The District Loses Another Classical Musician: J. Reilly Lewis (1944-2016)

Hola. I was shocked to read of the unfortunate death of J. Reilly Lewis last month (junio/June 2016) at his home in Arlington Virginia across the Potomac from the District of Columbia where I used to live. I didn’t have the opportunity to work with Reilly but I was well aware of him (weren’t we all?) as part of the classical music scene in the District even after I moved to San Francisco. Reilly became a fixture of the classical music scene in the Washington Metropolitan Area. He had an excellent reputation along with the other major choral music directors at that time starting with Reilly’s amigo Norman Scribner and his Choral Arts Society of Washington. Also Dr Paul Traver and his University of Maryland Chorus and Robert Shafer and his Oratorio Society of Washington which later changed its name to The Washington Chorus and now conducted by Dr Julian Wachner who also has the superb Choir of Trinity Church Wall Street in Lower Manhattan). They were the three major Orchestra Choruses of that era that performed on a regular basis with the National Symphony Orchestra and international guest orchestras in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall and with whom I was fortunate and privileged to have the opportunity of being a chorister with.

Reilly was the music director of the Cathedral Choral Society (based at Washington National Cathedral) as well as Artistic Director of the Washington Bach Consort (Orchestra and Chorus). I think Reilly served as piano accompanist for some of our rehearsals of the Choral Arts Society in my first season with them. I remember Reilly serving as organist for one or more of our performances in the Kennedy Center (the holiday concerts I think). He was a very gifted, talented and a high-regarded musician in the DC area. The last time I saw him was when he performed the Widor Toccata at Norman Scribner’s funeral a little over a year ago at WNC. He and Norman were best amigos I think, and I believe that Norman helped Reilly get his start in the late 1970s. For some reason I thought Reilly was Anglican (he may have been; his funeral was), even though he served as Organist for decades at a United Methodist church in Arlington.

His funeral was held at Washington National Cathedral (a cathedral church of the Anglican Communion) in the District. The Cathedral Choral Society and the Washington Bach Consort Chorus provided choral music for his funeral/celebration of his life. As you’ll hear in the video below, the Washington Bach Consort Chorus is a very select group of choristers. Both Scott Dettra, the cathedral’s former organist (before superb Benjamin Straley was hired), and Todd Fickley (assistant conductor of the WBC) alternated serving as organists and choral conductors for the Liturgy.

Scott also played Variation 13 (from Goldberg Variations, BMV 988) by JS Bach, which was lovely, and you can watch that at 2.06.10 in the video below. It was one of the more subdued/meditative parts of the Liturgy. I usually don’t like piano music in cathedral settings because the piano tends to be “ringy” because of the vast acoustics, but in this instance it worked well, probably in part because of Scott’s refined and light/dry use of pedal. And their Steinway piano — was that a New York or Homborg Steinway? — sounded beautiful and was perfectly tuned. The piano looked new. I also realised that many of the current and former Men of the Cathedral Choir (as well as one woman who’s with the Cathedral Singers) whom I’ve seen for years in Liturgies at WNC are also choristers in the Washington Bach Consort Chorus. I had often wondered if some of them sang with other choral ensembles around the District such as maybe the Choral Arts Society. They are in the Washington Bach Consort. The WBC sang a Bach motet Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, BWV 230, which is at 1.30.45 in the video. That was conducted by Scott. It was lovely, beautiful. I enjoyed it very much and they have a superb vibrato-less soprano section which soared through the cathedral (why can’t the Cathedral Singers’s soprano section sound like that instead of their use of wobbling vibrato? I’ve made this complaint many times before and pointed out that the Boys and Girls of the Cathedral Choir don’t use vibrato, fortunately, so why do the Cathedral Singers (soprano section) use fluttery/wobbling vibrato? It sounds awful. Well it does! It sounds unrefined.) The performance by the Chorus of the Washington Bach Consort was excellent and very enjoyable. Before the motet, they sang one of my favourite Anglican chants which is not performed that often, Psalm 150 by Sir CV Stanford, nicely accompanied on the cathedral’s Great Organ by Scott. (Listen for the very brief trumpet section). You can watch the Anglican Chant at 1.21.00 in the video.

Also, Chris Dudley (countertenor), whom I’ve seen many times in the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys/Girls is one of the choristers in the Washington Bach Consort Chorus. He has his own choral ensemble of 8-voices called The District Eight comprised of some of the choristers of the WBCC/Men of the Cathedral Choir. Chris has quite an extensive and excellent music/choral background.

The Nave of the cathedral was rather full for Reilly’s funeral. He was cremated and his ashes were brought in procession by one of the vergers. The Liturgy, in Anglican style, was more of a celebration of Reilly’s life as a superb and appreciated musician in the Washington area. That’s one thing I especially like about the Anglican church and that’s their approach to death and to funerals. They are not morbid, like some other “christian” denominations (think: the anti-gay and bigoted southern baptists where the music level can never rise in volume above a “ppp.” Ugh.) With Anglican funerals and celebrations of one’s life, the hymns are played full organ — check out the red bar above the manuals/keyboards during Scott’s beautiful legato organ playing for the hymn Engelberg during the Liturgy — and sometimes with descants, and descants were used for Reilly’s funeral. Anglican Liturgies/funerals can be rather “grand and glorious” in celebration of the person’s life. There were subdued “meditative” moments also, such as Scott’s Bach piece which set that mood.

Near the end of the Liturgy, the combined choral forces of the Cathedral Choral Society and the Washington Bach Consort Chorus sang Dona nobis pacem (from the Mass in b minor, BWV 232) by JS Bach and conducted by Scott (he’s a very good conductor by the way). That was enjoyable and it was easy to hear the fugal entries. With that piece, I did sense it’s a bit difficult to sing in there (meaning in the Sanctuary or Chancel area of the Nave) at least in that choral arrangement where the Chorus is physically split into four sections. I think it’s probably difficult to hear each other well which can cause slight pitch problems occasionally especially with the soprano section and a tendency to go ever-so-slightly flat (under the pitch).

Reilly will certainly be missed, in part, because both the Cathedral Choral Society and the Washington Bach Consort are now in need of a new music director.

So who’s left?

Reilly’s death caused me to realise that it’s as if most of an entire generation of superb choral musicians of my time and that strongly influenced me have died. The choral directors of that era who had the most influence on me, my choral music development and the training of my “choral ear” were: Margaret Hillis (Chicago Symphony Chorus), Robert Shaw (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus), Norman Scribner of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and Dr Paul Traver of the University of Maryland Chorus and others. Of that era, who is still alive? Well, I think Lorna Cooke de Varon formerly of the New England Conservatory of Music is still alive. She prepared the now-retired New England Conservatory Chorus for their performances with the Boston Symphony Orchestra before the Tanglewood Festival Chorus was founded and became the Resident/Official Chorus of the BSO. John Oliver of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus is still alive but he may be preparing to retire and turn the TFC over to someone else. Vance George, Chorus Director Emeritus, of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus is still alive (he was nice to work with as a chorister shortly after I moved to San Francisco). Robert Shafer is still living, has his own Chorus in the District and I think he’s still artist-in-residence and professor of music at the Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University in Winchester Virginia. And fortunately William Christie of Les Arts Florrisants and Philippe Herreweghe of the Collegium Vocale Ghent are still alive. Those are the ones who come to mind.

And we just had the funeral for Norman Scribner in March of 2015, and here we are a year and three months later having the funeral for Norman’s close amigo, J Reilly Lewis who was only 71. He died at home of sudden cardiac arrest after having a wonderful day and driving around in his old convertible with the top down, according to his esposa. I wish Reilly a nice trip. Paz/Peace. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

Service Leaflet for Reilly’s Liturgy

Is Everyone Wearing Conformist Black and Gray Today? OBEY!

GLBTQs Are Now Wearing Conservative Hetero-Pride Flag Colours

OFFICIAL STRAIGHT PRIDE FLAG T-SHIRT
DRAB, DULL & CONSERVATIVE
OFFICIAL “STRAIGHT”/HETERO
PRIDE FLAG T-SHIRT

Hola. Everywhere I look I’m seeing people wearing conformist black and gray clothing. I think it’s part of heading back to the Dark Ages. And most GLBTQs are wearing the conservative hetero-pride flag colours instead of Rainbow Pride Flag colours. That would seem to be appropriate for them considering the many calisthenics they’ve gone through to be conservative and heteronormative as they continue to “assimilate” with the obnoxious, in-your-face, required hand-holding, making-out and breeding “straights.” The hetero-pride flag is shown here on the camiseta/t-shirt on this page.

I first noticed this ridiculous black and gray fad back in 2014 for the Latin Grammy Awards. The room was a sea of black, even most of the musicians. The only colour was on stage with the beautiful LED colour-changing sets. What is “Latin” about wearing fucking black? Latin culture is full of beautiful colours like what one sees in nature. Some viewers (including myself) of the Latin Grammy’s were seriously asking: Who died? I did a search for that and nothing came up. I wrote about that at the time and apparently Univisión had a conservative black dress code for their awards ceremony.

I’ve written about this silly fad before and it continues to get worse and worse on the español-language networks I monitor. It’s so over-saturated on these corporate networks that it looks tacky. It seems to me it would be so much easier for these corporate networks to use the Monochrome Setting on their cameras to make everything automatically look black and gray and shades thereof like when television was invented (before we got colour) — since that’s obviously what they want — than to require everyone appearing before their cameras to show up wearing conservative and conformist black and gray (and/or white or a combination of all three dull/drab colours; but it’s usually black and gray).

