restaurants in St Petersburg so that we won’t have to go on Y*lp to read reviews?” Pathetic. Any time anyone speaks the truth about the current septic and insane occupant of la casa blanca/the white house, one is accused of being “a sore loser Democrat. Hillary lost. Get over it!” Even though I didn’t support her to begin with and I can’t stand her, but partisan trolls often make baseless assumptions about people they know nothing about. That’s part of their trolling script. With these partisan basura, there is nothing in between. Then if one mentions Dra Jill Stein in a positive light, both of those brainwashed partisan cults — Democrats and Republicans — join together in a hate fest on “Russian operative Jill Stein.” (roll eyes). Sigh. I’m going to say what I would probably not be allowed to say anywhere else: Fuck off all of you! I do not have the patience for partisan-brainwashed people who cling and adhere to a corrupt cesspool of a party no matter what they do, and no matter what piece of imperialistic corporate trash they put up as their candidates. Have you no standards/requirements other than cultist/bootlicking partisan allegiance? But partisan brainwashing overrides/removes any standards or requirements that one may have had. And anyone who supports such basura of the corrupt Democratic Party is serving as an accomplice and enabler to said filth. (The same goes for the corrupt Republican Party). But that doesn’t seem to bother anybody. Brainwashed partisans continue to wallow in the gutter and they seem to enjoy it immensely.

Perhaps it goes without saying, but the far-right/rabid (nazi/white supremacist) supporters of the orange man are impossible to talk with. They are such know-nothing, stupid, willfully-ignorant — especially sexually; they’ve had no sex education classes ever? — prejudiced and bigoted people. I recently learned how sexually ignorant they are from reading their comments hating on the Queer Olympians.

At this rate — and I see absolutely no reason why this won’t continue — the Doomsday clock will strike midnight and these brainwashed partisan cultists will still be arguing over their corrupt parties and which one is better. In reality, they are both corporate trash and their devout cultists refuse to see that. That’s what brainwashing does to people.

If one chose to be an accomplice and enabler of our thoroughly corrupt system during the 2016 “s-election,” anybody with half a brain and with principles/convictions who claimed to be a liberal or progressive would have voted for Dra Jill Stein. She was the best candidate out there in 2016, despite my having some problems with her as it related to her interest in working with Democratic Party-enabler and war criminal Hillary-endorser fake-socialist Bernie Sanders. A genuine liberal or a genuine progressive would not have voted for right-wing Hillary, because that’s a contradiction in terms and belief systems. They would instead have voted in their best interests and the best interests of the country and the world. They would have voted for Dra Jill Stein. But brainwashed partisans — including the fake-liberals and fake-progressives — voted for Hillary because of that “D” for Democrat next to her name. They voted as they were told/ordered to vote, voting against their best interests and for an utterly corrupt party as they always do. Voting one’s best interests is too logical and intelligent for this crowd who — with their brainwashed partisan views — are really no different than brainwashed fundamentalist Christians. Like cultists and devout true believers, blindly following the herd. Rather than voting for Jill Stein, I have read comments such as, “I held my nose and voted for Hillary.” With Jill Stein, there is no nose-holding required, you damn fools.

If we’re still here by 2020, and by that I mean if this insane and dysfunctional regime of the US Oligarchy hasn’t destroyed the world with a nuclear attack on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (조선민주주의인민공화국, Chosŏn Minjujuŭi Inmin Konghwaguk), I’ve read in recent weeks that the corrupt Democratic Party is considering running Hillary again for president since she refuses to go away and refuses to take any responsibility for her 2016 “loss.” Oh yes why not?! They might as well recycle her once again. She’d love that as she’d love the attention and finger-pointing Bill would love it too as he seems desperate to get back en la casa blanca. These people crave power. Chelsea would love it too as it would give the family in general attention and I get the impression she’s going to run for something. The whole family loves attention and being before cameras. They live under the illusion that they’re very special people, which is why they won’t go away. I also read that Bernie Sanders is considering another presidential run. And Oprah is waiting for the Floating Cloud Being/god himself to tell her to run. Apparently she has a direct line to the FCB and she’s just waiting for “The Word.” Yes, that’s true. She said in a recent interview when asked about it: “And wouldn’t I know? Because if God actually wanted me to run, wouldn’t God kinda tell me? And I haven’t heard that.” (roll eyes) Oh so that’s the way it works? This god fellow has to tell people to jump into the corrupt cesspool of politics? Well what exactly has she heard from this god fellow? Loca. And who would vote for somebody like that? Answer: Every brainwashed Democrat in the country, that’s who! One might recall that the current occupant of the office of vice president claims that god talks to him too. Loco. In any other job or field that I can think of, when someone talks about god personally talking to them they’re look at suspiciously — and one cautiously backs away from the person a few steps — because such talk is a sign of mental illness. But I guess in the septic field of US politics, it’s perfectly “normal.” Well, it won’t surprise me at some point when we see Oprah holding a press conference and telling us that she indeed did get the go-ahead to run for president because “he”/god told her to run. And if she’s selected by the electoral college, that will give her messiah Obama a third term. So as of this writing, it looks like the 2020 campaign (if we’re still here by then) will mostly be a rehash of the septic 2016 campaign. Of course this country won’t be the same by then with climate change and all, and people running out of food. I won’t have it!

Our little group of local San Francisco Queers discussed this among ourselves recently and surprisingly to me every single person in our group feels as I do. I hadn’t expected that. I knew that most of us were nonpartisan/independents. But they too have “had it up to here” and they realise there’s nothing that we in our group can do about any of this. And because we are all nonpartisans, that right there makes us an outcast because we are not part of the Democratic or Republican Cults. So, the people in our group are focusing their lives more on pleasurable things; things they enjoy doing and talking about. Seems like a good idea to me. Because I have to say that there’s no reason for one to waste one’s life reading or responding to partisan cultist pabulum and presenting one’s opinion in response because there’s so little to no intelligence out there to receive any position that is not devoutly partisan. And anyone who is going to “get it,” (meaning what I’ve written in this article) already has, and they did so long ago. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Oh and by the way, as of this writing the Arctic Circle is experiencing 38 degrees Fahrenheit. It is supposed to be minus 40 to minus 60 degrees Fahrenheit at this time of year. This is causing the cold North Pole air to be pushed down into Russia. They have minus 40 degrees F. right now. And the other part is being pushed into América del Norte/North América, specifically Canada and The Cesspool. So parts of the shithole US are colder than the North Pole is currently. But there’s nothing here to see or worry about. Move along. We’re looking, we’re not touching, and how was that fish you had last night? You know, the fish with all the mercury, plastics and petroleum products in it?

Was Russia involved in the US 2016 “election?”

“A former CIA director admits the U.S. does interfere in other countries’ elections – when it is, quote, “for a good cause”. [source: RT News]. Translation of “for a good cause?”: In the interests of the shithole US of Hypocrisy.

Hola a todos. Politics. Disgusting. I’d much rather talk about music.

I started this article sometime ago in response to a couple of readers who e-mailed me over the past months giving me their views on the US 2016 presidential s-election. They both thought it was illegitimate because of Russian involvement and asked my thoughts. I sat on it for awhile. So rather than waste the time I spent writing what I had written, I thought I’d go ahead and update it and publish it.

Was Russia involved in the US 2016 “s-election?” I don’t know, and don’t really care. And does it matter? I think there are far more important things to be concerned about. I’ve seen the occasional article over past months speaking to something suspect having taken place and the latest revelations. It’s become too partisan of a topic. But overall, to date (el 21 de febrero de 2018), so far it’s all pretty minor stuff even though the brainwashed partisan Democrats want to believe it’s “bombshell” stuff. One has to keep in mind that they frequently tend to exaggerate these things and engage in wishful-thinking. So what that some Russians tried to influence our “election” and politics? The shithole US of Hypocrisy constantly does that to other countries. The US goes way beyond “influencing” the politics in other countries throughout the world. They’ve intervened and/or tried to influence the politics of every country on the Earth and continue to do so to this day. I’m not saying that “two wrongs make a right” but I’m just pointing out the usual blatant hypocrisy of The Cesspool/the US.

The US goes so far as to launch congressionally-(un)authorised terrorist attacks on other nations — the feel-good marketing language they use is usually “Operation [fill in the blank]” — to change a country’s politics by removing/killing their leader and killing thousands of innocent people in the process. The US doesn’t care how many people they kill in other countries. The barbaric “Christian nation” US of Hypocrisy thinks nothing of leaving a country in complete rubble to “influence”/outright change a country’s politics per the US neocon’s Project For The New American Century agenda. Fucking assholes. So that’s way beyond “influence.” But the brainwashed/cultist Democrats want to believe that their messiah Hillary lost due to outside intervention from Russia. They refuse to admit that she lost (sort of) because she was an awful candidate and people can’t stand her. However, she did win in the context that she got more votes, 3-4 million more that we know of. Just like with illegitimate George W Bush, el hombre-niño naranja/the orange man-child got in office through the “backdoor” called the electoral college, and that’s likely how he will be “re-selected” for a second term. Do I think he’s legitimate? No, but no one seems eager to remove him from office when the majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives vote with the House Republicans against impeachment, led by Democrat Nancy Pelosi and in addition to that: the Democrats helped expand the surveillance powers that el hombre-niño naranja has. Now mind you, this comes after their accusations that he’s abusing the inJustice Department and going after his political enemies. As for the utterly gross man-child being illegitimate, by that I mean that I think that has to do with our corrupt election system rather than Russian involvement. Who controls the tabulators on “s-election” night connected to these easily-hackable electronic voting machines which are all over the nation? (BTW, is that not still true? I keep reading that these voting machines are only used in 15 US states now. Although, even when a paper ballot is used, the ballot is still tallied using electronic equipment. Isn’t that hackable?). For those who are about to make some snide/troll comment about my, “tin-foil hat,” what I’m talking about is not “loony conspiracy theory stuff.” It’s very real, although the overwhelming majority of US voters choose to live in Denial about it, including most Democrats and Republicans. Here in the US of Hypocrisy and Denial, they choose/want to believe that we have a fair and legitimate election system. The conservative state of Virginia doesn’t agree with that thinking: For example, Virginia just decertified its most hackable voting machines. Here’s more info about easily-hackable electronic voting machines. Take your pick of articles. It seems to me it would be much easier to flip numbers and deliberately change the outcome of the “s-election” internally through hackable voting machines and at a central tabulator rather than by some “influence” from an outside international source such as Russia. I have no idea which persons within the US Oligarchy are responsible for working with the tabulator(s).

Mi amigo/My friend asked: Why is this investigation into Russia’s involvement taking so long? The initial 9-11 investigation took only hours before they/we knew who all the hijackers were and how they got there. This so-called “investigation” smells like there may be some payoffs going on. Of course that would never happen would it? Not in the shithole US of Hypocrisy. Chau.—el barrio rosa


Indictment of Russians over US election meddling is case of pot calling the kettle black

Russian senators list 100 examples of US meddling in foreign world/international nations’ affairs

Why was openly gay Olympian Eric Radford skating with a female?