Español-Language Corporate Media: A Saturation Of Gray Suits

From my monitoring of corporate television programming, if there are multiple people before the cameras, at least two person (if not everyone) will be in black, gray and/or white. A few weeks ago on Univisión (one of their programmes produced by Televisa en México), all the women on their sábado/Saturday afternoon talk show were in black dresses. They were not the same black dress but different styles. No one had died and you can’t tell me that six mujeres/women coincidentally decided to wear a black dress on that day. That doesn’t happen and it used to be that people (women especially) didn’t like to be seen wearing the same thing that somebody else was wearing. With these six mujeres, one had to look closely to see that they were all wearing a different style of conservative black dress. And this “wear your black dress” order likely came from their producer per the orders from Televisa that people before their cameras must be wearing conformist black, gray and/or white. I also see lots of black and white strips or the top half is white and the bottom half is black (or other designs catering to drab black and white) clothing on television to adhere to these boring back-to-the-Dark-Ages conformist colour requirements. Ridiculous. Even some of the sets for programmes have been changed from beautiful LED colours to casket-gray colour. They now have: gray carpet, gray couches, gray chairs, white chairs, black chairs. White and gray walls some with black trim. It’s an overload of black, gray and/or white. I guess you’ve gathered that by now. While writing this, on one telenovela I saw a woman in a black and white patterned dress. She was standing beside a wall that had a painting that looked just like her dress pattern. I’m not sure how they did that! What came first: the painting or the dress? I suspect her dress came first. They probably made that themselves in-house as I think some of these major corporate networks do, and they cut out a piece of the same fabric and put it in a frame for the wall so it would match her dress). This was on the Azteca network from La Ciudad de México/México City. Also on Azteca as I was writing this, I noticed 3 programmes in a row had the hosts in shades of gray and white. On Venga la Alegría the show’s dancers were mostly in black, gray and white (los chicos were wearing a shirt in three sections of black, gray and white). So this conformist black, gray and white shit is not just a Cesspool/US thing. It seems to be an international fad (like most silly fads). Locally, for the christian science programme on Azteca, the woman host the other day was in black and gray and the same for another woman host as I’m writing this. On Venga la Domingo, pictures of celebrities – nearly all in conformist black and white or black and gray. Even if there’s some colour, conformist black has to be one of the colours. A local ad for a dental group: She’s in conformist black and white. Her office is white with a gray bar running cross the screen with their name and contact information. I’ve also seen this on DW-TV from Alemania/Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Germany. The last time I looked, Lee Camp of RT was/is always in all-black. While reading about the new draconian right-wing prime minister of Her Majesty’s Government in the UK, the BBC had a picture of that conservative piece of work being welcomed by her disciples. The prime minister was wearing mostly black with some yellow at the bottom on her skirt. But nearly everyone else was in conformist black and white.

To copy what they see on television, I began seeing a saturation of conformist black and gray clothing in San Francisco’s Castro with Queers as well as the obnoxious techie trash who have taken over. Are GLBTQs in The Castro aware that they’re wearing the hetero-pride flag colours and are they cool with that? I suspect they are, since most GLBTQs have “pride” only one day a year and are “discreet” and “down low” and in the closet the rest of the year. It’s sad to see that GLBTQs have abandoned the Rainbow Flag colours or colour in general in favor of the drab, conservative and conformist colours of the hetero-pride flag so as to “fit in.” They’ll fit in beautifully in the background. I know that most GLBTQs these days want to be like the obnoxious “straights” but really! This is a bit much.

Black and Gray at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative

Even most of the workers — especially the workers on the floor — at Rainbow Grocery Cooperative in San Francisco (the best grocery store around; worker-owned and run) are now in conformist black and gray which is odd considering the name of their store. During the Old City days, Rainbow workers mostly looked very alternative/proudly rad and like individuals. Not much of that these days at Rainbow, at least when I’m there. Fortunately, they’ve never had a dress code at Rainbow but to me it looks like a peer pressure black and gray dress code is in play now at Rainbow: Workers in black or gray jeans, black tights and a black or gray shirt. Even los Latinos/Hispanos/los mexicanos. It looks really drab, dull, and boring. Do they not notice that when they all get together for their membership meetings? Going to a funeral or just returned from one? Depressing-looking colours: Black and gray. There’s lot of pretty colours in nature and I suggest that the workers at Rainbow look at all the colour in their produce department to reaffirm that. Black and gray are not colours of the Rainbow (as in Rainbow Grocery Cooperative). And most of the customers wear conformist black and gray as well.

CONFORMIST SAN FRANCISCO. OBEY!

The Conformist Techie Trash of “Straightsville” San Francisco:

Mi amigo/My friend goes to his gym located in “Straightsville” (between Castro and Church Street in San Francisco) most weekend mornings. I always ask: How were the obnoxious “straights?” He proceeds to tell me the usual: Young, white, “straight” with him-tall/her-short in their mandatory hand-holding routine (that’s because needy-her is so damn insecure that he must hold her hand 24/7). She’s wearing conformist black tights with her conformist black, gray or white lingerie top looking like a prostitute (as opposed to a respected sex worker). He’s the obnoxious jock type wearing pajama bottoms, or that’s what they look like. His pajama bottoms usually have horses and sheep and farm animal images on them. Or they’re tribal images (Native tribes) fighting with the invaders/”settlers” here in The Cesspool. They’re also scenes of cowboys swinging ropes and various western scenes in mostly tan and gray colours. Damn odd. These hetero-fads are really bazaar. Mi amigo says: It looks like all the guys in The Castro now have some type of hawk or high-and-tight. It’s a Summer fad. Then there are the fleets of baby strollers in “Straightsville” because these self-absorbed and self-entitled techie assholes and new residents don’t believe in birth control or have never heard of such. Mi amigo said he is starting to see this unattractive tan colour that these wealthy bougi people (with no taste) are beginning to wear. He said, “it’s uuuuuuuuuuuuuu-gly.” Last week at his gym he saw an older guy wearing a t-shirt which said, “ALL TECHIES DIE.” As mi amigo said: That’s rather bold since that gym has quite a few techie assholes there, he thinks. But I guess they wouldn’t see his shirt because that would require them to look up from their screen and that’s not likely to happen, speaking of conformists. According to mi amigo, everyone is usually glued to their stupidphone there.

OFFICIAL STRAIGHT PRIDE FLAG T-SHIRT
OFFICIAL “STRAIGHT”/HETERO
PRIDE FLAG T-SHIRT

I talked with my neighbour last week about this. It came up because she was wearing a bright pink and orange jacket. Beautiful colours. I told her: I’m so sick of seeing the masses wearing funeral colours – drab black and gray clothing which seems to be what most people are wearing now. She said: Oh I know! I’ve noticed that too. (I was surprised she had noticed. I had expected her to say, “Oh really? I hadn’t noticed). She went on to say: I like colour. It’s lifts the spirits. (Yes it does). A sea of black and gray does nothing for me. It looks depressed and depressing. Maybe what I’m seeing is a lot of depressed people in a depressed society.

I just glanced at my television and they’re running ads for a car dealership. All of the people in the ad are in black, gray and white. The guys are in black shirts and gray pants. The woman is in black pants and a white top. Another guy in a baggy white shirt and black pants. Another guy in all black (I see a lot of that). The only colour in the ads are the few red cars among the sea of black, gray and white cars shown on the car lots. And most of the vehicles I see in conservative San Francisco today are black, gray and white.

I also noticed that most of the people I saw coming back into The Castro from this year’s Pride Sunday were wearing drab black and gray. Now you might think that most people going to Pride day would be wearing Rainbow colours, no? They wore conformist black and gray. I’m surprised they didn’t wear the hetero-pride flag to Gay Pride. And they must have baked downtown in the hot sun wearing those dark colours.

Considering how “straight” San Francisco’s former Gay Mecca (The Castro) has become, I wonder how long it will take that asshole merchants’ group to take down the large Rainbow flag they ramrod on public land at Castro and Market — that flag is just there to exploit the tourists — and replace it with the “straight”/hetero pride flag? It will certainly match all the conformist black and gray clothing one sees around here.

Just so you know: The “dress code” for pink barrio is lots of bright and pretty colour, preferably tie-dye. So when you come here, wear that, por favor. No black, gray and white shit or shades thereof allowed. I won’t have it! Muchas Gracias. Chau.—el barrio rosa

This video demonstrates exactly what I’m talking about with everyone participating wearing conformist monochrome black and gray or black and white:

Jill Stein Bows To Bernie Sanders. Goes To The Dark Side.

La Dra Jill Stein has done activist things that other political candidates haven’t done. She’s a true activist. That’s what she is. But Jill Stein has this backbone problem. She seems uncertain that she wants to take la casa blanca/the white house. So she offers her position, if she were to get it, to Bernie Sanders. The only thing I can say to that is: WTF?