Answer: In order to promote the world-wide heteronormative Breeder Agenda that is shoved in our faces 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Hola a todos. I’ve not watched the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics, but I’ve seen some headlines and images about them, such as “Eric Radford: Skater is first openly gay man to win Winter Olympics gold.” But. This openly gay guy was skating with a female — Meagan Duhamel was his partner — and not another gay guy. An openly gay guy skated with a female? WTF? What caused me to notice this was that the headline said “gay Olympian Eric Radford.” But the picture I saw was of a guy with a female hanging on to his left side/shoulder and he had his left hand under her knees holding her up and with his right hand over her left hand placed over his heart. He had an orgasmic look on his face, looking up towards the ceiling. I did a triple-take because that’s not the picture I expect to see of an openly gay guy. (Although upon reflection, these days I’ve come to expect to see that which I’ll talk about later). If the caption hadn’t read, “gay Olympian Eric Radford,” one would think they were a breeder/straight couple in a type of romantic embrace. Why wasn’t Eric skating with another gay guy? Is it because of the anti-gay Olympic rules about “a pair,” meaning that when two people skate together it must be the perfunctory and ubiquitous “him and her,” that’s shoved in our faces 24/7, and not two guys or two females? Well it’s enormously comforting to know that we Queers/GTQBLs have made so much progress that gay guys are not allowed to dance with other gay guys in a competition! When were these outdated “him and her” breeder-oriented rules established, in 1940? (roll eyes) Or is it because two guys cannot be seen dancing together on television throughout the world because the world-wide heteronormative Breeder Agenda must be promoted at all times to make the Olympics “Family-Friendly,” (gag) because we cannot let our children see two guys dancing together because our sexually fucked-up society wants to promote Denial once again: the false image/illusion that there are only (white) breeders in the world. (Groan, Disgusting).

In all the pictures I saw of the figure skating, they were all — as usual — breeder couples. “Him and her.” And I’m fucking tired of seeing that. This is 2018, and yes, I’m well aware that we’re going backwards very quickly. Two guys still can’t be shown dancing together on corporate television networks? (Shaking head in disgust).


That’s what the conservatives/far-right nuts scream. Protect the children? This has nothing to do with protecting children. I would like to address this conservative nonsense. To begin with, children are born with what’s known as a “clean slate.” They are born without any bigotry or prejudice whatsoever. Bigotry and prejudice must be taught/brainwashed into children by their parents (or other people) for them to have any bigotry or prejudice. Children — who have not been programmed or prejudiced by their bigoted, anti-Queer parents — wouldn’t think anything at all of seeing two guys skating together, two guys dancing together, two guys kissing, two guys hugging or two guys making out or being nude together. Who has a problem with it then? The fucked-up bigoted and prejudiced adults, that’s who! Their prudish parents, who are often children in adult bodies rearing children. They are the people who have a problem with this as they brainwash anti-gay bigotry and prejudice into their children. So it’s really the bigoted and prejudiced parents who want to be protected from anything gay-related. This has nothing to do with the children and “protecting them.” I saw many examples of this while writing this article. I was briefly on Bre*tbart.com (that far-right site of willful-ignorance and hate.) They had two articles about the openly-gay Olympians and I predicted the tone of the comments before clicking on them. Of the over 3,000 hate-filled comments, I saw they were mostly one-liners of childish anti-gay hate. The proudly-ignorant far-right trash on that site want gay people to stay in the closet. They don’t want to see them. They don’t want to know that Olympians — or anyone else for that matter — are gay or hear about anything gay-related, or about Rainbow Flags. They wanted these gay Olympians to pretend to be straight/breeders and lie about their sexuality. These supposed adults on Bre*tbart want to be protected from anything gay-related. In reality, they themselves are the children they are screaming about that need to be protected. And who are these 3,000+ commenters? We all know them. They’ve made themselves well-known over decades. Most of them are closet cases full of self-hate because of their gay sexual orientation. Like all closet cases, they pretend to be breeders. They sit there on Bre*tbart writing anti-gay comments while likely jacking off to gay porn. They’re not fooling anyone. Then they take a break from their gay porn, and go back to hating on “fags,” which was their common hate word in the comments. Basura.

I suppose someone would tell me: pink barrio, you don’t seem to understand. The Queer community has made so much progress that the Olympics still have these archaic rules to promote the societal brainwashing that there’s only one type of couple in the world and that’s a light-skinned breeder/straight couple. And because of the enormous progress Queers have made, corporate networks worldwide cannot show two guys dancing together because the Olympics are all about being “Family-Friendly.” And as you well know, the heteronormative and conservative Queer community has warmly embraced this and promotes the heteronormative Breeder Agenda of “Family-Friendly.” That’s why the Queer community has sanitised what remains of their gay areas in major cities to make them “Family-Friendly.” You wrote about this very topic in your article at that link, pink barrio. You see, it’s not good to see two guys dancing or skating together. That’s why you only see “him and her” couples. Even when the guy in the couple is openly gay.

Sigh. One hopes that these openly-gay Olympians won’t conform and marry a female at some point to be like the breeders like so many gay guys are doing these days. It’s called fucked-up in the head as the gay guy heads back in the closet to be like the (superior?) breeders. These days, anytime mi amigo/my friend and I see a gay guy — according to our very reliable gaydar — we now assume he’s in the closet and with a female. Up until a year or so ago, we didn’t think that.

So don’t anyone come at me with this nonsense about a “Gay Agenda.” There is no Gay Agenda, but there most assuredly is a Breeder Agenda. Worldwide, the agenda is that of a Breeder Agenda — which the Olympic rules strongly promote — to brainwash the masses that “you must be straight; you must be a breeder to be ‘normal.’” A “pair” must be a male and a female. No exceptions. And that’s what I see on television all the time no matter what network it is, including the images I saw of the 2018 Olympics. Awhile back, I remember writing about this requirement for breeder couples that they have on the español language networks for their dance competitions. The contestants were always paired off in the Breeder Agenda: “Him and Her,” even when it was obvious that the guy in the couple was/is gay. The Breeder Agenda is also heavily promoted in modern dance, ballet and opera story lines yet many of the classically-trained dancers and singers are Queer boys. Nevertheless, it’s always about “Him and Her.” The “guy getting the girl.” Of course they rarely talk about the divorce that follows and/or their dysfunctional relationship.

I was venting about this with my straight neighbour — who has told me many times how he wish he were gay — before I decided to write this article. He said: “I feel sorry for the gay guys in these Olympic “pairs” who are not allowed to dance with a guy who they’re more comfortable with, and with the gay guy having to put his face down there near her smelly pussy in some of these choreographed movements they have to go through. I know from experience no matter how well she cleans it, that pussy still stinks.”

As for openly gay Olympian Adam Rippon, he says he has no intention of meeting with the nazi basura currently occupying the office of vp in the shithole US and Adam will not go to la casa blanca/to the white house to see the dysfunctional international bully-child. Good for you Adam! At least a few people among us still have some principles. Basura don’t deserve the time of day. And yes, you are correct Adam: Meeting with that anti-gay septic piece of basura — something is clearly wrong with that man — occupying the office of vp would indeed be a distraction. Don’t waste your time with any of these despicable people. They are the worst of peoplekind. I should also point out that people who are that vehemently anti-gay are usually closet cases. Chau.—el barrio rosa


The World-wide Breeder Agenda at work:

Taiwan’s pedestrian crossing men get girlfriends.
The article says, “Pedestrians should not propose to their significant other in the middle of the road.” The image shows a guy down on his left knee proposing to a female (of course). I’ve also written about that here: Breeder Marriage Proposals: Guys, what are you doing down on your knee? Aren’t you and your “girl” equals?.

The official acronym is now: LGBTQQICAPF2K+

Hola a todos. According to a gay publication in the UK, the official Gay acronym is now: LGBTQQICAPF2K+.

That stands for “Lesbian,” “Gay,” “Bisexual,” “Queer,” “Questioning,” “Intersex,” “Curious,” “Asexual,” “Agender,” “Ally,” “Pansexual,” “Polysexual,” “Friends and family,” “Two-spirit” and “Kink.”

Surely they can work in a few more descriptors so that maybe each letter in the alphabet could be repeated at least twice like the two “Q’s” up there, no?

What more is there to be said about this topic that I haven’t already said — what feels like — hundreds of time? When are they going to stop this ridiculous acronym shit? Why do Queers need this long string of letters to identify themselves with? Why do they need any set of letters to identify themselves with? I don’t get that. Can’t they just use one word such as Gay or Queer? Just like the breeders use straight. (I use the word Queer because it makes the breeders very uncomfortable. They don’t know what to make of that!) Breeders don’t have any acronyms, so why does the Queer or Gay community need one? Ever since the order from on-high was given for “gay assimilation,” I thought Queers wanted to be just like the breeders, no? More specifically — and I feel like I’m repeating myself — breeders/straights don’t have any acronym to identify themselves with and they have various sexual interests too, and some of those descriptors above would also apply to breeders. For example: “bisexual,” “asexual,” “ally” or “friends and family.” Breeders are simply called straight and straight guys are into females and pussy and straight females are into guys and dick. And since most of the gay community has shown that they adamantly want to be just like the breeders — I don’t know why; one would hope they would have higher standards than that! — one would think that the gay community would abandon all of these ludicrous acronyms.

I would think that the thousands of websites that currently use the ubiquitous Gay and Lesbian revisionist history acronym “LGBT(Q)” will now have to copy and paste this “LGBTQQICAPF2K+” mess onto their websites every time they mention something Queer-related because I doubt anyone will be able to remember all those keyboard characters in the correct order. One can probably remember that the “+” sign goes at the end.

The reason for this revision? Well, as insanity becomes more widespread around el mundo/the world, I read that a group of Queer activists want to add the word “kink” — or the letter “K” for kink — to the already crowded and ridiculous-looking acronym.

Sometimes I write “Queer/GTQBL” just to let new readers know that Queer means GTQBL.

For first time readers:

My acronym (GTQBL) uses that letter order because it is a more accurate acronym for the now-dead Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement’s history. The movement was started by gay guys and trans individuals (“GT”) with two riots at donut shops. I’m talking about pre-Stonewall.

The acronym “GLBT(Q)” was used up until the time that the corporatists among us fucked things up with their dishonest revisionist Queer history acronym “LGBT(Q)” that one sees all over the internet these days. It seems that lesbians felt the need for attention so they hijacked the Gay/Queer movement and demanded first place (the L being first in the acronym) which they didn’t and don’t deserve because lesbians did not lead the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement. Gay guys did followed by trans people. So out of retribution, I put the “L” for lesbian last in my acronym. Kicked to the curb.

I’ve also read that the “L” was moved to first place because the feminist movement was in high-gear at the same time as the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement. That’s true, but isn’t it a given that Queers support women’s rights? I should think so. And the Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement and the Women’s Rights Movement were two separate movements and had their own protests, demonstrations and marches despite some overlapping of people between the two movements. So why move the “L” to first place? To “let the ladies go first?” That’s sexist and chauvinistic, and it’s counter to the core values of the feminist/women’s movement. Has no one ever thought of that who dreamed up this nonsense? Yet the gay community and some breeders mindlessly use “LGBT(Q)” like a bunch of sheeple. That’s also one of my problems with the L being first. I resent lesbians and corporatists rewriting our rich Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement history when, again, lesbians didn’t do most of the work.

Also, from my research into this topic, another reason for the “L” being moved to first place was to cater to the prejudiced and bigoted breeders. You see, they are more comfortable with lesbians than they are gay guys. And some heteronormative corporatist gay people among us at those national gay organisations — with their “gay assimilation” obsession — enjoy catering to prejudiced breeders and their comfort level, so they moved the “L” for lesbian to first place so that breeders would see the “L” first with the “G” for gay more buried/hidden in second place inside the acronym. Apparently every site on the internet was ordered to make that change to “LGBT(Q)” when writing anything Queer-related because “LGBT(Q)” is the conformist and dishonest revisionist history acronym that one sees saturated all over the internet. What heteronormative corporate basura at these US national Queer corporatist organisations thought it a good idea to cater to breeders and their prejudices against gay guys?

Reflecting on where we are in 2018:

I remember a Queer blogger whose site I was reading for awhile until he stopped writing asked on his site several years ago: “What has happened to my fellow Queers?” I was glad he had noticed and he was in New York City. By all indications they have flipped out and have stopped just short of issuing a formal apology to the breeders for our activism/behaviour during the decades of the proudly-radical Gay and Lesbian Rights Movement. It’s as if the gay community feels embarrassment and remorse for having inconvenienced the precious (prejudiced and bigoted) breeders over those decades by our marches and protests. It’s as if the gay community now sees the breeders as superior to us Queers for some odd reason. Is that because breeders are the majority population, regardless of the number of closeted gay guys among the him and her breeder couples? Why else would the gay community want to model their lives after the breeders — with their dysfunctional relationships and high divorce rate — and what they do (such as being rabid over corporate sports teams so show out macho they are)?