Hola a todos. After Democrat Bernie Sanders endorsed imperialistic war criminal Hillary Clinton earlier this week, Dra Jill Stein made an offer to Obamabot Bernie Sanders that he could be the presidential candidate for the Green Party and that “everything is on the table.” WTF? I have no patience for this shit. Why the fuck would she do that? Jill Stein: You either want to be president or you don’t. You either want to be the Green Party’s presidential nominee, or you don’t. And obviously you’re not that interested in either. So I have no more time for you or patience for your bull shit. I can’t stand this shit.

Rather than repeating what the SEP candidate for president, Jerry White, wrote about this, I’ll just send you to his article. I agree with his article. Although I’m not endorsing anyone, I agree with the politics of Jerry and Niles (the SEP candidates), from what I know about them. I know much more about the World Socialist Website and some of their writers and cultist commenters than I know about Jerry’s and Niles’s politics and I have previously written about that here: Are People Stupid? (Answer: No, according to the pseudo-socialists on the World Socialist Website. That’s “Ruling Class” Thinking) as well as
Sexist and Chauvinistic Marxists (ICFI).

I also know that the SEP candidates are trying to get people to vote for them, but that doesn’t at all change the genuflecting one is seeing from Dra Jill Stein and the Green Party to Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter Bernie Sanders. Such hypocrisy.

This reminds me of when the Green Party said some years ago: “If the election is close in these swing states, vote for Kerry.” Vote for Kerry and not the Green Party’s nominee? Well fuck you, Green Party. Why don’t you spineless assholes just join the Democratic Party and be done with it and stop your charade? I’m not interested in wet noodles who cater to, bow to and genuflect to the rotten, corrupt and pro-capitalist Democratic Party cesspool.

So since Jill Stein isn’t that interested in being president and is willing to give the presidential nomination slot of the Green Party to Obamabot Bernie Sanders of the Democratic Party cesspool, I’m done with her. I’m not interested in giving her any more time or attention on mi diario/my diary and will not do so. Fin. The End. And in future s-elections, I won’t say anything about any candidate because based on my experience with candidates/politicians, they’ll eventually turn me off by engaging in some stunt like this, or something. I’m done with this shit. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Bernie Sanders Endorses Hillary Clinton

Doesn’t Bernie Sanders Know That The Party Platform is Window Dressing?

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE: Jill Stein Bows To Bernie Sanders. Goes To The Dark Side.

Hola. I don’t have much to say about this. I just wanted to vent about it here en mi diario/in my diary. Bernie Sanders has been trying to pretend to keep his so-called “revolution” going. And he’s already officially endorsed Ms Clinton for president of The Cesspool/the US/EE.UU. Obviously, he refused to endorse la Dra Jill Stein, who is “far and away the best candidate.” Instead, he described Hillary in those words. Loco. Sanders has been wasting approximately the last week in Orlando Florida fucking around with the party platform for the undemocratic Democratic Party and its war criminal nominee. Now you would think he would know better, no? Considering the length of time Sanders has been in the cesspool called congress. He’s a senator and before that he was a representative. Does this man not know that the party platform is bull shit, meaningless and nothing but window dressing? The party platform (D or R) hasn’t meant anything for decades, and by believing in that platform nonsense, he continues to be a part of the problem.

I saw a few headlines from the corporate media cheering for Sanders and how he had supposedly moved Ms Clinton to the left because of the party platform. LOL. Delusional. Ms Clinton hasn’t moved to no left. I’m not going to even go into the few things that Sanders supposedly accomplished with the platform because it’s all bull shit window dressing anyway. And what a fucking sell-out. As expected from the beginning, he endorsed war criminal Hillary Clinton today (12 de julio de 2016/July 12, 2016). But that should surprise no one. Yet the gullible Berniebots find that so hard to believe. It has stunned them. Where does one find such gullible people who refuse to look at reality and who prefer to operate in a wishful-thinking world and have done so since el hombre Sanders began running for president? Mi amigo/My friend told me that some of the Berniebots are demanding their dinero/money back, feeling they’ve been had. Good luck with that suckers. Some of us tried to tell you how this was going to turn out many months ago when it began, but you would have none of it. Instead you postured as omnipotents and screamed at us while peering at your crystal ball: “Mark my words, Bernie Sanders will be the next president of the United States come January 2017!!!!!!” (Seems that your crystal ball is defective. Was is “made in China?”). Also, Bernie Sanders gave over 2.5 million e-mail addresses of his gullible supporters to the Clinton campaign and the Clinton campaign is already trying to “milk” the Berniebots for more dinero/$$$$$$$$$$$.

Then over in the UK, they’ve decided to resurrect that conservative piece of work Margaret Thatcher. Ugh. The Tories chose draconian right-wing Theresa May to be prime minister. You may remember that David Cameron resigned after the Brexit referendum (Great Britain to leave the European Union). So Ms May will be the new prime minister of Her Majesty’s Government. After she got most of the votes/support from the Tories, Ms May had to go on about how she’s “humbled” and “honoured” — oh give it a rest!; the usual bull shit — while she treats the poor and working class like basura. La mujer/The woman is police state scum. She’s fought her entire career against human rights. Chancellor Angela Merkel in Alemania/Bundesrepublik Deutschland/Germany has already “laid down the law” to Ms May saying she expects Britain to leave the EU pronto upon the new prime minister taking office. I’ve noticed there’s as much hate for undocumented immigrants and migrants in the EU and Britain as there is here in The Cesspool.

If you plan to vote in November, despite what pro-Establishment and Obamabot Bernie Sanders says, I know I’d rather have Dra Jill Stein making Supreme Court appointments instead of Ms Clinton or that fascistic Trump. I’m not big on the Green Party because of their history. I remember in past s-elections where they urged voters to vote for the Democratic candidate in swing states (ugh…sigh). With that attitude why even have a party and why bother running candidates for office? Why fucking cater to the capitalistic and rotten Democratic Party? With their attitude, they should just join the corrupt Democratic Party and be done with it. The Green Party said they didn’t want to be seen as a “spoiler.” *roll eyes* Get some spine. What I know about Jill Stein is good. The Dembots will say, “Jill Stein cannot win.” Well neither can your Hillary or that Trump if Ds and Rs don’t vote for them. One has to vote for Stein in order for her to win, and that’s assuming that the easily-hackable electronic voting machines which most people like to live in denial about are not fucked with.

Then I read that The Ellen Show is open to having Trump come on there. But first, I read that Ellen had endorsed Trump, outraging her viewers. I couldn’t find anything to confirm that when I searched it. As conservative as the heteronormative GLBTQ community is today, it won’t surprise me in the least when a sizeable number of GLBTQs vote for Trump. I did find that Ellen is open to having Trump on her show. Of course that would be to exploit him for ratings purposes and nothing more because she’s a devout Hillarybot. Does Ellen know anything about Hillary, other than what she chooses to believe and wants to know? If la mujer/the woman (Ellen) had any principles at all she wouldn’t allow either fascistic Trump or Hillary anywhere near her studio. But she’s an Establishment GLBTQ corporatist and the Almighty Corporation and dinero/money is more important than principles. From my research, Ellen’s yearly salary is $63 million USD. She receives an estimated $5 million US dollars monthly, $1.2 millions USD weekly and $220,000 USD daily. One hopes she can get by on that piddly amount. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Transgender And In The US Military?

GLBTQs enjoy killing other innocent GLBTQs in the name of barbaric US Imperialism.

UPDATE TO THIS ARTICLE: According to her abogada/attorney, Chelsea Manning tried to kill herself last week in prison (the week of July 4, 2016).

Hola a todos. I got an e-mail the other day asking, “Why haven’t you talked about the US military lifting the ban on transgender troops in the US military?”

I thought I’d answer that e-mail here. I haven’t mentioned anything about that because I think it’s mostly window-dressing bull shit, and Chelsea Manning finds it quite suspect too. But I’ll get to her comments later. I have no doubt that the gullible GLBTQ Obamabots (and Hillarybots) have fallen for it like they fall for everything else whenever el hombre Obama says the word “gay” or “transgender” on occasion. I have observed the pro-Establishment behaviour of many GLBTQ party-line Democrats and career operatives/hacks since Obama has been in office. And I can predict that they are gushing such slogans as: “Obama, Best President Ever” and “Obama, President For Life” (oh, so you prefer a dictatorship, do you?) as I’ve heard some one-issue wealthy/corporatist GLBTQ organisations go on about. Do these people have any idea what Obama has done overall? Do they care? I have to assume that they don’t based on their near-genuflecting to him no matter what he does. These are one-issue people, and I’m not a one-issue person.

For those who haven’t been paying attention for the last 7.5 years, overall Obama’s policies have been an expansion of and to the right of the policies of illegitimate resident George W Bush, but GLBTQs never gushed over war criminal Bush. Your messiah war criminal Obama has greatly expanded the Bush regime’s agenda. During the Obama years, I’ve learned that Dembots think they can’t be critical of their messiah Obama because he pops up occasionally to exploit GLBTQs for his political agenda/advancement by speaking the words “gay” and “transgender” when he thinks it will benefit him politically. Todays GLBTQs don’t seem to care that they’re being used/exploited. They long-ago retired their keen bull shit detectors to the closet, around the time that Obama took office. They take this man at his word that he has so-called “evolved.” Obama is also known as The Deporter and Chief having deported more immigrants than all US presidents combined. GLBTQs don’t seem to care about that either. They don’t seem to care about anything these days to tell you the truth. That’s what boils me about partisans. They think they must remain silent when they disagree (assuming they do disagree with these things). They didn’t agreed with these policies when they were Bush’s policies and they didn’t remain silent when he was in office. Rather GLBTQs were in the street protesting (with me). But under their Obama, they have suspended their mass protests and have become “Obama conservatives.” I call them Hypocrites since that’s what they are. Under Obama, they take this approach that one must not criticise one’s own undemocratic Democratic party and their saviour Obama. I saw a screen name the other day on a message forum that read, “Obama Leftist.” Obama Leftist???? WTF? Sigh. Clearly, that person hasn’t been paying any attention to what her messiah Obama has done in office. There’s nothing “leftist” about Obama. He’s a warmongering, neocon corporate fascist to the right of George W Bush overall. No one ever called Bush a “leftist.”

I was pleased to see that Ms Chelsea Manning didn’t fall for this transgender bull shit either. She hasn’t retired her bull shit detector to the closet. She said that she’s very concerned, that like so many other policies, the effects of this supposed change will not penetrate prison walls. Uh huh. I hear yah. She asked: “What does it mean that the US military will recognise our gender, unless and until we are arrested, but then what? This core identity is then stripped away and our birth-assigned gender is imposed on us?” She also said that the Military Industrial Complex’s new policy of supposedly accepting transgender people falls short in certain areas, including how the MIC defines transgender people and how they plan to apply this policy to military prisoners, such as to herself.

Then, after Chelsea wrote her statement, she ended up in the hospital for some undisclosed reason that the corrupt and lying military basura refused to talk about. They also refused to talk about her condition. They also refused to talk about any of this to her attorneys. Was she beaten and tortured because she spoke the truth against The Establishment/The US Oligarchy (Mr Hope and Change We Can Believe In)?

As you probably know, there are different sets of laws and standards applied to and for different classes of people. The bourgeois ruling elite millionaires are mostly above the law.

I read awhile back that nothing had really changed in the US military following the supposed lifting of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” just as I had suspected would be the case when the ban was supposedly lifted because one is dealing with the military here and that backward, redneck, bigoted, macho, pro-violence culture. As I wrote after DADT was supposedly lifted, gay guys have imposed their own DADT.

There have always been gay people in the military, usually in the closet. I don’t understand why GLBTQs want to be in the US military to begin with — whether they’re in the closet or out — and be a part of violent US Imperialism worldwide and the US Military Industrial Complex. What is wrong with people who have no problem with that? You can try to justify it by saying you’re serving your country. No, you’re not “serving your country.” That’s just the feel-good pabulum the troops are fed by the military to “keep them in line.” You’re serving the wealthy ruling elite, their corporate owners and their bloated War Machine. That’s who you’re serving. You’re not fighting for any flag or freedom. That’s just feel-good bull shit. Our freedoms — what remains of them following Bush and Obama — are guaranteed in the now-shredded US Constitution, and troops are not fighting for the Constitution. But again, why would GLBTQs (in or out of the closet) want to serve in the War Machine? Or is this more of that heteronormative behaviour because GLBTQs want to be as much like the “straights” as possible? That’s also something I don’t understand. But that’s what I and others see going on. Do you GLBTQs enjoy going around the world killing innocent people just because it’s your messiah Obama in office? I remember that during most of the days of the now-dead Gay Rights’s Movement, the gay community was for peace, they wore peace sign buttons, they were very anti-military, anti-Establishment (although always voted for Democrats, I think) and they saw the US flag as what it was/is: the symbol of ugly US imperialism. But today: What the fuck has happened to you? Well, you got your orders to “assimilate” from these wealthy pro-Establishment — usually rabid supporters of the Democratic party and their celebrity politicians — US corporatist self-appointed authority GLBTQ organisations. So today GLBTQs try to be like the obnoxious “straights” and be all closet-case “DL, discreet” heteronormative and essentially back in the closet as I have previously written reams about.

During the Obama years, GLBTQs in San Francisco (and elsewhere from what I can tell) have become conservatives. They have run from and tried to erase our proudly radical and alternative Queer past/history. Like the rest of this prudish shit-hole US Cesspool society, you’ve sanitised yourselves and today you are the opposite of who you were. In San Francisco’s Castro, GLBTQs voted overwhelmingly twice for that conservative hateful piece of basura I refer to as “The Holy and Indivisible Trinity.” These days, I see some gay guys walking around The Castro with US flag shirts on or shirts that say “Army” or “Navy” or Marines” or some such US military shit. There are gay choral ensembles that want to sing the militaristic US national anthem at ball games to glorify war and nationalism while they support major league corporate sports team. Ugh. Again (and this cannot be overemphasized), GLBTQs have become the opposite of who and what they once were. WTF has happened to you? You’ve fucking flipped out so desperate to be conformist and mainstream and to be like the obnoxious “straights.” Yes, I know being conformist and mainstream is so much easier than being who you once were, because there’s no work or vigilance involved with being a conformist and proudly mainstream sheeple. You can just vegetate and be part of the conformist herd in your depressed-looking monochrome drab black and gray conformist street clothing that I’m now seeing wherever I look (especially in The Castro).

Unlike most of you GLBTQs (whom I can no longer relate to because you have done a “180″), I’m not a one-issue person like many (most?) of the GLBTQ sheeple who fall for anything that your messiah Obama does or say. I’m referring to his window-dressing bull shit. This repugnant warmongering hombre — Mr Nobel Peace Prize — uses gay topics to exploit you for your dinero/$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ and for your votes especially at s-election time and you allow yourselves to be exploited because of that phony “D” next to his name. He’s the head of your “team.” In reality, he’s been the best Republican president los Republicanos could have ever asked for due to his expansion of the Bush regime’s agenda. But GLBTQs fall for Obama’s public relation stunts while he pretends to be your best amigo and having supposedly “evolved.” Most GLBTQs seem to forget or never knew that your Obama invited anti-gay Rick Warren to his first inauguration/coronation. Most GLBTQs also seem to forget or never knew that your Obama said that marriage is between a man and a woman. Ugh.

Let’s see just how much el hombre Obama has evolved:

If his celebrity daughters came to him and told him they were lesbians or wanted to change their sexual identity (transgender), what would he say to them? I can take a guess. I think one would see some squirming in his behaviour followed by some disagreeing with them to what they were telling him and some questioning. Yes, how much has this man supposedly “evolved” when there’s no campaign dinero/money or votes involved? Or, if Queers had a mass kiss-in on the white house lawn what would your messiah say to that? Would he say, “You know, I love to see gay people kiss; it warms my heart” (yeah sure it does), or would he call the secret service, Homeland inSecurity as well as the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police on your ass with full rifles/grenades in riot gear? Of course he would have no problem with a him-tall/her-short “straight” mass kiss-in on the white house lawn and he’d go on in another photo-op about supposed “Family Values” when he saw that spectacle.

I honestly don’t understand why any transgender person or any GLBQ person wants to be in the US military? Do GLBTQs enjoy killing for and giving their lives needlessly for the neocon’s Project For The New American Century Agenda (PNAC) of US imperialism and global domination? Someone may be asking: What are you talking about now? I’m talking about the killing of thousands of innocent people around the world, including GLBTQ people, who are killed in other parts of the world by the world’s #1 Terrorist Nation who refuses to mind its own damn business, has to stick its arrogant nose in the affairs of all other countries, and see itself as the World’s Pompous Bully and police force with its ugly exceptionalism/superiority complex. Mature countries don’t act like The immature Cesspool/the US. And the fact that innocent GLBTQs around the world are killed by US imperialism seems to have completely escaped the conservative/pro-Establishment GLBTQ community here in The Cesspool (including San Francisco) who are now conformists and all “rah, rah” pro-US military. Has it not occurred to you conformist heteronormative pro-military conservative GLBTQs who desperately want to be in the US military that when you kill innocent people in other parts of the world that you are killing innocent gay/GLBTQ people too? That’s never occurred to you? (I can hear someone saying: Huh. Oh yeah, I’d never thought of it like that). Sigh. *roll eyes* The US Military Industrial Complex, the cesspool called congress (house and senate) and the white house resident constantly lie to the public using The Terror CardTM to keep the public in a state of fear. The overused “War on Terror” excuse has been used to justify bombing/droning the hell out of innocent people including GLBTQ people somewhere in el mundo/the world under both the Bush and Obama regimes in order to serve the financial intere$t$ of corrupt politicians of The Cesspool and their corporate owners by stealing the natural resources of other countries and to remove/murder the (elected) politicians in other countries in order to replace them with a puppet regime favourable to The US Oligarchy. Today, The Cesspool is a crumbling, falling apart mess (particularly our infrastructure). In the US, stupidity, ignorance, pop-culture and celebrity worship are “in.” It’s also commonplace to see out-of-control rogue thugs/gangs called uniformed cops kill innocent Black people for no reason at all. Obama comes racing out to the corporate media cameras to serve as a bootlicker for the cops. I read this headline while writing this: “President Obama Describes Dallas Shootings As ‘Vicious, Calculated, Despicable Attack’” The hypocrisy of el hombre! jesus fucking christ. El hombre has no shame at all. This hypocrite sees nothing “vicious, calculated and despicable” about the thousands of innocent people he’s killed in his many wars (he admits to 7 currently) and the innocent people he’s droned to death since he took office? And doesn’t he pretend to be a christian? What about the commandment “Thou Shalt Not Kill?” does el hombre not understand? Basura. Then that corrupt Loretta Lynch, the Attorney General, popped up for a photo-op with the Calm CardTM in hand and as expected called for “calm” after the shootings in Dallas this past week. These Establishment basura are so cookie-cutter and predictable. They don’t won’t the working class to rise up. Before that, you might remember that Bill Clinton asked for a meeting with Ms Lynch on the tarmac in Arizona for an hour to talk about not convicting his Hillary. Oh I’m so sorry, excuse me por favor, that’s right, they didn’t talk about that at all, according to Ms Lynch. No, not at all. They didn’t talk about anything related to that or any case before her inJustice Department. No, instead they talked about his grand children and his golf games for a fucking hour. Yes I’m sure, aren’t you? What idiot believes that? I should think that any talk about fucking golf games — does the woman even play golf or know anything about golf? — and talk about his grand children (does she even know his grandchildren since one of them just arrived?) could be covered in a couple of minutes, no? So what’s there to talk about in the remaining 58 minutes, if not for Hillary? Ms Lynch did say that they didn’t talk about anything of substance for the entire hour. LOL. Oh really? Did la mujer/the woman not realise she was saying that his golf games and grand children are not of substance/not important? LOL. Then the FBI director had his photo-op and said there would be no conviction of la perra, which should come as no surprise to anyone. I’m so tired of this corrupt Cesspool of lying Establishment-basura celebrity politicians and the ignorant people that worship them — usually because of partisan allegiance — just because these corrupt corporate D and R parasites are on television.