When I moved to San Francisco in the late 1970s at the height of the (then) Gay Mecca, I could never have predicted decades later what would happen to a once “Out and Proud” gay community that we had then.

But here we are decades later and the Gay/Queer Community has done a “180.” A complete flip. It’s nothing like it was. There’s nothing remotely rad(ical) about the gay community today. They’re as heteronormative as they can possibly be as they emulate the breeders.

San Francisco, the former Gay Mecca, has also done a “180.” The Bohemian alternative San Francisco used to be known as: “Anything Goes San Francisco; let and let live.” Today, Conformist San Francisco is a very judgmental City with a lot of immature, shallow and superficial people, mostly lobotomised Millennial zombies. The City’s new unofficial slogan is: “Conform! Obey! Wear Black and Grey.” And if you don’t? Be prepared to get some snide-assed bullying looks because you’re not conforming. If you’re a cyclist — particularly wearing bright colour so you can be seen easily — be prepared for some asshole motorist to get uncomfortably close to you because: 1) they hate cyclists and/or 2) they hate cyclists and colour. (Sigh)

Considering how very conservative and sanitised the Queer/Gay community has become — and this seemed to have happened after gay marriage became legal in the shithole US and was part of that “gay assimilation” bull shit — I think most Queers today would find the word “Queer” much too radical for their conservative and Disneyfied “family-friendly” (gag) tastes.

I should also mention that the Gay community has gone from being a pro-peace group to a pro-war, pro-Establishment, pro-US Oligarchy group. The opposite of who they were. This happened mainly because their messiah Obama was in office. Overall, Obama’s policies were to the right of those of George W Bush’s policies. The Gay community opposed illegitimate George W Bush’s despicable policies but they supported the same policies and their expansion when they became Obama’s policies with his neocon agenda. Fucking hypocrites! Unlike during the Bush years, I didn’t see the Gay community oppose any of Obama’s 8-9 wars. No, they were perfectly cool with those wars and the anti-war movement died because Obama calls himself a Democrat. (Related: Obama a “Centrist?” WTF?) War is perfectly fine when it’s a Democrat leading it seems to be the hypocritical thinking of devout Democratic voters/partisans. For example: Gay Men Glorify War and Nationalism. Completely flipped-out.

With “gay assimilation,” many Queers have gone back in the closet. They’re running from the word Gay and instead are referring to themselves in the closet-case language “discreet” and “down low.” The opposite of “Out and Proud.” Reading men-seeking-men personal sex ads, some guys have the word “discreet” sprinkled throughout their small paragraph ad 5-6 times. It’s obvious that here in 2018 many gay guys are ashamed of their gay sexuality, and this is especially true for the extremely insecure Millennial gay guys whose ads often go on about how “straight” they think they are while they’re looking for sex with a guy. “Gay assimilation” has backfired but I don’t see anyone talking about it. It’s very hush hush. Many gay guys are marrying females to be just like the breeders whom they desperately want to be like (internalised homophobia). Sigh. Sad. You can read about that here: More back to the 1950s: Gay guys marrying females in droves. Sad.

One wonders why the Gay community spent decades working for gay marriage and when that was achieved, many gay guys decide to marry a female? Loco. Flipped out.

And I’ve not even mentioned the majority of the Gay community in San Francisco and the Bay Area (and other major cities) who are now pretending to be bi on CL to make themselves appear to be more straight. Their homophobic mentality seems to be that because they claim to be into females that makes them more jock, more macho, more masculine, more like the breeders and “a real man” as the majority of them run from the word gay. The gay Jock Bros who reject gay guys. You can’t tell me that the majority of the Gay community has “turned bi” en masse. Human sexuality doesn’t work that way where an entire community can somehow supposedly change their sexuality from gay to bi. Who believes that? Yet that’s what one sees on CL when one does a search of keywords. Are most bi guys bi? And I always have to say this: To be clear, I’m not talking about the genuine bi guys out there. I’m talking about the lying frauds; the gay guys with their internalised homophobia pretending to be bi and into pussy when they’re not. A friend of mine has done gay phone sex for years. He tells me that nearly every guy he’s talked with who said they were bi at the beginning of the conversation hung up on him as soon as he mentioned pussy. The few that didn’t hang up said something to the effect of: “We don’t need no pussy; just us masculine guys here wanting to get into dick” was the theme with most of these fake-bi guys.

As for the deceitful gay guys in the closet who are living a lie, being a fraud and dishonest with themselves, their wife/girlfriend, and anyone they come in contact with, they might want to read this article to see how well that works out (a gay guy being married to a female for years). This Gay Mormon Man Who Got Famous For Marrying A Straight Woman Is Getting Divorced.

But I guess none of this matters at this point. As that woman said at the Grammy’s recently: “The world is basically over anyway.” So it doesn’t matter. And most people — especially in the now-dead Queer community — don’t seem to give a fuck about anything, well, other than their phone which is their entire life and their addiction to their sex apps. Chau.—el barrio rosa


Gay Assimilation Has Backfired

Why Are Bisexual Guys Calling Themselves “Str8?”

The “Discreet” Gay Guys in New York City

Change Gay Pride to Gay Discreet

The “Discreet” Gay Guys

Closet Cases are Depressing

More revisionist Queer history: Designer of Rainbow Flag dies

The Closeted Queer Community (2017)

With Bi and Str8 guys the GF is always out of town

The Queer Community is Dead (2014 and beyond)

San Francisco’s Disneyfied Castro

Gay people are now thought of as “funny” in San Francisco

There is no Gay Agenda

The orange man reportedly joked that his vp sidekick ‘wants to hang’ all gays
[Ed. The Response to this from the Queer community? Silence. Dead.]