One thing I’ve learned under Obama: With the hypocrites called Democrats — which seems to include most Democrats (voters) including GLBTQs — they’re only for peace when the person in la casa blanca/the white house is a neocon PNAC Republican (Bush). That’s when you see these hypocrites protesting in the streets. But when it’s a neocon PNAC Republican with a D next to his name (Obama) and with the same agenda they’re all for war and any war that their messiah wants to launch killing thousands of innocent people. “He’s a smart guy,” they tell us. “He’s a constitutional scholar, you know” they tell us while their messiah Obama has continued to shred the US Constitution after Bush. The Obamabots will go to any length to justify their Obama’s (illegal) terrorist attacks on other nations and sanitise them. And they repeat the same excuses/lies that their messiah spoke before the corporate media cameras (who serve as Obama’s accomplice). So I will never understand why any transgender person or any GLBQ person wants to be a part of the Military Industrial Complex. To the person who e-mailed me, I hope I’ve answered your question as to why I didn’t write about this until now. Chau.—el barrio rosa

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The Castro Report (San Francisco)

[Keyword: "Straightsville" refers to Market Street between Castro and Church Streets.]

11 de julio de 2016/11 July 2016:Hola. On his walk this late afternoon, mi amigo reported: He was down in The Castro on this walk. Nearly all “straight” and he assumed they were the techie basura/trash. The usual and predictable: Him-tall/her-short. Him=conservative looking. Her=could be confused with a prostitute with this long flowing gown/dress split up the side. They wear that to work? (No disrespect intended toward sex workers BTW). And these basura can’t take a step without their phone. Complete addiction. Most of the guys with a “fad” faux-hawk which will disappear at the end of Summer. The impression mi amigo got was that it one person trying to out-do the other at being bougi and pretentious. I can’t stand shallow and superficial trash like that. Chau.—el barrio rosa

11 de julio de 2016/11 July 2016:Hola. On his walk through “Straightsville” last night, he saw the following: All “straight” couples. The usual: Him-tall-dominant/her-short-submissive. Required hand-holding. There was a major “straight” make-out scene one block away from Castro (we don’t see “straight” make-out scenes anywhere else in the Bay Area but in The Castro). Even in the Asian community we’re seeing him-tall/her-short, even when he’s real short to begin with. The San Francisco Gay Mecca is gone. Fin. The End. End of Report. More details for those interested: It was overwhelmingly “straight.” I guess you assumed that by now. Even in one of the former Queer bars he saw all “straight” couples. Him-Tall/Her-short young white “straight” couples with their drinks out on the look out area with her standing in front of protective him. Him cupping wannabe-”barefoot-and-pregnant” her with his arms overlooking Market Street. The Closet Case Obnoxious Sports Bar was mostly empty but the basura in there were obnoxiously loud. Mi amigo said: The Castro doesn’t feel good to me anymore. “Straightsville” has turned into this “straight” obnoxious jock area. I asked: No Queers guys? He said he saw one older Queer couple. They were holding hands to let the obnoxious “straight” basura know they are here and Queer and to send them a message that this is supposed to be our little Queer area. Good luck with that message, chicos. A futile attempt I’m afraid. It’s all over for the Gay Mecca. He didn’t go down into The Castro but the fire department appeared to be spraying the homeless with agua/water back up Castro street. At least it cleaned the streets and maybe the homeless too without hurting them. The homeless (about 25 people) were having a major fight with each other. There were several fire department trucks there trying to break up the homeless fights with agua/water. It would appear the police department has given this job of dealing with the homeless to the fire department. Chau.—el barrio rosa

18 de junio de 2016/18 June 2016:Hola. Mi amigo did two walks through “Straightsville.” One was last night at around 8.00pm and the other was this morning. Last night was mostly “straight” and like a nursery with screaming babies in strollers, he said. It was rather dead out including all of the bars. Rather surprising considering it was warm out. This morning was about the same. He’s noticed how “straight” (and “straight” couples) his gym has become since he joined many months ago. He’s also notice something new and that’s the few conversations he hears have to do with golf and golfing. (It’s a bougi class thing. Pretentious people.) I never heard anyone talking about golf in the Old City. But with these wealthy, young, white basura that have moved in here I guess they think they have to “keep up appearances” and put on wealthy-class airs and broadcast that they’re into golf, as if anyone gives a fuck what they’re into. Even the Closet Case bar (the obnoxious sports bar on Market Street) was dead. We call it the Closet Case bar because it’s where gay guys go to go back in the closet and try to act like obnoxious “straight” jocks and to be all heteronormative and to be like the “straights.” I never knew that being like the “straights” was such a priority with some people. Chau.—el barrio rosa

14 de junio de 2016/14 June 2016 (Afternoon):Hola. UPDATE: Mi amigo gave me his report from his walk last night: Nearly all “straight” wherever he went on his walk. As soon as he arrived at Castro/Market he heard (what sounded like) programmed roars of people grunting, yelling, screaming at televisions in bars over a basketball game. He said the roars were identical coming from all bars as if the roars were machine-produced. He compared the cheering/roars to what a well-trained Chorus would do. The sounds were that identical coming from the bars. (I was thinking: So they’re all into their corporate sports after a major GLBTQ tragedy in Orlando). In other words, no one cared about that, or only a few did in the big scheme of things. He did see the memorial (of las flores/flowers, pictures) at the BofA building that I wrote about down the page and he said it was the largest memorial he’s seen there. But very few people were out and there were cops in The Castro. The obnoxious “gay” sports bar on Market Street was very obnoxious and packed with people (male/female) watching “The Game” and screaming over that. Sheeple. What shallow lives some people live. The same for the bar across the street. He said the residents of the neighbourhood must have enjoyed all that noise pollution. He said they couldn’t miss it because it was so very loud. He also said: By the loud roars and sounds he heard, you would never know that there was a major GLBTQ tragedy in another city because these people couldn’t care less about it. Yes, San Francisco has really changed…for the worst. Unrelated to that: the homeless are all back. They’ve all drifted back in, as expected. They have to be somewhere so they might as well be in The Castro.

I read a headline that said, “Many come to SF’s Castro to grieve over Orlando shooting.” Many? Well that’s vague. How many is “many?” I hadn’t expected anyone to come here if they know what The Castro is today. Does one really like to get drunk after a tragedy like this? If this were the Old City where the gay community was progressive (in the original meaning of that word) and cared about something other than their phone and fucking corporate sport$ team, that headline would have read, “Thousands come to SF’s Castro to grieve over Orlando shooting.” Or it would have said, “Tens of Thousands from SF’s Castro March to San Francisco’s Federal Building.” Yeah, well, we won’t see that again other than in old news articles about the Old City. Frankly, I hadn’t expected there to be much interest around here in the Orlando tragedy since The Castro is mostly “straight” now anyway. After reading that headline I clicked on the article which was just a re-hash of what I already knew. It showed a memorial for Orlando at the BofA building at 18th and Castro the way memorials for people who have died are done at that location. There were two people looking at it: a guy and a female standing together (a “straight” couple?) I think there was a small “march”/vigil one night — it didn’t say when it was — but the video for that was 5 seconds long and it just showed a row of people across — I guess it was — the sidewalk. One person was carrying The Empire’s flag and another person was carrying the Rainbow Flag. There was no indication as to how deep the “march” was. Someone wrote the names of those we know who died in the shooting with chalk on the floor of Harvey Milk Plaza but they weren’t written correctly. These were Latino names but they were written as if they were English names instead of español names. They were sanitised of the proper español accent marks. They were all of the same hand-writing, or rather printing. So whoever did this was ignorant of español. Typical for around here and of the US corporate media as well.

And finally, where I used to live years ago in the District of Columbia, this happened at Dupont Circle in the District following the tragedy in Orlando. “DC police investigate anti-gay graffiti painted on Dupont Circle sidewalk.” From their article:
Quote: Sapol Jirapanjavat, the owner of Thaiphoon, said an employee discovered the graffiti Sunday morning at the restaurant in the 2000 block of S Street NW. It reads “Down with the gay agenda” in blue paint. On Monday afternoon, a local restaurant worker painted the word “gun” in red over the word “gay” to change the meaning to “Down with the gun agenda.” Jirapanjavat said that the vandalism had raised new worries following Sunday’s mass shooting at gay club in Orlando that killed at least 49 people. Like other restaurants in the area, Jirapanjavat displayed the colors associated with the Capital Pride Festival, a gay rights celebration that took place in the District on Sunday. End Quote. Maybe those who have been chanting that “gay people can live anywhere and gay is now mainstream” are finally coming to the realisation that that is not the case, as some of us have said all along. Chau.—el barrio rosa

12 de junio de 2016/12 June 2016 (Afternoon):Hola. First, very sorry to hear about the shooting in the Queer bar in Orlando Florida with at least 50 people dead and many people injured. So sad. It’s yet another example of “Gay People Can Live Anywhere. Gay Is Now Mainstream” that we’ve heard from wishful-thinking idiots in San Francisco and elsewhere ever since they gave the order to “assimilate.” Read: Gay “Assimilation:” Back to the 1950s. Obama described the attack as “the brutal murder of dozens of innocent people”. Well he would know all about that wouldn’t he? He’s very familiar with the brutal murder of innocent people. How many innocent people has he droned to death, innocent killed, innocent maimed, how many innocent wedding parties has he killed? Mr Nobel Peace Prize Obama currently has 7 wars going speaking of “the brutal murder of dozens of innocent people.” Fucking Hypocrite. Also, Floridians stood in line today to give much-needed blood EXCEPT gay men were banned from giving blood due to Fraud Obama’s federal guidelines banning gay and bisexual men from giving blood unless they’ve been celibate for one year. Apparently Obama hasn’t “evolved” as much as the gullible GLBTQ community would like to believe he has. And how is anyone supposed to prove celibacy? Of course, STDs are not limited to gay guys. This is called the Obama regime’s homophobia.

Mi amigo went to his gym this morning. His gym is in “Straightsville.” It was severely “straight” with two “straight” make-out sessions in his gym. “Straight” couples go to the gym to make out, do they? One of them was with what he had long thought was a Queer boy (young, white, 30s). She was all over him in the gym as if they were going to fuck right there in the gym. Maybe los pendejos should record a sex video before going to the gym to get it out of their system so they can focus on their workout? Isn’t that supposed to be the reason they’re there? Later, the guy was asked by another guy standing there with him if he was getting married. He said, “No, you can’t fuck as many chicks as you want then.” As mi amigo left the gym, he saw a another guy (young, white, 30s) he knew from his old gym which was a gay gym. That guy was wrapped around a female at the intersection. Trying to pretend to be “straight,” are we? They seem to have to show off in public. When gay people did that around here it was frowned up and called being “in your face with your sexuality. Stop it.” But with “straight” people it’s perfectly okay. Fucking hypocrites. I asked mi amigo/my friend: Are these Queer boys trying to pretend to be “straight” since “straight” is now “in” for The New Castro and they think that being gay (and who they really are) is now “out” of style? (Even though human sexuality doesn’t at all work that way!) Because if they were bi in the original sense of the word, wouldn’t you think you would have seen them with females over the years on occasion? Some of us have wondered how many gay guys are now trying to pretend to be “straight” around here or put another way: Going back in the closet. Loco. He also noticed the saturation of the word “like” being used repeatedly by the “straight” basura. He heard the word “like” every 3 words from stupid-sounding mostly “straight” people who were talking with each other. From what he could tell after cutting through a saturation of the word “like,” their conversation was about being out on the golf course. (We never heard conversations about golf courses in the former “proudly radical and alternative” Old City). It was definitely more “straight” today. Glad I missed that. That’s the way it usually is on Domingo/Sunday, which is why I don’t hang out around in The Castro on Domingo, but mi amigo was only on Market Street between Castro and Church Street (also known as “Straightsville.”) Chau.—el barrio rosa

7 de junio de 2016/7 June 2016 (Morning):Hola. Mi amigo went on his walk last night and this is his report: All young, white and “straight” in “Straightsville” with their required hand-holding. That’s The Castro of today. No making out from them, fortunately. There was one Queer couple in front of him walking down into The Castro but that was the extent of the GLBTQs. No homeless anywhere in The Castro. (I guess anti-homeless San Francisco did another sweep). Today is the California primary. Most people seem very disappointed in the two major basura choices they have to choose from. Although they could choose the most credible candidate, Dra Jill Stein. But as I and others predicted and on cue, the Berniebots have already switched over to War Ccriminal Hillary who has already declared herself the nominee. Mi amigo noticed no political signs at all on his walk. In the Old City there would have been people standing around with campaign signs especially at Castro and Market. Nothing like that in this New Conservative Culture-Less, Soul-less, Non-Political, Non-Activist Lobotomised City of Tech-Junkies San Francisco. Chau.—el barrio rosa

5 de junio de 2016/5 June 2016 (Morning):Hola. Mi amigo/My friend went to his gym this morning which is in “Straightsville.” He saw no Queer couples but plenty of “straight” couples, unfortunately. It wasn’t that crowded out. Coming back from his gym he saw many “straight” couples. They were young and white (20 somethings, so that would be the techie basura). They were in the required “straight” format of him-tall/her-short with their mandatory hand-holding and make-out scenes all along Market Street. They behaved as if they just met. (We don’t see this nonsense anywhere else in The City. It’s only in The Castro.) They had to stop in the middle of the sidewalk to make out after doing their “skip-to-my-lou” dance (that’s where they hold hands and swing their arms back and forth quickly while skipping). It’s the nonsense that they’re programmed to do that they see on television. Then the guy had to take her and pick her up off the ground and swing her up into the air as if she’s his little girl. He held her at a level so that her pussy is about in line with his mouth as they are spinning around. (Loco). Mi amigo saw that many times all along Market Street. Ugh. Sounds awful. He said: They’re doing whatever they see on television. They’re programmed. I think the guy does this because she will call him “weird” if he doesn’t do this silly behaviour that everybody else is doing. I say: GET A ROOM SOMEWHERE! If they’re the typical “straight” couple they’re making out this morning but they’ll be fighting by tonight (often over him not giving needy-her enough attention). Mi amigo saw some single guys but had no idea whether they were Queer or not. I guess the “straights” think that all of the Rainbow Flags along Market Street for the month of junio/June are for them (the new “straight” flag). Half of the population he saw was the homeless. The other half was these in-your-face “straight” basura. That’s about it. Chau.—el barrio rosa

31 de mayo de 2016/31 May 2016 (Morning):Hola. I was out in The Castro last noche at “bar time” (around the time I used to go to bars when I went to bars, 11pm on) and it was very pleasant. I enjoyed myself. It was as if it were a completely different Castro than when mi amigo is out on his walks around The Castro. He asked me “what about all the cops?” There were no cops around, which shocked him. As he said, “The Castro is completely different when I’m there.” As I walked by some of Queer bars I got some fleeting flashbacks to my times when I went to bars and enjoyed myself with the gay boyz hanging around outside the bar and talking. As I walked by each bar, there were Queer boyz in them or hanging out in front. Not many stupidphones. There were a few females in some of the bars but I think they were las lesbianas. The City has put up the Rainbow Flags along Market Street, or at least started to do that for the completely corporate and pro-capitalist event attended by mostly “straight” people called “SF Pride” which is the last Domingo/Sunday in junio/June. (FYI: Pride is nothing like it used to be; it’s been hijacked by corporations wanting GLBTQ dinero/money). The obnoxious supposedly gay sports bar was closed (that was good, but how odd that it’s not open until 2am like all the other bars; or is it the location? It’s in “Straightsville.” There are sports channels where they could be showing sports until 2am). The new Luxury Designer Condos (Dahling) were dark. But there’s some buenas noticias/good news: Muni (our public transport system) recently installed new escalators in the Castro Metro Station and they installed very pretty rainbow coloured LED lights in the escalator near the steps (red, orange, yellow, green, blue and pink). It looks very pretty. Much better than it did look with all drab gray-white lighting. Hopefully this is permanent and not just for “Pride” month. I walked by a clothing store and saw that ridiculously silly fad of white, black and gray clothing in their window that I’m seeing all over the two corporate networks I monitor (where nearly everyone before the camera is wearing gray, white and/or black clothing). There’s complete saturation of that. It looks so overboard and conservative. I saw one programme from Televisa and there were 6 women at the table having a discussion and everyone of them had on a different-styled black dress. Everyone in black. Then I saw the same programme again (it’s on every semana/week) and the same women were wearing gray and white and one was in black. Loca. Anyway, back to my walk: There were some homeless people sleeping not bothering anyone. I counted about 5 homeless people trying to sleep on the cold sidewalk. A shame. I think I heard an anti-homeless comment while waiting to cross the street. I saw (what looked like) a “straight” couple with a Queer couple next to them and they were sorta making out. They were all together. The guy in the “straight” couple (if that’s what they were) made some flippant remark about, “I’m homeless.” And they were laughing about that. He looked rather pretentious (Dahling) and well-off so I suspect they (he and that bottled-blond he was with and the Queer couple) had walked by some homeless people up the street and now felt the need to hate on them when they were safely away from them. People like that are basura. And I think the Queer couple was taking part in it. Ugh. It was absolutely dead out except for the gay boyz at the bars and it felt very safe despite the late hour. Nobody was having any problem with anybody that I saw. It was very quiet. Just as I started to leave I realised I hadn’t seen any “straight” basura, fortunately (other than that anti-homeless possibly-”straight” couple I mentioned earlier). But of course that changed as I was about to leave. It seems that I always have to see at least one “straight” couple making out in The Castro. At Castro and Market (of all places) waiting for the light to change there was this female and this guy — they were the same height and not the usual tall-domineering/short-submissive — standing next to each other. Then he took his left arm and reeled her into him — and I’m thinking “oh here we go with the in-your-face ‘straight’ make out session, get a room somewhere!” — and gave her a beso/kiss and that’s all it took to get her wound up and hanging all over him and grabbing his ass as they walked across Market Street. Ugh. Fortunately they didn’t go into The Castro. But there seems to always have to be one in-your-face “straight” couple that has to put on a show while they act oblivious to their surroundings, and they love to make out at Castro/Market. I’m still waiting for a major Queer kiss-in to take place in the “straight” areas of The City, especially the wealthy areas and see how they like it. (That will never happen). Chau.—el barrio rosa