The Orange Man’s regime says employers can fire people because they’re gay
[Ed. The Response to this from the Queer community? Silence. Dead.]

The Orange Man’s Assault on Queers and others
[Ed. The Response to this from the Queer community? Silence. Dead.]

“Gay people can live anywhere”—Brand LGBT(TM)

What’s Wrong With Gay Dick?

Is Obama Responsible For Gay Marriage?

Obama and the Transgender Activist

Chelsea Manning is now hanging with the alt-right

(I put a lot of time and research into writing this article so I’m putting it here at the top of the page. Also, the second paragraph has been updated regarding Chelsea’s run for the Maryland State senate.)

Hola. One wonders if Chelsea Manning completely flipped-out while in prison. It’s quite understandable if she did considering how she was mistreated. After her release from prison, she moved to the US state of Maryland. She lives in North Bethesda which is a suburb of the District of Columbia. (Related: “Is the District of Columbia in the US?”)

Chelsea recently announced that she’s running for the Maryland state senate as a Democrat, although I’ve read from multiple sources that former military lawyers agree that Chelsea is subject to Pentagon prosecution for running for office while still on active duty. Yes, she’s still on active duty — despite corporate media reports to the contrary — although she’s on excess leave and in a non-pay status while her appeal of a general court-martial for violating the Espionage Act and other orders is underway. Nevertheless, she must remain in an active-duty status while the appeal process continues. And apparently, one cannot be on active-duty status and be involved in any type of political activity, and especially a run for a state’s senate. Should she be prosecuted by the Pentagon for her senate run, the orange man has made it clear that he can’t stand her and called Chelsea “an ungrateful traitor who should have never been released from prison.” Considering all of this, in my opinion, Chelsea is stupid to run for political office. Instead, she should be keeping a low-profile. (What is wrong with the woman?)

And what qualifies her for that position in the Maryland senate? Does she think it’s her name recognition? Does she have a law degree to be a “lawmaker” in the Maryland state senate? (Related: You can land a job without education or experience). Most recently, according to this article, she’s been hanging out with the fascists (commonly known as “alt-right”). Yes, she attended their sold-out event in Manhattan. 650 people attended their event buying tickets that cost between $139 to $999 each. One wonders why Chelsea would go to such an event. She’s also been having communications with several fascists/right-wing media personalities who live in the District. While hanging out with the fascists at this event in NYC, she introduced herself to some right-wing media personalities. All of this while running as a Democrat in Maryland. Something seems very suspect about this to me. After she left this event, she got on millionaire/billionaire-owned “social media” — the one that lets the orange man say absolutely anything regardless of how heinous, threatening or violent in nature — and she lied and claimed she had “crashed” the event. But the writer of the article I’ve linked to who was there disagreed with that. He wrote, “…she seemed to mingle freely and be welcomed with open arms.” Meanwhile, speakers at this event made anti-trans and anti-women comments throughout the evening.

From my research, regarding her Maryland senate run, I read that Chelsea said that, “The Establishment needs to be challenged” and that “she’s pushing for radical change.” Yet at this fascist event in New York, “radical” Chelsea remained silent and didn’t speak up to challenge any of their anti-trans or anti-women remarks during the 2 hours she was there. Silence = complicity or agreement. Or, it can also mean a lack of interest, which would not be the case with Chelsea.

Chelsea seems to be very naïve as well as confused, if not broken. Not all there. When one attempts to challenge the US Oligarchy/The Democratic and Republican Establishment, one is minimised, pushed over into the corner and told to sit down and shut up. Think Dennis Kucinich as well as wet-noodle and Hillary Clinton endorser Bernie Sanders. You see, there’s a lack of scrotums or more precisely testicles and ovaries (the female equivalent) in the US congress for challenging the US Oligarchy, which of course the congress is part of. Chelsea claims she’s in the mold of Bernie Sanders. Oh lawd. Just what we need. Another fake-progressive who in the end is part of The Establishment right-wing and misnamed Democratic Party, regardless of what he (Bernie Sanders) calls himself. I also noticed that even though Chelsea says she’s pushing for radical change, there’s nothing “radical” looking about her. In the pictures I’ve seen of her, she dresses as conservatively as the orange man’s best enablers, Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Dianne Feinstein. In the case of enabler Pelosi, in December 2017 Pelosi took impeachment of the orange man “off the table” when the majority of House Democrats joined with the House Republicans against impeachment. “Now is not the time to consider articles of impeachment,” Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer said in a joint statement, shortly after Green introduced his articles of impeachment.” One wonders when the time might be right, Democrat Pelosi? After your international-bully friend launches a nuclear attack on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea killing millions and millions of people worldwide? Or would the time not be right then either? (Sigh) One might recall that Democrat Pelosi took impeachment “off the table” for her friend illegitimate George W Bush. In the case of enabler Dianne Feinstein, she has said that she thinks the current occupant of la casa blanca/the white house can be a good president if he changes some — one wonders what set of standards la mujer/the woman was using for that? — and that we should expect him to serve his full term. Was she implying with her help as the “senior senator?”

The “Proud Boys,” as they’re called (presumably the NYC/Manhattan chapter) whom I even hesitate to mention, should really be called the Ignorant Boys. They were at this fascist event too in their clone-look Fred Perry shirts. I read that Fred Perry does not approve of them wearing his shirts as he doesn’t agree with their politics. I was wondering how many closeted, heteronormative “discreet” and “down low” Queer/GTQBL boys were at this fascist event? Proud Boys are white supremacists/white nationalists but their founder denies that, and of course he would deny that. That’s because we are awash in denial, lying, deceit, and hypocrisy these days. Their founder can deny that they’re white supremacists/white nationalists but I’ve seen pictures of Proud Boys giving a group “white power” (aka “white nationalist gang”) hand sign which you can see them giving in this image here as well as in this image here. As well as here. Proud Boys support a wall at the southern la frontera/border of the shithole US. Here is an image of a shirt worn by one of the anti-fascists which tells it like it is about the anti-ethnic, heteronormative and for-the-rich agenda of el hombre naranja and his supporters the Proud Boys. From his website: “They are a politically diverse group, but have in common a love of Tr**p, a hatred of immigrants, refugees, and leftists, and a tolerance of neo-Nazism. Their blog hawks Western Chauvinism, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia on a daily basis.”

One of the strange rules for being a Proud Boy is that they can only jack off once a month — which I should point out is very unhealthy for the overall well-being and health of a guy’s prostate, I guess they don’t know that — and their rule is that when they do masturbate (once a month) it must be within 3 yards of a woman with her permission. YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS SHIT UP! Here’s what I don’t understand: Why does the Proud Boy have to be in the presence of a woman — especially if he’s gay — considering that they claim they’re not anti-gay and that they have some gay members? A gay guy would have no interest in jacking off in the presence of a woman; he’d probably lose his hard-on. But the “within the presence of a woman” rule does indeed send the strong message that “we’re heteronomative and anti-gay,” while they say out of the other side of their mouths that they’re not anti-gay. Uh huh. Is anyone fooled? And if they’re not anti-gay, then why did the founder of Proud Boys say at this fascist/”alt-right” event in Manhattan, “Doesn’t a gay like a giant erect cock?” A gay? Who uses that language other than anti-gay bigots and/or a gay closet case himself? Oh yes, that most assuredly sounds like someone who is not anti-gay to me. And we all know that fascists love gay people, correct? (roll eyes/sarcasm intended).

Proud Boys are all about being “a real man” in the frat-house jock sense. A “cisgender straight white male” is what they are about. In fact, I saw a shirt reading that language worn by one of the Proud Boys in his first-step initiation process and I’ve heard that same language used by one of their guys when they were interviewed by one of the US major corporate media networks.

So again, Proud Boys can only JO once a month in order to supposedly “save it up” for a woman — to get her pregnant? — because they “Venerate the Housewife.” That’s part of what they believe. Does that mean that “the housewife” is supposed to be barefoot and pregnant? At this fascist event, the piece of work founder of Proud Boys referred to, “women who allow themselves to be a ‘colostomy bag for someone else’s cum’” and he made numerous other derogatory references to women. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Proud Boys and its founder are proud “Western Chauvinists.” That’s what they call themselves. Proud Boys also think that “the West” (meaning the shithole US) is the best. HA! Ludicrous! That’s one reason I refer to them as the Ignorant Boys. It would appear that they’ve not traveled much or at all internationally otherwise they wouldn’t think that the shithole US is the best. One cannot fix stupid. And of course they adamantly support el hombre naranja/the orange man. He’s their cultist messiah figure. The first step of the initiation process for a guy to become a Proud Boy is to name five breakfast cereals — they must spend weeks trying to memorise those! — while the other Proud Boys playfully punch the prospective Proud Boy on his back and chest area, pretending to beat him up. Just more frat-house jock stuff. The fourth part of their initiation to be a Proud Boy is to literally beat up one of the anti-fascists who sometimes protest Proud Boys at their events.

I read this to mi amigo/my friend and he said, “Is there anyone out there who’s paying attention that doesn’t believe that a civil war is coming or is slowly already happening as of this writing here in the shithole US?”

So one wonders why Chelsea Manning wants anything to do with the fascists (“alt-right,” as it’s commonly called) if she doesn’t somehow agree with them? Did she not realise she was financially helping them with their agenda by buying a ticket to their event? Why would she want to hang with that fascist crowd? Why would she use her time and dinero/money going to their event in Manhattan when she lives outside of DC? That’s not exactly a short trip from the District to New York City and back. Did she go to promote herself among the fascists who would be at this event from the District? Does she think they might promote her to get the “alt-right” in Maryland to vote for her? Because District residents can’t vote for candidates in Maryland; only residents of Maryland can. Why would she want to be promoted by the fascists (“alt-right”) of all people! Loca./Crazy. And as for her senate run, why would she want anything to do with the corrupt and imperialistic right-wing Democratic party as their “leadership” is protecting and enabling el hombre naranja/the orange man? They are not “the left” or radical whatsoever.

(Sigh) Crazy times. You know at this point and the way things are playing out these days, it won’t surprise me in the least if and when Chelsea Manning comes out as being pro-fascist/”alt-right,” pro-far-right and even anti-trans (even though she’s transgender) and running as a fucking Democrat. A complete flip. A “180.” No, that wouldn’t surprise me. I say that because I’ve seen that happen with many people, such as California governor Jerry Brown who was on the left years ago when he had his show on KPFA in the Bay Area, and now he’s on the right. Bill Clinton is another one. The same for John Kerry and there are others. Reading about some of these Proud Boys, some of them were once on the left, now they’ve flipped and are fascists/on the far-right. We are witnessing wide-scale insanity. Loco/crazy times. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Händel: Dixit Dominus ∙ hr-Sinfonieorchester ∙ Chœur du Concert D’Astrée ∙ Emmanuelle Haïm

Chœur du Concert D’Astrée. They are one of the finest Choruses I’ve ever heard. Absolutely splendid. They gave a superb performance.

Hola a todos. There was a concert of works for Chorus and Orchestra by Händel and JS Bach last month (diciembre/December 2017) during the holidays in Frankfurt Deutchland/Germany presented by the consistently superb hr-Sinfonieorchester/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra (one of my favourites) and Chœur du Concert D’Astrée.