29 de mayo de 2016/29 May 2016 (Morning):Hola. Here’s another Castro report from another free-lance reporter: Light/hardly anybody out along “Straightsville.” The ones that were out were mostly “straight” and a few gay boyz here and there. A cyclist was hit by a car and being taken away by a emergency services. In the gym I go to, I listened to two gay boyz talking about last night’s partying and how they got into a dysfunction about which party they were going to go to. This guy had also given a memorial speech in a bar about a friend who had died and that the party will never die and we’ll bring the party to you. Nothing about anything important but partying. Most of the language I heard was “like, like, like, like, like…” Ugh. It doesn’t matter what the age group or the gender, all age groups in The Castro have one word they use as often as possible and that is the word “like.” It felt as if it was going to get very hot out today. It’s 78 and climbing. [Gracias mi amor. Chau.---el barrio rosa]

28 de mayo de 2016/27 May 2016:Hola. On my walk around The Castro last night: It must have been a game night since all bars were loud and obnoxious with moaning and screaming. Nothing else going on around here but conformi$t corporate sport$. The Castro was mostly “straight.” The obnoxious supposedly gay sports bar looked like it was mostly Queer and very loud with mindless screaming over some game and heard a block away. The bar (upstairs) a block away from Castro looked all Queer. “Straightsville” was mostly Queer, so I guess the Queers and “straights” have switched locations. The homeless are starting to come back into The Castro. No cops. Chau.—el barrio rosa

27 de mayo de 2016/27 May 2016:Hola. Mi amigo was out walking around The Castro and down towards Church Street in the early evening. He said: Queer boys were in the majority and hanging out at the Church Street end of Market, which is the opposite of the way it usually is. Whereas, The Castro was pretty much “straight.” Although nowhere was particularly crowded. There were not a lot of homeless people but there were lots of cops around. Of the total population in The Castro, the Queers were about 10-15% of the total. That’s about it. Chau.—el barrio rosa

26 de mayo de 2016/26 May 2016: Hola a todos. They’re putting the Rainbow Flags I mentioned yesterday down 16th Street at Market (towards the South East). Looks very pretty. Very few people out, no homeless with lots of cops in the Jane Warner Plaza area. There was probably another homeless sweep. About half the people out were phone zombies and oblivious of anything happening other than what’s on their phone and earbuds. We’ve certainly noticed all the properties for sale. Just on the 17th Street hill between Castro and Clayton, we counted roughly 10 properties for sale. More “For Rent” signs appearing in Upper Market. Hmmmmmm. Does that mean that some people are leaving because of the ridiculously high cost of living here and the overcrowding from the techie basura? I noticed that one of the apartments “For Rent” in a good area sat on the market for quite awhile. That took over a month to rent in one of the older apartment buildings probably built in the 1960s. Since it took awhile to rent, I take it that it was overpriced due to greed ($4,000.00 for a one-bedroom?). There’s been some talk about rents coming down but I haven’t seen that yet. Chau.—el barrio rosa

25 de mayo de 2016/25 May 2016: Hola, mi amigo/my friend did his walk through The Castro last night and gave me the following report: The obnoxiously loud supposedly gay sports bar was, well, obnoxious. He said there was some game being played (but not baseball) that they were all watching. It was probably the corporate basketball team that these conformists love to scream and yell for in that bar. And that’s what they were doing on cue. He said if you didn’t know any better you would think you were outside a sound-effects studio because the loud screaming/cheering (over a fucking ball game!) was done as if you turned a light switch off and on. It was that abrupt; off and on. He said the people in that bar sounded very programmed to loudly scream at the appropriate time on cue and then shut it off. He heard that repeatedly while walking in the area. Other bars were dead. He said especially at night The Castro has really been taken over by the poor homeless and especially on 18th and Castro and Castro Street itself, that one block between 18th and Market Street. There’s really been quite an increase in the number of homeless in The Castro (and I suspect elsewhere). He and I have nothing but sympathy for the homeless unlike the hate you’ll read for them on other sites. The homeless don’t have anywhere else to go so they might as well be in The Castro. And really, the Castro merchants and hateful/elitist/conservative homeowners deserve what they get for all their anti-homeless activity in the past years, including their support for the hateful sit-lie ordinance (which criminalises homeless). Mi amigo said the homeless are getting more uncomfortable to be around because they are uncomfortable hanging around. Understandable. They’re fighting with each other in rather large groups around The Castro especially in the now-closed Jane Warner Plaza, whatever that thing is supposed to be now and around the store on the north side of Castro/Market (east side). The homeless smell badly. This City can’t give them showers? Maybe they would have the dinero/money for that if The City were not giving generous corporate welfare to parasitic techie companies. The homeless also have lots of missing teeth and black skin from fungus infections. Terrible. We feel sorry for them. Imagine if The Cesspool/the US took the billions that these D and R corporate parasites waste by throwing it at the Military Industrial Complex for its many wars and instead solved the national homeless problem with it. But that makes sense and this US Oligarchy wouldn’t dream of that! Because they don’t give a fuck about the poor and homeless or anyone else. They’re only concerned about their bourgeois elite 1% ruling class. As far as I’m concerned, most of the Castro merchants can go out of business except for Rock Hard and Urban Flowers. To my knowledge, Urban Flowers has not been a member of this conservative merchants’ cult and Rock Hard (the best sex store in The Castro) has fought the sanitising of The Castro and I think Mark of Rock Hard ended his membership with them (according to the merchant’s website). They (Rock Hard) have been bullied over the years by neighbourhood prudes calling the cops on them for their display window where they were forced to put white stickers over dick and ass images on their video covers. Ridiculous! (Read: Sexual Freedom and Revolution). Most of the merchants in The Castro are conservative scum and directly responsible for sanitising The Castro (and helping to turn it into “Straightsville”) including supporting that ludicrous city-wide nudity ban. With their body-image issues, they can’t bear to see the human body. Most of the merchants are members of those conservative, bougi, class-ist, elitist and hateful busy-bodied neighbourhood and “benefit district” associations. (If this is your first time to pink barrio, all of that should give you a better understanding and a little more information and history about The Castro. It’s really not the place you think it is. It’s not the place I thought it was when I moved here during the Gay Mecca days). But there is some buenas noticias/good news: They’ve put up new Rainbow Flags on all the light poles just like during the Gay Mecca days between Castro/Market and Castro/19th Street. It looks so much better now and very colourful. Almost Latin! It really adds a lot to the barrio/neighbourhood. I originally thought they put them up just to put them up. But that’s not how things are done around here. Things are doing around here to exploit people for their dinero/money. Upon reflection, I realised that junio/June (which begins in a few days) is “Pride Month” so they put them up to exploit the tourists — that’s telling it like it is — since the timing of them is very curious (why didn’t they put them up in abril/April?). Mi amigo said: They probably put them up to show any tourists that this is supposed to be a Queer neighbourhood — GIVE US YOUR QUEER DINERO/MONEY BECAUSE OUR STORES AREN’T DOING WELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!! — despite it looking like a “straight” neighbourhood with all the gigantic baby strollers and him-tall/her-short “straight” couples with their mandatory hand holding and make-out scenes especially in Harvey Milk Plaza near the entrance to the metro. But hopefully the flags will stay up year-round and they won’t rip them down at the beginning of julio/July 2016. At first I thought they put them up to send a strong message to the “straight” basura that this is supposed to be a Queer barrio, but now I don’t think so. Chau.—el barrio rosa

22 de mayo de 2016/22 May 2016: Overheard: “We Had A Falling Out Over My Eye Shadow.” Hola a todos. This is more “high energy” noticias/news from San Francisco’s Castro. Good stuff here. Mi amigo went to his gym today. This was after looking at the following Billionaire’s Map of the Bay Area article:

That article refers to “Billionaire’s Bay.” I and others have never heard the term. Quoting the article: “Maps show dramatic spike in million-dollar homes in San Francisco with the majority of properties now worth seven figures or more…[Ed. Suckers!] Million-dollar homes were rare in 2012, now they form the majority. In 14 neighborhoods, 100% of homes are worth seven figures or more. Just five years ago, million-dollar homes were scarce in the US. Now they are nothing special. And nowhere is more saturated with seven-figure mansions than San Francisco and Silicon Valley – otherwise known as ‘Billionaire’s Bay’. More than half of San Francisco’s properties (57 per cent) are worth $1 million or more – up from 19 per cent in 2012.” (They are referring to old, moldy, dilapidated homes.) “Nearby San José has seen a similar boom, with 46.3 per cent of homes worth $1 million in 2016, up from 17.4 per cent in 2012. And in 14 neighborhoods clustered around the tech hub of Palo Alto, 100 per cent of homes are now priced at seven figures or more.”