The concert featured Dixit Dominus (“The Lord Said”) by Händel and the Magnificat by Johann Sebastian Bach. Because it was the holidays, the last piece they performed was the Hallelujah Chorus from Messiah by Händel. I even enjoyed that because of the way they performed it. I’ve previously written that if I don’t hear Messiah again it will be fine with me having heard that “warhorse” oratorio so many times and having performed it. I have reached my saturation point with Messiah. In the US especially, Messiah is dragged out every holiday season, every December on cue. The sheeple never seem to tire of it. But fortunately, they in Frankfurt chose to be more original and creative in their holiday programming by choosing to perform choral works other than the perfunctory and ubiquitous Messiah. And I was very pleased to see that those attending this concert in Frankfurt did not engage in that silly tradition of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus the way the dumbed-down sheeple do here in the US (and probably in the UK too). Do most who stand for the Hallelujah Chorus have any idea why they’re standing? When the first D Major chord of the Hallelujah Chorus is played by the orchestra, one person (it’s usually a guy in the front row) immediately jumps up like a jack-in-the-box and then the whole room follows this guy like a bunch of sheep. The late choral conductor Robert Shaw of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus said he couldn’t stand that ridiculous tradition. I can’t either. It’s as if the sheeple say, “Well we have to stand now for the Hallelujah Chorus because some king supposedly stood (for some unknown reason) generations ago when this was performed in his presence” according to the story. Who cares what some king did?!

Dixit Dominus is my favourite of the works performed in this concert in Frankfurt. It’s the Latin text of Psalm 110. It’s scored for a five-part Chorus (first and second soprano, alto, tenor and bass), five vocal soloists (SSATB), strings and continuo. The opening chorus is one of my favourite parts. Another favourite part is the choral section that begins at 27.38 in the video, and then the choral fugue section beginning with the soprano section at 28.45 in the video. I’m glad that Händel didn’t resort to ending Dixit Dominus with a Picardy Third. That’s when a piece in a minor key ends with a tonic chord where the third has been raised to make it a major key. Some Anglican parish and cathedral church organists end the last chord of hymns (that are written in a minor key) with a Picardy Third, which I think is tacky.

As for the Bach Magnificat (“My Soul Doth Magnify the Lord”), we performed that when I was a chorister in Norman Scribner’s Choral Arts Society of Washington in the Kennedy Center with a pickup orchestra comprised of members of the National Symphony Orchestra. This work requires a SSATB Chorus, a Baroque orchestra including trumpets, timpani and soloists. The chorus “omnes generationes” has always been my favourite part of this work. You can hear that at 8.12 in the Bach Magnificat video. Also, there’s a beautiful and very relaxing duet between the countertenor and the tenor soloists with the strings and winds accompanying them at approximately 11.30 in the Bach video. For the Bach, you may notice that the winds are sitting in front of the strings, and not in their usual place in front of the brass section. But the winds didn’t perform in the Händel (which I think was the first piece on the programme), so when the wind players joined the orchestra for the Bach, the conductor had them sit where there was room which was in front of the strings near her. Some of the violinists look like they were enjoying watching the wind players, something they don’t usually get to see since the winds are normally sitting in back of them.

Mi amigo/My friend watched this performance with me (at the point we’ve watched it many times). After a few moments he said to me, “Well it’s pretty obvious that these performers are the best of the best, including the Chorus, Orchestra, Soloists and Conductor.” True. The superb 20-voice Chorus, Chœur du Concert D’Astrée, is from Francia/France. They had two countertenors as part of their alto section (the two guys wearing glasses in the back row closest to the soprano section). Chœur du Concert D’Astrée were accompanied by members of the superb hr-Sinfonieorchester/Frankfurt Symphony Orchestra. Being a performance of Baroque works, it wasn’t the usual full orchestra.

From what I could tell from watching Chœur du Concert D’Astrée and their choral entrances, they have 8 sopranos (to strengthen the soprano section), 4 altos (including the two countertenors), 4 tenors and 4 basses. All superb choristers with my usual personal favourites being the soprano and tenor sections. These choristers are among the finest choristers anywhere. These are not people “just standing up there and singing” as the average person might erroneously think. No, quite the contrary. These are highly-skilled choristers and in their area of music they are of a comparable skill level to the orchestral musicians. It takes a lot of talent, voice training, ear training, musical training and musicianship to get to a level of this high caliber.

I especially liked the counter-tenor soloist and the bass soloist. At one point, the two women soloists seemed to be trying to outdo each other sort of in an opera sense, and I’m not at all into opera. But overall, I even enjoyed the soloists, and I’m not usually big on soloists. These soloists have lovely voices. At another place in the Händel, when the two female soloists sang with the countertenor, they were very respectful and sensitive to him making sure that they didn’t overpower him, which they could have easily done. All very professional musicians and a pleasure to watch and listen to.

The conductor, Emmanuelle Haïm, prepared the Chorus, I think. From my research, it’s her Chorus from France but the video description credits David Bates as Chorus Director, if the translation was correct. Her conducting style is unique. Most choral conductors/directors don’t have that much experience conducting orchestras — which is usually one of their pet peeves; they would like to have that conducting experience but are rarely given the opportunity — because they prepare their Chorus for the orchestral conductor. Although in her case, from my research she seems to have quite a bit of experience conducting orchestras — including the Berliner Philharmoniker — and she has conducted hr-Sinfonieorchester before in music of Rameau where she conducted from the harpsichord. She also conducted a performance of Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. I’m very familiar with that Baroque opera since I had the pleasure of being the harpsichordist in performances of that work at the Conservatory of Music where I trained. I enjoyed that experience very much, it was very positive in part because I had a very good relationship with the conductor for those performances because he was also professor of one of the classes I was taking (Dictation and Ear Training) with him.

Considering their consistently high level of musicianship, this orchestra (hr-Sinfonieorchester) could probably play without a conductor. They are such a superb orchestra and seem to keep many, if not most, of their musicians. I recognise many of them from one performance to another. And we are so very fortunate that they record their performances in such high quality and make them available to the world. As I said earlier, in this performance they used a Baroque-size orchestra so they only used part of their full orchestra, such as one bass player. The leader/concertmaster is the same. Chau.—el barrio rosa

hr-Sinfonieorchester – Frankfurt Radio Symphony
∙ Emőke Baráth, Sopran
∙ Lea Desandre, Sopran
∙ Damien Guillon, Countertenor
∙ Patrick Grahl, Tenor
∙ Victor Sicard, Bass
∙ Chœur du Concert D’Astrée (David Bates, Einstudierung)
∙ Emmanuelle Haïm, Dirigentin