Mi amigo came back from the gym saying, “I can’t stand the people here. I guess I can’t stand the snooty billionaire class that has taken over the Bay Area.” I asked him: How was Straightsville? He said: “Lots of people out (about half “straight” and half Queer), and lots of baby strollers and literally everyone except the homeless was on their phone. At the gym, I heard some female go on about, “He didn’t like my eye shadow, and we had a major falling out over it.” *roll eyes* Assuming she was talking about her boyfriend or partner, the “straights” certainly do have a lot of really critically important things to think about, don’t they, such as eye shadow?

Mi amigo said: “These shallow and superficial wealthy people won’t know what hit them when there’s a nuclear exchange between the US and Russia or some other disaster because they haven’t paid attention to anything other than their shallow eye shadow news.” He said that the overwhelming majority of people out were young and white, both “straight” and Queer. That’s usually the morning crowd – young and white, and lots of dogs with the baby strollers. Check out that map. Chau.—el barrio rosa

Related:

“Gay People Can Live Anywhere? Gay Is Now Mainstream?”

The Illusion That Gay People Can Live Anywhere

“Gay People Can Live Anywhere?”

“Queering The Castro”

Bi Now Means Masculine And Not Bisexual

What’s Wrong With Gay Dick?

Gay “Assimilation:” Back to the 1950s

Fucked-Up US Public: Gay Kissing Is Bad

[The Castro Report is an ongoing update of what I and mi amigo/my friend see and hear in and around San Francisco’s former Gay Mecca, The Castro. I’ll update this page from time-to-time. I’ve thought about starting The Castro Report many times before, but didn’t because of my concern that it would become repetitive, since not much changes around here with the New Conservative, Tech-Zombie and Lobotomised San Francisco and the sanitised Castro. But we’ll see; I may stop updating at some point when that becomes the case. Feel free to comment on what you see and hear in The Castro, or what you’ve heard about The Castro if you don’t live here.]

A Very Different Fourth Of July In Mainstream San Francisco

Hola. I have never experienced el cuarto de julio/the Fourth of July evening like the one I just lived through here in San Francisco. Even last year (2015) on el cuarto de julio was not like this, which told me how much esta Ciudad de San Francisco/this City of San Francisco has changed in a negative direction towards becoming very mainstream and desperate to be conformist in just the last year.

El fin de semana/The weekend itself was very pleasant and quiet. The techie basura seemed to be gone. The fleets of baby strollers clogging the sidewalks with screaming babies were gone. The him-tall/her-short “straight” couples with their mandatory hand-holding were gone. We saw no “straight” couples making out and close to fucking on the sidewalk as we usually do in The Castro. I guess these thick people left for the weekend or finally got the message to get a room somewhere. All of that was a nice change. The weekend was pleasant as if the City had evacuated all of this basura that’s usually here. I thought to myself: Good. Now don’t come back! I was hoping that their GPS would malfunction on their stupidphones and since these tech junkies can’t seem to do anything without their phones I was hoping they wouldn’t be able to find their way back to San Francisco. But unfortunately, that was not the case. They came back to party on the evening of el cuarto de julio.

Now that San Francisco is a playground for the super-wealthy (the billionaire basura and the one-percent class), on the evening of the Fourth I realised there are several things that the super-wealthy like to blow their dinero/money on, some of which I already knew:

1. Over-priced and cheaply-built “Luxury Designer Condos” (Dahling) with their blindly white interiors. Was the interior colour chosen by a designer with no taste, afraid of colour and associated with the Ku Klux Klan? They call this all-white shit “minimalist.” I call it ugly, sterile and boring. Who would want to live in such a place? I wouldn’t want one if it were given to me. I’d sell it.
2. Over-priced old moldy homes (which sell way-over-asking at one-million-US Dollars plus. They are bought by Idiots where dinero means nothing to them and sometimes the home sits vacant and dark inside because it was bought as an “investment,” which is the case with two old homes in my area which sold for well-over $1,000,000.00USD).
3. Black, gray or white pretentious status-symbol “Luxury” over-sized vehicles (who are these basura trying to impress with these big tanks they like to drive around in?)
4. Drab black and gray conformist conservative clothing typically seen at funerals. Again, afraid of colour or is this part of going back to the 1940-50s?
5. And very loud/explosive and obnoxious expensive fireworks that only these wealthy basura can afford.

I’ve lived in San Francisco for decades and I have never experienced a Fourth of July like this one. Mi amigo/My friend said the same. It was quiet, and then all of a sudden these fireworks started all over the City and this went on until 1.00am. on the Fifth of July. There were loud, sonic booms as if the building next to me was being blown up. It felt like I was living in a war zone for hours with the violently loud explosions, my building rattling and vibrating from the most obnoxiously loud firework displays I’ve ever heard that I must assume only the super-wealthy basura who have no taste in anything can afford to buy. Mi amigo said he heard 7 gun shots nearby and we don’t know where those bullets went. At around 1.00am these obnoxious, inconsiderate partying wealthy assholes decided they would stop, or either someone called the cops on them. These wealthy obnoxious assholes apparently like to experience living in a war zone on occasion. That being the case, I suggest they fly their elitist ass in their private luxury plane to a war zone and live there. These are these same elitist bougi human scum that say “I should not have to see homeless people on my way to work every morning.” Well fuck you all, you elitist goddamned scum of the Earth wealthy trash. These people have no respect for anything because of their wealth. Check this out: They don’t call it Billionaire’s Bay for nothing! “Maps show dramatic spike in million-dollar homes in San Francisco with the majority of properties now worth seven figures or more. Incredible map shows how quickly Bay Area’s housing boom took hold. Million-dollar homes were rare in 2012, now they form the majority. In 14 neighborhoods, 100% of homes are worth seven figures or more.”

Mi amigo/My friend watches a video series produced by a billionaire. The guy is an absolute asshole just like these people on el cuarto de julio. Mi amigo watches his video series for the video effects used because mi amigo is into videography. The guy who produces this video series is a billionaire and he has no respect for anything either. He sees nothing wrong with breaking multiple extremely expensive commercial-grade cameras in each video he produces — I think he thinks it’s humour — because he’s a billionaire and money means nothing to him. He acts like a klutz, either deliberately so or it’s part of his act to pacify the mostly immature viewers who watch him and worship anything he does because they consider his immaturity funny. Typical of people here in The Cesspool/the US/EE.UU. This billionaire asshole is extremely immature and is constantly breaking the most expensive things (not just cameras) and he sees nothing wrong with that. He opens boxes of gifts that people send him by throwing the boxes across the room (again, no respect) and then tearing into them like a child who hasn’t been taught how to open things properly and respectfully. The guy is just another wealthy asshole like the basura who have moved into San Francisco in recent years, although this asshole is in Manhattan. Companies were sending him expensive cameras for him to promote in his videos but some companies have stopped doing that because he (deliberately?) breaks the cameras the first time he uses it by dropping it on the floor (part of his act or stupidity?) or the camera falling over and breaking because of this idiots carelessness, or it’s part of his act. One company asked him on camera: “What is wrong with you?” And they refuse to give him anymore cameras to promote because of the absolute wastefulness involved which he is oblivious to because of his immaturity and wealth and/or writes it off as a business expense. The asshole has the maturity of an out-of-control teenager but he’s in his 40s and he considers himself “old.” The odd thing about him is that he was in poverty at one time so one would think that he would remember that experience well and respect things more because when you’re in poverty you can’t be going around breaking expensive things as if they mean nothing to you and buying a replacement every day. But that’s what el pendejo does. Well, that guy reminds me of these mainstream and conformist billionaire, super-wealthy 1% basura who have moved in here and ruined San Francisco. They desperately try to be mainstream and conformist — or they were that way before they moved here — and these self-entitled assholes feel their wealth entitles them to be obnoxious and inconsiderate, and that’s exactly how they behaved the evening of the Fourth of July 2016.

The evening of the Fourth reminded me of Fleet Week and those loud and dangerous jets flying around over The City. It was a similar noise level. You feel like you’re in a war zone and that’s how it felt the evening of the Fourth. But isn’t that what The US Oligarchy is trying to do? Get us all accustomed to permanent war? And I had to wonder: Did any of these wealthy trash even know what the Fourth of July celebrates? I suspect not. Like with most people, it’s just another day off to party and get drunk.

Then on martes/Tuesday morning (the Fifth of July), unfortunately the young “straight” white couples with their mandatory hand-holding were back in place in “Straightsville” (Market Street between Castro and Church Street) making sure everyone knew they were back and continuing their in-your-face take over of the former Gay Mecca. Chau.—el barrio rosa